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THE 8WEET, SAD YEARS.
Tho sweet, sad years, the Bun, the rain,
Alas, too quickly did they wane!
For each some boon.some blessing bore;
Of smiles unil tears each had its store.
Its checkered lot of bliss and pain.
Although it Idle be and vain.
Yet cannot I the wisli restrain
That I had held them everisora,
Thu sweet, sad years!
Liko echo of an old refrain
That long within the mind has lain.
I keep repeating o’er and o’er.
“Nothing can e'er the past restore;
Nothing bring back the years again.
The sweet, sail years."
-Kev. Charles D. EeU.
Working on Mountain Tops.
Sonto practical facts are furnished by
the experience of tho workmen engaged
hi the construction of tho new Central
railway over the main range of moun
tains in Peru. The lino starts from
Lima, in latitude 12 degs. The summit
tunnel of this line at Galeriu is at the
height of 15.645 feet, or a little under
the height of Mont Blanc, but it must
be remembered that the climatic condi
tions aro very different and more un
favorable in Peru than in Europe.
Mr. E. Lane, the engineer in chief
finds that tho workmen up to an altitude
of 8,000 to 10.000 feet do about the same
relative quantity of work as at sea level,
provided they have been inured to the
height or brought np in tho country. At
12,000 feet the amount of work deterio
rates, and at 14.000 to 10,000 a full third
has to be deducted from tho amount that
the samo man could perform at sea level.
Mnles and horses are found to do about
the same efficient work proportionately
as human beings up to about 17.000 feet
in the district.—Nineteenth Century
Remarks About Snow.
The snow was particularly light and
fluffy, and it settled on the sidewalks
like fine goose feathers. The janitor of
a certain flat is a son of Ham. built like
a Hercules. The janitor of the next flat
is a son of Erin. The two recognize no
color line, and are great friends. Before
the sun they rose to clear the sidewalks
of tho snow ero it should be trampled
down by pedestrians. Both wero equipped
with snow shovels.
“By golly. Pat.” shouted tho herculean
son of Ham, after he had been working
for a few minutes, “dis yar snow am so
feadery dat snovelin it ain’t no good no
how. ’Minds me of pushing fog."
“Well, begorra.” replied Pat, without
looldug up from his work, "get a fau
and fau it off.”—Now York Times.
Dig Salvage in New York Harbor.
In 1889 the City of New York, on her
first voyage to this port, ran ashore off
Sandy Hook. A leading wrecking com
pany of this city took a score of lighters’
down to take off her cargo so that she
might be floated. A number of tugs
aided in the work
The wrecking company put in a claim
for salvage and was awarded $75,000
Including the compensation to the tugs
which worked with the wrecking com
pany the total amount of salvage award
ed was over $100,000.—New York Even
Ills Retort Courteous.
A well known New Yorker, famous
for his bon mots, was asked by a friend
upon returning from Boston recently if
ho had renewed his acquaintance with a
certain lady well known for fler im
pressive style and blue stoekingish qual
“No,” he replied with a smile. “She
invited mo one evening to ‘meet some
minds at tea.’but 1 had an engagement—
to meet some stomachs at dinner—at the
St. Botolph club, and so 1 had to forego
the pleasure.”—New York Herald.
The Smallest Painting.
Erobably the smallest painting ever
made was the work of the wife of a
Flemish artist. It depicted a mill with
the sails bent, the miller mounting the
stairs with a sack of grain ou his back.
Upon the terrace where the mill stood
was a cart and horse, and in the road
leading to it several peasants were shown.
The picture was beautifully finished,
and every object was very distinct, yet
it was so amazingly small that its sur
face could be covered with a grain of
corn.—New York Press.
Working in Great Altitudes.
Owing to the absence of malaria the
percentage of efficient labor at the great
est elevation is a very high one. Men
coming from the coast are not found
capable of doing efficient work for abont
two weeks on an average, when taken to
high elevations. The capacity gradually
increases and reaches its maximum in a
few weeks or months, according to the
constitution of the individual.—Nine
The Egyptians and Romans.
