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PITTSBOKO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, APRIL 23, 1885.
For l.iriwr advertisements liberal con
tracts will liu made.
"Treasure Top Trjiiig."
Awiiy with thy bur,
Hope on mill hope nvor!
'1'hoiiili winter bo lu-ru,
Awiiy with tliy four!
Soon tho spring shall nppoiir
Willi nw lift! nml cnilenvor,
Awny with thy fear,
ltoj o on nml hope evi-r!
Sock soini'thinK to ilo!
There is hi-iisuro for trying,
Av, even for j mi;
Seek uriini-tliiiift to ilo!
Tlif toilers mi' lew.
An 1 th ininiilr- ! l.i itiLT
Suck soim-thin;; toilu'
Tlicra i trc.tsiin- for try in;;.
S. S. McVurnj in Hit (Juivtr.
THE LAST SHOT.
Tho overland train Wiis pushing its
way up tho long eastern grade of the
Hookies. Tho passengers, lireil of the
monotonous surroundings of the jour
ney, began to drift into talk ami story
' of the past experiences ol their live.
As the train passed threo wagons that
were slowly and weari y following tho
trail, that ran for miles by the sidj of
the railroad, one of the passengers re
marku I on tho difference in the style
of travel. "It must be very hard,"
said ono, "to erawl along day after
day over these great plains." "You
bet," was the reply that ciiiih with
emphasis from a man who had not
taken any part in tho conversation.
"Ever trieil it?" asked another, at
tracted by the emphasis of tho man's
words. "Well, yes," was the reply, and
he added, "1 was just thinking over
tho hard time I had just a tew miles
ahead of this place." All wero ready
for the story that seemed to bo prom
ised, and they gathered around his
scat. "What male tho hard time?"
asked one, by way of starting tho
story. "U'ell," said the man, "you see
it was smiie years before the road was
built, when 1 took a notion to go to
California. 1 had not been very well
through the winter and 1 thought 1
would like to get rid of the cold that
seemed to pinch mo up. So in tic'
j-piing I sold olT all my stock and stuff
and went to Omaha, and there I
b night tin 1 1 1 1 lit ol a team and wagon
and ul in a load of Mull' that 1
though! 1 might turn a little profit on,
when 1 got tho other side of the I Sock
ies, or e! in the mining regions, of
which I li.il oaly a dim notion. I
found that a large train was to start
iiialewd.iyss.il waited over, as I
thought I would like tho company,
and b:siihs I had such yarns about
In liaus attacking the trains poured
into my cars at Omaha, tli.it I thought
the more of a crowd 1 went wilh the
belter 1 would like it. While I was
waiting for tho start, a young man
came and asked if would not let him
go with me. At lirst I did not like
the idea, but he was it pleas, ml fel
low, and I began to think that it
would bo less lonesome to have a
pleasant chum. So 1 agreed that if
he would put in his share of grub
and take care of the team ho might
go along with me. I was very
thankful that 1 ha I eonsetito 1 when
tho long, dreary days came, and long
beforo we reached this part of the
country I had learned to look on him
as a brother. Wo had got oi;r plans
all fixed for the future, and day after
day would talk them over till we
felt that tiiey were as sure as the
sun rising. Our train was so largo
that it was divided into two parts,
and sometimes tho head division
would get several miles ahead of the
other. Somewhere along hero we
fell in with a company of soldiers
that had been out through tho coun
try, scouting. It was quite an ex
citement to us, and we were glad to
learn from them tint they had not
M'en any signs of Indians. Tin' next
day we pushed on in very good
spirits, for we had learned from the
soldiers that there was a good feed
ing place a short distance ahead.
