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BRUCE CHAMP, Publisher.
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It ain't no use to grrumble and complain;
It's jest as cheap. and easy.torejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends was
rain, '
. rain's my choice.
Men .
generily,5tQ,aU4ntents -
Although they're ap' to grumble some-Puts
most their trust in Providence,
And takes things as they come
That is, the commonality
Of men that's lived as long as me,
Has watched the world enough to learn
They're not the boss of this concern.
"With some, of course, it's different
I've seed young men that knowed it all,
And didn't like the way things went
On this terrestrial ball!
" But, all the same, the rain some way
Rained just as hard on picnic-day;
Or when they really wanted it, of
It may be wouldn't rain a bitl
In this existence, dry and wet l v'
Will overtake the best of men-Some
little skift o' clouds'll shet as
The sun off. now and then; at
But may be, as you're wonderin' who
You've fool-like lent your umbrell to,
And want it out'll pop the sun,
And you'll bo glad you ain't got none. the
It agger vates the farmers, too
They 's -too much wet, or too much sun, his
Or work, or waitin' round to do
Before the plowin's done; .
And may be, like as not, the wheat,
Jest as it's lookin' hard to beat,
Will ketch the storm and jest about
The time the corn's out I
Those here cy-clones round
And baok'ard crop and wind and rain
And'yit the corn that's wallered down
May elbow up again ! to
They ain't no sense, as I can see,
For mortals sich as you and me.
Nature's wise intents
And lockin' horns with Providence i an
It ain't no use to grumble and complain;
It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice; we
When God sorts out the weather and sends
W'y, rain's my choice. his
-J". W. Riley.
The little city of Linton, a place remarkable
for the sobriety, industry and
morality of 'its people is just emerging
from a thrilling scene which shook
the whole community with nervous excitement,
and that came near to destroying
the fire of faith in humanity
which has so long burned brightly in
the bosoms of those easy-going, honest
country folk.
The journey I have just completed
was one of haste, and my stay in Linton
was much shorter than I had hoped of
it might be; but I was there sufficiently
long to witness the closing scenes of a
remarkable trial, and one that will be
long remembered by the people of that
quiet town, and be talked of as the city's
The Linton Bank is one of the interesting
institutions not only of Linton,-but
of the whole county in which it is
situated. It has long been noted for
its financial stability, and its officers
and clerks have many years borne the
name of "Linton's Conservatives,"
which was given them for their perfect
honesty and firm adherence to strict
banking principles.
One of my first movements after I
had arrived and partaken of a wholesome
noonday meal, a la rural district,
was to visit the bank for the purpose of
having a check cashed.
As the teller handed me a small
package of greenbacks, I observed that
my old friend, President Goodnow, who
Was sitting: near the huge doors of the
iron vault, was looking me sharply in
the face. He seemed to have observed
that the new iron and wire railing,
the teller's corner from the
outer part of the room, had strongly
attracted my attention, and from
my looks iudged that I was
noting the changed appearance of
things, and, therefore, naturally inferred
that I was not a stranger at the
counter. But the teller's face was a
strange one to me, and that, with the
new railing and wirework, had created
iwithin a feeling of inquisitiveness which
'l could not hide.
, The bank President arose from his
.chair, raised his glasses from his eyes,
,and walked toward the railing which
separated us. He soon recognized me,
and I was greeted in. his usually warm
and friendly style.
"I saw yon were interested to understand
why all these radical changes in
our little bank," said Mr. Goodnow,
"and, from the .manner in which you
looked at the strange face at the teller's
desk, and the wire-work surrounding it,
1 concluded at once that you were not- a
stranger o us."
' "Yes," said I, "it looked so strange
to me that I' almost '.doubted for a moment
that I was in the place that! had
supposed it to be. But I got a glimpse
of your familiar face and my doubts
were dispelled.! Tell me, Mr. Goodnow,"
I continued, "wHat is the cause
of this change?"
"Yes. I will." renlied the old gentle
man in whichhe assured me that his tender
sympathies were aroused on the subject.
