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VO LAKE IDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1892.NO.23 ,==, ,, , ,,= .._.= hi NEIGHORS IN MARS. . S(V.-, ,E s: " FISHERS OF MEN. A Bibi tool fRev. T. De WIt Urtge with Christial okp. p 8on pen T ey Should Lsaaek Oat Iteo Deep Water and Spread 'heir gets W here war san ald stamers Do kiet hm Aboud. that whi The following discourse was delivered dyir In the Brooklyn tabernacle by Rev. T. leas De Witt Talmage, from the text: scot Launch out lato the deep.-L-ke v.. 4 save Christ, starting on the campaign of the the world's conquest, was selecting his us I staff officers. There were plenty of and students with high foreheads, and V white hands and intelligent faces, and mal refined tastes, in Rome and Jerusalem. the Christ might have called into the epic apostleship twelve book-worms, or you twelve rhetoricians, or twelve artists. and Instead he takes a group of men who sati had never made a speech, never taken a hob lesson in belles-letters, never been sick eve enough to make them look delicate- ope their hands broad, clumsy and hard- am knuckled. He chose fishermen, among ing other reasons, I think, because they tha were physically hardy. Rowing makes ert strong arms and stout chests. Much tie climbing of ratlines makes one's head gol steady. A Galilee tempest wrestled p men into gymnasts The opening the work of the church was rough work. tar Christ did not want twelve invalids it, hanging about Him; complaining all fee the time how badly they felt. He ext leaves the delicate students at Jerusa- the lem and Rome for their mothers and ce, aunts to care for, and goes down to the del sea shore, and out of the toughest ma- wr terial makes an apostleship. The min- the istry need more corporeal vigor than the any other clans. Fine minds and good Bit intentions are important, but there the must be physical force to back them. in The intellectual mill-wheel may be in well built and the grist good, but wl there must be enough blood in the me mill-race to turn the one to grind the an other. ba He chose fishermen, also, because the they were use to hard knocks. The th man who can not stand assault is not he fit for the ministry. It always has been fo' and always will be rough work; and no the man who, at every censure or cari cature, sits down to cry, had better be to at some other work. It is no place for to ecclesiastical doll-babies. A man who of can not preach because he has forgot- be ten his manuscript or lost his specta- ast cles, ought not to preach at alL Heaven ru deliver the church from a ministry that ati preach in kid gloves, and from sermons lii in black morocco covers! These fish- H men were rough and ready. They had m been in the severest of all colleges. C When they were knock over by the main boom of the ship they entered the Gt "Sophomore;" when washed off by a be great wave, they entered the "Junior;" when floating for two days, without cc foor or drink, on a plank, they came to a the "Senior;" and when at last their is ship dashed on the beach in a midnight H, hurricane, they graduated with the first T honor. B My text finds Jesus on shipboard with one of these bronzed men-Simon o by name. This fisherman had been sweeping his net in shoal water. "Push out," says Christ, "what is the n use of hugging the shore in this boat? I ere is a lake twelve miles long and d six wide, and it is all populated-just waiting for the sweep of your net. Launch out into the deep." aI The advice that my Lord gave to Simon is as appropriate for us all in a e spiritual sense. The fact is that most ' of us are paddling along the shore. We n are afraid to venture out into the great deeps of God and Christian experience. We think that the boat will be up-set' or that we can not "clew down the mizzen top sail." and our cowardice makes us poor fishermen. I think I hear the voice of Christ commanding us, as He did Simon, on that day when bright Galilee set in among the green hills of Palestin, like water flashing in an emerald cup: "Launch out into the deep." 'This Divine c oastsel comes, first, to all those who are paddling in the mar gin of Bible research. My father read the Bible through three times ,after he was eighty years of age, and without spectacles; not for the mere purpose of saving he had been through it so often, but for his eternal profit John Colby, the brother-in-law of Daniel Webster, , ued to read after he was eighty iour years of age, in order that he might become acquainted with the Scriptures. There is no book in the world that demands so much attention I as the Bible. Yet nine-tenths of Chris tian men get no more than ankle-deep. They think it is a good sign not to ven tore too far. They never ask how or why: and if they see some Christian be coming inquisitive about the deep things of God they say: "Be careful; you had better not go out so far from shore." My answer is: The farther you go from shore the better, if you have the right kind of ship. If you ha·l mnre worldly philosophy for the haik, and pride for a sail, and self-con ceit for the helm, the first squall will destt you. But if yon take the Bible for your craft, the farther you go the better; and after you have gone ten thousand furlongs, Christ will still command: "Launch out into the deep." Ask some . such questaon as ".Who is God?" and go on for ten years asking it. Ask it at the gate of every parable; amidst the excitement of every miracle; by the solitariness of every patriarehal threshing-floor; amidst the white faces of Senacheriib's slain turned up into the moonlight; amidst the flyig ehariots of the Golden city. Ask who Jess is, and keep on askin it pf every Bible lily, of every raven, of every star.