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VOL. 72. WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1892. NO. It. Sft-m&n?tfatt geratd IB PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY MRS. H. H. RIDDLEBERGER. -SUBSCRIPTION 01.OO PER Y EAR, IM VARIA BLE IX A 1> YA Y? 7 All eojamunicartoni of a prirats natura will ba ?thairad lar as a?Jvertirdi***. THE HERALD JOB OFFICE i? complete in erery r?*peot. Work dons at short notice and on the most reasonable terms. I ?h?enandaali f?-mtlrt ADVERTISING RATES. On? column, one year ? $100 <X Half ** ? ? ? ' ? 600( Quarter*? ?? ? . 25 00 Eighth ? ?? *? ? ?16 00 One square, one year 10 00 |?sFUd!c*ss the number o? insertions be marked upon the manuscript, ni tertisementi will be published until forbidden, and charged accordingly. THE POEMS HERE AT HOME*. The poem? here at hume! Who'll write'em down Je? as they air?in couutry and in town? Bowed thick a? clods is 'erost the fields and lanes, Br the?? 'ere little hop-toads when it rains* Who'll "volca" 'em. as I heerd a feller say 'At speech i tied on Freedom, t'other day. And soared the E?gle toi, it 'p..? ire-11.? ins. She wasn't bigger 'n a bu-nble b??e: WLu'll sort 'em out an 1 set'em down, says I, 'At's got a still ly hau 1 enough to Or/ To do'em justice 'thout a-foolin' some. And headin' facts off when they want to come y Who'? got the lov.n' eye and heart and brain To r?*cko'nis9 'at nothin' 'is made in vain? 'At the Good Bsin' male the bees and birds And brutes first choie*, and us folks after? ward? What we want, as I sense it, in the line O* petry, i? ?om?.pin' yours and mine? Somepin' with live-stock in it, and outdoors. And old crick-'?ottonis, snag? and syca? mores Putt wesds in?piz-n-vines and underbresU. As well a? johnny-juuip-ups, all ?o fr?sh And sassy-like! and groun'-.sqiiir*!??ye?, an I "We," As savin* is?"We, U? and Company !" Amaranth's Investment. BY HELEN WHITNEY CI.ARK. [EY? What? Go in' to buy the old Brooke Home stead?" asked Uncle P e 11 i a h Stubblefield. '?Why, the girl's reg'lar silly. That air land is all wore out. Won't grow no t uin ' 'ceptin' sassafras tprouts, or wild ?.chamomile!" "A fool sn'her money is soon parte), remarked Aunt Rubina, scntentiously. "Says she loves the ole place and is hound to keep it from goin' to strang? ers," observe?! Cousin Melissa Brooke. The rural population of Pineyville township were mostly ail cither Stubble fields or Brookes, or connected with tbem by marriage. ??An' ?he's a-goio' to bring Reub's widder an' childten Irom the city to live with her." Uncle Peltiah looked amused. ??Fine iivin' it'll be in that old ram? shackle of a house," he chuckled. "Amaranth alias was hari-headed," r-roaned Aunt Rubina, who was a stout woman with a large flabby face and blue oyes, with white eyelashes. '-But I wash my hands of 'cm. If she wants to ?addle herself with Reub's fam'ly, she needn't look to me for help." "It's my'pinion Sylvester Smilley will hev somethiu' to say about it," smirked Cousin Melissa, with a crafty look. And so the gossiping tongues w i on, and all because Amaranth Brooke chose to invest the few hundred dollars bequeathed to her by a distant relative in buying back the old homestead, where she had frolicked away her childhood days in care-ftee happiness. But Amaranth gave little heed to their meddlesome gossip. She had fought her own battles since the death of Grand? father Brooke left her alone and unpro? tected, with little or no assistance from the relatives who were no* so fiee with their advice and unfriendly criticisms, and she was determined to manage her affairs in her own way. Bnt in regard to Sylve-ter Stnalley the r?se was different. He was her be? trothed lover, and would of course ex? pect to be consulted in her affairs. Aud Sylvester did have something to say, as Cousin Melissa had predicted. Amaranth had been looking over her prospective purchase, and was on her way home, when he overtook her and at once broached the subject. "No use to throw your money away on that old rubbishy place," he told her *?You can't raise a crop there, an' I wouldn't take it a? a gift. An' your money, with what little I've got, would build us a nice, snug house on that forty acres father give me, an' help to stock the farm besides. Tuen we could be married an' go right to housekeeping. Will you, Amaranth?"' lie looked at her tenderly, and for a moment Amaranth felt almost tempted to give up bor plans and ambitions and accept his offer. Tiiey wen* loitering slowly homeward mid had paused at the old ?tile, where a scarlet-flowered trumpet-vine showered it? gorgeous trophies at tbeir feet. "Say yes!" urged Sylvester. And Amaranth felt her determination weakening. "But?but there's brother Reuben? wife and the children'" she faltered. "Tbey are quite destitute, and have no on?"to look to but me.'' Sylvester frowned. '?Let Reub's wife look out for her? self!" be returned gruffly. "I ?Lire say thers orphan 'sylums in the city where the young uns would betook care of." Aran.anth'* eyes flashed scornfully at him as -.he drew herself up with offende 1 dignity. "Brother Reuben's children shall never go to the asylum while I live!" she deslared indignantly. After a few more wor?l* their troth was broken. Bvivesler stalked oiuu.i./ on his way, while Araarautb, with a pang of sore disappoiatmeat ?t her j btn*% ?