'I will . tell you the circumstances
as far as fchey have gone," he said, with
deep feeling, "and I can assure you that
it is a sad story you shall hear. But, as
we talk, I, will ask you to walk with me.
I must be at the court room promptly at
two. I shall be glad to have you with
me if you have time,11 and the aged man
wiped the sweat from his brow, and
pushed back the white locks which
partly concealed his pleasant face.
"Indeed, Mr. Goodnow," I answered,
"it will be a pleasure to accompany
you; I will most happily accept your invitation.','
"Poor John .Earnest isin jail fortheft.
I would almost as easily expected to be
there myself as to see John Earnest in
jail. I could scarcely have believed it
had the facts not "come before my own
eyes, arid'even1 now it seems as though
it must Be a,., dream." -The tones in
which these words were uttered were
sufficient to tell me of deep sadness in
the old man's heart-as he was speaking.
"Yes," Mf.fc Goodnow continued, "John
s in jail, and his poor "widowed, mother
is almost crushed with grief- John was
her only supporjher, idol' and her' pet.
She is a nolde woman, a true mother, I
can 'even to this day, in
spite of all the evidence which has been
, froduced, aFeclare'sUaWoKnis innocent.
' ' "ButnSatJtare'the lihargesagainst
iim. Mr. Goodnow? Do -I-understand
hat JobatrjMgtthat faitnfuLantelbxl
gent man, who has served you so long
and so well, is now in jail for theft?"
"He is,?' was the trembling reply.
"He is charged with having stolen a
package of money contaimng $5,000
from our bank."
"Is it possible?" And what are the
circumstances? pray let me -know," I
asked, with great impatience. H
"The circumstances," said my friend, if
"are that a package containing $5,000
missed from our bank, and we have
never been able to account for its disappearance
upon any theory or supposition
save that John must have known
what became of it. He declares, of
course, that he does not, but- all the circumstances
point so strongly to his
guilt that I am in great doubt. If there
were any reasonable theory upon which
could base a presumption, or any evidence
at all pointing to his innocence, I
should readily accept his word as the
truth,. although it was against all the
evidence produced by an examination
the books.
''It was on a busy Saturday that the
shortage occurred or, at least, so far
any of us know. In closing business
the bank, Saturday afternoon, John
asked our cashier, Mr. Westnian, if he
had put away a package of money from
teller's desk. Mr. Westman said he
had not, and John carefully looked over
cash again, and finallypacked it up
and put it in the vault. He checked
over his cash entries and balanced his
books as -if all were right. Sunday
mormng Mr. "Westman called for me,
and asked if I would go with him to the
bank. I consented, and when inside
the bank Mr. Westman said he wanted
examine John's cash. We made a
careful count and compared the money
with the book, and found the cash was
even $5,000 short. We said nothing
about it until Monday morning when
met John at the bank. Mr. West-man
then asked him if ho bad balanced
cash on Saturday: His face was
slightly flushed, and he said that he had
balanced the cash-book, but that his
cash was short, and he did not stop to
see what the trouble was. He said it
was short $5,000 as he supposed, but he
expected a careful examination on Monday
would show where the mistake
ws. Then followed an examination
and a re-examination, and still another
trial at finding the lost money. All attempts
were fruitless, and an expert
was employed. The expert corroborated
the other trials, and reported to
the board that there could be no doubt
about it that John Earnest was positively
short in his cash to the amount
$5,000. The matter was placed in
the hands of detectives, and John was
arrested. It was discovered that soon
after the money was missed John paid
off a mortgage on his mother's house,
and that fact gave the detectives as
they thought a direct clew to his guilt.
When John was arrested his bondsmen
came forward and offered to make good
the loss, but John positively declined
and refused to allow that to be done.
He declared his innocence, and said he
could prove where the money came from
to pay off the mortgage. He would
rather suffer imprisonment and a trial
than to have his bondsmen pay for what
he had not' stolen, and thereby be considered
a thief. He demanded, a trial.
