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i*® fi' I iv fix L?»r rr- TALM AGE'S SERMON. MISSIONS 1IAVI2 pon -W I W O E N I I N S I I A I I I:ILII'1'I:IJ. The Womnn nt the Sick It-i1. na Hie I)lN|MiiiK4r off Clinrlty, I I 11ifk Com forter In 1)1 re Disaster—Her lnllu cuci' lit ClirlHtinu Work. Beatrice, Nob., Special.—In Ms ser mon to-ilny IU'V. Dr. Talmage, who Is now on his summer AVesteni tour, lias chosen a subject that must awaken the sympathies of all lovers of hu manity, viz., "Sisters of Charity." The text selected was, "Acts ix., Itfi: "This woman was full of fjood works and alinsdeeds which she did." Starting now where I left off last Sabbath In reciting woman's opportu nities, I have to say that woman has the special and superlative right of blessing and comforting the sick. What land, what street, what house, lias not felt the smitings of disease? Tens of thousands of sick beds! What shall we do with tlietnV Shall man, with his rough hand and heavy loot, and impatient bearing, minister? No. lie cannot soothe the pain. He can not quiet the nerves. He knows not whore to set the light. His hand is not steady enough to pour out the drops. He is not wakeful enough to be a watidier. The Lord 5od sent Miss I)ix into the Virginia hospitals, and the Maid of Saragosa to appease tin wounds of the battlefield. has equipped wife, mother and daughter, for this delicate but tremendous mis sion. Voit have known men who have despised women, but the moment dis ease fell upon them they did not scud for their friends at the bank, or their partner in business, or their worldly associates their lirst cry was. "Take me to my wife." The dissipated young man at the college scoffs at the idea of being under home influences: but at the lirst blast of the typhoid fever on his cheek, lie says. "Where is moth er?" Sir Waller Scott wrote partly in satire and partly in compliment when he said: O woman, \n our hour of ease, t'ueertain, coy and hard to please: When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou. I think the most pathetic passage in all the Bible is the description of tin lad who went out into the harvest tield of Shunein and got sunstruck—throw ing his hands on his temples anil cry ing out: "O, my head: my head:" and they said, "Carry liiiu to his mother." And then the record is: "lie sat on her knees till noon and then died." It is an awful thing to be ill away from home in a strange hotel, once in awhile men coming to look at you, holding their hand over their mouth for fear that they will catch the contagion. How roughly they turn you in bed: How loudly they talk! How you long for the ministries of home- I knew one such who went away from one of the brightest homes for several weeks' business absence In the West. A tel egram came at midnight that he was on his death-bed far away from home. By express train the wife and daugh ters went westward: but they went too late. He feared not to die: but lie was in an agony to live until his fam ily got there, lie tried to bribe the doctor to make him live a little while longer. He said: "I am willing to die, but not alone." But the pulses flutter ed, the eyes closed, and the heart stopped. The express trains met in the midnight: wife and daughters go ing westward—Ut'e.Vw? of hus band and father coming eastward. Oh, it was a sad. pitiful, overwhelming spectacle! When we are siclt ve want to be sick at home. When Jhe time conies for us to die we want :o die at home. The room may be very humble, and the faces that look into ours may be very plain: but who cares for that? Loving hands to bathe the temples. Loving voices to speak good cheer. Loving lips to read the comforting promises of Jesus. In our last dreadful war men cast tlie cannon men fashioned the mus ketry men cried to tlie hosts. "For ward, march!" men hurled their bat talions on the sharp edges of the enemy, crying, "Charge! charge!" but woman scraped lint woman adminis tered the cordials woman watched by the dying couch woman wrote the last message to the home circle: wom an wept at tlie solitary burial attend ed by herself and four men with a spade. We greeted the general home with brass bands and triumphal arch es and wild huzzas but the story,is too good to be written anywhere, save in the chronicles of heaven, of Mrs. Brady, who came down among the sick in the swamps of the Chlekaliom iny: of Annie Boss, in the cooper shop hospital of Margaret Breckinridge, who came to men who had been for weeks with their wounds undressed some of them frozen to the ground and when she turned them over, those that had an al'in left waved it and filled the air with their "hurrah!"