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THE STORY OF A SHELL.
71 held the pink-lipped shell to his ear,
And it murmured soft and low
A melody in a sweeter strain
, Than a human voice could know,
And sad as the moan of an autumn wind,
Or the sigh of a rivers flow.
"MY soul is full of a story told
By a river that journeyed down
Throngh)alley and quiet meadow land
And manly a stately town.
And sang of the flowers and vines and trees,
And the great rocks, mossed and brown.
"But she stopped her singing and sobbed one
V While rain went down from the sky,
-As if it pitied her sorrow so
t would gi% e her sympathy;
'While she told of a quiet forest nool
'She ever went softly by.
"For the trees bent over with long, green
To give her a blessing of love,
And up through the shadows cool shie saw
Where the sky arched far above,
And the fleecy cloudlet moved across
Like a sail or snowy dove.
"A youthful face with a golden frame
Of waving, shining hair,
And bright eyes in a fringe of black,
And a forehead broad and fair,
LEned over the river's elge one day
And laughed at its image there.
"The river carried the picture fair
For many an'l many a year.
Till it came again-a mau's face then
With the bright eyes dull anl blear.
And all wine-tiushed and all accursed,
With a slavish look of fear.
"A few molnths after it came once more,
All haggard, with guilt and shame;
Then . curse, and a shot, anI a prayer were
And the curse and the prayer were the
And the light burned oat of the sun-sick eyes,
Like a quivering, smoldering flame.".
Sothe river carried the memory
. Of the faces, one in three,
And told the tale as a secret
To the restless heart of the sea;
And the tinted shell on the mantel
Brought back the story to me.
BESET BY BURGLARS.
In the fall of 186 I was employed as a
clerk in a general store at a cross roads
in Southern Indiana. The ,tore, a
church, and a blacksmith shop, with two
residences, made up the bmildings, and
the families of the merchant and the
blacksmith were the only residents. The
country about was thickly settled up,
however, and trade wias always good.
Before the merchant engazed me he an
nounced that I would have to sleep in
the store o' nights. and that unless I had
pluck enough to defend the place
against the marauders he did not want
me at any price. He showed me a shot
gun, a revolver, and a spring gun. which
were used, or on hand to be used, to de
.end the place, and the windows were
rotected with stout blinds and the
loor by double locks. The clos of the
var had drifted a bad population into
ndiana. The highways were full of
ramps, and there were hundreds of men
who had determined to make a living by
ome other means than labor. Several
ttempts had been made to rob the store,
nd it had come to pass that r2o clerk
anted to sleep there alone.
The merchant seemed satisfied with
ne answer I gave h'm. and on a certain
[onday morning I went to work. That
une night a store about four miles away
ras broken into and robbed and tjae
lerk seriousl. wounded. Two nights
iter three horses were stolen in our
eighborhood. At the end of the week
farmer who was on his way home from
ur store was robbed on the highway.
f I had not been a light sleeper from
.abit, these occurrences would have
ended to prevent too lengthy dreams as
lay in my little bedroom at the front of
he second story. The revolver was
.lways placed under my pillow and the
hotgun stood within reach. The spring
fun was set about midway of the lower
joor. It was a double-b ureled shotgun.
sach barrel containing a big charge of
,uckshot, and the man who kicked the
string and dischiarged the weapon would
aever know what hurt him.
It did not seem possible that any one
could break into the store without arous
ing me. There was no door to my room,
and after the people in my neighborhood
had goine to bed I could hear the slight
est noise in the store. I had looked the
place over for a weak spot, and had failed
~to find it, but my own confidence came
nuear proving my destruction. I should
~have told you. in describing the store.
~that just over the spot where we set the
spring gun was an opening through
.4 which we hoisted and lowvered such goods
a were stored for a time on the second
floor. When not in use this opening was
covered by a trap door. Toward even
ing, on the tenth day of my clerkship, I
hoisted up a lot of pails and tubs, and
-hbad just finished when trade became so
brisk that [ was called to wait upon cus
tomers. Later on I sawv that I had left
the trap door open, and I said to myself
that I would let it go until I went to bed.
The store had the only burglar proof safe
for miles around, and it was customary
for the farmer who had a hundred dollars
or so to leave it n~ ith 1.s. He~ received an
envelope in which to cecose it, and he
could take out and p)ut in as he liked.
On this evening four or five farmers came
in to deposit, andl, a~s I afterward tigured
pwe had about $1,500 in the safe.
There were two strange faces in the
crowd that evening. One b.-onged to a
roughly dressed, evil-eyed man, who an
nounced himself as a drover, and the
other -'s a professional tramp. I gave the
.stter a piece of tobacco and somne crack
ers and cheese and he soon went away,
and we were also so busy up to~ 9 o'clock
that I did not give the drover much at
tention. When we came to shut up the
store he had gone from my mind alto
gether. We counted up the cash, made
some charges in the day book, and it
was about 10 o'clock when the merchant
left. I was tired out and I took a can
dle and made the circuit of thc store, set
the spring gun, and went to bed. I
had to pass within six feet of the trap
door as I went to my room, but I did not
see it. It was rather a chilly night in Oc
tober, and we had no fires yet, and as I
got under the blankets the warm:hl was
50 grateful that I soon fell asleep. It was
the first night I had gone to bed without
thinking of robbers and worndering how
I should act in case they eame in. I did
not know when I fell asiee;>. Sudde nly I
found myself half upright in bed. and
here was an echo in the store as if the
of sonmething, had aroused me. It
one o'clo k and I had been asleep al.
