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VOL. XUII. MIFFLINTOAVN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1SS9. Kn fo Tub chrysanthemum will be the n tlonal Cower pro tern., for exhibitions of It will be beM ia more than a half dozen Important cities and in smaller places this month. Ir is now reported that Dr. Teters Is alive. If this report be true, the report recently of bis massacre was incorrect. Every one hopes the Doctor is not dead, but tliis intermittent mourning is be coming excessively monotonous. Apropos of the World's Fair fund t'irt New York VTorlJ, in referring to il:e subscription, says: 4 There is no ?p m'.aneity." It struck us that there was too muc'u fpoutaueity m not sub scribing. With the admission of the two Dako ta, Montana aud Washington, an area three times as great as that of the UntiMi Isles ' b ought into the family of Stater. 1 g in are we constrained to reniaik that this is a great country. SoMRouebas suggested that Admi ral Walker and las squadron be ordered to II o Janeiio to encourage the new republic. The l ew republic don't want any encouragement of that kind now; it seems to be getting along very well without foreign interference. The postage on parcels should be re duced as proposed. It can be done without great cost to the Government, and the result would be a great benefit to theteople in general. It is not sur prising that the express companies are opposed to having a reduction made, because their ln'erest lies in keeping the postal rate as high as possible, Dut such opposit on is only a strong argu ment. The public may get some idea of the quality of low-priced revolvers by noting the fact that when the Govern ment wants S'lUO perfectly plain but ser viceable revolvers it contracts with the Colt Arms Company to furnish them at f li."0 each. The best revolver is a bad thing in tl e hands of ninety-nine men out of a hundred, and very few get the lest. .The gambling saloons of Monaco have been eularired on account of In creasing business, and It is pretty evi dent that the scientific Prince of Mo naco does not intend to put an end to this ue of the Casino at the end of the present lease. I'ossibly he thinks that the losses from gambling constitute a proper punishment for those who fad to study science enough to learn that the chances are ngiinst the players. To f.E the possessor of an unique thing Is a great delight and satisfaction to many people, and should there be any of that description among the Pan Americans, they possess the experience of that entirely unique thing, a rail way ride of six thousand miles, carry ing with them all the way their own hotel on wheels, drawing-room, bed chambers, diuing-room, kitchen bath room, library, offices, smoking-room and other conveniences, teeiug more cities, towns and industrial centres, and receiving more courteous atten tions than were ever seen or received before by any traveling party lu the fame space of time. The Marine Conference is now con sidering the adoption of a rule requir ing all boats to carry lights at night. Ttie r reposition is that regardless of size and whether they be rowbonts. sailboats or steamloats, lights shall be carried, and it Is a good one. No river in A inerica lias so many small sail boats as the Ielaware during the sum mer time, and nearly every small boat tailor in this vicinity has had one or more narrow escapes from being run down by larger vessels. Hundreds of others did Dot escape, and the gieat majority of the accidents and the nar row escapes were due to the fact that the small boat had no light. The pilot of the steamboat, tug or hailing vessel was i.ot able to see the rowboat or cat boat until it was too late to avoid a collision. Although several European na tions are reported to have adopted a smokeless powder for s nail arms. Gen eral Iienet reports that "no American has yet submitted for trial a smokeless powder,' and ytt he has reason to be lieve that Invention originated here. A smokeless powder would enable the Government to reduce the calibre of small arms, t,hns reducing the weight of the gua itself and of the ammunition, or, if the same weights should be car ried, increasing the number of rounds ot ammunition served to each soldier. A 30-calibre ritle (the size proposed for use with smokeless powder) would be lighter than the usual sporting rifle and have a bore not much more than half the size of the present military weapon. Uncle Sam should have copyrighted the title United States. luere are three nations on the American conti nent now known as the United States our own the United States of America, the United States of Columbia and the United States of Brazil. When the two latter become better known by such title, and not as "Columbia" and "Brazil," there may be diftiulty in the nnst-niTifM with correspondence care lessly directed. It is true that Euro peans usually direct letters to this country bv the full title. United States of America," a style of super scription that looks somewhat strange to Americans, who seldom have need to ure the letters "U. S.," and never think of any other union of States. But the time may come when the United Slates Columbia and the United States of Brazil may be of such Importance as to require a wider dis tinction ot title ttan that which norr exists. . I SHE COULDN-T REMEMBER. When It Comas to Asking Ques tions, Fair Woman Takes the Cake: "Women are our worst cases, said old Dr. Vismuth to me the other day. "It takes them an hour and a half to tell how their babies itot buttons up their noses, or bow they themselves feel when they think they are sick. And when It tomes to asking questions, there's no heading them off at alL 1 explain in the simplest manner everv de tad in regard to their taking the med icines I give; and after I've got them nut, and the door locked and bolted they'll come rushing back logo through with this catechism: "Oh, doctor, what did you say to take Erst the drops or the powders?" "Tue drops Crst." "And then the powders?" 