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DORSE MEAT AS FOOD.
TIS GAID THERE 13 ALREADY QUITE A DEMAND FOR IT. . wo Regalarly Org-anlsed Iloraa I'ack io( rimt In the United Statea Uett Used by the Poor of Large Cities and Much la Shipped Abroad. It's a New Indnatry. It was during the dark days of the &arls commune that horse flesh a a liable, viand first came Into metropoli tan use. The necessities of the be leaguered citizens drove them to its fcdoptlon, and there are many Ameri cans now living who were shut up In WAITING THE KILMCK. the famine-stricken metropolis, who ioould probably confess to more than one meal from some ancient charger jworth his weight In gold on the butch r's block. At that time It was consid ered a rather unique and valorous op eration. To-day, however,, the sys tematic killing of horses on the market Is by no means a new thing, and cap ital Is reaching out to utilize the Indus try for all It Is worth. No one can be absolutely sure that In buying a can CORK ALL AND HORSE PACKING New York World. branded "corned beef" he is not secur ing an equine preparation masquerad ing as the genuine article, and all be cause horses are cheaper to kill than to keep. So far, popular sentiment Is '. against the noble steed as an article of diet, but among the lower classes of Poles and Bohemians, In large com tnunltles of cheap workers, and espe cially abroad, there seems to be quite a demand, and liking, too. for "roast horse," "horse steak," "fried horse," "hore soup" and "horse sausage." One of the men now largely engaged in the Industry Insists that horse meat Is wholesome and palatable, and "unusu ally line with cabbage," himself and family occasionally Indulging: but, as his men wera engaged In butchering an animal with an ulcer big as a silver dol lar as he made the statement, there was certainly nothing of an Inviting char acter In sight to engender kindred tastes In persons of finer susceptibili ties. There are two regularly organized and tolerated establishments in the United States operating horse packing plants, and any number of smaller 'our. One is located on a wild prairie TACKIXO l'LAXT NEAR CHICAGO. at the outskirts of Chicago, occupying a building 110x70 feet, but fitted up with every accessory for conducting a gen USil slaughtering business. Its capac ity is about 100 horses a week, which are purchased at an average cost of $1.75. The animals secured for sacri fice are wornout horses from liveries, mines and street car'iind omnibus com. panics, and generally weigh about 700 pounds. After killing, about 200 pounds can be utilized. This brings three cents a pound from commission merchants, who distribute it among the 8.000 workers on the drainage canal, and in other industrial centers,as demanded. By canning It and shipping it to Ant werp, packers get 4 cents a pound. The hides and bones are also marketable, bringing the value of a butchered an imal well up to ten dollars. A visit to this horse-killing establish nv 'it reveals system, if not cleanliness. 1 IQSm0W IN THE BUTCHERING ROOM. The animals are allowed to roam in a kind of corral, and when one is se lected for slaughter, a man placet a 'gunny sack over its head and leads It Into toe killing room, where another cnan stands ready with an axe and de- livers a blow between the eyes that Instantly kills the animal. It Is then skinned, its legs being chopped off, and the marketable part is hung up In the cooling room, the treatment being Identical with that awarded beef. Some of It Is waited, other parts are thrown into Iron cauldrons with a capacity of 300 gallons. The packers claim that only parts are thus treated that are sold to the glue makers, but an out sider Insists that he saw the necks of horses In one of these vats which were made Into "beef extract;" another thought it was soup stock, and yet an other was certain that saloon free lunches were supplied out of these kettles. The enterprise at Portland, Ore., has a much wider scope than its Eastern prototype. There It was simply sought to utilize the thousands of half-starved, senil-wlld horses roaming the plains. Last July a big bunch of these animals were rounded up for the butchering block. They were forced to swlni the Columbia River, driven to Umatilla, and then transported by rail to Tort laud, en route for the abattoir at Linn ton. Here extraordinary preparations were made for them. The horses wero corralled and, rrs needed, were driven up an inclined plane Into an Inclosed leii, leading into convenient buildings, supplied with cooling rooms, large, modern taks, canning rooms and all the varied departments of a first-class packing house. On the ground floor were