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They «ay the* world'« a «ham and lifa a mat Of nightmare nothing nicknamed Tima, and we Ghost voyagers in undiscovered sees Where fact is feign; mirage, reality. Where all is vain and vanity ia all, And eyes look out and only know they stare At conjured coast whose beacons rise and fall. And vanish with the hopes that feigned them there. Where sea-shell measures urge t phantom dance Till fancied pleasure drowns imagined pain— Till Death stares madm nance And vanity is all and all is vain. It may be as my friends allege ; I'm pressed to move that life is some thing more; And yet a linnet on a hawthorne hedge Still wants explsiningand accounting for. ■-Ralph Hodgson, in Saturday Review. out of counte > HARD TIMES. ntOM THl GERMAN. Oy M. M. A Paul Korner was a landscape painter; he was, also, a dally visitor at the Einhorn, the respectable little Inn of Gruningen. Here he drank his bottle of Ingelhelmer every even ing except Saturday; on that night, after the heat and burden of the week, he felt justified in substituting champagne for Ingelhelmer. This had been bis invariable habit from the time of his settling in the Tillage, two years before. He had never once deviated from this rule, for, unlike many of his brotherhood, he led a well-regulated life. One Saturday night, finding him self at the inn rather earlier than usual, he sought to pass away the time until his companions should ar rive at the reading table. The Eastern question was agitat ing the public mind just then, and people were speculating much over it. Paul began listlessly turning the leaves of a bound volume of Illustrat ed papers, looking Indifferently at the wood cuts. Between the pages lay a fragment of a political newspaper. His eyes fell on a letter from a Vienna cor respondent, who, in a diplomatic and ocular fashion, discoursed upon the situation," winding up with the re markable declaration: "We are standing upon a volcano, and no one knows what a day may bring forth!" Paul, who had never been especial ly Interested in politics, closed the volume with a startling clap. The words, "We are standing on a volcano," seemed to affect his mind very materially. "The deuce!" he muttered to hlm • « self. the declared enemy of all the muses! .What will become of me In the event which, according to this correspond ent, Is close upon us? Horrors! Who will buy pictures when bomb shells are bursting? Alas! alas! I must begin at once to adapt myself to circumstances, and to live sparing ly and economically." Now see what followed. That evening he ordered, instead ot his customary champagne, a mod est quantum of Ingelhelmer, with the words: "In these hard times we cannot in dulge In luxuries." This remark made a profound im pression on Herr Grundhuber, the landlord, and the next morning, when his wife asked for the money to pay for the Sunday loaf of cake, he waved her back, Baying: "In these hard times there's no money to waste on cakes!" The baker's boy, who, according to Gruningen custom, delivered his aweet wares at their patrons' houses, atared blankly, and did not fall to repeat to his master, word for word, Herr Grundhuber's remark concern ing the hard times. The baker, who thought himself Quite a politician, looked up and down and around In terrible perplex War Is imminent, and war is tty. "H'm? Herr Grundhuber, the well to-do host of the Einhorn, denies himself his usual Sunday treat! There must be something in it! Things must be bad! Hla self-denial ls proof positive that the times are hard indeed! An hour later when he entered his wife's room, the baker found her ex amlnng with evident delight a quan tity of dress material spread out be fore her. "Which piece had I better select for Mathilde?" she asked, smiling. Alack!" the baker exclaimed, "we have had many expenses lately, and now in these hard times we must buy only what is absoluteyly necessary. What do you think? has taken no cake for to-day, and under such circumstances our chil dren must take what they can get, and wait for fine clothes till the times mend. His wife's wits quite deserted her. Heaven preserve us!" she cried. What will become of us? There'll be war! there'll be war! I always said there'd be war, and who knows how soon we shall all he Turks? Oh. dear! oh, dear! Lottie, carry all this stuff back as quick as you can, and tell Herr Kleemulier that we can't afford to buy with a war hanging over us, and while the times are so hard." The servant hurried away on her errand. Herr Kleemulier, one of the mon eyed men among the merchants of the town, listened