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VOL. 23.—NO. 4. HAZLEHURST, MISS.; THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2<), 1887. ._^•°° A m
A TRUE STOflY.
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lTre« Translation of Hassaureck's Poem ]
Two canarlea, P ck an<l Sal*.
Were placed within a eage:
*T was Hal* who always bit and pulled
Her consort In great rwgw.
When hungry she would chat* him oS,
Sal' wanted all the sect;
She tried her very best to teas*
And torture him. Indeed I
N<> slr^.rc: r'er was heard: It was
The same old story told:
“That husband In one house with wlto
No'er tings, if she's a scold.**
**ne Ohy the master of the housa
Took pity on their plight;
lie placet Dtch in another rag*t
To atop the constant light.
Put now the little wife was telieJ
With sudden grief and pain;
She flewagunst her cage's bars
And ne'er found rest again.
Hhe neither tasted food nor drink.
Her heart was sorely tried;
And. after three day'* suffering.
Poor little birdie died.
lint merry Pick sans heartily.
A* if noth.ng had occurred;
Her death had no Impression made
On this ca? little t'ird.
MORAl.t
*‘Vr wives with tongues that pain and »tlnj.
Take w.imtn^ fronimr tale.
Ami take to heart p.*»r M tlljr'a fat**
Too late did she bewailP
— II', M'tlmit*, is (impk'e AVws.
ENGLISH POSTAL SYSTEM.
IIow Our British Cousins Ilandlo
Thoir Mail Mattor.
l'i»l.»ii«r» sh'iwin* How Quickly l.etlera
Are Hells cred—The Iwipo«<4hlUtjr of
lleesiverltii; a Ml-slvn When
Oner It lias Hern Tasted.
Tim English postal system is an
excellent nnn. It is co ml noted at a
profit. The .surplus money of Its
revenues is npplic 1 each year to tho
improvement of tho service. Its
cnrrh-r system has developed to such a
degree that letters and papers are do
Bvcred thronghout the rural districts
xtiih lie irly as much frequency as in
tho cities. Tho postman makes his
round so often that privato letter
boxes are almo-t uuknotvn in the En
gli-h p >stal stations. In tho city of
l.mdou the mail Is collected
lioni tho street boxes- or pillars,
as tlmv arc called—ever}* hour
after 8.1*» in the morning up to mid
night Between midnight and 8:l.*»
ihuro is an early-morning collection at
three o*clock. One of tin* mails taken
op at the pillar-jKist for local delivery
go to tho main ollloe. They are all
carried to nub-stations and from there
• sent out. Tho system is so complete
for tho collection and carrying out of
letters that you can send a letter by
post to the most distant part of Lon
don and receive n reply by mail nbout
as quickly as you could send and re
ceive an answer by tolegraplu B»
this 1 mean a message scut through
the ordinary working of the telegraph
system. Tho telegraph service, also
conducted bv tho post-office, dims not
compare for one moment with the
r a phi mail service. The Post-Offioi
Department also docs an express busi
ness throughout the United Kingdom,
and oven distant colon! ■**•. This ser
vice Is called tin* pared p »af. It cor
responds to our express service. By
this post very bulky articles aw car
ried at a very low rate.
1 cnino into personal cuninci wan
I he iron-clad rules of tho British pos
lid system tho other day when I sought
to recover a letter which ha«l b.*cn
mailed through mistake. It was not
nil important matter, hut in the United
S' ntes I never had any troublo in get
ting back a letter from tho postal au
thorities when I was able satisfactor
ily to identify tho letter, so I thought
tlie experiment was worth trying here.
1 went to a pillar post where a i»osi
man was to arrivo ten minutes after
the letter hnd Won put into it. 1 ex
plained the matter to a friendly police
man cl«>s • by. and he said there would
be no trouble in getting my letter. I
had tho address*of the letter, and, ns
tho envelope hail a monogram on its
back, tliore was no jiossibilily of any
mistake in identifying it. In a few
moments tho ttostntau united. He
was dre*sod in a blue, soldier-liko uni
form, trimmed with mi. He wore a
. French military cap. also biuo and
trimmed with red. Over his shoulder
lie carried a long, loom*, hempen bug,
' such as a farmer might ihj f »r gather
ing apples. There was no hook or
s'ring to f:i-tcn tho mouth of iho bag.
When the postman had emptied the
po*t-l> <x l explained what I wished,
lie was frightened nt my nskiug for a
letter and twisted up the bag at onee,
saying he conld not even consider
such a proposition, but if I wished 1
could go with him to the station and
submit the matter there to tho official in
charge. I walked along with him.
This little British poet man appeared
to bo walking at a very leisurely pace,
but I soon found that to keep up with
him required very unusual exertion on
my part. Ho t«H>k a very short step,
but his hobnailed shoes name down
very fast on tho sidewalk. His gait
was at least tiro mile* an hour going
lo tho station.
