THE SMALL BOY'S LONGING.
Part of the Show That Was Woefully
Little Willie's father toolc 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 bound to a stake by a lot of
dancing savages, he 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
the fond parent inquired: "Willie,
didn't you like the part where all the
savages come 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."
PEAS FROM PHARAOHS' TOMB.
Their Product Unlike Anything Known
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 Karnes, in the Isle ot
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.
Prof. Bryce, in his biographical
study of Bishop Fraser, of Manches
ter, tells of a clergyman of Eraser'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.
A British parliamentary, 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
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 will forgive
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 the 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
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 him 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 uch 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
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. zzj.
TO GET RID OF RATS.
Writer Recommends Dipping the Ver
min in Varnish.
All tradesmen being liable to the
incursions and depredations of rats,
it may not be out of place to mention
a method of getting rid of these pests
which is recommended by a corres
pondent of the Birmingham Daily
Post. This consists in thinning down
with-''petroleum ordinary slowjdrying
tar varnish such as bedstead makers
arid" japanners use and pouring the
mixture into the runs of the rats.
The vermin are said to loathe the
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
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
One of the strangest 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
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
but a few yards away a gaunt cinna
mon bear was quietly nosing among
the driftwood.Dan Beard in the
Here's a New "Drin k" 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 howl of ice water and a pota
to. Peel the potato and cut down one
end of it until 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 such a simple one that
there can be no harm in trying it if
any one is afflicted with a thirst
which they really and truly desire to
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 wa3
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
noor weighed before it was reduced
to its present size. Specially con
structed machinery has to be em
ployed for cutting the Excelsior and
great 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
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
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 heal
like an elephant, two dorsal fins, four
side fins and two steering fins. 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.,
ftiiich 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
if arts anywhere in the world, the4
first,being Kin Beung Surb, who re
ceived his A. B. at Roanoke in 1S9S
and his A. M. at Princeton in l9i).
Kinsic Kimm, who will be graduated
this year, is so good a speaker that
he won a prize in declamation several
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.
Prohtable 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.
As one phase of life this is interest
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,
she must have some fun she works BO
hard all the rest of the time."
THE TRAINING OF A CHILD.
Several Important Points That Mu3t
To teach a child with success re
quires only common sense, good judgi,
nient and gentleness. There are, how
other important points that
be foremost in the mind
all, she must remember that
is to impart instruction not
mlt with ignorance, with lack
of 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 beginning short lessons fre
quently varied give the 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
evei must i
VITALITY OF BURNS' FAME.
It Is One of the Great Facts of Our
"The inquest" 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 hoots,
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
fitraps, which Mr. Spinks seized and
pulled it out. The 'gator i,s now 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
Roentgen rays for the removal
hairs from the upper lip a lady
Hanover, age thirty-five, applied
Dr. Karl Bruno Schurmayer, a prop
erly qualified doctor and Roentgen
ray specialist, for treatment. He
operated twice, but instead of remov-
becoming red and the lips swollen,
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 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 Capeto-Cairo
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 I
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.
At the close of the third act the
gifted tragedian was called before the
curtain. "My friends," he said, ap
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 "Rals!*
shouted a gallery hoodlum.
ing the superfluous hairs the opera-1 This is so much dead loss to the pa-
ttern resulted in the skin of the face I
The lady thereupon brought an face. have, therefore, decided to
action against the doctor and was |/future to charge for such notices. So,
awarded $60 damages, against which,
he appealed, but the decision ha3
just been upheld.
ROYALTY AT THE RECEPTION
Wearisome Duties Imposed on Those
in High Position.
How royalty and their suites ever
manage to survive those weary hour's
of standing is always a mystery to me,
says "The Count. ss, in the London
Outlook. "You get used to it in
time," say the maids of honor, hut ap
parently not tiil they havp been car
ried out two or throe timcjs
in a faint
do the ge,ntb mei -'-arms tightly but
torn up in uniforms and smothered in
helmets get used to the ordeal,
i It is within the memory of many
how in Dublin a certain distinguished
[viceroy in the middle of a drawing
room gave the order to c\ose the
I doors, and having cleared the room the
entire viceregal party sat down on
the floor in various stages of collapse,
and I often wonder how it is that our
own king and queen are not similarly
i overcome on these occasions. Royal
ty is the best paid profession, but as
suredly, it must be also the most
THE JOKE OF A KING.
Historic Hoax Perpetrated by Gusta
vus III. of Sweden.
King G-ustavus III. of Sweden had
been frequently invited to the little
court of Schwerin. In 1783 he paid a
visit to Germany and as soon as the
Duchess of Mecklenburg heard of his
approach she prepared fetes in his
honor. But Gustavus, who disdained
the petty courts of the small rulers,
sent two of his attendantsa page
named Peyron, and Desvouges, a valet
who had formerly been an actorto be
entertained by the duchess. The two
personated the king and his minister,
Baron Sparre, and sustained the char
acters throughout. They accepted as
their due all the homage meant for
their master, danced with the Mecklen
burg ladier who were presented to
them, and Peyron went so far as to
ask one of the ladies for her portrait.
