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DUPOYEB, MONTANA An average of three British seamen losi? their lives every day by drowning, and three hundred BritisTT steamers und sailing vessels are lost yearly at sea. Chicago, Sidney and Buffalo have about 330 gallons water supply daily per Inhabitant; New York, 70; Mar seilles, 50; Paris, 39; London, 38; Ham burg, 12. Swiss newspapers report that the number of American tourists visiting that coiintçy this summer is one-tliird larger than it was at the same time last year. It was stated some time ago by one of the heads of departments of the London & Northwestern Railway, that the company is&ues yearly fifty tons of railway tickets. The most easterly point of the United States is Quoddy Head, Me.; the most westerly, Atto island, Alas ka; the most northerly, Point Barrow, Alaska; the most southerly, Key West, Fla. The fir3t regular peal of bells hung in England was that sent by Pope ^•îlixtus III., as a present to King's lege, Cambridge, in 145(5. For three n-uturies it was the largest peal in the country. Temperature of vineries should be about 65 dejf. by night and 75 deg. by day. Ventilation when the thermom eter registers 70 deg. and close when the temperature falls below that point. Modern maids of all work- commonly object to waiting on the table. The objection was indicated in the case of n Far Western maid in search of a place, by the inquiry "Do you do your own reaching?" Mr. Gladstone is a very old man and out of office, but the sultan fears a speech from him more than anything else in Europe. It is an example of the power of character in human af fairs. In Paris a total of 2,401 newspapers, trade journals, reviews, etc., are pub lished. Of these, 107 are medical; 193 financial; 100 political; 64 financial and r>4 literary. The city supports only three humorous papers. No country In the world records more revolutionary attacks and crimes at the present time than Russia. Dur ing the year 1886-87, the last authen tic report tlmt could be obtained states that 3,000 persons wore deported to Si beria for life. Edison's definition of electricity is "a mysterious fluid about which noth ing is known." This is an old defini tion of water in Kentucky, but it does not follow that water and electricity are identical. Eighty railroads report an average Increase in their gross earnings for the fourth week in .luly of 5.11 pi>' cent, which is about one-half of 1 per cent below the previous week, « very fair showing for this season of the year. Fish are disappearing from Cana dian as well as American waters in consequence of the fact that fish weighing less than a quarter of a pound are seined out with fine nets and marketed. It is the business of state and provincial legislatures to stop this abuse of natural resources. While a vast deal of comment is made on the fact that bloomers are now an optional costume with woemn no attention is paid to the coinei donee that men are adopting knee breeches in similar sports. It is an era of evolution in dress, and not of bloomers alone. Two ladies who wore bloomers were thrown into the water by the eapsiz ing of a sail boat at Yale's Ferry Conn., and their bloomers buoyed them up until assistance arrived. At though the sidrt has thus saved worn en from drowning, the new bicycle costume is undoubtedly a better life preserver than the common skirt. The bloomer has recommended itself as yachting costume by this exciting in cident. The woman on the wheel is pro voking a good deal of discussion among the medical writers. Some of them are contending that she is cer tain to be injured by such exercise but the prevailing opinion seems to be that she will derive benefit from it One of them calls attention particu larly to the fact that women are not by nature weaker than man, but tlia they dress with such disregard of nat ural laws that their strength is iin paired, and the bicycle forces them to correct this fault by adopting a costume that is calculated to promote health and general vigor. A writer in the Green Bag reminds the country that in the famous Dred Scott decision Chief Justice Taney merely asserted that "the legislation of every civilized country, at the time of the formation of our constitution, was of such a character as not to rec ognize that the negro had any rights which the white man was bound to respect." It was not his decision, correctly speaking, nor that of the supreme court. But it put a stigma upon his name, nevertheless, and ma terially promoted the success of the anti-slavery cause. the: valley of silekce. Out far on the deep there are billows That never shall break on the beach, And I have heard songs in the silence That never shall float into speech. And I have had dreams in the Valley Too lofty for language to reach And I have seen thoughts In tn». Val ley— Ah, me! how my spirit was stirred— They