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THE DYING FIREMAN.
, DMa't Hare albance to Oa to Chore
or H a ChrlatUn.
A few yeara ngo I was sitting one
alteriioou lu front of the hotel Lu a lit
tle towu la Southern California, says a
writer, when news came that the over
land train froin the East had met wltb
an accident war tJt- outskirts of the
village, resulting in the final Injury of
the young fireman of the locomotive,
who, standing at hU jot, had saved
the train from utter wreck, Almost
simultaneously with the news came
the sight of a small prowtmLoii of traln
nirfl, Carrying uiKn an Improvised lit
ter their Injured comrade.
They brought him to the little tavern
and when they asked him If he wanted
to see a priest he gasped out that his
mother was an Episcopalian, and he
knew she'd want him to see a clergy
man of that church. A messenger wan
dispatched to a nelghlsiring town and
In an Incredibly short space of time a
young missionary was on the spot.
The Injured man's brother, a brake
man on the same train, and several
other trainmen were standing alstut
his bed. As the minister entered the
room the brother cried In agony, "Oh,
sir, do something for my brother. , Pray
for his soul." Going at once to the In-d-slde,
the young clergyman saw that he
bad but a few moments In which to
In later to the dying man, and asked
II m whether he was a believer lu Jesus
If-nd had ever been baptised.
' "Yes,"' said the poor fellow, "I do he
live In Him, and I was christened when
I was a kid, but Ood knows I haven't
hal a chance to go to church or to lie
"He lias been a good boy," mid his
brother. "He worked day and night to
support our crippled sister, old motiier,
ami me, when I was laid up with the
rheumatism and couldn't do a thing for
"lie took care of me through the
smallpox when no one else would come
near me," declared a Wg, burly rail
roader, with a sob.
"And after taking his own run," add
ed a young, sickly-looking fellow, "he
often took mine when I wasn't able to
As these testimonials were finished,
the brother asked In agonized rarnext
ness, "God won't damn such a fellow,
Promptly the minister answered:
"No! not if he Is' the God I have be
lieved Him to be." And then, bending
over the injured nuin ho said, "In Ills
name who declared, 'Inasmuch n ye
have done It unto one of the least of
:-these, ye have done it unto me,' I com
menul thy spirit Into the hands of God
who gave It."
A few moments' silence, a look of
perfoct peace upon the face of the dy
ing boy, and then a whispered "Kroth-
jT instantly his brother was kneeling
Close beside him, and we heard him
say, "Brother, you won't mind my tell
ing you of It now, will you? and i-r-hais
you'll let Nellie know It when I'm
"W-liat! Jack," ex'Malmed'hi.s brother,
"have you loved Nellie?"
Fainter came the answer, "With nil
"And you didn't ttfl.1 hen- because you
knew I loved her, too?"
Eye full of tenderness and affection
gave the answer which the lips could
no longer utter, and with his brother's
cry of mingled admiration, gratitude
and love, ".Jack, Jack, (iod bless you!"
sounding in hl ears, the soul of the
man who "hadn't had n chance to b"
a Christian" passed Into the other
An Infectious Laugh.
"There's nothing lu the world more
contagious than good, hearty laughter,"
declared a mamiger who had a rough-and-tumble
time of It in his earlier
days, but is now on the warm and sun
ny side of "Easy struct."
"One time, down In Southern Ohio, I
struck a town that was really virgin
soil for the theatrical missionary.
There wasn't a minute of daylight that
our is)S)ters were not surrounded by a
crowd with mouths und eyes wide open.
When night came the liall was Jammed,
but It couldn't have been a less respon
aive audience If the penalty for la ugh -taxjiad
been solitary imprisonment for
1 e. Tlie show wasn't half bad, and
7At we couldn't get a hand or even a
"While the people 01 the stage were
guying the crowd and talking about
the comforts of the arctic climate, who
should appear ;;t the window of the
box office but big 'BUI' Meeker, that I
used to know at home. He was a trav
eling man, and with him was 'Shorty'
Thompklns, Just as big and Just as
" 'For Iveaven's sake, "Kill," ' I broke
out, 'get right In there, you and your
friend. Hit that laugh of yours to go
ing. Cut loose for ail you're worth,
and see If you can't prove an ice crush
er.' No sootier were they seated than
Kill caught a Joke, opened a motitlr big
enough to catch Iwseballs, Had let
forth a roar that dropped icicles from
the eave troughs. Shorty Joltnd In,
and the players couldn't escape the
contagion. Pretty noon some of the old
. farmer broke Into a cackle, and Inside
, of three minute It wa simply pando
, mooluni. People laughed until they
were alck, Every act wi encored. It
wu 1 o'clock lefore we could get the
i, curtain down, aiui we had over 300 In-
Itatfon to return."
