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A. C. HOSMER, Proprietor.
ret ci.om. -
Oct !a B7 fiel of clover waicb Tm uria f er tse
Acongst the brows, heads standia. is tbst awk'.
ari twry we-d:
Aa' I laf. altno' I cuehtn't, when I see ltgrowia
A-cro wdia oat the clcrrer, like e s if it owned ft
Of the medder and its profits an was welcome
es could be.
Aa it kaowed Td leave it peaeeral to aod 'a'
sna al ae.
It's lute a strappla tosboy. with its manners
all lert out
An useful Jes' ler nathia' 'a has-some jes" te
But I leave it there a brar only that tt
drinks the best
Oi the dr w ad eats the -nttals that should go
to feed the rest.
I hain't the heart to hurt it, rer the "Polly" ot
Keeps it tender in my feelia's; fer my gal had
its' the same.
Z see her in the -redder like es she was in them
'Fore the angels coaxed her from me an' they
nusthed wmctn ways:
Fcr I know my Folly loTed mc, an nothin' here
Co aid hT made her leare me cryin like my
"""""" hart would break, you know.
I could see her cow a-standin, er the tears ud
Tes. I nu?h s'most can see her as she was one
A-lo:lf r.c' through the medder '&' a-stoppin'
here and there
To pull the dead npe polIjs" and sow the snu-
"With the brown sweds an the feathers; and
they' Scat off like a dream
Xr ft bubble es was sleepm' oa some idle, lazy
Then she'd watch m goin' up'ard in a kind '
wishful way -
But what my jr.il were thinkin of I keau of
""S course, jes' say:
But wnen oz-; night the acgels my little pewee
Her face were sweet with smilm' that same
sweet, yearnin look
6he had that day in summer when she blowed
An filled her arms with clover an lims of gold
An' so I leave 'm growin. n I reckon that they
aij little PoHy nearer. a'I love'm tor bar
S. M. MeMaaus. in X. T. Ind:pend:nt,
The Story of & Dream and Its
Written for This Paper.
sat in a great arm
chair in his library
trying to interest
himself in a volume
of recent poems
which he had pur
chased that day
thinking that h e
.might find some
thing in it to divert
JjuAiHS-4 his mind from the
unpleasant thoughts which for some
time past had constantly Kept him com
pany. Try as he ould. however, he
could not force his mind into new
channels of thought. The wrinkles in
his forehead grew deeper and deeper.
Disgusted at his failure, he closed his
eyes and went over the events of his
past life again and again, trying to find
some reason why fate had denied him
the happiness he craved. At last,
throwing the book on the table at hb
side, he rose and walked restlessly
across the room to a little mahogany
cabinet, and taking out a photograph
which was set in a neat little pocket
case, he looked at the smiling pictured
face earnestly and long. then, with a
deep sigh, he went to the fire-place
and dropped the treasure into the glow
ing flames, muttering as he did so:
It i better so. Time will not heal
the wound and to keep such a reminder
would only aggravate it.
No,' he continued, pacing-the room
in his excitement. "1 can not under
stand why fate has decreed me so little
real happiness while it has showered
tipoa me what men commonly surren
der almost every good thing to obtain!
Ts this the way a man should feel
on the eve of his wedding? Oh! how
shall I hide iny aching heart from my
wife all the years to come? I do not love
her now, and I know I never shalL
The sweet face of her sister will always
come between us to taunt me with my
foolish love and still more foolish mar
riage. I could not keep her from my
mind even in the presence of my first
wife, how then can I hope to do more
with a second? 0 that I were out of
it all out of myself!"
Again his mind reverted to the past.
Five years ago, he thought, I was
married to as good a woman as ever
lived: but I did not love her. for then
as now I loved Gertrude Maybury with
.all my heart and souL Three years
after our marriage my wife died. I do
jot think she ever knew but what a
living lie! And how immeasurably
harder it would have been had 1 not
been convinced that I was doing it to
save her life.
