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There are millions of acres of arid land upon the globe, much of It, even with the most persistent Irrigation, yielding but scantily, and enormous reaches of it devoid of all growth but the cactus, a foe to man and beast; but Mr. Burbank resolved that he would reclaim It, not by Irrigation, though welcoming its aid, but by moans of the desert Itself the desert and Its cac tus, its heat and its sun. So for a period of over ten years he has worked ' with the utmost persistence and skill until at last he has developed a cactus plant which will convert the desert into a garden. He has made the cac tus thornless, taking from its leave! the hard, woody substance, the spicules, so dangerous to animal life. More than this, he has made It adapt able to any climate. It will thrive on the hot desert, but it will grow with marvelous fecundity when irrigated or when planted in a richer soil. But this is not all of the marvel. lie has bred this dreaded scourge of the desert, this pariah among plants, un til it has become the producer of a delightful, nutritious food for man and beast until, in his estimate, consider ing the unusued areas of the world where it will thrive, it will afford food for twice the people now upon the earth. Century. The Main Thin sr. "A village client of mine had been trying through me for seven years to collect a claim against the govern ment," said the lawyer, "and at last the claim was allowed and I received a check for $8,000. "As the man was poor I knew that and it was with considerable exulta tion that I put the check in my pocket and started for the house. The man himself was away somewhere, but ns his wife answeerd my knock I showed her the check and called out: " 'At last, Mrs. Davis at Inst' " 'What Is it?' she asked. " The claim has been allowed and here Is a check for $8,000.' " 'Yes, I see,' she answered, 'out piease uon r ram quire so iouu or yuj will wake the baby up!' " Muscles In Tension. The Itevue Sciontlfique has been asking what muscles tire soonest, with the conclusion that it is not the mus cles in use, but those under tension, al though doing no work. The writer urges us to use the arms and legs less and the back and neck more, for on them comes the greatest strain, lie has been asking men of all occupations the same questions: When you have worked much, where do you feel tired? Before you were trained did fatigue show Itself In the same regions? All the answers point to the same conclusions." The baker who kneads dough all night complains of fatigue in his legs. The -blacksmith is tired, not In his arms and shoulders, but In his back and loins. The young soldier, after a march, Is especially tired in the back of the neck, even if he has carried no knap sack. The oarsman who Is in perfect train ing after prolonged exercise gets tired in his calves and insteps. These facts point to the conclusion that in any continued effort we should try to alter the habit of contraction. That Is to say, the body, like the mind, needs change of work. Matrimonial Uliss, "You must think I'm a fool!" ex claimed the angry husband. "I never would have said so," calmly rejoined the other half of the combine, "but since you have mentioned it I'm not goiug to perjure myself by denying it." Shook for the Lawyer. A well-known lawyer of this city, whose office is located close to the city hall, received a tremendous shock the other day. He was counsel for a man charged with larceny, and, as the evidence was conclusive, he -advised his client to plead guilty. "You know that you have a bad rec ord and you have practically confessed your guilt," said the lawyer in a sooth ing manner, "and you will be sentenc ed to about three years in jail." This last sentence completely dum founded the prisoner, but after he had looked about his cell for several min utes he turned to his attorney and in a very serious manner said: "Will you kindly go out and get me a good law yer?" As soon as the lawyer recovered from the shock he told the prisoner he would argue the case for him. Phila delphia Press. A Licsson in Civilization. With all our high wages and boasted civilization, says a writer in the Pall Mall Magazine, the fact remains that you will see more wretchedly poor in any of our great cities in a day than you will see in Japau in a lifetime. In other words, you will see no destitu tion in Japan. Though some are very poor, yet all seem to be well fed, clothed and housed, and are invariably cheerful, and, what Is more surprising, invariably clean. There are no pau pers In Japan, and therefore no work houses or poorhouses, though there are many hospitals. Tracticaly everyone can earn a living. His