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The Highland News.
THE OLD FARM BARN. Tlio rlfinvqt jrlft tn nil that llvn A l'f t lif 1 lift jiys oiii inciMnrif tflv. The fut h )-m we k now nut ; I nit nuii (s t hi- pnM ; Anil tln tlrst. wo lov'il we lnvo to (ho )um 'I'tio lumtfo uinlliiiiii',l. wo hold it nirp d"ap, A- the fliiy (li"i'ionit im from your to our. Thr lnnir tfono, fhnuuh novof o mm! I, Tomri-d VAl joyi iirortout, is woi th thorn WY5C t thnmrM would he Miligtuneo, nr- rivorl- -'( tH II mflllf. And ton 1;U is ImmuMl tbo miistnke we have lltniif . So it cortios my lirnrt hns 11 rnlny dnv lu t he old liiriu liarn, witU tlui tliildroa at piny. Thi mnploM look on with bright fyrs in tholr Icavf Tho flour drops drip from the Rwnllow-iu!lt I'll vo x, Tito chit-ken1- Hurt Mieltrr, thn 010 AH; ThoroV u luiior whirr Iron, tho wlu-els of tho mill. -Tho pond Ik nil dimplos from Mmrr lo nhoro, And the millor tiniU-8 buck Ivoiu his place in tho door; Plow mi' N (voin tho mountains como di'it't Inir 1ou n, Tho houoM show fnlntor nfnr In tho town, Tho htist swc'iif up, dirt nwiiy nifHln. Thon. loin! ami I'nM., the riin-lup of tho rnfn. l'or all yondor sun tin mv honrt'p rnlny day In tho old lurm burn, with the children ut pluy. Th f nvon fhfw slowly, with sloppy oyos, Tho hIiooji hiiddlo up into hall thoir sio, Tho tlafd calves Mure at tho Krim, dliuo v. all, Old Nnnpy look soberly out from her stfill, Tiifei- l'ics crouelioi flohtj to the motive 'a hole. Great ( ;esnr tfiifivvs boldly a bone that he P'nlfr Over all is tho roof and tho dunno of tho rain. Not a "ori ftu jfur thought, not a louch of pain; The old I'urni hum K o dnk and ti The vory r-pidoiM sloop on it windo w-.-dll. 'Tis the liiih. the drowne ot the rainy dt'V, Ami I 'll leaping uymlu from the beam to the hay. "Tp. chunky dporp-o. of the woodehuek race! Ilisl. wflhy Hon. w iiii the ehinnunk fare ! ThW way, broad Mill, with tho trousnrn wide! 'onio, Ht'iMibiiit.ir Tom. with the big too tied; The seraml-lo N made up the shaky Ntnii; Hath-- and lr nthle-; wo stand in pairs. Hh w liutr Hob eivo the word, nnd flown wo pn From thofidiuebbed beam lo 1 ho mow l-lmv. The sport N ior bidden; that doubles tho zet ; Wore ri'-k than tho damage to brei-ehea or v.-t. Aha' ho im coward trots sprout to-dnv 1-orblis oi the leap lrom tho beam to the nay ; Hut stay, bravo boys! Arc these nil there were? Thai other how shall T mention her? Tho bountiful one, so gentle, shy. With blue of disianeo sitff usirijr her eye; The iioldoti-hairod y:irl that always came And stood in our mid-d like n sluipf of (iunio. 1 that she. t horo, bv the cradle now. "With the hiiiiUpu cheek and tho bloodless brow it hrr voico in (lie itill nicrht heard; t lor oiee once bht ho :ts t lie voioo of n bird? i an vlic have so ch-mired since ve-terdav. A hen -lie hiui-'iu-d as we leaped, lrom the ooani 10 tne nay e O, the w:ty of tho world, its worry nnd vt,.jf The wro-ite. thel)at!e that men call "life." The --minn',' and weeping, the up and down Of the .-.ou and duujj'hierri of country and tuivi:! On us all. at time, may the noon sun shine. "May warm to your heart, may warm to initio. Itut I i in -.: ion if ever u hue will be A smile of land, a jurhinec of the sea As dear as tlie mi--t whuu tlie freii showers fell On the old home-spot we hived n wHl. "l the heart will nirk to the rainv day 'i'u the old farm barn and the children' at play. Jnhii Yaitt r Chew y, in y. Y. Iiuh'))cndnit. AFTER THE ELECTION. Causes Which Led Us to Quit Talking About Politics. II rankled within me likn a poisoned arrow! Never before, during our whole married life, had my wife alluded to the property in that way. And lhad merely said that I thought politics was not the province of women. Jane was no longer in her first youth, but she was yet very pleasant to look upon. In repose her face was of tho jMadonna type, with large brown eves that shone with a lambent light, and liair that lay soft and smooth upon her temples in the sweet old-fashioned way, when bangs and crinkles were unknown. I?ut, my! how her whole aspect changed hilt morning when 1 said that, women shouldn't nieddie in politics! Her eyes flashed, her cheeks were; allanie, and 4ier hair crinkled up with volcanic ve locity. 