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.. _K _ : 'i DIVOTED TO THE WELFAREb OF MADISON PARISH. VO I TALLULAH MADISON PARISH# LA. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 7, 1885 TEH.|: .00 iER YEAR SIIIIIIII IIg IIII Iy II I II9 I IIIIIII I II I Ip I II ma I- I II II I m I I III •m I I II II I I III II , . . " . . .. . .. . . .." . ..... . . .I I e l I ,A T ITOPICL Notes, News and Toughl e Csameed with Farm and Housahld . YManagement. PACTs rFO FAmIas. s t is not thoroughly drained will not 1p.uu sheep without inducing the ap cearance of oprot. ,L Beddlag Jor peemot osly health but saits in preventing dirt in the *ooL Cklnlinessis as indispensile to sheep as to other stock. Better i~ your hay, ipw andcpin than sell it. By that tneaps yot "kill Str b*ds with one stone"-y6t feed l aSr your stock. -i erd o secure the fastest walking horses they mau4t be tested, and the best retainc:i for breeding, as careful selec. tious will result in.the establishment of a breed of fast walking horses if persisted in. A Wi-c ,nsin farmer clalms to have discovered a specific remedy for the ray ages of the potato bwg. He plants one or two flax seeds in every hill of potatoes and says by eo doing the bugs never trouble the crop. Folder tilut pic1peply ~vd..ad, fed in com bini 't t ' lqt I and grain, is ~riqud mlae.srhW t othy hay by weiht, says Piofe.sor Sar.born, but s:uch foder is very different from that which is exposed to frost and tL vach ing rains. Now that the cold vetlpear is approach in;, or with us, it oughc to be remem bered that a covering of felt nicely put on pipes prevents the water from frees ing in them and all the train of evil con sequences which frozen water pipes entail, uniers the cold is unusually severe or the siqell mnusually protracted. Crotemted fruit trees o any kind caý be kept from splitting down bytwi ng together one twig taom each of the main branches. Tho c thui twisted will in five year. grow into a sold branch which cannot be broken. Twigte which grow from the lower part gIttho bAnches are preferable. If th re are no such twigs on the branches, a "water spout" or "sucker" should be allowed to grow; or one may be started by nicely inst rting a scion ipto alit between the bark and the wood, securely waxing it. Twigs from the size of a teal pencil to half an inch in diameter can be used for this purpose. EVERLASTRING FICE. A correspondent gives the Western .Rral his method of making everlasting fence posts. He says he discovered many yeats ago that wood can be made to last longer than iron in the ground, but thought the procem so ample and mexcensive that it was not worth while to make any stir about it. He would as soon have poplar or ash as any kind of timber for posts. He has taken out bass- I wood posts, after having been set seven years, tuat were a kted lien takea up 1 as when put in the grdond. Tiame- anu 1 weather seemed to have no effect upon them. The posts can be prepard for leas than two cents. Take boiled linseed i oil and stir in pulverised charcoal to the I consistency of paint. Put r coat of this 1 over the Umber, and there is not a man t that will live long enough to see it rot. PACKING Ltrrtta The secretary of the Britislh Dary Farmers' association says he does not know of a better methed of lpaa*gd §a - ter than thatladuoped bythe ,ooiligat of Brittany butter. Tons are sent to England weekly in .reuh pine boxes, holding two lozen pounds each. The butter is made up inato to-pound rolls, and is wrapped i' ustft,f~ith an out side rovering of clesa, white paper. The, boxrns measure 14 inehes leng, 10) wide b 6 inche deep, and as the lumps of butter are made of uniform length and diatmete,,tweiwefthem cma beeiy" I but closely, packed onendin each b9 - This butter arrives in L anllon b4qi y, frs:a, perfectly clean, tblthi bdt'id n c boxes may be udet6'io) h e or two dozen half-pound rolls oa end in the manner described. It is not necegesar to wrap each roll of butter in muslin If't properly made into rolls of equal rmli and form. The muslin used is called mull muslin. Professor Shelton, ol the ricultural College, puts the question of sheltering stock in an exceedingly point. ed manner. He has lately been feeding ton teera n at! taeggal ' !.? Y found thatfenthe btuCu lgh d ending December 26th, the average ain per head wa itdoua and. btne4euth pounds. The weather was warm and annny Th na w... s . .. .." battened board shed. Doring thl auq eeeing, ie~ngi 9.,' phen tleco|4 i intagei