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SLEWING CAR PORTERS.
SOMETHING OF THIS WELL KNOWN STUDENT OF HUMAN NATURE. Men lie Mux I'.eiwlvcil Tips I'lom—TuliuHgf us Lihr:il and Siwlable 1'amngnr A row of white metal buttons, a blacK ^r yellow face, a haughty air, a tip or, perchance there be few travelers abroad, the same buttons, the same face, but no raein of haughtiness, no tip. Thus has been described the sleeping car porter of America. He isn't such a bad fellow, after all. Ho is a good judge of human nature, and when his almost unlimited experience in casual study of it is con sidered thero can be no wonder that the sleeping car porter looks with disdain upon that which makes greater men stare that he is sometimes curt in man ner and at others surly. When curt he is out of patience when surly he has rid den 400 miles without a sign of a tip and with the loss of a half dozen towels and a pillowslip. These the poor fellow must account for, he well knows, and with nothing of recompense from the wear}' traveler, whose every beck and call he has answered until his legs are going back on him, it is no wonder that he is sour and that his answers to the trouble some old lady's many demands are lack ing in spirit and fully unsatisfactory to the fussy bunch of femininity, who would ask the porter to fan her all day and never put up a cent. The old porter—not the sallow, greasy fellow who standB at the end of his car for the first week or month or year—but the old porter, the fellow whose locks have become gray in the service, can tell many an interesting story between the hundred fragmentary remarks to inquir ing passengers while the train lies in the station just before going out on its run. He remembers all about the great men he has looked after in his day he can tell you to a half number the size of this president's Irnot or that governor's shoe he can tell you what the company is making on this run or that run if you ask him in a confidential way .he knows a green traveler when he sees him, and can spot a man who was never in a sleeper before the moment he rests his eyes on him he knows the newly mar ried couple as they pass sheepishly up the aisle and cast blushing glances at each other. Just before 9 o'clock most any evening one can find young and old sleeping car porters in plenty at the Union depot. There are numbers of them there as early as 5 in the afternoon, but in order to see the old fellows in the greatest number it is well t« be on hand after 8 o'clock. If you catch one of the old porters in a bright mood at this time and ask liiiu the name of the richest man he ever waited on in a sleeper he will promptly say Jay Gould. The great rail road magnate does not ride in a common sleeper with the herd of earth any more, hut he used to, and there are few of the real old i^rters now running who did not black the famous financier's shoes and brush his clothes some time or other, before the great Could had risen to hi* present greatness. The question at once irises. "'Was Gould a liberal passenger?" The old porter would answer emphatic ally that he was not. The Brooklyn divine. lie v. T. De Witt Talmage, is a general favorito with sleep ing car porters the continent over. This good old gentleman travels a great deal in iilling his lecture dates, and he fre quently finds it necessary to rest his weary txnes ou one of the bunks of a sleeper. Before turning in he always makes it a point to get acquainted with the porter and have a merry chat with him. When he arises in the morning he gives his large shoes a careful looking over, smiles one of those broad smiles of his, and if the porter happens to be about he remembers him. It' the porter isn't handy the great divine looks itim up and calls his attention to the fact that lie is about to be tipped. Ta hint go. like many great men who occasionally get off to themselves where they are either not known or not recognized, stoops to gabble with persons of a degree that his good flock in the City of Churches would not care to see him mingle with. European travelers in this country find high favor in the porter's eyes, for they tip liberally. Theatrical parties are in bad odor with the sleeping car fellows, for it is said they never think of the por ter. But with all his disappointments and bad luck tb«s black servant grows gleeful when lie discovers a brand new groom on his car. Such a person is gen erally a "fish.'' The experienced porter rarely makes a mistake in picking him out, and lutndled well he always develops something worth working for. In the first plrtce. the shoes must be blacked several times daily: all signs of dust or lint must be kept away from the young man's clothing and hitsof choice scenery along the line of the day's ride should be pointed out to the blushing bride. The green traveler who has never lieen in a sleeper before is of little profit to the porter, but he furnishes that student of nuinan nature a world of amusement. The sleeping car ftoner of America is a national emblem. He will