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8PECTI0N. Sighing, sb« row. Stretching her long gbo leaned igtliiBl the As any old time godde« Bowed low the knee In her shapely bead farina to tb' empty atr, "ovr. She waa fair ("whom men oils. She said: "All this. I know, and true—but then— Alas I 'tis all so old n»fc and when Men say they love ma, one who, long ago, gwore that he loved, then left me comes again Before mine eyes, and smiles In high disdain To see them strive to wake a love long dead. TeU me no more! I cannot bear the pain Of Uving it once more, dear friend, and so Tell me of things more exquisite than this Of loyal friendship—love that claims no kiss Of passion to belie its gentle came. Ask nothing morel norseek my love you know 11 that has died within me." Then In low, Impassioned whispers did I strive to break Hie cold frost mantle, and for her dear sake I vowed abandonment of all that life Held dear for me. But presently the strife 1 saw was ended—wasted so In dull Cold misery 1 turned. And 'mid the lull. The silence of our souls, she softly said: "Leave me to mourn alone, I am ofraidl For lore to me may ne'er be aught but shame, And now the only memory that may Bring Joy to me to his—of yesterday I" —Edward Heron Allen in 1 Leslie's Newspaper. BEEKUN BOB. He waa picking up coal near the M., H. and O. (Marquette, Houghton and On tonagon) railway when 1 first saw him a poor, forlorn little fellow, with "butter milk eyes," a yellow skin and hair of a faded drab color. I have only to look down on the carpet near my feet at a little pile of iron ore, specimens collected while sojourning at Ishpeming, Mich., at that time, to vividly recall the little hero (for such he was) to my imagination, although no thought like this lam sure ever occurred to liis untrained mind, and 1 doubt if he would have known the meaning of the word, and even his parents, stolid Swedes, for which that section of the mining country is noted, never dreamed of thinking him one, even when the end came. I do not remember to have heard tho age of this weazened faced boy, but in height and size he appeared about 10 years old. His face had a worn, wasted, old look, and his small claw like hands shriveled as though with age. He seemed less than ordinary in intelligence and spoke only in monosyllables, and so fre quently to himself that my attention was drawn to him. Rambling through tho mining country in search of specimens, though in mid winter, it was thus I came across him. There was something peculiar about him he did not seem quite right in the "upper story," and I fell to watching him, with a strange interest, as he picked up, one by one, so carefully each piece of coal that had fallen from the coal cars and which the railroad authorities allowed the poor to gather, and placed every piece with a certain mathematical precision in his old, battered coal bucket. "Who is that boy?" 1 asked of a tall, well grown lad standing near me, evi dently an employe about the yards. "That?" rather contemptuously point ing a grimy forefinger in the direction of the little coal gatherer: "Yes." '•Oh, that's 'Beekun Bob,'" and he laughed heartily. "Beacon Bob?" I repeated. "Why do you call him that? Spell liis name, please." B-e-e-k-u-n—B-o-eb," he rapidly spelled out. "W.o ,11139 calls Mm that 'cause lie allers stands at the old mine shaft with alighted stick every night, a waitin' fer liis dad and tho missus." "The missus?" I echoed. "Yas, that's his marm she wurks in the mine, long side of his dad." "A woman work in the mine?" I a6ked, incredulously. "Oh, yas, lots of 'em do. That's nuthin'." I sighed. "\vhy does he hold a light?' "'Cause you see as how the ole mine's *banduned, 'taint safe, and the big hole right near their house he's feer'd 13 eh they'll fall in some night comin' home." "Lookee, you kin see it from here." He pointed off towards the direction of Lake Angeline, where a dark spot in the red earth was plainly visible, with bits of boards and planks sticking right and left, around it. and near it a small, weather beaten frame house. "So ho lives there?" "Yas." "Do his parents compel liirn to hold the lighted torch, or stick, every night?" "Naw, he jest tuk it onto hisself. They don't keer one way er totlier." "Has he brothers or sisters?" "Nary one." Some one called the stalwart, well meaning lad, and thanking him for his information as he hastened away, 1 ap» proached "Beekun Bob." He did not see me, nor appear to heai my footsteps. I came close to him and touched him gently on the shoulder. "Bob?" He looked up at mo in a dazed sort of way, his small features, or the expression of thcjjm, rather, nearly obscured by tho profusion of hematite dusfc spread on them. His hands and clothing, as weli as my own, were smjrched with it. He took a long, deep breath and in voluntarily placed one hand to his side, liis forehead contracting as though