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SOV ADVENTURE to
SINCIDENTS AND DARING up
ON LAND AND SEA. tin
m) a
Sqout's Curious Exjerih(e"e
o.artY of II,,f uile li:ts in a S
Ca:fornih iInch,"er I:,1 i ali
ill Into L 1.ion's l-mllbraceo . I le
p- sag ...there flourished in { O
- o .t who - hal an extraor- 611
ment for his occupation. St"
tll strong mlan, well built Int
-:one respect; his feet grew
way, his toes pointing Iack
.dof forward. This wvould cIa
a serious d:rawbai to any l^
- ent m c.' 4,11 foot; but it
_ o drawback to "Clubfoot '
'gas this scout was called, be
"tically he never went on in
,He ha'd a saddle with stir- frc
ted to his deformity, and a
=ea horse as well as any other pa
an expert at trailing In
JSeldo.r hal1 to dismount in to
-.hgnga, ish even the smallest sa
In.ian' "siLgn." His keen
Hin everything from his seat
-d to have known personally be
dns'fromu Fort Berthold to ai
soot Agency, and was equally o0
to then. But he was ~ n
ay, and they were his ene
The war was applarently re
'treen thomn. t
; dead of a certain winter,
s ago, Cll,afoot George had fi
wgo from old Fort Browning hIn
Beaton, He was alone, and si
camp overnight on the way.
kous scout sometimes makes
e, and Georg, on this occa- n1
bled his horse, a rather wild Cf
ty animal, so insecurely that o
ight it got away, and started as
.rt irowning.
Morning, therefore, Clubfoot le
4rto confront the necessity t
g to Fort Benton. It was
easant thing to do, since it uI
e even a good walker about se
to cover the distance, and 01
Seorge's specialty was not
bnt lie started out manfully P,
,mnow.
walked until about the mid
ste afternoon, when a party of B
:Indians, out for white men's
'ame upon his trail. His
were plainly visible in the snow; fr
ecarse they pointed in the op- h
direction from that in which t`
was going. t
was nothing about the tracks
that' they were Clubfoot
; and besides, the Indians, tl
they knew George well, had h
before seen the print of his n
S.So they started pell-mell in b
i on in which the tracks led,
for this white man's blood. h
lhen :they had followed the
e cpot.-whire George had
the night before, and fouid t
otthe.horse and the evidence
dme one had come so far on 1
k and then lost his horse, the
i looked at one, another in as- s
at, until onq of them said, f,
I" Then they all inspected
the tracks they had been fol
f ~tbat [Iudians have no U
fhumoi? io one who knows
,These tludians certainly
they !roarel with laughter,
Sjoke was on them. But
emined to'transfer it to the
tn~rned ack on the trail and
sl at the rest of the day
of 1the night, until they
jilacewhere the queer heel
wert over a bank. Then
Slidians lay down on his
laod over the edge of the
]igwn language:
o are you there?"
!tam. here! Is that you,
0huld ie done with such a
OIlibdiswere already more
,-llified toward the scout by
o.nt of the extraordinary
tlehad, quite unintention
fon: them; and when, in
of9 humor, George invited
Sdown and share his
,ke themselves at home,
- nad never molested him.
expected friendliness must
n impression on Clubfoot.
4he chapters of his adven
miwth this incident. He gave
g, alnd ever after lived a
C lark's I're;ance of 2Iind.
ewClark was onc.e on top of
gin London admiring the
rrounding country. While
_ ed he was touched on the
c i quiet-looking man, who
ked, to the great astonish
ir Anmfrew, '"Sir, I anut going
ou off." As the quiet-look
Was the larger, and there was
ld, the matter for the
- ed a very seriouns aspect.
.or Sir A&drew. he is pos
are presence of mind, and in
ay he exclainmed: "Poch!
.g; anbyody could throw a
e. Now if yon want to do
great, try and ttrow me up
he ardo tnd." ,
cancdo that," said the
.aseh he proved to be, "andl
kAinly descend to the street
it.
