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A Memory System. f'oHfet each kindness that you <Io Ah soon us you have done It: Forget the praise that falls to you Tne moment you have won It; Fo/get the slander that you hear Iti-nife yob rftn repeat It; Fmgct each slight. each spite, each sneer, Wpcrever you may meet It. Remember every kindness done T t you. whate’er Its measure; Rer.ieinher praise by others won And i»U*s it on with pleasure; Remember every promise made A .id keep it to the letter; Remember those who lend you aid AMd lift a Bruteful debtor. R•■tilember nit the happiness TfMt tfnhn-s your way In living; Forget each worry and distress. lie hopeful and forgiving; Rei.lftinfeT godd. remember truth. Remember heaven s above you. And yon Will thid. throu«li age and youth. True Joys, and heart., to love you. —Priscilla l.eonard. In Youth's Compan ion. Game for Sunday. A good Sunday game may be ar ranged by making up questions from the nible and offering a prize for the large Ht. number of correct answers. Herd uTO some questions: 1. Who was reigning in Judah when Joseph returned from Egypt with the child Jesus? 2. Who were the first called of the disciples? Whose birthday was celebrated by dancing? 4. Willi v horn did Jesus spend bis last Snbhath? 5. Who was the only person, accord ing to tile sacred scriptures, who rais ed a voice in behalf of Jesus during the trial? »t. Who rose from the dead without the Interposition of the Prophets, Jesus or the Apostles? 7. Where were the Disciples first called Christians? 8. Of whom was it said. “She hath do*e what she could”? 8. Whnt are the first recorded words of Jesus? 10. Who paid the hotel bill of a man who had been robbed? 11. To what king did Christ refer when he said. "Go ye and tell that fox”? 12. Wlio asked Jesus. “Art. thou only a stranger in Jerusalem”? 12. Who testified of Jesus that he was both his successor and predeces sor? 14. By w hom are we told to "search the scriptures'*? 15. What is the test of dlscipleship? The answers are: 1. Archeluus. 2. John and Andrew. 3. Herod's. 4. Si mon. the Leper. 5. Wife of Pontius Pilate. 6. “The saints that slept arose." 7. At Antioch, when Paul visited It. 8. The woman who poured the ointment on the Savior’s head. 0. “HOw is It that you sought me"? 10. Good Samaritan. 11 King Herod. 12. C’leoties 13. John the Baptist. 14. Our Savior. 15. "If you have love to an other." A New Kind of Trap. Over the top of an earthenware jar fasten a piece of writing paper, tight ly binding it with a string or elastic band. In the center of the paper cut a cross, as shown in the illustration. Set the Jar in the closet and suspend by a string a piece of toasted cheese over the Center of the Jar If there are any mice in the closet the bait will attract them, but just as soon as the first mouse reaches the center of the paper lie will drop into the jar and the paper will tly back in place again, ready for the next comer. A trap ar ranged In the same manner can bo u«ed for the capture of field and bar- The Trap Waiting for More. vest mice, which make odd and amus ing pets. A barrel covered with stiff brown paper can bo used for common rats, but they will gnaw out unless the bar rel be partly tilled with water. A Goose Party. A simple amui ement was employed the other day to amuse a company of little folks. A black sheet with a hole oil In it large enough for a person’s arm to pass through was fastened be tween two portieres. forming" a screen to conceal the person operat ing the affair. This person placed on her arm a stocking-shaped piece of white canton flannel on the small end of which the head of a goose was fashioned. Eyes were formed of black beads and the mouth or bill was lined with red flannel. One finger— the first one. and the thumb operated this, and when the arm was stuck through the black curtain a most life like goose was displayed. A little introductory speech was made, telling the children that a wonderful bird had been captured, and would, upon being fed corn, give them a souvenir of the party. Corn was then distrib uted, and shouts of delight followed as each child approached the wonderful bird- The bird sometimes held the fingers in his bill, and pecked at them in a most natural way. When the £orn had been properly bestowed the bird withdrew behind the curtain to reappear with his gift to the child. Home-Made Roses. Artificial flowers or ribbon and chif fon are in great demand nowadt/s. and the girl of slender purse has dis covered how to make chiffon roses at home. For the petal- «ha takes squares of clilffou. and, after folding, gathers in the three raw edges, draw ing them up quite tight and stitching