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PITTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, FEBRUARY 16, 1888.
NO. 24.
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Father Time.
Above tbe wor!d 1 sit and sail
Moving on, moving on;
The things I pass no more avail,
Tluv bill their years, decay and fall,
While I keep moving on.
p.nvn on tho world I look and smile,
Moving on, moving on;
Tho scythe I bear smites all the while
Cuts a it 11113' for good or guile,
While 1 keep moving on.
Ovor the world I glance my eye,
Moving on, moving on;
( ;.Hil !. Is mature, the hopeful try
Tlx1 l,,n ' shall never die,
Whilo I U vp moving on.
Animl tho v- orld I sit and roll,
Moving on, moving on;
Kivnirg fruits for sacred goal,
I rtVoting hopes of the dying soul,
While I keep moving on.
!. si.le the world I pit and hear,
Moving on, moving on;
Sounds of joy or s dn (s drear,
Filling the pac- around tbe sphere.
While I keep n.oving on.
Altove, around all worlds I ride,
Moving on, moving on;
Watching in all tho swelling tide
Of human love and human pride,
Whilo I keep moving on.
When stars go out and worlds stand still,
Alone I'm moving on;
Obeying God's eternal will,
I cease not when all else is still.
But yet keep moving on.
Thus Time rolls on,
Ever on and on;
Above tho earth and o'er the sea,
'Mid lightning'. flash,
And thunder's eraih,
Moving toward eternity.
- Wm. A. Wheildon.
A Thief Among the Bees.
The Holden brothers, Moswell and
Fnnk, went to California from a New
K iL'tatul town, in 1881, for tho benefit
0' Ui-well's he ilth. upon medical ad
vice; and Eu')Jcquent!y they found
tli mclves engaged ia tin business of
lre-ketpinij near Los Angeles for cir
cumstances, accident rather tlun dc
M;'n, lir t led thern into it.
Tii? children hi I i iharito I a coasti
tuti:ial tendency to pulmonary di3
c:is, which had already begua to de
vjlop itself ia Roswcll. Indeed, he m
h'.cottc so far an invalid that his friends
denned it unsafe for him to -set off on
so long a jouracy alone. After many
l;nu.y delUrjrsuions, it was arranged
that Frank, aud Ellea, their sister,
should iiccomjuny him, and r.'in iia one
wintvr, if cot longer, ia the weit.
As their means wvre limited, Fraak
nud Klleu bogau, sooi after arriving in
California, to look about Jor some way
t-) earu a liviag. Ilinvjl', too, ai his
health improved, wished for something
t)do; and at length Ihey were, by
chance, led to buy thirteen hives of
b.os of a lady who herself formerly an
invalid hal been employing her leisure
ia ajiculture, but now was about re
luming to her home in New York.
With these thirteen hivej the young
Hohlcns entered upon the lien ey-producing
busiacss early ia 1832. For a
year thev resided in tho vicinity of L03
Angeles, but finding that the bees, as
the number of swarmi increased, were
unpopular among their neighbors, they
were led to move from so thickly inhab
lied a diitnct. and lived for a lime near
Mojave.
Thence, however, early the followin
spring, tlvjy again moved to a tract of
unoccupied country farther back cmong
the mountains, ia a kind of long defile,
or crooked valley, inclosed by a wooded
range oa cither hand, but which, from
tho great abundancj of wild flowers,
atlords pood pasture for becs. Here
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thev arc at nrcseat dweliiacr. and it is
from a number of letters from them to
their friend at homo that the present
sketch ii compiled.
The weather there h so favorable and
the clim itc so mild that bees require but
little feeding with artificial sweets,
tlrm -h, of course more honey can be
produced for market if, at certain times
of the year, the swarms arc thus pro
vided with food.