Deatroya Hair and Feathpr.
According to a lecture recently de-
hrerod before tbe British Association
by Dr. Morrta, one of the most etnl-
int of English botanists, the fruit, the
area, the young nhoota and even the
ftwto of the wild tamarind, or Jumbal
pkut, produce depilatory results of aa
Xtra ordinary character. The plant In
QBeatloo la to be found In nil the tropi
cal portion of Asia, Africa and Amerl
ft: but It la especially In the Weat In-
tut Dr. Morris had had the op
portunity of studying Its effect, 110I
only on human beings, but also on anl
Dials and bird. The latter after a pro.
longed diet of Jumbal seed are de
scribed us rapidly losing all their
feathers the numerous parrots and
cockatoca In particular, no lotrsvr able
to fly, hopping about like toads lu the
undergrowth in a state of almost mope
less and ridiculous nudity. Horses,
mules, donkeys, pigs and sheep are af
fected in a similar manner. Brush
makers would le unable to find even a
solitary bristle upon a porker who has
been gorging himself upon the pods of
the wild tamarind. Jackasses which
have been feeding iijxhi Its leaves pre
sent a singularly mangy aspect, while
the first effects of the plant upon the
horse Is to deprive It of any, caudal
graces that it may possess.
Still more striking are the results of
the wild tamarind upon the human be
ing. It Immediately diminishes the
growth of the hair, and If (he diet is
continued not only does It produce
complete boldness on the crown of the
hind, but even brings about the disap
pearance of eyebrows and eyelashes.
Prof. A. II. Sayce, the Oxford archae
ologist, contributes nn extremely Inter
esting article to the Honilletic Review
on "Light from the Tel-el-A marna Tab
lets on Palestine Kef ore the Exodus."
Israel ZuiigwIU's novel, "Dreamers
of the Ghetto," need not lie looked for
until the autumn. His brother, Louis
Zangvvill better known as Z. Z. has
written a story that Is about to appear
under the title, "A Nineteenth Century
The familiar cover of Lippiueott's,
the "red headed magazine," as Mill Nye
facetiously called It, is to undergo a
change for the better, In the shape of
a new cover design by Miss Nan W.
Ketts, ft pupil of the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts In Philadelphia.
William A. Eddy, the expert, who de
scribes lu the Century his process of
photographing from kites, made elab
orate projm rations for taking bird's-eye
snap shots of the Grant parade, but
was fooled In his efforts by reason of
a wind that, was blowing at the rate of
fifty-seven miles an hour.
I)e Wolfe. Fiske & Co. will shortly
publish "Samuel Sewall und the World
Me Lived In," by N. II. Chaberlain, au
thor of "Autobiography of a New
England Farmhouse." The materials
for the volume have been gathered
from the records of the old lioston and
New England life of KHO-1730.
A third volume in the Macmillan
Company's uniform edition of Frled
erli'h Nletsche'a translated works Is
about to appear. It Is entitled, "The
Genealogy of Morals," and Is consider
ed scarcely less remarkable than the
much-discussed "Thus Spake Zara
thustra." Several successful lullabies have
been written by Miss Myra Augur Chis
holm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Chisholm, of Hinsdale, 111., both of
whom are writers. Miss Chlsholm'a
'Slumber Sea" und "A Lullaby" have
attained considerable popularity, and
she has 'Just written another called
"The Sweetest Flower that Grows."
"The Treatment of Nature In Dante's
Divlnu Commedla," by Prof. L. Oscar
Ktihns. shortly to appear from the
press of Edwurd Arnold, aims at giving
"a complete picture of Dante's use of
all forms of animate and inanimate na
ture, so arranged as to be read with in
terest not only by the special Dante
scholar, but by the general student of
"A ('lost? Shave," a drama by Julia
Terry Hammond, "written for the ne
gro by a negro," shows a considerable
appreciation of the dramatic elements
in the question of race hatred, though
It.s literary workmanship Is crude. Tbe
action turns upou u negro barber's de
fense of himself against a white bnlly.
