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I | OUR ROBIN.
Mj : fCHAPTER Vn ( Continued ) . ,
m \ The distant village clock booms out
* : ' * 'thofmidnight hour. Jack pauses in
. the/open / to listen , and then advances
\ swiftly to the paling which separates
-our ground from the meadows. Ap
parently ho is gazing at the distant
trees which ovorhang the lake , and
presently from , tho misty shadows a
dim form emerges. - .
For a moment I hide my oyes in
Harry's coat sleeve , with a shuddor ;
then the fascination is upon mo , and I
• turn again to watch. There can be
I mo mistake , Across the meadows ad-
* "vances a gliding misty iiguro. It is
'Enveloped in a gray haze , which floats
• around' it on all sides like a thick fog.
Hearer and nearer always gliding
with no apparent stops , it moves , until
in the .midst of the floating • entourage
-can be seen the shadowy form of a
• woman , clad in white , flawing robes
* still nearer and nearer , till the face
I gleams out white as purest"marble in
I 'the moonlight.
In describing Jack's features I used
tho word 'ghastly' ; buthis complexion ,
is seen even by the rays of the moon ,
is . healthy when compared with the
[ livid hue of the advancing figure.
-Hearer and nearer it comes , always
gliding , till it pauses motionless with-
1 "in a few feet of the"railings ; then the
i < right " arm slowly rises , and , with a
sweeping movement , the enveloping
"mist is waved hack from the head and
I bend eagerly forward , and discern
• clearly in the brilliant moonlight the
-regular features and straight black
i . . "brows of Lucy. Trembling in every
limb , I cling to Harry with both . hands ,
-and every sense is for the time sharp-
§ . .lackstands gazing at the apparition
- • for some moments in silence ; then he
-stretches out his arms over the railing
that divides them , and says , in a brok
en impassioned voice
"Lucy , , my.own , my love ! "
For some time there is no answer ;
'then , in cle"ar cold.tones , frigidas the
r-moonlight. I hear the words
- ' "Jack , restrain-yourself ! YoUmust
I "not try to touchy , " Whv will you of-j
| lend ? " -
> * T , J - "How can I see you standing there
(1 ( 1 -without longing to touch and comfort
U ' ' .you'i * .
I J x. y "Comfort me ! " Slowly and scorn-
I 'fully. . . Ido not want-comfortI ; am
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Si "Happy , " . .and.without mo ? " pleads
Jack , bending far over the railing as
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1 Yes. ' , . Why not ? My peace is per
fect. " ' . " ,
"And I , " cries John wildly "I only
'long to join you , Lucy ; and yet , my
lovo , I dare-not ! The. mystery of life
I [ Is as nothing compared with the
"mystery of death. "
"And yet , " say the calm lips , with a
wan cruel smile , "you sent me to my
j doom. "
"No , no , " cries Jack , whilst I see
liis'tall form literally writhing in his
! : agony "not so , Lucy ! I would have
died a thousand deaths to save you. "
"Idle words , " answers the figure ,
-with a slow and unbelieving shake of
the head "idle words ! "
"Not idle words ! " protests Jack ; and
"I hear no more of his denial , for at this
moment the interview is suddenly cut
short by Harry , who , after first giving
? my hand a premonitory squeeze , dis
charges his pistol in the air ; two sec-
j -onus later Robin sets Nell at liberty.
9 j > For a time I close my eyes , expect-
Ill f Mng some awful judgment to follow
If "their temerity , so fully do I believe in
I 'the spiritualistic apparition ; when I
I i reopen them a strange sight meets my
| "view. In the foreground John , look-
jj ing wild and dazed , leans for support
| -against a tree , while across the mead-
I ow speeds the cloud-like figure , closely
I . " ; followed by Noll , Robin , and Harry.
I The apparition has had a fair start ,
! . * "but the race is in the open. There is
absolutely no cover nearer than the
' ' 'beltof trees which shade the.pond.
* Gradually , but Burely , Nell , gains on
Tfher prey , .till , with a sound half snarl ,
! . ' "half bark , she seizes the flowing drap-
-ery in her strong teeth ; at the same
time Harry's voicerings out clear on
-the night air
. "Stand , or I fire ! "
"The challenge is superfluous ; for ,
' even as he speaks , the swift-footed
, figure trips over a loose stone , and
l-fcX falls a crumpled mass on the short
" • .grass.
"Come ! " I say , placing my hand on
my brother's arm ,
Like one in a dream he allows xae
* to guide Tilm through a gap in , the
c railings and across the 'meadow to the
spot where Harry and Robin are bend
ing over the prostrate-figure. *
"She must be dead , " Robinis say
ing as we approach ; , for the white
-heap is making no effort to rise.