What evil genius has been shaping
my destiny that I should become en
tangled in a second alliance in the very
presence of the woman I love and be
utterly unable to win her or to resist
the influence which is soon to place her
forever beyond my reach? It is as if I
were being carried along by the re
sistless current of a mighty river so
swiftly that it is impossible for me to
turn to the right or left, with certain
destruction staring me in the face.
Oh! Gertrude. Gertrude, you are as
far beyond my reach as the stars- To
morrow I am to become the husband
of your sister Bertha; and thenceforth
be compelled to wear a mask of pleas
ant smiles. Why did I attempt to for
get by engaging myself to Bertha when
I knew, or should have known as well
then as now. that I never -jan forget!
I was beside myself, frenzied, mad,
any tri?T-T but ia my right mind!
With as exclamation of despair to
threw himself face down ward on a sofa.
It vras long past midnight and Mr
Danf orth had spent less tfian three hours
out of the previous thirty-six in bed. It
was no wonder, therefore, that with his
mind so exhausted by constant worry
he soon fell into a troubled sleep. At
first he felt himself borne, against his
will, by some invisible power up the
steep side of a mountain, the summit
of which stretched far above the clouds.
Over clefts and precipices and huge
boulders he was carried by his mys
terious captor, expecting every mo
ment to be dashed against the towering
cliffs in front or into the bottomless
chasms beneath. Finding that he was
powerless to escape, he'eeased to strug
gle and became passive in the hands
of his captor. After what seemed to
him almost an age, he found himself
upon the summit of the mountain.
HE LOOKED AT THE SMILING PICTURED
looking down the opposite side from
the one which he had ascended. It
was almost perpendicular. Far be
low him was a thick shroud of mist
enveloping the base of the mountain.
As far down as he could see. sharp
pieces of rock jutted out from the face
of the cliff; and he knew that if he
stepped over the brink he would be
mangled beyond all human resemblanoa
before he had fallen a hundred feet.
He was given but a few seconds to
contemplate his impending fate, when
his captor again seized him. This
time not to lift him up and
bear him , safely over the place if
danger as heretofore, bat to push him
slowly, relentlessly, nearer to the awfal
death which awaited him on the rocks
below. He tried to cry out, but ap
sound escaped his lips. He struggle!
fiercely to free himself, but his limes
seemed to be pinioned as tightly sb
if they had grown fast together.
After a time he resigned him
self to the inevitable and seat
up a silent prayer to his Maker far
mercy. The next instant he was toi
pling over the edge of the precipice.
His captor had left him, but freedom
was of little use to him now, and after
one desperate, but unsuccessful effort
to regain his balance, he closed his
eyes, expecting to open them in eter
nity. At that moment a hand, gently,
but firmly, grasped his arm and drew
him back to the rock upon which he
had been standing. Turning quickly
to see who had rescued him. he beheld
the beautiful form of his angel wife.
She was changed beyond expression,
yet every feature was as easily recog
nizable as when she was in the
flesh. There was no sign of trouble
or sorrow about her, no sign
of disease, but to perfect physical
form and feature was adced that
heavenly grace which "passeth under
standing.' The light of the old love
was in her eye. unmixed with regret
or reproach. Her general appearance
and the expression of her features in
dicated a condition superior to Dan
forth's fondest imagination of heavenly
life. As he saw her now, the embodi
ment of happiness and contentment, he
felt a satisfaction greater than he had
ever before experienced in the efforts
he had made to secure her earthly
"I will henceforth." he mentally re
solved, "consider those few years of
married life the best spent of all my
With a graceful gesture his heavenly
visitant bade him follow her. Taking
another way. which soon left the moun
tain far behind, they traversed quiet
lanes and green pastures where the tink
ling of little sheep bells, mingled with
the music of running brooks, recalled
to Danforth's mind the rural scenes
of his early childhood and made him
wish that he could return again in fact,
as well as fancy, and be always a boy.