—of Mrs. Hodge, who came from Chicago with blankets and with pillows, until the men shouted, "Three cheers for the Christian commission! God bless the women at home then sitting down to take the last message, "Tell my wife not to fret about me, but to meet me in heaven tell her to train up the boys whom we have loved so well tell her we shall meet again in the good land tell her to bear my loss like the Christian wife of a Christian soldier and of Mrs. Slielton, into whose face tlie convalescent soldier looked and said, "Your grapes and cologne cured me." Men did their work with shot and shell and carbine and howitzer women did their work With socks and slippers and bandages and warm drinks, and Scripture texts and gentle strokings of the hot temples v»d stories of that land where they never have any pain. Men kuelt down over the wounded and said, "On which side did you light?" Women knelt down over the wounded and said, "Where are you hurt? What nice thing can I make for you to eat? What makes you cry?" To-night, while we men are sound asleep in our tyeds there will be a light in yonder loft there will be groaning in that dark alley Wf, there will be cries of distress in that cellar. Men wiU«Ieep and women will #atch. •l»\vn ~t Again, woman has a superlative right to take care of.the poor. There are hundreds and thousands of them In all our cities. There is a kind or work that men cannot do for the poor. Here comes a group of little bare-foot children to the door of the Dorcas society. They need to be clothed and provided for. Which of these directors of banks would know how many yards it would take to make that little girl a dress? Which of these masculine hands could lit a hat to that little girl's head? Which of the wise men would know how to tie on that new pair of slioes? Man sometimes gives his char ity in a rough way, and it falls like the fruit of a tree in the Fast, which fruit comes down so heavily that it breaks the skull of the man who is trying to gather It. But woman glides so softly Into the house of destitution and linds out all the sorrows of the place and puts so quietly the donation on the table that all the family come out on the front steps as she departs, expect ing that from under her shawl she will thrust out two wings and go right up to heaven from whence she seems to 1 have come down. Oh, Christian young woman! if you would make yourself happy and win the blessing of Christ, go out among the destitute. A loaf of bread or a bundle of socks may make a homely load to carry, but the' angels of Cod will come out to watch, and the Lord Almighty will give his messenger I hosts a charge, saying. "Look after that woman. Canopy her. with your wings and shelter her from all harm:" and while you are seated in the house of destitution and suffering the little ones around the room will whispe". "Who is she? Ain't she beautiful?" and if you listen right sharply you will Hear dripping down the leaky roof and rolling over the rotten stairs the angel chant tli.lt shook Bethlehem, "(Ilory to Cod in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men." Can you tell me why a Christian woman, going III 1M Mill OVIIIIIII, '1 II iimon*: the haunts of iniquity on a Christian errand, never meets with any indignity? I stood in the chapel if Helen Chalmers, tlie daugh ter of the celebrated Dr. Chalmers, in the most abandoned part of the city of Killiiburgli. and 1 said to her as I looked around upon the fearful sur roundings ot that place. "Do you come here nights to hold service?" ves." she said. "Can it lie possible that you never meet with insult while performing this Christian errand?" "Never." she said—"never." That young woman who has her father by her side walking down the street, an armed policcman at each corner of the street, is not so well defended as that Christian who goes forth on dospel work into the haunts of iniquity, car rying the Bibles and bread. Coil, with would tear to pieces any one who should offer indignity, lie would smite him with lightnings, anil drown him with Hoods, and swallow him with earthquakes, and damn lilm with eter nal indignations. Some one said, "1 dislike very much to see that Chris tian woman teaching those she gets it. She could not help but Again: I have to tell you that it is woman's specific right to comfort un der tlie stress of dire disaster. She is called the weaker vessel: but all pro- t' 'yv**"~ -fw *?P /f H- "-VV tlie right arm of his wrath omnipotent, I'ry in heaven: Charlotte Klizabeth in heaven: the mother of Augustine in bud boys in the mission school. I am afraid to have her instruct them." "So." said another man, "1 am afraid, too." Said the first. "I am afraid they will use \ile language before they leave the place." "Ah," said the other man, "I am not afraid of that. What 1 am af niiil of is that if any of those boys should use a bad word in her presence the other boys would tear him to pieces and kill him on the spot." That woman is the best sheltered who is sheltered