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A 1RUE LrHOST STORY.
T OT many years ago people nwd
I J to sneer at ghosts and ghost
' stories much more than they
do sow, and one would constantly bear
people whisper to one another while
onto Individual was relating bis or
her experience: "Ah! It Is very odd that
these ghost stories should always be re
lated at second or third hand. Now,
I want to see a person who personally
has seen the ghost, and then, I will
Yea. People are more accustomed to
bearing about ghosts now; and yet,
even now, should It be a wife, daugh
ter, or sister who ventures to narrate
some supernatural experience, she 1
pooh-poohed or laughed at or told to
-take a plH."
Now, I have seen a ghost, and am pre
pared to attest most solemnly to the
fact, as well as to the truth of every
word here set down. I have, of course,
avoided names, but nothing else; so,
without further preamble, I will state
Some years ago I became the object
of the infatuated adoration of a person
of my own age and sex, and I use the
word "infatuated" advisedly, because
I feel now, as I did at the time, th.it
neither I nor any mortal that ever lived
could possibly be worthy of the over
whelming affection which my poor
friend lavished upon me. I, on my side,
was not ungrateful toward her, for I
loved ber In return very dearly, but
when I explain that I wan a wife ami
the mother of young children, and that
she was unmarried. It will easily be
understood that our devotion to each
other must of necessity be rather one
sided, and this fact caused some dis
peace between us at times.
For many years my friend held a post
at court, which she resigned soon after
he began to know me; and although
ber royal mistress in her gracious kind
ness assigned two houses to her, she
gave them both up to be free to live
near me In B ; indeed, she gave up
relatives, old servants and comforts lu
order that she might come and lie (and
die, alas!) In lodgings over a shop near
me. But she was not happy. She
"gloomed" over the inevitable fact that
Id consequence of the difference in her
circumstances and mine, I could not
be with her every day and all day Ions.
1 think she was natuiv.Ily of an un
happy disposition, being deeply, pas
sionately and unjustifiably Jealous, and
also painfully Incapable of taking
things and people as they were. All
this gave me often much annoyance;
but we were, all the same, sometimes
very cheerful and happy together, and
sometimes the reverse.
Later on, she, poor soul, was taken 111,
and during months of fluctuating
health I nursed her sometimes In hope,
sometimes without and at moments
during ber illness she found strange
comfort In foretelling to me, after the
most "uncanny" fashion, things which
she declared would happen to me after
her death. They were mostly triviali
ties little episodes concerning people
and things over whom we had talked
and laughed together, for she was gift
ed with a keen sense of the ridiculous.
Among other things, she said to rue
This bazaar for which we are work
ing (she bad been helping me for weeks
for a charity bazaar, and I can now
see ber dainty little bands as she ma
nipulated the delicate muslin and lace.
Poor, poor L !) I shall be dead be
fore It lakes place; and I shall see you
at yonr stall, and on one of the days of
the baauar an old lady will come up to
yon and say: 'Have yon any of poor
Mies L 's work? mentioning nie.
And yon will answer: 'Yes, here Is
someT and you will show her this
which I am working; and she'll say,
Yes, again; and she'll carry It all off
it say she buys it for poor Miss L s
sake.' And I shall know and see It
I remember repeating, wonderinglv
What In dy?"
Kite answered, dreamily, "Oh! I don't
know but some old lady! You'll see!"
