7 '.: r A C ANTHONY & CROSS, Editors and Publishers. TERMS: $1.25 Per Year In Advance. VOLUME I. CONCORD, N. C, FRIDAY, MAECH 9, 1888. NUMBER 9. mmmm''mm'mmHmmmmmm'llmmmmmmm t . . ., .. . mi - m n i. ii "' ' . .... - " ' 1 ' . f I The Last Kiss. I put the half-written poem, While the pen idly trailed in my hand, Writes on, "Had I words to complete it, Who'd read it, or who'd understand?" But the little bare feet on the stairway, And the faint, (mothered laugh in the hall, And the eerie-low lisp on the silence, Cry up to me ovir it all. So I gathered it up where was broken The tear-faded thread of my theme, Telling how, as one night I sat writing, A fairy broke in on my dream A little inquisitive fairy My own little girl, with the gold Of the sun in her hair, and the dewy Blue eyes of the fairies of old. 'Twas the dear little girl that I scolded- "For was it a moment like this," I said, "when she knew I was busy, To come romping in for a kissi Ccme rowdying up from her mother And clamoring there ot my knee For 'one 'ittle kiss for my dolly And one 'ittle uzzer for mef God pity the heart that repelled her And the cold hand that turned her away And take from the lips that denied her This answerless prayer of to-day ! Take, Lord, from my memory forever That pitiful sob of despair, And the patter and trip of the bare little feet And the one piercing cry on the stair 1 I put by the half -written poem, While the pen idly trailed in my hand, Writes on, "Had I words to complete it, Who'd read it or who'd understand?" But the little bare feet on the stairway, And the faint smothered laugh in the hall, And the eerie-low lisp on the silence, Cry up to me over it all. James Whitoomb Riley. THE EOGUES OF INDIA. Many wonderful things have been written about the jugglers of India, but things still more wonderful could be written about the thieves. I have lived in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, and Ran goon, and have been knowing to some operations of these gentry which seemed incredible. Every foreigner h considered fair game by the natives. While there are plenty who will not rob him by force, there is none who will not swindle him if it can bo done. On three different occasions, in different hotels, I sent out by waiters to make purchases or get money changed. In each instance they ran away, although in no case was the sum over a dollar, and in every case the native left lucrative employment in order to belt me. It couldn't have been the idea of gain so much as the idea of get ting ahead of a foreigner. While there is no positive security from thieves ia India, there is partial security in hiring a chowkadar. This fellow ii a thief from away back. lie ;is known to be, and he is employed on this account. If you pay him so that he can afford to be honest, ho will keep other thieves away. It is a point of honor with the fraternity not to steal from any one employing a chowkadar. His services are a species of blackmail, but you must either pay him or be at the mercy of the slickest, slyest set of rascals on earth. At Bombay I had a bungalow with an English artillery Captain on leave of absence. As he had with him two ser vants whom he felt he could trust, we determined not to employ a chowkadar. Several called to offer their services, and all seemed greatly surprised and annoyed when sent off. One of the fellows was an old man with a foxy look, and he protested to the Captain. "I am a great thief, but too sharp for the officers, who have never yet laid hands on me. I know all the thieves, and if I am with you no one will date steal from you." "And if wo do not employ you?"' ''You will surely be robbed." "Well, wo shall try to get along without you, and if thieve3 come, some one may get killed." The old man went away with a look of cunning on his face, and we had no doubt that he would be among the first to seek to lay hands on our goods. There were but three rooms to our bungalow a parlor, kitchen, and bed room. The Captain and myself occupied the parlor as a sitting room, dining room and bedroom, while the cook and his fellow servant occupied the other two. We kept but little money by us and had but few goods. The Captain was experimenting a littlo with a new explosive, and I was making a report to the home Government on the various vegetable poisons of that peninsular. We therefore had plenty of leisure to plan for our protection aid watch all suspects. On the second day after the sly old man was sent away, a lame native woman, leading a boy about 4 years of age, sent in word by the servant that she wanted to see the Captain on im portant business. The pair were ad mitted, and she began making inquiries about her husband, who she said was a member of the Captain's command. She gave the name of a native known to the officer, and asked so many questions that