The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, April 20, 1897, Image 2

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1897.
One Tear, cash in advance, $1.25.
Six Months, cash in advance 75 Cents
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The commercial agencies report
a continued gain in the general con
dition of business, notwithstanding
the floods and bad roads. The new
tariff bill has not had the effect
that characterized the passage of
. the Wilson bill in 1893, which had
a most depressing influence upon
trade, and commerce, manufactures
and farming industries. The Ding
ley tariff measure is inspiring
rather than deterrent. The failures
for the first three months of 1897
show a decrease of 11 per cent as
compared with the first thee months
of 1896. The number of persons
employed in industrial pursuits has
increased and there is reason to be
lieve the opportunities for employ
ment will continue to improve. The
exports of wheat have increased 50
per cent and corn has more than
doubled as compared with a year
ago. The improvement is a healthy
one and thus far has no relapse; i:
affords a greater reason of hopeful
ness for the future.
The farmers of the United States
are likely to have an increased mar
ket for their production at an early
date. The reciprocity features of
the Dinsrlev bill are expected to
open a jrood many markets which
are now closed to our agricultur
products. In addition to this, it is
expected to give to the United
States such special advantages over
other countries in certain markets
as to give our farmers practically
monopoly of the trade in those parts
of the world. The average expor
tation of farm products during the
past five years has been 631 mil
lions per annum, of which amount
343 million, or nearly 57 percent,
has gone to Great Britain, all other
parts of the world taking- but 43
per cent oi our exports, rnis
shows the possibilities open to the
farmers in the matter of making
for themselves as srood a market in
other parts of the world as they al
ready have in Great Britain.
The demand of Japan and Austria
for g-old is makinjr such inroads
upon the British supply as to
ground tor expecting a call upon
this country. But this prospect,
according to the New York Tribune,
need cause no alarm, since the na
tional treasury is in a position to
part with $20,000,000 or $30,003,000
and still have a reserve consider
ably in excess of $100,000,000, while
the New York banks are well sup
plied with the yellow metal. Of
course it is impossible to say how
extensive the demand for gold
oe. but it is hardly possible
the two countries which are
most actively calling for gold
require a sufficient amount to cause
a serious drain from the chief source
of supply, the United States. This
country has not been in better con
dition for a number of years for
meeting any probable demand for
gold from abroad. The present
store of that metal must be con
siderably over$600,000,000. An ex
port movement, therefore, need
cause no apprehension and would
probably create not the slightest
concern or disturbance in financial
circles. Bee.
Mr. Bryan acknowledges that
republican success has been a
disappointment." But he ha?
doubtless failed to realize what a
bitter disappointment it is going to
be to him and his crowd when re
publican success has had a little
more 'time to demonstrate what it
means to the country. Even in Ne
braska the quickening influence
of republican success begins to be
perceptibly felt.
The market value of land all over
the state has been rising like magic
during the past few weeks. The
Journal is informed by an agent of
one of loan companies that did
business before the panic on a large
scale in this state and Kansas, and
thought itself excedingly unluck3
in having a large number of its
mortgages turned into absolute
purchases of the land, that the
state is full of land buyers and that
the company is now realizing on its
sales from 25 to 50 per cent, cash
down, more than the lands were
not long ago appraised at. He re
cently forwarded to the company a
draft for $2,900 for a piece of land
sold which had been appraised at
$1,200. It begins to look as though
the pop measure for the abolition
of deficiency judgements came too
late to do any good and that there
isn't going to be much, if any de
ficiencies hereafter. Lincoln Journal.
tike a Good Housewife,
Sho Prepared
Luncheon, but It Put
a Bad Taste In
George's JIoHth "While He Was Gone to
the Drug Store Old Friends Called.
She was in tears, and her
friend sought to comfort her.
" Whatis it?" she asked. "Has some
body given a reception and slighted you
just when you have a new gown? Or
have you the invitation and not the
"IT-neither. Ob, it is something per
fectly awfull"
"H'm! I suppose, then, your husband
has been treating you badly. Well, as
long as he has you might relieve your
mind by telling me all about it."
"He hasn't either I'd just like to see
him try it! No; the the c-cook is
"Pshaw! Is that all? Well, don't cry.
I'll stay and help you. Let me see, I
used to make a lovely omelet at school.
