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PLYMOUTH, INDIANA. ROOFED BY THE SKY- Mexicans Delight to Lire no 3iucb as Possible ia the Open Air. The population of the City of Mexico 3s about 300,000, and of these at least two-thirds live literally in the streets. rrhe high altitude, the mildness and dry ness of the atmosphere, even In the lepth of -winter, and the almost con stantly clear blue sky combine to make 'out-of-door life as attractive as may be Ifound, perhaps, anywhere In the world. fThere is an exhilarating lightness and uplifting buoyancy in the air that gives people a dislike for confinement in the -close, heavy houses of Mexico. Multitudes of persons of wealth cat, fdeop, work, visit, and Idle away their time through the whole year iu their gardens or on the rcry broad porches that extend all about the universal patio of their low, rambling houses. .Thousands of the poorer classes hero never have any homes but cheap tent and hut like adobes, and for years have tdept wherever drowsiness may over take them whether in the open door "ways, on the cathedral step, in the mar ket places or in the Heids abgilt the city. The people of the City of Mexico are, therefore, noted for habits of early rising. At so early an hour as 7 o'clock almost any morning, especially after the long. Lot summer season is over, elegant equipages may be seen dashing through the park, not a few of the liveried driv ers holding the ribbons over sleek buck skin mules for here the rude is not n 1 egated to the plebs, but holds its own "with equine aristocracy. And certainly his satiny skin. Ids dainty ebjuized hool'.-i and neatly shorn tail ending iu a jaunty tass. i. and hi-; 'aggressive ears, subdued with fancy nets assuming a look of conservative meekness), merit the distinction and show how one may feed a mule, as well as "feed a man änto a higher state of existence." While the latest Parisian stylos pro Tail among the Mexican ladies, the black lace mantilla still anticipates mil linery confections. Conscious, no doubt, of the charm that lies in the black lace mantilla so bewitchingly disposed over lier inky braids, softening the outline of the face and lending a pensive dig nity to the carriage, the seuorita clings to It. A Spanish woman In a new fangled hat or bonnet loses half her Interest, and she Is wise enough to know it. New York Evening Post. Odd Things or Interest. Entomologists who understand their business take a white, shaggy-haired log with them when they go bug-hunting at night. The bugs are attracted by the dog's white coat, just as they are ty a. lamp, aüd fall easy victims to the fliunters. This Is a gmit apple year. The Amer ican crop is estimated at 10,000,000 bar rels, which beats the record by 2,000, 000. Prices average $2 a barrel, which 1s about one-half last year's price. New York butter dealers are com plaining of dishonest fanners who soak Their butter tubs in water. A spruce wood tub holding 100 pounds of butter will absorb six pounds of water in a few hours, and the farmer gets the price of good butter for the moisture. Frof. Wortman insists that the mon key bones (or fossil) which he found In Wy wains date back to the Eocene age. Ho laughs at the story that they ore- the remains of a monkey of modern times. It required the labor of 000 people for three weeks to gather the hop crop on the farm of James F. Clarke in Cen tral New York, and yet he complains that the yield is f0 boxes less than Jat year's. lie will turn out 200,000 pounds of dried hops. There have been 100 bank failures, with aggregate liabilities of $22,000,000, 1n Ohio since 180T. Of ten national franks which suspended three paid their debts in full and the others paid from; 27 to 00 V- Pr cent. Efforts to inoculate "Washington with the Pingree vegetable raisin's plan have failed. Worms ate up the beans and cabbage, the corn failed to ear, and only potatoes of small size and poor quality were harvested. The Trosse of a 31a Id. The bridal veil is of Eastern origin, teing a relic of the canopy held over the (heads; of the happj- pair. The old Brit ish custom was to use Nature's veil un adorned that is, the long hair of the bride, which was o worn by all brides, royal, noble and simple. Only then did .11 behold the tresses of maidenhood In their entirety, and for the last time, ns after marriage this badge of virgin ity was neatly drescd on the head. iAmon some the tresses were cut and carefully stowed away when a woman became a wife. It is customary In Rus da for village brides to excise their locks on returning