We pushed on as fast as we could,
and. as 1 was ambitious, 1 was at
the head with my team. Our divi- I
sion was strung out for a long dis
tance, and tho other divison was
some miles in tho rear, as we had
started early, while they had waited
to see tho soldiers drill. .lust as I
rame to the top of a hill like that
one yonder I heard n burst of yells
and the report of several rilles. I
was riding in tho back part of the
wagon, watching the long siring of
teams: 1 grabbed my rille and
jumped out. As I got square on my
feet there came another volley. 1
Raw my china drop dead from his
seat and the team turned and began
to run, but tho nigh horse ha I been
hit, and he dropped dead. The
other plunged and snorted, when
there came another volley, and he fell
dead, and 1 felt a sharp tingle on
my cheek, and putting my hand up
I found it covered with blood. This
brought me to luy senses, for 1 had
stood p rtectly transfixed with aur-,
prise after reaching tho ground. 1
picked up tho ammunition that fell
to tin ground when 1 jumped from
tho wagon, and turned and ran to
wards the other teams. Wo were so
completely taken by surprise that tho
men left their teams as the Indians
appeared over tho hill. Nonio had
sense enough to secure their guns,
but it seemed impossible to make a
stand. A man who was in the rear
of our division en horseback galloped
back to tho other division, and they
at once, under the direction of an
old soldier, put their wagons in a cir
cle and began to make a barricade,
behind which they could protect the
women and children. They started
a couple of men on horseback back
on the tiail to call tho soldiers to
their help. Wo had a hard time.
Wo only saved two teams and into
these wagons we had put tho few
women that were in our division, and
leaving tho dead who fell under the
lire, we managed to reach tho barri
cade that had been prepared. We
would not one of u.s have escaped
had nit the Indians stopped to catch
our teams an 1 to plunder our wagons.
When we reached our refuge wo got
over our fright a little, and when the
Indians came up wo wero ready to
make ;i good light. After some of
them had been shot they pulled off
and began to light at long range.
We noticed that their leader was
urging them to ( h irgo us, and twice
ho got a lot of them and came up
very near, but wo made it hot for
them and they fell back, not, how
ever, before we had seen that the
man leading them was a white man
with a long red beard. Wo had been
mad before, but wo wore a hundred
times madder at that white fellow.
'l'our times in the light I tired at
him and missed him, and I had had
good chances, too, so 1 was vexed
and puzzled. About I o'clock one of
our men yelled 'soldiers,' and we
cheered as wo saw the body of troops
oil' in the distance. The Indians
stopped their firing and seemed about
to leave, when the feliow with the red
beard got them to try one.- more, but
it was no go; wrf were encouraged ami
tired faster and sharper than ever.
As they turned to go, they fell back
slow ly, yelling and firing. 1 said to
those around me, 'I am going to try
one more shot at that rod-whiskered
fellow.' 'It ain't any use,' said the old
soldier, 'he is a Mormon, and he has
got a suit of clothes on that w ill turn
any bullet.' 'Well,' says I, 'we will
see. 'You had better hurry up, then,'
says he, -for he is going off with the
rest of them.' 'Let him go,' I said, as
I carefully fixed tho sights of my rille.
1 am going to take him as he comes
up on that knoll, for 1 can calculate
just how far that is. 1 got my gun
fixed. 'Hurry up,' says the old soldier,
and as the others had stoppod tiring,
they joined in the cry. 'You hcqttiet,'
I says to them; 'when ho comes up
there I will try him, I will try his
head and have the whole body to drop
on.' lie had a kind of rested in tho
hollow, an 1 when ho came to tho top
of the lull he stopped, as though be
hated togive us up. Now 1 was not
given to prayer in those days, but I
shut my eyes for a moment and a iked
the Lord to help mu shoot straight, as
he did David, when he hit tho giant.
So I opened my eyes and took careful
sight and fired. They were all quiet,
ami for a moment after tho report
there was not a sound, and then there
was a wild cheer as we saw the man
spring into the air and fall Hat on the
groili.d. Somehow wo all felt tho
same, for at once we began to climb
out over the wagons and start for that
body. Tho Indians bad partly turned
back, as if to get the body, but when
they saw us coming they turned and
ran. I got to tho body first ami
turned it over, and there 1 saw tho
bullet hole. I had hit him in the back
of bis neck and killed him instantly.
As tho old soldier came up he said, 'llo
is a Mormon, sure, and ho must have
left his underclothes off or you could
not have hit him.' With that ho be
gan to strip htm, but when ho got
down to tho underclothes we found
that ho had the Mormon fixings on.
Well,' said I, 'what do you think of
that?' '1 don't know,' said the old sol
dier; 'it seems it ain't true, but all
them Mormon fellows think that they
are bullet-proof when they have them
clothes on, anil they never go without
them. 'I tell you,' ho said, 'they stick
close to them things and have to be
buried in them, so as to be all right on
the other side. 'Well,' said I, ! will
fix him on that,' so I stripped the
things off of him and earned them to
where the wagons were still smoulder
ing and burned them up. Tho soldiers
came up and helped us bury our dead.
