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THE GOAT AND THE PLUG.
Old Darkey Was Satisfied the Animal Could Read. Three colored men were discussing the intelligence of different animals. One claimed that the dog knew more than all other animals put together. The horse was favored by a second man, hut old Peter Jackson said that, "in my opinion de goat am de 'telli gentest criter livin'. I kin prove dat de goat kin road. I saw him do it, an' I know it am true. Several days ago, I wuz walkin' down street, dressed in mail best suit ob clothes, an' wearin' mail new plug hat. When I got down on de main street I seed a billboa'd on which it said, "Chew Jackson's plug.' A goat wuz standin' thar when I passed, an' when I wuz about ten feet away he must hab rec ognized me, for de next thing I knew I went sailm' out in de mud. When I looked 'roun', dat goat wuz chewin' man plug hat for all he wuz worth. Gem'men, da is no question in mah mind about de 'teiligence ob de goat. He am a wondah." NOT TO BE TRUSTED. Why Conductor Thought Women Should Not Have Ballot. How many-sided and how funny is the life load in a city street car. Not long ago a woman gave trie conductor of one a dollar bill. On receiving the change she counted ard recounted it. "This is net right," she called after him. "Ain't, eh there's 95 cents. Don't suppose yex wanter ride free." She made another mental calculation and blushingly subsided. As the man reached the rear platform he was heard to grumble: "And them's the things as wants to vote." Wig Good Cause for Divorce. The widow of a large estate owner in Germany, who recently married a count of small means, has obtained a separation f*"om her second husband on exceedingly novel grounds. After the marripge the br'de discovered that her husband wore a wig and re ceived such a shock at the sight of his bald he.id that she took a violent antipathy to him, and commenced proceedings against him. Her suit was successful, and she obtained a separation after three weeks' mar riage. The grounds upon which the decision was based were that if she had known of the wig she would never have married the count. Will Loan Money to Poor.' A body of philanthropic New York ers have formed themselves into the Personal Protective Loan Associa tion, with the purpose of loaning money to the poor at 6 per cent per annum. The capital of the organiza tion is $10,000 and the incorporators are Thomas M. Mulry, Edward F. Cragin, Rev. Dr. David J. Burrell, Father A. P. Doyle and Robert B. Miller. Individual money lenders never chargo less than 30 per cent, and sometimes a great deal more. There are 300 pawnshops in New York. Had to Pay to Find Out. At one of the New York theaters they are playing a piece called "A Fool ar.d His Money." A preacher from Wisconsin was visiting Gotham last week and in passing the theater one evening was curious to know if the play conveyed the proverbial les son suggested by its title. Stepping up to the box office, he inquired re garding the matter. "I think," said the suave party behind the grating, "that the moral of the piece is that the fool and his money gather no moss. It will cost you $2 to find out exactly." The preacher murmured "Thank yon" and withdrew. He tells the story himself. New Way to Do Time. Dr. Lillinksjolcl, of Butte, Mont., is credited with having adapted hypno tism to a novel purpose. ^The doctor, having been placed under arrest, tried, i fined and sentenced to gaol for twenty days for some small infracton of the law, deliberately hypnotized himself, saying he would awaken from his trance at the expiration of twenty days. All efforts to awaken him were .unsuccessful till the end of that peri od. As a mean of "doing" time, or of whiling away long intervals, Dr. Lillinksjold's plan is probably unique. Inspecting American Railroads. J. T. Tatlow. John Wharton, George Banks, F. Dale and H. O'Brien, offi cials of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway of England, are in this coun try and will make extended inspec tion of American railroads. They have been viewing things in several eastern cities aud will shortly vist Chicago. They represent the me chanical, freight and passenger de partments of the Lancashire and Yorkshire road. Th? Coming,'Man. "Mrs. Frisbie is suing her husband for divorce." "Indeed? What is the trouble?" "Well, she says she tried not to mind when Mr. Frisbie used her curling irons, wore her shirt waists and borrowed her collar but tons. But when he began to go through her pockets and extract her small change after she was asleep sle felt that patience had ceased to be a virtue."Brooklyn Eagle. Costly Skipping-Rope. A skipping-rope has been presented bj a fond Pittsburg millionaire to his six-year-old daughter. The handles are gold, studded with an odd jewel, while the cord, the finest procurable, c( st more than a dollar per inch. V*hen the child grows a little older she will be able fully to appreciate her papa's gift. At present she treats it as if it were an ordinary rope. 1 Part of the