This is probably his last day in court,
and I see no chance whatever for the
poor boy to escape the full penalty of
the law. I admit being greatly in doubt
about his guilt, and it will be a terrible
blow upon me to see John Earnest taken
to prison. It would be almost as hard
as to see my own child taken there."
And with these words the old gentleman
tremblingly shook his white locks and
wiped his moistened eyes.
We were now at the court-house steps,
and we slowly ascended to the commodious
court-room. An immense throng
had gathered around the building, and
when we entered the court-room we
found it completely packed, and the
doors guarded to prevent further ingress
of the crowd. My companion passed
me in, and led the way down the aisle to
a seat in the space reserved for counsel
and witnessess. A few minutes later
the prisoner came in under escort of a
-deputy sheriff. The face was natural,
and was the one I had expected to see
at the counter where I went to get my
check cashed. The prisoner looked"
pale, however, from the severe trouble
he had evidently been passing through.
But his clear skin, soft, glossy dark hair,
bright eyes, and f ae beaming with intelligence
and good nature, all helped
to inspire his friends with confidence in
his innocence. It was a picture for an
artist as every eve was turned toward
the smooth-faced young prisoner. The
old gentleman leaned over to me, and
in a whisper said, as the tears came to
his ej'es: "Isn't it a sorrowful picture?
Isn't he the type of a noble man? And
my poor daughter she was deeply in
love with him. I wouldn't have it
happen for half I'm worth."
Before I could ask any question,
though I was now more thorougly than
before awakened in the case, the Judge
took his seat, the jury were escorted to
their box, and the court was called to
order. Just then a small boy came tiptoeing
through the crowd, and beckoned
to the deputy sheriff. I heard him
say: "Here's a message for Mr. Earnest."
The telegram was placed in the prisoner's
hands. He nervously opened the
wrapper, read it, and passed it to his
counsel. The attorney for the State
had just arisen, and and asked to recall
the expert who had examined the books.
The request was granted. A series of
what seemed to me quite unimportant
questions were asked and answered.
The witness was excused, and, just as
the State Attorney was about to arise,
the counsel for the prisoner sprang to
his feet and.addressed the court:
"May it please yonr honor, I hold in
my hand material testimony in this case.
It is a telegram from an important witness,
who will be here to-morrow to testify
in the prisoner's behalf. I desire
to ask your Honor for a stay of proceedings
util the witoess arrives. If
there be no objection I shall be thankful
for, the privilege of reading the
The Judge , informed the attorney
thatShe f could' first show the paper
to the attorney for the State, and
if he did not object it could then be
feacl. Thi$ was done; consent was
g' yen.? and the telegram, dated at St.
oiilsT was read, as follows:
Linton: "Delayed by accident
wmibe'thefd'toinorr6w prove ycux
tn ,i!
cencc, and corroborate your statement of my
bequest. Take courage, all shall be well.
Peter Porter. '
After the telegram had been read the
State Attorney arose, and addressed the
"I see no reason, your Honor, why
this trial should be delayed upon the
strength of tras telegram, lhere is no
evidence to show that it is genuine, and
that point be admitted there is no
evidence to show that the testimony to
be thus secured will establish the innocence
of the prisoner. Even though it
be proven that the author of the telegram
is the uncle of the prisoner, as is
alleged, and that he will be able to satisfactorily
prove how the prisoner came
with the money to pay off the mortgage,
that will remove only one of the
strong circumstances which go to prove
his guilt. There are other circumstances,
as your Honor is aware, upon
which he may be convicted. 1 trust,
your Honor, that this shall not be
deemed of sufficient importance to grant
postponement of this case."
The able counsel for the prisoner
then followed with an eloquent agument
in favor of a postponement. W hile he
was talking a beautiful young lady entered
the court-room. She was at once
the observed of all observers, and an
almost deathlike silence stole over the
immense audience as she carefull,
though evidently under great excitement,
followed an officer of the court until
they reached the railing within which
sat the counsel and witnesses.
