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Subsequent insertion.;. 50
Notices of meetings, obituaries and trib
utes of respect, same rates per square as or
dinary advertisements.
Special contracts made with large adver
-tisers, -with liberal deductions on abnvo
Special notices in local column, fifteen
cents per line.
What are they ? They're the mirror of out
TV embodied spirit of ? nation's life,
A hundred million beings' manners, ways
Of loving, hating, governing; of strife,
Of hoping, fearing, sorrow, pleasure, pain.
The daily round of things that come again,
They change: and quickly, too, and still wc
Those-of to-dp.y are not of yesterday.
The old prefer the ones they knew when
Women were fairer. Sweeter songs were
The young are satisfied with what they know,
And think those "goodold" ones were very
So thought and action ever onward range;
^And, like oar - answer, yield to law3 of
"MvJLfliU^stfcfMrs. Poysettjaugh
ing qfrfiie very idea; "weain't afraid to
^TOyin the house one night 'thout men
folks. Be we. Lindy?"
" I guess not," said black-eyed Linda,
cheerily, washing her hands as a pre
liminary to putting the bread in the
44 Frank Kays, when John wrote him
f;o come and stay over a day in Boston,
'You'll be afraid, mother, with all
Lindy's presents in the house.' And
he was real put out at first because I
wouldn't have some of the neighbors
come in to sleep."
" Well, I don't blame you, e? you
feels ef you could sleep?on'y tw^
?women folks," said the caller, sharp
er featured Miss Haine3, with prominent
elbows and emphatically clean calico.
"It 'ud on'y amount to makin' up a
bed for nuthin'."
"Yes," Mrs. Poysett went on, ac
companying the slicing of apples for
pies with the regular swing of her
rocking-chair, while she-now and then
placed a particularly thin and inviting
piece of the fruit in her mouth, "that's
what I thought. Tea?'leven?Lindy,
when you go into the other room I
?wish you'd strike that clock round. It
strikes one too many."
" Yes'm," said brisk Linda.and then,
trying to extricate the recipe for com
position cake from inevitable dreams
about her wedding day, she forgot the
clock and made an incident for this
5 Your presents are handsome, Lin
dy, there's no mistake about that," said
the visitor, turning the conversation
skillfully to the quarter toward which
the town Interest was just then tend
"Yes," answered Linda, blushing a
little. She had grown used to blush
ing of late. M People have been very
kind to ma"
"No more'n you deserve," said Miss
Haines,oracularly, and with an empha
sis that left no jees-- for denial. J
r^jOToaav tofjflfJohn "W)??y's Deen I
pretty stiday WT^rotrt"vrestan(^m^fi^F,
aiiome, *n* then come back 'n' marry
the girl he's been with ever since they
was child'n.* But I say to 'em, ? No
credit to him. No more'n he'd orter
done. Lindy's pure gold, and he's got
the sense to see it.'" And she finished
her eulogy on the doorstep, perhaps to
avoid having the matter disputed,
while Linda -went back to her
cooking table laughing, and still
gratefully rosy over the 8?nse
that everybody in general was
far too good to her. It was a case of
the smooth running of deep waters.
She and JohnWilley had been pro
saically faithful to each other for
years before he asked her promise to
marry him. Eighteen months ago he
had gone West to set up in business as
a carriage-builder, and now, having
"-prospered, was coming East for his
wife. Within two days' journey of
home he had written to ask Frank,
Linda's brother, to meet him in Boston
_Jtor_avday's sight-seeing and an evening
at the theatre:
" I don't know what I shall do with
out you, Lindy," s?id the mother, put
ting down the knife to wipe away a
furtive tear "with her apron. "I'm
sure I don't know."
Linda was E.t her side in an instant,
with a tear of her own, and the two
women kissed, laughed and went on
with their work, as they had done a
hundred times within the last fort
night. For Mrs. Poysett had the
equable temperament that sometimes
accompanies rotundity of form and a
double chin, and Linda, besides being
sensible, could not keep miserable very
long at a time.
Meanwhile, everybody in the town
ship was not rotund and possessed of
double chins, not all the houses were
keepers of new and shining wedding
gifts, and, strange to say, not every
body was happy. Pete Haydon, who
lived down in Tan Lane, was poor and
Bavag' ly discouraged. Ke made shoes
ordin-irily. but that winter there were
no shoes to be had. Iiis was a fine
and practiced hand; lie could do all
sorts of jobs, fromcleaniEg a watch to
building a chimney, but nobody saw fit
to have making or mending done.
There had been only four or five pieces
of work since fall for Tinker Pete, for
none of which could he, in conscience,
nsk more than fifteen cents His wife
fell sick, the children's clothes were
too shabby for school, and just then
some one tapped him on the arm and
tempted him.
One morning a stranger strolled into
town and stopped at Pete's little shop
to ask his way. He was traveling to
Southfield, so he said.
" Where had he been ?"
"Oh, anywhere,'* airily and jauntily;
"traveling about the country. Might
take up with work somewhere, if I
found any worth doing."
"Hard times," said Pete, looking
moodily at the little red stove. "What's
your trade?"
" I've been a sailor," said the man,
filling his pipe?a process Pete watched
greedily, for his own tobacco box was
empty. "Twenty years before the
mast. I should have been a captain
before this t ime?but there's jealousies.
So I got sick of it. I call myself ?
landsman now."
"You don't have the look of a
sailor," said Pete, his eyes traveling
from the shabby fur cap and the dark
face with rather narrow, bold, black
eyes down over the shabby suit of
The man gave a slight start and
glanced at him keenly: "You don't
think so? Well, I've te:n on land
some time now. Salt water's ea?y to
shake oft. Wbat might your name be ?"
?? Vjjaydon?Pete Haydon/^.
"And mina's Job Whettles. Qileet
name, ain't it? Don't believe there's
another like it in the country. Good
day, mate. If I'm round this way
. again I'll look in on you."
And he did.
One day, as Pete was soldering a
milk-nail for Mrs. B?rge, , this time
yaistlins: a little, haYinjr work to
whistle over the man came in without
warning of rap or voice.
"Thought you's twenty-five mile
away afore this," said Pete, plying his
iron. ' Takj a seat."
"Things don't ple.ise me much over
that way," said the fellow, pompously,
again beginning to cut his tobacco,
? perhaps as a cover to his furtive
! glances. "I may stay round here a
spell. Perhaps I'll do a bit of work on
somebody's farm."
1 "Can't get i,t," said Peta, briefly,
viewing his completed job with ap
' proval. " Ain't no farm-work to be
had just now."
! " Well, tloing chores, I mean?light
work. I'm not particular how little I
do for my board," with a coarse laugh.
