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GR4.NGEVir.LE, IDAHO PITH AND POINT. —Sometimes we vote a man a snob simply because we suspect that he is a smarter man than we are.— Detroit Free Press. —Reformat'on makes such slow prog ress because each man tries to reform his neighbor instead of himself. —First Senator—Conic, now, you haven't opened your mouth. Second Senator—-Pardon me; I have gaped all through your speech.— Burlington Free Press. — Almost any body ean take a com pliment when it is thrown at him. but not every body knows how to wear it after he gets it.— tit Albans ( Vt. ) Mes senger. —At this season of tho year a man who * can't carry a hoe handle a hundred yards ean lug a fishing rod twenty miles. The rod is so mu h lighter, you know. —-Merchant Traveler. —"Doctor," said he, as lie entered the office, "I don't know what the trouble is, but I can't sleep at night." "What is your business, my friend?" "I'm a plumber, sir." a clergyman, your conscience."— Chicago Tribune. —Fair Traveler—"What does this mean ? 1 find my trunk. Baggageman—"The trouble is, ma'am, that you changed cars too often. The check and part of the handle has arrived, but the other pieces haven't got along yet."— Omaha World. —"Rev. Mr. Unity was quite liberal, but so absent-minded. They were mak ing up a whist I tarty, when Miss Mabel said to him: "Mr. Unity, won't you jo n us? Mr. Do Beans is going to take a hand and be my partner." Mr. Unity wakes up with a start, and breaks everybody up bv remarking: "Isn't this rather sudden? Have you got a license?" "Youngman. you uoed I can't undertake, to erne The expressman says he can't Here is the check for it. —Fashionable l.a ly—Don'tyou think, doctor, that my husband ought to send mo to some fashionable watering-place for my health? Doctor—Why, madam, you have a phenomenally robust phy sique. Fashionable Lady—I knew there was something the matter witli me. Where have l to go to get rid of it — Long Branch or Saratoga?— Ch'cago Tribune. —An exchange says it is just as im portant for a girl to make good bread as to paint a picture. It may bo; but a girl cin't throw "soul," tone, tech nique, feeling, eliiaro oscuro, and such things into a loaf of bread. The latter, however, put in a frame and hung aga list the parlor wall, would no doubt look quite as attractive ami artistic as the picture painted by tho girl.— Norristown Herald. —"What college do you intend sending your son to?" a«ked an Allegheny gen tleman of another this morning, thought 'of sending him to Harvard, but now I'm thinking more favorably of Columbia." "Indeed; why have you changed your opinion?" "Well.Colum b a outrowed Harvard at the recent trial. You see, 1 want my son to have the best education the country affo ds." —Pittsburgh Chronicle —A late judge, whose personal ap pearance was as unprepossessing as his legal knowledge was profound and his intellect keen, interrupted a female wit incss: "Humbugged you, my good wom an. What do you mean by that?': "Well, my lord," replied the woman, "I don't know how to express it, but if a girl called your lordship a handsome iiinn she would be humbugging you."— A'. Y. Telegram. "I A PATIENT WIFE. Why She Considered It Wrong: to Com plain of Her IIuMhand*M Cruelty. "I have hoard," said the kind-hearted Austin female philanthropist to the womnn who lived in a dilapidated shan ty in the suburbs, whose head was tied up, an<l who had one arm in a sling, "I have hoard that your husband heats you, and I thought I would consult you to see if we could not restrain him." "You are mistaken, madam: my hus band never beats me. We have lived together fifteen year, and he has never beaten mo yet," and tho woman adjust ed her arm in the sling. "I am so glad to hear that I am mis taken," replied the female philanthro pe. "No," continued the woman, sadly, putting the bandage over tire eye, "he has never struck me a blow yet. He has kicked Aie in a dozen different places forty different times: he has taken me by my two oars and bumped my head on the floor, or on the corner of the mati tel-pieoe; lie has poured licit water down my back, pulled out my hair by the handful, and he lias stuck pins in me a t ine or so; he feeds his dog in my new Sunday bonnet, but he has never yet beat me, and until he does I don't think I ought to complain." Tho visitor then withdrew without saying another word.— -Texas Siftings. —Jeremiah Long, of Fairfax Court House, Va., wrote recently to J. T. Hill, of Alexandria, onlling his atten tion to the fact that in IHfil .while Con federate troops were at Fairfax Court House, ho (Long) mended two can teens and a candlestick for him (Hill). The bill, sixty cents, had never been paid, hence Mr. Long's letter. He said that though interest was due on the amount he would bn satisfied with the sixty cents. Mr. Hill sent Mr Long the sixty ents.