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CouMit thou, (treat Fitlrv, cle to ma
The linOaut'i wUli, that 1 intjrtit pe
Of ill the earth' that one drr ilbt
Kuuwn on It In a dratn'a delliihl,
1 would, be n r til tome. Island steep,
Id niiif remote ml u d bright deep,
bee Lib In heaven above in now
A palm tree wave i t n rlnthinlo bought
And yet thin oM p!ne'a liauirhtr crown,
Sinking lt c.ou I of lverdown,
Wh tpers me tnaU-i.e f Plrmie tuues
And murmur of tlmm awful ruiieg
Which tell by tubtile pll and power
Of necret tTint'ttlilea, Hie hour
When far In the dark North the miow
Atnoiij; great bci begins to blow.
Nay, thou iwpet S uth of heat an 1 balma,
Keep a'l thy proud and plumy palms,
Keep all thy fragrant tlery mae,
'Itiv purple k!e, thv purple sea!
Thesrt lioiizhs f Messing lia 1 not fall.
These voice altilti in theale,
The vik'or of these ina:l.t lines
1 will content me wlihinv oincst
Jlurj-'r't JJazir.
Johnny's Summer Boarder,
i:v kmily HKWirr i.i:i.am.
His real name was John Hamilton
Lamberton. but no one in his fain ly or
ll tho iM'L'hhorhood over called Ivm
inything but Johnny, even though he
vas grown to be a tall young man six
eet high, with shoulders accordingly,
aid trim brown ide-whiskers that gave
lis healthfully tinted faiv an FuglisU
ouch, only be was not aware of it.
res, every one, from tho long settled
talf-fanner minister who preached in
he old church, down to the dozen boys
md girls who trudged over the h lis to
lie 1 1 i -1 1- ct school, called him "John
jy" in the merriest and most aflectiou
Ite manner, and was always sure of a
feasant response and generally a hap
y smile that showed a row of teeth as
hito and clean as a hound's.
Hut there came a time, alas, when
lob ll ii s sm le vanished from his face
md h s kindly brown eyes returned
lilt a sad erecting. It was the time
vhen, within a week his father and
nother were borne to the burying
jround on the bills de that lay remind
Ugly in v.ew of the church w ndows.
I'hev were so happ ly uni'e 1 in th
ife, it was but natural that they should
jo awav together into the great new
lotintry that awaits us all. Hut their
'oiii" was iduiost more than Johnny,
heir only child, could bear. At tir-t
lo thought he must sell the farm and
jo far away into now ivm and try to
orget his grief somewhat. Yet, after
l few slow passing weeks, this desper
ite cond.tion gave place to a gentler
iidncss and the feeling that the old
tome was now doubly dear, because
vherovcr he looked and whichever way
le turned everything rem nded b in
liore strongly than when the father
tnd mother were lv:ng of the faithful
learts w ho had toiled and planned and
laved solely for him.
A willow ed aunt remained with him
liter the burial announc ng her deft-ruination
to stay tin t 1 the poor bo.
ould collect his wits and know what
la was going to do. Sho was a mel
incholy woman who had been Mi
Mourning" for somebody or ot her near
y all the days of her life, ami this loss
)f a dear s.stcr onlv freshened the
jrape on her black bonnet, and gave a
lai rower and sob rer stripe to her fav
rile black and white gin-ham gowns.
"1 did think," she confided to a nejh
)or. "that I'd have a black sateen with
i sprig in it for this summer -just to
iveu up a little, you know but now
lister Mary's gone 1 can't llare out in
my sprigs. Ah. me! Life. s but a
Iream. a fleeting breath, how soon the
rapor ll.es!"
And yet in sp'te of Aunt .lane's apti
.ude for mourning she was, in a sad
Hid -ompo-d way, vrv fond of the
iright and stirr ng things of 1 f. Hav
jig lived for a long time in a large
lianufactur ng town sue found quiet
'arm-life very depressing. Sue s gtied
Uldiblj for olec'.r c I L'hts arid -treetj
jars, missed the clamor of mill-whistles j
llld church bel's mid even bemoaned
he Mbsccnco of the strong-voiced bti TS
f obi iron and paper rags
JoniiUV tr.fd his best to cheer hv sad
mints. Fverv tinn be went to "the I
Junction," as their little railroad town
;as locally des gnated, ho brought
lome a Daiiburv News or a D-tro t
Free Fir's for her spec al reading, and i
ll the evening he played his least I
mournful airs on his violin; but Aunt j trunk and a satchel aril in tho Fx
Jane remained uin-heered. "Such a press oll'ie a box. I will go and sit
.onesome little f un lv to do for that's with poor Browney until you are ready.
