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"The day died out in dreariness and dread,
Grim shadows oropt through hall and corridor,
While fading fire-light lurid flickering shed
Athwart the panelled walls and oaken
' "Around tho cheerless hearth the children
Pale, patient, brooding o'er the dreaded
(Like half-fledged birds forsaken in the
Too cowed fo weep, too dulled with gloom
"Upon the wall the treasured portrait hung,
That well-rememhered smile forever gone.
That pure white ncck round which their
arms htul cIuiik,
Those lipB once warm with kiss and beni- \
* *'At every fancied footfall, white with fear,
The children started, trembled, glanoed
Gazed in each others' eyes and seemed to
The stranger's voice in every passing
- .nyw win nno come ( wun irown, or baielul
Yet fearfuler, to greet the shrinking
How look, how spcal< ? Why tarries she,
Thu^ wantonly their torture to prolong ?
" "At last she comes. Huah, hush, unwclcome
Usurper of dead rites and dearest tks !
Ah, no ! false ft-ars; It is a vision blest?
Au angel stands before tlioir glistening
' "With men n smile ns mild Madonnas wear, i
Oh ! such a look?so gracious and acrmeek ! ;
The twilight glimmering round her golden ;
And tears of tender pily on her cheek."
: LITTLE BILL'S WOKK.
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.untie I5iii nuci Knocked off work early;
not bccause he was lazy; oh dear no,
*there never was such another industrious
little chap as Bill; but the day had been
a fortunate one, he had sold off all his
stock in trade (Bill was in the lucifer
t-match line) and was returning home with
?evenpence clear profit in his pocket; n
wonder he felt happy; no wonder his'
"little dirty hand was thrust into his
pocket, jingling the coppers pleasantly.
He made a call at a cook shop and
'bought quite a lo^ of vituals with fourpence
(it's wonderful what you can do
if you only know how to <jo to market),
next he stepped into a baker's and purchased
a half a loaf, then left the shop
and ran as fast as his thin legs would
carry him, never once picking a piece
from the bread, which he cuddled under
Little Bill would not have been a
pretty boy even had he been clean,
which he decidedly was not; his eyes
were small and sharp, his nose Hat, his
mouth large, and his general appearance
starved; probably he thought that dirt
kept him warm, for it covered him more
effectually than did his garments, which
had large ventilation holes here and
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I \uvic, ?uu uu cviuuuLiy muuc no enort
to remove it.
I Little Bill lived in a court oil Fleet
| street; I shall not commit myself by say
ing which court, suffice it that 'twas
the most narrow and dirty; probably
had you asked Bill he would have said
it was a very good court indeed, there
was always plenty going on, innumerable
small publishers brought out their
penny papers the c, which brought hun v
dreds of men into the court many times
week, and Bill had almost as much as
; . he could do to give proper attention to
the pictures which were posted up outside
the offices; then there was often an
V . exciting row, which ended in a fight
^ and the police; but best of all, now and
again two men came with a harp and
clarionette and played sv eet music
which almost made Bill cry, while the
other children danced.
How old Bill was I cannot sajT, seemingly
the school board officers had no
control over him, so probably he was
pa^t the age hen children are obliged
to learn; however I do not know, only
I should be sorry to seoany one I loved
"with such an old careworn face at forty
as little Bill had when [ knew him.
Little Bill reached the court, and.
"Without waiting to look at any of the
new pictures which were temptingly displayed,
aped away to its darkest corner
and entered the dirtiest house; he staid
a moment at the foot of the stairs, while
a fit of coughing shook his thin, emu^
<;iatcd frame, then he began mounting
the dark staircase till he reached the
, very top of the house; arrived there he
^turned the handle of a door und found
, "Is that you, Billy?" said a childish!
S&, vojee. *
"Is 'at 'ou, Billy?" said a more child's,;
x 3Lsh echo.
.: > 44Yes, why's the door locked? Ask
father to open it."
I''Father's gone out; he took the key
xlown with him and said Mrs. Green
"would give it to you when you came
liome," said the voice which had first
I 44 When 'ou torn' 'ome." came the echo.