—AT. Y. Sun. —Eienora Talbot, a young woman of Lecompe, La., was standing by a win dow during a thunder storm, when she was struck by lightning. Her ri i ht side was burned from the shoul 1er to the foot, and her clothes were set on tiro. Other persons iu the lious • were so stunned by the shock that for 'time they were not able to aid the girl, who was so badly burned that her life was despaired of. She recovered. —N. O. Picayune. s one THE NUMBER SEVEN. Viiuirr Mr It toll I» ruyi Combi an Important Fart. ti< The frequent recurrence of the num ber seven in the Scriptures seems to in dicate that there are associated with it certain events, that it may be termed the prophetic, representative symbolic number consecrated in the Holy Scrip tures and tile loiigion of the Jews and other nations, by many mysterious events and circumstances. The Old Testament informs us that God completed the work of creation in seven i ays, and set apart the seventh day to he a day of rest for all man kind. The slayer of Abel was to be punished seven-f >1(1, and the sjayor of Lemeeli seventy and seven fold. Of every clean beast Noah took into h's ark by sevens, and took with him seven souls when he entered the ark. After seven days the waters were upon the facip of the earth. The intervals between sending out the dove the .second ind third times were seven days, ami in I lie seventh month the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat. laraoh's two dreams ho saw seven Well-favored and fat kino and seven ill-favored and lean kino, and seven ears of eoru on one stalk, rank and go< d, and seven ears blasted with the east wind, which was followed by seven years of great plenty and seven years of famine. The children of Israel were com manded! to oat unleavened bread seven days, iujd to observe the feast of un leavened bread; seven days shall there he no leaven found in your houses. The seventh month was signalized by the feasts of trumpets and the celebra tion of tilio Feast of Tabernacles. Seven weeks was the interval between the Passover and the Pentecost. The seventh year was observed as the Sabbatical year, and the year succeed ing seven times seveu years as the year of jttb lee. Seven I days wore appointed as the length of the feasts of Tabernacles and Passover. Seven [days for tho ceremonies of the consecration of tho priests. Seven victims were to be offered on any special occasion. When Abraham and Abimolech want ed to confirm an oatli they took seven ewe lumps of tho flock. Jacob served Laban seven years for each of nis daughters. Delilah bound Samson with seven green willies, and wovo tho seven locks of his ha r in the web. Seven priests, bearing seven trump ets, passitd round the walls of Jericho Seven days, on the seventh day passing round seven times, and it fell. Nebuchadnezzar had the furnace heated seven times hotter than it was wont to b ■ heated to burn tho three Hebrew children, and was driven from among men to the beasts of the liuld until seven times passed over him. F.lisha commanded Naaman to wash in Jordan seven times and be cured of it is loprosy. The sluggard is wiser in liisown con ceit than seven men who can render a reason. In the New Testament Christ com manded tp forgive an erring brother not until Seven times, but seventy times seven if hi- repented. In Revelations of St. John we read of seven Churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven seals, seven lamps, seven golden candlesticks, seven angels, seven via s and seven last plagues. A notion once prevailed in England with some people that tho seventh con secutive son bom had power to cure certain diseases. Our great tight with tho mother coun try for liberty and independence lasted seven years. The Président of tho United States, Grover Cleveland, was seven times seven years of age when married; his bride, Frances Folsom, three times seven years of age, makingadifference in their ages of four times seven years. The brideTs ago and tho difference in their ages added makes seven times seven the President's age. The bride's birth occurred seven years after tho President attained to his majority. Their ages added make ten times seven, three score and ten. tho number of years allotted to tho ago of man. Multiply the number of thoir added ages by seven, it makes soveuty times •even. The President's official title. Presi dent of tit ) United States of America, contains five times seven letters, bride's official relation. House Mistress, contains three times seven letters.