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THE YIRGM ENTERPRISE VIRGINIA. MINN. W. E. HANNAFORD, PublUher. CURIOUS COMPENSATIONS. —Imliananolis is well off, being worth $103,000,000 and owing but $1,884,500. —Philadelphia is said to have more trees thau 'any other city in this coun­ try. —A telegraph conference was held in Rome in 1871 by the Italian govern­ ment. —Thus far the wheat prospects of 1806 are most gratifying to American farm­ ers. —Mouut Jefferson. 15,500 feet high, is said to he the tallest in the state of Washington. —Pulling away the old soil from close up arouud the stems of the trees, and applying rich, heavy soil in its place, is quite a benefit. —The oldest sons of viscounts follow those secretaries of state who are not of noble birth, and are themselves fol­ lowed by the younger sons of earls. —The chancellor of the Order of the tiarter follows the privy council, and precedes the chaiuberlaiu of the ex­ chequer, if the latter be not of noble degree. —It has been discovered by two French scientists that most precious stones, such as the ruby, the sapphire and the emerald, can readily be told from their imitations by means of the Roentgen rays. —Burglars broke into the barracks of the One Hundred and Thirtieth Infan­ try regiment in the Rue de Babylone, iu Pars, recently, carried off the safe with $25,000 bodily, and, forcing the colonel's safe, stole his private valuables. —The osprey is a spring and autumn visitant to England. It is now only to be found breeding in a few localities in Northern Scotland. This bird occurs iu most parts of Europe. Asia, Africa and North America* southward as far as Brazil. —The eggs of the osprey. usually two or three in uuiuber, vary a great deal iu their coloration, some examples being yellowish-white in color. profusely blotched or spotted with yellowishbrown, while some are beautifully blotched with rich brown aud blurred with gray. —The secretary of the Brassworkcrs' association. Birmingham, which has a membership of some 40.000, says that he has been identified with the brass trade in all its many ramifications dur­ ing his whole life, and that he is quite positive there is no such thing as an idol factory in Birmingham. —Some observations carried out by Arthur MacDouald have brought to light this interesting fact that persons breathe less when they are concentrating their minds on study or work, and also when under the influence of depressing emo­ tion. On the other hand, we breathe more when exhilarated by pleasure and amusements. —Tl1? skeleton of a large bird now on exhibition in the museum of Christ's ?hurch, New Zealand, gives one a faint idea of the gigantic form of animal life which once existed on this planet. The skeleton is that of a Moa, a bird former­ ly indigenous to New Zealand, but which is believed to have become extinct about 2000 years ago. —The well known submerged forest at Whitburn Bay, Sunderland, has been the subject of much conversation lately, because of more of it having lately been seen than has been the case for some years. Recently an interesting find was made in connection with it. The relic was part of a fir tree, which was in the mid stage between coal and wood. —The dressing of codfish is an opera­ tion requiring skill and rapidity. A man called the "throater" cuts the fish's throat and rips it open, and passes it to the "header." who removes the head and entrails: the "splitter" then splits the fish open and takes out a part of the backbone, and the "salter" piles up the fish in tiers in the hold of the boat and salts them. —A few years ago Capt. Boycott, the owner of an estate in Ireland, incurred the ill will of his neighbors, and they adopted severe measures to indicate their displeasure. Tradesmen would sell him nothing-, nor would they Iiave any other dealings with him, and workmen refused to enter his service. From this circumstance arose the practice known as "boycotting." —Switzerland. France, Belgium, Great Britain. Germany and Italy have been admitted to the benefits of the new in­ ternational copyright law. For an American to secure copyright in Great Britain the title must be entered at Sta­ tioner's hall, Loudon, the fee for which is 5 shillings, and the work must be published in Great Britain simultaneous­ ly with its publication in the United States. —When two Negritos, a people of the Phillippine islands are united, the whole tribe is assembled, and the affianced pair climb two trees growing near to each other the elders then bend the branches until the heads of the couple meet. When the heads have thus come into contact, the marriage is legally accom­ plished, and great rejoicings take place, a. fantastic dance completing the cere­ mony. Glass, as far as research has been able to determine, was in use 2000 years before the birth of Christ,, and was even then not in its infancy by any manner of means. In the state collection at the British museum there is the head of a lion moulded in glass, bearing the name of an Eg™tian king of the elev­ enth dynasty. This is the oldest speci­ men of pure glass bearing anything like a date now known to exist. —The crocodile's methods of capturing large game are plural as well as sin­ gular. Sometimes he will lie on a river bank, partly covered with sand or mud. until an absent-minded native wanders within reach. Having grabbed his prev, he wdl waddle into the water and there drown the struggler. He will then drag bis victim ashore and bury him in sand or mud. and wait for days before he gorges himself. —The great bustard is the' rarest bird that comes under the head of game. This oird formerly haunted all the level counties of England, and was particular­ ly common on Salisbury plain. From the reign of Henry VIII. repeated measures were passed in order to protect it and it is expressly included under the head of game in the statute of the first year of the reign of William IV.. which codi­ fied and reformed the laws relatiug to game. —In the Highlands of Scotland at +.lie present time the osprey -usually makes its nest on the flat top of a nine lice but formerly it just as frequently se­ lected a battlement or a chimney of some ruin, generally on an island. The nest is a pile of sticks, as much as four feet high and as many broad—the ac­ cumulation of many years—intermixed with turf and other vegetable matter lined with finer twigs, and finally with grass, much of it often green. Knew the Size. Joe Natus had a German friend from liohoken visiting him yesterday. The visitor was accompanied by his little boy. In the course of their wanderings up Broadway the little boy cried for a new th.ey pntered a prominent store. What size does he wear?" asked the clerk. "I don't know," replied the boy's father. After a number of trials the boy was finally fitted. As the hat was being wrapped up the energetic clerk said to the Hobokenite: "Can't I sell you one of our latest styles?" After some argu­ ment he induced him to consider the investment. size do J*™ wear?" he said to the German visitor. know. What size has my boy got?" "Six and seven-eighths," replied the clerk. "Veil, then gif me nine, ten, eleven," said the customer.—New York World. Invented Addresses. It is generally understood that such dramatic speeches as great commanders are reported to have addressed to their troops before battle were invented for them in after times by historians and others and, indeed, from the limited scope of the human voice, were impossi­ ble under the circumstances. A naval commander has, however, a better chance of being heard by his ship's company, and a few stirring words on the eve of an engagement have often had a good effect. That was the view of a gallant seaman known in the fleet as Old Maples,-who commanded the Peli­ can in 1814. As the enemy's ship, the Argus, approached, Old Maples thought he would make a rousing true British speech to his meu—his hearts of oak. So he struck up: "Send all hands aft. My. lads, there's the Argus, no doubt about It, Aud now*, my lads, if yon dou't take the Argus, my lads, why then, thy lads—why then, my lads, the Argus will take you. Pipe dowu." After all, few speeches havo been more to the point.