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MIDNIGHT. The time the sum
mer of l.STU. Puuic reigned ia
the little city on the gulf coast.
Stampede more wild aud terrible thun
that of frightened cattle possessed the
people. A stampede more desperate thai)
that of some thirteen years before when
the citizens fied madly away to the for
sl and cities of the East to escape the
rush of the conquering Yankees. From
down the coast had come the dread tid
bits of the invasion of "Yellow Jack."
Here was au enemy which they knew
from horrid experience spared not. Neith
er man, woman nor child could hope to
escape from his iron grasp If once he se
cured a firm hold on the town.
For several daj there had been' sub
dued terror pervading the community.
Away at Mobile, Scranton, Pensaeola and
ether coast towns they knew the flag of
pestilence was hanging against the flag
taff. They knew that it was but a ques
tion of a few short hours when the yel
low death wonld be among them. Pa
tiently, with the fatalism of the natives
of that clime, the Creoles had awaited its
coming. They had suffered before and
'would suffer again, if it pleased the Ii
vine Master to visit them with his wrath.
But they were but a small portion of the
populace. Even before the coming of the
plague the people had leen hastily prepar
ing for that fearful exodus from home
and kindred eveu, if by leaving relative
behind personal safety could be won.
It had come at last. The day before a
i'ioouer put into the little haibor. A
sick seaman was taken ashore. He was
infected as the doctors believed. All that
day and until late at night men walked
about the streets furtively watching each
other, fearful of being stricken with the
oourge by mere contact. The next morn
ing men abandoned their usual occupa
timjs and marched in broken and irreso
Vit columns toward the city hall. Would
(fee fateful bulletin announce their doom?
They gazed at each other in the same fur
tive, uneasy way which had marked the
Intercourse of neighbors aDd friends for
Bore than a week. They feared to look
and were yet drawn by the irresistible
faaeinat'ton of him who must learn tjje
- wont if death itself be the result. At
last one man lifted hollow and fear-worn
eyes to the bulletiu board. With a wild
shriek he turned and fled toward bis
home. It had come. Over on the little
blackboard was a signal ail knew. It
. was in the terse and significant language
familiar to all who had faced the yellow
death. It said:
"Saran landed yesterday died of yel
low fever at midnight. Two more death
from the same cause have occurred since.
Quarantine will be established at mid
night. All who wish to leave will take
notice. GOODRICH. M. D.
WRIGHT, M. I."
That was nil. But what a pregnant all
to that people. Eighteen hours remained
to leave or remain. Who should get away
first? Certainty long exi-eeted gave wings
to fear. Stampede, panic more terrible
than that of animals walled in by tire
succeeded to the silence and inaction of
mere foreboding. Yihie'c of all kinds
rushed front the most unexpected places.
Household goods hastily caught up borne
along in the armB of family and servant
added to the crowding of the already con
gested :reets. Men fought and snarled
like angry dogs to win a few feet farther
from the infected city. Women d.aging
toddling babies unwiiil'tly by the arms
rushed frantically along in the vaiu en
deavor to keep pace with the rapid strides
of husband asd father.
Ia the group of men who first stood
about that bulletin board wa George
Kendrick, lumberman..- Keitdricl: had
faced death on many a stricken field and
was a stranger to fear. He was a Yankee
who had followed ia the wake of the men
who settled in the South after the war.
Still a young man. he had brought his
push ar.d energy into the stronghold of
the rebel and won fame, fortune and re
spect, if not genuine love. Tall, athletic
and accomplished, he made bis way with
tfce tact of his shrewd, rnn:iy Scottish an
. restry. He had been in Magnolia for sev
era! years, and, while he had never faced
an epidemic, be had heard strange stories
of the doings of the people when the yel
low vng was hoisted on the city hall.
As he stood there in wonder and amaze
ment at that fearful rnsh he was accost
ed by old Jim Butler, one of the leaders
of the native element. Butler was
Itauut, sinewy "Johnnie" who bad seen
hot tiroes in the war. He led his pretty
daughter Mamie as he struggled with that
rrowd in the effort to reach the city hall
for a temporary refuge. George loved
Mamie with all the force of his strong,
lacitnrn nature. He was loved in return,
but the fateful words had not been spok
en. The old man saw the mutual love
and, while he did not relish a "Yank'
for a son-in-law, wns too good a father
to bring sorrow to hi only child.