, "Folks do their own.work round
here," said Pete. "Some of 'em have
got money enough to pay,' but they're
able-bodied, as it happens, and don't
want a hired man round in the winter.
"Seems a pity ?don't it??that
things can't be equally divided, so that
you and I could have" our share," said
i the stranger, pulling industriously at
. his pipe, but not forgetting to watch
the tinker. "I should like to help my
self to Somebody's pile; now, shouldn't
you? Honestly enough, of course,
man. You needn't jump. I inean, sup
pose the yeung fellow that owns the
big farm over there?Poysett ??should
say, 'Whettles, take half my bank
stock. I don't need it all?' do you
think I should say'no'?"
Of course the tinker laughed at the
fanciful notion. He was a sunny-tem
pered fellow; it hardly needed a very
bright thing to provoke his mirth.
Where Whettles stayed at night was
a mystery. Sometimes Pete suspected
he might have slept in a barn, he
turned up so tousled in the morning;
often he guessed that Toppan, the
saloonkeeper, had given him a lodging,
from the fumes that lingered about
his shabby person. He had money at
times, for again and again he treated
Pete to a glass of whisky. Pete was
not used to frequenting the saloon; he
did not in the least approve of it; but
it happened that about this time this
evil bird of prey sought his company
more persistently than did any more
respectable person. And Whettles
wa3 a sociable fellow; he could tell
more stories in half an hour than any
six of the honest' people Pete knew
taken together. He was, so Pete con
cluded, nobody's enemy but his own.
It would take more time than- you are
willing to give, and a deeper knowl
edge of mental intricacies than I pos
sess, to detail the process through
which Pete was brought to the point
of promising to creep into the Poysett
farmhouse and rifle the old desk that
stood between the sitting-room
windows. The grocer's bill was grow
ing longer, his wife wa3 paler, and she
worried him by entreaties to let
Whettles alone and forsake Toppan's;
! the aggregate of such straws, i* not
(small/ " x v.
^ '.Che opportunity" ?cSftj,1 fitting ? the
mood as exactly as if the mood hai
made it. Frank Poysett was going to
Boston to meet John Willey; the
" women folks" would be alone.
" You take Poysett's," said Whet
tles, " you know the lay of the land
there, and the same night I'll try Tur
ner's, over on. the hilL "We'll meet
somewhere about 1, down there under
the big elm, and divide. After that
I'll make tracks across lots and take a
train somewhere; nobody'll think of
" But s'pose my courage gives out,"
Tinker Pete said, uncertainly. "I
don't know's I can do it after ali. It's
easy enough to get in, but what if
somebody should see me ? It might
end in what's worse."
"Man alive!" said Whettles, impa
tiently. " Afraid at your time of life ?
Well, here's what I'll do. They go to
bed early; you can have it over by
Dtidnight. Now, I'll come back that
way, and if you're there ami afraid t_i
atir, I'll gc ir. aad-tlontTDjrSelt. But
mind, I don't expect you to back out.
And if I ain't there by 12 you'll know
somethin's happ<ned and I can't come;
so you'll have to go cn your own hook.
But be sure you're at the big tree
by 1."
Whettles, like many another skillful
tactician, did not tell his catsnaw all
his plans. He had no intention of
doing what might be done for him.
It was only polite to assure Pete of
helping him out should his courage
fail, for fear, under too great dread,
that he might break away from the
plan altogether.
When Pete crept up to the house at
10, the women had been soundly
asleep for two hours. He tried the
kitchen window ; it had no fastenings,
and went up noiselessly. He stepped
in and stood trembling. * T?3 clock in
the next ro;>m ticked with appalling
loudness. His knees smote together,
but it required as much courage now
to flee as to remain. Perhaps for ten
minutes?perhaps hours, judging by
his own exaggerated reckoning?he
stood in fear; and then. a> the dock
ticked on ste.ulily as if it had no refer
ence to him, his heart-beats grew
fainter and his courage crawled back
He crept toward the sitting-room
door on his hands and knees. There
stood the old desk, with its high spindle
legs, half of it exaggerated shadow and
half thrown into light by a shaft from
I the moon. Probably the key was in
j the lock. He had seen it there him
! self a dozen times?had seen Frank
i bring in a fat roll of bills after selliug
! his oxen, toss them in there and put I
J down the cover without turning
the key. There had been no rob
beries in Belburn, and so people
trusted more in human nature and
less in steel and wood. But the
sitting-room was so light! He should
never dare go in there; the very!
thought of having Iiis shadow thrown
on the wall, distorted like those of the
table? and chairs, gave him another
sickening spasm of fear. "What if
there were only women in the house?
Suppose one appeared? where should)
he hide himself? He was not a thief
by nature or training. lie would
crouch down in a corner and wait for j
Whettles. He had been there ages,
when the clock gave warning; ages
longer, and with an alarming prelim
inary whir it struck twelve. He
started up with an after-impulse of
gratitude that he had not shrieked, i
j When had the hour before struck ? It |
j seemed incredible that ho could have
! slept, but ;t must have been so, or, ;
! what was more probable, he had been ,
j too absorbed to heir it. It was time !
! for Whettles. He crept back to the |
I kitchen window and waited in the cold i
J draught of air. Minutes passed, each J
deeming ten. He began to grow.
angry. Did the fellow mean to play I
him false and not come at all? As!
anger rose his courage, to do the deed
ebbed. I do not believe conscience |
asserted itself very strongly. Life was 1
harder thai it bad been even one day
before, and there was no flour in the
house now. He was still bitterly
at odds with life, but the after
effects of the whisky Whettles
had given him were nervousness and
irresolution. The clock gave warning
for another hour. False, friendly old
qlock, if he could have soen your faca
he would have known it lacked ten
minutes of midnight then; instead,
he believed it would strike one. Too
late for Whettle3. Perhaps he was
now at the old elm ; he would hurry
there and bring him back to do his
share of the work. He closed the win
dow behind him and hurried off to the
rendezvous. There was no one there.
At that moment the relief of having
been prevented from sin overbalanced
every other feeling. Something must
have happened to Whettles; perhaps
he had been caught; perhaps he would
say that his accomplice was waiting
for him under the elm ! He started
on a swift run for home, to find his
wife watching for him in the moon
She was too thankful at finding him
sober to worry at the lateness of Ids
coming. Being a woman of tact she
did not question, but went to sleep,
while Pete lay till daybread in a cold
bath of fear, expecting a rap and sum
mons to jail at every tapping of bough
or snapping of frost-bitten nail.