ic pain. I saw at once that the boy was ill ol overworked, and the patient way thai he toiled touched me. The day was a very cold one, and the child's hands were cramped and blue, and his toes protruded through his Ger man socks and rubbers. "Haven't you all you can carry?" I asked, looking towards the heaped bucket He nodded in the affirmative, but still continued to add more. "Come, let me help you up tho hill,' and I placed my hand upon the handle of the bucket. "Umm. umm he grasped the handle, Sand such a lootf of doubt and indigna tion I never want to see on a child's face again. Lifting the bucket, and with difficulty he placed it resolutely behind r' him and stood before it grim and stern and half defying. I smiled in spite of myself. He evidently thought I wanted the coal, and had learned liis lesson from being wronged in thi9 way before. Not another word could I get out of him, and »so a little saddened I moved away, throw- r,ing 'cA MS shT^- him a coin as I went, trusting he would hereafter have more faith in his -fellow beings. That night was a bitterly coid one, but .'wearied with the day's tramp, 1 slept soundly and comfortably in uiy warm bed. The sun was shining brightly when 1 rawoke, and from my window at the Nel- son house, I watched the busy mining jv population thronging to their daily toiL How picturesque the old town looked, with its hematite dust painting every thing red. And where water had been recently thrown near the roadside amid the iron, there seemed to be pools of blood. Here and there the sparkle of the iron ore would gleam forth, glinting like dia monds in the sun, ana vying in bril liancy with the pearls in the snow. Away off yonder over the white hills, so rugged and grand, a number of wood choppers, going in different directions, were seen, gayly attired in their red flannel shirts, blue woolen* caps, buck skin breeches and gray German socks and rubbers, with the bright ax over each shoulder and the invariable black pipe in each mouth, and near them the sledges, to which one or more dogs were hitched, to draw the fruits of theii labors home at eventide. Before them in the distance loomed the tall dark pines, like grim sentinels, adding to the rare picturesqueness of the scene. The air was so cold ard clear and bright, "you could cut it with a knife." This was the last day of the old year. I knew that to-morrow would usher in tho day of the season for Ishpeming, its unique and wonderful dog races, which created nearly as much stir as the "Derby" or "Latonia" in greater cities, and, much as I desired to see this north ern custom, hoped the new year would find me "at home" in Chicago. Breakfast over I hastily prepared to "go below" or "down the road," as ex pressed in that upper country. My foot was on the first step of the "•omnibus to take me to the train, when, chancing to look up, I saw the tall, well grown lad of the Marquette, Houghton and Ontonagon yards, standing near and regarding me questioningly. I paused and nodded. He came up to me at once. "Say, missus," squirting the tobacco juice from his mouth. "Well?" "You know Beekun Bob?" "Yes what of him?" "Wall, he's dead." "Dead!" What was he to me that I should grow ill and faint? The omnibus driver be came impatient. "You'll have to hurry up there or we won't catch the train," he said. I stepped into the 'bus. "Get in," 1 said to the boy "I will make it all right with the driver." He clambered up and took a seat by my side. "Now tell me all about it," I said "How did he die and when?" "You see, he wuz a-holdin' of that ar' stick 1 told you 'bout, awaitin' for his dad and the missus, which they didn't cum home 'til this mornin', cause tho mine they wurked in caved in on 'em, and they couldn't git out to onct." He paused to take breath. "What then?" I asked. "Wall, jest nutliin', only when they did cum, all safe an' sound, but a little smothered like, they found that ar' chap, 'Beekun Bob,' standin' stark an' stiff, frozen, you know, with his eyes wide open, the stick burned down into his hands, and he dead as a door nail." I grew faint and dizzy again. "Poor little Bob, what a hero! I will go and see his parents," I said® I thought how terribly stricken and heart broken they must feel. "Please pull the check 6tring, we will get out here." The young fellow did as I requested. 'Taint no use. He ain't thar," he said. "Where is he?" "Over to the hospital." I paid tho driver and told him to call for me again at the hotel to take the next train. He looked at mo wonderingly and drove on. We went to the hospital. Yes, there he lay, dressed for the grave. The little pinched face bore the impress of the agony worn into it by the hours of sulTering and patient waiting. The shriveled hands, 60 burned and scarred, were swathed in bandages. "His parents?" 