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PITTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, APRIL Hi, 18.
To Him Who Seoks.
Hope Is the message of the Eastcrtlrne;
And tbe it lad Eatb,
While yet tbe sdow lies wblt upon the bill,
And while tbe Ico King viihls big sceptre
Heralds afar, with faint mid tuneful cblme,
Tbe summer's birtb.
Only tbe ears atluncd to melody
Can catch tbe strain ;
Only for watchful eyes the first flowers blow
BcucUb dead leaves sad coverlet of snow ;
And first to him who seeks ber longingly,
Spring comes again.
Through all tbe voices of tbe waking year,
The Father speaks;
To heavy hearts, bowed with their weight of
He sends His promise In tbe budding leaf,
And first tbe messengers of Hope appear
To him who seeks.
C. . Bancroft, In Youth's Companion,
THE PHANTOM TRAIN,
BY AKtlllE It. EGGLFSOX.
It was the summer of 1888, known
a the wet season. It rained continu
al ly from the 1st of April till July,
and on every third or fourth day (lie
drizzlo changed to a hoavy shower.
Road were impassable, and even rail
way traffic came to a standstill.
I was employed by the Great West
ern road and stationed at Wcstgatc, a
beautiful town, not very largo, but
the centre of a piece of magnificent
scenery. To the norm a inojeslic
grove of oaks lowered up from the
banks of tho Big Stowe River which
(lowed sullenly along on its south
westerly course, leaving tho little city
a short distance to tho cast. A black
smith shop, two or three stoics, a res
taurant and hold, a church and a
schoolhonsc, which was .lighted up by
the pleasant faco of tho postmaster's
only daughter Stella, made up tho
public buildings of the place, witli (lie
addition of the dopot and gruln waio
1 10 n so, where but littlo business wos
trunsactod during the flood.
About a mile northward the railway
bridge spanned the Big Stowe, and 1
hud been requeslod by the bridgo fore
man to in at; o a trip out to tho struc
ture every day just before dark to sco
that the approaches were safe, as in
every sovcre storm tho river, ulready
swollen to full banks, would lnp tho
end of the long bridge and whirl
fiercely around tho piers.
1 slept in my office, as duty com
pelled me to remain there quite Into at
night, and it was but little trouble to
change my lounge into a bed. I had
also a corner occupied by a pony in
strument on which at odd moments
through the day I instructed a young
student in the art of tolegraphy, feel
ing thankful for something to help me
to pass away time iu such dull
One sultry evening, after a few
hoars of clear sky, I placed my railway-tricycle
on the track preparatory
to inukiug my evening trip to tho
bridge. Heavy bauks of clouds could
be eeeu in the west, and there was an
ominous stillness in the air that made
anxious to ninuo a speedy trip.
It was a toilsome journey, and the
perspiration gathered on my fore
head and my breath became short be
foro I finished it; but, although 1
fouud i he water higher than it had
been, it was not nioro dangerous to
Upon my roluru I took care to hnvo
my switch-lights trimmod and pla?cd
out earlier ibau usual and hnstily par
took of supper, for already the low
muttering of distant thunder foretold
a heavy storm and a bad night. When
it broke at last I was alone in my
office, and the cracking of the tele
graph instruments, as tho lightning
played around them, resembled the
firing of a small pistol. The rain fell
in torreuts und the wlud blew as if
would demolish everything beforo ii.
I sat listening to the eflorts of the
despateher to make bis truiu orders
plaiu, and when ids continued repeti
tions made mo uervous, fell buck on
my guitar for consolation. After
playing every mournful melody 1
could think of, I spread out my bod
and dropped on it, to rest, if not to
sleep. For some time I heard tho
rain beating against the window and
the wind rushing under the cornicoof
the depot and creeping along the
rafters with sobs like those of a child;
then I dored off to sleep, aud nothing
I awoke suddenly to tiud myself
sitting up in bed, and to hear the
pony instrument working clearly, ns
if handled by masterly fingers. I was
spellbound, for the apparatus was
connected wi h ll.e utiiin line, and
theie was no one in I he room; but it
clicked distinctly, and my blood
curdled a I recognized the call that is
used on the wires only fot those mes
sages that are always sent to an
operator's ear the 'death signal."
Who wa sending it?