Pleasure," Sir Andrew re
'ith great diorum the two
to the street, where the ma
ekly handed into the cus
e law.-Harper's Round
;it ' ! .Mfouhtain Lion.
' rahche'r.living at La
, .s of Pasadena, Jal.,
.eahb~ace of a big mountain
the points and finally escaped, much R
to Bates' satisfaction.
Bates had been on a camping'trip
up the canyon and had decided to re- E:
turn. He rose at daylight, rolled his
blankets and coffee pot aid started
down the trail. To save time he made g,
a short cut'across a spur of the hills
and reached the crest safely, but in
descending his roll of blankets caught
on the jagged ena of a rock, threw him
6li his feet and down he rolled. The n
ground was soft and rolling down the tl
stee) incline was more alarming that c;
dangerous. p
As he reached the bottom of the c
canyon on his involuntary journey he f:
bounced into a heap of brush and c
landed flat and fair on something soft I
and warm that gave out a heart-chill- t]
ing shriek, to which Bates responded a
in an excellent imitation of a cry a
from a man all but scared to death. In. o
a second he felt four great claw-armed v
paws encircle him, glaring eyes gazed d
into his and long white teeth sank Ij
into his left arm. He had fallen, face a
to face, on a California lion, which he 1
says looked to be about twenty feet p
long, but which was probably about s
five. It was big enough, though. N
Bates hal no weapon, was incum- a
bered with the roll of blankets on his
)back. and all he could do was to strike c
out with his fists and feet. The lion t
was unquestionably as badly fright- a
cned as he or would have killed him by t
clawing him to shreds(. After the first i
terrific impact each tried to get away 1
from the other, and after a minute's
fight the big animal broke, away, its
hair standing on end and its tail the 1
size.cf a barrel.
Bates bound up his wounds as best
he could and made his way out of the (
mountains, and came to Los Angeles, 1
Cal., to ascertain if there was danger
of blood poisoning. The doctors re
assured him on this point. His wounds
were painful, but not dangerous. His f
legs were clawed and his left arm se
verely lacerated. He does not think
that he hurt the lion much, for his
upper cuts and straight-arm jabs
seemed ineffective, but he is of the
opinion that the incident will never
be forgotten by either of the partici
pants.
Serve of an'Oreg6n Miner.
A few dayS ago at Quartzburg, in
Baker Couinty, Oregon, Theodore Eby,
a miner, was working alone in a stope
in the Gifford mine when a huge rock
fell from the hanging wall and struck
his leg, bixeaking it about half way be
tween the knee and hip and pinioned
the unfortunate man fast. Within an
arm's length of where he stood was a
pick. With this instrument he pried
the rock from his leg and extricated
himself. There was no assistance
nearer than Mr. Gifford's house, just
below the dump of the tunnel, and the
only person there was Mrs. Gifford,
her husband being absent.
There was only one thing for Eby
to do, and that was to get himself out
the best way possible. The journey
ahead of him required almost super
humaneffort. He had to go down on
a ladder in a sixty-foot shaft from the
stope to the tunnel, which Wvas 300 feet
from the entrance.
He let himself down the shaft by his
hands, and on reaching the tunnel
crawled out, all the time suffering the
Smost intense pain. On reaching the
Sdump he called for help, and MIrs.
'Gilford came to his assistance and
helped him to the house and to his
bed. Later Mr. Gifford returned
e home and procured a physician to at
tend ,Mr. Eby, who at last accounts
was getting along as well as could be
r expected.
A Land of AspaFragus.
a It is not generally known, but it is
a fact nevertheless, that asparagus
C grows abundantly in its wild state in
portions of the Santa Ana valley. A
few years ago it was discovered that
, celery grew freely in the peat lands
west of the river in a wild state, and
min a very short while an enterprising
e fruit dealer and shipper from Kansas
y City came out to investigate the re
y ports he had heard about the wild
:- growing celery. This investigation
n resulted in the formation of the. D. E.
