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HUNTING FOR SPOOKS.
Running ghosts toenrth, tackling spirits, seizing apparitions by tlie till-out, nailing haUucin.it ions, peering into haunted houses and boarding |)ool»s in tlioir dens, experimenting with thought transference and mes merism. and in general monkeying with nil the unfathomable mysteries of the human soul, tliia is tho uniijue occupation of a body of learned men, called the American Society for Psy chical Kesearcli. In a back room in a modest looking house in Hoy 1st on l'lacc, Boston, is the headquarters of the society's sec ivfarv, liicliard Hod«son, fL. 1). Ir. Hodgson isan Englishman,about thirty-seven years old, a cralu itu ot Camliridge I'niversity, a profoundly learned scholar and a level-headed 1111111 of much common sense. "Our society was formed," he said, "for the purpose of making an organ ized and systematic attempt to in veMiuaie that, dark border of human experience and to examine critically the phenomena which are not now explained by any satisfactory theory. .'Scientific men ot eminence in all conn tries admit the possible existence of what the uneducated call uliosts or spirits, send further, that one mind limy exert upon another a positive in fluence otherwise thin through the recognized sensory channels. "In accordance herewith, the re search work o! our society is divided among live commit tes, all of which are presided over by men of un|uestioned ability, learning and fairness, l'ro '-lessor II. P. Howditch, of Harvard, is ihaiimat. of the Committee on Thought Transference Professor Jo Biali Koyce, of the Committee on Ap paritions and Haunted Houses C. 1J. t'ory, a well-known Dystonia!!, of the Committee 011 ypnotism Dr. \V. N. Ihillard, of Host 011, ot the Committee 011 Medinmi-'iio Phinomeiin. and Professor iMmsl, of Harvard, of the 01111niLi.ee on Kxperimentai Psyclmlo.'y. The t^ociety ioi' 1'sy hi'a! Research snnrds its gat In red" materials with -ireat scriviy. rich fund of facts is not pnt'lislif! mi::l iliey l-.avo been .passed upon and thoroughly examin 1 by the \.'t.'ious committees even ^lu 11 the names of those who contrib ute /ifir experiences are in no case tnrnisned to the public. Among the following are some of the most aston ishing facts 011 record: On January 1, 18S6, .it 10 A.M., Mrs. a lady living in a western town, writes to a member of Congress, the husband of her daughter,in Wash ington. l)r. Hodgson has seen the original letter. This letter explains a telegram which Mrs. T—— had sent, only three hours before, inquiring about her daughter's health. Tim original of this telegram lias also been seen by Dr. Hodgson. The telegram reads: Ti the 1 Ton. llciuae of Ki !VH T1 tatives, W.-j.^biNutan, ]. 1 can. Will fume it Null needs 1110. The signature is the mother's name. Alls. T.'s letter of explanat ion first, says that, she had IK en lor some days anxious about her daughter Nellie's health, although there had been no illness of late. Letters from Washing Ion hud been lacking for some days the last one had reported the daugh ter as having just lettirned from mak ing fifteen calls, "very tired and near ly Iro/en." "I waked," said Mrs. T., la.sl night between 12 and .I. o'clock, deeply impressed with the feeling that Nell needed me. I wanted to get up and send a telegram. If I had con sulted or followed my own inclina tions, 1 would have ilrcssed and gone down to the sitting-room." Later, however, Mrs. T. went to sleep again, but 111 the morning tiie vivid impres sion returned. At 7 a. m. Mrs. T. sent the telegram and wrote appar ently before she received an answer,for in the margin of the letter she added the lost script: "felagram here thank toothless you are Weil." The lady in Washington wiiose mother had had *0 yivid an experience had been H'l'iousiy ill the same nii-lit, although the mottling had found her much better. 1 ler attack was a very Midden one, which she described as neuralgia, of the lungs, with a hard chill. "It must have been," she says, "about the hour mentioned in my mother's letter I at last exclaimed, 'Oh, don't I wish ma was here! I shall send for her to-morrow if I .am not better.' In the morning came the telegram troiu the West, but the patient was better, and she and her husband were puzzled at her mother's uneasiness and replied by telegraph, "We are all well what is the matter with yon?" sin- KKI.T AM rniKii's PAIN. An old gent lemau living at Albany had been ill for months. His married daughter resided at Worcester. O110 evening last summer, she suddenly laid down tiie book she was rea.ding and said to her husband: "I believe father is dying." She was strangely overcome by the impression, as there had been nothing whatever in the con versation or in her own thoughts to lead to the subject of her father's health. All that evening and tiie next morning the feeling haunted her, un til a despatch came saying that her lather had died the evening before. A liOWell physician was called to see a patient about, 10 o'clock one niuht. It was extremely dark, and i' alighting from his conveyaneeheniade a misstep and sprained his ankle severely. His wife, who was at home, in bed, asleep, .suddenly awoke with the vivid impression that an accident had occurred to her husband. She arose, wakened the servant and com municated her fears to her. Nothing could induce her to r&urn to bed. At. I o'clock the doctor returned, and it was found that the moment of his ac cident and of his wife's awaking were simultaneous. He was three miles away from home at the time. Here is a narrative, vouched for iv the highest authority, of experience" in a house some miles from the city of Worcester. The man who sends it in is a well-known manufacturer, and his word is as good as his bond, which would be honored anywhere for $100,000. He writes: "In relating what I saw on .Inly morning in 188IS at my house,which I had but recently purchased,! will first describe the room in which I saw it. It is a bedroom, with a window at either end, a door and a fireplace at opposite sides. The room is in the upper story of a two-story house,said to have been built before the revolu tion. Tiie walls are unusually thick and the roof high,pointed and uneven. The occupants at the time I sneak of were my brother Heury, myself and a servant woman. The latter slept in a room on tiie basement story. A hallway divided my brother's room from mine. On the night before the morning mentioned I had locked my door, and, having undressed and put out my light, I fell into a sound dream less sleep. I awakened about :i o'clock iu the morning with my face to the front window. Opening my eyes, I saw right before me the figure of a woman, stooping down und apparently looking at me. Her head and shoulders wrapped in a common, gray woolen shawl. Her ariiw were folded and wrapped in lie shawl. 