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r, in I-, j 'njr rm'' h'tl ht the trei An I rn-'tn It mir'T In lit ! K-utt'-r u r fain, y . ! m-l. mid frin '1 11 Ij i U Hi tt w nit ymr Iriwtiiutf gm J lioll down, () river, to tli" Arid wl'l' Uiu your Mr ir l ra-o! l' h.-k through tunny ; in nmy li -p IliH j-anl' ii In miino 'I'll' I i' U, hi!-1 utti'M fi f..r lilin fitnl fp.ip And I' "'I f.'i' l on ni'i'T't nn t f.-ti s Tl ll'itti'rt of V n, i'o death nn J deep; The Mnfe f living Illlt W-'H US inru. All, j"y it M to win thu coil l',y 1 1 rt-! work mid l i u nt ! will, Yet may tlm llf i rii'J orbed and whole 1'rom el.iiiiel)iope, nnd lots, nnd HI; Our I nfil'-il tolU uplmlld the mail, Arnl future no U Wetury dill. A. Mr. Joux Ai)cn k. BIG TOM THE CONVICT. There were thoso who said that conviet 12S0 was innocent of tho orimo which sent him to prison for such ft long term of years that there whs scarce it hope of his ever beiug a freo muu again. They meant t hut ho wan technically guilty. He had nought to hhvc a woman from a beating ut tho hand of her LusbauJ, and in the strugglo and excitement ho hud struck a blow which canned the ilcuth of the man. It was accident, in n senso, lint it was also manslaughter. No man who is a man will stand by and see a woman beaten, and yet if ho interferes he must take his chances with the law. "Big Tom," as the con vict wus sometimes reterreu to, was like mobt big men a child in his geu tleness and good nature. He went to prison weeping. Ho did not complain, but ho grieved. Ho thought of the yenrs and years which ho must drag away before- tho prison doors would open to him. and ho moved about hko a weak, old man. The prison officials felt to pity the nitin, but a couviet is a convict and all inust bo treated n 1 1 k e all who show obedience to the rules, They sized him up us child-like ami good-nutured, and yet they (-aid to each other as they talked of him ; "Look out for Big Tom. Ho will DreaK loose a uuo day ana ilo homo desperate thing." They thought it would come tho first six months of his term then during the socoud then they almost became afraid of him. Men who are blow to anger nhogoon greiviug, brooding nud bearing a mental burden for weeks and months are devils when the climax comes. Big Tom had the man agement of tho trip hammer in the ma chine shop. Had they put him in the shoe shop or tailor shop he would have rebelled at once. His place was beside the biggest pieoo of machinery in the shop. Two pieces of machin ery, as it were "Tom and Trip." Day by day and week by week, and mouth by month, as tho ponderous hammer rose and fell and its blows Bhook the very earth for yards around and making tho convict smile and look proud, the guards had an eyo on him and kept saying to each other: "It will come ! It is only delayed When be breaks loose he will kil some one ana nave to be killed in turn!" Nearly half of the second year had passed and the giant convict had never even sulked, when one day there came into the shop as sightseers a husband wife and little girl four or five years old. Children are seldom seen in prisons, and is a rare thiAg that they ure taken into the shops in the yards. If any one in that prison knew that convict No. 1280 had a daughter fair-haired, handsome child who could only walk alono when the jury pro nounced his verdict of "guilty," they had forgotten the fact. His wife had visited him as often as visitors were .allowed, but tho child had never been seen within tho grim walls. Knowing that her husband had killed a man by accident tho wife could bear to see him wearing the horrible stripes of a convict, but to let tho child look upon him to gaze in wonder at tho iron bars to ask why all those men ' were there a thousand times no 1 And so this was tho first child Big Tom had seen Bince the heavy doors shut him in. Father, mother and child came close to him and gazed at tho ponderous hammer with wonder ing eyes. You would have argued that the sight of the child would have softened the convict's heart and brought tears to his eyes, but it did not. It brought a feeling of mad ness of desperation of frenzy. To savo a woman from a brutal beatiug at lli Ihiii U of drunken, . j r ; 1 1 1 h i thing hot fit t be fit.' m -.1 villi J 1 1 1 1 , lio hud struck a blow. A i irv had ("line. I it innr l.tr in th Keren. 1 de'-rec ml ho nit iii-ro in prison on a mii- ti lico almoht lievcr-eudin;'. II. hud been wroti-'ed. nud the kuottledi"' of it fired his In art and brit;.;ht the long- xperted outbreak. With it midd.