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EDITOU AND PROPRIETOR.
I.orc la not Free.
Love Is not free lo talc, like gun and air,
Xor given away for naught to any otio.
It I no common right for men lo share--I.Ike
all things precious it Is sought anil
So If iinothcr i more loved than you,
Suv not, "It is unjust j" but say : "If she
Han earned more love than I it it her due;
When I deserve more it will eome lo nie."
Bill if your lon-inp he lor love indeed,
I'll I each ytm how to win it a sure way ;
Love nnd he lovely, that I all you nerd,
And what you. wh-li lor will he yours name
-ifUMiu ('ooliile, In Household dim-lnnion.
In one of the great merchant cities
Of Southern (i.'nuii'iy dwell the Lady
Liu, fatherless an I inohorlets daugh
ter of (lie highly revered Itiirgoni.-islcr
I'lOllriilii ini. lieait iuil, rich, Iter
Own indulgent 1 1 1 1 ( 1 1 i :s , sin; could
not waul for aiders, c iiispicuous
uuong whom wvio Ihrco youths un
equally ;ifl v.-il with the gif is of for
hi ne There could bo no question ol
the wealth of Walter, son of Ihe most
Ipulcnt jeweller of Hi'! chy; or of the
overly of Alexis, who seemed to pos
loss not 1 1 1 1 1 but the paper on which
ee was continually inscribing a new
J raft of hi one sonnet, never to be
fluish"d in tins world.
Jlnt of A lelbert's properly men
Only surmised thai it was risked in
idveuturom spcciihi'imis. and that hi.
fortune altoruuiely to ivnl and flagged
like a pitching kite, Perhaps, how
ever, iliise who knew most would
isve marvelled lnt at the expression
of ubsolu e despair which darkened
,i Is eouiileiiiiiire its out) ilny he cropl
nto n sombre thicket of yew, u pistol
in his hand.
It i over!" lie cried. "She has
Attn -oil me to my face! Adieu to the
list hope of repairing my hisses., np
?ini I n 4 my or .blurs, mid withdraw
.ng lh.it. fearful ilepnsil ere tho day of
reckoning, now so Hear al hand! I
tliould .lie of luinie thou; better die
f shot nun !"'
And lio pres.od llio mil..'.) of hi
pis'ol lo his tennile. He was in dim
lamest another moment would have
oeeu bid last when (ho pistol was
(vreiii'bed from liis hand, and a woll
tuoivu voice exclaimed:
' Hold! or at least declare first, for
ihi! into; iiialioii nml, il may be, (ho
lonsoliiiiou of thy f i io.nl , whether Lin
has rejected l bee."
She lias nut, Waller," reurncil
Adelberl. '-Nut tho pang of uiire
ipiiteil love, lull the goad of accusing
uonseieure, chases mo from Ibis ter
raqueous world. Hearken, Walter!
it imports lli-e lo know, for thy in
fieriluucu wid he curtailed by my ini
nrobity. Trusting in the liouor of
ais old friend's si n, thy failier has
tlvuneed inn fiO.OOO ducats upon (lie
lecurity of a sealed packo', whose cou
,tnts I have f.iblod to be family
wels, mysteriously iiiiiu-tod to me.
i)h, Walter, Walter, tho sweepings of
iho streets were precious in compan
ion, Now go and denounce mo to
thy father ;jo and betray m ) to
I am a gentleman," said Walter,
n i 111 v , itnd walked hwiiv, carrying
die pistol with hiin. The wretched
Adeiljci l li in. lined the pley of Idi till
ing thoughts mi il a dismal sound
li i n i lv upon liis ear, and ho 11 'il pre
cipitately a Aexis entered the grove
reciting llio latest version of his son
net. When Walter, on his part, bad quil
led the spot, he was tingling all over
ivilb the glow of a magnanimous ac
tion, or at least profession, which in
its oiled on the inner man is much the
tame thing. Hit had not, however,
proceedi! 1 fareie he encountered a
black ami a white personage, neither
pf whom, indeed, ha 1 quitted him
during his inlet view with Auulhort,
nr any of Us ,u any period, but of
whose presence be then became dis
liuo ly conscious. The black spirit
thought thai .")(, 000 ducats w 1141 great
deal of money, to which hit while
t'omrade assented, bill added that hon
or win peril cily inestimable.
