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Tho Last Kiss. !
I put the half -written poem,
While tbe pen idly trailed in my hand,
W rites on, "Had I words to complete it,
Who'd read it, or who'd understand P
ut the little 1 are feet on the stairway.
And the faint, mothered laugh in the hall,
Ami the eerie-low lisp on the silence,
Try up to me ovr it nil.
S 1 1 cathered it up where was broken
The tear-faded thread of my theme,
TV.IiHS h,w "s one nSnt I"sa writing,
A fairy broke in on my dream
A litile inquisitive fairy
jl v ,.wn !i tle girl, with the gold
)f the suu in her hair, and the dewy
r.l H' oyis of the fairies of old.
rv.'.-- tl)t tie ir little girl that 1 scoldod
Wor was it a moment like this,"
"when she knew I was busy,
To come romping in for a kiss
me rowdying up from her mother
And clam ring there at my knee
For 'one 'ittle kiss for my dolly
And one 'ittle uzzer for raef
God pity the heart that repelled her
And the cold hand that turned her avrayl
And take from the lips that denied her
This answerless praj-er of to-day!
Take, Lord, from my memory forever
That pitiful sob of despair,
An 1 the patter an 1 trip of the bare little feet
And the one piercing cry on the stair!
I put by the half-written poem.
While the peu idly trailed in my hand.
Write on, "Had I words to complete it,
Who'd read it or who'd understand?'
But the little bare feet on the ttairway,
And the faint smothered laugh in the hall,
Anil the eerie-low lisp on the silence,
Cry up to me over it all.
James Whitcomb Riley.
THE ROGUES OF INDIA.
Many won J erf ul things have been
v. :ittca about th3 jugglers of India, but
t. ings still more wonderful could be
written about the thieves. I have lived
i i Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, and Ran
goon, and have been knowing to some
- rations of th:sc gentry which seemed
Every foreigner is considered fair
i,-.ime by the natives. While there are
plenty who will not rob him by force,
there is none who will not swindle him
if it can be done. Oa three different
occasions, in different hotels, I sont out
ly waiters to make purchase or get
money changed. In each instance they
T in away, although in no case was the
t;-.n over a dollar, and in every caso the
r.-.itivc ekur r.vuvc employment ia order
t.) beit r.:e. It couldn't have been the
i lea of gaia so much as tho idea of get
ting ahead of a foreigner. While there
h no p)itivo secu-ity from thieves ia
I xlii, th 'rc is partial s;curity in hiring
a chowkadar. This fellow is a thief
from a way back. He is kuown to be,
:i!id he is employed on this account. If
yon pay him so that he can afford to be
h xu st, ho will keep other thieves away.
It is a point of honor with the fraternity
not to steal from any one employing a
chowkadar. His services are a species
of blackmail, but you must either pay
him or be at the mercy of the slickest,
slyest set of rascals on earth.
At Bombay I had a bungalow with
a i E lglhh artillery Captain on leave of
absence. As he had with him two ser
vants whom he felt he could trust, wo
determined not to employ a chowkadar.
Several called to offer their services, and
all seemed greatly surprised and annoyed
when scat off. One of the fellows was
an old mm with a foxy look, and he
protested to tho Captaia.
"I r.m a great thief, but too sharp for
the officers, who have never yet laid
hands on me. I. know all the thieves,
and if I am with you no one will dare
steal from you."
"And if we do not employ you?'1
'Yen will surely be robbed."
"Weil, wo shall try to get along
without you, and if thievjs come, some
one may get killed."
The old man went away with a look
f f running on his face, and we had no
doubt that he would be among the first
to seek to lay hands on our goods.
There were but three rooms to our
I ungalow a parlor, kitchen, and bed
room. The Captain and myself occupied
the parlor as a sitting room, dining
room and bedroom, while the cook and
his fellow servant occupied the other
two. We kept but little money by us
and had but few goods. The Captain
was experimenting a little with a new
x plosive, and I was making a report to
the home Government on the various
vegetable poisons of that peninsular.
We therefore had plenty of leisure to
plan for our protection a id watch all
Oa the second day after the sly old
man was sent away, a lame native
woman, leading a boy about 4 years of
ge, sent in word by the servant that
'he wanted to see the Captain on im
portant business. The pair were ad
mitted, and she began making inquiries
"iout her husband, who she said was a
member of the Captain's command. She
:r; vc the name of a native known to the
lUcer, and asked so many questions
that she took up fifteen minutes' time.
