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The lidy rode In lier coach of state, As the air grew chill and the day grew late, Bat she felt no longing to turn and go To her own hearthstone with its royal glow. For though it was warm, and rich, and fair, There was never a child to greet her there. What treasures had she In that prince ly homo! There were silks from Persia, and busts from Rome, Pictures from Paris and tendon town, Books and books, upstairs nild down, Strange, quaint things from the cur ious East, But never a child to share the feast. In the lady's mind was a gloomy store Of wit, and learning, and culture more. She had sailed to the East, and sailed to the West, Bhe had seen all the things that are rarest and best: And many a wondrous tail she knew, But she tlild tio chlltl to tell them to. LnJ deep IH j(io lady's heart there idy Itlcli pgwer of loving mid giving, they Bach fancy for heeling her warm ., ,, urn)8 close Round ii slim little form, with cheeks •, of rose, fluch ,^r£pltb of lovo had this lady true. But never a child to give it to. 9fl Wnen who fret at the (l|s of life, The roi^nd of duty, the small, small rr ',i ••tflfie .• gf dally living, ltli children's needs rawlqg ypur back from prouder deeds Think of yourselves bereft and loue, For love, for ombltlou for bread, a stone. —Louise Morgan Still, isSfcW.T.adles' Home Journal. ON GANGER There is a tiny Islet on the outskirts of the Solomon Archipelago that to all such casual wanderers as stray so far presents not a single feature of in terest. Like scores of others in those latitudes. It has not yet attained to the dignity of a single cocoanut tree, although many derclict nuts have found a lodgment upon existence at the next Bprlugtide. Viewed from a balloon It would look like a silly sea son mushroom, but with a fringe of snowy foam around it marking the protecting barrier to which it owes its existence, to say nothing of its growth. Yet of all places in the world which have been privileged to visit, this bar ren little mound of sand clings most tenaciously to my memory, for reasons which will presently appear. One of these devastating cyclones that at loug intervals sweep across the Pacific, leaving a long swath of do structlon in their wake, had overtaken the pearling schooner of which I was mate. For twenty-four hours we lied before It, we knew not whither, not daring to heave to. The only compass possessed had been destroyed by the first sea that broke on board. Whether It was night or day we had no notion, except by watch, and even then we were doubtful, so appalling wr.s the darkness. Hope Was begln revive that, as the Papalangl had proven herself so stanch, she might yet "run it out," unless she hit something. Bnt the tiny rag rigged forward to keep her before it suddenly flew Into threads the curl of the sea caught her under the counter and Bpun her Into the wind like a teeto tum. The next vast comber took her broadside on, rolled her over and •wallowed her up. We went "down quick Into the pit." Always reckoued a powerful swim mer, even umong such amphibia as the Kanaskas, I don't remember making stroke. But after a horrible, chok ing struggle In the black uproar I got my breath again, finding myself cling ing, as a drowning man will, to some thing big and seaworthy. It was an ordinary ship's hencoop that the skip per had bought cheap from a passen ger vessel in Auckland. As good a raft as one could wish, it bore me on over the mad sea, half-dead as I was, until I felt It rise high as If climbing a cataract and descending amidst a furious boiling of surf into calm, smooth water. A few minutes later I touched a sandy beach. Utterly done up, I slept where I lay, at the water's edge, though the shrieking hurricane raged overhead as if It would tear the land up by the roots. When 1 awoke it was fine weather, though to leeward the Infernal reck of the departing meteor still disfigured .a huge segment of the sky. I looked around and my Jaw dropped. Often I had wondered what a poor devil would do who happened to be cast away on such a spot as this. Appar ently I was about to learn. A painful pinch at my bare foot startled me, and I saw an ugly beast of crab going for me. He was neariy a foot across, his blue back covered with long spikes, jand his wicked little eyes seemed to "have an expression of diabolical malig nity. snatched at a handful of his legs and swung bim round my head, dashing him against the side of my coop with such vigor that his armor •flew to flinders around me. I never have liked crab, even when dressed, but 1 found the raw flesh of that one tasty enough. It quite smartened me up. Having eaten heartily, I took a saunter up the smooth knoll of sarnl, aimlessly, I suppose, for it was as bare aB a plate, without a stoue or shell. From Its highest point, about ten feet above high water mark, I looked aroand, but my horizon was complete ly bounded by the ring of breakers aforesaid. I felt like the scorpion within the flery circle, and almost as disposed to sting myself to death had I possessed the proper weapons. As I stood gazing vacantly at the foaming barrier and solemn enclosing dome of fleckless blue I was ngaln surprised by a vicious nip at my foot. There was another huge crab boldly attacking me—me, a vigorous man, and not a sodden corpse, as yet. I felt a grue of horror run all down my back, but I grabbed at the vile thing and hurled it from me half across the is land. Then I became aware of others arriving, converging upon me from all around, and I was pnnic-stricken. For one mad moment I thought of plung ing into the sea 'igfiin, but reason re asserted itself in time, reminding me that, while I bad certain advantages on my side where I was, In the water I should fall a helpless victim at once, If, as might naturally be expected, these ghouls were swarming there. Not a weapon of any kind could I see, neither stick nor stone. My feelings of disgust deepened Into despair. But