North Carolina Newspapers

    THE CHARLOTTE MESSENGER.
VOL. III. NO. 31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 12,1887.
Tm $tiO ler Ann. Sift Dv 5 ak
TBB
Charlotte Meeaengre
IB FUBUBHXD
Every Saturday,
AT
CHARLOTTI, N. C.
Id tb« Interwte of tho Colored People
of the Ooostrj.
AMs aod veK-bowe wrttart wffl eootrft-
ute to ita coioaiM ftem dMtrmt perto of the
'Winto', end It «fD ooateh) Um Utwt Oen
ml Newt of the dajr.
Trk UEaeoron b e flnt-cU« newtpeptr
■IK) will not allow penoaal aboae te ita
iimoft. It b not aaetatian or partten, btrt
independent—daaltag fairlf hj aU. It le-
>*ma the righ tto ottWae th« tbartcotniBga
nf all poblir oflelale commtding the
wnrthr. and nronmiendiiig for election nieh
men ■■ In Haoptsknareheat talted to Hn*
ih> Intenata nf the people.
It b intended to m«>)7 the long felt omi
ot ■ new^aper to adhocate the rigbta and
d^-feod the Intn-.ata ofitbe Necro-AnMhoan,
«^>eciall7 in the FMvont «c1i«a of the
I 'nroliaea.
nmoiiptioaa:
(Afieaptfit AdranM.)
8 ipeBtlu
•I I
Addnv,
W.C. SMITH, Charlotte NC,
Thereit aaexlon lo Weat Bpriagflald,
Maw., who dcaerret a notice bteauae he
Vnowa the enlae of Teatitation and how
t > Kccuro it. The other erening, when
the prajifr meellng room wu well filled
and t ' 0 air became bad. ha waited for a
1 au‘e ID the lerricea, and then aaid if
the coDgrefatloB would all arlie fora
few momenta ha would rentUate the
room. The; arose, and he opened win
dows and dooia, lot bnd air out and good
air in, and than the ooiqiTegation ait
down, feeling beiler, and tba aerricat
ueot on briakir- -
Fraoce cow hat a total debt ot about
47,300,000,000,or twkoaateffnAa that
of the United Btata at tb« eloM.of the
war, and alx thoaa aa largo aa 4Vr prea-
«nt interest bearing debt Tbr'French
debt la nearly ItQO per head oCber pop
ulation, while that of tba United States
IS IcM than $90 par head. There la an
intereat diarge of 140,000,000 a year,
hesidea annnitiea and otbar burdegs not
clearly itat^,,aa«Mtiiig .(0 iMjjblRM
much more, ‘liio ananal rvrentie sniag
from tbe people ia B50,'1>00,000| apd yet
thia ia InsuOicieDt to meet (he neeeasitiei
of tbe gorem^aat.
A well at Yakutik, in Siberia, has
Iteen nilandiDg pnule to Kieotiats fnt
manyyenn. It waa begun in 1826, bnt
^'ivon u]> nt thirty feet beeaoM it was
alii! in frozen errth. Than the Ruatinn
.\Midcray of ^e!ciice» enrtlntMd for aome
moiiilu the nnik if iteepening the well,
but sti>|iped u'iien It hid reached to tbe
ericnt iifaamc3S2 feet, wbeo the ground
wuKtill fruren aa ban! aa a rock. In
I -41 the Academy hid the temperature
of the cscaratiOD carefully taken at ra-
rious depths, and from the data thus ob-
laiucd the ground was citimaied to be
frozen to a depth of 919 feet. As ex
ternal cold could not freore the earth to
sut h a depth, even in Siberia, goologistt
have concluded that lha well baapene-
tinted a frown formation of tha glacial
period which haa nerer thawed out.
Minnetota ia growing at a wonderful
rale. Tbe reoaus of 18S5 gara her a
population of 1,117,798, which waa a
gain of forty-three pec cent, daring tbe
fire years aucci-eding 1860, and tbe
asseeament of real and personal eatate in-
creased from $271,169,961 in 1631 to
$458.494,777—a gain of sixty nine per
cent, in fire years. If tbit ratio contin
ues during the remainder of the deeade,
1890 will show neariy twice ea many
people and much more than twica ai
much wealth as 1860. Ulooesota la
roramonly r^rded solely as an agricul-
lursl Stale, but the is almdy beginning
lo suffer from tbe erili of greet citka.
hi. Panl and Minneapolie between thrm
contain more than rna-fiftb ot all (he
people, and wield far more than there
proporrionaJ tbnra 0t infioence In publk
iffairi.