1 looked at her in my horror and dared not cry out lest I might move the awful thing to speech or action. 1 lay and looked and felt as if I should lo-iu my reason, iiehind her head I saw the window and the growing dawn, the looking glass and Hie toilet table and the furniture in that part 01 tiie room. "Aftir what may have been ou!v a few seconds-of the duration ni ihh vision I can not judge—she ruis her elf ami went backward toward the window, stood at the toilet table and vmished. I mean shegrew by degrees transparent, and that through the shawl and the gray dress she wore I saw the white muslin of the table cover auain, and at last saw only that in the place where she stood. or hours I lay as I had lain on first. tvalieniug, not daring even to turn my eyes, lest on the other side of the bed I might sec her again. Now, there is one thing of which I could take my oath, and that is that. I did not mention this circumstance either to my brother, or to our servant, or to any one else. Tilt SI'OOK SKKN AGAIN. "Exactly a fortnight afterward, when sitting at breakfast, 1 noticed that my brother seemed out of sorts and did not eat. On my asking if any thing was the matter, he replied: 'No, but I've had a horrible nightmare. Indeed,' he went on, 'it was 110 nightmare. 1 saw it early this morn inii, just as distinctly as I .«ce yon.1 'What?' I asked. 'A villainous-look ing ha !,' he answered, 'with her head and arms wrapped in a gray shawl, stooping over me and looking like this—.' Ho got. up folded his armsand put himself in lie posture I remembered so well, lie then described how the figure moved toward the door and disappeared. 'Her malevolent face 11 nd "her posture struck terror to my soul.' he said. "A year later, in the month of July, one evening about 7 o'clock, my sec ond oldest sister and her two little children, who were vHiting us, were tiie only folks at home. The eldest child, a boy of iiyears, wanted adrink of water, and on leaving the dining room to fetch it my sister desired the children to remain there till her re turn, she leaving the door open. Com ing bar' as quickly 11s possible, she met the boy, pale and trembling, on his way to her, and asked why he had left the room. 'Oh,' he said, 'who is that woman?' 'Where?' she asked. •The old woman who went up -:ai 1'.-,' he answered. !»he tried to convince him that there iv.i* 110 one else in the house, but lie was so imitated and so eaaerto prove it that she took his trembling haul in hers and brought him upstairs, and went from one room to another, he searching behind curtains and under beds, stili main taining that a women did go up the I airs. My sister rightly thought that the mere fact of a woman ioing up stairs in house where she was a stranger would not account for the child's terror. "A neighbor of ours started when we first told him what we had seen, and asked if we had never heard that a woman had been murdered in that house many years previous to our purchase of it. He said it had the reputation of being haunted. This was the first intimation we had of the fact. Nothing more was heard of the ghost ot the murdered woman, how ever, for two years. "On the night of July 7, 1S8U, I was wakened from a sound sleep by some one speaking close to me. I turned round, saying: 'Kmily, what, is it?' thinking that my sister, who slept in the room next to mine, had come in. I saw plainly tiie tigure of a woman who deliberately and silently moved away toward the door, which re mained shut, as I had left it. "Two days after this occurrence I was wakened atiout o'clock in the morning by a presentiment of ap proaching evil. opened my eyes and distinctly saw the form of a darkly clad, elderly female bendinz over me with folded arms, and glaring at me with tiie most intense malignity. I tried to scream, and struggled to withdraw myself from her, when she slowly ami silently receded backward and seemed to vanish through the bedroom door."—Philadelphia Press. A Vast Catastrophe. Chinese newspapers and private let ters from Pekin bring details of the overflow 01 the Yellow River in Sep tember of last year. This event was dismissed with the notice of a few lines by most American newspapers, so little do we know of the real condi tion of our brothers 011 the other side of the globe. Yet 110 c.astrophe so vast has occurred in the world during this century. As it is liable to recur at future times, a brief description of its cause and elTects may be of inter est: The Hoang-Iio or Yellow Uiver, drains the great basin of North China, as the Mississippi does the Central States oi the I'nion. It bears a singu lar likeness to our own great river in several particulars, chief of which is tiie crookedness of its course, its sud den huge serpentine bends. It drains like the Mississippi, hill ranges of great fertility, carrying their rich alluvial soil to the delta at its mouth. This rish silt, or mud, as in the case of tiie Mississippi, chokes up its mouths, until the river is forced to ooze its way through innumerable bayoux to the sea. I11 both rivers the spring rains and lie melting of the snow 011 the moun tains near its source produce sudden devasting floods. The water disre gards its crooked channel, and rushes staight across plantation,villages and cities. The Chinese, like the people among the Mississippi, have found it neces sary to build ramparts on either sidt of the murderous river to protece them from its tury but the Chinese began this work nearly three thous and years ago. As the increasing de posit oi silt near its mouth closes them, the water islorce.l back into its bed, and rises higher than the sur rounding country each year, necessi tating higher "levees." Ten times since B. C. 1200 the vast Hood has broken through these bar riers, and found a new way for itself to the sea. In 1852 ati outbreak oc curred, and the mighty Hood went back to tin cpamiel through which it llowed when our Saviour was 011 the earth. Kach outburst is necessarily accompanied by enormous loss of life and destruction of property. On the20th of last September a cre vasse broke the dyke, and a body of wilier five hundred miles long,seventy leet deep and a mile wide burst upon the plain. This plain—a territory of ten thousand square miles, occupied by over three thousand villages—was submerged. The destruction of human life is estimated at five mil lions. None of the water has yet reached tiie sea it forms a vast lake of death where last summer was fertile, populous plain. The Chinese Government has given nearly three million dollars, besides the annual revenue from a great province, to rebuild the