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VOL. XIII. LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY. NOVEMBER, 1900 NO. 2.
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CROST THE WHEAT,
Come a-trippin', 'crost the wheat,
Lookin' sweet, an' mighty sweetl
My! but I wus glad to meet
Mary o' the meadows!
Let the sheaf fall at my feet;
Heard my heart-an' how it beat;
Jest a-sayin': "Ain't she sweet
Mary o' the meadows!"
Wild winds tossed her tresses sweet
Gleamin'-strcamin' at her feet"
Nothin' could the winds repeat
But "Mary o' the meadows"'
Yet, jest like a shaft o' light
Quick she faded from my sight,
An' the whole world sighed "Good
To Mary o' the meadows!
-F. L. Stanton, in the Atlanta Constl.
T4e TriaPll ofr iO II.
By Prof. James Ramereft.
In the winter of 33, while travel
ling on business connected with the pa
per I represented, I put up at the
hotel in Chicago, which had
been recommended to me by the jour
nalistic fraternity for its comfortable
beds, substantial meals, and best of
all, its moderate prices.
I was assigned to Room 14, a neatly
furnished apartment that had two
doors, one of which opened into the
hall, while the other (which I found
on examination to be tightly locked,
communicated with the adjoining
The connecting room bore the omi
nous and much dreaded number 13,
sad I was Informed by the loquacious
porter that It had been unoccupied for
a long time in consequence.
On the second night of my arrival,
when, after a hard but profitable day's
work, I reached the hotel, I found a
new guest had registered during my
absence who seemed to possess so little
of superstitious fear that lie had taken
the much shunned Room 13.
The newcomer was a singular look
Ing man. dressed in a funeral like suit
of deepest black, and with a clean
shaven face, the almost deathly white
pallor of which formed a marked con
trast to his eyes, that were dark as
stormy, summer midnight skies and
as full of their thrilling electrical
When a little later I went up to my
room I met the porter on the way
bringing up the new guests luggage.
It consisted of a small valise and a
long, deep, coffin-shaped box, made of
highly polished ebonlike wood.
As I watched this strange looking
box carried into the room, bearing the
fatal number so much teared by the
superstitious, a strange sense of im
pending evil which I could not well
define took possession of me, and al
though I was not much given to curi
ositj, I could not help wondering what
the coffinlike looking receptacle con
tained and why the stranger-seemed
so anxious it should be handled with
the utmost care.
But wearied with my day's exertions
I managed at last to dismiss both man
and box from my mind, and after ex
tinguishing the gas and retiring was
soon in a sound sleep.
I had slept scarcely an hour (I found
by consulting my watch) when I was
aroused by the sound of voices in the
- One of them was a man's voice,
harsh and angry, while the other seem
ed to be that of a woman, shrill and
My first thought on awakening was
that I was still dreaming, knowing as
I did that it was a strict rule of the
house to let rooms to men only.
But, as I became more thoroughly
awake and listened Intently, I was
convinced that It was unmistakably a
woman's voice I heard.
"How had she obtained entrance to
the new comner's room? How had. he
managed to smuggle her in there?" I
asked myself, while again I wondered
what the strange, coffinlike box con
tained I had noticed among his lug
To further satisfy myself that I
was really awake, I arose from my
bed and steadily creeping to the door
ft the adpoining room applied my
eye to the keyhole that the new comer
had not taken the precaution to plug
up on his side.
As I did so I started back In as
tonlshment too great for any words to
For, looking through it, I distinctly
beheld a woman seated on theone chair
near the foot of the bed, a woman who
Was so wondrously fair to look upon
that she seemed more like some artist's
or poet's vision of the unearthly beau
tiful than a flesh and blood creation.
phe wore a robe of deepest blue,
matching in hue her eyes that swept
il billowy sealike waves about her,
while amid the foamlike laces at her
besom sparkled a cluster of star
At her feet rested the strange coffin
aped box with Its lid now thrown
back, nd I had just time to notice
'thLis, and take in the details of her
faee, form and dras, when I heard
the naew comer, who stood dclose beside
her, hls hand roughly resting on her
booldea, excdalm in the same harsh,
aPny tomaes that had awakened me:
"It is useless Marie for you to bs
for mamer. YouTr gullty life mitat pay
the tortfelt tot your sin. Like your
*di, ules! listem to me for the love
heawven, tin weas laterrupted,
ke am sr , pleading tones I
Oh, JIles' she weat on, "I am i1
eemt, I sweas'd I--"
**hggh" the mag bMrolake In Iercely,
wlteb his a stmd - ueo bar lIke
ee orf same wild beast about to
pris epm tn era.