I got little time for thought. Such a multitude of the eerie things were about me that I wai kept most act ively employed seizing them and fling ing them from me. They got bolder, feinting and dodging around me, but happily without any definite plan of campaign among them. Once I stag gered forward, having trodden un aware upon a spiky back as 1 sprung aside, wounding my foot bndly. I fell Into a group of at least twenty, crush ing some of tlienl, but after a painful struggle among those Uecdle-llke spines regained my feet With several clinging to my body. A kltad of fremy seized me, and, regardless of pnin, 1 Clutched at them right and left, dash ing them to fragments one against the other, utttll quite a pile of writhing, dismembered enemies lay nround me, while my hands and Arms were stream ing from numberless wounds. Very soon 1 became exhausted by my vio lent exertions and the iilteuse heat, but, to nty uilfat lionlable thankfulness, the heap of broken crrtbs afforded me a loUg fesplte, the soutid otios finding coUgetilal occupation in devouring them. While I watched the bus# can nibals sWarmiug over the yet writhing heap, 1 became violently 111. Vertigo seized me, 1 reeled and fell prone, ob livious to all things for a tinie. When sense returned it was nlgHt. The brolid moon was commcncidg her triumphal march among the stars, which glowed in the blue-black coti cave like globules of incaqdesceni steel. My body was drenched with dew, a blessed relief, for my tongue was leithery and my lips were split with jrouth. I tore olT my shirt and sucked it eagerly, the moisture it held, though brackish, mitigating my tortures of thirst. Suddenly 1 bethought me of my foes and looked fearfully around. There was not one to be seen, uothlng near but the heap of clean-picked shells of those devoured. As the moon roBe higher I saw a cluster of white objects at a distance, soon re cognizable as boobies. They permitted me to snatch couple of them easily, and wringing off their beads 1 got such a draught as put new life iuto me. Hope returned, even quelling the cruel thought of daylight, bringing again those ravening hordes of crawl ing crustacea. Yet my position was almost as hopeless as one could Im agine. Unless, as I much doubted, this was a known spot for beehe de mer or pearl-shell fishers, there was but the remotest chance of my rescue, while, without anything floatable my poor little hencoop, passing tu. bar rier of breakers was impossible. For tunately I have alway»trled to avoid meeting trouble lialf-uffy, and with a thankful feeling of present wants sup plied I actually went to sleep again, though stiff and sore from head to heel. At daybreak awoke again to a re petition of the agonies of the previous day, which, although I was better for tified to meet them, were greater than before. The numbers of my hideous assailants were more than doubled as far as I could Judge. The whole patch of sand seemed alive with the vora cious vermin. So much so that when I saw the approach of those horrible hosts my heart sank, m.v fleBh shrank on my bones and clutched at my throat. But 1 could (lot strangle my self, though had I possessed a knife I should certainly have chosen a swift exit from the unutterable horror of my position, fiercely as I clung to life. To be devoured pieccmeal, retaining every faculty till the Inst—I could not bear the thought. There was Ho time for reflection, however, the struggle began at once nnd continued with a pertinacity on the part of the crabs that promised a speedy end to It for me. How long it lasted I have no Idea —to my tortured mind It was an eter nity. At last, overborne, exhausted, surrounded by mounds of those I lind destroyed, over Which fresh legions poured in ever-iUcreasiUg numbers, earth nnd sky whirled around me and I fell backward. As 1 Went, with many of the vile things clinging to me, heard a yell—a human voice that revived my dulling senses like a gal vanic shock. With one last flash of vigor 1 sprang to my feet seeing as I did so a canoe with four Kanakas in it, not fifty yards away, In the smooth water between the beach and the barrier. Bounding like a buck, heedless of my pain as my wounded feet clashed among the Innumerable spiky carapaces of my enemies, 1 reached the water and hurled myself headlong toward that ark of safety. How I reached it I do not know, nor anythlug further until 1 returned to life again on board the Warrlgal, of Sydney, ns weak as a babe and fil ing century older. LOVED FOR HIMSELF. Queer Mirriife Retailing from a Peculiar Will. Hawkins was an eccentric old man and In his will It wns found that he bad made bis youngest son. Henry, his sole heir, on condition that he should marry within two yenrs. It was a surprise to the community, ns Henry was a worthless fellow and rarely on friendly terms with his father. Henry at puce became the topic of conversation. Everybody was wonder ing what mystery would develop from such nil odd beginning, nnd there were dozens of stories afloat to the effect that Hawkins was a miser and bad left bundles of money hidden In odd corners of his rackety olu shanty, that had become the sole property of his son. Henry's name soon drifted Into the papers all over the country. As a re sult, bushels of letters from marriage able women nnd wlId-viBioned girls came to him in the form of proposals. On the last day of the allotted two wears Henry Hawkins and Belinda Scones stood in the registry office, where it wns nrranged the ceremony should be performed quietly. "If I could only feel sure that you lOTe me, nnd that you are not to marry me for money, how happy I would be!" said Henry. "But you ought to know," protested Belinda, "that it is because I love you, for you know 1 have $2.1,000 of my own—though, of course, that is nothing to your fortune." The ceremony was performed. "So you love me for myself alone, Belinda?" said Hawkins. Must you and nothing else," Insisted the bride of a moment. "I'm so glad." said Henry, tenderly, nil a myth, Belindn. Will you please pay the fee?"