them to keep them as they should be. This forms one petal, and several of these together form a rose. The squares of chiffon may be of various sizes, graduating from quite small In the middle to several inches square for the larger petals. The calyx and stem of an artificial flower may be added to make the reality complete, or in making a trailing bunch for a dress, but when a solid surface of roses is wanted, as in the case of the new spring toques, or as a binding round the hem or neck of a frock, the stem and calyx are not necessary, and the flower Is fastened directly upon a canvas or net foundation of some sort. Exchange. Cut out the small pieces In this pic ture and paste together In the proper order. When done you will have a funny picture. A Word to the Boys. Here is a hint for our boy readers. They are all interested just now in the Japs. They all know what splendid soldiers the Japs make and what won drous endurance they have shown on the march nnd in battle. The Japan ese minister in London says that the sale of tobacco is prohibited In his country in the case of any person un der the age of twenty years, the pen alty being a fine of 85. and that parent who allows a minor to smoke Is also subject to a fine. Tobacco was put here for a good purpose. Seemingly there are many men who use it to their comfort and without injury; but the boy who smokes cigarettes, or who uses to bacco in any form, while he is grow ing. will be the worse for It, and If he uses It to excess he will seriously im pair his health, if he does not wenkeo his constitution. The boy who wishes to be n strong and healthy man will do well to learn a lesson from the Japs.—Alabama Age-Herald. Libeling the Lion. In Shakespeare's time It was believ ed that, just as some men could not bear the sight of a cat. so a serpent would not remain beneath the shadow of an ash tree, and that the squeaking of a little pig would scare an elephant or the crowing of a cock a lion. It is perhaps true that, in spite of its vast bulk, the elephant is nervous, but it would be Interesting to learn why the cry of chanticleer should be the "lion's terror.” as the poet Du Bartas sang. Yet Reginald Scot, in his "Dis covery of Witchcraft.” says that though a man would hardly believe that a cock's crowing "should abash a puissant lion." nevertheless "the ex perience -hereof hath satisfied the whole world." James 1., however, be ipg the English Solomon, took the libel on the lion so much to heart TALKING WACKADILLO The principal ingredients of the Great Talking. Duck. Billed Wacka i>illo are very easy to assemble. First, there is the skeleton shown In Fig. 1. This consists of any medium sized small boy with a backbone In tne shape of a wide board strapped or t;ed securely to his back. Then pile on and stuff around it small pillows, wadding and rags, to help fill out the body, which is now Incased iu a sheet wrapped and pinned about the boy and the board, as In Fig. 2. Now make a large ball of rags, with two flat pieces of wood fastened upon it for a oill. Paint eyes on either side that he tested the courage of the king of animals, and found it was "quite proof against the crowing of a cock.” So that's ail right. Ever Faithful. In 1898 Henry Collinson was drowned whilst battling at Scarbor ough. His clothes 'were watched by his Irish terrier, which scarcely al lowed them to be removed. On the day of his funeral the dog followed the hearse to the cemetery and stood by the grave throughout the service. Dur ing the next five years the faithful creature visited the kirkyard regular ly, until, on the morning of Oct. 28. 1903. ii was found on Its master's grave, dying. The depth of its grief and love for its old friend and owner was as beautiful as It was sincere. If we may trust the poets, such devotion is not unknown on the part of the dog. hut it must do humankind good to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest tlio lesson taught by this noble terrier at Scarborough. It throws a fresh light ii|Min the thoughts of the collie and Newfoundland of Burns’ poem, which rejoiced they were not men, but dogs. Proverbs in Japan. A game popular with both grown people and children in Japan is played as follows; One hundred well known proverbs are selected, each divided into two parts, each part printed on a separate card. The host has the hundred first halves, which he reads aloud, one by one. The hundred second halves are dealt to the other players, who place their hands upon the "Tatami,” or thick mat of rich straw on which they sit. As the first half of any proverb is read the holder of the second half throws it out, or. if he sees it un noticed among his neighbors, seizes