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Wejftif not the sweetness of rest
I'iitrTwu have sbivcroj with pain,
June's roses cci in all Ihu more fulr
After Winter' cold darkness anil rain.
We know not the jewel to prize
L'ntil we have counted the cost -W
know not Imw deeply we lev
I'ntll tlic loved we have lust.
We know nut Imw dear wan that form,
Till stilled by the ravishing breath.
We know not how sweet was Hint voi c
1'ntll It I- sill lit ill dentil.
Life's sunshine seems all the more bright.
When shadows its splendor haveeronnl -Wc
know not Imw ilieply we line
L'lilil the In c, we liuve lost.
New York Advertiser.
A GENUINE HERO.
A sky of op:il ami gold, a deep trel
liscd veranda, a n jvoI, and a hamuim k
lung at t lio moil comfortable of
pilules. Willi these conditions it was
scarcely st i ango that I lali-yon llai-ifurd
swayed delightfully between droani
laml ami llio real w irld that .lime
afternoon, wild llio fleecy gold of her
I nir, nil guiltless of pin or eomb, ami
llio bell sleeves, falling euchiiiiliugly
away from her mum! while arms,
while ono dim slippered foot hint,'
from tho edge of llio hammock.
"Halcyon I Halcyon! Where arc
It wa one of thoso exasperating
voices which, once having been sweof,
had now a vilir.nit j.tr to its tone,
painfully akin to shrillness.
Halcyon frowned a little and raited
herself on one elbow.
"Oli, Aunt IIul, don't scream so!
I was jn't in null it i to in of de
"Weil, you should have answered,
Aunt Hal came out of the will'',
ihady hull wilh an cllu-ivc swing of
her tlrapci ie-i, ami seated herself in a
bamboo chair close to the hammock.
.She was c linically liko her niece
At lef-t , as much as a woman of M
could be liko a maid of 18. Tin-re
wa the Fame yellow luxui i nice of
hair, but harsher, drier and suggestive
Of dye ; (lie tunic pink and whin; com
plexion, ariiiically heightened; simi
lar feature, cruelly sharpened by ihe
inexorable 1 1 it ml of time, nud lee;h
jiiKt out- degree loo white and regular
to bo rca'.
The while dress she wore was pain
ftilly Irving, and sho was compelled
to use gold-rimmed eye-glass; a she
hold up a letter to the view of her
"What has Imp ) enod ? ' drowsily
demanded tlic latter, lifting a pair of
blue ryes, fringed with dark iashet.
"The strangest thin-,'!''
"Another ollor of marriage?" haz
in d -d Halcyon, Fettling on I lie unlike-Ik-st
thing which could, in her opinion,
"How did you guess?-' w till a little
exnlti.nt racklo. "Exactly. Tie
dear, fooll h lad am! ho so inucli
younger ihau I! Why, he couldn't
have I o u 21 when he went to ISoiu
bay, and I was at least :I0 then "
"Thirty-live, Aunt Hal,'' said Hal
cyon, tin- mercilesK.
'Was it as inueb as thai? Well, ho
foenied desperately in love, then;
though of course I never look any
notice of tho child. Hut I suppose in
that country of blackamoors one can't
help thinking about all (he women ono
has ever known at home; and he has
wrilien mo two or three loiters ''
Halcyon hat straight up In tho ham
mock it iw. Her blue ryes glowed.
The le al had brought a flush to her
check which nil Aunt Hat's cat mine
saucers could not rival.
'Hut I never told you," mill ihe
cldor beauty, "became I icmcmhcrcd
that there was a sort of boy and girl
affair between you and Charlie II e
fOti, when you were at boarding
school, and 1 thought you would be
net I led. And here's tho proposal a1
last, deer with bit, photograph cu-
"I. el me see iu"
What a bruve, good face it was
slightly older ami sterner than she
hud looked upon when the Avaiicanian
sailed away three years ago, but yel
so strong and iiiunly !
She laughed hysterically.
"Shall ) u accept him?"
Aunt Hal nibbled coiue(lishly atlhn
edgo of tho envelope; thj now false
teeth gleamed in u smile.
"I think ! shall !"
"And you fouiteen years older than
"People don't think about such
things us they used to," reasoned Mis
Hartford tho elder, "Eros is iminor
tal, you know."
