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PITTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, MAY 10, 1888.
The la! est figures show that there are
lis HT.'IK) Suuday-School scholars in the
Tlure is a sa l reflection, moralizes the
Sew York T.lyraiH, in reading the will
of ti e late Joshua. Jones. Here was a
una ith 7,000,000, and yet he had
n.; a near relative in the world to whom
he i;u il have his fortune.
I .vVi.vi has eight home for poor
wv-rk'uu L'it'K at which breakfast, d'n- j
rcr a: i ti a cot only $t a week and
i o:n u: owr 1 more, 'i hey arc said
tWw'' r.ianngod and liberally support-''
-'.v charitable people.
Th I nvest and moat inllucntutf news
in .Japan, the Xidi-XLhi Mum
or D i Hi Thne of Tokio, has a
tiivulaiion of 1,000 copies daily. Its
,li;m:i- arc filled a'most entirely with
ho:t Tories and political cs-ays, with
ey litt-c, if any, news matter.
To a'd in promoting the interests of
tie manufacturers, the Herman la'lway
authorities and shipowners have agreed
to remit, the former 5) percent, and the
latter i't per cent., cf the freights on a 1
good consigned to Melbourne for the
great Australian Exhibition of this Year.
The fat piece j of iron shaped like the
letter S that arc seen on the walls of old
brick building ara sa'd to be an ancient
symbol of the sun. Their origin nny be
traced back to Asia, where they were ia
use in prehistoric time, and tha same
sign w.is once employed on the official
seals of Sicily and the Isle of Man.
Illinois has never had a Speaker of tha
House of Congress or a President of the
National S.-natc, and no Speaker has
ever lived West of the Mississippi,
1 bode Island and Delaware, among the
l astera States, have never been honored
vith the speakership, and neither
Louisiana nor Alabama has ever had a
May Emily Bird, a colored woman
who died at Centerville, Ttna., recent
ly, wa for a long time a missionary in
Liberia, Africa, and once received and
entertained the world renowned ex
p'o er, Livingstone, cn one of his most
unable exploring expeditions. She
speaks l'.uaitl; many of the n.itive Afri
At lv.e: ;e, a jury of twelve men
w :e n.::th- duty, iot one of whom
n e l t 1 t o. At a convention of bee
k t j vr at Waterville, in tha same State,
one of the fifty men who attended
vas a Idicted to the use of the weed. A
Iiing;r pipe; says it is doubtful if nny
!h r part o; tin coautry uses so little
tobacco us Maine.
As an instance of the r.ston;shing way
in whivh rabbits multip'y, it is related
that in tin fifteenth century a female
rabbit with young was left on the
Mand of Porto Santo, in the Atlaut'c
'ceau, by the crew of a passing thip,
and in a short time rabbits were so
numerous on the island that the settlers
were forced t abandon it.
Inventor Pd'son proposes to present
the first half-do.:en perfected phono
graphs to t'.e ero.vncd heads of Europe,
lie w 11 make the presentation address
here, ia America, .-ml when the instru
ments arc delivered, their royal re ripienU
will have the pleasure of he.. in:ij the
words of .Vr. Ldi.-on through l.ii won
derful talking maca'ne.
Mrs Patti Tyle Colin is employed by
the Government at Wn-h ngton j;s a
reader of "blind handwriting'' in the
dead letter oTi e. She is an expert at
this business, and is paid a good salary.
She claims to read every known lang.iage
except Russian and Chinese. One thou
sand letters a day usually pass through
her hind, but she only deals with the
A correspondent writing from St.
