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WHEN JIMMY COMES.
When Jimmy comes from school, at four,
J-e-r-u-B-a-l-e-m! how things begin
To wttrl and buzz, and ban? and spin.
And trietten up from roof to floor;
The dog that all day long has lain
Cpon Use back porch wags his tail.
And leaps and barks and begs agnla
The last scrap in the dinner-pail,
i When Jimmy comes from schooL
The cupboard-latches clink a tune.
And mother from her knitting stlra
To tell a hungry boy of hers
That supper vrLl be ready 60bn:
And then a slab of pie he takes,
A cooky, and a Quince or two.
And for the breezy barnyard breaks.
Where everything cries: "How d'y da,"
When Jimmy comes from school.
The rooster on the garden fence
Struts up and down, and crows and crows,
As if be knows, or thinks he knows.
He. too, is of some consequence;
The guineas Join the chorus, too.
And Just beside the window-sill
The red-bird, swinging out of view.
On his light perch begins to trill.
When Jimmy comes from school.
When Jimmy comes from school, take care!
Our hearts begin to throb and quake
With life and joy. and every ache
Is gone, before we are aware;
The earth takes on a richer hue,
A softer light fulis on the flowers.
And overhead a brighter blue
Seems bent above this world of ours.
When Jimmy comes from school!
James X. Matthews, In Lad leu' Home Jour-
A Story with a Moral for Married
"Confound her! cried Mark Howell,
bursting into the parlor where Mrs.
Ward, his married bister, then on a
risit to him, was sitting, quietly sew
ing. "Confound her, she's always in
terfering!" His sister knew well enough of whom
he was speaking. lie was speaking of
his mother-in-law, also on a visit at the
"Mark," said Mrs. Ward, looking up,
"you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
I am older than you. I have been, in
Borne respects, a mother to you; and,
therefore. I speak plainly. And I must
say that T think you talk scandalously
of your mother-ia-law.
'"Why can't she mind her own busi
ness?" he said, wrathfully. "nereshe'a
been talking May over about the new
nurse for Johnnie. The one I like, I'm
told, won't do at all; and it's all, I do
believe, because the girl's young, and
has pretty manners. Instead,
to have some sour old thing as prim
a drill sergeant and as ugly as a Chinese
"I confess I am on the side of your
mother-in-law," his sister answered,
quietly. "The girl you fancied was en
tirely unfit to be put over Johnnie.
Ile'd wind her round his finger. And 1
don't believe she cares for anything but
dress and admiration."
This rather stag-gered Mark, who
had been accustomed to regard his sis
ter as the perfection of wisdom, espe
cially in housewifely matters. lie
looked blank, for a moment, but soon
"That is not alL She has persuaded
May to put long stockings on Johnnie,
when there's nothing prettier than to
Bee his fat chubby legs."
"Nor anything more unhealthy. I
pity the poor little legs on a cold day."
"Unhealthy! Half the children in
town go barelegged."
"And the consequence is that half
those who go barelegged catch colds
and fevers from which 6ome never re
cover. You are fond of your bay mare,
Mark; but you are careful in a sharp
wind to have a horsecover put on her;
while you never think of covering up
poor Johnnie's legs, no matter how bit
ter the day. Do you suppose your child
Is stronger than your horse?"
"But it hardens him," said Mark, a
little staggered, nevertheless.
"Why wouldn't exposure harden your
mare? No, Mark, you're wrong in
both cases, and your mother-in-law is
Mark bit his mustache and growled:
"But a fellow doesn't like anybody in
terfering between himself and wife,
you see. May's mother is very nice,
generally, I admit; but let her keep to
her own affairs.
"But are not these her own affairs?
Johnnie is her grandchild. She natur
ally wants him to be well brought up,
and be healthy; and so in advising your
wife about a nurse, and persuading
her to cover Johnnie's legs, she is only
keeping within the strict line of her
duty. You ought to be thankful that
there is somebody with greater experi
ence than May, to tell her what to do.
No young mother can learn everything
at once. Besides, Mrs. Barker has
never, bo far as I have seen, forced her
opinions on May. Has she?"
