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Oliver Wendell Holmes attributed
feiavp.ars rtiH cnnd ViPslf.h to an esnrlirT
morninsr walk or horseback ride before
"hraa lrf a C -J r
Mrs. William toward Hart, of
TecentlygaveQOO '
to the Rensselaer Poljtecnic institute,,
has presented- the Troy -Orphan Asylum
wjlthJ55,Q0Q,i .. .riwMti
John Banyard, the Teteran artist
and tyeljbr, (whose panoramas were
famous a quarter of a century or more
ago, irettirdnWalerSonTT:,
wnere he has a son, a banker.
Miss Bessie Gdlby, of Fryel'urg, Me.,
three years old, a few days ago encountered
a poisonous adder longer than
herself, which she seize.d just.below its,
head and carried it hpme to be killed.
Boston Post.
Annie Wallace, a handsome little
blonde of sixteen, a soldier of the Salva-,
tion Army at Reading, Pa., has married
one of the new recruits, a burly African
of unmodified darkness of complexion.
Philadelphia Press.
Oliver H. Arnold, an old resident of
Elma, Erie County, N. Y., died recently,
aged eighty-one. He was at
one time the largest dairyman in Western
New York, and originated the celebrated
Hamburg, cheese.-
Miss Rosalind, a young lady of Pitr .;
cairn Island, who isthe organist of the
place, is about twenty-six, w.eigbs two
hundred pounds, never had a shoe on
her fopt, and can swim like a fish,
, writes a dainty hand, and is assistant
teacher- in her father's school. Her
father is pastor as well as pedagogue.
Indianapolis Journal. ,
John Grier, the oldest man in South
Jersey, died recently at his residence,
in Woodbury, Gloucester county,, N. J.,
aged ninety-nine years and twenty-three
days.. He leaves one son, aged
sixty-nine years, and four daughters
between fifty and years of
age. "He worked on a farm for fifty
years, and since has been engaged in
boating on the Delaware.
Senator Jones, of Florida, was born
in Balbriggin, Ireland. On a recent
' visit to his native place he was received
xt the station by nearly the whole population,
and presented with an address
by the town commissioners. The streets
were arched with evergreens in his
honor, the buildings festooned with ribbons
and flowers, and the populace were
hi holiday attire. Chicago Inter Ocean.
Senator Tabor is said to be losing
money rapidly, and it is predicted that
In five years he will be as poor as he was
when he came across the plains in a
wagon. A Denver capitalist says Tabor
is spending a great deal and is making
bad investments on all sides. A few
yeas ago evervthing he touched turned,
Midas-like, into gold. Now the wheel
of fortune seems to have turned the
other way, and instead of the prizes, he
Is getting blanks Chicago Herald.
The cynosure of all eyes at a recent
'fancy ball at the countess of Stanhope's,
'in London, was the niece of Mr. Lowell.
The most wonderful things about Miss
Emerson were, it seems, the shoes she
wore on her tiny feet, adorned with insteps
"too aristocratically arched" for
a fair republican. These shoes were
made of yellow Spanish velvet, with
high French heels, and laced up the
side. The eye-lets for the cords to pass
through were rimmed with gold, and to
the side of each was a set of precious
stone, first a ruby, then a sapphire, then
an emerald, then an opal; and over
again in the same order. The top of
the shoes was finish in the same fashion,
and in front were sixteen tiny gold chains,
caught by a cluster diamond pin.
. Chicago Times.
Expert bycycle riders now call
themselves seamen, because they serve
a trick at the wheel. Philadelphia
An Ohio man just dead has, according
to The Detroit Free Press, made a
cast-iron will. Will slighted heirs claim
that the document was forged?" Boston
"Sponge underclothing is the latest
sensation," writes a fashion scribe. It
is. nothing, new. Tailors sponge
everything, and fashionable young, men
sponge the tailors. N. 0. -Picayune.
A Query: . -
"Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what, you are,'"'
k "Wand'ring tralcklessspace about,
Does your mother know your route?
Somerville Journal.
