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Obeyed His Chief Order.
A smart young officer belonging to a cavalry corps In India was sent on sick leave to a convalescent station of Sim la and, while recovering his health among the hills there was robbed of his heart and in return captivated the charming thief. The young fellow pro posed and was accepted and with all possible dispatch the wedding day was fixed. But the colonel of the expectant bridegroom's regiment was strongly opposed to the lieutenant marrying and telegraphed an unwelcome "Join at once" to the amorous- sub. The chagrined soldier handed the peremptory message to his fair one. She glanced at It and then, with a be coming blush of sweet simplicity, re marked: "I am more than glad, dear, that your colonel so approves of your choice, but what a hurry he is In for the wedding. I don't ttilnk I can be ready quite so soon, but I'll try, for, of course, the colonel must be obeyed." "But you don't seem to understand the telegram, sweetheart," said the lieutenant. "It upsets every plan we have made. You see, he says, 'Join at once.' " "Certainly he does, dear," replied the lady, looking up with an arch smile, "but It Is you who don't seem to un derstand It. When the colonel says, 'Join at once,' what does he mean but get married immediately? What else, . Indeed, can he possibly mean?" "What else, Indeed, darling?" de lightedly exclaimed the ardent lover, rejoicing in the new reading, which he received with the utmost alacrity. So forty-eight hours had scarcely passed before the colonel received the follow ing: "Your orders have been carried out We were Joined at once." Phlla delphla Inquirer. Opal Fossil of a Shark. Since they were first discovered tht famous opal fields at White Cliffs, N. S. W., have yielded many curious fos sils, particularly those of prehistoric marine life. But the latest discovery is a most extraordinary one. and. will prove of the deepest interest to the scientific world. It Is that of a fossilized, or rather opalized, member of the shark family, which was found on block No. 0, at a depth of thirty-five feet from the sur face. The Sydney press says that the speciment measures 3 feet 6 inches from the snout to the tip of the tail. The body Is in seven sections, the cir cumference of the largest of which (the head and shoulder portion) Is eighteen inches; each section, is six Inches in 1 ngth. The deeply indented eye-sockets show plainly, "and thin veins of pur ple opal encircle the lish from tip to tip." At the mouth these veins make an oblong and clearly defined course, though the continuity is occasionally broken. No particulars as to weight are given, but as the fossil has been sent to London these ond other mat ters of interest will . soon be deter mined. It was purchased from the finders by an opal buyer. The Girth of Man Increasing. An excellent illustration of the value of records has been afforded lately re garding the question of physical degen eracy. A firm in the north of England has compared the measurements for clothing made two generations ago with those of to-day, the results going to show that chest and hip measure ments are now three inches on the av erage more than they were sixty years ago. The same conclusion is reached by the experience of the ready-made clothiers. These facts, whatever may be their generality, do not quite dis pose of the question of degeneracy. They are what we should expect from the more abundant and cheaper food of the people, their better housing and improved sanitary surroundings; but tbe testimony regarding the unfitness of recruits and progressive lack of stamina in town, and especially manu facturing, populations cannot be disre garded. The girth of man may be In creasing, but, like a fatting hog, Is not corpulency bringing clumsiness? SEE FRANKLIN RELICS IN ICE. Canadians Back from Hudson Bay Ex . pedition Gone Over Year. A. P. Lowe, who was in charge of the expedition to Hudson's Bay, Is once more back in the city, says the Ottawa correspondent of the Toronto Globe, after an absence of three months. He says that from bis obser vations Hudson's Strait is navigable for about four months each year. He and his party wintered at Fullerton Inlet, the extreme northwest point of Hudson's Bay, and in July last came out by Hudson's Strait to Port Bur well, where the Neptune met the Eric, and received supplies of coal and pro visions. The arrangements for the meeting between the two steamers were so per fect that they arrived within an hour of each 6ther. After leaving Point Burwell the Neptune proceeded along the Greenland coast to Smith Sound and Mr. Lowe went as far north as Cape Sabine, where he saw Peary's winter headquarters. This was about the middle of August. He did not in tend to go any farther north, but