;he trouble w th nif," shu grumbled. ! Here, James! Come, .sir, quiet down
"What is the good of going through all
the rigmarole of house-keeping just to
'eed a hired man and a lured girl -for
Johnny's appetite is no where in keep
ng w th his si.o ami I was always a
unall ealer."
Probably it was from casting about
for offsets to lonesomeness that Aunt
Jane was led to hit upon the. summer
boarder idea. "There are tw-o front
hambers ami the parlor that could be
(pared just s well as not. And then
I'd have something to take up my
adnd," she argued.
So Johnny wrote some advert se
tnents and sent them to l.oston and
New York newspaper.
They were modest and truthful ad
rertiseinents. There, were only two or
three warr and never to be caught o'd
trout in all the length of Chei ry Creek,
to he made no allusions to "capital
fishing." and a no boat could turn
ibout the creek, even at its widest part,
h refrained from mentioning 'line
bos ting." Mosqti toes sometimes in
;ndnuated themselves in an about the
place, so he did not nllirm that they
were entirely unknown. And as there
wm 1 tile to hunt but a family of crows
who had the rnest in Hemlock Swamp,
be put forth no tempting statenvnt to
yearning n mro Is. He only mentioned
'rooms and board in a privato fain ly
In a pleasant country region," and so
lived on at easo w th his eornc ence.
1'he family was certainlr a quiet one,
and pleasant" was almost too mild a
term for the trulr noble scenery In
which the farm was located.
Greatly to Johnny's surprise and to
Aunt Janes perterbation for the par
lor was to bo repapered before lha re
ception of guests there caino a speedy
response to the advertisements.
A young lady, a little ill from over
study, wanted board in a quiet and
pleasant region, and wished to bring
with her a ma d, a pony and a dog.
Sho would frankly state that the dog
was a very large one, and if objected
to she must try some other place Tho
note was signed "Mary Fleming."
Johnny after losing himself for a
few moments in admiration of the neat
and llowerliko grace of the writer's
penmanship, and breathing in a faint
delightful fragrance from the creamy
paper, wrote a reply stating that tho
dog could come and welcome, and that
if Miss Fleming would kindly name tho
time of her arrival at the Junction a
wagon would bo in waiting for her.
Others might have Used the word "con
veyance," but it was Johnny's way to
Use silwavs tin simp'est language.
Miss Fleming's immediatn answer
stated that she would arrive on tho
P. M. train, on the 1 't h of the month.
It was then the t)th of the month,
which, by the way, was the perfect ono
of Jlllie.
Loneliness lied awav from Aunt Jane.
A young lady, a maid, a pony and a
dog! How enlivening! In tho tumult
of putt ng tho two bed rooms in order,
repapering the parlor and stocking the
prov sion p.intrv with all sorts of good
ies likelv to bo rel.shed by a slightly ill
young lady, the four days swiftly
passed. Johnny meaiwhilu built a ken
nel of goodh s ze a Ijoiu ng the wood
shed, swept and garnished a stall for
the pony, mowed the grass in the
front vnrd, surveyed with satiasfctiou
his Nourishing fields- (if wheat and corn
and was glad that the 11 es and roses
and spice-pinks that bordered the front
walk wero beginning to open.
The tiny arrived and was one of those
utterly perfect days that give on an
idea of what the weather in Paradise
must be. Johnny, in a fresh blue b!one
and his secotidbest trousers, drove
tranquilly to the station. He was very
far from having any personal fe-ding
i ovt-r the approaching m 'et ng. For
1 was there not a great gulf between
j young ladies who traveled about with
j mai ls and ponies and dogs, and plain
i farmer people who worked from sun
i rise to sunset for their l.v ng? Still he
! would not have been twe-nty-two years
' old and human if he had not wondered
! what she Would like. lb fancied she
would be tall with eye-glasses on her
j noso and a great deal ot rustling ilk
drapery about her, and that she would
speak in a sharp and fretful way to lo r
maid be ng a little ill and out of sorts
and also wearied with the journey. Or
mavbe she would be thin and pale and
langu d and angelic, and would be sup
ported by her maid who would bo nm
stantlv help ng her to sineliing salt
and fans.
'1'he train was just pulling out of the
station as he arrived. Hitching b s
horses he walked into the waiting
room. It was vacant except for a
pale, middle-aged woman m a gray
mohair duster wit h a basket on her arm.
who leaned back in her chair w.th
closed eyes and Up generally anguish
ed expression that accompanies a se
vere headache.
