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Oh, look at my Menagerie And see the funny things'! They are the wildest animals With horns and tails and wings. The beetle Is a 'Noceros, This bug’s a Buffalo, I call the mole my Elephant Because he’s big and slow. The spotted yellow lady-bug A lovely Leopard makes, This monster fish-worm is a Boa, These monster caterpillars, Snakes. The grasshopper’s a Kangaroo— (You know they both can jump) The snail’s a Camel, for his shell Is just a truly hump. I dared to catch a bumble-bee And keep him in a cage Of morning-glory; he’s a Lion, Just hear him roar and rage! The lizard is a ’Potamus, The hop-toad is a Bear; Oh, look at my Menagerie, But not too near—take care! ^Abbie Farwell Brown, in Congregational is t, _ OSPREY’S SOLID HOME. Made of Sticks, Pieces of Broken Oars and Other Wreckage and Weighs 400 Pounds. It is good luck to have a fishhawk, or osprey, as it is sometimes called, build its nest on one’s farm. That is what the farmers say, and although the nest of this bird is as wonderful arfd as full of odds and ends as an ancient curiosity shop, they never molest it. It is only when some cold-blooded naturalist comes along, who wants to get the scientific fasts about everything, that it is possible to learn about the home of the fish hawk. Such a nest, says the New York Tribune, was recently found on Gar diner's island by naturalists from A BIG BIRD S NEST. the Bronx zoo. They took it clown and set it up again in a tree in the Bronx gardens. This was no easy task, for the cumbrous home weighed more than 400 pounds. Instead of being made of straws and feathers, like other birds’ nests, the fishhawk’s nest is constructed of sticks, pieces of broken oars and splinters of wrecked boats. Stowed away in the framework are often (onlid pieces of tisli net, iish bones. is of other birds, strands of 'wire, soles of old shoes, cor |nea, remnants of clothing and Jw pearl buttons. shhawk occupies its nest only son, and if it returns after ter is over builds another ffiie! ^Oftentimes other birds in 'Iiabit thei empty house, and in the one founwon Gardiner’s island there were three blackbird’s nests, each containing! a pair of speckled brown and greeijr eggs. Some superstitious jeople think that an empty ti.sh lawk’s nest is haunted, for they say that the tree in which it is built al ly s dies and the young of other ^an4ched there fall a prey to -—-ftey grow up. Dtft! HAS RIGHTS. St. I.onis Judge Has Given a Decision in Which All Hoys Are Interested More or l,ess. A man in St. Louis named Abram Simon has a dog named Jupiter. An other named Quinn has a boy named Willie. While Willie was trying to tie a can full of rocks to Jupiter’s tail, Jupiter bit him. Then Willie’s parents brought a suit for damage against Mr Simon before Judge Sidener. the judge dismissed the suit and made this ruling about the rights of dogs—prob ably «.he first instance in which the rights of any animal to resort to self defense have ever been made the sub ject of a decision in a court of law. Any dog has a legal and undeniable right to bite any man, woman or child who purposely and with intent to dis turb said dog’s tranquillity and peace of mind does attach or cause to be at tached to said dog’s tail a tin can or other weight which will impede the progress of said animal. A dog which bites its persecutor in such a case is acting purely and honestly in sell-de fense, and is as justly immune fiom punishment as the man who strikes a burglar in defense of*"his own life and welfare. The next time 3’ou see a boy trying to tie a tin can to a dog’s tail remind him (the boy) of the dog’s rights and If he will not let the dog alone have Kim arrested.—Little Chronicle. billy had a lark. Runaway Pony Scattered Deliclona Butter It-ills Along; Half a Mile of Street. Billy was a beautiful bay-colored pony. He was none of your heavy, slow-going farm horses that have to be urged on their way. Not he! Like a swift deer he cleared the ground, and horseback riding on Billy was a delight. Everyone loved him. He was so beautiful. He would toss his fine head and arch his neck in such a saucy way when being har nessed that one was sure he was only waiting impatiently to be off on a gay canter. One morning the weekly' supply of butter was needed and Arthur was asked to run over to the farmhouse for it. He was just waiting hi# chance to ride Billy, so he said there was not time to walk before school, so he guessed he’d ride Billy over. Mother protested, but Arthur pleaded, and so mych time was lost that mother saw that she must go without the butter or allow Arthur to ride the colt. Billy looked very sweet and inno cent of any mischievous plan as ha trotted out of ilie yard at a very mild pace, it was the first time Arthur had ever been on his back, and he sat proudly. The only thing that made him realize that he was not a valiant knight on a prancing charger was the tin butter pail on his arm. Arthur reached the farmhouse in good time, and the empty butter pail was exchanged for one filled with half-pound prints of delicious yellow butter. Arthur started for home. Billy, in fine feather, was cantering along gayly. A few rods from tne farm, near the