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A NEW MILK PRODUCT.
It la Called tialalltb and la Hard
Euough (or Knife Handles
uud Like Objects.
At a hygienic milk show in Hamburg,
recently, there were displayed boxes,
combs, knife handles, cigar holders and
numerous other things which seemed to
have no special connection with the
main idea of the exhibition. Some of
them, like chessmen, were elaborately
carved, while others rivaled the rues of
marble, though weighing much less
than that substance. Upon inquiry the
visitor discovered that these objects
were made out of solidified milk, or
milk-stone. The technical name
adopted for the material is “galalith.”
For 15 or 20 years inventors have tried
to work up casein so that it could be
utilized in this fashion. In Germany
there is a poor market for skimmed
milk- What cannot be sold to the sugar
ixiiiiv laviDiico 10 in i ail » ivu iu i»»b°
and cattle. If a substitute for ivory or
ebony could be made out of it. there
fore, this refuse would become more
profitable. First one chemical and then
another was added, and at times the de
sired qualities seemed to have been ob
tained. Then this product would turn
out to be too brittle, or show a tendency
to swell and warp when wet, or betray
some other deficiency. One of the
processes tried was the addition of for
maldehyde, a well known modern
germicide, but the method of combina
tion was not successful.
The makers of galalith, it seems, have
improved on this last mentioned ex
periment. They use formaldehyde, but
employ other chemicals also. The
American consul general at Coburg
says:
“To produce a material which could
he used for handles of table knives, they
proceeded as follows: Dissolved casein
was given a dark color by the addition
of soot, and, with the help of a metallic
salt (acetate of lead) a slate colored
precipitate was obtained. This was
mixed with water and the thin pap filled
into a cloth stretched over a frame.
The water becoming absorbed by the
cloth, the pap contracted into a uni
form. firm and dark mass. The latter
was placed in a solution of formalde
hyde, and after being dried a product
resulted which in luster and color was
equal to ebony. In this way a raw ma
terial is produced which the inventors
have protected by numerous patents.
"An advantage of the new product as
compared with celluloid is the fact that
it docs not ignite so easily and is entire
ly odorless. Trials have proved that
even when keiTt for weeks in water it
does not distend more than the best
quality of buffalo horn: after one month
it had not soaked in more than 20 per
cent, of water. Of late trials have been
made to produce, by the addition of
vegetable oils, an insulating material
for electro-technical purposes.”
Acknowledging? n Compliment.
Girl with the Gibson Girl Neck—I
wish I had hands as white as yours.
Girl with the Julia Marlowe Dimple—
You’d be sorry if you had. They show
dirt so easily.—Chicago Tribune.
of faeminn Miners.
The average annual wage of adult
miners in Silesia, Germany, is $245.
THIS plan is furnished for the Coun
try Gentleman by Mr. John F.
Lape, architect, Rensselaer, N. Y.
The elevation and floor plans convey the
general features of the design so fully
that little need be said by way of ex
planation. The hired man has a good
sized bedroom directly over the kitchen
and so isolated, with a night door at the
foot of the stairs on the piazza, that he
can retire early or late without disturb
ing the household.
This arrangement should satisfy the
most exacting housewife, as it keeps the
help out of the kitchen, and no doors need
be left open at night or until morning
for the hired man. The living room on
the first floor has an open fire-place for
wood fire during the cold months. A
room with a fire-place will change its air
three times an hour. The dining-room
adjoining -the living room also contains
a fire-place, and it should be used, if for
ventilation alone. The kitchen is con
nected with the cellar with inside stairs,
and also has stairs from the entry to
man’s room. Adjoining the living room
is a commodious bedroom which would
be convenient for old people or during
sickness, when the patient could be close
STOVE IN THE SOLE <•.
Shoe That Ih Warranted to Keep tht
Feet Warm Invented by a
Virginia Woman.
