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A brook came stealing from the ground,
You scarcolv saw its silvery gleam
Among the horba that hung around
Thto borders of that winding otream
A pretty stream, a placid stream,
A softly glidnig, bathful stream.
A breeze came wandering from tile sky,
Light as the whiseIr of a dream;
Ho put the o'erhanging grasses by,
And gaily stooped to kiss the stream
Tito pretty stream, the flattered stream,
Tho sh.y, yot unroluetant stream.
'he water as the wind passed o'er,
Khot upward many a glanoing beam,
Dinpled and (Iuivered more and more,
And tripped along a livelier stream.
Tio flattorod stream, the simpering stream,'
Tho fond, dolighted, silly stream.
Away the airy wanderer llow
To whoi the fields with blossoms toom,
To nparklhig stream and rivers blue,
And left alono tiat little stream
Tho flatter (streaun, the olioatod strean,
Tito sad, forsakon, lonely stroam.
That careloss wind no more came back,
lie wandiers yet the fields, I doom,
hIN on its molancholy track
Compla'ning went, that little stroam
The cheated stream, the hopoloss stream
The (vor-murinuring, moaning streatn.
The Last Sixpence.
I know, mrlother dear, you would not feel
happy if you could not, Contribute your mite
otiie pale-faced girl of twenty, pressing
,I - her aged companion's hands the six
uiiwe which constituted all the monetary
welth they possessed. "There's quite
eniough bread and butter and tea for break
fast in the morning, and if I get. ul) very
early, as I nean to do, I shall have finished
Mr's. Smith's dIress by three o'clock, and
she's sure to pay ie directly I take it to
"iut we've no candle or liring in tile
"Don't, you trouble about' that ; when we
c e hack from church it'l be quite time
for hard-working folkslike us to go to bed;
so 11lhat we shan't wiait a light, and our
landlhady will lend us a shovelful of coals
for to-morrow ; so don't say anythinig miore,
but take the sixpence and come along, for
the church bells have almost eansed."
For a few seconds the aged woman hesi-.
ted het weenl her chlaritable inetinatlions
andt( solicit ude for thle orphan girl who call- t
eri lier 'n lutnel , U ' 0K~~ nunoor LI~ ln ansy timt 0
her companion's face, and 1111(iling written
there the mle desire that predomiaiit.ed
within her own breast, she placed the coin
in her pocket;
Without a word more on either side, the
two females quitted tIle room they oceui
pied, and proceeded through the . narrow
streets teeming with human beings to the
chuirch, whither the bells had invited Iemlu.
To nearly every depth it is said there is a
deeper still ; but Mrs. Willis aund her pro- I
tege, Lucy Marks, were certainly amnong
the poorest. In (lint very poor district.
Adversity 'niikes as -'acquiitited wit h
stranige compali'ons, anld' Alfred Willis, r
when he (Iuittedi England two years previ
ously to seek his fortune in A ustralia, little
(IreamIt that the comfortable home in which
he had lert his mother and bethrothed wife
would have been so sooni broken up, and
that by slow but sure dlegrees they would
have sunk to the poverty they now exper
- JFrom the age of fourteen Lucy had been
.able to earn her owvn living, so uhat wvhen
Alfred, after losing nearly all his capital
gayc ump the grocery business lie had been
dehlded into taking, lia only anxiety waP
-a proyision for his mother. The $2,500O lie
had left wvhen lhe was clear of lis businessI
lie, in a too confiding moment, lent to a
man in whosm lie trusted to the utmost,
with directions that the Interest therefrom
must be paid to lis mother ; lbut ere Al
fred had reached lis journey's endl his friend
was a bankrupt, and Mrs. Willis was pen
Troubles seldom conmes singly, so just at
this time Lucy was seized with rheumatic
fever, anid for six months was ulehlk to
touch her needle.
Thiey were aloiie In the world, for Lucy
w~is anm orphiain, and Mrs. Willis, whilst
having 110 relatIves of her own, knew noth
lng of tier late husband's ftmiily, who years
befor-e had foundued a home in another
Rapidly theIr few. worldly possessions
were dhisp)osedl of, unitil at last they wei-e
glad to find selter in the small-the ver-y
small-front room they now occupied.