At the station another official in
blue uniform inferred mo to tho in
spector, a short, resolute, full-bearded
man In civilian dress. Ho add noth
ing could bi done. A letter ouco
posted was tho property of Iho nd
. re-set*, and tho Postmnst tr-Oancral
vr.s responsible for tho same
until it was delivered. Hj n«k**d
mo to road tho rule. 1 did s<\
r.nd found tho rule forbade tho snr
i •n«K*f • f mall matter, after it was
. ta*t* posted, to the person posting it;:
hu» i t tie foot of tho mb' I found a
possiblo exception to It In an appeal to
tho secret.nr)* of tho Postmastor-Genor*
aU This garo mo a new leg to staml
on. I then called on the postmaster of
the station. 1 asked him how long
Itcforo tho letter would ho sent out of
tho station for delivery. Ho said with
in three-quarters of an hour. I askod
him if ho would hold tho letter if I got
an ordorfrom tho secretary to tho Post
ru&Jtei-GcncraL Ho said he would
certainly obey any order of that ofllclnl,
hut he would not hold back tho letter
one second without such an order.
I left him. having three-quarters of
an hour to go some three miles down
in tho city to reach tho scerotary.
Through tho underground railroad I
was able to got to tho main depart
ment within twenty-livo minutes, and
in ten minutes more. With very
little ceremony—not so much
ns would bo required to
reach the Postinnster-Gonoral at Wash
ington—1 was ushered Into tho pros
enco of tho working head of tho En
glish Post-Olllco Department, tho sec
retary to tho Postmaster-General. 1
asked him if ho would consent to giro
back tho letter. Ho was exceedingly
polite, hut absolutely unyielding. Ho
said lie had no doubt alxnit my ability
to identify tho letter. Ho was sorry he
could do nothing, hut the rule was one
to which tlie department had adhere I
f<»r years without any favor to any one.
Ho said: “I have before mo nearly
every day peoplorepresenting all con
ditions and degrees of life in England
seeking to have letters given hack to
them which have been posted by mis
take; hut wo never have waived tho
role.” I said: “Tho object of tin* role
i-* undoubtedly to protect the interests
of tho public.”
“Certainly, that is the object.”
“Then you who make tho rule and
can suspend it at will certainly ougli'
to have some discretion. If you arc
convinced that no public Injury can hr
done, then you surely can safely sus
pend tl»e rule.”
••What would our subordinates say
if we should break our own rules?”
••Those rules are made for your huIx
ordlnntcs, who should liavo no dls
cretloa in the matter; but no subordi
nate would have any right to question
the discretion of the rule-making pow
er*.”
lie shook bis bead at this, and said
it was not a matter for argument. The
English l* )st-Olllee Department nover
w aived its rules. I then asked him if
he would not do so if ha were con
fronted with a ease where the delivery
of a letter would develop some domes
tic tragedy or a great scandal. To
this lie said:
•*1 have ruleil upon your case, and
you must confess it was not serious.
I w ill decide the serious one when it Is
actually presented. 1 am not in the
habit of making hypothetical decis
ions upon hypothetical oases. How
ever, 1 have no hesitation in saving to
you that I do not lieliovo the rule
would lx: broken even then. At any
rate, 1 should not net without consult
ing our solicitor.”
••But meanwhile, under your system
of swift delivery and the rule thnt no
letter should ho delayed in its trans
mission, the letter would lx* delivered
before yon could reach your solicitor.’ ’
••All,” said he, "l see that you ad
mit the perfection of our postal system,
and nltiiough it hits you a little hard
now you must confess it is the best
postal system in tho world, and we
keep It that way by rigidly adhering
to our woll considered rules.”—T. C
Crave font, in tonifon Lct'er to -V.
World
INSURING MAIDENS.
A DituUh SoHetjf Wlilrli Provide* for \Im
Daughter* of the Nobility.
In Denmark tlioro 1* a society known
an the Maiden Assurance Society; its
aim is to prnvido for ladies of well-to
do families. It shelters and cares for
them, and furnishes thorn with “pin
money." Its methods are thus de
scribed: The nobleman- for the asso
ciation Is peculiarly for this class—as
soon as a female child is born, enroll*
her namo in a certain association of
noblo families and pays a certain sum,
nnd thereafter a fixed annual amount
to tho society. When she has reached
tho age of, wo believe, twenty-one, she
becomes entitled to a sulto of apart
ments in a large building of tho Asso
ciation, with gardens and park about
it. inhabited by othor yonng or oldeV
noble ladies who have, in like manner,
become mombers.
If her father should die in her
youth, and she should desire it, slm
has shelter in this buildiug. nnd at n
time fixed her in comp. When she
dies or marries all this right to incomo
lapses, and tho money paid in swells
tho endowment of tho association.
