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OSTRICH DRIVEN TO SULKY.
SPt^* $ >0 VL Ostriches can travel at great speech. This hns long been known, and the day may not be far distant when ostriches will be seen in all large cities drawing sulkies and other light vehicles. The ostrich shown in this picture was trained in Florida and proved from the start very docile and intelligent. When he was backed between the shafts of a carriage he did not "buck" or kick, as many a young horse is apt to do, but stood stolidly, as though his ancestors for genera tions had been obedient to the bit and bridle. After he was harnessed it took a good while to impress on his mind the fact that he would not be allowed to speed as fast over country roads and streets ns- he would naturally do in a desert, but even this he learned in time, and now it is suid this wonderful bird is fully trained and can draw a sulky for many miles at an extraordinary speed. The achievement of this ostrich is of unusual interest to owners of ostrich farms, and some of them are preparing to train several of their young birds as this ostrich was trained. They argue that a race between ostriches, harnessed to sulkies, would be a most novel sight, and in view of the great speed of the birds, that auch a sport would certainly become popular. ROTARY CLOTHESLINF HANGER. The illustration shows a new form of pulley for use with endless clothes lines. the invention of Fred Wright, of Coldwater, Mich. With the ordinary pulley It is only possible to use half Ihe line, and In taking in the clothes no discrimination can be made in favor of those garments which dry more rapidly than others, but each must x' removed in Its turn. With the new pulley any number of garments may be passed over and only the drier ones selected, and that, too, without fear ot 11 w Sn» FERMITS USE OK THE ENTIRE LINE. soiling the clothes in their passage around the pulleys, as, with the aid of the new hanger and pin which forms part of the invention, the clothes do not come in contact with either the pul ley or the rope. In hauging out the clothes the entire length of the line may be used, and by the time the last of the wash Is at trtilRHl to the line the clothes first hung out are coming down the "home stretch" ready for the ironing. An other feature is the line tightener, which ÿ also shown in the picture, con sisting of a pivoted tongue meshing in notches in the side of the swinging arm which supports the pulley. FALLACY ABOUT EYES OF DEAD. The Retina Does Not Retain the Im age Last Seen, Wonderful as are many of Its achieve ments, science Is often distinctly dis appointing. Charles Dickens was never reconciled to the scientific dictum that tlie spontaneous combustion of the ruin-soaked Mr. Krook was impossible. To the day of bis death the great uov elist doubted the thoroughness of sci entists. Tlie coroner of Rochester, N. Y„ is keeuly disappointed over the failure of science to photograph from the retiua of a murdered jeweler the image of the murderer, who must have been the last person to make an impression ou the retina. Mr. Linkeriug. a photog rapher of thirty-five years' experience, was employed to do the work with powerful magnifying glasses, but all that could be made out was a small elongated blot. The coroner had count ed positively on conclusive evidence as to the Identity of the murderer. The popular fallacy that the retina, or sensitive inner surface of the eye ball. of a dead person will retain an image of tlie object on which tlie vision was last directed is of ancient origin, nnd it has persisted in spite of tlie positive statement of scientists that the thing is impossible. Although uo dmage ever has been found In a dead person's eye, story tellers refuse to relinquish so valuable a scheme for the detection of fictional murderers. Even Kipling, with all his originality, finds use for it in the story of an English officer's suicide in India. The officer had seemed to be trouble 1 by the vision of some horror, and when he was found dead a doctor took a kodak, and, with out the use of a microscopic lens, ob tained a negative of the retina. On this he saw the unspeakable horror. It is easy to understand that the fallacy had its birth in the fact that i the eye is fitted witli a Ion?. and that the Image of an object is impressed on Ah« retina. • The mistake U< in nssuru ing that in case of sudden death the impression does not vanish. The eye has been used as a photographic cam era. says the Philadelphia Record, and by the application of potash alum the retina has been made to hold an im age. Unfortunately for perplexed cor oners. however, nature docst not treat from the retiua of his victim. CHICAGO RUBBER-NECKS. the eye with potash