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f r. rua ar, JINGLE. psJ-:r- - - Dy Joel Stacy. ' There nnrn was a knowing raccoon 77f PIGEONS OF PEKING JlslliE:..,. f H HE Chinese have made plgeon-flylng tho ij decoying game that It 13 because they 'ike any kind of "playing for keeps." "- Hvcn In klte-llylng. they tlx littlo hooks to tholr liito-strlngs and try to pull In caeh other's kites, and rount It fair to keep any klto ha tops Ir.lo their yards. They will tell you that a klf1 cr : strange pigeon that romes to your place, If give" up, takes away your "family luck." 2o you must tear tho klto and keep the pigeon. Put when yn'i i-co the town dandies sauntering out wiih their farF and blrd-cagcn to watch the noon kite-flying, crl- damn tho flocks and their tnctles, and arguing the fa points of decoying, you guess that "family luck" 1 as very littlo to do with their game. To i.e. oy strange pigeons, pigeon-keepers must flrs train tholr flocks to "fly In spirals"--that Is, to rise s'eadily tn circles without straying far from tho homo roof. Pigeons naturally fly together in circles. Even wild pigeons wheel about In flocks before strag gling off to tho fields. Chinese, mako their birds cas"1 for circling by keeping them shut up in a wl'lcr house built on the ground around tho dovo cotc .vl they cure their birds of straggling by pelt ing 'h' in with pobbles when they try to alight any where except on one spot the ridge-pole of the roof fc.i irr; 'heir wicker house. Tho flock must alight hero Ii a clinch, and Immediately walk down to tho cares This Is dono to bring any strange pigeon arr"r thm down within sight of the grain, which is then scattered on tho floor of the wicker house. Pigtjn are fed only after flying, for unless huugry they are lazy and unmanageable. In Peking, flocks aro scut up at sunrise, at noon, and just beforo sundown. Neighboring flocks alvay3 join, and their keepers then try each to draw apart bis flock with call-birds, so an to bring with It any unwary pigeons from the other flocks. If a stranger Is brought to tho roof, tho keeper coaxes it down with his own birds by throwing millet into tho wicker No ope ever demands back a pigeon lost In this way. Two friends will sometimes "play live pigeon," that Is, givo back each other's birds that may bo captured from tho flock during the game; but the rule la to "play dead pigeon," or, as boys say, "for keeps." THE CAPTURE AND RECAPTURE OF "MU WIIA TOU." Every morning, when the crows were all back from the c( metery pines, and tho sun rose upon the polished housetops that stretched unbrokenly for miles to tho line -black city walls, "Littlo American" had watched small clouds of whttc-winged pigeons circling high overhead so high, sometimes, that he would not havo found them but for the faint singing of tho reed whistles at tholr tails. lit j Wha Ton was one of Littlo American's first ten p'g.-ons. They were all tientses white with black tal.s, and each with a black spot liko a watcrmclon Beed on Its forehead. On all of them, as high-bred pigeons must havo It, tho whlto and black met In regular lines (without a straggling black feather among the whlto or a white among tho black), es ;ept on Mu V.'ha Toil, whoso name, meaning "Sho Bpcckle-head," was given her for some rings of blak on lie neck. Theso rings, which grow out myste riously some weeks after Little American had bought liet-, very much cheapened her in the eyes of LI Loo, tho old gatekeeper, who had charge of tho flock, arid who taught Littlo American tho secrets of pigeon keeping. But tho rings caused no loss of casto with tho other pigeons or with Little American, and ho was sorely grieved when on her very first flight Bhe was decoyed Into captivity by bis sly old neigh bor Kao Chun. "NOW, DOLLY, IT'S TIME YOU BEGAN TO TALK. I'VE SICEN A WAX DOLL NO OLDER THAN YOU, AND SHE SAYS 'PAPA' AND 'MAMA.' EVEN TOWSER CAN SPEAK FOR A LUMP OF SUGAR." ifipiif-,, Li LOO, STEPPING UP NOISELESSLY AS A CAT, Tho enemies of the pigeons are three the weasel, tho hawk, and the cat. Of those the weasel is dead liest, for it can work Into a plgeon-houso by tho merest crack, and its rule Is to kill all. The hawk Is a gallant robber, for ho takes but one, and that by fair strategy