I was cleaned out of all my goods, but
1 did not care then, I only cared for
the loss of my chum. I had learned
to love him. The soldiers stayed by
ns for a week, and we had no more
tr3tible. This is a good deal more
comfortable travelling than it was in
them days. Somehow, though, 1 havo
been a-living it all over again today.
Yes, gentlemen, that was my last shot
in a light, but if this Mormon trouble
ever comes to fighting, you may count
mo in for another shot. 1 haint for
got my poor chum, and I haint forgiv
en them for burning my wagon. In
dians, did you say," ho said, turning to
ono of tho passengers who had sug
gested that it was Indians, "not a bit;
ilid 1 not tell you that he was a Mor
mon a-loading them. May be," ho
added, suddenly, 'you are ono of them
fellows. "If so," he said, drawing his
revolver, "just say your prayers." The
traveller begged him to put up tho
revolver, assuring him that he was
not a Mormon. Ilo assented with
some reluetanee.'and as at this time
wo reached a station, forgot bis pur
pose in tho hurry for dinner. Hut
though the talk after dinner drifted
on to other subjects, wo turned over
and over in our minds, "the last shot,"
and wondered if such a blood stained
curse as Mornionism would in the fu
ture hear other shots, and find at last
tho same fate as that Mormon leader
found on the plains - the burial of a
dog. Jtustnit Tntrt In:
Cellars Full of Foxes.
A letter tothe New York.V", dated
Christiana, I'cnn., says: Fox hunting
in this part of Lancaster county is
carried on, not for the love of having
a fox torn to pieces for his bru.-h, but
tocapture tho foxes alive until each
hunter has a cellar full. The packs of
hounds to be found in these parts are
as good as the best in tho laud. Their
equal can rarely bo found at bench
.John Graham lives a short distance
from here in the hills, lie is a veteran
fox hunter, nearly 7n years old. He is
better known as Johnny Grimes, and
bis hounds are well known all over
I O,,, t.MI., I.' l.i., ..rl.- .....I l,
has alw; ys kept a largo pack of lleet
fox hounds, and every winter ho has
taken a hand in chasing Heynnrd over
tho hills. Any morning one of his
well-trained dogs, in Urn hunting sea
son, can jump a fox, and a good day's
sport follows. The foxes are holed,
caught withatwitch, and then brought,
in triumph home, with the yelping
i pack at the heels of tho horses. Tho
foxes are put into the cellar and kept
there. It must be a bad season, indeed,
if when spring comes a veteran hunter
can't count a dozen foes in his cellar
ready to bo turned loose to tho hills.
Itecently a largo whitc-taMed fox
was started early in the morning, and,
after a splendid chase, Johnny Grimes
captured the animal at -I o'clock, and
took him homo in triumph, where he
joined the other captives in the cellar.
The twitch with which tho foxes are
captured is a loop of wire, siring, or
other mat' rial, which is run in toward
the fox, and at which hi; bites and
snaps until he gets fast and is pulled
out by tho jaws or front paws.
In tho spring the captives aro let go
again, one each night.
Old man Skiles is another veteran
fox hunter, and during the winter he
always has a cellar full of foxes caji
tured with his lleet pack. These
hunters are in the best of health, not
withstanding their years. They aro
lino horsemen, and rido over stono
walls, streams, and fences with all tho
dash of cavalrymen.
Tobacco as a Curative.
A pamphlet by General T. L. Cling
man of South Carolina has been
issued, in which remarkable cures aro
set down as tho result of tho appli
cation of tobacco leaf. About every
disease under the sun is said to have
yielded to its charms. Chatting with
a Southerner yesterday, he said : "To
bacco has been classed among the old
women's remedies ever since 1 can re
member. Why, from boyhood I can
remember its simple application in
various forms. When 1 got stung by
a bee, my father, who w.is an inveter
ate chewer, would take a cud from his
mouth and bind it on tho wouu I.
