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and "ness;" the to "ge"; the y's to as 1. ing TIIE GRENADA GAZETTE. LADD M I IVNK, Edltorl »ntl Slaiaxm GRENADA. MIS3 A LAMENT. is m«\ and woe is me! to tel! tho tale I'm tolling now! And to relate the bitter grief that's come to me in spelling, now! fm neither idle, nor a dunce. I take to study readily; I see through Algebra at steadily; Geography, and History, and Botany are dear • w ice; Gc#in*fcry goes to lystery that never will be Bui Spelling is a clear to ine! J know the rules all off by heart—a work be yond conception, sir— But what's the use, when from the start each thing U Word after word exactly glides, until I har# them pat, you know, And then there J 3 find a score that terminate precisely in t-i-o-n, When suddenly, as s exception, sir! some dreadful letter slides, and iin in statu quo! c-i Or something sounding just the same as some th ing pise not strange to you— Indeed it's an outrageous shame—will floor you with a change or I'd think o-u-g-h, of course, would he the same wnerever found. But ihongh I tried till I was hoarse I think the sumo His nrih-r found; *Twas "plough," and -through," and "cough." and "dough''—there's something strango and dense in it! Can any mortal lean to'know this sound that has no 9cnse in it? ist ( 10111 ) 11*11 hr; snrrif* rnn Somo const Hints sonants st: The rules that, twist the "linul e" would make le, ma'am! And as for "1," and "f," and "s," and "y,"— which choo. 1 ight lose uine lives for less, and hoys A cat • to lose. have only id ii The words that and the primitiv all i compound The diphthong 5s; the mixt >s called "derivatives The horrid t-wis which arciT ts fl'C all iind addle ie, as if I had no Conspire to to: ■yes at all 1 thing that followed Tf thn rht to be. where it Without sc le hidden you thought catch or spring 7t in the -ould be I plat rle rule that wouldn't If b But here the fool ist both fall in and blunder throi rh: 0 could 1 but the •al reach, I'd s ely fiud The mai vho first tl speech and blun h sy! il I'm i saiil before, in h not Ij'llV But. he: re, with study Orthosrraph Yo>i,rj Folks' Journal. and the water go and very the water to DOWN A FLUME. A Thrilling Experience and a Nar row Escape. A large part of Iho gold-mining in California is done by hydraulic power. Water is brought over, across and through the hills and valleys in flumes or pipes; and llie many lal iia make ibis mode of mining tiie most advantageous, flumes are twenty or even forty miles long, and are very costly works, but generally they range from throe to ten miles in length. When it is convenient, a lake is lap sed at its lowest point, is carried from it, in a flume, lo a dis tributing reservoir. From tho bottom of this reservoir a lai in Cali for Sometimes the strong iron pipe carrie the nozzles, or "monitors" as they arc termed. The "head" or height of the water is sometimes very great, and the jet is shot out from the nozzles with enormous force against the .-ide of tho banks where tho gold is imbedded, and thus tears down bowlders and Barth, and washes the gold-hearing the "sluices" where the :!ays int precious metal is eliminated by the use of quicksilver. In many places where there aro are built on tho streams between two hills to hold the m lakes, large dams water, there il is draw tors." Somo of the mense structures, their contents being often sufficient to afford a continu al supply during the dry, months. it for use. From 1 iroct to tiie "moui lains are im summer At tiie Desert mines, here tho in cidents of mystery occurred, the lirst "d mode of obtaining hydraulic From i ver small lake, high up in tlm mountains, the carried seven miles in a waier was A flume, as wo may explain, is much mill-race, framed from tike a long heavy timbers, and lined with hoards. 'II: I) sort flume was a very strong one. From tiie lake it followed d a natural channel, at a uniform grade between two high bluffs for a long distance, then suddenly turning to tho right, it cm the face of a own tinned two miles ulon precipice, nliere it was s of iron and suspended by mei wooden brackets, and strong stay rods. 