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WHEN LIFE IS DONE.
When life is done availcth naught The pleasures that we dearly bought, The wealth we risked our souls to gain, The honors won through toil and pain, The titles coveted and sought. No world-wide fame avnileth aught, No name, 110 marvels science taught, When earth and earthly objects wane. When life is done. The kindly deeds for others wrought, The patient word, the generous thought, The effort made by hand or brain 'Gainst might for right, though made in vain, Shall be by God forgotten not When life is done. —Magdalen Rock. 3 SOME INJUNS." J 7[ J? THE TRAPPERS STORY OF A SIOUXS G * GRATITUDE. C n F ONCE in his life old Thad Grif fin, the trapper, did a very foolish thing; at least, that was what he called the act, when he thought of it nt all, for a long time afterward. Two young Sioux heaves having attacked him, Thad had killed one and wounded the other. But lie took the wounded man to his cabin, dressed the wound, nursed the Indian hack to health, and then restored his guu and canoe, and told him to go home to his own people. But the Indian did not lead a scalp ing party hack to the trapper's camp, as Griffin had half expected ho would, Nothing more was heard of him. Three years after, when Griffin left Fort Snclling at the end of September, and started up the Minnesota River to be gin his fall hunt, the incident had al most faded from Ills mind. He pad dled to the headwaters of the I'omme de Terre, and camped a few days in a little thicket of scrub oak, while he looked round to see what the prospect was for furs—and for Indians. He had kept his eyes open all the way up river, for the Sioux were reported to he on the warpath. This, however, was somewhat In the trapper's favor, for they would he likely to travel in big bands, and with care he might the easier avoid them. There were "slathers of fur signs," but no traces of Indians in this region of rolling prairie, broken at the cast ward by a belt of heavy timber. So one day Griffin set out with his gun to try for a saddle of venison. When the afternoon was almost over lie found a good sized buck, aud presently start ed for camp with the hide aud saddle slung to his back. Clear sky aud bracing atmosphere and the promise of a successful season made the blood fairly bound through the trapper's veins, and he strode along feeling as though he would like to sing. Indians were far from his thoughts just then. The greater was his dismay when, just as lie had reached the top of a low ridge Half way between the woods and his camp, lie saw a hand of forty Sioux coming up on tlie other side. Griffin had had many a "fuss" with these same Indians, and he recognized them instantly as belonging to a vil lage that wintered in the Otlertail woods, away off nt the northeast. Evi dently they had been out 011 the Da kota prairies for a big buffalo hunt, for they were ou foot and lending their ponies, which were loaded with hides and dried meat. Flat in the grass dropped Griffin, hut not soon enough to escape Hie sharp eyes of tlie Indians. Raising a terrific whoop, they left the ponies to look out for themselves, anil came 011 in a body, while Griffin slipped the venison from his shoulders and started at his best pace toward tlio belt of timber. The Indians were not more than two hundred yards away when Grifiin sighted tliem; but in running he had the advantage of going down Hill, and he hnd almost doubled the distance before they reached the top of the ridge and began to shoot nt him. None of Hie huilets happened to hit the mov ing target. Griffin glanced over his shoulder. As he expected, a dozen of the swiftest runners had thrown off their blankets anil, knives In hand, were approaching nt a rate that meant mischief for a man who must cling to a twelve-pound gun. But the trapper had been in worse places tlinu this, anil he felt that if lie could once get into the woods, with night, falling, he could dodge the Indians. He was still a half mile from the | timber when lie looked hack once more, i One of the braves was now far In ad vance of the otbers, bat all His pur suers were gaining, niul Griffin began to fear that lie might lose llie race, tired as he was from His hunt and handicapped Hy the weight lie carried. That foremost Indian must die! Griffin slackened His pace a trifle, thai lie might get ids breath before trying io take aim. Tim Indian put 011 an exlra hurst of speed. When Griffin was close to (lie timber tlie leading Indiau had come so near that the trapper could hear the patter of his footsteps. Thinking it must lie now or never, Hie trapper wheeled and was a liont to pull trigger when iiis adversary made a movement that caused Griffin lo liesitnle from sheer surprise. The Indian waved him to ward Hie woods. "White mini no shoot!" he shouted. "Me him friend! No stop: Injun no ketclff urn!" The white man took n good look. This—yes, tliis was flic same young lirave lie bad spared