-u ry which startled every otm in the noisy hop Big Tom made a spring formud, nricd the child in his urim, and there Mm a shout of defiance on his lijis in ho held her lit arm's length and glared about him. The mother of tho child gasped for breath and tiiygi-red back to the wall sud Mink lown. Thu futh'T stood staring, as if struck dumb, but presently held out his bauds in silent supplication. Big Tom glowered and muttered in reply. He was a convict a childless father. Ho was dead to his child sho wa dun 1 to him. He could not make another father's heart neho and throb nud grieve as his did, but he would secure revenge. After muttering he was silent. No one cried out. Guards and convicts were seemingly stupificih There was the ham of machinery, but not of voices. Convicts turned from forge and auvil and bench and latho and held their breath. The two shop guards leaned forward in their chairs and looked nnd looked, but they did not move nor cry. "What will ho do with the child?" Tho two men working at tho trip hammer with Bi; Tom had fulleu back. He hod control of tho ma- cuinerv which worked it. A ho an swer to the question could bo read in his eyes. Men had wronged him un der cover of the law. He hud been deprived of liberty, degraded and dis- eraced. Death were more merciful than such a sentence as his, and in, dvins ho would secure revenue. A piece of iron had been left uuder tho hammer. There was heard the sound of crash! crash! crash! us tho mass of iron ro.-ii) and fell at regular intervals that sound above tho monotonous hum of tho machinery. "He will thrust her under the ham mer !" So thought each guard and each convict so thought the father whose feet seemed chained to the floor and whose faco was whiter thun tho dead. Ono of tho guards could have touched a button and signaled the engineer to shut off steam, but he did not move a hand. Either guard bul a fair mark to shoot at, but their pistols were not lifted. Up and down up and down went tho hammer, but suddenly the belt was thrown over on the looso pulley uud the mass rested on the an vil. It seemed to those who looked as if they had been looking through a mist such a mist as rises from earth of a summer morning. It seemed to them that this mist thinned out cleared away before the influence of a risiug sun, and by and by they saw the child nestling on Big Tom's breast, one hand smoothing his cheek, and soeming to come from a long dis tnnc'l off they heard her childish . voic.5 saying; "No, you wouldn' hurt Nellie you wouldn't hurt Nellie! What makes you cry? Have you got a little girl too? Won't they lot you go home to see your little girl?" And tha convicts advanced stop by step and tho guards crept forward, and lo! Big Tom's tears were falling as ho hugged the child more tightly and kissed her fair hair and rosy cheek. Thero was silence yet silonco as he walked to and fro and wept and sobbed and lifted the child till she could clasp her tiny arms about his neck and rest her cheek against his Not a whisper among the convicts not a move from father or mother or tho guards. By and by Big Tom placed the child in its father's arms, wiped tho tears from his eyes on tho sleeve of his striped jacket and with a "God bless tho little darling !" and a "Thank ye,sir !"he returned to his work and tho hammer was liftod and held in wuitinnr for tho hot iron to be ulaced on the anvil beneath. The guards motioned for the other con victs to go back to their benches and forges, and a minute later the visitors had gono and work was in full blast. Tho long-expected outbreak had como and gone. For thirty seconds Big Tom had felt such a raging hate in his soul that ho was transformed into a human devil. Tho child had smiled into In bun.i i r, tyei lo-r words lin I bioih-lit buck hi r'ii"Hi. Wm h piuiinlii 'lT No! A eur Jit. r ho i pardoned, slid today iui"ilir f.n;'- liuirctl, l,ui-ciel Minim .; chiM nil lu-r arms about l.inni i k nnd onv: "You nrt such ii great, hi, p.ip:i,hut voit v.oiiitiu t ni'u r liiiri in.ito !v. would oil, iMrolt I'll e l'li Agricultural Note. The good farni'T k ! many n har rowing Ml; ht. A fanner limy be toot lilt us and yet have many mi here. It makes a dinner have a wry face to see his grain crop short. A farmer's face may bo smooth, al though his fields are furrowed. The fanner should always sleep in a bed, but never in tho celery bed. Hometimds a farmer look us seedy as hi farm in the spring. To a farmer corn in the field is worth much mote thun corn on tho toe. Tho farmer's crop differs from a chicken's and is generally more valu able. Souio farmers are very slow, al though they may have any quantity of hops. A good farmer likes to turnip the soil, even if Lo should get beet ia doing so. Many a farmer is small potatoes himself though ho raisei largo ones for the market. When heifer a farmer starts to rais ing stock ho shouldn't let anything cow him in an attempt to bull the market Florida Times-Union. - It U lies in rinnsylvanla Ulvers. The coal deposits iu the Schuylkill Biver now reach as fur south as Bead ing, where the bed of the stream ii covered with coal several mches thick, iu u semi-solidified