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A DREAM GARDEN.
Where now are youth's superb domains? A garden 'neath a darkening sky, A tangled garden bleak and dry, la all that barren age retains. " .. ,' Where are the roses and the boughs That once hung low with fruity gold ? The vines are sere, the vines are old, The trees in dusky torpor drowse. Where are the glorious sunset gleams That spread their long rays of delight, Mingling the hopes of day and night? They shine across a waste of dreams. , . j O In that garden of the past Bloomed flowers more than earthly fair, Beauty and Strength and Love bloomed there, - - And Trust too quickly giv'n to last. ..J Yet in that garden still doth ring C The voices of a day long dead, , , I hear the. very words they said, Borne on the gentle breeze of Spring. That life is vain then, who shall say, If in a dream be lives again With every joy that crowned him when The sword of youth kept pain at bay? And while the sense of natural things Of times that smile, of times that weep, Visits my pillow as I sleep, Again my Garden smiles and sings. Portland Transcript. THE MUMMY . NECKLACE, pn HE mummy necklace was quaint, rough thing, more quaint than beautiful, yet with a certain nlcturesaueness. and an undeniable fascination, alternate beads of cornel lan and gold, and two tiny hearts hang- - lng from the three central beads. My father gave It me one day, know ing I had a fancy for these out-of-the-way jewels. I do not know Us history, but was told It had been taken on? the neck of a mummy. "" ' From the moment It was given me Its curious fascination overcame me. I wore it day and night. I fancied it would bring me luck. I certainly felt tiny soft pinches on my neck .mude by the beads. - This I wondered at for u time, but afterward grew too accus tomed to them to wonder. There "Were I t XI 1 . .. 1 . . . 41 fx .nn.A . curious mm k a uu lue mauo, mejr wwo chipped off or indented. .' Here and there were dark stains. - From the moment I began to wear .the necklace my health failed. I grew weaker and weaker, and at last fell : seriously ill. Naturally I did not dream of connecting my illness in any way with the Influence of my mummy neck lace. ' On the "contrary, I clung to It more and more, believing it to be a tal isman. . -,,-.'.., - I was lying on my sofa one day, when a friend, who had observed my neck lace then for the first time, said, "Why vaii wenr thflt? It Isn't nrettv. Let me look at it." She held It a moment and then shiv ered. ' ..' ' "O, It's a horrible thing! Don't wear It It will bring you dreadful ill-luck. I believe those are the marks of teeth and the stains of blood!" r? '? I said, "It bewitches me. I can't bear to part with it, and I wear t day and night.'" ' ' Another friend of mine took a dislike to it. She was a believer In magic of all sorts, and was persuaded that the neck lace had made me 111 and was prevent ing my recovery. " "' ' ; "Yes," she said, "It has an Influence that I believe but for evil." ...... At last she persuaded me to let her take It to a clairvoyant. A certain cob bler in a suburb of London was the clairvoyant we chose. He and I had had strange experiences some time be fore this, but, as Rudyard Kipling says, "that Is another story." - " - ; - 1 I parted with the necklace reluctant ly. My friend promised to arrange an Interview with the cobbler, the next day, If possible. - That night I fastened my pearl neck lace on,' missing the feeling of the mummy chain. I lay awake all night. I was not al lowed a Bleeping draft, and I had coughed till I was exhausted, but not sleepy. . :. , Towards dawn my nurse shut the door between her room and mine. I re member observing the light coming through the empty keyhole of her door, and each side of my dark blinds. The rain beat loudly on the windows. I lay listening to the weary sound. . Suddenly my wrist was seized and violently shaken; the bangles I wore, hung with talismans, rattled and Jin gled together." Another moment and my throat was seized by tightly clutch ing, strong hands. .'""' T i ,1 If. 1 1 r p i . i .. i.'j.ii. ja It Is terrible." Still the clutch tightened. My pearl necklace was shaken. Even then I thought: "The pearls will be scattered." Then the thought came swift and horrible: . : "He has come for his necklace." (He.) The next flash of thought was, "This Is a struggle of thousands of years ago being re-enacted. Death Is terrible. If only I could call for help! If only I could speak!" But the fingers clutched my throat too tightly. And then I opened my eyes and saw a great gray formless thing. It lay stretched out on my bed, and through It I saw the light shining through the empty keyhole. Even then, through "my terror, I thought: "Shall I be believed when I tell them to-morrow? Yes, it must be true, because I hear the rain beating on the window-rtane all th time." And all the time the clutching and "Jie struggling never ceased upon my 'oat. ' I seemed to be so near to " struggling on my part was '-"iftit that supreme mo hejost distinctly the lL-ray, transparent " mt out tato&cTyJg;' I for help to someone stronger tnan tne thing; and then it moved, It lifted, melted away into a gray mist disap peared. . - . Then