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"WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 1881.
rticrca st tie Perts2:i, C:lsa, Sb.. u iteeai
THE WORN WEDDING-SING.
Your wedding-ring wears thin, dear wife; ah,
summers not a few,
6Ince I put it on your finger first, have past
o'er me and you;
And, love, what changes we have seen what
care and pleasures, too
Since you became my own dear wife, when
this old ring was new!
Years bring fresh links to bind us, wife
young voices that are here.
Young faces round our fire that make their
mother's yet more dear.
Young, loving hearts, your care each day
makes yet more like to you.
More like the loving heart made mine when
this old ring was new. .
And oh, when death shaK. come at last to bid
me to my rest.
May I die looking in thoss f cs and resting oa
that breast; .
Oh, may my parting gaze - blessed with the
dear signt oi you.
Of those fond eyes fond as they were when
this old ring was new.
A COMEDY OF ERRORS.
"A telegram a telegram from Tom,
Grannie, I am certain!" I exclaimed,
jumping; out of iuy low chair bj the win
dow as I saw a telegraph boy coming
Suickly up the pretty shaded garden at
llmside; and, before Rtchers,Grannies
demure old maid, could reach the hall,
I had flung open the door, taken the en
velope from the lad, and hurried back
into the morning-room, opening the tel
egram as I went.
"From T. Hetton to May Hetton Meet ae
at Charing Cross Hotel. Tuesday, eight a. m.
Cannot leave Mrs. Elliott."
"Yes, Grannie dear," I cried, having
read the contents, "it is from Tom,
dear old fellow! I am to meet him in
town. I wonder what he will be like;
and however can I get to Charing Cross
Hotel by eight o'clock to-morrow morn-
My dearest child," interrupted Gran
nie's sweet voice, "just one moment,
please. Have you closed the door, and
did you tell the boy whether there would
be any message back?"
'Good gracious, no!" I exclaimed in
elegantly. "I forgot all about the boy;"
and once more I made a hasty journey
into the hall.
"To dismiss the lad was the work of
a moment, and then I again returned to
Grannie, eager to make plans for my
journey in the morning.
These plans, owing to certain un
toward circumstances, were not easily
arranged. In the first place, Elmsida
was a pretty suburban detached cottage,
a long drive from Charing Cross. As a
matter of course, no trains were avail
able; and, lastly, Grannie did not like
the idea of letting me go alone. Betty,
Pitcher's subordinate, was at home for
a holiday, and Old Andrew, the gar
dener and factotum, had that very after
noon declared himself wholly incapaci
tated by an attack of "rheumatics, so it
was very evident I must go unescorted,
or not at all.
Cabs were unknown in our pretty but
inconvenient suburb, but a certain re
spectable, serious-minded individual
named Tomkius, had a vehicle, a "fly,"
much patronized by the old ladies of
this locality, and to Tomkins Ave ap
pealed for help. Accordingly early next
morning, fortified by tea and toast, not
alittle nervous, if,the truth must be
told, at the prospect of meeting my
I was still in deep mourning for our
dear father, and I had tied a little em
broidered crape over my face, through
which I could hardly see, and thus, as I
argued, could not be seen. The "fly"
was clearly a misnomer, for Tomkins
crawled on stolidly at a snail's pace,
and, as I sat, my thoughts reverted sad
ly to the country home, and to my fath
er's last loving words, to the oft re
peated: "Tom will tak care of my little
maid. You must look to Tom, darling,
when I am gone."
I was just eighteen, an orphan, and
Tom was my only brother, or rather
half brother, my father's son by his first
wife. He was nearly twenty years old
er than I and had been in India since I
was eight years old; so, naturally, I
did not remember much about him. But
I had grown up with the greatest ad
miration for Tom and Tom's sayings
and doings; and, now that he was real
ly coming home, and we were to live
together, I was greatly pleased and ex
oited. Mrs. Elliott was the invalid widow of
a general officer who had been killed in
the recent outbreak, and I understood
why Tom would not leave her alone at
the hotel, but would, after a few hours
rest, take her down to her father's place
At last we drove into the court-yard
of the hotel, and I, a shy country girl,
felt rather awed and nervous; but I
managed to inquire whether Mr. Hetton
had arrived, and was told that he had,
and that he desired the lady might be
shown to a room where breakfast was
I followed the man upstairs, and down
a long corridor, and then he opened a
door, announced "Miss Hetton,' and
closed it quickly after me.
A tall fair man I could see that
through my veil and the tears that
welled up in my eyes was in the
"Oh, dear, dear Tom!" And then I
found myself with both arms round a
manly neck, and rav tearful face was
uplifted to a soft golden mustache very
much higher than my head. "I am so
glad! Of course Grannie could not
come; but she sent all kinds of messages;
and you will never leave me again; and,
oh, this is delicious!" I continued, giving
Tom a most sisterly embrace.