.Johnny then walked around tin
platform, looking cast, west, north and
south, and seeing no one hut the u-m-i 1
village sightseers who alwa s congre
gated at, "train time" very likely she
was a train late; or maybe she had
changed her mind; or had grown too
ill to take the journey. Suddenly a
brisk little person m a navy blue
llannel gown with a sailor collar and
a sailor hat that sat nautically upon her
short re 11 ih gold curls, tr ppe I out of
the baggage-room followed by an im
mense. St. Ib'rnard dog who, m huge
platform-shaking capers was trying to
express h s j t that his railway woes
were at an end.
"The maid and the dog. anyhow,"
thought Johnnv. and stepping forward
announced himself the m I vidual who
had come to meet Miss Fleming.
Yes?" with that r sing inlleetion
that in some girls can be verv charm
ing. "I am M ss Fleming. And are
voii Mr. Lamberton?" No common
farm-hand, Mis Fleming reflected,
could have siedi a handsome, lclinel
and intelligent face.
"Yes, my name is I.ainb'Tion," said
Johnny; and since it was the first time
in all his If that he had been called
"Mr. Lamberton" he felt a strange
thr 11 of pleasure and pride,
"The pony w 11 come on n !:."( I
fre'ght to-morrow morning, and I will
walk in and get her if you are not too
far out. Threo miles? Oh, that will
be inst a line stroll for Jam
and m.
there a
There's poiue baggage in
and lie sensible!"
"Never have I seen just such a girl,"
was Johnny's thought, as she vanished
into "the waiting-room. "So business
like, and so pivtlv, and not at all 1 ke
anvth ng I expeete !.''
Kveu Miss Fleming's luggage was
something unusual--i little leather
trunk hardlv large enough to hold three
gowns, while the express box proved
to be a violin case. As for the large
and soni'Mvhat shabby satchel, that was
plainly marked Fmniebne Ilrown--and
lienc must belong to "poor llrowney."
A violin a g rl's violin! Johnm
could hardly believe his senses. He
carried it to the wagon ami placed it on
the seat in which he was to ride as ten
derly as if it were a slepping habv, and
all through the ride honi", through the
leaf-sweef air of fresh summertime, he
gnar led it from every jolt and turned
to it often with an air of loving regard.
"Very 1 kelv it is one of the best," he
thought "and I hope she will play this
verv evening."
The maid being speechless w'th head
ache. M ss Flem ng addressed her few
remarks to Johnny and the dog. Sim
expressed admirat on for the landscape
here and there, spoko fondly of soma
Jersey cows feeding 'ii a pasture hvtho
roadside and noticed tho gait of John
ny's sleek colts. "It is a comfort to ee
horses keep exact step like that, and it
makes the r work so much easier,' she
Tho rolts were Johnny's special prido
and a flush of grateful pleasure bright
ened his faoe at such unexpected appreciation.
"They know their names and they can
shake funds and pick up my hat," he
sa d witlt calm elation.
Oil, is it possible? What a delight
they must le toou! 1 hopo they w.ll
like my Z"phyr. She is a good-hearted
merry little soul, but ha no accom
plishments, w hatever.'
Thus in pleasant though fragmen
tary conversation tho farm-house was
reached. M ss Fleming rested a b id's
we ght on Johnny'h proffered hand and
htepped lightly to the ground, while
the maid, with a smothering groan, de
scended as if made of glass.
"Poor Ibowney! you shall have
some tea and a long, long sleep," sa d
Miss Fleming in a lender voice.
Johnny was glad to see Aunt Jane
wa ting on tho porch with ono of her
best wh te aprons brightening her black
dress and her face as smiling as a per
manent mourner' s could well be; and
as he removed the luggage from the
wagon he cast an eye alter Miss Flem
ing, hop ng he would notice tho candi-
1 u in bbes near the gate and the red
roses furt her on. Sure enough, shedid
notice them, and actually put down her
little iiiix! to them. What an uncom
mon girl!
The next morning Miss Fleming's
wakmg ears were greeted by the sound
of steadly decerning rain "Oil, my
poor Zephyr!" she mnruiered, going to
the window and look ng out upon the
weltering world. "Mi 11 be heart
broken to find no one to meet her after
her dreadful ride."
With cant ous niovcm uits, that she
tniglit not disturb the sitmiierers of
I'rowney in the room adjo uing, M ss
Fleming dressed and went down
"Mreakfast will be ready in about
seven minutes," sa d Aunt Jane, after
they had exchanged greetings, "and
while you're waiting luavl.e you'd like
to step down to the barn and see how
your pony stood the journey. Johnnv
saw the storm coining up. so he look an
early start, and he got back w th her ail
safe and sound j 1 1 -1 us the lirst drops
were coming tlowu. Cute little boast,
isn't she? Just step into my rubbers
and take this iinibcnl. and the walk
from the kitchen door tnkes you right
lotliebtrn. '1'he dog's there, too; he
takes to Johnnv, already, as if lie be
longed to him."