Bill did not speak again, but he put
down his provisions and retraced his
Ioiujia no i|uitMj tta [juaatuic. ivirs. urecn
^occupied the first floor back. Bill look?d
into her room *, she was certainly not
Probably he knew from previous experience
where to find her, for without
a moment's pause he went down the remaining
stairs, ran out of the court, and
I entfireri tho nnhli/> linr ?f ? miKlin Knuoo
? , ? mwuwv
which stands at tho corner of Fetter
A number of men and women were
standing there drinking, talking And
laughing loudly, but pleasantly. Bill
went up to a great stout woman and
touched her arm.
"Please, Mrs. Green," ho said, "will
you give me the key of our room?"
Mrs. Green startled and turned round.
"Bless us and save us, if it ain't little
Bill," she said; "Why, child, how did
you know where to find me?"
"I guessed you'd be here," answered
Bill; then, as the rest of the company
laughed, bo added quickly " 'cause I
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know as you like pleasant company."
"Well, here's thekey,"sho said drawing
it from her pocket, "blest if I
hadn't clean forgot it; have a sip of this,
Bill." She held a glass of steaming gin
and water toward him as the spoke; if
possible his tacc grew paler than before,
and he turned away.
"No. thank you, Mrs. Green."
"Nonsense, Bill; it'll warm you.*
He looked up into her face.
"I'd rather take a knife," he said,
"and kill myself, than touch a drop of
that?than learn to like it."
lie turned away as he spoke, and left
"Father has blue devils," said Mrs.
Green, as though in apology for little
Bill, as she tipped off her beverage, awful
sometimes; can hear him yelling
frightful; Hill minds him and the other
children more like an angel than a human."
"Where's the mother?" asked a man.
"Lord knows; went off two years ago;
l?it, bless you, she had them almost as
bad at times."
Bill soon rcached home again, unlocked
the door, let himself in, and was
received with every mark of alTection by
a small boy and a smaller girl, both
usually as tuny as minseii.
"I've got you such a prime supper,"
lie said, taking the newspaper cover
from the vituals which he had bought
at the cook shop, 4,vou must eat it fast,
and then go to bed in case father comes
home; he don't like to find you up."
He gave the children each a portion
of meat and bread, then sat watching
"Ain't you going to eat nothing?"
asked Bill's little brother, looking at
him in great surprise.
'Not yet; don't feel hungry," and
again the crucl cough shook him.
Supper over, the children went to a
mattress at the further end of the room,
and laid themselves down. Bill pulled
the dirty coverings over tliem, kissed
both their grimmv faces, then wished
them good night, "and if father wakes
you when he comes in," he added,
vnn 1 of lnm I'maiv U ^
For a time the children were restless,
but at length they sank to sleep, their
dirty arms folded around each other,
their dirty cheeks pressed together.
Little Bill sat wq telling them for a time
then rose, drank some water from out a J
broken pitcher, and set out the remaind- '
er of the food.
"Father may like it when he comes
in," he thought, then went back to
watch the children.
After a time he heard a step upon the !
stairs, a heavy stumbling step, but he i
did not move, and when a man ioiled |
rather than walked into the room, he :
just lifted his eyes and looked at him !
quietly, keenly; then rose, crossed the i
room and gently drew the man to a;
"Head bad, father?" he asked.
"Deuced bad," the man answered
short 1 v
Something was evidently the matter j
with little Bill's father, ague perhaps, j
for lin shook all over, only his head and ;
hands jerked themselves more than the j
rest of his body, and now and then his j
arms shot out spasmodically; his face;
was gray, and great beads of pcrspira- j
tion lolled down it; his eyes wandered i
round the room, as though seeking for I
"I'll just put a bandage on y'ead,"
said Billy quietly: "there ain't nothing
like it. What arc you looking at,
The man had risen and stood gazing
in horror at the lloor. Bill made him
sit down, and hastily bound a dripping
rag round his head.