AFTERWARD.
I hasAcaaty opaaed the oags
And saffwed my bird to gotrea;
Aad, Oouch I bawagbe it with trerstore
tarn.
It Berermera eame baok te ma.
It oaate in Ua wfldwood, and beaA net
call,
O tha bird onea at Uhwty, who can mUirall
The New Zealand Ihr^ etalaa that
ilie layerof naheawhicheoecn so many
miles of that eoantey will not, aa was at
first fasrbd, choka and kill nrery blade
of grsM, bet will probably set ia time
as a aalaablo fertilbing agaat. Already
Ibo great k in many pUeee grewing op
through the dost •, bot the aeh bss been
•ubmitkd te eipWimaatf asd is foaod
to be really aonrishiag to plaats grewa
la it. A nsideat eheaki ebtsiaed etr-
eral lampka of the v^saio dast, sod
sowed in it grass and elOTW swds, eud
kept them molateaed with fflsUlled
water, la each eaee, we are tetd, (be
eeedtiag pUate hare eeme ap wsH
are growlag cigoroosly; It is tbsrefers
bxped that tbess disiriets whMl khrere-
oeicad only a Ugkt eweariag ti this
drcadeil dost will ^Ud that (bt iWihUeB
will in tbe cad pam baasiiiJ t* (
aopt. r ,
. . mylltw,
And ottered a ward of dtadala
That wooeded a f rteod, aod (orarar artrantw
A hsertl weald die te ragalo. .
But tbe Hrd eom ai Ubacty, who can ao
thrsB?
— IVrstate 8- ffarriioit. in IndtoendtuL
THE CaSr’S STORY.
nr ALTRED B. TOZta.
“I hare tried time and again to reasot
mysairoutof it. I don’tllke tha ideaol
^Dg throogh life acknowledging thsi
I am indebted to the aupernaturai form]
rarr existence. I hare oarer beliered
to tha npeniaturat. lam not going te
beliere in it now if I can find toy othei
way of accounting for my being here,
hisiead of at tbe foot of a grareetone onl
on tbs bill yonder.”
We bad oeen diseuaalog spirituailam
before the npea fire in Charley's room,
and had drifted from arguments on the
condition of the dead to tbe relation oi
loeifienta of a myaleriotis character in-
financing the Urea of the Uring.
*’1 don’t like to figure as a creature of
the myeterious,” vharley continued,
‘’beosuM it aeoma to commit me to a be
lief in sU aorta of outlandiih aod nn-
natural tniogt—to inclose me in an at
mosphere altogether unearthly; but my
only relief teema to lie in an utter af-
pudiation of an occorreoee loo real and
too produrtire of practical results to be
repiidiited, so you aeo I am in a good
deal of a meis nrer it.”
Row, Charley U one of the moct mat-
ter-of-fart of men. At tbe down-town
bank where he holds the poiition of
csihior, such an admiuion on hia part
would hare produced a sensation. In
tbe familiar cireic where be eat that night
it only proToked curiosity. This curi-
oalty he at onco-ptKAadod to aatlsfy, be
ginning with an abrupt ijueation:
"Do yon remember ihe night of the
19th of Marcbt ’
No one seemed to remomber, for no
one aoiwertd.
“That's UBgalkr,”he said, afters mo
ment's ailenoo. “At the same time you
all took a great interest in at leattono
of the occurrences of that night. I refer
to theattempied bank-robbery."
kjDl*£ii&lj>sta all saJambaied-^that.
we hpd limply failed to locate it on the
date giren—the night of the IStb of
March.
“Well.when I left the bank that eren-
inx," Charley continued, 'Twaaaocore-
panted by Dick Munson, the payiag-tell-
er—a pale, nervons little fellow, with a
memory forfacAand signatures almoat
phonomeoa!, and an instinetiTa ebility
to detect fraud. Wc stopped on ihe
baok-itcpe for a moment to apeak to a
cuatomer, aod then paiaed on up the
itrMttogether. His rooms are abouthalf
a mile further out than mine, aud when
we were kept at the bank later than ui-
nai.'aaon tnat occasion, wo frequently
dined together at a ocut little realaureot
not farfrom my ebarnben. Wo did so
that night, occupying a table alone in a
smalt alcoTB Irom which a window
looked out ujwn a side street.
