C. l. HEFNER, Fubllsher.
Athwart the sky a gruesome fleet of murky
clouds Is sailing;
Among the leafless boughs the wind Is
Ijow-lylng In the western skies.
The moon, a silver shallop plies,
beneath, a crimson thread Is spun
The porting glory of the sun.
Dark grows the sky and darker yet, while
evening shades descending,
Obscure the landscape and 1 feel the chill
of storms Impending.
Borne on the ever-strengthening breeze
I hear the soughing of the trees;
And sounding from the rocky roar.
The angry ocean's sullen roar.
With curtains drawn and bolted door, I
mock the tempest's raving; '
Tho' all without Is cold and dark, sweet
peace my soul Is laving.
I hear the fusillade of leaves.
Hurled upward to my cottage eaves;
Then loud against the lattice pane,
The fury of the driving rain.
Serene I lay me down to sleep lulled by
the ocean's surges;
The sounds that are my lullabys may be
Tho' Death and Peril walk abroad,
I fear them not, but trust In God.
I fare not for the Storm King's wrath.
Safe sheltered by my cottage hearth.
-Geoffrey Jeffries, In Ivcwlston (Me.) Jour
nal. ji Feto Remarks on
J LANGUAGE J
THE stock tender, who was con
sidered "somethin' uv a dood''
and had a pronounced taste for hair
and leather bijouterie, had been oc
cupied most of the afternoon put
tingf the finishing touches to a scarf-
holder which he had carved out of a
blue poker chip in quite a delicate
filigree. He was seriously annoyed
when it slipped from his fingers and
broke. At least the old bull whacker
surmised that he was from the na
ture of the expressions that he used.
"It 'pears to tickle you to death,1
he said, savagely, turning on the old
man, after a long interval of silence.
"I'd know why you should assoom
that. Henry." said the old bull
whacker, with mild . seriousness,
"Did I whoop an' holler? Did I slap
my knee? Did I say anythin at all,
or so much as crack a smile?"
"No," admitted the stock tender,
"you didn't, but I know derned well
you was tickled to death jest the
samme. ThBt was the 'agrervatin'
part of it. Why didn't you say
"You seemed like you wuz pluggin'
along tol'rable well by yourself
'thout any of my help. I reckon you
wanted the sweet solus of addressin'
your remarks to me personally, but
I never was no hand to 'tend horses
an I don't want to have the stage
delayed on account of the agent
liavin' to rustle around for a live boy
to take your place. You know as
well as I do, Henry, that you couldn't
attend to your onrus dooties as
chambermaid an' valett loaded down
with your responserbilerties an
four or five 38-caliber balls. That ud
be expectln' too much of you."
"You hain't got no idee, I don't
reckon, what I'd be doin' to pass the
time while you was pumpin' them
thirty-eights into me, have you 7" in
quired the stock tender, sarcastic
"We won't pursoo the subjec', nen
ry." said the old bull whacker,
own up free that I hain't none sorry
for this little accident, an' I'll tell
you why. As they concloodcd down
to the Plzen Oak lyceum last week
there's a heap more pleasure in an
ticerpation than what there is in
reerlization, an' I've be'n settin' here
watchln' the reflections of ydur gold
en dreams on your face as you wuz
a whittlin' away at that chip an
WnUn' how tickled she would be
when you give it to her. I could have
told you that she'd fool you up a
mess at the presentation, but I reck
oned I'd let you get all the glnd you
could before the showdown, but I
wuz chlnnin' her a piece as I come
over the trail yistiddy."
"You was?" asked the stock tender,
"Like I was her daddy, Henry, jest
like I was her daddy that's all. There
ain't no need for you to git askeered.
I might have said a few things to her
that a person that didn't know me
ould allow wuz amrus sorter, but I
didn't strickly mean them thataway.
an' I don't b'iieve she took 'em that
away. She'd prob'ly have got hostile
if she had an' if she thinks as much of
you as you think she does. Anyway, I
wuz tellin her about that game you
wuz In with Bronk Stevens an Pasa
dena at Rosebud on' I reckoned from
what she said she wuzn't none in favor
of a bov that gambled to excess. I've
got an 'idee that I'd bead her a pair of
moccasins or croshay a tidy for her if
I wanted to muke myself solid 'stid of
packin' chips as nffecsbun's offrin'."