wear holy veils on their 'aces, Their footsteps can scarcely be heard; They pass down the Valley like vir gins Too pure for the touch of a word. Do you ask me the place of this Val ley, To hearts that are harrowed with care? It lieth afar between mountains, And God and His angels are there; And one is the dark mount of Sorrow, And one the bright mountain of Prayer. —Father Ryan. LOnElK HUNTER. I Long years ago when the fairies still used their power there lived a young man named Loliier. Ile was good looking and not without wit, but the poor fellow had one misfor tune. He never succeeded when he went out hunting and yet he obsti nately persisted in hunting all the same. What a rare thing among com mon people at that time, Loliier had a pretty home of his own—the gift of a generous lord whose life he had saved. It was made up of a cottage beside a little pool of fish, a few acres of land, and a moor, where doubtless, there was plenty of game under the broom and the briars. The moorland was the torment of the poor man's lite. It was in vain that he set out at the break of day, his rifle on Iiis arm, and his dog. Pataud, at his heels, to beat the bushes until evening. Rabbits and hares slipped away betweeen Iiis feet, while the partridges and the lit tle birds flew up before liim without hurrying as if they knew his ill luck. There is no need to say that the peo ple of the of the village laughed loud ly when they met Loliier with his mpty game sack and Pataud lowering Iiis ears. But when lie came home the unfortunate hunter had the same re eption. Iiis wife, Paulette, over whelmed him with reproaches. Usually Loliier bore it with good grace and was only bent the more on going hunting. However, one evening lie came back I a bad humor, after having spent in vain his whole provision of pow der. lie found at the cottage Iiis ousin William, who was waiting for him with all his mates to ask him to his wedding. After the first compli ments, Paulette brought out a jug of ider which put every one in a good humor. "See here, William," cried Lohier, while they were drinking each other's healths. "What present do you wish nie to make you for your marriage?" His cousin answered, jokingly: "Oh, I'm not hard to please. Just bring me few line pieces of game for the hling breakfast. That will be easy for a hunter like you." l'liis displeased Lohier, who became quite angry as he saw the other smil ing. So, striking the table a heavy blow with 1 : is fist, lie said: "Don't you believe that if I wished to take the trouble I should be as good hunter as any of you?' ' Prove it then," answered tbî young men, who were much ann.sed at Iiis anger. 'That's easy enough," retorted tlie imprudent Lohier carried away by self love. If after two days 1 do not bring you six rabbits ai d twelve par tridges shot with my own hand, I will give you my house and property, without any conditions." "Agreed!" they all cried. And tlie young men came, one after another, to take the open hand of Lohier as a sign of the agreement. Then they all went away. Paulette laughed no longer. And the as William and Iiis companions had disappeared she filled the house with lier la meut f. t ions ri.d ovo -whelmed lier husband with lier reproaches. "Do you wish to have us ruined?" she said, weeping. "After two days we shall lie baggars without a roof to our heads, for you an too clumsy to win this wretched bet.' Lohier answered, sharply, though at heart lie trembled, asking himself how lie should get out of this evil plight. With the morning lie set forth, ac companied by his faithful Pataud, who said plainly in the language of dogs, "Here we go again to miss our ga me." The first day's results showed that the wise Pataud was right. Not an animal with fur or feathers had been touched by the shots o.' Lohier. He did rot dare go back to tlie house, where nothing awaited liini but the complaints and reproaches of Pau lette. "My poor comrade," he said to his dog, as he shared with him the re mainder of his brend, I think ve. shall have to get used to poverty. To-mor- I row I shall certainly have lost the j prosperity which I risked so foolish- i i.v." When he had finished his frugal meal, the fresh water spring bubbling up from a gray rock allowed him to refresh himself. Then lie stretched himself out sadly on the briars, where sleep did not delay finding him. It was near midnight when the hun ter awakened with a start, lie was stupefied at the sight before him. In the midst of deep darkness, for the moon did not shine that night, the gray rock had grown luminous, while the water of the spring, sometimes blue and sometimes rose color, seemed to sparkle with sapphires anil rubies. Lohier remembered that the old men of the country called this "the fairies' rock," because, they said, those mys terious beings held council there. An idea suddenly entered his mind, and