The Egyptians and the Romans among
ancient nations present characteristic
examples of inequality in the develop
ment of the different elements of their
civilization, and even of the different
branches of which each of these ele
ments is composed.—Popular Science
We are told by Livy that when Hanni
bal had vanquished the Romans in the
battle of CanuiP two women, seeing their
sons whom they had supposed dead re
turn in good health, died immediately
from excessive joy.
Lenity’ will operate with greater force
in some instances than rigor. It is there- j
fore my first wish to have my wholo
conduct distinguished by it.—Washing
In public house signs three seems to
play an important part, such signs as
“Three Bells,” “Three Jolly Sailors.”
“Three Bears.” etc., being often used.
A fast peuman will write at the rate
of thirty words a minute, which means
that in an hour’s steady writing be has
drawn his pen along a space of :i00 yards
The Chinese women, who have coarse
hard hair, though beautiful, use a curi
one mixture of honey and Hour to cleanse
and soften it.
NEW YORK’S POSTAL SERVICE.
Interesting Facts About the Growth of the
The fair of the postoffico employees was
an incentive to resuscitate ancl revivify
every postal article obtainable that was
quaint, ancient, and antique, even to an
exhibit of a picture of the building used
for the first postoffice. In connection
with this might have been mentioned the
fact that it was in 102:1. nino years after
the construction of the first fort at tin
southern end of Manhattan Island, that
the first postoffice saw its beginning.
Previous to this, masters of vessels
bringing letters from domestic and for
eign ports brought them on shore and
left them at a coffee house, where the
merchants, the burghers and the loung
ers met to discuss the topics of the day.
Hero the letters were deposited in a
rack, where they might be obtained by
the persons to whom they were ad
In 1660, when New Amsterdam con
sisted of straggling groups of one story
houses with peaked roofs and gable ends
fronting the street, and when the city
extended no farther north than Wall
street, there was the town winding near
the Battery, and the government house
stood in Water street, near Whitehall.
It was in this year that the letter carrier
first appeared—the lounger who carried
the mail to the merchant or burgher. It
was not until 1692, however, that the
first city postoffice was established, near
Bowling green, the postmaster being
In 1710 the British postmaster general
established the general postoffico in this
city and ordered that all mails coming
by vessels should be sent there. A year
later post routes between New York and
Boston and New York and Albany were
established, and the mails were carried
on horseback twice a month. In 1740 a
similar route was established between
New York and Philadelphia.
In 1753 Benjamin Franklin was ap
pointed postmaster general of the col
onies. Alexander Colden soon after
ward succeeded Richard Nichel as post
master of the city, which office lie held
until the beginning of the Revolution,
when the postoffice was abolished by the
British officials and remained closed for
William Bedlow, after whom Bedlow’s
island was named, was the first post
master appointed after the war, and in
1786 he was succeeded by Sebastian Bnr
num, at which time the postal revenue
was $2,7S9, and the city directory con
tained 920 names only.—New York Trib
Hound to Say Something.
Among other anecdotes cf university
life Dean Hole tells of an occasion when
there was some doubt as to tho locality
of a city mentioned in a Greek text, and
the lecturer addressed a youth who had
just come up from the famous Shrews
bury school."Now, Mr. Bentley, you are
a pupil of our great geographer. Dr. But
ler. the Atlas of our age, who carries tho
world not on his shoulders, but in his
head, and you can probably enlighten us
as to the position of this ancient town.”
“I believe, sir.” was the prompt reply,
"that modern travelers are of the opnn
ion that the city ought to bo placed about
ten miles to tlio southeast of the spot
it now occupies on our map.”
After receiving respectful thanks for
his information, the informer told Dean
Hole as they left the lecture room that
he had never heard of the venerable city
before, but that for the honor of Shrews
bury and the reputation of Dr. Butler
ho felt himself bound to say something.
Mr. Iiement’g Cabinet of Minerals.