alum, and the im ,„ diSaPPea '' 9 ! The Sandwich Man's New Profes sional Rival, For a year or two a company has been in existence In Chicago the busi ness of which is to carry big advertis ing signs high up into the air by means of teams of box kites. Most people have noticed the long canvas banuers swinging in the clouds hun dreds of feet above the tall skyscrap ers, and consequently have some idea of the size of the signs which can be bandied in this way. Perhaps the greatest difficulty with which the company has had to deal iu its business has been that of attract ing the attention of the people on the streets to its floating banners. Street crowds rarely look up. They are busy watching trucks and cable trains and dodging pedestrians coming in the oth er direction. If one mun happens to catch a glimpse of tlie sign in the sky nnd stops to look at it he will immediately attract a crowd, and thereafter there is no trouble about securing an audi ence. But a corporation cannot de pend on a chance of this kiud in talk ing to advertisers, and consequently they have adopted a new plan and pro vided a new occupation for men who don't like to work hard. In the language of the street the kite company Las hired a corps of "rubber neckers," and turned them loose on State and other crowded streets. These men walk down the streets in couples. They stop at each corner, and pointing upward at the floating sign call atten tion to It in a way which attracts other people. At once a crowd gathers and the professional "rubber-neckers" muve on to the next corner, where they repeat their performance. "A couple of us cun cover a good share of 'the down-town district in a day," said one of the fraternity yester day. "We make cur $1.50 out of it. and it's certainly better than working on water pipe extension. I don't want any softer snap, though tlie first two weeks 1 was at it 1 had a crick in my neck all tlie time."—Chicago Tribune. When Language Failed Teuton met Teuton in the office of the United States Civil Service Com mission the other day when a German reporter called to ask what appointees to the government service were to sail for the 1'hilippines on the transport McClellan. "Aboud du hundred deechers," said a German clerk. "Joost laborers?" inquired the re porter, whose ear is more anglicized than his speech. "No, deechers," replied the clerk. "Oh, for der engineer corps," said the reporter; "men for der bublic iinprove niends." "No, for der schools." "Oh. deechers," said the reporter. "I understood you wrong."—New York Post \\ as He Dead ? Old black Kate had beeu absent from the Parkers' kitchen for some days in attendance on her sick husband, a Her bert Spencer looking individual, whom she never called by auy more famliar title than "Mr. Tilman." One evening Mr. Parker went to see how the sick man was getting along. The unexpected sight of streamers of woe on tlie hell handle so confused him that when Kate herself opened the door lie blunderingly asked: "How is Mr. Tilman, Kate?" Kate, always serious, was solemnity personified as she answered: "Mr. Tilman. sir, is laid out."—Lip. pincott's Magazine. Some men think twice before marry ing—then regret thnt th<iy didn't get a third think. DESDEMONA'S FEET. They Quite Droke Up the Scene for Elder Sulvlni. From the sublime to the ridiculous Is but a step, and in an anecdote recently related by Clara Morris, the feet which took that step are very conspicuous. It was when Tommaso Salvini was in this country. The play of the evening was "Othello." and the scene of Desda mona's death had been reached. Already the raging Moor had -slain his innocent victim, and disturbed by Emilia's knock, had let fall the cur tains before the couch on which the body lay. The draperies provided, al though rich and heavy, did not come to the floor. They missed It by a space of at least a foot, and tills ttie deceased Desdemona unfortunately failed to observe. The- audience, which bad been held tense and breathless under the tragic spell of-the great actor, suddenly ut tered a curious, long-drawn breath of amazement, followed by a bobbing of many heads, a universal craning ->f necks, and then, to poor Salvini's be wilderment nnd dismay, by a burst of downright laughter. He could perceive nothing amiss, and there was nothing for him to do lint to ignore the laugh ter and proceed with the scene. But no wonder the people laughed! The murdered Desilomona had risen and was evidently sitting on the side of the couch, for beneath the curtains her dangling feed were plainly seen, kicking cheerfully back nnd forth. Such utterly unconscious feet they were that the audience might not have laughed again had they kept still; but all at once they began a heel-and-toe step, and