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4 ML tf^VJr /w^y cmmacr TO mr wre/tr arr/cs ONGRESS Is Just now being urged to provide for the erection of a new building for the use of the United States patent office, and this plea for better facilities for taking care of the business of the inventors of the country has brought out some interesting facts in connection with this unique branch of our national government And, it may be added, for all that the people of the republic take a keen interest in invention as be- comes the greatest inventive nation on the globe, very few of our citizens have any intimate knowl edge of the machinery which the federal govern ment maintains for examining inventions and granting patents. This comparative ignorance of the facilities and methods of the government institution that devotes itself to inventions extends even to a majority of inventors themselves—the hundreds of thousands of men and women who are either engaged in inventive work today or have, at some time in the past, exercised their nimble brains in an effort to devise something that would be an improvement upon the existing state of things. That even Interested parties are thus in the dark is due to the fact that the patent busi ness of the country is largely in the hands of attorneys—special lawyers who devote them selves exclusively to this line of practice. Nine men out of ten who evolve an invention and desire to have it patented soon come to realize that the operation is an intricate one, requiring special knowledge, and so they turn the work over to some one of these go-betweens and have nothing more to do with the matter until they get the coveted parchment a year or two years henco and pay the bill, which may be $75 or $100, if circum stances warrant, for you know getting a patent is not exactly a cheap operation. But to get back to the proposal for a new build- 111! lng for the patent office. This institution has for tnany years past occupied a portion of the build ing of the department of the interior at Washing ton and since the volume of Inventions pouring fn to be considered as candidates for patents has steadily increased year by year it has naturally followed that the present quarters are hopelessly inadequate. In order to make room the authori ties a few years ago arranged to get rid of the thousands of original models of old inventions which had accummulated in the days when it was necessary to send a working model as well as drawings with an application for a patent. But this was by no means a complete solution for the problems. The patent office must needs file and keep on permanent record the papers in every patent case, and these have been piling up at such a rate In recent years that it is a grave prob Jem how and where to store them in such fashion that they can readily be brought to light when needed for reference— as in the case of the law suits that are always growing out of patents on inventions. However, there are other branches of our na tional government that need new buildings just as much as does the patent office, and this brings us to the novel argument that is being advanced in behalf of the patent office being granted a new home in advance of all others. It Is being pointed out to congress that the patent office is one gov ernment institution, and almost the only one, that is self-sustaining. For other activities Uncle Sam has to go down in his pocket, or rather the people do through the medium of taxes. In maintaining the patent office, however, the Inventors and they alone "pay the freight." What Is more, not only Is this bureau for inventors self-supporting, but It actually returns a profit, or in other words, It has on hand a surplus at the end of each year after all expenses have been paid. This net sur plus has been piling up In the United States treas ury until It now amounts to about $7,000,000, and It is this money, or such part of It as may be nec essary, that it 1B desired to have expended for a new building for the patent office. As Is well known, we Americans are the great est nation of Inventors in the world. About a million United States patents have been granted, whereas the aggregate number of foreign patents granted by all foreign countries combined has amounted to date to only about two million pat ents. The fever of Invention in the United States has waned temporarily in "panic year," and it slumped at one tit- during the Civil war, but otherwise there has been a steady Increase in the number of patents issued, and from 35,000 to 40,000 new patents are now issued each year. In proportion to population, more patents are issued to citizens of Connecticut than to residents of any a W Hunting in modern England occa sionally has some strange complica tions, as witness this from the London