"It was ever so kind of Johnnv of
Mr. Lamberton," sad Miss F'einng
obediently stepping into the rubb-rs.
On. Johnnv is (t'tr'i'i kind." said
Aunt .lane with a proud sur.le.
Mi-s Fleming found Jolnniv brushing
Sotne lasf specs of tlllst lioiu Zqdisr's
sleek coat.
"How good of you to think to do th;s,
Mr. Lamberton! I fee! vrv much in
debled to Ton," said Mis Fleming, lav
ing her cheek against the pony's nose
and receiv ng a litt e wninny of wel
come. "If I can hear your violin, lc an I by,
I shall be well lepa'd," answered John
nv boldly from the other side of the
poll v.
Oh, indeed roil shall hear it until
you are tired of t, I'm afraid, for I've
taken but a few lessons and am only a
torturing amateur. It is sort of a res!
for me, however," and Miss Fleming
sighed a l.ttle.
If I were xour father I wouldn't let
you study so hard." :i d Johriuv, stoop
ing to look at noth ng whatever on the
p"ii' s hoof.
"It is not mv father's fault I havo
nofath -r nor mother." answered Miss
Fleming gently. "If I've stud e l a lit
tle too constantly I've oily myself to
thank, lbit I do so want be a great
What a litt'e girl like you? You
can't be mop tlmri fifteen or sixteen."
hh d Johnnr forget i in g his hashfulnss
in bis asfod sliment.
"Hear me! s,, mnnv people make that
mistake. Win. I sh ill be tuent v next
August and if I live I shall grow older,"
she added with a merry laugh.
"And Fin going on twenty-throe,"
said Johnny as if this information was
soniei hing to the po nt rind he laii"h-
: ed. too srid somehow did riot feel afraid
I of M s, Fleming any more,
j After breakfast. is the rain still eon
', tinned and outdoor work was impossible
! Mi'.s Fleming 'i d ho would br ir'
down her violin and d scliarge her debt
if Mr. Lunberton was ready lo listen.
Miss Fleming could play, as'id" from
In-r exere ses, a few simple a is. She
played accurately, and her violin was
evidently capable of the sweetest and
richest tilths. Johnny h ungr, 1 y w a teh
ed the instrument. How far beyond his
own it was in beauty and power!
Suddenly Mis Fleming turned to him
"Perhaps ou play," she half question
ed. "A 1 ttle,"answered Johnny modest
ly 'Iry this," she iid, eagerlv extend
ing to him the viol n. "Mv Uncle
bought it in London, and it is aid to
be an uncommonly good instrument."
Johnny had ting oed a violin ever
since h was six years old. II" had
gamed some knowledge of "notes"
at the village school. Oc vision illy he
had treated himself to a batch of sheet
music. So he was not quite at loss for
something good enough for even Miss
Fleming to hear. In his delight over
the sweet r li qualities of the violin he
forgot. after a few moments that anyone
was listen tig to him and so pl.ivedali
the better.
At the conclusion of his selection
M ss Flemiog (dapped her hands, and
there were tears in her eyes. "You
plav better than m te.-ieher does. Let
me take lessons of '"''" she exclaim
ed impulsivolr.
"Of iut ' ' said Johnn , and tho very
tips of his ears grew red.
Aunt Jane, who de u ly loved to talk
to everybody and to draw out from
them their inner lives, was not long in
making the acquaintance of Miss
Fleming's maid, who. it quickly turn
ed out. was not M ss F.emlng's ma d
in the least, but an overworked dress
maker brought out to tho country by
the kind heai to I young woman for a
few weeks of rest.
'Last summer," M s llrown went
on to explain in a confidential under
tone, as sho and Aunt J.mo were soci
ably shelling peas on the back porch,
last summer it was a poor little latne
girl sho took with her up near tho
White Mountains, it was an I the sum
mer before that a young lady who was
studying with he t school ami hadn't
much money. This summer it's
blest hor heart!-and I feel five years
younger already. Hut don't let her
know that you know! She thinks I'll
feel better, coming with her as a maid,
as if I were piying my way, don't you
see? Itich? Oh, res. rich coinparod
with poor folks about eighty thous
and, or so if sho don't give it all
away. Does just what she pleases, al
ways, lbit such sense! Her uncle
sas she has a better head than ho has,
any da., and thinks sho ought to bo
hii guardian 'stea I of it being the
other way about."