Her lather may pay for twonty years
and then her marriage cuts off nil ad
vantage of tho insurance. But this
very ch men must enable the company
to charge lower animal premiums nnd
make the burden less on tho father in
suring. lie has, at any rate, Iho
pleasant l.-eling that his small nnnnal
payments are insuring his daughter’s
future, and giving her a comfortable
home and income after ho kas gone.
It is obvious that the chances for mar
riage among a given number of
women caw to calculated at closely as
those of death. Tho plan has worked
well for generations in Copenhagen.
—Manchester (Eng.) Policy Holder.
—The Flicker (Fa) homestoad, one
of tho oldest In Berks County, changed
hands rcocntly, and tho old residents
are reporting the tradition that In the
stone walls of tho barn and house an.
inclosed two botllee of whisky as old
m the century now.
THE LIMEKILN CLUB.
Brother nardner Intimate* That If* la
I’erfectly NatUflad With Tills World.
“I wish do world would lot mo alono
fur a couple of weoks." said Brother
Gartlncr. as tho echoes of the triangle
died away. "It has got to dnt pass
whar* 1 am constantly lookin’ fur sun
thin’ to happen, an’ It Is w’arin’ on my
narres.
I "Ebcry Monday tnawnln’ wo kin
look in do papers fur an Item to tie of
feck dat do cholera am sartln to roach
dis kontry.
"On Tuesday mawniu’ wo kin ox*
pock to find dat somebody Ims diskib
1 eretl a now couiot, and dat said couiot
ar’ gwino to switch his tail around an’
knock dis kontry nil to smash.
"Qtl Wednesday mawniu’ we ar*
1 purtysartin to find a medical report to
do eflbck dat consumpshuu has In
creased fifty i*er cent, in dis kontry in
do las’ live y’ars, an’ dat cull’d men
nil ohor do kcutrv nm droppin’ dead
wld heart tlisoaso.
"Thursday am do rog’lar day fur
predictin' tidal waves, cyclones an’
linaiishul panics.
"Friday ar’ sartin to bring do news
dat do coal fields of do world will bo
exhausted in about 2.">2,000 y’ars, obory
stick of wood bo gone a y’ar Inter, an’
tint do cull'd populnshuu kin prepare
fur n sorrowful time.
"Saturday eantls up do week wld n
railroad slaughter, a big hotel fluh, n
steamboat collishun an’ do statement
ilat do germs of yaller fever hcv ap
peared In watermellyons. Dis puts us
nil in a good frame of mind, an’ when
wo go to church on Sunday an’ h’nt
do preacher toll how glad wo orter bo
dat wo ar’ ’lowed to lib frew de week
wo fool dnt ho has struck do key-note.
"I toll you, I doau' caro two cents
whether do sun not 93,000,000 miles
from tlo alrth, or only 92,990,000. ]
doau’ know whether do moon nm in
habited nr not, an’ I doau’ propose to
lose any sleepober It. Dis kontry may
hev 2,000 inilot of coast cxposotl to de
attack of a furredn iron-clad, but I ain’t
gwino to git up ono rninit airlier in tie
mawniu’. It may ho dat do intclleck
tual standanlof do world has decreased
ten per cont in do las’ decade, but l’so
gwino to keep right on buyln' tlo same
grade of codfish from do same grocer.
Insanity may be gainin' ground at do
rate of live per cent, per y’ar, but mo
an’ do ole woman nm gwino to smoko
de same kind of tcrbacker an’ soothe
our bunyons wid dp samo make ob
salve."—Detroit Free Press.
GAVE UP AT LAST.
Tlir Straw Whlrh Ilruka m Dakota Settlor**
l’rou<l Spirit.
A Dakota settler who had had bad
luck financially was Anally taken sick.
A Mend called to seo him and Raid to
his wife:
"l was surprised to hear of your hus
band's sickness—1 thought lie was re
markably strong and healthy.”
••Yes, John was always very healthy,
but lie got so discouraged at last that it
jrs* made him sick.”
"But he was always of such a
cheerful and buoyant disposition I
never expected to see him give up this
way.”
"Yes, John was always mighty
giiity. When the bunt burnt up
an’ killed tho new team ho never
said a wonl, but jos’ braced up an'
built another barn an’ got another
team.”
! "Yes, I remember bo did.”
"Then when the houso burnt ho
didn’t complain a bit, but wont to liv
ing in a tent jes’ as cheerful.”
"I know ik”
"When IS* farm was sold oil a mort
gage an’ tho children wore all took
sick John kep’ right up as happy as
over.”
••Yes, that’s so.”
“By’n’by the sheriff took tho cow an’
cook-stove, an’ a wagon run ovj»r
John’s foot an’ smashed It, hut still ho
didn't ’pear to bo a bit discouraged.'*
"I know he didn’t”
"Thou our oldest girl run away an*
married a corn-doctor, both our horses
died, John got bout on a law-suit an’
: fell down an’ broke his leg. Still he
' held his head right up nn' said ho’u
como out on top yet.”