But they were going with the speed of
the wind, and these pleasant scenes
soon faded and they found themselves
within the limits of the city. On and
on they went, over Danforth's home,
over the business streets till they came
to the Maybury mansion. Here at the
lighted window in the second story
Look.' she whispered as she caused
the curtain on the inside to move quiet
He obeyed without question and saw
on the opposite side of the room a fig
ure reclining on a bed in an attitude of
deep dejection. Soon the figure rose,
and. with quickening pulse Danforth
recognized Gertrude Maybury. She
was pale and sad, and her inflamed
face and eyes showed that she had been
weeping bitterly. Advancing to a table
near the light she drew a photograph
from her bosom, regarded it wistfully
for a moment and then, kissing it pas
sionately, she tore it into bits and
dropped them into the waste basket.
The curtain noiselessly resumed its
place and Danforth turned to his guide.
'What does it mean?' he asked in a
puzzled, anxious ton.
"You are band."1 ns3 the reply.
"She loves the man it ho. to-morrow is
to become her sister's husband."
The revelation was so -sudden, so un
expected and carried such an endless
flood of happiness into his hungry soul
that he awoke with a start which nearly
cost him his life. He was not in
his own room, nor could he at first tell
where he was. By degrees he became
aware that he was in the open air and
that he was hanging from the limb of a
tree. The limb which he was grasping
desperately with both hands, was
swaying to and fro and creaking
threateningly. As he looked around
for some means of escape from his per
ilous position, he saw light streaming
from a window a few feet above his
head. He could see that the curtain
was raised several inches; but he was
too far below the lighted space to look
into the room. The limb to which he
was clinging brushed against the build
ing making a sharp grating noise which
evidently attracted the attention of the
occupant of the room for the curtain
was immediately drawn down. Sud
denly a dog began barking furiously in
the yard below, and for the first time
it flashed across Danforth's mind that
he had been walking in his sleep, and
had found his way into the great elm
tree opposite Gertrude Maybury's
window. He could understand, now,
how his sudden awakening had caused
him to lose his balance and grasp for
support the first thing that came within
But the limb was growing weaker at
every vibration. He reached out his
feet in every direction, but found noth
ing capable of holding his weight.
Then he tried to gain the trunk of the
tree by passing hand over hand along
the limb. His first effort, however,
was the hairon the camel's back. With
a crash that awoke the echoes, his sup
port gave way and the unfortunate
somnambulist fell to the ground. His
last thought after the limb broke was
of the humiliating position he would
be in if be were discovered, then his
head struck a lower branch with such
force as to render hist insensible.
When Danforth again awoke to con
sciousness, he found himself in bed, in
a strange room. Feeling a stinging
sensation in his forehead, he tried to
raise his right hand to examine it, but
his arm would not move.. It was
broken Succeeding better with his
LOOK." SHE WHISFEKED.
he found his head tightly
"Where am I and what is the mat
ter?' he asked as a woman came to the
bed. to adjust the corers.
"You have been sick nearly three
weeks," replied the nurse, "and you
are at Mr. Maybury's. But you must be
quiet- They wouldn't have you excite
yourself now for the world. Take a
good rest, then vou will be able to talk
Thus enjoined he held his peace and
soon fell asleep. From that on his im
provement was rapid. Had he been a
member of the family the Mayburya
could not have been more interested
in his recovery. One morning he tried
to explain to Mr. Maybury his pres
ence in the yard on the night of the ac-J
cident, but that gentleman, with a
good natured twinkle in his eye, re
plied: "No need of an explanation. Dan
forth. You explained all in your
delirium. I didn't know you were a
somnambulist. But you were in luck
that time if you did come very near
breaking your neck. After you are
married Gertrude will have to tie a
string to you nights to keep you in
doors." Why do you say Gertrude?" asked
Danforth. his pale face turning scarlet.
"Oh! that's all arranged." returned
the old gentleman, smiling and rubbing
his hands. "Bertha is glad to be re- J
leased. You may have suspected that !
the wind had changed to another j
quarter. So our timely discovery of
your love for Gertrude makes it possi- j
ble for all of you to be happy."
