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Little Ah Sid— Wan a Christian kid— A 6nte Tittlo OUBS, you'd deotai»—" 4, 'l, With eyee full of fun And a nose that Iwgnii ftigbt up at the root* of his hair. Jolly and fat Waa thia froUosome brat Aa he played through the long lunmr dsy« And braided Ilia cue As his father uaed to In China laud far, far awajr. Once, over a lawn That Ah Sid played upon, A bnmbie-lioe flew in the spring. "Melican butterfly," Siiiil he with winking eye: "Me oatol:oe and pull off nm wiug." Then with his oap Ho struck it a rap- Tine innocont bumble e-bee— And put its remains lu I he seat of his jeani For a ]xckot there had the China*. Down on the green Sat the little sardine In a style that was strangely demurs Ami Raid, with a grin That was brimful of sin, "Me moslico um butterfly sure." Tjittle Ah Sid Was only a kid, JSor could vou expaot him to gueia What kind of a bug Me was holding so snug In the folds of his loose-fitting dress. "Ki-yal Ki-yip-yeP All Siil cried, as he Rose burr/wily up from the spot. "Ki-yi I Kup-a-kan I Dam um Melican man— Urn butterfly belly much hot 1" —Sati i'ruiicUuM Wasp. POST-MORTEM REVELA TION. BY WII.MAM H. S. ATKINSON. What I am about to relate occurred in a smali Eastern city, and, if we des ignate the place Harford, it will fully serve the purposes of this narrative. 'There is nothing remarkable in the town itself, but it enjoys more than a national reputation, for the reason that it includes within its limits one of the greatest of the great American educa tional institutions. At Harford University, not more than jfiye Years ago, were two young men hp, both in the college and in society, stood Jieiul and shoulders above the •other students, and who were voted gen eral favorites and smart fellows, by ac clamation. There were many points of resem blance between Ernest Rockwell and Felix Arm and but there were, perhaps, •as many jwints 0 fancies dissimilarity. In their personal appearance they were so nearly alike that a stranger would have been justified in mistaking them for brothers, Rockwell being the younger. But the fact that .Rockwell was an American and Armand.a Frenchman with a very strong 'Gallic accent to his speech, always set •such a supposition at rest as soon as new ac.^: uii tan cos had an opportunity of Jhearnig the two friends speak. "'ere friends, and very close ?i'iriiu?i indeed. Tliey were in the same c. asciufw, and societies they pur rtsiieil the same course of studies and be .longed t(? the same athletic teams dur :-ing their vacation they had explored the .gi'eaj West together their tastes and ran along the saniQ groves they moved in the same social circles-ia Har ford they shared the same suite of i:c:uirs. 3-eiix Avinand was fatherless and no one iv much of hij history, for he BCidom referred to his life in sunny Fiar.ee. But then, he was naturally re'.kent and upon personal matters spoke to scarce any one but Rockwell, h'. eehiim. Wliea Arniand spent aSun .v.vay l'rom the college, it was gen •eiidiy .known or understood that he went Hway that he might visit his pretty French mother, who resided in lovely wido whood at a modest cottage in a lit tle New England town. Quite fre quently Rockwell accompanied his friend on. these Sunday visits, for Ernest •had no home whatever. His mother •was dead and he was practically father less-Gen. Rockwell being located in a European city, where he held a position in the United States consular service. It was during their last year at Har tford.-that the long spell of friendship be 'twee-ii Felix Arinand and Ernest Rock-' well wasi broken. Perhaps it is super fluous to remark that the innocent cause -X)f the rupture was a woman. .As though these girls of Harford were not sufficiently numerous and varied in their styles of beauty and accomplish ments, the two friends had to fall in love at oue and the same time with the charm ing daughter of one of Harford's great jnc"n. It soon became apparent that the young lady preferred the attentions of theyoung Frenchman, and it was equally apparent that Rockwell was not the man to take defeat of that kind grace fully. For" two weeks after matters began to take a turn decidedly in Armand's favor, Ernest. jLtockwell was sullen and morose And reould hardly behave courteously to his old-time chum. Of course Armand, -being tlm winner could afford to be es pecially gracious to the unfortunate loser, but Armand's pleasant politeness, -etc., only irritated Rockwell so much the more. Now* Madam Armand being a French woman, a widow without a history, and a resident in a New England village, •was.of n^cesaity (he subject of much in testing gossip among her neighbors. Whether, ehe waa aware of the fact' matters little. She would sever have taken the pains to refute or confirm anything asserted by gossips concerning herself. On one oc casion some remarks in regard to Madam Armand had fallen upon Rock well's ears, though at the time he had never given them a second thought. One day he was feeling particularly sore