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MEN OR WOMEN SERVANTS.
Way taa twr Arc Far Mara Kails-
"Apropos of a aUlrmrDt bich I n
Id a paper a snort time ago. to lbs et
fe5t that a boum-knper bad, partially
at laat. aulvrd the 'help' quesUou by
employing a young nuu iu housework,
I had an xperieme today, an account
of which may be uwful to my slstel
housewives who find difficulty in In
during usher-ladies' and cleaner to
assist tbem In heavy work." write a
corrapondent of the Philadelphia bed
ger. "This morning an honest-looking
Irishman, sickle in band, a Wed me to
let him cut tbe irnuw. saying that be
wwa an iron-ruoliter, out of work, and
wanted work of any kind that would
help aim support his wife and three
children. 1 did not wish the grass cut
bat, upon his entreaty for work. 1
asked him if be could do anything
about the house. I wished to have a
kitchen carpet washed and, having
failed to find a 'lady' who would do
that or any other kind of washing, I
asked him if he would try it. He
eagerly assented, got up a large tub.
filled it with warm water, into which 1
put a package of soup powder, and.
after some superintendence, be sue
oeeslully washed the carpet, put It
through the wringer, bung It on the
line, and did it all so deftly and wil
lingly, that I set him to scrubbing the
green bricks with soda water, cleaning
up the cellar, and my daughter had
bin dig ber a bed In the yard for her
roses. In washing down the bricks be
carefully pulled up every tuft of grass
between them and did every part of
' bis work thoroughly and well, occupy
ing two and one-half hours in It. For
this I gave him his dinner, some veg
etables, a large package of clothing and
(0 cents. He was highly pleased and
thought be was 'In luck the day.' The
average working woman would have
occupied half a day at least, and tbe
chances are the work would not have
been so well done, and his behavior
was so perfectly respectful as to offer
a pleasant contrast to the demeanor of
the majority of my own sex. When
employed In plain households their
condescension is even harder to sub
mit to than their poor service. I do
not wish to decry working women, but
their unwillingness to do any but the
lightest work, and their air of con
ferring a favor when doing even that,
may yet compel housekeepers to have
recourse to the stronger sex to help
tfcem over the hard places."
SPEAKER REED'S EPIGRAMS.
Man Kow la Fablia Life I'ttera
Tliere is more public Interest in the
occasional philosophical remarks of
Speaker Thomas B. Reed of Maine
than in those of any other American
statesman, says tbe Springfield (Mass.)
Republican. This Is because the Amer
ican people recognize in him one of
the most intellectual men in public
life, as well as the wittiest and bright
est. Wherefore we cull from Mr.
Reed's recent address in Philadelphia
on "Stephen Gira-d" the following
sayings: "No progress which did not
Mft all ever lifted any." "We must all
move, but we must all keep together."
"The generation in which he lives can
seldom understand the really great
man. We live for today and he lives
for a day after today." "Were this the
proper time, I could show that wars
aid wars ought to be banished forever
from the face of the earth; that pesti
lences and tbe time is eomlng when
they will be no more; that persecutions
and inquisitions and liberty of
thought Is the richest pearl of life
that all these wars, pestilences and
persecutions were but helps to the uni
ty of mankind." "If the lofty and
tke learned do not lift us up, we drag
them down." "The overruling Provi
dence, of which we talk so much and
know so little." In these sentences
one finds the epigrammatic quality
that is so characteristic of Mr. Reeds'
mode of expression. The sayings that
will live longest, however, are those
that are' tipped with a flashing wit.
Thus the third quotatipns about the
great man, while well said, Is not un
common in its brilliancy, but when Mr.
Reed remarked, with this same idea In
mind, yet from a different point of
view: "A statesman is a politician
who Is dead," he gave the world what
has already become a classic and will
live as long as the most mordant say
ings of Voltaire. Some one should
take pains to collect' Mr. Reed's epi
grams, witticisms and retorts as they
have been uttered during the last
Dlatrtbntloa of Buaala'a Millions.
The entire population of the Russian
empire Is 129,211,114 souls, of whom
94,188,750 inhabit European Russia;
9,442,590, Poland; 9,723,653, the Cau
casus; 2.627,801, Finland; 5,731.732,
Siberia; 3,416,174, the Steppe regions,
and 4,175,101, the provinces of Trans
caspla and of Turkestan. There are,
also, 6,413 subjects of tbe czar now re
siding in Khiva and Bokhara.
Am Keoeatrie Compowr.
Hugo Wolf, the Viennese composer,
has developed such eccentricities that
ia friends have been obliged to put
him In an asylum. A society formed in
Vienna to spread his works made It
its first rule that none of the mem
bers should have anything to do with
Trolley on Canals.