Halcyon sank back into tho hum
mock and reopened her book.
"You must do us you please, of
course," said she. "After that (pulia
tion about Eros, 1 have not a suggos
.tion to offer."
"Jealous, poor darling!" thought
Am Hal, with a thrill of pity. And
"Well, of course one can't help
those things happening to one, mid
your lime will come soon, dear, never
"It's a good thing," she added lo
herclf, "sho does not know any
thing about dear old Jiulgo Floetroy.
There's a dillorcucc in age, if you
plea-e, and I lie old pet is so infatu
ated about luc ! Ail old man's darl
1 ig or a young man's slave which?"
While Halcyon thought ou her
"The xilly goose ! He has done it
now! IIu has lien making lovo to
Aunt Hal, thinking bo was courting
me. Oh, I thought lie knew her name
was tho samo as mine. Ilidn't fchu
stand godmother to mo at St. t'hrysu
liue's and give me a coral and bells
anil an embroidered chrixlcuing robe?
And now he has actually proposed lo
her! Well, if he h ihe man I tako
him lo be, he'll stand by his colors,
com him whai it may. A man who
could walk up to the cannon's mouth
at Itey-Idoiiiia surely won't shrink,
even from Aunt II. il. And I'd rather
know that he was a trim hero tb-ihail
have a poltroon for my hutband '''
And Halcyon turned her face tow
ard I in: pillow, and cried great spark
ling tears like dewdrops.
"Sj you'ie back again, Lieutenant ?
I!eg pnrdou, I'd orler said Colonel, 1
do suppose," said tho old cab driver
al the Million, whom Charlie Itlesson
bad remembered ever incc he was a
child. "Well, I declare, I shouldn't
hardly havi-knowi'd ye! And conic
home lo be married, eh?"
Wesson hit his lips, ,;li ho laughed
carelessly. donas Hopper was a
privileged individual, like tho court
jesters of old.
How did you know, Hopper?"
"Oh, I tin ii no. Miss Hartford, she's
been geltiu' ready to be married, this
j long lime," said donas, hoisting the
Colo. :'s luggage mi Ihe buck of the
wagon. "And dressmakers and mil
j liners they will talk, you know,
' though I'm told Mi Hal look great
j pains to hide i'."
"Hid she?-' (Aside; "The dar
I "Am! a line woman she is. Colonel,"
tllicioiisly lidded .louas, na he pushed
I in the last irou-c'amped trunk. "A
j very line uviuan, coiisi'lci in' her age.
I wonder she ain't married long
Col. Wesson oprurd bis sleepy black
"Why, man, who in the world are
you talking nboiil ?"
"Why, Miss Hal Hartford, 10 bo
"Miss Halcyon or Mi-s llailiaua:'"
"Thcic ni n't no Mi-s llailiaua,"
raid Jonas, Tiiey'ie bu:h the saiiu
name; but we call -In) aunt Miss Ha
and tho niece Miss II ilcymi. My
daughter flic's lady's maid there, and
I I'd orlur know, if any one does.''
"And which of llicin is il that is
going to get married .'" brcaihlcs.ly
"Whv, tin; old 'mi, iu course! I!cg
pardon! ' hurriedly added Jonas. "I
mean Miss Hal. Tolly ihe tells me
thcro are iwenty-fotir dill'eicnl gowns
ordered, let alone llm jackets and
parasols and ten-button kid glow lit
lo make .-our hair stand ou end."
And Miss Halcyon tho young
iudy," cried Ihe Colonel "she is en
-Nut a any one knows ou. Thai
ail, Col mel ? CjI your leb soopo bag?
Then we'd belter bo moviii.' "
Col. Wesson pondered seriously all
the way up lo Hartford Cedars, ob
livious of Jonas' s iiice-suii stream of
talk. Could il bo possible? No, that
was utter nonsense! And yel
He strained his ejes as he ap
proached lh house. Surely golden
haired Halcyon would be there, smil
ing, to meet him !
Hut no. In her place stood a middle-aged
charmer, rougcit and pow
dered, widi hair gleaming meretri
ciously, and leeth just a size too largo
for a tliin-iippeil mouth.