-d every ma brnm uMed, of every cotb ia ashs mouth, of every loaf that got ts be e A oaves, of every wrattl sea peelad, of every pulkslea urm stretched forth in gratuletlos; ask itof Bisa mother,e AUgUtIUt HeBred, sleep of Jisre, ~tw ~iadr Him bed of the angel posted as aentinel atto" tamb of th dinb e#tththt thook, Sand Ip~Itsd, sad ibuadered when le A missionary in France offered a the Bible to an humble dwelling. A man fish. took it, tore out a dozen pages and stan with them began to light his pipe. can Some years after the missionary hap- the I pened in the same house. The family The haf just lost their son in the Crimean can war and .his Bible had been sent back woe home. The missionary took it up, and we saw that it was the very same Bible not that he had left in the house and from for which the leaves had been torn. The take dying soldier had written on one of the out leaves of the Bible: "Rejected and expe scoffed at, but finally believed in and Is it saved." The Bible may be used to light gem the pipe of witticism by some, but for thoc i us it is a staff in life, a pillow in death TI and our joy for eternity. God I Walk all up and down this Bible do- ly 1 I main; try every path. Plunge in at com the prophecies and come out at the be epistles. Go with the patriarchs until con r you meet the evangelists. Rummage self and ransack as children who are not him satisfied when they come to a new stat 1 house, until they know what is in him every room, and into what every door tha opens. Open every jewel casket. Ex- of amine the skylights. Forever be ask- We r ing questions. Put to a higher use hell / than was intended the Oriental prov- ing B erb: "Hold all the skirts of thy man- ers, h tle extended when Heaven is raining the I gold." as I Passing from Bonn to Coblentz on Thi 3 the Rhine, the scenery is comparatively Chi tame. But from Coblentz to Mayence the s it is enchanting. You sit on deck, and the .l feel as if the last flash of beauty must wit e exhaust the scene; but in a moment 6- there is a turn of the river, which the d covers up the former view with more tor e defiant castles, and bolder bluffs, vine- int r- wreathed, and grapes so ripe that if dat r- the hills be touched they would bleed the n their rich life away into the bowls of Lei d Bingen and Hockheimer. Here and the e there, there are streams of water melt- He r. ing into the river like joys swallowed in e in the bosom of a great gladness. And otl It when night begins to throw its black yoi Ie mantle over the shoulder of the hills, dec 1e and you are approaching disem- '1 barkation at Mayence, the lights along the e the shore fairly bewitch the scene with yo 1 their beauty, giving one a thrill that an he feels but once, yet that lasts him of a forever. So this river of God's word is roi d not a straight stream, but a winding the i- splendor-at every turn new wonders en * to attract, still riper vintage pressing of r to the brink, and crowded with castles th to of strength (Stolzenfels and Johannis- ye t berger as nothing compared with the a- strong tower into which the righteous ha I run and are saved), and our disembark- sh Sation at last, in the evening, amidst the es 'a lights that gleam from the shore of mi Heaven. The trouble is that the vast an A majority of Bible voyagers stop at is q Coblentz. where the chief glories begin. sit se The sea of God's word is not like de be Genn esaret, twelve miles by six, but so a boundless, and in any one direction sir " you can sail on forever. Why, then, t confine yourself to a short psalm or to th to a few verses of an epistle? The DT sir largest fish are not near the shore. hi ht Hoist all sail to the winds of Heaven. hi 't Take hold of both oars and pull away. Be like some of the whalers that went fe out from New Bedford or Portsmouth, hb en to be gone for two or three years. Yea, it calculate on a lifetime voyage. You do r not want to land until you land in ti he Heaven. Sail away, oh ye mariners, tl for eternity! Launch out into the tl ist deep. The text is appropriate to all Chris- 9 tians of shallow experience. Doubts ti and fears have in our day been almost elected to the parliament of Christian h Sgrace Some consider it a bad sign a not to hre any doubts. Doubts and I1 fears are not signs of health, but t e festers and carbuncles You have a a valuable horse or farm. It is suggested t et, that the title is not good. You employ v he counsel. You have the deeds examined. t ice You search the record for mortgages, y judgments and liens. You are not p ing satisfied until you have a certificate p ten signed by the great seal of the state, an assuring you that the title is good. i n Yet how many leave their title to Heaven an undecided matter! Why do t to you not go to the records and find out? I .ar Give yourself no rest, day nor night, esd until you can read your title clear to i he mansions in the skies. c out Christian character is to come up to of ligher standards. We have now to uea, hnt through our library to find one by, Robert McCheyne, or one Edward Pay- I ter, son, or one llarlan Page. The time C ity- will come when we will find half a he dozen of them sitting in the same seat the with uas The grace of God can make a1 the great deal better men than those I have blon mentionsd. Christians seem afraid they 1 iris- will get heterodox by going too far. I mep. They do not believe in Christian per ren- fection. There is no danger of your or being perfect for some time yet. I will be- keep watch and give you notice in time leep if you get too near perfection for the ful; safety of your theology. One-half of rm you Christians are simply stuck in the her mud. WVhy not cut loose from every you thing but