“Wo were well through tbe meal, when
Dick called ray attention to tbe figure of
a nian atanding on tbe outer edge of the
walk, and facing acrosa the lidestreet.
“ 'Do you remember baring aeen that
periwD before thia eveningt’ be aaked.
“I glanced up careless^, and replied
It, to tbe best of my recollection, I
then saw tbe man for tbe flrsy time.
" Then,’ he added, nervoualy, ‘note
some peculiarity in drew or etUtuda, so
^ou will know if you aeo him agaia,
Vait; tbe face is the best index. Ho
may turn this way in a moment."*
“Aa though inSurnced by our rigid
ecrnliny, man on the walk turned al-
mobt bafore Dick had done apeaking,
and faced the window where we sat.
“ ‘Don't look now,"Dickaaid, turning
bis own eya away. 'He la watching ui.
When jau do look, notice the upper
portion « tala face. People of bis kind
usually point out their peculiarities by
trying to bids them. Look sharp under
tbe rim of tbe slouch bat he wean for
aomedutiaguiihiag luark.'
“While tbo teller was speaking, I
caught a full riew of the man’s face,
liie ayebrowa were very thick aod black,
and came close together. There was ao
arch to speak off. and the geoeral effect
was that of a straight, unbroken lino
ernaiiaf the lower forehead. It was a
face not oaaily forgotten.
“'*1 thought you would find some
thing there,'Dick said, when I told him
w^{ I b^ ioeo. '( waa not oulek
enongb to aae the fenow*! face, bat ]
ihould bare known him anywhere. He
Mood in front of tba bask-stops when we
stopped tbore to-nigbt, and has kept ua
in light Merlralftbawsflip. Uuleae
be It frightened off we shall hear from
bin More long.'
“I langfaed baartUy at Dkk's view of
the matter, sod nothing more waa sstd
on (ho inb^ect until we reached my'
rtmu. Thto, placing bis band on my
ana, iMticinimod:
“ *I osa't get erer what wa were talk
ing about at tbe restaurant. I can't grt
tbat'aloaobinilfigare ootbe edge of the
walkout of my mind. Let me remind
TOO once mwe to took sharp for that faon
Oood-Bigbt.'
ifonleoild make any
piy, ami s wa»* . _ „
qniaiw at what 1 nooeTderod the aerroua
fean m a Ursd-out sad naturally sos-
my ritdng-foem taUa I feond n
note wdtng ma of aa impsriact oa-
aasimnt ia aaotber part of tha city, aad
Cnhiii^lJ To this day tha jaaitar
lotteta that I left my doer onlocked, nuA
1 aotpotUite that 1 did not. Not long
after mv departure, bowerer, be fenna
it ajar, looked carelresly throng tbs
rooBA saw that I was net there, an#
locked it. Bad he been mere thorongh'
in his search be wobid doubUem haro
saved me a very atrenge experience.
“It was midnight when l rvttrrned to'
my rooms. Tba gaa waa bnmtng dimly in!
in thesittingrooB.but tbe tloepiBg-rooB(
beyond it was in total darkasie. Openiny
from the eieeping-roora was a large bath
room, and adjoining this was a iargn
dothm-oloset. I lo»ed tbe door m
inmal, tnrn^ off the gaa, and weat to,
bed, aa 1 frequently did, without etank^'
ing a light in the aleeping-mm or opens
ing the doon leading to ue b^room
and oloaot. I waa tired>aad fail asleept
immediately.
“How long I slept soundly I canni'A
tell. 1 am utterly unable to daacribe thd
first ssnaatinna 1 experienced. Dimly,'
aad afar off, I heard Dick Vunsoe’#
voice, speaking aa though in terrible
fear or from out aa overpowering night-i
man. ;
“At fits! the sounds came to me like a
voice BQined by the walla of a cloao
room, and conveyed to my mind no dis-*
tinct fonn of words, ^t tha tone was;
one of warning, and told me aa pldilyj
ax words could have done that I was in^
deadly peril of aome kind. m
“AfUr atime the voice reased, and t:
heard, u plaialy asl now bear tbe rum-'
bUng of wheels outside,the rapping of i
private aignal known only to Dick aniE)
royaelf, and need only ia the bank wbesa
be desired to attreet my attention to any
face or suspicious cireumatance in front
of his window. This was reputed tev-^
ml times. Then I beard the voicsagaln,
clear and distinct this tim*, as though •
door or window bad been opened in tbs'
room from which it proceeded.
