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CljanutejHiiette, ti. M. DEWEY, Proprietor. CUANUTE. KANSAS WHITE HOUSE CLOCKS. (The Executive Mansion Is Furnlslied with Twnty-'Iwo Timepieces. The people at the Whito Houho take mote of time. They do It with twenty-two fine eight-day clocks, not counting: the few ephemeral and cheap af-Jalrs whose active life with one winding ia for a day only. Every Thursday a skillful olookman from a store on Pennsylvania avenue goes up to the White Houso and into every room, and in nearly every one ho winds a clock. He and the Presidotit are tho only men who have the undisputed entree to every apartment of the Executive Mansion. Nobody knows how much the clocks cost, and one or two of them have historical associations which make them priceless. The skillful clock man who takes care of them thinks the twenty-two clocks could not bo duplicated for Jess than $1,000. The most expensive of the timepieces Is also the most ancient and has the prettiest story connected with it. It rests on the mantel in the blue parlor, and ia iu form a female figure resting on a couch arch. Tho female figure has nothing to do with keeping the time. Tho clock face is in the front of the couch. The figuro nnd the isouch are of bronze and are gilded. The story is that the first Napoleon gave this clock to Lafnyette, who in turn presented it to Goorge Washington. History is silent as to how it same to be in the White House, where Washington never lived. Indeed, there is no affidavit accompanying any part of the story, and possibly it is aot true. But certainly it is a good jlock, keeps good time, and serves to warn the people who call upon Mrs. Harrison and hor boautiful daughters and daughter-in-law when they havo taid long enough. Whoover arranged the clocks in their present positions appreciated the fact that time was more precious to the President than to the other members of the family. The French clock in his bed-room is ahandsomoblack marble and gilt timo-pioce, and its cathedral gong sounds the quarter-hours. None of the other clocks do that. Hours and half-hours are frequont inough for them. Every bed-room has a French clock. That iu Mrs. Harrison's room is of gilt and has gilt candlesticks to match. In Mrs. llussell Harrison's bed-room there Is another gilt clock with a glass case over it. In the President's office there is a large black marble clock with a bronze figure above it. The clock in tho Cabi net-room is more comprehensive and includes a calendar and barometer. Private Secretary Halford has in his room the clock which is dearest to the hearts of the old employes in the White House. It is of black marble and gilt, and originally had a glass case over it, but that was broken long ago. What appeals to tho sentiment In this timepiece is that it is the only article in the White Houso. certainly the only one in the room where it now is, which stands exactly as it did when Abraham Lincoln was President. Lincoln's office room was the one now occupied by Mr, Halford, and the clock stood on the mantle then just as it does now, but it has not always been there. Mr. Arthur fancied the clock because of its associations and had it taken to his own room. Mr. Henley, chief of the Executive office during Mr. Cleveland's administration, asked to havo it brought back to the room which he then occupied, and about two years ago it was done. There is another very expensive loclc in the green parlor. It is of white marble and gilt. In the red parlor there is a glass-cased gilt clock, and in tho blue-room there is also a gilt clock, besides the Napoleon timepiece. A tall clock of comparatively modern construction, but of tho old fashion, stands iu tho lower hall near the entrance to the conservatory, and in the upper hall there is a genuino old-fashioned, wooden-casAl clock big enough for a girl to liido in. It wa.-inade in Boston. In the private dining-room there is v. large 'black marble clock, with ti bronze figure of Diana on the top of it. 'The state dining-room contains n -clock, a delicate consideration fur the feelings of guests, preventing any reminder of the flight of time, or of the unconsionablo length of their time at the table. The basement, steward's room, kitchen and other rooms devoted U: domestic purposes are supplied with what the German clock-man who takes care of them calls "Yankee clocks." 'There is nothing remarkable about them. There is not an alarm-clock ir he house. Washington Post. Two Brave Southern Women. Near Shiloh, Ga., in a modest cot tage, lives "Captain Jane Smith," who has won the title by the courage and independence she has shown in working a farm of one hundred acres. Left on rented land with only a mule, twe cows and four hogs when her brother went to the war, she and her sister have, out of crops of their own tillage, supported themselves and their aged mother, bought the farm, and built a comfortable dwelling. Rising at four o'clock, summer and winter, they worked a field till after sunset and fed the stock in the dark. From supper time till ten o'clock there was a constant clack and clatter of the loom, with the humming of the wheel rising above it They spun and wovo all the cloth for their garments. Their brother was killed in the war, but they are now beyond danger of want Chicago Tribune. A man at Ellensburg, W. T., has a tomcat that catches ducks. He hides la the brake by tho creek and pounces on his prey as it swims past The -other day he seized a large greenhcad which flew off with him. But Tom finally brought the duck to earth two ' killed it RICHMOND'S BREAD RIOT. Jefferson Davis Describes Thrilling War-Tim Incident. On tho day of the riot (April 2. 