It was cooked in a dustpan. Oh, do let
us give a dinner party! Hasn't George
some nice friends whom he might ask?"
Ye-es, he he has. I wish I had never
seen any of them I I wish I had put off
the wedding a yearl I wish I had let
George's old maid aunt come to live
with us!"
The visitor looked alarmed. "You
haven't any fever, have you, dear? And
does your head feel quite right?"
No, it doesn't Get me another
hand-handkerchief, and I'll tell you all
about it Just look at me, will you, and
tell me what I look like."
"I'd rather not, dear. You might -not
like it I I suppose you have been try
ing to clean the soot out of the kitchen
chimney, haven't you?"
"No, but I've been trying to cook
luncheon. George said ho didn't feel
quite well after it was over, and he
went over to the the drug store to get
something to take a queer taste out of
his mouth. I don't see why he need act
that way when I had the loveliest roses
on the table and other things tool"
"Well, don't be low spirited. We'll
manage dinner, and there are lots of in
telligence offices in town. We can buy
things ready cooked too."
"I I don't care. I just don't care for
anything. I can never hold up my head
again as long as I live."
"You don't mean to say that George
took too much of something to take the
queer taste out of his mouth?"
"Of course I don't mean anything of
the kind, and you are not a true friend
or you'd never suggest snch a thing. I
cried a little after he went out, and I
must have got some soot on my face and
rubbed it in. Just then the doorbell
rang, and, thinking tho cook had per
haps relented and returned, I ran to an-
swer it It was not the cook, and, oh, !
Laura, who do you think it was?"
"I don't know. Your mother-in-law
"I wish it had been my mother-in-law.
Sho can cook. No; it was that hor
rid girl Georgo used to be engaged to
before he ever knew me. I never met
her, but I recognized her from her photo
graphs." ' 'If you never met her, how do yon
know she i3 horrid?"
"Humph! Any girl who could not
get along with Georgo must bo horrid.
Besides he has no taste at all lean
never see a trace of beauty in tho wom
an he calls pretty."
"But tell me about opening the door. "
"Oh, when I camo face to face with
her I thought I should die! Her husband
was with her. Neither of them of course
knew me, and"
"I should think not, if you looked as
70u do now. How did you manage to
tear your gown so?"
"Caught it on a naiL They both
smiled when they saw me and asked if
Mrs. Nooliwedde was at home. I saw
they thought I was the maid, and, as
suming a brogue you know I was al
ways good at amateur theatricals I
said: 'Faith, and that sho is not. Who
shall I say was afther askin for her?' "
"Oh, you clever girl! Why, I should
never have thought of such a thing-not
i fi oo,wi b I
in a thousand years.
Yes, wasn't it clover? But whilo
she was taking out cards and expressing
regrets I heard George como in the back
way. In my agony lest he come out and
betray me, I ran back to the dining
room door, but before I could stop him
he cried out, 'What is it, darling? "
You don't say so! Did they hear
hiin and. what''
"I caught a look of frozen horror on
their faces as they turned and fled down
the steps. Oh, I thought I should just
die, and I I -wish I had. "
But perhaps, after all, thev really
thought you were the housemaid. "
George says he he hopes not, for
in that case what would they think of
him for c-calling me 'darling?' "
And there was a sound of weeping in
the room. Elisa Armstrong in New
York JournaL
Mary Seymour Howell.
Mrs. Mary Seymour Howell, who is
far from well, made an eloquent speech
at the recent county convention of suf
frage clubs held at Dansville, N. Y.
The Dansville Advertiser rth:
Howell's address could not have
more earnest, more eloquent, more pen
etrating and convincing had it been her
farewell talk on earth, and it seemed to
have something of that impressive Qual
ity. Her hearers can never forget it, nor
cease to bo influenced by it for her
whole strength, body and soul, seemed
to plead for justice to women."
"Who is that young woman near the
other end of the table who has been
talking about correct taste in art?"
"Which young woman? There are
"The one with the wooden toothpick
in her mouth." Chicago Tribune.
A Slight Contrast.
"What a stylish dress!"
'Yes; it cost me $30. I had it made
to wear to the last charity card party. "
"What does it cost to goto one of the
"Twenty-five cents. " Cleveland
Plain Dealer.
