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Thirty years ago Berlin was smaller
than Philadelphia, and now it is larger by half a million. Queen Vivtoria is tho owner of sixty pianos. It is urged in extenuation, however, that sho doesn't play any of them. One of tho sensations that is denied to the rich, declares Life, is the inde scribable thrill the poor man feels when he buys something he can't af ford. ____ The chief proof reader of tho Lon don Times is a master of seven differ ent languages, and can say rude things in all of them when the condition of the copy affords sufficient provoca tion. Sir E. Watkin, the railway magnate, says that the most costly pieoe of rail way line in tho world is that between the Mansion House and Aldgate sta tions in London, which requirod the expenditure of close upon $10,000,000 a mile. In France wagon tires vary from three to ten inches in width, usually from four to six, depending upon the weight of tho load. "Were such tires compulsory in America, the present good roads movement would receive a tremendous impetus," exclaims the Scientific American. Bread riots in Madrid and othei Spanish cities have an ominous signifi cance to the New York Mail and Ex press. They mean that too many ol Spain's breadwinners have been taken away from the farms and sent away to fight hopeless battles in remoto and rebellious colonies. According to the annual report of tho Civil Service Commission tuerc are cow 87,107 Federal p'.acea on the lists of tho classified service, while of tho 91,610 places as yet unclassified 06,725 are fourth-class postoflices which tho commission is anxious to bring within tho scopo of its opera tions. For several years, according to the Now York Independent, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut have been filling up with foreign populations, including the French Canadians anil Ijisb, who are Catholics auil swell the membership ol that churcb, which now leads in num ber of communicants, though not in population, tho Protestant churches combined. It was out in Ivunsas that a man re cently tickled former Seuator Ingalls on the back of the neck, relates the New York Telegram. In any other State than Kansas such au act prob ably would have beeu considered fa miliar rather than eccentric. A Kan sas Probate Court jury camo to the conclusion that it was even worse than eccentric, for tho members adjudged the Senatorial tickler to be insane. Ambassador Übl, at Berlin, sends some German commercial notes to tho State Department which show bow ef fectively tho Empire is reaching out lor foreigu trade all over the world which has hitherto belonged to other nations. It appears that Germany is second only to the United States now iu Guatemala nnd Nicaragua, aud lust year took more than half tho latter's coffee export. Having ended her cus toms war with Spain, Germany is now getting a good i-bire of Porto Rican trade, but is still dobarrcil from Cuba by the insurrection. In South Africa and South America tho same success is met, but the most Fuccessful effort is that being made in Japan, whero Germany has already reached second place, while the United States is fourth. Tho oflicial enrollment of tho Chris tian Endeavor Societies of the United States discloses n membership of 2,- 836,713. Thero are now over 47,000 eocieties; 231,000 of the yoimg people connected with these organizations united with tho different churches during tho last year. Since 1839, thoy have received a grand total of 1,043,- 235. The efforts of these youug peop'e have not been confined to distinctively Christian work, the missionary and good citizenship movements having received special attention. This shows most efficient training on tho part of their leaders. February 2d marked the sixteenth anniversary of this re markably effective organization. Rev. Dr. Clark, the father and founder, has been abroad for some time iu tho in terest of the movement. Through his efforts the youug people of Germany have been enlisted iu the work, and he is now in India pursuing his mifsiou. Wheu sixteen years ago Dr. Clark or ganized the first Christian Endeavor Society iu Portlau.l Me., nobody had any conception of the possibility of a far reaching spread of its influences even such as it is. HOPE'i MESSENGER. 