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To offset tho shortage in potatoes the peach crop kindly omitted its usual failure this year. It has just been discovered that epilepsy is causod by a microbe. We shall soon hear of the microbe of love, j and the microbes of hunger and thirst Even lumber appears to be subject to contagion; at least experienced lum bermen say that in the process of sea soning wood should be occasionally replied and decayed or defective pieces removed, lest they infect the others. The Philadelphia Times remarks that if England is buying American elevators and Spain Is purchasing Yan kee cars, we are countenancing royal Institutions to the extent at least of establishing heralds' colleges over here. It Is announced from Faris that the clever chemists of the Pasteur insti tute have succeeded in producing food stuffs from absolutely inorganic mat ter, and if the report be true the time may come when a man can live on rocks if the wheat supply fails. Rear Admiral Melville's idea of set ting casks afloat to determine wheth er there is an ocean current across the north pole Is a hopeful one. The casks .are merely to be filled with shavings, and there will be no need of organizing expeditions to rescue them when they get lost. New Zealand has decided that It would bo prejudicial to her interests to enter the Australian common wealth. The question was reported upon adversely by an investigating commission, and the report was af terward confirmed by the New Zealand parliament. The proposal will hardly be revived ayain for several years. A train robbery in Minnesota and the hold-up of a stage coach in the Ad irondack's, both having occurred on the same day, constitute gentle reminders of the fact that the road agents are still with, us and gaining a precarious living from their nefarious business. The wonder is not that such things happen, but that they are not of more irequent occurrence in a country des titute of an efficient, rural police. The comparative infrcquency of road rob beries under the circumstances testi fies to the law abiding character of tho American people. The passion for pie cannot be float ed or abated by the jeers and gibes of satirists and fun makers opines the Now York Tribune. New York City is almost as insatiable as New England in its craving for this savory delight of the palate. Companies which pro duce and distribute pies in vast quan tities and of every imaginable kind are now flourishing on an extensive scale. The wagons of these companies are among tho neatest and most taste ful of the business vehicles seen in our streets. Fancies in food may change to some extent, but the sale of pies among the masses shows no fall ing off. Gutta Percha Getting Scarce. Counsel Atwell of Roubaix writes that the scientists in France are now engaged upon the problem of acclima tizing the Isonandra gutta, the tree which produces gutta-percha, indis pensable to the construction of subma rine cables. It seems that no other product known at prosent replaces the gutta-percha found in the forests of ♦he Malay Peninsula and In certain districts in Malacca. Inferior quali ties have not the requisite durability for submarine use. The plantations in Clio above mentioned districts have been so ruiniously exploited by the na tives. who uproot full-grown trees and cut young plants before they come to maturity, that it is feared that thero will be a shortage in the supply of this quality of gutta-percha in the course of 15 years, unless means arc taken to protect the forests or to propagate tiw plants els where. UTILITY. Your toiler may not overtake His proud ambition's goal, Hut by a word or deed may wake t'omo stronger, worthier soul. And though in tales of peaee and war Obscurely he must rest, There is no real failure for The man who does his best* | FOR ELLA'S SAKE, j # i\ EY n. MACKENZIE. q "What have you got to say to me?'" "Nothing." "Why did you send for me?" A flush of red rose to her face. "I thought, yesterday, when I wrote, that i had something to say, but now—" "You have changed your mind, Miss Austin? That is a woman's privilege and you have used it ruthlessly." "Yes, I know. Forgive me. I meant to do my best." He frowned and his expression wns not good to see. "Her best." And this is what she had done Last spring ho had thought himself one of the happiest men alive, engaged to be married to this girl, Eva Aus tin; he loved her passionately and be lieved her to be the ideal type of womanhood, high principled, truthful, gentle—in fact, almost faultless. One day, a few mouths ago, she had written to break off her engage ment, a short letter which was a mas terpiece of polite reserve and femi nine cruelty. She regretted if she bad caused him any pain—Oh, yes, re grets cost nothing—she was conscious of the honor that he had paid her * * - she wished to remain his l'rieud • * she returned his ring. Captain Humphrey traveled many miles to