Chronicle: "The meet of the Surrey rtaghounds at Crowhurst had a sen sational finish at Upper Warlingham railway station. The stag took course across country until it reach ed Marden Park, the Warlingham resi dence of Sir Walpole Greenwell, and here it ran on the main railway line A ^scr/o/y or TM /wrr/tr a,?r/cjr Hunting" in England 1 The work of the patent office is carried on through the medium of some half hundred differ ent divisions, each devoted to some one class of inventions, such as carriage and wagons, or fire arms, or harvesters, or typewriters. At the head of each of these divisions is a principal examiner who Is a specialist in his particular field, and he is assisted by one or more experts who have made a life study of the particular section of the inventive field to which they are assigned. Many of these men have been In their present positions for twenty or thirty years and have at their finger tips everything connected with the history and development of invention In their espectlve spheres, and yet Uncle Sam gets the services of these experienced authorities for salaries that in most cases do not exceed $1,800 to $2,000 per year. In each division there is a force of clerical workers whb file the drawings which must be presented with every patent application in lieu of the small working models which were once required. These clerical workers also have to stamp the date and hour of the receipt of every toward London, it continued along the track until It arrived at Upper Warlingham and then It mounted the platform and entered the booking hall and the waiting room adjoining, where It dropped to the floor completely ex hausted. One of the hounds was close upon It and also reached the platform, but dropped before it could enter the doorway, being as exhausted as the stag. The station officials promptl/ "'•aswsss,.^, fr&> other state, thua holding up the long-established reputation of the "Connecticut Yankees." Next comes the District of Columbia and then Cali fornia, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and other western states. The present commissioner of patents, Mr. Ed ward B. Moore, Is one of the ablest administrators who has ever been at the head of this branch of the government. It has been his aim and ambi tion to expedite in every manner possible the ex aminations of all applications for patents pre sented—thereby enabling the quick issuance of patents whose novelty if not validity can In time be guaranteed by the government. This will do away with the criticisms of the patent office for its "slowness" In passing upon patents, and it will also do away with a large amount of the litigation which now devolves upon inventors by being drawn into suits for infringments, etc. In line with these improved methods there is now In progress a "classification" of all the material in the patent office. This means the systematic classification of all the material through which the patent office's expert examiners have to search when they are passing upon the applications of inventors. When this vast accummulatlon of data Is arranged for ready reference it will enable the issuing of patents more quickly after applica tions are received than has ever heretofore been possible and, more important yet, it will give to every patent issued a greater guarantee of validity than is possible now when such a document is issued following what may eventually he proven to have been an Incomplete "search," In which the examiner Inadvertantly overlooked or failed to find an earlier patent on a similar Invention. closed the doors and thus kept out the remainder of the pack that came up several minutes later, and removed the stag in a panting condition to the cloak room for safety. The hunting party did not arrive till twenty min utes later, having had a stiff chase of three and a half hours across coun try. The stag was eventually con veyed to a stable nad lodged there till It was fit to be removed." The Vanishing Pigtail. LE SAM'S ENTOFF iTSWOItK m& I~A Atre/yr amor A large number of Shanghai offl-J^hai TXPJC/ll D/y/sS/OW/t£ADQ///l/?r£/?S /N THE* patent application, and this little detail often becomes a matter of the greatest importance when two or more men discover the same inven tion at about the same time. Indeed, in the case of certain of our most valuable inventions, such as the telephone, more than one mas hit on the idea simultaneously, but the wealth that lay in wait for the lucky Inventor went to the man who won in the race to the patent office. It is because of this keen rivalry that inventors all over the country are welcoming the present movement to issue patents more quickly. In days gone by inventors have in some instances had to "mark time" for years before they could get their pat ents, and this not only did an injustice