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BEAUTIES OF LONG AGO.
WOMEN WHO HAVE WITCHED THE WORLD WITH THEIR LOVELINESS. Hi* FMOIM (iuunlug Girl* mud Tliair Rise to Rank aul Vvrtm-Th* Up* Mid Downi of Udjr Hsailltaii'ii I.lfe—Old Time American Grace*. ELIZABETH GUNNIXCi. Beauty—the beauty of woman—Las its pi®]* in history side by side with tbe recorded deeds of tbe sage, tbe hero, the statesman and the thinker. The once read story of the siege of Troy leaves stronger recollection on the inind of the surpassing loveliness of Helen than of the stormy valor of Achilles in the age of Grecian glory Phryno's charms shine out as clearly as the mighty deeds of Alexander, and Cleopatra, the sorceress of tho Nile, has more security of unending fame than the man who drove her and Antony to death and founded the long line of Roman Ca sars. "In praise of ladies dead" the historian has not been singular or alone. Around the form of beauty the poet has woveu the magic spell of romantic versa, and, wing to the general decree, the sculptor has iashioned his block of marble along the lines of female grace, while the painter has more than vied with «ach and all to make his canvas t'.e medium for the im mortality of loveliness. IJADY HAMILTON. Perhaps the power of beauty was never better illustrated than in the last century by the career of Elizabeth Gunning. She was the daughter of a poor Irish squire, John Gunning, of Castle Coote, Roscommon, in Connaught. The family wus ruined and ap parently without resource. But yet there was a resource left, and Mrs. Gunning dis covered it. It was the lieauty of Elizabeth and her sister Maria. By desperate exertions the mother secured enough money to take her daughters to Dublin. There the kindness of Peg Wofflngton furnished them with in vitations to a grand ball at the castle, and with dresses to wear on the occasion. The maidens grew famous in a night and were the toast of the town. More money was raised, aud in 1750 they weut to London. Society received the "wild Irish girls" with open arms. DUCHESS OK KKN'T. New Year's, 1752, tho Duke of Hamilton proposed to Elizabeth, then a stately woman of 19, and was accepted. The engagement was of the briefest, for the duke insisted on immediate marriage, roused a bishop from slumber, overcame all obstacles ami became the husband of the entrancing Kliz.thoth at 12:30 a. in, in Mayl'uir cliu]iel. The haste and impetuosity with which the affair was hur ried on may lie imagined fro the fact that I the wedding ring was the slide of a bed1 curtain. The new peeress that night entered on a career of uninterrupted prosperity. She became lady of the bedchamber to Queen Charlotte, tiio mother of two dukes of Ham ilton, WHS made a baroness in her own right, and, after her husband's death, by a second COUNTESS GROSVENOR. united the great houses of Ilamil and Argyll, and was the mother of two if the latter title also, Her sister a, too, was wooed and won by a noble rriage auitor Mid daaslsd thsgay world for years as tte Countaa of Coventry. Another woman to foroe herself to the front by merit alone of bar mrpasrinc charms waa Kmma Lyon. She owed nothing ton mother's watchfulnM nnd car*, a* did tho Owning* She waa limply and wholly a child of the alums, the offspring of a house maid's intrigue, and a cast off waif of the streets. Her girlhood was pawed amid all the surroundings of abject poverty and irre deemable vice. At 13 she was a nursery maid, immature, but already showing prom ise of great beauty. Dr. Graham, a notori ous quack of the day, picked her out of the gutter, and utilised her in his lectures on health, tbe half clad girl posing before her employer's audiences as the goddess Hygeia. After this tbe painter Romney grew infatu ated with her, and placed on numerous can vases delineations of her glorious form aud features. She abandoned Romney to become the wife of a middle aged scholar named Greville, and under his tuition stored her mind with a great variety of learning and accomplishments. Now, fully equipped for her battle with the world, she deserted her husband, secured a divorce, and married Sir Williani Hamilton, the ambassador of Great Britain at the court of Naples. The chronicles of that day are filled with accounts of her social triumphs, her keen wit and intelligence, and her superb fcdauty. She held her own, despite her past, ac the court of St. James and on the contin ent, until cue morning there sailed into port, after victory over England's foes, the famous Lord