"What are yon doing tltreT he called
to the yonnger man. "VeTiow Jack has
eome. tlet away, man. Off to the woods
or the North yon came from. Yon won't
Uat a day In this plague-ridden spot."
"Ia It ao bad aa that?" waa the care-
reply. "Where do yon go and why?
I shall not leave nntil I know I mint."
"Bad?" snorted Butler, In vast disgust.
"Ton never fought a battle with Yellow
Jack, I ran readily aee that. Yon see that
a t there? Well, It will blase that
way tttit Ho ret her. No hope can come.
JW dtd1 ewrg will role thta towa
amta ftj artjead or Jack Kroat seizes
; ' Vm la mim fraava grip and strangle him
a taaaeaaee. Thla la what yoo stay to
- aMt. Com away, for Ood'a aake, and
&. tr&4 frit death. Yi are aot ae-
climated yet and Mill fall as certainly as
the sun will rise to blister and wither the
"Oh, do come with us," pleaded the girl,
who. frightened eyes grew blacker with
the greater fear aroused by her father's
tern words. "Come to the pineries out of
the city and away from this fearful heut.
I implore you to ( me."
"Mel.be I might 1 of use here." was
the Yankee's reply. "If it is as bad as
you say, then help will e needed. Do
you go, sir? Well, if yon sui.v, I will
also. 1 may be needed. W ho can tell?"
"I have nothing to fear. You all," was
Butler's answer. "Come and guard my
child until this is over. I must M:iy to
help maintain the quarantine which will
be in force in a few hours. Remain until
midnight and if you were the deity him-j
seT, stay you must.
Reluctantly the young man joined the
stampede. He took the maiden's other
arm and with her father made rapid
strides to the ball There they stood on
the doorstep and watched the hurrying
mob of battling, terrorized human beings,
almost devoid now of all semblance to hu
manity. Butler's influence made it possi
ble for them to hope to wait until the last
train should leave. Then he determined
that his child and her lover should race
with death to a more northern city, where
relatives would rec-eive the girl and she
and Kendrick might be safe from the epi
demic. All day long aud until nearly the hour
for the establishment of the quarantine
the people rnRhed madly to the depot or
out into the gulf. Every conveyance was
impressed into service to remove loved
ones from under the dreadful shadow.
Calmly the natives waited the inevitable.
6HE CRIED, FALI.IXO TO IIEB
Theirs was a nature to wait and pray and
keep strict watch and ward that the hov
ering pestilence might he limned to meir
own town and not rush unchallenged into
the interior or even invade the States
north of I)ixie. I'p to this time yellow
jack had been an affliction of Dixieland.
It wns soon to show its horrid front north
of the Ohio and in cities where its pres
ence was never thought possible.
As the mob grew in numbers with ev
ery tram, men, long, lank nut sinewy,
tvpes of the coast Southron, dropped
from the incoming train. Kines and shot
guns were in their hands. Silently and
steadily they strode over to the city hall,
where they conferred with the Mayor.
They were joined by others of the city
itself. They would keep all within who
remained and bar all out who were out
after the big bell in the clock chimed the
At midnight now not far oft the shot
gun would role. That was the law made
by these stern men. It would place the
little city under a martial law more terri
ble than any framed or enforced by the
Yuiikee conqueror. Death might be the
portion of all who were left behind. The
gaunt ghost of peatilence stalked about
the streets sparing none. But the death
Inside was not so swift nor so sure c
that which awaited him who essayed to
break that rigid line extending in a wide
semi-circular sweep back from the water
front around the city to the other beach
from each to west. On the docks and in
the railroad yards the guards stalked.
Their tense faces and atevly eyes were set
with a determination which nothing hu
man would shake.
