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Th rain, the dcsolate raint
Ceaselesa and eolbtnn and cliill I
How it drips on tho inisty pane,
How it drenchea the darkened Bill 1
O sceno of eoirow and dcnrthl
I would that tho winds nwaking
!To a flerce and gusty birtli,
Might vnry this dnll rofrnln
Of the rain, tho dosolalo rnin.
Tor tho hoatt of the heaveus Beom3 brcaking
In toars o'or tho fallen cartli,
And ngain, agaln, again,
AVo list to the pomber straln
Tho fnint, cold monotono,
"VVhoso Bonl la n mystio moan
Of tho rnin, tho mournful rain,
Tho soft, dospairing rnin.
Tliorain, tho murmuringraln l
Wearj'i pasBionless, slow;
7Tis tho rhythm of Bottlcd sorrow
Tho sobbing of careloaa woo'
And all tho tragio of lifo,
Tho pathoa of long ago,
Comta back on tho aad refrain
Of tho rain, tho dreary rain)
Till the grnvoa in my ho.irt unclco,
And tho dead who nre buriod thcrc,
From n solcmn nnd wcird rcposo
Awako, nlid with oyea that glaro
And voicea that molt in pain
Ou the tido of tho plaintivo rain,
Tho yearning, liomcloaa rain,
Tho long, low, whispering rainl
Paul II. Haync.
SAVED BY A PIGEON.
It was tho sweetest little thing you
cver saw a weo carricr-pigeon, with
puro white brcast, its wings .1 soft
pearl-grey, and itsarching ncck gleani
ing with iridcsccnt hucs.
A boy liad brought it ovcr f rotn Elm
wood that morning in a dainty willow
basket, lined with pink cotton-wood,
and its handlo ndorned with bows of
"From Larry, of course!" criod Aunt
Judith, as I cntcrcd tho breakfast
rooin. "I don'tbelicvo earth ever pro
dueod so gallant a lovert" she continucd
in hcr teasing way. "I believe ho
sonds you a prescnt every day, Yes
terday it was a beautiful boquet of
tlowers, tho day bcforo a box of bon
bons, and tho day bcfore that woll,
let 1110 see he canio hiinself! And
what have you now, prav, a turtlc
dovo?" "Xo; a carricr-pigeon, and Larry
says it is a trained one, too," I roi)licd,
referring to the letter, a- dainty billot
Avhicli had accompanied the gift.
"Aha! Xow wc shall have tender
missives llying over our heads, I pre
swme! Away with prosaic postage
stainps, and all thatl"
"I wisli Larry had scnt her a big
bull-dog instcad of the bird," said papa,
as he helped liimself to tho toast.
"Whv, papa!" I Kasped. "How un-
"Yery useful. my dcar. Especially
just now wlien tliero are so many
"I hear Mr. Sayre's houso has bcen
robbed, and Golden's jewclry store,
too," said Aunt Judith. "Goodness
me, I hopo they won't como Iiere!
"We're in such a lonely, out-of-the-way
plaee, too! Thomas!" turning to niy
father, "don't you think that you had
better take tho sparo silver and the
family diainonds to a nioro secure
"1've been thinking about that very
thlng," said papa. "Wo shan't need
theiu till Meg here," turning to me,
with a smile, "becomes Mrs. Lawrcnee
Carroll. So I might as well take thcm
ilown to the bank and loek thcm up in
"liut what if they break in tlie
bank?" I asked.
l'ajia laughed derisively. He was
always boasting of the safety of the
"They eouldn't open the safo unless
the cashior and I wereboth thre. It's
oneof thobest cotnbination locksmade.
1'in positive that anything put in that
safe is pcrfectly sccure."
1'oor papa! "How little ho thought
liut there, that's just like me, al-,
ways gotting ahead of my story! j
Larry didn't spend that ovening
with me, and so I went to bed quito
early. I soon fell asleep, but soniehow 1
I didn't rest very well, and was glad '
when I awoke, for I was dreaming that '
Larry and I had an awf ul quarrel.
liut tho siek, wretched feeling didn't
pass away with my awaking. I had a
smothered, suffoeated feeling that made
me actually gasp for breath. Think
ing that tho bedelothes wero lying
ucross my face, I reached up my hand
to draw them away, and found there,
instcad, a handkercliief saturated with
a subtle, overpowering suent.
