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Volume XX2.
Helena, Montana, Thursday, May io, 1888.
No. 24
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T11E SI IMMER HOARDER.
Together they had walked the fields
As morning's veil was drawn ;
Hh< 1 plucked, w ith dewy diamonds wet,
The daffodil and violet.
And breathed their breath of dawn.
*»he was a dnintv city lass,
A pallid lily, fair ;
Put Auster through the flying weeks
Had blown the roses in her cheeks,
To grace the dimples there.
And he who by the maiden's side
Dame Nature's sweets enjoys !
A hale and hearty country lad.
Whose brawny limbs were roughly clad
In rustic corduroys.
Each morn this captivating miss
P.efore their walk begun.
Attired herself in raiment new,
ho ravishingly sweet, she drew
Warm kisses from the sun.
But he possessed no such supply
Of complicated suits;
And save on habbatli dav, he wore
The trousers of the day before,
htufl'ed in his creaking boots.
Between his puckered lips he blew
A lively roundelay ;
And all his nimble, whistling notes.
The warblers from their yellow throats
t aught up in trtbles gay.
''Poor fellow !" thought this fair coquette,
•'1 11 drive his mirth away
And so she said, "1 fear, my friend.
Our rambles all must have an end ;
I go to town to-day."
"Oood gracious !" thought this maiden fair,
''He shows no signs of grief ;
That look which glimmers to the sight
Is surely, if I judge aright.
Expression of relief."
Tunica cheeks of tan aflame ;
A s he exclaimed, "O, don't mind me;
This is my business here, you see.
It's mam' that is to blame.
"She told me I must show you round
And let you flirt a bit ;
Kase ef you didn't find a chap
To tumble in your purty trap
She feared you'd up an' git.
"I ain't the kind you hev' to coax
To do a thing that's nice ;
'Siiles, fur the little bit you got
Mam' said the other day she thought
You paid a rousin' price.
"An' it's a blame sight funnier
Than workin', anyhow ;
I'd rather climb a tree fur eggs
Than shake the stuffin' frum my legs
A wrestlin' with a plow.
"But Fairy told me yesterday
I spread it on too thick ;
An' that sech triflin' wouldn't do,
Unless I let up courtin' you.
She'd drap me mighty quick.
• "You don't know Sairy-?" like a flash
The city damsel turned ;
t'pon her cheeks a crimson hue.
Anil as she vanished from the view
He said. "Well, I'll be durned !"
VANITY FAIR.
Through Yanity Fair, in days of old.
There passed a maiden with locks of gold.
And a jieddler opened his tempting pack,
frying, "O my pretty lass! What do you lack?
Here's many a ware
Costly and rare,
• ome buy—oh, come buy !
In Vanity Fair."
* Silks and satins are not for me ;
Dice is for damsels of high degree ;
1 he lads would laugh in our country town
If I came clad in a broidered gown ;
But yet there's a ware
Precious and rare
1 fain would buy me
In Vanity Fair.
"Pray, sell me, sir, from your motley store,
A heart that will love me forevermore,
That, whether the world shall praise or blame,
Through sorrow or jov will be still the same.
'Tis the only ware
For which I care
'Mid all the treasures
In Vanity Fair."
"Much It grieves me, O lassie, dear,"
The peddler said, "but I greatly fear
The hearts that loved in the old sweet way
Have been out of fashion this many a day ;
And gilded care
Is all the ware
You w ill get for your money
In Vanity Fair."
THE BRIDGE OF SLEEP.
A slender bridge it is—a slender bridge,
This span of sleep,
Which can that void that lies
' Twixt us and Paradise
So overleap,
That we without so much as flutter of hand
Or pressure of foot, pass to the other land.
Built upon piers of elould across a chasm,
A river of death ;
No hold in rook or clay,
Yet 'tis the King's highway ;
And in one breath
Beggar with prince would pass, and joy with
woe.
Mother loaves child, and lovers part to go.
W1 lat is beyond this fragile span of sleep
On the other shore?
A thickly peopled place ;
A lost, lieloved face
To see once more;
A vanished hand to clasp, yearned for In vain,
And voices we eou.d never have heard again.
And of that other bridge, that mystic bridge,
Over whore track
We are so loth to pass.
Because once crossed, alas !
We come not back !
**<> very like to this of sleep it seems.
What is beyond it? Dreams and only dreams?
r.nn or a nonm.
First Easterner—I guess you remember
lh<\ We met in Los Angeles.
Second Easterner—I remember you per
fectly. You aro the good angoi who sold me
A corner lot on which I made a small fortune.
I sold that lot for $00,000. You know I only
fcaid you $ 20,000 for it
"Yes, and as you did so well, I don't xnind
confessing; that nearly all that $30,000 was
clear profit. I bought that lot for a couple
©f hundred dollars. By tho way, what
became of the man you sold to?"