As soon as the young lady's presence
was observed by my elderly companion
he arose auicklv and hastened toward
her, showing signs of surprise to see her
there. The two held a short whispered
conversation the young lady point-in
o- to a small package which she
held in her hand. My elderly friend
evinced by his movements, excitement.
He opened the little gate leading through
the railing, the young lady stepped inside
and took a seat near the counsel
for the prisoner.
When the lawyer had finished his remarks
he turned round and bowed
gracefully to the young lad', and they
shook hands. A few whispers passed
between them, and the attorney, amid
a breathless suspense of the spectators,
and Vhile every eye in the room was
upon the person who last entered, arose,
and said: "If your Honor please, and
with the consent of the learned counsel
for the State, while I was speaking an
important witness in this case entered
this room. That witness is now here
willing to testify, and I beg the privilege
of introducing further testimony."
"At this the attorne' for the State
arose and said: "I have no objection,
your Honor, to receiving any testimony
which is important to a fair and impartial
trial of the accused. I consent
to the gentleman's request of
course, upon his honor that the testimony
is important and material."
"I call Miss Nettie Goodnow," the
prisoner's attorney said.
The Judge bowed very politely as the
young lady arose, and he said: "Miss
Goodnow," you will please take this
chair," pointing to the witness-stand.
The directions were obeyed, and the
oath administered. The usual questions
as to the acquaintance with the case and
the prisoner followed.
Then came the question; "Will you
please inform the court and the jury as
to the nature of the package you hold
in your hand, Miss Goodnow?"
The witness carefully unfolded the
pa6kage as she replied: "This is the
package of money, sir, which was taken
from the Linton Bank on Saturday, the
tenth day of last month five thousand
dollars!" and she held it up that the
Court might get a view of it.
"From whom, or where, did you get
this rnone', Miss Goodnow?" continued
the counsel.
"I found it to-day at the house of Mr.
Henry Black, and among a bundle of
papers belonging to George westman,
the brother of Cashier Westman, of Linton
This reply came like a thunderbolt
from heaven, and the excitement which
followed was so great that the Court
rapped vigorously upon his desk before
order could be restored.
The counsel for the accused stepped
forward, and taking the package of
money placed it before the Court saying:
"If your Honor please, we desire
to offer this package of money as a part
of our-evidence in this case."
A paper held in the young lady's hand
was a letter from George Westman addressed
to her, and which gave a clew
to the true history of the robbery.
Young Westman was the brother oi
the cashier. He was in love with Nettie
Goodnow, the daughter of President
Goodnow, and knowing that John Earnest
was the young lady's favorite he
planned and carried out a scheme to
steal the money in such a way that suspicion
would rest upon the young teller,
and through the disgrace thus produced
the attachment between the couple
would be broken off. The letter in the
young lady's hands was from George
Westman, confessing to her his crime,
telling her where the money . was, and
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begginj her toget it and not inform on
him. It contained direful threats if she
should dare to reveal the truth, or refuse
to send him the money.
As soon as the letter had been examined
by the counsel an agreement was
made for a postponement. Young
Earnest allowed his friends to give
bonds for his appearance the next day,
and there was not a dry eye in the
court-room when the accused man
started toward the door and was stopped
by the sweet voice of the young lady
who approached him with an extended
hand, sympathetically saying: "We
have never lost confidence in your honesty,
John. You shall be free to-morrow."
The remainder of my story can be as
easily imagined as told. John Earnest
is again teller of Linton Bank. Cashier
Westman is one of his best friends. The
cash is no longer short, and though
George Westman is not to be found, his
honorable brother has paid all the costs
in suit, and no charges have been preferred
gainst the guilty person. I shall
not be surprised to receive, ere long,
cards inviting me to witness an interesting
ceremony, which, I understand, is
to take place at the residence of President
Goodnow. American Counting-Room,
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Handkerchief flirtations at the beach
are sea waves that are not sad. i?os&m
Star ... .. -
A Marvelous Marksman.
