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MUTINY OF MADMEN.
Extraordinary Conduct of Lunatics in a French Asylum. A mutiny of an extraordinary charac ter took place recently at the Bicetre- Lunatic Asylum, near Paris, France, which was only put down by the arrival of the soldiery. Some of the dangerous lunatics had appeared more excited than usual owing to the sultry weather, aud one of them, an athlete of great strength, named Joly, succeeded in breaking out of his cell. Haying opened the cells of fourteen of his companions, all of them 9 made a rush at the keepers, who were f walking up and down on guard. The lunatics then laid siege to the nearest rooms, and broke windows, chairs, tables and everything else on which they could lay their hands. Afterward they went up to the keepers' sleeping-places, and, seizing all the razors, hammers and other dangerous instruments which they could find, redescended into the quadrangle and began shouting out that they in tended to kill everybody who should in terfere with them. One of the keepers— a M. Petit—received a blow from the leg of a table which broke his arm, but his colleagues succeeded eventually, at the risk of their lives, in cutting off the re treat of the madmen by shutting them up in the quadrangle. The gover nor, M. Pinon, now intervened, and tried by soft words to culm the rioters; but he was threatened by Joly, who said that he would spare his life if he went down on his knees and begged pardon of all the in • mates. As M. Pinon refused to do this Joly hurled a flower-pot full of earth at him. but a keeper threw himself before the governor ana received the pot and its contents on his chest. The governor and his men then withdrew and sent for the police aud troops. The inspector of police who arrived first found the mad men straddling across a wall, where they were brandishing their razors, and sub jecting part of the asylum to a bombard ment of rubbish, stones and bricks. Joly, when called upon to surrender, cried out: 4 'We are outside the law; we arc mad men, and you can't do anything!" When .twenty-four soldiers with fixed bayonets arrived from the Bieetre fort the lunatics became more exnsperacd, whereupon the keepers turned on the hose and gave the maniacs a few shower-baths. This was followed by a volley of blank cartridges, which effectually frightened them. They descended from their wall and allowed themselves to be handcuffed. After that . the most obstreperous were put in strait waisteoats. Four of the keepers were placed hors de combat during the riot, while a sum of SIOO in banknotes, be longing to one of the asylum attendants, was destroyed by the lunatics.—[London Globe. The Greek Women. The Greek women have all the quick ness of their race, the features mobile .and the eyes suberb. But they lose the gracefulness of form early. Them are many forms of the Greek beautv, from .the mixed race of Albania to the semi- Latiu women of Terios or Bcio, or the Semi-Asiatic Greek of Asia Minor. They have all the heroism of their ancestors, and more courage, as I am sometimes in clined to think, than the men. At the siege of Missolonghi the wife of Tzavel las, whom I saw in boyhood, accompanied her husband at the head of the sortie that cut its way through the Turkish lines. She was of short stature, but on one arm she carried her child, aud with her right hand brandished a naked seim iter. Unfortunately for the full develop ment of the Greek woman's character, as some might think, she is still ruled by Oriental matrimonial methods, aud hence is partially an Oriental. Marry she must. Supposing a family of three • sisters and seven brothers; not one of the brothers marries until the sisters are provided with husbands, ller.ee in Greece tho ihcn generally marry late in Jife and women wed men far older than themselves. A girl of 10 or 18 marrying a man of 45 to 00, is the most common „ thing in the world among the Greeks. Marriugn is also with them a question of money; there must be some property on both sides. Love is no consideration and plays no part in Greek marriages, not withstanding that Eros was a Greek god. The marriage ceremony of the Greeks and Armenians is tolerably long. It al ways occurs in church; no pews nor seats of any sort are permitted; the densely crowded uisles urc filled with incense, and by tho time the long-haired priests have chanted and prayed two or three hours everyone is ready to fall with ex haustion. Before closing it may be ad ded that our missionaries have repeatedly married natives of these Eastern countries, aud those unions have, to all accounts, resulted happily.