'A woman is better calculated for a loor mat, perhaps," said Jane, "that Anybody can wipe his feet upon, or a patent dish-wasuor. butter and cheese milker, sweeper anil cleaner, and Jack-of-all-tradcs machine to do the work in a farm-house." 1 determined to keep cool outwardly, though I felt an unpleasant heat in niy veins which increased with every word that she said. 'Your remarks," I said, calmly, "are as unjust as they are unwomanly, for I have always thought enough of your intellect to consult it in all the trans actions of the farm." Very good of you, I'm sure," she re plied. "I'm not, perhaps, as grateful as I might, be if She hesitated, and, ves, 1 remember now, it was not Jane that actually gave utterance to the words, but she certaiuly suggested 1 1 i-in. If you did not own the farm," I said, completing her sentence, and push ing my chair back from the table. "Hut you need not remind me of that fact; 1 am well aware of it already." "Why. John!" she said, putting up her hands in a pleading way that had won me over in our little matrimonial tills time and again: but I walked out the door and M raight to the barn, where I begun jerking my good mare out of the stable in a manner that made her turn her head and look at me in in lelligent surprise. I had no kind word for man or beast that morning, im! rode away to the nearest town without a gesture of good-by to the little woman vh'o still sat at the breakfast table as I rode by, looking after me with longing eyes. For that bint about the farm rankled. I found, for the lirst time, that it some times was injudicious for a man to live upon his wife's property. Jane was naturally illogical, and had doubtless ignored the years of labor 1 had given in supervising her farm, the improve ments I had put upon if, the money 1 bail spent. I had peglected my own property, which lay ill an adjoining county, and was fanning it on shares in a very unsatisfactory way, for the 'sole reason that Jane's farm 'adjoined that of her sister, and it had been pleasant lor I hem to be so near each Other. It had bed, enjoyable for me also, as Jane's sister had married my nearest friend. Dick Knowles and I had been Kcluiol-niales together, and had grown lip like brothers. Dick owned some valuable laud in the southern part of the State, but he fell .is I did, that the two sisters ought to live near each other, and sublet his farm so that we could ail pai-H our lives plea-antly to gether. Our proclivities, tastes, senti ments, and opinions had all run in the Kinio channel, so that hereloiure il had I been diuicult U) get up un argument tU.ttecu Ujk. Tbit of late all this pleasant harmony had irneit to discord. Dick Knowl-s choie to Ignore the highest principles in pol icies, and had begun to champion a cer tain party feeling that was very repug nant to me. How in the world a mat with his probity of character nnd rectitude of feeling could deliberately put aside the very elements of honest success, I could not conceive. Why, his own wife disagreed with him. and'dcplom! with me the p'lLV. h had chosen in the Tresi iW.fral canvass. Not that I particularly cared to argue the matter with Maria. She was the wife of my friend, and however erroneous Dick's opinions might be, it was best, for his wife not to question their sagacity. Hcsides, she was my wife's sister, and by some miserable misconception of the elements of right and wrong, mv wife had actually taken part wit h Dick in his alienation from partv principle. I think at first she was only trying in her womanly way to help Dick out. Jane had the tenderest heart in the world, and always Hew to tho succor of those in distress; but when she found that Dick was swimming with t Im tide of popular opinion about him, and was perfectly alile to defend himself, why did Jane still cling to her objectionable ideas of right, ami wronr? Win did she allow herself to adopt a style of language tlint was so distasteful to me? A door mat. indeed! A machine for keeping the farm-house in order! Not so grateful as she might me if the farm didn't happen to belong to her! Was it, indeed, cnine to this? I lay the lash upon the haunches of my mare, w hich almost sprang out of her harness, poor beast! and went liv ing down the road in a tempest of alarm. 