-?rretl toward the graystone fat house, Whti-e she earned a small stipe over her board by doing the house ?re for a family of six. The broken engagement offered fr food for gossip among the Brooke t Stubblefield kith and kin, but Ataarai was not to be turned from her cou by their ceusuresand criticisms. The old homestead was bought s paid for. To be sure the soil was roc and sterile, and the dwelling in need repairs. The orchard trees?what was left them?were gnarled and bent, anel t fences and outbuildings in a sad state dilapidation. It was really scarcely worth the sov sum asked for it, but Amaranth had c termined to buy it, and buy ?t she die An ancient cow aud a half-dec re pony were included iu the sale. And after the house had been treat to a few repairs and a thorough cleanir brother Reuben's family were releas from their uncongenial quarters in t city and comfortably installed therein. Mrs. Reuben?a meek little worn: with no more idea of supporting hers* than a canary bird might have?was * a good housekeeper, and willingly undc took the management of domestic affaii while Amaranth gave her attention the raising of poultry and garden vey tables. And the children grew rouud butterballs, rompiug under the gnar old apple trees or playing hidc-and-sei among the tall sunflowers and holl hocks that nodded in the dooi-yard. Later on, Amaranth earned a few dc lars '~ach week by the sale of her pr duce at the little village of Pineywoc Centre, which was scarcely a stone throw from her back prsture-bars. Bi with all her industry and economy, si found it a hard matter to provide fc herself and the helpless ones dependin on her, and there were times when sli really fancicl the wolf was already i hat ?loor. The family connections held them selves aloof from her, and still continue their direful predictions. iter Small?; took p.rticulai pleasure iu driving past the house, witb N*:iucy Maria Stubblefield, to who?n h had transferred hi* attentions, seite 1 beside him in his spring buggy. But ne? one offered a helping hand sad Amaranth was beginaiog to feel ; tremor of despair, when something hap pened which no one?certainly no Amaranth?had ever dreamed woule come to pass. It was nothing moro nor less thau th: building of a branch railway from tht "Ozirk Lead and Zinc" mines to a poiul oa the Mississippi River soms thret miles beyond Pioeyville Centre. The nearest route, according to sur vcy, lay directly across one side ol Amaranth's estate, and she readily ac cepted the offer of two hundrel dollar from the mining compauy for this small portion of her "worn out" farm land. But the tide of prosperity did not sto here. l?oger Alden, the young surveyor, who hai laid out the new railroad, sug? gested Piueyville Centre as the raosl convenient point for the smelting works to be erected by the miuing company. And so the sleepy little village waked up one fine morning to find itself in the midst of a most uoexpec'-t*] "boom." Car loads of lumber and other build? ing material soon arrived, and ere Ion;' the sound of the ham-uer and saw was heard in the lau i. Tents were put up for the temporary use of workmen but were soou sup? planted by neat cottages. Mercantile buildings and supply stores iollowed; streets were laid out,churches and school - houses were erected, and the farmer who flocked in for miles around, tempted by this new market for their "truck," looked with wonder ? at the flour? ishing town, which had spung up, like Aladdin's palace, fron the very wilder? ness. Adjaccut firms, which the owners would have gladly sold for ten dollars an acre but a short time ago, now brought more than teu times that ? mount. Amaranth, though offered a high price, refused to part with her property on any terras. By the advice of the young surveyor, however, she was induced to lay out a portion of her farm, front?n, the railroad, in town lots, which were eagerly purchased at a satisfactory valu? ation, and the ?'Brojke addition" ? ranked as the most desirable residence portion of Pioeyville Centre. And Amaranth foun 1 herself, if not wealthy, at least comfortably situated. A stout hireel hand attended to the farm work now. The worn-out meadow? und corn fields wero redeemed from their impoverished condition. The antiquated cow was supplanted by a small herd of Jerseys. The d?crip.t pony was "pen? sioned off'' on the fattest ot pastures, while a span of "matched bays" drew the new carryall, when Amaranth, or Mt- Keilten an?! her children, took an airir.p. The discomfited relatives, who had all but boycotted Amaranth in the dark days, now discovered that "blood was i thicker than water," and hastened to make friendly overture?. And Sylvester Smalley, who had not yet succeeded in building on the piter oal forty actes, abruptly ceased his attentions to Nancy Maria and cu longing eyes toward the thrifty corn , fields and well filled barns of the oh homestead. Ljng since had he repented of hi shortsightedness, aud after son? skillfu mann-ivering he one clay succeeded It meeting