people rocked hack and forth trying to suppress their merriment. And then swiftly the toe of the right foot went to the back of the left ankle and scratched vigorously. Restraint was ended; every one .et go and laughed and laughed. From tue box one could see in the entrance the outspread fingers, the hoisted shonl of A ! d e»r t hë* d èspaii riii gi ÿ ' shaken heads ëf the Italian actors, who could find no cause for the uproar. Salvini behaved perfectly in that dis turbed nnd distressed, he showed no sign of anger, but maintained his dig nity through it all. even when, in draw ing the curtains and disclosing Desde mona dead once more, the incompre hensible laughter again broke out. a Intelligent Squirrels. A party of young people, who In last summer's holiday journeyed through the country gypsy-like iu a caravan, witnessed In a grove near a glen the following incident, which seems to show a friendly understanding among squirrels: An al fresco dinner had Just been finished and the party were still sitting at the table, when a red squirrel, with glisteulug, eager eyes, came creeping down a tree which stood near the ta ble. He crept nearer and nearer, and finally leaped upon the table. The lady who was presiding said: "Yes, help yourself to anything you want!" ^ Upon this invitation the little fellow made bold to creep up to a loaf of bread from which only a slice or two had been cut. He seized it and dragged it to the side of the table, and somehow managed to scramble down tlie side with it to the ground. He then fixed his teeth in the crust, and dragged it away and down the steep sides of the glen. But when he reached the bottom amj' confronted the rise on the other side, it was too much for him. Then he gave a sort of call, which seemed to be un derstood, for soon squirrels were seen coming from several directions. They crowded round him, and after a little conference all took hold, and with a tug ami straiu they managed to bring the loaf to tlie top of the bill. Then they disappeared with it iu the woods beyond.—Family Herald. a "I in of a Not Unreasonable, Alter All. They were sitting in the corner gro cery store, exchanging the confidences of the fishing season, and as tlie con versation progressed the stories stead ily increased in size. At last, says the New York Times, the tall, lank man on the cracker-barrel pulled himself to gether and began: 1 went down to the river this morn ing, and although the water was high almost to a flood, l took a ten-foot pike-" "Stop there." exclaimed the fat man w'th the corn-cob pipe. "Tell us you took an eight-pound trout, and 1 11 sit idly by. But a ten-foot pike, never!" "1 took a ten-foot pike-pole," con tinued the unruffled mau on the cracker barrel, "and in less than five minutes I hooked out a fifteen-foot bass-" "See bereif See here!" shouted the owner of thé grocery. "You'll have to go away from here to finish that story. 1 haven't any lightning-rods on this store yet." "1 hooked out a fifteen-foot basswood log," persisted the tall man, "and I was going to ask how much you think 1 cau get for It." Pleased with His Joke. Indignant householder (to the collec tor of gab bills)—How is it that my gas bills get higher and higher every quar ter. when I am sure that we burn uo more gas than we did formerly? Collector (meekly and deprecating) I am sure, sir, 1 do not know, unless something is the matter with the meter. Indignant householder '(satirically)— Something the matter with the meter, eh? Oh, yes: 1.suppose the meter has the gastrick fever! And the old man was so pleased with his joke that he cheerfully paid the bill.—London Tit-Bits. 1 Aa people lose innocence they find experience. COSTLY SODA FOUNTAINS. Improvements Made Since Soda First Took the Popular Fancy. The rapid increase in the trade en joyed by the proprietors of soda foun tains in the leading cities of the Uni ted .States has led to the installation of many very elaborate and costly out fits. Most of the finer ones are made of Mexican onyx and cost In some In stances as high as $15,000 or $20,000 A $15,000 soda fountain would be made of the finest material and would be of great size. It might have thirty draft tubes and a hundred sirup cans. Very beautiful onyx fountains of the dimensions more commonly used, say with ten sirups and three draft tubes, can be bought for from $850 to $1,200. In fact, a handsome onyx fountain can be bought for $000. But not everybody wants an onyx fountain. There are yet purchasers who prefer one of marble. A marble fountain with onyx trim mings could he hud at. say, $450. An old-style marble fountain might be had for $100. Ffty years ago or thereabouts soda water was drawn from a silver tube rising out of the counter. Then came the