she took up fifteen minutes' time. I was not much interested in her story, but was in the actions of the child. No rooner did she let go of his hand than he began running about to inspect things. We saw afterward how hard she-tried to draw all our attention to herself. The Captain paid no heed to the child; but presently, as I watched, I saw . the little shaver grab something from a stand. Ho then returned to his mother and took her hand. After a moment I re membered that my field glasses rested on the stand, and as I rose up to look for them they wero not Jto bo seen. I went over to the child, and notwith standing the fact that he shrank away and began to cry, as if scared at me, I picked him up and gavo him a shake. The glasses fell to the floor from the folds of a cloth about his waist, anl with them threo spoons which he had stolen in the kitchen. lie ran away as I put him down, and the woman hurried after him. It was a put-up job to pilfer from us, and, while the child did not look moro than four years of ago, we afterward learned that he was over ten. In India everybody sleeps during the middle of the day. That is, everybody should. About a week after the occurrence related above, the Captain c'.imsd into a hammock under the ve randa about 11 o'clock one forenoon for a nap. I should have climbed into another, but I had some letters to get off that day, and I removed coat and vest and sat down to a table in a corner of our room. The window before me was up, but a light bamboo shade was down to keep the sua out. Tho captain had had plenty of time to go to sleep when I happened to look out through the slats of the blind. While I saw nothing, I felt that something was wrong, and I softly roao up and went to the door opening out on the veranda. This door was, of course, wide open. My feet wero in slippers, and I made not tho least noise as I reached the door. The verauda was about 20 feet long, and tho Captain's hammock was slung at the centre. I peered cautiously out, and I saw the figure of the sly old man right under the ham mock. His back was towards me, but I determined to see what ho would do, and then capture him if I could. As I looked he slowly rose up on .tie Captain's left, cocked his ears to listen, and then his deft black fingers began a search of the sleeping man's pockets. I braced myself, took a full breath, and was on him at a bound. I seized him firmly by the body, but he sank down, wriggled two or threo times, and next minute ho was gone, up3otting me by grasping my feet, aid heaving away as he went. It did not seem that he had been at work over ten seconds when I grabbed him, and yet in that time he had extracted the Captain's watch and wallet, and several other articles. All were left behind, but the thief had dis appeared like a shadow. Perhaps the best way would have been to give in and employ a chowkadar but we were both determined not to be bulldozed into it.- All portable articles not in hourly use were put into a strong wooden chest and kept under lock and key and both of us were on the watch for any new movemnt A couple of weeks had passed and wo were begin ning to feel safe, when the fellows at tempted a very bold game. A juggler came to the veranda and began to per form and we both went out While the room was left alone, the thieves there were three of them came through the garden alongside the house and cut a hole through the side exactly back of tho chest. The captain happened to look ia just as the box was being moved and with a couple of bounds he crossed the room and seized one of the handles. I could not realize the situa tion until the thievc3 had pulled the chest half way out, and by the time I had got around the bungalow they had disappeared. How they could have lo cated the chest so exactly was a mystery to us, as it had been moved several feet only the night before. They cut neither to the right nor the left, but exactly back of it, and the space was only an inch wider than tho chest. The next move created a sensation in Bombay. Opposite our bungalow, which was on a side street, was one be longing to a native a known thief. Tho fraternity had somehow got the idea that we had a great pile of money hidden in our bungalow, and that the Captain was making gold nuggets by the wholesale. He was, as I said, ex" perimenting with a new explosive, and this probably started the idea. The ex plosive was either dynamite or some thing very near it. One day, after the Captain had been fussing around in the front yard for half an hour, and while he was reading on the veranda, there was a terrible explosion. It seemed as if our house was lifted a foot high, and everything inside was thrown into con fusion as it settled back. It was an explosion which was felt for half a mile around, and when we got out doors we found a hole in our front