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value encountered no last than flva whalai
Ui became famous as terrors of the sea,
They wr "Mocha Dirk," "Spotted Tom,--Shy
Jck,M "Ugly Jim" and "Fighting
Joe." Theas names were of eourss gireo
them by the sailors, but they came to bs
known to whalers of all nation. You may
-Chink it curious that ona whala oould t
identified from another of the same sis
ami species, but it was no more difScult
than to identify particular bona in a
4ro of several hundred. In other words,
-ajaca leriathaa baa soma peculiar mark or
-characteristic of his own, and if sighted ,
wo or three times can be identified forever
"Mocha Dick" headed the list of terron
i the start and kept his place for nine-
i long years. Ko whale was so fiercely
hunted, and none ever created so much
-jUtt-TB? among the banters. What I ara
Lo(ns to telt yau is partly a matter of pub
lished record in England, Scotland and
America,, and was partly glaaved from
Vantacketand New Bedford whalen who
- battled with the cachelot time after time,
to suffer defeat on each occasion.
On the 6th day of July, IMO, the English
rhaKng brig Desmond, being then 215
enlles due west of the port of Valparaiso,
Chili, sighted lone whale which breached
hln fall length above the surface about two
Bailee away. Tbe boats were lowered, but
before they were within halt a mile of the
whale be slewed around bead on to them
aad 4vanoed to meet them. lie struck
ana boat with his head and drove her un
der stern first and then chewed her up.
fie then sounded and was lost te sight for
Sftees minutes. When he came up tt
was to lift the other boat thirty feet high
em bis head, and of course she was com
spletely shattered. Oan and planks were
4fround fine by hi teeth as he wallowed
-about, and two men were drowned before
Che whale finally went slowly otT to the
anrth. This was "Mocha Dick's" Intro
elaotioa to the blubber hunters. lie was
tthe largest whale any one aboard the brig
Tsad ever seen, and across bis head was a
car abont eight feet long, which showed
almost white on the gray-black back
ground. It was by this scar he was ever
The next craft to encounter "Mocha
Dick" was the Russian bark Sarcpta.
This was on the 30th of August, almost
rtwo months later, and she was fully 600
rattUeetothe south ot the spot where he
was first seen. Bhe lowered two boats for
lone whale and killed him! The bark
was three miles away, and beating down
'to the whale under light breeze, when
"Mocha Dick suddenly shot out of water
between the vessel and the boats. Sch
was his Impetus that nearly his full length
maid be traced before he fell with a crash
which could have been heard for miles
around. As soon as oe had righted him
elf be made straight for the boats. One
of them passed around the dead whale be
fore be got up, but the other was caught
by the sweep ot his jaw as he came on
ad knocked to pieces. He then took up
' his position beside the dead whale and ro
Jstained quiet for half an hour, during
which Interval the other boat pulled off to
Three men had been lost, and a fourth
"had both arms broken, while the sailors
bad been given such a fright that they
- wild not be Induced to attack. The vessel
bang about the spot for three hours, hop
dag the fierce leviathan would take him-
elf off, but finally had to sail away and
leave him In possession. The dead whale
was taken possession of two days later by
' the whaling ship John Uruce, of Nantucket,
but it was no longer guarded.
The next authentia record of "Mocha
Dick" was furnished by the Bristol
'Whaler John Day, in May ot the year fol-
lowing. She was then to the east of the
Falkland Islands, and was trying out blub
ber as she drifted with a light breeze. At
S o'clock in the afternoon a gigantic whale
breached within 800 feet ot her, shooting
his full length out of water, and raising
uch a sea by his fall that the ship rolled
as if la a gale. The whale then swam slow
ly about, and as soon as the men caught
eight ot his head they identified biia as
"Mocha Dick." His actions were menac
ing, but the captain at once decided to at
lack him. . Three boats wcro lowered, and
as the whale mode off to windward the
adrst mate put a harpoon into him. This
was the first Iron "Mocha Dick" had ever
felt. He sounded at once and ran for three
miles, and when he came up tt was to slue
around and head for the bout. Iris action
was so unexpected and his speed so great,
that be caught the boat unprepared ami
tan right over it.
As it went under he stopped short and
'turned as on a pivot, beating the water all
the time with flukes which measured
-twenty-four feet across. Nothing was leit
-of the boat but splinters, and two of her
crew were killed or drowned. The other
two boats advanced to the attack, but be
fore they were near enough to dart, the
whale settled away like a lump of lead.