1 Smelzer Celery Company and the
s planting of a large tract of the peat
, lands to celery. The business has
p. proved quite profitable-so much so
st that other companies have been formed
it and a much larger areu of land planted
1- to this table delicacy. It would ap
e pear from the history of the celery in
a dustry that there is a splendid open
ing here now for some enterprising in
dividual or coumpany to develop the
asparagus industry. There's money
Sin it, and no mistake. That the soil
IC and clima.te are suitable to the produc
le tion of the vegetable is made plain in
IC the manner in which the wild aspara
g'o s grows in portions of the valley.
- Los Angcles (Cal.) Times.
Trleked the Theatre.
"Where are your tickets, gentle
men?" asked the doorkeeper of a
t. theatre to a line of men who coi
' fronted him in "Indian file." "It's
all right," shouted the man at the tail
hend of te uline. "I've got the tickets.
SThere's six of us with me. Count 'em
u as they go in." "In you go, gents,"
Ssaid the doorkeeper, and he.tallied.aff
he five, who immediately mixed witih'the
crowd within. The Cerberus turned"
Sto look for the holder of the tickets,
leut he had disappeared, and five men
saw the performance, safe from idetiti
ie- cation in the tremendous throng of
i- people.-Tit-Bits.
3 A 3Iinlmum Wage Establfshed.
The colony of Victoria has gone to
the length of legally recognizing a
minimum wage. A new "' factory act
provides that no person, unless in re
1., ceipt of an amount equal to about six.
sin ty cents a week, shall pe employed in
l- any factory or workroom. Any mann
ealy iacturer convicted three times of vioe
ew I lating the act is it be depnret1 of )his
RAISINGI THE BUFFALO.
The
EXPERIMENTS IN DOMESTICATING A
N-ARLY EXTINCT ANIMAL.
stre
Success in Cross Breeding Will Buffaloes Sid(
With Common Cattle-Great Increase era
L of Value in Buffalo Hidies-Domesti- an1
t c:ted Buffatloes as IHardy as WVild.
are
While the buffaloes have become of
3 nearly extinct on the Western ranges, log
there are quite a number of domesti- exh
t cated herds in this country, and ex- m1o
periments in cross breeding them with I
3 common cattle are being pursued with elet
a fair success. The first attempts to por
I cross breed the bulfaloes were made at tio7
t Lexington, Kentucky, in 181 ; but (ng
the existence of enormous herds of the the
1 wild animals on the plains at that time qu
I acted as a damper upon the enthusiasm a
L. of the early pioneers, and the work st,
I was soon abandoned. At chat early prc
I date a buffalo robe comma.nded very
1 little money, and, in fact, ap to 1373 tai5
a a bull robe was worth only $1. In hol
e 1883 robes had" advanced so that a fur
t good one would net the hunter $3, fut
.t while to-day the hide of a buffalo is is
worth $100, and the mounted head of cul
a bull anywhere from $200 to $500. wh
s The inceuti' e to raise and domesti- un
e cate the buffalo is thus much greater vel
i than in 1815, and the few herds that va,
are in existence are highly valued by
y their owners. There is a small herd ele
4 in the Texas Pan Handle, numbering lie:
y less than seventy-five, and a larger tht
's one at Raralli, Montana, owned by Mr. anl
s Charles Allard, numbering nearly two the
e hundred. This latter herd is the o
largest owned by any private indi- ne
t vidual. In 1S93 the Jones herd, of tlu
.e Omaha, was purchased by Mr. Allard ful
3, for $18,000, and the thirty-one animals as
r in it were transferred to the Montana wI
e- ranch and joined with the others. in(
Is Besides breeding the pure buffaloes
is for museums and other stock farms, art
e- Mr. Allard has carried on extensive
1k experiments in crossing the wild ani- lat
is mals with the polled Angus stock. The Im,
is cross breeds produced are magnificent de
le animals, with fur that is finer and clos- loi
,r er than that of the buffalo, and with m(
i- meat that is very sweet and whole- ca
some. Nearly all of the cross-bred Ti
animals retain much of the instinct of wl
their wild progenitors. They are ur
hardy and easily reared, and are able to
Y, stand storms that kill ordinary cattle.