1803) Mr. Davis said he recolved word while In his oflioe in Richmond that a serious disturbance, which the mayor and Governor Letcher, with the State forces under his command, were entirely unable to repress, was in progress on the streets. He quickly proceeded to the scene of trouble in the lower portion of the city, whither the venerable mayor had preceded him. He found a large crowd on Main street, although the mass of the rioters were oongregated on one of the Bide streets leading into that thoroughfare. Thoy were headed by a tall, daring, Amazonian-looking woman, who had a white feather standing erect from her hat, and who was evidently directing the movements of the plunderers. The main avenue was blocked by a dray from which the horses had been taken and whioh had been hauled across tho street, and it was particularly noticeable that, though the mob claimed that thoy 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, wore engaged a number of armorers and artisans, enrolled by General Gorgas, chlof of ordnance, to work especially for the Government Those men had beon organized into a military company under 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 briof address to the formidable crowd of both sexes, urging them to abstain from thoir lawless acts. He reminded them of how they had taken jewelry and finery instead of supplying themselves witli the broad, for the lack of which they claimed they were suffering. Ho concluded by saying: "You say you are hungry and have no money. Here is all I have; it is not much, but take it" Ho then, emptying his pockets, throw all the money thoy contained among tho mob, after which he took out his watch and said: "We do not desire to injure any one, but this lawlessness must stop. I will give you five minutes to disperse, otherwise you will be fired on." The order was given the company to prepare for firing, and the grim, resolute old Captain who, Mr. Davis said, was an old resident of Richmond, but whose name he does not recall gave his men the command, "Load!" The muskots were then loaded with buck and ball cartridges, with strict observ ance of military usage, and every one could see that when their stern com mander received orders to fire ho in tended to shoot to kill. The mob evidently fully realized this fact and be gan to disperse, and before the five minutes had expired the troublo was over and the famous misnamed bread riot was at an end. Baauvoir Cor Richmond Dispatch. SAVED BY ACCIDENT. How Genernl Wailaco Came Near Slak ing Serious Blunder. "I was never so badly frightened during my whole course as a soldier," said General Lew Wallace the other night, "as I was over an experience that befell me while encamped near Paducah, Ky. I was in command of a brigade, and we had been after the Johnny Robs hot and heavy. Several skirmish clashes had occurred, but they were brave, game fellows and fought back with might and main on each oo casion. One night I made foint to with draw the troops down a valley, intend' ing to move back and re-occupy the ground before daylight and lead the enemy, who would be expected to fol low, right into our ramparts unawares. The surroundings were all such as to aid the project. The maneuver was executed as I had planned. In the gray dawn of the morning I was seated in front of my tent, when I was attract' ed by some noise, and, facing about, saw the outline of a company marching up the valley and headed in our direction. 'The Johnnies,' thought I, and In' stantly I gave the command to fire. There was not a movement or the dis charge of a gun among all our men. Three times I repoatod the command, shouting at last in my loudest and stern est voice: 'Hang it, why don t you fire?" At that Captain Ross, of the Eleventh Indiana stepped forward and said: -General, that company belongs to us.' Day was now breaking clearer, and as I strained my eyes I saw that the company carried the Union flag. Well, sir, I was paralyzed with emotion. My blood ran chill, or rather stood still, and seemed to freeze in my veins. Had my order been obeyed the whole company would have been wiped from the face of the earth. It was a sensation I shall not forget to my dying day, and comes back to me of tener than any other of my army experiences. "It happened in this way," the Gen eral explained. "In the company which came so near being butchered, not a man lrom the Captain