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"Senatorial courtesy" Is literally "knocked out." An honest man may he the noblest work of God, hut the self-made man is rather Inclined to doubt it. A university student spoke of him self as the chiropodist of his class be cause he was so often at the foot. Yvette Guilbert says her new book tells the truth about Paris, if so the volume should be thoroughly fumi gated. _____ A Boston man 35 years of age who eloped with a woman who is past 70 says he married her for her money. Only his candor is surprising. It may be true, as Mr. Carnegie says, that there is little success where there is little laughter. But isn't the laugh ter the effect rather than the cause? If you see an advertisement asking you to send a dollar to learn how to beat the races without a failure, don't send it. You will be told to use coun terfeit money. lteginald Vanderbilt has just come Into his $7,500,000 and is feeliug as fine and as free as the young man who drops right into a $10 job the minute be steps out of college. Some Canadians are claiming that their interests are being sacrificed by England in an effort to be deferential to the United states. This shows how utterly impossible it is to please every body. King Menelik of Abyssinia wants to visit the St. Louis exposition. Come on, King. We're getting so used to en tertainiug royalty that we'll know how to give you the time of your life. And the bonds between this country and Abyssinia need strengthening anyway Nobody down in. this direction be lieves Canada could clean out the Unit ed States in six months. It would take at least four years to argue the south ern part of the country to a standstill, and there are persons still alive who once thought a job of that kind could be done in three mouths. A magazine writer complains that the human senses are grossly inadequate and illustrates the case with the re mark that "the ear hears little of what Is going on around us. By means of a microphone the tread of a tly sounds like the tramp of cavalry." It would not enhance the enjoyment of a sum mer morning nap to add a microphone car to a fly's present numerous advan tages. ________ In spite of war abroad and taxes at home, Great Britain found something to be thankful for last year. A London periodical, soberly noting that the maize plant from America" has long been grown in English gardens tor decorative purposes," observes that "for eating in the green state the cobs now find a growing demand at the large hotels in the West End." This means that the mother country has discovered green corn, and will hence forth use it "for decorative purposes" after the American style—cob in hand. There lias grown up a class of well educated, independent, self-reliant young women, some from the colleges, who seem to be content as they are and to feel no call to marriage. They are content with tlieir own lines. Cel lbac-y and self-development seem to be tlieir creed. It strikes us that the wid ening education of women may have eome tendency—we wish to avoid overstatement—not to unlit educated women for marriage, but to make some of them undesirous of marriage. We will not say that they are harder to please or more conscious of tlieir su periority. They have a life that suits them, but it is a narrower life, after all, than that of the married woman whose lot some of them pity. It has been said the cartoon is to art what slang is to language. In a sense this is true, for both are forcible in expression, both the product of the American tendency to express ideas graphically, picturesquely aud in the briefest possible terms. So it is not necessary that the cartoon bo tabooed, but rather that those which tend to de moralize be discouraged, and those be recognized which express truth in a clear, concise manner. Francis J. Zeigler writes of the cartoon as a "graphic editorial," aud the term seems aptly applied, for it lias long since be come a recognized feature of journal ism-one by which the prominent movements of public men, and nation al and international issues are present ed to the intelligent observer in such a manner that he may perceive what Is the attitude of men and affairs without the tedious process of much reading. The artists who supply the daily papers with this class of work are the most versatile of men, and yet nothing can be less enduring than their work. It is the flower of a day, published by the events of a day and useless to morrow, because the events, the combinations, have changed that produced it. •T of a There is considerable nonsense pa raded as scientific discovery. A uni versity professor after considerable ex periment in his laboratory, "discovers" that certain cultures submitted to cer tain experiments have certain effects. Whereupon, h» announces that he has discovered the secret «! life, has found its cause and mahpft>lrlng, and pro ceeds to build upon the results of his experiments an elaborate scientific the ory. By and by some one "discovers" that the theory does not comport with the facts in the case, and the theory tumbles down like a