It is asserted by typographical au
thorities that the first Bible printed in
America was "John Eliot's Indian Bi
ble," in 1663. The language into which
this Bible was translated is extinct, and
it is said only one or two persons are
able to read it.
No Ashes or Garbage There, Says lecturer
Clarence Cook.
What becomes of the ashes and gar
bage in Paris was a question raised and
partially answered by Clarence Cook in
an address delivered at the regular meet
ing of tho League For Political Educa
tion on ' 'Little Housekeeping In Paris. "
The Paris which Mr. Cook talked
about was that of some 25 years ago,
when tho differences in domestic life in
that city and this were much greater
than at present. Since then New York
has adopted the flat system in all its de
tails, but there wero still differences,
chief among which was the handling of
garbage and ashes. In the apartments
which Mr. Cook occupied in Paris, and
which ho described as being delightful
ly situated, though "on the wrong side
of the Seine," according to the ideas of
a fashionable friend of his in tho Amer
ican colony, there were no ashes that he
could see. The stove consisted of an iron
top, with sis circular holes in it. When
ever anything was to be cooked an iron
basket of charcoal was put into ono of
these holes, and tho food placed over it
J When the charcoal was burned, what
was left fell through the basket and dis
In tho way of food everything came
to tho apartment fully prepared for
cooking. In a mutton chop there was
nothing but meat and bone, and when
the meat had been eaten the bone was
deposited on tho charcoal fire. Potatoes
were bought already peeled, carrots
without their green tops and all green
! vegetables without any of the superflu-
ous outer leaves or husks or skins which
would go to make up garbage. All of
this cleaning and peeling was done at
tho markets, and the resulting material
was saved in a clean condition. Even
coffee grounds., Mr. Cook said, were
used after leaving the flat
No one in Paris ever bought enough
of anything to be left over, and no ono
was ashamed to ask the dealer for a sin
gle mutton chop or a small portion of
any article of food. If there wero any
garbage or ashes in Paris, Mr. Cook
said, no one ever saw either of them,
which was certainly different from tho
experience of a New York woman ho
told of, who after a year's residence in
the city wrote to a friend that life in the
metropolis meant tho taking care of an
ash barrel. New York Times.
How This Delicious and Expensive
fume Is Made.
The word "attar" is from the Arab
"itr, " and means perfume. So attar of
roses is simply perfume of roses. It is
brought from Turkey and the East In
dies in small vials and is very costly.
Even on the spot where it is manufac
tured it is extremely dear, because it
requires 100,000 well grown roses to
yield but 380 grains of attar.
Its high price causes it to bo often
adulterated With some essential or fixed
oil or with spermaceti. However, the
adulteration may be detected by testing
it in a watch glass with a drop of sul
phuric acid. If the attar be pure it will
remain colorless, for pure attar of roses
is colorless, but if it be adulterated it
will become darkened.
In rosefields, where the roses are
grown for the purpose of making the
attar, the bushes are planted in rows.
In the early morning they are laden
with beautiful roses, but ere noon comes
they are all gathered and their petals
distilled in clay stills, with twice their
weight of water.
The water that "comes over" is put
into perfectly clean vessels and is then
carefully covered with damp muslin
cloths to keep out dust and insects. It
is afterward exposed to the night air or
to artificial cold. By morning a film of
oil has collected on the top of the water,
just as cream rises on milk. This film
is swept off with a feather and very
carefully transferred to a small vial.
Night after night this process is repeated
until all of the precious oil is separated
from the water. Philadelphia Times.
The largest Poultry Farm.
Farni Poultry says that Isaac Wilbur
of Little Comptou, B. L, has the largest
V nnn " ,7 bUi
from 180,000 to loO.OOO dozen of eggs
f f 11 TT-
a year, tie keeps his fowls on the col
ony plan, housing about 40 in a honse 8
by 10 or 8 by 12 feet in size, these
houses being about 150 feet apart, set
ont in long rows over tho gently sloping
fields. He has 100 of these houses, scat
tered over three or four fields. The food
is loaded into a low wagon, which is
driven about to each house in turn, the
attendant feeding as he goes. At the
afternoon feeding the eggs are collected.
Tho fowls are fed twice a day. Tho
morning food is a mash of cooked vege
tables and mixed meals. This mash is
made up the afternoon of the day before.
The afternoon feed is whole corn the
year round.
