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* 0^ THURSDAY, MAY, 4, 1893.
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I*. 4. 4. Chambers, Editor and Publish*
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• Office ovor .7. M. D. Miller’* Store.
■: •’ ■" , ^ tiWii miinwrmiy-d m-vqurpped i
Eld.T to explore i'.m in
terior of the Australian continent.
A syndicate of Milwaukee bachelors
who undertook co-operative housekeep
ing has failed. One of the four racu it
to be married, and the others do not csre
to keep up their establishment, which
costs $590 a month.
It is said that if the United States
wore supplied with ministers in the same
proportion that the heathen world is
with missionaries, there would be alto
gether about two hundred and seventy
five, about two-thirds as many as there
are now in Boston aloue.
There are at4 present ISfM cities and
towns in the United Ststcaoqnipped with
electric lights. It is interesting to note
that Pennsylvania takes, the lqad with
150 fiiwns, NeW Jersey and Illinois fol
lowing with 147 add 133 respectively,
and that in'the Wjrftdte there are no
less than thirty-two ge\v lighting cjr
i^^poratioriS which ha|p not yet commenced
‘^'"itiness. #*%liere are over 590 railways
0a by electricity in the country.
Hi more incorporated holding
Bellowing the use o(>«electric
this coil^ ■ <
is spendinfftyr-'- t
atives and fi%e supposed generally
Scraze/ in far
irony centres
e to say, there
ltlea of Den
onco hand
of moulder
sed boqhi
ggy BLACK-DRAUGHT tea cn. p?p^0.
Wo have added to our t Den
rotary jobber, and arc now bter
v.ork at prices very little lump
suip auu ruu^Vi xuu irccu ukjm .
unless you oneloso stamp for ro/
A nice line of 5c Tablets^s
Moore’s l)rug Store call anjf at
lhem- ' the
■IcElr.t’. WINE OF CARDUI for
pur hon
Current Rventa of General Interest
llpltumized and GroupotL
. The State Investment Insurance
fompufiy, ot San Francisco, lias gone
V>er. Claims against it for $400,.
0(1 have been filed.
'Biie Automatic Telephone apd Elec
tric Company, of Canada, ineopor
ated by tlio Dominion Parliament last
month proposes to ruu a copper me
tulic trunk line direct from Halifax to
Vancouver, over 3,500 miles long.
Tlio largest and most powerful bar
bette so far made for the new navy
lias just been completed at the Bethle
hem Ordnance Works. It is the aft
barbetto of tlio battle ship. Maine, and
has bceu shipped to tho Brooklyn navy
yard, where tlio Maine isiu process of
A trestle on the Baltimore St Ohio
side tracks at the Carnegie blast fur
naces nt Braddouk, l’a., fell Saturday
afternoon, injuring 14 laborers who
were at work underneath. Two of
the men received wonus from which
they cannot recover. All the injured
aro' Slavs.
The Boston to Chicago relay race
ended Friday morning, when Bliss and
Van Sickleu readied Chicago at 8:45
o’clock, with I ho message from Gov.
Uussell, of Massachusetts. The jour
noy was completed in a little less than
122 hours, or nearly 22 hours behind
the schedule time. The de ay was due
to bad roa s.
The miuers’ federation, represent
ing the majority of the miners, and
the seamen’s and firemen’s union, rep
I’A^AlliilKr iltn IIIiIak mAn in i 1_1
Britain engaged in those occupations,
have affiliated and will hereafter assist
each other iu upholding the interests
of their respective trades.
The exports, exclusive of specie,
from the port of New York for the
week, wore $15,372,280 including
$2,621,088 dry goods and $12,751,192
general merchandise. The total im
ports last week were $10,235,398. The
increase this week is due lo heavy re
ceipts of cofleo and India rubber.
The lower house of the Prussian
Diet has rejected the government bill
regulating the elementary schools by
the combined vote of the Conservative
and the Center parties, the ground of
the opposition being that the measure
did uot meet the demand for a general
reform of the school system.