The hives are arranged so that
drawers, or boxc, when filled with
honey by the bees, can be withdrawn,
and empty ones substituted in their
place.
tjwarms of bees vary in size and in in
dustry as hoacy-gatherera. Some swarms
produce in a year not more than twenty
l"unU that can prubntly bo with
drawn from them; some, indeel, from
eit.ii cause, will not even gather
enough honey for their owa support.
Oilier swarm produce forty or fifty
pounds, and stiil others much more.
The lloldcns have now between two
tad threo hundred hives, hiving made
it a rule so far to keep all the new
warms which come out, though a few
l:ive escaped. The care of thi3 nu
niciom colony occupies all their time
and attention, and they hire two Indian
J-'irls to assist them to watch tho nu
mcrom sub-colonies which they have
'stablishad in different parts of the val
hy, generally within a mile of each
thcr. For it will not do to have all
fats two hundred swnrras, or more
oliected near one spot, ou account of
'lie pasture supply of flowers being over
fed, and the bees having to go too far.
The whole number of swarms ii di
vided up into groups of ton or fifteen
hives, and these are often shifted from
place to place as th-3 season passes.
For moving a sub-colony to fresh pas
turage, tho boys have a platform set
upon four wheels, and drawn by two
steady mules. Then, sft.r the bees
have entered the hive at night, they are
closed in, and the hives are transferred
to the platform. Very carefully then,
and slowly, so as not to jar the hives too
much, the transportation of the colony
to the distance of a mile or two is ef
fected.
At the time of this story, some, time
in March or April of last year, the
Holdens had pastured out ten hives at a
point higher up the valley than any
they had previously occupied. In point
of fact, the new pasture was ia a branch
of the main valley. Hither they had
como up from their bcc-shed3 next be
low, two m les distant, with a load of
hives, and built a 4,rest" for them near
two large oaks great trce3 with wide
spreading branches that nearly touched
the ground on tho north side of the
intervale,, at tho foot of tne mountain.
It was a favorable location, for on the
south side the becs had the entire val
ley, well stocked with flowers and
flowering shrubs, outspread before
them; and so sec'uded did the place
seem that the young apiarists judged it
entirely safe to leave the be s to gather
honey here, unguarded, for a few days
at least
Having seen to it therefore, that the
hives were well placed, they returned
down the valley to their shanty-house,
where their sifter and the India 1 girls
looked after the few simple domestic
affair of the household. In fact, it was
quite their custom thus to colonize
new pasture, and thus they had met with
few lose3. Honey in smill quantity,
had b?cn stolen from them on one or two
occasions and once a number of deer, ia
their flight aero s the valley, had upset
three or four hive.
But on thi3 occasion they met with a
mishap; for oa going to the place two
or three days afterward, to see how their
swarthy "Italnns" were prospering,
Fruuk found oae hivo upsjt, and
another of the ten missing altogether.
From the latter circumstance, as also
from certain marks and traces in the
irrass, resemi:i:icj loot prints, ne at once
concluded that soma thief haul
"jumped ' the hive.
A few day before they hnd heard tho
report of a pin ftv.r u time?, faint ana
at a di dance, and hid conjectured that
th re was a hunting party, cither of
whites or Indiana, on the other side of
the mountain.
'So:r.c of them hive probably been
spying about aud got th ir eyes on that
row of hives" was Frank's thought.
Whether tlu rogues would nst con
tent with the honey of 01c hive, or corns
back after more, was what no one could
guess. The brothers, however, deemed
it prulcnt to expect them again, and
would have gone up and drawn the re
maining hives down to camp, if the
two Indian girls had not been sent down
to the postofliee a little settlement
twelve miles away with the mules, to
get the mail and a stock of grocer hs.
Roswell therefore propoicd that, af
ter suppnr, they should t tkc a little
shelter tent which they Ind, and go up
to the new rest, in ord. r to pnss the
night where th -y could guard th ; hives.
For 1 y this time the older brother had
so far recovered his health as to be the
stronger of the two.
