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B. P. 8GHWEIER, THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS. Eilitoi and Proprietor. VOL. XI. I II. MIFFUNTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER IS. 1SS9. NO. 5-. t There is no danger of the World'" Fair being held in Central Tart, nor U there much reason to believe that It will be held within several hundred miles or that spot. A BRAVE Sh James Bod well was one of the first settlers in Bingliam in the tl of Maine. The whole region of the Ken nebec was at that time infested by various tribes of Indians, some of whom seemed disposed to dwell peaceably with the white, if possible, on the land occupied by their fathers, while ot!ie:s were exceedingly anxious to ex terminate the imle-faced intruders. Mr. Ike! well" family consisted of himself, hi. wife, and three children the oldest, Hannah, being 13 years of ace, and the others, a boy and girl, 10 an I 6 respectively. A cabin had been .,i, -.v,i.- i. - .... t. biui', several acres cleared, and the uonai jurumif t.onrerence. 1 be lacl that failing vessels hare the risht of way over steamers seems to inspire Iheir skippers with an overweening telf-coufidcnce which often invites a erious calamity. The Czir wants ths Kaiser to Tislt hlu next summer when the Russian army review tikes p!ace. He doibtless wants the Kaiser to see what a big lot of men he will have to meet in case of wax. THE sinking of the steamship Man hattan in a eolliaston with a schooner, and the deplorabla loss of life which accompanied the disaster, constitute PropoMt a Plan for mtly's Safety. WOMA N Her Fa- tbe Indians, ait J remained a number of days to protect him and his family should other savages seek revenge. Xo further tiouble, however, was ex perienced. The explorers settled in that Immediate vicinity, and in a few years II annah married a son of one of them. And although she has now passed from earth, her life ai cue of industry, vir tue and happiness, and she had the "at traction before she died of seeing her oldest son inaugurated Governor of his native State. An Old Time New England Dinner. BY R. MABIA GEOROR. The year of l.-a is keeping op Its reputation for disasters. Closely fol 'owlug the great fires at Lynn and Boston comes a fire at Minneapolis, wh.cn earned the death of at Ieat even persons; the wrecking of a vessel on the Jersey coast, with the loss of several liven and now the los of another ship In the Pacific Ocean and the death of nineteen of the crew. One of the npist gratlty.ng features f the International Maritime Confer -nee had been the unanimity shown by l he delegates nn all questions of impor Utuce. Even Great Britain, which weut into the Conference reserving ceitain rights, has given her representa I ie greater freedom of action, and is nut likely to put any obstacle in the way of adoption of the proposed changes. It seems assured that protec l.ou and su'fty of life and property at ea will soon be more effectually guaranteed. Biino derives Mich standing as It has obtiili e 1 in th s country through English example, and now the authori ty of I.omlo'1 have decided to pro hibit, Kxlug io.tst-. It is not long i life tlie people or England openly i rii'oiir.iged and permitud prizefights, i. nil hcn these fell into disfavor, box mz whs held to le a gentlemanly diver sion by a very large prrt of the people, l'ti. t it should nw have lost Its pres t ge, as iudi-ated by the action of the London authorities, means, probably, that ti.e professional boxers have so h'U:i 1 their privileces as to bring "the u.t.i y ait" into disrepute. POSTMASTER Ct EN 1CU A L VASAA KFRfl report is receiving the very geueial r raise that it deserves. It is reinurkal le for Us thoroughness, show ing that the 1'ostma.ster General has admired a thorough knowledge of h's lepai tment duriug the few months he La hi-en at its head. He has closely scrutinized every portion of the depart ment anj in a lucid and convincing maimer suggests changes wh:ch would doubtless be advantageous to the coun try. He finds the present system too cumbersome and points out how the de fects may be remedied. Mr. Wjia- I maker is bringing the mind and n.ethod or a great and successful busi ness man to bear on his depirtment. sown. Mauy of the neighboring Indians had called at the cabin, inquired after the crops, and taken a great interest In the children; and although they had often requested to take the smaller ones to their camp, and as often been refused, they appeared friendly and willing to do what they could for the family. Hannah's feature were finely formed; her eyes were dark, and ber beautiful brown hair, geneially hanging in tresses over her shouldeis, always called forth from the Indians expres sions of praise and admiration. After an acquaintance of several months an Indian chief desireJ to take Hannah to his camp and make her one of his fa mily. To this proposition Mr. Bolwell. of course, refused to accede, giving as a I reason that his d mghter was at that ' time too young to be taken from her parents, and suggested t the chief that while he felt it his duty as a lamer to retain Hannah in the family, he yet wi-hed to live on terms of peace with his (the chief's) tribe, and hoped that the refusal to comply with his request would not be considered a mark of dis respect, nor be the means of creating an unfriendly feeling between them. The savage chief sat a few moments in silence, arid then, heaving a siglt, re plied that he wan so:ry they would not do as he wished them to, and t at he should not visit them but once more, yet there would 1 e n troub e between them, and none of his tribe should in ' jute ti m. I After the chief had left the cabin. Mis. Bodwell said: "Janes, I believe that Indian means mischief." "Why do you think so?" inquired ber husband. "Because he said he should visit us but once more, and I fancy that would be to kill us," she replied. "I fancy not; he wouldn't do that." "X ht pe not: but then it would be just lik- the Italians. ' t "IVe like some of them, I know; but ! I think there's no danger." I "I'll tell you one thing, now," said Mrs. liodwell in a decided tone, "I shall