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CHILD LABOR EVILS.
CAPITAL IS ARRAYED AGAINST REME
Krta When Restrict lire Law Are
raaaed Their Knforeemeat Is Dlfll
ealt Bftorta .Belna; Made to Save
the Little Out.
Homer Folks. . former commissioner
of public charities la New York city.
In an address, on. "Child - Labor In
America" before the General Federa
tion of Women's Clubs at St. Louis,
"In addressing the representatives of
the wpmen's clubs of the United States
It is happily unnecessary to dwell upon
the buffering aud sorrows of the chil
dren whose lot we are seeking to im
prove. I suppose that were it desira
ble to do so and had I power to picture
to you the' conditions that actually ex
ist this very night In the employment
of children in many places in this
country the facts would be so terrible
when rightly understood that no one
present would be able tonight to close
bis eyes in sleep.
' "In endeavoring to formulate a na
tional programme we should not seek
for an ideal system which we know to
be at present Impracticable, but rather
for the minimum of regulation that is
consistent with protecting children
against exploitation in their early
years and guaranteeing to them im
munity from such labor as would in
terfere with their proper physical, men
tal and moral growth. I heartily in
dorse the report of your committee
In favor of a general effort for the fol
lowing minimum requirements:
"First. That no children under sir
teen years of age shall be permitted to
work at night that is, between the
hours of 7 p. m. and 1 a. in.
"Second. That no children under six
teen years of age shall be permitted to
be' regularly employed who cannot read
and write simple sentences.
"Third. That in states in which
these .two provisions are already en
forced we should secure the enactment
of the standard child labor law as out
lined by the National Consumers'
"But our task U only half begun
when we b"ve secured legislation. En
forcement is possible only when ade
quate machinery is provided. Volun
tary compliance on the part of the in
dustries affected Is an Idle dream. En
forcement by the assistance of volun
tary and casual inspection Is a snare
and a delusion.
"And here again we must expect to
meet and overcome the same opposi
tion which we will meet in securing
legislation, with perhaps re-enforcements,
for the number of those who are
In favor of righteous law but again it
1U enforcement la simply astonishing.
Even when we have secured our re
strictive law, and a provision for in
spectors and an appropriation for their
salaries our work Is far from finished,
for it Is just at this point that the
adroit employer Is most likely to ad
minister an opiate to the entire move
ment. "Only those who have been close ob
servers of public affairs understand
to how largo an extent, in the absence
of constant effort on the part of right
minded citizens to the contrary, thee
public officials who are appointed to
oversee, supervise and regulate private
Interests for the public good become
the very bulwark behind which such
Interests are enabled the more effec
tively to push their exploitation.
"In closing I would say a word of
caution against being oversanguine.
Let us not deceive ourselves. The his
tory of the past two years has some
chapters of encouragement, but many
of disaster. In several states, with the
issue distinctly aud clearly drawn,
with ' nothln? like an adequate argu
ment against their proposition, our
friends have gone down in inglorious
defeat before the plain, brutal strength
of combined capital. It Is to be no
child's play. Human nature has not
changed so much as we may think.
The business Interests that mistaken
ly, as I flr.nly believe, consider their
interests mtnaced will fight to the end
and will not be easily overcome.
'It may not be difficult to secure
laws preventing child labor in facto
riesin states which have no factories.
It may be possible to secure a law pre
venting child labor In all factories ex
cept kIhss factories In states which
have only glass factories. It may be
possible to secure laws preventing
child labor in factories during school
sessions in communities where the
school sessions are exceedingly limited
or altogether absent, but when it Is a
question of actually removing children
Who are In factories, mines, stores, tel
egraph offices, and so on, we must be
prepared for a long and stubborn fight,
perchance for frequent defeat, but so
long as God is in his heaven if we are
faithful in our task we shall win In
the end." .
Wasfeworkera of Bohemia.