It struck me, however, even in that
first agitated moment that Tom did not
quite seem to know what to do with me;
but then, poor fellow, he had been in
India so long. Still even in India I sup
pose men kiss their sisters.
"Really, madam, I fear," he began,
when the door opened, an a great, tall,
gaunt old lady walked in and stood
petrified, gazing at the spectacle of a
gentleman who was red and uncomfort
able, and a yonng woman, redder and
more uncomfortable still, who had just
unclasped her arms from the youn"
man's shoulders, and whose affectionate
kisses seemed to be echoing still round
the room. The old lady recovered
"Nephew John," she said solemnly,
in a voice with strong Scottish accent;
I must confess I am surprised! I had
no idea but this young lady is doubt
less " Hero she 'paused for informa
tion. "I assure you. Aunt Arabella," said
Nephew John, who looked very con
fused, "there is some painful I mean
pleasant at least something This
young lady is Well, really, my dear
aunt, I have not the smallest or remotest
idea who this young lady is."
They both looked so helpless and so
bewildered that I plucked up courage
and said, with all the dignity I could
muster, as I took off my unlucky veil:
"I am Miss Hetton, and I have come to
meet my brother, who has just returned
from India and who telegraphed to me
to meet him here at ten o'clock this
"But T am John Hetton, and I have
just returned from India," said he.
"My brother's name is Tom, not
John," I answered, becoming almost
tearful again in my confusion; "and I
am sure, quite sure, now that you are
not my brother," I added, weakly.
"I have not that honor, madam, cer
tainly," said the gentleman; "but I
knew Tom Hetton well in India; and I
am delighted to have the pleasure of
irtffj U sister' ke eoattsoed, wkk
low bow: and I actually detected a
mile lurking under the golden mus
Here "Aunt Arabella," who had sub
sided into a very upright chair, and who
had been shaking her head and uttering
undertoned exclamations in an unknown
tongue, began to show signs of becom
ing intelligible, when, for the third time,
a waiter threw open thedoor and
ushered in a gentleman; who I felt at
once was my Tom; but so depressed had
my miserable impulsiveness made me
feel that I followed "Aunt Arabella's, '
example, and jinking into a chair
looked on helplessly.
John, my old namesake!" and the
two men shook hands heartily. "Why,
how is this? I have just come by P. &
O., and had no idea you had left India
till they told me just now that Major
Hetton was here as usual, I suppose,
thinking we were relatives."
"Oh, I came in the old Himilaya,"
said Major Hetton, "so of course left
Bombay a week or two earlier!"
"I expect m' sister," said Tom; and
then he seemed to perceive that there
were ladies in the room, and made an
I don't know whether I took any no
tice of it; but I do not really remember.
An earthquake, torpedoes, nothing
would have surprised me more at that
moment I felt callous, hardened.
Major Hetton! And I hugged him!
"This lady," said the Major cheerful
ly, "is my aunt. Miss Mactagger; and
this young lady, is I believe 1 think I
understand your sister. Miss Hetton."
"My little May?" said Tom's kind
voice; and then I found myself held
very closely in his strong arms; and, I
hid my burning face on his breast, I
cried as if my heart would break with
pleasure and annoyance all at once.
When I looked up. Major Hetton and
his aunt had vanished, and very com
forting was Mrs. Elliott's sympathy and
my brother's good naturcd banter.
All's well that ends well; and it is per
haps needless to tell how Aunt Arabella
and Grannie and Tom and John and I all
grew great friends, and had much mer
riment over my absurd contretemps; but
I must add that I think it was quite un
necessary of Major Hetton to say months
afterward, when he put a little pearl
ring on my finger, and begged just fot
"You need not pretend that you
like it, darling, for you said long
that it was delicious."
ago -Railway Construction In Russia.
For certain facilities of railway con
struction Russia holds a position much
superior to that of her West European
neighbors. Land is cheap, and there is
a practically unlited supply of wood.
In a country flat as Russia is hardly any
leveling is necessary the needed en.
gineering works consists almost solely
of bridges. Taking every legitimate
source of outlay into calculation, the
average cost of constructing a railway
in Russia ought not to exceed 30,000
rubies per mile. Yet owing to the ex
travagance and dishonesty of the wholo
system, the cost per mile often rises to
70,000 or 80,000 rubles. The rapid de
velopment of railways in this country
there are now over fifteen thousand
miles of them in existence is, of course,
due in a great measure to the impetus
given it by the State. About half the
capital invested really belongs to the
Government When a railway is com
pleted and has commenced operations
the company is in a position to issue
bonds with a view to their being put into
the foreign market and sold by foreign
bankers. Before this is done, however,
Government, save where the circum
stances are very exceptional, formally
guarantees the bonds, thus undertaking
to make good the interest on them in
case it can not be paid by the company.