) sprang out of bed, turned my
lumps higher, seized my fountain-pen
and made leady to copy. The message
ran u follows:
"From Austin toC. W. O , Oelwein.
Number four Night Limited went
down at Big Siowe Bridge. Fifth
and sixth trestle washed out. Seven-ty-fivo
killed. "K. C."
I read and reread this till my own
writing looked strange to me as it lny
on the desk, and theti glanced at tho
clock. It was a quarter to one. Num
ber Four was due at Westgato at half
past two. So the message was scut an
hour and a quarter beforo tbe trniu
would reach tho place of tho wreck I
. At that minute the piercing whisllo
of a locomotivo broko upon the night
air. I glanced at the window aud saw
the red light of an approaching train
some fifty yards away. Throwing on
my coat and picking up my lantern, I
made my way to the platform, saying
"The bridge was 'all right last
night. It is surely all right now."
1 stood a long time wailing for tho
train to pass by. Ntimbor Limi
ted stopped at Wcstgatc, but it came
no near and it made no sound. Then
I saw that it was going at full tpced
through a country with which I was
uol familiar. Tho faithful engineer
stood iu his cab, with his hand on tho
ihrolilc, guiding through the darkness
iho human freight that was trusted to
him for safe delivery ; and the lire
man, in tho shadow, looked out with
a pallid face. They crossed streams
mid halted at stations; the bell rang
aud tho whistlo echoed, but there was
no riimblo of wheels.
By and by 1 began to recognize the
stations as thoy came to them. There
was the New Hampton depot, with tho
passengers crowding about the steps,
and friends meeting and parting at tho
door of tho car. Tho conductor
walked out with his train-orders in his
hand. Tho mail-pouches wcro ex
changed, and tho phantom train wcut
Next came Fredericksburg, then
Sutnuer, und then O terriblo fael
I could hear the humming roar and
the panting of tho engine; I could see
tho turbulent water of tho Big Stowe
lashing the approaches of the long
bridge. Tho train was slowing up to
cross it. I held my breath. It was
iu tho conter of the great structure.
The engineer was calling for brakes.
1 could hear tho escaping steam; and
tho next instant it had plunged head
long into the black, seething mass of
I dropped on my knees and gavo,
not a scream, but the wildest yell that
ever came from mortal lips. A mo
ment biter, I was fully awake, lying
on the office floor, where I had fallen
during my nightmare.
8 ine limo elapsod bofore 1 could
determine that it was all a dream. 1
mined up my lamps, examined lh
litilo instrument that had clicked oil
tho warning message, looked for a
copy of it on my desk, and at last re
solved that, as I had ample timi, I
would go out to Stowe and xamino
tho bridge bofore Number Four was
due. If everything was right, no one
on tho trip need ever know of my
It was but the work of a moment
to gel out my tricycle and light up tho
hcan-lamp, and I was toon whirling
away toward to the river. The storm
had passed, leaving a bank of copper
colored clouds in tho east and the
moon shining dimly in tho far west.
As I drew nearer the hoarse voice
of tho Big Stowo became a roar, and
I fouud tho track tjoverod with water.
The tricycle had to bo abandoned, and
I continued my way on foot through
mill deeper waters till I readied the
bridge. 1 passed easily over the first
four trestles, and was angry to find
that I had such faith in the mysterious
message that I was expecting danger
in tho fifth and sixth. When I stopped
and swung my lantern out ahead of
me, its gleam, aided by the moon
light, showed me thirty-two feet of
rail vibrating to and fro over a yawn
ing chasm, whero the mad water
laughed and leaped and shrieked as if
a demon controlled them. The fifth
and sixth trestles were washed away,
aud I knew by a warning scream of
the locomotive that Number Four had
just left Sumner.
There was no help for it; I must
cross that gap on tho rail and flag Iho
(lain thai was coining through the
darkness to death and destruction. 1
crouched down aud began my passage
for life, taking my lantern between
my teeth, thul I ininlit havo tho use of
boih hands. The least dizziness or
woukness, the slightest Ions of balance,
would plunge mo into the waves below,
and the train would be lo.st.
I crawled carefully along; now 1
win moving successfully, now I was
trembling now lb" swaying of the
i. til was tinning my head I I wa
iwo-thiid of the way across when I
heard the train coming; a few step
more, and Iho headlight of old Nuinbor
Four caino swif'ly around s nirve und
bore down the long grade.