In Kohemia every wageworker, of
whatever sex or age, must have a
"work book," which contains his per
sonal description and history and hid
employer's indorsement. Permission to
travel in search of work must be in
dorsed by one of the local authorities.
In changing locations a certificate from
original place of residence must be se
cured and filed at the new location.
The Worker Para the Bllla.
"Who pays unionism's bills?" some
body asks and attempts an answer by
saying, "the professional or salaried
class." Not so, mister. All the bills,
of any class In society, are paid by the
productive workers. The workers pay
their own bills and the bills of every
body else. International Metal Work
CAUSE OF STRIKES.
Majority of Labor Wan Dae to Mia
" - maaaaTemeat of Employers.
B. F. Du Brul of Cincinnati, commis
sioner of the National Metal Trades
association, ..who said at the recent
meeting of the National Manufactur
ers' association that 80 per cent of la
bor troubles were either directly or in
directly caused by the employer, thus
explains his statement:
"I said in my experience with strikes
and labor troubles 80 per cent of those
that had -come under my observation
were directly or Indirectly the fault of
the employer. Citing Mr. pavenport's
illustration that he gave me just a few
minutes ago of the bakers' strike in
Boston, I should say it has been large
ly the fault of . the master bakers of
that city. They had an organization
thore that had been apathetic and in
different. That was one of their trou
bles. "In other instances that have come
under my notice there has been a fore
man that has not done right. He has
mistreated his men, and so on. The
employer is responsible for that fore
man. I know of cases of strikes which
in their last analysis ore demands for
better management of the institutions.
It is a well known fact that the better
managed an institution is the less lia
bility there is to strikes in that institu
tion. "I hope you will take my statement
in the spirit in which It was given as
a warning to the manufacturers that
they must educate themselves, that
they must educate their employees and
that they must educate their foremen,
their superintendents and everybody
else connected with the handling of la
bor. And, above all, they have got to
educate the-laboring-men, and if they
do not do it it is their own fault very
While the speaker was driving home
his points he was interrupted by ap
plause. USE OF UNION LABELS.
Imltatloaa Prove Their Value to the
Caaae of I'atoalam.
The union label has at all times been
more or less a power, but never so
much as In the last few years has it
made itself, felt that its enemies must
needs copy it. Imitation is the sln
cerest flattery, they say, and its truth
Is clearly demonstrated when the em
ployer who will not have the label be
cause he must pay more wages to get
It uses a substitute or, in plainer Inn-J
guage, a forgery.
Every now and then we pick up a
paper with an account In it of some
sweatshop cigarmaker being arrested
and fined for counterfeiting the cigar
makers' label. The garment workers
warn us against trademarks of certain
firms got up to resemble their label and
cannot be detected except by a close
scrutiny. There is an association of
boss barbers In Chicago that issues a
card which resembles the label of the
Barbers' union so thorougtaly'that hun
dreds are being deceived by it every
If the union men and women would
learn to appreciate the strength of the
label as its enemies do there would be
no further use for strikes. This argu
ment has been offered time and time
again, and, though the demand for la
bel goods is increasing. It is nothing to
what it should be. There are enough
union men and women In this country
to make the nonunionist an impossibil
ity by demanding the label on all goods
that they purchase. Teamsters" Maga
zine. What a Ualoa Maa Caa Do.
A union man can be dressed from
head to foot in union made goods for
instance, union made hat, collar, neck
tie, shirt, underwear, suspenders, suit
of clothes, gloves and shoes, and deco
rate himself with a union made watch.
A union man can eat union made
bread, drink union roasted coffee and
if he wants to can drink union beer
and whisky and be served by union
A union man can smoke union cigars,
chew union tobacco bought from union
clerks, have union teamsters, have his
house built by union mechanics. lie
can sleep on a union made bed on a
union made mattress, warm himself
by a union made stove, filled with
union mined coal, can die a union man
and be put away in a union made cof
fin in a union dug grave, ascend above
proud of his union record and be for
ever at peace in membership with the
angels' union. Union Labor Advocate.
