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T ED.L BLUf, Editor and Proprietor. PBBn'YnURG. I OHIO. TWO VIEWS. , ''v inn pessimist. lie whole day loiig I'vo tollcil with pain. To v, In the pittance of my bread, And In tho moments that remain I cnt my pltt.ince, thort to bed, To sleep, perchance, tho dream I'vo found Tho end I fain would wish to gain; Hut certainly to ivnlto again And plod onco more tho w eary round CW dally toll. And all for what? Why, for another bit of bread To eat, a bed on which to sleep. 1 Thai I may gain onco moro my strength To spend again for food and keep. Vnd this, oh, gracious Clod, U llfo. I.thanlt Tunc for it, but I wcop That I must havo It; and I pray Chat soon, ahl soon, It pass away. tub orrimsT. I cannot count In gold or land, As evening shadows softly fall, That day has given to my hand A bit of earthly wealth, to call Mlno own; to serve at my command. I know that now, at closo of day, I'm w eary with my toll, In pain; And yet my'lrostlng heart will say, That thcerful morn will como ngoln, And restful night will pain ullay. And I am rich, for I can count. If not In lands or yellow gold, A glowing heart that Is a fount Of sacred loyc, by mo controlled. I'm glnd of day, I'm glad of night, Glad of darkness, glad of light. Tho u'ght pursues the sun away, That same pursuit will bilng him back. And o'er and o'er their 'customed track fjpeeds on forever, night una day, Shoncring blessings all tho' way. Frederick A. Di3bco, In Leslie's vi eekly. nEN I think of it all, I can almost fuel tho wind as itcatno in tor rid gasps that August night. ISWf JtYK WAPr Tll trees M i s"d with u spusmuuiu force that startled the ladies w h o were assembled as guests at the south ern .homestead of Col. liarker Wylle. Vegetation itself seemed listless and languid after tho heat of the day, and its murmur as the breeze struck it from time to time sounded like a protest against the enforced activity. The people on the big, vine-sheltered piazza were fanning themselves and making little effort even in the way of conversation. The colonel was tho only one who did not remain quiet. Ho walked restlessly up and down and re plied to the protests of his family against such exertion tyith a. degree of Impatience that was remarkable in him. "Do you know this Randolph Jack eon?" he asked, as he paused suddenly where I was leaning against one of the pillars, "tho man who came here to day? "Only since this afternoon, and when I was introduced to him I didn't catch the name clearly." ' 'JTha colonel thou went on to explain Ctiow Jackson happened to be his guest something that had puzzled me much, Jtor, in spite of his darkly handsome face, he had not tho shades of refine ment that made him a congenial mem ber of tho Wylle household. Ho had come to the colonel with letters from on old-timo friend, and hospitality re quired a hearty welcome to the stranger, regardless of an instinctive dislike, which I easily noted. He had used that spirit of hospitality to its utmost, and instead of being a sojourner for a few hours, as had apparently been expected, ho accepted without hesitation the formal invitation to become a visitor for an indefinite length of time. "Where is Fred now?" I asked. My 'father and the colonel had been friends from boyhood, and 1 had fully a brother's affection for his only son, al though, ho -was considerably younger than L.' I don't believe Fred overbad a secret'from rae, and I half expected the answer:, "Out for a promenade with Mabel." I smiled.aud yet there was a little pang in my heart, L must confess, for I knew that Mnoel Denton was the only human "I'll IN A LOT OF TROUBLE.' being tvjio could sever tho friendship between I1 red and myself. He loved her, and I knew he hoped to make her hit, wife. She hud something of a mag nolia bloom's stately beauty, and I did not womlerjit my friend's adoration of her. Shejvas one who could not inspire minple affection; a man whom sho at tracted beyond the bounds of admira tion could not stop at mere love; he must worship. Tho colonel was in no mood for so ciability, and &aid good night to tho3o who had nob already retired. As ho went into th'o house two people caino up tho path, Ono I know by tlm voice was MaUpl, and I took it for granted that theTbther was Fred. To my great Burprlso iCfound when they' drew near that her companion was Randolph Jackson. Evidently Fred's father was W' MC Vfflf liwn . jii i. lAiir 1 1 'L not speaking from positive Information as to his sou's whereabouts, nnd 1 be can to be worried. Mabel hurried into uie house nnd her hasto impressed mo ns having positive terror in