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ODESSA, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DEL., WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 21, 1892.
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IT
I
A Romance of the Civil
War.
nny
upy—
his
make
of
you
BY MAJ. JAMES F. FITT3.
CHAPTER I.
UNDER SUSPICION.
1ST!"
"Ho, there!"
"Who is iff"
"Wally. And
yon-"
"Bint.
"Allri&ht; let's
tnlk. But whis
per; no lolling
who's aronnd hid
ing in the grass
bushes."
The two
from noaily opposite
WOTf points been approaching each*
l other without mutual difloov
1 Vf ery, until only four or five*
^4 vardB of space separated them.
J They had crouched low to lue
* ground, moving stealthily and.
slowly along, Indian fashiou, as if fearful
of detection. The place of their meeting
was a glade or hollow on tho mountain
side, where scattered trees, thick bushes,
nnd long grass gave them good oppoitn
nities of conceulment as they moved
along. Tho first hail with which the r
colloquy opened, ns they abruptly pause J
on discovery, was sent foith in a hoarso
whisper, as were the subsequent questions
and replies. Becoming satisfied on their
mutual recognition, they crept close to
-gether for n longer conference. Even
then, so great was their caution, they
would not stand upright, but kept close
to the dark background of a thick patch of
(bushes as they snt on the ground, that
[the bright moon might not betray them to
any scout
i Tho placo of their meeting, to be more
'definite, was in a lonely defile of the
'.Clinch Mountains, at least two days'
(journey from Knoxville, Tenu. It
isceue of wild nnd savage grandeur, fin
which tho dwarfed figures of human
beings seemed out of piece. The great
range rose like a wall toward the clouds,
•steep and difficult of access, its lower
marts clothed with straggling timber; its
'■upper heights, as seen from below, bare
Inna rocky, tipurs and offshoots of lesser
I height made along its whole course those
'hidden glades and glens, in one of which
our narrative opens. It was the night or
I August Ï5tb, 1861. The moon, in
(second quarter, br'ghtly illumined the j
I grand prospect, upon which a stranger
might woll haVo *.azed with awe—so sii'.l.
savago, fo va t it seemed. And yet, n«
a:e soon to learn, in the bidden re
cesses of thoso remote heights dwelt
thousands of human beings, men, women
and little children, endurirg the woes of
that ominous timo, aud sharing its few
comforts and joys.
lhe two men who had thru come to
gether wou'd hnve appeared, upon close
'inspection, to bo fair types of the in
! ham tan is of this region, with nothing to
from
long hunting
arse homespun.
St / i I
has
he
an
be
a
his
as
spy.
I
\
hei
;T-- 4 j particularly distinguish them,
: another. ZmwM
Their boarded faces weie hteru nndfor
ibidding; their hands were roughened wiih
toil. Coming close together, they rx
changed a ro:l und a glance, which
ainswerod for the hand-shako of more
fined localities, and immediately
tinned their conversation in whispor.
"Good enough, Wally; I knowed you'd
be boro. Whnr's y
■ "Just ov
ed
o', ad in
men?"
lhe rise of the hill. Yourn?"
"Back yonder in the bushes. Whnr is
was in this
that chap s don? I
gully before."
Wallace Baird simply pointod np the
glen. Through a curtain of struggling
trees tho roof of a small frame building
visible. His companion gazed at it
dnrkenod in the moonlight,
oath came from be
j and his f
iKomething Ike
tween his shut teeth.
••That ar' tho serpent's den—ar' it?"
bç's that?"
"Do you be
"Most likely; the boys say be'« always
in nights. You'd heard of him, hadn't
you, Toro I sent word to you to bring
your
\
bore this night?"
lire farder
nnd meot
"Just a little; y _ _
off 'u yon, and tbo talk wouldn't get to
'd board bow you folks
■DOW
. But
suspieiouod him nnd we was quite ready
to come ut tho wor.L l.'ces lie stay thnr
alone?"
"Yos."
"What doin'?".
"Walkin' r
the mountains and th:
.with u Kinall dog nt his heels,
sittiu'
\
dimes all day. up
2h the gullies,
Has h
•k with big white paper
his knees, working with pencil or.
something."
u "Ho!—snaking pictures of tho copatfy?"
V "Seems liko il."
' "Curse him!" growled Burt Hankins.
" 'Sh!" the other warned, "iou mustn't
apeak a load work."
"I won't; but ,t's hard work <o hold in.
How long's l'ôbeon 'round heie?" »
" 'Bout o month, right hoie. He don't
make any friends; ho don't 'pear to want
to know "any of up. Ef ho meets anyone,
in his wanderin' 'round he will say 'Good
sneb; but he don't tnlk,
a chance to nsk
:d,
roomin','
don't stop to give any
questions."
, "Know whar ho come from? -
\ "I don't Jtr.o v, but I suspect."
' "Whnr would it be?" * —
'Wallace Bnird took from his pocket
white envelope, considerably soiled t.
being carried in (bat not over-clc;
tacle, and held it triumphantly up to t
es of h s companion*
"You kuow whnr I live," ho said, "down
there below. Yesterday mornin' that chap,
come walkin' buck this way pust my place,
with a stick aud a big bundle on his I ack;
I've heard 'em railed km.psacks. I don't
know where he'd been; I never seen him
go, and likely he went nt night, a week ofi
before; but I believe he'd been to Knox
ville."
Burt Hankins uttered a growl under
bis breath, that might in the d rk have
been mistaken for that of ft wild beast.
"Ycb, ly -1" he multerred. "You
rightly suspicion Lim. I couldn't go to
Knoxville, an' be let to tome home again,
nor you couldn't; we'd have some of Ish
, and be lucky
choice but to go to
jail or join tbo secesh nrmy. But this
go and como in pence, it seems."
__'t sny it ter sure," continued tho
other, "but I'll lose my guess if wo don't
find tho pic of of what I suspicion, when
once get into that den up there. How
- %ver that may be, as the man passed my
place, I says to my lud, Dan, 'Do you fol
ler him aloug a ways, not being Feen yo >r
self, and watch ir he does anything curi
ous,' In nu hour Dan was back; said he'd
dogged him till he sot down under a tieo,
took this letter out of his pocket, read tho
inside of it four or five time*, and then sot
for a while kind of thoughtful, looking at
the ground. Then ho put the letter back,
be supposed; but it didn't reach the
placo, mid fell to the c round without his
Knowing it. After he'd gone
went an' got it, aud biought it to
Here it is; road it for yourself, and
I ain't right."
"You ought to kuow I
loco. YVhat does it say?"
" Maybe I hndu't host stop now to road
it to you, for tirao's go ug on. and I judge
from the uioqji ijiat it's past midnight.
0}
Harris' tiooplo after
if we didn't have
cha|) ci
, the lnd
j if
i't read, Wal
"All
Baird.
