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AS EVERY LADDIE DOES.
Oh , when I was a tiny lad I wandered in
a wood ,
Qo ? look for fairies or for flowers , as every
U f only got my fingers stung by things that
creep and buzz ;
t learned to look for them instead , as
\ ) every laddie does.
I sought Ihe pretty fairy folk in all the
( Where nothing but the busy bees im-
proved the shining hours.
"I found a little caterpillar hanging by a
I put him in a buttercup and took him
I caught some minnows in u pool , and
thought myself si man ,
Because I found that I could fish , as every
I got my father's pocket knife its blade
was red with rust
A.nd cut my name on many a tree , as every
I made a sturdy walking stick , to climb
the highest hill.
And whittled till the- knife was blunt , as
every laddie will.
I owned a treasury of things that I had
round or caught ,
And changed them oft for better ones , as
every laddie ought.
I had a little pnggy dog , and pets of
many kinds ,
sou'e they diiMi , and some got lost ,
: is ovorv laddie h'nds.
I covered a pony and a gun to shoot the
A pony is n beauteous beast , as every
'What most I loved wore fireworks and all
that lights and burns ,
But these soiiH'tinu'S arc treacherous , as
every laddie learns.
IMy coats grew shorter in the sleeves , my
slippers crushed ray toes ,
But such things always smaller seem as
every laddie grows.
ELIX LABARDIE had been a
V F < Franc-tireur in the great war of
I" - - 1870 , and I liked nothing better
In the than to sit and listen to
evening L1KU1 IU J5iL 111VI IIOIUII tJ
iis stories of the terrible time when
France lay gasping and bleeding.
One evening we had been silently
smoking for some time when lie said ,
"Did I ever tell 3-011. monsieur , how I
fell into the hands of the Germans and
out again ?
"Xo. " I said. "I thought the Germans
shot all the guerrillas they caught. "
"They let me go free , monsieur , " he
said , with a grim laugh. "It may seem
incredible , monsieur , but Jeanne 3-011-
der hold the life of royalt3T on her finl
ger tips. "
y "I should like veiy much to hear the
fr story. " I said.
"fortainly. monsieur , and if monsieur
thinks what was done was wrong ho
must excuse a woman in love.
"After Sedan , monsieur , a meeting
was called in our village , and thirty of
us enrolled ourselves as a company of
Francs-tireurs. We felt we could do
more for France as irregulars than
serving under incompetent generals.
"Wo were well armed , and a brave and
r skillful old veteran commanded us. As
the Germans were in force around
IMetz we inarched in that direction and
made our headquarters in the hills be-
liind a village called Pency , about
three leagues from the fortress. It was
in Pency .leanne lived , and from the
first moment I saw her , monsieur , I
said to myself.'If fortune is kind , Felix , '
111 at girl shall be your wife. ' Her fath
er was the miller of Penc'3 % and the ac
cursed Uhlans had almost ruined him.
( They were very bitter against the in-
. vaders. and 1113 * profession made me
find favor in her eyes. Before we had
l > een at Penoy a month wo had plight '
ed our troth , on the understanding that
we should not marry until France was
rid of the eneni3 %
"Small as our band was , we made
ourselves a terror to the marauding
Uhlans , thanks to the generalship of
old Montbon. Jeanne was invaluable
to us. She was all 03-05 and ears , and
ilontbon failed her the 'head of the in
telligence department' of our band. I
used to meet her every evening , when
it was possible , in a little cave I had
'discovered , which , having no outlets ,
was proof against surprise.
"We stayed three months at Pency ,
and then the place became too hot for
us , and we prepared to leave for a vil
lage some leagues to the south. I fell
into the hands of the Bavarians the it
very evening before we were to leave
"Jeanne declares to this day , and I
believe rightly , that I was betrayed b3 *
a villager , a 3roung follow named
Odoau , who believed the Virgin had in
tended Jeanne for his wife , and who
was even savage when she refused
him. But be that as it 111.13 % monsieur.
I was seized at dusk that evening as
I was on ni3r way to meet Jeanne , and
was taken so completely -by-surprise
that I had not the least chance of de
fending myself or trying to escape , and.
worse than all , was taken with the
rifle In my hand.
