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hr. r aid. trail I
In the forest lawns I see
Little ring-plots fenced around,
So that shrub and sapling tree
Thrive in safe and happy ground;
And I wonder. cannot I
K-eep somue little plots apart,
Open to the wind and sky,
For the growth of mind and heart?
-Atlanta Constitution.
Af"You will have $250,000 apiece, g.rls,
when I die. My diamonds will go to
Winthrop Mayne's wife."
So saying my grandmother deposited
upon the table a good-sized ebony box,
inlaid with silver; and fitting in its
lock the little key she always wore at
her watch-guard, flashcd wide the lid.
My grandmother's diamonds! There
they were-great wells of Lght, ptri
fled sunbeams. As we beheld them ly
ing upon their white, velvet cushions,
-~. one blaze of splendor, we girls uttered
simultaneously screams of wonder and
Thus was kindled the first spark of
rivalry that ever glowed between my
sister Drusy and m,. We had each a
set of pearls. Drusy had a handsome
set of sapphires, beside, and I of ru
bies. Mine were for my name, which
was Ruby. But these were as nothing
beside grandmother's diamonds.
Winthrop Mayne was the prince of
the family, grandmother said. lie was
the son of a dearly loved half-brother,
and immensely wealthy. We had not
seen him for years-not since we were
children-till the evening of the day
on which grandmother made the an
'nouncement that we were to have
$250,000 each at her death, I
d that her diamonds were to go to I
.Winthrop Mayne's wife.
Mrs. Throgmorton, as we were I
taught to call grandmother on all cere
monious occasions, was in a state of
2 the liveliest glee at the thought of see- I
ing -her nephew; and Drusy and I nev
er made stich careful toilets before.
Drusy was two years older than I,
taR and graceful, and fair-faced. like a
,Wy. She wore a white silk dinner
ti her sapphires.
d da -'
r'm rtou scofded w n s e
me; but Winthrop Mayne, who
a with her, declared, as I had de- t
elded, that even a flower would have
sPolled the effect, and said some pretty
things about my looks, that I instine- tt
tively perceived displeased grandmoth- e
er. Drusy was her favorite. st
At the first opportunity grandmother
reproved me sharply for bursting into I
the room as I had, without waiting to I
be sent for.
"But, grandma," I pleaded, "I se
thought Mr-. Mayne was making his
toltin his owa rooms, and I wanted gr
you to see how I looked:'"
At this moment my sister entered hi
the drawing-r-oom,' and Mrs. Throg
morton's eyes sparkled as she led c-h
,Drusy toward her nephew. jan
My hear-t was a chaos of gratified toc
'vanity, of childish :nger at the reproof
aust administer-ed-- of bitter envy of be1
my sister's queenly loveliness.
I retreated, unobserved into a cor- jus
ner, where a high-backed sofa hid my to
brilliant plumage, and through the wit
fretwork of the carving watched the noi
three. -by
Winthrop Mayne, with his tawny I
beard, his magnificent stature, was mor
my ideal of the kingly creature long Fcess
since chosen as my hero. had
How he was impressed with my sis- the
ter's appearance I could not gather Ithe
from his manner-, but I saw his deep 'I
blue eyes send now and then a search- injg
ing glance to the farthest corner of the mays
room, and I shrank every time lest "-V
that azure lightning should fall en me dem
in my hiding- him
He must have caught some flame- and,
like glimpse of my dress, for he rose str-ar
presently as Drusy was about to ring upon
.for a servant to send for me, and me
came str-aight to my lurking-place,. gliml
"Winty, my dlear," said Mrs. Throg- and
morton, abr-uptly,. as dinner was an- ence
nounced, "you may take out Dr-usilla. Mrs
I have a fancy to see how you two terril
Will look together. Ruby, you must groui
give mec your arm." all rc
I sat upon her left, and my sister come
and the prince upon her iright. There I de
was a Inarge v'a'e of bot-house flowers hood
precisely between Winty Mayne's and I.
dark blue eyes and mine, and gi-and- mne.-l
mother fr-own-ied at mue e'ery ti melI
spoke. She was fonid el me, too: but
I discovered very soon that she had set A
her hear-t on making ai match between wealtl
my sister and tihe prince.Fqit
"Drusilla w;1l look well in diamonds" h ine
she would vwsper to me, significantly; stoppe
or. "I wouldn't go into the library~ just stireet
now, Ruby; y: ur sister and W'inty are "Do
They wvere always together. and I papers
did not hinder- them; on the contrary, them?'