Petersburg, 'Russia, says: saw more
drunken men in Peter-burg on the day
of my arrival than I hid seen in all the
rest of Europe during a four months'
stay. The peasants of B.dgium have a
poor, reputation for temp n ance, but I
saw more drunken men in Petersburg on
my w-ay from the station to the hotel the
day of'm'y arrival than I saw in all Bel
An expedition is preparing in Eng
land for the exploration - of the regions
abut the-outh Pole. These are com-
arativi IV-Vwknown. For the ignorance
that exists in regard to them there arc
Numerous Anson. They are far from
l .... r. .
m xierr. civui.atio.i ami:- o t iieja).m
mcrcial routci of the ocean." The sourV1
era p rtions of the two confine. its areas
far from the 'Antarctic circle as some of
the most thickly settled and highly
civilized. varts of Euroi c. For instance,
lite South' She land Islands, whose dis
covery was considered as remarkable,
and which arc spoken of a in the South
ern Po'ar region, are .about as far south,
f the e uato: as EngJaud is north of it.
Most of the islands which have been dis-
overed, and which on the maps seem
to form a sort of icy necklace about it,
are farther from it tham many Northern
egions which support considerable
populations arc from the North Pole.
Sweet the air,
Sky how fairl
Day doth break'
In a shroud
Winds the lake.
Heaven doth seek,
'Tis a maid
On the wall
Sun is up; f "
Full tfie cjaip
Of our day;
All the way.
F. W. Batchelder.
A STRANGE GUEST.
"You're sure you won't bo lonesome,
Farm;r John Harmon stood in the
glow of the broal fireplace, wrapped in
hh great-coat and irufH r, his fur cap
pulled down about his cars, and his
whip in his hand, while tho pawmg
hoofs of his impatient horses crunched
the snow outside. Ho stooped ai ho
spoke, an I li.'ted hu littlo daughter's
chia till the clear, brown eyes looked
up, with tha frank smile which always
warmed his heart.
Nf, indeed, father I How cou'd I
be loncscmo with such a little chatter
box as Tony? II trk 1 I do bclicvo he's
waking now, tha darling 1"
"I'm sirry that Manda Lawson
couldn't have come to stay with you,
but, of course, if Jack's sick, it stands
to reason that sh-j caa't leave him. But
Steva end I'll Lo back before dark,
never fear. Hullo! you were riqht,
Jjnaij. Ilera comes the littlo gen
A chubby boy of throe ycar3 old ap
peared ia his nijht-gown from the ad
joining room, with cheeks rosy, and
yellow curls tangled from his morning
nap. Tho father caught him ia his
stroigaim-, and held him, shrieking
with laughter, i.b:Vj hi head.
"Fathei's littlo "man ! Waked up to
say good-by. He'll tako gool circ ol
sister, won't he?"
The child leaped into the young girl's
outstretched arms, and hid hh face upon
"AVell, good-by Jennie!" Ho paued
a moment, a wistful look creeping over
his strong, sun-browned lace. "You're
liker your mother every day, my girl."'
"Father! Father!" called a cheery
The door opened and let in a great
wave of frosty air, and, as it closed be
hind him, the sturdy farmer clan bred
to a scat beside his son, and, with crack
of whip and jingle of 1 clip, the laden
sleigh slipped cheerily away.
Jennie stood at the, window, still hold
ing the child. Sha wai just fourteen,
although her slight, childish figure
made her seem younger than that by
two or three years. The dc.:th of her
mother when Tony was but a helpless
babe had thrown premature burdens
upon her young shou'dm, iurdens
which she had borne with a patient, un
selfish courage far beyond her years.
Jennie was quite u;cd to bj left alone
with her little charge, while her father
and brother were away at work, so it
was with no special sense of loneliness
that she watched tLe moving sleigh un
til it was lost at a sharp turn of the
forest-bordered road-way. A3 the
nearest neighbor lived a mile distant,
she could scarcely expect visitors on
such a day.
She turned away at lat, and, taking
her place on a low scat before the fire,
proceeded to dress the child, making
merry game of the task, as she told
over and over on his pink toes the story
of the "five little pigs."