The last I heard of him he was in the
•«ns bouse.''—-Omaha World.
PASTORAL DANCES.
The Leading Amusement of Early
Californians.
Dancing was a passion with Californians
early in the present century. It affected
all from infancy to old age. Grandmothers
and grandchildren were seen dancing to
gether. Their houses were constructed
with reference to this amusement, and
most of the interior space was appropriated
to the sola, a large barn-like room. A few
chairs and a wooden settee were all its
furniture. If a few people got together at
any hour of the day, the first thought was
to send for a violin or guitar, and should
violin and gnitar be found together in
skillful hands, that of itself was sufficient
reason for sending for the dancers.
Balls were also held in the open air. A
large space was selected in front of the
house and roofed over with boughs ; three
of its sides were covered with white cotton
stuft' adorned with ribbons and artificial
flowers. The fourth side was left open
and there horsemen collected in a group
before a strong fence which prevented the
intrusion of the horses. Around the three
inclosed sides were seats for the women.
The musicians and two or three singers sta
tioned themselves in a corner where they
were out of the way. The master of cere
monies organized everything connected
with the ball. He led out the women
when they danced singly, beginning at one
end of the saloon. Clapping hands, he
took steps to the music in front of her
whom he desired to call ont. She, rising,
went to the center of the saloon, and ex
tending her skirts with both hands began
to dance to the sound of the music. After
taking a turn or two in the center of the
saloon she retired and another took her
place. In this way all the women present
were called out, except such as could not
dance or did not desire to do so, aDd these
for compliment's sake rose, and giving a
hand to the master of ceremo
nies, were turned by him and
then reseated. While the woman
were dancing, the men on horse back kept
up a continual movement and sky-larkiDg,
coming and going and disputing places,
each endeavoring to force his horse to the
front. If the piece were to be danced by
a couple, the horsemen who wished to take
part dismounted, removed their spurs and
hung them at the saddle-bow ; then, hat in
hand, they entered the parlor and each
took out the partner selected. The piece
concluded, the women retired to their
places and the men remounted.
A j f I.,...,,!» «»11 *L « o_ I :j'- - — r.—x 1.^11-« ••
much alike, they varied in the song and in
the ceremonies. The jota was the favorite.
Each cavalier took out a lady and the
couples faced each other. The music began
and the singers began their verses or
estribillos —a kind of refrain in lyric
couplets of no very high order of poetry—
aDd immediately each set of couples com
menced to move the hands and arms
capriciously, taking care that this should
last as long as the verse lasted. On the
singers beginning another estribillo,
all joined hands, forming a chain, and the
circle moved around till partners were
faciDg each other again. The singers then
began another verse, and the couples to
make différent figures. The step in this
dance consisted in alternately raising the
feet and hoppiDg gracefully in time with
the music. This dance was most harmoni
ous and graceful when understood by
the participants; on this ac
count it was generally exe
cuted by older persons who were
skilled in it and because it required a cer
tain dignified grace. The words of the
verses were according to the caprice of
the singers, and perhaps came down from
ancient times. The estribillo was long or
short, according to the number of couples
taking part in the dance.— Hubert Howe
Bancoroft's California Pastoral.
Drug Stores in Germany.
[Dresden Correspondence.]
The drug stores have a curious way here
of shutting up just about the time you
want them. And as soon as it begins to
grow dark, down go the shutters, aDd if
you need anything you go to a little bell
handle outside of ODe of the iron shutters
and ring it. Then you hear some one at a
crank inside, the massive frame rolls up,
and a head looks out the window. Finally
the man or boy inside opens part of the
window and you talk through a pane of
glass and make known your wants. In
stead of angry at beiDg aroused, the man
begs your pardon for keeping you outside
and says : "I thank you for your order."
If you have not the exact change, and the
man inside is Dot in the same predicament,
he will beg you most politely and thank
you to allow him to change it. Having
done so he will thank you for calling (evi
dently taking the visit as a social one),
how, close his little peep hole, bow again,
and then smile sweetly as he grinds down
his iron shutter and "his smiling face is
lost to view. How different from the
druggists in America ! I remember I once
awoke one up in the States and he came
down stairs with a shot gun after me.
But, as I remarked before, they have a
curious way of doing thiDgs in Dresden.
Wealthy Men's Ready Money.
