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BED CLOUD CHIEF
A. C. HOSMER, Propriwsnr.
BED CLOUD. ... NEBRASKA.
FROM DAY TO DAY.
Only froo day to day
"VVe hold ccr way.
Thouzh hope and gay cesirt
Touch with their are
Each fresh endeavor.
Only Irom day to day
"We grope cur way
Throcgh harrying hoars;
"But still ocr castles bs
Xif i to the air
Their gUsieaic towers.
.And stUl from day to day
AJcns the way
Beckon u erer.
"To follow, follow, follow.
-O'er till and hollow,
"With fresh endeavor.
Sometimes, trigsnftant. gay.
The bujrfes play
And trumpets sound
Trom out those glistening towers
And rirntww showers
Eedew the ground;
Then "rareet. oh, sweet the war."
"We fairing say.
And forward pre
TWith swift, impatient Te
d hearts that heat
3 W:Ui eagerness.
"Yet still beyond, the gay
Sweet tm es play.
The trumpet blew.
Bowe'er we Syinf basts.
Or lapsing waste.
The hours that go;
Still far and far away.
Till conies the y
We Fain that peak
3n Danen; then, blind
Jo mere, we fled.
Perolviace. what we do seek.
.Vara Perry, i Harptr'i 3lj;
SKATING FOR LIFE
"Bemarkable Escape of a Confed
The snow, -which hud been ccnine dorrs
Tor boars, gradually ceased, the soft Hakes
chancing- into an icy sleet. stinging the
laces cf pedestrians, and converting the
feathery covering cf the streets iato a
sheet cf glass, over which locomotion was
becoming more and more impracticable.
-sidewalks swayed in the rising wind, drop j
pins fragments of ice upon the heads of '
tne pasers-by. and occasionally, no longer
able to sustain their :cy burden, coming t
down with a sharp crash on the pavement
The cf5ce of Messrs. Simmes & Har-1
court. Attorneys at unr, presentee a
cheerful contrast to the dreary scene with
out. A huge bed cf coals glowed in the
open prate, and lit up still more brightly
the crimson rug and curtains. The two
gentlemen, themselves the only occupants
of the room, seemed to fully appreciate their
agreeable situation, as seated before the
re. ih-ey allowed newspapers and chat to
supersede, for the nonte, briefs sad law
books. 'Ska'ing at the Park,'" said Mr.
Simmes, tfrc junior partner, as a street car
bearing the announcement in large letters
rolled by witbm sight of the window.
"That little flag trill bring 27 l
Leans of the skaters."
41 confess," said Mr. Earcourt, folding
cp his newspaper, that I still enjoy the
sport as much as the young people. It puts
young blood in the veins skimming over
an icy fioor. throng, an icy atmosphere.
Slew this ro!ier-katic is a miserable sub
stitote. I suppose teat is the enly kind yon
erer enjoyed, Somiaes. in your bonifhted
.section, where you can hardly save ice
enough to cool yosr summer dnsks."
"You arc very much Mistaken, my dear
fellow." rej-ned his coxapanien. returning
fresi the window where be bad been view
ing tbe arctic scene below. "In ny section.
as yen call it. I have felt as cold wenther
a here perhaps 111 except the present
&lixard- Ten remember I came from
Kentucky. We had splendid skating- al
most every year."
Indeed ! Yea indulge ia it here, then. I
"2fo," said Mr. Simmer, "never. I have
tot skated," he continued, reflectively.
-fortwentv vcars: and then 1 skated for
-What!" exclaimed his friend, "were
the wolves after you F
Mr. Simmes smiled.
-wolves were after me;
Yes," be sari, "the
and nearly got me,
"My dear fellow!" crifd his companion.
slapping him upon the shoulder, "is it pos
siole I've known you so long, and you've
never told n-.e ftich an adventure: Here,
sitdewn! We have uothicr specially im
portant t a fcai.d this a'tereccs, so suppose
tre devote it to the recital'
"WeiL if ycu are wilhnz to run the rtsk
of boms bored. But perhaps your ymp
thi ill bo on :he side of the pursuers."
-What! the wo'ive!"
Sin: ;men laughed. "Thy were not boast,"
he rejoined, "they were human wolves; or
rerhlns that is too harsh a term :o apply
to them. Thev were simply doing the.r J
cuty in trying to catch me.
'You are growmc mvstenous. Simmes.