TIhey had heardh several times from the
much loved Alfred ; hut owIng to the un
. certainty of hils movements theoy had not
been able to reply, so that lie knew noth
Iig of the misfortunes that had befallen
them. Ills last letter was a brighit, cheer
fui epistlo, full of hope, annaounniing tha
he~ wats now far, better circu1mstanced than
when lie left England-; that lie intended
-returning homd by the Juno, the next
steanmer leavIg Mel hourlie.-'
,To crown their sorrows, a month before
his expected return news camne that tihe
JIuno had foundered In mId-ocean-some
dhozen men01, amnong.whom Alfred Willis was
not inciludedh, alone survivig to tell the sad
What a sweet relief was it to enteor the
portal of GIod's hiouuse, and leave behind
theim the crowded streets andl the mob of
listlesq !oiterers and, frivolous pleasuire-scek
S ers I Outside all was noIse, bustle and
confu'soin within, a'p~endeful calmi, broken
onily b~y the silvery tones, of the aged minis
ter, os' ?n almle earnest language lie plead
* ed It.cauise very.dear to his heart,
The Sunday service was the on~e relaxm
? tion Mrs. Willis and( her adopted bnjoyed;
Swet or fine they weore nevnss'mentj andI n
occasions such as the present, when relief
for certain purposes in connectio)n with
their religion was asked for, tine plate was
never handed :to them in valin- Never,
however, i their recent experiences of
poverty had their circumstances been so
low as now. Lucy for the past month had
been unable to perform her usual quantity
of work, so that the wage-fund upon which
the two women solely relied had diminished
to i correspoiiding extent, uniitil their sole
remaining coin was the sixpence the dispo
sal of which formed the subject of discus
sion ere they left hcme.
The vicar was well ac :na ited with
the resources of his conp-g'gation, and
knew they could not contribute much
to the cause lie pleaded ; but, as he re
remarked, they might at least give a por
tion to God's service and that. the widow's
mite tendered willingly was dtearer in Ilis
sight than the gold grudgmngly contributed
by the wealthy. But even at this appeal,
when Mrs. Willis observed the hectic flush
)pon Lucy a cheek, and noted how the ex
ertion of even walkIng to the church told
upon her, she felt half inclined to harden
her heart in favor of her young companion,
and to keep the last sixpence in her pocket.
But Lucy read Mrs. Willis's thought, and
whispering in her car the words "God will
provide,' the money was given upl) inl a
trice, and the old lady's heart leaped for
joy at the self sacrihlce which had been ac
. "Now, mother,"' said Lucy, when they
;ot within sight of their abode, "we wont
;it up in the (lark talking, So as to lose the
rlow our walk has produced, but go straight
.o bed, as I must be up early."
LounIgr'g against the door-post, with his
(ands in his pockets, and surveying tie
mter world as well as lie could through
loids of tobacco smoke lhe was diffusing,
vas the person Mrs. Willis and Lucy owned
is their landlord.
"There's a gen'elman been here asking
Or you," hP observed to Mrs. Willis, with
tug at Lis pipe at almost every word,
land said how lie wanted you partic'ler.
i'ou see what you lose by going to church.
le left a note, I think for you upstairs. I
ti(hi't speak to him myself, but my old
ooman did, and if you iant to see her
'ou'll find her at the lied Lion, in the jug
As neither Mrs, Willis nor Lucy had any
visi to seek their landlady in such a place,
hey borrowed a candle froimn lodiver. w.o
vis not (lite so biadly off as themselves. in
irder to read the note said to have been left
a their room.
"I'm afraid it's from Mrs. Smith, mother,'"
aid Lucy. "If so, it's a blowing up, for I
old her I'd make an effort to have her
lress done for :her by last night, and, as
'4o know, I did iy best."
If the room in which they lived looked
minviting in ile day-time it appeared far
Iore (118111111 when viewed by tle depress
ight of at utllow caindle. But the residents
vere pretty well used to the aspect of the
1lace, and therefore devoted their attentionI
a the note directly. Thie flickering flame
evealed it lying upon the table. Lucy held
lie candle and took the note ; but no sooner
lId her eyes rest upon it thain she turned to
,a ashy paleness, and leant against her
ompanion for support.
''Mother, mother I" she gasp~ed, "'I can
ct. trust miy eyes. Readl, readl-aiid
uiickly I"
Mrs. WVillis seized the slip of paper, but
ecr eyes saw the same handwriting anid the
anie wordls as Lucy:
"Don't go to bed iiitii you've seen
Without a word the two women wvound
heir arms around each other, and' wept
ears of-allent joy ; for uanless some villian
mus trick had been practicedl uponi them, he
vhio had for years been thec chierishied dlarl
nig of their hgarts hadt been given back to
,bem one miore.