"It would bo a pleasure to accommodate
you, but the simple truth is I haven't $.500 in
cash in the world," said a Buffalo Croesus to
tho financial man of the firm, who was seek
ing a purchaser for a gilt edged $1,300 6 per
cent, real estate mortgage. Noticing an ex
pression of incredulity upon tho face of his
caller, Croesus hastened to add: "It is a
common mistake of those having small means
to suppose that a millionaire always has
$50 000 or more at instant command. It is
only on rare occasions that most of us see
$33 000 in currency at one time, and for two
years I have never once had $10,000 of my
own on hand. Tho men of great wealth ore
ns a rule men of largo business interests. V e
own blocks, elevators, ships, telegraph tele
phone and railroad stocks, suburban tracts
and many other kinds of property, but none
of these can bo converted into cash at an
hour's notice. Then, again, most of our real
estate is mortgaged, because we are able to
use ready money in such a manner os to re
alize more than 6 per cent. You would be
astonished could you learn how large a ioad
of debt some very wealthy Buffalo men are
carrying. It is usually the second generation
of wealth that buys mortgages govenmMnt
bonds and other securities which T^Jda
moderate income and require no looking
after."—Buffalo Express.
WORKINGWOMEN.
Those >1 ho Fail to Learn IIow to be
Practical.
[Woman ,9 World. |
There are few sadder sights in the world
than to see an intelligent, sober artisan
married to an ordinary domestic servant
(such unions are very common ) and observe
the progress of their lives, say. for a year.
They have both saved a little money, and
take a cottage, which they furnish, "not
wisely, bnt too well,'' and commence life
under, apparently, the most favorable cir
cumstances.
They bave delightful breakfasts and
dinners. Jack never lived so well in his
life, even when a single man, and he thinks
what a real treasure he has found in "Jill."
She loves him devotedly, thinks she can
never do enough for him, and that nothing
is too good to give him to eat. She had
"helped in the kitchen" in her last place,
and being an observant girl, with a pros
pect of a home of her own, she watched
the ccok and certainly learned a great deal.
But, unfortunately, she had picked up, not
only cook's skill, but her extravagance,
and when quarter day came round Jack
remembered, with a start, that they had
both forgotten it and also the un
interesting but undeniable fact that
hoots and clothing wear out and
there was no provision at all for
replacing them. They had been very
happy and enjoyed themselves very much,
and Jill declared that they really had
"nothing out of tbe way, after all only
she forgot that the style of cooking in a
rich man's kitchen is not suitable for a
poor man's cottage. Fried fish need not
of necessity be an expensive dish, hut ac
cording to modern methods of cookery it
is, and exceedingly indigestible into the
bargain, soaked as it generally is with
lukewarm fat and half smothered in a
semi cooked mess called "melted butter,"
one-half of which is invariably wasted.
There is a total ignorance with regard to
the use of fire. Three times as much coal
as is really necessary is burned; saucepans,
frying pans and kettles get worn in no
time These may seem sordid and unin
teresting details, but to the workingman's
wife they are, or ought to be, matters of
vital importance, ami should be taken into
consideration; for if all the wages are spent
in beiDg comfortable and having things
nice, there is a good chance of poverty
coming in at the window even before love
has looked toward the window.
And yet in such a case the woman is
scarcely to be blamed; she means well, but
she knows no better. She imitates to the
best of her ability what she has seen pre
sumably better informed people do, hat
ouc 1 » .tnuiuKtjf iguumui i«jui as io me
value of the food she buys and cooks and
also the proportion of wages that should
be spent on it. In fact, domestic servants
make about the worst, instead of the best,
wives for workingmeD, for they have ideas
beyond their means. With better training—
with any training—they would understand
that what might be a very appropriate
"dish" for a wealthy idle man, would he in
no way suitable for a poor, hard working
man. If economy were practiced by the
wealthy classes the poor would unques
tionably soon benefit by it. If servants
were properly trained and children prop
erly educated, much of the sinful waste
that goes on every day would be avoided
and poor people would be much healthier and
happier. There is hardly any class (unless
the very wealthy)who do not suft'ermoreor
less from extravagant cooking and waste.
In lodgings, to persons with fixed incomes,
it becomes a very serious matter. Milk,
butter, eggs, sugar, cheese, spices and such
things vanish in the most astonishing way,
though the landlady and servants may be
most scrupulously hoDest. They bave
simply got into a wasteful way, and until
that way is amended no amount of cnltnre
or amusement or increased wages will im
prove the domestic condition of the wives
of workiDgmen or the homes of working
women.
Two Points of View.
First Wood Sawyer—This 'ere is a hard,
hard world ; no chance for enjoyment at alL
How I'd like to knock off and go duck hunt
ing like I did when I was a boy.
Second Wood Sawyer—You must be crazy.
"Crazy because I want to go duck hunt
ing?"
"Clean daft. In Maryland, where I just
came from, duck hunting is a regular trade,
and men are paid so much a head for all the}'
kill. I've been a duck hunter for six years."
"What on earth are ye doin' out here?"
"I came hero to saw wood for a rest."—
Omaha World.
Great Magnetic Power.