"Is it rats, father?" he asked.
The man shivered more than ever.
"Yes, look, they're coming on to me."
He gave a great scream, and would
have leapt up, but the child's hands restrained
"There is many, father, "he said quite
quietly and naturally; "but, bless you,
they won't hurt; sec, they are quite as
close to me as they is to you."
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wonder was it did not drop off; and ho
glared up into the -boy's lace.
"There was sich strange things about
to-night. Bill," he whispered, lions and
tigers?and all after me."
Bill expressed no surprise, but thought
"That's very like," he said at last, "I
did hear as a menagerie had got loose;
did you rtrn, father?"
"And snakes," said the man, not
heeding the question.
"Ah, to be sure, there would be
Bnakes," then following the man's eyes
which opened wider and wider till they
almost seemed as though they would
drop out, "you don't happen to see any
of them now, do you, father?"
He pressed his hand more tightly
down upon the man's shoulder, and wetted
the'rag once more.
"There's millions," the man answered, I
"all a-comiug this way; let me go."
He wrenched his collar from the
child's hands, but he caught him liy the
"Father,"' he said, "dear, dear father,
stop a bit; they wont hurt you, they're?
they're tame snakes, and I want to tell
you what I think brings them here."
The man sat down again, his eyes
riveted toward the father end of the
room: tha child couched till he almost
shook himself to pieces, then leaned
heavily against his father.
"It's kind of you to stay and listen to
me, father,5' he said at last, "because of
course it ain't nice to have rats and
snakes, and?and sich like a crawling
about the room if it can be helped, and
I think it can, for I believe father, it's
the drink that brings them."
"What!" yelled the man, "d'you
mean to insinuate that 1 takes too much;
that they ain't there really; that I only
Rl'PS in mu mitul unn?'
"No, no, father," said the boy, gently
interrupting him; "why, don't I see
them as plain as anything, all a-running
and a-crawling over each other?"
"But they're gone now," 'said the
"Of course they is; you frightened
thein when you leaped up and yelled.
They can't abide noise, but Lord knows
how soon they'll bo back again. Why,
I do l>e]ievo," watching the man's eyes,
"that they're a-coming now. Let me
bathe your head again, father."
Once more the dripping cloth was
bound ar.'.und the man's brow, once
more the child was shaken with his
cough. "As I was a-saying, father,"
the boy continued, "I think it's th?
drink, the smell of it, as draws them;
I've heard that snakes and rata and
them sorts are uncommon partial to
spirits, and you see, father, there's generally
a little smell of it about you,
though it's but one glass you've took."
Again the man looked strangely into
the child's face.
"Partial to spirits, are they! "Where
did you hear that?
"Well, I can't exactly sayt father;
but I've heard that in India and France,
and?and Iceland, where sich things
live, and bite, father, for they're not
quiet and harmless like they is here,
that they fill tanks with spirits over
night, and in the morninc? there's hun
dreds lying about as drunk as can be,
a-singing and?I mean a-hissing and
a-biting of each other like winkie; then
the people sweeps them up, and burns
them; so I thought father, that, if that
was the case there, may be you. though
you ain't to say strong of spirits, yet do
smell a little, might draw them varmints
here, for they don't come when
me and the little ones is alone; and
p'raps, father, if you just took a beer
fox a time, they might go away far
enough not to be drawn by the smell,
if you did have a glass of spirits, now
Once more the child stopped to cough,
again dipped the rag in water and laid
it on the man's head.
"Try and oat a bit, father," he said,
and silently the man turned to the vituals,
then, uttering a mighty scream,
flung the boy from him and rushed out
of the room.
Bill fell, but was on his feet in a moment.
and after his father; the two
children sat up in bed, but he had no
time to notice them; down the stairs he
went, through the court, along Fleet
street, up the Strand, on, on keeping
his father stiil in sight till they came to
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man stopped, then dashed toward one
of the fountain ponds and sprang in;
quick as thought Bill followed, ancl they
beat about in the water together, the
child pulling at the man, drawing him
toward the edge, and at length they
"How did it happen?" said the man,
sobered up at last. Bill coughed again
"Why," he said, quite calmly and naturally
"we was running a race, and you
fell into this 'ere water, and like a silly
fool I couldn't stop myself and fell in
after. Let's go home, father."
