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PASTIMES OF MEXICO.
Amusements That Woald Never FloarlsB.
in the United States.
While bud-fights may really be called
the great national amusement in Mex
ico, it must not Iks supposed that public
opinion on this subject is undirided.
Tho champions of Imll-ughting arc
enthusiastic, but its opponents are
numerous a id vehement enough to de
light the hearts of tho Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty people. Occa
sionally a corrda do torosis organized
V? amateurs for tho purities of benef
icence, and then the press leads the
unh.-rppy projectors with censure and
satire. While many high-caste Mexi
cans undoubtedly delight in this sport,
a large number regard it with abhor
rence, and the Mexican ladies almost
always express against it disapproval,
fear and horror. Yet a bull-fight,
properly conducted, is by no means so
revolting a spectacle nor so cruel a
performance a is generally believed.
It is, of course, extremely popular
with the masses, and there is no doubt
that these performances serve a3 a
social safety-valve, where finds vent
the natural evil and swage element in
the makv-up of humanity, which would
-otherwise expend itself in violence and
disorder as regards fellow-creatures.
Tlu coleadero. or tailing the bull, is
a diversion much affected by the young
juen of Mexico, barring t ose of effem
nate tastes and habits. In this sport
there is the chase by a number of rid
ers o&a bull let loose from a corral at
one end of an inclosed avenue, two or
three hundred yards long. Tho bull is
given a fair start, and tiie horsemen
dash after him, dropping back one b
one until only the most forward is left,
and he, guiding his horse alongside
the flying game, grasps the tail of his
bovine excellency, and, dexterously
throwing one leg over it. endeavors to
jerk the auini d ofT its feet, ami usu
ally docs so. Tho fcaS is one. of skill
rather than strength, and even women
have beeh known to tcrfornt it. There
is an element of danger, but it is not
revolting:. There is even a comic strain
n the foolish look of the bull as he
scrambles to his feet again. These
exhibitions are seldom of a public
nature, hut are organized by a cir
cle of friends for exercise and amuse
ment. The pelea do gallos, or cock-fight, is
a mu4r more brutal and sickening
show than a hull-fight It is a most
vicious sport, too, in the way of gam
bling, really enormous sums being
staked on the issue of these combats.
The greatest attention is paid to the
breeding, rearing and care of thegame
cocks, and animals of noted record are
conveyed between distant points of the
Republic to engage lit contests. They
are shipped in curious crates of woven
can and the utmost care is observed
in their transportation. Ladies do not
Lectures, concerts, etc, are rare and
poorly patronized in Mexico. Parlor
games are little followed on the pla
teau, but moro common on the "warm
lands," where, indeed, lif.s in every re
spect assume a brighter, gayer aspect
Umlcr tropical influences. Ladies r'dc
little, though quc-ilriau exercise is
beeping in to soma extent, chiefly
through the influence of foreigners.
Mexican men" of course, almost all
ride surpassingly well. Drives in Mex
ico arc a formal atid stupid matter,
consisting of, monot-mous turns on the
Al ained i or boulevard. Picnics, lawn
parties, tennis, croquet and many other
amusements dear to the Anglo-Saxon
heart arc almost uttkti-.wn in M-xico,
duo to the aforesaid social restrictions,
which also"1 sorely hamper tho line of
evening calls, etc. Kinking and base
ball begin- to b known in sections af
fected by American contact, but it will
be long ere the youth of Mexico en jo-s
an adequate share of amusements.
A Subject Whose Importance Is Xot Fully
School officers n this country have a
great deal of trouble in enforcing the
Jaws which were designed to protect
growing children in their right to grow.
A boy or a girl who works iu a cotton
or a woolen factory, or in any other
jilacc where' the air is vitiated, or the
posture constrained or sedentary, can
seldom attain the proper development
of a human being. Such a c.iild is
cheated of a large part of his chance
of a happy life, and it is the business of
a Government to prevent cheating.
All the civilized nations have laws
against this great wrong. .Italy per
mits children of nine to work for wages,
but requires, as a preliminary condi
tion, the certificate of a physician at
testing that the child is ablo to perform
the proposed work without injury.
Perhaps even this inadequate measure
is a little hotter than none. It ra .y
serve to remind people that children
have rights which Governments are
bound to protect.