—[Brooklyn Citizen. The Rubber Supply. The declaration credited to Henry M. Stanley, that Aruwimi Worst, Africa, was destined to become the great rubber reservoir of the world, is not agreed with by rubber nicu of New York. Wm. P. Earle, of Earle Bros., who import 80 per cent, of all rubber that conies into this country, and knows the rubber business by heftrt, was asked about Mr. Stanley's statement. He said, it had been known for years that rubber trees and rubber vines flourished in great quantities throughout the torrid zone. It was not startling, therefore, to hear there was a big supply in Africa. There was a big supply everywhere—an inexhaustible supply. Its conveyance to the market was governed only by the facility with which it could be gathered. 44 Rubber-forests that have never been traversed," Mr. Karlesnid, 44 stretch back from the Amazon River. African rubber, however, is of a different grade from that which eomes from the Amazon. It is, in fact, the lowest grade of rubber. At present its price is about 40 cents, while the Amazon rubber is worth 85 cents per pound. Americans have no show in Africa anyway. Supplies on the i Congo River are also in the hands of Germans. They have enormous ware houses there and their own lines of steamers; but as it is, about two-thirds of this rubber comes to American mark ets. Americans can buy cheaper from Germans than in any other way. The announcement of the discovery of a new supply is therefore unimportant. It is not a question of supply, it is a question of getting at it." The Last Shot at Chickamauga. Mr. A. B. Leeper, a prominont citizen of Delaware County, 111., has been down to Chattanooga, Tcnn., with n committee picking out historical spots on the battle field of Chickamauga. Leeper was Sergeant of Company A, of the One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois, which was in Whittaker's Brigade, Fourth Corps, Army of the Cumberland. September 20, 1808, tho battle of Chick amauga had wage 3 fiercely all day. About dusk the firing had almost con sod. Only now and then was there a stray ifiuskct-shot. In the dim light Sergeant Leeper saw a Confederate soldier draw ing a bead on him from behind the roots of a black oak tree not ten feet away. Quickly throwing up his Remington rifle Sergeant Leeper fired. The bullet struck the oak about six inches from the ('onfederated head. It was the last shot fired iu the great battle. Mr. Leeper hurriedly rejoined his company, and the Confederate went iu the opposite direc tion. The other day, while on the battle field, Mr. Leeper decided to see if he could find the bullet. lie had no diffi culty in picking out the tree, for the black oak was the biggest thereabouts, aud stood almost alone. Greatly to his surprise, it was an easy matter to find where the bullet had entered. Digging into the trunk, his knife soon struck an obstacle, aud the little bits on the point of the knife showed it was lead. Mr. Leeper dug it out. It was a bullet, and the identical one that he had fired twenty-seven years ago—the last shot of the battle of Chickamauga. It was al most in its original shape. Close inspec tion showed it was the only bullet in the tree. Mr. Leeper had no difficulty in iden tifying it, as it was in the spot he had seen it enter. Besides, his company had Rem ington rifles, while the rest of the regi ment had Enfields.—[Cincinnati En quirer. Phenomena of Hurricanes. Professor Loomis gives n very interest ing summary of his investigations on the subject of tornadoes. He finds that while no season of the year is exempt, they occur, for the most part, in May and June, and generally between noon aud sunset. The usual accompaniments are a rise in temperature, lightning and rain, and frequently rain. Their progress in this country is invariably eastwardly, the mean being 12 degrees north of east. Their average breadth is 129 rods; length 15 miles; velocity of progress when violent, about 80 miles an hour, duration of destructive violence, 45 seconds. The loss of life is remarkably small, considering all the attendant con ditions, being about one to a tornado. In ' passing over ponds or rivers, water is in | variably raised in large quantities. Lee ward roofs are generally taken in prefer ' ence to windward. Light objects are : frequently transported three to twenty i miles, and fowls arc not infrequently | picked of most of their feathers. This, , though a singular, is undoubtedly a true | phenomenon. The attempts to prove that it could be caused by the expansion of air in the quills, due to a passage of i vacuum, have not been successful. The | most singular fact is that the fowl lives 1 under the depluming process. In some ! cases roosters have been seen walking j around, after a tornado, crowing, and without a feather on their backs. A feasible explanation is that an electric charge threw off the feathers much in the | same way as it now and again strips the : clothes from a person. Winged Messengers. 44 Tt is astonishing how many people in Philadelphia have homing pigeon lofts," said an enthusiastic breeder and trainer of those remarkable birds. 