“Thare waa no miataking the words,
this timo I heard them over aod over
agaJo, as one bean words in vivid
uivama: ‘J-oex the OMOroom door! 1
can't get that alnnching figure ont of my
mit>dV With tha words came a^^ling
which 1 cannot describe, bat wb^ you
hare, doubtlcas, ail experieneed—a aen-
tation of immediate persona! danger
coupled with a physical inability to con
trol a muscle lo meet it.
“The words and the private aignal al
ternated many timtu, and then I heard a
cranh—siieb a crash aa would follow tbo
falling of a heavy window-iaih.
'Amine alienee followed, and with
tbe tiienae came a teuse of physical de-
-presainn. as though a current of cleo-
tr^city which had wrought my nerves to
their utmoit tension bod suddenly been
withdrawn.
“I awoke inetantly. When I aay'I
awoke, I mean that I awoke to a con-1
aciciisnesa of the thinga immediately
about me, for it it my belief that my
moDMl oonditlon previous to that time
cannot be express^ or described by tbe
Hord fleep.
“I heard the City Hall clock strike
ooe, and tried to sleep again, but could i
not do to. I could think of nothing but
the slouching figure I bad seen early in '
tbe evening on the outer edge of the
walk; I found it impoutblo to forget tbe
mysterious words warning me to lock
the bathroom door!
“I should have got out of bed and
madn a tour of the bathroom and closet,
only it occurred to me it wo'ild be a
rather ridiculoui thing to do. Men who
pride tbemeelves on a practical turn of
mind dielia-j to do ridiculous thinn,
even when alone. Besides, nbtwiin-
itandiog the effect producod upon me
by what IJiad heard. 1 regarded toemat-
icr SB an unusually clear cut dream, and
was net in tbe least alarmed. The longer
I lay awake the more thoroughly dia 1
become convinced that tbo nervous sue- i
piciooe of the pajiog^tellcr were alono;
reapooiible for my losing a good hour of t
sleep, and I resolved to make up for lost |
time u soon as possible by turning orer |
for another nap.
“If I bad not, oa a prelimloary step to
tbo resolve ao formea, raised myself in
bed and made e great noise beatJog up
and rearranging my pillowi, perhape tbo
meat trying portion of that night's ex
perience would have boon spared me.
Be that aa it my, the fact remains that
before I had arranged my pillows to tuy
liking my attention wu diverted from
ny tuk by three rather etartiog objects.
“The first was a dark-lantern pouring
its round red raye fuli in my face. Tba
second wu ao unusually lung and nn-
natnnlly bright ulf-cocking revolver lo
cated within SIX inebea of my nose. Tbe
third wu a particuiarly vlUalnous face,
I with thick, black eyebrowa riinning to-
I gether above the noee, forming no arch
j to speak of, and prododug the general
i effect of a straigbC unbroken line croaa-
'■ ing the lower foreb^I
“Was J frightenedf Yet; buljacarcely
think my, fright took the usual form. 1
knew in an instant, u well u 1 know
now, that it wu not my life, nor the
trifling amount of money be might find
in my room, that the intruder wanted. I
recogniz^ his presence there u port of
a well-lddplaa ti rob the bank. Tbe
intrudor'i flnt worde confirmed my sus
picions.
“ ‘Get up and drese yourself,' be said,
la a whlipar. *We want yon at tbe bank.
If you venie year life, be quick about it,
and make no nolea.’
“The BXo'e argnBraUwarounaaiwar-
aMe, and I olwyed.
'Yen are lo go wiHiren to thabank,'
ha Mid, tsMinf mt wnaptn nloea to my
hand M I (Irsaaoil, ‘and npa* tbe vault.
IV tot soveBMt yoa make to aaeape
or call nwlatanee will be your last uy
metes are balow. If I mwi ay aiffl, they
wilt not If we mast aa officar at the
bank, or on the way tbarn, and yon am
qnaa'IoMd, you are te aay that yr —*
{mpertant jMoen laft ea yoor as
jouroeya about tba room to asears my
ctothea, bad tbe threatening weapon been
removed from tbe cloae poaition of my
waking moment. Still, I had not
abanMnad all hope. Sorely, between
myrecMM ud-tha bank, some opportu
nity for eacapa wonld present itamf. I
haa BO intention of nalecklng the vault.