What!' interrupted the sick man,
"does Gertrude love me after all?"
"Indeed, she does. Your dream, or
vision, or whatever it may be called.
so far as it related to her was perfectly
true. But if she finds it out she will
never forgive me for telling you. I !
watched with you a good deal during
the first three weeks of your sickness
and heard the whole story, dream and j
alL So I took the liberty to learn how j
the girls felt about it. I have said this
to you so there may be no more misun-1
derstandings. You will not let them .
know, of course."
"Indeed. I will not. and may God 1
Macs -wrm f. lf..1..,M r.. !.,... '
made me the happiest man in the uni
verse." Le Rot G. Davis.
Fruit that is to be shinned some
distance to market should be picked
before it gets toe nee or u will
ously damage im traasi.
OjV ""aJ Y iWssav lB?ji? & Li
THE DESERT'S MONARCHS.
The Only lahnbitaaUeT tk Grwat fesUiara
A Peculiar Kae.
caravan may travel for weeks with
out seeing a single person.and yet there
is scarcely a square mile of the Sahara
between the Atlantic and the region of
the Nile that is not at some time passed
over by some of the wandering tribes
that make the desert their home.
The regular caravan routes that tra
verse it lead from Morocco to Timbuc
too, from Algiers to the Niger at Tim
buctoo, from Tripoli to the same re
gion, or to the cities of the Soudan
farther eastward. The population of
the towns of the oases in the northern
edge of the desert is the same as the
native population of the rest of Algiers
Arabs, Jews, Moabite merchants, ne
About the outlying oases are the
wandering tribes called Chambaas,
who are nominally subject to the
French and live in good understanding
The great desert unwatered region,
nearly a thousand miles wide, that
stretches its sandy wastes southward
nearly to the edge of the Soudan, is
overrun for it can not be. called in
habited by the several tribes of the
Tonaregs. who do not number more
than 2,000 or 3,000 warriors, yet are
the terror of all peaceful traders who
endeavor to paw through their coun
try to the cities of the Soudan.
The Chambaas entertain friendly re
lations with the Algier Tonaregs. but
are bitterly hostile to the Poggars.
who are their nearest neighbors.
The Tonaregs are a peculiar race of
people. They live principally by brig
andage and laying tribute on caravans
that cross the desert. They are sup
posed to be descendants of a people
that in prehistoric times emigrated
from Asia or from Europe to the South
ern shores of the Mediterranean and
were gradually crowded southward
into the desert.
They are of swarthy aspect, tall, rig
orous, supple and quick and energetic
in movement. Their only clothing is
a blouse and pantaloons of red or blue
cotton and fitted close to the figure.
On their breast is a sort of white scarf,
over which is a belt of red leather sup
porting the cartouch box, which is of
the same material. The head is cov
ered with a turban fastened about the
forehead with a band of black stuff,
while a black vest conceals the lower
part of the face, leaving little but a
prominent nose and a pair of unamiable
All are armed with a long barbed
lance, which "neverTeaves "their hands.
a two-handed saber and a poBiard. At!
their saddle hangs a double-barrelled
gun and a shield of antelope hide.
.Thus equipped and mounted on their
camels of the species known as mehari.
which they guide with great dexterity,
they present an imposing appearance
and recall the knight errant of the
Their appearance is threatening, ana
it is not surprising that their less war
like neighbors regard them with ap
prehension. The Tonareg moun ted on his mehari
leans against the high back of his sad
dle, and pulling his legs about the
cross that forms its front, places his
feet on the animal's neck, and guides
it by a gentle pressure of the toes on
one side or the other. Trained from
its earliest youth to this manner, it
responds promptly and turns in the
direction desired, leav ing its rider the
free use of his hands to wield his
The female Tonareg guides her
camel in the same manner, and some
among them are so expert that they
can play a lively air on the mandolin
and compel the animal to follow it in a
dance movement like "a well-trained
Owing to the scarcity of water, the
Tonaregs never, wash themselves.