—Tits-Bits. Ancient Window Sludes. The window sashes which were re moved yesterday at the Machlas (Me.), Congregational Church, to give place to the new memorial windows, were found to be perfectly sound nnd fret from blemish of any kind, notwith standing the fact that they bad been doing service for sixty-two yenrs. They were made from old-growth pumpkin pine. The nails used in the casings were hnnd made, and were probably the handiwork of some local blacksmith of "ye olden time." The topaz was the second stone in the breast of the Hebrew high prl.it* Improved Rnlt Fence. The plnh of setting stakes X-fashion, and of laying the rnlls In the angle bo tweeh tllem, Is unwise, for the ronson that the rail Is not properly supported. If the ground Is soft, the stakes arc pressed downward coHstnntly. The cut shows a better plnh. One stout stake IB set flrtnly ib a perpendicular posi tion, Where It has strength to support Any Weight. It Is braced from each side by shorter stakes, which arc spiked to the Upright TlieSo support the rnlls, tlio Whole being firmly held In place by A binding of plain fence wire that is how 80 inexpensive. Such fence cntl bot settle, be pressed over to either TUB IMPROVED It AIL FKNCE. side, nor pulled apart. It bas to "stay where you put It."—American Agricul turist. High Feeding Causes Garget. As the cow or other breeding animal approaches time of parturition, high feeding, either to stimulate milk flow or to make It richer, should for the time be suspended. Of the two, the kinds that tend to make the milk richer, or, in other words, to fatteu the cow, are worst. But we should not advise any farmer to feed heavily with grain which will cause fever and make the animal feverish, though this may be nature's effort to lessen the milk flow so that the udder can hold It. The food should be laxative rather than consti pating. Ensilage nnd roots of all kinds are good If not given lu too large amounts. The only grain giveu should be three or four nubbins of corn dally. The cow will eat these readily, aud they will cleanse the stomach prepara tory to the time when parturition be gins.—American Cultivator. To Protect the Spring. It is difficult to keep a spring clean and pure, especially if visited by stock, unless one attempts to "improve" a little upon nature, difficult as that might seem. If ohe can get a section of iron boiler tubing some two and a half feet in diameter and set it Id the spring, the lower edge well down be neath the surface, With clay "puddled" about the outside, he will have as fine a water supply as one could desire. It Is also possible to get SectlohS of stotte piping with a diameter of 4bout two feet, which can be set Into the spring in the same way. In either case it will be found a good idea to bank up all about the iron or Stone tubing with A PKOTKCTND SPRING rocks. They will hold the tubing firm ly In place, and will prevent its injury if stock is watered at the spring. Management of Bees. In a late issue of the American Bee Journal Edwin Bevlns claims to have discovered two alternative ways in which laying worker colonies can be disposed of so as to get all the service out of the bees that they can render, and yet keep the number of the colonies up to what It was liefore. Oue way is to place the hive containing the laying workers over a strong colony with a fertile queen, placing a newspaper with a small hole in It between the two hives. The bees will unite peaceably, and when considerable worker brood appears In the upper hive the hive cau be placed on auother stand and the bees will rear a queen from the brood, if the old queen Is left in the lower hive or a fertile queen can be intro duced about three days after the re moval of the lilve. The other plan in volves the taking of a couple of frames of hatching brood from a hive and placing them In another hive over a strong colony, with a frame having wire clqfh nailed to both sides of It be tween the two lilves. Then a fertile queen and her escort are released on the two combs, aud In a few days there will be a nucleus strong enough to take care of the queen. This hive is then set down by the side of the hive holding the layiug workers. Every two or three days a frame with Its bees must be transferred from the laying-worker hive to the nucleus. By the tlifle all but two of the frames are placed In the new hive the queen is at work there, aud everything is harmonious. As re gards the two frames taken to form the nucleus, they cau be returned to the places from which they were taken, or these places can be filled by the frames remaining uuuBed In the laying-worker hive. Poll Affecting Fruit. Apples are much earlier, even In the snuie locnllty, when grown on wnrm, dry nnd sandy soils than arc those pro duced on clay soils. They are often large and well colored, but lack keep ing qualities. The npple trees are usu ally not aB long lived on sandy Boll, partly perhaps because such soils lack potash, but quite as often because the dry Boll makes a better harbor for the apple tree borer. The beetle that lays the egg for the borer selects dry and high land, because perhaps Instinct tells It that the low land may lie liable to flood high enough up the tree to de stroy'the egg before the borer Is hatch ed out of It. Apple-Tree Wood Is Valuable. Never cut down~a healthy apple tree, even though It be long unproductive. So long as |t Is sound In the trunk It may be made to produce profitable crop*. But there are man old tree* too far gone to be worth saving, find thousands such arc cut up nnd burned for firewood every winter. Apple tree wood is worth too much to be put to such uses, though apple wood mnkos a hot fire nnd nil nsli rich In potash. It Is a very tough wood, and even when full of knots its vnltie for manufactur ing purposes is rather cuhanced than lessened. The factories will drive as hnrd bargain with the fanner