demand an explanation of his affianced wife. Ho was refused admit tance, liis letters were returned un opened by her sister—Eva was ill and could not write. Tho truth stared him in the face; in plain English he had been hopelessly jilted. Then he vowed to forget Eva Austin's existence and congratulated himself upon his free dom from domestic ties. Today, as he stood in the parlor of the hotel to which she had summoned him, he had so far overlooked his determination to forget her existence lhat his anger was waxing fierce against her. Why had she brought him here? To bo made a fool of a second time? No, and a thousand times no. "If you did your best. Miss Austin, may I ask what your worst would hate been?" She moved quickly, almost as it he had struck her. "I cannot explain. If you know liow It all happened you would perhaps believe—you might perhaps think a lit tle better of me." He stood bolt upright, speechless. He was struggling with his pride; in his heart of hearts he was longing to take her in his arras, to tell her that for him she was the only woman in the world, with all her faults. Her faults. They were unpardona ble. "I should bo glad to think well of any lady," he said at last, lightly, "more especially of a lady who once honored me wilh her friendship." "Yes," she said gently, "it was lie cause of that friendship that I wrote. I had a favor to ask you. Now —it is not necessary. lam sorry." There was a brief silence, then she said: "Thero are changes in our family. Ella is going to be married; the en gagement. is very sudden, it was only settled this morning." (Ella was the younger sister of whom he had so often been jealous in those forgotten days.) "Allow mc to congratulate." He bowed and turned to go; the in terview was a farce. At the door she stopped him. "Do you start —tomorrow?" "Yes." "Goodby. We, that is Ella and 1, wish you a happy return." Considering their former intimacy, this was barely tho farewell that good manners demanded, nothing more. His hand was on the lock. Some thing else she said, her voice was al most inaudible, "I will pray for you." He shut tho door quietly, there should ha no melodramatic display of temper on his part Arrived at the bottom of the stairs, he missed his hat. Had he left his purso or hi 3 watch In that room, no power on earth would have sent him back—but hi 3 hat. He ran back hastily and knocked. There was no answer. So much the better. lie entered the room and seized his property. Turning to go, he heard the rustle of draperies. She was there, standing on the spot where he had left her, with her hands clasped to Ker face. * * • Under the cold star lit sky he had lain for hours. The fight was over. In tbe distance he could discern the figures of the wounded and tho dead. The victory was with his men—so much he knew before he fell. And now, patience. They would find him by and by. If not, then the end could not be far off, not very far. Patience. The stars flickered and faded. He saw a room, with pale pink walls, flowers, a work basket on the table—nothing escaped his notice. Eva was there, she had on a gray dress and a gold chain round her nock. Were there tears ip her eyes? There were tears in his. "I will pray for you." That is what she said at parting, Mid he had pretended not to hear. He sow her again praying for the man j who had not condescended to accept j her good wishes. 11l tho old days he had often smiled ■ at her earnestness, and called her a j little Puritan; in later times he had j raged at her as a hypocrite. Do hypocrites look like that? What did it matter what lie called j her? His one wish now was that she j should know that he died blessing her. ! With infinite difficulty ho found his j pocket'oook and wrote her name on the ! flyleaf. His hand trembled; before the pencil slipped from his grasp he j scrawled feebly, "God bless you, Eva." j * • • • The orderly brought a bundle of let ters into the shed which had been ; hastily converted into a hospital. The j men crowded eagerly round him; even | Captain Humphrey, who was "danger- : ously" wounded, turned an anxious face toward the messenger. The captain recognized the shape and color of the envelope that was brought to his bedside; the handwrit ing. too, was familiar. It was Eva Austin's. "Now that I am happily married I must free my conscience and tell you j our secret Think as badly of me as as you can. Eva sacrificed herself for | mo. I told her that I cared for you, ; that is why she wrote that letter. Af- j terward, when she was ill, I sent back j your letters without her knowledge." j The lines jumped up and down be- j fore tho sick man's eyes; lie read on: j "Eva wanted to put things right be- J tween you and me; that is why she ! sent for me before you left. Didn't you guess? She found out her mis- I take before you came and took all the j biame on herself to shield me. You will never forgive me, I shouldn't, but I can't boar to think that you are