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ALASKA GAME SUPPLY
FUR-BEARING ANIMALS RECK LESSLY KILLED. Deer Are Now Almost Extinct, Sea Otters Are Extremely Scarce, and Moose Are Vanishing with Great Rapidity. A I Ten years ago Alaska was a fur coun try beyond all else, with a trade annu ally In excess of $2,000,000. This year the fur crop, exclusive of the seals, will not ezceeu $500,000. In the Judgment 01 a prominent Chicago furrier, recent ly returned from a fourth trip of four months In that country, the slaughter of the fur-bearing animals, with the exception of the seals, is such as to make the life of the fur trade short Indeed. The sea otter, one of the most valuable of all animals, is practically extinct. Wolves have killed all the deer spared by the hunter or have driven them to the islands off the coast The moose are fast going, and only the seals are more numerous than they have been for years. But these are at the mercy of a United States monopoly and of the British- hunters, who come openly within three miles of the Ameri cau coast and kill seals in open water. Yet 200 American seal hunters sit idly on the coast, not daring to wo what the British and the North American Trading and Transportation Company are doing unhindered. Not only are the fur-bearing animals threatened, but it is said that the can neries are raiding the salmon supply of the country in such a way that Indians receiving only 5 cents apiece for salmon weighing above eight pounds are mak ing $15 to $20 a day at fishing. In the Columbia River country years ago the canneries worked havoc with this mag nificent game fish, throwing them out of the coast rivers by machinery, tak ing the big fish and leaving the smaller ones to rot in the sun. With the eight pound limit there are evidences that the slaughter already has begun when It Is said that one company for 1900 will pack 930,000 cases of salmon at Kodiak Island. "The seal fisheries are the greatest of the fur-bearing possibilities of this great country," says the Chlcagoan. "The impression has been given out that these animals are rapidly becom ing extinct. But it is not so. I have my own eyes as evidence in this state ment, and anywhere along the Alaskan coast natives and those long resident there will tell you that more seals have ben seen this season than ever before. "According to law the Alaskan In dian may kill seals for food, but In sell ing the skins be must make affidavit that the animals were killed for food purposes and he must not kill too many for that purpose, either. "The most valuable and most nearly extinct animal now in Alaska is the sea Oiier. Ten or fifteen years ago a hunt ing party could go out and kill perhaps twenty of these splendid animals in one hunt. Now the same party may go out and get one, or it may come back without any. Owing to the scarcity of the animals, too, the hunting of the few left la becoming more and more diffi cult A skin now brings from $200 to $500 to the Indian hunters, and in Lon don they sell for $350 to $1,200. Most of these skins are bought in London by the Russians. Hunting the Pea Otter. "At least eleven canoes, each holding a hunter, are necessary in the killing of sea otters. They can be hunted only when the water is glassy smooth, as their habits are such that they are in visible on a rippling surface. They are a strangely human sort of creature. The mother otter nurses her babe In her arms, and they sleep on their backs In the water. When frightened or sus picious they keep only their noses and eyes out of the water. "When the hunters start out each is armed with a rifle, and each man uses marked bullets, that may be identified after they are fired. When the nose of an otter is sighted the man finding it gives a signal to the nearest boatman, and in a few moments the little fleet is surrounding the creature. When the great circle is complete as may be the nose of the animal may be a thousand yards from the nearest marksman. A shot Is fired at the black spot on the water and it disappears. The animal is capable of diving 3,000 feet under water, and it may not come up for many minutes, but if the circle is well formed it is not likely to break the line. "The instant the nose appears again another shot or two- is sent after it. and the boats close In on the circle. Time and again it comes up, only to be frightened down again, each time for a shorter period. As it weakens and grows short of breath the otter raises' more and more of its head out of the water, until finally it is a good target for the hunters. As soon as It is in HUNTING SCENES IN ALASKA, WHERE GAME SUPPLY IS BEING RUINED. " range the Indians begin to take careful aim. Finally a lucky shot kills the creature, and the whole party lands. "The otter