“ies; won, wnat was it mat couki
possibly have occurred to broak bln
spirit and make him flick at last?”
“Ho had to sell tho old black dog for
fifty con'* to git money to buy flour,
an* the man just bought him for bin
hide an’ nothing else, an’ wo know it!
Just as soon as John saw the man tie
old Tige under tho wagon ho como right
in and throwed himself on tho boil an’
says lie: ‘Samanthy, that’s too much
to stand—I won’t never git off’n this
bed a livo man!’ I reckon I won’t be
long follerin’ him—yon ortcr seen tho
way old Tigo could take a hog by tho
[ car an’ swing it right around in a
circle!”—Dakota Hell.
Quite Different.
Peoplo who most relish gossip take
a very different view of it whon It is
directed against one’s own reputation.
“What an extremely candid person
Mrs. Biggina is,” said Mrs. Robinson.
“Seo how she exposed those Simkinses
and Wilkinses.”
“Yes,” said Mrs. Jones; “but if you
oould hare heard what sho said about
you yesterday”—
“About me?”
“Yos. about you.”
“Well, I novor! The idea of her
talking about mo! I won’t beliove
snothor word she says!”— Youth't Com*
panion. ___
—There is one tie-up that every body
aan approve of, and that is nwringo.—
Botion l\ut.
FULL' OF FUN.
—No, Nclllo, a stirrup is not what
they uso to boat eggs with, but to rids
horseback. -+D<tntoillc Breese.
—Lot tho weather alotio If you want
It to lot you alone. Tho hottest man
In the town is tho ono who goes about
with a fan asking every body if it is hot
enough, and uppoari’.ig to have charge
of tho wcathor.— X. 0. Picayune.
—It has boon asked why a city Is
called a “she.” Tho answer seems an
oasy one. Thoro Is always more or
less hustle about a city. Besides a city
has outskirts, and a ho could not un
dor any clrcninstances have skirts o!
any kind.
—The following notice was seen last
summer n^;rsn colored man’s melon
patch Mown in Kentucky:
“ Million* for lule,
both water nml mush.'*
—Harper * Bazar.
—“You nskotf me to bring you a little
pin money,” said a young husband to
his wife. “Yes, dear,” said the lady
expectantly. “Well, to save you the
fatigue of going out in this hot wenthci
I have brought you some pins instead.”
—X. Y. Sun.
—A stern old orthodox clergyman,
when passing a fashionablo church on
which a new splro was being eroded,
was asked how much higher ho thought
it was going to bo. “Not much high
er,” ho said;.“they don’t own very far
in that direction!”—X. Y. Ledger.
— “Mamma, where do tho cows get
tin) milk?” asked Willie, looking up
from tho foaming pan of milk which he
had been intently regarding. “Where
do you got your tonrs?” was tho an
swer. After a thoughtful silence he
again broke out: “Mamma, do tho
cows have to ba spanked?” — Western
Agriculturist.
—•• roars 10 mo, sam uncio reic,
a« ho loaned his hoi against tho corn
crib and extracted a pobblo from 111*
shoo; “’pears to mo liko dar’ wn* j
some kind of inisdccompoHishum in all j
di* talk about babies 01111111' teof. Do •
way I’so cum to look at it. hit’s do teef
cutlin* tho baby. Leas'wlse, dot’s do :
way hit looks in do caso of cullttd
eh li’ on. ’ ’—Exchange.
—Tho editor of tho London Post |
wears lilac kid gloves through every
iliiincr to which ho is invited. lie is
rather tony, bnt forgenuino three-ply, ;
eighteen-carat style, 1 he English people
are referred to tho Dakota editor, who
wears a six-shooter, a bowio knife and
no nocktio through every diunur to
which ho Is Invited—os well as to some
to which ho Is not Invited.—Forrit- \
town Herald.
—Tho odltor of the Carson Lariat
romaikijn a' «rikl*ipMItorlnl para
graph: “If Tod Buuker don't keep
his sow and shoot* from nnder our
nflleo he Is going to loso somo pork." '
In tho midst of profo/hd speculations :
mi European affairs and tho probaldo j
hereafter of the heathen, how refresh* j
ing i* such a breezy, commonplace, (
homelike editorial ulternneo ns lids.— j
Burlington Free Prcu.
—Keeping Himself Before the Public. I
— “No,” said a young man to the
theater ticket-seller, “I don’t want an j
end scat; 1 want omi In the middle of
tho row. I usually go out two or three
times during tho performance, nnd ,
half the pleasure I got at the theater !
is in tho sensation 1 make in passing |
in nnd out, you know. If a fellow had •
an end Boat, he might go out and come
I in a dozen times nnd nobody would
j notice him. So no-ond scat for me."