from church. The peasantry of that country have a prettj ong, the gist being the lamentation of n newly marred wife over her golden curls, just cut off, ere she laid them 2ow." Exasperating. "When a man is o tursrible deliberate ns Asy Trumbull, there's times when he'd downright aggruvatin'," said Miss Afelinda Sprawle. referring to her "brother-! n-1 aw. "Why, wliat's poor Asy done now?" inquired little Mrs. Pollock, Miss Sprayle's oldest sister, with whom that capable but uncompromising spins ter resided. "He wears me out, that's jest all there Js to it," Knappet! Mishs Melinda, "How In the world M'hltty come to marry ech a snail-tongue, I don't know. If ver I git him missed through tlds slck nem without my narves givln out, It'll fee more'n I expect M'liltty's no more good In a sick-room than ft cat -would be. It's all she can do to cook the gruel stuff an keep out f r'm under foot; t's all I ask of her." "Aint Asy's fever left hm?" asked Mrs. Pollock, timidly. "Yes, it has," returned Miss Sprawle, "an it's left him slower'n ever. I have to ask him questions three times over before I can git a word out of him, an' then he'll say, 'Don't hur-ry me, M'lin dy; lemme think a min-ute.' My land! "An' this mornln'," said Miss Sprawl in a tone of exasperation, "this morn ln', whilst I was out glvin' M'hltty a piece o' my mind in the hen-yard. Jest to ease my feelin's a mite, I heard a thump in the house and then a couple o" groans. "I run Into the kitchen bed-room, where Asy's ben in this sickness, an' there he was on the floor! I'd left him fast asleep about ten minutes before. " 'Well, Asy Trumbull, says I, how did you manage to fall out o' bed?' "An' he looked up at me, jest as calm as a clock, an' says he, 'By de-grees, M'lindy. I pre-sume. "My land!" said Miss Sprawle, as she retied her bonnet strings in a hard knot, and prepared to return to the Trumbull mansion; "my land!" And there speech deserted her, and in grim silence she opened and shut Mrs. Pol Ioek's kitchen door, and stalked down the road on her self-apponted mission. Another Story. The fabulist of the Chicago "World lias invented a little tale of two men oud a dog. Its lesson is toe obvious for cement, perhaps, but cmannot be learn ed to; often. It is commended to all readers, boih to thest who keep dogs and to those wh do not. Johnson and Thompson were next door neighbors. Johnson had a dog that barked a considerable part of ev ery night. Finally Thompson, said to Johns. ;n: "Look hen Johnson, we have always been friends, and I hope you won't take offense if I t o-I I you that the barking ef your dog is driving mo and my fam ily mad f.r want of sleep." "Dear mo!' said Johnson. 'hat's queer. I haven't noticed that Leo evr r barked any to speak of." Two or three evenings afterward Thompson came homo leading a dog the dog by a string. "Now, then." said he to Mrs. Thomp son, "we will soon have a chance to sleep. I didn't like to shoot the beast while he belonged to Johnson, so I have bought him. Nobody can blame us for killing our own dog. I'll get some chlo roform to-morrow." A month passed, and Johnson and Thompson met. "Well, Thompson, you haven't chlo roformed the dog yet" "No," said Thompson. "The truth Is we have become rather fond of the fel low. He is so lively and playful." "But doesn't his barking at night an noy you?" "I haven't noticed It." "H'm!" said Johnson. "The brute keeps ns awake half the night I don't see how you can put up with it" An Interesting Test. The question had come up among the passengers of the steamship as to whether the gulls which appeared around the ship each morning were the" same birds as had been with the ship on the day previous. To test the mat ter a line and tish hook were procured, and with a bait of salt pork the fishing for a sea gull was commenced. The first cast of the line was successful, a big gray bird swooping down on the bait. He was hauled aboard and found to be uninjured, the hook having caught in one of the glands of the beak, from which it was readily loosened. After detaching the hook a strip of red flan nel was brought and carefully tied around the gull's left leg by one of the seamen, the bird being then turned loose. It soon disappeared in the di rection of the coast line, and it was generally allowed that each day brought a new contingent of gulls to follow the steamer and pick up the waste scraps from the table; but on deck after breakfast the next morning there was the flannel-bedecked gull to be seen, the most clamorous of all the birds. To test the gull's reasoning