live here, but when he attempts to cut a wide swath abroad lie is a failure. It is said that one of the guild once thought Europe would be a fine field for an at tentive and experienced servant like himself. He went to France. Russia Germany, Kngland and Italy, hut lie found none of the liberality oi' tlie trav eler who iode with him in America. After going all over tuecountries named lie at last brought up at Genoa. He looked'about the town and in bis walk came upon the hall of the town council. He entered the anteroom, and while standing there caught Bight of a bust at one end of the apartment. He went over anil stood in front of it then he got *ii his knees, and removing bis hat. raised his eyes to the buBt and said: "I thank you for discovering America." It was the bust of Columbus that the homesick porter bowed to. An American witnessed the scene and. taking compas sion on his emblematic countryman, piiia his way back to the United States. —Kniisas City Tim*s,, STRANGE PEOPLE AND PRACTICES FOUND IN 80UTHERN MEXICO. A Wonderful Pyramid Found Covered with fantastic Hieroglyphic*—TIIOUMUHII of Skulls Adorn Its Interior—A Corre spondent's Wonderfol Experience. A correspondent of the City of Mexico Two Republics states that he has discov ered a |Hiculiar people in the extreme southern portion of Mexico whom he believes to be the remnant of the great Aztec race, who formerly inhabited the whole of this southwestern country. He says: "I am at present, to the best of my judgment, about 150 miles south east of the Palenque ruins, but whether in the state of Chiapas or Tabasco, or in the republic of Guatemala, I am unable to say." He became lost in the tropical forest, when, coming to a beaten path, he fol lowed it until he found himself in a peopled town, whose inhabitants were entirely different from those he had ever seen in Mexico, in customs, dress, houses, temples and language. These people took him for a God. He says: "1 fronted to the east and pointed to the sun. They seemed to un derstand by it that 1 it was for whom for ages their forefathers had waited. In the center of a double line of priests, vvith my servants behind me, 1 was es corted to a large truncated pyramid which hithertofore had been obscured from my sight by the vegetation. The great mass of rock, which 1 afterwards measured, covered several acres of land, with a perpendicular height of 150 feet, its truncated apex being fully 800 feet square. A broad staircase leadsfrom the ground to the two large temples sur mounting it. The other three sides are covered with anaglyphs sculptured in unshapely way, but speaking a record of years. This monster pyramid is inclosed with a high fence of solid masonry, and is topped with a peculiar network of ser pents. Within it are two mammoth one story buildings of block granite, covered with fantastic hieroglyphs. Thousands of skulls in separate niches adorn their inner sides—being, in a word, veritable Gol gothas. These are. the charnel houses where for centuries the heads of the victims of festal sacrifices have been gathered. I was, with my servants, taken to one side of the pyramid, which was pierced with a tunnel. In this opening we were led by the priests. Our way was lighted by cocoa nut shell lamps, which revealed to us other tunnels branching from the one we were traversing. About midway of the pyramids, 1 should judge, we came into a spacious vaulted chamber which was brilliantly illuminated from the roof, which was many feet above us. About the room were scattered instruments made of copper not known to me. The wails were lined with discs of precious metals, studded with emeralds and other stones common to the Aztec period. Manifesting that I was hungry, I was surprised to see a priest seep to the center of the chamber and in a modulated voice issue a number of commands. In a mo ment afterwards there appeared upon a copper table without any one being near it a peculiarly shell shaped server loaded with fruit. The table was supported by only one leg. and how the fruit reached its destination without being placed there by human hands is a mystery. My niozos were badly scared by what had occurred since we entered the town and they did not relinquish their vigil ance for a moment and eyed one another curiously after the fruit feat. I must say that I was astonished, but having before seen such magical doings it did not impress me with such awe. though it did cause me surprise. By a sign 1 told the priests 1 desired to be alone with my men. Great was my astonishment when one of them led me to a highly polished piece of metal and indicated to me that by placing my hands upon it I could when 1 desired both see and communicate with them by signs. He touched his fingers, by way of explanation, to it and the whole town was pictured upon the metal. I saw about the streets, whicii were laid out with due precision to the cardinal points, the inhabitants offering up prayers with their heads inclined to the east. I mo tioned to the priest to have them arise. He spoke into