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SUCCESS AT LAST.
Although the machinery of the Pat ent Department is In excellent work ing order, and In spite of the multi plicity of patent lawyers and the In creased facilities for protecting Inven tion, It Is rarely tho inventor himself who profits financially by the product of his brain and labor. The struggle of Lyman Blake, chronicled in the ' New York Press, Is a common experi ence, but the success Is an unusual sequel. Far oftener the inventor sees another grow rich on his cherished Idea, while he himself lives and dies a poof man. Blake went to New York In the lat ter part of the sixties. He had In vented a machine for attaching the uppers of women's shoes to the soles. With a few dollars In his pocket, and a large fund of faith and expectation as capital, he arrived In the city and put up at the Astor House, then a fashionable hotel. Joyously and confidently he started out to show his machine to capitalists and manufacturers. When the first man he approached dismissed him with a curt, "No, I don't think we care to take It up. Good-day!" Blake was sorry for him. By and by he be gan to get sorry for himself. Day after day he sat In the waiting-rooms of the wealthy, and day by day his confidence dwindled away that is, his confidence in himself. He never lost faith in the value of his Invention. His money gave out, and he began to live on credit. Ills dreams of being a millionaire grew fainter and fainter. He determined to make one more at tempt. 'Take It at your own price!" he cried to the capitalist, who, like all the rest, declined to take it up. "Let me have one hundred dollars and you shall have It." "Really, I would like to help you, but I am very busy," replied the capi talist. Blake went Into the street like one In a nightmare. Wearied in soul and body, he thought of Gordon McKay, a friend who was In business In a small way, and he went to him. "Take it for anything you will," sold Blake. "This thing will drive me crazy. All I want lsi enough to pay my board bill and get home. I am desperate." McKay thought there was a possi bility of the Invention being worth trying. "Do what you please," said Blake. "I'll be satisfied If you give me a cent for every pair of shoes sewed with my machine." McKay advanced money enough to enable the Inventor to get home. Blake died about ten years ago, a very wealthy man. McKay became a mul timillionaire. The Invention Is still In use. In England it, Is known as the "Blake" and In America as the "Mc Kay" machine. Optimistic View. . He The doctor tells me that poor Hyer Is dying by Inches. She Oh, he'll probably live quite a number of years yet. He Why, do you think so? She He's so awfully tall. As Others See Vn. ' Mrs. Knox Mrs. Gabbleton tells ev erything she knows. Knox Her husband Is even worse. Mrs. Knox How can that be? Knox He tells a lot that he doesn't know. , Oat of Society. There was a young lady from Nashville Who had always cut a wide daihtille The boss watched one day When she thought him away And noticed her frisking the cashtilla. -Detroit Tribune. Willing- to Oblige. ' Impatient GuestHey, waiter! Fresh Walter Sorry, sir, but we are just out of hay. How would you like some corn or oata. air? . . TRUMPET CAI.L& Bam' Horn Bound a Warning Note to the Unredeemed, KASON always balks when you try to drive It Into tho beilef that things just happen. No sorrow was ever sweetened by scowling. A pulpit gas light may be a poor headlight. The light heart never makes light of holy things. Truth Is a matter of more than the tongue. God Is not eliminated by calling Him Nature. . No man Is right at heart until he Is right all over. Tainted offerings are not cleansed with soft soap. Too many render "grow In grace" as groan In grace. There Is no rest without the prospect of renewed toil. A rosy aspect does not always have a rosy prospect. Sighing over your offering does not Increase Its size. There's no use being good unless you're doing good. Working tho church Is far from doing church work. Children measure time by Its length; men by Its lessons. Many a stnner Is drinking sea-water and crying for salt. Many a sermon on' honesty is built on a stolen skeleton. No man ever did the things he thought he could not do. You cannot tell the length of a ser mon by the size of the text. It takes more than hot water to pre serve the fruits of the Spirit Veiled Sarcasm. Jack Where did you get that rose? Tom Oh, a young lady just gave it to me. Jack Say, that's a great scheme of the department stores to have their sales ladies give away flowers with every pur chase, isn't it? The Fitness of Things. "Isn't It queer that a cultivated man like that should have such a turn for hand organs?" "It must be because he's a crank." Baltimore American. Appalling Effect of Prosperity. The struggling author opened the letter the postman had jjist brought. It was from his publisher and contain ed a check for a large amount. "Well," he chuckled. "I seem to have found the secret of write living at last !" Prejudiced. "The grand jury that indicted me," said the grafter, "was grossly preju diced." "How was it prejudiced?" "By the evidence, of course." Wash ington Star. Barlr History. Wakeful Willie Mamma I Tired Mamma Well, dear? Wakeful Willie When Santa Clans was a little boy who filled his stock ing? Woman's Home Companion. She Didn't Mean that Kind. The Widow I can't understand why uny man should want to lead a double life. The Bachelor Same here. A single life Is good enough for me. The Obese Lady The wild mon of. Borneo will not, appear this week. The Living ! Skeleton What's thp" trouble Is he sick? The Obese Lady No; gone to visit his parents In Indiana. " Z' Liked It Dark. Mother That young man comes much earlier In the evenings now than he used to in the summer, doesn't he, Laura? , Daughter Oh, yes, ma; but, you know, it gets dark so much earlier now1. BE8T HOTEL IN THE WORLD. In Japan( Briton Bays, with a Lucerne Hostelry a Close Second. If one excepts the Schweizer Hof at Lucerne, which cannot be approached by any rival in any country, the aver age English hotel is more luxuriously furnished than the average foreign hotel. But unfortunately one cannot lunch off saddle bag lounges or dine on alabaster pillars. The food supplied by the palaces which line the coasts of the island Is abomlually 'bad, accord ing to the London Saturday Review. Abroad It Is a very different story. Everybody In and about a foreign hotel, from the head waiter down to the