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IS LITTLE BOB TUCKED IN?
"I've gotter go," she said, "an' see
If little Bob's tucked in;
He'll git his death if he's uncoveret
In this col C an'trln'."
"'Oh, little Bo.ba1 rtght," said I,
"You've been to tuck him in
Four times this evenin', an' I wouldn'
Run 'way upstaitr ag'in."
But Cynthy'd worry; fretan' stew."
An' raise a dreffie din;
"W'y, I mus' go ag'in," says she,
"An' see if Bob's tucked in."
"W'y, Cynthy, jest set down," I said,
"An' git some good er life;
A feller wants a chance to talk
Some evenin's with his wife."
Then she would take her knittin' out,
Or work upon her spread,
An' make b'lieve lissen, though she dldn'
Hear quarter w'at I said.
She wouldn't much more than git set down
Than jump right up ag'in,
An' say: "I mus' run up and see
If little Bob's tucked in."
Young Bob was allus on the jump,,
An' filled the house with din,
An' kicked h'is quilts off ev'ry night
Fast as she tucked him in.
His legs they went so fast all day,
As long as it was light,
An' got up speed so they couldn't step.
An' kep' a-goin' all night.
So Cynthy'd keep a-gettin' up,
An' gittin' up agin;
"I've got to look an' see," says she,
"If little Bob's tucked in."
She stood above the casket there,
She bent to kiss his face,
An' pat a stragglin' curl of hair,
Or fix a bit of lace.
Her heart was breakin' with the thought
That Bob, so round an' fat,
So full of pranks an' fun, should sleep
Within a crib ilike that;
But still she'd fix his little robe,
An' then come back ag'in.
An' take a long, last look, an' see
Her little Bob tucked in.
That night a storm er snow came on,
An' how the winds did rave!
The snow fell, like a coverlid,
On little Bob's new grave.
"I'm glad, it snows,"' his mothersatd,
"It looked so hard an' bare,
So hard, so cruel, an' so bleak,
I cried to leave him there.
But God has sent the blessed know,
I think-an' 'tis no sin
That He has sent His snow to see
That little Bob's tucked in."
-Sam Walter Foss. in Boston Journal.
A Chinaman's fratitude
"' ELL, there's one good thing
aboit' a"iChinaman, anyhow
he's grateftl," remiinistently remarked
a Washington man who put in a cou
ple of cruises as an apothecary in the
United States navy. "You may, of
late, in the great mass of rubbish
that's been written about the slant
eyes, have seen that fact disputed;
but I just happen to know that a Chi
naman's grateful. However, ht order
to make the point clear I'll have to
begin at the beginning. So here goes:
"When I was serving on board a
cruiser on the Pacific station I had as
a shipmate a private marine named
oh, well, Tam Kingsley's near enough
to 'it; some pf his people, of good sta
tion, are still living in Philadelphia, and
this boy hurt them enough, so we'll
jufst make it Tom Kingsley. Kingsley
was sent to the ship with a detach
mde t of marines quite awhile after
I was attached to the vessel. I noticed
him particularly as soon as he came
abQoard-.not yo much because he was
a tall, broad-shouldered, fine-looking
chap, who completely outclassed the
bunch he joined with n appearanceand
bearing, as becausq- I 'saw what his'
trouble was as sooiH as I clapped an
eye on him. I unde9stood as soon as I
made the discovery why Kingsley was
wearing the uniform of a buck private
in the marine corps. It was because
a slavery to which he had become ad
dicted in civil life had rendered him
unfit and incompetent to keep up with
the procession in civil life.
"That is to .say, I didn't need two
looks at Kingsley to see that morphine
had bxii. His grfy eyes' focudised to
pin-points, and he had all of the other
exterior indications of the man chained
in the morphia bondage.
"At the inspection on the Sunday
following Kingsley's coming aboard I
watched my immediate chief, the ship's
surgeon, narrowly to see if he was go
ing to get on to Kingsley when he
passed by the marine in following after
the commanding officer. When the
surgeon passed by the row of marines,
eyes straight ahead, I observed that
he gave one sharp glance at Kingsley.
and that was all.
"IBelow, ini my storeroom, after in
spection, the surgeon looked at me out
of the tail of his eye.
"'Have you n6ticed that marine,
apothecary?' he asked me.
"'Yes, sir,' I replied.
"'Hum-I'm glad to be corroborated
-yet I was sure I couldn't have been
mistaken,' said the surgeon. 'Better
have an extra eye to your store of
morphia-keeplit under cover.'
"However, Kingsley didn't become
incapable. He was an admirable sol
dier 4t the, sea. He was always right
on the minute, a top-notcher on guard
duty, a spick-and-span man always.