an aperture near at hand in a whisper, but a voice, which must have been echoed in ft under tones from an instrument on the outside, was heard in its reverbations through the pyramid tunnel to our chamber. The people arose. The priest, with many bows, conducted me to a ball that hung in mid air in the central part of the chamber. He put it to my ear. I stepped back amazed. The noise as of a thousand voices 1 heard in the brief moment that 1 had the pecu liarly constructed globe to my ear. From this time on I was positive in my belief that 1 lie Aztecs were the masters of elec tricity: that tliev controlled the electri cal currents in the air. which did their iiidding better than our system of wires. In one corner of the room 1 saw a large urn. in which there appeared to be eartli. 1 approached it, but was warned away by the priest, who indicated to lue that if I touched it I would die. 1 understood in a moment that it was the great posi tive battery that worked in connection with the earth negative. No liquids or wire connected it with any place. I was left by my priest friends, who moved out of the great hall bac kwards, with their hands projecting on a level with their heads toward me. My mozos. whoee ignorance of science made them superstitious, as soon as the departure of the white robed lueu had taken place, heseeched nie to leave the pyramid at once, but 1 protested against such a move, believing it worth our lives to attempt it so soon. I explained the situation, telling them to wait a day or two and I would deliver them from danger, and they agreed with uie. 1 was enabled to keep inv promise on the following day, after we had seen many interesting sights. I fully intended to release my serv ants on the following day ami lake chances with these strange people, who. 1 am convinced, are the last of the Aztecs. I may he able to fathom their secrets and penetrate the mystery of Plato's Atlantis. INTELLECTUAL LABOR. Ttiere Are Many Iteuom %Vliy It lit Well That Tlila Should lie So—Undercurrent* of Enjoyment—The Superficial W'*y »f Valuing the Works of Men. The tendency of the present age is to place a pecuniary value upon everything, and to underestimate, or hold in con tempt, anything which cannot at will be turned into incorrect and vulgar way of estimating the value of things cannot be questioned, but it is equally true that nowhere is this tendency more pronounced than in this country. Millet's "Angelus" is likely to attract wider public attention and be valued more highly than any other paint ing, simply because it has cost more, and no other meaus of advertising could have been more effective. THEY NKVER STRUCK. Intellectual labor can claim 110 such advantage to give it charm in the popu lar eye, nor can it hold out the attrac tion of great pecuniary rewards to young men choosing a career, such as many of the commercial activities of the present time can safely promise. When it is remembered that clergymen, lawyers, physicians, writers of all kinds and art ists are picked men, with more than av erage talent, and of many years of ex pensive discipline and experience, it is evident that their pecuniary rewards are small compared with those of many other callings requiring no greater talent and far less preparation. The moment such a topic is suggested countless illustrations come to mind of the inequality between the service ren dered to the world and the pecuniary return that the world has been willing to give. Milton received £5 for "Para dise Lost:" a host of authors whose names are inseparably connected with the chief glories of English literature, including Johnson and Goldsmith, al most starving in London, Heine and De Musset dying in garrets in Paris, with the financial straits to which Carlvle, Matthew Arnold and even Emerson were often reduced, are striking examples of the truth running all through ancient and modern history that great thinkers are not rewarded in money by the gen eration which they adorn. Of a certain class of literary workers this is always true. The works of Her bert Spencer, widely as they are known and great as has been their influence upon contemporary thought, have never yielded their author an annual support. Great pecuniary prizes are frequently won by striking some popular chord, and the growth of habits and of facili ties for reading have made the rewards of literary labor greater now than ever before but, nevertheless, the world's thinking is still largely done for it gratu itously. The greater number of literary aspirants are obliged, like the Edinburgh reviewers, to "cultivate. literature upon a little oatmeal," and the majority of professional men are compelled to live in modest circumstances and with the practice of a rigid economy. There are many reasons why it is well that this should be so. There is a certain degree of self denial which seems neces sary to the attainment of the strongest influence over mankind. The thoughts and labors of many a man, living in pov erty and sacrifice, have a weight which would never