Little Bill was ill, in fact had been
ill for some time, but no one had noticed
it; the other lodgers thought his cough
a nuisance, as it often awoke them at
night, but it never tntercd their heads
that there was anything the matter with
little Bill's lungs. However, some days
after his ducking in the fountain pond
in Trafalgar square little Bill found, to
his utter amazement, one morning that
it was impossible to move from his mattress;
it had been a trouble often, but at
last he really could not get up.
"Sid," he said, giving his brother a
push, Sid, ain't itqueer; I can't jjet up?"
Sid awoke from his slumbers slowly
and rubbed his eves
"Can't get up. Hilly,'* he said, "why
"Well, I don't know; it's mighty
queer, but it's because I can't, I suppose.
I feel so strange, and faint like, that
you'll best wake father, perhaps."
"Father, strange to say, had stuck to
beer for the last two or three days, and
come home each night only moderately,
almost respectably, drunk; consequently
the snakes and rats, not attracted by
the spirit smell, had not put in an appearance.
Sid ran to his father's bed
and shootf him.
"Father," he said, "father, Billy
can't get up."
Father opened his eyes.
"What?" he said.
"Billy can't get up."
"Why can't he?"
^ "He don't know, but he can't '
Father rolled out ot bed, and across
to the children's mattress.
"Why can't you get up, Bill, my
boy?" he said.
"I don't know, father; but I feel so
weak and strange."
He coughed violently as he spoke,
and then a crimson stream flowed from
his mouth, and over the dirty coverings;
father's face turned very white, and he
raised the boy's head.
"Run, Sid," he suid, "run for a doc*w."
Sid paused a moment in horror, then
left the room, fell rather than walked
down the stairs, scampered through the
court, on as fast a? his little legs could
carry him; he had no idea where to find
a doctor, and probably would have run
on forever, or at least till he dropped
had a policeman not stopped him.
"Whereare you going, boy?" lie said.
Sid looked up, and in bis agitation
did not r.otice the man's uniform.
"Oh please, sir," he said, "are you a
"No, my boy; d'you want one?"
"Oh yes. sir, please, sir, Hill's cut his
mouth without a knife, and its bleeding
The policeman took the boy's hand,
and hurried him along till he caine to a
chemist's shop; it was early in the morning
and the shutters had not yet been
taken down, so the policeman rang the
In a few moments one of the upper
windows was raised, and a head came
"Wanted, sir," said the policeman.
The window was shut, and in a few
moments the door of the shop was unfastened.
"Where fro?" said tho policeman,
speaking to Sid. N
"Oh please, sir, I'll show you."
He ran on in front of them, and they
followed quickly; at length they reached
the court; Sid rushed into the house,
up the stairs and soon the doctor and
policeman stood at little Bill's mattress.
* 'Father" moved away, and the doc-^
tor knelt, took the thin hand in his,
felt the puise, lifted the boy's head,
looked into the white face, then shook
his head sadly. *
'Nothing c?n save him," he said.
"Father" threw himself down by
"Little Bill," he said, "little Bill."
Bill opened his eyes, the blood had
ceased to flow, and only the dark stain
showed what had happened. Poor lit'
0)'' v,-r'. Mk* ^ ^ .
tie Bill, he had never had much blood
in his week, thin body; it could not
long supply such a stream.'
"You don't see no rats, father," he
"No, Bill, my child?my darling."
"Nor snakes, father?" .
"Nor?nor nothing, father?"
"Nothiug, Bill?but you."
"It's all along of beer," said the child
faintly; "they don't smell nothing now.
