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Hying loose,
my finest toy
if Mother Goose;
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As tlioy -,.r,uu(ls nluI n R wU,z
fplow mid shine.
w. tt.rii,t" ,h,,t ,,ow ure his
Art, thofj:t once wore mine.
Perhaps when lie, like pie. is old,
He'll take upon Lis knee
His little child with curlH of gold
All floating fair and (roe;
And road him all these rhymes abeam
To make his spirit Kind,
And for a fleeting moment dream
' About liis dear old dud.
-Monsey's Magazine.
Harried to Order
HEX Theodore Clayton step
ped down the gangplank of the
lake steumor to take the Cen
ter Harbor stage for Sandwich he was
In a peculiar stute of mind, and there
seenied to lie- a sufficient reason for
tlilg. His father had actually ordered
him to go up to u little Hummer resort
In Central New Hampshire und do
nothing more or less than marry Jean
"Theo," the senior Clayton had said,
"It Is high time you were settled down
In Ufe. You've dallied about In near
ly es'ery country on the face of the
globe, you've met nil classes of wom
en, and you've failed to bring home a
wife. Now, 1 want our Arm to con
tinue under the same family name
long after both you and 1 have gone
to meet our Illustrious ancestors on
the other side. I would have, been
eminently satisfied with uuy choice of
a wife I feel sure you would make,
but you have failed to make this
choice after every opportunity In the
world and I believe you never will do
It unulded.
"I have in mind a young woman
whom I shall expect you to marry. Her
name is Jean Weston. I have seen
her; she is attractive; about your age,
and eminently suited to you as a life
companion. I have two reasons be?
sides all this why I want you to marry
her. She is the niece of a young wom
an whom 1 was about to marry when
she died, and she has an ample store
of health and the world's goods.
Xow "
"But, father," put In the astonished
Theo, "how do you know she will
have nieV How do you "
: "How, do I know! How do I
know!" sputtered Clayton senior.
"I've arranged all that. Her father
would lie pleased with .the match he
kuows you and his daughter has
your photograph, over which, from re
ports, she seems to be enraptured; be
sides, do you want me to think a Clay
ton would doubt his ability to win any
bride he had set his heart upon?
"But, father," again Interposed the
astonished mid perplexed son.
" 'But me no huts,' young man.
You've had your Uing and a good one,
too. Now do not doubt my ability to
choose for you, who, evidently, can
not choose for yourself. You'll find
Miss Weston stopping at the Holly
wood House, up in Suudwlch, New
Hampshire. Run along, now; pack
up your best suits and your golf clubs
and start. Send me reports of your
"This, then, explnins young Clay
ton's peculiar state of mlud as he ap
proached the -Cento- Harbor . stage,
in which he was to complete the jour
y to the bride-to-be of bis father's
"l"yew want tew go this trip you'll
hnf ter set up on them air mull bags,"
"aid the driver of the aneieut vehicle
to Theo; so he clambered up and
perched himself like a watch dog over
Uncle Sam's mall . sacks, where he
proceeded to enjoy a cigar. "
The nasal jargon of the stage driver
below attracted his uttentlon, howev
er, and he was soon deeply interested
in learning that an elderly-lad could
be accommodated with a seVt upo an
empty egg crate placed between the
two top seats of the stage coach if
her daughter would not ' object to
"settln" up.thar with that feller on
to' mail sucks."
Theo waa pleased to see the young
lady accept this only alternative and
ascend gracefully over the rear wheel
to a position beside hlra upon the mall
She brushed a few willful locks of her
hair back from her forehead, with an
any gesture, and as Theo 'made a
move as if to throw away bis not half
consumed cigar she exclaimed: '
"Oh, don't stop smoking on my ac
count, please; possessiop gives you this
attractive place by nine points of the
'nw, 1 believe, and, besides, 1 adore
the odor of a good cigar!!