At Touawada, N. Y., the locked out
lumber sliovcrs are becoming angry at
the import^on of Poles from Buffalo
to tahy||Hkces. The first hostile
movci^^^^H made Saturday when a
'nuinbel^Miffioh men chased a num
rer of Poles threatening them with
’violence! Further trouble is ex
pected. /
L t -Wf 1
’ At Grand Rapids, Mich., io[
Grove charged the jury to acquit
'board of election inspectors of an.
charges arising from their action in*
throwing out the votes of the Soldiers’
lloine veteraus at the recent election.
A verdict was rendered. The board
set up that the soldiers had uo consti
tutional right to vote.
E. W. Robinson, of Columbia, S.C.,
who purchased $250,000 worth of
state bonds, lias brought action in the
supreme court to lest the validity of
the issue. The point is raised that
the now issue creates a new dobt,
which could not be contracted with
out a vole of the people. The decis.
ion will involve $0 0,000 worth of
Licnt. Robert E. Peary has loft for
St. Johns, N. F., to complete his ar
rangements for the vessel lo take the
exploring party to Melville Bay. Tho
party will bo composed of ten, seven
af whom have already been chosen
snd the route will be tho same as that
followed by way of New FounUlaud,
Baffin’s Bay and Whale Island.
The ptytemont of the Kausas State
board of agriculture issued shows that
;rop conditions during the mouth
were very unfavorable, causing the
loss of 45 per cent, of the entire acre
age sown in wheat. The coudition of
is is only 60 per cent, of a
Counting the area lost, the
s only 38 per ceut.
lying trade on the lakes is in
, and unless something un
develops soon, tho larger
> fleets will bo compelled to
lieir docks. From tho out
ring business has gone from
'so. Tho rato oil grain to
>ppod from 2 9 4 cents a
i cent, going off notch by
more, Md., a nt meeting of
alders of tiie Davis Coal aud
pauy, the stock was in.
93,000,000 for the purpose
»g the several coal and coke
now being operated oh the
he West Virginia Central
;ontrollod by ex -Senator II.
ex-Seorctary of War S. B
I othors.
biiuo of (he Dominion of
nbers, I for the mouth of April
fed to 91,120,995. For the 10
T t\ *
brids-) current fiscal year (he
I uyA£ woe 930,956,622, an increase
liev^.W4.447.* compared with the cor
ji>ponding period of last year, while
Ine consolidated fund expenditure for
tectcd and stopped at the custom office
on this side. Their certificates wore
examined and pronounced bogus and
they wore sent back to Canada.
The Carolina Liberals are making
arrangements for the next political
campaign with prospects of success.
The lion. Wilfred Laurier, the Lib
eral loader, is in favor of holding a
conference with bis French followers.
A Liberal convention will be hold In
Ottawa on Juno 20. It will be a gath.
erlng of national importance. The
Liberals expect to win on a tarifi re
form platform.
The Norcie mine at Ironwood,
Mich., which shipped 1.100,000 tons
of iron last year, has laid off tho
night shift. The men work week and
week about. The large oro firm is de
clining tho figures offered for Besse
mer ore by Western furnaces, and un
less offers are advanced 25 to 50 ceuts
a ton, several large producers will
follow the example of the Colby
mines and close down.
The steamer Mississippi, whloh
sailed Saturday from New York for
London, when backing out from Her
pier at the foot of Twenty-seventh
street, North river, collided with the
United States steamor Dolphin, lying
at anchor In the stream. The Dol
phin had three plates store in. The
damage to the Mississippi could uot
be ascertained, as site immediately
proceeded to sea.
A raco to the Golden G*te was be
gun Friday morning by the American
ships Florence, Captaiu Duncan, aud
Baring Brothers, Captain Murphy.