" 'You are an assassin , ' said the stout
little officer in command in barbarous
French. 'You shall be shot. Where are
your companions ? '
"But I profqssed not to understand.
I was afraid of being shot on the spot. to
There was much of the executioner
and little of the judge in those days ,
"Much to my relief , my arms were
bound behind me , and we set out for
the hamlet where the Crown Prince
Frederick had his headquarters.
"As fortune would have it , Jeanne
met us on the road. Monsieur would
suppose .that Jeanne is a quiet little he
woman , but monsfeur has not seen her
thoroughly aroused. She was roused
then , monsieur. She flung herself on
J me and tried to release me. Then she
I seized the bayonet of a Bavarian , and
I if I had not begged her for my sake
to be calm she would have fought the
whole party single-handed. Then she
fell to beseeching them , for she could
speak German well , but they only
laughed at her and drove her off with
foul words. My heart was like lead
then , monsieur. But I did not know
"I was taken before the prince's
adjutant , who promised me liberty if I
would betray my compatriots. But I
feigned stupidity , and when he found
that I Avould tell nothing he ordered mete
to be shot at five the next morning.
'We give you till then , ' he said , 'to find
your tongue. You'll be dumb enough
after. ' And he laughed.
"I was bound like a log. monsieur ,
and thrown into a hut and brutally
kicked. My thoughts were not pleasant
all this time. I lay thinking of Jeanne ,
whom I should never see again , pictur
ing that , woman-like , she would go
home and weep in her helplessness and
despair. But I did not know her then.
She was working for me with all the
energy and wit of'a woman. Jeanne ,
Jeanne , ma petite , come here. "
Jeanne came to the door.
"Come and tell monsieur how 3011
saved me , ma petite. "
A blush overspread Jeanne's features.
"What , that foolish story again ? "
"Certainly not foolish , " I interposed.
"I should deem it a kindness if 3011
would oblige me. "
"If monsieur wishes it , and monsieur
Avill allow me , I will get 1113' knitting. "
"Certainly , " I said.
"WhenI saw'him carried off , " Jeanne
began as soon as she was seated , "I
was in despair , for I knew what his
fate would be. And then the good
Virgin put an idea into m3 * head , and I
prayed to her to give me strength and
cunning to cany it out. There had been
a sharp fight a week before , and I
knew Jacques Pellet had possessed
himself of some Gorman uniforms that
he had taken from the dead. So I de
manded them from him and threatened
him till he produced them. A sous lieu
tenant's uniform fitted me nice v , and
after cutting off 1113' hair and conceal
ing a pistol and dagger in my tunic I
hurried away. I crept along cautiously
when I ueared the enemy's lines , for
my plan was to get through the sen
tries without being challenged. When
I heard the pickets I dropped on the
ground and crawled like a snake. And
3et I was nearly caught. A German
oflicer was loaning against a tree , and
I almost touched him. I lay still with
out breathing audibly for a long time
how long I cannot sa3 * until he
moved away. Then , once inside the
lines , I rose up and hastened to the
prince's headquarters. I prayed for
courage and then walked up to the
door. I trembled so that I could hardl3 *
speak. Fortunately the oflicer did not
observe 1113 * agitation.
" 'Take me to his highness instantly , '
I said in 1113 * best German. 'Important
" 'Who from ? ' he began.
" 'To his highness instantly , ' I said
boldl3 % but 1113 * knees shook under me.
"He looked at me closely in the dim
light , and I felt ready to faint. Then
without a word he took me to the
prince's room. 'Important dispatches , '
he said , knocking and showing me in.
" 'From whom ? ' asked the prince.
" 'In private , 111.13it please 3-0111- high
ness , ' I stammered , but feeling that I
would not leave without Felix's life or
another for it.
" 'Retire and leave us , Haupe , ' said
the prince , and the officer , closing the
door behind him , obeyed.
" 'And now , ' said the prince kiiidl3 * .
