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By W. A. CDRTIS.
EKANKLlfl. MACON CO., N. C„ WEDNESDAY,- JUNE 28. 1893.
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.SUGAR.
,N.C.
ments by the
epartmenjt.
Neat
ten i» ‘
r, Jan be Grown in
fly Every State.
•ican heat sugar industry
1 success, writes a Washington cor
pondeny. The experiments of the
IP*rlmeut of Agriculture during lire
ft lWo orftlir
Itreo years, prove the en
Uicability of producing; l>cet
the United States, and that
'■iijfes. A single state! pro
lust (j<jiir about twenty million,
i oft beet sugar, and sugarjbeets
Iro gro\^n ju greater or less qhaiiti
pes in neulriy every stale in tlic Ujnion.
Jgar beet; seeds were sent by the L)e
|rtmeut Jjf Agriculture at the begin
' ?f hilst year to 2316 persons, lo
1 in (Jvery stale and territory, and
lets wero received from 29
|n* an<4 territories.
I'«:
aple ]
to t lie department, ottt
have been making a Muily
et sugar question, a pretty
t'Sugh knowledge as to ilie possi
bilities qf beet culture ami beet iugar
producing in "thi! United Stales. | It is
'ournl that tills sugar beet will grow
iad thrive in neatly every state Eli the
| nion, tliougli tlie sections of country
'log yiortli of Ibe -Ohio River anti
retelling sou'llwardly from' the
onth of ibe Ohio through New Mex
bo and Arizona and Southern. tCali
appear|lo be tlio best suited for
sugar-yielding beets,
t it is found that be
*4000 pounds of Sugar
d per acre.
ts of these experiments
Sat tjie section of country
st of the Mississippi liver is
Bie great sugar producing section
rUdWFi! Stales and that it may
By produce all the sugar tliaj, the
|e of this country Vint or ever
rant should the population be
many times that of today. One
fying feature which the exiperi
of the yjear have produced is to
tlret beetj sugar raising is not
practicable but a profitable ili
ft ry. The work at the government
criment station was earned on
|;b groat care, and accompanied iwilh
accurate estimate of cost anal re
ts, and showed that a net profit,
ove all exjieiiscs, including lnboSr, of
er #10 per acre would have been the
fniltjof the wbvk carried on in an
Insivo form.
|inany mill
/stairway, l
Uons. In
The Grand Canon of Arizona, ]
n Norl^iwesfbrn Arizona lies itbat
uown as the Grand Canon district,
embraces an urea of about lUteeu
lousand square miles. Its northerly
egiuning, at the high plateaus iu
utborn JJtah, is n scries of terraces,
miles broad, dropping, like a
lo lower geological foi-ma
Arizona the platform is
reached which borders the real chasm,
and extends southerly beyond furiinto
thi ce ntral part of that territory. It
is the theory of geologists that 10,000
feet of strata have been swept by
erosion from the entire surface of this
platform, whose present uppermost
formation is the carboniferous, tho
deduction being based upon the fact
that the missing Permian, Mesozoic
and Tertiary formations, which belong
above the carboniferous in the series,
aro found in their place at the begin
ning of the northern terraces referred
to.
The climax ofj this extraordinary ex
ample of erosion is, of course,-the chasm
of tho the Grand cjairon proper, which,
were the missing strata restored to the
adjacent plaleati, would he sixteen
thousand feet deep. The whole re
giou has been repeatedly lifted and
submerged and during the last upheaval
tho river cut its gorge. As the plateau
deliberately rose before the pressure
of tho internal forces, the river kept
its bed worn do wn to the level of ero
sion. Thus calmly does science' cx
l^^nlaink-away^Uie wonders of earth’s
9S9Hwomlers.— [New York Observer.
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Sifting Salt.
My mother used to seat me before
tab'c in a rather high chair, give me
ong, shallow till pan, a little sieve
gravy strainer and about two
lands of comthon table salt : in
other dish, writes Mrs. H. II. White
the 2{ew York Recorder,
then proceeded to have a miuature
wstorm by lifting the salt upon
long tin, m some places piling
gif iu drifts, i-I was fortunate in
having among my toys a “farmyard,”
consisting of a .little house, sqmc
wooden trees and all kinds ot &uimals.
These I distributed about in my field
of snow, making paths throngh the
drifts and building pens for the
animals.
A handful of wooden toothpicks will
suffice to make fences, woodpiles^etc.,
and a tiny minor or bit of looking
glass serves as a beautiful* ice pond in
tlie midst of the fields.