As Ellen did not li!ce to bo left en
tirely alone she proposed to accompany
them. They accordingly set off, tak
ing a'ong the tent, three blankets and
a Winchester carbine.
Arriving at the rest just at dusk, they
pitched their little shelter tint near the
trunk of one of tho oaks already re
ferred to, and in such a manner that the
culsofthe drooping branches nearly
or quito conccaie 1 ine ie 1 irom
viow.
The night was warn and the place
was quite dry. Accordingly they did
not kindlo a fire, but made themselves
comfortable with their blankets under
cover of the tent and the sheltering foli
age of the tree.
They had really no serious expecta
tion that the thief would com3 back;
and after a time all threo of them fell
asleen. for Ellen Holden had become
1
quite accustomed to this free, out-of
door life. They slept thus for three or
four hours.
During the early part of the nisht
fhero was a mien, but the moon set to
ward midnight; the stars, however,
gave some light, though everything
rather mistv and dim. The now
somnolent and quiet hives reposed on
their rest, a few yards from the tree and
the tent.
At length tho sleepers were suddenly
roused by a he ivy thump, followed by a
rrninrr noisft an d a deep humming
b' o
sound from the hives.
They all started up and listened in
tcntly.
'Something's afoul of the bees, Ros,"
whispered Frank.-
Roswell, starting up, took the Win
chester and peeped out amongst the oak
branches. What looked like a: -till,
' slouching ' man was in the very! act of
talvin" one of the hiv.-s in his arms,
1 cl-.ifv tho. lotidlv buzzinir bees. As
Roswell stared in astonishment,
the
sturdy pilferer did actually clasp ' his
arm 1 about tho hivo and raisins it off
tho rest, started .to walk slowly off
with it.
It's somj Indian, I gue3S, by the
looks of him, " mutterad Roswell "I
don't just like to fire at him; he don't
seem to have any gun. But let's 'go'
for him and givo him a good thrashing.'
Frank, agreeing at once to his propo
sition, snatched up two stakes which
ihey had cut for the tent, and handing
one of theso to his brother, who laid
down the rifle, both young men ran
quickly, but ttealthily, after the
heavily-loaded thief, w' o was shamb
ling awkward lv oa ac oss tho open
ground, beyond the rest.
The grass was thick and soft, and they
wero not long closing in with the
marauder.
'You scoundrel!" yelled Frank.
Lug off our honey, will you? ' and
tlrawing off with his stake, cave the
thief such a trcmcndoui whack across
the back and shoulders as to knock him
half-forward over the hive.
"Take that!"
Drawing off again, he was about to
repeat the dose, and Roswell on his part
was ju it getting in a blow, when the
supposed "Indian" suddenly came
round on all fours and givo vent to a
growl which made the Whole valley re
echo. It was a grizzly ! and as ho growled,
ho rose on his hind legs and "lunged'
at Frank.
Prodigiously astonished, Frank gave
a long jump backward not s far,how
cver, but that one of the ugly creature's
paws raked along his right side and sent
him rolling over and over again on the
ground.
Roswell, too, had executed an almost
equally long leap backward, and ran
plump into Miss Holden who with com
mendable foresight, had come quietly
after her brothers, with the Winchester
in her hands.
"Here, quick, shoot!" she exclaimed,
thrusting the loaded piece into his
hands. Turning on the instant, Ros
well fired one, two, three, four shots
into the bear, now in tho very act of
lunging again at Frank, and with such
effect that the animal fell, roaring and
yhining, unable to rise for another
lunge.
A few more shots finished it.
Frank, though considerably bruised
and shaken up, was not seriously in
jured. "Ellen," exclaimed Roswell, turniig
to his sister, when tho bear had been
fairly floored and Frank had picked
himself up, "Ellen, you're a brick! You
got round just in the nick o' time!"
"Well," said she laughing, "when two
fellows go after a grizzly with a couple
of sticks, it's a good plan to have
Winchester not far behind." Youth's
Companion.