be given them if it were known that they were well paid. This has always' been recognized by the great majority of literary workers, and con sidering the degree of their deprivations they have not been discontented at giving their labor to the world without ade quate return. They have never struck for higher wages. THE REWARDS. Few of the great writers of the world have, not been more or less under subjec tion to this stern mother of invention. Whether this was best for them or not the world has freely left them so. It has often refused bare existence to its most richly endowed members, except on condition of earning by manual labor the rewards which the fruits of their in tellectual toil were not thought worthy to receive. It might have been thought that the latter part of the eighteenth century could have made a better use. for itself and posterity, of its most exquisite genius for song than to have made him an ex ciseman in the Scottish lowlands or that Charles Lamb or Nathaniel Haw thorne could have been better employed than the one as a clerk in the India office and the other as a custom house officer in Salem. It was poor discernment, as well as inadequate reward of genius, to have left Thoreau with the larger part of the edition of "Walden" on his hands, and to have allowed Corot to have re tained an almost unbroken collection of his own paintings until he was 00 vears old. It would be unjust, however, to speak as if the rewards of intellectual toil were confined to, or mainly represented by. either the recognition of mankind or pe cuniary returns. In no other sphere of life can so much happiness of a high and noble kind be found. Whoever has fitted himself by whatever expense of time and toil to appreciate the best that has been said and done in the world, to take part, however humbly, in molding public opin ion, and in contributing to the advance of the race toward better conditions, has entered on a career which may have its deprivations, its perplexities and discour agements, but has also an undercurrent of enjoyment that nothing cau wholly disturb.' The physician who has saved a valuable life, the clergyman who clears away the mists of supv.rstitiou from the minus of a large congregation, and gives them a vision of religious things in their true rationality and beauty, or the states man, author or editor who aids in lifting his generation up above itself, can afford to be til paid in mere money. Such men's payment comes in different coin—in a daily increasing personal worth, ia the satisfaction of thinking the best thoughts of the time, in the con sciousness of contributing to the world's advancement, and in the increasing grati tude and affection of the best iven and women.—Providence Journal. m— cash. That this is a superficial, A KINSHIP OF FLOWERS. A Florist's Interesting Talk ou the Hy bridisation or t'luiit*. William Bertermann talked to a re porter from behind a bank of roses of all tints and hues. "This rose is a brother of this one," said he, as he laid out two beautiful flowers of the deep pink variety. "Here is the grandfather of these two," contin ued he, as he placed upon the counter a splendid red rose on a spindling stock,, and here is the grandmother." The Litter was a small white rose of unattractive appearance, but upon a rugged stalk. Then Mr. Bertermann pointed out the cousins, and aunts, and uncles and other relatives of tho flowers he had exhibited. "It's just like raising horses or cattle or hogs," said he. "The stock is contin ually improved by careful breeding. Flower breeding has become a science, and, by crossing tho best varieties every year, new and more beautiful flowers are being grown. A man who ceased to lie a florist ten years ago, could not go into a first class flower garden now and recog nize many of the flowers that we deal in most extensively. There has been a mix ture of blood, no to speak, until nearly all the old time flowers have lost their identity. Nearly all the flowers sold now are hybrids, or crosses between the most desirable old stocks." Mr. Bertermann then explained the process of hybridization, the mere opera tion of which is easy enough. It is sim ply necessary to carry the pollen by meaus of a camel hair brush, or other wise, from one blossom and place it on the stigmatsc surface of the flower of the other, oi* seed bearer. A colony of liees in a flower gardeu will do the work bet ter than it can be done with a brush. They constantly carry the pollen from one flower to another, but of course there is no system about the crosses they bring about. When hybridization is attempted the florist must be certain that the plants are receptive. As a rule, by close observation the florist may be come able to tell when to apply the pol len. Not a few plants develop stigma and anthers at the same time, and with them it is necessary to remove the an tliers before they burst, and at the same time by means of a fine gauze, or other wise, to prevent the visits of insects which might convey pollen from another flower, and