tAoh letimeeaI steas, ftda o i tl r de ratio had ~I io thes es hed. gained but six and six tenths pounds pe lI4'~S a a ear so the Professor fed s' lot' of p* tor| three weeks of the coldet.e:tht,i i i opio yands, and found them to conmune mosq than three. thug. the basenmt li food to a pound of increase tVia thli mime number ol ple t the Wa btase. mentofthebarn. He huaa eow kept in a bleak "Kans.as bra" which brilnks i in her.milk from one-furth to one-halfl S alter twentyv.four hours of very sevrn weather. From all this the conclunion i wshut we bavesu om a tqr in thesl columns, though not so forciblv the profesor rescbes hi ISis ~AU e~p~~ i "menta, that you cannot burn el as fnel 1 to~pl.rt the hed;.Ol ta amal andt mime tme e tm a the anuml sow it away - L -u ¬s-- le and At. ThiLet is t lSF m threw sway one-half their fad in Iarnishlng animal heat that they might Jost as well save lpaying a pG p moIuntISF.4!LJP4. a mod erate mont of labor. ANITArrY VAUF oF FOLIAGE. ;l heor Grt, at me Ualvaity of Geneva, points out that the funcdions of ,d trees in streets are not limited to aging Sas screens for sun-shunning wayfarers they tenper.the heat send a v tp pro tesW#s paiast &I bt _poprion n frWsl their leaves tends to keep the sur. e rounding air coal and most, and, as one of the best means of refreshing the air . of a sick-room is to plws iat the plants i ttnehe, an4 ikl4 'them with Swater, a like efbet lis poduce4by trees. Sunlight is necssary to health; but Sreed, if not too tl lly planted. do not , intercept sunlight-the continual vibra tion of their leaves and swaying of their f branches admitting the light every in stant and in sufficient measure serving moreover, to protetethe eyes irom the noonday glare. So far from trees impcd e Ing the circulation of the air, they help i to purify it; the evaporation of their . leaver determines a cnrrrgt frpm above, and the fIkres air thus brought down as 5 silts in driving away the heated and I r dust-impregnated gases. of the trcts. 1 oa kler uefl PrOsierT f ofTiagrn is that, while in hot, dry wheather it I thusta er i"jt ntre e i elrletýt. it i de tn. eovapormtloi ceases in wet weather. t t TESTING DAIRY COWS. A good idea i 1 1 by' a eotreds poaldent of the Country Gentleman, who a advoca:cs the testing of the butter-pio- r duciug powers of common cows as well I as the Jerseys and Guernseys. "Owners a and breel rspof Jerseys and Guernseys iii'di erent a s of the country (he I sus).roft tifee t'o time. test the butter- a producing powers of their h rd. This d has of late come to be attended with a eomsiderabh' blowipg of aortes, and to strnpped of its disuise is, I believe, un- e derstood to be an advertisement. Of a coees, when the animal subjected to the I test performs handsomely at the palu, a the result is of value to the other b'reed. w era. If a test is valuable to any particu- t, lar breed, it is of value to another breed. I If a test is of valpe for the purpoge of. a showing farmers how that breed is men erior to the common stock of the coun- v try, then the aametest ,s etard be ap- h plied to common cews. "I would lit to see farmers who mnst b and will continue to breed from common stock, make periodi.a tests of a the e cows in their dairies. An animal, even D If she is a scrub, that will produce ten tl pounds of butter per week is of more , value for breeding purposes than one that will only produce five pounds, because the chances are many that her S calf will inherit the qualities of its dam. ft She is also of much more value in the dairy. t would be a m't excellent ta t.Ir a LAsr tokew isw many Vi*he is teepitgthst t k e idable t'o produce five peounds ',better Or iprek. a' the farmer can maLe a trt that will be h; approximately cortect at much lees cost than that of a public test. It would not e have to be sworn to, or to be advertised d: and would satisfy the farmer himself. I who is the only one concerned. By all at means let us have tests of our comnon cowsas well as tests ofJerae gr ciuern yt. , t. "BurFE ED Oir EARTH." If A correspondent of the Poultry.,prd t1 4eeahms, with 'hiL *pdriee of tylnty p years he must say there is no teed on this earth that is so good lor,young aI ehleaens, old ebiekaas, or old l4is, as e sour milk. Even old, sour buttermilk I kt ob.i *s Is the bt ofhj ro1M t all bI of this must have some meal and judg meat added to it. No gapes, no cholera t mnang chickens that are fed on sour a milk and kept free from lice. His fed to ip fresh ground cornmeal, ot shorts w-t with elabbered milk, some - & & oiqisn4'hdle pheat fed ac- o cording to the age o" chickens. Raising chickens is soething lite snmking~ cheese. Ther* b atiLa anti a hiew I e step from the egb tothe hul.grown ch en. Experisma,, with the right w Liad of pmersemce, will raise chickens sadhlkdagood care of old fowls. oar mill, thikeed with orts and mealt fed every morning, and some kind oe whole grain at nigot, is his best food ft Wgg is oEupr thathele liI asnp f tmealand shorts, t . 