The -marine oficeer in charge of the
guard never, of course, suspected that
there was anything wrong about
Kingsley, and he thought so much of
tlqe man's faithfulness that he had him
made a -corportil a couple of months
after Kingsley joined us. Kingsley
was always under the influence of the
drug, of course. He never ran out of
the stuff. You know how morphine
slaves provide against that awful con
tingency. He kept on edge all the
time, and never appeared to overshoot
his limit. Kingsley surely was a man
of powerful self-control in that re
spect. However, I knew that it would
get Mim in tiie, and throw him. It al
ways does throw its victims if they
give it rope enough. you know. and
morphine is one of those things that
just derminds all the rope it wants.
fie.aey klnew by intuition that I
k-new arlut his habit, and he avoided
me very elaborately. One noon-hour,
however, I happened to be smoking a
pine at the gang way. Kingsley was
xofksng Uit ntev the beau tfil harbor
of Aeapulco In his dreamy, dopey way
,--his way, that is to say, when he was
off duty. Well, I edged over to Kings
ley. TWe were quite apart :from the
rest of.the men.
"'Bucko.' said I, in as kindly a way
as I could-I felt sorry for Kingsley,
who was most obviously a gentleman
-'you want to cut it out. You do for
a fact. It'll nail you. It's a game you
can't beat. Nobody can beat it. I can
reduce you gradually-eighth of a
grain.a day. Better let me take hold
of you.' It'll bleon the quiet.'
" 'That's good of you, pal,' replied
Kingsley, never taking his eyes away
from the horizon to look at me. 'I
won't forget it. But I've tried reduc
ing before. I'm going to make the
fight alone. I'm going to hang on if
it kills me. Death is only a little thing,
anyhow, compared to this slavery.
When we hike away from here for the
islands next week, I'm going to heave
all I've got of the stuff over the side.
Then it'll be me or the powder. I'll do
the best I know. I'll be trying to win,
anyhow. Much obliged to you, all the
"'Bad job, breaking it off all of a
sudden.' I told him. 'Dangerous at
that. Yet you're a pretty husky look
ing fellow. You may beat it.'
"I was pretty skeptical about it, but
I didn't want to discourage him. Well,
the mudhook came up ten days later,
and away we went to Honolulu. We
started in the morning. I didn't see
Kingsley until along toward night. He
looked pretty bad, too. I knew that
he wasmaking the fight.
"'Kingsley'll be coming to me for
the stuff to-night,' I thought. 'He's
been taking 30 or 40 grains a day, and
he won't be able to stand it. But I'll
be beached if it's found out that Ive
given him a sixteenth of a grain. I'm
sorry for Kingsley, but I wouldn't be
able to help him out.'
"Well, Kingsley didn't come to me
until along toward two o'clock on the
"'Just an injection,' he whispered to
me. hoarsely. 'I'm going irnane.'
"I couldn't, and I told Kingsley so as
decently as I could. It hurt me to turn
him down, but I couldn't take the
chance. He shuddered All over, and
staggered out of my little store room.
"Right for'ard of my store room was
the store room of Wang Woo, the skip
.per's steward. Wang, of course, hit
the pipe. Most Chinamen in the navy
do, in the midnight privacy of their
store rooms, but no official notice is
taken of that. It's looked upon as
"part of the Chinaman's game. Well,
Kingsley stumbled into Wang Woo's
store roomi. Woo was cooking him
self a pill in the dark. I heard Kings
:ey beg the Chink for a little of the
gummy stuff, offering to give up a
month's wages for it. Woo passed him
up, and Kingsley stumbled forward,
almost mad, as he had a right to be.
He'd already have been insane had it
not been for his great natural strength.
"At nine o'clock that morning, the
hour for 'sick call, I saw Kingsley
come down the after ladder, looking
frightful. His face was drawn toa knot
from his sufferings. One of the gun.
magazines, the hatches to which were
right at the foot of the after ladders.
The hatches were wide open. Kings
!ey, coming down the after ladder, saw
that they- were open. But Wang Woo,
coming around from the ward room
at a little lope, to answer the call of
the skipper's Ihiessenger above, was
looking aloft through the main hatch
to see the messenger boy, and he didn't
see the open magazine hatches. Well,
he had one foot already over one of t-he
hatches, and was just about to plunge
to the bottom of the fixed ammunition
magazine, when the collar of his blouse
was gripped by the hand of a man
whose muscles were like iron. I mean
Kingsley. Kingsley raised Wang Woo
bodily to the ladder steps. Tang Woo
almost fainted when he saw the dan
ger he had been in, but he smiled bland
ly at Kingsley, and Kingsley followed
him into the Chinaman's store room.