dykes, and a population equal to that of oAr Mid dle States is swarming now like ants about the banks of the huge current, trying to put a curb upon it, knowing that it is a curb which, at some future time, it will surely break through again. What Becomes of Antlers, It has been observed that in a dis trict where several thousand deer are kept, and where, consequently, there must be hundreds of stags who every year cast oil a couple of horns each, only now and then is a specimen ol these horns met with. The author of "Forays Among Salmon and Deer accounts for tills fact upon the au thority ot one familiar with tiie habits of the animal. They either bury their horns, or destroy them with their teeth. He says that he lias himself seen deer at the period of spring, when they cast their horns, tramping them down in the moist soil ot the peat-bogs which are so numerous among the hills. That they were so employed he has abundant proof, for more than once, after thus disturbing the deer, he has gone to the spot and discovered tiie remains of horns half-buried and broken up, tho fragments having tiie in irks of teeth upon them. Though it may be thought that the horns are of a substance too hard FARM AND HOME. Brief Agricultural Points. Good roads are tiie most obvious marks of advanced civilization, and are essential to general prosperity. The I'nitcd States, on an average, raises n.ore bu.' hels of corn each year than there are persons in the world. Recently a special egg train of twen ty-four cars passed over tho Grand Trunis railroad to New York. The total number of eggs was ovc HI, 000,000. Pinch the tops of your raspberries and blackberries early, and servo the side shoots tiie saine way early and often to make a compact bush. If you wait to head back later the strength of the vine, which has been thrown into the top, is all wasted, and you have fewer fruit spurs. Senator Palmer has a lake on his Michigan farm stocked with carp, and wishes he hadn't. He calls them the "hog of the sea." because they wallow and burrow in the mud and keep the water continually dirty. He has tri ed to seine them out, but he cannot do so. If your soil bo light or sandy, sow rye rather than wheat. Properly pre pared, rye straw sells well, and there is always a demand for the grain. Ground wood ashes, or a mixture of finely ground bone and pot ash salts have, it is said, proved the best of fer tilizers for the rye crop. It is better to sow seed rye before the 20th of Oc tober. In looking into the qualifications of an applicant for work 011 the farm, one of the first points for investiga tion—after his moral character in its relation to the children—is, "The Na tional Stockman" thinks, his experi ence and trustworthiness in handling the horses. The disease called mange is the re sult of filth, and having hogs sleep 111 rotten, dirty straw. It is an insect, very minute, which burrows under the skin. To cure it give the pigs first a good washing 111 warm soapsuds, us ing carbolic acid soap, and selecting a warm, dry day. Then grease tho skin with lard, to which lias been added a little coal oil, and clean out the pen and quarters. Mr. W. D. Hoard, referring to tho "Snide Creamery Husiness" profita bly conducted by perspns who go around inducing'farmers to subscribe $5,000 to $7,000 for a creamery which should not cost over 8 1,500 to S2,01 ID,declares that theit victims are among the ill-informed. "Ignorance as to real dairy truth is counted 011 by the sharper as nine-tenths of his capital stock in trade." A Immune correspondent shares the comforts of animals well cared for lie takes great pleasure this cold sea son attending to their wants, while the rude wind just tlie othersideoftho window enhances the sense of satis faction by force of contrast. This is an agricultural compensation not al ways taken into account, and which in many intances perhaps theie is not capacity to appreciate at its true value. J. A. Woodward, of The Farm Journal, mentions an instance of suc cessful use by a friend of potatoes and bran for horses, instead of the usual allowance of grain: "Tiie ration was half a peck of raw potatoes and two quarts of bran twice a day, to which was added a small quantity of clover hay. They were as fat and sleek as moles. They carried us live miles in fifty minutes through stiff muddy roads, ond when we drove up to the station they were as cool as cucum bers." Col. Weld says, in the "Flower Pot," that the farmer who does not know enough not to kill or sell to a butcher, a calf that will make a 20 quart cow, needs to take lessons of somebody in the a-b-c of his business. Such a man has probably several Cows 111 his herd, which never give ov er ten or twelve quarts of milk, and, very likely, poor at that. Professor J. P. Stelle reminds farm ers whose lands need fertilizing that they waste money by neglect to utilize every bit of refuse likely to have any value, "mechanical or otherwise." "It is wonderful what a quantity of manure may begot together by those who keep this fact always before them." Contagious Diseases. Of the many ways in which conta gious diseases are communicated Irom one horse to another, "The National Stockman" mentions the following as perhaps most common: "Watering from the same public trough along tiie roadside and feeding from the same boxes and mangers at hotel and livery stables tho hitch ing-rackg in villages and towns throughout the country are also good places for the interchange, and to these alone can much of the troub le be traced. Without thinking, horses aie allowed to stand with heads to gether for hours at the village store, or in the wagon-yard in large towns, and yet some will wonder where their horses caught the distemper or some other disease that may bo worse. The careful horseman keeps watch for such matters, and saves himself much trouble and expense, and sometimes tho lives of valuable horses." Sold, To Keep Store. tor this, yet the jaws of tiie deer are so very powerful. Another considera tion wiiich makes this more probable is that scarcely ever are the horns of a young stag discovered, being, ol tourse, from their size, more easy of destruction than the antlers of a full grown one. A suggestive account is given in "The Connecticut Farmer," of two residents of Harwington, in that state, who have, contrary to their hopes anil wishes, joined the ever growing army ot witnesses against the folly of turning tho back on agricul ture for business in town: "Mr. Catan niado a great deal ot money on his farm formerly, hut he sold it three years ago, with all his live stock, wagons, farm implements and personal property outside of the house, for $0,000 and has been run ning a etoro in Uridgeport, and we hear that in so short a time