'I In; black spirit h id much to say
About Adelbuit's iniq dty, and the
while al ou: lis lelribiiiioii. The ques
tion of Walter's duly In society win
fully considered from opposito points
of view; uud then the black spirit in
Iro'uccd the Lady Ida, and, by de
picting her in the character of Add
heit's bride, removed (ho debate from
the 1 calm of ratiocination lo the re
gum of sensuous perception, where
liio white spirit was at singular dis.nl
And a the arguments of the black
gentleman ami people ot hi serl are
in variably found to gain in weight the
longer one is willing to listen to them,
thou wilt not marvel, judicious leader,
10 me.t Waller next morning in Ida's
saloon, making a clean breast of Adeb
bel t's breach of honor, o n silent as to
Ida, however, soon made him con
fess thai his knowledge of the secret
was derived from Adleberl himself,
and intimated very plainly tint she
considered his Hie m-ainr action of
the I wo.
Oh. Lady," pl.aded the impas
sioned Waller, 'allowest thou nothing
for tho overwhelming might of self
forgeliing love? Wou'dst thou have
thy slave sit stupidly beholding thy
innocence cnliifgU'd in the wile0 of a
swindler, iu blind allegiance (o con
ventions nay, even to sanctions other
wise imperative':' Not of such clay is
thy Walter fiuhione.l. Show him the
law (hut rest ruin, the obligation that
debate him from seeking ihy weal
through evil report and good report,
an d be wi 1 lend Ilia I law and spurn
that obligation at he. shutters this ves
sel mil tramples upon Ibis quadru
ped." Ida's vaoe if llowers lay shiveied
upon the floor, and her litlle dog
writhed and howled beneath Waller's
supoi incumbent boot, lie was evi
dently beside himself, and Ida ould
only recompoi-e him by connnaiidinpr
him to depait her presence, and never
return unless he brought the false
packet with him.
"To what end, Lady? When it lias
been opened iu court tl'c i hcal will be
manifest to thee and to tho worid."
"And how know I ilint it may not
have been tampered with meanwhile?
Produce it tomorrow, or see my face
Waller mocUy represented llml tin.'
deposit tins not in bis custody, n
argument mauifesily devoid of weigh1,
lie promised obedience and departed.
( )n his way homo he had much com
munication with his black companion,
anil ere the prescribed tiiiiD litis ex
cellent young m tn had possessed him
self of tin! ;acket by means of a false
He liitriinl lo Ida with his prize,
and placed it. iu her hands. She
wavered him back while she broke
the seals. To his am :.eiiiiml,ll)0 first
iuitii'iiii 11 of her sentiments was a tit
of laughter, but her expression be.
c.iini! tragic when she had salislied
h,relf that the contents wo ti indued
but piper. Mn turned liercely upon
Wnlter.wbo found it advisable lo quit
her presence with expedition. "How
awfully feud she must be of him."
'Would I bad known it etc I suti
lied my finest feelings for her sake!
And yet what a scrape 1 have got in
to! The packet is in her bunds was,
llial is 10 say, live iniuulet ago; for
by this lime il is probably ia Ihc lire.
What will become of my lather ivhen
il cannot ho produced? And, more
especially, what wid becouui of me?
Wretched Wall, r! lucky Adelberl ! un
M ike a coiinierleii," advised lb
'Confess everything," leeoinuieud
od the white.