in regard to the young lady who had slipped from his grasp when Ar mand came in and exhibited a diamond ring for Rockwell's criticism. Armand did not say so, but there was not the least question as to who the ring was intended for. It was the last straw, and Rockwell's irritable temper broke all bounds as lie blurted forth the cruel taunt: "You should explain to Miss Alwyn, before tendering an engagement ring, the fact that your own mother has never yet worn a wedding ring!" It was a dirty, foul, and unwarranted remark, and Armand was so shocked that, biting his lips which were of an ashen whiteness, he left the room with out otherwise resenting the insult. Before evening, however, a mutual friend called upon Rockwell, demand ing satisfaction for Armand. Physically, Ernest Rockwell was no coward and was really glad of the opportunity to fight with Armand. If he could kill Felix he might enjoy some peace of mind it not—well he himself would be out of the way. Two days later the two erstwhile chums met in a lonely nook on Long Island for the purpose of fighting a duel with pistols, Rockwell was fierce and excited Armand was cool and col lected, but determined. When the shots were exchanged Armand fell dead Rockwell was quite unhurt. The young man who had acted as Felix Armand's second now stepped up to Rockwell and handed liim a small package. "This" said he, "was left in my care by Felix, with the request that it be handed to you in the event of bis death. He also charged me to see that the con tents are returned to his mother by my hands, so that you will please say when and where you can be prepared to give me back the package." Rockwell was too much agitated over the result of the quarrel to examine the packet then. He merely said: "Call at the Grilsey House, New York, to-morrow morning. Ask for me, but be sure and give your name for I shall leave orders at the office for them to send no one but you to my room." So the party separated—the doctor and the two seconds remaining with the body of Armand, to break, as best they might, the sad news to the poor mother, while Rockwell, 'with the stain of murder upon his li^tnds, jour neyed to the metropolis. As he traveled to the city on the Long Island Railroad, Rockwell opened the envelope, which was addressed to hinj self in the well-remembered handwrit ing of Felix Armand. There were three in closures, marked respectively num bers one, two, and three, and neatly folded together. Number ono was a letter signed by Armand: "ERNEST—I little THOUGHT, until the words were spoken, that you of all others would ever insult me with the blackest insult that one man can heap upon another. That you were my friend might have counted for much did tlio reproach reflect only upon myself but, when you would attempt to sully the purity of my mother, MO relation-' fhip can prevent me attempting to wipe out the dirty lie. Since challenging you, I have learned (what I never troubled to inquire into before) all the circumstances of my mother's history and my own—also, of yours. You can read the enclosed docu ments and can afterwards verify the state ments therein contained, at your leisure. "If the fates are against me, this secret will die with me: if I survive you, none shall have the opportunity to revile you. "FELIX." The paper marked "number two" was a letter from Armand's mother to her son. It was written in French, but Rockwell being familiar with that lan guage easily deciphered it: '•MY SON—You say that it has become im perative that 1 should inform you of all the circumstances of my marriage and your birth: Very well, you are now 22 years old. Twenty-three years ago I was courted and wed by Col. Kockwell, at that time a brill iant young officer in the United States con sular service. He is your father and the iuclosed certificate will attest the validity of the marriage. Monsieur Bockwell loved me then, or professed to do BO, but his love speedily grew cold and very soon he neg lected me. One month after our marriage his term of office expired and ho returned to his own country, where ho entered the army to engage in the civil war. Ho left me helplesss and, except for my father's assist ance. penniless. "After a timo a letter and a newspaper reached me, informing me of Col. ltock well's death in one of the great battles. I learned soon afterwards that it was all a cruel, foul lie but we Armands are too proud to force ourselves where our presence is not desired—even when we have the right to do so. I was not long in ascertain ing that my husband had married an Amori-' can girl shortly after his arrival at Wash ington. "Of course, that marriage was bigamous and, by law, no marriage at all. Yourfriend, Ernest Rockwell, is a son of that union, though, I trust, my son, you will never cast any reproach upon the young man. for his father's wrong-doing. Three years ago Gen. Rockwell was again appointed to his old position as United States Consul in my native city. When he came there I removed to America, for I cannot bear to be with