Ay, and was.in-the room even now as lie
juickly let them know, whien lie thought
heir agitation had somewhat abated, and
hant lie could safely emerge from the hid
nig place hie hind sought beneath the bed.
[earing fromi the reslidents of the house in
A'hieh lie left his mother and .his betrothed
hat they odeemedl him dlead, ando fearing
he effect his sudoden appearance might
inive upon01 them, lie had left the note with
.n their sight, In ordler to announce the fiact
)f his existence as gently as lie could;
wyhilst the frequent visits madeO to the lied
[blon by their landlord and landilady gave
1dm opportunity for secretly returning to
hie house, and seeking a hidoing place where
lie couhld watch the effect of his ruse.
The compassionate fellow-lodger who
landl lent Lucy the candle waited a long time
ire It was returned; indeed, as a matter of
fact, that particular illuminating medium
was not returnedl at all, for it had nearly
buirnt itself out crc any one remembered
that It had been borrowed; but really there
was every excuse, for Alfred had so much
to tell: How at first lie hadl been minfortu
in Australia; how, in a fit of dlespeiration,
lhe had resolved to try the dilggins, anid wvas
woniderfuilly successful, getting lit less than
six mionthis some nuggets that realhzed htim
$10,000 ; how lie redolved not to take hise
money with him on board the Juno, lint
have It sent over on sonmc future occasion;
howv, when the steamer f'ilidered he had
managed to secure himself to ta broken sp~ar.
ando after forty-eight hours' exposure- hadl
been piced up1 by a passing vessel; and
finally, the dlIfhIculty lie had had In finding
his mother anod betrothed In their niew
TIhien, with tears In their eyes and a smile
tupen their lips, they told him of thae dispo
sal of thue~r Iast sixpence, and of theIr con
fidimr trust nin who, alter a night of
sorrow, sendeth joy in the morning. And
truly their sorrow had passed away eveii as
a tatle that is told.
Recovering Lost Thubor.
That timber in considerable quanti
ty and of substantial value is daily
found floating on the surface of the St.
Lawrence river Is well known, but that
large deposits of timber 'te sunken at
the bottom of the river at various
polits adjacent to Montreal is a fact
that will by no means be so readily
credited. Such, nevertheless, is the
case, and daily the timber is brought to
the surface by gangs of Inhabitants and
others, who sell it to dealers. The bot
tom of Longucuil bay, near the shore,
would appear to be literally covered
with timber, and during the past few
iontlhs a number of mnen in canoes.and
provided with chains and grappling
hooks, have been busily engaged i
bringing up the logs, Iloating theimi
ashore, where they are hauled atway by
horses and piled for sale. The timbor
consists almost entirely of white oak
and walnut. It has been estimated that
most of it has been In the river at least
from thirty to forty years, and has
formed portions of the numerous tin
ber rafts that, lin transit from the West
to Quebec, have been wrecked or danh
aged In or above the Lachine Rapids.
The length of time it would require
even so dense a wood as white oak to
become sufliciently soaked with water
as to sink to the bottom of tihe river
and cause it there to lie as a stone,war
rants the belief that it has been there
at least during the period named. Our
informant states that the timber 1s in a
perfect state of preservation, the action
L' the water or insects having in no
way impaired its texture or affected Its
value. Soei of the logs brought up at
Laigueuil are two feet in diameter and
f'rom thirty to sixty feet In length.
I'liey command, when delivered in
Slontreal, from thirty to thirty-live
Cits per foot. Timber bes of' similar
iharacter are stated to exist at many
,oints along the river below the city,
Avhere logs like that of Lonigueuil oc
mr; indeed(, it is difileuilt to know the
mumber or extent of layers of valuable
'vood resting on the bottom of the no
ile water highway that flows past that
-ity, and Vhichm a short time only umay
Mulen ini Mines.
Colliery mules so.ietimes live many
rears without seeing daylight, as they
ire only taken out of the mines when
vork is entirely suspended. The mule
tre used in hauling cars of coal froim
,ho various parts of the mine to the
loot or slope of the shalt from where it
s hoisted to the surface by steam. The
nuiles go to work with the miners and
-oltilnue until evening. They are sta
iled inI the mine and are carefully at
en1ded to. Stratige to say, coats of
niles working in colleres are singu
arly smooth or glossy--and miners at
ribute it to the coal (uist that settleson
Jhe hair and polishes it. The lead
nile i) a teai always carries a miner's
amp attached to his collar ;but mIIn2
3's say that thme lampi is unnecessary as
hie mules nevei' get oil' tihe track in the
lark. Ini some1 places where it is not,
~onvenient to haul the oars mules are
rimned to push51 them, and it is not un
ommoin~i to see a dozen of the anlimais
~vorkinmg 1in that way. Iln p)ushlig cars
,he mule is p~rovhided with a heavy
Lreast-pad instead of tihe ordinary lhar
ness. The11 ample time tile mlules have
ore retleetion does not .however, seem
;o improve their dispositions, as every
sinning report contains accounts or mn
ind boys who have been kicked to de ath
r severely injuredl by them. Owing to
:1he coinstant teasing of time drniver boys,
mules occasionally become so savage
that they cannot be approached.