4rn whole wheat con OOd variety of food, a even with the sour milk left out, and for i very small chicks we would so leave it. For oldir fowls old milk is first class. New milk won't hurt them. ft o omba• m caa. ; Thet: thoughtearie M lae o report of a reeqpt meeting of New Ena p1 scribe one rinle for all orchards is like afor sa1Ada.8. is asrdo the natue and 6i f i s trees if he desires the best resumlts to and ar ui fruit for storing and keep irimpsitempe tFire "rbet topdressin1 or the ,pujlis wogd ashls and- bone. Stabfe fire seems to pmromote growth rather than fruit bear A r; t bem 1qd d t hr uriant bur t healthy growth. It is fuly l p ptieokl , t e nt'm er. n is . A MAN S331@EMU at aA Hart Drinker for 'Ary years Ab stalm by Woree of Will. Naby is9 refrmned, There is no ongrthehssadowieit aoubt about it'. He was in Detroit the other day, and of wUs met by a former 'bllow-drunkard, u[ who eSpe sdsuazemept at the revo Ig lution'that abstinence has wrought in the renowned humorist. D| "I know it is almost incredible," said n Nasby, "but it is a fact that I have not r- tasted alcohol in any form for eighteen e months. I'm omspletely refqaned." ir "Obviously," was thq reply. ts "Oh! Ah! Ofcourse. You refer to- l to-well, to this noce !" t e "Precisely. But I don't want to seem t & to be offensively personal." t 'Don't apnlogis. I can afford to talk L about it, because I'm ahead." r "Well, then, how did you bleach it?" "By letting whisky alone. Wllen I was in London some time ago, I met an American physician there who said to p me one (lday: 'Locke, I can blenach that r nose of yours in three days. seen ex perimenting with certain chemikal. for twenty years. No humblg; honeor bright. I can do the work. Haven't made my discovery public yet, but I'll t give you a practical demonstration of its efficacy.' f "With that he came at me with a bot tle of something or another and a cam el's hair brush, and proceeded to paint the red out. I wouldn't seubmit to his :ianipulations, but inasmuch as he is an eminent authority on diseases of the skin, I have no doubt tha' he can really restore a rummy nose as he claims. Name is Sherman, and I suppose he is still in London. "How did 1 happen to stop drinking? Businese! About the time I stopped my business manager came to me one day and told me that 20 per cent. of the subscriptions of my weekly paper were to expire in. a week, and that it was nec- th essary for me to jump into the breach ,w and prevent a permanent dropping out. I appreciated the seriousness of the sit- a nation, and swore that I would go to fe work in earnest. He said he must have ai two or three serial siories, and toe best of Nasby letters that I could write, besides a a lot of othel plunder. "I had been a hard drinker for thirty al years, and had lost my powers of intel lectual and physical recuperation. Ini "Up to about 40 years of age I had been able to go to bed religiously drunk frn every night and attend to business with reasonable industry every day. When by the crisis came of which I speak I was tei swallowing more than forty drinks-I to estimate the quantity in gross at two galbs n-of raw whisky every twenty- I four hours. 7 "I couldn't work. Application was out of the question. I would lie in bed until 11 o'clock in the morning, and on awakening used to contemp'ate my boots Ba half an hour at a time with not enough th energy to pull them on. Habitually ex drank five or six whiskies before break fat and then at breakfast would take another nip, with a couple of soft boiled ov egg--no appetite or ambition. When I sol tried ti write I couldn't make it go- wa tain sluggish, body emfeebled, and to final destruction nearat had. "Well, sir, I swore to get out the work thu that was demanded of we, but I'd keen fi putting it off, nevertheless, helpless and fac -no, not hopeless. The last day came lin around and still I had not produced a line. Then I fully realized what a mis- sto erable victim I was. One morning while I lay in