"Why, of course, Chinamen are grate
ful. Kingsley didn't repcrt himielf
sick at all. He emerged from the Chi
naman's store room ten minutes later,
looking quite chipper, comparatively,
and his eyes were focussed to pin points
until we got to Honolulu. Then Kings
ley went ashore, took an overdose with
all the deliberation in life, and was
found dead in bed at a little hotel in
Waikiki, ivith suitable letters, telling
about his people, sealed and addressed
to the skipper, on the table beside him.
"A Chinaman'll always make good for
favors received."-Washington Star.
Hunting a Tiger.
An English missionary to British
Guiana penetrated a few years ago to
the remoter settlements of those trop
ical wilds, where he was entertained
by a half-breed settler. He reports
one story told him there on a rainy day.
The story is of interest for its dialect,
as well as for its adventure:
Hanging over the fence about the
cabin was a huge tiger skin. We had
arrived only a few days after the ani
mal was killed. "Tell us about it," I
said, for, like the Athenians of old, we
had nothing else to do just then but to
tell or hear something new
"Well," said Alec, "nebba - trouble
trouble till trouble trouble you. Dis
fellow trouble a' we too much. He
came in de night and steal de pork. He
came 'gain and take a' we fowl. So we
say: 'We no clea' groun' fo' monkey fo'
run 'pon. and we no rear fowl fo' tigah
to eat. So we must catch he one den_
"Three of us get guns, we climb: 'pon
tree, and we wait, and we say: 'Fbery
day debi) help tief. one day God mus'
1 help watschmnan.r ' yf aiid!.bj we ,hear
noise. massa. Tigah come carrying
hog 'tween he teet'. Bang! Tigah
stop, tigah growl. Pang! Tigah roll
ober. He keep still, but we say: 'Ebery
shut eye no sleep.' We gibhe one more.
Bang! He dead fo' true. -We haul he
up. Dere he skin. 'No ketchee, no
T HE love of picking up bargains
is common *o the human race. A
bargain appeals to the instinct of
economy, and that is also common to
all men, although it may often be
dominated by a love of profusion, an
indolence of character or a desire to
flaunt a superabundance of wealth in
the eyes of a supposedly admiring
world. It flatters a man's sense of
superiority. He has not only got the
better of the seller by reason of his
knowledge, diplomatically concealed,
of the value of the article sold, but he
can also chuckle in his sleeve at the
less acute public who pay three times
the price for the same thing. Hud
dersfield has the bargain habit to an
It extends to everything. It Hud
dersfield meets an old friend and
wishes to entertain him en garcon
he very seldom takes him to dine at
the club. He says: "Say, old man,
I'll tell you what I'm going to do
with you. I'm going to take you to
a little out-of-the-way joint where we
can get some consomme souveraine
and larded tenderloin au madere or
aompething like that that you will re
member as long as you live, with a
bottle of wine that you can't get in
the cellar of the Astorf-Waldoria."
Then he rushes the friend to a street
car and presently, after traversing
two or three mean streets and one'
or two alleys that make the friend
feel extremely nervous, they arrive
at a dingy restaurant whose badly
illuminated and dusty sign announces
that it is the cafe something or other,
but whose external appearance other
wise would lead one to suppose that
it was a gospel mission poorly sup
ported on an off night.
Inside there are half a dozen tables
extending to a sort of box office
through the window of which a view
of the kitchen can be obtained. Three
men with soiled shirts and a great
deal of throat and anarchistic beards
are smoking cigarettes at one of the
tables and throwing out their fingers
excitedly at one another as they gab
ble in a strange tongue. A gaunt
and depressed-looking woman pensive
ly stabbing a roll with a three-tined
steel fork is the only other patron
of the establishment present. Hud
dersfield and the friend take their
places at the table which seems to
have the cleanest cloth; There is
verdigris on the top of the salt cruet
and a dark brown crust of undoubted
antiquity ornaments the mustard pot.
"A little bohemian," says Hudders
field, rubbing his hands briskly and
looking around with a smile. "It is
just what I like. A man who gets in
the habit of judging by appearances
misses lots of good things in this
world of ours."
"Does it always smell so?" asks the
"Well, I don't know whether I can
analyze it exactly"-sniffing-"but I
should say that the garlic is unmis
takable. I think I can detect wet
clothes and yeast, but it may be the
"You wait until you get your din
ner," says Huddersfield, "and in the
meantime watch those fellows over
there. There'd a sight you wouldn't
see in Binsley's in 100 years. Life-
thats bataou. see here; life and hu
man nature. I like to observe it."
By this? time a dark-eyed waiter
who has neglected to shave for sev
eral days :appears and takes Hudders~
field's order and spreads a coarse nap
kin over the worst stain in the cloth.
