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WHEN I WAS A BAREFOOT ROVER.
Oh, the spoil and r--l in ttu world of
And the utrife that lives forever,
Are lMt in the ) and dear oid day
That (he yeir can never wtit,
I'd puns thi' haunt and tnartu of men,
And all its joys, moreover.
To live and dream one hoyUh dream
When I was a ban-foot rover.
The hhady hint', by (he rip'ning grain,
And the inindowa aijaiu to wander;
The willow'd rill hcjimil the hill.
To the pickerel pond "down yonder."
To lie in the cool of the shade ami dream
My youthful driims all over,
r'l give all the world has doled to me
To he a hart-foot rover.
Tlie lces ami liirds. the lowing herds,
The muddy cattle wallow;
The hollow stump where squirrels slunk
And the nuts in "chipmunk hollow;"
The fMint, sweet smell from the ferny dell
Where the wild flow'rs um-d to hover.
And the woods, and hrooks, and secret
Were mine a barefoot rover.
The chirp of birds, the lowing herd,
And Uh- hmnlile bees' dull droniuir
1 1 music wall'd from the surging throng
With its evcr ceasing moaning.
And I'd pass the haunts and marts of men,
And its arts and joys, moreover.
To lie and dream one boyish dream
When I was a barefoot rover.
Chicago Inter O'ean.
a, HE first great ex
citement of the op
ening of the civil
war swept over tlx;
country like nil Ir
wave in that mem
orable year isoi,
and I wan caught
In the current, though at college, ami
with nearly all my class enlisted among
the first volunteers. My health not be
ing very robust, Instead of receiving or
ders for field service, I was commis
sioned to flit a place In u disbursement
One day I was summoned Into the
presence of my commanding officer and
told I was to accompany dipt, MeKcy
(we will call him) to a certain city for
money to pay the troops. The stun
wan $100,000. We were given particu
lar directions as to our going and com
ing. The distance was so great we
were obliged to stay over night on the
route. A large city was selected and
we were advised as to the hotel.
When we reached our destination
Capt. McKay produced an old black
bag for our precious burden. It was
not nn ordinary old wornout bag such
a one as an ollicer might have used un
til the gloss was gone and the edges
were white. There was no air of an
cient respectability nltout It. Since It
was new much time must have elapsed.
and heavy wear must have been Us
portion, judging from the patches
which were not of the same kind of
shiny black leather as the primitive
The Captain carried the bag and 1
watched the Captain. .When the iium-Im-is
traveling admitted of It, I took a
sent Just la-hlnd him; otherwise we sat.
I rather enjoyed hearing the com
ments of our fellow travelers on the
Captain and his bag. One young lady
Raid to her companion: "If that nice
looking captain has a wife Hhe ought
to be nshanied of herself for allowing
her husband to carry such a fuiious
looking old bag!"
A couple of lads returning from
school took the scat vacated by th" la
dies, anil after they were settled they
oiniiionced to look about them, and
one said to the other: "What's that
"Which one?" asked his companion.
"The one with the bag?" After study
ing some time he replied, "Brevet col
onel, I believe."
"Itrevct Jack-a iiapi-s!" exclaimed the
first boy. "I believe he's a low-downer,
something like an 'orderly' or ah 'ad
jutant.'" "No, sir-roc, sir; he's a 'brevet' of
some kind. Ildn't we have the expla
nation of 'brevet' the other day In class
as a commission which entitles an offi
cer to rank above his pay? Now thai
fHler ranks above his pay, which ac
fcounlx for his uniform's being first
class, for I'ncle Sam settles the bills.
1 1 1 1 his pay does not allow him to have
other nice things- like bags and
Aside from remarks, we met with no
advent tire, and reached the hotel where
we were to spend the night about. ') In
the evening. We had determined to
avoid exciting remarks by making un
necessary requirements about our
room, ho simply asking for a room in
the iilct part of the hotel where we
could sleep In the morning, we were
shown to one of a suite. We realized
we had made n mistake In this parilcu
lar when we were alone, and com
menced to make plans for barricading,
as the room had three doors to be
"Now what will wo do to the win
dows'" asked Capt. McKay, as we
(stood In our shirt sleeves, all heated
from our exertions of moving a heavy
mahogany Is-dstond without rollers In
front 'of one door, a marble topped
withstand In front of another and a
tiinrble-toppcd bureau (also without
casters) in front of the third.
