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SNovel MIeans oat Ltvlihood In Whtle
* Citizens of Detroit are Engaged.
[Detroit YFst and Tribune.]
There is an enterprise carried on in
EDetroit which is not generally known,
and never appears in the statement of
the city's varied prosperous industries.
Its novelty is such that it has never as
yet attained the dignity of-a name.
It is carried on when a imajority
ef citizens are asleep. Those en
tgaged in it prosper upon the
carelessntss and misfortunes of
others. Their income defies definite pre.
iction, but can be depended on for a
iandsome return on the capital invested.
The few engaged in this industry might
Tbe termed "fighters." The pioneers in
the business were gas-lighters. Scarcely
one of their number, who has been en
gr.ged with the craft for any consider
able length of time. has failed to find
one or more articles which afforded a
handsome addition to his regular in
come. Almost every night there was a
valuable find or two, and as a knowl
'edge of the fact came to a few men who
were waiting for something to turn up,
they saw in it a golden opportunity, an%
are now laying up treasures from whal
they can find.
One of these individuals lives in Close's
alley and is a negro. At the very peep
of day he may be seen abroad, traveling
at a good round space, scanning the side
walk and doorways, and swooping down
,on anything of sufficient value to repay
the loss of a minute or so. There are also
three men who travel together, their
rounds generally beginning about mid
night and continuing until daylight.
They walk abreast, taking in the side
ewalk, scanning it as they go, the center
man carrying a bull's-eye lantern at
tached to the front of his coat. They
go as rapidly as is consistent with their
business, and nothing of value escapes
their notice. A basket is the receptacle
for many articles, money goes into
their pockets, and heavier finds some
times necessitate the sending of a detail
of one or two for assistance or a wagon.
What they pick up comprises almost
every movable commodity worn or car
ried upon the etrte:s. Theiy secure hats,
handkerchiefs without number, coats.
money, umbrellas, feathers of value,
occasionally a valuable watch dropped
by some night marauder, purses, rings,
breastpins, canes, chains, bracelets,
keys, letters, gloves, furs, skirts, and
even hose, dropped by some luckless
adventuress. An invoice of these find
ings would show an immense annudal
aggregate. A plume picked up not
long since netted eight dollars to the
finder. A watch was quietly disposed
of for fifty dollars, and the purchaser
had a bargain. Much of the jewelry is
sent to a distant market. Ready money
is tucked away and tells no tales.
Curious finds are also made. An old
lamp-lighter said to a reporter: "I have
picked up two bushels of potatoes when
they were worth a dollar and a half per
bushel, and no one even called fcr the
Another had found a new suit of
clothes, neatly done up, and found them
a good fit without the change of a but
ton. Some disciple of Bacchus tucked a
twenty-dollar bill outside his vest pocket
and the eagle-eyed finder gathered it in.
Purses containing several times that
amount have been picked up, and the
business is said by those informed to be
a lucrative one.
A peculiar case is that of an aged
negro who is found around the market
building at an early hour during the hot
weather: He gathers up the heads and
feet of chickens, declaring when ques
tioned: "Boss, dem am de quintessence
ob de fowel. De possum am de only
bird dat obberrates dese foh regalah ole
time soup." He never misses a squash,
bunch of vegetables, or some other
bit of diet.
Forret rand O'Coner.
"The true story" of how the late
Charles O'Conor came to act as counsel
in the Forrest divome case is told by
The Syracuse Herald. Mrs. Forrest's
friends at first tried to tegage him, but
he refused positively to have anything
to do with the ease. But they had
spread abroad reports of their intention
to engage him, hoping thus to frighten
Mr. Forrest, and Forrest heard and be
lieved them. A few hours after his
final refusal to be Mrs. Forrest'scounsel,
Mr. O'Conor took his seat in a horse-car
to go home. A moment later Forrest
entered. His eye fell upon O'Conor and
flashed fire. Believing the lawyer to be
his wife's counsel, he strode up to him.
and in the presence of the assembled
passengers he deliberately trod on his
toes. Mr. O'Connor rose, quitted the
car, and returned to his office. There
he wrote a brief note to Mrs. Forrest, ac
cepting her case without a retainer; and
a more remorseless warfare was never
waged by counsel upon an adversary's
client than that which Mr. O'Conor
opened against the great actor the vest
Wood as Yood.
[Popular Sci ace Monthl"r.]
Certain auimali have a remarkable
power of dige.t:ng ligneous t asue.
