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BICYCLE SUITS That is How a Chicago Woman Is Coining Wealth SHE IS AN ARTIST IN THIS Tells Fair Bicycle Riders the Kind of Clothes They Ought to Wear. Says Bloomers Will Soon Be the Street Costume A clever little woman on tlie West Side il proving lieiaelf a benefactress of wom ankind and, at tbo same time, earning a good living. Hor name is Helen Waters. She designs bicycle costumes for.women, cays tne Chicago Times-Herald, Mrs. Waters is a petito young woman with big brown eyes and a "wide, kind ••nile." She is extremely brisk nnd en ergetic, and possesses some original ideas •s to tbo proper garb for women who ride. She is a member of tbe Illinois Cy cling club, und is a skillful anu rapid ridei, although she does not aspire to record-breaking honors. When asked by a representative of the Times-Herald how Sbe happen ad to engage in the business of designing costumes, sbe smiled und said :"I just drifted into it. Last sum mer I wore skirts and was constantly meeting with accidents or finding myself in embarrassing positions on account of them. I hesitated about wearing bloomers, they wero so hideous, but rather than give up riding I determined to purchase a snit. Those X found in tbe shops did net suit me. so I bought some cloth and took it to my dressmaker, explaining to her my idea of a costume. The result was far Irom satisfactory, and in despair I betook myself to a man's tailor, anu told him exactly what 1 wanted. When tho suit came home I was delighted with it. us in it were combined comfort, beauty nnd modestr. You notice that I put comfort first. That was tho lirst reqisite of my Ideul costume, bnt I was determined it should not be obtained ut the expense of the other two. "I reocived many compliments on the beauty of my new costume, and ot course felt highly Buttered. Ono after another of my friends rcijuested mo to design costumes especially for them, und I did so willingly. Finally a man asked mo bow much I would charge to design a dress fur his wife, saying that tho cos tume she was then wearing was an eye sore to him. Jokingly 1 named a sum and thought no more about it. Tbe next day he brought her down. She was a short, stout woman, and was wearing a coat which came but little below the waist line, full sleeves and v pair of those bunched-up-in-the-back oloomers, 1 took pity on hor nnd suggested either one of two costumes. One was a three-quarter lengtli coat, single-breasted, with Nor folk jacket effect. You know what I mean? But the plaits must bo narrow; say about one inch wide. This wus to bo belted in at tho waist and worn with full bloom ers. "The second costume suggested was a straight box back, three uutton, single breasted cut away coat with round cor ners and medium sized sleeves, full bloomers and a Stanley cap and leggings ol tbo color of the costume. Mia adopted the latter suggestion and looked very well in the suit. Her husband was greatly pleased and insisted on my ac cepting compensation. From that time I became a 'designing woman.' If you could only see sonic of the women who come to me." As if in answer to ber wish .1 tall, annul.ii female of uncertain age came in. "You design bicycle costumes for ladies? (This with a decided accent of the last word.) "I do." "Now, car you get ir.e up a costume that is really modest ; something that I could wear without^! making myself a laughing stock for the horrid men?" "Certainly 1 can. How would some thing liko this do?" .\nd she showed ber the sketch of a costume. It con isted ot a Tuxedo coat, double-breasted, full sleeves, and bloomers coming just be low tbe knees, meeting with leggings. "This, made up in dark brown broad cloth, would bo becoming. If you do not like the Tuxeao coat n one-button cuta way would do nicely." "O, I could not tnlnk of wearing any thing of that soitl It is positively bold anu immodest." tbe tbin woman falierea out. "Now, 1 bad au idea that I would liko my bloomers to come to the ankle. A coat is too dreadfully mannish. Couldn't you fix me something like a regular waist with, of course, a ruble or something coming down to cover the nips?" "lam sorry, madam, but I could not design anything of that sort, thai would give you satisfaction," said Mrs. Waters, decided y. And the thin woman departed. "Deliver me from thesy women with ideas of their own!'' was Mrs. Waters' explanation, us slu watched tbe vanish ing figure. "Now do you understand why I say thut designing bicycle costmes is n serious matte' 1 ? That woman is an exception, of course. The majority of tbem place them selves absolutely in my hands. 