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Father Time, v
Above the world 1 sit and saQ
Moving on, moving oo; j , f t ;
The things I pass no mor avail, r
They bide their years, decay and fall, ,
While I keep moving on. . ,
Down on the world I look and smile, . i
I , Moving on, moving; on; '
The scythe I bear smites all the while
Cuts as it may for good or guile,
While I keep moving on.
Over the world I glance my eye,
Moving on, moving on;
Good deeds mature, the hopeful try
The just alone shall never die,
"While I keep moving on.
Around the world I sit and roll,
Moving on, moving on;
Ripening fruits for sacrvd goal.t t
Perfecting hopes of the dying sou
While I keep moving on.
Beside the world I sit and hear,
Moving on, moving on;
Bounds of joy or s dn s drear,
Filling the spao around the sphere.
While I keep moving on.
Above, around all worlds I ride,
Moving on, moving on;
Watching in all the swelling tide
Of human love and human pride,
While I keep moving on.
When stars go out and worlds stand still,
Alone I'm moving on;
Obeying God's eternal will,
1 cease not when all else is still,
But yet keep niovins on.
'bus Time rolls on,
Ever on and on ;
Above the earth and o'er the sea,
'Mid lightning's flash,
And thunder's cra.h,
Moving toward eternity.
-Win. A. WheiMon.
A Thief Among the Bees.
The Holden brothers, Roswell and
Frank, went to California from a New
England town, in 1881. for the benefit
of Roswcll's health, upon medical ad
vice; and subicqucntiy they found
themselves en2aied in the business of
bac-kecping near Los Angeles for cir
cumstances, accident rut her than de
sign, fir t led them into it.
The children lw I inherited a coasti
tutional tendency to pulmonary dis
eases, which had already begin to de
velop itself ia Roswell. Indeed, he had
become so far an invalid that his friends
deemed it unsafe for him to set off on
so long a journey alone. After many
family deliberations, it was arranged
that Frank, and Ellen, their sister,
should accompany him, and reman one
winter, if not longer, ia the west.
As their means were limited, Frank
and Ellen began, soon after arriving in
California, to look about' tor some way
to earn a living. RasweU, too, a? his
health improved, wished for something
to do; and at length thfp were, by
chance, led to buy thirteen hives of
bees of a lady who herself formerly an
invalid had been employing her leisure
in apiculture, but now was about re
turning to her home in New York.
With these thirteen hive the young
Holdens entered upon- the honey-producing
business early ia 1882.' For a
year they resided in the vicinity of Los
Angeles, but finding that the bees, as
the number of swarm increased, were
unpopular among their neighbors, they
were led to move from so thickly inhab
ited a district, and lived for a time near
Thence, however, early the following
spring, ttycy again moved ia a tract of
unoccupied country farther back among
the mountains, in a kind of long defile,
or crooked valley, inclosed by a wooded
range on cither hand, but which, from
the great abuadanca of wild flowers,
affords good pasture for bees. Here
they aro at present dwelling, and it is
from a number of letters from them to
their friends at homa that the present
sketch is compiled.
The weather there is so favorable and
the climate so mild that bees require but
little feed ing with artificial sweets,
though, of course, more honey can be
produced for market if, at certain times
of 4he year, the swarms are thus pro
vided with food. . '
The hives are arranged so that
drawers, or boxes, when filled with
hney by the bees, can be withdrawn,
and empty ones substituted in their
Swarms of bees vary in siza and in in
dustry as honey-gatherers. Some swarms
produce in a year not more than twenty
pounds that can prudently he with
drawn from them; some, indeed, from
ceit-iia causes, will not eyen gather
enough honey far their own support
Other awarmY produce forty or fifty
pounds, and still others much more.
The Holdens have now between two
and three hundred hives, having made
it a rule so far to keep all the new
swarms which come out, though a few
have escaped. The care of this nu
merous colony occupies all their time
and attention, and they hire two Indian
girls to assist them to watch the, nu
merous sub-coloniei which they have
established in different parts of the val.
ley, generally within mile of each
bther. For it will not do to ' have all
these two- hundred swarms, or "more
collected near one snot on account of
th pasture supply of flowers being over
fed, and the bees having to go too far.