Spain goes much farther. In that
couutry the limit is fixed at ten years,
but with this most important addition:
&ys under thirteen and girls under
fourteen must not be kept at work
more than live hours aday. In Sweden
tJ.j day's work for children is limited
to six hours, and night work is abso
Denmark permit children to labor
six hours and a half, but also requires
two hours' attendance at school. Iu
Hungary no child under twelve may
work in" a factory, except with a special
license, and the day's work for minors
Is limited- by law 4o eight hours.
Everv child who labors must go to
school a part of every day.
In the German Empire, no child can
lawfully labor in ft factory until he is
Xwelve years old. and the day's work
is fixed at six hours, with three noniV
schooling daily. Nine hours close con.
fincment is too much for any growing
France is sadly neglectful of the duty
she owes her little th.Idrcn. The law
lixes twelve years as tho age of the
youugest workers but there aro so
man" exceptions that tuc limit prac
tical.y is ton j-ears. In manufactories
of paper, sugar and glass, boys ol
twelve arc permitted to work at night
and all night.
Three countries in Europe, and only
three, have decreed that a child must
be fourteen years of age before it may
work iu a shop or factory, ami these
have also prohibited all night work to
children. The three countries are Aus
tria. Kngland and Switzerland.
In the United States there are almost
as many laws on this subject as there
are States; but is there one State in
which young workers are adequately
protected? Wo fear not Newly pa
rents, ambitious Loys, restless gins,
employers wanting help, all work
against the enforcement of such laws
as we have.
Factories running extra hours do not
pause to dismiss the young workers,
and there are some that have boyson the
force which carries on the work during
the night. Think of a boy twelve or
thirteen going to work at seven in the
evening, and coming off at six in the
morning, with half an hour's rest at
There aro few subjects so important
as this, bectusc an injury done to a
growing creature is h reparable, and
every such injury lessens the victorious
force of the community. Instead of
violating or evading the law, it should
bo the eflbrt of every right-thinking
person to seo that it is most rigidly en
forced. Youth's Companion.
The Terrible Heller Held by the Xatlvn
of the Dark Cnntlatat.
The African believes that there an.
everywhere evil spirit who are amen
able to charms or incantations or. as
he calls them, "fetishes," and that cer
tain unknown or half-known persons
whom he calls wizards are acquainted
with these charms and use their occult
knowledge for nefarious purposes. He
believes further that certain other per
sons are gifted with the power of track
ing or "smelling out" the offenders.
So universal is this belief that almost
every village of pagan Africa, partic
ularly toward the west coast, has its
fetish house, a grim and ghastly build
ing, often ranged roun 1 with human
skulls in every stage of decomposition,
and a fetish man. who is its high priest.
No human being, surely, ever hail a
more terrific p.iwcr commit.ed to him.
and few have used it moro finsp iringly
or unscrupulously. The fetish mm is
bound by no law; he recognizes no
rules of evidence. Any thing which
happens, even in the most ordiuary
course of nature, ho may pronounce
to be the work of a fetish, or a wizard,
and to need his assistance to ferret it
out. A heavy rainfall or drought, a
murra.ii among tho cattle, a pestilence
or a conflagration, a child devoured by
a wild animal, an illness or a death.
each and all of these may bo pronounc
ed to be "fetish" somebody has done
it, and ho "must bo detected. So pos
sessed arc the natives by
this belief, it so forms part of
their being, that it never occurs to any
of them, though he knows his own turn
may comu next, to question tho reality
of this uncanny power; and, in the
panic terror of this fetish man and his
decisions the negro los s for a time
some of his most essential and amiable
characteristics, his frivolity, his light
heartcdncss; even his family affection.
A son will join in putting his father to
death; a brother will help to tear in
pieces a brother. If tho accused dares
to deny the charge which he seldom
docs, however preposterous or impossi
ble it may be he has to submit to some
terrible ordeal, such as the running at
full speed under an avenue of hooped
arches about half his height, when, il
he stumbles, or rather, as soon as he
stumbles, he is hacked to death; or the
drinking of some deadiv decoction.
such as the casca bar!;, when his one
chance of escape is handsomely to
bribe the fctiffi man to give him tho ex
act quantity or quality which will make
him desperately sick, before the poison
has well begun its deadly work. In
Ashantce and Dahomey, at Bonny anil
Calabar, in the Fan country and
throughout Angola this terrible belief
prevails, and, as may well bo im
agined, it ramifies out into every kind
of villainy and crime. Nineteenth Cen
What Flies Are Good For.