I was not much interested in her story,
I ut was in the actions of the child. No
ooncr did she let go of his hand than
he began running about to inspect
tilings. We saw afterward how hard
-he tried to draw all our attention to
herself. The Captain mid no heed to
A j w
child; but presently, as I
watched, I saw the little sharer grab
something from a stand.
lis then returned to his mother and
took her hand. After a moment I re
membered that ray field glasses rested
on the stand, and as I rose up to look
for them they werp not to be seen. I
went over to the child, and notwith
standing the fact that he shrank away
and began to cry, as if scared at me, I
picked him up and gavo him a shake.
The glasses fell to the door from the
folds of a cloth about his waist, anl
with them three spoons which ho had
stolen in the kitchen. He ran away as I
put him down, and the woman hurried
after him. It was '& put-up job to
pilfer from us, and, while the child did
not look more than four years of age,
we afterward learned that he was over
In India everybody sleeps during the
middle of the day. That is, everybody
should. About a week after the
occurrence related above, the Captain
dim 3d into a hammock under the ve
randa about 11 o'clock one forenoon for
a nap. I should have climbed into
another, but I had some letters to get
off that day, and I removed coat and
vest and sat down to a table in a corner
of our room. The window before me
was up, but a li;ht bamboo shade was
down to keep the sun out. Tho captain
had had plenty of time to go to sleep
when I happened to look out through
the slats of the blind. While I saw
notninsr, i leit mat something was
wrong, and I softly ro3C up and went
to the door opening out oa the veranda.
This door was, of course, wide open.
My feet were in slippers, and I made
not tho least noise as I reached the
door. The vcrauda was about 20 feet
long, and tho Captain's hammock was
slung at the centre. I peered cautiously
out, and I saw the figure of
the sly old man right under the ham
mock. His back was towards me, but
I determined to see what he would do,
and then capture him if I could. As
looked he slowly rose up on the
Captain's lo.'t, cocked his ears to listen,
and then his deft black fingers began
search of the sleeping man's pockets.
I braced myself, took a full breath, and
was on him at a bound. I seized him j
firmly by the body, but he sank down,
wriggled two or three times, and next
minute he w.u goac, upsotting me by
grasping my feet, a id heaving away as
he went. It did not seem that he had
been at work over tcu seconds when I
grabbed him, and yet in that time he
had extracted the Captain's watch and
wallet, and several other articles. All
were left behind, but the thief had dis
appeared like a shadow.
Perhaps the best way would have
been to give in and employ a chowkadar
but we were both determine 1 not to be
bulldozed into it. All portable articles
not in hourly use were put into a strong
wooden chest and kept under lock and
key and both of u? wero on the watch
for any new movmnt. A couple of
weeks had passed and we were begin
ning to feel safe, when tho fellows at
tempted a very bold game. A juggler
came to the veranda an 1 began to per
form and we both went out. While the
room was left alone, the thieves there
were three of them came through tho
garden .alongside the house and cut a
hole through the side exactly back of
tho chest. Tho captaii happened to
look in jut as the box was being
moved and with a couple of bounds he
crossed ths room and seizjd one of the
handles. I could not realize the situa
tion until the thieve had pulled
the chest half way out, and by the time
I had got around the bungalow they had
disappeared. How they could have lo
cated the chest so exactly was a mystery
to u, as it had been moved several
feet only the night before. They cut
neither to the right nor the left, but
exactly back of it, and the space was
only an inch wider than tho chest.
The next move created a sensation in
Bombay. Opposite our bungalow,
which was on a side street, was one be
longing to a native a known thief.