The whole number of swarms is di
vided up into groups of ten of fifteen
hives, and these are often shifted : from
place to place as the season passes.
l For, moving a sub-colony to fresh pas
turage, the boys have a platiorm set
upon four wheels, and drawn by two
steady mules, i Then, i ft -r the bees
have eutered the hive at night, they are
closed In, and the hives are transferred
to the platform. Very carefully then,'
3 i i . i v : . I
and slowly, so as not to jar the hives too
much, the transportation of the colony
to the di&tance of a mile or two is ef
fected. At ihe time of this story, some tim9
in March or April "of last year, the
Holdens had pastured out ten hives at a
point higher up the . valley, than any
they had previously occupied. In point
of fact, the new pasture was in a branch
of the main valley. Hither they had
come up from their beo-sheds next be
low, two m les distant, with a load of
hives, and built a "rest" for them near
two large oaks great trees with wide-
spreading branches that nearly' touched
the ground on the north side of the
intervale, at the foot of tne mountain.
It was a favorable location, for on the
south side the bees had the entire val
ley, well stocked with flowers and
flowering shrubs, outspread before
them; and so secluded did the place
seem that the young apiarists judged it
entirely safe to leave the be a to gather
honey here, unguarded, for a few days
Having seen to it therefore, that the
hives were well placed, they returned
down the valley to their shanty-house,
where their sister and the Indian girl
looked after tho few simple domestic
affairs of the household. In fact, it was
quite tneir custom thus'to colonize a
new pasture, and thus they had met with
few losses. Honey in smill quantity,
had been stolen from them on one or two
occasions and once a number of deer, in
their flight across the valley, had upset
three or four hive?.
But on this occasion they met with a
mishap; for on going to the place two
or three days afterward, to see how their
swarthy "Italiins" were prospering,
Frank found one hive upset, and
another of the tea missing altogether.
From the latter circumstance, as also
from certain marks and traces in the
grass, resembling footprints, he at once
concluded that some thief had
"jumped"' the hive.
A few days before they had heard the
report of a gun several times, faint and
at a diitance, and had conjectured that
there was a hunting party, either of
whites or Indians, on the other side of
'Some of them have probably been
spying about and got their eyes on that
row of hives," was Frank's thought.
Whether tha rogues would rest con
tent with the honey of one' hive, or come
back after more, was what no one could
guess, rne-orotners, nowever, aeemeu
it prudent to expect them again, and
would have gone up and drawn the re
maining hives down to camp, if the
two Indian girls had not been sent down
to the postoffice a little settlement
twelve miles away with the mules, to
get the mail and a stock of groceries.
Roswell therefore proposed that, af
ter supper, they should take a little
shelter tent which they had, and go up
to the new rest, in order to pass the
night where they could guard the hives.
For by this time the older brother had
so far recovered his health as to be the
stronger of the two.
As Xiiien aid not nice to be leit -en
tirely alone she proposed to accompany
them. They accordingly set off, tak
ing along the tent, three blankets and
a Winchester carbine.
Arriving at the rest just at dusk, they
pitched their little shelter tant neSr the
trunk of one of the oaks already re
ferred to, and in such a manner that the
eids of the drooping branches nearly
or auite concealei the te t from
The night was warm and the place
was quite dry. Accordingly they did
not kindle a fire, but made themselves
comfortable with their blankets under
cover of the tent and tho sheltering foli
age of tlie tree.
They qad really no serious expecta
tion.tb.at the thief would come back;
and after a time all three of them fell
asleep, for Ellen Holden had become
quite accustomed to this free, out-of-
door life. They slept thus for three or
During tha early part of the night
there was a moon, but the moon set to
ward midnight; the stars,, however,
gave some light, though every thing
was rather misty and dim. The now
somnolent and quiet hives reposed on
their rest, a few yards from the tree and
At length the sleepers were suddenly
roused by a heavy thump, followed by a
grating noise - and a deep humming
sound from the hives.
Thev all started up and listened in
'Something's afoul of the bees, Ros,"
Roswell, statting up, took the Win
Chester and peeped out amongst the oak
branches. ' What looked like; a tall,
'slouching man was in the very act of
taking one of the hives in his arms,
despite the loudly buzzing bees.
Roswell stared in J astonishment, the
sturdy pilferer did actually clasp hia
armt about the hive and raising it oil
the rest, started to walk slowly ofl
with it. .
