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CAPE GIRARDEAU.' - - MISSOURI.
A PRINCE OF THE BLOOD.
I lire on a rocky hillside farm, where the moun
tain ridge the west.
And I win icy living, by daily toil, from the
earth's reluctant breast:
Sigh over my head is the wide deep sky, so
wondrons and blue and free.
And at my feet my wheat fields ware like the
wind-swept billowy sea.
Down In the valley whore leaps the brook im s
fancied foam of white.
Tn sheltered nook which the rising sun fills
with its radiant light.
The old house stands and the apple trees
shed o'er it clouds of bloom,
-And cinnamon roses and lilacs flood the air
with sweet perfume
-lly cattle feed on the pasture lands, the pet
horse comes at my call,
-And whinnies and tosses his graceful head.
and over the low stone wall
"The house dog vaults with wagging tall, and
barks with wildest joy.
And close behind him I see the earls of Harry,
my baby boy.
Outside the door my dear wife stands, while I
open the garden gate
And she links her arm in mine and chides me
gently for being late:
The smell of waffles steals out to me, and I
know there's plenty of cream.
And happy expectancy settles o'er me like the
mists of a beautiful dream.
"Only a farmer." you slightingly say, "only a
son of the soil:
'Only a man with hands calloused and brown.
wedded to arduous toll"
""Only a lord of the land, free and bold, only a
prince." i reply.
Only a farmer who holds in his right the
glories of earth and sky:"
Cling to your temples of marble and brick, ye
white-handed sons of the town:
Seek Joy in tbe favor of fashion, or wither with
grief at her frown.
I am a farmer. I stand on the soil that the toil
of rr.y ancestors' hands
3ec!aimed from the desert and I I am lord
of myself and my lands.
Clara Augusta, In Ohio Farmer.
''?,. M fWlPW tlF.RF. nr manv
' Tf' ijW H thrilling stories
W ' J J I told and retold
iWvAri ventures and ex-
CVtiJ characters that
Sis- used to frequent
the islands and inlets that border the
Georgia coast line stories of phantom
ships, of lost vessels, of hidden treas
ures. Some of these have been banded
down from generation unto generation,
cntil they are familiar to the children
of every household.
A story of this kind I picked up some
days ago from an old islander near
Daric.i. He had tilted his chair under
the hL-vj- umbrage of a spreading1 live
oak and told the story apparently
-without any mental exertion, iistlessly
-and dreamily, as if it awakened fond
"LaStte. you know Lafitte, the great
Baratarian pirate who turned the gulf
into a pool of blood and strewed the
-seas with the heads of countless victims;
"the same man who seized the boat car
rying the beautiful daughter of Aaron
Burr to New York from New Orleans
and kept her a captive in his tropical
retreat; who enlisted in the service of
the United States against Great Britain
in the war of 1312, and was pronounced
by Gen. Andrew Jackson to be the
most daring sea captain that ever
flashed sword from scabbard, well,
that's Lafitte that's the man I mean,
and he started his career right here on
the Georgia coast.
'"It was a love scrape that's gen
erally the matter with young fellows,
"Now. history makes an error. That
man's right name was Wilson, Morti
mer Wilson, and, instead of coming
from France, as everybody supposes,
he was an American, pure and simple,
and hailed from New York, Westches
ter county. There lived not very far
from here at the plantation of a rich
rice grower two girls who were said to
be more beautiful than any of the
maidens of the south. They had every
thing that their hearts could desire
-and were queens among their sex.
'It was way back yonder when the
-nineteenth century was just begin
ning to sprout, and this part of the
country was owned by one or two men.
"Wilson, or rather Lafitte, came
south. He was only nineteen years of
age, and came as a representative of
his uncle's mercantile house, which
was doing business then with the Sa
vannah people. The young man ar
rived, attended to his business and was
waiting with impatience for the sailing
of the vessel which was to convey him to
bis home again, when he was attacked
by fever of the most severe kind. His
reason was gone entirely for the time.
"It happened that the Savannah
house where the young man had traded
-was the property of CoL Mornton, the
father of one of the beautiful girls of
whom I have told you. Her first cousin
lived with her.
