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PITTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, MARCH 9, 189:?.
T lire a strftch of shining sky
I.Iks some fair ocean sunset-Ill j
Peaceful and wide ils spaces Hp.
And purple shores encompass il.
A little slender silver bont
Vpon it bosom is afloat.
This craft, unstayed by winds or tides,
slips out across the twilight bar;
Through rosy ripples soft she glides,
Led by a single pilot stnr;
With shadowy sails and fairy crew,
She drifts along the summer blue.
She's filled from stem to stern with flowers,
And Love, and Hope, and Happiness.
Will aught of what she brings be ours?
A h, dip ! if we could only j?uess '.
She rides elusive and remote,
This llllle slender silver boat.
"The Girl I Left Behind Me."
One rainy day in tho lato winter of
1882 I found myself ling and boggage
on tho railway platform at (J rami
Junction, Color.ulo. As (lie train les
sened in t he distance I took a survey
of my surroundings. Xot a tree, not
a spear of grass- mud which looked
ns if il might ingulf one to bo some
time dug up ns an unknown fossil
not a sidewalk visible except now
and then tho uneven remain of a
brick pavement fast resolving Itself
into its original c'ay.
I had been traveling through tho
Wcsi, and now on my way here I had
flopped lo see one who was my oldest
and dearest friend, the wife of the
superintendent of a mi no on tho head
waters of the White river. She had
tried lo prepare nic for tho discom
forts of iho journey after 1 should
leave Mm railroad, but I found no
words c 'iild describo it ns vividly as 1
afterward felt it, mid I heartily
wished myself safo in the luxury of a
Pullman and speeding east ward. How
over I pulled myself together and went
to the agent lo ask when the Mage
would loiive for Meeker, and found 1
could, not go till morning; so giving a
small boy a quarter to carry my giip,
I gingerly picked my way from brick
to brick along the c.uiscw.i y that led
to the town proper.
The next morning was elenr and
pleasant and tho air bracing ns wc
dragged laboriously out north through
the a'lnost bottomless clay road.
Thcro were no other passengers, but
two men and myself, so I turned my
attention to iho scenery.
The two men had eyed tnc curiously
at first and then began talking of mines
and the various arts and tricks of the
unscrupulous to outwit tho guilliblc
tenderfoot. Hut gradually they over
came thoir apparent difll letico iu ad
dressing a woman and began after
true American style to want (o know
all about my antecedents, and above
all my reason for taking such an un
usual j inrney. When I told I lie in I
fipeclctl to visit Mrs. Keufrow at the
Tin Cup Mine one whistled expres
sively and said: "You be likely to
s'.ay all winter."
Why?" I asked.
"Because, if signs go for anything
there is going to hp an everlasting
snowfall before long."
Ail the di-eomfo.t of my Journey
was forgol'en in the overflowing en"
thusiasm of inv welcome. Over and
over again did "My Margaret,'' as 1
had called her in oldiimc school days,
rush in from her little log kitchen lo
uk uic if there was any thing sho could
do to ease my aching bones. As 1
looked around the little rooms, uu
ptustcrcd save with grout dug from
ncighbo ing hills, 1 began to appre
ciate tho decorative possibilities of
dotted Swiss and red ribbons, but then
Margaret could find beauty to utilize
oa the bleakest of desert isles. From
my seat by the same window I could
see the log mine buildings on (ho
opposite slope of the gulch and the
day shift coining out liko bees from a
hive and scattering to (he various
shanties dotted along the side of the
As 1 looked Margaret came and
looked over my shoulder and ex
claimed: "There's John,'' and then,
"Why, what can be tho matter," for
just behind him on an improvised
stretcher of pine boughs four men
wore carrying another, so stiff and
still it did not seem as if ho could be
Margaret said: "Help mo get n
lied ready,'' and by the time tho men
reached tho doorway with their bur
den a bed was stripped to mattress
uud sheets, and they had laid him
upon it, while John said, briefly:
"An accident to Iho machinery. lie
is not dead, but 1 don't know Low
We soon found one arm and one
leg broken, but no evidence of other
injury. Mr. Ilcnfrow, with the as
sistance of two of the inon, who
through many years of Western life
had learnod a rough sort of surgery,
tot Hie limbs, while tho womoa waited
tho result in suspons. Through tho
long night we watched besido the
poor fellow for some signs of con
sciousness, ana toward morning
were reworded by seeing him open
his eye and recognize Mr. Ilcn
frow. During tho weeks of nursing which
followed we women had not much
ti ma to think of weather, but my
friend at Meeker had been a true
prophet, anil the feathery Hakes began
to fall during the fiist. night after my
arrival and kept il up steadily for a
week, and trail and canyon and side
slopo wcro covered with a white pall.
