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NOW a Wife Taught Her Husband
a Needed Leeson.
Mrs. Delameter sat in her bay win
dow sewing. She was thinking as well
as sewing-thinking-of something that
had happened in the morning.
If any living soul had dared insinuate
to Mrs Delameter that her husband
was capable of a meanness she would
have arisen in her wrath and hurled
indignation at the offending insinuator.
And yet there had been times in the
course of tleir year of married life
wheashe had almost admitted as much
to herself in her inmost heart, though
she had always hastened to assure her
self that he "didn't intend it," and was
"only thoughtless"
The trouble lay in a nutshell: there
was only one pocketbook in the Dela
meter family, and its abiding place was
Mr. Delameter's pocket. To a woman
who had supported herself, single
handed and alone, for several years
previous to marriage, it seemed un
bearably humiliating to be obliged to
sue for every dollar she spent.
That morning she felt the last straw
had been added to herload of humilia
tion. She had conceived the brilliant
plan of asking for more money than
her immediate necessities demanded,
with the idea of sparing herself a few
necessary humiliations in the near fu
ture. She had screwed up her courage
as she ate her breakfast to ask timidly,
as Mr. Delameter rose from the tables
"Tom, can you spare me ten dollars?"
"What's the trouble now?" asked
Mr. Delameter, good-naturedly.
"I-need a pair of boots."
"Whew! Ten dollars for a pair of
boots?" and he arched his eyebrows,
still good-naturedly.
"No," stammered his wife, feeling
and looking as guilty as though she
had robbed a neighbor's clothes line
over night, "the boots will be only
three dollars, but-I thought it would
be handy to have a little money by me,'
and-not to have to trouble you so
And Mr. Delameter-her face grew
hot and she breathed fast every time
she thought of it-Mr. Delameter took
out a two-dollar bill, and a one-dollar
bill, and a silver half-dollar, and laid
them on the table, saying in an off
hand way: "I guess that'll do you this
time," and then put up his pocketbook
and went away, whistling.
Mrs. Delameter was a good little
womiTn, and she endeavored loyally to
Afnd excuses forsuch atrocigps conducte
She was a forgiving little woman, too,
and so when the clock on the mantel
struck the half hour after five. she
folded ui her work, and set the tea
And Mr. Delameter came home and
gave his wife an affectionate greeting,
and looked at her admiringly across
the table, and praised her cream cakes.
And after supper he drew her down on
his knee and said how Joll; it was to
have a home of one's own, and not
have to live in a horrid boarding-house;
and he was altogether in such a pleas
ant mood that Mrs' Delameter dared
attempt a little serious talk, and paved
the way by informing him that "Miss
Southernwood came to see me to day."
"Ah?-she's the millinery lady, I be
"She wants me to trim hats for her
in my spare time this summer."
"Indeed! Well, I hope you sent her
to the right-about-face in double-quick
time. The idea of my wife working in
a shop!" said Mr. Delameter, with con
siderable spirit.
"I wish you'd let me do it."
"For heaven's sake what for?" Mr.
Delameter spoke a little testily this
"Because I-it would seem so good to
have a little money of my very own."
"Well, don't you have money of your
very own? All that's mine is yours,"
"I suppose so,-but oh, Tom, you
don't know how I hate to ask for it '
"You silly little goose! Did I ever
refuse you? I can't see why under the
canopy you should feel that wayl"
"But, really, Tom, I think --I'm
almost sure-you would feel the same
"Nonsense! I shouldn't, either. Pd
just as lief ask aapot."
"Would you be willing to pUde it?"
"Certainly I would, if there was any
way, but 1 don't quite see"
'"Tom, will you prove it ff I'll think of
a way?"
"M'm, well-yes-I guess so What's
the way?'
"Well, I'll take that money I laid up
before I was married out of the bank,
and when your pay-day eomes you will
put every cent of your money into the
"Well, I will-on your book!"
"Oh, no, that would spoileverything!
Promise me you won't ever try to re
place my money!"
"Well, I promise," said Mr. Delame
ter, laughing at her earnestness.
Then he looked thoughtful for sev
eral minutes.
"How long must the experiment last,
to convince you?"
"Well, I think a month weuld do,
don't you?"
"I think it would," he answered drily.
