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GO R G EOU3 PA R ROTS. A Fighting Bird Which Fought Its W»y to Banishment. With the ancients the parrot was not * bird to be revered, so far as can be learned. It is not depicted on any of the sacred scenes in stone that tell the •tones of the nations of old, nor has it ever been found mummified in the tombs of Egypt. Most likely the ancients thought it an uncanny bird, and also a dangerous one, with its capabilities of repeating' what it heard. Another thing was that in those days women had not much to say in the ordering- of the household, save in and around the harem, and, perhaps, the worthy satrap had enough of noise in that part of his establishment thoroughly to satisfy him and make him wish for blissful silence in his own quarters. The advent of the parrot into private life is contemporaneous with the emancipation of women. It is only a pet in so-called civilized countries. The blacks .at Australia, the Maori of New Zealand, the negro of the Congo, the natives of Central and Northern South America had simply used the bird for food and Its feathers for ornament. Some unknown woman of the Circassian race must have found that it made more noise than herself, told tales on her husband, and the trade began. To many people nowadays the parrot- is a bird of one's earliest reminiscences, trie-bird had not its domicile in one's own home, but it formed one of the pets of a maiden aunt, a woman to be •well thought of and respected, and it was instilled into the youthful mind, however mischievous it may have been, that no jokes were to be played within the walls of her well-kept house. In furtherance of these commands you were fool enoxigh to say "pretty poll" »&& scratch the bended head, and then, looking curiously round the room, •cratch the bird's eye, the next moment .leaving a part of your finger and fingernail in the bird's beak. These old-maid birds are generally pious and are much more cared for than the housemaid; but sometimes they end In evil ways. The parrot that the pious aunt of Verrisopht Boomershine gave him when about to join . his regiment, in the hope of keeping that worthy yonih from the pitfalls of military life, •was chockful of good Biblical advice, "bat Verrisopht went on leave, and the parrot was taken to the barrack-room, •whence it came back the most blasphemous of birds. Profanity it took kindly to, and so shocked the maiden aunt during an unexpected visit to the •barracks, that had she not died before ••he conld alter her will, Verrisopht •would have been left a poor man. Tha parrot from its birth is a noisy bird The bird in i!s nest makes more nob* than a dozen toucans, and when old enough to join in the flights that «Y»ry morning 'and evening cross the tropical forests joins in the squawking chorns that can be heard a mile away. But there are parrots and parrots. The littie love bird gives up its life to a small twitter and "just to kiss and kiss and kiss again, "while the royally-robed macaw or white-plumed, yellow-crested cockatoo spends its life in noise and tattle. There is one good thing to be said for the parrot and that, is that it vrill always go to its brother in distress. Whether from curiosity or kindliness •who can tell? Should, you wound a parrot you may be certain of a good oag: As you hear the next flock approaching press the wounded bird with ybnrfoot. The cries attract the other birds and they circle round, giving one some capital shots. It sounds a little L cruel, but then the larder must be supplied. In captivity, however, they are strange ;birds, the larger numbers only admirable for their plumage and hor- ribly-'eiasperating for.'the noisy monot- onjjr of 'their voices..: • But soine undoubtr -edlyjsirc! amusing fortheir-mimicry and the affection they show. What man has traveled abroad and has not seen tha parrot,, apparently monarch of all it surveyed, wandering: with its sidelong gait about the floor of the house, and -climbing every chair, making free of the lobe of the ear of the visitor and, missing- the accustomed earring of its mistress, drawing blood from the guest who foolishly .wanted to inake himself agreeable? However sleepful a man . anay be, if fate should lodge him in a "house.where this bird is a pet, he must make up his mind to rise at early dawn, or lin in bed and silently bless the nuisance.—N. Y. Tribune. THE WHITE-WAX INSECT. i r A Hemarkable Industry Carried on In the Chinese Empire. The Chien-chang valley, which is abont 5,000 feet above the level of the sea, is the great, breeding place of the white-wax insect The very prominent tree there is known to the Chinese as -the insect tree. It is an evergreen with theleaves springing in pairs from the branches, very thick, dark green, glossy, ovate and pointed. In May and June the tree bears clusters of white flowers, which are succeeded by fruit of a dark purple color. The Kew authorities have come to the conclusion that it is Ligusirum ludidium, a large-leaved jprivet. In March, when Mr. Hosie saw -the trees, he found attached to the bark of- the boughs and twigs numerous brown pea-shaped excrescences. The larger of these we re readily detachable, and when opened presented either a