The fraternity had somehow got the
idea that we had a great pile of money
hidden in our bungalow, and that the
Captain was making gold nuggets by
the wholesale. He was, as I said, ex
perimenting with a new explosive, an'd
this probably started the idea. The ex
plosive was cither dynamite or some
thing very near it One day, after the
Captain had been fussing around in tho
front yard for half an hour, and while
he was reading on the veranda, there
was a terrible explosion. It seemed as
if our house was lifted a foot high, and
everything inside was thrown into con
fusion as it settled back. It was an
explosion which was felt for half a mile
arouud, and when we got out doors we
found a hole in our front yard into
which a couple of bullocks could
have been dumped. That wasn't
however. A big ditch
been opened straight acros
street to the other bunga
and the bruised and battered
bodies of three natives were thrown out
within thirty feet of the big hole. Ii
took us some little time to figure out
what had occurred. The sly old man
and his pah had dug a tunnel from the
native bungalow to within three feet of
ours. It was intended to pass under
PITTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, FEBRUARY 23, 1888.
the house and break ground inside.
there being no floors in our place. The
explosion, which took place in an iron
kettle, was almost over the tunnel) and
tho force was mainly downward. The
concussion followed along the diteh and
blew the roof eff tho native bungalow.
The thieves were either creeping for
ward or backward in the tunnel, and
death came to them so quickly that they
never knew what hurt them.
Next morning a native priest, accom
panied by a scribe, called upon m to se
cure our account of the affair. The
Captain had explained matters to the
authorities, and there had been no in
quest. The priest said that the sly old
man had been one of his most devoted
followers, and as he was a person of
considerable importance in Nagpoor,
where he had many relatives, an account
of his death was to be published in the
native language. The visit was made
us at an early hour in the morning,
while everything was lying around loose,
and the two men had scarcely left the
house when we missed the field glasses,
a pocket compass, a pair of shoes, and
two or three other particles. A native
detective assured us that the priest and
scribe were two notorious thieves, who
had come in that disguise to get even
I was bitten by a poisonous snake at
Bengalore, and for several weeks was
unable to leave my bed. While out of
danger after the first two or three days,
enough of the poison circulated through
my system to keep me weak and feverish
for a long time. While lying on my bed
on my right side I could look
out on an extensive back yard. Thera
was a path running down to a summer
house, and beyond the summer house
was a thicket and a ravine. Midway
between the bungalow and the summer
house, and off to the left of tho path,
were tho stables. One forenoon as I lay
looking out oa this yard, I saw an al
most naked native come out of the
thicket, glide up the path and turn into
the stables. I knew from his actions
that he was a thief, but the hand bell
had been accidentally removed beyond
my reach, and I could not call loud
enougn in my weaK state to give an
alarm. There were three servant at the
stables, but it turned out that they were
Gramblin-T and deeply interested. The
thijf entered the buildings and stole
two suits of clothing and some horse
goods, and went back down the path
with the bundle on his back.
The Captain was raving angry over
the loss, as he had been bothered a great
deal with thieves, and after dinner we
had a consultation. He Avcnt to a friend
and borrowed a steel trap which had
once been sent for and captured a tiger.
It was larger than the bear traps seen in
this country, requiring the services of two
men and a lever to set it. The stable
men were sent away on errands, and,
assisted by a corporal from the barracks,
the Captain set the trap ia the centre of
the path, between the summer house
and the stables. An excavation was
made to sink it out of sight, and then
dirt and leaves were scattered over the
spot The Captain's family was away,
and the stable men never went beyond
their quarters. If anybody fell into the
trap it would be some native who had
no business in the grounds. The loss
of the stable goods had not been re
ported to the police, and the thiof was
not alarmed. He might not make
another visit to the place, but it was
hoped he would. There was a stout
chain attached to the trap, and this
led to a small tree and was made fast
with a padlock.
It was nearly a week before anything
unusual occurred. A bell had been
fixed in the housekeeper's room, with a
cord running to the head of my bed,
and it was arranged that when I gave a
certain signal she was to run to the
kitchen and send a native after the
Captain, providing he was not at home.
That signal would mean game in the
trap. If any one came at night, all the
people would be at home, and could do
as directed by the Captain. I could
not leave my room, and must certainly
be a good sentinel if awako. If asleep,
any noise out of routine would arouse
me. The Captain did not come
home, after leaving in the morning,
until 1 o'clock. We had be
gun to despair of luck in
trapping a thief, when, one morning
about 10 o'clock, ju3t after I had opened
my eyes from a nap lasting half an hour,
I saw the head of a native as he peered
from behind the summer house. It was
a thief spying out the land. I got
hold of the bell cord, but waited to see
what the fellow would do. In two or
three minutes he stepped out in full
sight, and I was quite sure he was the
same who came before. Ho came boldly
up the path, as if bent on an errand,
and walked directly over the trap. I
was so astonished that I forgot to ring
until he had turned into the stables.