A wife is called a better half because
a man had better half her than
not half her." P. S. If you don't get,
on to this at first (you may do so
Cincinnati ' "Merchant and
"Pepi, how did you get along in
school to-day?" "iBadly, papa; the
teacher gave me a thrashing." "Why?"
"Well, he asked me how many teeth a
man had, and I said a whole mouth
full." Fliegendt Blatter.
"Can the Old Love?" isthe title of
a novel. That's generally the way of
it. They can the old love as soon. as it
becomes the least bit old, jand put it
away to keep, while something a trifle
fresher is brought out for daily use.
Cincinnati Enquirer. ,
Old Col. Smike, an Austin merchant,
had instructed the colored cook that she
must not have male company visiting
her. On his return from his store he
was told that, she had disobeyed this,
order, whereupon he told her to quit at
once. "Dar's no fear of me not
Dar's not monev enuff in de State
treasury to make me stay in a house
whar de boss 'dresses his remarks to a
culludlady widout fust takin' off his
hat." Texas Sifting s.
Story of an umbrella. During a
tremendous shower a gentleman entered
a fashionable club,, bearing a,splended.
Ivory-handle silk umbrella, which he
placed in the stand. - 'Instantlyanother
gentleman, whp was mourning the
abstraction of just such an article,
Jumped up. "Will you 'allow me to
look at that?" he said sternly. "Certainly,'
remarked the umbrella-carrier.
"I was just taking it to the police station.
It was left in my) house last night by a
burglar whom 'we frightened off. I
hope it will safirstrate , clew."
Ana, tnougn me exasperaieu owner
eould plainly ..see where his ameHd
been scratched off the handle, he sat
down and changed the subject Chicago.
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flP Pn gprusions ana aaaptas
tion bKJiature m cffrtain contingencies?
ilYHil p.llU.pp t appear by relerencii
to soph as &re less apparent. For it
would be impossible to enumerate a
tifchejafibepropertiesattributes, singular
habits and influences of plants as
:judicinalOagehfeP'(ndionly various but
otten ot an opposite character) already
discovered. I will therefore refer to a
few only as an intimation, of the boundless
field that opens before us in this cuV
rection., eAsKalready -- indicated 'effects
singularly diverse may be produced by
different plants. For "instance, the poir
son nicotine is derived from the tobacco
plant: the exhilarating caffeine and
theine are obtained from the coffee berry
andtbe tea plant. Thus -it impossible'
that some therapeutic agent may be derived
from every plant grown on the
surfacejof the earth. Herbs that stimulate
1 certain organs of the human body
are deolared by respectable authorities
to.be efficacious in the diseases of those
organs. jCixanipies: .Lungworc, sage,
and comfrey are good for pulmonary diseases.
Liverwort, fumitory, .etc., are
used in bilious affections.
Again, .plants of certain charact
tics produce like results' on thfe animal
econpmy. Oily vegetable products-, as
thefjlbert, walnut, almond, etc., tend
to the fatness af the body. Plants naturally
lean, emaciate1
those who "use hem. Fleshy plants, as
leeks, onions, cabbages, etc., make
llesh for the eaters. Some attributes of
plahtjs resemble the susceptibilities of
animals. For instance, the vitality of
plants may be destroyed by mineral
poisons, as arsenic, etc., which act on
them nearly inthe Same way they do on
animals. "Venus' possesses the
animal characteristic 'oi irritability.
When an, insect 'touches a certain point
of thp leaf it instantly collapses. The
insect' is caught, and the leaf remains
closed till the body of the insect is consumed,
thus affording nourishment to
the plant.
The sleep of plants may be observed
by anyone interested, as many of them
in this condition are difficult to recognize.