first visible soda fountains, small marble boxes placed on the counter. From these developed the elaborate and often costly fountains of mar ble that preceded the onyx fountain of the present. Beautiful and costly mar ble was brought from all parts of the earth to be used in the construction of soda fountains. But now the fashion Is onyx, with a canopy or superstruc ture of wood. I Along with Its great development, in j beauty has come a corresponding im provement In the soda fountain's work ing parts. The modern fountain is far more convenient and efficient in opera tion than its old-time predecessor. As to the consumption of soda wa ter, it is far greater now than ever be fore. This is due In very considerable measure to the widespread introduc tion of Ice-cream soda, it would prob ably not be unreasonable to say that where Ice-cream soda is sold at a low price tlie sale of soda water has béen, within ten years, quadrupled. At the same time some share of the increase may be attributed to the far greater variety and attractiveness of the soda water and other beverages now sup plied at the soda-water counter; to the great improvement In the compound ing, made possible by improved foun tains, and to the vast Improvement in all tlie appliances and utensils used about the fountain. The United States exports some soda fountains. In fact, American manufac turers have been sending some to Eng land for the last fifteen years, but more within the last five years. Eng land is now buying more fountains than it did. It has. until recently, been taking fountains of marble; it is now beginning to buy onyx fountains. American makers also sell soda foun tains In the English colonies, as in Aus tralia, and some in Germany and France, where their exports are in gen eral increasing. Soda fountains are now made suited to every climate and to every size or variety of trade. In the United States they are widely used in connection with druggists' or chemists' stores, in all retail confectionery stores and the like. They could lie introduced simil arly as a side line in many branches of trade abroad, says the American Exporter. Nearly all of the larger dry goods stores have also found soda fountains a profitable investment, and the same might well prove to be the case abroad, particularly in the south temperate zone. I Enthusiastic Demonstrations. Japanese theater goers have an orig inal way of applauding a fine perform ance. They shriek and whoop with delight, and when the enthusiasm reaches its highest pitch, hats, coats, or other articles of clothing are show ered upon the stage as bouquets are flung to tlie favorites in this country. A story is told of a foreigner who saw this rain of coats and sashes falling upon the stage after a thrilling scene, and, wishing to contribute his mite, lie tossed his hat over, too. He was willing to sacrifice that much to keep up the credit of his country, particu larly as the hat was an old one and he had a soft cap in his pocket to fall back upon. He had reason to regret his rashness. At the close of the per formance the obsequious manager brought his bat buck to him and asked for a sum of money. A few inquiries elicited the Information that the arti cles thrown to the star were merely pledges, to be afterwards redeemed by money, the actors having a regular schedule of prices. So much for coats, pipes, and sashes, and a corresponding sum for foreigners' hats or any trifle. The enthusiast reluctantly handed over the amount, received back his old hat, and departed from the scene of action a wiser man in that he recog nized the necessity of thoroughly un derstanding the meaning of foreign customs before following them. The Same to Him. "Our types." wrote the editor of the Bowersville Clarion, "last week made us refer to the fact that Mr. Lemuel Higgins expected a visit from his 'brother-in-law' Instead of his 'mother in-law.' We have offered to correct the error In this issue, but Mr. Higgins manifests considerable indifference, and has purchased several copies of last week's Issue to seud to his wife's folks."—Judge. Small Dem oud. Senator Gallinger of New Hampshire sent to tlie library of Congress tliç other day for a Bible. One of the old est employes in the library says that in forty-two years this is the second timoi such a request has been made by member ef either brauch of Congress. THE CHILD ETERNAL. I heard their prayers and kissed their sleepy eyes, And tucked them in all warm from feet to head. To wake again with morning's glad sun rise— Then came where he lay dead. On cold, still mouth I laid my lips. Asleep He lay, to wake the other side God a door. But this one mine no more. Those other children long to men have grown— Strange, hurried meii, who give me passing thought, Then go their ways. No longer now my own, Without me they have wrought. So when night comes, and seeking moth er's knee. Tired childish feet turn home at even tide, I fold him close—*he child that's left to me, My little lad who died, —Harper's Magazine. jb 4**,*-!