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It is a queer caye.
VTi This Capt. Kldd'a ItetreatT Flre
armi, Chains and an Old Anchor Were
Discovered, with Hundred, ot Living
cave, with Its rusty
arms and anchors
and chains, which
has just been dis-
apjra iPy, covered on nn unln
ttt A 'K fc'TE habited Island of
-v. ft 3 Bar Harbor Is tho
"t"iU."Ulli: lnncr.anniTi.fnf n.
U ii treat of Capt. Kldd.
fZdr($ " The plrato fre
quented this part of tho coast, which
afforded many an ideal hnrbor for his
hip. Tho newly found cavo 1b close to
an oxcellent anchorage, writes a New
Dald Porcupine is ono of tho many
Islands in Frenchman's Bay, which, on
account of Its inaccessibility, has not
been made a plnco of visitation by tho
Bummer tourist It has been used for
Harvey Hodgklns and Erl Bunker, of
Bar Harbor, wero strolling about the
island recently nnd when near tho
highest point saw a dark spot on tho
cliff. The top of tho rough cliff towered
fifty feet above.
Bunker let himself in for a dozen feet,
but soon appeared again and said It was
dark as night within nnd that tho pas
sage led away to the right into a big
chamber. Tho two men then procured
torches nnd lanterns. They knew that
men wero then digging for Capt. Kidd's
burled treasure near Ellsworth, only a
Bcoro of miles away, and they thought
that If tho plrato had burled his wealth
anywhere on the Maine const he could
not have selected a better placo than
tho cavo on Bald Porcupine, which
guards tho entrance of n harbor fitted
by nature for a pirate's rotreat.
When they returned the light from
a torch lit up a vaulted chamber about
BO feet long and from 15 to 20 feet In
height. There was a noise as of run
The floor of the chamber was found
to be level, and it was covered with an
oozing mud to the depth of a foot or
more. The light from the torches bogan
to grow dim and the men realized that
the foul air was fast sickening them.
They hurried out Into the open air with
blanched faces, but with anticipations
of tho possible treasure to be found in
Tho secret leaked out in Bar Harbor,
and tho discoverers consented to tako
a few friends to tho spot. In the party
wore Sorenus Rodick, Milton Rodick
and Fountain Rodick. tho owners of
Rodick or Bar Island, which lies near
Bald Porcupine, and who know every
spot about Frenchman's Bay. They
were enjoined to secrecy 'and consented
to share in the treasure equally.
Tho party brought with thorn oilskin
and flrearmsfezeemo- M
suits, long rubber boots, lanterns, torch
es and firearms. The Rodlcks had been
on exploring expeditions on Mount
Desert Island before, and built a big
flro at the entrance to the cave. In haU
an hour tho party entered, nnd tho light
from tho half dozen torches and the
bonflro Illuminated the cavern, disclos
ing an Ideal retreat for smugglers or
pirates. Tho space before them ex
tended half a hundred feet In ono di
rection, upward to tho height of twenty
feet and was about twenty feet In
As the men stepped Into tho room
they sank In the mud a foot or moro and
cautiously poked their way along the
floor, oftentimes knee deep In slime.
On tho side walls Uttlo scintillating
glimmers cautioned them that there
wero snnkes in the cave. A hissing
noise all about caused the men to stop
Colled In a corner was a huge bunch
of snakes of all colors nnd sizes. Tho
men fired a volley from their guns and
blazed away with revolvers until the
corner was strewn with brightly
colored bits of snakes nnd writhing
remnants of tails. It is estimated that
there were 200 snakes in the bunch.
Suddenly one of the party stumbled
across a rust-eaten anchor and chain.
The links of tho chain parted on being
lifted, and the nnchor crumbled at n
touch. Further on were a number of
shelves hewn out of the stone, and near
by was a passage extending beyond
tho celling, which appoared to lead to
A few pieces of old crumbling iron
and half a short sword rewarded the
Bearchers. This part of tho cave had
also been used for a fireplace.
