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HONOR NORWAY'S GREAT MAN.
Soldiers Acccrd Popular Author a
Magnificent Demonstration.
One day while in Norway an oppor
tunity was given to an American trav
eler to Boe that the name of Bjorn
stjerne Bjornson means much to all
Norwegians. "A battalion of Nor
wegian and Swedish cavalry, infantry
and artillery, between 3,000 and 4,000
strong, was returning from its maneu
vers to the post in Christiania," he
says. "In passing Aulestad the gen
oral in command sent his adjutant in
advance to get Bjornson's permission
to give him an ovation. With his fam
ily and guests assembled about him
on the veranda the monumental figure
stood with bared head to receive the
military greeting. As each regiment
passed in review below, presenting
arms as to their chieftain, there went
up a deafening shout of personal
salutation from each of the soldiers,
who then joined in singing the nation
al hymn, to whose author they were
offering this spontaneous salute.
There was the unique spectacle of a
man in private life, being accorded a
military demonstration by the nation's
army which a king might envy."
RELIEF FOR RUSSIAN WOMEN.
Newly Enacted Law a Blessing to
Abused Peasants' Wives.
By a newly enacted Russian law a
peasant's wife, on showing to the dis
trict judge d'instruction that shie is
Icbitually ill treated by her husband,
or that be will not support her, and
.ikes her the drudge for his own sup
port, can demand a separate passport,
-rith which she is at liberty to leave
Sier oppreasor.an.d- =earn a living f-lse-.
where. Hitherto there was no possible
ledress or release for the long-suffer
-ing victim so long as it was obligatory
i'hat the wife's name was entered in
she husband's passport and papers of
ultimate. Anyone at all intimately
acquainted with village life in Russia
will readily appreciate the relief this
brings to tens of thousands of peasant
women who are the grievously abused
domestic slaves and beasts of burden
3.0 their drunken and brutal conjugal
proprietors.
Bird Vengeance.
A naturalist recently witnessed an
encounter between a large swan and
a little brown duck. The duck had
apparently insulted the swan by trying
16 cross its path, for it was suddenly
seized by the swan and held under the
water until he was sure it would be
drowned. But at last the swan Let it
0 and sailed majestically away. The
duck, after taking breath, looked
s.round to see where its enemy was,
sud seeing it rose into the air and
deliberately came down, flapping its
wings, on the astonished swan's back.
The swan fled in terror, and the duck,
apparently satisfied, quietly swam
away.Pearson's Weekly.
I To Clean a Sewing Machine.
Place it near the fire to get warm,
that the congealed oil about it may
melt, and then oil it thoroughly with
paraffin. Work it quickly for a few
minutes, then wipe off all the paraffin
and dirt and treat it to a little more
clean paraffin. Wipe it again, and
after the application of a very little
of the ordinary lubricating oil it will
be ready for use. People often shirk
the trouble of thoroughly cleaning
their machines like this, but a clogged
and "heavy" machine under this treat
ment will become like new, and its
easy working will be an ample reward
for any trouble incurred.
Flimfiammed Again?
Has the alert J. Pierpont Morgan
Ibeen fooled again? In consequence
of the announcement that he would
place on exhibition a collection of car
pets that formerly belonged to the
royal house of Spain several Spanish
newspapers have asked for an investi
gation, as before the reign of Alfonso
XII. the royal collection was complete.
The Heraldo of Madrid insinuates that
Pierpont Morgan has been the victim
of unscrupulous dealers, who, it al
leges, have palmed off imitations on
the multimillionaire.
Queen Victoria's Love of Flowers.
Queen Victoria was a great flower
lover from the days wheu a toddling
child she made daisy chains on the
lawns of Kensington palace, and per
haps wore them with more pride than
she ever did her jewels. When she
paid her one and only visit to Spain,
Queen Christina asked, "Is there any
thing the queen is especially fond of?"
"Yes, flowers," was the answer, and so
.flowers in lavish profusion decorated
the streets, the houses, the railway
station, and- the palace.
A Lingual Phenomenon.