'Ibis part of it was very picturesque. The precipice was a high one, ndictilni - . Tho flume occupied a position a quarter wav ilowi and almost perpe f the Any one from tho top. venturesome enough l bluff and In look down could see the stand on water surging mid rushing along tumultuously, nearly one hundred feel below. Farther on. the flume spanned a m a trestle, and then small valley emptied into feel, below Iho level of the lake, iv: rviiir supplied Iho pipe ri'"l tiie water, at an increased speed ami pressure, to the monitors, miles a reservoir, nine hundred Tho hie] t two away and ono thousand feet lower down. Mr. Dayton Baird had had charge ot building tho flume, and as the re mit ul his skill proved satisfactory, Iho company made him au offer to re a in like my the was the it past I of me main in their employ, which ha ac cepted. Hu had a large force of men under his direction; some to manage tho monitors, others to keep the sluices clear, and a full score of men at the works where the gold was separated from tiie dirt, rooks and gravel, by a process on the principle of the miner's cradle, but on a far larger scale. Several others assisted about the works in different capacities. One of these latrtor, G'orge Carling, had charge of the flume, reservoir and pipes, and it was his duty to walk along them to the lake and back again every other day, for the short ness of the line mado a daily journey unnecessary. When any thing was out of rep tit*, ho took a few of the men with him, and mended it. Not very long ago, whilo visiting the mining districts of California and Nevada, the writer met both Mr. Baird and Mr. Carling, and in the course of conversation, the latter re lated an adventure with which he had met a few weeks before. to "It has always been my care," said lie, "to examine, particularly, that part of the flume which runs along tiie side of tho precipice, a rather venturesome duty, I assure you. In some places 1 can not see over ten feet of it at a time, where it winds in and out around the projecting rocks. At one place it goes around a crag, and seems to be glued, rather than bolted and stayed, to tiie rock. At another place it winds along a shelf of rock, hut it always goes down a grade steep enough to make (lie water rush and roar in the open, box-like channel. "On this part of the flume I spend about four hours. Any slight damage might soon become serious here. "If, for example, an iron braco loosened its hold on the hook, a hun dred feet or more of the flume might come down, and that would bo quite a disastrous accident, as we should lose much water, and probably lie obliged to suspend work until it could be re paired. And, as tho iron hooks do loosen, occasionally, it is necessary for me to examine them all. They are fastened to (lie rock, each in a drilled hole, and sulphur is run around them. "Then I also keep the gate in repair, as drift-wood and dirt wash in from the lake, blocking the passago of tho nd rendering it impossible to dose the gate. My return journey I used to accomplish quickly enough, for 1. turned tho water partially off, leav ing a running current half-way up the sides of tiie flume, and on this I era a small canoe which one of the workmen had made for me. "Once launched in the flume my canoe would make a rapid passage, darting around the curves and along the precipice. It only took about twenty minutes to make tho five miles. Of rour.se it was much easier than walking, but, perhaps, it was also a little more dangerous. "As the flume, when only half full, would not keep the reservoir supplied, I was competed, the next time I went up, to turn on tho full head. Con sequently Icould float down only every tale to dear goes be be in and vator, harked ii other trip. "The lake seems fed by springs, and as its natural outlet is dammed, no water was wasted by my operation. It was also necessary to koop tlm reser voir from overflowing in tho night, and I inive to turn the water partly off at times. "If a pony were of any use, ot course I should not have made my pas sage in that, way, but it is very rough and rooky in soma places, and lakes an expert mountaineer to climb around. I became so accustomed to tho ride, that I scarcely thought of the danger. "It was necessary to lie flat on my back in the canoe, on account of the cross -piece!) across tho flume, and look ing up I could sco the sky ami rocks above me, and feel my little craft make the sharp corners. Tho side of the flume served to check and correct its lateral motion. Then, in a very short time, I would shoot out on the broad waters of tho reservoir, which acmblcd a lake nestling between the And I mado a bargain with an Indian, who used to fetch down fish and game to our camp, to Mote' my oanoo buck to the lake for me on his return trips. "1 was warned, however, in a very practical way, that these rules were dangoron