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She tripSTio raoro With Ispht foot o'er The ball-room floor ; Bur daily wcara 7 A look austere , * - . Aiul Bays her prayers , * Tor Lent ia noro. .1 Bho pnU away - " "t Her flno array t " * Till Eaeter Day. No inoro Ihrtation , ' , Bui contemplation , " r- Solf-abncgaiion. And fervent piety , ' " . * To maids becoming , < And for variety. A little "alummlng. " With this to cheer her On her way , AB eho draws near Easter Day. This pleasant thonght To cheer her heart , Whene'er her mind dwells on It ; On Easter Day She'll come out gay And wear a daisy bonnet bonnetBoston Boston Courier. "If I had been born poor , instead of neb , I firmly believe my life would have been much happier , " said Richard Manr with a sigh. ! Eichardwas sitting with a friend on ia bench overlooking the sea. He woul | have been a remarkably handsome fel ( low , were it not for the discontented 'expression , which always clouded his jface. j On the other hand , his companion > Arthur Benmore , was a plain-looking 'man ' , with nothing to redeem his wan of comeliness but a bright pair of eyes | and a winning smile. ' . At first sight , women were struck by iRichard's appearance , but after a tim ithey gradually began to feel a pref .erence for Arthur , because ho talked amusingly , and made himself so agreo- 4ablo. To tell the truth Richard was too ( proud and reserved a fault for whicl his parents had been to blame , for he had been a spoiled child , j ' 'Do you really believe what you say or do you only make that assertion to startle one ? " asked Renmore in answer to his friend's remark. "I really believe that if I had been ' born to poverty I should be far happier than I am now , " returned Richard gravely. , "Then I'll show you a way out of your trouble , " said Renmore with his cheer ful laugh. "Hand over all your wealtli ? to me , retaining only a pound a week for yourself. I fancy I should get on com fortably with the gold you despise , not to speak of being able to marry Susie. " "Your offer to relieve me of my. wealth is extremely kind and consider ate , " _ said Richard , unable to repress a smile. "I appreciate the sacrifice you are willing to make for me , but on consideration - sideration I find I cannot do with out } money. If I had been accustomed to poverty it would have been a different matter ; but , having been reared in lux ury , I cannot resign niy gold , even if it leads me to destruction. The luxury I have spoken of is necessary to my exist ence. " ' 'I thought yon would draw in your horns , old boy , when I mads the pro posal. Like most Englishmen , you .dearly love to grumble. " I ' 'I have something to grumble about , I fancy , " said Richard. "I don't see if ; you ought to be the happiest follow in the three kingdoms. " ' "Ought I ? " , "Decidedly. " "Just let me know why ? " I "lou wish me to answer frankly , and 'won't take offense if I give you my real opinion ? " "Speak on. I promise I won't take 'offense at anything you say. I should ; like to see myself as others see me. " j "Well , in the first place , you are too proud , and think yourself superior to everybody. You fancy yourself iil- ] treated because the world doesn't value you as you value yourself. To tell the jtrutli , your conceit stands in your way , Richard. " : "Conceited and proud ! " exclaimed ; Richard Maur , coloring with auger. ) You have utterly misunderstood my character. I am shy and diffident. " I "Shy and diffident ! " cried Renmore , interrupting him. "You are nothing of jthe kind. Your sole reason for remain- ling silent is that you would rather refrain - | frain from making any agreeable re- imark than be lead to deliver a foolish | one. Now 1 rattle away , sayiag the | first thing that comes into my head , 'and ' yet I am regarded as a very pleasant - , ant companion. " ' "That'is what puzzles me , " returned JRichard. "You say nothing very wise 'or witty , and yet you always manage to 'interest everybody. " ! "Because t try to please others and i forget the existence of Arthur Ren- } more , " said his friend ; "but , joking .apart , .old fellow , what is amiss with 'you this morning. " Richard sighed more heavily than before - fore , digging holes with his cane in the 'ground. I "While staying at the seaside ho had fallen hopelessly in love ; but his natu- iral suspicion had prevented him from declaring his attachment. 