down could speak or understand a word of English. They had joined one of the regiments from Missouri, and were Germans, one and all. When the order was given for the march and countermarch they had no idea of what was meant and lost the way coming back, or got separated from the detachment in spine manner I never knew about They were returning to camp when I mistook them for rebels, and if it had not been that the sight of the men was keener than my own, it would have been their last ex pedition." Louisville Courier-Journal. Teeth are much better kept in America than in England. Here woman makes a point of constantly examining her teeth, and direct ly there are any signs of a tooth going, is off to a dentist In England women go as long as they can, until the pain from a decayed tooth can be borne no longer; then they seek relief lrom a dentist STUCK TO THE BOAT. A Memorable Incident at the Wattle or Hall's Bluff. The records of the war of the rebel lion furnish few more heroio deeds than the following: On the 21st of October, 1861, occurrod tho disaster to the Union Army of Ball's Bluff. Colonel Baker hod been sent across the river with two Massachusetts regiments and his own California regiment, amount ing in all to about 1,600 men. With this small detachment, through some fatal error, Baker was left to cope with nearly 5,000 rebols. The handful of Union troops were soon driven back to the river bank, despite a most stubborn resistance. There were no boats at hand to rescue the men and in the panic that ensued officers and men plunged' into the river while the rebels standing on the bank poured a deadly fire upon them. A shnllow boat was moored to the opposite shore and volunteers were called for to man the boat and save their unfortunate comrades. All could see the peril, and brave indoed must be the hearts to face the two-fold danger of the swollen river and the deadly fire of the enemy. Two men only replied to the call for volunteers. They rowed their little craft until thoy readied their woundod comrades. Bravely they worked, despite tho enemy's fire and lifted In the helpless men till the boat could hold no more. Then these heroic men started for the shore. Thoy were cheered on by the shouts of their comrades and the enomy answered with furious volleys. They had gone but a little way when on6 of tho men was struck by a bullet, and as he foil carried the oar with him. The survivor could make but little headway with his single oar, but still ho manfully held out, until a bullet broke the oar stem near the blade. The soldiers on the shore shouted to him to swim and save himself. He stood for a momont as if all were lost, then sud denly snatched the rope by which the boat had been moored and waving his hand defiantly at the foe leaped into the river. Swimming slowly he towed the clumsy craft and drifting down with the rapid current was finally borne out of range of the enemy's fire and landed safely with his precious burden amid a storm of cheers. Cor. Philadelphia Press. Union Prisoners of War. Forty-nine thousand four hundred and eighty-five Union soldiers were confined in Andersonvillo prison between March 1 and November 1, 1864; at one time there were 33,000. Out of the total number confined 12,926 died. The official reports show the following In that hell-hole at the end of each month: March 4,603 April 0,5 77 May ls,4M June 2IS.3IS7 July 31.078 August 31,(l'.i8 September 8.218 October 4.S0J And the following shows the number of deaths: April, oue out of every 16 May, one out of every i!t June, one out or every Juh', one out of every ....lrt August, one out of every 11 September, one out of every October, one out of every 8 Novomber, one out of every 8 RANDOM SHOTS. The Legislature of Maine has appro priated $130,000 for State pensions for 1889 and f (15, 000 for 1890. Thehe are nearly fifty encampments of the Union Veteran League located in different parts of the country. The first homestead entry at Guth rie, Oklahoma, was by a Union veteran from Kansas, iiamod Johnson. The number of pieces of mail matter received at the Pension Office the past month averaged 70,000 per week. Ex-Union soldiers and sailors resid' ing in the State of Vermout desiring to ply the vocation of a peddler are not required to take out a license. The battle of Guilford Court House, fought March 17, 1781, about five miles from Greensboro, N. C, was celebrated on the spot by several thousand people recently. Tho orator of the day was Senator S. B. Vance. At a recent banquet in New York Governor Buckner, of Kentucky, said that after the surrender of Appomattox General Grant followed him into the woods and offered him the use of all his funds and food for the comfort of him self and his men. RIDING ON A FISH. How a Colored Man Caught a Huge Sturgeon oo the Atlantle Coast. Ofltimes a big sturgeon is caught while hunting for bass, and then the skill of the fisherman is brought to a trial, for a sturgeon weighing 150 pounds is six or seven feet long, and has a body as big as a man. As soon