This done, he vanishes into the kitch
en and is heard to shout fiercely at
the cooks. who scream at him in re
turn and seemingly begin to smash
"They've got a cook in here who
could be earning his $250 a month
downtown if he' only knew if," says
Huddersfield, removing a left-over
crust that the waiter had not noticed.
"If this place was known by people
who could appreciate it half the block
wouldn't be enough for the custom."
There is a rather long wait and in
the interval a stout m'an afflicted with
catarrh comes in and takes a seat at
a table close by. Huddersfielf no
tices a smoky picture in a much fly
blown frame hanging in a dark cor
ner of the room and, scenting a bar
gain, gets up to inspect it. But it
turns out to be nothing but an oleo
graph. The dinner comes in and
really is not so villainous a dinner as
might be expected, although some
what permeated with garlic and de
cidedly greasy. The wine is merely
drinkable, and it is likely that Hud
dersfield was right in saying that it
could not be obtained at the Astorf
Waldoria. Huddersfield expands over
the wine, holds it up to the light and
looks at it knowingly out of one eye,
sips it slowly and pauses between sips
with' both eyes turned up ecstatically.
The friend tries to be enthusiastic
over it, too, but he has not yet recov
ered from the thumbmarks that the
waiter left on the edges of the plates.
They finish up with long stogie-look
ing cigars with straws run through
them for the improvenlent of the
draft. It really improves the flavor
of the cigar as well. When the cheek
comes Huddersfield exhibits it tri
"You couldn't get a dinner like that
downtown for four times the money,"
"I don't believe you could get one
like it at any price," says the friend,
with evident sincerity, and Hudders
field makes up his mind that he is.a
man of fine discrimination. When the
friend gets back to his hotel he seiidl
out for. some dyspepsia tablets, but
he acquits Huddersfield of meanneas,
for he khows thatit e ould ha$e dfien
decently and in 3d dee nt place - fo
two-thirds of the charge, not count
ing the street car fares.
Ruddersfield's h d %iS* d full
of bargains. He has a Chinese chest
of camphor-wood in the hall that,
laundryman had not the faintest con
ception of the value df the thing from
an artistic point of view,:' nd allowed
him to take it for $15, but a- bargain
hunter has absolutely, o shame and
would just as soon take advan'tgea of
a confiding and innocent Chirianma as
not. Not very long afttr the sale of
the camphor-wood chest, which the
janitor contends is plain deal ahd
wormy at that, Huddersfield discov
ered a lovely little cloisoxine vase on a
shelf just over Hop Sing's ironing
table beneath the shrine of the God
of Most Happy, De~miy and he was
conscienceless enough to biy that
vase for five dollars.
Since that time several other :little
articles of bric-a-brac have. been
seen carelessly scattered around Hop
Sing's laundry, but Huddersfield has
bought none of them since. Burk
holder rubbe4, the bottom of the
cloisonne and deciphered-the stamped
legend: "Made in Germany."
But, as Huddersfield says, anyone
is likely to get fooled once in awhile
and the fact that the fifteenth cen
tury Florentine intaglio that he
stumbled on by accident in a pawn
broker's shop on the West side was
duplicated in a shop in the Palais
Royal by a friepd who has returned
from Paris did not discourage him.
He has found a beautiful specimen of
-Flemish wood carving, for which he
thought at the time he paid almost
what it was worth, to h~ave een
stamped by steam at Racine, Wis.,
and that did,not.,dampen his ardor.
His cigar bargain,' hoeever, left a
deep and lasting effeet on him.
Wasserman was over at Hudders
field's house one evening. Hudders
field dived into his chiffonier and
brought out a handful of ciggrs and
threw them on' the table;' rSt
Wasserman was a little suspicious.
He said he had a few cigas- of his
own in his pocket and was,sa areatuh
of habit in the matter of tobacco, but
Huddersfield insisted and he lit one
of the handful. . -
After the first few puffs:Wasser
man's face assumed an expression of
s-urprise, and--he looked at the .cigaz
respectfully. Another whiff or twc
and he said in a.stai. tld tone: "This
is really a mighty good cigar, Hud
dersfield; where did you get it?"
Huddersfield smiled complacently
and leaned back in his chair with his
thumbs in the armholes of his waist
coat. "Why, I'll tell you," he said.
"I got those cigars at a bargain
.tumbled on them quite by accident.
It was in a little out-of-the-way cigar
stand away over on the South side.
I stepped in there to get a cigar
never dreamed of getting anything
fit to smoke, but I had to hade some
thing. The proprietor .was an old
chap who acted, as if he was hall
"Well, I was looking over the shbw
cases and I saw a box away over in
the corner that looked as if it hadn't
been tapped much and I thought I'd
ty one of thei.m an,4sp Sio .::: it
a little dry, but. I;knewsat the first
draw that it was the right stuff.