ns they can, but sound apple wood cut In suit able shapes Is worth many times Its Value as firewood, and the farmers who have such wood should know tho fact. Pure Cider Vinegar. it iR morf than two years Hincn this country had full apple crop. A good den I of pure elder Titular was made In 1890 from tho superabundant crop of Mint year. Rut the demand for vinegar Is su Grout that there Is strong tempta tion to Hue mineral nelds to secure the sotif taste Which vinegar is expected to have. Most States have laws against using sulphuric or other mineral adds to flavor vinegar. They should be rlfr orously enforced. All such acids de stroy teeth and Injure the digestive Orgails. Vegetable seeds. When used moderately, are not unhealthful. Tha best flf nil for vinegar Is the malic acid of the apple, produced by fernletitidg Its sugar and (•ombuiing with It (He Miarnoteftstlfc apple flavefr. liealthfdl vinegar can, htiwevfcr, bfe thade frdiri maple sap ot from auy othe£ sweet. It does not have the lody tti It that clde* vinegar has. It mdTv, however, bfe* made exceedingly sour by patting some sugar with It. This will b6 changed by the first fermentation Into alcohol, Then If more yeast Is added this will be made an extremely strong vlnegclr. Clover and Timothy Hay. Clover, unless cut before It reaches tlie blossoming stage, will have when dried from seven to toi pet ietIt. tit al buminoids, which' makes it ti very nu tritious ration. Timothy, when In its best estate, which Is a little before It has blossomed, has only about four to five per cent, of albuminoids. If It stands until dead ripe most of these are changed to woody fibre, which Is very hnrd to digest. The second growth of clover Is much richer than the first. It is hard to cure It without discoloring from excessive fermentation. If se cured In good order It should be saved for young stock and for poultry, to be fed to each In small amounts with oth er feed Horse freedlni: at Working Houn, It goes without question that a Judi cious treatment of the horse during working hours as well ns at rest will I derably in re as working capacity and the lifetime of the animal. It of ten happens that horses enjoy a longer or briefer time to rest while dolngcertaln work. Such mom ents may be used to advantage In feeding the ahlmals. The picture show* a feeding bng made of strong canvns and equipped with strap which may be slipped over the animiii's head and fastened. The top and the bottom are expanded by means of two rings made of heavy Wire. A few Inches from the bottom Is Inserted a circular piece of Wire screen, which serves aB a breath ing hole. This feeding device can be made at home.—Ohio Farmer. rattle ship*. The accommodations for cattle oil hoard a modern ship are luxurious in contrast with the suffering attendant oil their shipment 111 the early duys of the trade. Their fodder Is of the finest quality, their stalls are ns comfortable ns they cah be made and ate lighted by electric light. With tills greater care for the comfort of tho beasts has come a largely reduced loss In transit. In this particular direction the War lias brought about one salutary reform. The first steamers sent to Cuba lost lu transit from ten to thirty-eight head. This loss, it was said, was caused by the loading of the cattle into the steam ers by hoisting them witli rope and pulley, the pulley being hooked into a rope around the base of the horns of the animal, allowing the whole weight to be held up by the horns. Tills bar barous practice has been discontinued, nnd all the steamers In the trade have ports large enough to allow of driving the cattle through tlieiu. Since the loading by hoisting wns nbandoned the loss of cattle In transit has been very small. Rape for Pheep. We have always had some doubt about the profitableness of growing rape seed for sheep to feed oft during the summer. The rape Is a branch of the mustard family, with small seeds, and ueeds to be put In soil that is made very mellow by cultivation. It grows rapidly, and has large leaves for so small a seed. But our experience lu feeding down sowed grnln with Bheep Is thnt they will trample down twice ns much as they will eat. We find this to be true even in clover, and It is much more true of auy plant that grows In soil easily poached by sheep in a wet time. The sheep's foot is very small. It will sink Into cultivated soil, espe cially In a wet time, and It will spoil all the herbage the hoof touches.—Ex change. Rolling Down Stubble Land, The bulk of snow the past winter al most everywhere lins been great enough to break down last year's grain stubble, so that It will not be In the way when mowing the clover next .Tune. But there is still the necessity of rolliug thet surface so as to press down the loose stones, which are worse than clover in mowing fields. This should be done while the ground Is still moist, so that the stones may be pressed level with the surface. This rolling has an excellent effect on young clover, compacting the soil around the roots and making It grow much better. It should be done early before the clover starts to grow, as rolling clover while It Is growing crushes the leaves aud injures the whole after growth. Poultry Points. Introduce new blood Into your poul try once a year. Give lime for growth of bone and for egg-shell material. A little cayenne pepper In the food often stimulates laying. Good Leghorn liens may be kept un til they are five years old. A laying hen should liuve her food and drink nt regular Intervals. If the hens show an inclination to pull feathers, feed them salt pork. Eggs Inteuded for hatching should not be kept over four weeks. They must be turned every day or two. It will require several pounds of skim milk to equal one pound of lean beef for flesh-producing qualities. One dollar per bead Is the average cost of keeping a fowl a year, and the eaine amount I* a fair eitlmate of the proOt*. v--/-, 4 if 1 I BALANCE OF TRADE. Some thoughtless