to her message In dismay. "This ls a fine prospect," said he to himself. "If the baker thinks even now of economy the situation must Indeed be bad. Well, we must be ready for anything; the crisis may be /close at hand. First and foremost, we must indulge in no needless ex penditare.'' Thereupon, hastening to his desk, lie wrote and dispatched the follow ing letter: ••Herr Paul Korner: Dear Blr—I am obliged to give you a different answer from what I had Intended, in regard to your fisVUlMM b» Unonllsht * mhêmk t M Grundhuber 99 . • ) had hoped to buy r.a coon aa It should be'finished. To my gaeat regret, ow ing to the depression of business, It I Is" necessary fcr me to deny myself the gratification of possessing this masterpiece. Let me express the wish and the hope that the times will soon be better, when I shall feel jus tified in purchasing one of your truly admirable works of art. I remain, dear sir, very truly yours, ALOIS KLEEMULLER. This letter was like a thunderclap to our artist. He had counted upon Herr Kleemulier as a sure patron; prosperity would certainly follow the sale of his light," which was now nearly com pleted, but, alas, that dream bad fled! »» ** Landscape by Moon t At the Einhorn in the evening, he ordered only half a bottle of Ingel heimer, and the groan accompanying hie order created a deep impression, not only on the landlord, but on the other gueets. The acore that night was scarcely half as large as usual. "The times are degenerating," moaned Herr Grundhuber, as he ex amined his cash box next morning. A new reduction of hla family ex penses was the result of this knowl edge. Before a week had gone by, the village of Gruntngen, but now so prosperous, had assumed an air of misery, such as might be accounted for only by the horrors of a civil war. The cry, "hard times," rang out from mansion and hovel. Business was about at a standstill, credit at an end. t A fortnight later, Paul sat again In the Einhorn, which he now visited only twice a week. Again he drew toward him the il lustrated volume which had been the means of disclosing to him so clearly' the "situation." The paper with the Vienna correspondence lay there still. He cast a forlorn glance on the fatal sheet before him. Then raised li suddenly, and what dismay filled his soul as he read for the first time the date of this correspondence —it was four years old! "This is foolisher than foolish!" he cried. "Have I allowed myself to be nearly frightened to death by this nonsense of four years ago?" Rising and seizing the latest news paper just brought in, he rea<f in the telegraphic dispatches that the con flict so long feared had at last broken out. His hands fell at his side. We are then in truth ruined, an nihilated!" he groaned. "All hope is gone, it matters little what use I make of the two thalers in my pocket, all I have left. Heaven grant the reat of my misery may depart with my money!" Thereupon, in this reckless mood, he ordered two bottles of champagne. The landlord smiled. "The painter is a mighty poli tician," he said to his wife next morn-« ing. "Before any one else saw the approaching fearful business depres sion he foretold it, and now he fore sees a change, for he is drinking champagne again. That is a favora ble sign. I am sure, Jetty, that the times are better. This afternoon you may engage the cake again as be fore." « • "Thank Heaven!" said the baker, when Frau Grundhuber gave her or der as of old. "The times are im proving. I tell you what, wife, we'll but a fine dress for Mathilde now." A week later Herr Kleemulier pur chased the "Landscape by Moon light." Business was "up" again. The prevailing "depression" had taken leave of the village, although the war that had caused It was only just de clared. This short period of unusual terror to the honest citizens of Gruningen formed a subject for discussion for many years after. Heaven save us from hard times!" the housewives muttered, as they crossed themselves devoutly. A certain professor, passing through the town at that season of misery, was heard to exclaim, as he took his departure from the hospita ble Einhorn: "There are, forsooth, more simple tons among us than hard times! • • 99 Muzzle-Loaders. We are told about the great slaughter the Indians used to make among the buffalo in the good old days, but this success was not to be attributed to their good marksman ship, because they killed these noble beasts with their guns almost "boute touchant." One thing about their mode of loading and firing might be interest ing to readers of the present day in asmuch as a generation has