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A PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARADE.
An Iiicenlou Hut Kally-Sol vel Kiddle.
I'ronnunrcd as ono letter, and written with
Two letter there are, and only one In me.
I am double, urn single, am black, blue and
J am read from both ends and the same either
I Din restless and wandering, steady and fixed.
And you know not one hour what I may be next,
I melt and I kindle, beseech and defy,
I am watery and moist, 1 am tlery and dry;
I am scornful and scowling, compassionate,
I am lis?ht, I am dark, I am strong, I am weak.
I Dm sluggish and dead, I am lively and bright,
I am sharp. I am flat, I am left, I am right;
I am piercing and clear, I am heavy and dull;
Kxpressivo and languid, contracted and full;
I am careless and vacant, I search and I pry.
And judge, and decide, and examine, and try;
I'm a globe and a mirror, a window, a door,
An index, an organ, and fifty things more.
I belong to all animals under the sun.
And to those who were long understood to have
By some I am said to exist in the mind.
And am found in potatoes and needle and wind.
Three jackets I own, of glass, water and horn.
And I wore them all three on the day I wus born;
I am covered quite snug, with a lid and a fringe,
Yet I move every way on invisible hinge.
A pupil I have, a most whimsical wight.
Who is little by day and prows big in the night;
"Whom I cherish with care as part of myself,
Kor in truth I depend on this delicate elf
Vbo collects all my food, and with wonderful
Throws it into a net which I keep at my back;
And though heels over head it arrives, in a trice
It is sent up to table all proper and nice.
I am spoken of sometimes as if I were glass.
ut then it is false, and the trick will not pass.
St Maw makes me run. -. .jough I have not a limb;
i'hough I neither hav ii..s nor bladder, I swim.
Like many more couples, my partner and I
At times will look cross at each other, and shy;
Yet still, though we differ in what we're about,
One will do all the work when the other is out.
I am least apt to cry, as they always remark.
When trimmed with good lashes, or kept in the
Should I fret and be heated they put me to bed.
Anil leave mo to cool upon water and bread.
Hut if hardened I grow, they make use of the
Lest an obstinate humor endanger my life.
Or you may, though the treatment appears to
Run a spit through my side and with safety
Like the boys who arc fond of the fruit and thoir
I am seen with my ball and apple all day.
My belt is a rainbow, I reel and I dance;
I am said to retire, though I never advance.
I am read by physicians as one of their books.
And am used by the ladies to fasten their hooks.
My language is plain, though it can not be heard.
And 1 speak without ever pronouncing a word,
S;me call me a diamond, some say I am a jet,
Others talk of my water, or how I am set.
I'm a borough in England, in Scotland a stream,
And an isle of the sea in the Irishman's dream.
The earth without mo would no loveliness wear.
And sun, moon and stars at iry wish disappear;
Yet so frail is my tenure, so brittle my joy.
That a speck gives me pain, and a drop can de
stroy. London Lancet.
FETE BILKS' HELIGIOX.
Tli3 Happy Outcome of a Revival
pools on the
bets were about
five to one that
You see, thcro
was a great re
vival in the
course of erup
tion (if one may
in the little
town of Larks-
Tille, and the report was that Tote Bilks
was on the "anxious seat." At any rate,
he was inside of the church doors, and
that was something no ono had ever seen
For Pete to have been anxious about
any thing would have been a novelty,
but for him to bo solicitous about his
spiritual condition was quite beyond
any thing yet, and the boys wcro very
much excited over it.
Pete had been rather a wild sort al
ways, although he never had done any
thing so awfully bad. lie was a sort of
local sport and fond of shooting and
fishing and all sorts of out-of-door
He could guess the weight of a fat
hog or steer to a pound, too, and he was
never known to have been left behind
in any "swap" of horses or anything
else. Besides these accomplishments
he was the fastest short-distance runner
for miles around.