I considered myself something of a
genius about a house, so I replied cheer
fully: "I think I can tlx the wndows
I took the chairs and the towel nick,
some empty pasteboard boxes found In
the closet and fi bamboo whatnot and
erected a pyramid between the win
down. My Idea was (it construct ait
easily moved something so that taiiy
oiie trying to enter by the window:
would (five premonitory symptoms by
a grand orrrthio.v. The pyramid not
being ijii (Hoii.Ji, I bolhoiiglit we of
the window shade. An nnforMiniue
thought, for I lamed my thumb aud
skinned several fingers trying to get
the shade down, hut at length we
stood In admiring silence lefore a pyr
amid that at Its base took In both win
dows and at it summit, by the aid of
the rolled up Rhades placed like an "A"
to form an ajx-x, reached nearly to the
top of the room. We felt safe and re
tired for the night.
1 was awakened by thinking a do
tu.cb.ment of artillery and an avalanche
from the Matterhorn were attempting
to enter our windows at the same time.
I gave a leap from the bed to ascertain
what was the matter, when I found
myself all enveloped In window shades!
(they having selected that pleasing
moment to unwind after having rapped
me a wake.
Capt. McKay assured me that I made
use of various strong expressions as I
struggled to free myself. After the
closest scrutiny, we could discover no
trace of any attempt having been made
to enter our room by the windows, but
sundry movings about overhead led us
to conclude our pyramid had received
Its overthrow from jars from that quar
ter. "Morn, waked by the circling hours,
with rosy hand," hail scarcely unbarred
the gates of light when I felt something
more vigorous than a "rosy hand" hold
of my shoulder, and opening my eyes
I saw the Captain's face pale find dis
tracted In front of mine mid heard him
say in a voice trembling with emotion:
"The bag Is gone!"
"It cannot be!" I cried, springing up
In a frenzy of fear, hut diligent, search
could not reveal its hiding place. There
stood the heavy mahogany bed before
one door, the washstand and bureau be
fore the other two, undisturbed! The
dust on the window let ges and sasli
seemed to prove that no one, not even
the chambermaid, had interfered with
them for some t ime.
"Let us get dressed and notify the,
authorities of our loss," cried tin; Cap
tain In a hoarse whisper.
I'.oth of us started to obey this sug
gestion and made such speed as we
could, considering our oft repeated ten
dencies to stop and search in probable,
and Improbable nooks for the lost, t
saw Capt. McKay pulling out the draw
er in the bamboo whatnot, large enough
to hold a writing pad with a few pen
cils; while I flew with a boot half pulled
on to search I he top sliclf in the closet.
"I have looked there six times!" the
Captain called out. "I shall Ik- fia-over
disgraced,"' he added w ith a groan.
"And our brave boys, w hat will they
do for I heir pay!" I said feebly my im
becility showing itself in my alluding
to such a painful view of the subject
when the Captain was so overcome.
"Io you think I shall allow them to
lose a cent?" he asked, almost fiercely.
"No, sir! I have $1,000 in the bank and
I'll use every bit of my pay aud forfeit
my pension to "
Itap-a taptap, came n summons to
open the door, Is for.' which the heavy
mahogany bed stood as an Impenetra
ble fortification. I. with boot number
one on and number two halt on, and the
Captain, with one arm In his vest, has
tened to remove the obstruction with
as little noise as possible, feeling we
would rather not have it known how'
much we had barricaded. Several more
raps came before we were ready, but
at lengt h we opened t he door and In the
dimness of a dark morning we saw a
hall Isiy with a jug of water in one
I took the water, while the Captain
said In nn excited tone: "Hoy, run
down quickly and tell the hotel clerk
to come up here! Why don't you start ?"
j he asked. Impatient ly.
"Yen, I'm going, mlsler, but fust let
I me ax ye If this here is yourn?" At
ilhat he held up his oilier hand and
! there we boh,eld the old, shabby, but in
estimably precious bag!