Their filth becomes hereditary, even
exceeding that of the most squalid
tribes of American Indians. Cor. San
Russia's industrial Progress.
A great impetus has been given to
Russian industries within the last ten
or fifteen years. Thus, in 1875. all the
cotton mills of that country contained
about 2.000,000 spindles, "while there
are now, according to the latest reports,
115,000.000 spindles, divided between
sixty-seven mills. The number of cot
ton weaving establishments in Bussia
is said to be 488. giving employment to
more than 80,000 hands, the total an
nual production being estimated at 56,
000.000 roubles. There are also sixty
eight mills for spinning woolen yarn,
employing nearly 5,000 hands, and
producing goods every year valued at
between five and six million roubles.
The carpet manufacture employs some
800 hands, with a product valued at
half a million roubles or more while 190
works, averaging 100 operatives each,
are engaged in producing light woolen
tissues. The flax industry is also pros
perous, and there are twenty-four
spinning mills, in which 21,000 hands
are employed, and which have nearly
200,000 spindles. Silk manufacturers
have been greatly developed and im
proved of late years. The province of
Moscow counts about 150 silk factories,
with nearly 11,000 hands. There are
about 600 dyeing establishments, em
ploying some 30,000 hands. X. Y.
A New York physician reports that
during an epidemic of diphtheria in
that city there were five times as many
cases on the shady side of the street as
on the sunny side.
People always fight shy of 4he
young lawyer. He knows altogether
too much about law to be of any prao
tical use. Somerville Jarm il.
ORIGIN OF CARDS.
A track 'om la Exlatancs- SaU to Be a
Thoasaad Years Old.
The Royal Asiatic Society has. it is
said, a pack of cards said to be 1.000
years old. and utterly unintelligible
even to the most learned Oriental
archaeologist of to-day. There are
eight suits, of divers colors: the kings
are mounted on elephants, the viziers
upon horses, tigers and bulls. Some
cards are marked with what looks like
a pineapple in a shallow cup. others
with the semblance of a parasol with
two broken ribs. Of course the Chi
nese, who. according to their own his
tories, invented every thing before
every body .else, claim the merit of hav
ing first designed cards and developed
the games arising out of them. The
Emperor Seun-ho had many wives, who
naturally found time hang heavily on
their hands, so his most gracious
majesty devised amusements for them.
There are thirty cards in each of his
packs three suits of nine each, and
three extra superior cards. One of the
suit is called Eew-ko-wan, the mean-
ing of which every school-boy in
China knows. In one thing the China-
i ABAA.?r M UmrlnnA K aim n n ii il i
sue. auriNsaa suo umuuur-tuur
cards are round It may surprise some
persons to be told that the queen in our
flaiitn a- wv b 4 v 1 w van n . bw j
.. - A,ui- cx.Cy suurc-u iuuu-
vation; the hierarchy at first m
purely military Kirg, Kmgm ana
knave. The Italians were, it is said,
the first to give her majesty a place.