Then, when the ha I given him his
breakfast of bread and milk, and placed
on the floor a box of well-worn play
things, she went briskly alout her own
household tasks. Tho market-town to
which her father and brother had gone,
was fully fifteen miles away, and, onca
there, they must wait for tho grinding
of thair load of grain.
4,We shall have a long day to our
selves, Tny dear," said Jenny more to
herself than to the child ; 4,but thcruM
be plenty to do, for tiiter 'must hake
the bread and cakes for Sunday, i.nd
k&thcr and Steve will be wanting a good
"Torty hl1y inter!" lisped the boy.
'' ."Yes, Toiryshall help sister, and sis
ter wt.l fry ldQlpughn tit man."
A.Ciappi g hiTOC&y 4iands, the child
tlrcw Ids littlo cricket to tho table,
w; ere, by climbing upon it, he could
overlook hh si-ter's operations at her
moulding-board; and thus, with frolic
and clie?r, the bort winter day wore on.
But the 6ky, which had been bright
at early morning, grew gradually over
cast with clouds, and Jennie saw fro:n
the window a heavy mist filling ah thv
A few feathery flakes came floating
dow n as sha spoko, and theso proved to
bo but the forerunners of a mighty host,
as tho storm sett cd over the landscape.
Hour after hour passed. There wero no
longer any tracks to bo discerned along
tho narrow road-way which was the
only avenuo through the forest.
It grew presently so dark inside the
cabin that Jennie wa3 fain to pi ce a
lighted lamp upon the table, and seat
herself to listen for the first sound of
distant slcigh-beils. Toaey curled him
self upoa her lap, and soon lost himself
Suddenly Jennie heard the muffled
sound of a horse's hoofs upon the snow.
A shado'. darkened tho window, and a
moment later a heavy knock resounded
upon tho door. Jjnnio hastened to
open it, with Tony still awakened, in
The visitor, who stood holding his
horse by the bridle-rein, was a large,
power.' ul-lookiag man, dressed ia hunt
er's garb, with a brace of pistols in his
Some little city-brd maiden might
have fainted with fright at so formi
dable an apparition, but Jennie was
well accustomed to tho rough exterior
of the backwoodsman. Tho stranger
looked at her keenly, as tho firelight
shone upon her little figure with Tony's
golden head nestled against her shoul
der. "I've been caught in tbe storm. Can
I stay all night?" he said.
"Como it, sir," answered Jennie,
heartily. "Wa aro all alone,-land
the baby, for my father and brother
are gone to town; but I expect them
home every minute, and I'm sure they
wouldn't like mo to let any one go on
ia tho storm. You can put your horse
in the stable yonder."
Without replying, the man led away
his horse in the direction indicated,
whence ho soon returned, and taking
his place in front of the hearth, pro
ceeded to dry his wet garments. His
face, which evidently had once shown
fine lines, wore a hard and bitter ex
pression, as tho flickering shadows
p'ayed over his bent head and averted
eyes. A vagua discomfort crept over
the spirit of the little hostiss.
4I wonder if ha's sick, poor maul he
looks so misei able-like," fehc thought.
Then sin said aloud, "If you h.v-n't
been tj i upper, sir, I could take you up
some of the pork and beans I'm keeping
hot for father and Steve, and I could
make yua cup of tea in a minute.'
"I don't want anything," answered
thi n:a still without looking up.
Li tie Tony, who, by this time, wa3
I r ad awake, had slipped from Jonnie's
arm, and stood with great, b.u;', won
dering eves fixed unon ilu stranger. It
was something wholly new to Tony's
idiort experience to find himself unno
ticed bj a visitor, and ho was cvidantly
pondering deeply the problem of this
IIo walked s'owly up and down the
roorr, at each turn r.ppro- ching a little
nearer the rim, silent fi ;ure before the
hearth. At lat he p iiiscd, and Pepping
yet closer, laid a final , scft hand upon
the man's knee. S ill thero was no
response. Thi child's breast heaved,
his breath came thickly, and a- grieved
expression curled his rosy lip. -
'Mas," lu said, with a trvir.u'.otu
bal y accent, 'why don't 'oo love little
Tha stranger stcrt-d, and a spasm of
uncentrol able emotion swept ovr his
bearded face. Ha turned upon the
chi d, whose bright hair shono li'.ca a
gl ry about his head, and with a swift,
involuntary ac ion, drew hi:n into his
arms. S mo marvelhus cl angc ha 1
transfigured his fiscj and softened tha
hard liics like ice 1 eforc the sun.
