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TABLE DELICACIES RECIPE FOR LIGHT AND APPETIZ ING DISHES. Splendid Sauce to Serve with Cecils (Meat Croquettes) For Kromiskies of Oysters Scallops of Fowls Easily Prepared. Sauce for Cecils. Put into a sauce pan one tablespoonful of butter and the same of Hour. Mix until perfect ly smooth without allowing them to take color. Add one cup of stock, stir constantly until quite thick; season with half a teaspoonful of salt, a lit tle pepper. Beat the yolks of two eggs, stir into the sauce. Add the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon ful of capers. Kromiskies of Oysters. Twelve oy sters chopped fine with one cupful of minced chicken, half cupful of milk and cream mixed, one tablespoonful of butter, two of corn starch, rubbed to a smooth paste. Put the milk and cream on to heat with half teaspoon ful of salt and a few dashes of pepper; add one teaspoonful of chopped or dried mushrooms. Stir the thickening into the boiling milk after the mush rooms, pepper and salt being already in. As soon as it is smooth put in the chopped chicken and oysters cook for five minutes; then set away to cool. When cold pour into croquettes, dip in egg and cracker crumbs and fry in boiling lard. Serve with peas. Scallops of Fowl au Bechamel. Raise the flesh from two fowls as for chicken cutlets, and cut it as entire as possible from each side of the breast; strip off the skin, lay the fillets fiat and slice them into small thin scallops. Dip them one by one into clarified but ter and arrange the:.! in a frying pan. sprinkle with salt and. just before serv ing. fry them nuiekly without allow ing them to brown. Drain from the butter, pile in the ceiii'v uf a hot dish and send to table with b.::M:r; becha mel sauce. This entree may !k quick ly prepared by using a chicken al ready cooked. Bechamel Sauce. This is a deli cious sauce and can bo made good and cheap without the use of cream. To make a pint, take cue quart of stock (or canned bouillon), and pour into a saucepan to boil down, boil in one pint of milk separately, put in one bay leal and just one grating of nut meg; when the stock has boiled away to a quarter of a pint, thieKen with butter and flour rubbed smoothly; let boil for seven minutes, then .-":;son with pepper and salt (if necessary, and strain through a hair sieve. Spinach Soup. Wash and pick over a'" half peck of spinach and. while still dripping wet, put it into the inner vessel of a dou ble boiler, and fill the outer with boil ing water. Fit a close top on the inner vessel and cook steadily untii the spinach is soft and broken. Turn it into a bowl with the water that has oozed from it, and mince very fine. Then run it through a vegetable press. Return to the double boiler with boil ing water in the outer kettle. Season with Hungarian sweet pepper (apri ka), salt, a teaspoonful of white sugar and a teaspoonful of onion juice. While it simmers heat in another boiler a quart of milk, putting in a good pinch of soda to prevent curd ling. The richer the milk the bettei the soup. Put two heaping table spoonfuls of butter into a frying pan and when it hisses stir in a table spoonful of Hour. Cook, stirring all the time, until you have a smooth "roux." When the milk is scalding hot. add the roux, cook two minutes, and pour, keeping the spoon going all the time, into the spinach broth. Boil up once, stirring faithfully, and serve. Scatter croutons of fried bread on the top. An excellent "soupe maigre," if properly made. Banana Custard. Beat the yolks of six eggs, add one half teaspoon of salt and one cup of sugar. Strip off the stringy portion from six ripe bananas and mash them through a sieve, then add one quart of scalding milk and mix well. Com bine the two mixtures by pouring the second gradually into the first, then cook over boiling water until thick ened. Flavor with vanilla or with vanilla and lemon mixed. Part'ally cool, then turn into glass cups and set on ice. When ready to serve put can died cherries or small cubes of bright colored jelly on top of each custard. Nice for Sunday night at dessert or for whist parties. Corset Bag. A useful way of utilizing a short length of silk or a strip of broad rib bon is making a corset bag. The silk or ribbon is for the out side, a fine lawn or organdy pro viding a lining. Both are cut and made in exactly the same way the material just doubled and the long ends sewn together, forming a long bag, the interlining being of sheet wadding sprinkled with sachet powder. Ribbons passing through rings at the mouth of the bag afford means of opening and closing easily and such a novel accessory would without doubt make a charming and most acceptable gift Keeping Shoes Dry. An old-fashioned method of keeping the shoes impervious to water in rainy weather was to rub the welt stitches with a piece of beef tallow. But this is objectionable, as traces of the grease can be seen in the white par ticles of the fat left. Castor oil applied with a small brush should be used and the brush