lie lias sunk all he liiul saved and all the money he received from Mr. Jameson, some S2,a00, also, with interest on tho balance, and now gets his farm back at about $13,700 without any personal property or live stock and finds his farm sadly run down into tiie bargain. He now admits that it would have been better if he had stayed on tho tarm." Interest Your Men. Here is a scrap of combined ex peri' ence and counsel that every farmer can afTord to sitdowuand think over I have found with the class of men I have employed thus far, that to make them thoroughly familiar with the plans for the season's work in all their details has invariably proved baiefi cial inasmuch as they are anticipating each crop in its turn and tiie different modes of culture and treatment, and they often become as much interested in the operation and success of the crop as yourself. You need never fear of losing casteorinlluence among your men by confiding details of your oper ations and prospective crops, provid ed you execute and carry out the pro gramme mapped out. Note (1) that this implies a consist ent plan of operations and the ability to state the reason for pursuing thi course rather than some other one. The man who wrote it was a market gardener—T. F. Uaker, in Orchard and Garden—a bright mau in a bright paper—but the princi ple is applicable to general agriculture as well. Note (2) that men like to learn. They are interested because the intellectual element Is added to lift the manual labor above mere ma chine work. Note (3) that the em ployer gets tiie benefit of this in creasefrinterest. His work is done intelligently. The men know why they are working in a certain way. Not I) that this is the way to get skilled tarm labor. It is a practical school for the laborer, and makes him more valuable to others, more cajiable—makes his labor worth more money. Note (5) that if this is a proper and profitable way to treat a hired man, how much more is it tho farmer's duty to take his children— his hoys, and his girls, too—into his confidence, making them activo partners in the concern, with a full knowledge of what is doing and why it is done. What Can be Eaten From the Fin gers. Although it is considered vulgar to be seen picking a bone, well-bred peo ple ofttn take the lego! a little bird in tiie fingers and delicately remove the flesh with the teeth. It is not gen erally done, but itcun be done neatly. Cheese can be eaten from the fingers, and so with all the fruits a very dry little tart or a cake can be eaten with the fingers. Asparagus is also con veyed to the mouth with the fingers. Many English gentlemen eat lettuce and celeiy, with salt alone, with the fingers. Olives are also eaten in the same way. Pastry, hard tee cream, jellies, blanc-mange, puddings are eat en with the fork. The dessert-spoon is only used for soft custards and pre served fruit,.or melons, wiiich are too soft for tho fork. When strawberries are .served with the stem on they should be eaten with the fingers when served hulled and creamed they should, of course, be eaten with a spoon. For an Invalid's Head Rest. The small, soft, eider-stuffed cush ions, in melon form, either in sections of two-colored plushes,brioche fashion, or in soft Indian silk, are most ac ceptable. They are so soft and mov able that they seem to fit into the head whichever way it turns. Sofa cushions'of the usual square shape are now occasionally of three colors, mid made to look as if an extra cover was put on, with one corner turned iiack to show the real cushion inside. Tiie cushion is of one color,the corner lining of another, and the simulated inner cover ot a third. Old cold,crim son, and deep peacock, or brown,pink and gray are good harmonizing colors. Plush usually forms tho chief mate rial, with satin for the linings, but sateen or soft Pongee silk is also used. Pongee silk has achieved a wonderful popularity for decorative purposes, and linings to bags, sachets, Ac. Very pretty cushions of brocade or plush, and also the dantiest of tea cosies,are decorated with a length of contrasting Pongee silk cut to look like a little curtail:, and drawn across one side with a silken cord, with pompon.3. Tiie cushions are only so arranged on one side, but the cosies have the scari carried light across the top slantwise, so that, 011 each side, it is to the right edge. Cood Advice. Marion Harland,winding up a coup le of columns of good advice to girls, puts this plain but excellent talk in be the final paragraph: "To make one self conspicuous by open contempt of conventional and, in the main, whole some social laws is the lirst degree of the descending scale. To be 'fast,' •loud,' 'high,' 'fly' (how many synon yms our national slang dictionary offers for the next slide!) is so nearly and dangerously allied to culpable in discretion that the slandormongers, belonging as they do, to tho imnres sionist school,' seldom pause to" dis criminate between them. They never halt to distinguish actual imprudence from positive—and remediless—rnfa ii.y." Girls may be loud and coarse without being bad, but the best way is to take 110 chances. The quiet, modest girl can never be mistaken for anything but what she is. Some Simple Remedies. For a sore throat, cut slices of fat, boneless bacon, pepper thickly and tie around the throat with a flannel cloth. When stung by a bee or a wasp, make a paste of common earth and water, put 011 tho place at once and cover with cloth. For a cold on tho chest, a flannel rag rung out in boiling water and sprinkled with turpentine, laid on the chest gives the greatest relief. When a felon first begins to make its appearance, take a lemon, cut off one end, put thu linger in, and tiie longer it is kept there the better. For a cough, boil one ounce of flax jeed in a pint of water, strain and add a little honey, one ounce of rock can dy, and the juice of three lemons mix and boil well. Drink as hot as possi ble. Often after cooking a meal a person will feel tired and have no appetite for tins beat a raw egg until light, stir in a little milk and sugar, and season with nutmeg. Drink half an hour be foro eating. A Royal Grandmother. There is one good tiling about Quedta Victoria wiiich apparently escapes the notice of her radical detractors. She is a most considerate grandmother. Now I would like to bo shown in all the IJueen's dominions another old lady with thirty-seven grandchildren who would make herself as uncom fortable by traveling about with a lull nursery. Grandmammas are prover bially devoted to their first grandchild, but they grow weary after a time when their children's offspring ceases to be a novelty. But Victoria is nover tired of her posterity. She lugs them back and forth from one end ol