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IN THE DRYDCCK.
When a Vessel Needs a EU cf Washing and Fixin;. Within the basin a steamer is docking. The hydraulic gates are shut; the pumping engines clang; an exhaust pipe on the engine house puffs out clouds of steam. Men rush about, waving signals, lowering props against the ship. There come sharp orders from the master of the dock, who stands with folded arms at the edge of the basin. The crew are sti 11 on board. They line the rails, chattering and gesticulating: thrust curious heads through rows of ports. The water sinks rapidly. The Steamer settles on the blocks, and Boon her bartered bottom comes to view. She is an old boat, scarred by seas. The great plates beneath her water line are seamed with rust; the paint has vanished; the iron is eaten into furrows by years of seeth ing water: barnacles sprout about her keels, clustering thickly on one another, here and there heaping into chains of hills, spurs of which run off in all directions and disappear into the shadows beneath her hull; growths of seaweed cling upon her sides, oor'• : moisture, combed into dark <jt' . traceries. At length the dock is o:n >ty. Its wooden, steplike walls are dripping and covered with slippery moss. Little rivulets trickle down and r n out beneath the ship into broad, dark, slimy pools. Wa ter splashes through leaks in the gates; the air smells dank and marshy and reeks of river mud. Men scramble down into the basin and attack the steamer. Clad in oi'skins, they duck in and out be neath the hull, cleaning, scraping, pa inting, hosing down the sides. Be neath t ho stern they gather in a knot a' "'at the screw. One blade L mis-ing; the others are twisted and blunted aval caked with rust. The blows of a sledge hammer ring out loudly: the men shout at one an other as they strive to loosen the propeller from the shaft. One of the owner of tin 1 boat—a tall man in a long raincoat that flaps about hi - ankles—watches them anxiously. It is patent leather shoes are flecked with mud. The foreman luirrie- about, giv ing directions. "Oh. this ship's all light," he says in answer lo your oerstion. "She only wants a bit of washing and a screw. She fouled a buoy down river going on a week .t o and left a blade there in the chain, so's to remember their meet ing. But she needed a new screw bad. The old one was all but done for, as it was, by the ice last win ter."—Thornton Oakley in Harper's Magazine. A Matter of Addition. Preei.-ion was one of Mr. Wil liam-' chief qualities, lie loved to be exact, even to the point of noting in lus account book the smallest ex penditures—a cent, for a newspaper, another for a pencil. Early in Jan uary be came out of his library to wlwre his wife was sewing. "My dear Jane," he began, "1 am going to make a criticism that may distress you, because you will prob ably think it is foolish. I assure you that it is not. I have been read ing through the almanac for this year, and there is one obvious er ror." "What is it?" said'Mrs. Williams, looking up from her work. "East year they said that the work was seventy-two million years old, and this year they say the same thing." "But"— began his wife. "They should he exact,'' protested the man. "I can't for the life of me see why they shouldn't say seventy two million and one. If one's true, then the other is. Why, oh, why, can't them people be precise?"— Youth's Companion. Not Arguing. The person who feels like saying "Let us keep silence, that 1 may have the talk all to myself." would fain reduce conversation to an en tirely one sided affair. The London Nows says that the late Charles Keene, the artist of Punch, used to describe with great delight the method of a certain man whom he called a "pothouse Bus kin." This person was sitting with a friend in an inn parlor and was haranguing the other man on mat ters in general. Finally the friend ventured mildly to interpose an ob jection. The speaker drew himself up with much dignity. "I ain't a-arguing with you," said he; "I'm a-telling you!" What Was In Her Hair. "Now, Margaret, dear, I'm going to put some vaseline on your hair to take the dandruff out," said mam ma to her small hopeful of five. "Then you may run out and play." "W'mt's in your hair, Margie?" askei !er playmate a little later. "It looks all shiny." "Oh. my mamma put some gaso line in it to take the dandelions out," '•eplied little Margaret wisely. —Ne York Times. Does not dolor the Hair Ingredients of Ayer's Hair Visor