should preferably have stiff bristles the kind that comes with a bottle of glue will answer. t0R THE l PREPARATIONS THAT GIVE IDEA OF NOVELTY. Peach Cocktail Properly Put Together Can Be made to Form Important In Will Delight the Guests Fine gredients of Many Substantial Combination of Fruits Ice Desserts Two Appetizing Cream and Peach Souffle. Recipes for Soup. In preparing a peach cocktail re member that anything having a cher ry flavor will combine well with the flavor of peaches, and either kirsch maraschino or curacoa or any cherry cordial may be used. Place the can tied peaches on ice for some hours sc that they may become thoroughly chilled. The slices, which should not be too thin, are then cut into smaller cube shaped pieces, and the grain ol the fruit will show; add a little sugar to the fruit, sprinkling it thoroughly from a sieve and tossing the fruit about with a salad fork so as not tc bruise it. T'ne fruit should not be over-sweetened; pour over the sweet ened fruit a few spoonfuls of syru-. from preserved marrons, or add a very little of the syrup from preserved gir. ger, than add the cordial according t; taste; fill into tall stemmed glasses or into sherbet cups that have been chiiied and serve at once. Your guest. will think you're giving them the hot house variety in January, and be prop erly impressed. Peach Combination. Then, there's a delicious peach combination. For this use bananas, oranges and peaches and a few white grapes. Prepare by cut tins the canned fruit into small bits; pare and seed the oranges and cut j these these into small bits, first divid ing the orange into carpels and cm-j ihvi ac:oss fnem: cut the bananas intc s-aH cubes ami remove the stones lruin the graces: all the fruit should be ilu!n:5 Jhl;- chiMrd by .leing kept on ice for hours before serving time. Add a little suv:r sprinkled evenly over I the iruit. and h' the flavor of banana is not desired, ami', these, substitutinu pineappie cm into small pieces oi shredded: a row preserved chestnuts also cut up. and a few imwasehinc cherries may also be cut up and added Fill these into the bottom of tall glasses, and then fill the glasses two thirds full of peach ice cream; on top ol" all place a sniail spoonful of whip- j pen cream, piped on m a pretty de sign, and sprinkle over the top chop ped pistache nuts, or place a chestnut or a maraschino cherry on top in the middle of the design. !ce Cream and Peach Souffle. Foi the ice cream piepare one pint of. peach pulp j assing it through a fruit rUainer: sprinkle over it the juice of ;:ie lemon and one cup of sugar; fold in a pint of cream, which should be whipped, measuring it before whip ping, then turn into a freezer and freeze till firm. 3ed Sores. These are liable to oc cur in any Jong illness where the pa tient is much emaciated or where there is paralysis of the tnvves th;:T provide nutrition for the back arr! limbs. While not always liie nurse's fault, bespeaking neglect, it Is usual! considered so. To prevent the sore.- j the under sheet must uv kpt perieet Iy smooth, no crumbs m.ii; be permit ter to get into tlu lied and the bony prominences where iiie trouble begins must be bathed from fivo- to a ('-:. times a day with alcohol and ware . half and half. Pat dry with a safl towel, then powder. Finally make a cushion or use a c-lrcular air pillov. covered with linen or cotton and plaet; the sore spot in the center. If you make a circular pillow, fill with curled hair or cotton. If these sores are neglected they become purple, mortifi cation sets in, the flesh sloughs off and leaves an ulcer. For the Fever Thirst. In nearly all feverish conditions water is now given freely. It must, however, be boiled or distilled. Never put ice in the water the patient is to drink, but cool to a refreshing temperature by laying the bottles containing it next to the ice. Milk or beer bottles with the patent corks are convenient for cooling in the refrigerator. Mineral waters, vichy, appolinaris or seltzer are generally al lowed if the patient likes them. Dutch Apple Cake. This is another favorite dish in the cooking class. It is sometimes made with soda and cream of tartar, and again with yeast. For the former sift together two cups flour, a half tea spoonful of salt, a half teaspoonful soda and a teaspoonful cream of tar tar. Add two tablespoonfuls butter or good dripping and rub in with the tips of the fingers. Beat one egg light and add to it a scant cup milk. Then stir into the dry mixture. The dough should be quite soft. Turn into a shal low baking tin. Peel, core and slice three or four tart apples and arrange symmetrically on top of the pan, let ting the slices overlap. Put the sharp edge of the slices down and press slightly into the dough. Sprinkle with two tablespoonfuls sugar and nutmeg or cinnamon. Bake in a hot oven. As soon as done brush the top lightly with hot water. Boston Cookies. One scant cup butter, three eggs, one and a half tablespoons cold water. ; half teaspoon salt, one cup chopped I walnuts, half cup chopped raisins, one ! and a half cups sugar, one teaspoon ; soda, three cups of flour, small tea-' spoon cinnamon, half cup currants. Cream the butter and add the sugar and the eggs well beaten. Add the soda dissolved in the hot water, then add the walnuts, currants, raisins and the last cup and a half of flour. Drop in small spoonfuls on buttered pan and bake. ALMONDS AND SOUPS FORMER IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY APPRECIATED. Almonds are not nearly so much used in America as. they are in Ger many and Hungary, where they form an important ingredient of many en trees and soups, as well as desserts. The almond tree flowers in the spring, producing its fruit In August. The best sweet almonds are the "Jordan." from Malaga. In ancient times the al mond was greatly esteemed. Jacob included them among the presents which he designed for Joseph. The Romans believed that eating half a dozen secured them against drunken ness. Almonds are considered indi gestible, and it is not well to eat too freely of them, as they contain a principle that produces two violent noisons, a volatile oil and prussic acid. They are considered least dansrerons to the digestive organs when sahe Almond paste is the foundation of some of our most delicious candies, macaroons and other French cookery. Here is a particularly novel and ap petizing way of preparing them in a soup, with two other new recipes for soups: ALMOND SOUP. Boil four pounds of lean beef with a scrag of mutton in two and a half quarts of water until the meat is done and the gravy is rich: strain and add eight ounces of vermicelli, four blades of mace, six cloves, and boil until the spices flavor. Blanch and pound half a pound of swee almonds, mix a little soup while pounding, in order that the almonds may not frrov oily: add the yolks of six hard foiled eggs, pound until it is a mere pulp, mix all together, strain, heat, and just before, serving add a gill of ricli c-eam. APPLE SO TP. Peel and core two pounds of good boiling apnles. put them into a stewpan with three quarts or beef stock and stew slowly until render; then rub through a strainer add six cloves, one-half teaspoon of white pepper, salt and cayenne to taste. Serve with toasted bread squares. A RTICHOKE (JERUSALEM) SOUP. Put three slices of lean bacon into a stewpan with four ounces of butter, half a bunch of celery, one on ion, one turnip, all cut fine, and braise them a quarter of an hour, keeping them well stirred. Wash and pare four pounds of artichokes, add them to one pint of white stock. When these have stewed down to a puH. add two quarts of white stock, a tea spoonful of sugar, pepper and salt, simmer five minutes and strain. Pour back into the pan and simmer five minutes more. Add a half pint of boiling cream, and serve with sippe's of bread fried in butter. Potato Salad Dressing. Make a good mayonnaise in the usual way. and to a cupful add two large potatoes prepared thus: Boil in their jackets, peel while hot and rub through a fine colander or vegeta ble press. Whip, when cold, into the mayonnaise gradually, stirring until the cream mixture is smooth. Season with sail, pepper and a dash of onion juice, and just before serving stir into the nutvennaise the white of an egg whipped stiff. This is an excellent dressing for a maoedoine salad, one of tomatoes or of fish. It is best suit ed for a side dish at luncheon or sup per. Eat with brown bread and cheese. How to Make Eyelets. There's a new way of making those troublesome eyelets, discovered by a girl who is locally famous for invent ing labor-saving ideas. It consists in running the eyelet around and then cutting it from end to end, and buttonholing it, making the stitches as deep as those upon the usual buttonhole, but reversing the stitch so that the edge stitches back upon the material instead of around the open edge of the eyelet. It is about one-fifth as hard to do as the usual way; and the difference in length of time is even more marked. Mildew on Linen. First of all take some soap and rub it well into the linen, then scrape some chalk very finely and rub that in also, lay the linen on the grass, and as it dries wet it again. This done twice or thrice should remove the mildew stains. Another way is to mix soft soap and powdered starch with half the quantity of salt and juice of a lemon. Lay this mixture on with a brush, and let the linen lie out on the grass for a few nights and the stains will disappear. For a Black Eye. If a child, or, indeed anyone else, receives a blow over the eye which is likely to become black, there is no remedy superior to nor more likely to prevent discoloration than buttering the parts for two or three inches around the eye with fresh butter, re newing it every few minutes for the space of an hour or two. This remedy is equally good for any bruise not broken. Batter Pudding. Four eggs, 1 cups of sifted flour, salt, and one pint of milk. Beat the eggs, yolks and whites together for three minutes, add the milk and pom onto the flour the same as you woulu in making soda