Caaaes of Htarher Wagea.
A German professor named Schmol
ler has been studying the question of
wages for thirty years and has lately
published the results of his researches
in a French magazine. He says that
the four principal causes of high wages
in modern times are as follows: First,
trade unions; second, popular educa
tion; third, better social Institutions,
and fourth, more humanity among the
wealthier classes. New York Journal.
The immigration authorities at Bos
ton recently returned many child vic
tims of the padrone system and inhu
man parents to their foreign home.
One of the greatest needs of the
trades union movement is a congress,
composed of representatives from each
national organization, in the interest of
the union label. Shoeworkers' .Jour
nal. Missouri has passed a law prohibiting
children under the age of twelve from
working and children under fourteen
years from doing night work.
"If workingmen are out of the un
ion they are out of the world," said
Professor II. P. Newcomb, the famous
scientist, at the recent convention of
the American Association For the Ad
vancement of Science.
ONE OF THE
Copyright. 1903, by Otho ti. Senga
Abraham Adams set his square jaws
together in a manner not entirely
pleasant to behold. He was not a
handsome man at the best, and this ex
pression of stern determination did not
add to his attractiveness.
"This thing has gone far enough," he
said aloud. "One way or auother it
shall be settled and settled tonight."
He stretched out his long, lean arms
and looked grimly at the great, bony
bands. "One of those fellows wears a
ring and plays the piano," be thought,
and a ghost of a smile touched the
He walked with long, slow steps to
the mirror aud gazed at the face re
flected there. It was not unlike the
man for whom he was named, with
the high cheek bones, wide mouth,
deep set eyes and large nose.
"You're not much to lock at. Abe."
he said, shaking his head at the re
flection, "and Bruce is as handsome as
a girl and a good, square fellow, too."
he added honestly.
Abraham Lincoln Adams hnd come
from a country home and a country
lawyer's office three years before. He
bad passed the examinations with high
honors aud since his admission to the
bar had been remarkably successful.
He felt that he was now in a position
to ask the girl of bis choice to share
his life and the honors be was sure the
future held for him.
He had known the girl since cbiid
hood. He was a big boy studying al
gebra when she sat dangling her
plump legs on the front seat devoted
to the infants. He had taught one
term in that same school, and she had
tortured his faithful heart by an ab
sorbing interest in a pink cheeked boy
in her class and by an utter inability
to master the mysteries of X Y Z.
He had left her with no word of love.
He had bis way to make, and the let
ters between them were few and un
satisfactory. A year ago she had come to Boston
to study music, and his honest soul bad
rejoiced. How happy . he would be
in having her so-near. He could' see
her often and take her about a good
deal, and it would not be long now be
fore he could tell ber of the great love
that was in his heart, of his hopes for
the future, his plans for her happiness.
But to his dismay, be found Tillie
hedged about In a most inexplicable
fashion with formalities and conven
tions hitherto unknown.
Eight young women had rented a
furnished bouse and with an aunt and
uncle as housekeeper and protector
were living in a little world of their
own, superior to boarding houses, and
with a fine contempt for "homes" and
institutions. Adams wasn't quite sure
whether the aunt and uncle were rent
ed with the house or if they were real
ly related to one of these very modern
He called several times and was cor
dially received, but upon every oc
casion at least three of the other young
ladies were present and remained dur
ing hia entire stay. Then he tried the
plan of writing to Tillie. inviting her
to accompany him to a lecture or a
concert .-The little notes he received
in reply were sweetly courteous, but
he felt somehow thrown back upon
himself, chilled and repulsed.
"You must remember that I am only
one of eight." was the tenor of the
sweet little notes. "Not one of us ac
cepts an invitation for herself alone.