— A. Ekey, in Cincinnati Enquirer, in P The The White SN/^KE INOCULATION. A 1'retty Good S4ory Which Com*. Alt tho Way from Mexico. Wo arc told that the natives of Mexi co on the coasts inoculate themselves with the virus of adders, cobras and rattlesnakes, and that the persons who have been lints vaccinated are rendered forever prqof against injury from any bite or statement I decline to be sworn in stling. As to the truth of the any court of jjistiee, but "tell the tale as 'tw as told o me." The person to bo inocula ted jis pricked with the serpent's fangs on tue t ingtui, in both arms and leg , and various parts of the body, tho veil ui being thoroughly introduced into ui. An eruption immediate eae:i womuj ly breaks dut, accompanied by fever and much swelling of the body, after which the dkin gradually flakes off in seal s, as in leprosy. It is said tint people who have been vaccinated in this manner can not only handle the most poisonous serpents with irapun ty —making them come at will, caressing them, twining them about their necks and carrying them in their bosoms— but that the bites of these persons themselves are as fatal as that of tho snake whose virus has been transferred into thoir blood! This snake story is hod foil by many good people, both 'e and foreign, whose word is un impeachable— on other subjects.— Cleveland Plain Dea'er. voue nativ —The Polish AHianeo of the United States asserts that there are 1,000,000 Poles in this country, and recently a prominent Wisconsin Bohemian de clared that there wore 6,000,000 Bo hoodaus her* THE CHILDREN'S RIDE. An <>riglni«l Hlorj R*Ulad bj* Girl Only FI»* Tear* of if*. Once there were two little girl*, fheir names were Rosy and Alice. They had a little brother whose name was Robbie. Once when they were in the woods they saw a creature with eyes of flame, whistling as it went through the air, and it said in a gruff voice* 'T am a Jabbcrwock." "What kind of a creature under the sun are you?" said Robbie; "what flash ing eyes you have! You look rather kind, though very frightful, take me up to the moon on your back, and give me some cheese when you get th*re." ^ /Robbie had heard, that there was cheese in the moon, but he did not really think so; only for a joke he said that. Please "Oh! you sqft little pussy thing!" said Rosy, as they rode away up to the moon. Pretty soon they went bump against something which was shiny and yellow. It was the moon. Then Jabbcrwock let the children get off her back, and asked the man in the moon if lie would plceso go "Why,' said Robbie, "I didn't know there was really any cheese up in the moon!" "Then," said the Jabberwock, "why did you ask for it?" "For a joke," sait! Robbie. "Well, here now," said the man in the moon, "eat your cheese." "Why, how nice!" said Alice, as she took a large bite out of the cheese, think it would be nice to live up in the altogether, though I am afraid mamma would not let us." the om his closet some cheese. "I moon "W ell, I suppose she wouldn't,' Jabberwock. After they had cheese they went down again. "(), thank you," said Rosy, as they got down to the earth. "Jabberwoelc, I think you are tho loveiiest creature in the world—except mamma!" "Oh," said Alice, "I wish you would stay with us a few days, will if we ask you to.'' "Yes," said Jabberwock, love to. Should you like to see my oubv? It is a sweet little thing." She led them to a hole in a tree, whore they saw the tiniest little baby Jabberwock ' said some I suppose you "I would you ever saw. "What a cunning little thing!" said in : ••but has it not goKany fur ou?" "No," said Jabberwock, "but still it Ri is pretty, is it not?" "Of course it is," said Rosy. "But come," said Alice, "this is the us to be at time mamma wanted home!" "It is?" said the Jabberwock. "Well, I will come." So away they went.— ( Hncinnati Enquirer. ANXIOUS TO PLEASE. in n Dakota Fubllaher Atm* to Satisfy Hid Advertiniiig; Patrons* Having had some trouble with a New York advertising firm about how of their medicine notices should and being determined to please we have fixed up the following which we will publish eowtfilwfi, top of column, among heavy editorial and pearls of thought, or any other way they want it: A pale young man with dark, flash eyes was proceeding cautiously along side of a little brook which flowed through the cool and leafy retreats of a dense but inviting grove near a stately lie had not gone far when Piebiter's Cure for Consumption nev Fails. The great Pulverizer. Ask your Druggist his attention was attracted by a fair young girl swinging in a ham mock. Site was the picture of loveli ness. She did not notice his approach. He drew nearer Use Buekwheater's Bronchial Busters, the Howling Har pooner of Hoarseness and as he did so she looked up with a timid, startled, almost pleading glance. "Pardon me," said our hero, "but 1 wish to call tour attention to Dr. Sagehen's Catarrhal Cavorter. Yours for Health. Beware of Imitations." She drew back a little