Wc were as securely shut up from
the outside world as if wo had been
walled around with adamant. Whilo
one's sympathies cannot fly round the
world with the click of Iho electric
needle, ono natuni'ly 6oeks for sub
jects of interest in the .humdrum life
around, and so I began to study our
charge as I sat bc.tido him day after
day. Not that ho seemed n difficult
subject or wrapped in any mystery,
but ns he lay there swathed iu band
ages he seemed to be intently thinking.
One day ho abruptly asked how long
since he had been hurt. I told him
(hrco week. lie turned his head
away with a deep sigh, and said no
more for a fow minutes. Then" he
asked: "'Bout how far is it to Cairo,
III?'' I said I didn't know exactly,
thought nearly a thousand miles.
"Wish I was there," he jerked out,
with an effort.
1 began to suspect that ''Tim girl I
left behind me," was troubling him
and he wanted (o talk about it and
did not know how (o begin. So i
rather bantcringly said: "Tell nic
Ho locked at me with a look of
comical dismay, and said "Why, how
did you know?'' mid then said: "I
might as well tell some one, though
there ain't much (o tell. I used to
live down in Cairo and was a roust
about on a Mississippi steamer. There
was another fellow always worked on
(he same gang with mo and wo were
thicker than molasses iu winter. He
was as vain as a peacock and thought
he was some one when ho got ou his
Sunday togs, and he was a putty
sizable sort of a feller. Well, there
was a girl who lived down Iho river
a few miles, whose dad innn truck
farm and sent garden sastoSt. I.3uis,
you know. 11 ink Simpson and me
both met her at a danco one iiiirht. 1
got introduced first and danced twice
with her before Simpson did,
and then sho danced scvoral
times will, biin, mid when 1 come up
once to ask her sho said she couldn't,
as she was going (o dance with Mr.
Simpson. That made uic hot and I
went and (old Hank he was not doing
(he fair thing, not allowing her to
danco with any one but him. He
laughed and said she didn't seem to
think of any hardship. Well, wc
both got mad, and I told him 1 would
danco with her anyway, and I went
back and aid Hank couldn't keep hit
engagement. Wei', the dance I wi:h
me, but Hunk and me were enemies
and he did nic every bad turn he
could. Well, I used to go down ll.e
river every Sunday to old man Lac's
place, and someiini'S found Hank
Simpson ihcre, and he went down
sometimes iu the week. I couldn't
tell which of us K sic liked the best or
whether she was fooling both of us.
She was prclly enough for better than
Here a tender note crept into his
"1 had to go down on the boat to
Vicksburg, which would tako about
two weeks, as wc would have to wait
for a cargo. It was a regular purga
tory to mo all the lime I was gone,
for 1 was afraid Hank would get the
best of mo, and 1 made up my mind lo
have it out when 1 got back. The
next Sunday 1 went down. I had
bought a ring in Vicksburg, wiih two
clasped hands holding a little garnet,
to give her, and thought may bo that
would help me out. I found her in a
little arbor in the corner of the gar
den. Sho seemed glad to see me, but
sho acted the same to Hank, so 1
couldn't tell anything from that. She
a-ked me about iho trip, and wantcl
to know if 1 had lost my heart lo any
pretty girl in Vicksburg. 1 thought
it was now or never, so I said: "How
could I when I left it at home?'
"WIk) took caro of it while you
were gone?'' she asked.
'I'd like to think you d'.d,' I said.
I wish, Klsio, you could make mo a
littlo better than I lank Simpson.
Yon know how much I caro for
"She looked down and dug her
shoe into the dirt and said: -How
should 1? You never told me.'
" 'Well I tell you now, a. id I can't
bear to think of Hank coining here
to see you when I waul you tcr marry
"12 sic looked at me and then said
Why, Bob, I didn't know that yon
inet tray thing.'