I guess the sheriff w.d fcis posse were after
yon. Was it aron or murder that ycu had
"e.ther. In fact I had committed no
crime, that I was aware cf. and yet I was
escaonijr for my life, and my pursuers were
irfectlv right in endeavoring to capture
'Well, no more riddles, if ycu please. My
curiosry is sndcientiy whetted, so pro
ceed;"' and Mr. Earcourt settled himself
comfortably beck xn hi chair in the atti
tude of a listeaes
Eis partner sat iceditatlng for several
moments. "Twenty years ago," he said;
itatss along time, Earcourt. It makes
me feel quite eiderly to think that I was
ttrenty-'our years eld then."
-Well, I was nearly thirty then." Mr.
Earcourt vouchsafed this comforting piec
of inrormvaon, and his coafauion coatin
trt. "It was ia the winter cf C5, when the
-whole country vcas icvol.-ed m war. The
fortunes cf the Confederacy were looking
pretty cioomy at les.st it seemed so to us.
poor fellows, who were spending the winter
at Johnson's Island."
'Johnson's Wand!" Eis listener leaned
'Ye. ia prson on Lake Erie.' Once the
lake was frcren over, and cur guards and
the prison cmp.oye amused themselves by
skating; and as we were taken out to go
through our daily exercise we were allowed
tbe privilege of watchinc them. I don't
think there wss & xc.u acenz the pnon-
ere. besides my my-clf, who
had ever had
,vr. .tn p-,r rrd tLe cuards creed, and -ven
icsiv.ed r.s cur trying them, for the diver
sion cur awkward attempts aflcrded item,
Tme poor fellows were aothingleatk
trage in any thin that broke the monotony
of prison life, and lend and many were tbe
shouts of laughter that echoed over the
sake as the luckless tyros, one after an
other, came te an ignominious fate.
"In my Kentucky home I had been ac
customed to the sport every winter, and
was accounted the chanpion skater of the
neighborhood. Many a time had I dis
tanced a whole party of young people in a
race up the river, and I prided myself on
ay accomplishment. This, however. I kept
profound secret; for the wild thought
had entered my brain. wby not stake my
escape ia this way!' Once across tbe lake
and in the woods, pursuit would be next to
impossible; and I trusted to luck and
pluck to work my way home.
"If my skill and speed were only equaj. to
what they once were. I felt sure the thing
was feasible. ut I had aot been on skates
for three years, and months of prison fare
and inactive life bad greatly weakened
me. However, I gladly seized the oppor
tunity of Irving, but always feigned reluct
ance and timidity whenever I ventured
out; and many were the awkward slips and
tumbles I purposely made. I would have
given any thing to have dared, just for a
few slides, to give my powers" full play,
just to satisfy myself that my o:d skill was
as good as ever; but this would betray me,
so I affected to be as awkward as the
others: yet all the while the eld familiar
feeling would comeback to me at each step
I took, and I felt sure, if I once plunged
forward, I could skim over that lake like a
"We had bees amusing ourselves thus
for two days, when, on the third, as we
were marshaled out to our daily exercise.
t the guard remarked : Guess thsra'll be no
2 mors skating after to-day. boys. There'li
I ba a thaw pretty soon, so you'd better make
the most of it this aaorting.'
"I felt the blood rush to my face as he
spske. Should I dare to try it to-day? It
was my last chance. I thought of my old
mother at home, who was wearing away
her heart for her hoy, and I resolved to
make the attempt.
"There were no signs of a thaw yet, as
we came down to tbe lake, but the temper
ature was decidedly milder than it bad
been for several days. I watched the boys
buckling on their skates, and then slowly
put on mine. I examined tbers carefully,
to see that they were sound in every re
spect, buckle and tccgue and all, good for
a two or three mile race.
'As gcod luck would have it. none of oar
jruards accompanied us en the ice this
I morning, so secure did they feel of our in
ability to get beyond their reach, but sat or
stool around in the sun. prepared to enjoy
to the utmost our awkward feats.
"Well. I started off at last, very cau
tiously at f rst, as though afraid to trust
mv insecure footing. My object a to get
as far as possible from land and the armed
guard before I made a dash for freedom.
I would m a few paces, tfcen fall and roll
over, apparently, in the most helpless man
ner imaginable. But I menaced at each
J tumble to get a little farther away, till at
I last I was about fifty yards from the shore,
I and quite a distasie from the res of the
i party before I attracted any attention.
