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.AT LEAST A THOUSAND MEN
a Secretary of the Navy Herbert Complains -
plains That IIo Has Not Sailors
Enough to Man Ills New Ships-
News lutes from the Capital
Washington , June 8. It is becoming
- each day a more serious problem for
the navy department to man the new
: ships with the small number of sailors
allowed by law. In recent years there
I have been constant additions to the
new navy , but congress has not seen
fit to Increase in like proportion the
number of sailors allowed to man the
The modern ship , with its complex
: machinery and great size , requires more
men than the small sailing steamers of
the war period , yet with all the liberality -
ity which congress has shown in appropriating -
priating money for the construction of
new vessels it has failed to grasp the
importance of giving them effective
crews. Last year Secretary Herbert appealed -
pealed to the legislative branch of the
government to authorize the enlargement -
ment of the number of enlisted men by
2,000 , pointing to the number of ngw
ahlps that will be completed and turned
over to the navy in the course of a year
or two as the basis of his application.
' The appropriation committee , however ,
saw fit to cut this number down to 1,000
additional men. The battleships Maine
and Texas will be ready this summer
to go into commission. To man these
two ships about 700 men will be required -
quired , and as the Lancaster Is also to
go into service as a practice ship 300
men must be assigned to her. Thus the
entire additional 1,000 men allowed by
congress will be absorbed.
Meanwhile the big battleships Indi-
.ana , Oregon , Iowa and Massachusetts
-are rapidly approaching completion and
there will be no sailors to place on them
unless the department shall put out of
commission some other ships and trans-
fer their crews to the new vess is.
Changing the Tactics.
Washington , June 8.-General Ruger ,
since his arrival in Washington has
been devoting his entire timeto the
drill regulations and the manual of
arms , making the movements suitable
for the new gun which has been adopted -
ed for the use of the army. It has been
found that the important changes made
in the regulations necessitates generally -
ly a revision of the phraseology of the
entire tactics. It is expected that the
national guard will adopt the regulations -
tions as soon as they are promulgated
' by the war department. The guns used
by the army and the national guard
are different , but it is expected that
the regulations can be adopted to the
use of the latter without material
' changes ,
Civil Snrvico Examiners Basy :
Washington , June 8.-The examiners
of the civil service commission are very
i busy just now. There are about 2,000
sets of examination papers of all kinds
in the office to be marked , while from
5,000 to 6,000 more are expected in a few
days from the examinations held for
clerks and carriers all over the coun-
try. The office force consists of thirty
examiners but a number of these have
to be assigned to other work from time
to time , causing delays in finishing the
papers. The full force can mark from
800 to 1,000 papers per week , but at the
best the recent postofHce examinations
cannot all be marked up before August -
NotbiSettled at Washington.
Washington , June 8.-Secretaries
smith and Herbert did not attend to-
day's cabinet meeting. Up to noon no
definite information was obtainable
respecting cabinet appointments , save
that there would be no rearrangement
of the cabinet and that the only appointment -
pointment besides that of Attorney-
General Olney to be secretary of state
would be the selection of a successor
to the : tOtorn ey-general.
i WHEN THE WAR ENDED.
Important Decision Bearin ; on the Pen-
slon Rights of Soldiers.
WashingtonJune 8.-Another decision
has been rendered by Assistant Secretary -
tary Reynolds bearing on the question
of the date of the termination of the
civil war and the pensionable rights of
soldiers enlisting in 1565 and 1866. The
conclusion reached by Mr. Reynolds is
that in all these cases the question to
be ascertained is whether the enlistment -
ment of the soldiers was for service in
the war of the rebellion or for the regular -
ular army. If the former he is pension-
able and if the latter he is not.
The secretary holds that enlistments
in the loyal states after April 13 , 1565 ,
when recruiting ceased , will not be
deemed enlistments in or for the war
of the rebellion. In the other states ,
terrltories and the District of Columbia ,
June 1 , 1S65 , will be taken as the final
date , as enlistments then ceased in
these parts of the country , and July 1 ,
1565 , when the blockade of the southern
ports was raised , will be taken as the
Illnal date of war enlistments for the
Ordered Out of Town.