1 was in a reckless and almost desperate mood, and in no humor to meet with patience the ignorant, coarse, and repelling class of politicians that, hang about a country town. I would, in fact, have gone out of my way to avoid them, if Dick Knowles had 'not been, perhaps, the most aggressive of them all. ( Ine word led on to another, blustering boasts were followed by sliamless assertions, until, stung to fury, 1 cried out, "Wlio among you will back up his opinion with hard cash? I will bet my farm against anv man's farm of equal value in this crowd that my choice will be the choice of the people!" "Done!" said Dick Knowles. "Is im properly worth as much as yours?" "A trifle more, I think," I replied. "Then let, that t rifle be thrown in the weight of a good cause," said Dick. Come, boys, let's adjourn to the law yer's oilice across the way, and have the separate deeds put up for stakes in such a way that we can't back out." The rabble shouted and applauded, and with the good-natured profanity that, characterizes a mob of that kind, ratilied the stupid and reckless deed by drinking at the public bar at our ex pense. Then we rode home, my brother-in-law and I, in a somewhat wiser and sadder mood. The, nuns lay loosely upon the back of my poor spent, marc, and Dick held (hose of his own spirited bays firmly in check. "John," he called to ine across the road, "if 1 said any thing out of the way down there, I'm sorry for it. The fact is. I was mad as a hornet when I left home. Maria is one of the most perfect women Cod ever made, but she's got some peculiar views lately." "I have no fault to lind with Maria's views," I said. "Well, no matter, anyhow," said Dick, raising his voice and pounding his list upon the dashboard of his buggy; "a woman has no right to meddlem these tilings." "There I agree, with you, Dick," I said. "Women don't understand these matters. Jane is one woman among ten thousand, but she made some re marks this morning " "Jane knows what she is talking about." shouted Dick. It was all 1 could do to keep from springing out of my wagon and having it out with my brother-in-law there and then, but I whipped up my unfortunate mare, and called out to Dick that we had left our differences in the hands of the law; and from that lime till the election was over Dick and I merely ex changed a gruff word of recognition when we met. Some time after, I was surprised at church one morning to find that Jane and Maria were no longer on speaking terms with each other. As their Sunday silks rustled together they seemed to partake of the combative clash of contention. The. whole thing began to strike me as being ridiculous, until Dick Knowles suddenly grasped my wife's hand with the old heartiness. I immediately stretched my hand over to Maria with a like fervor, and we all went our ways, the bone of discord still between us. " On the homeward way I tried to rea son with Jane upon her differences with her sister, but she would give heed to nothing thai 1 could say. "It's too late now," she said; "we've only just got to wait and see how the election iroes. Dear roe." she added. with a sudden stamp of her little foot, "it .seems to me sometimes that I could just, tly!" "1 used to think, I said, that youonly wanted wings to make vnu an angel, but lately I've somewhat changed my opin ion." I smiled down upon her gravely, she looked so fair and sweet in her close bonnet with the lavender ribbons, and the bunch of marigolds at her breast; the smile she gave me in return w as so pitiful and pleading, my heart melted within me. We were on the road from the mill, with the hedges of young wil lows on cither side; the top of the bug gy was up, the back Hat of the curtain was down; 1 forgot for a moment the iniquity of her political opinions, and, stooping, I kissed her trembling lips. To my surprise and consternation she hurst into tears. J hen I saw to the lull how fatal was the proclivity to politics in woman. "After t his cam paign, Jane," I said gravely, "you must certainly leave all these mat lers to me. '(), John," she