itr Truly there -was mystery in the sod den air of that evening. Jackson put his foot on the first step nnd then recoiled with a low cry, his hand pressed over his heart. The ladies became frightened and I begged them to retire, assuring them that it was noth ing serious. When wowcrcalono Jack son told mo he had been taken so sev eral times and that it would soon pass away. In a few minutes ho recovered suflleicntly to go to his room 'and left mo well pleased to bo thrown on my own resources for company. I was in the hopes of seeing Fred be fore I wnt to bed. It was my first visit in several months, nnd duo moro to a desiro of seeing him than to my anxiety concerning some property that I had not far away. 1 was a little an noyed at not having been ablo to sco more of him, but could scarcely blame him for devoting himself to Mabel. He had been put to a good deal of pains to secure her coeicty. He first met her at the house of his aunt in Chattanooga. Ho made every effort to get his aunt to come to his father's house for a long stay, and when ho had succeeded pre vailed upon the aunt to Invito Mabel. After such generalship, I said to my self, ho deserves his reward. It was almost midnight and I was getting ready to go to bed, whcnil,sav Fred coming out of an avenue of low bushes which ldd to the malu road. He did not speak to me, but grasped my hand with an earnestness that seemed in some way intensely pathetic. My lips were opened to question him, when lie turned and hurried through vhe open door up tho stairway. "Jealous!" 1 exclaimed. My sleepiness forsook me, and I sat thinking and smoking. 1 heard a foot step behind me, and looking around saw tho red firo of a lighted cigar. I guessed at onco that niy visitor was Randolph Jackson, from tho peculiar way in which tho cigar burned. It glowed fiercely for a little time and then tho light sanlc almost to invisibil ity. Alt this was with the slow regu larity of the ticking of a timepiece. Jackson was an inveterate smoker, and he always puffed at his cigar in pre cisely ("his manner, lighting a, fresh one as soon as ono was consumed. "Could you tell me," he asked, "how I can communicate with any of the servants?" "It is rather late." I answered, with out making any effort not to seem short. "1 realize that, but they have given me such small pillows that I cannot sleep. I wish to get some largo ones." I told him how to find the colored housekeeper's door, and reflected that Jackson was probably in a dangerous way. If I had known him better and liked him, I would have felt sorry, for him. As it was, 1 contented myself with a mental comment that when an habitual tobacco consumer who had sudden pains in tho heart found him self unable to sleep except with his head high, it would be just as well for him to ba a little careful. It didn't concern me. however; the chances were in favor of his living a long time, and if ho didn't there would be no excuse for my putting- on mourning. In an instant I confessed to myself that this cold philosophy was the merest assumption. Jackson's appear ance had startled me very much; it had seemed in some way the consequence of the thought I had been bending myself to. He had been the subject of every mental effort that I could command; memory, logic, oven imagination. I felt sure I had seen him elsewhere. It could not havo been in Now Orleans, for I had never visited that city. I had tried to recall one by one all the people I ever knew; the effort was as fruitless ns it was latiguing. I repeated his name "Randolph Jackson" over and over. In some way it brought back an encounter of a good many years before. While I was a student of medicine. I was a witness in a ease which attract ed a great deal of attention for awhile. 1 was going home from the college one night, when I heard a shot. I pressed forward with the crowd and entered tho house from which tho sound had proceeded. A demand for medical as sistance brought me to tho immediate scene of what had undoubtedly been a murder. It was the first time I had ever come into contact with death in a violent form, and all tho circumstances impressed themselves vividly upon my memory. A man was seated on a chair, his head thrown forward on his arms, which rested on the table before him. When I made an examination a bullet hole stirred at mo from the base of tlie skull. Ho was past all , assistance. The room was very poorly furnished. Tho walls had been newly white washed, and a little, sheet-iron stove stood near the wallou the loft. -There was so little in the room that it had a distinct character,, and every detail stood out in tho memory