What aro flies good for, any way?
Most people firmly believe that they
are solely to try the patience, or rather
tho impatience of mankind. It is with
mingled feelings of comfort and alarm
that we read the following: Their par
ticular office appears to be the con
sumption of the dead and minute ani
mals whoso decaying myriads would
otherwise poison the air. It was a re
mark of Linnams that three flics would
consume a dead horse sooner than a
lion could. He doubtless included the
families of the three flics. A single fly
will sometimes produce 20.000 larva,
each of which in a few days may be the
parent of another 20.000. and thus the
descendants of three flies would soon
devour an animal much larger than a
horse. A writer makes the following
computation: "One fly on the 30th of
March is represented by S00 on the 24th
of April; by 300 times 300, equaling 90.
000, on the 28th of May; by 27.000.00C
on the 2d of July, and by 3.100. OOO.OOfl
od tho 8th of Au;ust."Ar. Y. Vote
THE ARIZONA IClC..:.
Its Talented Editor I Somewhat Disabled
Hut still iu the Kins.
The following items are ciillc-1 from
the last issue of the Arizona Kicucr:
"It Pleases Us. On Monday after
noon a delegation of our foremost citi
zens, headed by that lank, long, lean,
cadaverous, dyspeptic old humbug.
Colonel Jim Johnson, visited the Kicker
office for the purpose of intimidating
its editor and proprietor. The Colonel
made us a little speech, in which he
said that our style was altogether too
breezy for this locality, and that if wo
did not mend our ways the people pro
posed to chip in and establish a second
paper here to run us out. We heard
the Colonel to the end, and then with
an iron side-stick drove the
Chip in! Start another paper here!
Why. in the first place, the whole gang
couldn't raise fifteen dollars to save
their necks and in the second place a
new paper might rake the whole dis
trict with a fine tooth comb and not
Gnd another advertiser or subscriber.
If wo didn't board and lodge ourself,
do all the editing, composition, job
work, press work, rolling and mailing;
if we weren't rent free and used k
wearing one shirt for four weeks; if wo
couldn't feel happy after a meal on
crackers and cheese, tho Kicksr would
have never kicked twice.
"It pleases us! The idea of anot her
paper makes us smile. The fact that
Colonel Jim Johnson a man who stole
his title in Indiana and busted up as a
faro dealer in O.naha is behind the
move makes us grow fat! We shall
open on this old he-wolf next week,
unless he skips the tewn, and if we
land him in jail ho must remember that
he provoked the fight."
"Brass Wedding. On Tuesday even
ing of last week Major Pc:e Scott and
his wife, of Jackass Hill, held their
brass wedding anniversary, and it
eclipsed any thing in the society lino
yet attempted in this locality. Their
dugout w-s illuminated by two pounds
of tallow candles, and Green's string
band furnished the most entrancing
music. All the nobs were present, and
dancing and feasting prevailed to a
"The only event which marred the
pleasure of the evening was an arrest
made by our sheriff. He collared Gen
eral De Lisle, a society star, just as he
had finished his first waltz, and we are.
informed that the Colonel will be taken
back to Wisconsin to stand trial for
"No presents were given or expected.
It was more to introduce Mrs. Scott to
high society than any thing else. Pete
used to be a baggageman on the C. B.
& Q. road, and his wife was a b.-er-
slinger in a St. Louis saloon. Some of
the high-toned didn't take kindly to her,
but this blow-out, which served to show
off their new carpets and upvi'lit piano
will place her oa the top shelf. Thero
is some talk that Pete is liable to arrest
for bunko-steering in Chicago, and that
his wife could be tripped up for rob
bery, but we wish the couple many re
turns of tho happy occasion. We were
there in person, and can vouch for tlu
fact that it was a square meal."
"OBiTCAnr. Sunday afternoon last
Judge Knapp passed in his checks,
after an illness of only two weeks. His
wife had supported him by laundry
work for the last two- years, and al
though the widow has donned the weeds
and is figuring on a tombstone with a
lamb on top of it,' we've got a dollar
which says she's glad tho old loafer has
gono to a hotter country. If she isn't,
we are, for he made our office his loaf
ing place, and tho tobacco stains he left
after him will keep his memory green
for a year to come."