said, with a humility that was very soothing to my dignity, "please, pi, use forgive mo fur anuliim" that I have done in the heal of the canvass." I patted her glowing cheek; it seemed so toolislily odd to listen to the little woman's political jargon. "Tell me, John, ' she said, earnestly, "Do you think he will win?" "I hope not," I replied, laughingly, but beginning to be provoked again that her whole heart seemed set upon the issue of the elect ion. "John. John." she said, "you don't know how much thee is at stake." I remained silent, but thought to my self, "Neither do you, my dear." So the days went on. The harvest moon hung red above the turning fields; tho beat of the Hail gave promise of the garnered grain; through the 11 ami n g loaves of the maples and beech the rob ins flitted and sang; the potatoes were gathered, the corn was cut and stacked nnd election day was close at hand. The very night before I had noticed at tho sujipcr table that Jane was laboring uudor (l suppressed excitement. ITer cheeks rivaled the bit of salvia she had put In her hair; two or three times I saw her brown ryes filled with tears. She wore a red merino gown with some soft, lace about her neck, and never since her girlhood had she looked more sweet, and fair. After supper I went out to see after the stock, and looking from the stable door I saw what seemed lr me ths lluttrr of a red gown in the dusky gloaming, down under the big chestnut trees, and peering through the darkness 1 saw my wife standing thero talking earnestly with Dick Knowles. He was in his shirt sleeves, nnd leaned idly upon a rake, with which he had probably been gathering the under brush that cumbered the boundaries of the farms. Jane had likely gone to look after her young turkeys and had stopped. I thought, to hii e a chat with Dick. Time was when he would have come up to the house and talked with me, but I remembered sadly that there was no pleasure in that any more. Nor did my wife mention (h it she had seen him. She knew that Dick and I were not what wo had been to each other. Thai night my foolish wife lay wide awake for hours. Kvery time I turned my weary eyes to hers' I found them opened wide. She lay quite still. Her face was while, save for a feverish spot that burned on either cheek. Once she put her hot, little hand on mine, but I turned away in grim impatience, begin ning to believe we were both bewitched. For, now that mat lers had been settled one way or the other for the nation. I began to think of my farm. It had al ways been pleasant to me to remember that I owned those broad acres, and to part with them for a mere matter of opinion would cerlainlybe a grievous wrench to me. l!ut all that was past praying for now. Dick and I had been hot-headed fools, but, we must, abide the consequences. Out our way a man's word was as good ns his bond, nnd in this case it was a double covenant be tween us. Besides, the gulf had widened between Dick and me since this stormy campaign; hot words had passed be tween us. 1 knew he would rather hang himself than take back his farm if his candid, ite was defeated, and no power on earth could induce me to accept of mine under a like mischance. The deeds were there, the property must change hands. Yet how could Dick or 1 rob each other in this miserable way i Hut could I ever enjoy the possession of my land again if I owed it to the leniency of Dick Knowles? Or would he take his back from me under the sting of a like obligation? It was a wretched muddle either way, and, worn out with contend ing cniol ions, toward morning I fell into a heavy slumber. When I awoke it was broad day, and I was not surprised that .lane was up and dressed and already down-stairs. She was a thrifty house-wife, and arose Web the lark. I hurried on my clothes, beginning to realize what an important day it was to me, to Dick Knowles. to thousands of miserable wights who had foolishly placed themselves in a like predicament. As 1 threw upthe window tin; morning air poured in, pungent as wine; a sofl bright haze blurred all the sweet landscape that lay before me. The farm was Jane's, to be sure, and perhaps at that moment I had not a rood of earth