been born and has grown up since the last buffalo roamed the plains. The Indians and halfbreeds who went on these periodical round-ups were armed with and preferred the old nor'west muzzle-loading flint lock* They could load and fire with such: rapidity that one would almost fancy they carried a repeating gun. Sus pended under their right arm by ft deer thong was a common cow's horn of powder and in a pouch at their belt a handful or two of bullets. As the horse galloped up to the herd, the Indian would pour a charge of powder Into his left hand, trans fer it into the barrel of the gun, give' the butt a pound on the saddle, and out of his mouth drop on top a bul let. As the lead rolled down the bar rel It carried in its wet state parti cles of powder that stuck on the sides, and settled on top of the pow der charge. No rod or ramming was used. The gun was carried muzzle up, resting on the hollow of left arm un til such time as the Indian desired to fire. The quarry being so close no aim was required. On deflecting thd barrel the trigger was pulled before the ball had time to roll clear of the >f In powder, The Indians saw that their buffalo) very large touch-holes; being! guns had thereby assuring the pan primed. When all the balls were fired a few others were chucked Into th« mouth and merrily went on the game.—Forest and Stream. Every day the inhabitants of the United Kingdom wear away $1,000, nan wnrth nf aboa la&thar. I 4 / IS; > ["tfl ll NU ■v V . e. • © a £ 7 t r c [J A FUNNY FIDDLER. What a smart little fellow a cricket must be! For if what they tell us is true, When he seems to be singing he's fiddling instead, Which must be much harder to do. But then if a cricket should happen . to feel Like dancing, how fine It would be! For with two of his legs he could fiddle the tune And d%nce with the others, you see! —Henrietta R. Eliot In St. Nicholas. A PIG PARTY FOR CHILDREN. We have not found, in a long time, ao interesting a game as the above named, and offer It for the use of those wishing to entertain children parties. The writer ls Lades' World says: The Invitations—small pieces of white paper, folded, and sealed with drops of sealing wax—Invited the children to play '"farmer" on the lawn from three to five o'clock. The appointed day arrived and the little people came, bubbling over with curiosity to know what was going to happen. When all had been com fortably seated in a circle on the grass under the trees, each child was given a little pink paper-pig, with his yr her name written upon It. Sophie was then told to go to the farthest end of the lawn and "hide eyes," which she proceeded to do. This was the sigal for the children to leave their places and hide their pigs, which they did, some In the tall grass and others in the crannies yf the rockery. What a scramble there ras! At last all the Improvised pigs were out of sight and the small "far mers" back in their places in the circle, whereupon Sophie was in formed that she must find and re turn each pig to its owner. Then the »earch began, each child watching sarefully and squealing If she came Qear his or her pig. First Sophie walked in the direc tion of the geranium hedge. There was a faint squeal from Jack, for his pig was concealed under one of the broad leaves. When Sophie chose Bne particular plant and bent down to examine it, there was a loud squeal from Jack, to indicate that she was near the object of her search. The next moment Sophie lifted up the protecting leaf and with a cry of de light pulled out the pig, which she returned to "farmer" Jack. The hunt xmtinued, and all the children clapp »d or squealed to guide her and to tell her when she was "getting warm." At last all the pigs were found, and we decided that Jack should be allow 9d to "hide his eyes" next time, as nls pig had been the first one found. Bach child had his or her turn, the iquealing growing more exciting as the game went on. When the last pig bad been found for the last time the warm but happy little "farmers" were summoned to the shady porch, where t welcome sight met their eyes—a long table with plates of dainty sand wiches, little dishes of strawberries ind cookies of all shapes and sizes! Of course, each little "farmer" Brought his recreant pig to the table. Some of the piggies were dirty and bedraggled too, and one poor thing had lost its tail in a scramble In the hedge. The children clung to them, however, and when all were seated there was a paper trough filled with randy for the pig. With much merri ment the children stood the pigs up it the troughs and thrust their pink loses into the