In one bund she held bis love-
breathing letter, in the other hi pho
tograph Ami during that second his
heart sank like lead.
Ho did not know ah, bow much
more dilliriilt would it have been to
bear bud In known! that Halcyon
Hartford's eyes were surreptitiously
watching him from the h uieysurkle
gailanded casement beyond.
Dear Charles," the, clilcrly damsel
said, "you are here at lust."
He set bis ttcth, drew ono long
breath, and allowed her to slip a ca
ressing baud through bis arm and
lead him into the bouse, muttering
some hoarse acknowledgement of her
"1'vo brought this upon myself,'
he thought, "and 1 must endure.it.
Tho lady is not to blame no, she is
not to blame."
"Ho is a hero," Halcyon thought
"yes, a hero."
Ajid then she burst into a passion
of (ears and ran upstairs to hor own
"Hut now I've got you fairly hcre,'
lisped Aunt Hal, more determinedly
youthful than ever, "I'm really
afraid, dearest Charles, that there's a
great disappoint incut in storo for
The young man had sat down iu a
rather listless manner. Aunt Hal
held on to his hand, still all teeth and
"And I may as well tell you at
once," said she, "that I'm engaged to
Judge riuslroy of tho Superior Court.
Of course, if I hud known of your
attachment in lime, there's no say-ing-"
"Oil, pray don't let mo intcrfero
with any existing arrangements," said
Wesson, jumping up eagerly. "I'cr
hups, tinder Ihe circumstances, you
will let me have my photograph
lust then there ciuue a ring ut
the door below as the maid an
nounced: "Judge IK'stroy, mis, if you
Before the slow mid ponderous
sleps of the approaching visitor couiil
reach the room, Aunt Hal had thrust
ihu photograph into Wesson's hand.
'A-hcin-in-iu !" sonorously coughed
the luminary of the Superior Court.
Aunt Hal tripped smilingly forward.
'(.lad tosen you Judge," she cooed.
'This is my old playmate, Col. Wes
son, just arrived from India. 1 da;e
say, Colonel, you'll lind Halcyon
somewhere about the house."
Disposed of in thort order,'' mut
tered Col. Wesson. "Ureal heavens!
what have I dono to deserve such
Two hours afterward the young
lovers sat on Ihe veranda, watching tho
evening star liso over the bills, vthilo
Ihe Judge's basso profundi) voice still
rolled in the sitting r.iom like distant
"Hut wan't il a narrow escape?"
gasped Ihe young Colonel, holding tho
girl's slim hands iu his.
"Would you really have married
her?" Halcyon nBkcd.
"As a gentleman there was no
ecapo for me under the circuui
slances." "Hut would you really have married
"Yes, I would!" with sternly set
teeth ami knitted brows.
'Then I'll marry you, Col. Wos
son," whispered Halcyon, because
you arc a genuine hero, and because,''
v. ilh an arch glance, "I really think
you need a wife lo lake charge of
"After Ihe episode of today," laid
Col. Wesson, "I really think I do."
Needle ami III re ail riant.
That there are more wonders on ihe
earth, in the sea, "henca'h the earth,"
and in the sky above it than ever
Horatio imagined i a well known
fact which that worthy's must ardent
admirers will not attempt lo deny.'
Take, for instance, (he famous ncedlc
a ud-thread tree. Imagine such a
luxury and the delights of going out
lo your tree and plucking a iierdlo
tin ended all ready for use! Odd us il
may seem to us, there is, on tho Mexi
can plains, jttit such a forost growth.'
Tho "irco'' may not exactly be a
tree in the trno semo of (he word,
partaking as il does more of the
nature and characteristics of a gigan
tic species of asparagu. It bus largo,
thick, lleshy leaves, such as would re
mind one of the cactus, especially of
ihe ono jopularly known at tho
Tho needles" of the nccdle-aiid-i
bread tree arc set along the edges of
these (hick, ll-shy leaves. In order to
obtain one fully equipped for sewing
it is only necessary to push the needle
gently backward into lh' llcshy sheath
(this to loosen il from (he lough out.
side covering of the leaf), and then
pull il gently from tho socket. If this
operation is properly carried t ut one
hundred or more Hue fibres adhere to
the thorn like so many spider webs.