"An' you says, Brer Eph'm," said
the convert, thoughtfully, "dat Ah
ikain't cuss nor sw'ar none atter I'se
jbeen baptize'?" "De Bible says so,
Brer Saul." "Nor say 'Good Lor',' nor
one o' dem t'ings?" "Not unless you's
In meetin', Brer Saul." "CJmh! I ain't
drive no mules in meetin' en I kain't
take de meeting ter de mules. Dat
Baptis' 'ligion ain' no 'ligion fu' a
,mule driver. De baptism li'ble ter
swink his bocabulary."Washington
Times.
Feather Beds Coming Back.
The feather bed, after its banish
ment during about half a century, is
being received back into favor in cold
er countries. Hygiene experts con
demned It on account of its heating
fnature and the difficulty of thoroughly
airing and purifying nevertheless, It
[Is actually being recommended during
[the winter for delicate, nervous, neu
jralgic women, and particularly lor el
derly persons and those who are trou
bled with InsomHo.
HOW HE MIGHT LOSE.
Millionaire Couid Not See Why He
Should Buy Burial Lot.
Not long- ago a prominent financier,
whose most prominent characteristic,
according to the popular opinion, is I
close-fistedBess, was the recipient of a
Visit from an agent whose line it is to
solicit orders for burial lots.
On eme-ging from the private office
of the moneyed man the agent was
met by a colleague who had been
waiting for him, and woo inquired I
anxiously ae to the success of his in
terview.
The agent shook his head regretful
ly. "No go," said he "he was afraid
he might not get the full value of his
investment,"
"What could he mean by saying
that? Confound it, a man must die
some time, even though he is a mil
lionaire."
"That's what I told brim," replied
the agent, "but he only answered,
'Suppose I should be lost at sea?'"
SWISS PASTORS KEEP INNS.
Are Forced Thus to Supplement Their
Scanty Income*.
A note from Geneva states that a
fortnight or so ago a Swiss pastor
bought an inn at Ufhusen, a little vil
lage near Basel. This is said not to
be an exceptional case. In the can
tons of Upper and Lower Unterwalden
and Uri many of the clergy are propri
etors of inns. The reason for this is
that the priests are so baldly paid that
they are obliged to supplement their
incomes by other means. Their aver
age income in Switzerland is $125 a
year. The establishments under their
control are said to be mfcKleis of their
kind. The priests have succeeded in
reducing drunkenness in their par- i
ishes, for they attend on their custom
ers in person, refusing to serve those
who they consider have had enough.
"The Author Of
"Have you noticed," said the tall
girl, "that in several new books the
writer is de-scribed as 'the outhor of'
and then follows a list of books begin
ning with the one immediately pre
ceding the present production and run
ning back to the earliest period? I
have in mind now the case of Mrs,
Ward in particular. "Lady Rose's
Daughter' Is by the outhor of 'Elean-
or,' 'Tressady' and 'Robert Blsemere.'
A year or so ago the previous books
have been enumerated In chronolog
ical order, 'Elsmere' beading the list
'Eleanor' ending it. I wonder if that
way of putting the cart before the
horse is a fad among publishers these
days, or is it merely a coincidence
that 1 have noticed several cases of
the kind within the last few weeks?"
Coroner's Jury's Qualified Verdict.
During the landlord and tenant dis
turbance in Ireland some years ago a
certain property owner was discov
ered lying dead near a village of
which he was owner. The coroner's
jury, knowing full well that the man
had been shot down by "the boys,"
were nevertheless loath to further in
vestigate therefore they rendered the
following verdict: "We find the de
ceased gentleman died by the visita
tion of Godunder suspicious circum
stances." Philadelphia Public
Ledger.
Faking Used Stamps.
Rogues In this country are gener
ally about as artful as we desire them
to be, but evidently they have some
thing to learn yet from the heathen
Chinee. In West Java Ah Sin man
ages to cheat the postofiice very in
geniously. On sticking a new stamp"
on an' envelope he smears the stamp
on the face with paste or a thin glue.
This takes the impression of the de
facing stamp at the postoffice, and
can easily be washed off, so that the
stamp is once more serviceable.