not go to bed to-night. I mean to be awake if they come prowling about here. They'd scalp us and take Hannah aud the other children off with them. It was evident that Mr. Bod well him self was somewhat alarm d; yet. wish ing to appear as cool as possible, he in quired: "Suppose ttiey should come. what would vou do if you weie awake?" "l'J show fight in some way or other." "Yes. but there are a lot of them and only a few of us." "There are guns in t' e house." ex claimed Mrs. liodwell. "and we know- how to use them." "Father." exclaimed Hannah, "how much powder is there in the house? ' "A good quantity."' "1 know what to" do. then"' "Yes. you women always contrive souiethiug," repl'ed the father in TiiF.nu is very little danger that any AniericaD officer could be s-.v-i ved from bis allegiance by decora tions or present from foreign Govern ments, but Captain Cochrane, of the Marine Corps, and Lieutenant Aaron Ward, of the navy, cannot accept the rfbbom of Chevaliers of the Legion of Honor, which the French Government de-iies to lestow upon them, unless peiin -tiou should be given to them t-j do ! !v act of C'oii;ie-s. When the sarcastic tone. "I kuow it'll succeed." "Then explain yourself. "You know.'' s.iid Hannah, "that when an Indian wants to enter a hou now J he goes to door and demands that It be oi ened:, ana tnose wuo come witn mm. if anv. stand lust behind turn. .o mv tlan is to put some powder under the urouud round the door, aud then explode it when they demand admit tance." Mr. Bodwell shook his head as ha ex claimed, "impossible!" "I think that it can be done," re tried the daughter. "I know it can," said Mrs. Bodwell "You can Ut it If yon wish," was Mr. liod well's reply, as he J roce !e i to iret the poder. suiiau e noie niri stones, mitt.in i n. i.iuivr- frfsti from Kovalist . . . ...i. I After dicdiug a rule i, .ere s.eii t i io . m V. ' Clle,! it with powder aud small that an aristocracy flight be lormed In i . u . fuse l)ial It COuld be imitatii-ii cf th.it of the Old Woil.l, ' lighted from the insi.le, the .I.-. ..;..nj I.- tViA in;liti- ' ......iinia,l Stil 1 1!!." tlV mat iorc:ii nation, by the in-ldi- cUJ briberr of titles, oBices, illicit undermine the Republic It was, therefore, provided in the Constitutiou that "no title of nobility shall be granteJ by the Uuilel States, and no person holding any office of profit or trrat under them, snail, wiuioui me , consent of Congress, accept of any I present, emolument, oflice or title of a-iy kmd, from any King, Trince or j f. reiTin state." It was a wise provision ' th. n, r.ud, though scarcely necessary i n.v a a measure of protection, is a wl.o'.e-o:r.e provision for all time. The Governor of South Carolina in mine w. lMronounced "complete" by Mr. Bo t-ll. who. thouzh he distrusted the Mrheuie when it was firt suggested was now almost in ecstacy over it. As. night approached the musket were loaded, the doors barred ami the lights extinguished. Mr. Bodwell took his station at the "lookout." as the orifice in the wall was called. Sever 1 new holes had been made te are through and It wai understood that after the explosion, if any human forms were seen, the muskets should bj discharged at once. The evening hours passed slowly a wav, and yet no visitors. Night was well advauced. When a I natu e seemed asleep the ltsteuimr ear caught the souad of a footstep in tlie distance, then another, and still arother. Mrs. be real- ...... i i liouweii tears wcic his mes age to me legislature Mroujt.f n A form wa, Tbll)ie m the star recoiuuieiuls libenl expenditure for ddt, Da tlien a sreond, irnl n oo un ii .i.-mrt of nn!.. .u si h Jols. m crier ..1 Mseen twenty and thirty Indians to extend the soli teim and provide stood before the door. T'T Ti..r in ' close (oeeiner. wiu iuum ui .rem f on i ue mine. I ti.. .ki.f ..Inniwl and strfkinir on South Carolina S;,7ol white pupils anil . . witn his cub exclaimed; more efficient t. uliers. now enrolled in tl.e public schools were stood 104,503 colored pupils, making a totai enrollment of l'.,;t. lui'n!J the the ..verae attendance was. not Teach- I'aleface. open door. Me break It." All was still within the cabin. 1 Again the Indian knocked, and de " n landed that tlie door be otiied. I Mr. Bodwell pointed his musket i ti nitrh the orifice in such a manner colored, .. . th muzzle was in line with the lencth I i.,i of the chief. Then giving the of "the pubCd schcol term throughout signal for Hannah to touch the fuse, M 7 . a The Con- 'aimed and fired, and as the victim fell the magazine expioueu, auu imj u- White. 50.:4"; colored. CO.SW; classical. T1I ; total. 130,3oi ers emolovti: White. 2023; StnlwM 3.4 mouths. 1D siitutionof tlie State requires a mini mum school urm of about six months; but the eondiavi of the State finances has not madeAit practicable to pay the ntcssarily increased expense. This coudition of iffairs will be better un i . i !., it is remembered that dians met their fate while on a mission ..f iriutltv and death. ThM not KUiea DT uie eiuiwuuu took to their heels. butbulleU from the n.oininir muskets brought two of them to the ground. I'v.ntiilnir was a uiet now. and as 'the ravs of the sun lighted op the east- ...rlt th whole weight ot scnooi iw.- irn hui3 lhe gallant ramuy unnru tha while population, 'the door and stepped out to gaze upon ""-" -..!. ,h- It was terrible to lool who are also at me ru . . - fnrm. ot tne siskins, but Theiaiiureoi ."""rr." . .,!.; were uie leaevbivu - -. --- taluing private stlioo!. the colore 1 peopi, to piiy for schooling i ved WM sufficient to vindicate the does not apparent- arise irom any ui- gaulInter that had ien maue. lunation io take advanUge of their Tht day M r.' Bod well waa vis ted by I nlrn tYm opportunity to otUic " JSfSR w - 115? attendance of negr chUdren Is uiU Knla burring the bodies of punctual aa that of wkiU c2UIiit. "The greatest dinner that I ever helped abont, said Aunt Hannah, with a flutter of her immaculate cap string. as she finished wiping the dishes and replaced the dinner service in the cor ner enpbowrd. "wu the Lafavette din ner, as we always called it afterwards. I never see this bine set without think ing of it, for mother used it the first time that day, and the distinguished r renchman ate from one of these very plates, and be ate as H be waa hunirrv, too, and praised all of the dishes as be waa in dnty bound. 