' "Here the young man was removed,
and for weeks he suffered in delirium.
When he awoke from the stupor, and
the first gleams of returning recollec
tion and imagination began to shoot
across his bewildered mind, there came
a vision more lovely than he ever
dreamed of Mary Mornton hovering
about like an angel of mercy, and ad
ministering to all his wants with con
sideration and love; for the gradual
emaciation of that splendid physique
had called forth her pity, and very
often that awakens love. His health
returned slowly, but the days were
never more delightfully spent than
those which glided away in the magic
company of the fair maiden. She had
gained an ascendency over his whole
"I believe that the other young lady
who lived with the Mora ton cam
from Charleston. She was also a beau
tiful creature, this Miss Hanton, and
she had a brother, cold, haughty and
supercilious, who lived a life of luxury
"He, too, was in love with the pretty
Mary, although his cousin.
"Before many weeks a bitter rivalry
sprang np between Lafitte and the
young man. Both were together at
the same house, and very frequently
met. To complicate things the other
yonng lady. Miss Hanton, fell over
whelmingly in love with Lafitte. too.
"It was an embarrassing condition
of affairs for the future pirate, but
with all the gallantry of his ardent
nature he remained faithful to the
young lady who had been his nurse.
"The rivalry between the two men
became more intense and finally ended
in a duel.
"I have often heard my father tell
of the meeting between the two men.
He used to tell it in such a way that
you could see them fighting, almost.
"It was late at night. Hanton called
at the room of Lafitte and walked in.
He was received politely, but his over
bearing and insolent manner became
"After a cold salutation was passed
Hanton turned to the door and locked
" 'Mow,' he said to Lafitte, 'I demand
to know the reason of your attempt to
ingratiate yourself into the affection of
''Lafitte told the man that his lan
guage was insulting and unwarranted.
" 'I do not want to be trifled with,
said Hanton. 'What I want is an
apology, and I must have it or you will
never leave this room alive.'
" 'I am unarmed,' said Lafitte. 'You
have the privilege of murdering me.
Here's my breast, shoot"
" 'I again say that you, or one of us,
will not leave this room alive,' repeat
ed the enraged man. 'Here's a brace
of pistols. Take your choice.'
"Lafitte took the pistol. He turned
to walk to the other side of the room.
He happened to cast his eyes around
and saw Hanton in the act of firing.
"It was too late. Before he could
speak the young man had fired, but
the ball missed its mark and lixlged in
the side of the walL That was not in
the days of revolvers, and seeing what
he had done Hanton, in a frenzy of
rage, threw his pistol with all his
might at his rival's head. Still Lafitte
had not fired, but his enemy's pistol
struck him on the hand in which the
cocked weapon was held. The shock
caused the hammer to fall, and Hauton
dropped to the floor a dead man.
"From that moment the fate of La
fitte was changed. He was to be no
longer the quiet, love-sick swain. The,
report of the pistol had alarmed the
house. The girl and her father rushed
into the room. She was in hysterics.
The old man sympathized with Lafitte.
but the matter could not be bettered.
The public would accept no explana
tion. He was a stranger in the coun-
i trv and the friends of the dead man
would call for his blood.
"lie must act quickly. The coast was
not far. A vessel was to sail that after
noon for Cuba. A hasty farewell with
the girl he loved and the young fellow
"lie sailed not far from here and got
away to the seas.
"The story goes that the craft he
sailed on was captured by the pirates
of the gulf and Lafitte taken prisoner
to one of the keys that line the coast
of Florida. In this retreat he was held
captive for two years. He learned the
ways of these sou serpents. His prowess
and bravery commanded their respect.
"In the despemation of despair he
consented to be their captain. He had
"heue's mt iiBEAST; shoot:"
possibly an idea of escape in view, as it
is known that after a cruise of some
months in the South seas he returned
here to see Miss Mornton and possibly
to change his life. But she was dead,
died soon after his capture, they say, of
a broken heart, as she had heard that
Lafitte was killed by the privateers.
"Then came the reckless career of the
pirate that intervened between that
time and the war of 1312.