—Household Words. BATHED IN LOUBDES GROTTO. Health Restored to Mrs, Brerton of Bun* ta Crua, Cal, Mrs. Zenobia Eversou, who has visited Santa Cruz each winter for the past eight years, has returned from an ex­ tended visit to Lourdes, Frauee, where she claims to have been cured of a mal­ ady which she and her physicians had believed incurable, says the Sau Fran­ cisco Call. Mrs. Everson was born in France, but has been a resident of Amer­ ica since her childhood. For ten years she suffered and many times watf at the point of death. While visiting in Santa Cruz Mrs. Eversou read of the miraculous cures at Lourdes and determined to go there. She started alone across the contineut and ocean to seek the healing waters. She sailed in June and arrived in Lourdes on July 4. 1895. There she re­ mained six weeks, visiting1 the grotto daily, speuding much time in prayer, joiiuug the procession which every after­ noon proceeds from the grotto aloug the river, arouud the plaza, and to the Church of the Rosary. Mrs. Everson took but three of the baths. Theu came a day when, during the procession, there came to her an in­ describable physical transition. Through her whole body, to the very finger-tips, she felt the thrill of a mighty change. She was cured of the disease that was wasting her vitality. From that day until now she has stead­ ily improved in health aud strength. There has been no return of pain, of inconvenience or of unfavorable symp­ toms. Her eye is vigorous and bright and Mrs. Everson is so vigorous that she walks long distances and feels no weakness. HE HATES KAILR0ADS. Jake Stoddard, a Kansas Farmer, Has a Grievance. Passengers on the Burlington Railroad, in Doniphan county, Kas., often laugh at a sign which can be seen close to a farmhouse near the track as the train approaches Fanning, a small station near Atchison. The sign is crudely painted in black letters on a board one foot wide and five or six feet long. It reads: :This Man Has Been Wronged by the: Railroads. When the road was built several years ago the line was surveyed within ten feet of a farmhouse belonging to Jake Stoddard. He protested against what he deemed the outrage, but in vain. The grading was done -and the track was laid. Incidentally Mr. Stoddard's henhouse was torn down and his orchard was re­ arranged. Mr. Stoddard felt that he had been used badly, and he refused to accept the amount offered by the com­ pany as damages. He began a suit against the company which lasted sev­ eral years and finally resulted in a com­ promise. Then Mr. Stoddard put up the sign which tells those who pass by of his "wrongs." He is also raising dogs that run and bark at every train that passes, as if they shared their master's hatred of corporations. Brakemen throw coal at the canines, and by picking up these missiles Farmer Stoddard secures fuel for his stove. But he hates the Burling­ ton railroad with an abiding hatred, and repaints the sign every spring. Got His Commission. X. J. T. Dana, whom Mr. Cleveland recently nominated to be first deputy commissioner of pensions, has the record of having been one of the best officers of tbe Federal army. He entered the army as a captain in the regular service, Jrtid quickly rose to the command of a Minnesota regiment, being afterward ap­ pointed to a brigadier-generalship by President Lincoln. He was a strict dis­ ciplinarian, and the men who served un­ der him were specially fond of telling anecdotes of Dana which were not al­ ways flattering to his vanity. One of the best of these relates to his trip to Washington to see Mr. Lincoln about his promotion. When Mr. Dana pre­ ferred his request to be appointed a brigadier-general, the President cut him off with the statement that he wanted recruits more than brigadier-generals. This decision did not phase Dana. "But, Mr. President," he argued, "I am sure you did not hear my full name, which is Napoleon J. T. Dana." "Napoleon was a great man," said Lin­ coln, "and if he were here I would put him in charge of the Army of the Po­ tomac. But, as I said before, we need recruits far more than we do briga­ diers." "Mr. President," he said, "I did not give you my full name, which is Napo­ leon Jackson X- Dana." "I will admit," said the President, "that Jackson was a great soldier, and, as I said about Napoleon, if Jackson were now living, I would be glad to appoint him commander of the Army of the Potomac, but it is not brigadiers we need at this juncture so much as re­ cruits, to end this cruel war." "But I did not tell you my full name, Mr. President," persisted Col. Dana, ac­ cording to this interesting story. "It iff Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana." Lincoln turned to his private secre­ tary. "Make out Col. Dana's commisison as brigadier-general," he said "his name will strike terror to the hearts of our enemies, if nothing else."—Washington Post. Had Heard it Before. A traveling man, well known in the bottoms, had occasion to pay a business visit to Lebanan, O., ,one day last week. He was accompanied, as usual, by a large and varied assortment of trunks and grips. When he alighted from the train he immediately set about to find a drayman to haul the trunks and grips to the hotel. He hadn't long to look for a veteran, gray-haired son of Ham approached him and solicited the job. The baggage WHS loaded on the old, rickety dray, and the drummer jumped on to ride up town with his goods. On the way the man with the order book and hardened cheek cracked jokes and jollied the old driver as only a drummer can. Finally be asked nis nam?: "My name, sah, is Gawge Washing­ ton." "George Washington," repeated the drummer "why, that name sounds fa­ miliar. I believe I've heard it before somewhere." "I spect you has.'sah," the old darky rejoined. "I'se been dribin' dis heah dray for twenty-seben years, sah." Not a muscle of the ebony face relaxed, and he looked straight ahead. The drnmmer says the story is always good for a big order.—Cincinnati En­ quirer. Lost His Lines. A good story is told of Albert Cheva­ lier, the famous comedian, when as a lad lie was playing old man's part at the Gaiety theater iii London. The Kendais were also in the cast. One night at a crtical moment his cue entirely slipped his memory. Glancing toward the prompter's entrance, he saw Irving. Ban­ croft, David James aud Miss Terry all looking on. He was tongue-tied, and for the moment his mind had become an ab­ solute blank. Standing .speechless and embarrassed on the stage, Chevalier was greeted with a tremendous round of appla use. Desperation turned to joy, and by the time the cheering had subsided the for­ gotten line recurred to his mind, and from that moment he got on famously. W hen the performance was over he anx­ iously awaited the Kendals' verdict. You were a bit uncertain in yon lines," said Mr. Ivendal "in fact, one time you stopped dead." "Yes," said Chevalier, modestly, "but I was all right after I got that round of applause." "My dear youngster," replied Mr. lvendal, "that round of applause was given when the Prince of Wales entered the theater." A Nervy Act. A gentlemanly person, who had seen better days, but still had a good suit of clothes on lus back, once ordered a most recherche dinner in a Regent street restaurant. The waiters were most obReunions to one of such excellent taste, and pressed him to take liqueurs after his banquet he obliged them, and still, with a handsome fee in prospect, thev begged to know what more they could do for him. "Be so good," he said, "as to fetch a policeman." He had not a cent to pay his bill, and he did not want to be kicked out. which might have damaged his apparel, but desired to place himself: under the protection of the civil force. YOUNG FOLKS COLUMN Both Stranded. A week ago, Wheu cash was low, I dunned a man I'd trusted But he bade nte wait— The cool ingrate— Till toe got a big bill busted. I called today To get my nay, When he, with cueek lucrustcd, uave for excuse, With words profuse, Both bill aud he were busted. —Lewlstowu journal. Characteristics or tbe Camel. Our correspondent with the Soudan expedition sends the following reflections on the camel: The camel, be it at once said, is an overrated beast. There is a great deal of him, but hp is not for his sise nearly so strong as the useful, unpretentious donkey. Then, too, his tfnatomy is so strangely conceived. His legs are at­ tached to his great unwieldy carcass