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tales Di S'.'irtniciit of Agriculture, who womcthirj jhar,,) t. iave made an o.-peelal Ktudy of tin- A young liiarrb ;1 womaa whij !. :-:ni hoiii Ki ping a short time ih-o wcat Into a hardware ftore in a Main" ia u and asktil for a biscuit cut!!;. The proprietor, one ( lu r fiY u-,, selected a small itx, and with a fob i faro pros ntcd t he Kame to her. Without Rinllltig thu young lady tm.k the ax, put It over lur shoull- r and marched out of the ttore and to her homo with It. And now the young hardware mer chant Is in doubt as to it a being much of a Joke on the young lady. Boston Journal. iibject, place the valuation at fully ldubl'j that figure. A-i) AN 1 32, want n,-izmv C03CCCC0GCO0O0OOC00CCCO0CO o o g Wonderful Brain Work. O ' t) (1 o j-j Mail Clerks' Memories Heavily Taxed q O O O02OCO000OOOCO0000C00C02CO ILLIONS of people are coin- plrining nowadays of being taxed financially, but an army of men in the employ or uncle bam are burdened with a mental practice unheard of, as re gards extent, In any other country of the world. Things 'that a railway postal clerk must remember have increased in such volume that one would think every cell of his brain would be filled with the name of a postoffice or railway connec tion, and the wonder is that the clerk's mind does not falter under the press ure. Despite these facts cases of in sanity among this class of public serv ants are rare. One Chicago postal clerk maintained for several years a record of 21,000 cards (which take the place of letters In examinations) with an average per cent, of correct distribution of a frac tion over ninety-nine per cent. lie knew how to reach that many offices in several States by the shortest, quickest route, and he knew the cor rect location of each office in Its State. A clerk on the New York and Chi cago Railway postotiice must know the correct location of every postoffice in a group of States made up of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. In these seven States there are 2,.,17 post offices. Not only is the clerk required to be "up" on the general scheme, which means the correct- location of the postoliices in each State, but ho must know how to reach the whole 12,000 postofiices from one or more stations. A clerk running between Chicago ! i IT " ir ' jj'y GL-.-....t , 1 jgn n!m 1 n iH-rt ryJ"i I . in .. rnsss--C:0,.VK .;, A. i'1 -'tjv-- r.-.- .;.Ji 7 .',?.' ld yi.'Vk .x-iczfr Zit Y-Zi RAILWAY POSTAL CLERKS UNDER EXAMINATION. and Minneapolis linderwont no fewer than Eeventy-cishtb examinations in A NICKEL N THE SLOT f .iUIHIIIONM . TIME Yl ALOUT THE SIZE OF IT. fifteen years, learning 13.30G offices in fifteen different sections of the United States. In some of these examina tions ho was required to make a Chi cago city distribution, which means that while running over the country at the rate of a mile a minute he must distribute letters to the carriers of the Chicago delivery. He must keep not only where every public building and leading mercantile house is located, but also how to divide the numbers on a particular street, so that he can "tie out" his letters to the correct carrier, according to the route of the latter. This same clerk made thirteen examin ations in ten months, with an average correct distribution of 09.88 per cent. In twenty examinations he came out of nine of them with a clear 100 per cent. each. Think of such , a task, taking into consideration the puzzling similarity of names that are used to designate postofiices. Then, too, must be consid ered the fact that there are hundreds of cases where in each State Is a post office of the same name. For instance, in the States named above there are five postofiices named Hamilton, six Grants, four Garfields, four Genevas, four Smithvilles, four Spartas and five JefTersons and so on. In some in stances there is a postoffice of the same name in each of the seven States. As one may imagine, this only tends to confuse the average mind. reriodically the clerks are examined at railway mail headquarters. Tacks of cards, each card bearing the name of a postoffice, are furnished a candi date for examination. He takes a po sition in front of a case of pigeon holes labeled with the names of differ ent railway postofiices throughout the country. He "throws" the cards, dis tributing them to proper routes, just as he would packages In a postal car. After he finishes the examiner goes over the cards and charges up the lit, Dim it 1 I errors the clerk has made and gives hiia his percentage of correct distribu- mm From the New York Tribune. tion. The clerk is also examined on general and "standpoint" or station schemes at different times. It is asserted at railway mail serv ice headquarters that there are clerks who have reached the capacity of their minds In the matter of remcjnberlng names. They now remember so many that it would be absolutely