That was tho end of tho pain. If my
eyes got soro they were bound up at
night in tho same poultice, and when
I got a black eye in a light ono day I
got tho tobacco as well as a licking
when I got home."
l'everly Tucker of Virginia said on
the same topic ; "It is remarkable
what tobacco will do, when applied as
General Clingnian directs. Why, it
will even take out a corn. Congress
men Mills of Texas and John Hancock
both tried it a short time ago for
corns, and after two nights' applica
tions they wero able to pick the corns
out with their lingers, Humous, too
those eternal aillictions, aro removed
by it. General Clingnian is remark
ably well posted on its merits, and bis
little pamphlet will prove a valuable
thing to tho public." --AVc 1'orA
THE CITY OF OLEANDERS.
How Oleander Hushes Flour
ish in Galveston.
A Humorist Dwolls Upon nn Attraction
of the Texas Seaport,
A correspondent asks: "Does the ole
ander grow in the open air in Texas
the whole year around ?"
It does not. Tho only city of Texas
in which tlu oleander does not require
shelter, good treatment and kind w ords
in winter, is Galveston. Owing to tho
fact that Galveston is on an island,
and, as is frequently tho case with
islands, is surrounded by water, the
climate is milder in winter than it is
in any other Texas city. Tho warm
air rising from the Gulf of Mexico
j protects Galveston from tho chilling
norther, which kills off all kinds of
tropical vegetation elsewhere in Texas
Owing to this natural advantage, ban
anas, orange, prickly heat, oleanders,
and spring boils can bo raised in the
open air in the middlo of January in
Tiny, the oleander bushes, not the
spring boils, grow to the height of
twenty feet, and adorn tho curbs of
the streets. X more beautiful sight
can be imagined than streets lined on
both sides with oleanders in full bloom
the (iulf breeze tossing them about in
wanton inirthfulnos.s, ;i mass of gor
geous pink and white blossoms tilling
the atmosphere w ith delicious perfume.
This is why Galveston is callel tho
"Oleander City," as theso beautiful
Mowers aro seen and smelt on every
side. The perfume is so strong at
times that strangers aro liable to get
Tho oleander shrub is said to be
poisonous, and there is a pathetic
story told of an imported schoolmaster
who used an oleander switch with
great liberality on an unfortunate boy,
who, however, felt much better when ! "laughter. "No pr.soners seems to Li
the teacher's hands swelled up to the the dreadful orderof the false prophet's
size of canvas-covered hams. I camp. We have heard, it is true, of
Outside of Galveston Island the ole
ander refuses to flourish like a croon
bav tree during tho winter season. No
Dcrsuasiou can make it endure the win -
ter. When the northers set in, tho
proprietor of an oleander plant, wraps
a blanket, around its shiver. ng limbs.
or else brings it indoors and puts it
behind t he stove, just a people do at
the North. In any city outside of
Galveston a large oleander hush is a
rarity. Wiien the fortunate owner of
such a plant perceives that it is really
going to bloom, the local press devotes
a column a day to the startling event.
Poetry begins to How, and when it fi
nally does bloom, there is as much fuss
as if a local election was being held.
People come in from tho country, rid
ing fifty miles in wagons withmi
springs. So d tlicult is it to get the
oleander to bloom in some towns, that
when it clues occur there is a proces
sion, with speeches and salutes, and
ouier evidences ol menial excitementt ;
There is a story told of an oleander
tree being stolen in Austin just as i
was about to bloom, and the Governor !
ca'iea out me troops. A vigilance
committee was formed, and half a j
dozen men were hung before it was ;
found out that the tree that was to !
blossom bad not been stolen at all. J
u was mere an ine lime, nut it ,vas so ,
small that it was overlooked. It is a sol
emn fact that when in Austin an olean
der blossoms, the neighbors all stay up
with shotguns and dark lanterns, just
as they do the night the Legislature
As wo have already intimated, Gal
veston is the only city in Texas whero
the oleander can bo left out in the cold
and survive the ordeal. 7'i.i-.v Sifl
Pure anil Impure Air.
Of the air wo breathe there are two
kinds tho breath we tako in, which
is, or ought to be, pure air, co 11,1 u
nn the whole, of oxygen and nitrogen,
Willi a minute portion if carbonic acid,
and the breath we give out, which is
an impure air, to which has been add
ed, among other matters which will
not support life, an excess of carbonic
acid. This carbonic acid gas when
warm is lighter than tho air and as
cends; and when at the same temper
ature as common air is heavier than
that air and descends, lying along the
lloor, just as it lies often in the hot
torn of old wells or brewers vats, as a
stratum of poison, killing occasional
ly tho men who descend into it. Hence
a word of admonition to those who
think nothing of sleeping on the lloor;
and as the poor in all great cities aro
too apt in times of distress to pawn
their bedsteads the friends of the poor
t'niso w ho go about doing charitable
work among them are entreated nev
er to let this happen, and to implore
them to keep the bedstead, whatever
else may go; to save tho sleeper from
tho carbonic acid, in cold weather.