Tuskogee , Ala. , June S.-Twenty of
the most prominent citizens of this
place called on the Rev. Mr. Kelly , a
white man from Ohio , last evening ,
and informed him that his presence was
obnoxious , and that he must leave on
the first train or abide the conse-
quences. Kelly has been holding a protracted -
tracted meeting in the negro church
for the last ten days , eating , sleeping
and mingling with the negroes. He is
teaching and practicing social equality ,
which will never be submitted to here.
_ : _ .A Presidential Appointments.
Washington , June 8.-The President
has appointed William H. Pugh of Ohio
to be auditor of the treasury for the
navy department , to succeed C. B.
Morton of Maine , who was removed ,
and Edward A. Bowers of the district
stoner of the general land office , to be
assistant comptroller of the treasury ,
to succeed Mansur of Missouri , de-
American Warships for Hamburg.
Southampton , June 8.-The Ur lted
sates warships San Francisco and
Marblehead , have left this port for
. _ -.A- . . . . _ - - - - - - - - _ _ -
p. . ,
INDIANS CHARGE FRAUD.
Senator Allen IIold , a Council With the
Omahas and Winnebago. .
PENAER , Nob. , June 8.-United States
Senator Allen held a council with the
Omaha Indians at the Omaha agency.
The senator desired to personally inform -
form himself in regard to the controversy -
versy on both the Omaha and Winne-
bago reservations , which is menacing
the peace of this county. The great
subject of contention among the Oma-
has is in regard to the disposition of
their tribal lands , of which they have
about 50,000 acres. The different parties -
ties interested have told Senator Allen
many differentstories in regard to the
matter , each claiming the advice offered -
fered on the situation was for the best
interests of the red men.
The senator , in opening the council ,
said he carne to learn from their own
lips what they desired him to do in regard -
gard to the vast tract of Omaha tribal
lands now being used expressly for
pasturage purposes , and that their interests -
terests were to be considered alone in
the matter. Sinda-ha-ha , Big Elk ,
Oahaningu , Nebraska Simeon , Halto-
well and other prominent Omaha Indians -
ans spoke , and told the senator that
their people were unanimous in a desire -
sire for an immediate allotment in order
that they might handle their tribal
lands themselves , the same as other
American citizens handle their prop-
Another of the Indian orators said
he thought Contractor Farley had had
the pasture so long that he would be
tired of it by this time , but it seemed
that.he still wanted to hang on and
control it. The subject of the five
year lease on a 23,600 acre tract of
these lands to Farley was then brought
up fcr discussion. Two of the Omaha
councilmen , whose names are affixed to
the consent according to the requirements -
ments of law , said to Senator Alien in
the presence of Farley that they never
signed the paper at all , and all of the
councilmen present whose names are
attached to the five year lease said it
was interpreted to them as a one year
lease , and John Springer , one of the
most reliable Omahas , boldly asserted
to the senator that the present lease
for five years was fixed up without the
presence or consent or signature of any
of the Omahalndian councilmen.
The senator promised faithfully to
visit them again some time this
summer , as he could not give the time
today to hear what they had to say ,
having made an appointment with the
Winnebagos to be at their agency at 4
o'clock , for which point he started at
the conclusion of the interview.
AMERICA IS REMISS.
Our Consul-General at Shanghai , China ,
Makes a Report.
Washington , June 8.-Consul-Gen-
eral Jernigan at Shanghai , China , has
sent to the state department his observations -
vations upon the commerce between
Japan and China and Korea , which he
says will present new phases as a result -
sult of the termination of hostilities.
He says the competition among Japanese -
ese merchants for Korean trade is
vicious and has demoralized trade. Mr.
Jernigan calls attention to the fact that
there is not in China or Japan a banking
institution conducted by American cap-
many have banks in China and Japan ,
tal. Great Britain , France and Ger-
he says , and the merchants of these
countries are supported by the banking
institutions of their own countries and
they have been dividing the profits of
Asiatic commerce. American merchant -
chant in Asia are compelled to transact
their business through foreign banks.
Not many years ago the American interest -
terest was of first consideration at
Shanghai and American commerce
whitened Asiatic seas. Now other nations -
tions are pushing ahead , although geographically -
graphically the United States should
dominate and supply with the overpro-
ductions of their fertile fields the markets -
kets of Asia.