—.V. r. Ledger.
—“No doubt you. have heard." said
tho car conductor, “of the man who
always get* into nV’ar with a tcn-dol
1 Inr hill and, a* it could not ho changed
foi hi* fare, rode scot fr,»c. A certain
aged croaturo played tho gamn on 1110
for live consecutive mornings. In or
der to got even with him I filled a
small tin pail with nino dollars nnd
uinety-flvo cunt* in pennies nnd five
cent pieces. Tho next thno hn offered*
mo tho tou-dollat bill 1 dumped tho
contents of tbo pail into bis hat,
•Wo’ro square now,’ I said to him.
•Quito so.’ was the reply. But when I
turned tho ton dollars into tho office, it
wn* pronounced counterfeit, and I, for
my smartness, wns that much out of
poekut.”—Philadelphia Fcws.
MOONLIGHT HILARITY.
An KIcTttnl Hollrllu:!* far 1IU
Full-Length Hlmdiiw.
A vory worthy citizen wIiosj greatest
| fault Is that ho will ••treat” hi* friend*,
and allow them to treat him, in re
turn, was looking for his homo in tho
[ neighborhood of Caift avonuo and
| Henry street the other evening about
midnight. Tho electric lights were
dtining, and so was tho moon iu a
cloudless sky. Tho elovated Individual
taw his shadow at full length on the
ildownlk and halted. Bringing his
mot al-tipped cane down with great
force ho exclaimed: “Go hornet
’shamed of you’solf! Yon’ro full,
.larned M yon ain’t. G’ homol 1) tn’t
itnn’ there, b-l>blocking up tho side
walk! G’home!”
Then ho hroko nut Into a snatch of
long and windows wont un, and heads
.vero pnt out to listen. “Roil on—roll on
—s-llrermoon—s’ s-llver mouguidetho
rrnvoler s’on’s way, whilst nightin
gales sing in time.”
•*G' home Ijell you! Flice *11 take
,’on tut My wifo’s waitin’ for mo else
-of—of course ola Col—I'd take you—
.•oil on silver moon—”
The lest that was seen of him he was
inning nffeoildtutely on tho arm <;J
i policeman. Hying With groat solem
altyf“'1M
••I’m y-y^yol»r friend an’ don’t you
‘torgm it You tnk»HHy-th—that other
tel h-homo—IteV hri t’ much.” —Pe
trel free JVcii 14
.1 ‘
A GLIMPSE OF TANGIER.
An AnrUiit North Aft-Iron Trn-Port !>••
void of OrnUfjrlUK Night*.
Tho'vlew of Tangier from tlio sea I*
very picturesque, the houses rising
one above another, somewhat as nt
Hong Kong. lint tlio parallel
closes ns soon ns you put your foot
on shoro. for here is nothing of tlio
order mid cleanliness of nn English
port. Indeed, if one wished lo keep
In mind a pleasant picture of Tangier
lie would not land nt nil, hut contont
himself with the view from the ship’s
deck. If, on (he other hand, lie yields
to his curiosity, ho will litid himself, as
soon ns ho touelies the shore, plunged
Into all the tilth of nn Eastern town.
Tho narrow streets, in which men and
donkeys and camels jostle uarli other,
are full of every kind of abomination.
To lind any thing attractive one
must go out of tho town to the en
virons, where the foreign Consuls
reside. The country has much natur
al beaut)'. Tlio soil is fertile, yield
ing abundantly, and fiiniftdic* almost
the entiro supply for the market of
Gibraltar. Morocco, of which Tangier
is the port, is a large country, with
resources which would make it rich i!
it were under the protection and en
couragement of a good government.
But Its “government” is such ns ex
ists in tlio heart of Africa. All power
is vested in a Sultan, who lives nt
Fez. some days in the interior, and
whose sole Men of the dignity of tho
position is that it gives him unlimited
opportunity of squeezing Ids unfortu
nate subjects. It is said that lie has
no scruple in despoiling auv one of his
goods, or even taking Ids life, if lie
should become rich enough to in worth
the robbing or killing. No
inan can acquire property ex
cept at his peril. If ho is so
inconsiderate as to hoard money, ho is
presently invitod to Fez to recoivo
sonic mark of royal favor, and on tlio
way. going or c oiling, “puroly by
accident," lie falls among thieves, and
does uot return to tlio Imisoiii of ids
family (or Ills Imrctn), w hile his wealth
is seized as tlio penalty for some
imagined crime.
