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From a mixture of magnesia and sawdust, subjected to a high tempera ture and great pressure, Dr. Otto Leh nig has produced a substance which he calls “xyolitli.” or “wood-stone.” It can be cut with tools, but, it is said, does not burn, and does not absorb moisture. The inventor thinks it should prove useful as a building material. Fwift-Flying Clouds. Mr. Clayton, of the Blue Hill Observ atory, near Boston, reports that obser vations made there show that the aver age speed with which clouds, between 8,000 and 9,000 feet high, move is sixty miles an hour in midsummer, and one hundred and ten miles an hour in mid winter. The swiftest flight of a cloud yet measured was 230 miles an hour. A Pigeon Race. In France pigeons are regarded as valuable messengers in case of war, and recently the French Minister of War offered a prize for the winner of a pigeon race from Perigueux to Paris, 200 miles. No less than 2,740 birds were entered in the contest. The winner made the distance in seven hours thir ty-four minutes, an average of over thirty-four miles an hour. Tee-Breaking Ships. Vice Admiral Makarow, of the Rus sian navy, has been studying the con struction and use of powerful ice breaking ships. At a recent meeting of the Imperial Geographical Society at St. Petersburg, he expressed his belief that with tw'o such ships, each of ten thousand horse-power, acting together, a line of free water communication could be kept open in winter to the port of St. Petersburg, and he added that they could even force their way through the glacial ocean if the thick ness of the ice did not exceed twelve feet. The Flight of the Bun. Astronomers know that the sun, ac companied by the earth and the other planets, is moving toward a point in the northern heavens with great speed. Just what the velocity is, however, can not yet be told with certainty. Prof. Simon Newcomb, in a recent lecture, raid that it was probably between five miles and nine miles per second. The bright star Alpha Lyrae lies not far from the point toward which the sun is moving. Every moment we are get ting nearer to the place where that star now is. “When shall we get there? Probably in less than a million years; perhaps in half a million.” A Short-Lived Island. In 18G7 a new shoal was discovered in the group of the Tonga, or Friendly Islands. In 1877 smoke was seen over the shoal. In 1885 the shoal had be come a volcanic island, more than two miles long and 240 feet high, and a fierce eruption was taking place within it. In 1880 the island had begun to shrink in dimensions, although the next year its highest point was 325 feet rl>ove sea level. In 1889 its height had diminished one-half, and the ocean close around it was more than a mile deep. In 1892 the island rose only about twenty six feet above sea level. According to the latest information, Its complete disappearance, under the ac tion of the waves, will not be long de layed. High-Priced Bumblebees. Many years ago the farmers of Aus tralia imported bumblebees from Eng land and set them free in their clover l.elds. Before the arrival of the bees clover did not flourish in Australia, but rfter their coming the farmers had no more difficulty on that score. Mr. Dar win had shown that bumblebees were the only insects fond of clover nectar which possessed a proboscis sufficient ly long to reach the bottom of the long, tube-like flowers, and, at the same time, a body heavy enough to bend down the clover-head so that the pollen would fall on the Insect’s back, and thus be carried off to fertilize other flowers of th*' same species. According to a writer in Popular Science News, the bumblebes sent to Australia cost tl-e farmers there about half a dollar ; piece, but they proved to be worth the j.rice. A Sparrow Prima Donna. Monsieur Mingaud, a naturalist of Nirnes, France, gives, in La Revue Scl i ntifique, an interesting account of the musical accomplishments of a sparrow’ in his collection of living birds. He captured the sparrow soon after it had been hatched, and fed it by hand until it could care for itself. Then he placed it in a cage containing a chaffinch, a geld finch and two canaries. After a time the sparrow’ learned to warble like the finches and to trill like the canaries, the imitations being so per fect as to deceive the ear. In spring Monsieur Mingaud is accustomed to keep a box of crickets near his bird cages. Two days after the crickets had been placed near the cage contain ing the sparrow the latter began to imi tate their cry, intermingling it with its songs. Even after the crickets had long been dead the sparrow remember ed its lesson, and continued to repeat their cry. None of the other birds at tempted to imitate the crickets. Singu larly enough, the sparrow never utters the peculiar squalling cry of Its own species .having been removed from its r.est too early, apparently, to have learned it. Cause and Effect. “Never tell your dreams” is an oft repeated bit of advice, yet it is proba ble that few persons do things in their dreams that are more foolish than some things they do when they are wide-awake. “I had a very singular dream last night," said a boarder, as he came down to breakfast one morning. “I dreamed I was a spectator at one of those peculiar Institutions known a« ‘cake-walks.’ I was the only white man present, and wms enjoying the novel sensation of watching for the first time a procession of gorgeously arrayed coupels making the circuit of a large room in the most stately and impos ing style imaginable, when suddenly the master of ceremonies saw me, took me by the arm, led me to the center of the hall, called a halt, and the entire assembly gathered about me, and be gan to jabber in an unknown lan guage. “All at once I began to grow tall. I felt myself rapidly expanding In an upward direction. The crowd at my feet seemed to dwindle. My head pushed its way up through the ceiling, then through the roof, and probably it would have bumped against the moon in another minute if I hadn’t waked up. It was a narrow escape.” “And you saw and did all this at a cake-w’alk, did you?” asked one of the regular boarders. “Yes, that’s w’hat I said.” “H’mph! What have you eaten for supper?” “Nothing but a plate of buckwheat cakes.” “That explains it. What you saw In your dream was a buckwheat cake walk.” KANSAS TWISTERS. A Few Little Anecdotes Told by a Truthful Witness. “I’ve heard so many incredible stor ies about the cyclone and Its eccen tricities,” said the solemn looking man to a party of tourists he had joined in tlie sleeping car, “that I’ve been to Kansas making some personal in- j vestigations in the interest of science. “I find that many reports from that section have been grossly exaggerated. Nothing occurs there that is not in accord with our understanding of these terrific outbursts of nature. For instance, the tornado, often mistaken for tiie cyclone, has a rotary motion. I have known it to dip low enough to bore a well and then bound once more to the region of the clouds. This wonderful phenomenon was au | accomplished fact in far less time j than it takes me to tell of it. “Au extensive farmer here heard the roar of an approaching storm and just j had time to get his team from his j reaper to a place of safety. The wind caught the reaper and sent it round and round and round the immense tract, till the grain was all cut.” “But didn’t it blow away?” “Not at all. That would have de- j slroyed our theory. Tlie circular whirl of the irresistible power swept the j grain to the center of the field and Into an immense stack such as human | hands could not have piled. “One of the strangest and best au- I thentica ted incidents I learned of oc- j curred where a cyclone stmek the base of a mountain and went burrowing through it. A few feet in the twister encountered a solid granite formation. It was two weeks later when tlie tun nel was completed and the terrific wind resumed its devastating way on I the other side. The tunnel was prompt ly appropriated by a railroad com pany.” “I had rather an unpleasant exper ience in that section,” said one of the tourists. “I bought a little farm there, Just to be a landholder. Everything in three counties was plastered thick with mortgages. A cyclone wound them all up into one great package and pasted them down on my little place. We drilled and blasted to get them off, l}Ut it was no go. My farm is mort gaged $40,000,000 deep.” The solemn man of science never turned a hair, but took notes.—Detroit Free Press. A Base-Ball Duet The story is told by students in the German university city of Leipsic of a strange duel which once occurred there between an American and a young German student. The American was a graduate of Y’ale. He had a squabble with a law student and a challenge re sulted. The Yale man knew nothing about weapons of the ordinary kind, but he had pitched in the Yale base ball nine. So, to get his fun out of the affair, he named base-balls as the weap ons— base-balls at ten paces. The Ger man had never heard of a base-ball and none could be got in Leipsic to il ustrafce to him their deadly qualities. Eventually the Y’ale man said ordinary hard wood base-balls, three inches in diameter, would do him. Both princi pals accordingly were supplied with hard wood balls, and at 5 in the morn ing the procession moved out to the Rosenthal with