At another part of tho cave a stream
of water trickled through from the
mountain side, and this explatncd the
mud on the floor. At one end tho roof
sloped Into a dark, narrow passage
through which Milton Rodick squeezed
himself against the protests of his com
rades. When he emerged he said that
the passage led down a steep hole, and
that he was compelled to rotreat, but
that ho believed It led to another room
as big as the one they were then In. A
battered pewter mug was found in a
crevice on the southern side of the
cave. Another expedition to fully ex
plore tho strange cave Is now being or
ganized. The mysterious pasage will
be Investigated and a search Is to be
made for burled treasure.
He Shot a Yellowstone Ilnffalo.
A vandal pot hunter named Courtney
shot and killed a buffalo in the Yellow
stone park recently and sold the head
to a taxidermist in Butte, Mont., for
$150. He was traced by tho United
States offlqlnls and was arrested a few
days ago. He will be tried in Wyom
ing for the offense.
t'VZrrA L IIA
FAME BY ACCIDENT.
The Qrtat French ralnter llastlsa I. (
pmi Th Won HI. (
The French painter, nnstlon Lepage,
who died recently, was pursued by un
merciful disaster through his youth in
his efforts to study art, says on ox
change. His mother worked In tho Hold
to keep that sickly boy at school. At
16 ho wont to Paris alone, starved for
Beven years, painted without buccobb,
but Btlll patntod. Ho had Just finished
a plcturo to send to tho salon when
Paris was besieged and he rushed with .
his comrades to tho tronchos. On tho t and generally us the "Dairy" and is a
first day a shell fell into his studio and ' pleasant enough Uttlo place for Ice
destroyed his picture nnd another shell cream, tea and other light refreshments,
fell nt his feet, wounding him. Ho was ' ploasantly dlsponsod by a neat maldon,
carried homo nnd lav 111 and Idle for , in tho omploy of tho lessees of the
two years. Then ho rcturnod to ParlB
and, reduced to absolute want, painted
cheap fans In order to earn for himself
a living. Ono day a manufacturer of
somo patont medicines ordered a plo
turo from him to illustrate Its virtues.
Lepage, who was sincere, gavo his best
work to tho advertisement. Ho painted
a landscape in the April sunlight, tho
leaves ot tendor greon quivered in tho
breeze; a group of benutiful girls gath
ered round tho fountain from which tho
elixir of youth sprang in a bubbling
steam. Lepage believed there was real
merit in It.
"Let mo offer It to tho salon," he said
to his patron.
Tho manufacturer was delighted.
"But first paint a rainbow arching over
tho fountain." ho said, "with tho namo
of my medicine upon' it" Lepage ro- ,
fused. "Then I will not pay you a sou
for the plcturo!" The price of his pic
ture meant bread for months nnd tho
painter had long needed brend. Tho
chance of admission to tho Balon was
small. Ho hesitated. Then ho silenced
his hunger nnd enrried tho canvas to
the salon. It wns admitted. Its great
success Insured Lepage a placo In pub
He recognition and his later work a
place among tho greatest living artists.
A True Picture or Ancient Life In tha
At one time in the highlands of Scot
land to nsk for a receipt or a promissory
note was considered an insult, and such
a thing as a breach of contract was
rarely heard of, so strictly did the peo
ple regard their honor. The Presbyte
rian Witness tells a story of a farmer
who had been In the lowlands and had
thero acquired worldly wisdom.
After returning to his native placo
he needed some money, and requested
a loan from a gentleman In the neigh
borhood. The latter, Mr. Stewart, com
plied and countod out tho gold, when
the farmer Immediately wroto a receipt.
"And what Is this, manV cried Mr.
Stewart, on receiving tho slip of paper.
"That is a receipt, sir, binding me to
give ye back your gold at the right
time," replied Donald.
"Binding, ye, indeed: Well, my man,
if ye canna trust yurself, I'm sure I'll
not trust ye. Such hs yo canna hao my
gold!" and gathering It up he returned
It to his desk and locked it up.
"But, sir, I might die," replied the
needy Scot, unwilling to surrender his
hope of the loan; "and perhaps my
sons might rofuse it ye, but the bit of
paper would compel them."
"Compel them to sustain their dead
father's honor!" cried the enraged Celt.
"They'll need compelling to do right,
if this Is tho road yo're leading them.
Yo can gang elsowhoro for money, I tell
ye; but yo'U find nane about here that'll
put moro faith In a bit of paper than a
neighbor's word of honor and his love of
No Klcht to Think.
