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Published every Saturday at Pay St. Louis, Miss. SU Si! It. J' I 1 J "■■-!! The business of this country is built upon its farms as a foundation. Illinois spends at least $2,000,000 a year iu punishing criminals. It spend* scarcely anything for their reform- Massachusetts annually imports from beyond her borders eggs to the vnlur of $5,000,000. A glance at the naval budgets of tbs several European powers shows uu* mistakable evidence of a bull move ment in the price of peace. Charles booth states iu his book, “The Life and Labor of the People in Loudon,” that the organ grinders in that city earn from 80 cents to 82 .50 and oven $5 a day. Bpoaker Rood, referring to bis 83 ,000 foe ns referee for some Massa chusetts insurance companies, recent ly remarked: “It is only when a man is drawing a salary fur doing nothing that he feels he is at last receiving what ho yoally deserves. The Slate of Maine furnished one* eleventh of the governors chosen last fall in the different states of the Un ion. They are Lewollyn Powers in Maine, Ilnzeu 1). Pingroo iu Michi gan, Prank S. block in Now York and John R. Rogers iu Washington. The American Former says: "Tht improvement in forming methods about to bo inaugurated oil over the South will result in proving to tbo ™Jiet baa long been known by the Jim South—tbut it in tbo best secliolh^-be United Blntes.'' H. Helm Clayton, tS x I *°3 ,rv< ' r > ebargu of the Blue ) Meteorological Observatory, nig assistant, recently performed n'movel feat of intcrcat to aeronauts and <W.ni tbologists- While making airaultnil* eons obaervntioUH of cloud heights they took measurements of a tligbt of ducks, aud by means of trigonometry discovered the ducks were Hying .5)58 feet above the ground at the of 47.7 miles an hour. There were in the United Btates ia 1890, murders to the number of 10,052. Tho number of legal execu tions in tbc sumo period was 122. The lynobings for murder wero thirty-nine. From this it will bo soon that while there wore overt it),000 murders, only 161 of the murders met with a bloody retribution, while 10,401 cither es caped wholly or received some punish ment that does not at all .correspond to the enormity of the crimes com mitted. What queer ulcus onr fathers had with regard to the education of tho young, exclaims tho London Adver tiser. As lato ns 1827 English school masters were instructed to let their pupils away fur half nn hour on tho occasion of n public hanging. It was held in those days that a grand moral lesson was thus imparted to tho rising generation. Nowadays it is not con sidered- edifying for either old or young to witness tho spectacle of o felon suspended hy a noose. Tho desire for more railroads per. fades evqry community in Arkansas. Governor-elect Jones is fully in accord . with tho sentiments of tho people on tho subject, and ho will exert his per sonal influence and exercise his ofll oial power to secure moro roads for tho state. Committees oro being ap pointed in several towns with tho view of holding a general Conference for tho purpose of devising soma plan which will insure tho building of com peting lines of railway in Arkansas. From statistics compiled up to 1896, Muuhall, the eminent statistician, makes this deduction: “Tho ratio of energy falling to each American is than what two Frenchmen or Germans have at their disposal. An ordinary farm-hand in the United Htatcs raises as much grain as three in England, four in France, live in Ger many, or six in Austria, which shows what an enormous waste of labor oc curs iu Europe, because farmers are not possessed of the same mechanical appliances as in tho United States.’’ While tho last year was one of rerj great financial hardships it is gratify, ing to observe that the cause of char ity has not suffered. Tho various do nations for tho year, according to the figures given hy the Chicago Tribune, a ßß rt! B n tv $33,0(0,000, as compared with $28,943,549 in 1895 and $19,967,- 116 in 1894. Of the $33,070,000 given to charity lust year, using tho word in its broadest philanthropic souse, no less then $10,814,256 went to colleges alone; $10,000,000 to orphan asylums and other charities; $2,333,500 to museums and art galleries; $1,186,142 to churches, and $1,452,000 to lib raries. These gifts of charity will do much toward redeeming tho good name of tho obi year. Without some thing of the kind to soften the memory of its hardships it would prove a dull and disagreeable recollection. The'Arrow. Straight from the Mighty Bow thl truth ts driven! "They fall, and t tiey alone, who have not striven." Fly