I. sat up in bed; lit a candle, which I never darecLput out again; ob served the hour by my watch between 4 and 5; and lay back, stricken, ex hausted, trembling .longing for some thing human to come and draw up the blinds, and let In even the wet, dismal daylight, rather than lie alone with the memory of my midnight horror. Two days after this my friend who had taken the necklace to the clairvoy ant came, bringing it back with her in a sealed envelope, begging me not to touch it She gave me an account of her inter-; view before I told her my experience. , The clairvoyant, in bis trance, had) become unusually excited when shdi placed the necklace in his hands. Ilii paced about the room, then flung bim-t self on the floor, saying, "Dying, dyingj I see autumn leaves everywhere -thalj is death. - O, tell her never to touch l( again. It Is an accursed thing. It be longed to an Egyptian king thousands of years ago. Blood and warfare fol-i lowed his footsteps. He wore it. It has never been on a woman's neck be fore. He knew she wore it, and when he missed It from her neck he waa angry. He wants Ms necklace again. She must not wear It It will be death to her. But even now she may be saved If she never wears It or even touches It again," t. ... -lleftoff wearing that necklace and finally parted with It, for Ill-luck was my lot as long as it was in my possession.'- I r.f.,r ' :-;'; That Is the true story of the mummy necklace as far as I-am concerned. 1 have . never seen "my terrible visltoi again. Will he come again some day and ask what. I have done with hli necklace? Lady's Realm. London has one street seventy feel long, being the shortest street In the city. - ' '"" The new cable which has been laid across the Atlantic weighs 650 pounds to the mile. This Is the biggest, of all the cables. .''.'. . . v V' At Swedish weddings, among the middle and lower classes, the bride groom carries a whip. This Is an. em blem of his authority In the domestic circle. Only seventy years have elapsed since the first railway In the"world was fin ished. ,i ' During ' ,that , comparatively Lbrlef ' period' four hundred thousand miles has been constructed. ' The Swiss society Rambertia has laid out'an Alpine garden at Montreaux, at an elevation of six - thousand feet, where tne characteristic trees and flow ers of the country- are to be cultivated. Steel rails now figure as the cheapest finished product in wrought " iron or steel. A good lesson on the -finances of modern industry is also afforded by them. To establish a steel-rail works, an expenditure of $3,000,000 is required before a single rail can be turned out. The steel Is made to conform to an ac curate chemical composition the most accurate In the ordlnaryrange of tech nical operations. ; In Arizona a railroad company is the builder of a dam to form a reservoir for water for the supply of the locomo tives. The dam is curious in - being formed partly "Of steel plates. A ma sonry foundation runs across the bot tom of the gap, and masonry abutments are built on each side,, .and the-center and main portion Is a steel frame faced with steel plates. ' The plates are bent to give them stiffness. The steel por tion is 190 feet long and' forty feet high, equal to the front of a block of low city houses." ; The plates are three- eighths of an Inch thick. TIMING OF A RAILWAY'TRAIN. There Are revere! Wajri of Aacertaln- ' lng the E peed Made. , Not one person In . a hundred who travels has any Idea of the speed of a train, and even a large percentage of the regular trainmen cannot tell with any degree of accuracy. Engineers use their driving wheel as a gauge. They know Its clrcummerence, and- by counting Its revolutions within a cer tain time can tell very accurately the speed at which they are running. A favorite method of timing agiong passengers Is to count the telegraph poles. As a rule, these poles are planted thirty to the mile, but In prairie coun tries, where only a single' wire Is used, the number diminishes to twenty-five, so that rule will not always work. The most accurate method, and the most in use by experienced railroad men, Is to count the number of rail Joints the train passes over In twenty seconds. The rails on nearly all roads are thirty feet In length, and the number passed over in twenty seconds Is the speed per hour a train is running. For Instance, If a passenger can count thirty clicks on a rail joint in twenty seconds, the train Is running at a speed of thirty mles an hour. Actu ally, this method falls a little short, as In the example given above the speed would be nearer thirty-one .than thirty miles, but It Is near enough for all prac tical purposes. r- . : "Women's Skulls the Cheaper. - A medical student Is authority for the statement that women's ' skulls '- com mand a much lower price than those of men. "It is possible," he says, "to ob tain the skull of a woman for $1.50, while that of "fl, cannot be had for less than a woma' ably srrf; to be, V "on why?: Well, ule, IS conslder Xh's. i It is said ilopedi It' Is an e article and vsclence; bencs ;. AMERICA'S THREE GREAT ADMIRALS FARRAGUT, PORTER, DEWEY. David Glasgow Farragut, first admiral of the United States navy, was born In