'You look pale and ill , sir. What is
your name ? ' 1
"The key was in the door , and I
turned it swiftly. 'And now. ' I said , '
pulling out my pistol and pointing it
full at his face my hand did not even
tremble at that supreme moment
'your highness , ' I said rapidly , 'if 3'ou
call out. 3'ou are a dead man. '
"Ah , he was a German , but he was
so bravo , so brave ! He did not even
wince , but he looked straight into 1113 *
O3es and smiled.
" 'Ah , ' he said lightly , 'a stratagem !
Who are you , and what do 3011 want ? '
" 'Monsieur le prince , ' I said , 'I am
the daughter of the miller of Pcnc3 * .
M3 * lover , Felix Labardie , was taken
b3 * your men to-night as a Franc-tireur.
If he is not already dead , he Is con
demned. I want his life or you lose
yours , monsieur. '
" 'A woman ! ' he said. 'Well done , '
and he smiled , and the pistol almost
dropped from my hand with the pity of
till I thought of Felix. 'I know noth
ing of this , 1113 * good woman. Xo , but
sta3 * . Here are some papers Elberfeld
has left for me to sign. Ah , here it is.
Felix Labardie , peasant , taken with
arms. To be shot at 5 a. m. '
" 'lie shall not die , 30111highness , or'
I could not threaten him with words ,
but 1113 * pistol was steady.
" 'But he is an assassin. '
" 'Xo , ' I cried , 'ho is a soldier , though
he docs not wear the uniform. Imagine , I.
your highness , ' I said , 'if I should have
dared so much for a murderer. ' a
" 'But he has fought as a Franc-
tireur , not as a soldier. '
" -What of that ? And if he had not
fouirht for France in her hour I would
mine. 'Threats do not move me , but
you are a brave woman. '
"And then my courage left me , mon
sieur , and I dropped the pistol and
flung myself sobbing at his feet and
beseeched and entreated him. And he
raised me , monsieur , and made me
drink wine and tell him all the stoiy.
Ah , but he was brave , and a true gen
tleman ! And when I told him all he
said , 'He shall be pardoned , ' add-
Ing I w.ith a smile , 'Such a devoted wom
an must not go husbandless. And then
j I ] fell to weeping again , monsieur , and
kiseti 1 his hand and tried to thank him.
And he took me to Felix , and he was
released. I flung myself on Felix and
cut his bonds myself , and we thanked
the 1 prince together. We women don't
find l out if men are worth it till after
ward , monsieur , " with a sly look at her
husband. ] "Three dnys later an orderly
came with a bracelet from his high
ness , and on it was engraved , 'To a
brave 1 and devoted Frenchwoman. ' See ,
I wear it still.
A.li , monsieur , we wept when that
noble prince died , and the great doctor
could not save him. We sent a wreath ,
and I presumed to write to the empress.
She is a wortli3 * daughter of 3our
queen , monsieur. She sent me a letter
written with her own hand. She was
worthy of that true and brave gentlerj
man , her husband. " Waverley.
HOW BOOKS ARE BOUND.
A. Simple Description of This Useful
and Interesting : Process.
Bookbinding has been practiced for
centuries. Maii3 * years previous to the
invention of printing the loaves of missals -
sals and other manuscripts were preserved -
served by being fastened together and
. , . . . .
- * *
inclosed in covers of wood , sheepskin ,
etc. Often the covers were richlj * orna
mented with gold , silver and jewels.
Some of these volumes are still to be
of the old world.
cm bookbinding "forwarding" and
"finishing" and in each of these de
partments there are various sub-divi
sions. Forwarding comprises what is
really necessary for the preservation
of books : finishing is simply embellish
The first operation in bookbinding is
to fold the sheets by means of a thin
piece of ivory called a folder ; machin
ery has been used with much success
in folding. The object is to bring the
pages together in regular order.
After being folded , the sheets are
gathered and collated to the numbers ,
1 , 2 , 3 , etc. , that are placed at the foot
of the outside page of the folded sec
tions. These numbers are called sig
natures. The book is then made solid
b3' being placed in a hydraulic press , or
under some other pressure , such as the
nature and the size of the book m i3' re
The next process is to saw indenta
tions in the back of the book , prepara
tory to sewing. This is accomplished
1)3' passing the back of the book or
sheets over rapidly revolving circular
saws. The book is then sewed on a
frame called a sewing bench , each
sheet being attached b3r a thread to
cords across the back.
