THE FREE PRESS.
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
—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
— 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
—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.
—"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
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
"Youngman. you uoed
I can't undertake, to erne
The expressman says he can't
Here is the check for
—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
—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."
—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.
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
"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.
THE NUMBER SEVEN.
Mr It toll I» ruyi
an Important Fart.
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
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
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
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
Our great tight with tho mother coun
try for liberty and independence lasted
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
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
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
statement I decline to be sworn in
As to the truth of the
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
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.
—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
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
/Robbie had heard, that there was
cheese in the moon, but he did not
really think so; only for a joke he said
"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
"Why,' said Robbie, "I didn't know
there was really any cheese up in the
"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."
om his closet some cheese.
"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
I suppose you
you ever saw.
"What a cunning little thing!" said
in : ••but has it not goKany fur ou?"
"No," said Jabberwock, "but still it
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
"It is?" said the Jabberwock. "Well,
I will come." So away they went.—
( Hncinnati Enquirer.
ANXIOUS TO PLEASE.
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.
say hillock. Her
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
and keep the bats
We're powerful poor and can't af
ford to provide for both."— Detroit Free
—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
Coal is being dispensed with
for manufacturing and heating ptiroses
in large sections of Pennsylvania and
The use of natural
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
TYPES FROM BOHEMIA.
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
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
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.
as one and so
But the woods are
The cleverest writers on
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
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
so was George
the greatest novelist England
Sarah Bernhardt is the
—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
—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
extract of bichromate i
not.i-s.mn— s at. 1 1 more irritating.
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 writer has seen
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
Choice Extracts From the Pages of the
Hens' Eggs.—A production of nature
with which to compare the size of West
The Summer Season.
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
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.
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
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
for diamonds am
dresses in order to raise a few blind
dollars for the poor.— Drake's Traveler's
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.
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.
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.
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.
How th* Health o t th* Bird Aff.o ,
Valuabl* Plumes. *
Qstrich chicken feathers are
mil thev are a year old ; they are
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
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
A Simpl« Receipt
Which In Certainly
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.
Why the Old Man Was Slow,
"Helloa, Uncle Boggy," said a young
negro, speaking to an old negro whom
walk faster an' not let ino pass yer dis
"Hole on er minit," the old
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" *
"Wall, yerse'f's one o' dem men w'd
he overtook in the street.
"Yer've seed er mau totiu' er
er man tot'n' er
or empty sack,
yer ain't got wo ght
shoulders to hoi'
long, son. fur
yer on de grottn'.
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