I was like a madman; in my excite
ment my teeth shut themselves tightly
on the wire handle of my lantern and
I crept like a boast of prey to the firm
footing (bat lay before me, where I
stopped long enough to lake my tight
in my hand aud wave tho danger sig
nal. As I ran lightly up tho track 1
waved it iu a dozen (shapes and shouted
at the lop of my voice, though I know
no one would hear inc. Tho terriblo
strain on my nerves gave way wheu i
climcd up ou the engine aud tried to
explain matters to the onginecr, who
had halted three hundred feet from
tho bridge. I got through with an
incoherent senteuco in which "nies
sage" aud "phantom train" repeated
themselves and then I believe I cried
at least the boys say I did ; but they
never called it babyish; and the who
crow called it a wonderful coinci
dencc. New York Ledger.
Attacked By au Elcphnut.
Whon Irritated by a wound tho c'.o
pbnntof Indo-China, says an explorer
iu tho New York Sun, becomos very
dangerous, especially to whito men.
While the elephant of India takes to
flight at the first shot, if its wound is
not mortal, tho Indo-t. 'hi nose animal
at once attacks tlio hunter. I had an
adventure of this sort;
I wanted to show the Cambodians
what a European hunter can do, and I
therefore roqucstod tho mandarin to
allow tnc to try a shot at tho wild
herd, which meantime had retired
into the forest. Only ufier my re
pealed assurances thai I should not
hold hiin responsible for the eousc
queuccs, the mnnduriu gavo his con
sent. I took my riflo und some am
munition, got ready fur tiring, and
ordered my Cambodian servant to
follow mo at a distance with my re
serve double-barrellod rifle. Entering
the forest, I saw thrco elephants
standing iu front of me. 1 looked
round for my servant, but be wa no
where to be seen. A f.ill-growii
female elephant, followed by a young
one, rushed toward mo with uplifted
trunk aud tiorco trumpeting. I had
no time to sparo to take good aim,
aud so I fired into the open mouth of
the beast. The tremendous recoil of
my guu threw mo to tho ground, and
at the same moment I heard my serv
ant fire twice.
I quickly raised myself, but was
unable on account of the smoke of my
gun to seo the elephant. Then I sud
denly folt something graze my face,
and 1 was hurlod a distnnco of several
yards, and lost consciousness. When
I recovered the Cambodians stood
around me. They hud thought that 1
was dead. My clothes were sprink
led with blood, aud a pain in my up
per jaw convinced mo that there was
something wrong. 1 found that sever
al teeth had been knocked out. The
elephant had knockod them out with
hor trunk, and had disappeared.
Three balls had not killed her. A
deadly wound can only bo given when
the ball enters through tie temple or
As the elephant lias keen scent und
hearing, a European needs long ex
perience before be can hunt the animal
successfully. Tho native, who creeps
noiselessly in his Anniiiiite costume,
has, iu spite of his inferior weapons, a
bcUcr chanco of success thau a Euro
pean with bis creaking boots and
breech-loader. The Benongs kill ele
phants with poisoned arrows, which,
although they caunot penetrate the
thick tkin, may inflict a deadly wound
iu softer parts, such as iho trunk. Iu
such places the poisonous substance,
prcparod from extracts of horbs, acts
so violently that tho animal often dies
within ten minutes.
fating Out of Trooghs.
All the men employed on the Man
inco estate in Sicily, sleep on the
property on week nights and tramp
back to town for Sunday. Their
food Is provided for them during the
week. In the morning they havo a
large chunk of brown bread bakod on
(ho spot, a herring or a sardiuo, and
as much wine as one can drink in one
draught. In the eveuing they feed
like animals. There are wooden
troughs on tresses iu tho open air, ar
ranged around three sides of a square
aud filled with a sort of "pasta."