"He was pardoned with his men by
the gove rniuent, and did such good
service that Andrew Jackson pro
nounced him the besaval officer that
ever swept the seas
"I have heard that at a ball once in
New Orleans he met the Miss Hanton
whom he knew in early days. She was
not old then and some say they mar
ried, but I cannot vouch for the verity.
Certain it is that the great pirate be
gan his career not ten miles from this
place and that his real name was not
Lafitte. When I was a boy my father
nsed to quote a piece of poetry which
he said was written by Lafitte to the
girl who died. It began:
'When the dark tomb Its laws insatiate close
Oa those dear forms whose souls were en
twined with ours.
No stoic's self could blame the tear that
And something else. I can't remember
the last line.
"At any rate, that's the story about
Lafitte and his love scrape. . They say
The old islander knocked his pipe on
a chair round and hobbled off in the
direction of the wharf, where a small
steamer had just anchored. Atlanta
THE WOMEN OF TONGA.
Beantlfnl Belles of an Island in the West
In none of the countless islands ot
the western Pacific the "Coral Edens"
of poor R. L. Stevenson has a transi
tion from a condition of ferocious sav
agery to at least the appearance of fin-de-siecle
civilization been more rapid,
or more complete, than in Tonjra, a
beautiful island group in the western
Pacific, formerly known as the Friend
ly islands and lying some distance
south of the Fijian and Sanioan archi
pelagoes. The Tongans were long known as a
restless, ambitious and unscrupulous
people, always at war with neighbor
ing islanders, and of cannibal propensi
ties, acquired from frequent inter
course with the "long-pig" eaters of
Fiji. Xow the Tongans possess all the
machinery of a monarchical govern
ment, based upon European models,
including a king, parliament and a
long train of public officials, many of
whom are well educated, dress and live
in European fashion and have their
meals prepared for them by Chinese
cooks. There is a regular code of laws,
with a governor for each of the larger
islands, judges, magistrates, police con
stables, custom officers, and so forth,
together with an elaborate system of
This remarkable change in the man
ners and habits of a whole people is
largely the result of missionary influ
ence. There is. however, some reason
to doubt whether it is real or merely
ouperficial. It has certainly been ac
companied by a marked improvement
in the status of the Tongan women,
who are, for the first time, placed upon
terms of equality, in many respects,
with the native men, and enjoy an
amount of freedom unknown in most
of the island communities.
The beneficial influence of a settled
government and a regular S3'stem of
laws is shown in the generally pros
perous condition of the islands, the
larger ones being intersected by well
made roads, and covered with highly
cultivated farms, luxuriant orchards
and beautiful gardens; want and beg
gary are unknown; and if the condi
tions of earthly happiness are to be
found anywhere, surely it must be in
Tonga. It is the real land of the lotus
eater a country of sunshine and flow
ers. Unlike most of the Polynesian
peoples, the Tongans are of a delicate
lijrht-brown color, the men having a
mascular, well-fed appearance, while
the women are famous far and wide
for the seductive expression of their
beautiful eyes, rivaling in softness and
significanco those of tbe Andalusiau
belles, especially when accompanied
by a coquettish use of the palm-leaf
The skin of the Tongan woman gen
erally has a silky appearance, the re
sult of a plentiful application of palm
oil, well rubbed in after a preliminary
dip in some shady lagoon. This treat
ment leaves a highly polished surface,
free from the least trace of greasiness.
Their dress is not picturesque. It gen
erally consists of a cloth fastened
round the waist, ornamented at times
with long hanging tufts of dried
grasses: the head, shoulders, bust.arms,
knees and feet remaining uncovered,
althongh a kind of ribbon is sometimes
worn round the neck and across the
breasts. One of their great grievances
is that the native costume finds no
favor with the powers that be," and is
not allowed to lie worn in public, being
considered immodest, although it is a
decided improvement on the nar
row circlet which in the early days
of Polynesian exploration, consti
tuted the sole attire of the female
portion of the population. Most of
the Tongan women prefer to go about
bare-headed, or, like their Samoan sis
ters, lieiiecked with flowers; but the
authorities, with grandmotherly care,
condemn this practice, and prohibit
the women from entering a church or
chapel unless wearing the orthodox
European hat or bonnet. The attempts
to evade this unpopular eilict frequent
ly lead to amusing incidents.