?e Nature adapted the buffalo to the
k cold Northwestern plains, and they is
k rarely succumbed to the blizzards that F.
e-. to-day destroy our domesticated cattle w(
by the thousands. When the snow fo:
f lies deep upon the ground in the dead w
a of winter, the steers cannot paw F(
ed through it to get at the natural hay of in
ad the plains, and they consequently die le:
ce of starvation and cold. The buffaloes, th
Est accustomed to the fearful blizzards, bh
hb bunch togetheelin a storm and form a in
d, wedge, facing the wind and snow, gr
with the bulls outside and the cows M1
by and calves protected inside of the so
ut formidable line of shaggy heads. Thus at
ey a herd survives the wildest storm, and (l
ar- when the snow has ceased to fall they n:
on paw through the snow and ice and c
he get at their favorite bufiTlo grass. h,
,et The cattle, on the contrary, arreti
driven before the storm, and often ii
us wander from sixty to one hundred It
iel miles from their accustomed range, at
he and, unless shelter is provided, they -
hesoon sink down exhausted. The horses
rs. 'urn their backs to the storm and :llike
ad wise soon yield to the cold. The new
i cross breeds, possessing many of the t1
ed hardy instincts of their wild progeni- ta
at- tors, face the cold storms, and seem to W
ats survive the coldest blizzard without tc
be great injury to their health. They ni
have been found to be almost as well a
adapted to occupy the vast plains as s
their wild ancestors, and if they do i
s not degenerate under too close in- 4
in breeding, they may yet roam in as t
Scountless numbers as the buffaloes did g
at before the. ruthless slaughter of the ,
hunters decimated their numbers.- h
Scientific American. t
g 'rowdcred Cot1 as Fuel. v
sas For some years past there have been a
re- experiments with the coal dust and e
Id- pulverized coal of various degrees of
ion ineness, with a view to ascertaining o
E. how much saving of fuel there is in
the using coal in this fine state. It has ?
eat been demonstrated that with suitable
has feeding machinery the saving may
so amouni to over forty-five per cent.
ed above the coal fed on ordinary fire
ted bars. This point is reached in a
ap- cupola furnace of the most approved
in- construction. There are several 1
en- methods of burning coal dust. One E
in- is the use of a feeding apparatus cdn- t
the sisting of rotary brushes that throw i
ney the dust into the fii:e-bo.x in a con- I
soil tinuous shower. TiPs, of course,
hue- renders the fuel supply independent I
in of dampness or the possibility of C
ira- clogging up. Another plan is to
drive the dust into the furnace by
powerful currents of air. It seems to
matter but little how the dust is fed.
There is a manifest economy in its
tle- use, and as soon as the proper dust
F a feeding machilpry is perfected th4 i
on- fuel problem will hbe much" less diffi
It's cult to struggle with.
Cotton Crops fEr Ten Years.
ts. The following table, compiled from
the i'ecords of the Agricultural Depart
ment of the Government, shows'the
the fluctuatiing character of t~he cotton crop
ned' dhring the past ten years:
' Average Avorage Average
.ets, production value value
men Tear , * per urz. per podund. .per acre.
niti- 1886-87......15.5 10.25 16.76
Sof 1887-88......116.54 10.27 18.13
.1888-89......173.65 10.71 - 18.60 ,
1889-90.....173,25 11.53 19.08
890-91..... 196,68 9.03 17.76
1891-.92. -...206.31 7.64 15.76
1892-93..... 176.15 8.24 14.51
e to 1893-94......183.28 7.67 . 14.06
g a 1894-95......193.63 ' 6.26 12.12
"act 1895-96......158.06 ,8.16 12.90.
re Average...180.71 '8.84 -15.98
din For the ten years .extending from
ann- .1886 to 1896' the average cotton crop
vio- covered 20,000,000 acres; the smallest
.18,000,000n acrs and the Isr 'ist 28
ELECTRIC MOTOR-CARRIAGE. p
The Era of Mechanical Locomotion on
Highways Has Arrived.