Amaranth face to face, at t'm old stile. "3he'd a rose in h?r bonnet, and oh! s'i?? looked sweet As the little pink flower that grows in th wheat." and Sylvester felt that he must win her at all hazards. lie advanced with outstretched hands "Did you really think I meant te give you up, Amaranth?" he asked, ie proach fully. But ihe drew coldly back. "Give me up?" Certainly! You gav me up long ago," she returned. "But I didn't mean it! I?I own I was a fool, Amaranth," he stammered, desperately; "but I allus inteuded tt como back an' marry you. An' 'tain't too late yet. Ouly name the day, an I'm yours!" But Amaranth smiled as she glanced beyond him to a tall figure which wa? rapidly approaching. "Very much obliged, I'm sure," shi replied, demurely; "but I have pron ised to be Roger Alden's wife, and the? day is already named. Here comes Roger now. Will you stay an 1 be in troduced?" But, with a disappointed scowl, Syl vester slunk away. Curiosities About the Rainbow In many countries the rainbow ii spoken of as being a great bent pump o siphon tube, drawing water from the earth by mechanical meaus. In parts o Russia, in the l).m country, and also in Moscow and vicinity, it is known by th? name which is ?crivaient to "the ben' water pipe." In nearly all Slavonic dia? lects it is known by terms signifying "the cloud siphon," and in Hiiii?~Tary i is "the pump," Noah's pump" anc "God's pump." Tue Malayan native call it by the same that they do thai banded water cobra (nechetata), onlj that they add "boba" (meaning double headed), the equivalent in our language being "the double-headed water snake.' Tney tell you that the bow is a real thing of life, that it drinks with its twe mou'.hs and that the water is transferred to the clouds through an opening iu the upper side of the center of the grea' arch. Iu the Province of Charkov, Russia, the rainbow is said to drain the wells, and to prevent this many are provi?le 1 with heavy, tight-fitting stone plat? forms. In the Province of Sarato the bow is said to be undei the control of three angels, one of whom pumps the water, the second "feeds" the clouds anil the third sends the rain. Many im? probable and impossible things would happen if you could ouly get in reach of "the bow." The little Turk is tol? that if he would have a silver head with gold teeth and ruby eyes he has but to touch the orange stripe. In Greece they say that the person so unfortunate as to stumble over the end of the bo v will have his or her sex immediately clmnged. ?New York News. Tortoise Shell. I h : greater part of the tortoise shell used in the manufacture ot hairpins, combs and other articles both foi the toilet and for decorative purposes is ira ?orted from the Ei?t and West Indies and is worth iu the rough state from ?S2.50 to ?$?5 per pound. The price varie-, according to the thickness of theubell, not according to the making, as is gen? erally thought to be the case. The quantity reaching the market is always about the same, as the turtles deposit their eggs on the sand, and the natives, who consider them a great delicacy, take all they can find, so that only a small per cent, of those laid are ever hatched. This shell does not melt, but welds like iron, and when soft is pressed into the desired shape and the carving is clone. Objects of tortoise shell, when broken, can be mended so the repairing will be i]?lite invisible. Canton flannel?not chamois skin, as it contains too much oil ?should be used to rub comba, lorg? nettes, etc., and if freepjently applied the polish will remain bright for a long time. Combs of tortoise are said by good authority to be better for the hair than e-iiher rubber, bone or celluloid, anl women who have used them for years assuro me it would be quit**? impossible for them to dress their hair with any other kind. In time these combs almost seem to bocome a part of one's self, to partake of the owner's personality as far as any inanimate object possibly can.? St. Louts Republic. Red Snsw. At the head of Holy Cross Creek near Lead rille, Col., and at another p ace in ?h?* almost inaccessible defllos of Mt. Shasta, Cal., there are hundreds of square feet (?f ground continually covered with snow that i? a? red as blood. These two places are the only out? in the United States where ltd snow is known. The phenomenon is due to the presence of minute animalcule?, in the snow. How the little midgets manage to get into such high altitudes is not known.??Hew York News. ELECTRIC NOVELTIES DEYICKS THAT AUK PUT INTO NKW YORK HOUSES. Kitchen Work Done by Them?One Which Light? the Hallway? When the Front lloor Is Opened. "*T NUMBER of interesting elcc /\ trical inventions aro being in ! jLJx~ troduced in the houses of well to-do New Yorker?. Ironing | is done by electrical handirons, ice cream is frozen and coffee ground by electricity. Electrical meat chopper* are in use, and there is an electrical griddle for cooking cake?. In the electrical teapot, which is gaining popu? larity, the beat is sent through the wire in the enamel on the bottom of the vessel. Electrical curling irons for the l?air, which are a'so ornaments for the bureau, and electrical stoves, whose cur? rent may