the vats for steaming the fat out of the meat, a number of smaller tanks of galvanized Iron, two large vertical digesters or retorts, a press for pressing the oil out of the meat, a kiln heated by steam for drying the bones, a bone crusher resembling a rock crusher, a disintegrator or machine for grinding PLANT NEAR PORTLAND, OREGON. the refuse into a fertilizer, a boiler and an engine. All the by-products are util ized, so that the profit Is not only on the fiesh. After being killed, the legs of the horses are cut ofT at the knee, the mane and tall removed, a silt made the whole length of the skin, and the head skinned and also a part of the neck. A rope Is made fast to the skm, so it cannot slip, a chain put around the neck and fastened to a post, and power is applied. In ten seconds the skin comes off. a few cats and slashes ensue, and the horse Is on the way to the cooling room, or being boiled up for canning purposes. Recently various State Hoards of Health have taken cognizance of this and kindred slaughtering establish ments and their methods, and there 'm a determined effort being made to sup press the Industry, at least so far as the indiscriminate sale of the product is concerned. It Is charged that quite reputable retail butchers have more than once palmed off choice horse cuts ns prime beef, and large beef packers are very much concerned for fear these exposures will Injure their trade, and induce foreign governments to lay an embargo on legitimate products. The Electrician at Play. "An electrician who amuses himself by devising odd applications of elec tricity, which may or may not have practical value, tells chemists that ho has a much better plan for removing the glass stopper from a bottle than the usual holding. of the bottle neck for awhile over a Bunsen burner. This method Is open to the drawback that the bottle must be held In a horizontal position, and the fluid may easily be spilled out of the bottle. The up-to-date improvement is an adjustable clamp with colls of plantlnurn wire embedded In a strip of asbestos attached. The clamp, which Is connected to a battery, is put on the neck of the bottle, the cur rent is turned on, and the glass Is brought to any desired heat. This is, in fact, an adaptation of the electro therm, or heating pad, which is now used in hospitals in lieu of hot water pads formerly in vogue. Another nov elty of this resourceful electrical trifler is an electric annihilator of moths, flies and mosquitoes. It consists of an in candescent electric lamp placed Inside a large globe, which is coated external ly with a mixture of honey and wine, or any other seductive sticky mass. The window and doors are to be closed, the blinds pulled down, and the room is to be made as dark as possible. The current is then turned on, aud In ao hour the insect life of the room will be found sticking to the glass globe. Ths final instructions are to "remove the victims with hot water and set the trap afresh." " 3 -sw . ALASKAN DOUNDARY DISPUTE. Kouland Fceka Kasy Access to the Klch Yukon Oold Fields. The time is not far distant when, for the fourth time, the United States will become Involved in an international boundary dispute. This "time it will again frawlth Great Britain, and the question at issue , will be the exact lo cation of the boundary line between MAT SHOWING TEBR1TOKY IX IHSPl'TE. southeastern Alaska and British Co lumbia. When the Russians transfer red Alaska to the United States in 1SI57 it was understood that the ques tion of boundary' was definitely set tled. The authority for this belief was the treaty between Russia and Great Britain, made in 1825. In this treaty it was agreed that the boundary of southeastern Alaska should be on the Hoi-.th, the line which later In the ad ministration of Polk became so well known in the popular expression: "Fifty-four forty, or fight." From Port land Channel, which Indents the coast at this point, the line extending north always ten marine leagues from the ocran. The western boundary of the uuln body of Alaska was fixed at the 141st degree of west longitude, placing It forever beyond dispute. Shut that treaty the question f boundary has not been raised until within the last few years. When Sec retary Seward paid Rusla $7,200,000 in gold for what was then popularly sup posed to be an arctic wilderness few people thought thaf the vast area of laud would ever be of sufficient lm- poriance to even lend dignity to an In ternational dispute. But since two of its smallest Islands alone have con trolled the sealskin supply of the world and its salmon fisheries have supplied til.? market and gold mines have been discovered In Alaska, the people of the