Hlow Adams ItandleId ai Musket.
In 1777, John Adams was apypointed
aoiimissonier to France, to take- thme
plhace of Silas Deoane, and embarked on
b~oard tihe lloston frigate. Ini thle course
r~f tile voyage, the commainider of the
lBoston saw a sail, wvhiich cariedjthe
llag of the enemy, and tile tempitation
to0 engage with her was so strong, that,
itithough contrary to his orders, which
were limited to carrying Mr. Adams to
France, lhe dectermlined, if possible, to
c'aptuire her. Having obtained the
p~ermisslon of the commissioner, lie
made sail in chase; and when coming
upl with theO enemy, hie represenited the
danger of remaining on deck, and in
stated upon Mr. Adams' retiring below,
out of. gun shot. Having seen his
charge safely deposited with the suir
goon, the captain retuned to the deck ;
thme couirses were clewed up, all hands
beat to quarters, bulkheads dow n, decks
sandced, maetches lit, and the fight begun,.
in the id tst of it, the captain saw, to
his surpr~se, that Mr. Adams had es
caped his confi nenment below, and, with
musket in hand, was doing the dutyv of
a marIne with great dexterity and corn
posture, lie immediately wvent to im
and said, "My duly, sir, is to carry you
unhurt to France, and as you arce-un
willing togo tunder hatches of your own
accord, it Is my. duty to, pult you, there;"
and seizing the future President of the
reptibi in his arms, he had hin eon
veyed to place of' safely, and took meas
uires to keep him there, whioah were
Genius is somethiie arrogant; kpiow
A P'roossor's Quickness of Itotort.
Dr. B---, who was for many years
assnelated with the University of Vtr
glinia, was noted for his quickness of
retoilt and some of his repartees, whilell
are fading out of contemporary mem11
ory, are worthy of preservation.
Once, many years ago, being on a
visit to Washington, he thought he re
cognized a Irlend In the man who was
Iinedilately before imin.
"How are you?" lie said, clapping
the supposed friend faumiliarly on the
"My name Is Hu, ir."
"I beg your pardon." said the Pro
fessor. "I was looking for the Colo
On another occasion, as he was walk
Ing, looking intently at something in
the street, a man coming in the oppo
site direction, who was gazing with
equal earnestness Into a shop window,
ran shoulder to shoulder agalist lin.
Tie stranger drawing himself up In
extreme hauteur said:
" JVhy did you run against.me ?"
With equal severity the professor
answered in exa3t imitation of his ques
tioner's tone and manner:
"For precisely the same reason that
you ran against mue," and the er'ioun
ter nded fin a good natured laugh.
A gentleinan coming into his office,
one C1ay said:
"Doctor, why do you keep your room
so hot? It is like an oven."
"I must," lie answered promptly,
"for It is here that I make Imly bread."
Many years ago this incident was
told In one of the magazines, but the
point was somewhat missed, as the con
tributor made it bake instead of inake.
On a visit to a New York publishing
house, against which lie had a claIm
for six hundred dollars, lie was usher
ed Into the olice where one of the firm
sat ol a high stool, pompously sheliing
letters. The professor stood awaiting
recognition, but.no notice was taken of
1imz1. Finally the snmall business ma1n
twisted himself around on his perch,
and said in the most superellous of
"That," said the professor, handing
the order for the money."
The butsiness was settled ylIthout an
other Word.
A very tiresonie clvil engineer had
loke and to rid imself of the uuilsiuce
sent him to Dr. R- with his engi
neering schemes, as to a congenial and
Sympathetic soul. H e therefore camte
withI high hopes, anld unfolded hIs
schemes several times with wearisomne
multiplication of details to the devoted
professor, when the listener's Impa
thence made Itself felt. The engineer
continued to say. "'. list one Ilolent,
Professor one thing more." Finally
his hearer's much tired patience show
ed signs of utterly giving way, where
upon the patentee again said:
"I only want to show you one thing
more, Irofessor. I have Invented a
short mlethod of boring mnountal is,
wvhich I thijik will prove very valna
"My dear sir," burst forth the wear
ieed listener, "'If you would only invenit
a sihort miethod of boring individuals
you wvould confer a lasting fatvor on
tihe race." The enginecer departed.