'And then the drops again?' "Y.s. yes." "How often did you say?" "Every two hours it is marked on the medicine." "Oh, is it? How many drops did you say?" "Six. "Jn how much water?" "A teaspoouful." "And then one of the iwdcrs?" "Yes, yes.' "Are the powders bitter?" "No; not at all." ".-hail 1 take them dry?" "Yes, if you, like." "Shall I take them at night?" "No; it is not necessary." "What if they don't cure me?' Then come back aijain." "It isu't anything serious?"' "Oh, no; not at alL' "ISetause I'd want to know the exa-t lrut', it it was. There's heart disease in our family. My mother's uncle died of it, aud my own cousin thinks he has It now ; and so, of course, I'm a little worr.ed, and if I thought there really iras any danger I'd 1 declare, I've forgotten which I'm to take Crst, the drops or the powders; which did you fay?" "The tfops." "And ten the ponders? Oh, yes; 1 remember. How stupid of me to for get sixteen drops in " "No; six droi." "Oh, yes; six drops in Lalf a lea-cup of water, and " "No, no in c trxuii.ooTtful of wa ter." "Oh, yes. I must be crazy. I never comM reti.emlier any Vtir-fj. It's . provoking. Now, let me sets after the drops comes the powders, two every hour uutd "-Yo; one every two hour?.' "Oh, of courbe. How foolish of me! I nill remember now Crst a drop. then a iiowder. That's it. Oh, doc tor, I want to ask you If " ''Another patient comes in. aud 1 am rescued. Hut, ten to one. 1 will be called out of bed at midnight by a fem inine Tolce screeching over my tele phone wire: "IK ctor l'lsuiiilh; that you? v hich did you s.-y to take tint the drop or the powders? I'm afraid I've made a mistake. ". EVERYONE HAS A HOB3Y. Some of the Peculiar Diversions of Prominent Men. Joe Jeffrsou is an artist. Edwin Booth is an enthusiastic whist player Hilly Florence is a fisherman. Hi chief hobby, though, seems to be prac tical joking. Oscar S. Straus, ex-Minister to Tur key, makes a liol-by of collecting aud studying books on American bis'ory. George Bancroft, the hisior.au. i passionately fond of roses, and has some of tl e fine-t specimens in the country. KoUrt Bonuer uevotrs all bis time and attention to his horse. His mania is to own the fastest Hotting horse on the trottlnz turf. j George W. Child, the Philadelphia journalist and philanthropist. Is .lor id of collecting authors manuscr.pt, china, and bric-a-brac William lloekfelier is an admirer of fast horses. He owns a three-quarter mile track at which he treats bis friends to I aces between his own horses. Cooper Hewitt, son of Ex-Mayor Hewitt, bas one of the best collections of musical instruments in Amer.ca and knows how to p ay on nearly all of them. John D. Kock teller's hobbles are churches and charities, and he devotes all his spare time to furthering the in terests of the Methodist church. He Is also fond of horses. Henry Villard. the railroad magnate. Is passionately fond of music. He is a good performer on the violoncello, and is thoroughly posted on all the doings in the operatic world. Kusscl tage is au enthusiastic chess player. After solving the problems of the bulls aud 1-ears, and puts and calls on Wall street, he goes home to solve problems on the chess board. Mrs. Harrison is a very good painter. Nearly a 1 the pictures in the Harrison homestead were painted by her, and many of them are really works of art. The President take) a great deal of in terest in his wife's work. Jesse Seligman devotes all his spare time and attention to the Hebrew Or phan Asylum, improving that institu tion and doing what be can to add to the comfort of the children who live there. This seems to be a perfect hobby with him. George Gould is a philatelist. He has one of the finest collections of for eign stamps In the world and devotes a great deal or bis spare time in arrang ing them and sticking them in albums according to their classification. Another hobby is his baby. Brayton Ives, of Wall street, has per h:ip the finest collection of old manu scripts, missals and rare books in the country. He attends all the sales and frequently sends commissions to the book sales that take place in Europe, and is considered a well posted biblio grapher. W. E. Kimball, the great tobacco nist, of Rochester, has the finest collec tion of orchids in the country. He bas spent fabulous sums of money to buy some of the rarest of the queer plant that could be found. He devotes a great deal of his time in studying and watching their growth. Henry Clews, of Wall stmt fa-re, t'evotes all bis -parj time and attention to his home. You can take bis atten tion away from his business if you begin to talk about his house, aud be is per fectly delighted when anybody requests A i- li'.un Aver the building. His Mthroom is of solid onyx and cost JjO, OOOL John Wanamaker, the Postmaster eeneral has been a busy man all his life. Hi only booby is the Sunday school -Kih ia connected with Bethany Church in Philadelphia. II ii m wTspped up In the succesi or this Sun day school that he is frequently caught uejjjocwug ins Dusmess to discuss bun day school matter. Charles A. Dana finds recreation among the flowers. His dowers have taken prizes at the Cower shows in this Ticiuity for a number of years and always form one of the most attractive exhibits at the sh3w. He is especially fond of chrysanthemums and has thou sands of var.euesof these curious plants in his garden. Jay Gould's bobby seems to have been collecting dollars; but in addition to this very Interesting collection, which now numbers s-veral millions, be is very fond of Cowe:s. He has, perhaps, the finest conservatory in the country, and he works among bis flowers and rare plants in his conservatory just as bis gardener would. President Harrison