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THE QUAIL SHOOTING SEASON
With October the law against shooting quail expiree In the greater part of the slate, but no one cam tell about the exact date without learning what the supervi sors of eaoh county have dona They have Jurisdiction to restrict the general game law in any case, and there are few coun tles in which they do mot use this power, as the making of a good general law for the whole of such a state as California Is Im possible In such a matter. The valley quail of California Is now gen erally known to the world of sportsmen as the most abundant and the meat gamy of all the quail family and It well deserves this reputation. There never was aimrtheT game bird that one was so certain to find tn such large quantities on almost any day during the season; never another on which ore who understood them well was so certain to keep his gun hot and fill his peckots with birds. Yet there never was another that rewarded the novice with so few feathers to so many birds, and wcine that ever so made the skillfol stranger wonder whether he ever did hit anything. This quail has consequently beoome one of the attractions of the coast, and every year adds to the number of sportsmen who winter on the coast, mainly on account of the amusement THEY'RE NOT QUITE AS TAME AS THEY ONCE WERE they derive from this wayward little scrap cf energy. On most cf the grounds where the valley quail Is found the rocks, slopes and chap paral almost blazon the warning: NO LAZY FOLKS NEED APPLY. This year will see am important addition to it that those who remember the shoot ing cf 1877 and IBS 3. the last dry yeara, can well read on the bare slopes: NO DUFFERS NEED APPLY. The extreme dnouth of lost year produced two results that will make quail shooting the most lively occupation In which one Is likely to engage before the next boom strikes the land. One is that nearly all the birds are last year's birds, or more so; and the ether is that there !s a great scarc'ty of grass, weeds ard ground-cover gener ally, with a very sickly growth of brush. A weary air also sleeps upon the wild luoerne, the wild buckwheat, the black sage, as well as the white sage, while the sumac has not put forth one-fourth of its usual growth, and even the dodder's fra ternal embrace of the chemisal is vers' weak. Consequently there is little cover In which the birds can hide, even when they want to. And he who has had much to do with this gay rover of the hills remembers possibly that sometimes the smooth ram bler does not care to hide. Was there ever a bird that so loved his legs? None unless it is the wild turkey. But even the turkey w ill fly and the east ern turkey can fan the airolmost as lightly as a quail and make a longer flight. The Arizona turkey prefers to run, but the eastern bird lives to show you that he can fly, and you are quite apt to believe him if you ever see him try. The valley quail has varying moods, but through them all he rarely forgets to show off his legs. One minute he may rise wild and whizz away over some hilltop, but when he alights It may be only to run, and rapid must be your pace to force him Into flight. The next time he may reverse all this, ard wind up by getting Into some cover where he will lie so closely that you can find him only with a dog. But whatever he does he will run more this year than In most years, and to force him into flight near enough for a sure shot no lepden heels will do. This bird's Instinct taught him last spring that there would not be food enough for his numerous family If he should raise one. The bee Is equally amart, and so are the ground squirrel, the gopher ,the cottontail and the hare. With these it ii|a plain, case of refusal to breed, for the quails do not even pair off in the spring, but remain in the flocks In which they united In the preceding fall. There are numerous Insects nnd worms whose eggs do not hatch In such years, but hero ls a remarkable case of arlmal wisdom. It was more conspicuous in issa. when in some places lt looked for a while as If there would be grass enough. Many quails paired off, and then the prospects change,], so that they went al! summer In those pairs, but without making any nests. In a few places the birds paired this year, and there are a few young birds, but they are a mere title compared with what they should be. During some ten days spent In the Santa Monica mountains last summer I saw several dozen flocks of old quails, many of them containing several dozen and some as high us two or three hundred. But In nine flocks out of ten there was no YOU WON'T MAKE MANY BUCK SHOTS THIS YEAR Bign of a young bird. Most of them were, high up in the hills, rose In v solid muss and mode flights of several hundred yards at a burst. Some of the Hocks were slightly suggestive of the old flocks of twenty years ego. and no one need he alarmed about the birds being exterminate.!. But young birds were amazingly scarce., ajul were seen only in a few blocks along the coast, where the grass hart been a little better In the spring than it was tn the hills. These conditions will make it the !