by the Omnipotence, and it is always safe to go where Cod tells yon to go. It seems as if the Lord had ordained woman for an especial work ill tlie solicitation of charities. Back ed up by barrels In which there is no flour, and by stoves in which there is no lire, and wardrobes in which there are no clothes, a woman is irresistible passing on her errand. Coil savs to her. "You go into that bank or "store and get the money." She goes in and ets it. The man is hard-listed, but iho affair. What does she Kay? Does she play the butterfly? Does she talk about the silks, and the ribbons, and tlie fashions? No. She comes up to tile emergency. She quails not under the stroke. She offers to go out of t'le comfortable house into a smaller i. e. and wear the old cloak another winter. She is one who understands your af fairs without blaming you. Yon look upon wbat you thought was a thin weak woman's arm holding you up: but while you look at that arm there comes into the feeble muscles of it the strength of the eternal Cod. No chiding. No fretting. No telling you about the beautiful house of her'fa ther's. from which you brought her, ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. You say: "Well, this is the happiest day of my life. I am glad I have got from under my burden. My wife don't care I don't care." ,\t the moment you were utterly exhausted Cod sent a Deborah to met the host the Ania lekites. and scatter them like chair over the plain. There are sometimes women who sit reading sentimental novels, and who wisli that they hail some grand Held ill which to display their Christian powers, oh. what grand and glorious things they could do if they only had an opportunity: My sister you need as,| "Oh. Lastly, ojie of the specific rig'its of woman is, through the grace of 'Prist, finally to reach heaven, oh, what a multitude of women in heaven! Marv. Clue "s mother, in heaven: Fliy.abetli heaven: the Countess of Huntingdon who sold her splendid jewels to build chapels—in heaven: while a great many others who have never been heard of on earth, or known but little have gone to the rest and peace ot heaven. What a rest! What a change it was from the small room, with no fire and one window, the glass broken out. and tlie aching side and worn-out eyes, to "tlie house of inanv man sions.'" No more stitching until 12 o'clock at night no more thrusting of the thumb by the employer through the work to show that was not done quite right. Plenty of bread at last. Heaven for aching heads. Heaven for broken hearts. Heaven for anguish bitten frame: No more sitting up un til midnight for the coining of stagger ing steps. No more rough blows across the temples. No more sharp, keen, bitter curses. Some of you will have no rest in this world. It will be toil, and struggle, and suffering all tin way up. You will have to stand at your door lighting back the wolf with your own hand, red with carnage. But Cod has a crown for you. I want you to realize that he is i:cw making it. and whenever jou weep a tear, lie sets another gem in that crown: ST get it. It is decreed from eternity she u,Z nn^Ll""*? should get it. No need of your turning your back and pretending you don't hear you do hear. There is no need of your saying you are begged to death. There is no need of you wast ing your time, and you might as veil submit first as last. You had better right away take down your check book. mark the number of the check, till up the blank, sign your name and hand it to her. There is no need of wasting time. Those poor children on the back street have been hungry long enough. That sick man must" have some farina. That consumptive must have something to ease his cough. I meet this delegate of relief society coming out of the store of such it hard-fisted man. and 1 say, "Did you get the money?" "Of course," "she says, "I got the money that's what 1 went for. The lx»rd told me to go in and get it, and he never sends nie on a fool's errand." anotl,or 111 o:lI'th, now fane as well as sacred history attests I together." And the banqueters, no that wheiMlie crisis comes she is bet ter prepared thnn man to meet the emergency. How often you have seen a woman who seemed to be a disciple of frivolity and indolence, who, under one stroke of calamity, changed to a heroine. Oh, what a great mistake those business men make who never tell their business troubles to Iheir wives! There comes some great loss to their store, or some of their compan ions in business play them a sad trial and liiey carry the burden all alone. He is asked in tlie household again and again: "What is the matter?" but he believes in a sort of Christian duly to keep all that trouble within his own soul. Oh, sir! your first duty was to tell yuor wife all about it. She, per haps, might not have disentangled your finances, or extended your credit, but she would have helped you to bear misfortune. You have no right to carry on one shoulder that which is intended for two. There are business ask you to take it rfff and to tell Lord men who kuow what I mean. There Blank that it means something more comes a crisis in your affairs. You than a bit of gold and a few diamonds struggle bravely and long, but after to be worn merely as an ornament, awhile there comes a day when you even by a charming woman."