There are some possibilities of pathos
Id the situations she conjures up, but
she destroys them by making her col
ored charncters six-ak In the stilted
phrases of the melodrama.
A few years ngo a noted scientist
made a series of experiments with In
sects to determine their muscular force.
He found that a cockchafer could draw
fourteen time Its own weight and a
b; twenty times. Fnrtn this ho ar
gued that, weight for weight, a cock
chafer was twenty-one times stronger
ihan a horse aud a bee thirty times.
Soon after another scientist, noticing
Ihe terrible snap of a crocodile's Jaw,
proccHled to experiment with one of
these creature. Having securely fas-1
tened. the lower Jaw and feet to a'tn
ble, he attached a dynamometer to the
cord which secured the upper Jaw to a
beam above. The crocodile, being an
gered by a slight electric shock, was
Induced to snap Its teeth. The (Jyna
niometer showed that the least, which
weighed one hundred and twenty
pounds, made an effort of three hun
Jred ntid eight pounds In closing Its
"Do you think, Harry, you could In
duce, one or two boys to come to Hun
"I could bring one," he replied. "D
udder fellers In our nlley kin lick me."
Cynteus I heard of a men to-day
who burled a wife and child In the
afternoon and went to the ttieater at
Manly He wn a brute,
A HOUSEHOLD PRAYER.
from s rtmty need la, a pointless pin,
A button niinu an eje,
A torn-out, worn-out buttonhole,
Koth now and by-and-hyj
From a rotten string, or slioe-lai-e weak,
Collar that button hard.
Necktie that turn "hind-side before"
Without the least regard,
Good Lord, deliver ua.
From a shiftless, thriftle wife,
A mother who doesn't care
Whether she tidily wears her gowns,
Or rarely combs her hair;
From a husband who doesn't see or know
How dirt tracks up the floor,
A father who thinks it foolishness
Fur the little ones to snore,
Good Lord, deliver us.
From a lazy man, a heedless woman,
A thoughtless boy or girl,
Who turn the world half upside down
With a whirr, a whisk, a whirl;
From such as these and many more,
As we go on our way,
That we may graciously he free
Forever, "Let Us Pray,"
Good Ijrd, deliver us.
SIXES AND SEVENS.
"My last day at Oxford," sighed Mrs.
Itomcr as she lay back In the punt and
put up her parasol. "Isn't it a shame,
Mr. Elsworth, that I have to go away
on the first day of the 'eights'?"
Elsworth of Exeter, having moored
the punt carefully, turned and sat
down opposite Mrs. Itomcr, nursing
"Keastly shame," he said, with
gloom In his voice. "But must you
"Positively must," replied Mrs. lio
mer, shifting her parasol and looking
at her companion round the edge.
"We've got to go to a dinner party to
morrow night in town and a theater
and dance the next night, and-O--something
or other every night till the
end of the season. Hut you're coming
to see us In town, aren't you? You
promised, you know."
Elsworth dug his heel into the floor
of the punt. "You won't have any
time to spare for me in town like up
here, you know," lie said, gloouil'y.
Then, more cheerfully: "We've seen a
lot of each other the last week, haven't
we? Seems as though v e'd known each
other for for any amount of time."
Mrs. Homer shifted her parasol a gala
In order to watch an eight paddling
down to the starting point at Ittley.
"They look such nice, clean, whole
some 1k,vs." she said. "That's what 1
like so about Oxford. All the boys
look as though well as though they
had a bath every morning. What boat
"O, that's the House Christ Church,
I mean. P.ut let's "
"And who is that at the end of the
"That's Barclay; he's stroke, you
know; awful outsider."
"He looks nice," said Mrs. Itomer,
following the boar with her eyes.
"Put, I say." said Elsworth, "can't
you cut the dinner party and stay on?
We could have such an awfully grod
time." - '
Mrs. Itomcr turned her eyes to Els
wort li and shook her head. "I'm to he
carried off by main force to-night," she
said. "You see, my husband Is coming
on from Birmingham this afternoon to
pick me up, and we iiositively must go
to town by the last train."
Mrs. Homer leaned back on"her cuKh
hvns and sighed. "But you're not smok
ing. Mr. Elsworth?" she said; "I don't
mind your smoking, you know."