Of course Aunt Jane promised never
to disclose the little ruse regarding the
maid," but that very night she button
holed Johnny as be was going oil" to
bed and told him the facts of the case.
Ami Johnny in his own mind was not
the least surprised. All sorts of angel
ic deeds might orig nato in .sci a girl.
All, you lovers of misunderstanding
and tbsappo nt inent and heart-break,
von shall find nothing to your liking in
this simple tale' Tuat two voung
people like these I have so brokenly
described, should coup? to l ive each
other, is as natural a thing as the des
cent of water when its way leads down
an nclined plane.
And vet neither was full aware of
the sweet and and all poses ng passon,
until arrived the morn ng of separa
tion. It was when the little leather
trunk and the viol n were borne out of
the house that Johnny's heart grew
sick with both joy and agony the joy
I of conscious love and tho .agony of re
niinciat ion.
It was when Miss Fleming went
down the front walk for p'rhips the
last tune for life is uu ei tain that
wild pangs sc;.o I upon her soul, and
; her eyes grew so misty under the sa I
'or hat t pped unnaturally forward,
that the bright dahlias and gladeoli bo
side the path turned into a mere blur
of col or.
Aunt Jane had kiss I hor on both
cheeks and toid IcT with tearful fervor
t that it w as j u sf about like g v ng up the
.sunshine, and possibly her tears were
j contagious.
The St. llernard lingered on his front
I porch rug and displav d no enthusiasm
! for this part eular trip to the Junction.
"Well, James, is it possible ouieal
' l v don't wh to go wi' Ii Hi-?'' called
j b iek Miss Fo'iiiing having got rid of
, of Icr wet yes, and iniling quite mer-
I James rose with a melancholy niein
j and cani" slowly down the path saying
j as plainly as possible "I don't see the
i neessjfy of a change. I'm fur m re
! comfortable here than in town. How
ever i know mv uu v.
"Mr. Lamberton." said Miss Flem
ing as Jo'iimv handed her into the
wagon and this time she chose the
front seat and the violin went oyer to
Miss liiown's care "I'm going to
til nk about .Iain s all the wav to the
js'ation, and if I can makeup my mind
i to part with him, I will give him to
t oii. He I kes the country so! how he
I has enj yed wad ng in tho brook and
i st rol ' in g about in the lb-ids this siim
! iner!"
j "Oil, you must never think of giving
j him awav. He's a dog among a thous
! and. He knows this is no lm-re trip
I to the post ollice -he knows lie is not
I com n g l ack :
i sinu! Ah, Janit
ill mi'
us expres
s you old
1 !
j fellow!"
j ''If We should conn
j HI T. "s a d Miss 1'ielll'
remember you as if h
again next suin
ig sh ly, "he will
h;id been aW.1V
I but a dav. "
J "I w sh human beings remembered
, as well," sai I Johnny with a cynicism
l wholly new in mm.
! "Some do, I am
sure " said M ss-
i Flcni ng lio'icful ly.
j Johnny tlicke. I at the grasses at the
I roadside with his whip. He had no
need to drive rapid I v there was plenty
of time f..r reaeji ng the station.
"I ho;.e mi will com again n -Xt
i siinimer," he said in a low voic.
I "I hope so. too," sai l Mi-s Fleming
simply. Then she
J seemed to ll'T t he
went on in what
boldest and most
'I -I this place!
iiiest summer of :nv
o 1 ve here always.
I5v this time her
reckless manner
It has hi'.'ii th" hap
life. I should like t
I like Aunt Jane."'
cheeks w re burning red and she turned
her f ice awav.
Would it b' a goo I place for a a
talented physician? inll you live
here?"' and Johnny dared to fasten his
eyes intently on I he roses that could not
be wholly hobb-n unless Miss Fietn ilg
dislocated lief neck.
"I could practice in a small wav. I
could do good here as well as any where.
I should like to be a farmer as well as
a doctorI think," and she laughed
"Oh. gracious me!" cxel iinvd Miss
l'rown, "I've dropped m handker
chief one of mv best ones, too and I
! ha I hju-t a minute ago. I'll run back
j and get it."
j "No no," remonstrated Johnny, I'll
I find it," prepar.ng to jump. Put tho
I lively M ss Prown was already on tho
ground and walking back toward awhile
oiqeci mat lay several rous omani.
Was !t Providence? Or was if sim
ply M ss Prown? Johnnv did not paue
to consider. This dear sweet girl loved
his native town and liked his Aunt Jane
and she wanted to bo a firmer ami he
loved her with all his soul and sho was
go ng away
1'hen take mv farm and take mr
I've loved you every in nute since I first
paw you. Hon't be angry! You are
going awav, and I can't help tell ng yon.