4 poet sang a song Into tho night. For but one reason, **that ho neols must sing, &.nd through the darknes3, liko a ray o* light, His simple song went slowly wanderia*. It passed tho mansions of the rich an 1 giat, And none within itb plniutlvo music heard! It pause I whero mighty monarch sat iu state, But not a soul was by its music stirrod. At Inst it found a woman, bent in tears Above a bier, whereon her dead child lay; Its music softly crept into hor ears, And to hor stricken heart it seemed to say: "Arise, fond mother, do thoso tearful eyes, And look no longer downward in despair, But upward lift thy gnze uuto tho skies; For,to! thy darling'sangoldwolleth thero." —Lucius Perry mils, in Leslie's Weekly. ON THE PUMPKIN'dNE. /q ANKITT md * I Davisviile are / connected by I]m I the N. & D. / W | Short line, a •"SSk- K Bb B P ur °' 'h* ©gSgyM ®4|jl *\\ Great Central Fn fmWtA system, tho I I main track of / w hi oh runs it, patron, the commonly known as the "Pumpkin Vine" be cause some one had once said that tho train went about as fast as u pumpkin viae grows in wet weather. The rolling stock consists of an en gine, a passenger coach, a mail and expreea car anil four freight cars. Early each morning the train leaves Davisviilo, saunters across tho fields to Naukitt, then back in timo for din ner ; iu tho afternoon the samo pro gram is goue through with, the Pump kin Vine getting back to Davisviilo liko a schoolboy afraid of the dark. It is some niueteen miles between tho towns and by strict attention to business the four trips are generally made in twelve hours. The conductor, Abo Rogers, acts as a brakoman; it increases his pay aud gives him exer cise. Tho N. & D. is paralleled almost its entire length by tho old Stato road, anil boastful young men ore wout to match their colts against the battered pony engine as it puffs along on tho other side of the fence. Truth to say, auy plug cau distance the locomotive as it bumps over its grass-gro7,'n track. There is a story told of a hun ter who ouco got aboard tho Pumpkin Vino with his gun and his dog. When ho taw a quail or a prairie chickeu he aimed from tho window ; if ho brought down bis bird tho ilog would leap off, find it anil jump on tho rear platform. People who are fond of flowers step off, gather a bouquet of Flora's paint brush and prairie pointers, take a short spurt after tho crawling traiu auil clamber on again. On May day the Pumpkin Vine stood at tho Nankitt station, a build ing of about the size and architectural pretensions of a cigar box. It was warm for the timo of tho year, tho perfume of crab blossoms drifted in through the open windows of the coach and the passengers sprawled about in tho lassitudo brought on by tho first boat. A group of Swedes jabbered together iu a corner, wag ging their yollow beards over tiie misdoings of one Peter Oloson of tueir people. Sevoral Nankitt lawyers were on their way to Circuit Court and Tom Hargrove [sat on the arm of i seat, swinging his feet and talking to old Squiro Phiuuey, u local J. P. A traveling man came in, tugging at two valises. Ho sunk into a seat and wiped bis forehead. "Awful weath er," ho sighed. Tho conductor helped lift a cultiva tor into the baggage-car, thou he went to the door of tho waitiDg room and shouted "Allabud" to the canuou stove. "Allobud," he said again on tho plat form, waved his arm to tho engineer and hopped on to the rear platform, i'lie whistle blew and the trees and barns began to slide slowly backward. A young man and woman ran around tho corner of the station. "Stop that train !" the man yelled to tho conductor. Thoy ran down tho track and before tho conductor had lone anything tho girl had swuug her self up on tho rear platform and tho man hail followed. They stood look ing at each other with palpable roliof. "It's dangerous gettiug on a car in motion," the conductor said, sternly. "You don't get no damages if you're killed." "I know, but wo had to make it," the man said when he had tho breath to spare. "We thought you wasn't going to stop it." Ho had an hon est, sunburned face, his clothes were jf broadcloth, his new boots creaked and his paper collar was somewhat the worse for tho heat. Tho girl had tho beauty of seven teen—color, without feature or