A Duluth newspaper, telling of the power
of the magnetic iron ore of that vicinity,
says that the miners have to wear moccasins,
because the ore draws all the tacks from
their boots; that houses near the mines have
to be built with wooden pins or bolts, because
the iron draws the nails; that a wild duck
that had inadvertently swallowed a few hair
pins was stopped in its flight over the mines,
drawn earthward, and made a prisoner, and
that persons with too much iron in their
blood are so magnetized that they sleep in a
trance.
Effect of the Climate.
"Who is this gentleman who registers
'M'sieur Danniele de Wyllsonne?'" "That?"
said the clerk, looking over the register;
"oh, that is Dan Wilson, of Ohio. He has
been in Paris three months and just got home
last night." "And who is this, then, just be
low him, who writes himself Daniel Wilson?"
"That is the son-in-law of tho president of
the republic of France."—Burdette in Brook
lyn Eagle. _
A Question of Discretion.
*'I see they have set Schwab to making hash
in the penitentiary."
"So I understand."
"Don t you think it is a mistake to let the
Anarchists into the secret of making any
more of these dangerous compounds?"—Chi
cago News._
A Cold, Hard Fact.
His face is his - fortune—an insurance
agent's.—Texas Siftings,
They Don't Grow There.
Chauneey Depew told this experience in a
recent speech: "I was up in Scotland this
summer, where they understand a joke more
easily than anywhere in the world, and was
tired out traveling and sightseeing, and said
to my Scotch guide: 'I must find a soft
stone somewhere to sit down on.' He said:
'My friend, there are no soft stones in Scot
land.'"
BOOK STORESJ THE WEST.
How Literature is Mixed up With
Other Fancy Goods.
(Harper's Magazine ]
Madison is not only an educational cen
ter, but an intelligent city ; the people
read and no doubt buv books, but they do
not support book stores. The shops where
books are sold are variety shop«, dealing in
stationary, artists' materials, cheap pictures,
brie a-brae. Bocks are of minor import
ance and but tew are keep in stock. In
deed, book selling is not a profitable part
of the business ; 'it does not pay to handle
books or keep the run of new publications,
or to keep a supply of standard works. In
this the shops of Madison are not peculiar.
It is true all over the West except in two
or thice large cities, and true perhaps not
quite so generally in the East; the book
shops are not the literary and intellectual
centers they used to he.
There are several reasons given for this
discouraging state of the hook trade. Per
haps it is true that people accustomed to
newspapers full of "selections," to the
flimsy publications found on the cheap
counters and to tbe magazines do not buy
"books that are books," except for furnish
ing ; that they depend more and more upon
the circulating libraries for any
thing that costs more than an
imported cigar or half a pound of candy.
The local dealers say that the systern of
the great publishing houses is unsatisfact
ory as to prices and discounts. Private
persons can get the same discounts as the
dealers, and can very likely, by ordering a
list, buy more cheaply than of the local
bookseller, and therefore as a matter of
business, he says that it does not pay to
keep books; he giVes up trying to sell them
and turns his attention to varieties. An
other reason for the decline in the trade
may be in the fact that comparatively few
booksellers are men of taste in letters, men
who read or keep the ran of new publica
tions. If a retail grocer knew no more of
his business than many booksellers know
of theirs he would certainly fail. It is a
pity on all accounts that the book trade is
in this condition. A bookseller in any
community, if he is a man ot literary cul
ture and has a love of books and a knowl
edge of them, can do a great deal for the
cultivation of the public taste. His shop
becomes a sort of intellectual center ot
the town. If the public finds there
an atmosphere of books, and are
likely to have their wants'inet for publica
tions, new or rare, they will generally sus
tain tbe shop. At 1» ad this is my observa
tion. Still I shook! not like to attempt to
say whether the falling off in the retail
book trade is due to want of skill in the
tn Oh« Duhlishini» m"ahinary or to
public indifference. The subject is worthy
the attention of experts. It is undeniably
important to maintain everywhere these
little depots ot intellectual supply. In a
town new to him the visitor is apt to esti
mate the taste, the cnltnre, the refinement
as well 8 s the wealth of the town by its
shops. The stock in the dry goods and
fancy stores teil» one thing, that in the art
stores another thiDg, that in the book
stores another thing about the inhabitants.
The West, even on the remote frontiers, is
full of magnificent stores of goods, telling
of taste as well as luxury; the book shops
are poorest of all.
An Artful Shopper.
A woman entered a dry goods store, and
approached one of tbe clerks. "Pleaso do
these op," she said, handing him two old
newspapers.
He looked surprised, and she explained.
"I ain't out on a reg'lar shopping tower,
and ain't agoin' to buy anything, but there's
that Mrs. Simpson, that has half of our pew
at church, just loaded down with bundles.