The “farmyard,” of course, is hot
ssary. Green leaves will serve
It.
trees, and a log cabin
of little bits of- wood.
No Australian Ballot Then.
Those were thio days- when the
county judge, with a list of the voters
in his hand, his “good gray head that
all meu knew” lifted above the voters,
stood and called out:
.<11 iram Jones I” . -
f‘Herc, your Honor I”
“Whom dovyou vote for the ni
j)t the United States!
our ]
A Death and a Life.
Fair young Hannah,
Ben, the sunburnt fisher, gayly woos;
Ilale and clever.
For a willing heart and hand he sues.
May-day skies are all aglow,
And the waves are laughing sol
’ ■ For her wedding
Hannah leaves her window and her shoe*.
May is passing;
Mid the apple boughs a pigeon coos.
Hannah shudders, ,
For the mild souiliwester mischief brews.
Bound the rocks of Marblehead,
Outward bound, a schooner sped.
Silent, lonesome,
Hannah’s at the window, binding shoes.
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Sailing away!
Losing the breath of the shores in May,
Dropping down from the beautiful bay,
Over the sea slope vast and gray 1
And the skipper’s eyes with a mist arc
blind,
For a vision comes on the rising wind
Of a gentle face that he leaves behind.
And a heart that throbs through the fog
hank dim,
Thinking ot him.
Far into night
He watches the gleam of the lessening light
Fixed on the dangerous island height
That bare the harbor hd loves from sight.
And he wishes, at dawn', he could tell the
tale
Of how they weathered the southwest gale,
To brighten the cheek that had grown so
pale
With a wakeful night among spectres grim—
Terrors for h.m.
Yo-heave-vo!
Here’s the bank where the fishermen go.
Over the schooner’s side they throw
Tackle and bnit to the deeps below.
And Skipper Ben in the water sees,
When its ripples curl to the light land
Something that stirs like his apple trees,
And two soft eyes that beneath them swim,
Lifted to him.
Hear the wind roar,
And the rain through the slit sails tear-and
pour!
““Steady! we’ll scud by the Cape Ann Shore,
' Then hark to the Beverly bells once more!"
And ech man worked with the will of ten;
While up in the rigging, now and then,
The lightning glared in the face of Ben,
Turned to the black horizon's rim,
Scowling on him.
Into his brain
Burned with the iron of hopeless pain.
Into thoughts that grapple and eyes that
strain,
Bierces the memory, cruel and vain—
Never again Bhall he walk at ease
Under the blossoming apple trees
That whisper and sway to the sunset breeze,
While soft eyes float where the sea gulls
skim.
Gazing with him.
How they went down
Never was known in the still old town.
Nobody guessed how the fisherman brown,
With the look of despair that was half a
frown,
Faced his fate in the furious night—
Faced the mad biliows with hunger white,
Just within hail of the beacon light
That shone on a woman sweet and trim,
Waiting for him.
Beverly bells
Ring to the tide as it ebbs and swells!
His was the anguish a moment tells—
The passionate sorrow death quickly knells.
But the wearing wash ora lifelong woe
Is left for the desolate beart-to know,
WJjosc tides with the dtfll years come and
g°. '
Till hope drifts dead to its stagnant brim,
Thinking of him.
Poor lone Hannah,
Sitting at the window binding shoes,
Faded, wrinkled,
Sitting, stitching, in a mournful muse,
Bright-eyed beauty once was she,
When the bloom was on the tree;
ISpring and Winter, /
Hannah’s at the window, binding shoes.
Not a neighbor
Passing nod or answer will refuse
To her whisper:
“Is there from the fishers any news?”
Oh, her heart’s adrift with one
On an endless voyage gone!
Night and morning,
Hannah’s at the window, binding shoes.
’Tis November.
Now no tear her wasted cheek bedews.
% From Newfoundland
Not a sail returning will she lose,
Whispering hoarsely, “Fishermen,
Have you, have you heard of Ben?”
Old with watching,
Hahnah’s at the window, binding shoes.
Twenty Winters
Bleach and tear the ragged shore she views.
Twenty seasons—
Never one has brought her ar.y news.
Still her dim eyes silently
Chase the white sails o'er the sex
Hopeless, faithful,
Hannah’s at the window, binding shoes.
— [J.ucy Larcom.
SAVED BY A CALF.
