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PUBLISHED WEEKLY AT ST. FRANCISVILLE, LOUISIANA. The farmers have long been the most dissatisfied of all the population @f the United States. ---.. The number employed in agricul. ture in Spain is but 4,033,411, of whom over 800,000 are women. The burning of the Capitol of Penn Sylvania has spurred many Philadel phians to make a renewed attempt to have the state capital removed to their city. An affirmative vote of the peo ple of the state at a general ebtion is required by the Constitution before such a transfer can be made. India is a very uncomnfortable couu try. This year is worse than com. monD. iDrotught makes cve'ry road a rive f dust; other rivers' are dried up. P Grain is poor, as well as scarce, apti garden products are sspless. If the traveler cats meat or fruit, he is ti threatened with cholera; if grain or R vegetables, he Is reminded that the hE bubonic peat (which is the fatal "lit- i tle sicl:kesc" of ]3ombay) chiefly af fects vcgetarians. Fish is forbidden as by taste as well :s by prinicine. Milk must be rigorously escheiwed, and butter is not less baneful. Bread and tea are both poor in India, and water al is always dangerous. Ir tic The disbandment of the Chinese Six Companies, marks another step in the e decadence of San Francisco's China town. For forty years this organiza. Co tion has been the banker atnd confiden tial agent of nearly every Chinaman tr in California. In its treasury were pre thousands of dollars to care for the cot aick and to remove th, bones of the dead to China. It was« trusted im- eyE plicitly, and its i,fliors wroe always «I men above reproach. No scandal to ever tainted its managmuvett. It re- uni tained much of its old power until two years ago, when funuds in China, can town led to the formation of the See giv Yap, or Four Companies. This was fills represented as not a seceder from the ofds 8ix Companies, but a new organiza-. tion, yet as it took two-thirds of the rigl business away from the old society the Wo result was the sam.o fro abo Texas is a Southern state which can "point with pride" to the self supporting labor of her convicts. Ten years ago the state pnrch.ised a large farm for convict working, 2,000 acres of which are now under a high state of cultivation. The chief products are C cotton and sugar, and the value of the L annual crop has increaset within a r few years from $53,001) to $81,000; this, in addition to the food and for- n Sage raised for the convicts and the t farm stock. This farm is operated by "second-class" colored convicts, those ý who are physically unable to meet the b requirements of convict labor, for the majority of the prisoners are still .r werkingý under contract. The fact that a] those "second class" plrisoners'have e proved fnoroe profitable to t Ih state than d( the able-bodied convicts hired out td contractors furnishes an argumut m t that appeals to every taxpayer in favor tb of the recommendation of the p3niten- h tiary enperintoi;dent, based on the grounds of humanity as well as of sh economy, for the emp!oyvnent of all ov the prisoners 1 nder direct state suner- ra: vision. co Ai New Hampshire worin has no- pe complished the feat-some:what diffi cult, nowadays-of doing something which no woman, so far as known, has pit ever done before. This daring innuo to vator, says the New York Times, is cot Mrs. Marilla Marks Iekeier, whose am home, when she is not traveling in mi Europe, living in California, or prac- hot ticing law before the Supreme Court at Washington, is in Dover, and the s basis of the second claim to originality Wo which her friends make for her is the mai fact that she has entered a serious ap. arri plication for the position of United ne States Minister to the United States of Columbia. Nobody 1o.s quite so far as to say that she will probably get she the place, but it is asserted that she suit has the support of both the New the Hampushire senators, and th tt her can. thej didacy will be warmly adlvocated by was woman suffrage clubs and similar or. ona gauizations all over the conutry. Mrs. spir Ricker was born at Durhlan in 1843. weir< She