b( turned on in the morning before ?Iressing and will quickly heat a a room, are used in many houses. The tendency nowadays among the builders of the finer class of houses is to do away with plaiu fixtures and chande? liers where electric illuminations are ceucerned, as they take op considerable space and an even distribution of light, Is not obtained therefrom. Wherever houses are being redecorated ? iu the city the electric lamps arc uow put at the interaction of the panels, or in the centre of the panels, placing the lamps iu the ceiling and covering them 1 with fancy glass shade?. Many night circuits are put in private hou?es for the use of tbs side and in case of fire. The switch is at the head o? the bed, and il independent of the ! ordinary lightiug system in use iu t'a?? house. Au clcctrlcil dorias that ha? its at? tractions works when the front door is opened at night. At once the hallways of the houso are lighted, and continue 1 lit wheu the front door is closed. The light maybe shut oil liter l?oni the bed j room. Elevators are run by electricity i a privat?: hoosos, heat is regulatod auto? matically, and electric foot warmer- aro preferred to the hot bricks of olden time. Cor the summer months brockoti arraug heads of bedsteadf in which the fans connected with electric motors keep the sultry air in a pi? Uoo of imitation. Electric motors arc also use I in mauy fashionable houses of the city in the wiuter for forc'mg sir over a coil of hot steam pipes and up through the flue?. In the summer the air is forced over ice, ,iud thence up through the flurx to dif? ferent paits of the house. The most interesting hou?e, ia an elecli 11 y that of 111.vari H. Johnson, VVe-t Fifty -sixth -treet. By pressing a push button iu the name plate aaat the door.ro*" after liuging, the vestibule is lit up, also tti - main hall, each stair landin ; and the owner's bcdr-oui. This night service has no connection with th'1 regular scr 1 vice in other parts of the house. In the ballroom on the ground floor the decorations are in the Moorish style, the brackets, swinging lamps and Ian ters are perfectly harmonious, and sev? eral of the lights arc set within panel? ' in the ceiling. There is a charming aiuiic a cove hidden, the pocket of which is within the woodwork of a col? umn, and is practically invisible when the dooi is closed. Am mg the remark able features of electric lig itiog iu the ballroom isa fine painting on porcelain of "Electricity." In the center a female Ijgure is holding aloft the incandesceut light, and fro.n clouds on each side ol her two cunids are curyiug on a I003 ! distance telephone tilk. In the box in which the picture is set are inclosed a number of small incandescents. Wnen I these are switchel on they display th? paintings to excellent advantage, and also diffuse a soft light throughout the room. In the billiar.l room four pieces of bra**) covered ti?iug 03 j the ceiling emerge radically fron a ' central junction-box. There is a flex I ible cord holding a lamp with a plain ; porcelain shade at the bent outer end of eich piece of tubing. T.iere is an elec? tric elevator in the house which serve?) not only for carrying passengers, bul also all supplies to the kitc'ien, which is at the top of the house. There isn't a bracket or fixture of any sort in the drawing-room, but it is completely lighted. The frost lamps arc set in the ceiliug panels in flue tulip cups, and the decorations are white and gold. Moreover, each of the ornamental lamps in the room ha? not only a light under its canopy, but also one in the body of the hand-painted vase. Consequently, the whole lamp is luminous and the effect of the mellow radiance is delight? fully enhanced by mirror?. Every wire is in an insulated tube, and may be draws In or replaced when desired without disturbin-* anything on the floor or walls. A wire may be run up under a table at the si'le or through a central leg and then put through a small hole in onyx, wood or marble to the lamp, and it can be taken oS whenever it is necessary without any in convenience. An interesting feature of I the library is disclosed by Dressing a but ton on the wall book-case. It opens and displays a commodious desk, with a long distance telephone and a district messen? ger box. In the dining-room in the rear the lighting is done by ceiling and side lights. The circuits and tubing, however, have been so arranged that the table may be specially lighted at any time with additional and novel effects. At a luncheon party given recently by Miss Johnson her friends were placed around tablei arranged around a long, double curve. There were wires led up to a number of little frosted lights mounted 0:1 stands, fashioned out of sections of brass tubing, and one of them was placed by each cover. After the luncheon the circuits were cut and each guest was presented with a lamp as a souvenir of the occasion,?New York News. A Queer Weddin;. A queer wedding was solemnized in the month of October, 17S1, in Alsatia. The Prince of Nassau-Saarbucken gave his twelve-year-old son in marriage with a lady of high nobility, a Countess von Montbarry, eighteen years old. It was stipulate 1 that tho young lady