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Korea is a shut-in ration tin longer.
An Aiiu.rir.tn tra.hr luwucd Morsv hu cbtiuiifil from the Korean Gov. rnmcnt concession for a railroud betweea Seoul uud Chemulpo.Us n.-iijuirU HorM H oro Mill worth something ie "-mo parts of tho country, despito tL bicycle. A luim whoso Who wai killed ntn defective crossing nt Brook ed, M )., Luh been allowed $2.00 for it. From all that sealing experts ay, it is high tiuio that tlio Government be- Mirnd itnulf in tho Bering b a matter, fur tho seal-posehors every season aro t-to!y but surely exterminating tho lemi.iiiit of the great herds that ouco warmed in thousands over tho Priby- lov Inlands. Competent judges Je- e!nro that four yours more under tho present Ioobo regulation will eeo tha Inr seal almost as extinct as tho buf falo. Tho British Consul atFoocbow pays in Lis hint report: "I think that few European at homo or in China real ize how much trade benefits from tho presence of missionaries in tho inter ior. Theso gentlemen, in addition to fulfill ing tho duties of their sacred profession, tako it upon themBelvesto bring foreign inventions and the needs of foreign civilization to tho notice of their Chineso neighbors, and thus a knowledge of things, and consequent ly a demand for them.Bprcads through tho country." Three hundred bicycle-riders re cently attended an Anglican church in tho dioceso of Toronto, CauaJa, tho rector preaching a special sermon to them. A 6ilver-plated bicyclo covered with flowers was one of tho special decorations of tho chancel, which a church paper denounces as "a most monstrous, irrevereut and distracting intrusion into the honse of God's presence," "Stronger lan guage," pays the New York Inde pendent, "could hardly have beenu6ed if tho rector had quarrelled with a vestryman, or told a lie, or done any thing else really wrong. Between adorning a church with a bicycle or a bouquet is a matter of taste; and us to its being distracting, tho cyclo is much quieter and less dibturbiug than maDyachoir." ...-"- - Says the St Louis Globe-Democrat: "Tho popular impatience of the law's delay is strongly emphasized by the fact that in the last ten years the number of lynchings and mob execu tions has considerably exceeded that of tLe legal hangings, while both Lave fallen bo far below tho number of homicides as to suggest that still a vast number of guilty men escape a fate they richly deserve. From Janu ary 1, 1892, to the end of 1894, there were in this country 40,934 murders, or homicides, 917 legal executions and 1,495 lynchings, only 2,412 murders ont of 40,934 coming to justice. The showing is calculated to appal even conservative men, since it proves not only increasing disregard for human life, but increasing reluctance to ad minster stern justice to the worst form of crime." It is estimated that it will cpst the railways of the United States about $50,000,000 to comply with the pro visions of tho federal'statute requiring them to equip their trains with safety appliances. Tho law affects only those railroads which are engaged in inter fctate commerce, but this classification, of course, includes all tho important lines in tho country. While the cost of compliance with this act will be enormous the railroads will find e great element of compensation in re duced damages for accidents. The frightful loss of life and tho enormous number of persons who are crippled it railway service caused the passage ol this act, Tho record is terrible in deed. rrom itsba to lo'Ji over 16,000 railway employes in this coun try were killed in the discharge oi their duty, and tho number of those crippled und injured reached 172,000, While tho safety equipment law doet not go into efl'eet until Junnary 1 1898, many of the railroads of the, country have already in largo measure complied with its provisions. The ef fect of increased use of safety nppli ances is 6een in tho greatly i educed number of deaths and casnalities. It 1893 the number of employes killec by railroads was 2,727, and iti 1894 lho number was only 1,623. I-rarn to Labor mid 1'T il... ,iri f lif.t 'J ley rt tnai.y aril etern j Ah'l th ti nr. :. to l iru i i.' t H su rrrfiil urtfi) lr n kli.j? or a Htnt j It Is t.i.ly - t j wnl!. '..tit!i l e.V'T to start On th" oema ftlnii", Ire his htri'iu-tli l' full -rrown j A inl tlii'iii.'