Nelson. Tbe complications arising from her subsequent acquaintance with the great admiral barred her from respectable circles, and a few years after Nelson's death sh« HUE. JEROME IIO.VAL'AHTX. passed away at Calais, to which town she fled to avoid her London creditors. Still another woman who was the toast of her day had tbe fortune to be blessed in her youth with beauty, and also inherited rank. She was "of tho purple," and knew nothing of obstacles such as those which Elizabeth Gunning and Emma Lyon were compelled to overcome. Victoria Maria Luisa was the fourth daughter of the Duke of SaxeCobourg Saalfield. Born in 1786, she married when 17 years old the Prince of Leiningen. He died in 1814, and iti 1818. his widow wedded the Duke of ICent, fourth son of George III of England. The next year Victoria, present queen of Great Britain, was born to the pair. The picture of the Duchess of Kent herewith given is from a painting by Lawrence, and shows her highness when 32 years of age, and at the zenith of her attractiveness. MRS. JAMES 5XONBOK. Lawrence ulso painted a portrait of Lady Elizabeth Gower, who in 1S19 married Earl Grosvenor, eldest sou of the Marquis of West minster. She became in due course of time Lady Westminster, and lived to a great old age, preserving, even to the last, traces of the loveliness which distinguished lier youth. Americans generally are familiar with the romance surrounding the family of Baltimore Bonapartes. It was a notable event when the belle of the Monumental city married the brother of the French ruler and, as the papers of the time declared, "cemented the alliance between the couutriesof Washington and La fayette." But the first consul did not propose that his imperial plans should be disturbed by an alliance of this sort, and refused to regard Lis brother Jerome's regal wife as anything save Miss Patterson. The divorce which he insisted on caused a rupture between Napo leon and Pins VII, and the Baltimore beauty, insisting that she was and would remain Mme Jerome Bonaparte, crossed the seas aud des pite her marital separation shone in foreign society as a bright particular star for years. She returned to America in 18:14 and ended her life in her native city. One of the lovely woineu of a past goner ation well worthy of mention is Elizabeth Monroe, the wife of James Monroe, for eight years presj lent. of the United States. Het maiden mime was Kortright, and her fathei had been a captain in the British army. Mr. Monroe, when he secured her hand, was a congressman from Virginia. The wedding ook place in lTHii, ami I "om the hour when their fortunes wero joined at the altar Mrs. Monroe, by her grace, her charm of manner and her tact, greatly aiderl the future president in conciliating foes, makiag friends nnd carv ing out a career. They lived much abroad, for he was minister to France and then tc England, and afterward at homo the lady's social duties included t'tejse which devolve upon the wife of a secretary of state and the chief executive cf a republic. Slio was a handsome woman aud she had brains. L'RED C. DAYTON. Mustard Oil as a Luhricaiit Mustard oil has of late been giver, some attention as a lubricant, and it is re ported to have boon successfully used for some time in Germany for lubricating purposes. It is said not to be suscepti ble to cold, ami, besides, docs not easily become rancid or form fatty acids which would attack metal. Its lubricating value, moreover, according io Professor G. Herman, of Aix-la-Chapelle, is of a relatively high order. No particulars have been yet given as to the cost of the new lubricant, its specific gravity, etc.— Electrician. A PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WONDER. Things Iter WMah Msasarek J* Vmmmm OutsMe ml VMIMes. Some time ago, while Prince Bismarck was still chancellor of the German Empire, his physician warned him that if he wished to live he must reduce his consumption of win* and tobacco. Bismarck's reply was charac teristic. "A man1* life capacity," he said, "is teu thousand bottles of champagne. I exceeded that limit long ago." The prince undoubtedly spoke the truth, for besides an iron will and iron nerve he had an iron stomach, particularly in his younger days, when he shone preeminent at all the student drinking bouts. At Gottingen uni versity he was indeed to his classmates and friends what he was destined afterward to be to the German people—a leader. WITH HIS PIPE AND MUG. Among other things he gained much fame as a duelist, and in n'l of his encounters— which were many—was never wonnded save once, and then accidentally by the breaking of his adversary's blade. Although little seen in the professor's lecture room he is said to have hud an intimate ucquuiutance with the career, or univer.