An electric company proposes to run
a trolley cable along tbe Champlaln
canal, between West Troy and White
hall, for the purpose of driving canal
boats. The power la to be supplied to
motors, which will take the place of
moles or horses ta hailing the boats.
GEMS AND TRADITIONS.
Woadvrfal Tlrtaae AarrtM a Tar
ejoleo . lag Joaa's Biace-
Tradlttons and superstitions in con
nection with previous gems are many
and varied. For example, the turquoise
is believed to b especially rich In vir
tues. The Germans claim that by It
varying shades It turns telltale on the
caprices and moods of Its wearer. Car
1au, the famous Italian physician and
philosopher, asserted that turquoise
mounted and worn as a finger ring
secured a horseman from all Injury
and added with commendable caution
that he had a beautiful turquoise given
him as a keepsake, but never tested its
virtues, not caring for the sake of ex
periment to risk his life. Shakespeare
caused Shy lock to say: "He would not
have lost bis turquoise ring for a whole
wilderness of monkeys." Camlllus
Ieonardus. a writer of past centuries,
wrote much that was Interesting about
Jewels. He names a number that are
either no longer found or else they
are creations of bis Imagination. Leo
nardus states that the alecorla not
alone renders a man Invisible, but
"being held in the mouth allays thirst."
The stone, doubtless of his fancy, is
found in the Intestines of a capon that
has lived seven years. Again he tells
of the bozoar, a red, dusty, brittle and
light stone, which Is taken from the
body of some animal, and Is Infallible
against melancholy. He credits Queen
Elizabeth with wearing a bozoar. Fonr
famous rings of historical Interest were
those presented by Pope Innocent to
King John. The monarch was urged
to note with extreme care the shape
of tbe rings, their number, color and
matter. The number, four, being a
square, typified firmness of mind, fixed
steadfastly on the four cardinal vir
tues. The blue of the sapphire denot
ed faith; the gTeen of the emerald,
hope; the crimson of the ruby, charity,
and the splendor of the topaz, good
works. The rings themselves repre
sented eternity, with neither beginning
nor end; gold, which was the material,
and, according to Solomon, the most
precious of metals, signified wisdom,
more to be desired than riches and
The Flrnt DUpnle Abont Copyright.
It is a rather curious coincidence
that the scriptures should have caused
the first dispute about copyright of
which we have any record, and also
the last In the sixth century, St. Co
lumba, when a monk in tbe north
of Ireland, visited a monastery where
there was a celebrated psalter, and
while the members of the religious in
stitution were asleep or at work he
made a copy of the book, which he
Intended to carry away with him. But
the prior found out what he had done,
and impounded the manuscript A
terrible dispute arose, which was ulti
mately decided by the local king, to
whom It was referred, against the in
fringer of the copyright, the Hibernian
monarch sententiously declaring that
"To every cow belongs Its calf." But
the quarrel did not end there, and this
question of copyright gave rise to a
great war between St. Columba's parti
sans and the others, which did not end
until the saint fled to lona for refuge.
During tbe holidays Sid Groover, an
Orion farmer, missed a hen turkey and
attributed Its absence from the roost
In the apple tree either to kidnaping
or to a natural instinct to keep out of
sight till after tbe holidays were over.
Tbe other day he found the turkey,
with nine fresh-hatched chicks, snow
ed under in a brush pile. All are do
ing as well as can be expected, al
though the old ben turkey Is faded
out and as thin and rlbby as a hatrack.
Evey egg she sat on hatched. Detroit
Rising Land a Hadeoa Bay.
The rapid rise of the land about
Hudson bay Is said to be the most re
markable gradual upheaval of an ex
tensive region ever known. Driftwood
covered beeches are now twenty to six
ty or seventy feet above the water,
new islands have appeared, and many
channels and all the old harbors have
become too shallow for ships. At the
present rate tbe 6hallow bay will dis
appear in a few centuries, adding a
vast area of dry land or salt marsh
to British territory in America.
Bed and Dark Ualr.
Dark hair and complexion, in races
as well as In individuals, signify
strength. Dark-skinned races are al
ways behind the lighter hue peoples In
fine civilization, because the physical
predominates among them to the ex
clusion of the mental. Coarse red hair
Indicates marvelous physical endur
Country Hostess Have you nice
neighbors where you live now? City
Guest Oh, we have no neighbors,
now, none at all. Country Hostess
Tou haven't any neighbors? City
Guest No. We live la a flat New
"I understand now," said he, "what
he meant by vowing to give me pro
tection all my life If I would marry
him. He meant an increase of my
duties, but no increase of revenue."
' Too Mnch Baalism.
Manager "What excuse have you for
drawing the play out into seven acts?"