~t three hours. Leaning on my elbow.
ained my ears to can' h the slightest
~d~and alter a minute I heard a move
metdown stairs. Wh~le I could not
g y what it was, a sort of instinet told
a that it was made by some human be
Everything on the street was as Silent
as the grave. My window curtain was
up, and I could see that the sky had
thickened up and was very black. I did
not wait for the noise to be repeated. I
was just as sure that some one was in the
store as if I had already seen him, and I
crept softly out of bed, drew on my
trousers, and moved out into the big
room, having the revolver in my hand.
There was no door at the head of the
stairs. I intended to go there and listen
down the stairway. As I was moving
across the room, which was then pretty
clear of goods as far as the trapdoor, I
suddenly recollected this opening and
changed my course to reach it. It *as
terribly dark in the room, and one unfa
iniliar with the place would not have
dared to move a foot. Half way to the
trap I got down on hands and knees,and
as I reached the opening, I settled down
on my stomach. There was a dim light
down stairs. That settled the fact that
some one was in the store. After a min
ute I heard whispers. then the movement
of feet, then a certain sound which loca
ted the intruders to a foot. They were
at the safe in the front of the store. I
drew myself forward and looked down
the opening. I could see a lighted can
dlie and two or three dark tigures at the
safe, and I could hear the combination
b.ing worked. My first thought was to
drop my hand down and open fire in
their direction, but I remembered that
we had so many articles hanging up that
no bullet had a chance of reaching to the
safe. I was wondering what to do when
I heard one of the men whisper:
".It*s all nonsense. We might work
here a week and not hit it."
"But I told you to bring the tools and
you wouldn't," protested another.
"Oh, dry up"' put in a third voice.
'"What we want to do is to go up and
bring that counter hopperdown and make
him open the box."
"I'll give the cussed thing a few more
trials," said the first man, and I heard
hini working away again. 31y eyes could
not have told me the number of robbers,
but my ears had. There were three of
them. and they were no doubt desperate
and determined men. They spoke of
bringing me down to open the safe as ii
no resistance was anticipated or taken in
to account. Indeed, they might we!)
reason that they had me at their mercy.
The rain was now falling, the night was
very dark, and a pistol shot in the store
could not have been heard in either of the
dwellings. If they had reflected that I
might be armed, they would have offset
it with the fact that I was a boy oi
eighteen with a girl's face and probably a
irl's nerve. I don't deny that I was a
bit rattled, and that my lip would quiver
in spite of me, but I was at the same time
fully determined to protect the store if it
cost me my life. How to get at the fel
lows was what bothered me, but that
trouble was soon solved.
"There," whispered the man at the
combination as he let go of it, "I won't
fool here another minute. That kid
knows the combination. and we can make
him work it. Conie on."
They are coming up stairs. The best
place for me would be at the head of the
stairway. The stairs had a half turn in
.them, and I would tire unon the first man
who came within range. I heard the
mea coming back to the stairway, and
my nerve gave way. It wasn't from cow
ar'dice, but the knowledge that I was to
kill a human being upset me. I decided
to retreat to may room, and, if they per
sisted in coniing that far, I would shoot.
The trio had rubbers on their feet, but
they came up stairs withotut trying very
hardl to prevent making a noise. The one
who came first had the candle, and, as
he got to the head of the stairs, I saw a
knife in his other hand. They made no
delay in ap1proaching my room. and,
with a great effort, 1 braced myself for
what I' saw must happen. They could
not see mue until within three or four feet
of the door, and their tirst intimation
that I was out of bed was when they
heard me call out :
"Stop, or I'll shoot!''
I had them covered with the weapon,
and for fifteen seconds there was dead
silence. Then they got a plan. The man
with the candle dashed it on the floor.and
I suppose they meant to rush in on me in
the dark, but I checkmated it by opening
ire. They then eit her meant to retreat
downstairs or toward the rear of the floor,
for I saw the three together moving off,
and tired a: their dimh figures. Three
seconds Later here was a great shout of
horr -r. folowved by the tremendous re
port of the dlouble-b~arreie I spring gun,
andl then there was absolute silence. I
think I stood in the door, shaking like a
leaf, for fully three minutes before the
silence was broken by a groan. Then it
cae to me that the robbers had fallen
trough the open door upon the cord
ledinr to the gun. I struck a match,
lighted my own candle, and, going to
the opening, saw three bodies ly
ng below.. Running back to the
b droomu to re-charge my reolver, I then
wet down stairs to inve-tigate. It was
is I suspected. The three had pitched
down together. The top of one's head
hd been blown off by the shot, a second
had a hole in his chest as big as your fist,
while the third, who was responsible for
the groans, was severely wounded in both
legs. It was three months before he
could be put on trial, and he then got
four years in prison. The whole thing
was a put tip job. The "drover" was a
Chicago burglar called " Clawhamrmer
D~ick." and he had hidden himself in the
store that night, anti then let his pa!s in
~v tihe back door. They had a horse and
wagon in the reanr of the building, and the
plan was to rob the store of goods as well
as to get at the money in the safe. A bit
of carelessness on my part not only saved
the store and probably my life, but
wied out a very desperate gang.-Kew
Catrrier Pigeons in War.
Steps hav e been taken in nearly all Eu
ropan countries to establish military
communication by means of carrier
neons in time of war. England,
ance. Germany, Belgium and Italy
have~ definitely organized military carrier
pieon services, and some have subsid
ized the p)rivate training establishmients
with the right to use the pigeons in war.
This method of commiunicatinrg origi
tsate I in China, or, at least, in the east,
and it was most likely in use by the
ancient Arabians. William of Orange
and Napoleon I. used these messengers
during their wars: btit the greatest ser
vice wa~s that re:.dered in 1870, between
Paris arid Tours.
