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DIIIVINC a horse is one of those
sin, pie processes, like sailing a
boat, which anyone can master
without previous experience. Kvery
body knows that there is nothing d illi
cit It about it. and those that have never
done it are perfectly aware of their
ability to do it. if they choose.
lint "driving from the back scat" is
quite a different thin-; that is a grave
and ser.Jci: affair, an undertaking of
tragio in:'i:siy. There is not one mo
ment of aim. peaceful enjoyment for
those so employed. livery circumstance
and incident to them is vital and mo
mentous: ach turn in the road bids fair
to be a certain pathway to destruction;
every signboard is a false, deceitful
snaie set to mislead them, while each
movement of the horse is but an index
of vieiou i ropensities about to be re
vealed. Ii; fact, this method of driv
ing is r,.M only physically exhausting,
but mentally depressing and spiritu
ally demoralizing, and not alone does
the driver suffer, but also all who are
unfortunate enough to rind themselves
!n :ho san e vehicle with such a one.
I'erhars a brief description of my
own will bst serve to illustrate mv
gesred that possibly I might enjoy a
drive ovr to Pine Knoll, which they
deemed a most, desirable point from
which ro vi' w the country round about.
I, of course, expressed myself delighted
with the idea of a quiet country drive
after the rush and turmoil of the city,
trom which I had just escaped.
Immediately after luncheon a light
two-seatfd wagon drawn by a pair of
spirited bays appeared at the door.
Mrs. Grazier and I took our seats be
hind and Mr. Crazier, springing into
the seat in front, took the reins and
we were whirled away down the long,
smooth driveway, beneath rows of line
old elms. I glanced admiringly at them
as we p issed along and turned to my
hostess enthusiastically. "What magni
ficent trees -hese are." I ejaculated.
Sli". however, failed to respond, ami
I noticed that her lips were tightly
compress-. careful, Willani.
when you t;::a into the road." she sa!d
warningly. and I perceived that we
were approaching the picturesque
Ftonc gap-way. over which much su
perb Mug!. sii ivy was gracefully twin
ing. "We're very proud of that ivy," Mr.
Crazier remarked, eyeing it with satis
faction. ; the bays turned smoothly
out into the road.
"It is beautiful." I murmured, trans
ferring my attention to his wife, who
was holding her breath and lirmly
jjrasping her sale of the wagon.
"Are yen timid about driving?" I ask
c 3 . y m pa t he t i ca 1 ly .
"Oil. no." she returned, "only my hus
"baml absolutely disregards every sug
gest:; n of mine," and she sighed deeply-
"Indeed." I said, lowering my tone,
so that it might reach her ears alone,
while I eyed the bays uneasily, "and
Isn't Mr. Crazier used to driving?"
"II? ought to be," she responded,
"for he has driven since he was a boy."
I felt relieved, though still puzzled.
"Put you are a great horsewoman your
self, then." I persisted.
She shrugged her shoulders. "Not
in the least. I never touch the reins if
I can help it." she concluded.
At this point I became convinced that
Mr. Crazier had very sharp ears, for.
as I continued to regard her quest ion
Ingly. he remarked lightly, "Mrs. Cra
zier drives from the back seat." .
I laughed with all the fervor of one
who does not see the joke, wondering
meanwhile what he could mean. Ile
fore the afternoon was over, however.
I understood his meaning perfectly.
"Willard, here comes one of those
dreadful coaches." his mentor began
almost immediately. "lie sure that you
turn out more than you did the other
afternoon. I never saw a man take
In a few minutes one of the horses
whisked his tail over oue of the reins,
which was promptly freed by Mr. Cra
zier; this gave his better half a chance
to suggest that a tighter rein would
have prevented the catastrophe. "Some
one was telling me the other day, Wil
lard," she went on. "that when a horse
pets his tail over the reins no one knows
what he may do; In fact, he Is just as
likely t run away as not."
A little later we reached the shore
of a beautiful lake and I exclaimed
I I. i.! r,n down to spend a couple of ! ' "C inh to go
days with my friends the CrazieJ. who tl this steep 11; I can tell by the
were o. spying a charming country P ir ears." ,
Place f,r the summer, on the after- . the sunnn.t we drew rein. Nota
noon nf u,v nrril..,i - ..... 1,a1 vu'w "''. ' host announced.
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THE BACK 3EÄT.
with rapture over the glimpse of the
verdant hills rising majestically upon
the other side.