She'll never know the difference."
As the clerk was tying up the newspapers
she said in a low voice:
"Make it look as much like a silk dress pat
tern as you can, mister; it'll worry her more."
—Detroit Free Press.
A California View.
Omaha Man (on railroad train)—There is a
very interesting article in this paper about
the coal mines of Pennsylvania.
Los Angeles Lady—I am tired reading
about strikes, thank you.
"This is about their homes. It says the
average miner's home is a story and a half
high, with three rooms."
"Story and a half high and with three
rooms! Dear me! How rich they must be."
—Omaha WorhL
He Was Discharged.
Reporter—I've a good item here this morn
ing. I found a person who had been confined
to one room his entire life.
City Editor—Goodl Send it right up.
Who is it?
Reporter—Why, a three days' old baby
down at our house.—Judge.
Discounting the Old Snltan's Death.
The young sultan of Morocco is only 16
years old, and has about $15,000,000 in his
treasury. Unless he writes an American
comic opera and puts it on the road, he will
not be obliged to negotiate a 0 per cent, loan
for a year or two at least—Norristown
Herald.
Too Much.
"We want you to come and see us Thurs
day night without fail, Mr. Buskin ; namma
has quite set her heart on having 3 ou there
aud I am quite as anxious as herself."
Buskin, immensely flattered—I am de
lighted, Miss Rachel; I will bo there storm
or shine. "There will be a few friends to
meet yon." "Floods, fire or death cannot
keep me away." "And we will present a
little play, a poor tragedy of my own, en
tirely by our own set, all amateurs." "Ah,
yes, charmiqg— ha, I had forgotten I My
father—par .On this emotion—fell dead in
the street but a few moments ago, and I am
even now oaxny way to my widowed mother,
who is at the point of death. I fear I may
bo compelled to disappoint."— Weeps and
flees.—Burdette in Brooklyn Eagle.
Fears a Relapse.
Doctor—Did you say to your husband, Mrs.
Hendricks, that, if agreeable to him, I would
send bill for services rendertd during his re
cent severe illness?
Mrs. Hendricks—Yes, doctor; and he
thought you had better wait until he gets a
little stronger.—Life.
Cramped Quarters.
Bobby (looking at the new moon)— Ma, is
there really a man In the moon?
Mother—That is a popular superstition,
Bobby.
Bobby—Well, I should think that living in
a moon like that would make him bow*
legged.—New York Sun.
SOME GOOD SENSE,
[From Babyhood.I
There is many a father of a family who,
while doing his utmost for his children,
while he is in health, and makiDg the best
provision he can for them iD anticipation of
his own death, wholly ngelects to pat such
a provision in a tangible shape where it
can be readily understood and manipulated
by the mother or other guardian in case of
his death coming suddenly. A case recently
came to our notice where property of con
siderable value was so tied up with legal
restrictions, owing entirely to lack of a
few formalities which could have been at
tended to in a day's work, that the widow
and children were kept for more than a
year dependent upon the good will of
friends before money could be made avail
able. Death is not ordinarily hastened by
making preparations for it, and the subject
should not be avoided on account of its
unpleasant character.
Many a model husband and father,
w hose business methods are of the most
methodical and strictly honorable kind,
would find ample occasion to blame him
self for neglect ifhewou'd consider for a
moment in what confusion his family would
he placed if this day should prove his last.
A good plan is to make, at least once a
year, a written statement of one's affairs at
that time, and file it, in an envelops with
the wife's name upon it, in a particular
place which she and perhaps one other per
son shall know of, if not in her own cus
tody. Snch memorandum should contain
a description of life insurance policies or
similar documents, and state where a will,
if aDV, is to be found ; encumbrances of
any kind should be noted; unfinished
transactions should lie briefly described,
that their status may be fully under
stood ; and even if there exists no
property whatever, a written statement to
that effect would relieve doubt and avoid
needless inquiry and suspense, in case one's
business affairs were of a fluctuating
nature, which could not always be followed
by the wife or fully explained to her. In
case of protracted and dangerous sickness,
questions relating to the circumstances oi
members of a family who may soon be left
alone camiot be readily asked or answered;
and much distress and dread of the luture
would be relieved at such a time if the
wife could feel that whatever eartnly pos
sessions existed were to be immediately
available, or at least that a full account of
them was at hand under a comparatively
recent date, so that she need not bring the
subject into the sick room.
Phrases the Girls Must Eschew.
[Philadelphia Times. |
Tlie Hot. of word«, phraees and expres
sions to be avoided by young ladies of
Wellesley College includes the following:
"I guess so," for I suppose so, or I think
so.
"Fix things," for arrange things, or pre
pare things.
The use of "ride" and "drive" inter
changeably.