"If you don't take care what you aro
about you will simplify cavalry move
ments to such n degree that any fool
will bo able to drill a regiment," was
tho remonstrance addressed by Lord
Cardigan to Gen. Sir James Scarlett,
his coadjutor on a committee appointed
about forty years ago to bring into har
mony with utility and common sense
tho then prescribed evolutions, which
were bo fanciful as to suggest a circus
show and so complicated that tho bi
nomial theorem might bo accounted
Tho Indignant rerroach of the light
cavalry hero to the heavy cavalry hero
wns, however, but tho keynote to a
principle which formerly governed mil
itary superiors in their opinions and
subordinato o'fllcers In their actions; for
these latter never presumed at least
In theory to entertain any "opinion'!
whatever. "I thought, sir ' might
bo the exculpation of some unwary sub
altern, wigged by his colonel. "You
thought! Who gave you leave to
think?" was tho stereotyped reply,
hecdlesB of tho obvious mental rejoin
der: "The great God who gave you leave
to breathe." Blackwood's Magazine.
A tradition In the Spanish army re
quires that an officer should never fall
farther back than tho first rank and It '
is considered the proper thing to pro-;
cede it a bit of bravado which costs '
Spain many valuable men every time
che Indulgos In the pastime of street
fighting with barricades. Lieutonant
Winston Churchill, who has been ob
serving tho Spanish campaign in Cuba, I
noted with astonishment the manner !
In which the officers exposed them- j
selves to the Insurgent fire. I
Illphtherlit and Serum.
In Germany 6,626 cases of diphtheria
have been treated by serum Inoculation,
2,460 of them In hospitals, according
to a report of the government's medi
cal department. Of these 86.5 per cent
recovered, 12.9 per cent died, and the
rest were still under treatment. In the
hospitals alono the cures woro 80.5 and
the deaths 19.5 per cent. The remarks
attached to tho reports of tho cases
wero highly favorable to the treat
ment In 4 S71 and unfavorable in sixty.
ARNOLD'S COUNTRY PLAOB.
ri,er the Traitor Once F.nterlelnad
jiBln Rn, KcR, Ar y0 sold.
If you wander far enough through
tho broad drives and cross the ample
fields of Falrmount park, Philadelphia,
you will presently encounter a oon
m odious stono building, surmounting a
wooded knoll, sot down between two
subsidiary ones of the same material,
Into and out of which a small crowd
of people, mainly women and children,
are constantly passing, says the New
York Press. It Is now known vaguely
house. But probably not one in 1,000
of tho persons who so indulge them
selves is nwaro of the fact that this
quiet little rofectory, with its trim
gravel walk in front and its grassy
banks in tho roar, sloping gently down
to the Schuylkill, was once tho country
seat of Benedict Arnold.
It was conveyed to him In 1776 by
John McPhor6on, a Philadelphia mor-
! chant, for 16,240 pounds, subject to n
mortgage of 1,760 pounds and a leaso
' to Don Juan Mlrallles, tho Spanish min
ister. In this sumptuous mansion, with
j Its high ceilings, decorated walls, mas
sive mantelpieces anu deeply carvoa
oaken doors nnd windows, Arnold
lived and entertained for moro than
throo years. Tho north room on tho
I first floor, whoro tho visitor now sips
and ,e,sl,,ro,1' "unchesMs sweet
cakes, wns probably, from Its nnponr-
! anco, tho morning-room of Arnold nnd
tho gay party ho constantly gathered
. about him. In tho flno wldo hall, whero
tho gueets wero wont to be received
with stately courtesy, is now a row
; of small tables on one side and a con
I fectlonary counter on tho other. Tho
j portion in front, to which queued gal
i Iants and powdered dnmes were wont
to retreat In the cool of the evening, Is
now coverod with small signs, calling
nttentlon to tho ham sandwiches, ham
nnd eggs and other delicacies that may
be procured by tho hungry.
When Arnold wns attainted of
treason In 1780 this property was con
fiscated by tho government and was
subsequently owned, among others, by
the Hon. Edward Shlppon, chief Jus
tice of Ponnsylvanin; Gen. Jonathan
Williams and Baron von Steuben, inspector-general
of the army under Qcn.
Wnshlngton. It was acquired by the
city of Philadelphia in 1868.