it and gives him one of his own. The player who is first "out" wins. It is a very simple game, but it affords a great deal of amusement to the play ers. for the quick-sighted and keen witted are constantly seizing the cards of their duller and slower neighbors. Tills leads to much laughter and good natured teasing. A Cat of the Snows. In the high land of Tibet and in the cold and snowy steppes between the country north of Himalaya and south of Siberia, there is a beautiful cat with silvery fur and a glorious bushy tall that is marked with many coal black rings. Exquisite shadings of chocolate and yellow are drawn in fine lines over her here and there, making her probably the prettiest or the small cat animals. In general appearance and size she is like our pussies, but she is a savage little thirst, and so far the only speci mens thr. have been brought into Eu rope or America have been dead ones for no hunter has been able to take any alive. * The cat is called the Manul cat. and now that something is known about the Tibetan country. It Is probable that the pretty creatures will be come residents of the big zoological gardens before long, and they may turn out not to be so hard to tame after all. Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton says that the evening before Ollphant’s Nek was taken —in the Boer war—a pretty young Butch lady came to him cry Ing and begging him to rescue her calf from some soldiers who were about to convert it into veal. She spoke fair English, with a trace, how ever, of foreign accent, and. after saving the animal’s life for the time being. Sir Ian inquired of her where she had learned English. Then she told him that ever since the Jameson raid it had not been thought ‘‘the cor rect thing” to speak English at Oil phant’s Nek. but that she and her girl friends had kept up their knowl edge of it. because they simply could not exist without their English nov els. with black Ink or colors. Pin the head firmly on the body. Then make the webbed feet from an old pair of leath er driving gloves. If you cannot pro cure them, stout brown wrapping pa per can lie used instead. If you'v . carried out these directions carefully, and look, or have made your friend look, like Fig. 2. the great Duck-Billed Wackadillo Is now a real ity and Is ready to perform in any manner, from a dance to a lecture on his prehistoric ancestors, of which he is the only up-to-date specimen in ex istence. Whatever he does is sjirp vj be a delight and joy to his admiring audience. CHOPPING A MAN DOWN There is nothing 'hat so cheers the heart of the lumberman as to play a practical joke on one whom he calls a "greenhorn." or, in other words, any one unused to the ways of a lumber camp. One of the hardest and most dangerous, although it is the most ad mired. writes Charles G. D. Roberts in "Around the Campfire,” is that known as “chopping him down." This means, in a word, that the stranger in camp Is invited to climb a tall tree to take observations or enjoy a remarkable view. No sooner has he reached the top. than two or three vigorous axmen attack the tree at Its base. Long before he can reach the ground- the tree begins to topple. As a general rule the heavy branches so break the fall of the tree that the victim finds himself uninjured. There are cases, however where men have been crippled for life. Mr. Roberts give- an experience of his own which did not come out ex actly as the lumberman expected. He had climbed Into a magnificent pine tree one day. No sooner was he two-thirds up the tree than the lumbermen set to work to "chop him down." “I thanked them for their attentic he writes, "and climbed a few feet farther up to secure a position which I saw would be a safe one for me when the tree should fall. As i did so. I Life of Arctic Heathen Prof. Mylius Erlksen in a lecture in Berlin has described some of the queer things done and seen by the re cent Danish exploring party in the north of Greenland, of which party he was a member. They reached Cape York in April, 1903. Great cold was experienced, from which the explor ers suffered severely. They rubbed their skins with vaseline and never thought of washing, because water was scarce and because the accumu lated crust of dirt formed a good pro tection against the cold. On the jour ney to Melville bay the expedition had discovered numerous remains of houses and stone towers and other in dications that these regions must have been permanently inhabited in former times. As no natives were found at Cape York, the expedition went on farther north and encountered a party of heathen natives on the Sander isl ands. Their stone huts were smeared all over with