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W.HIP POOR WILL.
;Whm Pmpling shadows westward creel And stars through crimsom curtains peep And south winds sing themselves to sleep: 'Prom woodlands heavy with Perfume -Of spicy bud and April bloom Comes through the tender twilight gloom, Music most mellow, "Whip po' Will-.ill, oh! Whip po' Will-Will, oh! "Whip po Will, Whip p' Will, Whip po Will -Will. oh " The bo,. m of the brook- i. filih,l, With n,w alarm, the for,,st thrilled With startled echoes, and most skilledl To rio a la.,vrinthine race The lirefi., light their lams to clna', The culprit through tih darkling !,ae Mischievous fellow, . h "Whip po' Will-W 11. I,! Whip po Will-Will, h' Whip !s Will, Whip po' Will, Whip po' W\il-Will. oh"' From Li.l to hill the echos!i fly The marshy brakes take up the cry, And where the slumlbring waters lii In calm repose, and slyly fehlo The snipe among the whispering re'e.,, The tahi rf this wil sprite's inisdeel :I'roubles the billow., "Whip po' Will-Will, oh! Whip po' Will-Will, oh! Whip p' Will. Whip po' Will, Whip po" Will-Will, oh"' And where is he of whom they speak? Is he just playing the hide and seek, Among the thickets up the creek Or is he resting from his play in some cool grotto, far away, Where lullaby crooning :l'phyr. 5ray. Smoothing his pill w, "Whip po' Will-W-ill. oh! Whip po' Will-Will. oh ! 'Whip po' Will, Whip il"' Will, Whin p. Will-Will, oh "' -1!. M. Folsom ia . I tlantta C'ost.if tion.., THE FATAL FLOWER. "You are a'dead nman," said the D)e. !tor, looking fixedly at Anatole. Anatole was astonished. He had come to spend the evening witl: ais old friend, Dr. Bardais, the illustrionr vant, whose studies of poi:onous plant j-d made him famous. It was not hi" _me, however, which attracted Anatol, the Doctor, but his nobility of heart lud almost paternal kindness. And now 'uddenly, without any prleparation. the aoung man heard this terrific prognostica tlon from the lips of so i.reat an author "Uahappy Iboy." m'ult inue(l the Doctor, "what have you (ldo)e'" S'"Nothing that I know of, sta:nmierel as3tole. *Think. Tell mnc what you have , what you h.le eaten, what you Sinhaled! This last word was like a ray of light Anatole. That very morning he had Mlceived a letter from a friend who was .a.veling in India. In this letter he found a flower which the tourist hadl lplucked on the banks of the Ganges. an odd-look little red flower. whose odor, he re bered, seemed to him to be strangely ant. Anatole looked in his pocket and took therefrom the letter and flower which he showed to the ere is not a doubt !" exclaimed the "It is the Pvramenensis Indica! I flower of blood!" u really think so?"'' ! I am certain." it is not possible that it should fatal to me. I am only twenty-five d, am strong and in the best of what hour did you open this fatal o'clock this morning." , to-morrow morning, at the r, at the same minute, in full you say, you will feel a peculiar 7our heart, and that will end all." you know of no remedy, no ," said the Doctor. clasping his head in his hands, t fell into a chair, overcome with otion of his old friend convined that he was indeed doomed. He at once; he was almost insane. sweat on his forehead, his ideas walking mechanically, Anatole into the night, unconscious of passing about him. For a long alked thus, then, coming to a sat down. did him good. Up to that had been like a man who has received a severe blow on the At last, however, his mind seemed and he began to gather his scat uatt ,n' ie thought, "is like man , ondemned to death. Such b.wever, can still hope for But I ... long have I to live?" ked at his watch. o'clock.in the morning. It is Igotobed. What! Igotobed? $eep the last six hours of my life? *ave certainly something better to do. But what? Why, I will to make." away was a restaurant which n all night. Thither Anatole bring me a pot of coffee and of ink," he said, as he seated at a table. a cup of coffee, and, looking lying on the table before hom shail I leave my income of I I have neither father nor Among the people in whom I there is only one to whom leare;my