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THE EAGLE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1895.
ADVENTURES OF A BOTTLE. Oast Upon the Wi.tcra It Returned After Many Laya. In June, 1893, Lieut. II. T. Mayo, of the United States navy, in charge of the hydrographic office at Port Towns end, Wash., gave the captain of the Northern Pacific steamer Victoria a bottle which he asked him to drop into the sea when his ship was about half way across the Pacific on its voyage to China, so as to test the currents. The bottle, savs the Chicago Record, was securely corked and sealed and con tained a request printed in seven dif ferent languages, including Russian, Chinese and Japanese, that whoever found it should send it to the nearest custom house in the United States, with the date and the location when and where it was first seen. On July I, 18!)!!, when the vessel was in latitude forty-nine degrees thirty-two minutes north and longitude one hundred and scvcnly-íivo degrees and forty-two minutes west, Second Officer Dobson, of the Victoria, took the bottle and with a swing of his long arm cast it into the water. One morning a few weeks ago when Lieut. Mayo came down to his office he found on his desk a package wrapped in an ancient and much soiled German newspaper, which, to his surprise, was found to contain the wry bottle he sent on that queer errand abxit sixteen months before. ',''!ie janitor said the package had been 1 i t there by two rough-looking sailors. I 'pon drawing the cork the lieutenant i mud a rude inscription upon the back oí' h: carefully printed instructions ,!iiuh read: "Here's your bottle. Found (on such and stuh a date, In such and such lati tude and longitude). The next time y.m cast a bottle adrift please put something else in it besides a piece of paper." GRECIAN ENTERPRISE. A French gardener, being at Smyrna, noticed that the Greeks had olmoJ uo vegetables in their gardens toma. oos everywhere, and scarcely anything el.ij. "Why don't you raise other things'.'" he asked. "Asparagus, now. Your soil is just right. You would make a line thing of it. I will furnish you with seeds." "How soon should we get crops?" "In four years at the longest." "Four years! Are you crazy? Do you suppose we would spend money to get something buck in four years? We hould be bankrupt twenty times over." 10T MADE BY HUMAN HANDS. ,-i!tty 1 iiblu Itrgiiriltne a Drinking Cup of M.irvclcmt Workmanship. A drinking horn of marvelous work i.inship in one of the relies kept in the 'uirjli at Oldenburg, Germany, says io ITe-.v Voile Commercial Advertiser. u known throughout Europe as "the .,;r:i of Oldenburg," and has a most .o:ukrú'.l his'.ory. According to the .ory, the great Otho of Oldenburg war. jt iiunling, and, becoming exhausted i'rom thirst and fatigue, sank upon the earth with the exclamation: "Oh, God, would I had a cool drink!" The sound of his voice had scarcely died away among the trees of the forest when sud denly a beautiful maiden appeared be fore him bearing a richly-carved drink ing horn, filled to overflowing with cool, sparkling water. Otho was more captivated with the beauty of the horn than he was with that of his fair bene factress, and without even staying to say "Thanks." turned and ran at the top of his speed, carrying the vessel wiMi him. To save himself from the consequences of such a peculiar theft, Otho bestowed the horn upon the church, and to this day the story, as given above, is told by the guides, who display the relic to the gaze of curious visitors. MIXED MARRIAGES. CasM lu Which Matrimony Brought Aboitt Complications. The two following cases would be dif ficult to surpass. One was in England, the other in Australia. Some time r.(;o a marriage took place in Iiirminghan, which brought about a very compli cated state of family relations. The woman had been married three times before, and each time had taken for her husband a widower with children. Her fourth husband was a widower, and, as he had children by his first wife, who was herself a widow with children when he married her, the new ly married couple started their muU'. monial companionship with a family composed of the progeny of eight previous marriages. Another curious case was that of Dr. King, oí Adelaide, a widower, who married a Miss Norris. Shortly after the doctor's honeymoon the doctor's son married a sister of the doctor's wife. Then a brother of the doctor's wife married the doctor's daughter. In oth er words, the doctor's son became hi;; stepmother's brother-in-law, and the doctor's daughter became her step mother's sister-in-law. The doctor, by the marriage of his son to the sister of the doctor's wife, became father-in-law to his sister-in-law, and the doetor'u wife, by the marriage of her sister to her stepson, became stepmother-in-law to her own sister. By the marriage of the brother of the doctor's wife to the doctor's daughter, the doctor be came futher-in-law to his brothcr-i: law, and the doctor's wife became step-mother-in-law to her own brother. It i.i an unsolved problem as to what rela tionship the children of the contracting parties are to each other. EVERYBODY IS SUPERSTITIOUS. i'nlnt Argued by a I.oiilsv'.lle Sccond-Kiin ! Dealer Who lias Obicrvi'd. "I don't believe there is a man living who is without his pet superstition." remarked a second-hand furniture deal er, says the Louisville Courier-Jour:ia!. "We constantly have people whor,..!l us articles of household use, and eon.; in after a few weeks sometimes only days and try to buy them 'back again, with the explanation that they h::u 'had bad luck' ever since the sale v. :. ; made and never would have good l;u.!: again until the bargain was undone. One woman who had sold us her grand mother's clock fairly wept because i . was gone before she could buy it again, "The idea is not confined to unedi: catcd or ignorant people, by any mear.:.. At this very time I know a Louisville business man of great culture and re finement who is vigorously pursuing old wooden desk whicli he owned many years ago a desk on which he made an enormous amount of money by a few lucky strokes of his pen. The des!: passed from hand to hand and out of his possession; he is now earnestly en deavoring to trace it and purchase it. believing that recent business reverse.; ! and hard times will flee away if he can i only strctcli his legs once more under i that same old desk." Why the I rult of Athens Is Always Too Green to 1'mK It is the way of travelers to complain of the food they are obliged to eat in foreign countries. Whether it is an American in Europe, or a European in A i::ciLa, the result is much the same. We like the things to which we are ac customed. When Edmond About was in Greece, he carried matters so far as to object to eating green peaches. He vii:i in the bazaar at Athens, says the Youth's Companion. "Wouldn't it be possible to get some ripe peaches?" lie asked the vender. "I think not," answered the Athenian. "ISut pray tell mc why?" "We have no good roads. If the farmers should try to bring ripe fruit to market on mule-back, it would arrive in the shape of nuirninlude." "Itut at Corfu, also, the peaches wero green, and they have good roads, and bring the fruit to town in wagons." "All, well," said the man, "there is another reason. The fanners have no money, and they have creditors. They can't wait fo-.' fruit to get ripe." There, says About, you have a fair example of the state of Grecian agrij;:l- 1 i', Mirrors That Are Transparent. A great many devices are known for I the purpose of enabling people in a house to see what is going on in the street without opening their windows. A new invention of tins nature is re ported from Halberstadt, Germany, be ing a plan for so silvering glass that it reflects the image when looked at from one side, but when looked at from the other is as transparent as ordinary window glass. If this is glazed in a dwelling-room window anyone inside can see all the life of the street, while any passer-by looking in at the win dow will see but a mirror and nothing more. This avoids, therefore, the annoyance sometimes encountered in glazing either clear window glass or ground glass, in combining the special advantages of both. One object would bo that many people might stop to ad just their personal appearance at such mirrors. An innovation on reverse lines is that recently made in one of the Vanderbilt ball rooms, where the win dows by day become large mirrors by night through mechanical arrange ments, and thus add simply but won derfully to the brilliance of the scene.