"This is indeed an Ideal spot," 1
burst forth, but Mrs. Crazier had no
eyes for the beauties of the landscape
"Willard. what is the matter with the
horse on this side? He looks
st ra ngo."
"He's all right, my dear; only the flies
bother him a little," nnd Mr. Crazier
waved his whip lightly over the offend-
king animal's head.
"Willard. how ran you do that, when
you know he is so nervous, unless,"
she added plaintively, -you really want
him to run away and smash us up."
"That's my idea, precisely," he an
swered pleasantly, as we left the lake
drive and began to climb a neighboring
hill. During our ascent Mrs. Crazier
fixed her attention upon the check reins.
"It seems to me. Willard. that these
horses are checked up unnecessarily
tight; It Is nothing but that. I am sure,
that makes them act so."
"Hut they haven't acted so." her hus
"Well, they will I'm perfectly pns;
pointing with his whip to the glorious
picture spread out beneath us.
"Now, Willard, you watch the horses
and let us admire the view," Mrs.
Crazier earnestly admonished, without
eliciting any response from the occu
pant of the front seat, who continue
to point out to me special features in
the surrounding landscape, despite her
We shortly began to descend the hill,
which process I foresaw would permit
my hostess ample opportunity to lend
her ever ready assistance from the back
seat, and I was quite right in my sur
mises. It was "Willard. what a loose rein you
have! Can't you realize that they're
likely to stumble at any moment?" Or.
"Willard. we're coming to one of those
dangerous 'thank-you-ma'ams ,' do be
I sat by wondering at Mr. C raster's
unrutlletl composure under the contin
ual lire, but reflected that doubtless he
was used to it.
Next, we reached the crossroads, and
Mr. Crazier turned the horses to the
right, remarking: "Here we leave the
main road for a drive through the
"Oh. no, Willard. I'm sure you're mis
taken." his wife declared, "we ought
to keep to the main road for at least
a mile more. I remember perfectly just
how every inch of the road looked the
last time I drove over it."
"My dear. I am absolutely sure that
this is the road." he replied, whipping
up the horses.
Mrs. Crazier leaned back in her seat
with an expression of Intense resigna
tion depicted upon her face. "Very
well; take us anywhere you please, pro
vided that you get us home finally. 1
shall not say another word; I have of
fered all the advice that I intend to this
I heard this statement with much sat
isfaction, feeling that advice was xiot,
after all the necessary accompaniment
of a thoroughly charming country
"This woody road is lovely, at all
events, and so shady and cool," I put
"Yes. i tis very pretty here," Mrs.
Crazier assented; then she added: "Wil
lard, I see a farmer coming and I want
you just to ask him if this is the right
"Hut I know it is the road."
"No matter, I should think you might
ask him. if only to set my mind at rest."
"I suppose it would rest it very much
if he had said it was the wrong road."
"There, that's why you won't Inquire;
you know he'll say It's the wrong
Inst then the farmer came alongside,
and Mr. Crazier, who was apparently
determined not to stop, suddenly drew
rein, more abruptly, I fancied, than
was wholly necessary, and my com
panion on the back seat, after exclaim
ing, 'How could you, Willard V eagerly
addressed the farmer:
"Is this the road to Pine Knoll?"
"To Pine what?" he questioned,
"Pine Knoll, a hill with trees on It?"
"Wall, I can't say,' he responded. "I
ain't much Acquainted up this way.
but I reel ton you'll 2nd p'nes all about
"Thank you." his interlocutor said
briefly, and we drove on.
"Now, we must stop and ask at the
next farmhouse. Willard." my hostess.
announced; "they certainly are ac
quainted with the neighborhood."
Tut how absurd, when I know that
the knoll is not half a mile from this
"So you imagine. Willard. but I think
differently. Here comes another man,
and I am going to speak to him."
Man number two. however, did not
wait to be spoken to, but accosted u
with a broad smile.
"Cood day, Mr. Crazier, goin' up to
the Knoll again?"
Mr. Crazier nodded. "Is this the
shortest road?" Mrs. Crazier Inquired
"I reckon it's about the only one,"
he rejoined, grinning, as if he found the
idea of a possible second road hugely
We drove on in silence for some few
minutes before Mrs. Crazier spoke
again; then she said. "Anyway, it's a
relief to know that this is the road."
I answered fervently, but Mr. Cra
zier vouchsafed no reply.