money-Nicette." was Anatole's second cousin, a girl of eighteen years, having and large dark eyes. Like a rh, and this simhilar hed log since established a between them. was uekly drawn up. He -' sofmd eup of :-I wind int-truments which he teaclhe- pupil) of the Conservatory to play, did not do right in promising her hand to a brute, a bully, whom she detests. She detest him all the moret bI ause. sihe loves .rn onre elce, if I have able to understndl hetr tretic n ti tr }id her 'ntl:trr:t;.ssmt. t. Who is this lhapty mortal: I kumw nR., biut lh i< 'ert ilyv iort y of he- r sinct ,h, la ch,,o-en hire. .;, al. -ti t, beautifut.l, b:h nd . .\h' if :]u" min+t ha]t. Ib.,. mu w if it i. I a!:':l eu. to t r'e h Ir i, In:m ,i. il i:m i}-' h t!C-. I. Ir i l itr lit, lO"uti. i: t litv trit l,,i t Ni, - chang l,. :' I 11iR " I. I %, ill ua}r , t,.:: the t1 1ttt1r t ,-no( 'l'r.+, mlnt i nl: i ". 1},,1t i, nier.It O ill b,, ton IcI': 1 -t i,2 :t ilotC . It it ' n unm e l - ,:flt' hiirt( to t-, peopletd., but a I "hull di,' in ti . htur ticannot con, ider th, it '< tt ni, :u,1. It i dentijIe ! IMy lifte fr Niletttl "" A nati le l ft the. i '-t: ,ii : : 1-1, 1 , to the hol -( ," 1!. l; iu,'rd. the ' r , of Nica:tte. It Na-t I , ht k in the m rniii ' vd v ,(0, ihe rantl the ll. le ehm tvwie,, tirei tire. hi ru At last MI. ih tmard him selB . atonis. het . hit nili.ht-c;|l out t ihe hlaul. ,,rued th.e lootr. * W hat'. tite matter'.. hIl,- ask d,. 1"1 there a tire: eo,, my dear 11. Honyatrd." replied Anatole. "I have 'mnut to (all on gnu." "At this hou-:'" "A'll hour, itre 'ood in which one "au see you, E1. ,,uoard. But you are in your night-clothe't<: \u had better return to bhel." . That i, what I'm ,noing to do." And then, l,.:ling Anatole to his chamber. he continued: ''Hut I suppot"-, since Cout have :rou-ed me at til-, hour, that you have somethin_;' important to say to mle.." • V,+ry important' It i, nees<ary. M1. HotI|ardl. that you -huml give up the idea <ff n,+rryine my c,,uain N\icetteto M1. " p,11 ] tllena *" , + "-My re~,litin ii taken: this marria.e Ih:ll take piae(.' S'It shall nit take i la- e.' " Well, .e sh.all Ies. And n1ow that you have myi answer I will not detain ,ou longer." "Y,,u are not SL V amiable thi- nm'rn ing, M. Biovyarld. But I am not offended, -and as I am pertsevering I remain: " 'Stay if you will. I, however. shall imntagine that vyou ha:ve departed and I shall say no more..' Then.turnin r away, 5M. Bouvardl muttered : " Who ever heard of such a thin,' To disturb il pIaeeable man. rou~ie him from his sleep to talk Slddenly II. .1ouv ar I jumped into Anatlole got the Prlofiessor's trombone, in which he lilew as though a deaf per son were trving to play it. The sounds it emnitted were infternal. * My precious trombone! the gift of my pupils:" excl:imed the Professor. 'Leae: Ithat instrumnent alone." 'Ii. I:,ovard." replied Anatole. ":you have ima:,giined thit I have departed. I imagine you arc absent. and I amuse my self aIamitin-, your return." Then, after blowing furiously on the trombone, he exclaimedi: "Ah, what a beautiful note"' *You will cause my landlord to give me notice to leave the hiouse. lie will not let me play on my tromblllione after midnight." ''Ah. the man ha, no music in his soul]" Again the twembone thundered. 'For heaven's sake. stop'" "Do you consent.' 'To what ?" "'To give up the idea of this marriage." "But I cannot do that'" "Very well, then----" The trombone finished Anatole's sentence. "'b. itapdnenac is a terrible fellow. If r should offer him such an affront he would kill me." 'I"Does that fear restrain you?" "Yes." "Then leave the matter to me. 'Only promise me that if Iobtain M. Capdenac\s acquiscence my v ousin shall he free.' -"Yes, I promise you she shall be free." "Bravo! I have your word. Now I will leave you. But, by the way. what is this Capdenac's address ?" "It is 1O( rue )eux-Epees." "I will go ihre at ncc. (;Gooi,v." 