still j misjudging her." * • * • he pull through, doctor?" , asked a young officer that night. He j It was who had found tho captain and brought him into shelter. "Pull through? Yes, now his mind' 3 ! at rest." "What's he been worrying about?" j "What do we all worry about, eh?" | The officer did not answer —he wasn't going to tell his secrets to tho wily doctor. "The first night he wanted to risk j his life writing or dictating letters j home. Now, I think he's satisfied with the news that today's mail ; brought him. Look at him." "He's asleep," said the other-in a whisper; "and say, doctor, he's got a letter tucked away under his pillow." , —American Queen. RIDING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. How It Keels to Cnzo Through Coggleß on n taiuhcnpe That Hushes at You. I Until tho other day my experiences i of motor riding had not been worth ; mentioning. I had heen on a motor, 1 of course, both here and over tho way, and I had seen something of its capa- , bilities of upsetting, not merely my- j self and other people, but the idoa I had entertained of the relations of , time And space. Still, the most I had i seen a motor do in tho vicinity of Paris had been done at the rate o£ . two-something miles an hour, while, j in liondon, where, as yet, its per- > formal.ces are viewed with a less in dulgent. eye, one-something per hour had been about its record. However, 1 I had been offered the opportunity of seeing the veteran fairly "extended," as one used to say of a horse; and, I as I am still fond of new experiences, ! I closed with the offer. The first thing I learned was that i you cannot ride a motor, when cxten- j sien is contemplated, without acer- j tain prescribed mode of habiliment: i and thus, I presently found myself in I goggles and a Tapped cap, constructed , to tie under the chin, and a water- . proof jumper. In tills guise I was pro- ! nounced ready for the road and we < took it It is unnecessary to recount what tho particular road was that we j took to. Suffice it that at that ma- i tutinal hour we had it pretty well to j ourselves and that its condition was ! not unfavorable to free and easy loco motion. So, from one-something the motor got into two-something, and that process ol' extension was gradu ally continued, until, from the indica- I tion afforded by the milestones, I con cluded she must be doing nearer four somathing than three. I have an idea that somebody else, who looked like a mounted county po liceman, arrived at much the same conclusion, s.nd was rather inclined to tell us so. Plowever, he thought better of it, for we certainly left him. as who should say, standing still. Wo Deemed to leave a good many people like that. And yet trees and houses rather rushed at us, and tho landscape generally took to be having in the way you will find re corded in the late laureate's "Amphi on." The use of goggles, a cap, a wa terproof jumper and apron were now quite satisfactorily explained to me. The use of tobacco had evon earlier become first inadvisable, then impos sible. Any exchange of remarks was attended with • the inconvenience which arises from abnormal pressuro on tho respiratory organs; and there was present to a marked degree that titilation of the spinal cord which sometimes has the effect of making people seasick. I observed my automedon cock his eye at mo, inquiringly, now and again, but ills expectations, if he had any, were not realized. Mine were. I had expected a certain amount of ex citement, and when we reached our • destination a few minutes before our scheduled time, I was free to confess that I had it. All the same. I doubt whether I am likely to find my ideal of motion in a motor, yet awhile.— Pall Mall Gazette I A. FAMOUS "LOST MINE." ! OLD PROSPECTORS FOND OF DIS ; CUSSING THE WHITE CEMENT. | I>!%ciivorod by Old Sinn White, Who I>is |>l>eaie(l Willi (lie Secret or Iln I.ocn -1 tion— failure ot a Keliemo to I.enrn ItA j Whereabouts Proof ol' lis lilcllliess. j The most popularly discussed lost mine among the miners in the Rocky I mountain camps, especially those in northern New Mexico, i 3 the White j Cement A few old miners who knew White personally still remain in the Rock mountains, and their narrative j of the excitement he caused when he j showed his rich specimen chunks of j gold ore is always heard with inter- I est. It is safe to say that several thou- I sand men have, at one time or anoth er, hunted for the White Cement mine. The late millionaire silver king, Nat C. Creede of Colorado, spent a year in trying to find it. White was a New Englander, GO years old, who wa3 in California in 1842. As a gold seeker ho was known j and talked about in every mining camp i on the coast, and stories were told of j his phenomenal luck. He, no doubt, | made several small fortunes, but was j always poor and prospected about with a lean mujp and a halfbreod Indian j boy, getting supplies where he could. I Many people