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Bhcwas a beautiful typewriting maid,
Andhe a susceptible youth,
asa nun n^ as quiet and statu.
Whilehe was di vot, d Ui tin' h.^Daily they tat lu Hie tame i llhe room,
Anddaily the clicked the niai-biua-^fdraugr how the maidan dispelled all hit (loom,
Auumad* the rough aoura aerrno.
Strangethe delight that he took In her eye a,
Kyeamrl muly soli aud deep blue;^buangr bow her color would fail and then rite
Wheneverhe bade her adieu.^Mtuiu c bow she huug on each word that he^aalil.
Andsiranic how he mourned her not there;^Wouldn't you think that ihe twain would hava
'Ihit youth and this maiden to tali
Yet Well, they didn't ami Ihit It the why:
Foreach was engaged lo Mime oilier,^He was betrothed Im a arirl up iu llye,
Andthe 10 ilic limit' ft brother,^li eu wliy did he like lo mm iu her eye
And^liy did mic blush all tlic day^^M e was the lavage*of her up a Kye,
Audhe was ilic double cf Jay.
Cailyk1 Smith in mwm^t Raxn*.
Thegrernctixard pi pet in the peinuckle traf,
Aauloud thrtekt fh* gurzie sznon;^The ^ el klng It tpoont m the uirile-tops three
Andkisses hit love to the moon;^Ti e raltlethingt dance to Die II |H*rty flute,
Hobgobletsarc playing below.^And ihe Aguiet are called iy the ltog detnont^cute.
Atthey tit on the wall in a low.
Theluery lizard enmm^nce^ t ^ tiog,
Thetea-terpriu waggl ^ lit tan,^The kiii ipatlekrt* jo.u hands in a ring,
Audthey ride In* iiur bug on a rail.^The gurglings are laugluug way down In the^grass
Atwsggletall, imp of the tea,^And in- sibber ng gullet It trying to pats^To make lov* to tne w urglrdy wee.
Thenthe gin zlgazoou gi*tt a flip to Its ear
mmItestes a ki^s in ttie eel^'ill.- bracketbi g throw* ihe lean li/zartl a leer
Andkick* up .Is horniflM le el;^Ami al. of Ihe o hers tu unison sing,
luctiding the mackcraloou,^Auu they Join liaudt and flippers once more in a^r UK
A.uidauo* round the guiziuazoou!
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IWASa newspaper correspondent at^Washington during the winter ot^IKS', Mi, am! livid Hi n line old brick^mansion on H street, near X.tch Chand-^lcr'a house, li wa^ a highly aristocratic^boarding house, patronised by some of li e^most fashionable winter residents of the^capital.
fluemorning I wna late at breakfast.
Thedozen or more members of tbe house^^hold wero at ttio lublo and all greeted me^Willi the, exclamation, ^How pule you^are!
TnenI confessed that I had not alept^well, and after a little persuasion told my^expiTienco of tbe night. At a matter of^history it might lie aaid that I had at*^tended a reception in the early pari of the^previous evening and had eaten luncueon^at Soluri'a about 1 o'clock. I had then^returned to my room,gone directly to tied^am! immediately fallen to s!ei p. I occu^^pied a large corner room on the aecon.1^floor toward Jackson square. Tho bed^was a great, olU-fusliioneu bit of furniture^ami stood in one corner of tbe room.^There was no light in the apartment save^such as entered from a gaslight on tbe^opposite side of the street, and that waa^very dim.
I^The t^irre^poadeat-^About It o'clock 1 waa awakened and^sat Isolt hi.right in bed. I distinctly aaw^the figure* ed a small woman enter through^ilie wall at a point towards wli cb my^eyes w. re fixed. A moment later she^stepped into tho center of the room. Ko^remarkable was tbe costume of this^figure that I recall it to the initio.t par.^licuur. Her dress was of calico, brown^in tbe body, having two parallel black^stripes a quarter of an inch broad ami^ball an inch apart, running perpendicu^^larly. Small rctl spots, similar to win*^ti r.'n en berries, were placed at regular^intervals like a row of buttona between^these bluck stripes. The dress was^gather* d at the waist aud no attempt^at HMgtMMN existed. The bonnet^was MM of the same material as tbe^dn^s ami the snapo was what is known^iu the West as a ^sunbounet.^ It totally^eb'Ctirvil the forehead, but the eyea^twiuklid brightly just beneath its rim*
Now,tins figure gavo no attention^whatever lo tin. She bad moved with a^gild.tig motion towards the center of the^room ai.d stood tin re thumbing over a^lot oi papers that lay upon the table. 1^could distinctly bear tbe rustling and tbe^crackling of the unfolded manuscripts.
1never was more wido awake in my^lite.
K.Mixing that the thing to do waa to^sii-iue a ligli'. I ^prang out of bed and^groped my way uctoss to the mantelpiece,^wh cli was on ihe opposite side of the^room, 'l o (.i t there it waa necessary to^pass within a few leet of tbe table where^stood ibo visible spirit. As I pasted tbe^table Ibis figure of tho little woman qui*^etly MffM behind me and, toticuing^me on the left sbotildrr, disappeared^through the wall that faced the street.^In a moment more 1 bad tho gas lighted^mm looked nboul tho apartment for any^^ valence oi the intruder, but found none.
Tbesame spectral figure that has^been seen about ibis heme for years,''^confessed tiio handsome hostess. ^Baron^A'.ivu said be saw ihe same little^woman in a brown dreat, aud sev^^eral members of the ''him -so legation^made the same statement when they^lived lici t^beiore I took the lease.