and nursed! Real izing that. Griffin grasped the meaning of the words, anil instantly he faced about and made for Hie woods again. "White man saved Injun, now Injun save white man," tlie savage called as soon as the trees and hush hid them from sight. "White man hide iim, heap quick. liijuu run by; no lccteh urn. Bimeby dark, white man run off." Griffin shaped his course for the near est clump of bush, and put his last atom of strength iuto a leap that laud ed him fair in its centre. He spread himself flat and clung close to the ground. Yelling like mad, to lead his mate's away, the young Sioux kept on iuto the woods. It was so contrary to the trapper's training to trust an Indian that his first movement was to slip out his knife. lie meant to be prepared in case the Siuox should pounce on top of him. But the Indians tore on into the for est, and after him went the others. They passed so near the'place where Griffin lay that they might have heard his hard breathing had they net been running so fast and yelling so lustily. But a fat old fellow who brought up the rear gave over the chase at the edge of the forest. He leaned against a tree not twenty feet from Griffin's bush, evidently intending to wait until the others came back with the white man's scalp. The young braves kept up the search until after dark. All that time the old fellow lingered by his tree, and Griffin dared not even stretch for fear of being heard. He hardly knew what action to take. It seemed that the young brave had meant him to get away as soon as the crowd passed; and it would be easy enough to shoot the old Indian, and then make ills escape in the darkness. But the trapper Anally decided that the right thing to do was to lie still. The old fellow might be his friend's father for alt he knew. To kill him there might throw suspicion upon the young man. And Griffin knew that if the Indians discovered the trick that had been played upon them they would kill the perpetrator. "I won't do it!" said Griffin to him self. "Not if I lose my scalp for It." By tlie time the band returned from the fruitless chase the trapper had got his breath. He wasted none of It. we may be certain, in the course of the impromptu council that the Indians held before they left the timber. Prob ably the talk lasted less than five min utes. But that seems a long time to a man who feels enemies crowd around Ills hiding-place and dreads that any Instant they may fairly fall over him. But liunlly they did leave, and Griffin crept out of the bush and fetched a wide circuit to reach his camp. He did not feel any appetite for supper just then. What he would do, and did, was lo load his belongings into his canoe and. heading down stream, put a wide stretch of river between himself and the redskins. Griffin never saw or heard of the young Sioux again; but the trapper had a better opinion of the tribe and the race from that time forward. "Sure enough," ho used to say, when lie told tho story, "most of 'em are bad, and others of 'em are worse; but I tell you, boys, sure enough, some t"hins are folks!"— Youth's Companion. Ant llypnotlsts. That ants doctor their sick by hyp notism and magnetism is proved by observation. An ardent student tells how lie witnessed what may be termed a seance in medical science among ants. He saw several of these little creatures emerge from the hills and noticed that there were some among them which were weak and emaciated —invalids, in fact. They were accom panied by healthy members of t lie com munity, and all made their way towurd a distant mound. On following their movements through a glass tlie observer saw on this mound a big and sturdy ant which made some motions in tlie direction of the advancing invalids. The latter went up the mound, one by one, aud sub mitted themselves to treatment. This consisted in the physician ant passing his feelers over the head and body of the patient in a manner distinctly suggestive of tlie hypnotizing of nerves and muscles practiced by human doc tors. Every one went through the treatment, then the patients went back, and the doctor marched off in the op posite direction. Recruiting Men For tlie Navy. In order to assist in the recruiting of moil for Hie navy, the Navy Depart ment lias prepared large lithograph posters for display in nil the principal cities and towns in Hie country. The I navy is in great need of able-bodied seamen and is using extra exertions | ;o secure them without delay. These j posters are the most elaborate bids I for men the navy lias ever made. They are highly decorated and picture life ! on a man-of-war in the most alluring [ colors. The centerpiece is a picture i of the battleship Kearsnrgp, with a I happy, contented-looking jackie of ; heroic dimensions as a companion j piece. These pictures are highly col- I oral and can scarcely fail to attract | attention. The lext gives practical j information regarding ratings and pay, I and shows the advantage of naval ser- I vice. To make the words more im pressive, they are printed in red with a profusion of capital letters. Over 130,000 of these posters, which are of immense size, have been distributed ] among recruiting centers.