Sulphur. Destroy? germs that cause dandruff and falling hair. Cures rashes and eruptions of scalp. Glycerin. Soothing, healing. Food to the hair-bulbs. Quinin. A strong tonic antiseptic, stimulant. Sodium Chlorid. Cleansing, quiets irritation of scalp. Capsicum. Increases activity ottglands. Sage. Stimulant, tonic. Domestic remedy of high merit ^ Alcohol. Stimulant, antiseptic. Water. Perfume. Show Mils formula to your doctor. Ask him if there is a single injurious ingredient. Ask him if he thinks Ayer's Hair Vigor, as made from this formula, is the best prepa ration you could use for falling hair, or for dandruff. Let him decide. He knows. J. C. Atf.b Pompant. Lowell, Ma«. • mo vtivunqueraoie rvc. John Bright once described the variety of stage fright with which he was familiar with a telling and quotable point. He was discussing public speaking with George Daw son, an eminent Englishman of his day, when, according to a paragraph in the late David Christie Murray's "Recollections," he said: "Tell, me, friend George—you have, I suppose, as large an experi ence in public speaking as any man in England—have you any acquaint ance with the old nervous tremor?" "No," Dawson replied, "or if I have it is a mere momentary qualm, which is gone before I can realize it." "Now, for mv part," said the great tribune, "I have bad practice enough, but I have never risen to address an audience, large or small, without experiencing a shaking at the knees and a sense of a scientific vacuum behind the waistcoat." Predisposition to Disease. Children are seldom born diseased. They may be born with a tendency to disease because one or both par ents are suffering from it. As we know, certain conditions favor the development of certain diseases. Place a child in conditions that have produced disease in the parents, and the tendency will Do to produce the same disease in the child. So we sometimes find whole families d : e of consumption or diphtheria or something else, not because the dis ease was inherited or "caught," but because the same conditions produce the same result in all the cases.— Nautilus. His Lame Excuse. "Gregory." said Mrs. Squallop, "1 have just received a letter from Aunt Abigail. She says that as we don't seem to want her to come to visit us this year she will postpone it indefinitely. What does she mean by that? 1 told you to write and tell her to come at her own conven ience. Was that what you wrote to her ?" "Er —substantially," answered Mr. Squallop. "I couldn't remember how that word 'convenience' is spelled, and so 1 made it 'risk.'"—Chicago Tribune. SCOTT'S EMULSION stops loss of flesh in babies and children and in adults in summer as well as winter. Some people have gained a pound a day while taking it. Tfck* it in a littlo cold water or milk. Get a small bottle now. All Druggists THE STANDARD OF THE WORLD I ue simta noy was reauv to start on a long promised week's visit to his grandfather's in the country. There was an exasperating delay in the appearance of the carriage to take them to the station. The young man worked off his impa tience in various annoying ways for half an hour. Then suddenly ho was seen to kneel beside a chair in the corner and burv his face in his bands. After n few minutes his mother said: "Well, Kenneth, what are you do ing ?" "Just getting mv prayers said up for while I'm going to be out at grandpa's. There's nothing to do here, and 1 spect to be pretty busy while I'm there." 1ÇE IS NICE AND COLD f ITI7EMÇ' BUT IT MELTS AWAV UiUEWj NICE COLD CASH INTO^CANK. v^rfiGRow hY PUT ITINTHEfiANK FOR THEN IT WILL. " BE SAFE. STATE BANK HAMILTON, MONTANA Capital and Surplus. $34,200 J. L. Humble - - President R. A. O'Hara - - Vlce-Pres. O. C. Cooper - - Cashier CURATE OR Cl 1 MBLE. Every man should create a foundation for success 'before old age crumbles his earning powers. A small savings account -tailed today, NOW, will start yon on the road to independence, t he farther yon travel on this road the less yon will wish to turn aside. E&eiyfthi that is tobe/bum ui&n up-to-date MEAT Fish, Game and all kinds of MEATS in season CENTRAL MEAT MARKET PERCY H.EDWARDS. Prop. Stop! Stop! At the HAMILTON CLEANING and PREssING PARLOR and see the N -v Line of SPRING and SUMMER The swellest you have ever seen, it outrivals all evious efforts. All the new colors, shapes and patterns. All orders guaran teed a perfect fit. F. BEAUDET1E, THH TAILOR Ravalli County Capital $50,000.00. OFFICERS