form. It has been found that the deposit in the river bed fro.ii l'ottsvillo to 'Heading, nearly I forty miles, makes splendid fuel. Tho cold is scooped out and dried, when it is ready for use. Thcrivcr coal iti diihtry now extends to K 'U ling, and is gradually working farther down stream. Bending is ulniost forty miles below tho last coal mine, and the par ticles of black diamond have been car ried that far by the current. There is plenty of coal iu the Susquehanna Biver at llarrisburg, which is many, miles below tho mines. The Lehigh at its mouth, at Eaton, is black at times with the authracite.and tho bed of tho stream is covered. It is esti mated by conservative operators that the coal in the three rivers is worth many hundred thousand dollars, or far more than the sands of tho golden lined streams of the Sierras. Phila delphia Recorder. Dog: Eating in Mexico. - The dog meat business continues, despite the stern examples that havo been made of its venders. A police man seized n man named Genaro Perez, passing through the alley of Los Gachupines, who bore a suspicious-looking bag, which, on ex amination, disclosed the skinned car cats of a large dog with tho lower part of the legs cut off so as to pre vent the easy recognition of its spe cies. Monsieur Perez was taken to the police station to tho third Demar cucion to be examined us to the ante cedents of his dog meat, which, it is shrewdly suspected, was destined to be made into savory dishes sold at tho puestos under the arcades. Wo aro getting fast to be like Canton, and other big Chinese towns, where dog is sold without shamo and partaken of with gusto. Mexican Herald. v He Drew a Revolver. "It is a great thing to be an artist. You know Cadberry? " "Yes." "Ho was attacked by footpads tho other night and was wholly unarmed, but ho drew a revolver " 'You said hs was unarmed." "I know it He drew his revolver on the Bidewalk with a pieco of chalk, and" At this point tho polico intervened. -Harper's Bazar. The Sultan's throne is of beaten gold, incrusted with thousands of ru bies, emeralds and pearls. Accord ing to an insoriptiou on it, the throne was taken by Sultan Seliin from the Persians in 1511. Ml IK MBIT. Hi'iptiti'its leiy tlmt thn hull I Kd th delicacy of it d tcrity nftr A whllii the blaill I liot t Ipe for ll be it work before that. Tho great sdvillitii ciitimed ly Sulilliiry Ulidercliitlilli;.; is that vet j g'irmt'ut is skillfully simp" I ou ana tomical principle. In the huiiiun Milj'ct the dm in is th'i l-2Sth pui t of Urn wlioi.i body's entire weight. In th hure it u not more thun 1-tOUib pnrU Dr. J. C. Cook of Chicago, reports that he has treated tifty-otio pro nounced cuHes of diphtheria with unti toxiuo without losing a single case. A beam of light shoot throii-h spaeo with tho prodigiou velocity of l'Ji'i.OOO miles in a second occupying eight minutes in tnuking tho trip from tho suu to the earth. A cable 2,181 meters long is to be laid in the AtUiizon Biver between Burn and Manaos, uu ordinary tele grnph being impracticable, on uceouut of the impenetrable forest. Mathematical calculations show that sn iron ship weigh 27 percent less than a wooden one, and will carry 115 tons of cirgo for every 100 ton ear by a wooden ship of tho saino dimen sions. The firemen of Montreal, Canada, dress in suits made of abestos, shoes, breeches, jacket, apron, gloves and helmet, and find that they cm remain in a great heat much longer thau with ordiuury clothes. Mr. Wheeler, an old and well known citizen of Corsicana, Tex ts, uud an experimenter in fish and poultry cul ture, has successfully used iuo incu bator in hutching carp spuwn. This is a novel us for the urtillci.il hatcher. The oflieer of health of the French government reports that since tho in troduction of the : Ui-toxiuo treat v. ):' for diphtheria the deaths from that iii-ieaso have been reduced about 73 percent. It has naved three lives out of four. The American oyster, says Professor W. A. Herdmai!, is more prolific than the English, producing us many as 00,000,000 ova ut a time. Tho oyster is thought to live about twenty years, those fittest for market being ubout five years old. Dr. Marmoreck, nn Austrian, after four years study at tho Pasteur Insti tute, claims to have discovered a serum cure for erysipelas, puerperal fever, nnd ull diseases due to the streptococ cus microbe, and which is also effica cious as an aid to Dr. Rjux's euro for diphtheria. A Xcw Ship Canal. Tho New Orleans Piciyuno says: Carnegie and other owners of iron and steel works at Pittsburg uro asking congress for an appropriation to build a ship canal from Lake Erie to Pitts burg. They offer as an argument in favor of tho enterprise that if thero was a ship canal from a great manu facturing point to tho Jakes, the United States could build warships at a distance from tho