as the sturgeon finds out that he is a prisoner he starts out for deep water. One of the most experienced fishermen is detailed to bring him in, as he can not be hauled ashore In the usual way. Finding out in just what portion of the net the monster is located, the fisher man must wade out and get along side of the fish. Then he quickly straddles the sturgeon back of a sharp dorsal fin. and at the same time grasps him around the neck with both arms, raising his head out of the water. The fish must be held in this position until the boat can be brought along side and the sturgeon tumbled in. The contortions of man and fish are very ludicrous, and both have the appearance of trying to dance a jig in the water, but the danger Is sufficient to dispel all enjoyment in the fun. The story is told of an old colored fisherman, who once caught a sturgeon that weighed three hundred pounds. The fish was too strong for one man to hold, but he had a firm grip, and rather than lose the fish hung on until carried out half a mile into deep water. The sturgeon and his burden were un der water most of the time, but came up often enough for the man to get his wind. When the fish slowed down his speed, the darkey whipped out his clasp knife and severed its backbone. The boat' was following in the wake, and quickly came to the fisherman's rescue. The fish was saved and gold for $25.- -N. I. Sun. LOUISIANA POLITICS. An Object Lesson In the Kleetlon Meth od Prevailing In the South. The recent occurrences at Lafavette, La., illustrate the Southern polltloal methodB whon carried out to their legitimate results. There was to have been a municipal election there on the 6th of May, and there were two Democratic tickets in the field. The colored voters of the place were nearly a unit for one ticket, headed by the present mayor, who wag a candidate for re election. There were no Republicans in the field. When the polls opened a band of armed regulators, organized a year ego in Lafayette, St Martin and neighboring parishes for the purpose of suppressing colored suffrage, rode up to the riourt-house and announced that no negroes should vole. The sheriff of the county made a show of essortlng t'f)3 negroes to the polls, but whon the regulators drew their pistols and threatened his death the negroes fled. The officials thereupon declared it was impossible to hold an olectlon, and the town of 2,000 or 8,000 people surrendered ut discretion, to thirty regulators, ami no election was held. The same regulators a week before had prevented an election at St Martinsville under exactly similar circumstances, and even went bo far a few days afterwards as to return to the place, close up the negro churches, and forbid the negroes' attendance at prayer-meetings. Upon the closing of the polls the sheriff notified the Governor of what had occurred, and it is said arrested some of the regulators. His action, however, does not seem to have intimidated the latter, for a day or two afterwards a still larger gang of them appeared at Lafayette, and after taking complete possession of the town com pelled every negro holding office to re sign, called upon the town marshal, a white man who had vainly tried to secure the right of suffrage for the blacks, ordered him to desist ii future on the pent of his life, and then cooily made an arrangement with the authorities to hold a municipal elec tion at which only white citizens should vote, and as the election would be clearly illegal the names of those receiving a majority of votes should be sent to the Governor for appoint ment to the offices. As usual in such cases we are told that the Governor iB going to arrest the scoundrels who have been guilty of this usurpation, that he is going to call out the militia, that he has sent the Attorney-General of the State to investigate the business, etc., etc. The Governor was equally zealous and abundant of promises In the New Iberia outrages a few months ago, but nothing has ever come of it And nothing will ever come of this. The law-breaicers will not only go unpun ished but they will carry out their scheme to success. There is not suffi cient regard for law in those parishes to enforce it There may be a few white persons who are respecters of law, but they are too feeble to secure obedience to it and the authorities themselves dare not antagonize public sentiment. As the National Govern ment can not Interfere in a local af fair of this kind the case of the negroes is a hopeless one. They will be disfranchised, or if they attempt to vote they do so at the peril of their lives. At Lafayette the Southern method has been carried out to its le gitimate results. J. he .bourbons are not alone opposed to negroes voting the Republican ticket, but they are de termined they shall not vote for any ticket or hold any office, and in this case they have carried out their determination in defiance of equity, justice and the laws of the town and State. Law Is trampled out of sight and an armed mob is in possession' If the bulldozers dared do it this