liko a cameo. The mm de red man hud been a good deal of a scapegrace; had made a living by odd jobs' of writing for the news papers, but was known to have re ceived a large sum of money from an inheritance. Only ono man had been known to visit him in this room. Ho was known through some extensive operations on the board of trade, and the dead man was knbwn to havo claimed an inter.est.iii some of his deals. They had quarreled qulto bitterly ouce or twice. This acquaintance was ar rested, but there was not sufficient evi dence to hold him. Very soon after ward it was noted that ho carried through with case spmo transactions which had formerly been considered mort than ho could support but that caino from the gossips. Tho numo of this man was Jack Randolph, And as I sat on tho porch repeating tho name of tho colonel's guest ovei and over In an offort to jog my memory, it reminded ine with sudden force of this name, "Jack Randolph." It seemed a very slight thing tho flimsiest of co incidences. And yet how naturally the average man would, soleet some such expedient in devising an alias. He hates to give up all his natno und, in chauglng it, almost Invariable clings to soma part of tho familiar appellation. Ho wants to outwit tho world and at tho same tlmo recall himself to himself when ho hears tho natno pronounced. In this way "Jack Randolph" would very easily becomo Randolph Jackson. I determined to learn moro about his letter of introduction, and with that resolve arose ami traced my steps to my room. As I passed Fred's door I saw a light. It annoyed mo to find him so wakeful, and I knocked. Ho opened tho door slightly, and on seeing mo bado ino come in. "What In tho world has boon the matter with you?" I asked. "I'm glad you came," ho said, ignor ing my question. "I wanted to ask a favor of you. I am in a lot of trouble." "I thought you must be." "Yes; I am going to fight a duel with Jackson, and I want you to bo my second." "With Jackson?" "It's about Mabel. He has followed her irom Now Orleans. Met her at soma reception there and has been try ing to devote himself to her ever sinco. I don't know how he managed to got the letter of introduction from father's friend, but ho is clover, devilish clover." And tho poor boy sat down with his face in his hands. "But, does Mabel encourage his at tentions?" 1 asked. "No; not willingly, but he has fright ened her. Ho has told her that ho will kill the man who marries her; that ho is a dead shot, and will hesitate at nothing." "Mabel repeated this to you?" "No," and ho blushed 'slightly; "I was passing tho lano whore they stood. I was on the road, so that they could not see me, and I overheard It. I at once came forward and called him a coward. " 'Do you desire a challenge?' ho asked. I told him I did, and he accom modated mo readily enough." "It is imbecile for yo'tt to think of such a thing," I said, as earnestly as I could. "He is an expert with the pis tol, you may depend upon it, and you don't know as much about fighting as your hore does." 'I'll take my chances,'' was his re ply. "If you won't assist me, very well. If you will bo prepared to meet me at the slaves' meeting house at six o'clock day after to-morrow morning." "I won't desert you, depend upon it," I said as I left him. And I meant it. Tho next morning I went to Fred and asked him to place one of tho slaves who did duty as house servants under my absolute instructions. He did it without asking any questions. I then requested the colonel to let me have a. room on tho top floor that was seldom used, as I had some work to do and waritcd to be secure from interruption. He gave me tho room, and then the servant, "Rill," and I set about our task. It didn't take long to put a new coat' of whitewash on the walls, re place the furniture with a plain pine table, two wooden-seated chairs and a canvas cot. Then I borrowed a small stove and put it up on the left-hand side of the room. When the work was done, the room was so liko the scene of tho shooting in New York that even I experienced a touch of the horrors. At about ttvs o'clock that evening I told Rill to find Mr. Jackson, and tell him that another room had been pre pared for him, and that he could be shown to it as soon as ho desired. Bill ll9l .