"No," said Mark. "She doesn't nag,
if that's what you mean. But she talks
"And naturally. Come, Mark, be
fair. Look at the subject without
"Not entirely, I think. For example,
in both these instances Mrs. Barker
only advised what was best. Now I
have been here a fortnight and I have
never known her to advise May wrong.
More than that, she hardly ever gives
advice at all unless she is first asked
"It's not only in these two things; it
is in plenty ot others, retorted Mark,
going back to the old ground as ob
stinate people do. "She always takes
a different side from me, and always
gets May to go with her and against
trie. Confound her!"
"Now, Mark, don't be silly. Don't
quarrel with May, too, and for no bet
ter reason than that she is led, in
many things, by her mother. Isn't it
natural? I often think bow unjust
men are to mothers-in-law, as a class.
You took May from a home where she
tad lived for nineteen years, and in
which the great authority in all mat
ters, not only on dress and health, but
everything, was her mother. She
looked up to and believed in her mother,
as all good children should. Yon and
I looked up to our mother, and I hope
Johnnie will look up to his. Now,
though all families bold to the sama
general principles of morality, though
all believe it Is wrong to lie, or steal
or covet a neighbor's goods, there is
the very greatest diversity of opinions
between different families on the
minor points of life. This is natural.
It is natural, too, that a daughter
should hold the same views as her moth
er about these things, and that, even
after marriage, the influence of the
homG atmosphere should hang about
her. Why, you yourself, on some of
these very points, cling more obstinate
ly to the traditions of our family than
May does to hers. "
"But," said Mark, stubbornly, "a
wife ought to adapt herself to ber hus
"Well, even If we grant that, we
must give her time. She can't undo
the work of nineteen years in a few
months, or even a year or two. In
matters that involve no question of
right or wronp it is generally wise for
a wife to yield to her husband, if he in
sists on it- But to insist on minor
things too much is neither wise nor
fair. There ought to be mutual con
cessions; for matrimony, like every
thing else in life, is a matter of give
and take. But it is absurd to expect a
wife to remodel her whole character in
a couple of years. The influence of her
mother, of her own family traditions,
cannot be shaken off so easily; and a
husband is wrong to expect it. Yet
this is what you mean, when you say
that May always goes against yen and
takes her mother's side. "
"So she does."
"As a fact, 6he does not, replied
Mrs. Ward, stoutly, looking him reso
lutely in the face, "and you know 6he
doesn't. You are angry, or you would
not say it. May sometimes goes against
you. and with her mother; but she
much more often follows your taste,
even when it is more than an open
question. And what does it matter,
after all? For I am talking of things
indifferent in themselves. A man ought
to be too much of a man to want to
tyrannize over his wife in little things
o"f that kind."
Mark began, by this time, to realize
that he had the worst of the argument,
so he made no reply, but stroked his j
mustache a favorite trick with his !
kind in similar circumstances. j
"The truth is," said his sister, laugh- i
ingly, taking up her sewing again,
which Ehe had laid down in the heat of i
discussion, "you are jealous. That's the
whole story. You want to monopolize j
every look, and word, and action, and i
even thought, of May's. You want to j
UC UlilSllT, MJ LUC UlUIUKlil UetU.ll.
1 You are like most young hus- j
I bands in this, however; and I
j will Dot be too hard on you. It is this j
very jealousy that is at the bottom '
of the general dislike on the part of !
new husbands towards mothers-in-law. j
You lords of creation, even in matters
which ought to be left entirely to the
women, fret and champ the bit, when !
a woman comes in the nick of time to
take things in hand. You fret and
champ the more, when the woman is
the one njost fit to interfere a mother-in-law.
You don't like to day second
fiddle," with two of three merry
shakes of the head, "even when it is
necessary you should. You resent in
terference, and would resent it from
anybody, only you make the mother-in-law
"Well," said Mark, who had recov
ered his temper by this time, and who
had the good sense to acknowledge, at
least to himself, that he was in the
wrong, "a woman, they say, will al
ways have the last word. So I let you
"What a blessing, though, retorted
Mrs. Ward, with another gay laugh,
and another shake of the head, "that
it's a sister, in this case, who will have
the last word, and not a mother-in-
law!" Woman's Journal.
INTRODUCING A LECTURER.
