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- -c r "v : Young Lady I would like a bow, please. Fresh Clerk Ahem 1 How would I do? Young Lady Not at all, sir. I want a pink bow, not a green one. Japan ami Jtuntta Compared. Although the population of Russia is nearly three and a half times as great as the population of Japan, says the World's Work, and its area near ly six times as great, the Japanese have a million more pupils in their schools than the Russians. They pub lish more periodicals and books. Al though Russia lias nearly nine times as many miles of railroad, the Jap anese roads carry more passengers, though less freight. They send half as many again let ters by post as the Russians send. With only about one-fourth as many miles of telegraph wires, they send nearly as many messages. Their trade per capita is greater than the Rus sians both in imports and in exports, although the total trade of the Rus sians, of course, Is very much greater. The apparent financial and military strength of the Russians is incompar ably the greater. Yet so cheaply does the Japanese soldier live that Japan may do more with little money than Russia with more. A Trade that Lcngtheus Life The best and healthiest trade In the world is that of dye-making from coal tar. There is no manual work that comes near it, for tar and the smell of it Is the best of all tonics and tissue builders. The average life of a tar worker comes out at SO years. The mortality is 80 per cent lower than in any other factory trade. Malignant diseases are almost unknown In aniline dye factories, and even In epidemics the workers suffer very little. And there is nothing like a tar-works for keeping off Influenza. Yet the work of actually making the tar, which falls to the gas and coal works, is virtually unhealthy, because of the sulphur fumes; but when the tar Is "finished" It brims with health and strength, and the weakliest men improve while work ing it. Eighty-six years Is a marvel ous 'average when we remember that the average length of life for the whole population is only forty-nine. 8IQNS FULL OF MEANING; Creatures Without Eyes. Marvelous are the lives of creatures condemned to live always in darkness as black as night. One of these crea tures is a very rare specimen and is styled the cavern beetle. It was first discovered some seventy years ago In an Austrian cave, the grotto of Adels berg. One specimen only was caught, and, though its discoverer offered a prize of 25 for another, it was four teen years before a second was found. Brought out from Its gloomy haunts Into the light of the sun, it dies al most immediately. The sunlight seems to wither and shrivel up these Insects, Just as though they had been placed in front of a hot fire. Yet, in spite of this fact, it is known that the blind cave creatures are descended from oth ers which originally lived in the light of day. Some of Them Are Nevertheless Puz zling to the Ordinary Mortal. "The sigu language, once forming such an extensive part of the human vocabulary and still used with much profit, Is not unknown to lower orders of life," said a man who takes much Interest In matters of this sort, "and I have had occasion In my time to ob serve some rather Impressive Instances. Some of the signs are understandable. Many of them are plain as the words of human speech, as, for instance, the sapsucker's love call, the rabbit's drum ming, the head gesture which accom panies the cluck of the old hen when she is trying to attract the attention of her brood to a bit of food she has uncovered In the soil. "But there are many mysterious and altogether Inexplicable things to be found In this strange realm of signs. Every sign means something. We may be sure of that. It is a part and par cel of speech. It conveys a meaning definite enough to the creatures In the particular order of life. But there are so many signs which are not fol lowed by results which throw light on their meaning that the field becomes one for interesting speculative inquiry. "What does the duck mean, for In stance, when simply bobbing the head up and down? It Is not confined to one sex. Drakes and hens resort to the same form of speech. I have seen them go through this motion In perfect si lence, and when the motion of the head would not be followed by any other ac tivity or by sound of any sort. They Just nod at each other. It may be sim ply a friendly sort of greeting, a nod of reassurance that 'all is quiet on the Potomac,' and that there Is no fox or other dangerous Intruder anywhere around. Or it may be a flirtive sort of speech, the duck's way of smiling and goo-goolng. I don't know how this is. I only know that It hnppens. It may be, of course, that this movement of the head and neck is physically neces sary, like the habit of yawning or the unconscious movement of the limbs of human beings. But ducks yawn and stretch very much after the fashion of the human kind. Still, the movement to which I have referred may result from a similar motive. I would like to know.. Can any man tell me what a duck means by silently nodding to one or more of his companions?" New Or leans Times-Democrat. Their Stcerinij Gear. A learned but absent-minded pro fessor has a small son who is very observant and inquisitive, and a man servant who has a fund of Irish wit and good humor. One day the smr.il boy was playing with a cat in the stable while Larry cleaned the har ness. "Larry," he began, "why do cats always land on their feet?" "They shteer themselves wid their tail." "Well, how do rabbits steer them selves? They haven't long tails only a stub." "Wid their ears. That's phwat they have their long ears for." "Well, how does a bulldog steer him self? He hasn't got long ears or a long tail." "Wid his bark." The boy looked doubtful and was silent. Pres ently he ran into his father's