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THE TIED CLOUD CH1KF. FRIDAY, mb. 7, lftiMJ.
FARM AND GARDEN.
MATTERS OF INTEREST
i in fp-tn-ll.ttn Hint Alinut Vultlv.i
tlnn of tho Soil nrul VlrliU Tlirrpnf
liirtlriillitrp, Viticulture unil flt.rl
iultiire. HULLETIN FROM
the Indiana Experi
ment stutlou says:
Young fruit trees
are very apt to lie
injured during the
winter by mice and
tho bark. This Is
especially true If
the orchard has
been neglected dur
In; the summer benson. A heavy
urowth of grass or weeds about the
trees makes excellent nests for mice
luring the winter, and where rubbish
heaps have been allowed to accumu
late In tho orchard, especially if It Is
near a forest, rabbits will almost In
variably congregate. I'ndor these con
litions the young treed will almost cor-
alnly suffer from the ravages of one or
both of these pests. It Is Important,
herefore. that this matter be attended
'o at once.
There are various remedies recom
mended for these evils: the first and
most successful of which Is clean culti
vation. If this has not been followed
tiien remove all loose mulch, dead
Krnfs nml rubbish of various kinds
from the Immediate vicinity of the
b.uo of the trees. This will destroy
the nesting places of mice, anil will go
far towards protecting the trees from
Injury. Then. In addition to the
iliovo, make a smooth, compact mound
of eaith, a foot high, about the base of
iho trees, Just beforo the ground
friezes. These two precautions will
be all thnl is necessary to Insure pro
tection against mice.
Rabbits nre not so liable to Injure
trees whore there arc other small
plants, Hitch as young grape vines or
nursery stock in the Immediate violn
lly of the orchard, as they seem to de
light In cutting off the young tender
branches In preference to gnawing the
bark of older trees. It la always safe,
however, to protect the trees, and a
favorite method Is to wrap tho trunks
with closely woven wire screen, tiueli as
Is used for screen doors. This may be
cut into strips eighteen inches to two
fret In length and wldo enough to
completely encase tho body of the tree.
These may be tacked on or the edges
woven together, and If they do not
tl! too closely inny bo left on for sev
eral years. Instead of the wire screen,
ordinary rooilng tin Is sometimes used.
Sheathing paper Is also used with good
effect, placed on tho tree in a similar
manner. It one Is located near a
slaughter house, a very convenient as
well as effectual method is to wash tho
trunks of the trees with blood or ran
cid grease. This, however. Is liable to
1)0 washed off by rains, and would need
renewal several times during the win
ter. These and doubtless other rem
edies will prove effectual If properly
applied. Uy giving this matter Imme
diate attention, much damage to the
young orchards mny be prevented.
Jas. Troop, Horticulturist.
filimitlon on tilt' farm.
The farmer's profession can be ele
vated above Its present standard only
ae tho children Improve upon the meth
ods of their parents. President Chad
liourno of the Massachusetts Agricul
tural collego once said that the way for
young men to rise in the world was to
stand upon the shoulders of their fath
ers. Wo miss half the wear and tear In
life when wo acquire the faculty of
profiting by tho experience of other
nion. It proves nothing, thnt some fine
ly educated man has failed In farming,
or that somo uneducated men have suc
ceeded. Education will help a man, but
it will never make one. When It can
bo proved that a mnjorlty of educated
men upon the farm are failures and a
majority oPtlio uneducated successful,
wo shall all begin to question tho pro
priety and valuo of educntlon for tho
farmer's profession, Hut until that is
proved wo nhnll bellevo that tho farm
er'o business stands upon tho same
basis that supports all other kinds of
business, that tho goneral education
which Is useful to tho doctor, the law
yer, the lunn upon tho board of trade
is Just n.t vnluablo to tho man who tills
tho soil, and thnt professional training
In schools of agriculture will have the
worth upon tho farm thnt tho knowl
edge and discipline) of tho law school
has In practice beforo tho courts.