But father, dear, dear father?promise
me you won't go back to the spirits;
Sid can't see as I see, and you have to
look at them alone, for I'm?going."
he paused a moment, nnd his eyes half
closed, then he opened them again and
"The little ones would be frightened
if they saw them, father," he mi id,
"stinging ones might come in time, and
' kill you all; so promise me, father, that
vou'll not go back to spirits; promise
Round little Bill "father's" arms were
clasped, and he drew him close, close
to his side.
"I promise," he said, "and I will keep
my word, so help me God."
A smile tlitted across the child's face,
his eyes closed slowly, till his lashes
rested upon his white cheeks, one sigh
broke from his lips, then all was still.
For a moment his father looked at
j him silentlv, then cried aloud:
"Little Hill, little Hill, speak to me."
But little Hill's work was done, and
I"God had taken him.? Tinsley's Maya'
His Mama-ln-Luw Tells About It.
I do not know where he had been
"spending the evening" as he calls it,
my dear, but I know that the evening
had waned into three o'clock in the
morning whcn-I heard him fall over the
rocking chair I left' in the hall for him,
and if it should please heaven to send
me grandchildren, 1 humbly trust they
may all be born deaf?no, don't say
"oh, ma!"?rather than have them even
hear the language that man used,
coupled with the name of your own
mother. He left the hall door wide
open, and in the white moonlight I
j watched him stand on his hat to reach
j the shadow of the figure 7 on the tran:
som, blackly outlined on the white wall,
; upon which he vainly endeavored to
i hanir his ovrrcrint. Affi?r spvnrnl fnil
ures lie laid the coat carefully on the
floor, and after fumbling in every pocket
in his clothes he found some matches,
and then held tip his foot and scratched
them against the wall, under the impression,
I have no doubt, that lie was
rubbing them on the sole of his boot.
He tried with match after match, to
J light one of the brass pegs in the hat
; rack, making the most shocking aud
absurd comments at ever}* failure. I
could hear it no longer. I called out:
"Henry, if you will cease disfiguring
the wall ana the hat rack, and come
here, I will find a light for you.'' That
man?he turned in the most idiotic way
to the hall door, and, after staring out
at the moonlight in a dazed way, said:
"Oh, ye/, yez-zi-see; got parlor all
lighted up, ain't you? Whnz goin non?
S'prise party?" Then I went down
stairs and led him up to bed. No, my
tlcnr, I am not going to scold him. No;
when he comes down stairs I am not
going to say a harsh word to him. I
shall not say anything to him. I shall |
merely look at him.
[P. S. - She looked at him.]
The Lime-Kiln Club.
"Myfrens," said Brother Gardner ai
he opened the meeting and nodded tc
Samuel Shin to shove another herring
box into the stove, 4,I trust dat each an'
ebery one of you may take a deep interest
in astronomy, but de man who sots
on de fence in de day time lookin' fur de
ebenin' sta' am gwine to be hungry in
summer an' cold in winter.
"A speerit of philosophy am to be in-'
couraged in all, but de man who sots
down to cold 'taters an' codfish, an' reasons
dat it was to be, an' darefore is,
can't borry any money of me.
"De study of Natur' am to be commended,
but doau' git so enthusiastic |
obcr it dat you avn willin' to gee de
children go bar'fnt in January for de
sake of studyin' dcir heels an' toes.
I.T? 1- - A ?-l e
ruruucucsmuyoi political economy,
if you will, but doan' make de diskivcry
dat de hull subjeck resolves itself into
8cllin' your wote fur de wery highest
"De science of anatomy may well interest
ebery one of you, but doan' stop
short in your studies at de diskivery dat
an aivernge healthy man kin hold down
a hard-bottom cheer fur six straight '
hours widout seriously affectin' his constitution.
"Seek to master de science of mechanism,
an' doan' cmagin dat you hev got
de -hull bizness in your pocket as soon as
you hev demonstrated to de ole woman
dat a dull ax am better dan a sharp one
to split wood wid.
"Brudder Shin will please light two j
more lampg, stuff an ole hat into dat
bioken pane in de alley winder, an1 we
will purceed to bizness."?Detroit Fret
Farmer Schwab's Cieflulity.