"Thank you." said he, and soon he
commenced to marvel upou the strange
ness of his errand, which was uatur
a"y occupying about all his thoughts
1,1 that time. He had implicit faltli
ln his father's judgment pud never
nal he considered for, a moment the
't'a of disobeying him since he left
h's 'Icons, hence no such thought oc
curred to him at this time.
"Ah! Ooooo!!!"
Theo avyoke to his surroundings In
"nie to see the young lady benlde him
'''PPlng, mail sack and all, towards (
ne conch wheel below. ' j
Gnispiug her tlruily with oue hand
.-'Hp ft2-G$Mty
The Illinois Central Kail
road . is conducting experi
ments with a telephone device
installed in the cnb of a loco
motive and attachable to the
telegraph wires at any point
on the line of the railroad, rl
Experiments made reccntlvli
showed that the wires could
be used for telephonic and
telegraphic purposes at the
same time without any inter
ruption to the Morse code.
Experiments already conducted on the New York Central aver a shorter distant
than on the Illinois Central gave results which were satisfactory. The usual
telephone receiver and transmitter ore placed in the cab of an engine. When it
is desired to communicate with the nearest station the traia is stopped and a rod
containing wires attached to the cab is hooked on one of the telegraph wires. The
separation of the telephonic and telegraphic currents is accomplished by means
of individualizing condensers, which ground the telephone current through the
and the mail sack with the other be
quickly brought both back to a place
of safety.
"Y'ou were evidently moved with the
contents of those letters," he remarked
cheerfully. "I was absent ln a day
dream or I would have prevented
your fright. If I am to guard against
young ladles taking away whole sacks
of Uncle Sam's mall I must keep a
better watch."
His companion was blushing furious
ly and with downcast eyes she mur
mured a word of thanks. Then Theo
saw that he had not removed his arm
from her waist It was his turn to
become embarrassed as be took his
arm away.
"I think." he hesitated. "I think It
time we Introduced ourselves," and he
handed her his curd.
She was gazing down over the side
of the coach upon the huge wheel that
but for him might have crushed her,
and she became pale.
"You and your novel toboggan would
have slid over the wheel, not under
It" be said, divining her thoughts as
he hold towards her his card.
Flushing once more, she gravely
read the name, and as gravely haud
ed him her own from out her pocket
book. Then it was his turn to do the light
ning change act with his features, for
he read: Miss Weston.
"I beg your pardon," he stammered,
''but If your first name Is Jean 1 think
I know you; that is, I know of you,"
and he looked at her expectantly.
"Why, yes, that is my name," she
answered, with a puzzled air, "but I
must add, Mr. Claytou, that I never
saw or heard of you before, to my
"She's a cool one," said Theo to him
self; "doesn't Intend to admit in any
manner that the whole affair is cut aud
dried. Well, I must say the old man Is
a 'corker' for sure. His judgment is
all O. K. 1 won't let on. If she wants
to pretend that this never-heard-of-you-before
business I'll help her out."
"I may be mistaken," he replied
aloud, "but I merely thought I heard
of a Miss Jeuu Weston. However, I
am well satisfied, now that I know a
Miss Jean Weston. Do you make the
entire trip on this stage?" he asked, by
way of changing the subject.
"No, I am only going to the Lower
Comer, as the place is called. We
ore to stay at the Laurelwood House;
It will be our next stop," replied Miss
"Why, that is where I am going,"
Theo blandly assured her. "The
splendid golf links attached to the
house attracted me."
Miss Weston murmured something
confusedly, for she knew that part of
the country well, and was aware that
the only golf links in the county were
attached to the Hollywood House
grounds, ten uilles from the Laurel
wood House.
A few days later Theo's father re
ceived a letter from his son, which
contained the following.:,
"Have met Miss Jean Weston, and
am charmed with her. She is stop
ping at the Laurelwood House, ten
miles from the Hollywood, where yu
satd I would And her."