One thing more. Tho circumstances
of a farmor'ti life nro such thnt ho is
brought into closer, because moro con
stant contact with his family than men
engaged in other pursuits, ills part
nership with tho companion of his life
is, In a business sense, certainly u very
close one. Sldo by 6ide they often per
form the same kinds of labor, and tho
silent partner not unfrcquently bears
tho heaviest burdens, Many of us In
tha rush and amid tho distracting cares
of our business, forgot thnt woman's
strength Is not man's strength, that a
ceaseless monotony of toll takes laugh
tor from tho lips, roses from the cheeks
and health from tho body. No Feasible
man would desire that farmers' wives
should bo transformed Intousclessornn
ments; but it should bo tho aim of farm
era vho would do honor to tholr profes
sion to mako their mothers nml wives
and daughters something moro than
morn household drudges, to glvo them
nn,opiortunJty,n.Bfar tin means will per
mit, to satisfy thoso fancied and tastes,
to cultivate thoso graces nnd those tal
c n'.s that aro tho beauty and tho charm
cf truo womauhood.--H. C. Adams.
It does not require tho compilation of
figures to show that thero Is a chnngo
gradually working Itself through the
ownership of farm lands. It Is a fact
open to general observation that tho
farms of the country nre gradually
dropping Into the hands of tenants, nnd
In our opinion It Is thnt much worse
for the country. No ono will dispute
thnt the farmer hns many advantages In
working land owned by himself that
can never accrue to him whllo the land
Is owned by nnother. One of tho lead
ing causes to bo assigned for this stato
of things Is the fact of a desire to over
reach one's self In the possession of
lands. To mako use of a significant
Western expression, It comes of biting
off moro than one can "chaw." Wo
have long advocated ns the best policy
for farmers to pursito In (this matter
that of cutting down their possessions
in minis, raiucr innii mat. 01 exienuing j
them. When the farmer makes up his !
mind to this order of things It will bo
some tlmo beforo the sheriff closes lit in
out. In the course of the next ten years
wo look for a stronger pmisuro than
ever before brought to bear upon this
matter of reducing tho size of tho farm.
A new style of farming Is gradually to
come Into vogue that will necessitate
It. The extensions of Irrigation systems
and the growth and expansion of the
subsolllng Idea tiro destined to lend
In the direction of intensive farming In
the West. We aro aware that it used
to bo fashionable to spread oiio'h seir
out over a large area In his farming
operations with a view of reducing the
cost of production of crops. This day
has passed. Things have changed and
If tho fanner of today expects to con
tinii" to own his own land he must glvo
nunc attention to each individual acre
and see that It docs Its shine. Nebras
lllte of a Hog. Ills a serious thing to
bo bitten by any animal, for even
though there may bo no poisonous
glands, the saliva In the mouth of nnl
mals that bite Is always more or less
poisonous. Tho bite of the hog Is more
apt to be serious than that of any other
domestic animal. It requires skill and
nctlvltv to handle large numbers of hogs
without endangering those who hold
them. The hog Is mi omnivorous eater,
and Is not at all particular about get
ting particles of dirt or excrement with
its food. Old hogs, which aie most apt
to bite, often destroy mice and snakes,
and though they get no venom In their
mouths, it will poison wherever such
saliva reaches abt aided skin. No one
who has a sow on his hand should be
called upon to assist in butchering hogs,
as ho may be Infected from contact with
tho saliva without being bitten. In all
cases of bite or cut a wash of some anti
septic should bo applied. Diluted car
bolic acid In the proportion of one to
fifty of water Is good, ns Is also a weak
dilution of corrosive sublimate In pro
portion of one of the poison to one or
two thousand parts of pure water.
The io poisons thus diluted do no harm,
and they will prevent poisons from
working In cuts and bruises of any
kind. American Cultivator.
Price of Smutted Wheal. It was not
pleasant to the millers to have the
public know that they were making
choice milling wheat of that branded
"rejected" by tho Inspection depart
ment, because It was even slightly
smutiod, and at a cost of not over half
a cent a bushel, though they were buy
ing It at U to 12 cents below what would
bo Its market value If not smutted.