Chlorofonn! Yes, that was it. But
what did it mean? Shivering with a
naineless terror, but with my senses all
aroused, I sjirang from tlie bed and
went to the door.
It was slightly ajar, and through the
opening a light shono faintly. 1 crept
softly out into tho hall, and leaning
over tho railing, looked down. Oh,
lieavens! what did I seo?
Four strong men, wearing black
marks, and anned with revolvers,
dragging along my dcar old father!
"You villains! What is tho use of
this?" I heard poor, dear papa say. "I
ahall nevcr, never do it!"
"You won't seo tho sun rlso again,
thenl" said 0110 of tho mcn, with au
"1'd rather dio thnn havo you suc
cccd in your ncfarious plan!" was
"That's gamc, boss," said anothcr
rough voicc. "liut wait till wo get
there. Wo'vo got tho cashicr in
elutclics, and when ho cavcs in
"Gag him, boys, bcfore wo put
in tho wagonl" ordered tho lcader.
Papa's strugglcs wero of no avail,
and gagged and bound, ho was carricd
out of tho housc, and soon I heard
wheels rolling away.
Two of tho burglars stayed bchind to
ranr.ack tho houso, I supposed. lloar
ing their voices, I turned and lled into
my room, locking the door bchind me.
Oh, what eould I do ? At that 1110
ment I reallzed how weakawoman is!
Oh, if there wero only somo way
whcreby I might save my father from
dcath or infamy!
Crouching upon tho iloor, I wrung
my hands in agony of spirit, striving
to think of somo plan.
Footstcps wcre heard coining up tho
stairs. I held my breath in suspense.
Would tho rullians try tho door, and
flnding it locked, forco it open? Xo,
the jiasscd on.
Just then a little rustlo inonecornor
of niy room mado my hcart beat with
rcnewed terror; but relief camo in
stantly, when I pcrccived that tho
noise was made by my little pet, tho
I knelt down besidc its cage, sob
"Oh, you poor, little thingl" I whis
pered. "Helpless and tiny as you are,
you are safer thanl aml"
Suddenly, like a divino revclation,
there canio a thought:
Could not Bijou, the pigeon, carry a
message tb Larry? Larry had said
that the little creature could do sucli a
thing. Why not try hini?
"With trenibling flngers, I seized pcn
cil and paper, and wrote tho following
".Larry! Larry! for God's sako go to
the bank. Take plenty of men witli
you. IJurglars havo carricd papa
there to eompel him to open the sal'e.
Hurry! Your Meo.
"1 S. I send this by Ilijou."
This I put in an envelope, and ticd
the latter around tho bird's ncck. The
little creature did not secin the least
bit frightened, but looked intelligcntly
at me with its bright, gentle eyes. As
quietly as possible, I opened the win
dow and set tlie bird on the sill.
Fora minute itstood there, turning
its iretty head irresolutely; then
spreading its wings, it slowly roso and
soared awav, oh, heaven be thauked! in
the direction of Elmwood.
Tust then there was a violent rackct
at the door, a succession of kicks,
which soon splintered tho panels.
An instant later, as I stood thcro
paralyzed by terror, the two burglars
burst into the room.
"Curse it!" cried one, "that chloro
fonn didn't flx her, after all."
"Uind and gag her like we did tho
old lady; then sho'll bo safe," said the
"When my senses camo to me, I found
inyself lying on thecouch in thositting
room down stairs.
It was bright daylight, and tho soft
summt'r wind, laden with the breath of
llowers, was stcaling in at the open
window. Larrv's face, kind, lovini;
anxious, was bending ovcr me. Then
I heard dear old Doctor Hogers' kindly
voiee say, "Drink tliis, little girl, and
and you'll feel better," pressing a tnm
bler to my lips.