Pine Knoll proved to be a truly love
ly spot, but my memory of the way
thither and back is clouded by my too
vivid recollection of my hostess' par
ticipation in the management of the
If we crossed a bridge Willard was
reminded of the sign which directed us
to "walk the horses." If we passed a
wagoner in a narrow part of the road
he was conjured not to tip up down
the steep embankment. If the horses
quickened their pace, it was cruel to
drive so fast, and if they slowed up
they Avere overheated, or had, doubt
less, stones in their feet.
At every water-trough Mrs. Crazier
felt sure that they were dying of thirst,
until at last we stopped, and after much
delay and a struggle to unhitch their
checkreins we ascertained that neither
of them could be Induced to touch a
The most trying time of all was prob
ably when we turned around in a very
limited space on top of I'ine Knoll, but
upon that I will not enlarge.
When we reached home I felt tired
and exhausted, well nigh sick, while
my hostess sighed deeply as she alight
ed, declaring that she couldn't under
stand why driving fatigued her so.
Kven Mr. Crazier, despite his ada
mantine nerves, appeared somewhat
weary, as he replied: "It's not driving
that tires you, but driving from the
back seat. Mrs. Crazier."
Since my country drive I have often
observed people endowed with those
characteristics so prominent in Mrs.
Crazier. In every club, society or so
cial gathering I have found them pres
ent; in fact, wherever human beings
strive or struggle, wherever they con
gregato for work or for amusement,
some are present who ever stand one
side, their mission being to advise, di
rect and criticise. They make them
selves generally useful by telling others
what they ought to do ami how to do it.
And as often as it is my misfortune
to run across them, and their name is
legion. I regret to say. my painful coun
try drive rises before me, and I mur
mur: "I know you well, my friends;
therefore I shun you. as I do all of your
kind, who, like you. are driving from
the back seat." P.oston Transcript.
One Tor the- Dentists.
A physical phenomenon was reported
by telephone to the I'ress and Mail this
morning, but inasmuch as the story
sounds very much like a fake its accu
racy will not be vouched for. It is or
iginal, even if it is untrue, and there
fore may prove interesting as a bit of
romance. It was stated that Henry
West fa II, the I'-year-oId son of Otto
Westfall, residing at Kailroad street
and Aslmry avenue (this thoroughfare
does not cross according to the direc
tory tiled this morning at (I o'clock.
Ten days ago the infant suddenly be
came unconscious. Previously it did
not have a tooth in its head. Three
hours before it expired it opened its
mouth, which had Neen continuously
closed, and much to the surprise of Dr.
II. P. Clapp. the attending physician,
its upper and lower jaws were decked
with a full set of front and back teeth.
not the ordinary molusks that favor
infancy, but teeth that any adult might
be proud of. According to the telephon
ic correspondent the doctor was startled
and could offer no explanation. lie
said he would at once call the atten
tion of the medical fraternity to the
extraordinary occurrence and see if
there had ever leen a similar ease.
Dr. Clapp's name is not in the directory
or telephone, and West fall's address is
absent from the former volume. Chi
cago Press and Mail.
Solving a Problem.
Italian workmen are, as a rule, not
fond of strikes; they tisualy resort to
other means to get what they want. A
company of Italian navvies, engaged
in the construction of a railway in Cer
many, had their wages reduced. They
said nothing, but during the night each
of the nien cut an inch off the end of his
shovel. In reply to the engineer who
took them to task about it, ouP of them
said: "Not so much pay, not lift so
much earth. So much longer last work.
Italian n fool like Ceruiau. Italian
He "I don't think there is anything
much liner than to have a beautiful
yacht." She "I'm surprised at you.
Haven't you considered a beautiful
wife?" He "Oh, yes; but I mean on
the ground of economy." Harper's Ha
zar. He "Will you be my wife?" She
"Oh, this Is such a surprise!" He "I
can't help that It isn't my fault that
you've never heard anything like It
before." I Ifa.
The Coming: Kocul Parliament.
The road parliament to be held at
Atlanta next month, and which will be
coincident with the great exposition,
will naturally attract the attention of
the advocates and friends of good
roads all over the country. The meet
ing has the indorsement of the secre
tary of agriculture, and to a certain ex
tent is under his patronage. Invita
tions have leen Issued to the street
commissioners in all the larger cities,
all transportation and express com
panies, all agricultural colleges, all so
cieties of civil engineers, and to many
leagues of wheelmen.