1 asked. "Oh, said the hospital M. D., "they sent for us, and when they found out we could not restore him to life, they told us to 'take him away dead boy no good to us' (a fact), and we bury him, and 60 save them the trouble and expense." Heartless?—Well—no. I hardly think so. They were very poor, and very practical," and it was "all the same" to "Beekun Bob," the hero.—Mrs. S. C. Hazlett in Detroit Free Press. What a Close Shavo Means. "Do you know what a close shave means? I never did until 1 looked at a face the other day through a microscope which had been treated to thus luxurious process. Why, the entire skin resembled a piece of raw beef. To make the face perfectly smooth requires not only the removal of the hair, but also a portion of the cuticle, aiul a close shave means the removal of a layer of skin all around. The blood vessels thus exposed are not visible to the eye, but under the micro scope each little quivering mouth hold ing a minute blood drop protests agains* such cruel treatment. The nerve tips are also uncovered, and the pores are left unprotected, which makes the skin tender and unhealthy. This sudden ex posure of the inner layer of the skin renders a person liable to have colds, hoarseness and sore throat and it is only that the face and neck are pachyder matous"— "Hold on, barber! Not another word!" exclaimed the customer. A look of sad ness hail come over his face and he seemed to bo mentally calculating the amount of epidermis that had lxen sacri ficed in many years of close shaves. Suddenly jumping from his chair he said with deep feeling: "I'll never shave again." In a moment more he was gone. The aesthetic barber was astonished at the unexpected result of his effort" to rid a fellow being of a foolish notion, and he had a chill when the boss barber told liim that the loss of trade would be de ducted from his salary.—New York Tribune. An tngcnlouN Poison Stopper. An ingenious stopper has lately been patented for use in bottles containing poisons. Hie stopjier is made of india rublier, and is surmounted by a perfor ated ball of india rubber brightly colored, so as to render it distinctive in the light, and containing a bull which rattles when the Iwttle is moved, thus drawing atten tion to the character of the contents, even though it be impossible to see the label. Such a warning stopper would have rendered impossible nuiny of the accidents which have from time to time taken place, notably one a few months ago. when a distinguished surgeon lost his life owing to a mistake as to a bottle containing poisonous medicine. Cas sell's Family Magazine. MAKING BEEF. Why Batchers Pay More for One Beer* Than Another of the Same Weight. Making beef so that the better class of consumers want it or do not want it, and. consequently so that it may be profitable or unprofitable, is largely a matter of how tne bones are covered, says National Stockman. Two calves—twins, for that matter—may be taken from the same farm by different men, fed the same length of time, sold at the Bameage and in the same market, and command a dif ference of a cent or more per pound—for such things are done every day. How is this to be accounted for? The butcher can explain it, and will do so by telling you that with practi cally the same weight of bones in the two animals he has in one case a beeve which will dress sixty pounds or more to the hundred weight, while in the other he is glad to make fifty that one is rounded out with juicy, tender flesh worth pound for pound more than that of the other, even if the quantity yielded was the same that among people who know the quality of beef at sight he can sell one animal in half the time he can get rid of the other that while he is in dependent of any but cash customers in selling the one, he is often fain to even trust the uncertain in order to sell all of the other that every pound of the former ho sends out advertises his busi ness, while in selling the other he does so at the risk of injuring his reputation among discriminating consumers. While we might clearly cite other rea- sons why the butcher is clearly justified in paying much more for one beeve than another, these will suffice and now let us see why the calves have such dis similar outcomes. To make a long story short, it is a matter which lies wholly with the feeders. Given the snme stock and the same market, one has done his work well, and the other has failed. One has used liis food to advantage and the other has wasted it. One has fed judi ciously, liberally, systematically, and for a positive end, knowing every step as it was taken while the other has done his work loosely, carelessly and irregularly, losing by neglect at one point as much as he gained at another, and getting through without any special idea con nection with the whole matter further than to wonder why he is never as "lucky" as liis neighbor. This thing is being done over and over again every day. Reader, in which way do you feed? Cracked Corn for