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The Wisdom of
Nicodemus Railroad Drought to Terms by Smart Dog. By L, n. B1CÍ.POSD Tbe Sunrise Limited swept past the tower pasture cf Mrs. 0Hesrn's Ne braska farm every afternoon at f O'clock, and Mrs. O'nearn'a dog, Nlco deroos, sallied down to the fence and barked at It He was an unlovely an imal of no breeding whatever, a canine outcast desertad by an emigrant, and tils hostility to all railway morementa was pronounced and eren excessive, although his best effort and longest tan were reserred for the firing vee tltmled train that cam so fleeting)? oat of the east and shot by him with contemptuous roar and shriek. year after lira, O'nearn'a boa band bad been anatched from the Geld of toll aba lost the companionship and nourishing dally gift of her only cow. That the doable calamity distressed ber vm not phenomenal, bat the de parture of Michael O'Hearn waa with in the number of things reconcilable si no the morementa of Providence are to be accepted without question and are. Indeed, bat Instances of the es partad. Mrs. O'Hearn, a faithfully and notoriously religions parson, re signed herself to the simple hope that Michael waa to be met In another country. The taking off of the cow left no such solace, since Its spiritual tutors did not concern ber. From the day the engine of the Bun rise Limited swept the animal In all Ilteralneaa from the face of the earth (It bad been rather foolishly Investigat ing the nutritions qualities of cinders! Mrs. O'Hearn faced a world that ap peared to be singularly unsympathetic Where It bad condoled with ber In ber first bereaTement It merely smiled over ber second. Obrloualy. In the eyes of tbe community, the least fitting placo for a cow to browse waa tn the Uno of a lightning express. Tho station agent at Exeter intimated as much when Mrs. O'Hearn called apon blm and de pleted, with admirable detall, tho cir cumstances of ber misfortune. He Wvuld, be declared, lay tho matter be fore the proper officials. A week later abe came again, and Ber visit left memories of Ufo, color and action. Bbo demanded to know whether tho equivalent bad been sent Tho equivalent, she had somewhat ex actly figured, waa (39. 10, this Itemlsa- tton Including $39 for cow and IS cents for the purchase of milk thrice weekly from a neighbor. Her following visit disclosed fully as close calculation, for tho equivalent bad mounted to $3930, and It was plain to tho agent that ber arithmetic carried with It rales of In terest and equity that would never bo accepted by tho company oven If It deigned to recognise her claim for the cow Itself. On this occasion and on many occasions thereafter be, mentally convinced that bis prevarication would not outlive bis tenure of office, asserted tLat only the president of tho road had authority In the matter of destroyed cows and, having made It clear to bar - that ber claim bad been duly forward ed, besought ber to follow methods lass spectacular and to oxerclao some patience. Having so frankly thrown himself on her mercy, bo made a personal truco rita tho lady, bat each week a new bill was presented with Us accumula tion of figures, together with verbal expressions of disregard tor tho presi dent of the company and bis lax meth ods of business. At first the effoits of Nicodemus amused the freight crews, who throw lamps of coal st him. This wss to tho advantage of Mrs. O'Hearn, since coal waa a luxury, and the dally perform ance resulted tn a smsll measure of tho precióos fuel to add to her store of wood. 8he began to wish, Indeed. that tho attention of tbe passenger on gtoeers might be equally attracted and that their reseutment might take tho samo farm. After a time, however. and from long familiarity tho sport ceased to Interest tbe po using train men, and but for an occasions! missile the dog barked without purpose, al though ho never relaxed bio endeavors. The flight of time brought no spirit of charity to overcast the bitterness of Mrs. O'Hearn. And It was