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T1RI"WEEKLY EDIT ION* I-~J~iIA318 , SALSE 88
Then and Now.
I was oun in tb6se d y4h ob, ay garfugi
With tin gfair heads at my. knee;
We were .young in the bIlte summer
Of riim golden'sands bye $
Yet there, in the sweet, soloekiint:light,
A dream comes to me.
The small heads oti pillows 'were lying,
f~.~ i bar iu~ poppies~ At reAmland
Were pressed to the innocent lipq,
-And y .e wet Mnds, wbi& atchIng
thought, as they passed like a vision,
. And.slowly sailed out in the night,
How 8 1 t oul Ide onward
str e anT t.
I heard the soft words of the lovers
. Th old wodg'stlit. ever are- now;
Thi-deafhame-as dreary acLa empty,
Save, darling, foi me and for you.
iIrero,to.yqut hetrt in mf' weeping,
So tried and so true.
am old in those days, oh, my d4ktingl
Too old for the world and its iye;
U sit all alonO in the twilight,
Au4 waoli the oak logs as they blaze.
"She's growing so old the dear motheri"
The sweet daughter says.
MY darliieg, th horme nest is empty;
watched every-bird as It flew;
Whe whole-would in emnty andl dreary,
lereTt'f tbe~odi lov So .true,
X.weep widli no diroug heart to lean on,
- And -long, dear for you.
MISS VANSTONE'S VENGEANCE.
Miss Ethel Vahatone could not make
up her mind for a long tine:-whether
Ishe preferred Jack Benson or Lord Dar
ley. Jack was certainly the better
looking,. and lie possessed the romantic
ottroction of being a briefless barrister,
wiithOut 'means or expectations. Migs
mstone affected to despise swealth and
oiteion, whichshe could afford to do,
being an heiress in her own right, with
no other relative than a rich, weak
minded uncle, who doated upon her.
But,th9ugh L.ord Darley was the son
of a peer, and' would one day succeed
tO the fimily honors and estates, lie
was meanwhile delightfully impecun
ious,'and if he was not handsome, he
ay excMedingly quaint .and amusing.
dIdide jhi,ch 'he: liked the: better, and,
to complicate matters, her admirers
were old friends, and each seemed to
hang -back o t of deference to . the
.oWgvgrm ie young ladys uncertain
ty ly aiose "from doubts as to
which. Waold, eventually propose, for
when Jack Benson at length avowed his
affection he.Was~ i'ccepted Mihout lies
itatien. The engagement . appeared
likely to secure the.permanent happiness
of both the ybung people, but before
long there arose. the proverbial littk
.oud *hich threatendd to wre-cle thei:
happiness. It came in the shape of
vague whispering and head-shakino;
the meaning of which Miss 'aistoe.
was at a lo. a -.'1t. H-er friends
0 1:616119iciusly WMbfi' she
refrzid~ Jack, until she could not,
ie1 Oi iing iat some unpleasant
secret was being ransparently concealed
*from her. Her pride prevented bow
~ rot derna1ik$kpxlaitatfo or~ he more
especially au .JuclC .yowed ani declared
li'~teleidW' as clear as the
noonday sun. Buit; though she 1mplH
Emtly believed in him, she felt troubled
.*4 die .inPilnof 'lieself,' ajid
dreade4 that some Qisagreenible revela
t ion WNif hi store' fbr her. This fore.
boding, not' unnaturally, proved cor
rect, for one dlay she received an
Jack an ord Darley had tossed up a.
penny piece in a. public'rmom at the
Blenh'eim Cliii to ldecids thich should
propose to her, nd that her engage
men4 was-reganlded aan :eXveftnt joke.
"New Miss Vanstone was a very way
ward young lady,t and -she had almost
resolved to forgive Jack any delin,
- quency be might have been guilty of
rather -tby bxealg opit the engagemient
out of deference to public opinion. B3ut
the-startling 4tid unlookid-for nature of
tii eduation which had-been- brodght
- againmst hefi lover complletely upset all
her precoiebi~d abitefitions.. The dis
covery that sh~e had been- made to ap
peat.tidicuop endered her absolunte2
<furious; independoi~tly of the unpleas
ant suspicion which naturally presented
itelf .regarding Jack?s sincerity.- She
c~nsid~emed that.she~ad bee'n insulted in
, mannhr whteb admitted, of no excuse
~ote1iition,. anQl, unfortunately -for
ld~ilt, Jdek 1eeson ,came to..call, whenl
*her indignation-was at its h1eight.