Hy twisting the "needle" during the
drawing operation the (bread can be
made of uny length desired. The
action of Ihe air on the li bios tough,
ens them amazingly, a thread front it
not larger than common No. 40 being
capable of sustaining a weight of live
pounds, about three limes the (ensilo
strength ot common "six-cord" spool
cotton. New York Journal.
The American Sunday-school I'nion
siuco ii organization bus established
A III T.
O.ir Daisy lay down
In her whltii iiiKhtU'iwn.
Ami l.iseil im- again ami a;;:iia
On forehead and cheek,
Uu Hps that would speak,
Iltit found themselves shut to their gslll,
Then foolish, absurd,
To utter a word,
1 asked her the ju-s t i on nM
That w ife ami that lover
Asked over iiuii over.
As if tin y were surer when told.
There, eloc at her sl'h ,
"I'o you love me?" I "ried;
Blip lifted her nohh u-cro neil head,
A puzzled surprise
Shone in In r gray eyes
'Whv, that's why I kiss on." she said.
Sew York .Mail and Hxprcss.
iiMiniui. was a it i: ; i it num.
D.illodil belonged lo a lady iu Bos
ton, and perhaps was one of the most
remarkable parrots on record. Sho
lived to bo twenty-three years old, and
her loug life had made her very know
iug. She joinod every Sunday morning in
family prayers, always occupying the
same place, and when (he bell rang
for church she would cry out lo her
mistress: Mini any money to put in
The servant in cleaning the room
one morning iu a spirit of curiosity,
lifted ihe boot of a visitor from the
Door, for examination, when llallodil
cried out: "Drop ihal!" The maid
believing the parrot lo be some mys
terious spirit, ran out of the room,
and was always afraid lo enter it afti,
This same parrot would order the lire
to be made, tell how to proceed with
paper and wood, and like an over
seer, watch (he performance until it
You will not be surpri-td lh.it sho
was the wonder of the neighborhood,
iu fact, people came from far and
near lo see her, and particularly to
hear her sing. She was greatly
missed when she died, six years ago.
Two tjt'i i u i i:t i:s.
The tallow-tree is a native of liina.
Some species are also found in iho
I'. isl Indies. Il is of about the height
and appearance of the pear tree, tho
leaves resembling; those of the poplar.
The blossom is yellow, but the singu
larity of the ti co is the fruit, which is
inclosed in a husk, like that of the
chcslnut. When ihe tree is ripe the
husk opens of iUelf, sli ming threo
white grains, (ho sijof a li.beit.
Theso grains contain the vegetable
tallow so useful to the Chinese.
The grains are flushed, boiled and
afterward mixed with vegetable oil
and wax. S i prepared they make the
best candles-, burning a' st without
smoke and quite free from smell. In
China these tree's aru cultivated iu ex
leusivo plains, planted in regular
order. The leaves incline to red, and
Ihe blossoms being ycl.ow the trees
aro beautiful objects in a Chinoso
laiiilscipe, a grove of them having t he
appearance of a flower garden.
Tlie tree has of lute years been in
troduced into North America, and is
cultivated about ( harleston and Savan
nah. It is also admired in this region
for its "remarkable appearance at the
approach of winter." The leaves be
come a brilliant red, and the fruit
husks falling oil" the while seeds re
main suspended lo their stem by slen
Another curious tree which grows
wild in China, in well as Japan, pro
duces the beautiful black Japan varnish
so much admired iu Japanese produc
tions of art.
The varnish is mado from the green
of the tree, which is gathered much
in the same way maple-sap is got
from the maple tree. About Ihe mid
dle of the summer a number of labor
ers proci'i-d to tho plantations of these
trees, each man furnished with a knife
and a great number of hollow shells,
larger than oyster shells. In the bark
of each treo Ihey make many incisions,
about two inches iu length, and under
each incision Ihey force iu the edge
of (be shell, which easily penetrates
the soft bark.
This operation is performed in the
evening, as iho varnish only flows at
night. The next morning Ihey scrape
ou( carefully the shells, which are
nearly tilled with varnish. The next
evening the shells are replaced and
the varnish again collected in the
mornings This process is repealed
through tho summer or until tho var
nish ceases to flow. It is computed
that fifty trees, which can be attended
by a singlo workman, will yiold a
pound of varnish each night. .Vow
The extremes of temperature on tho
Sahara Deserl in e such while the
day may be oppressively hot at night
it is freezing eld
Curious Customs That Date From
a Remote Antiquity.