Just why a woman should happen to
study up In the summer time an inven
tion to aid in warming the feet in cold
weather is difficult to explain. The fact
remains that she has done so. as our il
lustration of the idea will witness. As
there is no good reason why this same
shoe cannot be utilised in the warm
weather as a ventilated covering for the
feet, we will explain the working of
the shoe, which can be worn in all
climates. Instead of having a solid sole,
this shoe is provided with upper and
lower space plates, having a connecting
wall at their edges, provided^ with ven
tilating openings and also a larger pass
age to permit the insertion of the fuel
which produces the heat. To insure
combustion of this fuel, which is prob
ably the same as is used in the little
Japanese hand and foot warmers, there
is a flue leading from the rear of the
hollow sole to the ball, where the fuel
is placed. Of course, the interior of the
HAS A STOVE IN THE SOLE.

sole must be lined with metallic sheets,
to prevent actual contact of the fuel
with the leather. The small quantity of
ash which remains after the fuel is con
sumed can be readily removed through
the opening which admits it, although
there is sufficient room inside the solo
for the storage of a considerable quan
tity of ashes, thus permitting the in
sertion of a number of sticks of fuel
before the shoe must be emptied of the
deposit. For summer wear the fuel is,
of course, dispensed with, and openings
directly connecting the hollow sole with
the interior of the shoe might be util
ized to advantage to convey the currents
of air around the foot.—N. O. Timcs
Democrat.
TRAPS SET FOR ANGLERS.
Singular and Ineiiirrtrd Method of
EuforciiiK the Game Lawn in
Jew Hampshire.
A young New York fisherman who
went into northern New Hampshire to
try his luck early last summer ran
across a new way of enforcing game
laws. The New Hampshire statutes
make it an offense to have in one’s pos
session a trout under six inches in
length, but the New Yorker didn’t know
this, says the Sun.
lie was returning by train from a good
day's sport, when the conductor, after
taking up his ticket, strolled back £nd
started a conversation. He asked the
fisherman what luck he’d had, and finally
asked to see the catch.
The conductor looked long and care
fully at the fish. Finally he said:
“Young man. I'm a game warden of
this state, an’ some o’ them fish are
under size. I’ll have to measure them.’’
And measure them he did, finding that
five were under length. It cost the young
ster $25 and costs to settle the bill with
the state, and a part of that sum went
to the game warden conductor.
The fisherman didn’t know the trick
of the native, who, when he hauls out a
trout that's under length, cuts off the
tail and defies the warden to tell how
long it was when caught.
A Convenient Farm House
to the family. This floor also contains
a large pantry and china closet. The
second story contains four family cham
Ders and a toilet room, with three clothes
closets. The first story is nine feet in
the clear; the second story eight feet.
The walls outside are sheathed and pa
pered, and finished with pine siding and
shingles, which also includes roof. The
studding, joists and rafters are spaced
16 inches from center, and all joists are
well bridged. All window sashes are
one and five-eighths thick, glazed as
shown, and hung to balance weights with
good cord. The porch and veranda floors
are of narrow, tongued and grooved pine,
carefully nailed and closely laid. The
closets and pantry are all properly
shelved and hooked. The interior finish
is of good-grade cypress wood, oiled and
varnished. The cellar, which extends
under the whole house, is six feet six
Inches in the clear, laid up with field
stone and Portland cement. The exterior
woodwork has three coats of white lead
and linseed oil in combination colors,
with moss green roof and dark brown
chimneys. This farmhouse can be built
as described in almost any section of the
country for |2,S90.
CHARMING FANCY WORK.
The Art of Tattlnir, So Popular In the
Daya of Our Grandmothers, Attain
Comlnir Into Favor.
There never was a time when lace
was so much in request, and there is
a renaissance of some of the older
kinds, such as netting, crochet and
tatting. The only requisites for tat
ting are a bone shuttle, a crochet hook
and coarse thread. In choosing the
shuttle select one which has the two
halves coming together at the points
so as not to let the thread escape
while working, and also that it shall ,
not catch in the work. The two parts
should just meet, so that the thread,
in pushing through, should cause a
slight click.
The two illustrations of the hands
show the way the thread is passed
round the hand and how the shuttle
should be held. Having filled your
shuttle with thread, take it in your
right hand between thumb and first
finger, take the end of the thread with
vour left and hold in nnsitinn flrmlv
with thumb and forefinger and pass
the thread outward around the finger3.
which should be spread out, and bring
it round to the end and hold both with
finger and thumb firmly, as in Fig. 1;
pass the thread over to the left and
bring the shuttle down on the right
side ox the thread he.i pretty taut by
the spread fingers, carry it under the
thread and bring it up on the left side
between the taut thread and the shut
tle thread (which was thrown over
.from the finger and thumb). This will
make a single knot.