The housekeeper had gone to the
kitchen and was wrangling with the
cook, and so my signal was unheard.
The fellow was out of my sight seven or
eight minutes, and when he reappeared
he had a sack of horse feed on his
shoulders. He hid caught the stable
men napping again. I rang and rang,
but no one came. He went dow the
path bent over and
seeming to glide,
but as he reachod the trap the dirt and
leaves flow in a shower, the fellow
ieomed to spring into the air, and next
instant I saw that ho Was fast in the
jaws Ho pitched forward, and I could
see his right ankle was held in the vise.
Ho quickly scrambled tip, however,
looked sharply around him, and then
uttered a low whistle. Inside of thirty
seconds four natives came from the
thicket to assist him. The
trap puzzled thorn. If they had
ever seen one before, they did not
know how to manage the springs. The
prisoner must have been in terrible
agony, lor the teeth, wenf to the bone oa
each side of his leg; but he never
brought a groan. While the five were
consulting I rang again, and this time
the housekeeper came and sent for the
Captain. Long enough before he came
the affair was ended. When the men
found they could not liberate the pris.
oner they designed to cut his leg off
above the trap. He refused to agree, as
it would doubtless have bocn the death
of him. They had nothing with which
to break the chain or lock, and, doubt
less fearing that the prisoner would
peach on the gang, the four plunged
their knives into him and ran away. By
the time the Captain got home the man
was dead. New York Sun.
The Use of Water at Meals.
Opinions differ as to the effect of the
free ingestion of water at meal times,
but the view most generally received is
probably that it dilutes the gastric
juice and so retards digestion. Apart
from the fact that a moderate delay in
the process is by no means a disadvan
tage, as Sir William Roberts has shown
in his explanation of the popularity of
tea and coffee, it is more than doubtful
whether any such effect is in reality
produced. Wrhcn ingested during
meals, water may do good by washing
out the digested food and by exposing
the undigested part more thoroughly to
the action of the digestive ferments.
Pepsin is a catalyptic body, and a given
qu rtity will v r'.c almoit indefinitely
provided the peptones are removed as
they are formed. Good effects
of water, drunk freely before
meals, has, however, another
beneficial result it , washes away the
mucus which is ste4 .'by the mucus
membrane during the intervals of repose,
and favor3 peristalsis of the whole all
mentary tract. The membrane thus
cleansed is in a much better condition
to receive food and convert it into solu
ble compounds. Tho accumulation of
mucus is specially well marked in the
morning, when the gastric walls are
covered with a thick, tenacious layer.
Food entering the stomach at this time
wili become covered with this tenacious
coating, which for a timo protects it
from the action of the gastric ferments,
and so retards digestion. The tubular
contracted stomach, with its puckered
mucus liniag and viscid contents, a nor
mal condition in the morning before
breakfast, is not suitable to receive
food. Exercise b fore partaking of a
meal stimulates the circulation of the
blood and facilitates the flow of blood
through the vessels. A glass of water
washes cut the mucu5", partially distends
the stomach, wakes up peristalsis, and
prepares tho alimentary canal for the
morning meal. Observation has shown
that non-irritating liquids pass directly
through the "tubular" stomach, and
even if food be present they only mix
with it to a slight extent. According
to Dr. L?u, who has made this subject
a special study, cold water should be
given to persons who havo sufficient vi
tality to react and hot water to others. In
chronic gastric catarrh it is extremely
beneficial to drink warm or hot water
before meals, and salt is said in most
cases to add to the good effect pro
duced. British Medical Journal,
A Watch Without Hands.
The watch without' hands which has
recently been brought before the public
is simply a watch with ordinary wheel
work in which the intermediate teeth
are wanting and which gear every min
ute and hour only. The contrivance,
though admitted to possess some in con
veniences, is on the other hand claimed
to present some genuine preferences
over tho ordinary make. Thus, th3
construction not only allows the reading
to be accurate, but also permits of esti
mating the time that separates each
passim? minute. Ineieisnot only an
optical signal given, but also an acous
tic one, since at every change of figure
the car pcrc eives a slight sound, and
conseauentlv it becomes useless for one
to examine his watch in order to meas
ure a eriven interval of time a feature
of special value to engineers, physi
cians, officers, travelers and observers.
