The Abilene Weekly Chronicle from Abilene, Kansas on June 27, 1889 · 2
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fit TOPICS OF THE TDIES. A Choice Selection of Inter esting Items. The California Legislature has passed a hill jermitting women to vote for school trustees. Senatok Vance, who lately had one of Lis eyes removed, is now in danger of losing the .sight of the remaining one. Thk death has just been announced in England of Thomas Palmer, the last survivor of the British troops that fought at Corunna. An illustrated monthly magazine de voted to literature and music is about to be started in Savannah, with the ti tie of "The Old Homestead." A Washington Territory man, living Hear Walla Walla, was digging a well recently and unearthed the skeleton of tsome huge animal at the depth of eighty feet. ' Thk late William II. Barnum is said to have been a model husband and father. II U wife knew all his political secrets, and, what is better, perhaps, never divulged a single one. During President Washington's first term the number of jostoflices in the United States was less than five hundred. Now it is over sixty thousand. It was far easier to be president then than now. There is a colored man in Quitman County, Georgia, who has a son named David, one named Jacob, one named NatKIeon, one named Christopher Columbus, one named Ferdinand, and one named James Monroe. The United States Agricultural Department will continue this year experiments in the cultivation of sorghum. The jKMsibilities of sorghum and imphee have been troubling that branch of our government for a great many years. Thk hurling of an eight-hundred-pouud shell a distance of ten and three-quarter miles, from a forty-three-ton gun, by the French artillery gives an intimation of what a war to-day between two or more first-class jiowers would mean. Jacoi; IIouseh, of Ilouserville, Pa., lias in his io.ssesstou a watch which has been in the Houser family for COO years, it having been brought over from Germany by an ancestor who migrated to this country. It is in constant use and is a good timekeeper. An English industrial paper is authority for the statement that in the Black country semi-skilled workmen on chains and nails, working sixty to sixty-fivo hours a day, are not able to earn more than ten to fifteen shillings per week, while women earn but four to six shillings. Canada's precepts belong to the Dark Ages. Two young Indies Miss Maud Abbott and Miss Helen Day have applied for admission to the medical department of the Gill University in Canada aud have been refused. The Faculty think it improper to admit women s students. siastic Mason. In a letter to the Bhode Island Masons he says: "Being per suaded that a just application of the principles on which the Masonic frater nity is founded must be productive of private virtue and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advance the interest of the society and to be considered by them as a deserving brother." Miss Nellie Ccshman is said to be the only girl mining expert in the world. About nine years ago she arrived at Tucson, Arizona, from Dodge City, Kansas, She got into the habit of examining the ore as it came out of the Tucson mines, and was soon as good a judge of it as her brother, who worked in one of them. She is plucky and intelligent, and is known throughout all the mining towns of Arizona. The quickest way to reduce corpulence is to go up to Eiffel Tower in Paris. In addition to the loss of ounces from the exercise, there is a loss of two pounds at the top on account of the difference in atmospheric pressure. The two pounds, however, will be apt to be in waiting at the bottom. The project of manufacturing binding twine in the Illinois Penitentiary in or der to help the farmers in their fight against twine trust stranglers has a practical hint about it. Could prison labor be solely employed in breaking down bad monopolies a troublesome problem would bo satisfactorily solved. The bones of a mastodon were unearthed on the farm of C. C. Tremble, near Windfall, Ind. One of the teeth was seven inches long aud six inches in diameter, and a tusk of the monstrous animal measured nine feet. When the air struck the bones they crumbled to pieces, and but a few of them were saved. An Elmira, N. Y., young man who was hanged by the neck till all signs of life had departed, and then called back to life, describes the sensation as exquisite, abounding in lovely scenery, sweet music and angelic accompaniments of indescribable beauty. Still he says ho would not care to resume these hemjHjn delights. The State of Kansas is forced to break a contract for labor at the State Penitentiary. Under the prohibitory law, with municipal woman suffrage to make it effective, the number of available men in the penitentiary has fallen far below the number called for by the contract. More than half the county jails in the State are now without prisoners. Mn. Gladstone's ancestors, it appears, were pirates. In 1GG5 a company of adventurers sent out the George, of G lasgow, fully equipped as a privateer, to prey on. the Dutch mercantile marine, and "Halbert Gladstone, merchant in Edinburgh," was one of the co-adventurers. From this gentleman-buccaneer