was married iu 1863, and has been the a widow for tWhety-seven years. She had studied law in the offices of Albert G. as ii Riddle and Arthur B. Williams. In expl 1890, after a hard fight, she won ad- "mu mission to the New Hampshiro bar. n0e 3ira. Ricker has long been prominent- in he ly identilied with the woman suffrage that movement, and since 1870 has often taken the stump for the candidates of Irma lo BRepublican party. andl 1WHEN LOVE COMES KNOCKING AT THE GATE." When Love comes knocking at thy gate, B3ldhim at once depart. lHe will be patient, and will wait The bidding of thy heart. - , A Toll him he I:nocketh there in vain. That he may ne'er come in. iHe'll smiling leave-but come again, a Thy loving heart to win. Then when at last he knocks in tear Oh, open wide love's gate. 1 He'll soon forget his foolish fears, And vow 'twas sweet to wait! -William H. Gardner. WON BY WAITING, D , N one of the turret r rooms of Reitzen N berg castle, a ~oung girl ar fa rayed in a simple e ~dress and white apron, sat sewing industriously. At the sound or foot steps she paused her work; at the sight of a -t Hussar officer in uniform she -L reddened with vexation. Yet there was nothing in Albrecht von Reitzenberg's appearance to annoy f her; on the contrary, he was young, very good looking, tall, and of digni- . fled bearing. I I a 11 .. "vLt guau oouiLg, to-, and or digni fled bearing. - "Will you allow me to come in?"he n asked, standing on the threshold. The girl took up her wortk again. "You can come in if you wish," she sd aid indifferently. I He walked across the room. "I have a proposal to make for you, Ijaroness Irma. Will you give me your atten tion for a little while ?" She looked at him indignantly ; she had a sweet oval face and deep gray eyes. "I prefer not to listen to you, Count Albrecht." "I thought you would say so!" (there was somethin; like a ring of I triumph in his voice), but indeed my proposal is very harmless. Let us come to an understanding." There was uncertain distrust in her a eyes. "Yes," continued Ihe young officer, "I know that you have every reason to be offended. • You have been most 0 unfairly treated." "[ have been invited to this house t under false pretenses. I came be cause I thought that the visit would s give pleasure to Frau von Wolde, who p fills, or is supposed to fill, the place h of ny mother. I am sorry to speak ri disrespectfully of your cousin, but--" a "Not at all. You are perfectly 0 right, and my relative, Frau von Wolde, is in the plot, and has boon from the beginning. I know all ec about it now. I, as the heir of Reitz- .c enberg castle-you will excuse my mentioning my name first?-have re- b ceived orders to offer my hand, and my debts, in marriage to the Baroness r, Irma von Buchow, who, on attaining 0o her majority, will becomie possessed of C( so large a fortune that she could free ac the Reitzenberg estate with a stroke fu of her pen. Nay, hear me out; this or lady was to have been kept in igno- ha rance of the plan, but that the friend m` aqd chaperon could not resist the tem- so; tation of giving her a hint as to how hit matters stand, after she had become ne the guest of the castle. Is this so?" we i fV... - .t C1 L . . S "Yes;" She stood by his side now bY and the sunlight just touched the '~o coils of her auburn hair. "I have he been deceived, cruelly deceived." ie "Under the circumstances nothing ill .remains for me but to give you the opportunity of expresgingyour opinion at as to this tyrannous family compact vo even more doeidcdiy than you have an done already. Baroness Irma of td Buchow, will you consent to give me your hand in marriage?" ut "Count Albrecht of Reitzenberg, I ,r thank you for the honor which you . have shown me. I will not." S They stood facing each other, and as Irma looked at her strango wooer she saw a faint smile in his eyes. Her II own anger was beginning to evapo . rate; he really was behaving well, considering that the Reitzenbergs were renowned for their hasty tem , pers. "You admit," she said, after a pause, "that I have been awkwardly placed." g "I admit that you have been inhos- I s pitably, abominably treated! I