The leaves are rolled up or become
reversed, as in the genus sida and
lupinus. The vetch and sweet pea during
the night rest their leaves against
each other. Parental solicitude seems
to be displayed in the The
leaves of this plant fall back upon the
young shoots whenever the effects of
the atmosphere would injure them. This
is also seen, in the chick-weed. The
compass-weed always points its leaves.
toward the north star. Many plants
expand and close their corollas at a
certain hour each day, as indicated by
their names, morning glory, four o'clock
etc. The qualities of beauty and utility
are not usually associated, in tne same
plant; for example, the most valuable
plants of which we have any knowledge,
as the cereals and grasses furnishing the
most necessary food for men and
are characterized by their humble,
modest form and garb, with inconspicuous
There are, however, numerous and
notable exceptions. Among others are
the palms, a natural order of plants not
excelled on the score of utility by any
order in the vegetable kingdom except
grasses. They are generally tall and
graceful trees, often of gigantic height
without a branch, and bearing at the
summit a m agnificent and graceful crown
of very large leaves. No other plants
have leaves so large as many of the
palms. Some of them have pinnate
leaves of extraordinary size, but undivided
ones are to be seen thirty feet
long by four feet broad. Humboldt
reckons the number of flowers on a
single palmas about 500,000. The flowers
are usually small, but are produced
in dense masses of very striking appearance.
The flowers of some species emit
a very powerful odor which attracts
multitudes of insects. The uses of
palms are many and various; there is
almost no species which is not capable
of being applied to' some use. The
Arabs, it is said, are. acquainted with
360 uses to which the several species of
palms and their productions 'mav be
applied. Some tribes of a low
grade of civilization depend almost
entirely on the cocoanut palm
and the other species for the
supply of all their wants. Palms are
mostly . natives of tropical countries,
being found almost everywhere in low
latitudes. The hot parts of America
also abound in them, producing more
species than- any other part of the
world. The palms are so important
useful and widely diffused that, instead
of describing some six or eight plants
growing in this vicinity, as I intended at
the outset, about five hundred species
are known, but it is probable' there are
others still iindescribed. A German
named Martins has completed a monograph
work in three large folio volumes,
on the subject of palms and their productions,
written in Latin, and others
are still engaged in this special duty.
The fruit of many species of palms is
eaten; sometimes the fleshy part and
sometimes the kernel of the nut. The
importance of the date and cocoanut are
well known. A kind of beverage is
made from the sap of the palm tree, the
sap, which, after fermentation, is called
palm wine, from which also a kind of-
spirits (arrack) is obtained by distillation.
The fruit of some species yields
a useful oil. The soft and spongy center
of. the stem affords sago. - The. terminal
bud of some species is boiled as a
-.substitute for cabbage, which it resembles
in some respects. From the stems
of some kinds of palms a substance like
beeswax is obtained and used for similar
purposes. The wood is used for
anrl nrnanipnt.nl wnrlr.
The leaf stalks, which are of prodigious
size, -are also used for timber and
fencing materials, borne -slender
cies afford walking .sticks and material
for wicker-work. The leaves are used
for thatching houses. Cordage, mats,
nets and cloth are made from the fibers
of the fruit stem .and, leaf stalk. Coarse
fibers are used as bristles for brushes.
The leaves of some kinds are used as
paper to write upon.
Rattan helongs to a genus of palms
from which ropes are manufacrured of
igreat .'Strength t, 6ind elephants and
construct bridges. Tney are aiso iaia
under contribution in the, production of
chairs, umbrellas, etc. Malacca canes
)arth'e produce of the third palm plants.
Tlie rattan palm has a flexible stem,
and grows to a prodigious length, as
lending, to tbe tqps of the higheft trees,
for sapporfamdstallirir down again.
mhifti asserts ithat they -are
mlen hundred ?feet; long. ;The
cands ofcomm,erceare.iusiiaily imported
in bundles of hundred canes,
each cane twenty feet long. Troy (N.
Y.) Times.
Steered into a Bunko.
A New York correspondent says: Dan,
Farleyls ah actor who does iiot make
the mistake rof hiding his attractiveness
Aof person'. He enhances it with good
clothes fand. gentlemanlymanners. -Hr-is
playing the character of an honest
man-about-town under his own manage
ment, and with great artistic and
success. He is th&roper-in for a
bunko game. The private detective oi
the Fifth Avenue hotel showed him to
me, and said thaCt if I was incredulous
as td his employment I could satisfy
entertainingly and without much
"Don't flatter yourself," he,
"that your city cut will prevew. him
from operating upon you if yo. hrow
yourself in his way. His easiest victims
are those who ought to know better,
and who think they do. Try hiliv and,
I. say, you'd better report to me n soon
as !he gets through with you just what
you've done."