*>st year we have had for a long time for those who like exeroiiso. There are many sports men who made the discovery that work ls not an essential element In tb L . pleasure of the field. lam one of them myself, and It did not take many years or much fi:n? figuring to reach the conclusion. Hut this does not at all settle the question—what Is work? Wading through heavy mud and tearing and swearing through cat-briars are very different from a run over the Cali fornia hills whan one Is properly dressed for it. If one will wear English leggings and shooting boots and wear a sweater with regulation coat and other sudortflca, load himself with a month's ammunition and a lot of snake antidotes, he may pos sibly ftexl a combination of hill and sun shine In whloh a healthy Imagination might discover some of the lending elements of work. But tf he win forget all about snakes and dress as lightly as possible he will find a rapid pace over most of our hills will be more like play than work, nut whatever you may think about It, such a pace will generally be necessary, and there are very few places where you will get much shooting without plenty of exercise. For the stranger the valley quail is one ef the easiest hlnls bo find, requiring almost no knowledge of its habits, compared with such birds as the woodcock or ruffed grouse and other eastern birds. Wherever there ls cover enough lie cast even a network of shade on the ground you may often find the valley quail If It hns not been shot out; and the most forbidding looking cactus the land contained used to be alive with flecks of which one row has little concep tion. Anywhere from the coast to four or five thousand feet above tide the quail may be found where there Is any oover, but above three thousand feet he is not very abundant. It is one of the birds thst will drink water every day, twice a day if it can be conveniently had. or go without entirely with equal facility If It cannot; so one need trouble himself little ab?ut where It gets water. It Is. however, rmost abundant where water is abundant, but the way It thrives on the edges of the desert, as tho Arlzrc-a quail thrives on the very desert Itself, shows that this Is 1 probabry due more to the fact that there Is more feed where there is plenty of water. Bitf the stranger reed not troublo himself about whore it feeds. Like the Arizona quail, lt rinds seeJs where you can see nothing but hare ground, ar.d Is fat and lively where the rabbit can not pr-sper. One who hns hunted these quail many years ago would be much perplexed today to knew where they have crone to. Peekinir them In the old haunts around the edges cf the brush, the old rook piles around the spring, or at the neck of some little canyon, or up in the bushy heads of the valleys, as they were but a few years aero, one would be quite apt to think they were all killed off. Too mimy of them have been, but there are still many left. But they are WHEN WELL SCARED THEY WILL HIDE SO CLOSELY THAT ONLY A DOQ CAN FIND THEM now broken up into smaller flecks than formerly and are scattered higher up in the hills. Once they went only to the tops of the hills to nest, eomir.g down into the valleys afterwards, where the seeds of the alflleria and burr clover were so much more plenty. There they used to run to gether into immense bands and stay In the valleys and around the edges until the next nesting time, from which they took the name of valley quail. But bow they stay far up the hillsides, where the scrubby live oak nods from the crags of granite, around which the soli is perhaps too thir. to raise a smile on the ever happy mlmulus. And even where the mealy stem of the ootyled' n bows over bare, glistening rocks, ijn title Turk's head cactus rivals even the st'ne crop family in living on n"th!rg, you may find a band of quail keeping watoh on the approaches from below. Years ago you loft him a noisy bird, with cheery call ringing ever from the canyon side or the valley's carpet of alflleria. It was a common thing to hear a large flock a quarter cf a mile away, and often the *o Which Admiral Dewey Lately Dis patched the Captured Gunboats, Callon and Leyte, Manned hy Americana, for the Purpose of Asserting His iiu thority, and Protecting the Inhn bitants From the Insurgents. Iloilo is Situated en the Southeast Side of Panay Island, on a Long, Narrow Strait, Which Separates It From Guiraarag Island. It Is the Second City in Size in the Philippines, Having Between Thrty-five and Forty Thousand People, and Exports Large Quantities of Sugar—Half the Entire Product of the Islands. • the entertainment by springing at once and curling In a dozen tines of blue around your head. One of the Interesting sights used to be the tyro In such a whirl, resolving said re-resolving to shoot at the next cne, yet every time being thwarted by the rising of another bird that offered a more tempt ing shot Just as he had raised the gun on one that a moment before offered a splen dld chance. Here was some of the finest and most varied open shooting In the world, the quails presenting every variety cf twist and curve that can be executed by