Tut the letter makes it clear enough to
toe that the fellow's seoexh. There's big
words in it I don't make ont; 'pears to be
written by a girl in Vicksburg-"
"Vicksburg!" interrupted Hankins,
"Ain't that somewhere down near Or
lenns?"
"To be sure it is- -in Mississippi."
on
look
got
want.
give
his
. j
casting
this
oof talkin'
"Well, tbeu, what's tho
nny more about it? 1 ho fellow's o secesh
upy— most likely has old Harris' money in
his pocket this miuute. Let's go aud
make short work of him."
Ho started to his feet. The strong hand
of his companion pulled him down again.
"Of courso, he's a spy, fast enough; but
you aud I would be iools to go abend
blindly in this bus ness, considerin' the
scoutin', and burnin', aud conscriptin'
Ihut's being done every day not many
miles from here by Governor Harris' imps
afoot and a hossback; and may he and
them bum themselves, some day, to
gether!"
"Amen, Wally." •
"But
was
among
than
soit
that
region
dark,
with
The
mau
j
nnd
that
seen
gers
be
nre.
was
feet;
ets
nnd
and
■Inin"
in'?
well
tell what this chap
has got np there in his c bin. Maybe
he hain't come np here all alone on such
an ejrnnd, ns ho orter know we would
bieak his neck if he was found out. May
be there's more of 'em in there—and
guns, too."
"Maybe there's
throe lions
never
elephant and two or
in there," said Hankins, with
a sneer.
"Look here, Burt—you take onre. I
niu't no coward; if it was any other time
than this, jou've said enough to fight
"O, I didn't mean it that way, Wally;
nobody Bays you're a coward. All I meant
was that there's nothing in lhe way of our
going np there along with the boys,
pullin' the secesh chap out, and—you
know." !
Tho speaker made a rapid motion with
his harni around his reck.
"Did you bring one?" he asked, signifi
cantly.
"Yes; Fete Willman's got it."
"So, then, let's go bock, bring np the
boys, make a rush on him, and the thing s
done. "
"You go back to your party, quiet as
you came; then bring 'em over here just
as still. I'm going up to scout ronqd the
hou^e; then I'Jl go after my party, and
'll imet right here. If you g t here
first, do you wait for
"I'll go long with you and pe?k into his
don. "
He
hna
Le
its
the
to
er
- !
"No, you won't. I can't trust yon.
\l be sure to move too fa»t. Get b..ck
dth you, and do ns I say."
Wallace Baird was evideutly a man of
fonje r.u'horrtÿ among the rude people
those mountains. His tona anu manner
showed tho leader, ns well as much of
what ho had said to his companion. The
latter made no further demur, but re
turned cautiously over the ridge of the ad
jacent hill, while Baird crept up through
I the trees toward the cabin.
A closer view of the place showed it to
be ruoioly a rougjiiy constructed shinny
of pine boards, fifteen feet square.
It had a shingled rcof in bad repair and
two small-glazed windows; there was
chimney, and it was manifest that v ho
over at any time occupied it must cook
out of doors", if he would cook at all, nnd
that during the cold months of the year it
could not lie a refuge for anybody. The
fact was, that the place had been built in
years past for temporary occupation by
some sportsmen of Knoxville, to be «sod
in the bunting season for a fow weeks of
each year. Its present occupant had
d taken possession.
nothing stirring
about the place as be looked from the
tain of tiees, nnd cautiously approached ;
till he was under
\
of
a
found it vacaut
Wallace Baird
of the windows. The
furious baiking of a dog inside caused
to drop prone to the ground, where he
lay perfectly still for rome minutes. # No
body came ont, and be heard 1he voice oj
a man reproving ami quieting the animal.
Kays of light shot out through lhe panes,
and the rcout resolved to have a look at
tho interior cf the cabin. The window
ix feet from the'
!
•e than
was not
ground; by stand ng on t'p-too he could
look in. He did so with the utmost care,
knowing that he took the fhance of im
mediate discovery. But it happened that
tho occupant ra 1 ; with Li? back to this
window, fo that Baird wob oble to look at
,hi> leisure.
The interior of the cab'n was hardly
more inciting than the out su* e.
rough boord floor; thero
a bed Bave some blankets in a corner;
them
Ithr.dn
e no tigns of
was no furniture exoept two pice
of unequal size, upon one of which
, using the other for a table.
A large portfolio flood against the sidî of
tho apartment, and two or three nrticlos
of dress weie hung from nails. His knap
's feet, where his litt o
unsas
the largo
tho inmate
Back was at the
dog crouched, ecntinuiug
A lighted candle
stuck iu a knot-hole; there was a pocket
inks tand near it, aud come paper, traced
with » few lines of writiuv. The-'"
right baud, fallen to hi* si le, held n peu;
his left supported hi) Lend. Btird
quietly surveyed the scene, and sviftlv
reached u corn:! uf ion.
"Writ»»' letters to the d-d rebels!"
he thought.
And ii S wisely'withdrew.
:y growl.
»
CHAPTER il.
TAOE *.
DEATH.
iu the cabin dozod and nodded
Tho
ns ho snt, lapsing fiom troubled thoughts
into eqr ally troubled dreams, outof which
ho would fetavt, look about him, and utter
impatient exclamation. Once,
the writing before him. he bioke forth
into a soliloquy that showed his uncora
bo
fortnblo frnrao of mind.
"Why, wbat folly! I writa letters to
her, just as ttough there
them to go in; just
nny United Bta'es to sond a mail. I writq
to her, telling her nil about my feelings,
and tho hopeless situation I nm in; nil of
which sho knows already just ai well ns a
thousand more telling's could mako it
kuown to her; and then I bum up the let
ters, ns I shall burn this
finished it, m l try to sleep, when thero is
hardlv such a thing ns sleep
. How much longer shall
IheFe anvugo wilds, roaming nbout among
these loors? What is to be tho end of it
nil? O., the torment of this sasp
kill — "
to
at
his
any mail lor
though theio
when I Dave
rest for
I remain in
Ho rose nnd paced the room, but'couUl
not quiet his tLiobbiug brain. A news
paper lying on tlio blankets caught Lis
ejo, be picked it up, aud ior perhaps the
twentieth time in less than forty-eight
hours ho lead oicr a column of double
loaded news, prefaced by displayed Load
lines.
He threw down the paper. "It may cud
that way; it may end that way soon. Aud
hand tor it I c
her again!''
jp, bis head propped,
upon his hand; and almost unconsciously!
lie lopeatei a;, 0 * 11 and i gûu ihf'-e d.eary
wo. da:
if I raise
her again—never
Itiug
never Bie
He
"Never ree her rgiin!"