should return to her pareuts until the prince became lull-grown. Splendid festivi? ties were carried on at the wedding. The whole neighborhood and especially nil the princely courts were invited. The chases, excursions ami banquet lasted three days. The twelve year-"?Id boy shed tears from morning till evening, and was furious to be the object of gen eral attention and curiosity. He avoided his bride and pushed her away when she came near hi u. At the ball he re? fused to dance with bis spouse. They 1 had to threateu to beat him if he coa? 1 Untied to <ry and promise him candy if 1 he took his spouse to the minuet I ? ; His father undertook to console him by showing him a large picture book, in which was illustrate 1 a welding pro ccs.'ion. A-, 1 tot) i-? he saw it he 1 the book and exclaimed ang-ily*. "I don't want to know anything ab Hit ?redding?. They are too tireaome; ind here in tho picture the bride with the i long nose looks just like mine."?De? troit Free Pre Cheat Hospitality. A miser, residing in S little town in N iMiamiy, could uot bring himself to return the civilities of h? friends; con antly, one ti ie day his name was ! dropped from the list of invitations. T > n-civcr the loss of so many sump? tuous repasts, h?? would bare to entertain his boats in his turn, and the very thought of it complet? i him. At list he was struck bj a lirilliant Idea, and he seut out his cards o? invitation. In the middle of the ?wnquet, ?rhii ! on a magnificent scale, horrible cries were heard, and our amphitryon ran out to ascertain the cause. Soon afterwards he returned, pale, excited, his hands covered with blood. "Waat has happened'" esclaimed sil be guests. "An unfortunate workman, the poor father of a family, has been run over ? ?osito my door?" And without saying another worJ.the miser, obeying a geuerous impulse, 1 snatched up a plate, in w'nic'.i he placed a few coins and, banding it rounl, col? ' lecti'd about |lfO, which he hastened to deliver to the interesting sufferer. Next day, on making inquiries, the guests found that the accident was a myth, in? vented by the miser to recoup himself for the cost ol his dinner.?Yankee Blade. Th:Original "furs Coat." Duke Emmanuel, of Savoy, who i reigned from 1553 to 153 I, fourni him? ' self sorely tried in endeavoring to pre* serve his dominions from the aggres? sions of the French on the one hand I and of the Spanish on the other, and ia the effort to prevent tin absorption of his territory by one or the other, was ?empelled in turn to side with luth. : His changes being lrequent, he humor? ously ordered a military coat made which on one side was blue, the color of the Spanish uniform, and on the other j side white, the mark of the French. The coat was so made that cither uni 1 form could be worn on the outside, and ) thus he could accommodate himself to rircumstancc?. My a liberal display of I clever diplomacy?the frequent turning ? of his coat?ho save 1 his dominions and tiitiie- world a new w red.?Detroit Free Press. A Four Footed Hitch,ng Post. A gentle nan with a handsome equip j age, followed by a line hnglish mastiff, drove up in frout of a Cincinnati hostelry I the other day and jumping from nis I buggy, snapped the hitch strap into the ring of the ho-se's bit and then placed the other end of the strap in the mouth of the mastiff, which by this time had i himself on the t irlist.me. There the mastiff sat like a statute of atone holding the strap securely while his master went in to ".eco a man." On th?; gentleman's exit the dog yielded up the strap and tho gontloman ?Irovc off closely followed by the faithful four-legged lackey.? Cincinnati Tunes-Star. The cultivation of the pineapple in the Bahamas is a very profitable under? taking. At twopence each an acre of Dineeoplei returns ?300 to fi'iS. A Mst-snd-Bedquill Gcwrnmsst. The North China Herald, ofShang in a recent leading article, dt?*scr what ?t calls "the mat-and bedquilt ory of government"' in that coun It says that the traveler who is strol about the principal thoroughfares Pekin is liable, at a crossing of main streets, to find a huge scrcci patchwork cloth suspended lrom p in such a way as to obstruct the v from all sides, only a narrow opeo being left for carts and pedestri Pursuing his way, he notices that entrance to all the many alleys is ba coded with rush-mats, and that the s kind of screen is placed iu front ruined temples and vacant lots wl t hare been used as the places of dep of filth and rubbish. Whenever Emperor is about to make his exit f the city or is about to return ciiers nouncc that fact to the people, who t disappear, not to emerge until the visible monarch has passed, when thi goon as usual until the next occasior a like nature. i There arc two main benefits suppo to be attached to this characteristics Oriental proceeding?it helps to p i serve the fiction of the sacrcdness of ? person of the Emperor, and of his be ! something other than an ordinary m j tal, and it is a valuable check u| ! reckless assassins of the Guiteau ty ! whom China could easily furnish in u i limited numbers. A third result is cidental. As the people see uothing the Emperor, so he sees nothing of I people. He