the man who was so false to mo. My father, at his death, left me a modest fortune and I reassumod my own name, which you also bear. That is all. I have been silent for both our sakes—yours and mine. If I have erred, my son, forgive mo. "Your mother. "HOBTENSE ABMAND." The third document was yellow with age and read as follows: "John Itockwell and Hortense Arinand married by mo.in the church of St Louis, June 2nd. 186—. "AMBROSE CROIX, Cure. "Witnesses: Pierre Latrobe, Prefect Jay P. Green, of New York." The next day the clerk at the Gilsey House delivered to the proper party a package of papers, but Ernest Bock well was not at the hotel. He has never been seen since by his friends, who do not yet know that upon a remote coast of the British maritime province* the body of a young man was washed ashore a few days later. It was Ernest Rbck ville, a suicide. RAILROAD STATIONS IN OERMAJTY. The railroad stations all over Ger many are models of convenience and pretension. The smallest local trainon a German railway receives a degree of consideration and honor that would stagger the engineers of the Chicago limited. The railroads are run entirely by the Government, and everything con nected with them shows the impress of military rule. A- letter from Berlin Says: These papers told their own story, and motive engine was used upon an Amer two facts burned themselves into Rook well's already excited brain. He had slain his father's son—his half brother, and it was upon himself that the dis grace of birth rested. The stations ate surrounded by small parks, in which there are fountains, flowers, and artistically-arranged hedges. The station building is often the most pretentious one in the town, and there is usually attached to it a large restau rant with several waiters in the conven tional claw-hammer coats. Broad walks made of granite and marble and relieved from monotony by designs in mosaic stretch along on either side, and there is an air of spick snd span brightness about everything in sight. As the train draws into the station the waiters stand in an orderly row at the entrance to the dining-room. They have all been sol diers—every man in Germany has served a number of years in the army, and they stand in a military attitude with their hands at their sides and their chins up. Directly in front of the main entrance stands the captain of the sta tion. His rank is indicated by a red caj. His uniform is exceeding] showy, and often becoming—for the meis as a rule are stalwart snd well formed.. He wears high-lieeled boots, dark-blue trousers, relieved by a red stripe a donbled-breasted military frock coat, with a gold belt, and rows of brass but tons, Ranged behind! are the guardb, who are also in uniforms, but whose cape are dark blue. After tS® train come» to a halt, the chief guard jumps to the ground and salutes the station master. Then t&e other men step forward, and the work of loading and unloading the train goes on with conventional Teu tonic stolidity. It is the duty of one of the guardis to walk along th» train and rub all the dust from the door handles and other brass work, so that in the course of the journey the metal be comes brilliantly polished. When the train is ready for departure the I guards salufca- the station master again, and he takes a whistle from his-belt and blows it twice. Upon this another guard, who is stationed at th&- further end of the platform, rings a huge*eH'! Abraj^"itowln.' three times,. and1 then, with another sa luia by way of courtesy, the train moves on. its way. This is only an indication of the military spirit which pervades Germany in oveoy direction. A AsUSPICIOITS TRAVKL,IX O-IfAG. Not long ago a well-dressed traveler stopped at a prominent hotel over night, and before leaviag gave the landlord his-new nickel-mounted traveling-bag, requesting him to- care for it uutil his return in a few dssys. f-x More than a week passed, bat the traveler did not return, and tlis land lord thought proper to communicate the fact to the authorities who had of late issued strict regulations respecting the disposal of lost articles. On closer in spection the weight of the bag was dis covered to b& out of all porportiein to its size* for the thing weighed no less than fifty-eight pounds. This circumstance, together with the disappearance of the traveler,1 awakened grave suspioios, and after an active interchange of telegrams between cities, the bag was at first de posited in a eool place, and then carried by a eouple of workmen, with every precaution, to a fort a couple of miles out of town, Here the suspicious arti cle was consigned to a remote spot and no one allowed to approach it within a hundred paces. Various plans were now suggested to render the dangerous, object harmless. Among other things it was proposed to drop the bag down from the edge of a cliff, thereby causing the bomb or the dynamite which it might contain to explode. This phm was, however, abandoned on the unex pected return of the traveler, who came to claim his bag from the