quito by wsy of coincidence that on tho day she had prepared ber weekly atato- ment which now bad 11-80 added to tho principal something entirely on usual In railway equipment should en gage, although tardily, the attention of Kleodemua. This wss an abbreviated edition of the despised "filer,'' for tho auglno drew but two cars, tho last 0 wonder of luxurious coa traction and painted a bright yellow. The train had stopped, rod around one of the seta of wheels stood three men variously engaged In drawing cotton from an aperture, poking It about with a stick or dousing water upon tho steaming mess. A venerable gentleman who bad descended from tho gorgeoos csr to watch tho opera tjon finally strolled over to tho fence and, attracted by some wild blossoms. somewhat awkwsrdly scaled tho bar rier and ambled pleasantly about the green fields, lost In contemplation of tho simplicity of nature's wonders. Klcodemas csme Into action by a spring In tho air, a shrill bark and a aeries of contortions that brought bis haunches almost to bis culm. When bo felt the ground after tbo first flight be had made two yards, and bis bftb wept tho wind as be rushed on. aero. In his dog's comprehension, wss some thing tangible, something not only to bark at, but to bite, Tbe venerable gentleman dropped the flowers be bad gathered and turned unsteadily to tbe fence, but made aiM-h poor progress tbst Nicodemus, with terribly gleam log teeth and a bounce like a kangitroo, ran Into bis legs. There wss then fall or dog and man, with a singularly active dlaplay of man, considering age and lack of recent athletic training, and as tho venerable gentleman came upright bo did tho only thing that seemed to bis bewildered mind of ra tional purpose. Tbe fence wss still a great way off, and the speed of the dog bad Impelled tbat animal on a few feet but bo was oven now reversing himself. Nearer than the fence branch ed a tree. Two comforting knobs, within easy reach, projected from the trunk. And before be quite knew bow bo did It tbo venerable gentleman, with amaalng agility, was seating himself on a lower branch of tbo tree, while tho dog was making earnest and sav age efforts to reach bis dangling legs. Tbe Incident nstnrsily served to In terest tho men at tho car wheels. They came to the fence In a body, calling out to tbo dog to dealat and one. braver than bis fellows, mounted tbo rails In an effort to distract Nicodemus from bis prey. He put one foot down on tho opposite side as If bo would come Into tbo pasture. It was with drawn almost on tbo instant tor tho dog, now animated by t dee Irs to en gage all comers, sprang at tho would bo Intruder, and bis white teeth closed on a boot beeL Tbo msn of courage, giving way to profanity, foil back Into tbo arms of bis companions. Tbo three stood In doubt and conference, but made no new move, while Nicodemus returned to guard tbo tree with now and then sudden sportivo ex cúralo na la their direction. Into this excitement after some minutes, came Mrs. O'Hearn, ber arms bared to tho elbows and a rolling pin In one band. Bho waddled down, red and breathless, ber flour smeared apron telling of baking day. ber bear ing that of ponderous surprise. She came to a bait Just beneath tbo branch on which tbo venerable gentleman was perched, and tho dog wagged ber a welcome and made another daab for tbo fence describing, as bo returned, a circle. Tho msn In the tree viewed her advent with positive pleasure. He st once connected Mrs. O'Hearn with the ownership of the dog, sod bo was siso Impressed tbat bis position wss absurd, so, although bis tones wore pleasant, chagrin waa somewhere ap parent He smiled genially, consciooi that bo bad put tbe case concisely at least 'o xa xas Tira raratsurr -uv su.noaur while Mrs. O'Hearn. with an author! tatlvo. "bo shut now," forced Nlcode- mus to lie down, although his Dod still qalvored from tbo exertions of tbe chase and tho consequent canine do llrlum. "Te're twin' wan of those flower pickers tbat preserves them In schrap