-.Iiy jail. Mis dress in those days was striking. lie wore high boots, a velvet jacket, and a little round visorless cap, decorated with the colors of his club or fighting corps. His porcelain bowled pipe, a yard in length, and ornamented with a tassal, was seldom out of his mouth. Besides other things Dominus de Bismarck had a reputa tion as a skilled brewer of puuch, which spread beyond the limits of Gottingen aud procured him an invitation from the stu dents of Jena to visit the university by the Saale and teach the inmates how to concoct the delectable drink. A professor at Berlin, where Bismarck finished his education, ouce said: "He did me the honor to place his name on my class roll, but I never saw him in the lecture room." Yet the future chancellor passed his state examination with credit, having crowded the work of six semesters into one. Even when busied with tbe affairs of a na tion the priuce loved to recall the days when he was exuberantly reckless, and to bring about him the friends of his youth. One of these, John Lothrop Motley, when United States minister at Vienna, received a letter from the prince which began "Jack, my dear," and continued: "Why do you never come to Berlin? When can you come, and when will you? I swear that I will make out the time to look with you on old Logier's quarters and drink a bottle with you at Gerolt's, where they once would not allow you to put your slender legs upon a chair. Let politics be hanged and come to see me." It was while a student that Bismarck pur chased his first hound, a race from which he has chosen his canine companions ever since. Being summoned before the dean of the uni versity to receive a reprimand, he went, and took his dog with him. The ferocious ani mal terrified the professor so much that the lad was let off with a small fine on agreeing to "get that beast out of the room." Erratic and dissipated as was the youug count's student career it was milk and water compared with the orgies of which he was the hero after taking possession of his estates. He oscillated between the wildest carousals and tits of melancholy. One hour he would be the leader in the revels at a garrison mess table, the next, anguish depicted on his features, he would wander gloomily about the walks of his private grouuds. His neighbors thought him crazy and called Hm "Mad Bismarck." But even then he was imperious and master-, fill to a degree. Soon after receiving the post of assistant judge at the Berlin city court he roared at un attendant who annoyed him: "Sir, behave yourself, or I shall put you out of the room." The presiding judge remarked: "My young friend, tho putting out is my affair." The annoyance being repeated, Bis marck cried: "If you don't behave I will have the judge put you out." That, iu his later years, the chancellor could take as well as give verbal rudeness is shown by his interview witli a physician who wasattending him iu illness. "You ask too many questions," said the priuce. "If you do not want to be interrogated, go to a veterinary," replied the doctor. The distin guished patient remained mute a minute aud then exclaimed: "If you are as clever as you are rude, you will go far." The medi-i cal man, Schweninger by name, cured him. I While staying at Marienbud, a few years ago, Bismarck was assailed by a woman who accuscd him of trespassing, and placed him in charge of an officer, who, on learning his prisoner's name, tried to flee. The prince, however, insisted on being taken to the sta tion, where he charged himself with the offeuse and paid a flue. All in all it is a wonderful character, that' of the mau from whose hands the reins of power have so recently dropped. He has quaffed deep draughts from every imaginable 1 fount of pleasure, aud still retained health and intellect capable, »or nearly two genera tions, of coping with the most tremendous problems of national life, national unity and tho preservation of tho inonarchial idea iu government. Into his retirement: he carries fresh hon ors, for ho is no longer Prince Bis a Duke of Inuen burg, colonel gen eral of cavalry ami Held mnrshal gen eral. who succeeded Bis marck us chancel lor, has passed :i life wholly military in experience, save for a few years when he VON CM'lUVI. 1 was at the