"Not a bit of it , " responds Harry ,
-who is . kneeling on the ground , and
• whose hand is placed over the region
• of her heart "Her pulse is going
about ninety : to "the dozen , and no
wonder after that spin ! "
I - there with its
Still thefigure 'lies
face pressed on the sod , but for its
-rapid , heavy respirations inanimate.
"Come on ! " cries Harry , as we
iaSa ' " . "Blosdv * approach. "Your spirit is
f t- * Very mucli real Jack , Hand jevy much
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out of breath. *
"WJio can it be ? " I ask vaguely ,
looking down at the heap at my feet.
"Go away , all of .you , and leave me
alonel" murmurs a low stifled voice.
"Certainly not , until we have made
your acquaintance and ascertained
that you are uninjured by your fall , "
1 -answers Harry politely.
• • Come now , be sensible and get up ;
) ; you can't lie there forever , " reasons
JELobin. as she bends down and presses
-an assuring hand on' the passive
. There is a short consideration , and
T'a then the figure * makes an effort to
§ jfo.rise. . As she does so hbwe ver.a sharp
M y : exclamation of pain escapes her , and ,
M but for Harry's ready arm , she would
Jm .i ve fallen again.
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As hor head falls baok inertly on
Harry's shouldor , I stop forward and
gazo earnestly at the upturned feat
ures ; thoy are those of Lucy's stop sis
"It is Alico. What can have in
duced her to play such a trtckP" I ox-
"It is not much odds what induced
her , " interrupts Harry ; "the present
question is what are we to do with
hor ? "
"I suppose we must take her homo , "
I suggest vaguely.
"Umph ! Do you think so ? She
looks , a trifle weighty , and its a good
distance round the Lovers' Walk. "
"Why not take her to her own
house ? " asks Robin , who has been
scanning the surroundings anxiously.
"There is a light in one of the lower
"A sensible idea "
very , responds
Harry , preparing to lift Alice in his
arms ; "only some of you run on first
and get the door open. "
Before starting to do his bidding , I
glance round , and become aware that
Jack is Blowly retracing his steps
across the meadow in the direction of
the Lovers' Walk.
"Oh , Robin , go with him ! " I whis
per imploringly. "Go with him and
soothe him. Explain how it all came
about , and , no matter how angry he is ,
don't leave him till I return. "
"How delightful for me ! Such a
pleasant sort of mission ! " answers
Robin , looking a most wonderful
thing for her almost unequal to the
But she was too truly good-hearted
to hesitate for more than a few mo
ments ; then she pockets her scruples ,
and , running swiftly after my brother ,
overtakes him before he reaches the
Assured that Jack is in good hands ,
I turn my attention to Harry and his
burden. He has already traversed
more than half the space which inter
venes between us and the house ; but it
does not take mo long to outstrip him
and reach the front of the residence ,
which , up to within 'the las few min
utes , we had "imagined untenanted.
I make my way straight towards the
only window which shows signs of light.
It is that of the small morning-room ,
used in former days by Lucy and Alice
as their own particular sanctum. \
The French window , opening to the
ground , stands carelessly ajar. I has
tily throw both sides wide open for the
arrival of Harry and his burden ; then
I enter the room. Apparently the
apartment is used as a general sitting
room. The small center-table is cov
ered with a white cloth , and the re
mains of a meal still lie scattered
thereon. The room is untidy nay ,
almost dirty in appearance , with no
bright touches of work , books , music ,
or flowers to denote the presence of a
woman used all her life to refinement ,
as Alice has been. This I take in with
one searching rapid glance ; the next
moment I am occupied with the hasty
arrangement of the sofa-pillows.
"Where am I to put her ? " cries
Harry , who is decidedly out of breath
with his unwonted exertion. "
• • Here here ! " I answer , pointing
to the sofa as he stumbles over the
window-sill with his inanimate load.
He places Alice gently on the little
couch ; and then , straightening his
back , takes out his handkerchief and
proceeds to wipe his forehead.
"I would not have believed that a
woman could be such a weight , " ho
remarks , contemplating the still form
with a kind of wonder , "I had a
misty idea , gathered from books and
the stage , that they were about as
heavy as kittens ; but , my word , that
young woman is solid enough at any
rate ! There seems to be a preponder
ance of body over spirit , instead of the
While he speaks , I am bending over
Alice , trying to discover whether she
isaealiy unconsciousVor jaot < 3.