would bo the case all over the cotton States -Chicago Tribuna UNJUST CRITICISM. A Few Words About the Appointment Carter B. Harrison. of The criticisms of President Harrison for appointing his brother United Mates Marshal in iennessee are con temptible in tone and spirit, and ut terly unreasonable and unjust. The New York Times says "the appoint ment is one that no man of sensitive self-respect in Mr. Harrison's place would have made. The World, more untruthful, though not more unreasonable, says it is "the most pronounced act of nepotism in the history of the Government" This is political cant without the first ele ment of truth or sincerity. The ap- pointment in question does not come within the definition of nepotism at alL The essential element of nepotism is appointment of relatives to office who are unfit and undeserving. Webster defines it "Bestowal of pat ronage in consideration of relation ship to the bestower, rather than of merit" In this case merit and fit ness were the principal considera tions, and relationship was secondary. Carter B. Harrison is a gentleman of first-class ability and of the highest character. He held an important office under former Republican admin istrations, the duties of which he dis charged to the perfect satisfaction of the Government and public. No Re publican in Tennessee stands higher r enjoys the confidence and respect of the public in a more marked de gree. His claims to office, to use an offensive phrase, did not rest on the fact of his relationship to the Presi dent They rested on his personal character and merit and on recom mendations which would have secured his appointment from any Republican President The Republicans of Tennessee do not see in the appointment any of the elements of nepotism or favoritism that mugw ump and Demo cratic papers pretend to discover. On the contrary, they regard it as an emi nently fit and proper one. Indianap olis Journal. -Colonel W. H. H. Clayton, of Arkansas, has been appointed District Attorney of vVat State for the Western district He is a brother General Powell Clayton, ex-Senaioi from that State, and Colonel Clayton who was assassinated at Plummerville, Ark., while taking testimony for a contest of Mr. BreckinrHge's teat in the next House of Representatives. National Tribune. BOURBONS PROTEST. How the Negro la Treated In Mr, Grady's sympathetic south." Mr. Ii. J. Flernas, having been ap pointed postmaster at Bay St. Louis, which is a sort of summer resort for certain well-to-do people of New Or leans, there is complaint and protest concerning his appointmentand all because he is a colored man. The 'official organ of the town of Bay St Louis," as the Gulf Coast Progress Btyles itself, says: Agalnat Plernas individually this Journal bai no war to make. He ii aa good a colored man as cun be found, When be was a supervisor from tbla bent we took occasion to speak well for his publlo services though we opposed successfully bis re-election, end would oppose It again, because we believe In the election of Democrats and white men to ofnee. We would be pleased enough to sea blm rewarded by some such appointment ta auxgested above, but when It ia made aa apparent aa It now is that bla appointment to the post-offlce here will militate against the town's Interest we feel It our duty as well as our Impulse to join In the protest. This is bad enough iu a very pro vincial journal, but the Times-Demo crat, of New Orleans, is equally puer ile: It would be an act of peculiar Injustice and oppression to aptomt or to retain in office negro postmasters In our seucoast resorts. They are frequented by tbe highest, most re-fined and best educated classes of Northern and Southern people in winter aul summer. Neither visitors nor residents have any objection to appointees to these offices on account of political opinions. All they asK is that they should be honest, competent ano polite, and that tbey be either respectable wMte men or women. This desired qualification is not an outcome of sectional prejudice; Northerners and Southerners alike demand it; and if the Administration he disposed to act fairly in tbe matter, and to avoid unjust and oppressive measures against the people of these com munities, it will comply with this u.'geat demand. And the Picayune says: The appointment of a negro man named L. J. Plernas to be postmaster at Buy St. Louis in place of Miss Ioor, a white lady, was recent ly announced. The change was found extremely objectionable. Bay St. Louis, besides be- ing a place of considerable importance, ii largely inhabited by the families of men doing business in this oily, of which it is in reality a auburb. The men ol the families being absent in the day time, their postal business Is done almost exclusively by the ladies and children, and the appointment of a negro to be postmaster in place of a lady has aroused with good reason a widespread protest. The Item, New Orleans, says: If tbe President's Southern policy Is to pla cate the white race, be must not push the ne- ero race Into the