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I TRAINING A HUSBAND.
When Alvln Jones told bis mother that he was going to be married she replied tbat she know be would bo un happy, because no girl would humor his whims as bis mother bad. After the wedding was over, says the Chi cago News, and her son and her new daughter were established in their cozy home, Mrs. Jones' maternal inter est was tinged with a fearful expec tancy. To be sure, Alvin looked hap py, but for all she knew he might be putting it on. May was sweet and lovable, but her mother-in-law noted the firm curve in her chin and her calm eye, and waited for something to happen. "Alvin is so fond of fried cabbage," said his mother one day, happening In as her daughter-in-law was preparing lunch. "I know It," said May, sweetly. "He has asked twice for It, but be doesn't get it. Such indigestible stuff is not good for him." Mrs. Jones went home and wept She saw down a long vista of years her son treading his weary way un cheered by his favorite vegetable. Her heart was hot within her. "Did you ever have fried salt pork for breakfast?" she inquired with seeming carelessness another day. Al vin had been abnormally fond of it at home. "Mercy, no!" said May. "That aw ful greasy stuff! I believe Alvln did say something about it once, but 1 explained the dreadful things it did to one's system, and he has not mention ed it again. . I find tbat Alvin likes u lot of things which are very bad for him," she ended, thoughtfully. "I must be going now," said Alvln's mother, in hnste. She felt she could not stay another moment without bog ging this hard-hearted young creature to relent and make life pleasant for her poor, misunderstood son. When she dined with them she was surprised to find that Alvin had gain ed in weight, and looked better than he bad when he had lived at home. She noticed, too, that once when be had carelssly flicked cigar ashes on the floor he rose the next minute and carefully brushed them up. "I make so much extra work for May," he said, In explanation. "You didn't train me very well, did you, mother?" Mrs. Jones was speechless before this rank Ingratitude. Just then May called her husband, and Alvln hasten ed out where she was. He came back laughing, with his cap In one band and in' the other a glove and a whlsk broom. "I had stowed my cap behind the dust-pan," he said gaily to his wonder ing mother. "The whisk-broom I bad left on the dining-room table and my glove on the ball floor. It keeps May busy making me put thing where they belong. I realize now how horribly careless I've been all my life. How long do you think It -will take you to train me into a civilised being, my lady?" he ended, as May came into the room. 'l'have hopes of you If I keep up the discipline," she replied. Mrs. Jones senior Is wondering if she really did not make a mistake in not using more firmness with Alvin when he was at home. Worthies Fellow. "I don't know any one so slipshod as my husband; his buttons are for ever coming off," complained Mrs. Oaddie. "But," suggested Mrs. Goode, "per haps they are not sewed on properly." "That's just it. He's awfully care less about his sewing." Catholic Standard and Times. A Pair of Rounders. Husband (time 1 a. m.) I shay, m'dear, I hie didn't 'shpect to fi' you blc slttln' up for me. , Wife (calmly) Oh! that's all right, old boy. I only got in myself about live ninnies aga. THE TOWER OF1 BABEL. History Leave No Data by Which to Ultimate It Helarht. The exact date of the building of "Nimrod's Folly," as the Chaldeans say in alluding to the Scriptural tower of Babel (the Armenians speak of it as the Tower of the Confusion of Tongues) or the height to which It pen etrated the rarefied atmosphere of the oriental plains will perhaps never be known. . The date of the laying of the foundation of the famous structure is usually set at 2,257 years before Christ, or in the year of the floooMOl. The expression of the sacred his torian that its top was to "reach un to heaven" Is now generally set down as a strong Hebrew phrase denoting a very lofty tower, but not necessarily meaning that one would reach to the abiding place of the Lord and His hosts. Proof tbat this is probable may be found in several places in the holy writ. The walls of the cities of Ca naan are described by Moses In similar phraseology. The spies sent out by him returned and reported tbat the cities of that country were great and were "walled up to heaven." See Deu teronomy 1:28, 0:1. There Is a Jewish legend in the Talmud which tells us that God did not put a stop to the building of the tower until after it had reached a height of 10,000 fathoms, which Is equal to nearly twelve Eng lish miles. The sacred historians have not in a single