head of the navy, and he has no known record as a statesman. He has dis tinguisihed himself in many battles, but his mark as a minister is yet to bo made, (.'a privi is a native of Kerlin, and was Ix.ra in ISfil. Pe u'has never lieen aide lo recover from the ruin wrought by the war with Chili, ami it has now been practically decided to place I her financial affai's under the control of Kuglishmen, who hold most of tho country': at on in os of nitrate deposits in settling Chili's war claim* seems to have left Peru practically without available resources. UTTLE STORIES OF ANIMALS. A Oresiy Horae—The lad ml mm atlag Mule—A Ball's Veageaaee. So ran ton man owned a lank bay that stood nearly nineteen bands high. The long legged animal devoured great quantities of food, and after the Scran ton man had made several un successful efforts to sell him or trade him off, he got a Waverly farmer to winter the horse at a stated price. la the course of six weeks tho voracious horse liad devoured a whole stack of hay, and the Waverly man became frantic. lie straightway came to Scran ton and told the owner of the horse that the greedy beast would ruin him finan cially before spring, and he begged the man to take the horse away at once, agreeing to take $5 a ton for all the hay the horse had eaten and say no more about it. There was a good deal of the milk of human kindness in the owner ot the horse, and he made the discouraged farmer feel happy by removing the horse the next day. The bay nag was an elephunt on the Scranton man's hands for a while, but eventually he traded it off for a pair of mare mules that he didn't know any thing about. One of the iuules proved to be a very gentle and docile creature, while the other soon convinced her owner that she had been foaled and raised right in the center of the village of Kickerviile, as he expressed it. The man quickly concluded that it wouldn't do to keep the mules together, and so he sold the gentle mule for §175. The bad tuule, whose name was Jen, was as big an elephant on hishands as the tall horse had been, and how* to dispose of her honorably racked his brain for months, he said. Jen was sleek and handsome, but she would kick everything to pieces that was hitched to her. Iu the stall she was as gentle as a kitten until some one undertook to throw- a harness over her back. Then her feet flew, and the har ness and the man who tried to put it on her didn't stay there long. Jen wouldn't let any one ride her, either. Several smart young men tried to get on her back in the stall, but Jen's hind feet flew so fast and furiously, and her rump bobbed up at such a rapid rate, that the young men were glad to go to another part of the stable and reflect for a while. Along in the summer an unusually ac tive young chap offered to bet Jen's owner that he could ride the mule live blocks on one of the business avenues. "I'll bet you $5 you can't," the man told the spry fellow, and the money was put up at once. All that the young man wanted on Jen when he rode her was a blind bridle and a surcingle, and pretty soon Jen was led out on the street in sight of a crowd that didn't get very near her heels. The athletic chap seized the bridle reins in his left hand, grasped the surcingle on Jen's back with his right, and spoke kindly to the mule. Jen was standing still then, but the expression in her moving ears, her owner said, told him as plainly as words that the old Harry would soon be to pay. With a spring the young luau leaped to Jen's back, and at the same instant Jen's hind legs began to play like drum sticks, while her head went down, and the ath lete was astride of her neck. Between kicks Jen whirled around a dozen times within a circle of twenty feet, and then made a dash for the open door of a gro cery, in front of which a low awning extended over the sidewalk. Her would be rider saw his danger, and grabbed the eaves of the awning with both hands, and Jen kited into the grocery and be-1 gan to eat apples out of a barrel. He was the last person who tried to ride her. In the fall Jen met a tragic fate on the Delaware and Hudson canal, just Below I Honesdale. The man who put her on the canal knew all about her habits, and had agreed to pay §150 for her if he could make her wo,rk. He hitched her behind three other mules, and in going less than half a mile Jen threw herself into tiie canal seventeen times. That exasperated her driver to the highest pitch. The butt of his whip was loaded with lead, and as Jen lay kicking on the ground, he