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Disastrous Results from Youngster’s
Intended Visit to Relatives in Country. School had closed for the summer. With two months at his disposal, In ventive Sammy naturally began to think of what he should do in this va cation period, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. His experiments and inven tions had proved so expensive of late that he did not like to ask his father for money to go away on a long holi day trip. Neither did he wish to stay at home. “Father," said he, thoughtfully, at the breakfast table, "If you could spare me the donkey and our little pony cart I could take a jaunt through the country, stopping at the homes of our relatives. They live most every where about here, you know, and I’ve promised ever so many visits I’ve never paid.” "The very idea!” exclaimed hia father, who had Just been wondering how to provide an agreeable vacation for his brilliant son. Sammy was quick to avail himself of the permission. That very day he ' .■ ■ ■ » - Made a Mammoth Kite. started upon his travels, bearing a volume of messages from his parents to different relatives with whom he would spend days. ,«Now it chanced that Jock, the don key, had had vory little exercise. Therefore, he kicked up his heels and capered along the highways at a de lightful pace. The boy was feeling as happy as a lark when he came to a place where the road shelved steeply down an embankment to a creek ford. “Hold up a little!” he cried to the donkey, and tugged with all his might upon the reins. But the donkey never paused. Down ward he plunged, rattling over the loose stones at a terrific rate of speed. And disaster came, ns one might have expected. Near the bottom of the slope the frail cart careened against a bowlder. A moment afterward it was a mass of splintered wood in stead of a handsome pony cart. Then It was that Jock stopped in his head long dash, and, returning to where his master had been pitched upon the stones, gazed ruefully with Sammy upon the ruins. But his obedience had come too late for any good. Across the creek stood a farmhouse where lived folk who gladly would have lent Sammy a cart with which to drive home. The lad declined with thanks, however. Assuring them that now he had an opportunity to work out a new- Invention, he began the construction of a mammoth kite. Across the middle of the contrivance he nailed horizontally a light board capable of holding his weight. Then he rigged the kite to Jock’s back by means of the traces and long Away Flew Jock. mpp extensions. Having led the don key to the straight, level road. Sammy announced to the people gathered round that he was about to fly home. "Get up. Jock!" be shouted, whack ing the donkey briskly with his whip. All went well until there came a brisk wind. ITp flew the kite in the air to a position several feet above the donkey’s hark Jock passed beneath the lvw-hanging bough of a tree. He passed—but the kite didn’t! Jopk had reached home by the time Sarnmy became conscious of what had happened. Then, with one last, angry look at the fragments of the kite, which, like himself, had been battered against the treacherous limb, the boy Inventor limped slowly toward homo and mother. His vacation, though short, had been eventful—but not al together a happy one. More than 200,000 pounds of human hair are exported from Hongkong to this country annually. THE SONG OF THE KITE. Mary must alt. On the grass for a bit. An.l Tommy must run with the string Yes. that's all right: Now I'll toss the kite Up, up, on the breeze's wing. It wriggles Its tall O'er the meadow rail. And wheels about In the air: Then up to the sky— It will soon puss by The lark that is caroling there. Up. up It flies To the clear blue skies. Let’s sit on the grass In a row. And watch the flight Of our fine new kite As far as Its string will go. COW TREE WONDERFUL SIGHT Grow to Great Height in South Amir ica and Are Milked by the Natives. Groves of cow-trees, such as are tc be found in hilly districts of certain pnrts of South America, are said to be a wonderful sight. These trees, which, it need scarcely be said, do not acta ally resemble cows, grow to great height, yet for lengths of perhaps fifty feet they are quite without branches. Near the top they expand Into thick heads of foliage, however, and display a matted texture of leaves and branches. The leaves are thick and ribbed, and often grow to be a foot long. To walk in such a grove, among the bare trunks and under neath the obscuring upper foliage, la not unlike passing through some dim. old pillared temple of past ages. And If you remained long enough, until daybreak or evening, you might have the surprising