soul. She had adorned herself in a multitude of bows and bangles and saw the world from under the eaves of a huge white □ at. They entered tho car with iho con sciousness born of being in love. "Looks like a bride anil groom, loesu't it?" Tom said carelessly to the squire. "Hallo, that's Hink Bar tow." "Thought ho went to I-oway," tho jqnire uuswere.l. "All tho Barlow boys sold out here." "I guess he'n back visiting; I'll go in 1 speak to him." Tom walked bank to whero Hink and tho girl had lounil i seat. "Howdy do? Won't you in troduce me to your wife?" I Hink's face turned a deeper red lliuu ever the sun had painted it. "Sho Ain't my wife—exactly—yet," he stam mered. The train was running along side the State road, Hink suddenly started lip and looked out of the window. "It's him," ho exclaimed excitedly. "Ho must 'a* saw us pet on." Tom looked toward tho road and saw a man standing up in a buckboard like a Roman charioteer, shaking his fist and apparently huriing opprobrious epithets at the train. "We can't stop this here train now," they could hear tho conductor shout, "for we'vo got to be in Davisviile by 1.30." It was then 10.30. "I'll beat your old cow, then," tho man yelled back in derision. "Tell 'em I'll meet 'em at the Davisviilo depot." "Confound it," said Hink, "I wisht he hadn't seen us got on." The girl began to cry. "What's the row? Who is that fel low?" Tom asked. "Why, you see, Mr. Hargrove," j Hank replied, "he's Mary's brother and he's took a full notion that sho sha'n't. marry me—says our Bill cheated him swapping watches. Mary ain't eighteen till July and I've got to get back to I-oway to cultivate my corn and so her mother said for us jest to slip away and get married with out letting Durfoy know. We come to Nankitt this morning, I got my license and we was going to the Bap tist preacher's when we seen Durfey coming. We was near the depot and so we jest skited and got on this train —and ho must 'a' saw us." "And now he's going to Davisviile to stop you?" Tom queried. "Yes—and he'll beat us, for that bay he's driving can outtrot any horse around here." "Well, he can't prevent her from marrying you, can he?" "I guess ho oould—he's my guar deen," Mary said, lifting hor face al ready swollen with tears. "Then, anyway, if he meets us and says I must go off with him I just know I'll do it. I won't waut to leave Hink but I always do what Durfey tells me." Tom wondered that any man should want to marry a girl with so little "backbone"—so ho termed her timid ity—but ho kept this reflection to himself, knowing tho ways of bride grooms aud thoir unreasoning fond ness. "Perhaps wo can got tho con ductor to hurry up tho train," he suggested. That personago was collecting fares in his shirt sleeves but wearing his cap to givo an official air. "Can we go a little faster, Abe?" Tom said, as he gave up his ticket; "this gentleman would like to beat that buckboard man to Davisviile. Runaways," ho whispered in conclusion. Tho conductor frowned, punched the ticket, then stuck it iu Tom's hat band. "We can't go more'n niue miles au hour," ho answered. "We've got strict orders not to kill no steers nor horses an d they'ro jest everlast ingly on this hero track. But we'll try to keep that emarty on tho Stato road in sight," ho ended, vindictively, for tho insult of miscalling his train a cow rankled iu his bosom. "When wo stop at Sage I'll got off and tell the enginoer." Bago was a station whero a grain elevator reared itself about tho sur rounding cornoribs and whero a weather beaten platform served as depot. By the time the traiu reached there everybody iu tho car knew the story of the runaways. At Sugo the Swedes clattered out aud tho conduc tor ran to the locomotive and told the engineer to "go a mito faster." Tho passenger could see the man in tho buckboard clipping along tho road about n quarter of a mile ahead. "He's bound to beat you," Tom said, drawing 111 his head alter a survey of their rival. "fJadu't you better get off at the next stop and try to got a farmer to drive you back to Nankitt? Yon say you have your license?" "Yes," Hink answered, despond ently, "hero it is," Ho drew it from his pocket aud handed it to Tom. "Jf we dil get off wo mightn't find anybody willing to take us back." "That's