"Well, Miss Majors, sho didn't
make much fuss when I put my arm
around her and kissed her. I foil as
if I was in heaven and even felt sorry
for Hank Simpson. I wanted to do
something groat thai would make me
worthy to have Klsie for a wife.
After sho had given tnc her promise I
didn't caro for Hank Simpson and
wasn't A bit jealous of bim. Sho told j
me that she had begun to c ire for mo
nt tho dance but had been afraid lo '
cross Hank, as ho had such a temper, j
"Maybo you want to know why I
am away out bore. Well, Klsio and
mo agreed that it was no use trying I
to make any money io buy a home j
working for day' a wages on the river.
I heard that good men in tho mines
in the mountains got big wages, uud j
so I thought I would try. I went to '
see Klsio Iho night before I came ( 01lli lne novelist, lo prova his state
away, and she cried and hung to nic moiil, picked up a book and began to
till I almost lost my courage to go, 'read niud: "I have Iwo lazy, good
but I did. 1 have been here a year j for nothing dogs who lio by tin) lire
a year now and saved a good deal. nmi giocp, ami Id the cattle ruin my
I have writton to Klsie every time any I g:u-tleis.
one went out to Mecker.and had let'crs j TlC ,0j.s raised their heads, listened
pretty often. We were to bavo been iltl, ,, ,.., flot the room, but,
mairicd at Easier, and now it iu only ihuliiitr the garden empty, soon ro
il month away, and here I am laid up turn"d lo the hcanli rug. Sir Walter
and snowed iu, too! What will Klsio again read the story, with like result;
think when she don't hear from mo?"' 1,1 01:C more the dogs came back dis
Thc poor fellow turned his head j appointed. Instead of rushing from
awav with tears in his eyes. By way the ro iin w hen their master com
of consolation, Isiud: "You may
able to send a let 'or soon."
'X a,'' he said, "ihorc'a (cu feet of
snow in White Canyon."
He seemed iu the de ths of misery
and I left him. j
Two wocks slipped away, and tho i
weather was steadily cold, with occa
sional light falls of snow, ami ns Bob
Travcr-ly looked out of his litlic win
dow at the rounded outlines of the
peaks I could sec that his heart was
far away with the girl ho loved, per
haps thin that his rival was taking
advantage ot his silence to calcli a
heart ou the rebound. A week heforo
Kaslcr the weather suddenly moder
ated. The snow incited rapidly and
bogan to disappear iu our little valley
and ou the lower slopes of Iho moun
tain. Kvcry now and iheu on sonio
distant peuk wc could see a slido come"
down, leaving a black trail behind.
A couplo of days before lvister iwo
of the men had announced their in
tention of trying lo get lo Mocker.
Mr. Ron f row warned them to be care
ful, and above all things not to get
caught in a slide. In ihe afternoon I
was silling reading to Bob, who was
lying with his face to (ho wall and
apparently not paying much attention.
Suddenly lie turned over.
"Have 1 been asleep?"' he asked.
"Xo, n by ?" 1 u-ke.i.
"Fvo been dreaming awake then. I
thought I heard F.'sie's voice."
Then sitting straight up in bed
without any regard fur broken legs,
he ejaculated with Ihe greatest aston
ishment and joy: "Klsio!"
1 t in tic 1 to the door, and there wii
tho living embodiment of ihe pretty
irl whose pic'.ure Bjb kept under his
pillow. But only an instant she stood
there, and then had bulb arms around
Bob crying and laughing by (urns.
It seems she had arrived at Meeker
a week before, but could get no one
to venture with her through the snow
to the Tin Cup Mine until Iho fortu
nate arrival of the (wo miners. The
only thing that prevented a wedding
on Faster was that thoro was no min
ister nearer than (Irani Juuctijii.
The old bewhiskered story with
which wc are familiar has ari-cu, this
lime in new form. The yarn comes
from Bull'ilo, X. Y. A man con
tracted lo furnish twenty bales of rags
for one cent for Iho first bale, two for
the second and four for third, etc.
The contract was made in writing,
but aficr going home and figuring out
what it would cost the buyer con
cluded bo didn't have such a snap as
he imagined when tho bargain was
made, so he repudiated it. The court !
sustained him and refused to grant a !