Ari-ul gnott story- -aud right in tbe^bouse !' exclaimed several voices.
Towhat do you ascribe this^^ aaked^a gentleman who sat opposite me. He^Mas a Wall street man, hud lieeti a^broker and bunker and was now retired.^His name was Mr. August S. Peab dr.
Oh,1 ascribe it wholly to the supper^at Solnri's,^ was my prompt rejoinder.
Ah!there Mf be more in u tbau you^really think. Now, 1 am not a believer^in the supernatural myself,^ said the old^broker, ^but^I have bad imiw expert-^elites of my own.
Indeed!''from a chorus of voices.^^Let us bear them.
II^The Broker.^^In tbe early summer of lata 1 moved^to a suburban village on Long Island and^took a lease of a line old brown-stone^residrnco known at the Winter Man*^sioii,^ began tbo broker. ^I had recently^lost my wile and my family consisted of^two boys, aged respectively 14 and^8 years. After some difficulty 1 touiid^a competent man to assume tbe duties of^gariietier and hostler anil his wife was^etiguged to act as gentral bottae-^knp'r, I agreed to pay I2.^0U^rent per year. The bunding^stood ill four iier.s of ground and^was surrounded by line old trees and a^beuulilul lawn, 'lo me it seemed an ideal^bonie anil 1 was rather surprised to learn^that it had not been t rrupit d much of^recent years. You will remember that^there was a strange story about one Wil^^liam \\ inter, w bo waa imprisoned as an^insaue man uy bis relat.ves white they^used tbe income from his estate, and that^a great scandal had come out in the^courla aliout mat tun ^. It was not, how^^ever, until some mouths later that 1^learned the connection between that Wil^^liam Winter mid this properly of which 1^bail tuken a tens*. At the end of a week^1 was comfortubly domiciled. I gave an^order to a large Broadway house, furnish^^ing establishment, and when 1^drove out from Astoria at tbe end
ofa week with my two b^ys and^tbo nurse of tho younger one 1^was gratified to tea that everything^appeared to be in admirable condition.^Notwithstanding, the house bad a dreary^effect upon cveryliohy who entered it.^Although my two boys had never before^shown timidity in tbo dark, within a few^nights alter taking up our abode In the^house they absolutely refuted to go^through the balls ill the dark, and I am^frank enough to say that even I felt a^shudder now and then as I passed^through a dark room or along an un-^lighted part ion of the hall.
1think it muat have been fully ten^days after taking possession wiien, re^^turning later than usual, I was met at the^front door by the housekeeper, who as^^sured me that there certainly were burg^^lars in the house. She declared that on^tbe third floor a terribio struggle, evi^^dently between two or more men, had^just occurred. My children aud the^nurse were locked up in the^kitchen in terror. Her husband was^it tbe Tillage at the railroad station,^where he had gone to meet me. I^had missed him because I bad hired a^back at Aatoria and driven up. Now, this^seemed very Strang.almost ridiculous,^and without any hesitation, although en^^tirely unarmed, I procured a candle and^went at onco to the upper room where^the noise had been beard. The room waa^empty and not tbe slightest evidence of a^struggle existed. Wo bad only partially^furnished that apartment, and it waa^merely tbe act of a moment to look un^^der every table and bod and into every^closet to as,tire ourselves that nobody^could be hiding. Stranger yet. tbe tloor^was carefully ncked and the key outside^iho door. Naturally I was ratbor an-^noyod, and aaid to the housekeeper that^I thought a woman of her years should^have used inure discretion, and should^have investigated u matter of this kind^more carefully before she bad started^idle rumors about tbe bouse. I^explained to her that if such rumors were^given credence it would be difficult to^keep aervants. Soon after this my gar^^dener returned and be waa made ac^^quainted with the facts. To ray surpris^^ho expressed no astonishment, and said^thai he bad even stranger experiences in^the house himself. I asked him to ex^^plain. He told me that on several occa^^sions he bail been awakened in tbe dead^of the night by cries ami moans and^other terror-inspiring sounds, (If course,^1 made light of the whole matter; told^bun that 1 feared be spent too much time^at tbe tavern near tbo station, and- that^he must be more regular in bis hxbits.^Ho said nothing, and after a light sup^^per 1 read awhile aud then went to bed.
Iwas sound asleep, but I waa suddenly^awakened by tbe report of a pistol at the^side of my bead. I sprang out of bed in^^stantly, believing that an attempt had^been made to kill me. I lighted tbe gas.^The room was empiy. The door leading^into tbe apartment in which my eldeat^boy slept was ajar, aud I immediately^entered to see if the supposed burglars^hud taken refuge there. Nothing. Tbe^boy was asleep. I made no noise, but^before I returned to my room loud knocks^were heard at ray ball door, aud the voice^of my gardener begged rae it alive to^open ii. I did so, and found my man, bis^wife, tbe nurse girl and the cook all^shuddering iu tbe hall at what they sup^^posed was my suicide. Everybody in the^bouse except my two sous bad been^awakened uy tbe report of the pistol.^This fact convinced rae it was no mere^fancy on my part, and, although 1 went^back to bed again, 1 will admit lhat I^was somewhat shaken in ray previously^stubborn belief regarding the super^^natural.
butthese are mere incidents.