blush I to think that a member of our family could have dreamed of such a scheme. In order to show you how penitent I am, now that I have received my dis- 6 2 missal, I will immediately leave the & house and rid you of my presence." t "If you do that, Count Albrecht, I shall be worse off than ever. You Il 3 don't know your cousin, Frau von Wolde. She will insist upon my re- h maining here for three months, as was arranged; she will reproach me for your absence, she will argue and make t' one dislike you more than ever, if-" h "If possibllt" s] His good humor was irresistible; 0 she burst into a merry laugh. For another halt hour the rejected suitor remained in conversation with the heiress, and at the end of that time Ic they, too, had made a plot. Albrecht was to reimaiu at the castle, he and the oi Baroness Irma were to pretend to be tl on amicable terms, and the two con spirators (the count and the chaperon) D were not to learn until the last day of the visit had expired that their hopes th had failed. "I will endeavor to make your visit ca as little irksome to yeou as possible," or explained the heir of IReitzenberg; "aud we can behave as if there were wl no enmity between us." ye "Yes," (there was 4till a little doubt an in her voice and manner,) "I think that I can trust you." th "Come," he said gently, "Baroness wI Irma, is it a truce between us signed sic and sealed?" wa -. g okkher ha Ji is ,h 0.,.1 bend- in Ing over it, raised her fingers to his lips. I , * * * * * c The master of the castle was the I first to begin hostilities. One day, s toward the end of the three months' 3 visit, ;Irms came into the drawing room to find the whole party awaiting t her arrival, and in an instant she per- c ceived that something was wrong. Fraun on Wolde had been shedding t tears, the old count's brow was clouded v with anger, and Albrecht!--Irma f hardly dared to look athim,so changed was his aspect. It was too clear that I r. the termination of the pleasant conm- d panionship of the last few weeks was sj to be war. "My dear Baroness Irma," said the b count, advancing to meet his young h guest with ceremonious politeness, "I a0 ret am exceedingly pleased to see you. i en- Your visit hero has given me great al a satisfaction. You honored this house w ar- with your presence, with the full con- T ito sent of your guardian and my esteemed Ia cousin, Frau von Wolde. I had hoped, fr ng not without grounds, that the friend- L ot- ship between you and my heir was m aed gradually ripening into a deeper and at more lasting feeling. The alliance is I one which must give satisfaction to all ha a interested in our families. Imagine WI our distress on hearing to-day from my co th nephew that you have refused his pro- ce posal of marriage." et Irma looked toward Count Albreeht; O something that she read in his wrath y ful mien made her hesitate as she an w awered: "It is quite true; wq are ` friends, and nothing mhore." in "It cannot be, my dear young lady, a that so young a maiden should have given away her preference without mc * the consent or knowledge of her tro LO guardian? Answer me candidlv; are your affections already engaged?" ,e - The color surged into Irma's checis and left thomn again. She glanced at 1 ' Fran von IWolde. There was no help the for her there. "This is a question if LO which you have no right to ask, Count loo Y Reitzenberg, and which I refuse to do answer. I must beg you to excuse no " me." the 1 "The Baroness Bnchow is right !" to 1 ,f burst in Albrecht. "She has suftered Up enough at our hands already. She is t e shall not be thývartel in her will: If thai she honors me with her friendship, I this r accept it gr:tefully. Listen to me, pre' my uncle, Irefuse to be a party to said your scheme." S He rose and held the door wide her t open. There was no smile on his face tor[ now; his eyes were full of trouble as hold they rested on hers. He did not offer and to take her hand in farewell. He corn stood there in mute distress as she the passed by-a fair, girlish figure, in TI her white dress, her laces and blue to t ribbons-and she passed him without alon a word. The trace between them was |veg over. vege * * * * 4' . n l ctly V V l. von The forest spread its wide wings all even as far as the castle garden. Irma itz-, loved the green paths and quiet my shades, and here she came with her re- book the morning after her interview my with the count, and pretended to read. But though she kept her eyes in on the pages, she read there only Sof Count Albreeht's parting words-he ree accepted her offer of friendship grate cke fully. Driven to bay, as it were, in his order to save her, that was what be no- had said. During the last three mnd months she had come to understand 1 am- something of his uprightness, his ow high sense of honor. He would 1 rue never marry a woman-though she ,, were a princess--to whom he could i not giveshis love. ;he "It was my fortune," sighed Ima, a ive "that made him nearly hate me at t first." Did he hate her now? 1i g She shut up her book and wandered r he still further into the wood, down at on hillside covered with fern and moss, lot toward the stream that ran between Ive high rocks, chattering and foaming on n of its way. On the further side of the e7 ne stream was a tract of open country, b dotted with clumps of trees and under- i. I wood and bright with heather. The al xx stepping stones were half covered with t( water to-day; the current was running Y d fiercer than its wont. She bethought ,r herself of a rustic bridge a few yards ir further down. o- The bridge hung high in the air, Ic 1, supported by rough pine stems; it in e was picturesque but a fragile affair. sc 1- Half way across Irma put her hand on the rail-how noisy the stream was Ia -, -it snapped off at her touch, one as wooden plank tottered under her feet, ha 3. another fell with a splash into the an h water below. She had plenty of of y courage; she was light and active. a . She knew, moreover, that she could ha I easily leap that formidable-looking of I. gap and gain the bank. She was e about to make the attempt when she p was stopped by a peremptory shout: ov I "Gently, gently! Jump from that loi projecting stem; it is safe " th" 3 She looked up; on the edge of the of heather-covered rock stood Albrecht me s Reitzenberg. ba r She paused uncertain, half inclined w1 to retrace her steps. Perceiving her wa hesitation, he raised his voice and shouted still louder above the clamor wh of the rushing water: "Can you hear me, Baroness Irma?" mee She rodded assent. he "Step there--to the left. Do not th look back!" Involuntarily she obeyed. He held so 1 out his arms, the gulf yawned between feel them, he could be of no help. the "The stem will bear your weight. Bri Do not be in too great a hurry." bal ("Why does he look so grave?" in t thought Irma; "is he still angry?") sett "I had better return the way I Wh came, Count Albrecht. Do not trouble was on my account." the "No; do as 1 direct you. You see in a which is the best place to stand? Drop Icol your book, it might be in your way, B and jump as far as you can. Now I" wre One spring, and Irma was saf- on Mr. the moss heather, while the plank on Bru which she had thought to stand slipped ing slowly but surely into the foaming has water, Albrecht help 'rhands clasped beet Is "Thank heaven that you are safe !" he cried. "Oh! Irma, my Irma, I * could not stop you. I came just too he late for that. I could only look on in ey, agony. Are you frightened? Are 1s' you hurt?" ag "I am not hurt. I did not know ,g that it was dangerous; I did not, in Sr- deed." ig. She sa. him tlrn pale at the og thought of her peril, and the tears ed which she had not shed for herself fell ,oa fast for his distross. ed "The bridge -should have been de at stroyed long ago; it shall be done to I- day. I did not dare to join you, or to as speak till you had passed the worst. If you had beoen killed--h! I cannot eo bear to think of it-I should never .g have known another day's happiness, 'I and it would have been my fault- a. mine! Ifow could I let you wander at about alone when I was longing to be se with you? My Irma, my best-beloved I 2- Thank heaven that I have you safe at d last. Surely we have played at being 1, friends and enemies long enough? 