Mr. Delameter forgot his agreement
till just as he was being paid off the
next sight. and then, being a man of
his word, he stopped on the way home
and emptied his pocket" into the eoffers
of the bank, carrying away with him a
solitary nickel, which he had over
looked, in the pocket where he kept his
car fares. Then the whole affalr
slipped from his mind
The next morning he parted with the
nickel to the car condueter with cheer
ful unconselounems, and realted not
that he was pemailena
He was openisg his luech box at
noon, when, as lnek would bavre iS,
there suddenly appeared before him a
friend of his boyhood days whto had
grown rich and aristocrat in the years
saines they had met Mr.Delklmeter, co
an exuberanoe of hospitaliet, imamed
diately condooted him to the ighbest
prised rentaurant in the vienitoWordered
a diner in keeping with the.D me, l
nasly dlommd it with his fiend, sad
asu usmes# lbb pwebewh lhll
tig at that interesting moment may be
better imagined than described, as the
novelists say.
That night he was glum all supper
time, and afterwards buried timself in
the day before's newspaper till bedtime.
When morning came, he lingered about
I after breakfast was over, with no os
I tensible reason, at last made a feint of
starting, and then came back again.
"Oh, by the way." he said, with a
fine air of carelessness, "I had to bor
I row some money yesterday."
"How much?" asked his better half,
with a little blush.
5 "Five dollars."
"What for?" trembled on Mrs. Delay
meter's lips, but she did not say it. She
simply handed him the exact sum.
"I guess you'd better let me have a
s little for car fares while you're about
A ten-cent piece was carefully select
ed and laid in his palm.
Mr. Delameter did not forget his
t straitened condition that day. He re
membered it, of course, when he sent
s the bill to his friend; he felt it when
he passed a fruit stand on which were
displayed some particularly fine
oranges; it was recalled to his atten
tion when the little lame boy with
candy made his usual rounds of the
I office; it was painfully present to his
mind when a man with a subscrip.
tion paper whereon figured the name
of Delameter came to collect the
money subscribed; and the lack was
keenly appreciated when he had to
forego buying his usual evening paper.
The third day he braced up, and
with a reluctance he was wholly una
I ble to conceal requested the means
wherewith to buy a pair of light trous
[ The fourth day was Sunday. Mr.
Delamcter thought of the contribution
box, and decided he wouldn't attend
church. His head felt badly, he said.
· The fifth day the grocer called at the
office for his pay, and Mr. Delameter,
mumbling something about "pocket.
I book" and "other pants" sent him to
" the house.
The sixth day Mrs. Delameter, with
unlooked-for generosity, gave him fifty
cents when he asked for car fare, and
on the strength of this he hailed a man
with strawberries, on the way home at
r night, bought two boxes, and tound he
I was six cents short.
The seventh day Mr. Delameter real
ized that the experiment was not work
ing quite in the way he meant it should,
so he pulled himself together and bold
ly asked for a ten-dollar bill
"What for?" queried his wife, as
though with' an effort.
"I-well, I want to get a pair of
I boots."
'Men's boots come high, don't
they?" faltered Mrs. Delameter, with
an artificial smile, as she opened her
I pocketbook.
"Oh, the boots won't be more than
s four dollars, probably, but I guess I can
make away with the rest."
Mrs Delameter hesitated, blushed,
bit her lip, then slowly handed out
t two two-dollar bills and a silver half
"I guess that will do you, this time,"
I she murmured, with downcast eyes.
Mr. )elameter glared at her and
s made as though he would cast the
money from him. Then suddenly he
seemed to recollect something and a
brilliant red color flamed up from the,
r edge of his white shirt collar to the
roots of his hair. He jammed the
r money viciously into his breast pocket,
made use of some word indicative of
extreme anger and flung himself out of
the house, slamming the door with
great vehemence behind him.
Mrs. Delameter threw herself face
donaward on the lounge and cried and
cried. The terrible fear that she had
offended him beyond forgiveness and
that he would never return to her as
sailed her at intervals all through the
r day.
When Mr. Delameter did actually'
come home at the usual hour she hard
ly dared raise her eyes to his face. But
r he was very quiet, did not slam things
and hardly looked 4 from his food all
tea time.
SWhen Mrs. Delameter had cleared uap
Sthe dishes, she slipped up behind her
husband as he sat in the bay-window,
I with his elbows on his knees, his face
between his hands, and his eyes on the
Iarpet, and dropped Ihe bone of con
tention, the pocketbook, into his lap,
and fied.
He caught her dress before she had
fled very far, and drew her back.
"Fannie," he said, with whimsical'
seriousness, "do you believe there is
Smoney enough in this pocketbook to
induce some muscular man to kick me
I all I deserve to be kicked?"
 "Oh, ToA!" sobbed Mrs. Delameter,
"can you ever forgive me? You don't
know how I hated to be so hatefulr"
"Oh, come nowl Doyou pretend to
say you didn't enjoy it?"
"Of course I didn'tl" was the indig
nant answer; and then Mr. Delameter
threw his heed back, and laughed and
laug hed.