booka, utebbe," ventured the lady. In a spirit of conciliation, as she grasped Nkodemus by one ear and shook him roughly, "or p'raps wan of these pro fessors that can till ye tho varieties uv the posies by tbo ochinell uv thlm." "1 am not a botanist eatd the ven orable gentleman, preparing to , do- scfeid. but eyeing the dog warily, "al though you must confesa that either a bota u 1st or a railway president would appear equally out of place Id a post Uon such as I bare found myself a position," bo added, to show that be bad a sense of bnmor, "that I never thought possible out of the pages of a Cor:lc weekly." Tbo nisnner of Mrs.' O'Hearn chang ed, as changes tbo face of nature an der tbe sudden burst cf tbo tempest Bbo released tbo dog, which sprang again at tbe tree trunk, and ber ut terance waa one long Inspiration. "Oh. bo-o-o-o-o," she emitted, with a slight questioning Inflection, and ber blue eyes showed tbo glitter of steel. "Oh. bo-o-o-o-o-o-or Arms akimbo, she looked up at blm. "So yo .aire tho prbtldent ov tbe railroad?" Tbo venera bis gentleman, reconsider ing bis determination to como down, clutched tho tree branch firmly and called out a warning to tbo engineer. wbo bad again sought to climb tho fence and again found himself, besot by Klcodeuius. "That," bo answered, "la uy ofllc. Now"- Ho wondered why tbo woman waa so Interested In tUs fact, bat bis af 1ÉÉÉ Tata firmation, calculated to lmpreas, wsa cut short by sn exultant cry from the squat figure beueatb blm. "Thin ye aire the same wair thats been kaptn' mo out uv tbe price uv a cow this tToe ' months," proceeded Mrs. O'Hearn. "Te"- Ebe cast about for an expression that would at once convey tier contempt and anger. . "To murtbererr alio concluded. Tho trio at tho fence, now enjoying tbe exclusivo attention of Mcudetuu. since It waa obvloua tbat the wouimi commanded the s!:,Mtlou at tbo tree, resorted to missile throwing. The venerable gentleman looked perplexed ly about blm. Upon my soul, my good woman," he ventured, "yon surprise me. 1 kuow nothing of your cow. You bsvo sural; mistaken me for some one else. 1 dc not recall that 1 have over before been In tbls locality." "Te'll renumber tt thin, from this J'yoos dhay, for It's not from the piece ye'll be- sthlrrin' till I've me equlvy lint an' me reebtltitlon for the evil yovo done me. 'It's tho prlnldlot ol tbo road,' ssys the station agent 'tbat Is couslderln' ' your claim..' lira. O'Hearn. an' It'll be all rolght la tolrae. but he's a very busy man.'- 'Te're not so busy but yo can put your band to yer pocket an' projuce the $3S for the cow ye'vo ' mortbered- In- cold- blood along ov your Ig'narant Injlne darivers sn' she dola' no barrum to thlm or anny wan. An' It's tbo extra money 1 went for tho milk I've bought a lace mo bereavement'". - . Tbo altuatlon seemed cleaiw. "Ton do not then, accuse x of driving off your cowT" asked tbo ven erable gentleman. "Dhrlvln' her off?" repeated Mrs. O'Hearn, striving to compass her corn by raising ber voice to Its high est pitch. "It's ma kin' mincemeat ov ber an' wld no sthoppln' for an apolo gy that 1 claim yo to be tbo rid band ed assassin yo aire." '1 do not run tho engine," assorted tbo venerable gentleman uselessly, "if yon have lost a cow, Mrs. O'Hearn, through any carelessness of tho em ployees of tbo road yon may bo sure your claim will receive duo considera tion. Ton can hardly expect to ad vance. It however, by keeping mo here. And yon have been misinformed. Tbo president of tbo rood does not adjust those matters tbat come out of the tho misfortunes of cows. Tour claim baa probably been delayed." Mrs. O'Hearn glared, wbilo Nicode mus, rushing paat bar la gleeful pur suit of a rock thrown by tbo engineer. came wiggling back, licked tho rolling pin and returned to tbo fence. "Considerationr exclaimed tbo lady. "If a today that mo equivy lint comes to forty dollars and eighty dots, an' It's In tho three ye'll athay au'-ye're hired mnrtherora lookln' on from tho fence beysnt tike , gorillas la. cage before