that I could comfortably call my own; but as long as I owned Jane, her farm was in a certain sense mine, and as I went down the stairs and into the dining-room, from thence to the kitchen and cellar, and out into the garden and out houses, I began to won der where this most precious of all my earthly treasures could be. Out in the barn-yard I saw my black boy Sam with a load of wood he had brought from the cedar swamp. I thought Jane must b hunting for eggs in the barn. "Have you seen mv wife, Sam?" I called. "Yes, sab," he said, opening his mouth from ear to ear; "I see, her 'bout 'n hour ago ridin' with Mr. Knowles down to likmkton. He was drivin' like all possessed : them 'ere bays o' his'u was all in a lather." 1 stood looking at Sam a moment, nlinost as open-mouthed as he: then I laughed. "Ha! ha!" 1 laughed. "Cone riding, ch?" It wasn't necessary that Sam should know w hat a hurricane his words had raised within me; but if a man wants to appear uncoucerned when he is dis traught with a sudden terror, he never should essay a laugh. Mine echoed in my ears like tho ghastly chuckle of a madman. Then I turned on my heel and went back to the house, to the bedroom. I began turning over the articles there, tho blood beginning to boil in my veins. I ransacked the bureau drawers, tossed tho bedclothes on the floor, knocked over the wash-pitcher, put ray elbow through the looking-glass; Heaven knows what I was looking for a note, perhaps to tell me why she had stolen out of bed and gone away with Dick Knowles, what plot they had been hatching the night before, what misery had come to her and to me. Cr4i.it Heaven ! had I, then, been fretting over tin; loss or the gain of a piece of land, or the easiest way to the heart of a friend, when all 1 held precious on earth was, perhaps, lost to ine forever, and the once friendly heart was rotten to the core? I remembered all -everything her white face with the red stains upon her ( hecks, the w ild sleepless eves, the little hand she held out to me in vain. If I had taken that little hand ill mine if I had grasped her close ! "Jane ! Jane ! Jane !" I cried, sinking on tin! bedside and burying my face in my hands. And all at once, as if in a dream, I heard the sweet voice of my w ife say, "Yes, John, here I am." I started up amid all the ruin I had made about me, and 1 heard her again. "John, John," she called, "where are you?" I went out upon the binding, and there she stood, her bonnet hanging upon her shoulders', her dress all cov ered with the red dust of the road. And how strange is the heart of man! A moment since ami I would have given all I could hope from earth or heaven to have my arms about her once again; but now it seemed as if some black shadow stood between us. She held in her hand a roll of foolscap bound about with red tape, and a bit of folded paper torn from an old note-book. These she extended lo me. "Dick told me to give them to you," she said. "He said you'd know what they meant." I opened the note and read these words, in Dick's round school-boy hand: "The jitfiaup! Your niMu hus won! .Vo lYMWloiU:" The roll of foolscap was the deed of Dick's farm. I looked in bewilderment to my wife again. She had sunk in a heap on the old hide-bound trunk on the lauding. "It isn't fair," she sobbed, "to keep anything when it's won in thai way. You know, John, it i,n't fair!" Creat Heaven! Was she then plead ing Dick Knowles' cause with me? "And yet," sobbed my w ilu, "I do so hate to fake il back from her now. She's been so perfectly dreadful, ar il said such awful things! Iliek says she won't keep it; he says it's different with men. but women have no right, to do these things; but I can't bear to take il back. It w ill always seem ns if she gave it, to me. And you too, John, how w ill you ever forgive me? You always thought so much of il: it seemed to yon just as if it was yours always, but it isn't yours any more, nor mine - it's hers!" I put mv hands on her shoulders. 