'Ah '" thought M. Bouvard. -'vou are going to throw yours lf in the lion's den, and you will get what you deserve." Anatole hastened to the address the Professor had given him. It was six o'clock when he reached the house. He rang the bell violently. "Who is there?" cried a de'ep voice be hind the door. "Let me in. I have an important communication from M. Bouvard." Anatole heard the rattling of a safety chain which was being removed, and the sound of a key which was turned in three locks successively. "Well, this man is well guarded!" ex claimed Anatole. At last the door was opened, and Ana tole found himself in the presence of a man who had fierce curling mustaches and was arrayed like a buccaneer. "You see-always prepared," said M. Capdenac. "That is my motto." The walls of the reception room were covered with panoplies. In the little room to which Capdenac led his visitor one saw nothing jut arms-yataghans, poisoned arrows, sabres, swords, pistols and blunderbusses. It was a veritable arsenal. It was enough to strike terror to the soul of a timid person. "Bah!" thought Anatole. "What does it matter? I shall die within two hours in any case." "Monsieur," said Capdenac, "what is the object of - " "Monsieur," replied Anatole, inter rupting him, "you wish to marry Mlle. NicetteV' "Yes, Monsieur." "Monsieur, you shall not marry her." "Alh, blood! and who will prevent mel" "I.,, Capdhsac gazed at Anatole who was dot very large, b4 who looked very d ýýý ume,, ý 'lsaýr" ~r p~i t at! s' Iood humor. Protit by it. Save your self while there is yet time. Were I not in in amiable mood I would not answer . for your days." '-And I do not rinswer foir Votus." '"A de(titane! to me (':qaidenac! D)c I, know that I have foutiht twenty lduel<. thl:tt I h v:ve, killl tive of miy :ol c:lr ; :till c nould,- d tll other tif(-^" : I;, .o un - fnI . ro. I hliva pity f lir t,4 , h e 'aTherei is till tile: ." Si l' l , rei l li ti 1i tAi t ,. [hi-, h 'tr 11.-til\r t:tiiin'i' ,Vlile 'iF 1 1el i'1 t- t;:ti oi i -i t" ,ll:itti .I t. vjlt , ,i i-in (.- ii.f!: ,\our o t il'r t! ii rl . i 1tilr i nt ,l e ii, t *"*1 I : ' n (i I(t blll e titil r. ( tl rl ll ,, i: . . lit t flitwo tie .r o .i t ti : -.ix(. ' **Wii l V i: lriite. a (ti( tsii. piprer tip l - ' I ur thl ikit r -f i r eoit "r w of noit khiUti.w Ioe ti -hed athet it. abwoutl qilo.itt o riat thio nhrtatld be il Et .ll.ndit ite - r'h tt's i t u its her 1"1 lhae no mothIer. Iii. i rhet p, t 4uh "ilr for cartine or revoh ppr st n -Youna rin. do not hianl.1 thf Nic i:tt i, of : ic" te. under tand each other. ".yplt w thl you ihtn.thinog \aForl ho , time f mtself houe thought not know how to ,o about it. I woubl, queh'st, but you uletand that it will rtot threat st. e "Anatol .' "(Go oa111, and tro to bed." cried the Professor. routhly. "I have ('apdenac's relinquishment ol Nicette's hiand. Open the door, or I'll hbreak it in." .MB. Bouvard ,opened the door. Anatole .-ave him the paper, and then went to the door of Nicette's chamber and cried: "Cousin. get up; dress yourself and come here." A few moments after. ard N icette, fresh as a ro.s. entered the little reception roomi. W\Vhat's the matter:" whe said. 'The matter is," cried M. Bouvard, "that your cousin is mad." 'Mad he it"' said Anatole; ''but Ni cette will see that there is method in my madness. This night, my dear little cousin, I have accomplished two things: 3. ('apdenae renounces your hand, and your Iniardlian co!lnsnts that you shall marry the menu you love.'' "MIv uardian, are you indeed willing that I should marry Anatol?" Ah '!" exclaimed Anatole. 'It is you. my cousin, whom I love." At that moment Anatole felt his heart beat violently. What cau.sed it Was it the pleasure which Nicette's unhoped-for avowal gave him? Was it the pain fore told by the Doctor? Was it death? "Unfortunate man that I am!" cried poor Anatole. -'She loved me. I see my happiness before me, and I am going to die without attaining it." Then, grasping the hands of Nicette, he told her all; he told her about the let ter he had received, the flower whose odor he had inhaled, the warning of his old friend, his will, the subsequent events and his success in obtaining her freedom. "And now," he added, "I am going tc die " ''That is impossible," exclaimed Ni. cette. -'The Doctor is deceived. Who