"Whcre's papa?" I murmured,
"Your father's all right, darling,"
"And did Ilijou come to you ? Oh, I
praycd that tlie bird would carry tho
note! Did you get it?"
"Yes, love; but never mind it now.
111 tell you all about it when you get
"Tell her now, Carroll. Sho is all
right. It will do her good to hear all
about it," said tho doctor, patting my
I cheek; and ho continucd: "I'll lcavo
j you two together, while I go and seoto
' Miss Judith. Oh, you neeiin't bo
j frightened!" seclng my luivious look.
' "Theroisn't anything tho mattcr with
j your aunt. Only she's been prctty
1 badly scared, that's all!"
"Well, you sec, Meg," Larry began,
' when wo wero alone, "I haiijiuned tosit
up rather late last night. I had been
away all day, and when I returned homo
attea-time, I found somo law business
awaiting niy iinmediateattentlon. As 1
1 sat writing in my room, it was after
midnight I think, suddenly I heanl a
tnppingattho window-pano. At llrst
I paitl no heed to it, thinking it to be
only tho wind blowing a twig or bit of
viue, but as tho sound continucd, "I
aroso and went to look.
"I beheld something white llultering
against tho glass. 'W'hut was my sur
pdso to nnd thnt it was little Hijou!
I opened tho window and hurriedli read
tho lcttcr ho brought; and it wasn't
ong beforo my father, tlnclo Henry,
tho threemcn-scrvants, and acouploof
policenien and myself, wero hurrylng
down to tho bank.
"Wo reached thcro just in timc, too;
had a grand scuille, in which wo camo
outvictorlous, 1'm glad to say, and,
well, tho rcsult is that four of tho
burglars aro in jail, and tho other two,
whom wo found here, havo gono to
rendcr up their final account. Tho safo
is unharmed, and nono of us aro in
jurcd, exccpt a fow scratches and
I will end my story by saying that
Larry and I havo bccn niarried two
ycars now. "We are keeping houso in a
cozy, comfortablo way, and most im
portant Of all our articles of furnituro
is a cradle; but, after all, I don't know
which is the greatest pet, baby or my
little feathercd postman, llijoul
Flsliing Wllh Corniornnts.
In Xieuhoffs account of tho embassy
of Feter de Goycrand Jacob do ICeyzer
from tho Dutch Fsust India Company
to tho Emperor of China, in 1G05, it is
related that at Si-ning-chow, in the
providence of Shantong, on an artificial
eiiannet 01 tlie lellow river, tho em
bassadors witnesscd tho nativcs flshing
with cormorants. Hero thev saw them
catch flsh with a bird callcd Lou-wa,
somowliat less than a kooso and not
much unlike a raven. It has a long
ncck and a bill liko an eagle. They go
out in small boats made of bamboo
cancs, placing the bird on the outside,
which on sight of a fish shoots down
and swims after it under wator. As
soon as sho has caiiKht hcr nrev sho
rises, and tlie ilsherman, having takcn
it from her, sends her out to seek more
To prevent tho bird from swallowing
her lirey they put an iron rincfn
about her neck. If the fish is too biir
lor ner to onng up slie makes a noiso
in thewatcr for tho master to come to
her lielp. When they havo caught
enough for their owners tho ring is
takcn off, and they are left to fish for
themsclves. In case they are averse to
divinj' they are brouKht to it bv beat-
ing. The fislienncn pay a yearly tri
bute to tho Emperor for tho uso of
these birds, M-hicli are much valued by
tho Chinese. Ono of thosc which are
well taught is often sold for iifly tael
of silver, which is about 150 guilders.
Tlie Chinese method of iishing with
cormorants differs but little from that
employed by English and Freneh aina
tcurs at tho prescnt day. In Chinai
however, the birds, smaller than ours,
and of a differcnt species, called by tho
Cltinese "Leutze," are carricd on light,
shallow punts or rafts, and are coin
monly employed, not as here for anntse
ment, but as a mattcr of business to
sujiply the niarkets with fish. Twenty
or thirty cormorants, it is said, will
catch six francs worth of fish a day
fish being very cheap there. Their
owners club together, their respective
birds being marked, and divide the
profits proportionately. A cormorant
may bo used until ten years old, andt
when well trained, thiy fetch as much
assixty taels, or 1G0 francs a pair.