At the last moment I abould uve risked
a few ebou from tha robbers’ rsvelvara.
“Jfyasoort nnI4Skedthe aitring-roocn
door and pauaad with bis head os the
knob. Atthat inttaot a aound of feot-
stepe WM beard on the stairs, the key
WH qbietiy tamed in tbe Im^. and I
fdt (or the first time the cold rina- of a
nvolvtk OB my templA Tbe atspe paaaed
my door, and the waapem wu lowered.
You ail know what followed. Before
the wwpon could be rsieed again, the
door fail la with a crash, and the ndiber,
who etood directly in front of it, wu
elobbed to the floor and baadesfled by
a aqnadof poUcemea led by tha paying-
teller I
“Dick did not relura to his own
ebambenthst aight. We eprat tbs time
imtO daylight in my sittiag-room. At
first be abemutely refiued to explain his
tnddsB appearance with the offleere, for
Dick it a bard-beaded eort of a fallow,
who aoouta everything that cannot be
demoastrated by aet roles and figures;
but flnmlly he (airly uaboaomeddiimtelf,
telling bis story before I bad ovea given
a hint of my oy n mysterioos experienoea.
‘“I slept noundly nntil Dearly 1
o'clock,’ be aaid, with the air of a man
who expeett to be laughed et, ‘and then
I passed into a strange tnmee-like
dream. In that dream I nw, u plainly
u I everuw it in my life, the interior of
your bath-room, and seated at the foot
of the tub, where the opening door would
have cooeealed him from any one iook-
ing lo, I saw the man we had LaH seen
opposite tbe window where we dined. I
recognitad at once tba alonehing figure
and the level lineof eyebrows he then at
tempted to bide beoeetb the rim of his
tloueh hat.
“ ‘There wu no jight in the bsth-
room, or anywhere about the apartment,
but I bad DO difficulty in tracing everv
Hue ofbis face, nor in eetiog you sound
asleep in your bed. My mind at once
became filled with the ooe idea that you
^were in danger. In my sleep I called
out to you u> lock tbe bathroom-door,
nad warned you that I could not get
the elouctaing figure wa had uea on the
edgeof the walk out of my mind I Iconld
not make you hear. In my alarm I even
K ve the private signal we oie at the
nk. I actually awoke to find myself
'eouodiog It on tlie head of my bed. aod
repeating over and orer again the words
I have told you of spoakiog.
“ ‘I laughed at myself for a aiiparaU-
(Tous!Am, and went to sleep again. Only*
to renew the expeiiencea detcribed—to
lee the ilouching figure in tbe bathroom,
and to repeat my cries of warniug aod
the private aignal. I awoke again, to
find myself atauding by my open window
(1 mutt have raised it in my ileep, for I
doted it on retiring), sounding the pri-
vato signal on the tub asd reputing the
warning words. How long 1 ahould
have remained there I cannot aay. My
blows on tbe sub must have loosened
tbe catch, for tbe window fell with a
eruh. In a moment 1 heard tbe City
Hall clock strike one.
“ ‘1 wu now thoroughly awake, but 1
could not drive from my mind the im-
preutona created bymyaingulardreame.
I'erbape I should bavegone to bed again
only for the fact that tbe figure my
dream bad shown me in your apartment
wu tbe ume I had warned you agaiuit
on parting with you for tbe night. I re
solved to dress myulf and seek you i*
your rooms.
“I wu aabamed to come to ^our door
opeuty at that time of night, with no ex
cuse to offer for my preMuce uve such a
one ai any old woman would have
laughed at, so I crept upstairs like,espy
and listened, luw tbeflub of the nrx-
laotero at tbe threshold. I beard enough
> satisfy me that something wu wrong,
o 1 went for tbe police. ’ ’’—Frartk Lm
SELECT S1FTINH8.
Martin Luther's foUowon mceivaa tha
name Protestaata ia 18M.
Silkworms ware brought from Europe
u early u the sixth centure.
It isutlmated that over ^.OOOallJga-
tors are killed annuidly for tkeir skin*.
It ia now told of the Duke ef Norfolk
that be would cet at one time food
enough for five persooe.
A barrel of keroaena oil buried ten feet
underground will oontaminaU every well
within a quarter of a mile, aad tbe oil
will be apparent to the taste.
Tbe nearest approach to tbe north
polo, made by Lieutenant Loakwood on
May 18, 1889, wu 8M milre, or a dis
tance BO greater than from Albany to
WuhingtOD.