so," Tom responded. Ho ran his eyes over tho liconse—a new idea came to him. "Would yon let Squire Phinuey marry you?" ho asked. "He's there ou the frout seat. It will bo legal if it's done before we reach the city line. • "You can bet I'm willing to marry if Mary is," Hink answered, joyfully. "I never thought I'd be married by a squire," sho said, "but I guess it's all right, for then I won't have to go back with Durfey." Sho wiped her eyes, patted her back hair and smiled at her lover. Tho sijuire cousontcd to perform the ceremony, although ho oid ho "ilisro momberod all tho quiriis iu tho service, not having his book." "But I'll make a stagger at it," he romarkod, "aud it will hold in law," "All right," said Tom. He led the brido and groom iuto tho aisle, both looking veiy warm and timid. "Don't bo bashful," ho counseled; "we'ro all friends here." Ths passengers crowdod around the wedding part}* and tho conductor put ou his coat in honor ot' the occasion. While the squire wiped his brow in preparation, Tom looked out o? the window. Mary's brother was bowling | along in a clouil of dust. "We'vo fixed him," he whispered, gleefully, to the traveling man. Squire Phinney mumblod through tho marriage coroniouy, making noises in his throat whou ho forgot tho words. Hink said "Yos" so loud that he was covered iu a wave of confusion, but Mary peeped out lier assent in the voioe of a canary. "1 pronounce you man and wife," tho I quire snid as the train slacked up at tho socoud station. Aftor tho con gratulations wore over tho bride and groorn had a drink of ico water from the cooler and thou sat down on tho back seat where thoy could hold hands unobserved. Tho cur settled down to quiet. Torn and tho traveling man smoked on the platform and tho old squire, richer S3 thuu when ho started, put his bandana UYi-x his face and slept. As tbe train neared Davisvillo ex pectation woko on every face. Tom felt a pleasant thrill at the prospect of trouble when they reached the station. As J they swuug around a curve they could see a bay horse and a buckboard tied to a post behind the depot. "Ho'd there!" Hink cried. "Let mo go out ahead of you, Hink," Tom said as the train stopped with a final jar. The other passengers filed out and grouped themselves where they could see what happened. Mary's brother came up close to the car steps, his forehead was drawn into deep creases and ho held his whip in hiR fist. Tom came out, closely followed by Hink and his wife. The brother took a better hold of his whip. "You young hound!" he cried. Tom smiled as if he thought this was for him. He wavod his hand toward the young couple, "Mr. Dnrfey Maoey," he said, suavely, "I have the pleasure of presenting Mr. and Mrs. Harlow and—" "You lie, and I'll horsewhip you, too," the man shouted, brandishing his whip. "No, I don't" Tom retorted. "They were married on this train. Ask any of these people." He indicated the passengers. Squire Phinney stepped forward. "I married 'em," he said, with a chuckle, "while you wa3 jogging along theStite road about half u mile ahead." Durfoy stepped back. "Well, I wash my hands of tho business," ho said, suddenly. "Mary, are you go ing back to see your mother beforo you go West?" "Yes, me'n Hink are going back on this train," she answered. Durfoy turned away with a grunt. Squire Phinney felt that ho hail played a strong part and thought to | round out tho whole by a joke of his own manufacture. "Good horse of yours," he called, "you ought-a train him for tho race track." "He got here beforo tho Potato Vine, anyway," tho man growled, for getting tho name of the railroad of love. "Well, young man, there's moro'n one way of winning a race," tho squire retorted, in a triumphant look of repartee. The passengers laughed at his sally, and then dispersed. Hink and Mary went back into the car, deserted now save for the conductor, counting his change on the front seat. They weut to lowa tho next week and tho romance of their wedding gave'placo to the proso of farm life. Squire Phinney, howovor, never tired of telling of tho time ho and Tom Har grove made a wedding on the Pump kin Vine and what ho afterward said to tho enraged brother. —Buffalo (N. Y.) Times. In an Emergency. Painting tho gum with iodine is ouo of the best