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Earning rui Exbtcnro in Queer
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A. Unique Character Who Buys
U ti Ovrr Vu:;!!intr.
Thn ever-increasing energy necen-
nry to keep tho wolf from tho dour in
these tinas of pushing, jostling c in -petition
Lux driven many of the rank
and of 1 i f o to cujituro thn fleeting
dollar m queer h ti.l original ways. It
occurred to one genius recently that
there might 1'0 it profitable trada
done through purchasing tho left-over
linen from Chinese lauu Iryuten ami
tlihj-uHiti of it to indigent individual
who rt'tuiu a lingering amuuut of self,
respect and a weakness f,r clean
fcliirt. Tho man to whom tho ilea
cnnio has been milking a Meady living
bincit ut his unique business, nml al
ready has a competitor in thu field.
In almost every Chinese laundry
there is an accumulation of linen, left
there ior t ho most part by porsomi
who forget to call for it, and in home
instanced through thn loss of the
ticket ami tho consequent hopeless
ness of identifying tho owner. Thin
left-over linen the individual referred
to makes h bid for, gets, usually ut
Liu own price, nnd retails at a hand
Bomo jirofit.
Another queer way of getting a liv
ing is that pursued by a man on the
East River front, who in known from
Chi rry Hill to Corlear's Hook ns "The
Grappler." In tho summer time
when the piers nnd Ktringpieces are
crowded with (sweltering humanity
from the east hide tenement bouses,
it is a common thing for Kruno unfor
tunate to topple over into tho water and
bo drowned before help arrives. Tho
body is usually washed ar jund by the
tides aud eddies cm thu pier front and
cannot bo located without a careful
eearch by uu experienced hand.
"The Grappler" is usually sent for
by tho borrowing relatives, and ho
6trikes a bargain to recover tho body
for so much moucy. Tho rieo usual
ly paid him is 8'2o. Then, armed
with tools of his own invention, "The
Gruppler" launches his bout, makes a
careful study of tho spot where tho
body disappeared, draws his own con
elusion as to tho whereabouts of tho
drowned from a life-long study of
the ways of East River waters, aud
then begins to grapple. Sometimes a
body will bo brought to the surface
within half an hour. At other times
tho work lias to be carried ou patient
ly for days and weeks before the grap
pling irons catch the remains. In
eome instances the grappler has failed
to find the body and has thrown up
his contract. As a rule, however, his
gruesome task is successfully accom
plished. Whoa not searching for
bodies, "The Grappler" fills out hie
time fishing for anything he can get,
He catches all sorts of flotsam and
jetBam, that he turns into cash. 01
rope, lost anchors, chains, rusty iron
and other deposits of tho river bed
are all worth money to him. , "The
Grappler" says business is not flourish
ing now. He succeeded to his pecu
liar calling through his father, who
taught him the business in the days
when grappling paid, and he cannot
turn his hand to anything else at this
late date.
One of the remarkable band of
jamp followers that hovers on tho
outskirts of Wall street's speculating
crowd is Billy the Goose, an ex-Btool
pigeon of the police, who is credited
with earning a weekly sum in a variety
of ways. Billy is usually seen hold
ing in his arms a pyramid of cast-off
hats, which he sells for anything they
will fetch. These transactions are all
clear profit to Billy for he gets tho
IiatB as gifts from the brokers of the
neighborhood who have purchased
new ones. Billy also loans money at
exorbitant rates of interest to impecu
nious messenger boys, and makes a
largo profit in this manner. Then he
acts as the broker on commission to
men who wish to speculate in the
bucket shop, but who do not care to
be seen in this lone strata of Wall
street society. Every one in the street
knows Billy, and if he were to an
nounce that he had accumulated a
fortane and was about to refire from
business, no one would be at all sur
prized. New York Recorder.
A Jap.mcte Hostelry.