Finally he sobered down. "Well,"
he said, in a very business-like way,
'"now we'll have this thing fixed up.
Have you any idea how much our house
hold expenses are?"
"I have kept account of that, and of
Smy personal expenses," said Mrs. Dela
Smeter, bringing him the book. "but I
Sdid not know how much you earned or
a how much your expenses were"
SMr. Delameter glaneed at the neat
a eolmns, and turned over the leaves to
- look at the footing-up for the whole
s year. He seemed to be surprised at
r the total, and made a rapid mental cal
eulation. Then he gave vent $o a long,
a low whistle,
"Fanise," he declared, solemnly,
Syo0 are a dear little economical white
angel; and I am-well, you don't allow
I me to me the sort of language that
,would fttingly deseribe what I am."
i And the, Mr. Delaeter proposed
I that whenew he was paid .ft the
i bouseeeplaeg eopmas should be de
Sdueted ife the bemut reeelwved and
Sthe rest divdt equYP betwees be
I And they ftolo~ed thiqla and cn.
tiusedm to fol)winer d I worked 8lre
-For more than three hundred years
fruit, vegetables and flowers have been
sold on the present site of Covent Gar
den market. In 1661 King Charles the
Second granted to William, earl of Bed
ford, the right forever to hold a market
in the parish of St. Paul's, Covent Gar
-Experiments show the German rifle
to be the most merciful weapon in use
in European armies, while the Lebel
rifle, used by the French in Dahomey,
Smakes a very ragged wound. The new
English magazine rifle seems to be
the cruelest of the three, as its bullet
smashes bones and tears flesh at a dis
tance of one thousand yards.
-Some of the tribes of India have a
marriage custom which calls for the
presence of a cow and a calf at the
ceremony. The principals and the
priest drive a cow and a calf into the
water, and there the bride and groom,
as well as the clergyman, clutch the
cow's tail, while the officiating person
age pours water upon it from a glass
vessel and utters a religious formula.
-The cruiser Rurik, recently
launched on the Neva in the presence
of the czar and czarina, is the most for
midable war ship of her kind in the
world and the largest of any kind ever
built in Russia. Her displacement is
10,923 tons, her maximum speed eight
een and one-half knots per hour and
her coal capacity 2,000 tons. She will
wo able to steam 20,000 knots at the
rate of ten knots per hour without
putting into port for fuel or provisions.
-It has not been generally consid
ered that in the various arctic expedi
tions which have been made the arctic
dog has played as important part. In
the recent journey of Lieut. Peary 1,
800 miles were made by sledges drawn
by these faithful and useful animals,
and they averaged, according to Mr.
Peary's statement, about 21 miles a day.
The dogs require about the same
amount of food as one man, and draw
a load about one-fourth greater than
coauld a man.
-Theaters in Paris are not paying.
There are eighteen leading play-houses,
and their receipts fell off from twenty
two million of francs in 1890 to seven
teen and a half millions in 1891. The
only prosperous theaters seem to have
been the Vaudeville and the Renais
sance. At a meeting of the managers
some said the cause was too many free
admissions; the young dramatic au
thors were incompetent; the Theater
Libre had had a bad effect. But no
good explanation was given.
-The monument to the late emperor
of Russia at Moscow, which has been
been in course of erection for the last
seven years, will be completed in a few
months, and early next spring it is to
be inaugurated, with a stately ceremo
nial, in presence of the imperial family.
The building has a frontage of one hun
dred and sixty feet, and the interior
will be most sumptuously decorated,
the principal object being a colossal
bronze statue of Alexander II. repre
sented in the dress he wore at his cor
onation, with his left hand holding the
scepter, while his right is extended in
the act of blessing his subject.
-A remarkable pcene occurred at a
recent meeting of the Bewdley (En
gland) town council, which was held
for the purpose of electing a mayor for
the ensuing twelve months. The re
tiring mayor (Mr. Kitching) was pro
posed for re-election, and one Mr. Crump
was also proposed. There were eight
votes for each candidate, the mayor re-*
cording his vote for himself Then the
I mayor (who had persisted in presiding
at the election in defiance of a vigorous
protest from the friends of his oppo
nent) proceeded to record a casting vote
in his own favor, and declared himself
to be duly elected.
When DBoed Up Together They Fight to
the Death.