is very fond of bric-a-brac Ia bis bouse in Indiana polis he has a very rare collection, among which a e some very valuable Greek and Itoman coins. He also keeps a scrap-book in which be has a copy of all the stieeches he tms ever made. This scrap-liook was very useful when Gen. Lew Wallace was compiling h's auto b.oraphy. William Waldorf Astor who is the heir presumtive to about $2J0,O0J,CO '. is a very model young man for a mil lionaire's son. He is a good business man, and has no particular hobby. He is moderately fond of horses and yachting, and is a good fencer and boxer. He is a man of strong literary and artistic tastes, and if he had not len a millionaire's son he would prob ably h ive been an at list. The Future Life. I feel in myself the futnre life- T am like a forest which has been mure than once cnt down. The new shoots are stronger and livelier than ever. I am rising, I know, toward the sky. The sun shine is over my head. The earth gives me its generous sap, but heaven lights me with tho reflection of unknown worlds. Y'ou say the soul is nothing bnt the resultant of bodily jiowers, why then is my soul tho more luminous when mv bodily powers begin to fail? Winter is on my head and eternal Spring is in my heart. I breathe at this hour the frag rance of the lilies, the violets and the rows as at twenty years. The nearer I approach the end the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite rue. It is marvelous, yet simple. It is a fairy tale and it is history. For half a century 1 have been writing my thought in prose, verse, history, phil osophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, song 1 have tried alb Hut I feel that I have r.i -t said the thous andth part of what is in mo. When 1 go (linn to the pravo 1 can say, like so many others: "I have finished my bay's work;" bnt I cannot say "I have dnished mv life." My day's work will rii'frin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley, it ia a thorough hire. It closes in the twilight to opcu with the dawn. I improve every hour Wcause I love this world as my fatherland. My work is only a Wginning. Mv work is hardly above its foundation. 1 would be glad to see it mo inting and mounting for ever. The thirst for the infinite proves infinity. I'icfor JIuao. An Economist. Scene, Chicago cable car. "Helloa, M urk." says Jobble, looking up from a newspaper and recognizing a friend, "you don't live out this wav, do you?" "No." 'Which way are you going?' "Out to I-ake Yi-w to get shaved." "What, a'.I the way out there to get shaved when there are hundreds ot barter shops down town!" lou fee, Jobble. I have just gone to housekeeping, and must economize. I get shaved tor five cents ia Lake View. Ten cents saved every day or so will amount to something after awhile." Yes, but you don't save anything. You may pay only five cents for your rhave but your far there and back is ten ceuts; lion't you understand?" "Well. I'll swear I'm the biggest fool 1 ever saw. Been doing this trick for six weeks, wondering all along what became of the money 1 saved by going to a five-cent barber shop. Stor. the car at the next street, conductor. Probibly I've got sense enough to walk back, but I don't know." Franklin. Who, or all the great men rone be fore, would so much ejoy coming back to our planet for a visit as Dr. Benjamin Fianklin with his kites and llghtnlug-rods? And he would surely ask to be set down at the door of 1 bos. Edison, first of alL Just a hundred years ago. xhen Dr. Franklin was eightj-two, lie wrote to a friend, with a m03t delightful naive boyishness that he wished he could have been born a century or two later. He said: "Many improvements, now iinthoucht of. will before lliat period be produced; and then I might not only enjoy their advantages, but have my curiosity gratified in knowing what they are to be. A Surgical Triumph. A small tumor was removed from an important nerve in a patient's arm, and in the course of the operation some of the nerve itself was taken away. This was naturally followed by a loss of sensation in the part of the skin to which the nerve was distributed. After forty-eight hours the surgeon, having cbtained a piece of healthy nerve from a leg which had Just been amputated, procee Jed to restore the continuity of he patient's nerve with the borrowed piece of tissue. The result was that sensation returned In thirty-s:x hours, and there was every prospect of a com plete racovery. Trta New Housekeeping. One of the finest of the apartment hotels indicates a solution of the serv ant ftlrl pioblein that will appeal more and more to women. Its suits are ar ranged for famtre", but differ from liisi c ;i3s U.il " l'-al no kitchen is provide I or dining room, livery oue etts iu a s.peib dining hadon the seventh tljor, the meals in which -iS uipplitd, cookel and served tj the owuer and mauager or the building. All one needs to do is to eit, dnuk, sleep and p.ty one's bills when they become due, the cares of housekeeping being shouUlered on tin proprietor of the estab'ishment, while at the same time one ha the frsedom and privacy of one's owu hon. Ottawa and the Government BuUd-IngrsJ Ottawa is the capital of the Domin ion of Canada, made so by the choice of the Queen. When it was a question of making a selection, both Montreal and Toronto were anxious for the honor, but the Queen bestowed it finally upon Ottawa. It ia in the province of Onta rio, and although a long way removed from some of the outlying parliamen tarr districts, is fairly central. There ia one parliament for Canada consisting of the Queen, an upper house, styled the Senate, and a lower house, styled the House of Commons. The Senate consists of seventy-eifrht members sppointed for life, and the House of Commons, of 214 members, elected for five years. The Government buildings of -which we give some beautiful views, taken