candy. With the live itiock provided for, the little "far mers'" were at liberty to proceed to Jo justice to the refreshments set before them. Many impromptu games were origi nated by the children as they sat ibout the table. First, the pigs were made to march In a grand procession iround the edge of the table. Around ind around from hand to hand they inarched, and then came home to the mndy-troughs. Again the children on 1 the side of the table shut their eyes, ind one of the pigs on the other side iquealed. The "blind farmer" guess ad whose pig had squealed. It was after five o'clock when the party was broken up and the reluct ant little "farmers'" ' were sent home, each bearing a much mauled pink paper pig. a THE CHILDREN OF A KING. One eold, wet day our city mission try climbed the steps of a house he had not visited before. He had heard >f some little ones up in the garret room and his visit was for them. The iteps were very steep and very dark, and the missionary had to fumble about for the handle of the door. He knocked, hut there was no answer, to he opened the creaking door and walked in. "Oh, please don't make such a Qoise, sir," said a sweet little voice, "you'll wake the prince." You may imagine how astonished the visitor was to hear of a prince In that half-lighted, hare room. Pres ently he saw through the dim light a little wooden cradle, with a poor ikln and-bones baby in it, and at the foot of it a girl about six years old anxiously rocking it to and fro. "You see, the prince is very hun gry," she said, "an' ef he wakes up he'll holler orful." "Are you hungry, too, my child?" asked the missionary. "Yes, of course; but I'm big, you I«*, an' fcln wait The prinot éou't 1 j ... . . ...... asked Her wHy she called the bah by such a strange name. "Oh, that's a little play mamm J taught me," said the child, with i '' t0 ,T P JT from ""'"■i of being cold and haagr. She tell me stories at night bout kings an. queens, and then I play the queen out drirln*. an' me an' bab, are llvls! In a big, warm ho".e an' havin' sau, aee everv dav for breakfast It helD slot" ' U beIP ! know 'bout mammy cornin' home for dark an' bringin' a loaf." The gentleman brought out of fcl overcoat pocket a couple of san< wlches intended for his own lunct and gave them to the brave little sis ter; and while she devoured one h 1 "Well, my dear little princess, said the missionary, "you and bab; are in truth children of the heavenl; King, and He has sent me today b see about you. There ls a nice, warn house not very far from here, Jus opened today, where you and th« prince can stay all the day whll j ' your mother is at work. You'll ge 1 bread and milk there every day, am sausages, too, sometimes." "Is It the palace?" asked the llttl« girl, her eyes shining. "They call it 'The Nursery,' swered the gentleman, "but It belong! I to our heavenly Father, and He baj sent ma to tell you about it." Just try to think what it was ti those cold and hungry children to b« 1 U taken to this warm, comfortable plac< j every day, to be clothed and fed am ; taken care of! The baby got fat am merry, and was always called "Th« Prince," but the brave little siste: never forgot that the King had sen them all these beautiful things.—Out He was only a mite of a boy, dlrt> and ragged, and he had stopped for « little while In one of the city's fret playgrounds to watch a game of bal I between boys of his own and a riva neighborhood. Tatters and grime wen painfully In evidence on every side but this fellow attracted the attention of a group of visitors, and one ol I them, reaching over the child'f shoulders as he sat on the ground gave him a luscious golden pear. Tht boy's eyes sparkled, but the eyes wert 1 his only thanks as he looked back to see from whence the gift had come, and then turned his face away again, too shy or too much astonished to speak. But from that time on his 1 attention was divided between the Young Folks. FOR MOTHER. game and his new treasure. He pat ted the pear, he looked at it, and at last, as if to assure himself that it was as delicious as It appeared, he : lifted it to his lips and cautiouly hit a tiny piece near the stem. Then, with a long sigh of satisfaction and assurance, he tucked the prize safe ly Inside his dirty little blouse. "Why don't you eat It, Tony?" de manded a watchful acquaintance. "Eat it? All meself? Ain't I savin It for me mother?" The tone, with Its mingling of re sentment and loyalty, nNe further speech, unnecessary. Whatever else Tony lacked—and It seemed to be nearly everyjAing—he had learned humanity':! # ioftiest lesson: he held another dearer than self, and knew the Joy of sacrifice.