far, O shaft of light, all doubt redeem ing. Housemen from dull despair and idle dream ing- High Heaven'* evangel be, gospel Gad given: “They fall, and they alone, who hate not •trlven." —Clarence Urmy, In the Outlook. THE LION TAMER, “That lioness will bo the (loath of you yet, Joe.” "Pnhotv 1” and Joo Amberly, “the lion tamer” of a largo traveling cir cus, laughed at the predictions of his assistant, "You may laugh as much as you please; but some day you will find I am right, and that to your sorrow, though then it will be too late.” ‘‘l have performed with all the ani mals for some years, and never had any difficulty." ‘‘You forgot the one at Lougtowu. ” ‘‘That didn’t amount to much. I soon brought him to subjection.” “Hut the trouble commenced with this same lioness.” “Yes though it wouldn’t have been so bad if those cuts of bunting leop ards hud not sot up a yell, and drawn the black tiger into the affray." "She has a bad temper when it is up —is the most treacherous boast 1 ever fed or had anything to do with. I have been watching her close for couple wf days,” continued the assistant, “and know she is mighty cross grained. So, depend upon it, you are going to have trouble.” “I don’t see why more than at any other." " There arc times—aud yon know it, if you will only reflect—and this is one of thorn. If I was in your place, I wouldn’t try to show off today with any extras, but just give a common porformanoe, and get out of tho cage as -puck as I could.” "Ton know what we RiVertiso, and Vhat a "Yes,” with iflffn£nv ~j j k n ovp we never have or do one half (herfis in tho bills. Paper is cheap, Joe, but human life is precious. Think how poorly oil’you would leave your wife and child if anything should happen to you, and what would become of your wife if anything should happen to tho child?” "Do not mention it!” Tho man who had handled and lamed uud toyed with the savage beasts as if they had been harmless kittens, groaned aloud at tho thought. A man of tho most ardent, oven pas sionate nature, ho bowed down in worship to his wife aud little girl. Aud that day it had been advertised that ho would take his child and a pail of blood into tho cage with him. It was a very during, foolhardy pro ject at tho best; bnt how much more so when tho beasts wero doubly savage and out of temper—when the slight est thing might arouse thorn to all their pristine fnry.aud tho fierce blood of tho wilderness assert itself in all its .tempestuous wrath. The old lion in the cage, though a monster in size, was inoffensive, tamo aud obedient. In tho language of tho keepers, ho was "good for nothing but to make a show aud sit back in tho corner grind his teeth and growl,” Besides, he was his friend, and upon more than one occasion he had acted the part of a peacemaker. Tho leop ards —a pair of spotted cheetahs— wore scarcely to be taken into consid eration. The black tiger, the most rare and strikingly beautiful animal in any collection, was ordinarily quiet, though when fully aroused not to bo trifled with. But tho lioness was the especial one to be watched. She was a boast of uncommon power, with massive arms, long curving claws, lithe and nervous ns a serpent, teeth sharp as needles, flexile, treacherous, smooth, towny skin and yellow eyes that flashed fiercely. Never, even in her best moods, had she been submissive, and her mildest play- was rough in tho extreme. Tbo lion tamer turned from his companion to go and dress for Lis attractive but dangerous perform ance; bnt before doiug so, ho visited ed the double cage, aud made a cri tical examination of the beasts, who any instant might be to him as fate. There was nothing to especially awak en fear; and, half vexed with himself (or having been needlessly disturbed, no passed from tho great canvas into a smaller compartment, and found bis wife and child waitiug for him—the one a young and beautiful woman,and the other a very fairy of a child, whose hair bung down npoa her back, as the brightest and finest of spun silk. "I am sorry, Joe," said tho wife aud mother, as her husband entered, "that yon bavo consented to so fool ish a performance ns the one adver tised for today." "Why, May?” and ha looked most earnestly at her. "Because tho ordinary performance is hazardous enough.” "Thun you think ihlt mors ao?” "I Jhn’t know that it ia," she re plied, having the ataeost confidence in her husband's ability; “but somehow I don’t altogether fancy having Inez taken into the cage.” “You know my reason foe consent ing, and that it would never have been given had your assent not been first obtained.” “Certainly, and it was very good of