1 Bh&ll never for get the time." 'Tell us abont it, Annt Hannah, won't von? what yon had for dinner and all? Mother alwavs said the blue set had a hmstorv, but'l never knew what it was." "It waa in 1S2j, well nigh sixty-five years ago," Annt Hannah went on, and I was twelve years old that verv June. We had been expecting him (the marquis) for several days; he had been in Concord ever since the 22d, and we ad a man there who was to let us know hen he was to start, so that we shouldn't be taken nnawares, for we were determined to show onr patriotism n honor of the man who had Irielned ieneral Washington win the indeien- dence of onr country. And among oth- r things we were going to have a Mg dinner. WelL the night before, just abont sundown, the man came galloping into the village with the announcement that the marqnis would start the next morn- ng at M o clock from Coucor.l. 1 ou can tardly imagine what a stir the news made in onr little village. EverylnMly was at once making arrangements for the event. The minister's wife came to our house to see what mother was going to do. It seems that there was a com mittee of women appointed to see to the furnishing of food and the setting of the tables, and mother and Mrs. Well- man were on the committee. Mother said right off that she should prepare some hot victuals; II any one wanted to bring cold victuals they might, but she chouldn't for one. Mrs. Wellman thought as mother did, and said she should go home and heat the brick oven at once. "I fhall have things all ready and heat ours early in the morning,' said mother, who was already picking over her beans so aa to put them to soak over night. I helped her; we picked over a good half bushel, I remember. Enoch, my older brother, was sent np to Mr. Thompson 'a ator aftar soma pesrl-nli. what von call fcaieraius now. iui ue came Lack without any aa the trader was out of the article. "'I won't borrow-, declared mother, so she built a fire in the fireplace and we children cleaned a corner of the hearth and burned corn cobs on the hot bricks till we had a flaky heap of cob ashes. Ihese mother took and 6teeped in water till all the dirt hail settled, then poured off the clear liquid into a gallon glass bottle. when she had something mat was near ly as cood as boufrhten iearl-ash. It was eleven o clcK wnen we went to bed that niirht. and we were up the next morning bv four. The oven wood had leen prepared and placed in the bisr brick oven rea.lv to touch off, and it was roaring good when I was delega ted to "pile in the wood,' which was not play, I tell you. After two hours of hot fire I announced that 'the black was all off," and Enoch shoveled the coals out and 1 swept the oven with a new hem lock broom. Then with the aid of a long-handled crook mother stowed away the beans and bread: there were ten big pots of beans and six of brown bread. Later she put in a dozen pies, a couple of dowdy-puddinrs, and a loaf of dyn bread, as we called it, a rich, plain cake. We had spoon victuals soup, bean norridra. or rmddinir and milk for breakfast, and father ate before the re: of us, for he was a meniWr of Captain Currier's comuanv and had rode off on White Dan, our driving and work hors;, to meet Lafavette and escort him aiomr the route. I can remember watch. ing his martial figure as he went down the road, and wishing that I was a man so that I eon hi ride like that and show mv respect to the hero! But I had otb er work to do. nn 1 so did mother too Lnoch was busy with a lot of other boys erwtirn? an arch over the street, wnicn was decorated with roses and other flowers that the girls made into bou nnets and ear lands, and the boys tied on with strings or witn loops oi wuii vertrreen. "lievond this arch, in iront oi me church on the green, the men had built a lonff table of boards which was cover- h! with webs of tow and linen broujrli nnt from some of the housewives' laun dries. Thev looked white and clean. and all the good housekeejiers in the village brought out their best ware, ami I must say that l never saw a wiut displav of crockery. This blue set in the closet wasn't inch a sight behi:i l the rest either; anyway they concluded it was handsomer than the minister s wife's and it was placed at the head of the table, so you see Lafayette must have used one of the plates, ior ruero has'nt been one of them broken." How many plates were set. Aunt?" Mtttfl ftiatar Nellv. "I think, I am quite sure, there were over two hundred. There was a show of them, I tell yon, and didn't we pet tired washing them and clearing np af ter dinner. There was another tabl", too, a small one, where they had cold victuals and any one who did not have a seat at the long table, could help themselves. Ton see nearlv the whole town was ont, and we diin t know how many there would le in the general's suite and escort. Earlr that morning while the beans and bread and pie were baking in t lie brick oven, we fried a lot of doughnnt -in a shallow, wide-mouthed bail kettJj swung ont on the crane ever a good fire. We fried a good half bushel, and to close with, mother let me frr a plate of l Dtitrh crullers which 1 made all mvself my first cooking experience v.J .knWIo. We fonnd the receipt in an old manuscript recipe book of the date of 17f8, which grandmother must have brought from "New York when she married grandfather. I can remember just how it read: Take of batter milk one-half m cup and two cup oi auuacavado, a piece of swet batter as large as a walnut, a tea- ppoonf ul of salt, and a tables poonful of ground caas (cinnamon), just aa mnoh. w heaten flonr as will make a running dough; roll it even, not above a pie thickness, cut in strips which tie over in lover's knots; have a skillet with sweet, home-made lard, and when the fat is hissing hot, fry your crullers." I learned ever v word of it so that 1 could repeat it. There wasn't a word said about pearl-ash or saleratus though, and as I was afraid they would be heavy, I