Whatever Is accomplished by the par
liament will be largely due to the zeal
and enthusiasm of the League of
American Wheelmen, an organization
that has done more than any other
single agency to spread the gospel of
good highways and to create a senti
ment favorable to road improvement
Invents of the last few years clearly in
dicate that the bicycle and the moto
cycle must ultimately solve the good
road problem, if it is solved at all. The
thing that has tended to embarrass the
efforts of wheelmen to secure better
roads has been the popular notion that
the bicycle is purely a pastime, and
that wheeling is eontined to the young
fellows in the cities. On this account
the farmer has not been disposed to
take the wheelmen's interest in good
roads seriously. He has never under
stood just why he should be asked to
build smooth thoroughfares for the
pleasure of the city chaps who want to
extend their trips outside the paved
limits of the cities.
lint in one year the bicycle has seen
a rapid evolution from a mere pleasure
vehicle to a utilitarian carriage. Thous
ands of physicians, lawyers, merchants,
teachers and bankers ride it. They all
want good roads. Pretty soon the
farmer will begin to ride it to town.
This will put a new aspect on the good
roads agitation. Then will come the
motocycle. the horseless carriage which
is bound to accelerate the good roads
movement by affording additional ar
guments for highways that are con
structed on seieutitie principles and are
therefore passable at all times of the
year. Chicago Times-Herald.
Chinks Can't Co to School.
Sam Lung, with his Chinese wife and
two boys, came from San Francisco
and opened a laundry at Franklin and
Kent streets, P.rooklyn. He did well,
and being of a progressive turn of
mind, wanted his children raised as
American children are. He determin
ed to send his two boys. Ah and Wah.
to public school No. on .lava street,
presided over by Principal S. 1',. Ilanna
fonl. Ah is 12 years and Wah 14 years
of age. They are both unusually bright
boys, and outside of the almond eyes
and sallow complexions, would not be
t.ken to be of Chinese extraction.
Out of all the children returning to
school al ter vacation Ah and Wall were
probably the only Chinese. The advent
of the two celestials was the cause of
much comment arid very little rejoio-
ing. They were ostracised. At noon j
hour none ol the boys would talk to
them. Instead of the usual playing
there were knots of excited youths, ad
dressed by ward leaders in embryo.
The advent of the Chinese was de
nounced in unmeasured terms, and it
was decided that they must go. It was
at the closing of the day tnat serious
Will Scott, one of the pupils of the
primary department, deputed to speak
for the others, said: "If you ever come
to school again we will give you a
worse licking that the .Taps gave you."
When a block away from the schl
on Java street the brothers were as
saulted with a shower of stones, and
Policeman Davis, of tue Creeu point
aeuue precinct, came to their assist
ance and saw them home. New York
Where Nothing Is True.
It is not only with regard to litera
ture that excessive strictness of the
censorship lias a disastrous effect. In
Itussia It is impossible to believe what
one reads, for everything bears the im
press of falsity. Statistics, published
by supreme order, are falsified and no
one knows what is going on in the coun
try, whether the cholera is raging or
the peasants are famine stricken, con
sequently the people suffer indirectly
for want of relief during famine, while
the cholera may be spread broadcast
over the land. Fr instance, in the
present year the writer visited Nlju!
Novgorod at the time of the great fair
there, and found that the cholera was
raging there, and had been for some
time. Notwithstanding this, the Oov
ernment published no statistics of chol
era In Nljnl. but gave the town a clean
bill of health at the risk of spreading
the disease all over European Ktissla
and Asia, and with the benevolent ob
ject In view of not Interrupting the
business of the market.
Thus all this secrecy causes material
harm. Distress and famine, existing in
outlying districts, are kept secret, and
the wretched peasants perish for want
of that assistance which thaj would
receive frcm charitable people If thel?
requirements were made known.
Further, no comments are allowed to
be printed on the actions of civil or
military officers, police, or any govern
ment otlicials. and there is. consequent
ly, little to prevent them abusing their
power, a privilege of which they fre
quently avail themselves. Such being
tiie case, and the Itussians being an
Asiatic nation in many of their char
acteristics, it is not surprising that the
administration of the country is cor
rupt to the core. Temple Par.
One on the Clerk.
"We can let you have the bridal
chamber," ventured the genial clerk, as
he rubbed his hands and looked con
üdentially across the register at the
"That is very kind of you," replied
the young man. as he drew a nervous
flourish beneath the abbreviation "and
wife" and laid down the pen; "but we
contemplate remaining ten days or so,
and you might need the room."
"You shall not be disturbed. I assure
you," continued the clerk, "and the
apartment is a lovely one."
"Airy?" asked the young man.