pleasure of seeing the natives come to milk the cow trees. A hole Is bored into the heart of the trunk. From this hole th#re pours a milky fluid much esteemed as a dnink by some. If this fluid Is put aside for some time a thick white cake forms at the top of it, while beneath there remains only a clear liquid. The fruit of the tree is also es teemed as food. It is of moderate size, and contains one or two nuts, which are said to rival strajvberrioe and cream in their flavor. And this is not all. A kind of bread is made I from the bark of the tree, and is said to be almost as nourishing as wheatei ! bread. — THE LITTLE TUMBLER. _______ Make a figure of a man out of any very light substance, the pith of the elder tree for instance, which is soft nnd can be easily cut into any form. Then provide a h e in i s p h e rical base. of some heavy material, such as the half _ of a large leaden bullet and take 53 away all the im perfections which may be on the con '.ex pari, r asten tne figure to the plane Burface of the bullet and In whatever position it is placed, wher left to Itself, it will immediately rise upright. A Strong Motive. Robert Louis Stevenson tells or a Welsh blacksmith who. at the age of 25 could neither read nor write. He then heard a chapter of Robinson Crusoe read aloud. It was the scene of the wreck, and he was so impressed ^|»y the thcught of what he missed by his ignorance, that he set to work that very day and was not satis fied until he had learned to read In Welsh. His disappointment was great when he found all his pains had been thrown away, for he could only ob tain an English copy of the book. Nothing daunted, he began once more and learned English, and at last had the Joy and triumph of being able to read the delightful story for himself. A strong motive and a steady pur pose overcome the greatest diffi culties. A Balancing Feat. The only thlngH required for the game here described are a large clothes-basket, a broomstick, two ap ples and tw'o chairs. The broom-stick Is first put through ♦ he handles of the basket, with the protruding ends resting on the two chairs. The apples must also be placed on the chairs. A person then sits astride that par* of the broom-stick over the basket with his feet resting in the latter, nnA endeavors to knock the apples o.T the chairs with a walking-stick. The occupant of the basket will In variably press one foot down more than the other, which causes the bas ket to tilt sideways and himself to be thrown out on to tho. floor. One-third of all the tonnage under the American flag la employed on t>* Great Lakee. mprrit-M.iAW.bj u»» Author. \V.8. kOson.) Based on the Apocryphal Book of the Song of the Three Holy Children. The Book as Part of Daniel.—The Greek translations of Daniel, like that of Esther, contain several pieces which are not found In the original text. The most Important of these additions are con tained In the Apocrypha of tho English Bible under tho titles of "The Song of the Three Holy Children.** “The History of Susanna." and the “History of Bel and the Dragon.” The tlrst of these pieces is Incorporated into the narrative of Daniel. After the three confessors were thrown Into tho furnace (Dan. 3:23), Azartas is represented praying to God for deliverance (Song of the Three Children 3:22); and In answer, the angel of tho I><rd shields them from the lire which consumes their enemies (23-27). whereupon “the three, ns out of one mouth." raise a triumphant song (29-6S). of which a chief part (S3-66) has been used as a hymn In the Christian church since the fourth century. The additions are found In both the Greek texts, the I.XX and Theodotlon, In the Old l.«tin and Vulgate, anti in the existing Syriac and Arabic versions. On tbe other hand there Is no evidence that they ever formed part of tho Hebrew text, and they were originally wanting In the Syriac. Various conjectures have been mado ns to tbe origin of the additions. It has been supposed that they were derived from Aramaic originals, but the charac ter of the originals themselves indicates rather tho hand of an Alexandrine wri ter; and It Is not unlikely that the trans lator of Daniel wrought up traditions which were already current and append ed them to his work. 0<KX><XXX>0<XX>00<>0<> ^ PART OF THE SONG. ^ a ns Sons In Christian Y' y Church Since Fourth Century.) 