Which one of the girls would you like
to include iu your very pleasant plan
for Thursday evening or Saturday aft
ernoon?" Then be. settled down to a 'regular
call on Wednesday evening. He met
all of the young ladies and really had
better opportunities for conversing
with any one of the others than with
the one he sought. Bright, pretty girls
they were, each earnest in her work.'
with high aims and youthful ambi
tions. An artist, a schoolteacher, a
writer, a music teacher, a violinist, a
kindergartner and an editor made up
Often there were other men there,
and ' Adams soon discovered that he
was not the only one who would like
to see Tillie alone. After awhile he be
gan to wonder if the other men were
as completely shut out as he, and the
unwelcome thought suggested itself
that Tillie might manage to see him
alone if she really wanted to.
"Can it be that Tillie doesn't care to
see me?" he asked himself uneasily.
"If it were so wouldn't she tell me?"
His own nature was so simple and
direct that this would seem the most
kind and true thing to do. He could
not understand the feminine complex
ity that led the girl to enjoy his un
wavering, unspoken devotion. The pro
tests of the other girls that she was
unfair to the man and did not deserve
euch homage only increased her deter
mination to hold him at this disadvan
tage and to ward off as long as possi
ble the declaration she knew she must
hear when ouce .they were alone.
But now he was resolved. He would
not be a plaything for a girl's whim.
She' must make known her decision,
and he would abide by it.
Under cover of greetings from eight
aughing girls he was able to ask Til
lie if she would go for a short walk
"With another of the eight?" she
"No; alone." ,
Tillie shook her pretty head In re
fusal, but her heart beat faster. There
fas something new In the man's tone,
something masterful and commanding,
that she had never known before.
After a few minutes he wandered,
with apparent listlessness, to the fire
place and. turning, faced the group.
At the sound of the firm, compelling
voice eight astonished faces were
turned toward him and eight pairs of
bright eyes gazed at him in constrained
He took out his watch and held it in
his hand. He looked only at Tillie. For
him the others were not there. Some
foreshadowing of the greatness that
was yet to be his fell upon the thiu
face aud . gaunt figure and lent . a
strength and dignity that awed' the
pirl's soul and held her gaze captive.
"Tillie." speaking slowly and clearly,
"in exactly two minutes I am going to
propose to you. If you wish your seven
friends to remain I have no objection."
A horrified, gasping "Oh!" in several
different voices, a rustle of silken petti
coats, aud seven breathless girls scam
pered out into the hall and up the
"Of course she'll refuse him!" cried
the girl who wrote stories. "Isn't be
"No," nuswered the woman who read
stories. . "He is. manifesting the one
needful quality, and Tillie will marry
"If she doesn't," chimed in the artist,
"it wiil show that she isn't bright
enough to recognize a great man in the
days of his obscurity."
"In which case," added the girl with
the violin. "I shall try for him my
self." This was the last and certainly the
most astounding. Each girl went si
lently to her own room, feeling that a
great crisis had come in the life of one
of the eight.
Left alone at last with the girl he
lov.ed, Adams made no movement to
approach her. His eyes had never left
her face, and she had not been able
to look aside even when her compan
ions fled from the room.
"Tillie" the grave voice grew sol
emnly tender "I have loved you for
years, and you have known It There
was small need for me to declare a
love that had been yours since child
hood, and I would not seek to bind you
by any promise until I could offer you
a home -as well as a heart I am now
ready to do for you all that a man can
do for the woman be loves. Come to
me. Tillie. and tell me that my love is
returned, that you will be my wife.
He held out his hand, the great
bony hand that wore no ring and could
not play the piano, and the dark, home
ly face was illumined with the mighty
love and exceeding tenderness that
only a strong man knows.
The girl rose slowly, her eyes still
fixed on bis, and moved toward him as
if impelled by some stronger power.
Half way she stopped and raised a
pitiful, pleading face to his.
"Abe," she whispered. "Abe, are you
going to make me come all the way?"