-Tid« say: "Here I shall have to stop," and you call in your partners, and you call in the most prominent men in your employ, and you say: "We have to stop." You leave the store sudden ly. You can scarcely make, up your mind to pass through the street and over on bridge or on the ferryboat. You feel everybody will be looking at you and denouncing you.. You hasten home. You tell your wife all about ^c are going to glorified longer able to hold their peace, will break forth with congratulation, "Hail! Ilail!" And there will be hand writing on the wall—not such as struck the Persian noblemen with horror, but with fire-tipped lingers, writing in blazing capitals of light and love and victory. "God lias wiped away all teal's from all faces." A Decoration MiMplncod. At a recent state ball a beautiful young girl wore a glittering jeweled decoration on her breast. She danced opposite the Prince of Wales. When the quadrille was over he said gently: "That is a pretty ornairent. May I ask to whom it belongs?" "To Lord Blank," said the frightered girl "he is my fiance, lie allows me to wear it." "Can you unfasten it easily?' "Yes, your Highness." "Then, may I Bits. A Selfish Point of Vie v.'. Landlady—Would you advise me to send my. daughter to a cooking school or to a music school? Boarder (reflectively)—'Well, I think I would send her to a cooking school. It may be more fatal in Its results, but it isn't anything like so noisy.— Detroit Free Press. .• tn not wait for any such time. A criris will come in your irVairs. There will be a Tl.'.'rmopylae in your own household, wlore Cod will tell you to stand. There are hundreds of households where as much courage is demanded of woman as exhibited by Crace Darling, or Marie Antoinette, or .loan of Arc. Woman is furthir endowed to bring us into the kingdom of heaven. It is easier for a woman to he a Christina than for a man. Why? You say she is weaker. No. Her heart ir- more re sponsive to the pleadings of Divine love. The fact is that she can more a hnstinn. I prove by the statements that three-fourths of the members of the churches in all Christendom are women. So Cod ap points them to l»e the chief agencies for bringing this world back to Cod. The greatest sermons are not preach ed on celebrated platforms they are preached with an audience of two or three and in private home-life. A pa tient loving. Christian demeanor in tlie presence of transgressii.-nai. in the presence of hardness, in the presence ot obduracy and crime, is an argument from tlie force of which no man can escape. FOR THE FAIR SEX. IXTElllJSTirVfi GOSSIP TOR AMD MATltO.V The nervous system requires com plete rest after blows caused by sor row. Kecelit medical observations show that the physical results of de pressing emotions an? similar to those causd by bodily accidents, fatigue, chill, partial starvation anil loss of blood. That grief prostrates, often causing disease and sometimes dentil, has lcmg been known. The way in which such effects are brought about, has been the subject of careful study by an observer named Bassi. Birds, moles and dogs, which apparently died in consequence of capture, and from conditions that correspond in human beings to acute nostalgia and "broken heart." were examined after death as to the conditions of internal .organs. The proper nutrition of the tissfies has been interfered with anil tlie sub stance proper of certain vital organs had undergone the same kind of de generation as that brought about by phosphorus or the germs of infectious disease. Tile poison of grief is. there fore. more than a name. It is a n-al thing, which must be taken into ac count and provide I for. To urge w-irk. study, navel and the vain search for amusement is both useless and dan gerous. For a time the whole organ ism is overthrown, and temporary se clusion is imperative for proper read justment. When thorp is nearness of relation ship to nature, rambles in ilie open air. d«vs alone with the sea. alone in the forest, console sis nothing else can. A quiet, silent orive or even a short journey by rail will often reveal a new heaven and a new earth to one fa tigued and worn by sorrow. When music can again lie borne it has a pe culiar charm, a soothing power be yond words, and reconciles the half distraught mind to the toil and moil of every day living. Books, too, have their place, those gentle companions without speech whose calm society helps annihilate time and space, and which always receive us with the same kindness. The familiar laces of newspapers and journals bring astray comfort that even the tenderest heart is powerless to bestow.