hit her with the loaded butt, crushed her skull and killed her. A wealthy coal mine operator iu the Lackawanna valley owned a 6-year-old Ilolstein bull that was cross and vicious. Generally the bull was tied with a rope in a yard by himself, but occasionally lie was allowed to run loose in a yard with a lot of idle mine mules. The two yards joined, and one day four or five of the mules got in the yard where the bull was tied up aud began to act mischievously around him. The barn keeper saw one of them nip the bull on the flank and cut up other playful capers. The bull didn'i like to be played with, but one mule in particular seemed to take delight iu teas ing liiui. After a while the old bull got bellowing mad, and the barn keeper drove the mules out and put up the bars. A few days after that the bull was lei loose in the mule yard. He began to nose around a manure heap, apparently as contented as could be. while several of the mules nibbled straw oil either side of him. At his right stood the nude that had teased him a l'ew days before. The barn man is watching them. All at once, without a bit of warning, the bull uiade a vicious lunge at the mule on his right, and thrust one of his horns deep into its left side. The mule died in no time, and when they cut it open they found that the bull's horn had pierced the center of its heart. Aft'-r that the bull tried to kill two men. and he got to be so dangerous that the owner had him shot.—derail ton (Pa.) 2.'-_v. York fcfu'i. A S'ew Antiseptic. Saccharine is regarded by a French writer as a valuable antiseptic. A strength of 1 to 500 as an addition tc mucilaginous and other solutions pre vents the formation of low organisms. Tims a valuable, inexpensive dentifrice may be prepared by simply dissolving saccharine in water to the proportion of 6 per cent. A teaspoouful of this iu a half pint of water forms an admirable antiseptic mouth wash. In cases of ma lignant or other diseases of the stomach, requiring the washing out of that orgau7 solution of saccharine of the strength of 3 per cent, will be found very suita ble.—New York Telegram. LI WOH'S CAPTURE BY BANDIT& The Vine American BIuflT Which Itfei Both HI* Keputatiou ud Hie HOMJ. Until a year ago Li Woh was a suc cessful Chinese merchant, who, by dint of bard work and economy, had saved up quite a respectable sum for a China man. About eight months ago he thought he would take a trip across the briny and visit his beloved small footed wife. He has just returned, and is now engaged at 19 Mott street, taking life easy and recovering from bis scare. In telling the story Li Woh said that when he went home he wanted to make a good impression, and he succeeded beyond his fondest hopes. As soon us he arrived in Hong Kong he went to a first class tailor and had himself fitted out with the finest of blouses and the best of trousers. His clothes, with tho Bowery diamonds which were prominently displayed where they would do the most good, made quite a Chinese dude of him. When he made his appearance in the little near by town where his relations lived the people thought he was million aire, and they would not have been sur prised if he had said he was going to visit the emperor and put up $100,000 or so to help out the new railroad scheme. Woh did not have occasion to spend much of his money, because admiring friends insisted upon entertaining him They scattered Chinese red paint all over the town, and lived so rapidly that the New York merchant had to stop to get his breath. One night he left tbe crowd in the midst of their revels and went home to get a good rest. He had just fallen asleep, and was dreaming about the big booted, b'ond haired girb of America, when the door was burst open, and in rushed about thirty able bodied masked men. It was a surprise party, and not a very pleasant one. Before Wob could speak a word a big wad of cotton was thrust into his mouth, his eyes were bandaged, and he was carried out into the cool midnight breezes. He tried to make a noise, but only produced a gurgling sound away down in the bottom of his throat. His wife made a good deal of noise, but she could not follow the men on account of her small feet. The vil lage was a small one, and the few neigh bors who were brought to their door by the disturbance were afraid to come to the rescue, because they recognized the men, who were armed to the teeth, as members of the famous band of robbers of the Heon Son mountains nearby For several hours he was carried along, the men taking