1 Btudy tbe figure, the hair and complexion and endeavor to make the costume to suit nil three. 1 have been successful in tbe busi ness and this 1 attribute solely to tho fact that cacti costume is designed OBpeclalty for tbe woman who is to wear it. tif courso there is little variety in stylos, but tbore are many littlo finishing touches which help to inako a costume distinctive and particularly appropriate to different Individuals. "1 am careful to impress upon my pa trons the importance of appropri tto head gear and footwear. In my estimation these aro nearly us important as the color of tho costume itself. If I knew that a woman was going to weir a much trimmed bat with one of my costumes I would never again design a suit for her. It se*uus to me that a sensible woman would see the incongruity existing be tween v Dutch bonnet and a bloomer suit. Wbo would dream ol appearing on horse back in v tailor-made habit topped off wilh v flower garden hat I Yet the one is no more ridiculous than the other." "How about knickerbockers, Mrt. Witters? Do yuti approve of them?" "No, I do not, although 1 design cos tumes of winch they form a part. Bloom, ers answer all purposes just as well as the •knicks' and are more graceful and modest. All my knickerbocker costumes are made with long coats, sometimes like a Prince Albert, buttoned tv the waist. "Once in a while I have a chance to design n really beautiful and artistic cos tume, like Ihis, for instance. A young lady, a magnificent brunette, is going to a quiet resort in search of health. She wants a comfortable and pretty costume in which to lounge about. Understand, she does not ride." The material was of white felt. The coat, was double-breasted, lined and faced with rose pink satin and closed with large pearl buttons. It was made with tb« Bnglisn cout back, finished with two pearl buttons of v smaller size. Full bloomers, heavy ribbed white stockings, white shoes, wilite cap and white shirt, With a pink tie. formed the rest of the costume in which tho dashing brunette must have made a picture not soon to have been forgotten. Another costume for tho same girl was a "letter currier's gray," the peculiar bluish tint of which was most effective selling for her bsautiul complexion, dark hair and eyes. This will be worn on ped estrian excursions. The bloomers were full and wero finished around tbe bottom with three-inch black braid, giving tbo effect of skirls when the wearer was standing. The cout was long, thirty-six inches from neck to hem. and was lined with nlack satin. The lapels and collar were faced with the sum?. It. wus a three button cutaway. A gray "alpine" bat, gray leggings and black patout leather shoes complete the costume. "What would you suggest for a general knockabout costume ; one that could be worn on nil occasions, in all sorts of weather?" Mrs. Wat SIS was usked. ' I cannot answer you better than by showing you my own costume, designed especially for long country runs and bard riding," she replied. "I chose a dark grey color because it will not show dirt. Bach leg is ono yard wide. This gives the skirt effect." There was n black stripe about an inch wide down the side of eacn leg and a pointed girdle, also of black, sewn on Ihe waistband, did away With tne wear ing of a belt. A single breasted coat, English back, bad v black collar and lapels. "With this,"snid Mrs.Waters, "I weara ' grey Alpine hat and black'jersey leggings. I think it is sensible nnd pretty costume. I Occasionally I take it to the tailor's i and have it cleaned and pressed nnd then it is practically as good as now. Great care must be exercised in tbe se lection of material for the bloomer cos tume. Goods which will spot