He held the child cIofc, murmuring
over him somo inarticulate expressions
of fondness, while Tony, on his part,
accct ted most graciously tha ti;rdy
homage, tugged at the stranger's watch
guird, and lau ;h d so merrily that Jen
nie could not repress a soft echo from
her own corner.
Th man looking up, transfixed her
with tho same keen gaze as at his en
trance, cnly that new some new clement
was added, a qucsti miag almost pain
ful ia its intw-nsily." Looking at him,
one would have said that the man felt
all his fate hanging upon the an&wer
which the young girl ould give.
"Aic you afraid of me?'' ho said.
'A! raid? ' repeated Jjnnic, in gentle
surprise. "Why, no, sir! Surely you
wouldn't do any harm to Tony or ma."
"No more wculd I, so help me God!'
II. rose and stretcdied himself t his
full height, like one relieved .'rom tome
"And now, my ehl," he said, cheer
ily, 47ou may give ma some of the pork
and beans you spoke of, they're mighty
warming on anight like this."
Jennie sprang up wffch a pleased
alac-'ity, and having placed a bountiful
portion upon the table, drew a chair be
si !e it. .
"I can't see why father don't comci"
.-ha said anxiously. A curious cxpri s
;ion flitied act oss the man's face, which
'she did not notice.
"Don't you fret, child,'' he said,
"the snow's driftiigso that 'twould be
nothing strange if they had to ttop all
niht at son.c- housa along tho road.
But never you mind ! Til do the chores
fr you-youve got tho cattle and !
things to see after, I reckon and then
I'll bring in some moro logs for tha
' How kind
you are, sir 1
k you a
"Thank me yourself, child 1 Pmnot
doing it for your father. It's long since
anybody had cau'Q to thank mo, and
tho sound is sweet.'
Ho opened the door and went out
through the blinding snow. Returning
a half -hour later, he replenished the
fire, raking the coals, together till a red
blaza mounted high ia tho great chim- !
ney. Then catching up Tony in his
night gown, ha mide" him lau jh with a
story before being carried oil to bed.
"Your folks can't possibly get home
tonight," he said, when Jennie reap
peared, having left her littlo charge
quietly sleeping. It storms hardei
every minute. But they'll bo along
bright and early in the morning, so
don'tyou mind, but go and lie down
with tho boy, and TU camp hero in
front of the fire."
"But you won't bo comfortable, sir."
Oace more the pecu'iar expression
flitted across the man's face.
"Comfortable! I'll get the sweetest
rest I've had for many a long night I"
Janme did as she wa3 bidden. She
threw herself, still dressed, on the
couch beside har little brother. It was
long before she fclept, for as tho storm
beat against the window panes, she
cculd not repress a sharp anxiety for the
safety of those she loved.
"What should I have dono if this man
had not come?" she thought. "He may
be odd, but he is very, very kind.'
She lost consciousness at last, and
when she awoke the storm was over,
and the -sunshine streamed in at the
eastern win low. As she sprang up,
hardly able to collect the scattered
memories of the previous eight, the
sound of distant bells came to her ears.
"They are coming I" the cried, joy
fully. Hastily she opened the door of
the living-room. It was empty, and the
fire smouldered low on tha hearth. Her
strange guest had gone suddenly and
unannounced as ho had come.