is probably the only m in China who Is unable to form any it of what the Chinese are like or wl they are about. What is seen in t Imperial Court is no type either China or of the Chinese, bit it must aliterai irr possibility for the Empei to get anything else upon which to ha a notion of his empire. What ?loes t Emperor think, how much does know, what docs he think that knows, does he think at all, what is t specific gravity of t'.ie darkness iu whi. ho perpetually abi?ies, an?! how ma bent ray? of light reach him through t opaque oystershells- kuown as "Inanl This mat-ainl-bcdqiiilt theory of go cromont is not confined to the Braport but runs all the way through th?' ran of officialdom. The District M ir? is supposed to be the man that kno. his district, and the Prefect the in that knows his prefecture; but these a mere figures of spooch used in a pure ideal way, Xo one in s district kuo less of what is going on within i boundaries than the chief officials; i one would have more trouble in findit out what is going on, supposing I really desired to know. As a rale the is no oue who really cares less to kuo\? or who considers it less his business know, provided the taxes are paid so the people are '?tnoquilli/.-'J." It ? very difficult for most Chinese officia to come to my useful conclusion as t their ?lutic*. for the reason that the generally have too Uttla interest in tt matter, and are in reality almost as muc pinioned in shackle? as the prisoners i the doors of their yameus wearing wood en platform? about their necks, but wit this difference, thst the sentence on th prisoner is for a ?leflnitc term and eu?l while that of the official is too ofte limited only by his life. Chinese off cialdom is largely shut up in a shel , just as it was a generation ago, ami i , we hear the hammering within it is muc more likely to be a defence agains I those outside to prevent their breakin? in than an effort on the part of the im prisoned to get out.?London Times. Why Stamm ?ren Are Able 11 Sins,. Stammering depends on a want o harmony between the action of tlf mmcles (chiefly abdominal) which expe , air through the larynx and that of th? muscles which guard the oriflce by whicl it escapes with that of those whicl modulate the sound to the form o speech. Over either of the groups o I muscles by itself a stammerer may hav? ' u much power as other [-copie, but hi cannot harmoniously arrange their con? joint action. Nervousness is a frequent cause of stammering. It is possible thai I the defect in some instances may result from malformation of the parts about the back of the mouth. The fact that ?tara mering people are able to sing theii i words better than to ?iica'c them hai been usually explained on the siipposi tion that in singing the glottis is kepi open so that there is less liability t? spasmodic action.?Brooklyn Eagle. A Fish That Bsilds Houi s. In Lake Nyasss, Africa, there is a curious little black fish which build? a ! breeding house every year. In the bottom mud of the lake it scoops out s basin two or three feet in diameter, heaping up the mud renovad from the hole so as to form a wall around the 1 margin. In thil lake within a lake this i queer little fish erects a mud house about fourteen inches aero-? at the bottom, rapidly coming to a point in ! the shape of a broad cone. A hole about , four inches in diameter, always on the south side, serves as an opening for i egress snd ingress. A dried specimen i of this queer piscatorial domicile pre I serred in the Royal Museum at Berlin \ has two doors and a mud wall separating j the I'd welling" ioto two room*?.?Now I Yo?Bows. _ run. "The lastiahall b? first" when a man reads a novel.?Truth. Everything about a rattlesnake k< cool in time of danger except its I That gets rattled..?Lynn Item. The dog who chases his tail is 1 many debaters?he never reaches conclusion.?E taira Gazette. Buggini says the man who did plumbing is the most billious person ever saw.?Biraghamton Republican. "Anything new on foot?" "Yi "What is it?" "Our bsby. He's ; learned to walk."?Lawrence-Americ "Is he quick-tempered?" "Qui tempered? Why, his temper bre three records every day."?Buffalo J press. Jagson says you never really und stand some men until you have a n understanding.with them.?Elmira I zette. A domineering person and a thri tree have one point of resemblance their defect is overbearing.?-Low Courier. "They say she is very tenc hearted." "Tenderhearted! Why, tt woman would rather die of ennui tl try to kill time."?New York Press. The fact that a public official is I servant of the people does not seem excite any wild desire to remain one "the people" and be waited on.?Was iugton Star. Mr. Staylate?Yes, Miss Genevi?ve, have been hunting for lodgings all t week." Miss Genevi?ve?"You sei to have found them at last, Mr. S t? late."?Chicago News." Easily Amused: "The bald-head man is easily amused." "Do you thii so?" "Yes. It tickles him to have fly creeping around the bald spot on b head."?New York Press. Got It Mixed: "Mamma," said a li tie girl on the West. Side the other da "what did they stop ruoningthat ga bsge cieamatory for? Didn't it mal good butter?"