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Epitaph on The Honest Mao.
nis was the common round of daily toil;
"o great, heroic deed was bis to do,
But from the dawn until the day was
Ho trained the vine or tilled the fruitful soil
No public place or share of party spoil
Could tempt his honor or his soul subdue;
But in the strife a goodly man and true
Who feared his God and loved his life of toil.
Though by the narrow limits Man. hath
To measure man, he is not connted great;
Though human justice be for aye delayed,
And deep oblivion be his earthly fate,
God over all is just; his worth is weighed,
Where gold is gold and nono may under
George E. Day.
Tin Old Spinning Wheel.
BY HELEN FOIUIEST GRAVES.
All the nrjht before?, Rox Parsons had
been planning this thiug. lie had lain
awake, deciding upon the very words
he should use, the phrases thit were
most applicable to the case.
And when at last he stood there in
the grassy front yard of the picturesque
old farmhouse, with the whitc-clovcr
piaks blossoming in clusters at hi feet,
aad Xannio leaning on his arm, it
seemed a3 if tho cup of his satisfaction
h id reached its fill.
"You like it, ch, Nan?" said h?,
glancing around in an apparently in
different fa-hion at the low, shingled
roof, from which the morning-glory
vines tossed their purple cups, the stone
door-step the old black-walnut tree in
"Like it, Rjx?" echoed tho bride, en
thusiastically. "It's a perfect picture!
Who lives here? Can wc go ia, do you
suppose? Could we get a drink of, water
fioin that little, gurgling stream, whose
waters arc as clear as crystal?"
"Of course wc cm go ia," said Rex,
with a shoit, odd hugh. "As for living
here, there is no one liviug here at
present. The Thaxtcrs hive just moved
out, and th2 houso is sold to one Rex
Nannie gave a great start.
"Oh, Rex!' eric I she. "Do you
, really mean it? 13 is it our house?"
Rex fin lg his hat into tho air.
"I really mean it," said he. "It's
our house; I've bought it. Welcome,
dear little Nan, to our new home!"
And .Rex kissed Nan, and Nan hugged
Rex, and they went all over tho house
together, li';c two exultant school
children. "Such delightful old-fashioned win
dow?," cried Nad, "with the tcenticst
window-panes one ever saw! Such loves
of little closets! Such a grand chimney
for open fire! and, oh, such a garret,
"With a regular old-tiaic spinning
wheel in it!"' shouted Rex. "Only look
there, Nannie! Why. Delavarde would
give twenty-five dollars for a spinning
wheel like that. It looks a if it might
bo a hundred years old- I say, puss,
when can you be ready to move in?'
J "Tomorrow, if you say so," saidNan
I ni?, clapping her hand. "Wo haven't
I Euch a deal of furniture, you know,Rex;
I and it will be such fun, camping down
I in this dclightfu', old-timey place, like
I a couple of gipsies. And Mrs. Dorokins,
tue :anuiaay, was suocxiagiy cross,yes
t'.'rday, if you remember, because tho
parrot would persist in squalling when
sho wanted to take her nap. It will bo
such a luxury to have a home of one's
"You're sure you won't be lonesome
here, Nan?" questioned Parsons, "You
know I shall have to go down in the
train that leaves Wayborough at eight
o'clock, and I shan't b3 ablo to return
I until six in the evening."
"But how lovely it will bo on Sundays
and holidays." said Nannie. "And then
the long summer evenings, when we can
tie up the roses and gather honeysuckles
and watch the sunsets from the front
porch, and feel that all the green,
lovely things around us are our own.
And I'll tell you what, Rex why
shouldn't I invito Sophy Wilkins to
stay with me here until I get settled?
She has got so much taste about muslin
ilrnnpria nnd rhlntr. ljimbrpnnina inrl
j. " 1 1
all that sort of thincr, and she 11 be ever
bo much company for me while you are
'f "It's a capital plan!" said Rex.
And so that thin;; was settled.