Unxlth and llmnr.
"No (ua-ler" the Mahdi's Itule. (
In civilized warfare tho taking of
prisoners is the giving of a pledge of
honor. When quarter is offered and
accepted tho life spaied becomes'
sa'Ted. A mutual cont raet is estab
lished. The captive promises not to!
take up arms again till tho end of tho '
war; the captor for the same length of
time to respect his prisoner's personal
safety. Tin; confinement may be
rigorous, the treatment harsh, but tho
obligations which the conqueror under- .
takes are punctually fulfilled. In-
stances are on ru-ud of men losing
their own lives in defense of their
prisoners. This spirit of chivalry in
common to all valiant peoples, and in
the cast it has found at times most, bril- j
limit expression. Saracen Kniirs held :
our crusading Knights t ransom, and
treated them during their captivity
with such pompous consideration, such
refinement of luxury, that the hostage
must have often proved a very cosily
guest. With what magnificent presents
the prisoners of I ndian chiefs have been i
dismissed to their hoiii-s. Again and
again in Mohammedan history princely
generosity toward tin enemy taken in1
battle has won unwilling clans oor to
the green banner and healed the s-'urs
of hereditary feu Is. Hut these aro -the
exceptions to tho rule. For :
Oriental warfare is still savage in
spirit, and eastern soldiery are ruth
less. When Hubert's guns burst upon '
the camp by Cuudahar, and Ayoob
Khan turned tolly through the rice
fields along the Arghandab, hi.s ne n
still found lima to murder their pris
oners, when Osman Digmas on
slaught smashed up the square at
Tamanieb the A rain pai I no at tent ion
tothe L'gyptians' arms thrown down
in token of submission, but massacred
the pro.slra'e to the last man. One
after another garrison, have fallen
into the Mahdi's hands, and the news
j '" of dreadful iinlisi i iiuiii it.
native sisters of charity whoso lives'
were spate !; and also of some native
' I"''1' ,M!',iv,'s U rh ,ilse Mu
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beg for life in order that they might
live to see the Mahdi's niilleniuui.
Humor also stales that one, if not t wo,
Kuropoaiis are living in the prophet's
camp, the one acting as a doctor, thi
ol her as an interpreter. Mouth, how
ever, has been the immediate fate of
all but these few, whom accident
rather than design may be supposed to
have spared. Lmi'l'm 'lh jtit,li.
The Mriiiure I'ompey Stone.
The famous Pompey stone, now in
the state museum at Albany, N. V., is
the most note I of a very limited class
of relics. It is a bowlder about four
teen inches long and twelve wide,
bearing on its face an unmistakable
figure and inscription. It was dis
covered at Watervale, in the township
of Pomiiey not far froii Manlius,
Onondaga county. New York, about
sixty-live years ago. Historians and
scientists have speculated on its origin
without positive results, audit still
ri!lains as preplexing an enigma as
when first brought to notice. The
rjgure in the center of this stone
represents a serpent twining about
(1. trnk ()f A t,vo. At the left is
..i-.miv .n.rraved Leo Do VI.. i:.iM
On tho right of the serpent is a ,
capital L with several inferior marks,
doubtless meant for small letters, be
neath which are two peculiar
characters that look very n.ipjh like
Indian totems. '
This stone is supposed to furnish
'ho earliest known evidence of the
presence of Kuropoans on the soil of
New York stale, and to have been de
signed for a grave monument for soiiiy
unknown Spanish adventurer who,
with his comrades, had penetrated the ;
wilderness in search of gold or silver ,
during the early part of the sixteenth
century. A'oi f sic W-;..