Meantime Gustavus was enjoying him
self elsewhere in secret.
Overlooked a Detail.
A Long Island farmer came to
Brooklyn with his wife to do some
shopping the other day. On his wray
back the thought came to him that he
had forgotten something. He took
out his notebook and went over each
item, checking it off, and saw that he
had made all the purchases he intend
ed. As he drove on he could not put
aside the feeling that there was some
thing missing. He again took out his
notebook and rechecked every item,
but still found no mistake. He did
this several times, but could not rid
himself of the idea that he must have
forgotten something. When he
reached home and drove up to the
house his daughter came out to meet
him, and, with a look of surprise,
asked: "Why, papa, where is moth
er?"Mail and Express.
The Long-Suffering Editor.
A Queensland contemporary re
cently published the following: "Our
foreman printer recently measured
up the space occupied by obituary
notices in the Herald during the last
couple of months or so, and found it
made three and three-quarters yards.
an( jf a fatal epidemic struck,
town ruin would stare us in the
when people feel like dying, we hope
they will give directions to their next
of kin in respect of paying for the
Painting the Dome of the Capitol.
The dome of the capitol at Wash
ington is being painted. Every five
years its coat is renewed and 15,000
gallons of white lead are used in the
process. The work is being done by
eighteen men, under the direction of
"Billy" Lewis and "Al" Ports. The
latter has been employed for such
work about the capitol for thirty-nine
years. Ports is the only man who
ever climbed to the top of the Statue
of Liberty surmounting the dome. He
did this on Labor day. 1894, and fas
tened a garland of electric light bulbs
around the neck of her majesty.
Congo Road for Motor Cars.
The Congo Free State government
is enstructing a road in the northern
part of the state for the transport of
passengers and goods by means of
motor cars. The new route, of which
nearly 450 miles have been completed,
will join the important trading centers
of Dongu and Lado. Wrhile
the road a local engineer hit upon the
happy idea of driving forty elephants
up and down the projected highway
until the thick undergrowth was
trampled down, allowing the natives to
complete the task.
No Royal Road.
St. Clair McKelway believes that
the journalism of the future will be a
profession and that men will be espe
cially educated for it. They are and
always have been. Did that important
and valuable member of the profes
sion never hear of "the hard school of
There is no other, and
i never will be, worth a pinch of snuff,
i in our humble estimation. The uni
versity of experience is the one which
gives the real degrees in journalism.
Was Always Running.
The Duke of Argyll tells this story
of Winston Churchill, which shows
thr.t the talent for talk developed
vourrg in the author and member of
pr\r'."'-.ment Some years ago he visit
ed Harrow, and noticing a boy run
nirg around the cricket field all by
himself asked what he was doing it
f' r. "That's Lord Randolph Church
ill's sen, and whenever he talks too
much we make him run three times
round the cricket fiel4.
THE GOAT AMD HE PLUG.
Old Darkey Was Satisfied the Animal
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 secoiid
man, but old Peter Jackson said that,
"in my opinion de goat am de 'telli
gentest criter livin'. I kin prove dat
de goat kin read. I saw him do it,
an' I know it am true. Several days,
ago, I wuz walkin' down street,
dressed in mah best suit ob clothes,
an' wearin' mah 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 E knew
I went s.ilin' out in de mud. When
I looked 'roun', dat goat wuz chewin'
mah 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 caT. Not
long ago a woman gave the conductor
of one a dollar bill. On receiving the
change, she counted and recounted it.
"This is not right," she called after
him. "Ain't, eh there's 95 cents.
Don't suppose yer 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
who recently married a
count of small means, has obtained a
I separation to her second husband
on exceedingly novel grounds. Alter
the marripge the br'de discovered
that her husband wore a wig and re
ceived such a shock at the sight of
his bald head that she took a violent
antipathy to him, and commenced
proceedings against him. Her suit
was successrul, 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
I 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, Edwarc F.
Cragin, Rev. Dr. David J. Burrell,
Father A. P. Doyle and Robert B.
Miller. Individual money lenders
never charge less than 30 per cent,
and sometimes a great deal more.
There axe 300 pawnshops in New
Had to Pay to Find Out.
At one of the New York theaters
i they are playing a piece called "A
Fool and 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
I 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 you" and withdrew. He tells
the story himself.
New Way to Do Time.
Dr. 'Lillinksjold, of Butte, Mont., is
credited with having adapted hypno
tism to a novel purpose. The doctor,
having been placed under arrest, tried,
fined and sentenced to gaol for twenty
days for some small infracton pi 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. T. 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 and will shortly vist
Chicago. They represent the me
chanical, freight and passenger de
partments of the Lancashire and
The 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
i small change after she was asleep
si felt that patience had ceased to
be a virtue."Brooklyn Eagle.