"'We don't sell many of them
there,' says the old man; 'they don't
seem to suit our trade. I guess I got
stuck on them.'
"'A little rank, but it makes
smoke.' I said: 'What will you make
me these by the hundred?' I point
ed to another kind, of coiure. I
wasn't going to let ori that I wanted
the one I was smoking. He made me
a figure and then I priced something
else and went on until I came to the
corner box, and in a casual way asked
the price of them. He said he would
sell me a hundred for $3.50, and I took
him up. That's the second box you're
"Well,' I swan!" exclaimed Wasser
mian. "That was~oin tiie you" did
strike it. It's a pity he hadn't more
"As for that," returned -Hudders
field, "I guess I can get all I want of
them. I guess the old boy has'got
3.000 or 4,000 of them in his cellar.
I'd have taken the lot, bit I'm pretty
well stocked up with some Havaias
my wife's brother got for, me. "He's
an importer and ought to know a
good cigar, "but I don't like his 's
well as my $3.50 ones and I guess
they stand me in something like $12
"A don't suppose you'd care to give,
me a chance at them?" asked Wasser
man, "I don't know when I smoked
anything that suited me better and
I flatter myself I know a god
Huddersfield said' he would be de
lighted and he really was. ,Here'was
one time that his bargain was appre
ciated. Wasserman asked if a thou
sand would be hitting him too hard;
he replied "certainly not, "i' soy,"
and took Wasserman's $3.1 with en
thusiasm and when he went away n
sisted that he shodld put some di the
cigars in his pocket. Later he dis
covered that-be had -dipped-'into the
wrong boi hit.tahkt he h.. d a} "~f gdo
to deliver his brofieri-i-rai~v'b'$$ 1
He did it, but when Wasserman
asked for another "thousand he told
him. that somebody had come along
and bought. the'old man out;.Was
serman knows that he lied when. he
said ,s n WPindg.
well since.-UChicawo Daily Re , ,,
His Idea PreoelieIy
"What ,.we want to do," said tthk
worried man," is to take money ODa.
"I haver dne m best Its tdati ditree
tion. I have taken' $400,000 or $500,
'WOO out on ii up to th ".presetSt tife."
-Washington 8tat. -
P5RSOIAL AND - IMPERSONAL.
John C. ,Strunk,- of ;Middle Smith
ield, Pa., is 94 years i sd nd has
never, been outside they .coapty in
which he was born.
The poets have' written lots of love
ly things about tears. But not one
has ever dilated upon the love-com
pelling beauty of cerise noses.
The new: sdiale saiaie o faO The
president, first,; second and ,thid vice
presidents of the Order of Railway
Telegraphers has been fiked at $3,C*00
$1,5000, $1,300 and $1,200 respectively..
The duke of Norfolk, though a rich
man, dresses rather like a prosper
ous farmer and has a beard of con
siderable length, . which he has
trimmed, it is said, whenever he hap
pens to think of having that opera
tion. performed. .
'hle lriinde of' `W aie ; ;i ' Ait
married,. spentsome.eof.. ismtime. each
year at Birkhall ldtise rin Sp ° and:
He still returns thei~- wliebiever'pose
sible. When there he is fond of
wearing a Highland kilt and prefers
to see those about him so clad.
The late earl of Darnley never sat.
in the house of lords, as, he refused
to take the oath of allegiance to
Queen Victoria.. On his mother's side
he was descended from the Stuarts,
earls of Lennox, of which family the
Darnley who married MaryStuart of
Scotland was a member.
Mile. Henriot, the young actress who
lost her life in the fire at the The
ater Francais, in Paris, will be com
memorated by a very handsome mon
ument in the Passy cemetery. The
tomb has been designed by an archi
tect, and on it there is a marble bust
of,, Mile. -.Henriot by, M. Puech.,- COa
the pedestal is an inscription, which
runs: "She came, she smiled and
The Young Sarians Are Hatched O u
ta Job Lots In Steam-Heati
ed Sand. -
Up in the reptile-house of the Bronx
zoo something unique in bhe' way of a
hatching of young alligators was on
exhibition, says the New York Mail and
The young 'gators were being turned
out in job lots in a large, glassinclosed,
steam-heated cage in the northwest
corner of the main reptileroomn. The
floor is covered with warm sand, in
which several dozens of alligator eggs
are cuddled. The eggs are about seven
inches long, oblong in shape, and of a
dingy leathery white color.
About the center of the cage is a
large shallow pan full of water, sank to
the level of the floor. In and about the
pan are several dozen young alligators,
from six inches up to ten in length;
scrambling about, climbing all over
each other, splashing about in the wa
ter, and seemingly happy and content
ed. The baby 'gators are bright blue,
green and- black spotted-in color. In
general color and appearance they look
more like lizards than anything else.