A fortnight later. Clayton. Sr., re
ceived another letter from his son. In
which he waa assured the affair waa
proceeding in a most satisfactory
This was wholly true, for Theo and
Miss Weston were the best of friends,
with every prospect of becoming more
than friends In a short time. One day
they were making a trip awheel and
stopped at the Hollywood House for
"Oh, look. Mr. Clayton, cried Miss
Weston, "here Is my namesake!" and
Theo was speechless and nearly breath
less as he gazed upon the Hollywood
register at the name: Miss Weston.
'I must see her." cried Theo's com
panion, which was but echoing his
own sentiments.
The waiter told them when she
came Into the dining room.
"Miss Westou is highly cultured. It
Is almost aggressively stamped upon
her whole being. Kuir to look upon,
but evidently unlovable. So this is
the wife -pater" picked out for me,"
wus Theo's summary.
Stuck up and no better looking or
attractive thau 1!" This was Mise
Weston's sunuunry of her namesake,
while she said aloud:
"Beautiful,' 1 she not"
" 'Not as beautiful as thou,' " prompt
ly quoted Theo.
That night "his Miss Westou" as he
called her, accepted him, while Miss
Westou No. 2, who had his photo
graph, yet did not recognize him that
day with bis summer beard, was wait
ing at the Hollywood and wondering
where her ready-made wooer could be,
and why he did not show up, as per
previously arranged plan.
This note Theo sent to his father:
"I have been accepted by Miss Jean
Weston, and the marriage is to take
place at her home the coming Thanks
giving. This is obeying you to the let
ter, and if not satisfactory let me know
at once."
His reply was:
"Good boy I knew you could do It.
Am both satisfied and pleased. You
may tell Miss Weston my present to
her will be a check with five figures
upon It. Y'ou have my warmest ccn
sent and the knowledge that a Clay
ton never goes back on his word."
And be never did go back on his
word, although when he learned what
Theo meant by "obeying him to the
letter" there was at first a stormy
scene, then the old man smiled sheep
ishly and gave his son a warm hand
clasp. Indianapolis Sun.
Increase in Ships on the Pacific Fol
lowed by Increase in Disasters.
The Pacific Ocean Is fast losing the
reputation implied in the name given
to It by Magellan, and which it owes to
the placid appearance of its surface
when he first saw it The change is
one of the Inevitable results of the
growth of commerce. Prior to the dis
covery of gold ln California compara
tively few vessels stilled over Its wa
ters. There were, therefore, few cas
ualties to report. In late years, how
ever, commerce bus extended ln all
directions. The ocean is filling with
ships, and the disasters of the sea are
multiplying proportionately.
Along the California const the ocean
is placid enough to retain Its reputa
tion as pacific. Storms are rare. It Is
not often that Its waters are lashed Into
fury like those of the Atlantic in these
latitudes. But along the Oregon, Wash
ington, British Columbian and Alaskan
coasts there Is little If any difference
between the conditions prevailing In
the Pacific from those existing In the
Atlantic ocean. Mariners now dread
Cape Flattery, at the entrance to the
Strait of Juan de Fuca, almost If not
quite as much as they do Cape Hat
teras, on the eastern coast Wrecks are
lining the northwestern coast of the
continent as they do the northeastern
shores of it.
As the Pacific ocean is gradually fill
ing with the white-winged and steam
propelled agents of commerce the ratio
of shipwrecks Is correspondingly ris
ing. Perhaps there have been more
wrecks on the Pacific coast than should
have been experienced if the same pre
cautions against disaster had been
adopted in the navigation of Pacific
waters as are taken In the Atlantic
ocean. The Pacific has undoubtedly
been made the graveyard of many
steam and sail vessels which were
transferred to It from the Atlantic
ocean because they were not consid
ered safe to keep in commission In the
latter, under the mistaken belief that
milder weather and smoother water
were to be found here. Others have
been lost through the vicious practice
of overloading, the risk being taken on
account of the same error of opinion
regarding the placidity of these waters.
