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Too Much of. a Good Thine. 0 Lacquer work Is seen In Its perfec- tlon only In China and Japan. -..e Chi'iose master of the art. who alone holds many of Its secrets, lives iinj works in l'ekln. Miss Eliza Seldmore. In the Chicago Tribune, writes of u visit to his shop. In that dry climate, away from the sea, there are more difficulties In managing the lacquer than in Japan: but this expert. In his stone-floored, heavy-walled and roofed house, manages to maintain an even temperature and to get moisture l,nto the nir by constant sprinkling. Mixed lacquers thick, sticky liquids like honey or molasses are kept In covered crocks or bowls, and the work men apply them with thin blades or brushes that distribute thin, even washes over the wooden foundation of the object that Is being coated. The surface of a box, for example, Is coated over with dark-green lacquer and put away to dry in a dark cup board, the sides of which are constant ly sprinkled with water. After drying for a day In tne moist air another coat Is applied, and It is again put into the damp cupboard to dry. This continues until tiie object has been coated fifty times with the dark green lacquer. The general outline of the design which Is to be raised In relief abovp the dark ground is drawn, and the groundwork carved over with fine wave and geometrical designs. Then successive coats of red lacquer are ap plied, and gradually little islands of scarlet appear above the green level. Eighty coats of red lacquer are put in and dried, and then the outlines of the flowers or figures are sketched on and the relief ornament carved out. Slowly and patiently the Chinese work men chip away and cur away into the quarter Inch of red substance, which Is only about as hard as cheese. As the thin little chisel cuts under a tiny flower until It rests In relief upon green leaves, one admires the skill and sun- toucH'Uhat.work.' out all the exquisite modeling of the, delicate petals. & "XuV Empress Dowager is fond of , tlwij'&W'd things,'' "said the director, who further explained that many of the finished boxes and oilier articles shown were pieces lor.g ago ordered for her birthday gifts. Among these were a pair of two-story sweetmeat boxes, a duplicate pair of which would cost a thousand dollars. Even a tiny tray no larger than the palm of one's hand represents six months- of work with Its two hundred coatings and its slow, careful carving. Dr. Quackem Your husband has pe culiar symptoms.' Have you any Idea what caused his illness? Mrs. Patient lie took a violent fan cy to a new health food recently, and I think ho ate too much of It. Bocks as Money. Ole Oleson, a "lumber Jack," walked Into town the other day carrying 1, 750 pairs of gloves and mittens, 1,175 pairs of socks- and eighty-three pounds of tobacco. He offered the goods for sale at about one-fourth of their value and was arrested on suspicion. lie pro tested to the police that he came Into possession of the goods honestly. When pressed he declared that he won the articles at poker in the lumber woods. Oleson said he had ' been In the woods many months. The lumber jacks received no money while In the woods, but wore expected to wait uu til they returned to town for their pay. At the company "store" In the woods the men could get such articles as they desired, however, having them charged against their time. Accord ingly, the men used merchandise In stead of checks in their games. Oleson said he played In good luck, uiil in one game, where socks were the stakes, he won 1,173 pairs of the hosiery on three aces. The other man held a trio of kings. In a game for mittens, Oleson said, 'the limit was high, and in three hours I of play he had mittens enough to supply a regiment of soldiers. His story sounded reasonable and he was released to go and "cash in his checks." Ashland (Wis.) Cor. Minnea polis Tribune. Om;-i''amily S;: tile incut. "No one is a separate unit In India," says Edmund Russell. "The sons nev er leave the parental rooftree. AM marry marriage with them is as birth and death, Inevitable and their chil dren are added to the family. Thers are always widowed aunts, othor grandparents no relative is ever left to shift for himself in India so that households of Io0 are not uncommon. Add almost as many servants, ami we have some idea of the occupation and cares of the mistress of such a home. The servants' quarters surround ths yard ir 'compound,' and the ladies o( the household care for them as did the stately dames , of old Virginia In the planti.tlon life before the war. The great zenana courtyards stretch back to fruit and vegetable gardens, and there are tanks or artllicial ponds where ladies and children bathe In se clusion. Itlossoming trees rise above hedges that jealously guard these sec red retreats', whre a family may sport in private with freedom unknown to us, and suited to their shy, poetic, playful nature, that only unfold when with each other; caring as little to see the world outside as to be seen by It." Everybody's Magazine. A Comedian's Joke. A celebrated Irish comedian went in to a barber shop to get shaved, and, finding the barber out, he determined to have a little fun before his return. So he took off his coat, put on a thin ner one and quietly waited for a cus tomer. An old gentleman came In soon. "Shave, sir?" said our pretended bar ber. The old gentleman took a chair, and the comedian began to lather, expect ing every moment the barber would appear. Five minutes passed and no barber. Five more, and still no bar ber. The joker began to get desperate, and conceived a bright idea, rutting up bis brush, he quickly changed his coat ' again, took his hat, and was about to quietly step out behind the gentleman's back, . when that worthy turned his head and exclaimed: "Here, sir, aren't you going to shave me?" "No, sir," promptly replied the co median. "The fact is, we only lather here, sir. They shave four doors bo low." Then he bolted out of the door, leav ing the indignant old fellow to his wrath. Possible Explanation, i She I wonder why so few men are regular church goers? He I don't know, unless it's be ' cause there Is no law prohibiting It Ko Formal Announcement Needed. Neighbor I hear you have a baby at your house? Jones Yes who told you? Neighbor The baby. SOME CURIOUS FINOS. Money Lost on a Farm Was Located Inside a Potato. A Scarborough gentleman was sur prised recently to find thirty-eight pins in bis breagfast egg, and most other people would have been surprised, too, under tne circumstances. There ought to be a collection of miraculous eggs somewhere.1 It was only two years ago since a ben laid