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SHE CHANGED THE A"ACKS.
Heartless Cheating as Cards Praetlsed by a Mischievous Girl. Some of the old Saints that can't hug the young girls of Zion in balls, and have abol ished round dances in consequence, have now invented a new kind of pedro which gives them more of a chance. They start card p~rties at the evening socials and when ever anybody catches anybody elses pedro, the party winning has a right to kiss the other five times. The game is played with an equal division of the sexes and it is rare fun for the old elders of Israel. The other evening old Bishop - fixed up a pack of cards with nine pedros and started a game right in among some of the prettiest girls of the Ward. It happened, however, that the girls anticipated his little game and had a pack all ready without any pedros in. They rung in the cold deck on the old squesix and start ed the game. The old fellow made some big bids expecting to capture some pedroes and got set back on the board every time, All this time the girls kept exclaiming, "Oh, ain't this a nice game; so exciting." After playing an hour the old fellow didn't see the color of a single pedro and the glances and giggles of the girls caused him to suspect that the daughters of Zion were rather getting the best of him. He finally got so far off the board thatthe was comparatively speaking, out of sight and finally gave up the place to a young man who was seated near by watch ing the game. In a twinkling the girls transposed the packs again and for the next two hours the sounds of smacks that young man won could be heard all over the room. The old Bishop who began to drop on him self was the maddest man in all the land and is now putting up a job to find out the girl who changed those packs and cut her off from the Church. A Smart Horse Thief. A very good story is told of one Squire Dyer, who was a Justice of the Peace at Canon City in an early day. He prided him solf on having the finest saddle mare in all Colorado. She was as slick as a mouse and as fleet as a hound. Not a horse in Fremont county could overtake her in a one-hundred mile run, and the Squire was ready to stake his money on that proposition. One day a notorious horse thief had been captured and brought into Court to be committed. While the examination was progressing the Prose cuting Attorney and the Sheriff stepped to the door to counsel. The thief seized the op portunity, and clasped in the Squire's hand a $20 gold piece, with the remark: ' Hold the case until dark; then dismiss for error in the complaint. It sets forth that a horse has been stolen, while the evidence shows it was a mare." The case went tripping along un til the sun had dropped behind the hills and darkness shadowed the land. Then the Court raised the~horse and mare question and dismissed the prisoner. Before a new com plaint could be made he was far away under cover of darkness. The Squire then ad journed court and went straight home in high glee. Arriving there he clapped the "double saw buck" over his eye and went capering around the floor like a young colt. His good wife, noticing the wealth, made some remarks about apparel. "Noth ing to wear, eh ?" said the Squire. "A cali co dress goes." Supper being over, he re daired to the barn to feed his beast. But lo she was gone. He had a bogus coin in his pocket, while the thief was bestride his beautiful mare over the hills and far away. -- .. . * -- Whlppletrees. Almost any farmer knows that where a high-lifed, fractious horse and a slow one are worked together on heavy draught, es pecially on a harrow or plow where stay chains cannot be used, that the horse going ahead pulls less than his share of the load. But few men-even the men that makes these whippletrees-are able to tell the rea son or assign any remedy, except the stay chain, and it is the most discouraging thing in the world on a spirited horse to make him pull against a solid axletree. The fault lies in the improper construction of the double tree. It is a common practice among wagon makers to make their doubletrees too light, and in order to make them stand the pres sure, the draught hole where the bolt goes through into the tongue is placed near the front edge of the bar, or sometimes a strip of iron bolted on the front edge of the bar in which the pin or bolt works. In a double tree the usual length, say four inches wide, when one horse is eighteen inches ahead, the lead horse would have exactly three inches or three-fourths the width of the doubletree the advantage, which is killing on the other horse. To illnustrate this principal, take a board the length of an ordinary doubletree, a foot wide, and bore a hole in the center and two in the ends where the singletrees fasten on, and place it on the wagon tongue. Mo ve one end forward, and, if measured, the holes at either ends will be exzatly the same distance from the tongue. 'Now bore a hole four inches from the front apd eight inches from the back side of the I ypaglry doubletree, and move one end forward as far as it will go; measure again and you will find the hole at tue end wlhi ,ir4;J4* ward will be six inches farther from the tongue than the Qther; or, in ',ter ~ qro , if a doubletree one''foot wide were' ~isd, ws t the drnaught-pin toirr bed n sfftivj~ i edge, the fractious boe ,od' VeIi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------.;;.