people arc hilled Into apathy by talk about the balance of trade In our favor. It never occurs to them to inquire what bccomes of It and who gets the benefit. It is true that for a number of years there has been a large cxcess-a very large ex cess—of exports over Imports of mer chandise. Bankers, men of affairs, men at the head of large financial institu tions, who assume a superior knowl edge about business and finance, know •o little of the accounts kept of the Aggregate business of the couutry that they tell us this balance of trade Is evi dence of prosperity. They do uot stop to inquire what we have received for the large amount we have sold aud ex ported each year since 1873. In the five J'fcafs endlhg Dee. 31, 1897, our exports Of merchandise exceeded our imports by $0oS,l!)3,32.'i. Wits this rt Sale? Old receive anything for it? Was It a S6tirc6 of Income? It was not a srtle. if was nn expense. It wns a veritable outlay from which We have hot derived 6he dbllar of income. Will sorrie of the greai financiers who express thern §eltes so learnedly audi confidently about balahce of trade tell us what we have refceived? We did ntft receive other merchandise, ftfr this vrfst amouut is uot all we sdirt awa£, but the excess of What we s'ent dwdy over all th'at we received. Did w6 get gold for It? Did we add t6 the stock of this ifr6nejv taetttl by this" large exportation 6f our products? Is this where tire N6w York banks secured an Increase 6t their gold holdings to an amount of |4,000,000 per month during the last twenty months? Such cannot be the case, because during the same five years we sent out of the country (ex ported) $370,253,202 of gold, and this was $111,093,963 more than we re ceived (Imported). During the five years, instead of adding to our income In gold, we had an outlay, an actual expense, of $111,993,903 paid In gold, in addition to the merchandise exported. Did we get silver for this merchandise and for gold, together amountiug to $1,005,187,180? Have the other nations of this earth been dumping their silver on us In exchange for our products nnd our gold? Is this where all the silver came from that has so alarmed our bankers, aud with which the gohlites tell us we are iu grave danger of being overwhelmed? Have we had this enor mous Importation of silver, and is this what has made It so cheap? Alas, no! This cannot be true, because the Treas ury Department reports that In the same five years we sent out (exported) $270,334,693 worth of silver, and this was $146,000,900 more than we re ceived (imported). Now and Next Year. Two yenrs of President McKinley's Administration have passed, and two more are ahead, although the decision as to his successor will come up next year. He was elected, as we all know how, on a false cry, which cannot be raised again with the same effect, al though the political syndicate back of It will try to win on it once more. The Issue ou which Bryan was de feated Is still strong with a very large proportion of the people. The war with Spain, and the unexpected devel opment of the Imperial colonial posses sions Idea, In cousequence of Admiral Dewey's spectacular victory, has con fronted the nation with entirely new problems, which may lead to a realign ment of parties, In which the McKlnley second-term syndicate is liable to lose, even within the Republican organiza tion through which it Is working. The McKlnley administration wns originally not lu favor of going to the rescue of Cuba, because it feared the effect of the piling up of a new debt for the people to pay. It became con vinced after a while, however, that it had better take the risk under the stim ulus of the contractors anxious to fur nish army supplies. Mark Hanna was opposed to going to war with Spain until he saw that the Iron industry, iu which he is largely interested, and the Western beef Industry would be large ly benefited thereby. The outlook la, of course, that the expansionists will have their owu way in the Republican party. That McKln ley will be renominated is, however, more doubtful. The syndicate which forced him to the front in 1890, and succeeded iu electing him, is handicap ped by Alger, one of its most wealthy members. His mismanagement of the War Department has thrown discredit ou all, nnd a new man is most likely to be forced on them. His name may be Roosevelt or another uot yet much thought of, but it is realized that the President of to-day may have to be dropped.—New York News. The Canadian Trade Bogy. We are told that the farmers of this country seriously object to the estab lishment of free reciprocal trade rela tions with the Dominion of Cauada be cause they fear that imports of farm ing products from Cauada will inter fere '.vlth iheir trade. The truth is this fear is bolstered up and encouraged by a few special Interests, such as lum ber, coal aud fish, which do not wish to Improve our trade relations with Can ada, and hence are doing all that lies In their power to prevent those repre seutiug the two cotiutries from coming together lu an amicable arrangemeut.— Boston Herald. Administration War on Heed. There is a strong movement on foot among Republicans to change the rules of the national House of Representa tives aud deprive the Speaker of the arbitrary power which has beeu exer cised by Mr. Reed. There is no question as to where this movemcut originates. It come6 from the administration, which Mr. Reed has deliberately thwarted on several occasions, and which he lias most grievously offended by his refusal to recognize as members of the House gentlemen who hold com missions from the President.—Indian apolis Sentiuel. Decadent Republican Party. The prophecy made by Senator Hoar that the decadence of the American re public will date from the administra tion of President McKlnley would sound better nnd be much truer if it read: The decadence of the Republican party will date from the administra tion of President McKlnley. There IB no doubt about it, the Republican par ty is hopelessly split. Senator Hoar has more followers than they would like to admit.