A man in Ontario can repeat Mrfectly
196 chapters of the Bible, fifty-eight
paaimt and every coileet, i^lttfe and
gospel in the ecclesiastical yur. aeoord-
ug to the English Church myer-Book.
There are 178 apecimena of blind erea-
tnrea known to teknee, inoiudiag crav-
fish, myriapods, etc. They are mostly
white, whetbar from lack of itlmnlus of
tbe light, or from blncbing ont of the
skin. Some spccini have small ayes and
some bats none.
The theatre with its tragedies and
comedire. tbe circus and tbe amphithea
ter Bupplied tbe Romans with their chief
E ublic amnvemeots. At the circus they
etted OB thfir favorite horaaa or ebar-
iot«arB,aod at the amphithfatre they rev
elled in the bloody combats of gladi
ators, the molt bratal of all the Homan
puUmea.
The old Slate House it an ancient edi
fice in Boston, originally oted for tba
seaiona of the colonial legiriatun-. It,
wu built in 1748- In 1770 occurred the
affair between the British guard fta-
lioned in tbit building aad the citizens,
which ia known u the “Rotton Mas-
tacre.” The building it now used for
buslneM purposes.
In California, writes a eorreapoDden^
evvry collection of ainimaia of any sort is
callra a “band." A heard of cattle, a
flock of a^ap, a party of lodiana—any-
thing and'everythiog that walka—when
seen in numbed is known as a bead,
and it n regarded u a sure rign of be-
Inga “tesderloot” touManyothartcrm.
Cards are anppotod to be of Aslatk
origio. The mut aodent form of cards
are still used in tbe French game of
tarots, a name derived from the Arabic.
Tbe game originsUy had raligiona,
necromantic and scienlifio aMOcistions.
The first game of cards of which we have
historical record wuoallM landsknecht.
It wu ■DiaTod in GenffnnT ia liU.
NoIhlBf sesanetiflM a name.
Kethlag ao wlna a Ufa from blnuA
8o eoTBw It from wrath and abama,
Aadcwithabnrial bad.
Oh Daath, MaRsvaletor!
Our dasQMt paulrna navar move,
TtU thoa hast bid tbam waka,
Wa knew neS haM bow imeh wa lava
Tin aU bakw asd an above,
la ahroadad for our salM.
Oh Dretb, tbe grant ftaeaoiaksrt
If aomlty bare coma batware,
Thare'a BSMlht like duthtebsalil
Aad if wa lore, ob pricalam pais,
Ob bittar-aweet, whas lore la va^
Tbara'i nauihtllka dutb to seal 11
—OMfipeaecr
porthbt jMpen laft ea yoar daak, and
reeau .AM wUlMtbaharatod. Wo
wMt reerew, asd not baress IHa Do
was nsdsretaad r
'In a short time I waa atthooatar
dssr «r »y ritUsg-Nom dreread ioc tha
jotmv Anvit to M iMtoh ia aU wy
“ffoodlte."
Woodita is a name suggested lor a
ew compound of caoutchouc invented
in England. TbU novel material pos-
seeses all ihe elsiticity of india ruboer,
with tbe additional advantage of being
uninllamniable and nninjurable by ult
water. It does not suffer deierioration if
exposed to the weather and cannot pot-
ribly beul on fire. Tba moat prominent
uu for woodito la u a covering f«r men-
of-war aod torpedo boats.* It bu the
quality of allowing a projectile to pau
through it without Ufilcting i^n it
moro than a small puncture. The ma
terial around tha hole givea way to per
mit the paasage of a abot, and immedi-
atoly retunu to Its old poalitoo, doting
the hole to completely that there remaioa
nothing but a spot on ailbcr aurface,
into which a iesa pencil can be pushed
with difficulty, but which la impervloua
to water.
At Dartford, i» Ihe conrea of aome ax>
perimeoU, three aix-pouod solid abots
two and ena-half inebea in diameter were
fired at right uglu at a target formed
of thirty-ux eight inch tnbuof wnodlte,
mmoted on n two nod one-eighth inch
wrought iron plate. All passed com-
platafy through, pnachlng ^eces out of
tba bMk pla^ but tbe woodita aufferad
so iittia injury that oloae Bcrntiny wu
required to find tba marks of tha abota,
which are eulj ooe-quarter inch to tbrea-
aighu inch In diamstar asd are perfectly
closed. Tba malarial may ba applied u
a lining for pnrtitieu in veaaaU and
many otbar porpotsa.—Jf*» T0ri MaH
mni JksrsM.
