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I met a little Gnome last week,
His teeth with fright a-chatter,
His eye was wild and pale his cheeVt,
I asked, "Why, what's the matter?
tie just had breathe enough to Bay,
"The—Tiger lily's— got—away!
Prompt action is the only thing
That in a crisis tells,
''Perhaps," said he, "I'd better ring
The Canterbury bells.
That garden-folk who hear the sound
May know that he is prowling round.
• *
Then whispered Miss Forget-me-not,
"To me it seems quite plain
We should concoct a garden plot
For catching him again;
Since he on getting off is beqt,
Pray put the Dog-rose on his scent!"
"A bright idea," the Gnome remarked,
"Much wisdom you display."
The Dog-rose wagged his stem and
Quite ready for the fray;
And "Au revoir! dear friends of mine,
Good luck!" cried pretty Columbine.
Then off he went with stealthy pace,
Into the summer night,
When cloudlets veiled the moon's kind
Young Glow-worm showed a light.
• • •
The morning sun rose o'er the hill
And found them hunting—hunting
• • • •
Where had this Tiger-lily got?
That's matter for surmise.
Well! If this hunting failed, it's not
A thing to cause surprise.
8ince I had gathered him myself
For Aunt Matilda's mantel shelf.
—Chicago Record-Herald.
A little boy stood in front of the
brook trout exhibit at the Aquarium
recently peering intently at the spec
kled beauties. He turned to the fish
expert who stood near him and said;
It seems a pity to keep the beautiful
fish in these tanks. They would have
so much more fun in a brook.
They are much safer here," said the
wise man; "especially these brook
trout Do you know that not more
than one in every thousand of the
brook trout created lives to be more
than a mere baby? Why, the little
trout no sooner takes his first peep out
from the gravel where he has been
gaining strength for the battle of life
than all sorts of monsters attack him.
Frogs, weasels* chubs, lizards, water
snakes, herrings and minnows go for
the little fellow, and when be has
escaped these he has the larger trout
to fight or run away from. To escape
all these he has to remain in shallow
water near the banks for a long time,
and when the little beauty has learned
all the tricks to save his life and has
become the one thousand to escape the
baby dangers the fisherman comes
along and tempts him with a fly and
gets him. Now, Isn't the trout in the
glass case better off?"
The boy thought he was.—New York
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The Intuition and sense of locality
of the horse are well known, and are
found invaluable at critical times, as
Illustrated in the following account of
an actual occurrence sent to the Little
My great-grandfather lived in Ver
mont in the dayB when, if one wished
to go to Boston, the journey could best
be made on horseback,
just as the ice had cleared from the
rivers, he was returning home from
that noted place on his favorite horse.
It was pitch dark when he reached the
river below where his farm lay.
crossed where the bridge had always
been, arriving home after all the
household had retired and did not dis
turb them,
wife asked him how he crossed the
One spring,
The next morning his
'On the bridge, of course," was the
"Why you are crazy!
went down stream when the ice went
The bridge
out" exclaimed she.
"I don't believe it and I shan't until
I see for myself,", said the worthy man,
starting up.
He went directly to the river and
there, spanning the stream, was one
rather narrow plank beneath which a
torrent of muddy water poured,
plucky horse had in the inky darkness
crossed on that single plank.
"How many words are there in the
vocabulary of the average dog?" asked
the man who takes considerable inter
est in that class of dogs having some
training. "Here 1 b a question no man
can answer certainly, and yet I believe
wc may get within a reasonable range
of the truth by a little reflection. Pet
dogs as a rule have a much larger vo
cabulary than any other kind. Train
ed dogs, the kind we find with cir
cuses and on the stage, probably come
second, and the others are ranged al»ng
according to the lives they lead. Dogs
learn words much more rapidly than
we suppose. In the first place, this
animal is an awfully close observer.
Hearing a sound repeatedly it soon
learns to associate it with a certain ob
ject. Take the well-trained hound, for
Instance, 'and he soon learns what is
meant by gun, shoot, hunt, deer, fox,
chase and so on. Experienced hunters
can furnish many evidence« of the un
derstanding of dogs when it comes to
the words and phrases moat frequently
used in connection with the sport.