"As to that," and a gleam of in
tense pride surmounted the clerk's face,
"I will say that the room contains seven
windows, all opening upon tiuv veran
das." The young couple looked at each
other. Then the young woman spoke.
"I don't think we shall care for that
room. You see. our three children will
be here with their nurse in the morn
ing. They can all climb like goats,
and I'm sure they would be falling off
those verandas inside of fifteen min
utes." "Front." murmured the clerk in a
voice that betrayed deep emotion,
"show this gentleman and his lady up
to the sky floor, and then have the
maid put the nursery in order." Truth.
Smoke Is Valuable.
The recovery of minerals that other
wise would pass away in smoke and
fumes is now said to be both practical
and profitable including gold, silver
and lead by means of an instrument,
tested, it appears, at some of the most
important smelting establishments in
the western country, and has the in
dorsement of eminent metallurgists.
The apparatus consists, as explained,
of a horizontal flue, some 1.000 feet
long, exposing a surface for radiation
and condensation of the heated gases
of upward of ÖI.(hm) square feet;
through this Hue the 1 times are drawn
by means of a fan. the outer circum
ference of which, at full speed, revolves
with a velocity of nearly two milVs a
minute. The fumes thus under pres
sure are forced into a spacious build
ing, from which there is no means of
escape except through a filter of tex
tile fabric, the colorless gases passing
through into a stack beyond, while the
valuable soot, or smoke condenses on
the inner or lower side; from here it is
collected from time to time, compressed
into molds, and fed back again into the
furnaces, where the valuable metals
are duly extracted and separated, not
one particle of valuable fume, it is de
clared, escaping under this arrange
ment. New York Sun.
Iiutler's Quickness of Wit.
In one of Ceil. P.enjatnin F. P.mler's
political campaigns he was to speak ii
a hall which had a small aperture over
the speaker's desk. Some of the
younger and dare-devil element secret
ed themselves in the loft from which the
hole opened, and at an impressive mo
ment in the (leneral's speech a huge
wooden spoon suspended by a cord was
seen descending slowly from the ceil
ing T!h effect upon the andienet was
instantaneous, and amid roars of laugh
ter, in which even the dignified occu
pants of the platform could not help
joining, the spoon pursued its down
ward course, halting only when direct
ly opposite the speaker's face. Mr. Unt
ier gazed calmly at the cause of the
merriment. Then. "Hello! There's
one I didn't get," and. pocketing the
prize, he resumed his address. Posten
Printing in Ancient Home.
According to a Roumanian newspaper
tl e "Foia Diecesana," Adrian Diaconu.
an architect and ;:ivh .! gist, has
found in the rums of the ancient Ho
rnau fortress at P.ersovia. n-ar Temes
var documents i)ovii:g that the credit
foi tee invention o' printing is lue to
the Kornaus. From the res..ir. 'i ;s of
Mr. Diaconu it w-uh' seem that tlu
Fourth Legion. Flavia Felix, which was
stationed in the flourishing province of
Dacia Itipensis. was familiar with the
use of typography, with movable types.
Two members of the Pucharest Seieu
titie Academy have examined the dis
cover' of Mr. Diaconu and admitted its
Queer Way or Living.
A queer trade is followed by half a
dozen sidewalk merchants outside the
Philadelphia house of correction. Ev
ery person discharged from the institu
tion receives on leaving a pair of new
shoes. Tinders lie in wait for the dis
charged prisoners and offer them a pair
of old and comfortable shoes and 2T
and 7 cents for their new pair. In a
great majority of cases the trade is
made. The house of correction shoes
are well made and strong, and the
traders get a good price for them from
worklngmen. Indianapolis Journal.
'l love you passionately Maud be
mine." "I cannot, Cerald. I always
said I would marry a brunette, and you
are a pronounced blonde." "That will
enable me to prove what I have so often
told you. 1 will dye for your sake."
Nellie Look at those pretty cows.
Maud They are not cows; they are
calves. Nellie Put what is the differ
ence? Maud Why, cows give milk and
calves give Jelly. Pittsburg Chroulcle.
A PHANTOM ENGINE.
The XVcirtl Experience of a Kaiirol
"Did you ever hear of a phanor.i
locomotive;" inquired one of the oil
time Union Pacitic engineers of a num
ber of his associates who were relating
their experience and hairbreadth es-
j capes. All the 111.11. who have grown
I gray at the throttle, admitted this was
j a new one on them, and the old timer
1 -V -X.--vV.l .v.l .
j oi yjy. ri'ui'U .