Anight or two thereafter 1 sat in my^library reading until midnight, and, be^^ing tbe laat one to go to bud, 1 turned the^light out in ihe lower ball. I then a^-^ceuded the stairs iu the dark, and as I dm^so I became conscious that somebody^waa preceding me oil the stairs. I struck a^match which I found in my pocket. Ni -^body! Just as the match burned out I^was passing a large closet, tbu door of^which opened into ihe hall midway be^^tween tlie doors ot the back and rear^rooms. As 1 did so I beard the tall of u^body agaiusl the door, on hi inside^evi^^dently ibe tumbling of an illuminate^body. It was the work of u in mini to^strike another match, unlock th i door,^which had the kev in it on the outside,^and to o|^eu it. Nothng!
Withoutgoing any further into this^matter in detail, I might say that for u^month more 1 endured annoyance of tins^kind, constantly bearing strange souuds^at night, on several occasions having iny^eMest b. y come screaming in terror into^my room in the middle of the night, de^^claring that strange people wire pulling^him out of bed and that strange faces^were leering at him from various parts of^bis room.
Aboutthat time it occurred to me to^do a Very sensible and commonplace^thing, a thing that will aeeui so simple^and natural to you that you will wonder^why I bad not thought of it beiore. 1^said to myself: 'lam a stranger here.^About me, on all sides, live people who^have resided here tor years. U bey n u t^know whether or not there are any^strange secrets connected with tins plat-r.^They ahouid be able to ex-ilaiu to me^why tbia house has been unretttel so^lout. Why not visit some of til. in ut^cnceT'
Withoutany more ado. after finishing^my breakfast one bright June morning. 1^went to my neighbor, Dr. James Smith,
ho lived in tbe first house towards the^station, and rang the bell.
Tbedoor was opened by tbe tloctor's^roan. He told in* that the office hours^had jutt endrd, hut that tbe doctor would^^ee rae at once. 1 was ahown into a^neatly lurniahed apartment, in lb* center^ol which was a small leather-coin. I^desk at which sat a d iiiinut re man wiib^a cleanly shaven face. He waa toying^with a paper cutter as I entered and ^ y. d^me keenly through a pair of apectncl*--^ttiat hung fiom Ins ears. 1 noticed that^l.e was somewhat bald and that the little^hair be possessed was utilised to prevent^the detection of that fact.
*1 am your iieignlior, doctor.'
'Ah!' was the only answer.
.I bare occupied the^house adjoining for some^now, aud 1 nave called^ask you if you have i ver heard or^soually knew of any curious facts regard^^ing its history.'
Tomy surprise tin* doctor did got^make any answer whatever, tie tapped^a bell ilia lead, and, when bis man ap^^peared, lie said : 'tall Mrs. Smith.' In^a few momeuis, winch had passed in^silence, a trim little lady, dressed in u^shiny Mick silk dress, made in a stvh^quite ant qualci', tripped into the room.^Two or tbiee curls of dark l oir. Inter^^mixed with gray, led loosely about bet^lace and forehead. She was even a tnore^rcm-irk.-iblc looking person ibutl her but-^band
'Now,' said the doctor, 'I will tell you^all 1 know. I will leave you to Judge^whether it is n-.u-h or Intl.-. 1 have gent^for Mrs. Smith, lo whom I now have Ibe^pleasure of introducing you, sir, lhat sic^may set me r glit on any slight errors ol^fact or date that 1 might make.'
Ill-Tim Hoc or.
'It was about 11 o'clock on one of Ibt^darkest, most blustery November nights^asi winter,' suggested the little lady in a^piping voice and wi'.houl any prompting.^This seemed curious.
'Yes, my dear, one of tbo very n-or-t^nights 1 ever saw,' resumed the doctor.^'1 had just returned from a visit to a^patient far down in tho village, and was^seated here h lore a bright lire in III it^veiy grate. You sat here, Mrs. Sliiiih,^on tlie right of the chimney, and 1 ne.ir^where you arc, Mr. I'. aim.!). Suddenly^the whole bouse rang with tbu clangur of^the door bell. It was a nest^volent and unseemly ring^le-^cii.'edly an unprofessional ring. V r^a moment, you will remember,^Mrs. Smith, we both hesitated as to^whether it would he wise to open the door^or not. There hud been some recent y^wdd tales of burglars who bad boldly^i fleeted entrance lo bouses by ringing^In lis and overpower ng tlie persona who^went to tbe deort. Finally 1 decided to^go, although you protested, as a tim d^woman wou'd I went lo the door. Win li^1 bad opened it wide, there, umid the^rain and the blustery storm, stood a large^man, with a full beard, enveloped iii a^great overcoat. His face was partially^bidden under a hat. He asked, ^Are yott^Br. Smith^'' ^I ...o,^ was my answer.^Then he said: ^However unwarranted^my appeal to you may seem, I must a-k^you, in the nam- of UkIJ and common^humanity, to conn- with me to Htf^bouse and see my dying wife. We bav ^^just moved into tin* house next adjoirti* ^^^yours. The centrment and labor of uink-^ing the chatiuc have prostrated my poor^wife and I feel that her last hour has^come!^ He looked ut me almost sav.ig iy^with his great dark eyes.
'I if course 1 could do no less than ask^the man to sti p into the hallway, but he^declined to enter, shying that his drip-^p n; clothes would soil tho carpel. My^wile, who had hear t all the conversation^from the office door, was prompt in her^protests ntrainst my visiting that . ^usa^with the strange man. Not that I mean^that we hud ever heard anything against^the Winter mansion, because we had^not'
'Andnever have,' the little lady^added.