As the time drew nigh when escape
would be barred George Kendrick plung
ed into that seething, boiling mass of bat
tling humanity. He held his sweetheart's
arm closely and fought with the skill and
desperation learned on many a hotly con
tested field. He needed all bis great
strength for ties made by him were rude
ly broken In that fierce scramble for nd
va,ritage. He rushed Into the yards still
holding the panting and almost exhausted
girt in a firm grasp. He fought his way
blindly to the platform of the laat car of
the last train and by main strength land
ed his love thereon. As he wns alMitit to
follow he was attacked from the flank and
pushed momentarily from his position by
a wild, desperite fellow, who sprang to
the car. leaving a wailing and deserted
Kendrick aaw the woman's peril. He
lifted her in his brawny arms, swung her
sronnd and made her the means of clear
Ing a apace. Then be sprang forward and
deposited bet oa the platform Just as the
bell tolled and the train slowly started to
more. He rushed forward and was halt
ed by a stalwart guard, who ordered him
back. He remonstrated aud struggled.
telling the man that an unprotected girl
waa in that train and he must go to her
"Can't help that You don't go. No
body leaven this place nntil the quaran
tine is lifted, Datnn you, Yank, I'll break
yonr head if you don't let up."
"Try it on,. Johnnie," jelled Kendrick,
infuriated by the resistance. He rushed
on his foe aud gamely struggled wiih him
while the train wns stid in the yards. He
tossed the big man to one side and top
pled him over with a bard punch as he
was falling. Then he rnbcd like a star
tled deer along that platform to rejoin
the girl, whose white face appealed to hint
from the platform. As he made that des
perate ruh another guard fprang forward
in the mass and struck him with clubbed
rifle, lie fell like a log as the train with
inert as'jig speed pulVd out of the yards.
On the rear platform lay the white, rigid
form of I lie g.rl in a deadly swoon as i,he
saw her K.ver strut k down.
Ont into the n'ght rushed the train,
lleudcd f..r the North, the j.- opie board
glanced feaituily behind them awl !i'.;'.
fully (o the front. Miles were i-,i;en up
before another town whs ne.ired. As the
engine was ruhicg and shrieking n'oug
there was a sudden grinding i f th'.'
wheels, a few panting snorts and the long
train came to a standstill. All along the
sides were armed men peering fearfully
at the frightened people in the cars.
"You can't stop here,"' said their lead
er. "Just you run through as fast as
steam will let you. Nobody gets off."
"Is that yon, II auk?" said a man, joy
fully, as h stepped to the platform and
was about to descend to the ground.
"Glad it's you. I want to come to your
house. The wife and children are with
"Get back there. Itidn't you hear me
say nobody alights. Ikm't care if you are
my brother. Stay on ibat train or I'll
fill you with buckshot," was the grim
reply, as the man covered his shrinking
brother with his ready rifle.
Then on again rushed the train, the oc
cupants filled with an even greater ter
ror. Where could they go? Who would
receive them? All the country was
aroused. On all sides gleamed the guns
which held them at bay. Death might le
on the train. It was certainly out of it.
On the rear platform a distracted girl
struggled to a sitting ponture as the train
resumed its rapid tlight. Two men stand
ing huddled with the crowd near by saw
her. She was ill. She might le suffering
with the dread scourge. Must others
Wiih a common impulse they rushed to
where Mamie Butler lay half-extended on
the platform, liicd her suddenly in their
arms and shot the fragile form out into
the wilden-s, recking little of the almost
certain death their cowardly and brutal
act would entail.
Fortuuately another swoon followed the
first wild cry as the girl felt herself lifted
in the arms of those brules. She fell
limp and helpless int a friendly clump
of wayside bushes. Her fall was broken
so tnat nttie injury resunea. uut sne
was left in the swamp regions, miles from
any human habitation, the prey of the
elements, barred from intercourse with
her kind by the rigid law of the "shotgun
patrol," now fully organixed all over the
State. Slowly her senses returned. Slow
ly ber desperate situation dawned upon
her. Out in the wilderness without food,
poorly clad in the hurry of the flight from
Magnolia, and reared in a home of lnxnry,
-he was little fined for any kind of fight.
Iter situation was such as to appall the
most determined and stoical man. What
could a frail girl do?
Slowly and painfully with badly brais
ed ankle she took up her way on the
tracks. Where should she go? Home,
of course. Her father was of the lines.
He would admit his child, even if to the
dangers of infection and death. Death
from the plague at home with her loved
ones was preferable and not more certain
than out In that swamp. Home she would
go. Bravely for the girl had her father's
rugged, forceful nature she started to
walk back to home and safety.
How that frightful journey waa accom
pliiihed the half-delirious girl nerer knew.