Tennessee. - He entered the navy as a midshipman and fought his first battle on the Essex in 1814. He served in the navy fifty-eight years. He was 60 years of age ' when the civil war came. His first orders in that conflict were' to capture New Or leans, which he did under heroic circum stances in 1862. In this battle he de stroyed forts carrying 120 guns, twenty armed steamers, four ironclads and a multitude .of fire rafts. He was made a rear admiral for this in 1862. In 1863 his I Beet aided in the capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, and one year later cap tured Mobile. It was at Mobile that he ' was lashed to the rigging of his flagship, I the Hartford, while under fire. For his I bravery Congress made him a vice-ad-xiiral in the fall of 1864, and in 1866 the ! flice of admiral was especially created I tor him. After his elevation he was placed n charge of the European squadron of ;his Government. He died at the Ports mouth navy yard unexpectedly In 1870. , PIGMIES OF AFRICA. Alfred B. Lloyd Sees and Talk '- ' with Many of Them, i The English traveller Mr. Alfred B. Llovd. made the journey from Victoria iNyanza to the mouth of the Congo in three months, the quickest time on rec 1 ord, using the Congo steamboat service 1 and railroad for two-thirds of the way. traveling through the great equatorial forest of which Stanley gave so vivid a description. His route was a little to the south of Stanley's road, and he saw much of 'the dwarfs who Inhabit the forest region. . -' - "1 was three weeks crossing the great forest," he paid, "Often the dark ness evtn at midday Is remarkable. Sometimes I" was unuble to read at noon, when as you know the sun near the- equator Is almost, directly over head.' One' 'day I tried to bhotograph my tent, but failed on account of the dimness of the light I walked through out the forest journey, though I had a saddle ass With me. I could not use him without constantly exposiug my self to the danger of being unsaddled MR. LLOYD RECEIVING -VISITORS IN CAMP. by the vines that hung over the path. We sometimes narrowly escaped being killed by the fall of enormous trees, some otwhose trunks measured over 20 feet in circumference. The silence of death reins in tills..- forest I unless broken by animals or the fall of trees." Mr. Lloyd -saw many more dwarfs than Stanley met In the same region and thus described them: Ml saw a great many of the pigmies, but, generally speaking, they kept out of the way as much as possible. At one place In the middle of the forest called Holenga, I stayed at a village of a few huts occupied by so-called Arabs. There I came upon a great number of pigmies who came to see me. They told me that unknown to myself they had been watching me for five days, peering through the growth of the primeval forest at our caravan. They appeared to be very frightened, and even when speaking covered their faces. . I slept at this village, and In the morning I asked the chief to allow me to photograph the dwarfs. He brought ten or fifteen of them together, and I was enabled to secure a snapshot- I could not give a time exposure as the pigmies would not stand still. , "Then with great difficulty I tried to measure them, and found not one of them over four feet In height. All were fully developed. , The women were somewhat slighter than the men, but were equally well formed. ."7- . "I was amazed at their sturdiness. Their arms and chests wero splendidly developed, as much so as In a good specimen of an Englishman. These men have long beards half way down the chest, which Imparts to them a strange appearance. - They - are very timid, and cannot look a stranger in the face. Their eyes are constantly shift ing, as in the case of monkeys. They are fairly Intelligent jj David Dixon Porter, second admiral of the United States navy, succeeded Farra gut in that office, his commission dating from Aug. 15, 1870. He was born in Penn sylvania and entered the navy as a mid shipman when he was 16 years old. He was a lieutenant in 1841. In the first eighteen years of his service he was ten years in the Mediterranean service and the remainder of the time on duty with coast surveys. He was in command of the mortar flotilla at the capture of New Or leans, and in 1863 was made an acting rear admiral and assigned to command the Mississippi river squadron. For his services in reducing Vicksburg he was made a rear admiral ' in 1863. In the spring of 1864 he fought with Banks on the Red river expedition. The North At lantic squadron was placed in his charge in 1864, and he attacked and captured Fort Fisher, protecting Wilmington. The fight lasted twenty days and was very bloody. He was made vice-admiral in 1866 and soon after was placed in charge of the naval academy at Annapolis. "I had a long talk with the chief, and he conversed Intelligently about the extent of the forest and the number of his tribe. Except for a tiny strip of bark cloth, men and women are quite nude. They are armed with bows and arrows the latter tipped with deadly poison and carry small spears.,, They are entirely nomadic, sheltering . ; at night In small huts two feet to three feet in height - They never go outside the forest -During the whole time I was with them they ' were perfectly friendly.' '..' ." " .: " !