—Washing ! ton Star. An Opportnnlty For Some One. | Hero is an advertisement that was i published lately in an Italian news ; paper: "An agreeable young man, of ! most distinguished family, good, seri | ous, honorable, bard-working, finding j it out of ids power to effect a most | remunerative business plan, proposes j to a wise father of a family to marry | bis daughter, if only she be agreeable i and have a dowry exceeding 100,000 ; lire—Alfa. 1441, Postn, Fircuse."—Boa* ! ton Journal. Jjpkicki |L 1 j j | p During Kngllsh KqneMrtans. ONE of the most extraordinary feats of horsemanship ever performed in this or any other country was that of Mr. John Leech Maning, at the White Hart Hotel, Aylesbury, nearly three-quar ters of a century ago. Ho rode his horse upstairs into the dining room, and while the meal was In progress lumped the animal clean over the table. Describing the incident not very long ago, Mr. Maning said: "Nothing was removed from the table. In fact, the dinner was actually going on. I jumped the horse bareback, without a bridle, before more than forty gentle men, who were dining after the steeple chases." Seven or eight years ago n number of German officers stationed at Metz per formed au extraordinary equestrian ex ploit—or perhaps escapade It ought to be called. Shortly after 111 one night six lieutenants of the Thirteenth Dra goons dashed out of tlie barracks on their chargers, clad in nothing hut their shirts. Without pausing they charged an adjacent cafe, breaking the door ways anil windows and leaping their horses over file heads of tlie terrified customers. Two of them actually rode around the large hall of the cafe, the fibers contenting themselves with leading their horses round by the bridles. The police were at once sent for by the proprietor, but as one con stable who ventured to expostulate was brutally maltreated for his temerity, the others thought It prudent not to tnterefere. A few minutes Inter the rowdy officers remounted their steeds and rode off again at a gallop. It is hardly necessary to add that their out rageous conduct created quite a sensa tion in the town. For the sake of a wager a remarkable feat of horsemanship was some years ago accomplished by a sporting noble man In a certain West End mansion. He made a bet with a friend that he would rlile his pouy from the ground floor of tlie house to the top and down again. His steed required a good deal of persuasion to attempt the task, but it was finally performed, though the damage done to the stair carpets and other things amounted to £SO, which hail to be paid by the winner. The foregoing performance was par alleled by the exploit of a Lincolnshire farmer who, at Kirton Lindsey, in that county, succeeded in riding a pony up two flights of stairs into a room and to the ground floor again. The scene of :his equestrian feat was the George Inn at Kirlon Lindsey, anil it was consid ered all the more remarkable because the weight of the rider was as much as twelve stone, while that of his mount was under thirty stone. A marvelous feat in the hunting field was reported a few months since from Wnrrnnmhool, Victoria. During a run of the local hounds n horse known as; Handy Andy, ridilen by Mr. M. J. Dick son, appronched a stiff four-rail fence in the neighborhood at Grasmere. An other horse, hearing Dr. MacKniglit, stopped within a few feet of the ob stacle, and, running down the fence, got In the way of Handy Andy. The latter then jumped the obstructing horse, rider anil fence, Just touching the doctor with his hoofs. The feat was superbly done, hut, unfortunately. Handy Anily stumbled on lauding anil unseated ids clever anil intrepid rider. Some extraordinary equestrian ex ploits have taken place in New York. At a costly banquet, given some time ngo in the carriage room of Mr. W. H. Clark, an American millionaire, his favorite horse was ridden round the table by one of the forty guests, after It hail enjoyed a poetical "feed" of flowers and champagne. Afterward Shetland ponies were ridden into and about the room by others of the guests, the revels being prolonged into llie small hours of the morning. Some volunteer officers in Wales rode their horses at full gallop at midnight over the rocky declivities of a neigh boring mountain without mishap to men or mounts.