—John ltemson ill Jeuncss Miller Monthlv. Fllvorite PlinvcM of President** Wives. The ladies of the white house have always been much interested in the beautiful flowers grown either in the grounds or conservatories of the line old mansion, and each lias shown a decided admiration for some particu lar flower. Mrs. Hayes was extremely fond of rose and apple geraniums: so much so w»v soul, he puts another gem in that crown, until, after a while, in all the tiara there will be no room for an other splendor, and God will say to his angel. "The crown is done: let her up that she may wear it." And as the Lord of righteousness puts the crown upon your brow, angel will cry to an gel, "who is she?" and Christ will say, "I will tell you who she is. She is tlie one that came up out of great tribulation and had her robe washed and made white in tlie blood of the Lamb." And then God will spread a banquet, and he will invite all the principalities of heaven to sit at the feast and the tables will blush with the best clusters from tlie vineyards of God. and crimson with the twelve manner of fruits from the tree of life, and waters from the fountain of the rock will wash from the golden tank arils and the old harpers of heaven will sit there, making music with their harps: and Christ will point you out. amid the celebrities of heaven, saying, "She suffered with me ou that a special house wis de voted to tlie cultivation, for her. of these old-fashioned fragrant plants. For the short mouths during which Mrs. Garfield held sway her preference was for orchids. Afterwards, in President Arthur's time, when the white house was a bachelor estab lishment. there was no lack of appre ciation for the flowers, though Presi dent Arthur's liking was more for decorative plants, and he took the greatest delight in arranging and re arranging the ferns and palms In the different rooms. In fact, it often hap pened that after the gardeners had spent an afternoon in decorating the entire house, they would find, the next morning, that the president had amus ed himself by changing everything completely, to obtain unique and'pleas ing effects in the cominations of color and foliage. When Mrs. Cleveland was first in the white house her great est favorites were pansies, and huge beds were grown for her personal pleasure, their soft hues of purple, bronze and gold showing in masses under her windows. Though these are still prime favorites with her she now has a fancy for the Cape jasmine, which is extensively grown. Mrs. Harrison's preference was de cidedly for the orchids, and she took so great an interest, in the collection that it was enlarged at her request. During the very exacting life which is the lot of the mistress of the white house, china-painting was almost her only diversion, and she used some of the' finest orchids as models, making artistic reproductions of them with her clever brush.—Demorest's Maga zine. Quaint Effect on a Child'* DI V„ 1 /«*3»e,r* -„-'.o MAID The lIp'Klone of Sorrow—F*nvorl to Klowt'rn of I*reNlleiitM* Wive*—'The Definition of HcnitwCtirilttt Pent ti er# at Home—Household llintn. When a great misfortune enters into a life, to liecotne thenceforward more or less apart of it, one of tlie greatest mistakes possible is to attempt to act as if nothing had happened, and to conduct every day living as before. This is an outrage on nature, which she resents sharply in the end. Pay day comes sooner or later, anil the overthrow caused by blinding catas trophe or earthquake shock, arrives, even if deferred. S Women in Singular Calling*. On the Misissippi are three women pilots, oue of them owns her owu steamboat. Near Dubuque. Iowa, is a skilled woman holier maker. At Mount Plea sane, Texas, a young woman is president of the National Bank In that city. In tlie United Stctes seventeen women are the treasurers or cashiers of large banks. .^Buffalo lias a "lady mortuarlst," *J ^t '25?