The disclosuio of the scheme seems to
hnvo had one good effect. It has already
brought th n price of smutted wheat, If
otherwise good, up to within 5 cents a
bushel of the same quality If not
smutted, and there Is an evident desire
on the part of millers to buy the form
er, at tho narrower margin, which Is
not strange, nil things considered,
Much of the smutted wheat ls otherwise '
of very fine qunllty; It would seem that
smut, like death, "loves a shining
mark," and selects the choicest wheat
for Its victims. If such whent can bo
bought for even 5 cents below Its true
market valuo, and can bo made pure nt
a cost of half a cent a bushel, tho com-
petition for Its possession will natu-
rally bo sharp, und tho margin of price
between smutted and unsmutted will
naturally grow smaller and
Farm, Stock nnd Home.
Clover nnd Alfalfa for Hogs. In most
of tho soils In the Central West red
nlnitiH tniinl ltn haIIajI n ..l.t.rt.. . a
wui: iiuiai. uu it-niiu Ull CJUUiiy lor Hie
green food of growth. Hut where the.
soil is very deep and porous alfalfa does
finely. On such soil alfalfa will sunnly
season KsSliy 'nTtS T
n "Tit J, J" T1 nn". f. J!?
.... r,.w...., t..u.h. ,, una UUUII luilllll
that pigs will gain 100 pounds each dur
ing tho season from May to September,
and 100 pounds of pork cannot bo nro
duccd so cheaply on any other feed. Tho
prgs will como out of tho field in au
tumn in capital condition to fatten with
corn or small grain. Tho alfalfa In a
hog pasturo could bo mowed once or
twice during tho summer, or whenever
It begins to get hardy nnd woody. This
will provide plenty of young and tender
herbage, which is moro nutritious,
woight for weight, than forage from the
older plants, nnd If tho swino aro pro.
vlded with this food in Its most nutii-
tlous condition, their growth will bo tlie two hnlves, each of which is sus
most rapid. Ex. I ccptlblo to tho eleotrosropc, run In an
. . m .. T! ' 0PIsito direction. In a dog or cnt the
Hlood Tells. Recently 308 American heart Is divided more symmetrically
beovcB woro sold III London at 7 cents and tho dividing lino is straight, lis
v '""" " ", iu-icu ut $in.o3, ,
;ho herd bringing tho snug sum of $30,-
05J.UI. Tho Polled Angus In this ship-
ment brougiit run $100 each; tho Here-
fords camo next, nnd next tho Short-
herns. Tho nverngo weight was 1,300
pounds. Thcso beeves, It ia said, reached
the r destination without loss and no
tually In bettor condition than when
placed on shipboard. This shows that
the i cat tlo were carefully managed up
to tho day of snlo, and thnt tho breed-
ing, and treatment wore, profitable. I
II. H. Curler thinks tho first movo
for a dairy farmer who has not tested '
his cows, should ho to have them tested,
and becomo acquainted with them lndl-
vldunlly. Weed out all the unprofitable
S hro id" BC,CCt a 'M fr0m li"le I
INGENIOUS INSTRUMENT TO
REGISTER ITS STROKES.
lVirtniit ) Mrillml Selrnco - Tlin
IlnmU Aro I'lurril In Wutcr nml
(Irmplnit Ihn Wlrm nf tlifi .Molnr
C'linn tlin Circuit.
It. WALLER, In
about tho electro
motor capacities of
the human heart.
It has been known
that each heart
beat Is accompa
nied by an elec
trical lbratloti, the
strength of which
has escaped measurement on account of
the lack of a proper medium to register
tho electrical vibration.
Hut the newly Invented I.lppmnnn
quicksilver electrometer does this. It
indicates by the rising and sinking of
the mercury the volume anil direction
of electro-motor power coining within
the sphere of Its influence, and It has
turned out to be the long-sought-for
electroscope applicable to this phase of
It depends for its action on the ele
mentary law that bodies charged with
like electricity repel, while those
charged with unlike electricity attract
The man who wishes to test the electro-motor
power of bis great central
muscle, which regulates and compels
the circulation of the blood throughout
the body, places both hands In two
basins containing water mid holds be
tween his fingers the wires of the elec-
TESTING THE HEART'S
trometer. Hy this means the circuit Is
closed, and the quicksilver, obedient to
tM0 w',p' registers minutely the heart's
'ril's ,00,4S simple enough, but It took
a Kroat mi,"v experiments to arrive at
t,1,rt Point. Dr. Waller first tried to
cIoho a circuit by bringing both feet of
ll mm '" connection with tho wires,
This failed to work. After that he tried
ono fot nnd the left hand, then tho
r'Blt hand and the head, but In both
instances the quicksilver remained sta-
tlonary. It responded, howover, when
the right hand and ono of the feet or
both hnnds were connected with the
These failures established nnother
truth. It Is well known that tho heart
has an Imperfect resemblanco to a cone,
tho linm. nf llin Pntin ),nl , c
tho ox bolnB Bllllllt0l, lowny.ml nn,j
t0 lho lett. TIllB , tho nornm, JJ,
., , .,,,, .., ..... " " . ,'T
W" electroscope U o
"t t o human body
Is divided into two very unoven parts by
an imaginary perpendicular lino that
cutB through tho bnso of tho heart.
