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H. A. LONDON, Jr.,
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lMTTSn()U() CHATHAM CO., N. Cm AUGUST 30, 188:5.
Tor larger KlTeitlMrannta Uheml contract! IB
Tlio Onler mid the IniitT Life.
'Tliut within uTii.h pusseili bhovv." IIamixt.
There is a eong n itl.in tlio lyrn
Thnt never jet was sting;
Unl.oin it lies uixm ouch who
'ilmt loosely lvtnp;? nns-ti tm.
Cntil the miiislicla limn! nluill strntn
lite phic'ncnc.l cot-ls in lime n;:iiiia
The 1-nrdV co ntivo spirit c,ivo
Thnt ten;; n vnrnl 91. ul to live.
Them ic n lintn thnt inntlilr holds
llflienlll ilK Hlll-illc); llllte..
reii in the unhewn hem I it lol Is
Hl'MlHv III) 1 ye litis viewed,
Until tlie.t nlplor's luinil rlmil .-nlo
Km h Ihvit ell Mint Mniiy vel,
I'ntil III lull dlllll stull'l H hived
'J'hepctfect limn el lovi'lii'.t niiiil.
I hero is n poem never (til. I
Within I lie- peel's -mil,
Like ltd leil Hi. .,10 nVr l.ctb of jjnM
Ileiituili the emili Ih-it roll,
I'ntil some spell tcs:.-tl" vuiko
Tho mail in iliyihu:!-: m)ii to lirenh,
As hursts the pMcnm intu the li-.sht,
Bi:l'l l:n with isoldm idoiy brig .1.
Theie i- n 'mo nor tongue nor I ps
K'i 1 lul l its deep itc-ire;
Hume c the limit, it eilcme keep
fzko miMpiiim-.imii fire,
t'ntil ?otnc tnii-lity paiiin-Kiint
lireiikM through the out ill 'I it-vtru-t,
And l utein;; hit ii hiiik icvenl
Thnt Inve tlie hciiii uoi I I tiii'i i"ii:ceil,
1 he unn's utiMiiiu, nnlicM n 'lie h'.oiio.
The poem's ilivnnt ttntiiM,
The hidden liie f low- un-hown
Hencntli the i-mlme cnlil.
Tis littler thiii. 1 u. i(. Uep!
The wound tin-ten, tht! wc unwept
The on'ei li!e'-- dnei'liit dinvv,
The innf 1 lile thnt none niiiv knntv.
tub n F. M'nU-i.
"He's dread nl bard o eet al' nct
with." said Mi '. Jennings, in ;i com
plaining voice. "As lull nt Kinks anil
freak sis ;mi rar is of meat. Hut fur
all that, I think that Mary wmM have
suited him jf it hadn't h-1 n fur 1 1
"Cirls i .,o queer," said Miss Nitty
I'l'i'tir, f i '(win:; 11)1 oil" ye tow ,ip1 a
drapery of mliw bs (hat wnn; to anil
fro in the iioith-oad 1 otner of the
room. "Ali-h h-so incotisithTat". tun!"
"but it's sin ill wiiul that Hows no
Coed to nobody." a Idcd Mrs It tminirs.
ui'h a I'lOiean i;h. ' Pr'aps oii ran
t!ianat;f him. Mi hit.tl lc. ati'l in that
rae it ill ho a oi h'Hm' fi r you."
Hetty lioono I riill .1. '
"As for that." s 1 i 1 .-ho. i ilmi't ilcn
that I'll like to keep hotlso d-r roiiMit
Tacol. Wfll fnoiiu;h. A :i iitiy aveil is
a penny carto'il. ymi kimw."
'Hill what is to 1'irnmi' of us:"
whinotl Mrs. .Iwminus. .--hakinp; out
the fcl'ls of a 1 alii o ...nh roil jhh ki t
"That's your own look-out," sai'l
Fletty Hfiono, iiulitlVrently, as she took
nff Iht hcrc.'o veil aii'l f.iMiil it
matht'inatirally up iiisi-lt- of h'.T hat.
Mr. .lai oh Hopper li ! in one of
thosf lO I paknl ioof farm hmisfs
which .still staii-1 amutijr the jjiven
C'onncrtiriit inca lows, like relics of a
past penersition. with si well-scoop on
one siile ami si hn'e liiitternut tree
shaded its smith exposure. Not, a
Vfstieof paint remained on the sid
ing, the shingles were pat'hed and re
patched, the fence tied up with strinjr
antl wire, the tow-shed propped with
posts of every sie and dimension, and
jei. there was si rumor in the neighbor
lood that old Jake Hopper was as rich
is f 'ro siis.