United States have levn slowly forced to acknowledge the wisdom and fore sight of Lincoln's Secretary of State In acquiring this valuable possession. Not so slow has England been In real izing -the situation and the iosslbillty of her gaining control of the interior gold field. The United States asserts that the boundary line runs parallel to the wind- In-; of the bays and Inlets indenting the coast, always ten marine leagues from salt water. The two construc tions held to by England are: 1. That ten marine leagues from the ocean means that distance from the outer coast line of the many islands along thi coast. In this case the line would In mauy places not even reach the main land. Another English construction of t.h.' treaty Is that the boundary should be measured from the general coast line of the capes and points of land of the mainland. The rlaiui of the United States is simply for a strip of land thir ty miles wide extending from the main body of Alaska to Portland Channel. What England really .wants Is a sea port at the entrance of the interior country. All her claims to the southern boundary are but n cloak to cover her real design. Once established at Taku FIGHT IN THE ITALIAN SENATE The Italian Government is In sore financial straits and bankruptcy seems Ineritftble nnlcss substantial help comes from some quarter, it matter., little where, so it comes soon. There is noth ing in the treasury to meet the enormous deficit of last year's budget, and where this year's expensee are to be derived from is a matter too remote even for con jecture. Italy wants money and wants it badly. The financiers of the country hare done everything in their power to flont a loan, but without success. Crispl finally appealed to the Chamber of Depu ties. Everything that could possibly be taxed has been made to pay tribute, and to find something new on which to levy was by no means an easy matter. There were many schemes proposed, but all were found to have some serious drawback for practical application. After several days of spicy debate on this topic M. Casale, Deputy from Spiro, proved a tax ou beards. His idea was that all men who had a beard of any kind were inordinately vain of this adornment. Rather than to sacri fice it to the crnel razor they would pre fer to pay a moderate tax for its protec tion. DciJci, this would be a patriotic mm' bfllSi Rlfii fT HwJI ' Inlet, or the head of Lynn Canal, Eng land will hold the key to the vast In terior gold country. These two inlets are to the interior of Alaska what Gib raltar is to the Mediterranean. Along the unbroken coast they are the only openings through which It Is possible to reach the Yukon country and the In terior. There can be little doubt that by setting up the southern boundary claim England hopes by a compromise to obtain seaiorts at one or both of these inlets. In the controversy Eng land can lo o nothing she now pus esses, but hopes to gain valuable territory. Apple Rust. Who' that has seen a cider press In operation has not admired the deep, rich, golden-red color that the Juice of the apples assumes as It gathers In the receptacles? This characteristic hue of cider is almost as pleasing to the eye as the flavor of the fresh, sweet Juice Is to the sense of taste. It reminds one of the colors of the autumn land scapes amid which the apples have ripened. But science says that cider owes Its beautiful color to the fact that it oxides or rusts. A French chemist has recently shown that the apple contains an oxidizing ferment, a kind of dlastose, which pro duces the brownish or reddish color of cider. The manner In which this sub stance produces oxidation can readily be observed by any one who cuts an apple open and leaves It exposed for a short time to the air. The cut surface gradually turns red, as the oxygen of the air unites with the Juice, or In a word, the apple rusts. This rusting of an apple may also be brought about by simply bruising the fruit without breaking the skin. Everybody knows that apples that have fallen violently to the ground show red or rusty spots underneath the bruised rind. In this case the oxygen is derived from the air contained In the ducts or interstices among the tissues of the fruit, and it becomes active through the breaking of the cells that Inclose the oxidizing ferment. If an apple Is cooked before the skin is broken its tissues do not oxidize when exposed to the air. This Is explained on the supposition that tl oxidizing properties of the ferment a.i destroyed by heat. But let the apple rust If it likes; the uncounted thou sands who look upon It as the king of fruits will never regard this favorite the less fondly for that. And who