Ono of tho pnrts marked A and one
of tho points mnrked H In the Illustra
tion will affect the quicksilver when
brought simultaneously in contact with
tho electroscope; a circuit cannot he
closed by Joining two As or two I5s to
gether. Thero nro certain conditions of 111
ness or dlseaso which cnuso the npox
of tho heart to bo turned townrd tho
right. In such abnormal cases as Dr.
Waller's Investigations havo proved-
snown in tlio picture of the eat.
sum iin..i.iim, I'miim-iimu.
Somo ono with a tasto for figures has
noticed lho fact that Miss Hraddon. the
novelist, ban In the thirty-three years
oinco sho began to write produced Just
sixty romances, each of them In three
volumes, making 180 in nil. Sho has,
therefore, made copy enough for six
prnteil paR0, on encll (Iny h, all those
A Nnwi tick,
An out of tho ordinary dish nt tho
wedding breakfast of Mr. and Mrs.
Larding at Hroekton, Mass., tho other
day was peaches canned twenty-two
yar3 so in Mercer, Me., tho day after
tJje brUo wftg j,,,,.,,
The .Miiti Wlm II Heel Anttlilni; lint tlir
"If there Is one thing I despise more
than another," leinnrked n gentleman
the other day to a Punxsutawney Spirit
reporter, "It is a man who does not re
gard the truth with sacred awe. I no
tice that the local papers are full of big
'gg. hlg.piimpiiin mid other stories of
that soil that have a little tun It In
them, and I fear that some of them do
not even have the redeeming feature of
being strictly true. 1 bellow they are
exaggeiated. Now, I have a story for
you that Is not only a good one, but It
Is truo. What docs n story amount to
If It Isn't true? Any fool can nuke up
a lie. I bale a liar. Hero Is my ..lory:
"I was down In Indiana Count. the
other day and stopped tit a farmhouse
for dinner. After dinner I sat down on
the porch to take a smoke. I saw mi old
hen hobbling about In a very nwkwnrd
way and I said to the farmer's wife:
"'Madam, what Is the matter with
"'That hen,' said she, is lame. It
has an artificial leg.'
" 'Oh. It has. has It?'
" 'Yes. You know there was some
very cold wenther last winter and one
night the hen froze her leg off. I pitied
her. 1 mused her mid doctored her up
and she finally got well. Hut sno
couldn't walk on one leg. So I Just
stuck a elothos-pin on the stump of her
leg, tied a string around It to hold It on,
nnd she does very well.'
'"Well, well,' I said, if that Isn't
"'Yes,' replied the good lady, with a
smile, 'but that Nn'i the t.trnngont part
" 'No. Indeed. The strange part of It
happened afterword, and one would
scarcely hollow it if one hadn't seen It
ACTION I1Y ELECTRICITY.
with one's own eyes. This spring thnt
hen with the clothes-pin leg wanted to
hatch. I didn't think sho could.
Trald she'd break the eggs with her
stump. Hut I kind o pitied her. 'cause
sho was a cripple, mid I put thirteen
eggs under her. Shu stuck right to her
business for three weeks nnd never
lnoke an egg-hatched out everv chick
en.' '"Well, I said, 'that is not so re
marknble.' " 'No,' replied the woman, 'that was
not so very odd, but that wasn't It.
The funny part of it was that every ono
of those little chickens had a wooden
IJTHll!ll CllrK ll.llllm.HI.