remedies for toothache. If your iodino is too strong from ago di lute it with a little alcohol. Candy should not be stirred whilo boiling, and tho flavoring should not be added until tbe candy is cooked. Granulated sngar is best for almost any kind of candy. Two things always to bo remem bered when cooking oatmeal are tbese: It should always be cooked slowly, as it then has a sweeter and better flavor. Oatmeal should not be stirred when cooking, as thia tends to make it pasty. To dotermiuo if milk lias been adul terated stick a bright steel knitting needle into tho liquid and then draw it out. If the milk cliugs to the nee dle and drops from tho end it is pure, but if the liquid runs off quickly the milk has beeu mixed with water. A piece of tissuo paper twisted and pushed into a bottle after it has been j washed will absorb every particle of | the moisture and leave it us clear as crystal. This is a good way to wash carafes. In trying thia allow one end j of tho paper to protrude above the neck so it can be pulled out easily. Latest in Flying Machines. Leonard E. Clawgon and Adam Beck, two business men of Hau Francisco, Cal., believe thoy have solved the problem of aerial navigation. They have just made application for patents on their device. Their machine, siow in jirocess of construction, consists essentially of four rods, each tweuty foot long, parallel to eacu other,work ing on ball bearings in u well braced framework supporting the motive power aud steering apparatus below. On each of these rods are a series of double wings couKtructed of a steel wiro framework, over which silk is stretched. These are so arranged in relation to each other that when oue wing is rising open, the other is de scending closed; thus half tho wings are at every instant pressing down ward whilo tho other half are rising, but not pressing upward. Should tho motive power tail for any reason tho entire wing suri'aco instantly forms a parachute. A mnohino twenty feet long and with a bearing surface six feet wide, it is believed, can be made to raise a weight of 600 pouud?, ouo occupant alone supplying the power.—Now York Ad vertiser. A Moused (luarler Century Run. A wheelman hung liis bicyolo from the ceiling of his cellar and not far from a swinging shelf on which food was kept. A mouse jumped from the w<ill onto tho tire of the front wheel, evidently hoping thereby to reach tho shelf. Tho wheel started and inousio naturally ran toward tho highest part of it. It was able to stay on the top of the tire, but couldn't got enough of a foothold to jump to tho wall. When found next morning tho mouse was very much exhausted, though still run ning. The cyclometer übowed that it had traveled over twenty-eight mil us. —Albauy (N. Y.) Exoreos. DRESSMAKING IN PARIS. In the city of Paris, France, 70,000 persons are employed in making various articles of women's costnmes, and 05,000 regular dressmakers. The business amounts to $251,0G0,10001 uunually. ; A BRIDE'S GIRDLE. A fashion which the brides of *O7 are hastening to appropriate is the bride's girdle, tbe oxtravagant features of these ornaments being that they can only bo worn with wedding gowns. The bride's girdle is four inches at the narrowest point and six at the widest, and io covered entirely with pearls. Preferably this dainty girdle should be laced with a slender silver wire. PUNKA FANS. Punka fans form tho basis for many a useful novelty under the present form of manipulation. It ha* u very long handle, several feet long, spring ing from the side, is gay in color and ornamentally suggestive, and has a hole for thumb and finger to handle it by. Above this hole is a metallic ornament from which radiates a thick fringe of sweet-scented Oriental grass in a golden yollow, perfuming'the air as the fan is wavod. Such a fau .makes, a handsome wall ornament. SUICIDE FROM TIGHT LACING. An injury to her spine, caused by tight lacing, and tho suffering incident.' thereto, caused Matilda Barthuolot, of) New York City, to commit suicide. She) had a handsome figure, and was so! proud of her small waist that when its) girth began to expand she bogan to lace more tightly to prevent it. She, kept this up so long that finally sho began to suffer terribly. Pliyßioians, told her that her spine had been