The original of this tale is that a j
father once agreed to lay up a com-
pctence for his son by depositing ouo
ceut and doubling it every day for six'y '
days. Ho hadn't the funds to carry I
il oul, for the sum total (don't imag- j
iuo that I have figured it out; il was j
ono who had more time) would i
amount lo $4,856 007,022,0151,231.88. j
S;ilt Lake Tiibuno. I
She Couldn't Br.
Miss Peart Did you ever look at
yourself iu the glass when you were
Kival Bo lo Xo, I'm never angry
when I look in tho glass. New
I'd like to spend vncatiou-tiiif
And visit every fore'itm clime
That on the earth is found.
I'd like to so to Spain or l'r.in ,
r e'se to Africa.
A nd. join a caravan, peivha.:cs,
That starts from Zanzibar.
To visit every distant port,
The Hussion and the Hutch.
Would be. I think. silchcliarniiiiRsport,
I wouldn't care which, much.
I'i' love to go to far I'.oml.ay,
SI. Petersburg or Kimie;
Hut I must spend my b"lid iy
In slaying right at home.
(Harper's Yoi;.j People.
ll! WAI.TIII S l)0'".S.
Sir Walter Scott once (old a visitor
that two hounds which were lying lie
fore il.o tiro understood evory wor.l
he said. The. friend seeming iiicreiltt-
incneod reading the third time, huh
hounds came and looked up into his
face, whined mi l wagged their luils, ns
iftosav: "You have made panic of
u twice, but you can't do
Our Animal Friends.
I'ol.irt'. JA1'ASKK (IIII.Dtll'.V.
j The Japanese are trained to civility
J from babyhood. Before a baby can
: speak it is (aught lo lift the baud to
j (ho forehead on receiving a gifl.
i Should a child fail to make this signal
r or respect and gratitude it would bo
improved by some bystander, says an
Albert Tracy, who rambled through
Japan without a guide, while strolling
about a town, stopped to seo lh
chil hen coming from school.
They walked sedatoly and quietly,
with books and sht'cs under their
arm. The sight of a bearded foreign
er startled the first to come, but they
made a ro-pectful bow and passed on.
The next ones repeated this civility,
ond Iheu as fast ns the pupils canto
they made a profound reverence.
The iiuiatc gentleness of the people
impressed the rambler. Ho i coords
that ho never saw a single instance
among the boys of that tyrannical,
bullying spirit so often observed iu
ether countries that delights in in
dicting pain on woakcr companions.
Japancso children arc well behaved,
even towards each other. "sun .Fran
an imiti.siv k urn t kin.
King Aiphomo of Spain, although
of an age when ho might be taught in
a kindergarten, is already greatly
alive to the honors of bis o-ition.
F.very afternoon Alphonso drives .with
his mother to Iho public gardens,
where bis little majesty unbends a jot
t of his dignity and plays with (he other
j children. But, once seated in his car
j riagc again, he becomes tho King of
1 Spain, and acknowledges (he salutes
' of his suhji'cts iu the most kingly
One day, as little Alphonso was
i taking his usual afternoon drive, there
', passed Ihe royal carriage a man who
i did not give the customary salute.
I "Carlo," called out the baby King
! lo his footman, "go get that man and
I order that ho be severely punished be
i cause he did not bow lo me."
i In Spain the word of (tin King must
ulwavs be obeyed, and so tho footman
had nothing to do but to overtake the
neglect ful subject and bring kim to
"Did you order hint to bo punished,
Carlo?" demanded iho little King, n
Ibe footman, all breathless with run
ning, returned to iho royal carriage.
"1 did, but the man is blind uml he
rould n)t seo the royal arms to salute
"Then giV'5 him this pursa of
money," coininmded tho King, "and
tell him it is from Alphonso, who is
sorry that he cannot see the bcautifu'
carriage in which his King drives.
A Persistent Dog.
Mcthet "Horror"! Where didjou
get that dog?"
Young Hopeful "He followed me
"Hum! Why did you coax hiiii?-'
"1 didn't coax him. I threw tilings
At him, but he would come any how."
"That's strange. What did you
"A lot of hud, ugly, old bones the
butcher give me."- rtjood Xuwg.
Frightful Sufferings Endured by
Little Chinese Girls.
