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been elevated the House of Lords, English wits are beginning to term that august body the "Beerage." Recent attempts to introduce pro fessional foot ball into Mexico have ended in failure. These unsophisti cated foreigners will have nothing less refined than a bull tight. A c.H.I iiah four feet long has been caught 011 the New England coast. This does not. however, settle the mooted question whether codfish salt the ocean or the ocean salts the cod fish. More than 40,000 of the soldiers whom Spain has sent to Cuba are now in the hospital, and of the 192,000 sent to the island during Weyler's leadership only 89,000 are lit for duty. These are mere fragments from tlit history of the gloomiest military trag edy of the century. A novel mountain railway lias been built in Germany, the track of which •onsists of a single T-shaped rail, on which a car runs which is drawn ii| the incline bv a captive balloon. Tlu tests of this railway on a small scale have ltwn successful, and now a largei railroad is being built to run up the Hoclistauffen, near Bad Ueicheuhali, Bavaria. A company of wnrkingmen ii. Eng land lately listened to a speaker who •ailed himself a fellow-workman. In his time, he said, ho had experienced many privations. He had known wlm| it was to be cold because lie could not i afford a fire. He hud worn patched Moths and shoes. He had lived upon poor fare. When he was young he learned to plow as straight u furrow u c ! my man iu the parish, and no one j •ouhl thrash better than he. The speaker was a man who in the table :>f precedency comes next after the princes of royal blood -the Archbisho] of Canterbury. Greater New York has u population j almost us great as that of the whole United States at the] time George Washington was first elected Presi dent. It has a population equal to i that of the combined population of • the following twelve 'States: California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Montana, ' Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota. Utah, Washington and Wyo ming, with the District of Columbia j thrown in. Its population is nearly'as great as that of swarming Holland, one third greater than that of all Norway. ! twice as great as that of Cub?., equal to that of Chile, and greater than that ; of Switzerland. Greece, Denmark or V enezuela. It equals the combined population of half a dozen of the ! minor countries of Central and South America. Among the strange contributions made by modern Syria to ecclesiasti cal pence in other lands the following deserves mention, thinks the fade pendent: In a certain church in Scot laud the controversy over the use ot fermented or unferwented wine at the communion service, reached a point, where it was necessary to provide two tables and two sets of elements iu order that the church might partake at the same time. The sight and practice was a grief to all, and a scandal t< people outside A committee was up pointed to solve the difficult [problem Some one suggested that the church send to Syria and procure "the (com mon wine of the country." This met with unanimous approval And uow for several years the undivided church celebrates each communion season,us ing a wine made about three mile* away from Zalileh, in Mt Lebanon. Uncle Sam. as a tenant, pays mill ions each year in rentals. There hardly is a town in the United States that does not receive something from the Government for the rent of build ings. The Postoffiee Department, of course, is the heaviest vent payer, and after that comes the Federal judiciary. Where the United States owns a post office building, and that is only in a few large cities, the courts also oc cupy a part of the structure; but in the majority of cases quarters have to be rented for the accommodation of post offices and courts. The customs ser vice and the War Department also rent quarters, while ill the West the Land Bureau of the Interior Depart ment is a tenant. At tlie national capital, where it might be supposed the Government would have adequate quarters for its bureaus, something like $299,999 a year is paid for rent. The point is often raised in Congress that the Government should build in Washington structures for the accom modation of its servants, but with such a pressure for public buildings in the local towns of members of Con gress it has been impossible to get appropriations. A NATURE PRAYER. Oh, birds that sing such thankful psalms, P Rebuking human fretting. Teach us your socret of content, Your science of forgetting. For every life must have its ills— You, too. have times of sorrow Tench us. like you, to lay them by And sing again to-morrow; For gems of blackest jet may rest Within a golden setting-. Ami lie is wise who understands The science of forgetting. Oh, palms, that bow before the gale Until its peaceful ending, Teach us your yielding, linked with strength Your graceful art of bending; For