Wh etl one i lit' M Ik J 1 1 n in' hot!,
f ir away frmn a treaty port, !, p.t..t.
through tin) t I otlcs kit. lieu, wliert
sndioid, cm,u ir.i I waitress h!1 mhito
iui with, "You liiivn eoiuo Willi hoi
ofitb'o earlmt hi. " Here. too. hi do-
urtUIO lH hailed With, "I'le.lM) r t l.TI.
with Hiigunt cur linens," Tim food pre
arid 111 the clean kitchen, however,
tho traveler will Iiot like. Especially
will ho mi-N the meat to w Licit ho in
accustomed, uulem h) h near tho He
when an obuudatieo of fish will la
Tourists often, perhnps usually,
take with them knives, forks, poons,
bread aud rumii d meat. At tho ho
tel they find neither these, ucr chairs,
uor tables, nor milk nor coffee, or
'eds. Nor will he, unless the hotel is
Very wnall, find quiet.
l'ish, rice, iily bulbs, boiled chest
nuts and other articles of tho sort dis
posed of,tho evening draws on aud tho
bath is ready. This is in nearly tho
moht public view, and filled with boil
ing hot water. Tho first mi belongs
as a matter of honor, to the most dis
tinguiidied guest, though ho is bound
to protest that someone else should
precede him. And then tho .whole
household uso tho bath in turn- Next
morning there aro agaiu tho fish, tho
rice and tho queer vegetables. No
coffee, no bread, plenty of tea, no
milk. Homo Oneen.
Revival or the Husking Hoc.
Ono of tho most gratifyiug things
in this much-shouted, long-drawn-out
end of tho century is tho revival of
tho husking bee. Tho barn party has
struggled hard to get tho bolter of it.
"Barn party" incongruous name
brings to mind a lloor nicely polished
for dancing to tho music of tho city
orchestra, with no trace of hay or
straw, and tho horses resting in
roomy fit. ills. "Barn party" belongs
to tho city village, and marks a weak
attempt to bring together tho old aud
tho new.
In "husking bee" there is tho odor
of the breath of cattle, tho light of
the jack o' lantern, tho warmth of tho
immmer buu stowed away in tho
mows, the dancing of bright eyes, tho
laughter of red-cheeked girls, tho
gurglo of tho cider jug and withal the
itching from the rye beards that mako
dust on the rough boa:d lloor. "Husk
ing bees" belong to the country cross
roads and beyond. Wo know there is
a revival of them, because almost
every ono of our exchanges mentions
them in its correspondence, but, un
fortunately, not enough attention has
beeu given to them in print to mako a
boom. The nearest to it was when it
was written of a ,bee over in East
Hartford that it was decided to call
all tho earn rod ears, and "the girls
liked it." -Hartford Courant.
An Oklahama Contest.
Clara Georgo and Albert Jones were
claimants foj.the one quartor-section
of land on the Arkansas River, north
of Perry, Oklahama. For two years
they had been quarreling and eveu
fighting over this excellent tract of
bottom land. Both built humble
cabins and have lived on the land for
two years. Some weeks ago Jones was
taken down with fever. Miss George
was informed of her neighbor's ill
ness, and ventured to his lonely hut
to see him. Her heart was touched
at his afilictions and she remained a
while with him. All of Jones' neigh
bors left him, and Miss George's ten
der heart compelled her to remain and
administer to the wants of her con
testant. She remained .or weeks, and
when Jones got bett' tie proposed to
Miss Georgo to divide the claim ond
quit quarreling, and to this Misa
George agreed. When Jones got up
from his bed he proposed that they
marry and enjoy the claim together,
This was agreed to, and tho couple
were married. Kansas City Times.
What One Woman Would Do.
"Ezra," said Mrs. Billtops to her
husband, "do you know what I think
about it V"
"No, Elizabeth," said Mr. Billtopp.
"What do you think about it ?"
"If I could lick the English without
shedding blood," said Mrs. Billtops,
"oh, how I would go in for light I"
New York Sun.