any cne bird. Their bewildering numbers often per plexed even the practiced sh;t from the east so that he hardly knew what he was A GRAND STAND SHOT about for the first day or two. Th* tyro often stood paralyzed before the steady WhISJS and buzz cf birds that ross almost close enough to hit with the old-time rani rcd. But all at once this used to stop, though it was certain that all the birds had not flown. If you would leave that bit ot ground for half an hour, and often l"r,ger, and then return to it you could raise many a bird out of the very bushes in which you had kicked before. At first they began to He much as the woodcock or ruffed grouse lies. Them they began to hide more closely, ending up with lying as close ly as young pra'rie chickens in long grass*. At that point If you had a good dog, per fectly fresh, he would point man; a bird en which you must almost have trodden a little while before. But the trouble used to be that every man that had a dog allowed him to become speint wtth heat and running before that time arrived. Nothing seems mere Idiotic than to nsp a deg np In this way; yet the average man w.ll allow the dog to plunge In full gallop to retrieve a bird that has fallen stone dead on open ground and lies directly in the course he 's gohrg, when he could as well pick it up himself and keep the dog at heel. Over twenty years ago lt was plain enough that B dog could be used on these birds to great advantage if kept Ir. proper condition for hunting when the time came. It is Just as certain today as :t was then that a d *r c.innct be used to advantage unless he .s in se me way held down and kept cool. There are some salamanders In the dog family that can sta -id heat and dry air ar.d want f water combined, with plenty of racing, and etui retain a fair note. But they are very rare and would be far better If kept quiet and cool until most needed. Both these tricks of running at first and sharp whit, whit, whit! of alarm er the muffled wook-wook-woow-wookook! that showed dar.ger still nearer could be heard over a hundred yards. You hear little of this now, ar.d raise many a flock with no sign of their existence till you hear the sharp whizz of Pott wing's. One of the pn-blems used to be to hre.ik ar.d scatter one of the big flocks, for as long as they kept to gether it was impossible to make them hide, st as to give good single shots on the wing. I'nless the tl:ek was chased up rapidly 'he b'rcfs would soon get together after | alighting and be running again. S:me of this trouble yet remains and sometimes :s even worse on account cf the wilder risiir.g f the biols. But quite as often they solve the problem for you at the atsrt by radiat -g for h„lf the horizon at the first rise. When you see a flock spread out like a fr.n. with the center of the line alrtied for the) top t t a robust hill, you can sometimes tlnd a new flock with less swearing than you can by running after these aspiring chaps, the valley quail is a master of the art today, i ur.e used to be astonished to find a whole VIEW OF THE CITY OF ILOILO, ON THE ISLAND OF PANAY, 300 MILES SOUTH OF MANILA LOS ANGELES HERALD. SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 16, 1898 hillside full ot birds suddenly disappear aa if the earth had swallowed them. On warm still dsys, in the middle of the day espec ially, this often happened very soon after starting the flock. At other times it was only after flushing them and firing over them two or three t'mes or more. Then you could walk over the ground where hundreds had settled down cm an acre, yet could start only three or fetifubtrde. while beyond you could see and hear nothing, though you might have a good view of the slopes where a few minutes before you would have seen hundreds running amd making the hills ring with their steady calling. But if you walked over that acre again you might start three or four more, and somet.mes live or six, and you could cften keep on do mg this for half or three quarters of an hour. Here one would whizz cut of a bush butt a few feet from your nose and another would scud away behind you from one yoti had just passed, Some times three or four to a dozen would van hiding closely afterward this quail will still plsy to greater perfect 101 l than ever, and a dog ls every year becoming mere necessary to, find a Hook In the first place, as well as to find the scattered quail after they have begun to hide. But If he Is not properly bred and trained you will do bet ter without him. California Is now raising some wonderful dogs, fully able to cope with this wily bird, and of great endurance. Hut every litter is not composed of them and It takes great patter.ee, as well as nat ural and acquired skill In breaking, to brlnfc them to the right point. But one who is not afraid of exercise may still find very fair shooting without a dog. Most of the shoot ing all over the southern part of the state is still done In that way, even by the mar ket shooters, who generally use a deg only HE SURE TO PUSH HARD ENOUGH ON THE GUN as a retriever and often use none at all. so that the stranger who comes to try his hand on thia