Among tho sights of Tangier is tho
prison, wlicro ono may look through n
barred window mid seo a number of
wretched crenture.s, young and old.
tlio innocent and tho guilty, all horded
together in ono disgusting nhodo of
misery, tho groater part probably nn
tried, hut none tlio less doomed to suf
fer till they or their friends caw buy a
release. Tlio stories which ouo hears
nro enough to mnkn Ids blood boil with
indignation. “Is It not a horrible
frntirfgc,’* sdd a high ofllccr nt
Giliraltar. “that such barbarism can
oxlst In tills nineteenth century, and
right hero in the sight of Europo?”—
Chicago limr*.
REFINED CREMATION.
The N«*w Hjrtt*ui Ailopto.l Tor » Well.
Known HwIm CmuHlorlum,
The Cremation Society at Zuriclt.
Switzerland, ono of tho Ihjsi organized
associations in tho world, lias adopted
the Bnurry system, which is described
ns fo .ws: Like Siemens, Mr. Bourry
only allows heated air to communicate
with the body. In both systems the
corpse burns directly. No flnnte is tc
bo seen singeing tho body, but it burns
itself by tho abundance of hot oxygen
which surrounds it. Bourry uses car
bonic acid gas, prepared in a coke re*
generator, for heating tho crematory.
During tho process of cremation lie
uses mainly chimney gas for heating
tho nir More it touches the corpse,
which allows a more economical use
of the heat. It is of great ad
vantage that tho chimney needs to bo
thirty-Qvo feet high from tho base of
the cellar, so that it is fully covered up
by tho building. Tho ashes fall, wit li
mit being touched, by an almost auto
matically working apparatus into the
urn.
Tho dissolution of tho body doss not
take place in tho dark, unseen and un
controlod, but tho wholo action li
open. Bourry and Vonlni place tho
crematorium, which lias the sliapo of a
sarcophagus, and which can bo np
pronchcd from all sides, in the midst
of tho hall in which tho service is to
tako place. There Is a little window
on tho back of the sarcophagus,
through which ono can son the process
of cremation, which is completed with
in ono to ono and one-lmlf hours, with
out smell or sinoko. Tin process is
soloinu atid beautiful, and avoids every
unie-iihctlo manipulation. — Sanitary
Sews. __
A Novelty in Railroads.
••It is ft fact not generally known,”
remarked ft railwny official at tho Pa
cific, "that Illinois can boast of a
novelty in the shape of a railroad
which has no duplicate in tho United
States.” "What’s that?” asked a
listener. "A rond whoso stock is hold
by tho original Incorporators?”
"Nothing of tho kind.” replied tho
first speaker. ‘•Tho novelty is a rail
road whoso side tracks aro nino or ten
lirnos greater in length than tho main
lino.” "Whero is such a road?”
"Tho Peoria and Pekin Union. It
runs from Peorift to Pekin, n distance
of too miles. That is tho main
line. Being a bolt road, caring for tho
cars of tho several roads running into
Peoria and transferring tho oars from
ono road to another, it has many
miles of side track-over ono hundred,
I believe. Tills accounts for tho pccul
inrity of a road having moro mllos of
side track than It has in Us malu lino.”
—Chicago Journal
_Some sugar was made in Dakotft
last spring from sap obtained from
white maple trees sot out siuoo the
■JYrrlt »ry was willed.
STORIES OF PARROTS.
Arauilnir Htorlf* of n Nutnli-r of Inletll
B*>»t anil Talk.itl»» IlIrtN.
Brchni, tho author of n U •riiiiui
work called "Tho History of Ad
innl.'S,’1 affirms that parrots of dm
inoro intelligent Indian and African
varieties huvo not only been taught
many phrases which they repeal by
rote, but that they havo como to un
derstand tho meaning of what they say,
and uso words independently in their
proper souses. IIj cites tho case of an
East Indian parrot who lenrnod a
largo number of Dutch words in hi*
native country. Brought to Europe,
ho learned a number of Herman and
French w'ord* in saccosslon. IIo askod
for water, for fool, for playthings,
mid for a chance to get out of his
cage, which was regularly allowed
him. He did not always uso tho Her
man words fur what lie wanted, in
speaking to Hermans, lint sonic.lines
substituted the Dutch words, in their
proper senses. No doubt a good many
of his native screeches and jabbering*
were put down as "Dutch” by his
German masters.
Seallgcr tells of a parrot which Imi
tated tha calls used in tho dances of
tho Savoyards, and repeated parts of
their songs; nnd Jacques Brumit, a
French writer, tells of an African par
rot who danced as ho had stien the
people do, repealing as ho did so the
words of their song: *‘A little slop!
A little jump! Ion! Ion!"
Mcnaiilt, another Frenchman of sci
ence, tolls of a famous parrot, for
which Cardinal Bossa paid a hundred
gold crowns bccauso lie recited with
out a blunder tho Apostle’* Creed, and
chanted the mayni/icul correctly.
The story Is n corded In English an
ecdotal collections, if not in grave Ills
toflcs. that a parrot belonging to
Henry VIII. otico fell in tho Thame*,
ami summoned pas«er?-by to tho res
cue by calling out "Help! Help!’’