To properly complete a line to the satis
faction of the authorities is sometime
anything but an easy task, not so much
because the authorities are exacting as
because the formalities are many and
the circumlocution great. The first
step, after the granting of a concession,
is the appointment of a Government
Inspector. This official, by virtue of
his position, is also a member of the
Board of Railway Directors, and receives
J iay not only from the State but also
rom the country. How he contrives to
represent the interests of both is a mys
tery, but that he accomplishes the feat
to Lis own satisfaction is certain. Then
comes the making of the line.. A dis
trict "Land and Water Board" furnishes
plans from which no deviation is per
mitted, for the making of engines, car
riages, rails, etc. The construction of
the road is usually let out to contractors
in lengths of about ten versts each. The
laborers, sometimes to the number of
several thousands, are hired by agents
of the contractor specially sent into the
country for the purpose, the bargain as
to wages being made with the heads of
the artels communes of workmen as
sociated together for most every pur
pose save that of protecting the interests
of labor. Railway "navvies" in Russia
are simply peasants who have learned
the art of using the pick and the spade.
In the summer months they can subsist
almost upon watermelons eaten with
black bread and salt even a more
generous diet when the workers club
together for the purchase of food, does
not involve an expenditure greater than
about six shillings per month, and for
this the laborer can have nourishing
soup two or three times a da Pay
under these circumstances is not high
from threepence to sixpence per day is
received by the Russian line-maker with
an eauanimity which would surprise the
socialistic ouvrier of Berlin, Paris or
London. On a far different scale is
the remuneration of officials. The
salaries of the President of the com
pany and several of the directors
range from 15,000 to 30,000 rubles.
Secretaries receive from 1,500 to 1,600
rubles, bookkeepers from 300 to 1,000,
superintendents from 6,000 to 10,000,
inspectors from 600 to 1,000, and con
ductors from S00 to 1,000. When,
however.thesetigures have been reduced
somewhat by reckoning two shillings for
every ruble, the room left for envy is
not great, and there is nothing at all
to make one wonder why the person
nel of a Russian train should always
display so conspicuous a lack of tidiness
and respectability. Glasgow Herald.
How it Happened.
He was a bank teller. He had been
sent off on a vacation, his books over
hauled, and he had been found $9,000
short. This fact stared him in the face
as he sat amidst the Board of Directors.
"Now, then," said the President 4,I
presume you acknowledjrc the embezzle
ment!" "I do."
"And how did you use the money?"
"Well, I was a bull in X. Y. Z. Rail
road stocks, but there was too much
against me. I didn't have a fair show
to make anythinor.,
"Well, while I was using $9,000 oi
the bank s money to bull the stocks, tht
cashier was putting up $20,000 to beai
them, and so I lost all!" Wall Stree,
There are saline springs near Lak
Manitoba, from which the finest salt bat
been made by the Indians from timt
immemorial. They used to sell tin
Hudson Bay company about one hun
dred and fifty bags a year of it in th
olden time Chicago Times.
Dr. McLean, the St Loms pffl-naa,
who lost recently by a heavy fire, has
recovered $1,000,000 in- notes and ee
entities from a fire-proof vault la taf
nins.-Mt. Lu It
Tie tick ef the OnL
BIBTH CAUL FOB SALE Apply No.
Advertisements similar to the above
appear from time to time in newspapers
in this and other cities. There is
evidently a ready response, for such
announcements are seldom repeated
A'caul is.a little membrane found on
some children encompassing the head
when born. This is considered a good
omen to the infant, and-, the vulgar
opinion is that' whoever obtains the
cauX-by purchase will- be fortunate and
escape' dangers. The, origin of the
superstition is lost in antiquity, and it
us current among an nations, oi.
Chrysostom inveighs against it in the
early homilies of the Church, and in
Arabian and Athenian classics-mention
is made in several instances of persons
born with a "coif," or skin hood.
"Have you sold thatcaul?" theauthor
of the above advertisement was asked
"You bet I have. A seafaring gent
bouirht it at a quarter past eight this
i morning, half an hour after I purchased
The speaker was the keeper of a
general shop for sailors' stores near
the South-street Wharf.
"How much did you get for it?"
asked the reporter.
"Ten dollars, and cheap it went.
Why, I've had twenty-five dollars for
them. I let this one go cheap because
I frot it at no expense to myself. I
bought a trunk at an auction up town
. on the chance of what it contained. 1
gave a V" for it. When I opened it I
I feund a lot of women's underwear,
' three heavy silver spoons, a stuff gown.
nearly new, and a tin box. I opened
the tin box and in it I found that caul I
sold this morning wrapped round a
large chestnut. Here's the chestnut.
I tried to sell it to a Captain
this morning the same bloke
what bought the caul but he didn't see
it. If you want it you can have it for one
dollar It ought to bring plenty of luck,
havinsr kept company with the caul for
so long. Don't want it, eh?" All
right; rll find a customer."