blood and pieces or flesh, and entrails were lying scat tered about the floors. In the huts snow was being melted in tin cans by means of blubber lamps In order to provide drinking water. Student Life at Oxford Among the Rhodes scholars at Ox ford is W. E. Schutt, an American, who has written of some of the ex periences he and the other Americans had. The first night, to their surprise, two or three men entered their rooms in an absolutely informal and abrupt manner. The visitors took with great calmness the chairs the Americans had vacated, asked for cigarettes or tea and made themselves at home. Then they requested Mr. Schutt and his friends to show up at the football grounds for practice the following aft ernoon. After they had gone more men appeared and asked them to ap pear at the college barge next day ready to row. The devotion to sport and the round of social engagements suggested to the Americans that but little work was done at Oxford. “We soon learned, however." Mr. Schutt writes, "that although It was not re quired nor even evident, there was work done, and lots of It; that if we took honors, as we expected to do, idleness on our part at the beginning of the course meant hopeless entan glement at the end and that we must My Heart and I Enough! we're tired, my heart and I. We sit beside the headstone thus. And wish that name were carved for us. The moss reprints more tenderly The hard types of the mason's knife. As heaven's -weet life renews earth's life With which w.-'re tired, my heart and I. You see we're tired, my heart and I. We dealt with hooks, we trusted men. And In our own blood drenched the pen. As if such colors could not fly. We walked too straight for fortune’s end. We loved too true to keep a friend: At last we're tired, my heait and I . How tired we feel, my heart and I! We seem of t use In the world; Our fancies hang gray and uncurled About men's • s Indifferently; Our voice whi h thrilled you so. will . let You sleep; our tears are only wet; What do we here, my heart and 1? So tired, so tit-1 my heart and 1! It was not thus in that old time Watch Figures on Bills "There Is a rule regarding the num bering of United States currency,” said a bank teller, "which if known and followed by the outside world might often be the means of detect ing counterfeit money. The rule ap plies only to United States currency, mind you, and not to national bank notes. "The government prints Its bills in series of 4. so that every piece of paper money turned out by the United States bears one of these check let ters. A. B. C or D. One of these let ters is always found in two places on a United States bill—in the upper left hand corner and in the lower right hand corner. The placing of the letter ,on the bill is not determined by : chance, but by an infallible rule deter mined by the number of the bill. The rule is to divide the last two figures on the note by four. Should the re mainder be one. the check letter must perceived, with a gasp ar.d tremor, that 1 was not alone in the tree. “There, not ten feet above me, stretched at full length along a branch was a huge panther. From the men below his form was quite concealed. “I laughed to myself as I thought how my tormentors would be taken aback when that panther should come down among them. I decided that there would be no more danger to them than that to which they were exposing me in their reckless fooling. “The great mass of foliage made the fall a comparatively slow one. Then came the final thunderous crash, and in an instant I found myself standing in my place, jarred but unhurt. “The next instant there was another roar, overwhelming the laughter of the woodsmen, and out of the pine boughs shot the panther in a whirl wind of fury. He turned half round and greeted his enemies with one ter rible snarl and then bounded off into the forest at a pace which made it idle to pursue him. “The men seemed almost to think that I had conjured up the panther for the occasion. I thanked them most fervently for coming to my res cue with such whole-hearted good will, and promised them that if ever again I got into a tree with a panther I would send for them at once.”