With electric cabs in service in the
streets of New York and electric car
riages making their appearance on all
sides, it seems that the long-awaited It
era of mechanical locomotion on roads
and highways has arrived. Enthusiasts
are already predicting the relegation
of the horse to the museums of zoo
logy, where in future days he will be t
exhibited as a cauriosity to a race of is
motor-using humans. N
In all seriousness the advent of the G
electric automobile vehicle is an im- fc
portant matter deserving considera- T
tion for the effects it is likely to pro- 1
duce in many directions. Probably ii
the most noticeable immediate conse- P!
quences due to its appearance will be rF
a decrease of noise and filth in city L
streets and a -general demand for im- W
proved highway roads. ti
Prophecy is not lightly to be under- cl
taken. but the displacement of the S
horse by the motor on street railways a
furnishes a tempting parallel. The o'
future of this new means of transit y
is certainly very great, but it is a diffi- o
cult if not impossible matter to say in
which of the numerous possible ave
nunes of development the automobile J
vehicle will make its greatest ad- I
vance.
The difficulties which builders of a
1 electric vehicles have encountered a
heretofore were anlmost always with li
the accumulators. Their great weight 0
and rapid deterioration, combined with a
the difficulties of charging them, all
operated against the success of the e
new vehicles. It is to be hoped that (1
f these troubles have been as success- 1i
1 fully overcome in the motor-carriage P
as have been the mechanical troubles c
which have beset many former experi- i`
menters. t
As a rule the demand for any new k
article of manufacture compels its ap- o
pearance in the market sooner or i
later. The success of electric auto- t
e mobiles will unquestionably cause ai
t desire on the part of their users for a
longer radius of travel, which only 1
Smeans an accumulator of greater t
capacity for a given size and weight. I
i This is almost certain to be produced i
f when the demand for it is sufficiently I
e urgent.-Electrical World. t
0 Remarkable Bone Grafting.
e A remarkable case of bone grafting
Y is reported from BuffalO, N. Y., where
t F. H. Moir, a foreman in the carbide
e works at Niagara Falls, was treated
" for a badly crushed shin bone. He
1 was taken to the hospital in Buffalo on
' February 11. Dr. De Witt G. Wilcox I
f inserted in Moir's leg a five-inch
.e length of a live sheep's bone, replacing I
, the crushed .human bone in length,
, but not in width. The leg was placed
a in a plaster cast. The progress of the I
, grafting was examined by the X rays
s Monday night with the following re
ie salt: "The sheep's bone shows vitality
s5 at each end. The human bone has 3
d developed the sheep's bone, and the
' new growth is extending toward the 1
.d centre. Already the sheep's bone is
half an inch wider than when it was
n ut in. Complete knitting and grow
n ing together of the bones are assured."
d It is expected that the patient will be
, able to walk in a month or six weeks.
S--Hartforl Times.
- Ninety Miles an Hour.
It is asserted that duringrecent trials
e the Hellmann electric locomotive at
- tained a speed of ninety miles an hour
to :with alight train,and that itis expected
it to easily reach a speed of seventy-five
I miles an hour in ordinary running with
11 ja train of 350 tons in weight. The re
as sults of the recent experiments have
0o induced the Western Railway of France.
n- to construct two large locomotives on
as this system. The experimental en
id gine, which was capable of drawing
hC seventy to eighty tons at fifty miles an
- hour, established the contention that
the engine had great stability, less
vibration and swaying than the ordin
n ary steam locomotive, that the coal
d consumption was about fourteen
of pounds per mile when drawing a load
Sof sixty-five tons, and that other ad
Svantagas in the better regulation of
n speed were realized. The locomotive
eis sixty-one feet long and weighs 120
Stons, which is groatly in excess of the
Sordinary locoraotive:
A. Curious Story About Siam's King.
ed A curious story reaches us from Cey
al lon in connection with the King of
no Siam's recent visit, says the Westmins
n- ter Gazette. His majesty, with all the
ow devotion of a pious Buddhist, ex
n- pressed a desire to see the tooth-relic
e, in the Daladu Mialigawa tendple, in
nt Kandy, A royal reception was ac
of corded him. The King said his pray
to rs, and the priests went into ecstacies
by bver his presents of robes and jewels.
to Everythin~g ';rent well huntil his ma
d. jesty" askel to be allowed to handle
its the precious 'e!ic. Then, the high
st- priest politely but firmly .declined.