It was while he dozod that tbo sudden
aud furious barking of tho dog .moused
him. Wi hoot pulley or preiimiuary tho
door was burst open nod a dozen
nrmtd with guns rushed in. He uai taken
loo much by surprise for nny resist apee,
ei en bad he*been disposed to make any.
lie lmd jumped (ohia feet at this st utling'
irruption; butbéforo be could utter a word
: zed from behind, nud
lhe muzzles of two rifles we.e thrust iu his
face.
"Surrender!" Wallace Baird com
manded.
"I can't well do auything elso," was tho
reply. "You overpower an unarmed
nt the Btait, cover him with guns, and
then tell him to surrender. Certaiuly I
will. Now, perhaps you'll be so kind ns
to inform me what yoq jpenn by this out
t^ge."
Ills
lnd
if
"All in good time, Mister," returned
Baird. "Hankins, you justkeepyour oye
on him; I redfton he's sure enough, but
sometimes sly. I'll take a
look 'round his shanty and see if he's
got any arms or anything else that
want. Fall back to that side, boys, and
give
his kiud
. j me room. "
The rude mountaineer« ob?yed him, nil
casting looks of hatred upon the object of
this raid. The man's character cams out
strongly in his face at that moment. Ha
tall and well knit, and as he stood
a bead taller
was
among his captors he
than nny of them. He was dressed in a
soit which showed by its cut and material
that it had been made in tome other
region Ih m ibis. His smooth face was a
striking one; it had large, regular features,
dark, expressivo eyes, and was crowned
with black hair that had a natural curl.
The face
marks of keen mental suffering. The
mau must hnve been ovor thirty years old.
But it
rather thin now, aud bore
his conduct under the trying
nnd ominous circumstances described
that chiefly showed him to be
seen and known something of life's dan
gers nnd trials, and who
be thrown off the balance of his comros
nre. Eecover'ng from tho firet shock of
surprise he now looked at his scowling
oaptois wi h an expression of unconcern
which might hnvo been rssnme.l, Lut
which was most admirably put on.
"I demand to know the meaning of nil
this," ho said.
By common consent, Baird was the
spokesman of the mountaineers, a id he
was nt present too busy searchmg the ef-,
feet; of tbo captive to heed his remon
strances. Ho searched through tho blank
ets and found nothing; in the knapsack,
nnd look out a book, then two move, evi
dently a set, some le.x don? tip in a parcel
and a lot of writing paper. A basket
■Inin" on a nail; it contained bro.ul and
dried meat. A chnnge of clothing bang
in'? np was rummaged over, rnd a wallet
well filled with greenbacks appeared.
Wallace Baird discovered nuoiher candi »,
stuck it in another knot-hole, and having
lighted it, looked over the contents of tho
portfolio, which Le held up for his
It contained a number of
who had
not easily to
panions to
crayon sketchos of scenes in these moun
tains, so'co'.rect in th> chawing that tho
places were recognized nt once.
Baird sat down ou tho suinll box nnd
looked nt the writ ng on tho open »beet.
He held tho newspaper in his hand, but
hna not yet examined it. A transient flash
passed over tho prisoner's pale face as he
saw his unfinished letter being read; but
Le said nothing. Having completed the
reading, Baird looked r.t the rarao nnd
date of the
its columns
"What's the matter, Wally?" several of
the meu exclaimed.
for us, I con tell you! Here's
of the Knoxville Citizen for last
Rebel paper, but I hardly think
I as bad rs this. Liston. LVttrs
'from Washington! Federal Army Dailly
Beaten ut Bull Hun! Beauregard About
to Occupy Washington!' "
Those announcements
with cries of rage nnd grief.
"That's tho lows that sniiB this fellow,"
ono of tho mon cried.
The prisoner looked from ono to nnoth*
er of the rude f .ces around him, now dis
torted with anger, and boot menacingly
upon him. An intimât'
suspicion of bis owu danger,
upon his mind.
"I read that account," ho said, "and (I
was jnst ns sorry to îçad it as nny of you
com a he. "
paper, but at tho first sight of
he uttered a loud excl imation.
"Bad
a copy
month,
they'd lie
received
of tho truth, a
borne iu
a
com
Wallace Bnird looked up from, the paper»
"What's year name?" bn.askod.
'T don't object to telling you that if yon
will inform mo why I nm treated in this
, and what authority you have for
'using
! Baird took the onvolope from his pocket
Iwhich he had fchoued to Burt Hankins.
•The pi isonpr colored again upon peeing it
but controlled himself with
effort.
" 'Capla'n Charles Smedley, Yickßburg,
.Mipsif sippi,' " he hoard read. "Is that
•vour name? Is that whero you used to
live?"
The other hesitated. "I wi'l answer
thoso questions," Le said, "when you
ai.swer mine."
pro nn coNTivnuiM
at the Worm's Fair.
Provision has been made for tho
holding in Chicago at the time of the
World's Fair, of a congress composed
of youths of all nations of tho world.'
Delegates will be sent, it is expected,
from England, Japan, France, Ger
many, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Aus
tria, Italy, Russia, and countries of
the Orient. These young men are to
be selected from the high schools and
the grammar-school grades. Their
ages are to range between 13 and 20
years. No World's Fair congress that
has been thus far arranged for, It
is thought, will excite more interest
than this project. The pith of the
argument for such a congress is em
braced in the following paragraph
from the preliminary address:
"It is felt that a carefully selected
assembly of the young from all Ra
tions under such
tions as will prevail during the
Columbian Exposition, cannot fail to
powerfully aid this high end. It is
purposed to draw together tho
worthiest and the most talented
youth of all lands, the coming lead
ers of mankind, that they may bo
led to realize, as could not otherwise
be possible, the meaning and the
worth of the fellowship of nations
and the brotherhood of man. In a
gathering so constituted there would
certainly be some who will be called
to deal decisively with the destinies
of states and the serious concerns olj
millions of men. Brought thus to
gether, and face to face with tho
larger relations of our independent
humanity, those fresh minds would
greatly gain in fitness for the impor
tant tasks decreed to their future.
Among them would be many who
will survive all who are now active
on the stage of the world's affairs,
Tout
arkable condi
and who would therefore stand be- !
fore the generation to follow us as !
witnesses of tho humanizing power ot j
tile World's Exposition of 1893, and
be inspired by its influence to.htgher 1
and more useful careers, making tha j
fulfillment of its great promises their j
noblest claim to history." 1
I
;
Little Harry and Julius, a small
negro, were talking together. I
"What's tho best thing in tho
world 9 " *iske(i Harrv
worin. 1 I 8 KCU (lurry.
"I knows," said Julius, smacking
his lips; "it's 'possum."
Little Harry did not know that
j 1 at a • , y
'possum was an animal that tho
houtliern folks, black or white, like
to e<lt, SO he asked:
"V; hat's 'possum?"