"If I thought you'd be'n backcappin'
me, I'd strangle you with your whis
kers," said the stock tender. "Honest
Jnjun, did she say anythin' about me?"
"I profliused not to tell," replied the
old bull whacker. "But I said tnai i
wuz poll.' to give you a heap of good
talk, an' I'll keep my word. The nex'
time yo hain't got nothin' else to ao
get a bucket of rain water an' a chunk
of castile sonp an clean up your har
nesses. Quit gnmblin' excep' in moder
ation an' when the moon is right an'
ouit cussin' not but that I like to
hear you cuss when you're in good
voice an' suthln' insplrin' happens. I
think you've got a nacheral gift on' it's
be'en cultivated some, but it never does
no good to cuss.
"What was you snyin' to them lead
oxen when they hawed out of the trail
as you come along?" inquired the stock
tender. "You don't need to tell me be-
enuse von wasn't more'n three miles
off. an' I could hear you.
I ain't clvin' you this on my own
say-so. 1 got it irom a man uu iue
whiskers that comes out from Iowa to
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renovate his lungs, which was wore
. ,t .til.fi A
some. He called nie his inenu me nrsi
clatter out of the box, an' he told me
that cussin' was vishus an' didn't do no
good, nnd that there wuz a law agin it
n Iowa, besides it bcin' wrong on gen
eral princerples. I guess he must ha
known what he was talkin' about. You
can't never tell what some of these leg
islatures in the states are likely to
spring on a free people. I studied over
it a heap, an' I conclood that a man
can jest as well as not talk United
States without trimmin's if he oncet
gets into the habit of it. I reckon he
could quit before it got too strong for
him if he found it was injurin' his
"Why don't you try it, then?" 6aid
the stock tender.
"I thought you had some gliinmerin's
of horse sense," answered the old bull
whacker. "I hain't freightin with a lo
comotive along a standard-gauge
track; I'm directin' bulls, an' I have to
give 'em their instructions in language
they can understand along stretches
of gumbo. If I didn't have no regard
for the feelin's of dumb beasts I might
make half time by sockin' the buck
skin to 'em every jump in the road,
but I ain t that kind of a man, an' a
inimal needs his bide to keep the flies
If it wasn't for that you'd quit, I
8 pose, said the stock tender.
Mebbe I would an' then again
mebbe I wouldn't," replied the old
I did oncet an' I didn't enjoy it.
That was when I was ranchin' down
on Box Elder, an' my sister's son
Dick come out to stay with me. I
was onto the lac that there was a
pre-joodice aginst the use of vigorus
talk back in the east before I met
the man with the side whiskers, al-
though I had sorter forgot it. My
"CHIN-SIN' HEIt A PIECE AS I COME
OVER THE TRAIL."
sister reminded me of it when she
wrote an' said that she would worry
about the kid, because she knew that
we indulged in coarseness out west
an' she'd hate right smart to see
Dick pet coarse. I wrote back to her
an' give myself a good character, an'
it sewmed like she took considerable
stock in it an' impressed it on the
"After awhile Dick come along an'
interdooced himself. He wuz a nice'
look in' kid about 20, an' he had be'n
study'in tooth butcherin' at Saint
Looey. He ast me about what
church privileges we had right off,
an' I was grieved to inform him that
we wuz abort an' he wuz grieved to
hear it. He wuz a quiet kid an' didn't
say much. Sometimes I used to
think he hnd suthin' on his mind the
woy he acted. We didn't get very
sosherble, he not bavin' much to say
an' me bein the same way."
The stock tender snorted.
"Well, when I hnd anythin' to say
I most glnerally went away down
the gulch apiece an' said it. I wore
a trail there, I sure did. If it wuzn't
convenient to leave the shack when
things was goin' wrong I kep' my
mouth shut an' felt uncomfortable,
an' things went along thnt-n-way for
about a month, an the kid seemed
to be gettin' more uneasy all the
time, an' I didn't press him hard to
stay when he talked about cuttin
his visit short,
"Finerly one evenin' at supper
time he upset some hot coffee in his
lap, an' after squirmin' around a
spell an' remnrkin' how it hurt him
he got up an' went outdoors on' I
seen him streakin' fer the barn. He
wuz gone about five mi nit), nn' when
he came back he looked as if he wuz
feelin food. I didn't eay notbin.
but a day or two after that ho win
milkin' in the corral nn a mean one
horned cow I hnd kicked him galley
west, with the milk on top of him.