I am sure I cau'i," replied Waller
10 llio latter miggesiioi; and "1 don't
think I can" was his responso lo llio
first. He was, nevei lluilest, revolving
11 scheme for llio ncquisiiion of Ad.-I-bort's
seal, when a ku k came to bis
K ilcr," he cried, and one of Ida's
iloiiii'stics presented the packet, with
the seals so 'mntiiugly restored as to
leave no (race of opening, nlong with
a bidiit from his mistress. Walter
'Forgive my impel uosiiy. Iu my
agitation I did not slay lo gauge I lie
intensity of thy atlecliou bv the enor
mity of thy turpitude. Whensoever
the contents of the packet are publicly
evinced mere paper, account me
Wid er heaved a sigh of tipi-ci bless
joy, and hastened lo replace the pack
et iu his futliei's roller. At the seine
it 1 o tn n' Adr.lbei t, alone iu liis chain,
her, u as holding a phia1 of poison lo
In.: lamp, whose rays lent a baleful
glitter to (bo adder-hued tlni I. An
empty globlet gaped for llio deadly
potion. Auilheil's lingeis 1I11I ied
1 with the cotk, when a hand smote
upon the door wi'houi, and bo hastily
thrust 1 lit- phial into a draw.
; 'Pardon the iuti usion," said Alex.
I is, entering, dint thou mayest probu
1 b'y wish lo hear my sonnet, which is
! now . oiipleted lo my satisfaction,
! excepting thirteen lines. Moreover,
j the Lid; Ida has intrusted me with a
I letter lo thee."
j A Iclbort e.igci ly broke the seal,
I The missive contained notlHiig save
I a delineation of an anchor, tho em
1 bleui of hope. 4 I e she, can she
' know?" he peculated. 'Ts she a
witch, or is Walter a traitor? How-
I beil, tho phial may re.t where il is?"
j The great day h.ul arrived. The
! (Oiiit wa thronged with merchants
and lawyers. The parlict concerned
j woe piesent with (hair notaries
Adelberl pale as ileal h. Wullei'
father Hushed and fidgety. Waller
sardonically culm. A magistrate read
lb.! forutut notice !hn, the pledge not
having been redeeuic.l, I he packet was
now to be opened mid its contents
made over to Waller's father, toil'j"el
to three days' grace of redemption.
Adelberl's heart might have been
heard lo b'til all over the court but
for the bu.. of excited whi sperms.'.
Trembling widi eagerness, the old
jiiweller broke ihe sealu and cut M o
silken strings, nml held tip a mass of
paper, scored with blotted and erased
"A exis' sonnet, by all that's blue!"
"Is this all, wretch?" sbou'ed his
al her lo Adclbeit. "Wretch, I say,
is this nil? '
Adelhert made no reply.
"Ida has mocked me," be thought,
with inexpressible bittcructvs.
"Villain, you shall swing for this! ''
thundered the old man as he dashed
Ihe papers on lo the table. A ring as
of metal mnolc upon every ear, uud
one of the fifty outstretched hands
grasped uud held up a brilliant ob
ject, Ihshiug and spuikiiug in ihe
sunshine liiat si reamed thr ugh llio
Heavens!" exclaimed Ik aged
lapidary, "llnse are the family j.-wcls
of Ihe house of Trolieiiheim ! "
' Which," said a clear voice in the
remote pari of the court, "I leui lo
Heir Adelberl that lie might impledgo
iheni for the sum lie ueedud, ami
which my lawyer will now redeem foi
ihe siinii) with u deed of interest. "
"I.adv!" shrieked Walter, "how
long have these gems " but bis
father checked him angrily. Id 1 hur
ried blushing from thu conn mid
Walter sank back murmuring, "Aw.
fully fond of him."
The word was taken up on nil sides,
nml as ihe stunned and slowly reviv
ing Adelhert found himself surround
ed wiihold and new friends eongralii
luting him upon his Iriuu pit uud tho
near prospect of a wealthy and devoted
bride, he could not but repeal to him
self, "How she must love me!"
He escaped as soon us he could nu.l
hastened lo Idu. He full at her feet
and thanked her for his life and honor.
Then he urged her lo wed him.
"Not for the universe, Adelbeit,'1
answered Ida, very sweetly.
The discomlitted suitor could only
slu miner, ''Wherefore?"
"lidcause compassion is not neces
sarily love; because 1 may hnve de
sired to humble, even more than lo
help Ihec; because WiiH'f would un
doubtedly hang himself; lastly, and
this, indeed, is tho principal and mod
conclusive reason, because I have been
Iheso three, week privately married lo
Alexis." Illustrated News of the
Ohl-Tlnie ( airier Pigeon.