impossible to learn another State or part of a State. It would seem that of the mill ions of colls in their brain machinery none are left to fill, all having been taken up in the prosecution of the ex acting duties imposed by their occu pation. Chicago Record-Herald. BEEKEEPING IN UNITED STATES. T HE general public is prone to think of bee keeping merely as an adjunct of agricultural operations, but in reality it has attained during the last few years to the position of a very important American industry. Extensive apiaries have been established, and thousands of persons in various parts of the country are devoting their entire time to the scientific fostering of honey pro duction. Something of the scope, of the operations now being carried on may be imagined from the fact that there are now in the United States considerably over 100 aparian societies, eight periodicals published solely in the interests of the industry, and fif teen steam factories for the manufac tury of bee hives and apiarian iruple ments. It is estimated that there are fully 300,000 persons engaged in the culture of bees in this country at the present time. Prominent bee keepers who un dertook, a year or two ago, to form some idea of how much honey is pro duced In the country, came to the con elusion that at least 50,000 pounds is stored in sections every year, while they assumed that 100,000 pounds of extracted honey Is produced an aggre gate of 150,000 pounds. The bee keep ers, however, were probably too mod est in their claims, for their calcnla tions showed the annual honey crop of the country to be worth $10,000,000. whereas the officials of the United WORKER BEE AND STING. A CLUSTER OF QUEEN CELLS. This record of the went wcallli rciiri'sciitod In a comimrntlvHy oliscuro ood iiroduct Is all tlie more renin rk- M( when It Is renii'inhered that llio piarlan Industry In tln United States Is practically a development of tli last forty years, altlioutrli Isolated Indl- lduals wore onsngod In that work on prior to that time. In the score of years from lSUi) to 1SS!) the Amer ican production of honey was quadru pled, increasing from less than l.'.OOO,- 000 pounds annually to nearly Ol.OOO,- 0(X) pounds annually; and the closing decade of the century witnessed a prowth proportionately proa tor, since the cstlniated output of the closing oar of the cycle, as given above, la ory much more than double that re corded ten years ago. The bee keep ing Industry, however, far from having reached the acme of possible develop ment, would appear to be only just entering upon an era of even more re markable growth. The progressive, present day apiarist does not look for the production of wax in so great a proportion compared with MAKING COMB FOUNDATION. his honey yield as did the old time bee hive beekeeper. The latter ob tained much of his honey for the mar ket by crushing the combs and strain ing it out, leaving the crushed combs to be melted up for their wax. Fre quent losses of bees in wintering and through queenlessness also gave more combs for melting, as without hive frames, honey extractors, comb foun dation machines and the other new modern devices the vacated combs were seldom used a second time. The wax from the pressed combs was all marketed, since there could be but little home use for it. Scientific American. Jlisloito Place of Worship. It has"been ascertained that the first Protestant church erected west of the Mississippi River is still standing, near Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Mo., being used now as a hay barn. It was built of logs, in 1S0G, by a Baptist congregation, and was long known - v.-- ONCE A CHURCH, NOW A BARN. as Bethel Church, having for some years the distinction of being the only house of Trotestant worship west of the river. Rev. David Green, a native of Virginia, was its pastor until his death, in 1800. The Louisiana (Mo.) Times suggests that the building be moved to St. Louis and made a part of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In the year 1S09 the German impe rial post received 2.022,012 letters and packages which could not be delivered; only US 1,732 could be returned to the senders. I fa i Nice Little Doy. Boston Transcript: Mother You nice little boy! In dividing that apple you kept the half with a wonnholc for yourself and let sister have the other half. Johnny Yes; I s'pected the worm had bored through to t'other pide. Her Observation. "Don't the nights get longer pretty Koon?" said the young man with va cant eyes. "I don't know," answered Mi.ss Cay enne, "they have seemed longer since you began calling." Washington fatar. I'irt Submarine Cable. The firnt submarine cahlo was laid across the English Channel about fifty yrart ago. It w also about tho sumo time that UoBtwtter'i Stomach Litters, the world renowned dys pepsia cure.wa first introduced to tbe public. 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