The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, March 09, 1894, Image 3
THE LION PATH. I dare not— Look—the road Is very dark— The trees stir softly, and the boalurn shake; The long grass rustles, and the darkness moves Hem—there—beyond—— There’s something crept across the road Just now! And you would have me go? Qo there—through that live darkness hideous With stir of crouching forms that wait to kill? Ah, look! See there—end there—end there again— went yellow glassy eyes close to the ground! Ixwkl Now the clouds ere lighter, I can see The long, slow lashing of the sinewy tails And the set quiver of strong JaA that wait. Qo there? Not II Who dares to go who eeee So perfectly the Hone in the path? Oomea one who dares. Afraid at first, yet bound On each high errands aa no fear could stay. Forth goes he, with the lions in his path. And then He dared a death of agony— Outnumbered battle with the king of beasts; Long struggle In the horror of the night; Dared and went forth to meet—O ye who fear I Finding an empty road and nothing there— A wide, bare common road, with homely fields And fences and the dusty roadside trees— Some spitting kittens maybe in the grass. —Charlotte Perkins Stetson in Boston Wom an’s Journal. Saved by a Qypey. An incident of the Aostro-Prnssian war of 18M was told by the Archduke Joeeph to a party of friends. The story is told as follows in the Nene Pester Journal: On our retreat before the ad vance of the Prussian army, said the archduke, we camped in the neighbor hood of a Bohemian town. I was lodged in a peasant's cottage, when about mid night I heard the sentry challenging some newcomer. My adjutant entered and reported that a gypsy wanted to see me in private. A soldier (a gypsy) en tered, and on my asking what was the matter he told me that the enemy was approaching to surprise us. “The outpoets have not heard any thing suspicions,” I said. “No, your highness, because the enemy is still a long way off.” “But how do yon know this?" I asked. “Come to the window, your highness,” answered the man. “Do yon see those birds flying over the wood toward the south?” “Yes, I see them. What then?” “What then? Do not birds sleep as well as men? They cer tainly would not fly abont if they were not disturbed. The enemy is marching through the wood and has frightened all those birds.” “Very well, my lad.- Yon can go.” I at once ordered the outposts to be re-en forced and the camp to be alarmed. An hour later the outposts were fighting with the enemy, and our camp was only saved by the keen observation of a sim ple gypsy._ A Philadelphia Incident. The easy and comfortable attitudes as sumed by most men riding in street cars have frequently been a source of irrita tion to women, and one feminine pas senger had the courage to publicly con demn the practice. A Sixteenth street car was scudding np town with many masculine passengers and one woman, who sat in an upper corner and whose physiognomy stamped her as a school ma’am. Another woman entered the car at Poplar street, and finding no vacant seat was proceeding to grasp a strap when the voice of the scboolma’am piped out, “If these men would put their legs to gether, there would be plenty of room!” A dead silence was followed by a stealthy shifting of' nether limbs until sufficient red cushion was visible to accommodate the standing passenger.—Philadelphia Record. __ Their Titles. Shakespeare has been a mine of wealth to authors in choosing titles to their books. Tersely descriptive are “The Quality of Mercy,” “A Woman’s Rea son,” “A Modem Instance,” “The Un discovered Country,” which W. D. How ells found in the great dramatist. Mrs. Oliphant remembered her Shakespeare when she named one of her novels “The Primrose Path.” Mr. Hardy must have been reading “As You Like It” when he called his book “Under the Greenwood Tree.” Other writers have taken “Airy, Fairy Lillian,” “A Daughter of the Gods” and “The Heir of the Ages” as ti tles from Tennyson.—Journal of Educa tion. An Infelicitous Speech. “Why,'you’re looking better already, Sir Ronald!” “Yes, thanks to your delightful hos pitality, I’ve had everything my doctor ordered me—‘fresh air, good food, agree able society and cheerful conversation that involves no strain on theintellect.’ ” —Harper’s Magazine. A Inst Resort. Little Boy—I want you to write me an excuse for being late to school yes terday. Jeweler—Eh? Yon are not my son. Little Boy—N-o, but mamma says I had plenty of time to get to school, so I gness the clock you sold her doesn’t go right—Good News. In early times what is now Ireland was called Scotia, and its inhabitants were known as Scoti, or Scots. A branch of this Scotic stock invading north Britain ultimately gave its name to all of what is now Scotland. Golf is spoken, it seems, withont sound ing the “L" English folk call it “gowf,” and if we import the game it is only proper that we should import the pro nunciation. It is a very laiy man who will not take the trouble to reverse his cigar when he finds that he has pnt the lighted end of it by mistake into his mouth. A square copper coin struck by the Swedish government in the sixteenth century is nearly one-half inch thick and weighs a pound and a quarter. A Parisian lady wean bell shoes with tiny watches set in the insteps. Presum ably this enables her to keep time with her feet __ India has.60,000,000 at Mohammedans —a larger dumber than are found in the entire Turkish empire. HOW THE WORLD WILL END. •ur Planet Will Die lfot by Accident, but ■ Natural Death. According to ail probability, notwith standing all the circumstances which threaten it, onr planet will die not of an accident, bnt a natural death. That death will be the consequence of the extinction of the sun in 20,000,000 years or more— perhaps 80,000,000—since its condensa tion at a relatively moderate rate will give -t, on one hand, 17,000,000 years of existence, while on the other hand the inevitable fall of meteors into the son | may doable this number. Even if yon suppose the duration of the sun to be pro longed to 40,000,000 years, it is still in contestable that the radiation from the snn cools it and that the temperature of all bodies tends to an equilibrium. The day will come when the snn will be ex tinct. Then the earth and all the other planets of onr system will cease to be the abode of life. They will be erased from the great book and will revolve, black oemeteries, around an extinguished sun. Will these planets continue, to exist even then? Yes, probably in the case of Jupiter and perhaps Saturn. No, be yond a donbt, for the small bodies, such as the earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the moon. Already the moon appears to have preceded us toward the final des ert. Mars is much farther advanced than the earth toward the same destiny. Ve nus, younger than ns, will doubtless sur vive us. These little worlds lose their elements of vitality much faster than the sun loees its heat. From century to century, from year to year, from day to day, from hour to hour, the surface of the earth is transformed. On the one hand, the continents are crumbling away and becoming covered by the sea, which insensibly and by very slow degrees tends to invade and submerge the en tire globe. On the other hand, the amount of water on the surface of the globe is diminishing. A careful and reasonable calculation shows that by the action of erosure alone all the land on our planet will be covered by water in 10,000,000 years.—Camille Flammarion in Astronomie. Dynamos. There exists a general and deeply root ed idea that direct current dynamos of ▼ery high potential are not at all prac tical. The actnal historical and prac tical facts are that the high potential di rect current machines were more exten sively and successfully operated when the dynamo first came into general use about 1880 than any other type, either direct or alternate. Furthermore, their number and size have largely increased, and the voltage at which they can be practically worked has been steadily raised until we now have 60 light dyna mos as the standard size of large ma chines, generating about 3,000 volts and 10 amperes. Arc dynamos of 90 light capacity are also regularly made by several manu facturers, and 120 or even 125 light ma chines are built and used. I happen to know of one station where there are four arc dynamos rated at 125 lights each which run every night with a load of from 100 to 105 lights. These machines must generate about 5,000 volts each. No great practical or other difficulty is found in operating arc machines, except that of danger to persons, but this is merely due to the high potential and does not depend very much upon the type of machine or character of current.—Gas Bier’s Magazine. He Dost His Case. “Judge Emerson, one of the most elo quent men Illinois ever produced, was once taken down completely in a speech at Decatur,” said E. F. Layman, an at torney of Chicago. “He had a case in which there were some peculiarly pa thetic circumstances, the rights of a young girl whose property had been squandered and who was reduced to des titution being involved. Judge Emerson made the most of it, and as he closed his speech a solemn hush had fallen over the courtroom. “Tears stood in the eyes of the jurors, and even the judge coughed sympathet ically and hid his head behind the trial docket. His opponent, whose name I have now forgotten, saw that the spell had to be broken in some way, or his case was lost. Arising slowly to his feet, and in a voice of deep solemnity, and with slow deliberation, he said, ‘Gentlemen of the jury, let us continue these solemn exercises by singing the one hundred and fifteenth psalm.’ A roar of laughter followed from the audience, and Judge Emerson lost his case.” A Little Learning. We have been often told that “a little learning is a dangerous thing,” and we may be just as well assured that a little bread is not the safest of all things. It wonld be far better to have plenty of both, bnt the sophism of those who use this argument is that they represent the choice between little and much, whereas onr election must be made between little and none at all. If the choice is to be made between a small portion of infor mation or of food and absolute igno rance or starvation, common sense gives its decision in the homely proverb, “Half a loaf is better than no bread.”—New York Ledger. The Oldest Dressmaker’s Bill. Most likely the oldest dressmaker’s bill in the world has been discovered on a Chaldean tablet, dating 8800 B. C. It has an entry of “98 pure vestments for the priests.” Among the items are “10 white robes of the temple, eight robes of the house of his lady, 10 collars of the house of his lady, 10 pair of gold col lars, two white robes and four scented robes.” Also “two winders,” probably scarfs for binding about the waist.— Philadelphia Ledger. It Depends. “Papa,” said Johnny, who has recent ly joined a debating society, “is it cor rect to say 'The noes hasit,’ or ‘The noes have it?” “It depends, my son, on whether yon are talking about a vote or about a cold fat the head.”—London. Punch. I HER ATONEMENT. i _ Pathetic storr of a Wealthy Woman’* Theft, Confemion and Restitution. I beard a little story today that makes it seem conscience, Christianity and self abasement are something more than mere words, after all, and it is so nice, too, to bear such a story of a distress ingly rich woman. The heroine—and she is a genuine heroine—none other conld do as she did—is the wife of a magnate .whose wealth is inestimable, whose income is incalculable. She lives in one of the most gorgeous mansions of the metropolis and is famed for her piety and charity. But she was not al ways rich—indeed she once was actual ly poor. When she was a girl at board ing school, she had probably less pock et money than any of her classmates. One time a collection was taken up among the girls for a most worthy and needy object. Our young heroine longed to help, and she was so ashamed not to be able. A schoolgirl’s pride is a dis torted, disproportionate sentiment any how. , So, in a moment of temptation and weakness, she stole $5 from her chum, who was the richest girl in school. The latter, with the happy careless ness of a petted child, who has more than She wants, never even missed the money at all. The end of the term came, and the girls all went home. The rich girl never returned. She became lost to the ken of her former schoolmates— all save one, who remembered her with agonizing and conscience quickened dis tinctness. Finally, in the course of many years, our poor heroine had become the wife of one of America’s richest men, and one day she heard that the girl she had never relinquished the search for was poor, ill and a widow, with little chil dren. She hunted her up, invited her to come to dinner, and without telling her invited also 20 of the friends whose friendship and esteem she most valued, among them her paBtor. After dinner, to every one’s amaze ment, she had every servant summoned to the drawing room. There, before her most cherished friends and her paid Subordinates, she confessed her petty pilfering of 80 years before and ended her confession simply, “But I will pay back the money tonight. ” There wasn’t a dry eye in that stately drawing room when she finished, but only very few who listened to her self abasement knew that the widowed friend took home f 1, 000 for the pilfered $5, and besides a promise of education and subsequent care for her three little children. Don’t you think my heroine had in her the spirit of the early martyrs—or, indeed, I believe it a higher type of soul? God bless her!—Mollie Knickerbock er in New York Recorder. PREHISTORIC REMAINS. The Skeleton of Another Tall Man Recent ly Discovered Near Mentone. Fresh discoveries of human remains, probably prehistoric, were found this 'week on the Italian frontier near Men tone. Two years ago the skeleton of a man more than S feet high was unearth ed at the same spot under the direction of an English archaeologist. Workmen in a cave recently uncovered several slabs of stone which seemed to form a part of a dolmen. The earth contained many bones of animals, broken evi dently, for the extraction of the mar row, and there were indications of fire close by. Several small, pierced shells which once formed a chaplet and a row of stag’s teeth were near at hand. The skeleton of a man 6 feet 2 inches in height was lying on its back. The legs were crossed below the knee. The right arm was extended and bent back ward toward the head. The hand was clinched. The left hand was placed under the head. The same position has been frequently observed in early neo lithic burials. A fine crystal of carbon ate of lime beside the skeleton was prob ably a talisman. Further excavations in the cavern revealed innumerable bones of animals, notably a fine verte bras of a mammoth. Still another find is a flint implement, which appears to be of palaeolithic age.