thus effect an undesirable cross. This sometimes happens a flower in good form, but defective in color, is per haps crossed with another, which is faulty in shape, but of novel and desira ble shade. A weakly grown variety may be used in an effective way in a combination with stronger grown, lack ing the particular qualities of the for mer. As with the •'grandfather*' and "grandmother," Mr. Bertermann pointed out where breeding the dark red rose, supported by a weak stalk, to the puny white rose on a healthy stalk, a splendid pink rose, supported by a well developed stalk, was produced. Sometimes the florists' ideal is kept so constantly in sight that the pollen of a particular strain becomes more or less futile. Growers of cyclamen and gladiola ha bitually call ii| the aid of a microscope to determine the state of the pollen in a highly bred seedling. If it is found to be uneven—not plump, clear and regular —in size and outline, the plant is dis carded as a propagator, and another chosen which promises to allow the de sired results in size. form and color of flowers. Hybrids between two distinct genera •ire by no means common. Mr. Berter mann cited one example in philageria. a cross between the beautiful and climb ing Ijapageria roses and the bushy Tlii lesia buxofolio. which is intermediate between its two parents, though not nearly so desirable as either. Species of the same genus frequently refuse alto gether to cross with each other, and some again will cross only one way. Florists, however, iiave never been able to lay down any definite rule, and excep tions can only be learned by experience. For the most perfect and symmetrical flowers, it is best to select single flowers which are most perfect in their petals for seed bearers. Another in teres tin fact is that single or semi-iloubie sorts, with perfect carrolas. will produce double flowers of a regular, symmetrical forma tion. "It's a fascinating business." said Mr. Bertermann, "and the only trouble is, florists who make a business of raising flowers for the market, as we do. have not the time to devote to hybridization. That work is done most successfully by gentlemen who make the business a con stant study. The best man at hybridiza tion in Indiana, perhaps, is the florist at Purdue university, lie makes the breed ing of flowers a speciality. and is certain ly very proficient in the business." "Are artilicial colorings much used now?" "Very little, its compared with former times, for the reason (hat all tints cau be obtained bv hybridization. Cut white flowers are sometimes placed in ink. and by absorption they take on a blue tint. And then roses are sometimes given a blue tint by placing about their roots iron dust from around anvils in black smiths' shops. "I observed a strange thing recently. I had placed some hyacinths in water, and after they had stood for a while the color all left them. In handling the earthen pots iu which tliev were placed, their departed color stuck lo my hands from the outside of the pots. The water, it seemed, had drawn the coloring mat ter all out of the flowers, ami it had set tled on the outside of the earthenware." —Indianapolis News. CircuuisCnntlal (Evidence. Clara—Yes, 1 knew you were there last night, though I did not see you. Hayrlesse—Darling girl! It was a man ifestation of that subtle influence which is felt by the souls of those tliat truly love. Clara—No. I saw the reflection on the ceiling, caused by the light falling )U your head.—Pittsburg Bulletin. EIDER-DOWN. Row the Eider Duck Malte» IU Next, and Wlmt llocnnicN of It. The wonderfully soft and warm sub stance which we call eider-down is pro duced by the eider duck, an inhabitant of the Arctic ocean. It is proper to call these birds inhabitants of the ocean, for they pass the greater part of their lives far out at sea, only coming to land for a little while in spring for the purpose of laying and hatching their eggs. They are very awkward on land, but are wonderful swimmers and divers, de scending twelve fathoms below the sur face of the water and remaining sub merged as long as five minutes at time. Their food consists principally of lnol lusks, which they pick up from the bed of the sen. Their favorite laying places are certain small, low islands off tho coast of Nor way, which are called "eider-holms." The birds visit these islands in pairs, which present a striking contrast in ap pearance, the drakes being brilliantly colored in black, white and green, while the females are of a dull reddish brown, matching the color of the scanty vegeta tion so perfectly that even a practiced hunter can hardly discover them when they crouch down among the reeds. On coming ashore the duck proceeds very deliberately to choose a place for a ueat. while the drake follows and occa sionally gives warning of real or fancied danger. Tho duck is very hard to suit, and it is not an unusual thing for her, after examining all likely spots out of doors, to march boldly into a house and tpoolly select what she considers a suit able