Three days and nights she wandered,
driven away from every camp she ap
proached by the same iron rule. Food she
had none but wild berries and acacia
buds. But on she struggled under the
blustering beat or the cooler shades of
night until at Inst she saw the tall tower
of tba city hall in the distance. (Jratefully
she aank in the sand and thanked heaven
tor her deliverance. Home was near and
loving father and sweetheart If, In
deed, he had not been stricken down to
bia death were there to welcome and
The thought of George's peril nerved
her to greater exertion. She rose to her
feet and once more lieiit her aeary way
toward borne. As she reached the clump
of pine which marks the onter boundary
of the towa a man suddenly stalked front
their shade and ordered her back.
"father," she cried, falling to her knees
and then stamblrng oa again. "Don't
ton kaow ma, father. I'm Mamie. I
have come baek.ta stay wtfa yon and
George. Take me home," aad the wasted
arm were stretched haplerlagty toward
"Mamie," rasped Butler, hoarsely,
'tow did yon come here? I thought yo
were In Memphis by this time."
"I was thrown from the train because
a pair of brutes feared I bad the fever.
I have wsndered In the wood for three
days and ain dying for lack of food. Take
"Stand back, girl," was the stern reply.
"You know the law. My God, why did
you come here to tempt me. No, I can
not let you in. Yon know the law. Get
back. Go over to the camp yonder and
they will take you in."
The girl pleaded in vain. The inexora
ble law of Yellow Jack held her father
powerless. With a shriek of despair she
turned and ran away into the swamp to
Kendrick lingered unconscious for four
or fne dajs before his physique and fine
condition won the battle of life. 1 hen he
slowly regained health under the careful
ininii-'ratiens of Dr. Wright, a young
friend who took as much time us his man
ifold duties would permit in .!iiii,ig
health ag.iin for the "Yank." Then wi:h
Stn-l:::!h le. lined George sought work
aim-l.g the ailing, lie feared lei conta
gion and wit soon looked up to and hired
by the pis pie of the stricken city. Deiuh
carls were the only cmivej ancu t-een in
the deserted streets as the long, terrible
slimmer passed slowly away; corteges
with the bodies of victims in plain boxes
followed by the men who were to jiy them
in the earth the only assemblies fw-en.
Hot, fetid air, never cooled by the breezes
of the gulf, added to the horrors of the
One night as Kendrick, worn out with
his labors, s.tt In what had been his office.
Dr. Wright entered, tosed his hat aside
and began smoking in silence. Kendrick
knew from bis friend's manner that some
thing of more than passing intercut has
marked the day. lie waited for a time
and then said: "Well, Doc?"
"George," slowly replied the physician,
"I have a very peculiar case. It Is a
young nun who came in when old Dr.
Siefano reached here from New Orleans.
You rcmoiiiter my speaking of Siirter
Ysabel? Well, it ia she. You know how
the has slaved among the poor devils in
this horrible hole. You can never know
the devotion of this gentle maiden to her
se!f-saeritieiaJ duties. Evidently a woman
of culture and refinement, she has slaved
for the poor blacks as earnestly as for
those of higher caste. Now she ia ill
sick unto death. I have tried to learn
who and what she is, but without success.
To-night as she fell into delirium she
muttered Uie word 'George' a couple of
times. My God, mau, what is the mat
ter with you? I have feared it, you
have the fever."
"No, doelor. No fever but that of ter
ror, l'eel my pulse, take my teuierature
and you will see the plague has exempted
me so far. But you say she muttered
"Certainly, your name. But fJod In
heaven, can it be possible? Quick, man.
come with me."
Out into the nlgbt rushed the two men,
one torn by a thousand conflicting emo
tions. He knew the resolute temper of
his sweetheart and fearing she had seen
his downfall and had returned in spite of
ail, he felt a fear tugging at hia heart
which stifled him. Yet he ran bliudly af
ter the doctor uutit tWy reduced a small
house where a dim light could be seen
near the ojsn window. Here Dr. Wright
halted and cautioned the excited man to
"Ore! Who should be more tender
than I? If It is rny love I will nurse her
back into life," hoarsely said the young
Northerner. "Iet me in. Don't you see
this susiwnse ia killing me? God, it is
shel" and he fell on bis knee beside the
pallet on which the form of a young wom
an in the gray garb of the sisters lsy ex
tended. His voice roiwd the sick girl
from ber stupor. She glanced around the
room with frightened eyes and then sud
denly started up.