Heaven Had Its Limits.
There was once a Boston woman,
says Congressman Powers of Massa
chussetts, who had afternoon teas, be
longed to a Browning club, fell ill, and
finally died. When she bad been in
heaven some days her husband called
her up through a spiriLualist. "Well,
my dear," inquired the husband, "how
do you like heaven?" "Very well," she
replied. "We have afternoon teas here,
and also a Browning club. But, after
all, Henry, it's not Boston."New
York Times.
Bits About the Moon.
If there were a "man in the moon"
the earth would look sixty-four times
larger to him than the sun does to us
on earth. The surface area of the
moon is about as great as that of Asia
and Australia combined. Once in
twelve and a half years there is a
"moonless month that it, the moon
has no full moon. The last moonless
month fell in 1898 and the next one
will fall in 1911.
Amethysts in High Favor.
Amethysts are in high favor. Some
times they are set in gold, but oftener
in gun metal. They are seen as sash
pins, belt buckles, long chains, as well
as in the tops of purses and wrist
bags. One woung woman is the envy
of her associates by reason of a superb
heart-shaped locket composed of a
single deep hearted amethyst which
she wears dangling from, a gold snake
chain.
Consequences.
Once on a time a Prudent Girl met
a Frivolous Girl. "Don't you know,
my dear," she said, "that if you con
tinue wearing a veil that you will
spoil your eyesight?" "I saw that in
a medical journal," replied the Friv
olous Girl, "and I would have followed
its advice only I happened to read in
my Beauty Book that if I didn't wear
a veil I would spoil nay complexion."
Used to Quick Orders, He Becomes
an Automaton.
"I believe that there is no work in
the world that makes such machines
of men as does the business of waiting
in some of these 'quick lunch eating
places,' said the business man. "The
brains of the waiters seem to work
like phonographs. What they hear in
the way of orders given them is seem
ingly registered and reproduced with
out any apparent mental activity or
realization of exactly what the order
means. The other morning, for In
stance, I overheard this dialogue and
monologue in one of these restaurants.
Two men seated at the same table
gave their orders to the same waiter.
'"Bring me a couple of soft-boiled
eggs and a cup of coffee,' said the first
man.
'Same thing for me, waiter,' said
the second, adding in a jocular way,
'but be sure the eggs are fresh.'
'All right,' was the reply.
"And a moment later his voice came
from the back of the restaurant: 'Soft
boiled for twoan' have two of 'em
fresh!'"
A GATHERING OF ARTISTS.
Commingling of Great Voices Made
the Windows Rattle.
Now that the operatic artistsor
most of tnemhave gone abroad, Mr.
Campanari is desolate. His comfort
able apartment has for several years
been a favorite trysting place for many
of the song birds 'during the long New
York season and Mme. Campanari
serves spaghettiEdouard de Reszke
can say how well. The singing giant
used to forego almost any other grati
fication of the palate to enjoy the
Campanari Italian paste, together with
strange sauces, anchovies, bovoli, fag
ioli, and caviare, like the fellow in
"Cynthia's Revels."
"Alas!" mourns the versatile and
semper paratus baritone, "what Sun
day suppers they were and how Ed
ouard and I did sing and how the win
dows rattled."New York Mail and
Express.
The Editor Ate Too Much.
The editor and wife had another
uquare meal Sunday on account of
having received,an invitation to dine
at the hotel. Perk said he was afraid
we wouldn't accept, but we did. For
the benefit of our lady readers we will
state that they had chicken and the
stuff that goes with such a layout, and
strawberry Ehortcake and lettuce. Our
wife wore her blue ai{d\yhite and
looked real dear. Mrs. Perkins had a
new skirt and looked too sweet for
anything. The editor wore his Sun
day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday-
Trees and Novels.
Nine successful novels recently pub
lished in the United States had a total
sale of over 1,600,000 copies. Since
the average weight of each book sold
was probably twenty ounces, a little
calculation will prove that these 1,600,-
000 books contained approximately
2,000,000 pounds of paper. A manu
facturer of paper asserts that the aver
age spruce tree yields a little less than
half a cord of wood, which is equiva
lent to about 500 pounds of paper. In
other words these nine novels swept
away 4,008 trees and they form but
a small part of the fiction so eagerly
read by the American people.