Ventilation of Bedrooms.
Dr. Brown-Si ouard, who has been
preaching that Lad ventilation of sleep
insr rooms and poor and monotonous
food are the great causes of phthisis,
treated of that disease at the last meet
ing of the Academy of Sciences in Paris,
taking many of his examples from Eng
land. Wherever population is dense,
and sleeping rooms ill-aired or over
crowded, consumption prevails. Dr.
Bai'cy reported that in the Millbank
Prison there were, out of one hundred
deatha, forty-five from this disease.
According to the illu trious French
doctor a room in which a consumptive
person sleeps is reeking with contagious
crerms. if tho nir he exhales u not
carried off.
But how to net rid of it in il!-built
hou es or very cold weather, when it
as dangerous to open windows as to
keep them shut? To meet this difficulty
Dr. Brown-Sequard showed the Acad
cmy an apparatus of hi3 invention.
reversed funnel, the shape of a lamp
shade, is placed at tho end of a tube, so
arranged in its curves and angles that
when it is placed beside a bed the re
versed funnel will be above the sleeper
and draw up tho air he breathes. The
other end runs into tho chimney of the
room. If there is none it is taken
through a heating apparatus to an air
hole. The heat is great enough to burn
the disease germ .
The Fig and the Lady.
A Lady who was Passing along a Lane
came upon a Pig rolling in the Mud and
called out in disgust:
"Wretched Creature, but what a Mis
erable Life you must lead 1"
"On tho Contrary, ro one takes
more Comfort,'' rejoined the Porker.
"But you roll in the Mud."
"Just liko a Pig. Had Nature in
tended me to boss a greenhouse, I should
not be here.''
Moral: The above happened a hund
red years ago. All the pigs of today
want to bo Canary Bird8. Detroit Free
Press. mm.
.Backing a Horse.
"Did you ever back a horse, Darrin
'gerP "Only once, Bromley."
"Didyouwiu?
"I lost $50. I backed him into a
shop window on Chestnut street Bos
ton Budget.
CHILDREN'S COLUMN.
Sm'l s and Tearj.
I smile, and then tha van comes out;
He hides away wheue V I pout ;
He seems a very funny sun
To do whatever he sees done.
And when it rains he disappears;
Like me, he can't see through the team
Now isn't that the reason why
I ought to smile and never cry?
In more than this is he like me;
For every evening after tea
He closes up his eyelids tight, .
And opens them at morning's light. "
Frank D. Sherman in Young People.
An Arabian Gsm-t of Marbles.
The Arabs play marbles differently
from the American boys. Of course the
arrangement of the marbles to be shot
at can be varied in many ways ; but the
young Arabs shoot the marb!e in a way
of their own and much more accurately
than American lads. The left hand, is
laid flat on the ground with the fingen
closed together, and the marble is
placed in the groove between the mid
dle finger and forefinger. The fore
finger of the right hand is then pressed
firmly on the end joint of the middie
finger, and when the middle finger is
suddenly pushed aside, the forefinger of
tho right hand slips out with more of
less force and projects the marble very
accurately in the direction of the groove
on the left hand. Many of the boys be
come very expert
Perhaps marbles are almost the only
playthings for which Arab children pay I
money ana as a rule only a very small
capital is needed. St. Nicholas.
A Tale-Tellirg Crow.
Among birds there is a universally
understood signal of danger. . In some
cases it is the shrill scrcim of tho swal-1
low and swift; in ethers tho repeated
despairing cry of the thrudi and black
bird; or it may be the hiss of the tomtit
and wryneck; the "pink, pink" of the
chaffinch; the "cluck cluck" of the
farmyard hen; but wherever or when-
ev-r it h he!-;! a 1 the feathered tribe
instantly seek some place of refuge.