"George," she said feebly, "you here?
Oh, go away. Y'on will take the fever
and die. Don't siny. Take him away,
doctor, for my snke."
"No. Here 1 stay. Tell me how you
came here and what does I his dress
"This dress?" replied Mamie. "Oh, this
belonged to a young nun who lost ber life
out in the camp. I was thrown from the
train, dear, and when I c.'iii.c back home
my father " and here the poor, ema
ciated form writhed in agony.
"It was the law, George. He could not
help it. But he turned me back. 1 saw
you fall. I went to this camp, then a
fearful place of contagion and terror. 1
slipped in during the night, when the
guard did not fee me, ami begged for
food. The nun bad died during the night.
I prevailed on Ir. Stefano, who hsd jnsf
come, to permit me to assume the garb.
I thought yon were dead. I did not care
what became of me. They told me you
never regained conaciomtne. I was
driven from home by the plague and forc
ed to wander an outcast by my only par
ent. I wore the garb out there. Then
the good doctor came here. Again I suc
ceeded In prevailing on him to lake me
with him. He said 1 had helpod him out
there, why should I not do so in here?
lies id en, it wis home, and I longed for it
I came and worked until this morning.
Then I fell 111. Now I'm dying. Yes,
dearest, I'm dying. No skill can save me.
I have worn the infected clothing too
.ung and wsa too much broken down
when I put them on for any hope of life
to remain. We must part now. Oh, the
pain of the parting! But, when I am
gone, tell my father I forgive him. Yes,
it Is rest now. Meet me above the stars."
Fainter and fainter the struggling
breath came and went. As the day dawn
ed, another day of horror, wiih Its mer
ciless sun to bake and scorch the doomed
populace, the gentle spirit took flight.
Conscious to the laet, in the arms of her
despairing lover she sank to her eternal
rest with a peaceful smile on her wasled
feature. Chicago (Jhronicle.
Average of Hainan 1,1 fe.
The average of human life, accord
Ing to I'rof. Warren, Is alsiut thirty
three rears. One quarter die previous
to the age of seven years, one-half be
fore reaching 17, aud those who pass
this age enjoy a felicity refused to the
rest of the human specie. To every
1.000 persons, onlr one reaches KM)
years of life, to every lot), on) sis
reach the age of 05, and not more than
one Id 600 lire to 0 years of aga.
There are 00 earth l,0OU,0U0,000 Inhab
itant, and of these tSJMJXa die every
year, 01 ,KM arf day, 8,T30 every hour,
and sixty every mlante, or one every
INVENTION OF SCHOONERS.
latereatins History of New Eastland
The schooner waa Invented at Glou
cester by a builder of flshlng-veiwela.
History records that "Captain Hobln
soq built and rigged a ketch, as they
were then called, ms-sted aDd rigged It
In a peculiar manner; when launched
the peculiar motion she made aa he
glided Into the water froru the stocks
caused one of the bystanders to ex
claim: "Ob, how she tseoonn" Uobln
Mn Instantly dashed a IxttUe of ruin
against her isnv and exclaimed, A
M liooner let her be!' Aud tlniK the
schooner originated." This event hai
jietied in 17115, and three yearn Inter
mention is iiiude of the employment of
a "schooner" In the fisheries off Cupii
Sable. Nova Scotia.
The In veil I Ion of the schooner was
nn imiioi'ant event in the New Kits
land llsheiics, for It rig has ls-en
found, afler nearly two centuries of
trial, well adapted to fishing; vessels
employed in the Western Atlantic. It
has been materially Improved, how
ever, since it adoption, and the lofty,
yachtlike fishing-dipper of to-day
bear little resemblance to ltn auclent
prototype, even though the rig; remain
the same in principle.
Immediately after the revolutionary
war the adoption of the "Ciiebon-a
boat" became quite general, especially
along the north nbore of Maswichu
netla. These diminutive craft, at first
ranging from about five to ten tons,
derived their specific name from Che-
bacco, now a part of the town of Ks
sei, Mass., where they originated. Cat
rigged, with two tnast, tbey were
"handy" boats, and became so jiopular
tnat they could lie me with on almost
all of the Inshore grounds. In later
years, when some were so large as
from fifteen to twenty tons, they grew
more venturesome, and their cruises
extended to the offshore Islands.