Monument to Rjmsey.
An effort will be made to secure an
appropriation from the Vv'est Virginia
legislature for the purpose of erecting
a monument to the memory of James
Rumsey, who, it is claimed, was recog
nised by George Washington as the in
ventor of the steamboat. The pro
posed memorial will be erected on a
high cliff of the Potomac river at
Shepherdstown, overlooking the spot
where it is alleged that the first ap
plication of steam to the purpose of
marine propulsion was made.Scien
tific American.
Demand for Rolling Stock.
The exceptional activity in Cana
dian railway circles, with the admit
ted scarcity of rolling stock and mo
tive power, has led to a large number
of orders being placed by the railway
companies for new equipment with
both Canadian and American firms,
and the facilities of the companies
have been taxed to the utmost to fill
these orders, while the Canadian Pa
cific has had to go to Scotland and
Saxony in order to obtain the loco
motives required by the road.
New to Londoners.
The Londoner will be greatly an
noyed by innovations when the
American electrical cars are running
in the Metropolitan underground and
tu'penny tube railways. The fare
will be five cents for any distance
there will be no first, second pr third
class the high speed will be over
sixty miles an hour, and the twenty
second limit to stops will give him a
Chicaco education In movement.
A WAITER'S RECEPTIVE BRAIN I THE PACIFIC OCEAN'S FLOOR.
Friday, Saturday suit and
was sick all nightWhite (S. D.)
Leader.
Razor 150 Years Old.
Charles Morton of Bardstown, Ky.,
Is the proud possessor of a razor that
is something over 150 years old, but
is in a splendid state of preservation,
and is far superior to the razors of
modern times. The razor was former
ly owned by Judge Veneble of the col
ony of Virginia, and who was a prom
inent patriot. Judge Veneble was ap
pointed judge of Kentucky county by
Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia,
Kentucky then being a county of that
commonwealth. The razor was made
at Sheffield, England, in the year 1751,
and is very heavy, the blade being ex
tremely thick and broad, with a large
wooden handle.
What Would Be Revelled if Watr
Were Drained Off.
Leslie's Weekly says: If the waters
of the Pacific could be drained there
would be revealed a vast stretch of
territory, comprising enormous pla
I teaus, great valleys for which no par
allels exist on the land surface, lofty
I mountains beside which the Himalaya
and the Andes would look like hillocks
and tremendous hollows or basins only
to be compared with those on the face
of the moon.
While there are great mountains and
huge basins or deeps, the plateau areas
are by far the most extensive. Rela
tively speaking, the floor of the Pa
cific is now at last revealed on the
plateau areas in level. There are un
dulations and depressions, but the gen
eral area is about the same depth be
low the surface.
Soundings develop a mean depth of
from 2,500 to 2,700 fathoms. In shoaler
spots there is a mean depth of from
2,300 to 2,400 fathoms. Deeper spots
show from 2,800 to 2,900 fathoms.
WAS PRETTY DRY READING.
How Teddy's Ambition Received
Something ol' a Setback.
For some reason desire for higher
education had overcome Teddy. Tem
porarily he felt keenly his own ignor
ance, gloried in hearing about the lives
of illustrious, self-made men, and for
the first time realized his own short
comings. He decided to emulate ex
amples. The Encyclopedia Britannica,
he thought, was a fairly well-informed
authority, and if he'd read just a page
or two of that every night, within a
few years he'd know about everything
extant.
"Well, my boy," asked his father
an hour after the course had begun,
"how do you like it?"
"I don't know," said Teddy. "Alge
bra is mighty slow but alligators
phew!"
Warming the North Pole.