It is about Id,000 miles by water from
New York to San Frauoisco, and the
result of the race will be watched with
interest by nautical men. The ships
belong to rival lines—the Florence be
mg owned oy Sutton & Co., and llie
Baring Brothers by W. R. Grace &
At New York the committees in
charge of the Catholic summer school
havo just ended their preparatory la
bors. The board of trustees have
been organized with Chancellor
Loughaui, of the Diocese of Phila
delphia, as president. They have
been put in possession of the Arm
strong Farm, at Plattsburg, N. Y.,
which consists of 450 acres. The
session of this year will be open July
15, and will continue until August 7.
Upon ooniplaint made by J. M.
Gregory, mayor of Parsons, that the
Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway
had removed its general'offices to St.
Louis, Governor Lleweliiug, of Kan
sas, has telegraphed to the president
of the road at New York, calling bis
attention to the law of Kansas requir
ing all Kansas corporations to main
tain offices in the State; and warning
him that steps will be taken by the
State to revoke their charter unless
the general offices are moved back to
— — — f' —■ ^ M.w—v.j v. librarian
> Ainsworth SpoSord, of the Congres
sional Library, his remarkable ability to
locate any book among tbo hundreds of
thousands under his charge and hii
familiarity with the contents of most of
them is well known. In a ohat with the
Star representative Assistant Postmaster
General H. Clay Evans related an inter
esting instance of Mr. SpoSord’s ability.
“General Ltfw Wallace, while dining
with me some time ago,’’ said General
Evans, “told me how he got some of the
material for the chapter which deals with
the chariot race between Ben Hur and
Messala. He doubted if there existed a
book in the United States that contained
what he wanted and referredyto hie par
ticular matter aod at the period—29 B.
O.—but concluded that if it was not in
the Congressional Library Mr. SpoSord
could aid him.
“He came to Washington and saw
Mr. SpoSord, explaining what he
wanted. No book was on the shelves of
the Congressional Library that would
aid him, ho was informed, and there
waa but one book in the United Statea
that had any bearing upon the subject.
“ ‘You find it,’ said Mr. Spofford,
in the Atheneeum Library in Boatoo. I
'don’t remember ita title; in fact, it hat
none. It ia an old plainly bound vol
ume. The librarian will probably toll
you he hasn’t it, but he has, because I
have seen it and it contains the material'
you want. I’ll draw a diagram of tho
library so you can go to the book.’
“He drew the diagram and explained
how General Wallace waa to go down
this aisle and Into that alcove and that
the book would be found upon a certain
shelf ao many books from the end.
Armed with the diagram. General Wal
lace proceeded to the Atheawum library
and waa informed that they knew of no
volume that contained the material he
“He received permission to inspect
the library, and, consulting bis diagram,
soon placed his hands upon an old musty
volume, just where Mr. Spofford had
told him he would find it, and sura
enough it contained just the material a«
to the customs, chariots and races of the
people of whom he wrote which he
“I recall another instance. It was
during the debate in Congress over the'
rules,Speaker, Reed presiding. Attorney
General John Rufam, of Nashville, read
ing of the question in the newspapers,
, recalled a like question haring come up
in the English House of Lords. Ho
telegraphed me that somewhere in the
Parliament reports the debate and it*
result could be found. I hurried with
the telegram to MV. Spofford. He con
tracted his brows, thought a moment,
and then pulled out a volume of tha
English reports, thumbed over the pages
and said, ‘There's what you want.’ I
ran with it to Tom Bayne, who was then
speaking and who used it in his argu
ment, Speaker Reed afterward using it ia
in article ia one of the magsilnei.”—
Washington Star. __ /
The Town Itself—Courtshlo^prtiDls
Tlic news of Mho severe winter now
being experience in tho States, makes
this tropical clhyate by contrast doubly
pleasant to the tarty of Americans down
here in the Republic of Colombia, en
gaged in the coastruction of a railroad
through a densely wooded country,
where every step has to be cleared of
brush in order to cut a way through for
the engineers.