he cried out with a loud toice: "Fairy of the briars, have pity on a wretched man! Help me to kill to morrow the six hares and the twelve partridges which will permit me to keep my home." It seemed to him that a voice of crystal mingling with the murmur of the spring, and repeated softly: "Six hares and twelve partridges?" "Yes, yes; nothing but that," he an swered. "I shall own you more than life itself!" A beautiful flame, brilliant as a dia mond, escaped from tl\e summit of the rock, which became dark and gray once more. "It is the fairy who has gone away." thought Lohier, full of hope, and he turned over and slept again. The next day when the sun had arisen, he was afraid he had simply dreamed. But scarcely had he loaded his rifle to begin the hunt when from 1 every point of the moorland there came toward him in crowds rabbits, partridges, pheasants, quail and snipe. Soon the little open space, in the midst of which the gray rock rose, was so filled that Lohier had scarcely room to stand. Crazy witli Joy, he began firing into this crowd of animals. Every one of his shots brought down five or six pieces of game. But Lohier, who had never seen such luck, shot without tiring himself until Pataud was the only living being near him. He left the brave dog to guard his treasure and ran home out of breath. "We are saved!" he cried to Paulette. "Give me our donkey, with our big gest panniers." The morning was hardly long enough for him to carry away his booty, al though the poor donkey went back and forth eacli time with a heavier load. When William and his friends came into the yard, Lohier was finishing the unloading of the last pannier. At the sight of this great heap of game, the mischievous smiles which had been on their lips changed to open-moutlied as tonishment. They stood there, their arms hanging down, looking at each other, and not knowing what to say. Lohier, beside himself with joy, rub bed his hands and laughed with all bis heart. He felt himself happier than a king, when his friends, recovering from their astonishment, gave him their warmest compliments. The hares were so tine! partridges so fat! The pheasants and small game in such state! They all began feeling of the game witli their hands. Oh, what a surprise! The little dwellers of the moorland all jumped to their feet at once. The hares began to run, the partridges and the other birds to fly in every direction and in such confussion that the witnesses of the scene knew not what had become of them. At last the game had all dis appeared, and the voice of crystal, which Lohier had already heard, pro nounced these words: "Friend Lohier, remember that by the gray rock you asked me only for six hares and twelve partridges. You have killed without mercy all these poor guests of my moorland. I gave them back their life and leave you a counsel—you must not abuse your op portunities." A light, rosy cloud, fol lowed by a bright flame, showed the departure of the fairy. It was now the turn of William and his companions to laugh long and loud. But finally, seeing the pitiful air of poor Lohier, Will came forward with outstretched hand. "Cousin." he said, "we give you back your word. Our bet was only a joke. None of us would take his property away from a brave fellow like you. But let me add counsel to the one you have already received: You must never promise to do what is above your strength." "Thanks, William, to yourself and to all of you, my friends," answered Lohier. "I have been imprudent and a vain man. I shall probably be all my life long the clumsiest hunter of the country. But I now know a way of getting good from it. From to-day you may hunt freely on my ground. I shall be as pleased with your luck as if it were my own." Strange to say, from the day when Lohier showed himself so generous and simple in acknowledging where lie was wrong, he had good luck in hunting. He seldom went through the moorland in the company of his friends without bringing back a well filled gamebag.—Philadelphia Press. I j i Enny Divorce In Turkey. Divorce in Turkey is obtained with a facility which would surprise even our transatlantic cousins. As easily as Abraham cast, forth Hagar, the bondwoman, and her child, so also can the Turk open the door of his harem, and send out into the world the woman who no longer pleases hint. Ile lias but to give lier back lier dower and personal effects. In the upper classes, however, certain legal formalities are gone through, and, in deed, as the lady is usually protected by her parents divorce is, compara tively speaking, rare. 1 know in stances, however, in Constantinople of ladles in the highest official circles who are not yet very far advanced in years, who have been divorced twice, thrice, and even ten times Among the lower orders divorce may well be described as a farce. Many girls who are not yet 20 years of ag( have