—Baptist Young People. . TWO DEFINITIONS. A certain beautiful and gracious woman is the admiration of all the school girls in her town. Even girls : of a larger* growth are ready to de- j clare there is nobody like her. "Why do you take such pleasure in her?" I an older lady curiously asked of a plain and rather awkward girl who especially given to the prevail ing fascination. "Why," said she, at a loss for a , it isn't because she's so j i was moment, lovely or so nice. It's because when I'm talking with her she makes me feel just as nice as she is.'* The New York Times tells another j anecdote of the same complexion, touching a young lady who gave a good deal of time to work and was a particular favorite with all the children. "Why do you love Miss Mary so? somebody asked a devoted little boy. "I like her," he said, "because she looks as though she didn't see the holes in my shoes."— 'settlement' An engineer from Sunderland was spending a few days in London with a friend, and after a busy morning slghtseelng the Londoner chose a large restaurant for luncheon, think Ing It would be a novel experience j tor the man from the north. The visitor appeared to enjoy his lunch- ! eon, but kept looking in the direc tlon of the door. "What are you watching?" asked his friend, rather A's i Watching His Coat. annoyed. was the quiet reply. "Well, keepin' un eye on ma topcoat. "Oh, don't bother about that," said the other, "you don't see me watch Ing mine." "No," observed the guileless engi thee has no call to—It's ten neer, minutes sin' thine went. »» The .Sultan of Turkey possesses the largest Turkey carpet known. It is valued at $ 50 , 000 . Peace Congresses will sit more or less vainly as long as it is genuine fun for boys to kill a toad, remarks ' HEW DOOR OPENS TO FARMERS MILLIONS OF ACRES WASTED AN NUALLY BY CARELESSNESS. Great Field Untouched—Neglected Possibilities — Losses Due to Ignor ance—Farmers Experimenting—Na tlvea Great Laboratory. ' "A new door has been opened to ; the farmer. He stands on the thresh ! old of a field of forces that in their power to increase human welfare are the most coioesal that the world has known; the creation out of tile even unutilized plant world of an abso lutely new plant food." These are the words of David Fair child, agricultural explorer in charge of foreign explorations in the United States Department of Agriculture. Thoroughly at home in nature's great 1 laboratory, which he finds fitted up and open for work m every bit of agricultural land In the whole worlà, j Mr. Fairchild is enthusiastically la boring to help supply the demand for ' £ * «.min* (r on> the J i -There are millions of acres ot |tnd w|th the wrong or . JDn eces , .. _ . „„„ _t. "T Mores, and ttere are .n'l acres e , of the proper plant cultures for them ' Ignorance regarding other crops than ! those grown rather than an unrea soning conversatism, is what made the farmer plant ootton and corn in places where he should have Bown alfalfa or cultivated soy beans. He has been blamed for this ignor ance which has cost the country bil h awakening of farmers to the possibil ities of their soil. In the World's Work, Mr. Fairchild says: b *©»■■■■■ " g _ ._. do,,a "' but bIa " e his. The means have not been given him and his seclusion until a decade j or two ago has prevepted his get ting the information about new crops and the seeds to experiment with. "When the New England farmer ' found it had ceased to be profitable to grow wheat because of competition from the great plains. It would have been worth the country's while to lias 1 I ti . 1 have 8pent large BUms la *** rcb toT a crop to take its place. The Caro lina rice planters have abandoned thousands of acres of rice fields be cause the Louisiana and Texas plant ers can grow the crop more cheaply, and the discovery of a substitute will j ; be worth millions annually to the re gion." . It was Mr. M. A. Carleton. like Mr. Fairchild an agricultural ex plorer, who brought to the knowledge 0 f American wheat growers, a few « years ago, a fact that has been of vast financial profit to them, viz., I that a species of wheat, of which they (knew nothing and from which broad could be made that man- people thought the best in the world was grown in another part of the world, I Moreover, that this wheat would grow on semi-arid land, where ordinary wheat failed, would yield four bush els more to the acre and would not 1 be affected by the diseases which preyed upon the kinds they had been accustomed to. Last year alone this new wheat—the Durum—distributed