God? Give not to Him you that formal petition made up of the "O's"-"O Lord!" this, and "O con- Lord!" that When people are cold, willand have nothing to say to God they ible strew their prayers with '0's?" and the "Forever and ever, amen," and things oe to fill up- Tell God what you want, still with the feeling that He is ready to the give it, and believing that you will re Sas ceive, and you srhl have it. Shed that ars old prayer you have been making these very ten years. Itis high timne that yon out Vety grew it Throw it aside with your old very ledgers, sand od'a d hats, and your Sthe old shoes. Take a review of your pret elain eut wants, of yaou present sins, and of rdat yonrtpresent blesOings With a sharp olty. blade ruta you puast half-and-half ag it Christia life, and with new deter s, of mintabe, and new plan, and new ex red, peitastlos launch out into the deep. very The text is appropriate to"all who very are engaged in Christian work- The ele chaureh of God has been fishing along ;ask the shore. We set our net in a good, weod, catm place, and in sight of a fine the hbapel, and we go down every.Sundray ath-I to se it the ah have been wie rhlt negl to come into our at We H`is saihtlearn ,sothag from that boy Wok, with his hook Ma line. He throws his a He line from the brisge; no ish. He .*s. d 0.a a leog no . He stands ~ al the sunlight and casts the line; but na DUI fish. lie goes up by the mill-dam and stands behind the bank, where the fish A 1N' can not see him,.and he hardly dropped Th the hook before the cork goes under. that The fish come to him as fast as he hun( can throw them ashore. In other words, in our Christian work, why de an h we not go where the fish are? It is the not so easy to catch souls in church, for they know that we are trying to ht take them. If you can throw your line hom out into the world, where they are not wm expecting you, they will be captured. og Is it fair to take men by such strata gem? Yes. I would like to cheat fve Th thousand souls into the Kingdom. l The whole policy of the Church of the God is to be changed. Instead of chief- of t ly looking after the few who have be- past come Christians, our chief efforts will bees be for those outside. If after a man is ac I converted he can not take care of him- seer self, I am not going to take care of quit t him. If he thinks that I am going to thai r stand and pat on the back, and feed mei 1 him outof an elegant spoon, and Oatch bra r that he does not get into a draught mer - of worldliness, he is much mistaken. ally - We have in our churches a great massof noo e helpless, inane professors, who are do- the ing nothing for themselves or for oth- celE ers, who want us to stop and nulrse I g them! They are so troubled with doubt in t as to whether they are Christians or not. for, o The doubt is settled. They are not exa y Christians. The best we can do With cou a these fish is to throw them back into yea l the stream, and go after them again ins1 ,t with the Gospel net. by t "Go into all the world and preach the h the Gospel," says Christ; into the fac- firu e tory. the engine house, the club-room, eer into the houses of the sick, into the stil if dark lane, into the damp cellar, into ma d the cold garret, into the dismal prison. a c pt Let every man. woman and child know tha d that Jesus died, and that the gate of cla: t- Heaven is wide open. With the Bible Yor d in one pocket and the hymn-look in an- S.n d other pocket, and a loaf of bread under k your arm, launch out into the great or s, deep of this world's wretchedness Wt: I- The Bible's promises join hands, and or I g the circle they make will compass all ;h your sins, and all your temptations, it and all your sorrows. The round table a in of King Arthur and his knights had is room for only thirteen banqueters; but ig the round table of God's supply is large shl rs enough for all the present inhabitants mc ig of earth and Heaven to sit at, and for trc rs the still mightier populations that are lo, s- yet to be. se Do not sail coastwise along your old as habits and old sins. Keep clear of the It k- shore. Go out where the water is deep- Li he est. Oh, for the mid-sea of God's th of mercy! "Be it known unto you, men wl at and brethren, that through this man tr at is preached unto you forgiveness of of n. sins." I preach it with as much confi ke dence to the eighty-year-old transgres- lo ut sor as to the maiden. Though your dr on sins were blood red, they shall be snow nu n, white. The more ragged the prodigal, do to the more compassionate the father. he Do yoru .y that you are too bad? The th re. high-water mark of God's pardon is m .n. higher than all your transgressions. gl -. .'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanesth is *nt from all sin." Do you say that your e th, heart is hard? Did you say that your a, iniquity is long continued? Suppose it do were ten ten times longer? Do you say i in that your crimes are black? Suppose 1 rs, that they were ten times blacker. Is he there any lion that this Samson can not slay? Is there any fortress that this Con ris- queror can not take? Is there any sin sl bts this Redeemer can not pardon? al ost It is said that when Charlemagne's , an host was overpowered by the three gn armies of the Saracens in the pass of ud Roncesvalles, his warrior, Roland, in tl ut terrible earnestness, seized a trumpet a a and blew it with such terrific strength bed that the opposing army reeled back is ioy with terror; but at the third blast of ed. the trumpet it broke in two. I see es, your soul fiercely assailed by all the not powers of earth and hell. I ate put the mightier trumpet of the ote, (ospel to my lips, and I blowy od. it three times. Blast