When removed from the sewing bench
the book receives its "Avastc papers , II
or blank loaves. Then it is trimmed
b3 * being cut on the edges with a knife
aparatus. The edges are either left
white or are colored b3 * being sprinkled
with color thrown on with a brush.
"Marbled" edges are made b3 * dipping
the edges of the leaves in colors that
float on the surface of gum water.
The "comb edge" is made by draw
ing a comb through the colors on the
surface of the gum water before the
book is dipped. If the book is to have
a gilt edge , it is placed in a press and
a coating of red color applied ; the
edges are then sized with white of egg ,
gold leaf is laid over the sizing , and
after it has dried thoroughly the gold
leaf is burnished with agate or blood
A coating of glue is then applied to
the back of the book , after which it is
backed b3 * means of a machine that
gives roundness to the back and pre
pares it for the cover. The cover is
made by boards , cut larger than the
leaves of the book , over which the out
side material , such as cloth , leather ,
'etc. , is fastened with glue , space
enough being left between the two
boards to fit the back of the book.
After the cover is dried , the embel
lishment is done b3 * stamping the desir
ed letters or design in gold , black or
colors. The cover being thus finished ,
the back of the book is fitted into it
and glued , the blank pages are pasted
to the inside of the cover and the book
is placed in a press to remain until dry ,
from which it comes ready for the pub
lic. Phiadelphia Times.
About Tobacco. V
Wise people do not condemn tobacco
when used in moderation. Prof. Hux- SJ
103- said : "Smoking is a comfortable Ci
and laudable practice , is productive of
good , and there is no more harm in a
pipe of tobacco than in a cup of tea. "
The late Rev. C. H. Spurgeon , at the
end of one of his sermons , said : "I in-
tenri to smoke a cigar to the glory of a.
God before I go to bed to-night , for I
have found intense pain relieved , a
weary brain soothed and calm , refresh-
ing sleep obtained b3' a cigar. " Bishop
Burnett remarked : "I always smoke
while I write : " and Bishop Fletcher
said , "I smother 1113 * cares in tobacco. "
Lord Clarendon avowed : "Xo man In
Europe loves a good smoke better than
. " Lord Broughham declared : "I cer
tainly derive the greatest benefit from
pipe of tobacco. " Thackera3 * com
mended tobacco as "one of the greatest
comforts of my life a kind compan
ion , a gentle stimulant , an amiable
anodyne , a cemeuter of friendship. "
Bulk and. Weight of Snow. ho
A cubic foot of newly fallen snow
weighs live and a half pounds , and
has twelve times the bulk of equal to
weight of water.
A wife certainly has no cause for
complaint if her husband doesn't love
her any more providing he doesu't
love her any less.
Xo one has ever been able to explain E
why bald-headed men have their hair
cut of teuer than other men.
Proposed Minnesota I/aw.
Under the present laws it is almost
nn impossibility in Minnesota to build
macadam roads on account of the ex
pense it would impose upon the prop
erty owners along the improved roads.
Xot only do the existing laws stand in
the way of constructing permanent
good roads , but also render it impossi
ble in the less populous counties to
keep such roads as there are in repair.
To keep a road in good condition re
quires constant care and intelligent
supervision. Under the present S3rs-
tern of allowing the farmers to pay
their road tax in labor a great amount
of time and effort are expended once
a year in making repairs which are
jfteu unnecessary or made in the
wrong place , and at all events undone
by the first storm , and the road is per-
mittcd to go from bad to worse until
the next season for working out road
taxes conies around.
The system of paying taxes by labor
is ineffective , and consequently ex
travagant. Data of the good roads advocates
vocates show that it costs less to keep
roads in perfect repair when the taxes
are paid in money and competent supervisors -
per/visors arc hired than it does to
keep them in a semi-passable condition
under the labor law. Slight repairs
made when needed cost little and avoid
the necessity of an extensive outlay of
time and money later.