just put in a tea spoonful of mother's home-made pearl-ash, and I had some of the handsomest looking doughnuts you ever set eyes on. Wasn't I proud of that plate of crullers, all my own work without a bit of help! Mother told me that I might keep them warm in the oven and present them to (ieneral Lafayette with my own hands if I wished to. And so I kept them ready for the occasion. "Enoch was sent down the road to report a soon as he caught the first glimpse of the procession. It was after twelve o'clock when he rushed in shout ing. They are coming! Thev are just below Deacon atson s, and I saw La fayette, mother! " asn t there scampering then, har ry was no name for itl Mother had her beans and bread out in no time, and Knoch and I helped her carry them up to the table. I tell you it waa a sight, that loaded table. "Well, by the time everything was on the table, the marquis and bis com pany bad arrived and everybody was stretching forward to get a good look at Lafayette. There was a great bustle and a good deal of hurrahing, and after a little time Squire Woodman made an address of welcome and several of the older girls sung a song. Then the gen eral got out of his carnage and shook hands with everybody and kissed all the Iwbies verv gallantlv. "Tell ns how he looked, aunt? Was he large or small, and was he handsome? I have seen his picture, of conrse, but a portrait never gives as any idea how a man looks. "I shouldn't cull him handsome by any means, though he might have been so when he was younger, but his seven ty years gave him a majesty and digni ty that was more effective than mere leauty. Leaning on a staff, memento of bloody Braudywme, great frame, massive head, ears exceeding in spread common mortals, eves radiant as a sun leam, and the sweetest smile in the world, genial, yet grand of mien, he moved anione the throne, friend and companion of all. Especially did he have a kind word for an old soldier, and there were two or three of those We've Always Been Provided For. She "Good wife, what are vna lnglng fortyoa know r'v lnat thA hi And what we'll do with horse and kye, is mors than 1 can say ; While, like aa nnt. with torm and rain, well lo both corn and wheat." 6h looked up with a plaftant face, and ans wered low and sweet: There la a Heart, there Is a Hand, we feel, but cannot see ; We've always beea provided for, and we shall aiwajs ue. Be turned around with sudden c loom. said : "Love, be at rest : Ton cut the grass, worked suon and late, you did vour verv bet. That was your work : you've naught at all to do witn wina aim rain. And do not duubi but you will reap rich fields oi goiuen cram : For there's a Heart and there's a Band, feel, but cannot see: We've always been uruvived for, and we shall always ie. That's like a woman's reasoning; we must because we innst. She softly said: "1 reason not; I only work and trust. The harvest may redeem the hay, keep heart. wnaie er oetioe ; When one dooi shuts. I've always seen another open wide. There is a Heart, there Is a Hand, we feel, but cannot see: We've always been provided for, and we shall aiway? oe. He kled the calm and tiustful face; gone was uis restless pain : She beard him with a cheerful step gow hlst- iiiic uown lur 2 c. nd went about her household tasks full of a clad content. SingiiiK to time her busy hands, as two and fro sue weni: "There Is a Heart, there is a Hand, we feel but cannot see: We've always been provided for, and we shall always oe. Days eome and eo twas Christmas-tide, and the creat fire burned clear. The farmer f.aid? "Hear wife. It's been a good and liaiiv vear: The fruit was nam. the surplus corn has bought the liav. vou know." She lifted iheu a smiling face, and said; "I told you so. For there's a Heart, and there s a Hand, we feel, but rannot see: e've alwavs Im-cu provided for, and we shall always b-. " J?xciancre TRACED BY A BOOK. Tesent, though bnt one of them had ver seen the illustrious man before. i his one was a little squat, eccentric ersou who had a funny, squeaking uice. J nst as Xaf avette waa about to hit down he rushed np and grasped the visitor s hand, whining out, 'How dye lo, Criueral Lavfavette? 1 thought J. k no w'd ve. We were at Monmouth together. ihe marquis shook his hand warmly with his genial smile, and said some thing about Monmouth being a hot hwttJtt. V4KJ iwrwuzi Weritmwn amid . grace the general bowed his head very low and his face grew grave. 1 think he must hnve been thinking of the old times and '.he manv sad changes since. Hut he ate heartily as thongh he rel ished the food set before him." "Hut the crullers, Annt Hannah, how about those? You have forgotten them." "Xo, I had not cot to them. The general ate so plentif ullv of the beans. lread and pudding that 1 was nail afraid he wouldn't care for the dough nuts at all. but I went and trot them aud carried the plate to him, thongh 1 blushed fearfully I can assure you. Said the general, 'What are these, my little girl?' " 'Ihev are Lafavette crullers, sir. I answered. ! fried them purposely for vou.' "At this he smiled and thanked me. and took one of the crullers, and he ate three of them before he arose from the table. Ami we have called them Irftfayette crullers ever since." Vottag Hearth. Origin of Mother Goose. "Sing a Hong of Sixpence" is as old as tlie sixteenth century. "Three Blind Mice" is to be found in a music- book dated UVY.K "The Frog and the Mouse' was produced in 1380. "Three Childrei Slid n ?r on the Ice" dates from 1C3'J. "London Bridge is Broken Down" is o nnfaihomed antiquity. "Girls anc Boys Come Out to I'lay" is certainly s dd" as the reijrn of Charles II., so i "Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket," t. the tune of which "Yankee Doodle' was written. "Pnssy Cat, Pnssy Cat, Where Have Yon Been" is of the age ol (ueen Elizabeth. "The Old Woman Tos-ed in a Blanket" was written in th reitm of James II., and is supposed U allude to him. Some of these sklpp? versos were incorporated with "Mothei (loose's Melodies," and suggested som. of them. Mother Goose was a real, and not a fictitious, person. Her maidei name was Goose; she came of an excel lent family, and was Ixrn in