Duriug.our wit ter months (but which
the natives oall “Verano," or summer) no
rain falls, and the sir is agreeably warm,
tempered by the prevailing north-east
winds. In this old Spanish town, with
its cool, narrow streets, shaded at noon
by balcouies which project from the
massively built houses, the steady breeze
and the refreshing monotone of the
breakers as they roll on the Caribbean
shore at this[season, make mere existence
a pleasure.
Thereis little to indicate the consider
able business which ia done here, as
everyone moves slowly and time seems
of little importance to the citizens, and
although the City has recovered to some
extent from the bad effects of the revo
lution of 1883, it could hardly be more
quiet. There arc no street cars, and as
the streets are practically uapaved, the
few ancient and dilapidated coaches
with rope harness and bony horses make
little noise as they pass.
Cartagena is surrounded by walls of
immeuse thickness, in places of sufficient
width to past six carriages abreast, aud
from twenty to forty feet high, with
many quaint turrets and formidable
uuauuus wuiuu it'ii ui nit iime oi me
Spaniard, three or four hundred years
ago. The principal gateway of the City
is an arch of masonry amply wide for
two carriage ways which are divided by
a wall six feet thick, all surmounted by
a handsome cupola of Spanish architec
ture. There are three other smaller
gates which are guarded or closed dur
ing the night.
Only the poorest class of the inhabi
tants live on the street floor of the city
houses, and as the unsociable customs of
the richer families prohibit any kind of
social intercourse between the young
people of either sex until “intentions”
nave been formally declared, one sees
nightly (and also in the early morning)
the interesting spectacle of a young man
playing his mandoiiii or guitar below the
balcony of his lady love, singing a scr
enata, or conversing with her as she leans
over the rail, this being the only means
of communication during courtship.
The rich young lover will sometimes hire
the military band to perform a few
pieces for the pleasure of his “arnante.”
The Americans here only object when
singing is indulged in by the lovelorn
swains in the “wee sms’ hours;” it is
painful to hear their melancholy tales of
woe when one is trying to obtain well
earned rest.
Every few weeks there occurs a
“fiesta,” or holiday time, lasting some
times more than a week. On these oc
casions the natives give “bailes, or
dances, in the plazas at night to the
beating of the “tambor” (a hollow log
with a pigskin stretched over one end)
and the rattle of other barbarous instru
ments. These “bailes” are really unique.
The senoritas, holding as many lighted
candles as possible in one hand, sway
the body in different positions, graceful
and otherwise, as they shuffle slowly
around the cirole, their partners attitu
dinizing in the same manner but minus
the candles. On a dark night these
women, their bare arms covered with
grease, holding the candles high in the
air like animated statues of Liberty,
form a picture to be remembered. Then
during the fiestas there is the sport of
bull-fighting, which; however, is by no
means so attractive here as in Mexico
ana uuba; tnc fun consists in watching
the antics of the toreadors as they en
deavor to escape the pursuing bull that
they have teased till he has only the mad
idea of tossing his agile tormentors as
high as possible. Sometimes a man is
hurt, and the year before last there was
one man killed and another badly in
jured at one of these bull-fights.
Gambling is, however, duiing the
fiestas, the principal pastime The
streets are lined with roulette tables, and
even the oM cathedral (built in 1537) is
surrounded by native gambling device
and the stands of venders of rum,
“anisado" or “aniseed," and other
drinks made mostly from sugar cane.
Men and women, dressed in most start
ling costumes, and weariug masks, pass
through the streets in groups, dancing
and shouting all the night long, and the
foreigner is glad when the fiesta is over,
and waits resignedly until the next one
again disturbs the even tenor of his
Excepting the small majority of cul
tured white people who lead a comforta
ble and easy going existence, the mass of
the people, Indians, negroes and mixed
races, live very poorly, according to
Northern ideas. The “peones” or la
borers, wear only a short coat of cotton,
with trousers of the same material, and
they either go bare-footed or use a strip
of leather bound to the sole of the foot
by thongs; for headgear, hats of straw,
with broad brims and steeple crowns a
foot high, or a black and white checker
board pattern straw hat. with a brim of
six or seven inebesbreadth, are the mode.