surgeons, seconds and friendly advisers. The rest of the story is brief and painful. At the first ex change the Yale man sent an Incurve Into the native’s Jaw, just to the left of the mouth, and broke It. The na tive’s second declared that honor had been satisfied and the procession, moved back to the town for breakfast— all except the victim of the incurve, who was taken to a private clinic to be repaired. Make Tour Own Cook Book. A most valuable cook book, which no printed volume can ever supersede, is the individual work of its owner. It is composed of recipes, tested and true, collected from various places, and con taining directions which the owner un derstands and rules that suit her indi vidual taste. This cook book may be written on tinted and glazed writing paper, leaving wide margins at the sides. It is a good plan to arrange it in sections, allowing one section for soups, one for fish and Crustacea, one for meats and fowls, one for game and one for salads and desserts. A section might also be added for preserves, candies and valuable miscellaneous re cipes, and the whole should be indexeil In another final section. It will be found most convenient to have each of these sections in Individual covers, as one can then be used without wear t.li on the others. These covers may be made of white oilcloth, celluloid or some glazed material, and may be dec orated if the owner pleases. Worried. Wimbledon—What’s on your mind, j old man? Is your wife or any of your children sick? Hankins —Heavens, it’s a moie seri ous matter than that! I’m afraid we’re not going to have a base-ball team here this season. —Cleveland Leader. f The reason doctors charge so much j is that only one patient In ten pays 1 anything. LET US ALL LAUGH. WOKES FROM THE PENS OF VARIOUS HUMORISTS. fleaaant Incidents Occurring the World Over —Sayings that Are Cheer ful to Old or Yonng Funny Selections that You Will Enjoy. Convention. “Convention sets meets and bounds for your ambition.” The words kept sounding In her ears, even now that she was alone, as If her startled misgivings had found voice to take them up and repeat them over and over. She thought of the hops and dinners that filled her life. “Meats and bounds is good,” she re marked, and laughed quietly.—Detroit Journal. Not His Fault. j Tramp—l’m de victim of misplaced confidence. Mrs. Appleblosom—How so? Tramp—l were a clerk in er bank an’ dey lef’ SIO,OOO in me charge. My term jes’ expired.—Detroit Free Fress. Represent No One. “May I ask,” said the visitor in the Senate gallery, “who these gentlemen j represent?” “Nobody,” replied the guide. “This is the United States Senate.”—Philadel phia North American. It Was Settled. “When me and Jane was marrit,” said the old man, “the fust thing I says when we got to the house wuz: ‘I guess the fust thing fer us to do is fer us to settle who is goin’ to be bo3S.’ ” “And did you settle it?” asked the youth. j “We didn’t.” “You didn’t?” “No. She done all the settlin’ uv it herself.”—Cincinnati Enquirer. I » A Matter of Weight. “But Helen certainly was a great girl,” persisted Hector. Agamemnon sneered. “By Troy weight, possibly,” he re torted, not without a suggestion of acrimony.—Answers. Why Johnny Lost His Job. “It’s your wife at the telephone,” said the office boy. “Tell her I’m out for the afternoon.” “He says to tell you lie’s out for the afternoon, mum.”—Detroit Free Press. An Irish Bull. | The servant girl in writing a letter unfortunately blotted it. To save the trouble of copying it she added a post script: “You will find several blots in this letter but that is not my fault; they were made in the postoffice.”—Boston Traveler. Hoped It Would Last. “Above all,” said the throat special ist, “the lady must talk as little as possible.” “Doctor,” eagerly asked Mrs. Gray niair’s husband, “is there any hope of It becoming chronic?”—Tit-Bits. Abreast. “This bosom,” she coldly remarked, “has never known love.” “A breast of the times,” he faltered, and shuddered.—Detroit Journal. The Cheerful Idiot. “I wonder,” said the philological boarder, “why a fight is called a scrap?” “Because It is a broken peace,” the Cheerful Idiot explained, with his usu al promptitude.—lndianapolis Journal. Wanted to Change It, De Bangs—l bought a shirt at this store. Can I change it at this counter? Saleslady (somewhat embarrassed) — Well —er, don’t you think you had bet ter go where you can have more priv acy?—Cincinnati Enquirer. Knows It All. Visitor—Come now, Frank. I’m really interested in the electrical business, and I want you to tell me all there is to know about it. Proprietor—All right. Mr. Granger, send that boy here who l>egan work day before yesterday.