the English Liberal statesman is descended. An English court has been called cpon to decide how long an impulse can last. A well-known lady was charged with shooting game without license. She pleaded in defence that she acted nnder impulse, having been asked to take a gun by one of ghentlemen at a shooting party; but her impulse continued for two hours. So she was fined 2. George Washington was aa enthu- The old question of how to keep the boys on the farm has changed in some localities to how the farmers themselves shall be induced to stay there. Several hundred farmers around Springfield, 111., and Janesville, Wis., have cut up their lands into eighty-acre tracts, erected cheap buildings thereon, and, after renting for from $3 to $0 an acre, have removed to town to take it easy. A few years of this will bring their fortunes and their farms down to hard pan. Secretary Tkacy compliments the officers and sailors of the Samoan fleet on their conduct during the hurricane. This tribute is timely and appropriate. Notwithstanding the disaster to the fleet by the storm, no greater skill or heroism was ever displayed in a like emergency than was shown by the Americans commanded by Admiral Kimberly. The losses were due to the defective machinery of the vessels, and for these imperfections neither the ofii-cers nor crews were responsible. Senators and Ministers Plenipoten tiary have many trials and tribulations and strange experiences. Minister to Spain T. W. Palmer has received a long letter from a young man in the East who desires to become Private Secretary to the Minister. Many reasons are given aud the young man's qualifications fully dwelt upon. One of his reasons was as follows: "My object in desiring this position is principally to broaden my mental horizon and see more of God's handiwork that I can in one spot or country. I can get a type-writer that will write both English and Spanish." It is somewhat surprising that there were but two ex-presidents Hayes and Cleveland living at the time of the mndredth anniversary of the inaugura tion of the first president. That was just the number, however, who were alive when the semi-centennial of that event took place in 1839. The New York Historical Society got up a cele- jration that year, and John Quincy Adams delivered the oration. Seven men, up to that time, had sat in the presidential chair, exclusive of the existing occupant Van Buren ; but all were dead exce2t John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The chances are that we will not be much better fixed in the matter of ex-presidents at the bi centennial The thrilling experience of the Dan-mark's passengers recalls to mind the ill-fated Circassian in September, 1SGL Leaving Bremen with eleven hundred souls aboard, bound for New York, almost in the identical spot where the Danmark was sighted by the Missouri, she experienced three successive storms, which opened her seams, and in twenty-four hours extinguished her fires. For three days and nights the passengers alternated in relief at the ship's pumps, to no avail. A strict watch for passing ships was kept during the day, and at night rockets were sent up for relief. On the morning of the fourth day, with the passengers up to ther waists in water, the rays of the rising sun revealed to their despairing eyes two British men-of-war, bound for Halifax, ' steering directly toward them. Each man-of-war steamed alongside, on the larboard and star-board, and buoyed up the sinking steamer until the transfer of passengers was made, and they were eventually landed at Halifax. The verb to boom, with all its substantive, participial, and other forms, has come to stay. Here we have to boom, a lioomer, and a boom ; and these are boomed, or they boom, and are booming, as the case may be. If anything were needed to give the word permanency and universality of acceptance Oklahoma has done it. The evolution of the word has been gradual. Originally it came from seafarers. A vessel under full sail had her studding sail booms and the booms of her fore and aft sails out. She rushed. She boomed. This was transferred to the rush of a swollen stream. It boomed, or it was booming, when its augmented waters rushed seaward with a grand and bouy-ant wave. The booming of the sea was merelyjthe description of the sound, just as a certain bird-note, notably the bitternvulgarly known as the thunder-pumper is called a boom. From the river to the land the transfer is easy and natural. An infant Western town, rejoicing in its strength and rapid growth, was described as booming; and then the men who artfully aided in this sudden developement were boomers. She Knew AH About Washington. A little Connecticut girl, being asked by her teacher to tell "all she knew about Washington," replied: "George Washington once cut down a tree belonging to another man, and as he didn't know how to tell a lie he crossed the Delaware Biver and came pretty near freezing to death all winter at Valley Forge. He was the father of the United States and the first man to begin war and the last to declare peace, and was always in the hearts of the men living in the country." "Do yon sell this cheese by the lonnd?" "Yes, sir." "You'd get" more if you sold it by the