"Of course, all dogs become familiar
with the commands used in directing
them during the hunt, and under other
circumstances. A pretty example of
this fact is found in the ease and ac
curacy with which pointers and setters
do their work on the field. While It
cannot be claimed for hunting dogs
that they have a very extensive vo
cabulary, they understand enough
words to go about their work intelli
gently, and at times with precision
that la Utile leas than marvelous. Pet
dogs, poodles, fox terriers and animals
of this kind have a more extensive vo
cabulary. An Illustration of this is
found in a fox terrier belonging to
Manager Bray, of the Orpheum Thea
tre, a terrier Of royal lineage, having
come from the King's kennels at Buda
pest. Few words in common use around
the house are beyond the understand
ing of this pet of Manager Bray and
his wife. The pet knows the name of
every article of furniture and clothing
in the house.
"A few evenings ago a test was made
for the purpose of determining the ac
curacy of the terrier's understanding
of words. T want you to walk on your
hind feet to the front room and bite
Mr. Bray on the ear/ said a member of
the household to the pet. Forthwith
the terrier was off, and before Mr.
Bray knew anything about the plan
the pet dog was playfully pulling at
his ear. Here was a rather intricate
command. It was not simply a com
mand t6 go. It said how to go, where
to go, what to do, and to whom. But
the terrien understood perfectly. Now
here is a dog having an extraordinary
vocabulary, understanding, no doubt,
no less than 250 words. This one case
will show that the pet dog has a wider
understanding of words than dogs be
longing to any other class, and there la
a reason for It, of course. They are
talked to all the time, and naturally
learn to associate certain sounds with
certain objecta. It would be interest
ing to know what the average vocabu
lary is among dogs, and I would like
to see some expert take the matter up
for the purpose of determining more
definitely just how many words dogs
understand."—New Orleans
The remarkable ease with which
certain animals and some savage races
of men can find their way through
trackless country and often through
territory which they never traversed
before has occupied naturalists and
physiologists for ages, and no thor
oughly adequate explanation of the
power has been made.
Bates, the explorer, tells of one of
his journeys in South America, when
he and two companions, one a Port
uguese traveler and the other a ten
year-old Indian boy, had penetrated a
primeval forest for two days, during
which time the boy dfd not appear to
pay the least attention to the route.
At the end of the second day both
Bates and his Portuguese companion
were bewildered completely, and had
to confess that they were lost. Finally
without expecting any real help they
asked the little Indian if he could find
the way out. Without the least hesita
tion he pointed in a certain direction,
and said they would find their camp
straight ahead.
They doubted It, as the boy pointed
in a direction exactly opposite to that
in which they expected to find it, but
they were agreeably disappointed, for
the camp turned out to be just where
the boy said it was.
Horses are famous for being able
to find their way. Zurn, the naturalist,
tells of one that had worked for a
miller. When it became blind, he
sold it to a farmer about fifty miles
distant. One day? some time after- it
had been sold, its owner drove along
a road that passed the mill. As soon
as the blind horse reached a little
side path that led from the road to
its old home it turned into it gnd tried
to trot to the mill.
Subsequently, experiments
made with the animal, and it was
found that no matter how the horse
was driven, from what direction it
approached the road, or under what
circumstances, it never failed to turn
out of the main road when it came
abreast of the little side path.
The German principality of Lippe
once wa3 celebrated for a particularly
fine breed of horses. They ran half
wild and were beautiful in form and
exceedingly swift and powerful. One
of them, a magnificent rtallion, was
sold to a French officer who shipped
the beast to bis hime in France.
A few weeks afterward the horse ar
rived in his old home in Lippe. It wore
French harness and was covered with
dust and foam. It turned out that the
stallion had thrown its rider the mo
ment he had mounted it after taking
it from the railroad, and had darted
away down the road. Later men re
ported that they had seen the animal
ewim across the Rhine. All the facts
that were gathered finally showed
that the horse had run in almost a
straight line from its French owner's
place to its home.
Civilized men do not possess the
gift in so great a measure, but indi
viduals are often found who have it.