A novel scheme for rendering the
Arctic regions inhabitable has been
advanced by a scientist, who proposes
to widen Bearing Strait and remove
all obstacles to the entrance of the
warm Japanese current, which he con
siders then would" pour down in suffi
cient quantities to melt the ice of the
Polar seas, thus reclaiming a vast erh-.
pire. Behring Strait is thirty-six miles
wide at the narrowest part, with a
depth of from thirty to forty fathoms,
but the channel is obstructed by three
small islands. These he would re
move, and would also get rid of those
rocks and reefs along the coast which
offer most impediment to the free ac
cess of the current.
French Commissioner Disgusted.
Michel Lagrave, French commission
er to the St. Louis exposition, arrived
there recently with Mme. Lagrave,
and inside of twenty-four hours was
the most disgusted man in Missouri.
There was no one to receive him at
the d^pot and as he does not speak
English he had much difficulty in get
ting a carriage to his hotel. -The cab
man charged him $20 for the short
drive to the hotel, where he waited
until the next afternoon before his
presence in town was recognized by
anyone connected with the exposition,
M. Lagrave declares that the steamer
cannot take him back to France too
quickly.Chicago Chronicle.
Search Prehistoric Horses.
For two years past agents of Wil
liam C. Whitney have been searching
the western plains for relics of the an
cestors of the present breed of horses.
So far many interesting bones have
been resurrected from their burial
places in the rocks of the pre-Adamite
ages. The horse, in its origin, had
several varying prototypes. The Na
tional History Museum in New York
already specimens. Last autumn the
fossil remains of a small herd of the
species called the hipparion were dis
covered in Nebraska. From them it is
believed that a complete animal cr.n
be mounted.
Misquotations.
A correspondent sends the following
popular misquotations: The absurd
tautology, "Like angels' visits few (in-
stead of short) and far between
"Money is the root of all evil." for
"The love of money," a very different
thing. He remarks that it is curious
that the late Dr. Patteson himself in
his monograph on Milton falls into
the snare of quoting "Fresh fields and
pastures new." He suggests, also, that
the use of the Italian phrase, in petto,
as if equivalent to in miniature, is an
other snare into which many authors
fall.
Matches Eight Inches Long.
The latest luxury for the smokers'
tray is the new English match that
measures eight inches in length. Fifty
of these fit a sumptuous silver and
leather box, which, with the cigars, is
set upon the table at the conclusion
of a dinner party. One match will
light from ten to twelve cigars or
cigarettes. Sometimes, for the use
of feminine smokers, these matches
are made of Syrian cedars or aromatic
East Indian woods and burn with the
most delicious perfume.
North Dakota Legislators.
There are 140 members of the North
Dakota legislature, and of them fifty
one are farmers and only two are law
yers. Norwegians and their descend
ants are very largely represented in
the politics of North Dakota.
The Largest Opera Houses.
The Academy of Music, at New
York, will hold 4,700 people. The
next biggest opera house Is that at
Parma, in Italy. It is built of wood,
and will hoi 4,500.
HOW NOME WA9 MAMED.
Insignificant Error Which Deter
mined Its Appellation.
There is to be a considerable rush
for Nome next rr -mth, if one may be
lieve what one hears among mining
men. Ttiere is no more sensational
ism, but plenty of effort and inten
tion. Men are going there who have
thought over the situation very seri
ously since the wild craze of a few
years ago, and they will go prepared
for hardships and disappointment
How was Nome named? By a man
on the Herald, one of the Franklin
rescue ships. When tne manuscript
chart of the Cape Nome region was
constructed attention was called to
the fact that the cape had no name
by the insertion of this"? earner
'$&* interrogation point was inked in
by draughtsman as a "C." and the
"a" in "name" being indistinct he
interpreted is as an "o" hence "C.
Nome"Cape Nome." This little ro
mance occurred in 1853. What's in a
name? Nome.New York Press.
"JACK HARKAWAY" COMING BACK
Story That Thrilled the Boys of a Gen
eration Ago.
For a regular thriller commend me
to "Jack Harkaway." Thirty-five
years ago this sensational bit of fic
tion exercised a greater influence on
the character of the average boy of
10 to 15 than father, mother and the
Ten Commandments. It was devoured
by millions on both sides of the water.