! A Freak of Fashion that Tor
j tures for Many Years.
i An F.nglish paper quotes f.om a
, i iter in (he Japan Mail who appcurs
1 to have a special knowledge of the
! well-known Chinese custom of coin
! pressing (he feet of lemale children
j of Iho better classes iu China. He
j hopes that few of his reader have
j been so unfortunate as lo 6cc ibe
j naked feet of an orthodox Chinese
lady. But many have looked at photo
I crapln of this terriblv-t wisted and
I dittoried member, and tho sight must
! have suggested thoughts of barbarous
I sulleriiig inflicted on a pirlicularly.
sensitive pari of (he human body.
Y oar by vear hundreds of thousands
j of little girls throughout the wide
; Fmpirc of Cliina are subjected to n
j ruthless process which crushes the
I bones and wrenches the sinew of
' their tender feet, until at lust a re
! voliing deformity is produced and the
! foot crumpled into a shocking mons
trosity, boenncs almost valueless as a
' means of Iocomo:ion. The wretched
girl emerges fiom her period
I of feverish torture a mutilated nip
pie, condemned to hobble through life
1 on feet which preserve no semblance
of nature's beautiful mechanism
li.vin" become as hideous as they are i
t At intervals the missionary erics out,
j the traveler writes and the charitable
i ngil itc; but Ihe poor little children
! never boned:. F-r them there re
' mains always the satno ruthless bend
ing of bones, tho same agonizing ap
j plication of tight ligatures, Iho same
long months of bitter pain oud una
' vailing tears. Peihap", he suggests,
' it is to this singular contrast between
! "cncral refinement and cultivation of
j tho Chinese ou the one hand, and this
callous cruelty on Iho other, that we
must attribute the periodical appear
appearance of apologists for the ap-
' palling custom.
: Some people say that, (hough the
foot is ultimate'' deformed, though
j the woman is indeed condemned to bo
! little better than a cripple, yet the
: prociss is not so very painful after
all. The tones are soft, Ihey say, in
early you'll; Ihe sinews supple.
Twisting, crushing and wrenching are
operations that may be performed
w ithout much sulbring ou baby feel,
whereas adults would be maddened by
(he toiture. To this the writer re
Let no one talk ot tho yielding
character of young bones or the pli
ability of baby sinews. We have lis
tened with our own cars to the cries
of a little girl undergoing ihe tor
turing process. Such agonizing wails
never before fell on our ears. They
were (Itc sin icks of a child absolutely
wild with sulleriiig. When the liga
tures were loosened and the shocking
succession of breathless screams ended
in long-drawn wails of exhaustion and
uiisory. the listener tinned almost sick
with horror and sympathy. Yet a
mother was the deliberate torturer of
the poor baby, and a father calloiuly
listened to its hrarib. ol.eu cries.
"Think that Ibis fiendish barbari y
is being practised daily ond hourly
throughout the length and breadth of
! a land containing :' ;0,0'm,iHiO inhabi-
tants. Not alone are Ihe tender bodies
! of the poor little git Is ruthlessly
i racked and tortured, but the purest
sentiment of humanity, the lovo of
parents for (heir children, is pcrpelu
' ally outraged. Such unnatural cruel.
, (y could be tolerated only iu Iho pics
1 euceof the worst kind of demoraliz
j ation. How much can smvive of the
i inotal brainy of the paternal relation
; when fathers and mot hers, in
! deference to a mere freak of
i fashion, consent lo hill cl on their
I daughters day by day, lot luro that
I well-nigh maddens the baby brain and
wrings sin icks of excruciating agony
from the Utile lip-': This is one of
: hose Lie's ilia! make us marvel when
! wc hear a great destiny predicted for
the Chinese nation."
: Poker and Hie Pointer Puppy.
IVker was a large green bird, vt ith a
' Inijjlil yellow head, and a few scarlet
I markings on its wings. Prior to my
! friend's ownership of it, it bad be
' longed to some people who had a son
called Hariy, to whom ihepairot was j
verv lunch attached. Ls favorite ivili !
was "H in y," uttered in all kinds of i
endearing tones. It was a clever
la ker, and sometime it did a lot of
thiiiki l', at simi t mil ice.