He had only one est ravagatice, that
was his (lower garden. Hoses of the
rarest-variety Moonied at the hack of
the house, where early frost a could not
corrupt, nor stray hoys break through
and steal. Kxponsixe bulbs, imported
direct, from Holland, painted the bor
ders w ith gold and scarlet in the early
spring. Choice shrubs occupied De
position of exterminated gooseberry
and currant btislus, and everybody be
lieved that Hcla Harlow would have
gained the old loan's good will in that
matter of pretty Mary .lennings' love
if ho had not de hired tliat he would
rather have a bunco of got kI i .Id fash
it ned "pinies and tigor-lillies" than all
cousin Jacob's Japanese hydrangeas
and blotched colons plants.
"Oh, Rela, how could you tell him
that?" said Mary, in despair.
"Wal, it was the truth," stiid Hela,
And as Miss Hetty Hoone chanted
to be visiting there just at that time,
Mr. Hopper invited her to take charge
of his household in the place of his
widowed cousin and her daughter.
"But it never would have happened,
mother," Baid Mary, with spirit, "if
Ffetty Boone had not tilled his mind
with doubts and ill-feelings toward us."
"Oh, Mary, don't he so uncharitable."
said the meek widow.
"I don't intend to be, mother," said
Mary, "but I'm quite sure 1 hearJ her
telling cousin Jacob that I used too
much sugar in the spice-cookies, and
that your way of baking flannel-cakes
was foolishly extravagant. Mie's a
sly, contriving old pussy-cat, mother,
and that's the long and short of it."
And Mrs. Jennings sighed, and made
'Don't worry, mother, dear," said
Mary, caressingly. "You'll see that,
wo shall get along splendidly. Hcla
has hired the blacksmith's shop, with
the little yellow house in the rear, and
I'll rstise poultry and spring lambs, and
you shall sit in the parlor, like a lady,
with your best cap on, every day.
Cousin Jacob shall .see that we can get
along without him, sis well sis he can
get siloug wit limit us."
Mary Jennings drew up her trim,
little figure, and settled theblue ribbon
in her braids, with a pretty conscious
ness i if coming success, which, although
it might not be authorized, wascir
tainly very becoming. And so Hcla
Harlow thought, for he ailibd, ..onolu
sively: "That's s..:-
15'it love and youth ran afford to ho
generous. And so tlio two young
people went intu c-.uisin Jacob's sick
ro 'iti. to bid hint good-by.
'.-oyou're really going tub'1 married,
I"- "i ?" Siiiil eon .in Jacob, who look
d a yellow and withered assoem
elderly innn'iny. among his pillow., in
tho s in i-dark eiied sick room. "(Mi.
thes" rlieinual ics-rheii mat ic;! Oli. oh!"
" I hat's w hiil we're a thinking ol."
said Mr. Harlow. "It's well now us
"Yes. yes, I dare say." paid cousin
lai nb. "Hut don't shake hands w ith
mo. please! It hurts! What was we
talkiti' of? (Mi. 1 remember now!
fit-tUn' married. It's all folly and non
sense, I think, and there ain't no sort
of doubt hut you'll both come to the
pnorhoiis". !ut I't 11 v there's a good
cirl enough, and s- I mean to give you
a wi-ddin' pro-cut, for all you'e used
me so bsid!"
lie paused here for a second, to groan
over tho sudden twingis in his elbow
joints. Hcla Hallow's vision pictured a pair
of stout, wiirkingoven, at the very least.
Mary's imagination depicted a hki'-k
silk di-'-ss. or a set of willow-pattern
i hill, I.
"And so." went on (oiisin Jacob.
'J'l! giwyoii six of tht in new plsi-lioly
bit'l'.- from New York tlicma was a
i-l!ar .ipi ee, in'l i an'i I c dit li at"d
,t no price now T'lo re! '
HHa I'-irlow wa- sel d with a sud
den lit of coughing.
Mary Jennings atisweied, meekly:
Thank you. cousin Hopper!"
And Mrs. Jcimtnus went out into
tho l ack kit'Tien ami cried.
"Hetty r.ooiic'H give 'cm to you,"
said Mr. Hopper, complacently.
They're wrapped in a paper on the
. lu ll' w here the garden tods ate. And
mind you lake good care of 'em. It's
just the time o' year to plant them out.