!) At'" from liln heart May A j '-rlN Inform, JV . Mlil tio tlilrM for tho storm. f I. Is finirnk'" h" ftroii l!t. may hSruK'j;!"" uhm And hy narrow prow stroiirj lii'l tho )(, a thi-y fly, May a."K him life's ri.o On this shh of th.) Kill's. lint th many that strive For tin' laurels rmt fall j Au 1 full ii, any a suit At Ofutli'1 j" i rt hull arrivi., That ciiuhl enter Joy's gat Would Its inn-ti r h it wait. frank l'utnam In Chl''Uj;o Times-IIeniM. COUSIN MARY ANN. nr. nr.Lr.x routtst guave.i Evulecn lilako was a Fchool teacher. lUther a laborious and ill-paid life it was for a girl of nineteen; but she know that she had her own living to earn somehow. There wasn't an inkling of romance in her life, except what sho uncon sciously absorbed out of tho books in the circulating library. No haud some young bachelor school trustee ever thought of falling in lovo with her; no wealthy old gentleman adopted her as his sole heiress and legatee, and sho hadn't a rich relative in all the world except ono old aunt out in Wisconsin, who had never no ticed her existence in any way what soever, and apparently didn't intend to. Her two sisters were both mar ried Mrs. Simon Sykes aud Mrs. John Smith and echof them looked out industriously for Number One. "Eveleen has had an eduction, "said Mrs. Sykes. "Li't her tako euro of herself. Of course ono want to bo sisterly and all that sort of thing, but when dear Simon married me, he didn't expect to marry tho whole fam ily." "Of course not," said Mrs. Smith. "She can't expect us to support her." Aud beyond an occasional invitation to a Christmas or a Thanksgiving diu ner, poor Eveleen received very little couutenanco from her sisters. But she was a cheery, light-hearted lassie, this Eveleeu Blake, and plodded patiently along the dull routine of her daily life, making the best of every thing. Five hunlred n year wasn't a stu pendous income, to be sure, but Eve leen knew how to economize it to the very best alvantage. She dressed as plainly us any Quaker, kept house daintily in two little roonic, and put by a dollar a week in the nearest sav ings bank against a possible rainy day. She was mending a pair of gloves one afternoon by the window, when Mrs. Simon Sykes walked in, with a great rustling and smell of patchouli. Mrs. Simon Sykes nee Deborah Blake was tall and largo and rosy. Eveleen was on the petite scale, with large, limpid gray eyes, very little color, and straight brown hair which shone and glistened like satin in tho level rays of the decliniug sun. Mrs. Sykes woro a stiff black silk dress, with a set of staring cameos, and a mammoth pink rose in her hut "Dear me!" sho said, "how good that teapot smells on the stove! And I'n clean tired out. with my walk." ''Would you like a cup of tea?" said Eveleen. "Well, I don't mind," said Mr. Sykes, unpinning her euawl: "that is, if you've a bun or a biscuit to nibble with it. Tea alone always gives me tho heartburn." So Eveleen went to work industri ously and rewed a cup of tea, and brought out a plate of rusks which were to huve made her own frugal evening meal. "But I can eat a cracker or so," said self-denying little Eveleen,' ns she watched the rusks disappear be fore Mrs. Simon Sykes' appetite. "I'vo had such a turu," said Mrs. Sykes, as'she held out her cup for :i second replenishing. ' "A turn?" said Eveleen; inquir ingly. "Yes," nodded Mrs. Sykes; "a vin; from a r-oor relation, w ho lives uui i West. I daro say nhe'll bo hero ii' it, but I b Ivimo you to scud Lit about her bii'iincwi, as I did." "Who is it? " eaid Kvwlect), in i ,ir priie. "it's Mary Ann Blake, from Claw's Corner, Michigan, Wants something to do. Expects mo to tako her in aud Hivo her a homo uutd sho can obtain a aitualiou." "There's tho littla hall bedroom that you don't uhp," hinted Eveleen, who hula sort of iustiuctivo nympathy for tho hon-eles and homeless. "I want that for Mr. Sykes' rcli- tives when they como to town." aid Mrs. Sykes. "lie's got a single brother with property, and a married sister, with no children, who is very J well off indeed? and if I don't want it ; I don't propose to open a freo asylum for every old maid that comes along." "But what will sho do?" "Do? Why, do as other folks do.I suppose. Uo to a cheap hoarding house. There's plenty of 'tin, I'm sure. "But if sho hasn't got any money?" "Then she's no business here," said autocratic Mrs. Sykes. "Why lidn't sho stay out West, whero her friends could tako caroof her?" "Perhaps she hasn't any friends." "Then sho certainly must be an un deserving character," said Mrs. Sykes shaking tho rusk crumbs down upon Evelcen's neatly-swept carpet. "Oh, here's Selina Smith, as trno as tho world!" Mrs. John Smith came fluttering in a thin, sharp-featured little woman with snapping black eyes. 