An ex-offleer of the United States
Coast 8urvey is noted for it. The
writer had a striking proof of his
power one night in a big bay on the
Atlantic coast. A small boat contain
ing the officer and two companions
had set out from an anchored vessel
to reach an Island about five miles
away. None of those in the boat had
ever been in the bay before. A thick
sea fog covered the water and neither
lights nor landmarks were to be seen.
Before the boat had gone fifty feet
the vessel was blotted out.
Yet the officer steered the little
boat without a single mistake and
without stopping once, as surely and
true as If it were bright day. The
party not only reached the island,
but actually was steered by him to
a little wharf that be knew to exist
from his glance at a chart before he
started.—San Francisco Chronicle.
Weekly Journal.
What Men Can Do When They Try.
The other day a lady took a prize
for a head of hair six feet in length,
and now Mr. Alexander Cralgle, of
Perth, has beaten this with a beard of
7 feet 2V£ Inches. A gentleman of
Llandudno was simply nowhere with
a stubbly growth of 4 feet 2 inches.
It is interesting to learn that when
Mr. Craigie desires to comb his bearet
he has to stand on a table. The beard
of George Killingworth, one of the
embassy sent to Mosçow in 1565 by
Queen Mary was half an inch longer
—7 feet 3 inches. Even that, however,
was 3 inches shorter than that of Lord
Rokeby, who died in December, 1800,
at his seat in Kent, being eighty-eight
years old.—London Hairdressers'
, tz\
The vaccination of cattle against tu
berculosis is based upon the principle
that governs the vaccination of ani
mals against anthrax. The process is
not "vaccination" in the sense that it
Is carried out by the use of the vac
cine material that Js used to vaccinate
people against small-pox. It consists,
Instead, in an inoculation with the vi
rus of the disease against which it is
desired to protect, but this virus 1» so
weakened that it is Incapable of pro
ducing actual disease. Thus, In vac
:inating cattle against tuberculosis, the
vaccine material consists of cultures of
tubercle bacilli that are so attenuated
as to be incapable of producing tuber
culosis. This material ia administer
ed by injecting it into the vein, and
the effect of such injection is to cause
a passing fever that does not seriously
disturb the animal. After several in
jections of this sort, given at intervals
of several days or weeks, the animal
Is able to resist inoculation with large
quantities of Virulent tubercular ma
terial, which is capable of causing
fatal disease in animals not so protect
ed. As to the effectiveness of this pro
tection there Is no longer a doubt
As yet no one knows how long the
Immunity that is conferred will con
tinue; that Is, how long after vaccina
tion the animal Will remain resistant
to tuberculosis. An objection to vac
cination as it has been practiced ex
perimentally lies in the difficulty of
its application and the long time that
is required. Some extended experi
ments are now in progress in the vet
erinary department of the University
Pennsylvania, for the purpose of
determining, first, the length of time
the immunity conferred by vaccination
will endure, and«econdly, the simplest
and most effective method^ of vaccina
tion. There is reason to believe that
the method that has been used experi
mentally heretofore can be materially
simplified and shortened. If so, and
if the immunity is of sufficient dura
tion, the practical utility of this pro
tection against tuberculosis of cattle
will have been proven. It is hoped that
the State will authorize experiments
on a scale large enough to make it
possible to definitely settle these very
Important questions.—Dr. L. Pearson,
the State Veterinarian of Pennsyl
Clover is much better than timothy
day, but corn, when just out of the
roasting ear, and commencing to glaize
and dent, while the blaze and stalks
are green, if run through an ensilage
cutter and put in an air-tight silo, will
keep its natural succulence and is the
best winter feed; the nearest approach
to green grass in the summer. I use
common field corn, big or little, as I
have it. I have four silos, one holds
three hundred tons, the other three
one hundred tons each. I raise cow
peas to mix with corn in the silo, alter.
Dating a load of corn with a load of
cow peas, and in that way I think I get
a better feed than corn alone would
make, and am well pleased with this
way of preserving feed for stock, not
only cows but young stock and horses.
I have found no better way of getting
valuable feed; it makes a very busy
time when we are putting it up, but
when that is done, we have good feed
whenever needed.