And ! am bound to say that this Is o
taally what occurred at the bazaar
Boaths after ber death; an old lady
with whom I was not acquainted did
tar all her work, having asked for It
tsi carried K away "for ber sake!" Au
CU lady, too, whom I had never seen.
other carious circumstance which
tasWi her death was that, after took
TJ forward with more than usual
f to ay coming birthday, which
ttl Would be a more than com-t-tZZtr
adversary that was
I Cat sm of tbe sharpest re
vr II ewer experienced la my
:J ki te fact that I was
not with my dearest friend at the mo
ment that she passed away. She bad
made me promise that I would be with
her at that time, and God knows I had
the fullest intention of fulfilling her
wish, but on that very evening, of all
others, I was called away, and she died
In my absence. I had been sitting by
her bedside all the afternoon, and ail
that evening I had held her dear hand
and had kept whispering comforting
words in ber ear; but latterly she had
made no response and was seemingly
Suddenly a message came from mv
house (not a hundred yards It was
away) saying my husband wanted me
at once, as one of my children was 1IL
I looked at the nurse, who assured me
there was nothing Immediate Impend
lng, so, stooping over my poor friend.
I whispered. at rhe same time pressing
a kiss on her forehead that half nn
hour should see me at ber side again.
But she took no notice, and much
against my will I hastily and noiseless
ly left the room.
Throwing a shawl over my head. 1
hurried across the square, and as I
passed the church the clock struck 12,
and 1 suddenly rememlered that to-day
was my birthday.
I got back in less that half an hour
and on my return beard, to my ever
lasting sorrow, that I had not been
gone ten minutes before my dear L
became restless and uneasy, then look
ed hastily round the room, gave a cry,
then there came a rush of blood to her
mouth, and after a few painful strug
gles she sank back, gasped once or
twice and never moved again.
Of course I thought then, and do to
this day, that she was looking round
the room for nie and that she died feel
ing that I bad broken my faith with
her. A bitter, never-falling regret!
I have given this light sketch of the
feelings which existed between me and
my poor friend (before narrating the
circumstances of her supernatural visit
to me) just to emphasize the facts of
the alluring fascination, the intense af
fection, which existed between us dur
ing her lifetime, and which, I firmly
believe, have lasted beyond her grave.
Quite a year and a half after her
death my poor L , with what motive
I know not unless It may have been,
as I sometimes fondly hope, to assure
me that she understood and sympa
thized with my sorrow at having failed
her at the moment of her extremity -appeared
to me. She came once, out
never again. It occurred thus:
I had been suffering all day from
brow ague and had gone early to bed,
but not to sleep. All the evening I had
been kept painfully awake by that
same church clock which I have men
It seemed to me to strike oftener,
louder and more slowly than any clock
I had ever had the misfortune to come
across. Of course my ailment of the
moment caused the clock's vagaries to
appear peculiarly painful, and I bore
the annoyance very restlessly, with my
face turned pettishly to the wall, but
when the midnight hour began to
chime I felt as though I could bear it
no longer. Muttering an impatient ex
clamation, I turned in my bed so as to
face the room, and looking across It I-
saw iny poor L standing close' to a
screen between me and the door, look
ing at me.
Site was in her usual dress, wearing
what was then called a "cross-over,"
which was tied behind, while her bon
net, which she was always In the habit
of taking off as she came upstairs, was,
as usual, hanging by the ribbon on her
arm. She had a smile on her face, and
I distinctly noticed her lovely little
white ears, which were always my ad
miration and which were only half cov
ered by her soft brown hair.
She stood a minute It seemed look
ing at me, then she glided toward nie,
and I, half apprehensive that she was
about to throw herself on my bed, ex
claimed, jumping up In a sitting pos
ture: "Dearest! What brings yon here so
With deep reverence be It spoken; but
as soon as these words were out of my
mouth I was Irresistibly reminded of
those spoken, holy writ tells us, by rit.
Peter at the awful moment of the trans
figuration! Awed and dazed at the sight
of the spiritual visitants, we are told
he uttered words "not knowing what he
aid." These words of mine also seem
ed to leap to my lips, with but little
meaning lo them. If any. I
As aeon, however, as my voice had
ceased tbe apparition disappeared and
I remained some momenta motionless.
Owe ef the moat curious features, of
the caaa Is that al thong h I was very es
pecially restless Sod awake st tbe mo
ment of the appearaaea, I recognised
my friend so completely that 1 forgot
also to recognise tbe fact that she had
died, or rstber It happened too quickly
for me to bring that fact to mind. In
deed, It all took place In such a flash.