— Youth’s Companion. Manslaughter is by no means un common among the heathen natives, according to Prof. Eriksen, but invari ably leads to a kind of vendetta be tween the relatives of the murderer and those of the murdered person. Again, if a young married man or his wife dies the surviving party has the right to kill the small children should ho or she not he in a position to guar antee their maintenance. Aged per sons. on the other hand, are willingly supported by their relatives. Chil dren are never beaten or punished, no matter how badly they behave. The Eskimos explain this custom by say ing that the children have no power of understanding and therefore have no idea of wrong and punishment. Polygamy is unusual, as there Is a scarcity of Eskimo women. In spite of this, however, the professor met several men who had two wives. The exchange of wives is very frequent. Wives must obey their husbands, oth erwise they are beaten. Husbands maintain that their wives must he beaten several times annually to pre tent their desire for supremacy in the household from becoming too per sistent. work during vacations as well as in term time. "In connection with dinner there Is.” he continues, “an interesting cus tom. This Is the ‘sconce.’ If a man comes In late, makes a stale joke, re marks on the food or commits any gaucherie the cry of ‘sconce’ Is raised. Thereupon he appeals his case in writ ing to the dons. If they agree that the sconce is just the guilty man must drink a quart of small beer without a breath. If he succeeds he Is a hero. If he fails he must provide beer for liis table. If. however, the sconce is not justifiable in the eyes of the dons the prosecutor must pay the penalty “We are all of the opinion that we can get no more really practical knowledge here than at home; possi bly not so much that will be of actual service In broadwinning. Book lore, however, we can get at any one of the great universities of the world; but the combination of social and intel lectual training, the easy, informal in tercourse with men old and young, of education and thorough good breeding, can be found nowhere as at Oxford." When Ralph sat with me 'neath the lime To watch the sunset from the sky. “Dear love, you're looking tired." he said; I. smiling at him. shook my head. 'Tis now we're tired, my heart and I. So tired, so tired, my heart and 1! Though now none takes me on his arm To fold me close and kiss me warm Till each quick breath end In a sigh Of happy languor. Now. alone. We lean upon this graveyard stone. Uncheered, unkissed, my heart and I. Tired out we are. my heart and I. Suppose the world brought diadems To tempt us. crusted with loose gems Of powers nnd pleasures? Let It try. We scarcely care to look at even A pretty child, or God's blue heaven. We feel so tired, my heart and I. Yet who complains? My heart and I? In this abundant earth no doubt Is little room for things worn out: Disdain tlnm. break them, throw them by! And If before the days grew rough We once w* re loved, used —well enough, I think, we've tared. my heart and I. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning. be *A.’ Should it be two. the check letter is ‘B;’ three, the check letter is ’C,' and nothing the letter is ’D.’ "For example. I have before me a $5 silver certificate. Its number is 94.179.126. The terminal number is 26. Divide this by 4. and we have 6 with 2 over. The check letter is B. Here is a ‘Buffalo' note the terminal number of which is 68. Divide by 4 and we have 17 even. The check let ter is D. There is a gold certificate with 83 as its terminal. We have by dividing it by 4. 20 with 3 over. C is the check letter. "Should this rule of 4 fail to work on any United States currency note you may bet all you have that the money is bad. Some counterfeited bills are right as to their check let ters, but a great many are not. So if the rule of 4 works the bill may still be bad. but if it doesn’t it’s surely bad."—Kansas City Time?. BLOT ON STATE'S GOOD NAME Unsanitary Condition in Prisons and Slum Dis tricts a Crime. Since the attention of the Chicago authorities was so forcibly called to the conditions present in the peniten tiary other states have been investi gating. The rapid growth of tuberculosis among prisoners In the Joliet, 111., pen itentiary, attended by a marked In crease in the prison death rate, has aroused the officials to action. An in vestigation and reform is to be insti tuted by the State Board of Health. The members of this board do not deny that under the present conditions all efforts to combat the disease are hopeless. Better general sanitary con ditions must be established or it will be Impossible to prevent the spread of tuberculosis to all the present prison ers and to all who may be so unfortu nate ns to be sentenced later. This is another Instance of the state forcing its citizens to live under con ditions which mean almost sure death. It is surprising in this day of enlight enment that the state should allow its citizens to live, voluntarily, in unsani tary homes. Yet it does. The resi dents of the slum ar,d tenement dis tricts are dying from faulty sanita tion and bad hygiene. But more— the state forces