most active of all game birds need not allow the lack of a dog to stand in his way. Alwa> s full of cunning, swift amd saucy beyond any of his race, except his cousin of Arizona, the valley quailfis this year at the very climax of his art. and the man who our, Img 50 per cent of the b.rds he shoots at Will have to be a master with the gun or else pick his shots with more care than most of the experts of this coun try have been able to do In recent times, lt was once easy to make runs of twenty or thirty straight birds, but this year a run of three will probably be respectable, and when It comes to the fourth tt is more apt to be feathers than bird. T. S. VAN DYKE A MISUNDERSTOOD HERO It was half-past 11 when Howell Van Rennselaer Gibbon descended from the Llllday's steps, mounted his wheel and rode off, says the Chicago News. As tho gravel on the winding carriageway leading to the street crunched under his tire he remarked how dark it was and decided he must certainly carry his revolver at night. Suddenly he saw an Indistinct figure dart behind a lilac bush, and he nearly stopped pedaling. Another form disap peared In the dimness; both were making for the Lllidey house, and their suspi cious movements marked them as burglars. There had been several small robberies In the neighborhood ar.d Howell scented a plot. He jumped off his wheel and consid ered the situation. He could do nothing sin gle-handed, for he had no weapon, and. anyhow, he is a man of peaceable Inclina tions. If he went hack to the house to arouse the family the burglars Would either get away In the confusion or shoot some one, and there was Grace to consider—she would certainly be scared to death. So he mounted and rode for the Hyde park police Station at breakneck speed, scattered alarm In that calm headquarters, routed out the patrol wagon, six officers, complete ar senal and all the ammunition it hand, and led the warlike procession bacK ;o the Lilldays. The wage- halted ri wn the street. Howell stacked his wheel, and the seven figures crept valiantly up the Ltll day walk. "Surround the house" was the word. The posse scattered, tumbling over flow er beds and holding 's IndV.vldual breaths. Howell, in the rear of the house, clinched his fingers about the six-she t.-r he had captured, swore softly as he fell over the milk cana, and wondered If It would be hus lot to attack the villains. "It I only had a calcium light, hip boota and could shout ' 'SdeathT I would be right In tt," murmured Mr. Gibbon mournfully, as he lifted one foot out of the pansy bed nnd set the other down among the sweet peas. Of a sudden his breath came fast just beyond the library window he saw a stooping form. Slowly he crept up; the figure did not move, except to straighten up. Nearer still and tnen— "Ah!" said Officer Moriarlty, "an" we're both disappointed, then!" The two men lowered their guns and re garded each other sadly. The rest of the pcsee came up and they all looked at Howell. He felt uncomfortable, for they evidently expected him to say something. He had been under moral obligations to produce a couple of burglars and he had failed, and ho felt the disgrace keenly. "Gentlemen," he said in a pained voice, "I am sorry to have given you this trip with no target practice at the end. Might t offer myself as a substitute?" "The law makes no allowance for a ca-ase of this kind," said Officer Mori irity, regret fully, "an' »o we are obliged to dacllne your kind Invltn-ation, but perhaps you would ride bsck with us and square us with the sar-rgeant." "Certainly." said the polite Mr. Gibbon. And that Is why his hated rival was able to spread the report through Kenwood and Hyde Park society that Howell Van Renn selaer Gibbon was taken In charge by six policemen in a disgraceful condition late the other night after creating an awful dis turbance at the Liliday residence. And he cannot very well go and tell Orace he is in stead a hero and a maligned one and there fore she will never know—unless she reads this. Meanwhile the rival Is supplying her with chocolates and Howell Is having an en forced vacation evenings. Lightning on Washington Monument One of the best evidences of the value of lightning rods up to date has been afforded by the Washington monument. It Is capped by a small four-sided pyramid of alumin um, whloh metal, so cheap today, was very costly at ihe time of the building of the greatest obelisk that the world has ever known. This aluminum tip Is connected with the ground by four copper rods which ko down deep lato the earth. On April 6, ISSS, five immense bolts of eleotrlclty were seen to Hash between tho monument and a thundercloud overhanging in the course of twenty minutes 1.1 otherw ordei, the mon ument was struck fiercely five times, but it suffered no damage whatever. On June 16th of the same year a more tremendous* as sault was made upon the monument from the heavens, and the result was the frac ture of out of the topmost stones. The crack still remains to show what nature can do In the way of an electrical shock, bmt the slightness- of the damage Is evi dence of man's power to protect himself from such attacks. The obelisk is Ideally located for attracting electrical assaults from the skies, and yet, while many times hit, lt has suffered only once, andithat time to a trifling extent.