4 4 The lofts vary in size from an elaborate affair like I mine, that cost almost as much as a I house to build, to the humble scoop box, | set up on brackets inside a sunny win dow, with accommodations for a single i pair of homers. They are not only beau tiful pets, but can be made of use practi cally. 1 have two lofts, one at my houso and one on the roof of my store building. You can't always relv on the telephone, j messenger boys are slow and unreliable, ! and I ran mail a letter and get it homo ofttimcs as quick as I can send a tele -1 graphic message. The homer never fails you, unless it is shot or injured in its in itial flight by coming in contact with tho 1 labyrinth of telegraph wires that are stretched over the roofs of the highest buildings. Accidents of this kind rarely ! occur. There are probably a dozen mes | sages a day passing between my house ! and office and it is mouths since one mis carried. If I desire to invite a couple of ! friends home to dinner I scribble a hasty note to my wife, send it by one of the homers and she is prepared for the l guests. If I find that business will de [ tain me in the city late 1 dispatch amos- I sage by the same means, and her woman's anxiety at my prolonged absence is set ! at rest. —[Philadelphia Inquirer. The Prince and the Blind Man. | I was recently told the following story ! of a piece of silverware now existing in ' the plate room at Marlborough House. One day the Prince of Wales, on nliglit j ing from his carriage at the door of a : house where he was about to pay a visit, j saw a blind man and his dog vainly trying to effect a passage across the thoroughfare I in the midst of a throng of carriages. I With characteristic good nature the ! Prince came to the rescue and successful | ly piloted the pair to the other side of the street. A short time afterward he re | ceived a massive silver inkstand with the | following inscription: "Tothe Prince of | Wales. From one who saw him conduct i a blind beggar across the street. In h memory of a kind and Christian action." I Neither note nor card accompanied tho offering, and the name of the donor has ! never been discovered. But I think that this anonymous gift is not the least prized of the many articles in the Prince's j treasure-chamber. I can vouch for the authenticity of this anecdote, as it came to me direct from a young English lady who, by the kindness of a member of the Prince of \\ ales' household, was shown through Marlborough House during the abscucc of its owners, and the inkstand iu question was pointed out to her bv her conductor.—j Philadelphia Telegraph. A Shrewd Redskin. Old Shah-bali-skong, the head chief of Mille Lac, brought all his warriors to de fend Fort Ripley in 18G2. The Secre tary of the Interior and tho Governor and Legislature of Minnesota promised these Indians that for this act of bravery tlioy should have the speeiul care of the gov ernment and never be removed. A few years later a special agent was sent from Washington to ask the Ojibways to cede their lands and remove to a country north of Leech Lake. The agent called the Indians in council and aid: "My rod brothers, your great fntlier has heard how you have been wronged. He said, 'I will send them au honest man.' He lookod in the north, tho south, the east and the west. When lie saw mo he said, 'This is the honest man whom I will send to my red children.' Brothers, look at mo! The winds of iifty-fivo years have blown over my head and silvered it over with gray, and in all that time I have never done wrong to auy man. As your friend, I ask you to sign this treaty," Old Shah-bali-skong sprang to his foet and said: 4 'My friend, look at me! The winds of more than fifty winters have blown ovor my head and silvered it over with gray; biff they have not blown my brainn away." That counoil was ended.— [Argonaut THE MODERN NAVAL BATTLE. How the Marine War Monsters Will Come at Each Other. Each vessel will clear for action as soon as the other is discerned—perhaps five miles away. Each will probably slow down at first, in order to gain time for preparation, and especially for getting the steam pressure up to the highest point. Forced draft will at once be started and the subdued roar of the air driven through the furnaces to accelerate combustion, and the whir of the dynamos will be added to the clang of the gun breech blocks as they are swung open to admit the projectile to the breech, the hum of the ammunition hoists raising powder and shell to the decks, and the quiet, firm order of authority. On deck the Gat ling guns and revolving cauuou and the rapid-fire guns in the tops are got noiselessly into readiness, the cap tain takes his place in the urmored con ning tower with the chief quarter-master and his aid, the executive