'True, true, my dear. I reasoned with^my wife in a bnef but fore -le way. I^told her that my duly as u physician c in-^polled me to go; that it might b ^ a case^of life ami death, and that mv own com^^fort and my fatigue did not nbt dv^ me^from an obvious duty to a fellow crea^^ture. I said, ^I shall go.^ As bastily as^possible, I threw on my great coal utid^fur cap, ami together tlie strange man^and 1 trumped out into the night and Hiu^storm. We soon reached the front gate^leading into tbe grounds, which tbe nun^opened promptly, and, 1 preceding, we^made our way through the dark up the^path to the house. There lit took IM^lead and opened the door mat 1 n.ijlit^enter. Naturally full of the enthu^^siasm of mv profession and uervad b - a^hope that 1 ahotilil lie the means of alle^^viating human suffering, 1 had no fear of^this strange mall and thought nothimr of^the curious circumstances under who li I^roado bis acquaintance. 'l ucre wer - no^lights inside the bouse. Ho explained^tbts, however, by saying that he bad not^had time to bare tbe gaa turned on, and^he lit matches all the way up the si.uis^In this manner we found our wav roadie*^to the from room on tbo ilrst floor, aM^as the door was opened I enured UM^apartment.'
'Why, sir, that ia the very room I now^occup.^! was Mr. Peabody'^ exclamation,^and lie held his breath a* he listened.
^Verywell. A lamp stood on the man*^telpiece. bet me see, for your sallsfncM u^whether or not 1 can dcsciib - that room.^Here 1 stand in front of t! ^ fire; aim ol^opposite me is the door. On my left at 1^am is a large window and Mi Ibe wall Ob^my right is a dour leading into a ro i ui^ihe rear'
'Yes, the room my elder son now raw^cupies I t xclaimcd Mr. 1'eabody. '(J le^right; go on!'
'At the side of tho window was a bid.^On it a sick woman. Actuated by pro*^lessioual impulse 1 ut once gave my . i-^lire attention to the pati nt. I saw thsl^the woman ha I only a lea- hours to Ir e.^She was pale, very iimcli emacial. !,^almost pulseless, and win n I attempn d^to rouse he-r she ope no I her eyes in u^weuk, almost insensible way that sboW'T^me tl.ul her bold upon life was very (rail^united. I found that Her hands and I r^leet were absolutely col '., and that n ilb^^iug whatevr would stay the approach f^death. 1 called tin* dying woint-'s^l.t.sband to my side and ti ^l^bun frankly that human ^ I^could be of very little avail. 1 said. In ^^^ever, if he bad si me t r imly and beef l i^winch he could give at ^ nee he- might i^-^abb- to | rolotiff the si ff. rer's lite for a^tew hours. He e-xpi.iiueil to roc u it^Iiavtnir only n t euiiy coine lo tbe ho :-e^be bad nothing of the kind there, a- d^that he would hare to wait until day! c^1 t'dd him that if h^ would return to i v^iMice- 1 would sive liim tome brandy f r^the patient. Bedoelined. i bentlieid a^occurred to nie that it he wounl make a^fire in the kpcheii auu heat some salt r^sand, and put bottles of hot water to Ibt^sufferer's feet, ami piuc^ the warm ^ i t^about v im ii. p:irts of her bo y. li ^^might in some oegree lestore her tt -^perattire. 1 tell bim so. Ha sad^he wouid attend to it at once.^1 said iu conclusion: ^if ^iur w..e
survivesihe night, go us soon as it^is Itch to the iliug store at ibe second^corner below uu.l have this prescription^Oiled.^ I then took In in my pork, t a^pad of prescripiiou blanks,wrote a recti e^for a strolls but simple tou t , and, tun.^dig, placed It brittle Ihe* lump oil the^mantel. Tiien, iclbngmc strange neigh^^bor that I would call iu ill - morning .ii s^o'clock, I bole I.im g o.l 11 it-Ill. lie^thanked me f r my visit, and' I glued me^down the stairs in tips snitv- w.iy as h-^b id shown me up -!^y bluz nit match' s.^I be heavy- door cl ui^-C'l b^ b ml me and^1 made mv wav lurk slowly lo my owl^house lo find m,- wde in a Ingluy nervous^condition. Mi ^ w .is hi^h.y gralille 1 thai^1 h id leiurtied gtloo,
'Next moriiiiit* I did not awaken as^rnrly as I had exptt-ted. Iti f.it-t, I over^^slept myself on account ol the fatigue of^the li ght balore*. It was !^ o'cloe s. out^alihoiisth my i lliee Honrs In gau ut 8 t we^are curlier in the villaue man you city^lolksi, no patients bad caded, and my^good wife bud allowed me t.taleep. While^1 wus dressing 1 remembered ibe visit ot^ii.e iiiglit lie-lore. Husnly e-allUg u light^bteaktast, 1 put on my hat und hurr.it!^i ut the door to visit my siruuge pa'lent.
-The morning was tbe antithesis of^tin* night before. It was fair, almost^warm, and the br g!it siinshtiio had mad*'^the grass look un en again. When I^leached the* lrout gate of the W inter^property to my surprise 1 found n^paiiiocked. '1 his seemed very stioug^^to me. The lunges were covore*d with^ru-t, ami even the lock its.-lf waa in the^same condition. I looked about ine tor^some explanation, or for u point in the^lelice w hich 1 con d tOaiVi , b 'cause I was^di-iermiiieil to do my duly io Usg patient.^Afte-r st me delay 1 saw an old man who^acted as wauhuiuii lor the properly; 1 !^called htm lo mv side. ^1 want lo gel in I^In re,^ aaid 1. ^Well,'' said he. ^you w.ll^have to ltd the key at ibe real esiuie^agent's.^ ^1 ui,^ 1 said, ^1 was here lust^night to see tne wife ot kM new teiinut^and 1 told li ill I would call ug i n^tins morning.'' I'b** maii looked^very iiurd at me. ^Why,^ suid be.^^ibis property has not Im en let to an^-^b idy lor Hire** years. It is absolutely tin-^tenanted.^ ^1 wdl not argil*- with yon,^John, ' said I. ^lj -l mo the key at once,^for 1 must enter the house.^ '1 h ^ man^burr.oil dowti tfi I stri el lo the agent, pn -^cure-u the key mid returned. Wu soon^reurhi d the front Beer, lie- key to whicli^titled badly, anil cut' red the house.