"Wh~at is the meaning of this,
Jack?"' she inquired, sharpily, as he
enteged the room.
"htsup?'" demanded Jack, ap..
"Rfead and tell mne If what this note
says is true,'" said Miss Vanstone, witih
thb air of a tragedy queen.
- Jaci O. 7jly -lOking
very md .. urie . He 16 seemed less
sur rised t~ comfused as he glanced
v fedenj and fiss 'Van
stofe ahgp t e .woufd meet the
ace' ongith.An indignant denial
~~'u 1 ~~ti go ig to take any no.
tic ofthi ithl?" lhe 'said with. a lu
dicrous attempt at seorliftil hidiffer
"Not if you will tell me what it says
kis fal#, In that case I wi~ll throw 'it
into the fire and think no mbre about
"It's a cowardly stab in the dark,"
exclaimed Jack, crushing the note in.
his 4tnd. 4
' "N6 do bt; but you haven't an
sweredoxny -"uestion," said Miss Van
stone, compressing her lips.
"Well, I can't deny it altogether,"
said .Jack, in desperation. ".But. you
know what Tennyson says about a lie
.that is partly truth?"
"Did you and Lord Darley toss up a
p0nify piece to delide which should pro
pose to me?" began Miss Vaustone,
"I ca ' deny it. It wasn't a penny
piece? q#A ivas' adorilAn,'aiad
Jack, clit at asti a*.
'Did this chivalrous transaction take
place in a public room at the Blenheim
Club?" inquired the young lady, ruth
"Yes it occurred at the Blenheim. Of
course, all the rooms of the club are
public rooms in-a sense,"' said Jack,
"but nobody observed us. We were
alone to all intents and purposes. That
is where the letter lies," he added,
flinging it viciously -into the fireplace.
"This letter is evidently tiue in every
particular,'" returned Miss Vanstone,
quivering with temper and indignation.
"The story is in every one's mouth,
.and all my friends are laughing at me.
You must have boasted-"
"No, Ethel, I will take my oath I
have never said o6 word about it," in
terrupted Jack, 6agerly. "It was a
foolish business, I admit, and I wish It
had never halpened. 'What took place
was this: Darley and I, as you know are
old friends, and both of us being in love
with yqu, the situation was extremely
awkward, for, of course, neither liked
tQ steal a march on the other by pro
posing first. We finally agreed to toss
in order to decide which should havn
the advantage of the first word with
you. No slight or insult to you was
intended, our only idea being to settle
amicably and fairly a very, delicate
question between us. Oh, Ethell For
heaven's sake, don't do that!" he ex
claimed, with a start.
But .Jack's plaintive remon-trance
was disregarded and the engagement
ring which -lie had almost pawned his
imUmaculto WI 'AC sown- to pu chase
was flung coitemptuously on tie car
pet at his feet.. .Before he could fild
words to express his grief and dismay,
Miss Vanstone had rushed~ from the
room, thus manifesting her intention of
terminating the engagement. Jack had
no alternate but to leave the house, ap
prehending the worst, anid within half
an hour he received back his presents,
together with a letter which banis).
his last hope of a reconatdiiiiar,
Miss Vanstone 1rad felt no coipunc
tion abouit dpramsing her lover. -At the
monient,Aidded, she experienced a sav
age ro-sfactioft in treating hin as she
u:-sidered he deserved.*. It was not un-,
til a day or two later that the reaction
commenced, and eyen then she did nt.
exactly regret what she had done.. But
she expbrionced an intense antipathy
toward Lord Darley, from the convic:
tion that it was he who was to" blame&
for what had' occ'arred. She believed
Jack when'. he 'said he had not given
currency to the -story of the tossing, and
it therefore followed that Lord Darley
must be the culprit. Such grave indis-;
creation was more likely to emanate
from a .disappoiinteil rival than from a
for'tune 'loydr, and it was impossible to
avoid arriving~ at thme' c'nclusion that
.Jack('s friend had committed a breach
.of'confldence, possibly with the view of
doing him:a serious injury. Therefore,
wilthout rep~enting of her decision, Miss
.Vanstone. mentally accused Lord Dar
Icy of having frustrated her happiness,
and resolved to show her disgust at his
.treachery In a very marked manner on
the earliest opportunity,
She had not long to-wait for this, for
in order to conceal the secret anguish
which she suffered owing to her separa
tion from Jack, she mnade' a point of
showinghlersel in 'socieff as much as
possible. As a natural consequence she
me~t Lord Darldy within a fewv days of
the momento'us interviewv which termi
nated so' fatally for his friend. -He
camelupon her una~vares in a crowvded
ball-roonm before she had tim'e to col
lect herself snfilciently to give him the
"cut direct." Ho (lid not offer to shake
hands'wh~h her, possibly aniticipating a
snub, though her manner was as usual
calm, unperturbed and langluid.