the first- to "Whosoever will, let him come." Blast do the'second-"Seek ye the Lord while d ut? He may be found." Blast the third- "ht, Now is the accepted time; now is the to day of salvation." Does not the host of your sins fall back? But the p to trumpet does not, like that of Roland. to break mn two. As it was handed down one to us from the lips of our fathers, t y we hand it down to the lips of our ime children, and them to sound it when we fa are dead, that all the generations of!I eat men may know that our God is a c a pardoning God-a sympathetic God ave a loving God; and that more to Him hey than the anthems of Heaven, more to 1 far Him than the throne on which He sits, per- more to Him than are the temples of our celestial worship, is the joy of seeing will thp wanderer putting his hand on the ime door-latch of His Father's house. Hear the it, all ye nations! Bread for the worst of hunger. Medicine for the worst sick the ness. Light for the thickest darkness ery- Harbor for the worst storm. Rim Dr. Prime, in his book of wonderful p of interest entitled "'Around the World," "O describes a tomb in India of msarveloun old, architecture. Twenty thousand men they were twenty-two years in erecting that and and the buildings around it. Stand ings ing inthat tomb, if you speak or sing. ant after you have ceased you hear the echo r to coming from a height of one hundred Sre- and fifty feet. It is not like other that echoes. The sound is drawn hese out in sweet prolongation, as out though the Bngels of God were old chanting on the wing. How many 'our souls in the tomb of sin will lift up the pes- oice of penitence and prayer? If now a of they would cry unto God, the echo harp would drop from atar-not from the -half marble capola of man earthly asusoleum, eter- but sounding back from the warm heart oex- of sngels, flying with the news; for there is joy among the agels of God who over .ne sinner that repeateth! The -ebrew is rapidly becoming the li L7 g language of Palestine again. The ne Jews, who are gathering there from various lands, speak so mahy toarnes that necessitT esps for a ommon one What eould be ak natoural than their choice of the Hebrew? -s his -The unwise enosplain that the good a s!fr. They are the only oes whoesa dsth bsord to sufer.-e. I. Fethingham. DUNMOW FLITCH OF BACON. uLa take A National Joke Whleh Has Beas i So Existeone Eight IHundred Tears. There are not many national jokes a that have survived for more than eight for t hundred years, but assuredly among play these that of Dunmow Flitch occupies C an honored place. Toward the end of TJh the nineteenth century it appears to ap- the peal as much to the national sense of humor as it did six hundred years ag bee Some time about then Chaucer made his Mr wife of Bath say in her immortal pro- .m Logne: ma The bacon was not set for him I trow the That some men have in Essex at Dunmow. Monday's proceedings showed that diet the jest is as well received in the Essex any of to-day as ever it was. For months to s past the allocation of the Bitch has 1 been a common topic of conversation has a among the country folk. At first it wi * seemed as though there were to be ist1 f quite a deluge of applicants. No fewer it I [ than eight couples hinted that they mer [ meant to put in a claim for the eele- One li brated fitch, but as the crucial mo- the 1 ment arrived the members were gradu- vi ally reduced to two, and Monday after- sed f noon the chief event in Dunmow was t ' the trial of these two claimants to the the celebrated fitch. or a s It may be as well to say at once that ha' t in the modern contests all the ancient moi forms are carefully disregarded. For occi t example, it is no longer the married h couple who have been married for a A year and a day who ask for the Bitch; A F n instead of the presentation being made by the priory at Little Dunmow or by ing h the lord of Dunmo*, it is made by a kin - firm of city bacon curers; and in the l, ceremonial that attends the awards 1e still more important changes have been inr Lo made. Long ago anyboly might put in lai1 1. a claim. All that was required was her w that the husband and wife should de- hg of clare that le You never made any nuptial transagresso ciamy n. S'nce you were married man and wif8. er . " " a * * the at Or since the parish clerk said "Ame ~," Wished yourselves unmarried again; Ad Or in a twelve month and a day II Repented not in thought any way. the Ik " " " * * an le For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, ha Though the sport be our own, the bacon's your pre own. for at Of old the claimants had to kneel on we R" sharp flints at the priory of Little Dun- wi mow and vow that )hese things were st or true. All is changed now, as the fol- he re lowing account will show: we Monday the sport followed a show of lit e pony-racing and other rural diversions. e, he It was under the patronage of Lord and on P" Lady Brooks, and did not begin until ata 's they arrived on the scene. The tent en where the award took place was then ch in transformed into an excellent burlesque lo of of a court of justice. IS- A lawyer's clerk acted as judge; the an s- local corn merchant. in appropriate of ur dress, was counsel for the claimants; an hr °w auctioneer conducted the case for the m; al, donors. Six maidens and as many to er. bachelors formed the jury. The crowds t, 'he that thronged the tent proved that the m is monumental jest that has amused En- * es. gland for seven hundred years or more al 5th is still as interesting as ever to the gen- t. iur eral public. w .ur Upon the platform there were two Sit couples who claimed the hitch. one be- ti ay ing old, the other young; and the begin- to ners were taken