thought he was slightly j demented, but he undoubtedly knew ; more about the gold region than any man living. | One day in July, 18G8, White came | into Horse Head gulch from northern ! New Mexico, driving his mule and looking utterly used up. Ho got | something to eat. Some one bantered j him about his vain searches for a I mine. "Well, just look at that," said old | White, handing out several pieces of I what looked like hard, white clay, j glittering with specks of metal, hut 1 White suddenly became mum, and put j ting his specimens in his bag, went out j to find an assayer. j Before night it was known in camp | that White's specimens showed 1000 j ounces of gold to tho ton. Everybody went wild. Nobody slept that night, hut sat around the fires and talked j "Cement." In the morning a party i headed by Senator Sharon's brother ' Henry called on White, who was 1 sleeping in one of the shaek3. He ; was told that l:e must pilot the men I to his find. He could have the pick of the claims, but go he must, and on his refusal was warned that his life j would be worthless if he "stood off" j tho camp. For a long time White gave excuses and aeclared he did not know ) where to lead the men to the find. But I when the miners showed that they l really would kill him if he didn't show | them where he (jot his specimens he I finally consented. i A crazier mining camp was never | known. Men in Horse gulch, who wore a little credulous and not desirous of following White over 300 miles from 1 camp were offered SIOOO and SI2OO ' each for their camp outfits, consist ing of picks, shovels, kettles, pans, ; greasy old blankets, a bushel of beans | and two jackasses. But in two days ' there wa3 no outfit to be bought in ' the whole gulch mining camp. Ev ! cry one wanted his own outfit. ! Tho trail led across the Rockies. It ' was a very difficult journey, even for I the old miners, who seemed never to know what physical fatigue meant. It led along rocky trails, up and down j canons, and across mountain crests, j Tho first day was a race, and two -1 thirds of the men broke down. The j Indian leaped ahead like a wolf, and ! then White followed, his long gray ! hair flying in the wind. Dy the end ] of the second day the party was in ; the heart of tho mountains, in a des ert where no human being had ever : been before. Many of tho animals | wore lost and tho men wero haggard ; with fatigue and excitement White I was told if he played false he was a | dead man, but he still pointed east j ward. | The old man led his aching, thirst | ing and wornout followers into a ! blind canon, nearly cn the boundary ; between New Mexico and Colorado. | There everyone was glad to take a | rest by the side of a brook, j "Boys, we'll bo there tomorrow. It's about 35 miles over that way," said White, pointing to the no: thwest. "I've got a little off my trail, but now I've got my bearings. You'll be the rich est of any miners alive when you got over where I'm pointin'." A ringing yell went up from the men, tired and almost famished though they wero. The camp fire wan made, supper was cooked and eaten, tho stock was fed, and every one but old White ley down in blankets to sleep and dream of wealth. "I guess I'll go and see about my horsea I'm too nervous to sleep, now that I know I am near to tho biggest tiling on earth," said the old miner, as ho went down tho car.yon to where tho I horses were picketed for tho night. Every one in camp slept like a log. When daylight carue no one could find Tvnite. His horse was gono, too. A maddened lot of raon tried to trail him hut they could not follow the old fel low in that region for more than a few miles. A council was held. It was real ized that the old man had duped his followers. For weeks the country where White had said he had found ilia rich specimens was vainly pros pected over and over. Not a trace of rock like that White had shown could he found. About one-half of tho par ty, after Incredible suffering, got back , 1o life and civilization, and yet despite . their story 100 men started back over the trail two days after. Three years later White reappeared in Rait Lake City with his Cement specimens as before, incredibly rich. and agaiii disappeared and frcm that time to this has never heen heard of. He lent SOO,OOO to a Mormon ranchman cf Provo, Utah, and never went to get interest or principal. The White Ce ment i 3 Btill one of the Rocky rnoun l tain miners' dreams. SOME ART IN THE VMX FICURES. .' killed Workmen Kept I>uy Dime Mu setiiin and Their I'roiluct. Although wax-works have heen a synonym for uncouthnoss and angular ity over since the days of Mr?. Jarley, the men who make them nowadays are somewhat trained in art, and in the intervals of their work sometimes turn out statuettes or decorative pieces of decided merit. So far as the designer is concerned, it really matters little whether his composition is finaliy to take shape in marble, bronze or wax. He first