In such a moment of time so much
quicker than I can tell it and she look
ed so exactly like her well known self
that till she bad disappeared I really be
lieved I was seeing ber la tbe flesh I Of
course as soon as 1 had time to reflect
I remembered and realised what it was
I had seen!
I was not frightened, but I felt colder
than I bad felt in my life, and I have
never felt so cold since, but tbe moU
ture seemed to pour off my body. I
called no one to my assistance. All I
realized was that God had permitted
me to see her once more, snd that per
haps he might send her to me again.
But be has not done so, and probably
now he never wIlL
I lay awake all the night afterward.
hoping for and, I think, almost expect
ing her again, and after the day dawn
ed I fell asleep.
nerore teiiing my story to anyone
and dreading unspeakably all tbe
doubting and sarcastic speeches which
such a narration would inevitably call
forth, I sent for my doctor, an old and
trusted friend, and after making blm
talk rationally to me for some time, I
asked him whether he considered me
in an exalted state or whether I had
ever betrayed any hysterical tenden
cies. He reassured me heartily on these
points, and then asked my reasons for
I thereupon opened my heart to hfra.
and be neither ridiculed nor disltellev
ed, but, on the contrary, told me an
other case of the same kind which had
lately happened to a friend of his, but
he strongly advised me to keep my ow n
counsel at present, which I did for some
time, and kindly added that he not only
did not look upon me as a lunatic, but
simply as a woman for whom one cor
ner of the curtain which guarded the
unseen had leen lifted.
In conclusion. I repeat I am ready t
vouch for the truth of every word here
set down, and also, should It be requir
ed, to give names In private to satis
fy those who doubt Strand Magazine.
Hugar and Muscle.
The subject of sugar as a food pro
ducing muscular power has been dis
cussed by Ir. Vaughan Harely. From
a brief summary of his paper we make
the following extracts. During a twenty-four
hours' fast on one day water
alone was drunk; on another five hun
dred grammes of sugar were taken In!
an equal Quantity of water. It has!
thus found that the sugar not onlv pro-'
longeC the time to-fore fatigue occur
red. but caused an Increase of sixty-one
to seventy-six per cent In the muscular
work done. In the next place the effect
of sugar added to the meals was In
vestigated. Tbe muscle energy producing effect
of sugar was found to be so great that
200 grammes added to a small meal In
creased the total amount of work done
from 6 to 39 per cent. Sugar 1250
grammes atwiut eight ounces) was now
added to a large mixed meal, when It
was found not only to Increase the
amount of work done from 8 to Id per
cent, but Increased the resistance
against fatigue. As a concluding exper
iment, 2.VI grammes of sugar were add
ed to the meals of a full diet day, caus
ing the work done during the period
of eight hours to be Increased T2 to ,'le
er cent. Imdon Public Opinio!.
H r Charles' Idea.
Miss Frances Power CoMie once dis
cussed evolution with Sir Charles I.y.
ell, when some of the party had lt ray
ed the Idea that "survival of the fittest"
meant of rhe best. Sir Charles left ;he
room (continues Miss ("oldie, In her re
cently published memoirs) and went
down stairs, but suddenly rushed back
Into the drawing-room, and said to me1
all in a breath, standing on the rug
"I'll explain It to you In a minute! Sup
pose you had loen living In Spain three
hundred years ago. and had had a sis'r
who was a perfectly commonplace per
son, and believed everything she was
told. Well, your sister would have
been happily married and had a nu
merous progeny, and that would have
been the survival of the fittest; but
you would have been burnt at au auto-da-fe,
and there would have been an
end of you. You would have been m
suited to your environment. There!
That's evolution! Good bv!" On w. ut
his hat and we beard the hall door
ciose arter nun nerore we had done
Houses in Canton.