"She must be in a faint , " I say , gaz
ing with a certain degree of fright at
the ghastly cheeks and the drooping
heavy eyelids. "Is there any water on
the table , Harry ? "
"Yes , " ho answers , pouring some
into a tumbler and bringing it to my
I wet my fingers and moisten her
lips , then sprinkle her brow plentifully
with the cold , clear drops. Suddenly
a great fear comes over mo.
"Oh , Harry , " I cry , "what can be
ths matter ? Her skin is all coming off
like powder. "
Before making any answer , Harry
turns up the wick of the lamp , which
has hitherto been burning dimly , then
stops to my side.
"Flour ! " is his laconic reply.
He is right. It is easy enough , now
that the lamp is burning full , to see
that Alice's whole face and neck are
covered with a thick coat of white pow
der or flour.
For a few minutes I stare at that still
recumbent figure blankly. I feel no
inclination to laugh ; and yet a more
truly ridiculous object has seldom
been presented to my sight. In addi
tion to the floured face , she is dressed
in a loose white robe , belted in at the
waist ; this is again covered by seem
ingly endless yards of gray gauze ,
whilst the long trailing end which in
the meadow escaped from her head ,
and shoulders has been trampled by
Harry into a dirty , torn , limp .mass of
rags. All the folds of her enveloping
cloud have been tightened in her tran
sit , and she looks more like a mummy
than anything else of which I can
With my handkerchief I wipe some
of the flour from her cheeks , which ,
when their covering is removed , look ,
in contrast to their former ashy hue ,
almost pink ? White 1 am still so en
gaged , a slow quiver passes over
Alice's form ; then she opens her eyes
and stares wonderingly round her.
"What has happened ? " she asks , in
a strange , startled way.
"You were playing what I suppose
we may term a practical joke , " answers
Harry , hesitatingbefore the utterance
of the last two words ; "and when we
wished to tako our part in the game ,
you turned and fled , tripping over a
stone on your way. "
A storm seems to gather on Alioe's
• brow up to this moment hor expres
sion has been simply perplexed.
"Apractical joke ! " she cries , blazing
into a feeble kind of wrath ; for her
strength has not fully returned. "It
would have proved no joke for him in
the long run , if you had only let me
alone. He played so beautifully into
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weak-minded fool ! "
"You wicked , wicked woman ! " I
oxcluim , all my pity bwallowed up by
a fooling of resentment. "You shall
bo punished for this I will have you
taken up for intimidation. "
She laughs a low , scornful laugh.
"Why need you come and spoil it
all ? " she asks angrily. "In a , few
more meetings my work would have
been accomplished. I should have
driven him out of his wits. "
"You would have done nothing of
the kind , " I cry indignantly ; for Icannot
endure to hear her gloat over my
brother's weakness. "John would
soon have found youout. "
To this sho deigns no answer ; but
steadying herselfby the back of the
sofa into a sitting posture , prepares to
leave the room. As however her foot
touches the ground , sho gives utter
ance to a sharp cry.
( to be continued. )
It is not generally known , oven by
people who have visited America , that
there is in Pennsylvania , very near
the cities of Philadelphia and New
York , a population of more than two
million inhabitants which is in many
respects strangely like what its rural
ancestors were in Germany more than
two centuries ago. Some years since
there were to bo seen in a shop in
Philadelphia several largo books of
Lutheran dovotion , in the type and
spelling of 1510 , bound in deeply
stamped white vellum with heavy
brass clasps. They did not look like
imitiations of old books , they seemed
to be "the thing itself , " but the date
"Thoy are for the Pennsylvania
Dutch , " said the bookseller. "They
would not beliove that tho Lord would
hear them if they prayed to him out of
a modern-looking book , And those
books , as you see thom , have been
printed and bound in that style for
nearly 200 years for the Pennsylvania
Dutch market , just as they wore print
ed for their ancestors during the re
There is probably no more striking
instances of conservatism to be found
anywhere in Europo than this ; but the
spirit manisfested by the "Dutchmen"
is carried out by thorn consistently in
everything else. "Follow thy father ,
good son , and live as thy father before
thee has done , " is their golden rule of
life. Firstly , thoy always speak among
themselves a singular patois called
Pennsylvania Dutch , from the word
"It belongs , * ' says Dr. Bansman , in
his edition of tho poems of Dr. H. Har-
baugh , "to the South Gorman dialects , "
and , while partaking of all , "it is most
closely allied to tho Plalzisch" this is
to the Rhine German of the Palatinate.