road, stood a small black smith’s shop, where several men were lounging about, waiting for the “boss” to come and set them to work. As Arthur rode by one of the men gave a long, low whistle, which start ed Billy on the round run. Arthur was nearly thrown by Billy’s sudden spring forward, and in his efforts to regain his seat and control the horse the pail of butter slipped further up his arm, the cover fell off and Billy and Arthur went prancing through the main street of the village, scat tering balls of golden butter behind them. Everyone rushed to doors and win dows at the clatter of hoofs, and soon men and women, girls, boys and babies started in a procession after the proud knight, who was scattering gold in his path as he scampered by 1. * __1 A 3 When Billy dashed iflto the yard, the last print of butter lay in the road some yards behind him, and mother rushed out to find a dishev eled rider, a panting horse, and all the neighbors with all their children congregated in her backyard. But that was not the worst of it; she found an empty pail. Arthur had to walk back to the farm for more butter, and he had plenty of company on the way, who thoughtfully pointed out the little soft yellow heaps to him, lying at intervals in the road. But Billy? Well, he was not a bit penitent. He only smiled when they led him in the stall and tossed his head as much as to say: “That was a fine lark, wasn’t it?”—N. Y. Trib une. INCOMBUSTIBLE WOOD. How to Perform a Little Trlek That Im Calculated to Myatlfy Yonr Young Friends. Alum and glue in equal parts are dissolved in water strongly saturated with salt. Both solutions are mixed together. Dip splinters of wood into the fluid until every part is sat urated, let them dry, and repeat the process. Wood prepared in such a way will not burn. To make the trick more interesting and to avoid the suspicion that the splinters are prepared, mix them among other un prepared splinters after marking them in a certain way. After burning a few splinters, pick out one of the prepared ones and de clare’ that by your magic influence the splinter you hold in your hand will become incombustible. Hand it over to the audience, and it is easily understood that nobody will be able to set it afire.—Boston Globe. Thousand* of S>tran«re FUh. There are no less than 3,262 different species of fish inhabiting the waters of America north of the isthmus of Panama. EXTRAORDINARY SLEEPERS. Se-njintional Cases of Protracted Som« nolcuee In Vnrluua Parts of the World. About three years ago quite a sensa tion was caused among medical ex perts by the remarkable case of a girl named Kramer, who lived in the vil lage of Huelsweiler. This girl, who was 13 years of age, suddenly fell into a deep sleep from which she could not be awakened, and she remained in this comatose condition for a whole year, when she was removed to the lunatic asylum at Merzig, says London Tit Bits. Nothing could be done for the child bej'ond carefully tending her, in the hope that she would waken naturally, which she actually did two months after her admission. During the time she was asleep her teeth were so firm ly clenched that her food had to be ad ministered through the nose, and when she awoke her gums had completely overgrown her teeth. She was detained in the asylum until her faculties had resumed their normal condition, and until her memory, which had com pletely gone, was gradually restored. When discharged a perfect cure had been effected. This case, which is probably one of the most remarkable of its kind which has ever been recorded, is by no means without a parallel, as the following will show. Blanchet, a French physician, records the case of a. patient—a lady 24 years if age—who on three separate occa sions slept for extraordinary periods of time. At the age of 18 she slept for 40 days, at the age of 20 she again slept for 50 days, and the last recorded sleep extended for nearly a year. On this occasion she was supplied with liquid nourishment, and during the time she remained in the comatose condition she was motionless and in sensible, the pidse was low, and her breathing scarcely perceptible; but her complexion remained florid and healthy. Somewhat similar was the case of a laboring man named Samuel Clinton, who resided at Timsbury, near Bath. At the age of 25 he fell into a profound sleep, in which he continued for a month in spite of all the efforts that were made to rouse him from his lethargic slumber. When at length he wakened up he at once went about his work as if nothing unusual had hap pened. Two years later he slept for 17 weeks, and during that time he occasionally without waking, partook of the food which was constantly kept beside him. Again he awoke naturally, and on re suming work was somewhat surprised to find it was harvest time. The period that had elapsed between the sowing and reaping had been to him a blank. A year later, after complaining of a shivering and coldness in his back, he again fell into a sleep which lasted fully five months. Many and various were the means adopted for the pur pose of rousing him, but all attempts proved fruitless. Even the infliction of pain, which under ordinary circum stances would have been excruciating, failed