New York Chess Women.
The Women's Chess club of New York
is regarded with much interest, as it is
the first incorporated chess club started
for women in this country. The incor
porators are Miss Eliza Campbell Foot,
Miss Jean L. Nesbit, Miss Emily Som
ers Haines, Mrs. Winthrop Parker and
Miss Sophie Downer. The chess season
begins the first Tuesday in November
and ends the last Tuesday in April, 26
meetings being held during the season.
Altogether the idea of a woman's chess
club has proved most successful. The
membership is not large, as compara
tively few women play the game, but
the club is growing. New York Sun.
In the library of Lambeth palace there
is the shell of . a tortoise which was
brought there in 1623, and which lived
until 1730. Another, in Fulham palace,
procured by Bishop Laud in 1628, died
in 1753, and one at Ptiterbdrougb. lived
220 years.
In proportion to its size Britain has
eight times as many miles of railway as
the United States.
Bucklen.'s .Arnica Salve
The best salvejn the world for cuts
bruises, sores, aiders,- salt rheum fever
sores, teter, chapped hands, chilblains
cornB, and all skin eruptions, and posi
tively cures piles, or no pay required.
It is guaranteed to give perfect satisfac
tion or money refunded. Price 25. cents
per box. "
For sale by A::F. St'reitz
Maccaline will cure any case of itching
piles. It has never failed. It affords
instant relief, and a cure in due time.
Price 25 and 50 cents. Mde by Foste
Manufacturing Co. and sold by A. F.
Correcting: Some Popular Errors About
These Finny Beauties The Raiser Has
Great Difficulty In Fighting Off the Peat
World Goldfish With Many Tales.
Goldfish are so extremely common
nowadays that few people ever stop to
wonder where they come from or how
they are raised. Comparatively little is
generally known about the little cold
blooded vertebrates that swim about in
the aquariums in so many homes. The
pets require a careful and systematic
raising that is scarcely appreciated by
those who expect to get them for small
prices of dealers in the city.
The largest goldfish farm in the world,
if it may bo called such, is located in
Shelby connfy, Ind., about SO miles
from Indianapolis. Here tho original
goldfish men of the country have their
propagating institution.
There are two farms, several miles
apart, which are devoted to the differ
ent branches of the industry. In the
north part of the county is ono farm of
eight or ten acres. The other is a few
miles farther south and is about half
again as large as the first one.
Today there aro in tho various ponds
of Spring Lake fishery over 200,000 fish,
from which specimens are constantly
being sent, to every state and territory
of the Union. It is even said that some
of the finest fish in the royal aquariums
of Europe were raised by Mr. Shoup
and his partner at this farm.
On each of the farms spoken of are a
large number of small ponds, Eomo of
them not much larger than ten feet
square. These ponds are all connected
with each other by little channels, so
that the water and fish can be let from
one to tho other without tho least diffi
The breeding ponds, which are, of
course, tho most important, aro protect
ed from tho wind and cold by high em
bankments around tho edges. This is
all tho protection that is necessary for
the fish, even in tho winter time, so it
is seen that, although the fish are un
doubtedly delicate, they are much more
hardy than is generally supposed.
Several times a year tho fish are sorted
in the different ponds and classified so
that the largest and finest ones will be
together, and those which will not bring
such good prices will be by themselves.
Many people suppose that when tho
goldfish is first hatched from tho egg it
has the peculiar pretty markings on its
scales which make it so beautiful and
This is not tho case. In its youth in
reality the fish is just tho same as any
ordinary and everyday fish, and looks
like it for all tho world. Even an expert
could scarcely tell it from tho little
minnows which are found in any stream.
They aro of a whitish, silvery color,
and have not the least evidence of the
beautiful hues which they will later as
sume. Sometimes, however, the goldfish
grower is sadly disappointed in finding
that his fish fail to acquire the golden
tint for which ho has so long been look
ing in vain. There have been many in
stances time and again in which tho fish
never did change to the reddish color,
but grew to be several years old, retain
ing their white, silvery, youthful com
plexion. Ordinarily, however, the fish
develop the golden shade in less than a
First, they begin getting dark, some
times becoming almost black. From the
dark complexion they begin turning to
the reddish shade, and finally come out
in all their glory, full fledged goldfish.