Whettles had lingered about
Turner's, a great house over the hill,
in the hope that the guests?for there
was a party that night?w/n?d take
their leave. But no; the house was
lighted from chambers to parlor, and
sleighs came instead of going away.
He walked up and down the orchard,
cursing himself to keep warm. Later
I and later, and the singing and dancing
shadows on the curtains did not cease.
He would hurry over to the Poysett's
and see if the catspaw had done his
work there. He stole up to the desig
nated window, as Pete had done. No
one was there. He listened and
whistled softly; The clock struck one.
He had no idea it was so late. Pete
must be waiting for him at the elm.
And so he, too, hurried away.
But there was only a mammoth lace
work of shadow under the elm. Where
was Pete? The master-villain, him
self puzzled, reflected a moment. Per
haps the fellow had the money and
was hiding it at home. Lucky thought 1
He would go to the . house
and call him up, in spite of
disturbing wife and children. Then
see if he would refuse to share!
He took the road, and, passing Top
pan's saloon, noticed a dim light in the
barroom. It was rather unusual that
it should be there so late, but he had
known it to happen before. He had
just about money enough for a dram.
He tapped, and then tried the door; it
was unfastened, and he went in lightly.
A man in a great-coat rose from his
seat by the stove and swiftly, dexter
ously pinionea\him. Toppan himself,
always on the winning side, was there
to help, {?ad Whettles was arrested for
his last crime-,?;
Mra. Poysett and Linda were afoot
early the next morning, putting the
house in holiday trim.
" I declare if 'tain't an hour earlier
'n I thought," said Mrs. Poysett as she
came down into the sitting room,
where the little air-tight was already
doing ardent best. " Lindy, you didn't
strike that clock round yesterday, after
" No, mother; I forgot it," laughed
Lindy. "I should forget my head,
nowadays, if 'twasn't fastened on."
?Til tell you what it is," said the
mother, beginning to spread the
breakfast table, "I'm just out o' pa
tience with that clock, strikin' t-ne.
hours away afore they get here. It
seems real malicious, tryin' to hurry
you off. Now, perhaps it's only half a
day's job or so; let's 'send for Tinker
Pete and have him com e up and fix it."
So the chore boy was dispatched for
Pete. He came like a culprit, uncer
tain whether the message was feigned
-to cover suspicion of him or not. But
no one could-iook into Mrs. Poysett's
clear eyes for a moment or hear Lin
da's clear laugh, with even a linger
ing fear that either had anything to
conceal. When they described the
clock's malady, 1 am inclined to think
Pete was as near being faint with sur
prise as ever man was in his life, and
I think he touched the worn old cleck
case reverently, thanking it for
keeping his deeds honest, however
he had sinned in thought. He
stayed to dinner, and Mrs. Poy
sett put up a pail of goodies
for the children. On his way home
lie heard the news: Whettles had been
arrested and taken away on an early
train. Again he walked in fear and
trembling; his hair grew used to stand
ing on end in those days. He expected
an interview with Nemesis concerning
his intended crime, but, whether justly
or unjustly, Nemesis stayed away.
The wedding? It was a very quiet
one. and the happy pair went away
next morning, followed by blessings
and old shoes. Frank had such an ex
travagantly good time in Boston that
he felt that he could only counter
b?ance it by plunging into work
deeper I ban ever. So he began cutting
limber in the old wood-lot, and hired
Tinker Pete to chop there every day
till spring.?Lippincott.
A Short-Sighted Nation.
Mr. 1). Forest, who says he has
much experience of the Egyptian
fellahin. writes an extraordinary letter
to the Times. He declares that it is
useless to try to make Egyptians
sharp-shooters, for the people are uni
versally short-sighted. They cannot
see the bull's eve in a target at 100
yards, or the target itself at 300. This
is the explanation of their bad practice
in action. That Egyptians are liable
to ophthalmia is certain, but this is
the first time we have heard of a
shortsighted nation. The statement
strikes us as prima facie absurd, and
yet it is quite possible that eyesight,
in the dim light of the north and the
bright light of the south, should be
come different. The strain to see
clearly would, in the former case, be
perpetual and hereditary. The diffi
culty is to believe that sunlight would
not affect all eyes in all places, and
certainly natives of India, living in a
light as keen as that of Egypt, show
no inclination to short sight. Their
huntsmen can see like red Indians.
There may, however, be a -difference
which has escaped notice and is worth
inquiry, the unusual keenness of
sight possessed by Scandinavians being
a long-noticed fact. Any difference in
length of sight, if universal or very
usual, would account for very great
difference in plastic art and in the use
of color. -London Spectator.
An exchange says the railroad of
the future will be run by electricity.
Then there'll bo no more boiler ex
plosions, but "shocking" accidents
will be more liable to occur than ever.
?Philadslphia Herald.
Snubbed Him.
Young Pease was "sweet" on
Clara, but he didn't have the courage
to tell his love man fashion, so he went
to work in a roundabout way.
" Do you know, Miss Pink," he said,
" that Charley Green is terribly in love
with you ?"
'"How do you know that, Mr.
Pease?" demanded Clara.
" Oh," replied Pease, " I judge him
by myself."
" You judge him by yourself, do
you?" said Clara; "well, then, please
judge him only when you are by your
Didn't Seem Possible.
A citizen of Detroit who had been
to Lansing on business was returning
the other day when an old farmer;
going East with his wife, took the
next seat back and opened a conversa
tion which lasted almost into the city.
Then he happened to mention some
thing about Europe which, the'farmer
doubted, and the citizen protested:
"But I have been there and know."
? What! You bin to Yurup ?"
" Yes."
"Bin in England and France?"
"I have."
" Bin to Rome and seen the ruins ?"
? yes."
" Bin right in Paris?"
"I was there two months."
" By cracky, Maria!'"' said the old
man, as lie turned to his wife, #i here's
a feller who's bin all .over Yurup and
rides with us a hull half day before he
lets on a word! Why, the Bixbys
didn't go no further than Boston, and
the fust night they got home they kept
the hull town up till 2 o'clock in the
morning to tell about pavements and
pictur' halls and op?ra houses and
street cars and door bells which would
ring by pressing on a button ! Wall,
wall! Bin to Yurup and not bragging
over it!"?Free Press.
IA Lost Skull.
Giveadam Jones then arose to make
a few inquiries in the Watson ca;e.
Some eight weeks ago Brother Watpon
was left in charge of th) museum for
a brief half hour wh le the regular
official went out to work off a fifty
cent p'ece with a hole in it. During
this interval a person representing
himself as the president of a new
medical college called and asked for
the loan of om of Plato's skulls to ex
hibit before his Class. The Lime-Kiln
has-been at great pains and expense
to secure three of the genuine skulls
of this great philosopher, and had the
regular.keeper of the museum been in
his place a bribe of $5,000 would
not have tempted him to let one of
the sacred relics cot of his * sight.