house of cards. Laboratory experiments give a hint of the secret of life, but they do not go far enough. The culture experiment is all right in a glass tube, but when the culture comes in contact with the juices of the body and living tissue, the whole experiment turns out differently. The functions of that mysterious thing we call life cannot be resolved by a tube. Science has got no nearer than the Bible statement that God made man and breathed into him the breath of life. to One of the questions now engaging the attention of practical educators Is the establishment of free high schools for rural pupils. Such schools exist in all cities and towns of any size, but it has only been in recent years that they have begun to be established in rural communities. Until they shall be gen erally established our free school sys tern will be defective. Several of the States are moving on this line with different degrees of success, though all are making progress. Some have estab lished union high schools, which are maintained jointly by neighboring rural districts, often with transportation of pupils at cost. Other States in which the township is the unit for taxation and school purposes have adopted law permitting townships to establish high schools at convenient central locations In some cases townships have estab lished a central graded school, includ ing a high school, with provision for the transportation of pupils at public expense. The plan of transporting ru ral school children at public expense is highly commended where it has been tried, on hygienic and educational grounds. It is said to lead to better schoolhouses, better attendance, longer school years, fewer teachers, better work by pupils and good social influ ences. The central graded and high school system for rural communities seems to have shown that the princi ple of concentration can be applied with as good results in educational as in other matters. I to art The young men and women who go into the schoolrooms to teach are work ing, in most instances, because of a mission, not because a salary day comes once in a while. The lire and energy and devotion of tlieir lives are used to help children to become real men and women. It is effort that wears and tortures at times, and yet you seldom hear of a discouraged school teacher. This woman who taught in one schoolroom for 50 years is Ellen M. Bruce, of Oswego, N. Y. She was 34 when on an October day she entered the schoolroom and faced 00 boys and girls. She is 74 now. Like nearly all school teachers, she had her bit of romance, but she never married. The boy who asked permission to pass the water 50 years ago called her "Miss Bruce," and his children speak of her to-day as "Our Miss Bruce." You see they care very much for this tine old lady who lias worn herself out for the ood of mankind. She might have mar ried, but she felt that the children needed her, that another would not un derstand tlieir ways, so slie forgets herself and gave up the future that makes happiness for most women, and stuck to the books and to the job of making good men out of mischievous boys, and grand women out of awk ward girls. Here is what she says; •T have been happy in my work. 1 have taught more than 3,000 boys and girls, and most of them have become good men aud women. I have never seen a child who was not worth ef fort on the part of the teacher. 1 had faith in my first class, and it Is un dimmed to-day, as I look at the faces of the pupils of a later generation." Miss Bruce is to retire at once, the little old school is to be abolished, aud a special pension will provide com forts for the teacher in her few re maining years. It is good to know that her merit and great work have not been forgotten. Some day it is possi ble that teachers will everywhere re ceive the financial recognition that they deserve, and that day can not come too soon. the an of for he it in his i How He Gained a Meal. "Will you have some clam chowder, Mr. Hallroom?" asked the landlady In a tone that made the invitation sound like a warning. But Mr. Hallroom was brave with hunger. "Ah!" he said, genially, eyeing the fast-depleting tureen, "that reminds me of a capital story. You know I went fishing the other day on one of tile steamers that go to the Banks. Well, they have clam chowder for lunch, you know, and they use elums for halt, too, don't you know. Why, what's the mat ter with Miss Typewriter, are you ill? But about the fishing trip. You see, it's hard to tell the difference between the chowder and the halt, hut I found out a sure way. 1 just put it on the hook, and if the fish hit it was bait und if they didn't it was cliowde- and I ate It. Will somebody open tue door for Miss Simpkins? I've noticed she hasn't been looking well lately. As no body else seems to he hungry, Dunem. I'll just finish this chowder."