But quite np-irt from this well-known
warning there arp numerous instances
whic'i seem to be conc!usive that birds
also communicate their ideas to each
other. Ojo div. wfcl c sitiinff hidden
in the garden, says a writer for Little
Folks, I observed a crow fly to a
wood-pigeon's nest, which was in a tree
closs above me and bring forth from it
one of their ci?gs which was hard set
Carrying it ia his beak he flew to a
neighboring tree and proceeded to pull
out the young one from the shell and
eat it slowly. Presently another crow
came sailing along on leisurely wing,
and seeing what was happening, he
alighted beside the thief, who must havo
explained everything very clearly, as,
after a tiinuto or two, the new-comer
flew straight to the wood-pigeon's nest.
which was well hiddm in tho
tree. and, notwithstanding tho
cries and resistance of the
parent birds, ho soon appeared with
the second egg.
which he ate with much
relish on the grass a short distance from
me.
An Odd Birth Jay G ft.
A queer birthday present it was, in
deed. But at first Ralph was in a quan
dary. "I haven't a thing to givj Ber
tie," he said. " What shall I do, mam
mn? It is so far to the stores hero in
these Florida woods."
At earlv dawn Ralnh was up and off
to his traps, fishing-lines and turtle pits.
Soon he came in aud whispered : ' 'Mam
ma, I have found the nicest present,
after all ! I can scarcely wait for Bertie
to 4 blossom'--mayn't I wake him?''
Just then Bertie moved, and Ralph
bending over hi3 brother, pressed four
kisses on his forehead, saying: 'Til
give you one to grow on to-night; but
now hurry to dress."
Later, mamma heard a shout of delight
outside. B.rti j called: "Mamma, please
come and sec my horse."
She found her boys bending over a
queer object. Ralph said, "ho travels
like an elephant with those short,
clumsy leg3. But when I found him in
the pit I dug at his door; ho was mak-
a
ing the sand fly like fun with those flip
pers of foreleg3. Ho had nearly dug
himself out"
It was a land-turtle, fifteen inches
long. This kind livo oa grass and ber
ries, preferring garden stuff to wild
vegetation. They feed mostly at night,
lying in their burrows all "day. It is
only found in the south. '
"Take tare, darlings, he may bite
you.'
' Oh, no, mamma; uncle says he is
gentle, and will never hurt any one.
See roc carry him round, and then see
him carry Bertie."
He did prove gentle and became a
great pet He was picked up, harnessed
up and ridden bare back. He was at
times elephant, camel, donkey, horse or
turtle; but nothing could tempt them
to sell, or hire him out, lest he might
be harmed.
Before the children went north "Ber
tie" was painted on his back and with
sorrow was turned loose. Do you sup
pose he will come to his stable this
winter and look for his little master!"
Philadelphia Times. -
"HIGHBINDERS."
An Outgrowth of Chinese Life in
San Francisco.
Secret Societies for Purposes of
Murder and Blackmail.
, The Highbinder societies in San Fran
cisco number about fifty. They are an
outgrowth of the life of the Chinese on
this coast, as none of them were organ
ized in China. . When ih coolies first
began to flock hero in great numbers,
allured by the offer of high wages to
work on the Central Pacific Railroad.
the lawless element among them saw
the opportunity for blackmail and
general cspi na ,e, and began the organ
ization of the societies that have proved
the source of most of tho Chinese crime
committed on this coast There were
already in existence then what were
known as the Chinese Six Companies.
These were societies formed for the
mutual protection of members, for aid
to the sick and destitute, and, most im
portant of all, for the transfer to China
of the bone3 of those who died. The
companies represented the two districts
of China which contributed the greatest
number of coolies to this country, and
no Chinese ventured to come to this
country without joining one of these c m
panies. The companies did much good
in early days in enforcing order, and in
punishing any crimes of its members,
but of late vears their nower has been so
much encroached upon by the high
binders that little remains.