scent." CODY'S 'SCOUTS' BEST." 1 Visit to Buffalo I HU's Unique Homo aa the Nebraska Prairies. Here, near the confluence of the STorth and South Platte rivers, so shortly since the buffaloes' paradise and She camping-ground of the Sioux, the fndian scout has made his home. Following the instinct of buffalo and Indian, his intuition led him to select for his dw elling-place one of the most beautiful and promising localities in all this rnagnificei t natural highway leading from the East to the West. Here stands the "Welcome Wigwam," where the Colonel and Mrf. Cody entertain their friends. Their family consists of two laughters, Miss Arta, a young lady of 21, and Irma, a little tot of 8 summers. The "Welcome Wigwam" is a pleasant and commodious dwelling with tasteful furnishing. It abounds in choice works of art in painting and sculpture. Souvenirs of the friendship af noted men attract the attention of visitors, such as a gift from Gen. Sherman or a memento of the lamented Custer, while the curious gaze long at trophies wrested from the hands of some Indian champions. Out in the yard is planted a flagstaff. When a silken banner floats from its summit the people of North Platte understand by the signal that "the Colonel" is at home and keeping open house for his friends. Col. Cody need hardly be again de scribed. Standing six feet one inch, without boots, perfectly proportioned, lithe and graceful in bearing, he presents a fine example of physical comeliness. He wears no beard, only a heavy brown mustache and Napoleon. When he removes his broad slouch hat he is discovered to be quite bald, while the curling locks that sweep his collar are tipped with silver. Col. Cody is 43 years old, although he looks ten years older. His weight is 220 pounds, which he will be obliged to reduce before again taking part in the "Wild West," as he is now too heavy for riding. Mrs. Cody is a tall, well-formed wo man, witn an intelligent ana interesting face. In manner she is cordial, and vies with her hnsband in making her home attractive to guests. Miss Arta is handsome. She has a round, graceful figure, dark, curling hair, a rich complexion and brilliant eyes. Combine all these attributes with an uneffected manner and you have a picture of the daughter of Buflalo Bill. Last year Miss Cody spent in London with her father; next June she joins him in Paiis, where the "Wild West" will then be exhibiting. Supplementary io the Welcome "Wigwam, and adjoining the town on the west, lies Col. Cody's ranch, which he ha3 appropriately designated the Scout's Best. Three thousand acres, as level almost as a billiard table, an elegant dwelling-house, big corrals, hundreds of head of choice stock these are a few of the pleasing factors of Scout's Best ranch. The residence is larger and built with more attempt at architectural display than is the town house. Here, too, is a flagstaff, from which the Colonel's presence in this, his favorite retreat, is made known. Mementoes of its owner's varied life fill the place from hall to observatory. On the walls of the reception-room hang portraits of manv of the comrades of his earlv davs; men whose names are famous in Nebraska history. Opposite the entrance is a well-executed crayon of "Texas Jack." J. B. Omahondro, a frontier hero only second in fame to the one who displayed the portrait. A handsome face, framed by long, curling hair and attired in the dress of a scout, is a likeness of the brave Col. North. He wTas the man who drilled the Pawnee Indians in rank and file and used them in fighting the Sioux, who were their traditional enemies. On another side of the apartment is a picture of Ned Bunt-line, the novelist, to whose quick wit and facile pen Buffalo Bill owes his first introduction to national publicity. In every apartment are photographs and cuts illustrating various scenes in the Colonel's kaleidoscopic life. Going back from the pleasant dining-room, he leads the way to the "gun-room," and a small armory greets the visitor. Guns, rinVs, and revolvers of all kinds and sizes, ammunition without end, and in one corner, sort of a kindred spirit to the firearms, stands a barrel of fire-water. On the second floor is a large and valuable collection of curios, a scalping-knife rusted with the blood of a white man, tomahawks, whips, spurs, saddles, guns, swords, and innumerable things from all parts of the world. But nothing else interested me as much as old "Lucretia Borgia," the stockless, worn-out barrel of the rifle with which Buffalo Bill obtained this sobriquet and which earned its own title by killing fully 10,000 buffalo. This house is throughout luxuriantly and richly furnished. From the observatory is obtained an excellent view of this section of the Platte Iliver Valley. It is here twenty-five miles wide, bounded on either side by ranges of hills, which are but the cutting-off places of the table lands beyond : while, in the peculiarly clear Nebraska atmosphere, the view up and down the river is unimpeded for a distance of fifty-miles. Chicago Tribune. A Brash Young Man. Referring to the Standard Oil Company recalls an incident, in which the brash young ma of the occasion is now one of the best-known newspaper writers in New Y'ork. Some