I sthir from tho sphot -or call off mo dog, an' lack to blm for know in' a thafe whin ho sees wan." The venerable gentleman started to parley, looked bewildered, sighed and fumbled In the breast pocket of bis coat He finally withdrew a some what worn pocketbook bulging with papers. From these bo extracted two greenbacks. Then bo searched as well as bo could In personal safety tho pockets of bis trousers. He final ly gave op In dismay. "1 am sorry to say that I haven't tho amount yon ask. If you will ac cept 120 I assure you tho remainder will be forthcoming." Mrs. O'Hearn raised tho rolling pin. "It's the equivy lint or not one clnf she declared. , "But aa I have told you, I do not possess tho amount 1 rarely carry with mo any ready money," ho .added, with a shads of exasperation, aa If Mrs. O'Hearn could have been pre viously acquainted with his habit In tbat regard. "Toa can git it" assorted tbo amason Inflexibly. x Tbo venerable gentleman sighed again and called oat to tho engineer: "I say, Hawkins, do yon happen to have any money!" . - "A few dollars, sir." "I bavo a little change," supplement ed the fireman, while the conductor reached into pocket "If tho three of you could make up a purse the thing Is . absolutely- ab surd, bat we cannot remain . hero argu ing with this woman. 1 a hail ask you to loan mo tax" "An 60 cinta,".. Interrupted Mrs. O'Hearn. .i' Z;-C "Exsctly," acknowledged' tbe vener able gentleman, although not agree- sbly, "and 80 cants." There was a search of overalls and blouses, snd In the moment of sus pense tbe president considered tbst It would not bo at all unlikely tbat tbo ridiculous sltustlon would bo further complicated by the discovery tbat the combined wealth of the crowd did not make op the meager sum required. He was consequently relieved when tbo balance was forthcoming to tho final ten cent piece, a contribution from tho porter. This, by direction, was thrown over tho fence, to be guarded by Nlcodeaias. The two bills fluttered from the band of tbo president and Mrs. O'Hearn, picking them ui, turned them over carefully. Then she moved over to tho second collection, snd, sat isfied with the accuracy of ber count. and aba was not quick st cola values, called tbo dug,, grnuped It by one or and ambled back toward tbe bouse with no concluding word. But she evi denced ber faith by locking Nicodeuiua In the bam, whereupon the venerable gentlemen descended. When the dog was released and shot off down tbo pasturo to renew tho sport tbo special bad gone. Ho sniffed at tho tree and, presumably tiring ovar tbo late adven ture Is his Imagination, barked la paroxysm of Joy. t , ThoOIdcrsliaw Mystery. Clover Lawyer Checkmates A Wall Laid Plot By CLARISSA MACKIB "Harlcy A Rogers, Attorneys and Counselors st Law." The gold lettered sign on the door gave no bint that tbe firm of young lawyers also engaged In tbe solving of myster ies, yet such was the esse. In tbe be ginning It had been a hobby to fill some of the too sbundant leisure of sn un known law firm; now they had become well known as specialists in unravel ing r ysterles of a delicate nature. The stenographer laid a card on Dick narley's desk. "Mr. Samuel Olderahaw," read Dick wonderingly. "I will eee him at once. Miss Brown," be said to tbe young woman. Presently a stobt man was ushered Into tbe presence of tbe young lawyer and "Immediately sank breathlessly Into a deep chair. . 'I'm In trouble, and I've come to you for assistance," bo said bluntly. "I understand that you undertake cases of a mysterious character." "Occasion ally such cases como our way, snd wo do not declino them," smiled Hsriey. "This Is a. very delicate matter and concerns a member of my household. bsvo an only daughter, Beryl," re- "TUTS IB THS PLACI WHXBX TBS O BUS WIUM H'iDDBM, 8AU MU. OXjDKBAHAW. sumed Mr. Olderahaw. "My daughter la engaged to be married to a young man wbo Is at present employed as my private secretary. "Gray Denlson Is a fine chap and as nearly worthy of Beryl as any man that I know, and my