Tho men stand around these troughs
(I hoy are like English pig troughs)
and feod with their fingers. It is in
vain that their master ha tried lo in
duce them to cat out of plates with
spoons. They broke the plates and
threw i he spoon away. Presumably
their idea Is that sometimes there are
lumps in the food, which, feeling
with their fingers, they are able (o
Noi.o upon, so securing a largo share-
WHITE HOUSE WIVES, j
The Domestic Relations o! the
Some Presidential Love Affairs j
It is a notablo faiu, ilcc'ures the
New Yoik World, thai most of tho
Presidents were or had been very hap
py iu their domestic relations. But,
then, the ladies of the White House,
from Martha Washiiig 'ni to Frances
Cleveland, havo been admirable and
lovablo representatives of their sex.
Buchanan was Iho only conGrmcd
bachelor among lh: Presidents, yet
be, too, had had his romance. Ho had
loved a Miss Coleman, who jilted hiin
without a word ol explanation. Wheu
she died shortly afterward", he wroto
to her father, Buying "that he had
loved her more infinitely thau any
other human being could love, and
though he might sustain the shock of
her death, happiness hud fled from him
forever." Van Huron, Jcfierscu and
Arthur were widower when they en
tered the White Iloiibc. All of them
cherished a most touching devotion to
the memory of their wives, rthur
had met his wife at Saratoga and af
ter her death be could never bear to
go to that place. .lclP:ron tended his
sick wife four months and on her
death-bud solemnly promised, his hand
in hers, that ho would never marry
again. When tho end came he stag
gered into his library and fainted.
Whon ho revived ho Teas almost out ot
his senses and for weeks was c. ntuie.1
lo iho library, pacing up and down
the room all day and all nighl until
exhausted nature could stand no
One of the quocre't couples that ever
inhabited tho White House, and one of
tho most devoted, were Andrew .lack
son and his wife. Sho was as demo
cratic as himself, smokod a pipn and
used straugo country idioms ,-iud con
fined her reading to tho Bible. Yet
she was intensely scnsiiivo to public
opinion. There had been some mis.
understanding about her divorce from
her first husband, which, through a
confusion of Slate lawn, had not really
taken legal effect until after her mar
riage Willi Old Hickory. The scandal
was revived when she entered the
Whito House, aud it was tho object of
Jackson's tomlorcsi solicitudo to 'keep
from her all knowlodgc of tho shame
ful attacks that abounded in the news
papers. She died iu the White House
and her bereaved husband ever after
wards bore around his neck and hidden
in his bosom a ininiatuie, which every
night ho placed on a little table by his
bedside, so that hor face might bo the
first thing to greet him in tho morning.
On her tombstone he had caused to be
engraved the words " A being so
gentle and yet so virtuous, slander
might wound but could not dishonor.'
General Grant during the whole of his
mniiod life wore a ring which his
wife had given hiin during his en
gagement and at his request it was
buried with him.
General Tyler and Millard Fillmore
were the only Presidents who were
twice married. The former was
President at the time of his second
marriage, but for some reason he con
sidered it indelicato to be married in
the Whito House, a precedent which
Cleveland rightly honored iu the
breach rather than iu the observance.
Fillmore's first wife was taken sick on
the very day his term of office expired,
and died a few weeks afterwards at
Willard's Hotel, iu Washington,
whither sho had been removed from
the Whito House.
Lincoln's romance was connected
with hi first love rathor than with the
lady whom he afterwards married.
The former was a golden. haired little
blondo named Anne llutljdgc, to
whom he wo engaged at th ago of
24. Sho died before thoy .-ould be
married, and Lincoln almost went out
of his mind. His friends thought in
deed that he was crazy. He was es
pecially violent in gloomy or stormy
weather, when lie would rave and cry
that he could never be reconciled to
have the snow, rain or storms to beat
upon her grave. it was not until
nearly ten years afterward that he
became engaged to Miss Alary Todd,
who refused Stephen A. Pougia, iu
order to accept him. But he had a
presentiment that the marringc would
uot be a hnppv one. On I lie, day first
sot for the wedding ho became sud
denly ill and wa unable to make, his
appearance, though bride, clergymen
ami guests worn all wailing fur him.
More than a year afterward the mar.
riage wa finally eoiisiimmatctl.
Most Wonderful Living Skeleton.
The most singular freak of limine
known to surgical or medical litora"
lure was Claude Auibrciso Leurnt, a
Frenchman, known ali over tho world !
in the early part of the present cen
tury as Iho "Living Skeleton." At
the liuio of his birth, and for quite a
period after that interesting ecut,
Claude was as plump and fleshy as
any of the little French cherubs of
his neighborhood, Treves, France.