It took fifteen men and a twelve
horse power engine nearly six days to
fill my three-hundred ton silo with cow
peas and corn. Six of these men were
detained until nine o'clock in the
morning and quit work at four o'clock
in the afternoon to do the milking,
but the other nine commenced work at
seven in the morning, had an hour at
noon and quit work at six in the even
ing. They used six wagons and
teams. I paid the extra hands $1 a
day without board; I paid for the en
gine and engineer $5 a day, so it cost
me about $120 to fill a three-hundred
ton silo. I winter each cow on four
tons. I found it took from seven to
ten minutes to run a load through that
we estimated weighed more than a ton.
—John Patterson, in The Cultivator.
An interested subscriber, M. J. S.,
wants to know if the age of a cow or
a calf can be determined by ihe ap
pearance of the teeth. Owing to the
character of the teeth of the ox the
exact age cannot be carried to the
same degree of perfection as with the
horse. The teeth of the ox are 32 in
number, 24 molars and eight incisors.
The ox has no incisors in the upper
Period of dentition in the ox: The
central incisor and first laterals before
or some days after birth; second later
als, 14 days after birth; comers, two to
three weeks. The first, Becond and
third molars appear before or some
days after birth. t Fourth molars at
six to nine months of age; fifth at two
and a half years; sixth, four or five
The central incisors are replaced at
about one and a half years; first later
als, two and a half years; second later
als, three and a half years; comers,
four and a half years
of first molars appear at one and a half
years; second molars, two and a half
yers; third, three and a half years;
the fourth, fifth and sixth molars are
not replaced,
age of the cow or calf can be determin
ed, but as the cow grows older it is im
possible to determine the exact age.—
Orange Judd Farmer.
rhe second set
From the above the
What soils are suitable for potato
growing and other crops? are questions
constantly coming up. Every plant
has its system of root growth—shallow
like timothy, deep like potatoes, abun
dant like clover, scanty like rape—has
its law of growth, and "natural" soil.
The origin of the plant $i. e.) native
habit should be known, and from that
can be ascertained the proper climatic
conditions. The potato is a native of
America and grows in the loose, hu
mus filled soil of the mountain sides
in the higher altitudes. Any well
drained, deep, loose and cool soil, con
taining humus, will grow potatoes,
even if only moderately fertile. Heavy
toils are benefited by being covered
with straw after haying and ploughing
under the whole thing in November.
The freezing and thawing will break
up the particles of soil and cross
ploughing in spring will mix the par
tially decomposed soil and straw.
The soil is of much more value In
potato growing on top of the growing
crop than under it. The deep planted
seed has a better "foothold," and the
sun does not heat the new tubers which
would effect their quality and some
times would make favorable conditions
for the rot.—New York Tribune Farm
If poultry men would keep the poul
try house clean and never for a single
day neglect the work, we venture to
say that much of the sickness and
many of the failures would never occur.
It requires only a few minutes time
each morning to rake off the dropping
boards, and an equally short time to
sprinkle lime over them once a week,
and still less time to pour kerosene on
the roosts once a month. When this
much is done we are on the highway
of success, with the possibility of fail
ure made remote. With a clean house
for roosting and laying, mites can nev
er become a pest, and while an occa
sional case of sickness will be found,
the flock as a whole will keep healthy,
and healthy hens will lay if they are
fed right.
Keep the floor of the poultry house
high and dry. If coal ashes can be
had, put them in the house and let
the hens scratch over them. Do not
use wood ashes as the lye will injure
the fowls,
During the cold weather see that the
hens get fresh water. Warm it slight
ly and do not let the hens eat snow, or
force them to go to a creek for water.
—Home and Farm.
When I started in the pig business
I thought I knew all about it My
father used to keep a good many hogs,
and I thought that when I had fifty
pigs about of an age I would show my
father a thing or two about raising
hogs. He said to me one day when
he looked as my pigs: "Young man,
what are you going to do with those
pigs?" I replied, "I am going to have
them at six months weigh more than
Very well," he said, "six
I commenced to
feed those sows all the corn they would
eat and whey from the cheese fac
The pigs began to respond very well
and grew rapidly. I kept the pigs
shut up in a place three or four times
as large as this room,* In six weeks
from that time, of the fifty pigs, I had
nine left, and it was all on account of
the manner in which I had fed those
sows. I had spoiled my pigs with
kindness. If I had fed middlings and
milk or middlings and whey with a
little corn, and given them pasture,
I might have shown my father how to
raise pigs, but as it was, he showed
me.— H. P. West, in American Culti
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months will tell.