Boston. Her daughter Elizabeth married Tho mas Fleet, a printer. Thev were bless ed with a son, to whorr Grandmother Goose became very math attached. Jt was for him that th composed and sang the ditties. Mr. Fleet, her 6u-in-law, was s shrewd fellow. He saw that money could be made oit of the nursery rhymes, and so he iwuedtbem ma book under the title t "Mother Gooee'r Melodies," and ihey became widely known and instantly popular. "Little Jack Horner is said to be founded on .'act, and it is a very old But where shall I meet you again?" asked Colonel Alack ay lie was a colonel by courtesy, like so many Western men, and a real es ate agent by profession. lie had just taken Burton Ilalleck for a drive about ti.e latest additions to that thriving youiur city. Fort Itaynor during which he had descanted most eloquently on its advantages as a place of investment for Eastern capital, some of which Ilalleck represented; and now be had set him down in Main bt., ac cording to request, and wai on his way to keep an engagement at his office. "1 don't want you to miss seeing our new gas well," he went on, cordially. "Discovered by boring last niontu; throws up a column of fire half as high as a house, and is bound to make the city a manufacturing centre. They're already talking of glass works. Iand is bound to boom in its neighhoi hood right soon, sir, now I tell you," enthu siastically. "This business of mine won't take more than half an hour, mid if you'll just let me know where to pick you up then, I'll spin you out to the well at a two-forty gait eh, Molly, girl? He paid Molly, bis trim bay mare. tne friendly attmitMin of flicking on a ny as Tie ended, and leaned forward trom his buggy, elbow on knee, to see if gas wells seemed more attractive than corn-lands and corner-lots to this possi ble purchaser. Ilalleck. standing on the sidewalk, paused irresolute. ills father had lately been seized with the Western fever, and he had been persuaded to go and spy out the land lor a good location; but. so far, he had failed to take a reasonable, busi ness-like interest in the matter. Mill it would no doubt be as well to see the place thoroughly, since he was there. "I might wait at my hotel," he was lieginuiug, rather doubtfully, wheu the colonel cut him short very decidedly. He did not intend to allow any rival scent to secure the desirable firm of Enderly was suie to be at llalleck's hotel by this time. Someth tig must Le done. U lancing up across the busy, sun- stceped stieet, he caught sight of a row of plate-glass windows, lace-draied aud inviting of aspect, and had an inspita lion. "Oh. don't bother to go 'way back there in this heat for such a little iflnle," he said. "J st step over to the l ouug Men's Christian Association to nns yonder," pointing where those m il-know n letters ran in glaring gilt cross the second story of a handsome i r ck building, "and amuse yoursell '.ill 1 come. The ladies here have Just been giving a book-socl.il, and (.'Ot unite a library together for the read ing-room. Any young man is welcome to pass the time there. Or, if you didn't care to read, you mizl.t talk to the secretary. He's generally ou tap. and .t's his business to entertain strang ers." "A book-social?" repeated Ilalleck, MIy amused at the fussy, friendly little man's unconscious air of giving htm tl.e freedom of the city. "What tort ot thing is that?" "Oh, a new idea of the Ladies Aux iliary! They fitted up the rooms, you M-e, and then gave a social, and Instead of paying at the door, eveiybody that came had to bring a book for the reading-room. They've fixed a very co ru in table place, altogether, and the asso ciation's doing Quely." And he might liave gone on still further; for, he told himself, the young mau seemed an uncommonly steady sort of fellow, and would pei haps re tard a flourishing Y. M. C. A. as an attractive feature of a town. Ilalleck, however, unconsciously broke the tV.read of his discourse by saying be would detain him no longer, accenting his latter invitation with a coup:e or visitots were engaged In leading. Like them, ilalleck round a comfort able chair by tne book-table, but, un like tnem, did not begin to read. The coolness, the quiet, the half- home-like air of the place, the care shown for the welfaie and comfort of any wayfaring young man all were certainly attractive. I wonder." perversely mused Mr. Ilalleck, with the cheap cynicism of a too much petted sex, as he glanced about in a critical way with his keen, handsome gray eyes "I wonder when women in general will think enough of other less lucky women to fit up such pleasant places for them instead of men?" For it is extremely natural for a man to seize any occasion to blame "women in general" for anything or nothing, when one woman in particu ar has left a sore spot in his heart. Tlie reader nearest Halleck, a tall. lanky joung countryman, suddenly pushed away his book with a little, half-audible groan of disgust. 'I'm gom'. Boh," he gruffly in formed his neighbor. "I heard so much about Browning's po'try last month t our Literary that 1 made up my mind that I'd come here and lead it first morning I was In town and had time; but I'll be switched 'f 1 can make lead or tail of it. It's harder work than breakln new prairie. I eive it up." And he rose with a worn-out asiiect and left the room. Halleck smiled a little at this glimpse of Kansas culture. Browning's poetrv! Certainly, whoever selected that for such a library as this mut have had exalted Ideas. Or perhaps it was one of the "book-social" contribut.ons. given because its owner did not care to keep it. ith au idle curiosity he took up the rejected volume and read the title Men and Woaien." It had leeu familiar enough to him once, and the sight of it now touched him with a fcharp pain, while still he went on glanc ing at page after page with au odd, half-unwilling fasciuat on. Tne lines teemed to come to him in the music of a girl's pretty, unusual vibraute voice; theie seemed to bend with him over the book a dainty, golden-brown head; an impetuous, dimpled, little hand seemed to poiut out beauties here and there with a swift appreciation; an arch, earnest April