to make the slightest impression upon him. William Foxley, who was at one time potmaker for the mint in the tower of konclon, once slept lor 14 clays ana is nights, and then awoke under the im pression that he had slept no longer than usual. The most eminent physi cians of the time were quite unable to account for his extraordinary sleep. HISTORIC STAGE COACH. (Md-Tlnve Rocky Mountain Carrier In the 1'ok'IhI Miueum at WuMlilngton. One of the most interesting relics of obsolete postal service to be seen at the museum in Washington, says the Washington Post, is an old-time Rocky Mountain combination passenger and mHii coach, built in 1808. This was among the first of its kind to carry the mails in Montana, the route of this particular coach being from Helena to Bozeman, the trip consuming a week. The residents along the same section now receive four mails daily. The coach was donated to the museum by S. S. Huntley, general manager of the Yellowstone Park Transportation com pany. It was captured by Indians in 1877 and recaptured after a hot purusit by Gen. Howard. Many distinguished persons have traveled in it, among them being Gen. Garfield, before he vv.as president; President Arthur, on a visit to Montana in 1883, and Gen. Sher man on a tour of inspection in 1877. The latter was a passenger when the coach made the distance from Fort Ellis to Helena, 108 miles, in eight hours, six horses being the team, with frequent relays. This antiquated affair on wheel* is the simon pu"e, typical stage coach of the Beadle dime novel. The James brothers and the Fords may have en riched themselves by looting this iden tical relic of the west. There is a front and rear boot, the former under the driver’s seat, being the repository of Uncle Sam’s mail bags, the rear boot serving to carry baggage. Heavy leather springs and iron tires to the wheels oue-half inch thick enabled the vehicle to withstand the rough usage to which it was subjected. With a ca pacity inside for nine people, others' riding on top and beside the driver, with slots in the sides of the coach, through which rifles could be aimed, it was evident that a knight of the road had to be of reckless mold to tackle one of these once-a-week “expresses.” Drinking Water •> Dowry. Water is so scarce in the Japan ese island of Oshima that it is the custom for a bride to take a large tub of drinking water with her to her new home as a kind' of dowry —Loudon Chronicle. VEIt since Inst June the white house has been all cluttered up. The president and his family moved into a hand some old residence on Execu tive avenue, about a quarter of a mile distant from the white house, ind there they made their home un til a little over a month ago. In the meantime the white house lias been !n the hands of busy artisans and irtists. For many years the^residents and their families have felt that the every purpose conected therewith.” President Koosevelt did not per mit the work to flag. He took up the work where McKinley left it, and continually kept it before the sena tors and representatives, so that the congress ultimately made ample ap propriations for this important work. The sundry civil appropriation bill, approved June 28, 1902, contained a total of $365,641, as follows: “For care, repair and refurnishing of executive mansion, to be expended as the president may determine, $23, and give them the reception a _____ grand review which both he and they had anticipated for so many month*. Wei!, the work on the president’* offices became so far advanced that he was able to take possession there of early in November, although con siderable finishing work remains to be done. The first thing to be no ticed about this innovation is the ab sence of pedestrians and carriages from the white house grounds. The great semi-circular driveway, which was formerly always in use by the public, is left for the use of the fam ily of the president. Statesmen and others having business with the pres ident go down Sixteenth street, the thoroughfare between the state, war and navy building, to the white house annex, ascend a dozen stone steps, and enter the new office apartments. There is a large reception hall where there are always watchmen, messen gers and a policeman. The offices of Secretary Cortelyou and his assist ants are first approached from thi* hall, but the offices of the president are reached only through the corri dor leading towards the white house. Between the white house and the of fice annex there is a handsome terrace. [Copyright, 1903, by Cllnedlnst.] MAGNIFICENT VIEW FROM WHITE HOUSE. Showing Grand Esplanade, New Execute Office and State, Nayg and War Building. white noose should be remodeled and improved, so that it might become the residence of the president, in stead of being less than one-half resi dence and more than one-half busi ness offices. Because of the fact that the president has been obliged to conduct public business in the execu tive mansion, the statesmen having right of access to the president have taken possession of the public ap proaches of the white house, and the families of the presidents have had practically no privacy of a homelike nature. The wife of President Hayes exert ed all of