Politicians at Washington at Sea In the
Washington , June 8.-Secretary Hoke
Smith is not seriously considered by
politicians here as a possible successor -
ser to Attorney-General Olney. In
many quarters it is thought that Post-
master-General Wilson will be transferred -
ferred and a western man chosen for
postmaster-general. On this theory
Ben Cable of Illinois has been suggested
as a possibility. Eastern men assume
the President has abandoned the idea
of making any more transfers , and will
pick a New York lawyer to succeed
Olney. Don Dickinson has declined the
position of government director of the
Union Pacific railroad , and Coombs , the
Brooklyn congressman , has been put in
his place. This may mean that Dick
inson is to have the attorney-general-
ship after all.
Mysterious Indiana Murder.
Terre Haute , Ind. , June S.-The dead
body of Chauncey Pickerell of New
Goshen was found yesterday lying in a
pool of blood a mile and a half west of
this city. A revolver was found under
the man's left side. Papers and other
property of the dead man were scattered -
tered over a radius of twenty feet. A
pocketbook containing $8 was in his
pocket , besides a number of valuable
receipts. PIckerell was married a week
ago last Tuesday to Miss Lizzie Baird
at Vermillion , and on Saturday and
Sunday visited Mrs. Baird in this city.
Sunday night he drove from the city in
company with his wife. When he left
his home at New Goshen to return to
Terre Haute is not known. Police have
information that the dead man wa :
seen wita a stranger on the day of hiL
death , but this furnishes no clew. Pick-
erell , a few days after his marriage , had
his life insured for $2,000 payable to his
Loan Guaranteed by Russia.
London , June 8.-It is learned that the
Chinese 4 per cent loan of 16,000,000 ,
which has just been concluded by Paris
bankers , was guaranteed by Russia in
consequence of China's concessions to
Russia , enabling her to extend the Siberian -
berian railway into Manchuria.
British Steamer Ashore.
Queenstown , June 8.-The British
steamer Davaur is ashore on Briggs'
reef , this coast. Four hundred of her
passengers have been landed by the
coast guard. The steamer lies in an
easy position and will probably be
floated tW evening. - -
SIXTEEN TO ONE.
Illinois Democrats Make Known Their
Views on Sliver.
Springfield , Ill June 7.-Illinois Democrats -
ocrats fulfilled the utmost hopes of
free silver advocates in yesterday's
state convention. The convention declared -
clared for the free and unlimited coinage -
age of silver at a ratio of 16 to 1 and
the action of the state committee in
calling the state convention was in-
Secretary Hinrlchsen called the convention -
vention to order at noon , and the temporary -
porary organization , as given Tuesday ,
Judge Crawford , the temporary
chairman , made a short and vigorous
talk and then a recess of an hour was
After the intermission Judge McConnell -
nell was announced as the permanent
chairman of the convention. He was
seated with enthusiasm. His . speech
showed careful preparation and was listened -
tened to with attention.
General ' John A. McClernand , of
Springfield , was introduced and made
a few remarks , and then came the res-
olutions. They were read by ex-Con-
gressman Fithian , and were cheered.
They closed with an enthusiastic in-
dorsement of Governor Altgeld , and
this raised a discussion. Finally this
were withdrawn and the platform was
adopted. The delegates to the national -
tional monetary convention were then
announced , and the convention at 5:30'
p. m. adjourned sine die.
Besides the address of Secretary Hin- .
richsen in opening the convention Congressman -
gressman William J. Bryan of Omaha
addressed the delegates. After showing -
ing how , in his opinion , the coinage of
silver would be of benefit to the country -
try , he concluded : "If , as all admit ;
the money question is now the question
of supreme importance , it must follow
that the people will trust that party
with its settlement , which first fearlessly -
lessly espouses the truth. The Democratic -
cratic party must take its position upon
this question , and by the correctness of
that position will rise or fall. No coward -
ard , whether an Individual or party ,
can long retain the confidence of the
people. Not only is it necessary for the
Democratic party to take a position ,
but the sooner it defines the position the
greater will be its opportunities to win
success in 1596. "
Then Congressman Andy Hunter
spoke , and Governor Altgeld was on
motion invited to address the conven-
tion. His remarks were listened to with
close attention. He was enthusiastically -
ally received and when he closed the
convention gave him another ovation.
