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About The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894 | View Entire Issue (June 30, 1892)
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J YOUNG FOLKS
ING F EADING FOR THE
VS AND GIRLS.
Lighthouse The Brain
-Kn aw the Defendant
one t A Natural
' i t to a Lighthouse.
'cr lived in a nice brick
-e to the tower, and also
ite. Unlocking the tower
-,:iin to climb the iron stair
s round and round inside
end swims. It was very
n't renember any windows
p and up we went, quite
slol. the keeper leading until the
stair v -tern ed tr run right up against
thecil'Mg; butt'iekeeperpushed abolt
asidf i: pped ip one more step, and
aflo j iot' lil rcame down upon us.
atWi 1 1 opened an iron trap-door, and
we " ' t '.p through the opening. It
V tatiht fit, I tell you. I don't
think it could have been more than
eighteen inches squaie, and I could
just squeeze through.
There we were at last, on the top,
close to the lantern. I can't describe
it scientifically but it was a beauty.
All of brass and thick plate glass,
both wonderfully polished. In the
oentfe was the lamp, wh'ch holds two
quarts of kerosene oil; but the light
uses nearly four quarts every night,
between sunset and sunrise. So,
each night, at about midnight, the
second lamp full of oil has to be set
in place. Think cf that, boys! Every
night in the year, at midnight, that
keeper has to get out of a warm bed,
climb the long stairs, and change the
lamp. It may be a cold winter
night, the thermometer below zero,
jvith a furious gale shaking the tower
And ('riving the spray clear over the
top. JNjo matter; tho lamp must be
The lantern star Is about two and
a half wet 'h. 'nan iron pedestal
as ah,i i clock-work attach
ment, 4 neavy weight, which
hangs Aalt-i.., down the tower, in a
groovl in the wall.
The keeper puts in a big key and
turnjytj once or twice. "Now watch."
he says: and then slowly, very slowly,
the whj)le lantern begins to move.
"It tuins around once in thret
minute," he says, "and shows a Hash
o' le for a quarter of a minute,
. overy half-minute. At that point
j ie southeast it shows that red
: there. That's what wo call the
. cactor." '
Why does it?" r
There is dangerous shoal in that
iow you will know what a "sec
sin a lighthouse,
i. '& is room to wan. Dund the
., t: ri, but a man six feet .igh would
'. a enly two inches space above his
: 1 hat! The sides of the tower hero
. thick panes of beautifully clear
.-, almost half an inch thick; yet
n; :ti,nes they are broken. By what
voii think? Why, by wild ducks
S gec.se flying against them, dazzled
feit'.ttle room in which we are is
; the big panes ot glass around
large leaved, climbing shrubs that in
June hang their purplish-blue bios
Boms in areat clusters upon frames or
over doorways, or high up on the
front of houses and cottages. He
found it out this way: Wishing to
keej) some seeds of the Chinese wis
taria, he picked a few of the pods that
follow the fall of tbe flowers in au
tumn, and laid them upon a mantel
piece in his warm study. Midwinter
canie, and one day the gentleman was
astonished to hear a fcharp, crack,
like a finy pistol-shot, and to see ono
of the seeds fly across the room, frdm'
its bursting pod on the mantel. It
struck against the wall as if trying to
pass through it. He laid the
other pods away in paper, and a
day or two later heard the sharp lit
tle reports made by their snapping
open. This vine, then, is not content
that its seeds shall simply fall to the
ground at its root, and there spring
up into growth, but the pods wait un
til they have become so tense, with
drying and shrinking, that they can
hold theiredges together at the seam
no longer. Then they fly apart with a
spring that hurls the seeds many
yards, so that new vines may spring
up far from the old one. As this
goes on year after year, you can easi
ly see how rapidly these wistarias, if
allowed to grow, would spread them
selves over almost any extent of coun
try. St. Nicholas.
BIIj be opened, and though there
yellow shade to each one, f
l' ltlht faint with tho heat.
1 0,o down again, through tho
)-door, into the dark tube ot
r, where our footfalls ring
li the iron stairs and the cold
Is. How cool and refreshing
t the little tot) room! Down
J:lm''nd we go, until once more
""tf'.'Ji is reached, and we step
H,,mi the grass again St. Nich
K'lvtatamral friend, Mr. Ernest
rut sends him a bit of news
hwii ot the wistarias those
A Brlfrht Little Clrl,
In a parlor car, the father sat on
one side of the aisle, and the mother
and their 8-year-old daughter sat on
the other side. The father was a good
looking young man, and there was
nothing about his appearance to show
that he was in any way connected
with the little girl and her mother
across tho aisle. 1 he mother was
reading a novel; tho litt le girl was read-
a spelling-book. The pretty young
woman in the next seat cast sheep-
eyes at tho father, who looked flatter
ed but embarrased. Then the vouna
woman coughed and thefathcr winked.
The whole carload of passengers ex
cept the mother saw the play. The
8-year-oM daughter watched him
from behind her book. When it had
gone far enough she read aloud. "The
cat sees a rat."
"Husl'i," said the mother, "read to
your sell, dear, and she returned
her novel. rfhe passengers snigger
ed. Presently the nood-lookinu youne
woman turned to the father and SR-id
with the sweetest of smiles. "Won't
you please fix this window blind? The
sun annoys me." The father blushed
and stepped over, and his ingenious
little girl read in the same bold, clear
tones, "See the cat has caught tht
rat." Some of tho passengers were
still grinning when the train drew into
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Although an ant is a tiny creature,
yet its brain is even tinier. But
although it is necessarily smaller than
the ant's head which contains it, yet
it is larger in proportion, according
to tho ant's size, than the brain of
any known creature. This we can
easily believe when we read of this
insect s wonderful powers. Tho
quality of instinct or sagacity does
not fully .explain some of the stories
told about them. The best writers
upon ants those who have made tho
astonishing intelligence of these little
"inectis .i special study are obliged to
admit that they display reasoning
ability, calculation, reflection, and
good juetgment. Such qualities of
brain show a more than ordinary
instinct, and wo are not surprised to
hear that the ant's big brain carries
out our idea that he possesses a
higher intelligence than is shown b,F
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