Some observers have urged that the
shrew mice are liable in autumn to be
infested with troublesome parasites,
apparently of a species of acarus, and
that these occasion death. One writer
esys: "Coming, one day in 1829, from
Holloway to Battle Ridge, I captured
and conveyed home in my gloves half a
dozen shrew mice that were evidently,
by their non-resistance and helpless
ness, in a very weak condition, which I
attributed to the extreme frost that
prevailed at that time. Upon looking
ait them when I reached my home I
found the cause of their extreme debil
ity to arise from their being infested
with millions of little parasites, who
perhaps derived sustenance from the
bodies of their unfortunate victims"
To the sober observing eye of the
naturalist, however, the number of
shrews found dead every autumn on
the roads and field paths is only an in
dex of the far greater numbers which
remain scattered about unseen among
the aundergrowth, where they love to
lurk in nasuspected little domestic
colonies. So far as may be judged, the
shrew tribe is one of those on which,
as Grant Allen says, "the Malthusian
problem is always pressing with an
nual persistence." All the insectivores
are impatient of hunger, requiring a
continual supply of food; they die
under a short fast This constitutional
peeularity is exemplified in the mole
and equally in the shrew. This
voracity is accompanied by great
pugnasity of disposition, which
ldds them to attack each other,
the weaker usuatly falling a victim to
his strongesadversary. Bell says that,
if two shrews be placed together in a
box, a very short time only elapsmes be
fore they begin fighting, the victor not
only killing but feasting upcn the van
In their ignoranee of the laws of po
litical economy, the shrews, with eare
les improvide s, go on lacreasin
daring all seasons wherein the food
snpply is abundant, only to be aum
arily cbeckeld by a widespread famine
-at later periods .v y spriag each
female shrew brings forth a ltter of
six er seven Pilkg, sad, as there are
but litte cheeked, owing to t&er smal
sine and aatuai timbity, sad to the
feet thatiheyd. a go atr from he.s
1.,ua #gr q4ibtrtoqthrea t
summer, when insects, worms, slug
and snails abound everywhere in the
fields and forests. But with the advent
of autumn the food supply fails, and
the law of natural selection prevails to
thin out their numbers. Yet sufficient
survive to perpetuate the species, na
ture being provident of the type, how'
ever careless she may be of the single
B Although eats will kill shrews, they
will not eat them. This is owing to
1 the fact thatthe animal exudes a strong
musty humor, which renders the flesh
r unpalatable, but hawks, owls, weasels
a and eyed the mole are not so fastidious,
t and numbers fall a prey to these ra
pacious enemies.-London Globe.
She, Having Made History. Must AOeepl
the Verdict of History.
° Empress Eugenie was by no means a
° bad woman, but she was a singularly
foolish one. Brought up by a mother
° who was little more than an adven
turess, occasionally living in Spain, and I
s often roaming about Europe, she be- c
came strong-headed and narrow-mind- i
P ed, with all the superstition of a Span
B lard, and with all the tolerance of a
lady who has lived much at continental
° watering-places The emperor fell in
r love with her and married her. He 1
Shimself was a dreamer, but amiable in
his relations and as honest as was con
I sistent with his Interests. His sur
roundings were thoroughly bad. They
were, in the main, men who *ere more
fitted to be billiard-markers and card
sharpers than to be invested with power
in a state; shady financiers, and women
who would have been more at home in
the demi-monde than in a court. France,
with all her wealth, was in their hands,
and they picked and stole to their
hearts' content.
The empress did her best to white
wash this sepulchre of honor and hon
esty, and to maintain an outward sem
blance of respectability, But unques
tionably she was ambi and really
c fancied she possessed pttticasl talents.
As the emperor's health waned her in
fluence increased. France under her
auspices was first sacrificed to an en
deavor to maintain the temporal sway
of the pope of Rome, and then to re
cover the ground the empire had lost
in public opinion by a war waged for
dynastic purposes.
When this war went against France
she forced her husband to make an
attempt to re-establish a lost cause by
an advance which every person with
> the slightest military knowledge knew
was utterly hopeless Widowed and
r childless, she is an object of sympathy,
1 but as empress of the French she made
t history and must accept the verdict of
history.-Londor. Truth.
Covered With Rivets It still Stands In the
Famous City.
r One of the most wonderful pieces of
mechanical work ever undertaken by
1 human hands has just been completed I
abroad. The celebrated landmark of
Venice, the Lion of San Marco, has
during the past months .been greatly
1 missed from the top of the mighty
column of the Marcus place by strangers
L visiting the city of lagoons. Last year,
when an examination :of it was made,
I it was found that the statue had fallen
r into more than fifty pieces, which were
liable to come down at any moment.
This discovery gave rise' to a desire
on the part of some of the city fathers .
t to transfer the original lion to the Civil
- museum, and to make for the Marcus
B column an exact copy of the historical
r monument. But the Venetians were
s .strongly opposed to this and urged that
the original lion should remain in its
° place. Thereupon Signor Luigi Ven
f drasco, devised a plan to repair the
damaged monster. With infinite labor
and care the decayed statue was low
ered to the ground and its fragments
carried to the arsenal.