In the valley of the Susquehanna , and
beyond tho Alleghany , it is much
mingled with English. Farther in the
west we find in it traces of Scottish ,
Irish , Swedish and French. It is
specially remarkable in its having re
tained great numbers of old and curi
ous German words , such as are now to
be heard only in tho remotest places
of the Fatherland. We find the in
fluence of tho unchangeable English
article the in der. Thus a man will
say : "Hen scherr der blind Gauluf ,
wer welle uf der markt fahre" i. e. ,
"Henry , harness the blind horse ; we
will go to market ! " Portland Tran
The Camel's Humps.
Structurally , of course , the humps
are nothing mere lumps of fat col
lected under a convenient fold of the
skin , and utterly unprovided for . in the
framework of the skeleton. When the
animal is at its best aud well-fed , they
are full and plump , standing up on his
back firm and upright ; but on a long
journey they aro gradually absorbed
to keep up the fires that work the
heart and legs , and in the caravan
camels which arrive at the coast , the
skin hangs over , an empty bag , upon
the creature's flanks , bearing witness
to the scarcity of external food during
the course of his long forced march
from the interior. A starved small
camel in this state of health far more
closely resembles a Peruvian llama
than any one who has only seen
the fine , well-kept beasts in European
menageries or zoological gardens could
But water is oven scantier in the
desert than food ; and against want of
water , therefore , tho camel has had to
provide himself , functionally at least ,
if not structurally , quite as much as
against want of herbage. His stomach
has accordingly acquired the power of
acting as an internal reservoir , and he
can take in as much water at the Bahrs
or Wadys , where he rests for a wh" " , - e
in his toilsome march , as will supply
his needs for four or five days together.
There are some differences in this
respect , however , between the two
chief varieties of the camel. The
African kind is most abstemious , and
best adapted to tho sandy deserts , the
Bactrain , a product of more varied and
better watered country , is larger and
stronger , but less patient of hunger
and thirst , while at the same time it
can manage to subsist and to make its
way into somewhat rockier and more
rugged country. Popular Science
i A Powerful Sermon.
A little girl came to her mother
with the question : "Which is worse ,
to tell a lie or to steal ? "
The mother , taken by surprise , re
plied that both were so bad that she
couldn't tell which was the worse * .
"Well , " said the little one , "I've
been thinking a good deal about it ,
and I think that it is worse to lie than
.to steal. . If you steal a thing you can
take it back , uniess3y6u'vp\eaten it ;
and if you have eaten it-.you can pay
for it. But , " and there was a look of
awe in the little face-V'a lie is forev
er. " Portland Press.
An Absent-Minded Glergyman.
A clergyman , whose name we sup-
press on account of his sacred calling ,
was absorbed in thought a few Sun
days ago just before divine service be
gan , when he was approached by the
organist , who asked , referring to the
opening hymn :
"What shall I play ? "
"What kind of a haud have you
got ? " responded tho absent-minded
Rev. Dr. McCosh will deliver
course of lectures to the students of
the "West Ohio university this fear.
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AsrirulturntXote * .
Corn properly fed to hogs at. this
time in worth 40 cents per bushel
Sold at the ruilroad stations it it
worth 20 cents.
A bill passod theKunsashousepro
viding for the inspection , alive , of all
cattle , sheep , or hogs intended for.
food purposes in theState.
Ifapigor alamb gets chilled the
best way to warm it is by immersion
in warm water : then wrap in a flannel
till it is dry.
See that all the farm animals have
waterexerciHe and frequently changes
of iood. Pigs want water to drink
even when they are fed on slops.
Spike a pole to tho posts about
eight inches from the floor to keef
the sow from lying close against the
wall and crushing the pigs.
Cattle should be supplied with salt
daily , specially if they are fed or
ensilage or roots. A lump of rock
salt placed within reach is a safe way
of providing a supply.
Wolves , lions and coyotes killed
8200,000 worth of domestic stock
in Colorado laso year , according to
estimate ot "Field and Farm" of
Stock of all kinds should be kept
off the meadows and grass lands
while they are soft and spongy. The
damage done by the hoofs in cutting
up the turf is man3' times more than
r.ny possible value of the withered
forage they can pick up.
The turnip has been called the sheet
anchor of British agriculture , and
without the silo our farmers would
do well to follow.England's example.
But they cannot grow corn as we
ean , and their climate is better for
turnips than ours ; and with the silo
we have the advantage of them.
Mirror. j * .
Having secured a § 2,500 appropri
ation last year , to enable him "to
study the native silkworm of Califor
nia , " Joseph Neumann now wants
$25,000. This is characterized by
"Orchard and Garden" as m desfc ,
an i that journal well says that ii'cufc
down to cents "the
sult will probably be the same to
those who pay the bill. "
If the farmer will remember what
It is to be hungry himself he may
sometimes have a kindly feeling for
his young stock. If he adds no meat
to exposed stock , he may feel his
pocket touched , for in the spring if
the young thiners look well they Avill
bring double the money that other
fellow ' s will who took no care of his.