I did put myself in the way of Dan
Farley, making him believe that I was a
stranger from Chicago. The proceedings
were not essentially different from
what is usual in confidence swindling.
He told me that he had drawn a prizo
in a lottery, and was going to get it.
Did ! care to take a walk and see him
ask for the money? We sauntered up
Broadway and through Twenty-sixth
street to No. 122. This is a block which
is in that state of social chaos which
lies between the expulsion of indecency
and. the acquisition of presentable respectability.
That is to say, the evil
"resorts with which it was until lately
filled have been closed, through the action
of a majority of the property
.owners, and as yet neither regular
business nor well-to-do residents nave
been introduced. The tenants, therefore,
are at present poor people, and to
a considerable extent negroes. It was
in such an improbable neighborhood
that we found the office of Dan's lottery.
It was a room that had been
rather clumsily made to look something
like a place of business.
"The police are so down on lotteries
just now," he apologetically explained,
on seeing me scrutinize the makeshift
furniture, "that I suppose these
folks have to move too often to fit up
their places handsomely."
A much-whiskered man, with colored
glasses on to disguise his countenance,
sat behind a desk. He did very well indeed
at a pretense of irritation when
Dan laid down the ticket calling for $20,
but counted out the money without dispute.
As for Dan, he was elated. To
tell the truth, he remarked, he hadn't
more than half expected to be paid at
all. Then a sweat-board was introduced,
in the usual manner, and Dan lost a
few dollars on it. He asked me to play
for him, with his money, and at first I
won, but afterward lost. At length, I
was told that I was on my own account
indebted to the board to the extent of
"L haven't the money with me," 1
"Then give me a check," was the fellow's
suggestion. "I suppose you have
a bank account. Or, won't that be convenient?"
It occurred to me that to sign a check
would cost me nothing, since I could go
immedtalely to the bank and stop payment
So I readily agreed to meet my
loss in that way, A blank check was
produced and I filled it out. The gambler
scrutinized it, remarked parenthetically
that my payment could be enforced
whether I had an account at that
particular bank or not, and then dried
the ink with a newspaper, in lieu of a
regular blotter. Dan had. been quiet
for a while. Now he suddenly broke
"Tnis is a friend of mine," he exclaimed,
savagely, "and I won't see
him swindled. He shan't let you have
his check for a cent. " I wondered what
this meant, and was absolutely
when Dan grabbed the check,
tore it into bits, and threw them on the
'Come, " and he seized me by the arm,
"let's get out of. this den.'
There was an excited protest by the
other chap, butwe went out unhindered,
and;I parted with' Dan J on the corner,
receiving his congratulations on having
escaped unscathed. On turning to the
hotel I gave to the detectivejthe promised
account of what had happened, ex
plaining that I had intended to stop pay
ment on the check, but that no such
precaution was now necessary.
"Don't you lose a minute in goin to
the bank," he said, "or they' 11 get there
with the check before you. It was destroyed?
Not a bit of it. A newspaper
lay on the desk didn't it? and he put
the check between the folds, face downward,
as if to blot it. Then the
snatched out, not the check itself,
but a blank one that had been previously
placed there. This dummy Was what
Dan tore up, and the real check was left
safe and sound. That's the way they
prevent their victims from stopping
A Ton of Brook Trout.
Yesterday morning about ten o'clock
one of the men who were working
alongside Lke Bigler wood flume at
the lumber-yard in Carson called out to
the men below that all the fish in Lake
Bigler were coming down the flume. A
few seconds later a school of fish struck
the apparatus which is placed in th&
flume to turn sticks of timber over the
edge of the flume, and being suddenly
deflected fell over the workmen. The
water was fairly bristling with trout
and suckers, and they came in irregular
numbers, about six inches long, and all
alive. Nearly a ton of the fish fell under
the fluine, and the workmen took
them away in baskets. A ton of fish in
half an hour is about the best score on
record for Nevada. It is believed that
they were crowde'd into the supply pond
of the flume by the storm, and then
driven into the flume in bunches of say
two or three dozen in a bunch. They
would strike the reflector, and fly in all
directions. This thing was kept up .for
nearly half an hour, when they got
beautifully les and then ceased com
ing aitQgetner. They were mosu
i Ney.)AppeatK
About Dolls.
