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CONCORD, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1888.
ANTHONY At CROSS, Editors and Publishers.
Truth nnd Love.
Tkrrt art bat two things true, dear,
Since time began to run
His wondrous race right through, dear.
The worU and round the sua;
.And these two things so sweet, dear,
I'll sing while I'm above
The grass beneath my feet, dear:
Truth and Lot.
There are but two things sweet, dear,
Forever and a day
For man is incomplete, dear,
And ail things mum away;
IButth&se two things I ain, dear;
Are ever as our youth;
They to the old worl I cling, dear:
Love and Truth,
They flourish even now, dear,
In spite of lies and death.
1 see truth on your brow, dear,
And love is In iny breath;
And love will be with truth, dear.
And truth wttl be with love,
Till we i-ttuet our youth, dear,
j. Up above.
John Ernest McCann,
Hold Numbsr Twelve.
BY LUKE SIIAET.
'0 you hat! d about that, dU you!
Who tol l you?-'
"Ch irley BranscoTn, the conductor.
II-' said ho was rujnijg the train at the
"So ha was. What did he say about
"II3 said it was the most daring
thing he ever knew a fellow do. You
see, wo w.T3 all it his Dam talking
ah nit rail ro id escapes and that sort oi
tthiag, aid then hj tolj hjw you suvjd
"Jess so," replied tho telegrapher,
without seenaiig to bj very well plowed
th it his heroism ha I been the subj -ct of
conversation. "Njw, hoior bright,
dida't he add anything by tha way of
explanation to tha story?'1
"Nj. Whit explaaatioi could thre
bel You did save tho train dido t your
'Oh, I saved tho traia all ri?ht
enou;h, C aarley is a good sort on fel
low, I tell you. Yus; h3 was conductor
on No. 12 at that time, still he might
have ad Jed somr.thJug to 'thestjry'of
heroism that wo-ild have been true
enough, yet U shows what a pool
hearted fel'w he is not to have told it.
Why, were you to blame any about
the distch? I understood hira to say
that ft Wfts no jau-t on TOUp pirt
"No, it was tho train dispatcher's
iault. Ila shuld have let nn know
ssooner. Idoa't bra? much about th it
episode, but I'd tell you tha whole
The operator paused a moment, and
seemed to look back ou that most ex
citing period of his life. Tho telc-riph
m:.c ine chattered away on tha table,
but tho messages were for some other
' You see," he began, "No. 13 was
duo here at 1:43 a. m. She stopped
lew for water, and or order?, fch;
as the fastest train on the line at. that
'time, and Brunscome did the ticket
scalping on board. That nijht it was
raining cats and do?", when Charley
camoinwith his lantern huig on his
arm. and stood at tho desk till P.te
backed the engine from the water Uak.
Then he said, 'nothing for mc, th? and
I sud there was nothing, and he say,
"well; so loug, then,' and out he went.
-At tuat moment there was a call for mc
nt the instrument, and I answered it.
I ouly waited to hear throo words of
that message, Lut I tell you thoo throe
words ju t midc my hair stand on end.
Hald No. 13. '
"I gave one glaneo out tho window
and" saw the Ut Pullman sleeper slowly
passing. The remainder of that instant
was tikvn up in piiagiug clear over
that counter and bolting out on the
platform. Luckily we had a long plat
form at that fetation and I uess I made
th- quickest time up that set of plauks
th it was ever m ide along that road.
You sec on a day train it would not be
so bad, for the condu tor always swings
him e f on tha last oich. but on the
night tr.ins, cspeciilly at th.it hour,
everybody ia the sleepers are sleeper
themselves, and so he gets on the last
rcgu ar car, which ii aoout tho middle
of the train. No. 13 generally had time
sleepers. She had four oa that night.
"Well, I swung on the platform of
the last sloeper just as it was passing
the end of the station, and I was never
- so thankful for anything in my life for
the train was beginning to go pretty
fast, and it was that or nothing.