0 0 O let the earth bless the 0 A Lord; praise and exalt him A A above all for ever. A A O ye mountains and little A Shills, bless ye the Lord: praise 0 and exalt him above all for ever. A A O all ye things that grow on A A the earth, bless ye the Lord: A A praise and exalt him above all A A for ever. A A O ye fountains, bless ye the A A Lord: praise and exalt him A A above all for ever. A A O ye seas and rivers, ble6s ye A A the Lord: praise and exalt him A A above all for ever. A A O ye whales and all that move A A In the waters, bless ye the 0 A Lord: praise and exalt him 0 A above all for ever. A A O all ye fowls of the air, bless 0 A ye the Lord: praise and exalt A A him above all for ever. A A O all ye beasts and cattle, A A bless ye the Lord: praise and A S exalt him above all for ever. 0 O ye children of men, bless ye A A the Lord: praise and exalt him 0 A above all for ever. A A O Israel, bless ye the Lord: A A praise and exalt him above all A Sfor ever. A O ye priests of the Lord, bless A A ye the Lord: praise and exalt A 0 him above all for ever. A A O ye servants of the Lord, A A bless ye the Lord: praise and A A exalt him above all for ever. A A O ye spirits and souls of the A A righteous, bless ye the Lord: A A praise and exalt him above all A A for ever. A A O ye holy and humble men of A A heart, bless ye the Lord: praise A A and exalt him above all for A A ever. A A O give thanks unto the Lord, A A because he Is gracious: for his A A mercy endureth for ever. A A O all ye that worship the A A Lord, bless the God of gods, A A praise him, and give him A A thanks: for his mercy endureth A ^ for ever. A THE STORY. BLESSED are the ministry and dis cipline of the trials and afflictions of life for out of them Is born faith’s tong of hope and trust. So Is the child of (Jod able to de clare In all ages of the world’s his tory. Centuries ago when Babylon was In the height of her power, and she had stretched out her mighty arm and had crushed the fair Jerusalem and had taken her people and placed them In esile In the country far to the east, there were three devout Jews In the service of the king named Ananias, Azarias and Mlsaei, or ac cording to the names given them by the king and recorded In the Book of Daniel: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed nego. Now It came to pass that the mighty king, Nebuchadnezzar, had caused to be made a great Image of gold, Whleh he had set up In the great plain before the city. And when he had gathered all the people In that place, having arranged a great feast In honor of the Image, he command ed that the people should bow down before the Image and pay It rever ence, ns unto a god. So It was that at the sound of the music all the people threw themselves prostrate before the great Image which sparkled and glittered with sur^mal glory In the brilliancy of the nornday sun. And In accordance with the king’s command all the people were gath ered before the image and when the sound of the music burst forth every one In that vast throng fell to the ground save these three Jews. Now when the king had caused It to be decreed that any who should re fuse to bow down to tho Imago and worship It should bo cast Into a fiery furnace, and when It had been report i ed to him that these three Jews had refused to pay homage to his splen did image, his wrath was kindled mightily and he commanded that tho furnace be heated seven times as hot as was its wont, and that if these ! Jew* refused to bow when the music ! again sounded, that they should bo thrown therein. Again the great silence as tho raul tttude waited the momentous signal, again the burst of music, again tho prostration before the image, and again the three erect forms in tho midst of that great concourse of peo ple. With fierce haste did the great war riors of the king who had been as signed the task descend upon these men. and having bound them securely proceeded to tho mouth of tho fur nace from which In plain view of all the people could bo seen the leaping flames waiting to devour the luckless l Jews who had dared to disobey the king. "One last chance,” cnme tho word from tho king just before they were cast within the furnace. “Will you not bow down to the imago and thus escape an awful fate?" "Nay!" replied Ananias, Azarins and Misael, as with ono voice, “wo dare bow down and worship none save the C.od of Heaven. We will serve only him. Ho Is ablo to deliver us from the hand of tho king and from the flames or tho furnace, but If not, be It known that we will not bow and worship the image of tho klug, and If wo perish, we perish." Having said this the servants of the king, being men of great staturo and mighty In strength, seized the three mm and raising them far above their heads they ran with great speed to ward the furnace, and then with ono mighty effort tossed them Into tho very midst of the flumes, which with fiendish eagerness, seemed to leap forth to receive them. i no eyes or tho people were Intent upon watching the Jews which were cast Into the furnace, nnd for tho mo ment those