her influence to induce the congress to take up the matter of white house extension, but without success. Mrs. Cleveland was satisfied with the white house during her first term there, but she frequently ex pressed dissatisfaction with the white house during her second term, be cause it afforded no home for her children. The wife of President Har 000. For a building to accommodate the offices of the president, to be lo cated in the grounds of the execu tive mansion, and for each and every purpose connected herewith, includ ing heating apparatus, light fixtures, furniture, removal of greenhouses, all to be done according to plans which shall be approved by the presi dent, and completed in every respeei within the sum hereby appropriated. $65,196 to be immediately available; and said building shall be construct ed with sufficient foundations and walls suitable for a durable perma nent building, and of sufficient strength for an additional story when needed. For extraordinary re pairs and refurnishing of the execu tive mansion, including all necessary alterations, additions and cabinet work; the decoration of rooms, cov ered ways and approaches, grading, paving, port cochere, gates and elec tric wiring and light fixtures for house and grounds, to be done ac forming a corridor about 150 feet long, and through this corridor the presi dent walks to his office rooms. This is called the west terrace, because it extends from tlie west side of the white house. After traversing this corridor the president turns to the left, into his business office room, which is on Hie south side of the new annex. Directly opposite, on the north side, is a very.iargc room which ha* been set apart fortof-the inet. Hereafter the cabinet meeting* will be held in that room, so that ere* on cabinet days the white house will continue be the exclusive home ot the president and his family; and, lor the lirst time in the history ot the government at Washington, the presi dent can go to his home as any other citizen does, and leave his business cares behind him in his office. Then there is the east terrace, of which but lfltle has hitherto bee* said. This is approaching completion. Fifteen-and-n-Half street runs be (Copyright, 1803. by Cllnedlnst.l PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT’S BEDROOM, One of the Choicest Apartments In the Reconstructed White House. rison went bo far as to have plans drawn for the extension of the white house, and she had assurances from senators and representatives that her plans should receive congressional consideration. But she did not live until the conclusion of her single term in the white house, and the plan lapsed. President McKinley exerted a great er personal influence upon the eon ftress than any president this nation las known for more than a genera tion. Long before he became presi dent he was familiar with the white house and its requirements. He de termined to have it improved, and the congress cordially cooperated with him. It was upon his personal recommendation and request that the congress, by act approved June 6. 1900, made an appropriation of $6,000, “or so much thereof as may he neces sary, for continuing plans for ex tending the executive mansion, for completion of drawings, model and specification, and for each and ■ * cording with plans which shall be ap proved by the president, $475,145, to be immediately available.” As soon as that appropriation had ; been made and the money was avail able, the president rented the build ing which was known as “the tempor ary white house,” and occupied it during the summer months, when he was in Washington, but he wisely managed to be absent a goodly por tion of the time, until the conditiou of his wounded knee required him to come back to Washington and be quiet. For the first time in his life he was obliged to be quiet and rest ful, but his wound healed rapidly, so that he was in the midst of strenu ous effort sooner than his surgeons had anticipated. It was from this“tem porary white house” that he w as taken in an open carriage and driven along the line of the Grand Army parade, so that all of the old veterans of the union armies had an opportunity to see and cheer their president, al though he was unable to stand up tween the white house grounds and the treasury department; and thi* street will hereafter be utilized a* never before, on ull state occasions*, because the east terrace will be tbe entrance to the white house for diplo mats and all others on grand official: occasions. This east terrace is built, in pure Doric stlye, with a splendid colonnade on the south side. A semi circular driveway will enable visitors to drive under cover here, and giws, their wraps to careful attendants, wh» will place them in marked locker* which are built in the north wails off the terrace. Along the colonnadb there is a promenade leading to tbe white house basement entrance, whe*» a large luxurious elevator will lift, visitors to the main iloor of the build ing. The east terrace will be com pleted by the close of this year, ac cording to contract, because immedi ately after the Kew Year’s reception the social functions will begin and continue until the Lenten season. SMITH D. FBI.