"I knew that even thin there was not
a second to be last, and I must confess
that I was pretty bad:y rattled. Al
though I had only heird the first three
words of the dispatch I knew that some
where on tho line, near or close, there
was another train coming, that expected
to pass No. 12 at our aiding.
"I tried the door of the sleeper and
was horrified to fiad it locked. I kicked
and i eat at the door, but the porter was
at the other end of tha car, probab y
polishing up someone's boots or ve:y
likely asleep. Then I tried to break the
glass of the window so that I could put
in my arm and push back the door
catch, but you know how thick the
plate glass is in a car door, and I bad
nothing but my elbow to break it with.
Every moment I lost was patting me in
a frenzy. I gave ono despairing kick at
the door hopi ig to break it ia, but il
was no good.
"The next instant I resolved to get at
Pite, tho engineer, by climbing ovei
tho top of the train. IIow I ever got
up there Idoa't k'ow. I don't believe
I c -uld do it now on a standing car to
save my life aad by this time the traia j
was rattling along at forty miles an
hour, swinging around those curves in a
way that took my breath away.
"The top was slippery with the wet
and there was nothing to hold on to.
I st.irtel to run along tho top
with the blinding smoke and sparks i i
my eyes and remembered, when I
sprawled full length on tho roof, that
there wero iron pipes to let out tha
I went th3 rest of the way ou m7
hands and knees. The cadi of the car
roof, as you know, come close together
and there was no difficulty about getting
over the junction, yet, I toll you that
was a terrible crawl. It was as dark as
black cats and tha smoke was blinding,
besides the suJden jerks around tho
curv.saudtne on thoso slippery roofj
with nothiig to hold on to, and all this
at over forty miles an hour, was uo
"At last I came to the end of the bag
gage car and tried to yell to Ptc, whom
I saw therj holding on the lever, but
my voice seemed gone. The fireman, I
lorgut his name, was shoveling in coil.
Igath'red myself up and made one
grand leap down on the tender, landing
on my hands and knees among th; coal.
I crawled over into tho cab nnd said in
a voice so hoarse that it sounded strange
"'Back her, Pet?, for God's sake;
there's another train ahead.
"Then I keeled right over where I
stood and faiutcd dead away. Tho
strain had been too much for mc
"I can just remember Pete's reared
face as be saw a coal-begrimed tramp,
dripping and without a hit, apparently
jump down on him from out thj clou U,
but he didn't hesitate a mo neat Just
as I went off I heard the scream of the
nir brakes, and noticed that Pete flu-jj,
her clean over.
"Pcto wasn't a man to ask ary
questions. He always did his bu iness
first aad ielt thj3 talking until after
wards. "Pete and tho conductor helped mt
into lry room after they had side
tracked the train. While ho waited
there I told th.-ra all about it. Then
Charley looked at P.te and Pete looked
at Charley. That look hal a pecuhar
" What's the matter? I ai 1. 'Don't
you lwlicve there's a trai i ahead?'
' I gU3ss so, answered Charley.
'Cut why didn't you pull the beil ropj
irom the end platform ?'
"'Yes,' put in Pete, 'or kick tho
underpinning from tha semaphore cogj
nnd show the red liht ahead of me.
That would have stopped the train.'
"Well, I felt pretty cheap, for either
of those plans would have worked all
right if I had had my wits about me.
"Before I could say a word, althou :h
I don't know th it I had anything much
to say, thcpcciil cama past with -a
rudi and a roar th :t shoo'c the depot and
Charley sai I as he picked up his lantern,
'Well, never mi id, old fellow. It was
the bravest thin: I ever knew of and
anyhow you saved tha train.'
"So you see, as I told yju, if Charley
di I not tell tint part of it he is a prctiy
good sort of a f -How, don't you thiak
so?" Detroit Free Press.
The Bill Was Too Large.