in tho open sky. Tho nlyest enemies of tho pigeons, however, and those they most dread, are the cats. They will spring Into a piGcon-house at sundown, when the pigeons have gone to their cells to be shut In for tho night. When thb happens tho llock Is stampeded and num bers are lost, for pigeons are blind In tho dark, and cannot bo called down. So when, one dark night, several months aftor the flight of Mu Wha Ton, Littlo American was wakened by tho sudden screech of a plgcon-whlstlc parsing overhead in tho darkness, and saw from his window a red glow over Kao Chun's roof, ho know that somo cat had scared out his rival's (lock at roosting-tinie, and that Kao Chun was trying tho "llro decoy" burning corn-stalks soaked In oil to draw down his panic-stricken birds. IIo knew, too, that after a night flying, Mu Wha Toil might he tempted to alight with his llock again. Tho rule Is that after three nllghtlngs a strango pigeon will never be drawn down again, and Mu Wha Tou had twice been brought to roof by Little American's pigeons without being taken. The first time sho had followed them to tho eaves, and had Just poked over her head and drooped her wings to Join the birds feeding in tho wicker cage, when one of Kao Chun's call-birds, cleverly thrown over tho house, startled her Up and led her to Its homo. The second time she alighted was by a misleading flurry at the splitting of the. two flocks. This timo she know her mistake, and could not be coaxed from the rldgo-pole. But thoro was now a chanco that by morning Bho would bo scared and hungry enough to alight on tho ground If she saw pigeons feeding In the open court In front of tho wicker house especially If she saw red com; for sorghum-fed pigeon3 aro gluttonous after red corn. At daylight Littlo American saw by tho waving trees that It was a morning of west wind. The yel low edgo of a great dust-cloud was moving up tho sky, threatening a day of closed windows and lamp light. Already the copper sky was ugly for flylns. Littlo American's flock struggled up in slanting cir cles, whirling high Into tho air when it stemmed the ii j 'jij.ian ' ijj ru.'u 'M'.l'.M.L'J i NABBED HER FROM THE GROUND. wind. and dipping to tho very housetops on tho turn, Tho whlstlc3 sounded out only at tho dipping, be cause in the teeth of the wind they bcame choked: but they sounded enough to call back somo of Kao Chun's stragglers, which could be been rising ami falling In the storm, as they cut their way toward the flock. Littlo American would uut stop for these, and chased his flock back from tho roof again and again, until ho saw, as they mounted from a long sweep behind tho great temple, that a U"w tlentse was among his birds, one with tho long wings aud spotted neck of Mu Wha Tou. LI Loo knew her at once. Ho had climbed tho wall to watch for Iter, an 1 n?v. ran fur i!n co-u-bag, shouting to Little American to hold buck tho call-birds until tho Hod; should careen directly oer tho brick-paved yard by tho plgeon-houso. On they came, laboring over the housetops, keeping tusether in pcrfoct order, but whipping their haif-shut wings unwillingly, and turning down their hungry littlo eyes as they drew close overhead. This was the moment. Little American chased out the call-birds just as LI Loo threw a handful of big red kernels dancing upon the pavement, The greedy call-birds Hung themselves upon It, and tho flock, Mu Wha Tou and nil, dropped straight between tho houses to the ground. Mu Wha Ton stood a-tlptoo aa sho touched ground, as If scared to find herself thoro, and ready to spring Into the air at a movement. No one moved, however, so sho began warily to snatch up tho kernels within reach. LI Isttn held his hands together without stirring, and Little American now i.aw some new-fledged squabs poking out their heads from his big sleeves, He kept his eyes on a little heap of corn, around which ho had scattered the handful which the flock were eat ing. The birds, quickly pecking up every stray corn, now began to draw Into a closo circle around this littlo pile, Mu Wha Ton even forgetting to loolc up at LI Loo, who quietly set the young pigeons loose upon tho ground. Seeing tho corn, tho eager squabs ran squeal ing and shaking their wings among tho other birds. Then