Instance left data upon which we can base a calculation of Its exact height and general dimensions, and It is because of this omission that the Imaginative orientals and other ancient writers have given such fabulous and extravagant traditions concerning It Even St. Jerome alleges from the tes timony of eyewitnesses who claim to have seen and examined the ruins of the skyscraplng shaft fhat In his dny (born 345 A. D.) it was over four miles high. While considering these unten able notions it may not be out of place to mention that other fanciful writers make its height range all the way from a single furlong to 5,000 miles in height. Pittsburg Press. A. Deadening Habit. A faultfinding, criticising habit is fatal to all excellence. Nothing will strangle growth quicker than a ten dency to hunt for flaws, to rejoice In the unlovely, like a hog which always has his nose in the mud and rarely looks up. The direction In which we looks Indicates the life aim, and people who are alwuys looking for something to criticize, for the crooked and the ugly, who are always suspicious, who Invariably look at the worst side of others, are but giving the worl.1 a pic ture of themselves. This disposition to see the worst In stead of the best grows on one very rapidly, until it ultimately strangles all tbat is beautiful and crushes out all that Is good in himself. No matter how many times your confidence has been betrayed, do not allow yourself to sour, do not lose your faith in peo ple. The bad are the exceptions; most people are honest and true and mean to do what is right O. S. Marden In Success Magazine. Two Sunsets Per Day. There is only one place In the world where the sun sets twice dally, and that is at Leek, in Staffordshire. The reason of this is that a jagged moun tain Is situated to the west of the town, and In the evening the sun sets behind it and darkness comes on. Then the first sunset occurs, the gas lamps lit, and apparently night has set in. But it has not, for in the space of an hour or so ine sun reappears again through the opening at the side of the mountain and daylight again appears. Artificial lights are extinguished and daylight again prevails, until the sun again descends below the opening, and the second sunset occurs and night conies to stay. When mothers hear of a young girl who likes to take care of babies, they Bake as much of her as if she were padding. WOMEN GAMBLER3 OF YORE. Lord Kenron'a Threat Proof Prac tice Was Common 100 Years As;o. However one .may deplore the pre out craze for gambling among women, It can at least be urged in their favor that they do not indulge their love of cards to anything like the same extent as did their sex a century ago, when Lord Kenyon made his famous scath ing comments from the bench and threatened that any women convicted before him of public gaming "should certainly exhibit themselves In the pil lory, though they should be the first ladies in the land." Only a short time before his lord ship mude this severe threat three lead ers of the world of fashion ladles of high rank and moving in the most ex alted of social circles-r-had each been fined 50 for making their houses cen ters of gambling for high stakes, and it was stated at the time that there Wdre hundreds of other great ladles whose drawing-rooms were nothing less than gambling infernos, where tens of thousands of pounds were lost and won In a single night and the Coon of which, when dawn broke, were strewn ankle deep with cards. "There Is scarcely a house of any Importance," wrote a chronicler of the time, "the hostess of which has not her faro bank, and where the world of fashion, Including royal princes and princesses, does not congregate daily to play for the highest stakes. It is notorious that many of these ladles add ten of thousands of pounds yearly to their pin money in this discredit able fashion." Nor was this encouragement of gambling by women any Innovation, for a couple of generations earlier It was a common thing for ladies of rank to open gambling-houses for the entertainment of their aristocratic friends and the plenishing of their own purses and this they did in defiance of the law. Tit-Bits. In Far Counties. When the 6hower came up the artist, who was walking through New Hamp shire on a sketching tour, sought shel ter under a tree, where he was soon joined by another woyfarer, a man of middle age, who looked a sort of better-class tramp, and Indeed was one. The two entered Into conversation, and It came out that the wayfarer was a harness-maker by vocation, but a rover by predilection. "Yes," he said, "I'm a rolling stone. I'm never happy In one place. I'm here to-day and gone to-morrow. There ain't any fossil about me. I'm on the move all the time. The world is