The principal occupation of the
women, when not engaged with their
domestic duties, consists in the man
ufacture of a kind of cloth from the
inner bark of the white mulberry, the
bark being soaked in water and beaten
into shape with a rude wooden mallet.
The process is long and laborious, but
the women generally enliven it by in
cessant chatter or laujrhing. They are
wonderfully expert in catching fish.
Thirst for Fart.
"Paw, what does it mean when they
say money talks?" asked Johnny.
"It means," said Mr. Biilus, after re
flecting a moment, "that it sometimes
helps a man that's got it to talk a little
louder than the other fellow."
"Does all money talk?" persisted
"N-no. Not exactly."
"Then money that can't talk is hush
money, ain't it?"
"Er ah haven't you anything to
do? Suppose you go out and bring in
your kindling-wood." Chicago Trib-
A small boy had had some difficulty
ivitu. the neighbor's children during
one afternoon, and that night he was
not feeling in a very Christian spirit
After he had gone to bed. his mother
came in to tuck him away snugly.
"Did you say your prayers?" she in
"And did you pray for the heathen?
The boy was slow to answer.
"Yesm, I did," he said at last "all
of them, except them next door." Gol
I fiud a pleasure in expression for
its own sake; but I have not the
inevitable touch of the true poet, the
unconquerable patience of the con
scious artist. The right words do not
fall into the right places at my bid
ding. I have written few good para
graphs, and possibly no single perfect
line. J. A. Sytnond
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
Tufts college receives 870.000 from
the estate of Cornelia M. Jackson, ol
Providence, H. L, to erect a building
for its students who are women. '
A Congregational minister in En
gland, Rev. XL M. Davis, of Oldham,
now eighty, has ijust resigned his
charge, after a pastorate of fifty-twc
M. Adolphe Carnot, brother of the
late president, who is an engineer and
professor in the School of Mines, lias
been elected to the seat in the Academic
des Sciences made vacant by the death
of Ferdinand de Lcsscps.
Prof. Cnlin, of the museum of
archasology of the University of Penn
sylvania, states that football orig
inated with the Chinese. The game
was popular in China and Japan as
early as the seventh or eighth century.
Irish is spreading in the schools ct
Ireland; 1,051 candidates presented
themselves for examination in their
native tongue last year as compared
831 the year before. The number of
schoolmasters who obtained certifi
cates to teach Irish doubled. Irish
was taught in eleven new board
schools, and the sale of books of the
Society for the Preservation of the
Irish Language was greatly increased.
It is reported that there is another
attempt to establish a Russian church
in Xew York city. There was one or
ganized in 187::, but in 1393 the pastor
joined the Presbyterian church, and
afterward the Lutherans. A little
more than a year ago an organization
of Russians was founded under the
name of the Orthodox Brotherhood of
St. Mary. This organization presented
a request to the Russian synod for the
establishment of such a church, and
Bishop Nicholas, who lives in San Fran
cisco and has ecclesiastical jurisdiction
over the United States, has indorsed
Out of one hundred and forty
three students at the Presbyterian
McCormick Theological seminary in
Chicago, it is said that eighty-three
are the sons of farmers, thirty-one of
ministers, twenty-three of merchants,
three of lawyers and three of physi
cians. The Christian Observer, com
menting on the fact that the great ma
jority come from farmers' and minis
ters' families, which have, as a rule,
very limited incomes, states that it
gives an explanation why financial aid
is needed in so many cases for students
for the ministry, and bases upon this
an earnest appeal for cordial support
of the board oi education.
It will interest ourreaders toknow
that the Russian Greek church intends
to develop a forward movement in
Japan, the only country outside the
czar's dominations where it conduct?
mission operations. The holy synod
has had the idea long in consideration,
but hitherto political questions kept
its realization from being accom
plished. We now hear that the synod
will shortly appeal to the various
dioceses in Russia for a special fund to
carry on and greatly enlarge their
work in Japan. A number of able
young monks have been selected to
strengthen the mission stations, and
these it is believed will leave Russia
either this spring or in the autumn by
the steamers of the Volunteer fleet,
which leave Odessa for the far east
and call at Japanese ports.