you, Joe.” “ That it was promised on account of my salary being raised.” “Yes.” “Anil that it was to secure the rise of salary, so a* tho sooner to ac cumulate enough to buy a little Lome against the rainy days that might come.” “Y#, my dear Joe; but”—with a smile “had not pride something to do with it? That’s the curse of tho profession. Each oue i* always try ing to outdo the other— running risks on Hint account they would not other wise attempt.” “Well, May, I only gave my promise to do tho act onee, but even uow will give it up if you say tbe word. I had rather disappoint all tho managers and bo called a coward by allftbe rubble iu the world, than cause your heart to bent with fear or to bring tears into your eyes.” “No, no, Joe, Don’t think I have lost confidence and pride in you. No, don’t think of giving it up. 1 sup pose lam foolishly nervous. But you will bo careful, and not run any un necessary risk?” “My own heart would Lave to bo torn out before anything should hap pen to our darling;” and ho (Hooped, ini,od the child, tossed her up,caught, kissed her, and huggod her to his bosom. Tbo conversation did not tend to easo his mind, and before dressing ho went uut and held another couversi tiou with his particular attendant, and took another look into the per- forming cage. Tlio animals were more quiet than when ho ha<] seen them previously; the lioness.especially seemed in a play- Jnliiiobdi nV‘d with something of the load lifted frVt m his heart ho returned, with hut little time romnjuipg be fore ho wo'dAl ho called lipon to prove ))|‘y to the proud title of Lion ] 'fahi or. And every inch ho looked one as ho stepped in view of the densely crowd ed assembly. Gorgeous in his now costume, and with a look of calmness and determination upon his face —looked, with his tall, sinewy form, tit to grapple with and overcome the llurccst boasts that ever prowled amid the jungles of Asia and Africa, and made night terrible with their roaring, A burst of applause—a perfect tem pest of huzzas and clapping of hands —greeted him ns ho swung bis little girl, dressed in silver tissue, and with the gossamer wings and tiara of spark ling jewels around her golden curia, that represent the traditional fairy, upon his shoulders. With a graceful bow and the dig nity of a Roman conqueror, the lion tamer strode through the circle, dis appeared behind the cage, and with such rapidity as to astonish the au dience, stood within the compartment where the huge lion was lying and the agile leopards looping about, and had placed his child between the claws of the greater brute, and she was play fully toying with its shaggy mane. For a time he made the leopards leap about him as kittens, jumping from corner to corner, resting upon his broad shoulders, bounding lightly over the extended whip. Then ho gave his attention to the mother lion, opened her immense jaws, placed his arm and thrust his head between them, raised bis fairy-liko child npou its back, and made it march around with her. Then he prepared to throw the two cages into one. “Lot Inez come out now," whis pered the attendant, uneasily, “Yon have enough already to keep your promise, and the audience won't know the dilferonoe. ” “No, I will go through. Mind what I told you,and havo things ready in case there should bo trouble, though I don't fancy any.” Then he contin ued aloud, aud so as to bo plainly heard by everyone : “Hand mo the pail of blood." A cold shiver appeared to pass through the frame of all ns the vessel, dripping with crimson drops, was given tq him ; and when ho loosened the partition, and the fierce lioness and sleek tiger came bounding in many a heart almost ceased to beat. “Down I" 0 The tiger obeyed, and the foot of the lion tamer was upon his neck. “Up I” And the leopards were purring liko great cats upon his shoulders, while tbo lioness lay crouched with her tawny paws thrust through the bars and growling severely. His child was sitting on the back of the lion, and smiling in that den of horrors- Her confidence in her father was sublime—was as perfect as her love, She never dreamt of fear when ho was near/ to proteal, and while the lookarsuh shuddered, she in nocently deemed it a pleasant pastime “ Down 1" The leopards leaped to either corner and crouched down. "Come!" W The lionet* grumbiingly ft rose, crawled suddenly to Iris feet, rote and laid her great claws upon bis shoulder, making him swerve with her weight, apd raising her terrible head upon a level with his own. Slowly nud slow ly they turuc 1 round as il waltzing, the low muttering* of the boast be coming more plainly audible every moment, and her