her kingdom to tho other, and actually takes the latest editions ot the Bat tenbergs along when she goes up for a drawing-room at Buckingham Palace. It strikes tlio.se of us who are not born in the purple that transporting the llattenberg infantry with its ap propriate luggage to London for only two days' visit at this variable sea son of the year was an uncalled for proceeding. No doubt "Miss Mcliat tenberg" had the sntillles, and "Mas ter McHattenberg," who is yet in peti coat s, indulged in an attack of the croup, but the Queen probably thought it wouldn't do to leave these precious youngsters to the care of servants at Windsor Castle, and so she packed them oft with her own elaborate retinue and looked after tlieni herself! The Empress of India may lie a selfish old woman as regards her subjects or the comfort of her household, but when it comes down to a royal baby she is right there. Boston Herald. A Woman Soldier Wants a Pension. Mrs. Hooker, ii well-known laily, made formal claim to a pension, based on the fact that she was an enlist i'il soldier ot the late war, served three years and was t.wico wounded. At the breaking out of the war Mr. Hooker was appointed lirst lieutenant and his wife accompanied him to the front. A young man who bore some resem liliinru to her was induced to submit himself to the necessary examination ami when an opportunity presented itself theyouii!! woman, properly iini lorined, exchanged places witii him. Willi her husband she has lived at lOlkhiirt Indiana several years and is familiarly known as "Colonel" Hook er. 'Didn't Know It Was Load ed." The young man fell dead! A friend had pointed a revolver at him. "He didn't know it was loaded!" We often hear it stated that a mnn is not responsible for what he does not know. The law presupposes knowledge and therefore convicts the man who excuses crime by ignorance "If I had only known" has often been an unfortunate man's apology for some evil unknowingly wrought, but in a matter of general interest as for instance that laudanum is a poison, that naphtha is a deadly ex plosive, that btood heavily charged with a winter's accumulations of the waste of the system,—it is one's duty to know the fact and tiie consequences thereof. Our good old rand mothers knew for instance, that the opening of spring was the most perilous period of the year. Why? Because then the blood stream is sluggish and chillcd by the cold weath er,and if not thinned a good deal and made to (low quickly and healthfully through the arteriej and veins, it is impossible to have good vigor tho rest of the year. Hence, without excep tion, what is now known as Warner's Log Cabin-Sarsaparilla, was plentiful ly made and religiously given to every member of the family regularly through March, April, May and Juno. It is a matter of record that this pru dential, preventive and restorative custom saved many a tit of sickness, prolonged life and happiness to a vig orous old age, nnd did away with heavy medical expenditures. Mrs. Mamie Kercliwal, Lexington, Ky., used Uarner's Log Cabin Sarsa parilla "for nervous sick headache o! wiiich I had been a sufferer for years. It has been a great benefit to me." Capt. Huqh Harking, 1114 S. 1-Hh st., Philadelphia, Pa., says "it puri fied my blood and removed the blotch es from my skin." Mrs. Aarea Smith, Topton, Berks Co., Pa., says she "was entirely cured of a skin disease of the worst kind," by LogCubin Sarsaparil la. Bad skin indicates a very bad condition of the blood. If you would live and be well, go to your druggist to-day and get Warner's Log Cabin Sarsaparilla and take 110 other,—there's nothing like it or as good,—and completely reiiovatesvour impaired system with this simple, old fashioned preparation of roots and herbs. Warner, who makes tiie famous Safe Cure, puts it up, and tli at is a guarantee of excellence all over tho known world. Take it yourself and give it to the other members of tho family, including the children. You will be astonished at its health-giving and life-prolonging powers. Wo say tiiis editorially with perfect confi dence, because we have heard good things ot it everywhere, and its name is a guarantee that it is first class in every particular. The Great Enterprises. There is nothing in the recent his tory of the world that is more re markable than tiie formidable and costly works that have been under taken in our age to annihilate space and time and promote ease and economy of transport. Every modern nation has contributed its quota to this movement. Great Britain has been the pioneer of the railway sys tem, and has, besides, constructed" a system of canals, some 4,000 miles in extent, and involving an expenditure of £60,000,OOOjto £70,000,000, which, though far from being as useful as it might be made, and greatly overshad owed by theomnipotent and omnipres ent iron way, is still found of great ad vantage in the transport of heavy commodities. In France canal navi gation is much more valued and utilized than in England, and the wa terways are especially looked aft er by the government, which iias recently undertaken a large expenditure for their further development. Germany, like France, has a canal system of considerable extent, and has in hand at the pres ent time two important links in the chain of such communications—a ca nal 163 miles long, from Dortmund to Emden harbor, which is to cost A'3, 233,000, and the improvement of tho navigation from the Oder at Furs tenbnrg to the Upper Spree at Berlin, a distance of 54 miles, at an estimat ed cost of £630,000. Further east, the Isthmus of Corinth has almost been pierced by a canal which con nects the Mediterranean and the Adriatic with the Archipelago and the Black Sea, thus shortening the dis tance between the Pirieeus and Mar seilles by 11 per cent., while Genoa is brought nearer by 12, Venice and Trieste by 18, and Brindisi by 32 per cent. The length of this canal is, how ever, only 4 miles, the greatest depth of cutting being 285 feet, and the to tal amount of excavation being es timated at 13,000,000 cubic yards. Russia, again, has recently completed a maritime canal between Cronstadt and St. Petersburg 18 miles in length and 22 miles 111 depth, over a floor 270 feet in width. This, canal, howev er, was a comparatively easy under taking. It was cut through the sub merged Delta of the Neva, in a depth of water varying from 8 feet near St. Petersburg to 20 feet near Cron stadt.—The Fortnightly Review. "Brag.'