Ship-owners are, however, fast learn
ing, says the San Francisco Chronicle,
that rotten bulks and overloaded craft
are not any more Immune from disas
ter here than they are anywhere else.
The growth of commerce and the in
creasing perils of navigation resulting
from It demand the abandonment of
Modern Postal System.
The comparatively modern origin of
the present postal system, not uly In
Great Britain, but all over the world,
is shown by the fact that King Ed
word Is the first British monarch whose
accession has made the Issue of fresh
ly designed postage stamps necessary.
What Ice Will Support.
Ice one and one-half Inches thick will
support a man; eighteen Inches thick
a railway train.
If a mother will not see any wrong
in her son, the law may hare to.
Ruaala'a Ruler Seem, to Take with
Greater Zest to Ilia Position aa a
Husband and Father than to That
aa a Great Potentate.
Anyone who has had the privilege of
staying at a pulace belonging to tiie
reigning house of Russia Immediately
recognizes Its mighty uiaguirkeiue.
aud soon experiences Its hearty hos
pitality, and yet. if his stay has been
even only of brief duration, neither of
these features will impress him more
than will his Imperial host s home life.
It might almost seem that the Czar
does not really care to be a potentate;
his tastes are much more acauemlc
than monarchic, and he appears to
avoid all kinds of public display. On
one occasion, while returning from the
family annual holiday at Copenhagen,
conversation turned upon a difference
that had, just at that time, sprung up
between the Danish king and his par
liament "Well!" exclaimed the then Czare
wltch, "a king's bed Is not always one
of roses; that Is plainly to be seen.
There are many more pleasurable occu
pations than ruling refractory subjects,
and so far as 1 am concerned 1 have
no great desire to be either emperor or
The Czar's sociability extends to his
servants, and be Imitates the late
Queen Victoria in having colored at
tendants. One of these, James Her
cules, halls from the West Indies, and
is very anxious that uo one should for
getnot even his Imperial master aud
mistress that "he is a British sub
ject." The faithful black fellow Is a
great favorite with the Czar's children,
who frequently commandeer "Jimmy,"
as they call him, for participation In
their nursery sports.
The Czar Is always considerate to
his servants. "Y'ou are not looking
well to-day," he will say; "It pains me
to see you like that You had better
take a rest" And forthwith the at
tend is excused from duty.
One cannot remain long In the palzce
without noticing the English atmos
phere that pervades It; and Christmas
Is not allowed to go by without Indul
gence in those essentially English
dishes rost beef, plum pudding, and
mince pies which are specially pre
pared by an English member of the
The Czarina Is expert with both
brush and pencil; this latter accom
plishment, backed by a taste for carica
ture, Is often used for the purpose of
' amusing ber friends, who. In addition,
at times receive from her deftly palut
, ed cards as silent reminder that she has
', not forgotten them.
Although no boy has. hitherto, blessed
their hearth, four girls have been born
to their Imperial majesties Olga, the
eldest; Tntlunu, Maria, and the more
recently arrived baby, whose sex was
6uch a disappointment to the Russian
' nation. The enre of these children de
volves Ukhi Miss Edgar, an Irish lady,
and two Russian undernurses.
I In their play-room the mighty ruler
of all the Itusslas is frequently to be
j found gambolling with his young
daughters; while he never allows a
night to pass, when he is at borne, with
out making his why to kiss them before
seeking his own room. Pearson's Mag
Traveled a Hundred Mile a Day for
Five Day to Save a Fortune.
! Judge J. E. Gulnotte will be asked to
appoint a guardian for Lynn Hays, oue
of the most picturesque of the few re
maining "old-timers" of Kansas City.
Mr. Hays is very old and has grown
childish, so that bis heirs think this
step necessary for the protection of his
j estate.