The Captain nearly swooned with
Joy, while 1 had presence of mind to
tell the boy not to send up the clerk
and to give him a sum of money that
made him whistle till the way down the
hull. The loy explained tnt he picked
up the bag Just outside our door. Then
we remembered when the lock of the
door had proved refractory, the Cap
tain had set It there, but neither of us
hud noticed that It was not picked up
again. Itlessed be shabblness! we
agreed. If It couhl accomplish the re
markable feat of preserving the sum
of $100,000 in the hallway of a hotel so
AVhen the Captain and I had suffi
ciently recovered from falling on each
other's necks and weeping tears of joy
over the recovery of our treasure, the
Captain said: "I can trust, you not to
tell this, 1 am sure, lor if you do, and It
should reach the Oeneral'x ears, it
would mean the loss of my commis
sion." That Is the reason I have waited until
this time la-fore giving the public this
episode of the war Orange .ludd
Hevenlel by the Microscope.
A ready means of distinguishing be
tween fresh meat and that which has
been frozen, a writer points out, Is fur
nished by the microscope. A small
quantity of the blixsl or meat Juice Is
examined, ami If litis Is from fresh llesh
numerous red corpuscles normal In col
or and floating in clear serum are seen;
while In the case of blood from llesh
that has been preserved by freezing the
corpuscles have dissolved III the serum,
and not a single normal red corpuscle
Ctiu 1m seen. The liquid must be ex
amined before there has la-en any dry
lug. Youag Indlnns a I '(inner.
Out of f"0 Indian Imvs and girls late
ly at the Indian Industrial School at
Carlisle only KM are Ihere now. The
other 40t! are out among Uie farmers of
the Stale helping to harvest the cro)w.
There Is one thing that gels a man
Into more trouble than lovA carrying
a pistol, and looking for a fight
The swallow has a larger mouth, In
proportion to Its size, than any other
Jird. He needs a scoop-net mouth,
?or he does all his feeding on the wing.
I'laee a snake on a smooth surface,
is a polished table, and it makes no
Headway, because' it finds no resistance
n the smooth surface to aid it in push
An attempt to acclimate ostriches In
Kouth Kussia has proved successful.
The ostriches born in ltussia are much
less sensitive to cold than the Imported
ones, and their plumes are equally
The wave length of Roentgen rays,
according to I'rometheus, has been as
certained by Dr. Fro mm of Munich to
be fourteen mllllonthsof a millimeter, or
about seventy-five times smaller than
the smallest wave length of light. The
determination was based upon Interference-phenomena.
A powerful anaesthetic, which vola
tilizes on exposure to t he air, has been
Invented by a Polish chemist. It is be
lieved that bombs filled with this chem
ical, and thrown Into the ranks of an
opposing army, will In a few moments
make the foe utterly helpless.
Condensation Is the result of chilling
the air. The ascent of the lower strata
of the atmosphere into the higher re
gions and the consequent expansion
and loss of heat Is the most probable
cause of rain, and It Is not impossible,
that the air near the ground, being
made to rise by being artificially heat
ed, might tend to produce the desired
downpour of rain.
There Is patented a useful addition
to the typewriter In the shape of a pair
of small mirrors, measuring each nine
and one-half inches by three aud one
half inches, so mounted us to afford a
perfectly clear view of the writing to
on operator sitting erect and using it
table height. The mirrors can be at
tached to any machine, and do not in
terfere with any of Its uses, while they
can be turned aside In a moment when
It Is desired to brush the types or insert
a fresh Inking ribbon.