One of the boats got hold of the floating
line, but bad scarcely secured it when the
tricky fighter came up under the other and
sent it skyward with the bottom knocked
-out. He then pivoted and thrashed the
.-surface as before, and another man was
lost and two others severely injured.
The crew had had enough of "Mocha
Dick," and while he hauled off and lay
waiting for another attack the remaining
1oat was hauled up and the ship sneaked
away. The English captain had vowed
' that if he ever encountered that w'hale he
would kill him or lose his whole outfit of
uen and boats, but an hour's fighting satis
SeA him that he had undertaken too big a
. The particulars of the several encounters
. vrecorded above were soon known to all
whalers. Some captains decided to let
"Mocha Dick" severely alone, while others
were ambitious to secure the credit of kill
ing him. However, he disappeared after
he fight with the John Day, and was not
eea again for seventeen months. It had
come to be generally believed that he had
4ied of old age or been killed in a fight
with another whalo, when he suddenly
tamed up in the Pacific ocean off the east
coast of Japan.
Here occurred the battle of his life. A
wasting craft had been blown off the coast
fcy a heavy gale and was making her way
jack. It was about an hour after day
Sight, when a big whale was seen to breach
about two miles away. It was passed over
aw a trifling Incident, but ten or fifteen
ninutes iater the leviathan was discovered
-rushing down in the wake of the craft
nth ail the steam be could put on. He
was so close aboard and the sight of him
threw the natives into such terror that no
effort was made to escape him. He struck
the craft on her stern and wrecked her in
an instant, and pieces ot the wreckage
were carried away in his ' jaws as he
nerved to port and swam slowly away.
As the cargo of the coaster was of lumber,
the men soon knocked together a raft. The
craft did not go down,but sank until her
. -docks were awash, and the men had not
yet put off on their raft, when three whal
ing vessels appeared in sight all at once.
These proved to be the Glasgow whalar
Crieff, the New Bedford whaler Yankee
and the English whaler Dudley.
All had heard of "Mocha Dick," but all
thought him dead. By 6 o'clock the three
halm wre np and had heaai the stftry,
but "Moeha Dkk" had dlsapptarnl aa
bwir lf.,r. It was erf" to WBarata
and sran-h for him. and that if he were
found alt tar ship should lake part la
the attack and share is the credit of rid
ding the deep of such a terror. They did
tot bare to bunt for the fellow, however.
While the captains wer planning he ud
deniy showed np about a mile to wind
ward. Aft his bmiI fiwfcUw h earn to
tbeaurfaee under such headway that ha
anmed to stand upright on the tip of hie
Sake before he fell orer an his side with a
crash like the full of creat building. He
wallowed about for a time, and then
slued around head to the whalen and re
mained perfectly quiet. He seemed to be
asking what they were going to do about
it, and the qnry was answered by tha fall
of a boat from each vessel.
These bad oaly pulled away when three
more wen ewered to support them. Lots
had been cast as to which boat should hav
tha firat show, and tbe honor had fallea to
the Yankee. Her boat took a circuit to
approach the whale from behind, while the
other two lay on their oan to wait The
whale seemed for a time to be asleep, but
all of a sudden settled away so quick that
every one was dumfounded. He was
about to try his eld dodge of coming np
under a boat, and each one of them was
pulled away from the spot and a sharp
watch kept for signs of his breaching.
It was twenty minutes before "Mocha
Dick" showed up again. He had hoped to
eatch a boat, but all were too lively for
him, and while be lay wallowing In the
seas his fall had created the mate of the
Yankee put a harpoon Into him. The old
fighter humped up as tbe iron went In,
and for five minutes seemed to have been
struck dead. Then be made a rush for the
Scotchman's boat, ran right over it, and
slued about for tbe Englishman. It was
onlling away from him when be rushed
again, caught It with a swing of bis lonr
under jaw, and the onlookers beheld a
spectacle none of them ever forgot. The
whale lifted bis great bead clear outoi
water with the beat in his mouth, and at
one bite made matchwood of it and pulp
of two of tbe crew who had been unable to
tumble out The crew of the two boat
were now floating on the oan, and the
whale pivoted and lashed the sea with hit
Dukes to destroy them. In this manner be
killed two men, but one of the reserve
boats came up In gallant style and rescued
The Yankee's boat was the only one fast
to tbe whale, and after vainly trying to
seize or smash it "Mocha Dick" suddenly
started for tbe wreck of tbe coaster, which
was floating two miles away. He made a
straight coarse, and the three captains
were agreed that bis speed, when fairly un
der way, was not less than thirty miles aa
hour. As he struck the wreck he bore It
down, and it rose behind h'.M bottom side
Dp. To prevent a collision the boat bad to
cut ber line, and the whale soon sounded
and was lost to sight. Tbe boat started
bock, but had not yet reached the ships
when tbe flghtirg leviathan breached un
der the 1kw of the Scotchman and carried
away jibboom and bowsprit with a smash.