1 rejected and avoided every possible "W
Opportunity of joining either in their "'
morning rambles or their evening ling- "Wel
ering in the music-room or library. newsb(
Sometimes the prince's dark blue think
eyes reproached my avoidance. I irn- hand, 1I
agined. and now and then his lips put ;ve'rself
the reproach in words; hut 1 only keeps t
laughed at him. vls
My sister remotnstrated with mn-, to": "-Ne
and I told her- crossly, that sh.e need dress a
not mind-she had all th. better eia r2e "Then
of seeing Winty Mayne herself-and paper t
my part, I wcmuld never marry any |osopher.
sake of twice as f'ne dia- I to 'pren
Druisilla sighed.
"I know something better than dia.
inonds, if only I mignt have it," she
said, wearily, and she went out of thE
One warm, moonlit evening, in mid
summer, I was walkirg in the garden.
and as I passed the pavilion I heard
voices, one of which I was sure was
Drusy's. As I had left her half an
hour before in the music-room with
Winthrop Mayne, I wondered some.
While I hesitated al inStant, her voice
reached ine in accents stifled with sobs.
I did not distinguish what she said,
but it was a maii's tones which soothed
her. Angrily stopping my ears with
my fingers, I ran away to the house.
The piano tinkled as I entered, and,
tiptoeing along the hall. I saw Winty
Mayne before it. Without turning his
head, he called to me.
I went in doubtfully.
"How did you know I was there?"
I asked.
"Didn't you know I had eyes in the
back of my head?" lie responded,
gravely. "Come. Sit here and play
this duet with me."
'1 haven't time," I replied.
"Where is Drusilla?" Mrs. Throg
morton's voice said, at this moment.
"She has retired, I believe," an
swcred Winty Mayne, carelessly. "She
said she had a headache."
"Have you been here long?" I asked.
"Half an hour or so."
"I am very sorry," said grandmother,
"but you will have to excuse Ruby. I
couldn't go to sleep at all, if she did
not read to me awhile."
As we quitted the room the prince's
hands came down upon the piano keys
with an angry clash, and at the sound
I felt Mrs. Throgmorton's eyes search
my face, shaiply. 1 did not mind, hjw
ever. I was wondering whom my sis
ter was talking to in the pavilion.
It was a week after this that grand
mother sent for me to her private
She was sitting in rapt exultation,
)efore the open casket in which she
iept her diamonds. Their prismatic
lash, as I entered the room, almost
>linded me.
"Take your farewell look, Ruby,"
;he cried gleefully. "Drusilla has won
I stood as if petrified.
"Where Is she?" I asked.
"They are both in thedrawing-room." b
'Oh, grandma! grandma!" I cried,
- fo ' ' them to0
Nrq. Thrognorton smiled.
"Well, well,' she said, and she p
1e precious casket In my hands.
I darted away to the drawing-room. 0r
I had a glimpse of myself in the a1
tI pier-glass as I crossed the thick
trpet noiselessly. My eyes shone like
ars; my chteks were fevered.
Not till I was nearly beside him did
perceive, in my excitement, that CO
'inty Mayne was alone.