with seemingly so little consideration for the uses to which (merely viewed as legs) he might be expected to put them. And his neck and tail are so obviously disproportionate to the rest of him, and both so useless, that one cannot avoid the thought that the camel is somehow incomplete, or, owing to some mistake, was never finished off at all. Even the qualities he possesses tend to strengthen one in this bewildering sus­ picion, For instance, he can kick him­ self violently in the—let us say the front of the back—with his foreleg. He does it constantly. Time and again have I devoted long hours (fruitlessly, I must admit) to an attempt to win the confi­ dence of my favorite camel—my faVorite because he is less cruel to me than the others. I have wooed him with the soft notes of my Kourbash, I have tempted him with the thorniest of Mi­ mosa branches. I have puffed tobacco smoke into his* supercilious nostrils, And, theu, just as I have fancied I saw the light of sympathy dawning in bis long-lashed eye he has risen all of one movement to his feet, grinned at me in a frightful mauner, disclosing a forest of green ad broken teeth and gazing at me full, with more vindictive contempt than I have ever marked in any human eye, has kicked himself violently in the stom­ ach and lain down again, as who should say, "Now, go away and don't bother, like a good boy." Then he can gnaw his own tail—his absurd useless little rag of a tail that isn't even worth biting. But is that an object worth living for? Or, again he has, to be sure, seven stomachs, of which, vain beast, he is so inordinately proud (as though he had anything to do with it), that he is constantly fetching up one of them to show you, aud blows it out from his great, ugly throat in a horrid, glittering, transparent bulb, for you to admire. A more nauseating practice could hardly be conceived, but the low brute will do it. One accomplishment, indeed, I can give him credit for. He can flick a fly from the top of his head with his hind toe. Now, this in the age we live in might, were he a luckier beast, and the rest of his bulk conducive, have served him in good stead. But-as things are I fear he will make nothing* of it. His shape is fatally against him, and he will never become fashionable as a step dancer. But with all his faults, defects and dis­ abilities the camel has, so far us this country is concerned, not yet been su­ perseded by any more practical inven­ tion, and despite the fact that his temper is bad, his appetite vast and sordid, his capacity for prolonged existence jvithout a giddy fiction, his carrying capa­ bilities mean and his locomotive powers exasperatingly meager, yet he is all we have and on him must we largely de­ pend throughout this Dougola expedition. Dr, Conan Doyle, who is one of our par* ty, believes, after a week or so of ac­ quaintance with him, that he has dis­ covered iu his riding camel great deli­ cacy of sentiment and much dignitv of demeanor. But then. Dr. Conan Doyle is a man of so wide a charity that he actually believes in. aud even admires— well, no, I will not say who it is, Let everyone guess for himself. But if that person, why not the camel? Wliv not. indeed? Perhaps I may have some day something pleasant to say about my camels. Time must decide. Is it a longlived beast, I wonder?—London News. Adventure with a Bear. James Clair of San Leandro, who is visiting friends in the mountains a few miles from Chico, had a thrilling ex­ perience with a cinnamon bear several days ago, and he will have a big story to tell when he gets home, says the San rancisco Call. During the present spring cold weather and frequent storms -have caused many wild animals to seek hiding places and food around the foot­ hills, and quite often cinnamon bears are seen lumbering off through the woods. tuch big game was, however, the last thing young Clair was looking for when he started out with a rifle on the day he met Bruin. He had shouldered the weapon at sun up and began a tramp through the foothills. As the forenoon wore away he resolved to return to the house of his friend, despairing of taking home a mess of squirrel or wild fowl. Clair had just started on the back trail when he saw a cinnamon bear tearing the bark from a dead log lying on the ground about seventy-five feet away. He raised his gun and fired, the ball striking the beast in the flank. With a roar of pain the cinnamon wheeled and started toward Clair, who, realizing that he had a dangerous animal to contend with, commenced pumping shells into his rifle and firing. Continu­ ally roaring, the bear approached the hunter, and when near raised its huge body upon its haunches. Clair during all this time had stood firm as a rock, but as the bear reared up the young man discovered that his last cartridge was gone. His nerve fled, and dropping the rifle he began a race for Powell ton. On reaching camp Clair's breath was too short to tell the story directly, but in a short time it was made known, and with guns and dogs a party started after the bear. On reaching the spot, the ani­ mal was found dead. On examination seven bullet holes were found in its body and legs. Ten empty cartridges lay on the ground where Clair had stood when shooting. The bear was weighed and tipped the scales at 440 pounds, wliich is the larg­ est that has been killed in that ,section for some time. To Kill Whales by Xive Wire. That the field for the application of electricity is practically unlimited is again demonstrated by a seafaring man, who proposes to go out and kill-whales with it. The salt had so much faith in his scheme that he engaged an electrician to build a dynamo that would generate an alternating current of 10,000 volts. That dynamo he will have rigged up in his ship and then he will sail away to the North to capture the whale in a fin-desiecle manner. CiTpt. Charles W. Hershell of Halifax, owner and commander of the whaling ship Rosalie, is the,man who intends to wipe out the customs and traditions of the whaling industry with a small wire and a large dynamo. As to the method of application, the captain explained it to a New York writ­ eras follows: "I am going to place the dynamo on the whaler and not put it in operation un­ til the whaling grounds are reached. On board I will have a big reel of heavilyinsulated wire. "The reel will be placed in the smaller boat, in which we go out to meet the whale. We shall have several thousand feet of wire on the reel. One end will bo connected with the dynamo. At the other end, which will be in. the smaller boat, will be a hard rubber stick about four feet in length. The wire will run through that stick, so that it may be handled easily and safely. "At the end of the stick will be at­ tached a piece of metal 24 inches long and one inch in diameter. The point of that needle will be sharp, so as to penetrate the flesh of the whale easily. "The hard-rubber stick and the big needle will be. used just as we use the harpoon today. When near the big fish,, as near as we can get in the old way, the harpooner will throw the electric barb. "At the time there will be- a current of 10,000 volts running through the wire. When the point of the needle strikes the whale a current connection will be formed with the dynamo and the whale will get the full shock of the high voltage and be dead in the fraction of a sec­ ond. —Boston Globe. Farming by Electricity. Israel Hogeland, formerly of this city, now of Chicago, has had patented a de­ vise which will allow a farmer to plough his field, harrow it, put in the seed, and when the crop has grown, to harvest it, by electricty. The power is brought to to the farm from a power house that serves an entire community within a ra­ dius of ten miles from the farm. The electricity is brought through a feed wiro to a wire erected In the fields running on all four, sides of the field. The farm machinery Is provided with a trolley which consists of a wire so arranged that it will wind or unwind on a cylinder on the back of the machine. The part that ,C- Hire touches the feed wire Is uot Ire the street car trolley wire, but tits over the wire and will slide along as the machine goes from one furrow to another.