bed, staring as usual at my Val boots, I suddenly resolved that I would never drink another drop of alcohol. I dressed, went down to the office, told the bumness manager that I was asham-n d of the manner in which I had failed sn to respond to his necessities and added tthat he probably wouldnot see me in th e offlcd again for three days. Didn't i say a word to him about my resolution on the whaisky qestion. yl .:All that day I smoked incesantly, sending mosts of ale time on the docks mI walking bareheaded with my face th against the brase. The weather was warm, and I was full of fever; but I held i oat and at 11 o'clock wentto bed. Next morning to my great serprise I was able to eat a small piece of porterhouse steak-hadn't touched it at breakfast before in twenty years. That was a hopefial incident. At noon I ate a fair ti luich. This was better. At night, I stowedaway a well man's dinner. That o was best of all; fbr when a drunken man can eat you may concude that he is nos I lout. Inthreedays coffee beganto taste good and solid food had a flfavor that was delicioua My _reoery was quick." "Did yeor craving forliqor l continue co for somentime?" "I think not. Itwasamoralas well asa phsi ovesteninin in my case. That s, the better odition to which I cadome so soonwas a case of more an pleaure and exhilaration to me than quantity of alcohol could make l r t t'Ir .ds ve g to.drink "Posibly I do. At lestand at most, along about 4 o'cleek h tre maternoon I a feel a deep deopr io t 'want of eat a nip so muchas because I am tired with work. The naturu imp e then is to stimulate, but I be)t it down without bel great effort, and T5i'rlttte while it "I am absolately eartain that ifll were to take one drink I shueld take forty. Alcohol lnams through my veins like wo quicksilver. "No, I dou't believe I shall ever re- c sume. I inherited a cast-iron conita-lte ata-oeght tolioa 10 yearn in ah, hut I threw away thirty year by dladp- by lion. ad so I bal- live to be only O "Faun? Well,no. Can't say that a oher mau s amuaeh ofthe sort of 'tn' etthedinake bast and it may be doubted whether masy fomed drunk- t ards ever enjoy g re physical existence after reformation with the same a ager sest they knew in more convivial days. Why, when I used to go over to Chase's and get in four or flvedriams I owned all that side of the street. On tea dr:nks I had quite a comfhrtable balance of ready money in bank. At the twenty stage of my drinks I owned the whole city of Toledo. Haven't been t very weali) lately from m point of view. "I want to add tp mis my conviction that 'rum' is a disease, ot a vice. De troit Free .Pre. THE ENVY --- SEX. Mrs. Corwalls-W.st,. Rival of Lttile Mrs. Cornwallis-West the lady who dimmed the lustre of the y Lily, there- ] by winning the Lily's ion. 1 "Sheis ahorrlltl ." descrlbws - f If a the feelings of Mrs. Langtry for Mrs. Corn. wallis-West. y Both ladies are beautiful, and both were admired by that connoisseur of beauty, the 0 Prince of Wales. The ladies represent dif ferent types of feminine excellence of form and feature. s< Mrs. Cornwallis-West is the young wife C of a retired offlicer of the Grenadier Guards, a cousin of Minister Sackville-West. She d; is a little above the medium height and car- d ries her figure with native grace. She ls of a nervous temperament, and darts flashes of P pleasantry from her bewitching eyes, fol lowed by a quickness of movement which intensifies her mastery over the masculine w sex. She is not slendor and willowy. Her frame is rather large, and althoughthereis u] nothing masculine about has she would be m termed "handsome," the quality of beauty by which men are described. The beauty came to this country last Win- o ter and visited the West family in Washing ton. m IN THIRIE STATES AT ONCE to The Curteia EIt of Ne-Ma.'s Laud ear Newark, Delaware. The Maryland line is aJout two miles south of Newark, and the tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio extension run across the sharp angle of Penhasylvania, which extends down between Delaware and d( Maryland, at the point where it is five feet wide. After the first train stopped over the Maryland line most of the per sons on board alightedand picked their way 250 feet through the mud and water to the point in the woods where the three States meet, The spot is indicated first by a logetonte just a'bov *heeaur- " face which marks Mason and Dixon's line. Beside it is planted a triangular ye stone. with the initials of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania cut on the y3 various sides. On the west side is the Yi following inscription: "Erected by H. pr ( S. Key, Md.; J. P. Eyre, Pa.; G.R th idule. Del., Commissioners. 