daughter la my rarest possession." His pale gray eyes glowed with feeling as he spoke, and Harley nodded underatandlngly. "Yet there disappeared from my prl vate museum on the top floor of my bouse my entire collection of rare gems. Tbo collection was priceless there Is not another like it tn tbe world. Gray Denlson bad charge of It No other person bad access to tho safe wherein It was secreted. No one else knew that the safe was there." "When did you discover your loss?" asked Harley. "Tbls morning. I was entertaining an English friend, Sir Morgan Tilbury, himself an ardent collector of gems. I went to tbe safe the caaes containing tho gems bsd disappeared. Denlson expressed bewilderment st ths dlscov ory declared that bo bad seen them the previous evening. That la all. Where are my gems?" asked Mr. Old erahaw bluntly. Harley pondered thoughtfully. "Tbe servants" be questioned. Olderahaw shook bis head Impa tiently. "Above suspicion. All of them bsvo served me for years." "What did Sir Morgan Tilbury say regarding your loaaT" "Of course be sympathised with my disappointment but his time was lim ited I bad sold blm a mummy which be bad long desired. I'm not especially keen on mummies, and I have a num ber, and be was more Interested in closing the transaction and making ar rangements to have the mummy re moved from tbe museum. Ho sails dsy sfter tomorrow." "Ton bavo known blm for a long timer "Off and on for a doseo years. He also is above suspicion. Suppose yon accompany mo homo and look over the ground." A half Door's swift ride brought them to tho residence of Samuel Oider shaw. An old negro butler admitted them, and, following Mr. Oldershaw's lead, Harley went up two flights of stairs to the museum, which was situated on the top floor of the bouse. Mr. Olderahaw produced a key and bnlocked great steel plated door. Dick Harley glanced around at the rich collection of pictures that graced tho softly tinted walls, at tho raro por celains behind glass doors and tbo thousand and one objeta d'art tbat Samuel Oldersbaw bad loved to gather about blm, , , Í4fí Where Is your safs, Mr. Older- lhawT" asked Harley. The millionaire smiled and crossed over to an ancient Jacobean cheat that stood against the south wall. He bent over It fumbled with tbe lock, and Im mediately tbe great piece of furniture swung away from the wall and dis closed an Iron door in the wait A key unlocked tbe outer door of the safe. and after he bad twisted tbe combina tion an Inner door opened, revealing shelves and drawers crowded wltb treasures. One compartment the entire width of tbe safe, waa empty. "Tbls Is tbo place where tbo gems were bidden." said Mr. Olderahaw, turning to tbe young lawyer. "They were removed from the tray, snd the tray or drawer waa concealed under the chest here." "How many times baa Sir Morgan Tilbury vk1ted the mueomi" Three times In the pust week the first time to renew bis acquaintance Kit nie. tbe second time to sound me regarding the purchase of the mummy and this morning to close the deal. He will send for the case this evening he Is anxious to have It boxed ard sent a board the ship." "Did you find Blr Morgan changedlo any way T' Samuel Olderahaw started and clap ped a band on hla knee. "That'a odd, Harleyl" he exclaimed. "I did find blm cbauged In an Indefi nable way that I can hardly explain. He scorned a bit older for one thing, but that was quite natural, as I bad not seen him for twelve years, bat be appeared to bo changed In other ways; hla manners were coarsened, and be was decidedly off on many things re lating to bis especial bobby. I laid It to drink bo certainly gave evidences of It as well ss to some mental affec tion. Surely he was not tho ssme courtly gentleman I bad knora In London." "Ia he a rich man 7" aaked Harley, "Tee, beyond dispute." "Please point out to me tbe mummy which Blr Morgan baa purchased," re quested Harley. Mr. Olderahaw led tho way to the northwest corner of tbo Mom where tbe largest mummy case stood, a gor geous mass of color