"Do you sell many caula?"
"Not as many as I should like. The
supply ain't over and above large."
"How do you get them?"
"Well, I was born in one myself.
My mother kept it for thirty years, and
when the old lady died I thought I'd
sell it. It had never brought me any
particular luck, as I could see. I got
eight dollars for it It was a bit torn.
There must have been something the
matter with that caul, anyhow, ause
the man What bought it, mate of a
vessel in the tea trade sailing from New
York to Hong Kong, fell off the main
mast and broke his skull by hitting it
hard on the deck the very next voyage
"Well, he was not drowned."
"No, he weren't drowned. I guess
that was his darned luck. Though if
I'm to break my neck just to show the
value of a caul, I don't want it But
you was asking me where I got the
goods. Doctors, as a rule, sell them
to me. and the mothers. Occasionally
the original owners brings them to me
themselves, when they are growed un.
But doctors is the chief source; physi
cians attached to lying in hospitals and
them as has a practice among the very
poof classes, what don't know the value
of a caul. The doctor slips them in his
pockets and I gets them.
"Do you pay much for them?"
"Well, that's telling. However, I
will tell you this about it There is a
comfortable profit in selling them; but,
as you seem a decent sort of a chap,
you shall have the next one I comes
across for six dollars, and I'll throw in
the chestnut we was just a-looking at
See here, now. Cauls brings luck any
how, no matter what your business or
(rofession happens to be. Say vou're a
awyer. In comes the fees. But by
the cut of jour jib, I should say you're
a mininster. Nothing like a caul in the
church, so they tells me. Why, there's
a Methodist preacher, not five squares
away,who bought a caul of me for a
V' and the free christening of my wife's
latest and that chap has had all the
marriages and the funerals in the
neighborhood ever since. Why, he's
piling up the dollars thick and is grow
ing quite high-toned. Would you like
a bit of a caul?"
"A piece of a caul? Why, what use
would that be?"
"Use!" Well, I should blossom. A
piece of a caul is almost as valuable
as the whole article. House will
never burn down when a bit of a
caul is in it. The person carrying it
will never get drowned, suffer from
small-pox, tooth-ache or rheumatism.
True, it isn't quite as certain prevention
as a whole one, but some people like to
be economical, even in their luxuries.
There is only one thing against being
born in a caul unless you get rid of it,
and that's one of the reasons I sold
"You see too much. I never could go
out on a moonlight night without getting
the awfnl horrors. Talk about spirits;
I've seen them so thick in the streets on
a full-moon evening that I've wondered
how I was to get past them, and I never
did pass them. I seemed to walk
straight through the middle of their
bodies. Since I've sold my own caul,
however, I've never seen no more
Readers of Dickens will remember
that David Copperfield, the alleged
prototype of the author himself, was
born with a caul, which was advertised
fpr sale at the low (?) price of fifteen
guineas. An attorney connected with
the bill-broking business was the only
reply to the advertisement. He offered
two pounds in cash and the balance in
sherry, which was declined. Ten years
afterward the caul was put up in a
raffle in a country inn to fifty members at
two shillings ana sixpence a head, with
the stipulation that the winner should
spend five shillings. An old lady won
it, reluctantly produced the five shillings,
all in halfpence, and twopence half
penny short, and eventually died aged
ninety-two. It was regarded as entire
ly owing to the caul that she never was
drowned, although it was well known
that the old lady had never been on the
water in her life. Pfriladclphia Press.
Figaro says the favorite German dish
wurst which is crowned with a wreath
of black puddings and hashed meat
Below this a cornice of sauerkraut in
termingled with pickled beet root,
forms a ring which reposes on a mould
of smoked and grilled sausages. The
mould itself is surrounded by a kind of
embossed ornamentation, consisting of
even kinds of sausages, the names of
which are to be found in the famous
Kockbuch composed by a Professor of
chemistry at Heidelberg. A pea pud
ding, flanked with potato dumplings,
forms the base of the dish, over which
Is thrown a quantity of current jelly and
spirits, which is set on fire.
. - .
Between East and West Pearl
Rivers, on the borders of Mississippi and
Louisiana is a territory called Honey
Island, with eight hundred inhabitants,
located in numerous small towns, who
claim that they are on neutral ground
and belong to no State, though they be,
long, in point of fact to Louisiana. N
Three brothers Me vers kept a fruit
store on Third avenue, "New York, and
within a couple of months two of them
died. Recently the surviving brother,
Jacob, visited their graves, and on hit
Teton shot himself in the head, so he
eonld go to tee hie brothers, ae he eaid.
FARM ASD HOUSEHOLD.
Manure applied to pear trees in the
pring is liable to produce blight Cfii
It is said to bo more difficult .to
breed whito turkeys than those of any
Tomatoes dipped in bread crumbs
and browned in butter are a delicious
addition to the dinner.--Aa:ctajie.