—New York Press. Ex-Soldiers for Clerks. Ex-soldiers will in future he employ ed as clerks in all departments of the British war office. If you must lie an agent, represent a line of goods that people want so badly that they wiif receive you with pleasure. Cock and the a BILL WA8 THERE. Bill was just a common sort, Never dreamed of wealth nor fame; Plodded on and didn't try Schemes to set the world aflame. Kept u-going all the time. Busy here and everywhere; When a task turned up to do, Bill was there! Never heard him whine around 'Cause things didn't go just so; In the joy he whistled loud, In the pain he whistled low. Took things always as they came, Smiling if 'twas joy or care, Never faltered; when things -atne Bill was there! So he didn't make no stir, Lived a quiet, busy life; Lived a life that didn't have Boom for petty thoughts and strife. He had simple work to do— Wa'n't no call to do nor dare; Just a constant watch, you know Bill was there! Such a man as Bill drops out And the world goes just the same; Doesn't hear Death speak the word When he calls him by the name. Just the common, plodding sort Bill has certain gone to where They'll remember how and when Bill was there! —Hartford Times. I ON THE KING'S HIGHWAY. i i < i I T had become a great scandal how the king's highway from London to Cambridge was no longer safe. Many were the gentlemen of quality that did pass that way, and tine ladies, together with many students of the university going to and fro. And of late not a week had passed but that it was spoken abroad how a coach or a rider had been stopped upon the road, and to the great loss in gold aud articles of value of those who had been waylaid. • As rumor had It, it was one man who did these acts of outrage, and it was a wonder to all that one man could thus work his w ill and ne'er he harmed. Thereupon was a publie proclama tlou made in the city of London, which did offer to him who should capture the body of this man, dead or alive, a reward of a hundred pounds. Now, there was oue, Dave Black shaw, an idle and riotous journeyman an armorer by trade, who heard some of these things; and being more fitted for idle adventure than honest labor, he did bethink him what a fine thing it would he for him to catch this wily outlaw und put a fat hundred pounds in his purse for his pains, of 1 ef un the aud re that not in purse So betimes Dave Blackshaw did fill his purse with the wherewithal to fit him out suitably, and he did besides learn many things about tills man which he did put together in his own mind, to his special use and guidance So when his certain preparations had been made, there did appear at one of the inns in London town, where there was much traffic from Cambridge way i young gallant of very fair speech and surface, well clothed and of such up pearauce as no one would have he lieved it was Dave Blackshaw. On he rode past Ware, where he tar ried over night, and even to Pucke bridge, which Is near Cambridge i without harm or molestation. But tli was as David had expected, aud rode straight to the Blue Cock Inn in that town, and with a stout heart, promising himself a gallant adventure ou the morrow. Out to the door of the Blue Cock there came the landlord—an ill favored looking varlet, if ever there were such, but ready enough with smirks and smiles and promises of good clieer. Bight royally did David sup that night, discoursing the while with this same landlord, who was not aback in making some inquiry as to what his guest might be doing in these parts and what his condition. To which David answered, as if to conceal his real con ditlon, yet by other ways to let it he known that he was not lacking where with to purchase the best when he had a mind. Then betimes to his chamber, where be was fit to sleep well, hut that he had a dream that the landlord did saddle horse and ride away with all haste at midnight. But, be this as it may, he of the Blue Cock was in his place when day broke and greeted Dave right cheerfully. "Sir," said he, "there is a gentleman eome last night, when you were abed, would fain know you and travel in your company as far as Cambridge." "1 like that not," said Dave. "My thoughts are bent to serious matters which 1 must needs ponder deeply, and the fellow would lie hut irksome." "But look you, sir, it would he hut a mercy, which such a gallant gentle man could well afford to give your company to tills fellow, as you well say, from this to Cambridge." "Wherefor.- a mercy?" "He is hut a timid and coward per son, methiuks, and fenrs to brave the way alone, because that report saith something of a robber in these parts who doth infest the road." "A robber?" quoth Dave. "You give me cheerful news. Know you aught of this report?" 