power, if it had any, the same line and bait was drifted astern, the gull caught the day before being one of the lirst to 3trike for It I From 1 to 12,000,000. Not many years ago a skilled Scot tish gardener went to the province of Shire, in British Central Africa, taking with him a coffee plant which he had obtained at the Edinburgh Botanical Cardens. Fioni this bush, which was planted at Blantyre, where it still flour ishes, there have bvr-n derived no less than 2,000,000 of trees. The original planter has now the biggest planta tions in that part of the once Dark Continent, and a trade In coffee has grown up which promises to become the leading industry in that portion of the British Empire which Is located In Central Africa. A New Call for the I'honc. "What Is heaven's number?" said a little New York girl to her mother one day last week. "What do you mean, dear?" was the reply. "Heaven's telephone numler. I dess want to ring up Dod and ask Him to please send some other kind of weather. I'm tired of this," added the little maid. New York Sun. Kcllcvintr Hit Fee line". Magistrat You will be bound over to keep the peace toward all her majes ty's subjects for six months. Bill Sykes Well, 'even 'olp the first furriner as I comes across! Piek-Mo-Up. Constancy. She They tell me you are fickle. He Impossible! Why, I have been engaged to two girls now for oyer a year. Life. IS During the past five years England has sent C7J women missionaries to China. New York architects now put bath rooms for typewriter girls in all new office buildings. The largestjanded estate in the world Is that of the Czar Nicholas ofBussia lOO.OUO.lKX) acres. A connoisseur in cats, living in West ileld. Mass., has twenty-three. -rats in his house. One he values at $1,UU0. By the last census of Iiulia the total population of the country is 2S7.22:t,4:n, ur about one-sixth of the world's popu lation. The most rapid growth in the exports of Japan is in tlmr mattings, wnich now go to the United States and Eu rope in lots of 1U0.LXXR) bales at a time. Bank note paper Is made of the best quality of linen rags, the linen being purchased in bolts and cut up by ma chinery for the purpose of making pulp. The apple crop of the year is esti mated at 00,250,000 barrels. The lead ing apple States are Ohio. New York. Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. The recent art exhibition at Venice has boon a great success and the city has Inim crowded with visitors, the ho tels full and the shops doing a thriving business. The Birmingham. England, magis trates have declared if heavy lines will do it they are determined to pur. down swearing and foul language in the pun lie streets. Bert Coodwin, of Carthage. Me., shot a white hedgehog, which is quite a curi osity. The fur of this animal cover:.; the quids, while on the dark species the quills are the longer. The bicyclists of Kansas City have or ganized themselves into a society to overthrow the tyranny of the walering cart man and urge the general improve ment of the cityV streets. In an old rat's nest found in the chimney of an old house -at Ligonier, Pa., recently, wen? some papers bear ing date 1770. a Mexican dollar of 1771, and a Mexican quarter of 1772. The Camden, Me., cucuir er mag nates report that this year's shipments tmounted to 2,400 barrels, or more than 400 more than List year. It takes Ö.GO0 of these cucumbers to till a barrel. A valuable article of export from Cey lon is sharks tins, which are esteemed as a delicacy by the Chinese and some -other Oriental nations. The exportation amounted last year to 25,:il9 rupees. The assessed valuation of property in the State of California is $1,1.".2,712.(;74. This is considerable more than $$00 for every man, woman and child In the State, or over H000 for every family. The potato crop of the United States this year is 282.000,000 bushels, or about lOO.flM.OUO bushels more than the crop of 1894. The onion harvest also Is the largest ever known in this coun try. While out hunting for partridge, and. of course, with both barrels loaded with bird shot, an Ellsworth, Me., hunt er stumbled upon three deer. lie didn't swear, he says; he "laid right down and bawled." Two bucks shot dead at one stand with two shots from a Winchester was James Craney's accomplishment in a bunting trip near Abbeyville, Ca., a few days ago. The distance was about 100 yards. Victoria, in Australia, is following in Falstaff's footsteps. It has 1,174,000 in habitants. East year they spent $1S, 040,000 for drink, about $80 for each adult male, and only one-half