A fillet of veal stuffed with fine
herbs makes an excellent foundation
for a dinner, and if nicely browned and
served hot with browny gravy, it may
well take the place of chicken or duck.
N. Y. Post.
Somebody inquires if there is any
remedy for a hard milker. There is but
one that I know of. Fat the cow and
the butcher will take her. The butcher's
money is as potent a remedy as there is.
If you go to fooling with instruments
you'll spoil the cow. Mirror and
Muffins without soda, if baked in a
hot oven, will be light and excellent.
Take one cup of sweet milk, one cup of
flour, one egg well beaten, about a third
of a teaspoonful of salt. Have your
gem pans very hot, fill about half full,
and bake. These are nice with butter
alone, or with maple sugar syrup added.
jy. P. Post.
For veal fritters the remains of cold
veal should be cut in small, neat pieces;
dip each in batter and fry a light brown;
in serving pile them high in a dish,
pouring over them a good brown sauce,
well thickened with tomatoes when in
season or, if not, the gravy must itself
be thick and strongly flavored with to
mato sauce. N. V. Times.
A great msny fields, especially
those that are long and narrow, are al
ways ploughed the same way. An ex
change, referring to this practice, sug
gests that simply changing the direction
of working will often make a great in
crease in the productiveness. The fur
row cut across the old lines of furrows is
not stopped by the same stones, while
new soil is opened to the growth of plant
roots. N. Y. Herald.
The following is a Southern man's
method of feeding a cow: "If you want
a large yield of rich milk give your cows
every day water slightly warmed and
salted, in which bran has been stirred at
the rate of one quart to two gallons of
water. By this daily practice the cow
will give fifty-two per cent, more milk
immediately under the effect of it, and
she will become so attached to the diet
as to refuse to drink clear water unless
very thirsty. The amount of this drink
necessary is an ordinary pailfull at a
time morning, noon and night."
A mixture which is excellent for re
moving grease-spots and stains from
carpets and clothing is made of two
ounces of ammonia, two ounces of white
castile soap, one ounce of glycerine, one
ounce of ether; cut the soap fine, dis
solve in one pint of water over the fire;
add two quarts of water. This should be
mixed witli water in the proportion of a
teacupful to one ordinary-sized pail of
water. Mix thoroughly, and wash
soiled garments in it. For removing
spots use a sponge or clean flannel cloth,
and with a dry cloth rub :ts dry as pos
sible. Woolen goods may be made to
look bright and fresh by being sponged
with this. Cincinnati Times.
Dividing and Softening Food.
The finer the food when it goes into
the stomach of an animal, providing it
is not of a character to form a compact
mass when it is wet, the more easily di
gested it is, and consequently the better
it is for the animal. We grind the
grains and cook the flour and meal that
is made from them, partly for the pur-
fiose of making them more digestible,
f we swallowed the grains we should
have the same amount of nutriment that
we have when the grains are ground,
but it would be less available, because
there would be a firmer resistence by
the whole grain to the action of the
gastric juice, and less surface for it to
act upon. The effect of dividing the
grain into small particles, as to the
action of the gastric juice, has sometimes
been illustrated by citing the increased
facility for cooking which ground grain
furnisiies over whole grain. It requires
but a short time to cook meal; it re
quires a very much longer time to cook
whole corn. The meal presents num
erous little particles for the heat to pen
etrate, and it does not take long for tho
heat to penetrate it. The whole presents
a hard exterior and is a comparatively
large, fine mass. When stock is in the
pasture field they easily digest their
food, because it is of such a character
that the fibre is easily broken down in
the process of digestion. But permit
that grass to grow until it is fit for cutting,
and cut and cure it into hay, and wo
have a large amount af hard, woody
fibre, which must be broken down in
the stomach before it will furnish
to the system the nutriment
which it contains. If the ani
mal thoroughly masticates this hard
substance, it will go into the stomach in
good shape. But that cannot be de-
tieuded upon, and, therefore, it is of the
lighest importance that it be artificially
firepnred for mastication and digestion,
fence we cut the coar.se fodders, and to
prevent the ground foods from going
into the stomach in too compact a form.
we mix it with the cut fodders. For the
same reason we have frequently advised
the mixing of cut foods, and letting
them stand for a few hours closely cov
ered. In this condition they become
softened and are more readily digested.
Some writers urge the necessity of
bruising as well as cutting the coarse
fodders. This would be better than
nothing. Any process that will break
np the hard fiber would be desirable, it
there were no better one. But all tho
bruising that could be done would not
thoroughly soften the fodder. Cooking,
steaming or wetting down, the mass
being permitted to stand for a time be
fore feeding, will meet the require
In cooking certain chemical changes
take place, which may be of value.