"He didn't wait to see lather, and ho
had no breakfast," mcurned poor Jen
nie. "What n.ust he havo thought of
me to sleep so l .te as this?"
She ran to the out?r door just as her
father's sleigh camo in si.,ht the stout
horses strolling bravely through the
heavy dii.ts. A cheerful hallo rang
cut, answirel by her own clear, joyful
to.es. The sleigh reached tha door,
and in a moment Jennie was ia her fath
"My poor littlo girl! You are safe.
I was afraid hasn't anybody been
"Oh yes; we havan't bcea lonesome,
either, have wc, Tony? A man cama
ha had been caught in the storm and
ha was so good! He fed the cattle and
made tho fire, ' lut only think! I
slept so long that ha went away without
"Yci he only robbed me of my
money, I suppose, and spared you.
"Well, I'm think ful for that."
"Robbad ytu fuller 1 Why, ho was
a good man. He played with Tony and
did all tho chores."
John Harmon nicked un a scran of
paper on tho table, on which was
scrawled, "Gaod-by, littlo girl ; don't
tell your father that anybody came, and
always be good to those that aint good
"That proves it,'' ha said. "I saw
that man watching m, yesterday, when
we went over the brook, and he must
have cut down that tree to prevent our
getting back h'.st niht. He did it to
r.)b roe." John Harmon rushed out of
the room, Lut quickly returned, in a
stats of excitement and astonishment.
"Why," he said, "he hasn't taken it,
Of course, they never could know the
whole story, but they gucsod a part of
it. The farmer had in his house a con
siderable sum of money .vhich ho was
soon to p y toward clearing the mort
gage from his farm. Tho strange vis
itor mut hive known this fact. He
certainly watched John Harmon and
Steve as they went away from home.
Probably ho cut down the tree of which
Jennie's father had spoken, in crder to
delay hi3 return until ha had time, to
get well away. Than he had come to
the house, not became he was caught in
the storm, but .because he had soma
plan, which no One doubted was rob
bery. John Harmon always balicved that it
was Jennie's innocent fearlessness and
perfect trust in the rough man that
changed his mh.d, and saved him from
the loss of his money. Youth's Com
panion. She Had Him.
"ine nappiest moment oi a man's
life" he said tenderly, "is when he
knows that he has won a girl's heart."
"Is it?" she shyly asked.
"Yes,'' ho replied: "now tell me
what is the happiest moment in
She blushed and hung her head.
Tell me," he whispered.
. "You won't think ma too bold?"'
"When she's asked to name the day."
A QfT7C THARMPR
rLLi jlULUl Lil.
An American Girl Who Handles
Big Reptiles For a Living.
An Employment Which Re
quires Considerable Nerve.
Alna Don Janata, the snake charmer.
13 a New York girl, Ida Jeffreys, off
the stage. The followiag extract con-
cainifg her peculiar employment, is
from an interpreter with a New York
The fat men and the loan men logged
back tho red boxes to their resting
place, set them down with much rever
ence and caro in front of a roaring fire
and then hurried away. Miss J.-ffreys
opened the boxes and took off the dainty
white merino blankets and gray wolt
robes that wrapped up the snakes. She
lifted them u-, fondled them and
handed tham over for inspection as she
"How did I become a snake charm
er?" she repaated. "Why, that isn't
oay to tell. I have always liked snakes.
I was born in New York, and this city
has always been my home. I used to
love to watch tho snakes in their glass
cage in Central Park when I was a little
girl. They always had a fascination for
me. I didn't want to pet them, you
know I don't sec how any sane person
can care to do that but I liked to be
nroun i them and watch them. My pao
pie aie in the show budness, and whan I
grew up I went to work a3 a high-wire
performer ia tho circus. I saw the fa
mous Dama Ajanta, the Hindoo girl
wno cuarmeJ snakes ncro some years
ago. Sht was tall and li'he and almost
as slender as a snake. While perform
ing with her pets she almost seemed to
be a snake. She mcv-d and acted lik
one. Seeing her r.ct started me thins -
iag why an American girl couldn't do
something in that way. I made up my
mind not to imitate her, but to get up a
snake act of my own. Ia the fall of
1878 I bought four little anacondas
they were only six feet long each and
began to pr etiso with them. I got
them used to having me arcund and to
Lcia handled. Didn't it feel creepy
at firsi ? Yes. a littl . I suppose, but
I've nearly forgottei about that now.