Thin e it nothing new under Ihe sun,
not evou military pigeon posts. An
old account of a voyage made iu thu
Kasl, thai of L tbrogniere, our Paris
correspondent says, is soon lo be pub
li.hod. M. Lilifur, w ho edits il, con
tribute 11 preface, iu which he says
thai in Ihe IH1I1 ceulury these birds
were used iu Syria and iu Kgypt for
the rapid transmission of news. Tim
Caliphs mad.' the pigeon post a regu
lar inslit.iiion in the Nile delta.
I'tolemetes had a department at Cairo
for Ihe registration of the genealogies
of pigeons. Hour Kd.liu, in llii'J,
made a pigeon-post code, and ordained
that the central ofttco was lo bo u tho
citadel of Cairo. Tall towers and
pigeon-houaos were built along tho
route of his whole empires and to its
utmost extremities. The towers were
to serve to enable the pigeons lo
ici'oiinoili'u from cages the neighbor
ing country ami the pigoou-liouscs f or
breeding. I'eiiallies were imposed
for killing a pigeon nnd prices were
set on the heads of hi ids of prey
likoly lo molest I hem. There were
six pigoou-pos's butween Cairo and
Damascus uud ten bet ween tho lal'er
city and Hehnessa. London News.
The Maw of I'urls.
There is no ci:y in Ihe world thai
keeps such accurate leeord of the
entry of food and fuel supplies within
its binders as Paris. This is due lo
I the fuel thai a high import duly is
I levied on almost every article of do
mestic use which is brought to this
city. 1 hiring 1H!U the total amount
of coal consumed in Paris was o,i7!,
000 grots tons, of which 1,512,000
gross tons were brought lo tho cily by
river and canal; 1,7157,000 gross Ions
were of Pronch origin, ti 17,700 gross
tons came from Belgium, 418,000
from Kiiglaud, and 12D,!I00 from Car
many. The small amount of charcoal
used as fuel in Paris will bring the
total consumption of fuel 10 throe and
one-half million grots lout. The
yoarly consumption of roal iu Loudon
Is twelvs million tons. Uoslc-n Trim
Whir in); and daucinv ill nn. Hi.
All ninht lonu the snow tlukes w. r: bu-y --
H:ty s Iks", are busy in clover.
And bee. lire busy tut) wide World ovi r.
Tired iillle siinwli ikes, in shy. s -ft ni-is g,
Kesliii 011 hvis and branches uud (ri asse-,
Wee Dorothy WMlchhm il hi iir,r:e,
II iliyhooil'a woud.-r in her eye-.
Looking .nit 011 llie woild .0 hit-.
Wise with wisdom out of our sulii,
H ihy bellies il all in a minute
It's winter s Harden w if snow llow-r in
ii 1 '
Annie II. Donne'l.in Yoiith'r i oinpaiiioii.
Mo. HUSH I'l Is.
Tlie little Moors play with turtles
insteu.l of with en's aud dogi. A
Moorish b y and bis turtle go to
gether, Just us 1111 American boy has
bis dog or his pony by his Hide. A
little Moore d ags Ids pet along bv
a siring w hich is fa t me. I around 1 he
Ini tio's bo.lv. L !'lg T.
' 'I It A 111. IK."
II 11 one was Jens Carl Julius Veil
ing N'.-isou, hut il was shorleuel to
I'li.iiiie f ir everyday use. We had
never seen a leal sailor before, mid
used 10 i'en in open-eyed a-loiii-li-m
in o his strange yarns."
He wss a diver at one lime a ul 11
eeeine.l much more real to hear hiin
tell that the bed of the ocean was hiily
aud covered with grass than to read
about it in our geographic.
There is 0110 range of hillt en I ed .lej
Newfoundland hills thai extend from
Newfoundland iu 11 southwesterly di
rcclioii nboiil u) miles, then turn
a 11 ost directly west and end about
3"0 tniies from New York Cily.
In April, lM, a ship (he called r.
the Caeserj with 8J0 men oil L' Hal
was wrecked 011 these hills.