(I llifi i Phi m i SEATED MYSELF "BEFORE THE TABLE. told mo that he seemed somewhat sur prised at the news. Rut he naturally considered his removal a step in the household arrangements to which ho could not do otherwise than acquiesce. It was obout'half-nast nine when he rang for the servant to conduct him to his uew apartments. I hurried up to the room that Iliad prepared, trembling slightly in the knees. I donned a slouch hat and a frock coat such as the murdered man in New York had worn aiid-seated myself before tho table with my head in my arms. I heard a foot step at tho doorway. I listened for some cry, some exclamation. There came none. Rut there was tho sound of a heavy fall. I turned to look, and tho man who was to fight Fred lay In tho middle of the floor, dead. ' Bill and I carried him down to his own room, and tho family physician was summoned. "It's too bad," said the old prac- titionpr; "it's ono of thoso cases of heart disease. They certainly do take people off btiddonly." Tho colonel wrote to the man who had given Jackson (thatwas tho name he was burled under) tho letter of In troduction and was informed that he had como from business friends in Chi cago. Ho had niarto himself so agree ablo thut' he was unhesitatingly com mended to the courtesies of Col. Wylle, when ho stated that he hud business ne'ar'tho Wylle homestead. The papers we found made us no better acquaint ed with him, and the authorities to whom thoy were turned over never ftiado any discoveries. There was a quiet funeral from the colonel's house) it was ono of tho old gentleman's ideas of hospitality. Wo all attended for form's sako, and as wo came away from tho cemetery Fred bald; "Ytiu won't have a chance to,bo mj second after1 all. Rut believo me, old fellow, 1 am just as grateful us If you had really done it." Philundcr C. John son, in Detroit Free 1'resa. PUNGENT PARAGRAPHS. .MngUtrato "You nro accusod of not supporting your wife." Prlsonor "Rut, your honor, you don't know my wlfo. She Is unsuppor table. "Mercury. "Jane, did you invito tho gentle man to come and tako a chair?" "Yes, but it was tho table he wanted because you'd not pnid for it." Inter Ocean. Sho "Am I tho first girl you ever proposed to, darling?" Ho (sincerely) "No; but you are tho only girl who over neccptod me." Brooklyn Life. Willie Wilt "I cawn't say that I aw like brilliant women." Miss Pert "I should think you would for the sako of contrast." N. Y. Times. "Miss Budd's heart Is like a volume in n circulating library." "How is that?" "Not to be kept longer than two weeks." Washington News. "Funny that Rongwed always re fers to his wlfo as 'that old hen.' " "You wouldn't think so if you could see tho way sho rules tho roost. " Buffalo Courier. Clara "Why nro you so bitter against him just because ho proposed and you refused him." Maud "Tho wretch! Ho said he would never ask me again." Voguo. Mamma "Robbie, didn't I tell you that you must not. go swimming?" Robbie "I didn't swim. The other fellows had just all thoy could do to keep me from drowning." Charlie Sappy "No, I don't go in for yachting much since the time 1 was knocked overboard and lost my senses." Miss Spright "How sad, and you never recovered them, did you?" Philadel phia Record. Oableigh "Do you believe in the power of the human eye with a wild beast?" Professor "Yes, the power of the eye Is very useful to see the wild beast coming." N. Y. Herald. Room at the Top. Wife "Dear, aren't you drinking a little too much wine?" Husband "No; I can hold aiore liquor than most men." Wife "I dare say. It always goes to your head." Seranton Republican. Roggs "You might talk until doomsday and you couldn't convince me that dueling isn't murder." Biggs "All right. I'll tako you over to France with rae and let you see some of it." Troy Press. "Do you know of an opening for me?" inquired the college graduate. "Ain't the reg'lar bars wide enough?" rejoiued his father, gesturing eloquent ly in tho direction of the corn-field. Detroit Tribune. McFiugle "I thought you believed In letting tho office seek the man?" McFangle "I do; but I'm going down to Washington just to save tho oflice a few steps when it seeks me." Boston News. "The short story seems to be quite the fad nowadays," said one club man to another. "I should say so. It seems to me that nearly every man I meet Stops to tell me how short he is." Washington Star. Rollo "Tell me, pa, is there any difference between common salt and chloride of sodium?" Mr. Holliday "Yes, Rollo, a great difference. Salt is two cents a pound at the grocer's, while chloride of sodium is fifty cents a teaspoonful at the druggist's." "When I marry I shall try to be sure of one thing, and that is I have a woman of sense." "You mean a wo man of prudence and forethought, with fine perceptions and a knowledge of human nature." "Yes, that's it ex actly." "But they are just the ones that never marry." Funny Folks. Talking Chickens. A learned French scientist, catching the cue from Prof. Garner's