"Real good" or "real nice" for very good
or really nice.
"I have studied some," for s'udi-d some
what, or "I have not studied any," for tot
studied at all.
"Not as I know," for not that I kDow.
"Try an ex périment," for make an exper
iment.
"Had rather," for would rather, and "had
better," for would better.
"Right away," for immediately or now.
"Well posted." for well informed.
"Try and do," for try to do, "try and go,"
for try to go."
"It looks good enough," for it looks well
enough, or "does it look good enough," for
does it look well enough.
"Somebody else's," for somebody's else.
A New System of Cash Collecting.
A new system of cash railway for stores is
a eahle line operated by electric motor. The
grooves in which the boxes move are of nickel
plate. At each corner aro wheels, around
which the cables are arranged, a lower and
an upper one. Tho lines go all over a store,
and could be carried into tho attic or very
far away with the necessity of only one head
quarters. Tho boxes, little nickel plated
6 quare ones, shut with a spring and fitted
with clutches, are side tracked at the station
by groo%*es. The clerk puts tho money and
check inside and slides it on to the main
grove, when quick as a flash it is taken by
the cable and hurried up inclines and around
corners with wonderful rapidity. In a sec
ond or two it returns at the same fast rate.
Compared with the rolling ball system it is
like the locomotive to stage coach, or what
electricity is to steam.—Boston Transcript.
Sea Birds' Drinking Water.
An old sea captain thinks he has a good
answer for the question, "Where do sea birds
obtain fresh drinking water?" He says that
he has often seen birds far from land that
could furnish water flying around and under
storm clouds, drinking the drops of water as
they fell, and chattering like ducks in a pond
on a hot day. They will smeil a rain squall
100 miles away and fly for it with tre
mendous speed.—New York Sun.
In Washington Society.
At an afternooner:
She—Ah, good morning I How do you?
He—Thanks 1 Oh 1 ah I So glad to see you
this morning.
She—Charming day?
He—Delightful. Y~ou aro looking lovely!
She—Ah, thanks, awfully. Didn't I meet
you yesterday at Mrs. Blank's tea?
He—How kind of you to remember. [He
wasn't there.] I heard a pretty compliment
paid you at Mrs. X.'s last night. Charming
place that, isn't it?
She—Exquisite. [She was never there.]
Do tell me what you heard?
In another corner, later:
She (to a friend)—What a delightful man
that Mr. Robinson is.
Friend—Why, that isn't Robinson; that's
Jones.
In another comer, about the same time:
He (to a friend)—Isn't that Miss Brown
lovely?
Friend—Rats! That ain't Miss Brown;
that's Miss Smith.—Washington Critic.
Getting Late.
"Clara," he said, in a low, sweet, kiss me
tone of voice, "do you see yon twinkling
star?"
"I see plenty of stars," replied the tired
girl, who was anxious to get to bed, "but I
don't observe anything particularly 'yon'
about them. Don't be foolish, George^"—
New York Sun.
ABOUT CHILDREN'S PARTIES,
(London Queen J
Children's parties of late years bave un
dergone a great change. Formerly, when
youDg people were assembled together, it
was thought sufficient to clear a large room
and let them indulge in the old-fashioned
games of blind-man's buff, post, family
coach, hunt the slipper, magic music, mu
sical chairs, and such like merry and romp
ing games, which, with a goed tea and Sir
Roger de Coverley danced afterward, was
supposed to form a delightful entertain
ment. But now all this is changed; romp
ing games are pat on one side.
The little boys and girls of the pres
ent day are too well dressed to
risk tearing their pretty clothes. Child
ren's parties are miniature copies of those
of older people, with the exception that
some form is adopted, either a Christmas
tree, a bran nie or any other vehicle for
the distribution of presents, that each little
one may have something to take home.
When all the little guests ate arrived they
are generally entertained first with either a
Punch and Judy show, marionettes, a
children's play, magic lantern or some
qniet amusement of that sort. After tea
dancing is resorted to, and the Christmas
tree or its substitute ends the evening.
Children like novelty, aDd any new form
of entertainment is eagerly welcomed.
Parties for young people should never
be lengthy affairs, as it is impossible to
keep them amused and happy for long to
gether, and early hours are most desirable,
afternoon parties from 3 till 7 or 4 to 8
being far more sensible than later hours,
when tbe eagerness of expectation tires a
child before the fan commences. Refresh
ments at a juvenile party should be sim
ple, bnt a number of bonbons and crackers
should alwas be provided. It is a mistake
to give children elaborate suppers before
they leave to go home, often disagreeing
with them and making them ill the next
day. Lemonade and cakes and sandwiches
are quite sufficient and far better lor them.