Show That Was Woefully Disappointing. Little Willie's father took him to the show. It was a variety show, end ing with a sketch called "The African Belle," in which, after a missionary had been hound to a take by a lot of dancing savages, ho is rescued by the chief's daughter after the manner of Capt. John Smith. This last part of the show Willie's father thought would please the boy immensely but the son and heir fell into a state of gloom at its close. On the way home I the fond parent inquired: "Willie, didn't you like the part where all the i savages corno out?" "No," replied Willie with a sigh. "Me and the other boys play that. When you pay to go to a show I should think they might kill the missionary." THE SMALL BOY'S LONGING. TO GET RID OF RATS. PEAS FROM PHARAOHS' TOMB. Their Product Unlike Anything Known at Present. There are bargains and finds to be made in the plant world equal to any picked up in old curiosity shops. Some time ago a Glasgow gentleman re ceived from his son in Egypt an en velope full of peas, which were said to have been found in the tomb of one of the Pharaohs. He sent them to a friend of his at Kames, in the Isle oi Bute, 'who sowed them. They grew up into plants quite unlike anything known at present, strong and about six feet high with a great white flow er having a red center. The pods were long and full of excellent peas. This new old variety found a ready sale at good prices. Muscular Christianity. Prof. Bryce, in his biographical study of Bishop Fraser, of Manches ter, tells of a clergyman of Fraser's diocese who had knocked a man down who had insulted him. The bishop wrote him a letter of reproof, point ing out that exposed as the Church of England was to much criticism on all hands, her ministers ought to be very careful of their demeanor. The of fender replied by saying: "I must re gretfully admit that, being grossly insulted, and forgetting in the heat of the moment the critical position of the Church of England, I did knock the man down, etc." Fraser was de lighted with the turning of the tables on himself, and afterward invited the clergyman to visit him. Superfluous Boys. A British par^amentary paper shows that, as usual, nearly 20,000 more boys than girls were born in the British isles last year. Whence, then, the "superfluous woman?" The boys die, during the first weeks and months o* life, at a far greater rate than the supposed "weaker vessels." In a few months they have sunk to an equality and soon woman takes the lead, numerically, and keeps it, nu merically. The reason is not uncon nected with the larger size of the baby boy's head, for which he either pays the penalty very early or reaps the rewardif woman wiil forgive the hintlater. Why He Disliked Spelling Reform. Senator F. Dumont Smith of Kins ley lectured on "Words" in Wichita, Kan., a few nights ago. He is for spelling reform, and in advocating it in his lecture said that he knew of only one argument in favor of the old way and that was given by an Eng lish bishop who declared that the present method of spelling helped the churches. According to the bishop: "By the time you can make a boy be lieve that 't-h-r-o-u-gh' spells 'through,' that 't-h-o-u-g-h' spells 'though' and 't-o-u-g-h' spells 'tough' you can make him believe anything." Motor Cars in Switzerland. Should the experiments in progress in the neighborhood of Berne prove as successful as is anticipated travelers to Switzerland in the summer of this year will be able to cross the moun tains by motor car instead of the usual post diligence. The actual trials will be made in tne spring, and the result, if successful, will be not only to allow travelers to make the differ ent journeys in half the time, but to open the mountain roads, which are at present closed to them on account of the horses. Much Money in Tramp's Clothes. A lot of young fellows in an Ohio town had a good time with a tramp last week. They took him into a shed, gave hiin a good bath, shaved him and cut his hair. They then bought a new suit of clothes, white shirt and stand-up collar and dressed him out complete. But when they attempted to burn his hobo clothes he objected and fought for them with euch des peration their suspicions were aroused, and upon searching they found $1.400 sewed up in the coat. Girl an Excellent Athlete. Miss Agnes S. Wood, the champion basket ball player and all-around ath lete of Vassar college, has beaten the girls' record at running and almost equaled that of men, despite the fact that her gait was somewhat impeded by a rather cumbrous costume. She does not allow athletics to interfere with her studies and will graduate near the head of her class. Few Automobiles in Washington. Official Washington does not take kindly to the automobile and very few persons in the executive or dip- lomatic service are seen in vehicles i other than carriages. The president is too fond of horses ever to take up the craze. He has always shown a preference for surreys and seldom drives out of town in any other kind of