post-omces, as at Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis. The post-offlct touches the white people nearer than any othei Federal place; the whites (women and glrla included) constitute tbe great majority of lti visitors, because the whites chiefly use the mails. Give negroes custom-house and internal-revenue places, Mr. President, if neeA be, but keep the post-offices for the whites and al summer resorts for white postmistresses when practicable. This Is simply monstrous. Mr. Pler nas, let it be remembered, is honest, capable, and "as good a colored man as can be found." He has been ap pointed to an office where good service to the public is required. The assumption of the Democratic papers is that a post-offlce kept by an honest, capable colored man will be offensive or dangerous to the white ladies ol the town. The whites of the South will trust the colored man as a custodian of their houses, as a coachman, as a business agent As a head waiter in a dining-room, or as a caterer, or as the proprietor of an icecream parlor or a confectionery store he will not be offensive or dangerous to ladies. Why should such a man be dangerous or offensive as a postmas ter? Why is the appointment oi Piernas an act of injustice and oppression? Chicago Inter Ocean. DEMOCRACY'S FATE. Why the Protection Issue Is Sure to De stroy the Party. We have been expecting to hear some ree-tracte paper announce that the death of William H. Barnum is a big setback to the protectionist wing of the Democratic party, and that the work of bringing that element under the domination of the Carlisles, Brock-inridges and Mlllses of the organiza tion would be comparatively easy as a consequence. Many free traders undoubtedly believe this, and some of tTiem will probably say it. Barnum had always been opposed to the "rev enue only" men of his party, and he fought them strongly and ardently be fore and during the St Louis conven tion last year. It would be natural, therefore, for his Democratic antag onists to view his death as an irreparable loss to his adherents. But Barnum' s death does not re move the last of the able ana con spicuous Democratic protectionists. Senator Gorman is still alive and active, ex-Secretary Whitney is more powerful and more alert than ever. while David R Hill stands like a Colossus In the political foreground, tow ering above the other magnates of his party. These are only a few of the Democratic chieftains who stand for the principle in economics for which Barnum stood. The person who im agines that these men can either be ignored or silenced knows nothing of the fiber of which they are composed, It must not be inferred, however, that the obstinacy or activity of its protectionist element will bring any strength to the Democratio party. From the very nature of the case the free-trade faction must always be the dominant portion of the Democracy so long as the question of protection versus free trade remains the leading issue in our politics. No matter what Democrat gets the nomination, the policy and tendencies of his party must be In the direction of a low tariff, while the great line of cleav age between the two big parties con tinues as it is now and as it has been in recent National canvasses. The great bulk of the protectionists will be arrayed under the Republican banner, while the free traders will all be found in the Democratio ranks. The potency and activity of the Demo cratio protectionist chiefs, therefore, will simply divide and distract the party councils, sap the party vitality and extend and strengthen the Repub lican organization. St Louis Globe- Democrat JColonel Dudley is not an outlaw he has been guilty of no crime, but ha is the victim of mugwump vindictive-ness. For this reasoa, if not on account of old friendship, he deserves courteous treatment and Republicans in all parts of the country will be glad to hear that President Harrison doe want to see Colonel Dudley at the White House. There is no ingratitude about Benjamin HarrUoa. N. Y. Pr . MR. CLUCSTON'S ESCAPE. An Editor's Life Saved bv the Proper Application of a Tariff Article. "Is tho editor InP" The person who spoke was a tall, raw-boned man, with red hair and a freckled face. He had a hand like a canvas-covered ham, and was crosseyed. Mr. Clugston, the editor and proprietor of the Doodleville Yelper, looked up. "Why ah good morning, sir," he replied, with a frozen sort of smile contorting his face, and a Manitoba wave careering madly up and down his Bplnal column. "It's a fine day er " "Not particularly," said the visitor, in a rasping voice. And it wasn't. It was a raw, blustering, rainy day, and the wild geese were flying southwestward with a reckless, On-to-Oklahoma, get-there-Eli movement, and a hideously-profane emphasis in their hastily-warbled muslo. That's what I" began Mr. Clug ston, as he noted with a sinking feel ing that his caller stood in the only doorway affording an exit from his 8x10 sanctum, and that there wasn't a weapon sharper than a paste brush anywhere within sight to defend himself with in case of an attack. 