investigation of the monkey language, has turned his attention to the vernacular of chickens. If ho can only induce the spring pul lets to tell their age he will not have lived in vain. Augusta Chronicle. Tho Man for the Place. Editor of Organ "So you came in to apply for the position of political editor?" Ap plicant "Yes, sir, and you will liml me a trustworthy man. I always statu things just as thoy are." Editor "H'm! Any fool can do that. What we want is a man that can state things just as they are not." Boston Tran script. Learning Clilnmu. People reared in an environment ot Anglo-Saxon custom and tradition have always found Chinese the mostdiillcult of all languages to acquire. It is not very surprising, therefore, to learn that the British army authorities have found it almost Impossible, even by the most persuasive inducements, to get their olilces to undertake tho study of the mandarin tongue. Ten years ago the government ottered handsome prizes to any oilicer who could show satisfactory progress in learning Chinese, and now a reward of two tltousand rupees is promised to all officers passing even an elementary examination in this dif ficult language of monosyllables. In the United States Chinese is but little studied. About ten years ago Harvard college offered a course of instruction in it, and Imported a most imposing mandarin, to teach it, but hardly hulf a dozen students out of the 1,500 there made use of tho opportunity. Yet a number of Harvard students during tho last twenty years havo gone to China after graduation and "picked up" tho language very handily Chi cago Inter Ocean. lluuciuuts for Onu. There Is a traveling salesman for a Dotrolt house who Is so fond of the young women that when ho calls on ono ho doesn't seem to know when to leave. A week or ton days ago, ho waft calling on a girl in Flint, and along about 11:110 p. m. sho became tired that is to say, more tired than sho was at 11. iiy tho way, Mr. X," she said plea antly, "'people call you a drummer don't they?" "Yes," ho responded, "but tho name is not fair. I am a traveling man." "I think,' sho bmlletl softly, "that 'drummer is correct." "Why do you think so. Traveling man expresses it much bettor." "In some instances, posslldy," she said, gazing intently at the clock; "but not for 'you; you don't travel," nnd ho looked 'at tho clock himself and next day sent Iter a lovely basket of flowers. Detroit Free Press. MISCELLANEOUS. These nro tho times whon a good many of us have to sit down and thinlc to find out whero wo stand. Troy Times. Wiggs "Why did Boggs leave his last place?" Woggs "Bocauso ho he couldn't take it with him. He was discharged." Philadelphia Record. A good swimmer and n poor base ball player nro aliko In ono respect they both strike out. Rochester Demo crat and Chronicle. Friend "His the lundlo'fo" raised your rent this month?" Tenant "I sincerely hope ho has, for I've tried to and failed." Inter Ocean. "Miggs is u lucky old chap, isn't he?" "In what way?" "Bo's color blind." "What advantago is that?" "lle'eau't tell When he's blue." Inter Ocean. Reporter "I wrote 'Tho Instru ment, was a genuine Strndivnrius,' and you changed it to one of the latest makes." Desk Editor "Well, doesn't that express the same Idea? What d' wo want to advertise the Stradlvarlus for?" Roston Transcript. iA German paper states that in tho prosecution of a railway lino it became necessary to remove n largo cherry tree; the proprietor demanded about SI, 500 for it ; this theVailroad company objected to paying. But after some legal work the owner was awarded S1.100 for tho tree. A severe attack of toothache was endured by Simon Kintzer, a wealthy man of Hummelstown, Pa. A travel ing tooth doctor chanced to bo in tho neighborhood, and applied a " magic cure." In a short time the pain ceased, tl'ie doctor received his fee, and depart ed. In a few hours the man's jaw be gan to swell, nnd in three days he was dead from blood poisoning. The lightship John, in Delaware bay, obtained its odd name from that of the ship John, of Nantucket, Mass., which sank in 1707 near tho spot where the lightship now swings at anchor. The vessel was stripped by wreckers from Bridgeton, N. J., and General Rogue, of Bridgeton, gave to the light house department the figurehead of the wreck. The figurehead is now mounted on the deck of the lightship. After the death of General Puckcn hnm, at the battle of New Orleans, his viscera were removed, preparatory to shipping the body to England. The whole mass of the bowels, including other internal organs, were wrapped in cotton and buried in a box between two pecan