1849." Some of the visitors mounted the stone th in order to Eay that tLey seat in three fr States at one time, others placed their an thumbs on the apex of the stone in order flu to say that they had their thumhs in the vo three States at one time, while Athers G still rtaod in the narrow strip of Penn- " mylvaniapd exttended one hand inta P Marylaand and the other into Delaware. io The stone is about three feet high and b the three sides each about fourteen el inches wide. It is caled a prismatic a'I stone. Baltimore Sun. s an The very nearest approach to domes- Le Cic bappiness on earth is in the cultiva- lic tion on both sides of absolute unselfish -. ha Never both be angry at oice. m Never taunt with a past mistake. fei Never meet without a loving wel- b wome. W loNever folpl the happy s iourp ony tb Never let the sun go down upon any of unger or grievance. as Nglect the whole world besides rath rr than one another. ye SNever talk at one another, either a alone or in companr.y. ti Never speak loud to one another- aolems the house is on fire. Let erch one strive to yield the bften- be eat to the wishes of the other. ol Never sigh over whatmighthavebeen, u but make the best of what is. Never make a remark at the expense as ofeush other; it is a meanness. st Never part for a day without loving words to think of during absence. Never find fault unless it i" perfectly certain that a fault has been commit- bi ted, and always speak lovingly. Neverlet an fault you have commit-e ted go by untf von have frankly on- ci fuemed it and asked foargivenem. le In France ladies pay 250,000 francs for ye their trousneu. cc PENCR-RAILS PHILOSOPHY. A Lecture on the Bert Way of Keeping the Boys at Home. f Good morning, neighbor Jotnes. Any. thing gone wronu? You look aQ dismal asa tombstone. What! Your two old est boys run off? That is a calamity, neighbor Jones, and I'm sony for you, sorry for them, and sorry for those traits of human na tare that wakes such misfortune possible. Am I surprise'l, do you say? Well. yes; I am surprised. I'n:m surprised they didn't run away 1ng ago, and I see that you are very much surprised that I should take such a view of the case. But now let me explain, and I'll do it in my plain blunt way, for I'm no hand at smoothing down tuaged facts. Your boys have run away from home, and you think they Iad nocausC for an act which, to you, se.emns like base ingratitude. But 1 don't look at it in that lig'-t. Your boys left home because they were starved! Yes; tire up and get mad about it if you want to! Take that hand spike and knock me off this fen,.e if you feel th:it it will relieve you ; but that won't. ake 'acts any less facts. I will admit that you gave your boys sufficient food for their slomachs, enough clothing for their Io lica, and comfortable beds to lie in. You did the same for ytur hogs and yu, cattle. But, neighbor Jones, you never srtplnld to con-ider that your boys were rational beiugs with higher wants than t,he brutes exhibit, and so 1 say tlat in the highest and noblest sene they %ere starved, and they ran away to sati-fy those mental cravings wlhich stood no chaUce of beirn satisfied at home. Poor fellows, how I have pitied theml From morning till night, week to week, and month to month, throughout the year, they kne v nothing but work, work, work. You provided them with no oooek; you took no papers for them. Xet even a p'"i picture adorns the wails of year house. You atlorded your boys no pleasure, unless it was to go to the fair once a year and possibly allow the'n one visit to the circus. You Ipermitted no social gatherings at your hous-e, and Christmas, New Year's, 'Thanksgivin dlay and birthday anniversaries were no different from other days. So I say your poor boys were starved, were ill treated and were denied the comforts of life to which they were entitled. Yes, yes, I know, you wanted to bring up your children with the notion ham- I mered intothear minds that life is a very serious affair, and that the principal object in living and working is to save a money. It is well enough to be frugal and indust.ious, but this can he carried to extremes like any other gool thing. s What is the use o; money anyway, but I for the comforts and enjoyments you can c buy with it? And when is a better time t