“The whole course of my life was
changed, and iriy love’s young dream
destroyed in less than a minute by a
calf, and a fortunate thing it was for
me,” srid the wife of a prominent
citizen of Lycoming county, Pen it.,
rnow Visiting friends in this city. “My
father was the leading business man
in a bustling lumber village, and there
were three giris of ns, a sister older
and one younger than I. Father wa|
kind and indulgent, but very level
headed, and had been a widower for
some years. When I was 18 a good
tookiug young chap fr m somewhere
down the Susquehanna came to clerk
jather’s stow—-l was a romantic
aud fhiT i“ l°va with the good
clerk, or bought I did,; and
oung
the
“Father wasn’t long in discovering
the very tender
come to exist
relations that had
between me and his
self-assertive young clerk, and. he
called me to him ;one day and told me
that he was sory to see that I was such
a silly girl, and that t must got over
it at once, and then informed my
brave and steadfast idol that at the
cud of the montfi lie could go back
homo. Of couitse my heart was
broken. Life hSd lost all its chasm.
I felt I was the victim of a stern and
unsympathetic parent’s cruel will and
I wished that l wjere dead.
“Now, although this lover of mine
was clerking in tuy father’s store for
$20 a month and Ids hoard, his father
was a rich lumb'eeman, and lie was tiie
onlv son. When
my true love, as
one evening, q
I was at the height
of my misery over the paternal inter
ference that had ruffled the course of
think I' was in the
habit of callin'* itj my idol and I met
lito by cliaucc, of
course, at the house of a neighbor of
ours, and what did my.brave knight
propose but an elopement, and what
did my romantiefsoul do hut prompt
me to agree to the proposition on thru
spot. :
“There was a ijai “•-•!»<! station! eight
miles distant. The last train for any
where left that station at 7 o’clock
every eventing. jkll we had to do was
to drive to the station, get the' train,
goto the county ^eat, only ail hour’s
ride.l'get married, and be happy ever
after. We fixed on a certain night—
litis was along toward Che middle of
December—and hot everything ready
for the elopement. It was a good
lionr-and-a-half drive to tho station
over the sort of road we had to travel
on, and so we wete obliged to take an
early start. The winter had been
very mild. There was no snow. It
was just beginning to get dark when I
stole to
watting
tat the chances were
level-headed father
where lqy valiant lover was
for file with a horse and
could reach' the
wagon. I knew t(i
all in favor of my
discovering the whole plot beforo we
stati.on, and I was
sure that ho wciild be on our track
with a hotse a good deal faster than
the one we had to depend on. But I
had no fear thift he would overhaul
“Before we had gone one-quarter of
the way night had set in for good,
but there was a moon, and that helped
us along amazingly. We had got
within a mile of the station and had
good reason to believe we were safe,
when suddenly this horse stopped with
a snort of terror, reared up, and tried
to turn in llie road. • A cut with the
whip stt’aighienedlhiin up, but lie Kept
on snorting and showing evidences of
terror. 1 looked up the road and dis
covered the cause of all this. An im
mense bear stood ton its haunches at
one sUle^of the road growling and
snarling and showing-a disposition to
advance upon us.i When my brave
lover saw the savage beast he rose up
in the wagon, gave a yell, and gasped:
‘Oh! Jctiuid, let’s go back.
“I forgot all about the bear. I
gazed in amazement at my gallant
knight lie was as pale as a sheet.
The lines hung loose in his hands. I
seized them, jerked them away from
him, took the whip, ami, as I held the
horso from turning round, ordered
the cowardly youth out of tho wagon,
lie crawled out of the back end of the
wagon, and tore down the road as fast
as his legs could carry Him.
“Then I whipped the horse with all
my might, and he ’sprang forward and
whizzed the wagoti pasj the growling
bear so Close that tit almost knocked
the ugly beast over. I drove on to
the station, had tli6 horse put out, and
went in the little hotel there to wail
for father. i My lojve’s young dream
was gone as if it hitd never been. Ten
minutes after I reached the station the
train came and wient. Ten minutes
later father came tearing on horsebaek
up to the door, Iauet him.
<• ‘Father,” said.1, ‘I've been saved
by a.calf.”’
“Then I told him all about the. ad
venture on the road.!
“ ‘Saved by a caltJP he exclaimed,
‘Yon mean saved by, a bear.’ ”
“ ‘Not at all,’ I jrftpliod. ‘If Jerry
hadn’t been a calf ^and the biggest
kind of a calf, that bear wouldn’t have
been any more thaivjsa slump in my
way. I was saved ~by a calf, I tell
you, and I want tqj jjo home!’
“My gallant lovjei- was never seen
around our neighborhood again, and
somehow or other; father always
seemed to think moire of me after that
than he ever hadj before.’'—[New
York Sun.
One of Ifatnrc?k Economics, .
