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* * * * *** * ** ** *** ** * Edi:tor Herald and News: In hi seCm1il in the 'lu-ther-all Church i,f th RedEemer Jn last Su1(1ay mInl O' a111-V wek ago. zle Rev. .J. Iir. \hu:n-. ~president of Ned~lerry elke ini pres enting to his atudieclle SOMe Of the marks of the perfeet man, as con tenplate,d by the Psalmist in the 37th verse of the 37ith Psalm. very appro priat-ely quoted friam Tennyson's IdAvls ot' the KiI some Of the princi ples of Kin- Artmur's Order of th Round Table, "The goodliest fellowship of famous knights Whereof .this world holds record.'' Knights whom King Arthur made to lay their hands in his and swear, ' To reverence the King as if he were Their conscience. and their conscience as their King, To break the healthen and uphold the Christ, To ride abroad redressing human wrongs, To spea& no slander, no, nor listen to it, To honor his own word as if his God's, To lead sweet lives in purest ehastity, To love one maiden only, cleave to her, And worship her by years of noble deeds, UntiA they won her. The days of knight-errantry have passed, and an intensely practical age is upon us, but, as Dr. Harms said, thait kind of ehivalry which would ap-. ply in a practical way the principles of Ar16hur's knights to present con ditions, is -the great need of the twen tieth 'eentiury->'t'hat chivalry xvhich -reeverences conseience as king, which pholds the Christ, which goes abroad feeding the hungry and clothing the naked and carrying solace to souls that are seared with sorr(,w, that causes one to ihonor his word as if his God's and men to lead sweet lives of purest chastity. Lack of -these things is ithe cause of most of the sin and misery of the world today. But Dr. Harms mi4ht have gone a step further in 'his illustrations from the Idylls of the King-to the Pass ing of Arthut-to "that story which the bold Sir Bedivere, first made and laes left of all the knights, told, when the an~ was no more than a voice in the white winter of his age, to those wit~h whom 'he dwelt, new faces, other minds." "For on their march to westward, Be divere, Who slowly paced amiong the slumb ering host, Hear} in 'his tent the manings of the King.' And among these -he might have awn a lesson from this lament of Arthur: "And all whereon I leaned in wife and friend Is traitor to my peace, and all my realm Reels back into tihe beast and is no more." There is no more common sin in the! world today 'than ingratitude, and it is proable that it has ever been so. To be grateful to God for his mercies -to love God-is the greatest. lesson ta.ught by the Scriptures, and sochr ateried by the COhrist. And the. Christ said tihat second to this, and like unto it, was love of fellow-man. The greaiter comnprehends the lesser, nd the lesser is but a manifestation of the greater. It was not intended by the writezr, however, to enter into a theological discussion, even .if he were competent or felt disposed :to do so. Ingratitude is as .mu'ch a vice 'and causes ags poig nant grief in the little ordinary, ev ry-day affairs of life as in the 1lar g er affairs. Perhaps there is less of it in New ~erry than elsewhere. Perhaps there is not. That is neither here nor there. It is seen here, as it is seen every where else. Mr. Editor. you control and pub lish The Herald.and News. Have you ever used its columns in season and out of season for the advancement of the interests of one who, when the time came when he, without even in coveniening himself, could do you a favor which would mean much to you, was the acme of indifferene i Have you ever with your whole soul, pe-sonally and in your newspa per, espoused the political- cause of one who fought you to the bitter end when ou asked something for your self, or who-which is just as bad did nothing when it was in his power Have vou ev.er advocated a pu.bhe mpprovement aigainst bitter opposi tton. and then, when the improvement ae found your efforts fo-rgotten, Wt NAILS Oiir stock s now com and we ask a ch nce t ure with you in both V and CUT Nails, Rough Finishing. PAIN If Courteous Treat and those who had opposed the im provemen.t. but who had become eon verts when they saw it was coming, given whatever positions of honor or profit it might hold in store. and whatever mead of praise was bestow ed for bringing it abou-t? H'a.ve you ever seen :those who have fought the advancement of the town along certain lines riding in the band wagon and loudest in tihe shouting in the jubilee procession when the ad anement had been made-and, too, .he cynosure of all. eyes, "the men who are building urp their town, who re doing somerthing for her people, ublic-spirited men, the men without hom tihe town couldn't get