Please give me on- word! tell me you
don't really hi't nf!"
"I don't really mf von!" murmured
Miss Fleming, and turning toward him
she looked sh lv in his face with her
softly smiling eyes.
One look into those eyes and a great
wave of blis engulfed Johnny. He
stooped for he was very tall, you re
member and qu ckl kisnd the rose
red cheeks and the weet tender truth
ful mouth that actually kissed back, and
then both turned to look for Miss
Prown. Sho was just pouncing upon
tho white object
Como back with mo now! don't go
awav, at all." urged Johnnv.
"i will como back on the firstof Mar
yes, perhaps on the 20th of April,
for I want to be in time for gardening,
you know!" and Miss Fleming sat up
very eroct and assumed a gerious bnsi
ness air. verv comical to an observer
1 hoi over head and ears in love. It
seemed very comical to Miss Urown,
who Hiuilod very knowingly as Johnny
politely assisted her in the wagon.
And then they drove on.
Very tender and frequent wero tho
letters that flew back ami forth through
the golden uutunin and tho Kiiowy w li
ter. And it was in reality on tho L'oth
of March, instead ot the L'Oth of April,
that Johnn y brought home his bride.
The spring was uncommonly early that
year. Mtlwitukce Wisconsin.
Our Country as u Producer.
An admirable comp'lafon of indus
trial and agricultural stat sties lately is
sued by tho government slat sticiau
shows that the United States stands at
the head of all nations of the earth in
tho production of cereals, col ton and
cotton-seed oil, live stock, and of
course hides, tallow and wool, and also
This country holds second rank in the
production of hay, bowing only to
(ircat liiitain. whose annual product
has a value of . d.'Joi i.fiq i,l lo t. und also
in the amount of gold produce I, Ilussia
coming first, as she docs I kewise in the
production of pot does and iron and
steel, in all of winch the United State,
stands fourth. Tic; Uu te I States rales
third n the list of countries producing
tob icco cigars and oils.
Of cotton and cotton-see ,, the val
ue of the annua! product of this coun
try is placed at '::.! o ."o, w hile
I'.ritish India and Fgvpt together onlv
produce r- in mi') worth, in round
1 numbers. The value of our live stock,
! yl.l'7'.'.oi.) i.ii. id is m no than that of all
! the other coiintr es comb ned.
I The figures of the potato product are;
, llus-oa .Y, '".' Oeriiiinv .'';;.
i 0 i l.n'1 ). Ailstr a-Hun garv s'I.iS.ihii.imu.
, United States s7;,ooo,h m. In sugar
( hi d molases ( I-rni.a n ranks first, w th
I 1 '., ooo imi i n lvs."i, which was lare'y
i increased bi the following year. Cuiia
i is second, with ! 1 .'!. ,,,, ; wh le
j Kussia i fifth, with an annual produc
' lion valued at uoii.n o.
J )f cereals this country raised in lss'i
! 1, li"l.'i lo.ir mi, Kusx'a 1. b in.O -'I,
(lei-many S7.'t l, ' " . ' Oreat ISrdaiu
j including India Au-tralia, Canada and
all its olln-r colon es and dependencies,
I produced during last ear C'Teals to
i t If v. due of ' i:7,uoo.ooi i onF, , w b.cii
j i, Vs o nit) ii) les than the pro luction of
I France.
I It is a cnrioii- fact and one which in-
vites iu vesligat on, that whi'e th s coiin
j tf' leads tic coniliiiie I nations of the
I world in the value ()f its live stock. ,fs
pro'iuciion oi u ues an i i.aioiw. vani
at v',0 ." I." ' is nearly equaled h
sia, the d ll'eicnee in our favor
less than !.'. i (i.i.oi i . Mt'u.'i'ikt.
Funeral Customs of I lie Parsees.
When a Parse. is about to d e he is
taken to the giouu I ll er of fh.- hou-e
washed in consecrated water, alio nt."l
with holy oil, and placed on an oblong
stone. Suia'l earthen lamps lighted
from the sacred lire, are placd around
his stonv bed, and the lire priests stand
near and chant a doleful d rge. Tii"
most extriord n irv part of it all is. that
the moment life Im-coiiic, et net. the
bouse dog is brought up to him. If ti e
dog lick his maters f.ae" und hands, if
is considered a fortunate omen of Ihe
departed spirit's ready ad init t anc into
Paradise. flie uneducated an I ignor
ant Par-ees b d eve that every dog has
an angel spirit resid ng in some star
whence it issues to conduct the souls of
the righteous dead to heaven.