The beaver is an example of this. The
whole of its stomach, and more especi
ally that secondary Jtomach, the
c~ecum, is often found crammed or
lugged with fragments of wood and
ara. I have opbned the crops of sev
eral Norwegian ptarmigans, and found
them filled with no other food than the
needles of pines, upon which they
evidently feet during the winter. The
birds, when cooked. were scarcely eat
able on account of the strong resinous
fiavor of their flesh.a
I may-here, by the way, correct the
oaimontly aceptedw scrsiaon. of a pope
la. itory. 'e are told that when
.ae Anrl to:nitte was inormied of a
~i2a*. in the rei-hborhood of tbe
'Lyrol, and of the starving or s"tua .
the peasants there, she repl ed: "I
would rather eat pie-crust" (some of
the story-teller, gay pastrv") "than w
starve." Thereul on the courtiers
giggled at the ignorance of the paem- I
pered princess who supposed that The
starving peasants ha t such an alterna.
tive food as pa-try. 'I he ignorance,
however, was ali on the side of the hin
courtiers and tho-e who repeat the
story in its crdinary form. 'he prin- Da
cess was the only person in the tourt .
who really unders:ood the hab:ts of
the peasants of the par:icuier district
in cuestion. The; cook their meat. '
chiefly young real, ly roiling it in a fe
kind of dough made of sawdu t, mixed An
with as little <oarse tour as will hold Bu
it together; then i-la e this in an oven
or in wood embe s until the dongh is It
hardene4 to a tough crust, and the I
meat raised throughout to the cooking
point. Marie Anto:nette said that she qr
wvouild rather eat croutins than starve,
knowing that these croutitius, or meat
pie-crusts, were given to the rigs; that Go
the pigs digested them, and were
nourished by them in spite of the wood Bu
Planning the Story-Building It Up
Dialogue and Completion.
[Pall Mall Gaz-tte.]
When I get a commission to write a
play the first thing I do, as a rule, is to ai
decline it, because I know it means from
three to six months of 'mental misery
and a long period of physical prostra
tion after the work is finished. I have
declined six commissions within the last s
few months, because 1 dread the task so
much. Writing a play is the most ex
hausting and the most distressing of all
forms of literary labor I have yet tried, d
and I have tried my hand at a good 1
many branches of the profession. When
I have conquered my repugnance so far to
as to undertake a play, however, this is
how I proceed. I begin to plan my
story, building it up scene by scene.
This I write out in a book, and alter and d
I alter until I have a clear story which I
can tell act by act to a friend, taking
care to let the end of each act be as ef
fective as possible. TI
As soon as the story is clear I begin to
look at the motives which actuate the
villain and. the hero. If these are weak,
I cast about for stronger ones. When I m
think that the motives are those that
will account reasonably for all that hap- n
pens, I set to work to write the play- of
that is to say, I complete the piece act t
by act, writing in the dialogue as I pro- ai
ceed. • Playwriting is both an art and a
trick. There are certain "tricks of the
trade" which, being unknown, lead the
greatest artist into difficulties. An ,
audience must be written for, not at, bi
and different audiences require differ- et
ent treatment. A play which
would be an enormous success at
one house would be a failure at another.
It is, therefore, essential to bear in
mind the house you are writing your
play for, and pay attention to all the g
points which are known to tell best with
those who will pay their money to be b
amused at the theater for which your ti
play is intended. The great secret of s
sccess in dramatic work I believe to be b
the knowledge of what not to write.
Halm the plays that fail, do so be- b
cause among the good stuff there is that r
which annoys an audience, or distracts ,
its attention from the main points of the
,tory. I endeavor as far as possible to
remove every element of danger from
a play when I have written it. A line
that is capable of a double meaning, has
wrecked a play at a critical point more
than once, and a dangerous sentiment
has often turned the scale against the
author, at a moment when a safe senti
ment would have turned it in his favor.
I am writing of course of that branch of
play writing which I practice-ordinary
melodrama. Grand poetical plays,where
the language and the main idea carry
the listener up into a region removed n
from the bustle and strife of ordinary d
life, are not judged by the same rules.
The absurdity of a situation or a senti- n
ment is lost sight of, because the audi- 4
ence, never having lived in the clouds,
cannot judge what they hear or 'see by
their own experience. But in melo.
drama, where the most exciting situa
tions, and the strongest passions of hu
man nature are dealt with, the greatest
care is necessary to see that the thin line
which separstes the sublime fran the
ridiculous is'lot overstepped.
A Smart Colored Boy.
[Arkansaw Traveler.]
"Dat boy," said a colored gentleman,
referring to his son, "w'y, he's de smart
est chile in de lan'. Dat boy, w'y, he is
got er high edycation."
"How far advanced is her' some one
"Who, dat chile? W'y, he's mighty
nigh got all de way, dat's how fur 'vanced
he is."
"Well, but what can he. do?" G
"Who, dat boy? Whut is it he kain'
do? He ken read dese heah signs what
de white folks paints on de fences, an' it Eo
takes er mighty sharp chile ter do dat, Onf
lemme tell yer. But dat ain't de climax C
o' what he kin do. He kin read dese
leather-kivered books. Mos' any boy
ken read one o' dese heah paper-back
books, an' any ord'nary pussen ken
han'le de newspapers an famfilets, but
when he takes down one o' dese here
leather-kivered bobks ai' reads off de
talk, w'y he's gwine ter be a lawyer, shose
yer bo'n. Doan talk ter me 'bout das
chile, 'case I knows him. I'se seed him
hau'lin figgers wid bof han's."