1 wvmeer at It" he srmmialy eon
gated," ftre da I have seem and
beard that Jye dae talk eo IlmneOo
, Cas eerb hI tWSI - -
Then, after a moment's silence, he
"Forgive you? By heaven, no?"
Pray, pray, while you have yet time,
for in one minute more your guilty
soul will be hurled into eternity.
The next instant, while too paralyzed
for the time with horror to speak, I
continued kneeling there at the door
looking and listening, I saw the new
comer draw a long knife that he had
concealed somewhere about his person,
and then, while he uttered a demonical
cry of rage, catch the woman by the
throat and plunge the gleaming blade
up to the hilt in her breast.
As he did so a wildest scream of
terror broke from the woman's lips,
that died away in muffled choking
gasps as the tightly gripping hand and
sharp weapon did their cruel, deadly
The sound of her dying cries broke
the spell of horror that had held me
helpless for the time.
And with a loudest cry of "murder!
murder!"' that might have waked the
dead, I dashed madly out into the hall.
In a moment, that seemed like an
age to me, the landlord came dashing
up the stairs.
His appearance was followed by a
scene of wildest confusion, as all the
guests and servants came rushing in
in all stages of undress from their
rooms to inquire the cause of the com
Among the former came the occu
pant of Room 13, who was still fully
dressed in his funeral-like suit of deep
est black, and whose face it seemed to
me wore even a still more deathly pal
As I caught sight of him, with chat
tering teeth I pointed in his direction
"The murderer. Don't let him es
cape!" the woman he killed is ln*his
"The woman!" echoed mine host,
with a look of indescribable amaze
ment on his round, florid race.
By this time as many of us as could
enter had all crowded into Room 13.
The woman, whose death cries I
had heard through the keyhole, was
no where to be seen.
But the coffin shaped box, with its
lid now closed, was standing still at
the foot of the bed.
As I "'caught sight of it, with tremb
ling limbs and voice, I exclaimed:
"Gentlemen, you will find his victim,
the woman he has murdered is in that
"Yes, gentlemen, you will," answered
the newcomer with an air of deepest
resignation as of one prepared to meet
Even at that terrible moment I could
not help but admire the man's coolness
and courageous demeanor.
Mine host was the first to raise the
lid of the box.
As he did so, and peered down into
it, a loudest laugh broke from his lips.
Fearing that he had become sud
denly insane at the awful blood
stained sight within, as well as the
disguise the tragedy would bring upon
his hotel, I gazed in consternation at
him, while some of the guests and
servants pressed about him to also get
a glimpse of the contents of the box.
When the others had looked they
too followed suit by loudly laughing.
Believing myself to be the victim of
some horrible Jest I at last managed
to peep into the box myself.
It were impossible for words tp pic
ture my feelings as I did so; also my
regret at having acted in such a hasty
manner in rousing the hotel with my
cries of "murder."
The woman I had seen through the
keyhole was no delusion of the senses.
She was lying there within the box re
posing as quietly as one in the sleep
But, alas, for me! and the merciless
chaffing I was forced to undergo from
my fellow salesmen.
She was a woman of wax.
The occupant of Room 13, his card
informed us) was a clever hypnotist,
magician and ventriloquist, and the
seeming tragedy I had witnessed was
a rehearsal of a short drama of ven
trlloquism, entitled "The Jealous Hus
But it was a most gruesome experi
ence for me, as much as if it had been
a real tragedy, and, I suppose, will
prove an equally gruesome tale for
those who read before they become
aware how badly I was sdld.
From the Bettom of the Oceam.
The material brought up from the
bottom is of great value as indicating
the state of the water and sea floor.
Over a large part of the ocean the
bottom is covered with a light pow
dery mass called ooze.
It is made of the shells or tests of
little animals that can hardly be seen
without a microscope, that have died
and settled to the bottom as snow
flakes settle through the atmosphere
to the earth. This is the sort of de
posit that made our beds of limestone
ages ago, and It is the best kind of
resting place for a cable, for It sinkLs
into the soft, fluffy mass and is pro
tected from harm. Ooze shows still
water, for a current would wash it
away as a wind blows snowflakes, and
if the floor sloped steeply the oose
would slip down like sand on a roof,
so when the rod shows oose it indi
cates calm, still water and a nearly
level dfloor. A hard bottom of gravel
rock or clay shows a current that
should be avoided It possible. Near
shore the refuse from the land may
heap up into piles of rotting matters
that may be injurious, and some kinds
of sea weeds are said to have done
damage, perhaps by the iodine they
A asardrem IUadrtahklag.