to the inventor and to the workmen who might have been employed meanwhile In manufacturing the new product, but it ajso deprived the public at large-of the benefit of new discoveries designed to benefit it in one way or another. In an average year there are upward of twice as many applications for patents as are granted. Some of the things upon which patents are sought are not patentable, and in many instances it is a case of "another fellow found it first." The patent office officials tell many ret»£j pathetic stories of men In isolated localities who Jnwe ievoted years of hard work to working out some Invention— ignorant all the while that some other person had gone over the same* ground, worked out the in* ventlon and secured a patent, pe.'haps many yean before. The number of new patents keeps well ahead of the number of patents that expire, the latter totaling in the ordinary year not more than two-thirds as many as there are new patents issued. One hundred to two hundred patents are also reissued each year. Each applicant for a patent must pay to the government a fixed fee of $35, but if his applica tion is made through an attorney—as is the case In most Instances as above explained—the total expense ere an inventor secures his coveted pro tection on his brain-child is likely to be at least double the amount of the fee. It is sometimes said that our American patent system is not so effective as is that in vogue In Germany, but cer tain it is that Uncle Sam's patent machinery has been the indirect means of returning greater wealth to inventors than has been attained by the patrons of any foreign patent establishment. Incidently it may be noted that there is a dlsposi* tion on the part of all the leading nations of the world to get together en patent matters and to work in harmony in the issuance of patents. In deed, in late years, one of the most important duties of the United States commissioner of pat* ents has been that represented by negotiations In connection with International treaties on this subject, and seldom a year goes by that he does not visit one or more foreign countries in the effort to bring about a better understanding be tween nations on this score. liit t-iitii 111 jj-iii i»»+. Mendelssohn in a Rage I I 1 1 1 ii 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Mendelssohn in a rage was a fine sight fcjr then his eyes simply blazed out from under the long lashes. This was not rare with him. The orchestra at Dusseldorf was responsible for m«A of his Irritation. He gives a humorous deacrlptiosj of their lack of time and tune: "Every allegro leaves off twice as fast as it began, and tho obo plays E-natural in C-minor, and they carry their fiddles under their coats when it rains, sad when it is fine they do not cover them at all and it you once heard me conduct this orchestra, ntt even four horses could bring you there a second time."—Dole, "Famous Composers." ciais, merchants and others have no« cut off their queues, and every Jnyths new fashion is coming S Time was, and that within the last two years, when any reference to this subject among representative people .in this country was taboo, while today it is a subject of comprehensive dis cussion, and similarly to the vicious practices of opium smoking and fool binding, the wearing of a "pigtail" tl rapidly becoming bad form."—AM* National ^|£W V-ss,-^ 1 *%$% NORWAY. Miss Rogstad, the first woman to oc cupy a seat in the Norwegian storting, made her first speech in that body during the discussion of the military budget. She spoke as follows: "Mr. President: I wish to make a remark about my attitude as to the military budget. I am a friend of peace, and insist on arbitration, and I hope that war and military affairs will once pass out of the world, just as 'club law' has given place to statutory law and justice. Nevertheless, I cannot note against an ordinary army budget based on self defense. So long as the peace movement has made no greater pro gress we cannot give up our defences. This is self evident. And, depending upon the reliability of the government and the committee on military affairs, I trust that the budget before us is mainly what is required in order to make our defences of any use. NewsP of Scandinavia Bishop Bang has gone to Paris to try to organize a Norwegian church In that city. A church started some time ago in Berlin succeeded so well that the church people of Norway were in duced to try the same plan in Paris. At Lauvho a snowslide killed a lot of reindeer last winter. Hunters pass ing that way saw the carcasses of about twenty animals, which had been partly eaten up by beasts and birds. Only those animals that happened to be on top of the snow could be seen, but many more are supposed to be un der the snow. "But I wish to emphasize that I sup port particularly that part of the bill which has for its aim the protection of the northern parts of the country, namely, Nordland and Finmarken. 