But Brother Watson allowed the stran
ger to take one of the skulls away
without a thought of deceit, and no
fcnv>e -of -it- -has- inees- - been -Yougd.'1
Brother Watson was lined $7,000 and
a reward of $500 was offered for the
skull, and now Brother Jones arose to
suggest a compromise. There were
only four copies of Benjamin Frank
lin's favorite spelling book in existence,
and he had one of them. He would
turn it in to take the place of the miss-1
ing skull, and in case brother Watson's
fine was canceled he would do his best {
to secure for the museum the first cor
set ever worn in America, After
some argument the compromise was I
effect e 1. and such a burden was lifted
from the derelict brother'^ shoulders
that he cried for joy.?Lime-Kiln Club.
Mark Twain in BlacU and White.
New York Life gives a brilliant pen
portrait of Mark Twain. His many
acquaintances will recognize the faith
fulness of the picture in all its details:
Mark Twain, the renowned archaeol
ogist, poet and astronomer, is a lineal
descendant of the celebrated Twain
who were made one flesh. He was
born on Plymouth Rock, April 1, 1728,
on a remarkably cold morning, and the
administratrix of the camphor an? red
flannel department afterward stated
that he was the most remarkable baby
she had ever seen. At the early age
of seven, Mark?for so he was
cruelly christened?was already ad
dicted to science, and his discovery,
made one year later, that a spring
clothespin artistically applied to the
continuation of a cat would create in
that somnolent animal a desire for
vigorous foreign travel, is still used by
the aborigines of Connecticut and Mas
sachusetts. Wiien lie was nineteen
Mark went through college. He en
tered the front door, turpentined the
rector's favorite cat, and graduated
the same evoning over the fence. He
then started for California, Milwaukee
and other remote confines of the earth,
and began those remarkable series of
truthful anecdotes for which he is now
so justly famed.
A Wooden liCjt I7nd?r Fir .?.
A fashionably-dressed matron sat in
the rear cabin of a Fulton ferryboat.
She \va? accompanied by a thin-legged,
restless-eyed little girl of lour or
thereabouts. A few seats nway was a
man with a wooden leg. With un
erring instinct the child's eye had
lighted upon this man. That eye at
once became fixed, dilating with con
o.'.nt rated interest. The child crawled
ckiwn from her seat, upon which she
had been kne 'ling, in order to afford
that eye better facilities for observa
tion. The object of scrunity squirmed
uneasily in his seat. Turning to the
mother the child exclaimed in a por
tentous whisper :
" Oh, ma! Look at that man."
"Hush, my dear. You must not be
"But ma" (in a very audible whis
per), " do look at his leg."
"Be quiet, Ethel, I tell you,"franti
cally urged tha matron in agitated
tone^. "The poor man has lost his
leg. It's very rude to notice it."
" What's that one made of?"
" Hush! of wood, my dear. Look
at that pretty little boy over there.
See how good he is."
" Did you ever have a leg like that,
" No, my dear. Look over there at
"Will pa or Uncle John or I ever
have one, ma?"
"No, dear."
"Could he kickabnll with that leg?"
"Hush, do!''
" But, ma?"
At this juncture the man with the
wooden leg sought, in turn, to create a
diversion. He drew from his pocket a
pretty little bonbon box and offered the
child some sweetmeats. The child ac
cepted them with some hesitation and
mistrust. An instant later the boat
reached the slip. The mother rose,
and smiling graciously, said:
"Thank the gentleman, Ethel, and
say good-bye.".
Ethel advanced, lur eyes still firmly
fixed upon the object of interest. She
held out the tips Qf i\er little fingers.
"Good-bye," she;said, in a voice full
of emotion; '"good-bye, you poor, poor
man." ^pT'
The mother seized the child by the
hand and, hurrying"through the boat,
gained the bridge.?:?ew York Herald.
Market Day in a Holland lownu
The very air seeVifed teeming with
cheeses. They lookeulike great golden
apples, or rather between a very large
apple and a small pumpkin. They are
very elastic and slippery, too, when
new, and these wereUfU very new, and
evidently suffering<Irom nervous ex
citement, judging iiom the state, of
"quiver" they ali||Bemed to be in.
The market-place vras tillea ?vith great
high wagon-loads ?f?^hem, and frantic
peasants tossing-.'tjjgin down to the
porters, who ^ere^"shying" them
madly abcut here a?d there, to and
fro, until it looked-dike seme insane
jugglery practice.- It was no joke to
walk calmly about opring these ma
neuvers ; there was.a tolerable chance
of a stray shot wlttfone cf these balls
of concentrated indigestion. Fatal
error to try and dod^e them. Sure to
be hit. Keep: y?mr; course, and the
pitchers and tosser^i?low for you and
a rational amount^? headway. But
of course Lthey cannot allow for
eccentric dodging. | There is much
demented shouting, and a seem
ingly absurd amount of hand
shaking. This is apt to mislead the
stranger. It is no rrferely sentimental
meeting or parting, .but "the usual ce
menting grasp of a final bargain. The
cheeses go merrily bv,. piled high on
hand-barrows, to the*great weigh-house
to be sealed. The^porters are a race
apart. It is no smolffob to carry about
three or four hundredweight of dodgy
and shiftless b:dls, piled up on a hand
barrow, without spilling thern. The
porters have a curious scuffling, sham
bling way of gliding* over the ground.
The arms are outspread, partly for
balance, partly to ??ward off colliders.
Every scale in- the* weigh-house is
painted some distinguishing color, or
arrangement of rolors, and each set of
porters have painted hats"and badges
of the corresponding tint; andas there
are many scales, so does it come to pass
fhat the whole scene* looks like a wild
revel of all the most positive and crude
colors out of the rainbow. The barrow
is slung across the shoulders by straps,
and as they do not - touch their hands
to it to steady it, the slightest concuss
ion is enough to bring,;down the slip
pery pyramid with f>.run.. .