—Paris Letter. To Be Tried For Mailing Bible Quotations. A case of unusual interest in which the United States is prosecutor and An thony Beerpass is defendant will be tried soon in the United States court. Beerpass was violently enamored of Ce lia Qrasaby. In a fit of anger and jeal ousy the lover wrote Celia a very ob jectionable letter. The girl promptly turned the letter over to the proper au thorities, and Beerpass was arrested for sending obscene matter through tbe mails. He acknowledged sending the letter, but claims be cannot be made to Buffer for it, as every sentence in it is |a quotation from the Bible, which he readily proved. The defendant says that, as the Bible is mailable matter, he had a perfect right to nse the mails for transmitting a few quotations from it. —Trimble (Tenn.) Correspondent. Incidental Marriage. There was no fuss and flummery about the wedding cf a Portland wom an last month. She bad a job washing doors at the city hall, and one morning appeared with her pails and mops as usual. Along in the forenoon she sur prised the janitor by announcing that she was going out for a few minutes to get married, and in just 45 minutes she jwas back, the ceremony all over, tbe nuptial kiss duly attended to, and re sumed her scrubbing. She probably ap preciated the fact that sometimes it is 'easier to get husbands than employ ment.—Lewiston Journal. j - Changes In the French Language. 5 The French academy has announced that 1,200 changes have been made in [the French language. Among others is the uniform formation of the plural j—e. g., materiaux will become mate riels, voix will be vois. The ph will give way to f, as in philoaophie, mak ing it filosofie. These alterations, it is said, are to go into into force immedi ately.—Journal of Education. > - -- A ROYAL KID. Bulgaria Went Wild With Joy One the ▼UH of the Baby Frlaoe. A man of 64 yean and a boy of as many bonn are the two meet conspicu ous figures in Earope today. One, it is feared, must soon close one of the moat remarkable public careers of this or any other age. The other, born in a palace,' may some day sit upon a rather shaky throne. All Europe has smiled indul gently over the extravagant welcome with which Prince Ferdinand and his subjects received the wee bit of human ity at Sofia. The royal youngster must think this world an awful humbug. Before he had a chance to enjoy his first meal he was frightened half to death by the firing of 101 cannon under his window. He had hardly donned his swaddling clothes before he was con demned to be “Bearer of the Collar of the Order of 8t. Alexander.” The poor child would have howled in protest, but the royal decree informed him that as the chief of three regiments of infan try, cavalry and artillery no such weak ness would be tolerated. Some ordina ry infant indulgences might be permit ted him .as prince and duke, but as a full fledged “Knight of the First and Fourth Class Military Order of Valor” be must preserve the stern dignity of his rank. It was a hard week for him. In the first place, the palace yard was thronged night and day by his singing, dancing, affectionate subjects. His royal daddy, in spite of the nurse’s protests, persisted in dangling him at a window several times a day, to the frantic delight of the cheering crowds. The whole prin cipality took a week’s holiday, and the rejoicing was so spontaneous and unre strained that the nation found the spec tacle a welcome relief from the solemn croakings about war.