knows how much of its dellciousness in the month may be due to the very ele ment that eausx?s it to oxidize when left wasting in the air? Abraham Lincoln's Peach. A young lady sends to the Chicago Tribune a little anecdote of Abraham Lincoln. She says that a good many years ago, when her father was a small boy, her grandfather brought Abra ham Lincoln home one night to supper. He was then a poor young man prac tising law in Woodford County, Illi nois. It was- a cold, stormy night, and grandma hurried around getting sup per. To have something nice, she opened a Jar of preserved peaches. Lincoln spent a long time over his peach, and finally left It on the plate. Grandma noticed this, and as soon as he and grandpa had gone into another room she went to look at the dish. Then she saw that Instead of a peach she had given the visitor the little muslin sack which contained the peach ker nels and the spice. She hastened Into the other room and began an apology, but Mr. Lincoln said: "That was all right, Mrs. Perry. My mother used the same thing, and It was so good that I wanted to get all the Juice out of it." Widow "Do you know, Mr. Caller, that you remind me very much of my late husband?" Mr. Caller (looking at watch) "Why, It Is late, Isn't It? Ex cuse me. I really had no idea of the time." Richmond Dispatch. Parents realize how well off their children are; the children never do. OVER THE TAX ON BEARDS. thing to do, considering the circum stances. He had scarcely finished when there was an uproar from every side of the Senate chamber. All were talking at once, and Crispl, who was in the chair, found it extremely difficult to restore or der. The proposed measure was merci lessly ridiculed and its originator came in for some exceedingly cutting remarks. Finally Count Laurenzano in the heat of the debate became too personal to suit M. Casale. The Count, he said, ought not to be so touchy on this subject, see ing that it would not deprive him of any revenue. This created a great deal of laughter at the expense of the Count, whose ancestors are said to have wielded the, razor for a living. The Count re torted upon Casale by insinuating that he had never had the price of a shave anyway. This was the last straw. The Count and his disputaut rushed at each other and M. Caaale banged the noble Duke In the nose. This wins a signal for a general fight among the Italian states men, and Crispl sat powerless while the excitement lasted. The sergeant-at-arms finally restored peace. There is no tax on beards and the finances of the conn try are in the same deplorable condition as before. LIONS CORNERED DY GIRLS, California Maidens Not Afraid of tb Mountain Monarch. Miss Julia Woodruff, of Newark, N. J., and Miss Margaret (I. Liner, of San Francisco, who have been visiting at the Mesa Grande in this county, will take home trophies of their skill and prowess which certainly will cause them to be looked upon as young ladles of extraordinary courage. The trophies would be valued by hunters In any part of the world, for they ore no less than the beautiful pelts of big mountain Hons bagged the other day by a party composed of Miss Liner, Miss Wood ruff, J. M. Stone and D. M. Knowles. Mounted on good horses, and accom panied by Mr. Stone's two dogs, the party started down Black canyon at 6 o'clock a week ago last Sunday morn ing on a hunt for Hons. The big cats had been frequently een in that part of the country by the ranchers around Mesa Grande, whose repeated losses in the way of calves and young colts were enough to discourage them altogether. The lions were safe so long as no or ganized party of hunters raided Black canyon, which Is a dark and forbidding stretch of undergrowth and trees, with Just enough of side hill to afford u good retrait for mountain lions. Inaccessi ble as the place naturally is to them, the muscular Hons had often drarged their prey to their dens with apparent ease';" Miss Liner and Miss Woodruff each had a six-shooter buckled to her waist and presented a very formidable ap pearance. The two men rode in ad vance, and after covering about two miles the haunts of the Hons were an nounced by the barking of the dogs far In advance. The party rushed forward In time to see a Hon spring into the branches of a tree on the hillside. Mr. Stone rode under the tree, and, taking a steady arm, sent a bull from a Win chester into the lion's lungs. With a blood-curdling scream the wild animal sprang from the tree to the ground, Its tawny neck aud sides bristling with rage and fright. It bounded along with mighty leaps, but the dogs were so close that the lion atopped to fight. Its chest wound, however, was so weaken ing that the dogs