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VOL. X. — NO. 21. OI'ELOUSAS, LA., SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1887. $2 A YEAR.* TOO POLITE. A Fine Old German Gentleman losses by His Zeal. u g-o-o-d morning S H & k-<M "THE RIGHT STKEET? Y-E-Ö L *3 rilE OTHER STREET .' MORNING :co-o : OOD B. B. CURIOUS SUBSCRIPTION LISTS. How They Are Applied to Sentimental and Political Uses. In Belgium .people contrive to make a great deal of use o e subscription lists. Plain Mr. So-and-so, "anonymous" and "X. Y. Z." are but rarely to be met with in a Bel fian list of donations. Their places are taken y a crowd of people who make up for the smallness of their gifts by the length and piquancy of the mottoes they use. For in "?• Belgium the custom, at all events among the U smaller bourgeois and downward, is to send subscriptions, accompanied, not by a name, but by a motto or vœu, which is usually .(printed in full, notwithstanding that it ofteii * extends to three or four lines. As a rule, the longer the motto the smaller the donation. Most of the Brussels newspapers have been receiving subscriptions for the support of the widows and children of the colliers who per ished in the terrible accident at yuaregnon a few weeks ago, and as a large number of workingmen have sent small sums the lists have been full of the odd mottoes affected by their class. Some of the vœux are amatory, some political, somegourmand ish ; while a few smack of the nursery. "In memory of Germaine's first tooth" is an ex ample of the last class. A day laborer sends a franc in the hope "that my wife may no longer abuse m° when I take a glass too much." A domestic warning seems to be indicated in "Edmund, open your eyes." No doubt, some gay Lothario understood the hint conveved in the pious hope "that C. may leave Iiis friend's wife in peace." There is something almost pathetic in the hope ex pressed, apparently by a young lady, "that I may again eat ecre visse with Henri at Na mur." Namur is famous for the delightful little ecrevisse which are the prime delicacy of the valley of the Meuse. Uncle Toby may perhaps have eaten them in the intervals of lying m the trenches with "his honor." But the amorous mottoes are by far the most numerous. "That Jeannie may again roll me a cigarette" smacks of a premier amour. "Leon swears to Marie that he will never abandon her" is quite in the approved style. "May Toinett<\ before she marries, think of her first love" seems to tell a story of the rift within the lute. Some poor fel low who seems to have fared exceptionally badly at the hands of the sex exclaims piteously, "When shall I be loved?" "That Clotilde mav return to console Oscar at Louvain" i - perhaps an adjuration to an un stable maide.-. "That Alfred may not again go down on his knees to Rose" is the wish, perhaps, of the lady herself. "That Eugenie may cease listening at the doors" is, no doubt, a delicate hint. Some few mottoes there are of a melancholy cast, as "For the health of our little Emily," "To the mem ory of our poor little Philippine," and may she rest in peace." The only motto which could be considered vindictive is "In the hope that the man who is the cause of a suicide may be punished." The political mot toes are usually violent. "That the masses may be delivered from the odi ous yoke of obscurantisme" is the hope of one subscriber. The two-centime So cialistic journals have been full of mot toes breathing destruction to kings, min isters and priests, and all established ordere of things. It would really seem that in Belgium a subscription list is regarded as a convenient substitute for the platform when violent political sentiments have to be expressed. But it is pleasant to record that a very large sum of money has been raised in this way, and that a vast amount of hope less misery has been alleviated, at all events temporarily, by the benevolence of these motto-loving people. So Easy. "O Katie, do tell me how you make that lovely shell lace insertion. Is it hard to t t1 ftk ft ?" "Oh, no ! It's easy as anything; you sim nlv cast on twelve stitches, and then knit two «over twice, narrow, over again, knit three three together, over twice purl one, knit two, slip one, purl one, knit four, nar row, knit six, knit one two over it, purl one, 11 it back, slip !, purl again, drop 'one, "knit six, and soon right through." "Is that all? Why, how easy-it is And yet there are me«. who swear that women can never remember anything— Tid-BiU. ' A Chinaman's Discovery. A Chinaman is stated to have discovered - that cast -off horse shoes make a good cutler' s steel. The wrought iron of the shoes having been constantly hammered acquires the hardness of steel. It is also supposed that the animal heat of the hoof has something to do with it. The metal is said to be