There is no prettier sight than to see a
number of prettily-dressed children assem
bled together, and of late it has been much
the fashion to adopt fancy dresses at juv
enile parties, when the little ones wear
mach the same costumes, on a smaller
scale, as are adopted by older people, and
much amusement is caused by inspecting
the various dresses and characters repre
sented. Juvenile parties have a good ten
dency in forming children's menners,
causing them to he polite to each other
and to take an interest in eacother's pleas
ures and in affairs beyond their own fami
ly circle.
Fecundity of Fishes.
I Scientific American.]
Fishes produce so many eggs that if vast
numbers of the latter and of the fishes
themselves were not continually de
stroyed these animals would finally fill np
all the waters. For example, man an
nually takes (»0,000,000 or 70,000,000 cod
fish from the sea aronnd the shores of
New Foundland. But even that quantity
seems small when we consider that each
cod yields about 5,000000 eggs each sea
son. and that even 8 , 000,000 have been
found in the roe of a single cod. Were the
60.000. 000-cod taken on the coast of New
Foimdland left to breed, the 30,000,000
females producing 5,000 000 eggs every
year, it would give a yearly addition of
150.000. 000.000.000 youDg codfish. Other
fish, though not equalling tbe cod, are
wonderfully productive. A herriDg weigh
ing six or seven ounces is provided with
abont 30,000 eggs. After making all rea
sonable allowances for the destruction of
eggs and the young, it has been calculated
that in three years a single pair of herrings
would produce 154,000,000. Buffon calcu
lated that if a pair of herrings could be
left to breed and multiply undisturbed for
a period of twenty years they would yield
an amount of fish equal in bulk to the
globe on which we live.
STRAY JOKES.
Scientist^ say that the savage bas a mors
acute sens% of smell tha.' civilized people.
They have more material to practice ou. —
Tho Epoch.
Nothing so vividly reminds us of the brev
ity of life as a thirty day note.—Drift.
Some people are so sanguine in this world
that they think they can plant a handful of
seed in a snowdrift and gather a carload of
strawberries tho day after the first thaw.—
Baltimore American.
Farmer's Wife—Will you bo seated?
Tramp—With pleasure, ma'am. Your next
door neighbor's dog has just unseated me.—
New Haven News.
Ice—thin. Boy—in.
Hacks—'leven. Boy—heaven.
—Detroit Free Präs.
The body of a boy drowned at Winchen
don, Masa, was found through tho use of the
electric B^ht, which was submerged in the
water. It may be possible to find a dead boy
by using the electric light, but it would take
an illumination of about 100 , 000,000 candlo
power to discover a lad about fivo minutes
after he has left tho house with tho remark:
"I'm only goin' round the corner."—Norris
town Herald.
A writer says: "There is always some
thing picturesque and striking about an old
mill." If the writer wants to see something
"striking" he should witness a modern "mill"
between a couple of noted pugilists.—Norris
town Herald.
A Common Kind of Philanthropy.
Omaha Man—No wonder you have coèd.
You should wear thicker clothing.
Eastern Youth—Can't afford it.
"I thought your employer was Mr. Too
good, the noted philanthropist."
"Yes; my errand here is to engage a noted
artist to paint a memorial window to Di
ogenes."—Omaha World.
Round to Have It.
Patron (impatient!)—Waiter, waiter! bring
me half a spring chicken nicely broiled, in a
great hurry; I Lave but five minutes to spare.
Waiter—»Can't do it inside of twenty min
utes.
Patron (excitedly)—Never mind, I must
have it at once if it takes an hour; burry up.
—Judea.
As Grandma Put It.
Grandma Bagley (in a reminiscent mood)—
And there's Freddy Litewaite. Dear mel I
remember him when he was a baby.
Bagley—-Yon would hardly know him now.
He is a complete Anglomaniac.
Grandma Bagley— ßew tell! Well, I al
ways knew he was a fool, bat I'm sorry to
ar he is a maniac.—Philadelphia Call., .
J
IIow to Walk.
I From the Philadelphia Times.1
There is nothim: that so thoroughly and
unmistakably discloses just what a girl or
woman is as her walk. In :i drawing room
or at a ball, of course, a woman who is new
to snch scenes betrays it in every move.
But even on the street the woman of
fashion and the g ; rl of society can be recog
nized by the initiated at a glance, no mat
ter how she may be dressed. It is all in
her walk. There is nothing so difficult,
nothim: so rare, in man or woman, as a
good walk, and no girl can lay claim to
style without it. Trollope, who was oue
of the closest of observers, in describing
the grace of one of his heroines, spoke of
her walk as "a free stride from the hips."
This is tolerably accurate, only a girl
should not stride. Bnt no one can have a
gool walk who makes very short steps.
There 3 re six iules which will insure a
good walk if carefully observed. They
are: 1. To throw the shoulders back. 2.