"Holy do, Mfiss Vapstone?" lie re
miarked; strolfing up-with the most un
cowcerned aih;in the world.
. . "I am very well, Lord Darley," she
replield, turniing away her head from
him qa' she spoke.
'-'I want to have a clhat with you," lie
said, holding out his arm toward- her,
"shall we come outsido into the con
* Miss Vanstone was .beginning to sus
pect that Lord Dam:ley declined to Le
snubbed, and at alil events he showed no
sytoms of unimsiness at hercold man
neo'. When a 'man is thick skinneod,
plainness of speeoh is (hi only effectual
method of conveyig conitenipt og dis
pleasure. Miss. Yang~tone wvi1s deter
mined that Lor'd'-llery shoid know
whiat she thouglht of li f'reaclierous
conduct, and she therefore acceptell his
invitat on, and accompanied him to the
"1 wonder at your having the temn
erity to addreas me, Lord nariney shen
lamed, haughtily, 4s soon as tWey
were alone. FrQm .wlat Mr. Benson
aid to me. I Imagine it was you- who
ipread this scandalous story abouk".
"Well, yes; It was," he replied calmly.
"I d~idn't-mean to, but it slilpd but
after dimidr one diay. I only toad. 1nt'
rellow, "nd begged him not to say a
word, but; of course, I might as Well
have proclaimed it from the housetop.".
"Have you admitted this to Mr.
Bensonf?" Inquired Miss Vansitkon in
"Yes. Oh! we've had a deuce of a
row. I offerediim every satisfaction."
"The mischief was done;" said Miss
Vanstone, impatiently, irritated at his
"No doubt.. Th'at Is why I thought
he might like to -have a shot at me. I
would have fired in the air," said Lord
Darloy, in a matter-of-fact tone.
"You know, of course, whtit thd, re
sult has been," said Miss Vanatone, iII
tent .on extracting from Lord Darley
some expression'of remorse for his con
"Yes, that's is why I came to-night,"
said his lordship, setting his glass luhis
eye, and assuming a business-like air.
"I wish to make a very urgent appeal
"Pray spare yourself and me," said
Miss Vanstno. hastily, and In some
confusion, thinkink he was about to in
tercede on Jack's behalf. "I would
rather not refer to the past."
"I am not going to refer to the past,"
said Lord Darley. "Jack had his
chance, and has made a hash of it. It
may have been my faiult,' but that was
a pure accident. According to the
original agreement it is my turn now."
"Lord Darley 1" exclaimed Miss Van
stone, completely taken aback.
"I told Jack I should try my luck
now he has failed, and, of course, :e
could raise no objection," said his lord
Without furthiegpreface, Lord Darley
proceeded to miak' a foimnal offer of
marriage, laying ;considerable stress
upol his social position and prospects,
and speaking with the air of a man who
felt assured of *success. Miss Vanstone
sat speechless with mingled. indigna
tion and amazement. Her natural im
pulse wias to decline to listen to him,
and to express hey scorn and contempt
she could not find adequato words in
which to convey her sentinents, aid
while, in her agitation, she was vainJy
seeking them, Lord Darley contrived to
achieve his proposal without interrup
tion. Finding that he was calmly
waiting for her answer, Miss Vanstone
was seized. with a sudden mlisgiving
that anythfing she might say at this
jumicture would sound tane and spirit
less. She realized now that it was too
Into, that she ought to have stopped
him at the outset by a peremptory word
or gesture. As a matter of fact, her
furious indignation had deprived her of
her .j'reseice of mind, . and though her
plifts.wns fagliig *fichin her she dared
not trust herself .to speak.
"Lord Drloyxreplaced his glass, which
ho had droppd from his eye- in the fer
of :3s lratioiaad glanced at
~a ith Svldem~t perplexity.