The spread fingers must now be
relaxed and the shuttle thread held
taut to bring the knot into position
and so that the thread round the hand
shall be over the shuttle thread and
allow the latter to be drawn back and
forth through the middle of the knot.
This so far is only a single knot. Now
let the shuttle thread hang loose on
the right side of the thread around
the hand and pass the shuttle on the
left under the thread and bring up on
the right, as in Fig. 2; relax the fin
gers, tighten the shuttle thread and
carefully draw up close to the other
single knot. Now you have a double
knot. See that the shuttle thread
comes through the middle: otherwise
when you have all your knots made
the thread would not draw, and it
would, therefore, be no use.
I remember when a child picking up
the stitch, but instead of making the
knots with the thread around the fin
gers over the thread in the shuttle, I
kept the thread around the fingers too
tight and made the knot with the 1
shuttle thread over it instead of vice J
versa. The consequence was I could !
make one hole and draw it with the
THE HANDS IN TATTING.
end of the thread, but, of course,
could make no more.
When the shuttle is passed under
the thread around the fingers the fin
gers must be spread and the thread
held tightly around them. The mo
ment the shuttle comes up on the oth
er side the fingers must be relaxed
and the shuttle thread held tightly.
All the time, of course, the circle of
thread around the hand is held firmly
by the finger and thumb. The only
way to do it is to try over and over
again. Having once mastered this
initial difficulty, the rest is easy.
For a simple trimming which can be
used on the edge of tucks or ruffles
stitch two rows of machine stitching
about a quarter of an inch apart and
the *same distance from the edge.
Then, with a contrasting color, or the
same color as the goods of Roman
floss or heavy mercerized cotton, run
the threads diagonally through every
other machine stitch, which should be
long, in order to permit the thread to
run through easily.—Good Housekeep
ing.
The Complexion in Summer.
The maiden who tans becomingly is
a hard thing to find, while as for those
who blister and burn, on the slightest
provocation their name is legion. It
is well for the ordinary woman, there
fore, to forego her desire for a healthy
tan and take a little care of her com
plexion. Powder is a great protection
against the ravages of the weather and
auuve an iiiiiigs, iuc iace snuuia not
be washed with soap and water at the
conclusion of an outing. Peeled noses
and blistered cheeks are almost certain
to result from such treatment. In
stead a cleansing cream should be lib
erally applied. If soap must be used,
the mildest of paste soaps should be
selected, with a little borax in the
water, and a good skin food should
be rubbed in the skin afterward.—Chi
cago News.
The Sun Spoils Mirrors.
Do not-hang a mirror where the sun
shines, for the sun’s rays acts on the
mercury and the glass becomes
clouded.
Cold Water Preserves Yolks.
Yolks of eggs left over when the
whites have been used will keep for
several days If placed in a bowl of cold
water.
How to Keep Lemons.
Lemons will keep better In cold wa
ter than oh a shelf.
NECKWEAR FOR AUTUMN.
Sever Have There Been Greater Op
portunltle* for the Selection
of Pretty Style*.
Never has more attention been paid tc
:he dressing of the neck by maid and
matron than at the present time, and
never have there been greater opportu
nities for the selection of becoming
styles than in this year of grace. II
It be the strictly tailored, mannish type
of collar or scarf that is demanded, the
dainty, frilly fascinating stock or cape
nr the immense array of simple pretty
styles midway between these two ex
tremes, and from which the majority
of women make their choice, all tastee
can be thoroughly satisfied with the out
put for this and the coming season.