The chairman then introduced Richard
Michaelis of Chicago , editor of the
Frele Presse , as the representative of
the Germans. He was received with
applause. General John A. McClernand
was the next speaker. He was introduced -
duced as representing the old soldiers.
FOR ANATIONAL CONVENTION.
Resolutions Passed by Illinois Democrats -
crats at Springfield.
Springfield , Ill. , June 7.-The following -
ing resolutions were passed by the democrats -
ocrats of Illinois at their meeting Wednesday -
"WhereasThe demonetization of silver
has deprived the people of free use and
benefits of a valuable and original
money metal and has increased debts
and added to the burdens of the people
by lowering the value of labor and labor
products , and
"Whereas , The constitution of the
United States prohibits any state from
using anything but gold and silver coin
as a legal tender for the payment of
debts , thereby recognizing that coin
composed of silver or of gold is honest
money and fit to be used as legal tender ;
therefore , be it
"Resolved , By the democrats of I11I-
nois , in convention assembled , that we
are in favor of the use of both gold and
silver as the standard money of the
United States , and demand the free and
unlimited coinage of both metals at the
ratio of 16 to 1 , wIthout waiting for the
action of any other nation , and that
such coins shall be a legal tender for
all debts , both public and private , and
that all contracts hereafter executed for
the payment of money , whether in gold ,
silver , or coin , may be discharged by
any money which is by law legal tender.
"Resolved , That we hereby indorse
the action of the democratic state central -
tral committee In calling this convention -
tion , and we instruct the committee to
carry out the will of this convention as
expressed in its platform by inaugurating -
rating and carrying on a campaign of
education in this state and to thoroughly -
ly organize the democracy of the state
on the lines as laid down in the platform -
form of this convention.
"Resolved , That the democratic members -
bers of congress and members of the
senate from the state be and they are
hereby instructed to use all honorable
means to carry out the principles above
"Resolved. That we request the democratic -
cratic national committee to call a democratic -
ocratic national convention to consider
the money question not later than August -
gust , 1395 If the committee refuses to
call such a convention , then we Invite
the democratic state committees of
other states to take concurrent action
with the democratic state committee of
this state in calling such convention. "
The resolution indorsing the administration -
tration of Gov. Altgeld was , after much
sharp debate , stricken out.
will Keep Authorities busy.
Eddy , Colo. , June 7.-A contingent of
some forty horsemen passed through
Twenty Mile Park yesterday from Eg-
eria Park and Rock Creek bound for
the cattlemen's rendezvous in the Hayden -
den Bottoms. Provision wagons went
with them and prospects of a battle
seem imminent. A courier from Dunk ,
who has just joined the Egeria forces ,
says the entire population of Williams
Park has started across country for the
Elk Head rendezvous.
Chicago. June 7.-The drainage channel -
nel is not to be a ship canal. That
point was settled by the trustees of the
drainage district at an adjourned meeting -
ing yesterday afternoon. The board In-
structed'the president and clerk to sign
a contract with the Pennsylvania railroad -
road company by which the company ,
without condemnation proceedings , permits -
mits the trustees to dig the channel underneath -
derneath its four tracks at Campbell
avenue in consideration that they shall
erect for the tracks a permanent bridge
without draw or opening of any kind.
The contract makes no provision for
the substitution of a swing-bridge or
draw-bridge at aliy future time. - _
REMARKABLE TRANSFORMATION -
TION OF A NORTH CAROLINA -
Strange , but True , Story- from the Lum
ber Regions of a Southern State.
( From the Greenville , N. C. , Reflector. )
The following interview has just been
given our reporter by Mr. G. A. Baker ,
the overseer at the farm of Col. Isaac A.
Sugg of Greenville , N. C. It will interest -
est any one who has ever had typhoid
fever. Mr. Baker said in part :
"I was living in Beaufort county , and
on the 2d day of October , 1893 , I was
stricken down with typhoid fever. I
had the best physicians to attend me
and on the 15th day of January , 1894 , I
was allowed to get up. I was emaciated ,
weak and had no appetite. I could only
drag along for a short distance and
would be compelled to sit down and
rest , This continued for some time and
I began to give up hope of ever getting
well. I lost my position in Beaufort
county and having secured one in Pitt
county , clerking in a store , I undertook
it , but was so weak I could not do the
work and had to give it up. The disease
settled in my knees , legs and feet. I
was taking first one kind of medicine
and then another , but nothing did me
any good. I was mighty low-spirited.