I Fortunately, perhaps; for Mr. and
I Mrs. Parsons had scarcely come to in
habit their new house or, rather, the
old houso which had newly becomo their
own for twenty-four, hours, when tho
conductor of the evening train sent a
boy up to "Tho Gloaming," as Nannie
had rcchristencd the spot from its orijj
S inal name of "Grubb's Corners," with
n note to Mrs. Parsons from her hus
band. '3Iv Darling Nannie, " it ran : ' 'Our
senior partner sails for Europe to-roor-
i row, at noon. Wc arc going over all
the books to-night, and I can't possibly
catch the last train. Shall stay at a
hotel. Such a lucky thing, isn't it, that
Miss Wilkins is there to keep you com
pany? Ever your d.voted Rex."
I "You aren't afraid, Nannie, are you?'
sail Sophy, a trifle doubtfully. "T
I "Good gracious, no!'- said Mrs.J'ar
1 sons. "Poor, dear Rex what a shame'
it is to make him work so hard ! I do
, hope he'll be head of the firm one of
these days, and then perhaps he'll have
a little rest."
Sophy and Nannie locked up tho
house that night with great form and
ceremony, and retired early, ia conse
quence of the fatiguo attendant on tho
sewing of carpets for tho room which
had been old Mrs. Thaxtcrs "best par
lorj" but which Nannie called her bou
doir. At midnight so far n3 they could
judge from tho sepulchral striking of a
rhcu:natic old clock on the kitchen-shelf,
a sudden wind arose, and Sophy gently
touched her friend's arm.
"Nannie," said she, "arc you awake?"
Do you hear the wind banging the
doors up stairs?"
"Hear it? I should think I did.
Sophy, wo must go ur stairs and shut
the garret window, or tho wholo house
will bo blown to pieces!"'
And so, clad in blue flinncl wrappers
and crochet slipper, they crept up
stair?, clinging ncrvoudy to each other,
especially after a particularly energetic
blast had blown out the fcoblo flnnc
of their candle.
"There's a moon, you. know," said
Nannie, in a slightly tremulous voce.
"Oh, yes!" said Sophy. "It isn't at
all worth while to go back after another
But the light that gleamed athwart
the dreary, gaunt floor, from the un
curtained window-panes, revealed a
sight that mado their flj3h quake. A
tail, spectral figure stood beside the
shadowy outlino of tho spinniug
whccl. For an instant tho vivid
moonbeams, emerging from behind the
masses of black wi ld clouds, threw
tho apparition into strong relief, and
then all was darknon as a new rack
of clouds swept over the pallid moon.
Like flying birds the two wamon hur
ried down stairs, palo with terror,
never pausing until they reached tho
kitchen, where some remains cf tho
evening fire yet smouldered dimly.
"Sophy I" criod Mrs. Parsons, ia an
agony of terror, "what was that?"
"It's a ghost!" sobbed Sjphy. "A
ghost! Yes, I'm sure of it I didn't tell
ycu before, Nan ni?, became I didn't
want to make you nervous; but I'm sure
the place i3 haunted! Such a rattling of
"It isn't chains," faltered Nannie,
"it's ooly the window fastonings that
have come loose, and rattlo against the
side of the hou33. Rex say3 so."
"And such dread fulmoanings through
"It's the draught from the garret
"But how do you account for that?"
cried Sophy, panting upward with a
And Nannie could only reply by hys
terical tears and sobs.
"No wonder Rex bought the house so
cheap !"' said she. "I won't stay in it
another night, not if I go out under the
apple trees to sleep!"
And she and Miss Wilkins sat up all
night, trembling at every gust of wind,
growing pale at tho sound of little mica
scuffling behind the wainscoting.
"I'll never, never spend such a night
again!" said Mrs. Parsons, wringing her
When Rex came home he laughed
them to scorn.
"Sucn gooses," said he jecringly.
"Batwesaw ifroursclves, Rex!-' cried
"With our own eyes!" added Sophy.