for enjoyments than in youth? Of cofrse a you tell your boys that all the wealth I you are hoarding will eventually go to I them; but that is poor comfort. One y dollar now will buy them more real en- t joyment than fifty dollars will twenty years from now. c Now, neighbor Jones, you are not a r bad man at heart. So far as honesty goes, youstand well in the community. ti You pay your bills and you neither rob s not cheat your neighbors; but your con- S stant grind, grind, grind, has wdrn away your better nature and has substituted n an artificial one. lHow can you change your life now, do you ask? Easy enough. te You are a man of strong resolution and s1 prompt action. Just resolve to make tl thq most of the present. Never mind the futurc. Turn your attention awhile from your fields and cattle to your home h and your family. Put crpets on your a floors where they are need~1, teper your walls and adorn them with pictures. Get a book case and fill it with choice works. Subscribe for several sood pa pers. Get your daughters an organ, and invite the boys and the girlsof the neigh borhood to come in and enjoy them selves. G:ve your boys a reasonable a'lowance of spending money, and don't ask them to render an account of every nickel. Give them an interest in the farm. Buy improved farm machinery, and let them use it. Give them land and stock and let it b, sacredly theirs. Let thens feel that theirbhome is a repub lie, not a monarchy. Do all these thling h and if at the end of the year you don't tl come to me and say that'it has been the happiest twelve monthsyou have had in many a year, why Ill agree to eat this fence rail to the last splinter. Too late, now, do you say, because the boys have left you? Not too fast. Would you agree to reform your life in the manner I have pointedout if the bays could be brought home? You would. Very well, then, you are a man I of strict integrity. Yoerr word i as good asyor bond. You have entered into a solemn contract, and I shall see that you live up to it. About the boys-well, you needn't worry about them. They are over at tny house having a good d time with my youngsters. You see, last night, when I was sitting on this very fence, meditating over things in ,eaeral, who should come alongu but your two boys with bundles in hand leaving their old home behind them. Well,Icouldn't see them going out into the worl4d with out giving them a little advice. So 1 talked to them in my plain, blunt way, o and the end of it was, they aqmue to stop at my house for aday orso and give the matter a little thought. Good fel Iows, those boys are, and they'll make solendid men; but they couldn't stand if to be treated like cattle, and who can blame them? Why, certainly, neighbor Jones, I'll shake hands with you and I honor those I tears that are striesming down youar cheeks, for they show that your better l nature is coming to the surface. Now . let me suggestthat, next Sunday when you go to cdas-meeting just omit that confdmion that von are a miserable, un worthy sinner- everybody knows that don't implore the Throne of Grace to parify your heart and make vyu a new man; but just tell the Lord you have taken that contract off his hands, and intend to try to hnill up a little heaven on earth, and I tell you that when you come to join in the singing you will see as you never saw before, the sublimity of the sentiment in that beautiful melody "Nearer my God to thee!" Western Plowman. NIU'O:ITY AUGI'ST. How Illi Escapades Reached the Earms o His Wife. August Belmont is a very wealthy man and lie has enough brains to use his mon ey to make him a powerful muan, but neither his money nor his power can t give him exalted virtue or freedom from annoyanoe. Mr. Braem, the Danish consul in New York, who was also a trustee of t Trinity qhurch parish and a prominent mem her of the UTnion and other fashionable clubs, took a dislike to Mr. Belmont. This dislike 1 was founded, it is said, on jealousy, because t Augut was more successful than ir. Braem in an affair that would not tend to make I Mrs. Belmont think any more of August if she knew about it. Mr. Braem began writ ing anonymious letters to members of the Belmont family it is said. keeping them In- t formed of Mr. Blelhnont's proceediugs. For three years August bore this and then he tried to find the author of the unpleasant I epistles. The letters were in a woman's handwritinlg. Detectives visited every fe male copyist in this and other cities, and at t last theaone who wrote