"Where is Drusilla?" I exclaimed, rig
tting down the'box. gel
'Drusilla has gone," said Winty m
avely. gan
'Gone! Where?" I asked, scared by t
tone. t
To be married to the man of her a ~
Jie, which I never was. Ruby, you
'1 I must not let grandmother bebs
unforgiving." be~
I don't believe you," I burst for-th, peo
~inning to tremble,.h
It is true; Tnevertheless. She was the
t here to tell me she was going,'andth
beg me to intercede in her favor
h Mrs. Thrognmrton. She has not
e than got beyond the garden-wall F4
guessed how it was. Mrs. Throg- the
ton, ever on the watch for the sue- i
of her hopes regarding these two, A
ove-heardl somethingas sheerossed onl f
hall, which she interpreted to mean "Sam
fulfillnment of her dlesires. he sI
hat was the man Drusy was talk- wvhej
to in the pavilion, too," I said to but I
elf. my I
'hat have you got there?" Winty ""
tnded: and then he made me tell r othi
why I had brought the diamonds, I ben
in spite of my. frightened remon- As
Lees, he proceeded to clasp them the
my ne('k and arms. Then he led with
o the pier-glass, gave me a with
we of myself in its still depths, anfthy
vhir'led me away to the very pres. ed to
of grandmother, room
.Throgmnorton's hist anger was peerir
Ie. But the prince stood his heard
id, and she enided by forgiving us pheas
und, and telling me I was wel- to tali
to the diamionds. saw
served neither them nor the wife. nothin
they implied; but both are mine, covey
rusy is too happy herself to envy over'lo
~aturday -Night. tense<
Hie Woubin't Do. cious r
vell-dre(ssed lad, the son of with fi:
y parents, thought it would be not fir
nanly to earn a few coppers for would
f by selling ne'wsp~apers. He wer r
il a tattered newsboy in the But
and said to him: even tI
you think I should be able to tile, an
oney as you do if I bought some colonel,
and came to this corner to sell dow'n<
jump, I
do you want to sell papers?', head o
:ired of being idle." deadly
I," salid the philosophic little into th<
y, with a serious air, "d'ver .Still 1
ou can hold 20 papers in one the tail
(k three of four buys bigger'n himself
with the other hand, while yer and drc
svo mor'e off with yer feet, and sno
'ar 'dition!' all the time?"
. I don't." replied the 'vell- T
boy. Mr. R
y/re n good in the news- that mor
iz." replhed the tattered phil- tiful da~
"You'd better get yer people give my
tire yer to something light."- Oriole cx
[ementa- weeks
Jymn, Tymn, Symn and Mymn.
rymn Pymn, Jymn Pymn,
[iad no learning and couldn't swx
Liut he had a hat with a wide, wir
Ead a pair of glasses, for his eyes we:
lad an awful accident and broke h
lad a very thin son-called him Tymn,
fad a very thick son-called him Sym
fad a daughter Miriam, and called h4
Iad a little dairy where the milk she'
Tilling up the pans to the rymn, rymi
Vhen she'd done her dairying her dre,
she'd trymn,
['he better to bedeck her form so slymi
Vhat a happy family, full of vymn,
rymn, Tyin, Symn, and slymn Mym
-Grace Fraser, in St. Nicholas.
Jenny and Her Goat.
Little Jenny is five years old. Sh
ias a little goat five months old. I
ollows Jenny like a playful little dog
t nibbles bread and green lettuces ou
f her hand. Sometimes, in play, I
mtts its little head against Jenny
Lnd then Jenny pretends to tumbl
lown. But it Is all fun. The litt
,oat would not hurt her little mis
ress. And Jenny would not hurt he
Ittle goat.
"Kiddy, Kiddy," says Jenny. "Mi
.-a!" says the little goat. Then Kiddi
retends to be cross, and to butt Jenny
Lnd Jenny pretends to tumble down
nd to be very angry.
So then there is a great-fuss. But V
; all only play, you know.-Cassell'i
,ittle Folks.
Playtime in Italy.
In Italy they have very few games
ut the little Italian boys and girls ex
el you in one pastime-that-is model
ig. A little Italian boy will pick up a
lump -of clay in the street and mole]
ou a horse, or dog, or cow in no time,
ad a more experienced boy will at
>ur request, speedily produce the little
Imba (baby) stretching out her hands,
: the herd boy g his horn-in
to ask
mseveop tee
at the same instant each throwe
it his right hand, with so many finP
rs open, or so many shut or bent up
the palm, and each of the players,
;o at the same instant, cries out the
mber made by adding the number of
) adversary's open fingers to his own..
both cry right, of course the throw
ants for nothing.
Ls a boy gains a point by hitting the
ht number, he marks It with a fin
- of his left hand, which hand Is kept
'tionless. Five points make ~the
ne, and when the thumb and foir
ers of the left hand are extended,
n the lucky owner of that hangl euts
aper, and cries, "Done-I hav - con
he Italian people say that the very
t actors of Italy come from Naples,
the reason they give is that the
ple all speak in pantomime, even
children being too lazy to talk, so
make signs to each other instead.
How a Horse Hllis a Snake.