first. Certainly the fi s corn merchant, who acted as barrister, if not made out an excellent case for his on- youthful clients By examination he a sin showed that they had known one another for ten or twelve years before b e's marriage,and that the husband was fond o re of children and not at all quarrelsome. d i i These two (the man was thirty-six and T the wife younger) avowed that their t pet advice to all spinsters and bachelors a gth would be to get married, and they coul$ t ack in all honesty "take the bacon"; at a t of which there was a laugh that sounded * see incredulous. the Yet the auctioneer or opposing coun- t sel could not break down the evidence. d the For the husband swore that he had no F loW club and never went to the theater t Rt- without his wife: that she never gram- e last bled when he came home late and never r hile discovered a will contrary to his. The i Swife on her part swore that her hu- t the band always got up most cheerfully in iosi the middle of the night if baby was the crying, and that neither cold dinners nd. nor washing day roused his temper. No t """ cross-examination was able to shake ers. this evidence. < our Although the counsel for the donors w W suggested all kinds of offense, it was soI stoutly denied that any trouble had is a arisen in the matrimonial taffairs of the two, and though the jury retired to consider their verdict the facts were St not to be gainsaid, and the fitch was sits awarded. Yet it was easy to see that a, s of good-humored cynicism was mingled emg with the cheers that greeted the award. the But, indeed, a curiously frank out lear spokennesss was the most obvious 5t characteristic of the audience. sick When the herald opened the proceed * ings with his "0, yes! O, yes! All ye who have complaints approach his lord rful ship. O, yes! O, yes!" there were peals rid," of laughter. Shouts of "Speak up, dous OGuv'nor! let's hear what you're saying, men old man!" interrupted the Judge's sum that ming up; and when the first fitch was and awarded, "For the biggest lie-what sing do you think?" was cried by the back echo seats. dred The second applicants were an old ther couple whom even the opposing harris mwn ter blushed to oppose. United their ages amounted toone hundred and fifty, were and for twenty-two years the husband ay had been in her majesty's service. He P the was compared to the old Adam of "As now You Like It," and vowed that in his echo hottest youth he had never been false ithe tohis Mary Jane. Inthis ease opposi eam tion to the granting of the bacon was lart purely a matter of form, and, indeed, Sfor the discussion served no other purpose, as far as one could see. eneept to allow the introduction of certain very obviouas ___ It goeswithoat sayilng that both of the sham lawyers were aeused of try ing to "save their baeco," of talkng "gammon," and of other eantrieitio one octed with hog's Ssh. Evidently the judge was quite unable to see the slightest faree in the opposition, rm~he Snot only gave the appliceant the bea÷t oc of hisadvies, bt oa theerdb of the n ) ry haviaf bbeuret be rcgest ulated the happy couple on having taken the bacon. rat So thus the two flitches were award ed. What remained to be done was to Ma mount the reoipients on chairs provided the e for the occasion, and while the band of a played "See the Conquering Hero as at Comes" carry them around the field. to N Thus ended the ceremony of awarding silver the flitch of bacon. It is the third con- weig secutive year in which the fitch has wool been awrtled. Some time about 186 tism Mr. Harrison Ainsworth, whose novel, debts "The Flitch of Bacon," is well known, howl managed to get itrevived, much against fore the willof the landed proprietorsof the pars district, who were painfully aware that the any previous attempt to do so had led than to scenes indescribable. mean Since then the awarding the fitch they has been spasmodie. It was bestowed son I with much ceremony in 1880, and this had is the third year in succession in which weil it has been given, but people look at it In N merely in the light of a very old joke. pers One of the barristers said in his speech 383, that the Dunmow Flitch was a strong alon rival of the divorce court, but in truth ly a, such vitality as it possesses is to be the traced to the never-ending laughter of mile s the cynics when they hear a husband may or a wife solemnly declare that they pan; have never quarreled for a twelve- the t month. Nobody believes that it ever tian occurred.-St. James Budget. thel SEEN IN THE ZOO. wa y A FIght Between Msecov Daeks I Wblch The the Feathers Flow. be e "What ails the Muscovys this morn- tain a ing?" said the golden eagle to his bald It kinsman, while they perched face to that face on the summit of the hillock of the rocks in their summer boarding-house cycl n in Central park. "The fat one has just by laid her first egg, and she's so stuck on fns her work that she's been itching for gro flg .t every since. If she wasn't beneath Mai my dignity I'd like to drop down and of 1 clapper-claw her awhile." la "See; they're at it for keeps!" replied feel the golden one in a flutter. der At least this is the way that Keeper be Carlin interpreted the looks and acts of cap the eagles, of which birds he has been of , an uncommonly close observer. He may per c, have an inkling of the way birds of cols or prey communicate with one another, of I for the ducks the eagles talked about ' M were in a great flutter. Two of them, stry * with broad, fat bodies, large flat feet, The e strong wings, stout beaks, and with pat - heads wrapped in a hood of fiery red in wattles, through which only their ugly nal of little eyes could be seen, glaring at pat