I moved out to Col. Sugg's about four
or five months ago and commenced taking -
ing Dr. Williams' Pills. I took three a
day for about three months. I began to
regain my appetite in a week's time ,
and then my weakness began to disappear -
pear , and hope sprung up with a blessedness -
edness that is beyond all telling. At the
expiration of three months I was entirely -
ly cured and could take my ax and goin
the woods and do as good a day's work
as any man. I was troubled with dyspepsia -
pepsia and that has disappeared. It is
also a splendid tonic for weak people.
I say , Mr. Editor , God , bless Dr. Williams -
iams may he live for a long time , I
know he will go up yonder to reap his
reward. Tell everybody that asks you
about Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale
People that if they will cone to me I
can certainly satisfy them as to their
merits. I always carry a box of pills
with me and when ever I feel bad I take
We were forcibly struck with the
earnestness of Mr. Baker and his statements -
ments may be relied on.
Dr. Williams' Pink Pills contain in a
condensed form all the elements neces-
Fary to give new life and richness to the
blood and restore shattered nerves.
They are an unfailing specific for such
diseases as locomotor ataxia , partial
paralysis , St. Vitus' dance , sciatica , neuralgia -
ralgia , rheumatism , nervous healache ,
the after effects of la grippe , PofPftation
of the heart , pale and sallow cc iplex-
ions , all forms of weakness either in
male or female , and all diseases resulting -
ing from vitiated humors in the blood.
Pink Pills are sold by all dealers , or will
be sent postpaid on receipt of price , (50
cents a box , or six boxes for $3.50) ) by
addressing Dr. Williams' Medicine Co. ,
Schenectady , N. Y.
New Process of Extracting Gold.
Technical WorldA new process of
extracting gold from auriferous ores
has been devised by Mr. C. Lorsen. He
electrolyzes a solution of bromide of
potassium , and thereby obtains an
alkaline solution which contains hypo-
bromide and bromate , which is capable
of dissolving gold. The ore is treated
with an excess of this solution by rotat
ing cylinders. The solution is then
filtered , the gold precipitated by passage -
sage over a mixture of iron and coal ,
and the solution. which now contains
bromide of potassium mainly , is once
more electrolyzed and again used for
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More Cisit Than Knowledge.
Just previous to the big boom in oil ,
says the Pittsburg Dispatch , a gentleman -
man who knew the condition of affairs
and was certain that prices would go
away up , went to a friend , who had
more ready- cash than knowledge of
the world , and said : "Friend John ,
the price of oil is going to go up , so I
would advise you to buy ten thousand
barrels. " luv ; ten thousand barrels
of o:1 : ? " V IS the astonished replyof the
min adtiiessed , who looked up as if he
thoutht his friend was crazy , vliy I
tie.n't use a barrel in a year. "
A Mouth : Anton" the. Jiountaitts
en hers , and their : riends , too , for that
matter , w ho want information about the
. est , at so ute'.y the i est , way to reach lien-
ver at the timeo the National Educational
Arsocintlon mcetin _ nextJuty should write
to J. 1 raueis , Omaha , Seh. , for a copy
o a ; ittie I on recentv issued by the Pas-
ren.er L'e artinent of the Bnrliutun
koute ( B. tc M , IL R. )
it isemited 0LenverviatheBurington :
Route" and contain' ,2 razes of interesting
is ormation at out the mcetn : , the city of
i enver the state of Coorado : , sieial
trains , ti i.e : , . rate3 , Note s , side trils ,
a nia service. et
the look is tree. Send for it.
Crate ul content is a good sauce to serve
with any dinner.
The man who robs another cheats him-
If we had better sight everybody would
Le good .oo'.dni .
Facilities for Travelers.
The Nickel Plate road now offers
greater facilities to the traveling public -
lic than ever , the improved service having -
ing been inaugurated May 19th. No
change of cars between Chicago , New i
York and Boston in either direction.