been divorced and remarried i dozen times. The surprises of divorce are among the most amusing features of Turkish social life. A very great personage, second only to the Sultan in rank, unless, indeed, it lie the Sheik U1 Islam, married some few years ago, when Iiis position was very inferior to what it is at present a highly edll 1 cated lady, of good connection and fortune, but, according to Iiis Excel lency's version of tlie story, of ungov ernable temper. Within a year they were divorced and remarried. The lady soon found her new husband disagreeable, and was once more di vorced. It must be remembered that if a Turk can divorce his wife, she can only divorce him at Iiis pleasure, by mnking herself as unpleasant to liini as possible. In former times he tied lier up in a sack and had her dropped into the Bosporus—to-day he divorces her. To return to the lady in ques tion. The next time she was heard of by lier friends was as a teacher in the Mohammedan High school for Girls at Scutari. A few years back she was selected as governess for tiie children of the Kliedlva, and is now her Highness' private secretary, in which quality she accompanied her imperial mistress to Constantinople last year, and actually found herself seated at a state banquet at Yildiz Kiosk next to the third wife of lier first husband, who quietly asked lier who she was. Tableau!—Fortnightly Review. A Complete Sequence. "You sit on your horse like a butch er," said a pert young officer, who happened to be of royal blood, to a veteran general, who was somewhat bent from age. "It is highly probable," responded the old warrior, with a grim smile; "it is because all my life I've been lead ing calves to the slaughter."— House hold words. Sturvetl. "Dinner will not be ready for half an hour yet." As lie heard these words the grief stricken husband threw himself into a chair. "What shall I do? I have just been" —lie passed his baud feebly across his brow—"to an afternoon tea."—Youkers Blade. Slilendltl Outlook. "What's the outlook for a newspaper in t'liis town?" "First-class. We've got a map of a railroad, six candidates for postmas ter. and it ain't ten miles to where the circus shows!"—Atlauta Constitution. THE YOUNG PEOPLE. interesting reading for boys and g1kls. Thi» Stlrrlnc? ËnKaKciuent of the Wiim|> siii<i the Reindeer—The Mn^ c W i ne GI iimm —A Toy Win «Im HI— Tlie Indian and the Tltfer—'To Show Star Group*. It was this spot (the English chan nel), right in the teeth of the British naval power, that the Wasp chose for her cruising ground. Hither and thith er she sailed through the narrow seas, capturing and destroying the mer chantmen, and by the seamanship of her crew and the skill and vigilance of her commander, escaping the pur suit of the frigate and ship-of-tbc-line. Before she had been long on the ground, one June morning, while in chase of a couple of merchant ships, she spied a sloop-of-war, the British brig Reindeer of 1,820 men. The Rein deer was a weaker ship that the Wasp, lier guns were lighter and her men fewer; but lier commander, Capt. Man ners, was one of the most gallant men in the British navy, and he promptly took up the gage of battle which the Wasp threw down. The day was calm and nearly still; only a light wind stirred across the sea. At 1 o'clock ttie Wasp's drum beat to quarters, and the sailors and marines gathered at their appointed posts. The drum of the Reindeer re sponded to the challenge; and, with her sails reduced to fighting trim, lier guns run out, and every man ready, she came down on tlie Yankee ship. On her forecastle she had rigged a light carronade, and, coming up from behind, she five times discharged this IKilnt blank into the American sloop. Then, in the light air, the latter luffed around, firing her guns as they bore, and the two ships engaged yardarm to yardarm. The guns leaped and thun dered as the grimy gunners hurled them out to fire, working like (lemons. For a few minutes the cannonade on both sides was tremendous, and the men in the tops could hardly see the decks for the wreck of flying splinters. Then the vessels ground together, and through the open ports tlie rival gun ners hewed, hacked and thrust at one another, while the black smoke curled up between the hulls. The English were suffering terribly; Capt. Manners himself was wounded, and, realizing that he was doomed to defeat unless by some desperate effort lie could avert it, lie gave the signal to board. At the call the boarders gathered around, many of them naked to the waist, and black with powder, holding ctitlas and pistol in their hands. But the Americans were ready. Their ma rines were drawn up on deck, the pike men stood behind the bulwarks, and the officers watched, cool and alert, for every movement of their foe. Then the British sea-dogs tumbled aboard, only to perish by siliot or steel. The combatants slashed