Poultry. The principal reason for having corn cracked is to get it small enough so that the chickens can swallow it. This is all very well if the poultry keeper is not too far from the mill but many cannot pro cure cracked corn as often as desirable, yet have ample facilities for raising corn. It is for the interest of such persons to raise* a kind of corn with very small kernels, especially for chickens. There are varieties of popcorn which meet the case and furnish a fair yield. »This corn may be kept an indefinite time without injury, and the kernels are of the right size to be easily swallowed. The Dwarf Pearl corn has the smallest kernels of any variety, and at the samo time af fords sizable ears and a goodly number on a stalk, so that it yields well.—Poultry Yard. Sex in Eggs. A good many theories have been in dulged in on the subject, and what were thought reliable signs, based generally on the shape of the eggs, believed by a good many people, but those who have given tho subject care and study and subjected what were supposed to be male and fe male eggs to the test of hatching, have luite arrived at the conclusion qu that there is ho other way of determin ing the question. A Convenient Wagon. A vehicle known to the Cornell stu dents as "University Chariot" and de signed by Professor Roberts, primarily for the purpose of gathering leaves for bedding, is illustrated at Figs. 1 and 2. FIG. 1—LOW WAGON FOR SMALL LOADS. In addition to tho object for which this vehicle was originally designed, it has been foimil exceedingly useful mov ing pigs and calves and other small loads that are difficult to get into a high wagon. With it all the leaves from the trees on tho university grounds are saved and used as bedding for the stock. FIG. 2—LOW WAGON FOR SMALL LOADS. It was made from the framework of an old road macliine. There are many old wagons and trucks to worn out thrashing machines that might easily be converted into such vehicles as this and thus afford means of securing bedding for stock that would otherwise go to waste. Fig. 2 shows so clearly how the framework is constructed that no ex planation appears to be necessary. Both cuts are reprints from Rural New Yorker. TO THE SEA SERPENT. Strance and umer- us monster of the deep. Across whose placid bosom thou dos: ueep, In sinuositi».-: Beware, yea, (ratch, lest thou be caugbt By him who hast for decades sought Monstrosities. Tis well thou tackiest only smaller craft. And trifle not with such as Leary's raft. You must know Tate warning, and when Barnum comes in view Secrete thyself, or ho will make of you A side KIIO'.V —From TfKvQ-jcx-n A New I'so for Corn CoIim. Building blocks math' of corn ui form the object ol an f.itc which has btvn issued. Tho as pressed by machinery into forms Mini! to bricks, ami hekl together bv in They are made water tight bv .snukitt, with i: These molds ar«» very liars and strong. Their weight is l.'Ss one-third-of that of a hollow brick, stiul they ran never get damp.—('ineiimati Commercial. VPipurwm GERMANYJESIRES WAR. Hostilities with America Over the Samoaxx Affair Considered Just the Thing. It will Give Their Navy Exper ience and Suggest Future Improvements. England, who Had Experience" Twice, Hopes Germany will Be Accommodated. London, Jan. 18.—The expressions of American opinion in relation to Samoan affairs which have been widely copied in Germany, appear to have excited among the leading journals and promi nent classes, a mingled feeling of indig nation and contempt. Certainly the ga zettes of the larger cities are aware of the population and wealth of the United States, but they regard the country as insignificant in a military sense, and as only intent on trade and development of the unsettled portions of its large terri tories. The idea that such a distant and unwarlike nation should care to inter fere with the new colonial licy, seems to Germans to be audacious in the high est degree. Naval officers who wish to win laurels equal to those which their military brothers have gained on land are hopeful of a difficulty with the United States, and it is even regarded at headquarters as rather a desirable event, in order to give experience to the crews and suggest future improvements in the vessels. The Germans have some good ships, well armed, and the men present a suffi ciently smart appearance, but the latter have not given any proof of seamanship tto the world as yet. The recalling of Greenbaum, the Amer ican consul at Apia, greatly discouraged the American traders at Samoa and German arrogance there has increased enormously since that event. It was, of course, interpreted as a proof of Amer ican weakness on the seas and has placed the group of islands virtually under German control. Eng and had the ex cuse for her withdrawal that she has no desire for new acquisitions in the Pacific, but they would be of much more impor tance to America, as