Matches were often gotten up to show
off his powers to some admiring stran
ger, but Pete never claimed to be more
than a sprinter, and he always frankly
said to his vanquished rival: "Ef it
bed ben ten rod further I'd a clean gin
The revival meetings of which I speak
w ere held in the only church of the vil
lage, where the Methodists held forth
one Sunday and the Baptists the next,
and they were a sort of joint affair of
the tivo congregations.
The church, or meeting-house, as the
older residents still call it, was a one
story wooden building, painted white,
and lighted by tall, narrow windows.
It was guiltless of stained glass or
decorations of any sort, and the pine
benches wore high of seat, low of back,
and harder than the heart of the most
unrepentant sinner. There was no car
pet on the floor and the room was
"warmed by two large sheet-iron "heat
ers" which stood on cither side like grim
The box-like pulpit was painted black
and stood upon a low platform in one
end of the room, and this was Hanked
by a small organ on tho right and a
small caso of Sunday-school books on
Four plain iron lamps hung from as
many rusty hooks in the ceiling, and
to the frame of every second window
was fastened a clumsy bracket-lamp.
Directly in front of the pulpit were
three rows of benches, separated by a
small space from those in the body of
the church. These wero for the "seek
ers." There was a good deal of Christiani
ty in Larksville, but it was of a vol
canic sort It would slumber very peace
fully for a time, then it would burst out
with an explosion which would fairly
shake the pillars of the church, both
literal and figurative. Then shouts
and groans of repentance would rend
the air, and the guilty sinner would bo
brought to a consciousness of his un
worthiness by the combined efforts of
I M OI'' IX AN SKE THIS THING OUT.
Brother Sneed, Methodist, and Brother
Miss Judkins, Brother Judkins' lanky,
red-haired daughter, played the organ
for the Baptists, while Mr. Sneed,
Brother Sneed's nephew, performed the
same service for the Methodists. Dur
ing revivals they "sawed off," that is,
took turn and turn about at the wheezy
instrument; and there were always lit
tle mysterious whispered conversations
between them and Brother Buncomb.
who led the singing, varied by tip-toed
excursions to the pulpit and more whis
pered consultation with Brother Sneed
and Brother Judkins.
Now, Peto was one of a set of men
who usually hung about the outsido
door of the sacred edifice .during tho time
that tho meetings were in session, not so
much to receive the droppings of the
sanctuary, I regret to say, as to see tho
fun and make rude jests about the same.
These men the revivalists at first
designated in their prayers by the col
lective title of "tho ungodly," but, this
failing to have effect, the prayers grow
decidedly personal, and petitions for
the conversion of Peter Bilks. Andy
Artz, Bill Jones and Sam Hall were
wafted through the open windows to
the crowd of loungers outside, where
they were met by snickers and irrev
This sort of thing had gone on for
some time, when one night Pete stepped
out from tho crowd and said: "By thun
der, boys, I'm goin' in an' see this thing
He was as good as his word, for he
walked boldly into the church and took
a seat half way up the middle aisle.
Then it was that the boj's outside be
gan to bet on the results.
"This "ere looks serious, boys. Pete
never went in a church afore to my ken.
I'm afeard they'll have him afore he's
done," drawled Andy Artz.
"Fiddlesticks! he's only a guyin' 'em.
I'll go you five to ono that he don't jine
'em," said Bill Jones.
"Done," said Andy, and the money
was put up, Sam holding the stakes.
There was quite as great a stir inside
the church when the fact was communi
cated from one to another by winks and
nods and sundry rolling of eyes that Pe
ter Bilks was in the room.
"Come, ye sinners poor and needy,"
was the hymn given out, and Brother
Judkins gave an earnest invitation to
any and all "unsaved persons" to come
forward and take seats.
While the hymn was being sung ex
pectant glances were turned toward Pe
ter, but Peter sat stolid and immovable.
When tho singing wa3 finished Brother
Sneed suggested that it be repeated to
give those who had not fully deter
mined to start another chance. Again
it was sung and still Pete sat quite un
moved. As the last quavering note died
away Peter arose. "Ladies and gen
tlemen," he began in a firm voce,
"I hev about made up my mind
that I'd like to be a Christian,
but ye all know jist how it is weth me.