Next morning a number of priests
rohe.i in pure white carry the iio.iv on
' an open b er to the oh k ina or Tower of
j Silence. Tois curious national tomb is
a huge round towers niate.i in some re
mote or l-ei.'l sp ,t and surrounded by
great branch ng trees, it is open to the
skv and reaches far down into the
depths of the earth; and is furnished
with a ii ii in 1 t of iron-grated floors.
Wle-Il th-'V reach ihe Tower of S lence.
the relatives and friends stand pray ng
while the fire priests place the body on
a long slide or a kind of seesaw plank
held down by ropes. This done, th
ropo, are loosened, the plank reboun I
alid the bfeless form j. on to oli' of
the iron-grated lbors of th s strange
lotnb. and is left for t he birds of the a ir.
For their oiliees toward the dead the
Pai'sees look upon all birds as peculiar
ly sacred.
Put this strange mode of sepulture
exposes the Parse. to no end of insults
from both the H;n loos and Mohamme
dans who take every oppoi t ii mt v to jeer
at them, calling out: 'Kaw Kaw Kak
hana! dinner for crows!" Mr. Leon
Owens, in le I wive.
She Turned the Hose on Him.
A very pretty little country maiden
was just in the act of boarding a train
at Union Station when a Pennsylvania
Railroad hrakonian stretched forth h s
strong right arm and said: Please let
me s(!e your ticket." The lady turned
red in the face, and, with an innocent
snide, answered: I don't like to but
but I have a ticket, sir." "Well, well;
you must let me see your ticket, and
don't kep I he ot her passengers wad
ing." remarked the brakeuian. a little
impatiently. The young lady placed
her foot on the step of the car and
drew out from one of her black hose a
coupon t;cket almost a half yard long.
There it is, s r," said she, with fal
tering voice The brakeman gave the
ticket a hastv glance, assisted the
young woman to the car platform,
raised hi hat in a pol te bow, and was
b ft to bluh alone, while tho other
railroad boys laughed t his expense.
"I was a brute," ho said.
A Poem of I'hildhoo I.
The Paiil was asked to composo a
little poem upon his childhood, and
this was what he produced: "How
dear to mv heart is the school I at
tended, and how I remember, so dis
tant and dim. that red-headed Pill and
the pin I bended, and carefully put on
the lench under him. Anil how 1 re
call tho surprise of tho master, when
Pill gavo a yell and sprang tip from
the pin no high that his bullet head
smashed up the plaster, and tho nchol
ars all sot up a din. The active boy
Pillr, that hich leap ng Hilly, that
loud-shouting Pilly who sat on a pi a."
Toledo Made.
be ng 1
ir i
II (iitfs Som Al v to tli tt I rt4lrnlt y.
In repl ing to a letter from a profes
sional burglar Hill Nye s ivs in tho New
York World:
I w 11 s'ate that n burglar ever camo
to my liou-e for a favor and went away
tlisappoi tod, provided 1 was able to
contribute to h s wants .and provided ho
went at it in the right way. 1 havo
never jumped on a burglar behind his
ba'-k or take advantage of my great
strength t do li'in iij.
When a burgl ir is in my house ho is
my gii".-t it he be willing to take
things -is he finds them be will have no
trouble w ith inc. Put I beli -ve that, as
a class, burglars are a' ready favored
more than otte r people. 1 hc.sitato to
do any thing to advance tlie:r interests
until otic r interests haw been fostered
burglars pre-unie too mu -h, I think
I'.e au-c they iac tree entr.es and carte
blanche to th- drawing-rooms of our
best people, they want the earth arid
l make them-cives disagreeable. 1 do
j md wih to hurt the feelings of my cor-
r. p ndei.t, cspcc all v if lie takes the
I pap r regularly, but fororn- I am go ng
j to (ii t protect ng ai.d fostering the in-
i.ini iter s n oi Am- rcn nurgiary as
a. a list t he pauper burglar of Europe,
t siy, i t u get our burgling done by
the l'ct and cheapest methods. Let
our burglary take its chances m eompo
tit o:i wi h th;tt of ctlt te inonandi es,
'li t as eervthilig else w 11 have to d
s rne dav In t he meant ime I ilo not
piopo-e to do ant!i ngiu a ncwspajx'r
way that will loo. 1 ke an utt. nipt to
rcta'n the burg'ar vote.
Id the iairlar ru-t'e with his wag s
tic way I do and the way other w-.rk-iriginen
do I ktatw ih at burlarn claim
that they arc .-y pai I becau-e their
work kcci s them no :h s -o mu h.
but new-paper .
alo, and unless t
oils I inglar one-'
n h a e to work n ghts
, y a rob a prsper
u a w h.Ic they have a
hard row to hoc.