the letters was found. She was ishown great nu mbers of men and a was asked If they had hired her to write the s letters, but she shook her head. At last Mr. Braem was pointed out to her and she said: '"That is the man." t August Behuanat dlemanded that Mr. Braeln resign from Trinity chureh arish, C anl he resigned. The officers of the Union Club showed him a letter of rteasignation from the club, and he signed that. It is said that a if he doesn't resign from the clubs he will a be expelled. The woman is a sister of a prominent State senator fronm this city, but she was dis- ti owned by her family years ago. Mr. Braem's friends say that he was out of his head when he wrote the letters, and that he h doesn't remember anything abshout them. August's friends say that this explanation is too attenuated. What Mrs. Belmont b thinks about it isn't known, as the affair has been hushed up, and the newspape's have treated it much more tenderly thau they e would If somebody less influential had been d involved. TiE WIGlANS SCREKML e Hamphat of Hamphat Brothers Ex- e platlm That It Doeea't Work. 1 "Are you a dramatic editor?" asked av smooth-faced young man, attired in a ti plug hat, a bright green bobtail frieze k coat, and tight checked pants, and fur-f ther adorned by red scarf, yellow upper , shoes, and a four-pound watch-chain, as a he walked into the office, with a three ply frown corrugating his brow. "Are h you the man that prints them guys onto A the profession?" v "We occasionally print interesting in cidents relating to prominent artists," e replied the d. e. blandly. N "Wasn't this the paper that printed It that story about Giaunini, the opera m singer, being captured by brigands in Spaln?" P "I think I remember the instance," ba replied the critic. cc "And after they had cleaned out the tenor and his tranpe, Giannini began to d( sing something, whereupon the chief of l8 the robbers recognized the tener from or having heard him siue at Madrid, and di was so much aflected that he embrameed a him,. returned the plunder, and escorted a him safe through the country. That h was the story, sh?" ii "Yes. I thnk sjuh wore the facts,' fo aid the jumrnalist, sn p:,ing his watch. n "Well, it is all. gnff--a reular bilk," exclaimed the profes-ional anurily. L "What do you mean?" growled the i writer, reaching for the big shears. Y "'Why, just this: "R ahbers ain't got I so more appreciation for talent than Ja an.lcagrs have. They dlon't go a cent e' an art, them fellows dun't," and the ar lt tist gloomily lit one of thbe critic's cigar. th tttes. A "Don't. eh?" msaid the stae," siper. u1 "No, sir, they do'a'i; and I'll prove it.l fi bv stage name is Hamplm--yout've heard of the Hanmphat Brothers, t1 the great song-and-allanc team, haven't 'I The dramatic editor admitted that he be hadn't. W "Well.sir, my partner,'the world re-n aowned' Teddy Hamphat, waN up doing it the northern circuit last week, and the by tage he was in was stopped by road Ae _anta nearUkish. Ted bad eed that blamed Giannini item1 so he took the oao highwayman aside into the bushes th and sung him a coup~l ofrvere of Dat 51 Yeller Gal Dressed in Gree.'" us "And how did it work?" Ti "Work, sir, why the gang shot him Uo rll of holes ad chucked him into a it titch. I'm angolng up on the 5:30 train a to fetch the body home." re "That's sadl-very," sgid theeritic with ' a beaming smile. ki "~Ani it's all yor fault. I'd advites you fellows to let up deeiving the pub. ie that war. It aina't the square shake L by a deme sight. We're ,ing to give he widow a benefit, and I think vow i oighter give it a star notice as a stand off. ft The critic promised to attend to it. so so the gentleman from the Bella Uniou ab strpctedly collared the balance of thei dcarettes and drifted out. San Franmcis- u Young wife: "I am detrmined to o learn at what hoar mny husband comes I0 home at night; yet, do what I w'll, I a cannot keep awake and he is always t careful not to make a particle of noise. 