There is m town at the present time a
party who has an interesting and eventful
history. The person is Charles Wallace,
who was born in Missouri in 1843,
and from his boyhood until the breaking
out of the rebellion was engaged in hunting
and trapping. When the call came
for soldiers he responded, enlisted in the
4th Missouri regiment, and served
throughout the .rebellion. He was in
Andersonvilie, Libby, Bell. Isle, and
Florence prisons. At the first named
he was sentenced to be shot July, 17,
1863. The night preceding the day on
which he was to meet his death, he with
seven others, managed to escape. They
managed in the darkness to get close to
the guard, when a companion named
Bob Allison, of Connecticut, threw a
preparation of fine, dry tobacco and
pepper into the guard's face.
At the conclusion of his war experience
Wallace went on the plains as a
scout, carrying with him in his body
nine bullets, seven of which can be dis
tinctly felt. During a fight with a party
of Apache Indians he had a personal encounter
with one of the chiefs of the
tribe, named Osceoneo. The fight was
a hand-to-hand one, and meant death to
one or both. Wallace received a dagger
thrust through the palm of his left hand,
and was also held by the throat. He
then drew his revolver with his right
hand, and, twisted his free arm across
his back, shot the chief dead. The
knife with which he was stabbed was
combined with a revolver, having in
one weapon a scalping-knife, dagger
and shooting-iron. In the handle was a
chamber of poison, with which to make
the work of the instrument still more
dangerous. As mementoes of this fight
the scout carries with him the miniature
arsenal described and the scalp of
The wonderful marksmanship of
Charles Wallace is the talk of the
and in his exploits in this direction he is
ably seconded by his wife. Mrs. Wallace
will at the distance of one hundred and
twenty-five feet hold a ten cent piece between
her lips and her husband Will
knock it out of her mouth every time
without harm. This is regarded as the
most difficult shot ever made, and it has
been done here several times since their
advent in town. A common tack is
placed on a white surface, point toward
him, and Mr. Wallace will drive a bullet
on the tack point nine times out of ten-He
will stand one hundred yards away,
hold a ten cent piece between his fingers,
which his wife will shoot out with a revolver.
Marlboro Cor. Boston Globe.
The Grazing Region.
What is generally known as the gracing
country of the Far West, is a region
stretching over 2,000 miles north and
south by 1,000 miles east and west: and
comprises Arizona, Colorado, Western
Dakota, Indian Territorj', Western Kansas,
Western Nebraska, New Mexico,
Montana, Eastern Utah, Wyoming and
portions of Oregon and Nevada. Into
these grazing grounds, this year, Missouri
sent 55,000 one and two-year-old
heifers and cows; the eastern half of
Kansas about 20,000; Iowa about 25,000;
Minnesota, 15,000; Louisiana, 10,000;
Mississippi. 10,000; Tennessee, 5,000;
Florida, 15,000; Illinois and Kentucky,
5,000; and driven into Texas, New Mexico
and Arizona from Old Mexico
about 30,000. Oregon and Washington
sent into Montana, Wyoming and Dakota
fully 20,000. And into this same country
about 20,000 young thoroughbred
and high-grade bulls were sent from
different Eastern and Middle States.
The cost of yearlings from Missouri,
Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska was from
$17 to $21 per head; two-year-olds, $23
to $28 per head; young dry cows, $30 to
$35 per head. From Arkansas and
further south the price per head
was from three to six dollars less, owing
to quality, and from Old Mexico $10 was
a good price for yearlings, $12 for
$16 to $18 for three-year-olds
and cows; cows with calves, $22 to S'2o.
The price of stock cattle in different
Western localities are now as follows:
Southern Texas, $20 to $22.50 per head;
in Northern Texas, Indian Territory,
Arizona and New Mexico, $25 to $28,
owing to improvement; Western Kansas,
Colorado, Wyoming and further north,
from $30 to $35 per head, owing to
quality and improvement. Grade bulls
cost from $48 to $60 per head for yearlings,
$60 to $75 for two-year-olds, thoroughbreds
from $100 to $300, owing to
the strains of blood. Madison State
The Principles of the Shakers.