Hils Wish.
ie steppied Intona green grocer's wilth
a vacant, weary, careworn look on hIs
"Do you want some potatoes?"
"1 never eat them. I can't remember
exaetly what I caime In for."
"Perhaps you want some coffee ?"*
"Ain't It funny I can't remember ?"
remarked the stranger, as lie scratched
hIs ehin wIth the back of his hiand, anjl
scannedi everything behinid the counter,
in a wlld1 but Ineffectual offort to brush
up his memory.
"D~o you want milk ?"
".No, that ain't it."
"Is It macaronii,muistar'd,ehow-ehow,
soap1 or wino-jelly ?"
''None of them , sir."*'
"Possibly you wam.t a small measure
of beets?"
"Indeed I do not. Then his eyes
sparkled and hie said:
"I have it now. I remember whait I
came in for; It aill conies back to me
like a dream of love."
"What do0 you want?"
"WVell, nowv, it's as plain as (lay.
Wasn't It funny I dildn't think of it bd
"It was rather strange; but what
will you have ?"
"You won't get mad, will you ?"
"Well, then, ll toll you. I just
steppiedl in here to ask you if you'll
scratch my back a little for mes, I have
prickle heat."
A lig Jami of Log.
Trho bIg Jam of 10',000,000 ogs, on
Carratunk Fails, Maine, is broken
at last, 0,000,000 -logs going out at
once0, which was said ~to haave beenm a
grand( sight. It took s~txty-i v6 ninen
th~rteen days to break the Janf and get
the roar over Carratunk Fails.1 A por
tioni of the ledge was removed I'y blast
ing. sOmar Olarkhad- a ore &' of fIfty
me ncarde from the time the first
log stdirted on Moose-river, thea on the
main river, utl this tina, a I not'ai
accident of any kind-has hmapp el to a
man, nlot en the j~aipfng 'a oe.
This naakes.8,000, 'logs th t have
ndssed (Iown~ the riF thi* seas n'
GrindimIX Tool.
Edge tools aito itted up by grinding.
The sharp grit of the grindstone, be
Ing harder than the Iron or steel, cuts
very small channels In the surface of
the metal, and the revolving disk car
ries away all the minute particles that
are detached by the grit. If we were
to examine the surface of the tool that
kias Just beei removed from the griid -
stone. uider the lens of a powerful mi
croscope, It would appear, as it were,
like the rough surface of a lield which
has recently been sacrifleed with some
ilpl~3elt that had formed alternate
ridges and furrows. Hence, as these
ridges and furrows run together from
both sides at the cutting-edge, the
newly-ground edge soms to be formed
of a System of minute teeth, ralther than
to consist of a smooth edge. For this
reason a tool Is first ground on a coarse
stole, so as to wear the surface of tihe
steel away rapidly; then it is polished
on a wheel of anuch liier grit and final
ly, in order to reduce the serrature as
much as Possible, a whetstone of tle
flnest grit must be employed. This
gives a cutting-edge having the smail
est possible serration. A razor, tor
xamnple, does not have a perfec,
utting edge, as one may perceive by
viewing it through a microscope. Be
ginners are sometimes instruEred,
when grinding edge tools, to have the
stone revolve towar1 the cutting edge,
and sometimes from it. When the first
grinding is being Alone it is a matter of
indidll'rence whether this is done or
not; but when the finishing touches are
applied ni-ir and at the very eO(go, i
grialder can always complete his task
with more aeeuriicy if the peripliery of
the grindstone revolves toward the cut
ting edge, as the steel that is worn
away will be removed more easily;
whereas when a stone runs In the op
posite (ireection, the grinder cannot al
ways tell exactly when tile side of time
tool Is fully ground up W the ecIe.
This is more especially true whben the
steel has a rather low or soft tenmper.
The stone, whew. running from the edge
will not sweep away every particle of
the metal that hangs as a 'feather" but
when the stone revolves toward the
edge, there will be no "feather edge"
to deceive the eye of the grinder.
Stroot Lift) in Venico.
Ven ice's great iyzesIsII.< P ,: Lt,
I. oi any other city. The
common-place shows of the gulde-books
are flat and disappojntIng; the prisons,
duingeons, Bridgeof Sighs and so forth.