yard into which a couple of bullocks could' have been dumped. That wasn't all, however. A big ditch had been opened straight acros' the street to the other bunga low, and the bruised and battered bodies of three natives were thrown out within thirty feet of the big hole. It took us some little time to figure out what had occurred. The sly old man and hi? pals had dug a tunnel from the native bungalow to within three feet of ours. It was intended to pass under the house and break ground inside, there being no floors in our . place. The explosion, which took place ia an iron kettle, was almost over the tunnel, and the force was mainiy downward. The concussion followed along the ditch and blew the roof off the native bungalow. The thieves wero either creeping for ward or backward in the tunnel, and death came to them so quickly that they never knew what hurt them. Next morning a native priest, accom panied by a scribe, called upon us to se cure our account of the affair. The Ca plain had explained matters to the authorities, and there had been no in quest. Tho priest said that the sly old man had been one of his most devoted followers, and as he was a person of considerable importance in Nagpoor, where he had many relatives, an account of his death was to be published in the native language. Tho visit was made us at an early hour in the morning, while everything was lying around loose, and the two men had scarcely left tho house when we missed tho field glasses, a pocket compass, a pair of shoes, and two or threo othor 'articles. A native detective assurod us that the priest and scribe were two notorioui thieves, who had come in that disguise to get even with us. I was bitten by a poisonous snake at Bcngalore, and for several weeks was unable to leave my bed. While out of danger after the first two or three days, enough of the poison circulated through my system to keep mo weak and feverish for a long "time. While lying on my bed on my right side I could look out on an extensive back yard. Thero was a path running down to a summer house, and beyond tho summer house was a thicket and a ravine. Midway between the bungalow and the summer house, and off to the left of the path, were the stable?. One forenoon as I lay looking out on this yard, I saw an al most naked native come out of the thicket, glide up the path and turn into (he stables. I knew from his actions that he was a thief, bat tho hand bell had been accidentally removed beyond my reach, and I could not call loud enough in my weak state to give an alarm. There were three servant i at the stables, but it turned out that they wero gambling and deeply interested. Tho thiaf entered the buildings and stolo two suits of clothing and some horse goods, and went back down the path with the bundle cn his back. The Captain was raving angry over the loss, as ho had been bothered a great deal with thioves, and after dinner we had a consultation. He went to a friend and borrowed a steel trap which had once been scut for and captured a tiger. It was larger than the bear traps seen in this country, requiring the services of two men and a lever to set it. The stable men were sent away on errands, and, assisted by a corporal from tho barracks, tho Captain set the trap in the centre of the path, between the summer house and the stables. An excavation wa3 made to sink it out of sight, and then dirt and leaves were scattered over the spot The Captain's family was away, and the stable men never went beyond their quarters. If anybody fell into the trap it would be some native who had no business in the grounds. The loss of the stable goods had not been re ported to the police, and the thief was not alarmed. He might not make another visit to the place, but it was hoped he would. There was a stout chain attached to the trap, and thi3 led to a small tree and was made fast with a padlock. It was nearly a week beforo anything unusual occurred. A bell had been fixed in tho housekeeper's room, with a cord running to the head of my bed, and it was arranged that when I gave a certain signal she was to run to the kitchen and send a native after the Captain, providing he was not at home. That signal would mean game in the trap. If any one came at night, all the people would bo at home, and could do as directed by the Captain. I could not leave my room, and must certainly be a good sentinel if awake. If nsleap, any noise out of routine would arouse me. The Captain did not come home, after leaving in tho morning, until 1 o'clock. We had be gun to despair of luck in trapping a thief, when, one morning about 10 o'clock, just after I had opened my eyes from a nap lasting half an hour, I saw the head 'of a native as he peered from behind the summer house. It was a thief spying out the land. I got hold of the bell cord, but waited to see what