A Woman Mediator Brings
Tho choice of a bride in some parts
of Kussia is still accompanied with
many ilifliculiies. The customs which
arc observed rigorously by the fami
lies of tl.c lower cla-ses would eeilnin
ly emburias an American swain, or
indire itly create a largo number of
young "Lochinvars of the West."
"Iu alinosl all IJussia,'' says a recent
pvuo of ' I.'Italie-," marriages arc
brought about by meal's of a woman
iucdiator,noivn as the 'Svakha.' As
soon as tlic choice i mad'; the Svakha
puts on her best -bib and tucker' and
proceeds to the home of the future
bride. She makes her entrance
in as digniliod a fashion as
possible, salute tho ikons and
begins to speak of various things
which seemingly havo little r dation t"
marriage. She says, for instance:
Whero there is no snow, it is dillictilt
to follow tracks; but today snow has
fallen and it is eisy to lind tho way to
a marriuooable maiden.' :', she may
say: 'A white swan ha escaped
from the house; is it possible tlittt it
fled lo you?' Il depends upon the
answers of the parents i l' tho young
girl whether the mediator becomes
more specific and speaks lo ihe point,
or withdraws from the place. If tho
negotiations end de-drably, tho suitor
takes courage to visit the young girl,
to Lecoim; hitter v. rq uu in led with her
and her surrounding.
"In some proviie ' , for in-t.tuco,
in Ihe ( ioveriuuont of Vulagdu, thi.s
visit of examination on iho pint of
(lie suitor becom-' an elaborate cere
mony. The family of Ihe hi ijogrootn,
under the leadership of the mediator, ;
proeeod lo tie! house of the bride.
The mediator, without much ado, j
commands Ihe bride to spin. If the j
visitors are sati-li m with the talent of ;
the girl for weaving, tin y ask her to j
walk about the room to s. e whether !
she limps. The prospective, or rather !
possible, brido and groom, aro then j
placed side by side to see whether
they are mated as lo height. If one
of the young persons happens to fall
short of the proper length of body
there is always great hilarity among
the members of the two families.
"In almost all the -o-i'iiUcil (reat
llussia,' the surrender of the brido as
Eiimines, iu a way, the character of a
sale. Tin; money and obj-cls of
various kiild?: w hich ihe groom intends
lo present lo iho parents of ihe girl
ure the subject of long discussion.
'We can consider the i II' in
closed?' asks, for in-lauce, the father
of the suitor.
" 'I am agreed,' comes the answer.
' How much v ill you give me in
' 'l-'if te-n rouble-,'
' That is no money at a'!. I re
ceived twenty rouble when my oldest
daughter was married, ami then limes
"'I shall add a fur iiuntie,' comes
' 'Keep your mantle. My daughter
'Thin 1 ho conversation proceed
until the marriage term are -ettled.
Hut the ciisOuis at the marriage are
equally queer. A few days before
the wedding the bride is taken lo j
bathe by her friends and companions, i
The soap used ut the lime is a present
from the bridegroom. The bathing '
eponge, through which ribbons are I
passed, is carried on a long p le iu
front of the bride. The young woman
sings as the procession advances. The
platform of the bathing hou-e i
sprinkled with beer. It depends upon
Ihe odor from the beer whether Ibe
groom is to be a henpecked husband or
not. As soon as Ihe In idal procession
'enters Ihe church ou the day of tic
wedding, the bride and bridegroom
start down the aisle in a mad race.
There is a trulitio.i that whichever
one places the fool lii si ou the doth
in front of the altar is to be master in '
the house. j
"Among other (hinga, thr-ie are '
queer customs al llio Welding dinner.