Our readers will remember the Car
negle library at Pittsburg, Penn.,
whleh is not long completed, and will
be interested to learn that it is pro
posad to move the structure bodily to
another location, about 1,000 feet dis
tant. The building stands at the en
trance to Schenley park, and the im
provements now being made around it
will, It is feared, injure its appear
ance, so that its removal is desirable.
Tb- weight to be moved is ealculated
at about 6f%00 tons. The co-nstru
tlon is of steel eased with stone, and
the question whether the thin stone
angq will ha pdmoly to the meatal
skeletoa luring the trip Is a very i*
portant one, and the problem is further
complicated by the fact that a ravine
100 deep and 200 feet wide lntervenes
between the present site and the one
proposed, and must be bridged or filled
in some way before a building 15t
feet wide and 400 feet long can be
safely transported across it.-Amerl
Latest Thing is Dentistry.
Paper teeth are the latest thing is
dentistry. For years some substance
has been sought for which could re
place the composition commonly em
ployed for making teeth, and a fortune
awaited the man who was lucky
enough to hit up the right material
Although paper has some disadvaa
tages, they are small compared to its
many qualifications, and paper teeth
are likely to be used exclusively-at
least until a more perfect material is
Up to this time china has been used
almost entirely, but it presents so
many disadvantages that dentists al
ways have been on the lookout for
some other substance which could re
place it. Not only does china not re
slat the action of saliva and turn
black, but china affects the nerves of
People who wear false teeth often
complain of suborbital neuralgia, and
this is put down by many dentists as
being caused by the beat or cold act
ing on the china or porcelain. Porce
lain or mineral composition also is
liable to chip or break, and for these
reasons has never been satisfactory.
The paper teeth are made of papier
mache, which is submitted to a tre
mendous pressure until it is as hard
as required. Their peculiar composi
tion renders them cheap, and the price
of a set of teeth will go down consid
erably owing to the new invention.
The Usited States Calvary Horse.
No army in the world, perhaps, has
had the same opportunities to test the
endurance of cavalry horses as hat
the small regular force of the United
States. The long, level stretches of
the plains and the activity of the
marauding Indiana mounted on his
tireless broncho have been the condi
tions which gave to Uncle Sam's cal
airymen his matchless chances for
long forced mounted marches. Col
onel Theodore Ayrault Dodge, U. S.
A., collected the official records of
long distance cavalry rides, and has
made them public so that they may be
compared with the performances of
the soldier horsemen of other nations.
Colonel Dodge declares specifically
that he has rejected all "hearsay rides,
of which there is no end," and has ac
cepted only those proved by official re
ports. Colonel Dodge says that Cap
tain S. F. Fountain, United States
cavalry, in the year 1891, with a de
tachment of his troop, rode eighty
four miles in eight hours. This rec
ord is vouched for, and it is better
than that of the Natal Mounted Rifles
by about four hours, the distance be
ing within one mile of that made in
South Africa. For actual speed this
forced march stands perhaps at the
head of the American army record,
though other rides have been more re
Boers as Ceeus.
About we years ago, when the
first gol .n took place to the Wits
watersranu gold fields, the place was
only approached by road; there were
no railways for some years afterward.
Lumbering mail coaches brought the
miners from Kimberley or Natal to
On the road were stopping places
where the teams were changed and
the passengers refreshed. These
houses were usually Boer farms, and
the farmers made a good thing out of
dispensing hospitality to wayfarers.
In the middle of a long table stood
the dishes. Everyone helped himself
by digging a two-pronged fork into
the dish nearest him. There was no
tablecloth; everything was dirty and
unappetizing. But the farmers' wives
are clever at making preserves, and
they particularly excel in a prepara
tion of tangerines preserved in sugar
syrnp. Slices of melon, pumpkin and
quinces are also preserved this way.
The clingstone or yellow peach, which
grows on every farm, makes a splen.
did Jam, and dries excellently. But
the best preserves is made of stoned
and sun-dried apricots, flattened and
pickled with salt and sugar.