biscuit. Boil 1V hours, being careful not to let the water stop boiling for one instant. Eat with sauce. FOR THE HOME-MADE RUQ. Economical and Durable Floor Coven, ing Easily Made. For a rug collect about 25 pounds of flannel rags and dye them the de sired shades, tear into strips about an inch wide. These must be neatly sewed together, overlapping about half an inch so that the joining is strong. Now procure a length of clothesline rope and commence to crochet the flannel strips over the rope. This is begun in the center, like any crochet wheel for a chair back. A large wooden crochet hook may be obtained from a needlework shop. The stitch of double crochet is used over the rope with the crocheted flan nel. As you go along the crochet is in serted into the previous row. so that the circle grows with every pull of the needle. In using two colors the paler shade should be used until the circle is about a foot across. Then use the darker shade until you have gone , five times around the ring. I Return again to the paler color, re- peating the alternate colors until the! flannel is all used up, or the rug is the desired size, leaving the darker shade at the edge of the rug. These are very economical to make, and are very quickly done, and are among the most durable of any of the home-made rugs, as the rope makes such a hard, strong surface before it is covered with the flannel. HOUSEHOLD HINTS. Salt toughens meat if added before it commences to cook. Wash over the undercrust of a pie with the white of an egg, not beaten, to prevent its being soggy. In order to prevent milk from burn ing while being boiled first rinse the saucepan thoroughly with cold water j and rub it with a little fresh butter before pouring in the milk. Fill ;i burnt saucepan with cold wa ter to which some soda has been add ed. Allow the water to come slowly j to a uo'.l, when tlie burnt portion oi the pan may be scraped clean. A handful of wood ashes if added to the water will aid the cleansing. In buying pumice stone upon which to pour perfume extracts to use in drawers and on shelves the broken lumps in their natural state should be selected. The variety of pumice stone that is finely powdered and com pressed into cakes is too closely packed to enable the liquid to pen etrate and be retained. Browned Potato Soup. Pare and cut into thick slices ten large potatoes and leave them in cold water for an hour. Dry them between two towels and brown in butter, cot tolene or in oil. They should be nice ly browned, but not crisped. Fry with them a sliced onion. The frying should be done in a deep saucepan, not in a frying pan. Pour upon the browned potatoes the onion and the fat in which they were cooked two quarts of boiling water, cover the pot and cook until the potatoes are boiled soft. Add a tablespoonful of browned flour rolled in butter. Rub through a colander, return all to the kettle, sea son with pepper and salt and a table spoonful of minced parsley. Have ready in another vessel a cup ful of scalding milk, add a pinch of -;oda and. a minute later, two well- f beaten eggs. Pour the potato broth into a tureen or bowl, stir in the milk and eggs and serve. i A most palatable puree. Some cooks ( omit the browned flour, but it gives a ' 'icher color to the soup and prevents ' wateriness. ' Drawing-Room Cushions. ; Cushions meant for drawing-room ; use are made of handsome dull fin- ished silk, velvet or satin, and covered with a network of gold braid put on in diamonds. In each diamond there ! is a basket filled with flowers, a bou-' quet, a bunch of fruit or simpler dec-' oration done in ribbon work. The de signs are sometimes put on alternate-" ly, a stiff bouquet of vari-colored flow ers alternating with a basket filled with similar blossoms. The bouquets are usually tied with a gold cord which extends to one of the diamond cor ners. The cushions are finished with a ribbon work or small ball fringe and sometimes also with a ruffle of gold lace. i Breakfast Dishes. i Plain muffins, toast, pancakes and gems come one after the other for breakfasts. Rice muffins may be add ed to the list. Sift together half a teaspoonful of salt, a heaping tea spoonful of baking powder and two cupfuls of flour. Add two well-beaten eggs to one cupful of sweet milk and stir into the flour, with one teaspoon- f ful of melted butter and one cupful dry boiled rice. Heat thoroughly and bake in buttered pans for 35 minutes. Serve with maple syrup. Drop Cakes. Beat three eggs until very light, and gradually sift in one cupful of sugar. Add one and one-fourth cupfuls of flour which has been three times sift ed with one teaspoonful of cream of tartar and one-half teaspoonful of soda. Flavor with a few drops of oil of anise and drop, by small, even tea spoonfuls, two inches apart, on but tered tins. Bake in a quick oven, watching closely. Dust thickly with confectioner's sugar while still warm. Oatmeal Water. Put one cup of oatmeal in a stone jar with a cup of sugar, jttice and thin el)ow rind of three lemons. Cover wit ii three quarts