'It's soma Indian, I guess, by the
looks of him, " muttered RoswelL '"1
don't just like to fire at him ; he don't
seem to have any gun. But let's 'go'
for him and give him a good thrash in
m i 1 . a x i
Frank, agreeing at once to his propo
sition, snatched up two stakes which
they had cut for the tent, and handing
one of these to his brother, who laid
down the rifle, both young men ran
quickly, but ttealthily, after the
heavily-loaded thief, wl o was shamb
ling awk warily oa ac oss tho open
ground, beyond the rest.
The grass was thick and soft, and they
were not long c.osmg in with. - tne
You scoundrel!" yelled Frank.
Lug otf our honey, will you? ' and
drawing off with his stake, gave the
thief such a tremendoui whack across
the back and shoulders as to knock him
half-forward over the hive.
Drawing oil again, he was about to
repeat the dose, and Roswell on his part
was just getting in a blow, when the
supposed "Indian" suddenly came
round on all fours and give vent . to a
growl which made the whole valley re
echo. It was a grizzly! and as he growled,
he rosa on his hind legs and "lunged'
Prodigiously astonished, Frank gave
a long jump backward not ho far, how
ever, but that one of the ugly creature's
paws raked along his right side and sent
him rolling over and over again on the
Roswell, too, had executed an almost
equally long leap backward, and ran
plump into Miss Holden who with com
mendable foresight, had come quietly
after her brothers, with the Winchester
in her hands.
"Here, quick, shoot!" she exclaimed,
thrusting the loaded piece into his
hands. Turning on the instant, Ros
well fired one, two, three, four shots
into the bear, now in the very act of
lunging again at Frank, and with such
effect that the animal fell, roaring and
whining, unable to rise for another
lunge. '" - ''
A few more shots finished it.
Frank, though considerably ..bruised
and shaken up, was not seriously in
jured. "Ellen," exclaimed Roswell, turning
to his sister, when the bear had been
fairly- floored and Frank had picked
himself up, "Ellen, you're a brick ! You
got round just in the nick o' time !"
"Well," said she laughing, "when two
fellows go after a grizzly with a couple
of sticks, it's a good plan to have a
Winchester not far behind." Youth's
Ventilation of Bedrooms. 1
Dr. Brown-SequarJ,. who has been
preaching that bad ventilation of sleep
ing rooms and poor and monotonous
food are the great causes of phthisis,
treated of that disease at the last meet
ing of the Academy of Sciences in Paris,
taking many of his examples from Eng
land. Wherever population is dense,
and sleeping rooms ill-aired or over
crowded, consumption prevails. Dr.
Bailey reported that in the Miilbank
Prison there were, out of one hundred
deaths, forty-fivo from this disease.
According to the illustrious French
doctor a room in which a consumptive
person sleeps is recking with contagious
germs, if the air he exhales is not
But how to get rid of it in ill-built
houses or very cold weather, when it is
as dangerous to open windows as to
keep them shut? To meet this difficulty
Dr. Brown-Sequard showed the Acad
emy an apparatus of his invention. A
reversed funnel, the shape of a lamp
shade, is placed at the end of a tube, so
arranged in its curves and angles that
when it is placed beside a bed the re
versed funnel will be above tho sleeper
and draw up tho airhe breathes. The
other end runs into the chimney of the
room, it mere is none it is tax en
through a heating apparatus to an air
hole. The heat is great enough to burn
the disease, germs.
The Pig and the Lady.
A Lady who was Passing along a Lane
came upon a Pig rolling in the Mud and
called out in disgust:
','WretchecL.Creature, but what a Mis
erable Life you must lead P.
'0n the Contrary, no one takes
more Comfort," rejoined the Porker.
"But you roll in the Mud."
t "Just like a ng. . iiaa , .nature in
tended me to boss a greenhouse, I should
not be hero.!' ,. .
Moral: ,T'ie above happened a hund
red years ago. All the pigs oi today
want to be Canary Bird?. Detroit Free
. Backing a Horse.
"Did vou ever back a horse, Darrm
ger?" " . V "
VOnly once, Bromley."
"Did you win!' ' J
, "I lost 50. I backed him into
f shop window otf Chestnut street Bos-
Ah Outgrowth of Chinese Life in
Secret Societies for Purposes of
Murder and Blackmail.