Be had intended to. but the passion
ate, thrilling sweetness of his boy
hood's name overcame his resolve. One
long step and he caught ber In his
"All the way, sweetheart." he an
swered, "but I will carry you the other
Bow the- Liberty Bora Did It.
It will be remembered that a dozen
or more of the collisions between the
British and the Liberty Boys of New
York just prior to the active outbreak
of the Revolution grew out of the post
ing of incendiary bills and broadsides.
The manner in which these bills were
posted is curious. According to the
diary of John Parks, written in 1775,
the work was accomplished in the fol
lowing manner: ,
"The method lately used in New
York to post up inflammatory hand
bills was the same used in Kngland
at the time of the pretender. It was
done by a man who carried a little
boy in a box like a magic lantern, and
while he leaned against the wall, as if
to rest himself, the boy drew back the
slide, pasted ou the paper, and, shut
ting himself up again, the man took
the proper occasion to walk off to an
other resting place."
St. Columbian') Sacred Oak.
In years gone by Ireland had a sa
cred oak dedicated to St. Columbian,
one of the peculiarities of the tree be
ing that whoever carried a small bit
of the wood or bark in his mouth would
never meet with a violent death, it be
ing especially efficacious in saving
Christian martyrs from the block. It
was known throughout the British
isles as the Holy Oak of Kcnmare.
After the lapse of many centuries this
sacred oak was uprooted by a storm,
after which it was said to be guarded
by angels to keep heretics from gather
ing the wood for fuel. At last a wick
ed tanner "barked" one of its largest
limbs and tanned some leather, which
he made into shoes for himself, im
agining that such relics would bring
him wealth and power. He wore them
but once, however, but that one time
was enough to make him an incurable
leper. ' .
Honra of Sleep.
Though insomnia is distressing and
very bad for health, many people sleep
too much. Too much sleep is harmful,
and even a newborn infant ought not
to be allowed to spend all its time in
slumber. Between one and two years
of age a child needs sixteen to eighteen
hours of sleep; from three to four
years it requires fourteen to sixteen
hours; from four to six years it ought
to have thirteen to fifteen hours; from
six to nine years it should have ten to
twelve hours, and from nine to thirteen
years the proper allowance of sleep is
eight to ten hours. After the comple
tion of growth the sleep allowance can
be brought down safely to sis or eight
A Snail's f
Pace For Life
"Irvin is in the neighborhood again,"
said the mayor, coming into police
"When? How? Where?"
My English was not correct, but the
mayor understood me.
"Yesterday noon he rode up to Ben
ton's bank at Squlrrelton, shot the pay
ing teller, grabbed a package of bills
and was away before any one realized
what had happened."
"Then he met a mounted policeman,
got a bead ou him and forced him to
give him his uniform. This was near
Redmond, five miles to the south of us.
I want you to go out, hunt for him
and bring hini in, dead or alive. You
know the reward $5,000."
"Yes. You can work better by your
self than with a lot of bunglers."
"Right you are, and I'll go in uni
form. It'll be a shooting affair any
way, and I always feel better facing
a gu;i when I've got my togs on."
I tracked Irvin by asking people if
they had seen a mounted policeman
and came up with him while he was
trotting along a country road. I shout
ed to him to stop, as 1 had something
to say to him. He east a quick glance
at me, hesitated, then impatiently rein
ed in his horse. I didn't wish to kill
him if I could get him into a trap and
disarm him. I rode up to him leisurely
"I see-you're on-the force. Where do
you hail from?" 1
"I'm from Squirrelton; looking for
"Get any trace of him?"
"One clew points to Sparksburg, an
other down there in the river bottom.
If you're looking for him you might go
one way while I go the other."
"All right," I said to inspire confi
dence. "When we get to where the
road forks I'll go to the river bottom."