The buildings on each side of the
street rarely exceeded twenty feet In'
height. They were one-storied struc-,
t tires, as a rule. Sometimes there was
a distinct upier story, but there the
ground floor bad but a low headway.
Frequently balconies ran around Inside
the open stalls which served as shops,
and a half upjter floor or loft stretched
behind. In fact, when the shops were
open, the whole front of the house was
taken away. Generally from the eaves
of the building light bamboo structures
were carried across t lie streets and
hung with grass matting. Sometimes,
however, they were more elaborately
covered with a substitute for glazing.
His Kye Picked Oat by a Crsne.
Charles Draper, a boy of near F.ngle
glde, Queen Anne's County, Md., was
peering Into a box In which was con
fined a crane, when the bird pecked at
him, striking hlin In the eye with Its
bill. The sight of the eye was entirely
A Lawealt Aboat a Dog.
A Connecticut man la about to begin
a lawsuit against a yonng man of bis
town for selling him a dog that wag
deaf In both ear.
THINGS PERTAINING TO
FARM ANO HOME.
Care Should Be Taken la the Relectioa
ef Heed Cora-White Clover Fed to
Cowa Greatly lacreaeee the Yield of
Milk aad Baiter.
Catherine Heed Cora.
I am m tit fled, from several years' ex
perience, that the best seed corn Is that
grown upon tbe farm when proper
pains are taken In Its selection.
ur au the general crops grown upon
the farm, there are few, if any, that
show or feel tbe effects of a change I
the conditions of growth more readily
than corn. It Is often tbe case that
when a new variety Is brought on the
farm one year's test Is not sufficient to
determine Its value, largely on accoun
that tbe change in conditions in growth
Is so great that the effect is felt, and 1
a majority of cases tbe longer a va
rlety Is grown on the farm, provided
good care Is taken in tbe selection of the
seed, the better the variety will be
adapted to that particular farm. Neg
lect or carelessness in selecting will
soon show in tbe deterioration of the
But to get tbe best and have it In tbe
best condition, care must be taken to
select in good season. Tbe best plan I
have ever seen tried is to go through
the field as soon as the grains have be
gun to harden well. Just before com
mencing to cut for fodder is a good
time, and then select the best ears from
the most perfect stalks, leave the husk
on ami spread out where It can dry
thoroughly; then It can !e shocked and
stored away in a dry place. When thl
cannot Ik- done conveniently, anothe
way Is to select the seed corn when the
shucking out Is being done. The dls
advantage with this is that there is
not as good an opportunity for deter
mining what the stalk was. I find that
an lmjiortaut Item lu saving the seed
corn Is to dry well before storing away,
and to keep dry ail through the winter.
Anotlier Item Is to select and store
away before the corn has been frozen
in the field. This Is necessary If the
vitality is maintained, ami good seed
Is an important Item in growing a good
crop. Nebraska Farmer.
White Clover for Cowa.
One of the most valuable plants for
pasture when sown with other kinds Is
white clover. Its nutritive qualities
are considerably better than those of
red clover, and it is a hardy, persistent
plant. It will grow under the shade of
K'r," ss ami clover, making a
linu f..t...i ...1.11 . I. t.
........ "'imiiii lout, wmic i IS IKK
available for hay, yet affords a large ad
(lltlou to the feed for pasturing ani
mals. It Is beyond reproach for cows
and sheep, but for horses has the effect
In late summer of salivating them pro
fusely, so much so as to make them
quite thin. It has the same effect upon
mules, and these animals should, there
fore, be kept out of the fields In which
It grows to any extent.
It will be a useful occupation for a
spare hour or two to scatter a pound of
this wed over the pasture, especially
wnerc the grass is thin. It will show
next season, and once having jmjs.scs-
slon of the ground, it will keep it for
several years. It Is the best of all
honey-produclng plants known, and
having a long blooming season, the !,
make more honey from It than any
other source. Its effect upon the yield
or milk and butter of the cows Is no ap
parent as to draw from the butter
maker the remark: "The cows are get
ting the white clover now." And this
is always the case when, at this time,
the cows are turned Into the newlr-
mowti meadows where this plant is
Granular Hut tor.