,' owner's propci ty a Ij li-ied my
old bom , aud as ihe bird was well
Viiovvn and c. mi l It.' only a short ili
lati' il w us M'oi.ved f ;l liberty of
oolh premises. Frequently it would
attempt to cross the street and would
get fast iu the mud, whereupon il
would shout for "Harry" in an irre
sistibly comical fashion. The first
passer-by would rescue il nod place it
upon iho palings, whence il could
climb slowly up to sonic tree, or work
its way gradually homeward, or into
our inclosure. The boundry paling
was a promenade with Poker, and
frequently, when slio'ling about ihe
lawn, I would be startled with the
abrupt query, "Hello! who arc you?"
and turn to find the parrot contempla
ting mo grave.lv from its pere'i on the
fence. On going oul early one morn
ing I saw my friend slnillliiig across
ihe smooth.') hum "1 lnvn. All un
witting y 1 had let my -ely in for a
A moment later, a pointer puppy,
about half trained, cantered ttrouud a
corner of the house, and in a moment
his keen nose winded the bird. I'okcr
crouched low on liic grass, and tho
green leathers blended admirably with
the support ; but the puppy's nose ili
iec ed biin aright. Slowly, cautiously,
as a veteran of the field, he drew inch
by inch upon his game, and when his
nose was ahoul two feet from the par
rot's rounded head, he settled into a
stanch point, with f ire foot uplifted,
and tail as rigid as a ramrod. For a
moment they faced each oilier, mo
tionless a graven images; then, like
I an explosion, came tlnj challenge,
j ''Hello! Who are yoti? Harry!-
j Harry .' II ir-r-ry ! !" the last words
in a veritable scream of terror.
This was too much for Iho puppy.
The green thing spake liko a man.
Horrors! Ho gave ihree wild bounds
siilcwise, halted one instant to look at
tho frightful thing again, then another
ringing "Harry !" put wings to his
feet, and with a whimper of dismay
ho bolted back to his quarters ns fast
us his nimble legs could carry him.
I Icmorckl'n Magazine.
Tho Safest ( ar.
"I'm very particular," said a com
mercial traveller at adowtown hotel,
"what car of the train I select. 1
travel thousands of miles a year and
have made il a rulo to observe in the
accounts of railroad accidents which
cars of the train arc the most often
demolished. The result of my experi
ence for I have been in a dozen
siuasli-nps and observation is that the
middle cars are the safest. I revcr
under any circumstances ride iu the
rear ear. I avoid (he car next to the
baggage car, though this is selected
by many as (lie safest. The greatcsl
danger at present in railroad travell
ing is lelcsc.opi'ig. When a man has
been in a wreck and afterwards seen
the engine of a colliding train half
way in-ido of the rear car, or rather
what's left of it, il impresses biin
most forcibly. The baggagn car is
usually heavily loadtd and in Ihe col
lision its weight, together with the
ponderous engine, geneially smashes
the next car lo splinters, while the
central cars are comparatively tiuiii
iured. When the train is derailed the
baggage car and next conch, as a rule,
go over. The road-beds of our great
Iriinscontinciital lines are so solid,
each section is so carefully examined,
the rolling stock is so inn. -li improved,
that a broken rai1, broken wheel or
axle and liko mishaps are reduced lo
a minimum. Bui where trains follow
one another on a minute or two Ice-
way and the block or automatic signals
I don't woik well, look in ihe Star ihe
the next day for fun her particulars
ami tec if my judgment
rect." Washington Star,
Hon He knew.
Before Iho fish couiuiissioie-rs of
California decided t si . k iliet e.iuis
of the st..l willi li it much depised
audovcn'ul lih, Ihe I .criiian carp,
Il ev weie grcai'y concerned as to
whether it would live in certain water-.
Tin! qucstioa was debated at n veral
meeting-, and was finally mhui I cd
lo Prof. II . r.u eminent autl.ority.
Samples of the Wat 'is woroobt lined
and t iriied over t the professor, who
in ush.iil lin e submitted a favorable
repait. and Ihe carp -i immediately
turned loose iu Ihe riv is.
The coiiimi-sioneis w.-ro greatly
impessed by ihe.luof.-sso;' km w lcdge,
but one of them had a quest in i to ak
How c u'.l you h. sure that carp
would live iu the wa'ci ?" he in
quired. "Why." answered the pivsessor,
with an amused loo',, '! lo iht a carp
o I -n cei t . a id put it into fie
w.ttr. It live I."
The "ronif Time.
Mother .No wonder you calcli cold.
F.very night yon kick all the covers
.ll". Why do you do il ?
Little Boy I don't know, minima.
Y 'U'd have In ask lot! when 'm
as'eep," I io.nl New.