years ago, within a decade, the newspaper writer held the position of private secretary to a member of the executive council of the Standard, with an office high up in the big building on Broadway. Shortly after assuming the duties of his position he became greatly annoyed by the visits to his room about ten o'clock every morning of a quietly-dressed, mild-mannered man who persisted in exercising his muscles on a health-lift in one corner of the apartment. The clerk was new and the visitor unknown to him and, judging from his appearance, was a person of no consequence around the establishment. The silent and methodical health-lifter so aggravated the private secretary that he finally one day blurted out : "Look here, my friend, I want you to take that blamed apparatus out of here and limber up your joints somewhere else." The visitor, who until that moment had never spoken a word to the secretary, evinced just the slightest token of surprise for an instant, then quickly responded : "Certainly, sir, if you wish it" Half an hour later two colored porters removed the objectionable appliance. The executive council, which consists of the heads of departments, met then a3 now promptly at 11 o'clock daily. Upon this particular morning the new" private secretary was called upon by his superior to take some note3 of the proceedings relating to his department. As the young man entered the room what was his mortification and surprise to observe at the head of tin long table, as chairman of the council tbe auiet-voiced health-lifter, it was John D. Bockefeller, the President the btandard Oil Conipanv. He never reverted to the episode nor, rest as snred, did the fresh young secretary. Philadelphia Press. Travellers' Honesty. The first mate of a Sound steamer was chatting with a passenger in the parel room of the boat, as she lay at her pier in this city a few nights ago, when a stranger pushed open the door and said abruptly. "I'm broke." The mate looked him over '-'carefully and saw a good-looking man of middle age, well dressed and carefully gloved. "Well," said the mate, "that's an unfortunate state to be in. Been so long ?" "No, my distress is of recent date. Pve got to get up to New Haven to-night and I can't walk. I am Mr. So-and-So and I want you to lend me a dollar to pay my fare up." " See if you can't fix it with the purser. He's the man you're after." jo. lie says it s no use. Jbet me have the dollar and vou'll get it and a fine present besides in the morning. The mate did some cross-examining and let the stranger have the dollar. The man bought his ticket and was happy. "I'll get that back in the morning, sure," said the mate as his dollar disappeared. "Pve been on this line lor many a year ana very often I've helped a man out, but I never lost any money that way except once. Then I loaned it to a friend. Compared with the number of people who apply for a free passage however, the number of those who get it, or get the money, is about one in a thousand. Swarms of people try to get passage for nothing on all the Sound boats. They come to us with all sorts of stories. In most cases their tale is that one of the family is dead in such and such a place, or that thev have just got out of the hospital. have no money and are anxious to get home. Of course most of these stories are manufactured, and we discover that fact as soon as the applicant begins to tell them. "The most honest application I ever had was from a fashionably dressed young man, who said : "I had plenty of money when I started for the boat, but I struck into a pool game. I thought I was just as sharji as any one. Now, give me a chance to get home. His confession was so frank that I gave him a doller. A few days later I found the dollar and a big bunch of cigar3 in my room." "Boats seem to attract hard-up people a dozen times more than the railroads do. Perhaps they think that boatmen are more gullible than railroad men are, but we are not. We may be a little more philanthropic." New York Sun. It Was English. English spelling is remarkable for its indefinite variety. Along as "tizic" is spelled "phthisic" the voice of the spelling reformer bhould be heard in the land. Mr. Turner in the following incident, in view of our present method of spelling, was entirely consistent : Jones met his friend Turner on the train. They are both going to Janesville, and stop at the same hotel. Turner registered his name thuslv : "E. K. Phtholognyrrh." Jones noticing it, exclaims : "Here ! what are you assuming such a foreign, outlandish name for? Are you in trouble?" "Not a bit of it," replied Turner, "and I am not assuming any foreign name." "What kind of a name is that?" demanded Jones. "That is my identical old name," persisted Turner; "and it is English, too pronounced plainly 'Turner.'" "I can't see how you get Turner out of those thirteen letters, and, besides, what is your object in spelling it that way?" asked Jones. "Well, you see, nobody ever noticed my name on the register when I wnrote it Turner," explained the latter, "but since I commenced writing it 'Phtholognyrrh, I put them all to guessing. They wonder what nation I am from ; what my name is. I can now hear people talking about me all around. It is as I said before it is English spelling. 