It Is Just at this granular stage of the
B'"rk of makl 1u,l'' the Im
I trtant nrcllinfiiflrv t.r,.,'ew.i i,,l il, ......
fore, the skill and the Judgment of the
operator are first tested and shown.
First-class butter Is not made, ami can
not ! made, unless the granulation In
the churn Is of the right standard, and
this standard condition cannot be
brought out lu perfection unless all the
preliminary processes have been right
ly conducted, and the proper condition
secured at every stage of progress, de
fects here cannot be corrected In any
subsequent process. While, then, It
may require no great skill to make
r,,uu,ar regardless of quality,
yH a Perfp, granulation Is only se, ur-
ed by the application of the highest
knowledge known to the business. So
long as this Is the case, It seems a
proper thing to do Jo Invite butter mak
ers to compare their skill at securing re-
H""" at '"i way station of their pro-
gress, as well as on the finished pro.
duct. With a competent maker for a
Judge, exhibitors will find that securing
the highest award will not Ik a "very
easy" thing to do. Maine Farmer.
Teats of Potatoes.
In a large number of experiments at
twelve different station comparisons
have been made of methods of cultivat
ing potatoes. Seasons vary so much
that the results of different methods
are continually contradicting each
other. One season potatoes mulched
will yield two or three times as much
as those grown In the ordinary way,
and the next year the results wlil I al
most the opposite.
In trials where direct comparison
were made, results from Alabama,
Kansas and I'tah favor flat, while In
diana favors ridge cultivation. Mary
land, New York and Ohio ecporl prac
tically no difference lu yield between
flat and ridge culture. Vermont re
ports that in one season's trial mulch
ing when four Inches high gave better
results than ridging. Result obtained
at the stations In Colorado, Indiana,
Michigan and New York are against
mulching. The general tendency seem
to be toward thorough preparation vl
soil sod level culture.
Comparisons of deep and shallow ml
tlrstlon have been made at tbe Michi
gan and Ptah stations, with very dif
ferent results. In forty -five trials al
the Michigan station the yield of mar
ketable tubers was in forty cases Id
favor of deep culture, while In Itab
shallow culture gave a greater vleld
than deep. Results are so conflicting
that no conclusions can as vet b
The Good and Bad of In breeding.
Inbreeding is the only possible way ol
fixing a strong, prepotent type, capa
Die or reproducing Itself every time. If
proiierly done, says the New York
World, it will not have. tendency to
degenerate any line of blood, but It la
essential for tbe breeder to understand
the strong and weak points of bis ani
mals and to be particular never to breed
weakness to weakness. In fact, weak
ness should never be bred at all. All
such animals should be sent to the
butcher, no matter bow promising the
pedigree. While mediocrity bred to
strength will give fair returua, yet the
best only are obtained by breeding
health and strength to health and
strength. These are the first eonsid
erations, but next to them I value In
breeding, because of its concentration
of the blood, and. If carefully prac
ticed, there will be no decay or de
generacy. A Point la Pruning-.
Never prune to a crotch like that
tree. Thus pruned, trees are very lia
ble to split down with a heavy load or
In a high wind, or under stress of both
combined, and the time to shape the
tree so as not to leave a crotch Is be
fore or when they leave the nursery.
I have, jxThaps, fifty trees tbui
wrongly pruned, because I did not,
twenty years ago, so fully understand
ami feel the necessity of avoiding a
crotch from the first, says W. I. Cham
berlain in the Ohio Farmer. Trees
often come from the nursery that divide
Into two and sometimes three almost
exactly equal branches, about four feet
from the ground and at a pretty sharp
angle. You dislike to remove either of
the limbs. Still, It should be done, or
you will have, as I now have, many
large trees dividing In a crotch of two
or three nearly equal limbs; well-shap
ed and symmetrical trees, but almost
sure to spilt down unless they are bolir
ed, and the latter Injures the trees.