1 "Arthur , " lie said , "how can a wealthy .man ever believe in the disinterested at tentions of a woman ? " "Oh , "said his friend with a whistle , $ "sits the wind that way ? I had my suspicions - picions , old boy. But you don't mean [ to say that you entertain such ungener- lous ideas I I could not think so badly 'of Susie. " . , , "Because you know she is - only wait- "ing on you to make a home for her. The case is utterly different. A man without inoney has the satisfaction of knowing that he is loved for himself 'fll ° ? Bah ! " n | oitsly. "You either do not love the girl , or you ar6 a bigger fool than I take you for. Strange how people who have no troubles will go out of the way to make them. Well , I am off to get some luncheon ; are you coming ? " No , Richard would stay whore ho was. He felt rather glad to be loft alone with his thoughts. Young , rich and handsome , ho was as utterly miserable as any mortal with such advantages could bo. His money seemed to stand between him and hap piness , and yet ho would not have parted with it for any consideration. He prized it so much that h ; ? Beared that it might have the same value in the eyes of the girl he loved. What if.it induced her to give him her hand without her heavt ? Edith Palmer was comparatively poor , and he knew she loved pleasure. She had often told him as much , and complained of the dullness of her life. He remembered how her cheeks had flushed and her eyes sparkled with ex citement when he had spoken of the gay world of fashion , or described the differ ent places he hod seen. "No , I will not ask her to be my wife , " ho told himself with intense bitterness. "My money is to great a temptation for any woman to resist. She would accept my offer if she didn't love mo , and I should discover it afterwards , and b wretched for life. I will leave S as soon as possible , and try to forget her. ' Ho had risen now and turned his back upon the sea , and some children who were playing in the sand gazed af ter him in surprise , wondering what made that big man look so cross. He certainly had anything but an agreeable expressipn on his face as he walked along nibbling the ends of his Ion mustache. "Hallo , Mr. Maur , " said somebody at his elbow , in a clear , young voice. "Oh , is it you. Jack ? " returned Rich ard. "Where are you off to now ? " Jack was Edith Palmer's brother , and Richard had shown him many kind nesses , completely winning his boyish heart. "I was looking for you , " said Jack. "Come up to the house and sue Joe will spoil ? Father says he does not like the look of him. Do come ; there is no body at home ; Edith has gone to see Susie Brown. " "All right ! I'll come , " returned Rich ard , relieved and yet disappointed that he would not see Jack's sister. The Palmers lived in a small house near the sea , and Jack dragged Rich ard into a small back parlor , commu nicating with the drawing-room by fold ing-doors. "Wait here , " he said , "while I go and look for Joe. " And he dashed out of the room in search of his retriever before Richard could utter a word of remonstrance. The young man sat down on one of the shabby chairs , and relapsed into thought. The more he saw of the pov erty of the Palmers , the stronger grew his conviction that his money must have some influence on Edith. Presently he began to grow impa tient at Jack's prolonged absence , and the next moment he heard a sound of voices. "I am so glad I persuaded you to come back with me , " it was Edith Palmer who spoke "I should have felt so dull all by myself. " "I am very glad I came , " said Susie , for he instantly recognized the voice as belonging to Arthur Renniore's sweet heart. "What on earth is the matter with you , dear ? You are not the girl you were. " "There is nothing the matter with me , " cried Edith , and to prove it she burst into tears. "Don't cry , " said Susie , wiping away the bright drops with her own little lace handkerchief. "I do believe you have some secret you are keeping from me. Have you seen Mr. Maur lately ? " she added abruptly. "Do you think I am crying about Mr. Maur ? " askelEdith , coloring Avith an ger. ger."I don't know , I am sure , " returned Susie. "I could cry if I was in your place. The man ought to propose after all the attention he used to pay you. " "Susie ! " "Don't look so cross , " cried her friend. "You know it is true. He did take up your times , and led people to believe he waa serious. It is shameful sf a man to treat a girl as he has treat- ad you , I will say what I think there ! Ee is a mean thing , and I would like to tell him so to his face. " Now it happened that Miss Susie was sitting opposite a looking-glass , ind happening to lift her eyes , she saw Mr. Richard peering in upon them. She was a very quick-witted young [ ady , and did not regret at all the allu sions she had made to him. As she sai looking into the mirror a plot was be ing formed in that youthlul little head of hers within soft golden curls. Her own engagement was such a hap py one , in spite of its lengthfcfor she liad been engaged eight years , and had two more to wait until Arthur would be in a position