1 am afraid that our defences are some what defective in those quarters. At the same time I wish to be permitted to say that I differ with those who think Norway is such a small country that it cannot be at the front of the movement for peace and arbitration. I trust that our country will be among the pioneers of this great cause bnt in the main I am going to vote for the proposed bill." The speech was given* with warmth and energy, but without any nervousness whatever, and it evi dently made a most favorable impres sion upon the audience. A resident of Hammerfest, the north ernmost city in the world, writes as follows from his place: "This city has 2,500 inhabitants. On one side we have the harbor and the Arctic ocean, on the other a mountain with overhanging snowdrifts, which threat en to overwhelm the town. Occasion ally, huge masses of snow rush down, breaking the walls of the houses and throwing the inmates out of their sheepsgin bedclothes into the snow drifts. The people make a living mainly by whaling, Arctic hunting, and fishing—why, fish may be seen sprawl ing in the streets, having been dropped from a tub or a "string." The wages range from $1.35 to $2.70 a day. The city has one electric power station, which supplies light, and power for a number of factories. We have wood works, and last year a shipyard was started. There are two churches, one Lutheran state church and one Method ist church. The pope of Rome also has a branch here. In summer no less than ten regular steamship lines make con nections at this seaport, and there is a whale fleet of irregular boats. As to the fishing fleet, the old open boats have been replaced by closed motor boats, which are puffing and rattling incessantly, day and night. In sum mer we are also visited by many large Atlantic tourist steamers, which carry tourists from all parts of the world, including kings and kaisers, as well as American millionaires—who don't bring their millions with them! The president of America has not been here yet, but we expect him. Not even Roosevelt came up this way when he visited Norway. He has a good stand ing in Norway. Just at present two English ladies are visiting us. They have started in reindeer sleds for Kar asjok, a Lappish settlement, and I bet you that they will have plenty of fresh air in the mountains." SWEDEN. Principal Happening! of the Week in the Scandinavian Countries. Valter Kaudern, Ph. D., has started on a scientific expedition to Madagas car. Consul Hugo Lindgren, of Malmo, has donated $2,700 to the home for in valids at Lund. A silver fox was caught at Hogen, Idala, Halland. The skin of the animal was worth over $250. The number of small rooms for rent in Stockholm is larger than it has been at this season for many years past. The law faculty of the university of Budapest proposes that this lyear's Nobel peace prize be given to Prince Apponyi. The city elections in Stockholm failed to shake up things. The only change in the city council was the shifting of one seat from the Social Democrats to the moderates. The representation is as follows: Conser vatives, 45 Social -Democrats, 31 Liberals, 24. The newspapers of Sweden are seri ously discussing a proposition to abol ish the military music bands. Those who are in favor of the change make the most of the fact that it would lave over $500,000 a year. The leading military authorities think the change would be a fatal mistake. The clergymen's association of Sweden has memorialized the King in favor of reducing Sunday work on the railroads to a minimum. The station agents are free every other Sunday, but the trainmen do not even ge^t one Sunday a month off. The poor board of Juckasjarvl, a Socialistic community in the far North, paid P. A. Lans, a working man, $60.75 for taking care of a pauper child. Gun hild Irene Brusk. Now Mr. Lans is going to emigrate to Brazil with his little protege, and the anti-Socialistic press of the country is trying to make the matter look ratter bad. The London Truth claims that the crown princes of Sweden and Denmark will be made knights of the order of the garter at the coronation of King George. The Swedish tourist association has published a new pamphlet in German, and whoever reads it will surely be strongly tempted to go to Sweden next summer. The Swedes have commenced to ex« port punch to China. A practical joker suggests that the bonvivants of Stock holm return the compliment by smok ing opium. At the close of 1910 there were 2,263 rifle clubs in Sweden, and 68 of them were new ones. The total mem bership was 152,165, the increase for the year being 5,618. The agricultural school of the Fred rika Bremer society, at