Nearly twenty year3 ago the first high
binder society was founded. It was
known as the Chce Kuag Tong, and it
was regularly incorporated. This parent
society is very wealthy. It owns a hand
some brick building on Spofford alley,
in the heart o' Chinatown, and hero are
tho headquarters of the officers, the
j room, and the J033, be
fore which all new members are initi
ated and all oaths takei. One cnter3 the
door, which bears pi linly in English and
Chinese the name of the society, and as
cending a flight of stairs reaches the
main audience room, where state coun
cils of the socictv are held. This is a
handsome apartment fitted up in the
celestial style, with heavy old oak
ranged around the wall; a largo table
stands in the centre directly under a
costly lamp, while Chiaeso paintings
and mottoes from Cjnfucius and other
moralists cover tne walls, for your high
binder is nothing if not m ral. Near
the heal of the stairs is an enormous
boxwood tablet, let into tho wall on
which are engraved the names of the
1,2D3 charter members of the fraternity,
with the sum of money that each con
tributcd to found the institution.
At whatever hour of day or night one
may enter this rom, he will find in the
small rear oftiee some one to inquire
about his business, and to answer any
Questions. It seems that the Case Kung
Tong boasts of over 4500 members in
this city alone, while throughout the
United State, Sjuth Amirica-aad Cuba
tho roll amounts to 15,030. In all it
has 390 branches scattered over this
great territory, but each reports to the
parent society. Every six months four
"headmen" are cho3en by election to
conduct affair', and under them are
thirtv-three "hatchet men," cr active
police,- who are under oath to obey im
pMcitly any order of the heal men. The
Chce Kung Tong for many y;a s was the
most influential of the highbinder so
cieties, but many of its most active
members have starto 1 other associations,
and now tho pum of supremacy in
local power ii dispute 1 by the Ga Sin
Sea and the Bo Sin Sea.
Whatever may have been tne pria
ciplcs upon which Chu Kung Tong was
founded, it is now carried on mainly
for rmrnoses of blackmiil. like all the
a a
other highbinder organizations. Many
reputable merchants have been forced
to ioin these societies, to escape the
exactions of highbinders, but the lead
ing spirits 11 each are men who recogr
nizo no allegiance to any government,
and who obey no laws but those of their
own making. Over the halls of most cf
these societies floats no fl ig but that of
their order, while not even tho com
mand of the consul general tne vic
tual representative of the emperor
could stay any order that had gone forth.
The power of these societies, there
fore, is very great, and no earthly au
thoritv can stay their vengeance. What
w m
this vengeance means may be seen from
a typical case. We will say that a Chi
nese, through jealousy or other motive,
kills another Chinaman, and that he
and his relatives refuse to make good
the loss to the dead man's kindred by a
money payment Then tho society to
which the murdered man belongs issues
an order proclaiming the murderer and
putting a price on his head. Every Chi-
j uese in
the country is warned against
harborinf? or aiding in any way tho
fugitive under pain of the vengeance of
the society. The proscribed man can
not wet any assistance in this country,
and he is unable to escape, as every ave
nue is closely watched. Payment of the
fine imDOsed. suicide, or death at the
a
hands of the hatchci men are h? only
alternatives. A moro perfect system of
terrorizing the timid or the obstinate
was never devised, and the Chinese who
have escaped the death sentence by dis
guise and flight may be number, d on
one's fingers.
Ia conversation with Lee Ah Fonk,
who is tho head man of one of the
strongest of the highbinder societies, he
smilingly admitted that murder was one
of the fine arts in which his society ex
celled. He explained the method of
initiation and the penalties that followed
the breaking of any of the ru'es of the
order. The neophyte who is to be
initiated is taken before the great joss
of the society, and kneels before tho
burning punk and incense in the sacred
bowls that adorn the altar. An attend
ant, with face concealed by a hideous
mask, holds a naked sword to his neck
while a second presses the poio of an
other weapon to his neck. In this posi
tion he takes the oath which binds him
to obey without question any order of
the society's authorized leaders, even
though the order be to murder his best
friend. Corporal punishment is fre
quently inflicted here also, and torture is
applied to extract evidence from wit
nesses, precisely as it is in China today.