to marry , that she longed for her friend to experience the same happiness. Perhaps a few judicious words would bring the laggard in love to the point. She hoped so , for he had looked veiy affectionately at the back of her friend's liead. She felt strongly inclined to indulge Q a fit of laughter , but she resisted the impulse , feeling that it would spoil all. She resolutely averted her eyes from Richard's reflection , after satisfying herself that he was waiting eagerly to hear what they had to say , and said , in a preternaturally solema voice : "Edith , I do believe you love the man. " The words almost caused Richard to betray himself. He trembled like a leaf , for on Edith's next words depend ed the joy or misery of a lifetime. There was a deep silence for a few minutes , and then Susie lifted her friend's head and looked at her tearstained - stained face , which was suffused with blushes. "It is but too true , " said Edith , "Ido love him. You "have discovered my secret , and I know you will not betray it. I would die with shame if he knew I had crivon mv love unasked. " 2SSES "But , Edith , he loves you , " said Susie , coloring at her friend's words , for slid could see the delight in Richard's eyes as he listened to Edith's avowal. "Ho loves mo ! " cried Edith , almost contemptuously. "Why , Susie , he might marry a'uybody with his wealth and position. " "Bother his wealth ! " cried Susie. "You don't love him for his wealth. " "Heaven knows I don't ! " said Edith. "If ho were to lose all his money it would make no difference to me. " " ! " "My darling And Richard pushed open the fold ing-doors and caught Edith in his arms , while Susie discreetly retired to the next room , and took up a book , leaving the ardent lover to make his own ex cuse for phvyiug eavesdropper. "Oh , Mr. Maur , " cried Jack , dashing into the room. "Why ; where is he , Susie ? I left him here just now. " "He is engaged , " said Susie demure ly. "Why , what's the matter , Jack ? " The boy walked over to the window and put his hands in his pockets , whist ling ; but there was a suspicious moist ure in his bright eyes , and Susie anx iously repeated her question. "Father had Joe shot , " ho said. "He was sullen and fidgety ; but I know Mr. Maur would have put him right if he had seen him. Poor old Joe ! " "Don't grieve , Jack , " said Susie , putting her hand on his arm. "You've lost your dog but you've found a broth- er-in-lanr " - - , "What ? " cried Jack , "is it true ? Where are they ? Let me go to them. " And he dashed unceremoniously into the next room , the loss forgotten for the moment in his delight at the unex pected news. Susie smiled and sighed as she fol lowed him into the presence of the hap py lovers. But her own happiness was not so far off as she thought , for Arthur , com ing into an unexpected legacy , insisted that it should be a double wedding , and in this he was auled and abetted by Edith and Richard. ' "To think that all my liappiness is owing to these folding-doors , " said Riclmrd to his friend. "And Susie's diplomacy , " muttered Arthur. "What ? " asked Richard , enquiringly. "Nothing , " returned Arthur. "We are two lucky fellows , old boy P "Indeed , we are , " said Richard. And up to the present time neither of them has had cause to alter his opin ion. IKE'S BSFESTTAWCE. An Amusing Reminiscence of Hampton's Cattle Bald. Hampton's celebrated "Cattle Raid , " in the rear of Grant's army , was regard ed by Lee's starving soldiers as a triumph of genius. The 3,000 tall steers that were brought back as the spoils of vic tory , were stared at with as much de light as ever a triumphal procession along the Appian way. The achievement was not without bloodshed. For a brief space the fight ing was sharp and decisive. It is known that Hampton planned the expedition only after having "scouted" over the ground himself. The writer of the fol lowing was one of the raiders. As the gray morning lifted its cur tain , and the smoke of the conflict floated away , revealing the wounded and the slain of friend and foe , there lay at full length the apparently lifeless form of " . " gallant "Ike. His friend Jack was first to discover and approach him. "Ike , my boy , are you dead ? " said Jack , with feeling. The slow response wis a long sepul chral groan. "Ike , old fellow , are vou much hurt ? " repeated Jack , taking him by the hand. Ike , with languid , half-open eyes , drawled out : "M-o-r-t-a-l-l-y wounded , Jack ; I'm shot through the body " The country through which our troops passed the day before , abounded in large orchards , the fruit of which had been distilled into apple brandy ; and our boys , being good foragers , had secuied a fair supply. Both Tack and Ike were fond of a "nip" and like many others of the command , had passed the canteen freely the night before the attack. Jack had some left in his canteen , and raising Ike's head , said to him : "Take a pull , old fellow , it will do yon good. " Ike motioned the uanteen away and said , with a reprov ing look : "Take that canteen away. Jack , and don't be offering liquor bo a lying man. Take warning by me , Jack , take warning by me , and let liquor alone. 