The food has not, as many people
suppose, the least thing to do with col
oring the fish. All the fish are fed ex
actly the same thing, toasted bread two
or three times a week, and nothing else
is given them for their subsistence. The
sun seems to be "the necessary agent and
the only ono to complete the scheme of
nature, and even this sometimes does
not work successfully.
The greatest difficulty with which the
goldfish raiser has to contend is the pest
world. Snakes, cats, coons, frogs and
insects innumerable are all fell destroy
ers of the goldfish, and the crawfish is
by no means a second in the destruction
which he can work when he gets in the
neighborhood of the finny tribe. Some
one must bo kept constantly on watch
at the season of the year when these in
sects and little animals abound to see
that they do not get into the water of
the pond where tho fish are.
The sting of some insects will kill a
fish in almost overy instance. Snake
feeders and some other well known in
sects fly close to the surface of the wa
ter in tho summer time and with the
greatest ease touch tho tiny little fish
swimming near the surface of the pool.
An egg is laid on the fish or a stinger
inserted, and either will invariably
prove fatal.
The freaks and unusual developments
in the fish are the varieties which will
always bring the best prices in the mar
ket Odd and rare colors and spots upon
the scales are the marks which are pre
ferred by fanciers. Unusual shapes in
the fishes are equally popular with oddi
ties in colors and will cause a fish to
bring as good a price as if it had orange
or purple scales.
In physical developments the great
varieties are in respect to the tail. One
never finds two headed fish, but those
with more than one tail are plentiful.
Two, three, four and five tails are quite
often found on the fish and sometimes
even six, but the latter is very rare. Of
course a fish with six tails would bring
a handsome price in any market
Goldfish are often killed by over at
tention, but sometimes by lack of atten- j
tion. The two things winch above all
should be avoided are overfeeding them
and failure to keep fresh water in the
aquarium. An eve moderate tempera
ture should bo maintained, and they
should be kept in the dark at night.
Chicago Tribune.
Knew How.
Friend (making a call) You are not
looking very robust. Do yon enjoy good
Mrs. Stayatt-Holmo (with a sigh)
Indeed I do! But I hardly ever have a
chance to. Chicago Tribune.
The origin of soap is a mystery, but
we have many evidences of its antiquity.
It is mentioned at least twice in the
Bible, nnder the name of "bouth, " at a
period corresponding to several centuries
before Christ
The Most Wonderful Escape of a Hunter
Who Was Up a Tree.'
They were spinning yarns of the
chase, and this was the contribution of
the congressman: "After a pretty hard
campaign I went, with a hunting party,
to the upper peninsula. I'm not a
Leather Stocking or a Daniel Boone
with a rifle, but I'm far from having to
go inside and close the doors in order to
hit a barn. I'd brought down a deer
and bagged any amount of small game,
but wanted a bear. One morning I had
tramped an unusual distance from camp
and suddenly came upon three half
grown cubs rolling and tumbling over
each other in play. I shot one, and the
other two beat a clumsy retreat. Set
ting my gun against a tree, I reached
my cub while hej was still kicking.
"Hearing a noise, I whirled around
to find the mother comincr at me, her
month wide open and her eyes glaring.
There was no chanco to reach the rifle.
I'm no sprinter and took the only alter
native by shinning up a tall pine tree.
She stopped a minute to examine the
victim of my shot and was more en
raged than ever as she came climbing
after me. Once $n the tufted top of that
pine, I did some faster thinking, gen
tiemen, than I ever did on any question
of state. The bear was coming and los
ing no time. I was without a weapon of
any kind. It looked as though bruin
had the drop.
' 'But a man in my predicament over
looks no chances. In my vest pocket I
had a well filled match safe. In my hip
pocket was a pint of brandy, minus ono
moderate nip. In my hunting jacket
was a bunch of tow. I saturated that
with brandy, and, as the bear approach
ed, I anointed hir with the remainder.
Dividing tho tow so as to have two
shots, I lit the first half and dropped
it on the bear. I didn't need the other
half. There was a flash of light, as
though a pan of powder had been ig
nited. The air was filled with the odor
of burning hair. The bear let go and
fell down because it was quicker. Then
she left a fiery streak toward the hori
zon and made more noise than any ordi
nary thunderstorm." Detroit Free
Two Black Rascals Turned Their
Knowledge to Good Account.