A. each other, while the feathers ruffled co d on their outstretched necks, and they ab* il stamped their webbed fee on the earth ast nt and moved about, watching for a tin en chance to snatch a good hold with their spt oe long, bony beaks. bel Presently one darted out like a flash ma he and fastened her mandibles in the back ter te of the other's neck, closed her eyes and lar an hung on like a bulldog. The bitten one we he made desperate efforts with her wings ft ny to beat off her opponent, but failing, pet 's twisted her neck abodt, and caught a art he mouthful of her tormentor's wattles. ch ,n- The necks of both birds were twisted wa ore about like snakes entwined. All the dri 'n- while they pounded each other other trt with their wings, and with surprising ge Wo quickness rolled over and ovey a dozen th be times without letting ga Meanwhile an in- ten members of the Muscovy family die ,he formed a ring around the fighters, mov er, ing with the "scrappers," and quackin lit his and clapping their wings as though pc he urging the combatants to fight harder. of tne After five minutes of rough-and-tum- ar re ble work the birds separated of their ge md own acecord, but never for an instant be ne. did they stop glaring at each other. I nd The other ducks took turns in fondling m eir the fighters and quacking into their of ors ears what might have been points to 11 nl$ take advantage of the next round. After at at a little time they sprang at each other d led and fought with redoubled fury. First.fe one and then the other would land on tt an- top, and the dusty air Vas filled with c ce down and feathers battered off and m I no plucked out by the roots. The ducks to Lter that stood by became so flustered with ti " excitement that they spread out their ver wings, drummed the dust, and bumped he into one another as if courting fghts of iu their own. y in nSuddenly one of the real fighters let h was out a cry-halfpcream and half squawk ler -and breaking from his furious an- t No tagonist, tried to run to cover. The ske victor gave chase, grabbed a mouthful of the flying one's short tail feathers ors and hung on with the tenacity of a t was snapping turtle. The beaten duck d had squawking like mad, raced around and . the aronnd the inclosure, dragging her con- _ to queror, who, with closed eyes, vainly et tried to brace herself to cheek the was other's flight. At last the weary, van- I at a quished one poked her head and neck [ gled into a cranny in the rookery, aad would, t nrd o doubt, baye fancied she had escaped a out from her ormentors, had it not been t ious for the torture she endured every time ] the winner plucked a beakful of plum- I ed- age out of the nether end.-N. Y. Ad i ye vertiser. rd- A Cherry Seed That Cost Us,OSO. es In a museum of curiosities at Salem, up, Mass., there is preserved a common ing, cherry seed or stone, hollowed and fash um- ioned like a basket. Within the basket w are twelve tiny silver spoons, the shape that and finish of which cannot be distin back guished with th, naked eye. Dr. Peter Oliver, who lived in England during old the early part of the eighteenth cen tary, tells of seeing a earved cherry their tone which would be a wonder even in fty, this age of fine tools sad fne workman nd ship. The stone was one fr a com-r He moan cherry and upon it were carved the "·As heads of 10t popes, kinags, queens, em hisperrs aints, etL. Saml as they must false aeesserily have bee, it is announced p on the authority of Prot Oliver that .w with a god glausthe heads of the popes eed, and kings could readily be d istiagalsd psfrom those of the queens sad samints by their mitersand crowns. The gentle ma who brought this ittle wender to England purcbhased it in Pruais, alow Sof ing the origdat owner £1,06 for his try- treasre. Think of it, 85,80O fee a king cherry sedl--Chiago Herald. citi es ently -Featherst "What did youar si ter say. wh r yea told her I was he. l o be the parlor wait t fi n obr " obby .ast "Nothn. ist she took arrg of es f the Sagesr and put it am sotw"Jewe ra- er' Weekly. NEIGHBORS IN MARS. rat fea There Weige Naibte Nothg -a ailn Are We.dertally Agen Mars weighs but one-ninth of what mend the earth weighs, and, therefore, objects [hoaln of a given mass weigh here nine times h t as much as they would weigh if taken to Mars. For example, our qtandard weak silver dollar of 419,1 grains would stale weigh but 45.8 grains in Mars, and both would doubtless be refused by the Mar -O(5 tians if tendered in the payment of debts, public or private. It follows, a however, from the lesser power of the force of gravitation in Mars that it is a - paradise for fat men. The reason one the elderly person gets tired sooner spoon than the small bey Is not tf thre milk; mnuscles of his legs are inferior tha thore they have more to carry. ~e t per- then son here has as powe r le as he and a had when lean, but th ave a greater on to weight to bear and they tire under it. fully Iu Mars it is different. There our stout - person of 800 pounds would weigh but is fo S388(, legs and all, so thatlhe could trip tighl along with his present muscles as light- that ly as a kitten. Even the "fat lady" of over the museum could easily do her twenty ily a t miles a day and not feel it. Agility, we eral I may assume, with vivacity as its accom- shorl panying virtue, is a characteristic of to th the people of Mars. Doubtless the Mar r tians, owing to the light burden on sized their legs, grow taller than we do, and in asl are larger and more powerful every taste way. Weight restricts development of be I The strength of muscle and bone may very be exceeded if an animal exceeds a cer- two tI ain size. gar, I In the sea the whale grows larger