Dutring the siege of Paris 150,000 of
tial dispatches and about 1,000,000 pri
vnte communications, representing a
moner value of about $3S,000, were con
veyed by these pigeons. In this case thge
messages were reduced by miicroscopic
photography so that a tiny piece of silk
paper, one and three-cluarter inches long
~y one and one-quarter inches wide,
could contain :1, 500 messages of twenty
wors each, or 70,000 words. The total
dispatch thus arranged weighed at most
less than one-quarter of an ounce, and
we secured by a light thread to the tail
feathers of the pigeon. U-pon arrival the
dispatch was removed, enlarged by pho
togrphy and deciphead-Puaic &ervice
A VERMIN EXTERMHNATOR.
A TALK WITH A XAN WHO HAS A
Makiig a Business of Ridding Peo
ple's Houses of Rats and Ver min
-How He Works.
The cockroach killer is one of the cu
riosities of Chicago. Not on account of
his personal appearance, but of the nov
elty of his vocation. There are four or
five persons who live by the death of
cockroaches, rats and mice, but the
best known is an old (erian, nearly G0
years of age, who has an office on Wash
ington street. A reporter of the lnter
Oc-"'n found the old gentleman the other
day in his ilace surrounded by the deadly
compounds he needs in his business.
"Eat all you want, it's rat poison," cor
dially said the old man, as thi reporter
picked up a box of paste. "That stuff
in the red boxes is cockroach poison. and
the bug poison is in the yellow pack
" 'What is food for the roaches is poison
for the bugs, is it ?"
"Yes. Bug poison won't kill cock
roaches, cockroach poison won't kill bugs,
and both of 'em won't kill rats; rat paste
won't kill them, because they won't
"How do you kill cockroaches?"
"We blow 'em up with powder-not
the kind of powder that kills men,
though. See that funnel on the end of
those bellows? Well, we put the pow
der in that. and then blow it through the
nozzle into the cracks and crevices where
he lives. lie doesn't live long after. We
kill bugs the same way, using the other
"Pays pretty well, doesn't it?"
"Oh, fairly. Most of it is contract
work. We take contracts for cleaning
hotels, restaurants, stores, dwell Ing
houses, public institutions, bakeries,
steamboats, railroad sleepin- cars or
coaches., etc., of bugs, roaches, water
bugs. moths or ants, for so much a year."
"That depends on the size and charac
ter of the place. To keep hotels clear is
worth from $40 to $100 a year. We've
quit taking hotel contracts, because they
are unsatisfactory. The powder only
kills the bugs or roaches that touch or
eat it. Sometimes they hide in their holes
where the powder won't reach them, but
when they get hungry and come out the
powder fixes them. The trouble with
hotei people is that they won't obey in
structions, and close the rooms and not
sweep up the powder before twenty-four
hours have elapsed. They sweep it up
before we're out of the house fairly, and
then they howl because we didn't kill all
"You said the bug and roach powders
were not poisonous, didn't you'
"I'll show you," he said, taking agen
erous pinch of each kind, placing it on
his tongue and swallowing it. "It's not
poisonous to men," he continued, "but
it's because we don't breathe like bugs.
They breathe like we perspire-through
the pores. They have no lungs. The
powder gets into the pores and closes
them up, so they just die for want of
breath. But a good many people die for
the same reason, I gues."
"lHow about restaurants?"
"They're good contracts, next to pri
vate houses. I've cleaned a number of
restaurants for over ten years. They are
worth from $10 to $40: depends on the
size: same way with saloons. Don't
know why it is, but saloons and print
ing offices are the favor ite domain of the
cockroach. 3laybe there's somethingr in
the coincidence, but mind you I don't
say they're carried from one to the oth
er. Perhaps they're fond of pretzels and
"Do you make contracts and guara
tee to keel) privatte residences free from
rats, roaches and bedbugs for a year?"
"Why, bless you, that's the m:uin part
of our business. We prefer private resi
dences to any other class of buildings.
Ive been in the business fifteen years,
and I've worked up an excellent trade.
I have Phil Armour's house, Judge Tut
hill's, and all the finest houses on the
North. South and West sides. The roach
is no respecter of persons. lie will in
vade the mansion of a prince with as
much assurance and contentment as he
will the lowest hovel in the italian
"What did you say you charged for
"Well, say an average of $10 ayear foi
bugs and roaches. flats arc $10 extra.'
"How many trips do you make to a
house in a year?"
"Usually one: rarely more than two.
Of course, I go every time a bug or roach
shows his nose,"
"Suppose a person doesn't wish to con
tract for a whole year. What do you
charge then ?"
"For eac-h bedroom, guaranteed for a
year, $1.50; if I simply powder the room,
-"Which insect or vermin is hardest te
"The moth. It gets into the linin.: ol
garments and is difficult to reach. T1iin
powder will not destroy the pupa-, even ii
covered with powder, nor v. hen it hatches.
bt the powder must be applied fresh tc
"A new bug has made its appearane<
in Chicago within the last two years.
We call it the sewer b~ug, because it
breeds in the sewers, and through them
gets into the houses. They are hard to kill,
and they destroy carpets, leather, and
clothing. They are a species of beetle, bul
have no wings. This summer anothei
new bug has made its appearance in th<
East. It has not reached Chicago vet.
The name of 'buffalo bug' has been ap
plied to it because it was discovered it
Buffalo, New York, and literally ahounds
there. It's working its way West, and
will probably be here next spring."