—Boston Traveler. Increase of l'ap«ticker*. The extravagance of the Congress which bas just closed is far beyond the record. Administration journals defend thlft OB the ground that the country Is .c- u. v, growing, and that tho Federal expenses grow with it. This Is a radically false proposition. The Federal establish ment Is growing out of all proportion to the growth of the country. There Is a constant establishment of new nnd useless offices and commissions, nn an nual robbery of vast dimensions In pub lic buildings, nn unnatural growth nnd encouragement of the Federal ju diciary. and a tendency in Federal tax ation to promote private interests rather than keep sufficient, funds in the public treasury.—Cincinnati Enquirer. Republican Prospect*. Republican politicians wll! not admit that the outlook for their party in 1900 Is not of the most rosy hue. This Is natural and is the usual thing, but there are many reasons to support the theory that Republican politicians arc whistling to keep their courage up. The army scandals have weakened greatly the standing of the administra tion before the people. Alger's blun ders and venality have proved disas trous and the stubborn stupidity of Alger, who refuses to resign "under Aire," is going to estrauge mauy voters who would otherwise be Inclined to support McKlnley. But army scandals are not the only burdens which the administration must beftr. The extravagance of the Re ftublletfu Ooflgress, which has broken all records by passing appropriation bills aggregating a bllMon and a half of dollars, will work disaster to The Re publicans. And most Injurious of all will prtfve the aftltnde of the adminis tration lu fostering rfnd promoting trusts Nearly f6ur bilflofis of dollars are represented In the capital of the combines already formed, and new trusts are being created each day. Republicans did not believe in 1873 thnt they would be overwhelmingly routed In 1874. Who in 1801 or in the enrl.v months of 1892 could have sus pected that the Democratic party, on a free trade platform, was on the eve of a great triumph over the party of pro tection and prosperity? There is going to be a political revolution in 1900, and the reigu of Ilnnna, McKlnley & Co. will be ended.—Chicago democrat. Impudent AdVJce. Why are the gold bug papers so anx ious to see the Democratic party aban don the free silver platform? The above question is frequently asked by Democratic leaders of Republican papers. And no wonder, for every Re publican organ from Maine to Califor nia Is Impudently offering to furnish the Democratic party an Issue to sup plant bimetallism. Of course they want us to win in 1900. So they would have us believe. But the truth of the matter is that they are afraid to meet us again on the fiuancial Issue. All their lying "arguments" against a fiuancial sys tem that will restore equality betweeu the debtor and the creditor classes have been exhausted, while arguments of the blinetalllsts have been strength ened by the course of events since 1890. If the Democrats stick to the platform of 1890, and there is no doubt of it, Republican- defeat Is a certainty. To change the Issue would be to offer the Republican party a new lease of life. Radical Change in the Music. Auother very Instructive demonstra tion is the enthusiastic applause with which the Republicans greeted the declaration of a Texan that we hold the Philippines "by right of conquest." When this logic of brute might Is ap plauded by the administration In the House It is pertinent to repeat the cita tion of a declaration twice made in Presidential messages and as true now as It was a year ago: "I speak not of forcible annexation. That Is not to be thought of. That by our code of mor als would be criminal aggression."— Pittsburg Dispatch. Keed in McKinley'H Way. The administration cau formulate policies, but an able, aggressive aud courageous man like Reed In the Speak er's chair cau defeat them, and that he is willing to take the responsibility has been fully demonstrated the last three months. The first session of the uext Congress will be confined to President making and unmaking exclusively, aud it will be a great disadvantage to the McKiuley-Alger outfit, aiming for a second term, to have Tom Reed as the chief mogul of Congress.—St. Louis Republic. Protection Behind It All. Our Jingo expansionist movement, Congressional extravagance, the pen sion scandal—these nnd nearly all our other recent evils are results of the growth of the protectionist idea in the Republican and Democratic parties in recent years. "Protection" corrupts the very springs of political life and disor ders our social and industrial existeuce. At present this fact is pretty generally ignored, but events are likely to bring it to public notice nt an early date lu a forcible way.—Baltimore Sun. An Odious Alliance. For a republic like America, that has justly earued the admlratiou of the civ ilized world for its magnificeut and successful form of government, and which challenges the history of all time for a fitting comparison, to unite on terms of equality with any monarchi cal government of the old world, Indel ibly stained, as they are, with the cru elty and wrongs of centuries, would truly be a union of the eagle and the vulture.—Memphis Commercial Appeal. Hanna Fairly Well Satisfied. Hanna did not get all he desired out of the late Congress, but on the whole he is pretty well satisfied. The syndi cates have worked the Government for "a good thing," and the trusts have prospered as never before as a result ol* the legislation of the past two years. As for the people, well, Mark's ideas fegardiug the people coincide with those of the late Mr. Vauderbllt.