of boiling water and let it stand until sugar is dissolved, Strain and put on ice. ALL BLUNDER AT TIMES. Occasional Misstep No Cause Lifelong Regret. for Has it ever occurred to you that It may be a portion of your part on the programme of life to make mistakes and appear ridiculous in the eyes of your fellow-men! Once in awhile, for purposes too secret for you to fathom, some one must play the fool, in order that the procession of numbers may move off right and the climax appear as was intended by the great master of cer emonies, whose name is Destiny. Don't mind too much, then, your failures and mistakes and foolishness es. All men have known such mo ments of humiliation. The wisest and most notable were never wise and noble at ail times. What right have you to expect al ways to shine in the eyes of others to play always a heroic and ap plauded prat? It is pari of your re lations with men that you should at times appear in a foolish and ignomin ious cast. Accept it all as a portion of life, and your actions will take their right place in perspective, leaving no bit terness or remorse or humiliation. BUYING LAND IN KOREA. Business Transaction Into Which Tact Enters Largely. Land buying in Korea is a process which calls for both time and patience. A Japanese investigator who has been making inquiries on the subject has found that the price at which land may be procured differs greatly with the skill of the purchaser. Any hasty attempt to buy hurts the feelings of the owner, and creates opposition. The b' st plan is to seiect the district on which one's fancy rests, and either settle quietly down there or send an agent to do so instead, letting it be known in a general sort of way that one is disposed to buy. Then the Koreans, who class transactions in land in the same categorv with the sale or purchase of movable chattels that is to say, as a mere means of procuring or spending money will of themselves come and offer to sell. Then, by the exercise of a little pa tience, a considerable tract may be ery cheaply acquired in a few years. Evil of Believing in Signs. A man who saw the moon over his right shoulder and was feeling pretty safe for the month began the next day by falling over the railing of the back porch with a pan of ashes in his hand. There was just ice enough on the porch to throw him against the railing, which was just high enough to give him the neces sary tip and the law of gravitation and the ashes did the rest. The neigh bor who saw him alight said it resem bled the firing of some old Fourth of July cannon loaded with the old-fashioned smoky powder and charged with ashpan, grief and profanity. The man cussed everything from the new moon to breakfast. That's what you get for believing in signs. And yet you can not tell from the context of the story whether or not the man was trying to empty his ashes on a Fri day. That might explain something. Minneapolis Journal. Nitric Acid from Air. Sir William Crookes has discovered how to get nitric acid from the air. but the discovery has long been looked for. "I have before me." writes a correspondent of the London Chron icle, "a manual of chemistry in which I find a eulogy of nitrogen and its compounds, such as nitric acid and the so-called compound ammonias. 'Who ever,' says the inspired chemist, 'suc ceeds in producing those bodies in abundance from the nitrogen of the atmosphere without the use of organic materials will not only amass a princely fortune but must rank as one of the greatest benefactors of the hu man race, inasmuch as such a discov ery would open up an almost infinite supply of matter for the fertilization of the land.'" Common Sense and the Play. There are many plays in which if the characters exercised a little com mon sense or asked an obvious ques tion, the complications would be straightened out and the play would suddenly stop long before it reached its destined end. Edward E. Rose, the playwright, best known for his drama tizations, was discussing with a friend a play of this type. "Why doesn't the heroine ask the hero such and such a question at the end of the second act?" the friend asked. "Because," Mr. Rose replied, "if she did she'd be dis charged." The Reader. Her Premonition. "Clarlbel," called out the gentleman in a loud, rasping, and emphatic voice from the head of the staircase at 11:30 p. m., "you tell that long-haired, sallow-faced, spider-legged feller in the parlor there to take his hat and walk off; and If ever he comes here again I'll kick him right through his necktie!" "Alfred," murmured the young woman, pensively, "something seems to tell me we'd better part." Stray Stories. Grandfather's Likeness So Natural. At a gathering of artists once sev eral of the older ones got together and began telling of the marvelous mas terpieces they had produced in their days. When everything had quieted down a bit an old man over in the corner was heard to remark: "Yes, I once painted a likeness of my grand father, and it was so natural that I had to take it down twice a week and shave