is skinned at once and the shots that may have struck it are fol lowed until the bullet is found. The rules of the hunt are that $10 from the skin shall go to the man who sighted it; $5 each shall go to the other nine men in the party, while the one whose marked bullet evidently killed the ani mal gets all the rest. There is seldom any disagreement in these parties, either. "Sometimes an otter killed on land nay have several bullet holes in his skin, but these holes are no damage to the fur, as the furrier closes them easi ly from the back. Ordinarily, now, when one hide has been secured, the whole party goes back to the trading post. The Indians are much shrewder traders now than they were once. They have need to be. They may take the hide to every dealer in the post and still be dissatisfied. In such a case they pick upon some squaw to take the pelt to another post maybe even to Daw son. They would not trust a man to do it, for he would be almost certain to get drunk. The squaws are almost universally honest and dependable, and the hunters count on every penny of returns save the necessary expense incurred. Sometimes the Indians make money by this; sometimes they don't. I offered a party of hunters $300 for a skin, but they refused to take it. They sent a woman with it to Dawson and there she got only $300 after spending $40 on steamer fares and incidental ex penses. She was the wife of the man who had killed it, and she was quite pleased with her trip and experience. "Near Cook's Inlet one finds the best hunting. There are moose, caribou, mountain sheep, and bears for big game. In addition there are millions of geese, ducks, brants, and water fowl of all description. Our party killed three moose, seven mountain sheep, and one caribou in the four months that we were there. We have brought back twelve moose skins and heads, seventeen mountain sheep, thirteen wolf skins, and the hides of sixty bears. The largest of these bear hides is more than nine feet long and is eight feet in width. It came from a grizzly. Some of these grizzlies reach a length of thir teen feet. Deer Have Become Extinct. "Deer In Alaska proper are now ex tinct, but the islands off the mainland are full of them. This is due to the fact that wolves will not take to water, while it is the deer's favorite method for escaping pursuit. A pack of wolves chases a deer to the sea and it swims out to an island. In this way the whole archipelago of the Alaskan peninsula is full of deer. "Once the moose and caribou were in great herds, but they have thinned greatly. After Sept. 1 the mountain sheep gather in bands and even yet as many as 300 may be found in a flock. The moose and caribou, however, are seldom more than twenty-five In a herd, and they are exceedingly shy and difficult to kill. - "The territory needs a good, practi cal game law that could be enforced. That enforcement would be difficult, however. Among the thousands of ad venturers In the territory there are many who kill game wantonly. The Indians, too, have no regard for the j preservation of species. "The fish supply of the country Is open to the onslaught of canners and packers. Something should be done to regulate this. A fisherman may go out, and in an hour, with only hook and line, catch fifteen halibut, some of them weighing 200 pounds. These big fish, of course have to be let go, as they cannot be taken into a boat. There are millions of codfish, herrings in myriads, and salmon In swarms, but at the present rate of canning the sup ply will be cut Into heavily in a few years. All other kinds of shell-fish save oysters abound in these Alaskan waters. It Is only a matter of time when Alaska will be supplying the United States with flsh. Just how long it supplies will depend upon how the sources of supply are treated by the fishermen. There are no reptiles of any kind In Alaska, not even turtles, lizards, or frogs. There are a few toads, however." BEGGAR ACTOR WON A COIN. Man Who Had Been with MeCnllongh Played Touching Role. "Madam, can you contribute toward the purchase of a breakfast for one who has been less fortunate than your self?" There was a ring of broken pride in the 'Voice that told of better days, and awakened Interest enough to stop a busy little woman hurrying down Mich igan avenue to her down-town business iu the early morning. The morning was very warm, yet the speaker was wrapped In a faded coat, half mantle and half ulster, which graced an at!' letic figure that once might have trod den the boards. To halt in her quick pace down town was something un usual for the woman, but the dissipated face, with the gray, shaggy head, ap pealed to her, and she asked wonder ingly: "What has caused you bad luck?" "It happened, madam," the man re sponded, "that the world