vehicle. Writer Recommends Dipping the Ver min In Varnish. AH tradesmen being liable to the I incursions and depredations of rats, it may not be out of place to mention a method of getting rta of these pests which is recommended by a corres pondent of the Birmingham Daily Post. This consists in thinning down with petroleum ordinary slow-drying tar varnish such as bedstead makers and japannerd use and pouring the mixture into the runs of the rats. The vermin are said to loathe the I smell of the stuff, and will do any thing to get clear of it. A still more effective plan is said to be to catch a rat alive, dip it up to the neck in the varnish and turn it loose. Its fel lows will flee from it as from the de'il. The dipping process'is said to I be harmless to the rat. But some ironmongers may not care to "dip a live rat up to its neck." A GOOD PLACE TO BE "AT." Incongruity of Surroundings in a Wild Country. One of the rtrangest sights I ever saw in a wild country was a little min ister garbed in solemn black, white "dog" collar, buttonless vest and stiff black straw hat. The dominie was standing in a leaky boat in the midst i of a primeval woods, fishing the boil ing waters of a mountain torrent. At his back a cataract roared and pounded the rocks, churning the water to white suds above him the eternal snow glistened on the mountains, and i but a few yirds away a gaunt cinna mon bear was quietly nosing among the driftwood.Dan Beard in the World's Work. Here's a New "Drink" Cure. A novel remedy for the "drink hab it"or, rather, for enabling those who have "sworn off" to remain "on the water cart"consists of ice water drunk through a raw potato, Take a bowl of ice water and a pota to, Peel the potato and cut down one end of it un*il it can be easily insert ed in the mouth. Dip the potato in the .ice water and suck it every time a craving for strong drink comes on. It is claimed that this treatment will effect an absolute cure. The why and the wherefore are not stated, but the process is fr'ih a simple one that there can be no harm in trying it if any onp is afflicted with a thirst which they really and truly desire to i lose. To Cut Record Diamond. In Amsterdam a syndicate has been formed which will bear the great ex pense and risk attending the cutting of what is the largest known diamond, the Excelsior. The Excelsior was found at the Jagersfontein diamond mines of South Africa in 1893. It has the size of a hen's egg and weighs in its present raw state 970 carats, which is nearly twice as much as the Kohi uoor weighed before it was reduced to its present size. Specially con structed machinery has to be em ployed for cutting the Excelsior and greai care is used in insuring its safe ty from theft. Luncheon a Decided Success. A lady in Buda-Pesth recently gave a charitable luncheon party to the poor of her district. She placed no limit on the number of invitations, and the result was that 3,000 people i arrived, all eager for the treat. Eventually the police had to draw their sabers to keep order among the revelers. There were no two opin ions about the success of the func tion. The guests to a man declared that they had never assisted at so in tense and exciting a luncheon before in their lives. They were quite cut up when the time came to go. Remarkable Sea Monster. A remarkable sea monster was re cently caught in Port Fairy bay by some fiishermen. It measured nine feet six inches in length, had a tail like that of a screw tail-shaft, no teeth, a nose like a rhinoceros, a head like an elephant, two dorsal fins, four side fins and.two steering fins.t The skin was black and very soft. The most experienced fishermen say the specimen is altogether new to them. They cannot hazard a guess as to the species. The fish has been sent on to the Melbourne museum. Corean a College Graduate. Roanoke college at Salem, Va., Which has had more foreign students than any other college in the south, will this year graduate the second Corean to take the degree of bachelor of arts anywhere in the world, the first being Kin Beting Surb, who re ceived his A. B. at Roanoke in 1898 and his A. M. at Princeton in 1899. Kinsic Kimm, who will be graduated this year, is so good a speaker that he won a prize in declamation several years ago. From Immense Wealth to Poverty. George Kettler, an aged cobbler who died recently in Argentine, Kan., at one time was worth $12,000,000. Kettler was of German birth, and dur ing the Franco-Prussian war operated a large shoe factory in Hanover. Profitable army contracts swelled his fortune to the figure named, but he lost everything in speculation. Then he came to this country penniless to begin life anew. Woman's Logic. As one phase of life this is interest- i ing. A woman was overheard to re mark to her companion: "Yes, she was terribly sore about that day she lost $45 on the races." "What did she do it for?" asked the man. "Why, I she must have some fun she works BO hard all the rest of the time." THE TRAINING OF A CHILD. Several Important Points That Must Be