Doll, the name of an imitative oty
is sard to be a
med as a tov for girls,
contraction of Dorothy, the diminutive
of which is Dolly. Todd says tne worn
may have been adopted from the old
French dbl, trumpery, a trick; or it may
be an abbreviation of idol. Another
author says that perhaps it came from
the Dutches, stupid, senseless. Dolls,"
as children's playthings, are of greater he
antiquity than . many may imagine.
They are traced back to their "probable'
first appearance in puppet-shows.
Whether in the torrid, the temperate, or
the frigid zone, equally among Africans so
and Esquimaux, the doll has long been
a plaything. The practice of sending
them from France to foreign countries
was of very early date. In the royal expenses
for 1391 figure so many "livres"
for a doll sent to the Queen of England;
in i4.RR another sent to the U.ueen or
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Spain, and m 1577, a third to tne
Duchess of Bavaria. Henry IV. writes
in 1600, before his marriage to Marie de
Medicis: "Frontenac tells me that you
desire patterns of our fashions in dress.
I send you therefore some model dolls."
The majority of women remember in
their childhood of cuddling, and comforting
a doll, and unconsciously learned t"
make and manage the dresses of thei
pets, and often prescribed medicines for
fear their dolls would be liable to cold
At one period the manufacture of
dolls was almost limited to the Netherlands.
These old Dutch babies, as they
were ealled, were made of wood, with tli
faces of plaster of paris, rudely painted,
the cheaper kind having arms and legs
of wood. Within the last forty yea re
the manufacture has greatly improved,
and large numbers of dolls are made in
the United States. Still there are large
importations from France, Germany,
Switzerland and the Tyrol. There are
many sorts of dolls wooden,
sewed, waxen, etc. The prices
range according to these classes, the
first being by far the cheapest, as also
the most ordinary. In fact, the price
can easily be run up to almost any extent.
A few years ago a doll was for
sale in New York, dressed in white silk
the cost of the robe being fifteen dol
lars. It had on a corset and a bustle,
and three embroidered skirts. It had If
stockings of silk and exquisite shoes. It
had a shawl worth twenty-five dollars,
a handkerchief worth two dollars, a fan
that was a miracle of elegance, a lace
covered parasol, and a gold chain about
its neck. The eves would move and
wink at pleasure. The price was one
hundred and fifty dollars.
A vast number of gutta percha and
India rubber dolls are made in the
United States. Some of these, preserving
the natural dark color, are in considerable
request among girls "of African
descent," but the great number of
these gum dolls are painted.
Dolls' eyes constitute a curious and
difficult department of doll-making.
They are two kinds the cheap and the
costly. The cheaper dolls' eyes are
simply small hollow glass beads or
spheres, made of white enamel, and
"colored black or blue, without any attempt
at variety or effect. The better
kind of eyes, called "natural
eyes by tne makers, are made m tne
same manner,, so far as concerns the
glass or enamel, but the iris is represented
by a painted or stained ring. The
introduction of wires and mechanism to
make the eyes move and wink was a
great improvement.
A speaking doll was invenled by a
London workman, who, after nine years
of experimental trial and failure, succeeded
in making his doll utter two
favorite words, "mamma" and "papa."
One of these dolls was sent to St. Petersburg,
where there is a sort of mania for
mechanical curiosities. When the doll
arrived at St. Petersburg it was discov
ered that, having been injured on the.
way, it had lost its speech. It was
placed in the hands of an ingenious
Russian doll-maker, but it was Deyond
his powers to make it speak. So, at
enornaous expense, the English inventor
was engaged to proceed to St. Petersburg
and repair his work.
In the world's fair of 1851, held in
London, there were several doll stalls.
Madame Montaniri eclipsed all competitors,
and was specially mentioned by
the jury as follows: "It consists of a
series of dolls, representing all ages,
from infancy to womanhood, arranged
in several family groups, with suitable
and elegant model furniture. These
dolls have the hair, eye-lashes and eyelids
separately inserted in the wax, and
are in other respects modeled with life
like truthfulness, mucn skiii is aiso
evinced in the variety of expression
which is given to the figures, in regard
to the ages and stations which they are
intended to represent." Troy Daily
The Smells of Cologne.