against tbe mono tone of the wall. Mr. Oldersbaw lifted a tiny hasp, and tbe door swung wide open on well oiled binges. Inside was a smaller caae, which opened at the millionaire's touch and revealed the ahriveled form of a mummy. Hariey's keen eyes scanned the brown mommy wltb Ita stained wrap pings. Then be scribbled something Id his notebook. He tore oot tbe leaf and Inclosed It In an envelope. "rieaae bnve tbls cablegram sent at once." be said. "I'll wait bore antll the reply comes back." "But, my desr Harley, It may be hours "Never mind; I will wait Perhana you will send me up s bite to eat," suggested Harley. "It Is now 2 o'clock I should bare a reply before mid night." "Very good. Sir. Harley. Evidently you know your business," said Mr. Old ershaw reluctunt'.y. "If there Is any thing else I can do" nnrley whispered a few words In his ear, and the millionaire went out, look tng much daxed, but quite convinced tbat Harley waa handling the caae lu a highly satisfactory manner. Harley sat down and read pago after page of dry scientific reviews. Appar ently he read them, but never once did hla gaze wander long from tbe mummy case In tbe corner. At 6 o'clock tbe butler brought him a delicious dinner, which be ate under th white glare of the electric celling lights. Then more hours passed while bo waited. At 10 o'clock Mr. Olderahaw panted upstairs again. "Well, Harley," he said expectantly, "8lr Morgan's men have come to take away the mummy caso." "Where la 8ir Morgan r "They ssy ha will come In later." "Is be In tbe habit of nppeorlng aud denly before you or Is be announced In the usual way!" was Harley's star tllng question. "That'a odd," cried Olderahaw, rub bing bis hands nervously. "He called upon me yesterday, snd while Amos my butler, remembers admitting him he baa not the slightest recollection of let ting blm out altbougH Amos was tn the entrance hall all afternoon. And furthermore he does not remember ad mitting blm this morning snd even stow protects that he hasn't seen him depart I'm afraid Amos Is getting old." Hurley smiled and aaked another question, this time tn a low tone: "Have the special officers arrived?" "Outside tbe door." Mr. Oldersbaw pulled aside some top i estries, and at Harley's quiet signal six men glided like shadows Into the room and concealed themselves behind tbe tapestries. "Amos has orders to bring my cable when It comes?" asked Harley. "At once. Shall I let Blr Morgan'i men op now? I bavo no excuse for de taining them." "Yesand Mr. Oldersbaw," narley followed him to tho steel door and whispered, "do not bo surprised If yon suddenly discover tbst Sir Morgan Til bury la among us In tho museum." "What do you moan?" "Only that bo la concealed behind tbo mummy caso and has been since bis call yesterdsy afternoon. Ho will undoubtedly choose the proper moment and. mingle with his men, trusting to the confusion to convince yon tbst he baa Just arrived at tbe bouse." "My Ood, Harley, what do you moan to Insinuate?" asked Mr. Oldersbaw breathlessly. "Nothing mora than ah. hero are tbo moni" Harley stepped back Into the mofeam a sleador, dark eyed young Btrsnue Wills. Many are the eccentricities to which wills bavo borne testimony from timo to time. The Earl of rortarllngtoo left Instructions tbat be abould bo burled with all his rings on bis fingers. The late Earl of Orkney stipulated that he abould be taken to the ceme tery In an old fashioned beano, so that tbe coffin could not be seen and tbat no flowers should be placed on but grave. Ho also left word that his coronet would bo found by his nephew snd successor "in a cellar" of bio boose. A Vienna millionaire, who died re cently, left a sum of money with which to defray the cost of twelve months' electric lighting, not only of bis vault but. even of tho very coffin In which bo was buried. Leas particu lar wss the Frenchman wbo asked that his body abould be thrown Into the aea a mile from tbe English coast He waa. too, so disgusted with bis own country that he would neither bo burled