~w of us have ever seen a horse
a snake, but Mrs. Custer describes
performance In her story of "The
' in St. Nicholas:
they were pushing out of a jungle
aot one day, the colonel said:
Santhy is a little too attentive, Alf;
Iores himself alongside of me, and
1 I remonstrate he backs a little,
teeps so close he almost treads on
elI, father, I suppose he thinks
ng can go on without him. He's
in everything I ever did yet."
:hey came to a narrow defile, with C
)ranches of the trees festooned
moss and the ground tangled ~
'ines and thick underbrush, Sam
forgot his manners and crowd- C
the front. There was hardly
for two abreast. The colonel,
g into the thicket for birds,
what he took to be the whirr of
ant's wings, and he lifted his gunC
e aim. The Kid, pressing on,
rilh his keen eyes that It wasm
g so harmless as the rising of a
of birds. A huge rattlesnake, l
)ked by the colonel In his in- t
soncentration on the thicket, lay ton
directly in front of him, the vi- tic
iouth hissing. the eyes gleaming tii
re. Alf was in agony. He couid
e, for his father or the pony h
have received the shot, as they ,
more vigilant pair of eyes than tfo
e Kid's had discovered the repJ-ti
d with a spring in front of the is
and with the nicest exactitude r
ame the pony with a buckj thd
uis hoofs close togefher on t'he b
f the snake, crushing in the
fangs, and flattening the skull Iren
soft soil! 11s,
here was an ominous rattle of jusi
and tihe lIttle nag gathered a s.
again, bowed his supple back, cu
i-e his hoofs into the mottledbe
the deadly foe of mankind.
he IE"bin'a Lnnch Party,* Mr.
ohin Redbreast was up early beat
ning. "It's g aing to be a b au- H(
,he thought. "I believe ll high
lunch party. Ever since the Miss
Line, I've meant to; and here so a
tnd weeks have led ,e I o-ki
summer il be gone before I know It."
So he hopped about and flew about to
invite his '+ s. First, he must so
cure the on hose honor the lunch
was to be. *
"Mr. Balti Oriole," he began,
and the oriole, 'o prided himself on
wearing the co - of nobility, twisted
his neck and pi d his yellow feath
ers.-"it would g ve me pleasure to
have you lunch with me this afternoon
at two. I will invite a couple of select
friends to meet you,-Miss Humming
bird and Mr. Sparrow,-just a cosey
party of four."
'e The oriole rather demurred at the
sparrow. "I didn't suppose that fam
ily was very select," he said.
"Why, they're English," the robin re
, plied anxiously.
"Yes: they're English, but decidedly
d middle-class. However, we can't keep
up all the distinctions in this country,"
Slie sighed. "May I ask who is your
caterer?" 9
Robin Redbreast was much in a flut
. ter by this time with all these high
bred airs, and he only caught at the
first letters of this strange word.
"There won't be any cat there: at least,
I hope not!" His voice was shrill with
"I said 'ca-ter-er.' " the oriole cor
t rected in his lofty manner. "Perhaps
you don't have such persons here; but
t they are the ones who provide swell
t lunches, set the tables, take all the
trouble off you."
"Oh!" Mr. Robin exclaimed, over
joyed to find himsein the fashion.
"Indeed, I have -er,' as you call
it. She's the d 1ttle girl in the
world; and in herhome they call her
Bessie, though sometimes I've heard
another name that*sonded like Dar
The oriole was mollified by this, and
accepted the invitation with a really
winning grace.
"I've forgotten to tMl you where the
lunch will be served," said Robin. "Do
you see the house on the hill? Our
table will be that broad window-ledge
where the window Is.opened and lace
curtain is swinging> behind."
Then he flew off to find the hum
ming-bird. She said: "I'll be only too
pleased to come; but you won't mind
if I'm a little restless, and flutter about
between the courses?. As a family,
we're rather nervous, you know."
Mr. Robin politely protested that her
nervousness wouldn't upset them in
the least if they might only have her
beautiful pre e
The sparro was simply delighted
ked ch fine compIy. H
bbed.- Reall
's a
hm window-ledge,
W aftet Bes .bad fel
scatterthe evi g, had
good al
Wr. , was Iromptly at hand to
r~eIue eSts, and very proud of
the lun Indeed, he had good
reason . T.here was bread but
teed, a bf meat. cake,-two kinds, a
,-a rais' .IMlf-dozeu fresh raspber
ries, and ie :sweet liquid that had
beeni-ice-cr . 0
"Quite oeigli dishes," the guest of 9
honor con ecenited to say, "and a
pleasingebgefkom our own cuisine," E'
He bowed ,tl iss Humming-bud. h
"Your health,, madam." And together P2
they put their bills into the cream.