—Indinapolis News. For the Glgatatlu Tel*a*pe, The block of glass which Is to be made Into a vast mirror for the big telescope which Is to be oue of the features of toe exhibition of 1900, has just arrived In Paris from Belgium, where it has been cast. This immense telescope is to bring the moon to an apimrent distance of fifty kilometers from the earth, and is being constructed under the direction of &£ Francois Deloncle. The itouching of the glass for the mir­ ror of the telesropc will be doue in Paris. —From the European Edition of the Herald. JUSTICE FIELD'S GREAT OAK, Said to be the Large** In California aud to Cover Sevfti-al Acres. Long before California became a part of American territory there existed in the vicinity of Monterey, and there still stands there after a half century of oc­ cupation, a wonderful specimen of the live oak indigenous to this state. It was a marvel to the Mexicans of those days, and was pointed out as one of the curiosities of the land to th«, few vis­ itors to the coast. Among those to whom the nutural wonder had been shown in the days of Mexican domination was a young passed midshipman of the United States navy, whose ship had anchored iu Monterey oay. His name was Timothy Seals leld, and he is now long since dead. The midshipman belonged to a family whose members had been distinguished science and business, in the pulpit and JU literature, at the bar and on'tSe bench of the Supreme court He was so amazed by the sight of the marvelous tree that he sketched it and* wrote an account of it to his father, a clergyman residing among the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. This incident was long forgotten. It was only last year, on the occasion of his visit to California, that the recollection came to the mind of Justice Stephen J. Field. A party was made up. The tree was found. It proved to be eveu more extraordinary than as described by the young mid­ shipman to his father. After exploring its labyrinths, the par­ ty returned to Sau Francisco. Soon a«eF Justice Field went East on his omeial duties, and while there Mrs. f' le'd -wrote an account of their visit tre? which reads: Rounding the lagoon we saw ahead of us a large sand hill with a crown of green, and as we passed the hamlet of Seaside we learned that we were ap­ proaching our Mecca. A climb in the sand aud up a few rickety steps brought us under the sheltering brauches of the largest tree so far known to Californians not in height (though its height is great), but in its capacity to shelter* I remarked that I thought 999 persons could stand comfortably beside me, but KrJvr?rilc$ ma,J *u 9ur larty said rather oouu. ftince the midshipman wrote of it the tree must have expanded vastly, for it now covers more acres than one. Its trunk is not to be seen the fine light sand has drifted in to the depth of thirty or forty feet and covered and protected Il!ls .branches remind one of the Laocoon it seemed almost as if they not only could shelter but would embrace us, too. Each branch is the size of an ordinary tree, and there are numbers of them spreading out latitudmously, with other branches on these, shooting upward to the sun, the foliage being all on top and very dense. j8 °f the variety known aa the California live oak, quercus viren. Its leaves are small, fresh aud crisp, and of a vitality unimpaired by years, and they do not fall with tbe seasons. "It is said that no one has ever yet seen a leaf of the live oak unfold or fall. "Tht1 outside form of the tree is beau­ tiful, being entirely circular, and as you sit under its shelter and admire vou cannot but speculate as to its age. 'its guarled and crooked branches proclaim great, antiquity, its lovely green perpet­ ual youth. "It may be added that ever since the rediscovery of the tree it is popularly known as 'Justice Field's oak.' "—San Francisco Chronicle. HIS WIFE WAS DEAD And William Davidson Sang the Song of Courtship Days. The storm had passed on its way be­ tween Thomas and Oakwood and the air had cleared, says the Detroit News. The moon was shining and its rays revealed near the ruins of William Davidson's house the mangled body of his wife. Beside the corpse sat the husband. Though his face was pallid and marked with lines which only years of suffering should have placed on it, there passed over it now and then a faint smile. No moan of sorrow escaped from his lips, but instead he sang. No doubt it was the song he had sung to her during the days of their courtship: Roll on, sliver moon. Guide the traveler on his way. While the nightingale's song in tune I shall never, never more With my true.love stray 'Neath the silvery light of the moou. He was found there by John H. Butts, a representative of the Philadelphia Times, who owns a farm in Oakland county. Others also halted as. they heard the song, but they hastened away lest the emotion it awoke should dis­ turb the singer. Cannot Always Tell. It is never safe to say things to the ragged, unkempt men one sees and meets a-fishing by some mud pond or stream. This truth is illustrated by the case of Daniel Webster. Webster was a fisherman and had sloops and -a smack in which he used to enjoy the pastime. He was not over fastidious in his fisherman's dress. If he tore hi# clothes he did not take the trouble to have the rent sewed up, and when enjoying his sport he was a tol­ erably rough looking customer, accord-" ing to a Rochester paper whose reporter interviewed Mrs. Dawes, a resident of Marshfield in Webster's days. Webster and Mrs. Dawes' uncle were fishing one day from the shore of the bay, wlien a stylish yoking fellow, a vis­ itor at Marshfield, tumbled head over7 heels into the marsh. The tumbler yelled at Webster, asking how much he would take to haul him out and carry him over the mud. "A quarter!" answered Webster, and the deed was done. Whereupon the quarter was turned over and -Webster had started away, when the mud stumbler asked: "To whom am I indebted?" "Only Daniel Webster." The man said afterward that he'apol­ ogized for his superciliousness and did not reckon other people up according lo the number of tears and patchesKaiid mud on their clothes. Left in Mid-air. An amusipg incident occurred in the Mediterranean, on board of one of her majesty's ships. The commander is a very particular man about the men's din­ ner time. Directly eight bells strike,, whatever they are doing, the men have to knock off and go below. The com­ mander's wife was on board, and, being rather stout, whenever she went ashore a whip and chair were rigged from the yardarm to get her off and on board. One day she started about two minutes to 12 (eight bells). The chair was put over the side, the lady hoisted half way up, when the quartermaster struck eight bells. The commander ordered and the boatswain piped |'BeIay!" The lady was left one hour in the chair while the men dined.—Weekly Telegraph. A Predicament. Lovet-Klug, the popular composer, tells an amusing episode in the provinces in the cold of the winter while yet the roads were slippery as glass, owing to the hard frost. A lady vocalist was very nervous about crossing the street from the hotel to the concert hall, so the landlady obligingly gave her a pair of large red worsted socks, which she drew over her pretty slippers. The lady was first on the programme, aud as luck would have it, the party was a little late. The lady hastened to the stage, and it was not until she had got some distance through an exceptionally sentimental song that she realized she had forgotten to remove the terrible socks! Indiana Orammer. The "Baboo" oif England's Indian em­ pire is the most impressive handler of the language since tne days of the fa­ mous Portuguese grammar. A London journal has been printing some Baboo gems Foe example: "Major-domo, the chief woman in a family. "Sea- room, space likely to be wasted," Home of tbo most admirable exploits of the Baboo belong to his examination ou the three following Questions! "Who was Cardiual WoFeyV" "What Is the meanlug of 'Ich Dieu?'" "What Was the ha bean corpus act?" Tu tV first question one Bnbort repliedi "A* fifohbp of YoUrk, but died In dfoeutiw church on his Way Vtt btMdWk-h^tbl." giuue or mo Methodists," 10 regutd tb "icli Diem" one Bftltoo wrote: "An honor conferred on the tiHit ofc Eldest mm ur nui*»i sons of Emgltrth hoV^ifens. It is hoth than some feathers." Another that "the Fk-eh'cli t:ailfol tlie ^SEK'lfb The r, Of tlie Bab'oti efforts t*o deCbrpiisj is presented in this wOhdtOiis lilie: Habeas hleahs he&Vy, ....... .fUMlTHD lllCHiiS umv), corpus, the dead heiicd it derives the itteahlng of im iit't." SfrBLLlHO REFORM? btogtohtu Object to Its Vie In Unlv«rnity of New York Reports. trolii'e person who, to his sorrow, had to deal with an examination paper made out by the regents of the University of the state of New York, was surprised to find several unfamiliar looking words, such as "hypotenuse," "catalog" and "Michaelangelo," and he wrote a letter of protest to the Sun. That paper called upon the regents "to stop the use of the ragtag and bobtail spell­ ing in their examination papers without delay," and Whitelaw Reid, one of the regents, wrote to Mr. Dewey, secre­ tary of the board, that so important and representative an educational body should not be committed to such notable innovations without the formal action of the members. Secretary Dewey answered that he had been very conservative about us­ ing new forms of spelling since he is known as a spelling reformer, but he cited various authorities for the forms to which objection had been made. Mr. Reid, writing from Arizona, replied that the mere existence of an authority would not justify a change from com­ mon usage. He said: "The very fact that these spellings arc not in general use ju the schools of the state should forbid our use of them in examination papers intended for the pupils of these schools. Even if such spelling is ad­ mitted to be a 'reform,' it is uot the business of a body organized like the board of regents, to upset the spelling books of the state by leading in such a reform, but only to conform to it when it has been generally accepted. We, at least, should avoid the barbarous busi­ ness of vivisection oil our noble living English. Such changes as are needful should so far as we are concerned, come as in nature, slowly and not artificially, but in the order of growth." PUTS HONEY IN HIS PURSE. Shrewd Tommy Atkins Finds Many Ways to Add to His Soldiers' Salary. It is a great mistake to suppose that the limit of a soldier's pay is a shilling a day. Where Tommy is a shrewd per­ son, and keeps his Weather eye open, there area hundred and oue methods for him to supplement his meager pay by doing work outside his military duties. In fact, a very respectable sum may be realized by "doing a bit outside," or "taking on a civilian's job," as the opera­ tion is called. In all garrison towns smoking concerts are often given in public houses, for .which a chairman aim a piauist are en­ gaged these, positions are often filled by soldiers, the landlord trusting to the popu­ larity of the redcoat'to gain him a wider connection. In many theaters, too, and music halls, soldiers often get employment in the or­ chestra and should a military drama be on the boards, Tommy's services are in great requisition for parts where a mar­ tial appearance and very little speaking are required. The writer knows of a case where a compounder in the army used to make a very handsome addition to his income by dispensing and making up prescrip­ tions for a few hours every evening at a chemist's shop in the town iu which liis regiment was stationed. This was a somewhat uuusual case, but iu many gar­ rison towns hotel proprietors, as far as possible, Qiuploy soldiers as waiters in the evening, and pay them well, too. A very curious instance of "taking on a civilian's job" came under the writer's notice a short time ago. When passing a bootmaker's window he saw some ar­ tillerymen stitching away at various pairs of boots as eagerly as if their lives depended on finishing the job quickly— London Answers. ARTESIAN WELLS. They Are a Great Boon to South Dakota Farmers. Miner county, S. D., is justly proud of her ability to produce artesian wells, and there is not a county in the state that has more artesian wells in operation than Miner county, says a Cauova dis­ patch to the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader. There is hardly a farm, that has a good thrifty owner, in the west half of Miner county that has not a good flowing well on it that furnishes plenty of good water for stock and house use without the ne­ cessity of pumping it, and a great many of them flow water enough for irrigat­ ing purposes, some few- farmers using the water last year to irrigate small patches of ground for the purpose of ex­ perimenting to see what could be done, aud in most instances it proved very sat­ isfactory, the ground being mostly plant­ ed to garden truck. The artesian wells of this county vary in depth, some of them giving a good flow at a depth of 55 feet, but the average depth is about 250 feet. The average amouut of flow is about 2500 barrels per day, some of them flowing about 4000 barrels per day and forming some very "nice little lake's from which it is very convenient to put up ice in winter and some of these lakes begin to furnish very nice fish. There is no irrigating being done in this sec­ tion of country this -spring. Nature has given so much rain that it is not neces­ sary to irrigate during this season. War-Scarred Veteran. It was a battered, war-scarred veteran fhat rambled into the pension office one iu.y last week, says Harper's Round Table, and, slowly approaching the clerk of the office, asked, iu a quavering voice, where he could get a pension. "In what company did you sefve?" asked the clerk. "Co. of the Sixth Volunteers." "Ever injured in battle?" The veteran drew himself up to his full height, which was distressingly lit­ tle, and exclaimed in as loud a voice as he could muster: "Yes, sir I was hit by a shell in the battle of Bull Run, and knocked all to pieces." "Dear me!" said the clerk, smiling. "You're a wonderful veteran.' .Where do you live, and how do you manage to keep ilive your many pieces?" "That's the trouble, sir. and the very reason I want a pension,.'cause I've had trouble ever since taking up my quarters wherever I could find them." Get Them by Force. There had been a lack of men joining the -auks, according to Harper's Round Table and the colouel was visiting a re­ cruiting station, inspecting the workings of his recruiting sergeants. Suddenly a terrific noise of shouting and shuffling of feet came through the open window. Now it came from the stairways, inter­ mingled with sundry loud bumps and knocks, and the door burst open, showing a recl-faced perspiring little sergeant pushing, hauling and tugging at a big country lad. The latter was .doing his bet to escape the firm grip of the sol­ dier. "Halt!" cried the colonel. "How is this, sirV" he said to the sergeant. "Is this the way to secure recruits—by force, sir?" The red-faced sergeant looked tip aud down, then at the colonel, and blurted out, "Sure, sir the only way to get them volunteers is by force, sir." Some Old Fish, "The age of fish is almost unlimited," observed an official of the fish commis­ sion, in reply to a question. "Prof. Baird devoted a great deal of time to the question as to length of life of fish, and he found that the ordinary carp, if not interfered with, would live 600 years. In his writing on the subject he stated that there are now living in the Royal aquarium in Russia several carp that are known to be over 300 years old that he has ascertained in a number of cases that whales live to be over 200 years old. A gentleman in Baltimore has had an ordinary goldfish for sixtythree years, and his father informed him that ho had purchased it over forty years before it came into his possession." —Washington Star. —A handsome Hilver loving cup was resented the other evening to Asger "amerik, director of the Peabody Con* servatory of Music, Baltimore, in recog­ nition of his twenty-five years of service as director. pr GOSSIP FOB THE LADIES bip« tbfi. I'Hb lu*v «akiiy beat-li nnti liie tlllu serub llie wAte' reach biiy and tile long sky­ line— O, I am sick for liom'u! Tliin salt, #llt Hbj'ell.jfcf tile thick sea air, And (lib smooth roilnd stones that the ebb­ tide# wear— Wheli will the good ship come?. The wretched KtUiupH All eharred and burned,. Aud 1 be deep soft rut where the earl-wheel turned- Why is the world HO old? The lopping wave, and the broad gray tfky Where the cawlug rooks aud the slow gulls fly- Where are (he dead