good for the manufacture of knives and sword blades. t # CRANK INVENTORS. TWO GENIUSES WIIO ARE ENTI TLED TO STAND AT THE HEAD. Grand Philanthropic Schemes—Col. Pinch over's Method of Helping Dogs to Turn Corners—Michael Cahill's Plan for Pre venting the Smash-up of the World. Xo institution in the world receives so many queer letters and curious appli cations as the patent office at Wash ington. The fantastic ideas of cranks of the country fly to t like particles to a n:agnet. The applications that have been made for patents on perpetual motion machines are simply innumera ble, and any occurrence producing a strong impression upon the public miml is sure to be followed by a perfect storm of queer inventions. When President Garfield was lying upon his sick bed in the White Ilousè the cranks sent in all kinds of models of inventions for re ducing the temperature of the sick room. Applications for models of destructive torpedoes, flying machines, etc., are of daily occurrence, but the palm for gro tesque inventions is awarded by the much-enduring officials to Mr. Michael Cahill and Morris Pinchover, Esq. Both of these gentlemen are well known at Washington, and it must be said of them that their inventions are thoroughly philanthropic in their con ception. Mr. Pinchover has noticed with deep concern the difficulties which he thinks beset dogs when they turn corners, hence he has invented a device for adjustable dog's tails. The colonel's title is of unknown derivation, but as titles are very cheap in this country, nobody begrudges him his colonelcy. He is short and wirv, his hair is worn long like the typical cowboy or an Indian herb doctor, and he generally wears a slouch hat a la militaire. He carries with him a cylindrical tin case, which contains maps and diagrams of his great invention. Here is the description given of it in his application for a patent which was ac companied by* this diagram : mm V. Fiy.S J3 «SP A—Dog. B—Adjustable tail. specification. To all whom it may concern : Be it known that I, Maurice Pinchover, late colonel U. S. A., and an acclimated citizen of the U. S., residing at St. Elizabeth, in the county of Washington and State of Columbia, have invented certain new and useful im provements in "Detachable dogtails/' if y invention has relation to im provements in artificial tails for dogs and other animals, and the novelty consists in providing a detachable tail for "dogs and th * like, whereby the gravity of the tail may 11 overcome, so as to facilitate the rapid and Afe momentum of the animal in turning abrupt corners and other angles, such as somersaults, &c., without injury to the dog or his tail. In the case of dogs and other animals born or deprived of their tails, it is a well-known fact that when once started in a given direc tion, after a certain momentum is acquired, it is impossible for the dog to change his direction, and consequently, when he arrives at a corner which he desires to round, in stead of turning it he flies off at a tangent and goes by By my device these objections are over come, and when the gravity tail (a hollow conical tin tube) is adjusted to the dog, and he arrives at a corner which he desires to turn, say to the right, the tail automatically swings to the left, and the hind legs of the dog acting as a pixot, the head and body of the dog is thrown around to the right, and he is then enabled to pursue the new direc tion. The same effect is produced should the dog wish to change his direction at any point. In testimonv whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses: Sergeant Mason, i Maurice Pinchover. Geo. Francis Train. \ Patsy Bolivar, N. P. & N. G. The names of the witnesses are both in th« handwriting of Pinchover, and the name ol the justice is written evidently by some waggish friend of the colonel. Mr. Cahill's invention is far more com prehensive. His idea is that the accumu lation of ice at the poles of the earth will in course of time produce a disruption at the equator, and a general smash of all earthly affairs, compared to which a terrible earthquake would be a mere zephvr. Mr. Cahill, who is a tall, raw boned man with ecru hair and mustache, illustrates the catastrophe by taking his well-worn hat between his ample hands and compressing it like a concertina. Mr. Cahill states his theory as follows: Too much rain has been allowed to accu mulate around the poles of the earth, being conveyed there by the atmospheric and elec tric currents. There it forms into vast moun tains of ice, which, exerting hydrostatic and hydraulic forces, is gradually crushing m the sarth '3 crust. If this crushing in takes place, the globe may be exploded like a bombshell, some of its solid constituents being driven among the meteors, which are the debris of other planets (with all their in