If the spring and summer styles were
attractive and delightful enough totempi
the average woman into extravagance
and make her sigh for an unlimited bank
account, the fall productions are even
more fascinating, for the good points
>f their predecessors have all been re
tained and some extra little touches add
ed that give a distinctive and altogethei
alluring air. Some exceedingly pretty
novelties have been brought out in stocks
NOVELTIES IN NECKWEAR.
showing rancy lace-like weaves and em
broidered effects. Macrame is intro
duced to give the note of novelty, the
stock itself in most instances being quite
simple and plain, with a fancy tab in
front edged with macrame and possibly
a tiny tassel in addition. The tassel is
the dominant new note in the fall neck
wear, and some of the smartest stocks
are festooned all around with tassels
attached to inlet motifs of some sheer
material or soft silk. Considerable
vogue is anticipated for macrame
trimmed stocks and likewise for broad
collars of this lace which is enjoying
considerable favor at present in Paris.
Fringe, in company with tassels and
pendants, figures on many of the fall
stocks, more particularly those fash
ioned from crepe de chine, and similar
sheer fabrics and soft silk, and striking
ly pretty effects are obtained with or
namentation of this kind in self or con
trasting tone. These fringed stocks
suggest the old-time jabot, but it is
a glorified jabot, with none of the stiff
ness of the old-fashioned article. The
turnover collar and cuff sets in plain
and embroidered linen and the newer
Teneriffe work appear in variety that is
bewildering and it is predicted that later
on these matched sets will be found in
silk and chiffon prettily embroidered
In drawn work stocks are in many ef
fective designs, and the mannish types
are noticeable for their style and smart
ness. In the wash goods are included
the numerous strips of embroidery or
v Cl U1 Ml IV, T* 11 IV 1L OWIUC HUiUVU C1C1 L V.
the tight-fitting stock, while the fancy
lace collars are found in a practically
endless collection, ranging from the
dainty little stock to the elaborate shoul
der cape with stole ends. Broad collars
and collars with stole ends promise tc
receive marked attention during the
coming season, and so, too, do soft
scarfs of crepe ae chine and like mate
rials, set oft with decoration of Ten
eriffe wheels. So numerous are the new
productions that but a hint can be given
of their range and variety, but the ac
companying illustrations represent a
few of the newest and most distinctive
models. Neckwear covers such a large
field that the most exacting woman is
sure to find that which will suit her
fancy, and there is no excuse for the
girl or woman who fails to obtain be
coming stocks and scarfs and collars
from the display for the present and
coming season.—Brooklyn Eagle.
FISHMONGERING RAILROAD.
Wew Hampnliire Line That laed to
Supply Customers at All
tlic Stations.
While looking through a pile of old
papers the Exeter correspondent came
across the following article in a New
York paper of the date of February 6,
1859, under the caption of “The Smelt
Railroad,” says the Manchester Union.
“It is well known that the Portsmouth
railroad has to turn everything to ac
count to pay running expenses, and
many are the jokes they perpetrate
upon the conductors in reference tc
their shifts to get a living. It is said
that one of them last year wJas accus
tomed to bring fish from Portsmouth
and peddle them out on the way to Con
cord.
“One day he brought along smelts,
dealing out to customers at every sta
tion, till he got to suncooK, wnere / ne
blew his horn and an old woman came
out and wanted six, ‘just a pattern—all
I’ve got left, you’re in the nick of time,'
said he, and he began to count them
and found only five. ‘How’s this? I
should have six,’ and he began to count
his fingers, and reckon over how he had
disposed of the four dozen he had start
ed with. After awhile, ‘I have it; hold
on a little while and I’ll be back,’ said
he; and he ran the train back seven
miles to a place where he had let a
woman have one more than she had
paid for, got it, came back to Suncook
and let the old woman have the six she
wanted, and then the ‘smelt’ train went
to Concord.”
Origin of Rain Water.
Every year a layer of the entire sea
14 feet thick is taken up into tht
clouds; the winds bear their burden
into the land and the water cornea
down in rain upon the fields, to flow
back through rivers.
When the Window Rattles.
If windows rattle at night a few
folded slips of paper placed between
the sash and the casing will brlnj
peace and Quiet
NEVER MIND. ,
Are you blue, little boy, are you angry and '
sore, I
With the way things have happened to- 1
day?
Have you borne all you can, till you can 1
stand no more, 1
Are you fretted and hurt to your very ;
heart's core.
And cruelly robbed of your play?
Never mind, never mind, the day will soon
end,
And with it your trials so sore;
For doubtless a happy to-morrow you'll
spend,
And kindness and love shall your broken
heart mend,
And troubles remember no more.