—New York Sun’s London Letter. THE NICKEL STEEL GUN. — Interest at the Government Ordnance Shops Over the New Method of Assembling. The force at the Washington ordnance ehopa has nearly completed the assem bling of the first nickel steel gnn for the navy, and the result is awaited with in terest. The ordnance officers have been engaged some time in the construction of a furnace for beating the tube of this gun, which is of 8 inch caliber. The furnace will apply the heat to the gun in a horizontal instead of in a per pendicular position. The jacket, the piece of metal which fits over the base of the tube and gives it greater strength, will be forced over the tube while the latter is kept beyond the expanding in fluences of the heat by the constant ap plication of a stream of water. The delay in assembling the gun, the forgings of which have been ready for some time, has been caused by the dif ficulty in securing a pyrometer, a deli cate instrument for registering the fear ful heat of the furnace. This instru ment has been received, and everything is ready for the assembling of the guD. There is naturally much interest among ordnance experts over the result of the new system of patting great guns to gether, for, if the proposed method is a snccess, it will take the place of the old way, which required a good deal of shifting of heavy weights and the use of a shrinking pit. There is also much interest in the trial of the nickel steel gnn. It is ex pected that it will prove stronger and of longer life than the simple steel gun.— Washington Star. Died While the Doctors Quarreled. Here is the latest episode of Parisian life. The cold weather of late has been rather severe on the simian population of the gay capital, and it was keenly felt by Maurice, the orang-outang of the Jardian d’Acclimatation. When Maurice fell ill, it was decided by the managers of the Jardin that inasmuch as Maurice possessed far more resem blance to a man than to an animal, a regnlar doctor should be summoned, and accordingly the services of a physi cian were invoked. On his arrival how ever, the doctor declared that, as the patient occupied an intermediary place between the quadramanes and the hu manes, its treatment should devolve upon a veterinary surgeon, who, how ever, hesitated to assume the re sponsibility on the ground that Mau rice was more human than beast. While the discussion was in progress between the two medicos the monkey died.—Boston Herald. An Archbishop on Suicides. The archbishop of Canterbury, at a church convocation the other day, en tered a strong protest against the grow ing tendency to what is called “cod dling suicides. ” He protested against the conventional verdict of temporary insanity in order to grant a Christian burial. In spite of the repugnance to speak ill of the dead, suicide is becoming too prevalent, and a healthier public sentiment against it should be encouraged. He urged that newspaper headings, instead of being “Romantic,” “Pathetic,” “Interest ing,” should be “ Revolting Self Mur der.”—London Exchange. Wants a Convict Wife. Warden Weyler recently received at the penitentiary a letter in which the writer asked “if there is a young girl in your prison the age of 16 or 17, 18 or 20 years who can be taken out by marrying.” The writer asked an an swer and signed the name of John Mob ley, adding the names of his father and mother and the information that he was born in Wilson, N. C. No address was given to which an answer to the letter might be sent.—Baltimore Sun. Prescott Peculiarities. Things are being run with a rather high hand in not the best localities in Prescott. The kicking in of doors and the seising against their wishes and dragging around of women by men loaded down with six shooters is bound to result in bloodshed.—Prescott (A. T.) Courier. NIAGARA NOW IN HARNE8& I The GmM Xiftrlmmt Enr Made la j Electricity b Belas Pat to Teet. At last Niagara faila hava been har nessed, and the dream of engineers for years has been realised. One of the greatest engineering enterprises ever undertaken in this country and by far the greatest experiment ever made in electricity has been put to the test to decide whether $4,000,000 have been ponred into a hole in- the ground or whether this enm has been planted in frnitfnl soil to bring forth a hundred fold. The object of the company which un dertook the stupendous task is to catch the immense power of the fearful on rush of water of the great river and turn it to utilitarian pnrpoeea. If the water which rushes down the penstocks 140 feet tarns the wheels below and sends back np to the surface 6,000 horse power from each wheel, the day is not far distant when every wheel in New York west of the Hudson river shall be turned with power from the falls, and a mighty current shall be transmitted probably as far west as Chicago, and it may be as far south as Baltimore. The tunnel, through which 500,000 cubic feet of water will flow each min ute when it is used to itB full capacity, is a gloomy place. It is 31 feet high and is horseshoe shaped, being 18 feet 10 inches wide at the widest part and 14 feet 5 inches at the bottom. Since Oct. 4, 1890, when N. B. Oaakell, who was then president of the Cataract Con struction company, dug the firBt spade ful of earth for the tunnel, 17 men have been killed in the tunnel, 8 in the wheel pit and 2 in the work outside. While the tunnel was being dug some 1,500 men were