"Depend on it, Mr. Parsons, there's
some dreadful secret connected with
that old spinning-wheel! Do get it out
of tho house as fast as you can 1"
"What nonsense!" said Rex.
But nevertheless he ran upstairs to
take, as he expressed it, "another look
at the thing."
Presently ho camo down again, rath
er flushed, and inclined to-be angry.
"Why couldn't you have told me?"
"Told you what?" questioned Nan
nie. "That you brought that spinning -whecl
"We never touched it!" shrieked
Sophy and Nannie, in choru3.
"Then, where is it?'
"Why, up in the garret, tj the big
centre bcarp, isn't it?"
Rex stamped his foot ia vexation.
. "There's nothing in the garret but
your grandmother's old set of china, that-
the expressman broke so badly, three
bags of hops, hanging from nails, and
an empty trunk,'' said he.
Sophy looked at Nannie. . Nannie
broke into a violent fit of shuddering.
"There's witchcraft in it," said she.
"I knew there wa3. " Oh, Rex, take me
away from thi3 horrible place I I can't
breathe easily under this roof!"
"Stuff P cried Rex.
Nannie began to cry.
"You you said you loved me!" she
"So ldo!" reasoned Rex. "But you
know, my darling, all this is so utterly
Nevertheless, Nannie persisted in her
unreasonableness to that degree that
Rex, with his hands thrust irately into
his pockets, and hrs hat balanced bellig
erently on the back of his head, went
down to see Farmer Thaxtcr, who, after
parting with the homestead of his fore
fathers, had stolidly set up in the general
grocery, shoe, crockery and dry-goods
line, about three miles down tho road.
"Look here, Thaxtcr," said he, "this
is a mean trick that you've served me."
"Squire," said Thaxter, dusting his
hands, after measuring out three pounds
of black tea for a customer, "I'm hanged
If I know what you're talkin' about!"
And then, as succinctly as possible,
R?x told the story of the ghost and tho
Farmer Thaxter snrotc the pine
counter with the flat of his hand. .
"Wal.therel" said he, "Didn't I tell
you so?- But you know, squire, what
women folks is. . You can't .make 'cm
believe nothin, when onco their mind
is mado up; and Aunt Achsah would
have her. own way, spite of all I said to
her. Ye see, squire, tho old spinnin'
whecl b'long-to her, and it was some
how overlooked when tho other things
rwas took away. And Aunt Achsah,
she's that childish and old sho didn't
give us a minnit o' piaco abaout that
"Says I, 'It ain't wtith nothiu' to us,
nor to anybody elso.'
"Siys she, 'Thero ain't nothin'
abaout the place as I set storj by liks I
do that wheel. Fm goin' to hev it.'
" But wo didn't pay no attention to
what she said, beiu' she was drctful old
and queer. Last niht, mother woke
me up, and says she :
"'Job, there's a drctful chatterin'
down stairs. I'm mortal sartia,' says
sho, 'it's burglars. Get up and see,
Job,' says she.
"But it warn't burglars, squire. It
was Aunt Achsah, a-trundlin' in that
cvcrlastin' spinain'-wheel 0' hern, as
she'd been across lots to fetch. And sho
told mother afterwards how she'd hoist
ed it outer tho window with an old
clothes-line, and what a scare she'd had,
with two wimmcn comia' with a caudle
to see what all the noi?a was, an' how
she'd hid nhind the chimney till they'd
cleared out, and then crept daown the
back stairs and got out by way of the
harness-room door, where tho bolt rust
ed away ten years ago. And I'm sorry,
squire, you've had such an annoyance,
but cow that Aunt Achsah's got her
spiania'-whcul, I'll guirantee it shan't
happen ag'in. And you may tell your
Thus ended Nannie Parsons' super
"But I should have liked tho old
spinning -wheel," said she, "for a
"It seems that Aunt Achsah Thaxtcr
was of the sama- opinion," observed
Rex, with a shrugof tho shoulders.