throughout the Northwest by the De 1 partment of Agriculture, yielded the farmers who grew it a net income of $1,500,000. Since 1899 it has earn ed for the farmers of America $3, it : 000,000. Rice was the first irrigated crop to be grown in this country. Strange as it may seem, the rice-growers paid no heed to the remarkable varieties grown so successfully in many parts of the Orient, but continued to plant the kind they first tried. Now, It is estimated that $3,000,000 was an nually lost by the rice planters of . Louisiana and Texas alone because they kept on growing the long-kernel led kind, that breaks in milling, in stead of importing from Japan the short-kernelled sort. Plant Introduction has short-kernelled rice, thus saving mil lions to the rice olanters of this coun The Office of introduced try. Not 2 per cent of the edible plants of the world are known or grown by American farmers. Not only so, tout the varieties that are possible from cross-fertilizatkm no man can pre diet. In this realm of producing new : forms of life-sustaining food and of j encouraging the farmers of our coun try to experiment along this line, I the Office of Plant Introduction is meeting with gre*t success. Thousands of farmers have al ready entered the field of plant breed ing, and not a mall passes through , tb e office of Plant Introduction with j ou t a request in it for some new i plant to be used by an enthusiast in the creating of a new or the improv ing of an old farm or garden crop. "Plants like the asparagus but easier to grow and a third more pro ductive, South American wild celery to cross on the American varieties, improved horseradish that yields a ton or more to the acre, new crea tions in oranges that combine the hardiness of a thorny Japanese hedge plant with the fruiting character of j the naval orange of California, an as that shall have blended in paragus t the characteristics of the South Afri species with the Mediterranean wild forms that cover the slopes of Sicily, new breeds of pears which shall combine the sweetness of the Seckel with the resistance to dls ease of the Chinese sand pear, new peaches that will not rot on the trees j by the millions of bushels as many varieties do now when the season is ! a moist one, new the lawns In the arid Southwest, new Dodder grasses that have been so improved by selection that they yield fifteen per cent, more forage than the ordinary kinds; these are some of i the host of new possibilities upon can cover crops for wbdeh the experts of the Government ind the thousands of experimenters ever the country are at work." THE AMERICAN PASSION. jharles T. Copeland Gives Entertain ing Lecture to Harvard 8choo| Members. icteristlc lectures, The Américain Passion" and he spoke ' h part aa follows: "According to many intelligent for In the new lecture hall, Cambridge, Mr. Copeland gave one o< his char His talk was on eign observers the American passift Ls tor wealth. The scramble for dc| lars, and as many of them as possible is the occupation of the averagj American. That this is at least au perficlally true in not a few Instance •cannot be denied, and that the scram ble is not always honest, recent dis closures in politics, railroads, insui ance, and meat-packing, make equal!' incontrovertible. "But do not the intelligent foreigi observers mistake an effect tor I cause? "Is not success rather than men wealth the chief American ambition' "I think that it is and that onlj the enormous opportunities of the las twenty-five years, together with th complete liberation of capital and i certain lack of imagination, hav< made money so often the only appar ent object of American endeavor." At all events, the easy, obvlout reply to English and foreign crltici is that Europeans also desire succesi and strive for it, and that their sue cess, too, often takes the form a. to up of la ot ' • • money. "The supposed American reply h undeniably true; but so is the sup posed foreign rejoinder; namely, tba' English and foreign men do not strike so feverishly. They have more inter ests outside of their business and pro fessions, they recreate themselvei with these, and—where lies the mail difference—they generally propose to themselves a competence and re tlrement at an age that promlsei many years of happy, peaceful living With the American, retirement it usually enforced. Age, or failure ix health, or failure in business, is the determining cause. In the lives « too many American men there is n< afternoon, and very little morning Night follows noon with tropical sud denness. There is no leisurely ram ble, through