—Boston Transcript. Women in Kansas Politics TOPEKA—Year by year the women of Kansas are edging their way deeper Into politics. There is one" coui: ty office which Is well adapted for the women—that of su perintendent of schools—and there is a growing disposition, to let the women have that. There are more women candidates for county superintendent on the Repub lican ticket throughout the state this year than were ever known before. At the rate the "disease" ls spreading it will not be over five years until the women will claim that office as their exclusively. Two years ago there were fewer than a dozen women nominated for county superintendent over the state, ar.d no', many of them were elected. The Republican state committee has received returns from sixty Republi can county conventions, and they show that women have captured fifteen county superintendent nominations. There are forty-five counties yet to hear from, and It Is estimated that the women will get ten out of them, at least. This will bring the total up to twenty-five, or about one foitrth, a growth of inn per cent In two years.—Kansas Journal. i Pleasing the Birds A scientist once put an automatic musical box oo the lawn and spent 1 many hours watching the robins, bluebirds and other birds gatheriig about It. A looking glass put up where the birds can see themselves In lt Is also very attractive, while a combi nation oC a musical box and a looking irlass pleases the birds more than anything | else one could put out for their amuse- I ment. MONOMANIA, AN INCURABLE MALADY BEN C. TRUMAN Webster defines a monomanlao "» per son Buffering from partial derangement of Intellect, caused by or from monomania," and monomania as "a de- | rangement of the mind In regard to a sin gle subject only," and a crank as "a person full of crochets; one given to fantastic and Impracticable subjects; one whose Judg ment la perverted In respect to a particular matter." Monomania, whatever be Its form, al most always thoroughly absorbs Its vic tim. Physicians are unnecessary, as they are absolutely Incapable of prescribing any thing to allay that mental vagueness or idiosyncracy which hovers betweem rea son and unreason. As a rule, however, monomaniacs are harmless, amd generally their cases call neither for the pity of the philanthropists nor an examination by the scientists. Paris, par excellence, is the abode TTlr nidus) of this class of afflicted. Its artists, authors, actors, advocates, architects and nrtlsans of note are all more or less affeotevl; nnd also many of Its soldiers, statesmen, students and 1 swordsmen, amd many others. Indeed, are subjects of nionomanlaeal de lusions. The national library In tho Rue Richelieu fairly swarms with bellicose monomaniacs. They are known by their wild looks and by tha strange books which they demamd of the employ es. For eleven y ears an old man with powdered hair used to go to the li brary da?ly about noon, select the same sit ting plaoe and road from three to f uur hours only books about Apollondus of Tjana. For more thin ten years another old ohoracter perused dally Vegetlus' treatise on "Epl toino Rel Mllitorls." One day these two oc togenarians became involved in a contro versy whloh terminated In a duel, in whloh. hnppily, neither was harmed, but nolther ever visited the library again. For nearly thirty years a queer looking persnn visited the library of the arsenal amd made notes from every boi k (except one) that he could And containing Tha name of Caesar—page, line and all. Th s Inde fatigable monomaniac left nearly half a ton of manuscript cm the subject as a bo quest to the Arsenal library; but. strange as lt may seem, this rare old worm had overlooked Plutarch's "Life of Cuesar" altogether. There was still another patron of the Arsenal library who had read "Paul ar.d Virginia so assiduously for Twelve years that he knew the stnry by heart, and could be seen any pleasant summer evening, cmly a few years ago. in the Jardln dcs Plantes reciting page after page and gesticulating nnd enjoying himself hugely. It Is a mat ter of fact that this harmless fellow, after witnessing Masee's opera entitled "Paul et VlrgsniSt" rushed furiously out of the Gaite at the end of the second act, nnd, finding Masse, exclaimed: "Mon daeu! mon d on! Tour music has ruined my beautiful tale!" There was for many years a tall, spare, benign-looking pleoe of human trestlework who haunted the Bibllotheke Nationals, who carried hack and forth w!th him a ponderous book. Mis infirmity consisted !n securing the exact number of vowels and consonants in Virgil's "Aemeld." and the number of times the verbs esse and habere were employed by this favorite poet. In 1889 I used occasionally to walk from the Orand hotel to the Arch de Triomphe and return before breakfast. I once met a man at the latter who Informed me that he had never missed a morning for ten years In walking up the Champs .I'Ely-see to the arch and reading the