if he ?" "A man who is never deceived, Ni. cette; he is lIr. Bardais." "Bardais. Hardais:'" cried Bouvard lauthiny. ""Li-ten to this paragraph it the morning newspaper: 'The savant. Dr Bardais. has become suddenly insane. His insanity has taken a scientific turn. It is well known that the Doctor has de voted himself specially to the study o: poisonous pl:nts. lie now believes al persons whom he meets have been poi soned, and he persuades them of the fact. He was taken at midni"ht to an insane asylum." "Nicette :" "Anatole!" The lovers were clasped in each other'! arms. -Epoch. The Organ of Cremation There is a paper published in Germane called Die Flamme, and which is devotee to the advocaay of cremation. Unwit tingly, perhaps, a recent issue contain the strongest sort of argument agains that method of disposing of the dead. I1 seems that a Professor Ungarelli, of Fer. rara, was taken ill and apparently died. He was laid out, the funeral service held. and the coffin was being put in the grave, when one of the workmen heard a groan. Examination showed the supposed deac man to be alive, and that he had been conscious all the time, though unable tc move or express himself. Had crematior been practiced a horrible death must have resulted.-San Franlreco Chroniele. The Language's Mint. The rapidity with which words are coined by the English-speaking race is wonderful, and to England some of the most remarkable instances are due. The verb "to burke" (to rifle graves of corpses) and its origin are well known, ahd it has been in use for many years. The word "boycott" is of too recent origin to need more than passing notice. But perhaps the most remarkable instance yet afforded is now seen in the English papers, which have adopted the verb "to . itechapel." The now word certainly ha the maPit aobeing soeh lesm sgPgu. ti's-AsC the dt THE MADSTONE. WHAT IT IS AND ITS ALLEGED MIRACULOUS WORK. Pronounced by Doctors a Tradition of' Igaorancell - A Madstone Dt- scribed- Lates.t Story Abouit One. 'i:,'.-ul us st.r e.s of alleged c'urs of : of hydr,,liil ,hi lv the tue ,of a .ltone I'I ul:rly called a " ladlstonc'" have ", s lithe New Y1iork .ý'i, bec. com n ,n in tr:.itioin. Althonth the m0ad -t ,ir i' nolt dinscribedl in \Weliter's Dic ti,,nar;x, aoir in the Atn'iriican Eniyvc!o l,( lii:, a::ndl is g'nera.lly r riardcld iv it edu ctted, l ])hy-iciins as a relic of superstition, thes- storki" are vet cirn.ulatctl with the ,pretence of :itliheiti.ity. It may be safely a,,otel that wherever there is evi t.nce of an :all.,..d cluire, therei is no evi d(hilce that thri, .\ais ainy hydlrophoilia to (be cured, for such is the testimony of ex l)rts who hla: si-pent a good deal of time and mon'v inv\t.-igating stories of alleged hydi r)ophobia. The literature of the madstone is very scarce. All that could bce found in the big library of the Academy of Medicine by the industrious lilbrarian, Mr. John S. Brownne, was a description of the mad stone, written by I)r. W. J. Hoffman, of the Smithsonian Institute, and published in the San Francisco Histern Lanictt for January, 1884, as follows: Having just had the iopmportunity to care fully examine a so-called "madstone," a brief descripti in may not ibe uninteresting. The speciuen was obtained by one of the United States (;eoiogical Survey in North Carolina during the past field season. and consists of a pebble measuring nine-tenths of an inch in lengsth,three-fourths in width at the broadest part, and appears to hayv. been the original surface resulting from cleavage. Its weight is 22) grains. The color is dirty white, but upon the rounded surface has assumed a deep brick red, which has penetrated into the body of the pebble, and resulted, no doubt, from infiltration of ferric compounds. The flat surface shows the veinings of coloring matter very distinctly, and as it shades off through an orange tint into the white of the body of the stone, causes quite an attractive speci men. The rounded portion of the pebble, w.hen held in the sunlight,shows a satin lustre of a strawberry and burnt senna tint-a re flection resembling that of the