Much less land is wasted in fence
corners than was formerly the case.
The crooked rail fence was a great
nuisance in very many ways. Itwas
a harbor for weeds , especially since
the advent ofmowers and reapers ,
and most farm workers have forgot
ten the use of the scythe. The loss
of pasture that this excessive amount
of fencing was designed to prevent is
a. mere trifle compared with the cost
of saving it. In most cases the Fall
feed is worth more as a mulch to the
ground for Winter than for the pas
ture it affords.
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Sheep Losing Their Wool.
Oldish sheep are apt to lose wool
from their bellies if grain fed , espec
ially in fending with corn. The cause
is indigestion from over feeding. This
produces fever , and tho extreme heat
under the sheep when lying down
destroys the fibre of the wool , and
loosens it from the skin. It is very
hard to feed old sheep corn , without
over-feeding. In extreme cases
clumps of wool are loosened from all
parts of the body. Such sheep arc
utterly worthless for keeping. After
lingering through the Winter their
owner has their hides and some very
poor wool in the Spring for their keep.
The experienced sheep breeder will
not keep any sheep longer than six
years , and lie will not feed any sheep
with corn except thoscs he is fatten
ing , and even then with great cau
Bet hod of Feeding the Calves.
To feed a number of calves grain
or milk out of one box will soon
make bosses among them. This will
result in a few of the fast eaters and
best fighters making a rapid growth ;
while the others are forced to one
side and remain thin and poor. I
have found that a very satisfactory
way to handle calves is by having a
barn fitted especially for them. It is
located in the pasture set apart for
the calves , and is fitted up on the
same plan as a barn for milch cows ;
having platform raised from the floor
to stand upon and stanchions made
on the same plan as those for cows.
These stanchions are made so they
may be moved backward and for
ward , according to the length of the
animal. The calves soon learn their
own places , and when' feeding time
comes are generally on hand and
take their places with the same pre
cision , as older cattle. By this daily
tying up and hand feeding the calf
becomes accustomed to much the
safhe"fcreatment : .that it * wilh receive
when growiri and which isof such
great.value in the management of
the heifer with the first calf. Orange
Xansgement of Dairy Cattle.
At a recent Farmers' Institute ,
held at Cortland , N. T. , Mr. E. C.
Rindge , in a paper on the "Feeding
and Management of Dairy Cattle , "
"The comfort of cows is indispensi-
ble for success in dairying. My cows
are mostly put in for the winter , and
are watered in the stable. In mild
weather they are turned out io water
in lots of about ten at a time , and
are left out only long enough to
drink. By actual test my cows shrink
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more by standing out in tho storm
for n few hours than by remaining in
the barn and going without food.
Keep half j-our cows in a warm sta
ble and turn out the other half , and
note the result. Always give feed
enough for a full flow of milk. All
that tho cow can digest , above what
is requiro/l to keep her alive , is
where the profit comes in. In run
ning an engine , if you furnish just
enough fuel to keep it in motion and
not enough to run the machinery ,
the fuel will bo wasted. It is the
same principal exactly in feeding
cows. I am feeding 53 cows , and
give each cow 15 poundsof beets and
10 pounds of corn meal and wheat-
middlings , equal parts of each , and
give half at night and half in the
morning. Towards calving time tho
middlings are substituted for corn-
meal , t'o that when tho cow calves
fIio is getting no meal at all. Do
not always expect to get returns the
next day from feeding grain. 1 do
not expect to get the best returns
trom a cow the first year after buy-
ins her , unless in prime condition at
i the time of buying.
"Ripe hay will not make a large
flow of milk. Jf it were possible , I
would cut all my liny between June
13 , and July 1. Milk can be pro-
i duced almost if not quite as cheaply
i in winter as in summer , if the increas
ed cost of help in summer is consid
ered. Give each cow a pinch of salt
daily. It tends 1 o keep the bowels
regular , and prevents constipation. "
Using a Corpse for a Dinner Table.
Morgue-Keeper ITerman Praedicow
glories in handling the dead , and
actually takes a delight in his work.
He has served a deputy coroner un
der different coroners for several
years , and in than official relation to
the dead subjects has become fami
liar with , and attached to , clammy
faces , sightless eyeballs , cold cheeks ,
and stiffened limbs. He approaches
a corpse with no feeling , of repugn
ance , no qualms , nausea , or squeam-
ishness. Trifling improprieties don't
deter the old man from attending to
his business , which is like that of an
undertaker , with less use for the
presence of fastidious and easily
shocked people. Indeed , so little af
fected by his surroundings is the
has been seen , when eating lunch , to
thoughtlessly lay a meat-and-bread
sandwhich on a newly washed corpse
and pick up the hand-out again to
continue eating withoutnoticing that
he was causing the eyes of visitors to
his establishment to bulge. St.