A Funeral in Bulgaria. i
When the bead of a llulgarian fami- i
ly perceives that he is about to dio ho '
sends for the priest and begins to bar- '
gain with him about tho cost of his
funeral. The moment he dies all the ;
puis, pans, and kettles in the house are I
turned upMdo down to prevent his soul
taking refuge in any of them, and ;
great care is taken to prevent either a 1
man or animal - nioro especially a cat
or dog from stepping across bis body, j
as otherwise in theopinion of his fami
ly, be would turn into a vampire and
be a continual nuisance to them and to 1
their neighbors. Tho body is buried
without any colli n in a shallow grave!
and left there for three years, during 1
which time many offerings of food and
wine are placed upon it. At the end ,
of the third year the bones of the dead'
man are dug up. carefully washed, put 1
into a linen bag, laid before the a'tar !
in the village church, and after receiv- !
ing the blessing of tho priest are finally j
buried fur good.
TIIK RACK FOR ROLLERS.
Extent of tli Skatinrj Crtize
in tho Metropolis.
Some Edifying General Statistic nun Note
About Roller Ska'hg.
I'roin a careful estimate it. is judged
that over sixty thousand persons in
the city use roller skates. There are
little rinks over stables, in the rear of
candy stores and in dingy basements.
Four or live places on the l!ower have
been cleaned out and fitted up iis roller
skating rinks for the soda watcrdrink
ing, cigarette destroying youth of the
The advocates of roller skating say
that there is riot a rink in the city
where ititoxieants are to be had lor
love or money. Pool rooms are going
into bankruptcy all along the avenues,
for their former patrons have laken
up roller skating as a cheaper and
more profitable pastime than shoving
around ivory balls for drinks or cigars,
l'.ven in the rotunda of (lie big while
marble Court IIoi.se children spin
around on skates to the delight of the
gray-haired lawyers and judges who
are in no hurry to le iv- the building
at the (dose of the day's labors.
"There arc more than live hundred
manufacturers of roller skate in the
I'nile 1 Slato," said a Nassau street
dealer, "and they cll at the very least
thirty or forty thousand pu!rs of skates
a week, 'faking I'.llv workmen as the
average number employed altogether
in each manufactory, il S'Oiii.s that
Jin 1,1 11 11) men are engaged in making
skates. Goj Knows how many are
selling them. There are about :!'i.o 111
rinks in the I'niled Mates, I l.e'ieve.
Wiih an average ol six persons attach-d
to each rink you have ls'Mini
peop'o conducting 'he pa-ti itseir.
Add to this the manufacturers and
ymi have : ',' " i.ien making their
living out of roller skat-s. This w ill
tive a faint i. Is-1 of low in my skaters
then! ate in the c unit rv. Why, man,
there lilil-t be miiiiotis of tneio. I
shouldn't wonder if il vol liee iun- an
issue in national polities. The lad ory
iv here the most siiie.sl'nl .skates are
male turns out l.on i a ilay, and is
away behind the orders. Tin-re are
some Kinds which -ell for thirty cents
a pair, for sidewalk use. and t'n-y
rang-- in price from that 1 1 j to sjii.
You can imagine what New York has
to fact' when I f 11 you that we are
just three years behind Ilo -ton in
roller .skat ing. It is in its infancy here."
The manager of one of the finest
rinks in the city said that he beiicved
the passion for skaMiig was increasing
very rapidly, as beginners were p -u:-ing
in by hundreds.
"The big rinks scoop in altogether i 1
this city about J,"mi a day," he said,
"an-1 for that sum at leat loomi peo
ple get a chance to exercise ami amuse
themselves. Y"ii must remember that
skating cultivates energetic habit s of
the body, for il you attempt to be lazy
in a rink" you are likely to be knocncl
down. The average skater covers .1
little more than eight miles an h '.
The pool room proprietors are wild
with anger. At lirst they distributed
our complimentary t ickets among thei
patrons. The result is that their
places are how ling wildernesses. '
A '"'-' reporter looked into the
beginners' room in one of the big rinks.
About twenty young nun a-id girls
were (lopping about like lame ducks.
They humped against each other,
crawled along the railings aad rice-ehi-teil
against the walls. A bright
eyed youth in blue and bra-s wa'chc-l
the scene wilh mild contempt in his
eye. The reporter turned oiii into the
great hall, where a thousand people
sw irled and eddied and roared around
the lloor to the music of a brass band.
A t.i'l, slim young person, who won
Ki.! gloves and canary col ire I 1 rouse: s
fif close clinging de sin, annouuc l !
his friends that he was a daisy on b e
skates, and thai he would show lln-iu
what he could do for the lirst time 011
Would they like to see tho double
twisted grape vine step? They would.