under cooks, takes an Interest and a pride In his business. In the English hotel the servants seem ashamed of being caught ministering to tho crea ture comforts of others, and even the Germans and Italians catch over here the surly, listless air of English cooks and waiters. French Is the country of culinary extremes; there tho cooking Is either very good or very bad. The Idea that the humblest French inn will produce an appetizing dish Is a myth. We have had some of the most nauseous as well as some of the most exquisite meals In France; and outside the larger towns a French hotel, unless it is In the way of receiving English and American visitors, will have sanitary arrangements such as those described by Arthur Young in the eighteenth century. Of the hotels in the United States It only remains to be said that they are four times as expensive as British hotels and In every point except that of service four times as good. Attendance in the shape of getting your bell answered, hot water brought or boots cleaned, Is simply non-existent in an American hotel. But In cltic3 like New York, Chicago, Boston, and even remote towns like Denver, the cooking of the restaurants and the quality of the food are as good as you would get In Paris. The. linen and the sanitary arrangements of American hotels leave nothing to be desired. Unquestionably the worst hotels in the world are those in the east, In India, at Singapore, Hingkong and Shanghai. Having run over nearly the whole world, we are of opinion that the best hotel in which the fastidious traveler can hang up his hat Is tho Oriental Palace at Yokohama. Went for a Soldier. At one of the London police courts a young hooligan was being tried for an assault on an elderly man. The magistrate, noticing an old customer In the hooligan, thought he would give him a little fatherly advice, and re marked: "Young man, I'm surprised at a big, strong, healthy looking fel low like you always getting Into trou ble. Why, you seem to be always wanting to fight. Why don't you go for a soldier?" Iamgine the smile which Illuminated the magistrate's face when the youth replied, "I did once, your honor, and he nearly killed me." . . . . What Fishermen Believe. Fishermen are, many of them,' re markably superstitious. For Instance, In some fishing boats whistling is for bidden and neither milk nor burnt bread Is allowed on board. Even the name of that unlucky animal the hare may not be mentioned and a common method of punishing an enemy Is to throw a dead hare Into his boat. Some fishermen believe In luck attending an odd-numbered crew, but the good for tune will be neutralized should one of the number bave :red hair, n'.-.s u-t Lives of great men all remind us how easy it Is to be a small man. . His Best Recollection. "Tommy," asked the elderly friend of the family, "have the insurance people1 settled With your father since you had that fire at'your' house?"1 1 ' 1 "No, ma'am," answered Tommy, "but paw says the disguster is com in' to sea hiia about it to-morrow." A LOST INVENTION. ' - Fortune Await the One Who Dlseov . - era a Metal of the Ancients. "Fame and fortune await the luckj Individual who can rediscover the com bination of metals from which the Egyptians, the Aztecs and the Incas of Peru made their tools and arms. Though each of these nations reached a high state of civilization, none of them ever discovered iron, In spite of the f act that the" soil "of all three coun tries was largely Impregnated with It Their substitute for it was a combina tion of metals which had the temper of steel. Despite the greatest efforts, the secret of this composition has baf fled scientists and has become a lost art The great explorer Humboldt tried to discover it from an analysis of a chisel found In an ancient Inca silver mine, but all that ho could find out was that It appeared to be a com bination of a small portion of tin with copper. This combination will not give the hardness of steel, so it Is evi dent that tin and copper could not have been Its only component parts. Whatever might have been the nature of the metallic combination, these an cient races were able so to prepare pure copper that it equaled In temper the finest steel produced at the present day by the most scientifically approved process. With their bronze and cop per Instruments they were able to quarry and shape the hardest known stones, such as granite and porphyry, and even cut emeralds and like sub stances. "A rediscovery of this lost art would revolutionize many trades In ' which steel at present holds the monopoly. If copper could thus be tempered now Its advantage over steel would be very great and It would no doubt be pre ferred to the .latter In numerous In dustries. It Is a curious fact that though this lost secret still' baffles modern scientists it must have been discovered Independently by the three races Which made use of it, so long ago." The above Item from a Sunday paper Is an example of many such floating about which both reflect and Impress an exaggerated sense of the Import ance of a socalled lost invention or art. The writer says: "A rediscovery of this lost art would revolutionize many trades In which steel at present holds the monopoly." Why would there be any revolution? Is any man sighing for a copper razor, or does' any boy want a brass Jackknlfe blade? There Is no evidence to prove that the tem pered copper tools of the ancients were capable of holding a keen edge like steel; on the contrary, they were prob ably very . crude and unsatisfactory substitutes for what we now have. Machinery. Accomplished. "There Is a wonderfully trained owl out at the golf club." "What does It do?" "Says 'mon' after every single 'hoot "Judge. No Iionarer Needed. Her r hear the count has broken off bis engagement With that homely heiress. .1 wonder why? ,' Him He recently Inherited a mil lion from a distant relative. Mot So Very. . 1"I hear be loves her very extrava gantly?" ... . . , i . "It's a mistake; he doesn't spend hardly anything on her." Houston Post- ......... An Insinuation. -, "Women," remarked Growells, "al ways have their purses filled with sam ples." .' ' V :'f.; ' 11 ' ' "Anyway," rejoined Mrs. Growe'ls. In a tone redolent of sarcasm, "we dou't get them, filled In 'sample rooms.'". , . ' .' '.. ; ,iX What They Objeot'to.' '-VS New Woman Is there any. good rea son why there should hot be female law yers, female congressmen, or female sen ators? i- ' ' " -Meek Man None whatever. What people object to Is female gentlemen.