The school girl glamour thrown over
these places is tuainly traceable to By
ron's sentimental wash of verse. The
unbalanced poet's Judgment on the his
toric events of Venice is about as weak
anl ( vicious as hIs dgmant on other
matters and'his ignorance of fact is ap
palling. The daily picture of Venlce.
however, is something of which one
never tires and which changes ever
with the hour. Gondola life is some
thing deliciously dreamy and luxurious
in the soft light of day or under the
sheen of moon and starlight. Let dark
night come and rain, however, and
these long, narrow, deep black boats,
seen mysteriously from the faint point
of light on theIr prowv take to them
selves the likeness of floating collins
steered by tihe shades. The eff'ect Is
inadescribably sepuilebiral. You seem to
be alone in the waters of Hadles amo'ng
the spirits. . The gondolas are all of a
funeral black, with black (draperies
over the dark cabin. Many centuries
ago a Venetian law ordered this pattern
and color, for what reason I do not
know. The laws of Venice (10 not
change, and the gondolas are all black
amid ghostly to this day. The streets
are niarrowv and blaze with light. Their
narrowness-somnethmes not over three
feet-makee a very little light serye to
brilliantly illuminate them, and the
jats ini theO shop1 windowV, kept open till
late at night keep them bright and
blazing almost wilthout the out-door
lamps. TIhirough them the people
surge in constant streams-all nations,
all classes, all colors. Yom study the
wvorldl, but even thme Venetians them
selves p~resenlt. 50ome strong contrasts,
for they In thne are madle upj of the
blood of many people. One strIking
contrast, which you soon note, is that
the Venetian men~ as a body are (lark,
their women blonde. Thie so1 uds, too,
itre polyglotta, and everything Is Inter
national. It was lmy first sight,
for instance, of Greek money which I
reeivedl several times in change.
Tall Fish Stories.
"I was a t tile wheel," said Mr. Youlng,
of the bark Kentish TVar, "some of the
men being 1ll. It was a bright;, clear
day, andl while I was enjoying thme f resh
breeze whlichl was blowing at the time I
heard some of the forcabmn passengers
say, 'There Is a fish alongside I' Look
in~g Out on the starboard sIde I saw it,
lying on thle water lazily sunning it
self. IIfs eyes were open and its fins
were goblig just enough to keep him It
the top of' the water. It was about six
feet by fonrteen, and was the finest
pleciele of that species 6f fish any Of
us5 had over seen."
"$lx feet by fourteen," said the reo
porter medItatively, trying to bring all
his 'arithmeticoal knowledge to bear
harmonizing this statemnent with that
conltainmed oni tile iok.
"I could net see it all at ounce," said
Mr. Ti.hatoher, (diviing the reporter's
thoQMi~th, "lint as near as1 Iqouf k( make
onit tha i'ts adoit the sig~e of It, I
don't thinkl Mr. Youtng'estimate at all
~aibn 0- Aa hanO with tii liar.
1)oon1," Mr. Young remarked, "and I
Renerally try to keep one on hand. On
this occasioi, unfortunately, my har.
poon waiis on the main deck, or I could
liave had the 11811 on board."
"Anything we could get with the
harpoon," interposed Mr. Devlin, his
talk beginning to flow as freely as the
exciting catise "we gathered in the ii
terest of science or anybody else."
"Any sea serpents?" quierled the re
I orter gently.
"ea serpents! I should say so,"
Devlin answered cottldenttly, "I've
been all overi the world since I first
wenit to soil. I've been ii Greetnland
butt not at ill seasons of the year at the
same time. I've been round the Cape
or Good lope i good many times. Tte
Niagara saw the biggest su i1sh olf the
Cape that ever I saw or read about."
"When was that?"
"Ii 1873--in 1869-before the war
when site was taking the Japalese to
their own country."
"Bit tihe sea serpent?"
"Tell him about the sea serpenit,
louig," Devlin replied.
"We did see something very like a
sea serpent, Mr. Young said. "That
was oil the 20ti, the day before we oi1
cointered the suntish. It appeared on
the nuzzen crosstrees, and it was prob
ably LIhirty feet in length. Other gen
tiomen besides Mr. Devlin saw it."
"It wias in seetions," Mr. Devlinl re
marked, impatient over the common
place description of his friend, "like a
tapewormt. I couldn't see it all at once,
but each section -was-well, let ic see
tell or fifteen feet long."
" What was Its color ?"
"Brown or black."