'No, It wasn't," was the sneering re- oindor. "It wasn't what you meant to say, and you know it wasn't! You don't know what you intended to say, you white-livered, pop-eyed, tow- headed dlsflgurer of white paper! You lean, cheap, boarding-house cut from the shank of a starved mutton! You're scared to'death, and you know it! I've come to polish you off, sir! I'm going to knock your two eyes into one, and chuck your No. 6 head in your own ink keg!" 'Wh-wh-what have I done?" asked the editor, in a trembling voice. "What have you done?" echoed the largo, red-haired man, coming nearer. 'Do you pretend you don't know, you washed-out fragment of a man? Do you pretend you didn't mean me when you printed that piece in your paper last week about 'How to Make a White Man of a Strawberry Blonde?' Do you" 'That article," exclaimed Mr. Clugston, earnestly and appeallngly, was printed 297 miles from here, and" 'That's a little too thin! That may do to tell some elm-peeler from Kreid-ler's Mills, but it won't go down with me. Your paper, sir, ain't edited and published 297 miles from Doodleville. I'm going to showyou, sir, how to make a mop of a Doodleville editor!" He threw off his coat kicked over the editorial chair, and made a fierce grab at the frightened journalist. In moments of great emergency something like inspiration comes at times to the assistance of hard-pressed humanity. As his antagonist lunged savagely at him, Mr. Clugston cast a wild, despairing glance around the room. Ills eye fell on something lying on the table something that had hitherto escaped his notice. Quick as a flash he seized it and brought it down Bquarely on the head of his assailant. For one briof moment the gigantic frame of tho red-haired man stood motionless, and then with a crash that shook the Yelper office from back-door to awning-post in front he fell prostrate. "Carry out this unsightly object," said Mr. Clugston to the office hands who came running in from the back room to see what was the trouble; and with the cold, severe aspoct of a man whose time was too precious to be wasted on trifles the editor of the Doodleville Yelper sat down at his table again and resumed the work of writing a lurid description, at ten cents a line, of Mrs. Van Sampson's millinery opening. Ho had knocked the big, freckle- faced man senseless with an editorial entitled "Tariff on Wool." Chicago Tribune. THE CARPET MOTH. Several Methods of Attacking and De stroying This Household Pest. Where carpets are used and only taken up once a year at "house-clean ing," the conditions are very favora ble for the carpet bug's increase, par ticularly where the house-cleaning is hurriedly done. When a house has once become infested, nothing but the most energetic measures will completely rid it of the pest, and in com plete riddance is the only hope, as in a year a very few individuals will so Increase as to do great damage. At house-cleaning time then, as many rooms should De Daroa at once as pos sible, and the house-keeper should go carefully over the rooms, removing all dust and with a hand-atomizer charged with benzine should puff the liquid into all the floor cracks and ' under the baseboards until every crevice has been reached. The carpets themselves. after thorough beating, should be lightly sprayed with the same sur Btance, which will quickly evaporate. leaving no odor after a short time The inflammability of benzine ihoulc be remembered, however, and no light should be brought near it This done, before relaying the carpets, it will be well to pour into the cracks a moder ately thick mixture of plaster of Paris and water, which soon sets and fills them with a solid substance into which the insects will not enter. Then lay around the borders of the room width of tarred' roofing-paper, and afterward relay the carpets. This thorough treatment stioula answer in the very worst cases, and in house so cleaned the insect will prob ably not regain a foothold during the ensuing year. Cloth-covered furniture which may have also become infested should be steamed or also treated with benzine, and chests or drawers in which infested clothing has been stored should be thoroughly sprayed. Another method of treatment con sists in laying a damp cloth (an old towel or a folded sheet will do) smoothly over the suspected part of the car pet, and ironing it with a hot iron. I he steam thus generated will pass through the carpet and kill all the in sects immediately beneath. If not too laborious, an entire room could be treated to advantage in this way. Good Housekeeping. i - ''' CURRENT SUPERSTITIONS, Information Obtained from Old Women In Countries Near and "ar. The funeral procession must not oross a river. The last name a dying person calls Is the next to follow. A dish-cloth hung on a door-knob l a sign of death in a family. The corpse must not pass twice over any part of the sair-e road. To dance on the ground indicate! disaster or death within a year. Whoever works on a sick porson's dress