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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, _
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
Such a nest, says the New York
Tribune, was recently found on Gar
diner's island by naturalists from
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
(Md-Tlnve Rocky Mountain Carrier In
the 1'ok'IhI Miueum at
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
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.]
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
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
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
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.

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