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ONLY TOLD WHAT SHE HEADD.
Says Mrs. Brown Of Slandertown, "It may or may not be; I only tell You know me well What folks have told to me. They say that Fife And his young wife Get on quite awful, dear; They scold and fight Both day and night- Or that is what I hear. And who would think That Smith should drink The way he does, good Lord! Or so they say; My dear, I pray You will not take my word. And there's Miss Burt, The saucy flirt, She's talked about; I've heard Such frightful things, It blushes brings; To tell them, 'pon my word. Oh dear, they say The other day That Rev. Mr. Bird And Miss Montcalm Went arm-in-arm Down Broadway-so I heard." Says Mrs. Jones, In chilling tones, "You have quick ears, my dear; Just fill them full With cotton wool: You hear too much, I fear." CORAL REEFS. How and by What They :are Formed mummary of an Interesting Lecture by Professor Joseph Le Conie. Professor Joseph Le Conte of the State University opened the course of free popu lar lectures at the Mechanics' Institute Thurs day evening by one on "Coral Life and its Growth." It is the first of a series of three to be given by the lecturer on the same sub ject. He stated that he had selected that subject on account of its great popular and scientific interest, and because he had per sonally investigated the coral reefs of Flori da and adjacent islands. It was primarily of great interest, owing to the strange forms and bright coloring of the animals by which the reefs were formed, 'on account also of the beauty of the islands so formed, and of the large extent of land that the coral ani mals had been the means of adding to the inhabitable globe. He stated that the penin sula and keys of Florida were due to this formation. Another interesting cause was the danger to navigation from coral reefs. So great was this danger that although the sounding line in places may show a depth of 6,000 feet of water, yet within half a mile, a reef may exist to bring a vessel to destruc tion. The reefs of Florida were the most dangerous to navigation of any in the world. Key West in Florida, was, the lecturer stat ed, built upon a coral reef. The existence of these coral reefs has led to a wide misunderstanding. The common idea is that the animals are small insects, that they build their house somewhere after the fashion of ants and bees, that when alarmed they disappear in the holes, and that the reefs are the accumulation of mil lions of these insects, generation after gene ration. The Professor then proceeded to point out the fallacy of this belief. . He stat ed that the coral animal was a polyp belong ing to the group of radiata, that it consisted of limestone deposits in the form of a hollow cylinder with top and bottom dics surmount ed with tentacles containing a stomach and enveloped with gelatinous organic matter. The tentacles or arms were each provided with a mouth for the absorption of food. Coral is coraline limestone after the gelati nous organic envelop has decayed and is re moved. The animals which build reefs were not much larger than pinheads. Reef building corals, he stated, would not grow at a depth of over 1,000 to 1,200 feet. They have been reef-building corals found at a depth of 1,000 feet, but they were dead, drowned by being chrried below their depth. Corals would not grow wherethe temperature of the water was lower than sixty-eight de grees at any time. This confined them to the tropical regions, and they would not in any case grow except in clear salt water, which explained why there were breaks in reefs opposite the mouth of the river. The animals also required free exposure to the beating of the waves; the more violent the waves beat the more rapidly the reefs grew. The kind of coral found in the Pacific ocean were the fringe, barrier, circular and lagoon reef. The lecturer spoke for an hour and a half, and further entertained his audi ence with illustrations of the subject under discourse. Dlnrlntg With a Maglelsa. Dr. Lynn completed the one-hundredth performance of his mysterious magical feat of cutting a human being up at Bunneil's museum recently. The event was made the obcasion of a sort of Christmas festival and anhiversary dinner, to which all the museum curiosities were invited. A table was set ta one of the upper hals and Dr. Lvan presod ed, while on either side sat Mr. G. B. Bunnel, theglant and glanteus, Oapt. Bates arn lady, Dudley Foater, the "five pound s;toY," tib limbless man, the cannibal, the Rhatdoo snakecharmer, the Albinos, bonels men fit girls, and other Fctous wmtWbel s of th& mustbmi company and tie e mployes. tiBhaegicia 'after a sn k ti~itaoy to his gloomines and strage usa sat before the fat girl disappeared as she was eating it; anotlter plate of the same delicacy became a globe of gold-fish, and'another still was changed in a plate of baked chicken. A fragrant bouquet suddenly