officer assumes charge of the battery and remains near at hand to take the captain's place in case of his death or disability, the range-find ers are got into position and the officer in charge begins to report from time to time the distauce of the enemy, now drawing closer. Probably not a shot will be fired until this distauce is reduced to 2,G00 yards, aud probably both ships will be pointed toward each other until that time. But now what will the contestants do? It has been held that both will advance steadily toward each other—each com mander hoping that some false move on the part of his adversary will enable him to rush forward, dischurge his bow tor pedo at 500 yards and perhaps follow it up with his ram aud end the light at ouce —until they have approached so close, say 500 yards, that neither dares to swerve, less he himself be rammed, so that the ships will at length collide end on, uud maybe both sink! The various inventions of the past few years—rapid-fire guns, high explosives, torpedoes, submarine boats, dynamite guns and range-finders, the increased power and perfection of steam and elec tric machinery, the improvements in powder uud in steel for projectiles and for armor—have not revolutionized naval science so much as they have broadened it. The principles of strategy remain the same, ami so does the necessity for the seaman's skill. Engineers construct, in ventors invent, experiments are tried, sham battles are fought, and heated dis cussions agitate the naval mind, but the only thiug that can determine the real conditions of modern naval warfare is a modern naval war.—[The Forum. Carnegie's First Riches. Andrew Carnegie, the iron king, made his first money in the oil country of Pennsylvania. He and some friends bought the William fltory farm, on Oil (.'reek, in 1800, for $85,000, and organ ized the Columbia Oil Company. The farm consisted of 400 acres, and was not far from where 4< Coal()il Johnny" found his pot of gold. Every acre of the farm proved to be productive, and it soon de veloped into one of the richest bonanza farms of the region. Its first year's out put was 20,800 barrels, and the following year this was increased to 89,000 barrels. The company was organized with a capi tal stock of $250,000, and in two and one half years dividends had been de clared amounting to 180 per cent, of the capital. In three years the production of tho farm had increased to 141,000 barrels, and during this year the average price of oil was $9.87| a barrel. During the first six months of the year four dividends were declared, amounting to IGO per cent, of the capital stock, which was soon increased to $2,500,000. In ten years the farm produced 1,715,972 barrels of oil, and is still producing a small amount. The total value of the output has been upward of $10,000,000. —[Chicago Her ald. The Famous Damascus Blades. The famous Damascus blades, though in use among nations little skilled in metallurgic arts long before the Chris tian era, and familiar to the European nations from the time of the crusades, | have until recently defied all attempts to reproduce their remarkable qualities, j These blades were remarkable for their keen edge, great hardness, toughness | and elasticity, and the splendid play of prismatic colors upon their surfaces, es pecially when viewed in an oblique light. The polished surfaces were covered with delicate lines appearing as black, white and silvery veins, parallel to one another, or arranged in bundles of fibres, cross ing one another at various angles, or iu knots and bunches. No one knows how they were made. M. Brcant and General Anosoff, about fifty years ago, succeeded in producing steel similar to that from which the Damascus blades were made. —[Chicago Herald. Criminals' Vagaries. Some very interesting facts of crime are revealed by a Scotch Sheriff. lie knew of one woman who, between the years 1844 and 18G5, was committed to prison IG7 times for being drunk, and when drunk her invariable practice was to smash windows. A man when drunk stole nothing but Bibles, and was tran sported for his seventh theft. Another man stole nothing but spades; a woman stole nothing but shoes; another nothing but shawls; but the queerest thief was one who stole tubs, and was sent to penal servitude for his seventh tub. A Prince Who Weighs His Guests. The Loudon correspondent of an Eng lish paper alleges that the Piiuce ot Wales has instituted the custom of weigh ing both the coming and departing guests at Sandringham palace. At the first op portunity after his arrival the guest is weighed,and his weight recorded in a book kept for the purpose; aud he is weighed again on the morning of his departure and another record made, accompanied by the autograph of the guest. One of the latest signatures in the book is that of Salisbury, and his weight is put at 252 pounds, plump, Bismarck's Foundling. During the Franco-Prussian war Bis marck returned home one evening to his quarters at Mcaux and found a baby on his bed. A slip of paper said: 44 My hus band died at Sedan. I have no bread." That was Sonlembcr 10, 1870. The prince reported to the King: 44 Sirc," he said, "now I have had a child left to me." His Majesty replied: "In war times one takes everything, even a child." The boy was sent to Berlin, raised at Bis marck's charge, and is still in hi* house hold.