went hard with me, among other things. I know all the stages in the descent of man, and, in fact, I know the stage Itself. Things were different when I played with McCullough in the 70's." He sighed as he leaned gracefully against one of the foundation pillars of the Calumet Club building, and let his eyes wander over the ruins of the burned church opposite. The woman was compelled to admire the beggar, whose figure was as ma jestic as McCullough's own, and who belonged, it was evident, to the same artistic profession. "But what brought you to this condi tion?" she asked, breaking in upon his abstraction as she saw a far-off look In his eyes that might have belonged to McCullough in Bloomingdale. "Oh, I found the current too swift for me. When I got Into It I couldn't get out. When a man gets to going down ward," he went on, addressing the charred walls, not the woman "when a man gets to going downward, noth ing can stop him unless it is a woman and and the woman died! I should have been a different man if it had not been for that. I left her in a grave back there in Donegal, and I went down with the current left her In a grave in Donegal," he continued, for getting his listeuer, forgetting his hun ger, as he drew his old cloak around his once proud form and walked away, and the soft morning breeze brought back the words, "a grave in Donegal." The woman called to him, but he did not heed her, and then she ran after him, and put a coin in his hand for the sake of a heart gone to dust in a grave in Donegal. When she had parted with her money she walked on, reflecting that it might be only a clever bit of acting, after all. "And," she finished aloud, "women are the most gullible creatures on earth." Chicago Inter Ocean. The Butterfly King. The London Express, in announcing the death of William Watklns, one of the foremost entomologists of the day, gives this interesting story of his life: Of Welsh extraction, he began col lecting butterflies when he was a schoolboy of nine. At that time there were fields in the vicinity of Peckbam, and the first butterfly Mr. WatkiM ever caught was the "peacock," From thenceforth he became an ardent en tomologist; he gradually went on col lecting moths, and eventually he made this the business of his life. His parents articled htm to some ship and insurance brokers, but while out with them he devoted all his leisure time to collecting. Indeed, it was no unusual occurrence for him to stay out until midnight in pursuit of the treas-. ures he coveted. Taking a dislike to the shipbroking business, and mani festing the Inevitable desire to "see life," he went to India, where he had plenty of scope for his love of ento mology. After a sojourn of six years In In dia, he returned to England, and was able to sell a large collection to Mr. Horniman, the well-known tea mer chant. . He then began business as a profes sional entomologist, and opened estab lishments in Piccadilly and in the Strand. In 18S1 be formed the Insect House In the Zoological Gardens. During the past ten years he resided at Eastbourne, where he carried on the breeding of butterflies of the most di verse specimens. His success earned for him the name of "The Butterfly King." Largest Room in the World. The largest room in the world, under one roof and unbroken by pillars, is at St. Petersburg. It is 020 feet long by 150 in breadth. By daylight it is used for military displays and a whole bat talion can completely maneuver In it. By night 20,000 wax tapers give It a beautiful appearance. The roof Is. a single arch of iron. A Japanese Auction. A Japanese auction Is a most solemn affair. The public do not call out their bids, but write their names, together with the amount they are willing to pay, on slips of paper and put them in a box. These are looked through, an the article awarded to the person wl has made the biggest offer. A Bad Situation. "Travel in the Swiss Alps is danger ous." "Yes, it is; I climbed all over the whole place once, and didn't meet ti man who could understand that I anted to borrow a dollar." SUPPOSE WE SMILE. HUMOROUS PARAGRAPHS FROM THE COMIC PAPERS. Pliaaant Incidents Occurring the World Over-Sayings that Are Cheer ful to Old or Yonng-Fnnny Selec tions that Everybody Will Enjoy. Mrs. Jiaison My dear, we must gdto i the seaside, and the mountains, and ! the springs. Mr. Jimson We are comfortable 1 enough here at home. Mrs. Jimson Yes, we are now, but I you men are so short-sighted! Just ! think how uncomfortable we will be ; when people come back and begin to jtell where they've been. New York Weekly. Ruin in Its Wake. Bighead War is a terrible curse, ra't it? Critic I should say so. I have notic d that every war adds a new dialect i our magazine literature. Lite No Good Be is There. Weary