Abother pomeiit and she would have
beon diced, frain ser emni arrassmnent,
t66)rea pildeice, but, t. hdt heartfelt
relief, theeintete a tte ivas.:imterrupted
by the gentlmati jo whom slhe had
promised .the nextignci Miss Van
stone l'ose immedintely and left the con
servatory, Wthout deigning ,to bestow
a word or a look at Lord Darley, iho,
however, contrived to wvhislei' as she
,"Unless I hear from you in the mean
tfnme, will call-on Monday for' your re
No doubt Lord Darley had awakened
to the fact that the youing lady was not
prepared to accept him off-hand. It
may be that her silence had led 1im to
anticipate a refusal, for he did not at
tempt to approach her again during the
evening. Probably lie preferred that she
should have leistre for ro(lection, lest,
being pressed, she should give an uin
favormble response. At all .events,
when Miss Vanstone was leaving the
house an hour later, she lieard thie link
men baivling for Lord Darley's car
riage; and caught sight of him as he
vanished doewn the stips.
Miss Vanstone was no less furious
with herself than with Lord Darley.
Her projeet of -unercifully snubbing
hin had Sgnomnhgiously; failed through
lier own wveakiness. Sh6 was'mnore than
ever convinced of his meanness and
treachery toward .Jack, and yet she had
suffered him to make a proposal of mar
ringo unchecked. The worst of the.
matter was, his offer wvas still undlis
posed of, and she had ne alternative but
to write to him. She instinctively
guessed that a refusal contained in a
letter, however severely wvordled, would
afford no vent for her outraged feelihgs.
On the other hand, after her past ex
lperienice, she doubted whether she couldl
do justice. to her in(hignant sentiment
at an inter'iiew. If lie hind not ex
pressedl his intention of cealling-upon~ her
on .Monday she would probably hiave
decided 'to treat his offer with bilent
contempt:' But she felt that 'this plan
was oust of the question .under the cir
cumstainces, and besidesilf Lord' Darley
were persistent, she wvould be forced to
give him an answver sooner or -later..
The truth was that Miss Vanstone
was consumed by an intense desire to
be revenged upon TLori narly She
md to mak6 n feel i ied.
[uim for his cqpdqo . so cara
ried. avay lI hiY u.il i pulsg
that slgermqyet rented *b@had de
viseda means ot-d ppose.
TIeddea withwhich vio igna U in
3pired hmorl wits bo0 thu tlihlg
that it almost took i 3j Waf.
By degrees, u)61 4,e com
Plttely receodledA Ic1
she finaly rsoyd
The initial t was
fr it gonsisted of oiib. _Volab an
wutent note to Tok-11 1
him to call upoh lierl .
Jack came, oft c6i h is heWt
Ir his ooth, scapi j o ati
lpate the good'Wilah v~yited
. . But he w04 og eme'd by ghe
loybu surprige with - he learned
the conditions impose y Misa Van
stone. She stipulated r a private
wedding to tdke pla ithin f'k
lays--namely, on the wrly Mon
Miss 'Vnsyone gt vr pleutible
reason for this unorth a rrangemqent,
maying that after. what Jad passed Ahe
thought the best way. I silencing tl1e
gossip.would be to get. Arried withoit
more ado. Jack was rdly surprIAk
that Miss Vanstone ould prefer 'to
avoid the awkwardneoof a re-engage
ment, and for the rest%6 was not in
alined to be hypercriti'pl. The weak
minded old-uncle, it is irue raised fee
ble objections, which were easily over
come, but there was practically no one
to be consulted on either side. The
consequence was that, special license
having been obtahied,: Jack and Ethel
were quietly married without fuss or
ceremony, while their friends were still
talking of the rupture of their engage
When they were on the point of
starting 6ff for the honeyfnoon Jack
noticed that his wife handed the butler
an envelope, and gave hin some direc
tions conderning it 4" an. undertoie.
The envelope containOq a glazed card
with the names of "Mr. and Mrs. John
Benson" Inscribed thereon, and when
Lord Darley called the' same afternoon,
asking for Miss Vanston, this enigma
tical missive was to -i placed in his
a good deal to be present in order to see
how.Lord Darley wore the shook. This
was her scheme of revenge, and she did
notV doubt that it would prove effectual.
To learn that sh4 had, after all, mar
ried the rival he had endeavored to sup
plant, could not fail to be most galling
to his Lor.,abipfs self esteem, not to
meyfiohi Ils own -blighted hopes. It
must be confessed that a more humilia
ting way of refusing an offer of .mar
riage could hardly have been conceived.