The largest and richest private cabinet
of minerals in America is said to be that
of Mr. Clarence L. Bement, of Philadel
phia. His collection fills nearly a whole
floor of his large house, which is lighted
with special reference to seeing his treas
ures to advantage, and none of the pub
lic museums have specimens of a size,
beauty and perfection to surpass those
that he has been patiently gathering for
the past twenty years or more. The
leading dealers in this country have
standing orders to send him the best of
what comes to them, and they willingly
do so, for he is prompt and liberal in his
payments, being a gentleman not only of
of enthusiasm, but of ample fortune.
What he does not take is sent to the
British mnsenm as the second best buy
er. While it is difficult to set a price on
a scientific collection, it is said by those
who should know that Mr. Bement’a
cabinet is worth at least $125,000.—New
The Old Way.
Mr. Halloran, an up river pilot of ce
lebrity, who was studying the lower
Mississippi river, told niethat herein- -n
bered when it was the custom for tho
mates to hit lazy negroes on the head
with a billet of wood “and knock them
stiff.” The other negroes used to laugh,
presumably as tho sad faced man laugh
ed when tho photographer clapped a pis
tol to his head and said, “Smile, or I’ll
shoot you.” When the felled negro came
to the others would say, “Lep up quick
an git to work, nigger; do mate’s a-com
ing.” They do not urge tho help with
cordwood now—so the mate of the Prov
idence told me—because the negroes get
out warrants and delay the boat.—Ju
lian Ralph in Harper’s.
No Longer an Experiment.
The kindergarten is no longer an ex
periment. It is not now on the defen
sive. either on its educational or on its
philanthropic side. It is rather for those
who ignoiantly oppose the kindergarten
to show cause for their opposition in the
face of the almost unanimous approval
of experts and the enthusiastic indorse
ment of all that part of the general pub
lic who have had the opportunity of be
coming familiar with its methods and
Invention Succeeds Invention.
The new hook and eye that are pe
culiar because tho hook has a hump in
it have been succeeded by a hook that is
peculiar for two humps between which
the eye is held in place. Thus rapidly
does invention succeed invention in this
land of novelties.—New York Sun.
COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENTS OF
GIRLS IN TWO CITIES.
The California Young Malden Is Claimed
to He Nearer 1’erfect us to Fo'/m Thun
Her Sister in New York — Interesting
Comparisons us to Feet.
A sculptor's ideal of beauty is evolved
on mathematical principles. A perfect
woman is 7 or 7* or 8 heads tall: her
shoulders aro two heads wide; her legs
are 3J to 8f heads long: her waist is 3
heads in circumference. But the sizo of
heads varies in women who are equally
perfect in shape: the head of the Venus
de Medici is nearly ono-eiglith less in pro
portion than that of the Venus of Milo or
the Cnidian Venus of Praxiteles, which
■was esteemed by the ancients the most
perfect statue in existence. The Medici
Venus is a slim, slender girl, whose pro
portions resemble the statues of Psyche.
Living reproductions of her are more
frequently seen in New York than here.
There fell into The Argonaut’s posses
sion a list of measurements of the pro
portions of a young lady of San Fran
cisco, who is looked upon as being beau
tiful and having a fine figure—in short,
a typical California girl. With these we
have compared a similar ground plan of
a New York girl which we secured at
the time Professor Sargent was collect
ing statistics concerning the young
women in eastern seminaries; likewise
the measurements of Ballow’s well
known ideal beauty. They compare as
van- new liiii
fornia York Iow’h
It. In. Ft. In. Ft. In.
Height.5 6% 5 5% 5 «
Length of head. 8*4 8 8%
Circumference of bust.. 35 30K» 32
Circumference of hips.. 35 30 32
Circumference of waist. 24 1V% 213
Circumference of neck. 12% 12% 13
Width of shoulders. 17% 15% lt%
Tho weights of the first and the last
are between 130 and 135 pounds, v.-lale
the New York girl weighs about 120.
Polycletos, an old Greek sculptor from
Licyon. left rules governing the relative
proportions of the female frame. He
said that twice the thumb was once
round the wrist, which it is not, unlesd
the thumb is unusually largo and the
wrist unusually slender; that twice the
wrist is the size of the neck, which is
about the case in a well proportioned
woman: that twice the neck is once
round the waist, which is about so. But
he also says that the hand and foot and
face should all be of the same length,
which is very rarely the case, and that
the body should be sis times tho length
of the foot, which would limit most
men, whose feet average ten inches in
length, to a stature of five feet. The
gentleman from Licyon is evidently not
a trustworthy guide.