in-l jured by tho extremely tight lacing,, aud that they could do nothingifor her. t Tortured by tho fear of goingjinsane,, her mind finally did give wpy,uind shoi hanged herself. ft GOTHIC IIEAD'GEAR. The curious fnot was mentioned in] a recent lecture on costumo that inj medimval times, when the Gothic! stylo of architecture prevailed, womenj wore what might aptly be called Gothic! head-gear. Tho tall cones, some of' thorn measuring fully four feet in, height, with veils depending, were ini tbe same lines as the castles and tombs; of tho day. The lecturer commented, too, ou the extravagance of thoso former days, which far exceed the criticised lavishness of our own times. When has the nineteenth century equalled tho expenditure of Francois 1., who paid $360 a yard for his cov-. etod cloth of gold? nERE's A D. A. R. INDEED. One of tho six "star members" of tho Daughters of the American Revo lution io Mrs. Auno M. Dorsoy, of Par kersburg, W. Va., a remarkable woman in more ways than one. Sho is eighty seven years of age. Her father was a soldier in tho war for American inde pendence. Mrs. Dorsey is n native of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, andjher maiden I name was Mntbiot. She was twice 1 married--first to Robert O. Wood. Her second husband was George W. Dorsey, a largo landholder and slave owner, who lived two miles from Mor gantown. At tho "old Virginia home," where for many yoars Mrs. Dorsey was queen of the household, sho and her husband dispensed hospitality to the weary traveling preacher. GOSSIP. Tho Royal College of Surgeons in London has decided to confer degrees upon women. Irish women are said to have the most beautiful eyes, complexion und hands in the world. The Queen of Portugal was instru mental iu introducing tho serum treatment of diphtheria into that country. Mrs. E. L. Klingor, of Albuquerque, Now Mexico, is known as the "Cuttle Queen of New Mexico." Sho owns 128,000 head of cattle. Mrs. Josephine St. Pierre Rufiln is a promiueut colored woman of Boston, whoso name, so roported, headed tho ticket put out for School Committeo by tho Boston Silver Democrats. The first club iu which women were admitted in London was the Albemarle found iu 1875. It has always been a mixed club, but of its present 800 liiembors the majority are women. The effort of tho Arkansas Senate to protect itself agaiust women office seekers has failed, tho Houso having refused to sanction the bill forbidding tho employment of women by tho General Assembly. Tho station agent at Ella, Mexico, is a woman, Concha Blanica. The management of tho road values her so highly that she has been promoted twice, and is now in charge of one of tho most important stations. The Empress of Austria is carefully guarded each time she ventures forth trorn her castle. The Austrian body guard, kuowing tbe quick and cupri oious movements of his mistress, never relaxes his vigilance for an instunt. Tho horses of tho Queen of Wur temborg rau away with her one day not long ago, pitching tbe coachman and footman from the box. Her Majesty immediately climbed to their place and cheoked the horses unaided. One of the busiest women in all England is Queen Victoria. Her cor respondence alone would dishearted an ordinary woman of affairs. Not so with the Queen. She writes many letters herself, and reads every epistle sent to her. The British Medical Journal in veighs against the use of so-called irice power for the face, on ths ground iof its injurious effects on the skin. iSomo of the rice powders are alleged |to be no longer composed of rice, but !of chalk, white lead, starch and ala jbaster in varying proportions. General Booth of tho Salvation .Army says there are 5000 homeless ■women in London above the ago of /fifty years. They subsist by cleaning ♦doorstops, selling watercress, picking jrags and collecting refuse, aud find isheltor at where they can. The .army hopes to open a home for thom in the West End. Mrs. Althea Briggs-Stryker, who is looked upon in Kansas as a formida ble rival of Mrs. Lease, is tho wife of the State Superintendent of Edu cation. Sho was prominent in the ranks of the Populists long before her husband was publicly known. Sho is described as a quiot young woman of thirty, with a soft voice and a pleas