every tree must meet the storm, Each heart must encounter sorrow; Teach us. like you. to bow. that we May stand erect to-morrow: For there is strength in humble grace- Its wise diseiples shielding— And he is strong who understands The happy art of yielding. Oh. brook, which laughs .ill night, all day. With voice of sweet seduction. Tench us your art of laughing more At every new obstruction: For every life lias eddies deep And rapids fiercely dashing. Sometimes through gloomy caverns forced. Sometimes In sunlight Hashing; Yet there is wisdom in your way. Your laughing waves and wimples; Tench us your gospel built of sinilesi The secret of your dimples. mm WM m LINKS OF CIRCUMSTANCE, H if °>H I'.y liVELYN RAYMOND. || ilSl'ilillliiiiiiMilisiiillllllliliillilllllilSii tAM going to that auc tion." "Barbara!" "I never did visit a 'vendew,' and the grocer urged me." "You never will, I "He was quite enthusiastic in his sympathy over tlie poor little woman who's to be 'sold out."" "You're wasting yours. People needn't have 'vandews' unless they ' | wish." "Mistake. These unfortunate neigh- I bors are not indulging in this luxury 1 from choice. Think of it. If all our I household stuff had to be set out for 1 the inquisitive to criticise and haggle over. It would about kill one." j "If you go there, Bab, you'll do I ' some foolish thing. We have no money to waste on second-hand furni- j ture. Besides, this cottage is full ! now." "Oh, I'll not buy an article! T— I think. But I'm curious to see how \ such affairs are conducted. Good : bye." Barbara left the room with decision, and Mrs. Betts sighed as she rose from the lunch table. Kathryn laughed. "Why protest, mother? When my sister sets out to j make a fool of herself she generally succeeds." "Humph! She could not 'make a ' , fool of herself,' child. I'd like to j ' know what would become of us but for her energetic character." "Ah, well!" Kathryn pushed back, | lazily, managing to get her chair into | admirable focus for reflecting her I pretty self in the mirror opposite, and ! fell to reading a novel. An hour later, j a tap on the window aroused her, "For goodness sake! Barbara 1 Betts!" "Yes," defiantly. "What in the world?" "Where's mother?" She was at the door, instantly, des pite her lameness. | "Why, Barbara, my daughter! | what are you doing with that crea ture?" "Leading it. It isn't a creature. It's a steed." "Whose?" "Mine." "Yours! Have you—bought—a— horse?" "It belongs to that race. The'van dew' folks called it 'the goat.' " "And you went to that unction to— buy—a—horse!" "No. I went for fun. This repre sents fun and sympathy combined in one beautiful form. Isn't it sweet?" "It's hideous You're jesting. It can't—be yours." "It is. My,"very own. I love it al ready; the first living thing which ever belonged to me." "Well! Where will you get the money to pay for it?" "It's paid for; and the halter was thrown in. That cost nothing." "How could you pay for it?" "Easily." "The price?" "Eighteen dollars." "You bought u horse for eighteen dollars?" ; "Yes. Li you've looked at her all you wish I'll put her in tlie stable." Mrs. Betts sank into a chair, gasp ing. Kathryn arose and closed the door. "We should never have taken this house, mother. Then it wouldn't have I happened." "I should like to learn the connec tion between this house and that horse." "There's a stable to this cottage, ' you know. Bab has been tormented I with schemes for utilizing it. She says its the first stable she ever paid j rent for and its emptiness reproached i her. Let us be thankful it wasn't a cow—to be milked." j "H'm. It's such a horrible-looking thing; and she has nothing to make it j comfortable." "I suppose tliey nicknamed it 'goat' !on account of it's size. It isn't nluch : bigger than Bab." "It looks very old." "About her age, too. Thirty, if a ( day " "Here she comes. She looks per fectly happy, yet I—eighteen dollars ; —disgrace— Well, Barbara, what ! next?" Oh. oaks, that stand In forest ranks, Tall, strong, erect and sightly, Your branches arched In noblest grace, Your leaflets laughing lightly; Teach us your firm and quiet strength, Your secrets of extraction From slimy darkness in the soil The grace of life and action; For they are rich who understand The secret of combining The good deep hidden in the eartli With that where suns aro shining Oh, myriad forms of eartli and air, Of lake, and sea, and river. Which makes our landscapes glad and fair To glorify the giver; Teach us to learn the lessons hid In each familiar feature, The mystery which so perfects low or lofty creature; For God is good, nud life is sweet, While suns are brightly shining To glad the glooms and thus rebuke Our follies of repining. Each night is followed by its day, Each storm by fairer weather. While all the works of nature sing Their psalms or joy together. Then learn, oh, heart, their songs of hope, Cease, soul, thy thankless sorrow; For though the clouds be