,The hatching process is quite inter
esting. Every now and then an egg
will begin to squirm and roll about.
One end works more actively,than.the
other and swells iup likea~~amushýroom
head. Then it cracks and -pread* o,
from the slit, through; which a0'llttl
long-piointed muzzle begins ti, work
out. A lot~ of . .energetic , wrigglitia
which flops the eggs about in all direkc
tions, 'sets`.the youngster free. Outhe
popsadittens : k c?'waboa . ome
wonderful instinct of inattire; awar
scuttles the infant to the pan of water.
into which it plunges without any fear,
SAlligatfoi, Jr.. splashes about-awhile,
and then joins his brothers and sisters,
following' the universal alligator labit
of crawling, on top of as many of his
relations as he can and restinghishead
on the nearest back.
Mrs. Alligator was not present at the
hatching. Alligator experts say that
after she ha~' laid' Tte eggs her pa~t 'of
the manufacture of young 'gators Is
finished. She pays no more attention
then to them; and confines herself, in
the south, to lying low in the swjmps,
waiting for dogs, pigs or tender young
colored infants to wander her way. As
to Alligator pere, those same experts
assert that -if there is one thing-he
likes better than another it is-young
alligators fresh from the shell, without
any dressing. He is said to asailow
them up by the dozen, and then com
plain ehaketheIiet e ard n5 more.
The Bronx zoo is well supplied with
grown-up alligators. They have some
very, large ones in the reptile-house
ponds, which seem to do nothing but
lie on the pond platformts motionless.
What' the zoo ,people 'Intend to do
wit the baby alligaftor output has not
been dedeied. They are not considered
a veryvaltable asset. Possibly any re
sponsible parties anxious to bring ahp a
few young alligators as pets, .onguar
facilities and sound home training,
may be accommodated and given their
pick of the bunch.'`
khe Ordinatin et a Chitibse Prtest.
'A mfissionary iti China . thuiss de
gcribes the ordination ceremony, of a
Bonze (priest). -of. w ieh. -he wasw a
witnees: "-On the appointed day the
friends' and invite, guests of the can
didates assemble in the pagoda where
the ceremony is to take 'place. The
act of eonsecratipn begins with the
renivIo'l of all the hair from the head
by a close shave. Then, as the cere
mony progresses, little balls made of
sulphur, grease and inceinse are placed
upton the head and so fastened as, not
to-rollEff. At the- proper moment the
superior completes :the, act of= conse
cration by setting 'fire to these ball*.
Thp can4idates are forbidden eithbcr
to move or toeach theirburning heads.
SSome 'of the poor +Wretehts stiuer thie
torture:t stoically, invoke Ing ;kSiha;
whrile the maJority add their e errilsl
bhrieks- of pain the ;hoi-ible -sa.er
of bgnring fiesh," -PAl Mall 9' t
MEN LIVED BEFORE 4PES,
Darwvin's Diaagreeable Theory of the
Origin ot:f pecies SutoeeabUl3
&trsitivt persons who object to be
lig confronted with their poor.:rela
tipx may ,find comfort in the ~theory
advanced by Prof. Klaatscli, of Heidel
berg university, says -1 the London:
Standard. We are no. longq.rcbound
to believe that man is descended
from apes. Phe mystery of evoiition
has been cleared up, the search for
the missing link is rendered fatile. by
the learned doctor's discovery of the
proper significance of a muscle in the
Uipper' part of' the thigh. The short
strand, as one part of this is called,
is attached to the fibula, and is fitted
with a speihkI nerve. After several
years of investigatio ,HRerr Tlatsaeh
liai gQoninced himself that this "shott
strand" is a rudimentary form of a
muscle common to a considerable
number of mammals, such as mar
supials, carnivores and many rodents.
In fact, it is very frequently present,
but only anthropoid apes and pre
hensile-tailed American monkeye pos
sess it in the same modified condition
as man. Some cliihbing creatures in
deed have entirely lost it, such as the
lemurs of the old world. That indi
cates that the muscle cannot be serv
iceable for life on trees, its modifica
tion being the result of disuse when
the, progressive creature began to
walk upright. Thus it is an inherit
ance, common indeed to man and
apes, but derived from some remote
mammalian ancestor. So far from
proving the ape to be father of the
timan, it suggests the contrary view.