during an artist's tour this summer, are situated on what is called Barrack Hill, in the midst of eautifully laid out grounds, and the situation is the most picturesque one imaginable. They Lave an elevation of 150 feet, and from this point of vantage, one can take in the whole of the surroundings, and at the same time have a splendid view of the Ottawa, J which washes the western base of the hill. The building is of light-colored sand-tone; the red sandstone of the arches, and the cut sandstone ornamen tations give a warmth to the pile and relieve it of its otherwise creamy dull ness. The main structure contains the Senate Chamber and House of Com mons. There are two departmental tmildings removed about a hundred yards from the Legislative Chamber. A third departmental edifice called for by the growth of affairs in the north-west, is in course of erection, and altogether Canada will have public buildings far in advance of those posessed by many of the Kuropean powers (no other colony has anything approaching them) and fullv worthv her growing import ance. Tie buildings together, cover nearly four acres. The Parliamentary Library is a splendid building, circular in shape and constructed after the plan of the library in the British Museum, with a dome 'JO feet high. There are two librarians one of whom is Mr. Martin J. Griltin, at one time editor of the Toronto MaiL Our second cut reproduced the dome of this building, which ia of exquisite beauty and finish. Ottawa itself, is a great lumbering center, aud the busy whir of the saw mills is heard the whole day long, whilst the air is redolent with the resin ous smell of pine. The saw-mills are a sight in themsel ves. Some of them are lighted by electricity, so that during the season work is carried on without cessation day and night. The principal mills are clustered around the Canadian Falls. Much of the prosperity of the city is due to the valuable water power furnished by these fulls, and the river's turbulent rapids which font to run quite a u um ber of tlour mills and factories. On the opposite bank of the Ottawa fi ver lies II al-, the home of the lum bermen. It ia joined to the capital by a suspension bridge, which spans the river just in front of the Canadian Falls. It is from this bridge that the best view of the falls ran be obtained. These falls are highly attractive at all times, and no one should visit Ottawa without seeing them. In the summer months when the busy hum of the mills rills the air, and the water foams and sparklet with many colors in the warmth of the sun, they are the brightest; but in the spring freshets their grandeur increases, and they, as the increa-ed volume of water romps and roars, carrying everything lefore it, seem altogether new-born. This vigorous new life is in striking contrast to tho thraldom from which they have just been released; for in the winter they are enchained in ice and shrouded in snow. Then they seem but the ghosts of their former selves; aud were it not for the gush of escap ing waters it would be difficult to im agine that they ever lived; for theclang of the wheels and the sharp hiss of the driving saws are no longer heard, and the roar of the waters in the unfathom able basin has ceased. The gladsome music of summer, and the turbideut nproar of spring, have given place to the rigid silence of winter. The spray bas formed itself in fantas tic draperies, lacing the rocks, and con necting the river's Trowing sides by icy threads seemingly spun by a gigantic spider born of the frigid north. The whirl-pool in frout of the Falls, whoso depth no man has yet discovered lies un raffled in the arms of the frost king whilst the frozen foam has heaped itself in weird shapes upon its glossy surface. The writer is indebted for the above leantiful description to Stuart Cumler land's account of Ottawa, in his very interesting book entitled "The Queen's Highway." A Woman of One Poem. Rose Hartwich Thorpe, the author of Curfew Must Not King To-night" is now living in the South for the benefit of her husband's health, but as her own health surfers there, they think of mak ing Southern California their future home. She is now a woman of 3D, and she wrote the well known verses w hen vhe was under 17. All she got for them was a letter of thanks from the editor of a Detroit newspaper to whom she sent the lines. She is a native of Indiana, and passed her childhood in great poverty. She says: "Of all dull, prosaic lives, mine was the dullest and most prosaic." When site wrote Cur few" she had no education and no know ledge of books, though she afterwards applied herself to them and became a school teacher. But even during her early married life it was more import ant to her reputation among her neigh bors that she should "keep house" in approved fashion than that she should write well, and she remarks: "Until the year 1S0 1 waa laundry maid, cook, seamstress and nurse for my children." This experience recalls the story of Mrs George Kipley, to whom suspended Harvard students used to go to be coached. Some one is said to have found her listening at the same time to one boy who waa reciting Greek and another who was demonstrating a propo sition in analytics, while she shelled ieas and rocked the baby's cradle with Ler foot. An Industrious Woman. Mr. Mc Corkle "What are you going to do with that kuitting? I thought you were going shopping." Mrs. McCorkle "tSo I am, but I want to utilize the hours I shall spend while waiting for change." Mrs. Humphrey Ward, has been offered 5, IKK) dollars for a story of thirty thousand words, How It Turned Out. Tm pn!n now to ran twir." Paul little sam mi Greer, one day, Thn I can do Just what I choose"; I'll never have to black my shoe. Or wab my lace or coma my hair. I'll find a place. I know, somewhere. And never bare apaia to fill The old chip-basket, so 1 will. "Ood