I am by nature and habit a sprinter. I
kin run a short race all right, but come
to long distances an' I'm winded terri
ble easy. Now, I'd hate to begin this
ere thing an' then peter out fust lick,
an' that's what I'm afeared 111 do.
"An' so many of you 'uns here seems
to be sprinters "stead o' stayers that I
see it's the nattural way, an' ez I han't
no notion o bein' thet sort, I believe I
There was a commotion inquiring
glances were sent from one to another,
but Pete went calmly on: "It's all very
well for you, Brother Sneed, to set an'
exhort an' pray now, but how long is it
sense you wuz a-tryin' yer wust to git
the whip-hand in a dicker ubout some
hogs weth old man Todd?
"An' you. Brother Judkins, is mighty
earnest now, but 'tan't two months back
sense ye snuck outen yer back gate
when ye seen Miss Coonsos gal com in
up yer front walk and ye thought she
wus com in to ast to borrer yer hoss and
buggy to ride over to Haytown to see
her sick pa. An you, Sister Green, I
heern you less'n a fortnit back a-gos-sippin'
an' a-runnin' down of a sartin
young gal that ain't hed the prayen
done over her thet your gals hes hed.
"An you, too, Brother Small. I seen
ye fillin' yer pockets with peanuts from
lame Sammy's stand when his head wus
turned. Now peanuts air a little mat
ter, but lame Sammy's ho hez to pay fer
'cm all the same, and he han't got no
bank account over to Haytown like you
"There's others, too, but I'm only
mentionin' of these because them's the
ones I hearn a-prayin' an' a-mentionin'
the names and the sins of me and Andy
and Bill and us fellers outsido.
"I says to myself ez I hearn ye: 'Now,
ef it's right for one human bein' to
speak o' the faults of a fellow-critter in
public, it's right fer another;' so I came
in an' sat here tell I got a chance to
git it back onto sorao on yer." Here
Pete sat down as calmly as though he
had not fired a bomb the like of which
had never been heard of right into the
midst of the assembled people.
The effect was simply electrical
people fairly held their breath for a
Now, when Pete had begun by men
tioning Brother Sneed' s name, Brother
Judkins had made a move as if to stop
him, but Brother Sneed had held him
back, muttering: "The fellow is right,
let him alone," and so Pete had gone
on uninterrupted to the end.
After a moment of the death-like
silence Brother Sneed arose. "Breth
ren and sisters, Peter is right," he said.
"I did try in trade to overreach a fellow-man.
For this and all my other
shortcomings I ask the Lord's pardon,
and yours, my dear brethren."
"And I," rolled out Brother Judkins'
deep bass voice, while Sister Green's
shrill treble piped up, brokenly: "And
"Let us pray," said Brother Judkins.
The people all fell on their knees, and
Pete with them.
There were no howling amens and
loud groans this time thcro was a
short time of silent, earnest prayer,
then Pe ter's voice broke tho stillness.
"O Lord, I am a-goin to pray for my
self, fur I need it more'n the rest I
want to confess thet when I come in
here to-night I done it jest to git even
weth some I jodged hed been onfair to
ward us fellers outside. But now, O
Lord, I am in, I am a-goin' to stay in an
do my best, an' I ast help to keep me
a-goin. I hev done meny other sinful
acts, O Lord, but you hev heern' all
about them from the bretherin and sis
terin, so 1 won't mention 'em asen unly
tosay I am sorry I done 'em. Amen."
As the congregation rose to their feet
Miss Judkins, without any whispered
confab this time, started entirely on her
own hook upon "Just as I am, without
one plea," and she fairly made the old
organ speak- It was better for the
ladies axi gentlemen," he began.
artistic effect if one did not look at Miss
Judkins, for her nose and eyelids were
red and teary and her mouth was puck
ered into a funny, hard knot; but the
organ pumped hard, you know, and that
may have had something to do with it
One, by one the voices joined in the
song, and when it was finished Brother
Sneed pronounced the benediction and
the meeting was over.