It is not as a rule wise for thç aver
age farmer to depend upon only one
or two main crops for Income, the
greater success comes from a variety
of products. Unfavorable weather
may ruin the prospects for the farmer
who depends on corn or wheat alone,
but it is very seldom that some kind
of crop does not succeed even in the
most unfavorable year. Hence by
having several sources of income from
the farm you will be quite certain of
some good results. Live stock, poul
try, etc., should also be kept to some
extent upon the farm, their droppings
if properly taken care of and applied
to the land will go a long way to keep
up the fertility of the farm. As to
what kind or variety of stock, etc., to
keep upon the farm, that will depend
upon the locality and other pecu
liarities of the farm, as well as the
likes and dislikes of the owner. A
person always succeeds best along the
chosen line of specialties that has the
most attraction to him.—Lewis Olsen,
in The Eptimost.
A dirt band bedding box is a thin
veneer cut eighteen inches long and
three inches wide, nicked to fold into
an open box four inches square, not
nailed and without bottom. The boxes
are folded around and placed in the
hotbed, pressed close together and af
ter the bed is full they are filled with
After being placed in the bed
and before filling they look like the
pockets in an egg case, only smaller.
Expert girls and boys can fold and
place in a bed fifteen per minute.
New varieties are often sold because
they are ''novelties,'' rather than be
cause they are better than the old,
tried and standard kinds,
ter to use varieties of trees and veget
ables that are known to be the best for
the section where they have been test
ed, in preference to using others, until
experience gives an opportunity to
know more of the newer~ varieties.
Novelties should be tested in a limited
It is bet
Too Fat For the Navy.
it is a novel disability that bars
Dr. A. H. Simonton from appointment
an acting assistant surgeon in the
Dr. Simonton has *a remark
able fine record as an army surgeon
and the navy would be very glad to
avail itself of his services.
But Dr. Simonton is of such a mas
sive frame that he cannot get through
the hatches of a torpedo boat He
could not render first aid to the In
jured or any other kind of aid unless
the injured should be brought on deck,
where he would have room to turn
around. Actual measurements of Dr.
SImonton's girth and of the hatchways
woyld have to be reconstructed if he
is detailed for the torpedo boat ser
But that isn't all. It Is objected to
Dr. Simonton that he is so broad oi
beam that he cannot navigate the nar
channel of a battleship's corridors
and would be in constant danger of
getting wedged in between the bulk
heads. Further than that, the state
room of a battleship is limited in size
and it is said that Dr. Simonton would
have to sleep on the cabin table, bo
cause he couldn't get into the state
room berth-—Philadelphia Presg,
An effective window box seen re
cently was covered with oil cloth in
blue and white tile pattern. Blue and
white morning glory seeds weye sown
in this box, producing a bountiful
supply of blossoms,
morning glories are more delicate
than the garden grown ones and they
make an unusually pretty window box
Indoor grown
Cook the scallops in salted water,
very slowly, for an hour,
rinse in cold water and again cook
slowly for twenty minutes and then
plunge in cold, acidulated water. Drain
and chill.
Drain and
Mix with equal quantity
of celery cut into pieces about half
an inch long,
mayonnaise dressing and garnish with
lettuce, white celery tips and cut lem
Mix together with
Take from ten to twelve pounds of
knuckle of beef, cut it up, cover with
water, allow it to boil about seven
hours or until the gristle has become
jelly. Then cut the meat very small
picking out any bits of skin. Season
with pepper and salt and sweet mar
jorum (or other herb) to taste. Strain
the beef liquor, put It back on the fire
—there Bhould be about two quarts to
it. Let all boil together for four or
five minutes, stirring constantly and
gently to keep from burning. Pour
into moulds and when cool Bet on ice
to harden. This will keep a month in
cold weather and does not lose its
flavor if the mould is unbroken.