he or she will die within a year. If a hoe be carried through a house some one will die before the year la out. If thirteen sit at a table the one who rises first will not live through the year. 1 he person on whom the eyes of a dying person last rest will bo the first to die. Whoover counts the carriages at a passing funeral will die . within the year. To break a looking-glass is a sign of death in the family before the year closes. If three persons look at the same time into a mirror one will die within the year. The clock should be stopped at the time of death, as its running will bring ill luck. If one dies, and no rigor mortis en sues, It Indicates a speedy second death in the family. If a hearse is drawn by two white horses death in the neighborhood will occur in a month. It is unlucky in a funeral for those present to repass the house where death has occurred. If rain falls on a new-made grave there will be another death in the family within the year. If the grave is left open over Sunday another death will occur before the Sunday following. To keep tho corpse in the house over Sunday will bring death in the family before the year is out. It is unlucky to pass through a funeral, either between the carriages or the files of mourners on foot. If rain falls into an open grave an other burial in the cemetery will occur within three days. At a funeral entering a church before the mourners means death to some of the entering party. To put on a bonnet or hat of one in mourning is the sign that you will wear one before tho year is out. If any one comes to a funeral after the procession starts another death will occur In the same house. In Switzerland, if a grave is left open over Sunday, it is said that within four weeks one of the village will die. If, during sickness, a pair of shears be dropped in such a manner that the point Bticks into the floor, It indicates the death of the sick person. When a woman who has been Bew- ing puts her thimble on the table as she sits down to eat, it is a sign that she will be left a widow if she marries. A common saying in England is: Happy is the corpse the rain falls on." lhis belief exists also in the United States. Thus it is said that if rain falls at the time of the funeral it is a sign that the dead has gone to Heaven. Chicago Mail. MAKING FRENCH WINES. Amusing story of the Alleged Falsifica tion of Clarets in France. The falsification of wines is once more becoming a Burning subject in France. It is notorious that millions of bottles of the vin rouge which is consumed at home and sent abroad are guiltless of one drop of the juice of the grape. Concerning this wholesale falsification" of Bordeaux wines, I was told an amusing story this winter by a French gentleman who was my traveling companion from Marseilles to Paris. Here ia the story: A farmer in Nor mandy, seeing a wine advertised by a firm in Bordeaux, wrote for a couple of casks of it, and forwarded the money. A fortnight afterward it arrived at the station, and he sent his carter to bring it home. The carter brought two casks, but, to the farm er's astonishment, only one cask was full; the other was empty. An examination of the cask showed that it had not been tampered with, and there was no trace of leakage. Evidently an empty cask had been sent by mistake. The farmer at once wrote to the Bordeaux wine merchant to complain of the carelessness. In due course a reply was received, which was as follows: "Dear Sir I am sorry for the mistake made by my man, but you can easily rectify it If you will fill the empty cask with water -and leave it for a fortnight you will find the wine all right The ingredients are at the bottom of the cask, but my man foolishly admitted to add the wnter. Waiting your further orders, -I am, sir, yours, etc." My French friend assured me thai this was a fact The story became public through the Norman farmer demanding the return of his money, and, the wine merchant objecting, the case oame before the law courts. After this, what price for "vin ordinaire?" If that's what they give political prisoners, no wonder Boulanger ran away. George R. Sims, in London Referee. Keep Cool and Live Long. A calm, cool temperament is doubtless an aid to a long life. It is the people who are easiest troubled and oftenest excited who wear out first Bulwer, in one of his novels, makes the cynical remark that two things are essential to the greatest longevity a good digestion and a bad heart This has been applied often to old men who were not sympathetic in their temperament It does not follow, however, that because men are impertubable in manners they are heartless much less than they have bad hearts. Men may be actively wicked as well as apparently indifferent on the subject of righteousness. When a man lives to a great age the presumption is that he has taken good care of himself. Some are more scrupulous to do this than others, and tome find the task much easier than do the most at their fellows. Boston Herald.

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