Birds with long^ legs always have
short tails. Writers on the flight of
birds have shown that the only use of
a bird’s tail is to serve as a rudder
during the act of flight., When bifds
are provided with ibng legs tlje'-^Jire
m the
stretched directly j behind
bird is flying and 8pj act
rudder. Nature Is
The Carnival- in It to De Janeiro
There are two totally distinct sea
sons at ltio, when the town Presents
an altogether'different appeaiyuicc; the
summer, which lasts from ./October to
April, and-the winter, frybin May to
September. In the sumn/er, which is
the autumn and winter in Europe,
when the sun pours down into the
narrow streets, Rio is anything but an
agreeable place. The, heat has driven
away the ribh and leisured classed,
the great merchapts,; the diplomatic
corps; in fncjf, ail of any position or
fancied position hasteii to the suburbs
on tlie breezy heights overlooking the
city, or to the little country towns in
the neighborhood, such as Petropolis
and Theresojpolis, whilst others take
refuge on the islands of the bay.
The town becomes a perfect ca'dron ;
but this does not prevent a great ex
citement over the Carnival, which is
an institution to which the Flumineu
80S, or river folk, are particularly de
voted. This relic of the old heathen
Saturnalia is fust disappearing from
Europe ; and now that Italy is a udited
kingdom, it ‘is no longer properly kept
up even in its former headquarters,
Rome and*Venice.
At Rio, However, Carnival-time is
livelier than ever, ami there are so
cieties J'or celebrating it in grand
style. Shrove-Tuesduy is kept in a
most characteristic manner, and is dis
tinguished not only by the richness of
the costumes and the originality of Ihe
vehicles in the processions, hut by the
absurdity of the caricatures in what
may justly be termed an open air re?
view of lire chief events of the pre
ceding year. |
In the time of the empire the
ministers of Dom Pedro defrayed the
expenses of the Carnival, and though
a republic has now been established,
the old customs are kept up, and the
revolution are spared no more than
were their predecessors; moreover,
like them, they are the first to laugh
at llio ridiculous caricatures of them
selves and their actions in these witty
exhibitions, ju which full scope is af*
forded to the imaginations of (ho
popular poets of Rio.— [Harper’s
Weekly.
What Bad Roads Cost the Country.
I 'file Board] of Trade in a Tennessee
town, in a recent memorial to the Leg
islature, demonstrated that bad roads
were costing the people of that common
wealth more titan $7,000,000 annually.
Professor W. W. Carson of the Uni
versity of Tennessee, after careful in
vestigation, found Ihe average cost of
hauling to tile Knoxville market by
wagon to lie $7.50 per ton—aggrega
ting $1,250,0p0 a year on the total
tonnage hauled. lie maintained that
this hauling could have been done for
half the sum ovet good dirt roads, and
for one-sixth of it over good macadam
roads, saving $1,000,000 annually.
Professor {Richard T. Ely of (lie
Johns Ilopkihs University ami Secre
tary of tlie Atnericau Economic Asso
ciation, affirmed that poor roads cost
this ■country over $20 ahorse, and
Professor .Teaks of Knox College, 111.,
thinks $15 a horse a low estimate for
the loss. Fr.nn papers calculated by
Professor Carton for an agricultural
experiment station it is shown that on
gravel a horse will draw one and a
half timos'tlie load, and on macadam
over three times the load lie can draw
on a dirt roach
As to the cost of had roads in the
United States,[ Judge Thayer says: “I
have made a careful computation from
such data as I have been able to obtain
of .the cost of bad roads, and I find
they tax what is understood to he
agricultural products fully $135,000,
000 annually. 1 think it a moderate
estimate to put the oilier contributions
16 bad roads [by the remaining traffic
of tho country at an, equal amount,
making a total of $270,000,000.”
A. Bumble Bee Chased by a Humming
(/. Bird.
An obScrvorli writes :hat he is satis
fied that there sis just as much rivalry
between humming birds and bees in
their quest foi! honey as there is be
tween members of the human race in
their struggle for the good things of
life, and describes a recent quarrel
that1 lie saw in a Portland, (Mo.)
garden, where a humming bird with
an angry dash expressed its disap
proval of the presence of a big bumbfe
bee in the same tree. The usually
pugnacious bee incontinently fled,
but he did not leave the tree. He
dashed back and forth among the
ncy
the
branches and white blossoms, the
humming bird in close pursuit.
you find another pair
idge and dart eqwal to
were like flashes of
pursuer followed fhe
pursued, turning when
turned* In short, the bird and
lied the movements of
9 chase was all over m
that it has taken to tell
citemeht -of a pack of
let
couldn’t have
food, and there is no possi
nation of its nnw.iv
“GRAND OLD- MAN.”