bye. mamma." he a!d. (rood bye! He thought hi mother then would cry". Shonlv Ktid. Vou jro tiz. dear?" And didn't shed a nuittie tear. "There, now," said Sainmle Greer, I know She doe not cat if I do co hut Bndtret does: lie'll have to fill 1 he old chip-basket so she w ill." Eu Brldcet only said. '-Well, boy, 1 ml cft fir surer 1 wish you Jov. And Sammie's little sister Kate. W ho switiijc upon the card-n cate. haid anxiously as he passed through. o umht, whatever w 111 you do Wheu you can't pet no 'lasses spread At supper Uiue ou tap of breaar" One day from home and Sammle Greer's Weak little heart was lull of tears; He thought alout "Ked Killing Hood." The wolf that met her in the wood. The bean-stalk boy who kept so mum V ben be heard the giants -Fee fofuin." Of the dark mgit and the policeman. And then poor Sauimic homeward raa. Quick through h aller-way he sped. And crawled in through the old wood-shed. T he hie chip-basket he did fill. He blat-ked h:s shoes up with a wil: He Mashed his face and combed his hair; He went un to his mother's chair: And kissed her twice and then he said, "I'd like some 'lasses ioi of bread." SAVED BY A PARROT. "Stop thiei!" Pit-a-pat. Fit-a-pt. "Halt, or I del" The watchman paused beside a lilac ush, fragrant with the blossoms of May, and leveled his revolver. I!ut the fugitive sped on through the eglected grounds surrounding the old Thorndale mansion. Iiatigl As the shot nnr out upon the still light air, lis intended victim looked hack. At the same instant the moon peeped jver the top of a dark cloud, its sllver white ray illuminating his handsome, hough startled face. "Haiti" shouted the watchman, re cocking his v.eapon. But not even the whistling of the leaden bul'et had brought the fugitive to terms. He raised a large object to a evel with bis bead, and, with marvel Jus agili'y, leaped into the air, aud dis appeared from view over a high stone all. Fiona the vantage ground of th's bar ren, the parting custodian cT the place was soon fltshing his dark lantern up and down the narrow confines of the Jeserted little court. A muttered curse escaped his lips as he saw that his pursuit had been a fail ure. "Hello, Tom Daley! What are you loing here'"' This hail and question proceeded from a tall man who bad just arrived tt the street coiner about Ulty feet away. "Following a trespasser a thief, Mr. Graves," was the response. "Open the gate, and be lively about it!" "Well?" queried Grtves when lis com mat d had b-eu complied witlr and he bad been admitted to the extensive euclosure. "I was in front of the house when I heard a noise in the rear." "Well?" "I ran around and saw a man leaping from the l'.biary window." "Hal a burglar?" "Exactly." Had he taken anything?" "He carried in his hand a bird cage the largest of all of them. I think." "Thai's strange. Would you know him?" "I would, and do." "Who !s he?" I.yne Laird." "The old man'j former secretary?" "The same. 1 got a good view of him, aud am sure. What be could want with a bird cage I can't under stand." "Xor I, except that it is to cover up jhis tracks destroy a clue of some kind." "A clue!" repeated Daley, hoarsely. "Ton don't mean " "That Lyne Laird murdered his for mer employer and benefactor, Israel Thoinda'e? That's it to the smallest punctuation mark." 4,IuiK)Ssible!' "1 thought so at Crst, but facts are convincing th ugs." Hadn't we better give the alarm? He may get out of the city." "Xo danger. I've notified the police to run b:m in. They'll have him by morning." "But what in the world " 'Listen, Daley, here's the case. Time days ago old Israel Thorndale was louiul in his library, where he's elept among bis birds, squirrels and white mice, ih-se twenty years, with a knife burleJ in his heart. " That's right, 1 was the Crst " "Xever mind tha. I'm called psa professional detective to take control o, the ca.'e, aud place you in charge of the premises." "Ai d much obligeJ I " "The lower door seemed to have been a 'good deal ransacked, but nothing of value was missed. The motive wasn't robbery says L" "That's clear." "So I looked deetxT. Who would lie benefitted by the old man's death? 1 inquired." "Xot Lyne Laird!" "Don't jump at conclusions. The dead man's niece, pretty little Susie Iraux, is his sole he r at law." "So they say. But you don't mean it "To accuse her? Bless you, no! She's as good as she's beautiful. Site's been the light of old Israel's life since her mother died and she came to live with blm, six years ago." "They say that the old man dis charged La ra last year, lor making love to her." "That was my only clue. An hour after the matter was placed in my hand?, I left the city for Keokuk, w here she had been fo.' a month, visiting an old schoolma'e." "And you found " "That Lyne Laird had been there for two weeks, but left the morning of the day the murder was committed, stensi bly to return to Chicago, where he is employed as a stenographer. Instead of that, he came here. ' "That looks bad. What was be do ing In Keokuk?" "Faving court ?sy to Miss Traux." "Xo?" 'Yes, and successfully, too. lie urged her to marry him at once, but she de clined to do it without her uncle's consent-" "Which he would never have given?" "Of course not. So tbe knizht of the pencil makes a double play: be elimi nates tbe consent Question, and makes his prospective bride the heiress of a cool million, all with one stroke of the knife." "1 see." 