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-
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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
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
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
The point about the moderns and an-
Friendship of tlie Two Iirought About by
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
"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
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!
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.
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