Where Bhe Got It,
"I toll you I need nothing," she said,
conclusively, preparing to shut tho
"But." pleaded the peddler, despair
ingly, surely I can soil you some Uttlo
thing or other hairpins?"
But the woman laughingly shook her
short, curly locks, showing that she
had no use for such articles.
"Somo now ribbons," urged tho man.
"A dainty powder-puff; a button hook?"
"I tell you, nothing," sho repoated,
"Ha!" exclaimed tho peddler, sud
denly catching sight of her bloomers.
"The very thing. Lot me soil you a
pair of suspenders."
"Don't need them," was tho reply.
"Don't need them?" echoed the ven
der. "How do you keep your blomoers
up without suspenders? By will power,
I suppose," ho added, snecrlngly.
"Sort of," sho asserted, tersely. "Call
"Hypnotism, oh?" said tho man,
packing up his wares. "Keep your
bloomorB up with hypnotism! Where
do you get it?"
"I get it "
Here the woman glanced complacent
ly over tho bewitching bulglness of her
" from the hip!"
And tho door banged slammlly.
New York World.
Almost Incredible Coincidence.
The recent accident In Manitoba In
which A. M. Bell of Portago La Prairie
fatally shot J. Mulr of Pomblna, N. D.,
mistaking him for a deer, formed part
ot an almost Incredible coincidence. On
the samo day, a similar accident took
placo near Sault Ste. Mario, In which a
son of Mr. Boll figured. The son was
out hunting with a doctor pf the town
and mistook the doctor for a deer that
ho was stalking and shot him. Tho
wound, though dangerous, has not
proved fatal, and the victim is recover
ing. A more rcmarkablo colncldenco
has seldom occurred, father and son on
the samo day, hundreds of miles apart,
mistaking their comrades for deer and
How She Valued Her Life.
Postmaster Ed Vorls of Crawfords
vllle, Ind., has received word that he
has been left $500 by the will of Mrs.
Eliza J. Tolman of Minneapolis, Minn.
Several years ago Vorls was traveling
In Germany and rescued Mrs. Tolman
from being run over by a train at the
risk ot his life. He had his foot in
jured and was tossed from tho track and
severely injured. He had almost for
gotten tho incident until he received
word of $500 having been left him by
Wife ftitle Ic KnRland.
In 1859 hundreds of peoplo assembled
In the town of Rudley, England, to at
tend a wife sale. The first bid was
threo half-penco, and ultimately roae
to sixpence. The husband, in his ig
norance, thought that, aftor the cere
mony had been repeated threo times,
sho actually had no claim upon him.
IlrMge of China.
That wonderful people, the Chinese,
nre said to have constructed bridges
from very early times, but those known
to us dato from comparatively lato perl-
ods, and many of them aro timber
structures of the cantilever type.
THE VASSAR GIRLS.
HAVE RECENTLY FORMED AN
Alio the Owii.t of n Flrrae Colter
Tall What Will Ilaenine of Ilia Man
Who Marry 1 lima Young Women
Soma Field Itscord.
HE field day whloh
was held at Vassar
College last Novem
ber marked the
opening ot a broad
er interest in ath
lotlcs for women,
and tho examplo
will probably bo
followed by other
colleges. In spite
of bad weather,
five hundred girls, whose enthusiasm
could not bo damped by tho fog, which
took tho curl out of their hnlr, put on
overshoes and mackintoshes and hied
them to tho college oval, whoro they
made tho gray and dismal day glorious
with their shouts nnd chcors.