s. "One morning, usual trip along over tho craigs, i heard before came to my ears. Ii sounded like a small Niagara, came with such startling distinctness that I stopped short to listen. Then it ceased, and was succeeded by a dull Apprehensive of some disaster, hurried along, and before I bad gone far, I noticed that the flume empty. "I knew in an instant what was tho matter. It did not lake mo long to reach tho scene of the noise, and tiie confirmed my fears. A large bowlder had boon detached by the action nf the weather from the cliff above, and had crashed through the flume and twenty feet of it. Tho water rushing and roaring down the rocks, a beautiful waterfall, and vor the spot where precipice was nearly four hundred feet high there, and the flume not quite one hundred feet from the top. • I did not stay long to watch tho sight, beautiful ns itwas, for the water was tearing tho rocks and dwarfed trees loose, and dashing them Into the valley below. Hurriedly returning to the monitors, I gave information of the accident. "Mr. Baird at oncedctallod flvo men to go back with mu, and acccmpauled ro bills. as I was making my precipice, ami noise I had never the an d roar. was sight there lurried away about was making dashing the spray stood. Tlm me himself A hors* hitched to a suio'il truck was to bring ns boards and timber, whilo the men carried what rope they could for lowering theui selvos from the lop of the cliff to the flume. As the supply of water in the reservoir would not last many days, it was necessary to speedily repair the damage. '•When wo arrived at tho break Mr. Baird and one man set off with me n> the lake, to close tho gate, leaving the other four to sling the ropes and make a small platform to work on in mid air. A great quantity of water had already escaped, and wo hurried on until we reached the dam and gate. "Tho gate waa a rather complicated affair of Mr. Baird's invention, and 1 found, on turning tho handle, that something wedged under it allowed it to close only half way. We were in a hurry, but none of us wished to jump down into the current, at the risk of being washed away. "As my canoe was near by, in the bushes, I resolved to try again a plan which I had more than once already resorted to when alone. Getting it from its hiding-place, I took tho stout, half-inch, hemp rope that was tied to it, and bitchod tho other cud to a tree near by, thus making fast tho canoe in tiie current directly below the gate. Taking an axe I then lowered myself between the cross-pieces into it, and from this position at once discovered what was tho matter; adrift-stick hud got wedged in tho grooves. Two or three blows sufficed to break it. What a wireless move my next one was! "Instead of handing the nxo to Mr. Baird, or to the workman, I gave it a toss, intending It to land on the ground beyond the flume; but it hit something that changed its course, and fell back; the blade struck square on tho rope that held tho eauoe, and cut it in twfl. "Before I could speak, the current had possession of the craft, and as I was standing up the cross-piece below struck mo on the back—or rather I struck the cross-piece—and knocked mo down in the bottom of the skill'. I was not quite deprived of my senses by the blow. Stunned though I was, the terrible truth of what might await me flashed across me. Not over three milej below me was tho broken place in the flume, and, hurried on by the rapid current, what was to hinder me from being dashed in pieces on the rooks throe hundred feet below? "I think my feelings wore somewhat like those of a drowning man. 1 was conscious of every thing, could feel my canoe rubbing against the sides of the flume and sco tho cross-pieces speeding backward aliovo rushed along under thorn. The sky was blue, and here and there I caught glimpses of trees which loaned over the flume. "T'lio water swished and foamed as it hurried me on. Thoughts of> my past life, too vivid to bo spoken, flashed on my brain like a panorama. I could not sit up, and the smallness of the canoe made it impossible for me to move sideways, forward, or backward. I did not. seo how deliver ance possibly could come; I was help loss! ac men the a the of had and out ti me, as 1 ed is loss! of if ''From tho gate to Ihu upper end ot the precipice, where the flume makes a sudden turn, and Is built extra strong to resist tho force of the water, thn distance is nearly two miles, but it seemed to mo scarcely two seconds before tbo sido thrust of the canoe told me that I was hanging over the edge of the rocks. Of course it was a longer time than that, hut minutes and hours are seconds, when one is bordering on eternity. "The downward pitch there is not so great, but the volume of water in the flume increases. Tho canoe rose almost lo tho cross-pieces as it rushed along beneath them. Tiie speed was slight ly diminished, but I know I was still going rapidly, too rapidly, 1 feared, to hope for deliverance. Yet I now en deavored to check tho momentum by pressing against tlm slimy sides of the flume with my hands. "Projicting nails tore my palms dreadfully. 