The hot springs in tho Yellowstone
Park cover an area, all together, of
nearly ,000 square miles.
An Ailzonn. Tru e in Tho United
cs K r.ic-
hey aro Invaluable in Mubduln :
In !!a:i Uiirlslr-i:
The Apnchfl renei vution in the eat
rn part of Arimiu contains the first
HUCeohflll khoWIIig of diNCIplllied III-
limm employed as a body of lighting
men by tho United States Government,
tho Whito Mountain Apaeho scouts.
Tho United Stales has called irto
requisition till) Service of tiolllO oUO
trained Indians, who huvo within the
ant live years proven invaluable in
subduing uprisings in different Indian
reservations. At various times the
Government has employed special In
dian police, and individual Indians
mvo berved in the army on important
Hcouting dutv, but the utili
zation of tho good part of a whole
tribe, traitiidto modern arms and
tactics is a comparatively new depart
ure. Aside from the Apaches, the
only other instance on record ;s that
of two companies of Sioux Indians
attached to tho United Slates Army
post at Salt Lake City.
Tho Apaches aro ouo of tho most
barbarous aud warliko Indian tribes
in North America and until recently
have not been ameuablo to tho iu
llueuce of civilization. They are re
lated to tho great Shoshone or Pacific
Coast Indians, a branch whoso treach
ery and cruelty are traditionally
famous among all Western Indians.
Tho Apaches aro at present divided
into tho White Mountain Apaches and
tho Me!-euleios. Tho latter tribe.now
headed by tho treacherous old San
Juan, was formerly a baud of desper
adoes, led by tho well-known Geroui-
mo and tho Apaeho "Kid." Tho
Apaches aro a naturally vicious peo
ple, and while they aro capable of re
ceiving a moderate degree of educa
tion, are totally unfit afterward for
any other pursuit than wandering
over the plains in armed bauds. Even
under a thorough military education
they are unable to tight other than in
their own methods of warfare. They
learn the maiiuel of arms and field
maneuvers without any difficulty and
are drilled to fire by platoons, but
when it como to the actual fighting
they can operate i grent-.-r advantage
if left to their own devices and in
herent trickery.
Their usual dress is a native woven
cotton cloth hhirt and turban to
match, close-fitting "pants" andbucl'
skin boots. In fighting trim they
discard everything but tho turban,
boots and a loin cloth. Thus cos
tumed and equipped, with a repeating
rifle aud cartridgo belt, they make a
desperate and dangerous antagonist,
The Territory of Arizonia contains
stretches of the most unproductive
soil in the country, but tho Apaches,
muscular of limb and hardy by nature,
thrive under its semi-tropical sun.
An Apache's powers of endurance are
phenomenal. They have been known
to go two whole days, running, fight
ing and retreating, without tasting a
mouthful of food or a drop of water.
A band of 1,000 Apaches could wear
the life out of an ordinary army in a
month. They fight in squads of
.twenty or thirty, scattered out over
the plains and concealing themselves
behind a small stone or clumD of sacra
brush that would scarcely hide a
child. They can shoot right or left
handed, either in a crouching atti
tude, rolled up into a ball or stretched
flat in a shallow "arroya," a ditch
washed out of the soil during the
rainy season.
From-this ambuscade they make for
tho foothills, where they ensconce
themselves in gulches and fire on their
pursuers with deadly effect They are
as fleet of foot as a broncho, being
able to outwind a horso over tho
parched plains. Apache messengers
between government stations fre
quently cover a distance of twenty
five miles in less than threo hours,
and know how to elude the terrific
eandstorms that sweep tho desert
tracts in the vicinity of the Gila moun
tains. In mountain climbing they are
like chamois, jumping from ledge to
ledge with the greatest ease and agil
ity and scaling precipitous walls on
the most delicate footing. When riding
horseback they almost become a part
of the animal, crawling around its body
lilid firing while theyh.i.l i.u fi!j, cSI.i
ill true lli.l an f.e liti.ii. Tli. , mini
hcoil Is lire -"p' e:nlly 1 1 r ad, I v tin!