We saw a small and ..-heedless boy
manage to run fidf ^Mtfsagainst a pair
of these carriers, and every golden
sphere of boundi^ cheese went flying
to the four -winds^ ;.The unhappy ur
chin was not cuffed nor even vilified,
nor did they speak'unkindly of his
parents; the cx&d simply paused in
mad car^jj^gjj ^to work to pursue
lag . .
before they helped to pile them back
on the barrow. The unlucky boy
seemed to be rather sympathized with,
and even a mild sort of martyr. I was
surprised that nobody kissed him. We
noticed that children are invariably
41 made much of" in the way of kindly
and indulgent treatment all over Hol
When we found the cheese carnival
rather pall upon us, we sought other
scenes, but it was difficult to get en
tirely away from it; something would
turn up to show how deep and wide
its interests were in Alkmaar. Along
the quays were numbers of vessels
loading with all sorts of it, to ?all parts
of the globe, wherever the least scrap
of digestion remains intact. The
quaint old warehouses along the docks
had nearly all stone tablets, showing
that for two hundred years or so they
had identified themselves with this
one industry. From the upper stories
of these cheeseries vterc long wooden
gutters leading to the ships in dock,
and along these troughs trickled a
never-ceasing rill of the ripened and
matured article, now a brilliant crim
son?the final tint it comes to when
ready for the far-off dyspeptic.?Har
Curious Processes,
Mr. Christopher Dresser writes:
The whole of the manufacturing pro
cesses of Japan are conducted with
out the aid of any mechanical con
trivances whatever; and with the
simplest of tools. I do not think that
the country boasts a saw of sufficient
length to cut through a large log of
wood. The saw has the form of a
butcher's chopper, and when it ha*
cut well into the angle at the end of a
log, the log is turned, and work begun
on the opposite side. By repeated
turnings a plank is cut. The plane
cuts pulling toward the workman, and
so does the saw. I never saw a lathe
with a continuous rotary motion, save
in the royal arsenal, which is nothing
more than a European workshop ; and
I never but once saw a labor-saving
contrivance of any kind in the coun
try. Bice is husked by being placed
in a sort of mortar into which a pestle
falls. The pestle is attached to a
horizontal piece of wood supported by
a fulcrum in the center. On the end
opposite to the pestle a man stands,
thus the pestle is raised ; but by his
jumping off the pestle falls. By this
repeatel stepping on the end and
jumping off the process of husking the
rice is accomplished. In a corner of a
field I once saw one of these mills
with a kind of bucket placed on the
end of the beam where the man would
stand. A small waterspout coming
from the hillside filled this bucket
with water, when it raised the pestle;
but the act of raising upset the water,
and thus let the pestle fall.
A Boy With an Alligator Skin.
Dr. Hamilton has discovered the
greatest living curicsity of the a^e.
Those who have examined testify that
it beats anything they ever saw. The
curiosity is in shape a natural human
being, a colored boy, eighteen years of
age, who was born of slave parents
near Grenada, on the Mississippi river,
in the State of Mississippi. -d*"rom his
shoulders down his skin is just like
that of an alligator,-is th'ckly covered
with black .scales/and the whole is ; s
pliable, though thick and tough, as the
l?de on one of these animals. In the
summer time these scales drop off,
leaving an indenture in the skin, where
new ones form and grow on again.
His name is Moses Eskridge, and "ne
came here durinl the exodus times
with his father aid stepmother.?To
pelca {Kansas) sf^te Journal.
The bridge by which the Harrisburg
and Western railroad Vill enter Har
risburg will be nearl^ two miles in
length and will cost fSV
r, APKIL 26, 1883.
There are, according to French
statistics, 48,487 sailing vessels in the
world, with a tonnage of nearly 14,
000,000. England heads the list, and
then come in their order America,
Norway, Germany, Italy, Russia and
France. Great Britain has 4,317
steamers, carrying 5,500,000 tons.
Next comes America, with 504; then
France, with 414.
The coal industries of the United
: States "now represent an annual pro
.' duction of about 80,000,000 tons,
i About three-fifths of this is anthra
cite and live-elgnths bituminous. A
. very small .quantity of anthracite
', comes from Rhode Island; otherwise
, it is found exclusively in Pennsylva
nia. Pennsylvania also produces
enough of the bituminous product to
, entitle her to the reputation of fur
] nishing three-fifths of all the coal used
in this country. Ohio roilows next,
, with 9,000,000 tons or so. Illinois
ranks third and Maryland fourth.
"When the southern and eastern parts
of Ohio are honeycombad with rail
roads, a state of things which is fast
being brought about, the showing of
the Buckeye State will be even better.
Women are rigidly excluded from
St. Malo, a place fifty miles from New
Orleans, inhabited by about half a hun
dred Malays. They have lived there
forty years, having originally deserted
from French ships, while little more
than boys. They arc described as low,
ignorant and ferocious, with mixed
Chinese and Japanese features. They
live by fishing, and gambling among
themselves is about their only diver
sion. Their first leader had a wife,
and the story goes that in consequence
of the jealousies which her presence
aroused she was deliberately put out of
the way, and a vow taken never to
permit another of her sex in the
William P. Ross, the present chief
; of the Cherokee Indians, is a graduate
; of an Eastern college, remarkable for
i intelligence and culture, and a fine
, orator. The tribs occupies a reserva
tion of 4,000,000 acres, bounded on
i the north and east by Kansas, Mis
souri and Arkansas. The Cherokees
of pure and mixed blood number 20,
i 336, about one-half of whom speak
. the English language, which is the
. '?.nly' one taught in the schools.
In the entire male population
there are but sixteen whose
? occupation is given in 1 he last census
as hunters, and five nshermen.the great
; majority being farmers. There are 107
! schools supported by the nation, a
male and female seminary for ad
\ vanced pupils, and an orphan asylum.
There is a regularly constituted gov
i eminent and an adequate administra
, tion of. justice. In short, the Cherokee
! nation is oot to be distinguished from
__a_frontier o.u,e. except in the charac
, i:-,)!,.-> ? dints, their relations tiT
i the g- av- v government and thtih-sys
> tem of holding the land in common,
; which affords an interesting example
? of practical communism.
According to the accounts of ex
plorers, Siberia is not a very pleasant
country to travel in, and the marvel
ous tales related' are generally of a
nature to discourage any one from
going there to prove or question their
accuracy. W. II. Gilder, the New
York Herald correspondent who went
with the Rodgers expedition in search
of those of the Jeannette's crew who
were in Lieutenant Chipp's boat, says
that on his trip across the country the
natives had a very exasperating habit
of routing him out before ihe first
gray of dawn to start on the day's
journey, but always managed to call a
halt and turn in soon after noon. The
drivers of the sledge teams had to be
watched all the time lest they should
abandon him, the lone passenger, in
any desolate place where he was not
ready to go at their convenience.
Along the coast the weather was so
cold that some of the natives were
frost-bitten. Many nights had to be
passed in the snow, and in various
bleak stretches the wind was so vio
lent as to blow men, sledges and dogs
from the road into deep gullie;. Some
times the dogs refused to face the wind
and had to be dragged by the men.
In places the road wai so blind that
natives could not follow it within a
couple of miles of tl eir own homes.