Tie stepped into a restaurant for din
ner and a waiter spread before him tho
printed bill of fare. The ryes of the
novice opened wide ash' added the fig
ures at the right of the page indicating
prices; then springing to his feet ho in
dignantly cried: "What I a 1 this to p:iy
and I haiu't nut a niouthf.il yet?" Tho
outcome we are not told, but on a sub
sequent visit the gentleman carried a
pnil of victuals with him from home
Quite a Deep Interest,
Ayoungladyon Ilouston street had
several callers tho same evening. Ono
remained rather late, and at length,
edging his chair toward her, asked,
"Miss . I am sure you have an in
terest ii my welfare." She was yawn
ing behind her hand, and got the word
tied in a knot on her tongue as sho
graciously replied, "Why, Mr. ,
you know I take a great interest in your
farewell." Chattanooga Times.
" Jt a Poor R:ile, Etc
A Dexter five-year-old was put to bed
the other night a little earlier than sho
herself thought desirable. Soon after
she called for some bread and milk, and
got it. After eating a few spoonfuls,
she looked up to her father with a most
unconcerned air and remarked: "Papa,
I believe I've heard you say it wasn't a
good plan to retire immediately after
eating. I guess Til get up." Dexter
He One that knows how to jceep off
the rocks, darling. Puck.
The Methods Pursued By These
Inmate of a
Loosens His Tongue
A San Francbco Post reporter has
been interviewing an imprisoned pick
pocket. "What is your legitimate line
of work, as you call it ? ' aiked tho re
porter. The prkoner replied:
"Taking care of purses and such
things for people who don't know how
to take caroof them themselves. If a
man studies his business he need never
get caught picking pockets. It is sim
ple nnd nice lignt work for gentlemen
who don't care abot doing hard work.
You probably don t'kpow it, but the
professional dipper studies his work j ist
the same a9 a lawyer studies law. Take
tho Eistern safe crackers, Randall,
Thomas and Heinz, who were out here
a couplo of years ago. Why, they've
got their business dowa jto a science.
Thi'y know just whoro to look for the
conibinntion in a safe, and with one Lore
they broik tho tu nbler and lock into
pieces. It is part of thrir business to
know tliese things, and they never have
to pry the door oil with a crowbar.
Tha I'd not 6afe cracking, and fellows
vYio do buagliug work ouht to go to
"People think that a pickpocket
rushes up to n man, dives his baud into
his ockvt nnd ;rabs the purse. That s
not so. To do neat woik, a pickpocket
must have good tal.s' todo t ic 'crush,
aud he mu-t bu able to teli what kind
of a man he has selected to rob. The
stalls' are helpers, and do tho rou-h
work whi'.o the pickpocket is getting
ihs purse. When you work in a crowd
there Is not ono chance in a thousand
that you will get caught if the 'stalls
understand their bu i.iess. Now. when
I worked the theaters or the ferry land
ing I alway. h id two good helpar. We
would go to the theater and wait until
the end of the first act. Of course, we
never no: iced e;.ch other, and wheu the
other gentlemen would go out to get
cloves we would go to. Tho 'stads'
then commenced their work, and 1
would stan I back and study. Thy
would size up men who looked as if they
bad more money than they needed, and
would brush up c ose to them. While
they were w rkmg in a id out around
the bar I would i,c stu lyin.
"The nervous man who U always on
gtiard against Icing robbed wn9 the one
1 wanted. Now, tha cautious fellow
who feels for his pur.scas soon as he had
been trowded, shows two things. First,
that he hw got something worth stcnl
inga.id then that he will go to pieces
and lose his head when jammed in a
crowd. When I selected my man I
would give the 'stalls' the sign and we
would go baci to the shjv. When he
was leaving the theatre the Stalls'
would iuai:agc to get around "him, oue
ahead, and one behind. I would walk
by his side and 1 knew just what pocket
his purse was in for I t.oticed that when
ho felt for it nt the bar. Tuen whea he
got iuto the j tin the Malls' would com
mcuco the cru.h, that is, squeeze him
Let ween them. The man nhead would
'accidentally' push him back, while tho
one behind wou.d 'crush' him ahead
As soon as he felt the crush he would
get nervous and excited, raise his hands
up to m ike hi- way through tho crowd
and wiiglofruin one sidj to the other.