And what have t'le l'ii'-gla,-s ev.
for me that I .should u -w I e c ilb
on to advance their inter.' t?
r done
d up-
y -1
W ! 1 i M1N
When the. ha.
Tin: i;t
u o i .el'
' .1 A K
id ice tO go.
fr e to come
i;Ihi the; lc
hcu tlnv
ha t hc te t always P
ti my l.ous. ? . ud h w ba
ward.- I o.y hopi a'ity J
w nt throiigii m- hou-e last
ir and
lo md o .! t on of tii tl.'s w
hi I. w oil d
ha c iiiov e. t ie stoniest h
did they do? The, t . e
autograph albu u wliieu b
w ba
1 i I
me to write In and 1 had to pay tor it
hey too . a valuab c imibjcil i which I
had' borrowed a few yc.r- ag . and
which I m en led tor turn to the owner
alter awh le I h-y ate some cold rice
and si.rgh m wnh ti had in c:i set as dc
for th- u-c o' o In r guests, and then
they h f f e .at" op n the c .vvs ro!
in an 1 ate up mv lima b .-u,s
Now I am acl t Use n.v iirbu-nco
in th" direction of betters ud bag facil
ities for burg'ars and ;i more reliable
style ( f rap ,1 tr itisit e ween the tax
pay r and the .Nov .. i r . e.n
In ye-r.s pa-t I will admit that I was
ni'.ning tor oil Ce ao,ol ded. and I
brnl to do th'ngs th t would r. tain the
burglar vote, but i ow I a o firm in my
convi tioiis and outspoken for what I
bel ee to b right. A in in n gaged in
trying to be hs own sm ccs-or in the
portiol o of jusfic of th pea. e is not a
free mora! agent It is more or less o
in ot her o ccs. hut it is especially so
w ith a justice . f the ca e
1 now piopo-e, u.th th help i f the
American people ud near 't. manly
clfort on my part, to -hake oil' the bur
glar ami ouie oir an 1 take li'gher
eioutnl I w.il go furthi r and :iieud'
the i it: ou- of ar-onv and of her o -i.al-
jstic orgatii 'ati. n-
lb necf .rth mv
u mo'o or les
V' ice W . 1 be I C id
stet.'.orian tones m th,
in i re ts nf hu-
m iinty. I'l-sp roiis
get a se. ond tr al ill
same as less : 1 1 1 1 1 . . t
wh 'eh get- riitu t da .
iiurg ry which
be regar 'ed the
p' tt . .'ai-. cny,
burglars w ho may h i e nf d for tne
in t ie obi days atf be c y n i i. e 1 that
the aibog.aph .11) in a d 1 tn.i leans
olVset that ace nnt. arid that it is my
ea i.cst wish, s i far :i it is n u y pow
er, during ihe remaining Mans which
m iy be granted in.-, to live . own and
foig- t tbe dark and dev.ons days w hen
I was in politics. 1 b, 1 ce that easier
and more public s methods for the
adrninistraticii of capital punishment
vv 11 so.n be pcrfcc, e I. whercb. a ru in
who is ee ulcd by the law will not be
e ntitled to any more glory or l!ow. rs
than one w bo di s of pn uniori a. To
that end I am willing to work W hen
that is ac 'omplishe I I wi.l devote my
halting powers to the further nine iora
t on of my race. .ut the burglar has
no furth r polifcal cl lims on me.
Men who v:s i New York from a d s
tatve desiring to pur base greenbacks
at fore d sale or to obtain gold bricks
of these w h arc compel e f to sell them
for a nil re -og will always b amelio
rated o lo g as ii y good right arm
sha'l not forget h. r ennui- g.
V sjfors wh . v s t the tip tfonolis for
the purpo-e of 'eo.iig on hat, claim
ing that eastward the tar of Vampire
takes its way, w 11 have to get tho r
atncliora' ion outs d this o e..
I am willing to do what I can for the
pr. in lion of ca lice and the j aidless
pulling of burg hp s, b it that is as far as
1 v. ouid go. ,.or ov r, hope that our
corr spondenee will tct continue any
longer. Pnrgl.ars w ho ph ased and en
tertained me when I w as in po! t es have
long 8 rice ceased to do so. Th truth
of the matter is that w hiie all other pro
fessions have made rap d progress, poli
tics and burglary are just w hi re they
were a hundred cars ao.
One reason why burglary ha, not
made more rapid trdes i bd eve to bo
because burg ars do not advert se. 'I hey
rely wholly up m the r insight and keen
penetrat'on. I ho result Is that burglars
and bu'glary ha o falb-n oil. I do not
believe in trying to help a profession so
abundantly able to help itself.

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