RimforsA, Os* tergotland, which was burnt down last year, has been rebuilt, and classes were organized April first The committee which was organized for taking up a national subscription for the benefit of August Strindberg, the poet, has finished its preliminary work, and will soon begin the distribu tion of subscription lists. The government has asked for an appropriation of $2,500,000 for building a power station at Elfkarleby Falls. There is great demand for electric power in the community, and the en terprise will no doubt prove profitable. Anders Zorn, the most noted of the Swedish painters of our day, who is in America at the present time, was inter« viewed on the subject of woman's suf frage, and he expressed himself as fol lows: "Anything that is opposed to the natural order of things, that does not take into consideration the funda mental object of the Creator, would prove disastrous and- not be perma nent. Woman was created for a dif ferent field of activity than man she was meant to be the mother of chil dren and the home keeper. When she wants to get outside of the home and believes she is bettering her con dition, she makes a grave mistake, which will lead her nowhere and make for ineffective discontent to all—man and woman." A farmer in Smaland tried to sell his home by means of a real estate man in Holmstad. A Swedish-Amer ican found out about the chance, and after taking a square look at the prop erty he decided to buy it. But when he met the farmer himself the latter explained that the prospective buyer would have to marry one of the farm er's daughters. Having taken a scrut inizing view of the girls, the man picked out one to his liking. But the select one balked, while the other four were more friendly disposed toward the American. He, however, said: "The one of my first choice, or.none at all," and in spite of the diplomacy of the farmer and some of his daugh ters neither real estate deal nor betro thal came out of the negotiations. DENMARK. The art and industrial museum of Copenhagen bought new objects for more than $27,000 in 1910. The fishermen along the west coast of Jyllacd are doing well. Those who are after codfish generally fetch from 15 to 20 big fish for each boat, and the boats fitted out for catching plaice bring from 3,000 to 5,030 pounds for each trip. A copy of the Jellinge baretasten is to be made and sent as a gift to the city of Rouen, France, on the occasion of the celebration of the millennium of the establishment of the duchy of Normandie. The Jellinge stone was erected by King Harald Blaatand of Denmark. It is 10 feet high and 25 feet in circumference, and has the fol lowing Inscription: "Harald, King, had this monument raised after Gorm. his father, and Tyre, his mother the Harald that conquered all of Denmark and Norway, and made the Danes Christians." Grave fears are entertained for Cap. tain Elmer Mikkelsen and Engineer Iversen, who, after having been res cued on the coast of east Green land last year, left their party to search for traces of the lost explorer Erichsen. An expedition will be sent to Shannon Island, where provisions were deposited, in the hope of finding them there. Five members of the Mikkelsen expedition which was wrecked in the winter of 1909 on th« coast of east Greenland, were brought back to Norway last August. This expedition left Copenhagen on the Danish Arctic ship Alabama to search for the bodies of the members of the Mylius Erichsen Greenland expedi tion, who perished in November, 1907, while trying to return from the north coast of Greenland by way of th« inland ice. Alberti, the man that managed to use up $4,000,000 belonging to other people, has been transferred to a new section in the penitentiary. He is to remain in that section for six months and during that time he will be per* mitted, under certain limitations, to write, receive and read letters. The premier has handed the rigstag a bill relating to the government of Greenland. The bill provides that ths king shall appoint a royal commis sioner over Greenland. The term ol office is to be four years, and the new official is to be controlled by the home and church departments. Prof. Collet of the University of Nor way was lecturing on the structure of birds one forenoon when the attention of the students was suddenly turned in another direction. The professor soon noticed that the center of attrac tion was a wooden case -in a corner of the room, and when he came close enough he saw a rat looking out from a hole in the case. He shouted to scare the animal, but of no use, for the rat seemed to be even more interested than the other students in the profes eor's demonstrations. The professo* literally boxed the ear of the rodent before the latter disappeared FORT *MiJ SAM HOUSTON, in San Antonio, Tex., to which 20,000 