could not do so If he had so planned owing to the accumulation of Ice. The- Neptune afterward passed through Lancaster Sound to Beechy Island, where Franklin passed his last winter. This island was the headquar ters of the Franklin relief expeditious and the remains of the old house are still to be seen there. At this point Mr. Lowe obtained a record left by the Swedish magnetic polar expedition. It revealed that the party were all right in August, 1003, and intended going down the Peel Sound in order to get as near the pole as they could. The Neptune crossed over to Leopold Harbor, on the south side of Lancaster Sound, and there saw the remains of a launch belonging to the Franklin expedition and a quantity of provisions left by the Windward, a Dundee whaler, for the Swedish expedition. At Pond's Inlet Mr. Lowe saw three boats of the Dundee whaling fleet. They had no whales on board. From there the Neptune went south to Cumber land Gulf, where the Ice was very heavy, and afterward passed through Hudson's Strait under steam to Fuller ton Bay, where they wintered. Two policemen were left at Fuller ton and two were invalided home. The Neptune was then relieved by the Arc tie. Mr. Lowe states that he could have made the northwest passage if he had so desired. Fecundity of Finny Tribe. In a chapter on the artificial culti vation of sea fish, contributed by R. B. Marston to Aflalo's "British Salt Water Fishes," it is stated that there need be no fear that such important fish as the cod and the herring can ever be come extinct or oven reduced in num bers by man, except locally. A cod of ten'pounds' has a million eggs. On July 20, 1895, Professor Hensen calcu lated that there must be over 278,(X,j, 000,000 of impregnated cod eggs in each square Norwegian geographical mile of the surface of the Skagerrak. Consequently the three or four hun dred millions of eggs artificially hatch ed and turned in annually from a Nor wegian hatchery are only a drop In the ocean. In America, however, codfish culture has had beneficial results in establish ing lucrative fisheries in inshore waters of New England that had been en tirely depleted or had not contained any great stock of them previous to the operations of the fish commission. Still more splendid have been t..e re sults from the culture of shad, once a luxury obtainable only by a few, bul aow plentiful and comparatively cheap. At Her Best. - Harry Evidently you are far gone on Miss Check worthy; but it beats me why. I saw her the other evening dressed in her finest, and I must any I couldn't see anything beautiful about her. Dick Ah, but you should have seen her as I did one day . last week, with her hair in papers, and with only a calico wrapper for a gown, sitting in her own room, clipping coupons from a great pile of securities. Boston Transcript. BUMBLE BEES ARE USEFUL, Assist in the Pollenizlns of the Or chards and Meadows. The bumblebee is one of the most valuable little farm assistants known to the agriculturist. He Is necessary In the pollenizlng of blossoms in the orchards and meadows. He destroys but little fruit and seldom attacks the cherry or apple until it is too ripe for market or family use. His mis sion on earth is that of peace and prosperity In Germany his life is protected by legislative enactments. Here he is chased about by the farmer boys and killed on sight. His services as a farm and orchard assistant are not appreciated. Bed clover blossoms do not form seed until the pollen is thoroughly mixed. For this reason, it is argued in many sections of the country, the first crop of clover Is a failure as a seed producer. The bumblebee does not come from his winter resting place In time to work on the clover blos soms, and hence the pollen Is not bandied as it should be to form seeds. In the early days of agriculture this was merely a theory. Now It Is pub lished as a fact and not denied by anyone at all familiar with the nature of plant life. Some interesting experiments have been conducted at agricultural col leges to demonstrate the value of the bumblebee in growing red clover seed. Last year at the Iowa Station patches of clover heads were covered with mosquito netting and similar sized aieas left uncovered. The experi mental plats were six feet square. Covered patches for the first crop gave no seed, while those uncovered re turned 10 per cent of an ordinary crop. For the second crop the cover ed plants seeding were only two, while those uncovered numbered C12 that produced seed. 1 Plants near the nests of bumblebees always produce the best crops of seed. In a space of six square feet over 2,000 heads of red clover formed ex cellent seed. The bumblebees had built their nests in the clusters of clover roots. Those who are inclined to kill every bee that comes about should study the