Boer housewives are very fond of the
old Dutch dainties of New York de
scribed by Washington Irving and eat
en to this day-"oily keoks," o rdough
nuts fried in fat.
Where Almesas Are Grows
Almonds growr well in the middle
and southern part of France, and
while the shell is soft, green and
tender the nut is sold largely as a
table article. The meat is white and
creamy. Hadzlenuts are always high
priced and are a luxury. The peanut
is rarely eaten in France, though the
taste for It is growing. It is Impdrt.
ed In enormous quantity for its oil.
A few years ago there was a good deal
of talk about the merits of bread made
of peanut flour, and it was thorough
ly tested in the German army, where,
for a little while, it was a part of the
ration issued to a number of regl
ments. It was declared to be too
highly concentrated and an irritating
kind of food, and the soldiers didn't
like it. The use of peanut flour was
Rberts's Praise of I Wile.
Lady Roberts, like her illustrious
husband, is of an exceedingly frank
and friendly disposition. During
"Bobso' administration in India she
was extremely popular, and the resi
dents of salubrlous Slmla are said to
have been grief-stricken when the
time came for the general and his
family to leave the "coral strand."
Lady Boberts Is a great traveller, and
it Is not so long ago that society was
startled to learn that abe was on her
way to join her husband at Bloem
fontela. Indeed, Lord Roberts was
once heard jocularly to remark that
her ladyship was his commander i
NEWS FOR THE FAIR SEX
NOTES OF INTEREST ON NUMEROUS
My Lady's Footwear-Wheelwomen In
Europe-Oriental Embroideries for
Waists-Girl Life in Pao.Ting-Fu-The
Mother of Henry Clay. Etc., Etc.
My Lady's Footwear.
There is a great interest now in fash
ion for the feet, because there is a
radical change taking place in the
footwear of My Lady of Modes. It
seems as if she had scarcely succeed
ed in freeing herself from the folly
of tall heels and pointed toes and
showed her determination to cast van
ity to the winds and go in for common
sense and solid weight before she sud
denly returns to the other extreme and
is once more mincing about on spind
ling heels and narrow toes.
Wheelwomen in Europe.
Wheelwomen in Europe meet with
many difficulties. In Russia every
thing is managed "by order of the
Czar," and cycling is no exception to
the rule. before a woman can pos
sess a wheel she must obtain royal
consent, and as this is granted quite
sparingly there are but few wheel
women in Russia.
France recbgnizes the right of the
husband to be boss, and before
madame can join the Touring Club
she must first obtain a signed declara.
tion from her spouse granting her the
In Florence women cyclists must
carry two bells to warn pedestrians of
the machine's approach. Men are on
ly required to have one bell.
Oriental Embroideries for Waists.
If not as striking in effect as the
waists made of gayly colored striped
and fringed silk kerchiefs, those with
the Oriental embroideries are suffic
iently out of the ordinary to attract
persons who want something unique.
The embroideries are of the sort that
usually is used for sofa pillows, table
covers and other houshold decorations.
They are done on silk, linen, canvas
and various other materials in the
rich colors of the Orient, frequently
with an intermingling of gold or sil
These embroideries come in strips or
squares and are used for collar, cuffs,
vest and girdle. They usually are
combined with plain colored silks, be
Ing especially effective with cream
white, blue gray or deep ecru.
One of the advantages of these
trimmings from the far East is that
no two sets are alike. As in rugs,
the Orientalists differentiate their
fine needlework endlessly. Of course,
all the work is done by hand. Per
sons who wish to carry the individual
ity still further, prefer to get these
trimmings at an upholsterer's or art
decorator's, where the variety is
greater than at the dry goods store.
The Mother of Henry Clay.
One is not accustomed to thinking
of Henry Clay as the son of a tavern
keeper, yet this is the fact, and Ver
sailles, Ky., is the unpretentious place
the mother and stepfather of the great
commoner selected in which to con
duct that tavern, and add that tre
mendous fact to the history of Ken
tucky. Had Mr. Clay's parents not
decided on this course what might
have been the subsequent history of
the State cannot be divined, and hence
the long journey thpt Henry Watkins
and his wife, Elizabeth Clay Watkins,
took across the wilderness from VIr
ginia 100 years ago was one that
shaped, no doubt, the political destiny,
to a large extent, of the entire South.