landlord. He turned out to be a well-known com mercial traveler for a hardware firm, and the cause of so much ahxiety (the traveling-bag) contained neither dyna mite nor shells, but only samples of tools weighing about fifty-eight pounds. The owner was not a little surprised at the sensation that his bag had pro duced. IT is asserted that, under certain con ditions, the bark of the quilla tree of Chili possesses cleansing properties su perior to all those of the best soap. JRAILWAY PROGRESS. How the Comforts and Conveniences of Travel Hare Increased. rGen. Horace Porter, in the Century.J It is sixty years since the first loco- ican railway suitable for carrying pas sengers. The progress of the railway in this country during that time has been phenomenal. The earliest trains were called "a brigade of cars." At first horses and locomotives were used interchangeably. The modern railway car has been evolved from the old fashioned English stage coach. The compartment car in England is still the coach idea, and the nomenclature of the coach is still in daily use. At an early day the Americans left the turnpike and the stage coach to their old uses, and built the long car with one compart ment. The people were very slow to appreciate the possibilities of the im proved locomotive. In Pennsylvania it was with great difficulty that the con sent of the Legislature could be ob tained to the granting of railroad char ters, and the first American road did not enjoy this right till 1835. The railway traveler up to 1845 did not possess many privileges. The dust in dry weather was suffocating, the sparks from the en gine were blinding, theze were only tallow candles at night for light, and close box stoves in each end made the .feir intolerable in winter. You were Solted without mercy there were no suit able hand-brakes, and each passenger used to pick out his own trunk at the «nd of the journey. The first great im provement was reached with the Stev ens car-brake in 1851. In 1869 the air b^ake controlled by the engine was in troduced. In 1871 the vacuum brake w8 devised, and has come into universal u«e. ^The next trouble was to devise a method of coupling so that cars would not run upon one another or telescope one another in case of collision. The Miller coupler and buffer removed this diflculty, and when the Janney car coupler superseded it, the coupling had been brought to perfection. Then came the pell cord, which reaches the engi neer and enables the conductor or pas sengers to communicate with him. Better even than this was the use of the magnetic telegraph in dispatching traiujs. Then the problem was in the Invention of of a switch that would pre vent accidents like running off the track, and the Wharton switch came fnto use So far the road, the locomotive', the couplings, the passenger car, had been greatly improved,, and the cars were really comfortable-. The next step* was to add luxury to comfort. The steam boat#'gave people a berth to sleep-in why should not the railroads-?' To think of the necessity was to supply it. The road' from Hariisburg to Philadel phia fitted up a rude- sort of berthicar in the winter of 183^ which continued i.TUse till 1848, when crude attempts were made to fit up ears with berths like steamers. It was not until Mr G.. M.. Pullman had an experience of the discomfort of one of fclaese berths on the Lake Shore road that any real advanoe wars-mads: He set himself to worfcto mate the modern sleeping car, and one I of the persons whom lie was the first to convince of the utility of his plans was The Pullman oars soon became the fashion, and controlled the arrangements of the railways. He has made a specialty of this car, and ithe AVagnar Cat- Company is now his only competitor Then ®ame the stiil greater luxuries of travel—the hotel car, iii'whiish meals aee served while the train is in motion, and finally we have reacltsd th® vestibule- car, in which you can walk from one eistd of the train to anotiser without going out of doors. The electric light makes the interior at night as bright as day, and! the comforts and conveniences of travel by rail have readied almost the' culmination of hu man effort. The use of crude oil in steadiof coal for the- locomotive yet re mains to be effected, and then fiie acmo of conrfort and luxiary will be reached. And this has come about while those who were boys anal girls sixty years ago a re'SOw approaching the "ser« and ydf low leaf* of old age. ABOVX »E010UIZlTia. Attention is. being called by Dr. Boose, of Londtoa, an eminent authcrity on, the subject,, to some mistakes con oenting deodorizers and disinfectants. I It is simply useless, he says, to place saucers containing chloridis of limoj.car bolic acid, etc., in a contaminatsd at mosphere, with the expeatation that tilth germs floating about will be caught and killed—the ehlorine doubtless will re I move some offensive odjors and rapidly diffuse itself through the rooia, but to act as a true disinfectant it must be so much concentrated that the air in the space