makes a rough miniature sketch in modelling wax, then a full sized statue in clay, from which a piaster mould is taken and the work men do the rest. The hot wax is poured inside the mould to the thickness of a quarter of an inch qr so, hacked up with the remelted wax from old disused figures. The body is of hol low papier macho, and the limbs, if they are to be movable, of wood; if not, of paper, or if they are to show when the figure is dressed, of wax. Finishing the face is the most deli cate work. The eyes, of course, are of glass, and the lashes around them are planted one at a time with forceps. The teeth, when the lips are to ha opened, are exactly the same as these used by dentists to replace the natural ones. Human hair is so cheap just now that it no longer pays to use an gora or any of the other Institutes cnee employed. The cheap grades of real hair it is interesting to note, come from China, and are genuine pigtails in fact. The hair is all black and straight a3 a yardstick at first, but it is bleached and dyed in any tint de sired, and can be crimped more or less, though artists have never suc ceeded in making it look naturally wavy. Designers make a sharp distinction between the figures used for displays and advertising and those used for other purposes, museums, for instance. "When you work for advertising," said one, "the more beautiful and the less iilce nature you get it, the better it is, hut for a museum they like it better the less beautiful and the more like nature it is." The regular muse ums have modellers of their own, so outside houses get only occasional jobs. Models of freaks, such as two-legged boys, armless and legless men, or pink eyed albinos, are among the mo3t com mon articles made to order. The faces of public men are sometimes wanted, too. As a rulo this class of business is looked down upon. "Dime museums pay dime prices and they get dime work," said a veteran dcigner. The dealers are kept at work mak ing new designs as fast as the old ones can be imitated. One house sent out GO new models in the past season. In former years, a third or a fourth of that number would suffice, as SOO or 1000 copies were sometimes made from the same mould, and sent out to cities in different parts of the country. It is not always dime museums, how ever, that try to get something for nothing. Advertisers often order spe cial figures or groups, agreeing to rent them for a certain length of time, hut leaving them afterwards for the maker to pay for by renting them again, if he can. A group showing Faust, Mar guerite and Mephlatopheles WP.S once - made for a linen house at a cost of s£oo or more. The first month's rental was $250. The owner kept it seven years, and then, despairing of ever finding any one else who wanted the group, broke it to piece 3. A most elah orate half life size group representing Aurora, Goddess of Morning, in her chariot, was made some years ago un der a similar contract, and is to be hod now on easy terms. Another man ufacturer has on his hands a mammoth mechanical water illy which is sup posed to open and shut at intervals by electricity, revealing a beautiful fe male within. This has been rented four times, but it always broke down. —New York Post Tlio UendJy T!ir#e-T-af*f| Vlnr. A certain little city in Illinois has suffered so much from the poison ivy that it 3 city council ha 3 empowered one of its officials to hire a force of men whose special duty it shall bo to rid the community of the pest. It is said that at one time there were 200 cases of ivy-poisoning la the place. It seems strange that any commun ity should suffer to such an extent frcm a cause that may ho so easily avoided. It is, of course, the poison ous vine's resemblance to the Vir ginia creeper that makes His trouble, and yet a more glance at It ought to stow the difference, for the creeper has clustors of five leaves while the ivy has clusters of three. Besides, the creeper bears purple berries, while those of the ivy are white. The best way to get rid of ivy— I which grows and runs rapidly, and is I very tenacious of life—is to pull it ! up by the roots and burn it in a | field. There are some pooplo that are i not poisoned by it, and the work | should be done by them; and even I they should handle the plant a3 little j as possible, and avoid inhaling the I smoke when they bnrn it. They ! should wear special clothing for the ! work, and wash the hands several I times a day In a solution of sugar of 1 lead in a weak grade of alcohol, cny, GO to 73 percent proof. This solution may also be used with good effect by those that have been poisoned by the i vine.