habitants), destroyed in similar manner, like causes producing like effects. The ac cumulation of ice around the poles, and its annual meeting to some extent and repumg, causes the gyratory motion of the earth, which has produced the recession of the,equi nox and lengthened the year. JThe inventor's scheme to avoid this dread catastrophe, is to devise means for obtiining an,artificial rainfall uponthat area of the earth's surface which is lo cated between the two pole belts of the globe, thereby preventing the great rains at the poles," which are, as the theorist claims, mainly instrumental in accumu lating the enormous mountains of ice in those frigid regions. Mr. Cahill has had some difficulty in getting a patent lawyer to frame his specifications, but by the operation of some law of sympathy in due time he made the acquaintance of Colonel Pinch over, who made out his specifications for him and prepared the accompanying dia grams. One device is as follows: He directs that large captive balloons, armed with steel points and big reflectors of light, heat and sound, be sent up at convenient places all over the earth's surface. "High above the moisture zone of the atmos Fig 2 (C phere," savs the inventor, "the particles of vapor freeze and become ice vessicles, or spirula, and are propelled by electric and wind currents to the poles." Strong currents of electricity are sent up to the balloon and complete electric communi cation established between the earth and the higher strata of the air. The steel points on the balloon becoming electri fied, attract the vessicles of vapor, described above, "impinge them," to use Cahill's language, and precipitate them below the moisture belt, where they melt and fall to the earth as rain,. To assist this, the reflectors of heat, &c., play an important part. Another scheme is to have tall towers of iron of telescopic construction erected upon high eminences. Inside of these towers tremendous currents of warm air and steam are injected upward to the atmospheric zones of ice, thereby sub serving the melting of "ice spicula," as described above. The inventor's third scheme consists of immense burning glasses placed on the surface of the earth of such magni tude that the sun's rays will pierce through cloudland aud focus in that mys terious region that floats around the globe, melting the ice spicula and pro ducing rain. Cahill was thwarted in his philanthropic designs, a§ he was refused a patent, but he still feels the proud consciousness that if the earth goes to smash it will not be his fault. HOW JONES JL.OST HIS HEAD. A Weird Story of the Dangers of Hunting Life in Australia. So you think our friend Jones is a little off his head, do you? Well, I can assure some of you young fellows you would be still more off yours had you"been sat upon in the way our poor Jones was, and that to my certain knowledge. You would like to hear how it happened? Well, I don't mind telling you. It may serve as a warning as to how to drink, what you drink and where you drink. A long j iroface to a story is a bore. I simply wish to bfc*in mine with the remark that i) | is a very short one, a very sad and altogether a true one, and I expect you to believe '.t as such. Well, Jones and I, when stationed at the Cape, took leave for some three months for a snooting trip up country. It was nearly the last day of our leave "and we were bent on making the most of it, and by four o'clock in the afternoon we had had a pretty hard and successful day. We had been shooting under a broiling sun, and I was getting con siderablv tired, so I suggested a rest under some jolly mimosa bushes we had lit upon. "All right," said Jones. "Smoke your pipe, old fellow. I'll just take a look round these bushes and join you in no time." Jones was a more energetic and a stronger fellow than I was, so off he went, leaving me smoking my pipe. I believe before thepipe was half out I fell asleep. Any way, wnen I did awake, I found by the sun I had slept some considerable time, and wondered very much at not seeing Jones somewhere near. I picked up my gun, thinking to myself, "Oh. I shall find him asleep close by, or hear his gun if he is still at it." I hadn't walked 5O0 yards before I saw a sight that made my blood run cold, and struck me with the utmost horror and affright. I saw the legs and shoulders of my friend Jones, but at the place where his head should be, as true as my name is Bill Sykes, there sat a huge ostrich. I was completely taken aback. I had heard of the digestion of the ostrich. I felt not the least doubt that Jones' head was at that moment being di gested b> that brute. Full of rage I sprang forward, and with the butt end of my gun I knocked the huge creature some dozen yards to the side, and then turning to look àt the mangled corpse of my friend, picture my