1 :4 Royalty might look, abut royalty
. mighty't touch. Royalty thereupon
.retutnea to his carriage in a huff, and
his ibsents with him, to the no little
confusi&n of the over-zealous Unnanse.
of Considering that the sacred tooth was
rt- takento Ceylon in a ladly's hair, surely
the a King might touch it.
The Sultan's Private Life.
ge Sultin Abdul Hamid smokes like a
Schimney. His cigarette box is his
Smost constant companion, and one in
3 which he finds inuch consolation.
o ,When any stranger visits the Sultan
She invites hiin to a seat beside him on
76 the sofa anui offers him a cigarette.
1 The simplicity of his private life favor
i ably impresses his visitors. He is one
o of the most plainly dressed men in the
Empire. Abdul Hamid did away with
Sthe diamond spangled "aigrette," con
om sidering it extravagant vanity. The
rop imperial fez maybey~ rth perhaps $1.
lest His predecessor it :aside the old
a rvihnsue ihiedh s
PRANKS OF LIGHTNING.
n A(
THE ELECTRIC BOLT GENERALLY HAS
i9 THINGS ITS OWN WAY. att
ii col
It Pays But Little Attention to i~ood- to
I Tragic Experience of Some Experi- grt
3 nenters-Lightning May Kill Without he:
Striking-Other Odd Tlhings About It. no.
Every year, for some seasons past, tin
)0 the United States Government has Ran
I issued a little ph,,phlet, compiled by ^u;
Mr. 3McAdie, of the United States fox
te Geodetic Survey, giving statistical in- an
a- formattion on the subject of lightning. mc
- This pamphlet shows that while the cel
o- number of deaths from lightning has gei
ly increased each year for some time ho
e- past, the increase has not been'm re of
De rapid than the growth of population. the
ty Last year it was about 500 for the nif
. whole country, and it may console the qu
timid person-to reflect that his or her ho
r- chance of injury from this cause is m1
1e something like one in 140,000, which, at
Sas a philosopher has remarked in an- be
le other connection, is very consoling if en
it you can be certain that you are not the sp
i- one. li
in The greatest scientific authority on a11
e- the subject of lightning is Dr. Oliver he
le J. Lodge, of the University College, po
d- Liverpool. In this country it is go
probable that there is no man who has ha
of a greater fund of practical information It
Ad as to the nature and characteristics of de
th lightning than Mr. William A. Eddy, sa&
ht of ayonnue, N. J., who is a follower saI
th and close student of Dr. Lodge: st:
111 "The general fear of lightning is not in
be entirely without reason," said Mr. Ed- do
at dy, in discussing the subject, "for it
- is capable of great devastation. Ex- in
ge perimental scientists have been very th
es chary of tackling this subject, and this tri
ri- is probably the reason why the scien- so
tific knowledge of lightning has not a
aw kept pace with progress in other lines av
of investigation. The study of light- in
or ning has been greatly retarded by a m
to- terrible accident which happened ra
a more than 100 years ago. ta
a "Franklin may justly be given the th
ily honor of being the pioneer in the prac- re
ter tical study of lightning. After his re- n:
ht. markable feat a score of investigators tl
ed in different parts of the world began to st
tly make a study of lightning. Most of di
these experiments were brought to a bi
sudden termination by an incident sf
sufficiently tragic to shake the nerves at
ng of even a cool-blooded man of science. w
are An experimenter named Richmond, in rf
de St. Petersburg, had built a laboratory, ai
ed which contained, among other thing, re
ie the lower end of a lightning rod 100 Ic
on feet high, which he had erected, and B
:ox from which he had succeeded in draw- g,
ich ing off electrical charges of consider- tc
ng able force. One day, while Richmond tl
th, was working in his laboratory, a thun- h
ed der storm came up. Lightning struck t(
bhe the lofty rod, flashed down it and s4
lys killed the scholar at his. work, badly. u
re- burning and mangling his body. That
ity put an end to experiments with light
Ins ing for the time being. Toward the
the end of the century there were one or. ,
the two fatalities in France, which acted tl
a is as a further detriment, and caused it
vas Voltaire to remark, in a quotation
,w- which I get through Dr. Lodge: 'There fi
1.» are some kings whom one must not n
be approach too closely, and lightning is 13
ks. one of these.' Lodge, therefore, found
an almost unworked field before him
when he began his-experiments."