Slaves of every description crowd and
quarrel a3 they fill their qu.;i:it earthen
jars at oae of the broken down foua
taini from which tho whole town ii sup
plied, or go about tho streets carrying
goatskins, from which they oiler water
to thirsty passers at so much a drink.
As their shrill voices proclaim tho
freshness and coolness of their stock,
one realises that he has before him an
oriental custom which gives new mean
ing to Iiaiah, liii, 1, whero the prophet
calls out, as though hawking the "water
of life:" "Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come yo to the waters, coma buy, with
out money and without price.?' These
slaves form a considerable part of
the population of Tangier. They are
mostly of the deep 1 1 ick Guinea negro
type, brought from across tho Desert
of Sahar.i, thoug'i sometimes unfortu
nates of other races arc kidnapped and
sold into slavery. Public auctions are
frequently held ia the main street of tho
bazaars, at which children caa be pur
chased for from twelve to twenty dol
lars, while full-grown men and women
are sold at prices ranging from fifty to
one hundred dollars. Masters have ab
solute power over their slaves, even that
of life and death, and in case . of sale
transfer them by means of a deed, just as
wo transfer a farm. Under the circum
stances, it is difficult to say whether
they are real estate or personal property.
- The Color of the Eyes.
M. de Candollc, a French investiga
tor, has come to the conclusion from his
researches that women have a larger
proportion of brown eyes than men. He
also finds that when both parents Jiave
eyes of the like color, the chances are
88 to 12 that their children who arrive
at the age of ten years (when the 'color
of the eyes is fixed), will have eyes of
the same color. When tho parents have
eyes of different colors, the chances arc
55 to 45 in favor of bfown as asrainst
blue or gray eyes ia tho children. Ho
is also of opinion that the health of the
brunette type, is, as a rule, superior to
that of the blonde typo. Cassell's.
A Smart Child.
A five-year-old was put - to bed the
other night a little earlier than sho her
self thought desirable. Soon after she
called for some bread and mdk, and got
it. After eating a few spoonfuls sho
lookeA up to her father with a most un
concerned air and remarked: .
"Papa, I believe I've heard you say it
wasn't a good plan to retire immediately
after eating. I guess I'll get up."
A BORN DETECTIVE.
A Young Woman in a -Big Store
Who Makes No Mistakes.
Her Chief Occupation Is to Look
Out for Shoplifters.
TheNew York Sun has an interesting
account of a young lady employed in
one of tho largest retail stores in tho
city. This young woman is a born do
tcctivc. There ha3 not been a case of
shoplifting ia tho storo in question for
ten months ia whill .-ho has not been
cither complainant , or witness upon
trial Of tho very many thefts discov
ered but not prosecuted, few havo es
caped her. She is not employod as a
detective; but her bright eyes have
been used so often ia tho interests of
her employers is this line, simply be
cause she saw tho opportunity, that sho
ha3 drifted naturally from the work of
a saleswoman to work of this peculiar
nature. Sho still retains her placo bo
hind a certain counter, but at her own
discretion leaves hor work to follow a
suspected thief or to patrol tho store in
crowded hour3. Slic is likely, to be
called at times to any part of tho store
to catch up a thread of suspicion. On
these occasions sho dropj the handling
of her goods, turas over her customer
to another, and promptly dons
her hat aid . cloak to hover
about the doubted, porson, make pur
chases at her side, and follow her from
counter to counter.
A neatly dressed, attractive girl, with
a knowing bonnet and an innocent
smile, examining tho quality of cambric
or buying a spool of cotton, i3 not an
object of suspicion oa the part of the
shoplifter. This is tho secret of the girl
detective's success. The name of this
young woman is Barbara FJeischhauer.