The Highbinder societies in San Fran
cisco number about fifty. ,Tney are an
outgrowth of the life of the Chinese on
this coast, as none-of them were organ
ized in China. When ih' coelies first
Legan to flock here in griat .numbers,
allured by the offer of bjgh wages to
work on the Central Pacific Railroad,
the lawless element among them saw
the opportunity for . blackmail and
general cspl na ,e, and began the organ
ization of thj (societies that have proved
the source of most of the Chinese crime
committed on this coast There were
already in existence then what were
known as the Chines3 Six Companies.
These were societies formed for the
mutual protection of members, for aid
to the sick and destitute, and, most im
portant of all, for the transfer to China
of the bones of those who died. The
companies represented tho two districts
of China which contributed the greatest
number of coolies to this country, and
no Chinese ventured to come to this
country without joining one of these com
panies. The companies did much good
in early days in enforcing order, and ia
punishing any crimes of its members,
but of late years their power hai been so
much encroached upon by the high
binders that little remains.
Nearly twenty years ago the first high
binder society was founded. It was
known as tho Chce Kuag Tong, and it
was regularly incorporated. This parent
society is very wealthy. . It owns a hand
some brick building on Spoflord alley,
in the heart o" Chinatown, and here are
the head Quarters of the officers, the
large meeting room, and the Joss, be
fore Avhich all new members are initi
ated and all oaths take i.-0 le tutors the
door, which bears plainly in English aud
Chinese the namo of tha society, and as
cendini? a flight of stairs reaches the
main audience room, where state coun
cus of the society are heal. lnis is a
handsome apartment fitted un in the
celestial style, with heavy old oak
ranged around the wall; a large tabic
stands in the centre directly under a
costly lamp, while Chinese paintings
and mottoes from Confucius and other
moralists cover tne walls, for your high
binder is nothing if not miral. Near
the head of tne stairs is an enormous
boxwood tablet, let into the wall, on
which are engraved tha names of th
1,203 charter members of the fraternity,
with the sum of money that each con
tributed to found the institution.
At whatever hour of day or night one
may enter this room, he will find in tha
small rear offica some ono to inquire
about his business, and to answer any
Questions. It seems that the Chee Kung
Tong boasts of over 4500 members ia
this city alone, - while throughout the
United State8, South America and Cuba
the roll amounts to 15,000. In all it
has 390 branches scattered over this
great territory, but each reports to the
parent society. Every six months four
"headmen" are chosen by election to
conduct affairs, and under them are
thirty-three "hatchet men," or active
police, who are under oath to obey im
plicitly any order of the headmen. The
Chee Kung Tong for many years was the
most influential of th3 highbinder so
cieties. but many of its most active
members have started other associations,
and now the palm of supremacy in
local power is di?putei by the Ga Sin
Sea and the Bo Sin Sea.
AVhatever may nave Deen tne prin
ciples upon which Chu Kung Tong was
founded, it is now carried on mainly
for nurnoses of blackmail, like all the
other highbinder organizations. Many
reputable merchants have been forced
to join these societies, "to cscapa the
exactions df highbinders, but tho lead
ing spirits ia each are men who recog
nize no allegiance to any government,
and who obey no laws but those of their
own making. Over the halls of most cf
these societies floats no fl ig but that of
their order, while not even the com
mand of the consul general the vir
tual representative of the emperor
could stay any order that had gone forth.
The power of these societies, there
fore, is very great, and no earthly au
thority can stay their vengeance. What
this vengeance means may bo seen from
a typical case. We will say that a Chi
nese, through jealousy or other motive,
kills another Chinaman, and that he
and his relatives refuse to make good
the loss to the dead man's kindred by a
money payment Then tho society to
which the murdered man belongs issues
an order proclaiming . the murderer and
putting a price on his head. r Every Chi-
nesfl intthe country t3 warned against
harboring or aiding in any way the
fugitive under pain of the vengeance of
the society. , The proscribed man tan
not get any assistance in this country,
ana HO IS unaDie to escape, every ave
nue is closely watched Payment of tho
fine imposed, suicide, ' or death at the
hands of the hatchet men are the only
alternatives. A more perfect system of
terrorizing the timid or - the obstinate
was never devised,- and the Chinese who
have escaped tho death sentence by dis
guise and flight may be numbered on
In Conversation with Lee Ah Fook,
who is the head man of one of the
strongest of the highbinder societies, he
smilingly admitted that murder was one
of the. fine art s in' which his society ex
celled. He explained ' the method of
initiation and the penalties that followed
the breaking of any of the rules of the
order.- The. neophyte who is to be
initiated is taken bafore the great joss
of. the society, and kneels before the
burning punk and incense in the sacred
bowls that adorn the altar. -An attend
ant, with face concealed by a hideous
mask, holds a naked sword to his neck
while a second presses the point of an
other weapon to his neck. In this posi
tion he takes the oath which binds him
to 'obey without question any order of
the society's authorized leaders, even'
though the order be to murder his best
friend. Corporal punishment is fre
quently inflicted here also, and torture is
applied to extract" evidence from wit
nesses, precisely as it is in China today.