I Then a loud voice from the guards sung
Eellel you these. Johnnv Reb! Come:
I tumoie back this war, and be quick about
j "I iaced iately tumbled,' but not in
, their direction. "'I'm coming.' I cned, "if
I can ever stand on this plaguy slippery
thing:' and sitting down I commenced t
slide around in the most awkward and gro
Eere the narrative was interrupted by a
sudden laugh from Mr. Earcourt. "What
a figure you cut must have cut." he said.
Yes. indeed; and the guard en shore
greeted my maneuvres. and these ef my
equally graceful companiens, with shouts
of langhtar, and such complimentary sjacu
anions as 'bufl-f rag,' terrapin.' etc
"I slowly scrambled to my feet, and.
while apparently endeavorins; to steady
myself, rapidly took in the sanation. I
was fully sixty yards from tbe shore. Not
one of tee guards was on the lake, aed it
would take sooe moments to beckle oa the
skates. They would have their guas, toe,
which would impede their progress. As
11 this flitted through my Bind. I was
slowly shuffling back and forth, as theugh
making my way toward them. I saw that
at the moment their attention was diverted
from me by tbe gyrations of tbe ether
prisoners. I wheeled and sped up the lake
like a shot.
:Oa! the delicious sensation that tingled
through every nerve and fiber ef my frame
as I sew like a bird over the ice. In a mo
ment I was on tbe river at my old Kentucky
home, leaving my competitors far in the
rear. But now the race was for freedom
for life and I felt all mv old skill and fleet.
sess return to me fourfold at the thoucht.
'But leud cries, followed by rapid shots,
sow came from the shore. I glanced back
and saw the cuards scrambling into their
skates, while the prisoner. were staring in
stupid amazement at my fiyicg form. So
great was the exhilaration of my physical
nature I could not realize the tremendous
danger I was in. I laughed aloud and
clapped my hands in an ecstacy cf excite
ment. I felt a though I had wine, so
smooth and rapid was my flight wings to
my heels, if not to my shoulders, as I fled
cc. like a modem Mercury.
I instinctively tent my course toward
the mainland lying some half-mile away,
but of course had &o idea of at'empttng a
landirg until I had quit2 distanced my pur
suers; lor only en the ice could I hope to
prove a ma: ca for teem. Tnat they were
foliowias in eacer and enraged pursuit, I
felt sure; fcr 'Ealtl Bait!' was borne on
the wind, and shot after shot came whiz
zinc through the icy air.
"I glanced back. Five or six of them
were in full chase; and they were fine
skaters, too, for I could see the speed at
which they came. But for the good start I
hud made, I had surely been overtaken. On
and oa I sped. Trees and other objects on
land, wh.ch I gradually neared. flew by me
Like figures in a kaleidoscope. The cold
wind wmstled through my hair and cloth
ing, but my whole body was aglow with
the rapid motion and excitement.
'I suddenly remembered the guard's re
mark about the coming thaw. What if I
should come to thin ice, and find a cold and
s:atery grave! Oh. that there only were
Danger signals ahead! But the danger
signals behind me were suCcient to drive
me on to any that might lie before.
"On I Sew. W&at distance I was making
I co- Id hardly guess, but certainly two cr
thrr miles must now lie between me and
my prison home. But at last the long con
tinued and unwonted exertion bejran to tell
on me. My breath came short and quick,
and my heart beat to suffocation. I could
set keep it up very much longer. I felt sure.
j Again 1 looked back. Far in the distance
four or five men were still struggling on;
cut. away in advance of them, one resolute
fellow was rushing toward me with nead
long speed. Though I kept steadily on, as
I looked I saw, to my dismay, that he was
gaining on me. Be was near enough for
mc to perceive by his dress that he was an
oCcer, and not being encumbered with
heavy fire-arms was thus anic, I surpese,
to make the time he d.d. I gathered up all
my energies to make cue last an J desper
ate effort to distance him. My limbs Lcgn
Vt tremble. Mentha of prison life a&d
prise n tare nasi
the first spsrt, I had realised.
"Halt!" came within Utyfeatof bm, and
apistol-baH whistled thracgh mohair and
took off my hat. At the ana sweat a
crackling sound came from under say feet,
I staggered, lurched violently to ene side,
then lost my balance and relied oyer and
over oa the yielding ice.
"'All is over now,' I thought; for I felt
too utterlT exhausted even to attemnt ta
rise. But, just as all hops forsook me, a
loud crash aroused me, and I turned my
head just la time to see my pursuer go
down xa the treacherous chasm in which I
had been so nearly engulfed. Then I knew
that I was saved; and with suddenly re-
newed strength I got to my feet again and
made off. 1 continued for a half-mile
further up. and then made straight for the
shore. There I unstrapped my skates and
took refuge in a deep thicket, and in a few
minutes was m a profound sleep.