An English Custom Which Might lie Bet
ter Honored in the Breach.
One of those English customs which
would be more honored in the breach
than in the observance is that of pre
senting a lecturer to the audience by a
chairman. This unnecessary presiding
officer, having read up on the subject,
"rises to say a few words of introduc
tion," and sometimes anticipates some
of tbe lecturer's best points.
In an English village a loquacious
squire and a garrulous rector both in
troduced a lecturer, and their "few
words" occupied nearly all the time
which had been allotted to the lec
ture. The lecturer, however, was
equal to the occasion. lie spoke about
twenty minutes, and then, looking at
his watch, said:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I must now
leave that I may catch my train, but I
will ask your permission before I de
part to suggest for your consideration
an occurrence which took place on
board a small American vessel.
"The captain, the mate, and a pas
senger dined together.. A roly-poly pud
ding was placed on the table, and tbe
captain said to the passenger:
""Stranger, do you like ends?
" Oh. don't yer? Me and my mat
does; and the captain cut the pudding
in two, giving one end to the mate and
appropriating the other. The audi
ence saw the point, and heartily ap
An Englishman, a temperance lec
turer, was invited to speak on total ab
stinence. Being nobody in particular,
he was placed last on the list of speak
ers. The chairman also introduced sev
eral speakers whose names were not on
the list, and the audience were tired
out, when he said: "Mr. Bailey will
now jrive us his address."
"My address," said Mr. Bailey, ris
ing, "is 45, Loughborough Park, Brix
ton Road, and I wish you all good
night." Youth's Companion.
A London second-hand bookseller
recently advertised a little book of re
ligious consolation. It was published
in 1630, and bears the consolatory title:
"A Handkerchief for Parents Wet
Eyes upon the Death of Children."
Sir Isaac Newton's treatise on
Optics" attracted no attention in his
own country until it bad mad a pro
found sensation in Franc
BY A BIG MAJORITY.
The House Adopts the Rule
Counting a Quorum.
Every Member Present Will Be Counted
Whether He Votes or Not The
Practice of Filibustering Prob
ably at an End.
Washington, April 19. By a vote
of 212 to 47, the republicans voting for
it, tbe house adopted the quorum
counting rule. There was a very large
attendance on both sides of the house
when it met in anticipation of the
fight over the adoption of the new quo
rum counting rule, and the gal
leries were also unusually well
filled. Without a single preliminary the
house plunged into the contest. In
order to prevent parliamentary com
plications Mr. Catchings, from the com
mittee on rules, secured recognition
before the journal was read, . and after
withdrawing the rule reported from
that committee last Thursday, he im
mediately presented the report agreed
upon just before the house convened.
The report was read from the clerk's
desk as follows:
"Amend rule 15 by inserting between clauses
1 and 2 tbe following as clause 2 and change
the number of clause 2 to clause 3:
"Upon every rollcall and before the beginning
thereof the speaker shall name two members,
one from each side of the pending question
if practicable, who shall take their piaona
at the clerk's desk, to tell the names
of at least enough members who
are in the hall of the house during the roll
call who do not respond, when added
to those responding, to make a quorum.
If a Quorum does not respond on the roll
call, the a the names ot these so noted as pres
ent shall be reported to the speaker, who
shall cuus the list to be called from the
clerk's desk and recorded in the Journal, and
in determining the presence of a quorum to do
business, those who voted, those who an
swered present and those so reported present
shall be considered. Members noted may.
when their names are caiied. record their
votes, notwithstanding the provisions of clause
1 of this rule.
"Amec3 clause 1 of rule 6 by adding the follow
lug words: 'And on rollcall, should he not
vote, he shall answer present,' so as to read:
'Every member shall be present within the hall
of the house during its sittings, unless excused
or necessarily prevented, and Khali vote on
each question put, unless he has a direct per
gonal or pecuniary interest in the event of such
question, and on a rollcall shall he not vote he
shail answer present." "
The struggle was short, sharp
and decisive. There was a half-hour's
talk on both sides The vote on the
new rule was then taken and resulted
yeas, 212; nays, 4". Immediately
the vote was announced the re
publican members crowded into
Reed's aisle and as they passed
him warmly shook his hand, while
Speaker Crisp pounded for order. Just
as the last man in the line passed Mr.