"The name of Lynn Hays will recall
to many an old resident the famous
ride of one of the Hays boys on the
i Santa Fe trail in 1857. It was a ride
; upou which depends $(J4,000 a race
with a stage coach from Bent's Ford,
ln Colorado, to Kansas City. This dls
1 tance of more than 500 miles was eov
' ered muleback In five days by one of
the Hays boys there Is some differ
ence of opinion as to whether It was
Lynn or his brother "Up" and the $04,
000 was saved. The rider, covered with
dust and foam, and almost spent with
loss of sleep and fatigue,, tumbled from
I tbte exhausted mule In front of the
bank, made bis way to the cashier's
j window, and secured the money a few
! minutes before the' bank closed. An
1 hour later tbe stage arrived with the
letter informing the bank that Russell,
Majors & Waddell." upon whom the
drafts were drawn, had failed.
The story, as It still lingers In tbe
memory of John C. Gage, ta as follows:
In 1857 John Campbell was In charge
of the freighter's train on the Santa
Fe trail. He bad a large force under
him and be and they were employed
by Russell, Majors and Waddell, who
at that time, the railroads not yet hav
ing reached the west did all the
freighting for the army.
It was at Bent's ford, on the north
side of tbe Arkansas river, not far
from Las Animas, Campbell had just
received these drafts and the stage,
which had alreudy gone out, carried a
letter notifying tbe bank that this
great firm bad gone to the wall. If the
stage could only be beateu Into Kan
sas City tbe $04,000 would be saved.
But how beat It? Every fifteen miles
tbe stage met a fresh relay of horses
and pushed forward, nlgbt aud day, at
a swinging trot.
"Up," said Campbell to Hays, "Old
Sam he-e Is a splendid saddle mule. He
was never known to tire. Can yon take
him and make that trip?"
It meant H0 miles a day through a
wild, sparsely settled country, with
long stretches of the trail in which
neither food nor drink was to be had.
A moment Hays hesitated, but only a
moment. "I'll ride him. John." he said.
Thru began the race that was after
ward to be talked nlmut all over the
country. For the lat three days of
t!:e ritlo Hays was u.raid to t-top to
snatch an hour's sleep unless someone
was by to wake him. When be felt
that be could not endure It anv longer
and was already fulling asleep In the
saddle he overtook some campers and
got them to watch him while he slept
and wake him In an hour. He got In
here in the afternoon Just before the
bank closed aud the stage arrived that
"It was a very remarkable animal,''
said Mr. Gage, "probably the most re
ninrknble animal for long-distance
travel ln the world. When 1 came to
Kansas City t'.i 1S58 I had heard of that
wonderful ride aud went to see the
mule within a week after my arrival.
He was an ordinary-looking sorrel ani
mala very active, nimble mule for
many years. 1 have no Idea how ong
after that he lived, but he must have
reached a very ripe old age.
"Campbell used to tell me that he
had old Sam for fourteen years prior
to 1800 and that there hadn't been n
year of that time that he didn't ride
him across the plains."
Judge Gulnotte remembers the mule
distinctly. "There's hardly an old set
tler that doesn't remember old Sam,"
he said. "Old Sam died only about
eight or nine years ago, I think, but for
many years he was pensioned off and
out of active service." Kausas City
Rich Deposits of the Rare Stone Have
Lately Been Diavoveretl.
A new source of wealth has recently
been brought to light in the mountain
ous regions of Wales mines of Jasper
of almost fabulous richness. Although
the name of Jasper is almost a house
hold word, through Its frequent use
in Kietry and the Bible, It Is so rarely
seen nowadays as to attract attention
when exhibited. It occurs In an ex
tensive range of colors red, yellow,
brown or even green. In ancient times
green was the most common form; uow
the red shades predominate. In some
parts of the West notably at East
Sioux Falls, S. D., a variety of pink
quurtzlte occurs which Is sold to the
trade as Jasper. The supply of Jasper
still comes from Egypt aud India, as It
did In Biblical times. Its occurrence
is so rare that Jasper is used in such
small articles of value as seals, small
vases, snuff boxes, etc.