sontaiuing it wrald be quite irre I spiralde by human beings, though it is, I when used scientifically, the best of all disinfectants for purifying the wells of an empty roora. For deodorizing in eiok^ rooms and passages Dr. Boose thinks euchlonne gas very efficient— I produced when a few crystals of ohlor ite of potassium are dropped ii^to a lit tle hydrochloric acid bromine is even more powerful as a disinfectant than chlorine, and both are far superior to sulphurous acid as to carbolic acid, it is stated that the spores of the micro organisms discovered in case of splenic I fever have been found to be absolutely unaffected after lying for upward Of three months in a 5 per cent, solution of carbolic acid in oil. FIXMXtt TUB MOSEY. One of the judicial customs of Russia in the first part of our century was, ac cording to Alexander Terestchagin's "At Home in the War," a system of corporal punishment legally adminis tered. For example: If a landed pro prietor found it necessary to punish his servants or peasants, he sent the cul prit with a note to the district judge, and the matter was attended to forth with. A serf having arrived from a dis tance to pay the yearly sum of money due from him and his fellows, declares that they can pay only a small portion of it. The judge speedily appears. Who are you The Olkhoff over seer?" he asks, threateningly, when left alone with the serf. "Exactly so, my benefactor," replies the latter, dolefully, and bows to the Judge's belt. "You will be pleased to pay the money at once, or you will be thrashed on the spot." "Dear sir, have mercy!" howls the peasant, and falls at his feet. "As you please, dear sir, but there is no more money." "Hey, there, policeman!" shouts the Judge, opening a door, The policeman makes his appearance. "Where's the porter? Drag him up-stairs!" and he points to the overseer, who is still wal lowing about at his feet. "Dear sir, have mercy! A little can be found." A what Now you sing another song!" The overseer draws from his breast a rag knotted into a parcel, unties it, and hands forth one bank-bill. "Well, this is little indeed! Why are you trying to impose upon me? Take him off up-stairs!" "My own father, my benefactor, dear sir, if you were to kill me, I haven't a kopec more!" The porter appears, to assist the poi liceman. "Haul him up-stairs, children, and I'll be there directly!" shouts the Judge. They drag the overseer out, and lead him up-stairs, wlule he cries, "Dear sirs, benefactors, if you were to kill me, I haven't another kopeck!" After a few blows from the switches, he begins to shout, "Stay, orthodox believers, there is a trifle more!" "Well, stop my brave fellows. Show us what moxe you have," orders the Judge. The overseer takes off one, of his shoes and extracts from it another trifle. "What's that, nonsense! Throw him down again, children." This process is repeated five or six times. The same mode of extracting the rent everywhere prevailed. All day long overseers were brought to the Judge, and sltrieks- resounded. "Stop, my own fathers, stop! There in- still a trifle more A POKER-PI A ITER'S ftOOD IUCK. Bud Hart, as he- was callod by his friends, used to be one of the boys when Birmingham, Ala., was called theLead ville of ihe South. Bud was always hardrup, and found it" no easy matter to keep himself staked. One night while in ai card-room, dead broke, Hart was approached by a stranger, who said to him There- will be a fellow up here to night with $300 or $400' in his pocket, and. I am going to do my- best to get the money. I want you to diop in to keep the game going. Here's $10 to start with, and I'll see that you are kept staked."- In a little while "theSellow with the $800 or-$400" came in,.and Hart at once made his acquaintance The-second stranger said to Hart in an.uad'ertone: '"The. fellow I'm going to play with has several hundred dbHars which I am after and I will keep y®u staked if you will play with us." The- three-hauded game was soon uinli&i' way, and the two strangers played for each other for all they were worth. Hart always went out when they tooth staged! in. Each of the strangers, when they played against Hart, allowed him to win the- pot without showing their hands. This thing kept up all night, Hart keep ing his pile of money out of sight. Seven o'clock next' looming both of the strangers were nearly broke and stopped playing. Hart hadi nearly $1,000 in his pockets. Along tiiae afterwards he told the story.—Atlanta Journal. THE IXF/.VEXf?JE Oh' "UXCIE TOM'S VAltlX." In 1852, at tli& age of '40, an Ameri can woman published a book that has since gone the rounds of the civilized world. No book ever printed—not even the Bible—has ever sold as largely as this one. When the historian of the Twentieth Century sums up impartially the causes which led to the abolition of African slaTery in the United States, he will state that this one-book exerted a more powerful influence than all the denunciations of the pulpit, the inflam atory appeals of the orator, the great debates on the floor of Congress, the sensational influence of the Btage, and ail other causes combined. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" set the nation thinking, arguing, investigating, and Hnes of be lief and conduct which before existed only vaguely and indefinitely, became drawn henceforth.—Alexander N. Be MenU, in the St. Louis Magcuin«. OEMS OP THQUqjjt NOTHING is properly his. dutvbnt is really his interest.- Bishop Wilk CHMLI 4mbi«oa ,«* the advice of friends, but to the sels and monitions of reason it L'Estrange. THE nearer I find myself verKui„ that period of life which is to be lal and sorrow, the more I prop myself „Z those few supports that are left.—^" I SEEM, f°r my own Part, to tl, benevolence of the Deity more clearlv in the pleasures of very young chillre than in anything in the world.—p0 e|y RELIGION or virtue, in a large SENSE includes duty to God and our neighbor', but, in a proper sense, virtue signig^ duty towards men, and religion dnh God.—Dr. I. Watts. 0 NOTHING can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they im. part.—Charming. THERE is, I know not how, in THE minds of men, a certain passage, as it were, of a future existence and this takes the deepest root and is most dig. coverable in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.—Cicero. THE Supreme Being has made the best argument for His own existence, in the formation of the heavens and the earth, and which a man of sense cannot forbear attending to who is out of the noise of human affairs.—Addison. GOODNESS answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error the desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall but in charity there is no excess neither can angel nor man come into danger bv it.—Lord Bacon. ALAS if my best Friend, who laid down His life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neg lected Him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recom pense? I.will ptny, therefore, for bless ings upon my friends, even though they cease to be so, and upon my enemies, though they continue su^h.—Coicper. THE VANITY OF MUX. There are very few men in the world •without some vanity. Perhaps it is pardonable for a man to be a little vain ofsome great achievement for which the rest of mankind is willing to accord him honor, but a man who is affected with a peacock-kind of vanity is quite another sort of person. A great many men are unconsciously vain. To accuse them of such weak ness-would be to bring from them an indignant denial. Take, for instance, the' man with an elegant mustache. He invariably car ries at comb and a looking-glass, and very often, forgetful of the-eyes of the •world! he will take out his glass and comb and proceed to caress into cnrls the sweeping ends of the' upper lip adornment. The same man would sneer at a woman and her little powder-box, but would be very indignant if some lady should call him to time for fondling •that hirsute appendage of liis.. Ex-Attorney General Brewster, with his badly deformed face, like' the- Duke of Golster, suddenly became' intensely vain when the ladies of Philadelphia paid hiu* marked attention and he at once began entertaining the tailors to adorn lii& person, until he won a repu tation for being an "old dandy." Rosoo©' C'onkling.with alii his brilliant attainments, was a vain man' as well as a prounet one. He was proud of his position, his influence, and1 liis record, and vain of his personal' appearance. 'How often his hand waudfered to that hyperian curl that hung over- Mis broad forehead, and how tenderly he caressed it when posing for effect in debate. An old maid is generally subdiued and humiliated by the fact that she has passed the heyday of her youth without finding some oue of the male persuas ion that appreciates her enough to wed her but with an old bachelor it is dif fercHst. He is vain of the fact that he has: been able to withstand the bland ishments and winning graces- of the fair sex, and sail past the port of matrimony without landing. He laughs at the dis pomfiture of cupid and vaingloriously boasts that his heart is too tough for the little archer's arrows to penetrate.—Arew Tork Graphic. ACCURATELY MEASURED. One of the most valuable lessons to be learned in aiy course of education is that of exact conformity to rule. The half-educatad person is apt to be a slovenly one he acts Oa the supposition that work imperfectly done will "do well enough." A laborer in a shipyard was one day given a two-foot rule to measure apiece of iron plate. Not being accustomed to the use of the rule, he returned it, after wasting a-good dead of time. "Well, Mike, asked his superior offi cer, *what is the size of the platp?" Well," replied Mike, with the smile which accompanies the duty performed, "it's the length of your rule and two thumbs over, with this piece of brick, and the breadth of my hand and arm, froih here to there, bar' a finger."— Youth's Companion. PAPA'S pants won't grow baggy at the knees if he will fold them carefully^ stead of hanging them up.