—*—;- v -F -I* -J- -v*4* 4* T v i A Clever Sell. | E is an East Knder and moves in one of those mutual admiration circles out there, pleasantly flat tering himself In the usual way on the flattery of his confreres, and really de serving most of it, too. In fact, he is really a clever fellow In many ways and often surprises Ills friends with the diversity of his talents. They all believe in him except his wife. She's like the valet in the famil iar aphorism—to her the man of her choice is never a hero. So she laugus «t his nonsense, and punctures his wit, tn 1 makes him feel as much as possi ble, to quote liis own expression, "like cents." (Veil, this East Ender has a great .ikiug for amateur entertainments, and is quite a clever actor and mimic. Some time ago lie, iu company with a friend, began the preparation of a vaudevil.e character act. Of course he told his wife, and she, as usual, laughed at his histrionic pretensions. "Everybody will see through your disguise," she said, "and you'll just be a general laughing stock." "I'll chance It," said George, and he went on with his rehearsals. One day last week his wife was busy with her housecleauing, and had emp tied half the contents of the attic Into the basement. George didn't like house cleaning—strange to say—and so he made as early a start for the office as possible. Ills wife called a good-by to him from the furnace cellar, -and a mo ment later she heard the front door slam. I It might have been fifteen minutes after this that a form darkened the out side doorway of the basement.. The mistress of the house looked up and saw it was an old clothes man. He was a threadbare and shiny old clothes man. and he wagged his full gray beard in a decidedly obsequious way as he ad vanced with his rough bag. "Any oldt garments to-day, ma'am? I pay dor highest market brlce, so belli me," said tlie stranger. "Why, yes," said the lady. "I have some old garments right here. What do you pay?" "It depends on vat it ees," said the stranger. "Ye got to go py der rules of der trust." "Have the old clothes men a trust?" cried the astonished lady. "To be gwite sure they haf," said the stranger, "and we've got to standi to gedder. Vat you got?" The lady brought forth several gar mems, and the stranger shook them, and stretched them, and, smelled of them, and finally offered a ridiculously low price. The lady presently yielded and the garments were placed in the bag. "Atn'd you got somedlugs a leeter petter, may be?" said the stranger as he rubbed his grimy hands together. "I pay you veil veu you priug me some dings nice." "Let me see," mused the lady of the house. "There's George's summer suit in the front room closet. I dou't think he'll want It any more, an t this will be a capital chance to get rid of it. Walt a moment," she said to the stran ger. "I'll see what I can find." And she dnrted away. When she came back she had the gray suit over her arm. The stranger seized the garments and ran his nose along them with his face screwed up In a quizzical way. "Veil," he said, "dot's all right. 1 vlll puy them." And he forthwith be gan to thrust the suit Into his bag. "Walt, wait," cried the mlstreee. "You haven't settled on the price." The stranger paused. "I gif you one tollar seventy-five," be said as be spread out his bauds. "O, that isn't near enough. The clothe* are as good as new," cried the mistress. The stranger rolled his eyes toward heaven. "Ciashus me," he cried. "As goot as new! Yy, dose elodings vas cliust alive by units." "By what?" "By mots, mots, mots! Don't you know mots?" "Moths! Why, there Isn't a single moth In the whole house," cried the in dignant mistress. "Maybe not," said the stranger. "All dese mots vas married and haf pig families." II was a moth-eaten joke, but it went. "You don't offer enough," said the mistress decidedly. "1 dell you vat I do," said the stran ! ger in a burst of benevolence; "I gif vun dollar eighty and dance der czar a i das tor you.' 1 "What's the Csardas?" Inquired the mistress. "Vot! Ton't you know der czardas?" cried the stranger m great astonish* ment. "Vatch me." And he danced the czardas on the basement floor. It was a wild dance, and be threw into it an amazing exhil aration. He stamped, he leaped, he whirled about, his auclent garments fluttering and his long hair flying. And the mistress sat on the basement stairs and laughed until she cried. Presently, with a final flourish of his nimble legs, the stranger