turns, until at last they came to a small brick farm house near the foot of the mountains. When they were safely inside they untied the band age and took the cotton out of Woh's mouth. It was then almost daylight. As soon as the captive could see he recognized one of the men as Woon, a shiftless fellow who had borrowed money from him. He was probably the inform er of the bandits. The door was locked, and the ringleader told Li Woh heshouid be released as soon as he had given up a sum amounting in American money to §3,000. This would have to be delivered 'within three days, or Mrs. Li would re ceive her husband's head on a platter on the fourth morning. It would have been useless to have told them that he did not have so much money, although it was a fact, for all he had was $500, which wus hidden in a corner of his room at home. So Li "Woh thought that he would give them an American bluff. In teliing about it the other day he said: "I put on a cheerful face when they said that, although I felt bad enough. I said if they wanted only $3,000 they could have it by asking for it. 'Why didn't you tell me that when you were at my house?" 1 asked. 'You would have saved me and yourself a lot of trouble. What do I care for $3,000 or twice that much? I would rather have paid it than to have been disturbed from my sleep. Now you just let me finish my sleep right here. Guard me as you like, but let me have mv sleep out, and when I awake we will go back and you shall have the money. No one but myself can find the stuff, for I have hidden it so I would not be robbed l}y my relatives." "I talked in this way because I did not want to be taken up into the mountains where my friends could not find me. They seemed to like my proposition, and. after holding a meeting in another room, they said 1 was a good fellow, and treat ed me to a first class drink of sliamshoo. A bed was made, and when I lay down half a dozen men guarded me. I knew that mv relatives would use every possi ble means to litrd out where 1 had been taken, and that in a few hours they might be at the farm house. So I made my hours iu bed as long as I could. It was about 'J o'clock that afternoon when 1 heard a great noise of horses' hoofs and harking dogs outside. 1 opened my eyes and looked around. There was nobody in the room, and 1 started to go out. when Woon came in and made a rush at me with a short sword. I threw a heavy mat at him and knocked him down. Then 1 rushed out of the door in time to see a dozen of the bandits running for the mountains for dear life, and a lot climbing out of the back windows, as if the house was on tire. At that moment my younger brother, at tho head of ten neighbors, all armed with s-.vords. rushed in. They found two of the bandits hid ing behind a screen. These were bound hand and foot and taken back lo tho town. Later they were sent to Canton and tried before the ('he Foo. who ban ished them for life." When Li Woh got back home he wa il changed man. lie says he will never dress up like a dude again, but will al ways wear cheap second hand clothe.-, and will ask all his friends to trust him by saving lie is ••.lead bloke." so the will think lie is a poor Chinaman, lie has had all the experience of being a rich man that he wants, and has sold his dia monds.—Wong Chin Foo in New 'ink Sun. Her •east Besieged. Two young men were waiting on Maggie Duncan, a pretty 19-year-old orphan girl, who lived with her grand mother, Mrs. Smith, three miles south east of Greenfield. The girl Xtvored Mr. Asa McKinley, while her "Ancles and aunts favored the suit of Mr. John Curry. Miss Duncan and her choice had made arrangements to be married, but the fact becoming known, plans were laid to frus trate their intentions. Miss Duncan was invited to the bouse of her aunt, Mrs. Joshua Barrett, and soon afterward another uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Archey, with their favored suitor, John Curry, made their appearance. The company then under took to persuade Miss Maggie to marry Curry. Believing that their pleas would be successful, they had obtained the ser vices of the Rev. D. A. Evans, of the M. E. church of this city, who came pre pared to tie the knot. Young McKinley appeared on the scene at this time and pleaded earn estly with the girl to stand by him. He had a paper, which he wished her to sign, swearing eternal fealty to him, but, while so promising, she was unable to sign the paper because young Curry threw a buggy robe around her and held her arms down. McKinley, relying on her faithfulness, left, and the work on the faithful girl began. The preacher, in the meanwhile, retired, but, unable to withstand the persuasion of so many. Miss Duncan, at 3 o'clock in the morn ing, finally consented to wed Curry. The license was soon obtained from tbe county clerk, who was aroused from his peaceful slumbers, and at the breaking of the day Maggie Duncan became Mrs. John Curry.