San Francisco Chronicle.
Keeping the Oyster's Month Shut.
Oysters cannot be kept without a
thorough knowledge of their habits.
They feed twice ia a day of twenty-foui
hours and then just at that stillness
preceding the turn of the tide. At no
other time, except when feeding, do
they open their mouths. When taken
out of the water they naturally attempt
to feed at regular intervals, and as soon
as their mouths are open the liquor is all
lost, the cir takes its place, and tin
oyster is covered with a thick coating
of slime. This is the first stage of de
composition, after which the oyster is
of no account. Just so long as its mouth
is shut it is fit to eat, and a means by
which this can be accoinplihcd has been
the study of some enterprisiug men for
a considerable length of time. In 1884
Mr. A. A. Freeman of Philadelphia
shipped to Dsnvur, Col.? some oysters
with their mouths fastened by means of
the patent wire spring Yankee clothes
pin. Upon their arrival in the latter
city the oysters were opened, nnd were
found to be in' an excellent state of pres
ervation. Mr. Freeman immediately set about
finding some device less cumbersome
than the Yankee clothespin. He finally
hit upon a practicable plan. When the
mouth of the oyster is closed, it feeds
upon the liquor in the shell, and will
keep thus for a considerable length of
time. Mr. Freeman's plan is 'td fasten
the oyster securely aroun d the month
with a stout wire. This is done by the
hand and a pair of pinccr?, and as it
can be done very rapidly, great quanti
ties are wired every day. Mr. Free
man has established at Oxford, Talbot
county, the American Patent Lock
Oyster Company, with headquarters at
Oxford and office at Philadelphia. Al
ready he his shipped car loads to De
troit, San Francisco, and other cities,
with satisfactory results, nnd some are
even on the way to London. He is new
completing arrangements to send next
season shipments to Paris, Rome, and
other citi'.s, and if the attempt proves
successful, the American oyster will be
eaten in its natural condition and with
much gusto all over the worll. Balti
Tea Drinking in Russia.
In Russia tea is drunk as beer is in
Germany or wine ia France. It may be
called the national beverage, and there
are especial saloons or restaurants all
about, both here and in St. Petersburg,
for tea drinkers, both rich and poor.
The truly Russian restaurant is very dif
ferent from the European ones. The
waiters are all attired in white from
head to foot, with a large black purse
at the waist, and are always all men.
There is generally a large barrel organ,
which gives out the latest airs. It is
wonderful how much tea a Russian will
drink. The writer entered one morn
ing one of these restaurants with a
young Russian. Tea was ordered, and
one glass followed another , with the
Russian until he had drank seven. He
said he had often drank eleven, and
that fifteen were not too many for an old
hand. The tea is drunk alone or .with
lemon, and the sugar eaten from the
hand. A peculiar kind of bread or roll
is eaten with it Albany Journal .
A Wonderful Grapevine.
Mr. A. F. Tift has upon his place in
Key West, Fla., a wonderful grapevine
covering a great trellis. This vine bears
four' crops every year. The grapes
growdn exceedingly compact clusters,
many of them " weighing as much as
eight pounds and thevino is literally
loaded with bunches. It is n native
of the "West India islands, probably
of Jamaica. . As an illustration of the
dense nature of the . bunches, . the
I "grapes grow so thick upon them that
the center grapes frequently , cannot
reach the sunlight to mature. The out
side grapes can "be picked ott as
deeded, and the,msss of grapes beneath
the outside Layer left to ripen. Chica
go Times. ' ,
Paper containing ligneous substances,
such as straw, wood and jute, is rapidly
discolored by electric light - The yel
lowing is due to the phenomenon of oxi
' German experiments have shown that
cast-iron pillars remain nearly upright
and sustain their load in very hot fires,
while those of wrought iron bend to
such a degree as to be valueless as sup
The old idea that sufferers from heart
disease should avoid physical exertion
has been dispelled by Prof. Oertel, who
has successfully employed regulated
exercise in the treatment of some forms.