"It's dc bestest thing in dc world,"
Tl ,n„_ 0 '
answered Julius.
"1 guess my mamma is the best,"
replied Harry; "but I'll ask her."
S5n lio ran Into tho hnnan •
ho lie ran into the house.
Oh, mamma, no cried, what 9
the best thing in the world?"
"You are," answered inandma. civ*
imr him -I IficQ fc- ~ < . I
ing nun a Kiss, n. *a »
of
Tlio Eminent Brooklyn Divino'3 Sun
day Sermon.
Subject: "Klnc's UieliwaT."
Tv XT: "And an highway shall br there,
and a way, and it shall br. called the way
of holiness: the
it; but it shall be for those, the way faring
, though fool8. shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there , nor any ravenous
beast shall go up thereon. It shall not be
found there. but the redeemed shall walk
there, and the ransomed of the Lord shail
return and come to Zion with songs and
asting joy sinon their heads; they shall
obtain jog and gladness, and sorroio and ,
a ghing shall flee away .—Isaiah xxxv., 8-10.
There are thousands of people here this |
morning who want to find the right road
You sometimes see a person halting at cro»
roadf», an 1 vou can tell by bis looks that iio
wishes to ask a question as to what direction
thlï momta^railM'oafof tWS
there are a thousand wrong roais, but only
cne right one, and I take it for granted that
have come id to ask which one it is.
Here is one road that opens widely, but I
have not much faith in it. There are a great
many expensive tollen tes scattered all along
that way. Indeel at every rod you must
pay in t ears, or pay in flagellations. On ;
that road, if you get through it at all, you
iinvutnniiTvniirnwn wav an! since thU
diff-rs so much from what I have heard in 1
»4 R n^vav h,,riSl ' t ""' y ' 1 beUeï8 " iat! "pl
Here is another road. On either side of
it ure houses of sinful entertainment, and
invitations to come in and dlno and rest,
but from the loo'is of the people who stand
the piazza lam vory certain that itia
the wrong Ueuso and the wrong war. Here
is another road. It is very beautiful and
macadamized. Tee hors >8* hoofs clatter
»ndwrlnv, and they who ride over it spin
along the highway until suddenly they find
that the road breaks over an omhankment,
and they try to halt, and they saw the bit in
the month of the fiery steed and cry
''Whoa I whoa!' 1 But it is too late, and^
crash l-thoy go over the embankment. Wo
shall turn this morning and BJS if we cannot
find a different kiud of a road, . '
You hava hrftvii of the Apoian Way* It
was three hundred and fifty miles long. Il
was twenty-four feet wide, and on either si lo
the road was a path for foot passengers. Bus !
I have this morning to tell you of a road ;
built before the Applall Way,and yet it isas |
good as when first construed, «dillioas of
Sauls have gone over it. Millions more will
"
First, this roa<l of the text is the King'*
htghway. Well, my Lore*, the King decided
tohuild a highway from earth to heaven. It
should scan all the chasms of human wretch
edness; it should tunnel all the mountains of |
earthly difficulty; it should be wide enough
and strong enough to hold fifty thousand
millions or the human rac?, if so
them should ever be born. It should be j
blasted out o. the JjJ
Cemented with th9 b.ool of th? t>ioss, ana
be lifted amid the shouting of angels and th?
execration of devils.
The King sent His Sou to buiti that road,
He put head and ban land heart to it, and
after the road was completed, waved His
blistered ? h and over the way crying, Itia
"SuPfcrther—thi. read .poken of i> a
dean road. Many a fine road has become
mirv and foul bacausiithas not been prop
erly cared for; l*ut my text says the ir>
d»«n s'iall noc walk on this one. Room on
lean shall
l pass over
(I
many of
a
erly cared for; l*ut my text says the ir>
d»«n s'iall noc walk on this one. Room on
either side to throw away your eins. In
dee I, if you want to cirry thaoi aloug. you
«rennt ontbzri;htroa<. Thatbt.dgc wifi
m^t'wiUMmt dcVn, feaving you at tbi
mercy of tho mountain bandits, an l at tho
v»rv next turn of the road you will perish.,
Bub if you are really on tilts clean road o!
which Ï have bean sp?akmr, thou you will
stop ever am! anou to wash in the water
that stouds in tho basia of th? eternal rock,
Aye, at almost ovary step of the journey
you will be crying our, 'create within me
a clean heartT b ., f 4f
provéâtbat you b"Ä "Än your way
and if you will only look up nui sea the
fingerboard above your heal you may read
upon it the words, "There U a way that
eth right unto a man, but tho en i
thereof is death." Without holiness no man
shall seo the Lord, an 1 if you have any idea
that you can cirry alonr your sine, youc
taken that, in the name of God, this morn
iu'» I shatter the doiudon.
Still further, the road spoken of is a plain
road. "The wayfaring men, though foolr,
shall not err therein'*—that is, if a mania
three-fourth a:i idot h3 cut find this road
justns weUasie he were a philosopaer.
Many a man has been familiar with all th?
higher branches of mathematics mid yet I
could not <lo tha siatpla sum, "iVuat sliail it
if he gain the whole world and
his own soul? -1 Many a man has b?en a
fine reader of tragedies and poems aud yet
could not "rexd;hia title clear to mansions in |
the skies." Many a man has botaniz?!
across the continent au 1 yet did not kno.v
tha "Bose of Wiaron "". L } J^.ÎÎ&.îL.ÎÏÎ
Jh-itfkskieg tho way 1 to heaven,'ho wUI
fini it a plain wav. The pardon is plain,
Tne p'acs is plain. ' Everything h plain.
He who tries to get on the road to heaven
through the New Testament; teaching wilt
beautifully. He who go33 through
pniiosophical discussion will not get on at
all. Christ says, "Como to'Me, aud I will
take al! ÿour sins away, aud I will take all
' OUr -S,taffit any°morel I.'".to!
taiu you with auy discussion about th«
nature of the human wil\ or wnether the
atonement is limited or unlimited? There it
the road—go on it. It is a plain way.
Still further, this road to heaven is a safe
Someti.r.63 th? trave.ar m those an
rofit a
E
cient highways would think himself perfect*
ly secure, not knowing there was a lion by ,
the way burying his head deep between his :
pawp, and then when the right moment
, under the fearful spring, the mail's
/as gone and there was a mauled
by the roadside. But, svys my text, I
"No lion shall be there." I wish I could
Ä" wi you 7ain"y V."!înu^
»iter'a mun has b?com. a child ot Uodh.ii ,
as safe as thouîh h; haci bean tou thons, nil |
year, in heaven. He may ,lip hejug .
ÂÂ ÂÏ I
faith unto complete salvation. Everlasting* :
ly täte. !