Kilgore (Tex.), the great filibuster,
walked over and congratulated Reed
Thereupon the house set up a yell,
even Speaker Crisp's stern countenance
relaxed for a momentary smile, and the
business of the house was resumed.
It was thought that Mr. Heed would
make a long speech; instead, he spoke
for only two minutes in a semi-humorous
vein, ending just before the vote,
with this sentence: "I congratulate
the Fifty-third congress upon the wise
decision which it is about to make."
II is face showed his gratification, how
ever. After the adoption of the new rule
the parliamentary wheels again began
to move. Mr. Keed said a grave ques
tion of parliamentary procedure was
involved in the order 6f arrest of mem
bers, and in order to have the law in
vestigated he submitted a resolution re
citing that the order of arrest was void,
lie asked that it be sent to the judiciary
or rules committee, in order that the
riehtof arrest might be authoritatively
determined and a careful precedent es
tablished. The speaker ruled out the
resolution on the ground that the first
business was to disc liar ire members now
under arrest before taking up general
On the motion to discharge the ser-
geant-at-arms a yea aud nay vote was
secured, and this gave the first prac
tical illustration of the operation of
the new rule. The speaker named
Messrs. Dockery (dem.) and Cogs
well (rep.) as tellers to watch the
count, and if necessary count mem
bers present, but not voting. They
took their places at the 6ide of the
clerk, each keeping a separate tally of
the vote. In order to force the record
ing of members as present but not vot
ting in accordance with the provisions
of the new rule, the republicans
declined to vote on the first
roll call, but finding that a
quorum had voted they changed
their tactics on the second call and an
swered to their names. As the result
it the vote, 220 to 5, showed that a
quorum was present the tellers made
no report. Messrs. Dalzell (rep.. Pa.)
and Johnson (dem., O. ) instead of vot
ing responded "present." This dis
charged the warrant issued to the ser-geant-at-arms
under date of March 2L
A regular gorge of committee re
ports, blocked by the filibustering of
last week, were presented under the
call of the committees.
World's Fair In Japan.
Loxdox. April 19. Japan is to have
an exposition in 1S95 at Uiogo, the old
capital of the empire. It will cover the
suhjects of manufactures, fine arts,
agriculture, education and science,
water productions, mines and mining
and machinery. Foreign goods may
be exhibited for purposes of compari
son, and it is expected that the exposi
tion will be very interesting to for
eigners. Seut to the Bottom.
Rio Janeiro. Brazil, via Galveston.
Tex., April 19. Official dispatches re
ceived here from Desterro, where the
rebels set up their provisional govern
ment, assert that Admiral Mello's
former flagship, the Aquidabas, has
been sunk by the dynamite cruiser
Nictheroy. President Peixoto's fleet
made an attack upon Desterro, and the
insurgent forces there, aided by their
land batteries and guns of the Aquida
ban, saade a stout resistance at first,
but after the Nictheroy had sent the
Aquidaban to the bottom they gave up
the fight and surrendered to the gov
STRIKERS STRIKE A SNAG.
A Federal- Court Enjoins Them from In
terfering with tbe Great Northern.
St. Pacl, Minn., April 20. The
Great Northern officials have aroused.
In the circuit court of the United
States for Minnesota and North
Dakota, Judge Sanborn issued
orders enjoining strikers and all
others from interfering by threats,
force or intimidation with the
business of the Great Northern
Railway company or with its property
or employes, and the United States
marshals sent out on trains large forces
of depnty marshals to serve the orders.
Nothing will be left undone to afford
adequate protection to the com
pany's employes and its proper
ty. Trains will be moved on
its lines. The company claims
that it has the assurances of
the men on the different branches that
they are ready to move trains and dis
charge their duties if they can be pro
tected. It is reported that the inter
ference hitherto has been from out
siders and discharged men. The com
pany has received offers from hun
dreds of men who want work, but has
taken no Eteps to replace the men in
Except on the St- Paul division and
the Minnesota Eastern, the branch line
to Duluth, only an occasional tram is
running. It is stated at labor head
quarters, however, that the side
tracking and uncoupling of trains will
be discontinued until the strikers can
take legal advice.