?Chicago Tribune. "The coffee is very weak this mon ing," said one of Mrs. Hashcrott boarders at tho breakfast table. "Si it by the butter awhile," replied tt star boarder.?Pittsburg Chronicle. "Poets are born, not made." A rer sonable proposition. Nobody would t so foolish as to continue the mauufac ture of an articlo when the eupply w? slready greater than the demand.?Pucli Mr. Snippry ?"Kr?you want me t writ?! in your album? Somothin ; humorous, I suppose?" Miss Hardtc j kill ? "Yes, something ridiculous ' Write your name."?Chicago Newi ? Record. "Neither my father nor grandfathe ever did a bit of work in their lives, boasted the visiting young man. "Gosh,1 said Uncle Summerboar, "wuz the - feeble minded, too?"?Indianapoli; , Journal. Th? Oldest Man in Englsnd' Amos Ginks, who is 107 years old lives at Welliugsborougu, Northaap lonshire, England. His age is verified 1 by the registry of births. The old man Is thin, bent and cannot see any too ! well. Apart from that he enjoys good , health. He suffers no physical infirmity I ?nd bids fair to live seren? years more. I For a long time he was a soldier. Since he left the Riyal Artillery he has worked as a farm hand in Wellinsborough. Ginks does not seem to think it re? markable that he has reached such an extraordinary age. Iu 1887, a newspa? per having published his age, 103 yeirs, his employers gave him less work. Ginks was very agreeably surprised. Tue hardy centenarian has been married three times; be smokes and drinks moi? erately. Several years ago he buried his daughter, who was almost eighty years old.?St. Louis Republic. ' The Cursa of India. The Erythrina Indica, a beautiful flower of the basin family, which grows ' wild in India, is supposed to be under a ', :urse, and although the bloom is per? fection itself, both iu odor and color, no true Hindoo would touch it for the world. Tliey tell you it originally grew in the garden of India, in the centra of i heaven, where it was hourly worshiped by all the d?niions of that blessed abode. Izrishma stole It and brought it to earth, but all who worshiped at its shrine after that event died before they could leave the spot. On this account indica is shunned sa if it were a poisonous ser? pent.?Fort Worth Gazette. ladiaas Are Nst Dainty Eiter?. In regard to Indian cooking and wi.at and how they eat, General Wesley Mer ritt, in command of the Dakota Division, ? had this to say: "When the Indians | have time they cook their meats well \ done, but if in a hurry retreating they | will kill a horse or a cow aod eat th? , 8eih raw. A hungry Indian is not i ?bolee at all as to how his meat should M cooked. He simply desires quan ity. They eat everything about a beef ;xcept his hoofs and horns. They have splendid digestive organs, and few suffer from dyspepsia."?N?w York Commercial Advertiser. Millard Fillmore died of paralysis at seventy-four. ? THE NEWS EPITOMIZED. ? Kanter*- Aiul Middle Stale?. The official count of the 8tat*> roto cs>t In Rho lo Island In ths recent Presidential election is ?oompleted. anl ?how? the follow? ing result: Bidwell. 1#JM; Cleveland, 24 :?5' Harrison, 27.WU: Weaver, 227. Plurality tor Harrison, MM, The receipt? from ?-ustoms at the Port of NVw York during th? flwt twenty day? of November were **? 444,373, an iocrei*?> o* nearly tl,?100,i000 oomuarel rrlta tlA re? ceipts during the corresponding p-riod of last year. THROUOHOI.-T the Eastern and Middle Stntes Thanksgiving L)iy w?j) o-lehrste! bv special services in many of the cliur-h?s and by feaating in the city prisons and asylums and various charitable institutions. '?R.K-.T de-titntion prevail? a-nonj th? locked-out men at Homestia 1, Pena. Preside<*t-elk?*t Clevklav * arrive! at Broad water Islan!, near Ex n?ore, V*., for a few day.V recreation and r?3?t, ?p-snt in hunting and fishinj. \ai.e won the trreat football match at ManhatUn Fieid, New York City, in the present**? of about ?Vy?) spectators. By beating Princeton U to ?J sh?* cI?ose? th? ?*?* ?on with an unbroken rec >r 1 of victoriei and not one point soored against her. George H. Pell, the note broker who was in the scheme to wreck th?* ?Sixth Na? tional Bank, New YorkClty, over two ruar? ago, and was convict?! of grand laroeny for tbe part he took inth? affair, and was ?en tenced by Recorder Smyth to over ?even years' imprisonment ir. Sing Sinj Prison, ha? been pardoned by Governor Fiower. The total rit? of (' i m<*ct;cut for P.? dent wa? 184,9*13 and Clevtlani's pluralitv over Harrison Ib HTO. The total vote for Governsr is l?il,4T.i. I.izen B. Morris, th? Democratic candi lat?> for Gnvrtior, has a majority of *'.).">, an 1 a p.ura i'... ov.-r ?ier-, eral Merwin, tha l>puoli?-an caaiiiat.? of ?J24. Evacuation* Day was celebrated m New York City by th?- Old Guard'? annual march and salute an 1 by bauqu-its of the Sons and Daughters of the Revolution. CORNKI.IIS \ ANUKRIIII.TS (JOttA?e, "Th? Breakers,'' Ochre P?)iut, Newport, R. I., was burned with all it.? furnishing' ant d?cora tiens. The loss is estimated at S3?'V<<i>. The recount in Massachusetts shows Gov? ernor William K. Ru-sell is ekct?id with a plurality of 2o.-**. South and West. Fot.