How It Feels to Fall 1,000 Fcet.
With regard to tho recent sad sui
cido of a girl by leaping from one of
tho towers of Xotro Dame, l'aris, I)r.
Uronardeli's expressed view that as
phyxiation in tho rapid lall may have
beun tho cause of death, has given rise
to sonie correspondence in Nuture. If.
Uontempts jwints out that tho depth
of fall having been about sixty-six
meters, the velocity acquircd in tho
tiino (less than l'our seconds) camiot
havo been so great as tfiat soine.luies
attained on raihvays, e. j. thirty-tlireo
meters per second on tho line between
Clialons and l'aris, vhero tlie effect
should bo the same ; yet wc never hear
of asphyxiation of engino drivers and
stokers. He f.onsiders it desirablo that
tho idea in queati n should bo oxploded,
as unhappy pers ns may bo led to
choose suicide by fall from a height,
under tho notion that they will dio be
foro reaehing tho ground. Again, M.
Gossin mentions tliat a fow years ago
a man threw h'mself from tho top of
tho Column of July, and fell 011 an
awning which sheltered workmcn at
tho pedestal; ho sufltred only a few
slight contusions. J. Heniy says ho
has oftcn scen an Englishman leap from
a height of thirty-ono meters (say 103
feet) into a deep river; and ho was
shown in 1852, in tho island of Oahu,
by missionaries, a nativo who had
fallen from a veriJied height of more
than 000 meters (say ono thousand
feet). His .11 was broken near the
end by a growth of itrns and other
plants, and ho had only a few wounds.
Asked as to his sensations ir. fa I'ng,
liosaid ho only felt dazzlcd.
Mr. Farnach, of Italcigli, X. C, re
ports that in April and ilay, he, with
liis daughter and an ordinary laborer,
gatherod a crop of 200 dozens of silk
worm eggs, worth ?1,000, from a four
years' orchard of 3,000 whito mulberry
riaitcd sklrts aro stlll populnr.
Feather bands trlm wraps
Velvet bonncts aro the most
Ulack mntelasso dress goods
much useA in mourning.
A prctty fancy is to trim a black
velvet hat with a singlo white- bird.
Sittin buttons of oblong form come
on many handsoino importcd drcsses.
Skirts continuo to grow moro bouf
fant in tho back and f uller at tho sides.
Bands of grebo appear on somo of
tho handsomest bonncts and turbans.
Waistcoats as separato garments aro
a fcature in English womcn's drcsses.
A Kolden brown shado called "avan-
turinc" combines beautifully with
Tho nowest cloth cloaks from l'aris
aroof repped cloth, which is tufted 011
tho wrong side.
Tlie individual fancy is indulged in
riding habits as well as in all other
Scarlet cloth with cidcr-down woven
in it, is a light and comfortablo fabric
for winlcr underskirts.
The leather straps with which somo
cloth and llanncl suits are fastencd and
trimmed are eithcr of red Uussia or
A plain, well-finishcd black cashmere
skirt and a jerscy waist of any color
preferred, or black, makes the best
kind of a utility eostume.
The latest developinent in fancy
millincry is chenillo and gold cord
braids in the style of the rustic wickcr
bask(-t bonnets of the past season.
On some of the l'aris riding habits,
when tlie corsage is of light color, a
horse's head in bright color is em
broidcrcd on the collar, facings and
Each leading dressmaker of l'aris
makes dresscs accordini; to his or her
own fancy, and, if possible, differcnt
from all others, hence the variety in
I'irds of every dcscriptinn aro used
to decorate mulTs. Duplicates of those
selected for tho muff are generally
worn on tho hat or bonnet whieh ac
Overskirts cut open here and there
and laeed together with silk cords are
new andeiTeetive. With evenmg cos
tumes of silk or satin tlie bodiee is
made to match, and the lacing is done
under the arms.