Willie Let's bunk in dat coal ! yard. j Tired Timothy What fer? Dat ain't a soft-coal firm. Mntual Recognition. "Bless my soul!" exclaimed the man with the iron gray beard, cordially ex tending his hand. "Ain't you the tow headed boy that used to worry the life out of me twenty-five years ago, back in old Chemung County, by climbing my orchard fence and stealing my ap ples?" "If you're the infernally mean and stingy old hunks who owned that or chard and used to set your dog on any boy who came within half a mile of it, I am," replied the younger man, grasp ing the proffered hand and shaking it heartily. Chicago Tribune. A Sure Thins. He Wasn't that you on the piazza last night? She No. "Then I wonder who In the world it was I kissed?" "You can probably tell by going there to-night at the same time." Life. He Knew Him. "I am a man with a history," begun the visitor; "and " "Yes; I know. You're selling it on j subscription- to only the best people. Don't want it. Good day." Philadel 1 phia Record. Would Change It Himself. "It's a woman's privilege to change her mind, you know," she said. "That's right," he replied brutally, "and I don't blame her a bit. If I had the average feminine mind I'd change It myself." Chicago Evening Post. Volumes implie.1. "It takes a woman to find the words i iu oaj lucau tuiugn uuuui uiiit'i wo men." "Yes, but she can make meaner slaps by not finding the words. For in stance, when she says: 'Of course, I don't exactly know anything about her, but ' "Philadelphia Press. Had Been Punished Enough. Judge You are. charged with break lug a lamp on your wife's head. Prisoner That lamp cost me $6, your honor. J udge Discharged. As Experience Had Tanght Her. Farmer B This 'ere paper says they ain't nothin' f'r an appetite like a long tramp. His Wife Land! they don't know what they're talkin' about. A short one c'n eat just ez much. Philadelphia Bulletin. Getting Full Value. "I paid an eminent artist $15 for a criticism of my painting." "What did he tell you?" "Said it was the worst he ever saw." Chicago Record. A Careful Guardian. Mistress I should like to know what business that policeman has in -my kitchen every night in the week? Pretty Servant Please, mum, I think he suspicions .'ae of neglect iu' me work er somthin'. New York Weekly. One Way. Husband I don't know how much of an allowance to give you next year. Wife You know how much you can afford, don't you? Husband Why, yes. Wife Then give me as much more as you can spare. Puck. Love Versus Housekeeping. Enraptured Lover And now, darling, why may we not be married at once? Charming but Practical Maiden Be fore the peach season is over? And have you putting indelible stains on all my fine new white table napkins with your long mustache? I guess not. We'll wait till November, Arthur. Chi cago Tribune. liack of Reciprocity. "How do you like your hew neigh bors, Mrs. Way?" "Not at all. She's awfully stingy. Why, she borrowed our tack hammer and a nutmeg early last wek, but when 1 went over yesterday to ask her to lend me S to pay on the rent she said she didn't have it to spare. Wasn't that small?" Philadelphia Bulletin. Didn't Worry Him a Bit. The Doctor Above all things, mad am, your husband mustn't worry. Per haps you'd better not show him my bill just now. "But I did, doctor, and it didn't make any difference. He said he knew he couldn't pay it anyway." Life. All He Learned. Census Man How old are you, mad am? She Why er let me see. Census Man If you can tell me when you were born I'll figure it out myself. She Yes, certainly! Why, I was born on a Sunday Philadelphia Press. Realism. lrtv fPnnch and Judy Show Going On)-Tom discover- j ed by his hostess papa in tears, Hostess' Papa Afraid, Tom? Cheer up, old man, they're only dolls Poor Frightened Tommy They won't be dolls when I dream about them to-night. Life. His Nerves All Right. "How are your nerves?" they asked the man who had applied for an auto mobile operator's license. "Oh, the best ever," was the prompt and fall into the chair, assisted by Me reply. "There's been nothing to dis- j Laughlin, Davis' guide in the creepy turb my nerves, you know. I've been ! science. McLaughlin telephoned to riding in automobiles, uot dodging j Davis that the youth was "gone" and them." Chicago Evening Post. Hot-Weather Foolishness. "The Indians out West are holding a green-corn .dance." dance I could understand Tit "-CUloaio dance 1 could undei stand it. -mcago "Yes; if it was a green-cucumber Record. Prompt Retaliation. "You had a lot of visitors last week, didn't you?" j held to his eyes did not cause him to i pease hlmself but let nim not njan.y "Yes, but when they went home we ; wlnk nor did a needle passed over the i ejtner a chiid or an old woman." Phil sent our three daughters back