When Iho wine is pissed around, each I
guest tastes the beverage and cries out !
that it is biltc r. That is the sign: 1
for llio newly married couple to cm
brace one another. In soims govern
ments, the young wife is obliged to
puiloiriicr husband's boots iu the
prcsenco of the guests as proof that
ho is master. A whip placed there
purposely falls from the boot and
the husband strikes Iho wife with it
threo times-. After this greeting he
kitses her. 'Iho Kuasiatt peasant
aluM his wife for her economical
The mercury mines of Almuden, iu
Spain, ure at a short diotunce from tho
town of that name, follow ing the val
ley in a northerly direction. The
veins of the precious met nl arc dis
seminated a little haphazard, but Ihoso
at present in working form altogether
a zone Kretching for a length of from
ICO to 170 moire", and which U only
from 10 to l'J metres wide. Tlic
dcjiih'of the bed is still unknown, for
the reason that when a vein is ex
hausted the depth of the well is in
creased in oidcr to reach a new vein.
Hetwc ii tho dlllorent workable veins
(here arc beds of ores and rocks of
difleieiit kinds; the average thickness
of the unworkable beds varies between
10 and li" metres.
A curious featuro is that the fur
ther tho distance gone, the quality of
mercury improves and the quantity
increases. In the tenth and eleventh
gallery (the deepest) Ihe mercury
runs, so (o speak, from the rock as
resin exudes from the trees: it can be
gathered in small skin receptacles.
The rock varies in color, ai.d passes
from black lo brilliant red; (he nunc
the color approaches red, the more (he
quantity of mercury increases. Very
often mercury is present under I In
form of cinnabar or sulphur. The
pit'! at present in workin;; number
three. The other old wells have been j
abandoned, and only servo in exeep- j
tional cases. n delivery from Ihe j
pits the ore is smelted in vast fur- 1
iiaces, with enormous cupolas, hetiea-.h j
which a fierce lire is constantly kept j
Distillation is tll'ected through ft j
long uud complete series of tubes, j
formed of thick jar, with a long, ,
narrow neck, titling into each ether. !
Iu the lower portion of these jars there j
exists a kind of small reservoir, whero
tho drops of mercury produced by the j
evaporation of the metal iu a state of
fusion are condensed. These drops j
arc then collected, and, with Iho aid j
of small pipes, stored in large iron j
barrels. A strong and penetrating !
odor, w hich irritates the eye and nos- j
trils, escape from lie- jirs and bar- ;
re Is. i
The production of mercury rea. lies
about .j.l.O'iii to r,o,''i'0 fra'cos per
annum, the fiascos being enormous
bottles of cast iron, which contain four ,
arrobes of about 'Jo pounds each, j
Ivich bottle, which measures twenty- t
two centimetres in height by six in
width, weighs, when li.lcd, about l"o j
pounds. The workmen at present
employed number about L'O'iO. There
arc also a thousand workmen who are
employed out of the mines w ith ma
chinery, furnaces, transports and
other works. ( 'handier of Commerce
I incs( ef Persian CnrnrN.
1 here is now lo be seen iu I.' . inloii
what is declared lo be the finest l'crsian
carpet in the woil l. This is the Holy
Cu pel of the Mosqiio of Ardebi in
Persia a carpet which for size,
beauty, conditio! and authenticated
:."( is said to he iinii vailed by any
kniw ii cxanipl'i. Its dimensions are
:ll feel t inches by 17 feet i. inches.
The ground of the body of the fabric
is of a rich blue, covcre I with a floral
tracery of exquisite delicacy. A centre
medallion of rah: yelliw terminates
ou its outer edge in sisictn minaret
shaped poin s, from which spring
sixteen cartouches, four green, four
red and eight cream, an t from two of
these aro suspended, iu the direction
of the respective etuis of the carpet,
two of the sacred limps of the
mosque. Hut the most interesting
detail is (he pule cream cartouche
placed within the border at the upper
ml of the carpet, bearing an inter
woven iii-criition, which is thus
iranslated: "I have no refugo iu the
world other than thy threshold. My
I. ad has no protection other than thy
porchw.iy. The work of (he slave of
II i . Holy I', ace, Mai.-oud of Kui-han,
,n the year '.' I-. " Now, !'4'J of the
lli-;ira is lo.'ioof o ur era : so that the
e rpet was actually in existence, in the
Mosque of the sacred city of the Suf.
favivan Dynasty, when l,ueen I'.liza
belh sent Anthony Jcnkinsoti on an
embassy lo Shah Tamasp. Carpets
ihu signed and dated are extremely
r. ue nud are historically important,
but a carpel not only dated and
signed, but of uu h sie and beauty as
this, is said to be something unheard
. f before. New York Post.