who had cast#them there in were forgotten. But now a cry of horror arose from the throng as tho scorched nnd blackened forms of tho men were seen lying before tho fur nace. And while panic seized the people at the sight of tho work of tho flames, the threo men which had been east Into the furnace wnlked In the midst of tho Are. praising God and blessing his name, for they were not touched by the flames. Then Azarins stood up and prayed: ’ '‘Blessed art thou, O Ix)rd God of our fathers; thy name Is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore. For thou prt righteous In nil thlngB that thou hast done to us; yea, truo are nil thy works, thy ways aro right, and all thy judgments true. In all tho things which thou hast brought upon us, nnd upon tho holy city of our fa thers, even Jerusalem, thou hast exe cuted true judgment; for, according to truth nnd judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us be cause of our sins. And thou didst do liver us Into the hands of the lawless enemies, nnd now wo cannot open our mouths. We aro become a shame and reproach to thy servants, and to them that worship thee. Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name’s sake, neith er disannual thou thy covenant. Put us not to shame but deal with us aft er thy loving kindness, nnd according to the multitude of thy mercies. De liver us also according to thy mar velous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord; and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed. And let them be confounded In all their power and might, and let their strength be broken; and let them know that thou aro Lord, the only God, glorious over all the world." Now It. came to pass that while prayeu inni me names in the I furnace burned with Increased fury and leaping forth In great forking . tongues of liquid fire, so that those standing nearest to the furnace like the three men who had cast the Jews into the furnace, were stricken to the ground and consumed. But the angel of the T,ord came down into the oven together with Az arins, and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven, and made the midst of the oven as It had been a moist, whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, nelfh er hurt nor troubled them. Then the three, as out of one mouth, praised, glorified and blessed God in the furnace, saying; "Messed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; and to he praised and ex alted above all for ever." Winning the Kingdom. "Through many tribulations.” said the apostle missionaries to their Gala tian converts, "we must enter Into the kingdom of God.” It was at the cost of hitter persecution that these Christ Ians, won from amongst the heathen in those days of beginnings, held fast to their new faith. But how glorious was the result of such suffering brave ly endured. In the lives strong and noble which eame out of It. We live In times as different from that early period as the modern threshing machine Is from the rude trfbiilum. People do not, In our land, stiffr'/ for their religion In the same way as did the first followers of Christ. Put it Is «t.Ml true that, only through discipline, sometimes sharp and severe, do human lives become worthy of the kingdom of God. There may be much in our present lot that Is hard to bear, hut a blessed outcome is certain to all God’s children. Have something to do. something to lore, end something to hope for.— Chalrae*— y-Qood Jokas GIRLS AND MUSICIANS. "The late Paul Stanley, composer of ‘Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay,* took no great pride in that Bong’s success," said a San Francisco musician. "He had hoped to succeed as a composer of grand opera. "When ho lived hero ho often talked wth a quaint kind of melancholy about tho high ambitious of his youth, nnd how thoy had become humbler us he got older. “ ‘A man's ambitions dwindle,’ he once said, ‘like a girl's matrimonial aims. At 16 a girl wants a fairy prince and nothing less. At 20 sho is resigned to a millionaire duke. At 25 a members of congress is good enough. At 30 a country minister will do nicely, and at 35 she’ll take any thing, from a song-writer down.’ ’* Worse Than a Hired Man. "Yeas,” drawled tho postmaster of Bacon Ridge, "that's old Zeb White, tho laziest man In the state.” "In what way Is ho so lazy?” asked the coffee salesman. "Why, every Sunday ho takes tho two chickens thoy are going to have for dinner and ties them as near to tho plko as possible.” "H’m! What is that for?" "So the racing automobiles will whiz their fenthers off and he won’t have the trouble of picking them.” Hard on the Receiver. "No,” drawled tho mnyor of the fnr wostorn settlement, "tho boyB had some money tied up in that thar bank rupt telephone company an’ thoy Just didn’t llko tho way tho rocelver was handling tho business.” "Didn’t eh?” commentod the tourlsL “Well, what did they do about It? ’ "Oh, they Just hung up the re ceiver.” Good Memory. Yenst—Has ho got a good mem ory? Crlmsonbeak—Excellent! Why, he’s tolling us tho Bnme smart things his six-year-old boy says that tho boy who is 12 now said when he was six years old!