Superb dining cars between Chicago
and Buffalo in both directions. Trains
leave Chicago S:05 a. m. daily , except
Sunday ; 1:30 and 9:20 p. m. daily for
Fort Wayne , Fostoria , Cleveland , Erie ,
Buffalo , New York and Boston ; 130 p.
m. train arrives New York 6:30 and
Boston 9 o'clock the following evening.
City ticket office , 111 Adams street. I
Tel. Main 389. Depot , Twelfth and Clark
streets. Tel. Harrison 200. - - -
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FOR D D GIRL'
ENTERTAINING SKETCHES FOR
Sayings of "Mother Shipton" in Verse-
Rare Postage Stamps-Catching a
Boa Constrictor-A Dolt Plant-A Very
Curious Bird-Boy Surgeon.
.tffKNOW A LITTLE
maiden , but
really , on my
You would sooner
think this person -
son was a Tee-
For no matter
what you say ,
If it's sad or if it's
This silly maiden
answers you with a "Tee-he-he. "
With a "Tee-he , tee-he , tee-he-he. "
She's quite a pretty little girl. with
bright and smiling eyes.
And , in some things , I understand that
she is very wise.
But though she knows her letters ,
No matter what her betters
Or her elders may remark to her , this
little maiden , she
Is sure to end her answers with a "Tee-
he-he , "
With a "Tee-he , tee-he , tee-he-he. "
If you tell her that your pocket is just
stuffed all full of toys ,
If you tell her that you've a headache
and she must not make any noise ,
If you tell her she's your pride ,
Or if you scold and chide ,
It is really the same to her as far as
I can see ,
For her answer is a giggle with a "Tee-
A "Tee-he , tee-he , tee-he-he. "
Old Mother Shipton's Sayings.
You have probably heard of Old
i tether Shipton and her prophesies written -
ten in rhyme. But if you haven't , here
.t fvQi. fltitfE GR -
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CbW.onhfi o JE 32
is a sample of her predictions about
things. These lines were first published
In England , in 1485 , before the discovery
of America , and before any of the discoveries -
coveries and inventions mentioned
therein. All the events predicted have
come to pass except that in the last two
Carriages without horses shall go ,
And accidents fill the world with woe.
Around the world thoughts shall fly
In the twinkling of an eye.
Waters shall yet more wonders do ,
Now strange , yet shall be true.
The world upside down shall be ,
And gold be found at root of tree.
Through hills man shall ride ,
And no horse or-ass shall be at his
Under water man shall walk ,
Shall tide , shall sleep , shall talk.
In the air men shall be seen
In white , in black , in green.
Iron in the water shall float
As easy as a wooden boat.
Gold shall be found 'mid stone ,
In a land that's now unknown.
Fire and water shall wonders do.
England shall at last admit a Jew.
And this world to an end shall come
In eighteen hundred and eighty-one.
Rare Postage Stamp' .
It may not be generally known that
Uncle Sam prints one postage stamp
that is not for sale , i. e. , the second-
class matter stamp. This stamp , newer
or cancelled , never passes out of the
hands of the postoflice officials. Postage
on periodicals Is prepaid by the pound ,
in cash , and the feceiving clerk cancels -
cels these stamps to the value of the
postage thus prepaid , and forwards the
cancelled stamps to the department as
The receipts of the government from
the sale of postage stamps for the quarter -
ter ending with March were the largest
in the history of the postal service ,
$19,405,571. Postal business is usually regarded -
garded as a reliable index of the condition -
dition of the business of the country ,
and this would indicate a general revival -
vival of business. When the panic of
1893 commenced the postal service receipts -
ceipts began to fall off almost immediately -
mediately , so that the officials now feel
justified in claiming that the upward
movement has set in.-Argus and
Catching a Boa Constrictor ,
To catch a boa constrictor is a very
difficult and dangerous task , says a man
who makes it his business to capture
gild animals and reptiles for menagerie
purposes. "Briefly , it is accomplished by
means of a labyrinthian tangle , embracing -
ing sixty square feet of ground. The
labyrinth is made by joining together ,
end on end , pieces of matting.