She has boen eight years ia her present
employment. Sho i3 a Jjwos?, of medi
um height and good figure. She ap
parently weighs 125 pounds, but ia
reality has 21 pounds more stowed away
which U pure mu cl?. She is a pleasant-faced
brunctto with very black hair,
strong, regular- features, aid largo
black cyc3. To S33. her flitting from
ouoter to counter no one
would for a momont suspect that her
whole heart was not cnrossd in the
selection of a new gown.
When she has satisfied horsclf about a
shoplifter and has managed to get a
saleswoman or a floorwalker as a wit
ness, Miss Flcischhansr goes straight to
tho goal. At the first movement on tho
part of the offender the young detective
is at her side. There is no scene. Tho
challcngo is given ia a low collected
tone. Tho straightforward determined
glance of tho black eyes doci the rest.
The offender, of course, declares her
innocence but march 03 quietly up stairs
nevertheless. Mr. Morrisoa is always
at hand in case of trouble, but black
cyc3 rarely need assistance.
This girl detective is known to all the
cost side polico and thoy havo a mighty
respect for hor too. Oae of them ia tho
Eldridge street polico station said:
"Whenever I see that girl come in
here, I know we'vo got a clear case.
She's a cool on?. I vo never seen her
confused, and some pretty good lawyers
havo had their turn at her too."
The amount of shoplifting done in a
large retail ostablishnnat is enormous.
Probably not more than one case ia a
hundred gets into the courts. Oaly old
offenders or people who aro evidently
thieves by profession are dragged to tho
police station. Miss Fleisch
hauer is an adept in all tho
tricks of the trade. The woman
who flourishes a muff uadulj is very apt
to have something ia it that has. not
been paid for. Tho handkerchief
counter is a great place for thievery.
Oae large handkerchief spread out and
thrown carelessly over a folded lot of
others forms a cover from beneath which
the others can be pulled. The shop-lifter's
own handkerchief, dropped careless
ly on a bric-a-brac counter is not always
picked up alone. Wido sleeves are fa
vorite devices of the shoplifter. An
enormous pocket or bag under the drcs3.
and reached through a fold in front, is
a convenient receptacle for stolen goods.
An umbrella loosely closed' is an ex
cellent device. Four or five bits of jew
elry may drop off a counter. If a
couple fall by mistake iuto tho
folds of tho umbrella no ono
knows tho difference. All theso sorts
of schemes aro absolutely unnoticed by
the ordinary observer, even if he is on
the lookout for them. .Tho detective,
like the poot, ii born; and Miss Flci
schhauer's case goes to show that, like
the poet, he cannot escape his natural
Smith Where is that promising son
Brown Joe is at home. -
Smith Ho was studying at Yale, was
he not? :
Brown Yes, and he is studying yet'.
Smith What h he studying?
Brown The want column in the
newspapers. Ho is looking out. for a
position as janitor or porter in a store.
(.Texas Sittings. ;
Medical Students in the Metropolis.
There aro about twenty-two hundred
medical students in New York, writes a
correspondent of the Cincinnati En
quirer. They come from all parts of
the country; from Maine to Texas, from
Massachusetts to California. Many of
them arc graduate physicians, from -other
medical colleges who come hero to take
advantage of tho hospital facilities of
the city, and to familiarize themselves
with tho more recent systems of applied
medicine and surgery. Somo of them
are geniuses in their way.
They seemed to have failed ia
making progress in other walks
of life, and havo adopted modi
cine as a last resort. In appearance,
they are unkempt with shabby coats and
short trousers. They appear to bo per
petually on the rua to attend a clinic,
and yet' have plenty of time to absorb
beer when invited. Poor men, most of
them, who club together, hire apart
ments; divide expenses on food and
books, and rush tho "growler" ' at night
with the enthusiasm of a Fourth Ward
tough. A visitor to the Bellevue Hospi
tal Amphitheatro where clinics are hold
every day, can form some idea of the
material which, through the process of
evolution, makes doctors.
Here aro collected dudes and country
men, youths and men of middle age.