The younger children are not burdened
with qlotbing of auy description until
seven or eight years old, while the women
wear low necked, sleeveless dresses, com
monly white, but frequently rod or blue,
and when in holiday attire a flaring yel
low silk handkerchief is put around the
neck. Their staple article of lood is
“bollo,” or corn which has been pounded
to a pulp, stuffed into the husk, and. af
ter being tied around with fibre, boiled
till it has the consistency and appearance
of white soap. Meat is cut in long
strip, well sprinkled with salt, and theu
hung on (roles to dry black and hard in
the sun, and though the sight of it is not
apprizing it keeps well, and is, at any
rate, eatable. Of course vegetables and
fruits are plentiful, and the variety is
something wonderful; yams, yuca,
sweet potatoes, heaps, plantains, among
the former, and among the latter are mel
ons, oranges, bananas, limes, nisporas,
» noons. etc.
There are no wagon road9, so baggage
or material is strapped on the backs of
mules or donkeys, which have to travel
over narrow bridle paths, up hill and
down dale, a piece of level road being
rare. Every traveler carries a “machete”
(a sort of sword with a vory broad blade)
to cut down vegetation anil overhanging
branches or vines which obstruct the
path. Ou the Magdalena river there are
a few steamers of the shallow stern-wheel
type, but they are not by any means
luxurious, notably so in the lack of state
rooms, and at night the decks are strewn
with sleeping forms, making it difficult
and a delicate matter to pick one’s way
across the boat. The food is poor and
the service barbarous, and this in spite
of the well known fact that the business
is a profitable one. In a word, both
man and nnture seem to do everything
possible to discourage travel in this
tropical land.
Tlie foreigner is repaid, however, for
many of the discomforts of travel
by the strange objects of every nature
and the wonderful scenery peculiar to
these regions thus brought before him; the
woods are full Of life, birds of rich
plumage fly from tree to tree, among
them the screeching parrot, the gawdy
macaw and others, while the monkeys in
the tree-tops watch the traveller with
curious eyes, chattering as only they
know how to; the rivers and broad
lagoons swarming with alligators, some
sleeping lazily on the banks basking in
the not sun, and others gliding through
the water in search of victims; on either
side large herons, spotlessly white, dart
upwards on the approach of the steamer,
and the banks are covered with plants
nnd trees whose rich foliage is only known
to the voyager in the tropics. The Col
ombian, however, cares but little about
any place but his native village or prov
ince, and generally knows less, and even
those who have travelled in the States
and Europe have seen only a small ex
tent of their native land owing to the
hardships and inconveniences of a jour
ney either by land or on board one of
their poorly managed, but really service
able steamers. In fact, the best road
one sees in this country is the blue Car
ribbcnu sea, the former hunting ground
of the famous buccaneers, and the only
highway to “home and nativo land.”
N. J. McDougall.
Cable dispatches are generally re
ceived at the rate of twenty to twenty
five words a minute. An expert tele
grapher of a laud line sends about forty
words in that time.
VVe are accustomed to think of metals
as incombustible; but the contrary is the
case. With the exception of the so
called noble metals—gold, silver, plati
num and a few others—all metals burn,
or absorb oxygen when heated suffi
ciently in the air.—[Popular Science
Sea fowls’ eggs have one remarkable
peculiarity, they are nearly conical in
form, broad at the base and sharp at the
point, so that they will only roll in a
circle. They are laid on the bare edges
of high rocks, from which they would
almost surely roll off save for this happy
provision of nature.
The Union MedU'ale gives a short ac
count of the Pleurotus lux a fungus that
takes its specific name from its property
of glowing in the dark, even for twenty
four hours after it has been plucked, it
has latelv been carried to Europe from
Tahiti, where the women use it as an
adornment in bouquets of flowers.