trees, which, nlthough in n flourishing condition at the time, never after bore nuts, and were known far and wide as the "cursed pecan trees." The body was secretly shipped to En gland in a cask of wine. Nectar in flowers is not honey. This nectar is gathered by tho tongue of the bee and enters what is called the honey bag, from which it is regurgi tated by the bee on its return to tho hive and deposited in the honey cell. Even than it is thin and watery, and does not become really honey until the watery parts have evaporated. In col lecting the sweets tho bees do not con fine themselves wholly to flowers. They extract them also from fruits. Varieties and hybrids of helianthe mum vnlgare. the true rock rose, have attractive flowers, which range in color from white through shades of red and yellow. At the Arnold Ar boretum these plants make a low shrubby growth, spreading over the ground in a dense mat of foliage, on which the flowers are now appearing. The separate flowers do not last long, but they keep opening all summer, and Mr. Dawson, the propagator at tho arboretum, thinks a great deal of them. A most ingcnious-general-informa-tion-autoniatic-mnchine has been set up outside one of the Melbourne rail way stations. It is seven feet high and four feet broad, arid will, it is said, give reliable information on quite a varied range of subjects. Touch one elastic button and a list of the best hotels in the city appears; touch an other and n theater playbill slides out; a third discloses to view a list of the principal omnibus routes, and another the cab fares to tho various places of interest. One of the striking proofs of tho advance of good nrchitec.ture is ts adoption into factory buildings. With in a year ornate fronts have appeared on a large number of structures that, until tho architectural renascence call it renaissance if you like would havo been as plain', not to say ugly, as brick and mortar could make them. Factor ies, laboratories, printing offices, stor age houses, even stables, are becoming things of tempered joy, and' as to resi dences, churchw, club houses, armor ieswell, ramble about New York and be glad. Tho San Francisco Chronicle states that the j'ollow-fruitod llr, heretofore reported only from tho vicinity of Lake Webber and doubtfully from Mount Whitney, has been discovered in still greater beauty on tho slopes of Mount Shasta. Here the tree roars its noble, nearly smooth shaft to a great height and bears its crown of gauzy foliage far above the head of other firs, the topmost, stratified branchlcts decorated with upright cones of large golden fruit, a vision of flaming glory whiela in the uutumn season can bo seen miles away, in pleasing contrast with tho royal purple cones of tho prevailing Shasta fir. A pleasant occupation for the ama teur flower-grower is the endeavor to ralso now varieties of garden flowers from seed. Tho dahlia especially offers inducements, as they change remark ably from seed. It is not necessary to uso any cross-fertilization. Several kinds of dahlias tiro grown together and seeds taken from these. T,he seed lings are almost cortain to bo of differ ent varieties to or to differ from the parent. Tho early flower pf theYdahlia bhould bo the selected. It is better to cutoilsonio of tho petals spoil after they have faded, or otherwise during a rain storm the whole head rots. The i.eodH can be cleaned out in tho fall and sot in tho ground early In tho spring. They usually flower the first year from seed. T SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY. Tho whole bulk of tobacco produced in Cape Colony, South Africa, does not oxeeed C0,000 pounds annually in dried leaves. The majority of tho farmers are not In f a vorablo circumstances, and tho culture of tho wood is of the most primitive description. Somo writers think tho process of turning white among arctic animals is In some way connected with a dooreaso of vital energy ; nnd in his notes on recent science, in tho Nineteenth Con tury, Prince Krapotkln brings for ward as an example tho alleged per manent whlto colors of domesticated animals In sub-aretio regions, such as tho Yakutsk horse. It Is proposed to open flvo farm schools in the Madras pvcsldonoy of India, till to bo under governmental control. Tho idea is to erect school houses in which x'raetical and theoret ical teaching of agriculture and veter inary science will be given, tho curri culum to extend over four years, the schools and farms being under tho im mediate management of tho director of ngricttlturo. There is no proof yhntever that meteorites come from the sun; tho bright granules on tho