0 , if I only had a Bible. " Jack thought that Ike's voice was rather strong and well-sustained for a naan about to depart this life , aud be- cjan to look for his wound. Finding neither blood on his jacket , nor bullet hole through it , he opened Ike's clothes , ind lo ! nothing erse than a bruise on his side from a spent bullet , which bad stunned and unhorsed him. The shock and pain had impressedhim with the idea that he had been mortally per forated. "Why , Ike , " said Jack , "you're not hurt much ; there's no hole through JTOU at all. Sit up and see for vour- self. " Ike , reassured by the confident tones of his friend , and with his assistance , raised to a sitting posture , and looked for himself. Seeing was believing , and 30 elated was he at the discovery that he straightened his vertebra } to a bolt upright position , and said to Jack : "Old fellow , I think I wa-j out of my head awhile ago. Didn't I talk a heap of nonsense ? What were you saying about some apple brandy ? " Jack , seeing there was to be an in definite postponement of the funeral , regained his own spirits sufficiently to perpetrate a joke at Ike's expense. So , instead of replying to his inquiry about the brandy , with a mock-serious air , he took out a pocket Testament , aud turn ing the pages , asked Ike if he hud any favorite place ha should read from to comfort him. Ike could stand it no longer , but rising to his feet said : "Jack , stop your blamed foolishness , and hand me that canteen. " Southern Bivouac. Personal Gossip. Mr. Sims Reeve was lately mulcted in 50 damages for not singing at a concert got up by a local music seller in a small English town. His defence that ho was disabled by hoarseness from performing his contract was net satis factory to the special 'jury which tried the case. Man ; verdicts like the above would prevent hoarseness from attack ing singers at the wrong time. Lord Bramwell recently , in giving judgment in an important Scotch luw- Huit took occasion to review briefly the celebrated case of Shylock vs. Antonio ( Shakspere's Reports ) , and snid : "I am quite certain that I would have de cided that case in the way fair Portia did ; not , perhaps , upon all the same reasons , but upon some of them. As a matter of fact , Shylock never had the pound of flash which could be called his it had never been appropriated to him ; and he could only get it by a con siderable crime , no less than murder. But if the pound of flesh had been ap propriated to him , I should have given the pound of flesh to Shylock. " This is from a private letter from George Eliot : "Dickens' death came us a great shock to us. He lunched with us just before wo went abroad , and was ielling us a story of President Lincoln having told the Council , on the day he was shot , that something remarkable would happen , because he had just dreamt , for the third time , a dream which twice before had preceded events momentous in the nation. The dream was that he was in a boat on a great tver , all alone , and he ended with the ords , 'I drift I drift I drift. ' Dick ens told this very finely. " Strange sights are to be seen in our large cities. The other day , in New York , a richly dressed , handsome woman about thirty years of age , was found in toxicated in a street car. She was re moved by a policeman , and placed in the alcoholic wacd hospital. Diamonds sparkled in her ears , and her sealskin sacque open at the throai displayed si gold pin. Her dress was of silk. Three rings glittered on her hands , aud she wore a handsome watch and chain. In her pocket book was found a newspaper clipping stating that "Eliza Hall lias received an absolute divorce from John Hall. " She answered no questions , but it was evident that she had a pathetic history. A pleasant little episode occured on the occasion of the call of the Justices of the Supreme Court on the President the other day. Justice Miller , Avhose Republicanism is of the stiiunchest character , and whose name has fre quently been mentioned in connection with the nomnaitionfor the Presidency , took Mr. Cleveland by the hand and said : "Mr. President , Mr. Benton once said of the Court , 'in politics we are none. ' We are not quite so far unsexed - ed as that , but I wish to say for my as sociation , as well as for myself , that w e cordially welcome you to the Capital , and wish your administration