and stabbed with savage fury, and the assailants were driven back. Manners sprang to their head to lead them again himself, when a lia 11 fired by one of the sailors In the American tops crushed through his skull and lie fell, swoi'd in hand, with his face to the foe, dying as hon orable a death as ever a brave man died in fighting against odds for tlie flag of his country. As lie fell the American officer passed the word to board. Witili wild cheers tlie fighting sailor-men sprang forward, sweeping the wreck of the British force before them, and in a minute the Reindeer was in their possession. All of lier officers and nearly two-thirds of the crew were killed or wounded. Twen ty-six of the Americans had been kill ed or wounded.—"The Cruise of the Wasp," by Theodore Roosevelt, in August St. Nicholas. Tlie Mnjçle Wine-Gins». Pour water into a wine glass until it. is nearly full and place the palm of your hand square over the mouth of the glass, taking care to bend your fingers at a right angle, as shown in the lower illustration. Still holding you hand firmly upon the glass, stretch out your lingers suddenly in a horizontal position, and this will produce a partial vacuum kimmk under the palm, which will permit you to lift the glass from the table.— Philadelphia Times. The American Navy In tl»«' 1M1S2. In the war of 1812 the little Ameri can navy, including only a dozen frig ates and sloops-of-war, won against the English, till then the undoubted masters of the sea, a series of victor ies that attracted an attention alto gether out of proportion to the force of the combatants or the actual dam age done. For 150 years the English slims of war had failed to lind lit rivals in those of any other European power, although they had been match ed against each in turn; and when the unknown navy of the new nation, growing up across the Atlantic, (lid what "o European navy had ever been able to do, not only the English and Americans, but the people of Continen tal F* rope as well, regaided the feat as Important out of all proportion to the material elements of the case. The Americans first proved that the English could lie beaten at their own game on the sea. They (lid what the huge fleets of France, Spain and Hol land had failed to do, and the great modern writers on naval warfare in Continental Europe, men like Julien de la Graviere, have paid the same at tention to these contests of frigates and loops that they give to fleet actions of other wars.—"The Cruise of t'ie Wasp." by Theodore Roosevelt, in St. Nicholas. The Indian and the TlKcr. The incident shown in the accom panying picture, amusing enough as thus depicted, though far more pleas ant at the time to the principal actor, occurred recently in the vicinity of a station in Northern India. Being con YV'nr of fronted by a tiger when about to light the signal lamps, the man very promptly took refuge up the signal post, and was only released from this unpleasant and dangerous position when an approaching train drove the animal away. The following letter, descriptive of the occurrence, from the native station-master, is amus ing, because its style is so very char acteristic of the Bengali Bahn: From the station-master to the traffic superintendent, 11. & K. railway: "Sir: I beg to bring to your kind notice that no sooner the watchman, Dilsaak, reached the distant signal than lie saw a tiger 'coming toward ZZ13-J m ri' S» liini. Ile says the moment he was greatly alarmed, but fortunately, the Almighty assisted him, and caused him to climb up the signal. The tiger was in thorough expectation of get ting prey, and did not remove himself for about half an hour. When the train whistled lie began to roar, and, aroused at the distant signal, ran away. Up to this time Dilsaak was in the signal; lie says lie was seen by passengers and driver in charge, to ward whom lie loudly cried, witli a view to make him slow. * * Under the circumstances, you will kindly consider discontinuing the distant signal, otherwise one day a life of mankind would bo victim to 1 lie wild animals. I have the honor to be, To Show Star Groupn. The accompanying cut illustrates a simple form of lantern, by which star groups may lie conveniently shown. The body of the lantern may be of tin or wood, with flues to give the neces sary ventilation and slideways in which to put. the translucent charts. A device of this kind would be of great aid to the amateur astronomer, by facilitating the finding of certain groups and constellations. Sometimes the beginner finds it difficult to identify a star group from a description, or even from a printed chart. He looks at the chart in the house and then gees out to find the group in the sky, but not being able to see the chart in the darkness, lie loses Iiis bearings. This lantern will remove that dilti cuity, for a simple blue print, copied from a map, may