or sbiink should be avoided. Fine broadcloth and the imported bicycle cloth are the bes* materials. Solid colors are the safest und wisest. There are ladies who can wear colors and combinations which would mako others look frightful, but these are in the minority. t nope some enterpris ing manufacturer will put a good quality of ouck in solid colors on the market next season I Suits made of it would lie much cooler, cheaper and more easily kept clean. Such delightful costumes tor gen eral outing wear it would make I" "Do yon mean to say mat bloomers will bo worn us a streel costume next summer?" "I don't wish to be too hopeful, but things look that way to mo. 1, for one, i will be glad if it is so. A woman who ' has once worn bloomers dislikes to put ;on skirts. I know it from my own ex ! perlence und that of others. As you see, I wear tbem about the otlice all the time j and have even ventured to wear tbem on 1 the street, cars to ami from my home. | However, occasions arise when 'discre | tion is the better part of valor,' and then i off go bloomers nnd on goes the skirt. I hope you won't laugh at me wben 1 say I I find the skirt uncomfortable." The accompanying sketches give nn idea of bow Mrs. Waters' costume looked. Sketch number one shows tbe most beau tiful costume. It is made with a short skirt.under which knickerbockers of the same material are to lie worn. The cloth is too imported bicycle suiting, "pepper and salt," of a brown shade. Arouna the bottom of the skirt is a row ot dark brown bercnles braid about two inches wide. Tbe skirt falls two inches below the knee und has three box plaits in the back for fullness. It is plain toward the front and closes down the side with in visible buttons. It can tnua bo easily flipped on or off. The coat is of the Tux- I edo style and is also bound with the I braid. The sleeves are large ami the cuff j and pockets have the braid binding. The I cup and leggins are of the same material, j The coat is further ornamented with lit tle tailor-made buttons of tho olotb with I bone rims. Tbe lining is of bright col | ored silk. No. 2is what is called the "Norfolk" coat. In this instance the material chnson !is dark blue broadcloth, und tbe trini- I ming of a small gray checked stuff. Thin j costume is appropriate for a stout lady. No. •'! shows the Kuglisb coat back. No. 1 if a sketch of the costume worn Iby Mrs. Waters and shows tho double : breasted front. Mrs. Waters' custumo i was of v golden brown shade, trimmed j with.Targe pearl buttons. The sleeves are large and there is a narrow brown stripe down tbo legs of the oloomers. The illus tration show, the "Alpine"bat, which is pretty, but not as comfortable as the \ Stanley cup. One feature of this kind of ' costume commends itself. That's poos> j els. Ono can have at least six pockets ' cunningly h'dden away in the costume, j nnd six pockets are just what a woman wants. Bicycles for Children The sobs of a small boy broke up the ' caucus at the bicycle academy. "What, on ! earth is the mutter with you, "asked a i kindly matron. "Legs is too shcrt to ride," he blubber "Too fast for you, eh?" "No, indeed. I'm just as good as when I started, but I don't pro pose to ruin a ft! racing suit with du3t and dirt for tho sake of winning a paddle. That's why, soo?" —Wheel .LOS AXGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 4. 189 ft. cd. and the woman immediately began to sv mpatbiss with him. ""t don't know what In the world we are to do with these tiny tots who have got the craze,' despairingly said the di rector of instruction. "They Hock in here by the dozen every day and wo haven't got wheeN for ihem. The smallest made are twenty inch wheels, and these arc Diiilt very heavy to stand the strain. They usually weigh from eighteen to twenty live pounds and that's too much for a child co push." "Why don't you make them lighter, then?' questioned n fond mother indig nantly. "Because parents ore not willing to put ninch money in a child's wheel, as the child would soon outgrow it. The child's wheels nro arranged exactly liko high grade machines as far as adjustable seals and linnule bars nre concerned, but