dark to-day, The sun shall shine to-morrow; Learn well from bird and tree and rill, The sins of dark resentment; ind know the greatest gift of God Is faith and sweet contentment. —J. E. Jones. "A blanket and some feed. I'm going down street after them." "The animal must be returned. We cannot be bothered." "Mother, don't get worried. She is mine. Her name is Flora. I hope you will lx> considerate of her feel ings. She has been a house hold pet. Her mistress cried at part- I ing, and I invited her to call." "Why. of course. Another link," murmured Kathryn, softly. Bab went out of the yard, down the street. Her slight figure was girlish in its activity, her dark eyes beautiful, and her mouth—well, under some cir cumstances, it might have been sweet. At that moment it looked what the grocer called "sot." She went into the harness shop. "I want a horse blanket. Not the largest size." "Yes, miss. For night, or day use?" "I don't—know. For the stable." "Then ibis sort. Here some others, for the street. Very nice. I.ike to look at them?" "l)o I need two kinds?" "In this weather, a horse certaiuiy requires blanketing after driving. But. of course, you know that." "No. I know nothing. T am just setting up an establishment." "So? Been buying recently?" "At the auction, to-day." "Which horse?" "The little one. The pet." The dealer smiled. "T should think these cheap blankets were about the such an animal." Barbara's temper flashed. "I will take one of each, Tho proper size. This blue and gray one will be becom ing, I think." Her mtnner, as she paid the ten dollars which Flora's cos tumes cost, implied: "Tho horse is mine. She has become a dignified member of society." "I'll send these right away." "Do so, please. Where is the feed store?" As she left the first shop she "did" a little mental problem. "A woman bought a horse for eighteen dollars, a night blanket for two and a half and a street blanket for seven; how much did she pay for the horse? Answer: Her new winter coat. Was the woman satisfied? She was. " Then she crossed the street, rumin ating. "1 haven't the least idea what a horse requires, except hay. But I won't be mean. H'rn! 1 want to lmy some—er—horse provision." "Yes. madam." "I'll take—l'll take twenty-five pounds of hay and ten of oats." "Eh? Beg pardon! I didn't quite understand." Barbara repeated her statement distinctly. "Yes; but we don't sell in that way. Hay by the hundred weight. Feed by the bag or bushel." "Indeed?" The merchant looked honest. She resolved to trust him. "I have never owned a horse before. I'lease give me-a little information. I shall appreciate it." So did the seller of oaks, and Miss Betts left his establishment with the price of n gown to swell the sum in addition. Flora was "in clover." She held up her venerable he id and looked her new mistress so gratefully in the eye that Bab's heart melted within her. "You precious animal! J believe you arc almost human! But how you do cut! I suppose you've been half starved. Never mind. You shall have all you want, if I go without myself. Good-night, Flora! Pleasant dreams!" Did she actually hug the creature? Elderly maidens, not fully appreciated by their families, sometimes do eccen j trie things. Be that as it may, Miss | Betts went into the house and ban ; daged her wrist, where an ugly bruise called for gibing comment from Kathryn. "I do believe that beast has bitten you." "Well, if she has, she hasn't yet learned to uudeistand kindness." "Oh, I thought she was a family pet?" There was uo reply. Barbara visited the stable four times that night. She was there when the breakfast bell rang, and she was not in quite her usual dainty trim when she appeared at table. "I've been getting things in order. I'll not be so late again." "Shades of Araby! I wish you'd postpone your stable Visits till after you've visited your famiiy," observed the younger sister, sniffing. "Children!" "Yes, mother.. But, Bab, what are you going to do with Miss Flora, now you have her?" "I—l'm going to buy a saddle and vide. She lias a delightful motion, they tell me." "Barbara Betts! bow are you to pay for all this extravagance?" "Out of my own allowance." The tone admitted of no further comment. When they left the breakfast-room Mrs. Bctts said, rather wistfully: "Now that we have a horse, I al most wish we had—a wagon." Flora's mistress was inclined to re sent the "we have," but a glance motlierward checked the tendency. On the walk to the mail her saddle was metamorphosed into a harness and phaeton, with robes. "It must be second hand, to match the horse. I saw such advertised. I 'll buy that outfit." She did. The next day she har nessed Flora ami invited Mrs. Betts to ride. Flora earned her title of ••goat" by capering around in a frantic manner, which ended in the severing of straps and the overturning of the vehicle. This culmination of her playfulness was reached at a most favorable point—in front of the har ness shop. The