Tho Indian parrot of whom the ac
count Is given by Bn inn, wa» de
prived of its mistress by death. It re
fused to cat, nnd called out repeatedly:
••Where Is madam? Where is mad
mu?" Ooo of tho friends of the fam
ily, an elderly Major, o a patronized
the parrot by saying to him: ••Jump
on your perch. Jacko, there’s a good
bird; jump on your pcrclil" Jaoko
looked ns him an instant, contemptu
ously, and then exclaimed. '•Jump on
the perch, Major, jump on tho p* rcii!"
Tho I’rench traveler. La 1J irre, a
very serious and careful wii.or, tells a
•dngulnr story of an Af. lean parrot
ml led Chrysostotn by th*» sailors on
bonnl a rrs*el which brought La B in o
from Senegal to France. Chryso.tom
Imd belonged to Uiu chaplain of the
ship, who had taught him a prayer «>r
two, and a portion of iho liturgy. Os
the voyage the clinplnin died, and the
bird continued to repeat thn prayer
that had boon taught him. Thn sail
ors bestowed upon tho parrot tho
ontno of "the chaplain," ami knelt
nlHiut his cage in a reverent manner
whon tho bird repeated his prayer.
There Is another, nnd an unpleasant
side to tills picture, however, In tho
fact that "the chaplain" learned some
of tho sailors’ oaths, ami adds d them
to his liturgy. Ho also learned to call
himself by tho title of "tho chaplain,”
and made such speeches as till*: *11 ul
your breakfast. Mr. Chaplain? Ob,
yes; oh, yes. Mr. Chaplain wants a
crack* r. Yes, ves—for the chaplain.
Amen! Youth'3 Compunion.
PARISIAN DOLLS.
An Indnstry In TVlilrh Hie Frrnrti Aro Kt
rolod by N\> Otlior Niitinn.
Tho making of dolls is one of tiio
principal Industrie* of Paris, tho mas
tcrploco of tho trade b lug a marvelous
creature consisting entirely of paper,
with a porcelain head. This belongs
to qnita a now rnco of doll*, which has
driven the old ones out of the Parisian
market In making them, a lino paper
pulp is used, and tho doll is molded
bit by bit Ono workman does noth
ing but shapo the arms, ano iter hat
charge of tho fool, nud *o on with th*
entire body. Elastic bands aro in
serted in tho arma and logs, and the
Joints ore made to work so perfectly
that a limb will remain In my position
in which it is placod. The porcelain
bend is more difficult to make than tlie
body. After being molded, tho heath
are placed in an oven, and baked for
twenty-seven hours. They are then
rubbed with pumice rone, polished,
and painted with tho greatest care.
Tito eyes aro rondo as carefully as aro
artificial human eyes, and the hair Is
wool from wild goa’s in tho mountain*
of Thibet. To finish one of these
dolls the labor of thVty different per
sons is required.
Connected with every largo manu
factory aro dressmakers, milliners and
shoemakers, who work at their own
homes. Ono ronntifneturor display*
over three hundred different costumes
ovory year. Thero aro toilets f-*r
every conceivable* occasion, Including
marriages and all tho fashion* of the
•Jay aro •crupulonslv reproduced.
Costumes of the time of Louis XV. aro
considered very desirable,*and tho pie*
lurcaquo drosses of Swiiicrlaud. Italy
aud Spain are often ordered. Gloves,
muffs and jewelry specially for doll*
aro made, and llieir boot) are genuine
works of art.
Attached to everv mannf ictory Is a
hospital, whore dolls may have tholf
fractured limbs mended, or bo sup
plied with now heads nud ono may
o»*o find plenty of simps prepare I to
furnish their bid-cbaiub >rs, oradioi
\nd china. In »hort, Parisian art lm«
every luxurious plaything to offer 'b«
children whoso parents bar® full
pursok—}'ot<U’# Companion
LIFE IN LARGE CITIES.
lorn* Interesting Facts fltaanad front tl«
U. 8. Census Its port*.
Among tho curious thing) shown by
the census of 1880 lira tho now data
relative to tho expectancy of life. It
appears from tho statistics derivod
from tho combined cxporienco of thirty
American lifo in "tinmen companies,
that at tho ago of ton years tho ex
pectation of lifo of a hoalthy white
male is 49.99 yoars. In Masaachn)etts,
however (outsido of Boston) this
period of oxidation is increased to
61.01 yoars, whllo in Boston itself it is
reducod to 47.49 years. Now Jersoy
makes a bolter showing than Musa
chusetts, tho exportation in that Stato
being 61.67, which would soom to show
that mosquitoes do not necessarily
tend to abbreviate life, notwithstand
ing tlioy may mako it undesirable.