The proposed amendment modeled
after the Xew Jersey law , which has
proved to be highly satisfactory , makes
provision for a State road and bridge
fund , and for a State highway commis-
mission. which shall have general su
pervision of the expenditure of the
money in the road and bridge fund.
The commissioners serve without com
pensation. The State contributes , not
to exceed one-third , to the building of
any road , and the work is done under
the direction of the local authorities.
The State does not undertake to build
any roads , but to assist the different lo
calities. The State board shall approve
the plans of a proposed road before
any aid is given to its construction. A
tax of one-twentieth of a mill may be
levied for the fund. Xo county shall
receive less than one-half of 1 per cent ,
nor more than 3 per cent , of the amount
expended by the State in any one year.
The proposed law will do away with
the present wasteful and unsatisfac
tory method of maintaining the coun
try highways and substitute a rational
and economical system of paying for
the work necessary and having it per
formed under competent supervision.
It will take from the farmers the burden -
den of building the improved roads and
distribute the expense 'so that the
cities will pay their share. The theory
of the law is the same as that upon
which a State tax is levied for public
schools. The State does not undertake
to establish schools , but it assists the
districts. Xcxt to schools there is no
improvement of more vital importance
to the development of the country dis a
tricts than good roads.
Level Roads Wear Best.
Sir John Macneil says "that if a road S
has no greater inclination than 1 in
40 there is 20 per cent , less cost for U
maintenance than for a road having
an inclination of 1 in 20. The addition
al cost is due not onl3' to the greater in
jury 1)3' the action of horses' feet on
the steeper incline , but also to the
greater wear of the road by the more
frequent necessity for sledging or brak
ing the wheels of vehicles in descend
ing the steeper portions. "
The Only One Who Ever Escaped from
A daring and adventurous criminal
appeared 'in the dock at Southwark in
the person of William Bartlett , alias "
Gordon and Beaumont , a ticket-of-
leave man , who was charged with fail
ing to uotif j" himself to the police.
The prisoner , who is 57 years old ,
and has a record of sentences totaling
thirty-four years of imprisonment , is is
said to be the only man who ever es eiei
caped from Portland convict prison. ei
This happened in 1870 , while he was Sl
serving a. second term of ten 3"ears'
penal servitude for burglary. He was FO
confined in a cell situated in the very
center of the prison , and by the aid of OI
. chisel made from a pail handle suc enw
ceeded in removing some stones from w
his cell wall and crawling into a ven P2
tilating shaft , which ran through the th
building between the floor of his and
the neighboring cell and the ceilings of
the cells below. When he got to the
outer wall of the building he removed
more stones with his peculiar instrue3
ment , and then , by means of a rope ,
which he had made from his sheets , he * ;
dropped to the quadrangle below. lieTJ
succeeding in eluding the civil guard , " .
and mounted the first wall safely , afterward - the ,
terward crawling along the intcrven-
ing space to the second wall , which he Sil
also.climbed. He escaped the notice of efo
the military sentry , and crawling along fo
got safelj- among the quarries. Here -
remained for six days , existing on SJ
the bread which he had saved from his
prison fare , awaiting a suitable night
swim unobserved to the mainland.
He achieved this , and , arriving at Dor- }
Chester , broke into a clergjmau's u *
house. Having feasted himself aud
donned clerical clothes , he walked bold- to
13from the house. A feAv days later a
police constable saw a clergyman feed
ing on blackberries , and noticing that " .
was eating ravenously became sus
picious. The clergyman did not appeal-
the least nonplussed at the constain
ble's attention , and he would hare
out of the difficulty safely had not the
officer noticed he was wearing prison
socks. The prisoner , in the name of
Beaumont , was sentenced to eight
years' penal servitude on April 3 , 1S71 ,
for prison breaking and the burglary of
the clergyman's house. London Mail.
HE HAUNTS DEBTORS.
An Odd Specimen Who Is a Successful
Collector of Bnd Debts.