He bad planned to come up under the ship,
but bad missed It As he fell upon his side
and rolled over on an even keel, so to speak,
he made a rush for the Yankee' boat. Ha
was so close on that all the crew went over
board, and he picked the light craft up and
chewed it as a horse does his oats.
Had it been calm "Mocha Dick" might
have sunk the Beet Luckily the breeze
kept growing stronger, and as soon as the
men from tbe Yankee's boat could be
picked up the three crafts set all sail and
beat an inglorious retreat, leaving tne
whale hunting about for more victims.
From first to last "Mocha Dick" bad nine
teen harpoons put into him. He stove
fourteen boats and caused the death ot
over thirty men. He stove three whaling
vessels so badly that they were nearly lost
and he attacked and sunk a French mer
chantman and an Australian trader. H
was encountered ia every ocean and on
every known reeding ground, lie was
killed off tbe Brazilian banks In August,
1859, by a Swedish whaler, which gathered
him in with scarcely any trouble, but it has
always been believed that peor old "Mocha
Dick" was dying of old age. lie measured
110 feet long; his girth was 5? feet; his jaw
was 85 feet 6 inches long. Eight of his
teeth were broken off and all others badly
worn down. His big head was a mass of
scars, and he had apparently lost the sight
ot bis right eye.
Aa Elephant's Palate.
Sir Samuel W., Baker, In "His Wild
Beasts and Their Ways," tells an anec
dote humorously illustrative of the whims
of a tame elephant, belonging to the police
This elephant was fed with rice aud
plantains. The stems of the plantains
were split and cut into transverse sections,
two feet in leugth. Three-quarters of a
pound of rice were placed within each tube
of plantain stem. One dBy, while the ele
phant was being fed, a lady offered the
animal a small sweet biscuit It was taken
in the trunk, and almost immediately
thrown on the ground.
The mahout or driver, thinking that the
elephant bad behaved rudely, picked up
the biscuit and Inserted it in a parcel of
rice within a plantain stem. This was
placed in the elephant's mouth, and at tbe
very first crunch it showed its disgust by
spiuing out the whole mess. The small
biscuit had disgusted the animal, and for
several minutes it tried by its Inserted
trunk to rake out every atom from its
tongue and throat.
Autographs That Are Scarce.
It Is said by a Chicago dealer that an
autograph letter from Andrew Johnson
will bring a higher price than one from
any other of our presidents. Johnson did
not learn to write until he was married.
and he never used the pen down to the day
of his death when he could avoid doing so.
Consequently he wrote very few letters,
and any autograph dealer will pay fifty
dollars for a genuin" Andrew Johnson
without a moment's hesitation. Lincoln's
autograph letters are less valuable than
Johnson s; they stand about on a par with
Washington's, but a great deal depends
upon the subject and character of tbe let
The first mirrors of which there is any
record were in use among the Israelites In
the time of Moses, and were made of brass.
When the Spaniards first landed in South
America tbey found mirrors of polished
black stone in use among the natives. The
first mirror of solid silver was made by
Pasi teles in the time of Julius Caesar. In
the Fifteenth century the first glnss mir
rors were made in Germany by a blowpipe,
and were convex. The first manufactory
of glass miners for sale was established in
Venice early in the Sixteenth century.
New York Sua.
A Coj's Sense of Smell.
Half the head of a horse or adult dog Is
nose. It is probable therefore that the
dog's mind is based essentially on impres
sions of smell. He perceives the erafty
Ulysses through all disguises that hide
him from huumn detectien, sniffs him and
is satisfied. The stories of the faithful
dog crawling to his master's picture and
licking the boots of it show a lamentable
want of imagination even of common ob
servation. London Globe.
Removes Finger Marks.