moonstone and labradorite, being characteristic of some of the feldspars, to which this emampie no doubt belongs. h ae gentleman whosold it to the present owner stated that it had been obtained from the paunch of a white-spotted deer (Macrurus virginianus), shot about two years ago. It is natural to suppose that the partial albinism of the animal added considerable mystery to the specimen found within its body, and the funder, being no doubt, of a superstitious nature, at once experimented with it, with the result that one case of hydrophobia and one of rattlesnake bite were cured. The per son bitten by a mad dog is said to have been a typical case, and a dog bitten by the same rabid animal died afterward. Affidavits sub stantiating the above mentioned cases are offered by the discoverer, but we shall not dwell upon the alleged merits of the stone until actual experiments shall have been per formed under the direction of compexteL\t persons. The manner of applying the stone is to heat it in hot water and then to apply it to the wound, when its great absorbing (?) proper ties will at once cause it to adhere and. ex tract the poison! It is said to partially bury itself in the soft parts, puckering the skin im mediately around it. When first hearing of the above specimen I thought it might be one of those ordinary calcareous concretions sometimes met with in the herbiverous mammalia, but a piece of feldspar is quite an unusual deviatiou, and the only reason that can be given is that the deer's tongue coming in contact with a saline substance, the animal would naturally swal low it, on account of its extreme fondness for salt. The piece of feldspar may, by its ex posure and gradual decomposition, have ac cummulated a thin film or incrustation of potash, which is its chief alkaline constituent, thus naturally affording a sufficiently salty taste for it to be swallowed entire. The latest story about the madstone comes from Terra Haute, and is this: The Indianapolis Journal's correspondent at Terre Haute, Ind. reports that what is known as the Terre Haute madstone was to day applied to the leg of the eleven-year-old danghter of John Kirk, at Rush County, Ind., who was bitten two weeks ago by a pup which afterward died with all the symp toms of hydrophobia. The stone, after a lapse of eleven hours still adhered. The dog bit two sisters of the child, and either scratched or bit a four-vear-old brother. The madstone was applied to the boy but would not adhere, and this confirms the im pression that his injury is from a scratch. The wounds of the three girls were not deep, but blood was drawn. The madstone is thoroughly saturated, and the cloth about it is soaked with poisonous-looking matter. The longest time the stone ever adhered be fore this application was fourteen hours, and that was many years ago. The stone has an authenticated record of more than ei'htv years, and no death has ever resulted if it once adhered. When it drops off the child on whom it is now applied it will be tried on one of the sisters. The succeeding day brought the fol lowing. The madstone was yesterday applied to an other of the four children of the Rush County farmer who were bitten two weeks ago. The stone adhered nearly twelve hours to the eleven-year-old girl treated Sunday, and eight hours to the five-year-old girl yester day. Some of the virus drawn through the porous stone will be subjected to a scientific examination. Last night two men from Warren County, this State, came here to have the stone applied, each being appre hensive that some of the saliva of a hog got under the skin of their fingers. The hog was bitten by a dog, as were several others in the same pen, and so far three have died. The. dog has been running wild through the country. Seeking the opinions of reputable physicians, a Sun reporter saw Dr. Allan McLane Hamilton, who emphatically de clared that the madstone is not believed by *rell-informed persons tq have any of the curative or remedial properties ascribed to it; that the belief in it is re garded as a superstition of the past, not worthy of serious thought. Dr. Hamil