The 0 than any terrestrial creature because of b f the water bears him up Like the bi a cyclist, he has only to propel himself frn t by moving his legs-that is to say, his stie n fins., If man lived in the sea he might sol, r grow much larger than he does. In and I Mars he ould, with the same strength p ,d of muscle and bone, grow nine times as bo large as he does here. A man fifty-four clot d feet in height, with a corresponding sibl develop:nent in other directions, would ir be a powverfnl animal He would be six f capable of doing an incredible amount wit l of work per day. Citizens of such pro- p y portions might very well undertake the Af colossal canals with which the surface me r, of Mars is so strikingly marked. Lae at These canals signify the astonishing a, strength and energy of the Martians. Sou t, They are supposed to point also to a ang Ih pathetic necessity. Their planet, weak on -d in gravity, is weakening now in all the yoU ly natural forces. Its heat is rapidly de- e at parting. Its crust is cooling, and as it bat id cools its strata, like those of our moon, add I absorb the water of its omans. The sift h astronomers of Mars foresee a coming spe a time when all the water and atmo- pre sir sphere of their planet will disappear, she being absorbed, as in the case of our an sh moon, by the chilled material of its in- ate !k terior. They have dug their canals in ak ad large part, it is believed, to bring the Be water of their shrinking oceans to their mat ga famished lands. Originally undertaken, inc ig, perhaps, as water-ways, these canals a are supposed to beanow vastly deepened - es. channels for the conveyance of the wk ed water required for irrigation and for he drinking purposes The extent and ex- 1 ier treme width of the excavations stag- th ng gers belief; but it will be remembered Ti an that Mars is much older than the earth, th Ile and that with the Martians it is now fo' ily dig odidie. v- So they dig, and they dig double ed nt lines. They parallel every waterway, TI gh possibly to avert the calamity of want ap er. of water over their vast continental s lm- areas in case one of the canals should cit dr get stopped up by a landslide. It has on snt been doubted whether the canals of w ier. Mars are really double, but the astrono- no ing mers of the Lick observatory say they en teir observed them on the night of August de to 17 with their incomparable telescope, be ter and testify that they are "'dtinetly he her double." They add 'hat they are "per- be irst fectly straight lines passdg through ol on the continents from sea to sea." As a m, ith canal in Mars would have to be twenty be and miles wide to be visible with our best gi cks telescopes, it evident that the Mar j pith tians must have given much attention a eir to engineering. There is no evideace aI ped that they have used steam or electricity is a of for transportation or for industrial par poses. Being aunder the neesslty of s[ let having a large water smpply, it is poe- w wk I aible that they have not fosad it to pay e an- to use powers other than water power. * The Besides, a land much intersected by a - | fuli nals of vast width and depth could not It ters well develop an extensive railway my.- I Sa tem. Without coal-there is no evi- I Luk dence that Mars had a carbouiferous b and period-the manufacture of steam en- n on- gines could make but little progres. g nly As respects electricity, the thinness [ the of the atmosphere of Mare would, It is a ran- believed, interfere materially with the a ec' e ciency of dynamos. The electricity I uid, would be dispersed somewhat, as it is in ped a vacauum tube, befare it conuld dousefual seen wot4. There could be little magnetism, I time it is plain, because the planet, besides be mm- lug frozen at both ends and cold in the I Ad- middle, gets few rays of the sa-tbe t source of all energy in our system It is improbable, in fact, that the Martian have ever given much attention to the em subtler siences. They have given their mon minds wholly to canas, and anal dig-1 h- aing is not an elevating employment- set timore Suan. bape A Tmrkis apwstsm. stin- I was once present at the baptism of eter a Turkish child and will endeavor to ing describe this ceremony, though it is one can- with which many people dispense, anad eiy which is neither legal nor religious nin The child was only seven days old, this n- being the age when it is thought nece eary to nape him, and was lyg on a th bed covered with gold wire, whteh was em- tied to the bedtrad with diamond pins. mst So salt ad sr bet brought by dthe nurse, the mother took up the child t and placed it in the sleve asd givaing op o end ofit to the nrse, she took the shed other -sad shook it slightly, while the nurse placed her mouth to the child's tl-ear and called it loudly by the name Io given toit Theusltwaatheneprinkle over it, sad after a siht payer the w his sieve was shaken once more, a while Sthe asilt fell to the g~ands the child was ordered to obey his fathers ad etber r s, ar5fr which it ws taken atd lhe s . siteve and placed agate l.a It bd, the by- father entcrpg at the am m awast gr ad pre enting the mother wita - IniaI shewL-.l=#nssetent (lrataq. HOU OL BREVITIES. --Cayenne pepaer is highly reona mended for driving away ants. It should o pipikled Maround their haunts -To e a "toast poultice" for weak or eyes, cuta slice of stale br as thin as possible; toast both i a well, but do not burn or hen the toast cools lay it in Icol ng or ice water. Put between a of old linen, and apply, chang I hen it gets warm. a --Omelet--Six eggs, one cup of milk, one tablespoon of butter, one table t spoon of dour; melt the butter in the a milk; beat the yolks with the flour t thoroughly; add the milk and butter, - then the whites beaten to a stiff froth, e and add a little salt Cook in a spider s on top of the stove and turn very care . hflly.