* Some men, says acontemporary, go around talking large about their plans to buy a bouse, who haven't money enough to get a third mortgage on a length of fence rail. Other men go about talking carelessly about their "grounds," who haven't room enough in the front door-way to make two blades of grass grow where one starv ed to death before. Men are queer creatures anyhow. The opening of tho great Sioux res ervation will have a tendency to hur ry up immigration to Dakota, but this will likely lead to disappointment on the part ot landseekers. It will be well for those who intend to take up homesteads on the reservation to re member that the land is not yet sur veyed, nor is it likely to be until after the commissioners, who are yet to bo appointed, have completed their work of getting the consent of the Indian to tho proposed cession of lands. Set tlers may be allowed to squat on the land, but this will be unsatisfactory and may lead to endless dispute and much trouble. Now is the time to purify your Wood and for tify yonr syntom agolnnt the cl.iljllliatiui effects of apriinr weather. Serious cunxiMiuenuus olten toll,™ this lassitude, which dcueiieiates into debility most favorable for the aipcur:ini:o or disorders. You are run down. No specific dis ease has manifested itself, hut the eouditluu of your system is low aud your blond is In dis ordered state. Talco Hood's Sarsjparllla now, boforo some serious disease sains a firm hold upon your system. Purify Your Blood "I was troubled with an eruption of my skin, which covered Dearly my whole body. I doc tored for it a year without holp: then 1 lieaan to take Hood's Saraaparllla and two buttles com pletely cured me. 1 cheerfully recommend Hood's Sarsaparilla for any similar disease." M. H. CI.ABKK, Decatur. IIL "For some years I have been affllctcd with ecze» of a very stubborn form. Three bottles of Hood's Sarsaparilla cured me. I am now well and praise this excellent remedy." Owna, Troy, Ind. UABT Who is Never Craty, There are many lirm believers in the theory that most people are crazy at times and facts seem to support their belief. Tho following from source nnknown to the writer, will likely re mind a number of our readersof some incident in tiieir experience, which at the time of its occurrence seemed to them most unaccountable: "A wiso man will step backward off a porch or into a mudepuddle, a great philosopher will hunt for the specks that ate in lus hand or on his fore head, a hunter will sometimes shoot himself or his dog. A working-girl had been feeding a great clothing knife for ten years. One day she watched the knife conio down slowly upon her hand. Too late she woke out of her stupor with one hand cone. For a few seconds her mind failed, and she silt by her machine a temporary luna tic, and had watched the knife ap proach her own hand. A distinguish ed professor was teaching near a ca nal. Walking along one evening in summer ho walked as deliberately into thecanalashe had been walking along the path a second before. He was brought to his senses by the water and the mud and the absurdity of the sit uation. He had on a new suit of clothes and anew silk hat,but though the damage was thus great, he still laughs over the adventure. Our mail collectors find in the iron boxes along the streets all sorts of papers and ar ticles which have been put in by some hand from wiiose motions the mind has become detached for a second. A glove, a pair of spectacles, a deed, a mortgage a theatre ticket, goes in and 011 goes the person, holding on to the regular letter which should have been deposited. This is called absent-miud eduess, but is a brief lunacy."—Scien tific American. Nightcaps are Injurious. Nightcaps as articles of dress,except in antiquated farces and amateur theatricals, have gone out of fashion. Their universal use by our forefathers and foremothers, may perhaps, be safely attributed to the fact that in the good old times sleeping apart ments wore uncommonly draughty. Ill-fitting window sashes, iarge chim neys, and ante-diluvian doors let in so much air that there was very good reason for protecting the head from tho consequence of too much ventila tion. Nowadays the headgear appro priate for night use has become obso lete, so that it will cause no painful shock when tho public are informed, by the voice of medical authority, that the use of nightcaps is actually injurious. "A man," we are told, "might as well sleep in his hoots as in a cap." We are not aware that even if a person did commit the former enormity any dreadful effects 011 his health would infallibly follow, what ever might bo the results to his bed linen. Still, medical science is pretty safe in running a till against night caps, for the simple reason that it is hardly anybody interest to defend them.—London Daily News. A local divine aiinouiicod to Ilia flock one Sunday that "ainens" were all right at tho proper time, hut that they did not rattle in the collection basket. It has been discovered that kiHSos—lovo k'lBHstt wo mean—aro full of electricity. Now we know why old maids have always depcriliod them as shocking. It id tho intrinsic merit alone of Hall's Voijetahl»j Sicilian Hair Kenewer, that has gained for it great popularity for restoring the natural color of the hair. Concerning the Complexion. When you find a soap that is pure and suits your skin, continue to use it. Frequent changes are bad for the ^complexion. Pimples often arise from washing with cold water when overheated. For roughness, caused by exposure to wind, sponge the face with equal parts of brandy and rose water. If you use powder always wash it off before going to bed. Many persons prefer almond meal or oat-meal to soap for washing face and hands. Glycerine does not agree with a very dry Bkin. Judge E. T. Wilder, assignee of the Minnesota Elevator company of Red Win lias been directed, by order of the court,to distribute to creditors of that corporation a final dividend of per cent. The creditors will thus have received 43 per cent, on their claims. It is a fact well known, that it it was not for Dr. Hull's Cough Syrup hotel proprie tors in Flordia. would put the rates up to ten dollars pur day. -iiiHtories makemon wise, Poets witty." Rut what in the world does a man want with either when he has sprained his ankle. No Hir, not these, not those! Givo him but one bottle of Salvation Oil, the greatest cure on earth for pain. Price 25c. Christian Kemek and Kiclmrd Moore, two youn^ rough* of St. l'aul, had a prise fiffht for five dollars a ride, and in the ninth round, Moore WUH BO For constipation, "liver complaint," or biliousucsH, sick headache, and all diseases arising from a disordered condition of the liver and stomarh, take I)r. Pierce's Pleas* ant Purgative Pellets—a gentle laxative or active cathartic, according to sise of dose. The Duke of Norfolk will carry to Queen Victoria at Florenco an autograph letter from the l'ope. Was America Ever Discovered* At the time when Columbus started in search of the