Simple and Regular Life of
Premier Gladstone.
Plain Food at His Meals and
Plenty of Sleep.
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Mr. Gladstone is in the best of
bcalih, sleeps remarkably well and, so
far from having shown signs of de
creasing vitality through an inability
to maintain the appetite for food, the
right honorable gentleman enjoys his
meals with the zest of a young man.
When ho rises he invariably takes a
tepid bath, and every morning befofe
i breakfast while at Biarritz he attended
church, and since his return to London
lias frequently taken a little walk in
the grounds of Downing street His
first meal usually consists of hard
boiled egg, a slioo of tongue, With tea
and toast. After breakfast he devotes
himself to his correspondence, and for
several hours is busy with his private
secretary and receiving such political
callers as may arrive.
, For luncheon Mr. Gladstone takes
cold meal, inilk pudding and cheese.
At 5 o’clock, if disengaged, lie lias
nfterndon tea. Ills dinners aro se
lected to hir taste. He takes soup,
fish (if it is to his fancy), but usually
dines off one dish, which lie eeleo'.s
and does not depart from He is very
tond of rice pudding aud primes and
rice, and upon either of these, but
more especially the former, he would,
i if the etiquette of the dinner table
permitted it, make nu entire meal. He
does not drink coflcc because it is
seldom mado to his liking, and, being
astringent, keeps him awake.
While at.Biarritz a rule was mado
that Mr. Gladstone should be left alone
at 10 o’clock-' every night. This rule
is likely to be adhered to still, and the
Other evening, while the guest of a
friend, ho left at a quarlorpast 10 and
^ was in bed fifteen minutes later. Mr.
tGiadstone has, with very rare cxcep
Mif>ns, always siepi wen, ana ror some
(Sie was in (he habit of remaining in
; lied until noon. This was when he
felt fatigued or desircds to think out
| some matter which specially engaged
j him. but at Biarritz he never lay in
bed but once, and that was two days
i before the time fixed for his departure,
j when he wa9 attacked by a cold in the
head, and reverted to his old rule,
kept his bed for twenty-four hours
and thus regained his usual health.
Since the right honorable gentleman
returned to London he has risen early,
and is as vigorous and hearty as his
friends could wish. Mr. Gladstone
lives very plainly, bis regimen being
guided by authority, but his appetite
in London is good. On one occasion
i at Biarritz he was asked how he slept,
to which he replied gaily: “Well, I
.have done my nine hours.”
, His memory is as keen as ever and
at the Biarritz dinner table, as when
he dines at home or with friends in
London, hs was tho life of the party.
Oil one occaeb n,when Mr. Tollcmacho
was present, there was & discussion
about classics and Mr. Gladstone
quoted, not single lines of Greek, but
whole passages. Oil the voyage from
Calais the channel was very stormy
and Mr. Gladstone lay down, but did
not suffer from seasickness. Tho re
ports of his ill health and lessened vi
tality have caused the Downing street
post bag to be unusually heavy and a
great deal of ill-afforded time has con
sequently been expended in refuting
these idlo inventions. — [St. James
Gazette. i
The Last of Her Itace.
Old Jennie, the last representative
of the famous River Indians now liv
ing in this country and quite advanced
in years, is making* a burial robe,
after the custom of the distinguished
members of aher tribe, in which to bo
laid away when the snmmons shall
come and she shall pass to the happy
hunting grounds, whero the white
man is not and firewater is unknown.
The groundwork is of fine buckskin
the
and ife Eiiperbly dccoyUed with
various kinds of money used by the
tribe for go erations past and richly
ornamented in a pleasing and skillful
manucr with jewels, pebbles, beads
and other valuables used and admired
by the tribe in the past.
The robe when ci mpletod will weigh
fully 50 pounds, and as a relic or re.
minder of the peculiar customs and
practises of a nation of people now
practically billed from existence is
most valuable and should be preserved.
purpose in
With this commendable
view Mt's. Rowena Nichols, who has
been/employed by the world’s fair
co’.lftnitteo to paint the Table Rocks,
ha rprocurcd a number of sketches of
tLVsinteresting subject and will paint
a ‘life-size picture of old Jennie
wrapped in her gorgeous cerements,
and. thus happily preserve
sacred
^bout to pass forever into ob
^ Jennie was born and
of Table Rocks,-(and
once captured !