every success. " The Islystery of Price Slarlcs. From the Pittshurg Times. The system of marking prices on goods in general use among retailers is for each to adopt a word or teim which shall contain ten unrepeated letters to correspond with the numerals. Tlitis , for instance , the word : Anchorites 12345G7S90 The cost of an article has been usual ly marked on it , the salesman knowing what to add ; but this plan is losing in popularity and is being replaced by the better method of marking the selling price. Employing the key word "An- jhorites , " an article marked say "ai , , , " would indicate $1.75. Some merchants liaveboth cost and selling rates marked , in which case the two are separated by i line , the cost being on top and the selling price under. Humorously in clined individuals not frequently get Tip i key word or term which AV ould make Bustomors smile were they aware of the joutrast between the mysterious cost marks and that from , which they are lerived. No little ingenuity is display ed in the selection , but after the essea- ; ial of ten unrepeated letters there ia lothing wanting but the simplest or- ihography that the foot of the spellers in the salesmen class may have no in- lucement whatever to go wrong. rhe Wiles of Kentucky Candidates. Neither of these stories is so good as some which illustrates the wiles of can- lidates before the people. The best me , we think , is that reported of Laz- irus Powell and Humphrey Marshall , nrhen running for governor of Kentuc- iy. If it relates to spine other two Kentuckians , well enough ; the two lamed will suffice. They were sturnp- ng the state together. One night ; hey put up at the house of a man who jontrolled the politics of the country in ivhich lie lived and whose spinster sister lotoriously "controlled him. " Being like the considerable Miss Summervillo in "Adonis , " "a simple mountain maid , she did the milking herself and the iousework generally. Both candidates lid their best to please her. Early in ; he morning after the night in question , Humphrey Marahall arose , and seeing ihe lady milking a cow near the honse , lie broke off the branch of a tree and began brushing the flies off the animal ivith much effusion. After several igreeable words hud been exchanged lie remarked that he did not see his triend Powell around aud supposed he nras sleeping late. "Oh , " rejoined the juiet sarcastic woman. "Mr. Powell , tie's been up and about this half hour , ind I sent him back o' the barn where lie's holding the other calf. " Marshall aever wholly understood the remark , but Powell got the Tote of that sounty. , . , , V r * A STORY OF MIKE PWK. Clio riattooatman of ttao Ohio Valley In Early Times. Washington ( Ky.J ItUor in Phila. Times. Clustered about Washington ro as- eociations of the most interesting histor ical character. Nearly every one of its old houses was once the homo of a man or woman with a national reputation , and a volume of reminiscences might bo gleaned here. Its history belongs to the past and there are but few living reminders of that glorious period. In onn of the oldest , quaintest and most picturesque houses lives Uncle John Zeigler. Ho is ninety years old and every morning , rain or shine , ho rises with the lark , seizes his long hickory staff and trudges sturdily down the broad pike to Maysdalo , returning before - fore night falls. He is a majestic physi cal wreck uotyet gone to pieces six feet five inches in height and still erect. Time has shrunken and Aveakened his thews and sinews , but in the days that I speak of no arm was so strong , no eye so keen , no courage so sublime as his. WarmecLby the generoua fire of his na tive Bourbon he loves to talk about the past and to a newspaper man his stories are always interesting. Ho was the partner of Mike Fink , the "Eing of the Flat-boatmen. " "I linked fortunes with Mike at his own request , " he said to me , "and there's an interesting little story con nected with the partnership. " He dropped his head forward , reflec tively , and without disturbing his rev erie I pushed the bottle and a glass to ward him. Mechanically he filled th latter and for a moment held it to th light , admiring the warm , rich color o the liquor. Then he tossed the contents off at a gulp. "It is good liquor , " he said , smack ing his lips , "and the taste carries mi back to the old days when I ran a fla boat on the Ohio. I was a good man then , a very good man , and had no fear , I used to winter at Maysvillo and one season I don't remember the date I ran my boat into Limestone creek ant" miide all snug for cold weather. Th ice come early and a great many flat- boatmen made their quarters here Mike Fink's boat lay just below mine , I had heard of him , but we had never met. We flat-boatmen