"Jack" was the ideal of the youth of
all English-speaking countries. I see
that it has been started again for a
long run in a periodical that claims
1,250,000 circulation. Bracebridge
Hemyng died in'"1901: He wrote not
only "Jack Harkaway," but forty-odd
volumes of readable fiction, yet you
will look in vain for his name in "John-
son's," "Appleton's," "Chambers'," the
"International" and the "Standard"
cyclopedias, and in the "Ridpath Li
brary of University Literature." The
editors of all such works seem to make
it a habit to leave out just what one
wants to know.New York Press.
Mayor Cleared the Sidewalk Himself.
They tell a story of Mayor Studley
in New Haven that is characteristic,
He was walking along Church street
one day when he found the way
blocked by a "hog" of a builder who
had filled the sidewalk with cement
and planks, forcing everybody out into
the street. The mayor picked up the
planks himself and threw them into
the street and rolled the cement after
them. He left word with a near-by po
liceman that if that sidewalk was
obstructed again the builder would be
arrested. Some men can do that sort
of thing without diminishing their dig
nity and greatly to the increase of
their popularity. Studley Is one of
those men.Waterbury (Conn.) Amer
ican.
Plague of Wolves.
Wolves are still the scourge of the
Russian peasantry. During the present
winter they have succeeded in de
stroying 16,000 head of cattle in one
district of eastern Russia alone. In
the governments of Novgorod, Tver,
Olonetsk and Archangel and in Fin
land these animals are met with in
great numbers. The frequently be
come such a plague that the govern
ment orders them to be hunted down
by entire companies of soldiers, who
surround the woods in which they
dwell and afterward shootvjhem down
in considerable numbers.
Doom of Buzzard.
The buzzards that have long infest
ed Yera Cruz and served a useful pur
pose as winged scavengers are
doomed. A London firm is putting in
a modern sewer and water system.
The birds have become so numerous
that they are a pest. The protection
of the municipality has been removed
and when the new drainage system
shall be completed the city will be rid
of the pest, the numbers of which have
already been reduced somewhat by
catching the buzzards and placing
them in wocden cages to be taken to
the sea and drowned.
Opulence at the Capital.
Old-fashioned residents of Wash
ington deplore the fact that social life
there is taking on many of the objec
tionable features which characterize
the "rude and rich" New York set. It
it believed that some of this is due to
the fact that the president hails from
New York, the Roosevelts being allied
^svith many families notable on Man
hattan island. Opulence at the capital
is making great display in equipages,
luncheons, dinners, dances, etc., and
its coming to be understood that now
adays money not only talks, it howls.
The Prodigy.
The infant prodigy had thrown her
self on the floor and was vigorously
biting holes in the matting, while her
toes drummed a quick march of fierce
anger and her shrieks rent the air.
"What in the world!" exclaimed the
prodigy's keeper, in alarm. "Here is
a newspaper account of me which neg
lects to say that I am 'utterly unspoil
ed with all my popularity,' wailed
the prodigy as it continued to scream
and kick.Los Angeles Herald.
Chance for Every Old Thing.
WantedMr. Edgar Hogan wants a
wife. He is not particular about what
kind most any old thing will doan
old maid or some brisky young miss.
Any unmarried lady that wants to get
a husband should write Mr. Hogan, or
see him at his office or home. His
postoffice is Bethany. His office is
anywhere on the square at Bethany.
His home is on Big Creek, five miles
north of Bethany.Bethany (Mo.)
Owl. 1
STATISTICS CF CHT HERONS
They Are Souoht by the Smithsonian
Institution.
Eight hundred night Lerons are wan
dering free abov.t the .ited States,
each wearing on :ie leg an aluminum
band inscriled "Smithsonian Institu
tion" and a number. If any person
shoots one of these birds he should
write to Paul Bartsc'a, biologist of the
Smithsonian, telling where it was and
how large was the bird. The night
heron is one of the most beautiful
of the aquatic birds of America, but
scientists know less about it than they
are satisfied with. Last year Mr.