Presently I drew rein and dismount
ed under pretense of tightening my
saddle girth. From behind my horse
r drew my revolver and, bringing It : to
bear on bim before he could see what
I was about, called on him to surren
der. He had to choose between two forms
of death my bullet or the gallows.
With the former there was a slender
chance, with the latter none whatever.
Bending low behind bis horse's neck,
he gave him a cut and dashed off, fol
lowed by my shots. Meanwhile I
mounted and went after him. Now
and again he turned and fired at me.
but I got down flat on my horse, and
there was not much for him to shoot
at Finally I fired a shot that made
him totter; then he fell from the sad
dle. I was beginning to draw rein
when m.y horse, on crossing, a rotten
covering to a culvert, broke through,
and I went flying through the air, land
ing about fifty feet from Irvin. My
revolver flew to a point at the side of
the road between us. though a trifle
nearer to him than to me. I started
up, when I got a twinge that laid me
out again. My leg was broken.
As soon as I could think of anything
except the pain I raised my head and
saw Irvin crawling on his stomach to
ward my weapon. He had moved only
a few feet, and his progress was so
slow that it would take him some time
to reach it. Evidently he had either
parted with his own weapon or had
discharged all the cartridges. I saw
at once that it was a question of life
or death with me to secure the revolv
er myself and began a crawling which
was no more rapid than that of my
Every now and again I would hear
a groan from Irvin, which was usually
echoed by one from me. Irvin made
ten feet while I was making six, then
he stopped, took out a handkerchief
and, binding it around his leg, twisted
It with ids knife as a tourniquet. While
he was doing this he was watching me,
who made, ten feet while he was. at
work with his surgical apparatus.
Starting again, he was handicapped by
having to hold the tourniquet, which he
had no means of fixing permanently.
Nevertheless desperation gave him
strength, and he made better headway
than I. It was singular, this tortoise
race between two fellow beings with
life for the prize, death for the forfeit.
Several times I thought I should faint,
;but knew if I did I would probably
never return to consciousness. I there
fore nerved myself to keep my senses
and continue on my way. But in five
minutes I did not make five feet, nor
did Irvin do much better.
Presently Irvin stopped and calculat
ed his own and my distance.
"What do you say to a rest, pard?"
"There's no rest for the wicked," I
replied wjiout ceasing my efforts.
"Very well. You'll get one pretty
soon. Since I stopped the flow of blood
I've ceased to lose strength. I can see
you're giving out pretty fast. I only
proposed the truce because I didn't
like to see you suffer."
' There was now about ten feet for
both of us, and I felt sure that despite
his plucky words Irvin was bleeding
from an artery, and, though I was ex
pecting to lose consciousness every mo
ment, I pushed on. I reached the
weapon while he was yet three feet
away and put out my hand for it The
effort was too much for me I fainted.
When I came to myself Irvin was
.where I had last seen him, stone dead.
His ashen face was toward me, his
glassy eye storing at mine, his right
hand extended toward the pistol, which
I was grasping. I looked at the cham
bers and found, to my surprise, that
they bad all been discharged. There
was not a bullet la any of them.
JOSEPH H. KING.
MARVELS OF MEMORY
SOME REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF
THE POWER OF RECOLLECTION.
A Ena-Haaataa Whose Woaderfal -.
lf t of Reteatloa BreashtvDIesaar
to Voltaire A Reporter, Wan Did
' Hot Have to Take Notes.
Extraordinary ' memories - have at
tracted the attention, of men in all
ages, aud in these days a man with a
retentive memory .is considered to be
more or less gifted. , "; ;
Some good instances of' remarkable
memories are to be gathered from the
records, of Greece and Rome. Themis- .
toeles, a famous Greek general, is said
to have known-every- citizen iu Athens.