The spardw had hard work not to q
be greedy arog so many good things,1)
but by gr'ea elf-control he did no dis
credit to his ost.
When scarte a crumb was left for of
politeness, fhere was a movement at la
window curtain. Miss' Humming-bird on
whizzed to a tree near' by, and the thi
oriole was visibly disturbed, an
"Don't be ailarmed," said the robin, sk
joyously. "It is only my ca-ter-er, and b
she wouldn't hurt a fly." in<
Sure enough, the curtain partedl, and ms
a. dear little girl smiled through the th<
>pening. Then she gently laid four thc
umps of white sugar on the birds' mo
able. . - dec
Miss Humming-bird was back to her.gi
'lace in a flash; and they all said, "She wh
a darling, indeed!"
"Your lunch has been a decided suc- wh
ess," Mr. Baltimore Oriole declared, |of
s they took leave, which made Mr. par
obin Redbreast very happy. din:
But nobody was happier than the per
1-ter-er.-Helen A. Hawley, in New his
ork Evangelist. that
Poet and Butcher. drus
James Russell Lowell was dreamily sean
rolling along towards his home in deat
tmbr'idge one unusually beautiful nese
ght. Slowly, with serene, queenly "cut
ijesty, a full moon was ascending and
r "azure throne," pouring hier lavish tihe
ht over all things and softening in- of tL:
semblances of beauty even the ugly were
d.ines of the c'onventional domes- of th
architecture round about. Duly 11- joint
uinated by the' loveliness of the is su
K-tacle, the poet, as he passed by the lous
ise of the estimable brother-man perat
o supp~lied meat to him regularly est 0
a slight consideration of profit, no- and <~
d that valuable citizen leaning on and s
fence and gazing up in a kind of Tfreas
t way. It pleased Lowell to0 think h4old
t the butcher's immortal sul was tor's,
bing itself in the flood of semi- Perali
'itual moonlight, and, pausing, he for tla
arked: "What a beautiful night it born
teighbor." "Yes, Mr. Lowell, I was this, 1
a-thinkin' what a bully night for ing to
aughterin' this would be:" "Of not n
'se, of course," gasped the poet, flag, I
ing a hasty retreat.-Argonaut bones
most I
Fatulty. Celest:
e-At least you will credit me, Acco
Sixcap, with having an eye for works
(desTraM of saying something southe
y complimentary)-Indeed, I do, are foi
Claire; I doha't .wonder you spend CZelesti:
uch of your timne In tropt of the gives e
og glass.-Chicago une. practit.
What the Celestial Physlcian Does for
Bis Patients-A Treatise k our Centuries
Old till Accepted as Unimpeachable
Authority-The Profession Is Hereditary
In medicine, as in most other matters,
the Chinaman clings to his C:nfucian
maxim that new and stiange ways
must be wrong. The Galen of the
Celestial Empire was a certain Huang
Ti, and a medical treatise of his, cur
renty belifeved to be more than four
centuries old, is still accepted as an
unimpeachable authority. Oid science
is almost Invariably bad science; yet
it might have been thought, "a priori,"
that the Healing Art in its primitive
form would at least have shown some
disposition to rely upon certain of the
elementary rules of sound medical
treatment. We might at any rate have
expected to find a prescription of sim
ple herbs, with some attempt at appro
priate dieting. But, as a matter of
fact the remedi-s of all primitive
peoples are found to be not only facti
tious, but generally also horrid and
shocking; and certainly those of the
Chinese are no exception to this rule.
Human blood, and a broth made of
human flesh cut from a living person,
are among the delectable remedies con..
'sider-e efficacious for certain diseases.
and many of the medicines prescribed.
In the Chinese manua!s are compound..
ed of the eyes and the vitals of the
human body. One cause of the terrible
Tientsin massacre in 1870 is said to
have been a rumor that the doctors
of the "foreign devils" had obtained
their medicines of this nature by kid.
napping and murdering Chinese chi
dren and tearing out their hearts and
eyes for the purpose. And the rumor
would never have obtained such wide
credence but for the knowledge that
their own doctors were guilty cf
analogous malpractices.