as much for bread stuffs. A calculation recently made gives the number of Americans in England, more or less resident In London, at 30.000; twice as many as there are Frenchmen, four times as many as there are Ital ians, and so on. An eminent Cerman pencil-maker, now dead, has over his grave a gigan tic stone representation of half a lead pencil as a tombstone. It is of red sand stone, with n core of graphite eight inches In diameter. Maine's "No Man's La ml" is situated In the town of Park hurst, a strip of desert where not even a bug can thrive. Nobody claims it, nobody wants it, and it is the only place in the State that tramps steer clear of. In London every public building from the Queen palace down is supplied with a lire annihilator. Some of the large ones will produce 17.000 gallons of carlKmie gas and steam iu the space of four or five minutes. In building a Cardiner, Me., wharf a silver coin was excavated which the coin collectors declare to be over 200 years old. In spite of its extreme age, the piece of money was so bright that every figure on it was easily discern ible. Near Mllford, the other day, a sur veyor found a prehistoric cemetery of great extent containing thousands of graves. Some of the graves were open ed, and in them were found pipes, ci pher ordinales, beads, pearls and other trinkets. The building which Verdi is erecting in Milan as a home for aged musicians is to cost $100,000, and the composer will himself defray all the exense of it. But a series of charity perform ances will be given In Italy this winter to establish an endowment fund. It Is eighteen months since the Pope held the last consistory, a longer pause than has ever taken place lefore. He as now decided to hold the meeting this month. The cardinals certain to be nominated, It is said, are SatollJ, the apostolic delegate at Washington: the three nuncios at Lisbon, Madrid and Faris: aiul most probably the nuncio at Vienna. There are eleven hats vacant.' A bored well at the home of Kobertj Martin, in East Sedalia, Mo., has acted most peculiarly since tho recent earth-' quake. At times the water will rise to the top, bubbling and foaming and' making a rumbling noise, and then sink, again to its normal level or below. A Washington man complains that the copy of one of Charles Keade's nov els furnished along with a newspaper ho purchased omits many of the best iusages of the book, as he found by comiKirisrtn with the authentic text. It was only half the novel and apparently cut down with an ax. In Japan the nose is the only feature which attracts attention. The nose de termines the beauty or ugliness of the face, according as it is big or small. This is probably due to the fact that differences in noses constitute about the only distinction between one Jap anese face and another. In Japan a lady who has a huge proboscis is al ways a great beauty and a reigning belle. A River Lost in the Sasil. Here's a curious thing a river in the United States that goes to waste just as do some of those far away tropical streams you read about. All travelers in Colorado know of the interesting Veta Pass in the southern part of the State, by which the railroad finds its way over the Sangre de Cristo range, into the great dry plain of San Louis. At the western gate of this pass stands the tallest mountain in Colorado, Sierra Bianca, about 11.17,0 feet in altitude. Yct.i Pass opens south of this peak. North of it is an opening into am.rieT pass, now almost forgotten, called Mos ea Pass by rlie Spanish settlers, who formerly used it a great deal. It i? a gorge of a mountain stream, which e:ues rushing down the snowy heights of the central range, gathering contri butions from each s'.ope until. wh"ü it reaches the opt !i val'ey a:mng tho foot hills, it is a noNan; powerful torrent. Never was a river more promising, and as you descend its rapidly growing current, you picture to yourself the wide belt of green farms which it must irrigate out there on the plains. But alas! No such beneficence awaits it. Across the mouth of tin; pass on the western side the winds have heaped a line of sand dunes. They are as yel low as gold, and sharp ridged as the waves of a chopping sea. Into them the river rushes from its mountain sally post, joyous and brave in its strength, but it never passes beyond. The thirsty sand swallows up, as fast as they come, the ceaseless supplies the river pours down. The waves sub side, the current slackens, the ripples spread out and disappear, and you may walk upon a dusty strand around the gorge of that brave