Well, in time they got the rest of
Pete's set into the fold, but' "it wasn't
by hollerin', an' callin' names, an'
showin' up faults they done it," to
quote Pete. "It wus by makin' less
noise an' showin' 'em how Christians
ort to act"
And, stranger than all, there was no
disputing or quarreling between the
Methodists and Baptists over the new
converts. . "Them as liked their'n wet
followed the Baptists, and them that
took their'n dry went 'tother way," to
quote Peter once more. Pete himself
joined the Baptists, the "baptisin' bein'
more thorough like."
JJe proved a 'stayer," too, and one of
the traditions in Larksville is that Par
son Sneed and Parson Judkins and
Sister Green and Peter Bilks all "got
religion" at the same time. Marie
More Marsh, in Chicago Times.
SAVED FROM DISASTER.
But It Wouldn't Cholly "Hello!
Dolly, what's that on youah chain?"
Dolly "That's a thermometaw chavrm."
Cholly "Dawa't saw! Did it go down
to zewo when Miss Moneyb?3 cut
you?" Jeweler's Weekly.
Argeutlnn ICrpublle Inventmenta Imperil
the (ireat ICnglish Hanking Ilounn of
llarlng Itroa. it Vo. On the Vrrj of
Kuht They Art Kraciind by tlm IJank of
KnglKiid tml Other Liabl ltlrs uf &75.
OOO.OOO. London, Nov. 17. The Times, refer
ring to the financial situation, says:
"The city has passed through a crisis
verging on a panic. Such a timo has
not been known sinco tho suspension of
Ovorend, Gurney fc Co. Wo rejoice that
wo aro able to announce that tho worst is
over. Tho Bank of England has added
to its historic services to the state and
the commercial committee by its prompt
action in averting what would have been
a lamentable catastrophe. The admin
istration of tho bank not only provided
vast re-enforcements toils stock of gold
to meet cxcentional demands in tho
event of a panic, but als stepped out of
tho ordinary routine of business to pre
vent tho downfall of tho greatest and
most respected of English financial
houses, which had for sotno days lx-en
in peril, and which, if it had fallen,
would probably have brought down in
widespread ruin a largo number of
smaller but important firms.
The great financial house referred to
is that of Baring Bros. & Co. They
havo been helped through by tho Bank
of England, the Rothschilds and sev
eral London joint stock banks, who
mado large advances to tho firm. Tho
Baring Bros.' position is now believed
to bo secure.
The Bank of England has subscribed
l,(iOO,000, three joint banks havo given
'75,000 each, and two others T00,-
000 each to assist Baring Bros.
Several other houses havo sub
scribed smaller amounts, all tho
subscriptions making a total of
10,000,000. This will constitute a guar
antee fund for three years. It is
roughly estimated that the total liabili
ties or th firm, including 10,000,000 in
acceptances, amount to 2 1, 000, 000,
while the assets, at present prices, aro
valued at 24,000,000. The Government
has authorized tho Bank of
England, if necessary, to is
sue an additional 2,000,000 in notes,
and will suspend the bank act if
requisite. The original cause of tho
firm's trouble was Russia's withdrawal
of several millions of deposits on learn-
01 the firm's dealings in Argentine and
Uruguay bonds. It is expected that in
coming investors will gradually relievo
the strain in tho market.
cax:si;i isy the iiiiVdU'no.v.
New Yoi:k, Nov. 17. The Evening
I'ost of Saturday in its financial ar
ticle, says: "About three months ago,
when the Argentine revolution first
began to seriously cripple the financial
houses which wero floating tho
various Argentine securities and
enterprises, an examination of the
assets and liabilities of Messrs.
Baring Bros, showed a valuation of as
sets which left a clear balance of 15,
000,000 over and above all liabilities.
Tho shrinkage of about 11,000,000, or
say 555,000,000, in tho three months,
shows what a tremendous strain Lon
don financiers havo been subjected
to. As for tho prospect of a
resuscitation of the value of
these Argentine securities, it is
good. The South American countries
where such great enterprises have been
undertaken by English capital have
natural resources of such enormous
value that in a few years they will cer
tainly pay, and with the resuscitation
of these will also come the restoration
of tho value of all Argentine se
curities." llianng Bros. & Co. are one of the oldest and
most respected banking houses in the world.