Elizabeth Hudson, the mother of the
"Mill Boy of the Slashes," married
Rev. Dr. John Clay, after whose death
she was married to Henry Watkins,
and her family, which was a wealthy
old Virginia one, lived in royal old Vir
ginia pomp. John Clay, however, is
said to have been reduced to poverty
on account of the devastation incident
to the Revolutionary War. Henry Clay
did not accompany his mother and
stepfather to Kentucky, but remained
in Richmond, Va., as a deputy clerk
and prosecuted his law studies. The
Watklnses were accompanied by a
number of slaves, and after reaching
Versailles they took charge of the on
ly hostelry in Versaliles, and it was
called the "Watkins Tavern."
At this tavern the Watklnses, Crit
tendens, Clays and Marshalls planned
many a political campaign, and it was
to this tavern that Lafayette came in
1826, and was royally entertained by
the most distinguished Kentucklans
of that day. Henry Clay in later years
visited his mother here, and was a
familiar figure on the streets of Ver
sailles. She was said to have been one
of the most beautiful and dashing wo
men of her day, and was one of the
shrewdest as well. Later on in life Mr.
and Mrs. Watkins retired from the
tavern business and lived on a farm
till the close of their lives. Mrs. Wat
klns died in 1829 at the age of eighty.
-Lexington (Ky.) Herald.
Directions for Washing the Faoe.
The matter of washing the face ap
pears very simple, but It Is the excep
tion rather than the rule when It is
properly done. Look at a piece of fur
alture and note the anunt of dust
and dirt it will collect In a few hours,
and one may realize the quantity the
face has to receive. It not only gath
ers up the minute particles of all kinds
that float about the house, but that,
too, which is outside. There is an old
tradition that if one would preserve a
delicate complexion, water should not
touch the face, the sain to be clean
ed by rubbing in with a piece of fan
nel, which might suffice if the face
were kept In a glass case. The face
needs hot water applied liberally to it
with the hands, and generally the use
of pure, non-irritating soap will not
come amiss. Wash cloths are often
an abomination, as tney are too sel
dom free from impurities, and the
same statement is true of sponges.
They are left imperfectly cleansed
from the soap that has been need and
are dried at the washstand, when af
ter every use they should be washed,
boiled and hung in the air. I have of
t seen faces with muddy skins, dot
tl with blaekbads ad aise
cause impurities from wash cloths and
sponges had been rubbed into the
skin, to its infection.
If the face is oily and filled with
fine blackheads, the latter can be re
moved by rubbing them with a soft
cloth dipped in alcohol or in equal
parts of cologne and water; the latter
will cleanse the face better than any
thing else, acting upon the skin as a
gentle stimulant. The contact of the
fingers with the face seems to have a
vivifying effect. It is easy while thus
dashing the water in the face to mas
sage it and bring the blood to the sur
If, however, the face has not been
carefully looked after in the manner
described, if the oily matter has been
allowed to collect in the glands and
enlarge their orifices and the face is
dotted with those unsightly accumula
tions, the work of getting rid of them
is no easy matter. Some of the largest
may be rubbed out with the soft cloth
dipped in cologne and water, especial
ly if the face is first steamed; but it
this method is not sufficient, those re
maining must be pressed out, one by
one, using a watch key. The hole of
the key is placed over the point, a
quick pressure is made aid the con
tents of the gland pushed out. To
allay the irritation the face should be
washed with very hot water after this,
and care should be taken that too
many of the blackheads are not remov
ed at one time.-Harper's Bazar.
Girl Life in Pao-Ting-Fu.
Among the missionaries of the Amer
ican Board at Pao-Ting-Fu, China, for
whose safety great fears are felt, says
the New York Tribune, is Miss Mary
S. Morrill, a teacher in the girls' school
there. In a recent letter she gives
the foiling interesting account of a
day in a Chinese girl's school life:
"The first bell rings at 6.15 o'clock,
and at once the work of the morn
ing toilet begins. The girls dress
alike, each costume consisting of a
pair of loose baggy trousers, which
are fastened at the ankle by a strong
ribbon, and a sack that reaches near
ly to the knees. The latter has five
buttons, one at the throat, one on the
right shoulder and three under the
"One of the girls always sees that
the water in the bathroom is warmed
for the morning face washing, because
a Chinese would shiver with astonish
ment were she expected, even in sum
mer, to make her toilet with cold wa
ter. Breakfast frequently consists of
cornmeal, cakes, cabbage stew and
the remainder of the previous night's
porridge. White flour, being a spe
cial treat, is used only twice a week.