"There's the best collector in Augus
ta , " and the head of an Augusta firm
indicated the man on whom this praise
had been bestowed.
lie doesn't look it. "
"Xo , nor anything like it , yet I believe -
lieve that his appearance is about 90
.per cent , of his stock in trade. Just
size him up. Did 3011 ever see a more
ingenuous face ? He got his job just as
he gets 11101103 * from debtors that are
bad paHe came right to me and
asked for emplo3nieut. I told him that
we were not in need of anyone , and
followed the usual form in telling him
to call again.
"He took the invitation literally ,
walked around the square and dropped
in to make another application. 'You
told me to call again , ' he said. 'Want
a good man ? ' I did the usual thing
once more , carelessl3- asking him to call
"Another trip around the square , and
he put in his third appearance , once
more informing me that he was a good
man in search of a job. I tried him
again and he proved to be a four-time
"Then it struck me that he would
make a collector if he carried his per-
sistenc3 into his work , and he has
proved a wonder. He has realized on
old accounts that we had given up as
hopeless long ago , simply wearing debt
ors down to where the3 * would rather
pay' than be bothered .1113' further.
"One sharp rascal , who makes no
pretense of paying his debts , told onr
phenomenon that he would have to get
up very earl3in the morning to get
anything out of him. Our man was at
that fellow's house at 2:30 : a. m. , routed
him out. and actually got the money
He never tires and never lets go.
"Another maddened debtor told him
to sing for his money , and 'old reliable'
simply took a stool in the office and
sawed away on 'Old Grimes Is Dead'
until he got the cash. " Augusta ( Me. )
"Caesar's Creek , " on the Florida
coast , was named after a famous old
pirate , called Black Caesar , whose pro
fession added to the risks of marine in
surance. After the pirates the "Flor-
ida wreckers" came , of whom H. A.
Willoughb3 % in his "Across the Ever-
glades , " tells this story :
A large steamer was stranded on the
reef < not far from Cape Florida ; no
sooner had she struck than the news
spread ] rapidly along the shore. The
people for twenty miles around gatherai
ed on the beach opposite the stranded "
steamer. Among them were a numai
ber of Indians from the Everglades ,
who chanced to be down there , and
knew what a "wreck" meant to the
The steamer , loaded with an assorted
cargo , began to break up , and barrels ,
cases and boxes drifted gradually
ashore. : There were casks of wine ,
boxes of soap , cases of bottles of wine di
and ; iron , and a hundred other articles , bi
The Indians seized upon the wine , and
soon ( were in a condition that allowed bi
the white men to secure the more valpi
liable ; prizes. m
The squaws struck a bonanza in a pi
case of vaseline. They thought it a re
new variety of the white man's frying si
fat , and starting a fire fried pancakes ai
in it. What a dish pancakes a la SeniA
iuole ! o-
At the age of 17 Miss Willard records
in her diary tin's tragic announcement
the end of her romping girlhood : n
This is my birthday , and the date of bi
my martyrdom. Mother insists that at dc
last I must have 1113- hair "done up cr
woman-fashion. " * She sa3's she can lo
hardly forgive herself for letting me
"run wild" so long. We've had a grea "
time over it all , and here I sit like an-
otlher Samson shorn of Ms strength.
That figure won't do , though , for the
greatest trouble with me is that I never
shall be shorn , again. My "back" hair
twisted up like a corkscrew ; I carry
eighteen hairpins ; my head aches mis m
erably ; ni3' feet are entangled in the
skirt of 1113- hateful new gown. &
I can never jump over a fence again , h
long as I live. As for chasing the
sheep down in the shady pasture , it is
out of the question , and to climb to 1113 * f
in the bur-oak
eagle-nest seat big -
would niin this new frock beyond re-
pair. Altogether , I recognize the fact si
that my occupation's gone.
The Queen of Greece Iatel3' sent an
American woman an autograph letter
expressing her thanks for a generous
contribution sent a few mouths ago to Tr
the ' American-Greek mission at Athens
The woman is Mrs. De Grace , Xew siv
York ' City. Her contribution was for , \v
benefit of the sick and wounded
Greek soldiers and their families. It is
said rhat in mau3' Greek schools , whenar
ever the national anthem is sung , it is J
followed 1)3 * the American national
livnin. in grateful recognition of the W
sympathy and substantial aid received am
from nmu3' citizens of this country. do so
After a man has taken a girl to a
theater as often as six times , and called
upon her with chocolates in his pocket , on
begins to see a resemblance in him
her favorite hero in a novel.