along.'' Have you 'ever given the use of our columns-your stoek in trade to an entertainment "for sweet char ty's sake,'' and then when itihe enter ainment is pulled off, see your news aper entirely forgotten, and t'he dis ensers of "sweet eiharity'' so grate ful they can't express their .thanks o one who takes a small part in the ntertainment?i Have you ever given over your whole paper to college commence ents, and then have one of the boys tell you, when in the press of busi ess you happen to overlook some mall affair aitt the college, that the olege is not furnishing you its news, ecause the boys don't think you give hem a.1 fair treatment as some other ewspapers ? Possibly you have and possil'y you ave not. But that is neither ~here or there, because nobody is suppos d to be grateful sto a newspaper which seeks to forge ahead, and a nwspaper man is not supposed to ave any feelings, anyway. Nvertheless. ingratitude is one of the moust erying sins of the times, and the more we rid ourselves of it the appier will the world be. As Dr. Harms said in his sermon bove referred to, we need to live up o the principles whieh King Arthur sought to instill into 'his knights principles taught by the Savior, wov n into an undying story of the gold en age of chivalry by one of the weetest singers tihe world 'has known. X. AN ElARLY MARKSMAN. John Metcalf, Pioneer, and the Flint lock Rifle He Used. In thie townsh'ip of Mendon in the othern part of Massaehuse'tts thiere was in 1770. says Army a nd Navy Life, ai young~ man whose skill with firearms was widely clAbrated. HeI ivedl alone ini a one-room house made f logs some distanice from any n.ei,wh bor in a pleasant clearing upon the aank of Mill Creek. The surrounding forest, contained an rabuandance of game, which he shot for both food anld sport. His real liv ing. ho.wever, was gained at the fre u'!.t shonoting matches 'held t:hrough nt the length and breadth of the Stat .. And a very honorable living~ it waa then considered; for withI the t rrors of t he Frhen elh and Indiain wair in mind, the men. andl -the womeni. to. of thai time held skill with wea pons in h-igh esteem. Ih.s s.hooting matehes rarely of noVVANI OOORS & plete W, have just o fi; I rge lo- and car ViRE chfap as ai-.yot and .er grading can you anywhei e. We have j in better pos T Paintis mor ment, LOW PRICES, a fered prizes in money. Usually, the victor won beef, pork, lamb, pou'try or live stoek. Sometimes, hoiwever, household goods were the prize, and sometimes other merehandise. But, whatever the prize was, it could eas ilv be turned into money; so that Jo!hm Meteialf had an abundant larder. a well furnish'Cd -jcabin and a supI)ply i)f eash amply sufficient for himself. At the ma:tehes hAld in Mendon and the adjoining townships John Met alf's closest compatiitor was a man somewh.at older t'han 'himself, who ri'.aled him also sin suing for 'the hea.rt and :hand of the fair Many Turner, daughter of Mendon 's only ich man. Neither Metcalf nor Chalfin was able to get a -deelded answer to his suit. The fact *was, Mary found each man had pleasing qualities not possessed by the other, and :bot'h were equally deira.ble 'huxsbands. As -time avent by Chalfin 's ability as an exper:t slhot increased, thereby re dueing Meteclf's lead, and worse yet, his earnings - also. -Ramor, -too, brought trouble, for -the villa:ge gos sips professed to know 3that Mary had told in confidenee that perhaps the best man would win. So M'Eei.alf and Chalfin each strove mightily. Each singenious conrtri vance tihat they knew, heard of or could invent was -tried in order to in rease the aeeuracy of their great flintloe-k -muskets. T!hey sifted and resifted their power to get grains of uniform size; accurately measured thei cha.rges and wralped them in separta'te pac'kages, trimmed their bul1 lets by 'hand and pa-tehied thmem with reased( b)nekSkinl eut to a size. and loded them with the puekers to the fron1t. Metealf filed the f~ ront siigh-t t: his musket t:hin,avnd eue a dleeper not 'h in the tang screw. Chalfin bought a new gun. Still Metcalf's latad 'was a dangrer ously 'small one; 1i.s friends dhaffed him, and Mary wa:s 'as coy as usual. Then, one dlay, he disappeared. A caller found his house to 'be abaundon ed. Whether or noit the fair Mary knew his w1heraabou-ts, -she kept her own counsel; certain it was a mystery to all others. About two mont:hs -after an early unbe.am of an August morning, tream-ing through the open shutters of Mfetcal'f's cabiin, showed John Met alf upon his bed. Movi.ng slowly .along t:he wall it ch'anced upon the p:dir.ed patch box of a rifle resting above tw tfireplace anid instantly lihted the room wvi myri-ad ref lee tions. Metealf, half awake, was living