One account says that he was born in
1787, but a half doon others place it
ten years later, so that wo may con
clude that, had he lived lo the present
day, he would only bo three years
older than the century.
At tbe age of four Claude was al
most a perfect miniature mummy,
being a mere skeleton clothed in a dry,
yellowish brown skin. Still he eon
liinind to grow in height, tho bones
enlarging just as though they were the
framowork intended to support their
quota of flesh. A the age of twenty
cigli', when he was first exhibited in
London, lie was a man in height and
general appoarauces, but weighed
only fifty six pound.. Ho stood five
feet seven inches in height and is said
to have looked for ull tho world like
a varnished skeleton, tho skin, which
was tightly st etched over the bones,
especially at the joints, being parch-mcut-iiko,
boll, lo tho touch and to
the sight. When ho first began
wasting away iu flush (this during
the third and fourth years of ids life)
the breast nnd sides retained their
plumpness long after the legs anl
nuns were literally "skin and bones."
Finally, when the flesh wasted from
the breast, fides aud shoulders, tho
skin was so loose that it full down and
dried between tho ribs, making it pos
sible for a person with th nerve to
do so to clasp the fingers around the
libs and touch the ends together, there
being nothing but the two thickneiecs
of skin to interfere. A writer on the
London Times says of him: "Ho had
tho appearance of a bag of hoops
covered with leather and se' up on
two rough, knotty dicks."
The great wonder of Lenrat's case
appears lo lie, not in the fact of his
extreme emaciation, but in the fact
that such a degree of decay should bo
compatible with human life. St.
Story of an Altered Draft.
Within a few weeks the power of
chemestry to aid criminals has been
made manifest iu the case of a Buffalo
(N. Y.) bank. This bank believed
iliat it was amply protected against
fraud by what is called the advice
system. Its habit lis . been at the
close of each day's business to notify
its New York bank correspondent to
all the drafts it has issued that day,
and tho numbers aiid amounts of each
of thoin. This it was supposed would
prevent the payment of any altered
draft when it reached the Now York
hank. But this advice system cost
the bank $12,001. A well dressed
man, well introduced apparently, with
the manner of nn active business man,
bought two drafts of this bank, one
for -912,000 und one for $ 120. This
transaction was reported immediately
to the New York correspondent.
A day or two later a draft for
$12,000 wns received by the New
York correspondent, its number cor
responded with that indicated iu the
letter of inforinaiioii scut from the
Buffalo bank, aud it was, therefore,
paid. But when a fow days after
that another draft for $12,000 of the
same number wus received, it was
evident that fraud had bcon prac'iced.
The last draft was genuine. It had,
been negotiated in a distant city. The
first draft had been alterod so that its
number corresponded wilh that ot tbe
genuine draft for $12,000, and it had
been raised lo fl 2.000. Yet the alter
ations were so perfect that it was a'
most impossible for Mr. Siec to delect
them. As the New York correspon
dent had paid the forged draft, it was,
of course, compelled lo pay tbe genu
ine oiio, and I he Buffalo bank lost its
money. Atlanta Const iiution.
The Kleclrical Wonder.
There ha been some misconception
a to the working of tho so-called
"electrical woudor," which is now
drawing large crowds in Loudon. The
invention would probably be moro
correctly described as a photographic
wonder, the electrical part of the ar
rangement consisting simply of the
motor, which gives the rapid motion j
to Him series of pictures, and an incau- j
descent .amp in the interior of tho j
in u liine, both of which are operated !
Iiy u coin falling In the slot. The el-
feel exhibited are truly wonderful. !
Figures of men and animals seem Iu-
si i not with life, and their animated I
gcoiures are absolutely true to nature.
Noinbly an elephant aud a r.amol walk
and run respeelively across the field
if vision, end no only is the charac
C i-licgiilof each made manifest,
I. in. the action of the variou muscle
of the holy and limbs in distinctly
seen. rChic.ii'O New Record.
t IIII.IKK.Vh IOI I ?l.
O mislitT. niightv river. (!
deep mid i'uIqi.