—Tit-Bits. Fishting For 1,1 Co In a Net. Tangled in a big fishing seine after the capsizing of their boat one mile from shore, Charles Beck anil ids sou, Genre, Beck, two Evanston firemen, struggled for their lives for two hours yesterday morning in Luke Michigan. Not until il imperilled men hail cut the nei, which was 300 feet long, in two. were they able to extricate them selves. Then, thoroughly exhausted with (heir efforts to io p afloat while they were escaping from the death trap, they buttled again wiih the waves and, by aiding one another, warn to the beach in safety. The Becks, who live at —1 -l<> Maple avenue, Evnnstou, hail gone out early in the morning to take in the seine, which they had set oil Gro , Lighthouse. They were engaged in hauling in the netful of fish vheu u squall arose. Their boat, a flat-bot tomed scow, swung Into the trough of the sea and filled with water. While they were bailing out the water with their hats the scow capsized, throw ing both Its occupants into the lnki Immediately the arms and legs of the men became entagled In tlie seine and rendered tiiem powerless to swim. Divesting themselves of their rubber coats nud boots, the father and son. with a fishing knife, began cutting tlie cords from their hands and ankles. When ottee they had cut themselves loose and had started to swim toward shore they again became entangled in the big net. The sou's strength began to give out after a half hour's struggle, anil the double burden of helping the boy to keep afloat, and freeing both himself and his son from the impend ing meshes fell to the father. The latter's endurance had nearly given out when he succeeded in separ ating the last strands of the seine. Both fishermen were so prostrated when they reached shore that they had to be assisted to their home.—Chicago Inter-Ocean. Bull Tripped Up the Tent*. A new rendering of the old story of the bull in the china shop is told by P. J. McCook, a nephew of General An son G. McCook, and himself a veteran of the Spanish-American War. "During the Porto Rico campaign," said Mr. McCook, "my company was camping in a field not far from the town of Ailjuntas. A barbed wire fence separated the camp from another field, in which were a number of cat tle. The fence was taken as guard line, and sentries were posted along it. Dur ing the night a frisky bull in the ad joining field took it into his head to charge the fence, with the idea of get ting at the sentry on the other side.' The sentry naturally resented the in trusion, and when the bull got within range prodded him sharply in the nose with his sword bayonet. The bull re treated with an angry roar. "Evidently the Injured nose troubled the animal, for presently he made an other rush for the fence. Again he met a vicious stab. By this time the in furiated animal was roused. He upset the sentry, snapped the wire fence and was in the midst of the camp in a second. The scene that followed beg gars description. The company was sleeping in the little 'pup' tents used in the field. As the angry animal rolled through the field he tripped and stumbled over the tent ropes, and in a few minutes dozens of men were strug gling to get loose from the canvas and howling in pain as the feet of the nnlmal lnnded on them. A 'strike' in in a bowling alley is not more complete than the way in which the indignant bull demolished the company street of lents. There was little sleep that night in Company A." I.ost Life Bather Than Itetreat. Among the interesting figures at the recent naval maneuvres at New Lon don wus a signal corps sergeant named Ackers, who lay claim to one of the most remarkable war records in the Army. At Manila, in China and in the West he tins seen service. At the time of the Chinese campaign he was chief telegraph operator of the American forces. During the battle before Tien- Tsin Ackers was sent with a message to Colonel Liscum of the Ninth In fantry, whose regiment was under heavy fire. The orders were to re treat. "I brought the word to Liscuin," said Ackers, in telling the story. "Liscum's lighting blood was up and he was mail at the Idea of retreating. Turning to me lie gave me the worst wigging 1 ever received. There we stood out in tlie open, with the bullets flying in all directions, and the Colonel sailing into me for fair. Of course, I had to stand up to attention, and it wasn't the most comfortable position in the world with about 50,000 Chinese shooting at us. "Well, Liscum had just about fin ished with one tack and was begin ning another when all of a sudden he doubled up and went down in a heap in front of me. I think that was the first time I ever regretted tlie end of a wig ging. The sheer nerve of the man to stand up there and call me down as If we were in barracks while bullets were whizzing on all sides was won derful, but it cost him his life."