'Jane,' I said, solemnly, "will you try to tell me w hat you " are talking about?" "O, you poor dear," she whispered, "of course you can't understand it. How can you ever believe I'd do such a thing?" "Jane," I cried, shaking her shoul ders to and fro, "will you plr.ttsc tell me wh'it von have done?"' "Why, I Imvc told yon, John. Vt'w.k says it won't amount io anything." "Jane, if you mention hick's name again I'll throw you out of the window! Wltnl lutrr. iof foth ?" ' "Why, what's the matter with you. John? Haven't 1 told von time 'nnd again that 1 have lost your farm? That, is, it was my farm, but what is mine is yours. It was all Maria's fault. She was so aggravating one day when we were talking politics I went and bet my farm against her's, and I was sorry right away, but was loo proud to let' Maria see it. and she was so dreadful she nuiilv me go down to lilanktown witJl her and get the deeds fixed, and I've been almost wild about it ever since it's just spoiled all my interest in poli ties and everything, 'it seemed tome as if I wouldn't care u io was elected if I could only get my farm back and you wouldn't know what I had done. And last night I told Dick Knowles about, it and begged of him to take mi? down the firstthing in the morning, audi thought 1 should die when 1 found that everything had gone against us. Dick tried to com fort me, but 1 knew just how you'd feel, and. oh, John, how good you are to me!" For I had gathered herto my heart on the old hide-bound trunk, and taken her on my knee, and was stroking her hair and k'issrng her hands, and hadn't made such a fool of myself over her since they shut the door of the carriage and left, us alone together the day we were mar ried. All at once we heard the sound of wl Is on the gravel walk. "There she is," said Jane, looking out of the hall window. "She's on the front: seat with Dick. O, John, what slml I do?" I put her hand in my arm, and down we went. Sure enough." there they were. Dick's bays all in a lather, as Sam had said: and no sooner were the sisters within hailing distance than Maria called out to Jane, with an air of great be nignity, "I sha'n't take your farm from you, dear; it's enough for me to have won the day." My wife's face was a picture to see. Such a struggle with relief and morti lied pride: such an eagerness to get back her farm, yet reluctant to accept it at the hands of her triumphant sister. I pulled out Dick's deed and went to the rescue. "You and I have always been good friends, Maria," I said: "there's a little matter of exchange I'd like to arrange with you this morning." Dick was frowning, and beckoning me with all his might behind his wife's back, but I went relentlessly on: "A fair exchange is no robbery, Maria. Dick and I made a little bet on the election. I'll exchange his property for Jane's." Maria gasped a little she looked over the paper. "Well, of all the fools !"; said Maria. Then Sam put up the horses, and we went in to a somewhat late breakfast.; And ns we sat there, drinking our cof fee in the old genial way, a drop of wa-' ter fell from above on the table; then another, and another, and looking up, we beheld a big damp spot widening on the ceiling. t "Why, what is that?" said Jane. I sprang from my chair. "Co on with vour breakfast," 1 said; "I'll "o and see. i 1 went up those stairs three at a time,' nnd thing into our bed-chamber, en deavored to remedy tin- ruin 1 had made. I began picking up tho broken pieces of the pitcher and the bits of looking-glass, and mopping up the floor, and smiling things in the bureau drawers, and tossing the bedclothes on the bed, and ill the midst of my super human exertions to do these things all at once I heard my wife say: "Why,' good gracious, sakes alive, John!" " ' There she stood, like a retributive angel, in the doorway. "An accident,: my dear," I stammered. "In my hurrv' to dress, I inadvertently knocked over! the pitcher and put my elbow through' the looking-glass. I was a little worried, about you; it is not usual for you to get up in the morning and go ofi', in that: way." "Why," said Jane, "you must have: known I was all right, for Sam saw me: with Dick Knowles. I called out to hiia to tell you, but perhaps he didn't hear me. we were going so fast. Didn't Sam tell you?" ' ; "Wouldn't you like, Jane," I snid.l contemplatively, "to have a new carpet1 for this room, and a brand-new bed room set, and all those pretty knick nacks in china, and curtain.