stream within a hundred yards of where it dashes out of its rocky gates. The Women of India. Mrs. Annie Besant's observations of women in India, during a recent visit to that country, led her to think them very intelligent, and while their stand ards and methods of education differ materially from those in other coun tries, according to their own estimate of learning, many of the women are highly educated. Beading and writing are not a part of their education, how ever, as all their knowledge is acquired from "Pundits," who go from house to house every week, to give oral Instruc tions in philosophy and literature to the entire household, so the memory is wonderfully strengthened by tins proc ess of training the mind quickly to grasp and retain nil the information en tirely independent of books for refer ence. Indian women are peculiarly simple and childish in character, yet very dif ferent from other Europeans of the same class. Northern and Southern In dia, says Mrs. Besant, are two distinct countries In all the laws and customs which affect women. In the north the "Purdah" is In full power, and the women look upon any publicity as an outrage, while In the south their posi tion Is quite different, yet men and women do not meet freely in society. Mothers and grandmothers have'great influence and authority in the family and home life, and in outside affairs ns well, for an Indian will not act in a public matter against tho advice of either one. In Southern India very young children are married, and if tin infant husband dies his youthful widow can never marry again. Mutually Unsatisfactory. Pat's face, according to one of his friends, was so ugly that it was "an ollince to the landscape." Next to his homeliness his poverty was the most conspicuous thing about him. Hence the unsympathetic comment of a neigh bor. "How are ye, Tat?" he asked. "Mighty bad," was the reply; '"sure 'tis starvation that's statin' me in the face." "Is that so?" rejoined his friend. "Sure it can't be pleasant for ayther of yez." lie Wut. "Mamma," remarked Johnnie Itun kles, after he had absorbed a totash lozenge which had been given him for his sore throat, "wasn't Ksau a blamed Idiot to sell his birthright for a mess o fthis Htuffr Brooklyn Life. Itloomcr K fleet. "Woman has resolved to be no longer the one-sided creature she has been." "Mr referring particularly to eques trianism, I presume?" Indianapolis Journal. Wouldn't Itelieve It. Carson One-half the world doesn't know what the other half is doiug. Vokes No. And if you were to tell them they wouldn't believe a word of ItTruth. The Difference. "Onr minister Is one of the salt of the earth." "Humph! Ours Is so fresh we haruly expect to keep him I" Life. JSF.r. OF ABESTOS. Kiir.jr 'incombustible, It Is n VaTnablc Compound in Muny Industries. Asbestos is a wonderful substance. The name comes from a Creek word meaning inconsumable. Fire will not burn it, acids will not gnaw it, weather will not corrode it. It is the paradox of minerals, for it is quarried just like marble. The libers of which It is com posed are soft as silk and fine and feathery enough to float on water. Yet In the mines they are so compressed that they are hard and crystalline like jKone. Although the substance has been known for ages in the form of mountain cork or mountain leather, comparatively little lias been learned as to its geological history and forma tion. A legend tells how the Emperor Charlemagne, being possessed of a ta blecloth woven of aslx'stos, was accus tomed to astonish his guests by gather ing it up after the meal, casting it into the lire, and withdrawing it later, cleansed, but unconsunuHl. Yet. al though the marvelous attributes of as bestos have been known for so long, they were turned to little practical use until about twenty years ago. Since that time the manufacture of the mate rial has grown until it can take its place with any of the industries of tlds coun try. Indeed, so rapid has been its pro gress and development that there is almost no literature of any kind on the subject, and. to the popular mind, it is still one of those inexplicable things. Up to the late 'Tu's nearly all the as bestos used to come from the Italian Alps and from Syria, but one day ex plorers discovered a rich deposit in th. eastern township of .Hiebe. Compan ies were formed, and. in ls-7'.. the mines were opened. Remarkable as it may seem, however, although trie Canadians s'arted facb-ri; s. in the operatem of which they were substantially back-.d by English capital, it. was an American