—[Times-Democrat. lit*lid Against Head. Bellows Falls is where the dime mu seum freaks are developed, and the country store actors fitted for the stage and S3O a week. Last week a reporter passed a night at the Commercial House, and in company with handsome and witty Mr. Nims, the proprietor, ! went over to an adjoining stable to see a sou of Africa test his head against the j head of a flour barrel. Before the trial was made Mr. Nims took off the hoops from one eud of the j barrel and drove fifteen or twenty long I malleable nails through the chimes, far down into the edges of the head. After this he drove the hoops on securely and nailed them. Then the barrel was placed firmly on a box, raised about three feet from the floor; the further end was fastened against a horse stall, : and all was ready. The colored man had on a big knitted ; cap, and when he drew off some two j rods away to make his run fire flashed from his eyes like sparks from an elec tric car. A sharp run, a skip, and a mad, headlong leap, and his cranium came up agaiust the barrel with a crash. It was no use. He winked demurely, scratched his head dubiously, and re tired for another run. "Make my $5 bet a $10," said Nims, who had been betting against the ath lete. "Done," replied the reporter, and again the battering ram went forth to i meet with repulse. The third time he came up he was evidently discouraged, ; though not disheartened. Failure again j awaited him. During the lull which followed Nims went up to the barrel j and began to pull bits of bark and j slivers from the hammered barrel head, j "See here," be said in an undertone ; to the reporter, "I'll pay the $lO and call it off. That fellow has beaten ! those boards all to basket stuff, and be 1 is bound to finish it the next whack. I've lost, and will pay now." "No, sah, you doan't," cried the col- 1 ored man. "Hold on ter yer money, I sah; I'se gwine to finish him now, | suah." Saying this he backed clear across ' the stable, gave a snort and a jump, aud i went for that barrel like a common bull j and target. The air looked blue as he sped along. The usual "dull, sickening 1 thud" was the result. The negro lay ! on the straw, a rod away from the bar- [ rel, gasping for breath, and the barrel \ was intact. It was fully five minutes I before he could speak. At last he • said: "J must giv' dat one moali trial befo' 1 go to Boating to the dime museum to work." He scratched his head and walked away, aud the reporter came to Boston alone.— Boston Olobe. Tlio Hog Won. There were recently gathered to gether a score or more of German stn- 1 dents in Berlin discussing sports of all kinds, dueling, chicken-lighting, pugi lism and horse racing. The latter sub ject was under discussion when an en thusiastic Rhein-Baier declaimed elo- I quently upon tlio merits of a Kentucky j stallion recently purchased for him by j his indulgent father. One of the party I pooh-poohed his claims for speed of his j steed and insolently offered to wager i that he had a hog that could distance 1 the racer. There was danger of a duel when the obnoxious student said: "I am not insulting, but in earnest, when I say that I have a hog which can beat your horse and I'll wager two thousand kreutzer that my hog can win a mile race one month hence." The novel wager was accepted, the date fixed, the money put up and all sealed as a bargain. The "Hog Studenfcer," as his compan ions immediately dubbed him, pur chased the tallest hog to be found in Berlin. He starved the porker for four days, and then took him to the destined race course and drove him around the track. At the conclusion of the circuit the student gave the liog a fish. There is nothing more toothsome to a hog than a fresh fish. The porker iu train ing received no other food for that dav. On the following morning the hog was driven around the track and given another fish. This was repeated for two weeks. At last the student was obliged to get a horse in order to keep pace with the hog as he hastened around the track to get his breakfast. Meantime the hog was getting thin, and anyone who has chased a hungry, skeleton hog knows how fast he will travel. One morning, toward the close of the month, the student hurried his horse and beat the hog, and refused to give him the fish. The hog was nearly crazy for his food, but had to starve