'Phth,' there is the sound of 't' in 'phthisic;' 'olo,' there is the "ur' in 'Colo-nen ;' 'gn,' there is the n' in 'gnat ;' 'yrrh' is the sound of 'er' in 'myrrh.' Now if that don't spell 'Turner, what does it spell?" Yankee Blade. Celebrities and Their Portraits. Thaddeus, the distinguished portrait painter, has been giving to the Pall Mall Gazette interviewer his impressions of the famous men who have "sat" to him, and they are decidedly interesting as character studies. Mr. Gladstone quite magnetized him by the charm of hi3 presence and the wonderful flow of his conversation. They talked of art, and Thaddeus frankly acknowledges that he was "as a child in his hands." The ex-Premier was the most fascinating man that ever posed to him. The Holy Father "was almost as good as Gladstone, but not quite," Thaddeus felt so much of a child before his Holiness that it seemed to him the man who undertook to paint the Pope ought to be at least as old as a Cardinal. His Eminence Cardinal Howard was not a good sitter, but Father Anderledy, the General of the J esuits, was all that he could wish. Thaddeus entertains a great unfulfilled desire to paint the portrait of Cardinal Manning. That it may be soon satisfied must be the hope of the friends of the great Cardinal ant? the eminent Catholic portrait painter. The Washington's Girl's Wink. If a Washington girl looks at you at all on the street she is almost sure to shut one eye rather, $ot exactly shut it, but squint it up. This is the reason for the Washington wink, or squint, as some call it. The two avenues that form popular promenades are at such an angle toward the northwest and west of northwest that the sun's rays in the afternoon, when all the promenading is done, strike one side of the track. Under the rule that requires pedestrians to keep to the right of the pavement, you must look toward the sun to see those coming toward you. The sun is responsible for the squint. The whole line of people going west appear to be winking at those going in the opposite direction. So much has this affected the habitual promenaders on the avenue that many of them have a slight squint m the left eye at all times. The avenue girl is known by her squint. Washington Post Wife beating is cruel, but we know of women who are envious of other women whose husbands have given them a wrap that arouses the neighborhood. RICHMOND'S BREAD RIOT. a War.TIme Jefferson Dari Deserves Incidrnt. On the day of the riot (April 2, 1SG3), Mr. Davis said, he received word while rn his office at Richmond, that a serious listurbance, which the Mayor and Gov. Letcher with the State forces under his joraraand was entirely unable to suppress, was in progress on the streets, lie quickly proceeded to the Bcene of trouble in the lower portion of the city, svhither the venerable mayor had preceded him. He found a large crowd on Main Street, although the mass of the rioters were congregated on one of the side streets leading into that thoroughfare. They were headed by a tall,daring, Amazonian-looking woman, who had a w hite feather standing erect from her hat, and who was evidently directing the movements of the plunderers. The main avenue wa3 blocked by a dray from which the horses had been taken, and which was hauled across the street, and it was particularly noticeable that though the mob claimed they were starving and wanted bread they had not confined their operations to food supplies, but had passed by, without any effort to attack, several provision stores and bakeries, while they had completely gutted one jewelry store and had also "looted" some millinery and clothing shops in the vicinity. At the Confederate armory in Richmond were engaged a number of armorers and artisans enrolled by Gen. Gorga3, Chief of Ordnance, to work especially for the Government. These men had been organized into a military company under the command of a Captain, whose bearing was that of a trained, sturdy soldier, accustomed to obey orders, and ready to do his duty unflinchingly, no matter what it might be. This company had been promptly ordered to the scene of riot, and arrived shortly after Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis mounted the dray mentioned and made a brief address to the formidable crown of both sexes, urging them to abstain from their lawless acts. He reminded them of how they had taken jewelry and finery instead of supplying themselves with the bread, for the lack of which they claimed they were suffering. He concluded by say ing: lou say you are hungry and have no money. Here is all I have; it is not much, but take it." He then, emptying his pockets, threw all the money they contained among the mob, after which he took out his watch and said : We do dot desire to injure anv one, but this lawlessness must stop. I will give you five minutes to disperse, other wise you will be fired on. Xhe order was given the company to prepare for firing, and the grim, resolute old cap- tain who Mr. Davis said, was an old resident in Richmond, but whose name he does not recall gave his men the command, "Load!" The muskets wrere then loaded with buck and ball car-triges, ., with . the strict observance of military usage, and every