This is usually accompanied by a little
meat, which is chopped fine with cab
bage and onions. Sweet potatoes and
turnips, fresh and salted, make a va
riety in the week's bill of fare. Sup
pers consist of porridges made of corn
meal, millet or rice. Beans are often
mixed with the millet and rice.
'"The girls do their own laundering.
Instead of being ironed, the clothes
are folded smoothly while damp, and
laid upon a stone slab and pounded
vigorously with wooden pestles.
"Studying aloud, which often makes
a bedlam of Oriental classrooms, is a
thing of the past in our school; but
the expression on the pupils' faces
while they are silently pursuing their
lessons often reminds me of the looks
that the hack drivers wore after they
were forbidden to hawk 'Cab! cab!
cab!' 'The holler is still there,' as a
small friend once remarked as she
looked at a row of the silenced horse
"For recreation there are swings,
jumping ropes and jackstones, and the
girls all enjoy weaving articles out of
cornstalks. The retiring bell rings at
8:30 O'clock. The crusade against root
binding has been waged with success
Bits of Femininity.
For mourning pretty blouse waists
are made of black net.
The loose, flowing veil is not used,
the ends are now drawn up at the
back into a snug knot and held closely,
Pretty dancing gowns for younng
girls are made of soft white silk net
with very open mesh.
Another revival of an old favorite
is the return of pongee silk, which is
trimmed with handsome embroidery
matching it in color.
Some of the evening gowns by emi
nent foreign designers are little more
or less than facsimiles of the costumes
worn by belles of the Louis XV. era.
The Lvish use of small, gilt braids
and little gilt buttons which amount
to scarcely more tnan a spangle in
size, is a trimming that is enjoying
a tremendous popularity, and is even
beginning to appear upon cotton
White and gold are charming and
very fashionable comoinations.
Black and white gauzes are both
used very effectively for girdle, belts
Embroidered silk muslins are very
much the fashion for elegant evening
gowns in white made over plain silk
muslfn in some dainty color which in
turn has a foundation dress of white
A violet boa Is a charming conceit.
This is not composed entirely of arti
dcial flowers, out is made of spiral
pleatings of pale lavender chiffon,
bordered Irregularly by artificial violet
blossoms at the edge.
Suede kid slippers in a variety of
colors to match the gowns are worn
this season. Some of the more fancy
kinds show a trimming of gold bralid.
PIpgees Teek a Ceool Dip.
The other evening a tame pigeon
was observed hovering over the
Thames, nearly in midstream. Pres
ently it dropped its legs and alighted
on the surfaice, as if it were dry lahd.
Then, spreading' Its wings on the
water, it put its head and neck com
pletely under water for some seconds,
after the manner of a duck, when, ap
parently satisfied with its refreshers,
it rose and joined its companions in
the air. The bird evidently knew
what it was doing, but for the mo
ment it looked like a case of deliber
ate suicide.-London Globe.
Among the Chileans a belief prevails
that the juice of onions e a srte cure
tor typhoid fever if giv Il iht s~rw
OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
He sat on my knee at evening
The boy who is "half-past three;"
And the clear blue eyes from his sun
Smiled happily up to me.
I held him close as the twilight fell,
And called him "my dear little son."
Then I said, "I have wondered for
Where it i that my baby's gone.
"I'd a baby once in a long white gown
Whom I rocked Just as I do you.
His hair was soft as yellow silk,
And his eyes were like violets blue.
His little hands were like pink-tipped
See, yours are so strong and brown.
He has slipped away, and is lost, I
Do you know where my baby's
Did my voice half break as the
thoughts would come
Of the sweet and sacred days
When motherhood's first joys were
Was a shade of regret on my face?
For close round my neck crept a
And the boy who Is "half-past-three"
Said, "The baby,-he went to Boyland.
And-didn't you know?-he's mer'
-Ida Reed Smith, in Christian Regis
A Queer African Bud,
David Livingstone, the great African
explorer, tells us of a bird which hbe
saw, known as the prison bird, so
named because from the time the nest
is made until the little birds are old
enough to fy the mother bird is kept
The nest is made by the pld birds
pecking at the bark of a hollow tree
until a hole is made in it, and it is
there they build their nest; when that
is completed the bird settles herself
in it and her mate walls up the en
trance, only leaving space enough for
air and food to pass through.