yellow, feline eyes snapping with hidden tire*. With an amazing exhibition of strength ho wrestled with tripped and threw her from him, and the canvas tent rang ngirin. But instantly she was upon her feet, lashing her sides with her prehensile tail, drawing back ber lips so ns to show teeth, and tittering the deepest and fiercest growls. “For the love of mercy, hand out your child, Joe,” said his attendant. “Wait a moment. I shall bo done quickly.” The crowning feat was yet to coma. It was one upon which he had be stowed much time and upon which ho had prided himself—a tableau of wild beasts, with manhood and childish beauty for the central attraction. Ho stopped to the corner, loci the monster lion forth into the center of the cage, made him lie down, placed the little girl upon him, nud stood astride. Then a shrill whistle brought the cheetah leopards bounding upon hia shoulder* and standing up with paws crossed above hi* head and the black tiger erect upon his left, and throttled with his hand. But the lioness failed to do his bidding and take her place upon his right. She lay in the act of springing, and at but a little distance. “Come.” There was no movement, and the whip was raised nud fell heavily upon her head. That was all that was needed to awaken her latent ire, and with n roar like /that given in her native forest, site sprang with almost resistless force toward him. A sharp, stinging blow on the bridge of tbo nose for a moment cowed her, and she might have been conquered, had she not partially fell upon and upset the pail and deluged tho floor of the cage in blood) Thou all became tho wildest com motion. Every beast sprung down, lapped tho blood, and then turned upon him. Even-tho veteran lion ap peared to forget tho long years of training, and something of his yonng forest life blazed forth. Amberly comprehended all in an in stant, and tho father triumphed over the actor. Ho snatched up the now terrified nod screaming child, sprang with her to the door, thrust her into tho hands of tho watchful attendant, nud would have followed, had not the lioness grappled ami drawn him hack, rending his shoulders with her sharp claws, and causing tho blood to stream over his rich dross. Ho wa* fighting against most des perate odds, knew it, backed into a corner, and called fur his irons. One, red hot at tho end wa* Banded to bnt at tho first stroke tbo lioness sent it whirling, and her sharp teeth almost met for a moment in his thigh. “Hand mo something sharp witlj which I can brain tbe brute I” Everything upon which hands could bo laid was thrust to him, but h,o failed to reach them, and the danger wa* becoming more and more immi nent. Tho bloOd had beau lapped up clean —all wore mad with desire, tiger and the leopards' crouching upon him. Then tbo majesty of com mand assorted itself. “Come, Samson.” The old lion came forward at the words, seemed to comprehend that something was wrong, thrust himself between bis master and his raging mate, and when she turned npou him sent her rolling with a blow of his groat paw. The lion tamer might have escaped; but bleeding, wounded ns he was, he would not retreat, and turned hie at* teution to separating the now tangled mass ol lighting-animnls. Picking up one leopard alter another, ho drew them into a further corner of the cage, dragging thetigerwitb the lioness cling ing to it and tearing its glossy hide, thither, }.oro open its paws by main strength, hurled it back and shut the partition, turned, reeled fo the door, fell upon it, and was dragged through to safety, even with the lioness rattl ing behind him ns it was closing. A few steps taken, and the lion tamer fell fainting by the side of bis already insensible wife, who lay with her affrighted child hugged closely to her scarcely beating heart, . Then the silence that had been as death was broken by the most tumul tuous shouts, and breath was drawn again, and half-fainting women and fear palsied men felt as if a mountain had bocu lifted from their hearts. Lame,torn and weak; the lion tamer entered the cage the next day before the most unprecedented crowd, it hav ing been advertised that bo would do so in bis bldody clothes, but never again could he be tempted to take child or pail of blood behind the bars. A remarkable march of i,700 miles across Siberia, occupying almost a year, has been completed by two Rus sian battalions of lino infantry and two batteries of artillery, which reached | their camp on the Amur, MAKING MUFFS. * Mtich Delicate Labor About This Clumsy Article. f Work of the Cutter, the Sewer and the Blocker. For tho post three yenrs stylish fur