The Shakers number 5,000 in the
United States. One of the cardinal
tenets of the order is celibacy. They believe
with St. Paul, that if a virgin
marries she will do well, but if she remains
single she will do better. As a
rule the men livo in one side of the
house and the women in the other.
The women, cook for the men and do
other tasks fit for their strength, and
the men do the outside work. The
Shakers believe in community of goods
and interests. They hold no property
individually. Their possessions are
held by trustees whp are appointed to
conduct their temporal affairs. The
trustees, or their agents, buy whatever
is needed, dispose ofjthe surplus produce,
and hold all property in trust for the,
common good. The society in general
is dividea into six bishoprics, in each of
which are two male and two female
bishops. Each community or family
has four elders, two of each sex. The
bishops, who hold their positions for
life, choose their own successors that is,
when onedies or for some reason retires,
the vacancy is filled by those remaining.
However, it must be filled acceptably to
the members of the society, and when
the bishop is appointed who does not
give satisfaction, he is removed and another
appointed in his place. The communities
are each given religious instruction
and guidance by four elders, when
the order is full two of each sex. They
hold their positions for life and are appointed
by the elders. Equal prominence
is given to man and woman in
every respect, and equality of the sexes
is ona of the governing principles of the
organization. uor. Philadelphia Times.
A Southern entertainment is guessing
at the seeds in a certain watermelon,
and one contest recently closed, in'
Knoxville, received 4,705 guesses from
fourteen different States. xT. Y. News,
! How Money is Made Upon the Farm,
Experiments in growing animals, and
in fattening them for the market, have,
quite often, seemed to show that no
profit was made upon the undertaking;
at any rate, no such profit as would satisfy
a man with a speculative turn oi
mind. The opinion is frequently expressed
that, taking the country over,
but comparatively few farmers make
any money upon their farms over and
above that made through the steadily
growing value of their acres: There
are, of course, many things produced
upon the farm that are not counted and
charged up as a part of the yearly expenses,
and credited to the farm, as
they should be. Poultry and the fgg
product cut quite a figure in the living
expenses, yet there are rarely any account
taken of these only when poultry
forms' quite an item in the business carried
on on the farm. The same is true
of milk and butter, except where the
farm is a dairy farm; in which latter
case articles used from what is rated as
the leading products are deducted.
On some farms, the surplus of poultry
and eggs is quite sufficient to pay for
one or two leading articles in the grocery
line for the entire year, if the
poultry is properly managed. Then if
the farm is not a dairy farm, the surplus
product of the farm cows, properly
utilized, will pay the grocer quite an
added amount towards his yearly bill.
The hens glean their living from sources
that are mainly valueless for any other
purpose, and the keep for a couple of
cows is hardly missed upon a farm of
two or three hundred acres, leaving the
main sources of income intact. In fact,
if the farmer is following the system of
stock growing he should pursue, his
cattle being well graded up, the increase
will pay expense of feeding such cows
as are kept for family use; if he does
not raise cattle somewhat improved, he
is not worthy to have his milk and butter
at any less cost than those who dr
not live on the farm.
The farmer who bought his land saj
240 acres for $300, twenty-five years
ago, and can now sen at oou per acre,
has, after deducting compound interest
upon the sum originally paid, an apparent
profit on the investment of about
$46 per acre. But it is answered to
this, that he has paid taxes, and placed
fences and buildings upon the property,
and it is largely upon these improvements
that the gain from $1.25 to $50
per acre has come. But it must also be
borne in mind, that he has had the use
of the land during the period named,
worth during the first two or three years,
we will say, nothing; after that, from
one to three dollars per acre, according
to state of advancement in tillage, in
seeding down, and in improyemerfs.
If, as is the rule, he has built vsnees,
and erected buildings out of earnings
from the land, having had no means,
from any other source, to make improvements
with, has had his living during
the years, and has now an accumulation
of live stock and other personal
property on hand, without having incurred
the risk which so generally environ
mercantile and manufacturing pursuits,
there is no reason why, having
had the use of fences and buildings up
to the period of incipient decay, he
should not count the increase in price
over first cost as resting entirely in the
land proper. If gain is made out of the
products of the larrn, it is by common
consent conceded that wheat growing
does not, taking the years together, add
to this gain. Especially is this true after
the first two or three years' cropping,
and doubly true after the land has
become, owing to its location, materially
enhanced in value.