grievous outrages and nameless
wrongs perpetrated upon lier people
and their consequent annihilation from
the face of the earth would touch 1^1
stoutest heart witli sympathy and ni
' most make one wish he could face
again the brawny braves who fought
and died for this fair heritage, and
for which sad fate old Jennie’s henrt
goes out in bitter wails. This point
ing will be a valiiable^objoct lesson as
indicating the fust fleeting cycles of
time and the rapid mutations of human
customs and usages and will serve as
a mo3t fitting companion piece to tho
Table Rocks, where Jennie was born
and grew up, chiefly on war-whoops
and ctunas, clad only in the free raw
material of innocence and a copper
complexion, happy in her native sim
plicity and blissfully ignorant of
modern civi ization. — [Jacksonville
(Fla.) Times.
The Acids of Fruits.
George W. Johnson, in his Chemis
try of tho World, says in describing
the “vegetable food of the world:”
“The grateful acid of the rhubarb
leaf arises from the malic acid and
binoxalate of pota3li which it contains;
the acidity of the lemon, orange, and'
other species of the genus Citrus is
caused by the abundance of citric acid
which their juice contains; that of the
cherry, plum, apple, and pear, from
the malic acid iu their pulp;’ that of
gooseberries and currants, black, red
and white, from a mixture of malic
and citric acids; that of the grape
from a mixluro of malic and tartaric
acids; that of the mango from citric
acid and a very fugitive essential oil;
that of tho tamarind from a mixture
of citric, malic, and tartaric acids;
tiie flavor of asparagus’from aspartic
acid, found also iu the root of the
marshmallow; and that of,the cucum
ber from a peculiar poisonous ingredi
ent called ftuigiu, which is found in
all fungi, and is the cause of the
cucumber boiug offensive to some
stomachs.
It will be observed that rhubarb is
the only fruit which contains binoxa
iale of potash in conjunction with an
acid. It is this {ingredient which
renders this fruit soj wholesome at the
early commencement of the summer,
and this is one of the wise provisions
of nature for supplying a blood puri
fier at a time wheu it is likely to be
most needed. Beet root owes its
nutritious qu dity to about nine per
cent, of sugar which it contains, and
its flavor to a peculiar substance con
taining nitrogen mixed with pectic
acid. The carrot owes its fattening
powers also to sugar, mid its flavor to
a peculiar fatty oil, the horse radish
derives its flavor and blistering power
from a volatile acrid oil. The Jerusa
lem artichoke contains fourteen and a
half per cent, of sugar and three per
cent, of inulin (a variety of starch),
besides gum and a peculiar substance
to which its flavor is owing; and lastly
garlic and the rest of the onion family
derive their peculiar odor fron a yel
lowish, volatile acrid oil, but they are
nutritious from containing nearly
half their weight of gummy and
glutinous substances not yet clearly
defined.”
A Bird Story.
I hope, although the incident may be
trival, that the little story may interest
your readers as much as it did myself
when I was listening ?omo nights ago
to the little lark of whom niy story
tells, piping away in what the. poets
call “dulcet strains’’ of the most melo
dious music.
My friend, James Shanock, three
years ago, caught a young lark, and it
lias been pouring out its song ever
since then from tho cage, and a very
sweet note it is. Some little while
ago, as the afternoon was sunny, the
cage was hung outside in the garden
at- that moment another lark was
carolling in the air, and Shanock’s
bird rose from the cage, which was
only covered with a fine net, and in
which there must have been a rent,
and disappeared in the direction of the
oilier lark. My friend seeing tliis^ at
once began to whistle, holding up the
cage to attract his pet back again, and
in a very short -time down it came to
ids feet, ami wailed patiently while
he gently replaced him in his cage.
There were three witnesses, 1 believe,
in tliis case.
The funniest thing, too, is about
the same lime James Shauock’s cat
bronght him .in a little bird quite
delicately, and waited for him to take
it from his mouth quite uninjured.
He is a great bird-lover, and it looks
as if tho cat, like everybody else,
knew this fact.
Because She Lied About Age.
In our own country concealment of
ago is regarded as a harmless fiction,
and the practice is supposed to be
rather prevalent among women who
are more than twenty-five and under
seventy fivo. In Austria a more
serious view is taken of this offense.
'By a recent decree of their courts of
a marriage was annulled ou the
showing that the bride had
exact number of years
Can’l Stop “Tipping.”
•*I see,” remarked a well-known
man about town' Iho other day, “tliat
we are in the midst of another of those
periodic outbreaks against lipping, but
It won’t mako a bit of difference; tip
ping will go on just the same. Some
few people will conceive the notion
that ns a matter of principle they
ought to refrain from tipping and they
will try it for a few days and then
will conclude that for the sake of their
own peace of mind they’d better tip.