"You have a monopoly in your busi
ness, haven't you !"
"No; there are four or five others.
Then there's a man who makes a spe
cialty of rarts. IIe kills themwith ferrets.
Perhaps you've noticed a little carriag<
with a very highly polished black bod)
and the words '-Deathi to Rats' in gill
letters on the sides. The box is full 01
air holes, and in it he has about a dozet
ferrets. He goes to a store, for instance,
ris5 up one or t wo planks, and lets th<
ferrets loose. They get there withoul
delay, and when they've killed the rate
he simply whistles, and they come run.
ning to him just like a well-trained dog
would. IIe makes lots of money, J
"None of you lose much, do you?"
"Oh. we don't starve, but I can't re
member a case where a man made a for.
tune killing bugs and roaches."
A Cure for Rheumatism.
The En~gli.h XeehdnTit prints the follow
in - as a speedy cure for rheumatism:
ne q1uart of milk, qjuite hot, into wihied
stir one ounce of alum: this will make
curds and whey. Bathe the part affected
wvith the wheyv until too cold. In th<
meantime keeps the curds hot, and.
after bathing, put them on a poultice.
wrap in tlannel and go to sleep tyou cane
Three applications should be a perfec
Ga even in argravated. cases.
NEWS AND NOTES FOR WOMEN.
Changeable velvets will be much worn
Feathers will drive flowers from bon
nets this fall.
Beaded materials continue as much in
favor as ever.
It is said that polonaises and redingotes
are to prevail in the immediate future.
It is predicted that long velvet redin
otes, with satin shirts, will be extensively
A Texas woman has a pet alligator
that wags its tail when his name is
Phloxes and lantanas are old-fashioned
flowers, lat ely imitated in the fashionable
Beads about the size of a pea made of
Swiss lapis lazuli are favorite necklaces
for young girls.
Brunettes should not wear pearls, but
they have the exclusive right to ame
thysts and rubies.
New for bonnet trimmings are bands
of feathers, arranged for winding around
the hat like braid.
White felt sailor hats, with a white
band around the crown, are worn with
flannel dresses of any color.
A Florida woman has made a bed quilt
containing 16,000 pieces, each less than
the size of an average thumb-nail.
Clusters of nuts intermingled with
tulle are a novel of trimming sometimes
seen upon Leghorn and Manilla hats.
There are only eleven different sorts
of point lace in existence, and several of
these never find their way to this
The women of the Presbyterian Church
of this country have raised during the
past sixteen years about $2,150,000 for
Miss Minnie E. Folsom, a near relative
of Mrs. Grover Cleveland, has become
preceptress of the Brookings Agricultural
College in Dakota.
The Princess of Wales and other Eng
lish women of fashion are wearing Leg
horn bonnets,trimmed with large dowers,
- poppies, artemisias or roses.
The belle of West Virginia is said to
be Miss Nannie Reynolds, of Charlestown.
She is twenty years old, and a perfect
representative of the mountain beauty.
Mrs. Floyd, of Boston, has invented a
waterproof bonnet, which is handsome
and dressy enough for almost any occa
sion, and is absolutely impervious to
Military styles will predominate in the
jackets of next season. They will be
adorned with Brandebour-s, frogs.
fourageres and regular aiguilletes tagged
Blouse waists are very popular, and a
pretty tirmi belt for them is made by
winding a -ibbon two inches wide three
times round the waist and tying it
through a heavy antique silver buckle.
-Jet handkerchiefs are the latest idiocy.
They are of net lace, with jet embroid
ered borders. When the jet wears ofi
they may be utilized as dusting cloth,
but that is all the use that can ever be
made of them.
French advices state that the polonaise
increases in numbers and favor over all
other styles of corsages. Made of thin
materials they are sometimes loose, crossed
on the bust, the waist being defined by a
Low shoes are very generally worn;
they hav-e rounded, not pointed, toes, are
laced across the instep, and have medium
high heels. Dull kid uppeCrs with patent
lather foxing. or at least tips of ptatent
leather, ate most used.
Earrings, while not entirely out of
fashion, are not worn nearly so much as
they were a few years ago, and unless
one p~ossesses a diamond set for state
occasions there is very little interest
toward earrings displayed.
Small, short curls are again worn on
the back hair, sometimes with a coil or a
Psyche knot, and again forming all the
back of the coiffure. Nets of beads and
of silver or gilt cord for holding the
back hair are worn by Parisiennes.
Boston has a temperance club exclu
sively for youing unmarried women.
M1iss .Julia Surpluss, Treasurer of the or
ganization, says io member is pcrnmitted
to accept the attentions of a man whc
drinks. no matter how moderately.
When sashes are worn with basques
they follow the outline of the front, and
may be folded narrow and flat, or left
-wile or loose, as is more becoming to the
wearer. The loops pass under the
position, making the back very bouf
Queen Victoria is mourning the death
of her old nurse, Miss Skerritt, who re
cently passed away at the mature age o:
ninety-four. Miss Skerritt had sect
service under Queens Charlotte and
Adelaide; and had nursed Queen Vic
toria, the Prince of Wales, and othe:
New York's Millionaires.
The number of millionaires in th<
country has steadlily increased, and th<i
numub'er of poor men has been made t<
increas with them, though in a ten-fok
rat io,. The almshouse records show this
latter fact, and a recent statement of th<
number of millionaires, even in New
York city alone, indicates the correct.
ness of the former. Trhere arc scores o:
men there whose wealth ranges fron
$1,000,000 to $10,000,000 each, andl man'
who go beyond either of these tigures.