uutoldV The thin, slant willows by the Hooded bog, Ike huge stranded hulk nnd the floating log- Sorrow with life began! Aud among the dark pluea, and along the flat snore, O the wind, aud the wlud, for evermore— What will become of man? —George Santayana. lines of College Training. "It is not entirely safe to claim that every kind of suecess, eveu of legitimate success, will be promoted by a college training," writes Rev. Charles II. Parkhurst, D. I)., in Ladies' Home Journal. "If I had a boy for whom it was my supreme ambition that he should become rich I should not send him to college. So far from helping his pros]ccts in that di­ rection it would probably damage them. Money-making is a trick. The easy ac­ quisition of it is a knack. It involves the condensation of interest and faculty along a partieular line, and that a nar­ row line. There is nothing to hinder a very small man from being a very wealthy oue. Shrewdness does not im­ ply big-mindedness. I might say with a good deal of assurance that it implies the contrary. And shrewdness has more than anything else to do with the acquisi­ tion of gain. There are a great many things that can be best done by the man who does not know too much, or, at least, by the man whose intelligence is concentrated at a single point or along a single line. The mechanic who has come to be known among us as the 'Wizard' would, perhups, have beeu more of a man if he had gone to Harvard, but it would probably have spoiled him as a 'wizard.' Genius is presumably always a species of mania, and liable, therefore, to be­ come something very ordinary if success­ fully subjected to the processes of the asylum. They had better be kept away from college if the design is to make them experts. College will be able to give them a character of 'all-roundness,' but a knifet cannot be round and sharp at the same time neither can a boy. If we are going to do large intelligent work the prime condition is the posses­ sion of an intellect trained and stocked in the same general and comprehensive way. College training is simply the process of intellectually getting readv, not getting ready for this, that or tlie other specific mental service, but simplv getting ready—planting down a bryad foundation of preliminary big enoiigli to support any breadth or height of super­ structure that there may be need or op­ portunity to put Upon it. The college course aud the requisite preparatory* trainiug costs about seven years of tne best aud most, possible period of a man's life. But if a young man hopes to do a large, solid work in the world, a work in which intelligence of a broad kind is to play any considerable part, and there is no antecedent obstacle in the Wav, he makes an irreversible mistake if he* con­ siders seven years too much to pay for a liberal education." Lady Barton's ttomantic Marfiagei The memories of Lady Isabel Burton, widow of the great African explorer and Orientalist, recently published in Lon­ don, gave an interesting account of the romantic marriage of two extraordinary characters. He was like a gyps.v, but she was ready to go anywhere with him and to do anything he did. If she missed a chance to share a dauger with him she grieved about it. The wilder­ nesses of Iceland, of Dahomey, of the tropics,- of Brazil and of scores of outof-the-way, dangerous, unwholesome regions were their stamping grounds. She was an Arundel, of one of the oldest aud proudest English families, but she was delighted when a gypsy pro­ phesied that she would be of the Ro­ many ilk. Said the dusk seer: "You will bear the uame of our tribe, and be right proud of it. You will be as we are, Your life is all wandering, change and adventure. One soul in two bodies iu life or death never long apart." This seemed impossible, yet one day the vision she had nursed of the coming husband approached her—-a tall, thin, swart, weather-beaten Arabic figure, with a brow of a god and the jaw of a devil. That was Burton. He stared at her, and she thought he saw straight through her. She whispered to her sis­ ter: "That man will marry me." She was completely magnetized. She tells the rest of the weird story. He made the first advances by chalking up­ on the wall "May I speak to you?" considerately leaving the chalk hard by for the answer. It was uupropitious at first: "No mother will be angry but this was only another way of saying, "I shall be pleased." For "mother" herself had afterward to listen to this confession: "The moment I saw his brigand, dare devil look, I set him up as an idol, and determined he was the only man I would ever marry." He went away to Africa for six years, no doubt to help make a name that might overcome the resistance of her family. 'When he came back he pro­ posed. He was not kept waiting for an answer. "I would rather have a crust and a tent with you." she said, "thau be queen of all the world." "Your people will not give you to me," he said. "I know that." she answered, "but I belong to myself—I give myself away." Biit when all was arranged, off' he went, seized with the passion for travel. He sent his shadow to her to say gpodby, that he would return in three years and that he was her destiny. When he did come back he was as one who had been dead. "He had had twenty-oue attacks of fever, had been partially pa­ ralyzed and partially blind. He was a mere skeleton, with brown yellow skin hanging iu bags, his eyes protruding and his lips drawn away from his teeth. Never did I feel the strength of my love as then." The marriage came at Jast. Then, after seven months of uninter­ rupted bliss, he liad to take up a con­ sulship on the west coast of-Africa and to leave her at home. When he re�� turned on leave she could no longer bear the thought of a further separa­ tion, and she insisted on going back with him to Fernando Po. Thereafter, hersaying was the old one, "Where thou goest, I will go." May See Without Being Seen. The transarent mirror which has re­ cently been invented by a German chemist will doubtless find many patrons among women. It is made by coating glass with a chemical preparation of sil­ ver nitrate and other materials mixed up in a manner that has been patented by the inventor. That part of it isn't interesting. What does appeal to the feminine fancy and to that of the ma­ gician is the number of uses to which it can be put. The new mirrors are now being made by a large firm in France iu various sizes and shapes—big mirrors in frames to set on the floor, panelshaped glasses for doors to dark closets, and tiny hand glasses for the dresser, besides those of intricate aud compliy cated design, for use by such artists as the great Herrmann, who sees in the new invention a world of mysteryfraught legerdemain. One of these "magic mirrors" placed in the panel of the door opening into a brilliantly-lighted reception room would furnish endless amusement to a hostess who is inclined to be curious about the impression her home makes upou her visitors. To quietly observe the actions of a de­ voted admirer, as he impatiently awaits the approach of his sweetheart, pacing about the room and perhaps consulting the very mirror behind vvhich the ob­ ject of his affections is concealed as he arranges his necktie for the seventh tirne» would be fun for the sweetheart, anyway. If the mirrors grow common, as they are likely to do, they will furnish par­ lor entertainment of many descriptions. For instance, suppose a cabinet, to be fitted up with what apears to be an or­ dinary looking glass in its door. Con­ ceal somebody within the cabinet and usk a lady to look at. herself iu the mir­ ror, a request which, being a woman, she cannot refuse, then have the persdn within suddenly strike a match or turn ou an electric light that has been ivibufcijr arranged, and watcii the cfupon jrour victim. Such a mirror would be a great ad­ dition to a Halloween party, to be used When the anxious maiden, wishing to from "behind" the *glaM. Ingenious minds, however, will rarely devise many changes which can be rung upon this new magic mirror, and it is not necessary to specify further. Too Sensitive. It is deplorable that we, when judgiug those nearest and dearest to us, should show so little confidence in them. We say and thiuk that we trust those whom we love, but do we really trust them? Let the