ton said: "Possibly such a porons stone may absorb the blood of a wound, and with it virus, if there would be any to be absorbed; but it would be no more efficient than a sponge or any other ab sorbent. No sensible person believes in the curative powers of any such stone. It is easy to see how, if there was no hydro phobia to be cured, ignorant persons, after seeing such astone applied, and seeing the patient get well, might honestly believe that they had seen a case of hydrophobia cured by a madstone. As a matter of fact, few physicians allege that they have seen a genuine case of hydrophobla in man. There is no au theuticeted instance of a case of genuine hydrebobia is man cared by a mad ol,.. aost of the mad-dog stories, } ha.p.r-e m o sift them to the bet tom, turn out to be mere cases of hysteria or nervous trouble. Often the most trivial evidence of alleged hydrophobia is accepted without question. People have been known to imagine that they had hydrophobia when they had not been bitten at all. It would, of course, be easy to cure such people with a madstone. You may say for me that I believe there is very little hydrophobia, and no more curative power in a madstone than there is in a sponge." Stransgely Restored Facutltes. A most peculiar case is interesting the lpeople of the Holly neighborhood in Webster County. W. Va. Abraham Mc Masters has long been a well-known citizen of that section. His family con sisted of five children, two girls and three boys, all in perfect health except the youngest, a boy of seventeen, whose mind had been affected from birth. He was what is in provincial sectiG~s known as simple. With the greatest difficulty he had been taught to read, and by years of laborious application had learned what most children of five years know. IHe was harmless, good-natured and in dustrious. Early last fall the boy was sent to mill. Not returning at the ex pected hour, nor for some time later, search was instituted and the imbecile was found unconscious by the roadway. Blood oozed from his nose and ears, and his head appeared to have been struck by some blunt instrument. A cheap watch and some change the lad had were gone, giving evidence that the boy had been assaulted and robbed. He was taken home and remained unconscious for two weeks. At the end of that time the boy became as a new-born child. His eyes rolled, and he had no control over his limbs and was cared for just as an infant. In time his teeth camlie out and he is now cutting a new set just as a baby. He first crawled, then began to walk. Speech came gradually, as with all in fants, though much earlier, if his age can be measured from the time of his in jury. He is now able to go about as a four-year-old does, his mind is clear, and be is everything except stature of a boy of four or five years. So far as can be learned he has no recollection of his past life, and scenes he knew well then are now unfamiliar to him. He treats his former playmates as strangers, and plays with toys and wooden horses as do the babies of the neighborhood. Physicians ;ay he will grow into an intelligent, iealthy man.-Chicago Times. Butterflies Protected by Ants. In the last number of the jouanal of the Bombay Natural History Society, M.r. Lionel de Niceville describes the manner in which the larvae of a species of butter fly are cultivated and protected by the large, common black ants of Indian gar dens and houses. As a rule, ants are the most deadly and invc'.eeste enemies of butterflies and ruthlessly destroy and eat them whenever they get a chance, but in the present case the larva exude a sweet liquid of some sort, of which the ants are inordinately fond, and which they obtain by stroking the larvae gently with their attennwe. Hence the great care which is taken of them. The larvae feed on a small thorny bush of the jungle, and at the foot of this the ants construct a temporary nest. About the middle of June, just before the rains set in, great activity is observa ble on the tree. The ants are busy all day running along the branches and leaves in search of the larva, and guiding and driving them