'Since my return this evening from Chicago, where I learned that Laird had not been seen since he left on his vacation, more than a fortnight ago. I have found that hm was seen here, within two blocks of where we row stand, on the night of the murder." "It will go hard with him, wou't it?" "Hard? It will bang himl" Tom Daley bad ma le no mistake. Tbe roan who had eluded him was in deed Lyne Laird, the sccejted lovrr of the dead millionaire's niece. Vaulting a second wall he escaped the eyes of the watchman, aud was soon a mile from the place. In the busiest portion of the city lie entered a large lodging hiuse. and quietly mounted to the upper floor. Then he unlocked a door and passe! into a small, scantily furnished sleeping room. He placed his burden, a large wire cage, upon the bed, and proceeded to light a lamp. Then lie threw himself into a chair. "What do I not owe to Susie?" mur mured he. "But for her I would never have imagined myself suspected. She was more than a match for Detective Graves. Her warning may save me, yet." Still. I'm in a bad box." he re sumed, after a moment's reflection. t will be shown that I was here the n'eht of the muider, probably that I w as seen to enter the house. Bes des this, and my recent visit to Keokuk, the murderer has no doubt left clues purposely to entangle me. If I only had a suspicion of the real perpetrator. all might be well. Polly Ballou, there is my only hope." He turned toward the cage from which a large parrot was peering forth. "If anything was said, either by the assassin or his victim, its ten to one she will reieat it, continued the young man. "I remember her as something wonderful as an imitator." "IVrdizione!" At this word, uttered in the shrill, falsetto voice of the parrot, Lyne Laird sprang excited y to his feet. "Ierdizione!"hereieated. "It's the favorite oath of Mezzofanti, Mr. Thorn dale's old partner in the cigar imjiorting tra.le. I heard him tise it frequently when be was here three years ago. I always susjiected him of designs on the old man's fortune. He's the murderer!" "I'erdizione!" Neither Lyne Laird, nor I'olly Bal lou, pronounced the word this time. It eminated from a man whose dark scowl ing face was glowering down from the transom over the door connecting with the adjoining apartment. "Who's there?" came from the p:ir rot." Tretty Tolly," said Lyne, encour agingly. "Michael Mezzofanti, you have killed me!" shrieked the bird. "I am saved!" cried Laird. "I'erdizioue!" The word was softly hissed out as the dark face vanished above the door. Early the following morning Lyne Laird was arrested by Graves the de Uclive. He waved an immediate hearing, and was remanded for three days. In the meantime a strange thing came to light. This was the discovery among the dead man's palters, of a will executed by him three years before. Willi the exception of 510,000 given Susie Traux, his entire fortune was devised to his old time partner, Michatl Mezzofanti, of Sew Orleans. While thiscau-ed adeclded sensation few were surprised. Mr. Thorndale had been an exceedingly eccentric man, ai d always professed great regard for Mezzofanti, to whom, Mnce the dissolu tion of their partnership many years before, be had more than once advanced money. A telegram was at once sent to New Orleans, apprising the legatee of his good foituue, and ou the second day he put in an appearance and qualified as the executor of the estate. m When the case of Lyne Laird was called, the courtroom was crowded. A strong prima facie case was made by the prosecution, aud the defendant placed in the box to testifv in his own behalf. He protested his innocence, and stated that be bad called upon the murdered man to beg the hand of his niece in man lage. He admitted that he had entered the mansion the night before his arrest and had carried away a large cage, contain ing Mr. Thorndale's favorite parrot, known as I'olly Ballou, which, uikui his arrest be bad le!t in the custody of his landlady. "Why did you do that?" asked the attorney for the Stale. "I thought she might be able to clear me of the suspicion 1 knew to be upon me, by retieauiig what ever was said at the time of the murder." "I have sent for the bird," remarked the magistrate. "But, your honor," sneered the law yer, "a parrot don't understand the na ture of an oath." "Who's there?" came from the sub ject of ttie discussion, w hich was being to rue into the court room.. "I'retty I'olly," said Lyne, and stole a glance at the tearful, yet ho.eful face of his yet constant sweetheart. He saw the encouraging smile uin ber pale face suddenly transformed into a look of agony, and noted a gleam ot triumph in the sinister eyes of the ex ecutor, as the bird shrieked out: "You have murdered me, Lyne Laird!'' "I withdraw my objection," said the lawter for tlie prosecution when the exclamation of astonishment which had swept through the room had been suc ceeded by a hush of horror. "I suppose that settles it," remarked the magistrate sadly, as be took up a pen for the apparent purpose of wrl.ing down bis judgment. "Wait, please, ' said Susie Traux, and whispered something to Ler lover's attorney. Without a word the latter rushed from the place. In a few minutes he leturned almost brea tn less. This is John Tolatsky," said he. pointing to an old man who followed him, the leading bird fancier of the cily. Let him te sworn. "Did you sell birds to the late Israel Thorndale?" was the first question. 44 Yes, many." "Did he buy from you one answering to the name of I'olly Ballou?" "Yes. rive years ago. " "Would you know itr" "Yes, very." "Is that tbe bird?" "No, surely." "How do ytt "This is yellow where Ballou Is red. ' Besides " i The bird-fancier shregged his shoul- ' ders as if to imply that his i;it was too deep to be expresse i In words. "Have you ever seen this parrot be fore ?" "Yes, many times. She was mine uutil three days ago." "To whom "did vou sell h;r?" "To that man." Xecks were craned, and was fol- i...i .. 