1 was depurate, however, and persisted, not thinking it possible grasp a cross-piece above me, and retain my held. "A few monionts spout In tlioso fruitless, painful efforts passed, then a dull roar broke on my ears, causing tho sweat to start from every pore in my body! It seemed, too, that my my hands : see to lic With spoon inci'oa bleeding, I made a desperate effort to grasp a cross-piece, but instantly re ceived so violent a blow on tiie fore head, that I fell quite senseless. "Mr. Baird was nearly frantic with grief and terror when lie saw tins canoe carrying me down the flume, and be gan to run madly after me, when the mail called to him to come hack. a is tiie "'Como hackl ho cried. 'What for?' "'To help mo (lose the gate,' tho man answered. 'It is the only chance for life ivn can give him.' "Mr. Baird, usually so sensible and cool, obeyed mechanically, but In a moment more tho gate was dosed and tlm current chocked. "Then without waiting a moment longer lie rdn toward tiie broken part of tho flume, across the country, a shorter way than ho had como. Ex citement gavo him breath, and fear strength; he soon reached tho place where the men wore working. They notireil nothing, except that tho water had slopped running. '"Have you soon him?' ho asked, excitedly. "They were astonished nt tho ques tion. 'Seen himV they said, whom?' '"Qer.rgo.' •They lmd not; they had teen to one since tve hail left them. "This gave me hope,' Mr. Baird ing in of for to the of Into 'Seen said to mo afterwards, "for any thing the current does not They soon out with him ona a it n> floating upon travel as rapidly as the water itselt and that fact came to me in an instant, and gave me courage. ' ••He saw that I had not fallon on tin rocks, and knew that I must bo sonic, where up the flume bed. Leaviug the staring at him in amazement, he retraced his steps, and found me walk ing down the flume, a sorry-looking drenched to the men object indeed! I was skin, cut and blcoding, drew mo up out of tiie flume, however, and my injuries did not prove very serious. "The water, going faster than I, had at length run out from under my canoe, and left me stra fled on tho bot tom of the flume, a few rods above the break! "Several days afterward, when the flu mo was ropairod, I saw Mr. Bain) take an nxo morning, and wondered what ho was going to do. He came back in an hour or two, with a satisfied expression on his face. "'There, he said, 'I've smashed that canoe, and feci bolter. You will never be tempted into taking another ride in it.!' "—Youth's Companion. PRISON LIFE IN JAPAN. A Country Where Offender. Against the Law Aro Treated Barbarously. Mr. Baba's description of the prison life of Japan shows an extraordinary degree of brutality in the system. "The Knjibashi prison," ho says, "is situated iu a central place of the capital, Tokio, and is under the direct control of tho Minister of tho Interior. Tho building is two stories high and made in tho shape of a cross. In each story there aro forty cages, making eighty cages in all. Each cage is nine feet square. The Japanese Govern ment manages to keep many prisoners in this prison for two or throe years without any public trial. Each cage generally contains ten or eleven pris oners, who eat and sleep in this small box. Or, perhaps, it is better to say the prisoners try to sleep heaped up ono over the other. There aro al ways from eight hundred to nine hun dred prisoners kept, in this way. Many become sick and some die. 1 have seen two of the prisoners die within six months. But I am sur prised tlial, considering the bad sani tary system, want of exorcise, bad I and drink, ole., so few dio. I am told more prisoners dio after tlmv come out of the prison, where they are sustained by a sort of excitement. "Tho outside of each cage is pro tected by a strong wooden frame. The frame itself becomes a door to let the ti prisoners in or out. The sido