More Often Maile Virions by Abne Than
Horn That Way.
During a chat with the successful
veteran Maine horseman, E. H. Greel3
of Ellsworth, Me., a few weeks since,,
the conversation centered upon vicious
stallions. Mr. Greely remarked that he
had owned trotting stallions for a great
many years, and none of them ever be
came vicious under his management
He believes that most of the stallions
which are vicious-are made so by rough
treatment. He never fights or clubs
his stallions or allows it to lie done by
others. It is very much better not tc
notice their eccentricities when in a
fretful mood than to engage in a fight
with them, for even if the horse ap
pears to be conquered he will ever
afterward remember the event and
watch for an opportunity to get re
venge, and will be sure to get it.
"When the stallion Grey Dan was
young," said Mr. Greely, "he was very
tractable and intelligent. His trainer
could send him across the yard for a
dish or pail, which the horse would
take in his month and bring to him as
a dog with a stick. One day the trainer
ordered Grey Dan to do something,
when the horse was not feeling quite
as pleasant as usual, and he declined tc
obey. The trainer gave the horse a
blow which angered him, and a fierce
battle ensued. From that day the
nature of Grey Dan seemed changed,
and he ever afterward bore the repu
tation of being a vicious brute. Amer
ican Horse Breeder.
Wearing of Glaus Eyes.
It is a fallacy to suppose that people
who wear cork legs and glass eyes are
Indifferent to their personal appear
ance. They are often vainer than or
dinary individuals. A rich man, for
instance, who is obliged to wear an
artificial eye, will wear three different
eyes every day an eye for morning,
when the pupil is not very large; an
eye for noon, when the pupil is smaller;
an eye for evening, when the pupil has
extended to its full size. A London
eye-maker, who gave this information
said he made about an equal propor
tion of glass eyes for men and women.
Some people keep quite a stock in their
possession, in fact no less than twelve
eyes have been made by my informant
within three years. His son had got
one made from measurement, and that
eye fitted so perfectly that the old gen
tleman, in an outburst of gratitude,
wrote off for eleven other eyes. The
eye-maker admitted that this was as
exceptional instance. Pittsburgh Dis
patch. Triwet "Miss Flop claims to havt
made a thousand refusals of mar
riage." Dice "That's easily explained
When yonng Callow asked her to mar
ry him, she replied, 'No, a thouaanf
times, no.'" Tit-BiU.
IT WASN'T HIS BREATH.
Tti Itarber Bad Pnt Ram on Bis Bail
sod 11 o Was Lectured.
The six other occupants of a Boule
vard car regarded the new passenger
with suspicion. He was a small, red.
faced man, and he sank into a corner
seat with a fidgety, nervous manner
that betokened liquor or bashfulness,
and as the fragrant odors of the gin
mill rose np quickly and smote the
other passengers they were not long in
determining his condition.
The elderly woman who sat half way
down on the other side of the car put
on her spectacles and looked at the
newcomer with ill-concealed disgust.
"Rum," she suddenly remarked, with
emphasis, "is the curse of this land. It
destroys the mind, besots the body' and
ruins the home.".
Nobody said anything.
"I once knew a man," continued the
elderly woman, addressing the passen
gers generally, and fixing her gaze ot
the red-faced man, "who had a happy
home. He had a house and a corner
lot and four government bonds. He
took to drink. In two years he lay in
a drunkard's grave and his wife took
The conductor opened the door and
said "Broadway, change for Tenth
avenue." Nobody left the car and
there was a silence .for two blocks,
while the elderly passenger fumbled for
her pocket. She found it at length and
producing a paper, crossed over and
sat down beside the red-faced passen
ger. "Young man," she said benevolently,
"have you a mother?"
"I have," he replied, looking some
"She is a good woman, isn't she?"
"Your father living, too?"
"And he's a good man?"
"Very good deacon in a church."
"I knew it," she rejoined earnestly.
"I knew it. Now, do you think,
young man, you are pleasing them?"