Vice President Howard, of the Amer
ican Railway union, said that the
issuing of the injunctions would not
affectthe present situation and that
the men would continue at work in St.
Paul and Minneapolis up to to-day, at
It is learned from inside sources that
the Great Northern has had applica- j
tions enough already from new men to (
fill every position on the road, and the i
officers would doubtless begin putting !
them to work at once, but for the posi- j
tion assumed bv the Brotherhood of t
Firemen, Engineers and Conductors,
who stand ready to move their trains,
but say they will not work with non
It is said that President Uill is con-
siderably nettled over the attitude as
I sumed by the mayors of St. Cloud,
; Devil's Lake and smaller places. The
; company has been refused assistance j
: by sheriffs and police officers in several j
I towns when the company claims the'
j strikers were committing overt acts.
Washington, April 20 An opinion ,
! has been given the post office by the ;
' attorney general which has an im- j
portant bearing on the Great Northern !
j railroad strikes. The case arose
; in California where the strikers i
sought to interfere with trains car-
rying the United States mails. The ',
post office officials wanted to know if !
, under such circumstances they have
the right to call the aid of regular
troops in protecting the mails and se-
i curing uninterrupted transit
trains The attorney general hold?
that they have such right and that the
troops can be employed for sucn pur
pose where the local authority is in
sufficient. FIERCE WINDS.
It 1 Reported That lUutoui, 111-, lias
Been Totally Hestroyert. I
Streator, I1L, April 20. A violent j
wind and rainstorm visited this city j
Wednesday afternoon. irees were
blown down, several small buildings
wrecked and plate-glass fronts in the
business part of the city demolished.
A large frame school building which
was being moved to make room for a
new brick structure was wrecked. It
is rumored that the village of Hansom,
10 miles north, has been almost totally
destroyed, but the report cannot be
Springfield, I1L, April 20. A heavy
storm of wind, rain and hail visited
Springfield about noon Wednesday.
Tbe wind blew 40 miles an hour and
considerable damage is reported to
trees, fences and buildings in the coun
try. The bridge over the Sangamon
river at Carpenter's mill was destroyed.
Tbe hail covered the ground completely
and broke a great many windowa
Bloomington. I1L, April 20. Severe
local storms prevailed throughout this
region Wednesday and a great quan
tity of rain fell in McLean county.
This was most urgently needed for all
the crops, the grass especially.
The worst storm in many
years swept over White Oak
township and fce village of
Carleck at 12:30 p. m. The hail was
furious and the rain fell in sheets.
Barns and sheds were demolished and
all the plate glass in Carleck was
smashed. Several houses were torn
from the foundations. Lightning at
noon set fire to a barn in the north part
of the city and it was consumed.
ELECTRIC PLANT BURNED.
fire at Sacramento I'aralyzea the Street
Car Line Lous SSOO.OOO.
Sacramento, CaL. April 20. The en
tire electriq plant of the Capitol Gas
company, wfch holds the contracts for
lighting the city and running street
cars, was burned Wednesday morning.
Twenty-four dynamos were burned and
half a dozen of the most powerful en
gines on the coast were practically de
stroyed. The total loss amounts to
(330,000. Unless the car company can
make arrangements to secure horses to
operate its extensive lines the people
here will be entirely without streetcar
Wheat Damaged by Hall.
Topeka, Kan., April 20 Central and
southern Kansas and the Cherokee
strip were visited by a damaging hail
storm, followed by heavy rains, Tues
day evening, doing much damage to
growing crops and property. At King
man, Kan., the hailstones stripped the
trees and beat wheat and oats into the
Iowa Farmers Swindled.
Das Moines, la.. April 20. Confi
dence men have been swindling Iowa
farmers by buying their lands, giving
a large chec. in payment and getting
the difference in cash.
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
THE RETURN Or THE ROBIN.
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It is said that the robin redbreast never sings
rhlle he is spending the winter in the south.
Kobln la the apple tree.
Prithee slug thy soap to me;
Tell me, Robin, tell me true.
To what pleastint hind you Cew,
When the autumn passed away.
And gave place to winter day?
We have missed you now so long
Missed the music of your song;
Looked around for you In vum.