"I wonder, now, that I had not frozen to
death; and bad net the weather moderated
greatly in tbe las' few hcurs. I am sure I
would have dene so. When I finally woke,
I was stiff with cold, and ached f rem head
Here Mr. Simmes paused, and gave a
retrospective shiver as he leaned over the
"And what became ef the poor fellow
who went under the ice!" asked Mr. Har
court. "Drowned, I suppose; I hoped so at the
time, at any rate. I never saw him again.
WelL that is tbe last time I skated," con
tinued Mr. Simmes, rising, and standing
with his back comfortably turned te t'ie
fire. "I've cover had the least fancy for
the exercise since."
"But pray coetfhse your narrative,"
said Mr. Earcourt, as he rose and stood en
tbe rug besies his friend. "I can't bear
to think of yen m that thicket with frozen
limbs ass aching noses."
"Haven't I bored yos esecirs already?
Yon knew I only promised to tell yea my
last experience oa the skates."
"Indeed, I save ss intense ccrisslty is
know how you get alone afterwards."
Mr. Simmes resumed his seat, and con
tinued: "When I swoke it was almost sus
set. I wsa is a dense wood7 with' so sign
of habitation witbis sight. That I should
and food and shelter for the night was im
peratively necessary; so I slowly got to my
feet and looked arouao. There seemed to
be no outlet, not even a cow-path. I com
menced my journey inland, however, mak
ing my way through the thick underbrush
and over frozen streams, till, finally, after
an hour's weary walking, I came across a
little path. This I followed for some time,
when, at a sudden bend. I saw, a few rods
before me. a comfortable farm-nouse, lights
sieamiag from the windows, and a general i
air of hospitality pervading toe whole
"I approached with considerable trepida
Jion. for I judged ibat my forlorn, bare
beaded appearance would be decidedly
aeainst me. Mr timid knock at the door
was answered by a voung girl, whom I J
bought the most beautiful creature I had
ever beheld, bavine been thrown for sc
many months into the society of rough men
only. In the most graceful manner that
was possible under the circumstances. I
begged for a sight's lodging, saying I had
lost my way. The young lady questioned
me closely, and I suppose I must have made
toce very inconsistent statements; for at
length, to my surprise and dismav, she
said: You are an escaped prisoner, are
"I was speechless, and could only look
at her beseechingly. She laughed heartily,
but, in amomeat, said gravely: 'Don't be
afraid. I will help you; bat father mustn't
know it. for the world. Come in r and I
followed herintoacozysittiug-rocm, whore
an elderly lady was preparing a table for
mi pper. 8be introduced her as her m other,
and. after telling who I was. between them
they hastily devised means for secreting
me for the night.
"As the man ef the house was expected
at any x&emeat. I was conducted te a little
reom somewhat apart from the rest ef the
house. Here this angel-girl brought me my
upper. 'You must be off bv daylight,' she
said, 'hut I will see ysu again.'
"It was hardly dawn when s tapping at
my window reused me. After hastily dress
tog I came out. Would yoa believe me!
there stood my lovely hostess with a ban
die in her hand, and a horse, saddled and
bridled, beside her.
You must be right cff.' she said. 'Here
are sojse things von might seed, and
money ;' th resting a purse intc my hand.
'And tfiis horse is my very own. Ton must
take him. asd may return bim whea this
cruel war is over.' "
"She hardly gave me time te thank her
I was overwhelmed by her kindness, ss
you xaay imagine.
" I will most certainly return,' I said,
pressing her band. Then she gave me di
rections as to my course, and I departed.
"It would be more tedious than interest
inz to tell bow. after a long journey across
tne State of Ohio, I finally crossed tie r.ver
and reached my Kentucky borne. From
exnesure and long imprisonment, I fell
yery ill. w nea i was at last aoie to report
for duty again, the fortunes of tbe Coa- J
fuHar-Kir u'am nfiritt rAirsrf ".Btrc flithfl
surrender at Appomattox reached us just
as I was punninz a way to join Ocneral
Lee's armv.'' Here the narrator ceased.
"My dear fellow.' siid Mr. Harccurt,
"I am heartily glid to bear or tbe success
ful term.nation of your adventure. I have
always bad quite a curiosity as to your
"Always!" Mr. Simmes looked up in
quiringly. Mr. Harcourt indulged ia a long, lor
chuckle. 'f es, ever since I came out of
the icv bath I got oh your account. You
't rccoznize the officer who pursued yov J
the bitter enti.' and I teU you it was ,
bitter cold ustler that ice. Well, of coarse
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M; M i,,w m-,.1,1., ;- ,;. ,
Mr. Bimmes looked blanklv in sis com- !
iniou"s face. What!'' he rasped. "You!