Tho V-talU' woul I only tqucczo bi n
harder nnd then I would slip my hand
into Lis pockitand get the puise. A
cough would be a signal to the 'stalls'
tint I was through, and then they
Would stop squeezing him.
"As soon as wo n leased him from the
crush it was funny to see how ho would
wigylo to get out of the crowd, and when
be ;ot there he found that his purse was
gone. Of course, you can work tha way
in any crowd, but you n u-t alwnys take
a nervous man. Take one of these cool
fellows who doesn't think of getting
robbed, and who doesn't mind the crush,
and 90 times out of 100 he wi.l catch
" But how is it that you manage to rob
Ik lies, when often imcs their pockets are
covered by their skirts ?" asked the re
porter. "Just the samo as a man," answered
tho prisoner. " Tho 'stalls' give them
the 'crush, and the one b hind cuts the
dress at the same time. Why, it is ten
times easier to rob a woman than a man,
for they aro all fidgety. When they get
into a crowd, and are jammed, all they
think of is their dress. They are afraid
that it is going to be torn and dragged
out of shape, a id they get bo angry and
excited that you could put your hand into
the pocket 50 times without being de
tected." A Big Ferry Boat
A massive ferry boat, built expressly
with a view to its ability to crush heavy
ice in the Straits of Mackinac, is being
constructed at Detroit for the Mackinac
TransportHtion : Company; It will ply
between Mackinac and PointSt. Ianace.
The boat will be 235 feet long, S3 feet
in breadth and will have compound
engines of 0,000 horse-power.
The business of getting the pearls out
of oysters b a tolerably disagreeable one.
The oysters are thrown into large ves
sels and left to db, when the shells open
of their own accord. Tts shells are
then removed, but tho oysters them
selves are left ia bucket! till they be
come decomposed, when they are well
stirred. Tha pearls sink to the bottom.
a.id tho remainder is poured off. It
may bo readily inferred that the td n
in the camp of the pearl seekers is
more powerful than plena int.
Trio pearl had its origin in the eff rts
of the oyster to protect itself from tha
irritation caused by tho presence of
some foreign body between tho shell
and its mantle," as the soft skin of tho
oyster is technically termed. To mit
igite the suffering caused by this vex
atious intra I er, t!u oy;ter deposits
thereon a coati ig of tha same matvri il
as that of which tho shell ii comp sed,
and when oacj this pro i ess his begun
it continues, till in time the pearl growj
large enou;h to kill the oyster,
Li in ami, tho "father of naturalists,
received tho hoior of knighthood lor
demonstrating tho possili.ity of arliil- j
cial.y inducing tha for.natioa of pearls
ia the pearl-bcari ig muse!. But, as
has been the case with other European
inventions of which we hive thought a
good deal, it ha since turned i ut that
John Chinaman has been d in j this thing
lor a couplo of thiu-a id years or so.
The Chinese method is to take tha mus
sel In m the liver, carcfudy fi-rce the
shells a little way apirt, and insert be
tween tha mantle of the oyster and ono
of the shells a few littlj peilets of clays,
tiny pearls of foreign bo lies of some
kind. When this has been done, the I
oyster is turned ov r, and the poor fel
low it obliged to su rniit to a si nilar un
comfortable process oa his other side.
He is then put back into a pond, whero
he is kept well and fat by a diet more
nourishing than nice. After a few
months, or sometimes a year or two, he
is again taken from his bed, his pear.s
are taken out and he is eaten. Boston
Nature's 0.1 Press.