Are you grieved, little maid, do you think
you're abused,
By playmate or teacher or friend,
A victim of falsehood, unjustly accused,
Your heart's dearest wishes unkindly re
fused.
Till you almost wish life at an end?
To-day may be rainy and everything drear,
And nature enveloped in gloom;
In sunshine to-morrow, the day will be
clear,
llach lingt ring raindrop a diamond appear,
The flowers in the fields all abloom.
—Frank Beard. In Ham's Horn.
THE LAUGHING JACKASS.
An Australian Illril That Makes
Queer Sounds and Thereby Gets
a Funny Name,
Australia is the home of the bird
shown in the accompanying picture,
and its scientific name is Dacelogigan
tiea. A kingfisher it really is, repre
senting the Alcedinae family in the
south of Australia, as the buff king
fisher does in the north; but on ac- '
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A LAUGHING JACKASS.
count of the extraordinary sounds
which it makes it is commonly known
as the "laughing jackass.”
Those who travel through the bush
for the first time cannot help being
startled by the strong, wierd voice
which the bird possesses, and which,
according to some, is very like the
laugh of an idiot, while others main
tain that it closely resembles the |
braying of a donkey.
The bird is thick set and has a long
bill, short legs and rather long head
feathers, which can be raised at will i
into the form of a crest.—Detroit Free ;
Press.
ADVICE TO YOUNG WRITERS.

Be Brief Till You Have >ln«le a Rep
utation, Sa>N the Literary
Agent.
“If you have a good incident about
which to group a story,” said one of the
literary agents who undertake the job
of selling the young writer's copy, ac
cording to the New York Sun, "that in
cident is worth a certain amount of
narrative. It may be equal to 1,500
words or it may be strong and intense
enough to make 3,000 possible. Young
writers over-elaborate. One came the
other day with a story more than 6,000
words long. I told the author that the
central idea was good and the story
readily marketable if he reduced it to
1,500 words. Of course, he was furious
and will send around the story to the
magazines. After it has been refused
by all of them he will condense it to
1,500 words and bring it back to me.
“And how he will criticise the tastes
of the magazine readers which compel
him to condense his story. He will say
that he is not allowed to put in charac
ter, observation, wit or anything but
the skeleton of his plot.
“Thgt is unfortunately true so far as
the beginner is concerned. In his case
the editors want a story quickly told.
After he has acquired a reputation It
may be possible for him to digress from
the facts of his plot. But he must stick
to business until he is well enough
known to make people read whatever he
writes, whether it is interesting or not.”
A Fntnre Millionaire.
Teacher—How much is eight times
40?
Boy—Three dollars and 20 cents.—
Judge.
A TALK ABOUT AXES.
approvement* In Woodcraft Effected
by Civilization Dezcrfbed in
Word and Picture.
Both In America and Europe stone
mplements have been found, made by
he aborigines and undoubtedly meant
or cutting and hacking timber. The
hape varies greatly, and there are
tumerous degrees of sharpness. Oc
asionally by chipping and grinding
lomething like Cta edge was produced,
>ut this was rarely comparable to that
ibtained with metal, it is hard to
mderstand how wood which was tough
md hard could be hewn with these
ixes. Of course, the primitive man did
not handle such heavy timber or do
such fine fitting as his successors, and
^et he accomplished wonders.
Dr. John Gifford, of the New York
State College of Forestry, compares
the imDlements of Drehistoric davs
with those of to-day, in Forestry and
irrigation. From his illustrations we
reproduce a few specimens. At the
left are some more advanced forms of
stone axe, and at the right three repre
sentatives of modern times. The two
ixes having handles, with their heads
iownward, are the American single
bitted and double bitted types, and the
sne having its head uppermost and
having a stiaight handle is of German
manufacture. The Indians fastened
their axeheads upon wooden handles
with stout thongs. In order to derive
x correct idea of the relative size of
hese axes, one should imagine that
Df the stone implements to be reduced
jne-third in comparison with the metal
anes. Dr. Gifford says:
“The axe had its beginning in a
pounding implement of rough stone.
It gradually developed into a tool with
m edge for hacking and a pole for
pounding. Its efficiency was finally
increased by the addition of a handle.