down the stem of the tree toward the nest. Each prisoner is guarded until he is got safety into his place, when he falls into a doze and undergoes his transformation into a pupse. If the loose earth at the foot of the tree is scraped away hundreds of larvae and pupsae in all stages of development, arranged in a broad, even band all round the trunk, will be seen. When the butterfly is ready to emerge, in about a week, it is tenderly assisted to disengage itself from its shell, and, should it be strong and healthy, is left undisturbed to spread its wings and fly away. For some time after they have gained strength they remain hovering overtheir old home.-Naturalist. Paris Wastes Nothing. The Rerue des Deuxr Mondes has some eurious statements respecting the food consumption of Paris. In the large lyceums and schools boys are generally very wasteful; they will throw away half the bread they get for lunch, tread upon it, kick it into the gutter, ink it, etc. None of these fragments are lost. The servants sell them to certain dealers who are called boulangers en vieiux, and turn I their acquisitions to good account. They first pick out all the tolerable pieces, which they heat in an oven, and then rasp clean. Thus prepared these bits re appear in the market in the shape of toast for soup. Most of the coutons cut into lonzenges and served on the tables of the rich, with spinach, have no other origin. As for the dirty crumbs and refuse left after the picking, they are pounded in a mortar and sold to butchers as chapelure, wiuh which they cover their cutlets and knuces of ham. The really filthy remainder, which is too bad even for chapelure, is blackened over a fire, pounded and then mixed up with honey aromatized with a few drops of essence of peppermint. This is sold as an opiate for the toothache. Why a Cat Falls With Impunity. It is quite wonderful to see a cat jump from a height. I never seems to hurt itself, or to get giddy with the fall. It always lands on its feet, and these are so beautifully padded that they seldom or never get broken. Why does not the animal get a headache after its jump? Why does it not receive a concussion of the brain, as a man or a dog would if he performed a similar acrobatic feat? To answer this, we must examine a cat's skull, when we shall see that it has a regular partition wall projecting from its sides, a good way inward, toward the center, so as to prevent the brain from suffering from concussion. This is indeed a beautiful contrivance, and shows an ad. mirable internal structure, made in wen derful conformity with external form and nocturnal habits.-&- . ds.ioa . POPULAR SCIENCE. Entomologists say that bees possess the power of memory. A Swiss writer attributes baldness to a microscopic fungus. A process has just been invented for lining iron pipe with glass in a molten condition. The next thing is to make wall paper that it can be heated by electricity, and thus supplant stoves and coal. The highest nunber of vibrations that can be reached by the highest string of a piano is about five thousand per second. Experiments are now being made with sending live fish in specially constructed cars from Denmark to Switzerland and Italy. The evidence is accumulating that the microbe of malaria, which was described by Laverau, is the cause of intermittent fever. The fMedi4al Reriew' has made the dis covery that a man's heart weighs 330 gammes (10 ounces), while a woman's only weighs 260 gammes. The magnificent stalactite cave lately discovered near Reclere, Switzerland, is estimated to be about a mile long, 2000 feet broad and ten to sixty feet high. The zoological and scientific collections of the late Crown Prince Rudolph are to be distributed, by order of the Austrian Emperor, among the museums of Austria and Hungary. Artificial irrigation, however obtained, whether from artesian wells or canals for the distribution of water over the lands, is never so profitable as that which comes from natural rainfall. Out near San I)iego. Cal., where there is much coarse <and rock, covered by a thin layer of soil, the experiment is be ing tried of