"I hope so," said the red faced pas
senger getting redder and fidgeting
"Do you think your habits would
please those kind parents.
"What habits?" demanded the un
"Young man," continued the elderlj
woman with increasing earnestness,
disregarding his question, "liquor is
the worst enemy of men. I want tc
ask you to read this tract, entitled
'Rum the Road to Ruin,' and if, aftet
its impressive lesson, you can continue
a drunkard's career "
"Who's a drunkard?" shouted the
red faced man excitedly.
"Well, perhaps not yet," she said,
"but a drinking "
"It's a lie!" he rejoined angrily. "I'm
the superintendent of a Second avenue
Sunday-school. I haven't touched a
drop of liquor in five years!"
'"Your breath, my poor young friend,"
said the elderly woman compassionate
ly, "can not be explained away, I
grieve to say it has been unpleasantly
apparent to everyone in this car."
"Breath!" he ejaculated in astonish
ment. "Perhaps you mean the rum
and quinine that the barber rubbed on
my bald. spot. You're an impertinent
old meddler." he added, purple-faced
and breathless. "Take your tract and
She did. She left the car right
there, and as long as the conductor
could see her she was fumbling for her
pocket- X. Y. Advertiser.
HOW TO HANDLE A HORSE.
Gen. Cirent Was Driver Who Pos.
sewed All the Desired Traits.
E. C. von Gil mar, who has been de
.ivering a series of illustrated lectures
on horsemanship and riding in New
York, says that certain traits of char
acter are absolutely necessary to the
making of a good horseman cither as
a rider or a driver. No person who
lacks firmness and decision can ever
completely master a horse and get out
of him the best and all that he can do.
It is the quiet, stern and determined
man who makes the best horseman as
Gen. Grant possessed all these traits,
together with a natural love for horses,
and he was about as successful in
handling horses as he was in handling
men. Edward F. Geers, who drove
Robert J, 2.01', has the same charac
teristics in a marked degree.and he can
probably rouse a horse to greater effort
without resorting to the whip, than
any other driver on the turf. His af
fection for a good, game, honest horse
amounts to almost a passion, and the
famous pacer, Hal Pointer, that gave
him his first great reputation as a
reinsman, is his idol. It -is told of
Geers, who is one of the most peacea
ble and kind-hearted men in the
world, that he opce nearly killed a
man for abusing the old horse.
A big. burly, six-foot groom in his
employ was giving Pointer a rub-down
one day when the horse made a move
which did not please the rubber,
whereupon the latter drew back and
gave the game old pacer a kick. Geers
happened to walk into the stable just
in time to witness this brutal treat
ment of his pet. His eyes blazed with
anger and before the groom could es
cape, the mild-mannered reinsman
snatched up a big steel tooth file and
dealt the offender a whack over the
head which felled him to the floor.
Luckily the groom was an Alabama
negro with plenty of bone in his
skull, else the blow might have been
the last of him. Philadelphia Press.
' Voting tbe Teaaper.
Losing the temper takes all the
sweet, pure feeling out of life. You
may get up in the morning with
clean heart, full of song, and start out
as happy as a bird, and the moment
you are crossed and yon give way to
your temper, the clean feeling vanishes
and a load as heavy as lead is rolled
upon the heart, and yon go through
the rest of the day feeling like a cul
prit. And anyone who has experienced
th? feeling knows that it can not be
shaken off, but moat be prayed oft
bU Louis, epublie
PERSONAL AND LITERARY.
Coleridge read the works of Shakes)
peare more than he did the writings ol
any other author. He said the world
had never produced and would never
again produce such a genius.
Dryden was a devoted lover of the
Latin classics. He was rarely unpro
vided with a pocket edition of one or
another of the Latin poets, and at
every spare moment was seen conning
Wagner was not a pleasant com
panion. His egotism was so promi
nent a feature of his character that
his conversation ran almost exclusive
ly on himself and his various projects,
and the least contradiction made him
Moore thought "Lallan. Rookh
was his best, but relied on his songs to
carry his name down to posterity. He
was fondest of the Irish melodies, and
sang them to perfection in a rich voice)
that brought out the full significance
of every word.