Borax should be used to remove finger
marks from a hard wood door. Ammonia
will take off the varuush or stain. New
A Slander on the Sex, '
Yon can't argue with a woman; the best
thing you can do is to let her argue with
you. Elmira Gazette.
A riala Tata af tll-a Taat Umt raw
always spoke of them as "Our Jlina"
They were two of the bmt mea ia earn
and "brt" meant a good dl In those
daya When tbe Orange gtrlch mea earn
ever to jump our claim it was ear two
Jims who rallied as todrivethem off, leav
ing six dea4 mn to be buried ia tbe even
ing. When the toughs and rotrgtu of Old
Man's hill laid elaim to our diggings aod
appeared two to one to drive us off, it was
Our Jims again who led the van and to-
fabled as to win the victory.
Jim who? Jim what? I do not know.
No one hut themselves knew. Now sad
then some miner gave his full name, but
we had bo use for it We were Jim and
Bill and Pete to each other, and that alone.
Oar Jims were not quarrelsome mea
Big reen and brave men never are. Tbey
tented together and were "pards," and bow
It came abont that tbey fell out none of ns
ever learned. One morning, when they
had been tentmates for many months, one
Jim packed up and left camp. He bail
Dotbina to say nothing beyond the state
ment that "Me and Jim is out." The Jim
who remained made no statement what
ever. Among ourselves we shmi tnere nau
been a hot word dropped and picked up
just when both men were out f sorts. It
was bard work, that bnnting for gold.
We worked likeslavesand lived far werse.
and tentmates quarreled very often.
In a day or two we saw that tbe Jim
ho remained was troubled in his mind.
He had been too proud to hold out his,
hand and ask the other Jim to stay, but
now it was hurting him. He grew sullen
and morose, and uow and then he paused
In in work aud looked np tbe tmlrwith u
longing look in his eyes a longing to sen
the other Jim returning to camp. Five or
six days had passed when a Chinaman
came Into camp with a note for Jim. It
was written wltb a blackened suck on a
piece of brown paper, and read:
JiM-It's a case of smallpox, and I won't ask
jrou to come. It's Just to say I'm sorry w fell
out and to bid you good by. Jim.
It took three or four of us bait an hour
to make.out the badly written and mis-,
spelled message, and when we had finished
Our Jim will k mi away to bis tent and began
to pick up. Tbe snowclouds were bank
ing up in the west, and it was plain that a
bad storm was at hand, ike otuer Jim
was twenty-eight miles away, sick and
alone in a rude cabin at the abandoned
diggings of Crazy Woman's orcek. The
trail led over the mountain and through
valleys thick with scrub and rough with
bowlders, and tha Chinaman was com
pletely broken down when he reached us.
"You won't start with that storm com
ing onr" we said to Jim as he came out of
his tent with a pack on his back.
"Jim wants me goodbyl" he replied,
and in five minutes he was out of sight.
An hour later we were all driven to
shelter, and for three days and night
there was never a break In the storm.
There wasn't a tent on the diggings in sight
when the fourth morning came every one
snowed out of sight. If we hadn't been
snowed under we should have been frozen
to death by the cutting winds. Jim
couldn't have made those twenty-eight
miles in less than a day with no snow un
der his feet. We knew that be must have
perished in that storm before midnight.
It was a long three weeks before tbe
snow went off, and then two of us went up
the trail All day long we looked for the
dead body of tbe Jim who had started out
before the storm, but we did not discover
It An hour before dark we came to the
abandoned diggings and caught sight of
the single shanty left standing. We should
find the other Jim In there dead. Step
by step we advance, dreading to look in,
and yet feeling that we must. The door
was fast, but the fierce gusts had torn
loose some ot the light boards at a corner,
and we had a view ot the interior. Lying
on a blanket on tbe earth, with another
partly covering them, and lying face to
face with an arm over each other, were
two dead men Our Jims. The one who
had sent the Chinaman might have been
raving in delirium when the other reached
him through that awful storm, but he
heard his voice and knew it. The one who
fought his way over that snowbound trail,
stumbling, falling, praying buoyed up by
the hope he would not be too late, could do
nothing after his Journey was ended
nothing but to lie down and die beside his
partner. M. Quad.
A Boy's Charity.
One night not long ago General Swayne,
of New York, was going up town on a
Fourth avenue car. Ho tucked his crutches
under his arm to investigate his pockets
and found that he had no money.
"I suppose I shall have to get off," he
said to the conductor. The conductor said
he supposed he would.