Old ticntleinaii Where do you
Tramp I lodge where I got
Old Cicntlcniaii Ah! And whero do
you get board?
Tramp Iu a lumber yard. Now
Ten per cent, of the population of
Jiidja are widows.
'ot a word
li.i you stir;
Has jour tbrout
No swei t note
When you go
tin the wing
To aie I fro.'
May be you
lllooia and leaf
I in the vine
In your brier
alls on I hem,
Winded p in.
Not a word
Yon reply 1
i 'll' you My,
) I iiiiiuiing-hird!
".Trail1, 1 1. sherman, in Independent.
There arc two places where it re
quires an effort to keep one's balance
on ihe ice and at the bank.
Mamma And now, Ilddie, can you
tell me what velocity is? Eddie
Ye. That's w hat papa let go of tho
hot plate with today.
He Arc you happy now that you
are married? She Comparatively,
lie Compared with whom? She
Compared with my husband.
Mi-s (i ildini;: I wouldn't marrv
you, sir, if you were as rich as Cm-,
sus. Mr. Ilardrow Well, that's just
the dillerence ; 1 wouldn't mary you if
Attorney sneaky sort of man?
What do you mean, tir? Witness
Well, sorr, he's the sort of mail that'll
never look ye straight in the face until
your back's turned.
Wyncb So poor staggers has
elutilh'd oil' ihe mortal coil. Lynch
No. As I understand it he tried to,
but the boys had tho rope too tirmly
secured around his neck.
.Mary had a little psr.r.
lint not as you suppose
I'. in- ii's iii.i nf eaniue breed ;
The pug is in lo r llo.-c.
Young Smith ( tolling the news (o
his grandmother) Wrinkle, the gro
cer, has busted, tiiaudma La me!
who'd a thought it? He was ono o'
the skinniest, boniest men I ever laid
She (in nfl'i ight ) Oh, Tom, why do
you make such awful faces al mc?
He (contritely ) I can't help it, dear.
My rye-glasses are falling oil' and I
don't want to let go of your hands.
"Browning, dear," said Mrs. Emer
son of Ii.iston to her husband, "what
is a cutaneous pustiuu '.' " "A cutane
ous pa-time, love? I never heard of
such a thing." "Well, I heard two
men on t ho street car talking and one
of them spoke of a l;iu game."
"Literature certainly runs in the
ilteciisinilh family. The two daughters
write poetry (hat nobody will print,
the son writes play that nobody will
act, and the mother writes novels that
nobody will read." "And what docs
the father write;'" "Oh he writes
checks that nobody will cash."
Miirriaire in Japan.
A Japanese wedding iu high life is
a pretty ceremony. Though no vows
arc spoken, nor litis the church nor re
ligion any part iu it, ihe rite is, never
theless, solemn and impressive.
There are ten bridesmaids gayly at
tired in costumes of the "Japs." Two
at a time enter from opposite direc
tions, ami salaam each to the other,
until the entire party has passed in,
each kneeling opposite her companion.
The parents of (he bride and groom
now enter, those of the groom at tho
left, and those of the bride at tho
right, and aro seated near the brides,
maids on cither side.
The bride, attired iu a snowy, li I my
dress and closely veiled, now appear
leaning on the arm of her alli inccd,
while the bridesmaid salaam. The
go-between assisis the hiido 'o a scat
by her parents, and ihe groom to ono
near his. Tea is then served by the
-go-between, three cups being given
the parents of the bride and groom
and to (lie happy couple. Each of
the bridesmaids receive one cup.
The go-between joins the hands of
the bride and groom, and the latter
leads his bride to the front and whig
pers in her car a promise of faithful-ut-ss.
The bride whispers in return,
and Ihey exchango seats to show the
union of tho two families. A simple
repast is now served, and the bridal
party disperses ; the bride and groom
leaving first, then their parents, and
lastly tho bridesmaids, salaaming a
they go. ,
The go-between i generally a friend
of the groom. In courtship she set lice
the question nud arranges and assist
In the marriage ceremony. New