'Oh," sho cried, "you're here, aro you, Deuby.' How do, Eveleen? Well, siuco you're taking tea, I will have a cup I Heard tho new s?" as the sat herself down. "About Mary Ann Blake? Yes, of course, answered Airs, bykes, with a toss of tho head. She's been to see me; but I sent her about her busi ness." "Well, she certainly can't expect us to provide for her," said Mrs. Smith, beginning to crumble up tho reserve of crackers that Eveleen had brought out, with a sigh. "Smith's salary ain't large, and I've a considerable-sized family of my own. I told her pretty plainly that.us far as I was concerned, she needn't expect anything. I do hate these genteel beggars! And if she should como here, Eveleen, I hope you will give her the cold shoulder. Hush! There's a knock now. If it should bj her !" "It's a good thing wo are here to advise," said Mrs. Sykes, as Eveleen went to the door. "Eveleen is so un suspecting! Any one could impose upon her!" "Yes, to-be-sure," nodded Mrs. Smith, complacently. "And But, dear me, it is Mary Ann!" Both the sisters nodded frigidly at the approach of a tall, nervous-looking womau, in shabby black, followed by Eveleen, who drew out tho softest easy-chair for her accommodation, and gently untied her wispy bonnet- strings. "Do sit down," said Eveleen. am sure you are tired. Liet mo give you a cup of tea." "Yes," said Mary Ann Blake, look iua; apprehensively from Mrs. John Sykes to Mrs. John Smith, "I am tired. I havo been walking a good ways. " "I hop you've got a eituation," said Mrs. Smith, icily. But Mary Ann Blako shook her head. "It was very foolish of you to como hero at nil, wasting your money on an expensive journey," said Mrs. Sykes. "Why couldn't you go to Aunt Pam ela. (Now Aunt Tamela wa3 the rich old aunt in Wisconsin, who so systemati cally ignored her nieces in New York and kept her money in United States bonds, instead of investing it in Mr, Sykes' wholesale grocery, or Mr, Smith's insurance company.) "I did," said Mary Ann, dejectedly "But she declined to assist me." "Stingy old harridan 1" 6aid Mrs. Sykes, with energy. "She has a right to do as she pleases with her own, I suppose," suid Eve leen, w ho was boiling up a teaspooti ful of fresh tea for the pale guest, and cutting a little smoked beef in thii slice. "No she hasn't," said Mrs. Smith! 'People get bo miserly 1" "Hjlu'i thinks wn mijdit f um' day clphr into a luiiatuj ayluni, rind put tho property into t!,. bauds of trustor, fur tho uhij of her rtiutiv -," raid Mrs. Hjkcs. "I don't know about that," s u ! Mary Ann Blake. "I only know th, Would not givo mo anything. And J do not know what t) do. Youuio coimins. Perhaps--" "Oh, hidi'rd wo can't do anything for you I" said Mrs. Sykes, beeouinij absolutely Arctic in In r demeanor, while Mrs. Smith drew herself np.and set Ler thin lips together like a thread of carmine. "Better get back Wct as fast as you cm," aided Mrs. Sykes. "By all moans," said Mrs. Smith, ith a toss of her hen 1. "And tell that old hag out in Wivcoti'tiii tiiat she's a deal better able to provido for ou than wo are." "No," said Eveleen, gently. Sho jad been lookiug from ono to tho other of her relatives as they spoke, and now interposed with heraoft voice and rityinqr crur eves. "Cousin Mary Ann shall stav with mi. Thim lenty of room on my little iron bed stead for two, aud ' cm go out with her, lookiug for a situation, iaftcr school hours. To-be-sure. I haven't great deal, but what little I havo I will sharo with Cousin Mary Auu." "Eveleen, you're crazy!" said Mr. Simon, Sykes, uplifting both her hands "You'ro a fool!"politely added Mrs. Smith. But tho stranger's lip quivered, "God bless you, child!" said sho. rising up and putting asido tho veil of worn lace that dropped on her face. 'Aud now, girls, I may us well tell you that I am your Aunt Pamela. Mary Ann Blako is an entirely imagi nary person." "You Aunt Pamela?" shrieked Mrs. Sykes. "Ye?, I." "But you are rich." "People say so." "Then," gasped Mrs. Smith, "why do you como here in tho guiso of a beggar?" "To try tho hearts and natures of my three nieces," said Aunt Pamela, dryly. "Deborah calls me an old harridan, Selina refuses to help me by so much as a penny, but little Eveleen is willing to share her scanty all with me. Aud I'll bo as generous with her. WThat money tho old woman hf.i to leave 6hall be Eveleen Blake's." Mrs. Simon Sykes and Mrs. John Smith looked at each other in dismay. But it was too late to apologize now the mischief was done, anil the fact that they had done it themselves was a poor consolation. And little Eve leen was an heiress after all.