lakes without vio lating the provisions of the old treaty, under which each nation can have but two armed vessels for lake service, and that the vessels so built could be trans ferred to the lakes immediately after a declaration of war. This would ba an excellent argument in favor of es tablishing a government ship yard at some point on tho Chicago drainage canal. This caual is already built, or is nearing completion. Armed steol vessels for tho protection of tho luke3 could bo built at an interior point in Illinois and held ready for service without violating treaty regulations. Also, tho United States would not havo to build a 80,000,000 ship canal to make a channel for tho ships to get to the lakes, as tho channel is already nearly completed by Chicago enter prise nnd money. The Longest Telegraph Line. The longest telegraph line in the world, above ground and without a break, has just been completed in Australia, that land of long distances. The line runs from Itockhamptob, in Queensland, to Broome, in western Australia, and crosses about two-thirds of the entire continent. .The total length is something over 0,000 miles. London Glebe, A I.-iuzh In (liurth. fill" tilt MI II." ill ( III llll'll, 1 1m ilvr, en woMniti i t four; 1 II"r f t, In tle lr (.Uuy fllj er, Huii ilmiejii.tf out tlm ll.'or. ineimt t' tm mm ; tlm ti l 1 prO;i,!,j(;,J m Alet , Willi lier M-t tTOWarj- P, B!i Mure.l ut thi mei-Unir tuui will.luw. Alel eeiilile.l tln ernnllli); file. Mm J-M.lf.' f ir ti at tl.n j ra ln,r, Iltit Kim tln.ulit of tlio tmiii-y fl I ironing swny nt tho Untnunm TliHt wlillelie.t tllU'lHTry tn-es. Fh thought of a lirok "0 ti.iil.pt, Vbiirs eurU'J Iu a Juiky li'sp, Tlir Wk, round jxi i 1-k wlih dingy r Lay snuled nnd font anWwp. Fuoh soft, warm doill' to cudd', Huell quwr little hmrtii tJ hi-nt, Buch wlft, round tongues to kl, HueU irawllnj, euihlony ft, She could fuel lu li'-r cloinj fluri The toueh of tlm Mutiny skin, And a cold, wet noxo eTjilurlutj Tha dluij'lea Ulidor her chin. Then n tud h-n rlj'i'ln of Isnglitof linn over tho parted 1 1 pa Fo tpili'k that she could not cati'h It With her roy flnjjor tip. The people whlHprd "Men the child, As each one waked from a nap, But the dnr,wee woman, hid her fao, For shame In her mother's lap. Amusing JournsL,' HUMOROUS. Some of the things we leave unsaid do us great credit. It was the Shanghai hen that origin ated the custom of sitting on China eggs. S i One of the ironies of life is the fact that tho man who has money enough to pay ns he goes can get all tho credit bo wauts. "I always meet troublo half way," soid the man who had paid half of his promissory note und arrunged for un extension of the other half. Wiggles (in love) Why, man, her very feet nre a poem. Giggles (a cyn icle friend) No doubt ; but isn't a poem of only two feet short? Time is kind in removing many eye sores; he long ago gathered in tho young people who flirted on tho streets with their handkerchiefs. The man who sits down to wait for his opportunity-will somo tirao dis cover that it passed that way several hours before he sat down. "What is the most convenient and economical way to travel in Amer ica?" inquired the visiting English man. "On upas-," replied Trotter, dryly. Professor 'The ancients used palms ns un emblem of capture and victory. Smart Student I suppose that's why tho moderns use them so extensively at weddings, . She cultivates the speaking glance, ' Aud the censorious do say, She was not content with the amount that she Could speak the usual way. Hoax The building committee has just met aud we're going to have anew story at our club. Joux Good I I've worked the old club stories so much my wife don't believe them any more. "These woman chefs," sighed the superannuated caterer, pushing the plate away from him, "ought to stick to politics and business and let man's work alone. They can't cook worth a blame." "Isn't that Miss Smedley? I thought she wus sick, somebody told me Dr. Pankey had given her tip." "Well, he did sort o' give her uj), but not till after he had tried five or six years to get her." Father Hero is a check, but -make good use of it. A fool and his money aro soon parted, you kno-w. Son And therefore you would havo me follow your example. I shall en deavor to do it, sir. She (gazing at the dying embers) That fire reminds mo of a man in love. It burns brightly at first, then grad ually subsides, and nothing remains but ashes. He And yet it will bo all right if yon feed it regularly. Wife You saw Mrs. Browner last evening? Husband Yes, but not to , speak to. Wife What a whopper! They tell mo you i vre sitting with her for more than two hours. Hus band True, but it was she who diil tho talking. Parrots are put to a practical use in Germany. They havo been introduced into railway stations and trained to OaII out the names of trains.