Louis Star Sayings.
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Bat John Was-Bin icrf.
He had been in the-ha bit of playing
truant from school and he had been
moderately lucky in gettinir out of
the scrape. But he was caught one
day and brought before theteacher. .
" You ' relate. . Wherehave you
been ? "
"Fve been sick. "
"You don't look sick. " "
' 'Well , I'm better now , bnt I've
been sick , all the same. "
"You go right home and get a note
from your mother , or I'll punish you
He went off and was gone-about
ten minutes. It was pretty quick
work , and when he handed the note
to the teacher she thought that the
handrwriting did not look altogether
like his mothers. She kept her eyes
on him as she-opened-the- , but
he was as bland and innocent as the
beat boy in theworld. . Thenote
Miss : Please excuse John this
mornin'"fur bein' late , cos hebroke
his leg Mrs- . " "
Facts About Smokers-
By eloseobsevation I estimate
that 20 per cent , ofthemenin this
city smoke-or usetobaccoin some
form. I am in a position to see it ,
l > eing behind.thedesk of a restaurant ;
all day. Every one knows a cigar
taste * better altera hearty meal
than at any other time-of the day ,
and is less injurious then , if injurious
at all. This-account& for the cigar
cases in resturants nowadays , but
there-was a time-when it was not the
rule. I have noticed time-and again
that a smoker who is short of cash
will not takeenongh of food , but will
buy a cigar when he has finished eat
ing. Thereare man } men who spend ,
more-for their cigars than they do
fortheir food , and some double the
amount. StJLouis Globe-Democrat.
Professor Poe , of BridgeportConn. ,
has invented an artificial pair ot lungs
which he uses in restoring life in case
of drowning and asphyxiation. He
is experimenting on a pet rabbit , and
has already drowned it and has re
stored it to life eleven times. The
rabbit has also been suffocated by
tumesof burning charcoal until all
signs of life were extinct. The pro
fessor then attaches his patent bel
lows to the animals mouth and forces
oxygen into the lungs. Tho return
ing suction draws out the deadly
gases.and the artificial respiration
a muscular contraction and expan
sion of the lumrs until life was re
stored. Professor Poe claims that
his invention will save human beings
as well as rabbits.
- ? A Qticer.J'artiicr.shin t
An interesting case comes up at
the next court in Tioga county. A
man , who for the purposes of this
paragraph is named Brown , went in
to partnership with hiss neighbor ,
Jones , in the purchase of a cow. At
that time it was understood that it
was to be share and share alike be
tween the co-proprietors. Brown re
fused subsequently to divide the milk ,
maintaining that Jones owned the
front half of the cow. The cow re
cently lifted Mr. Brown with her horns
and now lie sues Mr. Jones for dam
ages. Jones , in view of the fact that
he was cheated out of the proceeds
of the rear end of the cow doesat
feel easy about paying for damages
caused .by the front end of the an
imaU • Scni'Vtnn Truth.
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BY EUOL'NR 1'IEr.D.
MIhs Mary hnd , tlmfc is sho owned ,
A Inmb of unknown gender :
Go where hIio mi ht. l > .v day or night ,
That cosset would attend 'cr.
When uh she went to school ono dny
The Inmb went BtngcinR after ;
"Which drt-UH di d throw every kid
Into a lit of laughter.
Kicking tho copoet out of dooro ,
The tenclier spanked the friekcrfe.
But the lambkin cried in tbo cold out ! tle *
And the wind blow through its whiskcre ,
Then all the blistered children asked ,
"What makes the lamb lovo her , sir" . "
"My.dears , " aaid'he , "it lonks-to mo
Like a case of vice versa. "
Now from this Btory you shall leara
That there is nary creature
That is above the power of love ,
Unless it bea teacher.