The experimenter knows exactly when a
minute beerins and ends. fNew York
Sun. - -
Fashion Tut Up the Price.
Turquoise is the rage this season, and
jewelers who had seen stocks of theso
gems run down to prices almost nominal
blessed fashion when it set its seal of
approval on these pretty bits of blue.
A year or two ago little turquoises could
be bought as low as $1. To-day the
same stones are worth from $12 to $15,
So says a well-known Boston jeweler.
Two little Birds in Sine.
Two little birdies all in blue.
Airily flitted the garden through
(Pink blows the brier in summer weather.)
And they could whistle a rondel true,
Which all of the neighbors loved and knew, j
(rink blows the brier in summer weather., .
Now, through the garden, the north Whii
And the bush is bent to the ground with
(Back turns the brier in winter weather.)
Where are the little blue birds who knows!
And where, oh, where is the pink briar rosel
(Ah, sweet things come and depart together.
M. E. Wilkins in Wide Awake.
Hie Wiggles of WakvfnlneM.
Some expressions are all tho more
forcible for having sprung spontaneously
into existence without the fostering aid
of gr ;mmar. Lillian had an uncomfort
able way of waking before light, and
expecting the family to rise with her at
what they considered an unbearably
"Lillian, you must lie still and try to
sleep," said her mother one morning,
when this early bird began to chirp.
Til try," sail the child, and so she
did, but it was to no purpose. In five
minutes she was sitting up in bed play
ing with her little pink toes. This time
her mother, growing impatient, as
sleepy poople have been known to do, sum
marily extinguished her under the bed
clothe, saying, in despair, "Lillian, I
told you to try once more to go to sleep 1''
"I know it, mamma," said truthful
Lillian, "and I did try, but the wake
wiggles in me so I can't keep still ! '
I Youth's Companion.
Short Sermons for Children.
Most boys and girls do not like ser
mons they say that th y are too long
for their highnesses. Perhaps they may
like these short sermons. They will
give food to thiak over, and must not
be read too hastily.
A Swedish boy fell out of the win
dow and was bvily hurt, but, with
clenched lips, h3 kept back the cry of
pain. Tho king, Gustavus Adolphus,
who saw him fall, prophesied that that
b')j would make a man for an emergency.
And so ho did, for ho became the
famous Gen. Bauer.
A boy used to crush tho flowers to
ct their color, and painted the white
side of hii father's cottase in Tyrol
with all sorts of pictures, which the
mountaineers gazed at as wonderful.
Ho was the great artist Titian.
A German boy was reiding a blood-and-thun
ler novel. Right in the midst
of it he said to himself: ''Now, this will
never do. I get too much excited over
it I can't study so wil after it So
here goes!" and he 11 i tho book out
into the river. He was Fchtc, the great
Do you know whit these little sermons
mean? Wny, simply this, that in boy
hood and girlhood arc shown the traits
for good or evil that make the man or
woman good or not. Jewish Messen
ger. Helen and Baby.
"What is baby thinking about?''
asked grandma, smiling across the
breakfast table at the tiny girl, who was
forgetting her oatmeal and cream, while
her spoon rested upon the rim of her
plate, and her blue eyes were gazing
4 'She is thinking about God," said
Helen. Five-year-old Helen never al
lowed that any one was thinking of
"No, I am not," said Baby Louise;
"I am thinking about grandma. I
don't want to have her go away to stay
a month; for what if I should have a
birfday while she is gone?''
At this tho children all laughed, for
it was only a week since baby's birth
day, when there had been a party, with
two two-year-old guests, and a little
cake, with two wax tapers, and it had
been the sweetest little affair that ever
"Why did you not let grandma sup
pose you were thinking about God?"
said Holen, after they had quieted
down after their laugh. "Grandma
loves to have us think about him, and
how good He is to us. "
"'Cause I wasn't, and it wouldn't
have been the trufe," said baby.
"That is light, darling," commended
grandma. "Always tell the truth, and
then God will love you, o. cause you are
A few days later Helen was telling
one of her mamma's friends about the
birthday party, that was still consid
ered an event of note by the children of
" Oh, Aunt Mary brought a great big
cake, and seventeen great big wax
candles in it."
