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TMi; KAMA.: WF.UNKSMAY. .M'I.Y 2-' WORK OF THE MISSISSIPPI. Every Year the Father of Waters Carries Down a Square Mile of Land. The Mississippi has in the course of apes transported- from the mountains dents, then, rcso.v-.i IUjIi into .. imitation by the moderns in a net. medium of the technique of an old. i is certain that the an-iicnts could haw performed this feat if they had chosen. lUMIl , i H(I.. (; l,t ,,.,,.,1,1 1 ll-Uiuli ir and high land within its drainaire area . n - tn mn.iA' ,hnKJ ,lltpil , " 7"'" other points of reproduction and dis- square miles of new lan, by filing up 8Ulninationi the modern master seemH m esiuury which exicuucu jrum us . , , a-mater Wrv t.lmn the an- - -- - n ----- - j cient to make use of the new facilities. When such a master does take up the pen, he handles it to much grander ef fect than do its devotees. THE FEOPLI WL W N. original outfall to the Gulf of Mexico for a length of SOU miles, and in width from 30 to 40 miles. This river, says Longman's Magazine, is still pouring solid matter into the gulf, where- it is spread out in a fan-hue shape over a coast line of 150 miles, and is filling up at the rate of 302,000,000 tons a year, or six times as much soil as was removed in the construction of the Manchester ship canal, and sullieient to make a square mile of new land, allowing for it having to till up the gulf to a depth of, SO yards. Some idea of the vastness of this operation may be conceived when the fact is considered that some of this soil has to be transported more than 8,000 miles; and that if the whole of it had to be carried on boats at the lowest rate at which heavy material is carried on the inland waters of America, or, say, for one-tenth of a penny per ton per mile over an average of half the total distance, the cost would be no less a sum than 2:8.000.00() a year. Through the vast delta thus formed the river winds its way, twisting and turning by innumerable bends until it extends its length to nearly 1,200 miles, or more than double the point-to-point length of the delta, continually eroding the banks in one place and building up land in another, occasionally breaking its way across a narrow neck vhich lies between the two extremeties and filling up the old channel. BOY AND ROBIN. PEN AND INK DRAWING. Modern Imitation of the Ancients New Trocen. It is easy, of course, to understand how pen drawintr should have come to be so largely employed and elaborated. It is a matter of reproduction for illus tration. An etching" will not print with type, nor with a steel engraving. This, says the London Spectator, led in the early part of the century to the imita tion of steel engravings by wood en gravers, who did the business most skillfully with immense labor. The drawings for them were mostly made in pencil. Hut photographic process rendered the intervention of the wood engraver needless, if the artist made a pen drawing that would photograph and process well. A pure technical difficulty can be overcome by large numbers of craftsmen; large numbers, accordingly, have learned to make pen drawings to supplant wood engravings. But it should be noted that to do this is itself a kind of reproductive process. Few elaborate pen drawings are made without a studious foundation in some other material. The pen line must fre quently be traced or drawn over the pencil line, very much like the engrav er's tool. The point about the moderns and an- Friendship of tlie Two Iirought About by Cold Weather. During the extremely severe weather of February. 1305, myriads of birds perished from cold and starvation, both in Europe and the United States. In England this destruction was the more sorrowful, perhaps, as the country where the birds winter is more thickly ict'.led than with us, and there were inore to see their sufferings. Hut occa sionally the Hritish birds found friend ly shelter. 1 The London Times published, during the cold weather, this note from Ho dolph Walther, a boy of twelve years, who lives at Tunbridgc Wells: "I thought perhaps you would allow p. s.