Then up spoko a voice from the bottom
of the car. It belonged to a small, one
legged newsboy, who had to depend oa
crutches as General Swayne did.
"There's a pair of us," said the boy. "I'll
lend you a nickel to pay for your ride."
The oiler touched the general's heart,
for it was plain that a desire to spare his
pride had led the boy to call it a loan. He
said to himself that some time he would
pay the five cents back with interest
He asked the boy s address. The lad
gave it, but told him it diun t matter.
hen Mrs. Swayne, at her husband s re
quest, drove to the address of the boy who
had pitied ber husband she found that he
was dead. The debt could not be paid to
him, but he bad left a mother and some
little brothers, who have profited by their
brother's loan. Boston Transcript
She node on the Rear Platform.
The car was so crowded that one woman
was obliged to stand on the rear platform,
although it was storming. One man stand
ing inside elbowed his way out to make
room for her. She thanked him and
stepped just inside the door, where it was
a trifle more comfortable.
Then the well dressed American hog saw
his chance. He hadn't done anything to
show that he had recently escaped from a
cattle car for perhaps ben minutes. He had
been content to stand on the platform be
fore, but he was not now. He pushed into
the car after the woman in spite of the half
uttered protest of the man who had come
outside to make room for her.
There was not room for both. He saw
that and she saw it His elbow struck her
in the chest and she sat down in the lap of
another woman near the door. She man
aged to get up and apologize to the womau,
but she couldn't remain standing where
she was, and he was standing where she
had stood a moment before. She did the
only thing possible under the circum
stances went out on the platform and
overheard the following conversation be
tween two mea who had seen the whole
"It seems to make him a bit proud and
overbearing, doesn't it?"
"The arrangement that let him into Ger
many." "Oh, he couldn't get in under that sys
tem." "Why not?"
"He couldn't stand Jerry Rusk's Inspec
tion." It was on a North State street car at 6
o'clock Wednesday night. Any of the
other passengers who see this will recog
nize it, but the one who Is barred from
Germany will wonder who is meant They
always do. Chicago Tribune.
A Young Man's Sad Fate.
First Little Boy I'm awful glad I ain't
a young man.
Second Little Boy Why Is you?
First Little Boy 'Cause a young mai
can't have any fun on the ice. The girls is
always wantin his help. Good News.
ME TOUNG FOLKS' CORNER.
A Highland Boy Remark of Creat
Man Undr Strang Circum
tanca -Doctor Archla--Brothln
A Hlghlanl Bey,
Waiter vai a little Highland boy;
that is. he lived among the Highlands
of Scotland. There was no chimney
to the poor little house where be lived,
for none of the people near Walter's
house had chimneys fifty years ago.
"It is cold here," said Walter's
mother, "and we have no peat. What
shall we do?"
"Don'.t trouble yourself about it,
mother," answered Walter. "Neighbor
Campbell has a fine lot of peat. It has
not been long ont of the boa. He will
surely lend us some. I will go for it."
So tdie boy threw his bright plaid
over himself, and hurried to the
neighbor's. He soon returned with
the peat. This is used by the Irish
and Scqtch as coal or wood is used by
us. After this peat is prepared for
burning it is called turf.
Walter built the lire under a hole in
the roof, through which the smoke
could escape. His mother, who was
sick in the bed, had fallen asleep while
he had been gone; so, not wishing to
awaken her, he threw back the
blanket, which was the only door to
the hovel, and ran out-doers to play.
In about an hour his father came
into the house. The wife was still
"I'm sorry that fire is built under
the opening of tha ropf," he said to
himself. "There's a storm coming,
and the rain wilt fall on the fire nnd
put it out. The fire should have
been buflt in another part of the
room. It won't hurt the smoke to
go around the room before it fiflds a
chance to get out. But I'll not move
the fire now, for fear the noise will
The Scotch chd not seem to think
the smolte would do them harm as it
filled their rooms, nor did they seem
to care if it covered their floors and
ceiling and walls with soot.
Walter's father took a stick and
wrote this in the soot on the wall:
"Walter, when it begins to rain, put
the fire in another part of the room,
so it will not go out, and make
the house tpo cold for your mother.
I must go to my work."