"Lvery man vas diowned but two.
I 11' a year afler. w'eu we come down
d'-re,'' said Charlie, "wo see nil dese
men, the eap'n 1111' a l, staudiu' round
sbiisl like ifdey's a ive. ).'i! eyes
viisopeu; look like dey vas io.ikiu'
1 fter u.s. Oh, my! dot inakiu' us feel
so had, wo go quick up again, else wo
drop down like we vas dead.'' He
meant it made them faint. Seeing
our incredulous U ok he asked ;
"You doii'l believe dot? Dot vug
sliure," he declared with an emphatic,
nod of Ihe bend. No languuge can
describe the thrill with which he pro
nounced some of hi. "r'," nor ihe
way others were rounded, lie wat
lluw could 1 hey stand up when
I hey were dead?''
"You ace, w'en de ship sink, dot's
goiu' so fast it make deiii up slraigh',
II n' down in de bottom i'j salt keep
1 111 fiom fulliu' down."
DiJ you ever so a ineruiaiill1 '
(Hi, ye", loll o' time. Id; lirsl
lime I see it, il make luc skuiit. I
I'ou'lil dot vas a woman dead."
The Danish name for luei maid it
How tall aie they:1"
" Tionl four feel,'' aixweiel Char
lie. "I).) head is small, shust like a
baby's, on'y it got long hair, awful
long hair, like a woman. Yes, it gut
arms un' linn's, 11 n' h ilv to here,'
nnd he rented his hands on his hi s.
"den long tail like a lish."
Did you ever hear one talk?"
saked one eager lisleuer.
"N, course; I cau'i hear nodding
wit dot big t ing oil my head 1111' de
ocean mako so much noise. Hut ilev do
lulk; one man, hundred years n,'o, he
cult h out) tin' put it iu valer 111 de
ship un' ho hear il lulk," sdd Charlie.
"Could he uiidcrsland ii?" I asked.
"Yes," ho answered with tho pecu
liar drawl with which he always pro
nounced the word. ' It use do sumo
kind lalk we do ou ocean.''
'Oh, pshaw!" exclaimed some one,
"you can't make mo believe, that until
I see some 011.1 ilmt has tried it."
"Well, dot's sluice, " said .Ions Carl
Julius Yelling Nelson, with unmoved
I suppose that i is one of the numer
ous fabulous legends of his native
routin e. Fai m, I'eld and Fireside.
Horses .Sen I by Express.
Sou. ling horses by express teems a
rather novel and expensive method of
transporting such bu ky livestock, yet
A. P. Kims of Chicago and Washiu'
- 4 '
ton, 'who owns a valuable pair of
nags, as well is a gold mine iu Mary
land, has liio J this method and up.
proves of il. His horses wcie in this
city, and he desired to send them
quu'dy and safely to Chicago. Ficight
transit was too slow, so he made ar
rangement with an express company,
v luff by they furnished (wo padded
itallA iu one of tin ii- cars and a givoni
to at lend the animals en route.
"They arrived safe and sound iu
Chicago," he said, "a'tiiost as quickly
as I could get there myself, im I the
whole bill was only $l(" Wash
thi PHANUT TRADE. !
An Interesting Chapter on a
Great American Delicacy. j
The Peanut's Adaptability to
Many Useful Purposes.
The news that tl, re is a shortage in
liie 1 enniit crop is likely to ngiiate a
jrrout many persons iu (j ' un, where
the habit of eating peanuts is moro
general in certuin districts than iu S in
Francisco, Chicago or St. Louis, which
Are the three foremost livals to the
metropolis iu the consumption of the
leguminous nut. The peanut enters
of the great cities are provided for
chiefly by tho crop yieb'ed by the pea
nut farms of Virginia nnd North Car
olina, This crop, it is announced, has
this year fallenMiort of 40,00,000 bush
els, and I hero is n consequent advance
iu the wholesale price. Tho quoted
market rate is now live cents n pound,
but ihe numerous Italian Counts who
are interested in Ihe retail trade still
u.lhcie to last year's rate of ten cents
a quart, an I are Ihercforo entitled to
uud will iloublleis receive ihe gratitude
of olhuin's peanut fillers, particu
larly ou ihe liowery, where ft supply
of peuuutt has from lime immemorial
been part of (he theatre out lit. of ihe
humble mid euthutiattic patrons of
In times gone by eciiuiu residents of
the mctiopolls, sullering from lack of
knowledge of the great American pea.