bo used as a slide, and by taking the lantern outside with liini, lie can have the picture of the group before him as lie looks for it in tlie heavens. Anybody of ordinary ingenuity can make t ho lantern. —Philadelphia Times. Hunting: the Antelope. On the prairie successful antelope hunting is no child's play. The game nearly always sees you first, and re tires in good order, lint on the double quick, to some high knoll a long mil away, from which safe distance you are carefully surveyed by the keenest of eyes. As you try to steal lip with in long rille range the band suddenly glides down the side of the knoll seemingly without, effort, scurries across 1 lie next flat, and presently halts on another high point at the end of another mile. The time was when antelope had so much curiosity and so little sense they could be brought within gunshot by waving a rag or ramrod, or wriggling a No. 10 foot in the air; but that period lias gone by, at least in Mon tana. \Ye tried it repeatedly, but found the pronghorn was not half the fool lie had l»een represented. In the broken bad lands, where coulies deep and sharp ridges numerous, it is an easy matter to stalk antelope, and shoot, them also—provided you an good shot, don't get Hie buck ague and can judge distances reasonably well. -William T. Ilornaday in St Nicholas. A Toy Windmill. The pretty invention here illustrai cd has been patented by a Missour man, and it is destined to find great favor with boys and girls. For tha reason it offers obvious advantng for advertising purposes. The windmill has two wheels, one inside the other, which revolve in op posite directions at the same time. 1 may be made of wood, tin, paper, ec luloid or other material, and wlic Vu% \\ l m finished in bright colors it makes a very attractive toy. sea horses and illdehs. Sllrdn Renting: on Whales and Other Fluh In the Opean Ocean* "Yes, we see curious things once in a while," said a Kan I'edto fisherman. "A few days ago I made a trip over the Santa Catalina channel for a load of alKiIones that they pile up at the isthmus for me every few months, and when I got off there about ten miles I saw a big loon sitting on what seemed like a spar. But while I watched, It seemed to fall off, then circled around several times and alighted again, re taining Its position with much diffi culty. The wind had almost died down, as we were In the lee of the island, and we slowly drifted up to the bird until we were within 50 feet of it, when 1 saw what the roost was, not a spar at ail, but a big fish—one of those fellows the Italians call the luna, because it was like the moon. Tills luna. was the biggest one I ive ever seen, and was so old that it was covered with goose barnacles and looked more like a piece of wreckage than anything else; that is what the bird probably thought it was. The fish lay almost flat on the water, with one big fin sticking out, the other being under the water, and the weight of the bird made It lie over to one side. As we neared it the bird rose and flew away and the tisli straight ened up; but it made no attempt to move away as we came alongside, and it. looked to me like a fish over 100 yea rs old. I struck it with an oar, but it. moved only a little way off, then a me to the surface again. "I saw something as curious last year," continued the fisherman. "In August the waters of the islands off here from San demente up are tilled with fish that are spawning. The wa ter will then be covered in places with small birds that look like snipe, and t is a common thing to see I hem wlmming about in schools of hun dreds. On this trip I kept my eye out for whales, as a brother-in-law of mine was a whaler at Point Loma, and wanted to know t.he outlook for whales up this way. When about half way over, right in midchannel, I saw the spout of a big gray whale, and the next minute saw the Kick of the whale, about twenty feet of It, as black as Ink upin the blue water. To my surprise it did not disappear, and I soon concluded that t lie big creature was either asleep or lying on the sur face sunning itself. "As we came nearer I saw at least fifty little birds running about on its back, feeding upon the various para sites on the whale's back. "We lay off and watched them for some time. They' ran lip and down Just as they would on a beach, and it occurred to me that it was not ail ac cident, but that there was some un derstanding between the whale and the birds. In other words, the whale knew that the birds were relieving it t' many parasites that it could not get id of In any other way, and conse quently submitted to their running over it. Finally its big flukes rose ill the air, the cloud of birds flew away and the whale, probably with a clean back, sank out of sight. On another occasion as I was cruis ing down by Ensenada. I ran into a little bay one day and I saw what I supposed to lie