On more than one occasion, Mr. Gilder
says, he removed from his face masks
of frozen snow half an inch thick. In
the light of these statements it is not
at .all probable that Siberia will ever
be a popular wint t resort, and the
reason of men's continued efforts to
penetrate such regions becomes more a
matter of wonder than ever.
The attention lately devote! to
carrier or homing pigeons in this coun
try, observes the New York Situ, may
seem to many a trivial pursuit, having
no good end in view beyond that of tin
personal amusement of the fancier.
In reality, however, a wide Ii-11 of use
fulness is opened to thes2 birds on th <
frontiers a< couriers. They might be
nf groat value in Indian warfare fur
communicating between an expedition
and the fort from which it has bein
st-nf. out. In a country where there
j are detached hills, and which is suili
I ciently far south to have few or no
j snowstorms to change the appc trance
! of landmarks, these little messengers
' would be specially efficient, since they
! would never be deceived in the land
I scape. Where the telegraph is pros
trated by storms, or is cut by an en-my,
pigeons can swiftly carry back intelli
gence to the permanent camp. They
are limited, of course, to travel by day
light, and unless the weather is clear
they may lose their way. Hence it is
unwise to rely wholly or chiefly upon
them; but as an adjunct in smiling
messages back fron) a command in the
field to a military post, or from on" mili
tary post to another, they may be of
great importance. When men cannot
be immediately spared, or when
streams and roads are flooded, and or
dinary travel greatly delayed, these
little voyagers iu the air may carry in
a day a message which would other
wise require ten. The experiments
tried with them at frontier posts dur
ing the. past four years have been fav
orable, and the time devoted to their
training by the soldiers having them
in charge could hardly be better s.ient.
Should a timely cry for help, in Indian
hostilities ever be brought by a pig
eon, when no other messenger could
have proved adequate, the flight of
the little courier would be immortal
ized in poesy, like the famous rides of
history. ______________
Life is made up not of great sacri
fices, or duties, but of little things, of
which smiles and kindness and small
obligations, given habitually, are what
win and preserve the heart
As Browed in German Unlvernltle* Tt Loads
to QnarrclHi anJ a: Las: -o T..cu.>-ono
Duds iua Day.
The Vienna correspondent of the
London News writes under recent
date: The University of Jena, and
indeed the whole city,,have passed
through a week of intense alarm and
anxiety. On one day twenty-one
serious duels took place among the
students, and the anus ined not being
properly cleaned, all those"" who were
wounded had their blood poisoned.
About forty young men are lying in
the hospital in a serious condition.
One great favorite, the only son of
wealthy parents, had his mind upset
by an intense attack of fever, and com
mitted suicide by taking strychnine.
He died after a terrible agony that
lasted many hours. Two more have
died already, and there is little hope of
saving more than one-half of those
who are still in a pitiable condition.
This dreadful calamity will no doubt
serve to make university dueling very
unpopular in Germany; if not with
the young men themselves, certainly
with their relations. It is difficult
for an Englishman to believe on what
pretenses a duel will sometimes
take place. At Heidelberg an English
friend once dined at the table d'hote,
and being seated right opposite to a
young man who wore the badge of a
"corps" across his breast, he could not
help noticing the extraordinary man
ner in which this young man took his
meal. At lirst he admired him for the
skillful manner in which he managed
his knife, which incessantly passed
from hi i plate to his mouth, heavily
laden as ic was with green peas. But
when the student, having finished his
meal, took up his gravy with the knife
the Englishman began to feel his blood
boil. Pudding with apple sauce fol
lowed, and the student operated with
his dessert-knifo just as he had done
with the larger knife. But the Eng
lishman could control himself no longer.
In a hoarse whisper he addressed his
vis-a-vis, saying: " You will cut your
mouth open if you don't leave off eat
ing gravy with your knite." The stu
dent looked up and answered: " What
is that to _you? lean cut my mouth
open to my ears for all you have a right
to interfere." "Oh, nonsense," said
the Englishman, coolly; "you can't ex
pect a decent person to let you butcher
yourself at dinner I" "Oh, but I can
though, and you shall see I Dummer
Junge !" With that the student rose
and left the room. Dummer Junge!
(Stupid fellow I) signifies as much as
a challenge.
When the student's seconds came to
arrange details with the Englishman
he was terribly surprised, at the seri
ous consequences of what he had
deemed a most natural remark He
offered to apologize, and begged them
to remember that he believed himself
in the right. But the seconds de
clared their friend would* accept no
apology, and they even hinted that the
T y\v\ "iwitti"^ il pinVft'dy tren.Hrf
that his opponent was a first-class
fencer, the pride of Heidelberg. Of
course, when matters took this turn,
the Englishman spoke in a very differ
ent tone, and everythirg was arranged
for a duel with pistols, he being no
fencer. He spent a dreadful night,
because he was told that the young
student was in such a foaming rage
that his only desire was to see his op
ponent lie dead on the ground. The
Englishman did all in his power to
have the matter arranged, but he did
not succeed, and on his way to the
trysting-place he said to his seconds:
"It is a dreadful shame that I should
have kill this young man because he
does not know the proper use of his
knife and fork. Still, it would be just
as unfair to let him kill me."
The Englishman intended firing in
the air if he had the second shot, but
chance was averse to him. lie had the
right to shoot first?the aim was
deadly, the young Teuton fell with
out a groan.
Next day the Englishman traveled
to the town where his victim's wid
owed mother li ved, and at the end of a
two hours' conversation he convinced
her of his sincere regret and his wish
to serve her. She admitted that her
son had not died through his fault, but
hrough the mistaken notions of honor
current among the youth of Germany.
The Evil Eye.
The belief in the malign influence of
the mal-oco.hio, or evil eye, is, says Dr.
Felix L. Oswald, in the Popular
Science Monthly, not confined to the
Latin races, but prevails in Persia and
China, as well as among the South
China Malays and their East Indian
neighbors. In Southern Italy the
? upcrstition is almost universal. Ac
cording to the popular theory, the pos
sessor of an evil eye can stare his
victims into all sorts of alllictions,
palsy, rickets, goitre, etc. Nay, his
power for evil has hardly any limits
whatever, for by Hie same optical
proc \ss he can produce death and
epidemics?cholera infantum, for in
stance. And, moreover, such persons
are generally conscious of their dread
ful talent, and can forbear its ex
ercise, for tiny manage to connive
at their favorites. Evil eye wizards
can ba known by their peculiar
way of squinting, or by their
bushy eyebrows, that conceal the
piercing steadiness Of their ga/.e, and
?orthodox < rones lament the decadence
of the good old times when such of
fenders could be brought to justice,
according to the myth of the Pura
nas, the god Siva can blight a whole
town with his withering look ; and the
Indian gods, who often visit earth in
tin.' guise of mortals, are sometimes
recognized by the rigidness of their
gaze; they never wink ; to their sleep
less eyes spa-e and time are units.