facing the yards has alargo window, protect ed with an iron frame, of which the door must not ho dosed without the permission of the officials, oven iu the severest winter nights. Thus it is a common occurrence that prisoners aro covered with snow. At tho corner of this cage a small tub containing water for (lie purpose of drinking and wash ing is placed beside two wooden ves sels for sewage purposes. The water is impure as well as filthy. The food furnished lo the prisoners consists of a small quantity of a mixture of rice and oals, about a quarter of a pound, served sometimes with three pieces of picklo or with boiled vegetables. Although they give meal three times a day tiie quantity is so small that the prisoners become as thin r.s skeletons. "There is an arrangement made which is supposed to bo for the benefit, of tho prisoners. The friends of tho prisoners are permitted lo send quarter of a pound of meat once a (lay, but several absurd formalities must be gone through with fore a prisoner can get this meal. Generally the meat is sent away one makes a very slight error, such as failing to mention Iho particu lar prisoner's name, or his place of residence, or Ihc dale of his arrosf. The most of the prisoners have moans of communicating with their friends. When they are arrested the Government spy or police toll them that they need not bring any money with them, as they will bo sent back to their homos in a fow minutes. the the (lie dle, Tiie on The foot' a bo no into keep Tiie to from will drod When they go to tho prison thev are kepi there six months at leait During tills lime, if tlmy have any money to pay postage, they arc permitted to send their letters; but if they have ifi money, no letter can bo sent by public expense. , They uro never permitted tc see their friends until tho judge of a secret examination makes up his mind send a prisoner to the court of pub lic trial. The secret examination lasts ono year, ami sometimes threo vious at keep a not or crib. posts crib Tiie use. years. Even when tho judge of a secret ex amination decides to send the case te public trial tho prisoner can not write to his friends unloss ho lins money. So in many cases he can not obtain tho help of a lawyer. Thus it a farce to say that tho Japanese Government gives a fair chance to prisoners to defend themselves before tiie court of justice." Soldering Telegraph Wires A now and quick method of solder ing telegraph wires hue been invented Russia. The prlucCpal advantage it lies in the saving of time required tho work, and nlso in tho avoid ance of any "scraping." which would, Bonin extent, reduce the strength of the wire. The process consists of dip ping tho two ends of the wire—already embraced by binding wire—into a vessel holding a considerable quantity melted solder, upon tho top of which tlicro is sufficient powdered sal-am moniac to lcavo a thick layer of liquid salt. Tho ends of the wire pressed Into this vessel are quickly joiiiod, however dirty they may ha —Klto trician. man wavo and ril :: as that lisli river. WEDDINO FINERV. p, •Tailing Stylos hi BrMal Coslnmns and Bridesmaids' downs. Ilia most girlish gown a brido can wear is a princess of faille Vrancaise. Lustrous antique shows wealth, glim mering satin size, and grosgrain econ omy, but the soft French silk is the youngest fabric in tho entire stock of wedding goods, and becomes the pale blonde and the handsome brunette, as well as the medium type of American beauty. Tiie prevailing style is a fussy gown. A French robe had tho front breadths shirred in throe or four lines, letting the apron fall straight to tho foot, where a flounce of throad lnce finished it. A small scarf of crepe lisse draped to one side suggested a pretty window hanging. A bride's dress, whicli threw the guests into a flutter of admiration, was flounced with silver lace, over which were fringes of pearl, silver and crys tal beads, with long lines of looped strands falling to the bottom of the skirt. In spite of style, there is no prettier robe for a young bride than one in whicli severity and simplicity predominate. The train should have four and a half breadths, blit no gar niture, and the front may be aproned with point lace or left plain. Unless the neck and arms are beautiful, it is good taste not to be laughed at by wearing a low corsage. There are many soft, pretty India, Chinese and Japanese silks which make charming wedding gowns and cost very little, as the textures do not admit of garniture. Gloves are worn on