place for her nest, such as the oven if it happens to be unused at the time. The human inmates of the house wel come her gladly, supply her with food, and cheerfully submit to any small in conveniences like the temjiorary loss of their oven, for they know that their guest will pay a good price for her hoard and lodging. When the duck has selected a place she gathers grass and sticks and builds her nest. Then she plucks (lie soft down from her breast and makes a wonderful mat, which not only covers the bottom of the nest but rises so far above the edge that it can be folded over the eggs when the duck leaves the nest in search of food. When the six or eight eggs are laid they are seized, together with the valu able eider-dowu mat, by the people of the house, and the duck goes off in sorrow to her mate, who awaits her on the shore, as his courage never rises to such a pitch as to lead him into the house. The duck, somewhat wiser than be fore, proceeds to build another nest out of doors, and as her own down feathers are exhausted she calmly plucks the drake's breast as bare as her own. After this outrageous treatment ho goes off in disgust and rejoins his companions at sea. This time the duck is allowed to hatch her brood without humau inter ference. But whenever she leaves the nest two or three eggs are liable to stolen by some other duck who has a nest near by. The marauder carefully folds the down coverlid over the robbed nest again and carries the stolen eggs to her own nest, in this way the eggs are changed about so that a duck may finally hatch out a brood containing not. a single one of her own ffspring. As soon as the ducklings are all hatched out, the mother or*foster-motlier. if undisturbed, endeavors to lead her flock to the shore. This march to the sea is to the duck lings what: teething i^to human infants, the most "trying" tiim of their lives, for they are exposed to the attacks of birds of prey and other enemies. Usu ally the islanders interfere again at this point, but now their interference benefits the ducks as well as themselves. They gather the down and carry the ducklings in baskets to the shore, the old ducks following them very contentedly. When the shore is reached the baskets are emptied into the water. The old tlucks plunge in, and after a good deal of commotion swim out to sea. each fol lowed by a flock of ducklings, some of which she has never seen liefore. The duck does not always make her lirst nest in a house, of course, and if the iirst nest is not disturbed she will simply hatch her brood and put to sea with them, and the drake will not l* robbed of his feathers. But the islanders are very watchful, and the first nest rarely escapes, no matter where it is built. Sometimes the duck's down is stiffi cient to supply the second nest, and iu this case the drake remains with his family. This nest is then robbed also, and the poor duck forced t» begin a third, with the help of the drake's down feath ers. The rule among the eider-down hunters is to rob every nest until the drake's feathers, which differ in color from those of his mate. :ip[ear among the down. When this occurs it is known that the pair will build no more that year, and so the eggs are allowed to hatch ill order to preserve the species. A single nest, will furnish at least an ounce of down, which is worth on the spot about twenty-five cents of our money. As the birds visit the island in vast numbers the collection and sale of the down mats is an important source of income to the inhabitants. —L. H. I'leieh er in New York Home Journal. Muiul Hon*** KIOIIMIM'C. Maud Howe received I he goodly sum of §1.000 from The Ladies' II nine .lour nal for her new novel. About thirteen years ago, when Porter's picture ol' hei was exhibited in the Centennial, she was one of the famous beauties «i| A uicriea an is a us a ha so still. She became engaged to I'orter and before the affair was broken, imr-nl the man she subsequently married .hilui Klliot—through an attack of m»i::ri: I fever iuliomc. He was uuardent, toting art student at the time, antl had worked too hard iu a dangerous climate. I!e passed from the fever of Koine into tin fever of love, but was unable to per suade Mi.'s Howe lo think of him until some years after her engagement with Porter was off. She had resigned lo\e for literature and seemed contented ith tho exchange.