To keep the body from any motion what
soever. 3. To hold the head erect. 4.
To place the loot squarely on the ground*
5. To keep the knee s'eady. 6 . To keep
the elbows close to the tide. There is
nothing that so spoils a woman's carriage
as irojecting elbows.
Tones of the Voice.
[Youth's Companion. )
It is a curious fact that the tones of civ
ilized races are louder aud harsher than
those used by savage tribes. Indeed,
amorg people who are classed as civilized
it will commonly be found that the more
highly cultivated, up to a certain point,
speak in the sharper tone.
Of courte, when cultivation and refine
ment have reached the point that the tones
of the voice have become a matter of at
tention and care, the rule no longer holds
for the low, well-modulated tones are ac
quired as an accomplishment.
The philosophy of this peculiarity seems
to he that the same energy and vigor
which gives certain races the leadership in
advancement are accompanied by unusnai
nervous strain, and we are well aware how
plainly «nervousness is indicated in the
tones. The people of New England speak
in a sharper and shriller voice than their
cousins in old England. They are also
more intense in feeling and more eager in
action.
That tbis difference is not due to the in
fluence of climate is apparent upon a com
parison of our people with those of the
Dominion to the north and east of ns. It
is only as climate or other agencies may
affect the entire character of a people that
it has anything to do with the tones in
which they speak.
Chinese Doctor's Fees.
(London Times.]
The new district magistrate of Shanghai
has taken the doctors in hand. Lately
l.e sent one of his messengers to a well
known doctor with a tee of 600 cash—about
half a crown—to ask him to visit a patient.
As the messenger had strict orders not to
say he came from the magistrate the doctor
was under the impression that the patient
was not an official, and accordingly refused
to go. Airain the messenger was sent, and
again the doctor refused to attend, saying
that the fee was too small, and that he
would not go for three times the amount.
The third time the magistrate sent his
own card, aDd the doctor hastened to see
him. On being interrogated why he had
not come in the first instance, be made
excuses, which the magistrate cut short by
observing that in future he would cut
down the doctor's fees to such a low figure
that it would not be worth his while to
continue practicing. He gave the doctor
the alternative of paying 5,000 tael(£1,250)
to the Yellow river fund. The fine was
ultimately redued to 3,000 ($750), and the
doctor, it is recorded, was very glad to get
off so easily.
Safety Steam Making Value.
When water once begins to boil, says an
exchange, it is impossible to raise its tem
parature any higher; all excess of heat is
absorbed by the escaping as so called latent
heat, and is given out again when it con
denses. We olten speak of seeing the
steam escaping from the spout of a kettle,
but this is incorrect ; steam is an invisible
vapor, and we can no more sec it than we
can air. What we do see are the minute
drops of water into which the steam con
denses on coming into the cool air. If we
boil water in a glass llask, we shall notice
that nothing can be seen in the interior,
and by observing the steam escaping from
a kettle, we shall notice that there is qnite
a distance l»etween the end of the spont
and the point where the cloud becomes
visible. This clond of steam is of exactly
the same nature as the clonds which floit
in the sky, and which are formed by the
condensation in the cool upper regions of
aqueous vapor present in 'he air.
Oldest Church in Virginia.
The restoration of the Old Brick church at
Sinithfielil, Va., supposed to bo tho oldest
church iu Virginia, is nearly done. The
church was built in 1632, and used continu
ously for two centuries. Among the materi
als used in the restoration were 2,000 bricks
which were originally used in the Bay
church, and passed through several hands
after that edifice was taken down. Borne of
them have served in tho walls of a farm
house kitchen, aud others were in the wall of
a burying ground. Among tho twenty-ono
stained glass memorial windows will be one
of Pocahontas, one of Col. Jonah Parker, and
one of tho earl of Macclesfield.—Chicago
Times.
Measurements of Mountains.
Recent measurements of Mount St. Elias
and Mount Wrangel and other high peaks of
tho west show that Wrangel and not St.
Elias is the highest. Mount Hood used to bo
called 16,000 feet high. Triangulation makes
it 13,000, an aneroid l ar ome ter made it 12,000,
and a mercurial barometer 11,25.5. St. Elias,
estimated at 12,673 feet high, proves to bo
13,500. Wrangel rises 18,000 feet above Cop
per river, which is itself 2,000 feet above sea
level, anil tiie mountain is at least 1,000 feet
higher thar any other North American peak.
•-Chicago Newa.
Pronunciation of "Iilaho."
George Riebold, an Idaho pioneer and mine
owner, says thut Joaquin Miller named the
territory "Idaho," being a pure Bannock
word, meaning "Gem of the Mountains."
Miller himself says the word should be pro
nounced with the accent on the second sylla
ble, I-da-ho, the "a" having a broad sound.

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