"This web is eight feet high , usually ,
and placed so that the opposing walls
will be two feet apart. All sorts of
criss-cross and diverging combinations
are made with the matting-It is supported -
ported here and there by stakes-mab-
ing , when it is set , a geometrical pusle
that might well challenge the ingenuity =
"The trap is baited with a live pig ,
which is placed in a pen in the center
of the labyrinth. By-and-bye along'
comes the boa constrictor. It Is easy
enough to get in. He scents the prey ; ,
he is very hungry ; the pig is devoured ;
and this is where the lioa constrictor
comes to grief.
"For hours he tries to relieve himself
from the tortuous passages which rise
about him , but finally he grows tired
and stretches himself out for a nap.
Then is our time. We enter the labyrinth
and catch him : = Yearson's Weekly.
A Doll Plant.
Little Elsie felt herself quite a gardener -
er as she walked across the lawn with
her new rake and watering-can.
"My garden will always look nice now ,
for I can rake it smooth with my new
rake , and I shall water it every evening -
ing , and then the seeds will all come up ,
and the flowers Will look fresh. "
And Elsie held up her head and looked
She had not gone far before she met
her brother Dick.
Ah , said he , you are going to do i
your garden. Have you any seed to f' '
"No , " said Elsie , "It is' not the right +
time. " '
"Doll seed may be sown at any time , "
said Dick , taking two large beans out
of his pocket. "Don't set them very deep.
and come out every morning and see if
they have come up. "
Dick was very fond of playing his sister -
ter tricks , though his mother told him It
was wrong to do so , and he laughed as
he saw Elsie going off with her beans
which she sat near some flower pots.
One morning Dick went oft to the garden -
den with a small paper parcel and hid
himself behind some bushes. Presently
Elsie came along , and when site looked
at her garden she spread out her hands
and said :
"Oh ! "
For close by the flowerpots lay a pret- '
ty little wax doll. She did not wait to
pick it up , but ran to the house , calling
"Mother , mother : my doll seed has
come up ! Come out and look ! "
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Her mother came , and when she sa. , Ii
DIck looking through the bushes she
"Oh , Dick , Dick , you have been playing - !
ing your sister another trick-Boston !
A Very Curionc Bird.
If a child was asked what 'ability a
bird had which was not possessed by
other creatures , he would probably reply -
ply , "the power to fly. " So a bird who
could not fly would seem to him a contradiction -
tradiction , yet there is such a bird , and
he is called the penguin , says the Boston -
The penguin does not fly , but he can
walk upon the land and swim in the
water. He swims in the water as a duck
does , and his pictures show him not unlike -
like a duck when swimming. But upon
the land he sits in a peculiar upright
position , with his queer little apologies
for wings tucked close to hip side. Penguins -
guins inhabit the southern seas and
assemble together by thousands , sitting
in stiff rows along the shore , or walking
in the strange upright position. The penguin -
guin subsists , as might he expected ,
upon fish , which he swallows whole. The
penguin makes no nest. The mother
lays but one egg at a time , and carries
this about with her under her absurd
little wing , or under her ] cg , as some
naturalists say. In this style she takes
good care of it until the baby penguin
appears , when both parents go out and
fish for his sustenance. With two
parents working for one child , the baby
penguin should be well provided for , and
he probably is. There are many varieties
of penguins , their habits and appearance
being very much alike. They are very
noisy birds , making a harsh , braying
sound. They are not afraid of men , and
show a disp . = ition to fight if molested.
These birds are about three feet high.
New Game Played by Et'tera Lad' .
A new game is now being played by
Empire state boys , and it is called
"Perry. " The game does not differ very
much from the old one known as
"Chasing the Fox. " Perry is played fa
this way : The boys assemble at snni
convenient corner , and one of their ntnt-
ber is called Perry , after the noted traln-
robber. The boys form a circle around /
Ferry- and grasp hands. Perry breaks
through the circle , which is called Mat-
teaw an , and the other boys are supposed -
posed to remain at Matteawan , without
releasing hands for one minute. The
boys style themselves as prison keepers , ,
and the head keeper , who Is a part of
the ring , announces when the minute
has expired. The next thing is to find
and capture Perry. C
In the strength of the endeavor ,
In the temper of the giver ,
In the lover of the lover ,
Lies the hidden recompense. i
. _ . - -Emerson. . '
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