'I don't want to smoke," said F.ls
worth. "I My," he continued, after a
pause, "we've had a ripping good time
! tills last week, haven't we?"
"I've enjoyed myself Immensely,"
said Mrs. Itomer. "Everybody has
been so kind. The rcthwlcksnreehn rul
ing people, and let one do Just hr one
likes, and "
"Yes," said Elsworth. "I shall always
1k grateful to the PethwickR."
"And you have simply devoted your
self to me an old married woman like
"What rot!" said Elsworth. "Why,
I don't Ix'lleve you're more than than
a year or two older than I am."
"Ah, but I am," Mrs. Rotner sighed,
shifting her parasol again, and turned
towards the river. "Wasn't that the
gun?" she asked. "Does that mean
that the race is starting?"
"No; that's only the first gun," said
Elsworth. "But never mind the race;
let's talk alKuit I mean I want to tell
"Don't be silly," said Mrs. Romer, sit
ting up and looking with great interest
down the course. "Of course, I mind
about the race. That's Just what I've
come to see."
"I believe you are offended with me,"
said Elsworth, gl(Mmlly, "I suppose I
! deserve It. I'd have begged your par
don last night only I thought you didn't
seem to mind, you know."
"Mind!" said V' Itomer, turning to
wards Elswc: aind what? I
thought you .iculnrly nice last
"Then, you weni'l offended really?"
"Why should I be offended?"
"At what-what I did."
"Why, Mr, Elsworth, what did you
Elsworth turned a puzzled face to
Mrs. Homer for a moment. Then, j lck
Ing a bit of Buff carefully from the
knee of his flannels, "I mean," he said,
"I mean when I kissed you."
' O!" said Mrs. Romer.
"I'm awfully sorry If It annoyed yon,
but I did."
Els a ct h looked up .boldly a t Mrs.
Romer, whose eyes wandered vaguely
round the horizon. Her eyebrowa lift
ed. "I don't remember," she said.
"Don't you remember," pursued Ela
worlh, "when we were standing List
stint after suppor at Brandon -look
ing Into the gardens? I was Jut be
hind you quite close and "
"Yes?" said Mrs. Romer, quite gen
tly, as her eyes came to rest upon Els
worth's face, which was still bent on
the knee of his flannels.
"Well, I couldn't help it, you know.
But you did know, didn't you?"
"I did not," said Mrs. Romer. "I
hadn't the least idea. And I can't un
"I'm awfully sorry really," said Els
worth. Mrs. Homer watched him in silence
for a few moments as he plucked at
the knee of his flannels. Then her
brow wrinkled a little. "Why are you
so sorry?" she asked.
"Because I'm sure you are angry;
now aren't you?"
Mrs. Romer reflected, rubbing the
handle of her parasol gently against
"Well, you see," she said, after a
pause, "after all, I didn't know."
"But supposing you had known,"
said Elsworth, looking suddenly up at
"It would never have hapuened,"
said Mrs. Romer, firmly.
There was silence for a few moments,
Elsworth looking moodily across the
river to the towing path, where the
townsfolk stood to view the races, and
undergraduates were hurrying down
to run with the loats. Mrs. Romer
looked reflectively at Elsworth.
"I don't think it was very nice of
you, Mr. Elsworth," she said, "to do
to do that soit of thing without my
knowing it. Why did you do It?"
"There didn't seem to be any any
other way," replied Elsworth. Then,
meeting Mrs. Romer's eyes, he said:
"But you needn't laugh at a man. It's
"I'm not laughing," 6aid Mrs. Romer.
"I'm very much annoyed."
"But you said you weren't angry,"
"You haven't told me why you did
it." said Mrs. Romer. "And there's an.
other gun. That's the start, isn't It?"
"I couldn't help it," said Elsworth.
"Don't you see, when a man sees you
every day talks to you and and all
that, doesn't It stand to reason, VI
I may call you Violet?"
"Certainly not," said Mrs. Romer;
"why, I'm old enough to be your moth
"O, rot!" said Elsworth, "you look
awfully young and and Jolly."
Mrs. Homer shook her head.
"I put my complexion on every morn
ing." she said. ' ,
"I don't believe it," said Elsworth.
"And I dye my hair," continued Mrs.
"I don't care," said Elsworth.