;md ef they do well, money can't buy
And Mr. Hopper sank, alternately
groaning and chucklimr. back among
So the young couple were iitietly
married, and went to live in the little
yellow farmhouse behind the black
"Hang the gladiolies!" said Hcla
Harlow. "I've a good mind to feed
em to (he pig."
"(Mi, liela, don't !" said Mary. "(Jive
'cm to me. I'll plant 'em in tin- little
south border. Cousin Jacob meant it
In all kindness, you know."
"Hut w hat do we i are for ghnliolies?"
persist i d Hcla.
"Never mind," said Mary; "I'll plant
'em, sill the same."
In the meantime, however, a storm
was brewing sit the Hopper homestead.
Cousin Jacob, who had by this time
recovered so far sis to hobble stbotit
w ilh a stick and a pair of carpet -slippers,
did not relish his dinners sis he
used to do.
"I'ye call this sin onion stew?" said
he. "Why, there ain't no sort ' flavor
And Miss Hoone, who had a chronic
catarrh, and could not taste anything
declared that the flavor was excellent.
'Humph! humph!" growled Jacob
Hopper, "I'd as soon eat so much
stew ed rags! Put it in the pig's barrel,
Hring on your pudding. A man must
The pudding - one of the variety
known as "b'iled injin" was brought
on. and luckily it proed to be tolerably
So that, after the mid-day meal, old
Jacob went out to look for his bulbs
on the shelf.
"I'm late a-plantin' 'tin," said he.
"But that's somcthin' I never could
trust any one else to do. Hut, dear
me, this 'ere's a most onaceountahle
circumstance. Where be they?"
Hetty Hiione was summoned from
her dish-washing to solve the problem-
"(iladioly bulbs!" said she. "I don't
know nothin' about 'em. How should
"Hut they were on the shelf here!"
said old Jacob. "In a Iht, yellow pie
plate. Six of the lloyal Princess
variety, at a dollar apiece."
Miss Boone turned livid.
"I guess the rats has got em," said
she. "Or, hold on, cousin Jacob you
give 'em to I'.ela Harlow's wife your
self." "Them was in a blue pie-plate!"
shrilly cried Mr. Hopper. "Where sire
my gladiolies, Hetty Hoonev That's
what I w ant to know. Twelve dollars
a doen! Yanelics a s can't be replac
ed not for the n.int itself."
Miss He one wisely got behind the
skeleton of the old spinning-wheel.
"Witt," ( aid she, "if you imi -t know,
Jacob Hopper,' you esit them gladiolies
for your tl inner. I s'posed they wen;
onions, and stewed 'eiu up. And, after
all, what's the use of such it mortal
fuss about a few diied-iip old roots?"
So speaking. Miss I It My lied for lit r
life, and none too soon, for Jacob Hop
per had seized the wooden rake in hi.-i
"Tho Lord be good to me!" said the
repentant old man, sis the sound of the
banging kitchen door warned him that
Mis; Hetty had s t beyond the n at It
of hi i rage. -I ite cr strm k a wi man
yi t, but I iluttno what I might le
femptid to do if that cri'tui had .lav
ed mi here."
Mary Harlow w as w reding hi r t hina
aster bed, when cousin Jacob trudged
slowly and painfully up to the black
"Mary," said he. "have you plant'-d
"Yes, cousin Jacob!''
"'i II. ymt may dig 'em up ag'in."
groaned the old man. "They ain't
nothin' but led unions. Hetty give
you the wrong let. She b'iled the dollar-bulbs
in a stew that tasted hkold
newspapers. I'm p'isened, for sill I
know. And I dunno that it makes
much difference v. briber I be or net."
"( Mi. on in!"
Mary," pursued cousin Jacob, "do
you s'po.-e yi tir mother would come
lack to keep house for lite.-' Ibtly
Hoone is going to-night. I hain't been
half-w ay t oiuf' rtahlii since she catne
to keep my house. And if you and
Pel, i Would come, ton, I'd let linn have
the lar n shans. Somehow, I'm
lonesome without you. And these
gl.eliola bulbs have opened my eyes.
You nor your mother wouldn't have
made ..itch ;i blunder as that. I ain't
iishanteil toown that I've been in the
w run sr. and y mi in the right. Will you
Ves. i ousin J.icub," Mary answer
ed, heartily kissing the old man.