Near one of the gates at tho Union
station as the long train from Chicago
rolled in stood an old colored man. Ho
was bent under, time's burden, and it
was easy to imagine that he was one of
those relics of the south, one of those
picturesque chaarcters of old plantation
life, that now live only in tho memory.
The great engine was panting after
its long run, and amid the bustle and
confusion of the station the old man
seemed-bewildered. Then as the passen
gers came through the gate they saw a
little act of kindness that touched a
tender chord of sympathy in moro than
one heart
Another colored man, who looked as
if he might be a porter, stepped up and
slipped a quarter in the old man's hand.
Then he quickly made his way off again,
looking half ashamed at his action.
The old man stood looking at the
quarter, with a smile on ins wrinkled
old face, and the next man placed an
other silver piece in his hand. Tho other"
passengers followed suit, and the old
hat had to come off to hold the shower
of coin.
Just then the policeman on duty at
the station saw the old fellow and start
ed toward him, but with more agility
than one would have given him credit
for the old man ran in among the
crowd and was lost.
Fivo minutes later two men were sit
ting in a saloon in Seventeenth street
They were counting over a pile of small
"Foah seventy-five, he, he! Golly,
gran'dad, didn't I tell yer it'd fetch
em? 'Pears lak all yer had ter do wuz
ter kinder mek der white folks 'shamed
lak, and dey jes' scramel ovah demselves
ter gev a pore ole man monev. He he!
No moan work fer us, net if dey comes
lak dat" St. Louis Globe-Democrat
Phosphorescent Diamonds.
The French investigator M. Mascart
arranged a dark room, in which a col
lection of 150 diamonds was placed. On
one side was an attenuating current arc
lamp. The lens was covered with violet
covered glass, so that onlv ultra violet
rays were thrown on the diamonds,
among which were several old Indian,
Brazilian and Cape stones, and some
from the South Africa diggings. Of the
entire collection only three diamonds
were phosphorescent. A Brazilian stono
of 1 carats and another of 3 carats
showed this property in a marked
degree. They wero perfectly white,
with a bluish tint Tiie phosphorescence
lasted for 15 minutes after exposure,
gradually lessening in intensity. Pure
white light was used, resulting in a
less beautiful experiment, although
phosphorescence' was apparent. This test
demonstrated that some diamonds, but
not all, possess the power of absorbing
light and emitting it in the dark.
Smoking In Germany.
Smoking in Germany is not a pastime;
it is an art and an art that has grouped
about it a respectable number of indus
tries. Every smoker carries a cigar case,
a cigar clipper, a matchbox and usually
a little leather box for the cigar tips.
The tips are collected by a society or
ganized for the purpose in each province
and are sold to the manufacturer for the
benefit of charitable institutions.
In prison Bocthius composed his work
on the consolations of philosophy and
Grotius wrote his commentary on St.
Matthew, with other works. The detail
of his allotment of time to different
studies during his confinement is very
The sum raised by the government of
Mexico from the manufacture of te
quilla, one of the native intoxicants, is
about 500,000 annually.
The bridal wreath js usually formed
in Germany of myrtle branches; jn
France and England, of orange blossoms;
in Italy and French Switzerland, of
white roses; in Spain, of red roses and
pinks; in the islands of Greece, of vine
leaves; in Bohemia, of rosemary; in
German Switzerland, of a crown of
artificial flowers.
Couduetors of -'orchestras find that the
flute in far more often played out of
tune than the violin, the reason being
that many of its natural notes are not
strictly in tune with the rest of the
Tho tide Is foul that sweeps about the town
A yellow, turbid, disenchanting flood
Of city refuse mixed, and oil and mud.
Bat when a ferryboat, big, ugly, brown.
Against the galo of March comes lumbering
down, .
Tho wave3 sho flings to cither side oro bright
With spray as dazzling in the sun's keen
Ugh. . r
Ab white, as fair, as pure as snow o- dawn.
And in the spindrift from each chopping crest
The colors of tho rainbow meet and play.
So In each life, however dull and gray.
There comes somebreezoof fortune at its best,
Cheering the heart with love or hope or rest
And shining like the rainbow in tho spray.
J. L. Heaton in "Tho Quilting Bee."
Gradually Acquiring Information Concerning-
Methods of Collecting a Bill.