Black is 110 longer tho exclusivo
color for riding habits. Habits are
made of hussar blue, navy blue, hun
tcr's green, and all shades of grey. The
cursage is sometinies evcn of a differ
cnt color from tho skirt, but in this
case the seams and bottoni of the skirt
are piped or bound witli tho niaterial
01 thu corsage.
Cyprus s)onges are tho best in tho
world, but the Turks nionopolize them.
Only thosc of the very best quality are
used by tho Turkish and Circassian
belles, who make the size, shape and
quality of their sponges as much a
mattcr of fashion as tlie 1'arisian lady
does tho trimming of her bonnet ortho
color of her parasol. This quality is
known as tho "apidi" or pear, and "as
nro veloudv" or whito velvet, and
conimands fabulous jirices tho moinent
it is brought up, as Constantiunplo and
Cairo nicrchiints are always inoving
about among the fishers ready to pay
almost any jirico for tho mucli-desired
quality. In shape it is like a hollow
pear, cafc-au-lait colored, soft, elastie
and velvety, and somo idea may be
formed of its value by tho fact that a
sponge-fisher refused 4 for a spongo
of tho sizo of a newly-born baby's head.
()n:irri l Itrtwrrn 3lnry .Innc nml Ulrltry.
"Is there any city," said Dickey,
"which is free from faults?"
"Yes," said I, "tho Xew Jerusaleni."
"Xo," said Dickey, "it has one very
"What isit?"said I.
"Its inaceessibility," saidshe.
"To you, yes," said I.
"And to you, as well," said she.
"How?"' said I.
"Because," said she, "it is said there
was silenco for a space in heaven, and
whero silenco is vou can't be, for l'vo
n ' - j
as a witness that. in spito of all my
cfforts to keep you still, and not be
talking column after column of stuff,
you will persist in brcaking out every
clrmco you get. You'd niake a prctty
looking angcl, witli a pencil in ono
hand, a note-book in tho other, and
your tonguo wagging liko a tickled
dog's tail, wouldn't you?"
"Dickey," said I but I stopped, for
I don't liko to see women quarrel, and,
beside, I know if it camo to hair-pull-ing
I never would havo any show, for
Dickey could hang hers upon tho giis
jctand tliwart my most persistcnt en
deavors in that direction. J.ouisuUle
A 1'rlnrcf.x Ddiiiollr I.llc.
Princess louiso stsrted in niarried
llfe, says tho London Truth, witli tho
dctormlnatlon not to bo tho rival, on
their own ground, of plutocrats wlvca.
Thcro wius to bo comfort as well as
olcganco in her cstnblishment, liut no
ostentation. At Itideau Hall, hcr
Canadlan olllclal abode, sho affects moro
statc. Onco a weok, when the Legis
laturo is in session, sho glves a forninl
banquct. A day or two after thcro is
an informal dinner, which Canadians
term "tho scrap feast." To bo asked
to it is thought a marked favor. A
piper dresscd in Campbell plaid is in
attendancc, nnd performs a dessert on
his noisy instrumcnt. On Sundays
English visitors to Ottawa are asked in
quito an unccrimonious way to partako
of a fainily dinner, which is snug and
well servcd, and cnlivened by tho
cheery hiimor and rattlo of Lady
Sophia ifcXamara, who is more ro
servcd when Canadians aro prescnt.
Tlie ilarquis sticks to tho kirk.
"H'ater is so cominon that few per
sons think of it as the most important
factor in the building up and civiliza
tion of the world. Tlie rocks wero
mud and sand nuulo by water and laid
down by it, one kind on top of anothcr.
Coal, made of plants, was covcred up
by water, so that tho rotten plants
wero kept thcro and changed to eoal.
Ycins of lcad, copper, gold, silver and
erystal, were cracks in the rocks, filled
with water that had these precious
tliings dissolved in it. And water, as
ico (glaciers,) ground up rocks into
earth, in whieh plants can grow, the
sca and streams helping to do the work.