1- Look at me and say that you love is me?" tip d When he had made her an offer of 8 marriage three long months ago she dc 11 had been ready with her refusal. Now, e when lhecr whole heart was his, she Y could find no words amid her tears ex cept, "I love you I love you " he It was enough for him. "Mly bride, my wife !" he said, and held her in his arms. The green ferns rustled and whis Ipered, the beeches tossed their boughs in the rurlight, the red squirrels da' played in the oak trees, the whole wood was full of life and joy at that moment when the lovers plighted their go0 troth. -W'omnu at Home. are Corn-Si;tal' Armor for ilaltleshipl. at A now scheme has been devised for elp the protection of mcn-o,-war, which, ion if put into operation, will make these int look even nmore cumbersome than they to do at present. This new plan involves ise no additjoual flIaayized steel or fur ther coating of s venteen inch armor !, to protect the :nip from hostile guns. ed Upon the otber hand, the new armor he is to be made of no less a substance If than corn stalks. With a covering of I this substance, chopped fine and e, pressed into a hard, solid mass, it is to said that no msan-of-war can be sunk. li Shot and shell myv go through her, de her bottom may be ripper, opnm by h: ,co torpedoes. andu she ma:y even have a Er as hole pune:ld in her side by a .ran, er and yet iloat. This marvel is to be no Ie complished by the simple action of he the water. in The water having once gained access le to the corn-stalk armor, which lies er at along the whole outside of the ship as under a thin covering of steel, the vegetable sacking swells so rapidly as to soon close the hole. Tests made by ,s naval oliccurs have shown that this it curious corn-stalk packing, when once wt wet, swells with a force that is irre- h 'sistible. th y The firm of Cram pl, the great ship. be a builders, hi:s purchased the patents on this new process. y Cut up into huge slabs, like the a steel armor which is made at the Car- on . negie works, this vegetable substanac n will be loaded on freight ears and e shipped from the lagriculturai districts bee e where corn is plentiful to the sea g board. There it will be packed and s screwed into place in the sides of our 1 new men-of-war. hem B According to tohe plan which have Ga: 1 been drawn up this curious substance is to be placed outside of the heavy did armor of our men-of-war from a di-. bet t tance about eight feet above the water line to the keel on both sides. It will run from stem to stern, thus covering the whole submerged portion of the vessel. der Seen from theo outside on wouldcr not know a corn-clad vessel when you Ssaw one, as the vegetab!e armor would k be protected by a steel hovering that ten is to be ma:le waterprcof. The corn armor will, however, add considerably to the bulk of our men-of-war.--2;cw YIork Journal. wer -- like Is A Tlear's Trip in a Bal.lou.n There -s a bear out at Sioux City, r, Iowa, that goes up in :a balloon. he it made an ascenusiou at Crystal Lake r. some time ago in the presence of 1000 persons. Bruno is a big black bear, I and the task of training him for an e ascension was no trifling one. He 's had a natural aversion to a balloon, e and when he caught his first glimpse of the great swaying globe he uttered " a growl of disapproval, and would d have fled but for the restraining hand 3 of his master, A. Hirbour. ' After awhile he was induced to ap. 0 proach the balloon. He put his head over the side of the basket and snuffed t longingly at a small box of honey on the ear's bottom. Presently the limit 3 of temptation was reached, and a mo ment later the big animal was in the basket licking the honey vigorously. When Bruno was in the car the rope was loosened and the balloon shot up I ward, It had gone but a few feet when the black head of the bear waE seen peering over the side, and the J movements of the car indicated that a he was wabbling about in consterna. tion and wishing he was out. A rope was attached to the balloon so that it could not rise above 3000 1 feet. As the balloon floated close to the top of a big cottonwood tree Bruno grabbed at its branches. The balloon, with