Jack knew -nothjig of all this, his
wife being-coitent to chuckle over her
triumph in secret. Beyond making him
promise to keep secret their projected
miarriage, she-had given no clew to her
real motives, and finding that he had no
suspicion that Lord Darley had proposed
to her, she generoubly forebore to en
lighten him. Having achieved her ob
ject', Mrs. Jack Benson 'did. not suffer
her mind to d well- with !Atterness upon
Lord D~arley's behbavior, and under the
soothing -influence of the honeymoon
her resentment began to evaporate. Tis
magnanimuity was chiefly owing to her
husband's sturdy championship of his
friend, for Jack scoffed at the idea of
Lord Darley having deliberately sought
to injure him, ahd declared him to be
one of the best fellows that ever
breathed. Mrs. Jack Eistened in silepce
to these eulogiums, lmowing that his
lordship lhad meanly soughit to take ad
vantage of lisa own strong.
On the day of their return to Len
don, Jack received permission to stroll
dowvn to the-club for ai- hour or two,
imd when he came back his wife coukd
not restrain herself from asking if he
had met Lord Dailey.
"Oh! yes. ,I met Darley," answered
Jack, with rather a queer smile.
"Was lie-did he' seeni -at all de
presscd? You know lie used to be al
most as fond of me as you were,'" ad
dled his wifo ingettuously.
"H~e was juet tlie same as ever. As
for being depressed-well, you see, lie
won a lot of money over your marriage,"
said Jack. e
"WVhat1" eleIined ,Jlig Wfe, open
ing her oyes to the wfiest extant.
"lie is a queer fellow,.Darley is. It
rippears that, when he heard otir en
gagement was broken off, hie took adds
alli over the place that it would conic
right. They say lie won ?5.000," said
Jackc,.laughing a little awkwardly.
"What! oh, Jack! Ije is a heartless;
wicked, bad man!" cried Mrs. Jack,
with sudden energy. "Jho' you know
that, attei' you and I had. quairrelcd,.he.
actually wanted me to marry him?"
"The .deuce he did! Thena.was that
wvhy~ you agreed to' marry me -of tr suid
lon?" cried Jack, with a start.
"Yes, But--but, of dourse,'I alwvays
loved you, Jack. You mustn't think.'
I only married you .out of. pique?" M~id
his wife, evidenitly repenting'of huet pre
cipitation.. "As for-Lord .1Mrley, he is1
um wretch. I forbid you to assoiate with
him, Jack. IUe is not worthy of you."
"On the contrary, my dealrr Darley is 1
the best fellow in the world, as .I've
of ten tried to. convi400 yo'iu," cried
Jack, exaitedly.. "Ndw I undertandu~
sverything. Hie was awfully cut up at
having been the cau of our quarrel,
iid. deolirOil -he would set things
itraight... He never told me he had
iroposed to vou, but I see now.tlhat he
lid so; perceiving What would probably
iplen~ Parlo is-one of the 8hrewdest
tellows Iko11 w. Gobd graclotist Don't.
3r, my love
"Oh,- JakI If I had only guessedl"
Wclahned his Wife, with a paroxysmA of
PIan W1thell -it would :Aot ae
ma rence, I hQpe," c'ried
Tack, as:his counteinace fell.
"'Kiss me, JaekI Yes, it would. We
SCotik Wl kihathebatidla 41
FO OOUNTA X HISTORY.
bho Country Store of the Past and
.8attid tl)rouig the iural districts of
his country.are splacestof resort which,
in their reflex'influence, are widely -and
koplY.felt. When the first sharp frost
3i0e en4 the Docember .woods.. s.tand
iaunt and naked oxfie hillsides, a new',
rresh life, as of spring tiue,. blossoms
rorth In the -country store. The' sum
mer's' accumulation of dust is, swept
iedtdy back b6hind the barrels, and a'
31lanoat of savdust is spread' in the
inclosure in the middle of, thetfloor, and
i jolly wood fire crackles hospitably in
bhe great cylinder stove, for the pro
prietor knows that six days in the week
for the next three ionths a large por
blon of the male population of the vic
inity will be his daily guests. The social
Instinct-is universal. The same subtle
magnetism that fills the cafes of France,
the beer gardens of Germiny, the lpublic
rooms in England's ruralinns, and the
3lub-houses of our American cities,
draws men out in Erie county, and all
the counties of the state, during. winter
months, into a yicturesque and cosy
rroup.around the stove of the country
-It Is, to some extent, impossible to
understand the historical development,
riot of Erie county, Pa., alone, but of ti e
whole state of Pennsylvania, without
aking Into consideration the part which
these country stores have had in shaping
It. It can hardly be disputed that It
Ims ben the tiopght and sentiment - of
:lwellers that have given distinctive
,olor both our county and state his
ory. And it is not too much to say
hat up to a recent period few laws wore
placed upon the. statute books that had
aot been first discussed and approved in
dountry stores. Before the days of
larmers' clubs and newspapers in every
iouse-and even now In the remote
'owns-they were the only place' where
;he townspeople could get themselves
nto the current of human thought.