quietly lengthening shadows, to man's long home, graveyard is Just round the cornel from the office. "This is very far indeed from rep rehending large fortunes or those wh< accumulate them. Teachers shoulc be slow indeed to find fault with i phase of capital that has resulted if such magnificent gifts to colleges, li braries, museums, scientific enter prises, and—through pensions — U teachers themselves. In fact miser la a character almost unknowi He is an Old World If Amerlcani to Th< th* in America, character altogether, acquire largely, they spend generous ly, and give magnificently. Ther« have never been such givers in th« world before. "Teachers, parents and newspaper» should urge on Americans an avoca tlon as well as a vocation; and one o: the most important avocations is civic and political work. Too many younj are unwilling to do politics work in a small way, such as that af forded In municipalities or even ir The lecturer suggested thaï taste for good reading, for music for art, or for writing where suet existed should be developed and li each case a desirable avocation wai thus acquired.—Boston Transcript. men States. a A BRILLIANT SUBJECT. America Imports More Diamond! Than Ever Before. Thirty-five million dollars' worth Oi diamonds were imported Into th« United States In the fiscal year 1906 against $27,000,000 in 1905, $19,000,00( in 1904 and $26,000,000 in 1903 These figures, just announced by th« Bureau of Statistics of the Depart ment of Commerce and Labor, shou that the importation of diamonds in 1906 was of greater value than 1« any earlier year in the history of oai import trade. No article shows greater fluctua tion in the imports than diamonds. In 1906 the total, as indicated, was $35, 000,000; in 1904, two years earlier, only 19,000,000; in 1903, $26,000,000; in 1900 but $12,000,000; In 1897 less than $2,000,000, and in 1893 about $15,000,000. This total of $35,000,000 worth of diamonds imported in 1906 exceeds materially the figures of any earlier period. The largest total prior to 1906 was that of 1905, about $27, 000,000, while the total tor 1903 fell hut slightly below that of 1906. About $10,500,000 worth moods im,ported in 1906 were uncut, to be prepared for use by the dia mond cutting establishments of the United States, while over $24,000,000 worth were cut but not set. has been a slow hat steady growth in the importation of uncut diamonds, while cut diamonds have shown a greater fluctuation than those not The total value of uncut dia monds imported In 1900 was a little less than $4,000,000, in 1902 a little than $6,000,000, in 1903 nearly of dift There cut. more $11,000,000, and since that period has continued at about this figure, while cut diamonds, which in 1900 were a little less than $8,000,000 were over $15,000,000 in 1903 and $24,000,000 in 1906. Practically all the diamonds import into the United States, while the product of the African mines, Imported direct from European coun Of the $10,500,000 worth of m are tries. uncut diamonds imported in 1906 nearly $7,000,000 United Kingdom and about $2,000, 000 from Belgium, while of the $24, 250,000 worth of cut diamonds im ported in that year $10,000,000 worth from the Netherlands, the great diamond-cutting country of the world; $5,000,000 worth from France, $4,500,000 worth from Belgulm and $4,500,000 worth from the United Kingdom. In addition to the $35,000,000 worth of diamonds Imported in 1906 there brought into the United States $1,000,000 worth of other preeb stones, cut but not set, Includ ing natural pearls, thus making the total value of precious stones brough! into the United States in the year Just ended over $40,000,000, against aboul $33,000,000 worth In 1905 and $31* OOoioOO in 1903.—Harper's Weekly. came from the were were over ous Japan rewards its soldiers and sail ors well. The gazetted war honof list contains 516,426 names. All sol dlers and sailors on It receive monej reward! and 439,926 get decoration« also. THE STONY-HEARTED SWISS. (SwIm landlord« object to having Rum elan gueai* In their hotels.) Icy rain wan «lowly falling On & lonely Alpine path _ Where a Nihtliet was bawling Loudly for & room and bath y a hotel doorway pretty, Whence the landlord might Sweetly caroling this ditty, With a yodel on each word: B be beard "No, Petrovltch, you can't unpack your bombs at this hotel, Our bellboys don't bring dynamite eacS time guests ring a bell. We feel for Russia s woes Sincerely, goodness knows. But, Petrovltch, you can't unpack youi ' bombs at this hotel." Icy rain was falling slowly On the bombs that Russian had, Tending thus to put them wholly And completely to the bad. But each time he cried; •they're soak ing! Let me wrap them in a towel." All the countryside provoking Bang—with yodels on each vowel: TCo, Petrovltch, you can't unpack you» bombs at that hotel, You might mistake a tourist for a howl ing Russian swell. Your country's mournful wreck Is awful, swan to heck. But, Petrovltch, you can't unpack yoor bombs at that hotel." —Thomas R. Ybarra, In the New York Times. li UNNY SIDt oFLIF! "Bridget, I am going out tonight" "And lave the house alone?"