Oyster bouillon, instead of the clam
or beef variety, is frequently served
at luncheon,
sons two dozen large oysters are chop
ped fine and heated slowly in a double
boiler, that all the Juice may be drawn
They are then pressed through
a fine sieve, and the liquor put on the
fire again with the white of an egg
beaten in, the whole boiled for one
minute before the saucepan is drawn
to one side of the range and allowed
to stand for five minutes,
through folded cheese-cloth, season,
including a dish of nutmeg, and add
an equal quantity of hot milk before
For a half dozen per
The old-fashioned Yorkshire pudding
is not served half often enough with
roast of beef. The old English way
was to pour the batter into the pans
under the grate which held the beef,
the drippings enriching the pudding as
they fell. This resulted in a rather
heavy, soggy pudding. An improved
method employs gem pans to bake the
pudding in. Sift together two cups of
flour and a half a teaspoonful of salt.
Add slowly two cupfuls of milk and
stir until you have a smooth baiter.
Pour in four eggs beaten very lightly.
Fill in each gem pan half full of the
batter, and put in oven to bake. They
should be as light as muffins. Baste
them once or twice with drippings.
Place around beef or serve from the
side. They should be prepared about
15 minutes before the roast Is ready
to take out of the oven.
The following is a popular recipe;
Select the smallest white onions you
can find. Cover with boiling water
and when their skins can be easily
removed, make enough strong brine to
cover the onions. Let them stand in
this twenty-four hours, then pour off
and cover with fresh brine and let
stand same length of time, then renew
the brine again and let stand for twen
ty-four hours. On the fourth morn
ing drain off the brine, put the onions
in fresh water, and a little milk, to
help keep them white, and heat Until
they are scalding hot, stirring them
from bottom to top frequently. Drain
and place in jars, distributing sliced
small red peppers among them, pour
the vinegar boiling hot over them and
seal same as canned fruit If you wish
to use the spices, procure the-"mixed
spices" from your grocer and try the
white vinegar.
Boil a chicken as for soup, putting
Within an onion, a few stalks of cel
ery, a bayleaf and several sprigs of
of veal in the same way.
soup cool on the bones,
cold enough to take the fat from the
top, do, this, and put back over the
fire as much of the soup as you will
need for your Jelly, with one table
spoonful of gelatine, which has been
soaked in a little cold water, to every
quart of the stock. When it comes
to a boil, throw in the white and the
crushed shell of an egg, skim off the
scum that rises to the surface, and
strain the soup. Season it to taste if
the seasoning with which it has been
cooked leaves it Insipid. Wet small
moulds, and pour a little of the Jelly
into them. When the Jelly begins-to
form, put into it some of the chicken
cut into dice, a slice or two of hard
boiled egg in each mold, and a little
minced olive. Fill the mold with jelly,
and set the forms aside to become cold
and hard.—Woman's Home Com
Cook a well-crushed knuckle
Let the
When it is
Foreign cooks, who use garlic and
onions for flavoring to such advantage,
par boil them before using them for
such purposes.
The dish of hash left from the break
fast may be converted into a savory
dinner soup by cooking it slowly for
two or three hours and seasoning it
with parsley, onion, tomato and celery.
Any meat intended for soup should
be put over the fire in cold water, since
the object is to extract the Juice.
The fat removed from the soup ket
tle makes the best kind of drippings
for kitchen use.
Fresh lemon juice is a capital sub
stitute for vanilla flavoring in fudge.
Somehow the lemon blend*? delightful
ly with the chocolate, besides making
the fudge creamy. Some fudge makers
combine vanilla flavoring and lemqn
juice with success.
One peculiarity of the Monroe doc
trine is that no definitions of it can
be accepted as genuine unless ap
proved by the United States.
The death rate for the city of New
York during 1902, which was 18.74 per
1,000, is considerably the lowest ever
reported. The total number of deaths
was 68,082, as compared with 70,803,
and a death rate of 20.02 per 1,000 for
1901, which Is a decrease in the rate
of 1.28 per 1,000, and indicates a saving
in 1902 of 4,619 lives. The death rate
in each of the five boroughs of the city
is also the lowest on record.