Niivnj i, -4, ii in at it ii 1 tho M i.' e.iji.i-,
w li ise o Itlil i"i't til ' aro oee.i ill
llv Clllied nil to (tllbl le, mid l
h !in' tin in ! old front th" pufr'i'i'
rxpfil:tiut for wl.len tho Apac!n
lire lauious.
Tho Apaeho rei rvation is about 2!)
nubs from tho Mexican boundary
line. As they nro continually at war
with their neighbor or iiiuoiig them
m lves, it is difficult to chtiuiato their
number, but it is know n to bo I e
tween 5,0'JO and 7,000. They pcuk tho
Spani-dt languago almost univi rlly
and display all tho undeiirahlo qual
ities of tho North American Snoidtouo
in closo admixture with tho blood of
tho Mexican Indian.
Life Without ll.mlly Ilxen lse.
Tho Rev. Win. f)avis, rector of
Stituiiton-iipou-Wye, and vicar of All
Saint, Hereford, died 17'.0,aged 103.
Tho life of this gentleman displays
tho most txtraordiu ary instance of
leparture from all thoso rules of tern-
eraueo and exercise which no much
mil lenco the lives of the massof man
kind than is probably to be found in
tho whole record of longevity. Ihir-
tho Lint 35 years of his life ho never
used any other exercise than that of
slipping his feet, one before tho other
from room to room, and they never
after that were rained but to go down
or up stair-i, a tusk, however, to which
ho seldom subjected hilllMelf. His
breakfast was hearty, consisting of
hot rolls well buttered, w ith a plenti
ful supply of tea or colVee. His din
ner was substantial and frequently
consisted of a variety of dinhen. At
Hipper ho generally ato hot roast
meat, though never to excess. Though
nearly blind for a number of years.ho
was always cheerful iu his manners
and enteitainiiiiiig in his conversa
tion. He had neither gout, t-.tono,
paralysis, rhenmatism, nor any of
those disagreeable infirmities which
mostly attend old age.but died peace
able iu full possession of nil his facul
ties, mental and copereal, save his
eyesight. Like most long livers, ho
was very short. San PraucisCo Ex
The lied Sea .Miracle Reproduced.
It is a well-known fact that at cer
tain times of tho year Link River, a
stream a mile and a quarter long,
which connects tho great water sys
tems above an 1 below this point, be
comes almost dry. This state of lf-
fairs, however, lasts, as a rule, but a
few hours, during which time people
havo been known to walk across tho
river, 300 feet wide, without getting
their feet wot. The bottom of tho
river has been dug out in many places
by the action of the water, forming
large pot holes, and when the river
becomes dry these holes are filled
with trout, which are left stranded.
At such times it is a common occur-
reuco to soe men and boys knocking
the fish on the head with clubs, and
in this way they secure many a good
There are many traditions regard
ing this phenomenon among the In
dians here, but the real cause of the
low water in tho river is the action of
the wind. The course of the stream
is southeast, aud the high winds
which prevail in the spring and fall
are from the south, and blow up the
river. Tho outlet from the upper
lako being small, the force of the
wind keeps the water back in the big
lako, causing the river to become very
low. Klamath Falls Express.
Oil Prospectors on Tho Jordan.
According to consular reports, it ia
the intention of the Turkish authori
ties, at Jerusalem, to establish a steam
ship line on the Dead sea. The exist
ence of asphalt in that region has been
ascertained and it is supposed that
petroleum will be found also. A ra
tional debelopment of tho Jordan Val
ley from Lake Tiberias down, and es
pecially the opening up of the rich
mineral resources of the Dead sea
basin is considered a very profitable
undertaking, for which, however,
foreign capital will hardly bo found,
as tho legal status of property holders
in those regions is very unsafe. Scien
tific American.
"Is she pretty?"