'There,1 knew ill' said I, ^When I^was hero lust night 1 was lighted up this^bull by liialciies, und lit re, plainly^enough, you see, John, tu^* s.airs arc^strew ti with partially burned inaiches. '^l i e man made me M answer, and 1 hur^^ried lo the lrout room on the second^floor. 1 II st knocked Imlitly and then^^ opened the do ir. T!ie roast! Was utter y^empty! The watchman had followed me^rlo-ciy, cxiiectiitg a great surprise. Now^be looked ul me with a in beat*) cxi t* *^stou of gratification ami stupidity. Hi-^cot ft cling emotions could not have been^ISjtae! lo mine. 1 rubbed my eyes uiid rt -^called every incident of tbe previous^uittlil's visit.
'^Why,^ said I, as much to convince^myself us my compunioii, ^Iheru stoial^^ he lied. (MM was the door. There was^the oilier ilooi ^it is the same rosim.^ 1^crossed lowurds tbu lire-place and coti-^tiiiii^-d: ^From this point 1 stepped to^the- patient's sudsv U ton sling stioe. t-weide^a prescription and placed on this luunit-J,^and^(lirat f.'od.' //ere if imt '
Then 1 'aid a u zzy spell for the only^timrs iu my life.
'That, my dear sir, is ad I know about^the acj siiiing mansion. I hav - hail a
frhostlot* u pain ni und prescribed lor^ier.'
'Yes, neighbor, that is all wo know^all..Ill tbe place,' added the prim little^woman us she rose and disappeared.
Along silence urouuil the Wushington^breakfast lahle, in which the senator^looke.i as if he'd lost the luiisculur con^^trol of his lower jaw.
Well,what uul you iloV^ somebody^finally aafcod.
''Weilllo the city, paid ^a *J to Ih-re^^leased und moved out ut unci,^ said Au^^gustus S. 1'i abody to-day living ul tbe^Grutid Lsotoi, B-oadwiiv und '1 luriy-fn--i^street. New- York c.iy, und personally^known la hundreds of peooio in this^metropolis.^ -.Vise \mk LBoHBs
Mylave en's pgsjsjgf on noi face
ifi-l'l tjsjUo Mil '* 1 'I tins^r'ei rasltwdai liiaiciltop.ua
Ib ai bi| ^Ml k a klS^.
Aiul^hortly aft. i t^ant I 111.sliced
bet.tica g ass to w-iils.^Anil as I \ irweit in -^ f I saw
MyHps wen wuite as ebaflfc.
Nexttun ^ I catch you. love, beware!
II! IvoM you etese, at 4 tbao^IM si-s im on y.'ur niUy lips
lopun tunic red Sltaill.
/in .t/.iss n in .Y.ir I'ori. .Sun.
bPhAKNU Ul- P iU.sEs.
Tba Var llusrilssr I u i roduccd the 'I a -^boot it s-ulj * '.
Ki.m tmM.
Now,prunes,^ remarked the star^boarder as be passed il.e di-b to the next^person at tbe table without lakinfl) any^himself, ^prunes are a si riof dried plum.^Tbe name comes from^
Mr.Hunker,^ iiit^rrii|ited Mrs. Smull.^the landlady, ,,' w-nti't you lr/ these^beets'.' '
Notany; thanks, Mrs. Small. I was^about to say that the name prune comes^from Ibe Latin prtintiin, which means a^plum. Tbi^ Grci ks were also familiar^Willi the fruit on IM tabh a of the ir beard^^ing bouses. They called it^''
Mr.Hunker,' aga ti interrupted Mrs^Small, ^would woes list* another cup of^cotTese.''
thank^,no; Mrs. Small. The^Greeks, 1 was ub.mt to say, called the^prune prounon; and, if we may believe^aneiint chroniclers, they stewed tbe^di .e l iruit much its
IJerhtps von wont I bko a little more^steak, Mr. Hunker,^ tuzgcklcil the laud^lady.
Alillle more, please. Thanks. The^pre-sent un tbo 1 id pn p iring prum s^set int to b ^ tl.e same us tnut employed^in Grc-i ce. Mrs. Sin ill, have you any Ida a^how many lie tinea are e-oimutned in this^c a nary i v.*ry y ar'.'
Ksads-,1 haven t, Mr. Hunker. L t^me help you to some more toast.
1think 1 will take titio l.cr piece, Mrs.^ItaaaJL Well, I will til yu Woosmismm^in this country ; b ^ut l'^'.tHi.UUO pouuiis^of
Mr.Hunker, ^ observed Mrs. lull,^nns ou-ly. ^wouldn't you |,k^ a little^more cream in ^'^'ir coll'.-e-.* '
^]don't care tf 1 lo take a btllo nnn .^But ju .t think ot the nialamide, of tba^prune trade! W'o oonsiisne l^ Ibie coun^^try, Mrs. Mm ul, 1'^.^0^J IWO asttasf
prunes|er y ar. 1 .alia ai^ ml X,VU),VjU^potridt a w .*e*k. or^^''
i'assthe better to Mr. Hunker,^Mary,'' commiiid-d Mrs. Small.
inother wonts, every man. woman^and child consum s on an avcraire abut^lot |iouuu^ ul ptu ii-s per year. Of course.
thereare some tic .pa* who tlo not eat^prunes, and that leaves more for the^pe. pie who do cat them.^
Diliyoti bear of 11 is- lire down st reft^ic-dav, Mr. Hunker^' usked Mr*,^small.
