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Hlexanbct tbe (Break Jfrom tbc flfciornsb tn Hllusion to tbc Section Hoacb. By Miss X. Wbinbbkg, Richmond, Va. ALEXANDER the Great, having traveled in Africa with his victorious army, arrived in the midst of a quiet and happy population, who lived in perfect harmony with their neighbeu's, because their ruler was just and wise. The elders went to meet Alexander raid took him to the palace of their king. After the usual introduc tions, the African monarch offered some refreshments consisting of bread, figs, dates, and strawberries in gold. Alexander was very much surprised and asked the king if it was customary to cat gold in his coun try. "N'u," said the sultan, "but I thought if you would have some ordinary bread and fruit you could find some at home and you would not come so far." "I came to your country to study your laws," said Alexander. "'Well, then,stay as long as you please; I will pro vide for you and your escorts, although I do not un derstand when one travels for his instruction he need to be accompanied by an army." The next day two men came before the sultan. They had a difficulty and asked to be judged. In that happy country all the difficulties among citizens were settled personally by the sovereign. Alexander occu pied a seat next to the sultan. The Suit/in. —Which is the plaintiff.?- Bnteth (the Truth).— lt is I. Sult.-in. —Speak, be brief, and tell the truth. Enicth. —I bought a parcel of land from my neigh bor, Tzedek. In working it I found a treasure. I would give it back to him, but he obstinately refuses to take it. Sultan. —Tzedek, what is your answer? T/.cdck (Justice). —I am as honest as my neighbor, Pmeth. Wncn I sold the land to him I se>ld every thing that it would produce. I never knew it con tained any treasure. He found it, .and as I did not lose any I cannot take it back. Sultan (turning to an elder).—What do you think oi" thai.. Hmonah r 1 Ihuonah (Faith). —I often heard from old Tzedek that ms field contains a treasure, his father told him so before he died, but he always thought he only wanted him to work well. Although he plowed from time to time, he never found anything, only through his efforts he made the best of land of it and thought it really worth a treasure. Sultan-— All right; the case is settled. Tzedek, have you a marriageable daughter? Tzedek. — Yes, sir; my daughter, Tzedaka (Char it v), is eighteen years old. Sultan. —And you, Pmeth; is your son twenty years old ? Emcth. —Sultan, that is the age of my sem.Seholem (Peace). Sultan (with solemn voice). —Pmeth and Tzedek, you are both honest and good men; you don't care for the gold that is not fairly earned. Let it be so; but in the meantime someone has to take the money. The son of Pmeth is going te> marry the daughter of Tzedek, and the treasure will belong to them. Both parties retired perfectly satisfied. Alexander was lost in thought. "What is it?" enquired the African king. " I am surprised at what I have heard." "Surprised? How would that suit terminate in your country ?" " In my country it would take ten years, the law yers, the judges would absorb the whole amount, and nobody would get .anything." Sultan (surprised).—Does it rain in your country? Alexander. —Certainly. Sultan. —Does the sun shine? Alexander. —We have the nicest sun in the world. Sultan. —Have you any cattle? Alexander. —Plenty of it. Sultan. —Oh, well, I understand now; it rains and the sun shines in your country to make the grass grow to feetl your cattle, for judging by what you told me of the .administration of justice in your king dom, the men are not worthy to enjoy the blessings of Heaven. _aitfl\vill on tbc JCaslc Conference. In the October Cosmopolitan, Mr. Znngwill writes of the Basle congress which he attended. His pen pictu es of some of the delegates are graphic and pic turesque. They were, he says, "a strangely assorted set of leaders, but all with that ink mark on Die brow Which is as much on the continent a badge of action as it is in England a symbol of sterility ; all believing, more or less naively, than the pen is mightier than the millionaire's gold." Max Nordau is described a 4 a "breezy, burly undegenei ate, with .a great, gray head marvellously crammed with facts and lan guages; now to prove hanself golden-hearted ai.d golden-mouthed, an orator touching equally to tears or laughter." Mr. Zangwill regards Dr. Herzl as an " open-mouthed Jewish idealist * * blessed with ignorance of the actual. He siai ds so high and aloof that all specific colorings and markings are blurred for him in tiie common brotherhood, and, if he is cynic enough to suspect them, he is philosopher enough to recognize that all nations .are compact of incongruities vitalized by warring elements. Nor has he any sympathetic perception of the mystic religious hopes of generations of zealots, of the great, swirling spiritual currents of Ghetto life." — Hebrew Journal. AUSTRIA- II UNO AX Y. The murderers of the banker Kohn have been tried at Wadowice (Galieia) and condemned to death.