San Francisco Chronicle.
Keeping the Oyster's Month Shut
Oysters cannot be kept without a
thorough knowledge of their habits.
They feed twice ia a day of twenty -four
hours and then iust at that stillness
preceding the turn of the tide. At no
other time, except when feeding, do
they open their mouths. When taken
out of the water they naturally attempt
to feed at regular intervals, and as soon
as their mouths are open the liquor is all
lost, the air takes its place, and the
oyster is covered with a thick coating
of slime. This is the firt stage of de
composition, after which the oy ter is
of no account. Just so long as its mouth
is shut it is fit to cat, and a means by
which this can be accomplished has been
the study of some enterprising men for
a considerable length of time. In 1834
Mr. A. A. Freeman of Philadelphia
shipped to Denver, Cel., some oysten
with their mouths fastened by means of
the patent wire spring Yankee clothes
pin. Upon their arrival in the latter
fVi i jt-- Atunril "
found to be in an excellent state of pres
ervation. M Freeman immediately set about
finding some device less cumbersome
than tho Yankee c'.othespin. He finally
hit upon a practicable plan. When the
mouth of the oyster is closed, it feeds
upon the liquor in the shell, and will
keep thus for a considerable length of
time. Mr. Freeman's plan is to fasten
the oyster securely aroun d the mouth
with a stout wire. This is done by the
hand and a pair of piccer. and as it
can be dona very rapidly, great quanti
ties are wired every day. Mr. Free
man has cstablishe 1 at Oxford, Talbot
county, the American Patent Lock
Oyster Company, with headquarters at
Oxford and office at Philadelphia. Al
ready he his shipped car loads to De
troit, S in Francisco, and other cities,
with satisfactory results, and some ere
even on the way to London. He is now
completing arrangements to send next
season shipments to Paris, Rome, and
other citi s, and if the attemj t proves
successful, the American oyster will be
eaten in its natural condition and with
much gusto all over the worll. Balti
more American.
Tea Drinking in Rnssia.
In Russia tea i3 drunk as beer is in
Germany or wine in France. It may be
called the national beverage, and there
are especial saloons or restaurants all
about, both here and in St. Petersburg,
for tea drinkers, both rich and poor.
Tho truly Russian restaurant is very dif
ferent from the European ones. The
waiters arc all attired in white from
head to foot, with a large black purse
at the waist, and are always all men.
There is generally a large barrel organ
which gives out the latest airs. It is
wonderful how much tea a Russian will
drink. The writer entered ono morn
ing one of these restaurants with a
young Russian. Tea was ordered, and
one glass followed another with the
Russian until he hid drank seven. He
said he had often drank eleven, and
that fifteen were not too many for an old
hand. Tho tea is drunk alone or with
lemon, and the sugar eaten from the
hand. A peculiar kind of bread or roll
is eaten with it. Albany Journal.
A Wonderful Grapevine.
Mr. A. F. Tift has upon his place in
Key West, Fla., a wonderful grapevine
covering a great trellis. This vine bears
four crops every year. The grapes
grow in exceedingly compact clusters,
many of them weighing as much as
eight pounds and the vine is literally
loaded with bunches. It is a native
of the West India islands, probably
of Jamaica, As an illustration of the
dense nature of the bunches, the
grapes grow so thick upon them that
the center grapes frequently cannot
reach the sunlight to mature. The out
side grapes can be picked off as
needed, and the mass of grapes beneath
the outside layer left to ripen. Chica
go Times .
Some Days of Days.
Some day, some day of days, threading fhf
street
With idle, heedless pace,
Unloosing for r uch grace,
I shall behold your face!
Some day, some day of days, thus we ma
meet
Perchance the sun may shine from skies 01
May,
Or winter's icy chill
, Touch whitely vale and hill.
What matter! I shall thrill
Through every vein with summer on that
day.