sun the faeu hu are entirely distinct from tho sun spots, nnd they nro not composed of helium in combination with hydrogen; we only know of tho existence of he lium through its spectrum; it Is not contained in meteorites, and oven if it could bo transferred to tho earth would not solidify. It has been stated that cheeses, bearing date of 10150, are still to bo seen in Switzerland. In some parts of tho country feheese forms the stnple food of the people, and the lnborers aro often paid with it. There nre no fewer than 5,500 cheese making factories, and nearly RJ.OOO tons tiro exported annu ally, the value of which Is over $7(000, 000. Exports of cheese to the United Staters are about 5,000,000 pounds, at an" invoice valuation of 5700,000. In tho human body there Is said to be more than 2,000,000 perspiration glands eommunicatingwith the surface by ducts, having a total length of some ten miles. The blood contains millions of millions of corpuscles, each a struc ture in itself. The number of rods in the retina, supposed to be tho ultimatoi recipient of light, is estimated at 80, 000,000. A German scientist has calcu lated that the gray matter of the brain is built of at least 000,000,000 cells. .lust Imagine a wild flower with leaves three foot long nnd flower stems seven or more feet high, bearing about 1-10 flowers on a stalk, with each flower having white ray petals half an inch long and a yellow d'se an inch wide! This is literally "a daisy." The Amer ican Seneeio aureus will give an idea of what a wonderful thing this mon ster Seneeio sagittifolius must be. It is a new species recently discovered in Uruguay by M. Andre. A correspondent of Notes nnd Queries, writing as to the age of trees, and as to tho oldest tree in tho world, says that the ago of the late Drago Tree o Orotava was variously estimated at from (1,000 to 10,000 years. On tho lowest estimate it surpassed not only Domesday Oaks und Soma Cypresses, but the "lledsor Yew, with its 3,200 years, and Alphonse Karr's Baobabs of Senegal. Balfour gives the ages, as ascertained by Do Candolle, of tho cypress as !I50 years, the oak 1,500, tho yew 2,320 and the baobab as probably the same as the yow. There is a canal to bo opened ini Greece which has been a spell of time in construction. It crosses tho Isthmus of Corinth. Its construction was begun in tho time of Nero, in tho first century of tho Christian era. It shortens tho distance between the countries of west ern Europe and Athens. Tho gentle Nero first struck tho earth with a pick in building ibis canal, but ho had to go elswhere In tho empire to attend to somo pressing business in putting down a revolt. Ten years ago modern capitalists took up the idea and tho canal has been completed at a cost off $U, 000,000. The variations in our snakes havoi been studied bj Prof. Hay, who finds tnut m tue stripett snaicc tno variation from the average number of body! vertebras amounts to 1-1 per cent., inl the black .snake to 0 per cent., in the' green snako to 4,5 per cent., and in an other variety to 13 per cent. He adds that tho variations in the number of caudal vertebnu is still greater; and,1 were breeders interested, thoy could very soon produce breeds of snakes with long bodies and bhort tails, and bbort bodies and long tails, or any other combinations that might bo de sired. Truthfn'iwu. A sincre attachment to truth, moral and scientific, is a habit which cures a thousand little infirmities of mind and is as honorable to a man who possesses it, in point of character, as it is profit able in point of improvement. There is nothing moro beautiful in science than to hear any man candidly owning to his ignorance. It is so little the habit of men who cultlvato knowledge to do so they so often have recourse to sub terfuge, nonsense or hypothesis, rather than to a plain, manly declaration either that thoy themselves do not understand the subject or that tho sub ject Is not understood thai it is really quite refreshing to witnoss such in stances of philosophical candor, and it creates an immediate prepossession in favor of the person In whom it is ob served. Chicago MalL A Huspcmlml Clinlco. Boston Ma tron Which would you rather do, my son, bo in u chamber at Washington, und perhaps bo president some day, or remain at your present duties in tlio public library? Son Do thoy have winding stairs with railings for tho boarders at Wash ington? Judge. l'rntustliiir Too Much, Mother Why don't you play with that now boy V Good Little Boy Ho tolls stories. "Ho does?" " Yes'm. Ho caino from Chicago, an ho says ho never saw an Indian or buf fulo." Oood News (Hi V ) ...X.