When thev were Quite accu-ttomcd to
being handled I began to twine them
arouad myse f. Did I charm them?
No I don't take any stock ia the the
ories of so-called snako charters. I
find that ycu can get along very nicely
with snakes by ma rely handling thorn
ntly. You ruu tn't make any sudden
racv. mints win. re they can sec you, but
let your hands glide r-ther than go
quickly towards them. If you always
remember that and never lose your
presence of mind, you can handle snakes
"Many -people believe that the snakc3
arc drugged before being handled ia
the circus. That i3 not so. Thoy arc
quite a3 lively as ever, as you can see."
So saying, Miss Jeffrey handed her vis
itor a long, plump boa constrictor. The
young man felt pale, Lut pretended to
like the spoit The sensation was much
like that you enj y when a proud young
mother hands you a three-wesks-old
baby and asks you if you don't thiak
the dear little boy is qnitc heavy ior his
age. Boa constrictors and babies are eo
uncertain. Mi. taking the young man's
hollow, mocking smi e for a sign of
real joy, Miss Jiffnys put a forty-pound
anaonda into his leit hand. He vras a
cold, clammy cuss and wriggled unceas
ingly. The 5-nakes. eyed each other
liko roosters who want fight, and tha
young man handed them back very sul
denly, " It's simple enough, you see," said
Miss Jeffreys. "You just take hold of
them boldly and you'll get along very
nicely with snakc3. I don't use rattle
snakes or cobras, because they are
poisonous. It's bad enough to risk
being hugged to death without running
the chance of being poisoned. Tho
anacondas and pythois grow very fast.
That long anr.conda measures fully
fourteen feet. Ha was only six feet
long when I got him in 1883. How
often do they feed? About once ia
three weeks I feed the snakes in this
box. Three eat chickens, two eat rab
bits, one eats pigeons, and two eat
guinea pigs. I have to experiment with
them till I fiad out their taste. That
never changes. Of course, they tako
their food alive. The snakes in that
other box are a scrub lot. They come
from the South Americai coast. They
are roughly handled on their way north,
and most of them refuse to feed. They
simply pine away and die in a year or
so. The good feeders were born and
raised in Central Park under the care of
"Oh, yes, I get bitten once in a while.
You see my hands are full of little scar.
They are from python and and anaconda
teeth mostly. That tig one on the mid
dle knuckle of the second finger on my
right hand was made by a 14-foot
python who weighed 100 pounds. I
was feeding my snakes a few months
ago, and tho big python, in darting
after a chicken that was getting away,
accidently closed his jaws on my hanu.
In an instant he had two coils around
my arm and was just f bout to crash mo
to death. I didn't want anybody to
kill him, for ho was worth $175, and,
of course, I was afraid of being killed,
and I felt very uncomfortable. Old
John Fulton picked up a drum-stick
from the band stand and pried open tho
python's mouth. That rattled him and
he let go. .I've hal otner narrow es
capes, but they're rather tiresomo to
tell about. Do you know we have to bo
very careful ia han'dling snakes that
have just been fed ? They swallow their
pigs or chickens without chewing them,
and if they are handled within a few
days after dinner tho lfees are apt to
como ihrough the skin and kill Mr.
Snake. They are very dolicatc, pout
things, ia spite of their great strength."
Undo Sam's Conscience Fund.