Once more life's perfect youth will all come
back,
And for a moment there
1 shall stand fresh and fair,
And drop the garment care; '
Once more my perfect youth shall nothinj
lack.
I shut my eyes now, thinking how't will be,
How, face to face, each soul
Will slip its long control,
Forget the dismal dole
Of dreary fate's dark, separating sea.
And glance to glance, and hand to hand ir
greeting
The past with all its fears,
The silence and its tears,
Its lonely, yearning years,
Shall vanish in the moment of that meeting
New Orleans Picayune.
HUMOROUS.
In months of sun, so live that months
of rain shall be happy.
"My first purchase is my last," said 1
cobbler, who was just starting in busi
ness. It doesn't abbreviate a three months'
note to have the indorscr make a minuti
of it.
If there is any one who should be
"rapped in slumber" it is the man wh
snores.
At midnight: Young Bore O, dar
ling Miss Ada, I'd do anything for you.
Miss Ada Rially? Well, go home.
Customer: ' I should like to look at a
fat goose." Shop boy: "If you'll wait
a minute, missus will be here directly."
Nothing is more annoying to a young
man who has a bunch of keys at th
end of his watch chain, than to be asked
what time it is.
' Tm gcin' to leave, mum !" ' 'What
for? I am sure I have done all the
woric myseir, mvlov, ,v - 6....
"Well, mum, ther work's not done u
suit me!"
Mrs. Popinjiy Now, dear, you won'i
forget, will you, that to-morrow is the
twenty-filth anniversary of our wedding
day? Mr. Popinjay Dunno. Guest
I'd better tie a string around my finger.
Teacher "John, what are your boots
made of?" Boy "O' leather." "Where
does tho leather come from?" "From
the hide of the ox." "What animal,
therefore, supplies you with boots, and
gives you meat to eat?'' "My father.':
"George, there is a sadDess and mel
ancholy in your eyes to-night, and your
checks sacra blanched." "Yes, Naomi,
lam far from being happy.'' "Confide
in me, dearest Let me share your sor
row. Have the buffetings of this cruel
world cast a gloom over your soul? '
"Well, not exactly, but you see these
shoes are new and they pinch like the
deuce."
Just tack this legend on your door
For those who're going through it,
"Pie:-so take this door along with you
As far as you can do it"
A Uniqne Farm Lease.
A doctor ia Knt county, Delaware,
leased his farm last year. An ironclad
lease was drawn up, but at the end oi
the year the tenant was unable to settle
his account An attempt to secure him
self developed to the doctor the fact that
all the goods of his tenant were covered
by a chattel mortgage held by some one
else, and the doctor was "left" He
again leased his farm, and here is t
copy of perhaps the most unique lease
on record. The names given aro fic
titious: "I, John Smith, do hereby rent my
farm, consisting of 240 acres, more or
less, to Abel Youagman for the ycai
1888. I, on my part, agree to do the
best I can, and I hope God Almighty
will let Abel Youngman do the best he
can."
Distilling Gold.
It has long been known that gold is
to some extent volatilo at high temper
atures; but it is evidently far more
volatile than has hitherto been believed.
Mr. Crooks mentioned incidentally at
the last meeting of tho Chemical So
ciety that he had found gold to boil
violently when heated in the oxyhydro
gen flame, and, in fact, to be so volatile
that there would seem to be no doubt
that it might be distilled in an apparatus
similar to that employed by Sta.s ia dis
tilling silver. Athenaeum.
Choosing Lire Fish For Dinner.
A correspondent writing from Russia
says that in the dining room of one of
the large cafes of Moscow there is a
pool of fresh water in which fish of
various kinds and sizes swim about
Amy patron of the restaurant who may
wish a course of fish for his dinner,
joes to the pool, picks out the partic
jlar fish which strikes his fancy, and in
x jiffy the waiter has captured it with a
3ip net and sent it out to the chef.
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