and the volume of "Luc le" which she was reading slipped from her hand. "You must recollect, sir," she began, "that I have not the honor of your ac quaintance, but if you eau tell me of Dr. •'s Dyspepsia Destroyer, Trial Bottle Ftee. see tnat the name is Blown in the Cork, I will listen. The young man did not answer but drew still nearer and sat down on a rare beauty Get Walloper's Liver Lev eler and < 'ast Iron Bitters for Infants and Invalids had completely entranced him and Beer and Plug Tobaoco habits Pet maneutly cured. No Publicity. Ad dress Dr. Van Quacker forgetting him self for the time he gazed up into her great liquid eyes till Try Muggins' Can cer Corrector, she turned her face Howler's Hair Persuader is Boss and for the first time he was conscious For Ague. Spavin, Broken Bones, Cramp, Pink Eye, bisanity. Glanders and other Diseases of the Throat and Lungs try Bilk's Pain Astonishor and Paralizer that he had perhaps Purify the Blood w th Whang's System Renovator and Dr nk Hups and Copperas Coflin Var nish and trv Prof. Cemetery'sCelebi ated Rough on Life Salve and (General Diges t on Awakener and Human Race Ex terminator, Cleans out Men, Women, Chddren, etc. Don't die in the house. Druggists.— Estelline (D T. ) Bell. some run, mg mansion. or Snorter' say hillock. Her Mosquitoes Preferred. About a mile from the station at Mis sissippi City we stopped at the cabin of a white man for a drink of water.* The mosquitoes were pegging away at us and our horses, and the settler and his family were slapping their arms about as they talked to us. '•They are bad things," observed one of the party to the man. "Well, they do pester some." "1 see you have a fish-net over the bedroom window. Is it there to keep mosquitoes out?" * "Hu! No!" he replied, let tho 'skeeters in out. "That's to and keep the bats We're powerful poor and can't af ford to provide for both."— Detroit Free Press. —Did you ever ask any one else ,o bi your wife?'' she queried, in much doubt. "No, darling," he answered tenderly "I assure you this is my maiden e i/n.' —A. F. Telegram. OIL RELDS IN EGYPT. An Abundance of Petroleum Recently Die covered Near the Red Sen. There is now reason to believe that the ancient Egyptians knew how to work petroleum wells, and that their embalming process was based on some preparation of mineral oil. An abund ance of petroleum has recently been discovered in the Peninsula of Gimsheh, uear the Red Sea. The first borings were made at a distance of four hun dred feet from that historic body of water, and in one hundred and fifty-six feet from the surface oil was struck in such profusion that three thousand two hundred barrels of petroleum gushed out within twenty-four hours. Accord ing to Mr. Daley, a Belgian engineer, who made a scientific examination of this new oil region, there is no doubt but that there is as much oil under tho surface of the ground in Egypt any part of the world, but it is doubtful if it can come into competition with American or Russian oil, as it is mixed with salt water and other foreign sub stances. It yields on analysis from twenty to twenty-live per cent, of pure mineral oil. The region where it is found is of volcanic structure, and has neither vegetation nor fresh water. It is very remarkable that oil and gas should have been buried for many thousand years in the earth with being known or utilized to any great extent by mankind. The dis covery of petroleum has been mixed blessing to mankind, for it has furnished a cheap illuminant for the masses. It is said to have changed the habits of myriads of poor people. In the absence of any cheap artificial light, the inhabitants of Japan and China were wont to retire shortly after sun down, but since the advent of refined petroleum, or kerosene, the poor Asia tics can afford the luxury of a light for several hours, which formerly they spent in darkness. Our American troleum still has the market as against all the rest of the world, the only teal competitor being the Russian mineral oil, but as a general thing our petro leum is the cheapest illuminant, as it can be refined at less cost than the Rus sian. Our oil territory is steadily larging. As one oil field is exhausted, new o*cs are discovered quite, as pro ductive. The oil-bearing strata is known to extend into West Virginia and Ohio. In the matter of gas wells, which found in all our petroleum fields, seem to have an advantage over all the world. as in -, I out an un fe en are we Coal is being dispensed with for manufacturing and heating ptiroses in large sections of Pennsylvania and The use of natural Ohio. gas lias cheapened very greatly the manufacture of iron and steel. It " is so abundant that there is talk of forming companies to convey it by pipes to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and