every occasion, and the conventional style for wed dings is a mousquetaire Suede with plain black. There are novelties stitched with threads of silver, but it is a question whether they are in the best lasto for young brides. The lengths depend on tho sleeves. In the choice of flowers selection is made from lilies, roses, violets, etc., ii the name of the bride bo a counter part. Otherwise orange-blossoms are used about the trousseau, roses, white lilacs, white violets, or lilies compris ing the hand bouquet. Bridesmaids' gowns are frequently made of moire antique, with floral stripes in jardiniere patterns. This material is to bo had In white and all evening colors, with brocaded stripes, and the costumes are made up a la l)resden-ehina shepherdess, with bouffant draperies and a pointed basque cut with Pompadour squaro neck and elbow sleeves. A lace hat and a liand-baskot of roses complete the toilet Lace skirts with basques and sashes of moire also constitute pretty dresses for bridesmaids. Tho maid of honor may wear a coslumo similar lo those worn by the others, or ono of white surah or India silk, with full waist and shirred skirt, a sash, a corsage bouquet of yellow or pink roses, and white Stic le slippers and gloves. — Chicago Times. IMPROVED CORN CRIBS. How They Are Constructed nml Protected From ltuts anil Mice. Three or four now corn crips were lately being built at Oak Grove farm for storing tho corn grown upon the fifty-live-acre corn-field. Tho Cribs ore set upon posts firmly planted in tiie earth, with about four feet above the surface. Upon tlioso heavy cross pieces are placed for supporting the sills, which nro thirty feet long and four feet apart. The plates are eight feet apart, which gives a roof that af fords ample protection to the sides of the crib and its contents. Joists running lengthwise for nailing (lie upright sliding hoards in tiie mid dle, between the sills and plates. Tiie plates are held from spreading by strips of board nailed to each, on a level with the foot of the rafters. The rafters are iivu and a half feet long, made by spilling two by four joists. The sliding hoards foot' and a half inch boards, split with There are across are floor a rip saw into two and a quarter inch slats. Those aro nailed just near enough to keep ears of corn from falling through. Tiie roof is covered with the best quality pine clapboards nailed diroctiv to the rafters. Tho whole is woll painted, as are all the farm buildings, from sill l'idgo pole. Those cribs will each hold one thousand two Ii drod bushels of ears, and from iin pre vious observations of similar structures at I lie Weal, the keep in them perfectly, a crib is also rat and mice proof, tlculnrly if tin pans, bottom placed on tho posts, not he near enough to any troo, fence or building, for rats to jump into the crib. As they can not climb up tho posts higher than the tin pans, the crib is sure to be rat nml mice proof. Tiie steps leading to the crib should be movable ones, that can bo folded or pulled up inside the crib when not in use. — Chicago llcratd. corn will dry and This kind of par up. are Tiie crib must The Blind and the Deaf. "I seo by tho papers," said tho blind man at the street wavo is coming." "So I'vo heard, and dumb man, as corner, "Hint a cold responded tho deaf ho hastily readjust ril Ids painted tin sign and assumed an expression of intense gloom, whilo de spairing strains from Hie blind man's consumptive organ again smoto tho air, :: a group of passengers from a nowly nrrlved train came in sight —Chicago Tribunt. as six bo . | ] 10 i *"** j -Two Now Castle (Pa.) fisliermon recently caught In sine day three piko that weighed twelve, thirteen thirty-seven pounds respectively lisli wore taken from the Shot river. of as ♦ preak OF natui teM|« Uvula • aT-ttS-RSa Bl004 " "reived p w the roof of a cavern J falling, coagulates and i sembles human blood pH nlso, it speedily corrunu , 0 odor of animal decay P i*'" their larvt# in it an ,'H 3ecta < flock ii?