blasting holes into which to plant shade and fruit trees. In some of the Indian villages of British Guiana Im Thurm noticed many tamed animals--such as parrots, macaws, trumpeters, monkeys, toucans, etc. which were used as currency to adjust balances in the bartering between the different villages. Fromentine. a new elementary sub stance consisting of the embryo of wheat reduced to flour, is said to contain three times more nitrogenous substance than meat, and a considerable portion of sugar. It is suggested that it may ad vantageously replace powdered meat as a concentrated food. It appears that the lover of mushrooms is in danger not only from poisonous species but fromr a poisonous state of the edible kinds. In Switzerland several cases of poisoning from dried mushrooms have led to the conclusion that poisonous ptomaine-like substances may be de veloped in edible mushrooms by slight putrefactive changes. Plants grow as long at they live, and they live much longer than animals. A Boabab tree in Senegal, about 100 yards in circumference, was reckoned by Adan son to be about 5000 years old. An oak in Dorsetshire. England, is thought to be 2000 years old. As the Baobab is now known to be a fast growing tree, doubt has been thrown on the accuracy of Adanson's estimate. Prejevalsky's last work describes the remarkable effects of the wind on the soil of the deserts of Central Asia. Not only are sand and dust blown about, but sometimes smaller gravel is lifted into the air, while larger stones are rolled over the ground. In one case stones as large as a man's fist had lodged in the hollow of a rock, and whirled around until one had worn through two feet of sandstone. Long-Horn Cattle. Craven, in Yorkshire, is considered the original home of the Long-Horn cattle. Originally they were noted as well for milk as for beef. The colors are brindled and white or red and white, the former colors being preferred. Under the breed ing of Bakewell the Long-Horns acquired great celebrity. With his deaththis class of cattle lost caste, and now the breed has little celebrity. The principal integer in Bakewell's breedings was careful selec tion. The breed resembled the Here fords more than any other breed. The characteristics of the breed are given as follows: The head is finely cut,' but long, and tapers well toward the muzzle, being, moreover, well set on to a thin, shortish neck. The horns are, ex cept in the bulls, long, fine and tapering, hanging well down by the cheeks and then point forward by the muzzle; the usual length in the cows and oxen is from two and a half feet to three feet, but those of the bulls rarely exceed eighteen inches. The shoulders are comparatively fine, but well set on, and the legs show good bone. The girth is small; but the loin is broad and the hips wide and out standing. The chine is rarely full except when the animal is fattening, and then it will put on flesh in this part. The thighs are long and fleshy with small, clean-cut legs. The hide is of fair thickness, mel low and soft to the touch. The flesh is of fine quality, and the offal small. The fatten rapidly and easily, and although not coming to maturity so quickly as the Shorthorns, they nevertheless approach these, their supplanters, very closely, leaving very little to be desired in this re spect.--Prairie Farmer. Oldest Pieces of Wrought Iron. The oldest pieces of wrought iron now known are probably the sickle blade found by Belzoni under the base of a sphinx in Karnac, near Thebes; the blade found by Colonel Vyse, imbedded i4 the masonry of the great pyramids; the por tion of a crosscut saw exhumed at Nim rod by Mr. Layard--all of which are now in the British Museum. A wrought bar of Damascus steel was presented by King Porus to Alexander the Great, and the razor steel of China for many centuries has s '--,ed all European steel in tem per an,, (,urability of edge. The Hindoos appear to have made wrought iron direct. ly from the ore, without passing i' through the'furnace, from time a rial, and elaborately wrought am~a iron are still found in India, wi - from the early centuries a the r. ers.~