It Is not often that estimates are giv
en In years of the time that has elapsed
since the appearance of early races of
men. Such an estimate, however, has
recently been made by Mr. Jacob
Nuesch concerning the ancient inhab
itants of Switzerland. According to
Dr. Nuesch man first appeared on
Swiss soil about 2S.00H years ago. Ho
dwell: there during 8,ono years, when
great changes occurred, aud for 8,000
to 1:2,000 years man seems to have been
absent, lie reappeared at the begin
ning of the Lake Dwellers' period,
which lasted 4,000 years, and closed
4,oi) years ago with the introduction
Much attention in scientific circles
has been attracted by a recent lecture
by Prof. William Crookes on "Dia
monds." Prof. Crookes made a spe
cial study of the diamond mines of
South Africa, and his conclusion Is that
the gems found tm-re have been crys
tallized out of molten Iron containing
carbon in solution, and at sullicient
depth below the surface to give great
pressure: but this is doing on a largo
scale what Moissan, the French chem
ist, has succeeded In doing on a small
scale. Molsson makes microscopic dia
monds by dissolving carbon In Iron,
and causing the crystals to form under
pressure. The chief difference appears
to be in size and capacity of the labor
atory, in which regard nature has a
Dr. Von Lieblg of the University of
Munich calls attention, In Science, to
some of the curious effects of rarefied
and of condensed air on human res
piration. On high mountains some
persons experience distressing "short
ness of breath," one result of which Is
that they are unable to whistle. Pre
cisely the same effect Is sometime.1
produced by the condensed air In cais
sons and diving bells. Laborers work
ing in compressed air frequently find,
however, that their powers of exertion
are Increased as 'ong as the atmos
pheric pressure Is not more than dou
ble that of ordinary air; but beyond
that point unpleasant effects are ex
perienced after the men have left the
working shafts ami returned Into the
open air. Oil ttie other hand big i at
mospheric pressure in the case of per
sons not doing manual labor has been
found to act as a mental stimulus, In
creasing the Impulse to talk.
i:ipetrteal l'owei- In America.
John hogart, one of the American
engineer connected with the work of
co: pletlng the Niagara Falls electrical
power works, gives to the Pall Mall
Ci'.'.ette of London some Interest lug
facts in regard lo electrical power In
America. The Niagara company fur
nishes an electrlenl horse-power of l.",
fMM) with a cpaclty for -10,0iio, and pos
Nihilities of Increasing to any extent
needed. The works cost SO.imhi.ihiii. Ii
having been necessary lo construct a
tunnel 7,000 feet long at a considera
ble depth and through solid rock. Of
the utility of the work (he fact that
Kuflalo and Niagara City are supplied
at I he rate of 20 per liurae-power per
nullum, while In aome cases nearly
giro per bone-power has been paid, U
uftlclent evidence. Next to the eiecrrv
cal works at Niagara ore those at Sault
Hte. Marie, and according to Mr. hogart
the greatest of all are In construction
about sixty liilles from Montreal, near
the town of Massena, N. Y., close to
the Ht. Lawrence River. The power
will be obtained froia a fall of forty
feet between the southern branch of
the Ht. Lawrence Kiver aud a small
placid stream known as Grass Itiver.
A canal of a little more than three
miles in length is In process of con
struction and when the works are
completed a total of To.OOO electrical
horse-jKjwer can be furnished. It seems
a pity that the attention of engineers
had not sooner been, directed to this
point on the St. Lawrence, as In that
case probably the vicinity of Niagara
Falls would not have been given over
to manufacturing and thus become a
great industrial center, as It will In
the not distant future.
ATCHISON GLOBE SIGHTS.
It Is a good thing to have a man help
his wife around the house occaslonaJly;
he gets mad at the dull knives and scis
sors, and they are Khartcned as a re
sult. When a new minister arrives in a
town, tlie experienced people do not
turn out to hear him until he has had
time to exhaust the string of anecdotes
he brought with him.
There Is a belief among romantic peo
ple that money can buy everything but
love. This may be true, but It can buy
a substitute article that is as good as
love, and that wears better.
An Atchison woman is such a great
believer in Christian nciencethat she
calls her blue glassware, which she re
ceived as a prize with Iwiking powder,
cut glass, and has convinced herself
that It Is cut glass,
After the proud and pretty girls in a
family get married, there Is nothing
left to sustain the pride of the family,
and the father and mother dose the
parlor aud resume their familiar Inter
course with the neighbors who eat In
A real pleasant time doesn't begin at
a party until some one breaks the ice
by saying something unfavorable about
one who is absent. The guests look for
a moment at each other as If In doubt,
then all plunge into the hole, aud a good
Speaking of chaperons, society
should Issue a rule that a man must be
cliaperoued, and that unless his wife
can do it she should have the privilege
of .naming her substitute. A man who
is chaperoned by his wife is as safe
from temptation as If he were a 6-year-old
loy asleep in his cradle.