New World, nearly every man woman and child in lCurope 'insisted that there WJUJ no Niiw '.Vorld to discover. When he came back crowned with success, a largo proportion of these good people adhered to their theory »nd if they were alive to-day many of them would doubtless insist that America had never been dicov* ered at all. A man will give up anything in tho world more roadily than a pet theo* ry. For example, look at the individuals who still maintain that consumption is Incurable. Jr. Pierce's Golden Medical Dincovery has cured thousands upoa thousands of canes, and will cure thou* Hands more, but tl:c«e people can't give up the point. Nevertheless tho "Discovery" will cure any case of consumption,if taken in timo Hon. \V. E. Smith, late assistant secre* tary of tho treasury is dead. Ileforo furnishing your house send to Ilradstreet, Thurbcr & Co., Minneapolis, for photographs and prices—best goods aud lowest prices. Now is the Time Hood's Sarsaparilla is prepared from Sarsapa rilla, Dandelion, Mandrake, Dock, Plpsissewa. Juniper llcrries. and oilier veicotabls remedies, la such a icculiur manner as to derive the full medicinal value ot each. It will cure, when in tho power of medicine, scrofula, salt rheum, sores, boils, pimples, nil humors, dyspepsia, biliousness, slclt headache, indlizostion, general debility, catarrh, rheumatism, kidney and liver complaints. It overcomes that extreme tired feeling. Build Up the System "Last spring I seemed to tie running down in health, was weak anil tired all tho time. I took Hood's Sarsaparilla and it did me a great deal of KOOII. L. My little daughter, ten years old, has suffered from scrofula and catarrh a gnat deal Hood's Sarsaparilla did her more good than anything else we havo ever irlvon her, sad we have tried a number ot incdioines." Mas. LOUISA Coitr, Canaatota, N. Y. N. B. If you havo decided to take Hood's Harss parllla do not be lnducsd to buy any other. Hood's Sarsaparilla Bold br all drugglsta. *1 ill tor (is. Prepared only Hold bjr all dnwiita. «1 nil forts. Pmwnd ml* brtl. HOOD* CO., Apothecaries Lowell, Ma«. br0.1.HOODkCO.. ApotliKirla. Lowell. 100 DOMS One Dollar 100 Doses One Dollar A good Vapor stove for $3. tlsemsnt In another column. 8e»*dver» The fellow that has been leaving tho of fice door open nil winter will be around •horlly to ihut it. Cheap Coinlort.—Whnt a coinlort it is to know thnt in ense any ol your children an attacked at niplit with croup,ynu liure tho remedy at hand in Allen's Lung Ital ian)! Vepenil upon it, mothers, It cures croup perfectly pun and harmless. 2Bc., 60c., and (1.00 a bottle at all druggists. The marriage ot Prince Henry ol Prussia and Princess Inne ot Hesss is fixed tor Mny 2. Tho Aurora Vapor stove. See advertise ment, is the simplest mid best stovsmade. Tho wheat growing counties ot Texas re- From iort an incnoso ot acnags tor 1888 ol 10 to 100 per cent. Look tor Bradstreet, Tlmrber A Co's. advertisement, and see the bargains they otter in a chamber set. We hear a groat deal ol blowing about this spring weather, but we havoraally seen better. ONE OF THE 1*i C.OOGW wh'uk shOCtdbt cvred No better AtmtCM ^AYWVIS Vlas fcverWn S A PRICC badly injured, that hi* recovery is doubtful. Kemek was arrested. ELY'S CREAM BALM CleusaM the head of Catarrhal Virus, Allays Inflammation, Hcal» the Mores, Restore* the 8ensea of Taste and SraelL Apply Balm Into each nostril. ELY 239 Greenwich..**' Y. fiAIft is worth $500 per lb. PstttttEye Palre In worth UVLlr flood, but is sold at S5 cents a box by dealsi*. hlU. By Mill. Mo. Mri«»yJ..All»a.»«.fMl,llil». TO 18 A DAY. Samples worth $1.K FHERnLlnea BbfimtTsrtb« forM's tot. Writ# •KtwetiB Sinti uii uoipsaco., ••ny.su*. SIGNS E. E. PETERSON. Painter and Manfr. |Of all kind* of signs. Henri for d«sj«ms and prices. aiiO Xicollot avanno. Minneapolia PI SO S E O O N S I 0 N DAW FURS WANTED* ATMOORB» -®8 Jackson street. Ht. Paul, Minn. Exporter to London, Leipzig and Paris. Highest prices paid. XavlgsraUr. Otaaias aa4t by J.P. Allca, St Faal, Miaa. EflDECT TDCCC $1 per thousand Northern lUnCOl IItCCu Grown Trees and Seeds, Pure bred Poultry and Eggs. 8end Stamp forGU^ cnlar. H. M. BALI* Lone Tree Lake. Minn. DflDTDAITC We want good reliable agents to rUllmill 10 handle our work in your vicinity. Crayon, Ink. Pastel and Water Colon. Bend for circular* The Uorton Portrait Co, 471 Waba»hast, St. Paul. Oma la lOWa.iht ssfteaapM oftb* U.S.,aasbHl maun* sod stvebMNMlM. NswCatalofM rw. l«waS«SCs.,PssMaine* My Tansy lleg. Pflls never fail, try them, no pain, insun regularity, cafe nnd effectual Superior to Pen nyroyal Ergot, or Oxide $1 a p'k^g Kent secure by mail (particulars BtpB) Or. R. V. OATOM 4 CO. «—4—*»- SEND FOR OUR GASH offer to chil* dren for read ing to three or more housekeepers, a circular we will send, describ ing AIABAST1NE* showing 34 fresco desiirnx. is interesting, telling people how to decorate their walls. Alabastine is appropriate without bot dors: wall paper Is not. Alabastinemaketfpermanuut coats that harden wilhage. Soldbypaintdealers. Don'ttakekalsomine •aaauostituts. Alabastitte Co.. Grand Rapids, Mieh. I. CURE FITS! When 1 ear curs 1 do put msan msnly to nop tbssi •oratimeaadtbtBhave them return again. Insane radical ©org. I have tajufat b* disease of VlTB, EPSY RPttr or FALLING SICKNESS a life4oog ifaidy. warrant my nsaMly to care the worstcasPsT Because others hare failed is no reason for not now veeaieiag a ear®. Bendatoeee for a treatise and a.rieo Bottle MEMORY Wbelly unlike artllelal syetema. Any keek learned la eee rending. Recommended by RICHA&DPaocron,the Hous. W. W. Aaron, H.W.N, A scientist, Juiuh P. BsarJ AMI*.Or, Mtnon, Ac. Class of lOOCohiinlria Law students: two clauses of 200 each at Yale 400 at University of Penn, phila* 400 at Welleslfy College, and three large classes st Chautauqua Pnlveinlty, ftc. Prospectus POST ran from PBQP. LomflTIE, 237 Fifth Ave., Hew York. 188$ Bines the fint ot February 0,000 baa ol clover sssd have liesn sxporttd. Extraordinary but nsverthsless true. Ws nter to the announcement ot*B. F. Join son A Co., ot Richmond, in which they pro pose to show worklog and snergotic men how to make from $100 to 9800 a month over and abovs expenses. The remains ot Chlet Jostles Waits wsn 8oinetery, laced in the receiving rault at Forest Toledo, Ohio. Chronic nasal catarrh positively cured by Dr. Sage's Remedy. Eight Canadian conductors have receiv ed notice ot diimlssiil tor aiding a default* ing operator to escape by giving him tree passage to Vancouver. FOB COUOBS AND 1 HROAT DiHonnicRg nse BRONX'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES. "Have nev er changed my mind respecting them, ex cept I think better ot that which I began thinking well of. "—Rev. Henry