'Tu good truth, it doth not lie," re plied the landlord. "There was such an one who did dip into full purses for a while, to the great despoil of trade hereby; hut since the hue and cry Is out. he hath not been seen, and has gone, methiuks, to some other place." "Then why this coward's fear? Hast thou uot told him that the man Is gone?" "Aye, timt I did. many times. But he would uot be quieted of his trouble i until he was well filled with strong ale, which did improve his courage—or abate his fear." "Say you not he did arrive at night?" "Aye, at midnight." "How came he, then, abroad upon the road at night with such a dread?" "He saith he did lose Ills way and did wander for many miles in the dark ness aud in dread before he saw our light. Stay, here he comes!" Then did the man appear, and David did note that he was of fine stature and of some gallantry of air, which did not bear out the report of such un manly cowardice. But the stranger entered into con verse with David, and told him, as 'twere a secret, that he was burdened with much gold and papers of great import, which he carried in his charge for others, and craved the company of one who bore such an nppearauee of spirit aud valor as did David. Though the stranger spoke thus and fairly, David did have his own thoughts. Especially that the stranger did hang upon his heels, ne'er letting him out of sight, and did want, to see his pistols and examine them, to com pare with his own. And while he was about this, the landlord, as by chance, did call David out to the door of the inn, to show him a double yoke of oxen that did pass that way aud was the talk and admi ration of all that country. Then when David did get his pistols hack, with stealth and circumspection press his little finger up Into the muz zle and behold there were no bullets within, which David had looked to with care In his chamber that morn ing. But David held his peace, and did straightway agree to give the traveler his company to Cambridge. Then did they set forth, after a good repast, and rode upon tlieir way, until they came to an open country where no house was seen nor any traveler before or behind. Methtnks it is here," spake the stranger, "that our dreaded foe, ns rumor hath it, is wont ofttimes to ap pear." Methinks," quolh David, "we shall know somewhat more of him before mother quarter hath struck in the steeple at Puckerbridge." "Say you so? And wherefore?" "By certain signs and auguries which the moon hath given me." 1 am not skilled lu these mysteries, and 1 would fain know liy wlmt means one of your youth eau divine, as l have oft heard of, these wondrous revela tions from nature." "Nay, to one unskilled by study In these arts, the means is not to be thus lightly told and comprehended. Let the results suffice. Even now, I know that this villain is at hand." Ts it so? Then let us look to our arms." "Mine are ready. Look! Do you not see him?" "That I do not, nor you." "Aye, hut I do." "Where?" "At my side—and you are he!" Now did the countenance of the stranger turn, aud he did look sur prised and of visage most menacing. And he did exclaim an oath and dasli forward to liar the way for David. "And If 1 l>c he," he cried, "stand and deliver!" "Stand I will not!" cried David in turn. "But for the delivery, it will be of tliy body to the Sheriff of London town." Then did the robber see that David had purpose to make it an issue, and lie did draw his pistol. But David had unloosed his cloak and held it loose before him, knowing full well that a curtain of such un stable substance were oft better than a bulwark of wood against a bullet. Then did he also draw his trusty dag ger and set his horse a-tilt at the man full bravely. The man did fire, and the hall pierced David's cloak, so that he felt it strike against his coat of mail. But David laughed and ran his horse upon the man with a mighty shock, aud plunged the dagger into his side full to the liilt, so that the man fell and moved no more after a little while. 'Twas then David made search upon a 'Twas then David made search upon his person and found many things to show It was even he of the black mask ; aye. It was the mask itself he found, with many trinkets aud articles of value which had been proclaimed as taken by tills man. Awhile and a carter came that way, whom David persuaded by promise of a piece of gold to turn himself toward London; and they did take the body up and put it in the cart and cover It skillfully that none might see; aud so they journeyed to London and to the Sheriff of that place, where David did get his hundred pounds nnd much praise from them which had found loss by this man. And among such there were some of high station who took Interest of David Blackshaw for what lie had done, who procured for him a place In the King's Foot, whereby David went to the wars, with many adventures and hnrd knocks, which were much to David's taste—which, for me, 1 do uot envy him.—New York News. It Is Correct to Say "Good" Health. If "health" means "bodily sound ness," how is it possible to speak of "good health"? In its primary sense "health" moans bodily soundness; but it also means, by extension, the general condition of the body as compared with some condition taken as a standard, aud in this sense "health" Is properly qualified "good," "had," "weak," "delicate," "ro bust," etc.