ing address. Mine. Nansen, wife of tho Arctic ex plorer, is as ardent in the pursuit of outdoor sports and explorations as Nansen himself. Somo years ago, on New Year's Eve, she climbed on snow shoes to the top of Norofjeld peak with her husband. The venture was taken in tho dark and was fraught with great danger, as there wero preci pices on both aides of the path taken by the climbers. FASHION NOTES. Skirts trimmed with bias folds of satin are fashionable. The medium-sized sleevo is the ono most favored by fashion. Velvet bodices will continue in favor even during the summer. Russian blue will be tho color of many of new spring gowns. Batiste and cotton foulards aro in high favor for novelty wouchoirs, and aro exceedingly delicate, both iu tex ture and color. Ecru linen kerchiefs, with stripes or checks of lavender, reseda green or old pink are among the smart combin ations for general utility purposes. Somo of the sheerest and daintiest of lawns come for lining tho summer organdies. This is a move in the right direction from an economical standpoint. Tho minor accessories of tho toilet aro demauding great attention, and none is receiving moro than tho hand kerchiefs of '97, which ure daintily exquisite in design and manufacture. Handkerchiefs to match the gown in color ure quito the proper thing, and for evening wear filmy bits of monsseline do soie, edged by several ruffles of point d'esprit, only aro cor rect. Bees delicately outlined form a pretty border on handkerchiefs, aud upon cither Bide of them a narrow hemstitched band is sparsely embroid ered with a larger growth of tho busj bodies. Embroideries aro oither in contrast ing shades or white. Plaid bordered ones at the Maison Blanc were quite chic. l)eop purplo and white centres, bordered by blaok duchcsse laco, aro the accepted styles for mourning use. Monograms are done in outline stitch, and are frequently placed in the centro of tho handkerchief. . .".This is, however, a matter of fancy, but must always bo framed by a circle iu somo correspondingly attractive em broidery stitch. A pretty novelty iu bags for opera glasses is a pouch with tho upper por tion of delicately shaded satin and the lower formed of tho head of some small animal. A very dainty effect is .gotten from a shell pink satin with u mink's head finish. Colored handkerchiefs elaborately embroidered are tho vogue. Birds and insects aro preferred to floral de signs for decorative purposes. For instance, a liuo of swallows will ex tend diagonally across the centro of tho handkerchief, or a swarm of but torfiies will adorn the four corners. Hog Starts a Fire. James Mistral's hog caused tho de struction of his barn and house at Parkersburg, W. V., a few nights ago. Mistrel took a lighted torch to the hog pen, and with some coal oil thoroughly greased the auimals. The irritation annoyed the hogs, and one of them be gau to tear about, coming in contact with the lighted torob. its body was set on fire. Tho animal, roaring with pain, dashed into the barn, which was soon ablaze and set the house on fire. —Roanoke Times. A Magnetic Crane. A magnetic crane is now employed in a London foundry lor tho purpose of lifting pieces of irou and steel. Three men can thus accomplish in fif teen minutes the work that formerly required tho same number of men en gaged for one and one-half hours. HOUSEHOLD AFFAIRS. THE WOBST STAINS, Fruit stains, grapo stains and those mado by colored vegetable juices are often almost indelible and reqniro varied treatment. Among the expe dients resorted to are: Thorough rubbing with soap and soft water, re- Seated dipping in sour buttermilk and rying in the sun, and rubbing with a thick mixture of starch and cold water and then exposing long to sun and air. CLEANING WHITE FEATHERS. Soiled white feathers, after being washed, aro dried by patting and shaking over the lire. A dull silver knife must be used to curl each fibro for the best effect. In preparing for washing, pour boiling water on shav ings of white soap and a littlo soda. When a lather has been formed that is not too hot for the hand, each feather is washed separately. If the lather becomes dark colored another must be made. The riusing water should bo cold and a tritlo blue. BEEF EXTRACT FOR AN INVALU>. A quick