master came out and rescued the ladies. "If I were allowed to offer sugges tion, I should say 'first learn to har ness.' The reasons why this broke are tlint it is on wrong, and it is worn out." Barbara Betts was sensible. She always followed good advice. She bought a new harness on the spot and ordered a new phaeton for the morrow, bartering her second -hand outfit as (slightly) partial payment. That night she wrote in her dairy: Item—One horso. .Cost—One winter cont. " Blankets... '• Two pairs shoes. " Harness " Two bonnets. " Phieton.eto " A now Cyclopedia. Provender ** Travel, ooiifect., sundries. Payment received: Something belonging exclusively 1?) to myself; some labor; a little fun. Lunation proves. Said Katliryn, some three mouths later: "Bah, I should think you might let me drive that beast once in a while. Here we've had a horse all this time, and I'vfc not ridden once behind it. I suppose I've 110 right to complain, but —if I had a sister and a horse, I'd bring the two into some sort of agree able connection or I'd set myself up for a model of selfishness." "H'm! Would you really ride be hind the despised 'goat?' " "Since she's been 'clipped' slie seems to have regained her youth. She's almost coltish." "But would you?—do you mean it?" "If I had u chance." "In the beginning I made a resolu tion that nobody, save myself, should ever drive Flora." "Break it." "I never break a vow. There is one other way out of the difficulty. I ll take it to prove I'm not as selfish as you think." Kathryn smiled graciously and re sumed her embroidery, but that after noon she was invited to a drive. "Leaving mother at home?" "Taking mother with 11s!" "I don't understand." "Look out of the window." There stood Flora appearing very gay and youthful in a new russet har ness, before a two seated buckboard. "My sake! the whole turnout is a symphony in browns! How swell! And—whose?" "Mine. Will you go?" "Won't I?" "Barbara, my daughter! Have you mortgaged all your small fortune to this horse?" demanded Mrs. Betts, as Flora gayly skimmed over the ground with three admiring women behind \ her. "Aunt Mary's little legacy has gone into this rig!" "Ob, then, you'll have nothing left to sacrifice." "Only myself." "You'll he sold next. OrjFlora, to pay for herself." "If she is 1 will he. Whoever takes one must the other." "It is clear infatuation and—ruin." "It is pure affeetiou." "Stuff." When that drive was over Miss Bar bara bail a visitor. This was unusual. The J more so, that the visitor was a gentleman. The maid ran out to the stable where Bab was putting Flora to bed, and announced, "There's a man wants to see you, miss." All the male acquaintances she had formed since coming to Belleville were connected with Flora's—or the family's requirements. This was piobably the "feed man," with an other bill. The young woman's lips took 011 their most soft expression. "Well, I'm completely bankrupt. But Flora shall not starve, if I do. Her appetite, though, is something frightful. However, send the fellow out here." Flora was never allowed to retire except in the trimmest order, with mauo in "crimps" and every hair ex act. Miss Barbara did not relax iu her attentions for so slight a thing as a call and probable dun. Her face was grim and eyes averted till a mascu line footfall and "Ahem!" compelled consideration. Then she did look up, iudeed, and screamed, "Oh, my—you!" "LieutCeesar, Barbara! You? Are you the woman who bought my sister's ] horsV" "This is my horse. Ido not know your sister," coldly. She had instantly allied from hor agitation. "But, beg\ pardon, you do. She was this animal's owner, obliged to part with it nftffr her husband's i failure. I just got back from the mines—South America—and heard it. I am trying to recover her scattered household gods. This beast, I sup pose, was one of them. I came to buy it, but how should I dream that 'Miss ! Setts' was mv Miss Betfcs—my Barbara! • After ten years of waiting, darling!' I '< take all the blame. I was liot-tem j pered.aud unjust. I should have re membered how firm you always were." "No; I'm an old maid now, and they call me 'sot'." I Flora's would-be purchaser walked | in and closed the stable door behind ! him. "Well, of all things!" exclaimed Mrs. Betts,from her point of view. "If Barbara were younger " "It's all right, mother. The maid says that the gentleman is the brother of Flora's first mistress." sojne time Bab came in, the stranger with her. "Mother, do you remember Mr. Cray don ? I used to know him at the university." The lady's memory failed, but she accepted the statement without com ment. Not so quietly, however, that which followed: "And I've sold Flora." "Sold—Flora! Impossible! How could you?" "Because because T go with the horse.!' Frank Leslie's Popular , Monthly. aiul Hearts. According to a local paper an or ganization has just been formed at Chicago whose members propose to substitute a phrenologist for Cupid. The