Fielding's "Tom Jones" was hi
favorite, and after that he seemed to
think that "Don Quixote in England"
was the next in order of merit.
Coleridge thought that "Tom Jones'
was one of the most perfect plots that
was ever planned.
Thackeray always alluded to hi
books in a half comic, half satiric
vein, and would rarely express any
preference, speaking in a contemptu
ous strain of them alL His friends be
lieved, however, that he regarded
"Vanity Fair" as his best; one says,
because it paid him best.
Paul Bourget is writing at Cannes
a new novel to be called "En Marche."
Al phone Daudet's next book will be
"Le Soutien de Famille," Tbe Family's
Mainstay, and Paul Verlaine, who is)
still very sick, though he has been
discharged from the hospital, has
ready two volumes of verse, "Varia"
and "Chair." Flesh.
John Hunter was one of the rudest
men of his age. He returned home
late one evening from his round of pro
fessional calls and found his wife en
tertaining a few friends. Grimly he
walked into the center of the room,
stopped and looked round. "I knew
nothing of this kick-up," he saidv"and
ought to have been informed. As I
have returned home for the purpose of
studying, I hope the present company
will retire at once." They retired.
Sig. Ferrucio Busoni, the piajist,
who is well known in Boston, played
recently with success in Mr. Nikisch's
concerts at Buda-Pesth. Nikisch is re
ported to have tired of his place as
conductor of the Buda-Pesth orchestra,
and Siegfried Wagner is spoken of as
his probable successor. George Hen
schel has resigned the direction of the
Scottish orchestra, and is to be re
placed by William Kes, who for years
has conducted the symphony concerts)
A London firm of clerical tailors
has sent out this circular: "At the
request of many of our customers
we have added to- our old-established
clergy clothing and church
furnishing business a department for
the sale, purchase or exchange of ad
vowsons. A careful register is kept,
and be shall be glad to receive com
missions or give information at all
times. The above division of our busi
ness will include a reccrd of curates
desiring change and incumbents re
quiring temporary or permanent help. '
"I reach and reach, but can not
grasp," sighs a certain poet. He must
have been chasing his hat. Tit-Bits.
"Do you pretend to call this pie
palatable?" Landlady "Heavens, no!
It's just plain, cvery-day prune pie."
Borrowell "What would you do if
you were me?" Buggins "Pay myself
the ten dollars you owe me." Phila
A man never realizes how popular
he is until somebody presents him with
a box of cigars during office hours.
"Is your editor a man of letters?
"Don't know, stranger, but you kin
find out by axin' the postmaster."
The difference between 'meddling'
and "investigation" is that you always
investigate, while it is the other per
son who "meddles." Household Words.
"Harold 'The club was dreadful
ly insulted to-day." Clarence "Weal
ly?" Harold "Yes, an old lady wished
to know if it was an intelligence office.
Kitty "Nan, what did yon do
about that luncheon you were to give?"
Nan "Oh, I called it a 'Lenton fast'
and came out dollars ahead."
She "So the count's relatives con
sider it mesalliance?" He "Decidedly.
The girl has only a quarter of a mil
lion, and the count owes three times as
much as that." Judge.
The Usual Consequence. Assist
ant "That actress ought to be a great
success. She has a European reputa
tion." Manager "Yes; and now she
wants an American salary." Puck.
Perhaps when woman carries the
pocket-book then men will think it
safe to attend the church fair; but will
woman be as fierce for going as she
now is? Awful doubt! Terrible uncer
tainty! Boston Transcript.
"What's the matter with Jaggs
that he is asking a raise of salary?"
"He claims that he works harder." "In
what way?" "Well, he spent half the
day in trying to borrow five dollars and
couldn't." Chicago Inter-Ocean.
"Business has been pretty slow.'
said one business man. "Dreadfully
so," replied the other, as he laid down
his newspaper. "There doesn't seem
to be a steady market for anything
nowadays except green goods." Wash
Judge (to prisoner) "Have yam
anything more to say?" Prisoner
"No, my lord; only I wonld ask yon to
be quick, please, as it is near the din
ner hour, and if I am to go to prison I
should like to get there in time for tit
soup." Franca Is IUostrtv