the fellow would do. In two or three minutes he stepped out ia full sight, and I was quite sure he was the same who came before. He came boldly up the path, as if bent on an errand, and walked directly over the trap. I was so astonished that I forgot to ring until he had turned into the stables. The housekeeper had gone to the kitchen and was wrangling with the cook, and so my signal was unheard. The fellow was out of my sight seven or eight minutes, and when ho reappeared he had a sack of horse feed on his shoulders. He hid caught the stable men napping again. I rang and rang, but no one came. He went down the path tact over and seemiog to glide, but as he reached the trap the dirt and leaves flew in a shower, the fellow seemed to spring into the air, and nexl instant I saw that ho was fast in tht jaws. He pitched forward, and I could see his right ankle was held in the vise. Ho quickly scrambled up, however, looked sharply around him, and then uttered a low whistle. Insido of thirty seconds four natives came from the thicket to assist him. The trap puzzled them. If they had ever seen one beforo, they did not know how to manage the springs. The prisoner must have been in terrible agony, for the teeth went to the bone on each side of his leg; but he never brought a groan. .While tho five wero consulting I rang again, and this timo the housekeeper came and sent for the Captain. Long enough before he came the affair was ended. When the men found they could' not liberate the pris. oner they designed to cut his leg off above the trap. Ile refused to agree, as it would doubtless have bacn tho death of him. They had nothing with which to break tho chain or lock, and, doubt less fearing that tho prisoner would peach on the gang, the four plunged their knives into him and ran away. By the time the Captain got home the man was dead. New York Sun. The Use of Water at Meals. Opinion3 differ a3 to the effect of the free ingestion of water at meal times, but the view most generally received is probably that it dilutc3 the gastric juice and so retards digestion. Apart from tho fact that a moderate delay in the process is by no means a disadvan tage, as Sir William Roberts has show n in his explanation of tho popularity of tea and coffee, it is more than doubtful whether any such effect is in reality produced. .When.- ingested during meals, water may do good by washing out the digested food and by exposing the undigested part more thoroughly to the action of the digestive ferments, Pepsin is a catalyptic body, and a given quantity will work almost indefinitely provided the peptones are removed as they arc formed. Good effects of water, drunk freely before meals, has, however, another beneficial result it washes away the mucus which is secreted by the mucus membrane during the intervals of repose, and favors peristalsis of the whole ali mentary tract. Tho membrane thus cleansed is in a much better condition to receive food and convert it into solu ble compounds. Tho accumulation of mucu3 is specially well marked in the morning, when the gastric walls arc covered with a thick, tenacious layer. Food entering the stomach at this time will become covered with thi3 tenacious coating, which for a tima protects it from tho action of tho gastiic ferments, and so retards digestion. The tubular contracted stomach, with its puckered mucus lining aad viscid contents, a nor mal condition in the morning before breakfast, is not suitable to receive food. Exercise b.-forc partaking of a meal stimulates the circulation of the blood and facilitates the flow of blood through the vessels. A glass of water washes out the mucus, partially distends the stomach, wakes up peristalsis, and prepares the alimentary canal for the morning meal. Observation has shown that non-irritating liquids pass directly through tho "tubular'' stomach, and even if food be present they only mix with it to a slight extent. According to Dr. Leuf, who has made this subject a special study, cold water should be given to persons who havo sufficient vi tality to react and hot water toothers. Ia chronic gastric catarrh it is extremely beneficial to drink warm or hot water before meals, and salt is said in most cases to add to the good effect pro duced. British Medical Journal, A Watch Without Hands. The watch without hands which has recently been brought before the public is simply a watch with ordinary wheel work in which the intermediate teeth are wanting and which gear every min ute and hour only. The contrivance, though admitted to possess some incon- veniencies, is on the other hand claimed to present some genuine preferences over th3 ordinary make. Thus, the construction not only allows tho reading to be accurate, but also permits of esti mating the time that separates each passing minute. There is not only an optical signal