Dyspepsia is not only ono of the most
common diseases, but It Is nlso ono of
the most common causes for tho loss
of hair. Nature Is very careful to
gunrd and protect and supply tho vital
organs with tbo proper amount of nutri
ment, but when sho cannot command a
sufficient quantity of blood supply for
all tho organs, sho very naturally cuts
ofT the supply of parts tho least vital.
Ilko tho hair and nails, so that tho most
Important organs, like the heart, lungs,
etc., may be bettor noiiilshel and per
form their work moro satisfactorily. In
cases of severe fowrs one can readily
see how nnturo economizes. If dno
will examlno a hair very closely from
tho beard or head, It will be seen thnt
It gives somewhat of a history of an In
dividual during tho tlmo It wns grow
ing. It will bo observed that It shows
attenuated places, showing thnt at somo
period of its growth tho blood supply
was deficient from overwork, anxiety
('link Nccil.-d Wlnillin;.
A Jeweler nf Tuscola, Mich., says that
iluiing tho past year ono o'clock hns
been brought to him hovon times for
tepalr, and each tlmo nil that wns
wrong with It was that It needed wind
ing. Each tlmo he explained tho
caiiho to tho owner, but nfter a few
weeks, or sometimes months, the clock,
being neglected, would stop, the owner
would shake It, blow In It and then take
It to lho Jeweler, who would astonlnh
him by winding It and handing it
Xntlilncr to Weir.
"Preparo to die!" hissed the heavy
villain, "(loodness! Not In this rowdy
rig, I hope," repl.ed tho heroine, with
an npprchcnslvu glanco toward the
mirror. Detroit News,
A SINGULAR FEUD.
rtrnthrrt Whn IVII Out About Jtnlrl
"Tho queerest feud I over hoard of,"
r.ild M. C. Allen, the well-known
sportsman, to a .Minneapolis .lournal
man, "Is one that 1 encountered while
hunting In southern Humboldt counlc.
I noticed our guide carried a repeating
rifle, a big rowlvor mid a knife half as
long as his leg. He pioceedotl with tho
greatest caution mid appeared to bo on
guard continually. 1 know there wore
no hostile Indians In that country und
my curiosity woh aroused Finally I
asked him what the trouble was.
" 'Oh, I yoost look out for some fel
low,' ho replied In his Swedish dialect.
What's the trouble, anyway?' I li-
" 'O mitt In' much. Maybe a big mmi
tnlt a goon watch me pretty close, too.'
Who Is he?'
" 'Oh, ho Is my brudder. Las' time I
fix hlni plenty, you bet. come back
now und maybe he IK me.'
"Inquiry developed the fact that the
brothers had settled In Humboldt some
years ago and our guide, who wan mar.
rlod had left n pretty sister-in-law In
Sweden. Tho brothers talked the mat'
tor over mid finally agreed that the mar
tied one should send for the girl, mid
when she reached this country he
would glvo his old wife to his brother
and take his slstor-lu-law.
"Tho girl arrived In duo time, but she
was so much prettier than the unmar
ried brother had expected that he was
loath to accept his brother's cant-off
wife. Finally ho inaiiied the glti and
then refused to compromise the bleach
of contract by paying what his brother
hud expended In getting her to this
coast. A quarrel followed and the
guide pinked his brother In the shoul-
dor with a rillo ball and lauded liltu In
tho hospital for throe inontliH. Tho
other vowed vengeance mid they do lit-,
tie now but watch tho mountain trails,
fully prepatod to renew hostilities at a!
second's not Ice."
LIKE NOT WORTH TEN CENTS.
Slimll ulun Put I'imiii It hy n Mi.ll Who
Mm Nutril from Drowning.
From tho Kan Francisco Post: A
fat man carrying a gun anil leading a
dog made a dash down Market street
lor llio Oakland ferryboat. Ho could mingled With loud and energetic views
have caught It If he had walked quiet- on the woman question from tho petl-
ly along, but he became excited, and tlonce, which sounds of warfare died
old Time commenced having fun with away In sllenco only nftcr ninminn, ex-
hlni. The dog would run on the wrong cuslng herself from her card party, had
side of the telegraph polos and by- read the combatants to sleep.
drants and tangle up his chain In the
legs of pcdcstilnns. Hy the time spent Up Wnnu't Afraid.