Yankee Windmills.—Prof. Robert
H. Thurston the directorof Sibley Col
lege, Cornell Univerity,has an article
on “Modern Uses of the Windmill”
in the “Entrineerimr Magazine.” in
which he say*: ‘’American Wind
mills,” like almost every other product
of Amerioan ingenuity and skill,
constitute a type quite different from the
older forms original in Europe and the
East. The latter all belong to the same
species, consisting usually of four arms
set at angles of 90 degrees, with sails cov
ering but a small fraction. The American
mills consist of numerous radial
arms, and have sails set so closely
together that, praotically, the whole cir
cle is covered. These sails are commonly
wooden slats or blades, tapering from
end to end, and so set that they may in
tercept the whole current of air passing
inside the outer circle described by their
tips. They are so inclined as to deflect
the air, as it passses among them, and
absorb a' considerable portion of its
energy. Thus is formed a “screw,”
somewhat resembling that of a steam
vessel, but having a much larger number
of blades. It is capable of giving vastly
more power, and has a much higher ef
ficiency than the old mill; though for
stated power much smaller and lighter,
and more “business-like" in appearance.
Naturally this improved construction,
for which credit is due to the American
mechanic, is displacing its old rival,
even in the home of the latter, and the
“American” mill is now to be seeu all
over the world,—England, Germany,
France, Holland, and their colonics on
the opposite side of the globe, having
all taken it up, as they have so many
other of the fruits of the genius of the
“Yankee” inventor, and with results
most satisfactory to themselves no less
than to the inventor.
What Muu Is Made Of.
Huxley's table of the weights of the
different parts of the human body, often
referred to os being the most interesting
compilation in existence, has now been
largely superseded by a table prepared I
by a French chemist, which gives the I
pounds, ounces and grains of the differ- '
ent elements iu a human bodv of the j
average weight of 154 pounds. ' It is as
Elements. Lbs. Os
Oxygen....Ill 8
Bydrogen. 14 C
Carbon. 21 0
Nitrogen. 3 io
Phosphorus..... 1 2 88
Calcium . 2 0 0 j
Bulpbur. ft 0 219 ,
ublorine...*___ 0 2 47
Sodium (salt). 0 2 110 !
[f°“ ..••••••.. 0 0 100 I
Potassium. 0 0 290
Magnesium. 0 0 12
SUica ....:. o 0 2
Total. T54 1 "o
Where the total falls to balance in
pounds it is carried out in ounces and i
trains. f
Strange Fatality Among Orowrt'.
I oannot remember that I have ev<*
seen any notice by naturalists of a com
mon fact in the natural history ef our
common American crow. I refer to the
freezing of the cornea, followed, of
course, by bliuduess and death from
starvation. During the winter just
past hundreds of them died in this man
ner near my house, although feeding
plenteously in a neighboring cornfield,
where a large amount of corn waft, and
still is, left out in the shocks. Jl have
observed the same thing dining* several
severe winters in former ycsnfUbut this
winter greater numbers thutqBpvcr be
fore knew have perished. frozen
eyes become entirely opaque ana tonally ’
much swollen. Besides those dead from
losing both eyes there are now, all about
here, numerous individuals blind of one
eye, which are in good condition in all
other respects. 1 have never seen any
other bird similarly affected. 1 have
seen several notices of crows starving to
death in large numbers in local news
papers, no doubt all blind. Doubtless
many thousands have so perished. 1 do
not think our game birds have suffered
materially, nor have I seen a single frozen
small bird as I have often in former
years. This peculiar weakness of the
eye of the crow is, it seems to me, a
highly remarkable fact. I take it to be
u particular ease of survival of the fittest
eye. I think perhaps live per cent, of
the crows in this immediate vicinity have
sultered loss of one or both eyes. From
my owu observations I think that two or,
three successive days of zero temperature
will always cost some crows their eyes,
and especially if there be high wind. I
never knew any other creature to have
the eye frozen, nor can I find anything
in tlie anatomy of the? crow’s eye to ac
count for it. Perhaps some of your read
ers wiser than I know all about it.—
[Forest and Stream.