—Philadelphia Record SHOP TREATMENT OK BURNS. Cocaine, Ulno and Glycerine, and Diluio I'lcrlc Acietl In foundries, blacksmith chops and other places where workmen are liable to suffer severe burns, it is well to keep on hand a preparation whi :h will givo relief as promptly as p -~iblo. j The American Machinist reproduces ■ some advice on this point from the \ columns of a foreign publication. La ; Chronique Industrieke. On account of the (.annate of iron in certain hinds of ink, it is common to apply 'thi3 fluid in emergencies, but the practice is open to objection. While the tan nate may do good, it is often as;, jciat | ed with impurities which are iikely I to work harm. It is better to have ' something like one of these live prep arations: Cocaine pomatum. On the burned region is applied the following: Hy drochiorate of cocaine, 1 gramme: aris tol (biniodic thermol), 4 grammes; olive oil, 20 grammes; lanollne, 75 grammes. Repeat the application every two hours until the pain is sup pressed. i Olco-caicis-carbonaio liniment: Hy- I drated quickiimo (slaked lime) 100 grammes; powdered sugar, 200 grammes: glycerine, 200 grammes; water 1000 grammes; add to 100 grammes of the above mixture 200 grammes of arachie acid and agitato them in a large mouthed flask. Thus you obtain a liniment having consid erable constituency which can advan tageously ho used for dressing burns, of which it hastens and regularizes healing. Another liniment: Slaked lime, 20 grammes; powdered sugar, 40 grammes; distilled water, 20 grammes; glycerine, 40 grammes. Leaves of cot ton wadding are moistened with the mixture and applied upon the regions of the burns. Another liniment: Lime water and linseed oil, each 50 grammes. Mix by agitating. A compress saturated with this mixture is applied to tho burn. This is covered with other coid com presses, and if noed be with a rubber bag of ice. New remedy: This is a remedy which advantageously replaces the old formulas. It is employed at the Hos pital St Louis. When any one is burned from whatever cause, immedi ately apply compresses kept constant ly moistened with the following solu tion: Picric acid, 10 grammes; water, 1000 grammes. The pain will gradu ally become less acute and the slough which may form will be driven off. The yellow stains of picric acid may bo removed with carbonate of litliia. A Cure for Nuughtllieta. ' * I Conscientious parents realize it is i necessary to encourage good impulses I and also to train the child's moral nature through the education of his ' faculties; but it is hard to convince i them that in respoct of those venial J faults most children exhibit quite ear j iy neglect is better policy than disci | piine. ! Many times a child who accidentally j finds naughtiness an interesting ex ! periment would quickly weary of it j if it wero not for the commotion it makes in the family. To become an offender is to become important, and nothing Is more agreeable to young or old than that. One is liable in times of tedium to attract attention in some way. even if it involves making one's self odious. Tne desire for notoriety j is. in its incipient form, simply a de j termination to become the centre of | something, and children show it as I often and even more frankly than j their elders. J Is it not then desirable io make a j child's small attempts at intra;"r.biil- I ty dull affairs to him, so that he shall | forget them? Every act that we re i member well we Incline to do again, and the best thing that ran happen to ] children is to have oil their good acts 1 marked by red letters, while their j minor offenses are dropped into the gulf of forgntfulness.—Florence Hull Winterbum, in Woman's Home Com panion. r>oh wtth Hiding riaeiw. j A desk manufacturer says that in | the last year he has received more or i ders for desks with hidden springs • and secret compartments than in the I 10 preceding years put together. Some J of them nave Intricate mechanism, and ] by pushing secret buttons the wails i are made to fly open and narrow crev ices are revealed. As to the cause for this new demand j for hidden nooks and crannies in desks j he is able to givo no satisfactory ex | pianatlon. It would seem, however, | that the man of affairs finds himself | tho possessor of secrets so grave that i not even the stenographer is allowed to share them and that the common roll top desk is forced to give way to the intricate, many panelled contriv ance which alone is able to hide im portant papers from the prying eyes of clerks and oflce boys. "Accepting this theory as plausible," said the manufacturer, "it would logi ! cally follow that women sre burdened j with more than their share of secrets i for fully two-thirds of these cornbina ! tion desks are intended for female customers. Why they are going to i take the pains of locking up incrim inating documents while their tongues are still at liberty is another puzzle, but then the fad earors of the myste rious ail the way through, and the j feminine phaso of the situation is in j keeping with the rest of the circum stances."—New York Sun. ni.elnlino for A ni1,,,".. "Russian ideas are not all so bad." , "For instance?" "Well, in Russia when a man writes an improper book the czar makes him chew It up and swallow it."