"The little boy reached the house
just in time to move the fire before
the storm came. Harper's Young
Remark of Craat Men Under
. The battle of the Nile was fought
August 1, 1798, between the French
and English fleets. Sir Horatio Nel
son was in command of the latter,
and as the engagement was about to
begin he exclaimed, "Victory or West-
nnat-AM A ViKatH" A rsul irifrktir if wan
W,hen Charles IX. of Sweden, at the
age of nineteen'yaars, foueht and de
feated a large body oi Russians at
Narva in 1700, Peter ths great, who
led his army, had several horses shot
tinder him, and while exchanging a
dead steed for a more useful one after
a repetition of the occurrences, he re
marked, "These people seem disposed
to give me exercise." And events
proved the truth of the prophecy.
The mace is an emblem of author
ity and use in our Congress as well as
in the English Parliament, and though
it is merely a symbol, it commands
respect; but it was never so insulted
as when Oliver Cromwell stalked into
the Enclish House to disperse the
members and dissolve the parliament.
The mace lav in its regular place, and
when Cromwell saw it, he must have
sneered at the peity symbol, for he
called one of his soldiers, ana ordered,
"Take away that bauble." So, as
the mace was carried out, the doors
were locked and Parliament effectual
The message of Commodore Perry
is better known. The battle of Lake
Erie had taken place, and the British
Heet were defeated. Then tne com
modore sent to General Haorison,
(rrn.ndfa.thpr of t-ho nresent liresinent.
his famous dispatches, "we nave met
the eneniv, and they are ours." It
was but a little longer than Ca;sar's,
"I came. I saw, I conquered.
An English General, however, made
tbe record for brevity w hen, after he
had conquered trie province of Scinde
in India, he sent a punning despatch
m the one word. Feccavi, which, as
our young Latin students know,
means, "I have sinned." Harper's
A Marine Paradox.
Many of you have stood on the
beach nt the seaside, .md watched the
seas rollina in heavy breakers after a
storm, curling and crashing iuto
volumes of foam and broken water,
with such force as to send them
sweeping up ajniost to your feet. It
is through such waves that men who
follow the sea must at times pass in
reaching the shore; but not through
one or 'two on a smootn, ouick-
shelving beach, but through thirty or
forty, perhaps, covering a .mile of
treacherous shoals, and at places
surging between jagged reefs and huge
With intense interest we read of
dreadful shipwrecks almost every
week. The survivors tell how.the big
ship labored and strugcled througl
monster billows and shrieking wind,
under black Hying clouds and amid
lagged streaks of lightning, until,
niastless. and helpless, she lay Tex
hausted in the trough of the sea, n'n'd
passively received the crashing deluge
ol merciless waves until sue sank
Thev tell how' they, poor puny
human beings, clung to ht'lm and
pumps till the great ship's struggles
were over, and it became evident that
she could carry them no longer; then
how they hastily threw n cask of
water and a few provisions into some
remaining boat, and at a favorable
moment launched upon the angry
waters in a cratt so trail that it seem
ed as if all on board were doomed to
Here always comes the strangest
rmrt of their narrative. Read all such
accounts carefully, and you will lind
that in nearly every case where such a
little boat is saiely launched irom an
abandoned ship, it floats and drift
for days and even weeks on the open
ocean, livinc through the dreadful
tempest which wrecked the big
ship, sailing buoyantly through calm
er seas, and finally bringing the sur.
vrvor wftnin iisht of other hip or
lands. 6t. Nicholas.
Archie's father was a nhvsician. aad
as Afchie was allowed the run of the
office he often heard lota of talk pars
ing between tbe doctor ana nut pa
One day a lady called tosee Archie
father, and as the doctor was not in
she sat down in the office to wait for
him. Archie passed ti open door,
and attracted by tha lady's smile he
I'm Doctor Arehie!"heannonnced,
'Oh, are you?" said thelady, bright
ly. "Tli en perhaps you can examine
my lungs, and 1 snail not nave to ware
for your papa."
"Oh yes, ciied Archie, "loan 'xam-
ine lungs! Yo jus' t.aice off your
cloak, an' see if I can't!"
The lady laughed, and entering into
the spirit of tbe play laid aside her
Archie pressed his ear against the
ady's hack precisely as he had seen
his fai her do. After a minute np came
the little face flushed and eager.
i CHir lungs elearin up, he said;.
'Your lungs elearin' up a good deal!
But you : don't breave very well; I
shall have to dfv you somefin for
Let me feel your pulse," Archie
went on, reaching out his small fingers
for her wrist. He took a toy watch
from his pocket, and looked at it
teadilv for a few seconds. "Your
pttse is up to free hundred an' ten!"
helsaid, at last. "I'm 'fraid you're
doin' to be sick. Papa's dot his fer-
mometer, I dess; but I can tell what
your temp'rature is I tink it's 'bout
four below zero!"