The essential characteristic of light
als ning, and the one that accounts for
at- most of its vagaries, according to Dr.
our Lodge, is its "impulsive rush." In *
ted unscientific language this means that
ive when a charge of lightning breaks I
pith through a cloud arid starts for the
re- earth it moves with a rush so vehe- ii
ave ment that no ordinary conductor will p
nee. turn it from the path it elects to r
on follow.
en- "There are many cases to illustrate i:
ring this," says Dr. Lodge. "Here is a
San striking one: In MIay, 1889, lightning
shat struck and neatly demolished a brick
less wall in a small Euglish town. Directly i
din- opposite the wall at the point where it
coal• was struck, and not six feet away,
een stood a gas lamp. Gas is one of the
oad best conductors of electricity, and the
ad- lamp was some feet higher than the "
of wall. On the old theory of attraction
tive the lightning ought to have gone for
120 the lamp, but, as a matter of fact, it
the was not injuredl."
There htve been repeated instances c
where lightning has struck a roof al- i
g. though it had a rod to protect it, and
in some cases the roof had been struck 1
g of only a few feet from the rod itself. t
ins- On this theory, lightning rods are of
the little value. As Dr. Lodge has abun- I
ex dantly proved, lightning may travel
relio down a rod to the earth without doing
. in any damage in case the rod happens to.
ac- be inuits path, but the stroke will sel
ray- dom turn aside to follow the rod.
Lee It must not be supposed fromi this
vels. that it is impossible to secure im
ma- munity from injury by lightning.
udle Some buildings are protected by the
high very character of their construction.
nel. Another peculiar -thing about light
nalty ing, according to experts, is that a
Sperson may be killed or an object set
nd on fire by lightning 'without being
ittle actually struck by th6 current which
se descends fro9P the clouds. This is
was dtte, so says SI.. Lodge, to the "surg
irel ing current," which is another char
acteristic of the lightning stroke. It
is a little difficult for the untr.ined
mind to understand what is meant by
ke a the "surging current," but the theory
his of Mr. Lodge, that when a lightning
ns in troke descends to the earth at any
htion. place a part of the current may fly off'
ultanat a tangent and injure object:; at con
on siderable distance, and Mr. Lodge has
ette within h is knowledge several instances
av in which this has occurred.-Washing-.
So ton Star.
nthe - - -
with Twelve locomotives have just been
con- completed'for the Chinese Government
The at the Baldwin icomotive Works, at
s $1.,[PhiladsIp1iia, The iork as ,secur~d
INGENIOUS BLA~KMAIL.
A Grave Riobber's Attempt Foiled Because
the Victim Wa3 Deaf.
"The newspapers do not get all the
attempts at crime, or even the crimes
committed," volunteered a policeman
to a Star reporter, "though-they get a
great many things in that line. I
heard of a job a hich occurred in the
northwestern part of the city some
time since which almost succeeded,
and which for boldness surpassed
anything that I had ever heard of be
fore. The fellow who maunaged it was
an ex-grave robber, and one of the
most intelligent of hi; class. He con
ceived the idea of blackmailing a
gentleman who resides in an elegant
house up town. Securing the remains
of a young woman who had been buried
the day before, he carried the body at
night to the stable of the gentleman ih
question, the stable adjoining the
house. It is the habit of the gentle
man in question to stay out rather late
at night, and it appears the grave rob
ber knew of this. As he was about
entering his l:ouse the grave robber
spoke to him, telling him that he had
information that there was a body of
a woman in his stable and that unless ,
he was W=ell paid he would inform the
police, and thit unless there was a
good explanation made it would go
hard with the gentleman in question.