Just how valuable they "are we are not
prepared to sa And when the cut
food is permitted to stand awhile, chem
ical changes take place, and these may
be of more value than we know. But
the principal merit of cither process is
to soften and make the mass more easy
of digestion. Cooking, probably, does
this more thoroughly than any other
method, if the cooking is properly done,
and the cooked food mixed with other
food, and hence the eminently satisfac
tory results of feeding cooked food
properly. Unquestionably it is better
than uncooked food, but circumstances
must determine whether or not that or
a less expensive and less troublesome
method is desirable. If tlie food is di
vided and softened, the object will be at
least partially accomplished. Feeding
cooked food by itself we do not believe
to be advisable. The animal will gulp
it down without mastication, and under
such circumstances it passes into the
stomach without the preparation which
nature intends it shall receive in the
The Virginia City (Nev.) Enterprise
S'ves a description of a Piute feast: "A
vorite dish with them is a stew of
duck, fish, tulc potatoes, and pinenuts.
Sometimes, when two or three families
join in a feast, a camp-kettle holding a
dozen gallons is placed on the fire. Into
this are thrown promiscuously all
that the men, women, and children
have succeeded in gathering. Ducks,
minnows by the score, ground squirrels
entire except that the hair has been
inged off wild rose berries, gra&snute,
pinenuts, and the like all boil and bubble
togetner in a ncn mesa meat,
wA bread all in one.
The great question of interest hero
now is, of course, the c::rry:ug out of
the Park project. It i-, iii-leml, n pity
that steps looking to sonic such pruject
as this luid not been taken sooner, and
this is especially true of what will be
the American portion of the Park.
Mills, ::! I yards um! rjtiluay tracks
now occupy and di-fij;iiiv wr-::t ought
to have been one'ot the m-t desirable
portions of the propo-o.l Pari: on the
American si-ie of the river, and already
tiie requirements of trc'lio and the de
mands ot individual interests arc making
Ihumselves disagsv?ablv prominent on
the Canada side, but sliil there is much
'of natural grace and beauty left that
nll possible means to ue pre-
The construction of a track
leading to the new bridge, by theMicbi- has 2,50) university students,
gan Central Railway Company, has al- Mr. William Harrison McKinney, a
ready made sad havoc with the beauties ) full-bloode-. Vjciaw, was the first In
of the romantic looking cliff above the I uian to graduate from Roanoke. He
Horseshoe Fall. For a long distance . rtveniK tecu't tithe degree of Bachelor
along this hitherto wooded precipice all
.... . ' . .
its sylvan beauties have given place to
an unsightly bank of red clay. In time,
of course, vegetation of some kind may
take root on this unsightly embank
ment, but unless some special effort be
made to induce such a result it will be
many years before the injury inflicted
thus on Niagara's environments will be
repaired. East of the convent the pas
toral beauty of the grassy heights has
been almost hopelessly destroyed by the
disposal that has been made of the ma
terial taken out of the excavation for the '
roau-ucu. x.e engineering necessities oi
,1 1 nil - ... M
me wont in wis inimcuiaie locaiuy uave
demanded a long, deep cutting, and a
very large portion oi ine reu ciay iaKcn
out of this great cutting has been de-
..:.: :.. : ..i i " :..i..i.. i. ......
and ridges upon tho grassy fiats and
?.j -j .:. ... .-.- 'i
nnd slopes adjacent to the railway.
Much could be done to mitigate in a
i few years the worst features of this act
of vandalism; but unless some effort Le
maiU' at leveling, top-soiling and seeding
I these great stretches of red clay in the
j localitv. strangers visiting Niagara will
scarcely form a very favorable" opinion
of the :t'sthetkism of the Canadian peo-
j pie. I he great need of Niagara, how
i ever, is the establishmentof the proposed
j International Park. This will render
j possible the abolition of many objection
able features that are continually ob
truding themselves upon the notice of
visitors here. One of these is the scat
tering of sign-boards even in some of
the most picturesque spots. The visitor
does not like to have a very pretty view
obstructed by a painted sign-board
nailed to a tree in the foreground of the
picture he is contemplating, even though
the sign may be that of some small trades
man recommending him to examine his
extensive assortment of "Indian curiosi
ties." Cor. Toronto Globe.
In Dread of "Hoodoos."
"I've been hoodooed to-day," re
marked one of the sporting fraternity
to a reporter yesterday. He looked
very glum, and the scribe thought at
first he used the words in the sense of
"robbed," which it occasionally re
ceives. "Who did it,' he asked.
"Don't know. If I had knowed, I
wouldn't have played. A man gets hoo
dooed lots of times without knowing
anything about. it except when he com
"Are there any big hoodoos here that
you know of?"
"Yes, there is one I know, and I am
afraid that is what struck me. There is
a coon here that's all out of shape, and
got a horrible mug on him. He is the
worst I ever saw. All the boys are on
to him, and whenever he looks at one of
them, and the fellow knows it, he won't
play any that day. It don't make any
difference if you see him, but if he see&
you that settles it for that daj If you
play, you are dead sure to lose. He is
a holy terror, and there ain't any cure
for him that I know of."