It has remained a combined pounding
md cutting implement up to the time
of the manufacture of the double bitt
ed steel axe. A chopper goes into the
woods to cut, and the larger the cut
ting edge at his disposal the better,
but as a tool for general utility the
double bitted is inferior to the common
single bitted axe with curved hickory
handle.
“A good axe should be solid steel.
It is said that hand-made axes tem
pered by the heat of natural gas are
the best. It should have a curved
blade, with bulging faces; such an axe
throws out the chips and does not
stick. These carefully proportioned
curves give to the American axe its great
efficiency. A professor of art in Ger
many once said that a thing with ar
tistic lines is usually a thing of great
est utility, and he gave as an illus
tration the American axe. . . German
axes radically differ from the common
American axe, but are not so clumsy
and inefficient as they appear at first
sight.”
Billy and (he Ar(la(n.
Billy’s sister is the organist of the
church in the country town where the
family spends its summers, and Billy
blow's the old-fashioned instrument
upon which his sister performs. Some
day, however, Billy will be an artist
himself if his present spirit of pride
in his work persists. Still, although
he enjoys his task, the 25 cents he
earns every Sunday is much appre
ciated by him. A concert was given
in the church in aid of a local charity,
and the singers and quite a number
of “artists” who summer in the vil
lage, and whose services usually com
mand big remuneration, volunteered
their services. When the concert was
over, the choirmaster came to Billy,
who had enjoyed greatly the impor
tance of the occasion and his share in
it, and held out a quarter to pay the
boy for his work. Billy looked up in
grieved surprise. “Why, say,” said
he, “aren’t the rest of the talent giv
ing their services for nothing?”
Ftahea Sensitive to Sound.
The sense of hearing in fishes is still
a matter of uncertainty. They have no
ears resembling those of the higher ani
mals, but they are sensitive to sound in
some degree, although it is doubtful if
this can be called hearing. Late experi
ments by Dr. Zenneck, of Strassburg,
show something of the degree of sensi
tiveness. The sound of a bell in the wa
ter caused roach, dace and bleak to dart
away if within ten feet or to show signs
of distubance if within 25 feet. When the
bell was muffled and in a pail, the fish
were slightly disturbed.
“I WONDER IF I DARE!”
_
There it always a fascination for a small dog in seeing just how near he
can come ft) a lobster without getting hurt, and the evident excitement of
this wary duppy is caused by his great and fearful desire to play with
the forbidding looking monster crawling toward him. The picture comes from
Germany, tt^p dog, a dachshund, being a great favorite in that country.
From the Atlanta Constitution.
In the death of "Bill Arp” a golden
•ink between the old and new South
la broken. Hia passing reminds ua
that the one is a glorious heritage of
memory—the other a splendid fulfill
ment of the prophecy of labor. He
was of both.
Charles H. Smith, known only by
his bluff pen-name wherever memory
loyal hearts thrill to “Dixie,” typified
and portrayed in his life and writ
ings all that has made his beloved
Southland individual and picturesque.
“From the Uncivil War to Date,” to
borrow the title of his last popular
book, his pen was busy with ideals
of the past and idyls of the present.
The Ideals rang true to the noblest
side of traditional Southernism, and
the idyls were sweet with the simple,
homely pleasures of unperverted
Southern life today. What his gentle
pen delineated was not so much the
patrician South as the homespun
South. It was his labor of love to
portray and extol the joy of living
in the “cool, sequestered vale." He
was the prophet of simplicity—the
philosopher of the home-folks.
Perhaps “Bill Arp” was best known
to the world through his regular let
ter to the Constitution, a correspond
ence covering more than a quarter of
a century. These letters were a re
flex, not alone of the rural South, but
of the active, thinking, rehabilitated
South—a delightful admixture of un
affected wit, droll humor, sharp
satire, common sense philosophy,
reminiscent gossip and realistic de
scription. The good gray “Sage of
Bartow” was of the old sr-hnol and
therefore, in the political sense, an
irreconcilable; but only with respect
to the South’s few dearest prejudices.
He was not a repiner. As much as
he loved yesterday, he met the oppor
tunities and obligations of today half
way, with cheery heart and clear eye.