Bartsch discovered several breeding
places of these birds on the Potomac
in the District of Columbia. Recently
he visited the place with several as
sistants in the night and the 800
aluminum bands Were fastened to the
legs of as many young herons. Science
is anxious to know how long the night
heron lives, where it spends the win
ters and how much of the country it
covers in its wanderings. It is be
lieved that by the time a few of the
numbered aluminum bands have been
reported some of these facts will have
been established to the satisfaction of
the ornithologists. Cleveland (O)
Plain Dealer.
THE RAINFALL IN ENGLAND.
Cyclonic Disturbances Had Little Ma
terial Effect.
Fortunately for the south of Eng
land the cyclonic disturbances, which
this year have been more than usually
numerous, have kept fairly regularly
to their normal track, says the Lon
don Chronicle. This course has tak
en_them across Ireland and Scotland,
and as a result the rainfall account
in these two countries is now much
ahead of the average. Scotland north
has had' an excess of nearly ten inches
the surplusage in the west and east
being nine and five inches, respective
ly. Ireland has beaten the average by
between five and six inches. The
south of England has had but a trifle
more than its usual allowance the
eastern counties, on the other hand,
being nearly an inch short.
Advancement of Women.
At a meeting of the English Wom
en's Liberal association a letter was
read in which the daughter of George
Meredith, the novelist, said: "My
father, George Meredith, wishes me to
say that it heartens him to see women
banded together in union. What na
ture originally decreed men are but
beginning to seethat they are fitted
for most of the avenues ooen to en
ergy, and by their entering upon ac
tive life they will no longer be open
to the accusation men so frequently
bring against them of their being nar
row and craven. Much more he could
say, but he has short time at his com-
mand."
A Good Place to Stop.
He really ought not to have gone
Into the Latin class that day. He was
called up first, and read as far .as he
had prepared. Then he skirmished ons
a little farther. This is the way it
went: "I, Ulysses, saw her (Dido's)
heavenly form advancing like a god
dess in the sunlight. I sprang to
ward her, and she welcomed me. Her
hair fell down upon her shoulders like
the sunbeams on Olympus. Her eyes
shone like two jewels of the sea. II
threw my armsmy armsabout
about herher neckneckandand
that's as far as I got, professor."
Philadelphia Ledger.
The Butcher and His Hat.
**I always thought it paid to be po
lite until I got into this business," re
marked a prosperous retail butcher,
"but I find that it costs me about $25
a year. My trade is with nice people,
and when fashionable women come
into the shop I have to tip my hat to
them. A butcher's fingers are always
more or less greasy from handling the
meat, and in about a month a new hat
is no longer fit to wear. Grease is
about the "only thing that won't come
out of a derby, and I will be the hat
ter's Jbest customer until the weather
grows warm and,. I will be able to go
bareheaded." I
Production of Nitrate of Soda.
The annual report of the Nitrate
Association of Chile, which controls
the world's supply of nitrate of soda,
shows the production in 1902 to have
been 2,982,522.80 pounds from sev
enty-eight works. The nitrate beds
are" near the surface and are worked
as stone quarries'. It is anticipated
that the immense amount of nitrate
the United States now gets from
Chile for use in fertilizers will ulti
mately be supplied by factories mak
ing it by electrical process from the
air, as is being done at Niagara Falls.
Etiquette of the Feud.
"There's just one thing, sah," ob
serbed Col. Gore of Kentucky, "in
which we are away behind Turkey."
"What's that?" Col. Bullet asked,
quickly. "Well, sah, after a general
killin' the porte always sends a polite
note of apology to the survivors of
the massacre. If we could only end
our feuds in that way, sah "But
we can't, sah," exclaimed Col. Bullet,
excitedly, "for the simple reason, sah,
that when one of our feuds ends no
body's left, sah, to apologize to!"
The World's Rarest Bird.
To find the rarest bird in existence
you must go to the mountains between
Anani and Loas, where there is a cer
tain kind of pheasant. For many
years its existence was known only
-by the fact that its longest and most
splendid plume was in much request
by mandarins for their headgear. A
single skin is worth $500, and the
I bird living would be priceless, for fl
coon die* In captivity.

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