Inscriptions thereon; after which he would raise his chapeau like an old soldier and exclaim, "Vive la Napoleon!" Chief among the causes of the failure of the big New York house of Hilton. Hughes & Co. In 1896 was alleged to be the postage stamp mania. Any employe of the firm who had occasion to consult or confer with the head partner. Albert Hil ton, usually expected to be met with the petulant exclamation, "Oh, go away; don't bother me now. Can't you see I'm busy?" He was busy, the chief of this great con cern, but not with bnlance sheets nor with contracts, nor estimates, nor In considera tion of new Ideas In dry goods selling. The head of one of the largest dry goods houses In America, the employer of thousands of persons, over whose counters Immense sums of money passed dally, was busy dur ing business hours almost exclusively with his collection of postage stamps. Hilton had been a collector from early years. As a school boy he possessed an album and devoted much time to swapping duplicates for other specimens. Then the possession of a set of Australian three-cornered stamps was a triumph, while to obtain examples of the coveted Central Asian Is sues was the chief desire of his life. In the early 60's to obtain a specimen of every stamp known to have been Issued was a difficult but not Impossible task. But now new sets are issued somewhere or other In th* world almost every day, and to keep track of these fresh Issues ls by no means easy. So absorbed was Hilton with his mania that he engaged a young man whose sole duty lt was to help him In gathering his collection. Hilton speculated some In stamps. Every collector will remember the remarkable rise In value of the Co lumbian series issued at Washington In the year of the Chicago fair. A set of these stamps was, of course, desired ar dently by every American collector, but soon after their Issue a most extraordinary rise In their value took place. They were quoted at $3. 15 and even $8 and 110 beyond their face value. This "corner" in Co lumbias was engineered by Hilton. It was kept up as long as possible, and at one time lt looked as though he could continue the corner successfully, but he had esti mated the number of stamps In circulation wrongly, and found If impossible to con tinue, and then the Issue dropped to Its present value and Hilton dropped more than 125.000. There ls In \\ aynesvllle, Ohio, a banker named J. H. Harris, whose "fad" ls "dead pearls," and whose collection of pearls Is the coßtllest In the world, and was once exhibited at a Paris exposition. Mr. Har ris has been prominently mentioned In nearly all the books on gems and the ar ticles In newspapers and magazines on pearls that have been published In the last decade. Thus It was that a Scotchman, who has been nearly all over the world ex ploring rivers for whatever curiosities he might And, and who ls always anxious for new fields to look ovor, had his attention drawn to the Waynesvllle collection, and Visited him some years ago. During a conversation between the two gentlemen It developed that the traveler had In his possession a quantity of what appeared to be pearls, but whloh were totally unlike onythlng .heretofore classed with these valuables. Mr. Harris, ever on the alert for something new. Immediately examined and gained possession of the entire lot, which he designated as "dead" pearls. They are Identical, In his opinion, with those that were In an ancient catalogue made In 1749 by an Englishman, John Wlnthrop, F. R. 8., classed as unrips pearla The real value of these dead pearls la very small, their worth lying only In their oddity and rarity. Many of them i are of a dark brown, or nearly dead black, color, and they vary from these through the ahades of lighter brown and very dull yellow, aome of them having streaks and blotches of nearly pearly white. A very few of them have points that are almost brilliant, and these would make fairly good sottlqgs for studs or other ornaments. In shape they are most oddly at variance and difficult of description. One ls a littles larger than the cross section of a common load, pencil, and looks as If two small specimens of the pictured old-fashioned beehive had been fnstened together by their bases; another resembles a toy ton, and an other a miniature walking stick. Soma nre cone shaped, some Irregularly elon gated, some bunded by a raised section of a lighter hue .and some look as If they had been turned out by a lathe. Buttons—buttons from the coats of great nnd distinguished army and navy men In particular—have been the Ideal hob bles of the women of every land, and so regardless of one of the commandments have been some delightful monomaniacs that the -malady of kleptomania has been added to thetr fashionable complaints. General Shermnn once satd that he was well provided with kisses, but that h* hadn't a button left on many a coat. There was delicious as well as delicate pathos In poor Cervcra's reply to a little girl who had besought him for a coat button, that he did "not even have a coat." The greatest number of buttons owned by n single per son Is In the possession of an English