Thoy’il eontiuuo confirmed ‘tippers’
for the rest of their days. m
“The fact is it requires moro cour.
age to rebel against the tipping sys
tem than it does to revolt against al
most any other social custom, I know
whereof I speak, for I’ve ‘been there,’
and I’ll just tell you how it works.
When you withhold the usual tip you
become painfully aware that the wai
ter thinks you aro frightfully mean.
You would like to explain to him t^at
you are only making a noble and he
roic fight for principle, hut of course
that is out of the question. Now,
nothing hurts a man’s pride so much
as to feel tlmt somobody. thinks him
mean. He could better endure being
thought a gambler Or a bunco Stcerer,
or a mau who didn't pay his debts.
You become afraid to look that waiter
iu the face. Next time yon dine some
where else and again incur the odium
of undeserved contempt. You don’t
get hardened to it; you hate it worse
en'ch time, and after it has -gone on
three or four days you just say to
yourself, ‘Hang it’—or something
else—‘this thing has got to Btop. I
can’t stand having people ihink I am
mean when I know I ain’t.; devil take
the principle of the thing.’* Then you
resume tipping and arc liappy once
more,”— [New York Herald.
May Displace Gunpowder.
A commission of German artillery
experts has been testing at the Jneter
borg a new explosive which is intend*
ed to replace, ultimately, gunpowder
in the- German army. The oxploeive
is a bro'rvn, fatty substance of the con
sistency of frozen oil wlion exposed
to ordinary temperature. It retains
this consistency up to 112 degrees
Fahreheit. A shock or a spark does
uot $et it off. When used in gnus the
explosion is obtained through contact
with another chemical compound.
The explosiou is almost unaccompanied
by smoke And the detonation is incon
siderable. The recoil is very slight,
even when the heaviest charges have
hcen used. The explosive does not
heat the weapons sufficiently to cause
difficulty in the way of rapid firing,
and cartridges once used are easily re
filled. For the present rifle, model of
1886, the new compound is not avail
able, but if future tests he as satisfac
tory as the receiit ones it will be in
troduced generally in the artillery
branch of the service. Four models
! of new army rifles, having many ad
vantages over the rifle now iu use,
have passed successfully the trials of
the small arms inspectors. The in
ventor of all four is Mr. Weiss of the
i Gera dynamite .factory.— [Chicago
Herald.
tjueer l# h i oi a juog.
Mr. Thomas Morgan, of Kentish
Town, -wondered for a long time why
his garden remained desolate, notwith
standing all the pains' and seeds he
lavished upon it, and why liis neigh
bor’s dog was always so plump and
fat, until he discovered the cause and
elfect to he that thc nnitnal was inordi
nately fond of tulips, hyacinths, or
chids, and other flowers, and'was in
the habit'Of visiting the floricultural
preserves and eating up all the blooms
he could reach. He did not care about
grass or boxwood, or any of the com
mon sorts, but the moment ho saw
Mr. Morgan plant a black tulip or a
rare orchid his eyes sparkled with
the feast in store, and the moment
the plant blossomed he devour
ed it, stalk and all. For three
year* this, went on. The dog was
iusaliablo. lie was a kindof walking
botanical garden, and still had always
an appeuio for more. Mr. Morgan
dared not kill tho dog, because ho
might be held liable for its value,
which, of course, would, not be taken
at his own appraisement, so he sited
Mr. Hal.t, its owner, in the Bloomsbury
County Court, for tho damage done to
the garden.—[London Telegraph.
Whale-Oil Crullers.
Somebody mentioned crullers. “Well,
I reckon yon never tasted real crullers,”
said an old follower of tho sea. “In
tho days when whales were plentiful
and great rivalry existed between the
New Bedford sailors it was customary
for the captain of a vessel to offer hit
crew a barrel of flower, about twenty
pounds of sugar and a barrel of oil
out of the first whale caught. How
that prize used to make the old salts
work I And when they got tho whale
the cook was called in and there were
crullers lilt you couldn’t rest. Never,
tasted whale-oil crullers, you say?
Then yon never^riii. Tho whale busi
ness 1 ^almost done toy. Whales are
gettiugj scarcer every year. They had
lion, and man lias neavly ex
ihcm.—[New York Trt*
LADIES’ DEPARTMENT,
VALUABLE AID TO TRAVELERS.