fa e seemed to look up with a Cash of triumph in the dark, hazel eyes at having won some disputed point of in-terpretat'on. .She had been so full of sweetest life. his Lucie, so intense of feeling, so bright of intelligence, and so deter mined that he should share her pleasure n her favorite twiet. and they f liould be one in that as in all other things. "The eood Mars met in your horoscope. Made you of spirit. Qic and dew." he fouud himself reading out of "Eve lyn Hope," as he had once read to her; and then turned some pages in baste. ow Miss Ulard was not "his Lucie," he reminded himself, bitterly. Their engagement was broken by mutual consent . they had drifted apart. lie did not even know where she lived now. He had quite over-lived the whole episode; could never again feel pain, or Joy, or anger because of it; and to prove tins to himself, he began to read Just where the book happened to open at "A Lover's Quarrel It was the height of foolishness to let bimselt shrink Irom the sight of a harmless poem like this. Surely he ought to be able to read it without remembering how Lucie had looked when they read it together that last day on the porch, when the apple blos soms were drifting down in scented showers, and she wore a dress of pink aud white like them, and her face He would read Browning: "learest. three month aco. Wlirn we loved eneh ottiei so, Lived and loved" Only a little more than three months ago they, too, had lived aud loved and quarreled. It seemed about such a trilld looking back now "Not from the heart bf'neatli. 'Twas a bubble born ol ureaili." There had been a lew angry wm-.'s, a palling in wrath, a week's chill, in distant, silence, and then, when he came, ieeutaiit, to make his j-e.ire, l.e found she had abruptly ended let visit to her cons n. And as she had b en too proud to leave any word that inip.hl hint of hojie to him. so he, Buiait .n under the sting, had been too proud t ask lit r new ad dressfor he knew her f.iuii y were an ut to leave the New Yo;k town where they lived or to try to seek her out, and thus all their happiness had ended for a hasty word. See a woi d. liow ti severeth his desk, at the other end of the room and quite out of llalleck's sight. He was rather hard of hearing, the secretary, and the lsquirer was obliged to raise her voice also a pretty, un usual, rirlish voice, which Halleck recocn'zed with a start. Neither the speaker nor he could see each other, for the secretarf s desk: oc NKAVS IN BRIEF. At ti e beginning of this century enly a'.vtut twenty million people spoke the English lanpu lge, and they lived maiul) in Englan I. It is estimated that 150 'uen and bovs in a south-astern Oh o c.mnty are euDled a recess near the door, and the lengiie 1 in huu'ltiir skunks. There is big book-case stood boldly out lietween. "No, valued," she explained, with a touch of anxiety evident in her tones. ''It is quite a shabby book, but I value it for certain associations. There wai a mistake made in giving it to the li brary. I had put it away out of sight, and my mother thought I did n it want it any longer, especially as she had given me a complete set of Browning not long since, and so she brought it to the Look-social with other books. I was not at home, or I would not have allowed It. I want the book back very much indeed, and I will gladly give you a new copy in exchange, or pay for It, just as you like.' A short pause followed, in which Halleck heard the rustle of pipers, as if the secretary were looking among bis rules and regulations for one to cover this case. "I'm awfully sorry. Miss Willard," he announced, at las', "but I can't find anything authoiizing me to dispose of any of the association's property so. If you will see the real secretary about It I'm only his assistant, you know lrhiips he mlht do It for jou. He'll le most happy to. If he can, I've iio doubt," he ended encouragingly. "I'll speak to him as soon as he comes in, and I expect him any time now." "Thai k you 1 shall be very much obliged 1 Tell him 1 11 call this after noon. Aud please be sure that the book doesn't get lost or mislaid. Browning's Men and Women' It is, you will re niembei?" There were more regrets and assur ances from the martinet assistant sec retary an exchange of good-mornings the oening and shutting cf a door. Halleck started to his feet, caugnt up his hat, and followed Miss Willard at a sate, respectful distance. He had checked his first hasty Im pulse. He would not try to stieak to her or claim her recognition here; but they would meet in a few minutes, aud she cared she cared! The slight, gracefully-erect young figure in its white gov. n was easily kept in sight along the street, tolerably crowded though it was. Halleck observed to himself that there was evidently a good deal of busi ness astir iu roit ltaynor, as Colonel Mackay hal said; and were ever skies mo:e blue and suunv, or air more sweet and pure, than here in Kansas? 1 or all the world brightens to a man when looked at through happy eyes. and anv town seems pleasant and pros IK-rous when gt ace 1 by the presence of the woman he loves. Yet Ilalleck had time for doubts and fears enough while Miss Willard, un conscious of his proximity, pursued the even tenor of her way home. He examined with a ieolously critical eye certain men who bowed to her, and it was a face more anxious even than hopeful into which she looked up just as she entered her gale mid turned to close It after her. Her own face grew pink and startled, and then pale aud roud. But she stood serenely calm, with her large, lacy white parasol making a soft and hecom lug background for her pretty, high-held brown head and smiling, tileasatilly sur pri-ed countenance; and there was only a I right, cordial courtesy iu her face and manlier as site spoke. "Why. Mr. "Ilalleck! Who woul have thought of meeting you here ou Westj' oirt you come iu "?he was moving aside to let him en ter, but lie va.s motionless, resolute. "Perhaps," he said, very quietly l.ui ie, 1 was In the reading room when you called there just now, am could not help hearing what you said 1 thought, since you wanted your book back so much because of its associ Hons, you might le willing to take back the lover who hel'ied m ike them W as I right.' ill you let me in now f There Wits a moment's pau-e; an tin u slowly, shyly, a small hand ijh-ii ed the gate, and Halleck entered Colonel Mackay had never lieen able to make up his mind whether corner- lots or gas welis proved most "fetching to Mr. Ilalleck. He was sure it was one or the other however, and he has loi.g since forgive the broken appointment made ou tha memorable morning, as Ilalleck in only decided to settle In Fott llatn but built one of the prettiest hou.