iL" Judge's Library. PLEA WAS WITHOUT AVAIL. Lawyer's Impassioned Utterances Went All for Naught. Odd bits of spontaneous humor fre quently serve to relieve the solemnity and strain of trials in the courts. In a trial before Judge Kersten in the criminal court the other day counsel for the defendant, recognizing that he had a desperate case, made a particu larly strong appeal to the jury, says the Chicago Chronicle. His plea was of the emotional order, and the crowd ed court room was hushed as the law 3'er exalted his client and begged for the leniency of the jury. In his closing oratorical flight the attorney, extending both arms toward his client, gazed fixedly at the jurors and impressively observed: "Gentle men of the jury, in all the attributes of manhood, in everything which goes to constitute good citizenship, my client is a stalwart. There he sits, a stalwart physically and mentally: a stalwart in integrity and probity." Then the lawyer sat down. In the rear of the room sat a little man who had been deeply interested in the proceedings in court. As the judge was preparing to instruct the jury and silence was supreme, the little man leaned toward the occupant of a seat near him ard in a shrill voice said: "I am a little hard of hearing; what kind of a wart did he say the man on trial is?" A wave of laughter floated over the court- room, his honor smiled, while the bailiff gaveied for order. The defendant ;ib convicted. AND THE CAT CArvTZ BACK. Rose Superior to Little Matters Like Chlcrs'orm and Burial. John Burroughs, the famous nature student, is never tired of ridh'uling the new school of nature writers, the school ihat ailribi-es a quito human intelligence to animals and insects. "Mr. Pnrreiighs dined with me one night." said a magazine editor of Xcw York, "and among my guests was a young nature writer of the new school. "This young man told a wonderful ! story about the intelligence of oy sters. He said he was going to put the story in his new book. Mr. Bur roughs gave a dry laugh and said: " 'Let me tell yon about a cat. This story is quite as authentic as the other one, and it should do for your book nicely.' "The student paused impressively, then said: " A Springfield couple had a cat that age had rendered helpless, and they put it out of its misery by means of chloroform. They buried it in the garden, and planted a rosebush over its remains. The next morning a fa miliar scratching took them to the front door, and there was the cat waiting to be let in, with the rose bush under its arm." The Lion's Mouth. The use of the iion's mouth as the vent of a fountain is so common that it cannot be regarded as accidental. As a matter of fact, the custom (like so many customs not forgetting the fountain pen) came from Egypt, which adopted it because the annual inunda tion of the Nile takes place when the sun is in the constellation Lea the lion. The allusion is too ob.ious to need pointing ouL The oldest fixed date (42! 1 P.. C.) can be traced to Egypt, where the calendar was intro duced in the middle of the forty-third century: and the history of modern ship-building began in Egypt, where it can be traced to about 3000 H. C. The most recent discoveries give to the land of Egypt a clean run of about 11,000 years without any admixture of foreign races. "Egypt, land of hid den mysteries, great mother of sci ence and art, what thinking mind has not dreamed of thee!" John Brown's Safe. Lovers of the antique would rejoice in the possession of a quaint old iron safe which was discovered in an out-of-the-way place in Springfield, Mass.. not long ago. The safe was probably used by its original owner when he raised sheep and sold their wool. It is large enough to hold all the profits that Brown might have reaped in his wool business. The dlscoyery has been made by Col. Jchn L. Rice, of Springfield, Mass. Instead of keeping his prize, however, Col. Rice has turn ed the curious old article oyer to the Connecticut Valley Historical society. The safe must have contained many interesting documents during Its so journ under Brown's roof, and it would be interesting to get hold of some of them. Cross Purposes. Marshall Wilder tells of an elderl7 lady in Cohoes, who, besides her deaf ness, experienced much trouble with false teeth. Consequently, she was disposed to regard this world as a vale of tears. A neighbor, passing her house one day, beheld the lady sitting at the window, wearing an ex pression of more than usual gloom. Thinking to cheer the unfortunate one, the good-hearted neighbor screamed at the top of her voice: "Good-morning, Mrs. Blank. Fine weather we're hav ing." "Yes," replied the elderly lady, "but I can't eat with 'em yet." Chewing Gum Habit Spreads. Only in America is chewing gum made. Until quite recently it was con sumed principally in this country, too, but now other countries are waking up. For instance, a Glasgow dispatch recently stated that, whereas a few years ago Scotland was free from the chewing gum habit, now a large part of the copulation chews gum.