Charcoal and Ita Valne.
Charcoal Is most beneficial (o potted
plants If broken In pieces the size of a
small chestnut and added to the soli In
the proportion of one part to twenty of
earth. M. Sanssure has shown by his
experiments, according to the I'hlladel
phla ledger, that the application of
carbonic acid to the roots gives luxuri
ant growth above the soil. Charcoal,
If kept moist, combines with oxygen.
and emits carbonic acid. The best of
drainage for the pots of the window gar
den Is two Inches deep of these bits of
An excellent liquid food for plants In
pots Is made of one tablespoonful of
soot to one quart of water. Soot holds
n Its component parts charcoal, salts
of ammonia, potash ami soda, oxide of
ron, silica, alumina, sulphate of lima
and carbonate of magnesia.
In shipping celery there Is no advan
tage In leaving earth on the roots; shake
it off and park in boxes of moderate
size, so that the roots shall not be more
than two or three tiers deep, otherwise
there Is danger of heating In warm
weather.' Let the cover have open
spaces between the boards for ventila
tion In warm weather, but when there
Is danger of severe frost It may be cov
Manure for Krnlta.
A food mixture approved by fruit
growers Is KH) pounds kalnlt, aoo
pounds acid phosphate or dissolved
bone anil IS) pounds nitrate of soda.
After being thoroughly mixed, this is
broadcasted In the fall for orchards
and vineyards. For small fruits it is
used, one-third as top dressing late In
he fall, one-third very early In the
prlng, and one-third In the drill before
Precautious Auainst Hiunt.
The spores of smut will live a long
time In the ground, or In manure, and
every care should be taken to destroy
hem. Cut out every diseased stalk
icfore It has time to ripen and resow
tself. One preventive is to select the
seed before husking time; taken from
he crib, It will very likely have come
n contact with infected corn.
The best way of getting rid of "purs.
ley," or purslane. Is to feed it to the
Igs. It Is difficult to destroy, and re
sists heat and dry air for a while, even
when the roots are turned un. When
sed as food for pigs, and some one
mployed to provide it, the crop of purs-
ley soon begins to run short, like ativ
titer desirable food.
CuMuue Unharmed by Freezing.
Cabbages are unharmed by freezing
If of hardy varieties, but Early Win-
egstadt, a tender sort. Is nearly spoil
ed by freexlug. While luirvlnif rah.
bage top down may have Its advan
tages, mine are set In a cellar bottom ou
their roots, and keep well Into spring.
The nearer you can get to full blood
In breeding, do matter what purpose
you have In view, the more certain you
re or securing good results. If you
doubt this, keep an eye on the most suc
cessful stock farmers of your acquaint
ance. You know this Is true. snd. In
finding successful stockmen, always
turn to breeders of high-grade and
pure bred stock.
A new edition of Professor da Flllp
pe's "Simplified and Practical Meth-
j od." for acquiring In tbe shortest time)
'complete fluency of speech In the
French and Spanish languages bee
just been issued.
In bis notes to tbe "Narrative of
Arthur Gordon I'ym," Professor Geo.