lying in the track of the ever-increasing commerce between the Pacific coast and Australia, and it would secretly please most Englishmen if the United States should give German aggressiveness a check in that section. It is a common remark that Germany's success on the continent has turned the heads of her rulers and that her aspira tions for domination in every quarter of the globe should be combatted either by some power sufficiently strong to give them a stinging rebuke, or a com bination of two or more powers, though «he question as to who shall bell the cat a very delicate one. IIM MRffl&l Control by the Majority and a Free, Fair Bfllot the Sub ject of His Inaugural. Pointers on Corrupt Elections Pertinent to Northern as Well as Southern States. The Grandest Pyrotechnic Dis play Ever Seen Will Usher in the New Administration. .» NEW YORK, Jan. 18.—The Sun's In dianapolis correspondent says: Gen. Harrison has completed that part of his address that refers to the South. It is not very long, but is to the point. The underlying theme of the whole matter will be the necessity for a free and fair ballot. The principal of confrol by the majority, says Gen. Harrison, is the cor ner-stone of our governmental system. The question of a free and equal ballot, he declares, is a dominant one, embrac ing all others because it involves the question of a free and fair tribunal to which every question shall be submitted for arbitration. He warns the people that this principle of government by the majority has been to a certain extent overturned, and that the industries of the country have been threatened because the laboring vote in a large part of the country is suppressed. As to the South directly he says that no one wishes ill to that section that, on the contrarv, it is the desire of every good citizen that her prosperity shall not only be maintained but shall in crease '"that the streams of her pros perity shall run full, as the president elect once expressed it publicly. It is not now a question,-lie insists, of what has occurred once upon a .time, but ol what is occurring now. This is. be says, the almost entire suppression of the col ored vote at the South upon national questions. He linos especially deplorable sue evidence that tlie persistent suppres tion of the votes of tLe workingiuen in I one section of the country has demoral ized the trust in the sanctity of the bal lot, The general belief that corru' and improier influences have come have gioat influence in determmir^ the re sults even of presidential elections, the tally sheet fogeries and similar crimes in manv states outside of the South, the revoiutionarv proceedings in other states whereby duly elected officers have been prevented from exercising the functions for which the people had chosen them, are some of the evidences of the danger that threatens free institutions through the failure of general faith in the fair ness of the ballot. The practice of gerrymandering states in congressional and legislative appor tionments for the purpose of suppressing the majority and giving to the minority a power and influence in legislature bod ies to which it is not entitled, will also probablv be referred to, although that part of the address has not yet been fully considered. There will be other refer ences to the South in the address in that part that deals with the tariff question, and they will, it is understood, be of a nature to please the business men of that section. PRESIDENTIAL PYROTECHNICS. Over Six Thousand Sky Rockets Fired Simultaneously are to Usher in the New Administration. NEW YORK, Jan. 18.—The inaugura tion of President Harrison will be the occasion of the grandest and most costly display of fireworks, public or private, ever seen in America, even eclipsing the grand symphony of colors that dashed its glories against the sky on the night following the opening of the Brooklyn bridge. This exhibition will cost $5,000, and the inauguration committee has awarded the contract and adopted the pyrotechnic programme, which will cover an hour ana a half, beginning at 8 o'clock in the evening. A presidential salute of aerial maroons, exploding at a height of 500 feet, will open the affair. It will close with a simultaneous flight of 0,500 immense rockets. Those who remember the swish and roar and ruddy conflagration in the clouds when 1,000 rockets were fired to gether from the Brooklyn bridge can get a faint idea of what the effect of this tremendous bouquet of fire will be. As the thousands of large rockets reach their highest altitude they will burst and fill the air with purple, gold, silver, crimson, emerald, carmine, blue and yellow, and every hue and tint that im agination can picture, as if a thousand rainbows were struck by lightning, with Jiery dragons and golden rain twisting and" dropping through it all. 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