"Are you suare it wasn't the remains
of a garbage scow ?" sung one of thie
sailors eligaged In cleal t,;g tie brass
wot k, a la "inarm"
"Bring aut, the bottle of ocaweed,
yooi"g," erled DeviIn, and then turn
rug to the reporter, ie said. Ilpressive
ly .-- 'Renieniber, 1l'in a seiLen ,ie
The bottle of seaweed was prodtlced.
It was really a very beatitilul tiig 01'
its kind, so beauLtifuil in faCt that it,
would attract general attention and ad
mIiration ii a cabinet of curiosities.
i'hlere were tferns and sea helries aid
miiaute sieeUlmenIS of shritlups aild crabs
tile alize of a pen and a 1ih in ll size and
shalpe very like a whiplash. In color
looked more like a silake thamn a Iih.
"v hat kind of ,lih Is tits?" tile re
porter asked.
"It is like a sucker aboutt the Iead but
its body resembles a gar-fish," Mr.
Devlin said.
"Atid its color Is zebra-like," 31r.
Yoing alded
The reporter rose to take Ills leave.
"'Before you go," Air. Devlin sald,
"lt, lite tell youl about tite meteor we
saw oil this Voyage. I have Seent ne
teors in tite Grecian Archipelago-ev
ery where-rai im ig downi all roind the
sky, utt I never saw one shoot ip be
"That is so," said Mr. Young. It
started near Lite horizon."
"'On a line with tihe Ilailniast," In
terrupted Devlin.
"It started near tihe hlorizon) and
seemed to follow the path of tile milky
way, upwar~t1d, upw)~ard, dlescribinig a
scamleirele in the heavens. 1 niever saw
anything more beatiful, and I wilsh
that I coutld wvrlte, so that I might
write aboutit."
"It is somteth'ntg for thle astronomlers
to settle," D~evlin answered.
''Good by," said the teplorter.
"Good by, and1( be sure yott give uis a
good repjort," eried a nuimtbet of voices
aifter~ h1m1.
Ho Wo~uldn4' Mtop
Hie slid Into thle office ats if' he was
greased. We ktnew the very mlintet.,
thtat lie caime throulgh the htole that,
thle carpenter had left thtat thtere was
going to be trouble, anld we were not
lie said( that lhe was related to Adam
and Eve, and lie looked so, and also as
if lie hadn't washed hihnself sinc6 his
ancestor (lied. After lie had1( sat down
on1 aI chaIr andl laIced his feet on the
udesk, lie iuformed uts that lie had been
all his life collecting Conutndtumis. Hie
had about three hundred in his pocket
and would like to readl themi to its.
Then31 he 1)ulled( about a pinit and1 a quart
of papel)r out of his p~ocket.
"Why is a baby like an oyster ?" he
We diidn't. know.
"Neither (10 1," said he. and thien
he laughed so 10oud that the clock stop
"Why Is a dead1( baby lIke hlalf-past
six ?" wvas the next one 1h( lired at us.
We' told himt we didn't know, and1(
guessed he0 didpn't, too, buit lie said that
htad fooled us agaIn, for lie did.
"Because its almiost heit ven," said he
anid the sniort that lie gaye kntocked the
Itik stand oil the table and started the
clock going again.
"Why Is a lamnp-wlek like a three
dollar and1( a half bitll-terrior p)up?"
was the next ohe that reachteud us.
We didni't know.
Neither do I," said lie, and lie broke
tile press wilth the yell that hie gave,"
'iJy ;graciouis I ketch you evyery
"Why am T like China?"
"Because yout're near Jiadeal" we
"F~ooled1 you agnli-you're-,"
"No, you ldi't," said ,we; "we
guessedl that one right."
lHe insIsted that we were wt'ong. but
unoloss that man's sinis were forgi'ven
before he cntered our oflee, we wei'
An American Jockey.
There Is no dispute as to who Is the
best Eiglish Jockey. Ills name 18 Fred
Archer, and his record Is as follows:
In 1878 lie won 229 races, out of 019 tin
which he rode. T his was the largest
number of races ever won by a jockey
in a single season, being in excess of
the total attained by Archer In 1877,
when lie won 218 races, or in 1876,
when ho wias successful .207 times.
This year, up to August Ist, lie had
won 107 races, in a toatl of 313 mounts
-or an average of Say one-third. The
extraordinary victory of the horse
Falsetto'' ati's revealed the champlioi
jockey of America. who happens to be
a colored boy with the decidedly Celtic
name of' Murphy. The New York
Times contends that 1 is quite the
eq tial of Archer, and to prove this as
sertion give the subjoinoed sketch : Mur.
pihy's riding in the 'iTravers Stakes race,
July 18, and in the Kenner Stakes race,
August 22, were the two finest exibi
tions of skill in the saddle that have
been seen in this country In imanly
years. Murphy has a steady hand, a
(uick eye, a cool head and a bold hieart
-four qutalilfeations absolditely neces
sary to the success of every Jockey.