soon vanquished the big brnte. Less than 100 yards from the spot where the first lion was killed Mr. Knowles eaw another Hon crouched among the branches of a tree. A rifle ball closed Its flaming eyes and tum bled its lithe body end over end to the ground. Then tying their horses, the party proceeded on foot after the dogs through heavy brush and over rocks, coming at last in the bottom of the can yon, Where a lion had been treed by the dogs. The animal presented a majestic appearance as he stood upright on a limb- of the tree, hU claws distended and sunk deep into the bark. His long toil waved back and forth, and as he faced his fcnen-Tes his long teeth were dlsclosednnd a deep growl came from his throat. While the lion stood thus, apparently ready and willing to begin the fight, the two young ladies advanc ed and stood beneath the tree. Then Mr: Stone raised hi rifle, took quick aim and fired. The big Hon fell to the ground lifeless. He and his mates all measured over G feet in length and cre ated some excitement when the party returned to Mesa Grande. San Diego Union Marriage or Disgrace. Without the consent of his colonel no German ofllcer can marry, and this con sent can be obtained only after careful Inquiry into aU the circumstances sur rounding the proposed alliance. First, Is the young lady suitable for associa tion with the wives of the other offi cers? Second, will the bridegroom be able to support a family respectably? Are his means invested in proper se curities? The extraordinary social ad vantages enjoyed by the German officer. and the pecuniary responsibilities growing naturally from such advan tage, make his small pay, which amounts only to about a dollar a day in case of a first lieutenant, appear even smaller than It is. He is very apt to get Into debt, and has to choose be tween leaving the army in disgrace or marrying a rich girl. Naturally, the number of those who get into debt and fail to secure a rich wife Is considera ble, although It makes no particular rrpple on the surface; such men simply disappear and turn up sooner or later in America, where they take employ ment as coachmen, waiters, teachers or instructors In riding schools. The change of life Is very violent, and Is adopted only as preferable to suicide. Borrowed Books. As a vehicle for the lesson It con veys, this little story may pass mus ter. A gentleman received a visit from an acquaintance, who asked him If ,he would kindly lend him a certain work he was anxious to see, and which he felt pretty sure his friend had in his library. "Yes," said the gentleman in question, "I have it But I am sorry I can't lend it to you. I make It a rule never to lend books." "But why?" said the visitor. "Because no one ever returns them," replied the other. "And to show you how true this is, I would ask you to cast your eye over the shelves before you. You see there my library containing some three thou sand volumes. Well, they were all borrowed." The Altir of Bacchus. There is a rock in th9 bed of the Rhine, near Bacharach, that is called the Altar of Bacchus. It Is usually cov ered f)j water, but when there comes a dry season It appears above the stream.. When this occurs there Is rejoicing all along the Rhine' among the vintagers, for it foretells a good season for the vines, and prosperity for themselves. . , Nervoaancsa Defined. "I felt so nervous, niarama," said a little girl the other day, referring to an accident which had happened. "What do you mean by being 'ner vous, my dear?" ;' "Why, mamma, it's Just like being in a hurry all over." New York Telegram. Proof. ' Bax Aren't pugilists men with very large heads? Rax Well, they certainly wear large hats, Judging from the noise tb?y make talking through them. New York World. A high roller rolls mighty low toward the latter end of his career. '.' A CIO.OCO OVEnCOAT. ft trill lis Worn Vt General Torreace -of Chicago. General Joseph T. Tcrrence, the Chi cago elevated railway king, of whose expenditures for the pleasures and lux uries of life much has been written, has again distinguished himself by pur chasing a $10,000 overcoat. The gen eral nttracted widespread attention in Chicago by his indulgence in coaches and four-ln-hnnds of various types.. Of these he secured the finest collection in the United States, and it is doubtful If. It can be surpassed abroud. In ten years he has spent a sum exceeding $100,000 on couches, traps, drags, brakes and other fine specimens of tbo ;;arriagemaker's art. In general outline the $10,000 dainty (s In the shape of a long ulster, made of Canadian buckskin cloth and reach- lng from the heels up to the head.. It will be of black and perfectly plain, ex cept