I symnerthized with him an' said it
wuz too bad, an' he agreed with me
in his mild way. Then he said he be
lieved he would go to the house.
"I follered him that time, bavin
my suspicions, an' when I stopped at
the door an' listened I found that
they hadn't be'n misplaced no ways.
What you said awhile back, Henry,
wuz honey an' inerlnsses to what
thnt kid was sayin' about that cow.
After that little incerdent we got to
know each other better, an' our con
versation wuz more general an' free.
I liked him furst-rate, an' he wuz the
best poker player I ever went up
"Say," said the stock tender, look
ing up suddenly, "I want you to tell
me iust what she said to you an
what you said to her." Chicago
Been Witnessed In a Poor District
Tbut rrovuk.ed the Admiration
ot the Landlord's Clerk,
"I saw a pretty little scene in one of
the poorest sections of the city the
other day," said the landlord's agent
to a Baltimore News man, "that re
minded me that human nature is very
much the same in all classes of society
from as the lecturers say the palace
to the hovel.
"This porticularscene was enacted on
the doorstep of a very humble resi
dence, occupied by nn old man and his
wife, where I stopped to ask about
some repairs thnt were to be made.
The wife came to the door and stood
in the doorstep, in the cold air, answer
ing my questions for possibly five min
utes, when out came the husband.
.Mary,' he said, severely, 'I'm sur
prised at your standing out here with
nothing on your head. You must want
to get the pneumonia, don t you? She
doesn't take a bit of care of herself,' he
added to 'me.
"Then he went inside and brought
out two shawls. The firstone he folded
around the woman's shoulders and
pinned over her chest, while she held
up her chin as a child might, so he
might bring it higher around her
throat. The second one he laid care
fully over her gray hair. Then she
smiled at him and thanked him, and
he toddled back to his pipe contented
ly while she finished her recital to me.
"It was really very touching and af
fectionate, for they had been married
nearly 50 years, the woman told me
afterward. Why, I know some great
ladies who have riches and honor and
almost everything else in the world
who would give their eyes to have one
tithe of the thought and attention from
their husbands that this old man gave
"It wasn't an unusual service that he
performed, either. It was given and re
ceived in too matter-of-fact a manner
to have been peculiar to that one occa
ToaRh Old English Statesmen.
In Maenulay s day our statesmen
were of a hardier and more robust
type thun the present race of poli
ticians. They seem to have had cast
iron nerves and appetites and diges-
tions to match. They dined off a huge
beafstcnk and a bottle of port, while
their grandsons are content with cut
let and a lemon RquiiHh. And yet they
lived to a good old age. We hear of
Lord Brougham at the age of 70
"drinking two bottles of port at din
ner, going to bed upon half a bottle
of peat-reek (whisky), nnd turning
out at daylight to shoot teal;" and
Lord Lyndhurst nt the age of 00 "sup'
ping off hot boiled lobster and eh am
pagne." Mr. Kinnear, an old parlin
inentnry hand, tells in that he re
members seeing "Mr. Disraeli drink
ing, as the prelude to a big speech,
a pint of port wine at the buffet in the
commons lobby, dressed in a green
coat, a buff waistcoat and snuff-col
ored trousers," This seems a modest
potation under the circumstances, but
Mr. Kinnear odds that Disraeli came
back and had another pint lutcr on.
"Brudden and sistahs." sternly said
the good old Parson Woolmtin, of to
the collection had been taken up upon
a recent bautiath morning, "before d
cat was none parsed around 1 ex
pounded de request dat de congrega
tion contribute nccawdin' to deir
means, and I tho expectorated datyo
all would chip in magnanimously. But
now, upon exiiminin' de collection,
finds that de concocted amount coo
tributed by de whole entire posse ob
you' -am only the significant nnd pusil
lanlmotiH sum of sixty-free cents. An
at dis junction dar ain't no 'caslon for
yo'll to look at Brudder Slewfoot, wha
done circumambulated de hat around
in so such asplcious manner; for, in d
fust place, Brudder Slewfoot nin'tdut
kind ob a man. and, in de second plnce
I done watched him like a ha.wke nil de
time muhself. No, sixty-free cent
was all dat was flung in, and I dens
wants to say dat, in my humble opin
ion, instead ob contributin' necawding
to yo' means, yo' all contributed ac
cawdin' to yo' meanness. De choir will
now favor us wid deJr xeg lar melodi
SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY.