another day. After that, the student, on a fat horse, was unable to keep up with tho hungry hog. When the day of the race carne, the hog and horse got an even start, and it was an exciting race. All the students and sporting men of Berlin were in attendance, and they made the welkin ring as the novel pair went tearing around the track. The horse never had raced with a hog before. The hog was afraid that the horse would beat him and get the fish. The result was that tho hog won the race by nearly a dozen hoglengths, amid the wildest enthusiasm ever displayed upon a German course. Noble - lleurted Hoot blank*. Warm hearts are sometimes found under ragged jackets, says a New York paper, as is shown by the following in cident: A kit is a box of tools or whatever jutfit is needed in any particular branch of business. It surprised the shiners and news boys around the postoffioe the other lay to see "Little Tim" coming among them in a quiet way and hear him say, 'Boys, I want to sell my kit. Here's two brushes, a hull box of blacking, a good, stout box and the count goes for two shillings." "Goin' away, Tim?" inquired one. "Not 'zactly, boys, but I want a quar ter the awfulest. kind just now." "Goin' on 'skursion?" asked another. "Not to-day, but I must have a quar ter," he answered. One of the lads passed over the cliAnge and took the kit and Tim walked straight to the counting-room of a daily paper, put down the money, and said: "1 guess I kin write if you give me a pencil." j With slow movinor fingers he wrote a death notice. It went into the paper almost as he wrote it, but you might not have seen it. He wrote: "Died—Litul Ted—of scarlet fever; gone up to heaven, left ouo brother." "Was it your brother?" asked the cashier. Tim tried to brace up, but lie couldn't. The big tears came up, his chin quivered and he pointed to tho counter and gasped: "I—l had to sell my kit to do it, b—but he had his arms around my neck when he d—died." He hurried away home; but the news went to tho boys, and they gathered into a group aud talked. Tim had not [ been home an hour before a barefoot boy left the kit on tho doorstep, and in the box was a bouquet of flowers, which had been purchased in the market by pennies contributed by the crowd of ragged, but big-hearted boys. Did God ever make a heart which would ! not respond if the right chords were touched ? ♦•The Society of Angels." Some time ago a midwife of Warsaw, i Skublinskaya by name, was brought ' to justice, with several of her coadju- I ! tors, for the crime of killing illegiti- I mate children. The woman and her [ ; helpers called themselves "The Society I | of Angels," and engaged in the atrocious I work of "dispatching the little ones to heaven," of course for a certain consid eration paid them by the unfortunate | mothers or their fiiends. This fact I aroused a discussion ih all the Russian ; papers on the fate of illegitimate chil dren in that country. The mortality of ; 1 such waifs was found to be over eighty j I per cent., even among those in the gov- i i ernment asylums in St. Petersburg and j I Moscow. Those asylums keep the children only for a short time, and send them to villages to be raised in ; the families of peasants. There they j | die in large numbers. Rut the number I l of such children as are "dispatched" | directly by professional murderers like ( Skublinskaya can hardly be estimated, j Only about three weeks ago a similar ! "Society of Angels" was discovered in j Vilna. The fate of the unfortunate in j fants has raised the question as to the j causes for the prevalence of such a j crime. The papers hint, as broadly as ! the strictness of the sensor of the press i j allows, that the cruel laws with refer- | | ence to waifs are at the bottom of the whole trouble. An illegitimate child in Russia, if it ever grows up, has 110 j : standing before the law. No matter what his abilities or virtues if by chance i or by natural endowment he happens to ! !be possessed of any, there is no hope ; and no prospect for him to do any good ! lin the world or for himself. The (aw | I will not recognize him as a member of ' | society, and he is tossed about and buf- I feted until he finds his way into some j I gang of criminals passing their lives in i a mine in the Ural mountains. In view I i of these facts it is no wonder that sinful , | mothers regard it as a benefit for their 1 ( children to be "dispatched to heaven" j i before they grow up to live in ignominy S : and suffering on earth, and that "angels" 1 j like Skublinskaya should be found who have no scruples to help sinful mothers ; ridding themselves of their children. How It Looked, j It is the all but universal custom among the fashionable ladies of Venice lof the present day to smoke cigarettes, I both when alone and in company. The hostess at a ball among the nobility re ceives her guests with a cigarette be j tween her fingers, and all the fair dames smoke in the pauses of the dance. The wife of the son of Robert Brown ing, an American lady, created a pro found sensation in Venetian society last year bv declaring that she would not invite ladies to smoke at her house, and the little daughter of another American lady unconsciously uttered a severe ! 