-es iu town to receive his bride. a good demand for the plts. Pentist's advert setnint In a Read ing, Pa., daily: Teeth tilled and ex tracted without j aiu by the use of vi talized air, and uia!e fresh every day and perfectly harmless. With a view of testing a new tooth pulling machine which he was about to purchase a Williaimport dentist al lowed himself to he Ojerated upon, and the lower part of his face was nearly torn away. There are more than 40,000 Chinese in San Francisco Tl ey form learly one-seventh or the city's p pula tion. and t is computed that thev send $12,OOJ,000 a year from their earnings to China. Superstitions In Ireland. iincl. Thre are several versions of the story, rut the accepted one is mat I Hants, ana aauing mat. ue wouiu wait the Abbot cf Glastonbury had offended in the reailing-room. sauntered across Henrv Vl by building bis kitchen so the hot street toward it. rubtantialy that the destroyers of the It was very comfortable. The re in .luuiteses were enable to throw it sources of artistic furnishing, as under down, -n a rage, the king sent for the tood iu Fort ltaynor. had evidently abbot, vho, hoping toappessethe mon- been taxed for its benefit, sic j, snt to him his steward, John Staiued lasa tquares bordered the Hornet with a wonderful pie, the in- large windows, aud bars of many-col -tenor of which was composed of the oied light from them lay here and there title dds to twelve manors. Bnt as on the dark moss green carpet. John Jorner sat in the corner of the Pictures of very doubtful merit wagor that carried him to the king, he adorned the pearl-gray walls. A large, was iiduced. by curiosity to lift np tlie op-n book-case lie Id an exceedingly crust and to abstract therefrom a title motley array of Volumes, new and old. deed. which, on his safe and successful There was a writing table at the pub retail home, he showed to the abbot, lie service; another table covered with and old him that the king bad given papers aud magazines; a third set him lie deed for a reward. Ihe deed about with chairs and littered wan was hat of the Manor of Wells. Futpad Hold up your hands! pdestriau (calmly) I have been out shopin? all day with my wife. " loot pad (sympathetically) By Jinks! lire, take this quarter. , An eccentric Detroit millionaire go iut an argument with a womaiu, art ot bis tenants, and she slapped hisi rputb. with. . di&hcloth. nooks, among which stood a large bowl of pale amber glass, crowded with crimson aud white carnations, whose clean, s;icy fragrance pleasantly pene trated the air. And eveiy where the hand of minis tering woman had lett lis trace in arti cles of fancy-worlc, pretty and ugly, appropriate and inappropriate. The secretary was apparently not "on tap, " but was bus:ed at his desk; ill. power of life antl death. In the tongue, as the pieajher saith." There was a dreadful appiicabi ity in the rippling rhymes. Irom them he turned for relief to a mechanically close insp ction of the pae on which they were printed, and wl icli was maik'd here and theie with light jeticil strokes "a heart in dots and underlines." Lucie was an inveterate marktr of her pet books, he remembered. M u.-t he always remember her ways, her words, even her tricks of marking p ems? These, now w hy, these were marked just as they had been iu the copy he had read with herl It must be it wa the same book! The name on the fly-leaf was hidden by the printed library label, but their were her delicate, familiar little inaiks at the well-known passages, the stain where she had shut in a cluster of vio lets he had brought her one day, the absurd little profile of the poetUigadihs that he had teased her with by sketch ing on the margin! For one ins'aut his heart leaped with a sudden, tender joy at the recognition that seemed to put him in touch with his lost love once moie; the next he giew angry with the girl who bad cared so little for this book that tlie conl 1 give it. with all its traces of her ow n inner nature and its associations of the man who had loved her, to be handled and lead and curiously examined by any one who chose. Had loved her, indeed! "o, loved her still, he owned to himself, bitterly, in the swift self-knowledge brought by the words of the master-poet aud the thronging memories evoked by the familiar volume. He recollected how, woman-like, Lu cie had been wou't to treasure the merest trifles that were associated in any way with her fiieuda. She had returned all his gifts, of course, but if she had ever really cared for him, surelv she would hav valued this book a Utile. 'A valuable book, did you say?" questioned the secretary, in his high pitched voice, just then, of some cue by It Is very unlucky to meet in the early morning a balking dog or a bare foote 1 woman. When a corp e retains animal heat over-long another n ember of the family i- to dij within ti e year. If the stacks are not circled each night by- the hoi.