VV, W. McCrackin, President, Gko. McGrath, Vice-President. M. A. White. Cashier, Gko. K. Dick, Assistant Cashier. General Banking Business Transacted INTEREST PAID on time deposits HAMILTON, MONTANA. When You wish to hire a team or FEED YOUR HORSE Or want a nice conveyance, Call □ on us and we ean fix you out Stal »le in rear of Hotel Hamilton NELSPETERSON Hamilton, Montana. No Gness-WorK, No Tinkering, On y First-Class Work Done By BARRON The New Jewele r Corner 2nd & Main Streets. THE SLY FOX. Dead In the Dairy, but Lively When He Got Outside. Several years ago at an old fash ioned farmhouse called Tittle Hall, in Boxted, a small village lying be tween Sudbury and Bury St. Ed munds, Suffolk, England, there lived a farmer and his wife who thought much of their cows and dairy, but they were rather pestered with foxes, as the squire of Boxted Hall, an ancient mansion, being lord of the manor, did not allow them to he molested, as they were re served for sporting, and so it hap pened that the farmer's wife on going into her dairy one morning was horrified to see a fox of an enormous size lying dead, as she supposed, on the floor. The dairies at that time were large and airy, with large lattice windows and floors paved with clinker bricks, which were often scrubbed down with a birch broom and much wa ter. A brick was left out of the wall level with the floor for a sink hole, where all the refuse was wash ed out. The fox in his nightly prowls around the house appears to have scented the cream through the windows or sink bole and, as he would like to taste it, squeezed himself through the hole into the dairy and made his way to the cream pot, and as it was so very nice he ate it all up. He swelled himself up to such a size that he could bv no means got back through the bole again, and, hearing footsteps coming, he lay down on the floor and feigned to be dead. The lady, suspecting what he had been doing, looked into her cream pot, and, finding it all gone, she was so exasperated that she took him up in a rage, thinking he was dead, and with an ugly word threw him out into the back yard; but, to her great consternation and dismay, as sonn a- revnard found he was at larve and once more free to use his legs he hounded off at full speed, leaving the lady to grieve over the escape of the audacious and crafty thief. Flower Trade of the Scilly Isles. The Scillv isles, five in all, lie ont in the Atlantic forty uiiles off the Cornish coast. The develop ment of their flower trade has changed them from poverty strick en spots into islands of the blessed. Not many years ago the inhabitants eked out a precarious and scanty living by potato culture, but one day a man of wise forethought named Trevelick came to the con clusion that flowers would bring a richer harvest. He could see them growing riotously in the little gar dens, and he collected a few bulbs here and a few there until he had enough to start business with, and the first consignment he sent to Covent gardens brought prices that are now spoken of with something like reverence. With the passing of the years flower culture has set tled into a well organized trade, providing occupation for everybody who wants to work on the islands.— From a Tarring (England) Letter to New Orleans Times-Dernocrat. Explanation Called For. Alfred (whose sporting opportu nities have been limited by parental decree)—Papa, what does it mean by base on balls? Papa (who is reading an account of the latest heavyweight fight)— Alfred, you could better employ yourself with your Sunday school lesson. I'm too busy now to ex plain. Alfred (still thirsting for knowl edge)—Did it mean the same as base on balls when you telephoned last night that as mamma was away you were going out on a bat ? Mamma (who is always listening) —Benjamin Ridgelv, you will take time right now to make two expla nations, with the most important one coming to me.—Exchange. Flogging the Bridegroom. The singular custom of the bride groom being flogged by the rela tions of the bride on the marriage day still obtains among at least three peoples of the world—in the extreme northeast of Siberia, in Borneo and among some of the Arab tribes of the Nubian desert. In all three cases the idea seems to be that the bridegroom in order to prove himself "a man" must be able to undergo a considerable amount of physical suffering with out flinching. Not Quite Certain. "How many children have you?" said the tourist affably. "I dun no exactly," answered the tired looking woman. "You don't know?" "Not for certain. Willie's gone fishin', Tommy's breakin* in a colt, Georgie's borrowed his father's shotgun to go huntin' an' Esmeral da Ann is thinkin' of elopin'. I never know how many I've got till ßupper time comes, so's I can count 'em."