given, but also an acous tic one,-since at every change of figure the ear perc cives a slight sound, and consequently it becomes useless for one to examine his watch in order to meas ure a given interval of time a feature of special value to engineers, physi cians, officers, travelers and observers. The experimenter knows exactly when a minute begins and ends. New York Sun. Fashion Pat Up the Price. Turquoise is the rage this season, and jewelers who had seen stocks of these gems run down to price3 almost nominal blessed fashion when it set its seal of approval on these pretty bits of blue. A year or two ago little turquoises could be bought as low as $1. To-day the same stones are worth from $12 to $15. Bo says a well-known Boston jeweler. PEKIN. A Vivid Pen Picture of the Great Chinese City. Its Dirty Streets, Queer Shors, and Emperor's Palac.f;. When Sir Henry Parkes returned to Pekin he said he had come back to "du3t, dirt and disdain;' and most travelers will find this sentence, sweep ing though it may be, rather lacking in D's than otherwise. However much Pekin may be described, it3 condition would still remain inconceivable to those who have not seen it; all the filth thrown into the roadway a mixture of mud and abominations, in the ruts in which the springlcss cart-wheels are forever sticking 1 You get along Curio street supposed by some people to be the most beautiful in China by walking along the little bits of crumbling ground in front of each shop, and then swinging yourself around th3 wooden pillar that supports the roof, so as to avoid getting soiled by the quagmire below." The shop fronts are of wondrous carved wood ; highly gilded sign3 hang out into the street; wonderful beams with curved ends project across the roadway, and strings from which dangle red feathers. But I must say that the last thing I am struck with is the magnificence of the scene. The shops are pleasant enough. One goes into a back parlor, set out like a miniature museum; through that a courtyard; then an inner sanctum not overcrowded with pretty things, and with plenty of chairs. But the prices of tho curios are ex orbitant; so that one can only be glad that Pekin shopkeepers bow and smile as politely on non-buyers as on custom ers. Indeed, it is customary for them to send their wares on inspection to the different houses day after day. "Num ber one thing I six dollars," say they. Iteply unwarily with ''Half a dollar," and it is yours ; whereupon you feel sure at once tho thing is no real curio at all and worth nothing. This bargaining is a great amusement each day after break fast. Pekin furs are lovely, and there are lovely white feather-like Thibetan sheepskins, red-backed Mongolian squir rels, and, most fascinating of all, cinna mon or cream-colored fox skins, so soft that they could almost be passed through the traditional ring. The great sights of Pekia are behind closed gates at present Sometimes some are open; others never. We go to the clock tower; a wattle fence is hur riedly erected across the opening as we approach. We go to the examination hall sometimes open, but shut today Of course you can go again, if you liked the smells last time. It is adjoining tho observatory; where the carved bronze supports of the instruments weird dragons chained to mountains lest they should escape, redundant foliage, etc. deserve to be one of the wonders of the world. I am glad to have seen them; I should like to see them again. But, oh dear! the smells! and the man with loathsome sores and the hideous voice, who wants to try gentlemen's cigars for them and to touch ladies' dresses, who fights with strangers for a larger tip when he has more than enough already. That man is of a piece with Pekin. The outsido of the emperor's palace all that any European has ever so en of it since the days of JIarco Polo is ideal, a fairy palace. High walls shut in the forbidden city; a moat surrounds them; and then there are the glistening yellow tiles, tho roofs built by the old Mongols in imitation of their tents. Then there is the green hill with its trees, and palace roofs climbing up it. The entrances are of deep blue, bright green, golden dragoned, with here and there a touch of vermilion. The sky is blue above, the sun shines, and there in the roadway sits a child stark naked, its face so dirty that it is impossible to seo what it is like, its head misshapsn with disease. No. wonder the present emperor never cares to come outside, and is supposed never to have done so. The world inside must be far more de lightful, if it matches with those glitter ing fairy roofs. St James Budget. Superstitious Indians. Lieutenant Cushing says that the Zuni Indians invest everything used in their daily life with a spirit of its own. A jar has its life and death and tho twanging sound it gives forth upon