With a long gliding motion the ci
nary colored trousers sailed oil into
the untried ocean of extemporaneous
skating. The slim young man rocked
in the crowd, gribbed at the air,
tiirocil around two or three times and
was swept into the middle of the
lloor, from where he looked appealmg
ly to his friends as if he wanted to
When at last he reached a place of
safety he betook bimsrll modestly to
the beginners' room and llopped
around Willi the ..l-.i-rs like a yellow
Verily, there is no royal road to
roller skatiiiL'. A' Ym i inltl.
Tho Hank of F.iiglaim v.olds one
seventeenth of the total deposits in
the banks of the 1'nited Kingdom,
which amounts to ti7W.0UQ.O0w
Printer's Ink Is Kinp.
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in ie supcfsiiiiiin's lii linis pin",
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1 . a! piiim-i's ink is kiin;'
III MOKOl S.
Tin- rolling-skate gathers the cuti
cle. The Fgyptiau injunction -Mummies
A spring pool sings: "Will tin y miss
me I wonder?" If Un-y do, they ought
never tn liie another gun.
Probably one reason why the cameU
in the Soudan an; hard to manage is
because they h ive all got their backs
Who is that acro-s the street?"
'Oh, that is a very close friend of
mine." "Indeed?" "Yes. Never lends
Tlu-y f II in that money is inactive,
but it seems to be active enough to slip
through one's lingers as nimbly as it
A oioir in in li'iii-t 1 wenty dollars
lii.ii le-,'inil'l skate n-il on the rollers
I he l-t ,.' win,
II- leil on hi- Hun,
ii'l . i v iiivl- a new set ol nin'al.-.
Tin. young for .suspicion. F.dith
I coiitei. "plating her fa e in the mir
ror i: "Mamma, me link Katie .(ones is
lurry pretty." IMith (live ininiites
later i; "Mamma, mo fink me berry
much like Katie Jones."
A Talking Piano.
A piano which gives an imitation of
the human voice has been recently
brought to this country. The principle
id' its construction is different from
that of the phonograph, voicing the
ideas of the operator instead of repro
ducing tin- Words. The piano is made
to utter sounds and words more or less
intelligibly by mechanical contrivances
in imitation of all the separate organs
of speech in man. A bellow s from be
hind sends the force of air into tho
larynx, w here the primal sound is pro
duced by the vibrations of a thin piece
of bono. The sound coming from here
is modified ;it will. The lips and
tongue are made of Indian rubber and
the low er jaw and tongue are movable
and thus able to control the sounds
which are produced. To supply tho
place of a nose, directly underneath
the mouth and in connection with it
is a loinon-shaped chamber to which a
rubber tube curved outward forms an
outlet. When the air is driven
through, the nasal sounds of the instru
ment are produced. A series of stops
placed directly in front of the vocal
cords in the lannx, and under the
control of the operator by pedals, reg
ulate the pitch of the sound. The key
board by which it is operated consists
of fourteen keys representing fourteen
distinct letters or sounds. The others
are formed by combinations. The tone
is necessarily hard and rough, but the
enunciation is surprisingly distinct.
The piano was invented in 1S4 by a
resident of Vienna, and though it has
been widely exhibited throughout
Kurope, this is its first appearance in
the I'nilcil Mates.
Dancing nml Prajing.
j A charming story is (old in the mem
i oir.s ol Peter Cartwright, now little
! read and therefore worth producing,
j I have not the book with me, unfortu
! nately, and therefore I write from my
Cartwright- was once present at a
i count ry ball. A beautiful girl with
' golden hair came up to him and asked
; him to ihince.
I "Mance w ith you, my dear, of course
! I will."
j And he ros. merrily anil took his
I place among the dancers. Hut before
J the round began be spoke up cheerily
land said: "My good friends, this love-
ly girl has asked me to dance, and I
j have not refused. Ueauty is ono of
(iod's bl ssings, and who would be so
i rude as to refuse a blessing. This fair
j being hits be-n Kind to me, my friends;
; let us get down on our knees.and thank
'God that be has been so k'-nd to ns all."
The gailain Cartwright and the girl
with the golden hair set the example
i and the rest of the company followed,
and the missionary soon had a revival
' meeting alter his own heart then und