The experiment by which it was
thought the loose pieces could be re
e united by a smelting process proved a
failure. Giovanni Bontempi, one ofthe
finest mechanics of Venice, was called
SIn and resolved to repair thefallen hero
by welding the pieces together in the
Spresence of several of the maunicipal
oMicers. More than three hundred and
fifty scrcws were used to reunite the
separated pieces of metal, and the
Scracks and interstices were filled out
t with an inside lining of bronze. This
Sdifficult piece of work was brought to
I a happy closne with marvelous skill.
SNothing can be seen of the repairs ex
j ternally, and as of old the Lion of San
SMarco bids the stranger welcome as he
e enters the beautiful city of the Doges
--Cincinnati Gazette.
Frrase's Great Canal Bystem.
Interior navigation has long held a
prominent place in the traMfc of
France, and it is not surprising to
learn that the length of navigable
Swaterways in that country is 8,000
Smiles, of which 850 miles are returned
eas tidal, 2,100 miles navigable without
e works, 9,60 miles canaliszed rivers and
3 1,000 miles of canaL The state looks
out for all but 7 per cent. of this at
work, which is tberefore praetl
s free from tolls. This system of lI
a navigation has cost about 6300,000,000
Sfor construction and purchase and b55,
I 000,000 for concessionas. The annual
Ccost of maintenance is about 3,000,000,
i or 6825 a mile, which covers all expend
itures whatsoever. The number of
h vessels employed on the waterways is
r between 15,000 and 1,000; about 86
Sper cent. have wapseity of 800 tons or
Smore, while more than half have a ca
pacity exceeding 100 tons Moreover,
about 3,000 foregn boats se the
French canals each yesr. The motive
power is now almost entirely fuirnished
by draft animals, althoagh a few steami
tags are used on the Beine, the Ole and
some other rivers, and steam eargo
bbats are ooeasonly met Oable tow
ing and tow loeomotivs resloused
inns few places The average eost o
movta a toa of frelght one mile is
stated to be .se. o rivers and s per
eant. less on eanak--t Loals Globe
S Is preashiug there i nothing lik
'. .heingat~· r~Ito~u ie prnust toes
A Biyelist a Rsesa Parssed by a me* T
of Reagry Wolves.
Mr. Fred Wishaw gives an account of I
his being chased by wolves in the dis- bha
trict of Packoff. He had gone to RuEn pr
sla with a bicycle, and at the time he 2-1
fell in with the wolves was on his ma- th
chine, having covered a distance of .a
some twelve miles in an endavor to' no
"head" some elk. hi'
I had, he says, ridden but a mile or oe
two on the -return journey, when it in
struck me that I ought to alight and ca
refresh my machine with a few drops of eS
oil. But hardly was I on foot than, oI
happening to glance back along the re
road, I saw something which at first pr
sight caused a thrill of pleasurable ex- tic
citement, but soon gave place to very co
different sensations, Hardly a quar
ter of a mile behind, and coming to- en
ward me at the long gallop which. th
covers the ground at a wonder- bl
fully-rapid pace, were five large th
gray wolves. I saw the leader raise tit
his nose, and, catching sight of me, •
cock his ears and give tongue, just as a a'
dog might. There was no doubt about in
the fact; I was being hunted, I wa m,
speedily up and away, and as I caused
the pedals to whirl in a manner to
which they were entirely unused, 1 b
tried to calculate coolly the probable
relative swiftness of bicycles and he
I had at least ten miles to go before th
I should reach safety. I might possi- de
bly do that in three-quarters of an ra
hour if the machine and my breath to
held out Could the wolves accomplish he
the distance in less time? The siteua- e
tion was by no means one for trifling. tI
When I had ridden a couple of miles or
so, I ventured to glance back, the re- fr
sult being the instantaneous convie- di
tion that wolves can travel faster than t,
a bicycle. The brutes had gained upon eo
me. They had gained a hundred w
yards at least At this rate I quickly t
calculated they would pull me down m
just about two miles before I could ti
reach my destination and city olf
refuge, Lavrik; unless, indeed they p,
could not keep up the pace, which I ,
flattered myself was rather hot el
Another two miles and another peep m
behind me. The wolves were barely ta
two hundred yards away now and com- or
ing along as though they enjoyed it I w
could swear that the leading wolf is
licked his lips as he saw me look m
around. I tried a spurt. The road
was as level as a billiard-table, and I a
strained every nerve to the utmost. al
But even as I did so it was borne in in
upon me that spurting would not do. I ,
must slacken off at once, for I could at
never keep up the terrific rate at which p
I was now traveling. w
In fact, I must economize all my It
staying powers in order to last out the bý
distance at even my former rate of th
progression. Then, suddenly, an idea fr
occurred to me. I would ring my bell di
loudly and continuously, and see what
effect this would produce. I pressed fe
the gong and turned round to observe m
whether the sound would check my w
pursuers. The effect was instantane- b,
ous. No sooner did the first clang of e
the gong ring out than the wolves- ly
every one of them-stopped dead and of
disappeared behind the trees. Lgave a
yell of defiance and deljht.and dashed to
on, ringing away for dear life. But. g,
my triumph was skert-lived. On look
ing back a few moments after I found tr
that my foes were again in full pur- lt
suit. However, I had gained a little. m
On we flew, my gong sounding harsh ri
and strident in the silence of the for- ti
est. It was magnificent; at least it di
would have been if it had .not been so a
horribly dangerous. There was a rut al
trodden by horses running all along p
the very middle of the road. I avoided
this and rode at the sMe, which was 4
smooth, for the runners of the light a
sledges do not as a rule wear the snow.