with 1 eyeballs bring any signs of feeling. He ! adeipnia inquirer. them." Chicago Record. Dante Never Saw It. Jinks I don't believe Dante's de scription of the Inferno is correct Winks Why not? Jinks Not one of the shades said to any other shade: "Is it hot enough for you?" New ork Weekly. The Conductor Keep your head in side or you'll get it knocked off. Mr. Gilhooly Me head'll never be knocked oft" by the loikes av yz, ye monkey face! New York World. The Way-Back Grudge. "I have always hated the Chinese." "What for?" "When I went to school I was kept in a whole week because I couldn't pronounce 'Yaug-tse-Kiang.' " Indian apolis Journal. Correct. "What was the trouble between you and Willie Jones, Tommy?" "Aw, I called 'Im a Boxer." "You shouldn't have done that. You know he Is nothing of the kind." "Aw, but he wuz. Look at me face!" He Felt Relieved. "I only play the piano a little for pas time," said the new boarder. "Thank heaven for that!" said the boarder with the most dyspepsia. "I was afraid you might play it for rag time." Indianapolis Press. A Little Shelf Worn. "Just look at these eggs, dear," ex claimed Mrs. Newly wed at the break- i fast table; "such a bargain! They were marked down from 21 cents to 14 cents." And then she wondered why j Mr. Newlywed didn't want any break fast. Philadelphia Record. Fixed for a Campaign. "Do you take an interest in politics, Mrs. Golightly?" "Oh, yes; I do wish my husband was running for something; our porch is just lovely this summer with all our new prairie-grass chairs, hammocks, matting, rugs and things." Indianap olis Journal. 1 his Restless Age of Progress. "Look heret! Yesterday, when I bought this cane from you, you guar- anteed that the head was genuine ivory! Now I flnd that it is imitation." "Is that possible? Well, I get all my goods direct from Ceylon, but, of A Misunderstanding. course, it is quite possible that the ele- ; which is formed of a support attached i tnree years, the horse works nearly ev phants there have taken to using false ! to the tongue of the machine, carrying j sry day see and noars well, and has an teeth." Floh. a whip socket with a gear wheel at the Ixceuen't appetite. 1 . rear, which meshes with a gear shaft j . Pugnacious Little Birds. extending in position for the driver to j Bold and Sleepy. In the island of Monora, one of the j turn it and operate the whip. The boldness of wolves and coyotes Philippines, the humming birds are j A handy adjustable bracket for use in the presence of man is well known, pugnacious little creatures. A hunting j on panters' easels has a sleeve to fit ; 'It is not uncommon," says the author party had a novel experience with j around the upright legs of the easel, j f "Adventures in Mexico," "for these them. One of the huntsmen wandered j witu an reshaped arm pivoted in each inimals to gnaw the straps of a saddle off from his comrades, but soon his sieeve to engage notches in the legs ! n which your head is reposing for screams were heard. Thousands of the j .uen in a lowered position, allowing x pillow." humming birds had attacked him and the sieeve to be raised or lowered ! One night, says Mr. Buxton, when en wounded him on hundreds of spots on w..pn not enirasine the notches. ! lamped on an atflueut of the Platte, a his race ana necK. wnen rescued ne was streaming with blood. King Humbert's Widow. Queen Margherita is not only ac quainted with all the languages of the continent, but Is familiar w.tb them and enjoys their literatures. She is not only clever, but the most beautiful of all the royalties, and rivals the Prin cess of Wales in youthful appearance. Her interests in life are many, and her actirity is wonderful. London Mail. A Porch Party. "Did you have a good talk with the DwSggses last night, daughter?" "Ko, ma, we didn't talk; the ''men quarreled about politics, and Clara and I abused the weather." Detroit Free Pr a, HYPNOTISM BY TELEPHONE Successful Long-Distance Experiment by a Honolulu Amateur. One of the queerest freaks of hypnot ic influence ever recorded ie reported from Honolulu, where, according to the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, a sub ject was. put to sleep by a hypnotist who was several- blocks away. J. E. Davis plays a typewriter in the office of the attorney general at Honolulu. He is an amateur musician and a prom inent member of the Triangle club, which is allied with the Young Men's Christian Association. He is an ardent student of hypnotism. One evening recently a number of per sons gathered in the New England bakery to see the telephone experiment A youth of 21 years who had been op erated on by Davis several times took the telephone receiver in his hand while Davis spoke to him from an instrument In the Judd building, several blocks dis