a log floating on tlio surface, as on it were numerous birds, dome walking alxiut, others apparently asleep. As we ran In nearer I saw that it was a big sea turtle asleep on the surface, and the birds alighted upon its bread back as they would have done upon floating timber. They flew away as we came alongside, and we put a iiarpoon into the turtle and took it, after it had towed us about the bay. "Up around Monterey a gigantic shark is sometimes caught in the net of the fisherman. Its length ranges from twenty to forty feet and is liown as the basking whale, from the act that, it floats on the top of the water, literally basking in the sun light—much after the fashion of the sunfish. This affords a veritable float ing island for the various sea birds that rise from it in a cloud as boats approach and sometimes ride upon its back exposed." There are other sea jockeys than those mentioned. The writer some time ago caught a large hammer-head whale off Redondo Beach. Tills big creature towed t.he boat about for nearly an hour, and when brought in sight of the boat it was seen to have several riders—fish, almost pure black and a. foot in length—which were at tached to the shark. The shark Avas struggling and lighting, and cutting through tiie water with powerful rush es; but. the little tisli still clung to it, and. finnllv, when it was hauled upon the beach, the little back attendants came with it. They were clinging to the shark by a curious sucker on tlie back of tlie head that resembled the slats of a Venetian blind; mud tlie suc tion was so powerful that when the plate or sucker was attached it was extremely difficult to pull it ott by main force. Half a dozen of these riders accompanied the shark and tlicy are sometimes seen accompanying tur iles—and may be called the real jock eys of tlie sea.—New York Mail and Express. The United States Government Chemist, after an examination for the Indian Department, made the eniphat to statement that "The Royal Baking Powder is the purest in quality and highest in strength of any baking pow der of which I have knowledge." Summer IleHort Shortage. "Dear Fannie." wrote a summer girl "don't come to this hotel under any consideration. ' The landlord is the only mail here and lie is seventy years old and married." "Dear Jennie." was the reply, "I won't. Our landlord Is seventy, but lie Is a bachelor." Decipher! nu an Abbreviation "Here's a letter for Dugout, B. K„* said one postal clerk to anHher "What do y >u suppose B. K. stands for? Not British Columbia, surely." "No," replied the man addressed "That stands for bleeding Kansas." It was sent to the Sunflower State, —Judge. A Geological Lover. Kitty—That Mr. Ilarduppe is a geo logical lover, I think. Jane—What kind of a lover is tb«tî Kitty—One who is always iixfUng for the "roc'is." Gcnernl Mill Strike Fcarcit. Merrill, Wis., Special. — Seventeen men of the Gilkey & Anson company' mill crew quit to-day, demanding bet ter wages. A general strike of mill hands is talked of. The striking men are the same class of men and from the same mill that started the big strike here two years ago. Cleveland Goes Flailing:. Buzzards Bay, Mass., Special.'—The steam yacht Oneida anchored in tlie bay to-day, having returned from Ma rion. Her owner, E. C. Benedict, and the president went fishing this morn ing and remained away all day. the cocoanut in florida, Lwrgre Grove Efttahllnhed on the Southeastern C odm J , Quite a number of tropical nuts li:t a recently been introduced into cultiva tion in tills country. Already on the east, coast of-Florida are growing 250, 000 coeoatiut trees, 42,000 being in one plantation. It Is believed that the ees of this kind in the state sprouted om nuts brought from Central Amer a and the West Indies by ihe gulf stream. At Key West and about some the old forts eocoanuts were plant ed at an early day, as certain ancient ees now standing bear witness. In 77 a bark freighted with cocoanuts as caught in a storm off tlie coast of lorlda and beached near Lake Worth, veral thousand of the nuts were saved and planted, the satisfactory owth of the seedlings giving an im tus to cultivation. Tiie first Importation of cocoanuts of named varieties was made in 1889 hen tlie secretary of agriculture ob tained through the state department two shipments of selected nuts from the Philippines. These, with two otli sliipments in 18!)0 from the same islands, comprehended fourteen varie To get. so many varieties was no easy task, inasmuch as not more than wo or three kinds grow In any one district or island of the Archipelago, and they were collected by a skilled botanist, who made a tour for the pur pose. The nuts thus received were forwarded to growers In Florida. Cer in specimens from the Islands of Albay and Misamis were of tlie small st known variety, which yields little oil and is of inferior flavor. The shells