wonderment and delight to behold him lying there, his head not only on his shoul ders, but looking all the world over like a little infant in its mother's arms, peace fully asleep. I shook him. I called to him, and with the greatest diffi culty I roused him up sufficiently to make him sit up and speak to me. From what he said and from my own observation this is what had taken place. After leaving me he had walked about a bit and found nothing. All at once he discovered lying snugly in the sand and close to a bush three or four ostrich eggs. Feeling tired and very thirsty he dropped his gun, ran to the nest, and skillfully puncturing a hole in one of the eggs, he lay quietly down and proceeded to suck up the contents (it was newly laid). Unnoticed by him a large female ostrich walked slowly and majestically from the other side of the bush, and he being equally unnoticed by her, she proceeded to seat herself calmly on her nest, no doubt with a view to assist in the hatching of these same eggs (an unusual attention on the part of these birds), or perhaps the laying another. But imagine poor Jones' horror! He knew the fierce nature of the monster, and its great strength. He dare not move. He tried to think what he should do—what best—and so wondering and thinking his mind began to wander. He seemed to lose bis head. He thought he fell asleep. I know not about'that. All I do know is, you need not wonder that Jones is an old fellow, for when* arousêd him up fpom under that ostrich his brain was addled, and has been ever si ! ce. — Melbourne Advertiser. THE CARICATURISTS. : | j ! j j j SKETCHES OF THE MEN WHO MAKE THE FUNN Y PICTURES. An Art That Has Come Down to Us From Antiquity—How Cartoons are Made—Ar tists, of Celebrity in This Line—Jos. Kep pler, llernhard Gillam and C. J. Taylor. Caricature is an art that can be traced back until it is lost in antiquity. Upon circumstantial evidence it is safe, I think, to say that it was coeval with the first appearance of man on this earth ; for, as an appreciation of the ludicrous side of life is inherent in a person, so, also, is the faculty of portraying it in some way or other. When the walls of Pom peii were unearthed forty years ago col ored frescoes of ludicrous ligures, ani mals. etc., were found, and among the Chinese are still extant comic figures known to be over 1,000 years old. Indeed, among sculptures of the Egyptians of 4,000 years ago are some of the most humorous con ceptions and caricatures. But caricature as a power never reached its height until the last, quarter of a century, when its influence grew so great that, as you know, Bismarck forbids the sale of several humorous papers in Germany (the London Punch among others) for fear of the popular effect of some caricatures of himself; and it is a matter of recent history that Mr. Blaine threatened to sue Puck during the campaign of 1884 for publishing Gillam's "Tattooed Man" cartoon. Boss Tweed is said to have offered to pay $100.000 if the Harpers would discontinue their attacks upon him. "I don't mind the newspaper editorials," said he, "but d—n those pictures! The poor man does not read papers much, but every body can understand those cartoons." - The present style of cartooning in color was originated in France, and first appeared in this country in San Francisco. A paper was published there called The W>/sp, which was printed in black with one tint ; it is now printed in colors. Mr. Keppler started the German Puck in St. Louis,in 1870, which came to an untimely death within a few months. In 1876 he revived it in New York, and soon afterward Judge was published. The Eng lish Puck was started in March, 1877. There have been a host of colored cartoon papers started in America in the last twenty years, but these two are the only ones that have secured a permanent footing. Among those which are now onlv a memory may be men tioned Wild Oats, Fifth Avenue, I'hunny 1'hel lew, Yankee Sotions, J1rs. Grundy, Va nit y Fair, Rambler and Punchinello as printing black and white pictures, and Whip, .Jingo, Chic, Freaks. Sam, Straws, Laterne and one oi two others which published colored cartoons. It may be of interest to some readers t( know how cartoons are produced. In tin first place, after finding his subject, the artist proceeds to make his composition roughly upon paper, after which it is drawn upon a very fine grained stone, made especially for lithographic work. It requires at least t\v< days to produce a double-page cartoon and the smaller pictures in proportion; the col oring takes another day. From this it can be seen that the cartoonist must be a very industrious worker, for a day is set apart f< >r each branch of his business, and the cartoons are thus ground out with the regularity ol clockwork. joseph keppler. Joseph Keppler, the great