Yes;I hear 1 that no fMMMWM^ilotie. But, to return to prunes. 1 saw^-otnu more very interesting statistics^al^ un lb -in Its-day. Now, o f the 1'U.UJJ,-^KB pounds^
1b g pardon. Mr. Hitnk**r, but who^was that yt.ting lady 1 saw.you with on^la^t Sunday night'.'' asked the landlady^w Hit steep interest.
1It BJMt tiave been Miss I'.ypp, Mrs.^Small. Itui, as 1 was uls -ut lo say, sail of^th - lit I Uuo-,1 ^^^ pounds of prui ' - * in n^every ys'.sr in tins cenilrt, only ir.Uotl i 0 I^are nr. da rod in the Tailed Mates. Thu^atale of Cat -^^
Aman cams* kassjatf and asked for your^best suit. Mr. Hunker,^ ri-utar-.*'d Mr-.^Small. ^He saul you bud sent for it.^lint 1 told bbB 1 could not give it to Ii ut^w i.hoiiiu written oi.hr fr. m you. Was^lb ^ right'.' '
Quiteright, Mrs. Small. The slate of
alt.strata praaBaaa about ITjtWH.flBt
poundsof prunes, ami we have to import^iroin Asia and Kurope the remaining ^:'.,^n n,'H.O pnirnls. I'm sorry I can't stay^ami is*ll you more nboui this d* lictous^lffsjlt|bBtl hava an cngags up'iit in I^^untunes at tin* office. I vo barely llllle^to get there. To-morrow I'll tell you Un^^rest
AlterMr Hunker bail gone Mrs. Small^told Mary to b^* cvirvfu! to put no prunes^on the table the following day, m Ihe*^le pe lhat Mr. Hunker would forjet.
IHEbPt-.fc.CH Ur iZtA BtAN
Therets angle people on tow n media' days who
MttafcUtot isi.sk ^ a slis.w.^Wen ihey s4|inri la- tr |si|houi wiiilent, t iInk
thesea win uveraowj^W iV lli**^ re s|ssal.n' ilic I na.ur'has no oilier
woik la ask
An'Ihey think ih ^ sol.tr system jett Stan's s'.tll^t il titt-y are tlirouj-ti.
I'm s 1'anker, bin i o . p akrr. I liavc got niuri*
Iia ti ih in Hiag,^An'int tin. I cct sin r.t splendid, bill I lest cau l
aasmy laagttti
Iftil.- lite of UsoesYgM tIi it luii usiiiy bra lu in
sucha wild i'oiiilllistioll
t'oiildmitt la II .iiies ul i'l^i kiince I: might l;:altp
lllCik' -.iii
billI'm fvfgMraetl m :t cruwil of tlins*, an' aM ^^spciiU for k y lift*.
An'sum tunes la u crowd of two w'eiioneof
'em'smy w iti i^-so in town meet a' t'other i!av w'en tlie niudera-^tie said,
We'dh-i ii now ta K/ra Iteau,^ 1 tlteutbt ltn-t^lil ih op dead!
WeaI got up Ins ball spun roun', I Uioin-lit
Wellll lleter Slop.
\V|Ii tile rsioj i pell the belt. iii av the liaselllclil^al tllet pi
My'inline was jeel haUcd in u ^ tdroal, dry as
aoaker's aaja.^I try it^ a cured c. dflsh w'en I'.s lian^in' in tlie
Tin*i|iiesbon wa .-'shall Pokuinyllle couslruci
aimher p sabd^'Input in br-aciiy tattle wins p;rsist In piki.i'
An'I w i .In il tl e lie sky ise.iiiil was titillt an' luc
taeortiiictil.^With a blase nus Ihroiinh my aostnls au' fast^t U'.-d up tMabk
Hut1 tcaiarnl to get slatted an' my words Is^^Kuti lo ft ^w
lakeiniilasses in csslil weather, tblck at first un'
nuMlalrc oTsisi ecfi grew heated an' 1 opvn d
upmy lam
Au'atidsof t:iir^lui'sweetness seened looter-^How i l.e place.
An'myvoice grew- tweet as ntittle tumblla'
oowiiwaiifiroiiitie. latest^from i ,e ua- tis of ausads ll. 1st 11 is' iu ihe sirctt-'
I kla W (he llliiy.'lb* SlielfllOl ullt UUtll tile
iiiti-k ut sliHiiu^Hut I basal eiyui m my soul, ^More room! mure^ns'iu! more renin!''
M\aims swung toiin' like windmill* an' com
p.el.ii 111 . ,| the plaee,
Wen tin ^ w.iv-d ihey mash- a tas-tiuin on Ilic
taitiieic.isMrea ol lotrei^My rlsrlttiari spi tabes! * n UM Mtt' iu aaaffaa
e:in' w as cs
IN'mostueruis ami si-sera llopi cl ovt r In lls-ir^giaves!
W^y alt my hlcsscil ianllenc^ llloiigbt lie- day er
d.mil b nl isi lie,^.M^ tiiida ^-. s.piir* in' It;-Ii u!n* struck the hull
Iowain -c a aaaib!
tilii.i ii !^ si slot.Mil oyer with a mtisie wa-h^o[ ia^ ml
An'n- s ^^ ek Un- las u ol rokiimvule |sis-es.cd^aaatbsx ismu-r
Bif. h:^K
WARfslNCs IU btAHttcHti^This Kulght nl lbs ll I it Tried lis Mtop^lalklUB aad I it nns Insaue.