Christian Schwab is a rich Dutch
farmer who lives in Saville township,
Pa. He believes in fortune tellers and
charms. A few days ago a party of
gypsies came through the township.
tscnwau nad his fortune tola by one of
them. He was told that if he could
place $25 at the foot of a white ash tree
that forked east and west within nine
paces of a running stream, and leave
the money thero over night, he would
find it doubled the next day. There
was jus!; such a tiee on Schwab's farm.
He placed 25 at the foot of the tree,
and next morning found $50 there.
He visiied the gj'psy again, and
wanted to know if the money transaction
could be repeated. The gypsy
read the cards and informed Schwab
that it could be repeated, and that he
had better place all the money he could
raise at the foot of the tree and make
all he could, for it would be doubled.
Schwab placed $700 as directed. The
next day he went to gather the money.
The $700 were gone. Schwab hurried
to consult the gypsy. She was gone
too. and the gailiblo farmer is still
looking for her.
THE MYSTERIES OF A DAY.
NTKANGE, CURIOUS AND KTAIITMNO
TUINU8 OCCUR KINO AIIOUT US.
Crime* In Ir ?liitnl?l)cn<l in ilio Mnuw Kliilr
| ?An IliHiirjinri? Cuno?Time* in Alnska
-Th? Itmiktsr'H. Wutch, Etc., ICtc.
Loici) Tollemache, wlio has just
completed his eightieth year, is said to
be the model English landlord. lie
possesses about 40,000 acres of land in
Cheshire, and during the whole of the
agricultural depression from 1877 to
1885, lie had neither a vacant farm nor
a tenant in arrears. Ilis estate in Cheshire
has, during his lifetime, been cut up
into farms averaging about 200 acres in
extent, his lordship considering that a
thrifty farmer with sons and daughters
could do excellently on a 200-acre farm,
while he would suiter severely on a
smaller holding. In order to break up
his estate into farms of that size, he
built, or rebuilt, between fifty and sixty
farm houses at the cost ot ?148,000,
eacn 01 tucsc Homestead* costing about
. 2,800. Jn addition to this, Lord Tollcinache
has built 2(50 cottages for the
accommodation of the laborers. In regard
to the education of children on his
estate an anccdotc is told of his lordship's
practical common sense. Lord
Tolleifiache was anxious to provide
mixed schools for the education of the
farmc s' and laborers' children; but
after the buildings had been erected at
considerable expense he ound that the
tenant farmers objected to send their
sons to the same schools with the laborers'
children. Having listened quietly
to the master's complaint, the noble
lord said: "There is only one way out
of the difficulty; I will send my own sons
to the school." For nearly two years
Lord Tollemachc's children attended
the school, and their father adds, "to
j their undoubted advantage."
When Emory A. Storrs died a few
months ago, surprise was caused by the
statement that the noted lawyer, whose
1 impecunious condition was well known,
had carried no life insurance for the
benefit of his wife. The announcement
is made that among Mr. Storrs' papers
4 1 il~ r J _ _ _ ?
i Lucic nu.i luuuuuy junnu h policy in tne
Equitable Insurance Company, of New
York, for $20,000. "NVhcn Mr. Storrs'
friends made inquiries they found that
no premium had been paid on the policy.
! The agent who had issued it had aci
copied Mr. Storrs' promise to pay, and
j had made repeated but unsuccessful
efforts to collect the amount. The policy
was issued on January 1, 1885. There
was a difference of opinion as to the
value of the policy under the circumstances,
some maintaining that it was
worthless and others that the policy itself
was an acknowledgment of the rceeipt
of the premium. Alter consultation,
the general officers of the Equitable
Company in New York offered to pay
$10,000 of the amount immediately, in
j settlement. It is announced that, upon
' the advice of friends, Mrs. Storrs has
1 decided to accept the sum rather than
enter into litigation, which would at
least delay the settlement of her claim
j for a long time.