study, and in a few minutes came back to the stable. "Larry!" "YIs?" "That's true what you told me about bulldogs. I asked father, and he read something to mother out of a hook about 'barks that steer against the wind ' " The Oldest Living Twins. Publication of an item from Wash ington, Pa., regarding twins 81 years old has brought out the fact that Free port, Pa., leads by several years. Dr. Charles B. Gillespie and his sister, Miss Mary Gillespie, are twins, and were born in October, 1820, thus being 84 years old. Dr. Gillespie has prac ticed medicine for nearly half a cen tury. He was captain of Company F, Seventy-eighth Pennsylvania regiment, and served throughout the civil war. Freeport has been the home of the twins since the close of the rebellion. It Is believed they are the oldest liv ing twins in the United States. The soul of -music. Cincinnati Post. Anecdote of M irk Twa n. The following is ascribed to our old friend Mark: "Well, young men, I'll give you a little advice, and to illustrate my point I'll tell you a little story, and you can draw the moral to suit yourselves. I went to church once, and the minister preached a sermon about the poor heathen. The sermon touched me, anil I thought I'd just give that hundred dollars I had In my pocket toward helping the poor heathen. But the minister kept on preaching, and my enthusiasm began to drop. So did my hundred dollars, twenty-five dollars at a time, until there was nothing left for the poor heathen! And the minis ter was still talking, and by the time the plate was passed I had to sneak a nickel from it to got even." Fallacy Regarding Bread. The fallacy that the whiter the bread the higher its quality, seems to prevail all over the world, and the de mands for snow-white flour have been answered by the production of a flour which is robbed of considerable of its nutritive value. There are various ways of accomplishing this object, but the newest and most novel process for the purpose conies from France. Here the dough has been treated with ozon ized air, and the effect was that while the bread was much whiter than the untreated the quality of the bread was very much impaired. Both the taste and the amount of nourishment were very much inferior. Left a Letter on tho Desk Our little youngster, six years old, has Just reached the "learning-to-wrlte" stage In school. Sometimes his teacher has the children copy moral precepts from the blackboard into their copy books. Among these was the statement: "Kind words are never lost." In Freddy's book, how ever, written clear across the paper to the other margin, this appeared: "Kind words are never los." When he was asked: "Where Is tho T, Freddy?" he replied: "Oh, there was no room on the paper for the T, so I left It on the desk. You can see It there if you go to the school." The same youngster has a sister who was married recently. Being on a visit to her parents, and happening to catch Freddy in some mischief, his sister reproved liini. "Umph!" sniffed Freddy, "you needn't scold me! You don't belong in my family, anyway." THeltetort unnaal, Mr. Ferguson was administering a well-deserved chastisement to one of the children.' The elder Ferguson remonstrated. "George," he said, "let that boy alone. You whip him too much." "Father," said the younger Mr. Fer guson, "I've heard you say a thou sand times that I didn't get half enough whipping when I was a boy. I'm go ing to see that you don't have any oc casion to say that about your grand on." Whackl Whack! Whack! Chicago Tribune. Directly Opposite. They sny that opposites should wed; Too much alike, you'll clash. And so I'm looking for a girl Possessed of lots of cash. Lippincott's Magazine. A SUBURBAN COTTAGE. The accompanying sketch and ground floor plans are for a suburban cottage that should serve many who desire to build a neat, inexpensive dwelling. It is 24x27 feet and Is set on cedar posts or brick piers. The walla are built of 2x4-lnch studs, covered NEAT COTTAGE DKSION. with building paper and matched sid ing or clapboards. The roof and gable ends are shingled with stained shingles In two shades of green, to give it a mottled appearance. The clapboaods are painted a creamy white, while the casings or trimmings of doors and win- pBaw Hi k'w . far I CnOt'ND FLOOR PLAIT. dows are pure white. The cottage has a fireplace in the living room, also a flue for the kitchen stove. The inside Is plastered and trimmed In the usual way. The approximate cost of the building would be about as follows: Hoc HEhEESps" B ," 'ia."r H UPPER FLOOR PLAN. Brick work for cellar, walls, piers and chimneys, $75; carpenter work would cost about $000; plastering, $125; paint ing and glazing, $75; making a total of $875. Greatest Thing Are the Simplest. The trouble with us is that we look too high and too far away for our chances. We forget that the greatest things are tho simplest. In hunting for roses, we trample the daisies under our feet. We are blind to the chances and blessings near us because we are look ing so far away for them. Every thing depends upon the power of the mind to see opportunities. It Is the eye that can see the chance, the pluck and determination to lay hold of It and wring from It every possibility that we lack, rather than the chance "to make good." Success MatMvlno. All-Important fart. She What do you think of the legal profession for women? He Oh, It's all right, I suppose; but I hope they will never get on the Ju dicial bench. She Why do you say that? He Because they would be continu ally adding postscripts to their opin ions and we poor men would never knew where we were at. I'olnt or View. "It's a shame the way he treated you," said tho philosopher, "but you should heap coals of fire on his head." "Not now," answered tho miserly man. "I'll wait till next summer when coal will be cheaper."