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PICKETT AND THE ARCHIVES.
The Light Turned on a Hidden Chapter of Wartime History. Frank Riggs, the son of the famous banker and his father's successor in the financial circles at Washington, tells me an interesting story that corrects a false impression which many good peo ple have carried for years. During the second term of President Grant a man of the name of Pickett sold to the gov ernment of the United States the rec ords of the executive departments of the southern confederacy. From these documents was obtained much evidence that prevented the payment of claims of southern citizens who pretended loy alty for losses growing out of the war. In a single instance they saved several millions by showing that mail contract ors throughout the south had been paid from the Confederate treasury for serv ices performed by them for the postoffice department of the United States before the outbreak of the rebellion. They proved to be of great value in many oth er directions, and the price paid Mr. Pickett for them, which was some thing like G0, 000, proved to be one of the most profitable investments ever made by the government. Pickett had been the chief clerk of the Confederate state department or held sonio similar office which made him custodian of the archives. "When President Davis and his cabinet fled from Richmond, Mr. Pickett carted the records away and hid them in some place that escaped the searchers of the Union army, and the manner of their disappearance was a mystery until they were delivered to Secretary Fish. It was always believed that Mr. Pickett pocketed the money, and he was uni versally condemned by southern people for betraying the secrets of the lost cause for a price. "The facts have never been told, " said Mr. Riggs, "for Mr. Pickett exact ed the strictest pledges of secrecy from my father in regard to the disposition of the money. But both of them are dead now, and there is no reason why the truth should not be known. Mr. Pickett never had the benefit of one penny of the money ho received from the government for those records. He deposited the entire amount as soon as he received it in our bank to the credit of 'George W. Riggs, trustee for, ' and it was distributed in small amounts among the widows of Confederate offi cers. Mr. Pickett made out the list of the people to whom he wished it sent. The checks were all signed by my fa ther. Each one was accompanied by a letter, which he prepared and which my father signed, saying that the inclosure was forwarded at the request of a gen tleman who felt an interest in their welfare, but for reasons of hi3 own de sired that his identity should not be disclosed. The account was carried for several years, and all the checks and vouchers are now packed away in our bank." Chicago Record. Stopped 'imokinff to Save, Xerxes Jones determined to quit smok ing, not, you know, that it had any baneful influence upon his health, but solely for tne reason that ho didn't feel justified in spending '2'i cents a day for the weedy luxury. Jones had a good disposition and bee an his new scheme on Sunday. "Seeing I've quit smoking, I'll put an extra quarter in the collec tion box today," he mused, and in the money went. On Monday, just to please his little wife, good Jones bought a 40 cent box of mixtures and handed it over with the remark: "No, my dear, it's no extrava gance. Just about what I saved on ci gars today, and we both can enjoy this after tea. " Tuesday Jones bought a 50 cent toy fo his little boy out of the cash saved by abstinence from tobacco. Wednesday he changed his dining place down town from a 23 cent to a o0 cent table d'hote, feeling justified in spend ing the extra quarter saved on cigars. Apparently iorgernng mis' on innrs day, the reformer remarked to himself: "There's that new umbrella my wife's been talking about. I'll buy that and charge it up to two weeks' savings on 'smoke.' " On Friday a new dinner set was purchased to please the wife of his heart and set over against 20 weeks' savings from tobacco, and on Saturday Xerxes Jones spent 25 cents for cigars, having lost six days of his luxury, and figured up that he had "saved" on the wrong side of his books just about $38. 90. Philadelphia Call. FOR THE YANKEE BROWNIES. One hundred years ago the Japanese were so separated from the remainder of mankind that so far as any inter course was concerned they might almost as well have inhabited the moon. Life savers on the French coast are hereafter to be aided by trained dogs. lilsky, but Successful. "I hardly think that I would recom mend the following method of procedure to young professional men, as a rule," said a well known lawyer, ' although in my case it was eminently successful. Be sides I had already made my beginning and started my pile, so it was really cal culation on my part not youthful ex travagance. After I had practiced my profession for several years and had estab lished a very good business I was offered the post of first secretary of legation to one of the largest capitals of Europe. As it was sure to be socially a delightful ex perience, I could not resist the temptat ion, so I arranged my affairs, accepted the ap pointment a "id passed three or four years most charmingly. 