Tne wind is, 'list a far-off voice
Jleyond the pale-blue bound of sky :
Too weak lo murmur or rejoice
1 watch Ihe moments driftinn hv.
So large the world, and ah. so chill
The treat pale Bky, the drifting snowj
The lonely wind ia calling still
With a voice of human woe.
Now all my hih ambitions fade;
The things I hoped for seem so far
From work once loved I shrink, afraid
I.est some inis'ake that work should list
And all my louginys turn to this;
To hold one well-loved hand, to know
The rest of home, the smile, the kts.
And let the (;reat world go.
J. K. lloberts, in Churchman.
Walking-slick A woodcu leg.
Dealers in lard ought to bavo no
uifliouliy in rendering their accounts.
Maude That was a politic move of
Lottie's. Leila Yes. a kind of
a Charlotte ru-e.
Constance Do you think she ha
faith in him ': Clara She gave him
some ribbon to match.
"Aw, do j on think that fashionablo
women appreciate a rising young
man?" "Yes, iu street cars."
1 sec II iiighpath hn got down to
work. L'gh linger Struck a good
job, has he, for (hewin'er? "Yep;
working out a $100 line."
Mamie Why do you think he's en
gaged to her? Maud Ho lakes her
lo Iho theatre in a street ear now oud
he used to have a carriage every lime.
You know Bigphcc, the groat cor
poration lawyer? Well, thieves
broke into bis bouse last night."
And did they get away with much?''
"Yes, with their lives."
McFaddcii (who has ordered a cup
of tea ) I' yez Lope open all noighi?
Waiter Yes. M.F. Well, yez had
better watch the lay, for il looks
purty weak an' Oi think it'll die be
Iiacb'e Old Ceiillemau (putting
head out of four-wheeler that is
crawling along at nil uncoiisciablo
pace) Say, cabby, we're not going to
a funeral I Cabby (promptly) No.
and wc ain't going to no bloouiin' lire,
"I can't understand it," 6aid Mr.
Gewgaw at the gas office. "Last
mouth my bill was .lt and this
uu n h it is $:u. 1 haven't burned a
bit more gas this mouth than 1 did last.
Xow how iu the name of honesty do
you account for tha ?"' "You didn't
pay last month's bill," said the clerk.
Boys Are a Mystery.
Kx-liov. Crittenden and Senator
George G. Vest wore silling iu front
of the Midland Hotel, talking over
tho old days of Center College, Dan
ville, Ky.. from which institution
both of ihem were graduated, says
iho Kansas City Times. They spoke
of the many young men who had
gone forth fiom the university and
bad grown fauiou-, the mo it ot I hem
"1 was buck at Danville a few years
ago." said (he (iovernor, and had a
la'k w.t'i old Piof. Bei.t;. 1 asked
! him who was tho most remaik ible boy
be ever hail under him in the -eliool.
There were two rem irk-iblo
boys,' be said. -O.ie of these was re
maik ible iu his school life. I (bought
him a marvel and expected that boy
to reach the highest posit "o:i iu tho
laud. The other was a very ordinary
boy in ichool, and I did not hok for
much fioai him.
'The hitter boy was John ('.
Breckinridge. S'.-nal r, Vice-President
and nt one iiuie can lidnt ) for tho
P, e-idenry. The mat vol is now
leaching iu a deaf and dumb asylum.
In our class of twei.lv-live boys,
i.iuveriio '. I did not think ibero was
ni'irh brillancy, and did not think that
a man in the class would ever rise
very high, mid now li.t'iecn of them
are occupying prominent positions. I
have jjiven il up; I c oil I'll a thing
about lioys Ihey'ie a mystery."'
Both Had Married Well.
The late Duke Maximilian, father
of ti e Kmpress of ustria, was ono
of ihe most simple and ufl'abloof men.
One day as he was travelling on (he '.rain
between his c.u itry residence and
Vienna, he fell in with a banker from
"Are you going lo Vie ma ?" aked
Yes; to fo'iny daughter. She has
ju -t been married."
"Ah!" said the Duke, "mine has
just boen mariied also. Was it a good
"Fxcellcnt ! And that ol your
"Not bad either."
"My daughter married the banker
( lolilschinid ."
"Mine Ihe Finpror of Austria.''-
I 11 irpei's B f. ir.