*h* Wi There was a woman embalmer In Chicago but she retired with a for tune. The best mining expert in Arizona is a woman An expert tea tester In San Fran cisco is a young girl. New Orleans has the only female veterinary surgeon in tlie world. Oil Sixth avenue. New York, is an expert wimmn silversmith. One of the greatest wood engrivers is Miss Donlevy, of New York. The finest raisins in California are grown and packed by three women, near Fresno. In Maine a woman is a prosperous mechanical and locomotive engineer. Ill the Coggswell Polytechnic the best blacksmith is an eighteen-year old girl. The State Superintendent of Schools and school lands is a beautiful young woman named Kstelle Keel. Nebraska has a female citizen wh earns a handsome living by operating a steam trawling thresher. In Boston a well educated woman electroplates in gold, silver and nickel. A woman in Cleveland is a profes sional carriage designer. In New York a woman is an analytic and manufacturing chemist. Brooklyn lias also a female manu facturing chemist. In Pittsburg two women are lirst class steel chain makers. In Chicago is a woman gold pen maker. In Steubcnville a woman excels in tlie making of cut glassware. At Trenton over ten women are in the front rank in making decorated table ware. A ,\ew 111cyc 11* Suit. r-s, Curling Fenuierx nt Homo. There are few tilings that give a hat a more crumpled and shabby appear ance than an ostrich feather limp and dejected, looking almost as forlorn as when It and its fellows arrive fresh from ostrichland. Any one seeing an ostrich feather then would think it only lit for the rag bag. but a series of brisk scrubliings in warm soapsuds on a washboard, a judicious patching together and elimination of raggel places, where Sir Ostrich lias preened himself too vigorously, a curling and combing, soon make of the ostrich feather a thing of beauty and a joy forever—until it gets wet—when the process of rejuvenation again becomes necessary. Have a teakettle full of boiling wa ter: shake the feather vigorously through tlie escaping steam, taking care that it does not get too damp. This livens up the plume and restores brilliancy if it has become dull and dusty/ Next take a silver fruit knife, and, beginning with the feathers near est the quill, take a small bunch be tween thumb and forefinger and draw gentlj over the blade of the knife un til tiify curl as closely as desired. Fol low this process up each side of the tip then take a very coarse comb and comb out carefully and you have your plume as good as ever. Household Ilintn. Clothes lines of galvanized iron are better than those of rope. The house wife who has set tubs put into iter house should not leave the height at which they are to be placed to the judgment of a workman, who com monly places them much too low. so that a stooping position and an ach ing back are the consequences of using them. Old woolen stocking legs cut into squares and covered with pieces of bright cotton or old silk make a good iron and kettle holder. Sheets when so worn as to require mending will hardly stand the wear and tear of bedding. With any little rents sewed up they are good to hang over nice dresses in the closet or to put over furniture while sweeping. Those who are yet to know the de lights of cooking by gas or electricity will find a supply of charcoal a great help in quick cooking. Broiling of meat is always accomplished with bet ter results by its use than by a coal tire. It is also economy to add it to a low Are for broiling, instead of keep ing the grate filled to the brim with glowing hard coal. To make wine whey put a cupful of milk in a double boiler and let it come to a boiling point. Add one-fourth of a cupful of wine, and let the mixture stand until the albumen of the milk is curdled. Then strain and chop the curd very fine or rub it through a fine sieve. Give the patient only a small quantity at one feeding. Sometimes, according to the physician's order, both whey and curd are used. When old white garments are so much worn that they tear easily, It is waste of time to patch or darn them. Tear them into long, straight strips, roll tightly and put away In the medi cine chest. They are handy in case of accidents requiring bandages and should always be kept on hand. Much worn woven underwear may be simi larly used. The elastic quality makes such bandages the best for sprains. 4A ,.",* ^v EI.RfTRICAI, IKIt SK HCATIVO. Touch tlie Ilittton :irtl t.ct li 4* Unit til' a ItoitrluK Klrc. A current of electricity always heats (lie conductor through which it z:es. The conversion into heat of the elec trical energy is always '•.,mpletc: the.-« is no loss as in most oilier transfo^ma tions. anil ill a given conductor tho heating effect increases ::s tlie square of the current, so that twice the cur rent gives four times as much heat, three times the current nine times tIn heal, and so on: it therefore becomes possible to produce almost any desira ble temperature, even to that or fusion of an electric conductor, while tIn most refractory substances are either fused or volatilized by the heat of an electric arc which has the temp.