blossomed at Proprietor Bunnell's plate; before Capt. Bates a delicious plum pudding steamed, the cannibal saw a generous cut of roast, and the limbless man had a dish of raw eggs un der his nose. The waiters were out of the room during this time, and when they re turned the meal proceeded quietly until a course of oyster soup was reached. Then it was suddenly discovered that the midget who occupied the high chair had disappeared. A general search was instituted, and after some delay Dr. Lynn, with a serious air, broke the crust of his oyster pie and produced the five pound atom apparently from between the layers of oysters. The restored "curiosity" declared that he had been crowded, but could give no account of his disappearance. The remaining courses were finished amid similar difficulties. Dishes were whisked away by unseen hands, champagne was changed into water, milk, or coffee, and the dessert was found filled with silver half dollars, which in turn were transformed into live pigeons. -New York Times. It Wouldn't Work. "What makes you walk so straight, John ny ?" asked a fond mother the other day, as she saw her son making tracks for the out side door. Johnny was silent. "Have you a stiff neck, sir ?" asked his mother, eyei'ig him sharply. And Job hany seeing he was cornered re plied. "I cannot tell a lie ; it is a pumbkin pie that I stole from the shelf hard by, and I in tended to try to screen it under my jacket and escape your eye, and to eat it w ith the boys who lie in wait on the roadway nigh with many anxious sigh for the pie. At this juncture the pie dropped on the floor and spread like a scandal. Now, gentle reader, do you fancy his mother caught him in her arms and cried, and said she would rather have him steal a thousand insignificant pies, and ruin $75 worth of Axminster carpet than tell a false hood. She did not ; she reached for a broom, and fetched him in the small of the back that doubled him up twice and almost tied him in a bowknot, and sent him through the door as though he was running for the first base. A little later while rubbing himself against a shade tree, he solemnly murmured to the vagrant winds : "It may be right to go to Sunday school and tell the truth, but after this I shall traval on the straight lie. Perhaps it's bet ter to be right than President, but I'd rather be wrong than have my back broken in four or five places by a broomstick." SOIENTIFIC MISCELLANY., There is a new project at Minneapolis to utilize the saw-dust thrown from the saw mills, by mizing it with peat,, grinding both, and then molding the product into bricks or blocks of a convenient size to use for fuel. It is asserted by M. Hement that deaf. muteslwho have been taught to -speak artic ulate with the accent of their country, thus indicating organic conformations of the mechanism of speech similar to those of their parents. It has been proved by Mr. Walte's experi ments that a highly polished bearing is more liable to friction than a surface finely lined by filing. The lines left by the, file serve as reservoirs for the oil, while the high polish leaves no room for the particles between the metal surfaces. The experiments made by M. Bouchut with pepsine, as an agent for destroying worms in the stomach and bowels, have been repeated with yery favorable results. Even the tapeworm succumbs to the digestive ac tion of pepsine in large doses, while the more highly organized tissues of the stomach remain unaffected. On the authority of the Scientific American it may be mentioned that not less than 3,200, 000 pounds of glycerine are produced by the candle factories of the United States and utilized every year in this country, and yet so late as the year 1854 it was run off into the sewers as a waste product. A German manufacturer has succeeded in producing serviceable face masks of mica for the protection of metal and glass melters, stone-masons and other workmen exposed to heat, dust and noxious vapors. These masks allow the eye to be turned in any direction, and there is space ,enough for spectacles in case the eyesight is defective. By means of a series of very interesting experiments regarding the muscular power of insects, M. F. Plateau has discovered that while a horse can not exert a stress beyond the sixty-seventh of its weight, a cockchafer can easily draw a load equal to fourteen times its weight, and a bee can draw a little ~wagon twenty times heavier than itself. i tme e ngineers of Dundee, Bcotland, have tried walkreeese a new gan for throwing a line to a wrecked vesseL The ·gun is about tw: feet' h;lemgtb,:and;has a boreof two Iaspa halt iehes in diameter. The cord is ilB4d itn tbe tormof a ep pand put- inaside : i5 4~.iter, ~wlich is redo ou of the gun, 'ipin~·g t*ihs uiaemtRO* iabehind it, Two. ouinp p( gqepower carties the fnt of the F - Stockmen's Rewards! $500 REWARD! WILL BE GIVEN by the Choteau and Meagher Counties' Stock Protective