"Tn.vr's our BrstxESS. A pumpkin
headed weekly published over in Tomb
stone by a dough-faced renegade from
New England has been poking fun at
us for publishing dead ads. We ac
knowledge to six columns, but that's
our business. We set out to furnish
our subscribers with literary matter
which they could comprehend and
digest. Besides, wo are sending samplo
copies of the Kicker all over tho coun
try, and pride compels us to make a
show of advertising.
"Go ahead with your fun, old fugi
tive! Keep it up a couple of weeks
longer and we'll send your description
to tho chief of police of Boston. We're
heard he wanted to sec you for about a
minute, and that vou broke out before
vou had served half vour sentence."
Detroit Free Press.
The Wedding Tour Fad.
The latest thing in weddings is for
the bride and groom to keep as a pro
found secret the direction of tho bridal
trip. They give out they aro going to
Washington or Niagara. Then they go
to a hotel and leave at a convenient
time the next morning on their jour
ney. Sometimes, in the spiritof fun, mis
chievous friends find out the destina
tion of the bridal couple and send their
congratulations to their hotel. A case
of the kind occurred recently in Brook
lyn. The groom had been a party to
wedding jokes himself and took, as he
supposed, every precuation to prevent
bis being traced. All inquiries were
baffled. He got a driver who could
not read. He drove ovot the bridge
and dismissed his driver, and then
drove in another coach to an uptown
hotel He thought he had evaded all
the fun makers. The next morning
the bridal couple started for Washing
ton by the Pennsylvania route. What
was their astonishment to find a family
delegation at the depot to bid them
good morning, and to wish them joy on
their wedding trip. But how the secret
leaked out is a mystery that the groom
has been unable to solve. AT. Y. Sun.
A .TERRIBLE WEAPON.
The ZaliaOri Dynamite Can lnteailed for
the Italian Uovernineat.
Captain E. L. Zalinski, the inventor
of tiiat terrible engine of war. the pneu
matic dynamite torpedo gun, has been
experimenting with the gun recently
completed for the Italian Government
which will cost .$10,000.
This gun, in tho language of Captain
Zalinski, is an :crial torpedo projecting
machine, possessing many advantages
over the appliances for projecting the
torpedo through the water. It is of
15-inch caliber, and its range will be
at least one mile. The full caliber
shell will carry GM pounds of explosive
gelatine, equivalent to 852 pounds of
dynamite No. 1 or !) 13 pounds of gun
cotton. Shells containing smaller
charges can also be f brown. Tiie gun
barrel is a light tube, having a smooth
bore. The loading is done at the
breech. Air at 1.009 pounds pressure
is admitted through a balanced
made so as to onen and close bv a
singlo move of the operator. Tiie time
of opening and closing can bo varied so
that the range can bo changed without
altering cither tho elevation or pres
sure. In order to maintain the pressure as
nearly uniform as possible, wrought
iron reservoirs of from twelve to six
teen inches in diameter and about
twenty feet long are used, the air be
ing supplied to them by any type of
high pressure compressor. The power
of this fifteen-inch gun is great It is
clear that tiie value of a weapon which
can project a huge mas of powerful
explosive equal to three-quarters of the
entire bulk of the projectilo to a dis
tance of one and a half miles with per
fect accuracy, can not be disputed. In
Captain Zalinski's office is one of the
shells to be used in tho big gun. It is
made of brass tubings and castings, as
light as possible.
A tail tube with spiral vanes attached
is annexed to the shell in order to re
tain it in its proper trajectory. Non
metallic pins in the head keep it cen
tral at this point and free from metallic
contact, while a leather gas-check and
vulcanized fiber projections keep it
central at the tail. The charge thus
far used has been nncamphorized ex
plosive gelatine, having a core of dy
namite. This core is for the purpose of
producing a complete detonation of tho
less sensitive explosive gelatine. In
the cruiser Yorktown are three of the
new fifteen-inch dynamite guns, placed
abreast and parallel to one another at
a fixed angle of sixteen degrees.
The training of the gun is accom
plished by steering the vessel, which is
done by steam, and the running of the
engines which drive the twin screws.