tbey have cushion tires, nnd tbe castings are cumbersomo. If the man bus the price be can have a child's wheel made to order in every way equal to those used by adults." "That reminds me of a sight at Asbury Park Saturday," said the ever-ready novice. "That fat, pudgy, 4-year-old hopeful ot a racing man was riding around on one of those horribly heavy old wheels that cost $V 2or |15. "His feet only touched the pedals as tbey came up, but ho keep go ing, even if lie did wabble a bit, anil the racing men applauded bim loudly. His father said that be was having a wheel built for the boy by a firm celebrated for its racing maoblnes, and that it would cost the manufacturers over $100 to turn it out, as everything about it is to be hand made. It "will weigh between six and seven pounds, and the youngster can talk of nothing else." "The child should certainly be provided for," commented n fond mother, "for think how much Joy would be added to their childhood if they were only allowed to wheel." BIKE AND BLODMERS "I'll tell you right now, before we go any further," exclaimed the end of the next century woman,"that I am going to wear tbe bloomers in this family." Her husband wept silently. They had been married for a week.—Detroit Til bune. Mrs. Dorcas—l see only one oojection to our sex wearing men's clothos. Dorcas—And thai? Mrs. Dorcat—Tbey cost so much less.— Life. A girl, her bloomers and a bike, A sunny dny, a broad turnpike. Farmer passing stares aghast As the queer object dashes past. "My dear Katie," be was beard to say, "Ride a bike, but not that way; An' if she tempts it, I hereby state. It's the last present I'll bi-fur-cate." —Burlington Hawkeye. First horse—Well, they took poor old Dobbin to the slaughter house today. Second horse—That't too bad, "It is bad, but worse remains. They mean to make his hide into bicycle sad dles. "—lndianapolis Journal. The next president of the United States will have v glorious opportunity to emu late Jefferson lan simplicity by riding to his inauguration on a bicycle, and going through the ceremony with his trousers tied in at tbe ankles.—St. Paul Pioneer Press. Tbere was a girl in our town Ann sbe wus wondrous wise. She jumped into a bloomer gown, And tbat wus v surprise. And then upon a biks she rode. This filled her heart with joy. As round about tbe streets alio strode Folks shouted 'man" or "boy." Oh, the girls! the girls! tbe girls! They're angels unaware Tney cumber the summer with glorious number Of joy-glows everywhere. At Asbury Park they're a-bloomin' in bloomers of every hue; And tbe man or woman must not bo human Who likes not the biking crow. At Boston, 0, there is beauty In shining aim shimmering shonl3; And never, oh, never, did Christian en deavor Before win so many souls. (Ib, it's girls! girls! girlsl oh, beauty in summer's thrall. Be you in bloomers or pious humors, We love you nil—nil—all I — New York livening World. THE LATEST IN BICYCLE COSTUMES CHASING KINGS OF THE BIKE All the Great Riders Are Worried by Ad= mirers THEY CHASE ZIMMERMAN Eddie Bald Now the Most Popular Class B Mao on the Track—Arthur Gardiner and His Chances It is astonishing to Ihe ordinary mortal to see the amount of adulation bestowed by the cycling cranks on the kings of the wheel. Zimmerman, of course, to uso the cyclists expression, is tho "king of tbem all," and the way the mere sight of bim stnkos admiration and awe in the soul of the enthusiastic wheelman is truly remarkable. The bicycle crank is a hero worshiper as no one else is a hero Worshiper, as was most beautifully shown at the recent national meeting of the L. A. W. Nt Asbury Park. One of the events in the way of entertainment down there wus a bicycle run to Manasquan, "the homo of Zimmerman." There isn't much of Manasquan, but the mere fact that it is the home of Zimmerman is enough to make it famous throughout all cycledom. Wheelmen speak the name with reverence and awe, nnd to liuvo been there is an honor never to be foigot ten. Tbe run to Manasquan from Asbury Park, therefore, was participated in by every wheelman and wheelwonian nt the national meet who had a bike ut bis or ber disposal, and us there were