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The Acantha.
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.
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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
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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
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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.

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