It was easy enough, of course, to avoid
the rut when riding straight ahead; f
but while looking round there was the
danger of my front wheel slipping into h
it, and either checking the way of the
machine or even causing a capsize. b
I had just turned my head to look h
round upon my pursuers for the twen- I,
tieth time--alas! they were still gain
ing, and were now within fifty yards ,I n
Heating a loud clattet- in front of me I h
turned back again to see what newtl
danger threatened me from that diree
tion. In thus twisting back and round
again I allowed my front wheel to go .
out of the direct line. The next in
stant I was in the rat, and, before I ,
had time to see what was happening, h
was, with my trusty bicycle, buried a
couple of feet deep in the snow at the n
sideofthelroad. I gave myself up for .
All this did not take long to happen, o
and as I emerged from the snow I was
in time to see two things. The first
object which met my gase was a mag
nifilcent bull elk, falowed by four
smaller ones, just act of trotting
acros the road not " yards from me,
striding throarh the snow at a long
trot, their heads well raised and resting t
back on their shoulders. The other
object was the little palc of wolves i
Scarcely fifty yards befind me when I
uset, these were upon me in a d
moment, and I had barely time
to seize the heavy spaner of
my machine and put my bacek to a
tree, 2hen, to my delight, the wolves-
thennlt five yard from me--#lked
up their sear, pased me lIke a fash of
greasd lightning, and darted away Ia
pursuit of the elk. 1
I pieked up my bleyleo, aad, to pt tt
mildly, rode sway with allspeed. I
think I rode those three miles -lI
"resod timhae" ayhow, it was 1tea 1
aminutes less thema two bhaM frm the i
start when I sedad iatol srik, r ad 1
If I Igad not rndes tweaty-eigIt mes
I mwet have doe pretty sear it-lead
sand Water.
"You my that the tros weigrbd ten
",Yese, sr, it wa the biggest tret I
ever srw."
"Aat be got away from yol"
"Wil yea tak pa e.athp tlhat?"
'rii *.s.p m mssn edat I len-e
The Population of India Rapidly R ig F
Above s00,00e,ee.
The population of the Indian empire
has risen within the memory of the w
present generation from 280,000,000 to 1
289,000,000; it has been increasing at 'u
the rate of 2,500,000 annually, and is a
now rising at the rate of 8,000,000. If
no large famines occur it will considera- g
bly exceed 800,060,000 at the end of the in
century now drawing to a close. Even ti
in the event of decimation from these to
causes there will be an excess over the fe
-00,000,000. This augmentation is coin- bi
cident with a growth in means and ti
resources of livelihood, and in material t
prosperity of all kinds. The exports- ti
tion of food grains in large quantities hi
continues. oi
The average population in the Indian s
empire is very moderate. For all that Is
the density in some parts is considers- 
ble and in other parts too great. On 
the other hand there is a large quan- di
tity of cultivable land still unused, the am
extent of which can be fully known by
axperience alone. Further, the exist- ol
ing cultivation can be made more and P
more productive by agricultural science, d'
by development of irrigation in detail, a
and by improved appliances for bus. P
bsndry. 8
On the whole there is fair reason to tl
hope that the magnificent area of land I ti
will be able to sustain its people, and tl
that the accession of teeming millions b
decade after decade under the British a
rule may be welcomed without an af- as
terthought. On the other hand, there u
have been and still are frequently re- h
curring causes to cheek the growth of a
the population.