It happened that the gentleman is very
deaf, and he did not hear all the things
said by the grave- robber, though he
said he would accompany him to the
stable and see if there was any truth
in the matter. On opening the stable
door the body of the woman was found.
"The gentleman said he would go
immediately and repolt the matter to
the police hirmself. The grave robber
tried to explain that the case would
sound very urgly, and if he was given
t a certain sum he would take ~he body
s away and thus hush the whole thing
up without any exposure. The gentle
g man in question, who, by the way, is
I rather aged, could not hear the de
tails of the demand and hurried off to
e the nearest police station. The grave
robber, finding that his scheme would
not work, removed the body before
s the police officers could arrive at the
o stable. Of course when the officers
,f did arrive there there was no body to
a be seen. The whole. thing, to them,
it seemed impi'obable, and they left the
s stable with the idea that the gentleman
w. was slightly off in his mind. Matters
a remained in this way for some weeks,
r, and recently I learned that the .grave.
, robber had told of the exploit to a fel
0 low prisoner in the jail- at Baltimore.
d He said he had-never calculated on the
gentleman being deaf and that he had
to talk so loud in making his demand
d that he feared some one would over
i- hear the conversation. He said he
k took the body down near. the old ob
d servatory and threw.it into the Poto
y. mac."-Washington Star.
t WISE WORDS.
Le Everywhere and alwiays a man's
'r worth must be gauged to somne extent,
d though only in part, by his' domestico-.
d ity. " ..
n A laugh, to be joyous, must flow
e from a joyous heart, for without kind
ness there can be no true joy.- Car
s lyle.
Men of the noblest dispositions think
- themselves happiest when others share
their happiness with them.--Jeremy
Taylor.
Abetter thing than "hitching your
n wagon to a star," is to put your hand
t inthe hand that moves the star.
,9 Ram's Horn.
e Only the brave know how to forgive;
- it is the most refined and generous
ll pitch of virtue human nature can ar
to rive it.-Sterne.
The failures of life come from rest
te ing in good intentions, which are in
a vain unless carried out in wise action.
ig -C. Simmons.
The lottery of honest labor, drawn
ly by time, is the only one whose prizes
itare worth t'aking up and carrying home.
, -Theodore Parker.
S Good nature is the very air of egood
ie mind; the sign of a large and generous
n soul and the peculiar soil in which vir
or tue prospers.-Goodman.
it When our children go astray, the
cause is outside of them, when the
es children of others go wrong, the cause
l- is inside of them.-RamI's Horn.
ld It is hard to personate and act a part
1k pong, for where truth is not at the bot
tom, nature will'always be endeavoring
of to return and will peep out and betray
n- herself one time or another.-Tillotson,
el If you wish to be miserable, you
ug must think about yourse!f,about want
you want, what you like, what respect
1- people ought to pay you, and then to
you nothing will be good. You will
spoil everything you, touch, you will
Smake sin and misery for yourself; you
1g will be be as wretched as you choose,
e It is an easy] matterto love our
Sfriends, but it requires some effort to
love our enemies. The man who takes
s stand for the.good, workt for improve
menat and gives his iffluence in favor
n of reforms will have enemies, while
is he who agrees with everybody and has
no ideas of his own may got along
r easier.-The Epitomist.
It Accepting gratefully the many bene
ed fits it freely gives, an honorable man
by will feel himself bound to do what he
ry can for the world's welfare, to leave it
ing better off in dome respect, at least, for
hny his having-lived in it. The whole past
of' progress of nankind has been thus
on- brought about, and future progress.
has must depend upon the same means.
ces The South-West.
g Lonelyvklle ThoughfulnessL.
IMrs. Isolate (of Lonelytille).-.- -
"There .is a scissor g aer at' the
een door, Ferdinand:. Have fu auythng
ent you wish ground?"
s at IMr. Isolate, -(thoughtSfunlly) -:2-No i ~ '
red but-tell him '-to go next do o ,.
tive'flen~tae'i;I ~vl4, 1~or ' .

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