The Athlotlc Association Is tho
darling of tho hearts ot ever so many
girls, and so Is the president ot tho
association, Miss Mario Champnoy, tho
daughter of tho popular nrtlst, J. WoIIb
Champnoy. So, as a Uttlo surprlso for
her, when tha basket ball game was
in progress tho enthusiastic girls
cheered her pluck In playing with a
sprained anklo by giving tho new
"yoll" "Oscawowwow-wow-wow, osca-
wowwow-wow-wow-wow, skinny wow-wow-wow-wow-wow-wow
drawn out), V. C. A. Arahlll"
On paper, this looks llko Welsh, or
some other unpronouncoablo langunge,
but when It comes In the musical voices
of 500 charming young women It Is In
spiring to a degroo. Tho athlotlc or
ganization, now that it has ofllcors and
an exclusive cheer, feels ltBelf of full
grown stnturo nnd ablo to tako caro ot
Itself, allowing only for tho chanco of
a little spreading and strengthening as
a club as well as tho members individ
ually, which Is tho ralson d'otro of an
Tho feeling wns so Btrong In the col
lege last season that thero should be
some definite athletic stand mndo, that
In Juno, beforo tho girls scattered far
and wide to tholr homes, tho now as
sociation wns started, a constitution
drawn up and submitted to tho faculty,
who gavo their approval, and then tho
officers for tho coming yonr wero
elected. These aro: President, Miss
Mario Champnoy of the class of '96;
vice president, Miss E. Lester Baker
of '97; secrotnry, Miss Amy Wontworth,
'98, nnd treasurer, Miss Marie Rhel
Thero aro five branches of work un
der tho auspices of the organization,
which docs not Include tho regular
gymnnslum work basket ball, battlo
ball, lawn tennis, golf and bicycling.
Tho captains for these divisions aro
Miss Harriet Sketchley Banks.ot Englo
wood, class of '96; Miss F. B. Scott,
class of '97, and MIbs Harriet Isabel
Ballintlne, tho gymnasium director.
Miss Ihi-ks is captain of both lawn ten
nis nnd l.MRltot bull, Miss Scott of battle
ball, and Miss Ballintlne of golf.
Tho captain of tho bicycle corps has
not yet been chosen, for, although many
of the students rldo, tho faculty has
not yet been willing to allow any con
tests in wheeling, feeling thnt they
would bo very dangerous on tho nnr-
MISS E. L. BAKER,
row track around tho oval, which is the
only available racing ground nt pres
ent. Theso captains and tho regular
officers of the association form tho Ex
ecutive Board, and all questions are set
tled by them, except In cases whoro a
general opinion Is necessary, when a
largo meeting Is called in the college
In the mntter of rewards and dis
tinctions for athletics thero aro not
many as yet, the whole interest In tho
subject being so new. Thero la a ban
ner, on which aro the words "V. C. A.
A. Flold Day," and under thnt Is to
be put the year of the class which wlnB
the banner onch flold day, tho winner to
be the class wh'ch gots tho most points
n track athloi - -, running, jumping and
vaulting. In November tho banner
was won by " '97," which class proudly
(nrrlnd If off thn flolil and will iinint to
, It aB tuelr prlde am, gIory a8 lt BtandB
,n tho gymnasium all winter.
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There aro two moro distinctions to be
won by tho "tweet Rlrl athletes." One
Is a "V" on tho swentor, which may be
worn by any girl who has mndo a roo
ord that U, won In any event; nnd the
other Is tho chins dnto borne In tho
samo fashion ucrosa the chest of Us
wearer, who can only ntlaln this honor
whon sho has been admitted to tho
basket ball team. For bnsket ball Is
tho football or tho girls' colleges, and
tho "olovons" nro as proud of their
prowess as tho stoutest and longest
halrod collegian nmong tho boys. Tho
right to wear tho white "V," therefore
and also tho date, may bo owned by tho
samo young woman, who In such a caso
would probably bo compelled to nsk for
an lncronso In her nllowanco that Bho
might own two sweaters and not have
her trophies claBh with each other.
Work In tho gymnasium la obli
gatory, unless tho student is excused
by tho physician on account ot her
health; so a good standard ot muscular
development Is kept up, nnd there wbb . cultivation. It Is propagated by cut
a good foundntton to build on when tho ' tlngB nnd It takes eighteen months for
era of moro n,ctlvo athlotlcs wns In- I tho first flowers to appear. Tho flow-
augurated. Every girl on entering mo i
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college must go to tho cosey Uttlo offico
In tho gymnasium, whoro Miss Ballln
tlno nnd her nsslstnnt, Miss May, mnko
a thorough physical examination and
record, nnd toll tho student what exor
cises she can tnko nnd what muscles
Dr. D. A. Sargent's systom of physical
training Is used, and In six months'
work In tho gymnasium lnst year, less
than two hours por week bolng re
quired, tho average strength of a class
of 127 studonts was Increased most ma
terially. Ono hundred por cent of tho
cluss added nearly flvo kilos to tho chest
measurement, and Improved in tho
Bnmo degroo In nil partn of tho body.