several thousand who had, the procession down the coast drive was one to bo remem bered. The pilgrimages to the Holy Land in olden times wero made witb more solemnity, perhaps, but certainly not with any more fervid interest. To see Zimmerman, to lie In his house, to grasp bis hand, to break luead ut the Zimmer man board—who would miss such a chance as that? And so it was that a great profession of "jays," as the king of tho wheelmen called tliein. rode down the coast to Manasquan, to liip-hip-bur rah till their lungs were tired and their oars were cracked, and then rode back again happier than they bad ever been before. While in Manasquan they met Zimmer. man pere. who wasn't much known until his son became a king. He lives now In a reflected glory and boastfully affirms that "King Arthur' is but a chip off the old block. So tbe cyclist pilgrims cheered for "Pa" Zimmerman as well as for his son, the king, and then "pa" took tbem all inside the Jersey hotel and guve them all a feed. And Zimmerman, the king, what did he think? He made his guests at Manns quan think be was glad to see them, and so, no doubt, he was, but he wanted it to end there. Like most other kings, King Ziin, is surfeited with praise unci palaver, and wants to be let alone. But lie isn't. Whenever he appears in v crowd of wheelmen il is: "ilow'de do, Mr. Zimmerman? I met you a, I'onnk live years ago. I've got a nice party of friends over here. Won't you come over and mc t them?" or "llolloV Zimmy. Won't you come up In the grund stand and meet my wife?" or "Just step oter a moment here, Zim. My little girl wunts to Bbake hanus with you." And so it goes on all tho day. It doesn't seem to make any difference tbat the king shows lie doesn't want so much attention and he sneaks under tho grund stand to avoid it. It is heaped upon him just the same. "Some of these bicyclo jays mako me tired," says the king. "Always wanting me to meet somebody or kiss their Kids. Those fellows on ilie track, too. They're good things. There are a lot of swelled heads who don't know when they arc well off. Take Blank, for Instance (mentioning the name of a prominent class B rider). Two years ago he used lo go out into the sen twice a week, anchor his boat and catch it full of fish. Tben he'd come in town und sell the fish for $4 and think he was making v good living. Now he's winning (160 diamonds once or twice a week and kick ing about it. These bicycle roosters make me weary. I wouldn't kick if they would only let mc alone, but its Zimmy here anil Zimmy there out of a lot of roosters I 'never saw before." Next to Zimmerman, Eddie Hold, the "duke of the track," is, perhaps, tho most popular man on the circuit, not with the rulers, but with the crowds. That is because he wins so many races and is such a good looking, smart sort of a chap. Bald has developed a wonder ful speed of late, and this, with bis '•foxiness" in a race, makes him well nigh unbeatable by the Class li men who now compete with him on tbe national circuit, llald has been winning all summer, lushing down the home stretch ami picking up firsts where it did not teem possible for him to win. His greatest success was at tbe national meet, where he defeated all the Class It men on tho track repeatedly and won four of the most raulable prizes given, including two national championships. Huld is in better form than any otber man on the track. The reason no wins is that ho is extremely fust to start with and knows how to ride he: -dps. So tar this season he bas picked up $1700 worth of prizes. Arthur Gardiner of Chicago, one of the youngest riders on the track in point of experience, gives promise of being ono of the tiest. lie is as speedy as any of the fast lot, and some of the fellows who claim to know say he is much speedier than iiald. On a straightaway course, t ilh a fence between thorn, the young Chicugonn could probably beat the "duke of the track" at any distance, but in a ace with a number uf other riders Bald s certainly his peer. Gardiner, bow ever, never raced with the "big fellows" until two weeks ago. His initiation on the national circuit was at Asbury Park, ami there be lauded