A coincidence of the war , of a seri
ous nature , is that of tho "three
Jims. * ' A group ot four men were in
tho trenches during an artillery en
gagement. Thoy were lying on the
ground , chatting and smoking , out
of tho direct reach of fire , when a
shell suddenly exploded over their
heads and so seriously injured three
of the men that it necessitated am
putation of the left leg in each in
stance. The Christian name of each
of these three men was the same
James. The fourth , who was un
touched , bore another name. The
three veteran pensioners have ever
since been known among their ac
quaintances- the "threelegged
A curious story of coincidence is re
lated by Robert Browing- an Eng
lish newspaper as having occurred
to himself and sister while visiting a
remote valley in Switzerland some
years ago , the circumstances of
which are substantially as follows :
While strolling about one evening-
to admire the calm and repose of the
valley , which lay spread out before
them , their talk unaccountably
turned to the subject of murder , and
each began to speculate as to what
their first impulse would be if they
should be so unfortunate as tofind
the body of a murdered man in tiie
wood. Continuing in t'us ' strain , the
Brownings talked until they reached
the hotel , when the matter was
dropped. Mr. Browning applied for
the use of a carriage the next morn
ing , and was referred to the landlord ,
wlio informed them that it would be
impossible for them to have the two
horses intended for their carriage , as
one of them was wanted to bring in
the body of a man found early that
morning , murdered , at the head of
the valley. Questioning him. Mr.
Browning learned that in all proba
bility the murder had beencommitred
very soon after the conversation , of
the evening before.
On visiting the spot where the
body had been discovered it was
found to be the identical place where
on the previous evening , they had
stood speculating as to what they
should do in case of such an event-
To heighten the dramatic effect of
the coincidence , they were told that
no crime of violence , so far as known
had ever before been committed in-
that valley. The fact that the mind
of the poet should have turned to-
such a subject just at that time par
takes ot the nature of a presentiment ,
and the coincidence is certainly one-
of the most peculiar on record.
• In Forster's "Life of Dickens" aciir
rious story is told of what Dickens
called a "paralyzingcoincidence , " ex
perienced on the . Doncaster race
course. On the St. Leger day , in-18-
57 , Dickens bought a card of the
races , and facetiously wrote down :
three names for the winners of the-
three chief races. He had/never heard
or thought of any of thehorses in
his life , but , as he wroteto Forster ,
"if you can believe it , those three-
races were won , one after the other , ,
by those three horses. "
AFTER MAXY YEARS.
The poet , SamuelRodgers , unrated :
a coincidence which , although it may
have been a humorous invention , is :
quite within the bounds of possibility ,
and at the same time somewhat
amusing. An oflicer-who was order
ed to India went , onthe : day before
leaving England , to his lawyer's. .
The day being wet , he took : a
hackney coach , and when hegot out , ,
as he was paying the driver , dropped
a shilling. He " looked in the slush
for it in vain , andfso did the coach
man. On his returnhomeaftersome :
years' service he-ha-d occasion tor go
to his lawyer's. . When leaving he
recollected his lost shilling and , by-
some unaccountable impulse , began
to look for it , when strange to say ,
he found , just at the very spot where-
he had paid the coachman not the
shilling , but twelve pennyworth of
coppers , done up in brown paper.
Perhaps the most astonishing ctv
incidence-of any we might * mention
and at the same time oneperfectly
authentic , is related by that charm
ing writer , ' "Taverner , " of The Bos
ton Post. * * ! was walking , " says
Taverner. "on mway down town ,
with a neighbor who was going the
same way , when my companion , for
no apparent cause , suddenly changed
the subject on which we were chatting
by an inquiry concerning a common
acquaintance , who had disappeared
out of our lives several yearsbefore ,
and whom I knew he held in especial
* * * friend
had heard of him the year before
in San Francisco , and later as some
where on the continent of Europe.
'And there is no man , ' he-went on to
saj' , 'that I should more heartily en
joy knockingdown if he would only
give me the ? provocation. ' We had
at that instant reached Tremont
street , where , suddenly turning the
corner , one of the passing crowd
came squarely into collision with my
friend , slipped upon a spot of ice as
he struggled to keep his balance and
fairly measured his length on the
sidewalk. I turned u pick up the
hat of the fallen man , when I felt my
self grasped by the arm by my friend ,
who wtuspored ; 'Great Scott , Taver-
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[ ner , donL you eeo ifc'fi tho very man , M :
and I've done it , after all ! ' Sum .
enough , it was tho distant traveler. d < * a
who had ttirned up to bo knocked * , . ,
down , so to speak , by a coincidence.
St. Louis Glooc-Domocrat.
Lincoln Addresses tho Queen.