muffs have been increasing in size. It was only a few day* ago, write* a New York New* contributor, I observed a diminutive elderly lady toting iu a burdensome way a big cloth cylinder fatly covered with East Indian monkey fur. In fact, it was so heavy that tbe little woman appeared fatigued, and ns she seated herself she threw off the ribbon, with which her burden was secured about ber neck, os if glad to get rid of it. During Inst summer factories in the fur lino employing hundreds of oper ators, both mnio and female, ns well as the many dingy little shops where a few journeymen worked together for small wages, have been busy turn ing out these muffs. The sorting of the skins is a work performed by skilled men, who pick out tho thicker hides for muff manu facturers, for the thicker the hide tho firmer a muff it makes. After tho selection of the skins lifts been made the first hands they fall into are those of the cutter. A dex terous individual is be, with his keen little knife shaped almost exactly like tho oiffstrctohed wing of a bird, it has no handle, bnt is grasped at its widest end firmly in the palm and fingers of the artist. There ho stands at a high hard-wood tabic as smooth as glass aud as level as a billiard table, Before him are piles of skins of all sorts, those of the mon key, the cinnamon boar, black bear, Russian fox, sable, ermine, beaver, seal and portions of tbo sleek sides of the leopard, as well as the striped ones of the tiger and the panther. Among the smaller skins, like those of the musk rat, nyuk and beaver, scarcely one in a hundred is perfect. There are tears, bullet aud shot holes, old scars, from bites ond scratches. Be fore tbo skins pass into tlio hands of the cutter they have been wet and only partially dried and woll shaken, so as to bo pliable. The cutter examines tbo skin critically aud thou puts it fur lido down upon tho table-; thou, after bo decides upon tho most economical way of carving it up, ho cuts out all the-dofectivo parts and hard edges. If tho defects are many it may bo necessary for him to divide tho skin into as many ns twenty strips. A loss of about 20 percent is counted on in tho process of cutting, though tho most minute pieces, even bo they as small as a thumbnail, are carefully saved. •Formerly all fur sewing was done by hand, but now specially made sowing machines arc used to do tbo work ac curately, securing together tho long strips, which pass about tho periphery of the muff, and never from end to end. Matching the strips is a delicate job, as colors must be well blended, and the nap run the same way, so as to give a nice evpn surface. Good linen thread is ordinarily used, aud the seam must be carried so near the edges that it will not show on the hairy side. After the sower has fastened tho ends of the big oblong piece together forming a cylinder, he passes it to tho “blocker." It is hardly necessary to state that the blocker works on a block the same ns a blocker in a hat factory. Tho muff block is composed of seven disks which fit together on seven seg ments of a circle so arranged by turn ing a hand screw that will open much tho same as a hat stretcher. The skeleton of the fur portion of the muff is pulled over tho block, and the ends of the fur tacked on firmly. After stretching as tight as is deemed safe, the whole thing is placed in tho sun to dry, as solar heat is considered ranch better for tho fur than the artificial. When it is partly dried the tacks are pulled out and the fur is turned over to the finisher. ' The latter Las on hand many varieties of silk and satin linings and facings for muffs. The finisher boms in one ond of the lining ond then upon a smaller upright block proceeds to put in tho wadding. Finishing up is then an easy task. If cord, tassels aud other ornaments are in style, they are quickly put in place by an assistant, aud then the muff is subjected to a brisk brushing and smoothing process, after which it is placed in a box ready fur shipment. Experienced cutters corn from sls to $lB a week and blockers aud finish ers about $5 pdr week less. Expert women finishers earn about tbo same as tho men. Two men aud two women who are skilled at the business can make about throe dozen ordinary muffs a day, or two dozen large ones. A Horse on the Congo. It is hard to conceive of a people to whom the sight of a steamboat is familiar, but who havo never known oF tbo existence of borsca. Such a people were, until recently, the blacks living along the reaches of tha Congo River, whore steamers hare plied, but where no liorso hud over been brought. Nut long ago a Belgian inepeotor, visiting