S i ended the reign of Miss Hetty
Hoone. The fate of the gladiola bulbs
bad sealed lur tlo,,m. And all the
stipulation that consion Jacob made,
was t but their common table should
never be desecrated by the pies- iu-e of
Heath from Kniotimi.
Prom Amitii.-i, says the London
."'- ', comes I hi record of a very in
strin tive ca -e in whiili a man died
from fright, itnd vliere the death nar
rowly e.capcil being at I id nitcd to
ether. Tin p, it lent had received si se
cte injury to bis hip (lining some
blasting operations. Some days sifter
the in jury a conciliation wa held in
the Wilkosb.-irre Hospital, and it was
con .Meted necessary to administer
'el her. The man obje-ted to this and
. urged that his heart was weak, but it
' wsn coi'.stilcied in t-e-san to iitia slhe-ti-e
him. This decision seetiii d to ilf
feit the man strongly; he breathed
: with great dilheiill v. a'-ked for the win
dows to be opened, and died in a few
i minutes. No ether or other iin i sthot
; ic had been administered, and he had
' not sullered .any pain from the partial
: examinal ioll of t he hip that had been
: made. No particulars ol the actual
state of the heart are given, but we
j sire told that a "murmur" was present,
j There is no dilliculty, however, in trac
i ing the death to a powerful inhibitory
1 influence upon si weak heart. Had the
. surgeons begun to administer ether
i this ue.it h would have been wrongfully
attributed to the effects of tin,- jiu.t s
A fjiioer Tree.
The "pieerest of trees must be the
baobab, or monkey bread. It grows
to the height id forty feet, "but its
girth is entirely out of proportion to
its height, some trees being thirty feet
in diameter. An old baobab in Afri
ca is, then, more like a forest than a
single tree. Their sige is incalculable."
Humboldt considers them as "the old
est living organic monuments of our
planet." Some trees are believed to be
,'itKiO years oltl. You can cut a good
sied room into the trunk id' a baobab,
with comfortable accommodations for
thirty men, and the tree lives on and
flourishes. It produces fruit about a
foot long, which is edible. As an ex
ample (if slow growth in Kngland, a
baobiib sit Kew, though more than
eighty years old, has only sittained a
height of four and a half feet. A kin
dred species of the Africsm bsu.bsib
grows in AuMralisi. They have been
measined, being thirty feet high, with
I a girth of eighty-live feet.
a rkvomim; Mtnir.
The f crriuoiilta of n ItiiKntnn l'llui-liHUite
to the Mirluv of St. AIc-IioIiin,
In everything that Mrs. Scott-Stc-venson
w -ites, says the London .-l't-vnim,
we find, i command of language
and descriptive powers far above the
average. The writer's energy and cn
diiiam e, too, are happily unimpaired;
she has the same decided opinions,
likes and dislikes, mid, above all, she
holds the same pleasant and niepics
tii'iiing belief that in every emergency
the knot will be untied by her husband
"Andrew's" superior judgment, or sev
ered. In the last resort, by his strong
right so in. He hail jjprtainly no sine
cure, escorting si party of ladies for
whom sin encounter with Creek bri
gands lunl more attraction than terror.
The "summer seas" which lave the
shores on which most of Mrs. scott
Stevcnson's scenes are laid are the
-T'gean, the Levant, and the Adriatic.
Her opinion of the people of those re
gions we sire probably intended to
gather Iroin the motto prefixed to the
V olume, " bore every prospect pleases
and only man is vile." she is slunk-d
at the filth and degradation of the
poorer rpi, etcr, of Hitri ; bid an Ital
ian travehr miht match these in our
large town--. The most, degrading
sight, she saw in Italy was one with
which the Italian.--, had comparatively
little to do, viz. . a liitssian pilgrimage
to the shrine ol St. Nicholas at Hari :
They were all dressed in a kind of
uniform; the men in gnty. bare-footed,
with stalls slung over their shoul
ders, on which were tied bundles of
clothes stud a pa.r of boots . the wom
en wore blue i-ergo skirts, gray jackets,
and red handkereliiel.s round their
heads, and, like the men. carried bun
dles, with a water-bottle and tin inuir.
on their backs. They were all slowly
crawling up the steps with bleeding
knees and torn, travel-stained gar
ments, muttcriug prayers and endless
litanits sis they toiled upward. On
entering the church we saw a shocking
sight, so painful that 1 hesitate to de
scribe; 't. Four pilgrims were on their
km es. w ith their hea ls bent down in
the groiinl in the most initial ural atti
t'lde. theil eyes 'nut. and the swollen
veins standing out like mid-, from
their crimsoned foreheads. A man
walked ' y the side of each, holding one
end of st haudki li hief. while the
wretchnl penitent held the other, and
was thus guided ill ing the psiveiuent.