nature qf bees and plant life. The bees are perfectly harmless. They never try to wage a warfare on any person except In de fense of their homes or lives. Let them alone and they will make the farmer and orchardist rich and there by help in building up the country. Two Missouri Towns. When the presidential struggle be tween Clay and Jackson was at its height it is related that a band of emi grants from Kentucky arid the then other Western States commenced to settle on the north side of the Missouri River and called their county Clay and the county seat Liberty. At the same time another lot of emi grants from Virginia and other South ern States pitched their tents on the south side of the Big Muddy and called their county Jackson and the capital Independence. And so it re mains to this day. Clay stood for lib erty and Jackson for independence. Oak Grove (Mo.) Banner. Pose as hriusmakcrs, Such are the impositions practiced on department stores by women claim ing dressmakers' discounts that a lead ing metropolitan house finds it neces sary to employ three detectives whose exclusive task it is to verify state ments of this character. Those enti tled to discounts receive credentials, while the others are tabulated under the classification "fraudulent." Many stores provide separate cashier's desks for dressmaker patrons, who repair hither for their authorized rebates, av eraging 10 per cent. This privilege ia usually confined to merchandise apper taining to dressmaking, and is unavail able for other goods. Cut rate and special sales are also exempt from dressmakers' discounts. lira. John Nicholas Brown is building a $400,000 residence at Newport for her on. Rheumatism Does not let go of yoi when you apply lotions or liniments. It simply loosens its hold for a while. Why? Because to get rid of it you must correct the acid con dition of the blood on which it, depends. Hood's Sarsa sarilla ha? cured thousands. "The White Man's Burden." He had won his Ethel after a pro tracted courtship, and now, although he was filled with a sense of delighted security, he thought it wise to ask one or two questions. "I am sure you are not the sort of girl who would tell of domestic trou bles before a man has eateu his din ner," he said, with confidence, but rising inflection. "No, indeed," said EtheL "And when I seem a trifle ruffled or worried you'd be the very one to say soothing things. Now, wouldn't you?" proceeded Henry. "Certainly, I should," said Ethel, "and you'd like to do it, too, I know." "Do what?" asked Henry, with a sudden fall to earth. "The soothing and comforting, and putting me in good humor when the cook had been called to her aunt's funeral for the third time, and your business friends were coming to din ner," said Ethel, gently. "Ye-es, of course I should try to," faltered Henry. ' "And when you'd been bored at the office with your cousins from the coun-' try you'd never speak of it till dinner was all over, would you, dear Henry?" said the trusting Ethel. "I know the sort of man you are, who wants to carry his share of the burdens, don't I?" "I I hope you do," said Henry, in a disheartened tone. "Let us speak of the new magazines, Ethel, and why not go out on the piazza, where it is cooler?" Youth's Companion. TO CURE A COLD IN ONE DAY. Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tab lets. All druggists refund the money If it fails to cure. E. W. Grove's sig nature is on each box. 25 cents. For bronchial troubles try PIbo's Cure for Consumption. It Is a good cough medicine. At druggists, price 25 cnts. FITS Permanently Cured. No fits or nev- I tu uunness after first day's use of Dr. Kline's Great Nerve Restorer. Send for FREE S2.0O trial bottle and treatise. DR. R. H. KJ.INE, Ltd., 831 Arch St., Pnlla lelphla. Pa. Mothers will find Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup the best remedy to use for their children during the teething period. Beware of Ointments for Catarrh that Contains Mercury as mercury will surely destroy the sense of smell and completely derange the whole system when entering it through the mucous surfaces. Such articles should never be used except on prescriptions from reputable phy sicians, as the damage they will do is ten fold to the good you ca. possibly ierlve from them. Hall's . Catarrh Cure, manufactured by F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, O., contains no mer cury, and is taken Internally, acting directly upon the blood and mucous surfaces of the system. In buying Hall's Catarrh Cure be sure you get the genuine. It is taken internally, and made in Toledo, Ohio, by F. J. Cheney & Co. Testimonials free. Sold by Druggists, price 75c. per bottle. Hall's Family Pills are the best. cunts WHtRt all else fails. : 1 I Best Cough Syrup Tastes Good. Dsa In time, noiq py armreists,