An Atchison man -vvho visited in
western Kansas recently found the
family sleeping without pillow cases,
and using a tin bucket for a teapot. lie
expressed his surprise and was told
tnat the banks of that country refused
to take any more money on depolt,
find they were keeping theirs in the pil
low cnnes and teapot. The family were
much worried for fear that when the
corn and cattle are sold, they will have
to take off their socks and stockings to
hide their money In.
Kittle Ye We-Chong.
Probably the youngest private secre
tary ever entered on the record of the
department of state In Washington is
little Ye We-Chong, tlie only son of the
minister from the "Land of the Morn
ing Calm," as Corea is fondly called by
her native born. This small boy is
only ! years old, and last fall knew
nothing of the English language, but
after six months' schooling he is be
ginning to speak and write, and has a
greater command of the language than
his father, who knows almost nothing
of It. Unlike most of the rising gener
ation, he considers it a great treat to
go to school, and is quick and bright
and eager to learn. Tlie little fellow
has adopted the American style of
dress, and is fast picking up the ways
of young Americans, too, though many
times ids manners would put theirs to
shame. He is devoted to Ills mother,
who, with his father, used very often
to accompany him to school. Like most
Coroan fathers. Minister Ye Pool-Chin
is very strict, and the young secretary
stands very much In awe of him. Har
The Church Maid.
The up-to-date churches now employ
a church maid. One who enters a sanc
tuary In New York nowadays may see
a slender figure in a plain black gown
with cape and apron moving around
among the pews. She Is, ierhaps, dilat
ing the hymnals, arranging the ca's
socks or putting notices In the racks.
She will, however, come forward, an
swer your questions, direct, you to the
sexton, I ell you the minister's hours or
advise you to whom you should apply
for other Information than she may be
able to give. It Is a part of her duty
to remain respectfully near visitors, for
si rangers have been known lo "lift"
anything that strikes their fancy and
walk off with it. The maid also cares
for the minister's study and gives to
the edifice many touches of which tho
Janitor Is Incapable. The church maid
has her hands full. Pittsburg Dis
Origin or "Tip."
lh-re is an Interesllng bit of philolo
gy. It concerns the origin of tlie word
tip," and throws a little light on the
origin of the custom. In old English,
taverns a receptacle for small coins
was placed conspicuously, and over it
was written, "To Insure promptness."
Whatever was dropped In the box by
gucsis was divided among the ser
vants, In the course of dm the ab
brevlaled form, "T. I. P." wu nsed.
Wasps Kill Kile.
An Irish observer estimate that
wasps captured between 800 and 400
tiles nn t wo of bla cows ro aboat twen
RULCS OF THE ROAD.
Three Claesea of I'eraons On a lit to
Know and Observe Tliem.
The rules of the road appear to be
Indifferently understood by a large
number of persons who use the streets,
or they are willfully disregarded. The
ordinary rules of the road, and they
apply to road vehicles, horsemen and
bicycles, are as follows:
For the Driver. Know how to drive.
Keep to the right.
In passing another vehicle going in
the same direction keep to the left.
Iu approaching a crossing slow up.
To go around a corner slop up and
make a wide turn to carry you to the
right, and avoid vehicles coming down
the cross streets on their proper side.
A city street is not a speeding track;
it is a highway for the use of many
and various vehicles. Therefore drive
at moderate speed.
If you cannot drive do not handle the
reins. Let someone do it who can.
Keep a cool head.
A person who drives should be a re
sponsible person. A slight accident or
lack of judgment on his part might
cost a life.
Senile men, young and untrained
boys, nine-tenths of the women, one
half the men and a few of the coach
men should never be allowed to drive
iu the city. It takes knowledge, judg
ment and strength lo pilot a horse or a
team of horses in a crowded city street.
For the Pedestrian. If a pedestrian,
keep off the roadway, except to pass
over it at the proper crossing.