M ilh the mills upon thy i'n:e
tlilps upon thy pnlin : j
Tell me. why thou never fni'.o!. :fci tf'O
at weak snd small, j
But with ever swelling nrr'-nt i i .nc' -t i
don thy wealth to all?
,,.in:kly then the riwr answered 'Ttai-c
the little Mountain s-prilij:. ,
Krr sparkling, ever zuoliiu;;, for the pfeeiai
tifts I brinj.'. ;
"Far aa among the feris'v n h r. I! !
muas lies deep and coo!.
I here the mill hums in a crevi, , u.-l tin;
ship iwiios in a pool I"
jjanies Tim kliam, iu HarpeV i.:rv lv,i- j
"I'fJN'r LOOK At 111L I'M i,.'
This is tho motto Thomas A F di
son, tlio "electric king,'' once gave to
a boy who desired bis udvko on cel
ling on in the world. Tho implica
tion i obvious.
An employe who measures out the
time he gives to business by iho min
ute, stopping in Iheinid-t of any work
on which he happens to bo engaged
the instant the whistle blows, is uol a
e'erk to be depended on. -'ti-t in ho
watches the clock, so bis employer
watches hirn, realizing that he needs
it. There is no heart in such working.
Tho boy who starts iu on a business
career with no higher aim than lo
make each day seem a short as possi
ble and tu drnw his salary nn 'Satur
day, is certain not lo have h: pockets
weighed down with au inereii-o in in.
Don't look at the clock, then. Timo
will pass no moro quickly becaus of
your doing so; the way to bring this
about is to throw such 7c:l J ;uul ulr.lo
Inarti'diiess intj ibe discharge f yosr
duties that you will forget noli limi
tations ns time, which ;iil Mien fly o
swiftly (hat, you will not note v pis
THK lllltl K OMJAVI.I.H CI' iimc.i s.
In the days of Columbus ves c's wi.r ,
generally called "caravels." nnd it eif
considerable si.u for those times thay
were called by tho Spaniards ti'io.
When (Juecn Isabella diicriuiued lo
help Columbus to make hi' voyage,
a royal order was sent to the -ity of
Pulos to'.,t out thrco ciruvcN ami to
plaee I'toni at the royal elispoal. The (
city made a pretense of complying,
but it was so well known that tho
ships were for Columbus's hazirdous
venture into the terrible western ocean
that neither money nor force could
get them equipped and manned, fiver
and over again the people wcie as
sembled in Iho public, square and the
order read with great pomp, bul ull
Columbus, oi his despair, begged
that lh' prisons be rpcnud and the
coin lets allowed to o with him.
Finally, a ship owner of I'alos, Mar in
Alono riiizou, was induced, by an
otlur ot a large bharo of the ie wards
in case of discoveries, to make an
active ef ort to lit out the expedition.
He was a popular sea-caplain and a
vigorous man of business, und il was
entirely due to him that Columbus im
able to tot sail from I'alos on his ever
inemorable voyage. rin.on con
demned two of tho caravels given by
tho town, and substituted two stanch
vessels of his own. One was a
decked vessel of three hundred tons,
largo enough lo be called a n-io, and
the othor was a little Uing with lateen
sails which wa chosen on account of
her light draught in case rivers bad
to be ascended in the country ihcy
expected to discover. The nao was at
fiist named 'be "Gallega," but they
renamed her tbe "Santa Miria.''
Columbus look be-for h: fh'g-ship,
for ho held au admiral's cnminicsiou
from Ferdinand and 1-nbella. The
little lateen-rigged caravel wa called
tho "Nina." Of the three caravels
offered by the town of Fa'os, the only
one which Pinion considered seawor
thy enough to accept was the "l'mta,"
a boat about half as large a the Santa
Maria, and riggod like her. His
shrewdness in rejecting the others
wns fully proved before the expedi
tion reached the Canaries; for it wa
discovered that the Pima had been
tampered with, and had been pur
posely weakened. A lony delay in
the inlands wus necessary to repair
Such were the vessels in which Col
umbus discovered Amorica; one as
large a a small schooner, and the
oHicr two about ibe size of lighters.
Had ho suopeclcd tho length of his
jonrney, or known of the terriblo
storms which can rage in the Atlantic
Ocean, he never would havo dared to
venture out in craft so frail. S.