"O papa," cried Archie, "Ive 'xam-
ined her lungs, an' saved you lots of
ouble! It a awful hard to i amino
tings, isn t it.
A Strange Castaway,
The passengers upon one of the
Hudson River ferry-hoats a few days
ago witnessed a rather unique incident
shortly after the boat left her slip.
Whirling along upon the out-going
tide came a piece of rotten ice about
the size of a barrel head, and lying in
the center of it was something that
looked like an old gray muff. As the
boat drew near, the bit of gray sud
denly became upright, and was seen
to be a lit" le and niucn ingntenea
rabbit. His journey had been a long
one, for his attenuated body showed
that some time had passed since he
had last eaten, while parts of his fur
were frozen as stiff as the legendary
sitting on his haunches, with one
ear drooping in a mildy pathetic way,
his black eyes gazed appealingly up
ward at the row ot faces which lined
the rail, and some twenty-five sympa
thetic females remarked "Poor thing!"
m chorus. If he had any hopes of
rescue, the unfortunate nttia antmai
was doomed to bitter disappointment,
lor the boat swept on, and after
plunging wildly about in it wake, the
craft which bore the tiny voyager
continued its whirling course toward
the open sea. New i. ork Commercial
Comparative Safety of Lartfe and
Small Boats at Sea.
I have said that the little loat
usually brings its occupants safely
within sight of a ship or land. It you
are ever so cast away, choose that
you may sight a snip rather tnan
and. Only too often the fierce storm
is weathered, and the hopeful crew sail
over hundreds of miles of sunny
seas, almost as if on a pleasure-trip,
uniu me giau Bignt oi lauu greets meir
eyes, and their trouDies seem put a
dream of the past, when suddenly
they are plunged through a mass of
white and broken water, and amid
the roar of crashing waves the littlo
boat is lifted and twisted and flung
about till dashed into fragments upon
jagged rookspwhile those survivors of
teinblejstorm and shipwreck, of un
counted miles of open ocean are
thrown upon the sunny beach which
gladdened their hearts, cruelly batter
ed or perhaps even lifeless! Almost
always, too, this is due to their not
knowing how to handle their boat at
this crowning, critical moment when
but a few hundred yards remain of a
thousand-mile journey from ship to
shore. St. Nicholas.
Good morning, Dolk Did you
sleep well?" Patty climbed down
from her little bed and peeped out of
the window. "Dear me, she said, "I
guess this will be a good day for sun
I suppose you think from this that
the sun was shining andthelittlebirds
singing. But you are wrong. Mhe sky
was covered with dark clouds and the
rain was pouring. Not a bird could
be heard and the flowers were hanging
dow-n their heads. What did Patty
mean by its being a good day for sun
shine. Last night, grandma had said to
her: "There is no sunshine so bright
as a cheery little face. One little child
can fill the whole house with sunshine
on the darkest day."
"I m going to try it to-day, said
After she was dressed and had said
her prayers, she weot down stairs.
bhe had a sweet smile for every one,
and tried all dayto be kind and lov
ing. That night, grandma said, "I think
God is very good to give us such a
dear little Sunshine."
Would not every little boy and girl
like such a sweet name? Christian
Brothers In Distress.
Little Roland Q , an orphan who
had been accustomed during the life
of 'his parents to generous nurture
and even to indulgence, went after
thei-death to live with an uncle, who
believed in severe treatment . of chil
dren. The boy was put at once upon
a plain diet of oatmeal, bread and
buKer, a little meat and a carefully
regulated allowance of fruit.
This thf1 poor boy regarded as next
door to starvation; and he ate" so
little that it was remarked in his pres
ence that he was growing thin.
One day his uncle took him out to
walk in the suburb where he lived.
While they were walking they met a
friend of the uncle s who was accom
panied by a large greyhound.
The boy had never seen a dogofthis
sort before, and was greatly aston
ished by his thinness. Heiooked very
sympathet ically at the animal.
"Ah," said the dog's owner to Ro
land, "you think he's pretty thin,
don t your
"Y-yes;" said the boy; "does he live
with his uncle?"
Roland's allowance of meat was
considerably increased after this inci
dant, and now and then he was even
allowed a bit of pastry.
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