"No, but she has a prepossessing
bank account." Puck.
hauls or Tiiot (.nr.
rliUit thou jl.!- are pi .yi rx. 2 her
lire In, eiii lit whi!i rr b i tlio
nllil.i , i,t the b...h, th h.1,,1 ih uu ltd
ktj m llllo.
Tho -i ttllMtte !,,,!e li.ll. Il Ii , I UpOU
I li diet 1 1 ei e iu ii, fni limn iiitl imp-
pi iii t iii pi i.p, ,r n i 'i im t In ir store iu
t reae. 1'uii to.i.
Iloiient instill, -t eoiijes a volunteer,
mre never to ow rshout, but j . -1 to
hit, while still too widu or shuit of
bu'iiin wit. Pope.
It is by utudy ing little things that
wo attain tho grr.tt art of having as
little nii a ry and us much huppinc at
posiible, Johns' in.
No earnest thinker will borrow from
others that which he has not already,
More or less, thought out for hilll
belf. Charles K ing-dev.
True politeness i perfect ease and
freedom. It simply consists in treat
ing others ju-t as yon love to Lfi
treated yours'df. Chesti 1 field.
Despair is the o!Tpri'ig of fur, of
laziness and impatience ; It argues a
defect oT spirit and resolution, and
often of hoiie.-ty, too. Collier.
There are braying nu it in the world
as well us braying asse s; fur what is
loud and senseless iiilking and swear
ing any other than braying ?
Consider how much more you often
suffer from your anger and grit f thau
from those Very things for which you
ore angry and grieved. Marcus An
ton ins.
A St range Story.
Good material for a novel may bo
found in a tale which comes from
Hope, Stello county, this Mate. Miss
Eileii Norman, living near there, was
engaged to bo married to Georgo
Thompson, a prosperous, young far
riier.but her parents were strongly op
posed to the match. In October, 18'J1,
tho girl was taken ill: October 21 she
died, at, least the doctors pronounced
her dead, after subjecting her to nu
merous tests. The funeral was set for
October '!'. The body was kept over
li ght in tho Norman house. Tho
only watcher was Mr. Thompson, who
declared that he was not airr.id of tho
disease, whatever it was. It was eltio
to his watching that the young woman
is alive today.
Thompson removed tho lid of tho
coffin iu order to gaze once more upou
the fiico of his fiancee. Ho was bur
prised to see the chest of the body risejin
tho casket rise aud tall in a spasmodic
way, as though tho girl was gasping
for breath. He wrapped tho rigid
form in a bhiuket, carried it to his
house, returned to the Norman house,
made up a dummy and closed the cof
fin. This was buried.
After Miss Norman hud been carried
to the Thompson residence and a
doctor summoned who worked over
her for several hours, it became evi
dent thai she was simply in a trance.
Sho remained delirious for several
days. As she became stronger all was
explained to her. About the middle
of December Miss Norman was spir
ited away from Hope by Dr. Mullan
and Mr. Thompson and since that
time she has been traveling in tho
Bouth and west, where she has fully re
gained her health.
The other day she returned to Hope
as the brido of Thompson, the old
folks were apprised of her being alive
and well, the fatted calf and several
other farm animals were killed, and
they will doubtless live happily ever
afterward. Bismarck, North Dakota,
Brigauds' Treasure Found in a Cave.
About forty years ago a wagon train
loaded with valuable goods and about
$80,000 in gold nnd silver coin, en
route from the City of Mexico to the
United States, was attacked near Rin
con, Mexico, by a band of brigands
and all the members of the wagon
train were killed and the booty seized.
The robbers were over overtaken a few
days later by a detachment of soldiers
and all were killed. The money and
stores had been secreted by tho oat
laws aud could not be found. Rafael
Villegas was prospecting for mineral
ten miles south of Kiucon, when he
camo upon the entrance to a cave. Ha
exjdored tho cave, and found several
(acks filled with the money taken by
the exterminated band of robbers.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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