John Jacob Astor is probably the
wealthiest man in the metropolis, hi:
possessions being estimated at $200,
000, 000. Jay Gould is thought to comt
next in rank, and there are those wi<
judge him to be the wealthier of the two
Estimates as to other New Yorkers arn
interesting. Cornelius Vanderbilt, $100,
000,000: W. R. Vanderbilt, $90,000,000
Russell Sage, $00,000,000; Winslow, La
nier & Co., $30,000,000: D. 0. Milis
Whitelaw Reid's father-in-law, $20,000,
000; Pierrepont Morgan. $18,000,6000
Bob Garrett, $20,000,000; Fred Vander
bilt, $15,000,000; Sydney Dillon, $10,
000,000; Addison Cammack, $8,000,000
John Rockafeller, the Standard Oil man
$10,000,000; Hii Rockafeller, his brother
$8,000,000; August Belmont. -$20,000,
000; Cyrus W. Field, $10, 000,000
Deacon S. V. White, memnher elect o
the new Congress, $7,000,000; R. P
Flower. $6,000,000: Wash Con nor, Ja:
Goulds old broker, who has just marriec
the divorced wife of the ex-lottery king
Simmons, $3,000,000; Victor Newcome:
$4,000,000: Henry Hart, who is manipu
lating Pacific Mail, $10,000,000; Oswak
Ottendorfer, editor of the Staats Zeitunag
$5,000,000; James Gordon Bennett, o
the Heral, $10,000,000: Austin Corbin
$30,000,000; Erastus Winan, $3,000,
000.-Manchester (. H) Un ion.
The foot stove of our ancestors has
descendant in the mutt wvarmner, whici
Iwill be fashionable next winter. It is
small silver box. containing a fuse o
some slowly burning material, which i
to be carried in the mull to warm th<
f.,~.,. ,on baut durin shopping tours
HIGH PRICES FOR BIRDS
WHAT SOME OF THE FEATHERED
One Parrot Worth $250-The Mino
the Highest Priced of All Birds
Talk With a Dealer.
Fifty dollars reward for the return of
a gray African parrot was an otTer re
cently made in an advertisement that at
tracted considerable attention. Fifty
dollafs seemed to Most pcople A good
deal to offer for one iarfot. and the geri
era opinion was that some rich woman
had lost her pet. and didn't care how
much she spent to get it back. W elither
that particular parrot was ever found has
not been annonnced, but $50 was not
such a terribly big price to bid for its re
turn, after all, if it was much of a bii,
according to Donald Burns, who ought
to know what he is talking about for he
has dealt in birds. retail, wholesale. and
every other way all his life. ]I( was
busy in his store down by the docks in
Rlooevelt street unpacking a consign
ment of sevet-: hundred nasty little
green baby parrots just received, when he
told a Sun reporter that even those birds
were worth fr in5 to S10 apiece. and
that good talking parrots hrought pirices
up into the hundreds of dollars. Ile had
then only one "-talker* in the shop. and
that he had refused $250 for. The bird
is an ugly gray one, with red markings.
and sat up on its perch gazing with calm
scorn upon the s recching mass of gieen
young ones crowded into the boxes on
the floor. Mr. Burns has had this bird
for thirty years.and it isn't for s:le at ay
price, but $250 is about what it is fairly
worth, according to parrot experts. This
is pretty high for a parrot. but not higher
than many of them have been sold for.
The value of parrots, however, is. in a
majority of cases, fixed a great deal ac
cording to the whim of the owners, is
the birds generally attain most of their
accomplishments while in the hands of
persons who keep them and value them
as pets and not as merchandise. Really
good parrots are hard to get, although
there are 30,000 of the birds impl~oried
into this city every year. They cannot
be bred here. They are brog::ht in
chiefly by dealers, who send their atrents
to South~America to get the birds and at
tend them on the passage hither. Ne:rly
one-third of those imported die on the
dealers' hands. Almost all of them are
the common green croaking things that
never amount to much iore than a nui
The best talkers, the mo4t tractable.
and the highest pricel parrots are the
gray ones, which come fromi the West
African coast. They are aLh-gr.iy in
color. and ha-ve scarlet tails and vellow
markings. They live to be 70 years old,
and sometimesit is said have rea:-hed ever
"The macaws, big, gorgeous, scarlet
birds, are a sort of parrot. They ar<
pretty to look at from a distance, but
they can't talk any to speak of. They
sell for $25 or more, however, and : rc
not very plenty. Cockatoos and othei
birds similar in decoration and ger.era
construction to the macaws fetch larg<
prices, but are graded much accordin
to the willingness to pay of the man whc
wants to buy them.
"There is but one bird dealt in by th<i
regular trade, barring. of course. ostrich.
and similar animals, that is worth mor<
than the talking parrot. That is th<i
mino bird. The mino bird belongs t
the starling family, and when it is a
home lives in .Iava, Sumatra, and othel
East Indian sunmmer re. orts. It stays ir
pairs or small parties at the tops of higi
trees in the jungles, and is very hard te
capture. It is a plump bird, about t
inches long, with velvety black plumage
with green, blue and purpile reilections
It is very easily domesticat ed when onc<
caught,~and soon learns to whistle, sing
and talk. It imitates the human voi<
more perfectly than any other hiri
known. Mr. Burns has re':eived as higi
as $400 for a mino bird, and they hav<
been sold for even more.
"Fancy prices, however, are not con
fined to really valuable birds. Ordinar.
song birds, canaries, mocking birds, an
others often bring prices regulated by th
size of a lady's purse, and the extent o
her whim. Such a little thing as prie<
doesn't interfere with trade when a ricl
woman sees a bird she wants." -X
Pigmies in Africa.