Bruno, floated around b in the air for some time and finally b settled on the shore of Crystal Lake. When Mr. Hirbour came up Bruno C was seated in a cornlield eating corn, k the abandoned car of the balloon fast in a neighboring tree. Bear and bal- t, Icon were uninjured. cQ Bruno has been taught to dance, wrestle and do other tricks. It was Mr. Hirbour's intention to transform Bruno into steaks and roasts, but ow- tl ing to the remarkable intelligence. he - has displayed the death sentence has a, been revoked, and Bruno may now live ias In as h1R bQhaves himsel f. | I BUDGET OF FUN. DO i IUMJIOROUS SI ETCIIE S fi'OM re VARIOUS SOURCES. Surprised Hcr - Apologized Each i 'llme-It Went--Willing to Marry 1 o Ilm--Had His F'ears--Dp rs loatie, Etc., Etc. He panusedr, ns onn in <1 oppst ma o S Of some dilemma caugarht. Then slowlysatd, in tone of speech 1] With hesitation fraugrht, O "I've half a mind-I'vo half a mind--" f She interposed thereat. t And archly said, "I never thought r You had as much as that." --Boston Courier. S APOLOGIZED EACH TIME. Clara-"Did he apologizo for kiss ing you?" - S Maud-"Oh, yes; several times." m IT WENT. Young Huggins-"Andr now scien- lb tists are saying kissing must go." I fi Dolly Swift (ingenuounly) - "It m does. "-Judge. me A CONFESSION. Maude--"Miriam is trying to keep her engagement a secret." E;tr Martha-"How (do you knowv?" ide "She told me so." WILLING TO MARTUY ltl,]. S He--"Am I good enough for you, Sdarling?" .t She- "No, George; but you are too ir good for any other girl."-Puck. HAD HIS FEAf,. Young Author--"Don't you think my play caught the audience?" Ir Manager-"Yes, this time; but I " fear it will never do so again."-Pau. . CLOSE-FISTED. Wiilie-"Aro you the necrest rela. ii tive I've got, muammat" r Mother-"Yes, love, and yor pa 1.h the closest relative you've got."-Tit. Bits. 1 IPLroxATIc. I 3 She-"Then papa didn't refase to listen to you?" lie-"Not a bit. I bkegan by telling him I knew of a plan whereby he cotuld Eave moey."-Cincinnati Enquirer. ITS QUEST. of Mr. Dyer-"Where is the bargain la counter?" la The Floor Walker--"'here arre .ev eral. What are you looking for?" c "I'm looking for my wife. "-Life. so iht MIGIiT E woSE. it. Miss Fosdick-"My bicycle lamp is I of always going out." its Mr. Dolloy-"Well, a bicycle lamp i that always stayed at home would not rei be of much use." SIN NEED OF A EADtRn. the Wood-"Say, that was pretty rough )ar- on Jones to-day, wasn't it ?" nea Stone-"What was thlat?" nd.. Wood--"His beard! H}e hasn't icts been shaved for a week. "-Twinkles. lea- ..... mud Ti TIME TO COMZ. our Mrs. Strong-"I suppose you have heard that Miss Ricketts and Miss re Gazsam are deadly enemies now?" ce Miss Small--"Yes, I heard; but I ivy didn't hear who was the. man at the li" bottom of it."--Judge. ter 'ill OFT INi THP STILTLY NIG-T. tg Mrs. Qiiverini-"Do you know, dear, that I think the baby sometimes cries in her sleep?" on Mr. Quiverful (savagely)--"I don't 11d know about that; but I know she of iat ten cries in mine."-Pick-Me-UT1. " STIVE .bUTI'. S Mrs. Rurepus-"George, when we I were courting you used to say you c liked me because I was just the height t of your heart." a Mr. Rumpus -"But I forgot that it n y, was in my breast I carried my pocket. I le book, "-Pittsburg News. USEF UL. Stheoryou tha iniprofesor, tha t hean ' "Do Ithink so?" returned the pro. I !i fessor. "1 know it. Some periodieals l d pay $20 a page for articles on the sub. d ject."--Washington Star. tl THE HIATTER WITH IT. d "How came Jack Huggins to break in d his engagement with Miss Thirty- of smith?" "He said he could not marry a girl ar with such a past as hers." bI "Good gracious! What-- " -" "Oh, there was too much of it." or TOOK A PALL OUT OF EACH OTLn,IP. si( SHobson-"Heavens! old man, how you have torn your clothes! I hope jif you aren't hurt. You must have had ar a terrible fall from your bicycle." an . Dobson-"Nothing of the kind! Robson and I got a-talking about the best kind of wheels; that's all."-. Puck. .