—Current Literature. SUtuit-y's PeeellMT View*,' The great explorer Stanley has some peculiar views on the subject of woman ly characteristics which will doubtless be quite as interesting to the average reader as the report of his latest explora tions. According to a letter written by him just before his last departure, and published in The Woman's Cycle, he seems to prefer encountering a jungle tiger or a Kaffir warrior dressed in a string of beads to meeting a soft voiced, tender faced woman, for, as he expresses it, "Women appear to me so soft, so very unlike (at least what I have seen) the rude type of mankind, that one soon feels when talking to them that he must soften his speech and drawl or affect a singular articulation lest offense be taken where none was intended. Hence men are seldom sincere to women. "1 am absolutely uncomfortable when speaking to a woman unless she is such a rare one that she will let me hear some common sense. The fact is, I can't talk to women. In their presence I am just as much of a hypocrite as any other man, and it galls me that must act and be affected and parody myself for no other reason but because 1 think, with other men. that to speak or act other wise would not be appreciated. It is such a false position that I do not care to put myself into it." Stanley is quite a traveler, but there is an undiscovered country he has never explored, whose labyrinth he ha* never threaded, whose mystical, intricate river courses he has never traced, whose mountains of inspiration and valleys of despair he has never measured, and which might prove as difficult of in vasion, as wonderful in revelation as the interior of the Dark Continent, and tliat is the heart of a woman, for he says further: "For the life of me I cannot sit still a moment when anything approach ing to love comes on the tapis." One woman friend only has this peculiar man of fame to whom he can speak, for "af ter the first few minutes of strangeness have gone she soon lets you know that chaff won't do." and he concludes his singular letter by sending to this friend a message: "Please say a hearty friend wishes her daily enjoyment of her life." The Thaakleaa Beigar. An interesting anecdote is related by the "Yugend Freunde" of King AJphonso X, surnamed "The Wise." who succeeded to the throne of Leon and Castille in 1252. On learning that bis pages neg lected to ask the divine blessing before partaking of their daily meals, he was deeply grieved and sought diligently to point out to them the evil of this omis sion. At length he succeeded in finding a plan. He invited the pages of his court to dine with him. A bountiful repast was spread, and when they were all as sembled around the table the king gave a signal that all was in readiness for them to begin. They all enjoyed the rich feast, but not one remembered to ask God's blessing on liis food. Just then, unexpectedly to the thought less guests, entered a poor, ragged beg gar, who unceremoniously seated him self at tho royal table, and ate and drank undisturbed, to his heart's content. Sur prise and astonishment were depicted on every counte^mee. The pages looked lirsi at the king, then gazed upon the audacious intruder,, expecting momentarily tliat his majesty would give orders to have him removed from the table. Alphonso. however, kept silence while the beggar, unabashed by the presence of royalty, ate all he de sired. When llis hunger and thirst were appeased he rose and without a word of thanks departed from the palace. "What a despicable, mean fellow!" cried the boys. Calmly the good king rose, and, with much earnestness, said: "Boys, bolder and more audacious than this beggar have you all been. Every day you sit down to a table supplied by the bounty of your heavenly father, yet you ask not his blessing, and leave it without expressing to him your gratitude. Yes, each and all of you should be heartily ashamed of your conduct, which was far worse than was the poor beg gar's."—The Little Christian. ICiiropcau* it) Brazil. Certain observations of Dr. Alfredo .la Luy, of Rio de Janeiro, are not encour aging to intending immigrants from comparatively cool latitudes. Such in habitants of Rio de Janeiro as are not colored persons are generally pallid, weak, of short stature, and of but little muscular strength. Malarious infection —not usually fatal by itself—seems to impoverish the blood and render the children of Europeans frail and liable succumb early to disease. The children of Portuguese and Italians suffer least, but Germans. French, Belgians and other persons from climates very different from that of Brazil are warned that prosperous colonization can only lie ef fected by a crossing with races better adapted to hot climates. —Arkansaw Traveler. .4 li»su»teri Cm. lit some way a cat found its way into a cyclorania building a lew days ago. The man in charge attempted to chase the trespassing feline through the door, but the cat evidently thought there was a totter way of escaping tbe rising tem per of the irate man. It looked cau tiously about., as if to avoid stepping on the prostrate forms of heroes slain in the battle. Finally its eyes caught sight of a tTee. A projecting limb hung pretty low, and here the cat thought to find a place of safety It gave one leap, and no doubt was the most disgusted cat in Portland when it learned, by sad ex perience, that the tree was on the can vas. It picked itself up and slowly slunk through the door, down the stairs and out of the building.—Portland Ore goniau. H« It* "You want light employment, vh'f* "Yes, sir." "Well, you can take the eighteenth lamp district. There's as much light work there as any where else. Six hun dred lamps."—Harper's Bazar.