concent, wiiii headquarters pi "ev York, that developed the industry most rapidly. Tin company has now grown so large that it has branches in nearlv all of the huge cities of the country and the machinery used is specially made and peculiarly adapted to the manufacture of asbestos articles. There are also a large number of factories in England. The veins of chrysolite, as the Canadian asbestos is called, are from two to four inches in thickness, and are separated by thin layers of hornblendo crystals. The nearer to the surface the vein runs, the coarser are the libers and the less valuable. The mining is done by the most improved machinery. Holes are drilled in long rows into t he sides of the cliffs by means of steam drills. They are then loaded with dynamite and exploded simultaneously in such a way that a whole ledge of the rock falls at once. Then the workmen break otit as much of the pure asbestos as possible, load it into tubs or trucks, which are hoisted out and run along to the "cobhouse." Here scores of boys are kept busily em ployed crumbling or "cobbling" tho iweces of rock away from the asbes tos and throwing tho good fiber to one side, where it is placed in sacks for shipment to the factory. The greatest work in connection with the mining of asbestos is in disusing of the waste rock and the refuse of the quarry. Only about one-twenty-lifth of the material quarried as real asbestos, and the rocky parts have to be carried to the dumps at great expense. As the asbestos conies from the mine it is of a greenish hue, and the edges are furred with loose fibers. The more nearly white asbestos is the better its grade. The length of fiber is also of great importance, the longest being the most valuable. From the mines the asbestos is taken to the manufactories in the United States. Engineer. Seeing Is Believing. It does not seem possible to blow out a candle through a brickbat, yet those who have tried it say it can be done. Most rooms are largely ventilated through their walls, and the brick and mortar are merely very rudimentary lungs, which take in and throw out the atmosphere with but little hin drance. You may try the expirement yourself. Place a candle on the other side of your brick and use two fun nels, with the flaring ends on the oppo site side of the brickbat, with the small end of one in line with your mouth and the other turned on the candle flame. The least breath will make the light flicker and a hearty expiration will extinguish it altogether. Try it aud see. Tho 1'ictisrc of an Inland. On his second voyage, in lit).'., Colum bus discovered an island on a Sunday, from which circumstance he gave it the name of Dominica, which, being in terpreted, means Eord's Day, or Sun day, Island. When the great sailor re turned to Spain and told the story of his adventures, Queen Isabella asked him what the island was like. Crump ling up a piece of paper in his hand and throwing it down before her, Co lumbus said, "That is the nearest pic ture I can give," whereby he intended to convey the notion that Dominica Is largely made up of steep mountains and deep ravines. In 1N41 the island leeamo one of the Itritish West Indies, but is now not in too flourishing a con dition. Tho Sin-Kater. Among curious customs and suier stitlons noticed in a recent article in lllackwood on the "legends ami Folk Lore of North Wales," there is one the singularity of which is heightened by the statement that It still survives in North and South Wales and the Hor den Ata funeral "a hireling who lives by such services has handed over to fhlm a loaf of bread, a maple bowl full of lecror milk, and a sixpence, In con sideration of which he takes upon him all the sins of the defunct, and free$ him or her from walking after death." The scape-goat is currently called a "Sin-cater." SPEED OF NAVAL VESSELS. There IsSonict hing V rone t hat Should IJe Made Kight. The statements made in the Washing ton correspondence that the speed at tained by our war vessels when upon a trial trTp for the purpose of obtain ing a uremium are instances of naval jockeying, are those which should en list public interest, and if statements to this effect are to be otlicially support ed in the animal report of the Secre tary of the Navy, then the subject is one which will bear Congressional investi gation. It is not, of course, expected that a war vessel when fitted t r ser vice will keep up the same rate of speed that it is possible f:r her to attain for a short time under extraordinarily fa vorable conditions, and heabls our experience in this respect d'es ;ot dif fer from that of all other countries which have recently made ttdti! :;s to their naval strength. In fac the per formance of the Columbia in sailing across the Atlantic from Southampton to New York at an average rate of eighteen knots jn-r hour is s i id to have been b"tier work than anythir.g ever performed by Ilnglish or 1 "iviu i naval cruisers, r.ut. on the other h in 1. if a steamer lik. tin Iaicania or '. v.mp.