friend of years seeui to slight us, let her be irritable or thoughtless, are we not immediately hurt, and do we not say to our wounded selves, "She does not love me much, or she would not treat me so?" "Past record" certainly couuts for something. It does not iu our judgment of the friend inborn we meet ou our drive. stop to speak to her, and she looks grave, distrait, shows little interest in what we have to say. Unless we are very charitable, we drive on with a sen­ sation of indignant resentment burning in our bosom. We regret having stopped to speak to our friend. She seemed act­ ually bored. It was scarcely polite of her to act as she did. Never inind she need not fear that we will repeat the offense. We can take a snub wheu it is intended for us. Why does not some good angel suggest hl?re a thought of this friend's "past record. Is she not the same woman who came to see us daily when we were ill, who bun often denied herself pleas­ ures, sacrificed her own inclinations, to help us.' And ail that goes for naught before the thought that she has once ap­ peared to slight us. What matters she may have some mighty anxiety upou her mind today, that some crashing dis­ aster may be threatening her? That does not occur to us. We only know that we are hurt. Alas, how true this is!—Philadelphia Times. Where Men Are Careless. Edward W. Bok writes upon "Wheu Men are Thoughtless" iu Ladies' Home Journal, directing attention to "the sin­ gular fact that the American man. who is the best and most thoughtful husband in the world, should yet 1M? peculiarly thoughtless as to the future of his wife or children iu the event of his death." Mr. Bok forcibly contends that the husband should have his affairs ill such condition that in the event of death com­ ing to hinij his wife and children, or those dejjendeut upon him, woUld not suffer. In thiB connection he says: "I tiriuly bplfeyt that it i« tht? dtitv of every man to be insured. With insurance poli­ cies to be had at such low rates as is at preseht the edse, there is scarcely a man who cannot afford some sort of a j»oHcy, no matter how smalt the amount it may call for. What seems to the min him­ self in good health as a small amount for an insurance policy, often turns out to bo. ii modest fortune to tbe woman or children who survive him. I wish, sometimes, that the taking out of an insurance policy, on the part of the hus­ band, for .ah amount according to his meaus might be iuade au obligatory part of every marriage ceremony. I know whereof I speak when I say that there are hundreds of women iu the homes of this iaiid who are dailv car­ rying with them the fear that their liusbaiids or fathers are neglecting or for­ getting to make suitable provision for them as widows or orphans. Thev shrink from speaking to the men of their homes about the matter. No man can afford to neglect a simole dutv which may meah all the difference be­ tween happiness and misery to his fam­ ily. Suitable provision for them he can­ not allow himself to 'put off.' for surelv it is true that 'in the midst of life we are in death.' An Impulsive Act. I have uever gone to a wedding, par­ ticularly a ehurch wedding, without com­ ing away with a feeling of resentment smouldering within me anent the unim­ portant part to which the mother of the bride is relegated through mistaken cus­ tom. At the ceremony which gives the life of the child, which has, until that mo­ ment, been so closely united with her own. iuto the keeping of another, it is the mother who should stand close by her daughter. It is the mother who should put the hand of her child, with earnest prayers for her happiness, into the hand of the man who is to make or mar her life. It is the mother's love and tenderness and watchful care that makes most of what is good in her child. Why should it be required that, at the great moment of that child's life, the mother must sit apart? The mother of the bride is ushered up the ais'e. nfteu hy a ."oaipsrative stran­ ger. and being seated in isolated splen­ dor, watches, with strained heartstrings, her little girl taking the steD that sep­ arates her old life from the new. With this ache at her heart, but with an un­ ruffled mien, she still must sit there, as her loved one, many times without a look at the mother, passes down, ou and out, beyond her reach, often forever more. This'always seems to me desperately sad, and strikes a note that jangles hor­ ribly -out of tune with the wedding chimes. The other day, when Miss Barney, who was married to Reginald Jaffray, stopped impulsively on her way from the altar to give her mother a hearty kiss, it seemed to me quite the sweetest thing I had ever seen at a wedding, and 1 had an inward conviction that it augured well for the future of the young couple that, in her own happiness, the bride's first thought was for her mother.—Illus­ trated American. Choosing Graduation Finery. A winsome personality is that of the young graduate. Her attire, ideally sim­ ple, is suited to her girlhood and to the demands of the occasion. The wearing of all white is as much a matter of senti­ ment as of fashion. Often, however, the necessity for a touch of color, usually iu some delicate shade, is imposed bv the wearer's complexional characteristics. The material may be silk, wool or cot­ ton. according to taste, there being au embarrassment of riches in fabrics adaptable for this purpose. Figured white China crepes, gauzes, among which mousscline de soie and chiffon reign, have not only beautiful lustrous surfaces, but in texture are soft, flex­ ible and comfortable to present modes. Among the woolens are plain and figured mohairs, satin-striped canvas, finely fig­ ured etamine, crepon and fayetta. Silkwarp crepon is much admired, and so is a uew liueu-aud-silk mixed dotted gazine, a fabric not easily distinguished from silk. Silk mull is also worn, but it really gives no better satisfaction than French organdy, nainsook, dotted Swiss or India mull, the favorite cotton textiles. Rib­ bon, lacey embroidery, some simple- gimp, and, of course, flowers, are the decora­ tions most generally employed. The hosiery is white lisle threud or silk embroidered or in openwork. The slippers^ or Oxford ties are of white glace kid. White Suede gloves are in order—mousquetaires when the sleeves are short and buttoned wheu they ex­ tend to the wrist. The coiffure general­ ly worn is by all means that which should be chosen for graduation.—Phila­ delphia Inquirer. Not by the Yard. An Irishman, seeing a notice in a haberdasher's window one day, which said: "Everything sold here by the yard," entered and asked the shopkeeper if he sold buttermilk. "Yes," was the answer. "Then give me a yard," said Pat. "AU right," said the man. and dipping his finger into a dish of milk at his side he drew it a yard in length on the coun­ ter. "Anything else?" he asked triumphant­ ly of Pat. "No," said Pat. "Just rowl it up in a piece of paper and I'll take it with me."—Limerick News. He Didn't Want It. "It all came of bein' poor," said an old lady, trembling with indignation. "I just stepped in a minute at the vicar's .o tell 'em as how you wasn't srettin' any better, and the vicar's wife said she was sorry and wanted me to bring you a bottle of wine." "Did yon bring it?" nsked the sick man, eagerly. "No I :e.ird her say it had been layin' down in uor cellar ever since 1865, and when she olfered it to me I just walked off without saying a word. I'm sure we didn't want her old stuff."