Do not stop in the middle of the
street to converse with a person you
In crossing a street step lively; ob
serve all sides for coming teams. They
have the right of way.
Do not stand in the street while wait
ing for a street car.
If a bicycle copies behind you and Its
bell is suddenly rung, do not get rat
tled. Stand still. The wheelman will
ride around you and avoid hurting
Tf you do get rattled, do not try to
"balance on the corners" with the
wheel; make a bold dash for the side
walk, or else stand still.
The sidewalks are for pedestrians.
The roadways are for vehicles.
For the Wheelman. Do not ride a
bicycle on a crowded street until you
are Its master.
Do not "scorch."
Do not pass close in front of a ve
hicle or a street car.
Take your time unless you happen to
be going for a doctor. Even then go
with reasonable speed and be extra ob
servant and cautiousv
Keep to the right except when pass
ing a vehicle going in the same direc
tion, when pass 1t to the left.
Do not turn the corner of a down
town street while riding faster than
four miles an hour.
Do not coast on down-town streets.
It is dangerous to your own life and
the lives of others.
Do not attempt trick riding on a
crowded street. ;
When you see a wheelman riding on
the wrong side of the street warn him.
This is customary in Chicago, St.
Louis, Denver and other large cities.
If you are so wameu do not get angry.
If you ride at night without a lamp
and are accidentally run into it is your
fault. One of the chief purposes of a
lamp Is to keep other vehicles from
running you down.
Wheelmen should never ride more
than two abreast when tiding in par
ties, especially at night.
If you are a beginner get off and
walk down a hill. You are sure to be
nervous and might run into someone.
Every wheelman should know how
to dismount from both sides of the
wheel. This Is especially necessary in
down-town streets to avoid accidents.
Men who ride down town should
practice dropiring off the saddle astrad
dle the hind wheel where dismounting
from either side is Impossible.
Every wheelman should know how
to brake with the foot on the front
wheel. Many serious accidents on
down-town streets would thus be
Every woman who rides a wheel
should have a brake attached to it.
No man should take a woman on a
iottdem on a crowded street. Tandems
are not fit vehicles for down-town
streets during business hours. Kansas
A Bear that CouM Hite.'
Another man who depended on the
assurance that bears are arrant cow
ards, and will run from any human
being who approaches them, has had
occasion to amend his opinion. On the
third of last May a wheelman, riding
through the country about Lewlston,
Idaho, look It Into his head to go out
hunting for grouse. Leaving his wheel
In a secure place, and taking a small
t wcnly-tvvo-caliber rille, he obtained
the services of a civilized Indian boy
named Matthew, as a sort of guide, and
set forth. The boy also had a rllle of
the same size, and they had a couple of
dogs, hetweeu lliem they were pretty
well armed, as they thought, and count
ed upon bringing home a good bag. hut
hunting Is uncertain business.
They had not gone far into the woods
on Mission Creek, fifteen miles from
Lewlston, when the dogs stirred up
something which, to Judge from their
excited actions, was not a grouse. The
hunters went to see what It was, and
found the dogs barking at n she clniia
mon bear, which, with her cubs, was In
a kind of den In llie rocks.
The Indian Isiy was In advance, and
the bear had no sooner seen him than
she rushed out at him. Matthew did
the best thing he could think of he
fired his little rifle In the bear's face.
But the wound only enraged her She
sprang on the boy, bore hliu down, and
began lo tear htm with her teeth and
'- idic man waa meantime -cu
ing to the reerue with bis little pa,
Although the sight of the bear tearing
the boy made him sick, be poured Uie
small bullets Into her body, and at but
succeeded in hurting her so much that
sh let go the boy, and snarling at Uie
man, fled into the woods.
Poor Matthew was now unconscious;
his clothes were nearly gone, and bis
flesh was lacerated in fifty places. The
white mau thought he was dead, but it
turned out that life was in him, and the
man took him to a place where him
frightful wounds could be dressed.
This particular bear is well known to
the people about Mission Creek. She
has several times attacked men and
boys, who have heretofore got off, in
the language of Job, by the" skin of
The people have resolved not to tol
erate longer a bear with such repre
hensible habits, and at last accounts a
party had been organized to go after
her with more formidable weapoue
than twenty-two-caliber ritles.