—Boston Tran script. Her Cruel Way. He (earnestly)—l trust you under stand me, Miss Eleanor; I don’t see bow I can make myself any plainer. She (hastily)—Oh, Mr. Bumps, please don t try to.—New York Tribune. Love’s Sacrifices. “How do I know that you really love mo?” she asked. “What assurance have I that you would be willing to make sacrifices and endure hardships for my sake?” He looked at her lu reproachlui astonishment and exclaimed: “What more can you ass? Haven’t I for six mouths refrained from laying violent hands on your little brother?” —Washington Star. Satisfactory Explanation. ’They say that Batch hasn't a dollar to his name.” i “That must be the reason he has never been able to get any woman to accept It.”—Cincinnati Enquirer. Folio srsd Instructions. Mudge—This watch has been stop- j ped for two or three days. Jeweler—Lemme see it. There is nothing the matter with It except that it has not been wound. “I thought maybe that was it. I re member you told me to wind it up just before I went to bed and I haven’t been to bed for three nights.”—lndianapolis Journal. Vainer. Mrs. Porkcash (affably, having spent the whole afternoon looking at pic tures, without buying one)—My dear, Mr. Canvas, I wonder, now’, if there is anything vainer than you artists about your pictures? Poor Artist—Our efforts to sell them, madame. —Brooklyn Life. Sublime. Jennie —How did you enjoy yourself crossing the ocean? Clara—lmmensely. Os course there was nothing to see but sky and water, but the landscape w as sublim.'.—Judge. And Hence-She Didn’t. He—ls I should kiss you would you scream ? She —Indeed I would, If it were not for startling poor mamma.—Detroit Free Press. Settled It. She declared herself one of those bashful, timid girls who can never sit still or decide what to do with her hands. He answered by putting an embrac ing arm about her waist and taking both of her little hands in his.—Detroit Free Press. The Mysterious Glare. “People who see airships are not so numerous as they were a short t. me ago.” “Yes,’ replied the victim of chronic skepticism, “but just you wait till the lightning bug season comes in.”— Washington Star. Exactly. “They tell me that you have a new scheme afoot,” said an old friend to the theatrical manager. “Yes, the company’s walking back from Hoboville now.”—Detroit Free Press. Need of Caution. Mrs. Mclnty—An’ phat did th’ doc ther soy wos th’ matter wid y'r eye, Patsy? Small Son—He say-ed thur was some foreign substance in it. Mrs. Mclnty (with an “I-told-you-so” air)—Now, maybe ye’ll kape away from thim Oytalians.—New York Weekly, Rides a Tandem, “Baron, do you ride a bicycle?” “Yes, but on account of my servant, only a tandem.”—Fliegende Blaetter. Turned Up. “Anything turned up yet?” asked the . friend. “Nothing but the noses of everybody I tackle,” said the man who was look ing for a place.—Exchange. Mean Thine. “A dinner such as we have had to day,” said the elderly boarder, “makes me feel like a young man.” “Indeed,” was all Mrs. Hashcroft deigned to reply. “Indeed. When I think of that lamb' we had for dinner I feel that if that was lamb I must still be a boy.”— Washington Star. A Bothered Litterateur. “What is the matter?” inquired the officer. “The enemy has stolen a march on me!” replied the general, in great agi tation. “Are you sure?” “Almost. Either that or else I have mislaid the manuscript.”—lndiana pc. Jis Journal. The Beat Wheel for Him. Barrow—That’s a dandy wheel you have there, old man. I’ll take a little spin on it some day. By the way, what kind of a wheel do you think I ought to ride? Marrow—One of your own.—Brook lyn Life. He Was Knj;a<rerl. Owner of the Show—What did you say your specialty was? Applicant for Job—l am a crack and fancy shot with pistols. “Does your act take well?” “Does it? I have made a hit every place I’ve exhibited.”—Cincinnati Trib une. No Earthly Use for ’Em. “I don’t see why so many cranks are trying to invent a flying machine. There’s no earthly use for them.” “No; that’s true; they are meant to navigate the air.”