The New Orleans Board of Trade
recommend the shipping nnd hand
ling of rice in bulk instead of in bags
s at present
The Land of Dreams.
I hae a bont w hich every night
A little after candle-light,
f-prcads its white sails aud float
I nrfroui the world orevery day.
To band of Ilrcams.
A fai.-y zctdiyr fill the sail,
Then, in a s-s of moonlight pale,
I drift to land of elf and fay
And watch theae fairlefolk at play.
Iu Land of Dreams.
And cften I would linger there
Hut, soltly speeding through the air,
My boat so swiftly takes lis way,
Tua,t I am home at break? of day
l-'rora Laud of Dreams.
If a gin's face is her fortune, what'st
Auiakorof artificial optics has got
to have an eye out for business.
'There is something in your eye,"
remarked tho thread to the needle.
CivilVation lia done its worst for
the poor Indian wheu he wou't even
hunt for a living.
fciiodgrass What a stingy uian Jay
smith i. Suivey Yei; bo even ob
jects if you make a joke at his ex
pense. "Do you think that a 'J' iu a man's
name is lucky, as some people say."
"Sure. Look at Job, nnd Jonah, and
"Whiit is Iho biggou thing you will
s.e ai tho World's Fair?"' asked Mrs.
Fucash. "My hotel bill." replied her
Barbers complain that their busi
ness i not what it was fifteen years'
ago. Ihcy have 10 scrape hard to
get a living nowadays.
tiiiide Now, you re careful;
ninny a ( jurist has broken Ids nock at
this spot. Tourist (lo bis wife)
Augusta, you go first.
Creditor Tho consciences of those
two bankrupts appear t o be very elas
tic. Assignee Well, don't you ex
pect elasticity in suspenders T
"How the wind come in through
lb the cracks of that door. Thoy
ought to be stripped." "Slipped?
No, no. They need more cloth tacked
"locio.', when elo you ihiuk a man
weighs most?'' nskcet a patient who
was undergoing a course of dietary
treatment. "'hiii h'i steps on iny
corns,'' answered tlrs doctor.
Daughter (linking up from her
novel') Papa, iu lime of trial what
do you, suppoao brings "hi mosl com
fort (o a man ? Pupa (.who is district
judge) Au aequital, 1 sh mid think.
Is hi lordship at home-!"' asked a
a gentleman of a well-powdered
flunky, "liou't know, sir, I'm aure.
1 will inquire." He rcturnod with the
message, "No, sir; his lordship de
sires me to say (hit he has just gone
out." "Ah! thank you very much.
Kindly give him my compliments and
und say I didn't call !"
Story of flic Jonah Mine.
Charles F. liauforth of Boise City,
Idaho, is at the Sherman House.
"I used to be a miner away down
iu tho southwest corner of Idaho,'
snid Mr. Dauforth. "We had a big
mining camp down there, between
Topaz and Squaw Creek. And it was
ns tough a camp as you'd wish to meet
in a day's walk. There were two
great partners in tho camp, kuown
simply as Bill and Joe. You never
saw two such close friends thoy ate,
drank, slept, shot aud worked to
geiher. Joe and Bill bad a claim
about a mile from earn p. Of all tho
fellows iu the camp they had the
worst luck. Their mine scared y paid
their whiskey bill, to say nothing of
their losses at poker. The poor boys
were notorious for their bad luck.
"Finally they concluded our currjp
was a 'J nah' for them and that they
would sell out and leave. Of course,
they couldn't soil such a dead mine in
our region, so they decided that Bill
should travel to parts where it had
ucver been heard of and endeavor to
unload' the mine, while Joo should
stay and continue work. Before Bill
departed ihcy between them fixed up
a lot of the most monstrous and ssduc
tive lies ever dreamed of.
Bill sallied forth, ancod to the
tceib, ax il were, to snare tbe un
wary, and his glowiug descripliou of
their mine very nearly landed a pur
chaser a lime or two. Joo worked
away patiently at the mine. Finally
ono day, about a week after Bill had
left, he 6truck it rich. Ho rushed to
the telegraph office and sent the fol
lowing message to Kill:
"Don't sell the mine. Our lies are
all true." f Chicago News.
The average annual income of every
farmer iu Suitor County, California,
is about $3000, and the average as
sessed properly i about f 2000 to etsh