The present flrm was founded in th-j lirst quar
ter of the present century. John Burin,
the ancestor of all tho Kugli.-sh
Karings, came from liremon and set
tled in Kxetr, Kn, early in the
eighteenth century. His son was Sir Francis
Baring, a London merchant, who became a di
rector in the East India Company and amassed
a very large fortun-i for those days. Owing to
his influence William Pitt renewed the charter
of tho East India Company in 1?:7. Two of Sir
Francis Ilaring's sous married sisters, daugh
ters of Senator Bingham, of Pennsylvania.
This was about the your 1303. Their descend
ants are now the chief partners of liarin Bros.
& Co., and besides hold four peerages in the
English House of Lords. The Earl of North
brook, Lord Wolverton, Lord Kavelstokc and
Lord Ashburton are members cf tho famous
Baring family. Of these peers only Lord
Kavelstoke is now a member of the banking
house. The other pnrtners are James Stewart
Hodgson, Henry Bingham Mildmay, Charles
Loyd Norman, Thomas Charles Baring, Honor
ables Francis Henry Baring, Robert Kirk
man Hodgson, Thomas Baring and
William Baring Hulhed.
Baring Bros, have been one of the great bank
ing houses which have lent money to the Egyp
tian Government With the failure of Egypt to
pay the interest on the loans the troubles of
the Barings began. Instead of retrenching the
house plunged deeper and deeper Into foreign
loans and investment About five year3 ago
Baring Brothers became financial agents in
Europe for the Argentine Republic. When this
step was taken several London newspapers
warned them of the gravity of the un
dertaking and expressed the belief tbat
Baring Brothers had lost reputation in
recent years through similar risky ventures.
But Baring Bros, have also played a very
important part in the American carket
through their New York agents, Kidder,
Peabody & Co. The greater part. f the
large Atchison, Topeka & fnta Fe
railroad belongs to them, or is controlled
by them. When this road failed to. pay its
fixed charges more than two years go it had to
be reorganized. This was briiliai&jtly and suc
cessfully done through thu agency o
Kidder, Peabody & Ccv. but the
change must have resulted in a large
financial loss to the .Barings. Baring
Bros, have lataly been interested in promoting
industrial companies, sw-h as breweries and
stocit yards, in this cour.try in order to iauccn
the stock on the Eng'.i-r, market.
In lOH, when the crc .lt of this country was
sorely tried by the exf elusion policy of France
and Knpriand ia Ei.rope. the Baring family
proved tfceinselvee true friends of the young
1 Ketjublic. SuTistrtitial financal aid was given
I toy them to t.e Unitod States at a tUae when
Uiat help vaa tad.y needed.
SANCHEZ CAPTURED AND SHOT.
liebel Ialated In llondnrna xml til
Itr vol tit Ion lt t mn Knd.
TK;t'f MiAi.rA. Nov. 17. (Jeneral
LonginoM Sanchez, who lieadod the
recent attempt to overthrow tlm Gov
ernment of President Bogran, and who
with his forces held this city for tho
brief period of ono week, has been capt
ured and, with tho principal leaders of
his army, shot The revolution is at
an end. After Friday's lighting it wa
a foregone conclusion that this
would bo tho end. Sanchez's troop
had been defeated in a series of bloody
engagements, and lie, with the brief re
mainder, were penned up in San Fran
cisco barracks, surrounded by a vigi
lant fon-i! Hushed with victory. Presi
dent Bogran Friday nighthad stationed
a number of cannon about tho barracks
and early Saturday morning ho opened
lire. Sanche, and his imprisoned com
rades, knowing that doath awaited
them in any event, fought with all
the desperate courage of despair, but it
was u hopeless struggle from the start.