"I suppose you can cure some hoo-'
doos, cau't you?"
"I'm not sure about that. There art,
some sports that think so. Some think
it breaks bad luck to get up and walk
around your chair from right to left.
Some always go on a certain side of the
street Some carry charms. I used to
know a fellow that carried a bullet that
a woman was killed with, and he al
ways thought it gave him luck. I've
heard that some people carry luck with
"They can give their luck to other
"Of course. Now there's hunchbacks.
If a man can touch the hump of a
hunchback without him knowing it, it
gives him the best kind of luck, but if
lie knows it, it don't do any good. Why,
I used to know a hunchback in San An
tonio that always had a hole wore in the
back of his coat by bos touching him."
"Is it unlucky to put a copper back if
any brushes it off?"
"That depends on how you look at it.
I don't think so. Some men never play
coppered at all. I know one sport at
Leadville that always plays open. He
says it is all he can do to guess the win
ners, let alone the losers. Others are
different 1 know some men who would
not put a copper back for anything. If
a man knocked it off accidentally, even
if it was square against their system.
Maybe they're right." Denver Repub
lican. A Device Agraiust Bores.
An invention for protection from
bores has been devised by a gentleman
of literary habits in this city, whicli may
safely bereeommended to those who are
afflicted with the attentions of these
well-known pests of society. He has his
study iu the top of one of our public
buildings, and nearly every day a prom
inent representative of the gehus bore
enmrts up me siairs ana knocks at ine
door, and after entering ho sits himself
down and smokes the literary man's
cigars and discourses second-hand
opinions to)him during the greater part of
the day. The literary man has been for
a long time casting about for s
remedy, and at last he said: "My dear
Jones, i want to tell you something it
confidence. I am frightfully troubled
by people dropping in on me whom I
don't wish to see, and so I am going to
keep ray door locked hereafter. Now,
of course, there are some whom I am
always delighted to have call, and you,
nvy dear Jones" slapping him on the
back "as I don't need to" tell "you, are
one of them. So I am going to arrange
a private signal with those whom I shall
always be glad to admit to my room,
and I want you, when you come, to
knock thus, two slow raps and three
quick ones see? and then I shall know
who is there." Jones commended tht
idea as peculiarly ingenious, and has
since faithfully acted upon it, but was
heard the other day to remark very in
nocently that it was deuced odd, but of
late it was very seldom that he could find
his literary friend at home. Boston
This will supply a long-felt want
A New York man lias imported a pair
of Indian mongooses, the first that
ever came to America. They are a litltle
larger than a good-sized rat Their
bodies arc covered with brown hair, vari
egated with white stripes. The importer
will breed these animals and sell them
as vermin exterminators. It is claimed
that they have no equal in that business.
One mangoosc will rid the largest housf
of rats. They destroy snakes witl
wonderful rapidity, and are the inveter
ate enemy of every species of vermin
They are gentle and harmless to humat
beings. Indianapolis Journal.
A Utah tourist sums up his opinio!
ef Mormondom by calling it the waste
basket of the world. Chicago Tribm
RELIGIOUS AMD EDUCATIONAL.
It is asserted that 100.000 ncgroee
.n the United States are Roman Cath
olics. There are about 30,000 Christian
Indians in the United States, and one-
half of these are Baptists. Chicago
Up in Clackamas County, Oregon,
when the sshool-teacher wants the
hoys and girls to come to school she
blows a horn, and they come piling out
of the cauyon3 toward the temple of
barn'ng. Chicago Tines.
- S o'land.out of a population of 4,000,
0:H), sends rf.oOO student to her univer-
slt'es, while the two great English uni-
vcrsiucs nave out o,uw stuucnis. uer-
many, out of a population of 43,000,000,
!-- " ..
of Arts, uu:. s nut tweutv-three vears
of age.whic proves good aptitude in the
Indian.--.A '.'. Time.
Preside Ward, of Yankton Col-
i lee, I). T. arho has just returned from
an r astern vis t, has announced there
that t!.e college re-e'ved a donation of
810,000 from one source, and a legacy
of $40,000 :n the will of another person
in an Eastern State. L'hicqo Herald.
Au c.umintion of the work of the
Prcs'jytT'an Hoard of Td.icationforthe
Inst tw-ntv-iive vcirs shows that there
U'-M f uv lO'l t.itnr.ftQ fif ill irimta nut
! "' " ' ....- v . .m.ri.i.7. vui
of .,1G:S siud-nt aided in obtaining an
Ti.e average . ost of these
was 5F:U3.34 each. Th In-
' n". ri n n v v i u
Ur. John Hall, of New York, the
famous Pre-sbvterian div:ii; goes every
day to pr.iv with a ladv who lies
dangerously il!, and his ministrations
are a great comfort to iier. She said to
him: Doct-ir, th-y say I shall last
all summer. Now do not allow my
sufferings to spo'l your vacation".