Th. »verat trial to which,^0. «« tub
n other words, the worst thing
- I
life
ject a Christian
is glory. I:
that can happen n child of God is heaven,
JJ* iB . or Jy th ®'? d suppers that he
Sîû HlïtSi? ySu 'Æo°t hurt
It. No fires'can consumait. No (Iools can
Srownit. No devils can capture it.
g-Jîthtai la'«afe 6 Hl9 ""
^3 b 'i r
will only bo
nient* from earthly to heavenly
ties. "But," you say, "suppose —
JS,™îoï°e™ tr'" , Thenlme wffibe °
much brighter in glory. "Suppose hisphys
leal health falls?' Go! will oour into hbn
the floods of everlasting healto, nnd it will
not make any difference. Earthly suhtrac
' t \„„ is heavenly addition. The tears of
earth are the crystals of heaven. As they
lake rags and tatters and put them tUrongh
Jtip naner mill and tbsy corns out beautiful
"££££»* ptper, lo ofteu tne rag* of
earthly destitution, under the cylinders of
death, come out a white Fcroll upon which
Khali be written eternal emancipation.
® MU f J irt f 5 e 0 t ? 0 road
ant road. God gives a bond of indemnity
against all evil to everv man that treads it.
"All things work together for goo \ to those
who love God." No weapon formed against
thom can prosper. That is the bond, signed,
waled ami delivered by the President of tha
universe. What is the use of your frettinr,
O child of God, about fool? "Behold the
fowls of the air, for they ROW not, neither
do they reap,nor gather into bands, yet v
» heavenly Fatter feedeth them." Anu will
js e»fa
\. tA , "sup
W*Jiv, then it
of invest
securi
"Bul
ft chance

CftTte care of the sparrow, will He take care
let you die? Wbat is the
your fretting about clothes? "Con
sider the lilies of the field. Shall He not
much
Ob, this King's highway ! Trees of life
either side bending over until their branches
interlock and drop midway their fruit and
shade. Houses of entertafnment on either
side of the road for poor pilgrims. Tables
spread with a feast of good things and walls
adorned with apples of gold in pictures of
silver. I start out ou this King's highway,
and I find a harper, and I sav, "What is
your name?" The harper makes uo response,
but leaves me to guess, as with his eyes to
.1 heaven and his hand upon the trem
bling strings this tune comes rippling out up
on the air: "The Lord is my light and my sal
of the hawk, and
me of
clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
vatsm. Whom shall I fear? The Lord Is
the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be
.afraid?"
I go a little farther on the same road and
, meet a trumpeter of heaven, and I say,
"Haven't you got some music for a tired
| pilgrim?'' And wiping his lip and taklnga.
breath, he puts bis mouth to thetruTt
£ efcand P° ura £.1®f tr JLJii
Hunger no more, neithei shall they thirst
■£*"*"***
in **" milist th. Ibron. shall lead them to
W ^n « tiHÎn *1 thn
* ? r" d,8fcanoa farfcber oa the
ui* i, n3 nnm u„i 0
. haa ™ JM* S îi? tf 8 '
T a ® ^ J f ro T ™
j * a, jFituf
vîchw îhiJïïlathJ'* «
; the c.aug of victors shi.lis the cymbalsc.ap
the Lord, for He hath triumphed gtoilously,
1 tbe horae and tho rider hath Ho thrown into
"pl P»™» <M. subject only one step
'^ h t r ' I do not
'T*"*® M , ,
-ant to know where it comes out. My text
declares It, ''The redeemed of (ho T,or J come
to Zion." Yon know what Zion was. That
was the Kiuji palace. It was a mountain
fastness. . It was impregnaoie. And so
hi»veu is the fastness of the universe,
No howitzer has long enough range to
shell those towers. Lst ad the batteries of
«vUt and hell blazaaway; they cannot break
in these gates. Uibralter was taken; Sebas
«>p°l was taken; Babylon fell; but those
'»«H» of heaven shall never surrender either
'to humanity or sa ante besiegement. lhe
Bord God .Almighty is the de.ense o. it.
' w.ïLlït ferminusof
th. King s highway I
, When my last wound is healeJ, when th.
last hesrtoroak is ended, when t to last tear
! of earthly sorrow is wiped away, and when
; the redeemed of the Lord shall com.
| Z,on, then let the harpers take down their
harps, and all the trumptera take down their
trumpets, and all across heaven there bs
chorus of morning stare, chorus of white
^bed victors, chorus of martyr* from uu
der the throne, chorus or age», chorus ot
It worlds, and there bs bub oni soug sung, ami
betone dame spoken, and but oui thron»
of | honored—that of Je sus on ly,
?t a maiden of Israel. She
They
the
, I
AUSTRALIA GR'OANINQ
ündor 0 Tremendous Publie Debt and
Inslgnlllruiit Rural Population.
. . ■„
According to dispatches from AU3
tralia that ielAud continent is in n
bad way. In Sydttoy and Moltourne,
two principal cities, thousands of
v *. rtrv j nß men arc housed or kept work
ut p,,blic expense. Tho disease
J/om which the country I» auffering in
—collapsed boom. To bo aulgai, Aus
1 Valia 1ms bitten off more than sno <
<*hcw. At tho close of lb8b tho Acs
tmllan < o onies had borrowed, in thd
fV, rm c f public debts, $831,810.000,
0(1 of this bo ng spent , o
j/ wl0 mil03 ,,f railroads. Ihb dibt
4jro*«l « »«Cltfity of borougm,
Ruhlic institutions, and prhjate P l °P
crty have amounted to $2o0,000,000.
Even five years ago thero were sixteen
Aiglo-Australian mortgages quoted on
ftijie London Stock Exchange, and, feï
tlie most part, owned in England, ^
a capital of $8",000,000. Since the
g rea t increase has been made in these
wjmpanles. Tho past throe years have
additional, ublio and private dobU
Incurred, which imake an aggregate ol
at »east $1,250,000,00.). Phis has been
lavishly spent on railroads and public
works, and it lias built up a group of
colonies whose population In Decern*
p. ci . 18; 0 amounted to 3,890,000. This
nomilation is
" b " ut ,h0 Wlÿrto« of thin country »
century ago, when it found itself
able to bear a debt a fifth
that of Australia,
Railroads and modern commerce
have, however, created a population
altogether different from tho scattered
ruriil communities in this country
rpnllirv nffo not
£®"v ur y n ß°» ,10t A w .In
whom were gathered in cities Hall
the- population of some of the Aus
tralian Stat« 8 are in cities. A great
trading, rail rood, und house-building
population lias grown up, but. not a
great a g icuituiul population. In lb87
tho tolal lan( j un( j er cultivation was
8,H2tl,eU0 nerea, anti while thla
oa V er , ove '^
cultivated in 187/, this ana was barely
3 per rent, of the land under cultivation
in this country in 1880, though the Aue
tralian population was 7 per cent, of
ours. On tho oilier hand, the Austra
linn colonies had in the 100,9)3,000
theep in 1887 perhaps tho most valuable
ßingl« article of property ever contain
cm,ntry üf 8nml1
|lixc*l world and produced in value near
ly one-third tho world's wool, while
this flock doubled every twelve years,
Tho product of those sheep, joined to
grain and lhe pro.lous metals, gave
Australia in 1890 exports amounting to
$303,(H6,COO, and Australian imports
amounted to $337,100,000, orone-llfth
these of the United States,
e-slxteonth of our
ith
over 4,000,000, oi
largo as
-twentieth
an
-sixth the sheep in tho eiv
,
n" ge
with loss than
population.