Hkrr Hagkk, the wealthy German
ban If r, is the most punctual man in the
world, and always carries a couple of
I chronometers about with him. Thanks
to this habit he is a frequent victim of
pickpockcts, as not a week passes without
his losing one of his watches. At
first he had recourse to all kinds of safety
chains; then one fine morning he took
no precaution whatever, and quietly allowed
himself to be robbed. At night,
on returning from business, he took up
the evening paper, when he uttered an
exclamation of delight, and at once
started of! to the police station. This
is what he had read: "To-day, about 2
p. m., a violent explosion took place in a
house in B ? street, occupied by Mr. S ?,
a worthy townsman. The hands of the
, victim are shattered and the left eye
gone." The crafty banker had filled
'the watchcase with dynamite, which exploded
during the operation of winding.
Since that time no more watches have
been stolen from the per?on of Herr
SHEEHAN. who murdcrpfl his mnfhpr
brother and sister in Dublin, Ireland,
says he was led to commit the crime by
the persistency of his mother in demanding
?300 dowry from Farmer
Browne before she would consent to her
son (the prisoner) marrying Miss
Browne. Farmer Browne was willing
to give his daughter a dowry of ?170,
I but Mrs. Sheehan refused the offer.
[ William then murdered his mother,
| brother and sister and threw their
i bodies into an old well. lie told the
people that he had given his mother
?300 out of his marriage poition, and
that the three missing ones had gone
away to seek another place of residence.
In a short time William married Miss
Browne. He took possession of the
farm and remained there about two
years, wl\en he was evicted for pon!
payment of rent. lie then left for
Australia. A fter his departure the three
bodies were discovered and he was arrested
and brought back to Ireland for
Alaska forests contain timber enough
to supply the world. Fine, spruce, fir,
and hemlock cover every island on the
j archipelngo and a goodly portion of the
mainland. The trees are straight and
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mil, mill jjiuw U1UHU lOglililtT. 1 110 Onijl
sawmill at present is at Douglass Island,
and so far there has not been a cord of
timber cut for shipment. The trees, as
a rule, ,do not always cut uf into goodsized
boards. For fuel, however, the
wood is excellent, and much of it i3
available for building purposes. There
is little decorative wood, although (he
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be used to advantage. Alaska spruce is
an excellent variety, and often measures
five feet in diameter. It is considered
the best spruce in the world, and the
supply is abundant. In the interior
I timber is of much heavier growth than
on the coast and island*. Regarding
the hemlosk, there is a large supply,
and the bark compares favorably with
that of all the Eastern trees used in tanning
j Thomas8. Struthbrs,of Buffalo,N.Y.,
has just returned from Cincinnati, where
he wns called by the death of his ?on.
: He whs accompanied by his remaining
1 son, T. W. Stratbers. They dronrs so
St. Mary's Hospital, whcro the hoy hart
di&d of typhoid fever, and there learned
1 that after three days the body had been
j given in charge of the city undertaker,
1 who said he had interred it in the Pot;
ter's Field, but no grave could be found
, from his directions. The father then
I determined to search the medical colleges.
They went through the vats and
dissecting rooms in the State Medical
College, also the Miami, but did not
| lind that for which they were on search,
i Next morning they visited the Eclectic
j College where, after a battle with the
j ollicials, they found the body in a terI
ribly mutilated condition on one of the
! dissecting tables. As they were unwilling
that the boy's mother should
know all the terrible details, the body
was quietly buried in that city.
A ckktain Duchess, happening to
pass through the Burlington Arcade, in
j London, stopped for an instant before a
I bonnet shop. An elderly individual
came up, and in winning tones inquired
if she admired the bonnets. Slightly
surprised, she answered thatshc thought
them very pretty. "Then," said he,
"would you like me to buy you one?"