Ronzo de Leo. who traveledl many year
in Africa with Dr. l.ivingston, was one
whio almost stoodI out alone in the as
sertion that a race of dwarfs lived i:
Central Africa. In his lectures i:
America he told of a little people wh<
fled to the clefts of the rocks when thi
explorers approached. C. Eugene Wolif
who traveled many years with Stanley
and who is now in the city, gives .som
queer accounts of these dwarfs. "Or
the southern branches of the Co.ngo,
said he to an Eramioer reporter. "I havy
seen whole villages of t hese Liliputians
They are a generous little people, wh
liv cin rude huts and clear ground. en
gaitng in varied sorts of agrriculture
ITey are also skilled hunters and the;
ma ke palm wine. They are as lithe aum
stpple. in climbing trees as monkeys
baboons, altho-ugh they are physi-ally a
perfect men as any of the giant tribe
thiereablout. and they know as mouch. Thb
men are not over four feet and a hal
high, while the women are a good deni
smaller. These tiny little men are botl
brave and cunning. They are expert
with the bow and arrowv and reaidily brin;
down the African bison, antelope anm
even elephants with them. As trappler
of small animals they are ulnsurpassedl
In a close pinch they use the lance witl
astonishin.< dexterity, and an ordinar;
sling in their hands is wielded witl
wonderful skill. The dwarfs collect th
sap of the palm, with which they muak
soap. The men arc smooth-faced and o
a rich mahogany color, while the hairi
short, kinky and as bhack as night. Ten
of thousands of them live on the souti
branch of the t ongo. 1hey are :a
affable. kind-hiearted people. of siml
ways and devoid of vicious tendencies t
a greater degree than mo4t semi-baurbari
races. The women are industrious an
amiable. Very queer th -se pe~ole Ion1
alongside the great swarthy blacks furtihe
up on the Congo. The tatter are o
prodigious size, uncouth, rude to the re
m uotest degree andic cannib~alistica!!y in
clined. The dwarfs stand in awve o
them, but are so brave and cunning that
with all the odds of physi-tue aigains
them, the pigmlies are masters of th
situation. "-Sun Francisco Exaoiince
*Jack Blunt once loved a maid whose hair
With terra cotta aight comipare.
"~My heart beats hut tor you,"~ he said;
-No mat r if your h:iir is red.
With me the'color has no heft"
And lhe got left.
G eorge Smoothly later~ came to wo ,
Sidi he with passion tentler, true,.
"'I love you. aod alt that is von:
Tho,,se locks or <tainty goblon hinr
The sunliaht kir s-d ant tingert' I thiee -
i'd give ,iv alt for o:;e wee cur.
He got the girl.
j ~ -Washinatoni Critic.
MINOR SfISCELLANY. I
The carpenter is perhaps the most suc
cessful boarding house keeper on record.
President Cleveland ha, accepted an
invitati-n from the Iibernian Society of
Philadelphia to be present for a brief
time at its banquet on the afternoon of
the 17th inst.
Mrs. i.angtry is building a cottage on
the shores of Lake Tahoe, California.
Tahoe is one of the most .eautiful sheets
of water in existence. It is 6, 200 feet
above the level of the sea.
Colonel Bllauton Duncan. the well
known Ketituckiar. has discovered the
mistake of the Millertes in predicting
the end of the world som. years ago.
It was simplv a miscalculation. Col
onel Duncan is morally and propheti
cally certain that Russia will furnish the
Anti-Christ. ti it the Grelc Church will
be the persecutor and that the closing
scenes of the great drami of creation
wi:1 be enacted in anud around Constan
liarvellonal Little Moxie.
The Mx e r.iz: i tle lats. a::d It bids
fai r to last. a the phys c.ans say it takes the
pIf e of st imilaits. aui i(nc. leaving to re
act i n. ('sse:ently, its plae eannut he
Ii led. T e iid % '! orld. it is s 1id, have i een
vai r:i r .on- one to dliscover its like, a<
stimuiant, are on;ly a temporarv r'-lief, and
a! e cveni ia lly a, deat riltive to neri e :orce mi
overwvork a::f -,x .austion. Strim:lan anid
ned cincs ni eter cur.- nervousn: es or nervous
exhau lion. it 's said the Mloxie des al once.
Sp, i he :p; v ie ior I bior a, we.. satisfies
the nir. u, -v-yei as w,: l at e.ce, leaving
only the best : c -u:t.
Wciber' spcing-bok ias had a circula
tion of ovcr . ,0'4)j, copieS.
ira. Eliin Woi.l, the aiithoress, left per
sonal estate to the value of !: 00.
A Sad Case of Poisoning
Is that of a man or woman afflicted with dis
ease or derangement of the liver, resulting in
P isoinouis acuimulations in the blood, scrofu
lous affections, sick headaches, and diseases of
the kidneys. lungs or heart. These troubles ran
be cured only by g' .ng to the primary' cause,
and putting the'licer in alhcalthy condition. To
accomplish this result speedily and effectually
nothing has proved itself so etllcacious as Dr.
Pierce's "Gollen 31edic'l Discovery," which
has never failed to do the work claimed for it.
and never will.
They are raising peach.-s two inches in cir
cumferance, at ilCnionville. Ark.
What can be more disagreeable, more dis
gusting, than to sit in a room with a person
who is troubled wiihi catarrh. and has to keep
coughing and clearing his or her throat of the
mcucus which drois into it? Such persons are
alwa) s to be pitied if they try to cure them
selves and fail. But if they get Dr. Sage's Ca
tarrh Remedy there need be no failure.