tant. A card over the telephone in the bakery had written on it the name of Thomas Williams. As seen and beard from the Judd building the following was the procedure. Davis called to the subject who being well known here does not want his name mentioned to tke the card in his hand ' l ll 11 I., tlll 11,1 111 11 1 .11 'What is the name on the card?" he " " asJ";d' Then he said: "It's grow ing dim. The I 1.1 1 V . . ...... Hiam ! , u,u"cu- 1 l"cl" welL Your eyes are closing. You are getting sleepy. You want to sit down. i You are going fast. See, there you . are." Those in the bakery saw the subject i take the card in his hand, heard him I answer, the questions, and finally reel the Davis hastened in a hack to the : bakery. There he ordered the subject into the lanai, where there was more roovn for experiment. The young man I tottered along with one hand on Davis' arD1 and 8eemed g,ad l rit dWD When t t hi -I - His eyes were closed, but when com- manded to open them he did so slowly and stared vacantly ahead. A candle was like a man drugged. When told to hold out his arms perfectly stiff he oiieyed and kept them there for four minutes without evident fatigue. So when made to believe by Davis' per suasive language that he was at a hula he laughed and clapped his bands and He amMed t h . ; . , . , ,QtlQ -CBIOUVIU UUI uciug a giai.ui .... ..... . In his waking hours and shuffled his feet when told that he was listening to ragtime music. The most curious phenomenon of the experiment was in the startling differ ence between the pulses of the subject Before he submitted to the test the sub- i are received daily in the telephone ex Ject's pulse registered 74. After fif- changes of the country. The wire would teen minutes it was 96 Under the di rection of Davis and McLaughlin the left pulse went to 99 and at the same moment the right was 114. Bringing them lower the right was 112 when the left was 9L RECENT INVENTIONS. A Pennsylvanian has patented an Improved coal bag and unloading ar rangement, comprising a central sus taining member, surrounded by a bag, which has a gathering cord at the top the bags being suspended by the stems on a wooden support for filling from lue cuuie. Dustless roads can be rapidly made by a Califoruian's machine, which has a plurality of dust-stirring fingers, which are adjusted to stir up the earth in the road, a series of pipes extend ing at the rear of the fingers to sprin kle oil from a reservoir mounted oi the machine. Shoes can be quickly laced by the use of a new attachment, comprising a pair of slotted rigs carried by the edges of the upper, with beaded studs set in the slots to slide freely, with a lacing attached to the studs to draw the edges of the upper together as the studs are raised. An improved automatic safety lock for elevators is formed of two triangu lar blocks -pivoted on top of the car, and held in a folded position by the cable, the breaking of the latter throw- ing the blocks out and operating two links, which catch in the sides of the well and support the car. In New York a man has patented a collar button which will save trouble in fastening a stiff collar, the shank of the button being telescopic, with an internal spring which prevents the shank extending too far out and also locks it in a contracted position after the collar Is fastened. A handy tablet for telephones has been patented by an Ohio man. com prising a reel suspended in two brack ets at the edge of the battery box, a roll of paper being placed on the reel and held smooth across the top for , , ,..,. ,i .,,!,. . sever the sheet after use sever tue sueet arter use. Mowing and reaping machines can be provided with a new whip holder, Runaway horses can be brought un- der control by a new dashboard attach - ment. which has a base bolted to the dashboard, with a lip pivoted to clamp to rein against the base when pulled from the front, a backward pull releas ing it for tightening the reins when a new hold Is taken by the driver. W . . " . . i . Mrs. Wat.on-i broke one of those eggs you sold me into a cup, and tbc 1.11.. f .,-ii ..