No tloiibt Otho, the Roman emperor,
owed much of his success to a remark
able memory. He learned the name of
every soldier and officer in his army,
and this, among other things, rendered .
him so popular that he was at length -acclaimed
' Hortensius, the Roman ornor. is said
to have been able, after sitting a whole
day at a public sale, to give an ac
count from memory of all things sold,
with the prices and names of tile pur
chaser!!. . - . '
Coming to later times, the following
anecdote affords an instance of won-'
derful powers of memory: An Eng
lishman went to Frederick the Great
of Prussia for the express purpose of
giving him an exhibition of bis powers
of recollection. Frederick sent for Vol
taire, who was then residing at the
Prussian court At the king's request
Voltaire read a long poem which he
had just composed. The Englishman
was present and was in such a position
that he could bear every word of the
poem, though he was concealed from
Voltaire's notice, i After the reading of
the poem Frederick observed to the au-1
thor that the production could not be
an original one, as there was a foreign
gentleman present who could recite
every word of it. Voltaire listened in
amazement to the stranger as he re
peated, word for word, the poem which
he bad been at so much pains In com
posing, and, giving way to a momen
tary outbreak of passion, he tore the
manuscript in pieces. He was then in
formed how the Englishman had be
come acquainted with his poem, and
his anger being appeased he was will-,
ing to do penance by copying down the
work from the second repetition of the
stranger, who was able to go through
it as before. i
There lived in the sixteenth "century
at Padua a law student who had train
ed bis memory to such a high degree
of perfection that he could recite 36,
000 words after once hearing them
Jedediah Buxton, an Illiterate per
son of the eighteenth century, used to
put his memory to a curious use. On
one occasion ue uieuuoueu uiu quauu-
ty of ale he had drunk free of cost
since he was twelve years old and the
names, of the gentlemen who had, given
it to bim. , The whole amounted to
As ficrnln HhnnHnff that- retentive srlfta '
were not found In the educated alone,
there Is a notable Instance of "Blind
Jamie," who lived some years ago in
Stirling. He was a poor, uneducated
man and, totally blind, yet be could
actually repeat after a few minutes'
consideration any verse required from
any part of the Bible, even the obscur
est and least important.
An instance of a wager being won
by a feat of memory was that of a
person who repeated an entire newspa
per, advertisements as well, after a
The power of retaining events has
sometimes been manifest in a marked
degree. A laboring man named Mc
Cartney, at fifty-four years of age,
claimed that he ; could recollect the
events of every day for forty years.
A test was made by a well known
public man who had kept a written
record for forty-five years. The man's
statement was fully corroborated in
deed, so accurate was his recollection
that he could recall without apparent
effort the state of the weather on any
given day during those forty years.
Another instance of a wager being
won by a feat of recollection was that
of Mr. Futter, who several years ago
was a well known tithe collector in
Norfolk. He wagered that he could
recollect every word of a sermon that
was to be preached and afterward
write it out verbatim. He was not seen
to take notes and at the close of the
sermon retired to a room and wrote out
the sermon. On comparison' with the
manuscript which the preacher had
been asked to bring for the purpose, it
was found to vary In one instance
only, where a synonym had been used,
but in that Mr. Futter was proved to
be correct," for the clergyman . had a
distinct recollection of substituting one
word for the other in his delivery.
When reporting was forbidden in the
houses of parliament and any one seen
to make notes was Immediately eject
ed the speeches, nevertheless, were
published iu the public press. It was
discovered that one Woodfall used to
be present in the gallery during the
speeches and, sitting with his head be
tween his hands, actually committed
the speeches to memory. Tbey were
, Lord Macaulay had a marvelous fa
cility for remembering what he read.j
He once declared that if by accident all I
the copies of Milton's 'Tarodise Lost"
were destroyed he would be able to
write out the whole of this long poem
without a single -error. In fact, he
once performed the marvelous feat of
repeating the whole poem, making only
. Charles Dickens, after once walking
down a street, could remember the
names of all the shopkeepers and their
businesses. London Spare Moments.
Telegraph posts along a railway ara
arranged thirty to the mllev
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