breaking, es pecially when in the oven, is the cry of the departing soul The lieutenant in order to learn the ways of the Zuni, sat down among the women who were turn ing pottery and imitated their work. He began to whistle, when they threw up their hands in dismay and cried to him to cease. Any noise would excite the jar's spirit and came it to break when in the oven. They always paint a band about the rim of a vessel, outside if it is a water jar and inside if it is intended for cooking. But this band is never complete, as this would not allow the spirit to escape when the jar dies. All the jars found in ancient Los Muertos are banded, sometimes in three or foui colors, but the ring is never unbroken. Boston Journal, SCIENTIFIC SCBAPS. Sir John Lubbock's oldest queen anl has reached the age of fourteen, and still lays fertile eggs. j The London firemen are to be clothed in asbestos garments, which will not( burn. The experiment has been tried , already in Paris and works well. j One of the features of tho new elec- ! trie light plant in the city of Utica, N. Y. , is the big belt connecting engine and dynamos. The leather in it re quired the skins of 640 adult cows. Dr. F. Nansen, of the Bergen Mu seum, proposes crossing Greenland's in terior next summer on the snow-runners which gave such remarkable progress ! during Nordenskjold's last trip. Baron : Nordensk jold is himself confident of the success of this attempt to traverse Greenland's ice. A new tanning agent, called pyro fuscine, has been extracted from coal dust by means of caustic soda. The tanning process is somewhat compli cated, lut it is claimed to be fifty pei cent, cheaper than the bark process, and twenty to thirty per cent, cheaper than the alum process. A trial of a velocipede on rails has been made at Pantin with most satis factory results, a speed of twenty-five miles an hour having been reached. This machine, made for tho French en gineer corps, rest3 on four wheels of o diameter of thirty inches. It only weighs fourteen stone. It is impossible to put electric wires under ground in New Orleans, because the water level is but three feet below the surface. So strong towers, 150 feet high, are erected, and on these tele graph and telephone wires arc carried above the public streets. These towers are also used to sustain stand pipe?, which have nozzles at different eleva tions where hose can bo attached in case of fire. The revelations of the microscope promise to add largely to our knowledge of the inhabitants of Ejypt'of three or four thousand years ago, by informing us as to the kinds of food in use at that time. The material which forms on the teeth, known commonly as tartar, is composed partly of the portions of the food consumed, and this deposit was re moved from the teeth of mummies and microscopically examined, revealing in many instances what tho food of the person had been. Some remarkable earthquake phenom ena have boen discovered in an isolated section between Summervillo and Charleston, S. C, which bears evidence of being one of the foci of the great sheck of August, 1886. The ground for miles was literally overturned by the shock. There are many deep pits on tho margin of which have been throw ing up pure white sand such as is seen only on the seashore. On this sand has sprung up a dense growth of sea plants. It is evident that the seeds from which these plants sprung were ejected from great depths where they have doubt less been buried many centuries without losing their germinating powers. The largest passenger engine ever constructed has been built in the Schenectady (N. Y.) Locomotive Works for tho Michigan Central Rail road and is calculated for express and passenger purposes. It is a ten-wheel engine, having three pairs of coupled driving wheels and a four-wheeled truck. The drivers are 68 inches in diameter. The cylinders are 19 inches in diameter, with 24-inch stroke. The boiler, which is of Otis steel, is 58 inches in diameter and has 147 two-inch semi-steel flues. The fire box is 8 feet long by 42 7-8 inches wide, and, like many recently built, is placed above the frames, which gives increased width. The tank is carried on two four-wheel channel iron trucks. The capacity of the tank is 3800 gallons, and the tender has a capacity of eight tons of coal. Get Ready for the Wedding "Mamma," said a beautiful K street maiden in tender tones one morning at breakfast, "Henry is coming around to-morrow night,' ' "Well, what of that?'' said mamma, with ill-concealed disappointment "He's been coming every Sunday night for two years." "Very true, mamma; but neither of them was leap year," and a cold, hard, determinel look spread over her lovely features an inch and a half thick. Washington Critic. Where It Came From. ''Where is the island of Cuba situ ated?" asked an Austin school teacher