way to make a strong beef extract rather than tea for an invalid needing plenty of nourishment is by a process of searing and pressing, Raw juicy beef is cut into pieces the size of a small egg; these are put iuto a very hot skillot and quickly seared on all sides; they aro then rapidly taken off in a hot deep dish and pressed lirmly with a wooden spoon or spatu la to extract tlio juice, the meat being often returned to the firo to continuo its heat, and as often taken off to squeeze out more. A glass lomon squeezer may bo used if preferred. The juice should bo served very hot, slightly salted, and in a colored glass. —New York Post. HEALTHFUL COOKERY. The way meat is prepared and cooked is of the greatest importance. Broiled and roasted meats agreo with most people. In preparing thorn, tho tiro should be brisk, so tho albumen on tho surface of the moat may bo rapidly coagulated. This preserves tho juices and makes tho meat moro savory and tender. Tho same rule should bo ob served in boding. If tho meat is to be eaten, it should at once be plunged into boiling water, while, if soup is to be made out of it, the meat should bo put into cold water and the temperature slowly raised, By this process its nutritious fluids aro extracted. Salt meats so far as nutriment is concerned, are no better than fresh meats from which a good soup has been extractor. In most cases the salted moats arc hard and in digestible, and nutritious and stimu lating portions aro left in tho brine. Meats contain a largo amount of proteids, united with much fat. Good meats, when dropcrly cooked, aro moro easily digested than vegetable foods. As they arc lacking, however, iu starches, it is well to combine them with bread, rice, muccaroni, potatoes, nudles, etc.—New York Press. RECITES. Hot Breakfast Buns—One cup ful of butter, one cupful of sugar, half a cupful of yeast, half a piut of milk. Make stiff with Hour and mold into buns. Wheu light, bake. Fried Celery—Boil several heads of celery in salted water; when done, split the heads and dip them into clarified butter or dip them into a hatter and fry a light brown. Garnish the dish prettily with parsley. Lettuce Salad—Wash,dry and shred nice leaves of lettuce and put them into a salad bowl; cut, two slices ot" bacon into dice; fry this with a finely minced ouion; add a little salt (it needed), half a toaspoonful of pepper, a tablespoon fill of vinegar. Pour all over tho lettuco and mix thoroughly Serve immediately. 13ean Soup—Soak ono quart of beans over night; in tho morning drain, wash tho boaus in fresh water and put them in a kettle with four quarts o; good! beef stock ; sot it where it will boil slowly for Ihreo or fours hours. Two hours before dinner slice in au onion and a carrot. If tho beau* are not liked whole, press through a col ander and send to tho tablo hot. Mutton Kebbobed—Take a loin of mutton ; joint well. Take tho fo'low ing dressing and put botween each joint: Two tablospoonfuls of chopped parsley, a little thyme, a quarter of a nutmeg gruted, a cupful of bread crumbs; mix well with two eggs. Roast ono hour. If there is a large flap to tho loin some of the dressing may bo put iu and then skewered se curely. Caramel Cake—Two cnpfuls of sugar, one-half of a cupful of butter, one cup full of sweet milk, four eggs and two and one-half oupfuls of dour sifted with two teaspoonfuls of baking pow der. Bake in three layers. Filling: One cupful of browu sugar, beaten whites of two eggs, a little milk. Boil these together over steam for ten minutes; add a littlo buttor, and after boiling add vanilla to taste. Cool and spread. Tripe ala Lyonnaise, with Toma toes—This economical dish, which is in reach of every family, is also very fine. Take two pounds of dressed ami boiled tripe ; out iuto small strips two inches long aud put iuto a saucepan. Parboil and drain off tho first water; chop a small onion line, and let all stew twenty minutes; add half a cup ful of thickening and then stir in half a can of tomatoes ; season with salt and pepper. H. H. Loomis, of Geneva, has just sold for SIO,OOO, timber land Ideated in Wisconsin that ho hud refused $40,000 for. A Polish settlement spruug up near the tract and thefts became so numerous that Loomis was lorced to sell to save hi? property.