—Ladies' Home Journal. Fortune sometimes favors a man for the purpose of destroying him. all MAY BE INSURED IT 13 NO LONGER DIFFICULT TO GET A POLICY. Few Person« Are Now Excluded from the Benefit« of the Life Companies — Heap Water Hivera Follow the Only Avocation that la Positively Barred. There is a saying current In life In surance circles to the effect that noth ing but an autopsy makes a man in eligible for life insurance to-day. Only a few years ago the list of the ineligi ble was a long oue and a host of occu pations shut men out from insurance, while here iltary disease or symptoms of serious chronic ailment were insur mountable bars. Now, there is just one profession to whose followers an insurance policy Is Inevitably denied, even by the lupst liberal companies. The submarine diver must go unin sured. He enjoys the rather depress ing distinction of belonging to the only profession which Is considered too haz ardous for even the most elastic "sub standard risk." Before 1893 he had plenty of com pany. Now firemen, harbor pilots, po licemen, engineers, glassblowers, men in the life-saving service, bartenders— all those who lead the strenuous life aud court an untimely end, are taken, figuratively speaking, to the bosom of the Insurance companies. Naturully the terms of their policies differ as the problematical hanger of their occupa tions varies. In several of the larger companies the electrical lineman Is con sidered the biggest risk for whom a policy is written, hut if he is willing to agree to the company's terms he eau get his insurance. The scale upon which these terms are adjusted differs in the various com panies. The company which was the first to adopt the substandard policy, and is now the must far-reaching in tlie carrying out of that policy, adjusts the extra risk penalty by means of a lien on the policy. The man insured pays no larger premium than he would uuder ordinary circumstances, hut the agreement iuto which he enters pro i ides that if lie dies within a year the amount of his policy is cut down by the amount which represents the extra risk in iiis case. If he lives two years, less is subtracted. When he has, so to speak, outlived the amount of the lien, his disability is wiped out and he has his full policy at regular rates. Other companies arrange the matter by writ ing the policy at the risk rate of a cer tain considerable advance in years. lu the matter of physical disability things have changed us radically as In the matter of professional disabil ity. The medical examination is as se vere as ever, aud to obtain a regular policy a man must pass this examina tion, hut a physical condition which five years ago would have made It im possible for a man to obtuiu insur ance now merely means that he must secure a substandard policy. He can get his Insurance if he is wlllin pay liberally for the extra risk the company is taking. Of course there 4s a limit to this possibility. Men over 00 years of age are seldom Insured un less conditions are exceptional aud the thing is considered a "gilt-edged risk. Men in the most advanced stages of chronic disease, whose lease of life can be definitely determined us short, are of course, debarred from insurant' But serious chronic disease in its ear ; of It so lier stages does uot mean rejection. The insurance companies studied sta tistics lu regard to disease aud mor tality until they satisfied themselves that they were turning away good money on an Illogical assumption. They found that a man may have weak lungs or kidney trouble or a trouble some heart at 25 and die of mumps or measles at 00. Statistics for u certain number of years showed that the num ber of deaths among the rejected was not so large in proportion as the num ber among the accepted.—New York Sun. DEVISED HIS OWN CUFFS. How a Resourceful Man Made Good the Absence of Einen, One Isn't surprised when a woman shows a certain ingenuity in making things "do." That la part of feminin ity's work, to cover up defects, and coax a single artiele to do the work of five; but it Is always something of a surprise when a man shows auy ability in this direction. Of course, u few bachelors have learned to put on but tons by making holes iu their coats and tying the fastenings on with pieces of fishing line, and others have cooked the most amazing dishes In the most amazing ways when there was no woman around to do this work; but the average masculine is a helpless creature when there Is a question of makeshift. Sometimes necessity develops re sources little dreamed of, however, and that Is what happened the other night when a certain young man had an en gagement to go to the theater with his fluncee, and found, when he went to make his toilette, that his trunk had not arrived at his new abiding place— he had moved that morning—and that consequently he had no fresh linen to put on. Luckily his shirt and collar had only Deen donned a few hours before, and would look all right with the business suit be was obliged to wear, but his cuffs would never do. The ink that he used In his work ornamented one, aud the other wasn't immaculate by any means. The man groaned. He heard a fellow-boarder whistling in the next room, and wondered if he dare knock at the door and ask a perfect stranger to lend him cuffs. .. The idea was pre posterousl He dismissed it from his mind at once. Then hla eyes fell on some Bristol board on the table, and he had an Illuminating Idea. A minute later he was bard at work with scissors and a discarded cuff, cut ting himself a pair of the latter from the drawing paper. He shaped them skillfully, made the button-holes, in serted the buttons, slipped them on, and, Eureka! no one would ever have known that he had not on wristbands fresh from the laundry. Certainly the young woman whom he escorted to the theater did not find out the ruse, for the "finish" of the Bristol board is not unlike linen, and she never even gave a second glance to the stiff, fresh arti cles that peeped from .the coat sleeve next her. Nevertheless the man was glad when he got away from her Argus eyes, and now lie's keeping the cuffs ns a proof that he's ns resourceful as any woman when It's necessary to be.