I • ktbiu Lamps.
house should be without a glim
mer of light at nigl.t-a light suffi
, cient to prevent groping andstum
| tiling about, in Egyptian darkness if
. onc is ot ,l|ged to rise. This is espe
I dally true of homes where there art
: little children. The idea that chil
! clren are in any way bcnefltted by be
, ng , c t 8 , ln absolutely dark
rooms is untenable, it the light be
sufficiently subdued and of a sort to
leave the air quite pure, it is hard to
see any harm in it. Gas turned low
is never safe, as the fluctuations in
the meter may make it go out. An
ordinary kerosene lamp turned low is
at all times an abomination. Little
night lamps, costing 25 cents, with
quarter-inch wicks, tilled with pure
oil and carefully trimmed, can bo
turned up to their full height with
out giving too much light or emitting
any odor.
I
A Musical WatçJ».
A musical watch about the* size of
an egg is now exhibited in St. Peters
burg which performs a religious
chant, with scenic accompaniments.
Within is a representation of Christ
with the Roman sentinels. On press
ing a spring the stone rolls from the
tomb, the sentinels fall down, the
angels appear, and the holy women
enter the sepulchre, and the same
the Greek
chant which is sung i
Church on Easter Eve is actually
performed. The watch was made by
an ingenious peasant during the reign
Of Catharine of Russia.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL.
INTERNATIONAL LESSON, SEPT. 25.
Lesson Text: "The Lord's Supper Profan
ed," I Cor. si., 20-34 (Quarterly Tem
perance Lesson)—Golden Text: I
Cor. xl., 28 —Commentary
I lie
n
20. "When ye come together, Lherefore,
Into one place, thi*» is notrto eat the Lords
Supper." The B.V. says; "It is nut poBsiblo
to ekt the Lor..'« Supper." The divertioni
ot this epistle ere easily reeosnizeil by. the
worde, ''Now conc?rn ! ng or as touching
.chapters vH., I ; vlii., k; fl»., 1; xvi., ll. U
the section in wniob our lesson is found bo
careiully read, the prominent topic will be
found to be that of plori^yiug God in eating
and drinking (x., 81.) and when people
together to enjoy themselves in eating and
drinking, they cannot truly eat lhe Lord s
Supper, tor it points to the death o . J self, not
the life of self. ,
21. "For in eatinev every one taketh be
fore ether his own fupper; and
hungry and another is crunken." Iniagme
peojde coming together for a good time, as
they fay, and after enjoying themselves to
the full, prooeed to commemorate the Lord s
death. These did worse than that, for they
actually made the Lord's Supoar a druni
feast.
22. "Wbat? have ye nothouses to eat
drink in, or despise ye the d urch of God!"
The supplying of our to lily needs i
thinr, but the worship of God is
different matter. One of the most prominent
that He
entirely
characteristics of Christ
lived for Himself, but always as a
for other3 (Rom. xv., 3; John vi,
have net His spirit
His (Rom. viii., Ö). If , ,
will walk as He wa'bel (t John d., fii
23. "For I have received of the Lord
that which also I delivered unto you, that
the Lord Jfsup, the same night in which He
betrayed, took bread." Hated by the
Id, betrayed by a professed friend and
delivered to be crucified; this was the treat
ment Cbrißt received, and He te=iche3 us not
ct anything different or better (John
__33; xvi., 33)
24. "Aud when He had given thanks, He
brake it and said. Take, eat; this is My
body which is broken for you; this do in
membrance of Me." He did not say, this is
My body which is pampered or indulged in
for you, but given or broken for you. If we
,-o.l by His blood, tuen the gre it ques
tion with us ;s no longer one o! lood or ra>
of righteousness and glorify
n'ifico
i., 38, 511.
atile in Him
t « '
nient, but
lug God (Rom. xiv., 17).
25. "This cup is the
blood; this do ye, as un
reinem brance ot Me." It
ing of the passover
crucified that He instituted this sup
to His die
and blood,
testament of My
ye drink it, in
after the eat
that last night before
Be
per (Luke xxii„ 14-20) aud gave
ciplea these emblems of His body
to be used by them in coming days
ories of His death. He would have them
not only filled with gratitude because of His
sacrifice on their behalf, but also ready to
lay down their lives for Him, or pour them
out in loving service on behalf of others (l
John iii., 16: John
26. "her as often a
?££
•d expects 1 to deny self, reckou
crucified and constantly
13 .
b ye eat this bread, and
shew the Lora's death
d by bis great
drink this
till He
ritice,
crucified and constantly
• flee,
you
present our bodies a living
tained and cheered by tho glory which will
be ours in the resurrection body at His
ing (Matt. xvi.; 24, Rom. vi., fi; xii., 1, 2;
Vllt.. 18; 1 These. 10). Tho two great»'
of all events in the history of the world ar
Calvary and His re
d subdue the earth.
the death of Jesus
turn to reign
27. "Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this
bread, and drink this cup of the Lord un
worthily, shall be guilty of tho body aud
blood otthe v Lord." The unworthy refer*
the pyrsons partakvnjr, loç all
worthy in tfiemsçl
which it is yparlaken.
the bread and wine at such a time for
carnal gratification, he would be guilty of
ill-treating the tacriflce of Christ and making
light of His death for u*.
28. "But let a man examine himself anl
so l-t him cat of that bread and drink of
that cup." We must consider well if
have really soen ourselves to be guilty in the
sight of God. sinners justly deserving His
wrath, and have truly rece.ved Jesus Christ
personal Saviour, believing that
and gave Himself for me. If
, then with humble and grateful
will partake of the bread and
s emblems of His body and blood.
29. "For he that eateth and drinketh un
worthilj\ eateth aud driuketh judgment to
hiœselr, not discerning the Lord's body."
To aie to self is the daily business of every
believer, in order that the life of Christ may
be manifest in us (2 Cor. iv., 11). One wno
lives to gratify self and yet partakes of the
Lord's Supper, the emblems of which speak
of death, and file through death, of neces
:y condemns himself
30. "For this cause many
sickly among you, and many sleep." Phy
sical health was promised on condittor. of
obedience aud diseasa was threatened if they
disobeyed (Ex; xv., 26? Lev. xxvi., 15. 16).