Remembered. To teach a child with success re quires only common sense, good judg ment and gentleness. There are, how ever, three other important points that must ever be foremost in the mind of the teacher. First of all, she must remember that to teach is to impart instruction not to find fault with ignorance, with lack cf comprehension, with listlessness or with forgetfulness. Often, indeed, for these last named faults, poor teaching is to blame. Second, there is the inflexible rule that requires a teacher to prepare every lesson carefully be fore giving it, in order to present it in an interesting and intelligible way. Third, there is the ever present dan ger of overdoing, against which the teacher must always be on guard. In the beginnirg short lessons fre quently varied give Lie best results. Ten or fifteen minutes for each study is enough, and this time limit must not be overstepped so long as to morrow represents another day.The Household. VITALITY OF BURNS' FAME. It 16 One of the Great Facts of Our Literature. "The ino.uest" on Robert Burns was concluded long ago, but from time to time the findings are reviewed by crit ical writers, as in a recent symposium, says Collier's. A curious result thus chances. From every such inquisition the poet emerges the more radiant and triumphalthe critics are' lost in the splendor they have evoked. It is one thing to make literature it is another and quite different thing to write about literature and the makers thereof. This is a truism, and yet the distinction is often confused, especially by the writ ers of criticism. Burns has survived several generations of critics, many of whom made a vain bid for remem brance by their praise or dispraise, of him. The vitality of his fame is one of the great facts of our literature. Just an Incident in Georgia. Mr. Bud Spinks was awakened the other morning by a Strang, grunting noise in his room, which proved to be the voice of a medium-sized alligator that was warming itself by the smol dering ashes of his fireplace and Inci dentally trying to swallow his boots, which be had placed there to dry, and which he had bought on the install ment plan and had only made one pay ment on them. The saurian had suc ceeded in swallowing one boot and had the other downclear to the straps, which Mr. Spinks seized and pulled it out. The 'gator is how on exhibition at Minche's drug store, but will soon be slain in order that Mr. Spinks, who is going around with one boot and one slipper, may recover the other boot.Adams Enterprise. The Roentgen Rays Failed. Hearing of the efficacy of the Roentgen rays for the removal of hairs from the upper lip a lady in Hanover, age thirty-five, applied to Dr. Karl Bruno Schurmayer, a prop erly qualified doctor and Roentgen ray specialist, for treatment. He operated twice, but instead of remov ing the superfluous hairs the opera tion resulted in the skin of the face becoming red and the lips swollen. The lady thereupon brought an action against the doctor and was awarded $60 damages, against which he appealed, but the decision has just been upheld. The Development of Africa. In Ethiopia and the Soudan, the work of development and exploitation is progressing. The treaty recently concluded between King Menelek and the British I government probably means the early construction of the Berber-Suakin railroad via Kassala (costing some $15,000,000) and the subsequent extension of the Kassala line southward to Lake Rudolph, where eventually it will form a junc tion with the Uganda railway, at the same time marking a long step toward the realization of the Cape-to-Cairo scheme. This Lunch Was a Success. A lady in Budapest recently gave a charitable lunch party to the poor of her district. She placed no limit on the number of invitations, and the re sult was that 3,000 people arrived, all eager for the treat. Eventually the police had to draw their sabers to keep order among the revelers. There were no two opinions about the success of the function. The guests to a man declared they had never assisted in so intense and exciting a lunch before in their lives. They were quite cut up when the time came to go. Different After Five Years. William Glackins, who admires Whistler, cited the other day two let ters written by a collector of etchings to a certain print seller. Between the letters there was an interval of five years. The first said: "I do not want etchings by Whistler. They impress me as if flies that had fallen in an ink well had walked on old paper." The second letter said: "Send me every etching by Whistler the price of which is not ruinous."Philadelphia Record. Got It. At the close of the third act the gifted tragedian was called beforo curtain. "My friends," he said parently much astonished and embar rassed, "your kindness overwhelms me. I have striven conscientiously to win your approval, but I was not pre pared for so magnificent a welcome and in the suprise of the moment I find myself utterlyI hesitate for want of a suitable word "Rats!" Bhonted a gallery hoodlum. HE