Simple vile smells are all well enough.
One can stand a good deal of such.
But when it comes to inflicting the unsuspecting
traveler with compounded
smells, carrying in themselves a dozen
distinct and separable odors, each one
viler than the other eleven, one cannot
if he has a spark of natural, manly independence
about him, help but mentally
resent the indignity, and he feels a
little charitable toward"the people who
have changed the name of the town so
often, hoping, no doubt, to get rid of
the smells along with the old name. My
own private opinion is that they did not
succeed in 'this last endeavor if they
ever had any such an idea. If they did
better the conditon . of things every
time they made an alteration in the
appellation, one cannot help but pity
from the bottom of his soul the original
inhabitants who lived here whentbe town
had its undiminished stock of smells.
In all other German towns I have been
in there were, of course, various and
sundry smells to be encountered and
subdued. But, as a rule, these smells
were not very aggressive. They fell
upon the traveler singly and gave him
some little chance for his life, and, if
they met with a prompt and vigorous
resistance, they would retire from the
field discomfited. But the Cologne
smells are different. They lurk in all
the gutters, hide in all the sewer-traps,
conceal themselves in all the dark
corners and secrete themselves in every
nook and cranny. And here they lie in
wait for the foot-passenger, ready at a
noment sjwarmng to spring out of their
lurking places and fall upon him tooth
and nail. And though tha stranger, may
h vaHantV'ft Hon and ready for B
he must, if ha.is notecase-
hardened, retire from the unequal con-
test and beat a hasty iwrew. wuu
fierce attack of his banded-together assailants.
It seems, also, mi if these
lurkera in the .narrow atoy nave certain
amount of what might be called an
odorous intelligence. For a native
bothered at,alas he.
never seems to be
walks the streets. His handkerchief, if
have one, remains, quietly in his
pocket and his fingers are busied in
other wavs. than: holdingr his' nose: is
From which circumstances it is fair to
argue that he has come off Tictonous in
many furious battles with the smells
that the latter know there is no use in
attacking him. No other explanation
will suffice, because it does not seem
possible, that any mortal man could
walk unconcernedly through ttese
streets if he were attacked anf. It is
but fair to presume that the Coloners
are but mortal, exactly the same a the is
rest of us. But let a stranger fall in
behind one of the exempt native and
follow him into one of the byways The
smells are not to be imposed upon by
any such a transparent arrangement.
The native passes scot free, bit the
stranger has to fight.
Black declares that these smells are
visible and thftt they have distinct and
distinguishing colors. He has drawn
a sort of a table in the matter and
classified them all according to aggressiveness
and color. His deductions are
about as follows: "The red smells are
a most, ferocious, vindictive, merci
less and aggressive. 'They are really
the leaders in all the attacks on unsuspecting
tourists. They lie in wait always
at the ends of the streets, refidy to
spv out the approaching stranger and
inaugurate the attack upon him. Their
favorite lurking places are in the open
sewer-traps, where there are any sewer-traps,
or else behind some projecting
house corner. Here they hide, having
only one eye exposed to scan the sidewalks
and streets for victims. They are
quite sly and strategic. They wait until
the stranger has passed them. Then
they give the alarm and attack the enemy
in the rear, and woe betide the unfortunate
who falls into the merciless
grasp of a bright red Cologne smell.
he be not strong and valiant, he need
have no hopes of surviving the encounter.
For the bright red smells have
no compassion. When once they
p-et possession thev never. leave until
thev have accomplished their desires.
The green smells are malignant. The
sea-green more so than the light-green
ones. They love to steal up behind one
and garrote him, so to speak. But they
are also cowardly; and, if repulsed or
stoutly resisted, they soon retire. The
yellow smells are gay deceivers. They
come toward the object of their attack
as if bent on some friendly errand.
They are generally corpulent and smil
ing. They always come witn outstretched
iand, as if to shake hands.