It is said that when Henry Ward
Beecher expects to make an unusual
effort in public, he postpones a meal, if
it comes near ,the hour of .his lecture.
'and waits untUil i` 4ed haferward
efore he eats of ytbin 3and he - has
wia- rnpaect of baing a he old man.
[Owen Meredith.]
Whom we first love, you know, we seldom
Time rules us all. And life, indeed, is not
The thing.we planned it out ere hope was
And then, we women cannotchoose ourlot,
M.uch must be borne which it is hard to bear;
Much given away which it were sweet to
God help us all, who need, indeed, His care
And yet, I know, the Shepherd loves His
My little hoy begins to babble now
'Upon my knee his earliest infant prayes
He has his father's eager eyes I know.
And, they say, too, h s mother's sunny hair.
But when he sleeps and smiles upon my knee
And I can feel his light breath come and go,
I think of one (Heaven help and pity me!)
Who loved me, and whom I loved, long
Who might have been * * * ah, whatl
dare not think!
We all are changed, God judges for usbest.
God help us do our duty, and not shrink,
And trust in Heaven humbly for the rest.
But blame us women not, if some appear
Too cold at times, and some too gay and
Some griefs gnaw deep: some woes are hard
to bear.
Who knows the past? and who can judge
us right?
Ah, were we judged by what we might have
And not by what we are, too ant to fall!
My little child-he sleeps and smiles between
These thoughts and me. In Heaven we
shall know all!
The Drollest Street Gamins In the
World-The Brutes5 Noted Named.
[Cairo Cor. St. Paul Pioneer Press.]
Cairo would not be Cairo without its
donkeys and donkey boys. They are a
unique institution.
These Arab donkey boys know a smat
tering of the principal European lan
guages, and can tell instantly in what
tongue to address you. Not only are
they thus keen, but they are also the
drollest and most humorous street gamins
I have ever seen. They are great at
pantomime, and you cannot forbear
laughing at their good-humored antics.
The donkeys are exceedingly small, but
gentle and long-suffering. The majority
of them are much abused, and bear
around on their bodies the marks of the
merciless donkey boys. "Mine berry
good donkey, sar," said one. "Mine
name Yankee Doodle, sar," said an
other, keener even than the rest. Then
the others took up the keynote,
and "Gen. Grant." "Mrs. Langtry,"
I and other similar celebrities were at my
disposal. Had I been French, it would
have been "monsieur" instead of
a "sar" and the donkeys would have
been named "Napoleon," "Waterloo,"
I did not make any bargain before
hand. When I inquired at the hotel as
to what was the proper tariff, the
answer was: "Give the beggars-a
great word with the English-a plastre
or two per hour. There is no regular
rate." Of course the boys always grum- I
ble and demand backsheesh, whatever
the fee bestowed, but no one minds that.
So on this particular morning I bade the
boy hold the opposite stirrup while I
mounted-the stirrups are not fastened,
but in the event of a fall the distance is -
ridiculously slight. On each donkey's
forehead is a brass tablet with his
number inscribed upon it.
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Y Liberal discounts allowed to post
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Address all orders to
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on application
11 Correspondence solicited.
Job Work a Specialty.
Shop opposite Great Falls Livery Stable.
President. Vice President. Sec. and Treas.
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Manufacturers of the following brands of High Grade Flour
Cash Paid- Wheat.
Great Falls, - - Mont.
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Br ick Makers,
Contractors and Builders.
Wholesale and Retail Detlars in
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Great Falls, - - Montana
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Great Falls Blacksmith Shop,
Blacksmithing and Repairing of all Kinds
[ am prepared to any class of work in my line, and in a most thorough an&.
workmanlike manner. All work done on short notice. All
piseases of the feet treated successfully.
Livery, Draft, and Mule Shoeing.
General News Dealers and Stationers.
Prices to Suit the Times.
Great Falls, - - - - Mont..
RUENT HOTELI Sun River, Mont.
James. Gibb, Propretor.
Travelers Will Find Good Accommodations
Across the Missouri River above'
the mouth of Sun River is now
running. A new wagon road con
necting with this Ferry whibh in
- tersects the Helena road near Eagle
Rock, and effects a saving in distance of TEN MILES between
Great Falls and Helena. The road is plain and good.
RIMOYED Wines, Li.uors atd Cigars.
Corner 1et. Ave Sth. & 2d. St., - B Ct lalr.
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Fine Wines, Liquors and Cigars. BILLIARD and POOL Table.
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