made to see, I say, and I'm bound to see all I can of it." The artist began to think that he had fallen in with a modern Marco Polo, and by way of leading up to some interesting anecdotes of the anti podes, he remarked: "You must have been quite a travel ler." "Well, that's about so," the man modestly replied. "I reckon I could find my way over New Hampshire with my eyes shut, and I was once two months In Vermont." James R. Keen Was a Good Loser. "James B. Keene, the great Califor nia millionaire, Is coming East in a palace car!" said somebody to Jay Gould, one summer morning in 1877. The master of financial tricks replied: "Let him come; I'll send him back in a box car." The threat seemed likely to be car ried out when Keene tried, a few years later, to corner wheat Gould and Cammack attacked him; he was sold out by men who ought to have stood by him, and he saw his fortune literally melt away. But he never lost his nerve, and calmly said: "I will walk this street in victory when those who have betrayed me to-day are dead or paupers," a prediction which has been fulfilled to a large extent Suc cess Magazine. . Listen when two women quarrel if you would hear the truth. SEQUOYAH WAS A GENIUS. Was Inventor of Alphabet and Call ed "American Cadmus." Sequoyah, for whom It.bas been sug gested that the proposed new State be named, was a genius of bis day, and all Indians have agreed that his name should be perpetuated by giving it to the State, if separate statehood Is granted, says the Muskogee (I. T.) cor respondent of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Sequoyah was half German, and his German name was George Guess Ghlest. He was born in the old Chero kee Nation, Georgia. He could neither read nor write, yet was the Inventor of the Cherokee-American alphabet, and. was styled among the Indians as the American "Cadmus." He was born about 1703, and died In 1844, while in search of a lost band of Cherokee In dians In Mexico. He perfected the al phabet In 1821, and since 1829 books and newspapers have been published in the Cherokee language. In 1822 he moved to the new Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, and lived near where the town of Muldrow now stands, his trading post being Fort Smith, Ark., some of the old Inhabitants of which still remember him. - The Cherokee-American alphabet contains eighty-six characters, and Is one of the wonders of the world, con sidering the fact Its originator was an Illiterate Indian. The Indian mind is remarkable for its association of ideas, and the Idea of writing by Se quoyah's method was at once asso ciated with branding cattle, and to this day the words, writing, printing or branding are expressed In the Chero kee tongue by the same word: "De-gah-la-tah-naah." Sequoyah carved the various characters out of the bark of trees, and to this fact 95 per cent of the Cherokees owe their ability to read and write. The Bible was translated Into the Cherokee language and has been the means of teaching Christianity among these Indians. The Cherokee Advo cate, established at Tahlequah In 1844, is still In existence, and is the only newspaper of the kind in the world. Case Diagnosed at Once. One of America's greatest physi cians was called to the bedside of a grand dume of distinguished name and many millions, who is a leader of American society. But now the grande dame groaned and grunted in her silk en bed like any washerwoman. The physician examined her carefully. Then be said: "You must get up every morning at G o'clock. Take for breakfast a cup of weak tea and two pieces of dry toast. From 9 to 11 exercise, either walking or sweeping or dusting. At noon lunch on a slice of cold meat, fil tered water and stale bread. Don't sleep In the afternoon; exercise again. For dinner take nothing but a little meat, a vegetable and toast No sweets, no wines, no social dissipation of any kind." The eyes of the grande dame flash ed fire as she said: "But, doctor, do you comprehend my position? Do you know who I am?" "Perfectly, madam," answered the physician. "You are an old woman with a sour stomach." Reassuring; the Wealthy Father. "And how do you intend to support my daughter?" asked the merchant of th poor but proud young man who bad just asked the fair maid's hand. "I Intend to work, sir," he answered, his tone as haughty and confident as the merchant's own. "At what do you propose to work?" ssoered the angry father. "Any graft, sir, that is good enough to work and not bad enough to be found out," replied the intrepid youth. Touched to the heart, the merchant impulsively held out bis hand to ths young man. "She is yours, my boy," he cried In trembling tones. Baltimore American. When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone. Scott