There they met to talk about everything.
Nfcn like Associate Judge Vincent and
Jap. Strong, of Waterford; John J. and
Richard Swan, of Fairview; James Miles
md Henry Teller, of Girard; and the
B1rowns, McCreary's Loves, Evanses,
Russells, Parkers, Eatons,: Goulds,
Devores, Dnnns, Wilsons, Chatnberses,
B~laines, Wagners, Moorheads, .Salts
nans, Warfels, Shenks, Burtons, ect.,
>f various localities, were heard with at
ention and their utterances (duly consid..
red. Scattered and unformed opinions
~rystalized and took shape in the- do
3ates around the stove, leading to a
asting force in our cival polity.
As thd brown winter twilight deepens
o darkness the old men, one by one
nuffle up their faces, and with reluct
mit-feet leave the wvarm and cheery store
or home. By and by, when the chores
ire done, young men, from neighboring
armns come in te occupy the vacaited
~hairs. But they uannot adequately
ill them-the life and wit and wisdom
>f the store have gone with the old ones..
['hey sit around in heavy silence, these
ouths with pipes wedged tightly in the
:ornor of tlilr mouths, or chewing
obaceo with bovine stolidity. Now
md then there is a bit of buffoonery, a
lttle talking of traps and guns, aiid p~er
maps a story of dubious taste and more
loubtful age. But the conversation no
onger glows: Is dnly smnoulders. Over
hese fellows, as over many y oung men
m ~farmns at this period, 'a glamour, as
>f Medusa's head, has fallen, turning
~hem all to stone. So the early evening
iours pass dully, and othe venerable
wner 6f thre store, who li'fes chiefly in
he past, withidraws deeper intO his cor
icr among ther tall fil'ckering shadows
,bat the- single lampi casts. At length
he little clock "sharply . strikes nine
imes, whein those w~ho compjose the
~athering knock thme asihes from their
>ipies andl stride duLinhto 'iho ken ir,.
omeowha.t to .thle'relfof of their indulgenit
ost, who at onide .rakes the tire, eInliptiOs,
he mnoney-b0% into his- pocket, hooks
he door, and trudges brisklyflomeward
lown the wvlite, frozen road. The illon,
hat fromnthe eastern sky, shines lirJgat
y across the.Valleytand-Imnparts to thre
rluster of locusts over the way- a spec-,
,ral and grisly aspect, -Is perharps'now,
it pi'esetit Writing, 'ill~uninating. hjte.
treet and its n19ying throimg,, u3m ;put
here the day's life 'Is oyer, for the
~ountry store has closed.
Lieutenant (Jea has Mriled at a
irm conviction that Ice in tlhe.eeanever
orms to a depth of more thaln (lve feetr
.0 tg-n fe.d. -The flor'bergs and~ iehergs
f great thicknesrs.thrat are encountered
loating ouit at sea, lhe maintains, are
nare detached portions of the great
oiar ine can.
The Stingaree and the Whippare.
Those who have never visited the
Indian River, In'Southern Florida ard
not familiar with the vicious Stingaree.
They ire.something Ilk' the mosquito
dailing'on a small boat down the Niver
one thinks there are millions of these
little vampires about him. The shrill
,ory ai~d the bold advances of the few that
6ndIrcle your head, give you an impres
Sion that the country is aliv' with th9m.
If I were a poet, I would try to make
.yu fbrget the wnosquitos 6y -'ving
dh painted water ai i ro
ken upa nd twisted:ntoa mi4ion aug
ers and corkscrews by the night breeze
that is springing -up,' and ' would * point
to the whip-poor-will - or bull-bat,
sweeping down almost to the water,
with a croak that is echoed doWn the
River. The water beneath us is clear,
and we can see the curious creatures
walking and crawling on the bottom.
We can see horse-shoe grabs, sea-porou
pines, tarpons, saw-fsh, sharks, and
many other things very -distinctly.
There is a 6tingaree right ahead. He
darts about so actively you can hardly
see him, but when he is speared and
brought into the boat lie answers our
purpose better. This is a small spect
men, only three feet long. The body is
about one foot across, and nearly round.