for the collar, which. will be made of sable. Inside the coat is lined with the eighty skins which run its cost up to a moderate-sized fortune Good Imitations of Amber. When a man bays a pipe or cigar holder with n mouthpiece, which the dealer declares is amber, the chances are ten to one that the purchaser is be ing deceived. This assertion may seem hard upon the seller, but so clever are the imitations of amber now ' in the market that dealers need not fear In selling them, as none but an expert can tell the false from the real. Celluloid and amberlne are the cheapest of the imitations, says the New York Press, and no dealer would think of recom mending them as timber to any one who appeared to know much about what he wanted. But with amberoid it is a dif ferent matter, for, ns this substance is made from the u;uber Itself, there Is no perceptible difference in its appear ance or properties. This is made from small, bits of amber ground fine and compressed by hydraulic power. The process is a secret possessed only by a few manufacturers in Vienna. All the long stems of a clear, beautiful am ber, .which give a meerschaum or briar so fancy a price, are made ef amberoid, excepting, lerhaps, pipes of the highest value. The belief that the sure test of amber Is that it will pick up paper has deceived many people, for amberoid will do the same thing, ns will am berlne, which is a still cheaper com position made in England. Experts tell celluloid at a glance, but any one may distinguish it by its smell of cam phor, which enters largely Into its com position. Most of the amber sold comes from along the Black Sea In Turkey and Germany. Here, buried In the sand, Is found ihe sea-green amber of almost priceless value. This is chiefly used for Jewelry, although smokers' arti cles are sometimes made from It Green amber is seldom seen in this country. Black amber, used for Jewelry and In laying, ami milk-white amber are also valuable. Unanimity or Opinion. The mighty Sheik Abdullah, desiring to test the sincerity of his councilors, asked the court sage, old Enekazl, how he could carry out his wish. "Very easily," replied the sage. "You never composed a line of poetry In your life. Go and write at once a long ballad and read It to your courtiers. You will Judge of the effect for yourself. .To morrow I will come again and learn the result of your observations." Next day the wise Enekazl entered the sheik's tent, saying, "Did you follow my ad vice, mighty sheik?" "Certainly. I was completely taken by surprise at what followed the reading of my poem. The councilors were unanimous In Its praise. One exclaimed that this was the long-sought-for ballad of the great poet Ibu-Yemln? another, that I was a bright luminary in the firmament of poetry; a third craved permission to cut off a small; piece of my robe In memory of the eventful occasion and the Immortal bard In a word, they were all In ecstasies, and praised my Ideas and my language up to the skies." "And what about old Henrladln?" eag erly questioned the sage. "H'm! He dropped to sleep while I was reading." "Ha! hal What did you conclude from that, mighty sheik?" said the old man, triumphantly. . "What conclusion could I come to?" replied the sheik, with some surprise, "If not the same as all the rest, namely.,that I possess very great talent for poetry!" Enekazl salaamed, lighted his chibouk, and held his peace. For he was In sooth a wise man. Color of Flowers. Originally, all flowers were yellow, say the botanists. The order of devel opment in color appears to be yellow, pink red, purple, lilac, up to deep blue prbbably the highest level while wiilte may occur in any normally col ored flower, juit as albinos are found among anlmapC - As flowers become more specialized they become more de pendent upon the visits of special in sects, purple and blue flowers, for in stance, benefiting most from and being most preferred by bees and butterflies. "A trout Is the queerest fish," said Brlckley; "it will bite, get hooked bad ly; and bite again." The Widow Smith looked at him absent-mindedly for a minute, and then added, "Yes; but the poor fellow's to be excused; It's human nature, you know. Adams Freeman. Grandpa Don't get scared,; Willie; the tiger is about to be fed; that's what makes him Jump and roar so. . Willie (easily) Oh, I ain't afraid of him, grandpa. Papa's the same way when his meals ain't ready. Standard. D'Aubo-Who is that homely woman rhapsodizing before the picture of the handsome society matron? . D'Angelo 8he's the original of the painting. New York Herald. . V ' i GENK11AI, JOSEPH T. TOHRKNX'K.. "Tls lOp. m.," the makl exclaimed, " But useless did it prove )Ie didn't