NanI'laisi lsl'41 oi lespouil-m e lovi.i Stale l(^g-
TomV.illery, a barber, was taken to^the Agnews state asylum yesterday. Val-^lery, like most barbers, is very Inlkaltve.^A few days ago on** of h-s be-si customers^was aeated in Vullery's chair being^shave I. Tin- customer bud been out the*^ri lay tit t*s*forc and bis b* ud was aching.^V illi ry ki p-ii|i Ills usual stream of talk^until aba cuttomer said: ' Vallery, can't^you ever stop talking '.'^ Vallery rtsplied^that be could, ami the customer insisted^that tie* could nut. and one word led io^another until Dually the patron said:^'T'HJsel you 15) you can't sit in front ^^^^ib it i lock live* tiours and not suy a wuul^i xoept to count the strokes of Ihe petidu*^mm.
1he time for the trial waa fixed for tie*^in xi day and tbe sin p was closed. A^chair w-us fixed for Vallety in front ol^tie- big e-loc-k, and In* sut down laugh^^ingly ami baajM 'o count. Everyitang^passed off smoothly lor the Ursi hour.
1'hesecond hour went by and the* |r
burlser'sfact* was -trained und Ins limbs^Ise-guu toCMiii).. Kvet ybisly arrotiud le^aii^its grow v. ry alliums about this s*liil of
iBaaahour-, lot vaJAaty was showing
signsol being lerrib.y punished. At tlm^end of four hours Ir t-rnls bcirgid him io^atop, 'iiu ii be f. il p. ^be II .or in Mortal^ai/oiiy. Ho wrl'le-d and twistud, and his^eyes were twisted uilll sst out of bis Ilea*!.^I he man was m el.
Valery w ,a luaeii to bis room, where^bo leceiVed uc nic.il atieutiou, but it was
ofnn avail. He is panaattf baratlaaa,
anda- eu.oy managed us a child. lie^a-mplv aits wim raised eyes and folded^hands, repeating as bis eyes roll upward,
O.ic,two, three, BSso, tw., tbeoas
I.estHonors t^* ills An trrulst,^I'r- nt the N. sv Voik t'ontmir. i.d Adtt-rtiser.
'1ht dreury notes of the ^HvaJ Murc'i '^'rom Saul ceho tin ro tbe dm of Hie*^eirect, und in a m^ uient the teui'iueiii^bou-e- windows are tkilttl with curious^faces, while tb^ m .st eager among ih -^s|^^-ctiiiors climb out among ihu pola ai.d^I ans lhat grace the first escapes.
Thucurbstone in-low is suddenly^crowded an I all eyes are turned in the^dirccuou from winch the music comes.^1 ho cialte*r of the g-.tny thorougdfure^hits cs'ssetl, mot beiween lb*, breaks in^die BJBbB one c.sti i*atcli tbe rattle ot^slowly turning wheel* and tile shi-ftl-so^siowly in testae feet a peg the rough pave^^ment.
Alittle* wave i f nervous tension sweeps^over tlie f u-n along lb* curb, there is a^great cram ig ol uccas by those behmd,
anda il.rly little boy perclKHl high ca a^lamp post makes the announcement that
d*re aaatta.
Firstthe musicians, six of them in all,^in gaudy uniform* and playing upon Ihe^moat utn casus of instruments. They^scorn ihe little slips ot music before them^and look from side to side at the crowd.^tine sees nn acquaintance, noda and^waves bis hum! wiiiiout ceasing to manip^^ulate the bays w oh ibe other. Then they^shift into the ' M irjeiilaise.
Aiki oi men follow, walking in^couples. J lie re is a bit of red ribbon in^th . buttonhole of each and they carry^ih ap canes. I'.-ikept beards fringa tbo^I e * s of live, and cacti mall weare a pal^^pably assumed expression of ferocity.
Thehearse, a cuuap ami rickety affair,^rumbles atn r IbsSD. Its drivi-r chews a^etgaf and nas his hat lipped over his eyes,^ui.tl ut intervals lie lashes tbe ball,^statved botaesl tiiimercitully.
Ilie ii mor. men witli unkempt beards^ao-l llerce look-, who gaz I proudly upon^a II ig ol dingv red, whissu me sickle breras^ol ibo sit.in. flaunts languid y above^ihem. Ann lust ot all a railltfirap coach^witli u woman in ii crying.
1lie iiand lias lut lied the corner and^tin* iiius.c grows !a no r. There is a rush^of po.ii.le iroin both sides of tbe street,^its strident clatter breaks out again and^the funeral is forgotten.
ruetiiANr api.s of Borneo.
I.realAll i I oil leu A n i liroeoldt That Livo^in 1 rstes sail llaieiy Visit the Csreaasi.