worked hart and made money during the summer , ant we spent it right royally when we laid off for the winter. We had frolics every day and dances every night. This sea son's fun had hardly begun when it come to mv ears that Mike Fink had boasted everywhere that on his boat was the best rifle shot , the best fist-fight er , the best runner and the best wrestler in the Ohio valley. It wasn't long before a chance was giv en me to partially test the truth of his challenge. I met his runner , his Avrest- ler and his fighter all in one day and I 'downed' the three. This made Mike pretty matl and he arranged it for us to try our skill with the rifle. About a w eek afterward AVC met at a bam raising out at Kenton's Station , and after the work Avag finished we settle : ! down to solid sport. Finally Mika challenged me to shoot with him. I accepted and everybody gathered around to watch us. You see. Mike didn't belong in Maysville , ami a great deal depended on the result. If lie Avon it won Id dimm ish Mayville's glory , and if I was suc cessful ( having already defeated the champion fighter , Avrestler and runner ) she could lay claim to the proud distinc tion of owning as her son the all-round champion ! "Mike had been drinking , bnt I knew what was coming and hadn't touched a drop. When I stepped to the mark it was my first shot I A as as cool as ice and my muscles were under perfect control. I made two bull's-eyes out of a possible three. When Mike stepped up and raised his rifle he tossed his head scornfully , but the liquor had affected his nerves and his first shot Avas a bad one. He loaded his rifle nervously and raising it took a long , steady aim. When he pulled the trigger a greut shout Avent up and everybody crowded around me. He had missed the bull's-eye and I was the champion. I Avas ricjht proud of my achievement and celebrated the victory by drinking more liquor than Avas good for me. Mike felt his defeat keenlv and accompanied by his friends left for town. When I returned I Avas told that he was still unwilling to acknowledge that I was the champion. He admitted that I had distanced his fleetest runner , thrown his most expert Avrestler , whip ped his ablest fighter and fairly defeated him as a marksman. " 'He can beat me shooting , ' he said , "but I can Avhip him Avitli my fists. " "When I heard this you may depend upon it I was pretty mad. I Avould have hunted him up and settled the matter that very night , but my friends , knoAving my condition , prevailed upon me to go home. The next morning Avas very cold. I came into town at about 10 o'clock and went to a boatman's supply store , kept by a JOAV where I felt pretty certain I'd find him Mike , sure enough , he was there , with three of his mates the three I had already defeated. They were seated around a great big woodstove , and , entering the store I locked the door behind me and put the key in my pocket. Fink and his friends started to their feet and I bowed to them very politely and Avished them ail V pleasant morning. Stepping to the counter I called for fiVe gill bottles of rum and when the storekeeper set them out I invited the ex-champions to drink with me. All came iorAvard , and , knocking the neck oft'one of the bottles , I poured about a thimbleful of rum in tea a glass and , raising it. said : ' "Gentlemen , I am the champion fighter , the champion wrestler , the champion runner and the champion rifle-shot in the Ohio A-alley. I drink your health. ' "Fink's eyes flashed fire and raising his own glass he replied : " 'I beg your pardon , sir , vou're add d-d liar ! ' "With thathe dashed his glass to the v floor and we clinched. Never I reckon , vras a battle more stubbornly contested. Around and around the store wo fought ; casks and barrels Avere overturned , boxes emptied , bottles and jars broken und their contents scattered in all direc tions. The store-keeper began to yell murder and cry for a constable , but the door was looked , the key waa in my pocket and he couldn't get out. I reck on we must have fought an hour , our clothes Avere torn from our bodies and blood streamed from our faces. Finally , seeing an advantage , I seized Fink around the waist and seat ing him on the great stove that was noAV rod hot , hold him thero. It was not until his flesh began to sizzle that ho cried 'Enough 1' and I released him. He had received the I worst of th e fight. Two of his ribs were broken his Avrist was dislocated and ho was bruised and gashed from head to .foot. Ho fell to the floor in a faint , and picking him up I carried him across the street to a hotel , laid him on a bed and sent for a doctor , to whom I became responsible for the bill. When I came out on the street the whole town was there to receive mo , for the news that I had Avhipped Mike Fink had spread like Avildfire. I requested three responsible citizens to appraise the damage done by us in the supply store and then asked the storekeeper to make out hia bill. It amounted to forty odd dollars. I paid one half of it and got his receipt. Then , with the bill in my hand , I went across the street to where Fink was lying prop ped up in bed. " 'Fink , ' I said , ' 111 pay your doctor's bill , for I bruised you up. Here is a bill for the damage done by us in the supply store. 