lady who has thorn from off garments known to have been worn by Marat, Robespierre, Na poleon, Wellington, Talleyrand, Washing ton, Franklin, Dickens, Thackeray, Byron, lilsmarck, Georges the Second nnd! Third, Nelson, Defoe, Walter Scott, Washington Irving, Grant, Garfield and other tllustrous persons of both sexes. The lady has twen ty-one thousand specimens In* all, the col lection being valued at $2t»,000. A Boston woman prides herself upon the ownership of seven hundred pairs of shoes, more than one hundred of them having been worn by criminals. Another Boston woman has hundreds of slippers, a number of whtoh have been worn by Josephine, Victoria, Eugenic. Mrs. James K. Polk, Mrs. Sheri dan. Mrs. Fnrrngut, Fannie Davenport. Mrs. Oates, Judlc. Bernhardt and others. There ls a young lady In Boston who ha* more than two hundred labels of European hotels taken from her trunks and one In Los Angeles who has six hundred menus taken from as many leading hotels and cafes she has stopped at In Europe and America during the past eighteen years. Another young lady of Los Angeles has a trunk with forty-two lahelsof ocean steam ers and hotels, the latter representing China. Japan, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Con stantinople, Athens, London, Parts Venice, Rome, Nice, Vienna, Edinburgh, New York, Washington. Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans. San Francisco. Pasadena, Riverside and other prominent places. Only a short time since I saw an account of two old Penneylvaniane—one of whom had read the Bible through 100 times with out skipping a word and the other forty eight times and the New Testament mlnety slx times. These two old fellows wer* harmless monomanlaca. I know a gentle man who has more thnn>a hundred editions of Shakespeare; another Who owns 200 canes of as many kinds of wood»: another who has collected room keys from hun dreds of flrsf-class hotels in Europe and lAmerloo: and still another who has r.»*rly a thousand old door latchea I once knew a gentleman In Washington who for yeara carried home an oyster shell nfter every Indulgence In a raw. Another man of my acquaintance has every theater coupon he has purchased since the "Black Crook" was brought out at Nlblo's garden in New York, some thirty years ago. A lady of my acquaintance In Boston claims to have 000 buttons from army and navy oflicers of many governments. Robert Bonner Is a monomaniac on the ownership of Che fast est trotters. The late George W. Child* spent nearly $60,000 on clocks, and at the time of his death owned nearly 2000 ancient and modern timepieces from all ports of the world. Jules Jaequemart. the famous etcher, who for years collected boots and shoes that had been worn by famous men and women, once cried like a child on ac count of the loss of a slipper fthait had bo longed to an actress of note. I once met Dr. Horknese of the San Fran olaco academy of sciences on a railway train near Los Angeles, and he showed mo some spider* that he had ridden on a stage 400 miles to capture and which he had found near Calabasaa, Southeastern Arizona. This delightful monomaniac Is one of th* most distinguished and energetic entomol ogists in the country, and has chased more horned toads and tarantulas, butterflies and beetles and other reptiles and Insecta than could havo been crowded Into a mod erate sized drawing room. The most learned entomologist in England ls Mis* Eleanor Ormerod. whose mania for Insect study Is so excessive that she spends whole days of rainy weather flat on. the ground studying grain and fruit pests, and has lately been made a member of thel Royal Agricultural society. The million getters and the riddle makera are many of them monomaniacß, and so also are many autograph fiends; btit the determined autograph letter seeker ts nearer Che asylum door than the more mod est nuisance who merely waylays Its vic tim with album In band. These are all monomaniacs, as are also (hose who assiduously collect portraits of Columbus and Pico del la Mlrandula, me diaeval ink-horns, etchings with remarks, editions of eminent authors, dueling pis tols and sworda, photographs, programs uf entertainments and menus, souvenir spoons, epeotacles, moucholra. No. 5 gloves and No. 2 shoes. These, and many others, ore victims, more or less, of this peculiar malady, upon which no pilules, potions or plasters are capable of relief. Call the malady what you will, then, and diagnose It as you may, you will surely find that In Its. treatment you may throw advice as well as physic to Tray, Blanche and Sweetheart, as well as to curs without pet names. The Horrible Part "Oh," slhe said, "I had a horrible dream last night. And—and you were a part of lt." "17" he exclaimed. "Yes; I dreamed that you and I wer* alone together upon a deserted Island." "Well," he replied, as he rose to go, If that's your klea of a horrible dream 1 guess I may as well be saying goodby." "But, wait," sihe cried, "until you have heard all. You were standing on the beach waving your coat as a signal for help." When he left, three hours later, a great change had come Into his life.—Chlcaga News.