Kdward Woodberry says that much of
the "Narrative" was taken from Cap
tain Benjamin Morell's "Narrative of
Four Voyages to the South Seas and
James Payn and Andrew Lang have
both taken to giving lists of books they
have "stuck In" and could not get
through without an effort. Among
them are "Oil Bias," "Don Quixote,"
"MarcelU." "Robert Elsmere," "Dom
bey and Son," and "The Light That
Although Jose Echegaray, tbe Span
ish dramatist, baa written more than a
hundred plays during tbe past twenty
years, nearly all of them successful, he
aspires to be famous as a mathemati
cian rather than as a playwright lie
writes plays In the Intervals of leisure
from bis scientific studies, and none of
them has cost him more than a -fortnight's
labor. Echegaray Is a lively
old man of seventy, and he has recently
learned to ride the bicycle. He makes
the curious boast that up to the age of
fifty be bad read every novel published
Twenty thousand dollars, the price
paid Mrs. Humphry Ward for the serial
rights in her new novel. Is not the
largest ever paid to a popular novelist
According to Mr. R. H. Sherard, Le
1'etlt Journal pays Rlchebourg, Mary
and Montepln from fifteen to twenty
thousand dollars for the serial rights
In their novels. Having become rather
tired of paying such high prices for Its
feullletons, the editor now offers a
prlre of ten thousand dollars for a
serial story. Mme. Marlnoul, a woman
of the working class, reads all the fic
tion manuscripts submitted to I.e Tetlt
Journal, and she Is a. good Judge of the
sort of story that appeals to the iissc.
She likes plenty of sentiment and In
sists upon decency.
A Hard-Hnaded Farmer.
"Miss Minnie Bertha Learned will
now give us some very interesting ex
periments In chemistry, showing the car
boniferous character of many ordinary
substances, after which she will enter
tain us with a short treatise on astron
omy, and an Illustration of the geolog
ical formation of certain substances,
and close with a brief essay entitle!,
'Philosophy vs. Rationalism.' Thus
spoke the president of a young ladles'
seminary on the class-show day.
A hard-headed, old fashioned farmer
happened to be among the examining
board, and he electrified the faculty,
and paralyzed Miss Minnie by asking:
"Kin Miss Minnie tell me how much
sixteen and three-fourths pounds of
beef would come to at fifteen and a half
cents a pound?"
"Why, really, I-I " gasped Miss
"Kin you tell me who la the vice
president of the United States f
"Why-I-I-Mr. B , Isn't he? Or
Is It "
"Kin you tell me where the Missis
sippi River rises and sets?"
"I I don't Just know."
"I reckoned ye didn't Gimme the
good old days when gals and boys went
to school to larn sense."
fcmall In Comparison.
When It comes to emoluments, au
thors rank below lawyers. Rudyanl
Kipling's seven words for one dolls
said to be highest price paid any liter
ary man of our times, reails very small
in comparison with what was paid
Judge I'axon for a literary article.
I'ntll Mcleod came on the scene the
Reading Railroad had used an old sign
at the crossings, "Beware of the En
gines and Cars," with a mass of fur
ther Instructions in small print In
some suits for damages It was claimed
that the warnings were not clear. Mc-
Leod went to Judge Paxon, who com
posed this admirable notice: "Hall
road Crossing -Stop, U)k and Listen!"
For this little composition he received
the modest sum of four thousand seven
hundred and ninety-six dollars and six
ty -six cents a word.
A Question of Doctrine.
A hardshell naptist minister, press
ing In a siM'alled I'nlou church In a
Vermont town, at the close of bis ser
mon announced to the congregation
that the pulpit would be occupied the
following Sunday by a I'nlversalU
"They believe," said he, with the sol
emn air of a man whose convictions
as to the hereafter are stronger ui
sturdier than the oaks of the forest,
"that al) men will be saved. But,
brethren," he continued, Intoning the
remark with a Itigubrlona expression,
"we hope for better tMne."
Royalty on Vacation.
Kings and queens, like other people,
are now enjoying their annual outing!
The queen regent of Spain and tbe lit!
tie king are at Mlramar, near Ran Se
bastian; the king of Portugal Is at
Casceas, King Leopold of Belgium is
at Oitend. Queen Wllbelmlna of Hol
land and her mother are at the chateau
of Sandryth, near I trecbt; the cxar and
csarina are at I'cterhof, Kink Oscar and
his family are at the Palace of Tull
garn, tbe queen of Italy Is at Oreasan.
ey and King Humbert Is at his shoot
ing lodge In tbe Vails d'Orooo, la the
When children have to "wait" at din
Ber, they will hate tbe guests,
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