Asso ciation for the apprehension and con viction of any peason or persons who sell, barter or give whisky, or other intoxicating drinks, to Indians on the ranges of Stock men who are members of this Association $100 REWARD ! WILL Bi G1VEN for the apprehension and conviction of the first person or persons de tected selling; bartering or giving whisky, or other intoxicating drinks, to Half-breeds on the ranges of the members of this Asso ciation. $500 REWARD ! WILL BE GIVEN for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons who maliciously or carelessly set out prairie fires on the ranges of members of this As sociation. By order of the Executive Committee of the Choteau and Meagher Counties Stock Protective Association. M. E. MILNER, Secretary. GUY'S RESTAURANT, The undersigned desired to inform the people of Ben ton that he has op .ned a tirst-class Res taurant on the Corner of Main and Bond Streets, and respectfully solicits a share of the public patron age Am specially prepared to accommodate day boarders. Give me a call. C. E. GUY. Meals or Lunch Served at any Hour, Day or Night. ART GALLERY The undersigned would respectfully inform the citi sens of Benton and vicinity that he has fitted up rooms on the Corner Main and Power St., And is now prepared to do the very best of work in his line. Oilt Door Scenes at Buildings A specialty. Work done at Helena rates, and guar anteed to be equal to any in the Territory. 2-2 JUSTUS FEY. Atchison's Trading Post SIX MILES SOUTH OF FORT RIAGINNIS. A complete stock of General Merchandise, INDIAN GOODS, And Miners' Outfits. Having removed my stock of merchandise from Ft. Maginnis, and added a large and complete invoice of new goods, I am prepared to supply settlers, miners, and travelers with as good goods and at as low figures as any store in this seetion of the coun,ry outside of Fort Benton, 40 JNO. 8. ATCHnISON. "EAGLE BIRD SALOON" And Rlestaurant. LAIAN STREET, BENTON - - MONTANA. This popular resort is always found stocked with the choicest goods, purchased in the East and ship ped expressly for this house, c9mprising the very lnest brands of Whiskie a, WINES, BR.A.NDIES, Milwaukee Bottled Beer, And the Sneut brands of IMPORTED AŽLD POMESTIC CIGARS. Th BJar is the Snet in S~eotusand you can always get any kind of fancy drink yen call for, mixed I 'n Ireta style and fitt'the choicest W OQ8TE R, UR*PULIEWM. TOM J. TODD & CO. Wholesale and Retail Dealers in WINES, LIQUORS, CIGARS And Tobacco. FRONT ATREET, - .-. . . ". . FORT BENTON, Fine Old Sour Mash Bourbon and Mellwood Rye Whiskeys CONSTANTLY ON HAND. ALSO Imported and Domestic Brandies and Wines, St. Louis and Milwaukee Beers, Booker's, Hostetter's, Angastora and East India Bitters. Cigars and Tobaccos to suit all classes of trade. OUR MOTTO-"GOOD QUALTY AND HONEST QUANTITY." r''ORDERS FILLED P. D. Q. W. H. BURGESS, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES. The Finest and Most Complete Stock of Fancy Groceries ever brought to Benton. FINE CIGARS a SPECIALTY W. H. BURCESS, Murphy, Neel & Co.'s old stand, cor. Front and Benton Sts. $18. $18. $18. 18. An American Watch in a 4-oz Silver Case, for $18 (Fully Warranted.) Initial Sleeve Bllttons Iader, omMontana Agents For White's Sewing Machine. Watches, and orders sent by mail, will receive prompt attention, and satisfaction guaran teed in every instance. W. C. BAILEY, Helena, M. T. H. J. WACKERLIN T. C POWER & BRO. H. J. Wackerlin & Co, WHOLESALE AND RPTAIL DEALERS IN HARDW4RE, BAR IRON, WAGON TIMBERS HORSE SHOES AND NAILS, Tinwar Stoves, Queensware, Classware, Tin Roofing, and Sheet Iron Coods of Every Description. Our Wagon Timbers are of the Best Seasoned Hard Woods, and consist of all woods used in building and re pairing Wagons, Carriages and Buggies. Our stock of Queeneware is the largest and most complete ever brought to Montana, and comprises every article required by hotels and families., PLAIN AND FANCY TOILET, DINNER AND TEA SETS, Cut Glass Bar Tumblers, Plain and Fancy Goblets. The Charte Oak and Acorn COOKING AND HEATINC STOVES. And the popular WESTMINISTER AND GARLAND SOFT 00AL BASE BURNERS THIE BIST AND ONLY SUCCR8SFUL BASB BURNERS IN USZE. TIN GOODS. We have a complete stock of Tin Goods, inclading Tin roofing, Gttrs and Pipes, and will contract to do at kinds of Rootng, Repatlring, etc. Tin Goods of every description Made to Order on short notice and at reasonable prices. We propose to ke.p one of the largest and best supplied estab lishments of the kind in Montana, and will spare no pains or expense to CIVE ENTIRE SATISFACTION TO OUR PATRONS. FINE FURNITURE. F. 0. ROOSEVELT & CO., HaIe opened on the .orner of Main and Bond sts., with a fui ll~e of Flurnitur aWIv t Turktey Sets, ordinpy; upholitered sets, hi siIks, velvets, reps, aidhalralcloth. Walnuitcane bottom sets. Bed reeoom ets All styles and prices. OCheaper then IaU:ian iy thetm East ahd pay freight. Call aind