In a large proportion of cases, the nu
trition of the cardiac muscle, as of the
muscular systemgenerally, is thus im
proved. After many years of experimenting,
with the object of increasing the speed
of vessels and lessening their draught
by a change in the formation of the hull,
a Pennsylvania inventor has succeeded
in constructing a boat which he claims
-fulfils the desiderata so long seught,
and is in entire accordance with true
A singular freak of nature originally
discovered in Western Australia is like
ly to remain unexplained. It consists of
nino fine peafls aihering together in the
form of a Latin cross seven in the
shaft, and one on each side'of the second
pearl. A suggestion is that a fragment
of seaweed in the shell of the oyster
formed the frame on which the cross was
The most convenient way to fumigate
apartments where there is diphtheria is
to drop a small pinch of sulphur upon a
hot stove, if there is one in tha room. If
there is no stove in tha room, a few
coals on a shovel or other convenient
utensil" may be carried into the room
and the sulphur dropped on tha coals.
A little experience soon enables anyone
to determimc how much sulphur to burn
in each room.
Attention has just been called in a
scientific paper to two races of" men that
must soon become .extinct. ' It is con
fidently predicted that at the present
rate of decrease the Maoris of New
Zealand, now reduced to less than 45,-
000 men, from 100,000 in Capt. Cook's
days, must have disappeared by the
year 2000. The Laplanders are esti
mated not to exceed 30,000 in numbers,
and are gradually becoming fewer.
Dr. T. Langdon Dawn, inquiring in
to the cases of idiocy, has found that ia-
temperance of parents is one of the most
considerable factors m producing the af
fection. His view is confirmed by some
French and German investigators, one
of whom, Dr. Delasiauve, has said that
in the village of Caremet, whoso riches,
were in its vineyards, , tan years' so
briety enforced by vin3 disease, has a
sensible effect in diminishing the cases
of idiocy. Nervou9 constitution and
consumption exercise important in
fluence. . , -
A Wealthy Woman in Rags.
As Roscoe Conklin, Joseph H. Choate
and William M, Evarts were leaving the
court hou3e ia New York City,- after, a
big trial tha other day they encountered
a decrepit old woman in the corridor.
She grimaced and the eminent jurists
raided their hats and-bo wed with court
ly dignity. A half-dozen big tenement
houses, a bundle of 'government bonds
and shares in an uptown savings bank
represent the old woman's worldly pos
sessions, and yet she can neither read,
write nor cipher. She is the best-known
character in the offices of the city gov
ernment. AVhen the late William M.
Tweed first camo into . power "Aunt
Sally," as she is called, used to ped
dle . peanuts and apples in the
various offices. By careful
economy she had saved a little money.
Tweed, who would do anything for any
one he took a liking to, advised Sally
to put her little savings into a "spec,"
which he 'promised would turn out
well Sally made several hundred per
cent, profit on her investment In
those days every politician owned a
high silk umbrella." Sally made it her
" business to become acquainted with every
politician, lawyer and office-holder
of consequence, and at stated
times . visited , them to col
lect discarded hats, umbrellas " and
other articles of wearing apparel. She
carries on that business to-day in con
nection with her peanut and apple
trade. The hats and umbrellas she re
pairs herself, and sells them often for
half thair original cost Coachmen, Sack
drivers and colored . dudes are her best
customers. Hsr income from this source
alono ii very big. She adds several
thousand dollars yearly to her fortune,
Her age is a mystery. Some of the old-
timers say she is over a century old, and
that she is. a witch. . She drefcsos in rags
and always pleads poverty; The records
in the Rsgister's office show that she is
worth at least a fifth of a million.
(Mail and Express.
' . - A Young Ogg. .
" Batchelor B. Why, Mary, that's
very small egg!