-'ioolboy to tell you how very tain t and fearless the cold and hunger hava made tli wild birds nround our house. "Of course we feed them with bread a:id all sorts of odds and ends, and the .'round is simply black with our hungry visitors. Even the suspicious rooks come quite close to the house for their share. "A little blue-tit passes its day in our basement, heedless of sleepy pussy bakiij; her.iclf before the stove "Moit of all I wish to tell you about r.iy strr.nTO bedroom companion, a little robin, which has taken up its residence in rv: bedroom: and though I leave the .-iivVrv open. li? never goes out except to ta';? s. short ly. We pass the night t.vfet'ier. and he makes his bed in one of my football boots. "Tin? other morning he woke me up by sinking on a chair at the side of my bi'd. I suppose he thought I ought to be at my lessons." Nut a CooJ Llcenen. It 3 not ahv.tv i eny to recognize the "gentlemen and ladies of sculpture." Mo wonder the old lady in the follow ing litory. takl-ii from the Evangelist, was s'ao'.v'.i.i'. l:i doubt: In the "monu ment rojri" of Tii.ii'.y church is a large initrble tablet put up in memory of the lute Hishop Ilobart. It is a bas-relief, representing the biyiiop as dying, and sinking into the anus of an allegorical female figure, probably intended for the angel of death. Years ago an aged couple from the country were shown about the church, nnd when they reached the tablet they paused lonrr before it. At last the dear old lady spoke. "That's a good likeness of the bishop." she said, "but" ncre she re garded the angelic personage attentive ly "it's a poor one of Mrs. Ilobart. 1 knew her well, and she didn't look lil.e that!" They Are Opposed br Powerful Influence but Will intimately Triiiinpii. The difference between the cause of American bimetallism and that of 1 1. ..i gold standard is clearly ill ns- a recent editorial in the At- anta Constitution by the nietiio.n which are employed In presenting hem before the country. T.ie causo if American bimetallism Is entirely n t ie han Is of the people. It has b ind it no purchased or purcha-ab lewspupers. It has behind It no con . liimtioii ol ban'icers, no money cliqiv, io gold r'ng, no horde of Shyloeks uml tom-y lenders. In every state, i! -i-riel and coi.nty it has been taken cp y the pi. ip'.e. In every case when he politician display doubt or Iu'm- -urn too cnisoof American bimetiiUi-.M wis been 1a!t;n outof their Ua.ii t- ' Mío plain and honest voters of u oimiry. Tims we see tlio movcm- i. :ilin simpo in the west and in 1 ) ontli, hnving behind it the patriot. j nu-pi.se of t'io people. On toe other han I, the movemen' '.i lehulf of tnu lh'itUh gold standar I l..s behind it evf.-y selfish interest that oends on the contraction of the p. pie's money supply and the enham ment of the purchasing power of t'-oi dollar. It has behind it all the weal ; o and power of the banks of this cop try; all the political influence tint money can buy; all the newspau. that can be influenced vit'.: money r patronage, and all the ousiness meo who are compelled to depend on t':o banks for accommodation. .It has be hind it all the power of Wall street, and all the secret influences that fl- out from that corrupt and reckless money center to all quarters of tlio re public. That, under all theso adverse Influ ences, the cause of American bimetal lism should display any vitality at ail would bo surprising under ordinary circumstances; but the fact that it luis developed a vitality that is moro tha.i extraordinary, shows that the peoplo arc at List arousing themselves to the necessity of rifcndlnr their dearest, r'ghts and interests. The people in all parts of the country are beginning t igitnte this great question with Iho I'ureo nnd fervor that they threw into the pol. (Seal ca nnai 'tis that took pl;i . o in the better days of tlio repuhlie th-i lays when tlio will of tho people re morded lit tho ballot box was regarde I is a thin r too sacred to bo tampered villi. And tho people will win this time as they have always won when mraved in defending their rights an I obert.ies. They will overthrow tlio H . gold standard even as they iverthrcw tho less intolerable politic; I conditions imposed on them by tho o.: yressivo and selfish policy of Urei t Kritiiin. They will win, and woo U ho time-serving politicians who stand In their way or strive to thwart them! Silvei mer are for sound money. They wont both gold and silver as pri mary money as It was before 1873. The gold men want to continue and ,i't up t ho single gold standard and tiier utvliilo every prWato contract von 1 1 b i inado payable in gol I oo'v.