****. informed by one who has ' that tho grotto is th 0 niek.i , multitudes of large bats ? ' the dogs and birds, ' ' strange liquid, which h„ •moll but tho tasto of ful odor is perceptible able distance from the when it is readied blood |pA. the OKI count of the ikp:" is iiitt**J daw* 1 one* on ,s»r we (TO® Jiits JlW" .iW® tore* wl«li'< witn Wlli feast "I* not blood. at a Co favor, masses « pgtho® ftfiestn ; we astep—a ,u beboK may lie seen state of it Numerous atteliptshL,,' oa » u obtain a portion liquid for analytical p llruosc J # every case without 9llCces< \ quence of rapid deemn^ 11 causes the bottles to bmst ' Don Rafael Osojo undertook mU some bottles of it to bo,!! his intention was frustrated | bursting of the bottles, and tl,, than twenty-four hours ,j ta . , thorn. Mr. E. G. Sqniev did ono seeded in taking back with l New York two bottles of largely diluted with unto Tl Kan to duel I (inirf L to IJoti I (IDIIIU flic 1 _ . Wate l\ list very offensive, and factory explanation of tho enon could be obtained. Wc 21 following—perhaps the most ] factory—explanation that has |J ceivcd. It was written by „ I undertook the journey in or J satisfy his curiosity: "Th 8 ,,2 cave," he says, "is a fissure aboil teen or twenty feet high, and five ] wide at the entrance, bntlt rapidly rows, so Uinta man can only ) 0 ]i ( for thirty or forty foot. It ; ,| )0 with huge hats, which cling m m , to tho narrower part of The fi s The stench is strongly ammonii and so intense that I was olilim retire thrice boforn I could p ro from the innermost part that 1 1 reach a sufficient b popr came ill! pcss. i*i' lolher [girl l in-gin; Ijs had Lbcivd L to [youth [lie [ mil only ;k and found i folly rieil i woul is ho self ipccls quantity of material to fill the hollies of which I had carried wiili nie f; purpose. In the rainy season n. current of red mailer, like liiK flows from tho cave into the slr^K but in the dry season Ihc wafer i'«B to percolate through tho roof and lK of the cave, and tho flow a wo a! es unc rule, cligi lovei tied but of ceases. my visit it had already stopped tho floor of the several inches deep with a jolly] or pasty mass, which gave a blood color when mixed with water. 0:1 sides of the cave were clotted mai looking liko dried blood, whicli] run down from above; and in tho J rowest purls that I could roach hi recess of tlm fissures I collcolod J my knife some frosh semi-fl matter which the insects had attacked. Examined with a mil seopo on tho spot, it exhibi no living particles, nor, in fi nny tiling but minute fragme of the digested debris of insects. Fr tho tint of the red color I was al f inclined to believe that it might ros from tho generation of sulphocyan of ammonium during the pulreinci^^jBlni of tho animal excretions, and tlm r< tion of that substance with a true: Lai, teal lifed eavo was cov tho ere that loyed kin' die delict post, kh was si'!, L'.-li'ia hi", [law; |!i let'" I,';, n't mil ir iron in tho water percolating throi] the sandstone. But Mr. W. T. Tayll to whom I submitted somo nf tho sol matter collected, as also tho scnii-flJ preserved in alcohol, writes me tl| lie can not detect any iron i* the I solution, and that it appears tel) I tirely an organic coloring matter, a Insoluble substance has boon found I Dr. Leiily to consist chiefly of ohitil undigested fragments of insecj mingled with bats' hair ami hotnogei ous granular matter." Iu a coima liko South America, where scientij knoiviodge can hardly he sahltooxij a freak of nature of this exIranrilinJ description could not fail to kcetj an object of great and sii]>ersiitiol wonder, and many weird and mil velous stories are current eoneernif tiie "Fountain of Blood."— CmscII Saturday Journal. \ i nehi nner •'Moi' Ami "Mai mor: lli lortln tier | ant eek.' Uses of Iron Furnace Slag. Iron furnace slag, which used I" a waste product, is now being turn to various uses, slag is speeiatly prepared for mondic tho lo ids, a material being produci callod "slngstone." adopted is to run the liquid slag (lira from tho furnace into cast-iron mold which slightly taper towards tlm to] The mold has no bottom, hut sin* 11 on nil iron trolley, so that, whoa » In Germany, t i The lilt'd* slag is sufficiently sot, it can leased, and the mold is ready to r ceive a frosh jhaige. molded block is pierced, and its :n torior contents, still liquid, are allow* to run out. Thn block is then cover' with cinders and allowed to cot gradually. This method Insures hard crystalline stone, which is f""" useful for purposes of paving. ' Post. Thn freslil: —Rev. B. C. Henry statqj tiiat tl> fan palm of China grows only in "* San Ui district, somo twenty mile Tho trio* 1,1 long l v ten miles wide, not yield leaves suitable for fans an 11 six years old. Some trees nro sa.il t< bo over ono hundred years old, M the tallest measure only about kwe.yi feet From April to November tin leaves aro cut monthly, from one t ihrco being takon from each plant From 10.000 to 20,000 people arc ora ployed. —Arkans aw Traveltr.