They always have a healthy look about
them which completely deceives the
stranger, so that he almost always goes
half way to meet them and actually
welcomes them. But he is soon undeceived,
and that in no very pleasant
way; for your yellow smell is powerful;
he is insinuating; he is heavy and
stifling, and he hangs about one in suoh
an affectionate manner that one hardly
likes to offend him by driving him
away. One always feels as if he might
insult a, worthy but unfortunate 3mell if
he resorted to extreme measures.
Hence it comes about that the yellow
smell is the most dangerous of all."
Such are the more prominent of Black's
deductions. He has gone, however,
more into minutia and has carefully
tabulated all the different shades of colored
smells, together with their characteristics.
He thinks of issuing the
tables in pamphlet form, designed for
the use of travelers. It would, no
doubt, be a valuable addition to the
guide-books now in existence. Cologne
Gor San Francisco Chronicle.
Fishing Vith Otters.
There is probaily no known way of
ash catching with which the Chinese are
not familiar, and there are still some
novelties to Westerners in this ancient
civilization. A very peculiar method
is practiced by the natives on the
Yungtsze River, opposite Tchang, viz:
that of employing the common otter to
drag the finnv denizens of the muddy
deep from their otherwise impregnable
retreats under the high, overhanging
From a cleft in the rock strong but
slender bamboo rods project out over
the water, to the extremity of each oi
which is attached an otter by an iron
chain fastened to crossed leather thongs
round the animal's chest and
behind the shoulders. When resting
on the bamboos, curled or doubled
up, they look' inanimate, and would be
taken for dried skins hanging in the
sun, but when required for use they art
aroused to a great state of activity.
A large net is prepared with leaden
weights and so sunk as to cover a considerable
space of the bottom, the otter
being placed under it before lowering.
When once down the slaughter begins,
and all unfortunate idlers are nabbed
and rendered helpless by the sharp teeth
of the savage animal. After a few minutes
have passed the whole contrivance
is hoisted up, the otter is chained to th
rod, and the fish put into baskets.
Some of the otters are not in use, and
it is a curious sight to watch them gamboling
about as far as the iron chain
will allow, splashing and diving and
fighting each other. American Angler.
Miss Sallie Parsons, of Arnolds-burg,
Calhoun County, Va., was killed
recently by lightning under very dis
tressing circumstances. She was aged
fifteen and was to have been married in
three days. On the fatal day, as a storm
approached, she ran inte the yard to
meet her brother, bringing her wedding
clothes, but before reaching him was
strucK oy iigntning to tne ground a
Sallie Palmer, of Kosse. Tex..
about ten years old, while climbing in
the door of a crib, accidently struck a
needle which was sticking in the bosom
of her dress against the door, running
tne needle about an inch and a Quarter
'' into her breast, striking the brxse of tha
heart. Medical attention ws procured
immediately, but she died, in about ai
hour after tie agcident
-Humors of a Magic store.
It would be astonishing to many tt
know how few purchasers approach the
music clerk with any but the vaguest
notion of what they want. If they go
to a dry-goods store (provided they t
not merely "shopping") they are able
to discern quickly the article they seek,
or at least to know emphatically if it ip
not what they want. - But in the musio
store the case is widely different. The
look upon the sagacious clerk as a sort
.'-? to whom no description
necessary. Tney are sure if they ask
for "tha song that Nilsson sang last
night," that the gentleman has attended
the concert for the express purpose of
identification for their benefit If they
inquire for "that prettv tune from
'Trovatore,'" the clerk is expected tc
chime in with their -taste, and produce
"Di quella pira" instead of "An che I
morte." This may seem overdrawn t
some but we assure our readers that il
no fancy sketch; and we are by c
means attacking a windmill when wt
devote an article to th
mind of the music purchaser of tlie r
definite type. The following anecdote -for
example, are strictly true:
A lady inquired for an alto song, ar'7
was given a favorite ballad in the key
of D major. "Yon have made a mistake,"
said she to the clerk. "I wanted
an alto piece and this is in sharps."
And she then and there unfolded a
theory that all alto works were composed
in fiat keys.