Both can claim a common ancestry in
some long extinct mammalian .form,
but that is all. Though the savants
~nay be right in inferring from the
fragmental remains of. the Javan
pithecanthropus that it was either
the most manlike of apes or the most
apelike of men, the creature does not
supply the missing link in a pedigree
beginning in a simian and ending in
The professor also tells us that the
existing apes are. for the most part
degenerate forms. Are we, then, to
reverse the line of 'pedigree and de
clare that an old-time self-indulgent
race of meq .hare degenerated into
apes, as little Tom was taught; ac
cording to the" "'afer Babies?" But
to check any. human conceit d'hiob
he may seem to have .encouraged Herr
Klaatsch informs us that it is quite
wrong 'to consider nan,' a a rr ani
mal, the most perfeetly developed in
every way. That is not true .,f 1is
teeth and limbs; only in the1'matter
)of brain is he facile princeps. Well,
it is. a relief to get this admitted, and,
as for the other organs, we concede
Imuch to animals which have to 'get
their living by erabkihg nuts or gnaw
ing bones; we do aot, profess to leap
"ike tigers, run like deer or climb
!ike gibbone. 'In all these we griant
the advantage of tihe savages, and are
aware that Ar. ei lentalons or ,aeariy
toothless being is to be the ultimate
resuli dft ivilization. Bui, e sv -
test, is notthe piefessc, buildiiignap
,. very large .superstructure pa a rath
er small base?, His -argument.
iaiough it cones tri 'a d lilereit con
nlusion, reminds .me o ifh ao·m am s
tcontroversy in- which Huzxley. pd D
win once figured as' to whether the
a.pe '(td n. pbssess a smnall strxwtltre
called a hippoeampus in its brain, for
on that dep.t 4d whether or nPt. the
ape was the "Uong-lost birotr e?' fi€
man. It is doiibtfai, idded; ,whetyr
'he professor has proved .modre 't4bp
the most thoroughgoing evolutionist
'e ready to grant. ',The latter does
e6t assert, 'so fa' as we know, that
man is descended from goar.lllat o1 A
chimpanzee, or .n orang-outang, He
holds, rather, that, as sometimes hap
pens in the-'social scale, one branch
of. a family has greatly risen,. while
all the others have, remained: children
of Gibeon. 'Charles Darwin stated
this quite clearly in "The Descent of
Man," and it is still generally accept
ed. As an evolutionist he admitted
a kinship between all mammals, since
their 'pedigreek had a common oiigf .
Sometimes the parting 'had been very
remote, sometimes :mode recent. The
platyrhine and eatarhine monkeys are
cousins of a distant degree, while ina
is a nearer one- of the ,la tter, but
nothing like a cousin-german., In
fact, to a. eviolutionist,' it would not
sieei' strange for ancestors to be dlidr
aihing side by side with their offr
spring, for nature works very slowly
and will not be hurried over the oii gir
of a specie. .
High Water int aldunita.
.'After not raining ;for :a long time
it rained very hard in India, sand' the
recent letters and newspapers from
Calehtta describe the flooding of that
city, where the water stood 20 tinhes
deep in the streets. . People :.went
about in boats and wagons, and, as
the rules of the road were suspended
for the time, there was a great mix
s;p' in- the more cro*ded 'thoriigh
fesrs: a,*In some, places .pede~trians
waded up to their nec.ksand' in others
up to their knees. Scores of natives
went about the streets spearing fish.
The fish tanks h;d been; overfltwed
and it was good fishing in all the
principal streets, especially in the
eelebrated Mainan. ~ A:;- natirve clerk
who was late- at his ofoe exqused
himself by saying that in wading to
his place of busihess he Was nOucb ann
noyed- by-'the fish,. one of = whieh
jumped out of the water and h.it, hip
in the eye.-N. Y. Press.
A Unique Church,
In the city biH-idelelbrg. Geri.iny,
there is a church called the. hirem
of tbhe Holy Ghost, .which i unique
in its way, being the only churic in
the world ii'i*dch Protetaaittt and
Catholie. servicesare -held- at :-the
rme time--t a partition twp1 thro. g
the center separating the two con -
A LITTLE NONSENSE.
Mrs. Nexdoor-"We consider plane
Snapp-r-"Glad to hea Jt. t, ~ 's1what
we consider your d ughter's on week
A Hiappy Thought.--"Oh, Mr. Saltis,
I cannot accept your oter?" "'But I
thought you -loved- me?' " +de,, but
this will be my thirteenth engage
ment." "Oh, is that all! 'Then call
the others ofi and' begin on a' neW
iQnee upon a ,time a certain Person
wrote wisdom. "What a fool!" said
the World. Then a Person wrote folly,
et:lusively. "Wise guy!" said': the
World. This fable teaches that wis
dom and unwisdom are purely rela
tive terms.-DettOit Jourinl.
One of the zancient and' honorebe:
"m isnppose..afl. tb.glhe, w vi .der .
why I accepted him. But if they
only knew what a'liero ihehas beeng !