The orthodox medicine and surgery
of China has each its own deity.
There is also a god of drugs, and there
are goddesses of midwifery, of small
pox, of measles, and of 'a number of
other recognized and prevalent di3
eases. The profession of medicine is
to a great eitent hereditary, and r.o
degree of licence is necessary for the
Chinese practitioner. His notions of
physiology are, to say the least of
them, decidedly peculiar and his sur
Pery is of the most primitive descrip
owing in great measure to the na
Wl antyathy to 7frything inthe na
of scientific dissection. He by
no means believes in "simples," but, on
the contrary, In rarities and monstros
[ties; an les of
to be
e stly and dIdi
ult pr uce, or else extremely pain
ul and disgpsting for the patient to
wallow. Of course. it Is only the
realthy to whom are prescribed such
tre drugs As powdered precious stones,
r- pearls dissolved in drin~k, but the
oorest patient may be made to swal- '
ew a dose of mere filth, and his Chi
~se medico sees that he gets it There u
,however, another highly curious
inciple in Chinese thierapeutics, the 0
ea, namely, that certain desirable
talities exhibited by many wild
asts may be Imparted to human a
ings by means of decoctions pre- | a
.red from certain parts of the bodies
these animals. General Warren re
:es that when he was
ce showing some trophies of t
chase In India, and
ong them an unusually fine tiger s
n, some Chinese who were present
:ame Intensely excited and eagerly.
uired where the carcass of the ani- ho
I was buried. On being questioned |g
y informed the general that from str
bones of a tiger, dug up three Ac
nths after burial, a most powerful prc
oction might be made, capable of ler
ing immense muscular strength to get
ymsoever would drink of it stes
n analogous belief prlevails in India, tins
tre from the bright, prominent eyes
the night-jar an ointment Is pre- O
ad which is said to confer extraor- pr-o
ry power of vision on the lucky bull
on who may make it, and anoint prol
eyes therewith. Mrs. Bishop says of
in China she heard a great deal that
he miraculous virtues of similar wiel
~s; and she describes an amusing seer
e which she witnessed after the info
h1 of a tiger. "A number of Chi- Ido n
flew upon the body," she declares, all
out the liver, eyes and spleen, how
carefully drained every drop of Inot
)lood, fighting for the possession
ings so precious; while those who Wt
not so fortunate as to secure any thing
ese, cut out the car-tilage from the towe
s. The centre of a tiger's eyeball |Taco
pposed to possess nearly miracu- Iof so
rirtues; the blood, dried at a tera- an E
ure of 110 degrees, is the strong-i tree
f all tonics, and gives strength a bel:
ourage; while the powdered liver to ha
pleenuare good for many diseases '' time
ures such as these can be uniqu
t high prices to the Chinese doe- years
and Mrs. Bishop states that in
,she saw rhinoceros horns sold Wilj
e Chinese drug market, a single Ihas o
letching as much as $30. After acts a
'erhaps. it is not so very suirpris- horho
find that the Chinese dragon Is Iis dee
erely an heraldic emblem on a weath
at his well-develope-d teeth ard It is
are sold by weight as one of the storm
iighly-prized constituents of the en Mr
al "materia medica." to twv
rding to the esteemed medical During
of the learned Dr. Li She Ch'au, was ti
ns'" bones come from the a. eve
-n parts of Shansi, where they rain w
mad in the mountains. Another corn at
11 physician, Dr-. To Wang King, r-ain d
test whereby the scepticail larger,
oner may assupe, himself of drough
their genuineness, for the real dragons'
teeth, he tells us, will always adhere
to the tongue. And a Dr. Koon gives
his patients the highly gratifying in
formation that a dose or two of dragon
bone mixture will not only cure stom
ach ache, but heart-ache also, and in
addition to correcting irregularities of
the digestive organs, will infallibty
drive away obnoxious ghosts! Yet an
other Chinese medical authority, of as
recent date as Canton, 1832, states
that dragons' bones are found on banks
of rivers, and in caves of the earth,
places where the said dragons laid
themselves down to die. But, accord
ing to his account of the matter, if the
bones are taken from damp places, or
by the hand of a woman, they are to
tally worthless from a medical point
of view.-London Globe.