The range can be varied by means of
valves. The guns are required to be
loaded twice per minute. The shells will
be handled by hydraulic machinery and
provision is to be made for the storage
of thirty full-caliber shells. The gun
for Italy, now completed, is to be trained,
elevated and loaded by hydraulic ma
chinery. It is mounted on an iron base,
which when in place will rest upon a
hoavy masonry foundation. Tho York-
town when completed will eost $350,
000. This includes the guns. The
peed of this vessel will bo at least
twenty knots. The speed is exceeded
by the small and light torpedo-boats
built abroad, but the Yorktown's hull
will be sufficiently strong to be service
able in rough water, which is not the
ase with the more lightly built torpedo-boats.
The torpedo shell has a double field
of action, tho over-water and under
water hull. It is estimated that the
decks of the most heavily armed ships
will be vulnerable to even the eight
inch torpedo shells charged with 10C
pounds of explosive gelatine and a very
large portion of tho more heavily
armored parts of the shell charged witfc
600 pounds. Philadelphia Times.
THE SfGIRI ROCK.
A Steep Climb Accompanied by the
tary Commander of CeylB.
For the first time for a number oi
years the Sigiri Rock in Ceylon has
been scaled by a European, the feat oc
tiiis occesion being performed by Gen
eral Lennox, who commands the troopi
in the island. It is said, indeed, that
only one other European, Mr. Creasy,
ever succeeded in reaching the summit.
Tho rock is cylindrical in shape, and
the bulging sides render the ascent
very difficult and dangerous. There are
galleries all round, a groove about four
inches deep being cut in the solid rock.
This rises spindly, and in it are fixed
the foundation bricks, which support a
platform about six feet broad, with a
chunam-coateil wail about nine feet
high. The whole structure follows the
curves and contours of the solid rock,
and is cunningly constructed so as te
make the most of any uatural support
the formation can afford. In some
places the gallery has fallen completely
away, but it still exhibits flights of fine
marble steps. High up on the roeks
are several figures of Buddha: but it is
a mystery how the artist got there, or
how. being there, he was able to carry
on his work. The fortifications consist
of platforms, one above the other, suj
ported by massive retaining walls, each
commanding the other.. Owing to the
falling away of the gallery the ascent
in parts had to be made up a perpen
dicular face of the cliff, and General
Leunox and four natives were left to do
the latter part of the ascent alone. The
top they found to be a plateau about an
acre in extent in which were two square
tanks, with sides thirty yards and fif
teen feet respectively in length, cnt out
of tho solid rock. A palace is believed
to have existed on the summit at one
time, although time, weather and' the
jungle have obliterated all traces of iu
During the descent the first comer had
to guide the foot of tho next into a safe
fissure; but all reached the bottom
safely in abont two and a half hours.
SUING FOR DIVORCE.
A Story Illaatratlnc Woman' Strang ZM
ItfeTe or Utlcatloa.
The peculiarity of women, moro than
men. w crazes in doing thing. Only
in one point aro they less given to
craze than men. They don't like to go
to law. not as n. rule: and lust as voil I
ofton find things in life, when yon
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meet with an exception its
an incomprehensible one. A
friend of mine, rather out of practice
that is he hadn't yet succeeded in get
ling m-was seateu m n s ione,y omce
one day thinking out the problem of
how much tne dignity of belonging to
l ITJ.tl -.. flU!K?f?llla v ,iji llUlllf3t;i If
&. iafc.l ttinl1..i.iii . L-tiltiv.i.kil TA
I)t: considered :ts f qua! to income, when
he was startled bv a timul knock at the
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door. It was not one of Ins boon com -
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naoiuiis. al was not a uuier unum-ss
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lawyer coming in iu uorrow :i iiounr.
It was a female knock, distinctly the
knocking of a tiny, gloved knuckle.
It doesn't seem poetic to speak of a
lady's "knuckle;" but facts are seldom
poetical. It was not a book-agent,
that was quite certain; so he invited
her in. She came in. She was tear
"Is this a lawyer's office?"
"It is, madam."
And are yoii a lawyer?"
He thought at first he would say that
only a few people had hitherto bdieved
that, but it might spoil his business.