—New York Tribune. Saved From au Alligator. While a number of passengers were waiting for the morning train at Pablo Beach, Fla., they heard the wail of a child. Jerry Dfdaney, Deputy Sheriff and a former Cincinnati policemuu, headed those who hastened to search for the cause of the cry. A short dis tance away they saw a big alligator dragging a child away, having secured hold of its dress in its mouth. The child was shrieking. The posse rushed to tlie rescue, and the 'gator redoubled its efforts to get to its bayou nearby. A big dogMielonglug to the child came running along anil dashed at the 'gator's head. The 'gator whacked its tail around with great force, dashed the dog into its mouth which it opened with a gulp, taking in the dog and swallowing him with ease. The 'gator dropped hold of the child's dress in the struggle. The posse at once killed the 'gator. It was fifteen feet long. It is thought to have been made fierce by hunger, as it is seldom that they will attack human beings and espe cially so near a habitation. The child was uninjured. Slio Got Two Cuugnra With Two Bullets. Mrs, A. l'\ Dobrowsky, the young and pretty wife of a jeweler, killed i wo mountain lions on Sunday at Bear Mountain. The man anil ills wife go I every Sunday into the woods, but last ! senday she killed her first mountain | lion. She was alone on the mountain j side when she was attracted by the i buying of her hotinil. She found he I liad a large lion up a tree. As she pre -1 pared to shoot at it she saw a second | lion looking hungrily at her through | tlie thick foliage. Just then her lius baud came up, attracted by the noise j .;>!' tlie dog. At tlie eount of three | [ ivo rifles rang out and two tawny ,b. liti s fell to the earth mortally wounded. As they rolled in their death i struggles Mrs. Dobrowsky saw a third 1 i,,n higher up in the tree than his fel low., had been. She killed it with one ball. The smallest lion measured five feet.- Sau Eranclsco Chronicle. It's a Popular Delusion That the Climate is Changing By Willis L. Moore, Chief U. S. Weather Bureau. RUTHFUL anil intelligent men are wont to declare that they Tknow from personal recollection that the climate of their par ticular places of residence had changed since they were boys; that they had reliable landmarks to show that the streams were drying up; that the precipitation was growing less, and that TliSr* winters were becoming milder, notwithstanding the fact that carefully taken observations of temperature anil rainfall for each day for the previous hundred years at their place of residence showed no alteration of climate. Of course, wide variations, sometimes extending over periods of several years, had occurred; but a deficit nt one time was made up by an excess at another. To be sure, changes must have taken place during geologic periods, but these have been so slow that it is doubtful If man in his civilized state has occupied the earth long enough to discover an appreciable quantity. Quite accurate records of the opening of navigation In Europe anil of the time of vintages for 500 years show no change In the average data of the first ten years as compared with the average of the last ten. Tlie date palm, the vine, and the fig tree flourish as luxuriantly to-day in Palestine as they did in the days of Moses. Dried plants have been taken from the mummy eases of the Pharoahs exactly similar to those now growing in the soil once trod by those ancient monarclis. jS- American Fire Fighters Are the Best in the World By Philip G. Hubert, Jr. TBTffl. firW HEREVER the American goes in Europe, it is with a feeling of sat isfaction that he finds, in the more important cities, the adaptation S of our ideas for fighting fire. Onr steam fire-engines, our brass W poles that bring men down from the upper stories of their sta tion-houses, our hinged collars that snap around the horses' necks at a touch, are everywhere. At every important interna tional exhibition of recent years, beginning even with that of Paris in 1567, American fire-engines and ladder-trucks have taken prizes. At the Paris Exposition of two years ago an American fire-team from Kansas City, fourteen men under Chief George C. Hale, carried off all the most important honors nt the International Fire Con gress, at which were represented America, Frnnce, Portugal, Holland, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Turkey, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, India, Austria, Mexico and Peru. Nearly 8000 firemen took part in the competitions. The first contest was made with steam fire-engines, on the banks of the Seine. About 100 engines competed. The test was made from cold water In the boiler. The average time for foreign engines in getting a stream from the hose was from eight J to twelve minutes. Their streams reached about half way across the river. In five minutes and thirty seconds the American engine threw a stream that wet people on the opposite bank, a distance of 310 feet. The size of the stream was nearly double that thrown by the other engines.