—Life. Mrs. Homebody (engaging cook)— Very well, then; you may come tomor row at ten! Cook: Oi'd sooner come it eight, mum. Thin if Oi don't loike the place 01 can lave in time for the matinay.—Puck. "Slowboy ls about discouraged. He's been waiting ten years for a promotion ind hasn't got it yet" "That's the trouble. If he'd worked more and waited less he'd have had it long ago." —Detroit Free Press. Mother (who has been asked to sug gest a game for a rainy afternoon)— Why don't you pretend you are me? And George can be daddy. Then you might play at housekeeping. Daughter —But, mother, we've quarrelled once already!—Punch. Applicant—I see you advertised for à janitor, sir. I am a married man—no ihildren; neat, honest, patient and tactful! Agent—I regret to say you would hardly do as a janitor, my friend, but wait. Couldn't I get you is a tenant?—Judge. American Cousin—I reckon the sons Df some of our millionaires have a pretty hard problem to solve when they can't decide whether to go Into business and live up to their fathers' reputations, or go Into society, and live them down.—Puck. "When I leave you tonight," said "Gra Mr. Staylate, "I hope you—' ;ious! are you coming again tonight?" exclaimed Miss Patienco Gönne. Then for the first time the proximity of the dawn dawned on him and he lit aut.—Philadelphia Press. Lady—Do you clean houses? The Vacuum Cleaner Man—Yes, ma'am. We have a four cylinder machine, and we'll take away every atom of dirt, right; my husband has Just spending his vacation on a second-hand iuto, and I wish you'd start on him it once."—Life. "All been "A great deal depends on the man ier in which a iriends," said the wise 'Yes," answered Senator 'but the things you attack are what keep the public interested. The most m portant point is the selection of ene mies."—Washington Star. First Murderer (tearing his hair)—I ihall go mad! ÿVhat's the mattsr, old man? "Matter? Matter enough. I've no show of be ng acquitjed unless I'm proved insane, ind here the prosecution has gone and •etained all the alienists whose testi Well, If what's the use of going his man selects politician. Sorghum; Murderer— Secornl will have any weight. nony hat's ao, nad?"—Puck. Everything Free. There is a quiet rural commune tn .he Vosges which seems to be getting is possible to the point is near as vbere primitive Arcadian simplicity loins contact with the most modern Socialist ideal. Everything In this fa ;ored spot is to be provided for er «rybody by his grandmother, the muni dpality. The name of the communs a S'ewen, and it is near the lake ol The mayor has just die same name, lotifled all households that every one, demand, can have as much firewood he wants during winter, as much .'odder as he needs for his cattle, all ichool requisites for his children, and, hanks to a canal scheme that has Just >een completed, water supplied free tn ils home. Free household electri« ighting ls to be added later.—London Jlobe. >n . Scarless Surgery. Scarless surgery ls numbered among ie most recent achievements in medl ;al science. It is explained that in naklng the first Incision the scalpel loes not cut the skin at right anglet with the surface, but passes through ft at a slant. After the operation If performed a rigid dressing of wool md glass is applied to prevent con iraction and as much pressure il Brought to bear on the wound as la lafe. According to foreign advice^ he London surgeon who conceived th« dea and successfully put it in prac doe is unable to meet the demanda !or his services.—Providence (R. I.) rrlbune. Cookery Scholarships. Next month the London County Council will award eighteen fre* icholarshlps in cookery for ilomestl« lervants to be held at the National rrainlng School of Cookery. Can di lates must not be less than 17 or mors han 25 years of age on July 31, 1907, (*he course will extend over a period ol i2 weeks and those who win scholar ihipe will be provided with dinner md tea on the days on which they itend school Each will also receive grant of £5 toward travelling and (her expense«.—Daily Graphic. .