—Washington Star. • SHAKESPEARE'S LAW. Citations to Show That He Was In the Fashion of His Time. No ordinary reader of Shake speare's works can fail to be struck by the copious and ever recurring legal phraseology with which they are filled. Not only are law terms frequently employed with an al most professional correctness to give color and intensity to his sen tences, but whole scenes are taken up with allusions to or discussions on purely legal matters, as in "The Merchant of Venice," "Henry V." and the grave scene in "Hamlet," not to mention other plays. So profound indeed is the knowledge displayed all through that no less an authority on the subject than Lord Campbell has told us that "to Shakespeare's law, lavishly as he propounds it, there ean neither he demurrer nor bill of exceptions nor writ of error." To this marked feature of the works more than to any other one might perhaps with justice attribute the very origin of the whole Baconian theory. The point is naturally of extreme im portance in the eyes of those whoso only knowledge of the literature of the period is confined to Shake speare's writings. But that impor tance shrinks rapidly to insignifi cance after a course of reading through the general dramatic liter ature of the time, in which, as a matter of fact, legal similes and al lusions are found to occur with about the same frequency as in Shakespeare's works. So strong in deed is the legal coloring of all stage writing at the time that one is forced to believe that law talk must have been more common among lay men in those days and especially among laymen of a playgoing dis position than it has ever been dur ing any period since. There are in dications besides that some critics were getting tired of all this legal jargon, Dekker, for instance, who writes : "There is another ordinary at which vour London usurer, your stale bachelor and your thrifty at torney do resort—the price, three pence; the rooms as full of com pany as a jail. If they chance to discourse it is of nothing but stat utes, bonds, recognizances, fines, re coveries, audits, rents, subsidies, sureties, inclosures, liveries, indict ments, outlawries, feoffments, judg ments, commissions, bankrupts, amercements and of such horrible matter."—Gull's Horn Book, 1G09. • • Tourneur also: There are old men at the present That are so poison'd with th' affectation Of law words, having had many suits canvass'd, That their common talk is nothing but barb'rous Latin. They cannot so much as pray, but In law. that their sins may be remov'd with A writ of eror and their souls fetch'd up To heaven with a certiorari. —Revenger's Tragedy. There is therefore no more diffi culty in Shakespeare's ease touch ing his knowledge of law than in the case of any other playwright of his age.—Nineteenth Century. A Grease Spot Suit. A man whose wife found much fault with him—probably with jus tice—on account of his untidiness, went to a tailor to order a suit of clothes. "V liât kind of goods do you want ?" asked the tailor. "All wool and exactly of this color," replied the customer, pre senting a sample. "It is hard to tell just what color this is," rejoined the other, inspect ing it. "Where did you get it?" "I cut it from my last suit." "It doesn't seem to have any fig ure." "No. This is where some grease got on it. I cut out the entire spot. I want something a grease spot won't show on. See ?" After a lengthy explanation the tailor succeeded in convincing him that there was no cloth of that kind in the market.—London Mail. A Grand Memory. A highland girl who had been in service in Dundee and had gone to a place farther south called upon her old mistress on her way north to visit her friends. She was invited to take dinner with the family, and her master asked a blessing on the meal as usual, when the girl said: "My maister, ye maun ha'e a gran' memory. That's the grace ye said when I was here sax years syne."—London Telegraph. So It Would Seem. They were talking about silver ware down at the general store the other day. Farmer Bellows said he thought this firm turned out more silverware than any other, and some of the rest disagreed with him. It was Farmer Stubbs settled it. "Seems teh me," said Farmer Stubbs, "these here Sterling people do a lot o' business. Yeh see their name on most everything."