Indeed, tradition tells of some going;
as far as the West Indies during the
embargo period, carrying out cargoes
bf fish and returning with rum, sugar
or molasses. The difliculty of Inter
course at that time often made these
ventures profitable, and apparently lens
risk was taken In these diminutive
vessels than In larger craft.
As early as ivio the pinky began to
stliterwde the Chebacco IxHit. This
was similar In fonn to the latter, being
a sJiarp-steMied craft, but It was larger,
and carried a Iwvvsprlt and Jib, thus
having a full schooner rig. It was
most generally In use north of Cape
Cod until about 1840. Meantime,
wjuare-Ktero schooners, usually with
low quarter-decks (thus distinguished
from the old-fashioned high-quarter-deck
craft of the Marblebead typel,
were built, and for some years after
the hut-mentioned date they were gen
erally preferred to all others. Pros
perity led to continued Improvement,
snd alsmt the middle of the century a
material change wns made In the Intro
duction of the modern clipper achoon
Keaource of fienla.
At a suburban church social not lorn?
ago each perron was required to wr
eonspb 'uoiiKly upon bin or her cloth
ing some pl-torial or oiIkt device that
should rcpreMnt in "rebus" form the
title of any well known lsvik, and ail
the others were to gue.su at the liook
Intended. A prize was to be given for
the most Ingenious of thtwe devices.
"Paradise It," represented by a
card uiKitt which five dice had l-en
pasted, and from which two bad evi
dently dropd or leen re-moved, was
easily gnesod, "Hard Csli" was no
puzzle. Neither was It bard to recog
nize "A I'alr of Blue Eye," "Inno
cents Abroad," "Vanity Fair" or "I'n
cie Tom's Cabin," In spite of their pic
On of tin- guests, however, had a
lioser. Attached U on; of the buttons
of his coat was a card bearing simply
Every one at last gcre It np.and sked
for the solution.
"Why, that's easy," he said. "It
mean 'A TaJe of Two ClUi.' "
"Jtoston and Washington. East unl
iable of both. See?"
"That's not fair!" said the others.
"It's the last syllable of 'OllHrlellon,,
'Wilmington, 'Coshocton,' 'Kingston'
and 'Yankton.' We protest!"
"Well," he said, "I won't Insist. Try
He turned the card over. It was In
scribed on the oilier side with these
After a severe mental struggle, every
body gave this up, also.
"That ought not to puzzle you," he
said. "It's the 'Lust of the .Mohicans."
He got the prize.
Iron from Ireland.
An experiment of an enterprising
kind Is shortly to be made In one of the
congested districts of the Irish western
highlands, says the full Mall Gazette.
In the neighborhood of Drumkeerln,
County Leltrlm, bordering; the shores
of lyough Allen, a furnace Is now In
course of erection for smelting the na
tive ore, and, so fur as the preliminary
trials have gone the results have been
The district Is rich In minerals that
Is, ss compared with other parte of the
Island. The coal strata are the upper
most of tiie secondary deoelt In the
district, and are liedded In carbonifer
ous limestone, which has for a base a
tract of the old red sandstone. The coal
Is the black bituminous ecle, and It
has been estimated that ."VUSSJ.OOO tons
lie within the limits of the four coun
ties of I-eltrlm, Roscommon, Hllgo and
Mayo. Beds of Ironstone are numerous;
ItrneetoM for smelting has leen quar
ried hare before, and charcoal Is ob
tained frowi the neighboring wood.
Nearly half a century ago Ironworks
were la erstratloD here, but owing to
the scarcity and unsultaMStj f IM
the smelting waa dlscootlanad, s
though the last Jron made waa esT ft
high quality. To cope with thla draw
back and to utilise turf fuel, m peat-drying
and pressing plant baa been laldl
down. The success of the works) wfll
be productive of Incalculable good to
the iieasantry In the vicinity, to whoa
regular and remunerative esrpyueiit
will be very welcome.
1 t A
The Sandwich Islanders believe that
the souls of their, deceased monarch
reside In the ravens and they cutreut
Europeans not to molest tiietn.