You don't say sot and you weren't probably bo added India ink, which is
drowned after all? I said to be made from burnt camphor.
"So, but I came pretty near it. If some , Thc Chinese, who alone can produce ir,
of tbe men hadn't seen me go under, and , -,, . ... . -.
come up as quickly as thev did, I would not TlU DOt reVeal the 5ecret of lts P0"
now have had the pleasure of listening tc smon. Mastic the base of the varnish
your interesting story and congratulating j so called is from the gum of the nis
you upon its fortunate issue." I tic tree, indigenous to the Grecian
-Well.'- said Mr. Simmes with a laugh, t .-.t-irv,.'., . ia i . -,a
as tbe quondam foes involuntarily shook
bands, "we long ago agreed to 'clasp hands
over tbe bloody chasm,' and we'll now do sc
over tbe icv chasm."
"And bow about your return T' asked
Mr. Harcourt. "Did you eve see your
little Yankee friend again! And did sfu
ever see her horse!"
Mr. Simmes sciled. "Early m the au
tumn, when my health was fully restored.
and the smoke of battle bad quite cleared
away. I mounted that trusty steed and
made a pilgrimage back to '.be fair owner."
-And hew did she receve yo! I am t
really quite interested in
disloyal though she was." -
"Yes, she was shockingly dislojaL" re
sumed Mr. Simmes, "for the &:d and com
fort' she gave the rebel pnsor.ee, I pur
suaded her to continue during life. TVelL
the long and short ot it is. my dearfc'low,
tne "litile Yankee heroine' is now my wife
Mrs. Simmes, whom you have ofttn had
the pleasure of meeting" Grttu Gnat, ia
THE RAMADAN FEAST.
s Heath Whiehv tfsttsfai Mealeats Bswaw
1st frayer fastlar
Bamsdsn that terrible month of
of daily lasting and mighty feasting
is. like the Chinese new jear, sorerned
by the moon. Thisyear, precisely at
the moment the new moon became
visible, the evenin of May 25. Rama-
dan began and continued throughout
the lunar month. The origin of this
lmg fast shroaded in rav-5tery.
, ?. . , .. , , , - .
I M xt li sd to he hea- observed by
' he tire;Worhipera long before Mahomet
AH. who thought the command to all
J true believers to fast thus eleven
,.!,. ; ,, ...,. .. ..:. . ...w
months .m th.e 7ear 7" ?aitf t0 mU.cb
iu require ui uiuriu uesu; uicuuu tae
1 Angel Gabriel he therefore besought the
Great Spirit to reduce the time one
' half. Finding this still a heavy trial,
he again interceded and got the time"
a "-w-" . 0'
fixed at one lunar month, where it
still remains, and no doubt thousands
of Mohamedans ardently wish the time
much more redueeiL By the more in
telligent class it is less religouslv
observed each passing year, but to the
pious peasantry it still means real
penance, as they failhfally abstain
from food, drink, and even from the
use of tobacco, during the entire day.
Even the "Haraals" (who are the real
beasts of burden here) are so con
scientious about keeping this fast.
that, with evtry nerve quivering with
fatlgne. .and in torment with hungex
they will stand with a tempting nior-
el in hand .watching the declining
un oatifentlr waiting until the sunset
gong is heard, then devour it in beast
like haste. Is homes of afflaencc the
devoutlv. inclined sit at their tables.
with fork or spoon in hand, waiting
also for the welcome boom of cannot
before they can begin their nightly
feasting. As a rule, thev tnrn night
into day ana vice versa, sua it u
supposed some sleep is indulged in. as
precisely at twelve o'clock a patrol
passes through each street with a
large drum, bent upon awakening all
sleepers to a midnight feast, which
may be prolonged until the morning
Then the mouth must be
carefully cleansed and the fast re
sumed. When the luxurious liver feels con
strained to observe this fast, he is saiil
to resort to many ingenious devices tc
allay suffering. One of the most suc
cessful has been a pill of opium,
wrapped in one. two and three, oi
more coverings of gold foil, all to be
swallowed before retirinsr. As thest
coverings aro gradually dissolved, the j
opium holds thra far long hours in
the desired oblivion. It is now said
that but few of the aristocracy ol i
Turkey pay any heed to this fast, still
they dare not publicly disregard it.