Little American saw what was to happen. Squabs always spread their wings when they squeal to bo fed. Even when they can pick up for thom solves, they begin by squealing aud fanning at tho other pigeons. So these squabs pushed among the unheeding feeders, clumsily shaking their silly fans over their heads. In a moment Mu Wha Tou was "hooded" between two of them, and as If blindfolded; whereupon LI Loo, stepping up behind the threo, noiselessly as a cat, nabbed her from the grouud. Little American was so hnppy at tho "baby-pigeon trick" that ho gave Mu Wha Tou as a present to LI Loo, who clipped out her speckled feathers, and glued In proper whlto feathers so neatly that no ono knew her for wha tou, or "speckled head." And she was sold for a big sum to a farmer, who took her to Shantung, so that nobody knows what he said when the black feathers grew out again. Copyright, by Century Gil. as A DEER ON SNOW SHOES By WILLIAM J. LONG The title sounds Queer, I know; but if you ever have the chance to examine a caribou's feet you will S"e what la mennt In a moment. In tho first place, the hoof Is very large, and tho cleft between the halv.33 Is very deep, so that tho feot spread widely when tho caribou's weight Is on them. The hoof of a large bull that I saw once on the Ronous Darrens measured flvo and one-half inches arross; and when (with far less force than the caribou's weight would havo exercised) I pulled apart tho halves, the spread war nearly tcn'lnchcs. Resides this, tho caribou's ankle-joint Is exceeding ly flexible, fo that the large dew-claws, which are flvo or six Inches above the hoof and behind, bend down easily and rest on the snow, spreading like the hoofs when they touch. This gives to the caribou a broad supporting surface on which to travel very much wider than that of his great cousin, the moose. The "Soap-Bubblers'" First Reception By MEREDITH NUGENT v J m HE "Soap-Pubblers' " reception was a t! pnae frnm thft ftliirt. a suc- 1 Tho Soap-Bubblers hut recently or- B ganlzed, with Phil Thompson as PtaJ " Bubbler. Harry Baker as Chief Cornucopia, the miner Bubblers occupying minor odd-titled posi tion.?, c:i well as Bubblers occupying no positions at all hail resolved that tho ancient and honorat'e amusement of blowing soap-bubbles was sadly in nenl of reformation; and, further, that it was their iris slon to reform it. Thus It came to pass that on this late ul. .story winter evening the interior of Masonic Hall presented such a scene of brilliancy a3 had rarely been equaled within its historic walls. The magician's wand had hardly fallen when there arose forty-seven largo bubbles from forty-seven golden cornucopias, held In the hands of forty-seven rosv-cheeked bovs and girls standing by twenty four littlo oblong tables. A cry of delight swept round the hall, and forty-seven moro bubbles arose, and Ft ill another shower of tho Iridescent spheres glit tered in the burroundlng brilliancy before the Bub blers settled down to tbe nuslncss of the evening. Tor this occasion every member had promised to perform at least one bubblo trick, and to perform it well. Eddie Stark allowed a top spinning within a bubble and Minnie tiargent seated opposite a beau tiful rose within .-.not her. Freddie Wilder did fully as well at the table allotted to hlra, whlla "Little VIc lor" rWerlv dropped all sorts of objects through some beautiful bubbles blown by Frank Burt. Then Phil, tho Head Bubbler, stepped on the plat form and was uproariously greeted. He announced he would show the Bubblers how to make 'arge bub bles without blowing them! FIRST KITTEN EVER The pandemonium Increased when six Bubblers, with Harry Baker leading, formed in procession and walked on to the platform, carrying between t em two large galvanlzed-lron pans (each measuring nine feet in circumference), five children's wooden hoop. a number of copper and brass rings, two shining Sal"?"! of soap' and water already mixed and thlnk of it!