MvucepiainlancH with ap^-s has been^elm My tti.itlu in l'ssrueo,^ aaid Prof.^Henry A. Ward, iho famous natural sci^^ence e-oile-ctor to a W ashington Star re-^jtartaf the other day. ^ 1 bai great island^is ih^ baBM of ibe orang, which ia tbe^most ui boreal of ull monkeys. The ani^^mals I,vo 111 trees altogether, rarely, if^ever, visit i g tbe ground. It takes two^good marksmen to shoot one, becausa^they dodge uround the trunks. They do^u'.l their tigiiung aloft, and it it great fun^to see* tin in drop the armfuls of fruit^they havo gathered in contest* for Ita^possciMoti. They are plentiful in tbo low^^land* mar the roaat. It is raaoly that^aiiy.sody venture* into the Interior, b -^caii'O thi-ro tho load bunting native*^prowl. Among B*Bl each man ia re-^ipnred to havo n cured a bead before be^is permitted to marry, and on tin* ac-^i . iint ii e voting gentlemen aavage* are^continually looking ubsiut for somebody^to kill. This makes traveling disagree^^able.
titleof the* most noticeable features of^the- t.iiid-c*ape of iiorneo is the n--sts of^aMBaw which are souiten d about thichfy^among tin- mil tr -ea. From their num-^Im t one inigbt get a greutly ^ x iggerated^imiirs-^sio!i of the pleniifuluess of tho^spe'cii s, unless il were understood how^.^ud laf wbut purpose these roosting^places were constructed. The beasts are^greitlv annoyed I y Mies, from which they^are aid^ lo protect use front part of their^bixl.es with iheir bauds, but ihey cannot^keep the vicious insects from biting them^in tne* tear, and so they gather a quantity^of leuves and branch, s and make them^into couches lu repi.su against among the^boughs.
A irotrction of tbia asart as^ re * a very
wellfor a while, fait presently ita mater^^ial begins to ilci'oui|sose. ami the decay^^ing leuves uPruct ihe flies which tho^^ .rung is so at x ous to ge*t rut of. Then^In* is obliged to make another neat of^fresh stuff, and so he may rrt|uire d* Bena^of ibeio in ilit* course* of a year, lnas-^iniifh as In- does not take* tbe trouble to^remove the old utie-a, ihey remain to^adorn thu tree -top hi which be awing*^about.
*t li'.tngs have u very curious method of^fighting. In iheir court ets among thesm-^selys's, wh.fh sre frequent, Iheir effort^is always to Mas* tin* lingers of their ad^^versaries and bile iheiu. A very beauti-^I ul i;roup of th*-se a ii imala at the National^museum, lu uiiiicd by Mr. Hornaday, ad^^mirably iliustratea a typical encounter of^this sort. It is owing lo this method of^battle that it is almost impossible to pre -^cure a skin which does not lack some of^tbe tinners. If defending itself againat a^man the beast w ill always attempt to grab^the arms of bis I uui.ni opponent ao as to^cle w s fT bis lingers. For Ibis purpose^i s jaw is excellently adapted, being^enormously powerful aud equipped with^bug^ incisors.
1be favorite food of the orang is tba^'durum' I run, which is, p.Thai s, the most^delieiou* iu the world, uniting, aa it doe*,^tin- flavors of the peach, the pear and tbo^straw berry, lake must things nearly per^^fect, however, tins fruit baa a drawback^-namely, that it leaves a lasts, in tbo^mouth the next day after itia eaten which^is mure uhomiuable tbati can either be^descr.h -il or conceived. To protect itself^from the rain the orang crooks il* arm^over its In a I. Tbo hair on the orang's^uppiT arm points downward, while on the^lower arm it points upwurJ, tbe apparent^purptsss* being to st.ed tue* rain like a^thatch when the attitude 1 have describ.d^is asautlietl.
l b^ ..iher great ape which make* bi*^home in Iiorneo is ibe gibbon, which I* m^small animal compared with the orang,^weighiiur only about t'J or Set pound*. It^is very frail bj n^ boxli y makeup. Tba^beau i- set squarely upon the shoulders,^and it looks tipwatd When walking on^the ground it balances itself along like a^walker on Il.e Pg^ t rope, lie remarkable
1towerof grasp and dexterity in using ita^lanns is, * qually with the chaise of ita^cranium, an index of It* auperior intelli^^gence, p- rhaps Isecuiise il is able to lake^bo'il of u irreuter numbe-r of things and^eta .nne ttis'iu. '1 li** gibbon is a natural^acrobat. lis trapes* performance* ia^trees are simply marvelous.
Theanimal* go in droves, whereas^orang- live by families, and one of Ibo^iiiosl interesiitig spectae-les imaginable 1*^to see a troop of tiie-iii crossing a great^gap iu the ti rent by throwing themselves^in succession through the air, each one^taking a swing or two to gather momen^^tum 11. fore launching himself. So great^i^ It ^ ir ug lily Unit in ex^t-uliiig feats of^this sort they si s iii like lords.
Nativesin iho countrn*s inhabited by^great apes h Mfti ibe-m alway s as human^I euigs of inferior i^ i^* .-. and it is for this^p asoti that lor a long nine it was found^laiimoathl* to get hold of un entire gorilla^skill, because IM savages considered it^religious.y necessary lo cut off Ibe hands^and feet of the au ill lis when Ibey killed^their, just as lin y no w ith their enemies,^P s-ii. ^^ f .r the purpose of rendering^.Ii, ill harmless in case they should by any^cuuucv com .* to lit* again.
s*Hsii,'.-tluru VWiukls*
Aman is very sin ill if you can put all^tlu r - is of linn into a cotH i.
Ahungry poet f srgcts that he is hungry^w hile he is reading bis own poetry.
Ani tuoty gun that you thiuk is loaded^woi scars* you as badly a* otic lhat ta.
Ilu re are so many people in Ib*church^w ii . ar.- willing to In* as religious aa tbsy^iniiik ties preach ^r ought to be.
, u c ut tell more aisout a man'* char^^acter by trading horses with bint once^tu ui by beariug buu talk for a^I rayet-meetiug.

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