over the adventures of his long jour mgy to Pennsylvallia, whlere, uonl v rif les 'were then made at t-heir best. Aronsed by th glii'mmer lhe arose and took down his new treasure. P>alane ing~ i.t. turning it, -appreciative of iits rih, deep cherry color, its grace, its tense, alert, high-bred air, thfe felt 'well repaid for the t:ime, effort and money spenue. His pride. :too, was touched, for thr'uoughlouit the length anud'bread,th of the province of Massachusetts bay noi other to his kn'owledge had else han a smooth h:re: 'hie aloite had a rifle. Thenceforth at every shoting match he andl t he rifle were ojet if conspicuou1s ait tention. No longer mI. was man a da,ngromns rival Neith YOUR SA SlH LME Mi received a We carry se. ycu as all times. SNo bet-- best. A tr be shown you -hai .c anyvh re .st received a large stoc ition than ev r t, >serve iey well spent and you c d PROMPT DELIVERY er Chalfin's musket nor any man's fowling piece could hold a candle to the rifle for fine shooting at the re iula.r range of ten measuret rods. The larder of t1he little cabin overflowed with the .county of his harvest. In its seeret hfidin.g place under a stone if rhe hearth a long wolen stocking bugzed to t'-e hurstin point with mon ey saved. John Metcalf was famous anid growing rich. Mendon honored him with public offiee. Mindful of the adage "To him who hath shall be given,'' he once more, and boldly, ask ed Mary for the gift of her captious heart and dimpled hand. And as the shot and won, so he wooed and won. SNAKE FARMS. Queer Australian Industry Sa.id to Thrive Near Sydney. Sake farmi.ng is not an attractive oeupathion, brut it Ihais more than one vota'iy 'in tihe Aust'railia.n common wealth, and~ in the. mneigh.borihood of Sydney -the industry 'has been ea'r'ied on for several years by- an i'n'dividua'l vho .while diselaiming all knv-lredge af the snake ethairm'ing art, appears to ha,ve a:n 'extensive .knoivledge of the rept'ide.s an'd .t.heir wa.ys. In addition to idhe sniakes, 'ln'rge numbers- o.f froa's and eA-en toads, are carefullly reatred, part4y as 'food for the repti:les and p:rt:y .for seientifie pu:rposes. The sa:~kes are eaughit in t'he bush, a work f'requaent.ly nece.sdt:ating many mi.le.s of amr?ndering land .long hLoLrs of patien:t wr t.ehing~. .for t'he sinaike is a susp1iri5 catu re,. g.ene'ra-lly more 'lr d :2t thle sig'ht of a man than the may 'is at it. The snake hanute:r emplJoys 'a couple of forked .stieks a's a. mean.: of capt.ure. WiAth one the reptdile ':s pinlned by any par.t of its body 'to ithe ground, 'after 'w~hieh it is fixed by the 'neek with the ot%her. Tiis one. 'the captor av.it.h fingar and thumb grasps .the 'he-ad ,alt the side of t'he jaiws and thus has t.he reptil.a safe and lharmless. The snake ils itibus dtrop ped, t.aid first, into a .sug%r bag. All that .is rembly inecessa.y is a steady nev'e, a strigihbt eye and 'a fi.rm hand. A recent visitor, wvrites 'the Sydney correspondet of t:he Londo-n Globe. was shown some iarg'e speim'ens of the tiger a-nd diamond species, in ended for the Sydney board of *heaith, -wh~ich .is regudiarly supplied with veninmnous snakes, from wh.ich the p.isn used iln prepalring snake n-~ tidtes'' is obtained by "'milking."' 'Pi is (lescrubed as a most int-e:resting~ re.rforma:nee. ''Before mnilking~ time t:he snakes e.re well fed..afterward be coing efei'ted 'vwhen a wlass, similar to a 'xvate gl la ss, covered 'with tihe finest gutita percha, 'is put .into t'he eae. Tihe i1nfrnaeted1 reptile's bite viciousliy through the gut,ta pereha, lea:vinr 'tiny drops of poison on the prepared glass." This "imilking" is invariabl'y .performed during the sum mer mon.ths. when the erea-tures are mont active .and fierce anid the p)oison mofSt virulent. Numerous vicious spe--iensare kept .in eages at the offices of tih. Sydney health depa.rt met it h e " milked.' an 'wh-en s4mw Iwhalt \Vorn OU.t are ret urne&d to the siake farm -to recuperate. After the as ave -becme usaless for TRADE CEMENTi I a lar-e stock at Hir Ncthin.: but the Saw. 6 iwil cocvince and u an't < ( better PricE anyv k of Paints of all kinds you an 1sve you mone an't get better prices or Can iet Your Busines 'HERI "milking" purposes they are sold to taxidermists or-the Sydney Zoologieal Gardens. There is always a good market for new or irare specimens. as mnuh as ?6 being paid for a single snake. Several hundred snakes have. been codlecited at one time on the farm, where .they are kept in bags or boxes,. Ve latter being covered a.t the top witih small mesh r%vire netting. At the bottom of eaeh reeeptaele is a lit tle barn or straw, and occasionally a few old rags. When the snake farmer began 'to keep the reptitles bhe fon'nd himself periodicalliy