working plan of this association, which is said to hare a rapidly increas ing membership, is to hold what are called matrimonial picnics every few weeks, at which all the candidates of both sexes for the marriage state sub mit their heads to the examination of the qualified officals for the recording of characteristic bumps. After due comparisons and consultations, a list of men and women whose traits are found to supplement each other's are told oft', and all possible encourage ments offered to [induce their speedy marriage. At a recent matrimonial picnic sixty men and forty women bad their cranical bumps felt by tlie pro fessors, and a number of marriages of "affinities" are expected to take place shortly. A great deal of scientific in terest is taken, it is said, in the ex periment, and careful records will be kept of each union. The society has a comprehensive programme, includ ing a scheme for providing suitable starts in life for such of its members as need assistance. The development of the children of these scientific mar riages is expected to afford data which will bo of great benefit to humanity.— The Ledger. A Quflpr Deuizau of HOTIIII. Among the queer denizens of Ber lin was for many years a retired mu nicipal official named Max DuestroMj. This man has just died at a ripe old age, leaving a goodly fortuue behind him. He had been in the finance de partment and had become so thorough ly imbued with bis work that even af ter bis retirement lie used to do all bis money transactions in the old-accus tomed way. Before he could he pre vailed upon to pay anything he would draw up a formal written request on himself to pay the sum in question, urging the necessity of the case and the nature of the expenditure. Then he would properly indorse this peti tion, tie it with a ribbon and deposit it in one of the pigeon-holes of his desk, labeling it "department of finances—requests." Whereupon lie would draw up another report, like wise addressed to himself, in whichjhe, with the usual preamble, would al low the expenditure, and this docu ment he would put iu auother com partment labeled "department of finances- expenditure." In this way be spent the better part of his leisure, until death came and wiped out all scores.—Chicago> Becord. Her ft race. An Englishwoman of rank,a duchess, was very apt to forget to pay her bills. A milliner, whose large bill bad been repeatedly ignored by the duchess, at last determined to send lier little girl for the money, which was so much needed. "Be sure and say 'your grace' to the duchess," said the anxious mother, and the child gravely promised to re member. Wheu, after a long wait, she was ushered into the presence of her grace, the little girl dropped her a low courtesy, and then folding |hw hands and closing her eyes, said soft ly: "For what T am about to receive, may the Lord make me truly thank ful." As she opened her eyes and turned her wistful gaze on the duchess, that person Jturned very red and without delay made out a check for the amount due her milliner. A Scientist'* Practical Suggestion. W. li. Watts, the field assistant of the Mining Bureau, who has been in vestigating the oil formations of South ern California, receives all sorts of ex traordinary requests from parties who seem to think that the State Mining Bureau has been created for their especial benefit. A local paper states that he received the other day the fol lowing: "Mr. Watts, dear sur: There is a well 011 my lot the water in which smells bad. What do you think it is?" Mr. Watts is a very hardworking and conscientious scientist, but this was a little too much for him, so he replied "Dear Sir: Perhaps it is a dead oat. Yours very truly, W. L. Watts." FIELDS OF ADVENTURE. THRILLINC INCIDENTS AND DARINC DEEDS ON LAND AND SEA. The Itefurmntlon of u Mtinctllxtr Hull? by it Stalwart MlnUter In California—Two Brave Daoda bj i nltotl States Ltfe-4av tiiK l'ri'ns-A Kiltllr llo.v'n During Feat. The Rev. Stanley Wilson, of the little town of Ramona, a little way fromStin Diego, Cal., besides being ed itor of the Ramon a Sentinel is an all around athlete. He eun hold his own with the gloves with any amateur iu the country, and lie is his own light ing editor, says a correspondent of the New York Sun. And he doesn't carry a gun. He is a Baptist, and he rides the circuit, which embraces a number of small mining towns in the hills and mountains of southern San Diego County. When lie is 011 the circuit he preaches in a town 011 Sunday morning, and in the afternoon puts 011 the gloves with the lusty younp mi ners and ranchers, who are always eager to have a "go" with him. He can best any of them that has turned up so far, and they have 110 end of re spect and admiration for him. They all crowd to hear his sermons, which they greatly approve, and altogether the Rev. Mr. Wilson is the most pop ular preacher who has ever appeared in that region. On one of his recent circuit trips he