Thoroughly appreciating the jpke, she
immediately said that nothing would
please her better. After having carefully
examined every bonnet, she linally
chose one, for which her ancient admirer
nromntlv naid. "What iiddrnss
shall I send it to, madame?" asked the
assistant. The answer came in a clear,
steady voice, "To the Duchess of ,
No. ? street." When she turned
round she found that her friend had
It is said that a large part of the popcorn
used in the world comes lrom
Bloomington, 111., where the farmers'
wives and children used to consider it
their perquisite. In 1884 the crop was
so large that the price fell to two cents
a pound, and then experiments were
made to use it as a food rather than a
confection. A farmer who fed his cows
with popcorn says they gave more milk
than ever before. Others made ''mush"
of it, and found it more palatable and
nourishing than the ordinary article.
Then the chemists analyzed it and declared
it to contain more albuminoids
than most of the other cereals; so popcorn
bids fair to become a recognized
A sinouIjAu sort of manure for potato
fields has been introduced on a Pomer
annul mouei iarm. liitncrto fterrings
and potatoes have been known as a palatable
dish in family households. The
manager of the farm in questron has
hit upon the idea of blending them
from the start, by planting his seed potatoes
with a herring placed in every
heap, and with so decided a success as
to cause him to increase the area thus
! planted from twenty acres last year to
j sixtv in the present one. The expense
I he calculates at about nine marks per
I acre, which is cheaper than the cost of
any other kind of manure, and amply
i repays the outlay. Of course it can
; only be employed near the sea coast.
A peculiar instance of religious fer|
vor has just occurred in Indianapolis,
j Samuel Steinberg and liis wife, Polish
; Hebrews, each eighty years old, died
! froin_ the ellects of suffocation by gas
j which had escaped from a stove, the
: pipe of which had fallen early on Friday
morning. That day being a holy day,
i and one religiously observed among the
! sect to which the aged couple belonged,
' all work of whatever kind being pro!
liibitcd, they would not raise a hand to
j adjust the pipe. When found they
I were so nearly dcnd tlmt it was imposi
sible to resuscitate them. The old lady,
however, before dying imparted the
foregoing explanation of their condition.
A leading publishing house states
that when a manuscript is received it is
. turned over to a "reader," who after
' examining it carefully, returns it with
j his opinion as to its merit or lack of
i merit. If a reader returns a manusc:ipt
| with a strong endorsement, tlio merits
of the work are considered from a commercial
point of view?whether it is
likely to sell, how much it will cost for
production, &c. Frequently this manuscript
is turned over to a second reader,
sometimes to a third If all say, "This
is a strong work; think it will pay you
j tr\ publish it." or words to that effect,
i of course their recommendation goes a
long way in the question of publication.
Santa Claus Will Skip Him.
A farmer and hi8 wife hitched their
team in front of a Grand River avenue
grocery yesterday and then went in to
make some purchases. By and by they
were seen whispering together in a very
confidential manner, and as the woman
gave him a handful of pennies, tied up
in a rag, she was heard to say:
"Now, don't you forget! There's
eighty cents, and that will get a twentycent
present for each one of them."
He left the store with a fatherly smile
on his face and started down town.
Three long hours passed before his return
and then a policeman had him by
'Does anyone know this man?" he
baked, as he led him into the store.
"Yest he's my husband," answered
"Chourse I'm yuze husband?chourse
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j high" drunk.
I "Well, you take caro of him," said
the ofiiccr to the woman as he surrendered
,lDid you get the presents for the
children?" asked the wife as sho took a
package from his pocket.
"Sliertingly I did. Bless 'er little
She opened the package, and there
was twenty-four of the blackest, meanest
looking cigarB ever put on sale.
"Why, Samuel, what does this mean?" ^
"Whaz 'er mean? Whaz 'er meant
Why, '/-hem ish Chris'em presents for um
blessed children 1"
4'They are! Why, you miserable old
idiot, what do these children want of
cigars?'* screeched the wife.
1 ''Whftz 'or want of 'em I Whaz 'er
want of 'emt Why, 'er want 'em to put
in papa's Chris'em stocking, of coursc f
loaded him into the wagon, and
| the woman took the lines ana started
for home, and as she turned the team
around she said to the grocer:
"It's six miles home, and theifr pi*
lour cigars to the mile. I'll xfcta^Jptaa
caterer one of them.?