Through the sparkliiis. frosted pane.
And wondered where you had your nesV
Kubia witn the pay red breastl
Did the sunshine smile on you.
In that land to which you new?
Were there roses, blooming fair,
Scattering fragrance through the air;
Blossons on the orange tree,
H- auty on the silver sea
Where the pules throbbed and stirred
With the hong of aiocklng bird?
Did you tune your little throat.
And send forth a merry note.
Just as when you sang to me.
Last summer from the apple tree?"
To a beauteous land I strayed,
1 will tell you, little maid:
All thinjs there were fair and bright.
Life itself a rich delight:
Softly blew the balmy breeze,
Minsied with the hum of bees:
Deeply lustrous were the skies.
Vocal with sweet melodies.
And the streamlets laughed with glee
As they ran to join the- sea!
But my son? I could not sin?
1 was yearning for the srring:
Dreaming of p-ist happy hours,
'Slid the northern trees and flowers;
Longing for the promised day,
I couid rise aad nee away:
Now I'll sir.g my song to thee.
From this dear old apple tree!"
John V. Iiood. in Golden Day.
BATTLE VITH WOLVES.
Excltinsr Adventure of a Timber Hunter
in Urituh Columbia.
Of the very few instances of the gray
wolf attacking man. one is related by
John Fannin in Forest and Stream of
a Mr. King, who was a timber hunter
in British Columbia. Once, when trav
eling quite alone through an immense
forest, searching for the best timber,
and camping wherever night overtook
him, Mr. King suddenly fouDd him
self surrounded by a pack of be
tween forty and fiftv gray wolves.
They thoug-ht thev "had him foul.
j nl would lunch at his expense
they made one slight mistake. In
stead of being armed only with an ax,
as they supposed, he had a good re
peating rifle and plenty of cartridges.
"Well," said Mr. King, "the fight, if
it could be called one, lasted about
half an hour. Then a few of them
broke away into the timber and com
menced howling, which had the effect
AX AilKRICAX GRAY WOLF.
of drawing the rest after them, when
the whole band started away on the
full jump, howling as they went. I
found sixteen of their number dead,
and probably not a few were wounded."
As a rule, the gray wolf soon disap
pears from settled regions. In the
United States there is probably not
one wolf to-day where twenty years
ago there were fifty. The killing of
the ranchmen's cattle, colts and sheep
was not to be tolerated, and a bounty
was put on the gray wolf's head, with
fatal effect. More deadly than the
steel trap or the Winchester, the
strychnine bottle was universally
brought to bear upon his most vulnera
ble point his ravenous appetite. Even
during the last days of tire buffalo in
Montana, the hunters poisoned wolves
by hundreds, for their pelts, which
were worth from three to five dollars
each. Now it is a very difficult matter
to find a gray wolf, even in the wild
west, and in Montana and Wyoming
they are almost as scarce as bears. W.
T. Ilornaday, in St. Nicholas.
Snake Defeated by a f'rofr.
A 2orth Carolina farmer witnessed
a curious encounter between a black
snake and a huge bullfrog. The snake,
looking for his dinner, had seized the
frog by the hind legs and attempted to
swallow it, but the frog was not In
clined to consent. Seizing hold of a
bamboo brier with its mouth, it held
on like grim death, while the snake,
wrapping its tail around a convenient
Lhrub. pulled back with a will; but it
was no go. The frog held on firmly,
and, as the snake could not pull him
loose, it finally released its hold and
retired in search of something better.
The (inly Alternative.
Ealph Suppose a fellow's best girl
pets mad when he asks for a kiss?
Curtis Take it without asking.
Ralph Suppose she gets mad then?
Curtis Then he's got some other
fellow's girl. Brooklyn Life.
"That was real rude of Chumpleigh.
lie dropped a lump of ice down that
Boston girl s back."
"What did she dor'
"She soreaa!d 'fixel' " Puck.
1:-E&3 WW n
A FISH THAT FISHES.
The Cgly Lophins and now It Secures Ita
"Would you think. Tommy, that a
fish would be cruel enough to fish for
"Why not, mother, he has got to
make a living?"