e carved by the natives into beauti ul drinking cups. The meat of a va lety called "tayomamls" is prepared as a delicious sweetmeat with yams and syrup. Another variety, on ac ount. of its extreme hardness, is known as "bahan," which means mill stone. The word cocoanut is derived from the Portuguese "coco," meaning mon key, because the base resembles a monkey's face. Tiie tree was known to the people of Ceylon as early as ltd) . C., the milk iieing used by them for making cement. The cocoanut is one of the most useful of plants, root, rank, leaf, sap and nut. are made to leid tribute to man. The fiber of the husk furnishes excellent yarn, and is preferred to horse hair for stuffing beds, cushions, chairs and saddles. It stronger and more elastic than hemp. The Polynesians twist small ords of this fiber, which serves in the construction of houses and canoes, here Europeans would employ nails, rhe green nuts are grated for medic inal use. Grated cocoanut forms an ngredlent of the East Indian condi ment curry. In tiie Maldive islands iilvir Is usually paid for in cocoa 1 "''". The chief manufactured produ ived from the cocoanut is oil, v. i cents a pound by the hogshead. Most of the cocoanut oil consumed in the United States is manufactured in this country from imported nuts, it is aluable in the mailing of candles and soaps; It also serves as a sulmtitute for butter. It is used by natives of the Pacific islands for burning in their lamps. The kernels of tlie nuts, bro ken and dried, are called "copra." One thousand cocoanuts yield 500 pounds copra, from which are obtained twenty-five gallons of oil. A good tree ields 100 cocoanuts annually, worth cents apiece. The worst foe of the planter Is the black nit, which builds its nest in fruiting trees and destroys the nuts. To protect the trees against this enemy the trunks are incased in broad sheets of galvanized iron.—Bos ton Transcript. The official food analyses by the United States Government show the Royal to be a pure cream-of-tartar baking powder, the highest In strength, evolving 100.6 cubic inches of leavening gas per single ounce of powder. There were eight other brands of cream-of-tartar powders tested, and tneir average strength was less than 111 cubic inches of gas per ounce of powdn-. A ROAST Quiet Given llie Participant* Poker Party. - A story is going the rounds of tiie clubs and cafes at the expense of four five prominent young society men who are stopping at one of the fash ionable suburban inns. One night last week they repaired to tiie room occu pied by a member of tlie party to in dulge in a quiet little game of poker. After playing a few minutes one of the young men, who lias the reputa tion of being a practical joker, excused himself from tlie game and withdrew from tiie room. Shortly afterward somebody noti-e lint it was growing very warm -1 livesting himself of his coat, orderet a round of mint juleps. The juleps came, and the others took oft' their coats. But the room contin ued to grow warmer and warmer, the juleps began to come faster and fast and, with each drink, the members of tiie party divested themselves of some article of wearing apparel. Vests were discarded .then collars. Shirts soon followed. I lie room grew hotter .tlie drinks stil came and the •.nine went on. Just ar, one rash youth was about to engage in a Bacchanalian struggle with Iiis trousers tlie practical joker came back and calmly turned oft tiie steam from a large radiator in (lie corner.—Philadelphia eRcord. A Picture From Mfe. A well dressed young woman, hold ing a tiny girl by the hand, pushed lier way out of a crowded store. The little one became entangled in the skirts of tiie hurrying shoppers and could not keep pace with lier "motli er." "Come along!" she snapped, pulling tiie tender little arm almost out of its socket. The child began to cry. as well she might, and again sbj was "twitched," this time off lier feef and slung on to the sidewalk. Two other" women's glances crossed; the one looked horrified, the other's eyes filled with tears. "She doesn't de serve to have children!" she ex claimed. as she went lier way. And the crowd circled again and again, and tiie strangers were lost in It, while the "mother," with tlie tiny girl, ilso passed out of sigiit, unconscious )f the indignation that followed ber -Boston llerald. Charged Witli Arson. Milwaukee, Special.—A. C. Feldt, the merchant tailor whose store under the KirViy house was discovered on fire on Wednesday night, was arrested to day on a charge of arson. Had the fire gained much headway before it was discovered a catastrophe similar to tlie Newhall horror would have resulted. It was found that a chimneyless lamp had been placed so close to a partition that the latter became ignited. The American Librarians' associa tion at Denver to-day decided to hold the convention in 1806 at Cleveland, Ohio.