Should the father bird forget his
wife and .little ones they would die,
but he is very faithful and keelts them
well supplied with food, and as soon
as the baby birds are able to fy he
destroys the barrier with his beak and
sets them all free.
What Flossie Knew.
Flossie was a big, good natured,
smooth haired St. Bernard-not a reg
istered animal, nor known to fame.
worth her weight in gold, if you could
take her owner's word for it.
He would fill a big bucket with wa
ter at the pump and say to her "Take
this to Ned," or, "'Take this to Tom,"
naming one of the two horses in the
stable, a hundred feet away. She
would grab the handle between her
teeth and trot away. Flossie watered
the horses regularly, and never made
the mistake of giving to one what had
been confided to her for the other.
She was greatly excited one day at see
Ing Tom, in a frisky mood, roll ovei
on the lawn. She imitated the trick
at once, and alwlys after that when
her owner would say, "Now, Flossie,
do as Tom does," she would roll over
without the slightest hesitaflion.
One night Flossie was left with a
friend in the village, and was locked
In a stable which had one good sised
window overlooking a chicken yard,
owned by a widow who lived next
door. A little after midnight, a couple
of colored men took a notion to rob
this chicken yard. They had got down
to work when all of a sudden there
was a terrific crash and a big body
lighted squarely on the back of one
of the thieves. Flossle had jamped
through the window, carrying with
her both the glass and the'bash. How
badly the thieves were hurt was nevesr
learned, for they got away, but there
were marks of blood on the torn coat
that one of them left behind. They
got no chickens that night. The dog's
master was so tickled that he paid the
bill for replacing the window wlthout
saying a word.
Flossle was killed by a railroad
train. The memory of her will live till
the family that loved her is entlrely
broken up.-New York Herald.
It was the middle of the night and
Polly's frocks all hung In the nursery
wardrobe. They were quiet for a
time, and then the light blue Chins
Silk one said: "Don't crowd so, Pink
Gingham. You are cruashing my lace
ruffles. I am Polly's best frock, and
I ought to have more room." "Pooh,"
said the Pink Gingham, "maybe you
are her best, but she doesn't like you
as well as she likes me. When she
wears you she has to be so careful of
you that she can't have any fun. She
likes me best because if she gets me
soiled I can be washed."
"No, she likes me the best," said the
Red Merino, "because she always
wears me when she goes to Grand.
ma's, and we do have lovely times
"Well," said a White Apron, "I
know she's awfully fond of me, he.
cause she wears me to kindergarten,
and she is so proud of my shoulder
"I'll tell you how we'll know which
she likes best," said a dear little
White Lawn dress. 'To-morrow I
Polly's birthday, and on that day bei
mamma always lets her wear any
dress she chooses. Now, we'll see
which of us she'll select. I think she'll
The blue China Silk said nothing
but shrugged its shoulders, In a waj
that showed what it thought. Nexi
morning Polly opened her eyes brlghl
and early and Mamma came In and
gave her five birthday kisses.
"It's my birthday, isn't it?" she said
"Yes, dear," said Mamma, "ani
here's your first present. What do yot
s'pose is in this box?"
"Oh, what, whatt" cried Polly
"Open it quick, M)audder, dear, I wal
The frocks in the wardrobe wante,
to see, too, and they Pxoked theill
sleeves oat between the doors, trying
to elbow each other out of the way.
"Oh. ak1" bresm deI 4owldeht
"It's a bestifl new dress, all mad
of plaid, with gilt buttons! Oh, Mud
der, let me put it right on and wear
it for my birthday."
"Yes, indeedy," said her mother,
kissing her, and then all the other
little frocks shrunk back Into the
wardrobe and hung there dejectedly
without saying a word.-Plttsburg
Amusements for Little Folks.
There was once a mother with seT
eraL children, who, being a poor wo
man, had all her household work to
do. She often toiled far beyond her
strength, yet she was never too busy
to get up some little scheme for
amusing the chiden, and, as the
years taught her experience, she de
vised something at the outset of a
busy day. She took half an hour to
start the mimic housekeeping in the
playhouse, or she began the building
of a fort and got out the toy soldiers,
or she took a stick, if the morning
was in summer, and addressed it
"You look like a stick, but you are
really a little shepherd boy, with long
brown hair hanging down your back.
You are dressed in goatsens, and you
have a pipe in your hand on which
you can play the most beautiful tunes.