According to Pro.essor L. L-sky, tha
buried bed of vegetation which has bc
c me what ii now known and used as
the Pittsburgco.il bed, twelve feet thick,
must hiT orijrin.llly - i many j3
130 feet in depth, it having b.eca cam- .
pressed to its present size, as the coal
bed, by the action of heat and the pres
sure of the strata, or layers of n id
which w re deposited upon it nt different
times after it was covi rol with water.
As this coal bed is far tibovc the oil
sand--, it is thou ht that the b.d of veg
etation which it now represents luii-hed
the oil nnd gas now being found, but
that they have been forme 1 from other
beds, buried below the oil sands,
and which may have been
of even greater depth or thicknees than
this one; presse 1 down ly the tremen
dous weight of the hundreds and tho.i
sands of feet of sand, gravel, etc.,
which now form the roc!t strata above
them, and heated from below by the
.internal heat of tho earth to a veiy
bi.;h degree these beds of vegetation
would as a result of such forces, lo
changed in part into oil aad gn,
which would escape upward to where
it is now found, the parts not so
changed remaining and being changed
into beds of coal. It is supposed that
i i this way the gas has been pro
duce I, aud, possibly, is still being
product d, from beds of vcgetaiiou
buried below the oil sands, and that
it has found its way in company with
oil perhaps, up to tho porous sand
rocks or oil sands.
Tlia Tables Turned.
Old Jacob Barker, one of the enr'y
lights of Wall street, once took offense
at some action of his i ank. A few
days after he presented $40,000 ia bills
- a much larger amount ihia the same
figures represent nowaday; and de
manded sp ci3 lor them. The bank of
ficials were t qud to the emergen y, but
thought to revenge themclvcs for the
scare Btrker hid give them; so th y
rolled out 40 kegs of $1000 each, the tell
er explaining that the kegs were fi led
with 5 and 10 ceit pi eces. Barker saw
the point, and justified his reput tioa for
sharpness. He ordered the whole 40
kegs to bo un headed on the spot, took a
careless handful of coin from each kejr,
then calmly said that he desired to have
the remainder placed to his crcdir. The
bank had to lose his valuable custom or
take this money, so it chose the latter;
but the tedious count of tho forty kegs'
contents consumed many a profitless
Thickness of Clouds.
Cspt. II. Toynbec, of the London
Meteorological S icicty, has arrived at
the conclusion that clouds of less than
2000 feet in thickness are seldom ac
companied by rain; and if they are it is
very gentle, consisting of minute drops.
With a thickness of between 2,000
and 4,000 feet the size of the drops is
moderate. With increasing thickness
comes increasing 6ize of tho drops, and
at the same time their temperature be-'
comes lower, until, when the thickness
is greater than 6,000 feet, hail is produced
Life ia a short day, but it is a working
Though many guests be absent it ia
the cheerful man we miss.
Give because you lovo to give as tho
flower pours forth its perfume.
A child who saes deceit arouid it will
rarely make an honorable man.
Where there is room- in the heart
there is always room ia the house.
Fame comes only when deserved, and
then it is inevitable as destiny.
Good intentions will not help a man
on his way if he takes the wrong road.
All the events of our life ate mate
rials out of which we may make what j
Grand temples are made of small
ttouos. and great lives are made up of
Modesty and the dew love the shada
E tch shine ia the open day only to bo
cr haled to heaven.
Talents are best matured in solitude;
character is best formed in the stormy
ullows of tho worid.
Even reckoning makes lasting friends,
and the way to m ike reckonings even is
to make them oltcn.
Costly followers are not to be liked;
le c while a man makes his train longer,
h makes his wings shorter.
A dlimo id with a flaw is better than
a p b lo without But the flaw adds
bv.thia r to the value of the diamond.
The use we make of our fortune de
termines its 8uffi:iency. A lLtle is
enough if used wisely, too much if ex
Though reading and conversation may
furaish us with many ideas of men aud
things, yet it is our own meditation
must form our ju Igment.