—'Tid-Bits. Odessa and Its Doctors. Odessa's doctors are iu a sad plight. So numerous are they in this city and so healthy are the inhabitants that it has been necessary to give theatrical per­ formances for the benefit of the phy­ sicians' wives and children. Dr. Feodoroff wrote the play for the principal per­ formance and not only were all the iterformers physicians, but also the eutire band was composed of medical students. SUXiER dRlMKS: 1 Doctors aud doctors' books anc|. physi­ ology classes are quite without kV^il in one directio#, since tne same state of afr fainf not only keeps on existing but waxes in magnitude. Man no longer lives by bread alojpe,. but by some bread and the rest phosphate and some irre­ sponsible person even suggests that woman lives on some pickles and eclair^. as usual and tbe rest ice-eMoai ioda. For the popularity of summer drink* ha*: nerer been so great as it is this year neither strikes nor anything pres­ ent seems to affe«*t it. It is tbe bright spot iu the drug-man's day at this'time and his store with rows and rows of glass-stoppered bottles and festoons of sponges and globes of colored water 2 would be a howling aud unfrequented waste without a soda fountain. Qui­ nine and castoria may be popular but they do not amount to much beside the new creme Yvette and ice-cream shake before whose shrine the civilized world sits down on a high stool. A man au get on without cooks as he demonstrates wheu he lunches dowu town, Meridith lo the contrary, but he can no longer worry along without the marble and zinc and looking-glass combination with iu bowls of crushed fruit sunk in the table, which in these days is a small miut for th* department chef who operates. They all agree—the men who conduct the soda fountains—that the pair par excellence are phosphate and ice-cream soda. Phosphate for the business man of course, who tears in on his way to see a man and has time for nothing. And in these lemon and orange stand first with cherry a close third because a good many object to tbe unmistak­ able suggestion of cherry stones which is involved. And ice-cream soda for the shoppers they cannot resist it and they will not try. "Twenty-four cents for two sets of collars, 50 cents for a stock, 25 for a canvas belt and 20 for ice-cream soda," a woman says who is going shopping and she is very likely to add: "Oh. dear. I did want some stamjw! But I haven't another bit of change, so the letters will have to wait." There is no haste about the ojieration. It is a twenty-minute rite uo matter how many are waiting, as the man l»eliind tlie throne notes despairingly, but there is such obvious enjoyment that no­ body has the Jienrl to say a word. Straw­ berry first iu flavor, then pineapple, with a tic vote for chocolate—that is the way the returns stand. Nectar and cyclamen and coffee and even California grape, people have little use for just now. 4 Then there are the rest. first the new ones, and they are legion: ice-cream shake is one of these and is prepared much as the prehistoric milkshake was, only that it is infinitely better and in­ cidentally about 10 per cent, mofe indi­ gestible than plain ice-cream soda. It is high in favor and very good uouetlie less, and with it is Charlotte Russc. a new 10-cent drink which is a little "heavy." but fast eouiiug iuto popularity. Royal cabinet and Calisaya tonic and Clam-Juice shake and Holly tlzz The "»-cent drinks after all are the ones that stand the test, and the new ones especially are continually called for Creme de Flip, which is a perparation of carbonated cream, is one of these. Among the rest are the egg concoctions which only a connoisseur can properly produce aud which are works of art when they are handled by an artist. There are egg pepsin tonics, which are variations of phosphate, and egg-cream and egg-celery phosphate and egg choco­ late aud pineapple egg, and an endless list, closing with that whose muSical, reversed alliteration is not needed to as­ sure that its popularity will never wane— egg-nogg. The medicinal properties of divers summer drinks, so often Urged as a quilifyitig clause, is really one of the paradoxes of life. People who drink five foaming schooners of soda and phosphate a day do it rather in brave despite of effect than for gain of good. But there comes chocolate bromo and sarsaparilla phosphate and coca tonic, which is called admirable for the nerves—all posing as medicine bottles and curative in extreme. The malted milk preparations are per­ haps as near the mark as any for this sort of thing and there is undoubtedly albumen secreted somewhere about egg phosphate, but as a nutritive element and a boon to assimilation—that is a joke. It must stand as a melancholy fact to both vegetarian and cannibal—for no­ body ventures a medium when the for­ mer man is mentioued—aud the fact uiwn which, out of a universe of iossible ones, they must agree: The mental depravity of the girl who, day after day. lunches ujon an ice-cream soda. The type is incredible and therefore exists, and one has only to follow alout a num­ ber of girl clerks and stenographers be­ tween 12 and 1 o'clock daily to find this out. With the hot weather the cafes lose their charm and meat and short­ cake and ham-sandwiches at noon do not invite. So they file down to the confectionery and drug stores and vary the flavor from day to day and consider the cream and eggs and fruit and other nourishment in the preparation and feel justified! It is pernicious and destroying aud a great many other things, and comes perilously near warranting the lit­ tle brother's saw and being one of tbe things "just like a girl." Just like some girls—that is true and in extenuation she says naively that it is so good and so economical, and now and theu she ecouomizes further and lunches ou a phosphate. All of which makes one re­ member a certain interjection of a little observer of some mortals and to name the two great philosophers of the world Plato and Puck.—Z. in Evening Wiscon­ sin. Mother's Weakness. "No." said the dear old lady in gold spectacles aud a dainty white lace cap "since we came to live in NeT York we miss those intimate, neighborly relations that we so enjoyed iu the South. Per­ haps it is because in a great city people can't find out who you are, have not the time to investigate those about them, and so lire more to themselves. But it is certain that the little delicate at­ tentions, the numberless friendly acts possible in a small town are impracti­ cable in a metropolis. "I remember," she went on thoughtful­ ly. "that we rarely ever sat down on a Sunday to diuuer when we lived in Virginia without sending just a taste of some dainty dish to a neighbor. It might have been a saucer of dessert, a luscious dish of fruit, a plate of par­ ticularly good ice-cream, or, in fact, any­ thing especially toothsome or appetising. And we, in our turn, were the recipient of good things without number." Then a smile broke over her face as old recollections seemed to crowd up. "Once," she continued, "we had a most astonishing experience. Mother had per­ sonally superintended an unusually suc­ cessful rhubarb pudding, with a delici­ ous cream sauce, and as it came on she suddenly thought of a neighbor opposite, who had been iu such poor health for a long time. 'Siua,' she said to our dusky cook, 'do take a dish of this over to Mrs. Davis," and Siua, covering the dainty with a fresh doily, hastened on her jour­ ney of friendliness. "Now it so happened," went on the speaker, "that the Davises had finished their meal and had no space left for any­ thing more, no matter how excellent the make. So it occurred to them that Mrs. Nixon would better enjoy the toothsome morsel. Mrs. Nixon lived a few doors away, and the sweets were accordingly dispatched to her. But the Nixons, too, had feasted sumptuously, aud they passed it on to Aunt Mary Morton. "Mother's weakness for rhubarb pud­ ding was well known iu our family, in­ deed it was a byword aud a standing joke. The moment Aunt Mary saw that dish, she thought of auother, and no sooner hs»d she recalled her fondness for the pudding than she called up old black Ellen and promptly sent her over to our house with our own pudding, in our own dish, with our own doily. Of course, the joke was too good to keep and it wasn't long before the whole town knew the story of that peripatetic pudding."—New York Morning Journal. India's Pawnshops. India is a nation of pawnshops, ac­ cording to Gen. Booth. The people think that the cleverest man is he who devises the largest number of ways by which to borrow money. They put in pledge their lands, oxen, jewelry, them­ selves. their children and their grand­ children. and cases have even beeu known where a father, to obtaiu money to defray the expenses of his daughter's wedding, has pledged as collateral the first child yet to be born of the union. rt are some of the rest tried semi-occasioually and usually pronounced good. Kohla tonic is another one made from the South American kohla nut and a little rich for geueral jjopularitys h- N

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