one could see that when their stern commander received orders to fire he intended to shoot to kill. The mob evidently fully realized this fact, and began to disperse, and before the five minutes had expired the trouble was over and the famous misnamed bread riot was at an end. Beauvoir letter to Richmond Dispatch. Punishing an Elephant. Some elephants resemble men in their liability to sudden outbursts of passion. and in their exhibition of remorse when, the passion having subsided, they see the results of their violent temper. An illustration of an elephant s violence and contrition is given by Gen. George Bell, in his "Rough Notes of an Old Soldier," written while he was serving in India. hue the party was m camp, a Mahout went with his elephant to cut forage. As he was binding it in bundles, the elephant began to help himself and knocked about the bundles already tied up. The Mahout punished the beast for his disobedience by a blow on the shins, which so enraged the elephant that he seized the man with his trunk, dashed him to the ground and trampled him to death. No sooner had he killed his keeper than he repeated, roared and bolted for the -jungle to hide himself. Six other elephants, guided by their Mahouts, followed him. On being driven into a comer he surrendered, and was led into camp a prisoner, and chains were placed on his legs. Then came his punishment. An ele phant was placed on either side, each holding a heavy iron chain. As the dead "body of the Mahout was laid on the grass before him, the elephant roared loudly, being perfectly aware of what he had done. A Mahout ordered the two elephants to punish the murderer. Lifting the two heavy chains high in the air, with their trunks they whipped him w-ith these iron whips until he made the camp echo with his roars of pain. He was then picketed by himself, and an iron chain attached to his hind leg, which he dragged after him on the march. A Thiers Clever Trick. The engagement is announced of Miss Jennie Chamberlain, the celebrated American beauty, to Capt. Naylor-Ley- ana 01 tne ijruaras, says tne -ew xorK Journal. Capt. Naylor-Leyland is enormously ealthv. He has a magnificent estate in Denbighshire, Wales, where the future Mrs. Naylor-Leyland will find a rival beauty. Mrs. Cornwallis West, one of her nearest neighbors, ine JNayior-Levlands are not an old family. Both the father and motLor of the captain cited large fortunes from their fa thers. It wa3 some fifteen or sixteen year3 asro that the Navlor-Levlands first ap- apeared in London society. They had masrnihcent house in AiDert oate. overlookinsr Rotten Row. Thev did not for family reasons gain immediate entrance into society. a j - Easter had come and gone but the rondon season was not yet in full swing. The new aspirants determined to give a ball before the rush came, ana an nounced that magnificent presents, such as diamonds, bracelets, earrngs set with rubies, and necklaces of pearls would be distributed at the cotillon. Of course the value of the presents did not decrease by telling about them, and hen tbe dav of the ball arrived Jjon- don belles believed they would receive such cotillon favors a3 the mines 01 Golconda could not have supplied. rI h ball-room was crowded witn jjon- don's most fashionable belles and beaux. Trovd a rrreat success, and although the cotillon favors were not a3 splendid the had been bescnoea to ie mey were very handsome. It was the fashion in those davs to have dance programs, and at the Nay- Levlaods' balls to every program a very handsome pencil-case was attached. hen the guests were leaving iney ere surprised at being ai ked by a w gentlemanly looking man in dress clothes, who stood at the foot of the staircase, to return the pencil-cases, as they were only lent by Mr. Naylor-Leyland. Most of the pencil-cases were returned by the indignant guests, who vowed never to enter the house ajain. The story reached Mr. Navlor-Ley-land's ears and then it was discovered that the gentlemanly man in dress clothes was a well-known London "crook." Chinese CliiMren. Rather bright is the average Chinese boy, an active little fellow, his almond-shaped eyes shining dike a pair of jet beads, with no clothes to speak of in summer, aud in winter dressed like a small edition of his father. As a baby he is called "wa-wa," a very suggestive name, and his first Chinese words are "pa" aud "ma," just as though he spoke English. The first great event of hi life and his first trial is when the barber is called in to shave his head. He generally proves on that occasion to be a true "wa-wa," with vigorous lungs. After this first shaving his head for several years seems to send forth what may be called "queue sprouts" in every direction and from every part of his skull where the hair ought to grow. Sometimes as many as five or six, each braided and tied with a red cord, are found upon one boy. The great day of his youthful life, the day of "trousers with pockets in em," is when all these smaller queues are shaved off and the single queue the queue of manhood is started. Chinese boys have a great many amusements open to them. They play marbles as we do, only the marbles are rolled with the foot instead of the fingers. They play a game like battledore and shuttlecock, only the sole of the foot takes the place of the battledore. It is wonderful what skill they acquire in the game and the length of time they will keep the little tuft of feathers in the air, never allowing it once to touch the ground. Kite-flying is universal in China, though that is rather a man's amusement there. But the range of toys for children is almost endless in its variety, and while they are ruder and far cheaper than the elaborate clockwork contrivances with us, they serve their purpose equally well. But boy life in China is not all made up of play. """' His.