- oil ircniin Willie JI. 1 1 " " urocer-er.uiy uiuo,. . r.sul mum. Those eggs is laid by grass-fed hens. Bomerville Journal. . Marie Bashkirtseff. Another batch of Marie Bashklrtsefrf private thoughts are to be published. WHEN TO MARRY. Depends Upon People, Time, Kind, Taste and Circumstances. At what ag; should a man marry? That denends upon the man. Some men are more fitted for the responsibilities of matrimony at 25 than others are at 85, said a man in discussing this im portant subject recently. If marriage, however, be postponed after that last figure a man is likely to get into what may be called the habit of celibacy, from which as from other bad habits, it is hard to break away. In this tiablt of celibacy he will continue till he is about sixty years of age, when a great desire will come over him to try what matrimony is like just before he dies, , flnd he wfl, propose right and left to everything In petticoats, until at last he is picked up, not for himself, but for his money or for his position, or be cause some one Is tired of being called "Miss" and wants the novel sensation of writing "Mrs." before her name. An old man told a friend that he wanted to marry before he died if only to have some one to close his eyes. "Perhaps," suggested the friend, "you will get some one who will open them." It Is not natural for a young girl to wish to marry an old man. A father said to his daughter, "Now, when it Is time for you to marry I won't allow you to tnrow yourself away on one of the j frivolous young fellows I see around. I 8haU geIect for you a staid senslblei middle-aged man. What do you say to one of about 50 years of age?" "Well, father," replied the girl, "if It is Just the same to you, I should prefer two of twenty-five." Perhaps the best advice one could give a young man in this matter is to say: "Wait until you cannot wait any longer." Wait, that is to say, until she that not impossible she comes with smiles so sweet and manners so gra- ; cioug .hat yo cannot wait any ,onger ; tnen marry! and may you De nappy ever ; after, As to tue age at wnien women j 8honld marrv. i am flfraid of burnlne I W Angers with that question. All I I j ...... M snail say is mat lr some women are ! not wortn looklng at after rhirty years ' nf th ... mnnv j worth-nPkin- tn hPfnre it. Let a man There are 20,000 different kinds of butterflies. A statistician of small things figures It out that the posterity of one English sparrow amounts in ten years to some thing like 276,000,000,000 birds. There are 1,200,000 miles of copper wire used In the telephone service in the United States, and 4.000,000 calls girdle the earth at the equator forty eight times, or reach from the earth to the moon five times. Although Queen Victoria does not per mit smoking in her Immediate neighbor hood, yet she keeps on hand a stock of the most superb cigars for her guests, and the consumption thereof is about three thousand a year. They are spe cially made for her majesty, of the most carefully collected tobacco leaves, and when finished are hermetically sealed in glass tubes in order to guard against deterioration, connoisseurs in- g ,g by a i chang(? of cUmite, A new lightship of novel design Is soon to be moored in the stormy waters of the dreaded Diamond Shoals off Cape Hatteras. It has been found Impossible to place a lighthouse there, and the lightships moored on the spot have, one after another, beeu torn from their fastenings. The new ship is to bo propelled by steam, and furnished with electric flashlights tc be displayed from her masts, fifty feet above water. She will be anchored on the shoals with strong tackles, and in case she Is. torn loose by a gale, can take care of her self with the aid of her powerful en sjine. The ingenuity of architects and build srs is sometimes severely taxed to pro vide for the comfort of the dwellers In lofty apartment houses. In New York City plans have been filed for a gigan tic building of this kind to stand on Fifth avenue, and to be connected with a well-known restaurant across the street by a tunnel, finely fitted up and j lighted, whereby the occupants of the j apartment house can go out to their j meals in all kinds of weather without the necessity of putting on hats. The only drawback appears to bo that they ; are limited in their choice of a restau- rant. William W. Evans of Deal's Island. Delaware, has a horse which has proved a remarkable investment and has over ridden the Ideas and records of the aver age useful life of horses. Twenty-seven years ago Mr. Evans purchased the horse from Scott Covington, who guar- . a . .1.,., .;,, .!... . ii 1 ..... .1 ttLU'fU UL umi lllilC "HU UK ......II... 1 1 slx years old- Mr EvaDS prVed t0 be master, and the horse returned : tne kind treatment by retaining its full i ...,:. nnd nercv and now. at tblrtv- Heavy snow-storm railing at tue time, , ' lay down blanket, after hist taping on the fire a vast pile of wood Durn ruu,- In the middle of the night I was awakened by the excessive cold, and turning toward the fire, which was burning bright, what was my astonish ment to see a large gray wolf sitting i i i,..Cn..ii It hie filnuo.l nml u uifii y ...... hoori noddine in sheer drowsiness. " for some moments .JJ-JJ dlsturblng him, and then i " iiu"". " closed my eyes and went to sleep, leav- quiet enjoyment of the "h j blBZe- . . Some Areas. j England consists of 37,000,0000 acres. Scotland 19,500,000, and Ireland 20,- 500,000.