Of the 11,000,000 yen (silver dollars)
which the Japanese state railways
took in in the season of 1898-99, 8,000,
000 were for pussenger traffic.
A ton of Atluntio water yields,
after evaporation, 81 pounds of salt;
of the Pacific, 79; of the Arctic and
Antarctic, 85, and of the Dead sea,
A German engineer has built an en
gine for a flying machine whose total
weight, including that of fastenings,
is only five pounds. Nevertheless, it
is seven horse power.
Oysters, after they have been.
brought away from the sea, know by
ntinct the exact hour when the
id" is rising and approaching their
beds, nnd so, of their own accord,
open their shells to receive their
food from the sea, as if they were
still at home.
There ore several species of fish,
reptiles and insects which never sleep
during their stay in this world
Among fish it is now positively known
that pike, salmon and goldfish never
sleep at all. Also that there are sev-
eral others of the fish family that
never sleep more than n few minutes
during a month. There are dozens
of species of flies which never indulge
in slumber, ond from three to five
species of serpents which the natur
alists have never yet been able to
One of the largest lobsters ever
caught in the vicinity of Calais, Me.,
or in any other place, as far as
known, was recently captured off
Grand Mannn. The m.inster weighed
25 pounds, measuring 12 inches from
tip to tip, having claws 20 inches long
by seven wide. The age of this giant
lobster is, of course, only conjectured.
Up to two or three years of age it is
easy enough to determine, but after
that it becomes more difficult. It is
believed its age must have been at
least 50 years.
One hundred nnd sixty miles an
hour is the speed oimed at by a new
electric railway company in Germany
under the direct patroj age of the em
peror. Cars with a, ommodations
for 50 persons each ..re now being
built and will be tried on a 30-kilometer
track. It is intended to use
electricity only for the express passenger-
service, as for freight and
local traffic steam is expected to re
main tne power for a long time.
TAGGED FISH IN THE OCEAN.
lands of Them at Larae Bearing
I'ncle Bain's Owaers-lp
It seems rather an odd idea to fas
ten metal tags to marine fishes and
then let them loose in the ocean with
the idea of identifying them as in
dividuals in case they happen to be
caught at a future time; but this li
what the United States fish commis
sion is doing just now with cod, 1,500
of which have been duly tagged and
released this year.
No two tags are alike, the mark
ings on them being stamped in a se
ries of letters nnd numbers, a record
of which is kept in a book in such a
manner that if a tngged codfish turns
up, a moment's reference to the mem
oranda will furnish the history of
thnt particular specimen, with date
of liberation, weight, and so forth.
For exnmple, a cod wearing a tag
with the raised inscription "S 100"
hns a complete identification card, so
that she cannot be mixed up with
any other fish entered in the commis
Only "brood fish" that is, spawn
ing females are tagged. They are
bought from fishermen, stripped of
their eggs at Wood's Holl, Mass., and
liberated in the waters of Vineyard
sound, after having the tags attached
to them, The tag is a small piece of
copper, securely fastened by a wire
placed through a fin near its juncture
with the body. It does not matter
which fin Is chosen, though a bnck or
toil fin is best. The tag is very light,
and its attachment in the manner de
scribed does no harm whatever to the
Science and Stormy C' fern.
In history, as well as
Cape Horn looms before
tion as the especial honi
ship-wh el ining billows, cfl
squalls, sleet, roaring gr
Ing blasts, and recent st'
teorological conditions p
the stormy cape does r
darkness of the pictr,
graphic bureau has ur.
lect statistics concern:
at Cape Horn. In th ;.
hoped that some of V ',
the Cope Horn passr
come through sclentilU
captains. Pilot Chart. J
Meanlnw of "OI
It has been stated t'
Oklahoma menns "beo
missionaries who ha -;"
study of Indian lanp
They say that it is ,j
and means "red people
to be desired thun seni
priateness, of course,
land" would so aptly dest
that we regret that it
Contractor "You won't sell me a
car load of bricks on credit?" Deal
er "No. Me an' my bricks are very
much alike. We're hard pressed for
cash." Philadelphia llecord.