cartoonist who is inseparably associated with the growth of caricature in America, was born in Vienna about fifty-years ago. His father was a fancy baker. and the fostered a love of art from orna m e n 11 n wedding and and birthdav cakes with and quaint de curious signs then made copies of fine c o s t il m e dates, which plates, he offered for sale, and sub s e q u e n 1 1 y drew for the comic German papers. Finding this did not pay, he joined a dramatic troupe and assumed * at will the role of trage dian and comedian. The company foun dered, and he became a prestidigitateur, doing the accomplice and assistant act. About 1869, feeling that the country was too small for him, he came to America, settling in St. Louis. There he began to work in earnest. Most of his time was spent in mak ing designs for lithographers, but he was too ambitious for that work and induced some friends to aid him in establishing the German Puck. St. Louis was a poor city for such a papef, and the venture lived only a few months. Thwarted, but not discouraged, Keppler came to New York in 1872. His genius was at once recognized, and he and Matt Morgan drew cartoons on Leslie's in opposition to Nast on J [neper's. He re mained with Leslie until 1876, when, in com pany with A. Schwartzmann, he revived the German Puck, the English edition of which appeared the following March. Keppler was not mistaken, and the paper was an assured success almost from the start. He has always been quick in appreciating young genius, and there was never anything in the country too good or too expensive.for Puck, which has been a father to the whole younger generation of cartoonists and a fortune to its owners. Personally, Mr. Keppler impresses one as a dashing, brilliant man. He is five feet ten inches in height, of military bearing, with large mustache and goatee. Great masses of hair seem to float on the top of his head. His temperament is quick and nervous, but his disposition is very genial. His home is in Inwood-on-the-Hnelson, where he has a beautiful house, surrounded with all the comforts that success and the fulfillment of long-deferred f hopes can afford. bernhard gillam. Bernhard Gillam, a prince of cartoonists, was born in Bambury, Oxford, England, October 28, 1856, and is still a young man, considering the reputation he has won. He came to New York fifteen., years ago and entered a lawyer's office, but following the natural bent of his mind he covered more foolscap pages with character sketches than with legal notes, and after a couple of years the lawyer found that he could dispense with young Gillam's services. Mr. Gillam conceived ttie idea that tie could draw car toons. He spent four days on a draw ing for / Wild Oats, and "was rewarded by receiving the munificent sum of $1 for the idea, the drawing being declined. This experience lessened nis enthusiasm, and for the next six years he became a sort of artistic tramp, being by turns an engraver, portrait painter and designer for show cards, etc. In 1879 he accepted an en gagement as cartoonist on Frank Leslie's Weekly. Mr. Leslie dying soon afterward, and the policy of the paper being changed, Mr. Gillam went upon the Graphic, for which paper he drew for some time. Dur ing the Garfield-Hancock campaign he was upon the staff of Harper's Weekly, drawing in conjunction with Nast. In 1881 the owners of Puck sent for Mr. Gillam and engaged him at a high salary. Preceding the cam paign of 1884 he invented the "Tattooed Man" which created such a sensation at the time. In January, 1886, he, in company ' =■■ \. r with W. J. Arkell, took hold of The Judge, convinced that there was ample room for two papers of the kind. The policy of The Judge being straightout Republican, and Puck having a Democratic leaning, the con flict between these two journals is very inter esting. Mr. Gillam comes of an artistic stock. His father was an artist, and three out of his father's four sons have followed in .his foot steps. Personally, Mr. Gillam is very at tractive. His manners are excellent an'd his voice is low and musical. He is five feet and a half inches in height; has a wealth of black hair, which he combs in the Pompa dour style, and a fine brown mustache. Put a frock coat on him and he would be easily taken for a minister. True to the instincts of a Bohemian, he has remained a bachelor. So much has been written about Gillam as an artist and his work is so generally well known that there is little left to be said. He and Keppler are so much in advance of their contemporaries that I can't think of one who is deserving to be ranked even second to them. Perhaps Keppler is more original, easy and natural, and even Opper may pos sess more real fun ; but Gillam excels them all in strength, execution and color. He is the Titian of the cartoonists, and his