seem to understand That p. m. means "please move." Truth. Wliy, professor, you haVe two un brellas." . ,. "That's all right. I expect to lose one- J of them.'' FUgende Blaetter ; ; Will somebody please tell s why , our lawmakers are never arrested for ' passing worthless bills? Boston Tran script. "Wasn't the bride delightfully tim id?" "Very. She was even shy tea years when it came to giving her age. ! Indianapolis Journal. She If I had: my live to live over again lie r thought that's what you were doing; yoo said you were 23.. Yonkers Statesman. A mine Is like a- woman's dress;- Oft when you hunt around, It takes a year or two before The pocket can be found. -New York Herald. "By Jove,' I left my pocketbook under ; my pillow!", "Oh, well, your servant I honest; isn't she?" "That's Just it she'll take It right up to my wife!" Chicago Record. Sklnnum Remember, if anybody calls I am in to nobody. Servant (sotto voice) Well, this is the first time I ever Baw you when you weren't Into somebody. Philadelphia Record. Marriage, we own, is a lottery, Yet here a great difference lies;' There are times when we do not envy The man with the capital prize. J udge. "Henry," said Mrs. Pock, "I am going. to get a bicycle." "Dear me," said Mr. Peck, mildly,, "Isn't one man enough for you to run over?" Indianapolis Journal. i Young Wife (at the fancy ball) You're Improving wonderfully as a dancer. Don't you remember how you used to tear my dresses? Young hus- ' band Y'-e-s; I wasn't buying 'cm then. Boston Globe. rapa (enraged) Why, Constantla," daughter, I've never, In all my life, seen as soft, green, unsophisticated, spoony an Idiot ns young Puddlngton Mam ma (emphatically) I have! Cleveland Pluindealer. "I can see no reason," said the S. V. P. A. boarder, "why It should be thought advisable to dock a horse's tail." "Prob ably," suggested the Cheerful Idiot, "they are docked for being behind." Indianapolis Journal. "I'm sorry now, mamma," sobbed Bobby, "that I stole those apples." "Oh, yes," 6ald his mother, "your con science hurts you, does It?" "No," re turned Bobby, "it's my stomach that hurts." New York Herald. , Miss Antique People are always talking of self-made men.- I wonder why they never speak of a self-made woman? Miss Austere Because a self-made woman generally doesn't like to have It known. Harper's Bazar. ' When he asked for her hand she re plied, "No, George; my hearty is quite at your service; but I think I had bet ter keep my hand myself. It might be useful to me in case you couldn't sup port me,, you know." Boston Tran script. 'Tis now, alack! the toothsome chestnut falls, "Where'er Jack Frost has laid his chill I ing hands; And that, forsooth, a paradox recalls, Fbr on the streets you 11 see the chest ' nut stands. Philadelphia Record. . Daughter This piano is really my very vown, isn't it, pa? Fa Yes, my dear., "And when I marry I can take It with me, can I?" "Certainly, my child; but don't tell any one. It might spoil your chances." New York; Week? ly. , : Father You may as well . give up thinking about that young man, Dash lng. He does not love you. Daughter How do you know, papa? Father I met him at the club Just now, and he refused to lend me a fiver, Boston. Globe. " ' He I come here so freouentJv that I'm becihnlnc to think that vou. look upon meVs a sort of chestnut a roast ed chestput, as it Wf re. She No, not a roasted chestnut When a chestnut is roasted, it pops. Cleveland Plain Dealer. New woman aspires to reach man's posi tion, .. . But she'll not catch the man, we're afraid: .V Yo when she's attired to her cherished ambition l V-' . The dew woman will die an, old moid. Judge. . . . . "I wonder," said the man who wa about to start to Atlanta, "if I'd bet ter ta'ke a heavy overcoat along? "You will not need it," replied the man who had been there, "but you'd better take a heavy pocketbook." Chicago . Tribune. Housekeeper Y'ou don't look as if you had washed yourself for a month. Tramp Please, mum, th doctors say th proper time to bathe is two hours after a meal, and I haven't had any thing you call a meal In six weeks. New York Weekly. Various Uses for Mushrooms. Somo European species of mushrooms are used In coloring. One yields a yel low dye, another an exquisite green which colors the tree on which it grows; aivi from this wood is manufactured the celebrated Tunbrldge ware. The poor people of Franconla, Germany, dry, press and stitch together a certain kind of mushroom, which is then made Into garments; and In Bohemia a large round toadstool Is dried and the inside removed; it Is turned bottom upward, fastened to the wall, and used to hold a beautiful trailing vine, which crows luxuriantly. . , i