Willie "I think I could die listen
ing to Miss Triller sing." Cy Nick
"Oh, you may feel like dying, but
you'll pull through; I've been through
it often." Columbus (O.) State Jour
nal. Acceptable. She "Yes, your poe
try sounds pretty, but I haven't tho
least idea what it means." He
"Eureka! Then I may hope to get
into the leading magazines." Phila
Stranger "It seems rather strange
that you should complain about your
best friend because he took your
part." Hamphat "I'm an actor, sir,
and I wanted the part myself."
"A Pennsylvania junk denier sold
his wife to the ashman for 50 cents."
"Well, if Blie's that sort of a wife,
I'll bet the ashman will be around in
a few days, asking pay for carting
her away." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Why are those benches blocking
the fire escapes?" the manager was
asked. "They are only there tem
porarily. To-day's performance is so
cnowded we took them out to make
more standing room." Philadelphia
Mrs. Greene "I suppose the Chit
lings ore awfully stuck up since they
got that money from Mrs. Chitling'a
uncle?" Mrs. Gray "Not so much as
one might have supposed; but I no
tice that when they have mince-meat
on the tnble they call it croquettes;
it used to be plain hash." Boston
"See here, sir," exclaimed the suc
cessful manufacturer to his dilatory
bookkeeper, "you arc not as attentive
to business as you might be. It has
been my rule through life to be at
my deik early and late, and" "Me,
too," replied he. "Sometimes I get
there early and sometimes late."
Philadelphia Catholic Standard and
EVERY MAN HIS OWN PROPHET
Head of Weather Bnreaa Tells Hovr
to Malta Guesses Abont the
Willis L. Moore, chief of the United
States weather bureau, has published
an almanac for the guidance of the
public, entitled "An Almanac and
Weather Guide." Mr. Moore declares
that anyone, by studying weather
maps and "getting the hang" of
them, can predict the weather for
himself. He says:
"If the student of the weather map
will pay close attention to it dny by
day he will see that the 'highs' and
the "lows" move across the country
from the west to the east in almost
regular succession. If the 'high' be a
decided one it will cover a territory
1,000 or 2,000 miles in width, the
weather within its influence will be
cold and clear and the winds will have
a general tendency spirally outward
from the cente; The 'low' is the op
posite to the 'high' in almost all of its
characteristics. It is usually attend
ed by clouds, ruin or snow and high
winds. The winds within the influ
ence of a 'low' blow spirally inward.
The lower the barometer and the
steeper the gradient the more rapid
is the whirl of the storm eddy.
Storms of like class take nearly the
same course and produce nenrly the
same results; but they do not always
move with the some rapidity. No ex
act rule in regard to them can be laid
down. Empirical reasoning and inti
mate association with the charts day
by day and year after year in the
main equip the most successful fore
casters, but, as previously stated, any
intelligent person can, with a little
study, make profitable deductions.
"Low pressure areas which ap
proach from the southwest are rea
sonably sure to cause precipitation,
while many from the northwest will
pass with little or no rainfall.
The approach of a storm center from
the west is attended by warmer, east
erly winds and unusual precipitation,
and its passage is followed by colder,
westerly winds and fair weather."
Mr. Moore, in speaking of the hot
test and coldest places in the world
selects the Colorado desert as the
hottest place in the United States,
and mentions a recorded temperature
there (at Mammoth tank) of 128 de
grees. Th, lowest temperatures in
the United States occur in the ex
treme northern portions of Minne
sota and North Dakota, where 50 and
55 degrees below zero are common.
An Awful Reckoning-.
Jerold You are going the pace
that kills, old chap! There's only one
end to this sort of thing, you know!
"Some girl will be marrying you to
reform you, old chap; depend upon
it 1" Puck.
Rat Sln-iKhter In Ceylon.
Ceylon is setting its house in order
against the arrival of the plague. In
the past year in Colombo the municN
pality bus hud 60,000 rats killed, -. Y,
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