- ha! JUMPING AT CONCLUSIONS,. IO Cholly (who stutters) --"P-P-Por it haps you have noticed it, Miss Ethel o': but I 1-1-1-I-er -1-i-- De Ethel (trembling violently)-"O Charley -er-this is to sudden, you ,ln know!"1 ma Cholly-"I l-1-left my umbrella heroe two weeks ago, and should like to re- to cover it."-Puck. to del SURE TO PLOCK TUEWR1. ild Skater-"What are you planting De] the danger sign there for, mister ? can Why, the ice hereabouts is the thickest mil and safest on .the pond." mei Elderly Gent-"I know it. My boys he are comin' here skating this arternoou, Yox , an' I'm puttid, FknoN whar theyJ tinual ried about 'm,b ""I gll re Encli ington hopessless rarry the wrong thing', S "To wOho?,, "Misis eerani mentiulg her on her venture I told hers part completely a I hfo like I have character she was d- "What was it?' "A lady of the pro Lr= -- a ghinton g to . TROU kiss- "Of oo.rse," said meant wll, but do ,, "What do you I0ne S man in charge of the" ment. o t "You charged thatii" iien- lthat instead ofhavin fixed he bought a newh - "It marked down to cost '' ment.--Waishington 8`a INTENSp p keep "I called to ask where s;treet car stoves," said .tih ident of the line. "It is useless to tell y can't sell us any." "Oh, I'm not a ",0 wanted to know wher , them so tiat I could go tob place. I want to get on refrigerator next su a Bazar. u is STSre,4. ick Grimsahmw-,"It is oddd t I will often mistake his tite I. life and persist in following '* tain line of cudeavor iwl clearly predestined fdris different. There is Rhyii ela- instance. lie insists tha poet, when in reality hie: a . i for a chemist." Lit- Askjins--"fow do yop out?" Orimshaw - "vervthiig becdmes a drug in the to Judge. } Lodge Room in'j all One of the most fanifl the Independent Ordero lows in the State of Tenn of the cities, is Gap Ci- "t in 2, which has for its led in j large cave in Carter Cop miles east.of Johnson Ci6r V- cinatiung is the home of this some of the order in ner have transferred their metm it. Gau Crcek Lodge has a: is of seventy-flve, and has been its meetings in this cave 4 l.la year. The subterraneana ot rented from the owner, Dr.i 1y3tier. This strange lodge roomi in an elevated strip of w6odi dh entrance to it faces thea approaching it presents a Ie pearance, which might be' 't typical of mysteries that .ar , only in the hearts of th membership of a great seo From the oute,.r doors onepl :a stairway to the first' e antoroom. This apaqtmen Sby eighteen feet, and is pr I all tlhe necessary equipm it a desirable place in whi Spare candidates for mitiatio order. To the rar of thi a hallway,and twelve feet-lo with the floor slanting at Sforty-five degrees, is the lq s proper. SThis chamber is eight0ei feet, and the ceiling is somod in height. 7iewed throog trance from without theroom a dark annd mysterious ap sufnicient light is noverthelead * from the oatside to pens chambers. 'Tlken altogetho undergroaud alartments r and striking qarters fora men whose dlibelerationus are Philahtlphia Times. Q::cerr,t Town in Eng The most curious town ia he is Northwioh. There is not street, nor, in fact, a strig in the l:lace ; every part ofI ' appearance of having rocentl AIa from the visitation of an eart b Northwich, as everyone k the ceritre of the salt inds nearly all sides of the towni ealt wdrks, with their engi&l k ing hundreds of thousanidsi y- of brine every week. At a depth of some 200 oil rl are immense subterranesn brine, and as the contents of pumped and pumped away the crust of earth is correspo, weakened, and the result i5 sional subsidence. W These subsidences have a "P o effect on the nearest hailding i d are drawn "alil ways,"giving t au upside dowvn appearance.c e Mitiulant for Troopi. That soldiers really need St has leen formally recogniz. Wa,,r Department, which ino its =ne" emergency ration' ounce of tobacco per diem. Department publishes a b Vhich it is declared that influcnce of ten, coffee or.$ man seems to be brought t~i eloiciency than without tboii keep up cheerfulness and efl' to endure fatigue and pritAiO depriration of them m'y cia8e sion, homesickness, feableD. indeed, may lead to defeabtn Depressed troops do not ight cannot be kept well in hanad. military leader will see to it. men are not deprived of Oi he will regret his care, York Journal.