Referring to the above table, it will be
observed that the waist of the New
Yorker is much smaller than that of the
other two. Tho fashion of small waists
is the rage in the east, and the desired
result is obtained by tight lacing, which
is carried to such an extent that the
physiognomist is lost in amazement as
to where the lady has bestowed her vital
organs. No statue in existence exhibits
such a disproportion between the waist
and those portions of the trunk which
lie above and below it. The compression
of the girth is a mere fashionable fad
which good taste must condemn. Our
California girl wears a 24-incli corset,
which might easily bo reduced to a 23
inch if the wearer saw fit to sacrifice
comfort to eastern fashion. There are
belles in New York who are not satisfied
till they ^ave squeezed themselves into a
17-inch corset. Such persons, it would
seem, would havo enjoyed the Scottish
The bust and hips should, in a perfect
ly formed woman, be exactly the same
in circumference. They are so in Bal
low’s ideal, in the Venus of Milo, in the
Cnidian Venus and in the California
girl. In the New Yorker the circum
ference of the bust is half an inch
greater than that of the hips, which is
probably the work of art, not nature.
Ballow does not give the dimensions
of his ideal’s feet or hands. He merely
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is rather vague. The rule among sculp
tors is that the foot should measure one
head, which is unsatisfactory, as some
large women have small heads, and somo
small women large heads.
The female foot is probably smaller in
New York society than here, for the sim
ple reason that it has less to carry. Shoe
makers say here that they sell more 4
and 44 shoes than any others, but many
ladies in society buy 34, 3, and even 24
shoes. The knights of St. Crispin do
not believe in the sculptor's rule about
feet. They say that small feet, like large
wits, are a gift from heaven, and may
be found attached to persons of any di
mensions. Everybody has observed that
there is no necessary connection between
the hands and the figure; that some slim
girls have large bands, and some girls
with opulent figures small liands and
Take all the measurements together,
and the conclusion is forced that the
Californian girl more closely resembles
the Cuidian Venus than the Venus of
Medici, and that a representative Cali
fornian statue should be cast after a
study of that masterpiece as well as of
the Venus of Milo and the Venus Calli
pyge.—San Francisco Argonaut.
Tli« Worthy Novel.
The novel that is worthy of the name,
and which is calculated to render a
broader service than the pecuniary com
pensation of its author, is the one which
takes the problems of life as they present
themselves to us all, and by the example
of the characters portrayed teaches us
the way to their proper solution; that
presents us with types of manly and i
womanly character that may inspire tho
reader to emulation of their excellences,
and that i6 withal a natural, helpful, ■
concrete story of a life of lives. Such a
novel is worth all the literary freak3 j
that ever have been or ever will be pro- j
WING WINDS A CLOCK.
An Ingenious Contrivance of on Inventor
The <iarr.» do Nord, Brussels, has lieen
fitted with a mechanical wonder in the
shape of a clock, which, although con
stantly exposed to all kinds of weather,
never gets out of repair, nor does it need
to bo wound by tho hand of man. It is
a perpetual timekeeper of tho most unique
and original design, the ginning weight
being kept in constant motion either
through tho influence of gravitation, as
when on the descending trip, or by the
wind’s action on a fan attachment which
causes tho weight to riso to a level with
the top of the framework. The winding
attachment is not a windmill of the reg
ulation type. Imt is a fan placed in a
common chimney, the paddles being act
ed upon by tho natural "up cast’’ or
As soon as this fan has raised the
"running weight” to its extrenio height,
the cord to which the weight is attached
acts on a wheel which throws a brake
into gear, and the more rounds of cord
that ure added, so much more strongly
does the brake act to prevent tho weight
from rising any higher, tho cheeking
tendency being transmitted to the fan
wheel with every revolution.