a place on the Oogo called Mntohie, brought with him on the deck of the steamer a good horse- The boat had no sooner made fast at the landing than all the blacks of the place were assembled, gazing with as tonishment at the animal. One of them, who had traveled a little, declared it was “a white man’s elephant”—which was, perhaps, not a bad description, from the point of view of the Oentral African who had never seen a horse before; but the general opinion seemed to bo that it was a kind of goat which the white man had brought with him to eat, for the white man is notoriously fantastic about his food. AH this time tho horse had stood with his head toward the crowd of natives, tranquilly munching some grass which had been given him. Now he turned part way around and began to switch?bis tail. Then n shout arose from the crowd; they declared that tho tail was false—that it was “atuck on” by the white man. To undeceive them one of tho whites seized the tail and pulled at it with both hands. This amused tho negroes to such a point that they rolled on the ground in tho violence of their laughter. “Now,” said tho white man, "yon came and do as I bavo done. He will lot you pull his tail.” But nothing would induce the ne groes to touch the horse. Borne of them, indeed, had to bo held by the others, to prevent them from running away, so great was the fear which the horse inspired. Uy and by a chief—a bravo man and* a wealthy one, after the native stand* ard made bold to advance and express to the inspector his extreme admira tion for the horse, and to announce that ho desired to purchase it. Ho knew that it must be a precious pos session to the white man, and there fore ho would offer a large price. Ho would give the white man four goats for it! Ho was much disappointed when the owner refused this munificent offer. The goat is the standard of value in this part of the Congo region. When the first steamboat came up the river, a chief, as soon as he had re covered from the astonishment which the sight inspired went to the captain and asked him how many goats ho would take for the steamer, —Youth’s Companion. A Pt’esct'lptlo) i \ccesary. “While it is tnfe that n physician sees much of the sadness which is the lot of the human race,” said an M. D, of this city, "he also at times has pro fessional experiences which arc very amusing. lam reminded of this by a call I recently had to the homo of a lady who was enjoying the society of her first born, aged four months. I was sent /or hurriedly and went pre pared to treat any malady incident to childhood. The mother on my ar rival was almost in hysterics,but striv ing to remain calm. She took me to the bed, pointed to the sleeping child, but said nothing. The baby appeared to be iu excellent health and resting comfortably, I looked up to inquire the cause of her alarm and ahe whis pered: 'Don’t yon see it —it’s head.” "The child’* head appeared to be all right. 11 ‘lt’s throbbing,’ she said. “I could scarcely refrain from smil ing, for she evidently felt alarmed be cause there was a gentle pulse on top of the child’s head, a thing common and necessary to infant life. I en deavored to explain that an infant’s skull is not hard and composed en tirely of bone like that of an adait, but that a portion of it remains soft to allow for growth and expansion. She would hove none of it. The child, she imagined, had had an accident or was suffering from some dreadful dis ease, I saw that it was useless to re monstrate, and said I would give her a presoirption. It was aqua pnra, (pure water), one teaspoonful every three hours, and I presume she is still giv ing it to the child. ” —Washington Star. Peanut Pork.' One of tbe finest products of Flor ida's soil and olimatc, a genuine epi cure’s dish, is peanut pork. The time may come, and there is no good reason why it should hot, when Florida will be ns celebrated for Its peanut pork as Rhode Island is for its turkeys and England for its matton. Evou tho celebrated chestnnt-fed pork of Italy is not superior to it, nor yet tho savory goose of New Jersey, fattened on rice and celery. Pig pork of itself is almost ns toothsome as a roast fowl. Then when there is imparted to it tho incomparable flavor of tbe favorite nnt of Americans it has a rich and natty quality which is a little hard to beat. For this purpose wa want tho pure razorback of the piney woods; under the peanut regime its flesh yields a more savory repast than that of the best improved breeds of tho North.