paused, count ed out with great deliberation the re quisite number of silver pieces, anil, with a blessing ou the head of the mis tress delivered with outspread hands and rolled-up eyes and in some strange tongue, departed with his bag through tlie outside basemeut door. When George came home that night he went upstairs and his wife beard him rummaging around iu the closet. "Anna," he called .from the upper hallway, "have you seen that light gray summer suit of mine?" "Wli—what suit?" stammered Anna. "Why, that light gray suit 1 wore for a few weeks last summer," saldl George. "It was in the front closet last night, but I cau't find it anywhere now." "What did you want of itf' queried Anna in a weak voice. "Why, I wanted to have It pressed and sponged up. It's almost as good as new. Besides that, I was looking for a safe hiding place for a few hun dred dollars in bills that 1 brought home last night and fancied the Inside pocket of the gray vest was as safe a place as I could find. Eh, what's the matter?" He had heard a hollow moan from the lower regions, aud downstairs he came flying. There was poor Anna, limp and while, lying buck in an easy chair. "Here, Anna," he cried, "what's the matter with you?" lie was genuinely seared. He stood baek a little. He stretched out his bauds with the palms upward. lie tipped his head to one sida with a comical leer. "Vat's all dot foolishness apout?" he cried. "Dose clothes vas no good no more alretty. I tolt you oey vas full of mots!" "What!" screamed Anna, springing up. "Was that you? Well, of all fhe mean, contemptible tricks I ever heard of that's the worst!" "Yes," he jubilantly cried without heading her criticism, "I sneaked out of the front door without your hearing or seeing me, and 1 sneaked back again. And now," he added with an exuber ant shout, "now will you say I can't p.ct?" But she was so angry over her dis comfiture that she has scarcely forgiv en him even yet.—Cleveland Plain Dealer. SCIENTIFIC N AM. S. They Mean the Same the World Over— Not So, Common Name«, "Scientific names are universal names," remarked u college professor recently, in explaining the preference of educated people for them. It often seems pedantic to use long and unfa miliar names for common birds and flowers, but such is not necessarily the case. Endless confusion results from tlie varying meanings which our popu lar terms have come to convey in dif ferent parts of the country. The bobolink of the New EnglaiflJ spring becomes the reed bird of New Jersey, when in July and August it feeds among tlie reeds. In (lie Caro linas, a little later, it Is known as the rice bird, and is there a great pesL Crossing over into the West Indies, it becomes in Jamaica the butter-bird. Its scientific name, the same iu all coun tries, is Dolichouyx oryzivorus, which means a "long-clawed, rice-eating bird." While formidable to utter, there Is no mistaking Its meaning. Such is the confusion of bird names that the government ornithologist says it is often impossible to tell from a let ter what kind of bird is referred to un less the writer also gives the place and time of its capture. Somebody has made a list of the various names of tlie "flicker," as it is most commonly called, and finds that they number one hundred and twenty-four. Fortunate ly the scientific name of some birds is us simple us the popular name, and often the two are Identical. The vlreo is an example. Among flowers the story is the same. Tlie chrysanthemum, as named by Lin naeus, is the same in ull countries and languages. So Is the fuchsia, with slight variations In spelling, the ver bena and the phlox. On the other baud the bachelor's-button of this country is the national flower of Germany, but there is-known as tlie Kornblume. In England it is the bluebottle, while in France It has three names, the most common of which is "le bluet des jar dins." In every country, botaniste kuow it as Centaurea cyan us. Tlie use of one name for several dif ferent plants Is very confusing. Dog wood, for example, in some parts of the country is a plant ot the poison ivy family; in other places It is a small, white-flowered tree, while in the Southwest it applies to something al together different. Such cuses are com mon. So it is with legal and medical terme everywhere. Scientific names are pre ferred by scholars because of the ac curate notion which they convey the world over, and while no one wanta the beautiful and expressive names of every-day life to give place wholly to the "jaw-breakers" of scieuce, it is well to remember that the latter have distinct and inqiortaut uses. A Weil I tion. First Boarder—What is the exact meaning of "viands?" Second Boarder—Oh! Things yon get te eat when you don't board.—Buck.