kept busy, and the payrolls ran as high as $69,000 in one month. Dr. Coleman Sellers of Philadelphia has had charge of the work dnring all the late years of its progress and super vised the great test, of which the tele graphic reports in the press have given ample account. The realization of what was once a scientific day dream will add new luster to the glowing achieve ments of the closing nineteenth century. —Philadelphia Press. STATESMEN’S ECCENTRICITIES. Kate Field Says Our Senators Would Bo Bolt Without Trousers Pockets. “Do yon prefer side or slant or top pockets in yonr tronsers?” “I don’t care, I’m sure. All I want is pockets that I can get my hands in to.” This was the conversation I overheard the other day between a tailor and his customer, and I was reminded of it an hour later as I looked down upon the Boor of the senate chamber and watch ed our grave and reverend lawmakers going through their work. In the mid dle aisle, carrying on a triangular de bate, were Senator Proctor and Senator Gorman, each with his left hand in hiB trousers pocket, and Senator Allison with both hands similarly incased. They were presently joined by Senator Brice, who had his right hand pocket ed, while Senator Lindsay strode from the Democratic over to the Republican side, with both his bands in hia pock ets, almost running into Senator Lodge, who was carrying his in the same way. I could not help thinking of the old story of Daniel Webster and the button on his jacket, which he always used to twirl while making his best recitations in school. It is said that a little girl who had long stood neat to him in bis spelling class, and who was ambitious to pass him, contrived one day to snip off this button, and at the neat recita tion, when Daniel felt for it and found it missing, he was so overcome that he missed the world put to him, and his clever rival went to the head of the class. Suppose some malicious person, bent on destroying the comfort and dig nity of the senate, should contrive to have the trousers pockets of all the sen ators sewed up over night, what would become of American oratory and legis lation the neat day?—Kate Field’s Washington. Picture Owners Getting Tirotl. The owners of works of art not only in England, hot throughout Europe, complain of the injustice of the increas ing demands for the loan of their treas ures for international, national and lo cal exhibitions, says a New York Son correspondent. The pictures just re turned from Chicago are wanted imme diately for Vienna and then for Ant werp. English owners are openly talk ing of refusing. To refuse to lend seems churlish, however, and might prove damaging to the reputation, not merely of individual artists, but of the British school. On the other hand, if the own ers lend whenever they are asked they never have possession of their own pic tures. The Royal academy will prob ably soon consider the dilemma. Buddhism In Paris. A fresh propaganda of Buddhism is being undertaken in Paris, says a corre spondent. It is asserted that 30,000 Pa risians now profess the ancient religion. Many well known women describe them selves as eclectic Buddhists. A little volume gives a summary of the doc trines of the new creed. It has just been printed, and large numbers have been bought by wealthy neopbyte3 and will be distributed next week among all classes. The converts are not expected to desert the churches of which they are members. The copies of the bock have been bound in black morocco, gild ed to resemble prayer books. Her Faith Led to Heath. Mr3. William Seidentopf died Satur day from tbe effects of a dose of poison, which she spread on a piece of bread and then deliberately ate. Mrs. Seidec topf was a Christian science believer, and it is thought that she ate the poi son to prove her faith. Even after the agony resultant from the action of the poison baa began, she refused to allow a doctor to be called- and was beyond hope of saving when one was summon ed.—Council Bluffs (la.) Dispatch. DEATH THROUGH A KISS. While Careening HU Grandchild the Old Man Inhaled a Hair Which Killed Hlaa. It was a joyous company of young, middle aged and aged peoplo who con gregated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Larkin in SasqnebanDa, Pa. They met in honor of the fiftieth wed ding anniversary of their host and host ess, who bad passed their allotted three score years and ten and were still in the enjoyment of perfect health. Several sweet faced, laughing grand children were present to contribnte their share of sunshine to the occasion. Little 5-year-old Mary Edwards, with her bright bine eyes and light tresses, was there. After kissing her grand mother affectionately she sprang upon her grandfather’s lap, exclaiming, “Grandpa, I have lots of kisses and a bear