-eless barn owl a blight will fall upon next season's crops. Any three idle strokes of a stick In the ashes or a spade or other farm toI in the soil making a figure resemhliug a cotlin Is certain to oi teiid dea h iu one's family. '1 he linnet jhiuis forth the most ur I aneho'y song of all Irish birds, and I have seen honest-hearted peasants af fected by It to tears. When the nest of the thrnsh or mavis is built unusually high iu the thorn bush this betokens a great calamity to a neighborhood. Over In Counemara to this day a fun eral procession ou its way to church will halt at some distance away and cast together a huge pile of stones. Oue of the oldest of all Irish sujier stiliolis is the Wlief that If you chase and catch a butteifjy you imprison the wandering soul of your grandfather. An Old House Servant's Honesty. All Irish woman went into an emi grant o thee in rail Hi ver, Mas.. two or three weeks- ago, and asked tor a draft for two ioutids, directing that it le sent to au address winch she gave. The woman salt that she had been a set vant in a w. I i-to-do family in Ireland 4u jea s a-'o. a the time of a famine. .Nib gave fjjd Ut the suffering poor from the la der of the household, with o t the kuow ledge of her mistress. The fa t that she had giveu away what did not belong to her preyed u;ou the st'i'vaul's mind, at.d she resolved to pay h.ick the val'ie of the goods whenever sh9 became able. Later she removed to this country, and saved what little money she could sare until she got together the $10, which she forwarded to her old mistress. In the 40 years the mistress had been greatly reduced in circumstances, and she wrote that the money was Indeed a treasure to ber, and that she was deeply touched at her servant's honesty. The oldest M.-rse tehgrapher In the world is J. P. Heed, the statistician f the Western I'uion Company at New York. Mr. Heed is 71 years of ige, a Scotchman by birth, and is as vigorous aud che-rful as a man ot twenty-five. American wild turkeys have been uiccessfully acclimitized in Austria ou that portion of the estate of Count Ireuuer which is known as the l.uiu- an meadows, and great flocks of them ire lo be seen in his forests. A small flint stone idol was recent ly brought up by a saud pump ileal Boise City, Idaho, from a depth ot Ml feet beneath the surface of the earin. Scientists who have seen il believe it to be the work of antediluviau man. A singular accident hajvieiied to a Boston horse, 'i he animal, in falling, jot his leg into a cesspool opening al the curbston , and it a not until Kirtiou of the curb had been removei that ha was extncateJ. lie susiaine-.t no injury whatever. The habit of asking for samples U :e dry goods sto.es has grown so com non iu New York that mot of tin irger shoe's thcrs hnve a sccial de- lartinent now devoted lo sallstyiu. Is class of customers. fieorga Fredericks, who lives neai Leetoina, )., was b.idly scared recent ly by something he thought was a ghosi at his bej-iooin window. Invesliga io'i showed, however, that the in ru ler was only his old white horse. It is a curiotn fact, brought out 1j the New Yoik 'oiuuiigsiouer id I.aboi tatk'tie-i, that prison estimates o he amount of fo id ueedt d to suslali life are more 1iUt.i1 thin estuiiatii for eisons dependent on public charities. Numerous methods of cheating tin ulomatlu weighing machines havt been devised, hut It remains for iar ticular Ing' nious la Is lo 1 iiuk oi at taching a string to ti.e nt'KeIuilL which, after ohUmiiii;; thir weight, li w thdiaw the coin. According to the 1 lenc'i papen the Madrid Gallery has laMv i-ceivei' as a gift lioui the. lluchess Il.mitger 1 1 astraua '- pictures, atnoi g whlck are said to - v o ks by Vau 1 i k, Itu- bens, Teu its, Meiigs, and other rim works. According to London advices Frank Slav.n is anxious to mrane i match for a hunted number of louudi with John L. .Sullivan, or he will flgb the big fellow to a finish for fnu $o,0:KJ to l'l.tHHl a bide, under Loiidoi Vtizes rin rulas. That reuiaikable story from neai tilling, N. J., about the "colored boj and his fatal muzle' turns out to hav been a canard. A resident of Ne I'rovideiice, K. .1., writes the Nei" York Ti ibunc that, "from liegii.niu U nd, the Htory did not contain one woro of truth." Carpi-uteri, ''al., has a grape ine of the Mis-ion vaiiety, which ha i girth of six feet at its base, and ;i he height li of six feet branches out it very direction for a hundred feet- h la- planted fuitj -seven years ago hy Spanish girl. This season its produc i s estimated at lour tons. 'i'.ix stauipj have beon estaWisho. il Switzrilaiil to enable the poore las-es to pay their taxes in Mnall In talments instead of handing out i imp Hum. Ihe tax pay ir cau oil .eekly a few twenty-live or thirty cen Hue stamps, aud so giadually clear of is debt to the government. The tawu of Cullman, a thriving Alabama village, makes tho boast, tha t has not a negro within its bonlers. Il s naued after a rich German wht vished to found a col. hit of his owl race iu the Alabama frui. growing r ;loii. It has a iMioiilatloii ol '2..VIO. A vocabulary ot piiysical terms styled "Butsui ig.iku Jutsugo," hai lieell issued in Japan. It gives the au horitative Japanese equivalents of ar imorlait group of Western scientific eims. In all thirty-six Japanese gen lemeu have been engaged in its prep aatiou for Hie pa-it s.x years. A Maine coiiteniKirary tells of i merchant in Augusta, who examine: very package left in his store, whethei iie has any business to or not. Kecent'j in acquaintance, knowing tni faiiing, left a paper bai of hornets iu the nur Iiant's store, lo be "kept if ly nuti callid for." The men-haul exp'on .ts i s ual, w 1th results that inay easil oe gUcSSed. The present estimated pnpulatioi .f the United Slates I-. 01, O'.itO. Tin ate of increase, exclusive of im nira ion, is estimated at l.S ji cent, eut p r ai iri inn alxnit l'fi,o i uontlu 15y immigratiou the increasi t population aveiages over 4:!,'.-rft i nonth, or over RV)J yeaily. Tin tggregate snnual growth from IxiU Muses does not fall short of 1,7 .Vlfwj the estimated foieign opu!ation Is no' much below 14,t.0,HH. The Boston Memorial Association an organization formed to protect llos ton from the invasion of bad statues has formally protested against the ac ceptance by the city for the public gar den of the memoiial to the late Colotie Caas. This Is the monument ma le to the btonecuttei after a design winch h FecureJ from a scu'ptor of some name liut the scultptor supposed that tin n onument w as for a cemetery, and wai horrified to learn that it was to lie ' up in Boston's most favorite square. The dried leaves of the Japan all spice. Clilmonunlhiis fragrans, have tea-like flavor, a'ul are said to 1 superior to much of tlie green tea sold. The plant is sold in England as a Cowering shrub. i-.--'i!: ! 'liio'-T -... '.