"njlen," interrupted baby, wV was
standing by, 'I am thiuking about God
now, but grandma isn't here to b
Helen's great gray eyes opened very
wide for a moment, then she said,
"If grandma was here, she would
say, Helen's memory seems to be failing
as she gets older.'" Harper's i'oung
A Vivid Pen Picture of the Great
ftg Dirty Streets, Queer Shops,
and Emperor.8 paiace.
When Sir Henry Parkes returned to
Pekin he said he had come back to
"dust, dirt and disdain;'' and most
travelers will find this sentence, sweep
ing though it may be, rather lacking in
D's than otherwise. However much
Pekin may be described, its condition
would still remain inconceivable to
those who have not seen it; all the filth
thrown into the roadway a mixture of
mud and abominations, in the ruts in
which the springless cart-wheels are
forever sticking! You get along Curio
street supposed by some people to be
the most beautiful in China by walking
along the little bits of crumbling
ground in front of each shop, and then
swinging yourself around tho wooden
pillar that supports the roof, so as to
avoid getting soiled by the quagmire
below. The shop fronts are of wondrous
carved wood ; highly gilded signs hang
out into the street; wonderful beams
with curved cads project across the
roadway, and strings from which dangle
red feathers. But I must say that the
last thing I am struck with is the
magnificence of the scene. The shops
arc oleasant enough, une goes into a
back parlor, set out like a miniature
museum; through that a courtyard; then
an inner sanctum not overcrowded with
pretty things, aud with plenty of chair3.
But the prices of the curios are ex
orbitant; so that one can only be glad
that Pekin shopkeepers bow and smile
as politely on non-buyers as on custom
ers. Indeed, it is customary for them
to send their wares on inspection to the
different homes day after day. "Num
ber one thing I six dollars," say thoy.
Reply unwarily with "Half a dollar,"
and it is yours ; whereupon you feel sure
at once the thin? is no real curio at all
and worth nothing. This bargaining is
a great amusement each day after break
fast. Pekin furs are lovely, and there
are lovely white feather-like Thibetan
sheepskins, red-bicked Mongolian squir
rels, and, mo3t fa cinating of all, cinna
mon or crcarn-colored fox skins, so soft
that they could almost be passed
through the traditional ring.
The great sights of Pekia are behind
closed gates at present. Sometimes
some arc open; othors never. AVc go to
the clock tower; a wattle fence is hur
riedly erected across the opening as we
approach. We go to the examination
hall sometimes open, but shut to lay.
Of course you can go again, if you liked
the smells last time. It ii adjoining
the observatory; where the carved
bronzj supports of the instruments
weird dragons chained to mountains lest
they should escape, redundant foliage,
etc. deserve to be one of the wonders
of the world. I am glad to have seen
them; I should like to see them again.
But, oh dear! the smells! and the man
with loathsome sores and the hideous
voice, who wants to try gentlemen's
cigars for them and to touch ladies'
dressci, who fights with strangers for a
larger tip when he ha3 more than
enough already. That man is of a piece
The outside of the emperor's palace
all that any European has ever seen of
it since the days of Marco Polo is ideal,
a fairy palaco. High walls shut in the
forbidden city; a moat surrounds
them ; and then there are the glistening
yellow tiles, tho roofs built by the old
Mongols in imitation of their tents.
Then there is the green hill with its
trees, and palace roofs climbing up it.
The entrances are of deep blue, bright
green, golden dragoned, with here and
there a touch of vermilion. The sky is
blue above, the sun shines, and there ia
the roadway sits a child stark naked, its
face so dirty that it i3 impossible to seo
what it is like, its head misshapen
with disease. No wonder the present
emperor never cares to come outride,
and is supposed never to have done so.
The world inside must be far more de
lightful, if it matches with those glitter
ing fairy roofs. St. James Budget
Lieutenant Cushing says that the Zuni
Indians invest everything med in their
daily life with a spirit of its own. A jar
has its life and death and the twanging
sound it gives forth upon breaking, es
pecially when in tho oven, is the cry of
the departing so'iL The lieutenant in
order to learn the ways of the Zuai, sat
down among the women who were turn
ing pottery and imitated their work, ne
began to whistle, when they threw up
their hands in dismay and cried to him
to cease. Any noi3e would excite the
jar's spirit and cause it to break when in
the oven. They always paint a band
about the rim of a vessel, outside if it
is a water jar and inside if it i3 iitendf d
for cooking. But this band is never
'omplete, as thi3 would not. allow the
spirit to escape when the jar dies. All
the jars found in ancient Los Mucrtos
ve banded, sometimes in three or four
iolors, but the ring is never unbroken.