1'or ii few seconds we did not realize
what, was taking place, but its they
crawled onward, we noticed four
marks like, a dark ribbon behind them,
and it dawned on us that they were
actually licking the doer! And sn.-h
a lloor ! Thousands ol only half-civilized
human beings had been in Un
church since daybreak, as the tainted
atmosphere but too plainly showed.
For over eighty yarns these wretched
creatures kept their tongues on the
rough pavement, over every pollution
that came in their way. We wire
chained to our seats by horror and dis
gust, and in spite of ourselves slaved
till they at last reached the altar steps
antl wire permitted to rise. Their
faces haunt me still ; the small, cun
ning eyes, t tinting stealthily towards
us ami its hastily turned away ; half
shainelilced. half-leroi imis looks ; the
coarse, di.t-sliieateil features, the mat
ted heads of hair, and the lolling, lace
rated tongues bleeding over their
chins. And these were fellow-creatures,
these benighted w retches, look
ing like scared wild beasts.
Torpedo attack in warfare is receiv
ing pretty close study abroad, and
L'nglish authorities are viewing the
suhjci t in almost every possible light.
Altogether, it seems that the attsick
has i onsidoraMy the best of t'le de
fense in this e lse, for, after summing
up all the known methods of resisting
torpedo io;tt attacks, there set ins to
he comparatively little comfort to be
gained. Torpedo nettings, the use of
torpedoes from the ship which is at
tacked, machine guns and direct lire
of large artillery are all considered,
and in cadi case the verdict has. been
there is more uncertainty than is de
sirable. The fast torpedo boats, capa
ble of discharging cither long project
iles or torpedoes, having enormous
bursting charges are decided ugly cus
tomers, and no certain way has so tar
been suggested by which their attacks
may he diverted. It is all the more
unsatisfactory because the small tor
pedo boats can easily discharge such
missiles at it speed considerably great
er than that of the fastest iron-dads
now alloat, many of them being able
to keep a speed of twenty miles an
hour for more than an hour at a time,
while but few, if any of the iron-dads
will be sible to make anything like
that speed after having been at st a
two or three months. The final out j
come of all the suggestions stems to J
be that fiiitlinti guns of i ne-iiii h hmv
are, so far as known, the mo-t ciieet- ;
ive weation against torpedo boat.
A MOTHER'S LAST LETTER.
Uilttento Iter Son Sliui tlj llcftirr III
Of the thousands who read in tho
Oaette the report of the Cl-trksville
executions none i an have forgotten
the touching letter written to young
"Jiminie" Johnson a few days before
that fatal day. It was from his
mother, over whose humble homo
brooded the desolation of the impend
ing fate of her smi, who. though a
blood-stained criminal in the eyes of
the law, was not less dear to her
whose eyes hail looked npi n him for
the last time.
She had received his own letter, and
writes: "If I could see you one time
more, how glad I would be!" Hut"
and who i an depict the agony the
simple words cost their heart-broken
author V- -My darling boy. the time is
close at. hau l wlitii you will know
your doom. Voir asked me to forgive,
you." Ask such a mother to forgive
her sen that mother who with
streaming eyes replies; "Yes; my
ib-ar. if I could t;ike coin- pla- I would
do it." Who dot i Hot believe this?
Mho i...-s not feel that this r
woman would gladly have ununited
the gallows Hint her darling boy might
be saved and for what? To plunge
once ui Ti- into initio:' What of that
to her? W as be not her .-on. to whom
she wrote in her sweet, simple way:
"The yard is full i f roses and other
llovvers. It would look g I if you
were here." p.iii he vva let there.