—Man chester Union. Assuming the Responsibility. Had McKlnley promptly dismissed Alger from his cabinet when the flagrant jobbery, trickery, favoritism, machine politics and Incompetency of the head of the War Department were first exposed to the public view, his tri umphant renominatlon by his party would have been inevitable. By retain ing Alger in office the President has tacitly assumed a share of the respon sibility.—St. Louis Republic. Not a Change for the Hetter. If Secretary Alger is to be allowed to name his successor the Presideut might as well keep him. Nobody wants an Algerian indorsement. Washington Timet, MARIE ENGEL. Singer Whose Conrage and Patriotism Conquered the Spaniards, Her work this season In grand opera has made Marie Engel a prime favor ite In New York, nnd has given her the same high place In the esteem of her fellow countrymen that her wonderful voice and sweet womanliness earned for her In Europe. She is young yet. and the triumphs she has achieved arc as nothing to those which the future promises. Therelsromanccinhcrlife story. Her mother wns a singer with a voice that might have stirred the world, but the opportunity was denied. Tho maternal grandparents of Marie Engel lived In a pioneer settlement of tho West and had puritanical Ideas. Their daughter's voice attracted much attention, but GO great was their dread of the stage that they would not permit her to cultivate It. When she married Engel he took her [to a neighboring city and placed her tunder good tutors. But it was too late [for a professional career. Then Marie was born. Great was the parents' de light when, as a child, she showed mu sical ability. They built castles in the air for her she was to be a great singer some day. When Marie was 7 the mother died. Her last request was to hear her child sing, and the little one stood nt the bedside singing and sob bing ns the mother breathed her last. When Marie was old enough her father took her to Europe, where she studied under the n^astera. A few years ago she made her debut In Berlin, and thereafter sang herself Into tho favor of the great capitals of Europe. This is her first season in America. Miss Engel has not only beauty nnd a sweet voice, but superb courage. This trait was illustrated last spring. She was to make her debut iu Madrid on a night In April, taking a lending part ISS MAKIE ENGKL. In the operatic event of the season. She reached the Spanish capital just before the war broke out. Feeling against the Americans ran high, and Miss Eugel was told it were better If she would not take part. She declined to surrender her place, and when the time came went upon the stage. Tho cry went through the house, "This is the Ameri can," and jeers and catcalls rent the air. She started to sing and the audi ence howled. They would not listen to her, but she went through her part. After tho first act she was warned by the stage mauager that should she go on In the second act her life might be in danger. It didn't frighten her. Her second appearance was greeted like the first. The American girl now felt it was a matter of patriotism and went on a third time. The audience greeted her with silence. As sb) began to sing, there was a tremor in the sweet sound that fell on the hushed audience, for she feared the silence foreboded trou ble. But her courage was speedily re stored, for she had not gone far when from all parts of the house went up cheers nnd applause. "Bravo, Ameri canos" was the cry. She had conquered. Even Spaniards could not withhold the applause which such courage and pa triotism demanded, aud thereafter, for several nights, she was the heroine of Madrid. MAMMOTH RAILROAD SCHEME. All-Rail Route from New York City to Bnenos Ayres. The International Railroad Commis sion estimates that the total length of the all-rail route from New York City to Buenos Ayres will be 10.228.0G miles. Of this 4,771.93 miles are already built Tho estimated cost for grading, ma sonry and bridges on the road to bo .built is $174,290,271. Tills estimate docs not include the branch lines, but only the trunk line to Buenos Ayres, nor does It include any expeuse beyond preparing the roadbed for the rails. The commission, however, is of the opinion that future studies will reduce the length and lessen tho cost here given. By far the greater part of the cost will be in the Andiue reglous of Colombia, Ecuador aud Peru, where the mileage Is estimated at 3,045.94, and the estimated cost nt $126,300, 425.84, the estimated cost of building —i Kvd&M JOINING THE CONTINENTS. all tho other sections of the trunk line being $47,929,840. The Hue passes through every State of Ci'nh'nl Amer ica and all the Pacific coast States of South America, exceptlug Chile, whose chief coast towus, Antofagasta, Val paraiso and Valdlvia, will be connected with thetrunk line by branch roads al ready in operation or nearly completed. Some of the most important trade centers in every State in South Amer ica will be joiued by rail to the main line. Names in the Postal Guide. The following names of postoffices appear In the United States postal guide: Mud, Twiu Sisters, Texas Mule, Oregon Sodom, New Mexico Yellow jacket, Idaho Loyalsock, Option, Pennsylvania Wax, Iowa Pebble, Sawdust, Florida Seven Guns, Quality, Kentucky Virtue, Tennessee Wit, North Carolina Zero, Mississippi Love, Colorado Oats, South Carolina Pluck, Virginia Pure Air, Rockyconi fort, Peculiar, Lick-Skillet, Missouri Sassafras, Maryland: Pious, Ohio Roll ing Stone, Minnesota Peppertown, In diana. A Gentle Hint.