Th hop cropof the Mohawk Valley, N. Y.,
is s:cii never to )e tiner in quality.
* * * Rupture radically cured, also p1e
tumors and libtulw. 'am;chlet of particulars
10 cents in st:amps. Worl's Dispensary Medi
cal Assuciation, Buffalo, N. Y.
All the Vandericlt roads will do away with
the ,ieadly car stove this winter.
RoyALr frtry. mends anythilni Broken Chi
na, G lass, Wood. Free vials at Drugs. and Gro.
Bronch itis is cured lby frequent small doses
of Io' Cure for Consumption.
Is one of the most distressing affections ; and people
who are its victinis deserve sympathy. But the great
success Hood's Sarsaparilla has had Ir curing sick
headache makes It seem almost foolish "s allow the
trouble to continue. By its toning and frvgorating
effect upon the digestive organs, Hood's S#Lrsaparllla
readily gives.rellef when headache arises from ndi
ge.,tion; and In neuralgic conditions by 11tilding up
the debilitated system, Hood's Sarsaparls removes
the cause and hence overcomes the difficulty.
"My wife suffered from sIck headachM and neu
ralgla. After taking Hood's Sarsaparil-a she was
much relieved." W. r. Bias. Wiliningten, Ohio.
Sold by all druggists. $1; six for $5. Prepared only
by C. . HOOD & CO.. Aipothecaries, Lowell, Mass.
100 Doses One Dollar
A SURE CI'RE FOR
INDIGESTION and D)YSP EPSIA.
-Over 5.05) PhysIcians have seat us ttheIr approval of
DIGE.STYcLIN, sayig that It is the be'st preparatIon
for IndigestIon that thcey hcave ever cused.
We have never heard of a case of Dyspepsia where
DIGESTYLIN wasc taken that w as not cured.
FOR CHOLE~RA INEANTUM,
tT WILL CURE iTHE Mi'T A';0RAVATrEDCASS
IT WII.L ST",>P Vo)IMTI Ni iN P'RENANCY.
IT ,-I~L.L 0-.LICF.E CoNSTiPATIoX.
For Summcner Co~mplaintcs andc ('hroncIc Dilarrh.ea,~
which are thie diret re'cuits of Imrfrect digestion.
1DIGESTYL.IN will effet arcncediatce cure.
Takce DYGESTYLIN for all pcalcus anid disorders of
the stoma'h ;they all 'cme Iram lndligestiocn. Ask
your drugg'ist for DIGI'STYL1N (prhc'e $1 per large
botte). If Ihe does noc i't thave it send one dollar to us
and we with sentl a b'tt'e to yocu. express pcrepaidI.
Do0 noct hcsiiate to sendcc your 'money. Our house Is
reliable. Estahtish.'d t w."tc' live years.
W3l. F. K iI) l)ER& ('0.,
4Manuifacticeng Chemi'.stiC*-.":Johru St., N.
L'S -I ?i0ld ncc a pceriodclil suf
"EM ferer from hay uferer sice 11hr
umme~~,sc~ccir of 11879, and, uatil
1 cgf IEAflused, Ely'.s Cream )Bal, Itcas
HMA-i V E R nrrern able toc find any relief
c ~I cano say that Crr-am Balm
cucrced mse.-L. M. Gecorgia,
- BBcc yhamccpion, KecC Yock.
i ' 'stcJAppy Balm into each nostril.
A NT I-B L IOU S
THE GREAT ENGLISH REMEDY
For LIver.Bit.'. Indigestion. etc. Free from Hen'
cuy-cnans only Pucrs e cegtable Ingre-ients
Ada: . N CITENT N .New York.
Pieo's Remedy for Catarrh Iis h
Best, Easiest to Use, and Cheapest.
I Sold bdrneista orcsent by maill
50o. E. T. Hazeltine, Wariren, Pa.
SfRUNKENNESS CUR ED.
Safe Anti sure 'emedyv. S' nd $1
to J.O. BA LINO,Box 299 K~ey We's:,Fla
Beward for any
case ef Kidney
Mental er Physical Weakness that Botanie
i erve Bitters failo te ure. 50 Cs.. Herb Medcccine Ce.
13I N. 13th 5t.. Phbiladelphia. Ps. sold by all Druggiut5
Sto SS a day. Samples worth $1.50. FREE.
Lines n ot undecr the horse's feet. Write
Brew erS ifey Rtlin htcller C.'.. Htoiy. Mic"-c.
s~80 SIE An Increase may be due. Ad
WEEEHIE !crescs Mur.o B. S-rrsvyss & Co.,
I~2U~E Metropol'n Bi1k, Chcago, Ill.
HERBRAND FIFTH WHEEL LcTC"arse
mprovemecnt. HERISBRAND CO., Fremont, 0.
Ey return malt. Full Descr'iption
Mole's New~ Tailor syatem or iDren
c.utt~ug. MooDY & CO., Cincinnati. 0.
T M FoPATItC HlcSPITlAL c'olb-'ge. C'.'sclandc.
E .les-in :'i5 bcegins S.pt. 1s. F' r cata
- "OLD is wcfrth $5c0c per pound, Pett'ts Ese Salve
-$1.'04,. but is sold at '5 ee::ts a lix hy cel'elrs.
f rIL.LA(E lmpr'erement A4ssociations. Hcow to
Vorganize. B. G.N NOr~i1 Clin ht-u. C-un'.