That lie is very observant during tihe
progress of a race, and is (uick to per
ceive the weak points of an adversary,
prompt to take advantaew of them, was
signally illustrated in the run for the
Travers Stakes. Asked, soon after the
race. why he weut ip to iarold and
Jericho at the half mile, onl1y to fall
n'way again, lie. replied :IV oil, I diEd
not care 'or Jerieho, buti, Wilhi" '
thJougnti SpenIdthrif'i. W48 .I,.. crangerous
n1orse, 1 wai ted to . up to laroli to
see how lhe I ,b 80 1 tapped J'4t5Otto
%Iit1 tne Spur one r me, went up1) to
them, felt or arold, found him sprawl
ings over the course, and saw lie was
out of the race, I fell back to keep
Feakes friom thinking I was at all dal
ger'ous."' Ile, was thein asked how lie
hlappnetd to get between Harold and
the pole oil telt ttu. "I didn't iitend
to go on the turn," wias his reply; "bit
when we started toward the stretch,
11arold wv'as tired and unsteady, and lie
leanied away from tile pole, and gave
mue room to go in. I thought It better
to runiil for the positioni than to have to
rouid him, so I Jumped at Che chiattce,
anid wenit between himII and the rall. I
compel lIarold to cover more ground
on the turn, and beat him good, for le'
was very tired, and Just before we got
to the stretch I left hitm and went after
Spedtithrift." No explanation could
be better than that. Murphy has al
ready had thirty-seveni mounts this
year and hias won twenty-flve, besides
riding a dead ieat, and this Is a much
better average Mihan any Englishl jockey
canl show.
A Hair nreed's nevenge.
Thanks mainly to a Metis' or half
breed who Is in the service of thie lud
son Bay company, a Sioux warrior was
found guilty of stealing a horse, and
condemned to pay the aiimal' value
by instalieits at one of the conipatty's
forts. Ott paying the last installment,
lhe received his qutittance from the man
who hiad br'ougsht him to Justice, atnd
left tihe ol110c. A few moinents later
the Sloux returned, advanced On his
noiseless moccasIns withini a space of
the wrtiting table, and leveled tnts muns
ket full at the half' breed's head. Jusat
as the trIgger was pulled, the Metis
raised thte hand with which lhe was
writing and touched lightly the muzzule
of the gun ; the shot passed over his
head, but his hair was singed off int a
broad mass15. Th'ie smtoke clearintg away
the Iidltn was amuzed tosee hilsetnmy
still alive. The other looked imt full
in the eyes for ant Iistatnt, then quietly
resumed hiis wvrithng. The indian
siletntly departed beig unpuIirsued;
those who would have given chase be
mug stOp~ped by the hail' breed with,
"Go back to your dinln6r, antd leave
the affair to mel."
Wheni evenitig caine, a few whlitea
curious to see how the atidr wvould end
accotmpanied the Metis to the Sioux en
campm~t~ent. At a certaini dIistance lie
bade thiemi wait, antd tadvanced alotie to
the Inidian tents. .ilet, '. one 0of these
sat the bailled savage, s'ingintg his own
deathi-hytmn to thle tomi toim. Hie told
lis friends ini the spirit-land to expect
hiin that night, when lie would bring
them ali~the news of their tribe, Hie
swvung his body backward aind for watrd
as lie chtanted his strange solfk, but
never onice looked up-not evenl when
lis foe sp~urnted him with his foot. lie
ontly saung oni and awvale dhis fate.
Then the half breed bents hi htead and
spat down etn the ec'ouchblig Sloux,and
turn'ted leIsurely awaysa druieler re
vengo thiani if lie had shot hun dead.
"Your folka gone aniywhiere this
summer?" iniquired one beotblack .of
ainother at the post ofice.
"Has your'u 1" ws the eOvasive re
"Stay, Jim, what khid of a boy are
you ?" asked the first,' After a long
"Me ?" Well,' I never give a fellow
"Theni, if you Won't.letao~i that my
moder had to tstay, at ,,ome to wash
foxr her regular custopmera, I won't say.
anything about yogr father, wvho is
takhing his vacationi .,in the Woric
'lihey hook. hands e ~vr~and both
will'kan mum,

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