SOLD HIS HEAD. Peculiar Condition in Which Wealthy Russian Finds Himself. A curious story comes from Russia about a man who sold his head. About the year 1865 tnere lived a man at Keff with an enormous head. A Rus sian scientist, Prcf. Walker, in order to secure the head for scientific pur poses, bought it from its possessor for 500 roubles. The condition of sale was that it should only be delivered after the man's decease but when the transaction got abroad a great scandal was created. The professor, however, stuck to his bargain, and the big head applied itself to business. Fortune smiled on the latter he fell heir to a big fiortune, and then he began to feel uncomfortable at the thought that the head belonged to an other. He went to the professor, offer ed him 1,000, 1,500, even 2,000 roubles if only he would give him back the absolute ownership of his headpiece. But the professor heid out, and for aught that is known to the contrary he Is still holding out.Pearson's Week ly. TO CURE A COLD. Uncle Allen Sparks Knew of Many Infallible Remedies. I "Uncle Allen," asked the young man, "do you know anything that's good for a cold?" Mr. Allen Sparks opened his desk, took from one of the pigeonholes a large number of newspaper clippings tied with a string, and threw it over to him. "Do I know of anything that is good for a cold?" he echoed. "My boy, I know of six hundred and twenty-seven infallible ways of curing a cold. I've been collecting them for forty-nine years. You try these, one after the, other, and if they don't do you any good, come back and I will give you one hundred and sixteen more. Bless me!" added Mr. Sparks with enthu siasm, you can always cure a cold if you go about it the right way." He dug up a bundle of yellow, time i stained clippings out of another pig eonhole and the visitor hastily left. Good Word for Mosquito. The announcement comes from Washington that the New Jersey mos quito is really a blessing in disguise. Not only is its bite not dangerous, but, it is asserted, this voracious in sect destroys poisonous immigrants of its genus that come from the south to threaten people with malaria, yel low fever and the like. All this may be true enough, hut it is not likely that the long-billed New Jersey variety will be cultivated as household pets until some way is devised to muzzle them during their working hours. Few of ustecan stand the loss of blood nec essary for their salubrity.Indianap olis News. Necklace Awaits an Owner, A strange story is told about a dia mond necklace which was found at one of the English court balls seme years ago. One of the late queen's ladies in-waiting picked up a diamond neck lace from the floor. A lady came for ward and claimed it. The finder, how ever, declared it was her duty to give it in to the lord chamberlain's office, as this was the rule with regard to anything found In the palace. The lady protested in vain, but the oddest thing was that this necklace never was claimed, and is probably still at the lord chamberlain's office. Hare as a Universal Provider. In the economy of nature the hare is the one creature that stands be tween most of the carnivorous animals and starvation. In the northern woods where snow lies on the ground for more than half the year, and where vegetation is of slow growth, the hare serves as a machine for converting birch twigs into muscular, lean meat, and providing it in such quantities that hawks, owls, wildcats, weasels and foxes can live in comparative luxury. A pair of hares under favor able, conditions produce 70,000 indi viduals in four years. Cats to Kill Prairie Dogs. The owners of an enormous sheep ranch in Montana suffer so much loss from the consumption by prairie dogs of the tender shoots of grass, that they have determined to import cats enough to exterminate the dogs. The first company of 100 cats is being re cruited at St. Paul. A facetious writer in the New York Post shows anxiety for the future of the cats, their work being accomplished. He says if they do kill the prairie dogs.they will have the choice, subsequently, of starva tion, cannibalism or brigandage. A Healthy Spot. The healthfulness of a certain sumI mer resort is advertised by this story Recently a visitor began to talk to an old resident of the town in question and asked him his age, whereupon he said: "I am just over seventy." "Well," said the visitor, "you look as If you had a good many years to live yet At what age did your father die?" "Father dead?" said the man, look ing surprised. "Father isn't dead why, he's upstairs just now putting grandfather to bed!" A Real Bargain. "In time," said the struggling artist, "that painting will be of great value. i All you have to do is to tuck it away in an attic somewhere and keep it for about 200 years, by which time I will have become one of the old I masters. Then you can sell it easily for $10,000. You see, I know the rules, but unfortunately I am not in a finan cial position to carry them out. So, if you want a real bargain, I'll let you I have this little gem for $1.50." 