He bowed politely and offered her a
chair. She sat down and unfolded the
facts of the case. She had been badly
treated by her husband. She had had
at one time a few thousand dollars and
she met a man who was "broke." He
was good-looking. There is nothingso
fascinating to a woman with a small
bank account as a handsome man who
is "broke." She immediately loves
him. She loved him so dearly that she
gave him her hand, heart and bank
account. He squeezed the first, grace
fully accepted the second, and grabbed
the third. He started in business and
made a fortune, and they had a food
time for a year or two. He took ad
vantage of her absence iu the East to
switch his affectious on to another
woman. There are a great many side
tracks in the sentimental part of life,
and sometimes main lines cross one an
other effectually. Life is full of junc
tions, ami it is when they- come to a
junction that the married couple have
to look out for one another. Well, she
had got out of the train for a minute.
so to speatr, ana nusseu it. J. he case
offered big chances. The man was
wealthy, and the poor but brilliant
lawyer saw a big contingent fee. He
accepted the case for that contingent
fee and undertook to put up thn neces
sary preliminary expenses. The case
moved along. He was out tweuty
dollars, and she wa to come down and
sign tho papers. She came.
"Are the papers ready?"
"Yes. Hore they are. madam. If
yon will put your name there "
"Well, you can just tear them up."
"Tear them up! Why?"
"I don't want to go on with the case.
I love him too well.""
"Very well, madam. In that case
"I'm very much obliged to you, and
I am so sorry you've had all this
"Yes. madam. My bill will be fifty
"What? You said it wouldn't cost
me a cent to begin the cosv."
"But you haven't bvgun the suit, and
I am out a good deal for expenses."
"1 won't pay it."
"If you don't, it will be one hundred
She wouldn't pay. Next day he sent
ftp a sheriff with an attachment, as a
threat, at least. She came down, of
fered him twenty dollars, then thirty,
then she proposed he 6houId take her
lace parasol. Finally she paid him
fifty dollars, gave him a parting shot
f polite language and went out The
curious part of the story was that in
quiry elicited the fact that she had
gone through the same process, except
paying, with thfrteen different lawyers
in the city, all on the same proposition.
San Francisco Chronicle.
SAVED BY ACCIDENT.
Arttet Taraed Away
ant Habaad Wrath.
The other day a man was walking
lowly up Miami avenue and encount
ered a man walking hurriedly down.
They ran into each other, both drew off
and apologized, and the one in a hurry
"I've been so mad all the morning I
couldn't see straight."
"Nothing serious. I hope.
"Well, ray wife hail some photos
takeu and the artist made a botch job.
I'm now on my way to punch his head."
"Can I see them?"
They were exhibited, and after a care
ful inspection, the gentleman said:
"My friend, you are way off. The
work is well done, and you ought to be
proud of your wife's looks."
"Do you mean it?"
"Certainly. There are not ten as
handsome women in Detroit.'
"It's a fact, and the work is that of a
real artist. You should be more than
"Well, I declare! 1 guess Tve been
too bastv, and I'll drop the matter right
here. Glad I didn't punch the pho
"Yes, so am L" said the other to
himself as he went his way.
It was the artist himself. Detroit
A Methodist church at Augnsta
held a "bard-boiled-egg festival" for
the purpose of raising money. Each
lady attending was expected to bring
a hard-boiled egg, the proceeds to ge
to the purchase of aa organ.
A cynical Englishman who ha
Imii sPiiiIirirsonie time in New York
City, says that half the citizens are hon
est "and reputable people, and the other
half are poiitiaiaus.
A Brooklvn young woman has a
beautiful ad most curious table cover
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' in stripes of white ami goi.u-n nrown.
i If Tc irni-.m f tin .shorn hair of her St.
uei nar.i iiz.
Tho mail who can make $20,000 a
year as a general thing can't save a
. . t;.o ma! u.,1( Js thrift .R
wis,. is Je,,Ioin so ,:ftinl lhat hxi C:IU
A stick of timber 151 feet lonj: ami
!? fz .i hi !iotunil to i
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' the largest piece ever turtieo out Horn
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i anv sawmill, ha been sent from 1 ugct
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i Sound to an exhibition in ban rian
The highest recorded balloon ascent
was by Glaiher and Coxwell front
Wolverhampton. England, on Septem
ber 5, 1SG2. They rose to the height of
seven mile-. According to Glaishcr. in
8.500 balloon ascensions only fifteen
deaths havo occurred.