Some of them will coatiauo to study for
years ia vain, ethers are destined to
shine ia their profession. Til's shabby
little man who sr uint3 through his pair
of bra3s-bound spectacles is astonishing
ly wise and mirvelouily recondite on
the subjects of bacteria, thrombosis and
affections of tho anterior horns in tho
brain. Sitting near him is tho maa
whose head would delight any phrenolo
gist, whose intellect seems seated in his
forehead, but who attaches pore im
portance to his pipe and bottle than tc
the midnight oil He has mistaken his
calling. Ho i3 a maa of talent, un
doubtedly, but he should havo exerted
it in another line.
It costs about $1,000 to become an M.
D. in New York. This inclules tuition,
board, 'books and incidental ex
penses. The Number Seven in the Bibla.
Among the Hebrews the word for
solemn swearing ii "septenare," or pro
test by seven. Abraham, you will re
member, appointed seven ewe Iambs as
his testimony to tho covenant with
Abimelcch. Tho Creator, rested from
His work on the seventh day, and this
day was called Sabbath or seventh. A
leprouj person was either to I athe seven
times or be sprinkled seven times with
tho blood of a sparrow. Seven years
was the period for repentance. Every
seven years tho Hebrew servant demand
ed liberty fcr himself. And the
prophet praised God seven times a day.
Cain, we aro told, was to be revenged
The gifts of tho Holy Ghost were said
to be seven in number, and ia the pres
ence of the Almighty scvan angels stand,
as we are told, in Tobias. Seven lamps
burn before God, and throughout the
wholo book of Revelations the 'number
seven is constantly used. Jacob served
seven years for Leah, and seven .nioro
for Rachael. Thea there are the seven
cars of corn and the seven kine. -It was
seven people that possessed the land of
Promise in Deuteronomy, and the story
of Simson tells how he kept his nuptials
seven days, and thea wai bound with
seven green withes. Philadelphia
How the Blind "See."
I asked those who became blind in
youth, or later, whether they were in
the habit of giving imaginary faces to
the persons they met after their blind
ness, and whether they ever saw in their
dreams, writes Joseph Jostroa, in the
new Princeton Review. Some answered
in very vague terms, but several un
doubtedly make good use of thi3 power,
probably somewhat on the same basis as
we imagine tho appearance of eminent
men of whom we havo read or heard,
but whose features wc have never seen.
When we remember how erroneous such
impressions often are, we caa under
stand how it often misleads tho blind.
Such imaginary faces and scenes alsc
enter into their dreams, but to a less ex
tent than into those of the sighted.
Doctor Kitto quotes a letter from a mu
sician who lost his sight when eighteen
years old, but who retains a very strong
visualizing power, both in waking life
and ia dreams. The mention of a fa
mous man; of a friend, or of a scene, al
ways carries with it a visual picture,
complete and vivid. "Moreover, theso
images, of his friends change as the
friends grow old ; and he feels himself
intellectually in no way different from
the seeing. f
Wanted to do His Best.
"No, George, you know I am not so
"I know,but haven't you got bonnets
enough?" .. ' " ' .
"They're all out of style, I want a
fashionable bonnet, that's all I don't
want tho earth, George dear, merely a
fashionable bonnet" "
"Well, if I can't afford to buy a fash.
ionable bonnet from . your milliner,
would you try and be contented with
tho earth?" Merchant Traveler.
It is said that scales tor weighing dia
monds are brought nearly to that deli
cacy of balance which would enable
dealers to detect flaws in the stone bj
minute variations in weight. They
weigh accurately the C40th part ol a
Workmen' who were digging a ditch
in Montgomery County, Ind., struck a
stratum of earth resembling white clay,
which turned black on boing exposed to
the air. Pieces of it thrown into the fire
were found to burn fiercely. The sub
stance is supposed to bo coal of the first
The cost of mining and milling gold
ore at the Spanish Mine in Nevada
County, Cal. , "has been so reduced that
ore worth only $1. 1G a ton can bo mined
and worked at a profit of about fifty-six
cents a ton. Tho cost of mining nearly
3000 ton3 was only 37 1-2 cents" a ton,
and of milling it twenty-three cants a
Among tho "fowls of the air" are
three, the eagle, swan and raven, which
live to the ago of 100 years or more.