The Woman’s Rest Tour ,, Associa
tion of Boston exists for the .pnrposo
of enabling women whose means aro
moderate to travel intelligently, and
to get the best and most out of their
wanderings, whether for rest or in
formation. The annual fee of $1 en
titles its members to a trustworthy
schedule of.expenses, to a list of good
lodging houses ou the Continent and
iu England, and to various books pub
lished throughout the year giving
valuable suggestions. Though this is
its first year, tlie association has 350
members.—[New York Post.
GOWNS FOR THE EXFOSITION.
It is not advisable to make cotton
gowns for wear iu Chicago, for very
often there are not five Mays iu a V
whole summer there when thoy could
be worn. A better choice would bo a
soft white wool—crepou, or challle.
A while serge, with a blazer or jacket
'anil silk biouso, would be comfortable
and cool-looking; aud if further
change be desired, add a holiotropo
crepou or a silk-and-wool novelty'
goods, and a pretty silk, one of the
satin-striped taffetas or a changeable
surrab. These can bo made as elabor
ate as fancy dictates.—[Demurest.
SEEING MRS. CLEVELAND.
Mrs. Cleveland, wifo of the Presi
dent, sees a few people by appoint
ment. In fact, any one can meet her
wbo takes the trouble to send a note
requesting the favor. Tho secretary,
who has charge of the matter, answers
tho letter, appointing a time for the^
visitor to cull. Care is' taken that
many engagements for one day are not
arranged so as to bring a crowd to
gether. Each person is shown into
the receiving-room gradually so that
every one has a chance to converse a
few moments with the President's
wifo before the next guest is an
nounced. These appointments are
generally made between tho hours of
12 and 1. — [New York World.
BRUNETTES AND BLONDES. .
The brunette type is becoming more
numerous in England and on the Con
tinent. This is sad news for tho
blonde. Mr. Gladstone, who,observes
most things, said some years ago that
light-*haircd people were far less uu
merou-Wfian iu his youth. This state
ment was borne out by the results of
the statistical inquiry undertaken by
Dr. Beddoe, who examined 726 women
and ifound that 369 were brunettes and
367 blondes. Carrying tho inquiry a
step further, Dr. Beddoe learned that
78.5 per cent, of,the brunettes had
husbands, while only 68 per cent, of
flie blondes were married. From this
it appears* that in England a brunette
has ten chances, of being wedded to
tho nine chances of the blonde; and
Dr.' Beddoe went on to argue that
“the English are becoming darker be
cause the men persist in selecting the
dark-haired women as wives.” The
same thing is happening in Germany,
in France, in Switzerland and else
where on the Continent.— [New York
Commercial Advertiser.
BRIDAL GOWN OF A, FUTURE DUCHESS.
At the wedding of Lord Arthur
-Grosvcnor, who will one day he the
Duke of AVestminister, to Miss Shef*
iield iu London, the bridemaids were
all dressed in hengaline, with short
skirts and large, coarse, browu straw
hats, liued with Malmaison pink vel
vet, bows, lined with pink.
Tho bride’s dress was a rich ivory
satin with a deep flounco of old.Flem
ish lace iu front falling over a fringe
of orange flowers held by tlireo
rouleaux of satin, and small bows of
the latter with orange blossoms placed
at short intervals nlongr the heading.
Above Jits, near the waist, there w«i
a narrow flounce. Tho bodico had
zouave fronts, tastefully trimmed in
the same lace and trails of orange
flowers.
The sleeves were slashed at the top
with lace and fiuished at tho wrist
with a puffing of siuin and orange
buds. A long, square court train fell
from the shoulders, trimmed with lace
in deep points and ornamented with
trails of orange blossoms. A coronet
of orange blossoms with a long tulle
veil.surmounted this costume, and the
jewels worn were a diamond and
pearl necklace with pen£-aw-“-Jffc;; V
York Press.
FASHION NOTES. ,
Neapolitan straw hats will again be*
worn this summer.
The leading color for outdoor wear
is undoubtedly purple.
Kid gloves with gauntlets of the
finest lace have appeared.
Yokes will still be worn, and they
are nearly always of velvet.
What is called <-white wool gre'na
dine” is a new material for evening
dresses. ,
The fancy in jewelry is the making
over of old-fashioned earrings into
stickpins.
Among the newer things is the
Egyptian bangle of silver, from which
miniature mummies hang.
' Plain materials are employed more
largely than they would otherwise be,
because of the many boanliful trim
mings.
Cliffs worn outside the sleeves
among the new fancie&. ;yrglitgrai
in lace,
tug v,.7-* i
match
    

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