The Sultan is credited with setting an
example of strict observance. If he
din so literally, he must neither eat.
drink nor smoke durinsr the lom? sum-1
mer dav. Eren to indulge in a de- iU3t i6 would beforan evening party,
lightfol "and refreshing perfume is sin. I And 1 frequently furnish new switches.
This month of fasting is supposed . criruP banSs- at the req" rela
te The a "revival season" to tbe Mos- tive who want no pains spared."
lems. ia which thev are to devote much "And ?,,u ns afraid?"
time to the studv "of the Koran. Has- Mdme shrugged her handsome
pitalitv. slms-giving. praver and "konlders.
peacef ulness are to be especially lonesome taslr." she said.
cuiuvaiea. ion near oxiuencu man
standing at hi. door at sunset to salute '
and tnvite to his table the poor who
hnn.n t n.u - ; t,,
1 r ' nf-w mj assa aas va
their way rejoicing in presents oi
money; but yoa see little of this to
day. Cor. Sn Francisco Chronicle.
ARTISTS' OIL COLORS
CassMaaUaas That Ar Cds ta
aetlea of ralatlscs.
From the cochineal insect is ob
tained the gorgeous carmine, as well as
the crimson, scarlet and purple lakes.
Sepia is the inky fluid discharged by
the cuttle-fish, to render the water
.,.. :. i i to
WP"4UC "" " """ routisuiaeui neu f
aiuiraeu. imuan ycuow is irom tne
urine of the cameL Ivory black and f
none oiacK are mane out ot ivory chip?.
The exquisite Prussian blue is got by
fusing horses' hoofs and other refu-e
aa;maj malter with ilup,ire potassium
- - - - -. -..--s. v . i- f
cident. In the vt
regetabls kingdom are
included tne iae.s. derived from roots
barks and gums. Blue-black is from
the charcoal of the vine stalk. Lamp
black is soot from certain resinous sub
stances. From the madder plant,
which grows in Hindustan, is manu
factured turkey red. Ganilxge comes
from the yellow sap of a tree, which
the natives of Siam catch in cocoanut
shells. Raw sienna is the natural
earth from the neighborhood of Sienna,
ltalv. When burned, it is burned sien-
tis. itaw nmoer is an earta irom um-
una am is also burned.
lo the5 vegetable pigments
Co - v"vi
ashes. Of real ultramarine but little is
found in the market. It is obtained
from the precious lapis laznli. and
commands a fabulous price. Chinese
white is zinc Scarlet is iodides of
mercury, and cinnabar, or native vor
million, is from quick-silver ore. X.
The scant crop of potatoes this last
year suggests the inquiry whether wo
,? nt ,1-tv.,, ,, ,; .i.:. :i-.
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of diet than its nutritive value warrants.
We arc apt to think it indispensable in
some form, at least at breakfast and
it least at breakfast and ' "f-i inLL-1 I c C T ' , -r
i, M,: t. I Tin President has a box at the opet
ret the ratio of caibonace- and at lhe Francai5 a b the sfaU
pnxlacing matter it con-EbiAa?:.rni)tafiltKtl ,f with tcl
dinner, and ret
ons or heat
tains is nearly twice as great in propor
tion to the nitrogenous matter as it
should be to constituta a narfeetl' i
heaithfuJ food, I
A Pstrstt Waasaa Wk Dresses
f Uwaa Cwstassers.
I was only twelve years old." said
s prominent lady hair-dresser, of this
city, "when I was called on by the
friends of an old lady who had died to
go and dress her hair.'
And did yon go?" .
"No. I ran and hid myself tinder a
bed and staid there a whole afternoon.
Although I loved her and had often
dressed her hair when she was alive. 1
could not bear tbe Meaof doing it after
death. But I have done many beads
since for dead persons, and while I do
not like it, I have a professional pride
in making them look well for the last
"It must be very distasteful to you?"
Not always. It comes in the was
of my business, and naturally my em
ployes shrink from going. Sometime?
we have a call through the telephone, to
come to such a number, and dress a
lady's hair. One of the young ladies
will be sent with curlins irons, po-
mades. hair-pins and other things, onlv
to find that the 'lady' is a corpse. The
girl will not. or can not. undertake it.
and I go myself. There is only the
front hair to crimp and arrange becom
ingly. One day last week I dressed
Mrs. s hair for the last.time. . She
was young and very pretty, and looked
ss if asleep. The hair does not die, so
that it is easily arrauged. When it is a
or crirapee I have it seat to the
store, and when it is dressed, take it
to the house and put it on. Let me
tell you something that happened late
ly. A lady died in this jnty who wore
s grar wig. I dressed it and put it on.