The calf, the white cow of Slam, the
hawk, the spe. flic Ibis, the cat, tho
ape, the crocodile, dogs, beetles, frogs,
mice and rats have all been held in
reverence In different sections of the
Swine were adored In Crete, weasels
at 'i belies, rats and mice In Trou. por
cupines In Persia, the lapwing In New
Mexico, bulls In Benares, senients In
Greece and many of the African coun
tries. The Hindoos never inoleat
snakes; they call them fnthrs, broth
ers, friend and other endearing tiamea.
On the coast of Guinea a bog happen
ing to kill a snake, the king gave or
ders that ail the swine should be de
stroyed. Horses have played do Inconsplcuoua
part In history, In some Instances evea
being deified. "Saddle white Surrey
for the field to-morrow," cried Richard
III. at the battle of Boaworth Field.
Black Agnes was the favorite horse
of Mary Queen of Scots. Bucephalus,
the favorite charger of Alexander the
Great, used to kneel when the kltuj
mounted him. He cost $10,00 and waa
30 years old when he (lied. Chosroe
II. of IVrsIa had a horse, Shitxlla,
called the Persian Bucephalus. Orello
was the favorite horse of King Rode
rick and Xauthos the famous charger
of Achilles. Copenhagen, the horse of
the duke of Wellington, was 27 years
old when be died.
In 1XJ an Englishman named Bank
had a horse which he bad trained to
follow blm wherever he went, over
fences and to the roofs of building.
He and his horse went to the top of
that Immensely high structure, 8t
Paul's church. After many wonder
ful exploits at home the horse and uia
master went to Rome, where they per
formed feats equally astonishing. The
result was that both Banks and hi
horse were burned, by order of the
Pope, as enchanters.
Inslg-n In Currency.
Secretary Gage has presented th
question of the advisability of a reform
In the designs of United States paper
money. There are at present in cur
rent use three classes of Government
paper money silver certificates, treas
ury notes of lWMt, and United Hute
nols. or greenbacks. In each of these
classes there are nine denominations,
making twenty-seven In all, each he
l..g represented by a spclal design en
tirely dissimilar from the others. '
Secretary Gage's plan I to have prac
tically one design for the three (1 uotea,
another for the twos, and so on up to
J1,ijs the highest. The reading uecea
sarily would be different on each de
nomination. In order that the three
classes of paper money may be readily
distinguished the wuls aud numbers in
each class will be printed In distinctive
color. The numerals on each note will
! made very prominent. The Secre
tary argued that the new designs would
111 a great measure prevent the raising
of note, as the design would at once
Identify the denomination Independent
of the numeral.
The Secretary bad with him at the
last cabinet meeting samples of th
new designs, and all of the member
present expressed themselves aa high
ly pleased with the scheme. Utiles
something unforeseen occurs to prevent
this plan It will be carried out as soon
as the plates can le prepared. Wash
Procuring Tortoise Hbrll.
The tortoise shell of commerce Is not,
as generally believed, the horny cov
ering or shell iiroiper of the turtle; It U
the scales which cover the shield.
These scales are thirteen in number,
eight of Uiem being flat and the other
five somewhat curved. Four of those
that are flat are quite large, some
times being as much aa twelve I none
long and seven Inches broad, nearly
transparent and beatillfully variegated
In color with red, yellow, white and
dark-brown clouds, which give the ef
fects so fully brought out when the
shell Is properly polished, A turtle of
average size will furnish about eight
pounds of these laminae or scales, each
piece being from an eighth to a quar
ter of an inch In thickness. Now Yortt
A HenUinent from Ulsinark.
A young Engllah woosan once peti
tioned BlMuarck uusst patbeAlhaUy for
his autograph, declaring thai a few
line of hi handwriting would iusUl
ber happy for life. 80 the chanceuVsr
wrote on the front of th book: "Be
ware, my child, of btilldlng caatlea in
the air, for tbey are building which
we erect so easily, ye they are the
most difficult to demolUh."
.Menonnlie C olony for Tesaa.
The McnnonUea are to found a col
ony near Houston, Texas, pcrehaalng
an Immense farm, to be cutonlcad by
all th Mennouslra now Mattered
through th W.
When a woman la ald to-be "luck,"
It Is a ign that ah oasrlect to do her
bar of th work, tad nobody coat-plains.
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