1 THE EXPANSION OF RUSSIA. Nothing Stops the Progress of the Giant of the North. The progress of Russia is like the spreading of ink over blotting paper. There is no natural barrier in Persia to throw her back or head her off, such as the mountainous frontier of India. But the prospect of Russian absorption of Persia is not practical politics to-day. Neither is it practical politics nor healthy patriotism to hound on Great Britain to occupy, finance, protect or claim rights in every country which lies upon her I road to India or Africa or America or i the South Seas. Such a policy is mere ly suicidal. We can barely govern efficiently our present possessions. Fresh large responsibilities in Persia, i in China and ultimately in Turkey i would simply weigh us down to the gunwale and finally sink us.London Chronicle. FAD OF A FAMOUS JACKDAW. Bird Took Trips on Buses and Gave His Foes a Tongue Lashing. The Brixton jackdaw/ which was found dead recently in the bar of the Angell Arms at Brixton, London, was a great celebrity in his own way. All jackdaws have fads of their own. and the favorite fad of this particular bird was to travel all over London on omni buses, trains and cabs. He was thor oughly well known to every 'busman in the Brixton district he used to take his seat on a bus beside the driver, and would chatter most volu bly till the journe" 'o the city or else where was accomplished, when he would fly back to his Brixton home. He was a bird of strorg likes and dis likes, and when any of his master's customers failed to find favor in his sjght he would assail th^m with the most embarrassing flow of language. Billiard Players. The game of billiards has grown in popularity of late with the fair sex. According to Shakespeare, Cleopatra played billiards with her favorite, Charmion, in the year 30 B. C. At present the best women players are the French, who frequent professional games and eagerly follow the billiard news of the day. Patti is fond of the game and had a table made in this country to take to her Welsh castle, for which she paid $2,500. Among American billiard players of repute are Mrs. George Gould, Mrs. Edwin Gould, Mrs. Almeric Paget, Mrs. Burke-Roche and Lillian Russell. Bil liards are said to afford excellent ex ercise. Minister Bowen's Wife. Mrs. Bowen, wife of our minister to I Venezuela, talks very entertainingly of the Venezuelans, whom she de scribes as models of domestic virtue. I Many are also very beautiful, but they go out very little in public, being of Spanish descent. Mrs. Bowen, who I is slight in figure and of girlish man ners, was a Miss Clegg of Galveston, Tex. She is fond of pets, and among the unusual ones entertained at the legation in Caracas are several par rots, a fine peacock and some monkeys which are allowed to roam at will in the garden. The Deacon's Climax. "Yes," said Deacon Stuckup, "the works of Providence are manifold. The omnipotence of the Almighty is seen in all things, great and small, high and low. The good Lord who made the great mountains made the smallest insect that crawls over them the good Lord who made the mighty ocean made the smallest fish that swims in it the good Lord who made man, the greatest of His works, made the smallest flower of the field. The good Lord, brethren, who made me made a daisy!" The Methods of Novelists. And here is Maxim Gorky paying $150,000 cash for a beautiful palace on the banks of the Volga. This is the reward of the skilful use of his pen in glorifying the tramp and the out i cast, and vilifying and scandalizing their opposites in Russian society and politics. It Is frequently thus, though i Tolstoi began at the other end of the social ladder, sacrificing a title and a fortune for the rewards that have I come to him as a novelist and a cham pion of the oppressed. Few Motor Cars in Portugal. Motor cars as yet show no signs of being used in Portugal. Last year only I twenty were imported, of which i eighteen were French, one EDglish and one German. The bicycle trade is i also languishing only 572 bicycles were imported in twelve months222 from the United States, 151 from I France and 35 from the United King dom. The population of Portugal is about the same as that of London. London's Army of Horses. In a recent paper on "Electric Auto mobiles." read before the Institution of Civil Engineers, Mr. H. F. Joel stated that in London alone there were over 16,000 licensed horse-carriages, apart from private vehicles, trades men's vans, etc., and it was estimated that over 200,000 horses were stabled each night in London, necessitating the daily removal of more than 5,000 I tons of manure and refuse. Too Much for Him. "And do you mean to say," ex claimed Farmer Brown to a policeman in Lebanon, Pa_, as he gazed at the trolley wire, "that that thing is used for travelin' purposes?" "Yes." "Hu- man bein's go that a-way?" "Of course." "Good-bya" "Where are you going?" "Back home. I'm get tin' used to the steam cars, but I'm durned ef I'm ready to be sent by tele graph."