Hecate and Medusa had such optics,
and the basis of the superstition may
possibly be tin' primitive man's dread
of mental superiority, the power of
mind over matter, ascribed to the eye,
as the mirror of the soul. Captain
Burton noticed that the negroes of
Soodan are almost unable to meet a
white man's ga/.e, though they quail
still more before the lire-eyes of their
Semitic neighbors. The Veddahs of
Ceylon, too, seem to dread a Siva in
every foreigner.
A Theory Upset
The theory that photographs cannot
bo taken at night was upset the other
day when a thief was marched up to
the bar in a justice's court.
Judge?" What is the charge?"
Officer?" Stealing."
Judge?" Stealing what?"
Officer?" Stealing photographs."
Judge?" When did he steal them?"
Officer?"Lastnight, yer honor."
Judge?" I will discharge the pris
oner, for I know that thousands of dol
lars nave been wasted in the attempt to
discover a process whereby pictures
could be'taken at night The prisoner
may go."?Carl Pretzel's Weekly,
NO. 9.
Its Virtues as a Medicine?Said to be a Care
for Consumption, Dyspepsia and Other
Disorders of thn Stomach.
A young man who was compelled to
resign his position in one of the public
schools of this city because he was
breaking down with consumption, and
who has since been battling for life,
although with little apparent prospect
of recovery, was encountered several
days ago in a Broadway restaurant.
" I see," he said, " that you seem
surprised at my improved appearance.
No doubt you wonder what could have
caused such a change. Well, it was a
very simple remedy?nothing but hot
" Hot water?"
-" That's all. You remember my
telling you that I had tried all the
usual remedies. I consulted some of
the leading specialists in affections of
the lungs in this city, and paid them
large fees. They went through the
usual course of experimentation with
me under all sorts of medicines. I
went to the Adirondack's in the sum
mer, and to Florida in the winter;
but none of these things did me any sub
stantial good. I lost ground steadily,
grew to be almost a skeleton, and had
all the worst symptoms of a consump
tive whose end is near at hand. At
'this juncture a friend told me that he
had heard-of cures being effected by
drinking hot water.
" I consulted a physician who had
paid special attention to this hot-water
cure, and was using it with many 'pa
tients. He said: 'There is nothing,
you know, that is more difficult than
to introduce a new remedy into medi
cal practice, particularly if it is a very
simple one, and strikes at the roots of
erroneous views and prejudices that
have long been entertained. The old
school practitioners have tried for
years to cure consumption, but they
are as far from doing it as ever.
Now, the only rational explana
tion of consumption, is that it results
from defective nutrition. It is always
accompanied by mal-assimilation of
focd. In nearly every case the stomach
is the scat of a fermentation that
necessarily prevents proper digestion.
The first thing to do is to remove that
fermentation, and put the stomach into
a condition to receive food and dispose
of it properly. This is effected
by taking water into the stomach, as
hot as it can be borne, an hour before
each meal. This leaves the stomach
clean and pure, like a boiler that has
been washed out. Then put into the
stomach food that is in the highest de
gree nutritious'iind the least disposed
to fermentation. No food answers this
description better than tender beef. A
little stale bread may be eaten with it.
Drink nothing bur, pure water, and a3
little of that at meals a> possible.
Vegetables, pastry, sweet?, tea, coffee
and alcoholic liquor should be avoided.
Put tendei beef alone into a clean and
pure stomach three times a day, and
the system will be fortified and built
'HI iriwbVliwnliimiitiir-1 fW ''" ftl"
chief feature of consumption, ceases,
and recuperation sets in.' ?
"This reasoning impressed me. I
began by taking one cup of hot water
an hour before each meal, and grad
ually increased the dose to three cups.
At first it was unpleasant to take, but
now I drink it with a relish that I
never experienced in drinking the
choicest wincr I began to pick up im
mediately after the new treatment, and
gained fourteen pounds within two
months. I have gained ground steadily
in the trying climate of New York;
and I tell you, sir, I feel on a sure way
to recovery."
Here an old gentleman who had
been standing mar, and evidently
listening to the conversation, turned
to the teacher and said : " This remedy
of hot-water drinking has attracted my
attention for some time. It has been
of immense service in relieving me of
a terrible dyspepsia that tormented me
for many years. I tried numerous
able physicians, and there is probably
no medicine that is prescribed for such
an ailment which was not given to me;
but none of them gave me any per
manent benefit. But the simple
remedy of drinking hot water, accom
panied by a rational -regulation of
my diet, has entirely cured me,
advanced though I am in life.
It was not the dieting alone that
did it; I had tried that before.
It was the use of hot water that
cured me, for that made it possible to
derive benefit from a judicious diet. 1
have also found this treatment of great
benefit in kidney diseases, which are
largelv owing to malassimilatioii of
The teacher listened very attentively
to the old gentleman's remarks.
"I am glad to learn that your expe
rience," he said, "agrees so fully with
mine. I have become acquainted with
various cases in which this simpld
method of treatment has effected per
manent cures after all the efforts of
the physicians had failed. I am con
vinced, simply from what I have seen,
that almost any dist ice of the hu
man system that res .is from disor
ders of the stomach can be alleviated,
and, in some instances, eure.l in the
same way. The very simplicity of the
I thing may cause some to hesitate about
i attaching much importance to it; but,
like the proper ventilation of your
dwellings, it may prevent disease and
effect cures where all the drugs of the
pharmacopoeia may fail."
The Southern ">Uator.?
Six thousaud baby alligators are sold
in Florida every year, and the amount
of ivory ,number of skins, and quan
tity of oil obtained from the older
j members of the Saurian family are
i sullieient to entitle them to a* high
place among the products of the State.
The hunters sell young " 'gators" at
twenty-live dollars per hundred, and
j the dealer from seventy-live cents to
i one dollar. Live alligators two years
: old represent to the captor fifty cents
each, and to the dealer from two to
five dollars, as the season of travel is
at its height or far advanced. A ten
foot alligator is worth ten dollars, and
onafourteen feet long twenty-live dol
lars to the hunter, while the dealer
charges twice or three times that
price. The eggs are worth to the
hunter fifty cents per dozen, and to the
dealer twenty-live cents each.