—Jacksonville (Fls.) Citizen. Won by a Keck, Papa—So Emily stands at tbe head of her class in French? Mamma—Yes. She and another girl were exactly even in the written examinations, but it wm/deoided that Emily shrugged her sWiJ4rs more correctly. “• r£ARLS Of THOVOHt\ I Getting tie big head thrin^Rfl heart. Preach to your own heart . 70a address others. | Ton can't tell the size of a man by . the noise ha makes. | Unless yon want to be poor, ctco’l try to keep all yon get. , There are some men who would not be happy if they could. Lire to do good and you will never tire of your employment. A baby suggests a sonl a good deel less than it does curdled milk. When a little man is lifted up,every body finds out that bo is little. If a man sots ont to do it, he csa win any woman that wants him. No man can be a hopeless cynic who has never attended a pink tea. No man can be truly known until he is seen through the eyes of love. Borne people are not ns bad as they look, while others are a great deal worse. The real purpose of arbitration i to show that fhe other fellow is wrong. You cannot dream yonrself into t character; yon must hammer and forge yourself one. Wo must have good eyes to sec good, and good hearts to comprehend it when wo do see it. They deserve to be slaves then* selves who will make no effort to se cure liberty for others. The quickest way to make a woman like you is to get her to hate someone you don’t like.— Theßouth-Wcst. The Oreat Ofay Wolf, The groat gray wolf of the North ii a most powerful beast, and pursues men with hungry eagerness when snow prevents it from finding its usual food. It is not a large creature, but it is all muscle. “The gray wolf,” says Forest ami Stream, "is not mnch taller than * setter dog. He is longer and heavier, a sort of combination of wire ami raw hide, which never tires and can cover ground with great rapidity, A man not lung ago started two wolf bounda after six hungry wolves of this type. The dogs overtook the wolves with un expected case, and then the wolves ate the dogs, evidently thankful that a supply train had followed them. "A year ago a man who believes in poisoning wolves, dragged a fresh beef hide thirty-one miles, throwing out bait of poisoned meat. Next day, on his return over the lino, he found twenty-eight wolves and coyotes dear!, while others, no doubt, had wandered away sick to some hole or other and died, , “Avery effective trap is made of s gang of fish hooks baited with moat. The hooks aro hung on wires and fastened to branches. The animal* come along, smell the bait, and get ting on their hind legs, succeed in reaching it. The bending of th* branch prevents the hooks from being torn out. It makes it deoidedly inter esting when a panther gets hold of * hook instead of a wolf. "The gray wolf, iu a pack of it* own kind, seems to fear nothing Jolt fire. It will attack a man who is shooting at it and its comrades. It will aid in pulling down a wounded buffalo bull, and a buck doer at bay is attacked iu spite of horns and hoof*. But fire keeps it at a distance. A lone man may sleep if his fire burns bright ly, oven if the wolves sit about, just outside the line of light, their eyes showing iu a circle surrounding the man, but ns the fire dies down the cir cle draws in closer, and it behooves the man to stir it np again.” In Jackion’t Time. ' \ General Ogle, a member of thl Pennsylvania Assembly, bail been de puted to compose an address to the newly elected President, Andrew Jack son. When the bluff old warrior sub mitted bis document to tbe House, follow-member, a dapper little fellow from Philadelphia, observed; “Pardon me, Genera). I. hesitate nbont making, any suggestions to so distinguished an individual,but I can not refrain from saying that it is cos tomory with cultured letter-writers to write the first personal pronoun with a capital V instead of a small ‘i.' " General Ogle returned a look of scorn. “Sir,” said he, “when I writs to so groat a man ns General Andrew Jackson, Democratic President of tha United States, I abase myself. I abase myself, sir. I use as small on *l’ as I can put upon paper. But,sir,if ever I should have to write to a little snips like you I would use an ‘l* sir, that would fill two pages of foolscap I” Baltimore Sun. Profitable l/uck Farming. In the spring of 1896 Thomas Itous* kept two ducks out of $ flock and • drake from which to raise, and heroi* the result: They laid 185 eggs in tha spring, from which 820 worth of ducks were sold, after eating and selling some of the eggs, of which no account was kept. . Six young ducks wore kept out of the lot. In tbs fall tho two old ducks laid ninety-sight more egg’- Off tho young daoks feathers enough to make throe pillows were Burlington (Ky.) BecoAlcr.