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THE LOVERS' CANDLES.
An Old Covrtnhlp Cvstom That Still Prerftllft In Poland. A quaint old Bnperstillon is to this day held in Poland to the effect that two lighted candles set afloat on the river by two lovers will by their con duct foretell if the course of true love will run smooth or otherwise. The "lovers' candles" are launched at n very pretty water fete that takes plneo every summer on that part of the Vistula which runs through Poland. It commences at sunset. The river is thronged with a procession of little bonts containing masked ladles and gentlemen. Each person carries two .wreaths and two candles, the latter representing the person carrying them and the object of his or her affections. They are lighted, fixed firmly in the center of the wreaths and laid side by side in the water. Should they float down the river close together it is a sign that their lives should be united. Should they drift awny from each oth er it is a sign that the lovers will be parted, and should they only drift nsundcr for a little way and farther on come together ngnin it is a sign that the loved ones will only be parted for a time and all eonir, right in the end. There is much method and order about the arrangement of this procession. The boats glide along in rows, so many abreast, and after the first row have proved their wreaths they move away to tlie sides and the others come for ward hi succession. The river is well illuminated, and a large concourse of people assembles to watch the pro ceedings. The scene is a charming one and reminds one more of fairyland than of anything else. MATELESS PIGEONS. " it'nrlonn Provision of Nature to End N.'*N,: Their Solitude. "Pigeons are monogamous," said a raiser of those birds for market, "and the female lays but two eggs. One of these is always the egg from which a male is hatched, and the other incloses the future female. If by any accident a cock pigeon loses its mate or a hen .pigeon becomes widowed the sympa thies of* the entire cot go out to the afflicted brother or sister. If it should so happen that a cock should lose his mate and a hen hers, so that they are both mateless at the same time, the af flicted pair soon forget their grief in a new life partnership, and all is serene. "But if there is a widower in the cot — «n<\..no convenient_w4dow for him to iSretony^fv or if there^ls a widow for whonino widower pigeon is on hand, something must be done to fill the va cancy. Upon the first hen pigeon to nest after the vacancy occurs falls the important duty. If she hasn't hatched her eggs yet she promptly dumps one of the two out of the nest. She never makes a mistake in evicting the right one. If a widow is to be provided for, the hen throws out the egg containing her future daughter; if a widower is pining for a mate she disposes of the son egg. If she has hatched her egg when a demand is made for her sacri fice she ceases feeding the youngster who will be superfluous and starves it to death. Pigeons grow fast, and, ""RQukbhood over, the lone product of that nest becomes mate to the bereaved member of the flock." Sunday Obiiervnnve. Scene, Scotch farmhouse; time, Sun day morning. Tourist (to farmer's wife)— Can you let me Ijave a glass of milk, please? Milk is produced and consumed. Tourist (taking some coppers from his pocket)— A penny, I suppose. Farmer's Wife— Mon, dae ye no think same o' yersel' tae be buyin* goods on the Sawbath? Tourist (repocketlng the coppers)— Oh, well, there's . no harm done. I'm sure I'm much obliged. But won't you have the money for It? Farmer's Wife— Na, na; I'll no tak' less than saxpence for breakin' the Sawbatb!— Leeds Murcury. Washing-ton and Harvard. Washington received from Harvard college the honorary degree of doctor of laws. The distinction was voted by the president and fellows of the college at the meeting at Watertown April 3, 1770, "as an expression of the grati tude of this college for his eminent services in the cause of his country and to tbelr society." The signers were President Samuel Langdon, Nathaniel Appleton, John Wlntlirop, Andrew El lot, Samuel Cooper and John Wads worth. ' Didn't Know. Tuere are some persoua who cannot take a joke, but Snlgglns is not one of them. A "friend" acquainted with Snlgglns' frequent changes of abode asked him which he thought was the cheaper—^to move or to pay rent. "liCai/t tell you, my dear boy," re plied Sylgglns. "I have always moved." — London Telegraph. Aldn to Ilttpplue«M. "ijt^lvate the habit of defecting the jwWW|'^ fur good in t blurs and peo ., I the uablt of letting people " ; Biv much you lliht them. 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