—From "Fire- Fighting To-day and To-morrow," in Scribuer's." JZ7 Tell Women the Truth. By Helen Oldfield. ORINCIPALLY the cause of what is called woman's unreason ableness is the direct result of her not being tolil the truth. Half the time a woman does not know how she stands to face a problem, because she cannot get a man to tell her the simple facts in the ease. He will suy all sorts of soothing things to her and mislead her with rosy hopes, and he will try to make up by the fervor of his compliments for the lies he is telling her, and so she goes blundering along, making all sorts of mis takes, that she might have been saved from if anybody hail bad the courage to tell her the truth. A curious example of this once came under my own observation. A mssV died, leaving his widow without any means of support. His friends, in the ntosD, delicate way in the world, provided for her, and began exerting themselves to get some occupation for her by which she could support herself. Place after place was offered, but she scornfully rejected every one. "Did you ever hear of anything so unreasonable in your life," cried the men to each other, "not a penny in tlie world, actually living on charity, and won't do a thing!" Finally in a gust of passion one of the men blurted out to the woman the naked truth—that her husband had died absolutely bankrupt, and that his friends had been providing for her. The woman was aghast. She had never an idea of the real state of affairs, and the minute she kuew the truth she accepted the situation with a courage, a philosophy and a determination to make the best of it that fairly astonished every one. So far as business women are concerned, the chief enemy to their progress Is man's fear of telling them the truth. A man who has a clerk who falls into careless ways, 6r has some annoying fault, will talk to him plainly anil give him a chance to correct it before he dismisses him; but he will not give a girl the same chance. He won't tell her the truth about her faults. He wiil make an excuse about business being bad. and then turn her off rather than speak the truth to her. How many times lias that happened in our big cities! Girls know. Another thing—and I don't know a more pathetic thing—is that the whole world seems banded together to deceive women about the real facts of working: life. Now there's plenty of work in the world for every industrious and iutelii- i gent girl, but It's nothing short of a crime to make her believe that there is } any get-rich-quick way to fortune; and I never read any of these romances ibout picturesque modes of getting a living that fails to arouse in me a righteous contempt for the authors of such stories. Mysticism is Increasing in This Practical Age By Ralph M. McKcnzic. SHE hunger displayed by all classes of people for literature of a mystical or esoteric character is beyoud tire belief of any one nut connected with the sale of books or period icals or not In touch with the work of public libraries throughout the country. This Includes fortune-telling by cards, palmistry, astrology, the phenomena of hypnotism, suggestive therapeutics, spiritism, mind reading, faith cure, theosophy and everything connected with the divining of the future or the mystical or occult in mind, matter or religion. J Many periodicals treating of these various subjects are published now ' in many languages, anil the circulations of some of them have increased wonderfully. A curious phase of the subject is the fact that particular ar ticles In those periodicals attract wide attention, anil are often quoted anil discussed in coteries which are not usually supposed to be interested in matters beyond the domain of the five seuses. Some of these magazines in the Library of Congress are kept under lock and key, and ouly given out for reading to known persons upon card, because the temptation to cut or mutilate certain select portions of the text seems to be 100 great for those of less than ordinary will power. Of course, there Is much of this literature of distinct value, especially such as relates lo psychology in any direct or indirect way. A great deal of it is ethical, and is of uo value as jnoral-instruction or teaching. A great ileal of it is obscure, and some of it is utmost as unsatisfactory to the In telligent reader as a chapter of Paracelsus or any of the old alchemists or searchers after the elixir of life and the philosopher's stone. Even tlie many volumes devoted to palmistry may be said to have a raisou d'etre out side o* their more or less fahleil value as a means of divining the future. Tbey serve, perhaps, to draw the attention of people to their hands and io secure for them better care and more cleanliness. The cause which more than all else lias led to a great revival of interest In this class of 'literature Is, of course, the wonderful spread in the belief in spiritism and the consequent deduction that the spirits must needs Uuow something of the future of mortals anil can be depended upon in some vague way to communicate tills knowledge to the material world. Some look to the clairvoyant as the most reliable source of this supposed spirit knowledge of the individual's future; others depend upon the reader of cards, the reader of palms, or the reader of the stars. But it can all be reduced to the one cause—the yearning of man for immortality and for ! knowledge of the future yean sf kis z&fft state. New kerk News.