attacked by a mysterious1 kind of -influenz~a or hay fever, which he subsequently .disceovetnd 'to be du~e o .a posion exraded from ithe bodies of dhe snakes. In one respect the creatures resembYle human kind-they are great stieklers for 'caste. "The blacksnake is considered the gentle main of the snake fraternity, and liv'es much 'alone, seddom iassoceiasting with dther members of ethe tribe. . The ear pet snake is tihe loafer of the 'reptile wond, 'while th diamiond narke is -a positive l'ari'kin, stealing the other snakes' wives :and saalloiwing their dhilren. The t:iger species is hard to get on 'wi'tih, bei.ng vicious and deceit tull,*ind, like ,thle tiger and eat tribe geneiall-y. plays with .its 'prey before devo'ang it." The question of food is an important one. It necessita.tes ample supplies of frogs, rats. bandi cots. 'rabits. eggs, etc. This has eaused frog reairi.ng to become one of the fearilufires of 'the farm. Tihe rep tiles tare .kept ini large bot,tomiess eages, placed on tihe gras, with some b:-' on1 one2 $ide and1( a small pondi in the ceu-ter. When in t he open a bit of bush shelfer is indispensable for snake and frog alike. "In ho,t wea thler, .savs tlhe snake t;rm'r. "'when ,the frogs are sitting in the bashes. tDhey are treated to ,a shwer bath, an ordinary garden s.inge 'being -used for the purpose. Great seems 'their enjoyment, turni.ng ron~d and round, streteh'ing out their legs and neeks 1to 'the spray. But." Ihe continued, "there's a fortune in frogs .if .'we only hiad :the French se ret of .feeding them. No matter how Imuch water ,is about, in the dry Iweet her .they get together in crowds, and 'hop for miles aiway -from itheir old ho'es. .looki-ng for fresh, marshy places wit!h plenty of cover. Frogs a r:v water 'in their pouchres, and I hen .fice come aeross a suitable hol low .in ra ,hady spot. tihey fill it and ake a p)ond -for tlhemselve.s.'' h venom ob'ta.ined fnom .the sn-akes is understood to be of great value. the q~ua).ity beting extremely limi-ted, and rarely weighing more than a few g'ans. I-t irarely, if everv, loses any of its poisonous quialities. -and has to be handled' with the grea'test eare. The clever and faseinating come dienne, Florence Davis, who has reg istered four former sueeessful star ring -tours to her erdt anid who has surassed all her fornmer a.chievemnenlt ths year, will make her how at the opera house' tor the( third timelL on Wednelisday. March 1'. im the hrand ner comedy. "E' nder the Greenwood Tree." bv'Henry V. Esmlond. This [d,eliu sylvan piece received glow IN -OCKS iges, Screws, Bolts, , Tools of Every Kind Description a n d a t s as Low as can be had ihere. and all Colors, and are Von your paints. Good Paint anywhere. , -ive Us a Trial. OPERA HOUSE EARHARDT & BAXTERV Lessees and Managers. Friday, Feb 19 FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY. The Celebratecd Herald Square Comic Opera Co. IN THE MERRY SONG PLAY ' ATrip ToIndia With adistinguished cast of emiinent light-opera stars, including Juanita Rush and Charles Picquet, formerly of Colonial Opera Co.; Jack 'Leslie of "Isle of Spice" fame; Signor Martine Pache, formerly of Emma Abbott Opera (o., and Ed Gil more, formerly with Ward & Vokes and "Bizzy Izzy" Co. Supported by an |HIcomparable Be8aly Chorus. Prices: - 25c., 5oc., 75C. and $1.oo. Reserved Seat Sale opens Wednesday, February 17th. in praise from the erities iii bolh Lj:don and New York last year, and :his seaa.n Miss Davis has -won dven geater~ success with it on its first American tour. On the opening of he~ seasoin in New Orleans, the New Orleans item said "Miss Davis tas soied' a distinet triumph in ad li'htful play. Both 'Under ithe Green wood Tree' and .its star are alike charmin,'' ind this has been 'the con ensus of opinion in a.11 of the cities she has visited siince. Garage Not There. A certain well known banker was preparing to take an automobile stour in the nrin:h shore of Massaebyusetts. His objective point being the quaint fihing~i village of Gloucester, it oe erredl to -him 'that it would be wvise to find oJut .in advtance if t-hat place afforded a garagre whr his -touring car, couldl beC sheltered when niot in use and repai-red when necessary. To ithat and the banker wrote to the postmflast.er, counteously asking for the desired information. What was his surprise a few days later when the card he had inelosed in his letter of inquiry came bacek .with this written thereon: "I find by our city directory tha.t no one by the name Garage gets mail at this office. The nearesit to it is a farmer of the -name of Gammage, liv ing on the Neck road. "Postmaster.'' The banker courteously sent a sec ond note thannking the postmaster for hi informatin_.