Belief is an edifice never completed,
because we do not comprehend its plan,
and every day some workman brings a
Hew stone from the quarry.
With books, as with companions, it is
Of more consequence to know which to
avoid than which to choose; for good
books aro as scarce as good companions.
It is beneath the dignity of a soul that
has but a grain of sense, to make
win Is, and waves,
t lus uappt-
Grief or misfortune seems to be in
dispensable to tha development of intel
ligence, energy and virtue. The proofs
to which the people are submitted, as
with individuals, are neccs ary to draw
them fro n their lethargy and disclose
The three lessons that all are tho bet
ter for kuowing: Th.t cheerfulness can
change misfortune iato love and friends;
that, in ordeiing one's self aright, one
helps others to do the same; and that
the power of findlag beauty ia the hum
blest things makes home happy and life
Variations of Ships' Compasses.
"The variations of the needle, ' s.iy
Sir Thomas Browne, "may proceed from
unit .tions of the oarth, by subterranean
fires, fumes, mineral spirits or other
wise, which, altering the constitution
of the magnetical parts i i process of
time, doth vary the variition of the
p'ace." II id the nobly eloquent ex
plorer of "vulgar error" lived in these
day, he would hive aided others to his
list of the causes of tho deflections ol
tae needle; and not tho least strange
item in the catalogue would be the
wearing of electric belts by rheumatic
or debilitited sailors.
"Ouc or our crew here," writes the
rraster of a steamer nt Smyrna, "has a
magnetic belt. Igtit!rom hira one
day Ia t voyage and taking it on the
briderc I found that all three enmpa ecs
were very much affected by it; in f iet,M
r.dl- the cap ain, "thehi;hest compass
of the three went reeling round and
The moral he desires to point is that
ns so nt least he says these belts are
much won by seafaring men, and fire
men in particular, masters shoul I be care
ful to fi id out what ra igaets their crew
or passengers may happen to have with
them "either in the shape of belts or in
any form," for as he justly asserts, er
rors ia the compass lea I the seamen at
times into terrible accidents. London
A Revolutionary Hero.
One of the heroes of tha Revolution
whoe deeds are not recorded in history
was William Goff of Gray, Me. When
news came of the battle of Lexington
V .1 ..
ue was cnoppiag woou, wun nis gun
conveniently near him, ready for any
Bti ay game that might appear. He at
once d opped .his axe, picked up his
gun, stopped at his home a minute to J
bid his wife good-bye, went to a
neighbor's nd borrowed some bullet
molds, run what lead he had into bul
lets, and walked to Cambridge, getting
there just in season for the battle of
Bunker Hill. When asked after the
battle in what company he was enrolled
he promptly replied. "William Goff' a."
He continued to serve his countrv until
3777, when ha fell at the battle of Ger-
rUlKLS OF THOUGHT.
A recent trial in Japan between Ger
man and English rails resulted im a
J Critls Tlctrv'
It takes 14.800,000 gallons of oil a
year to keep the rai.ways of Great
Britain going, and the cost is nearly
A Texas paper says that camels, both
wild and tame, are to be found in that
state. They are the offspring of a num
ber imported from Arabia ia 1832.
The art of paper-mnkiag has reached
a point where a growing tree may be
cut down, made into paper, and turned
out as a newspaper, all within thirty-six
Professor .Mees has shown by means
of an air gun that to drive straws
through pine boards, as is often done
by tornadoes, a velocity of 120 to 173
miles an hour is required.
A farmer recently drove into Atchi
son, Kan., on a loaded hay rick made
partly of iron. One of the wheels
rubbed against the ironwork, setting fire
to the hay and burning it up. .
In English collieries, roburite has
proven equal or superior to gunpowder
in blasting effects, while absolutely free
from the flame that renders gunpowder
so dangerous ia the prcsea oe of explosive
Recent experiments have demonstrated
that an incandescent electric light of
100-candle power, funk twenty feet in
the ocean, wiil illuminate the surface
sufficiently to distinguish objects within
a radius of 250 feet.