of a small, rather forlorn looking boy. "Idunno, sir." "Don't you know where sugar comes from?" "Yes, sir, we borrows it from the next door neighbor." Sif tings. An Expert Linguist A Linguist Pa, here a piece in the paper about parasites. What is para sites, pa? . "Parasites, my boy? Why, parasites are the people who live Paris. Think you ought to know that, and you in the Third Reader 1" Woman's Magazine. Out of the silence make me a song, Beautiful, sad and soft and low; Let the loveliest music sound along And wing each note with wail of woe, Dim and drear; As hope's last tear Oub of the silence make me a hymn -Whose sounds are shadows soft and dim. Out of the stillness in your heart A thousand songs are sleeping there Make me but one, thou child of art, The song of a hope in a last despair, Dark and low, A chant of woe; Out of the stillness, tone by tone, Soft as a snowflake, wild as a moan. Out of the dark recesses flash me a song, Brightly dark and darkly bright; Let it sweep as a love-star sweeps along The mystical shadows of the night, Sing it sweet, Where nothing is drear, or dark, or dim, And earth songs melt into heaven's hymn Father Ryan. HUMOROUS. Needs signal ability Man at railway crossing. Impressions of America Footprints in the snow. Wisely improving the present Soil ing a duplicate gift. It takes a great deal of pluck to get the feathers off a live goose. 1888 is but little over a fraction ol time, anyhow one and three eights. "Give me a dude egg, please," said the boarder. "A dude egg? What is that?" "A fresh one." The frequent changes in tho Cabinet of Europe lead one to believe that tho Ministers are Methodists. A physician says: "If a child doc3 not thrive on fresh milk, boil it." This is too severe. Why not whip it? It has been averred that a lady with a diamond ring will scratch her nose in a given period four times as often as other women. He (at a very late hour, with deep tenderness) How can I leave thee? Sho Really, Mr. Stayer, I can't tell you. 1 wish to heaven I could. A young lady recently presented her lover with an elaborately constructed penwiper, and was astonished the fol lowing Sunday to see him come into church wearing it as a cravat. Two young writers wero talking oi their hopes, their ambitions. ' 'If I have not made a reputation by the time I'm thirty I shall blow my brains out," as serted one. "My dear boy," replied the other, "you are as good as dead." The most novel complaint of impurt, milk reported is that of a London boy, boarded out under the poor-law regu lation, who reported that the milk given him out of town, instead of being taken out of clean tins, had been squeezed out of a nasty cow, and he"seed 'em a-do-ing it." A teacher noticing that upon an ex amination paper tho Isthmus of Panama was every time spelled "Panamaugh," was curious to know the name of the au thor of such extraordinary spelling, and turning to tho head of the previous page, found the child's name to bo Katifl Hummcbaugh. Skill of Ancient Builders. A personal inspection of the pyramids of Egypt, made by a quarry-owner who spent some time recently on the Nile, has led him to the conclusion that the old Egyptians were better builders than those of the present day. He states that there are blocks of stone in the pyramids which weigh threo or four times as much as the obelisk on the em bankment. He saw a stone who3e esti mated weight was 880 ton. But then the builders of the pyramids counted human labor lightly. They had great masses of subjects upon whom to draw, and most of their work was done by sheer manual labor and force. Thcro are stones in the pyramids thirty feet in length which fit so closely together that a penknife may be run over tho surface without discovering tho break between them. They are not lai-J with mortar, cither. There is no machinery so per fect that it will make two surfaces thirty feet in length which will meet together in unison as these stones in the pyramids meet It is supposed that they were rubbed backward and forward upon each other until tho surfaces were as-similited.---London Iron. An African Mocklnsr Bird. A Kaffir vanished and groans were heard. He was searched for without result, but on the following night groans were still heard. The search continued and the man was found mur dered. His murderer was arrested and executed, but the groans still continued, to the dismay of their auditors. At last they were traced to a mocking bird. That bird alone of living things had seen the deed of .blood, and now from day to day- reproduced the piteous moaning of its victim. Saturday Re view. . . Speaking from Experience. "Docs your mother wear felt slip per. ?" asked an old lady of a little boy where she was visiting. "Yes, ma'am, she do. I've felt 'em," answered the small boy, significantly. J Detroit Free Pres3. - - '