Tbera are $8,610 doetofs in Great
Britain, er om for avary 1,U0 tnhabi-
iuta. Ia Francs tbs proportion ia om
orl,400; in Aostria, Oormaay, and Nor
way, OM for ovary 1,800; in tbo United
StntOB. uso for ovary $00. wbllo U Rw-
aU tbuf ip Miy OM for $.$•$.
How to Retain Health.
It IS impouible to lay down any rules
tor health which may be followed safely
by all persons. Health depeads largely
upon toe diet. Some people can not eat
aewly baked bread; others cao not eat
it when it la aisle. Much fresh meat,
with some conslitutiona, induces fullneu
of tbe head and a feverish state of Ihe
ajstem, because it makes blood too fut.
It should, therefore, be discarded and a
little wit meat or fish, if the appetite
craves it, with fresh fruit and vegetablw,
will be found, probably, to be juit what
tbe ayiitem requires, la truth, with
health u in many other thinn, ea^ per
son must be a law unto himMlf. In
acute or intricate cure physicians are
neceswry, but in many minor matters
they can not decide. It is true that what
is “one man's meat may be another maa't
poison," and a little poisoning now end
tben seems indispensable to teach us our
individual physical u well u meotal
idioiyncradei. Experience thus gained,
if not carried to such an excess u to
prove too severe a seboolmuter, will be
of more value ttarougfa life than all the
doctors in Cbristenaom—with all respect
be it spoken—besidesuvingmaDyaloog
bill at the drugstore. Children shoulu
be taught at sn early period of life lo
avoid tbe use of condimenti. Their
food should be plentiful but i^mple.
MauT a mother will give her very young
ebiidren rich food— pastry, cake, and
sauces, and condiments of ^e moat in
digestible or fiery kind—aad tell you her
children are healthy, and aotblsg hurts
them. Perhaps tbe injury is not appar
ent at firat, but it will not be long before
headaches, indlgMtioD of the moataa-
rioua charwter, dyapepaia, fixed for life,
ditprovei the truth of her opinlou.—
i/siTi Jevrnal HraflA,
Aneraoon Teas in Waihlngten.
One is conita'.tly reading that tha af-
lernooa tea ia going out of stylo and no
looger en oys the favor of high society,
but in Waanmgton it rages lino an epi
demic this year. For people with small
bouses and large vivitug lista it ia tbe
only practicablewayofeotertaioiag. and
hare where men are acaree aad partica-
lar'.y hard tn coAx up to evening enter-
lainmcata, tbe afteraoon tea ia a boon
for Ihe women who likwto go Md to ba
in crowds. There were tlx teas oa oas
afternoOD lately, and tbe comhinalioo
drew out every one, aod made the eom-
iog and going particularly brisk at
eau'b house. Ilia doctors are entering
preieste against lha afternoon tta and it
will soon te posted aa om of the “dead
ly ' things that peopls dilight in aod
keep on ooiag. women wHh nsuralgiM
tendandea, aod tbe loagUaiof thoaa
with thronta that go oil in asthma,
breaehitii aad hoaneoeas are warned
agaiaat the overbentod, gas lighted
roomt, where the air U naver freib. They
are more particularly warned agaloat tha
eurreoti ot air that are always sweeping
through Ihe room*, ef suylng in tbe hot
tooBi with heavy wraps on, and against
tba danger of going suddenly out into
the ooldnir. TIm nredlcnl men's warn-
lag gives the ten a anfea of danger sod
prnbibltion that maxes U aolia exoitiag
aod movaa it up iate toe rwlme ol
ITaili'nftsii Xstfsr.
HUMOR OP THE DAT.
Maud S. has a stride of fifteen feet.
That of a man dodging his billa is thir^.
— QooiaiSt
It is strange, but true, that a woman
with a new bonnet always enrriaa her
parasol closed.—Jlfrw Harm JRnss.
It is bad enough to break party tiaa,
bnt it isn't half so embarrasalag as to
have them work aroud under yonr ear.
—Burlington Prm.
The rocken on a chair sever stick out
half so far behind at any ether time ae
when a man it prowling nroiwd in tha
dark barefooted.—DaMVsUs Btooh.