IWene genuine u'te"o Dan'wtyor ne
tamiped wih the above isa absoutely entsernd tr
ct hav c-cl "ra 'i'r'.t.snd foclIcr de'erznmie ci
IGrablO Orchard WalE
Ge Cn rah trhard Salts in seated packages
I CRA ORCHARrD WATRs CO.- o n.
1eu as . OW
PELwSU Xmauv e LIVER
1tV ei\Ge5 PILLS.
BEffARE O-F IMITATIO8. ALWAYS
ASK FOR DR. PIERCE'S PELLET, OR
L1TTLE SUoAR-COATED PILLS.
Bein entirely vegetable, they op.
erate witlhout disturbance to the system, diet,
or occupation. Put up in glass vials, hermeti
cally scaled. Always fresh and reliable. As
a laxative alterative, or purgative,
these little Feliets give the mnost perfect
SICK HEADACHE, -
tion, Indi gestion,
Bilious Attack 9, and all
derangetrients of the stom
ach and bowels, are prompt
ly relieved and peranently . .
viured by the us Of Dr.
Pierce0 Pleas at Purgative Pellets.
In explanation of the remedial power of these
Pellets over so great a variety of disease-s, it
may truthfully be said that their action upon
the'system is universal. not a gland or tissue
escaping their sanative influence. Sold by
druggists,25 cents a vial. Nanufactured at the
Chomical Laboratory of WoRLD's DisPENSARY
MEDICA L AssOCIATION. Buffalo, N. Y.
is cfered by the manufactur
ers of Dr. Sage's Catarrh
Remedy, for a case of
Chronic Nasal Catarrh which
they cannot cure.
YPTOMSq OF CATARRH.L-Dull.
heavy headache, obstruction of the nasa
passages, discharges falling from the head
into the throat, sometimes profuse, watery,
and acrid, at others, thick, tenacious, mucous,
purulent, bloody and putrid; the eyes are
weak, watery and Inflamed; there is ringing
in the ears. Weafness, backing or coughing to
clear the throat, ep oration of offensive
matter, together wit scabs from ulcers; the
voice is changed and has a nasal twang; the
breath is offenSive: smell and taste are im
paired: there is a sensation of dizziness, with
mental depression, a backing cough and gen
eral debility. Only a few of the above-named
symptoms are likely to be present in any one
case. Thousands of cases annually, without
manifesting half of the above symptoms. re
suit in consumption, and end in the grave.
No disease is so common, more deceptive and
dangerous. or less understood by physicians.
By its mild, soothing, and healing properties.
Dr. Sage's Catarrh Remedy cures the worst
cases of Catarrh, "cold in the head,"
Coryza, and Catarrhal Headache.
Sold by druggists everywhere; 50 cents.
"Untold Agony from Catarrh."
Prof. W. HAUSNER, the famous mesmerist,
of Ithaca N. Y., writes: "Some ten years ago
I sufferce untold agony from chronic nasal
catarrh. My family physician gave me up as
incurable, and said I must die. My case;was
such a bad one, that every day, towards sun
set, my voice would become so hoarse I could
barely speak above a whisper. In the morning
my coughing and clearing of my throat would
almost strangle me. By the use of Dr. Sage's
Catarrh Remedy, in three months, I was a well
man, and the cure has been permanent."
"Constantly Hawking and Spitting.'
THOMAS J. RUSHING, Esq.. -902 Pine Street,
St. Louis, Mo.. writes: "I was a great sufferer
from catarrh for three years. At times I could
hardly breathe. and was constantly hawking
and spitting, and for the last -eight months
could not breathe through the nostrils. I
thought nothing could be done for me. Luck
ily, 1 was advised to try Dr. Sage's Catarrh
Remedy, and I am now a well man. I believe
it to be the only sure remedy for catarrh now
manufactured, and one has only to give it a
fair trial to experience astounding results and
a permanent cure."
Three Bottles Cure Catarrh.
ELI ROBBINs, Runyan P. 0., Columbia Co.,
Pa., says: "My daughter had catarrh when
she was five years old. very badly. I saw Dr.
Sage's Catarrh Remedy advertised, and pro
cured a bottle for her, and soon saw that it
helped her; a third bottle effected a perma
nent cure. She is now eighteen years old and
sound and hearty."
P N U 37
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The art of staeig, roigand wsl
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Saves labor. Saves three-fourths thestr.
A revelation in housekeeping. A boon to wo
men. A new discovery, beats the world. Cleans
and purifies everything. Invaluable as the
only safe, non-injurious and perfect washer
and cleanser for general household puos.
STR HIGr caan.wih oughn
Dirt, do as nice washing and ironing as can be
don in .any laundry. Boling not recesa
Grter aWll Jersycitys, wel J.,oU.ed
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word thawi voey r. ny cure A b
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sae.sde in all asesfo
large or smafl game.
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EA firstclass rltinary gotten out at small
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oAuv betoedb the .V,' lork HI-raldi on
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eae end me ather ox or your mot precIou
Dr. Campbell's Arsenic Complexion Wafers: they
re mrovng mir omplexian vey much; many.'
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F RA ZE R AXL
BE l OR Geu De Sold Everywhere.
a ns Great English Gout and
Blair's riS. Rheurmatiedyee
dvnl Box, 34;ron,1iPl
OPIU E-ida". " p" jic"e.
n a gum orbbertcoa'. The FISII BRAND SLICKETI
c" szaa~nd Iseflnoo'r 1tyn or s. teperdoe1
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A Remedy for all Diseases of the Liver. Kid.
Uneys, Stomach and Bowels. Aosiue
FsCnsdpati5onas one to two teaxpoonfus.E
t 1 sd cts. o genuIne salts sold a bulk.