Animal food occasionally, for
vounir or old fowls seems indispensable.
Beef cracklings are excellent and some
thing that most every one can obtain.
Crackling- and corn meal made into a
douiih ami baked. :s good feed for both
old and young birds.
A negro couple of Atlanta, who
desired a very private wedding, called
up the justice at midnight and had the
ceremony performed then. They de
clared they were too bashful to go
through the ceremony when everybody
was around to see or hear.
Citizen "I'm surprised that you
have become such a careful driver.
Jake. You used to be the most reck
less teamster on tho streets. You ran
into half a dozen different carriages to
my certain knowledge. Teamster
"Pin drivin a mighty light wation.
now. an' it's mo own." Omaha World.
"Mr. Brown, you have charged me
two dollars for cleaning my gloves,
and Miss Jones says sho only paid you
fifty cents." "True. Miss, but- your
gloves are so small that I was obliged
to tako extra trouble to prevent them
being lor through the spout of my
steaming kettle." She paid, of course.
Visitor (to convict) "I s' pose they
treat you well here, my friend?" Con
vict "Yes. sir: I have no complaints
to make; but there is one thing I don't
uke. Lvery Sunday ranrniu' in the
chapel they set me next to one of these
ere shoutin' Methodists, an' 'tain't
pleasant for a man what was born an
brought up a 'Piscopalian." Life.
"Is it true, Mr. Featherly." in
quired Bobby, "that the homeliest men
get the handsomest wives? "I be
lieve thero is an old saying to that ef
fect. Bobby. Why?" "i" heard ma
say so to sister Clara last night, ami
Clara said that you ougiit to ruarry
one of the loveliest women in the
world." Harper's Bazar.
Editor (to intellectual looking
young man). "Xo poetry this morning,
my friend. Wo're full of ir." Young
man (handing him manuscript) "It's
not poetry, sirs: it's prose," Editor
(looking at the manuscript) "H-iu
yes gas. one month, sven-tifty. Just
leave it, please, and I'll read it at my
It is reported that the onco unpro
ductive Eastern Shore of Maryland,
comprising Northampton and Accomac
Counties, has been rendered so fertile
by the use of "pine shatters" the
leaves and cones of pine trees that
the farmers of the section are growiu
rich. A farmer who has made money
out of pino shatters' says: "They are
aich in carbon, and when tho fermenta
tion or oxidation takes place, motion
follows, humic and other acids are
formed, mineral matter is acted upon,
chemical changes take place, and the
land is changed from a dead mass of
sand and clay to an active, fertile soiL
bringing in motion the latent elements
lhat are often thero."
AUNT HELEN'S PLUCK.
A Teaerable Lady Who Indulge la
I was making a call the other day at
a house where the family aunt, an old
lady well on toward niuety rears of age.
is an inmato. We were sitting quietly in
the drawing-room, and Iliad just about
reached tho middle of a capital story,
when I was interrupted by a startling
series of thumps and whacks on the
floor above. I paused for a moment,
thinking it likely that my hostess
would desire to rush upstairs at once
and ascertain which particular boy had
broken his log or otherwise disabled
himself; but she appeared to be perfect
ly unconcerned, and her husband en
deavored to reassure me by saying:
Go on; there is no cause for alarm; it
is only Aunt Helen practicing calis
thenics.' Now. inasmuch, as Aunt Helen is. to
my knowledge, between eighty-five and
ninety years old. and. what is' more im
portant, has recently sustained a severe
injury, so that she Instogoon crutches.
I took this remark of my host as a bad
joke, and greeted it with a feeble at
tempt at a laugh. But I soon perceived
hat I had fallen into an euror. A frown
gathered on the latty's face, and my
friend explained, seriously, that Aunt
Helen, though lame, as "l have said,
and forced to pursuu her exercise while
standing on one leg. is yet so bent up
on living that she engages for half an
hour every day in certain gymnastic
rsrfonuances. the exact nature of which
do not quite understand. .
I recall one similar spirit in history.
5rah.r Duchess of Marlborough in Hor
ace W alpole's time. lay verv Hi. with
her attendants gathered at her bedside.
bhe mast be blistered or she will die."
whispered the phvslcian. "I shall de
neither" said the old Duchess, and she
aa goott as her word. Boston PotL
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