During all the years that the average
farmer has kept himself weighted down
with inferior farm stock, on which he
has made no profit, he has, nevertheless,
secured a living. Under the mere
drift of events circumstances beyond
his control under which the man with
out brains and business tact shares to
quite a degree equally with him who
has a large gift of both, his land has
yearly grown in value, so that he finds
a customer for his acres in the thrifty
neighbor who has accumulated a bank
balance, not by waiting for an increase
in the value of the land he has no intention
of selling, but through feeding
his grain and grass, not simply that
they may be consumed on the premises,
that he may say his produce is not being
hauled off, but, on the contrary, to
well-bred animals, that pay a profit.
We would ask, what source of profit
is there upon the farm, leaving out the
special lines, dairying, etc., except in.
following the plan to regularly turn off
paying live stock? Certainly continuous
wheat growing, with other grains
added, to the exclusion of feeding, can
not be practiced upon lands in general, in
fact not upon any land, without heavy
outlay for keeping up fertility. If the
man who goes along slipshod from year
to year, feeding scrub steers until they
are four or five years old, will go into
market with a car-load, on same train
with his neighbor who has a car-load of
two or three-year-olds of high breeding,
he ought to be able, after the
sales are made, to compute the advantages
reached through receiving the
proceeds from two or three years' Keep,
at six cents, over anything he can
figure up on an experience of a four or
five years' keep, upon a three-and-a-half
cent basis. This is one way for a
man to settle the question whether he
has ever really made any money, except
through what is forced upon him
by the gradual rise in the value of land
in his locality. National Live Stock
Two elegantly dressed ladies were
shown to their seats in the parquette of
the National- Theater at Washington tha
other evening, and when a gentleman
with a stylish young woman came down
the aisle, a few moments later, one of
the elegantly dressed ladies went out to
meet him, pounding him with her fist and
pulling his hair. She shouted m great
excitement that the gentleman was her
husband who had carted that female
around long enough; so she had successfully
laid in wait for him and took
him home. Washington Fost.
George Townsend, of Helena, Ark.,
has found on the bank of tihe Old Town
lake a grave with a silver cross, old
fashioned nails and other relics, including
the bones of the occupant. He believes
he has found the grave of De Soto,
and some of his friends share his belief.
Peifoit Post.
The latest dodge is "paper boilers;r
but some will hanker after a steamboat
vith iron boilers in preference. Chicago
Inter Ocean.
George Hackett, of Taunton, Mass.,
while driving, struck a 'slack telegraph
wire and lost several of his front teeth.
Boston Transcript.
A steam fire engine company went
from Mifflintown, Pa., to Lewistown by
rail at their own expense to extinguish a
tire, and were compelled to payroll on
crossing the" bridges. Philadelphia
Because a juror in New York suggested
to his brethren that" they flipa
cent to see whether they would convict
or acquit the defendant, the Judge dismissed
the jury and ordered a new trial.
N. Y. Stm. ,
The most useless article in the way
of a weapon ever invented is the pistol.
In nine cases in ten when it goe3 off
iii Kins me wrong man. Jtiavmo" one
nanuy nas Deen r,ne cause oi many a
murder. Chicaao Inter Ocean.
To settle a quarrel relative to the
presidency of an association, Henry
Cuter and John Murphy, of Flushing,
L. I., fought six rounds, under the Marquis
of Queensberry rules. Both men
were badly punished, and the fight vras
declared a draw. N. T. Times.
While two boys were a
barrel of shellac along a factory floor
in Lynn, Mass., recently, it strangely
exploded, hurting the blowing
out the windows and burning the hair
and clothing of a man who was passing
on the street. Boston Herald.
Great Britain is the only country
in Europe which has no forestry schools.