—Yonkers Statesman. BEFORE THE COOLNE8S. 1 - 1 1 1 1 ” ■ - Hasbeen Henry—Aw, 1 wuz a flossy Buy wunst. 1 usetor smoke quarterr cigars. Thoughtless Thrlveasy—Wot wuz do matter—wuz do sports too stingy to t’row away half ones? Will She? If she tho pantaloon gown don*, I wonder will she, too, Roll up the bottom* In the way Our coIIcko students do? A Tale of Tennyson. Tennyson was once dilntlng to n friend on the charms of a pipe boforo breakfast. "It Is tho most delightful smoke of the day,” said he, "Yes, yes!" replied his friend. "The first sweet pipe of the awakened bard!” Thereby making a reconstruction from Tennyson’s own works, needing the change of but one vowel,—Har per’s Weekly. He Could Tell, Ostend—Pa. what Is mamma read ing about? I Just heard her say "It's an outrago.” Pa—Oh. some writer has been rid iculing the suffragettes, I guess. Ostend—Then she Just said: "How true It Is!" Pa—Oh, that’s some other pen push er lampooning us poor men, my son. Not the Same. Him—Queer what a difference there la in a woman's actions before and after marriage. Her—How do they differ. Him—Before her marriage she coaxes a man to come to her parties and after she marries him she expects him to stay away when she gives one. Realism. Critic fas the composer plays his last piece)—Very fine. Indeed. But what Is that passage which makes the cold chills run down the back? Composei—That Is where the wan derer has '.he hotel bill brought to blm. What Could He Have Meant. "Do you ever write on an empty stomach?" asked the mere man. "Hir!” * xclaimed the literary per son, “I an. a poet, not a t^ too artist!" — Buck. Considerate Judge. Patience—And was the Judge con siderate? Patrice—Very; be asked me my age before he swore me.—Yonkers States man. FATHER AT THE 8UMMER COT TAGE. He has two weeks to rest, and so lie hurries up to Shady Nook. "Now. here." says dad. "1*11 tot thing* KO. And lounge around and read a book." Next day his wife's relations comsw To entertain them was his Job; And every day It was tho same. Of friends ho always had a mob. He dug the worms and minnows caugM That they all might a-llshlng go; He ran the naphtha launch and taught The children how to swim and row. He cleaned the flsh and baited hook^ To got the water was hla chore; Ho had no time to spend with hookas At night ho slept upon tho floor. AFTER THE PROPOSAL. Doliy—So your father hundled him without gloves? Molly—Yes; and it yould have been hotter for poor, dear Cholly If he had done it without shoes! The Wings. Klohos have wings. There’s no doubt of that. For wlllo requires ’em To trim up her hat. Called His Bluff. "Yes," said young Wlndig, boast* ingly, “I pass most of my time be tween Chicago and Now York.” “Tliat’a what your cousin told me," rejoined Miss Cayenne. “My cousin!” replied Wlndig. "W-what did sho say?" “She said,” replied Miss Cayenne, "that you lived in a little town in Ohio” News for Dad. Tommie—“I see wood yields about one-flfth us much heat as coal.” Hobble—"I guess my dad don’t know tlint.” "Why?” “Hccause, when he ‘warms' me hs always uses a shingle!"—Yonkora Statesman. Natural Thought. Redd—Tills paper says there is on exhibition in a window in Saco the largest lobster that has been landed in these parts for yearB, If ever. Greene—Does it glvo the name ot the lady who landed him?—Yonkora Statesman. ALA3I w Mr. Rore—Re sure to tell me whea you want mo to go. Miss Rlunt—It’s an hour too lata for that! Advice. » If you would climb to height* of fam* Young man, bear this In mind: Don’t envy those who are In front Nor scoff at those behind. Place for Trunks. " Where did you put the elephants on the ship coming over?’’ asked the funny man. "Downstairs In the hold, of course," replied the circus man. “I thought they only put tho trunks In the hold that were not to be used coming over?”—Yonkers Statesman. Too Tame. "Great bargain rush at Sklnnlm*a to-day.” "Anybody hurt?" "No." "It must have been a dress r» hearsal." About the Size of It. Freddy Rhymer—What Is a "poena of passion," pa? Mr. Rhymer—It’s the stamp-devour ing one that travels on round-trip tickets and comes home to roost Short-Handed New York. Daron—I so? that New York haa 16,00<> stenographers. Egbert—Is that all? Looks aa If New York might be short-handed.—. Yonkers Statesman.