hng for you.” Then the old man pressed tho sweet’ face of his favorite grandchild to his, fervently remarking: “God bless you, Mary. No company would be complote without you. You are the embodiment of sunshine itself, and I trust you will grow to be a noble woman.” “Tell me how much you love me, grandpa, ” said the child, “and then I will give you the kisses and the bear hng.” “I cannot tell yon how much I love yon, child,” answered the old man, “but I can assure you it is a big lot.” Then Grandfather Larkin imprinted kiss after kiss upon the ruby cheeks, arid the child, delighted at tho mani festation of affection, returned the com pliment, and then, throwing her little arms about the old man’s neck, gave the promised “bear bug.” She then crawled down from grandpa’s lap and busied herself for a time among others of the company. An hour later, and just before the joyous party were about to partake of dinner, tho same little Mary approached her grandfather, re marking, “Grandpa, I want to give you one more kiss before dinner, and then I want you to sit by me at the table. ’ ’ The old man smiled and lifted the little girl in his arms. Two minutes later he felt a tickling sensation in hiH throat and realized that in retarding the last kiss a hair had caught in his month and been sucked into his wind P‘FD This immediately produced hard fits of coughing, and before relief could bo obtained a blood vessel was ruptured, • and death resulted instantly. Consternation reigned for a time, and the aged partner of the unfortunate sep tuagenarian, overcome with grief, fell in a swoon. She rallied an hour later, but it is thonght her great grief will cause her death in a short time.—New York Herald. NOW A DESERTED VILLAGE. Virginia City, Nev., Once Gay and Prosper ous, Rapidly Falling to Ruing. *‘A poet could write on ‘The Desert ed Village’ with Virginia City as a sub ject and surpass Goldsmith’s immortal production on the same topic,” said E. L. Hearne of San Francisco to a Globe Democrat man. ‘‘The first time that 1 was ever there the population of Vir ginia City was greater than that of tho entire state now. Everything ran wide open. Magnificent hotels and opera halls, palatial residences, stores that would have done credit to New York, millionaires who spent money freely, maintaining a society that for brillian cy and gayety could not bo equaled in the United States. I was there a short time ago. The Hotels and opera bouses are closed, the residences empty, the stores removed to other and more pros perous places. Dwellings that cost hun dreds of thousands of dollars are given over to the bats, and the broken panes of glass, the shutters hanging upon a single bingo or flapping in the wind, give a grewsome sense of loneliness. In years to come it will afford magnifi cent spectacles of ruins, and even now in some sections of the town there is a sense to tho beholder of being in a city of the past. Millions were made and lost, and the history of Virginia City would be one of the most thrilling sto ries ever written. ”—St. Louis Globe Democrat. Savages la Modern War. It was curious to see the effect of the seven pounder and hotchkiss sheila upon the Matabeles when they were re treating. On the shell bursting among them we could see through our glasses the Matebelcs turn round and firo at the place where the shell had burst, think ing it was some diabolical agency of the white man. From information we re ceived after this fight we learned that the enemy had intended attacking us at 10 o’clock the previous night, but ow ing to the rocket having been sent up to recall Captain Borrow they were afraid to do 60, thinking that we were holding communion with our gods by shooting at the stars and bringing them down.—London Telegraph. A Fatal Blunder. Blunders that are literally worse than crimes are not uncommon. Such a one was committed in 1886 by a New York druggist, who, by potting up the wrong prescription, caused the death of two girls named Holtz by morphine poison ing. But the consequences of the ter rible mistake did not end there. The betrothed of one of the girls. Dr. Low enthal, whose prescription wa3 misread, went insane. And now their father, Christian Holtz, has died abroad, where he retired, broken hearted, as soon as ho could close up his large business inter ests in New York.—Rochester Horald. Boston h Crowded Tenement*. In tho most crowded pieeinct of Bos ton, the recent tenement house census found the average number of persons in a house to be 17.81, and the average number of persons in a room 1.63. In the most instances, the average number of persons to a room was «.30, but in all Boston there were found but 65G persons occupy tenements in which tbo average number to a room was three or over.—Boston Com:- mwoaltlj.