—Indianapolis Journal. Pineapples iu llraiil. The most delicious fruit to be found in Brazil is the pineapple. Northerners who eat this fruit weeks after it has been picked in its green state have only a faint idea of its sweetness, lusciousness and delicious flavor. Here the pineapple is picked when the tropical sun has per fected its chemical work and the fruit is ready to melt in the mouth. It would be an affront to nature to sprinkle sugar upon it when sliced. It is mellow, over running with juice, and of incomparable flavor. The finest pineapples are those found in Pernambnco, but the fruit grows almost everywhere in Brazil. There are other fruits, such as alligator pears, melons, chirimoyas and sapotes, and a great variety of tropical nuts. Fruit is cheap here, the finest pineapples being sold for three or four cents to the experienced native, and for ten cents to the unwary traveler.—Cor. New York Tribune. A Vexing Question. There can be only so many drivers, so many clerks, so many salesmen, so many young lads in offices. The end of that employment tetlier is very soon reached, and the rest, what are they to do? and what are we, their guardians and their teachers, to do for them? Nothing is more wearing upon a thoughtful nature than the recognition of its inability to answer with common sense the question, "What would you advise me to do?" It occurs and recurs daily, and daily the heavy foot of disappointment descend* the stairs, walks upon the hardened pavements, whose stones are less hard than the hearts of ordinary men toward their fellows.—Howard in New York Press. A Lost arui. Billy Gage, who owned and farmed & forty acre tract of sand loam land, which extended to the bank of the Santa Maria river, near the railroad bridge, mourns the loss of his whole farm, the high wa ter having washed away every inch of it. From the condition of things now on his ranch he believes irrigation would not be necessary. He kept moving his house— a small cabin—back as the river ad vanced, from time to time, until it now rests on another man's land. Billy takes his loss good naturedly, saying that the river will eventually reach the town, and more land than his will go toward the ocean his farm will be on the opposite side. From the way the matter looks it would appear that be is about right. Mr. Gage is not the only one who lost valuable real estate this winter. All who own land along the bank on the Santa Maria side are losers, more or less.—Santa Maria Graphic. liouclit Hi* Cofiiu and Died. A wealthy but rather eccentric gentle man named Ramouding recently died in Paris, and by his will the widows and orphans of the victims of the terrible ex plosion in the mines near St. Etienne are left over 1,000.000 francs. Ramouding, previous to his death, created some aston ishment by ordering a coffin of a special pattern, a step which he followed up by purchasing some ground in the cemetery, in which also by his instructions a vault was built. Room was allowed in the subterranean chamber for three coffins, ••[shall be quire at my ease." was the grim reply of M. Ramouding to some one who interrogated him on the subject. Monday was devoted to the inditing of a number of letters, but no suspicions seem to have been excited by the man's strange conduct. The following morning he was found dead.—New York World. Itapid Transit to -Hatrnnom. T. .1. Munson. living a few miles from herein La Crosse county. should be cred ited with OIH' of the shortest courtships on record. Last week he went to see the sights, an.I while eating dinner at one of the restaurauts was smitten ith she waiter girl, whom he engaged in con versation In a few minutes they were friends, a: an hour lovers, and before sundown were, man and wife, be return ing Salurdav night with his bride, hav ing been gone 1 rom horn# but three days. Black Liver Wis.) Dispatch. A lireful Possibility- She—I cannot. 1 must not consent at once. l?ut you will wait. dear, will you in it. unti! matters art more favoranle to our union? He--Wait? never! .Shall it be said of you that you married- a waiter.'—Pitts burg Pulleti'i.