Jailor—“Uelloa, fellowi Pve seen
you here three or fonr times. ” Prisoner
—“Well, what of thall I've aeen you
here just as ottnn."—Harp«r't Btmr.
‘‘Whendoeaa man weigh mostf’is
lha heading of an article in a health jour
nal. That la an 'easy one. He w^ha
most whan he stepe on a fellow^ cerna.
—S^ingt.
Franoe makes about yK>,000 quarts of
champagne every year. Ooe mOlion
quarts are shipped to England aod the
other 8,000,006 come to this oouatry.
That’s what makea champano dear.—
PhiUuUfhut OalL
Did you svardo SIMM work, flrt
At wMeb yoo did pot shirk, vlrl
And jnat do it to tbs IstUr,
Bat soma otbar fellow cams in view,
AndcrevslT told toyoo.
That ht could do it ten tlmaa battorl
—Geedoirs Sun.
Borne ooe asks if the early man waa a
savage. We can't say very mgeh for the
early man, but the man who oomea puf
fing into the station ten mlputee uter
tbe train haa left generally bm the ap-
peartnceof one.—Stolavnan.
AHarvard.profetsor hna made the enh
cutatibnYhat If men were really as ngaa
they sometimaa feel, there would be
room in tbe Unhwj Btatee fdr only two
profeesort. three uwyera, two docton,
and a reporter on a Philadelphia paper,
‘ne reft of ue would be crowded into
tbe cea and have to swim for it Dotnll
Proo Prtn.
loafing A DUry-
«-1b Jan. in dlarim wn wnto:
la Fab. tto reaa we eOM dtoa;
la MaTOb tto tator «e«a Wlna;
InAarO-tora and tore n Boa.
E Mwtto ttok li gtvaa e’er
Aodtfarfea aredMmto a here;
M ee twin ba, enob New Ttorh van
lira dad new dlnrto hs^:
BtotosoeuMtoyTUmretotrdny.
Severed Plngen.
We have spoken of skin-grafting—the
E roceaa by which bita of ikia from
ealthy parts of ihe body, nr from the
body of aome self-saerlficiog friend, are
trantlemd to an ugly ulcer, or aa ex
tensive and deep burn, and which, be
coming centres of heallby growth, pro
mote tbe healing, otherwiee doubtfuL
We have also spoken of ipnnge-graftiog.
in which pieces of eponge ere introduced
into gaping wounds, and with the blood-
clot that flTb tbe interstices, are repldty
organized into flesh with all its proper
nerves aod vessels.
Mom lately it baa been found that
bone-grafting li a poaaibility tpr bealiog
and rcatorstiOD of destroyeil bon^ bita
being used somewhat aa bits ef skin are
used in aklD-grafting. In the first in
stance, the physician was able to employ
bone from tbe severed leg of a child;
snb^nently he used with equal tuoceas
bits from a kid killed for the purpose.
Tbia method will need further testing.
But It haa long been known that where
a portioa of a bone—it may te a large
portion—has been tost, the ietermediate
space will fill up with new bone, aad
fully reunite tbe severed parts, provided
the limb iq kept fully extended. For
this, however, it is neeaaaary that tha
thin.msmbrase which coven tbe bOM
(pertoeteum) abould have remained
eonad.
In the Boaton Moiieal md Surfieql
Journal, a few montha ago. Dr. Seutor,
of Woreeater, told of a yoong.man who
brought to him a aevared port of bis
little finger, wrapped up in hii bandker-
chitf. ne doctor adjoited the piece—
it waa three quarters of aa inch ia
length—and, much to hia aurpriee, tbe
parts grew together, and tha eirenlation
was tenewtd.
More recently a surgeon of Bordett,
New York, boa given a still atera signal
cate.
He was called lo a bm. thiea of whose
fingers bad te.'n cut on by aa axA It
waa three or four hoars before be ranched
tbe tey. The fingers were ent clew off
from ^s middle joint of the first finger
to tbe root of the nail of the lUrd.
WbQe dreaeing them, tha graadmotbar.
brought in tbe fingers, wmeh aha bad
just foond in the etww.
Agnlnst Us own convktioaa, be con-
sentM te try to save tbam. Ba ooe-
ceedod, and aavsd all except abont eaa-
half the joint of tba first Anger, in ^deh
the blood failed to eimlate. Tbe bey
regained the free aso ef the arrered flo-
gets.—Feutl's Geeijreass*.
    

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