nut, have nil'ecrd to despise it, uud lo
scorn the lasle of those who chose il
us a delicacy. ISttt il is worth noth
ing thai, ihe p.'Hiiul has risen supeiior
to this mistaken prejudice uud has
forced the respect of many who
thought contemptuously of it by be
coming un object of nrl ns it were.
Ivvery New Yorker ticcus ouied louse
his eyes around holiday limes has seen
(h ! proof of this in novel ornaments
that have appeared in the shop wiu
d iws. With n paint brush skilfully
handled, and bits of bright
colored cloths or silks, artists
have been able 1 1 metamorphose
the peanut into an oiijccl that unites
humor with an inherent beauty of as
pect that is remarkable. Peanut dolls
uud other things have now a recog
nize I market value ns curios, an I it is
a fact to Ihe eternal liouor of llio low
ly nut that artists of local renown
Imvo not thought it derogatory to their
art to busy themselves iu the absorb
ing pailini ; of peanut decoration.
Peanut dolls lire found adorning man
tels in many studios, ami elaborate
art works, iu which the peanut has
p'liyo I the most important part, arc
ex ib ted in coatly gold f mines.
Those who think slightingly of the
peanut forget its adaptability to many
useful commercial pin 'poses. Tlie nut
bus long been valued for its oil. The
seed contains a lluid that is an excel
lent substitute for, and is often sold
at olivo oil. Ity healing the seeds be
fore prossiug them another tort of oil
is secured thai is useful iu the making
of soup. The seeds thcimelves have
also been used in making cerinin
kinds of chocolate. Those who would
speak contemptuously of the peanut
lire undoubtedly ignorant of ihe fact
Unit the vine that bears the aet is in it
self nn interesting curio in Nor I horn
climes, quite ns much, indeed, us Ihe
cotton bud and branch. If the dried
vine bo varnished and painted nnd the
nut gilded, a parlor urniiiu ml is
obtained that is sure lo alt rnet the iu
lercs'.cd interest of the owner's visi
tors. These decorated vines nro so seldom
seen iu New York that they may be
da-sod as veritable curiosities. The
mero method of growth of the v.ne
bus always been an interesting sluil
(o botanists, and especially to those
who have acquired a liking for thai
fascinating science. The vine grows
a peculiar pod, which, uf.or the vine
has flowered, is graduully forced down
into tho ground by a curious propul
sion ot the vine slock, (luce safely
under ground (he pod enlarges and
grows a thick, netted shell over the
fruit. No other plant has ibis singu
lar method of developing its fruit.
Added lo its many other uses ihe
peanut has of late revealed a properly
us a preventive of intoxication that
has won for it the respect of those
who are accustomed lo dally with Ihe
flowing bowl. As a turnip will ab
sorb water, so tho fruit of Ihe peanut
lias a comprehensive faculty for ab
sorbing alcohol, ami preventing it
from demoralizing the nerves of the
stomach and upsetting Ihe thinking
machine. It is estim ited, for rxain
plo, that if a man drinks a quart of
champagne and cats a pint of peanuts,
the peanut will overcome ihe inebri.
tiling quality of the wine without cur.
tailing its exhilarating c fleets. At ten
t ents a qjtart the population of this
city arc getting something which, con
sidered as a luxury, is well worth the
money. New Yoik Sun.
The (ireut Wall or ( ulnu.