A skipping-rope has been presented
bj a fond Pittsburg millionaire to his
I six-yw-ol daughter. Th handles
are goid, studded with an odd jewel,
while the cord, the finest procurable,
cost more than a dollar per inch.
S hen the child grows a little olderi
i she will be able fully to appreciate her
papa's gift. At present she treats it
1 as if it were an ordinary ro ja
FILARIA IS A NEW DISEASE.
Responsible for the Death of Many
Capt. Charles Kieeffer, a United
States army surgeon, says the Phil
ippines are infested with mosquitoes
more troublesome and dangerous from
a medical point of view than those
that swarm in the Jersey swamps. A
strange malady known as filaria is
traced directly to them, and is com
mon among the American soldi^
quartered on the islands. Soldiers
contract the disease by drinking
water from stagnant pools in which
the mosquitoes have laid their eggs.
The first indication of filaria ap
pears in trie form of a worm in the
victim's thorax. This develops into
elephantiasis, which causes the pa
tient terrible pa.lus, accompanied by
a constant coirch. The .sufferer is
I worst at' night, ami the patient be
i comes a prey- to- iusarmua.
The only remedy lies in an opera
tion, which in itself is dangerous and
rarely successful. If the worm, which
is a female, is injured and dies
through the operation, its poison gets
into the blood, the disease is increased
a thousandfold and the chances of re
covery are small.
CAME BACK FOR HIS OWN.
How Wilkinson Was Outwitted by a
im When Wil weat to his office
he felt calm and
dh't any need to
bought a capital
one day las
contented, worry about
his wife met bin with the deplorable
news that the dog had gone.
"Eh!" said Wilkinson, "did he break
the chain, then?"
"No," she replied "but a great,
ugly-looking tramp came here and
acted so impudently that I let the dog
loose. But instead of tearing the tramp
to pieces the nasty dog went off with
"Great Scott!" said Wilkinson, "that
must have been the tramp I bought
hen he arrived home
Danger in Big Guns.
Recent accidents disabling some of
our best battleships offer rather start
ling evidence of the weaknesses that
are inherent in vessels of this type.
For years inventive genius has been
applied to contriving guns of bigger
size and longer range than those used
before, and each increase has added to
the demands laid upon the strength
of guns and turrets and their mobility
in action. Inevitably the line of safe
ty has been passed and the result is,
shown in accidents which have caused:
loss of life, besjdes exposing the para
doxical delicacy of massive machin
ery.Philadelphia Nortu American.
The Modern Race After Wealth.
The mania for money-making has
developed into downright madness.
And the explanation is easy. Peot^
see that it is fast becoming the chi*
if not the only, standard of respecta
bility. When Talleyrand was asked if
he was not ashamed to sell his influ
ence in making treaties under the
first empire he replied: "My friend,
do you not see that there are but two
things left in Francemoney and the
guillotine?" We are rapidly ap
proaching the period in our own his
tory when there will be but two things
left in Amemamoney and contume
Society to-day in search of fresh sen
sation flocks to hear its manifold follies
denounced from the pulpit, and the
more outspoken the preacher the more
it enjoys his discourse. Times have'
changed since the day when Lord
Melbourne walked out of church in
disgust after a rousing sermon on the
consequences of sin, exclaiming:
Things have come to a pretty pass'
when religion is allowed to invade the
sphere of private life!" To-day society
revels in hearing itself denounced and
plumes itself with joy when a fashion
able preacher discourses on bridge
scandals and divorce cases.
Cecil Rhodes' Dream Realized.
The dream of Cecil Rhodes is real
ized in America before the funds left
by him have made it possible in Ox
ford. The workshop university in the
great electric manufacturing works at
Schenectady, N. Y., has among its
studentsall college graduates
young men from England, Scotland,
France, Germany, Switzerland, Nor
way, Sweden, Denmark, Holland,
Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico,
Canada, Siam and Japan. Nearly all
the leading engineering schools of the
world are represented there.
His Strong Recommendation.
The old gentleman showed his dis
pleasure plainly. "It seems to me
rather presumptuous for a youth in
your position to ask for my daughter's
hand," he said. "Can you advance
any good reason why I should give my
consent?" "Yes, sir," replied the
young man promptly. "What?" "I
am comparatively modest and eco
nomical in the matter of my personal,
expenditures, and I think you win find
me less costly to maintain than any
other son-in-law you could pick out!"
The Spare Room.
The guest from the city sat in the
bedroom that had been alloted to him
in his brother's house in the litiiJH
country town. He watched his breath
turning to icy clouds as it left his
I lungs and wondered how long it took a
man to freeze to death, "They call'
I this the 'spare room,'" he said, shiver
ingly, to himself. "And it is well
named. I don't wonder they can spare
I it I think that I could get along with
1 opt it myself."- -Maga2ine of Humor.
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