Water builds plants, and animals, too.
Threo-quarters of what they aro made
of is water. When you pay twenty
ecnts for a peck of potatoes you are
really paying lifteen of the cents for
tlie water that is contaid in the pota
toes. A boy who wcighs eighty jiounds,
if perfectly driedup, would onlyweigh
twenty pounds. And there can be no
potatoes or boy without water. It
must dissolvo things to mako them
into new things ; and it carries tliein
whero they aro w.mted to build the
new things. It softens food, aml then
as watery blood carries tlie food to
every part of the body to niake new
llesh andbones, then wegrow and have
strennth. It carries the plant's food
up into the plant. Wator carries man
and goods in boats, and, as steam,
drives tho cars. It makes tho wheels
go 111 the factones. It is a great
worker, and wo could not get along
without it. It makes much of tlie
beautv in the world.
I'isli iu tho Great -tiuericaii Lakes.
l)r. Stcrling, of Cleveland, (Jliio,
writes: The whitefish in Lake Erie
average thrco and onc-half pounds, but
occasionally one or more are takcn
weigliing ten to eighteen pounds. I
speared 0110 in 1844 at Copper Harbor,
Lake Superior, that weigheil twenty
ilvo )ounds. On the north shore of
Islo Koyale, Lake Superior, tho white
fish averago fourteen pounds. The
lake herring are the most uniform in
size of all our fishes, averaging less
than a )ound in weight, and this aver
age will hold good if you count thcm
by tho millions; but, nevertlieless, I
havo had specinicns brought to me that
would weigli three, four, or evcn six
pounds. Tlie whitcliah of tho Yonkon
! rivt-r. Alaska
so say the government
reports weigh as higli as l'orty jiounds.
Tho sturgconsof tlie Great Lakes aver
age iifty jiounds, but now and then ono
is takcn that wcighs 100 jiounds and
over. I saw myself, at tho Sault i?tc.
Marie, ono taken that weighed 127
jiounds. Tho catfish of our lakes aro
of most superior quality, bringing in
tho Southern markets a better prico
than any of our lake fishes, whether
fresh, salted or smoked. The average
size is twelvo jiounds ; but yet 1 saw a
specimen taken with a hook and lino
that weighed llfty jiounds. In tho
watcrsof the Mississijipi valley it often
attains doublo that weight. Americau
Tho Whale's Most Formjdalilo Foe.
Tho thrashing sliark has a tough
and ugly looking tail longer than tho
body with whieh it thrashes and dis
ables its enemies. It is a i'ormidablo
and relentless adversary of tho whale,
and huiitstlio loviathan of tho deeji in
tho sword-fibh. Theso
fish travel 111 packs Jiko wolves.
AVhen a wlialo is attacked
tho sword-fish go down under it,
and by jirieking and eutting it in tho
belly they forco the monster to rise to
tho surfaeo of the water. Then tho
thrashing sharks raise their talls and
lash tho whale ucross the baek. The
sword-fish and the sharks keep up their
combincd assaults until their 111am
moth, but as against them, jioworless
iulversary, is dead. Tho only jiart of
a whale that is eaten by the thrashing
sharks is the tongue. It is not known
that tho sword-fish cat any part of a
whale. They ajijiear to join with tho
thrashing bhiirks in assaulting whale,
onlv out of puro viciousncss. With
all of their voracity, tlie sharks are cn
titled to tho credit of eariiiK for ono
another. Young sliarks aro watchcd
and jirotectcd by tho older ones.
I drop my idle pon andhark,
And catch tho fatntest sound;
Sho must bo playlng hido-nnd-seok
In shaay nooks around;
Sho'll como nud climb my chatr ngain,
Andpcop my Bhonldors o'or;
I hear a Btiflod laugh but, no!
Sho comotli never morot
I walted only yoalernlght,
Tho ovening aorvioo read,
And lingered for my idol's kisa
Beforo sho went to bcd;
Forgetting sho had gono boforo
In slumborB soft and aweet,
A monument above lier head
And violcls at hcr feet.