A circular Issued by the copyright
office of the library of congress shows
that the receipts of that bureau in the
year 1902 amounted to $67,154.60. Dur
ing the year 7,365 freshly copyrighted
books and pamphlets, 7,037 "Booklets,
circulars, leaflets," 6,668 copies of
newspapers and magazine contribu
tions, and 20,368 copies of periodicals
were deposited in the library.
The Philadelphia Record remarks
that the development of the art of ad
vertising and especially the power to
reach virtually the entire body of the
people through the newspapers is
largely responsible for the multiplica
tion of millionaires in this country.
Without the aid of the newspapers of
vast circulation it would be impos
sible to build up such great business
enterprises as are now common.
About six million dollars came from
Nome, Alaska, last year. This was the
produce of the gold fields of that re
gion. It required considerable of this
to pay for the nineteen thousand tons
of general merchandise and nearly two*
million feet of lumber imported from
the United States for the use of the
miners. With Nome as a sub-port of
entry this season, it is expected Alas
ka's imports will be largely increased.
The authorities of the University of
Chicago have announced that a large
sum of money has been given to the
university by Mr. Rockefeller for the
establishment of a hospital for origin
al research into the nature end cause
of disease. The amount named in the
newspaper reports is $7,000,000; this is
neither denied nor affirmed by the uni
versity authorities.
According to the London Telegraph
the Governor of Pera, who is very
fond of the opera and ballet, conceived
the idea of having a private one in his
own house. So he built a theatre,
and started all hie harem and slaves
rehearsing Traviata. The troupe, how
ever, found that many parts were too
difficult for them so they left them out
The Governor noticed the omission at
once, stopped the opera, as being too
ambitious, and ordered his people to
learn a ballet. But one night the po
lice, acting on orders from the palace,
appeared on the scene, arrested the
troupe and carried them and all the
properties, musical and instrumental
properties, musical Instruments and
costumes off to Ylldiz.
In speaking of the mode of life of
Paul Kruger at the secluded house on
the French Riveria, the former Boer
president's housekeeper made the fol
lowing outline of Oom Paul's dally
habits; "He rises at 5 a. m.; no break
fast—never. Reads the Bible until 8
o'clock. At 10:30 he smokes his pipe
for six minutes. Then people come to
see him. At 12 sharp, breakfast,
lasting twenty minutes. Drinks no
thing but milk. Goes for a drive be
tween 1:30 and 2:30. Sleeps from 3
until 4:30. Receives Boers and reads
Bible. Dinner at 6 sharp, also twenty
minutes. His prayer before and after
dinner is full of piety. The president
goes to bed at 8:30 and is awakened
at 11 when he takes a cup of coffee,
and again goes to sleep at 1. At 1 he
eats some fruit.
According to the New Orleans Times
Democrat the South has found an un
expected source of wealth in the "poor
pine lands" which cover a large part
of Mississippi and Louisiana,
lands have gone begging for buyers,
but experiments which have been
made at the Mississippi agricultural
station have demonstrated that with
the expenditure of a very little money
they can be made among the most pro
ductive In the south. For example 65c.
worth of acid phosphate increased the
value of the crops of one acre $9.
dollars worth of phosphate and cotton
seed increased the crop values $28.
Beans returned from $51 to $80 an
acre; sweet potatoes planted on the
same land made from 140 to 164 bush
els per acre, worth from $70 to $82,
making a total yield of from $121 to
$162 per acre for these "waste" lands.
Similar results were obtained in small
fruits and garden truck.
Democrat asserts that these lands will
be made as fertile and productive as
the best lands of California and at a
smaller cost.
The Times
During the year ending June 30,
1901, 282 passengers were killed by
railroad accidents a.nd 4,984 passeng
ers were injured. Railroad employes,
trespassers and grade crossings vic
tims Buffered most everely. The to
tal number of casualties to persons on
account of railway accidents for the
year was 61,794, the number of per
sons killed having been 8,465, and the
numbered injured, 53,339. Of railway
employees, 2,676 were killed and 41,142
injured. The total number of persons
other than employees and passengers
killed was 5,498; injured 7,209. These
figures include casualties to trespass
ers, of whom 4,601 were killed and 4,
858 were injured. The total number
of casualties to persons other than
employees from being struck by
trains, locomotive* or cars was 4,135
killed and 3,995 injured. Casualties
of this class occurred as follows: At
highway crossings, passengers killed
3, injured 11; other persons killed 828,
injured 1,343; at stations, passengers
killed 21, injured 344; other persons
killed 378, injured 553; and at other
points along track, passengers killed
6, injured 27, other persons killed 2.