Tho expectation of Ufa of tho aforesaid
ton-year-old child in tho various prin
cipal cities is as follows: Washington
(or rather tho wholo District of Colum
bia), 47.05 years; Now York. 41 92;
Brooklyn, 48.09; Philadelphia, 46.96;
Baltimore. 48.60; Cincinnati, 47.96;
Chicago, 60.61; St Louis, 48-25; San
Francisco, 42 69; Charleston, 8. C,
4181; Now Orleans, 40.09.
IVJir 101 lift i:iKO mo omcr oxiroiuow
life. According to tho experience ol
tho insurance companies already re*
/erred to, tho wliito main who reaches
tho ago of ciglity-llvo has still 8 40
years to live. In tho several plucos
named above, tho expectation at age
eighty-five is rexpoc'lvoly as follows:
Massachusetts, 6.82; Now Jersey, C.20;
District of Columbia, 6 20; Boston,
6 67; New York, 6 69. Brooklyn. 6 63;
Pnilndolphia. 6 39; Baltimore, 6.17;
Charleston, 6.13; Now Orleans, 6 25;
Cincinnati, 6 82; Chicago, 6 84: Si.
Louis, 8.65; San Francisco, 7.96. It
will bo soon that, with the exception
of Chicago, tho child’s chanc *s of at
taining the average of expectancy nro
ngainst him in the cities, wliito tho old
man who has become toughened to city
luxuries, and has learned how io exist
without ozone, w’ill d» host to
remain whpro ho is if ho do
sires to reach tho maximum of
age. This is especially truo ol
New Orleans, where tho ten-year-old
loses twenty per cent, of expectancy,
whereas if In* succeed In weathering
tho storm s of early and middlo life
and tench tho ago of eighty-flvo In tho
Crosent City, ho is given a compousaU
.ing allowaneo of tifty-flvo per ennt.
over tho average of expectancy.
Tho census f’gttres gives a longer ex*
poctttlon in every case at ago eighty
five than Moect’s iuuriuUiylat>n»s,ovo!i
colored persona nro given longor ex
pectations nt advanced ages than tho
standard tables, and they would seem
to show that there is an increasing
tendency toward longevity In the coun
try. Long life is especially granted
to the Inhabitants of 8L Lulls and of
San Frnnchco. In tho latter case tho
“glorious climate” Issatisfac'orily vin
dicated. Tho salubrity of Sl Louis will
probably bo attributed by its rival city
of Chicago to its uncrowdcd bucolic
condition.—IJoston Trmucript.
THACKERAY’S GRAVE.
The I*»cnmp*r»bl»* SomIUI'i Beating
I’laco nt Kenanl Green.
I liavo often wondered whether
Thnekerny did not answer “Adsuin”
when his own summons came. IIo
died vory suddenly early In tho morn
ing of December 24, 1863. No ono
was with him, for ho had not com
plained of serious illness on retiring tho
night before. When found ho was
lying in bod ns if asleep—but the sleep
was tho long sloep of death. Ilia
grave is in Konsnl Groon, ono of tho
most attractive of London cemeteries,
mid his Inst resting place is as simplo
and unpretentious as w*as his life.
Tho gravo Is covered in by a low wall
of brick, on which Is laid n largo hori
zontal slab of wliito marble, perfectly
plain, with this inscription:
* WlIXUS MAEKPEACCTUACXEnAT. j
Dorn. July It, 1811.
D1 od Deccmt»cr 84,1961
His mother, who died not long after
her son, is buried with him, ami her
nnrno—Anno Carmichael Smyth—Is
carved on tin some stono and with a
similar epitaph. The lot hm no other
tenants, and an iron railing, rising a
few Inchos above tho slab, is thickly
twined with Ivy mingled with climb
ing flowers. Far better, I thought,
this grave in the free air and sunshiiio
than a tomb in that gloomy cbornol
housc, Westminster Abbey—whoso
glories onn not compensate for the at
mosphere of death and decay en
shrined there. Somo loving band bad
laid a floral offering upon tho marble.
I added mine, and catuo away, thank
ful for tbo opportunity of paying even
this smallest tributo of grateful ad
miration to the man who has been
cnllod “a cynlo”—the cynlo who wrote
this verso to Ids children across tho
sea:
I thought, as day was breaking,
My little girls were waking,
And smiling, and making
A prayer nt home for me.
—HL Louts Utpublican.
—In spite of tho waste corn-fodder,
the Anuriean Cultivator thinks that
growing corn and making pork from It
oomos nearer to making bog-keeping
profitable than nny other plan. It Is
lb) method by which nine-tenths of (ho
Errk cr>p is now made, and but for
og-cholera would bo about as sale a
branch of iarmlug os any one could
undertake. On most small farms pork
Is a by-product, made from what word!
otherwise be wastod, and therefore is
this extent profitably

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