The scenery from the (ireut Wull Is
very liii'.-. Tho walls is here a di
viding line between the high, rugged
bills of China, which tower above us
oil the one hand, nnd (he great sanrty
plains of .Mongolia on llio other, with
dim mountain. summits beyond iu the
far disinnce. Over these barren,
rocky spurs and acclivities, ascending
to tneir very summits, wit ding about
iu irregular curves uud zigzags, its
serried battlements cleat-cut ugainst
the sky 011 the lopmost ridges, des
cending into dark gullies to appear
nguin rising on the other side, the
endless lino of massive ttoi.e nnd
brick runs on and on until lost to
sight behind the furthest range. And
so it goes for miles and miles, east,
ward to the IVebili Ctilf, and west,
ward, mostly iu two great, rambling
lines, along tho border of the Gobi
Desert and Kansii, until it ends among
ihe foul-hills of tlie Nan Shan range.
However we may regard it, whether
us a grand conception for the defence
of an empire, as an engineering feut,
or merely as a result of the persistent
application of human labor, ii is a stu
pendous work. No achievement of
liie pie-cut time coin tares with it iu
Hut it has outlived its useful less.
The powerful Tartar and Mongol
hordes, whose sudden raids and inva
sions it was built to resist, are no
more to be fen red. The great Genghis
and Kublui could not lead their people
10 gory conquest now as they did cen
turies ago. Tho Chinese civilization
bus endured, while Ihe once conquer
ing Mongols, the pcoplo who in theii
brightest days established nil empire
from the Ib'uck Sea to the China coast,
and u court at Peking of such luxury
and splendor us Marco Polo described,
are now doomed to pass away, leaving
nnlhing behind them but the tradi
tions, uud records, and ruins of a
brilliant pal. The wad stands as a
sharp linn of division between ('10
tribes of Ihe north and the Chinese.
Tiie latter, though repeatedly sublue.l
mid forced lo beur a foreign yoke,
have shown 1111 irrepressible vitality (u
rise like a phie.iix, nnd to reassert
their supremacy and Ihe superiority of
their civiliziiion. ( 'enlury.
Chinese Notions of Color.
The philosophy of Chinese house
painting is truly curioii', though per
haps tho interest which nttachos to
this subject lies more in the restric
tions imposed upon Ihe man with pot
and brush than iu tho freo exercise of
a decorative art. for among Iheso
Celesiials art is eminently utilitarian.
We enjoy our colors; the Chinese put
Ihelis to work. More, in huuse-pniul-ing,
green and red me, so lo speak,
de riguour; other colors would be uu
propilioii", unlucky, ill-omened. And
even if Ihe average Chinaman (bal
ancing himself ns best be cm upon
the superstitions and practices of
ages) is ignorant of the precise
grounds of his belief, ho adheres 110110
the less rigidly to the canon. As
I'ythngorns I might that music whs Ihe
lirsl cause of tho universe, so the
Chinese have pinned their faith to the
absolute efficacy of color, endowing it
with powers quite beyond the laws of
chemistry or physics. Indeed, poor
John may be said lo live and dio by
the color scale.
No color, not even imperial yellow,
lies so near the heart of (he Chinese as
red. True, they do not, as did the
Hebrews, smear tiie blood of Ihe lin
tel, but they have a custom of much
the same impoi I. Any one even su
perficially interested in this curious
people must have noticed the littlo
pieces of led paper red peach papor
11 is called by Ihe Chinese which,
covered nil over with characters, are
attached lo the door-posts of their
dwellings. The impression is general
(hat those bits of paper iu some way
indicate the business or employment
of the orcupan'. ltut Ah Sin him
self will tell you tint lli"y are "just
This is as satisfactory a reply ns
could be ex p. "ted from him under the
circumstances; the mystery of life is
not easily cxpresse I in a couple of
words. Hut why red peach paper?
Keu Seme Men are Vain.
They were talking of ihe vanity of
women, and one of the few ladies
present undertook a defciise. "Of
course," she said, "I ndinit that
women arc vain and men uro not.
"Why," she added, with a glanco
around, "the necktie of the hund
somoit man iu the room is eveu now
up the back of his collar.'' And then
she smiled for every iiiau present
had put his hand up behind his neck!
A Love Sonjr.
Why do I love thee so. sweetheart'
I cannot tell, Love knows no why.
I cannot reason, hut I know
The love I bear thee cannot die.