There have also been from time to
time many changes in the suits. Old
German cards have bells, acorns and
leaves, instead of clubs, diamonds and
spades. French writers have abounded
in explanations of the meaning of the
symbols, and Pere Daniel endeavors to
deduce a military moral. The club,
with its trefoil shape, is the trefle'
or clover plant, which abounds in tho
meadows of France; this shows that a
chief should encamp his forces where
forage can be found. The spade is the
carreau or heavy square-headed arrow
shot from a crossbow. "Cceurs,' our
hearts, signified the courage of the sol
diers. The ace is the Latin "as" rep
resenting money, the sinews of war
and so on through several stages of
fantastic symbolism. The popularity J"11- M P?ntul as aeain- remem'
of cards has been at some periods sc ' ber that one da-v. a Joun- man cazae
great as to awake the censures of the me t0 S1 an artlfacil eye. and to have
Church. The svnod of Langres in 1404 me insert lt for bim- Whea ne
solemnlv censured the game of all I selected one he very solemnly stretched
fours, and St. Bernadin so vigorouslv ' himself out on the floor, and. clinch
denounced gambling at Bologna that J in? his teetn said Go aoead.' I said,
repentant plavers made a big bonfiro Wbat do vou mean?' He replied. -I
of their relinquished cards in the pub-' want Jou to insrt that eye.' I made
lie square. At that period the pastime ' him &et UP and in an instant I had in
must have had the charm of compar- serted the eye, and did it so painlessly
alive noveltv. for there is no record that he didn't know it. and still stood
alive novelty, for there is no record
down to the end of the thirteenth cen
tury of the general use of cards. They
are not mentioned by Petrarch. Boccao-'
cio or Chaucer. They could not have
been known in France until the end. of
the fourteenth centurv. for an ordi
nance of Charles
V. forbidding other
games does not al
games does not allude to them. Gen-
ROMANCE OF SCIENCE.
How a Plaat Xeccmarx to Electrical Prog-
reas Was Discovered.
The discovery by Mr. Edison of the
present form of incandescent light, be
gan with a series of experiments on
various substances to find a material
suitable for the loop. This was the
chief problem the "Wizard of Menlc
Park' had to contend with, and he
made a series of most costly experi
ments before he decided upon the car-
bon filament, which is the horseshoe
shaped loop seen inside the pear
shaped glass globe of the incandescent
lamp. Thread loops and tiny card
board horseshoes were charred into
carbon for the loop, and found to some
degree suitable; but Mr. Edison finally j
concluded that the fiber of a certain
kind oi bamboo was the best substance
for the carbon filament. To obtain
tnis. one oi nis assistants, air. xranh.
... ... -r T i I
McGowan. traveled to and through the '
unbroken forests of South America. I
The recital of his adventures sounds
like a romantic legend. He encount
ered all sorts of dangers from wild
beasts, predatory bands of Indians,
and the ravages of tropical lever; and
after traversinir the continent from
ocean to ocean, fording rivers, wading I
swamps and scaling the Cordilleras.
he has finally returned with a varied j
ctnIr nT fihrnns material, which will
be applied to experimental work. The J
adventures of this champion of science
were, for the year he was away, more
thrilling than" those of the knights of
legendary lore, who, to rescue some '
maiden or slay some monster, dared j
unknown perils. He tells some strange
tales of the people he met the courte
ous Brazilians who rate a man's posi
tion in society according to the value
of the hammock he possesses rather
than by his dress, and the Indians who
are too lazy to work and keep feast
day three hundred and sixty-five days
in the year. and. except under compul
sion, w'ill not work at alL Demorest's
A Curiass of Human Skin.
An officer of the marine infantry,
who commanded the penitentiary of
St. Mary a la Comte, in New French
Guiana, lately died of diseases con
tracted at that insalubrious station.
The inventory of the objects he left be
hind him comprised a very curious
cuirass, with straps and other accesso
ries. On examination it proved to be
of human skin. A convict had died
whose breast was covered with ex
tremely beautiful tattooing. The com
mandant of the station knew this, and
had the man flayed before he was buried
For a moment it was thought that this
human relic would have been put up
up for auction with the officer's other
effects, but fortunately, it occurred to
somebody that it was rather too dis
gusting. It was known that the
officer had worn the cuirass several
times when fencing with is fn""-
Notes and Queries.
lost af Tia 9a11 Ars BIa er rinasai
Gray ta Calar.
I dropped into an establishment to
day where glass eyoj are sold and
asked the store-keeper to tell me what
he knew about glass eyes and about the
people who bought them; and in the
p ourse of his conversation he said: "It
is a singular fact that by far the greater
part of all the artificial eyes sold in the
country are right eyes, and blue, or
blueish gray. eyes. At first thought
that fact looks unaccountable, but to a
person in the business it is not so. So
far as Chicago and the West are con
, cerned the color of these artificial eyes
is due to the ethnology of the country.