saved a man named Gunn from In dians. Mr. Wilson came up with them 111 a lonely place 011 the road across Warner's ranch. There were three Indians, and they had Gunn down and were about to stab him to death, pre sumably with the intention of robbing liim. The preacher came upon them unexpectedly, and leaping from his horse scattered the Indians right and left. One Indian got the Sullivan knockout 011 the point of his chin and stretched his length on the road. An other received the preacher's list in his solar plexus. Then the preacher had just time to dodge the knife in the baud of the thiid Indian, after which he did a neat hit of in-lighting, the result of which was that he cap tured the knife and sent the red man sprawling iu the dust. By this time Mr. Gunn had scrambled to his feet ; and the two drove the Indians ahead to the nearest town, where they sur rendered them to the law. On a recent Sunday the Rev. Mr. Wilson had an unusually busy day. He preached at the mining town of! Julian. He had a big audience and i his sermon was full of his customary j energy and eloquence. The people listened attentively and afterward gathered in groups to talk it over. In the afternoon Dave Putnam, a town bully, who has been in many lights and has the reputation of being a hard man to handle, aeensted the preacher 011 the street and demanded a refcrac- ■ tiou of an uncomplimentary item about himself which had appeared in that week's issue of the Ramona Sentinel. Wilson declined to retract, Putnam insisted, and Wilson replied that he didn't publish a thing unless it was true, aud that he proposed to stand by whatever lie had said, and to pub lish it again if he thought best. Then , Putnam pulled oft' his coat, advised ; the preacher to get ready for a licking, and sailed in. But the preacher's coat was oil'before Putnam got there, and the blow he bad meant for the priestly nose landed in the air. The bully was a bit bewildered by this, but he took Ids bearings and squared oft* again. He is much heavier than ilson, but the light was neverthe less one-sided from start to finish. As Putnam came 011 again the man of God dealt him a blow with the right which knocked him off his feet, and caught him 011 the jaw with luh left as he fell. The bully jumped to his feet and renewed the attack, but he couldn't land anywhere. The preacher was too quick for liim and did not re ceive a single blow. Putnam finally gave up after he had been stretched on the sidewalk three times, and said it w as all a mistake, and that he didn't want the item taken back at all. The young preacher is more popular than ever, and it is the universal opinion that any man who can "lick Dave Putnam" is the man for that town. For Putnam himself, the affair seems to have been a means of grace. He lias not tried to get into a row since then; has modified his demeanor, aud declares that hereafter he is going to church every time the Rev. Stanley Wilson preaches. Heroic 1.1 in Savers. At a dinner of tlie Quill Club iu .Sew York Major Horace L. Piper, Assist ant Superintendent of the United States Life-Saving Service, told these stories of heroic rescues: Iu the first dull gray of morning, on January 20, 1892, there were dis covered by the aid of strong glasses from the gallery of the Saukaty Light house, on Nantucket Island, the top masts of a vessel just above the hori zon iu the direction of the llose and Crown shoals. Word was sent to the captain of the life-saving station near by. You must know that the Hose aud Crown shoals is one of the most dangerous places 011 the globe, and over fifteen miles from land. Atwenty three-foot surfboat was run out and manned by a crew of seven men. The partings were short between the men and their families. Away flew the lit tle boat; they could not see the ship. They must find it. The thermometer registered twenty degrees below freez ing point. After long hours of search they found the wreck with seven half frozen men clinging to the rigging. They had been there for fifteen hours iu the pelting rain and sleet. There were seve.l in the boat. Could she carry seven more? There was no de bate iu the mind of Walter Chase on tlint point. She must carry them. "The boat was made fast to the wreck, aud then a panic arose among the shipwrecked men. Thev grabbed the rope that held the lifeboat along, side and attempted to pull it closer, so that they could all jump in at once. That meant the capsizing of the boat and death to all. "Hands off!" cried Walter Chase, as he took ont his gleaming sheath knife. 'Now, if an other man lays a finger on that line, I'll cut it and leave you to your fate. lam master here, and you will obey my commands.' At last all were aboard, aud then the homeward strug gle began. Three hours' hard work found them only oue mile away from the shoals. Auother start was made, and at 1(1 o'clock at ■light it was no longer possible to keep headway, and down went the anchor once more. For seven more weary hours they swung at the bending oars. When the brave fellows reached the station after thirty-six hours of toil the first person to greet, the stalwart keeper was his aged mother. Did yon save them nil, Walter?' 