--preparation for manhood is made much the same as with us, and when he reaches a suitable age he is either sent to school or put to work. Schools are found in all the cities and villages, not supported by a tax, but by subscription or tuition fees, and ell Chinese parents who can possibly afford it send their sons to school. The sons of the poorest peasants poor with a poverty of which we know nothing may aspire to the highest offices in the state, except only the Imperial throne. This is not a mere theory. All the offices in the gift of the Emperor are filled with the sons of common people. The pathway to these successes is education. Hence every nerve is strained, every sacrifice is made to keep the boy at school. A Strong Man. The Associated Press announces the death of Calvin J. Baseby. celebrated as the strongest man in the South. All great feats of strength, recorded in ancient histories or in modern newspa pers, became, in comparison with Baseby's jowers, the mere sports of weaklinsrs. On one occasion, in 187tJ, if Ave mistake not, Baseby was among the passengers of a Memphis and Little Rock railway train. The train stopped in the Mississippi River bottoms, aud the conductor, who came through the car where Baseby was seated, on being asked, that he did not know how long it might be before the train could proceed, that a part of a trestle had given way and to repair the damage might be the work of several hours. Baseby, together with a number of other passengers, got out to look at the break. It was found that a post, supporting a beam on which the rail rested, had been broken. "We'll have to chop down a tree and end ur a log under it, said a railroad hand. "No," said Baseby, "111 hold up the beam till the train passes over. Those who were not disposed to laugh sneered at him; but, unruffled, he put his shoulder under the beam, and, standing on the ground, raised it into place. "Tell the engineer to go ahead," he remarked. The engineer was standing there looking at him. "Y'ou are a fool," said he. "That's all right," Baseby replied. "Take your train over, and we'll talk about that afterward." "Who are you?" the conductor asked. "I am Calvin Baseby." "Jim," said the conductor, speaking to the engineer, "I know him. Go ahead." The train moved forward. As the engine was passing over, Baseby frowned just a trifle, but by the time the sleeper came along he was smiling serenely. He was undoubtedly an able-bodied man. Arkansaw Traveler. A Snoring Wife. A correspondent of the London Lancet makes a humiliating appeal to the medical profession to tell him what he is to do with a lady patient on whom he has been bestowing fruitless care and attention for the last twenty years. This lady is an inveterate and incorrigible snorer. Her husband has confided to the medical man that the snoring 13 "much worse lately," and that, whereas his helpmeet was wont to let him off with only three or four hours of torture, she now "snores all night, and can be heard all over the house." Moreover, she frequently wakes herself with the noise five or six times in one night, and it is rare that her husband can go to sleep till 3 or 4 o'clock. W hether she lies high or low makes no difference she can sleep and snore at any time in a few minutes, and to aggravate the case she had lately taken to yawning a great deal. Jfappy at Last. "I have been trying for rears to be as thoroughly aristocratic a3 you are, my dear?" "Yes, Amelia." "Well, I'm about to reach the acme at last." "Ah!" "Y'es. The doctor says I have symptoms of the gout." Time. 5oah and Dr. Tanner. "Dr. Tanner was not the first man who lived on water for forty day3," said Smudge. "No?" queried Fudge. "Of course not." "Who else?" "Well, what's the matter with Noah ? San Francisco Xeics Letter. PITH AXD POINT. Thirsty merchandise Dry goods. There is a difference between gross weight and grocer. Undertakers still continue to inter bodies and farmers to inter-cede. Mr..