1 criticism upon the custom. | The mother was visiting an Italian 1 ! woman of title, and in her honor a ball j was given iu the palace of tho hostess. The little girl, who was six years old, was taken by her nurse from her bed to a gallery where she could look down into the ball-room after the company had assembled. She looked at the brilliant sight for a moment in silence, ; and then asked, in much wonder: "Where are the ladies?" "Why, the hall is full of them," an swered the nurse. "Oh no," said the child, "all those 1 women but mama are smoking." One Swindle Explained. A drummer who travels for a Boston grocery concern says that he sees in 1 Maine some of the sharpest tricks that are practiced anywhere on his route. He gives the following specimen: A farmer's wife bustled into a store i in Washington County the other day, \ and went for the proprietor with: "Mr. B , I bought six pouuds of sugar here last week, and when I got it ; home I found a stone weighing two | pounds in the package." "Yes, ma'am." "Can you explain the swindle, sir?" I "I think I can," was the proprietor's placid reply. "When I weighed your j eight pounds of butter, week before I last, I found a two-pound pebble in j the jar, and when I weighed your sugar the stone must have slipped iuto the scales, somehow. We are both growing old, ma'am, and I am sorry to say that our eyedght isn't to ho trusted. What can I do for you, ma'am ?" For a moment the woman gazed at tho tradesman over her brass bound spectacles. Then she recollected her self and remarked that she had a dozen eggs which she wished to exenange for hooks and eyes.— Lew is ton Journal, ISngta (-all Learned by a llird. The robin is net generally expected to be much of an imitator, but Fort Erie has a robin that would put to shame the most accomplished mocking bird. On quiet mornings tho mellow notes of the bugle calls from Fort Porter float across the river, and the uforesaid robin, in his leisure moments, when freed from his family cares, has amused himself by acquiring the reveille to perfection. But he would better have stuck to legitimate busi ness, for be now adorns a cage and is expected to sound the reveille from sun rise till sunset.— Buffalo Express. A Gallant Offloial. The Pari \ Figaro has this story of the gallantry of a French official: "The Moire of a town 011 the frontier had, in accordance with the recent regulations, to make out a passport for a rich and highly respectable lady of his acquaint ance, who, in spite of a slight disfigure ment, was very vain of her personal appearance. His native politeness prompted him to gloss over the defect, and, after a moment's reflection, he wrote among the items of personal description: 'Eyes dark, beautiful, tender, expresfive, but one of them missing."' Safety of Dugouts. I Mr. DeScience (of New York) —I notice that a writer in tho Forum says I a poor man is better off in a crowded city tenement house than in a Western dugout, exposed to the fury of cyclones. Mr. Quartersection (of Kansas) —Ho does, does he? Well, you jest tell that smart indervidual for me that thar is three things a cyclone can't blow away j —wells, cisterns, and dugouts. Guess lie don't know a dugout is a hole in the ground. THE proverb says the ladies love the military and history says that the mili tary have ever been ready to recipro cate. -Somerville Journal. OF course it is proper that a sailor who appears iu a police court should be liuod for a salt, Not the Sum©. Into the store of a Boston stationer one day recently there came a man in the dress of a wor kinsman, who was evidently at once a foreigner and not overgifted with brilliancy of intellect. He made up to one of the clerks, and with an air of hesitation, as if doubtful whether he had come to the right place, asked in broken English for some "overalls." "Those you will find at the olothing store just down the street," the clerk said. The customer looked puzzled. "I did gone there," he said, "and I did request them for envelopes, and here is it that they do send me." The clerk was quick enough to see where the trouble lay, and good-na tured enough to explain to the foreign- j er the difference between envelopes i for letters and envelopes for the legs of laborers, and the man went back to the clothing store where, no doubt, he found what he wanted. DON'T try to drown your sorrows in a jug; troubles are good swimmers. If aftlictod with sore eyes use Dr. I sitae Thomp son '* Eye-water. Druggists sell at 25c.per bottle A largo experience in the treatment ot I sweating of the feet in the German army lias I proved the following treatment to he the j best: Alter bathing and thoroughly drying j the feet, u five per cent, solution of'Chromie ! Acid is applied with a brush, and generally i two or three such applications suffice for a S. K. Coburn, Mgr., Claire Scott, writes: "I find Hall's Catarrh Cure a valuable remedy." Druggists sell it, 75c. The English Government has undertaken to check the manufacture and sale of electric belts, brushes, pads, etc., on the ground that they are sold on false pretenses and warrant ed to cure diseases over which they have no i influence. FITS slopped free by Dn. KLINE'S GltKAl NKRVE RESTORES. No Fits after ilrst day's use. Marvelous cures. Treatise and S2 trla: bottle free. Dr. Kline. U3l Arch St.. Phila., Pa The largest tree in the world, according to statistics lately published by the Italian government, is a monster chestnut standing at the foot of Mount /Etna. The circunifer ence of the main trunk at sixty feet from tin* ground iH 212 feet Six Nov?}# Frrr, will be sent by Cragin <fe Co., Phila., Pa., to anyone in U.S. or Canada, post age paid, upon receipi of 25 Dobbins' Electric Soap wrappers. See list of novels on circulars arouud each bar. Soap for sale by all grocers. The apparatus for "electrocution" of crira inals condemned to sutler the death penalty in the State of New York, has been tested upon a horse and calf and found sufficient to produce instant death. ! Among the passengers on the l.a rsretagne, ! which recently sailed for Europe, was Mr. Al ' fred B. Scott, of Scott & Bowne, proprietors of | Scott's Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil. This is one j of his periodical trips to attend to the affairs of the firm, which has brnncli houses iu Lon ! don. Paris. Barcelona, Milan and Oporto. j OfthelOSnew roses produced during the year just passed, 7.'1 are credited by n Vienna journal to France, and only 5 to the United States. Children Enjoy The pleasant flavor, gentle action and soothing effects of Syrup of Ffgs, when in need of a lax ative and if the father or mother be costive or bilious the most gratifying results follow its | use,so that it is tho best family remedy known and every family should have a bottle. A Spanish inventor renders from grass- j hoppers a fatty subs I a nee which is declared to make the finest soap yet produced. While Decorating Your I loin CM Do not forget that tho toilet table is an im i jjortum affair, still more important what to Every good housekeeper will acknowledge the value of having a reliable remedy at hand in case of need, and thero is nothing better in the world than Dr. Tobias's Venetian Lini- I nient, tbo sovereign pain reliever, besides i which a single trial will convince any lady > that it is indispensable for the toilet table as it quickly removes pimples and blotches from the neck, face and hands, while for the stings of insects it is infallible. All druggists sell It. The lose report of the State Board of Charities shows that New York State is car ing lor 07.781 invalids, paupers and delin quents, at an expense of over $070,000 a year. U 27 Weak and Weary In early summer Ihe warmer weather Is especially 1 weakening and enervating, and that tired feeling j prevail everywhere. The great lenent which j eople • nt this season derive from Hood's Sursapurilla proves | that this medicine "makes tho weak strong." It ! does not act llko u stimulant, imparting ttetltious ' strength, but Hood's sarsaparllla builds up In a per fectly natural way all tho weakeued paris an I puri nes the blood. Hood's Sarsaparilla Hold by all druggists. $1; six for sr>. Prepared only by C. 1. HOOD & CO., Lowell, Mass. 100 Doses One Dollar / TON SCALES \ / OF \ S6O [RINGHAMTOtc \ Beam Box Tare Beam/ \& N. Y. a/ i Vs/ I f-o r ce weaJw£men cln n u ' W ceon" ftEgromjljßAg^ /hv iNn cleev-nint* And see. -?k- A STRUGGLE WITH DIRT Goes on in civilized society from the cradle to the grave. Dirt is degra dation—and degradation is destruction. Women, especially, are judged by their habits oi household cleanliness, and no stronger condemnation can be expressed than "she keeps a dirty house and a filthy kitchen." But the struggle with dirt is often unequal. 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It I worth FB to any on* but we will send it in paper cover by mail, postpaid, on rewipt of J*I.OO; bound in cloth 42.00. ARCHITECT CO.. 1.5 Yaudewater St.. New York, KlT" Mention This Taper.^LL M 1 ®NO LIMY am> dorse BIG •< THE only specific forth# certain cure TO ft ot this disease _ N G. H. 1 NOR AH AM, M. D., KGSM MOHBIRUTARS- • AmetaMam, N. Y. WRFT.MITBY THE We have sold BIG Q for . ~ many yeara, and It haa but ot Mil. 1 faction. _ B-S-WBB^ .1 ft.oo. Bold by Dm,(lit*