Appeal Wits in Vain. "Backward, turn backward, O time, In thy flight," wrote the poet whose watch was in pawn. But. alas, though his ticket was still as the night, time kept rolling remorselessly on. A Slight Misunderstanding. "Would you like a little bay rum, sir?" asked the barber, addressing the rural victim in his chair. "Naw, I don'- keer fer sich Intoxcr catin likers!" leplled the old farmer, "but ef yew had a leetle hard cider I wouldn't mind takin' a swig, b'gosh!" ne Kisses care's Patrons. In many of the European cafes of the cheaper order It Is the Invariable custom to print the dally menu on the napkin provided for the guest, says the London Tit-Bits, so that when the lat ter desires to study the bill of fare he has to raise his serviette from his knee in order to do so. But perhaps the most extraordinary custom in connection witli restaumtit life is that which .obtains In a certain little cafe in the suburbs of Paris, where every customer whoso bill amounts to 1 shilling or over Is entitled to receive a kiss from the very attract ive young lady who acts as cashier to the establishment. So used has the damsel become to the oscillatory routine that she goe-s through it without the slightest reti cence, looking upon it purely as a mat ter of business, and it is reported that the proprietor of the restaurant is more than satisfied with the result of his curious device for attracting pat rons. Another enterprising retauranteur has instituted the practice of making a present of a box of Havana cigars every New Year's day to those patrons who have been pretty regular In their attendance at his establishment during the preceding year. Too liusy to Work. The luxury of physical inactivity ap pears to be fully appreciated In the South, writes Bradford Torrew in "Na ture's Invitation;" and as an illustra tion, he tells of a walk he took near Miami, Fla., and of a conversation he overheard. I was walking away from the city at a rather brisk pace one morning, when I passed a lonesome shanty. A white man sat upon the rude piazza, and another man and a boy stood near. "Are you going to work to-day?" asked the boy of the occupant of the piazza. "No," was the answer, quick and pithy. "Why not?" "I ain't got time." I do not expect to hear the philoso phy of Indolence more succinctly auu pointedly stated if I live a thousand years. One seldom sees a full man with full pocketbook. Still Safe. A well-known and very serlons minded citizen confesses that the most intimate friends of his childhood were two cast-iron Hessian soldiers that made the "fire-dogs" of the sitting room. He told them all his secrets, and went to them every morning the first thing on entering the room to see if they had moved out of their "first position;" and his wonder was as great ns his relief to find they never had. The New York Tribune tells a story of another little boy, a negro, who went often to a public library, and always asked for the same book. He seemed to enjoy it Immensely, and one day an attendant followed him to an alcove, where she found him, the book open before him, looking at the picture of an old man, also col ored, being chased by a bull. A wide grin had illumined the little fellow's face. "What's the joke?" asked the at tendant. He pointed to the picture and chuckled. "He ain't kctched him!" he explain ed, delightedly. "He ain't ketched him jet!" Hard Up. Ablram Brady seemed to have some thing on his mind. He came slowly up the postofilce steps, and took his place among the semicircle on the porch waiting for the noonday mall stage with a shade more than his accus tomed dignity. "What's up, Ablram?" asked Sam Perkins. "Oh, nothing, nothing at all," was the reply. "But I was just a-thlnkin' I'd hate to be hnrd up as that Nat Tar ker," with a none too amiable glance In the-dlrection of the road over which be himself bad just come, "and have no more shame ubout lettiu' folks know It, either." "Nat strapped?" Inquired somebody, genially. "Wal, I should say so!" returned Ablram. "Why, If he ain't been after me three times this very week for that little matter o' two dollars I got from him last winter!" A Beautiful Volume. The most beautiful volume In the Congressional Library at Washington is a Bible which was transcribed on parchment by a monk In the 10th cen tury. The general lettering is in the German text, each letter is perfect, and there is not a scratch or blot from lid to lid. Each chapter begins with a largo Illuminated letter, in which Is drawn the figure of a saint, some inci dent of whom the chapter tolls. ' Ore and Feci. Pennsylvania, which makes more than half the Iron used in the United States, produces loss than 2 per cent of the iron ore mined. Ohio, which comes next to Pennsylvania ..s an iron maker, mines less than 1 per cent of the total, in both cases the ore is brought to the fuel, and this is the policy in this country. Only in Ala bama are the ore and fuel found to gether. Scientific American. A. Lenp-l'ear Episode. "How dare you tell me you love an- otner ana intend ro marry aim I ex claimed tho angry young man. "Have 1 you forgotten that only three short weeks ! 