4ii . j i ., owed the direction indicated by the ; bony finger of the bird fancier. "I'eruizione! ' hissed out Michael Mezzofanti, a look ot deathly whiteness coming into bis usually swarthy face. "Tlie very word he sii when 1 askel a dear price tor the bird!" cried l'olat isky. The executor and locates of tin Thorndale esta'e made a quick dash for ' tn door, tout was intercepted. His identification by the bird fane'er, was followed by other ai d crushing evidenc, and he was convicted and executed for murder. The will was proved to be a forgery, and pretty Traux became a millionaire. "You said it would hang him." half queered Tom Daley the day that Mez zofanti paid the penalty of his terrible irime. "I knew better," reviled Graves, with an effort at a wise look. "We detect ives can't always give thinjs away. I understand though, that he and the heiiess are to be caught in the matri monial iiocss soon, w, hich is about as bad." Cive the Baby a Drink: The other night 1 was ou a late train going out of New York, and In front of ine sat a lady with her nurse and child. The latter was a remarkably pretty and healthy looking child of about fourteen months. Soon after the train started the child began to show signs of un easiness, and soon, iu spite of all the efforts of mother and nurse to quiet it, it began a series ot twistings and con tortions that would have done credit to a Japanese juggler, accompanying them ny snrieKs mat te.-tihed to the strength of its lungs. There is an inliorn hor ror of a trying baby implanted in every human breast, and the passengers soon wearied of this amateur and unsolicited musical performance. Nuiso dandled and trotted, and held Baby to the car windows and doors, but Nature as seen from a rapidly moving car at night did not seem to have a quieting effect, A hectic flush ro-e to the mother's cheeks, when a quiet, sensible-looking, mother ly woman arose lmin the other end ol the car. brought a cup of water, ami said, "l'erlmps the baby wants adi ink." It was just what it did want, and iu live minutes it fell asleep Iu the nurse 't arms, much to the relief of the othei occupants of the car. Many a baby is druzged with pare goric aud soothing syiups when all thai il needs, or wants, is a drop of water. It is always a sale thing to try a child with a teasjiooiif ul of water when it It restless or evinces a desire to nurse fre quently. A child who cannot ask foi il Puffers torments for a drop of water. Especially in hot weather is this true. 1 have heard many a mother say thai s'ie never thought of giving her baby si drink, and yet, from the very nature ol a baby's food, it is more apt to requin water than we are. Milk induce thirst, as anyone w ho has tried a milk diet knows. KNOW THYSELF. Are You Superstitious? You can discover whether or not yot aie siiK-rstitious by asking yourself tin following questions: 1. Do you believe in witches, spirits elves, fan ies vampires, chouls, ogres 'inps, gnomes, bogies, brownies, pixie? or lepiehauus? 2. Do you lic lieve in an evil genius": 3. Do you believe m the evil eye? 4. Do you beli-ve in a bottomlesi pit, 5. Do you believe iu a devil wltl horns, cloven foot and a long spikei tail? 0. Would ycu pass the night in i graveyard, chu.i h, with a corpse in ; church, or in a chainel hou-e? 7. Do you wear anything which cat lie considered in the natuie of a lalis man or mascot? 8. Did you ever employ anything at a tal.suian. 'J. Jo you attach any meadiiig to i foui-lt aved clover. 10. Would you willingly pass unde: a ladder. 11. Do you fet-l uncomfortable whei you spill salt. 12. Won'd you sit dow-n with thir teen at table? Li. ouM you start on a trip on a Friday, or would you defer coiiitiienc mg an important woik on that davf 14. Do you attach any particular imiortaiice to certain numbers, cscci ally to three, seven or nine? 13. Would you irivi a child of your: the same name ..s mat of one w ho ha just died? lt. Are you afiaid of the dark? 17. Did you ever have your foituiu told by a gipsy, an astrologer, cards oi similar tests? IS. Were you ever made tineay by hearing the iu-ect couiinouly know u as the death-watch? V.K Would you venture to knocl three times at midnight ou the door ol au emptv church? 2 . Do you believe in drams, omens, portents, slmis, warnings, harbingers, or handwritings on the wall. Proverbs About Rain. When there Is unusual clearness In the atmosphere, and objects are seer. very uiMincuy, mere wniprooauiy it rain. When clouds are gathering to- ward the sun at setting, with a rosy hue, they foretell r. in. f-'verr pray an l m-rniiur r-fl. l'ut on jour Uat, ui jou'll wet your L"a4 If rain commences before day. it wil. stoo before 8 a. in.; if il beg lis ab.iul noon, its will continue through the af ternoon; if not till o p. m., it win TdiL through the nig! t; ir it clears off in tht night, it will rain tbe next day. ir it rain. Wore seven. It will -i-.ir le fuie eleven. If it rains belore sunrise, expect a fair afternoon. If it rains when th sun shines, it will rain the next day. II -h.iiils Hnoear suddenly in the houth. expect rain. Kain ii-ei the onth prevent the drouth butraiulruia tue we.n. always b-.t. When rain comes from the west. II will not continue long. If ram fallt during au east wind, n will continue a full day. If an assemblage of small clouds spread out or become thicker oi darker, expect rain. Small inky cloudf foretell rain. Dark clouds In the west at sunrise indicate rain on that day, II the sky alter the weather becomes heavy with small clouds, expect ra n, NEWS IN BRIEF. mi!(, total In liau p..pu'.ati v.i is less Ihaa 'JoO.OOJ. Of these '.'l.-JJ live in houses, and families ate engaged in acricuiture. And among tt j.-e so called savages there are S.l03 church members. It is recorded of I. a Foutaiue. noted for his absent-mindedness, uac he once attended t lie funeral of one of uia most intimate menus, ana snort. v mft-rerir.l went to visit that fnenJ. When lem'.ndrd by the astonished aer- vatit of the tecent death he was at flrst. terribly shocked, and then rema'ked: "True; of eoui-e, I itcol eel now 1 wet to his funeral.' The newly selected capital of S.i ith D.ilio a. got its itarre of l'.ene troni l'icrie Chouteau, one f the St. l.o i s Ciioiiteaus iu the das when a.l that te Si'li traded extensively in furs w.th Louis, t lid i"oi t l'.ene was al ind.u- ed a great u any yens ao, and s a ct- ly a vestige remains, it w is at lVr Pierre in ls.V. Unit General llarnev met the Sioux Indians, whom he ha 1 whip- ped, and made a treaty with them. A si.ru that is attra'Sing bun !:ed of e.ple to where it hau, ou a car- penter shop, lu I ateison, N. .!., r. a.: "Collins made anl ie;aiied. Lxtia strong one.