His counsel was wise and safe. His
viewpoint of life and affairs was
healthy. He was never a reactionary.
But more than aught else, “Bill
Arp’’ was a humorist, and will longest
be remembered in that pleasant role.
He was the “Nasby” of the South,
but without the Ohio war humorist’s
bitterness. During the war ne re
flected the ideas of his section with
an appeal to the risibilities of hi3
compatriots that won him a wide
reading in perilous camps and at deso
late hearthstones. His humor was of
the quaint, unconscious sort, and it
found the weak spots of whoever or
whatever he assailed. He could pierce
a coat of mail with a laugh. After
the surrender he reconciled the South
with a laugh, too. He accepted the
inevitable with a droll humor, not un
mixed with pathos, calculated to make
war-worn, impoverished “rebels” take
a fresh grip on life with the courage
of hope in their hearts. Always an
optimist, the postbellum gloom could
not withstand the radiance of his
quizzical smile. It “reconstsructed”
the secession States.
Aside from his newspaper contribu
tions, “Bill Arp” was the author of
a number of books embracing his
most characteristic work, among
them a history of Georgia. Not a lit
tle of his fame was acquired on the
lecture platform, where his genial
humor and rough and ready wisdom
attracted a host of auditors. His mind
was versatile and well-rooted educa
tionally. Next to the book of nature,
he loved the tomes of the great in
literature. His writings were full of
classical allusions and illustrations,
but never pedantically interjected.
He knew his Petrarch and Plato as
he knew his Bible. The mythology
and history of antiquity were familiar
to him. He was a student and a
scholar—self-taught, but nevertheless
a student and a scholar. The gentle
graces of his pen were those of the
man. He lived and felt what he wrote.
Withdrawn in large degree from the
sordid, material aspects of the world,
he dwelt with his books, his garden,
childhood and flowers. Nature he
loved passionately, but none the less
his fellowman. To his neighbors he
was not the abstracted, Belt-centered
recluse, but a lovable, clever neigh
bor. Nothing was too small or com
monplace to enlist his interest and
sympathy. His was the universal
heart.
We shall miss “Bill Arp” in the
South, and particularly in Georgia,
the State of his nativity, home and
genius. His spirit and that which is
most natural and sweetest in the
spirit of Georgia are one. We. South
erners all, loved him as we love the
“old home place”—for did he not
write from the soul of him about as
sociations, memories and loves dear
est to the inmost heart of us? The
age’s ambition may drive us away
iruui me quiei. snuuy [imus, uul uui
secret ideal of contentment, pleni
tude and a clear conscience is there.
We loved him because he himself has
held fast to that ideal and warmed
it in our breasts.
The great heart of the South and
Georgia goes out to those near and
dear to the gentle dead by ties of
blood. Their bereavement is indeed
great, but we share it. The shadow
is not alone over that typical old
Southern home, “The Shadows.” It
rests over Dixieland. May the peace
which passeth understanding have
been found by our departed friend.
“We All Steal.”
Daniel B. Hasbrouck, the venerable
vice-president of the Metropolitan
street railway company, who has the
reputation of always having a new
story about any old thing that may
be mentioned, tells one of early steam
boat days on the Hudson that is worth
repeating.
“The pride of the river at that time
was the new side-wheeler South
America. One of the principal own
ers of her stock was an Albany man,
who had great expectations from the
enterprise. When a year of prosper
ous traffic brought forth no dividend,
he became suspicious and determined
to find out for himself where the earn
ings were going. Calling a bright Al
bany boy, he took him into his con
fidence.
“ ‘Aleck, he said, ‘there is some
thing wrong in the South Americk
Company, and I want you to ferret
it out for me. Go down to New York
and hang around that dock until you
can get a place in the office. I don't
care what you do, or what pay you get.
I’ll stand your expenses for a year.
Here is fifty to start on.’
"Aleck started in high spirits, and
nothing was heard of him for several
months. The capitalist was begin
ning to fear lest his plan should have
failed, when one day he received an
unsigned note on the letterhead of
the South America Company, reading
very short and to the point, and un
questionably in Aleck's round hand
writing:
“ ‘Sell out your stock in the South
America. We all steal."’—New York
Times.

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