The dead aligator is quite as valu
able as the live one, for a specimen
nine feet long and reasonably fat will
npt both branches of the trade as fol
lows :
Oil.:.$ 5 50
Skin. 1 00
Head. 10 00
$16 60
Oil.$ 7 50
Skin. 4 03
Head. 25 00
$86 r.Q
The value of the head is ascertained
by the number and size of the teeth.
Dealers mount especially fine speci
mens of the skult but the greater
number have no other*value than that
of the ivory they contain.?-The Conti
? - *
1. All changes in advertisements
?each us on Friday.
2. "In writing to this office on bnsi:
ilways give your name and postoffice
3. Articles fof publication should be ?
ien in a clear, legible hand, and on only or
side of the page. , -V _
4. Ba?iinesfl ietters and communicationi
to be published should be ?written on separate F
-heete, and the object of each clearly-fafy
?licatod by necessary note when required.
'f wo Le glad or sad, or grave or gay,
'f sobs or laughter fUl our throate to-day,.
What will it matter whaa light fadej to gra7
To-morrow? -
[f wo have now or love or bitter bate*,
f 8 orn or pity on our pleadings wait,
The world will be ihe same whate'er our fate
To-mori ow.
Fret we ti-day with hearts hot to the core
iVUh kecust anguish for what comes no more
fdla i.B dest the trifle we daplore I .
The daises no! alovexjur head;
Insensate sleop we in our churchyard bed,
Iw ill nothing count how wo to-day have bled
?S. M. Gray.
"Woman's dough-main?The kitchen
The Oil City Blizzard supposes that
MacJuff was a hen, because ho was
;old to lay on.
Hood's "Song of the Shir." was .
)riginally played by the wrist band.?
Veiv York News,
in spite of the electric 'boom ga3
?ontinues to be no light matter when
ihe bill eome3 in.
A woman can make no mistake in
marrying an editor. She is sure of
getting the write man.
Oscar Wilde says that he feeds on
Himself. He must be fond of wind-,.;
pudding.?Troy Times.
We frequently hear the expression
"bee in a bonnet." "Who ever saw
bonnet without a B in it??Boston
The czar keeps his crown on a shelf
in the pantry. Thus he lays up some
thing for a r^igny day.?New York Ad
The census proves that the number
of persons in a family in the United
8tate3 is a small fraction over five.
In some families the husband is the
3 mall fraction over.
It takes but thirteen minutes to lead
an elephant on a train, while it takes
twenty for any sort of a woman to kiss
her friend good-bye and lose the check
for her trunk.?Rome Sentinel.
" Yes," said the mother of a daugh
ter, " I shall stop Mr. Tommy's.jcalUng
without any trouble or* unpleasaut
nes3. I shall merely ask him to stop
to dinner and then invite him to.-;
carve."?Boston Post.
A prominent merchant says when
he is tired and wants a rest he don't
go off on a tour and spend money, but v
he just takes his ad. out of the paper. ?;>
rt has the-same effect a red" flag hung ? ? ;
in front of hts^ila^e^'ildj?ffn^
Five million baseball bats were used
in this country last year. Had eaj-J*-?^*
been converted into a hoe hahdle; & ~if
hoe attached, and the same^v.sc-'i nslj
energetically as were the" ball clubSLaB
potatoes might have been cheaper now.
?Oil City Blizzard. r --._
Lady (to deaf butcher): "Weih
~Ti ihHTUnil1 'T" .'mil Tin" yuifr?
self to-da^^ Sniallbones: ?' Well,
I'm pretty wefTused upj murnr~ETery^-g
rib's gone; they've almost tore me to
pieces for my shoulders,, and I never
had such a run on my legs."
Philosophers have observed that
when one member of a family gets
into trouble other members are aimost*3j
sur to meet with misfortune before.
long. That's the opinion of the small^^H
boy, who put powder into his father's
pip?, and subsequently got a blowing
up, with a shingle accompainmenf^ '.
New York Commercial.
A Parisian lady called on her milli
ner the other day regarding the chi"
acter of a servant. The respectable 7
appearance of the latter was beyond
questioning. "But is she honest?"
asked the lady. " I am not so certain
about that," replied the milliner. " I
have sent her to you with my bill
dozen times, and she has ne}
me the money."
A bachelor and a spinster,'
been schoolmates in youth anTT were
about the same age, met in after years,
and the lady chancing to remark that
"men live a great deal faster than
women," the bachelor replied: " Yes, *v
Maria; the last time wo met we were
each twenty-four years old-? now I'm .
over forty, and I hear you haven't
reached thirty yet." They never met
Clarence Fitz-Herbert sends us a
beautiful poem beginning, "I will
wait for my love at heavven's gate."
We think you are about right, Clar
ence. People who write that kind of
poetry seldom get any further than
the gate. You'll probably'continue to
wait thero long after the rest of. us -
have passed on inside unless you re
form and quit writing'poetry and
learn to spell heaven with one v.?
Burlington Hawkeye.
While eating Blue Point oysters on
the half-shell in one of the Main street
restaurants the other night, a young
man?a stranger in the city?felt
some hard substance in one of the bi
valves. Xot dreaming of such good
fortune, he carelessly removed the
intruder from his month, and was
about to lay it down by the side of his
plate, when he discovered that it was
a pearl of unusual size?a pearl shirt
button. It had dropped .from the
cook's cuff as he was serving the
oysters.?Bradford Mail.
Woir Baits.
One use of the whalebone to which
the Esquimaux put it, and one case
of which came under my personal ob
servation, I must not allow to pass
unnoticed. Whenever wolves have
b;jen unusually predatory, have do-"""--;,
stroyed a favorite dog or so, or dug up
a cache of reindeer meat just ^vhen it
was needed, or in any way have
aroused the ire of the Innuit hunter,
he takes a ttrip of whalebone about
the size of those used in corsets, wraps
it up into a compact helical mass like
a watch sprirg, having previously
sharpened both em Is, then ties it to
gether witli reindeer sinew, and phis- . " :
ters it with a compound of blood and
grease, which is allowed to freeze and
forms a binding cement sufficiently
strong to hold the sinew string at
every second or third turn. This,
with a lot of similar-looking baits/i:4
meat and blubber, is scattered/^over"
the snow or ground, and the^h?hgry .
wolf devours it along with^he others,
and when it :'is thawed /out by the
warmth of his stomach; it elongates
and has the well-known effect of whale
bone on'the system, but iiaving the
military advantage of interior
lines its effects are more^rapld, killing
the poor wolf, witli the most~1rfHQi|te
agonies, in a eouple of days.?Zieu^&
tenant Schwaiba.
Great Britain is reducing her national
debt each year about as much as the
United States reduces it pc month. It
is still about twice in amount that of \
the United States.

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