""When wo moved into tho country,"
said Mr. Changoofair, "I almost won
dered at the absolute confidence of tho
boss of the moving party. It was a long
haul, two or three vans, and tho bill a
50. hnr. thpr
everything' out of the vans into the house
clean before the boss driver presented
the bill. I wondered what they would
do if somebody should say then that he
would call at tho office and settle or
something of that sort But, then, I
knew I was going to pay; that it had
been perfectly safo to get the stuff in
and collect the bill afterward of me, and
I mado up my mind that they were
keen men, who know people when they
met them, whom they could trust and
whom not
"Well, after somo years wo moved
hack. Same concern moved ns in, but
they didn't know us at tho office any
moro than if they had never heard of
ns. Arrived in the city, tho men with
the vans it was a different crew from
that that took us out began lugging in
tho things just as the men that moved
us out had dono in the country. Nobody
said anything aboutpay, and I wondered
again what would happen if they got
tho stuff all in and then the owner
didn't pay. But they kept on hustling
the things in just as if they felt perfectly
easy and securo about that.
"After awhile the stuff was pretty
much all in practically all hut tho
piano and I wondered why they hadn't
brought that 111 before, because I had
seen it loaded, and I knew it was one of
the last things loaded on at tho very
rear end of one of the vans. So I went
out to see, and there was the piano,
right where I had seen it when it was
put aboard, at tho extreme rear end of
tho van, while all tho stuff in front had
been taken out, carried around the end
of the piano and on into the house. In
front of it tho van was empty.
Passing throngh the hall, I met the
head driver, the hoss of the party, and
he, just casually meeting mo in that
way in the hall, handed over the hill for
tho moving, and I paid it on tho spot
Then, everything elso having been
moved in, the whole gang tallied on to
tho piano and walked it right into the
"Of course it may have only just hap
pened that the piano wasn't moved in
until I had paid the bill, but this didn't
give me quite such a flattering opinion
of myself as the other way had, but it
more than confirmed my original opin
ion of tho shrewdness and ability of the
van folks. They made few mistakes and
took even fewer risks." New York
The Ntighborliness of Neighbors.
Talking about neighbors people gen
erally do, you know quite a good story
turned up the other day. Whether or
not it is true must ho left to tho reader,
but certainly it not inaptly illustrates a
rather too common weakness of these
I frequently too distant near ones.
An old lady who had recently moved
into a fashionable locality with her two
daughters was somewhat aggrieved at
her distinguished neighbors not calling.
In truth, only seven of them did so
ono to inquiro as to the character of a
former servant and the other six to se
cure subscriptions for various charitable
Under such circumstances the de
lights of social life were somowhat cur
tailed. Whether or not this went to the
old lady's heart cannot be said, but cer
tain it is that in a few short weeks she
was dead. The neighbors flocked to the
funeral. The rooms were crowded. All
was pity, love and sympathy. In the
middle of it all the old lady sat up and
said it did her good to see so many kind
faces about, whilo the two daughters
handed around coffee and ices, the guests
finally departing in the funeral car
riages. Brooklyn Life.
A Story of Keaconsfleld.
Lord Beaconsfieltl was in theory a
female suffragist But his flirtation was
of a very platonio character, for, al
though he had often the power to give
practical effect to his pious opinion, he
tookcaro never to do so. Once the oppo
sition leaders were very anxious to find
out what course he intended to pursue in
regard to a certain matter. They turned
loose upon him a well known political
beauty. She talked and talked, he gazed
and gazed. At length sho asked him.
He pressed her hand, looked unutterable
admiration and observed, "Pretty dar
ling!" I remember how my admiration
for Lord Beaconsfleld rose when I first
hoard this tale. London Truth.
The Oak.
The Druids considered the oak as the
emblem, or rather the peculiar resi
dence, of the Almighty, and according
ly chapleta of it were worn both by the
Druids and people- in their religious
ceremonies. Tho fruit of it, the mistle
toe, was thought to contain a diviiio"
virtue and to be tho peculiar gift of
In tho nnearthed city of Pompeii, the
preservation of which has been the
means of revealing many antique cus
toms, there is to be seen a soap manu
factory, with all the kettles and other
paraphernalia pertaining to tho business.
Franco has more money in circulation
in proportion to its population than any
other country.