A letter signed with initials and
mailed at the Washington Post-office
was received the other day at tha Post
Offica Department. The writer en
closed a two-cent 6tamp, with the fol
lowing explanatory remark for the ben
fit of the Postmaster-General:
'I received a letter through your offica
yesterday ; the cancelling stamp failed
to cancel the 6tamp. I tore tho stamp
off and uied it. Now my conscienca
has got the best of me. You will please
find enclosed a two-cent stamp to go to
the "Conscience Fund."
As it was not money tho stamp was
not sent to the Trea ury Department,
where there is a specid fund for tho
benefit of those who aro overcome by
the pangs of conscienca. The letter
was scat on tho official round and as
much ink and good paper was consumed
in recording its reception ia the depart
ment and its final di-position as if it had
been $10,000, instead of a sickly two
cent stamp. It was first of all recorded
in tho book of letters received in the
Postmaster-General's office, and was
then sent, as endorsed by the chief
clerk, to tho Third Assistant
Postmaster-Gen erab When it reached
tho latter office it was referred
by the Third Assistant Postmaster
Ganeral to the Finance Divisioa. An -other
record was made in tho book of
the office of letters received and jacket
ed. Then it found its way to tho fin
al ce division. The chief of that divis
ion pasted tho stamp on tha letter,drew
two crossraarks through the stamp with
his pen and marked under it the word
"car. c-lied," and signed his name. This
operation was witnessed by a cleric wno
flixed his name as witness, and then
thletter having reached the end of its
red tape journey was duly and properly
deposited ia the files,- where it will re
main as an evidenca to future genera
tions that this petit larccnv upon the
government was regularly and officially
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atoned for. In case the citizen whose
conscience was disturbed whdiis to es
tablish the fact that he has made resti
tution he can refer to the document3 in
the case which tho postoffiaa depart
ment will kindly prcsarvc for him with
out charge. Washington Star.
How a Horsehair Becomes a Snake.
Dr. Page asked us if we didn't want
to see a horsehair that had turned to a
snake. We did, and he drew a bottle
from his pocket, filled with water, in
which was wdiat appeared to bo a dim- j
inutive snake, five or six inches long, J
Avrithing and twisting, as if anxious to j
escape from the bottle. When put ia j
the bottle it was nothing more than a
hair from a horse's tail. D. Mathews
6ays the hair docs not undergo change,
but that invisible animalcules that gen -crate
ia the water collect on the hair
and make it twist and squirm after tha
manner of a snake or worm. It is held
by good authority that many of the so
called animalcules hiva bcea shown to
be plant, having locomotive powcri
something like animals; the motion,
however, is not supposed to be volur -tary.
But the horsehair makes a firot
class snake all tho same. Hartwell
The Ages of Criminals,
Most criminals are young. It 13 scl-
dom that a grave crinc, provided it bo the feet. The body wis taken i:n
the firsd, is committed after the age of j mediately after death and placed on a
thirty.- A careful statistician has pivot, to move as it might. Alter some
proved that of the entire population of
England and Wabs tha largoit propor
tion of criminals is found between tho '
agC3 of twenty and twenty -fiv-.. Fiva j
times as many crimes are committed, in
the five years between these limits as ia
the ten years between the aC3 of fifty
and sixty. Dividing the whole popula
tion into groups of those from ten years
to fifteen, from fi teen to twenty,
from twenty to twenty-five, from
twenty-five to thirty, from thirty to
forty, forty to fifty, and from fifty to
sixty, it is found that from the age of
twenty the tendency to crime decreases
at each successive term thirty-threa per
cent, ia the caso of women, and twenty
five per cent, ia the case of men.
A Blowing Well.
Looxahoma, Mis3. , has a blowing
well over which tho people there aro
very much interested. It is 120 feet
deap and five and one-half inches in
diameter, and ju3t b.-fore a rain it
emits a current air that carries tho
sound of a harmonica 300 yards.
Chr;Yilb (T n.) Chronicle,
After the Battle.