A Satirist Writes In Pock About Social
Receptions are of the noon, after
noon, wedding and evening variety, but
the common or idiotic form takes effect
in the afternoon. It is generally held
by a married woman without the con
_sent of her husband, and for the pur
pose of getting even with every one
she knows.
The first reception known was held
in the Tower of Bab2l, but that was
only the embryonic form of the func
tion of today.
Any married woman can hold a re
ception provided she has a husband
living who is unwilling, money enough,
and enemies enough to snub. A hus
band who is entirely willing to allow
his wife to hold a reception wouldn't
be able to earn money enough to pay
for it.
The idea of the reception originated
in the barbaric feasts of our progeni
tors, where when captives were killed,
oth-r tribos --re 'ed in during the
afternoon and evening. to pick them t
pAeCeS. n e uaAZ e auvianceu since then.
Now the picking to pieces is purely
mental, although it still takes place
on the spot.
A reception sometimes occupies two
or three different days so that the
guests who do not care to meet may
avoid each other. The hostess invites
her enemies first, her friends next, and
her poor relations last; after which
she revises her list, crosses out the t
poor relations and adds more enemies. i
Society reporters and waiters are
sometimes seen at receptions, but no t
man was ever known to appear at one
except the' unwilling _ husband. He e
usua.ly turns up about five minutes
befdre the close of the tuirdact, and
feels guilty' for a week afterward to
think that he allowed his watch
:en minutes ahead.
The ide ion s w hot
so rich and powerful t people
he invites hate her so the not
are stay away.-Puck.
There is a breed of dog in China 113
hieh is virtually unknown in all oc- wj
dental lands. The sleeve puppy, as ni
ec tiny creature Is styled, Is so dimin- fya
tive that it can with ease be carried fu
the baggy sleeve of the Chinese po
A Vermont farmer told an Iowa re
rmer that he had a row of corn one h
Ld one-half miles long on his Vermont
rm. The Hawkeye man disputed
e truth of this statement and a bet
is made. The Vermont man won
Smoney for -on a little mount on his
mn he had planted a row of corn
rally from the bottom to the top. h
'he unique experiment was recently ing
de in Wellsville, Ohio, of moving a S*f
1se by trolley cars. The house in wl
~stion was to be moved along thegic
~et on wnich the street car Line ran.pa
~ordingly, after the gse was the
perly bloceel up and p1!aced on rol- goti
3, several carg were coupled to cor
lier and hit to it, when it was hug
Ldily altd qui -ly pulled to its des- rent
Ltton. - ga
.-. .feet
'the many shields suggested for Fe
ecting our soldiers from shell and wati
et fire. says the London Express, low.
>ably the most curious is one made ther4
)ack sheets of wool. The idea is its fi
of Mr. Robert Milligan, a Hiar- ceive
engineer, who submitted it to the '9ppe
?tar-y for war, Hie has now been surfta
-me(1 that the military authorities ing
ot think his invention would fulfil wate
the requirements Mr. Milligan, Eve
bver, still contends that a shell will bergs
enetrate a sheet of wool. sible
A ber
shington is a state of unusual for ins
s. Among them is the old church It wa
r at "Old Town," in the city of deep.
mia, which was the happy thought mneais
me of the old settiers, who built andt
piscopal church beside a large fir Magas
Lnd used the trunk of the tree for
-tower. The ings show the tree Gert
re been over 500 years old at the Ini ti
when it was utilized in this are ut
e manner, and that was over 30 despit<
ago. The ci
-- berga:
lam Creiger of Northville, M'n. ally e:
'i his right cheek a wart which textile
s barometer for the entire neigh- ways
>d, and in the matter of accuracy -are tr
ared to be far ahead of the smalle:
er bureau. During dry weathe; taken
;mall and rather dry. When a :there a
is coming 20 hours' notice is glv- !ternoor
Creiger by this wart swelling ilator ci
or three times its normal size. ~from g
the late drought Mr. Creiger with
ie object of much prominence, Jplants
rybody wanted to know when ffor sevi
>uld come in order to save their
d potatoes. The day before the IProfe
and Creiger was sure the 430 tre
would be broken, and it was, from Ei
The sun has three motions-first, oi
its axis; second, a motion about the
centre of gravity of the whole solar
system (which centre is always within
in the sun's -volume); third, a motion
toward the planet Hercules.