How do I know I love thee, dear?
love's signs are know n to all the world
Bo plain that he who runs may p ad,
His banner always Is unfurled.
When thou art yone, dear heart, I tee
No beauty ii: the fairest thins",
No melody in soii of birds,
No music in their rustling wings.
How do I know I love thee, d ar'
liy what thou'st inii.lt this world to me,
liy the new joy I llnd In life.
Ily all 1 mean my life to be.
Hy deeming of all womankind
I'erfect and pure, becau e of thee.
By finding life wortli living, dear.
1 know Ihou'rt all the world to me!
- Florence A. .lours.
Horn leaders of men Women.
Visiting a chair fair is like going
into the highways and buy ways.
Montrose Whatever came out of
your engagement with Miss Tone'
Van Wiilll :s I did.
The man w ho is so poor lliat he
can not get credit, has a very fair
chance of one day becoming rich.
Teacher In (he sentence "Tlie sick
boy loves his medicine," what purt of
speech is love?" Johnny It's a lie,
Venerable Gentleman (patting Jumio
oil the head) And how old is the
litlle man? Jamie (with pride) I'd
he 10 iu less than five ycurs.
Mr. Muiitt (lo his daughter) 1 sup
pose this foreign suitor of yours hasn't
a cent. Miss Munn Oh yes, lie has,
pa. Ho has a lovely Kugliali accent.
"Mr. Scruggiiis was very affable
when 1 called 011 him." "You must
have struck a lender chord." '-No; 1
paid a bill." "That's what I iiieau'l;
a legal tender chord.
"Are you aware," said the man iu
Ihe rear, fiercely, "Fiat your umbrella
is poking me in llio eye? ' "It isn't
my umbrella," replied the man in
front with eq-ial firmness; "It's a
burrowed one, sir.''
William," she said severely, "how
111 my more limes are you going lo ask
in.! lo many you?" "Clara," said he,
I cannot answer that question, but I
think I'll not bother you much
longer. One of tho other girls I'm
proposing lo shows signs of weaken
'!,''" Tact and ' Itnd lireuks."
I'.li Perkins says : Tact is the l ight
thing nt the right time. When a
young collegiate stepped on a young
lady's fool in a Harvard street car the
beautiful girl was ohVndcd, but when
thai collegiato bowed sweetly and said
"Ileg leu thousand pnnlon", Miss ;
your foot is so small I couldn't sec it,"
why, she could have kissed him.
How different was it with Kcubon
kbiiilshnw, who had never been oir of
Ihe old Lilchlield faun. One day ho
mcl an old flame, Lucy Bradbury, in
Hartford. lie bad not seen her for
"Well," said Ijeuben, taking Lucy
warmly by t lie baud, "you arc still
Lucy lirndbnry, nro you?''
Yes," she replied, "still Lucy
"It isn't your fault, I know," bo
rejoined, meaning to say something
coniplimenlnrv. "That is," ho added,
nervously, feeling that he hud not ex
pressed himself exactly in the way hu
had intended. "I mean that you nro
not to blame, you know. You couldn't
help it cr (lint is, It was Ihe fault
of the young men. They, you know,"
ho went on, breaking out in n profuse
perspiration, "couldn't be expected
if 111! ha lo or well, I must bo
going. Kver so glad to have met
you." Si. Louis K -public.
A I'hisiological Fancy.
Ii is surprising how many people
helive Ihnt the entire body of 11 man
is renewed every seven years exactly.
This used to bo taught in books and,
although not orthodox now, is still ae
cepied as gospel by many. To show
its inaccuracy one has only lo hit a
nail on bis linger hard enough, for in
that case the injured object will comn
off nnd bo replaced by an entirely
new nail. If Ibis process occupied
seven years such an accident would
be a very tiresome affair; hut ns any
mechanic will toll you, it only occu
pies very few weeks. The growth
is more rapid in summer than winter,
but never taking more than four
inoutht. So far as the nails are con
cerned, then, tho renewal process is
repealed about twonly-ono times tim
ing tho regulation seven years, nnd
the thoory is thus destroyed, even if
no other proofs of its falsity were
forthcoming St. Lonis Globo-Deni