-Boston Budget. It -When, as sometimes happens, one it is forced to wear an unoomfortably F tight shoe, it may be of value to know - that folded cloth wet in hot water laid if over the pinching point will often speed y ily afford relief. Change the cloth sev !e eral times to keep up the heat which 1- shortly stretches the shoe and shapes it )f to the foot.-N. Y. Times. r- -Tomato Salad.--Peel some good 'n sized tomatoes (not too ripe), cut them d in slices and remove the pips; season to 7 taste with salt and pepper, a few leaves t. of basil finely minced, and a few onions h7 very finely sliced. Make a dressing of r, two tablespoonfuls of oil to one of vine gar, and pour it over the tomatoes. er They should stand in this for a couple se of hours before serving.-lousekeeper. -' -Kerosene oil is of use in cleaning If furniture, but it is said, by good author is ities, that it will, in time, cut and dis bt solve the glue and the varnish or finish, In and will make certain sorts of wood h poros. A much better rticle is best as boiled linseed ol applied with a soft ar cloth, then rnbbd of as clean as pos ig sible. If there are seratches, use one d part best furniture varnish to five or six parts good turpentine, and apply nt with a brash. Thei are many pre o- pared furniture polishes and finishing he preparatios, all of which have certain Smerits, but the above are simple and inexpensive. mg -Iced Almond Cuts.-Two pounds of . flour, one pound of coarse powdered sugar, one pound of better, twelve ak ounces of ground almonds, twenty egg he yolks, almond flavoring. Whisk the I- egg-yolks and sugar to a light, frothy it batter, melt the butter and whisk it in; m add the ground almonds and fiavoring, he sift the flour and work it lightly in; ug spread the mixture on a baking tin o- previously buttered and covered with a ar, sheet of paper; make it quite level and r an inch in thickness. Bake ina moder In- ate oven; cover the top of the sheet of in cake with hot-water icing, and thickly the strew with cut blached almonds. Cut eir into pieces three inches long and one en, inch wide.-Good Housekeeping. led - OUTrDOOR LIFE. the What it Has Dme usd a Detag !re the for clrSy-Brd ctidrha. ex- At first it was the boys who exhibited ag- the good effects of the social revolution. red Time was, and not very long ago, when th, the sturdy Joys of the metropolis were low found in the greatest numbers in the public schools and the districts inhabit ible ed by personsin middling eircumstane ray, The boys in the well-to-do families were ant apt to be spare, narrow-chested, and of stal such appearance that the more rugged nuld city children called them by contemptu has one nicknames, all implying that they of were girlish. Such puny lads are not no- now anything like being numerous ,hey enough to represent a class. The once rust derided "mother's apron-strings" have ope, been woven into tennis nets, and the otly hands of the "girl-boys" now grip base per- ball and cricket bets. Three months ugh of country life with "city improve ,L a ments," and nine mouths of 'cycling, anty boxing, sprinting and gymnastics, have best given them muscle and lungs, until the ai` juvenile crowd in town accept it as an tion axiom that a well-dressed lad is worth one* avoiding when persecution or mischief [city is intended. par- The girls, too, are obviously a better y of sort; not better than their mothers po- were, necessarily, for New York is for pay ever freshened and strengthened by wem country-bred men, who draw in coun y a- try-bred women for their wives. But not the born city gilds are distiaestly finer eP- women than born city girls Wsed*to be. evi- The very boyish boys, of the ages when ro boys are apt to be an all-snflicFnt sex a en nto themselves, no longer avroid the a. girls, who now hare their part. ad pnes places in the sports and games of the It is courts and felds. Baseball and eraket Sthe are of the mascaline gender still, but icity golf and tenLs, botlaig, riding and is in driving, are siall the enjoyment of both sefal sexes The girls have borrowed part tisa, of the boyish equlipment in these days. sbe- They have musete They wear loose a the and easy clothing, and they swing along -the with an athletic animal movement that . It would have been called very ngenteel 'tMa in their mothers if their mothers acould oth have imitated it Mn of counatry birth tleik see that their town-bred wives a re t- produced in their town-bred daughters. and city men by the sea-side note that their little girls are as ruddy ad brown a of and vigaroas and physically eapable as oothe country children of the neasighbor Sto hood Thus much of the children; they S have had the longest holidaying.-Harp oe r's Weekly. I, this Th* Rmprevoses r Tease. ee. If hsppily we sre born of a good a Sa a ture; it a liberal edseatios has formsed Swasin uos a.generous temPsnd dlsptS, L pins well-regalated a . ad worthy ihtby inellnatesi, 'ts for us, ad so chld indeed we esteem it'Bt who b them giving endeavoraing to give these to iself, or ak the to advance his paortion of happlnsms t 1 the this kind whothinks of timprovlag, or sohld's sa meeh oof preservinr his adsore n name the wordwhere it meast of necessity akled nrn so great a hasard ad whemre we ar the know a bones nstue is so easily car while rapted? All oaer things rslating to =dwas us are preserved wirt earr. and hre ather, smae ar e e oresmemy bekllgto them; o the this, which is us sL melated to a s, a 1, the an which ar .hapins de I usmnt alcue seammtted to chines. And tee