11. II. Stoddard.
Wintcr reigns when it snows.
A matter of courso The racc traek.
Brovity is tho soul of wit. The
hotel keepcr who Avrote to a delinquent
ex-boarder, "Send mo amount of bill,"
rcceived for a reply, "Tho auiount is
"How should a turkey be dresscd?"
A turkey, in order to bo well dresscd,.
should be wholly undressed. The
fewer feathcrs a turkey has when it
comes on the tablo the more angelic it
"1'a, are wo going to have any girl
vanizcd iron on our new house?" "Any
w-h-a-t?" "any girlvanized iron ?" "Gal
vanized you mean, don't you?" "Yes,.
pa? but tho teacher says we musn't
say gal? it's girl?"
A young man finds himself in a per
jilexing situation when he is unable to
distinguish between tho ten-cent cigar
jiurchascd for his own enjoyinent and
the two-for-lives intended for his pros
It is tho dog that has th" "pants"
and tho young man the pantaloons; but
it is not unfrerniently the ease that be
foro .tlie young man can get -.ifely ovcr
the fence it is he who has t!i" "pants"
and tho dog tho jiantaloons.
A boy in a country scho.il was read
ing tho following sentence : "The light
house is a landmark by day and a
beaeon by night," and rendcr d it thus:
"The lighthouse is alandloi l by day
and a deacon by night.
First masher : "AVell, did you mako
tho acquaintanco of that strange girl
you were raving ovcr?" Se -ond ditto ;
"Yes ; followed hcr home." First M.:
"How did sho strike you?" Second
ditto : "She didn't at all ; she got her
big hrothcr to do it."
"You know I am a member of tho
fire dejiartment," said her father, "and
if I lind.your young spark in thehous o
it will lo my duty to put him out."
"But, father," replied hi daughter,
"if you do, like as not I shall have a
new llanie within a weck."
A fashionably attired young lady
asked her doctor, the other day, if he
did not think that tho great weight of
the large hats and bonnets now in
style had a tendency to cau-.o discaso
of the brain. "Xot ' at all, niy dear
iliss; ladics who have brains don't
wear those largo hats."
A AVcstorn cyelonc went through
tho ojien windows of a hnuse, caught
up all the tidies, jiiliow shams and a
jiocketbook, and blew them iuiles away.
Tho man of the house refuses to go
look for the jiocketbook. Ilr is afraid
he might also lind the tiilio- and pillow
shams. l'h ihuhlph iu iW's.
Tho reason that an cxjress train
always jirecedes a milk train is not
because its speed is greater. It is be
causo tho cow catcher on the engino
is used to catch tho cows in tinio to bo
niilked beforo dark. After they aro
caught they are run on the side track,
tho cows wo understand, doing tho
"John," said the eashier's vifc, drop
ping into tlie bank in tlie midst of
shojiping trip, "you forgot to leave me
that numey this morning." "AVliat
namo ?" "Name ! name !" 1 xclaimel
tho lady. "1 am your wil'e." "Xo
iloubt, no doubt," answerel t. -eashier
mecbanieally, and going mi with hi
writing, "but you will have to bring;
somo ono to identify you.
In farming districts of Denniarlr,
whero smokingis almost imiversal.and
pipes with hugo china bow !s aro &
eoiiinion as mile stones an scaree o-.,
eountry cross roads, dist-uve is iuomv
frequently measuml by pipcs" thau
by miies. The cay-going. .--t ways o
tlie jieojile make this exjxslient jir.ict'
cable. (Jreat is the amazeinent of th
travelier, however, at b"ing t ld, in a
wer to his inijuiry about t!e distai.(
to tho next town, that it is so nianj
'pijies of tobacco." Expeneiice ill,
teach him that at tho ste.y ga t nud
pull of tlie nativo about tw. Engl.t!
miles, or half a Danish imle niake a
"pipo." . .
A now book is callcil "How to Keep
a Store." It is a work of several
hundred pages, and lifo is too short ta
read it. Tho best way to keep a stor
is to advertiso judiciously, and thus
provent it falling into tlie hands of tha