- Dan a fully believes that it is better to berate than to be President She What kind of a typewriter do you prefer, a caligraph of Hammond. He I think I prefer a blonde. The coat-C'f-arms of the new State of Washington will probably be a cherry tree passant with a hatchet rampant. Pay your bill twice rather than go to law. There are as many lawyers clamoring for the wrong as there are lawyers clamoring for the right. Beau Oh, I have taken your fa ther's bat instead of my own. Shd glancing at the clock) I "don't wonder at the mistake, it's so long since you had yours on. "How is your toothache getting along?" "Bad as ever." "I thought you said the dentist was going to kill the nerve?" "So be did; but it dies hard. Bostoti Herald..' Miss Joxes (to Smith, who has been out between the acts to see a man) Y'ou ought to go once more and toboggan a little. "Why so?" "Because they say it takes away on'es breath." "I believe I'll put on my thin underclothes, Sarah." "Don't you do it Stick to your flannels, John." "That's just the bother of 'em. Ive been sticking to 'em all day. Chicago Herald. Mrs. A Does your husband snore? Mrs. B. Yes, delightfully. Mrs. A. Delightfully? Mrs. B. Yes. You see he is an Italian barytone, and always snores selections from "Trovatore" and " Lucia. " Epoch. Harry Had a great time last night, old man! Took a girl out to ride with the new mare, you know, and my arms are lame to-dav from trying to hold her in. Will The srirl? Harry No; the mare. Boston Herald. You're looking bad, Bromley." "Yes. Been up every night for a week with the baby." "You wished him at the bottom of the Dead Sea many a time, I suspect?"' "Why, 110. I ain't so brutal as that But I was very thankful hf wasn't twins." Miss pe S.mith I don't seefcw Nellie Rosebud can bear that Gns Bioomer. Why, his nose is as red as a peony. Mr. De Smith. Yes, Bloomer may thank his lucky stars, sis, that your friend, Miss Rosebud, is color blind. Burlington Free Press. Y'orxG dude, who has just blocked out his side whiskers, was asked by inquisitive boy, whoe attention had been drawn to this very natural proceeding: What do you call those? Young Dude Mutton chops. Boy Y'ou had better say lamb chops. "Bromley, my -serial story came back yesterday." What! after keeping it three years ? " Yes, and it wasn't read, for I had purposely pasted some of the pages together. The editor kept my stamps and sent the MSS. by express at my expense." "And you're not hopping mad?" "No; I'm thankful he didn't charge me storage !"' Somewhere in the West a sable knight of the lather and brush was 1 er-forming the operation of shaving a Hoo-sier with a very dull razor. '"Stop, said the Hoosier, "that won't do." "What's de matter, boss?" "That razor pulls." "Well, no matter,, fo' dat,-sah. If de handle of de razah don't break, do beard am bound to come off, slip." Deepthixker- After all the boasted improvements in architecture the old-time builders did the most substantial work. Listener I think the later buildings are just as strongly put up. Deepthinker Nothing of the kind. Where are there any modern buildings which have stood as long as the ancient structures erected centuries ago?" First Baggage Smasher Say, Jake, I'm thinkin' it ud be money in our pockets if we'd begin handlin' trunks more keerful. Jake Why wud it? "Bo-cause the more we smash 'cm, the bigger and stronger and heavier they make 'em. I've struck three tlus mornin made out o' regular boiler iron. Me back's 'most broke." New York Weekly. A bright thing was said the other day by a little 5-year-old residing on State street. His mother eluded him for a trifling act of disresjeet and asked him if he did not recall the commandment to honor his father and mother. "Oh," replied the little trifler, "yoa forget that that commandment was made before either you or I wa3 born." too previous. "These waffles. Maria. " lie naM, As with coltUy critical ue He eye! them, ani then thok Ilia Lend, "With chunks of worm rubber woull vie. And bah! what a horrible tastfl It's the taste of nearly raw dough. These must have been iuale in great hast I should (lie if I ate one, I know." Said his wife with a withering look ! "Your maw haijene'i in here, vou e, Ani made them ain't tihe a s?ol cook?" "Pass the wafillea. my darliui;." auid La. Noses and Notoriety. A clever woman was recently asked by a Toronto Empire writer, who should be made President of a certain association of which great things were expected. "I cannot name her," she said, "but choose some one with a big nose and a big mouth." There may be no suggestion worth a row of pins in thi3, bnt none the less it is true that many of the ruling men and women of power have had large features. Thi3 is especially so in the literary world. At a literary gathering anywhere big noses or big mouths, or both will be noticea ble. The same traits are observable at a spiritual seance. At the Council of of Women at Washington the noses of the women were in the aggregate monumental. It is the Eame at a meeting of Sorosi3. Miss Frances Willard has a big nose and a good-sized mouth. Mrs. Julia Ward Howe has a big mouth, but very fine and sympathetic. George Eliot's nose lacked nothing ia size. Plantation Philosophy. De quickest talkera is sometimes de slowes' thinkers. Some folks likes tr thing case it's new, an udder folka likes er thing caze it's old. It ain't so hard ter down er rasfcil, but keepin' him down i3 whar de trouble comes in. One cowslip growin' by itse'f will 'tract mo" ertention den er beautiful rose in er garden full o flowera. In dis Life er heep depens' on knowin de truth when you find3 it. De lie ia fon' o' wearin' bright ribbons, while de truth ia often 'tented wid brown jean3. Arkansaw Traveler. The arrow poison by which several of Stanley's followers were fatally stricken was extracted from the bodies &f dried red ants. ,

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