'You can just think howsurprised I was.
j when a couple of weeks later. mem-
J oer of the family came in here and tried
. to sell it to me. "she said they had it
taea off just before the casket was
closed for the last time." j
"And did you buy it?"
"Buy it? Certainly not. it is not '
very long since a man came in and I
offered me a numlwr of switches of diM
ferent shades and color. I would not
! b"v them, and sent for a policeman, as
I thought he had probably stolen them.
But. as it turned out. they came from
an undertaker's, and were the un
claimed property of strangers who had
been given pauper Burial."
"Is it customary to dress the hair of
"It is. I have some customers who
have exacted a solemn promise from
ic iii4i. a iii uic?3 iucii uh much i
tfiir ilta nriil ttiIt if Trw-L rt?vt-i 1 m1
u- t .;ti .i.- u :- u.-.:- -.-i.,. .
st.j utv . ii'wa, uauiMi ' I
becoming. I have even been sent for i
by those who had only a few hours to
lire and taken my instructions from
their dying lip-:."
"Is the process the same as with the
"Ju?t the same, except that 1 do not
arrange the back hair In all cases. But
sametimes the hair is dressed entirely.
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- . n? corpse opened her eyes .
and looked me; or 1 imagined it 1
ussrly fainted. And once a lady who
was holding1 s lamp went out of the
room a moment, leaving me with a lock
of hair in the crimping pins. A gust
of wind blew the door after her, and I
was in the dark alone with the dead
woman. I think if she had not opened
the door just at the moment she did. I
should have fallen insensible." Detroit
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Manv oi tne leading statesmen arc ;
good French scholars. Edmunds reads ,
Hoar has manv French
book, .-Q Lis librarv AIlen G Thnr.
n-s amusments" lie in the reading
of French novels, and John Sherman's (
library is full oi loreign booss ot
finance, and he reads the French,
though he does not speak it. Thur
man learned the French at the same
lime he learned to snuff. It was when
he was a bov. A French profossor.
who had a very pretty daughter, asked
murnian s inotner to tase cuarge oi
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thegnl. and sue did soon the condi
tion that the professor wonld give j
xoung Allen French lessons. Prattling'
wita ir.e maicen anu tasin- lessons oi
language which is not surpassed by ;
that of any of our public men. Thc
old professor snuffed and the boy
begged pinches of the titillating powder
between the sentences and thus ac-
quired t!.p habit, which has stuck to ,
uiu,.u.UUBu.l(u nuu. o..ui.,
nose and the jrorircous hand
kerchief which he uses to wipe it. has
gtven him th title of "Knight of thc
Bed Bandana." Chicago Herald.
The French President's Perquisites,
.. . ,
The President of France is
fire-wood, candle and gaslight; men
.. c. . 11 .u
the State pays, as well a the liveries I
. . .v . .
oi wiioni ii. duvs iwu carnages a car-
riageforhis secretaries; two military
secretaries, three civil secretaries;
house linen and the cost for washinjr it;
vegetables for his table from the ex
royal garden, flowers from his green
house and ball rooms from thc city
nursery gardens: valuable preserves in
the forests of Marly and Rambouiiie:.
which not ouly supply his table with all
the game it can consume, bat enable
him to put away about $).000 a year.
The President has a box at the onera
His sK'.mg-room is fitted up with tcle-
pnones. wuicn enaoie him and his fato
ily to hear operas witiiontstirrinirfrom
lhe chimnorcomer. Thi. too. is n:dd
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ty tbe nation. X II Tribune
The hammering of brass in s
Philadelphia decorative art society has
been enjoined. The rural peace and
quietness of the town must be pre
served. The'thermometer ha3 shown bat
forty-eight degrees in Greenland thus
far this winter, and the inhabitants
talk of advertising the conntry as s
Florida resort for invalids.
First Areola Man "What is your
opinion of Anarchy?" Second .Areola
Man "It's just the thing. I'm a bas
ball player, and rub myself with it
every night to take oat the soreness."
Areola lledcd. "
Some onp- asks: "Does it pay t
be good?" Perhaps onr evidence is
the matter will not be taken, and so we
shull not ar.swer'the. question directlv.
but we will say that is good to be paid.