Announcement Is made, however, of
the discovery of a deposit of Jasper of
surprising extent in North Wales, near
the little fishing village of Pwlhell.
The amount of Jasper at this point ap
pears to be Inexhaustible, and where
as It was formerly regarded as a Beml
precious stone It can now be hewn oul
in fifty-ton blocks. Tbe color of th
stone lu this deposit Is said to be very
fine, the prevailing hue being a cherry
red with variegated pieces. The speci
mens already cut und polished show a
fine grain, take a high finish and are
not affected by acids. Pillars and
bltjcks of Jasper suitable for church
ail bank adornment may soon be
available, as a determined effort is be
ing made to develop the property.
lu Winter Bleep
An Italian nuturallst kept a dormouse
ln bis study, where he could watch its
actions when the time of its winter
sleep came. On the 24th of December,
when the thermometer was about 40
degrees-thut Is, 8 degrees above freez
ing point the dormouse curled himself
up among a heap of papers and went to
sleep. On the 27th of Dec-ember, when
the thermometer was several degrees
lower, Mr. Mauglll ascertained that the
animal breathed and suspended his res
piration at regular Intervals; that Is,
after four minutes of perfect repose,
during which he appeared as If dead,
he breathed about tweuty-four times
In the space of a minute.
When the thermometer fell nearly to
the freezing point, the Intervals of
whut appeared suspended animation
were six minutes. As the thermome
ter became higher that Is, as the
w eather wus less cold the Intervals of
repose were reduced to three minutes.
As the winter grew Intensely cold, the
times of perfect repose, during which
uo breathing could be perceived, be
came tuuen longer.
Within ten days of the time of Its
falling asleep the dormouse awoke and
ate a little, food being provided on the
shelf near him. He then went to sleep
again, and continued to sleep and wake
at about these Intervals throughout the
winter. As spring approached bis sleep
became lighter, until the warm days
caused1 blin to shake off his drowsiness
Safely Sailed a Million Mile.
One of tbe largest Balling vessels In
the world is the California clipper Roa
noke, which sails out of New York har
bor. Her captain Is J. A. Amesbury.
one of tbe oldest merchant skippers
sailing the sea, but still bale and hearty
and good for many years more. For
nearly forty years be has been a cap
tain, sailing under the American flag.
Since first going to sea he bus sailed
ln American vessels "1,000.000 miles
of sen, four times the span from earth
to moon," the record. It will be reineni
liered, of Kipling's "dour Scotch eng n
eer," MeAndrews. And he never once
has been wrecked!
When you present a letter of Intro
duction to a man, be sure his name is
spelled correctly. If it Isn't he may
take advantage of the fact to disown it
How a Commercial Traveler Had Faai
with the Ituld-lleaded Men.
"One of the most not-iMe feature of
t certain little Western town I used)
to cover was its extraordinary number
of bald -bended men," said the commer
cial traveler, who would rather lose an
order than fall In perpetrating a prac
tical Joke. "Preacher and people, rich
and poor, all had heads like billiard
balls. It was a dull town, so one night
when a vaudeville troupe was billed
for the place I regarded It aa a golden
opportunity to have some fun. I had
met the company In my travels a fly-by-night
show, with a ballet that waa
i choice assortment of animated ca
davers. "I went to the opera house and)
bought up the front row, twenty seats
circling round the stage, which I
stamped 'Not Transferable.' Then t
picked out tweuty of the baldest men
In that bald headed community and
spent the day circulating those Inter
esting bits of pasteboard. I had a reg
ular lingo, like this:
" 'Going to the show to-night?
" '1 dun know.'
" 'Well, you'd better go. It's a good
thing. Here's a complimentary ticket
I'd like to give you If you will surely
go, for yni se-) It's not transferable.'