tbre nor allow any of bis rela tives or fellow countrymen to benefit by bis death. Ho left the whole of bis money to the poor of London. Loudon Globe. The Ship's Ita. Tbe black rat Is the ship's rat and H t ra vein from country to country. Tho animal is found universally over the Monto Bello group of Islands, even on tho small outlying Islets which aro never visited, on which It occurs most abundantly. Its presence is attributed to a schooner which was wrecked some twelve years ago, Or it Is well known that this rat Is a good swimmer. It la curióos to find tbst this animal, which Is now so rare In Its native countries ae to bo looked upon as a great curios ity, should usually be one of the first species to populsto new lands where It is comparatively tree from competi tion. Driven from all civilized coun tries by tbo brown rat It has taken to tbo sea, being bettor adapted for a life on board ship than its otherwise victo rious rival. P. D. Montague In Geo graphical Journal. Curious Ball Play. A ball club In a regular game mado six bits In one inning, one of them a triple, and yet not a single run crossed the piste. Tbls terrific bombardment wltb freakish result wag pulled off In tbo first Inning of tho game. The first man to face tho pitcher smashed tbo ball to tho corner of tbe lot for a triple and was thrown out at the plato trying to stretch his hit into a homo run. The second batsman swatted a single and, like his predecessor, tried to make an extra base and was heav ed out at second. Tbe third batsman and the fourth and fifth also singled, filling tbe bases. Tbe slxtb man at tbe plate hit tbo ban between first and second base, and the runner who had been on first was hit by tbe betted ball, retiring tbe side without a rua coring. Chicago Tribune. Her Gsme Blocked. Tbe timid looking little woman on tbe car noticed that her purse was not In her bag. where she bad placed It Instead it was hanging from ber arm on a chain banging In full view where It would tempt the nimble fingers of tbe pickpockets assigned to that beat With great forethought ahe picked up the purse and started to put It in tho bag. But the purse didn't go In, be es use It was attached to the arm of the persimmony faced woman standing next to ber. Of course tbe woman with the bag stopped right there and dropped tbo stranger's purse. "Tou'd better let tbat alone," spoke up the persimmony faced woman. "I've been watching you ever since you got vu, and you needn't think I didn't seo what you were trying to do." Cleve land Plain Dealer. Fresh Air. There Is throughout tho civilized world an Increasing knowledge of tbo value of sunlight and of fresh air. Benjamin Franklin In 1754 wrote: "Physicians have discovered that fresh air Is beneficial to those wbo aro ilL Perhaps In 100 years they will find It does not hurt those who are well." It baa taken over tbe century prophesi ed by Franklin, but at. last boards of health, bureaus of charity, trustees of schools, commissions on housing. In telligent bodies In all phases of civic Ufe urge tbe need of securing sll pos sible sunlight and fresh air. Ex change. Musical Calamity. Mrs. Newriche I believe our next door neighbors on tbe right are as poor as church mice. Hiram. Mr. Newriche What makes you think so? Mrs. Newriche Why, they can't afford ono of them mechanical piano players; tho daughter Is taking lessons by band. Tuck. Celluloid Cement Celluloid articles can be mended wltb a cement made by dissolving bits of celluloid In acetone. It takes only a few minutes to make tbo cement which Is applied like glue, tho broken edges are presued together, and la fif teen minutes tbo cement Is bard. Whsn a Muls Bites. When a mole begins to bite It la a sure sign thst bo has rheumatism In bis bind legs and csn't use them. New Orleans Picayune. One Consolation, First Photographer You were re jected yesterday, weren't you? Second Ditto Yes, but I got a clear negativa. Col ambla Jester. Art thou anvil, bo patient; art thou hammer, strike bard. Gorman Prov erb. '