It was after the din of the battle
Had ceased, in the silence and gloon:,
When hushed was the musketry's rattle,
And quiet the cannon's deep boom.
The smoke cf the conflict had lifted,
And drifted away from the sun,
While the soft crimson light, slowly fading
Flashed back from each motionless sun.
The tremulous notes of a bugle
Rang out on the clear au umn air,
And the echoes caught back from the moun
tains Faint whispers, like breathings of prayer.
The arrows of sunlight that slanted
Through the trees touched a brow white as
On the bloody sod lying, 'mil the dead and
- fh(f drinir.
And it flushed in the last parting glow.
The dark, crimson tide slowly ebbing
Stained red the light jacket of gray;
But another in blue sadly knelt by his side
And watched the life passi ig away.
Said the jacket in gray, "I've a brother
Joe Turner he lives up in Maine. : - ;
Give him these and say my last messago
Was forgiveness" Here a low mom of
Checked his voice. Then "You'll do me
For ycu shot me" and his whispers sank
Said tho jacket in blue, "Brother Charlie,
There's no need I'm your brother I'm
V. Stuart Mosby.
A taking fellow The photographer.
An international Bill William K.
A waterfall knows how to do tho
Professional decorators Prize
Teacher In what battle was General
Blank killed? Bright Boy His last
A wcm'an tieats a man like atclcscope
when she draw3 him out, looks hiin
through and then shuts him up.
An old woman may be an incorrigi
ble gossip, but when you come right
down to facts the peacock is the great
est tail-bearer cf all.
"Pa," said Bcrtio the other day,
"why do they call a ship she?' "
cause, my son, she is always
lookout for soma of the buys."
A worn-out society belle is liko old
maple sugir. I. has a , cert di kind of
sweetness, but has to ba laid on tho
shelf when the new crop comes out.
"I say, Bill," said one London street
urchia to another, on seeing a dudo pass
by, "that feller looks as if 'is 'cad had
been fitted to 'is 'at, not 'is 'at to 'is
Mother And do you really feel so
very bad, Bobbie? Bobby Yes, ma,
I ain't quite sick enough to need any
medicine, but I'm a little bit too sick
to go to schooL
A city girl, writing to her cousin in
the country, sai I she thought it might
be nice enough on a farm in the summer
time, but she didn't imagine it was very
pleasant in the winter, when they had
to harvest the winter wheat and pick
tho winter appld.
First Club Man (heatedly) All I
have to say is that I consider you a
Second Ditto (coolly) If that wero
the case I could take the first priza at
the dog show, and that's moro than you
can say. Fir&tlla How so? S.coad
Ditto You lack tha n.ccisary pa ligrce
The gloomy winter's course is run,
Up from the earth the daises peep,
The base ball season has begun,
The umpire's wife and children weep!
Sleeping With the Head to the North.
The belief that human beings should
sleep with their heads to the north is
said to havo its foundation in a scientific
fact. The French Academy of Scioncas
has made experiments upon tha holy of
a guillotined man, which go to prova
that each human system is in it3clf an
electric battery, one electrode being
represented by the head, the other by
j vacillation tho head portion turned
toward the north, tho body then re
maining stationary. One of tho pro
fessors turned it way around, but it soon
regained its original 'position, and the
same result was repeatedly obtained
until organic movement finally ceased,
The Curious Little Seahorse.
The seahorse is a curious little ciei
ture. It is not an animal, but a fish.
It is bony, has tufted gills and belongs
to the pike family. It grow3 from six
to eight inches long. The snout is pro
longed and tha head elevated pos
teriorly, very much resembling the head
f a horse, the cars being represented
ay a spiny coronet on the occiput. Tho
tail is long and whiplikc and without a
fin. It is with the tail th'.t the fish sus
pend themselves to seaweeds and other
submarine objects. The eyes are romi
nent and can bo moved independently
of each other and in opposite directions.
In swimming these fish always assume
an upright position. Forest and
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