"Pack in the 70s the Union Pacific
ran an engine called the 'pusher' on the
west side of Sherman hill to assist thj
trains up between Laramie and tii
summit. After helping a train up thi
hill the engine would be run back to
"I was in charge of an engine pulling
the regular passenger up the hill one
gray morning. Just as we neared th
snow shed that used to stand at Har
ney siding an engine suddenly popped
out in front of us. liefere I had tim
to even get a square look at her she
disappeared in the shed and was lost
to view. The whole thing happened s
suddenly that I was dumfounded. but
I was positive I had seen an engine,
and so was my fireman. I at once shut
off, and the train came to a standstill.
The conductor came over and asked
what was the matter. Pill,' said I, I
just saw an engine pop out of that
snowshed and just as suddenly disap
"'Are you positive?' said the knight
of the punch, and he peered up the
track, and I asserted I was. 'We had
better move on anyhow, and if you see
one it will probably keep out of our
So we proceeded up the hill, keep
ing careful watch for the mysterious
engine which made my heart jump In
to my throat as she merged from the
snowshed. The siding was reached,
but there was no sign of an engine
throating us with a head-end collision.
The train men laughed at me. and said
I must have seen a spirit. Had it not
leon for the fact that my tireman sided
with me, I don't know but that I
should have given up and adnuttel I
"A careful watch failed to reveal any
sign of the stray engine, and when w-
stopped at Sherman all the train r.ien
had a hearty laugh at my expense. Put
I was still positive and insisted on mak
ing a hunt, and ve found an eng'ne
hid away in the 3 trie roundhouse lo
cated at that point.
"The engineer was a man named .Jor
dan. He had overlooked a new time
card and had started to take his engine
back to Laramie after helping a
freight up to the summ't. He could ee
the headlight of one j;g,i 1-efore he
emerged from the sir,w.-hed. This ac
counted for hi-, siiddei disappearance.
His engine was almost stopped when
he came out, and it did not take hin:
long to get to going back 1;; the iiiil
again at a lively rat The engineer
thought we did not oe iiim. and he
would jus hide in th, roundhouse at
Sherman, and no one would be the
wiser for his little es mi a de.
"We did not report h;:u. but the
ciais learned of the incident in ronio
:nanner, and his head went in 10 the
basket." San Francise i.'all.
Physical Evolution of a Race.
There are indications that the Ameri
can woman is gradually growing taller
and larger. A few years ago the aver
age skirt length taken in the fashiona
ble dressmaking establishments was
42 inches, and -i'2 inches was the length
used for all the model gowns sent over
here from Paris. The model length has
now increased to -IÖ inches and the in
crease in other m 'asuiciiicnts is in pro
portion. The middle-aged American
woman shows an inclination to grow
broader across the hips and shoulders
and stouter through the arms; but the
college graduate, the university woman
and the debutante grow more graceful
ly vigorous every year. The typical
college graduate is from two to four
inches longer I mm the waist down than
formerly. Her waist is getting longer,
her cliest fuller ami her limbs narrow
er. The middle-aged woman grow
corpulent and clumsy through indolence
and indulgent habits of life, while the
ever increasing tendency toward ath
letic sports and outdoor exercises is im
proving the younger of the sex. The
statuesque .Inno type may yet express
the American woman. Chicago News.
A Hereditary Postofllce.
The otlico of postmaster of Vienna,
the capital of the Austrian empire, was
created by I-mi press Maria Theresa
over a hundred years ago. and has since
remained hereditary and salable-a
queer institution in our time and day.
although no queerer than the hereditary
succession of monarchs. The postmas
ter of Vienna has to furnish all th
vehicles necessary for the service, and
the drivers thereof are in his personal
employ. At present he employs ."10
drivers, blacksmiths, etc.. ami ;Ud
horses are under his whip.
In Western Kansas and other cyclone
regions of the West they an- utilizing
their inconveniences in a characteris
tic American way. Py the use of
t'.Iumbo wheels," something like the
Ferris wheel at the World's Fair, or
like the paddle-wheel of a stern-wheel
steamboat, they get UM) horse power
out of a l.Vniile wind. This force they
are using for irrigating purposes, and
there are those who think that the
.lumbo wheel has such a future that it
is likely to make farming profitable iu
4io whole arid region.
A new Invention has been designed
to prevent collisions at sea. At a recent
test the force from electro-maguetlo
colls stationed on board a vessel suc
cessfully influenced a chemically pre
pared compass stationed some six mile
away, causing It to set up an luslanta
Beous peal of bells.
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