1'vo paid half of it , and if you don't pay the other half I'll give you a worse whipping than the one you have just received. ' "Ho promised to pay and when he re covered from his wounds we became good friends. When spring opened we j joined fortunes. ' ( r " ' I've been king on the river a ] on time , ' he said , Avlien AVO drew up jtno partnership agreement , 'but I've l/een whipped on all sides. I'm no loiiger champion , but I'll bo the champion's partner/ and AVO remained together until Mike died. " A HEW STAKES FOE IT ) How Technical Terms Secured an ffriwiH- ias Soldler'a Discharge. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' MaiL In the spring time of ISGlthe frontier diA'ision of the Seventh Army Corps , General John M. Thayer commanding , was encamped at Fort Smith , , Art- Communication being most entirely cut off , supplies Avere low and the army did considerable in the foraging line. On one of these expeditions a clerk at de partment headquarters , "Wiley Britton , who Avas a very fine Avriter and apt scholar , went out Avith a party of scouts south of the Poteau , a stream that empties into tlie Arkansas just above Fort Smith. They ran a com pany of Texas Rangers , and in a skir mish with them he got shot through the left Avrisfc. Retreating he reached' Fort Smith and A\as laid uj for some days before his wound healed and hej Avas fit for tlnty again. He then got if } into his Lead that fighting was not particularly - ! ticularly his forte , and , since his wound , ' neither was writing , and he desired to get back to his old home in Missouri. He went to General Thayer and. asked for a discharge , bnt the general , thinking he was too valuable a man tq let oft' for so slight a wound , refuseti to let him go , saying he did not see how he could dispense witbj so valuable and apt a clerk. "Wiley kiiOAVing I had some influence with the general , I beiug at that time on detached service at headquarters , enlisted me in his service to pro cure his discharge. I got out a set oS' papers and took them down to the sur geon , who was , like myself , originally , ' a. Pennsylvanian. He made him out a certificate and strongly recommended hi1 } discharge , couching the certificate in terms peculiar to surgical science. I took the certificate , got Britton's com pany officers to indorse it and then5 went Avith him to the headquarters to see General Thayer. As AVO entered the room the general , who was sitting by the table , said to Britton : "You are still Avanting to go home , are you ? " He replied affirmatively , I then presented the certificate The general looked at it and said : "Read it. " I read : "This certifies this soldier is truly entitled tea a discharge. I certify it on examination , after due consideration , a caseof necros is of the right radius of the forearm. " "What is that ? That beats my timen said the general. "If I had thought , young man , the half of that Avas the matter with you , I would have let you go before. Hand me my pen , so I can write your discharge , quick. That is the d name for shot through the wrist I ever heard. " To say he AVOS discharged after that would be but paint ing the lily. Average Annual Cost of From the Philadelphia Bulletin. How many persons have even a rough idea of the average sum upon which by far the larger part of the citizens of the United States are fed , clothed and Iioused ? A recent statistician estimates that 80 per cent , of the population of this country is supported by from 45 to [ > 0 cents per capita a day. At the lat ter figure this makes $164.25 as the iverage annual cost of Ii\'ing ; bnt , as by iverage AVC mean the balance between extremes , there must be many persona ivho have not e\'en this sum to live up- an. That oO cents a day is a generous estimate will be admitted Avhen it is re membered that many mill operative ? sarn only from $ o to $7 a week , and tKit the wages of farm hands run from $20 to $30 s. month , and that on these sums several persons are often supported. When it is remembered , too , that some other human beings have a yearly in- some equal to what is necessary for "the subsistence of 500 or 1,000 of these "average" mortals , the startlipg con trast between the extremes of our mod- 2rn society must be most evident.