11 fr( Villi C'lill TIt1 nmA .11 n ...... inn if your pr6ud father disowned you for it?" . "Oh, no, I haven't forgotten," replied the fair but fickle leap-year maid. "I spoke to father about it the next day and he positively refused to disown me, so what more could I do?" Not Quito Satisfactory. , Hicks I understand that you have had a telephone put in your house. Mrs. Wicks must find it a great convenience. Wicks Yes; but she doesn't like it half as well as she thought she would. Sfou see, when she is using it she has to listen half the time. Somerville Joupr- ual. An association in Manchester, Eng., known ns tho Minnehaha amateur min strels, has made a business for the past 25 years of giving performances for char ity. In that time it has raised $07,130. f GOOD Short gtorie$ij t.---a. a- t..t.t.. -a- a. lining A AM rTTTTTTTTTVTTTTTTTTTTTTW The Hon. Bird S. McGuire, Congres sional delegate from Oklahoma, re ceived the following letter from a con stituent: "Dear Mr. McGuire: I en joyed that last package of garden and flower seeds you sent me very much. I wish you would send me some more garden seeds, and send a few flower seeds to my wife. But please do not send her any canary seeds. If you did she might eat them and try to sing, and God knows . I have troubles enough now." One of the newest Depew stories was told by the Senator as an event of his lust foreign trip. The Senator was in a Paris shop when a fellow countryman entered, 'and asked the price of a pin on the counter. He was told it was twenty francs.: "That's too much," said the tourist; "It's a present for my sister. I'll give you five francs for It." "Zen it would be I zat gave ze present to your sister," said the Frenchman, with a depreca tory shrug, "and I do not know za young mademoiselle." While a District of Columbia meas ure was before tho House, Congress man Bartlett, of Georgia, being in a pesky mood, raised the point of no quorum. Speaker Cannon sent some messengers out for absentees, and then proceeded to count the House In very leisurely fashion. Try as he could, he was unable to make the re quired number. A clerk at the desk said something to him as to the prob able whereabouts of certain members, and Mr. Cannon nswered in a stage whisper: "All right; you go hustle 'em in while I count slow again." "A few days ago it was my fate to be forced to listen to a long and todious speech by an amateur speak er," said Simeon Ford; "I listened to him attentively for more than an hour, because, you know, I like to have people listen to me when I set out to bore them with language. Well, I am glad I listened, because if I had not done so I would probably have missed one of the best wind-ups to a speech I ever heard. Just as we were nil ready to drop off to sleep, he said: 'And now,' as Lady Godlvn said when she was returning on her ride, 'I am drawing near my clothes.' " When Kudyard Kipling was in this country no was once commissioned to write impressions about the chief po litical boss of the United States, Sena tory Quay. Kipling went to Beaver and called on the Senator, whom ha found, as was usual, In his library. The talk was about books. In a short time, so It seemed to the British writer, Mrs. Quay came In, and after Mr. Kipling had been presented she urged him to stay to tea. Kipling stayed, and after tea he and the Sena tor returned to the library, which was such a one as he did not expect to find In any home in America. More talk about books followed until, to Kip ling's amazement, the clock struck eleven. Then, mindful of his commis sion, he made arrangements to call again the next day. Going to the tele graph office, Kipling wired his publish er something like tills; "Unable to find the boss politician. But if you want it, will write impressions about the beet literary critic in America." Land of Bad Snowdrifts. The worst snowdrifts experienced by any railroad are said to be those in Sweden. Although the cold is not so Intense as in some of our Western States, the snowfall is heavy and con tinuous. The snow plows of various kinds which are used on these roads are said to be tho most powerful in the world. There are times, however, when even this machinery fails to clear the way, when hundreds of men must be employed to dig out the stalled trains.