-, lor country people." Tne old man who oivns the et.ihi's'.iu;eM has his owu eoi'i'i o:i hand.. It is uni te of pine wood a:iJ is cowic-l w ith ;i neat pattern of .vail paper. l'robablv the largest ye'.'.o-.v p'ne tree in M s-o;r.i was cut down i-eent: iu Kej noi ls County. It w.is foiutri-:i feet six inches ill ciicitinleii nee, and made live thousand lei t of him!' . r 1 wo sections were cut fio n the butt, mi 1 nude one b und forty-two nn h s wide, and twelve other w.de loin!, !i!.i were shipped to S!. Louis to ! exhiui ed to the honor el' lh vno'. ;s county. When a Chicago clergyman hi.nj out his siu t the I'uole; some ol his brothers were hoi l Hied at tin- inn.iva tioii, but when thev discovoie.l thr that sam- siu biouht b m aho thrie couples per day to le inui they stroked lhe:r chins m a i . - r , way and de l led tii.it he b.il a j;ie hea I for businc-s. ll-'V, Kuthei Gessnei. i f liii. ilu! N. .).. iciviitiy attempt!- I lo 1'tsVn a hoisting rope to a hue Kork of juiiil . to be used in his new ehuieh. , ,-:i th. engineer cave t l e Irjisting sign d. ai.-l Father Gi'SMn't , in dead of tie- stone, was rapidly dr.iggo 1 sUyu.ud, t he pul ley catching around hi- wa.st. II- w.is hoisted to a colisi 'eiabli he!-ht l.i-toi-the engineer observed his d.tngr !' "is position and stopped the ie: in-. II s liandwas.-ouiewh.it laceiat-'l ninl bi ai ins slight ly s! u-tchel, but o'.h. rwise he was not bin l. The season i, r lO has 1 ei n the woist exK-i .I'lii i'd Pv the l'lovinri-towu (Ma) Gland 11a: !: col li-h.i.i.' iVct for fifteen Jiais, it is sa d. ' .Not a full fare has been biouht in tor the season, nd a huge i umber have not caught hall a fare. The to: ly-iune vessels, employing about eiht hundred men, which comprised this year's fleet, landed about S0,'jo(.l quintals, ngain L lilty-Siven ve-se.s eii.phu injj nine hun dred men, w h j lauded 'JIIHiU quintals in 1SSS. Thec.itihof 1S-7 was IJo. 000 quintals. Judging from the present prospects, 1-Oj w i.i see a laigei i-duc-tion to the Iliet sent to the Grand .Banks from l'rovineetowu. ' A New Yolk saloon was fo le opened and the pi oprietor applied to a well-known florist to turni-li h.m Willi stands of lloweis w hii'li should be ap propii,.te for the ceoj-.i'ii and ! have some alitvi'i ical lui-.iuin. '1 he pieee when completed n pu -ent.-.l ( obnnhii discoverilig the laud of m.xed di inks, Balboa ret usi'' to take wa'cr when be came to the I'aeitlc and I'oiice d- Leon pouring water lm youth in a gla:-s hi like a bartender m some invstei io i.s i. in tl'i loiintan o, d above his bead, kh-g a it.n liz. To. isou on- of I ho big- S-'feid floral p. eces v ,n a s loil be il mg i i l- will ailed bell. ' I h. into Til tiie w oids: "The l'n-s."' An audacious tianp had a perlcncp in Itntlaiid, Vs., that b. not soon forget, lu-t at du-k b al a residence and i. .ii the ilooi tili.l tlie liiiin nl li e hon e nnwei The tramp iu b mitiy l y hni tbe hallwav and di-iuai. ie 1 supp-i man of the hou- i-piel: 'You ai welcome. Vin have come to ju t th light place. Howd.l ou happen t bit it so well? 1 am II gh Mi. tiff the county and took t.vo .1 you friends over to jail iccently. Jt-I vv.i t. The next moment the man ha 1 v.u ished. and, lo. 'k in do . u I lie -t : is t, t h Mieriff fiiiv bun rui.tiln; at a lac horse gait. A cm ions a ri JK-Iied recent y iu 1", possible danger in ,t vvh'cli s i oints . bap- ul .i th. of A combs aud biaei h is I little gill sat down befm to prep ire her l-.- ns. kept back bv a ,'eui -( u I. e the II. I hi. hi. b celluloid. A-ilerh'id was 1-i.t ward to the hie tl i- Occam- muni suddenly Lursl lull (lames, 'i n- c hair mi par! ly bin i -d oil, an I t !.' of the be. id so lujui-d that. s. months alter, though the b.'n healed the e;ati.x f- in.ed a (. eial patch on which u !..: i The bui ii'iig point o! c il lsij degie' s. au llhonil d gl Is ;i'.. I. b. gill had attained that le .it a-, it v.a l.tld belore tbe hie. Near Waul.eet.iih. l ia.. rl.iiili a i A. M. 11. r'hUMh, known as t'.e "old tspringhcid Chuii'h ' It was b.i.it 1 y a former gencrat on w h-ii Ind am vv-ie numeioiis in Florida. The savages were very hostile, but gave l.o tioubio till the house was up and in- ceiiug placed overhead, when they furL usy came lroiu a rwa np ana m.i -.-a. i. i t hree or four of the mechanics en jn u:e wotk, and wh:i- the ie m.i two esca; I and fled tor as-.-.U:.c tg. 1 t bl ood led l.. lxl 11. iiid.ans dlpl..l lie il ban is hi the bl or Iheir vicliu.s an i ent i-ly mi. the ceiling. Allho.-'i tins om.-.h many ye.-.n ago th- pi.: is f He men's hands are st ill plainly 1 1 1- s. The "Ghost" which roam"! k; in mud over a m-a lo at Leg, u , I'U ' recently, turns out to i. ' a young w oman in a sou, numbu . -: ic state. Mie was moatiltig piteou-:y at.d shivering when found, but when one of her rescuers thing his over-, at annul her fche recovered conse jousi.e-s, and submitted without luither a do to b taken to the station lictis-, where ie-:.,- ralives soon tolled her up lo a condition of explaining her lecuhar piedicaiuei.t. She aaid that she was! -24 ve.iri oil, and i,vtd in New Yolk. Last .u'urdav she had wiUl her cioUler, paid a vis.t U, a relative's bouse in ( entrevilie, and iu the night she had undo ibt- lly 1, ft the uouse1n her sleep. Her friends ie;,rt that she U a confirm d somnambulist, and uas hjlll otljer excit!n2 e-eriences More, though none so perdo us as tho .y, t - - i