- ' "CZAR" REID, NEWFOUNDLAND. He la One 'of 'the Greatest. Land "' - Owners In the World. ;..., ' At the present nioment, when New foundland and the Newfoundland dif ficulty with the French are on every one's Hps, It Is Interesting to recall that this Island the "tenth Island" of the world, as Beckles Wlllson has remind ed us In his recently published work is to all Intents and purposes In the hands of a single man, and that man, by birth at least Is a Scotsman. To convey an Idea of the real size of Newfoundland It may be as well to state that It is a sixth larger than Ire land. But It is doubtful If Robert Gil lespie Reid's 5,000,000 acres, were they even "In Irelarid," would - possess 'the value which that extent vof territory promises to possess in Newfoundland. "For since the colony, tired of official uC7.KB.n BEID OF NEWFOUNDLAND. Inertia and the lack of capital, decided to turn over Its assets to a private cap italist by means of the measure known as the Reld contract," it has been dis covered that Newfoundland is not only a rich country, but one of the richest on earth." -. .' '' '.'." ',.'."' Everyone must remember Gllead P. Beck In that entertaining work, "The Golden Butterfly," and of his marvel lous discoveries of oij In a certain waste territory In Canada. . Mr. Reld Is said not only to have "located" nine teen oil wells on his land, but enormous fife George Dewey, third, admiral of the United States navy, is a Vermonter by birth. He is in his sixty-first year of age. He graduated from the academy at Ann- .apolis before the civil war and immedi ately sought active duty with the Union fleets of Foote and Farragut then press ing the Confederate navy in the South He served with such gallantry under Far ragut that he was especially commended in writing by that eminent commander. At the end of the war he cruised in European waters and was with the Asiatic squadron for a time. Returning to the United States, he was given shore duty, which was not to his taste, and he returned to the sea. In January, 1898, while on land duty at Washington, he requested to be sent to sea again. The Secretary of the Navy decided to place him in command of the Asiatic squadron, with little thought as to what that would in the end mean for this country. Dewey on taking charge or tne Asiatic squadron was a commodore. For the battle of Manila, May 1, 1898, he was made rear admiral. , - quantities of coal, Iron, copper and as bestos as well. "Czar" Reld, as this quiet, unassuming man has already come to be called, has already refused several millions sterling for. his prop erty, and in spite of the agitation In the colony to rescind the bargain there seems every reason to believe that Mr. Reld will live to enjoy one of the larg est private fortunes of the period, and to acquire a European reputation for his sagacity In exploiting a huge Island which was barren when he appeared on the scene. But this singular man has had, In a measure,, to pay the penalty which for tune so often exacts from the success ful. His career from the day, forty years ago,- when he left his native Scotland to seek his fortune, has been full of many of the rough spots of the earth and bard work and exposure, especially in Newfoundland and Can ada, have obliged him for a time to re lax his energies. But even while he Is thus forced to seek an . Algerian re treat, the mighty work of developing so vast a property goes unceasingly on. Reld possesses pluck as well as ability, for upon a recent occasion he ventured Into a mine whence no one of his work men would follow him, and In the sub sequent explosion sustained severe In juriesespecially to his eyesight : , - USUAL METHOD OF ACTION. Bashful Youth's Explanation of a Sud den Assumption of a Beat. He Is an extremely diffident fellow, this South Side youth, but Is also en amored of a fair maiden. She likes him right back and is not averse to giv ing him help in emergencies. But she finds it a difficult matter to get her ad mirer to respond to the calls of society, for be sinks Into, a condition of too many feet and hands when In the whirl social. But she has her hopes. Not long ago, when the chill winds had reduced the previously deposited snow into glaring ice, they set forth to walk to a near-by home to engage In the attractions of progressive euchre and chocolates. He was very tender and solicitous lest she tumble, slip and fall upon the ley sidewalk. Not being endowed with the certainty of footing of the patient burro himself, fate over took him and he smote the earth with a crash heard blocks away. -' .