On the Continent there are numerous
excellent and well-established schools
of that character, where everything
that appertains to trees is taught by accomplished
teachers. N. Y. Tribune.
The Dakota Constitutional Convention
at . Sioux Falls recently
settled the woman-suffrage question
by adopting a provision allowing
women to vote at school election.!
solely, and granting them the right to
hold office pertaining to school government.
Chicago Nexus.
The English sparrows, which are
eaten in Philadelphia for reed-birds, are
considered as being a great delicacy.
The flesh of the sparrow is darker than
that of the reed-bird, but the Philadelphia
cooks say that only those who have
never eaten anything but reed-birds can
tell the difference. Philadelphia Record.
A blooming young widow of Wayne
County, N. Y., was to have been married
a few days ago. The feast was spread
and the guests were on hand, but the
bridegroom failed to come to time.
ThreeUays afterward the young man explained
that his father, who objected to
the match, had hidden his wedding
clothes, even to his underclothing.
Buffalo Express.
Louisiana boys take young mocking
birds just before they can fly and sell
them to New Orleans Creoles for ten or
fifteen cents a piece. The Creoles sell
them to German or Italian retail dealers
for fifty cents and the dealers, mainly
pedlers, receive three and four dollars
for them in the North. The pedlers say
that rich people Eo not buy birds; they
prefer dogs. N. O. Picayune.
The engineer of an express train on
the Hudson River Railroad had a peculiar
experience with lightning recently.
At New Hamburg he encountered a
heavy rainstorm, and as he pulled his
head into the cab lightning struck the
track, and for several seconds the fluid
revolved on the driving wheels on both
sides of the engine. At every revolution
the fluid would burst with a crack,
sending out a shower of sparks. For
over half an hour he felt a stinging,
burning sensation on the cheek. Troy
(i. X.J Times.
Sir Thomas Wade, after a residence
of upward of twenty years in Peking,
believes its population -to be less than
half a million; and a French physician,
who has made systematic observations,'
estimates "it at 400,000. Yet the geography
books give it at 3,000-,000. At
the junction of the Han River with the
Yangtsze are two cities, Han-yang-fu
and and an enormous
perpetual fair, Hankow. The population
of these has been set down at 3,-000,000,
but from a visit to the spot Sir
T. Wade estimates it at about half a
million. Chicago Herald.
A big walnut log from an out-of
the-way part of France arrived in New
York a few days ago. It was twelve
feet long and nine feet in diameter, and
it is said to weigh nearly twenty-two
tons. It cost the owners $100 to bring
it across the ocean, and $40 more to
have it trucked some little distance to a
veneer mill, a task which kept six
horses busy for thirty hours. There
was only one derrick lighter in the
harbor with which the monster log
could be handled. The log is said to
be worth, as it stands, $2,000, or $6,000
when cut into veneers. iV". Y. News.
Among the curious things exhibited
at the Louisville Southern Exhibition
were thirteen medallions or castings of
iron representing Christ and the Twelve
Apostles. These were cast from native
ores nearly one hundred years ago at
the old Bellewood Furnace, upon the
Cumberland River, in Eastern Tennessee,
in molds made of green sandstone.
Considering the rudeness of method;
and the infancy of art in that section
and time, they have a finish, smoothness,
and polish that is remarkable. The
delineation of features, the eyes, brow,
chin, etc., are nearly if not quite equal
to the best grade of chisel work.
Louisville Courier-Journal.
Mis3 Regina Anderson, the young
girl rescued from the Mormons at New
York by her sister, says her home near
Stockholm, in Sweden," was visited by a
Mormon missionary, who painted to her
in the most glowing colors the advantages
she would derive from exchanging
her humble lot for a home among the
Mormons. 'He told me," she says,
"that the weather in Utah was always
pleasant, that every kind of fruit grew
in the streets, and that nobody
lived there but rich men, a great
many of whom were unmarried and
wanted wives. He told me that a husband
was awaiting me among his
said he owned a big coal mine,
lived in a palace, and owned a dozen
carriages and a great stable full of
horses. u r
Chicago Herald.
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