—Baltimore News. UNCROWNED ENGLISH QUEENS. No Less Than Seven Have Mlaaed the Honor of a Coronation. As a rule, most English queens have been solemnly crowned, whether they reigned in their own right or as wives of royal husbands. To this rule, how ever, there are exceptions. The first was Margaret of France, the young plain, amiable second wife of Edward 1. He had spent so much money in conquering Wales and in try ing to conquer Scotland that he could not afford the expense of a coronation for his girl bride, and she had to do without the splendors of the pageant. King Henry VIII. took care that Anne Boleyn should be crowned with extreme magnificence. He desired to show the world how much he loved her uttd how very much he defied the Bish op of Borne. The four wives who succeeded her were never crowned at all. For on» thing, money rnn short, and, for an other, there may have lurked, even In his masterful mind, a sense of the "fit ness of things," which may have caused him to shrink from publicly crowning so many ladies iu such very rapid succession. At any rate, the beloved Jane Sey more. the despised Anne of Cleves, the girlish Catherine Howard and the wary Catherine Parr were never con secrated in public as queen-consorts of England. Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I„ refused to be crowned. She was young, she was pretty, she was a French prin cess, and she declined to take part In i\ state function which would compel her to partake of the sacrament ac cording to Church of England rites. Sophia Dorothea of Zell cannot bo reckoned among the seven, because she was never called Queen of England at all. While George 1. was being crown ed. nnd annointed. and—bored, the lady of Ahlden was pining iu her long, mo notonous captivity. Caroline of Brunswick Is the last, and most remarkable, instance of the uncrowned English queens. Though George IV. had been forced from popu lar Indignation to give up the bill of pains and penalties against her, noth ing would Induce him to let her share his coronation. She was not permitted to be present in Westminster Abbey at all. Bepulsed from all the entrances she returned to her home, to die within three weeks of a violent fever, brought on by months of fearful excitement.— Lady's Pictorial. Old-Time Coaohle*. On Dec. 21, 1843, the "Prince of Males," the last of the coaches run ning between London and Bristol, was taken off the road. The decay of coach ing hail set In about four years earlier, and one liy one coaches had giveu place to the railway, after enjoying palmy days lasting about twenty years. It was on the Bristol road that the first mail coach was driven, the institution being due to the enterprise of Mr. Pal mer, M. P„ for Bath. The coach start ed from Ixutdon on Aug. 8, 1784, at 8 a. m.. and reached Bristol at 11 o'clock in the night; the coaches previously driven taking from Monday to Wednes day to reach Bath. Other routes were opened in the .following year, and the regulation pace of six miles an hour gradually increased to ten when the railway entered Into competition, car ried the first mail in 1838. and killed coaching— London Chronicle. A New Way to Raise Money. Five years ago a "Picture Club" was organized in a New England town. Twelve members, six of each sex, were enrolled. Each member owned a cam era, or borrowed one. It was agreed that during the summer each would take as many photographs of various spots in the town or Its vicinity as pos sible, aud would try to Induce others outside of the club to take pictures. The best one hundred were selected, made into slides, and an evening select ed when. In the Town Hall, the club showed the pictures ott a screen. The admission was fixed at twenty-five cents. The "Picture Club Exhibition" has now become "the event of the sea son" iu the town. The capacity of the hall Is taxed, and the sum of money raised each year Is always a handsome oue. The money Is given to some special town object.—Ladle*' Home Journal. It's Blind, All Right. "Do you believe that lpve Is blind?" "Well, I didn't see her father the oth er night until he was close enough to kick a goal."— Baltimore American. When there is sickness In the houses some one Is always throwing out some thing in a enp or glass, which cause« others to scream that that was "medi cine." __ All the love In the world will not cure a bad beginning in marriage.