Over yonder are wild and savage
mountains," pointing to the woodpile
and the hillocks by the orchard, "but
there are not recesses in them so wild
that you do not know them. There
are ne caves which you cannot find.
and we shall probably need these
caves very much, when we are chased
by robbers or by hungry wolves.
Also you know where the kind and
good people live who will give us
goat milk to drink and cakes of
brown flour to eat. Perhaps you
know the peasant's hut where the
fairy princess is hidden, and may
help me to return her to her mother,
the queen, who weeps for her in a
gorgeous palace of pink glass."
With that the mother would hand
over the stout little seclx she had cut
to the child, who, wide-eyed and smil
ing, stood waiting to receive it, and
who ran with it toward the woodplile
to begin the ascent of the mountains,
whose towering peaks were visible to
the eyes of her imagination.
The child, entranced with the story
and at her own elaborations of it,
would not return until the hour for
dinner, and then she would come in
glowing and with an appetite, while
the mother, who had been without
the vexatious interruptions of an un
easy little girl, was eager to greet her.
Esgsu sBlBliass la 157.
It may al ear strange to those who
are acquain ed only with the present
state of Eni lish towns to be told that
in the reign, of Queen Elisabeth, Wil
liam Harrison, chaplain to William
Lord Cobham, In his "Description of
England" prefixed to Holinshed's
"Chronicles," stated that "the greatest
part of our building in the cities and
good townes of England consisteth
onelie of timber, for as yet few of the
houses of the commonaltie (except
here and there in the West Countrie
towns) are made of stone, although
they may (in my opinion) in diverse
other place be builded so good cheape
of the one as of the other." Here, we
see, brick is not even hinted at; but
when the writer comes to speak of
country mansions, he mentions it as
recently Introduced. "The ancient
manours and houses of our gentle
man," he says, "are yet and for the
most part of strong timber, in framing
whereof our carpenters have beene
and are wothille preferred before those
of like science among all other na
tions. Howbelt, such as be latelie
buillded are commonlle of either bricks
or hard .stone, or both." "There are
old men," he afterward adds, "yet
dwelling in the village where I re
maine which have noted three things
to be marvellouslie altred in' England
within their sound remembrance; and
other three things too, too much in
creased. One is the multitude of chim.
nies latelle erected, whereas In their
yoong dales there were not above two
or three, if so manie, in most upland
ish townes of the realme (the religious
houses and manour places of their
lords alwales excepted, and perad
venture some great personages), but
each one made his fire against rere
dosse in the hall when he dined and
dressed his meat."
According to the latest statistles,
there are 150 daily papers published
In Japan, and some 000 periodleals.
Twenty years ago Japan did not pos
sess one newspaper, as we understand
a newspaper to be. The position or
managing editor or editorial writer is
highly appreciated In Japan, and
many high Government officials have
been and are connected with Journal
Ism. The first periodical publications
In Japan were chiefly devoted to en
lightening the country on the sub
ject of foreign reforms, and the fate
of most of those early editors seems
to have been sulcide.-London Globe.
Thkistles as Feed fer Cattle.
Several Sully County farmers who
sowed a large acreage of wheat last
spring, and who did not secure a crop
on account of the dry weather, are
cutting the growth of wild grass and
thistles with what wheat did shown up
for fodder for their cattle. Several
tests which have been made show that
when thistles are cut before the thorns
harden, cattle wilfleave the best of
hay for hisles, and wese fields now
being cut will yield a far latrger ton
nage to the acre than will prairie hay.
--Sioux Falls (5, D.) Argus-Leader
New Stylek Is sRebbery.
Tramps robbed a Michigan Central
freight car in a novel way. Thirty
live suits of clothing, a dosen plair of
shoes and other articles were missing
when a train reached Kensnlagton. It
is thought that tramps broke into the
car and threw the goods out along the
road. When Chicago was near they
deserted the train and went back, ple
ing up their piuader,-Chiicag TBi
State Gieniument f Lofiain.
Governor-W. W. Hu ard,
Lieutenant- Governor-Albert Esto
Secretary of Staie--John Michel.
Auditor-W. S. Frazee.
Treasarer--Ledonu E. Smith.
U. S. SENATORS.
Don Cafferay and S. D. McEnery.
1 Distriot-E. C. Davey.
2 District--Adolph Meyer.
8 District-R. F. Broussard.
4 District-P. Braseale.
5 District-J. E. Ranadell.
6 District-S. M. Robinson.
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