One fearfully potent cause, arising
from internal war, devastation, and fi
disorder, which up to the present cen
tury decimated the people has been I
effectually stopped. But pebtilence, d
which in former centuries occasionally n
stalk'ed through the land, still lurks in
many places. It is kept down by sani
ta tion, by the diffusion of medical edu- d
cation among the natives, and by the Y
purification of the water supply. The fi
water works are to be found in almost ti
every town; in the great cities they
may be compared with anything of r
their kind in any country. The check P
on population, as imposed by sickness, a
will be gradually lessened. Then there c
is a terrible check resulting from fa- fI
mine or scarcity.
The recorded experience of more than b
a century shows that this scourge has b
appeared in one quarter or another once '
in every three years. Its recurrence is d
extremely probable. Itsprings from s
atmospheric conditions may he b
partially controled, but can not be a
wholly averted by the power of man. b
Its terrible power is in part weakened t
by nrosry communicstion supplying d
the markets which have been depleted
from scarcity. Its area may be in some
degree limited by irrigation works.
The conservation and propagation of
forests will improve the supply of
moisture in the country. Great efforts, it
without stint of money, will be made p
by the government to find wages and I
employment for the multitude sudden- e
ly thrown out of work by the eessation
of labor in the fields and the temporary a
paralysis of the hand looms, the pot- a
teries and other village industries In- a
t. finite good will indeed, be effected in j
these various ways. But no adminis- c
tration can guarantee security against a
loss of life from hunger and from the b
many ailments which ensue after a pe- i
riod of physical depression. Therefore, e
the population will be checked in some s
degree by famine. The loss from that v
cause appears to be about 500,000 annu- a
I ally in a cycle of years.-Washington p
Post. f
Galvailsed Boellers Should Never We Used,
but Good Copper with Lead Ppesa t
"There aspears to be a decided dif
ference of opinion on the subject of a
range boilers," said an experienced
housekeeper. "I barve bad all sorts of I
opinions from all sorts of people, but a t
bit of difficulty which I have just been E
having bas taught me some useful les
"In the first place, I shall never buy
nor advise anyone to buy a galvanized c
iron boiler. I have been obliged to put
'three of these into my house within a
very little time. For awhile I didn't
i understand what the trouble was, but I
one of the last ones I cut to pieces to
see if I could find out what the matter I
was, and it was rusted and eaten into
' "O)ne would sever imagine the thin
nes of the metal in many places. It
r was the merest shell. After having
wasted money on these boilers, I got
one of copper and have had no trouble
since. I expect that to last the best
part of my ifetimet .
"There is another thing in connection
r with the water supply of the house
Sthat I have given some attention to,
Sand that is the supply pipes. Many
Spersons use iron, lt my experience is
Sthat lead pipe, although more expen
r sIve at the outset, is very much sheasper
in the long run. Iron pipe rusts into
hdles, the pressure is therefore re
Sduced, and the water spply falls short
before one is aware of it. Then, in
some emergemey, it is next to meless.
To Afind the leak all the pipes must be
taken up~ wieh involves an enormanes
amona of work and expease.
S"A good lead pipe well made is the
Sonly sendble thinl to have."-Chlage
a IAttleGirl--I went into Mrs.Elite's
a hous, and there Ia't a door left in it.
* lothtig but ecartains on poles. Isn't
Sattoo bad?
s Meamme-Too bad.
SIAttle r Ol-te, I is awful sorry
for her. I spese coal Is so high noy
they'a had tocho up th' doors--ood
a As Aues- Peianbst Di ge.
Mrs. Jaes--I treassad last aide.,
I Isrsel, det I got me a eemuin. seul-eklis
Isack +t esmessua's for esly st;
eady-se teibea
Mr. JLeso (wik an eye tp dastes)
".-Vby di.d't~ taesm dot yen w.atto
jot Eves a Barbed Wire 7*.e CaeM
Withstand nas aRiateoas InadgatiS.
"Your mule has no use for a barb
wire fence, I tell you," said a story tel
I or, as he sat on the pavement in a big
arm-chair and talked to a St. Loui
"A mule," he went on to say, "kin
git away with any post-and-rail fence
in the country. I've seen 'em many a
time let down a pair of bars with their
teeth. A seven-rail stake-and-rider
fence worries the animal now and then,
* but you just give him time and he'll git
thar, shore. But a barb-wire fence, I
tell you, does more to worry a mule
than any thing you ever heard of I
haven't got a single one of the critters
on the place whose shoulders ain't all
scarred up by pushin' agin the barbs.
In my gang there's one old feller I
wouldn't take money for. He played a
game on me and a wire fence the other
day that puts him a leetle ahead of
anything with four feet that Prve got.