'On my return, however, Nemesis awaited me. I found that my practice was practically nil. Other people had come to tlx fore in my particular line, and I was forgotten, while my resources on account of the constant drain and no increase were almost completely exhaust ed. Well, my first proceeding was to buy an English mail phaeton and the finest pair of high stepping cobs I could find. Then I hunted up all my old friend?, joined a few more clubs and waited and it was lucky for me that my time of pro bation was a short one, and that my ven ture proved entirely successful. It worked splendidly. I had soon all the practice I wanted, and in a couple of years I had made enough to put down my horses and practice economy.'' New York Tribune. Better Than Herbs. Anxious Mother There is a certain very eligible young man that I want my daugh ter to fall in love with. Do you deal in love philters? Modern Magician No, madam, but I can bring the match about in another way. "Oh, thank you. What shall I do?" "Shut her up ia a boarding school for a year and then arrange your plans so that this youth shall tethe first man she meets after she cets out." New York Weekly. Kskimos and Tobacco. "There are many interesting features about the Eskimos of Alaska," said A. C. Bruce, who is in charge of Lake Charles Reindeer station, at the Gibson. "One of the most interesting features of this peculiar people to me has been their habit of smoking. They are invet erate smokers without regard to sex. Their pipes are made of walrus tusks and are hollowed out in such a manner that a great deal of the tobacco as well as the smoke is inhaled. They will meet every whaling or other vessel, and al most any kind of a trade can be made for smoking tobacco. They will deliver up the ivory of the walrus at very much less than its value and take in exchange smoking tobacco at several times its real worth. The greatest punishment you can inflict upon an Eskimo is to deprive him of his tobacco." Cincinnati En quirer. A Secret Defined. A secret is a thing which you com municate to one whom you can trust. He, in turn, tells it to somebody that he can trust, and that somebody reveals H to another somebody whom he can trust. And so it goes the rounds, but it is still a secret, although everybody knows it. Boston Transcript. VTat They May Wear In the Country and by the Sea. Now is the season approaching when f and shovels and pails are in demand and the seaboard is alive with small architoots and engineers. It is to be hoped that few mothers dress their children so that they are debarred from enjoying to the full the delights of delving and paddling, for the childish desire for those harmless pursuits Is a paramount one, and a little summer salt water splashing hurts nothing about a child except its clothes. One mother has rather an ingenious way of protecting her little girl's gowns. She has made of brown holland a straight skirt twice as long as the child's dress skirt. Top and bottom are each gathered into a band of the right size to fit the waist, a placket hole being left, of course. One band is then buttoned around the little girl's waist under all her petticoats and the other fastened around it outside the dress, and there are all the skirts protected IiAFTISMAL ROBE. from dust and spots. The holland can be taken off at a moment's notice, leaving the wearer presentable in spite of her play hour. If a seaside child is to have the fullest amount of pleasure to be extracted from the conditions, he or she, regardless of sex, 6hould be provided with a little wheel barrow in addition to the usual pail and shovel. It is not an expensive indulgence, and the pleasure of transporting sand, stones and weed in such a vehicle is incal culable by any grown person. With these implements and an outfit of serge and duck frocks not too good for common ue small boys and girls will be sure of a happy as well as a healthful summer by the sea. Regulation sailor suits are much liked for little boys just out of kilts. These 6uits are made of navy blue or white flan nel and have long llaring trousers and a blouse cut away in front to show the throat. A flat naval cap and low shoes ac company the costume. A great many prerty and highly trimmed things are shown for infants' wear Foi the benefit of women who like excessive elaboration in such garments a sketch ii given of a baptismal robe of fine lawn decorated with valencienr.es bounces ar.l insertion, tucking and feather stitching The tiny bodice is short sleeved and low necked and crosses in front, surplice fash ion, being gathered into a belt Then" i a novel addition to the fown in the shape of an absurd little lace basque. Jl dic Chollet. Iiucklen'8 Arnica Salve. The Best Salve in the world for Cuts Bruises, Sores, Ulcers, Salt Rheum, Fever Sores, Tetter, Chapped hands, Chilblain? Corns, and all Skin Eruptions, and positively cures Piles, or no pay required. It is guar anteed to 'ive perfect satisfaction, or money refunded. Price 25 cents per box. 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