- a ture of about 'i.ooij degrees Fahreii licit. A constant current will maintain a constant temperature. How much heat shall be produced and what the temperature shall lie is only a q'.tcs tion of apparatus, anil regulation :s as easy as turning a switch. Fleetriral heating for household "purposes therefore as feasible us heating tor welding iron bars or fusim: alumina. Houses may thus be heated as easily and as safely as they are lighted by electricity. It has often 1 talked about, but the inquirers have geiier ally been discouraged by exaggera^eil notions of its relative cost. The im plication has always been that people always choose tlie cheaper article. which is not true. For instance, a Kochcstcr lamp may give a light ot thirty candies for six hours by burn Ing a quart of :l oil. costing cents, a The same amount of light from a:i in candescent electric light will cost ss --J mt'.eh as lo cents: nevertheless, then? are thousands who choose the more costlv light because its other good qualities are considered a suttien.ni oil set tor the greater cost. Ordmarv furnaces tor heating houses are not hall so economical as muividual stoves, but no one uses the latter who can contrive to pav tor tin* lorniei-: so matters ot convenience the cot ot a tiling is not the first item. 1 lie convenience ot electrical he I here will be increased satetv lioni tires, and the cost ot insurance wilt be less. When the cost and trouble-? of these are set over against the cost, a the convenience anil satetv ot electric? heat, the dilfereuce will not be loumlj. to be so great, but it will be wiliiugl borne bv large* numbers most com niunities. (.nice tins metiied has a tai-n start it is certain to be adopted ass wideiv as the electric light has b--eii. and will then soon be imlispeiisible. Cosmopolitan. vm.x A MAX'S l.llCli .\EVHK CII A.\(i I.S f| I IT -s In a house, their cleanliness and tin' simpbciiv of their regulation com mend themselves to everv one. ami when these are tairlv apprehended uv the well-to-do class it is certain tual: such electrical appliances will be de manded. and hot air and oilier tiir naces will be abandoned, and v. :th them will go the nuisances ,,t handling coal and ashes, the consequent, oust anil gases, the smokv chuuncvs. tin? dangerous Hues, tlie preparing ot kind ling and the expert care ot the tur- nace with its drafts and registers. .i IIow t!:«» Kuet u»» Illiistriitei! 1»v «ini IticMlfut at the I* I Hui It! isi:. It the Bertillou svstem o| ideutiiica-n tion had a phonographic record ot tlie» laughs ot criminals it would probabv be as. near perlect as an ideiitii-a::oii system can be. .1 he fact that matiii comes into the world wailing has I it:? regarded as a sort of propheev ot truth that as a rule the sorrows ot lite outnumber the loys when all the: returns are in. but an optimist might see an opposite significance in the la.-t that a man's laugh remains the sanies' through all the changing years. When? the cares of manhood succeed to the?.? Iiappv-go-luckv davs of bovhood tins-1 laugli of his niav lie called into use. ass it were, very little, but when it is puts into operation is the same old laugh and every boyhood triend would know-: it mstantlv. :t: An old soldier who fought through? the war with I-red llartwiek. wln drives a mail collectors wagon on tin? north side, happened to be Cliicag,i« tor a week not long since. He hcanl. that Mr. Hardwick was on Postmas-•*. tor Ilestngs start and went to the ted eral building to find him. Me took: lus station tit a point past which all tne carriers filed to report for dm v. anil, as llartwiek came along, sonit?7 one pointed him out. Without disclosing his own idem it v: the veteran approached and began asking llartwiek it lie remembered various incidents in the history of their regiment during the war. tirs course he did. and they soon fell iniu* conversation, organized a kind of camp tire meeting between tlieui selves. One member of the regiment was in business in New Orleans, an-? other was a bank down in the state, several were tanning, one was the local manager for one of the big com— mercial agencies in one of the iSSs large cities, and so on. Several times llartwiek asked hiss old companion-at-arms his name, but the latter only smiled and went on. with the conversation. Finally, when it became necessary lor tliem to sop-v a rate, as llartwiek was obliged to go.: out on his rnn. the man laughed out-? right as he said: "Well. Fred. I never thought you il forget mo alter what we went through together." "The minute he laughed." said Mr.i llartwiek. in relating the Incident. "I knew just who he was and all about htm. but I hadn't seen linn for thirty years and he had changed so I could not have told him from Adam. His: laugh liad grown older, too. ot course, but it was the same old laugh." What the Old Man Wan Doing. 'What's Dick doing now?" 'fck '•Well, Dick, he's a-doctorin'." "And John?" "lie's liorse tradin'." "And William?" o" "lie's a sa-v in' of souls." "And Tom?" C'V "Well, Tom he's sorter politlclanm*' aroun'." 'And you?" "Well, I'm sorter farmin' an' a-feed— in' of Dick, an' John, an' William, au". Tom."—Life.