-not a pipe, tube, or cornucopia of an kind! , , Aftor a few words explanatory of tho evolution of tho soap-bubblo from tho clay-pipe stage to its pres ent one Phil dipped a wire ring Into the. solution and. gently sweeping it before him, cast off a bubblo fully twlco the size of his head. Every Bubbler boy Kae a cry of satisfaction at this, and It looked as though all the Bubblers might fling their golden cornucopias on to the stage, when tho master of the soap and water tossed off five large bubbles In succession, not only from tho same ring, but from tho same film! Almost 'Immediately Phil's nsslstants-thero were flvo of them-followed his example, and from .that time on tho stage was continually aglow with the brilliant spheres. Harry Baker now came forward with the club a two kittens, and set them on a dry block of wood rating In tho centre of ono of tho large nine-foot pans-now filled with soapy water. Before the ant- liiiiif TimBE TjTTTTjK Rt'IiES. Thren llttlo rules wo all should keep To make life happy and tirlKht BmJle In the morning: sralle at noon; And keep on smiling at night! Stella George Stern. It Is indeed a kind o natural snowahoe, not unlike that which grows on the grouse's foot every winter to help him over the snow. The result of this wise- provision on tho part of nature Is to give tho caribou an enormous advantago over the rest of his family. While deer and moose aro half prisoners in their yards, unable to leave the path3 which they havo made In the snow, the caribou wanders where ho will, kept from sinking too deep by his wldespreading snowshoes. There Is another curious thing about a caribou's hoofs. Tho edges, In winter, aro sharp and convex, like a bell's rim, so that ho can travel on the ico with out (dipping. He likes this kind of traveling, and Is often seen trotting far out on tho northern lakes, In pure fun apparently, for there Is nothins to eat on the ice, and ho drinks no water In winter, contenting him self with a little snow when ho 1b thirsty. mals could move, Pull quickly lifted a hoop from th pan, and In a twinkling covered both kittens over with a glorious bubble. "First kittens ever Inside ol a soap-bubblo!" Harry- Baker announced, Just as tht little kits started to wade about within tho Iridescent dome. Phil sphered them over a second and even a third time, when the pussies, excited by their uproarious surroundings, offered decided objections to being Im prisoned any more. Then Bubblers and audience were treated to an exhibition of what were perhaps the largest bubbles that have ever been made. Harry Baker was especially fortunate, and, at tho end of a very exciting contest with Phil, succeeded In spher ing the pan over from brim to brim! Realize, if you please, that this bubble measured over nine feet in circumference! Phil now turned his attention to the hoops and rings again, and drew forth storms of applause by some wonderful "film tricks." One in particular, the giant letter S. was especially brilliant. It looked like a serpentine tongue of flame, and the manner In which Phil whirled the flashing light above his head fairly thrilled the audience. "Loroy Kimball!" now shouted out Harry Baker, "Leroy Kimball!" And a minute later there walked on to the stage tho youngest, shortest, and Jolliest Bubbler in the club. Everybody knew Roy, and as the little fellow blushingly stepped on to the square block of wood set fast In the middle of the big pan. he was greeted with loud cheers and cries of "What ar vou going to do there, Roy?" Ph'll promptly began to answer this volley of ques tions by lowering a hoop over the little Bubbler until it lay immersed in tho pan of soap mixture. "Oh"' cried" the Bubblers in unison. "Phil's going to put Roy In a soap-bubble!" And the excited audience INSIDE OF A SOAP BUBBLE. toho to tholr tiptoes. Amid a profound silence Phil started to lift the hoop; but after raising it a short distance, the Aim broke with a peculiar noise, sounding like "w-h-c-e-p " "W-h-o-cp" went the film again, "w-h-e-e-p, w-h-e-ep." Suddenly thoro was a swish, a flashing gleam of silvery light, and Leroy Kimball, the jolliest of the Bubblers, looked smilingly upon the audience from within a soap-film house! A FIGURATIVE TALE. By Grace Eraser. Once an Elfin, 1-drous cute, Camo un-2 my cottage door; There he playod wl-3-d and lute, As no elf had played be-4, "lf-5 pleased thee, lady fair. Speak," said he. "Thy mti-G grand! NI-7-ts like this are rare" Thus, as with S-cnder hand On the youth be-9, I, spoke, I (oh. o-:- fate!)-nawoko!