Never was he to be there again. And
though the sun's rays entered (belittle
yard ami gilded the sweet llovvers with
their golden sheen; though the
chert i- had ripened- "the nicest,
then its yoi ever saw." she writes
not for i( lufiiueiit (tuilil the demon of
anguish gnawing at this fond mother's
heart be driven away. "Hut, my
dear. I cannot enjoy anything. You
are never out of my mind." Xo won
der the young criminal, though walk
ing in the valley of the shadow of
death; though already feeling the fatal
noose tightening about his neck;
though listening to the tramp of aio.
etl nu n coming to bear him ton lelon'.t
death no wonder, even in that aw I'd
hour, he forgot his own doom and
thought only ol her. who in lu r home,
far away, sat in (he a-hes of a trri" f
itniiMt i able, of a devotion unfathoma
ble, and wept and grieved and prayed
;ts only a mother can weep and grieve
and pr.tv! No wonder that he even
pleaded that her last letter might be
printed, that the world might know
how good and noble she was, that the
world might see her as she appeared
to him. vvht so errant foot steps had led
him into crime, and was breaking her
The children all sift! th-tr 1 ive to
you. John is a g 1 boy t-i work.
(ialev anil .Nan have t i work all the
I time John Joes .-ill the t.lowiiitr
l.ydie talks si g t-it ib-al about you.
Maud grows some" How tender ami
loving! Criminal, numb rer, though
he was, to that herclt limiS'-ho'il he
w as only the absent ami loved one;
and in In-r grief the mot tier toiild thus
write. She felt that It" would Hud
consolation in their childish, iiflcolioii
ate remembrance, she could think
of ;dl this, and then aid in words
grandly elo iieiit in their simplii ity,
and tilled with t, nderncss ami the
agony of despair: "I want you to
w l ite me olio lie re letter. This may
be the last one I sin ever write to
ymi. Don't forget to pray. Jiinuiie.
You know how well I love you. and I
never got tired waiting on you when
y mi w ere sick. You don't know bow
bail I felt when 1 heard you was su k
and I could not be with you. Now.
my darling boy. trust in find and don't
grieve any more about tie. I'.dv
wants to write. All the b'Ve to ymi
that ii mother can have. Wtiie my
dear boy, if ymi can."
I'.v t ry line of this letter has moist
( lied eyes w it h tears. Fv cry line ap
peals to the sweetest sympathies in
human nature. It is the very siibliiu
ity of grief. It i the heart spcakintr
No one who did not feel as this bum
ble. tioil-fearing woman fell could
write its she wrote, in that last Idler
to the one being she most fundi v
loved to the one being w ho h ast de
served a mother's love ami prayers
.lust n Way He Has.
City boarder to farm hand: Why
does that old looking fowl make that
curious noise':" "That rooster that
jost crowed? (Mi that's jest a way he
has ma'am, of signify in' that he's a
high llyer from up the crick, and can
In k all t reatioli, and that he's happy
because he a, n't old enough by ehvcii
year- to make pot pie tor .-iiminer
Fx-Cov t rtior statib rd of t 'alitor
tiia. ow us one ranch at 'inn. Tehama
o.iiity, covering -jr.(imi ace hi I :n 1
II vv ill be iilauli tl in crapes.
M. !xd.o-scp.i states that the evapor
ating power of the sun is less on the
site of the prep.s d inland sea of Sa
hara than on the lied son, and be tint s
not anticipate that the Witters will dry
Geohigit al examination reveals in
the delta of the Mississippi, along a
space of :joo miles, ten distinct forests
of buried trees. Bald cypresses with
a diameter of twenty-five feet have
A Chinese imperial decree lias been
issued ordering that the telegraphic
lines between W'oonsung and Shang
hai, anil between Ainoy and Hailum,
iire to be constructed by the Chinese
themselves and not by Furopeans or
Prof. Joseph Le Conto has come to
the conclusion that the supposed hu
man footprint:: at Carson, Nevada, are
the t racks of a large plantigrade qua
druped. Ho adds that there is an
abundant room for honest difference of
opinion in the matter.
; It is maintained by some scientists
that (be aroma of fruits iiicreit-.es with
the latitude, while the sweetness de
t ri as s. Many herbs, such its caraway,
arc richer in t-scntial oils in Norway
than in more southern regions. Tim
fleet ii asi ribed to the influence of
the prolong! d light of the summer
Among Hussian geologists the belief
appears to be settled that granite
rot ks, one,' thought to be of igneous
and eruptive origin, are really of
aqueous formation. The granite ot
the rapids of the Dnieper, when close
ly examined, shovv stratification, ami
; under the microscope they are si en to
contain drops of brown water.
Dr. Jllliell e.llllc to the following
lollcbl-io S ill regard to the life of
si-'ii- s. defining life as the period dur
ing which the tone present.. I a d-- t nt
appt arau -e. Coar-c brow u-t-nic. host
ii ., d mil of Hi - s n ri. f r mi live In lit
'teen years. Laminated line brown
stone 1 1 om t v, i lit y -li v c lo lilty yiar-.