At Corinth, because ot disobedience, many
had died. We are not
taught that all sicknesi is because of dis
obedience (John ix., 3; xi., 4), but that if
is sometimes the case that sickness and
deuth follow the disobedience of believ
rould judge
said
her
io
tue spirit iu
should take
bul
U
.
jog
her

'
Ho loved
this be
hearts
1
sick and s
urselves, we
should not bo judged." If we would walk
humbly with God and live uprightly, m
goo i tniug would tie withhold fr<
we would escape much chastening.
'd test every thing by the judgment seat
of Christ, and do only w>at H approves,
wou d thus walk in the light with Hiui
d enjoy constant fellowajip.
32. "But when we ore judged, we are
chastened of the Lord, that we should not ba
condemned with the world." Whom tho
Lord lovelh He chastened (Heb. xii., €j. Thi
word translated chasten, chastening
and in this
"F
81
If we
* chastisement, in H3b. xii., i- -,-
lesson, is in Epb. vi., 4, nurture;
in 2 Tim. ii., 25, instruct, and in Titus ii., 12,
teach, so that by chasteuin~ us when wa do
Wrong our Heavenly Father instructs c
do better, and nourishes us by His love.
33. "Wherefore, my brethren, when ye
como together to eat, tarry one -
.. ' Jesm taught His disciples
humble and delight in serving rather than
in beinz served. To be first and uppermost
His Spirit, but rather to esteem others
better than ourselves (Matt, xv., 28-39;
Phil, ii., 3).
3t. "An t if any
nt home; that ye ... r _
condemnation, anl the rest will I set iu order
when I come." The worship of GoJ, the
service of Christ, and the showing forth of
His death till He come, leaves
whatever for the display of self
gratification in any way. If in _
is no condemnation (Rom. vin., i); anu
to the daily life, "Happy is be
detneth not himself in that thing which he
allowath'' (Rom. xiv.. 22). As temperance
Scripture signifies sell-control, and
tha subduing of all that pertains to self,
have in this study a good temperance lesson.
—Lesson Helper.
ul
to
1 1 .i
be
other '
la not
hunger let him eat
together unto
r for self
Christ there
Perl quo Tobacco.
Pcrloue is a jet black, intense!}
Strong tobacco, famous for Us flavoi
nnd for it t ability to wreck the nerves
of ft smoker at a single sitting. Itia
grown and made in St. James Parish,
Louisiana, and the crop only amounts
to 90,000 pounds a year.
The makers follow the primitive
proceases which were in use by their
ancestors at least 150 years ago. The
steins arc taken from the leaves and
the leaves arc then put in a box tin
dor a very heavy gradual pressure.
This causes the juice to runout, even |
through the wood of the boxes. A
gradual process ot fermentation and
curing takes place. At the end of
tlirce months the -tobacco is lolled
into carrots and wrapped hi cloths,
tightlyhoundwithroy.es. It is left
in that way a year before it is ready
for market,
The flavor of perique tobacco is
considered delicious by all pipe smok
ers, but it is too strong.—I-ew York
Bun.
THE MERRY SIDE OF LIFE.
row
any
inv
to
STORIES THAT ARE TOLD BY THE
FUNNY MEN OF THE FRES3.
The Dream and the Reality—Not.
Wholly Inexperienced—The Mis
ery ot it, Etc., töte.
His wife showed him her new hat,
Her eyes with joy azlaam.
And, having pretty phrases pat,
He said, ,r It is a dream.
Bhe then brought forth the bill to him;
He eyed it gloomily:
"That is, v he said with visage grim,
*ity."
"A stern
—Nevr York Prf is.
sat
the
had
had
gan
tho
NOT WHOLLY INEXPERIENCED.
"Did )ou ever play foot ball?"
"à*o, but I have been in a railway
collision."—Chicago News Record.
1IORTICOLTUUAL LORE.
Boy—"Did ye raise them fruit trees
from th' shoots?"
Farmer—"No. I didn'tbegin shootin
till they commenced to bear."—Good
News. *
old
IT.
TIIE MISERY
Wife (impatiently)—"This new dress
doesn't fit well, I know."
Husband—"What makes you think
to?" „
Wife—"It's too comfortable."—nd
Bits.
old
THEN THE DOOR OPENED.
Ethel—"You remind me of my piano
lamp."
Stalatc—"How so?" . .
Ethel—"No matter how much it is
turned down, it doesn't go out."—
Truth.
"I
SAVE.
Plug—"Do you want to know how to
five dollars?"
Slug—"You bet I do."
Plug—"Lend me teu aul I'll give
half of it back to you iu five minute«.—
New York Sun.
ONE WAY
lave
SURPRISING INFORMATION.
Old Lady (pointing to elevated mil
go to?"
road)—"Where do them
City Man (hurriedly)—"Almost any
where you want, ma'am."
Old Lady—"Laud sakea! I thought
they had to stay on the rails."—-New
York Weekly.
ALL PLANNED.
Charlio Hordup—"Ah, (or the day,
not
on
dearest,
dear, true love, i
little home!"
Miss Creesus—"Beside the sea?"
Charlie Hard up—"On, anywhere that
you choose to build it."—Judge.
A KIND nBART.
you my
dear
Î
them
to
of
pie
"I do not like to listen to scandal, '
said Mrs. Fair after Mrs. Gadder finished
her story about Mrs. Britely.
"Why did you 'let tic tell' it IheuT 4
asked Mrs. Gadder.
".Veil, after you got started, I hated
io interrupt your enjoyment."—New
(York Press.
my
lieve
do."
.
ism
ger
be
of
is
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.
Wife—"The cat is in the pantry cat
jog the cold steak. Come and drive
her out."
Husband—"Is that the steak you
cooked for dinner?"
"Yes."
"Then, I reckon, the cat's g<
jjlready."—Texas Siftings.
WANTED TO KNOW TOO MUCH.
• Dashaway—"Willie, do you think
your sister likes me?"
' Willie —"She told mamma the other
day that she thought you wore one of
the nicest men she ever met. '
Dasha way (handing him a quarter)—
What else did she say?"
Willie—"When you were asleep."
CANOE RACING.
Oirl_"Isn't it interesting! And so
the canoeist who wins gets a silver cu|>,
does he?" ful
Escort_"Yes, » very handsome one, .
jqu » j
"How lovely ! And what do the ca- |
noeists who don't win get?'' of
"A ducking, usually."—Good News,
a
TWO PAPAS.
Wee Hostess— "Mamma, shall I in
vite Lucy Littnay to my party?"
Mamma—"Certainly. Sho is the min
ister's daughter." .
"Do minister's daughters get mvited
everywhere?"
"Always."