Author "Well, you see, the hero gets
into a lawsuit in the first act."
The price a woman pays for a com
plexion Improver Is always a hand
Data aa ft.
Washington Punt: Tbe corpulent
Representative Bodlne of Missouri,
who. braides having eminent qualities
that befit a law-maker, plays a skill
ful game of chess. Is a lover of pie
not exclusively federal pie or political
pie. but pie that Is made from the
testie pumpkin. When the lunch
hour is at hand. Mr. Modine. who la
a native Miasourian and typical of that
utate In his broad shoulders and stocky
frame, begins to amble toward the
senate restaurant, for Mr. Bodine.
southern In all his Instincts, rerog-.
nizee, nevertheless, that tbe most
palatable wedge of pumpkin pie must
necessarily be of New England manu
facture. Then who. In all New Eng
land, can make better pie tban Restau
rateur Page? Presenting himself be
fore the long counter, the picturesque
Mr. Bodine, with his flowing beard
and busby hair, needs not to give his
order, for the waiter knows the Mls
sourlau's preferences. A broad wedge
of pumpkin pie la bsnded out forth
with, accompanied by a glass of milk.
Thereat Mr. Bodine is happy. He de
vours the pie, oblivious to surround
ings, and receives a second helping.
Having refreshed himself In this wise,
Mr. Robert N. Bodine returns to his
duties as a member of the house of
representatives at the other end of
Fame, Fata and Fortane.
Baltimore American: The sale of a
copy of the first edition of the works
of Robert Burns, in Edinburgh recent
ly, for over $2,800, was an event which
calls up many Interesting thoughts.
During his life Burns was never a
great financial success. He started for
America, hoping to escape his debts,
but tbe success of the first edition of
his books changed his plans. He stood
It out In his own country, and did his
share In the consumption of hot and
cold scotches. In that land he re
ceived a place paying him the munifi
cent salary of $200 a year, and this
was afterward Increased to $325, which
was so extravagant that it never went
any higher. It all showed what beau
tiful Scotland thought of Its greatest
poet. And now one of the little books
brings about as much as Burns made
In his whole lifetime. Great poets
ought to have two lives. A hundred
years after they die amid poverty they
ought to be allowed to come back and
enjoy tbe profits of their matured
A !few Superstition.
I learned of what to me Is a brand
new superstition Just tbe other day,
and I tremble to think of the risks I
have been running all these years In
my Ignorance of It. It was at an in
formal evening entertainment at the
house of a woman I know, and In the
room set apart for the wraps of tbe
woman guests was a maid who was
directed to see to It that nobody's hat
was placed on the bed, for the laying
of a hat on the bed, as the hostess
explained later, always signifies the
approaching death of an Intimate
friend of the house. The superstition
is, I believe, of Sicilian origin, and it's
a very good superstition, I think, Inas
much as it tends to preserve the fresh
ness of dainty bed coverings. Wash
Oar Wealth In Graao.
Mr. Scrlbner of tbe department of
agriculture, has recently collected some
very Interesting facts about American
grasses. He says: "We have better
grasses and a greater variety of them
native to our boII than we can ever
get from Europe." Of clovers we have
no less than sixty species, all native to
the country, and there Is an equal
number of different "blue grasses," be
sides twenty "grazing grasses" and
a great variety of others. Vet, Mr.
Scrlbner says, hardly more than a
dozen of all these kinds of native
grasses have been brought Into culti
vation. Youth's Companion.
Pig' Feet and Pretsela on His Grave.
George Hartman, an eccentric butch
er of New Albany, Ind., has made his
will, In which he leaves several pecul
iar bequests. He gives all his prop
erty to his wife, except $500, which be
directs shall be used to decorate his
grave on the first day of every year.
The decorations shall consist of pigs'
feet and pretzels. During the exercises
at the grave the old German song, "Al
ways Joyful, Awful Thirsty," shall be
sung. Hartman Is a substantial busi
ness man and an old resident. His
principal diet consists of pigs' feet and
Judge: They were women. One was
from the northwest, the other from
New England. "Oh," said one, with
such a femininely sneering manner, "I
presume you think nothing quite
equals one of your Mayflower fam
ilies." "Really," replied the other, af
ter the manner of her kind, "I don't
think we think any more of our May
flower families than you think of your
Minnesota flour families."
Kereeeae Halrwasb. Read Baraad.
Christine Arntz of Philadelphia
washed her hair with kerosene. Then
she got near a lighted lamp. Conse
quence is that she has no more hair to
wash and her head is awful sore. If
she lives she will shun kerosene.
Puck: Wing I don't think this anti
football crusade will meet with maeh
sucoeaa. King You can't tell. The
day may come when football garnet
will have to he pulled off la Nevada.
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