The paroquet and heron attain the
goodly ago of sixty years. Tho. sparrow-hawk,
duck and pelican may live to
be forty, while the peacock and linnet
reach tho quarter century, and the
canary twenty-four year-.
Tho recent tearing down of a New
Hampshire manufactory by means of dy
namite, demonstrates a new use for the
explosive. Tho concussion completely
separated the bricks and did not seem
to injure them in the least; the chargeB
were put in holes dug in the foundation
under the brick wall, and the number of
cartridges were graded according to
the number of bricks in tho wall to bo
It is stated that soft soap with half iti
weight in pearlash, one ounce of mix
ture in about one gallon of boiling
water, is found of great practical value
ia engineers' shops, in the drip pans
used for turning long articles bright in
wrought iron and steel The effect of
this mode of treatment is that the work,
although constantly moist, docs not
rut, and bright nuts are immersed in it
for day3 till wanted, retaining their
The interesting fact is stated that so
indestructible by wear or decay is tho
African teak wood that vessels built of it
have lasted one hundred years, to bo
then only broken up because of their
poor sailing qualities from faulty models.
The wood, in fact, is one of the most re
markable known, oa account of its very
great weight, hardness, and durability,
its weight varying from forty-two to
fifty-two pounds per cubic foot; it works
easily, but on account of the large
quantity of silex contained ia it the
tools employed are quickly worn away.
It also contains an oil which pre
vents spikes and other iron work with
which it comc3 in contact from rusting.
A celebrated physician has remarked
that every house ought to be pulled
down at the end of the sixtieth year, as
it has by that time absorbed all the dis
eases of those who havo lived in it, be
lieving that wood and plaster absorb
gases, foul air and feverish exhalations
as readily as milk or water does. But
ns it is not practicable to tear down
houses every half century or so, it is to
be considered if all the wood used in tho
interior construction and all the plain
surfaces of .""piaster should not be so
thoroughly oiled or varnished that the
power of absorption should be almost
entirely destroyed, and the character
thus so changed that destruction would
be no longer desirable.
Foods of Foreigners.
Tho Germ ins, in their homes and
restaurants, boast of having hams, sau
sages, hares and many other articles of
food imported with their wines from
the Fatherland ; the Italians, even in
Bcnl, exhibit various gastronomic
treasures from Italy, and the variety of
canned foods tho French always import
is now supplemented by regular weekly
consignments of what they call "cscar
gots," which is to say snails. Bat the
height of this love for the foods of the
fatherlands is reached by the Chinese.
If you enter oae of their shops in Mott
street, you will see barrels of dried
fowlp, dried fishes, dried beans, yams
and fruits, dried eels in fact, the sup
ply would equip the larder of a rich
man's house. Yet nearly all these arti
cles can be obtained here fresh for less
money. New York Sun.'
Pigs as Pets.
Now that ladies havo taken to wear
ing bugs and beetles on their arms and
necks, we should scarcely be surprised
to hear of any eccentricity in the tastes
of the sex. Still, it is somewhat of a
shock to learn, as we do from the
Philadelphia Record, that Mexican
women choose for pets, not cats or par
rots or bugs, but pigs 1 It is quito com
mon in that country to meet a woman
leading by a string a pig that is as
black'as he can bo, with which sho ap
pears to bo on chummy terms; and
loag after the beast has ceas3d his juve
nile title ho literally shares her bed and
board Golden Argosy. '-
Oh; your hands, they are strangely fairy
Fair for the jewels that sparkle there,
Fair for the witchery of the spell
That ivory keys alone can tell;
But when their delicate touches rest
Here in my own, I love them best,
And I clasp with eager, acquisitive spans
My glorious treasure of beautiful hands.