"And I I'm married," said Mrs. Ro
mer. Elsworth returned to the obdurate bit
of fluff on his knee.
"I suppose," he said, slowly, "that
does matter." Elsworth looked up
straight into Mrs. Romer's eyes. "You
are laughing," he protested. "It's
beastly rough on a chap."
The shouts of the spectators on the
bauks, on the bargesl and In the boats
grew In volume; a bell clanged the
signal from the bank that a boat was
"within bumping distance of another.
Excited nienTofe along the towlng'-path
with rattles, and shoiited the names of
their colleges in encouragement as tue
eights came up the course. Rut Els
worth heard none of these things. lie
beard only the laughter that bubbled
from the lips of Mrs. Romer.
"O, you absurd boy!" she said.
"There! Exeter has made a bump, and
you haven't even cheered!"
"I wasn't thinking of the races," said
Elsworth. "A man doesn't think of
things like that when he's "
"We ought to le getting back," said
Mrs. Horner, as she watched the eights
paddling Iwck from the winning-post
to their respective barges.
Elsworth unmoored the punt and be
gan punting up-stream, After a stroke
or two he stopped, and trailing the pole
in the water behind him, said, "I sup
pose I mustn't come and see you
"Why not?" said Mrs. Romer. "I
was hoping to see a lot of you when
you came up to town or 'down,' you
call It, don't you?"
"You mean it?" said Elsworth. "Be
cause, of course, I should be-only the
thought perhaps after what has hap
"What 1ms happened?"
"I mean after last night, and- -mid
what I've said to-day but I couldn't
help It, you know, but I thought you
might find It a little awkward my meet
"O! there's Dick on the barge," said
Mrs. Homer. She waved a welcoming
parasol, and a lifted straw hat on the
Exeter barge Identified Mr. Romer. Els
worth punted alongside, and was forth
with Introduced to Mr. Romer.
Mrs. Homer held Elsworth's hand a
moment at parting.
"You mustn't," she said, "take it too
seriously what 1 said."
"You mean-about about mlndins?"
"No," laughed Mrs. Romer, "about
my hair, and so on. Oood-by. We
shall see you lu town."
"Good-looking loy," said ..Mr. Homer,
as he walked up through Christ Church
meadows with his wife,
"Isn't he?" said Mrs, Itomer. Then,
looking sideways up at her husband,
she proceeded, '"And O! Dick, what do
you think? He's Is love with me -awfully
In love, poor lniy."
"Whut, niiothcr Really, VI, the Pub
lic Prosecutor ought to take yon up."
"And- Dick -he klsaed me!"
"O, Vk come" began Mr. Romer.
"It whs such an absurd H'tle kiss
on my back hair. I could scarcely feel
It. And 1 couldn't Inugh because he
cnuse, of course, he thought I didn't
know. And now he's so miserable
"But why should he lie miserable,"
began Mr. Romer, 'lf he '
"O. don't be logical, Dick, You don't
mind, Dirk, do your
"Mind," mid Mr. Romer, selecting
cigar from his case. "Of course uot
if be doesn't."
They walked on for a little in silence,
Mr. Romer puffing at his cigar.
"Well," he said at length "jou'ra
very serious, VI. What are you Udnk
ing of? The silly boy?"
"Stupid old Dick," said Mrs. Rom.T,
glancing at her husband. ''I wa
thinking of you. You are so sensible,
Dick so horribly sensible." The Lud
gate. How It Feel to Be Blown Up.
"One of the most exciting episodes In
my life," said Gen. Dudley Avery, re
cently, to a New Orleans newspaper
man, "was during a thunder storm a
number of years ago on Avery Island,
when 10,000 pounds of dynamite ex
ploded. It was a most extraordinary
happening, and the most remarkable
thing of tbe affair was that I lived to
tell the tale. I was in tbe vicinity of
the building In which tbe dynamite
was stored, and when the storm came
on I took shelter under a shed which
was some distance removed from the
explosion, and wlncli was used as a
blacksmith shop by a man who was
employed In this capacity, and who
served with me during the war, and at
the battle of Shlloh. We were chatting
together when I felt a shock, and then,
to my surprise, I saw the blacksmith
going up In 0i air. I watched him
pass through the roof of the shed, but
the man, who, by the way," was an
Irishman, did not seem to get any fur
ther from me. Then I realized that I
was going up too. I suppose we must
have ascended for thirty or forty feet,
and then we came down with a rush,
reaching the earth a little disfigured
awl with lungs In a state of coliapee.