troops were hurriedly dis patched, is located close to the historic spot where the battle of the Alamo was fought. There a small force of American pioneers of the southwest fought against overwhelm ing odds until death gave the Mexican army a temporary victory. The strong hold whither they are bound bears the name of the general who brought Independence to the Lone Star state. "Thermopylae had its messenger of lefeat Alamo had none." This inscription, ascribed to Lord Macauly, is engraved on a monument In the grounds of the Texas capitol at Austin in commemoration of the garrison, all of which died fighting against overwhelming odds in the battle of the Alamo, which ended March 6, 1836. Americans in Texas rose in rebel lion against the government of Mex ico in 1835. Early in 1836 the rebel lion grew into warfare. The Texans were under the leadership of the bluff Gen. Sam Houston as president of the new republic of Texas and as com mander-in-chief of their little army of volunteers. It was a daring undertak ing for a scant 2,000 men to attempt to wrest the state from Mexico with Its 15,000 drilled troops. But the Tex ans, headed by San Houston, Davy Crockett, William Travis and John Haydon, feared no failure. The Mex ican general, Santa Ana, set out from the Rio Grande northward to quickly conquer and punish rebellious Texans. His army of 6,000 men, after a march of nearly 600 miles across a desolate country, reached San Antonio, confi dent of capturing that town and mov ing on to the new capitol at Washing ton, Tex. Unprepared for Battle. The garrison at San Antonio was unprepared for Santa Ana's coming. The first tidings of his approach were given by the sentinels posted on the roof of the Alamo, which was an aban doned Franciscan mission, built in 1723. It numbered about 185 men un der contm^dHSfTJoirwiIliani' Travis. jKfhen the news of Santa Ana's ap proach reached Travis he determined to make good its defense until re enforcements could arrive. With him was Col. James Bowie, whose name was always associated with his famous knife, and Davy Crockett, the fron tiersman and hunter of history and romance. They bad a few pieces of artillery, little ammunition, 90 bushels of corn and 30 beef cattle, which were hurried within the inclosure. Santa Ana demanded Immediate sur render. Travis returned a defiant re fusal, emphasized by a cannon shot. A blood red flag, signifying no quarter, Immediately was raised above the Mexican camp and their batteries opened upon the garrison. Meanwhile Travis had dispatched messengers to Houston and Washington, Tex., 95 miles away, appealing for assistance. The Mexican batteries attempted a breach in the stone walls of the mis sion at dawn February 26. For hours every day the Mexicans continued the siege. In a hot fire which was opened upon the garrison on the last morn ing in February some of the bombs fell close to the spot where Davy Crockett lay. He sprang up and made his way to the ramparts Just as the ~.w ...», tuv lauipariH JUBl aB me —e^ comrade caugh-t up the•* match and'uran sault. The bond struck up "Duguelo" (assassin) and amid a boom of can* non ladders were brought, the walls of the building were scaled by 2,000 cavalrymen, while battering rams beat in the doors. The Texans ran to the roof, where several cannon had been stationed. As fast as the Mexi cans mounted they were stabbed and the ladders overturned. Meanwhile the Mexican riflemen on the ground shot down the Texans on the roof and the battle raged with the few Texans who stayed on guard behind the bar ricade. After an hour the Mexicans had overpowered the Texans and were swarming to the roof. The defenders retreated down the stairs, fighting ev ery inch of the way. Then the doors below were beaten down with huge timbers and with a yell the frenzied soldiers poured in the opening. The little band of Texans was pitifully in significant against the horde of Mexi cans. There were yells and gunshots: and groans in one long, hideous cho* rus. Not one of the Texans sank tc death till he had exhausted all hie strength. Coloned Crockett stood in the corner of the main room end with a cutlass slashed aw who attacked him. His shirt WM soaked with blood and a bullet Kad pierced his cheek. Shot by a man in front of him, he lunged forward, selling his life as dearly as possible. Colonel Travis was shot through the head while defending the stairs. No one was spared, and every one of the Texans sank to the floor fight ing. So ended the Alamo. Nearly all the information that his, torians have concerning the events in* side the Alamo during the siege has come from Senora Dona Andrea Cas tarion de Dillanueda, the nurse of Colonel Bowie and the sole survivor. The state of Texas pensioned her for, 40 years. They Remember the Alamo. From that day the words, "Remem