I The people out here, especially the
' artisans, are all English or Scandina
vian, and belong to the blue-eyed
races. The Italian, Spanish and other
Latin races, with dark eyes, are in-lhe
minority, and not addicted to danger
ous employments. It is still easier to
account for the fact that the artificial
eyes sold are almost all right eyes.
' Nine-tenths of all the eyes destroyed
are destroyed by accidents, and not by
and a large proportion of
, arfi tfce evgs Qf ajjd
destroyed in their business. In all
. of mechaaical iu the rht
fa the m03t and m(M
exposed. A maa
h ieft eye, and
aiming a gun closes
puts his right eye.
I close to the gun. A boy about to fire
a percussion cap will instinctively turn
his left eye away from it. Perhaps
there is a sort of connection between
the right eye and the right hand.
Comparatively few women lose their
I eyes, but when they do they are often
times more anxious to get artificial
eyes than men are, and will make all
sorts of sacrifices to get one."
The conversation about glass eyes
was so interesting that I called in
I again, in the afternoon, to tell my
friend that I had heard that it was a
dreadful job to insert a glass eye in
the socket, and to ask him whether it
was true. "Your informant." he said.
was certainly in error in saying that
it was painful to insert an artificial
eye. Still, the impression has been
made, somehow or other, that it is very
there waiting for me to insert it. He
then told me that he had worn a glass
eye before, and that when the other
was inserted, down in the southern
part of the State, the doctor laid him.
oown oa "" noor' pufc aia KQee oa U1S
down on the floor, put his knee on his
i CQe3t ana s01 seef" stoui iarm nanus
to hold hi3 legs and arms. He also
said that it hurt him dreadfully. I
j have an idea that the doctor rolled up
' the poor boy's eyelids like a coat sleeve
j in the oparation. I can't understand
how any one who knows any thing
about the business could represent the
process as painful, and I am sorry to
have it done, too, because it is apt to
increase the fears of those who need'
artificial eyes, and who would have
them, but for the dread they have
having them inserted. Chicago
WHITE HOUSE CATS.
Arsar of Them Was
Rats and Mice.
There are almost as many cats about
the White House as may be seen on a
prosperous Pennsylvania dairy farm.
The White House cats are not of es
pecially fine breed. They are not
Droud nor in anv war esneciallv
distinguished from other cats.
- .-- .- -
irom otner cats, un
less it is in their breeding quali
ties. They are a promiscuous lot.
in all colors that cats come. Most of
them have attached themselves to the
household apparently from a patriotic
desire to serve the country, coming
from no one knows where. Many new
ones are said to have appeared at the
mansion while Mrs. Cleveland reigned
there, notwithstanding the playful hab
its of the dog Hector. As far as is con-
sistent with our form of government.
they enacted Mother Goose's melody.
The other day there was a great squall
ing in the basement. A new family of
kittens had appeared. "It is pretty
near time to have a drowning." re
marked one of the ushers. "We have
to drown out a colony of kittens about
twice a year." "How many cats have
you, pray?" I asked. "6. between
thirty and fifty old ones. The young
no one can keep count of. When they
get too numerous there has to be a
wholesale killing. Two killings a year
keep them down,"
The building is so infested with rats
and mice that an army of old mousers
is necessary to protect the larder and
the conservatory. Most of the cats are
kept around the conservatory to kill
off the rats, which otherwise would dig
under and destroy the roots of the many
valuable plants. With such an army
of matrons, of course the multiplica
tion of little cats is marvelously rapid.
Some of these days it may be a fad with
young society ladies to have "White
House kittens" for pets. This will fur
nish a more humane way of getting rid
of the surplus. Washington Cor. Phila
"Does Julia's singing annoy you?
asked the landlady of a new boarder.
after her daughter had been exhibiting
her vocal powers at the piano half an
hour. "O, no," replied the new
s boarder. "I work in a saw-filing factory
I and don't niad iL' N. Y. Ledger-
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