"But why does he not catch worms
and bugs and snails and live on sea
weeds, instead of catching littl
"How docs he catch them, mother,
and what is his name? I never heard
of such a fish."
"One thing at a time. There are
many things. Tommy, that yon know
now, that you did not know a year
ago. It is a very silly thing to say. as
many girls and boys do, when told
anything. 'I never heard of that be
fore! Why should they have heard of
it? If they don't inquire and read,
and use their eyes, how are they to
learn anything they did not learn be
fore?" "Yes. mother, but do not many
fish catch and devour other fish?"
'Yes, Tommy, but this fish that I
was about to tell you of ia fisherman
and does not chase fishes, but catches
them as you do."
"What, does he go out with a fish
pole and an angleworm to fish?"
"Pretty nearly! He is called the
Lophius or fishing frog, or by some the
frog fish. It is a sea-fish, which is
shaped like n bull head or catfish, and
sometimes grows to the length of two
feet, but its head is more than half the
length of the fish. Its broad mouth is
armed with sharp, curved teeth, and it
catches its fiKxl in a very curious way.
It will settle down at the bottom of
the sea, where the water is shallow,
and lie in wait with its mouth wide
open. On the front of its head are
antenna1, or 'horns,' I suppose you
would call them, being long flexible
spikes, shaped like a whip, which
end in a silvery ornament like the
cracker on the whip. Then, as he lies
there, almost invisible in the mud. he
sees with his half-shut eyes, a small
fish come playing along, like a boy go
ing to school and looking in the win
dows to find goodies."
'Mamma, does he go to a school of
"Tommy, you must listen: when the
little fish sees this silvery bait dangling
in the water, he thinks it must be
something good to eat, and says to
himself: "O, here is a chance to get my
dinner cheaply.' So he plays about it
awhile, as the Lophius or 'loafer,' as we
had better call him. waches the little
fellow through half-shut eyes. Then
the little fish rushes at the bait, and
tries to swallow It, when frog fish
jumps forward and catches the little
fish in his big mouth, and devours him,.
while the mud stirred up at the bot
tom spreads in a yellow cloud through
the water and hides the murder.'" N-
THE OBEDIENT EGG.
How to Blake It a Source ot Veritable Mj.
tery to Tour Friend.
Some curious tricks can be performed
with eggs prepared in the following
way: l'ierce an egg with a pin. and
empty the contents of the shelL When
the interior is quite dry, pour into it
some fine sand until a fourth of the
shell is filled. Then seal the hole with
a drop of white wax. You can then
place the egg on the edge of a knife or
the margin of the decanter, and it will
6tay where you put iL Take care to
shake the egg well before placing it in
any of these positions, and thus bring
the center of gravity to the place
THE OBEDIENT EOJ.
where you desire it to be. To make a
disobedient e?g introduce into an
empty egg shell some grains of shot -and
sealing wax. Close the hole, and
hold the shell over a flame until the
wax inside has melted. The shot and
wax will then adhere to the bottom of '
the egg. When cool place the egg on
the table, and it will stand upright,
like the one shown in our illustration.
The egg will be a source of mystery to
your friends, as it will refuse to assume
any other position.
A Camp Prayer Meeting
During the war with England im
1812, Gen. Jackson, commanding the
American army at New Orleans, issued
an order that work of every descrip
tion should be suspended on the Sab
bath, and that all uncommon noise in
the camp was strictly prohibited on
that day of the week. The following
Sunday one of the officers of the gen
eral s staff reported to him that a num
ber of soldiers had assembled, and in
violation of his orders had opened a
prayer meeting, and were singing and
"Go and join them," replied the gal
lant old f-oldier; "and request that they
will not forget me in their prayers.
God forbid that praying should be an
nncommon noise in my camp." Har
per's Young Feople.
Cruelty to Animals.
Two little girls, whose father was
an earnest member of the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
were taken to a menagerie by a visit
ing aunt. When they retrtmed their
"I hope yon didn't see any cruelty to
the poor beasts."
"Oh yes, papa," said the older girL.
"there was one case of iL"
"What was it?"
"Why, the lion-tamer put his head
right in the lion's mouth "
"Well, what was cruel about that?
"Why, you could see, just as plain a
could be. that the horrid man had hair
oil on his head!
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