'Ay, mother, all, tliauk God!' said the keeper, as he embraced her. He then turned to his men aud said, 'Well, boys, let's gei the house in order and start out the patrol,' thus coming from the heights of heroism down to the dull routine ol duty. "In closing let me toll you oue of the most remarkable eases recorded in the aunal of the world. It occnredl 011 Lake Superior in November, 1880. On the morning of the 18th day of that month two ghostly figures, which proved to be two ships in distress, were discovered off the town ol Mar quette, Mich. The storm was one of extreme intensity, having destroyed the lighthouse tower on the break water (luring the night, nnd was still raging with relentless fury. There was no life-saving station at Marquette. The people in the neighborhood de voted the whole day trying to rescue the forlorn mariners. Boats, steam tugs, mortars and life lines all had failed. Night came. There was no hope in Marquette, none. The near est life-saving station was at Ship Canal, 110 miles away. A telegram was sent thithor at 8 o'clock at night, telling of the situation aud asking, 'Can you help us?' The answer from the captain of the crew was, 'Ay, wo come.' A special train, with a brave engineer at. the throttle, left Ship Canal with the crew aud their appara tus on hoard. The track was cleared, and it fairly flew over the distance to Marquette. Before the midnight hour the crew was at the scene of the wreck, and, after eight hours' battling with the storm, they safely lauded the two crews of twenty-four persons." Kafllr (toy's Durlnj- Feat. A road party comprising the usual gang of from fifty to sixty Kaffirs, with a white man as superintendent, was employed on the construction of a road in the Tugela valley, Natal, South Africa, about thirty or more years ago. In the course of their work they came on a lingo stone, which it was neces sary to remove, but beneath it was the home of a largo black mamba, well known to the neighboring inhabitants as being old, aud, therefore, very ven omous. The mamba is the most deadly of the South African snakes, and the superintendent anticipated some trouble over that rock. He -offered a bribe for the snake's skin, aud the gang "wowed" aud sat down to "beina gwi" (take snuff). But a slim youth sauntered forward, and, amid the jeers aud protestations of the rest, declared himself equal to the task. He took from his neck what looked like a bit of shriveled stick, chewed it, swal lowed some of it, spat out the rest 011 his hands, and proceeded to rub his glistening brown body nnd limbs all over. Then, taking up his stick and chanting n Hong of defiance, ho ad vanced to the bowlder. There he rotisod the mamba, who, in great fury at being disturbed, bit him in the lip with greut venom. The hoy took no notice of the bite, but broke the snake's back with his stick, and, bringing him to his master, asked for the reward, obtaining which, ho went back to his work, and the bite of the reptile had no effect 011 him whatever. No bribe, not even that of a cow (bettor than any gold in the eyes of a Kaffir), would induce this native to disclose the secret of hi* antidote, which, he said, had been handed down in his family for generations. The snake was a very long one, and so old that it had a name. It is a well-known fact that certain of the Zulus have an tidotes for the more deadly snake poisons, which they preserve as a secret within their own families. Two Months in au Ojimi Uoiil. Out of the party of twenty-two Sa inoans who left Tutuila Island in a large boat late in September, one-half perished miserably from exposure, while the survivors were c9t away on the Island of Namunui, the north easternmost island of the Ellioe group, from whence they were finally taken by the mission yacht John Williams more dead than alive. The Australian mail advices brought by the steamer Mariposa state that the Samoans had set out for two neigh boring islands, some sixty miles dis tant, but were overtaken by a gale which iblcw them out of their course, aud for sixty days they drifted help lessly at the mercy of the waves. Nir.e of the party died in the boat, one was killed in lauding at Namunui Island, 900 miles from the port they left, aud some collapsed on reselling shore, leaving only eight survivors. They ate up the little food they had, hut suffered less for want of water, as they were able to spread sails to catch the rain, which fell heavily. This they stored up in some trade boxes they had on board. The island they eventually reached is inhabited, and the people took all possible care of tliem, but they were in a very low con dition when the steamer picked them up. The survivors hnve since been returned to their homes.