In apologizing and untangling the dog "When I was holding up trnltiB In No
lle was delayed until the little gate vadn," began City Attorney Creswell.
closed In his face. Then he ran around "to eollect the railroad taxes-being
to the big gnte, dodged around a mall district attorney of the county through
wagon, and made a run for the boat. -Alilcli it run-I had to assist mo as
Thu deck hands raised tho apron and binvon man no 1 ever knew. He would
tho boat moved slowly out, but he was think nothing of walking right up Into
determined to catch It, mid, gripping the muzzle of a gun nnd peeping down
his gu- and dog chain a little tighter, tbo barrel.
made a run and sprang Into the air. "A passenger train came In and wrf
I he boat was only nix feet away, hut seized It. I ordered the engineer and
the dog balked tho apron. Tho hunter fireman out of the cnb nnd put my as
stopped In the middle of his leap, slstant In. with Instructions to hold It.
his feet (lew mil toward the steamer, Tho wholo town was out to see the hold
and be dropped Into tho bay like a nml, with the passengers from tho
load Of hay. A Stllllll boy Who Wns train, ernwiloil nrnniiil nml nnWo1 fun
fishing from the wharf dropped his pole,
splashed Into the water und towed tho
fat man to a pile, where ho clung till a
boatman pulled him out.
"My boy. you saved my life," bo ex
claimed enthusiastically, as ho kicked
the dog and tried to wring the water
out of his shotgun. "Let mo reward
He thrust his hand Into his clnmmy
pocket, and fished out a wet 10-cent
piece. "There, my hoy, take that; but
don't spend It foolishly."
"No, sir; I can't take It, sir." Tho boy
pushed the generous hand aside. "I
didn't emu It."
"Why, you saved my life, boy."
"Yes, 1 know It, sir, but It ain't worth
Tim Wlmlii(ilo Piltiner of London.
Tbo wholesale attempts that aro con
tinually being made to poison tho Lon
doners are well shown In tho annual
report of Dr. Saunders, tho medical ofil
cer of health for tho city. Stoekralfcora
sent up last year no less thnu 130 tons
of diseased meat; thnt Is, excluding
Sundays, as tho hospital points out,
about a ton and a half for every work
ing day of tho year. Now, a ton and a
half of diseased und putrid meat re
duced to pounds, consists of 3.3C0, and
as each pound is amply sulllclent to poi
son Its man, woman or child It follows
that our cousins In tho country aro will
ing to poison Londoners to the tuno of
3,'JliO per diem, or, excluding Siinilnyn,
nt the rate of 1,051,680 per minimi. In
other words, If all tho diseased meat
which Is received would bo eaten It
would not tuko more than four or five
years to accomplish tho poisoning of
every man, woman nnd child In Lon
don! llrrtoii Mm lie.
Thrco ntntuca nro about to bo erected
to famous Hretons In Hrlttnny. At
Ploermel, known for Its "pardon," It Is
Dr. (iiieiin, who Introduced tho trans
fusion of blood Into modern practice
who will bo honored; nt Lesneveu It!
Is (ieneral Lo Flo, Thiers' minister of
war, and at Dlnau tho Cometablo Dit-
gucsclln, whoso memory Coquelln nnd
Doronledo havo revived, ls to be rep
resented on hon-oback. Tho money for
a monument to Rennn at Tregueir has
not been raised.
How peoplo love foolishness!
Th firm I'rliitrr.
Tho corporation of Mnyonco linn de
cided to celebrate tho five hundredth
nnnlrrsnry of tho birth of John Outon
berg, tho Inventor of printing, with
great pomp and splendor. The celebra
tion iil tnko place in 18D7, though It
Is not agreed whether ho was born lit
1307 or In one of thu thiee year- fob
UOtJUVS PRAYER CUT SHORT.
I'uiiUIhmI fur Not Inrlmlliig thti Wnt4
"f III SNtnr.
From the Washington Star- Hobby
Is a small man of A years, living out
Mount Pleasant way. Though lisping
In speech mid four summers the Junior
of his sister Frances, ho yet fully feels
the Importance of havltiir been born In.
, to the broad estate of nan, looking pit-
tyingiy indeed upon his sister, whom
fnlo unkindly sent Into tho narrow and
trammeled sphere of woman, and con
descendingly refoiiing to her In gen
eral conversation as "a ittlo dltl."'