—Cincinnati Commer cial-Tribune. His Choice. It is said that Charles Wesley was sometimes easily annoyed, and on one occasion, at a conference, he became so irritated at tlie prolix remarks of a speaker that he said to his brother: “Stop that man’s speaking. Let us attend to business.” But the offender was relating his religious experience, and though it was at so great a length, John Wesley evidently thought that no one had a right to Interfere with it. He was therefore allowed to continue, but the moment came when Charles could con tain himself no longer. “Unless he stops,” he whispered to ! John, “I’ll leave the conference.” By this time John was enjoying the man’s simple story, and he only turned and whispered to some one sitting near: “Reach Charles his hat!” Railway Accidents in Europe. The railroad companies of Great Britain carried 930,000,000 passengers in 1895, of whom 380 were killed. Dur ing the same year, in the city of Lon don alone, 580 persons were killed by failing from buildings or out of tvln dows. | RUSSIAN HUNTING DOGS. The Laik&B Furoifli rood, Draw and Supply Clothing to Their Owners. Harding Ccx writes about iaikas, or the northern dogs, to the London Field. “The duties of the tine laika,” he says, "are of an extremely varied na ture. Among the Chinese about 1,000,000 are'eaten every vear, while in Russia the least is trained for all sorts of hunting— squirrels, bear, deer, snipe, capercailzie, ermine, sable, and all the other beasts are taken with them, even the wolves. It is estimated that nearly 1,000,C00 rubles’ worth of game is taken every year with the aid of the laikas in Russia. Printe Scliirinsky, ,i Russian noble, is trying to get a cross between the laika and some setter cr retriever, believing that he would there by obtain a dog which would make as uearly a perfect hunting dog as is possi ble. “In the polar swamps the laikas are used in drawing sledges, as well as hunt ing, by the natives, while their warm ! pelts are made to serve as coats and j :rousers. “The laika has an upright, pointed ear, which the deg pricks w hen excited. The muzzle is long and sharp, but pow erful, set to a broad forehead. The body is strong and at the quarters broad and powerful. Tbo ribs are big and long. The chest is deep and broad. The legs are fur running, while the coat is thick, having ‘cotton’ uuder the hair, which makes it warm. “The chief colors are from black and black and tan to grayish, but the dogs are never spotted in the pure blood. A few of these dogs can stop a bear or anything else easily. The dogs are just short of two feet higher. ” The Heal Estate Man's Pet Story* Opdike (discussing their new flat) — The real estate agent said that my wife and I could have the fiat for $25 a month, but that he would charge any ano else S3O. Fathergill—That was the offer he made me and my wife when we thought of taking it.—Brooklyn Eagle. USK GENTLENESS. Be gentle in stimulating the kidneys, other wise jon will excite and weaken them. The happiest results follow the use of Hnsfetter's Stomach Bitters to overcome renal inac ■tvity. Avoid the unmediciued, fierv stim ulauts of commerce. The kidneys have a delicate membrane easily ir hated, and upon 'his the action of such excitants is pernicious. Malarial complaints, indigestion, iheuma tism, neuralgia and biliousness succumb to he corrective influence of the Bitters. Nurse —Johnnie, the s f nrk has just brought you allislet f le baby. 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It was, of course, in stantaneous to our senses, but to tests which could measure accurately to the one-hundred millionth part of a second the electric spark was anything but in stantaneous. This spark was no good for taking the photograph ox a flying bullet, as the lecturer showed by exbib- ; iting one cf his attempts, which made j ; quite a blurred picture. Mr. Boys then proceeded to explain ! the steps which lie took in order to re- j duce the length cf time cf the electric spark. To this end it was essential that j the terminals should be made cf copper, | platinum cr some metal which did not I produce readily an ignitiblo vapor, and the electric current must not be driven j through wires at all. lie used a very I thick, broad band of copper, not more I than two inches long, which reached ' around the edge of the plate, so that the electric current had not more than three cr four inches to go altogether. He explained by diagrams how he had effected his object and shortened the time of the spark to about one-tliirteen millionth of a second, cr about ICO times quicker than the ordinary flash. To give the audience some idea of the inifinitesimal fraction of time, he said the time occupied by the spark as re duced by his apparatus was proportion ately as much less than a second as a second was loss than five months, and during that time a bullet fired from a magazine rifle could not travel more 1 than one five hundredth part cf an inch. By this simple contrivance he was able j to get a brighter and shelter spark and all that was necessary to make a geed and sharp picture.—New York World. ( Snakes in South Africa fear the eec j retary bird and will even crawl away , from its shadow. This bird can easily I thrash a bird twice its size. . j.*.— l -, * M Power that will save yon money and t t make you money. 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