When we caught our breath the Irish
man remarked between his gasps that,
a little thing like that couldn't sre
us, as we'd both been in explosions
before. He was wounded badly, how
ever, while I escaped with a few
scratches. We found upon coming down
that the lightning had exploded the
10,000 pounds of dynamite. Where the
storehouse had stood there was a hole
In the ground about thirty feet deep,
and with a diameter of fully sixty feet,
shaped like a funneJ. Trees is the vi
cinity were burned black, and an oak
tree two fcjet thick that had stood
twenty feet from the building was torn
Into shreds so fine tiiat scarcely a ves
tige could be found. I have been
afraid to go near dynamite ever since."
Famous Spot in History.
The most important public square in
Paris, and one of the handsomest in
the whole world, is the Place de la
Concorde. In the center rises the obe
lisk of Luxor, presented by the pasha
of Egypt to Louis Philippe. It is flank
ed on either side by a large fountain.
The Place de la Corcorde seems some
what wrongly called, in view of the
history of the spot. One hundred and
fifty years ago it was an open field.
But in 1748 the city accepted the gra
cious permission of Louis XV. to. erect
a statue to him here. The place then
took his name and retained it till the
new regime, in 1(89, melted down the
statute and converted it into 2-cent
pieces. On the 30th of May, 1770, dur
ing an exhibition of fireworks here, a
panic took place and 1,200 people were
trampled to death and 2,000 more were
severely injured. The occasion was
the attempt of the people to express,
by a grand celebration, their unbound
ed Joy at the recent marriage of the
young dauphin with the Austrian prin
cess Marie Antoinette. On the 21st of
January, 1793, they gathered here
again In Immense numbers to see the
head of the same dauphin, now Louis
XVI., chopped off by the sharp gulllo
tine. During the next two years the
sM)t well earned Its title "Place of the
Revolution," for the guillotine did not
cease its work until Marie Antoinette.
Charlotte, Mine. Elizabeth (the king's
sister), ; Robespierre, and more than
2,800 persons had perished by its dead
ly stroke. Chautauquan,
Electricity and Music.
An electrical attachment for pianos
has recently been patented. A current
Is made to flow through the strings of
the instrument, a powerful magnet be
ing the most essential part of the con
trivance. When a key Is struck, the
corresponding string vibrates In the us
ual manner; but it continues to vibrate
and to produce the note until the key is
released. Incidentally, owing to the
electrical action, the harmonics are
brought out In a wonderful way. It Is
suggested that much might be done for
acoustic effect by stringing wires over
the celling and walls of concert halls
and theaters. If properly arranged,
they would respond sympathetically to
the sounds of human voices or of mu
sical Instruments. The singer's notes
would actually play upon a gigantic
Aeolian harp, and wonderful harmonic
results might be brought out. This
Idea, so far as known, has never been
tried. There Is no telling how far the
harmonics might be helped by causing
nn electric current to flow through the
wires, as In the case of the piano.
Pond Alive with Goldfish.
Ferdinand Marker, a prosperous far
mer at Malvern, near Canal Dover,
Ohio, has a rwvel feature on his land
In a pond of large nrea which Is liter
ally alive with goldfish. Heveral yeara
ago he placed two In the pond and
these have multiplied until there seems
to be millions of them.
Kenn Isn't your wife afraid to drlTt
Steam Not at nil. It's the people aha
meets who are scared. Hartford
, Robert-Is Harry food of female ao-
Rlchnrd-Immoderately. Pre known
him to play whist with three woman.
THREE DISPUTED INCHES
And What They Hare to Do with
"Many foolish cases are brought Into
the courts," observed an old lawyer.
"My advice to my clients haa always
been been to keep out of the court. I
remeinlier a case In which one neigh
bor was iiwolved in a distreselng con.
troversy with another. The neighbor
who was sued for damage had built a
liotiKik nn n eornrr lot snt wiiHi thA
house was erected tbe other neighbor
discovered that It had encroached upon
about three inches of bis land. Thy
had some words and the man who had
built the house hired me to defend him
in a suit brought by th other man.
Well, after much troubte, I brought
them together and tried to procure a
settlement out of court. They argued
with and abused each other and would
come to no agreement. The land was
worth 50 a foot; threa inches there
fore worth about $12.r0.