Coal-tar put up in tiny tablets or in
fluid form is slowly coming iuto US3 in
England for sweetening tea and coffee.
It is less bulky than sugar and is said to
be entirely harmless to diabetic and
other invalids to whom sugar is strictly
Electric-light people are indignant at
the remark of Profossor Wiesner of
Vienna that that light damages books
by di-scoloriug the paper, and is n t fit
to use ia libraries. They say that sun
light docs the same thing, and that it is
only the arc light that discolors paper,
any way. The iucan lescent light, they
claim, is perfectly harmless to books.
Many artesian wells spout water under
a heavy pressure, just as many gas
several hundred pounds to the square
inch. This water-power is used in
many places in France by means of tur
bine wheels, and it is probable that even
the gas pressure might in some cases
also be utiliz d. In very deep artesian
wells the heat of the water is also
An English writir urges tho import
ance of thoroughly airing rooms and
flushing all "waste pipes on the return- of
a family altera considerable absence
from home. The shut-up house is often
filled with noisome gas, through tho
evaporation of the water which keeps
the sewer traps operative, and this is not
nccessa'ily revcalod by an odor. Many
cases of sore throat have been traced to
a neglect of the precautions mentioned.
Tho government experiments this
year in making sugar from sorghum are
6aid to have been very su -cessful. On
fair soil the yield of c me was an aver
ago of twelve tons. Tb.3 average yield
of su jar per acre was about 1303 pounds,
and of syrup 180 gallons. It is claimed
that at this rate, even at the present
low price of sujar, the business of mak
ing sugar from sorghum wou d bo very
At the time of tho death of Ilcn
Krupp he had in hand for some time a
gun lor the Italian Gjver.iment which
has just been finished The gu which
weighs 118 tons, i 45 feet lour, and its
caliore nearly 10 inches. It is rified,
and throws a steel projectile, weighing
nearly a ton, with a charge of C cwt. of
powder. The sh t can penetrate a steel
armor plate 33 inches thick at the mouth
of the gun, or 20 inches at a distance of
a mile. It is not bli' Ved that any ar
mored ship in the world can endure the
fire from such a gun.
A novelty of tha Upper Thames is a
launch which owes its motive power to
the explosive vapor of some hydro-carbon
such as petroleum. Tha vessel is
of American origin, an i is tin first to
use a petroleum engine in Great B. itaia.
The boat is started by the act of light
ing a lamp, and t ic la np must be ex
tinguished to stop the engine. The
fuel costs much I03S th ia would ' tho
coal necessary for the same am mat
work. The omission of a boiler saves
I much "P3 wUile neither firemen nor
I "working engineer is required.
Saved By His Wife.
Tho explorer Holub, who started for
Central Africa with his bride on his
wedding day, two years ago. has re
turned to Vienna. . He h reported as
saying that "he would have been killed
a dozen times in the region north of the
Zambesi but for his wife. The natives
had never before seen a person who ' city takes the largest number of jour
wore skirts or long hair, and they re- naisF" The' p 'istmaster told him, and
garded Mrs. Holub as a supernatural
being, who had tha white
heT 8Pccwl Protcc ioa
Ojc triba da-
hcr for thcir iU3CD and b-od .
' hard that she would rtmaiu with them. j
Tls raid there is a fount in Flower Land
Leon found it where Old Age away
Throws weary mind and heart, and fretb
Springs from the dark and joins Aurora's
This tale, transformed by soma skilled trotfr
vere'a wand " -From
the old myth in a Greek poet's lay,
Rests on no truth. Change bodies as Tune
Souls do not change, though heavy be hia
Who of us needs this fount? What soul is
Our mere roisis age, and still we grow
For in our whiter we talk most of Spring;
And as we near, slow-totterhig, God's safe
Youth's loved ones gather nearer; though
The seeming dead, youth's soags more clear
Maurice Egan in Century.