"Of course, every victim was wild
to get something for nothing, so I nail
ed my men hard aud fast. The town
had the usual quota of small boys, and
Just before the play began I filled the
gallery with them. Everything went
beautifully. My twenty baldbeads sat
In an unbroken circle around the stage;
the gallery was Jammed with young
sters who thoroughly understood their
part of the drama.
"Then I took my seat where they
could all see me. After the usual pre
amble by the orchestra the ballet put
In an appcannce and swung Into line
a scrawny crowd of superannuated
dancers. The leader stood with up
lifted baton, and the ballet was wait
ing for the signal. At this moment I
raised my hand, and from the gallery
came the bellowing chorus:
" 'Baldbeads to the front!'
"In an instant tho audience of slow
witted people 'caught on.' us they saw
that circle of baldbeads around the
stage. The. orchestra hud a hard time
trying to keep track of the tune; the
ballet tied themselves Into hard khota,
aud the gallery gods sent out a deafen
ing tempest of howls and cat calls.
"Each one of the buldhcuds looked
at his fellow and grew red aud wrathy.
Then they laughed as only bald-headed
men can laugn, and I knew thero waa
uo necessity for me to sneak out of
town. Again the house went wild, aud
the orchestra nearly smashed their In
strument before the pandemonium
ceased. It broke up tho everlasting
calm of that town. Tho story spread
to every surrounding haiulet; business
boomed, orders were doubled, aud ev
ery time I went there the boys 'set 'em
up.' I was awfully popular, but never
again could I Induce uuy oue to accept
a complimentary ticket to a show."
Talea of Folk-Lore May Have Ileen
Founded on PyKniiea of Africa.
It Is Just possible that this typo of
pygmy negro which survives to-day In
the recesses of Inner Africa may even
have overspread Europe lu remote
times. If It did, then the conclusion la
Irreslstlthle that It gave rise to most
of the myths and beliefs connected
with gnomes, kobolds and fairies.
The demeanor and actions of the lit
tle Kongo dwarfs at the present day
remind one over and over uguln of the
traits attributed to the brownies aud
goblins of our fairy stories. Their re
markable lower of becoming Invisible
by adroit hiding In herbage und behind
rocks, their probuble hubits lu sterile
or open countries of making their
homes In holes and caverns, their uils
chlevousiiess and prankish good na
ture, all seem to suggest that It waa
some race like this, which Inspired most
of the stories of Teuton aud Celt re
garding a dwarfish people of quasi
supernatural attributes.
The dwarfs of the Kongo forest caa
be good or bud neighbors to the big
black people, according to the treat
ment they receive. If their selfish
depredations on the buiiaua groves or
their occasional thefts of tobacco or
maize are condoned, or even If they
are conciliated by small gifts of kucq
food left exposed where It can be easi
ly taken, they will lu return leave be
hind them in their ulghtly vlsltutlona
gifts of meat und products of the chase,
such as skins or Ivory.
I have been Informed by some of tbe
forest negroes, says Sir Harry H.
Johnston lu McC'l lire's, that tbe dwarf
will occasionally steal their children
and put in their places pygmy babies
of ape-like appearance-changelings. In
fact bringing up the children they
have stolen In the dwarf tribe. Tbesa
collections of pygmies, which one can
scarcely call tribes, certainly exhibit
from time to time Individuals of ordi
nary stature and with feu tu res not
strongly resembling those of the pyg
my type.
Bo He Did.
Mr. Sllmsou Willie, your shirt la
Willie Yes'm. Some boy tempted
me to go lu swimming, and I ran away
from them so hard thut 1 got Into an
awful perspiration.
When a woman goes awuy on a visit
and her baggage urrires at the house,
he always says to ber hostess: "Goud
iicbs, you would think by the amount
of baggage I brought. I intended stay
lug forever."
The respectable way to commit sui
cide la to ha fe a "dangerous operation"

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