1i I. there any drug that produlesm wakeful- I nes-"' Old wife:. "No need to buy a drag Sprinkle the floor with tacksq." AIfonno XII. The relations of this country with Spain are just now of a more interesting character thanl tliose existing between the United States and any other Euro pean country. A p;r,4posed reciprocity treaty between the federal government and Spain lives in the senate ready to be discucsed with the view to either its rejection or ratification by tine statesmen who constitute that budj. One effect of its being ratified would hbesecuring CuLa a reprieve hom bankruptcy and ruin, a result only second in importance, to the people of this country, to the effect which the treaty would have on their own social condition and business posi tion. In its home political life Spain is un happy, wh:eh is an element of painful interest to the many who love and ad mire that ancient land renowned in story. Unless a tucct~ful foreign policy shall save the cabinet headed by ('anovas it will soon give place to an administra tion probably of a dangrcrusly opposite character. A conservative, reactionary policy 14 now dominant, one fiercely assailed by an able antagonism which not only threatens conservatlve suprem acy, but to sweep away existing institu tions. " The young king who rules Spain is having an anxious experience. His tenure of the crown is most precarious. being dependent on the gootj will of the army, which is said to be larply influ enced by the revolutionary opinions distributed by Z: rrilla from his place of safety in a foreign country. Perhaps even worse than this to bear by a sover eign who has always manifested a tender regard for the welfare of his subjects, are the consequences of the terrible visitations of earthquakes in some of the provinces of Slain, which have killed many persons and *lherwise in flicted incalctlable lces and injury. Then, too, Allones bnmself is slowly wasting away, the victim of an incurable consumption. Enough has been maid of Spain and her sovereign to make opportune the presentation of a portrait and sketch of Alfonso XII., i wvhoae easwis ea more verified the words of Shakespeare: "'Uneasly lies the head that wears a crown. The reigning king of Spain was born Nov. 28, 1857. He is the son o Queen Isabel and the Infante Francisco. His mother's reign was succeeded by a pro visional goverament in 1868; Marshal Serrano was made regent in 1869; and Prince Amadeo, son efVictor Immanuel, became king, 1870. In 1873 Spain was constituted a republic with the cortes as the executive as well as legislative power. This was socceeded in 1874 by the presi, dency of Marshal Serrano. On Dec. 31 1874, Alfoitsm was proclaimed king, and on Jan. 9 next earning he assnmed the dignified position which he has man aged to hold ever since. Duaing the interim between his leaving Spain after his mother's abdiction of the crown and is anssum,tion of sovereiign duties, Al. ronso r( ceive I an Englishl military edu nitilon ,nt Wo'(olch, neat.London. Mthlumtik so young a man Alflnso has Lecn tielb mnarried. lia first wife was the Prnlnes .Marie-de-las Mersedes, roronaest daughter of of the Dec de Mountenler, to whom he was united Januarty Z~,lS~8' He wrslt a widow erin the saqzo year. In ijov 87ll 9 t7, ie was married, in second nouptil, to he Anltduosh Marie £,Srisn of Antriu. The offspring of the pseoud alsm, is a laughter, damed after the lrat ift. ' ,. o ssivlated- infl::ential friendshin with oruign itentat4e. His vi stto ri"ny at the ritrY fal eI 18t3, will be ream. tard by every reader, assocatet as it wa.withthe hnsdlting conduet of a mob In Pari wlichb beset him while trald g,.and veqted an unreasonable spite by hiethe Him publidly 'bbausehe had sccepted from the empesor William the isomelcy of a German regiment. Spain is not a wealthy country, bat thetntal omount of the civil Mit and allowances o to he relatives of the king is more thin two nlthon dollars a year. The constitution under whisich ehe is poverned was proclaimed Jane 30,1876. its farat article enact that Spuismili be a constitutional wonarchy, the executive resting in the king, and the power to iake the law, '"in the cortes with the king." The cortes are composed ofs senate and cogrse equal in iathority. JMinisters ar: responsiile. but the king is inviolable. Nine men conatittte the council of ministers, in whilehkader the king, the e~cutive is vested, [in unsuatlly trying iicunmlancesm frm nthu bebitming,; tftmo XII has untailtesed kiagly iuragg eoa4 sagacity. While no true Anunriclan can te in sylnpethy wilh the reactisnary cabinet under which Sin. s.Me to be again drifting toward reyolutiw,, the aownfall of Alfonso in conseqenee ofacts not his own, wouldbe generaliy reuretted in thus and uther c iputric*, but tilts is among the emnsidetable lunsib'lities of Sthe year 1S4o, should the ymog king ioesa long enough to endure the itl! force of the intriue. discontent and ad miniserative nrror whic hirsltue the spsedy extinction of his power.