"Yes, .My Lord."
At a meeting of teachers in New
Y'ork City many suggestions were made
as to the best methods of clearing the
cloudy uncertainly of children's mem
ories. "It is almost hopeless," said tlie prin
cipal of a public school. "American chil
dren, for instance, are usually sure of
but two dates in history, but they at
tach very different events to them.
One pupil told me yesterday that Wash
ington, was born in 1770 and that the
civil war ended in 1402."
"It is not only their memories, but
their minds that are hazy," said a welt
known literary woman. "Parente sel
dom know the strange meanings that a
timid child puzzles out alone from or
dinary phrases. Until I was a large giel
and found courage to ask how all of the
prophets could be hung on one rope, I
always ladle ved the two comman4-
kaieuts from which 'hang all thelaw aafl
the prophets' to have been two scaf
folds." "English children are bo brighter
than our own," said another teacher,
and repeated au aaeedote told by aa
American bishop who, while in. York
shire, had been asked to addresB a Sea
da y school.
"I am the hishop of the diocese ef
Washington and Idaho," he said; "au,
by the way, can any of you tell me
what a diocese is?"
Several hands were held up. Dr. Tai
bot nodded to a yellow-haired, red
cheeked lad in front. "You know," he
"Yes, my lord. A diocese is a high
point of laud, with a bishop sitting ou
top and a lot of clergymen all around."
"It is not the children who are to
blame," said an old professor, who had
listened in silence. "It is we, who, in
these modern days, are urgent to
crowd Into their vacant minds the rudi
ments of too many branches of knowl
edge. It Is better to take a week to
plant !n a child's mind one Idea, so that
it may take root and grow, and become
a part of his life, than to pour into it a
hundred facts In a day, which he does
not understand nor receive."
The seasons in the north frigid zeae
or arctic circle follow the seasons in
the north temperate zone, though, of
course, about the. pole and for 1,000
miles south of it in every direction the
winters are much more severe and
longer, while there is practically neith
er spring nor fall, three or four months
of unseasonably warm weather consid
ering the latitude, being what the resi
dents in Alaska and Northern Siberia
may expect. The equatorial regions
have their wet and dry seasons, the
change of seasons being usually accom
panied by severe storms, which occur
in September and March, often attain
ing the violence of hurricanes. What
we call our winter is the dry aud pleas
ant season iu equatorial regions, both
north and south, and our summer is, iu
the tropical zone, the rainy and ua
healthy season. St. Louis Globe-Deia-ocrat.
Umbrellas will last much longer it,
when they are wet they are placed bun
dle downwards to dry; the mowture
tlicin runs froiu the edges of the frajue
and the material dries uniformly. If
stood handle upwards, as is usually the
case, all the moisture runs into the top
of the umbrella and is kept there by
the lining underneath the ring, conse
quently it takes a long time to dry, a.nd
injui-es tlie silk or other fabric with
which the umbrella Is covered. The lat
ler Is one of the chief causes of um
brellas wearing so soon at t he top. Um
brella cases are not so much used as
formerly, for these are resiKtnslble by
their constant friction for the smnU
holes in the fabric that appear very
early. When not in use an umbrella
should be left unrolled, aud when wet
should be left loose to dry.
Animals oaught In traps have some
times managed to escape with trap and
all, but in most eases the trail has In
the long run been the death of them.
This was tlie fate of au eagle that had
flown away with a trap dangling from
one of its legs. For several weeks
neither bird nor trap was seen, till ou
day, a gentleniau noticed a curious oh.
Ject hanging from a tree-bran -n.
Climbing up to find out what It was, h
discovered that It was the ciglc, itil'n
(lead. The peg and chains by vvhi.-h
the trap had been fastened in t a
ground had become entangled fliuoet
the boughs and the poor ce'o had bevt
slowly wtarvtd to death.
lle'n a Walter Now.
Sample Hello, Meeker! Are you
still traveling for that provision flraiT
Meeker No; I'm taking local orderr
now for another concern In the sauit
Katnple What house are you wlthl
Meeker Hasber'a restaurant.
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