He has courted ideath in uahundred
shapes." Edithr-'"What a:flirt! PBut,
then, I suppose that does make him
41ostess-"Why, Mv. Smith; I'e
hardly seen you all the evening! Now,
I particularly want you to come and
hear a whistling solo by my hairtiad."
Smith (whose heqring, is a .trifle -in
distinct)-"A whisky and', sod. with
your husband? Well, thanks,'I don't
mind if I do have jfit one.'--Punch.
The Best Time.--Its Manmma--"Isnt
he too sweet, the little toqtsle 70ot.
sie?" The Friend-"Oh, yes, tire cun
ning thing! Buit I want to seeihim
when he's wide awake"" ItsPapare
"All right. Comre around, about tw9
o'clock any morning and we''ll ccom
modate yor."-- lehad1phiV Bultif.it
They "Saved" ft.:-Bobbt- -"T'oo. ad
about Nobbs. Lost all of ihis luri4
tore because of a false alarm of fire
at his house." Dobbs--~But, if their
was no fire, how could 1hi furniture
be destroyed?" Bobhs--"WV.ll, you see.
Nobbs lives in a suburban town where
they have a voluntet '`Efire d"paai
ment."--Baltiaiore -Americant e
A PSYCHIC PEENOiME*OtN.
In This case `It. Meea W as R l to.I
the Repeated Wastinai
of Dwiam s.
"ppeaking oft ep son and
strange warnings 'that come to peo
ple," sMaid a .et'eran -Wibfn 60oia
respondent, according: io 4tbe. Star;
"I. had a . e..n erie ce oPae tat I
hardly know how to acEolut ",`for. I
.may say lit advt ice th t" I d76aIt be
lieve in any of the busilzg te a e ,at .
not be demonstrated . silen.tyiiAy.
One day; not a gretl wle ater"" the=:1
present elevator, to te hbnaa ptfI t
gallery had been :put;fjn m4~ moPa her
sent for me to, stop.ast her hous40e, on
my - way do wntown; as she _1 iome
thing particular to see me-about. I
went, and she. asked .mre if i:.there
wasn't a new elevator to the s stress
put in -threeodr"'O t#6r on ` beOfo
that. dre said hat wantatit i 4
I, U rnort tide 4 t . Q06-$
dreamed the niht bet.irt: ah, av
laugwed at her only ounmane, 'ndJPi.a
an aunt who told me se Rad :ome
tl;id ' o`dd ftiiMY ~i5e/ .S +1;if:~.le
had been the slay befortyeriS biete
au her husSba ond, tt we ntn
er, as the ,niece ha taden a.a.ncy
wee one of thtlst atiirtti .s-hebtft o
teller, however, fgnwte t a tlerie:h
.niece any thing4 4ix,ýed fir. j
tnaria io ther (myn au't) 'had fold
her that he hd eite rgtaier 'ou g
vator. That was rather a jar to me,
as I was her only young mani
and as I had so shortly before been
warned by my nmother. UQowevtv, I
laughed at her also and went on ~my
wpay to the capitol.
-"I went about the comai tttee r' et
awhile, and at last, quitp forgetiful of
my late warnings, went to the selet
vtor' to go up to the gallery. The
elevator" man, an= told fellrow hom I
had knawn fora ; ome tin m ,tWa in, to e
cage when I got there, and before
openiing it ''l alked to sme thi~ough
"'I don't know,' said he, 'v hether
I ought to let you come in here or
'Why not. ' ` insquired laughfig.
"'Becanuse,' maid ,he, as .serious as
could be, 'I dreamed last night, that
I had run the elevator up too high
and that as you- ta'rted to get in
you slipped somea way under it, and
when I got down to you. at leit bet
tom of the shaft you were smashed
"This looked like the .'ratal three
warnings,' and I honfess, I had a: few
doubts myself, but I htt s ome nerve
left, and I jollied him' on 'his no
tion and got in. On my way up I
told him what my mother and my
aunt had told mle, and the old fllow
was so scared that he hardly knew
what to do, but I got through . all
right, and up to date I have not been
crushed in that elevator or any other,
but, of course, thatws no sign I won't
be, and if I ever am, the cranka will
be sure to hold me up as-a frightful,
example. I suppose there are soime
people who wouldn't ride in that ele
vator for all.kipcls of money, and still
they may fall downstairs any moment
atd break their'neclis."
How It Hfapened.
-Tramnp-- o did I come ato' 4uire
the liquOr habit? -Ah, lady! 'I bad.a
little child-just twq years otd-- and
Lady-Alas! And hbe ,ied!
"No, lady! Hie talked-ai. I wnit
ed ter tell everybody wot he said;
and-you cat u guess 4~ mp..a mu's-
Admiration is more tolerant tha
Sv.....hea" rDail l'(*