Horses of tho South.
The horses which we used on the sea
prairie were the regular Texan ponies.
They were patient, plucky brutes, which
took the kuee deep plodding over tho
wet gsolind philosophically, and always
took us home safely, no matter how
dark the night or how great the dis
tance. After dark the marsh country
was buddish looking, and the trail was
winding enough, but the ponies always
knew the way home.
In Louisiana we experimented with
the ’Cajun ponies, which I believe to bo
the smallest, most ill-conditioned, most
despondent horses of the earth. Tete
Rouge and Pinto were the names tho
Chief bestowed upon our mounts. Tete
Rouge was a brilliant sorrel red, mane
and all, whence his name. He was tho
tinniest, scrubbiest, dirtiest, sorriest
horse that ever was, ami no mail could
look at the reproach in his eye without a
blush of shame at tho thought of asking
him to carry anything more than his own
load of grief. Vet Tete Rouge was a
good hunting pony, because his dispo
sition was always the same, and he
would stay where you put him.
He was tired, very tired. He didn’t
care whether school kept or not. rt,
made him groan to step over a cotton
row, and at a ditch he made only tho
feeblest bluff at a jump, waiting calmly
with his feet in the middle of the ditch
until I got off and lifted him over. It
was no use swearing at Tete Rouge. He
didn’t cure a cent what you said about
him. He was totally, absolutely, de
pravedly tired, I wanted to make a
picture of Tete Rouge, but he was lying
down at the time, and I couldn’t get
him to stand up.
Nearly all the quail hunting in Louis
iana is done on horseback. When the
dojp find a bevy the shooters dismount
anil tip lin Til Miaoictuinni t.lon Mioir
huut in this way, and in tho fearfully
rough country about New Albany I found
a horse the greatest luxury to have. In
deed, he is a poor man who huuts much
afoot in the South. The horses of
Northern Mississippi we found to be tho
best, we had met. They showed the
blood of near-by Kentucky and Teuncs
sce. Shooting, even with so good a
mount betweeu times, is hard work in
so hilly a country ns Upper Mississippi,
but the birds were abundant and flew us
strong as grouse. It may be remembered
that in the Southern field trials at New
Albany the party put up twenty.nine
bevies tho first day out.—[Forest and
The Indian’s Maple Sugar.
Ever siuce the Indians in tho section
now known as Fletcher discovered
“honey” in the maple trees, that district
has been known far and wide as the
heart of the Vermont maple sugar coun
try. The way the red man extracted the
delicious compound was somewhat slow
as compared with the present process.
He used to cut a slanting gash in the
bark and insert iu the lower end a gauge
shaped piece of wood, from which the
sap ran and dropped into a poplar or
basswood trough. At.-the cud of the
season these troughs would be set up
against the trees and left unlil the fol
lowing season, by whioh time the troughs
would be thoroughly mildewed. tSus
materially added to the flavor of the ab
original sugar, hut oan hardly be said to
have improved It. The evaporator of
these times consisted of an iron kettle
swung from a sapling bent over a stump.
By a slow and tedious process the sap was
first heated and then boiled in this ket
tle, often taking two or three days’ boil
ing before it could be sugared off. This
was the way in which the redskins
and the early Vermontors eked out
a “sweetnin’ ” to their tea and johnuy
In the best Fletcher groves of to-day
a long pipe or trough liue runs from
some central spot in tho grove down to
the big storage tanks in the sugar house.
Here the perfected evaporator, when
uuder full headway, will convert the
first sap into syrup in half an hour, con
suming about oue cord of wood to pro
duce a hundred pounds of sugar. There
are in the town of Fletcher, at a moder
ate estimate, HO.OOO trees, tJiU being
probably within the real number.™[Bur
lington (Vt.) Free Press.
■May — Carpets are curio h things,
mamma. Mamma — Wiry so? May_
Although they uro bought' bv t.m yard
yet they’re worn out by thCs fo .t.~rBos
ton Budget. 1
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