— Sub urbanite. BRITISH AUDIENCES. Their Habit of "Booing" Plays They Do Not Like. It is a difficult thing for theater goers on thi9 side of the water to understand the temper of audiences which attend the first performances of plays in England. Apparently the British first night audience not only understands full well that it has the power practically to make or break a play, a manager or an actor, but is invincibly determined to exercise that power to the very utmost. At all events, the frankness and candor with which a London au dience expresses its opinion of both play and players are wholly unknown in this country. A player who is so unfortunate as not to please a London audience is not allowed to escape, as here, with a liberal sen tence of cold and contemptuous si lence or an occasional half hearted outbreak of ironic laughter—not at all. He is liberally "booed," while the outbreak of this typically Brit ish form of censure at the fall of the final curtain of a play that has not pleased is of so vindictive and poisonous a character that nobody who has heard it once is ever likely to forget it. Nor is the British audience al ways merely frankly and candidly brutal in its behavior toward those who have been so unfortunate as to fail to please it. Occasionally it exhibits a subtlety in its cruelty that is quite marvelous, considering that it is shown by not one person, or by a small group of persons, but by a majority of a large assembly. This mob subtlety takes the form of luring the author of a new play by means of spurious applause to make his appearance in front of the cur tain, only to be instantly greeted and overwhelmed by a perfectly cy clonic storm of furiously angry "booing." "As for the 'booing,' " said an American actress who played in London, "it is an old custom. There is no doubt that it is cruel. It is brutal and merciless, and no mistake, but there is this to say for it—it has done a lot to keep utter trash off the British stage and to keep the English theaters of the first class from swarming with incompetent players who ought to be working as stenographers or ribbon clerks or at some other wage earning task in stead of being foisted upon the pub lic in positions for which they have no natural aptitude and for which they are totally unable to acquire the necessary skill. I think nobody at all acquainted with the facts will contend that the general average of ability among players in America is anything like the equal of that shown by the English. I don't pre tend that the 'booing' custom is the only cause of the British superiority in this respect, but I am firmly con vinced that it has a very great deal to do with the fact that in London one seldom sees a grossly incompe tent player set forward to play a leading part requiring finished skill, and that certainly is not the case in America. 'Booing' is heroic treat ment, but it gets results."—New York Sun. Old and Blind and Stupid. No one could say a sharp or bit ter thing with more absolute cool ness than Lord Westbury. After retiring from the office of lord chancellor he took a very active part in the house of lords sitting as a court of appeal, where his colleagues were Lord Chelmsford and Lord Co lonsay. Lord St. Leonards, who was senior to them all, never at tended. One day Lord Westbury chanced to meet him and said to him, "My dear St. Leonards, why don't you come down and give us your valuable assistance in the house of lords?" "Ah," said Lord St. Leonards, "I should be of no use! I am old and blind and stupid." "My dear lord," said Westbury, "that does not signify in the least. I am old, Chelmsford is blind, and Colonsay is stupid ; yet we make the very best court of appeal which has ever sat in that assembly."— Lon don Mail. Specially Selected. A mild faced individual entered the postoffice. "Do you keep stamps ?" he asked. "We do, sir," answered the polite clerk, somewhat surprised. "What sorts do you keep?" pur sued the customer. "All the values that are issued, sir," replied the official, "from a halfpenny upward." "Could I see some penny ones ?" Promptly the office clerk pro duced a twenty shillings' worth sheet of penny perforateds and spread it out upon the counter. "There you are, sir," he said. "If you want penny stamps there are a few." The mild faced individual looked them over and then pointed to the center stamp in the sheet. "I think," he said, producing a penny, "I'll take that one, please 1" —London Scraps.