other great centers of population. — Demorest's Monthly. TYPES FROM BOHEMIA. IleprpsvntHtU Mi Hilft Which U Fast Dying; Out. "Homer is recognized as the father of Bohemians. Dante and Tasso were Bohemians, and so was Cervantes, the of a Class of Utorary greatest humorist the world ever pro duced. Plato, the philosopher, was one; so was Voltaire, and so was Rous seau, the famous French sentimentalist. Boccaccio was one, ditto Möllere, the French dramatist. Shakspeare was an Goldsmith was Sterne, the humorist, out and out Bohemian, a right jolly one. was a sort of one, and so was Swift, the great satirist. Bobbie Burns, the poet, was a born Bohemian: so were Shelley, Byron and Toni Moore. Charles Lamb, the essayist, was a lively one. and so was l oin Hood. Dickens one. and Swinbourne is the liveliest one England has to-day. Nearly all the French poets, novelists, journalists, act ors and artists are Bohemians. V.ctor Hugo was a pretty live one in his younger days. Emile Zola, the great realistic novelist, is the leading Bohe mian in France to-day. The Germans don't go much on Bohemian life and the Bohemians have no use- for Germany, or for Russia. Spain. Austria and Turkey. A Bohemian, to exist at all. must enjoy full liberty of speech, and liberty of speech is altogether out of tho question in those countries. America has dueed her share of Bohemians. \V getting as bad as Paris. Every little city has its list of them. Poe. Willis, Huffman and Halleek, all well-known poets, were • true Bohemians. Fitz James O'Brien, poet and story-writer, was one. Artemus Ward, the king American lumorist, was a Bohemian of the first water. Walt Whitman is as great a one as the world ever produced. Mark Twain ami Bret Harte belong to the order, and so does Willie Winter, poet and dramatic critic. Bill Nve. is an easy-going Bohemian, and so is Öpie P. Read, the humorist and story-writer Joaquin Miller ranks does George Alfred Townsend, Vielter known as -Gath.' full of them. was p rô ti are as one and so But the woods are The cleverest writers on a our newspapers are men who are recognized as Bohemians out and out." "Are there any female Bohemians?" "Certainly. George Sand, the great est of all French novelists, was a .simon pure Bohemian, and Eliot, ever produced, cleverest of all female Bohemians, and a right brilliant one she is, too. Nearly all of our actresses are Bohemians; it'« m their nature. Laura Don was a beau tiful one. and Clara Morris is a great one. But enough! Yon know what Bohemian is now."— Cincinnati En quirer so was George the greatest novelist England Sarah Bernhardt is the n —Upon unloading a British steamer which arrived at Philadelphia recently, it was found that about one-half the cargo ol g,200 tons of sugar was a fluid mass of sirup instead of sugar in bags as it had been «hipped from India. Tile sugar had been melted by heat, and the sirup was eight feet deep in the hold of the vessel, which had come through the Suez canal. it —A mrd'eal explanation of ice-erean poisoning is grounded upon Europea experience. The vanilla used in tlam ing ices is eon.» dered a prolific of prisoning in Berlin, other cities of Europe, for van lia :t soon Vienna The substitu extract of bichromate i not.i-s.mn— s at. 1 1 more irritating. an AFRICAN TELEGRAPHY. ofCota m u meat Ion Through Short DU f.n o*.. The system of sound telegraphy used by the people living on the border of the gulf of Guinea, West Africa, is of interest as a primitive solution of the problem of communication through short distances. The instrument is madi as follows: e Primitive Solution of tlie Pro Take a log of hard wood, about twe feet long and about a foot in diameter. Plane off one side longitudinally to a surface four or five inches wide. In the centre of this surface mark off an elon gated and somewhat distorted Greek The longer arms are placed longitudinally, and occupy about one third of the planed surface. The trans verse arms are three times as broad, and extend entirely across the surface. The natives dig out the wood within the outline of the cross, and from there gradually hollow out the whole log. The sides, beginning at the center, are trimmed off literally toward the ends, which are rounded off. The instrument is now ready. It will be perceived that by the methods above described we have a hollow drum with four tongues in the center, each being of a different thickness, so as to produce a different sound when struck. Two pieces of bamboo, the size of a man's wrist and about two feet long, are selected and stripped of the hard outside, which leaves the soft, pithy portion for use. This bamboo is of a peculiar kind, free from knots and solid throughout. With those sticks, used in a proper manner on the four tongues ol the drum, a combination of sounds is produced, which, in conccntion with time as used in music, forms a perfect telegraphic language,readily understood by the initiated, the air being the trans mitter. With this simple instrument the natives of the Gulf of Guinea read ily communicated with each other for a distance of a mile at least on land ami a much longer distance by water. Messages can be sent long distance.» in a short time by parties at different points passing them along from one to the other. The writer has seen cross. canoes coming down a river from the bush markets signaling people in the town, and giving and receiving general news at a dis tance of fully three miles.