It is slate-colored, and three inches
through in the deepest part. On each
side it slopes to a thin edge. The tail
is round, an inch In diameter, tapering
to the size of a lead pencil, and 'has a
rough, gristly' surface. The eyes are
situated about three inches from the
nose, and are close together, small and
very, wicked looking, Ito mouth is un
derneath the front part of the body.
The peculiarity which gives the stinga
ree such importance is the sting. It or
naments that uart of the back where the
tall joins the body, tapering to a. very
fine point, and is covered with stout
fibres, Which point downward, so that
it is difflcult to extract from a wound.
The sting of the average specimen is fou
inches long. . A wound inflicted Is very
painful, and is a long time in healing.
--The whipparee Is very much like the
stingaree. The only difference is, that
the tail' is somewhat loniger, and the
sjing is lacking. The ta il is-very tough
aP.2- .eA aO ok iG a-'.
Sy-whip, and as such, will- stajid many
years of hard service. -These hideous
creatures are very often eaten. People
do not eat the whole animal, but the
thinedgesof the body, commonly called
"wiegs." But in a region where there
Is such a boundless wealth of fish and
fowl, they are really delicious eating,
the whipparees are not eaten, except,
as a last resort by starving natives.
The Bilsmarckian Dynasty.
Count Herbert von Bismarck is the
eldest son of the famous German Chan'
cellor, and was born at Berlin on De
cember 28, 1849. He'is therefore but
thirty-six years of age. He entered
the. military service nominally -at an
early age, and at present holds the ranki
or captain of cavalry. He entered the
diplomatic service eleven years ago, be
coining an attache of the Prussian Le.
gation at Dresden in Januiary, 1874,
In January 1877, he was appointed
Secretary of Legation at Vienna, but
*In April left -that position to become
1his. father's assistant in .the Foreign
'Oflice at Berlin. He was subsequently
-attached to the Embassy at London as
Councillor and in January, 1884, was
itransferred to St. Petersburg as Secre
tary. In July following he was sent to.
thre Hague as the German Minister, and
,has rInmained in that poslilon up to thE
'present time, although- lie has several
times been sent to England on special
m'nissions--notably last sprmng, when he
succeeded in bringing ab~out the acqul
escence of Great Britian in Germany's
African colonial schemes As succes
-sor to Coint Hatzfeldt he now becomes
the right-haiid mah and chief assistant
-of his father. (Iount Hlatzfeldt has for
years past been practically the Minister
in residence at the Foreign Oflice at
'Blerlin to carry out the decrees (of Var
zin or Friedrichsruhe. Count Herbert's
promotion to that position miakes him
,the most important olicial in the Eai
pire after Prin'ce Bismarck, and In the
direct line of the successioh to tise fa
tiher on the latter's death, Count H1er
bert has been a wild-sort of youth, get
.tlng-into all 8orts of scrapes, and fig~ht
lng s. number of dfeels. In Mtlrch, 1881
lie' distinguished himself by i'unning
away with the wife of' Prince Charles
of Carolath, nee'Countess Hertzfeldt, a
woman who was several years his span
ior; add Who had a daughter fourteen
years old at the time. The injure i
hus~band -promptly 'secured it 'divorce.
And it Was anmoudeed that young .13is
marek'propo'sed fonmarry her,'but nothr
-ing has since been heard of' the affair.
The elder Bismarck' was very wroth
wIth' hideoh for' tIs escaplade, but they
soon becamie reconciled.
Krupp,'s famous works at Essen have
turned out a largernunrb'or of gunscdur
Jhg- bihe last:' three mntiils than ~are
asnalfy~ proddced in A Whole year. The
heaviest delivery was made -to Turkey,
after Which camne Greco and Servia.
Mr. D. G. Doad~e gives the following
simple experimaent as of interest t4
aiateurs witth the microsool-e: :MUpoi,
sa allp of' glass r'46 a drop or llq'ild 'iuric
chiot'ide or argontic nitrate, with halfr a
grain of metallic zinc in tho auricchior
ide,* and copper in the silver. A group,
of exquisite gold and silver ferns will
grrow beneath tha eye."