The other owning Frances, her night
ly "now 1 lay me" properh said, w.u
already tucked up In her llttlo bras
lied, when Hobby, still kneeling by his
I own couch, deemed It wise, In view of
the approach of Christiana, to supple-
i ment f.o regular prayer with a petition
for a few Items which he considers tho
necessaries of life, so he began afresh
"And, oh Dod, I fink It's tloln to be
told, send me a sled, plenso and 'sprosi
tart and mid a wockln' horno " (and
then, ns his vlows on the subject of
transportation prew and enlarged),
nnd a blclttlo-Miid--
At this point Frances became Inter
ested and put In:
"Pray for mo, too. Pray for me, I
need a lot of things."
"And a pony," continued Hobby, attll
petitioning In his own behalf.
"Pray for me. Pray for mo," Frances
piped in accompaniment.
'Wif a ha'tiess mid waddon." quoth
the small suppliant.
"Pray for me. Pray for me," still
"And, oil Dod," concluded Hobby, nf-
tor a short pause, In which ho evidently
entertained for a moment, but finally
dismissed an unworthy tho considers!-
tlon of a man, the Idea of praying for
dolls and such foolish feminine fancies.
"and, oh Dod, fordlve Fwances' sins.
That prayer meeting- broke up that
very Instant, and In a row, for though
Frances may be only "a ittlo dlrl," alio
Ls at the same time nu Incipient new
woman, and the new woman, as every
body knows, will not endure patronage,
fiom anything bearlug the scmblauu)
of a man.
And thus It came that thero were
shrieks of pain from tho petitioner.
nt ,,. Suddenly tho engineer shouted
to my man in the cub that tho water
was about out of the boiler and would
blow up In a minute or two.
"Ho glanced at tho water gaugo and
seeing no water In the glass looked
about him In an uneasy way for a mo
ment mid then commenced climbing
out of the cnb. He started to walk
away In a slow, dignified stride but his
step kept getting quicker till nt last ho
broke Into a run. The crowd Jeered
him but he only ran tho faster till ho
was out of danger.
" 'Look here, Jim. said I, 'I thought
you wero afraid of nothing.'
'"Well, I don't feel a blamed bit
skeery on my account,' he replied, very
deliberately, 'but somehow or othor I
couldn't hold my legs down. Thoy
were Just determined to do some fast
work an" I couldn't stop 'em.' "San
A DlrlKllilr llnllnon.
Like the sea serpent, the Inventor of
tho dirigible bnlloon trnvels eastward,
bo! Ho Is now In Cnnton, China. An
extra smart mnndarln, Tl Lion Fou,
Intoly Invented a really dlrlglblo bal
loon, nnd that has been seen traveling
through tho air at various heights and
In every direction, "evon during ter
rific storms." It Is constructed wholly
of steel. Tl Lion Fou, It Is said, will
shortly como eastward, ho! to see Edi
son at Menlo park In regard to fur
ther "Improvement" of this aurosor
Tlin Cnntitclmi of Crimp.
A Dr. Aitiiry, in writing n book on
"Tho Contagion of Crime," used as an
example a notorious! family sprung from
criminal pniuits who died early In tho
century, nearly nil of whoso member.)
havo records in tho crlmlnnl law re
ports. A espectnllc grandchild of tho
crlmlnnl couple recently sued the doc
tor for ilama;. nnd tbtalued them, the
court holding that Miicutlllc rojenrah In
no excuse for causing pain nnd discom
fort to mi iiii.o.'eiu puvaon by ilet'.unin;:
liiiprlioniiiriit for Dolit In Kngliind.
Imprisonment for debt seems to bo
becoming common once moro In Eng
land, especially In mining mid manu
facturing districts, 7.G2S persona hav
ing been sont to Jail for that causo in
1&91, whllo 7,775 were sentenced for all
varieties of crime.
Iiiilirntlin; tlin Cinr"n fort.
As tho port of Cronstndt Is to be
closed to merchant vessels, tho port of
St. Petersburg will bo excavated to
the depth of tho canal leading Into It,
twenty-two feet, anil enlarged so ns to
hold at least twenty-four largo steam
era at a time.
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