— Scientific American. GOOD DEFINITIONS. Choice Extracts From the Pages of the New Dictionary. Hens' Eggs.—A production of nature with which to compare the size of West ern hail-stones. The Summer Season. Three months of the year when fashionable people cheerfully put up with inconveniences, at seaside hotels, which at home would induce them to declare that life was not worth living. A Successful Man.—O ne who. by hard work and close economy, lates a million dollars, and dies, and leaves his money to a couple of spend thrift sons who "see more fun" in twelve months than the "old man" did in liftv years. aociimu An American Beauty. —A woman whose alleged charms are unnoticed at Home, and who doesn't achieve fame as a beauty until she goes abroad and cures an introduction to the Prince ot Wales. se American Humor. —Any facetious re marks made about the mule, the nioth er-in-Iaw and the goat, A Dead-Head.—T he rural editorwho gives ten dollars' worth of pull's for a hfty-cent circus ticket. College Education.—A proficiency in boat-rowing, base-ball and sometimes in other branches of learning. A Society Man.—A youth who de votes more time to arranging his neck tie than to cultivating his mind. Charity Ball.—A scheme to enable the wealth v to «pend several hundred thousand for diamonds am uo..ars dresses in order to raise a few blind dollars for the poor.— Drake's Traveler's Magazine. d DON'T WORRY. A I'lecc if Very Reliable Advice to a Mel ancholy Young Man. Don't worry, my son, don't worry. Don't worry about something that you think may happen to-morrow, beeattS' you may die to-night, and to-morrow will find you beyond the reach of worry. Don't worry over a thing that happened yesterday, because yesterday is a hun dred years away. If you don't believe it, just try to reach after it and bring it back. Don't worry about anything that is happening to-day, because to-day will only last fifteen or twenty minutes. If you don t believe it, tell your creditors you'll be ready to settle in full with them at sunset. Don't worry about things you can t help, because only makes them worse. worry Don't worn about things you can help, because then there's no need to worry. Don't worn at all. If you want to be penitent no« and then, it won't hurt you a bit to go into the sluckcloth and ashes business It will do you good, to cry a little once in a long while, that isn't a bad thing, going out and clubbing vourself sionally, I think you need it and will lend you a helping hand at it, and put a plaster on you afterward. All these things will tio you good. But worry, worry, worry, fret, fret, fret, — why. there's neither sorrow, penitence, strength, penance, reformation, hoot nor resolution in it. It's just worry.— Burdette, in Brooklyn Eagle. a little, vaut If vor. If you frei like • » <-.i A Justifiable Inference. "Gracious, Mr. Dusenberry! was that noise in the next room?" "Mrs. Brown's baby feH out of bed. t suspect. It's a lucky thing if it did. "Why so?" VY h a "It's a popular superstition, vn know, that if a baby tumbles out of it will never turn out a fool." "Mr. Duse ti bury (after a pan pause), do you know what I think 1 "What, my dear?" "That it's a great pity you didn't om. of bed when you were a baby. PUiludelvhiu Call. OSTRICH FEATHERS. How th* Health o t th* Bird Aff.o , Valuabl* Plumes. * Qstrich chicken feathers are mil thev are a year old ; they are useless u rare e. At twelve months thev are cut u... The stumps dry, and after a few weeks the bird sheds them, or they can be drawn out without pain and with ease. The feathers then take six months to grow before they can again be cut. Three pluckings are obtaina The process of ly cut Me in two years' time. plucking continues for many years, but it requires the greatest care to prevent the feathers deteriorating. The feath ers from the wil and finest, but Id ji jd are the longest rarely more than three on one bird are sufficiently perfect to render them tit for commerce. Hence th * necessity of tho farm. A male bird turns black at about the age of eighteen months. The black and black-and white leathers are