Tho gymnasium Unit is largo nnd
well fitted up, and In an adjoining room
thero Is n swimming bath, 43 feot long
by 24 feot wldo, whoro tho physical di
rector gives lessons in swimming to any
who wish to learn. In the theator,
above tho cxorclso room, thero 1b a
sufficient spneo for indoor tennis nnd
But, of course, tho now Athletic As
sociation has In viow Bystomatlo train
ing in outdoor cxorclso moro than gen
eral gymnnstlcs, and In theso linos tho
glrlB have dono very good work, con
sidering tho recent dnto of tholr intor
OBt in tho mattor. In tho 100 yard daBh
on field dny, Miss WtlklnBon of '98 won
tho flrBt heat In 15Vi seconds, while
MIsb Vnssar's tlmo for the final heat,
In which sho won, was 16 seconds. In
tho running broad jump, Miss Baker
made a record of 11 feot 5 Inches, which
wnB not considered a fair tost of her
abilities, as tho ground wns very slip
pery on account of rain. In tho high
Jump Miss Bakor was expected to win,
nH sho had the highest record beforo,
but sho sprained her thumb, and, In
consequonco of this mishap, was beat-
MISS HARRIET BANKS,
en by Miss Brownoll, who roado 48 Inch
es, which height Miss Bakor had
mndo in prnctlco beforo field day.
Smite Old Story.
Noar Mead's, a lumber station,
twelve miles from Ashland, Ky., Robert
Jenkins accidentally shot and fatally
wounded Charley Gudgoll, whllo hunt
ing wild turkeys. Tho men had
separated after locating tho feeding
ground of a flock of tho fowls, and each
for a tlmo began sounding decoy calls.
Answers which each took for tho cries
of tho flock reached both, nnd working
toward tho supposed flock, each kept
as closely beneath the underbrush as
possible. Finally Jenkins saw some
thing ho supposed wns a turkey nnd
fired. Gudgoll, with a cry, fell to the
ground, struck with six buckshot, two
of which penetrated his lungs, the
others lodging in his breast and
Money In It.
Jlmson "Hello, old boy, I hear you
spent several hundred dollars learning
a now, sure, quick and easy way of
Jamson "Yes, I did."
"Making any money?"
"Teaching other peoplo the now,
sure, quick and easy way of getting
rich." Now York Weekly.
"When I was in Indln," said the man
who had traveled, "tho native thieves
stole the sheets from under mo while I
Blept and I nover know it."
"Yes, nnd whon I was In tho north
wost during tho boom," said tho man
who will nevor admit that America can
bo outdone, "I had to sleep In a room
whoro thero woro four real estate
agontB nnd ono of them stole a porous
plaster from my back without awaken
ing me." Indianapolis Journal.
Bear trapping Is a profitable business
In Malno this year. One trapper, of
Brighton, realized $31 on ono bear last
week ?18 for tho skin, $5 for bounty
and two gallons of oil at 4 a gallon.
Sacar-Cnne, Cotton, Vanilla riant. Coffee
nnd tha Chocolate) Tree.
Now that Franco has Madagascar
securely In her grnBp, her wlso mon axw
beginning to direct nttentlon toward
tho best methods of turning to account
that Island's vast but undovolopod agri
cultural possibilities nnd to assert thai
in tlmo It should become a veritable
mino of wcnlth for tho nation, flays the
Now York .World. It Is stated that
sucar-cono can bo cultivated as suo
ccssfully in Madagascar na In Cuba.
Uotlon growB wild nimost overywnore;
nnd In a few Instances whero Its culti
vation has been attempted tho product
haa been of extraordinary flno quality.
Tho vanilla nlant also flourishes la
Madagascar. Fow peoplo nre nwars
that tho sourco of this commonest ot
flavoring extracts is a parasite plant
llko tho orchid. Though It grows wild,
tho best results aro obtained from lt
ore, ob well as tho tiny seeds, aro tne
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baslB for tho extract of commerco.