-Satur day Night. Cat Siisperstitions. In tho Tyrol the girls who are fond of cats marry early. If it rains on a Dutch girl's wed ding doy it is because the brido has forgotten to fed her cat. If it rains when thero i3 a large washing on tho line in Germauy, it is a sure sign that the house mother has ill-treated the cat. Throwing a cat overboard from a ship will cause a cyclone. A person who despises cats will be carried to his grave iu a howling storm. If the family cat lies with its back to the fire thero will bo a squall. If a cat licks itself against tho grain tako your mackintosh with you. If a cat washes hersalf calmly and smoothly the weather will be fair. Bad luck will follow if a black cat crosses your path, for tho devil prowls about especially at night, in tho guiso of u black cat. To dream of a black cat at Christ mas time iu Germany is a omen ol alurmiug illness. The Pennsylvania Dutch believe black cats cure epilepsy. Three drops of a black cat's blood is said to boa euro for croup. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Late Shalrs Jewels. Tho diamonds iu'oue symbol of the late Persian Simla's rank are said to weigh nearly twenty pounds. There is also a jeweled suber, valued nt 1, 600,000. Auother thing thot the Shah prized was a silver vase ornmcuted with 100 emeralds, whose equal, is suid, is not tobe found in the world. Hie ( Ity Hoy. n . t !,!; l!. I -y li i n r 1 1i" l.utt.-rl'.t'-H, th. Mr!-, tl... ! , ' N, r h'-.ir th-. inn I" i f t!:" 1 r- - ! , W h-ii r'j !. f n .ft ate ll"li.i; ''J' Who i-.'i:,i,, t hi '-i l rotnf rt !, W !.. n. , '...-r- I l....i!ei r. U.h'k ft nl LL-h. An 1 h' ,ir the i.; -.ii, i munt.ur i.lU t'f I r . ,.; '!... ftly C. ,: (i l l h. !. !! 1 y who .!... ,.,t 1 ?;,. y Ie r ml th wmmIIihiiI lrtli's cr li'i l,i u r m i s th" fri'-t rhivy. W Ie ri h avi H lire r i) Sli t y.'tnwt "' Wh, , i hiMUh f,'i't run le'ViT Hrny Whrr-. '. iture il' tli In r i hiirn,-. : 1 iv , 1 u 'h n lmi !'? hi'V I my U."l li.'Ij! th.. little r ilow. I.I i ; Journal. iif.Monors. poea away for , rest in tho warm weather." "No; bid ho always sends his family." "Is Margaret fond of music ? ! "Yes; sho thinks so much of it that sho has never learned to play or eiu." "What shall I do with these vegeta bles left over from yesterday's market ing ?" "Tuck them on your summer hat." "Did ho look liko a bicyclist ?" "Oh, dear, no; not in tho least. Why, ho could stand up straight with no perceptible effort." "Dick, how do you think you will like tho horseless carriage?" "Il won't do.ot all ; tho flics will all worrj tho people who ride." "What made that man so acpry wheu the horseless carriage upset ? " "lie is a leather dealer and there wusn't any harness to cut," "I wonder," 6aid tho Albino pet tishly, "why tho fat woman and her husband always quarrel so ? " "Oh, well," said tho bearded lady, "ho has' a great deal to contend with." Sho Oh, do look at Mr. Wright, the poet! What a rapt expression ho has! Ho must bo thinking of tomo sublime stanza or sonnet IIo (an other poet) Thinking of himself, I reckon, "What do you think of tho bicyclo craze?" "Great thing ! I nover took so much good exerciso before in all my life." "Why, I didn't know that you were riding." t "I am not, but I have to cross tho street onco in a while." Yeast Did you ever notico how busy tho bees are aud how indolent tho wasps appear to bo ? Crimson- beak Well, I can't say that I ever noticed it, but I have ofteu heard of tho "busy bco" and of tho "waep liko wa6te." "Willie, didn't I ask you to make less noise? " said Mrs. Still, at the dinner table. . "Yes, you did, mamma." "Well, I will have to ask you again." "Remember, mamma, you told me it was impolite to ask for any thing twice at the table." Anna Don't prosecute him, papa. Let him go, aud cover the matter up. Papa But, Anna, ho has embezzled two thousand dollars, and I trusted him eo ! Anna Yes, think of it only two thousand dollars! Why,' people will never believe we have money if it is known that a man in his position took 60 little. A littlo fellow who lives near us went into a shop somo weeks ago to buy a pair of gloves. Tho Bhopman stared at his juvenile customer, and nsked him what size he took. Tho youngster promptly informethhim. "Do you want kid gloves, my boy?" asked the shopman. "Kid gloves," ejacu lated his customer. ' "I'm not a kid now. I want 'grown-up' ones!" Mileage of Congressmen. Tho mileage of congressmen runs all the way from 3 to 1,100. Tho law requires that the mileage shull be cal culated by the nearest route of travel. A Maryland representative gets tho lowest 6um S3 which includes his, coming aud going, while au Oiejon member gets tho larger sum. The California congressmen get on an average of 850 each for mileage. Tho mileage is, oi course, a good deal more than is usually paid, nud helps out in. somo cases in paying other eNpeiises. Heart and Sole. "Aud does Flora respond to your sentiments?" "From the bottom of her heart 1 " "Her father, too? " "From the bottom of his sole."