- ; Thereupon a lopk of Intense anguish sped over his face, for his spine seem ed shortened. . The "girlie" was In tears of pity. ; She clasped her hands and loved him for his woes. "Oh, Charlie," she murmured broken ly "does it hurt?" "- "No," he gasped with a sickly grin. "Of course not. You see, I always sit down that way." .'".'' ' ' Now she loves him for his courage and ability to tell a fib to extricate him-, self from a painful and unpleasant po sition. Chicago Chronicle. . , A Bank or Brides. Simla, the summer capital of the In dian Empire, is a pretty pine-treed place well up In the foothills of the Himalayas. A feature of Simla life Is the annual fair held by the native hiUs people, an attractive Item of which is a "Bank of Brides" In an amphitheater, where sit numbers of young women who thus calmly announce that they are candidates for hymeneal honors. Some Of these aspirants to matrimony so patiently awaiting a choosing are quite, pretty, and have intelligent faces; but those of Mongol caste must needs linger long for a partner, if per sonal beauty enters into the equation. Woman's Home .Companion. ' " Matches Without Phosphorus. ' Kohlmann Rosenthal, an English man, and Dr. Von Komocki, a Berlin chemist, assert that they have invent-I ed a match that will strike anywhere and no phosphorus Is used In It Thl Invention, they say, will do away with the horrors of necrosis, to which em ployes in match factories are subject ; There Is one thing that is true of a widower: he Is always Wondering if he can bite at a bait without getting caught In the book. SERVIAN WOMAN EXECUTED. Convicted Murdereaa Placed Aarainata Wall and Shot. The people of Servia have no objec tions to the Infliction of capital punish ment upon women; or, If they have ob jections, they were forced to swallow them when Mme. Jevrem was executed for murder recently. She was neither hanged nor placed In the electric chair. She was placed against a wall and shot. "' . " This happened in a Servian village near Prokuplje. A Greek priest named Irle Jevrem had been killed. His wife and a peasant with whom she had be come Infatuated were found guilty and condemned to be shot. On the day of their fate the two culprits were taken A DEAMAT1C EXECUTION. to the public square and faced a firing squad of soldiers with loaded i rifles, ehind the squad stood a huge mass of spectators from far and near. The execution lacked no element of the dramatic. ; The man wept and la mented and begged for mercy.' The woman was calm. The squad had made ready to fire, when an aid came dashing through the square on horse back. His coming merely prolonged the strain upon the two criminals. The man embraced his knees in the hope that he brought a pardon; the woman turned more pale, but was silent. Mer cy it was, but only partial. The aid bore a reprive indeed, but only for the man. : She begged her companion to re main with her to the end. But the fel low followed the guards away without even addressing one word "of pity to the woman. And then but Is there any need to tell the rest? Jkm - , KJ. wmm A. correspondent of Printers' Ink sendif the following to that journal: West Union, la., has a population of 4,000. .One of its progressive firms is the dry goods establishment of Thomas & Magner, the latter a young man with a training gained in selling goods for Carson, Pirle, Scott & Co., of Chicago. The writer called upon Mr. Magner re rently, and found him engaged In pre paring a 6-column advertisement to ap pear In each of the three county seat papers. - . I have noticed, Mr. Magner," said the . writer, "that you . are departing somewhat from the usual lines In coun try advertising. Do you find that the regular .use of page ads is helping your business?" . - "Well, yes," said Mr. Magner, "some thing is helping it, and I don't know what else to blame for -It. We have been compelled to put on extra clerks this week, and still people have been kept waiting." "What do you find to be the taking feature of your ads?" "Prices," said Mr, Magner promptly. "Our advertising Is all prices. We quote low figures on goods of known quality, and we set apart a certain hour of the day when we will sell a certain sort of goods at a cut price. We also have special sales, from a week to a month, at which we offer special In ducements on special lines." , "Do you find that the trade resulting, f roin this Is largely cohfined to the spe cial lines, or Islt general?" - "General. We seldom sell a cus tomerespecially a customer from a distance only the goods used as a leader. ! It is my Idea that when a farmer comes to town to buy dry goods he has a "little list' that has been In r-. ' m nrAAVo railin no mtnf tin If we can Induce him to come to our store, we check off the entire list." - "Then it Is your opinion that the mak ing of leaders Is as good a plan In the country as In the city?" X "Better. We don't have swarms of bargain-hunters to contend with. A man doesn't hitch up and drive ten or ' fifteen miles to buy only a few yards of prints. But he does buy the prints." - Disinfection of Streets. The London streets In summer are carefully disinfected by-means or wa ter carts, which are at work by day and night, while the openings of the sewers are ' also strewn wun a aisinrectant powder of the same sort as that used in solution for the water carts. The powder used In watering the streets Is commercially pure potassic perman ganate, or permanganate of potash, a powerful oxidizing agent One ounce Is sufficient for 100 gallons of water. Ekrs Used tn Calico Work si OUlco print works use 40,000,000 doz en eggs per year, wine clarlfiers use 10,000,000 dozen, the photographers and other industries use many millions, and these demands increase more ran Idly than table demands, '- - , , jitS