ber the Alamo!" were the slogan of the campaign throughout Texas. Iq less than two weeks more than 600 frontiersmen, maddened by the mas* sacre, joined Sam Houston's army. A month later Houston, with a force of 700 Texans, faced*Santa Ana, with 2,000 soldiers, on the banks of the San Jacinto. The battle was only an hour long. The Texas force, with a mighty, and exultant yell, "Remember the Alamo!" routed the enemy and cap tured Santa Ana, who barely escaped death. Texas independence then was established. Laughing Eyes. That Wilkesbarre woman who caused the arrest of a girl on the charge that the latter used "laughing eyes" to "beguile" plaintiff's young son experienced no sympathy at the hands of the court. The judge saw no legal or moral ground for the arrest. He not only set the girl free at once, but complimented her on the posses* sion of those "laughing- eyes." So far as may be judged by the pub* lished report of the case, the court was eminently sound and wise. If anybody should be arrested and placed in confinement in connection with such a matter it Is the young man himself. The young woman to whom Providence has accorded the gift of laughing eyes is a blessing to the Mexican gunner was reloading and be- community. There is too much sor* fore he could fire again shot him. A Colonel Travis called the garrlsen about him March 8. He made a brief talk, telling his comrades that longer hope for assistance was useless. Be said that the Alamo should be surren dered or it should be defended until the last man was dead. He drew a line with his sword on the adobe floor and said: "I propose to stay here until I son killed. All who will" be with me will come to this side of the line all who wish to surrender remain on that side." Davy Crockett leaped across with a triumphant wave of his cap. Every man in the file joined him. It was a grim decision the garrison lessening in number every day, the food supply was almost exhausted and only a few rounds of ammunition was left for the survivors. Bowie, almost from the be ginning of the siege, was ill with ty. phoid. In a little adjoining room he lay on a rude bed attended by a Mex ican woman. Hearing the speech of Colonel Travis, he feebly called to his companions and begged them to pick np bis cot and carry him over the line. A few hours later he became delirious and never recovered consciousness. Dawn of the Morning of Death. The morning of the final attack was a warm, bright Sunday. Colonel Bowie died about three o'clock/ Death had become so common that no one paid any attention to the dying pioneer. They were blackened with gunpow der they looked wild from lack of sleep and food: they seldom spoke and all their words and acts were those of men terribly in earnest. The •oto Idem of each was to sell his life aa dearly as possible. Santa Ana de to tafea U« AJWO b/ al- row« to «=,— MT —+an.\,u. a a to the touchhole. But already a fresh rifle had been handed the Tennesseean and he picked off the second gunner as he had the first Three more Mex icans made the attempt and met a like fate and for a time the gun was silenced. TS»-" jfeflfliAS^'SiVUI**% .-, «^»*.s A occasion for tears, in ad old worW any low is in danger- of beingyoung "beguiled"*elf unduly by that Wilkesbarre style of optics, he should be placed in safe, if not solitary, confinement The Scream of Ennui. A dog howls when he is lonely, a cat wauls (the word must be right, for it comes from "caterwaul") because of some combative or amative impulse but a parot screams through sheer boredom. I sometimes think it is the only creature that shares with us that secondary curse which followed our ejection from Eden—ennui. And I know hat if Noah fed his animals well, and if they had plenty of room for exercise, the only creatures whe rebelled vocally against the dire ted ium of the voyage, and the creatures who made the most noise, bar none, were the two little papingoes (as out forefathers used to call them).—-Frank* lin James, in the Atlantic. Less Popular Word. Rev. D. J. H. Jowett New York's second importation of English minis terial talent, has a short way with skeptics. "Once in Jowett's under graduate days at Oxford," said a mem ber of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian church, "he rose in a debate and said: 'We young Oxonians are very proud of calling ourselves agnostics. It's a Greek word. I don't think we're equal ly fond of its Latin equivalent—ig noramuses.' The Cause. "What was the cause of the quav rel between the two tramps?" "One found some money, the othet tried to make him fork it over, ant when he refused, knifed him." A Real Curiosity. •Has your dolly got real hair, Httl4 girl?" s» "Tea. but that's nothing Iknow r/v little girl whose •**«mn»w has oat MM,' hair" ,_ -*'-^Ff^V/J^Pa&^feA-^ "1r-S *%. r- ~~4" ,'