warm, sunny nature is always to be found wrapped up in his best work. « 35f - up c j. taylor. C. J. Taylor, who has been doing so much work on Puck during the past year, was born in New York city August 11, 1851. Ir 1869 he went to Harper's as an apprentice. At the end of nine months the firm, of .vnich Fletcher Harper was at that tiilic the euiding spirit, wished to make a contract with him for three years. Before Mr. Taylor went to Harper's lie took lesson s from Emanuel L e u t z e, who painted'Wasli lngton crossing the Delaware.' He was admit ted to the Ac ademy of De sign in the fall ofl 869. After studying there a b o u t three years, he be g;an to paint figures in still life, which he tried to sell at auction, but found that sort of life precarious. While engaged in Iiis Bohemian work he took lessons fr.>m Eastman Johnson, the painter oi "The Old Kentucky Home." At that time, Mr. Taylor says, he was too poor to pursue his art education ; but, having a studio in the University building, where Mr. Johnson was estab lished, the latter kindly took an inter est in him and instructed him in colors and painting, as well as criticising his work. During this period Mr. Taylor painted hundreds of landscape pictures in oil, which he sold to dealers and at auction. When the Graphic was established in 1873 he joined its staff and began to draw cartoons and do general work. His first cartoon was a picture of a paper build ing, with small outline pictures, explanatory of the subject, and figures of the directors of the Industrial Exhibition scheme throwing dust in the people's eyes. He thought car tooning would be an immense success, and deemed it a good plan to acquire a store of varied knowledge and to discipline his mind; so, in 1873, he entered Columbia Law School. During the first year he continued to draw for the Graphic ; but as the strain was too severe and he wished to obtain a degree, he resigned from that paper and devoted the whole of 1871 to the study of law. He re ceived his diploma in May, 1874, and, at the first alumni meeting, a few weeks later, he was elected secretary. Wm. Walter Phelps was chosen alumni orator at the same time. Mr. Taylor had as classmates at Columbia Law School Robert Bay Hamilton, a mem ber of the New York Assembly for three terms; Hugh Reily, now district attorney of Albany, N. Y. ; \\ m. C. Gulliver, one of'the directors of the new Madison-square Garden scheme, and a brother of Theodore Roose velt, the latter being then in the junior class, as was also Wm. Waldorf Astor, ex minister to Italy. After leaving the law school Mr. Taylor formed a legal firm, in company with "Edward Nicoll and Adam E. Schatz; but he withdrew after six months and returned to the Graphic, where he re mained until 1882, when he took a studio and did general work, which he exhib ited at the exhibitions. After leaving the Graphic Mr. Taylor was elected a member of the Salmagundi Club and American Black and White Society. He continued to work for himself until April, 1886, when he joined thé staff of Puck. Last summer, in comp my with Julian Ralph, he "did" the fashion tble seaside resorts for the Sunday Sun. The ull j>age accounts were very exhaustive, and t iree days were devoted to e'ach place. Whil< the sketches were rough and hurriedly executed, Mr. Taylor savs thev were true to fife. In ap pearance Taylor is the beau-ideal of an artist. He is six feet in height; has a large head and a very long one, which is covered with bushy hair, slightly tinged with gray. His nose is large and rather pointed, and he wars a medium mustache and side-wliisu.ers. jle married and has two children. His i- j »-. in East Orange, N. J., where he has resided in his own house for five years. He is a steady worker, and even works five mgnts out of the seven. AMONG THE CHURCHES. Facts and Opinions on Matters of Inter est in the Keligious World. A most interesting development of the principle of evangelical union in missionarj labor has been successfully in operation for ten years in Japan. In June, 187", the missionary agents of three churches resolved to enter heartily into an united effort in their mission work, so as to secure the organization of all ex isting native churches under their respective care into one body. The three churches in question were the Reformed (Dutch) Church of America, the Presbyterian (North) Church of America, and the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Two others have since joined in the movement — namely, the Presbyterian Church (South) ot America, and the Reformed (German) Church or the United States. There is thus, at present, a fivefold representation in the Union Chu ret of Christ in Japan, which is the name given to the combined organization that has thus been brought into being. ' The revision of the Westminster