Eight hundred flowers will furnish a
Uttlo over n pound of prepared vanilla
and each well-grown plant is said to
boar 2,000 flowers. Tho anntinl product
of vantlln from nil parts ot tho globo Is
estimated at about 250,000 pounds,
nearly half ot which comes from the
island of Reunion, In tho Indian ocean,
another of France's colonlnl posses
sions. Tho prcsont value of n pound of
this product In Frnnco 1b nbout 5 francs,
or fl. Coffco also grows rendlly In
Madagascar and tobneco and rlco have
been cultlvnted thero on n small scale
with gront success. Tho cllmnto and
soil nro Ukowlso admirably suited to
tho growth of tho cocoa or chocolate
tree. This reaches the height ot about
twenty feot nnd lives for somo forty
yenrs. It does not begin to benr Us
seeds In nbundnnco, however, and bo
profitable until nfter tho seventh
year. Then tho owner ot a chocolate
plnntntlon mny take his caso and live
with llttlo toll and grow rich for the
next three decades.
A BEAUTIFUL DEED.
How Oar. Northern of Georgia Helped
an Kinbarrntned Woman.
A beautiful deed onco performed by
Governor W. J. Northern of Georgia
has found Its way into print. Tho At
lanta Constitution relates It:
A patient-looking woman in a faded
poke bonnet and a homespun dress was
driving along Whltcchnpel Btrcot in a
dilapidated buggy drawn by a lean and
Jadod mule. Tho harness was a patch
work of ropes and leather.
Then enmo a catastrophe. Suddenly
tho mule stopped, and one of tho Bhatts
dropped a ploco of harnoss was
broken. Tho womnn gazed at the
wreck, with calamity wrltton In her
face. For full a mlnuto Bho Burvoyed it
without moving, nnd then looked,
around for somo friendly face. The
sldowalk was crowded with people, and
the Btreet was full, but all wore hurry
ing on, and no ono paid tho slightest
attention to the woman. Slowly she be
gan to descend from her seats.
JuBt at this moment npasslng carriage
halted nnd a gentleman alighted. He
Bpoko to tho woman in a kindly tone
and offered to asBlst her. Sho grato-
f ully accopted tho offer, and stood by al
most trombllng whllo ho worked at the
broken harness. It was a hard Job, but
tho gentleman was determined and
ovon got down on his knees that he
might got nt tho work better. Finally
the repairs wore completed nnd the gen
tleman stepped Into his carriage and
A man who was passing noticed the
almost tearful gratitude of the poor wo
man, nnd etepplng up to her he said:
"Do you know who that was that fixed
your harness?" Tho woman shook her
head. "That waB tho governor of the
Doc Act State Faueral,
A weeping colored girl rushed Into
nn undertaking establishment uptown
In New York last week and guided the
coffln constructor to nn elegant apart
ment. Thero ho mot a sobbing lady,
who told him that a dear member of
her family had fallen from tho roof of
the house and was fatally Injured. The
undertaker asked to see tho body, and
was taken Into tho parlor, where on an
onyx table lay the cold corpse of a fox
terrier. Visions of a fat funeral van
ished from his mind only to return with
tho entrance of the weeping woman, for
sho slipped ten ?5 notes In his hand and
told hlra that her pet must have a state
funeral. The pup was burled in a
plush-lined and silver-mounted caskot
in tho family lot at Woodlawn.
Dumas Wat Klm'-llearted.
Personally M. Dumas was one of the
most polished and fascinating of men
as he was also ono of tho most kind
hearted. He was a great discoverer of
dramatic stars and always testified the
warmest nnd most disinterested friend
ship for his proteges. The Parlslar
stage owed to his keen appreciation ot
talent the lamented Desclee, the gifted
and ill-fated Tallandlera and the un
happy Feyghlne, whose tragic fate ParlB
has scarcely yet forgotten. The bril
liant comedienne, Mine, Celine Chau
mont, was discovered by him In a little
suburban theater, and owed to him her
first engagement at the Gymnase.
The Itlblo Society.
Tho Now York Bible Society has had
a good year financially and spiritually.
There have been 17,771 copies of the
Bible distributed nmong tho pub
lic Institutions, churches and
Sunday schools, 3.S53 to famil
ies and Individuals, 406 to in
dividuals nt the offico ot tho society,
679 by the postal card sys
tem, 56,030 to Immigrants, 7,472 to
sailors, and 200 hotels woro also sup
plied, making a total of 83,211 copies.
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