899, injured 1,717,
( 0 #
To speak of a "duck of a bonnet"
May seem rather meaningless; still
There's something in this, think upon
A duck has a pretty big bill.
—Philadelphia Press.
Old Doctor—I hear you have given
Sloboy up. Is there no hope for him?
Young Physician—I'm afraid not.
He won't pay his bill.—Chicago News.
Wigg—Yes; little Simcus carried off
the honors at college.
Wagg—I'll bet the honors didn't
weigh much.—Philadelphia Record.
Norton—I noticed you were very
quick to give up your seat in the street
car to that lady In black.
Spinks—Yes, since childhood's days
I never have felt easy when I saw a
woman with a strap in her hand.—
Boston Transcript.
"Why don't you try to do something
"It's no use," answered the billion
The most unusual thing I could
think of was to give away money. I
tried it, but as soon as the others
found out how much attention it at
tracted I was swamped with imita
tions"—Washington Star.
He—I hope you didn't believe what
they said about me.
She—I make it a point never to be
lieve more than half I hear.
He—But the trouble is you women
generally believe the wrong half.—
Brooklyn Life.
First Roman Actor—Canst lend me
the price of a shave, Julius?
Second Roman Actor—Verily, Calus,
I have not a denarius about me.
First Roman Actor—This is rough.
Here I must play Queen Hecuba to
night, and I've got a two weeks' beard
on my chin.—Tit-Bits.
"What is your father's objection to
me, Millie?" asked the young man.
"He says you have no application,
"No application!" he echoed, bitter
ly. "I wonder if he knows I've been,
coming to see you twice a week for
nearly six years?"
• *
"Yes," said the Proud Papa," my
boy always does exactly what I tell
Oh, back up!" jeered the Bold
• •
You bragging fathers
• *

make me weary.
"—not to do," concluded the Proud
You shouldn't be so
Papa unmoved,
quick at drawing conclusions. Back.
—Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune.
It took place in a dairy:
The dairyman was pouring a large
quantity of milk through a fine wire
There were microbes in the milk.
Other microbes by the hundred were
sitting on the edge of the crock and
gayly looking on.
Their relations were being strained.
—Baltimore American.
And is this the first time you have
experienced the sensation of love?" she
"It is," he replied.
"Am I the first girl you ever told
you loved?"' she persisted.
He hesitated. What might not have
come to her ears? "You must remem- *
ber," he said at last, "how easy It is
for the ignorant and uninitiated to ac
cept a base imitation for the real
thing."—Chicago Post.
This," said Mr. JuBtgotit, who was
entertaining a few friends at dinner at
his club, "is the charge d'affaires of .
the feast.
Here he indicated the choicest dish
on the table.
No, no, father," Interrupted his
embarrassed son; "you mean the chef
"I suppose I do," said Mr. Justgotit;
"but the word I used gives me more of
an impression of the cost of the dish."
• •
A man left his umbrella in the stand
in a hotel recently with a card bearing
the following inscription attached to
This umbrella belongs to a man
who can deal a blow of 250 pounds
On returning to seek his property
he found in its place a card thus in
scribed :
"This card was left here by a man
who can run twelve miles an hour. 1
shall not be back!"
• •
I shall be back in ten min
A bright girl in a certain large
school applied to her teacher for leave
to be absent half a day on the plea
that her mother had received a tele
gram which stated that "company"
was on the way.
"It's my father's half sister
three boys," said the pupil, anxiously;
and mother doesn't see how She can
do without me, because those boys
always act so dreadfully."
The teacher referred her to the
printed list of reasons which justify
absence, and asked if her case came
under any of them.
"I think it might come under this
head. Ml
Ing as she spoke to the words "Do
mestic affliction,"—Tit*Bits
," said the girl, pofnt

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