Perhaps homo is all the dearer to
some men because they are seldom
A spinster sa3's the opportunity is
more often a failure than marriage the
ONLY FOUR OF ITS KIND.
Another Notornin Mnntclll Has
Cnncht in Nerr Zealand.
A strange wild bird of the coastt
fiords of Xew Zealand is the notornis
mantelli , another specimen of which
has * been caught , and so precious are
they and so greatly in demand by nat
uralists that many lives have been lost
in the effort to run them down In their
remote fastnesses in the wilderness.
The steamer Warimoo , arrived re
cently at Vancouver , reports the cap
ture of a notornis by a dog belonging
to a tourist. It is a handsome bird ,
with a heavy gait , and is absolutely un
able to use its wings for natural pur
poses of flying.
_ Its feathers , back , wing and tail are
an olive green , with almost metallic
luster , and below a short tail , very pe
culiarly , it is pure white. Its legs and
toes < are a rich salmon red.
Another remarkable feature is its
beak , a great equilateral triangle of
hard pink horn , with one angle direct
ly i : forward. On the upper side back
of the beak is a band of soft tissue , like
rudimentary comb , such as appears
more developed in ordinary domestic
fowl. < Altogether it is a most peculiar
The present specimen is. not likely to
be bought for less than $2,000 , and will
probably go to the British Museum.
The notornis is a ver3 * powerful crea
ture and very fleet of foot. It covers
ground very rapidly and does not seem
to mind its inability to fly. It runs
away from those who hunt it , uttering
loud screams when discovered close at
hand. It can run faster than a man.
It is also a good swimmer.
Perkins * Experience with Filipinos.
Senator Perkins , of California , once
had an experience with Filipinos which
might have ended disastrous * . Years
ago the Senator was a sailor. The ship
lay becalmed off one of the Philippines ,
when three junks manned by crews of
bloodthirsty Malay pirates pulled off
from the shore some five or six miles
Xow , sailors know of no more unwel
come < visitor than a Malay pirate. He
disregards : all the polite rules of soci
ety , and is a most uncongenial com
rade. Perkins and his mates were anx
iously awaiting the expected attack of
these pirates , whose coming alwa3's
meant bloodshed and robber3 % when ,
fortunately , a breeze sprang up , the
tops'ls filled , and the ship got be3ond
the reach of the junks. Saturday
A Uelusion that Was Dangerous.
Professor Hugh Scott sa3's that Pro
fessor Henry Drummond , when : L boy ,
discovered that he could hypnotize pee
ple. ] At a birthday party a little girl
declined to pla > the piano. Drummond
happened ; to catch her eye , and said
'Play. " To his surprise she rose at
once , went to the piano , and played.
At another time he hypnotized a boy ,
and gave him a poker for a gun.
"Now , " said Drummoud , "I'm a pheas
ant ; shoot me. " The boy did so , and
Drummond fell to keep up the illusion ,
whereupon the 1)03 % seeing the "bird"
move , was about to hit it over the head
with t'ne poker. The hypnotizer had
just time to stop the magnetized sports-
A Rusian prince who is fond of Ver
di's music has spent $6,000 to enable
himself to hear "Rigoletto" whenever
IK pleases in his palace at St. Peters
burg. The opera is acted by life-sized
puppets , whose acting is regulated by
machinery , and the singing is done by
phonograph. The owner has secured
reproductions of the principal parts as
sung by the principal artists of Europe ,
and changes his cast to suit himself.
After putting the cylinders in place the
owner presses a button , and the opera
proceeds automatically. Xew York
Clara Morris iMrs. Frederick Harriet
riot ) is an accomplished cakernaker ,
but tells her admiring friends : "Xow
don't count the eggs and butter and
cream , for I must have everything ga
lore , galore ! "
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millionaires is not equal to
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the poor alike have , in Hood's
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