tirst In two good races. The tricks ol Bald and Murphy beat him in two others, and lie lost two more t. rinci pally through bis own care' leianeai and not tending to business. The wise ones in the bicycle business predict, however, tbat before tho end of the year Gardiner will be more than Bald a equal. "Pinkie" Uliss. who is'.Siain tn join the crowd on tho racing circuit, will add a great deal of strength to the Chicago dele gation. He is in excellent form tbis year, and is confident of being able t.i "hold up Ills end." His record last season was as good as that of any man on the track, in nis bouts witb "Johnnie" Johnson, for instance, ;Uliss won f seventeen firsts and Johnson sixteen. Of the others of the Chicago delegation Kennedy made a fairly good showing and l>e Cardy did some good riding, llainbrldgo is hardly swift enough for tho game on the na tional circuit. In tho Chicago delegation may properly bo included also such fel lows as Uabanne, Titus and Coulter, wbo ride for Chicago manufacturing linns. Oabanne has won even more firsts than Bald, but bo has started more times. In fact, be lias picked up eleven firsts, live seconds and one third, and so far this season. Al Asbury Park, though, be had a bad tumble, and was able to ride only enough to "play to the grand stand" a little. Titus is not riding in good form. He is not nble to win. Coul ter, who has just joined a Chicago team, is riding well and showing Up in front with the best of them. Among tho others who havo been rilling in good form are Jenny. Maddux, plucky little Otto Zeig ler, who has bad to stop racing for a time because of injustice received nt Asbury I'ark, Callahand and McDonald. A lot of tbe others show well ill the seconds and thirds, hut the lellows named are tbo only ones who carry away the best of tbo prizes. "King Michael" Dirnberger,who was ono of tho top-notchers last season, has not been in front once on the na tional circuit as yet, which is a matter of much wonder nnd surprise to the stu dents of bicycle racing. A HARD SLEEPER Tlie bdlowi n f; scene ia enacted at one of tbe local 1 lain mum baths every Mon day morning regularly: Ibe boy oi all work tiptoes to a couch and shakes a fed faced sleeper gently. "Wb**ugb I" The buy waits a moment and with great reluctance shakes tbe sleeper gently" re marking : "It's 7 o'clock, sir." I"L'gh! Wba-ugh-ump!'' and the sleep er rolls over. Tho boy moves a chair between him and tho sleeper and reachi g over it shakes his arm tremulously, repeat ng: "It's 7 o'clock, sir I' "Ugh-r-r! Whaugh!-!!—?!: - ' The boy sizes up all the avenues of es cape, and after trying for five minutes to screw up his courage, shakes the sleeper again. ' You wanted to get up at T, sir, and its alter that now." ■•Get out you ? — —? III" Tbe boy dodges out of range of the kick aimed nt him. Ten minutes after he creeps back and pleads: "Get up. sir; it's way after 7." There is no lesponse; the boy punches tbo sleeping ma:, with a chair leg. "Ugh." "Get np!" "What !! ? !!" ami the sleep er Hops over on tbe couch and kicks tho boy out. "What aro you kicking me for? You told me lo wake you up," inquires tbo boy. "1 didn't tell you lo jump on me. and kick me and yell m my ear liko a maniac." Twenty minutes later he walks out fully dres ed and ready fur business, and asks the boy ill a most sympathetic tone: "Did I hurt you. Well, you know I am not awake when I talk and act that way. You just want to keep on shaking mc, ' nnd the boy gets a well-earned quarter,— Kan Francisco Post. The Devil's Table In pasture near Graf en berg, Bavaria, there is a large Hat bowlder, lying prono upon tbe ground m sueb a manner that the smooth surface forms a splendid dancing lloor. Il is locally known as tho teufelstisb. or devil's table, and tradition says that in ancient times his d&tan c majesty ami a large concourse of imps often danced upon il from midnight un til morning. Got the nether Out of the Way In Krankfort-on-toe-Main a young wo j man of Pi fell in love with one of her neighbors, but the mother of the young man offered a si out rcsistenee to the union. Then the young lady denounced 3 © s ° 1 w "S3 5 1 5r | r/j < « > o her intended motlio,--in-law for speaking disrespectfully of Emperor William. Treading on imperial toes is dangerous in Germany, so the old lady was arrested, and pending tier trial the young man aud the young woman wero married. Poetry and Dressmaking The warmth of summer's tender glow ("I've cut the sleeved out; here they aro; Haste them together neatly.") * Spreads over blossoming fields afar. The mated birds beside tbo nest Flutter and chirp ("Remember, dear. • Those inside seams must all be pressed.") With ringing notes of lovo and cheer. Sweet dream of beauty! ("Yes, oh, yes, A bias lining for the cuff.") Let all my soul expand. (" I gness An inch will be quite wide enough.") Pair summer timo! ("Shir in the'top.'') What thoughts the poet's soul may nurse While ("Oh, goodness gracious! must 1 stop Right in the middle of a veise?") Bright hope I ("The facing is too long; Slope it just where the curve begins; Or. hero!— Adieu my unsung song!— Hand.'me tho scissors and snnio pins.") —Madeline B. Bridges, in Dcmorest'a. Arrangements aro being made to make tbe annual convention of the Michigan Equal Rights association, to be held at Jackson. August Ist and I'd, the best ever held. The most prominent colored ora tors of Michigan are to be present and deliver addresses in addition to A. W. Tonrgee of -New York and Milton W. Guy of Missouri. Why not call a balloon a tramp? Io has no visible means of support. | } "Safety* I BICYCLE PANTS No Rider Should Be Without Them •hirtrtrtrtr SOLE AGENTS LONDON CLOTHING CO. HARRIS & FRANK, Props., 119 to 125 North Spring. FRIED GRASSHOPPERS Levi Layman owns a small farm In tbe backwoods back of Calllcoon depot, in Sullivan county. Somo years ago bis wifo died, and several months afterward she appeared to bim in > dream and told him 10 pronnro to meet her, as he would die before November 7, 1893, Layman be* iieved in tbo dream and began to put his honqe In order. He refused to put in his usual crops.saying that be had enough to last until the time set for bis death. Ha stopped the fnithists' praying for the healing of his rheumatism, fearing it would prolong his 1 ito. When November 7th arrived bo was astonished to rind, himself in the llesh, nnd, It being 'elec tion day ho walked six miles to Callicoosj and voted the ■Democratic ticket. Sinqa that time Layman has desired to live. He made a dooootion of roots and herbf for his rheumatism and cough, and gained Ilssh. weighing until recently 150 pounds. Lately he has lost health alio] strength rapidly,until now he weighs 115, His appetite was gone and he leit tbat he hud not long to live. Grasshoppers havo put in their appear, unco in tbat locality to an alarming ex tent, and the buckwheat crop is already destroyed. Layman snid tv a neighbor that he coula relish a mess of grassbop. pers.bnt be was too feeble to catch them. The neighbor was astonished at this strange wish, but to gratify tbe old man be gathered a quart of the insects. Lay man fried and devoured them all at a single meal. Ho said ho never tasted any thing better, aud believed that he could dino on grasshoppers every day of hie life. His friend has since kept the old dicamer s table supplied with gmsshoo* pcs and Layman is getting stronger lb consequence. Indians have been known to cat grasshoppers, but this is tho lirst instance where they have boen used as an article of food in,this region.—New York Sun. According to tbo Sc. Paul Globs, ths verbal monstrosity, "bike," meanine a bicycle, "has n rugged, terse, Anglo* Saxon sound to back up its claim with.'* Perhaps. So Have many ol tbo words ot Jabberwocky. But no slightly tovc In any tulgy wood over chortled in his joy over a word more utterly unfit for a place In the KnglisU vocabulary.—New York Tribune. Hural newspaper subscribers frequently offer tv pay their subscriptions with, stove wood, produce and other farm pro. ducts, but it remains for (leorge Lucas of llenrvville, Ind., to send Editor Dally of the Jefferson News a rattlesnake in sot. tlement of his arrears. Mr. Dally value* the reptile at $5. It has ten rattles. Rambler Bicycles AND RIDINO SCHOOL Thomas H. B. Varney, 427 S. Spring St.