B. F. SOHWEIER. THE COXSTITOTIO.N-THE TJN1QN-ANP THE EXFOROEMEKT OF THE LAWS. Editor nd Proprietor.
VOL. XUII. MIFFLINTOAVN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1SS9. Kn
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
.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
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
. I SHE COULDN-T REMEMBER.
When It Comas to Asking Ques
tions, Fair Woman Takes the
"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?'
"How often did you say?"
"Every two hours it is marked on
"Oh, is it? How many drops did you
"Jn how much water?"
"And then one of the iwdcrs?"
"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
"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
"-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
"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
EVERYONE HAS A HOB3Y.
Some of the Peculiar Diversions of
Joe Jeffrsou is an artist.
Edwin Booth is an enthusiastic whist
Hilly Florence is a fisherman. Hi
chief hobby, though, seems to be prac
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
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
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.
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?"
'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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mrs. Humphrey Ward, has been
offered 5, IKK) dollars for a story of thirty
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.
"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
As the shot nnr out upon the still
light air, lis intended victim looked
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
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
This hail and question proceeded
from a tall man who bad just arrived
tt the street coiner about Ulty feet
"Following a trespasser a thief,
Mr. Graves," was the response.
"Open the gate, and be lively about
"Well?" queried Grtves when lis
com mat d had b-eu complied witlr and
he bad been admitted to the extensive
"I was in front of the house when I
heard a noise in the rear."
"I ran around and saw a man leaping
from the l'.biary window."
"Hal a burglar?"
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
"I would, and do."
"Who !s he?"
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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"
"So I looked deetxT. Who would lie
benefitted by the old man's death? 1
"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
"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
"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."
'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
'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
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,
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."
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!"
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.
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
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
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
He protested his innocence, and stated
that be bad called upon the murdered
man to beg the hand of his niece in
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
"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
"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
"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
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"
"Is that tbe bird?"
"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
"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
"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
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
Are You Superstitious?
You can discover whether or not yot
aie siiK-rstitious by asking yourself tin
1. Do you believe in witches, spirits
elves, fan ies vampires, chouls, ogres
'inps, gnomes, bogies, brownies, pixie?
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
5. Do you believe iu a devil wltl
horns, cloven foot and a long spikei
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
'J. Jo you attach any meadiiig to i
foui-lt aved clover.
10. Would you willingly pass unde:
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
lt. Are you afiaid of the dark?
17. Did you ever have your foituiu
told by a gipsy, an astrologer, cards oi
IS. Were you ever made tineay by
hearing the iu-ect couiinouly know u as
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.
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
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
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.
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
i i l-
' I h.
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
A cm ions a ri
JK-Iied recent y iu 1",
possible danger in
s i oints .
combs aud biaei h is I
little gill sat down befm
to prep ire her l-.- ns.
kept back bv a ,'eui -(
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
patch on which u !..: i
The bui ii'iig point o! c il
lsij degie' s. au llhonil
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
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
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