pulled from different parts of the body; the white feathers come from one row only in the wing tail feathers are never as white as those in the wing, and are usually bleaohed for "tips. So little is known about the hab.ts of the ostrich that people are surprised to find how the health of.the bird affects its feathers. In many of the best feathers is what appears to he line runnng across th > feather. This, mav bo, is not caused by the packing-string be'ng too tightly tied, but by a day's illness. So delicate are the feathers and so inti mately and so wonderfully connected with the organization of the bird that a day's dyspepsia from overfeed ng or derfeeding will leave this mark, icate bird has its feathers more or less marked throughout Ostr olios are not camped out for breeding until the male bird is four an<l the hen three years of age. They lay from ten to fifteen eggs and incubate forty-two days. The male bird ; s a pattern husband and fu ller; if accident should overtake his mate it is most usual for him to continue tho sil ting, and he has frequently been known to bring off the brood successfully, "mothering" them with the greatest care until they can peek, which is not until three davs after hatching. The nest of the ostrich is always in the sand, and is scratched out by the male bird: the hen forms a perfect wall of sand round her with her wings before the eggs are hatched. The ostrich knows no fear, and is a most formidable and dangerous opponent. Their erv, which answers to cock-crowing, is a deep bel low that can be heard for a couple of miles, and is called "broniming." The depression in ostrich farming has boon reused by an overstocked market. Naturally tho c in climates suited to the bird imported them from the Cape. When the steed was stolen, tho Cape Government locked the stable door; bu'. alas! the one hundred pounds premium on every bird exported was too late a measure to prevent thriving farms growing in Austral a and India, and it is with chagrin bordering on despair that the Cape farmers find the re'ail trade gleaning the profits. — Chicago Tribune. a nn A del I WHOLESOME BREAD. A Simpl« Receipt Worth Which In Certainly i Trial. It is strange that so many people should know so littte about t Imprépara tion of really good food It is useless to point out a few shining examples here and there—go east or west or north or south and go >d bread, for instance, is almost unknown. And. coffee! who has not shuddered time and again decoction served under that tunt *? I have drank it when I could not have o'd to save my Pfe whether 1 was dr nking coffee or tea, or both, or some thing else. But to return to bread. To œ really good, it should be white, •pongy and tough, w th a dark red crust that melts in tbo mouth with an indescribable sweetness, and leaves but one wish in the heart—mote broad. To make it, but two things are neee-saty; go id flour and good hop veast. No one can afford to use poor (four, for it absorbs so much water that it will not zo one-half as far as flour of a better grade. The next requ site is home made yeast. Tho dry kbids in mar ket are seldom fresh, and yeast s so eisily made and so easily kept that it is poor pol'cy to buy it. The following receipt I know to be rood: Four potatoes, two handfuls of hops, one tablespoonful of ginger, two of salt, half cup sugar and one half cup of good fresh yeast. Boil the potatoes and hops together, and scald half a of flour with the water; as soon as sufficiently cold, add tho y ast, sugar, alt and ginger and ferment twentv four hours, and then bottle. It will keep six weeks in the hottest weather. Half a cupful will make from font-to six loaves. The bread should be s»t over n ght. and thoroughly kneaded in the morning, the longer tfie bitter, but from half to three-quarters of an hour, anyway. Baku we 1, and just before taking from tho oven, wot the tops of the loaves with cold wat r to insure th t deep, dark red glaze so dear to tho good bread lover's heart. Never use a par ticle of butter or lard in brea I, for it destroys the crustiness. — Cor. Farmer. at the cup Ohio Why the Old Man Was Slow, "Helloa, Uncle Boggy," said a young negro, speaking to an old negro whom "W'yn't ver walk faster an' not let ino pass yer dis way?" "Hole on er minit," the old quest-d. sack o' co'n, hain't yerP" "Oh. yas, sah." "An' yer's seed empty sack, 1 spoze?" "I sho Ims." "Ah, hah, an' dnln't yer alius notioc dat de mau wliut ain't '/ot nothin' in ms sack walks faste: Jeu de one dal's foi a full saekP" * "Yas, sah?" "Wall, yerse'f's one o' dem men w'd Run er he overtook in the street. man re "Yer've seed er mau totiu' er er man tot'n' er or empty sack, yer ain't got wo ght shoulders to hoi' Arkausaw Traveler. long, son. fur emit! yer on de grottn'. rer Ol) . A