' ' pilel lill" broW ll-tot!" I .-tilll oil" to
' I : c -llt-ii ics. No-, a Sooth st' lie will
pi-..b:i!-ly la a tioiu nity toon.- hundn .1
M .-o . n,i,. .imlsloii--. the b.-t of I im
-an I .titties. I11" years; Caen stone,
ii.-iii tlii ty-live to forty years ; coarse
!..'..ii:le marble, forty years; line mar
!e. sixty years; pine i alt up-oiis mar
1'-. Ii ii: Hty o one hundred yiars;
aauitf. from seventy-five tn Jon years,
loiortliiig to varictv.
The Cnndci 11 ilion an Owl Mailt-.
The action of the Washington mon
ument i watched ino.-i can fully and
its every mmi-mont registered. Tw 1
1 liiiiiiii-t arc suspended in ils inside.
in- from a height of Jon toi f antl tin-
ther from a height of b'.n led. T he
iiiov t lueiits of these are compared
many times a day. T he movement of
om- should be about one ami one-half
times that ol the other if then- were
no irregular internal movement on the
part of the structure I!n1 the u-g.s-tcr
shows th it the movement is irreg
ular in both ilireition and in size,
soiiii t ime ; the plummets move in op
posite directions and solllot hues in th,
same. Sometimes the top moves a
little, but its whole sWiiv since the
foundation was strengthened has been
only oiic-quai ter ot an im h. All of
these niov emeiils , -ire vtry slight, and
can only be detected with a micro
scope. The longer plummet line is en
cased in il Wooden box, to prevent the
attiiosphi'ie hav ing iitiy etlei t upon it,
antl since the finding that the spiders
had oiit.e drawn the line out of the
jpcrpciiiliciilar.il careful investigation
, is made daily, to see tli.it the bites are
Hot inllueiii ed by outside causes.
nee. when great consternation was
caused by the irregularity ol the 'line,
it was found that an owl was perched
upon the top of the line. It was
caught, killed, stitlle.l ai.d given to
Mrs. Hayes, and it is now probably en
exhibition at Fn moid.
She Took Hie Medicine.
The doctor had loved her long ami
well, but ihire not mention it. Al
h iigth she became indisposed and sent
for him. He could see nothing tuater
, iiilly wrong with her, except a little
irregularity about the heart, ami at.
length she asked:
Will, doctor, what do you think
i ought to be done for me."
Replied the doctor, "I don't know of
j any better way than to go to the coun
ty clerk's antl get a matrimonial per-
"W hat and get married why v ho
in the world would have ine?"
-I will," replied the duct nr.
'tih, dear nit, if that is the kind of
medicine ymi are going to give me, it
vou't be so bad to take alter sill, will
! ileal.' icplietl the rapidly rcv,ving
v. urn: lady. W injbbl ( IT. l'o..j ln-
... . .
! Things Not Always What Ihcj Set nt.
j Only the h ill of It tosel.il !,
T hai Idl to liull-inotii.ll.itir,
Fell Imtii tin; linttil i lii-lers
( fthe l.i I oiiitict rlic-Hoici.
i l .1 'e- -,.e.l .1 ills 1 si iiS tl i!,
' 1 1. Ihe I ul :i io-c'mu.I he,
"T nt J willi s'liuuit i lihi-lies,
Ami ite.uet Ill-til n .M to tin'.
"l-'ivch mi.! lr.i;,ri nt pet.. I.
Helm- sHee'Niciit.ter ni ;M. who knows.
I limy lliivc 11 chalice to tell lll'l
1 tn ii tin tl the l'vl ol Ihe 111-e."
Ilttt when In l.i- lip- he pus el it,
Jl. in nt t ot f -1 in iieeents wiolh;
'i'lie l'iiillle.1 1 1, . 114 is- nltill, iul.
Ami iiiieli. out ill entiiiii cloth."
(lay ly 1 oloicl .-iis arc the latest a 1-
vertisiuL' 1 iJ ui c. 1. I thing Ic
mis" ( If vv iii'l. "
(ni'- 1. 1 Ihe ni"-t 1 ry ing uioiiiois in a
: man's life is v !u n lie i . gt King his pic
ture t il.. 11 I.. s ml t i his best gill,
and i-. ju t ,i-siiin!ii..r his most an
' gelit e pn --i-.p, and a lly alights on
. hi- iiti.c.