Want Beech er. Sold only in boxes. An undecided driver makes a balky horse, and a pigheaded one ruins him. ™ELECTRO-MASSAGE INSTRUMENT,Y.N.itPearl181C..Slocum.M.A.Respectfully,T. A CURIOUS AND REMARKABLE INVENTION, Which. Produces, ty Motion at one and the same Time, ELECTRICITY, MASSAGE, MANIPULATIONS, KNEADING, RUBBING, ROLLING FRICTION AND MAGNETIC CURRENTS, For the Cure of Nervous, Chronic, Painful and Weakening Diseases. There are few diseases that this new treatfiient fails to cure or permanently benefit. For this reason it is considered unnecessary to give the lengthy list of diseases curable by it. Therefore, no matter what your disease or ailment may be, or how many other treatments have failed to cure you, you are not likely to be disappointed in this. The wide curative range of THE ELECTRO-MASSAGE INSTRUMENT makes it the nearest approach to a panacea, or cure-all, that the medical or inventive world has yet discovered. Leading physicians the world over place the highest value on the different curative treatments produced by it, every one of which is serviceable in nearly every form of disease. THE ELECTRO-MASSAGE INSTRUMENT is easy and safe to self-apply at home, ever ready for use, re quiring no previous preparation or the use of acids or charging liquids of any kind. MANNER OF OPERATING.—Holding the handle of machine in either hand, the roller is kept in motion at the will of the patient, producing all the curative treatments enumerated, of mild, medium, or strong power, according to the amount of motion or pressure used. THE ELECTRO-MASSAGE INSTRUMENT is small in size and can be carried in ovcrcoat pocket. It is simple and durable in construction, never gets out of order, and can be used by different members of the family or different persons when desired. THE ELECTRO-MASSAGE INSTRUMENT for treating disease by Electricity, Massage, ctc., ctc., (under easy control of the patient), is patented, and we alone can supply it. *5=*Seml to-day for illustrated pamphlet, mailed free, containing full particulars. Address by letter or postal card, with name plainly written, THE ELECTRO-MASSAGE COMPANY, rTHIS ADVERTISEMENT APPEARS ONLY ONCE IN THIS PAPER lbHtoaaefc DariHfi'S.—Itis impor* tent that the Soda you use ahocldbe White and Pare same as all similar mtetaaeei aaed food. To insure ot* talnlng only the "Arm A Hammer" brand Soda, buy it in ''pound or half pound" cartoons, which bear our name and trado-mark, as in* ferior goods are aomo* times substitnted for the "Arm Hammer" brand when bought in bulk. Parties using Baking Powder should remem ber that its sole rising property consists of bi I I Ih ^-r*r —-n*^ advertisement to the popular and We offer simply advertisement to the popular and well known "AURORA" Vapor stove, which is noted for its simplicity and durability. Oar 1-Barner KI5LICKER believe CotiBum Th» BEST Congh Medi olne is Pno'a CUBS YOB CONSUMPTION. Children take it without objection. By 11 druggists. 2Bo I *"l*! Mpnt,"#tam Plso's ran tor consumption is tho best cough nisdidns. If yon don't believe it take a does. By druggists SGc. a bottl*. Oahkoah spent #18,000 last year in maintaining the city fire department. The North Star Lung and Throat Bal sam is a sure cure for Coughs and Colds. Grass and clover can be profitably sown before the ground la permanently thaw*!. Itohlnc PIIM. tomaw-M*tae:iaMaMttahlagsM Mads, SMM:S alsM MSB Mfatdilaz It eoaUratmmciterm,if allminkar-naifi whtoh atuobiMa teb0€«ala«vwrm». SWATHS* OIKTHCXT MOM IMHIse sad blMdinc had* rtoemtkm, uvlTi ireaaKiMMveaUutamon. IttoMAllTefflnetmi. Wa.WwMV Ml. 8WAYNK a SON, Hiljgfclphh. SWATHS* on msmeu ttdrmsim. BaattoinuU for so (tasto. Consumption Surely Cured. To the Editor:—Please intorra yonr readers that 1 have a positive remedy for the above named disease. By its tlinely use thousands ol hornless ca va have been permanently cured. 1 shall be glad to send two bottles of my remedy fees to any ol your readers who have cnnmimpUonll they will endmetheirExpresiiuiidP.O.addreoe. P. O. Box 3258, NEW YORK. BRADSTREET, THDBBER & CO., A a A E tor f^HEAP vapor Bet, wit£*Bevel Mir ror, finished in Dark. Cherry, and hand some! polished,will be shipped to any address upon receipt. of$25 is worth$30. Send for a sample of the finish. We also carry the largest as sortment of Furni ture and Draperies at equally low price* We will send pho tographs and prices of any thing in our stock free. carbonate of soda. Ono teaspoon fulof tho ''Ann & Hammer" brand of Soda mixed with sour wil!t equals four tea* apoonfuls of the best Daking 2'owrtcr, saving twenty timoa ita cost, besides being much healthier, bccause tt docs not contain any injurious substances^ such as alum, terra alba etc., of Trim* tunny Bak ing Powders are made. Dairymen and Farmer* ehouUlu8eonlytfae"Arnt ft Hammer" brand for cleaning and keeping Milk Pans 8wcct ana Clean. A N S O A STOX/FQW Jr. OKforfS: cur S-Buroer Jr. OK for 95. These can be bought from dealer in the Northwest who handle the AURORA. We guarantee each Vapor Stove sent out, as well ax onr 230 stylee of Cooking and Heating Stoves, known at able Stores. Our FARMERS'B01LEU made in *ertn idtes isthe moBt economic and durable. It yonr dealers do not keep these sddress for particulars W. H. PECKUAM, 4U6*4»8 Third avenue uortb, Minneapolis Minn, FI. A PECKH Modern and Reli C. pveMdbe and fib/as* dorse. Big O ss the only epedfto for theestuin cure ot thlsdjaeaae. G. ETtNaRAHAV.M.D., We have sold Mg Gfor many years, and It has -iveirtbo nest ef satls 2XH.DTCHRI00.. Tiie Best I Waterproof! Coat He FAB HUVDtLICESU Is wsnsated waterproof, sad will fceep yea the berdwt stona. The new FOMKKL SLICXKR Is a |»H.d riii»« coat, cetera the satire ssddle. Itswara af Itniutlosa. Xone*»niifn»wttnmtttia Bread" trademark, tllutratil Catsieiae fita. A. J. Tower, Boaion, MBBUM 4 Amsterdam, N. T. Chisago, 11L ll.Ni Sold by Drugllstfc doa.ieasets I? A DLFOL **14 List FarmM or Lands for sale or Annlqi I eschauge with Of l319NieoUetav« -Ttol a Mi THE BEST INVESTMENT Cor Ike Familyi the Sckool, or the Profes sional or Public Library,iaa copy of the latest issue of Webster's Unabridged. bsdurj irsaf. JdM tatnj other nluable features, It contain, A Dictionary of 118,000 Words, 3000 Engravings* A Gazetteer of the World locating and describing 25,000 Places, A Biographical Dictionary of nearly 10,000 Noted Persons, All in One Book. 3000 more Words and nearly 2000 more lllustra* tions than any other American Dictionary. Sold by all Booksellers. Pamphlet free. CO., Pub*re. 8pr* ngfield, Mae* Well Drills FOR cvemr NINII SOLD ON TRIAL. IntMtaett •null, prof. St. l.r mailt ag logo, wits GOULDS A AUSTIN, iar a iaa mkk ar. OMXoaoa zbuaozs. WE1K PATENTSgSSgg •If Osllom Block Bolieitee