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Make Me a Song.
Out of the silence make me a song,
Beautiful, sad and soft and low:
Iiet th.j loveliest music sound along
Anu wing each note with wail of woe,
Dim and drear;
As hope's last tear
Out of tbe silence make me a hymn .
Whose sounds are shadows soft and dim. -
Out of the stillness in your heart
A thousand songs are sleeping there
Make me but one, thou child of art.
The song of a hope in a last despair,
Dark and low,
A chant of woe;
Out of the stillness, tone by tone,
Soft as a snowflake, wild as a moan.
Out of the dark recesses flash me a song,
Brightly dark and darkly bright;
Let it sweep as a love-star sweeps along
The mystical shadows of the night,
Siug it sweet,
Where nothing is drear, or dark, or dim,
And earth songs melt into heaven's hymn.
Needs signal ability Man at railway
Impressions of America Footprints
in the snow.
Wisely improving the present Sail
ing a duplicate gift.
It tikes a great deal of pluck to get
the feathers off a live goose.
1888 is but little over a fraction of
time, anyhow one and three eights.
"Give me a dude egg, please," said
the boarder. "A dude egg? What is
that ?" "A fresh one."
The friquent changes in the Cabinets
of Europe lead one to believe that the
Ministers are Methodists.
A physician says: "If a child doef
not thriv-i on fresh milk, boil it." This
is too severe. Why not whip it?
It has been averred that a lady with a
diamond ring will scratch her no3e in a
given period four times as often a3 other
He (at a very late hour, with deep
tenderness) How can I leave thee? She
Really, Mr. Stayer, I can't tell you. I
wish to heaven I could.
A young lady recently presented her
lover with an elaborately constructed
penwiper, and wras astonished the fol
lowing Sunday to see him come into
church wearing it as a Cravat.
Two young writers wero talking of
iheir hopes, their ambitions. ' Tf I have
ftot made a reputation Ly the- time I'm
thirty I shall blow my brains out," as
serted one. "My dear boy," replied the
other, "you are as goo . I as dead."
The most novel complaint of impure
milk reported is that of a London boy,
boarded out under the poor-law regu
lation, who reported that the milk givjn
him out of town, instead of being taken
out of clean tins, had been squeezed out
of a nasty cow, and he "seed 'em a-do-ing
A teacher noticing that upon an cx
aminatioi paper the Isthmus of Panama
was every time spel ed "Panamaugh,"
was curiou to know the name of tho au
thor of such extraordinary spelling, and
turning to tho head of the previous
page, found tho child's name to be Kitio
Skill of Ancient Builders.
A personal inspection of the pyramids
cf Egypt, made by a quarry-owner who
spent some timo recently on the Nile,
has led him to the conclusion that the
old Egyptians were better builders than
those of the present day. He states
that there are blocks of stone in the
pyramids which r weigh threo or four
Ume3 as much as the obelisk on the em
bankment. He saw a stone vho?c esti
mated weight was 880 ton?. But then
the builders of the pyramids counted
human labor lightly. They had great
masses of subjects upon whom to draw,
and most of their work was done by
sheer manual labor anl force. Thero
are stones in the pyramids thirty feet in
length which fit so closely together that
a penknife may be run over the surf acj
without discovering the break between
them. They are not laii with mortar,
either. There is no machinery so per
fect that it will make two surfaces thirty
feet in length which will meet together
in unison as these stones in the pyramids
meet It is supposed that they were
rubbed backward and forward upon
each other until tho surfaces were as
similited. -London Iron.
An African Mockin? Bird.
A Kiiffir vanished and groans were
heard. He was searched for without
result, but on the following night
groans were still heard. The search
continued and the man was found mur
dered. His murderer was arrested and
executed, but the groans still continued,
to the dismay of their auditors. At last
they were traced to a mocking bird.
That bird alone of livings things had
seen the deed of blood, and now from
day to day reproduced the piteous
moaning of its victim. Saturday Re
view. Speaking from Experience.
"Does your mother wear felt slipper-?"
asked an old lady of a little boy
where she was visiting.
"Yes, ma'am, she do. I've felt 'em,"
answered the small boy, significantly.
Detroit Free Press.