"Ma"' 1 ii'l- il (he fact lions .-mall boy
Well. 1I1 ,ir r" "I "m only one, ain't
! I .-" Vis. I,.-,.-." " hen if I eat this
gri t II apple I'll be ltd, won't I?"
'How is !.;.t. ile-ir':" "Why. it'll
iloiibb- im- up." .
Lon:..f,.j,, w s,,j,, ' , t,is world a
man must be 1 it le-r auv il or h;tnimer."
Longfellow was w roiiu. however. Lots
of ine'i arc neither the active hammer
nor tin- sturdy anv il. T'h'-y are noth-
, illg but bellow s.
I- that dog mad?" he 'asked the
boy as the animal tl tsle d by. "I
reckon he i v" replied the hoy; "just
-ee a butcher take it piece ol nicsit.
away from him . 1 1 1 1 kit k him six feet,
into tin air. W'niildn' n be mad if
I li.it w a- ij. .to- to y i n ':"
young carpciinr wants to know
whut is .t j -gg 1 1 -piece':'" Why don't
Vo 11 p, 1. 1 your did ioiial'V ? Webster
say a ovgle-pteee : a truss post
, who-- hoiil'lcr ami s.'fk'-l. receive the?
low i-r 1 ml-, of tie struts." Com I gra
1 i-.i's. ve thouvM everybody knew
vv hat .1 joL'vli -pi- c" is.
TTf icis.i !e:i'il!t,l p;-. i.-tict; com-
' moil throughout a portion of Mexico
for little children to kneel before
1 rnm.'er ami pray that be may have
a -.lo' journey. And tho fathers of
tin- ltibh i'!i have a practice not so
In an: il ul. of laying lor" tin: stranger
in t he loic-( wiib ;t jacknife two feet
Do y oil want to see soiite fun ?" said
a small boy in hi- lai her. "1 i.in'l euro
if I t!o." he leplied. "Well lets go itnd
listen ( Deacon Dumpy tuck down his
; carpet-." "I d' li'l Ciink there's any
thing funny in thai. "scornfully snorted
Ihe parent. -Don't. 1 h ? Y011 seem
to Paget that th,. De-lion stutters."
1 - Ah." .-aid Hi'- old man. Then they
w cut ov cr to heal ken.
j Indian P I in Arinna.
All the vai iclit s of i .-it ti bear fruit,
vvhi'li is valued by the Indians for
I -...I. says an Arizona letter. They
also ,oo; the llcshy leaves of the
prickly pear when young, which are
sa d to resemble string beans in llavor.
T he Indians also use (he head of the
maguey, or iiiilury plan!, for foot I.
It i bunid eviTvwhro in the territory
and I-- 1 ultiv sited for r. v 1 inte in Mexi
co. It loutailis a large amount of
1 saccharine matter. The century by
pot hi sis in it gard to its blooming is a
myth, however, long since exploded.
1 11 s e;i. 01 1 e j 1 1 i ri ug a hundred years
(ti attain mat 111 ity ami blossom, t'ie
plant bio... .ne in seven years from
111. iking ils i.ist appearance. It then
dies, its liii-sii ll ended. The leaves,
which are lb shy and still', with thin
eilcs coveted with thorns, branch
from the root in long lances, growing
to the height of till' f four feet.
The cent re ol the plant consists of a
large head, soini thing like a ciibbiiire.
From tlii- spring a pole, eight to
(in he feet high, vvhith brum he near
the (op, bciii ing ;i yellow llovver. The
Indians prepare the head for food by
roasting in an oven made of stones
sunk in the ground. We had an op
portunity to taste ii piece of the
maguey so prepared, and found it de
licious, sweet and nutritious, fasting
; very linn-h like old-fashioned, lieune
madc molasses candy . II that was a
specimen morsel, the Indians deserve
no sympathy on the score of their diet,
as it was really a luxury.
'I'he juice of the plant is also con-
verted into syrup and a fermented
J drink, called tivv in by the Indians and
1 the Mcxii aus distil it, making an in
jtoxieating liquor culled mescal. We
1 also tested this liquor hum!, ut an
omelet, antl bunid it as ." h1 as brandy
for that purposi-. In its natural slat'-,
uiibiirnt, it has a strong, smoky Lisle,
resembling Scotch whisky. Manv leo-
ful articles are made front tie- lil re 1
j the maguey, lopes :ii 1 e-.eli p ip-r
j Im vim.' been manufactured hoi" it
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