After a brief cannonading tho walls of
the barrack m were almost completely
battered down. There was a deter
mined charge by Bogran's soldiers, a
brief but desperate hand-to-hand
fig-lit, and then all that remained
alive of the reikis wero prisoners.
Without the formality of a court-martial
Sanchez, with several of tho princi
pal ollicrf'rs eniraped in tho revolt, wero
taken Ut ono of tho principal squares lit
tho city, blindfolded, and stood in linn
in the presence of h undrod of tho citi
zens. A firing party was told off. Tho
doomed men wero given a brief timo
for prayer, then tlm word was
given, there was a crash of musketry,
and the revolution of Longlnos Sanchez
passed into history. Sanchez and his
men met their fato without flinching.
Tho bodies of tho dead rebels wero
exposed to the public gazo all day
as a warning to future aspirants
to tho Presidential chair who do
Biro to get supremo tower by force of
Sanchez was not popular with tho cit
izens of Tegucigalpa, ami tho sympa
thies of tho people were altogether with
Bogran; hence, though nearly every
body was grieving over tho
death or wounding of somo rela
tive or friend, thcro was general
rejoicing over the signal victory of tho
Government forces. General Sanches
during his brief term of power caused
two of the members of President
Bogran's Cabinet to bo shot One of
tho executed Ministers was Simon
AN OUTBREAK EXPECTED.
North Dakota Knttlom Flln;r rim Tlielr
IloiuoM lear of an Indistn I'prisliiR
JCfdxU inH Jklaklus I' ;"ritliji to tio
on tli Wrpalli.
Ma.vux, N. D. Nov. 17. Snttb-rs
on the farms and ranches south of Man
dan are fiec-ing from their homos, bo
lieving that an Indian uprising ii near
at hand. Thoy urgently demand pro
tection, and many a farm-houso in
North Dakota will soon bo deserted
unless the settlers receive somo assur
ance that they will not bo loft to tho
mercy of tho murderous rodskins, who
are now whetting their knives in an
ticipation of tho motunt when they
may begin their bloody work.
Tho Indians aro trading their
horscB and all other property for guns
and ammunition and will bo well
prepared when tho outbreak comes.
Local hardware men havo sold all their
ammunition to them. Joseph Buckley
rodo in Sunday from tho reservation
and says the Indian agents are harbor
ing a feeling of falsa security and that
the danger will bo roalizod when it is
too late. The mayor of Marulan has
called a public meeting and the Gov
ernment will bo petitioned for
guns to arm the citizt-ns. The In
dians say they will havo overy thing to
gain and nothing to lose by an upris
ing. If they are beaton their rations
will bo doubled, as in tho past. Buck
ley says every Indian on tho reservation
will shortly go on the warpath and that
they havo got possession of Custer's ri
fles, which the United States army has
CAME TO GRIEF.
A N'w York Ilrokrii'f'oreerli CaD the
Failure of Hi Firm lie Secured 9S350,
OOO by Fraud.
New Yotnc Nov. 17. Albert II.
Smith, the junior partner in the broker
age firm of Mills, Robeson & Smith, at
DG Broadway, is a prisoner ut. polico
headquarters eharired with ovo seventy
forgeries, aggregating S350, OCX. Smith
has acknowledged iiis guilt to Inspector
Byrnes, and has turned over all his.
property to W. A. Watson for the bene
fit of his creditors. Tho discovery of
the forgeries, which oovw a period of
six years, was accidentally made on
Satarday morning by a clerk. In
hi3 confession Smith, says he used
th money obtained by his forgeries
to reimburse customers of the firm
who bad lost money on bis sug
gestions. The lofcs resulting from
Smith's misdoings will fall upon his
firm, which has ben in existence since
1872 and which has been held in tho
highest repute. The firm has assigned.
Smith's crime, is forgery in the
first degree, aid as he has confessed bis
guilt he can not escape a long term of
imprisonment. He is 45 years old and
a childless, widower. All of Smith's
forgeries are not a total loss to the
firm, as about one-fourth can be re
covered The net loss will be 27,000.
Smith, was arraigned at tho Jeffer
son Market police court and was re
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