whiter-brown pulpy mass or a crowd of minute animals like flour, whose movements were just perceptible to the naked eye. From two to three months later these had developed in each case into a- swarm of brown creatures, each provided with six legs and a pair of antenna; each df these was a white•wax insect Many : of the excrescences also contained either a small white bag oj? cocoon covering a pupa or a perfect imago in the shape of a small black beetle. This beetle is a species of Brachytarsus. If left .undisturbed the Ireetle, ithieh is called by the Chinese the "buffalo," will, heedless of the •Cocci, continue to burrow in the inner of the scale, which seems to ba Its fct>'d; the beetle is, in fact, para'sitii on the Coccus. When a scale is pluckec from th* tree the Cocci escape by the orifice which is.made. -•"..'. Two hundred miles to the northeas of. the Chien-chang valley,., and separated from it by a series of mountain ranges, is the town of Ghia-ting, in which insect white wax, as an article of commerce, is produced. The scalei are gathered in the Chien-chang valley, and are made up into paper packets, •ach weighing about sixteen ounces, Sixty of these packets make a load, anc are conveyed by porters from Chien- chang to Chia-ting (in former years there are said to have been as many as ten t'lbusand of these porters. They travel only during the night, in order to avoid tho high temperature of the day, which would tend to the rapid development of the insects and their escape from the scales. At the stopping-places the packets are opened out in cool places, but in spite of this,each packet is founc to have lost on an average an ounce in transit A pound of scales laid down in Chia-ting costs in years of plenty aboul half a crown; in bad years the price is doubled. . In favorable years one poirac of scales will produce four to fivo pounds of wax. In the plain around Chia-ting the plots of ground are thickly edged with stumps varying from threa or four to twelve feet high, with numerous sprouts rising from their-gnarlec heeds and resembling at a distance our own pollard willows. The leaves spring in pairs from the branches, anc are light green, ovate, pointed, serratec and deciduous. Tha tree is said in alj probability to be the Fraxinus chinen- sis, a species of ash. On the arrival of the scales frocxChien' chanjr, about the beginning of May, they are made up in small packets oi from twenty to thirty scales, which are inclosed in a leaf of. the wood-oil tree. The edges of the leaf are tied together with a rice straw, by which the packet is suspended close under the branches of this ash, or white-wax tree, as the Chinese call it. A few rough holes are drilled in the leaf with a blunt needle, so that the insects may find their way through them to the branches. On emerging from the scales the insects creep rapidly up to the leaves, among which they nestle for a period of thirteen days. They then descend to the branches or twigs, on which they take up their position, the females doubtless to provide for a continuation of the race by developing scales in which to deposit their eggs and the males to excrete the substance known as white wax. This first appears as an undercoating on the sides of the boughs and twigs, and resembles sulphate of quinine, or a covering of snow. It gradually spreads over the, whole branch and attains after- three months, a thickness of a quarter of an inch. After the lapse of one hundred days the deposit is complete, the branches are lopped off and as miich of the wax as possible! is removed by hand. This is placed in an iron pot of boiling water and the wax, on rising to the surface, is skimmed off and placed in a round mold, whence it emerges as the white wax of commerce. Where it is found impossible to remove the wax by hand the twigs and branches are thrown into the pot, so that this wax is darker and inferior. The insects, whjch have sunk to the bottom of the pot, are placed in a bag and squeezed of the last drop of wax, and are then thrown to the pigs. The wax is used for coating the exterior of animal and vegetable tallow candles, and to give greater consistency to the tallow. 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When he returned he allowed his eyes .to rest on me, and, holding the pin up to view, said: 'This was bought here, I find, on .December 34, ISSO., It is not our custom .to exchange articles that have been out .of .the shop so, long a time as that' "Well, you may imagine my shame. I would have liked.to sink through the floor. • And the. -man with me couldn't help seeing what a cheat I had been -It was just all.I could do to ge^myself pulled together in time to make a 'little :pretense of innocence. I pretended to doubt what the clerk said, and declared I had only received the pin about two weeks before. ' Then I appeared suddenly to realize that the giver of the pin had made me' a second-hand present, and protested warmly against the impertinence of it. "Finally the clerk said he would allow me something on the pin if I desired to make a new purchase. The original price was thirty-five dollars. He,would give me twelve dollars toward buying another. 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