-R people were killed and three in.ur? I by a wreck on the Union Pacific at Alda, Nek Bio floods have prevails 1 in Washington, nij'jy of tho western valleys DOOSBM lake?, railroad traffic was for a tim ? some lives were lost an 1 great dama-e wa> inflicte?l on the agricultural inUr Am.kv BaBOIOOV, a^el iweiity-tive year?, ni-..-1 ,il Huntington. IT. va., forth* luunier of his sweetheart, B.-ttie Adam-, o i April '.? loi . EX-l.IEirKVANT G VERVOIl C C. An T uro, ths 'III Prssldsal >i theLoui-iaaa Ntat?? .Senate unie?- K-llogg. ha? been <*ou victed in the Criminal Court of New Orleans el seal i aHoff (MOL F. W Bonn kr ?; Sons, hankers o' I Texas, made a deed of trust to l cu??? tj^ir .-, Tiie assets are pu' nt *? and the liabilities at about I' William M? Kisliv, Sr . fa'uero" Gov? ernor McKinley, of Odio, die 1 at, < . after a two? I bi heirt trouble. He was sffhfrjr-ftrs r-virj ol ) Hi? wife survives linn. Tas Governor an I all members of th? family were present when the eu 1 came. The official vote of UUooil follow? fot Pr-ii.ii:. Cleveland, 136,574; Hsrn-o-i. ?7.401; Bidn ,. ir. Alt*eld, (OB B l-'it?-r. Rep. i 4 The t?tal vote polled in Mis-ouri or No? vember *< was ((At**?*?*, of which Clev.-lini rece?ved 2te,Wj, Harrison 221,S2I, Weaver 41,1-'.. and Bidwell l?"H A s'ulyofth figures shows that the thirl narty vote almost entirely from the R-pjbli-ana. Th? S-*?-r?tary of Stats has compbtel tho footing? of th? vote in Ohio oa Fresi l?nti?l electors. Dauford, ths leading R?p.r . elector, leads ISjward, the leading Demo? cratic electoral. candidate, by 10TI vote-, whieh is Harri-on's plurality in th?t : Seward i? tie only Democratic elector ?lecteJ. He leads th? s??oni highest Repub? lican elector by \W.t votes. The official voto of Indiana ha? just been ascertain?*!. Cleveland'? plurality is 70?5. Mathsws, for Governor, ha.? 103 vote? Isss than i d vslaD.t. To itota l'.?p?ilist vote is Bi,9?0j I'rohilution, 1 Six men fron a Government scow at htwisUns, Washiazton, were in a Ixoat er ring to set off a blast, whan the bo*t oupettxk, Tottrat the men wer? drowns!. The floods in the Northwest have cause 1 great suffering among inioers anl railri?! mer.. The overlani we?tboun I train on tha Northern Pacific Railroal wa? held up near IroS .-?prings, Washington, by thre* masked men, who roobed all th? m?'?.? pas seugers in th? Pull-nan sleeper Wadeni. >u in al!. The amount taken was about ' Washing-ton. R. P. Porter Superintendent of theC-o ?u-, has made a statement show,n- th? progress anl present con lition of the publi? cations of the work of the Cansu? BurMii. The entire report will comprise twenty vol? ume?, anl it will be a purely ?tat work. Already, nearly as many p?g?s of statistical matter have be*n print?! as wer o comprised in the Tenth OS The Presidential family ?poa* T?aaks**ir. ingi'uietlv. The President, aw-omoailsl by Mr?. Mclv?*eand Mr. anl Mrs. Rutssll Har? rison, attended the moroing stN-vi<*ss at th? Church of th? Covenant. To? family walk*! to sn I from the church, Mturnin.; Isa diately to the White House, waere they ?pent the day by the-nsetve?, declining to see all callers. ?Su? k?tary Tract ha? approve! th? tiiidui.;.? and sentenc* of tha court-martial in the case of Assistant E i-ineer Danf<ort?h, sentenced to loss ot rant anl pay for on? year. ? '?NTROI-I.IK OS* THE Cr*f*fa*Ba***a***f HEH blrx. in his annual report just suomitud. 1-ecomm.mdsthstthe Uxon National Imnit ?irculation be repealed. The hanks have already pant int.? thu Trea-ury ?r7.!.?sr ?, II.' ; i in taxe? upon circu.ation. The S??reUry of War has grante?l por raiasionto th? tablet Committ?? of the So? ciety of the Son? of th? R?volutton u-ion theappli'Stion of General Butterneld. tU Chairman, to place memorial tablets upon the old forts at West Point. Foreign. News has been rtsceived of a colliery aorrl deut at the Stadiosky Colleries, in the Oral Mountain?, of Russia. The methois of mining are primitive, anl precaution? in WtMrtern mine? are unknown. The gas in one of the mine? explode?! recently and forty miner? were killed and many injured. Emperob William orx?ned the Germai fVicht-tag in pemon and intisUd stronglj unon the necessity for the Army bill. Th? Emperor's tpeech was receive! with disap? proval by the entire Herman liberal press. Seve*. death? from cholera are reportad ?t Kuhn in West Prussia. Tub N?o?m(*?"rian stea-nahir- Normandi?? ?truck a sunk?! rock near the P??aad?re? Islands, off China, and went to pie?? a few hour? later. Out of a crew of twenty-four, the second engim-er an i one soaman wer? the only person? rtweue 1. A BRiLLiAjrr Tbanksgivini r?*c.?ption wa? given in Berlin by William Walter Phelp?. the American Minister to Germany Almost every member of the American colony wa? present a? Vere also a large number of di?. tinguished German?. A baud of 250 derviihe?, presumably a pert of tha fore? of Osman Digna, attacked r?ort Tamri?, near Tokar. Th? Egyptian troop? garrisoning the fort repul??d th? d<M-vi?he? S venteeo of the latter were killed and many were wounded. SiRjoH-rC. Abbott re?gnM?s Premier of Canada, and Sir John Tbompton was i* worn In a? hi? sucewtor. KaoaBTA? or th? Ireascbt Footi sUBtbat [I'usionexpeadituro? will ?oo teach ths sum rf *W?>,u?J,00).