an egg at Bed ford with a penny In it There is no doubt at all as to the fact, but the question, "How did the penny get in side the egg?" bas never been quite satisfactorily settled. A comparison puzzle is afforded by a market gardener, well known at Spltalflelds market, who once lost and found a half crown under almost In credible circumstances. He was In specting his crops when he dropped the half crown on the ground, and though he searched long and diligent ly, he searched In vain. A year passed and the incident was being forgotten, when, as he was selecting some pota toes for the market, Mr. Smith came across one of a very curious shape. Cutting it open to discover the cause of its eccentricity, the gardener found inside It the half-crown piece he had lost twelve months before. The po tato was seen by hundreds of people, and the truth of the story is well vouched for. Remarkable as they are, there is nothing unique in these cases. One of the romances of money-making is the story of a man who found a news paper inside a shark when Ashing in Australia in 1870, and who leamed the news of the Franco-German war in this way early enough to make a for tune out of it. The story may be true or not; everybody In Australia knows it. Another after the same kind is that of the Mllford Haven trawler which, while fishing off Carlingford Lough a year or two ago, caught up in the net a packet of papers, tied together with red tape and carefully sealed. The skipper of the boat handed the docu ments to a lawyer, and It was found they were a missing link which stood between a woman and her fortune. They proved the rigiit of a Miss Macdonald to certain estates In Ire land, which she had claimed ten years before, but which she had failed to win because the will could not be produced. It was this will which was brought up from the sea. Pearson's Weekly. He Lost J I la Nickel. "What's the matter, bub?" queried the kind-hearted old man who saw a newsboy looking around as If in search of a lost arliclc. ".I'll git licked when I git home!" snillled the boy in reply. "Who'll lick you?" "Me fadder." "What for?" "For losin a nickel." "Sure you lost It uround here?" "Dead sure and me fadder won't take no excuse." "He won't, eh? Well, we must see what we can do about it. You appear to be a very nice boy and I don't want you to bo licked for an accident." "Den you'll gimme do nickel, will you?" asked the lad, as a grin lurked at the corners of his mouth. "I'll do better than that, bub a heap better. Here are my spectacles. Tut them on nnd look around again nnd you may find two nickels instead of one. If you do I won't ask you to divide." Crucial Test. Ida Yes, I am going to marry a photographer. He has such an unruffled disposition. May Why should you think so? Ida I have seen him take the pic ture of a baby without even losing his temper. His Lucky Escape. Jack Congratulate me, old man. Tom What's up? Are you engaged? Jack No; Miss Roxlelgh refused me the day before her father made an assignment. FROM DERISICN TO FAME. Luther Hut-bunk To-day Foremost in in the World in His Li e Scarcely a decade ago Luther Bur bank was virtually unknown to the world. He was held In derision by hi relatives, in pity by bis friends, In scorn by his enemies. 118 was de nounced by scientific men as little less than a charlatan, a producer of spec tacular effects, a seeker for the un canny and abnormal, an enemy to all true scientific progress, a misleading, though powerful, prophet of a new or der of things that could never coma to pass. One day a minister in Santa Rosa, Cal., where Mr. Burbank lives, invit ed him to attend church, that he might listen to a sermon upon the work he was carrying on. He accept ed the Invitation, and was forced to listen to an address violently denounc ing him as a foe to God and man, one who was interrupting the well-ordered course of plant life, destroying forces' and functions long established and sacred, reducing the vegetable life of the world to a condition at once unnat ural and abnormal. Going a little further back in his his tory, to the period in which he first attempted to carry out the work of his life, we find him more than once perilously near starvation in a land of plenty, but rising by sheer force of noble ideals above all temporal ills. To-day Mr. Burbank has become tha foremost man In the world In the pro duction of new and Interesting forms of fruits, trees, flowers, vegetables, grasses ajid nuts. Ho has carried hU Investigations far beyond the point that he had reached when the minis ter assailed him. Last year more than six thousand men, embracing among them the very pick and (lower of the scientific life of two hemispheres, made the pilgrimage to his Santa Rosa homo to study the lines of his inves tigations, to see with their own eyes many things which their scientific minds could not accept as truth with out visual demonstration, and to learn some details of the supreme results achieved. During the year thirty thou sand letters were received, coming from every quarter of the globe, ask ing for more light upon his work, Century. A Sell-Possessed Traveler. The late Mrs. Isabella Bishop, whose travels in different parts of the world secured for her membership in the Royal Geographical Society, vis ited America when she was a young woman. Shu was unused to travel and Was alone when she had the fol lowing experience, which is told in Blackwood's .Magazine: Once, in a train g;.ing to New York, fche was dreadfully tired, and yet she had a feeling that if she went to sleep the man silting next to her would pick her pocket, fme struggled for some time against her Inclination to sleep, but having for a moment given way she awakened to feel the hand of her neighbor gently withdrawing her purse from her pocket. In her purse, besides some money which was, comparatively speaking, of small moment, was her baggage check. That was th only thing that really mattered. If she accused her neighbor of theft, nothing was simpler for him than to drop the purse out of the open window beside which he was sitting. No; she determined she would leave any Interference until they arrived at their destination. She secured the services of a porter, and, with apparent calmness, follow ed her traveling companion down the platform. Having described her lug gage to the porte.-, she at the critical moment bowed sllglnly to the pick pocket, and, with an airy smile, said, "This gentleman has my baggage check," and he immediately presented it to her. Outclassed. Nextdoor I haven't heard your dog barking at night for some time. Wedderiy No, I guess the poor fellow got discouraged. We have twins at our house now, you know.