Marvellous, wonderful, beautiful Lands,
They can coax roses to bloom in the strands
Of your brown tresses; and ribbons will
Under mysterious touches of thine
Into such knots as entangle the soul
And fetter the heart under such a control
As only the strength of my love understands
My passionate love for your beautiful hands-
As I remember the first fair touch
Of the beautiful hands I love so much,
I seem to thrill as I then was thrilled
As I kissed the glove I found unfilled,
When 1 met your gaze and queenly bow,
As you said to me, laughingly, "Keep it
And, dazed and alone, in a dream I stand,
Kissing this ghost of your beautiful hand.
When first 1 loved in the long ago,
. And held your hand as I told you so,
Pressed and caressed it, gave it a kiss,
And said : "I would die for a hand like this !
Little I deemed love's fullness yet
Had to ripen when eyes were wet,
And prayers were vain in the wild demands
For one warm touch of your beautiful hands
Beautiful hands oh, beautiful hands!
Could you reach out of the alien lands
Where you are lingering, and give mo to
night Only a touch, were it ever so light,
My heart were soothed, and my weary brain
Would lull itself to rest again,
For there is no pleasure the world commands
Like the caress of your beautiful hands.
James Whitcomb Riley.
Told again Second-hand goods.
Second watch Yes, I am. I'm all
Don't run against a chimney-sweeper;
he's liable to bring soot against you.
"Woman feels where man thinks,"
says a writer. Yes,, that's why man i3
"He gave me somo pointers," said tho
tramp of a farmer; "he jabbed me with a
The fellow who wants to know how
to know a bad egg must have lost two
of his five senses. "
No matter how prompt actors may
be at rehearsal there is always one man
who is prompter.
A ton of diamonds is worth $30,000,
000. Don't let the dealers come the
1800-pound dodge on you.
She "John, what is a coastwiso
steamer?" He "One that knows how
to keep off the rocks, darling."
There is nothing under the face of the
sky that can be quite so stuck up as a
sheet of stamps, when it tris to.
The obscure Arab who invented alco
holic stimulants died more than nino
hundred years ago, but his "spirit'' still
There is one article that the average
man prefers to havo bogus instead ol
real when it is presented to him.
That's a dynamite bomb.
"Tommy," said his aunt, "I hear
your grandmother gave you a watch on
your birthday. Was it a hunting-case
watch?" "No," replied Tommy, who U
seven years old, "it was a barefaced
The Cyclone-Survivor's Large Bow.
That eminent scientist, Professor
Somebody, has been experimenting with
some 6ort of a patent bellows, and finds
it takes a current of air moving at tho
rate of 150 to 175 miles per hour to blow
itraws through a board as is frequently
reported by persons who have wit.
nessed a cyclone. Ha! Going to try to
reproduce all the things "reported by
persons who have witnessed a cyclone,"
professor? Better think about it a whilq
unless you have the samo low regard
for the truth that the persons who pass
through cyclones always have. It's the
good, professor, that dio ia cyclones;
that hardened old liar goes down cellar
and escapes. Just wait till about next
June, and the Minnesota cyclone-survivor
comes up smiling and tells how he
was blown head first through a six-inch
grindstone, and your straws and board
won't be anywhere. Chicago Trib
une. - :
Almost, Bat Not Qaite.
"Where have you been for the past
two weeks?" said one traveling man to
another, 'out on the road?"
"No, I took a rua to New Orleans to
see a young lady down there." "
"Did you have a pleasant timer
"No, not as pleasant as I expected.
Her father doesn't hold me in tho high
esteem with which I could honor him."
"Then you were not wined and dined
and feted?" . "
"No, I wasn't exactly feeted, but I
was booted on several occasions."
Laura- "So you are really engaged to
him, dear? He is forty, you say, and you
are twenty just twice as old as you;
love. Dear me, when you are forty ho
will be eighty P
Clara "Good gracious I I hadn't
thought of that." rBazar.