Small parties of Turkish women are
mecountered picking their way along the
streets of Galata in charge of a male at
tendant, who'ivalks a little way behind,
if of the better class,. of poorer people,
3arrying small Japanese lanterns. Some
times a lantern will go out, or doesn't
burn satisfactorily, and the whole party
halts in the middle of the perhaps orow
ded thorouighfare, and claters around
until the lantern is readJustpd. The
Turskish lady walks with a sledcby gait,
64er abrqud4ie bbss.,adding e
to the ungracefulness. M te I te
wise s'circely to be improved by ing
two paits of shoes, the large, slippi--like
overshoes being required by etiquette
to be left .on the mat upon' entering the
house she is visiting; and In the case of a
strictly orthodox Mussulman lady-and
doubtless, we may also easily imagine,
in case of a not over-prepossessing count
enance-the yashnmk hides all but the
eyes. The eyes of many Turkish ladies
are large and beautiful, and peep from
between the white gauzy folds of the
ya-htak with an effect upon the obser
vant Frank not unlike coquettishly
ogling from behind a fan. Handsome
young Turkish ladies with a leaning to
ward western ideas are, no doubt, com
Ing to understanid this, for many are
nowadays met on the streets wearing
y-shmaks that are but a iingle thickness
of transparent gauze that obscures never
a feature, at the same proeucing the de
cidedly interesting and taking effect,
al")ve mentioned. It is readily seen
thlat, the wearing of yashmaks must be
(ilite a charitable custom in the case of
a lady not blessed with a handsome face,
s. :ce it enubles her to appear in public
Lhe equal of her more favored' sister in
commanding whatever homage is to be
derived from that mystery which is said
to be woman's greatest charm; and if
she has but the one redeeming feature of
a beautiful pair of eyes, the advantage
is obvious. In street-cars, steamboats,
and all public conveyances, board or
c ivas partitions wall off a small con
p iritment for the ekelusive use of ladies,
were hidden from the rude gaze of the
Frank, the Turkish lady can reinove
her yashmat and smoke cigarettes,.
The Hor m Will Know Better Next
It was eight degreei belqw zero and the
rost was nipping bot.. A horse belong
ig to a city ollal wats hitched to a
,st on the west side of City Hall, Do
oit, and although he was covered with
buffalo robe and blanket lie humped
. mself together to keep warm, and had
look of disgust on his face.
resently a. bootblack came along.
t some time in this boy's life he. had
uched his tongue to a lamypost on a
.Id morning. Seeing the horde's nose
:ithin a. foot of the iron post made him
'rget the cutting wind and the cold
agstones. lie was chewing away on a
,ig hunk of molasses fcandy. - He re
oved it from his mouth and held it to
he horso's nose. Out came the animal's
tongue for a lick, and the boy then rub
bedl the hunk over, the post and skipped
across the street into a doorway, Hie
wvas hardly in the place wheri the horse
slipped six inches of his tbnguo out af
t r more sweetness. It hit tihe p~ost and
stuck there. For a minute he thought
there was some mistake, but then camne
the realizing sense that he had been
played a sucker and caught on a blunt
hook.' Ho set back and pulled, lurched
forw~ird and squealed, and -then lifted
his heel and made splinters of everything
within reach. Pedestrians run to stop
him, but with a terrible wrench he
loosened his tongue and set off at a gal
lop, slewing the dutter bottom up and
knocking it to pieces as it went down
The boy went un the street, saying to
himself: ..:. - .
"If,- :iwas a hiorse, do you suppose
anybody could got me to lick molasses
off an axe on a cold day?"
What "Maverick" M(ea.
The word "Maverick" is derived from
a man of that name. A fewv years since
Sam Maverick went from Massachu
setts to Texas, where he entered largely.
into stock business. After b~uying
several herds lie neglected his range and~ '
left his stock to shift for themselves.
Mr. Maverick, withl humanitarian feel
lng refrained from branding his young
stock, believing in the implicit,.honesty
of his neighbors. Whmen . the genuine
stockmen of the, region ran. across an
ubranded animal on the round lip they
would say, "There's one of Maiverick;
let's brand it." The word Sprang into
pop~ularity, and it.4 limited meaniingivas
broadened and enlarged by conistani use0
throughout the-cattle ranges and miliig
camps of the frontier, If a ma.,as
unprononnided in his .opinio96n any
subject, people would say, "Hie holds
Maverick views," me~uIng that 2his
views weretintaintedby any pah.isan
ship in the matter. ~ 'I.'hgoi-d has not
yet been intfoducet into the laiguago.
The cleaning out of kitchen boilers is
seldtom, if ever, thought of. All 'edi
mont cocks should be left open at least
dnce a week for the space of 15minutes,
so as to clean and wash outahi foul sedi
ment. Oftentimes when complaint hs
made that the water smells, or that it
don't heat properly, the real cause will '
hv' found to arise from thisi neglect