—He—It's reported that we're engaged. She—Well, I'm not to blame for the fact that It is only ft report—Brooklyn Life, •. rr Hie PliiioMophy of Money. Mr. George Wilson, of Lexlugton, Mo., although a banker, and a very suc cessful oue, Is also au earnest and lu telligent advocate of free silver. His book, "Financial Philosophy," is one of the best contributions to this subject that has been published. The fact that Mr. Wilson is highly educated and in telligent, and also noted for his liberal ity aud benevolence, explains why he has no patience with that selfish ab surdity called the siugle gold standard. Mr. Wilson advances an Idea that will seem novel to many, namely, that mon ey, the common medium of exchange, being In fact public property, ought not to be taxed. Iu other words, a tax on that which belongs to all the people Is a self-imposed tribute, and nt the same time unproductive nnd hurtful, creat Ing a result similar to that produced by the man who tried to lift himself over the fence by tugging at his own BUS penders. The suggestion points to ward the single tax theory, which we fear is founded on a fallacy. But It embraces also a principle that we bo lieve to be sound. That Is to say, money being a creature of the public and be longing to the people, no Individual should be permitted to loan or hire It out to other individuals. This Is the germ of the Mosaic law, which was founded on wisdom and justice. The lending of money by individuals amounts to the same thing ns one member of a family charging the rest a •. rental for the use of the comforts that belong to all. The Government, which Is all the people acting in concert, is, or ought to be, the ouly agency author ized to lend money, and all private lending ought to be prohibited by law. If this were the rule the Interest or rent paid by individuals to the Government I for the use of the common medium of exchange would pay all the public ex penses and create that philosopher's dream of a government without taxa tion. Is not this a more substantial Idea than the single tax plan of laying all the burdens of government on that element which is necessary to the exist ence of every creature, is it not also part of the principle suggested by friend Wilson? And, furthermore, can we not trace the unpopularity of the money-lending business referred to In Mr. Wilson's letter, to the fact that it is an evil calling, prohibited by the law of the scripture, and regulated aud cir cumscribed by the statutes of every civilized natlou? But, it will be asked, would you take away the opportunity of those who are dependent on the in terest of their money for a living, in many Instances widows and orphans who cannot invest their means iu busi ness? The writer remembers that a similar argument was used in support of the righteousness of human slavery, but It did not prevail. Freedom over came all argument and all fallacy, and slavery disappeared. Human freedom Is also luvolved In this question of the lending of money, aud we believe It will be settled right, just as slavery was. With Its settlement will come pub lic ownership of railroads aud other utilities, based on guaranteed bonds that will afford a safer and more cer tain Income for Invested capital than security on individual property can possibly furnish.—Exchange. Currency of Ranks. Bank currency and bank credits are Issues by the banks for their own ex clusive profit. Greed for gain is the motive thnt impels the banks to expand their circulation and multiply their credits. Every expansion of such money substitute tends to advance prices. Every advance In prices adds new life and vigor to produetiou and business by Increasing the profits of enterprise. If such advance In prices was based upon the existence of actual money to sustain them and money sup ply would sufficiently keep pace with demand to prevent prices from reced ing, the energies of a natlou would soon find full play and nn era of production, progress and happiness would follow. But with bank currency and bank credits doing money work aud thereby advanelug prices, the prosperity that follows in its wake is ephemeral and is only paving the way for tho ruin of thousands of iuuoceuts for the enrich ment of every one of the conspirators. Events forbid (lie gold combination nnd bauking ring to longer prate their erstwhile vauntiugs about laws that are higher than, and superior to, statute laws—referring to the laws of trade that are self-actiug forces. Under the operations of these laws the gold stand ard is bearing upou the world with crushlug effect, forcing England to hes itate lest by persevering in India she may forfeit her supremacy In trade and hasten the doom of the British Empire. Any recognition whatever of the uni versal self-acting laws of trade con signs the issue of bank curreucy to the realm of lunacy. The money of the country was good money and proved Itself to be panic proof. When the banks commenced their squeeze by contracting their credits and forcing their customers to pay money, their phantom money—con fidence money—broke down, and the banks were forced to suspend cash pay ments. If we had had bank notes In 1893 Instead of greenbacks, treasury notes, and silver certificates, the Indus trial and producing classes of the coun try would have beeu involved in uni versal ruin and the foundation of social ord-3r would have been severely tested. Life in Manila. In posting his relief the other morn lug Corporal Walker. Company M, Ore gou volunteers, came upon a large Buake of the constrictor species in front of the officers' quarters on Calle de Pa laeio. Surprise was mutual. No com mand was given, but the relief was In stantaneously deployed as skirmishers, aud then scarcely in time to avoid the vicious strokes of Br'er Snake, who would strike at a distance of six or eight feet. However, these islands are ours, and the eueuiy went where the good snakes go. His trail was traced back to the ruins oft he old church near by and led straight to the entrance of the officers' quarters. Had he not been stopped by the guard it Is possible that some overworked officer might have had real ones as he lay In his chamber above enjoying the sleep of the inno cent. On being measured the snake was found to be 9 feet 7 inches long nnd 10 inches around in the largest part with fangs like a panther.—Manila (P. I.) American Soldier. The liast Rhino Vintage. The greater part of the Rhine vintage of 1898 is said to be so sour that, were It not for its cost, the best 'eg would be to label it vinegar. A" bp* 4