~r~*j~a-ha~, L~9c.~~~~~~~~~~Ll---Z~' Cnci'lii& inches leverage on the slow one. But in the case of lead bars, where the bar is fastened to the tongue by a chain, the result is re versed. Then the fulcrum is behind the bar instead of being in front, and the slow horse has just the same advantage as the fast horse has on the tongue. The width or thickness of an ordinary lead bar is three inches, and the link in the clip two inches, making five inches. The slow horse has the advantage just according to how far behind he keeps. So it will be seen the only true way is to have your doubletrees made with more timber in them, and have the draught-pin exactly in the center, and the singletrees fastened at the ends with clevices instead of clips, the hole being bored exactly in the center. TMy the experiment just to convince yourselves, and at the same time you are trying the ex periment with doubletrees and leadbars, take a pair of stretchers and fasten the ring in the doubletree-pin and move the ends back ward and forwards, and note the result. You will be astonished to find how much advan tage the hind horse has over the head one. Belles and Bacheloers. It takes a Western belle to speak her mind without fear or consequence. One of these inevitable old bachelors of society had been visiting one of these young ladies, and when he arose to go he expressed himself as charmed with her society, and hoped to see her soon again. "Oh, as to that, sir," said the belle, "since you are not a marrying man, I think there is no need of you calling again I" So that settled the matter. Society is flooded with wretched old bach elors and seedy widowers, who monopolize the company of the belles to such an extent that a young man is cast comparatively in the shade. If, as one lady declares, all wid ows ought to be cremated with their defunct husbands, then all old bachelors and widow ers ought to be drowned-so as to be-forever out of the way. It is true these old fellows are handy sometimes for an escort-just as we take pieces of cracked China from the cupboard when there is not enough better to around; but, if a young lady indulges in a taste for antiques, and allows herself to be escorted here and there by a train of wretch ed old fossils, who take up her time and at tention, and have not the slightest idea of proposing, as the years go by she will find herself fading into a passe belle, whom the younger men will neglect and the more youthful beauties will deride as an old maid. -Exchange. A Tribe of Tree Dwellers. A French naval doctor. M. Urevaux, has lately made important explorations in the northern part of South America, more especially in the valley of the Orinoco and its affluents. Among other facts of observa tion he states that the Guaraunos, at the delta of that river, take refuge in the trees, when the delta is inundated. There they make a dwelling with branches and clay. The woman light, on a small piece of floor, the fire needed for cooking, and the traveler on the river by night often sees with surprise long rows of fl'mes at a considerable height in the air. The Guaraunos dispose of their dead by hanging them in hammocks in the tops of the trees. Dr. Crevaux, in the course of his travels, met with Geophagous, or earth-eating tribes. The clay, which often serves for their food for whole months, 'seems to be a mixture of oxide of. iron, and some some organic substances. They have recourse to it more especially in times of scarcity ; but, strange to say, they are eager gourmands for the substance. Individuals in whom the depraved tastes become so pro nounced may be seen tearing pieces of ferru ginous clay from huts made from it, and put ting it into their mouths. A buaberranean River. Mr. Frank Davis informs us that while he was driving his cattle over to Snake river this fall. he came to a sink in the sagebrush plain, some five miles from 8nake river, on this, the north side, and about the same dis tance below the mouth of Catherine creek which empties into Snake river from the op posite or south side: On getting off his horse and examining the place, he found a hole or crevice, in the rocks, about a foot wide and several feet long, and could hear the roaring of a large stream of water from beneath. In dropping stones into the cavern or crevice they rumbled down between the rocks and were lost without hearing them strike on the bottom or in thbe water. The water appeared to come from the mountains and its course was towards Snake river. He jtdged the stream to be as heavy as Moore's creek. It was a good deal larger than Can yon or Indian creeks, and he does not think it came from either of those streams, but be lievep it to be p subterranean river flowing from or under the mountains on the north, but where it empties is more than he can conjecttre. Nc s4 stgeam is known to empty i6nto daeriver; but as there is no_ other possible place of discharge, it may run undmer and emptyrlntoe the middle of the ground, and as no sl~ bi treant is knowsr a the mountatinse betwes Bake and Boise u~~~g ~F~nt nierC~~~~ :';is~IR$"~;gstj~Ip .?ieia~~aW.k~s~ man, 7g. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. The Chicago Weekly News Free to Subscribers of the River Press. 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