A simple pawl arrangement prevents
the down draft from exerting any con
trary influence on the fan wheel. There
is not. as one might suppose on first
thought, any necessity of having a tire
in tho stove or fireplace of tho chimney
to which this odd clock is attached.
Tho natural tendency of air is to ascend
through sucli vents, the draft thus cre
ated being always sufficient for weight
winding purposes. The clock might be
placed at the top of a hollow treo with a
bottom opening, or any other cylinder
from fifteen to twenty-live feet in height.
With its present attachments this
clock runs but twenty-four hours after
tho winding l'an stops, but by tho addi
tion of another wheel or two, might be
made to run a month or two even though
the up draft were not sufficiently strong
to turn tho winding wheel in tho mean
time Tho inventor is a native of Bel
gium.—St. Louis Republic.
The Marriage Tie.
Said a brilliant woman, whom not one
of the relined coterie who heard her
thought of calling ••immoral:” "At eight
een 1 married, of my own foolish will, a
man of fifty, who adored me. At twenty
1 had learned that it would bo a sin to
waste my full young life—tho only life 1
could know this side of tho grave—iu so
monstrous a union ELe was a good
man. and. according to his lights, a model
husband. 1 could not but respect him,
but wo had not one emotion in common.
Wo were wholly incompatible in feeling,
sentiment, in nature. Upon this ground,
and this alone. 1 obtained a divorce.”
Tear away sentimental verbiage and
this woman’s case stands thus: Her hus
band's ideas and tastes were not, to her
apprehension, favorable to the develop
ment of what, she sketched as the life
she ought to lead. Her individual hap
piness outranked all other considera
tions in her mind. The marriage vow,
uttered of her own free will, because
she then fancied that she was forward
ing her selfish interests by tho union, be
came a rope of sand when inclination
veered to another quarter.—Marion Har
land in Harper’s Bazar.
A Prize Paslly Won.
A set of topers were carousing in the
Old Boar, and relieved tho monotony by
cracking jokes and telling funny stories.
After an interval cf rest one of their
number sprang to his feet and shouted:
"I’ll give ten bottles of wino to tho
man who shall most closely imitate the
voice of any animal.”
The offer was accepted, and there waa
a neighing, a croaking, a grunting, a
quacking, a howling and a growling fit
to deafen the hearers. Tho last man
then stood in the ring, and—did nothing.
After five minutes’ silence he perceived
that his companions were growing im
patient, when ho quietly remarked:
“There, gentlemen, that wa3 tho voice
of a fish I”
General hilarity. Ho won the wine.
When the war closed there were about
000 negroes owned by the Creek Indians.
When they were free the Indians at
tempted to drive them out of the terri
tory. The government wouldn’t permit
it, but made them citizens of tho Creek
nation and clothed them with all the
rights and privileges of a full blood.
The Indians were compelled to accept
this state of affairs. For awhile they
badly treated their black skinned broth
ers. heaping all sorts of indignities upon
them, which wero borne with patient
fortitude. When tho lands wero divided
the government gave them a pro rata
share. They have increased in popula
tion. now numbering about 2,000, raised
respectable families and are doing well.
—New York Advertiser.
The Origin of an Expression.
Mr. McElroy tells this: A few years
ago some one defined a Mugwump to be
“a person who is educated beyond his
intellect.’’ Tho remark was credited te
several leading New Yorkers. But one
day, in reading Matthew Arnold's essay
“On Translating Homer” I came across
this sentence: “Tho late Duke of Well
ington said of a certain peer that ‘it
was a great pity his education had been
so far too much for hisabilities.’ ’’—New
Looking for Gold.
Mr, R. T. Imbrie. of Washington conn
ty. Or., found a piece of pure gold about
the size of a pea in the gizzard of one of
his chickens. Ho is now on a still hunt
for the feeding grounds of that particu
lar chicken, and is thinking of assaying
tho entire barnyard company.—New
It Wouldn't Pay.
The North Carolina boy who went out
to shoot birdswith a gun made of a
brass tubo shot himself of course. And
we don’t know that we are even sorry
for his parents. It would not pay to
raiso such a fool.—Buffalo Express.
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