When yon are ready to go, come and
say good-bye to me.' "(iood-bye!" said
he. " No. I s'.ail not leave yon. These
vis'ts to uu :t.e my vacation." A. Y.
The Town Street Methodist
Church, Columbus, ()., expelled Coun
cilman George P. Morrow from its
membership, because he voted for the
repeal of an ordinance prohibiting
base-ball playing on Sunday. Mr.
Morrow said he was opposed to any
desecration of the Sabbath, but, since
the young men were bound to have
some amusemeut on Sunday, he
thought it best to let them play basc
h:iil if it would keep them from the
saloons. Cleveland Leader.
A Lawjer's First Cose.
Judge Shickleton relates an interest
ing reminiscence of the early days of
Arkansas. "I came here," safd the
Judge, 'Vust after I had been admitted
to t lie bar in a Northern State. Like
the average young lawyer, I was poor
and actually thirsted for a case. Short
ly after I arrived I went to a mountain
d'strict and stopped at a small town
where there was considerable excite
ment over the trial of a young man
who had been ind'eted for niurder.
The oliler lawyers were loth to engage
in the prosecution, so the young Pros
ecuting Attorney was working single
handed. I met him the second day after
nvy arrival, and when he learned that I
was a lawj'er, he said:
"'lam at present prosecuting, fot
murder, a young fellow named Dawes.
He is guilty as guilty can be, and should
by all means hang yet I fear, with so
much opposition, that I will not be able
to assist justice to a proper punishment
of the terrible crime. Now, what I want
you to do is to assist me.'
"I studied the case carefully. I made
every point so clear that I could see
the jurymen shaking their heads when
an illustration was strikingly vivid.
The counsel for the defense, composed
of old lawyers whose fame had long
since been established, looked at me in
astonishment They met me and want
ed a compromise. I knew nothing but
justice, and justice knew no compro
mise. Finally the case went to the ju
ry. Within five minutes afterward a
verdict of guilty was rendered. The
young man was hanged. I moved tc
another part of the State, where I soon
established a good practice.
"One day about three years after
ward I met, at a Northern watering
place, a beautiful young woman whose
husband was dying of consumption.
The consumptive grew worse rapidly,
but his wife was still hopeful, for ne
would talk of what he intended to do
when lie recovered. One night about
twelve o'clock I was summoned to the
poor fellow's room. He lay gasping for
breath, and his wife, even beautiful in
grief, sat holding his hands. The end
soon came, and I saw her bow her head
" I did not see Mrs. Delure, the fair
widow, for a few days after the funeral.
Then she came to tell me good-bye.
" When the memory of your hus
band affords a melancholy pleasure, in
stead of a deep grief, will you not write
to me?' I asked.
" I don't know,' she replied. J
don't feel as though I shall ever again
feel disposed to write, but I thank you
for the deep inteiest you have taken in
me, and hope to some day meet you
"I returned to Arkansas and resumed
my practice, but business cares did not
remove the image of that beautiful face.
Two years passed and I heard nothing
from EIla. as I had learned to think ol
her. At last I determined to go again
to the watering-place. One evening
alter I had been there a few days, I was
strolling on the mountain when I
chanced to stroll near Delure's grave.
Hearing voices I approached cautious
ly. I stood behind a tree. The moon
came out, and I saw Mrs. Delure and a
man sitting near the grave.
"'lean not marry you, she said.
4 You have been very kind to me, and
have greatly aided me in getting my
school, but I can not niarry you.'
" 'Do you ever expect to marry again?'
"I don't know. There is one man
whose memory I love. He was with
me when ray liusband died. If I were
to ever marry any one I would marry
him. I promised to write to him, anil
have tried a dozen times, but each let
ter seemed like a love letter.'
" I could stand no more, and exclaim
ing 'Ella,' I rushed from my hiding place
and caught her in my arms. The man
looked on for a moment and turned
"Our arrangements were soon com
pleted. Our wedding was quiet and
simple, and immediately after the cere
mony we started for my home in Ar
kansas. "We began housekeeping at once;
and I know there was not a happier
man in town than I. One evening while
I were sitting in the twilight
"I never saw a man so little inter
ested in one's history as you are. You
have been acquainted with me for a long
time now, and have never asked m
anything about my former self.'
" Your present self,' I replied, be
longs to me; your former self did not I
am never anxious about anything that
-loes not belong to me.
" Do vou know that I used to live in
" Did you?' I asked in surprise.
"Yes, she said, in a saddened tone,
I have been three times married. My
first husband was named Dawes, but he
was a bad man, and died by the hand ol
"Great heavens! I had hung her
band.' 4rjtarau; Traveller-
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