Tho Cincinnati Commercial Gazette C *
tells tho following story ofaporsonal
lottor written by President Lincola
to Queen Victoria : Mr. Lincoln , aft
er grave thought over possiblo-
storms which Palmeraton's schemes
might bring , determined to ignore
tho slow and uncertain diplomatic
methods , and write a personal letter
to Queen Victoria. This ho did , ad- f
dressing her in very earnest terms , J
as a ruler , wife and mother , and |
speaking of himself as president , hus- |
band and father , both deeply inter- S
ested in tho welfare of their people and jj
both able to understand and dri\ibt- fc
less anxious to avert tho horrors of j.
war , between nn tions as closely allied jj
as England and America. , 'i
He then went on to speak briefly ]
of the causo of the north , and to ex- \
press regret that the taking of Ma t
son and Slidoll from an English ship
should have put in peril therelation
of the two nations. Ho closed by as
suring the queen that whatever dis
position of tho case sho might , in the
light of his letter , regard as just and
honorable , he would see that it was
According to the same authority ,
Queen Victoria , upon receiving the
letterwhich Mr. Lincoln had sent
over by the band of a special friend ,
submitted it to Prince Albert , who
entered fully into the spirit of it , and
advised "the queen to give it the
fullest and most friendly considera
tion. Prince Albert further advised
that Lord Palmerston , whaso secret
hostility to tho north was well un
derstood at the court , should be sent
for and informed in the most decided
terms that a dispatch of friendly
terms must be sent to Washington.
While the release of Mason and Sli-
dell and their two companions was
to be 'insisted upon , it wqs to be *
done in ' such terms as wouldnot * *
disturb peaceful relations. Prince
Albert , who was well aware of Pal-
merston's designs , suggested further
that hoshould be required to submit
his dispatch to the queen for inspec
tion. This was done and as forseen
by theprince , there were several
passages which did not strictly con
form to the general directions he hnd
receivedAt length a atisfactory
draft was submitted , when Lord
Palmerston waspointedly ordered
tosee that no wordofitwaschanged.
and that it should be dispatched at
• lie-believed the-tramp.
Mr William ILCraneythe comedian ,
tells an-interesting experience he had
in Pittsburg theother day. He was
approached by a besotted 'tramp ,
who looked earnestly at him and in
quired : "Isyour name Crane ? "
"It is sir ; . " " said Mr Crane.
"Are you William H. Crane , the
comedian ? ' asked thetramp , cau
tiously. ! ;
"Yes sir. . " "
"Mr. Crane ; . " said' the-tramp in re
assured tones , "give-mo fifteen cents ? "
"Fifteen cents ? " echoed Mr. Crane.
" , what withfifteen
"Why , do-yon want
cents ? " "
"I wantto > buya drink. " " said the
"Ah * , , my friend , " ' said Mr. Crane ,
In a reproachful tone , . " 1 fear you
are deceiving me. I havealready
met about twenty of your kind , of
people to-day and each of them
has asked me for fifteen cents
to buy bread with. Now , , what as
surance have F that if I gfve yon
fifteem cent3 3011 won't spend it for
something to eat ? "
The tramp * drew himself up as
proudly ashe could and said : I
pledge you my word ot honor as a
gentleman that I shall spend the
money for liquor. "
Oh that'san entirely different
thing , . " said Mr. Crane , shelling out
a quarter : "I think I can trust you
This incident reminds r of a story
that istold of Mr. Moody , the revi
valist. In his younger days he did
missionary work inChicagoinvading
saloons-and distributing tracts in
divers places. One-Sunday morning
tracts-he entered Buck& Raynor ' s
drugstore. At the back of the store
sat an elderly and distinguished
citizen reading- morning paper.
Mr. Moody approached this gentle- \
man and threw oneof the temperance \
tractsupon the paper lefore him.
The old gentleman glanced at the
at Moody , asked : "Are yon a reform- \
ed drunkard ? " " \
"Then-why in thunder don't you j
reform ? " quietly asked the old ]
gentleman.Elmira Tidings. |
Opium in Society. * j
One-of the leading physicians o- j
the national capital recently re- j
marked that if a brand was to be ort s
the forehead of every woman who > I
used opium in some form society j
would go topieces. He attributes the |
this frightful condition of affairs to i
dissipated life led in Washington by i
the women of theupper tendon * . The
endless round of balls and receptions
is such a strain upon them that they _ J
must seek relief in some way. 'They fl |
begin by takinjr a soothLsg syrup , H
as a rule , to put them to sleep ( M
This , after a while , fails to. act ; the v * |
paregoric is resorted to. From this N * , ] M
it is only a step to pureopium and H
absolute ruin. Some people buy the H
crude gum and eat it regularly every . H
day , while others buy laudanum arid ; . ( H
drink it in quarter-ounce , half [ ounce | J M
potions. Then thereare Dover's. M
powers and morphine pills , both of |
which act rapidly , and especially the V
latter. The habit seems more of a 'B
disease than a vice , for the whole 11
nature of the victim undergoes a II
complete revolution , moral , mental f *
and physical. After a short time the *
victim will sacrifice honor , friends jjl
and family for tlw fatal drug. (1 (
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