When ; a lady enters a crowded
street car she should-not rush for the
front end at Once, as 'she "inrariablv-
j does, but turn and look at the men on
t the end of the seats. They get them
because they know tbf-r are safe. -
:4Pa." said little Jonnnr. "teacher
is thinking about ".promoting Jne."
"How'do you kno.uf?" - "Fromwhatshe
aid totday.' "And -what Was that??
"She said that if I-kepfori I'd belong
to the criminal class." Merchant Trac-
A Yankee Captain was caught ia
the jaws of a whale, bat was filially
rescued, badly wounded. On" being
asked what he thought while in that
j position, he replied: "I "thought be
, would make about forty barrels."
A grocer at Lafayette. Ind.. stored
-i twenty-five tons of groceries on a floor
made to hold up fifteen tons, and was
, the most surprised man in town when
everything gave way with a crash.
He had never figured" on pressure and
Dress." said Baglev. with all the
force 0f an original'idex "does not
niafc - mn' n" nlil P.,.
, ?ano, giooraily. as he fingered his wife'
dressmaker's bill he had just received.
"but it of ten breaks a man." Phil'idc
A fatal mistake: Father "Jennie,
why do you snub that little girl wits
whom vou were formerlv so friendlv?"
Jennie "She is mad at me." "Why
i is she mad at you?" "Because I forgot
sTifla liar irtf3 Cl?1 SlllA wna an r"!? Imn.1
"" - sv c. .-nt; re fc-j .all VtUiilCUU
mTrs ' 7V-TC 'ft'rtf
" hat is the price of that tear
she asked of the guileless grocer. "One
dollar 'narf. marm." was theresponse.
"Is not that too steep?" was the next
question, and the G. replied: "Yes.
inarm, that's what they do with it."
Boston Commercial Bulletin,
"Zedekiah. 1 saw you coming out
of that saloon on the corner, this after
nKn." said a woman to her hnsband.
She spoke with chilling severity, but
Zedekiah rallied, and exclaimed, with
anairof innocent surprise: "Well, my
dear, you wonldn't have your husband
staving in a saloon all day. would
you?" A". K Ledger.
"No. it isn't po mnch the confine
ment and hard labor that I resret,'
c-.iiv airt th hnt -:-.,. ?;, i,. a
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just been sentenced to a term of years
in the penitentiary: "it is the breaking
up of till my cherished church associa
tions of the last fifteen years. Thai is
hard to bear very hard." Chicago
"Do you intend to try honsekeep;
ing?" asked one traveling man of aft
other as they were discussing ; their
plans. "O. yes. will try i. We've ".
got the place, and there ans onlv fif-
i.ieca or twenty payments qu ana a
p ontsjJe mortgages on it. bat
we snail nevertneies3 do our best to
keep the house." Merchant Taaicler.
The Dignity of Art: He "Are yon
doing any painting now. Miss Glaize?
She "No. I'm not pointinrr: I'm work-
ing in pasteL" He "Pastel? -What'?
that? ' She "O. colored chalks, you
know; the best eflects arc got with"th
tip of the finger.' He "O, I know;
I've seen the men doing it on the pave
ments. Awfully jolly !" Fun.
The earthquake of last vear left
Jeep pits in the land between Charles-
ton an,i Smcmerville. and on the mar-
gins of these was white sand, such aa
is seldom found except near the sea
shore. On this sand has sorun'r uo a
dense growth of sea-weeds, and it is
conjectured that the sotds whence
c.vrUng this growth had been buried at
a gt aeptli for many centuries,
xiie deepest coal mine in America
fe Jn PottsvilIe. P;U The ghjlft j -7g
feet d From -M
of a mile down holdi
four tons each, are lifted every dav.
They are run upon a platform, and the
, whole weight of six tons is hoisted at a
speed that makes the head swim, the
j time occupied in shifting a full car be
I ing only a little more than a minute.
The hoisting and lowering of men int
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coal mines is regulated bv law
State, and onlv ten can stand on
platform at once, under oenality cf a
The interesting fact is stated that
so indestructible by wear or decay is
the African teakwood that vessels
built of it have lasted one hundred
years, to be then only broken up be
cause of their poor sailing qualities
f rotn faulty models. The wood, in fact.
' is one of the most remarkable known.
on account of its very great weight,
hardness and durability, its weight vary
ing from forty-two to fifty-two pounds
per cubic foot; it works easily, but oa
account of the large qnantity of silex.
contained in it the tools employed are
quickly worn away. It also contains
an oil which prevents spikes and other
iron work with which it is is contact
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