A soarispot The eagle's nc6t.
The divers Luuness is going down.
A watch that wou't run dee3a't need
What kind of men ou ;ht to shrink
If the gallows ia the instrument of
death, what is the accordion?
When the baker makes bis morning
rounds the roll call is in order.
"lie gave me sorao pointers," Baid tho
tramp of the farmer; "he j ibbed mo
with a pitchfork.
Oasceicg a house being whitcw.-.sh ;d, a
small boy of 3 wanted to kaow if it was
going to be shaved.
Tom: "I think re d estate men are
awfully selfish." Harry who is one of
them): "Why?" "Because they are al
ways wanting the earth.'
lie (at a very lata hour, with deep
enderncss) IIow can I leave thee? She
Really, Mr. S:aycr, I caa't tell
you. I wish to heaven I c mld.
Caller (to little Bbby) "Bobby,
what makes your eyes so. 1 right f
Bobby (after a little thought) -"I des
it's tauso I hain't had 'em very long.
"Papa," asked little Bobby McSwil
ligen, "what is a rai roa I pool?" "A
railroad pool, Johnny," replied McSwil
ligen, "is where they water the stock.'
- a patent meuicmo au?ciu.i
'Give your lungs exercise." The
father who walks the fle-r at ni:ht to
quiet a vocilcous youngster thiaks tho
A Blind Watchmaker's Skill.
Many years ago there lived in tho
town of HjI beach, E island, a bhul
watchmaker named William Ri-jdi,
whose delicacy of touch and marve 1 u
skill in repairing watches were famous
throughout nil the neighboring cmi itry.
He was not boru blind, either, sj thit
his singular fasu ty cannot be ex pi lined
as congenital. After leanii ig his trado
in regular tashion connienc d busi
ness at IIol beach, but three or four
years afterwarls ought a severe co d in
his eyes, which resulted in amaurosis,
and althou jh under treatment of thi
leading occuli-ts of the day, he became
totady and hopelessly blind at 23 years
of ago. I i8tea l of b. i ig crushed i y his
misfortune, he, by great and untying
energy and persev nmc , became one of
the cleverest of bli d men. His n. ility
to clean an l repair clocks, watches,
mu-ical in-trumetits nd ev-ry article
cciinectcd viith tUJ lusiaesa was mar
II,. was able to work ns well ns before
his affliction, ll rcoul I do any repairs
required, even turuing in ver je. Ac.
The only aid he required in taking to
pieces and putting together a watch was
in unpinnh g nnd pi inia ; the hairspring,
which was im o-siblo for a blind man to
do. which was don t by ins wi e, whom
he taught to work at the bu iaoss after
his loss of si4ht. II j go i orally h id 100
watches in the sh p for repair, some of
them being brought from a di-tinco of
100 to 200 miles. Every watch he
knew by the touch, nndcv ry customer
by his voi:-c. Hiving been a tirst-c as
cricketer previous y, even after his lis
of sight ho played tw si igl -wicket
matches, both of which ho won. He
cou d play or 1 domi io. s, bag:tclle,
w is a good mu-ician, autl leader of tho
Uolbcach Brass Band. He was an in
telligent mm, nearly six feet hig'i. and
many who saw and conversed with him
were unaware th t ho was blind. He
died early ii conseq m ice of the s-evcro
, treatraent for his eyes, but tin prosper
ous business ha lelt at Ho. beach was
carried on sucoessfu'ly by hi wile and
daurhtcr until about fivo yean ago.
A Natural Selection.
1 stel.igcat nun, while ia a strange
town, needed melical auvic He ap
plied not to the landlord of the hotel,
nor to the local druggi-t, but went
straight to the postmaster. "Tell me.1'
he said, "which of the doctors of the
the gentleman replied: "A man who
takes the j wr.iaU of his profession is
well read, aid up with the times, and
that is the doctor I want to tr at me
and my f dmily.,,---LP-Lulolpbia Caih