!T told my client he had better set
tle. No; he was right; be wouldn't. Ho
the cose was dragged along in one
court and then another for over a year.
When finally my client bad lost the
case had coet him about twenty times
the amount of money involved aud
much mental worry, caused by hard
feelings. It was Tolstoi's story of the
two neighbors who had a falling out
over nothing all over again. They lived
thereafter on constant enmity, never
speaking to each other and heartily de
testing each other, while their children
were reared to foster this feeling. One
felt that he had ben robbed, and the
other that It had cot him a great deal
of money to get what was his. It was
as near a feud as might well exist in a
civilized city, only inetead of the dag
ger thrusts of a genuine, bona fide ven
detta, there were the more dangerous
weapons, venomous tongues, which
gave utterance constantly to sneers,
slander and backbiting.
"Thereafter, each was Jealous of the
other's prosperity or rejoiced when ad
versity sought his rival's family. The
innocent as well as the gTiilty and ob
stinate contestants suffered, and it was
altogether a detestable piece of busi
ness. So I am ever in favor of settle
ment out of court, just as believe in
arbitration to settle the irotble be
tween nations. One is as s.sjtial to
the happiness of the domestic circle as
the other Is to the well-being of the
Woman's Soprano Votcc.
The scientist who discovered in the
human larynx the anatomical reason
why woman has a soprano vofre and
man a bass one was a womaP, Mrs.
Ernma Seller. She was a G-erma,, born
In Wurzburg. Left a widow with two
children to support, she resolved, to be
come a teacher of singing, but Aidden-
I ly lost her voice. Then she determined
to find out why; also to discover tf pos
sible the correct method of singing, so
that others might not lose their Voices."
For this purpose she studied anatomy.
She dissected larynx after larynl and
spent years In her search, trying" to
find for one thine whv women's head
tones could reach high 'C while men had
no soprano ones. At length her sarch
was rewarded. She discovered under
the microscope one day two small,
wedge-shaped cartilages whose action
produces the highest tones o the hu
man voice. She matte her discovery
public. -It excited great attention
among scientists. Her own brother, a
physician, praised the treatise In the
highest terms till he found his own sis
ter had written it. Then he (lashed it
down, saying in a rage that she would
be better attending to her housework,
lime. Seller's portrait, a marble relief,
is in possession of the American Philo
sophical Society of Philadelphia, of
which she was a member. She wrote,
among other books, "The Voice in Sing
ing" and "The Voice in Speaking." She
died n 1880.
Red Hals and Gowns.
The red hat worn by the cardinal as
a badge of distinction is not really a
hat at all, but a tight-fitting skull cap
bearing a strong resemblance to the
Turkish fez, but without the square
cut crown and tassel. Red hatB were,
first bestowed upon cardinals by Leo
IV. at the time of the meeting of the
council of" Lyons, In the year 1245. No
one knows exactly why red was select
ed for a distinctive badge to be worn
by such a dignified a person as a car
dinal is or should be, unless it is that
which has always associated the colors
red and purple with kings, queens, em
perors and other royal personages.
Originally a red gown was as much a
part and parcel of the cardinal's attire
as the red hat, and this being the case,
It is altogether probable that Leo had
the Idea of letting it le understod that
henceforth his cardinals should rank
with kings, princes and other poten
tates, in truth, a cardinal should prop
erly be styled a "prince of the church."
At a great many of the old-time gath
erings of royal and ecclesiastical digni
taries the cardinals took x'reoodence
of royalty of the very bluest blood.
Tbe different colors of the sky are
caused by certain rays of light being
more or bss strongly refb-cted or ab
sorbed, according to the amount of
moisture contained in the atmosphere.
Such colors do, therefore, portend to
some extent the kind of weather that
may naturally be expected to follow.
For Instance, a red suneet Indicates a
fine day to follow, because the air when
dry refracts more red or heat-making
raya, and as dry air la not perfectly
transparent, they are again reflected
Jn the horlwMi. A coppery or yellowy
sunset has been advocated aa a fairly
successful way of proffnoatlcattng; fix
your eye on the maJleat cloud you en
see; If It decreases and dtaappeam the
weather will be cobd; If It Increaaea in
slse rain may he looked for.
A crow father it not a pleaaant thing
to bare, but the effect la wholeaotna.
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