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'Tho-ago of niracles," they say, "Is PM:
Christ walks no more upon the yielding
Nor does tho Spirit breathe, to bless or sartf
On mortal man." And then the winter blast
Comes Bhrieklng from beyond the sunset glow;
The dancing waves grow solid as a floor
To bear the burden of one woao.Gr more
God breathes upon tho mist, and It is snow.
-J. L. Heaton In "The Quilting Bee."
Which, Whether Truth or Fiction, Are De
cldedly Interesting. ,
"When riding in tho tram car through
the wildest parts of Peckham Eye,
writes a contributor to tho London
News, with a friend wo wero bound
on a journalistic errand a bronzed
young man of marine appearanco jump
ed into tho car and at once recognised
my companion. Before wo had gono
very far I was deep in ono of tho oddest
family histories. This new arrival, it
seems, wucn a uoy ui j., u
sessed by tho fear of consumption, that
fell disease navmgeameu uu.
and threatening his father and mother.
Accordingly he read every book that ho
could lay his hands on dealing with tho
subject, and, as tho result of his read
ing, ran away to Bournemouth to bo
near the pines. Having no funds, he
engaged himself to a local fishmonger,
carrying his master's fish to the various
customers. When the day's work was
done, he shouldered a hammock which
ho had brought with him and camped
among some of those pines for which
that southern health resort is famous.
Ono night a gentleman, sauntering
along, smoking a cigar, noticed him,
and, being amazed at this "al fresco"
bed, cntcicd into conversation with
him. "Why, I know who you arc," ex
claimed the consumptive youth at last.
"You're Mr. Louis Stevenson, the man
who wrote 'Treasure Island.'" "How
do you knew?" said the gentleman.
"Because I deliver you fish. You livo
at Skerry vure." "So I do," replied
Stevenson, for he it was suro enongn.
"But you don't talk liko a fishmonger's
hoy. " "No more I do, ' ' replied the boy,
and he then poured his strange secret
into the novelist's ear, which was sym
pathetic enough, yon may be sure.
The result of this odd meeting was an
invitation to breakfast. "Oh, and I did
eat," said tho young man. He told the
story so londly that tho whole train
laughed. "And tho servants couldn't,
make it out at all to see the disliu;.
guished author entertaining poor me.
Then ho went to Paris, and I never
saw him again for a long while." Tho
pines not proving strong enough, tho
strange yonth was seized with a yearn
ing for the scent of tho eucalyptns and
persuaded his friends to send him to
sea. When ho reached Sydney, he sold
his outfit and ran away into tho bush
and lived in tho open with eucalyptus
galore. Thence, after many adventures,
he sailed for the south seas and abode
by reef and palm for many a long year.
Ono day when cruising as supercargo
among tho Gilbert islands, I think, a
European swell in beautiful white
duck, a .great red sash and a spreading
panama hat, with a peacock's feather in
it, came aboard the schooner. "Good
morning, Mr. Stevenson," said the" su
percargo. Mr. Stevenson looked and
wondered who knew him in these faroff
seas. "I don't know you." he said,
shaking his head. ' 'But I know you.
Don't you remember the fishmonger's
boy who ato such a big hrcakfast at
Skerryvore?" "Soldo. Well, the world
is small- indeed. " And no doubt tho
two had pegs and tiffin or whatever
they call such thing3 in the islands to
gether. What a strange, small world it
is indeed! Well, ono succumbed to tho
dread disease; the other is as hearty a
fellow as ever I saw. It was a quaint,
grim fancy to go dodging phthisis all
over the world ! Loudon News.
In Doubt.
A certain minister, who is hot always
so careful as he ought to be in making
his teaching and his practice correspond,
was lately telling some friends a story
of adventure. It was a pretty "tall"
story, and the minister's 10-year-old lit
tle girl was observed to be'listening to
it very intently. When ho finished, she
fastened her wide open eyes upon her
father's face and said very gravelv, "Is
that trne, or aro you preaching now,
papa?" Household Words.
Tommy A bat's a bird, ain't it, ma?
Ma Yes, Tommy.
lominy An it's a great deal bigger'n
a eagle, ain't it, ma?
Ma What makes yon think so. mv
boy? 3
Tommy 'Canse I heard pa say he an
Mr. Jinkins was on one last night.
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