"They has lot of fun, I guess.
minister, 'stead of a
I wish
my papa was a
'mis'ble sinner."—Truth.
A QUESTION ANSWERED.
Mr. Greenleaf—Look here, Amanda, I
Dick
Wrote to Mr. Stubbs, the
works for, in New York, aud asked him
how Dick was getting along, aud whero
he slept nights."
Amanda—"What did he say? '
Mr. Greenleaf—"Why, lie says that
Dick is all right, and that lie sleeps in
the store during the day, but he doesn't
know whore he sleeps nights."—Truth.
TIIE DANGER OV DELAY.
"George!" she screamed. "My neck."
"What's the matter?"
"There's a pillacattci—
wh*t?"
"A tappekillcr *
"What in the world do you mean«
"On, sho moaned, as aho clutched
Mm frantically. ''A. kltterpaltor ! You
know, George! A patterkiller?
I "Oh!" aald George w.th evident
lief, and he preceded to brush the future
butterfly away.—Life,
A sure sign.
Little Dick—"Papa, how does ihun
der sour milkf"
Papa—"It is not the thunder, but the
| electricity.''
A 1 "How does electricity sour milkf
i "R works certain chemical changes in
of the constituents of the fluid, which rc
feult in the formation of
"Of course. But how}"
,'I don't know."
"I thought you didn't, or you wouldn t
i'a' used such big words.''—Good News.
is -
now hr saved himself.
('Talking about tho battle of Gettjs
re
acid."
"I had a nar
burg," he said dreamily.
escape from being killed at that
row
point."
"Tell us about it," suggested half a
dozen voice*.
"Ob, there's nothing to tell," said the
stranger modestly; "it is was through no
bravery of mine that I escaped. I have
always been in the thick of the fight if
any tight was going on where I was, and
3 way of accounting for
inv not being hurt upon that occasion."
"And that?—" everybody leaned over
to hear his reply.
"I wasn't there."—Detroit Free Press.
there i
ANSWERING A 8WKLL YODNG FELLOW.
In a carriage in the Wemyss Bay train
the way to
sat a number of gentlemen
business in Glasgow. Conspicuous i
the company were two—one
with a very bald head and the other a
very "swell" young fellow with a great
crop of red hair, whose fiery hue would
outrival the setting sun. When they
had passed Paisley mo3t of the traveler*
had laid down their newspapers aud be
gan to yawn and look out lazily, waiting
tho arrival cf the train at their destina
tion. Tiring of this prosaic silence the
with tho red hair selected tho
the butt of his wit.
old man
young
old man
"I say, old fellow," he remarked
rudely, "nature surely had no hair in
stock when you were made?"
"She had, sir, she had," replied the
"but it was all red aud I would
old man ;
not have auy of it."
Collapse of red head.—Scottish Am
erican.
nearing Without Ear Drums.
"Don't speak so loud," said a pretty
woman to a Washington Star
young
writer, adding by way of explanation,
"I have no ear drums, you know."
"No ear drums!"
"No; I lost them several years ago."
"From a shock or concussion?"
"Notat all. I was troubled with a
catarrhal affection, a consequence of
which was tho formation of ah3C033ea
that destroyed the drums of my ears."
"But I did not know that a person
could hear without ear drums."
"On the contrary I
ably better than other poopie because I
hear with tho exposed auditory nerve in
stead of through the medium of the
drum. For instance, it often occurs
that I will hear a band of music coming
up the street several minutes before any
body else does."
"And you
bear consider
hear voices better,
also?"
"Decidedly. If you were to stand
at the other eud of this room aud
whisper articulately E could hear what
said without auy difficulty. It is
not an advantage, but rather distressing
on occasions.
When a number of peo
talking together in tny presence
cannot help hearing what every one of
them sayp, whereas you won id be. able.,
to confine your attention to th
of one individual
pie
When
speaks at hurt V
rule,Tin*" ia *tilOWn
cause thu ,'C usual privilege*
down my checks. In o.x«**«w. t
my misfortune is an advantag
lieve I enjoy music more ti an( j
do."
^Actually
acute?"
drut
"9o the loss of the
renders the sense of hearing moi'
"Undoubtedly it does, so long as the
other parts are uninjured, but their
destruction exposes the delicato mechan
ism of the ear, which it is their chief
purpose to protect. Accordingly my
auditory apparatus is constantly in dan
ger of trouble, which might at any time
render me totally deaf. Besidce, any
internal ulceration in the passages would
be very apt to pierce the delicate wall
of hone which separates them from the
brain, and that would cause death. That
is how Roscoo Conklin died, though
vory few people know it, tho cold that
brought on the trouble having been
caught in the great blizzard."
The C '«sacks as Soldiers.
The Cossacks furnish soldiers tor all
branches o( the service in Russia, but
especially for the cavalry. They are skill
ful horsemen and brave soldiers, and
there is a great deal that is romantic and
interesting connected with their history.
While the empire wa9 limited to a part
of wbat is now called Russia in Europe
they were independent and formed a bar
rier agaiust the Turks on the south and
the Tartars on the southeast. As the
Czars extended their dominions the Cos
sacks were obliged to become Russiau
subjects, und they have since rendered
infinite service as military pioneers in
Siberia and Turkestan. Of the Cossacks
there are thirty-three regiments, not
counting some others in service on the
Volga and in Central Asia. They i re all
exempted from taxes, but owe their mili
tary service. In time of peace only a
third of tho men are liable to military
duty. They arc designated according
to their place of residence as Cossacks of
the Don, the Ural, of Astrakan, of Terek,
of Konban, etc., the la9t three provinces
being on or near the Caspian
They use instead of the cavalry saddle
a flat saddle with cushions, aud it is a
remarkable evidence of their skill in
horsemanship that the bridle has only
been in use for a brief period. Tlu^ir
feats in riding, such os standing e
full gallop, springing off while
at full speed, leaping, riding two horses,
the ground while
t
picking up objects
at the gallop, with other evolutions quite
extraordinary, could hardly be equaled
by the best trained modern equestrians.
The military service about the Caspian
sea and in Turkestan is chiefly performed
by Cossack infantry andcavalrj recruited
for tho greater part in the Caucasus.—
San Francisco Chronicle.
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A Grain Pipe Line.
A Chicago woman
Icy, lias invented a scheme for carrying
smalt grains through pipe lines. Her
scheme is to lay pipes from Chicago to
the Atlantic coast througn which gram
is to forced by pneumatic pressure at the
rate of twelve miles au hour. The power
stations are to bo placed twenty-live
miles apart. She says that tho grain
will be subject to no friction, and
that the cost of transporting it from
Chicago to New York would bo under
three cents a bushel. A working model
of the contrivance is to be erected at
Chicago this fall.
In ten years the descendants of two
rabbits will number 70|00fl.
Mrs. N. E. Beas
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