-, of sprigged' muslin tied back with pink ribbons?" Jane clasped her hands in ecstasy, nnd we don't talk about polities anv nior" down this way. Mrs. Fruik Uurtti, in Jirpcr's ):l;ly. PUNCTUATION. How the Ancient Styles Have Been Altered and Improved Upon. Caxton, the first Knglish printer, hud three punctuation points the comma, the colon ami the period but, says Mr.' lilades, an excellent authority in rela tion to C'lxtou and everything concern ing him, it is don) t fill if he had any idea of the principles of punctuation. The earliest known manuscripts are without any points, nor is there any division be tween the words. The confusion re Milting led to the separating of words by a single dot. Then a space between the winds superseded the dot, which was maili! to perform another servic::, viz., to show the divisions of a sentence.. The Creek grammarians were the first to recognize the limbs of a sentence. A clause they called a comma, a member of a sentence a colon, and a complete sentence a period. Little attention, however, was paid to these divisions for a long time. Aelius Doiiaius, who nour ished in the fifth century and wrohra grammar which served all Kuropo until wifter the invention of printing, was the! Inst to distinguish these divisions hy placing a dot at the bottom of Uie line, w here our full-point now is, to designate the comma; in the middle of the line, where our hyphen is, for the colon, ard at the. top of tin; line, where our apos trophe is. for the full-point. It was not until w ell into t lie sixteenth century that printers began definitely adopting an acknowledged system of graduated i)inta. I'riHtcr'i Circular. EVERY FIVE MINUTES. Andy Tanhauser's Strange Affliction and What His Father Thinks of It. "I tell you my boy's going to make s million for his dad," said Joseph Tan hauscr, of No. 1,421 heithgrow Street, yesterday nflernoon. Mr. Tanhnuser is a small man. His face is thin; his eyes ra keen and brilliant. On the occasion above mentioned he wore a white beaver bat that looked as though lie sometimes used it as a footstool ns well as head ornament. "Come with me," paid Mr. T.m haiiser. with a Mulberry Sellers wave of the hand. He opened the door of the small frame dwelling on hcithgrow Street and admitted the 1'rrss reporter. Then he closed the door carefully "Now. this boy," he explained, n a dramatic whisper, "ain't no freak. Andy-that's his name Andy Tan liauser is alllicteil. He stutters. Other boys can stutter anil go falkin' right straight along. Hut the beauty about ray boy Andy is that he stutters so ho can only say one word every five min utes. Heen that way from his birth. Time's exact, too every live minutes, (let out your watch and time him; ho won't mind. ( !ome in." "Andy, a freckle-faced boy with a tow head, was seated at the table eating pie. "There he is," exclaimed the father, proudly. "Katin' pie again. That's what he does all the time eats pie. Andy, stand up and say How-d'ye-do'.' to the gentleman." Andy stood up and squinted, but made no sound. "tiuess he's just finished making a remark," explained his father. "Wait till his time's up." Three minutes passed. Then he began sputtering like a candle. At the end of lifteen minutes he had said, "How-d'ye-do!" "He's great, isn't he?" cried the f,i ther, slapping his hat down on tho ta ble wit h a loud report. Andy sat down and philosophically re sumed his pic. "Now, not to detain you."' resumed the enliiusiaslie parent, "I'll just tell you what he can do. lie's learning the 115th psalm beautiful thing, too. That was an idea of my own. Cood one, isn't it ? He'll appeal to the religious sentiment of the comniunit At tho nearest calculation it will take him three days to recite it. Like to hear a verse? Andy, let's have one." Andy began the recitation at three o'clock. He selected a verse containing thirty words. At precisely o:;io the last word shot from his contorted mouth like a bullet. Mr. Tanhnuser went into ecstaeiest. He put on his white hat, then took it oil', and then sat down on il. Andy got oil a laugh in sections. "Now, you see," went on Mr. Tan hanser, when he had somewhat recov ered, "that's not all he can do. lie's a natural born musician inherits it from his grandmother, on my side. He can play the mouth-organ now, and is learn ing to play on the piano. 