"Some of my young heifers strayed
off somewheres, and I' straddled old
Pete to go and looked for 'em. I rode
down to the black-jack woods. It were
a leetle warm in the afternoon, and
some thick undergrowth, I pulled on
the bridle to cut a switeh from one of
the bushes. Pete got onto my game
the first motion I made, and began to
back away a heap faster than he'd been
agoin' ahead. In about three yards or
so he come to a mighty sudden halt, and
up went both heels at once, and over
his head I Sew like I'd been shot out of
a gun.
"Pickin' myself up I saw the trouble.
Pete had backed up agin a barbed-wire
fence that run over ,the hill there, and
was kind o' hid by the bushes. Whoa!
I hollered to Pete, but Pete
didn't whoa worth a cent. His whole
mind seemed to .be in his heels,
and he kept them heels goin' till the
whole neighborhood was in a cloud of
dust and leaves, and it lodked like a
young sycloon goin' on there right be
fore my eyes. I had to back clear out
to get my breath.
"In about two minutes, I reckon, the
rumpus kind o' died away. and I heard
Pete comin' toward me. He came slow,
and was heavin' a little from his exer
cise, but he looked me square in the
face, throwing his ear forward, and
slowly winked his left eye at me. Fact,
bt gum! I went back to see what had
been done. About two panels of that
fence was clean gone, busted intdMin
ders, and the wires were hanging in
strings overhead in the tree. Peter's
heels was a little bloody. I never said
a word to him, but took him by the
bridle and went home. I wouldn't take
two hundred dollars for that mule to
day."--St Louis Globe-Democrat.
Most of the Untame Brutes Come to a Vie
' let sand Untimely End.
The circumstances that attend the
illness and death of wild.nimals are
perhaps less well known than any other
I part of their history. Yet when we
conslder that animal life, though in
some species of great duration, is nat
r urally brief and liable to an indefinite
number of accidents without remedy
and sudden dangers unforseen, the sub
ject cf the last days of the nobler sort
of beasts has a certain pathetic inter
t eat. No doubt all animals, from the
healthy and natural lives they lead,
have strange powers of self-cure hin
case of accident. Those whose profes
sion it is to prepare the skeletons of
wt ild beasts, large and small, for mb
seums and laboratories, speak with sur
i prise of the number of injuries and
fractures which the bones exhibit but
which have set themselves in a rough
but effective fashion.
But the "chapter of accidents" in
animal life spares none, from the stags
which die with horns locked together
f on the mountain side to the locusts
which impale themselves upon the
barbed wian of the Transvaal farms or
the cicades which rend their wings
upon the thorns of the mimoas. Death
Sby violence seems to be the rule in the
lower forms of animal life, except ina
Sthe case of sudden plagues or changes
Sof season. * Only to the largest quad
t rupeds has human fancy conceded the
Sboon of a natural and perhaps painless
t death and the remote, uftrodden jan
t gle, where the elephants go to die, lies
o still among the "uundiscovered coum
r tries."-Londonpeetator.
Useg to Colet.
Binks-I read a eurious artlet tis
Sother day advocating a tax on beauty.
Jinhk-Good ides. They won't have
Smuch trouble in colleetlg It-Brobkt
e lynLife. "
T imrefor a cmge.
Dr. Parelk-Well, Mr. Seoods, how
n do you feel this morning?
e sadds--l'm ever so much better, doe
y Dr. Parele-Good Itls time tohange
I the mediein--Truth.
S-The Poet Tennyson's chief delight
w u not in the soelety of bis fellows,
a but to sat in his quiet, seludled study,
Ssurrounded by hoce books and eliher
to at his table, placed by a samalI
In w overlooking a fine gle sad
Spurple wood, or to lounge b another
a window which opened aone he trerace
" and framed a pictre of beekes and
hasels the gray lines of modulatlag
Mhills and the gleam of the disteat m.
SThe poet's ilgure was bowel, esd the
one dark mass of hair wee gray ad
fell back from a broad, high foreeask
*s and he looked not unllik ens ef the
t. horses of his "Idyls."
-otq9 Ree aised-lo-tbr->-" read
oo at your verses in the paper this
morning, and must eamees dtat 'Pa
quaitepromd ef it You're gsttlnag tobe
a reogOiSed poet," om14-'ioi, I'm
not I wrs a pilees shbt myt best
girl the other day, and whoa I met herb
Ma the street she weuldn't speakm to
eme."-Des Melaea ut Arge
should thiukyoo would wastsomebody
a) to guard yomu disaseouk" Aemte
to 'Na, ba, ba? They ar brilihat enoauh
- nehaeeat M sheim

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