Yes, $ir; but it was only laid
this morning, sir. Life
. Some Days of Days.
Some day, some day of days, threading the
With idle, heedless pace,
TJnlooking for such grace,
' 1 shall behold your facet
Some day," some day of days, thus we may
Perchance the sun may shine from skies of
May, - .'.:.',
Or winter's icy chill
Touch, whitely vale and hill.
What matter? I 'shall thrill
Through every . vein with summer on that
Once more life's perfect youth will all come
".back, ;,.J;' : .;
And for a moment there
1 shall stand fresh and fair,
And drop the garment care;
Once more my perfect youth shall nothing
lack. ;;" -
I shut my eyes nowj thinking how't will be,
How, face to face, each soul
Will slip its long control.
Forget the dismal dole
Of dreary fate's dark, separating sea.
And glance to glance, and hand to hand in
The past with all its fears,
. The silence and its tears,
Its lone'y, yearning years, .
Shall vanish in the moment of that meeting,
New Orleans Picayune.
In months of sun, so live that months
of rain shall be happy.
"My first purchase is my last," said a
cobbler, who was just starting in busi
ness. It doesn't abbreviate a three months'
note to have theindorser make a minute
If there is any' ono who should be
"rapped in slumber' it is the man who
At midnight: Young Bore O, dar
ling Miss Ada, I'd do anything for you.
Miss Ada Really? Well, go home.
Customer: T should like to look at a
fat goose." Shop boy: "If you'll wait
a minute, missus will be here directly."
Nothing is more annoying to a young
man who has a bunch of kcy3 at the
end of his watch chain, than to be asked
what time it is.
"I'm goin' to leave, mural" "What
for? I am sure I have done all the
work myself, in order to keep a girl.''
Well, mum, ther work's not done to
suit me I"
Mr3. Popinjay Now, dear, you won't
forget, will you, that to-morrow is the
twenty-filth anniversary of our wedding
day? Mr. Popinjay Dunno. Guess
I'd better tie a string around my finger.
Teacher "John, what aro your boots
made of?" Boy "Of leather." "Where
does the leather coma from?" "From
'the hide of the' ox." "What animal,
therefore, supplies you with boots, and
give's you meat to cat?' "My father.'
""Georgp, there is a sadness and mel
ancholy in your eyes to-night, and your
cheeks seem blanched." "Yep, Naomi,
lam far from b'eing happy." "Confide
in me, dearest. Let me share your sor
row. Have the buffetings of this cruel
world cast a gloom over your, soul?'
"Well, not exactly, but you see these
shoes are new and they pinch like th
Just tack this legend on your door
For those who're going through it,
"Pier se take this door along with you
As far as you can do it."
A Unique Farm Lease.
A doctor in Kent county, Delaware,
leased his farm last year. An ironclad
lease was drawn up, but at the end ol
the year the tenant was unable to settle
his account. An attempt to secure him
self developed to the doctor the fact that
all the goods of his tenant were covered
by a chattel mortgage held by some one
else, and the doctor was "left" He
aaia leased his farm, and here is a
copy of perhaps the most unique lease
on record. The names give'n are fic
titious: "I, John Smith, do hereby rent my
farm, consisting of 240 acres, more cr
less, to Abel Youngmaa for the year
1888. I, on" my part, agree to do the
best I can, and I hope God Almighty
will let Abel Youngman do the best he
It has long been known that gold is
to some extent volatile at high temper
atures; but it is evidently far more
volatile than has hitherto been believed.
Mr. Crooks mentioned incidentally at
the last meeting of the Chemical So
ciety that.he had found gold to boil
violently when heated in the oxyhydro
gen flame, and, in fact, to be so volatile
that there would seem to' be no doubt
that it might be distilled in an apparatus
similar to that employed by Stas in dis
tilling silver. Athcnjeam." -'' .r v
Choosing Live Fish For Dinner.
: A correspondent writing from .Russia
says that in the dining room of one of
the large cafes of .Moscow there is a
pool of fresh water in which fish of
various ' kinds and . sizei swim about
,Any,patron of the restaurant who may
wish a course of fish for his dinner,
goes to the' poo), picks ont the partic
ular fish which strikes his fancy, and in
a iiff y the waiter has captured it' .with a
; djp net and sent it out to the chef.