Another lady stepped into one of the
largest music stores of Boston recently,
and. desired the clerk to give her a
piano piece for her daughter. She had
forgotten the full name, but the clerk
could not fail to know it, as it was
something about a "bird." She was
astonished to find that this was not a
sufficient means of identification, as
more than one or two thousand composers
had written about "birds."
"Bell" pieces are equally disastrous
to the long-suffering music clerk. It
drives him to despair when the fair purchaser
does not remember whether it is
"Silver Bells," "Golden Bells," "Crystal
Bells," "Chiming Bells," "Monastery
Bells," or "Convent Bells" that she
is in search of. The musical thoughts
which emanate from these hangers-on
of the musical army are sufficient to
make all the great masters waltz in
their graves. Speaking of the conductors
of Boston, a young gentleman oi
the vague stamp recently said to a musia
clerk: "Why don't they get a really
great man for the Boston orchestra?
Why not get Berlioz, for example?"
Another, seeing a bust of Mendelssohn
prominently displayed, asked the attendant
what composer it represented.
On being told, he burst forth: tlOh,
yes. Certainly. Does he travel round
much now?'1 The amazed clerk assured
him that he did not, when the
musical historian in embryo went on
with: "Well, that's a pity. He had one
of the best quintet club3 I ever heard."
Boston Musical Herald.
Some Facts About Lemons.
A reporter called on one of the largest
dealers in fruit in the United States to
o-et some information about the lemon
trade. "Nearly all the lemons handled
in this market," said the dealer, "are
imported. Sicily contributes more than
all other countries put together. Calabria,
Messina, and Palermo send out
large consignments. There are four
crops each year. The lemons are cut
from the trees when green and placed
in magazines where they are subjected
to a sweating or purging process. At
the end of four or five days the fruit is
either stored away in shallow trays or
packed for shipment. Lemons gathered
in November and December have the
best keeping qualities. I have kept
lemons of this cut from November till
June without destroying their market
value. When the fruit arrives here- it is
sold at auction, this being the only way
in which lemons and oranges are sold to
the trade. One year ago a steamer arrived
with a cargo of thirty-six thousand
boxes. The entire lot was disposed of
the same day. Unless the broker or
dealer wishes to sell his purchase at
once, the fruit is put away and ripened
by steam heat. Our business has entirely
changed since the introduction of
Steamers. The voyage by the old sailing
fruiters were long and uncertain.
A cargo of decayed lemons was the fre
quent result oi a voyage or several
months. Now, with rapid transportation
at his command, the shipper can
allow his lemons to remain on. the trees
many weeks longer than he could then,
and is quite certain that on arriving at
this market the fruit will be in good
condition. The best, and consequently
the highest, case- lemons eome from
Sorrento. Great eare is bestowed upon
their cultivation- The fruit is long and
smooth and has aibeautiful golden color..
These lemons are considered a luxury in
Paris, where they are used not only by
confectioners and bakersy but alsoHsy
decorators. Generally speaking a medium-sized,
lemon is the
best The large, coarse-grained variety
are the poorest and cheapest. The
United States consumes more lemons in
a vear than alT the other countries combined.
RussEa comes next. The custom
the Russians have of drinking the5r tea
with a slice of lemon ia it accounts for
the large consumption there. The
growth of the lemon trade in this country
during the last thirty years has been-enormous.
In 1850, 119,000 boxes were
imported. Last year this number had
increased to 1,342,000 boxes. -Jine summer
is oux best season. There is one
more fact about the lemon and general
fruit trade that is worthy of notice. Tlie
people in the far West will not buy any
but the choices fruits. It makes n
difference what the prices are, they will
buy ityN. JF. Tribune.
Snakes or Cows.
Two young women, coUege graduates,
and framed to quiet manners, may be
walking in a country wood. Both know
from their reading of natural history
that there exist no venomous serpents
in all that region, yet when a harmless
reptile glides away from before then
path only one of the young women will
retain anv self-possession. The otber
will stand" still and scream in horror,
and go home forthwith and be unnerved
for the rest of the day, and very ltfiei
the one who is not afraid of ;thpj snake
will f rantioallv climb over a f e&ce when
she meets a placid cow in, a countrj
lane. Boston Courier

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