A successful operation was recently
performed in St. Luke's hospital, New
York City. A tumor was removed
from the inside of the sheath of the
spinal cord. It was necessary to cut
into six vertebrae, and the patient was
kept under anesthetics for more than
three hours. He was operated upon
after a number of German specialists
had pronounced that his ailment was
- A manufacturing firm In Hamburg
has recently brought out nails of vl-'
canite or ebonite for use in electrical
work and in places where ironnaaare
not available. The vulcanite nails are
not attacked by oxidation or chemical
agents, and can be used in the forms
of hooks for hanging electrical con
ductors. They are also Intended to be
used in laboratories and in connection
with the manufacture of explosives.
The much-discussed question of
merits of petroleum and coal
for ship-boilers will againW vesti
gated in a new tank-shlp iecently con
tructed in England for carrying oil.
rhe vessel is known as the Cardium,
md has three boilers, two of which
ire aranged to burn coal, while the
Jiird will use crude petroleum. In this
way the coal and oil can be given a
:horough competitive test, and their
L.uauve ememnecy and ecouomy Obe
The invention of Bessemer steel
v.rought a tremendous industrial revo
ution by leading to a substitution of
teel for iron and vastly increasing the
Lses of the latter on account of its
heapness. But the American Machin
5t sees signs that the Bessemer process
s growing less popular than it was,
nd that steel which is made by the
pen hearth process Is effecting marked
rogress in two ways-the facilities for
ts production and appreciation of -.t
alue by consumers. }
At last an effective way to di
he western pest, the prairie dogha
een devised. A bulletin Issue
Zebraska agricultural.
Lon tells about it. and
rescription. Pirilt
unces ofV s
uart f
o molasses and
3l of oil of anise. Stir.
ie solution over a
2d while mixing it
four pounds of finely gro
eal, which enables the
heat to carry a larger amounts
son. . It is a tempting dish for
airiedog, but one teaspoonful a
de ends the career of the wholelanr
and the 'roportion given aboye
11 destroy a town of 500 acres -
mber of families to the acre ranging
>m 90 to 150. The bulletin adds th#
ether information that this year the '
Isoning is being done over a large
ige of territory, and with gratifying
ults, so that It Is not Improbable In;.
hort time the last priz e dog. wIll.
re disappeared.
The Wonders of Icebergs.
'A1l the architecture of the world
epresented in na ' gberg de.
s. Sometimes ajlr'berg will
e the appearance'of an A.rab
te tent as It rides op a desert-look,.
sea; another, Its sharp outh'~nes
ened in the vaporous .atmospbere,
appear like 'a domed ms
n marble. A cluster ofe
idas comes driftingsiwjln
current, followed by a stately
tIC cathedral, early style. Then
es a colosseum, and beyond a
man-of-war floats down the ,-ur
its stem submerged, with foam
dly breaking over It, the ster-n 70)
r every cubic foot of Ice above
r, there are seven cubic feet be
When alarge berg is seen, 14.t.s
ftore, quiet impossible to realize
ill size; the mind can hardly con
that an object that has all the
mrance of actually. riding on the
ce should in reality only be rais
~ne-eghth of its bulk above the
*n those who have studied Ice- -
at close quarters find It impos
to conceive their colossal bulk.
*g that stranded in Melville bay,
tance, weighed 2.000,000,000 tonsg
s aground In water half a ,mile
Another berg was found to
re two and a half miles in length
wo miles in breath.-Pearson's
man FrgIght Cars Carry Freight.
tree German cities the street cars
ed for the delivery of freight,
the grumblings of the peop
ties of Ger-a, Frost and 8prem.
e not large places, but Industri
tceedingly active, especially In
;. The power used on $he tru
s electric .or steam; thegod
ansferred at the statoni ~into
-trucks, or the railway cars are
over the town lines. At-.Fros~
re three morning and -three at- .
deliveries. At Gnjemu~'
Lrs, with figIs
-ide wheels, hv- tried
ndifferent sucees.Jn
mave been works~i~~~'
ral years. ,-~'
isor Kellermb
~ent florao of

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