some others to spend from one to ten years in a dark cell from which they so often come, strick en by the great ‘white plague"— wrecks of their former selves and a continual expense to the community. With the message of “prevention and cure" of consumption In every paper let the state not forget Its pris oners who must silently suffer what ever fate is decreed for them. “Fashion" Notes. Don’t wear thin-soled shoes at any season of the year. One may take cold from chilling of the feet as the result of wearing thin-soled shoes In walking over a cold pavement, even when the pavement Is perfectly dry. Don’t adjust the clothing to suit the season of the year only, but adapt it to the weather conditions of each par ticular day. Don’t wear liigh-heeled shoes, nor pointed shoes, nor narrow-soled shoes, nor tight shoes, nor low shoes. Don’t wear slippers, except in the house. Shoes must have broad, reasonably thick soles, plenty of room for the toes, low heels. Rubber heels are a great comfort. Don’t support the clothing by bands tight about the waist. Don’t constrict the limbs by means of elastic bands to support the stock ings. Support all clothing from the shoulders, not- by bands, but by a properly constructed waist free from bones, on the “union" plan. Changed Its Mind. As mamma was preparing her boy for breakfast she said: “How many cakes can Eugene eat for his break fast this morning?" “I can eat four. Mamma.” Seated at the table, his appetite seemed to have materially diminished, for he ate only one of the cakes. "Mamma thought you were going to eat four cakes this morning. What is the matter?” “Well," said the five-year-old, “my stomach changed Its mind." It occurs to us that the wise man's stomach often “changes its mind.” as in this case, but too often that much abused organ is so pressed upon as to be convinced against its will, though of the same opinion still, and, yield ing to the demands of an abnormal appetite, finds itself wishing the real man had been master over the lust of the flesh. A Centennial Celebration. The people of Fayette. Ohio, recent ly showed their appreciation of the favor conferred on them in having in their community a fine old lady who has rounded cut the full measure of her hundred years. The centennial of Mrs. Amelia Dußois was celebrated by hundreds of people who met to do her honor. The public schools were closed, that the children might join in the celebration. In charge of their teachers, they marched to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dußois and escorted them to the opera house, where an in teresting program, hi which many prominent people of the neighborhood took part, was carried out. One pleasing feature was the pres entation by the children of a quantity of flowers the money for which had been collected among themselves. The Interest shown in the occasion by 'the people of Fayette and surround ing towns is evidence of the high esteem in which this remarkable old lady is held. Every faculty of her mind is alert and responsive, and her brown eyes still retain their attract ive sparkle. She is an accomplished needlewoman, and still spends much time in preparing dainty gifts for her friends. Mr. Dußois, to whom Mrs. Had Something Left. I ICIVJ WWM>«k a ■ »• “I was buying apples In Pennsyl vania." said the commission man. “and one day I got around to inspect a lot which an old farmer had been writing to me about. He had them in his barn ar.d a cold snap had come on and frozen every apple as hard as a stone. I found him almost in tears about It ar.d. while I could not buy his frozen apples, I did think to chirk him up a bit. In this I succeeded after a time and, wiping away the last of his tears, he observed: “ ‘Yes, as you say, it might have been fur, fur worse.’ "‘Of course it might. For In-, stance —’ " ‘For instance, my daughter Sally might have been stolen away from me.’ “ ‘Yes, Sally might have been called hence.’ “ ‘But while the apples has friz. Sally is still left to me and she’s got a suit for breach of promise agin a feller and is hound to get a verdict of $5,000 and lend me half of it, and I just reckon I ought to shet up and be thankful to Providence that I hain’t a busted man!’ Dußois was married sixty-one years ago, Is no less remarkable than his wife. The unusually healthy and ac tive old age of this fine couple is a testimony to the value of their simple, natural, peaceful life of activity. Com menting upon this, the Fayette Review says: “One’s relation to the AM., are so simple that it is not necessary for anyone to transgress. Instinct, that mysterious principle that protects and preserves all creatures, would protect us if we did not bury it under an av» alanche of artificialities. Our falling away from nature is what kills. Our getting back to it will revivify, and this principle of ‘sticking to’ nature is what one sees so distinctly in these grand old people." To Prolong Life. The British Medical Journal recent ly devoted eight pages to a discussion oi the best means for the prolonga tion of life. The greater part of this space was occupied by a lecture re cently delivered by Sir Herman Web er. D. D., F. R. C. P., before the Royal College of Physicians of London, and the main points of his advice were as follows: Moderation in eating, drinking and physical indulgence. Pure air out of the house and with in. The keeping of every organ of the body as far as possible in constant working order. Regular exercise every day in all weathers; supplemented in many cases by breathing movements, and by walking and climbing tours. Going to bed early and rising early, restricting the time of sleep to six or seven hours. (We question the wisdom of this teaching. Most’ people require eight hours’ sleep; some, more.) Daily baths or ablutions according to individual conditions, cold or warm, or warm followed by cold. Regular work and mental occupa tion. Cultivation of placidity, cheerful ness and hopefulness of mind. Employment of the great power of the mind in controlling passions and nervous fear. Strengthening the will in carrying out whatever is useful, and in check ing the craving for stimulants, ano* dines and other injurious agencies. Hothouse Plants. The following abstract from the Cincinnati Lancet-Clinic in regard to one of the worst evils of modern child life is very timely: “Refinement in matters of social life proceeds hand in hand with re finement in other lines as civilization advances. From the standi>oint of the physician and of the anthropologist, it is a question whether the physical side of mankind is improving or de generating. The method of bringing up chil dren, especially in the families of the well-to-do. Is too often a serious men ace to the child's health and develop ment. Too much Indoor life, too much supervision, too little freedom of motion ani will Is undoubtedly the cause of the many weaklings seen in the families of the wealthy. Such chil dren have the characteristics of hot house plants. The remedy Is. of course, to do away with the surplus care and attention bestowed on the child, to let the child do more for itself, have more free dom. more fresh air, more play with other children. Foods and medicines are only temporary helps for child weakness. Nature is its own best doctor, and in the end can take care of "hothouse children” if fond parents will only give her the chance. A Wholesome Medicine. "A wholesome medicine I* Cheer, And Hope a tonic strong He conquers nil who conquers fear. And shall his days prolong. "A happy heart, a cheerful lip. Contagious health bestow As honey-bees their sweetness sip From fragrant dowers that blow. "Let cheerful thoughts prevail among The sons of men alway. And sighs shall change to Love's sweet song. And night to golden day.” Rejected Candidates. It is reported that at a recent ex amination of candidates for admission to the Naval academy at Annapolis only eleven out of twenty-five were found sufficiently sound physically to be admitted. The whole twonty-flvo passed the mental examination, but fourteen of them were unable to pre sent the necessary physical require mnts. This fact is a fair index of tho rate at which the physical decadence of the American people is progress ing. Insanity, idiocy and epilepsy aro all increasing at a very rapid rate— three hundred per cent within the past fifty years. Willing to Economize. Little Willie, the attractive child of the washerwoman who has seen bet ter days, was taken to dinner by a kindly disposed patron of his mother. He had the feast of his lifo. ordering almost everything on the bill of fare and was finishing when he announced tl.’at he wanted more. Reason did not appeal to Willie, and after sev eral peremptory “Whys?" from him. his hostess gave an excuse which she thought lie could understand. "It costs too much,” she said. “Oh. well, then.” said Willie in a loud and cheerful voice which pene trated the room, “let’s have some more ice water. That doesn’t cost anything does lt?"-New York Press. On the Mississippi. cue IVIISSISSippi. On a trip of one of the upper Mis sissippi river pnekets a young lady asked the pilot, several questions about the boat, channel and shores. ’ I suppose you know every rock, reef bar and obstruction in this river? she asked. "Yes." ho replied. Just then the packet ran on a sand bar. "There'* one now!" he exclaimed.