-mKi can make a series of trip; across the Atlantic, and maintain, in making them, an ave'-.aire. voyage afro;- voyage, of over tv.en;y-o.:e knots pf.- Iour. an average quite :;s go -d as eii.:-r m-ade In its t i-i.il trip, it would see:,, as ;" the theoretical and actual speeds of our war ve Is. v!i vh'-!i a h:c. raTo i a more jjM-w ; . I Jl.l jlui II, lo;.,n nearly convspend. It is evident that something Is at t'att!? when v..:: . Is tha: are eleep' x j ; s : . H twenty knots p. ; hour a-v "" e.jpab! In every. !.:y p;. ;:. .:' i.i.'d.: . . : :i or eleven knot i: -.v.: or v.. : a hmti boat a !:.:! t:.::de of : d :' n'ee teeij l.;e.:s hour ::;! a-- : maxi mum . rvie,' r.;,e d f -- ;di:e kno' an h-'uv. Sn.-! a die. be twe !i p;-"-:d: ::rd per ü". : too gf-'at lo be lot, ; ;i t 'd. ;;. .. ;:: js oü' of some ;" the ep -rieiie. s f d.e Chi nese army. - stoa Herald. .Not to He "Plucked." When questioning a studen- as ro the classes he had attended, an examiner said: "And you have attended the class for mathematics?" "Yes." "How many sides lias a circle V" "Two," said the student. "What are theyV There was a laugh in the room when the studenr answered, "An inside ;K-.d an outside." Itut this was nothing compared to what followed. The examiner said to tin student: "And you attended the moral philos ophy class also?" "Yes." "Well, you would hear lectures ofi various subjects. Did you ever hear one on caus? and effect V" "Yes." 'Doer, an effect go before a cause?" "Yes." "Cive me an instance." "A mau vheling u barrow." ! Not Ynin. Kven the laziest of tramps makes an effort to secure a substantial breakfast, which is generally the only regular meal be has during the day. If he ir fairly lucky, it consists of coffe. a lit tle meat, some indatoes, and "punk an' plaster," as he calls bread and butter. Coffee, more than anything else, in what every man of his kind wants early ju the morning. The clothes of the "poke-out" lKggar are not much, if nny better, than Jus food. In summer he seldom has more than a. shirt. ;i jxiir of trousers, a coat, some old shos. and a Ira Here I hat. Fvcn in winter he wears little more. esjee!ally if lie go South. If he can procure nothing more 8ul table he will don a garment which belongs to a woman's wardrobe. In fact, he gladly wears anything that will cover him. The only dress he does not fancy is the one to which he lias earned a right the famous "zebra" f the penitentiary. Palmistry. Palmistryis scientifically explained by the fact that some of our most sensi tive nervis have tl eir seat in the palm of the hand, and as each time we are conscious of a sensation there is a great vibration of the nerve conveying that particular sensation to its center, the continual setting in motion of any par ticular nerv produces a very marked depression in its own particular path, these depression; being nothing more nor less than Cie familiar lines in the hand. A fair reading of the pas: might be made from this, but such a theory lias nothing to offer in support f what constitutes tho palmist's popularity, namely, his prophecies concerning the future. Tktt the outline of ih. hand counts for much, there is not the small est doubt. It Is an excellent guide to those seeking a means of livelihood, or choosing professions for their children. For Fogs. A novel arrangement for signaling at sea during fogs has been placed in post t ion on Winter Quarter Lightship.No. l.", now repairing and refitting at Wilming ton. Del. It consists of two safety oil engines, supplying compressed air to two upright boilers, which in turn am automatically acted upon by time clocks, placed above. These open and close the wliist.e valves alternately every fifty-five seconds. No steam pnv er is used. th' Kver being derived from explosions of oil vapor. They Would Modify It. Hills-Foreigners say that our stand ing army is too small by all odds. Mills Pooh! Cuess they never saw a stage door after a comic opera with. full female chorus. New York ?orld. Auantls said to live only one summer. Perhaps this is the reason that old Solo mon advised the sluggard to interview this Interesting insect.