con fession is contemplated by some of the leaders of the Free Church of Scotland, and the ppin ions expressed by some of the most thought ful of the Presbyterian ministers are interest ing. Professor Blaikie asserts his belief in the necessity of a definite creed in a church. But while assenting to the confession, he is none the less persuaded that it is too long, too elab orate and too minute to be imposed absolutely, in its every article and clause, on all ministers, and that some relaxation ought to be allowed. He would abridge the document and modify the existing formula of assent. While main taining the necessity of creeds for a church, he "must own, however, that the Scriptural authority for creeds is extremely small, if it exists at all." I)r. Marcus Dods seems to think that mere revision would excite much ecclesi astical strife, and effect very little good. Now that the results of the past year are becoming apparent in the year books of the several denominations, it is seen that the gains of the various Protestant Chuches of this country aggregate for the past year over half a million members. The largest gains are in the two branches of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the "North" and "South," which ag gregate 175.000. The Baptists come next in or der, with an increase of 160,000 members. Fol lowing are the Lutherans, with an increase of 37,626, and then the Presbyterians with 27,326, and the Episcopalians, who report an increase of 19,541. The other denominations add largely to these numbers. The old gibe to the effect that it takes a dollar to get a dime to the heathen does not have facts to back it. In the administration of the Methodist Missionary Society out of every 8100 contributed §95 goes to the missions direct ; ?2 74 to "incidental expenses"—that is, interest and annuities, expenses of bishops in visiting missions, insurance, exchange, etc.; £1 35 to "office expenses"—that is, salaries, trav eling expenses, stationery, etc., after deduct ing amounts received from rental of mission building; ninety-one cents to disseminating missionary information. An enormous official-looking document has arrived in England from Siberia, in which a number of convicts expressed, in touching words, their gratitude for th«J!yamphlets and portions of Scripture which the British Tract Society had sent out to thenj- At the foot of the neatly written letter a long string of the names of the convicts appeared. Some were written in a firm, clear hand, many more faintly and illegibly, while not a few of the con demned men had put the mark of the illiterate, which seems to be a X all the world over. The Rev. H. U. Weitbrecht, C. M. S. missionary at Batala, has issued a pamphlet on "Infidel Literature in India." It is stated that a native publishing firm in Lahore is dis seminating translations in different languages of new European infidel publications from Central India to the Afghan border, 'to some extent this propaganda of unbelief and ag nosticism has influenced Europeans; but its chief influence has been among natives, both the English-speaking class and those who un derstand the vernacular only. The work of the American Bible So ciety the past year has been large. According to the annual report, the cash receipts were $493,358, and the expenditures were #554,490. During the year 1,675 ,897 copies of the Scrip tures were printed and purchased. The aggre gate circulation in foreign lands was 521,356 copies. In seventy-one years the society has issued 48,324,916 copies, which have "been dis tributed in all parts of the world. Christian work is moving forward in the Hermit nation. A Bible committee, for the translation of the Bible, has been formed by the missionaries at Seoul. Several Coreans have been baptized and others are studying the Word. This, at present, is done in a private way, because of the existing laws against the introduction of Chris tiani ty The Christian Advocate, the official Methodist Church paper, publishes a document of John Wesley, in which he says :.;"I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, spiritual, rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of Eng land." The women of the Presbyterian Church in this country are said to have raised in the past sixteen years $2.150.000 for missions. Couldn't Have Been His Wife. ."Has my wife been here?" asked a nervous man of a clerk in a Harlèm dry goods store. * "Tall woman ?" "Yes." "Red hair?" "Yes." "Cross-eyed?" "Yes." "Bonnet on sideways?" "Yes." Bought ten yards of silk dress goods and paid cash for it ?" "Did that woman do this ?" "Yes." * "Well, I don't think it CQuldbe Maria " and out he went.— Tid-Bits. Women In India. The Bombay Gazette has broken the ice by employing sixteen Anglo-Indian girls as •mpositors and a woman as proof-reader.