1 tell you, he'll be the greatest museum attraction that has been seen for years. I'm go ing to take him over to New York to morrow. You see, after awhile he won't make so many faces when he talks. I'm trying to teach him to be patient and just wait live minutes between words till speech conies to him." "Can he sing?" "Sing? Well. I should say so. His favorite is 'Only a l'ansy Blossom.' It takes him all day to sing it. I don't let him do it often, because it occupies too much of his time." I'tilw.klphia I'ress. m m m MOON BLINDNESS. Frequent on the China Sea and Indian Frequent on the China Sea and Indian Ocean-Cured by Darkness. "Moon blindness," said an old sailor, gazing at the upper rigging of a Cali fornia clipper near Wall Street Ferry yesterday, "why, of course there's such a tiling. I've seen it often. 1 had a touch of it myself once. I don't see, though, how the Knglish Hear Admit al makes out that the loss of the gunboat Was was due to moon blindness. It gets its name, not because a man who has it can't see distinctly under the. moonlight, but because it is caused by sleeping with the moon shining on t he face. You know at once when you have it. In fact, you often get stone blind, and remain so for a month or more. I can't imagine how it could occur near England, for people are not likely to sleep in the moonshine there. "In the China Sea and the Indian Ocean it is well known. The Lascars frequently have it, and when a passen ger steamer remains for a night at a port the Captain generally warns every body who wants to sleep on deck and most of them do in those hot latitudes to be careful to keep well under the awning. I remember once landing a passenger at Singapore quite blind, lie persisted in sleeping on the forecas tle head, as we lay for a night in Ho ming, and the moon shone on his face for live or six hours. When he awi.KU his sight was gone, and he thought it was still night, though the sun had aroused him. We went back to Cal cutta, and when we reached Singapore on our next trip he had recovered, but Jie hated the sight of the moon ever aflerwa rd. "1 never knew a case of moon blind ness that was not cured. You have only to keep in the dark until the sight conies back. Mine was only partial blindness, though the sight of one eye w as nearly gone. 1 was well in a week. Tho attack is generally accompanied by by a bad sick headache, but most peo ple are too much frightened to think about that. I never heard of a woman being utllictcd with moon blindness." A'ct Vurk Sun. The Dead Weeds. To one w ho has anything to do with weeds as who has not who tills a rod of ground?- conies a feeling of great re lief when the fiost lavs low their black cued remains. And we think now we may safely hang hoc and rake in the Woodshed. Hut the "dead" are in this case not so dead as could be desired. I take up an apparently dead purslane plant ("pusly") and lind t hat instead of having been killed by the frosts, its leaves only were killed. The fleshy stems contain enough food to ripen up nil abundant crop of seeds in the unin jured seed-vessels. N,. loo, 1 find the shepherd's purse still ripening its .seeds Kon after the frosts blacken the weoU many of them ripen up most of their Needs sullieientlv. Let it be remembered that a great many seeds germinate just as well when only partially ripened as when fully matured. It should be :ho practice of every farmer aiid gardener to rake up the dead and dying weeds into Jiiles for burning. That would be a fin ishing stroke, indeed, tut w ithout it, t 18 frosts help us little in our struggle, against wcedi. JJi (,'. . i'usij, lit X. 2'nbuae. s J m. cimii e Qu,inirrtJ QUARTER I size, y to giv Sat UfactionV MMI! It ft ON 0FJ IS. V-T tihld r Er.ut, f-J I "Jr-.-i.-ii5osorris.sV: Eh:ipnw-1 DEBlUTtn rin df .r rt 1 fif."' Vr r1iL5US HtABACHt.fTt 7 r it?;. ,t . i .;", iUilii, , ,"',- t, Lrgcat la tne Market, fcold by Uru;;VJ D. LAFJCELL'S .AND iiCATARRH REMEDY. 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