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dect tt£en fe fcetft, aM Rev. Mild ii^ ft« ft terrible frifgmentatio'n of' pnnish- feont for feifles in Siherla to be sent to the i ) On a cbld October morning, aWei-al ye'nt* Sago, a smnll vehicle deposited & yotmg tin*. tfftfi &holrt tftenty-flve, m front of the Wood(Sh house oi the inspector of (me 6f those s feines—that of Oukboul. The condernnsd man, who was pale and <fceSk, SeeiHSd *6rn out by the Journey from Kierf to Nertchinalc, which had been m&do, Without stopping, to an open Idbltkft. fat fM*g than two months, he had worn outside 6f his boots the iron rings of his chain rivet*d to his ankles. The gendarme in a blue blouso and brass helmet, who had accompanied him, entered the inspector's office to deliver into his hands the papers concerning tho exile confided to his care. 6n the threshold he ran against and wat Almost overthrown by a hideous-looking intm with a swollen faco, who came out with his hands tied behind his back, and Was with Pent 'difficulty managed by the gendarme; to charge^ of him. He was a convict who had attempted to escape from the shipyards of Okhotsk, and hid been brought a long distance to bo 1m- > prisoned in the mysterious fortress of Aka- tduin, situated on tho outskirts of Nort- Chlnak. Tho very name of this fortress in- Spires unspeakable terror throughout all Siberia. The wretched being had effaced ;with sulphuric acid the word vor (thief) which had been branded Upon his forehead And cheeks. y "lam thirsty I" cried *he, in a choking Voice. "Giro me a drink, somebody I 1 am dying of fever I" The gondarmo paid no attention to his words, but fastened him to the heavy wheel Of a cart under the shod belonging to the Inspector's house. 'From tho Interior of tho mansion escaped the sharp sounds of a little violin upon which some one was gayly playing the "Belle Holene" quadrille. A lively vok-o was giving out the figures and movements to the dau- cors, whoso resounding slops wore accompanied with f rash nnd youthful laughter. "A drop of water—something to driukl" yelled tho convict, kneeling iu tho mud and .rolling his wicked eyes, while his mouth, foamed with rage. The new comer turned away from this repulsive spectacle,' and surveyed tho spot where he was to undergo his punishment. Before him were scattered a hundred cabins and yourtes, shelters of the toilers of the mine, above which roso hero auJ there wooden edifices tenanted by tho clerks, tho captain, tho priest, and tho physician. Ho ,also saw the barracks of tho guards, tho chapel and tho hospital. Everything had the most miserable aspect. Beyond, bounding the perspective, wore the Sablonoi Mountains, whose snowy summits stretched away to the east as fur as the eye could reach. In a raviuo, a broach in tho perpendicular Walls rising to u height of more than two thousand feet, was the shaft of the mine. Upon tho blood ro'd rock, tho cold had al- 'ready congealed the water produced by the melting of tho snow, and tho hydraulic Wheel, which a liquid sheet sot in motion in the summer, was'still, rising huge uud black like an instrument of punishment. The icy wind from tho raviuo brought with it shni-p needles of frost which pricked the exile's face. He lifted towards heaven u look of sad resignation, but quick . as lightning youth and right asserted themselves -, his black eyes flashed and his body straightened with a movement of pride, which canobled the convict's gray cloak and the hideous little hat which concealed the" absence of the .brown locks shorn off by the prison scissors. He scanned the horizon as if searching for some way of escape. , At this moment, the bound .convict gave vent to a series of hollow howls. The musio ceased. Two young girls thrust their-flaxen heads curiously out of tho half-open door, and their dancing nu'.stcr, gently putting them aside, emerged, holding bis little pocket violin iu iiis hand. Ho WHS over It My. His bearing was decided and his uir ;ovial, but there was somo- thiug of tl.o ,gi'ok.stjuo in Itis . ai.-j'.oui-ttuco. Holookollilioncithe--a native uur a Sla- vonian. He^.anTTOachcd tho couvict and asked ~HGa in bad Russian, but in a tone of interest, what he was complaining about so bit- teriys "These dogs are allowing me to be consumed with thirst!" cried the wretch. "It is like red-hot iron in there I" added he, opening to its full extent a mouth, the lips of which were disfigured by tho corrosive action of sulphuric acid. The man of the violin had an inspiration. He drew a small empty flask from his fur- trimmed vest, and returned to his pupils to ask them to 1111 it with water. Then, he once more made his way to tho convict and poured the contents of tho flask,, drop by drop, into his burning and swollen mouth. Tho sufferer assumed the look of a grateful animal. "Thank you I" said he. "You allowed yourself to be recaptured, eh!" said the man of tho violin. "Did you not know what'awaited you!". *\ "Well, what!" <N. "Fifty blows with tho knout c- jt." . "I will bear them and aften -link the health of the Czar, our general father." The dancing master approached the now comer and said to him in a low voice: "All talk 1 I wager that he will be dead •t tho twentieth blow." The young man thought; - - "This is what would happen to me, if I tried to escape and was retaken. Between this man and myself, by order of the Czar's Judges, there is not the least difference." . Than, addressing the dancing master, he said to him, extending his hand: "Let mo thank you, to my turn, for your generosity to this unfortunate being 1" "I grasp your hand with pleasure," said the musician, who had noticed that the new 0^—H' bore on his back the square of rod '"TSrotn Indicating a political convict. "As to. your thanks, they are superfluous. I am under no restraint, God be praised I I belong neither to tho guards, tho police, nor tho management of the mines. I am a Parisian and a dancing master. Perhaps you are acquainted with Paris, Monsieur! ' Yesl Well, I was born on the Place do la Bastille, opposite the column. Vivo la liu- ertel I don't conceal my sentiments!" The gendarme, who had brought the exile, returned and informed the young man that the inspector was waging for him. "Shake again,"said the dancing master. "Ke.ejk-up your courage!" addud he, iu a Whisper, grasping the young man's hand. The latter departed, murmuring to hirn- solf; "If he were a friend I" The inspector, a small, clean-shaved man, with an angular profile and impenetrable eyes, ordered the exile to strip himself to the belt and, description IB hand, voi-iflud his identity. A medallion hung upon the young man's breast. Ho blushed and quickly covered it With his hand, as if to prevent anyone from touching or defiling it. The action was ill-interpreted by the inspector. "Allow mo!" said he. "Oh I" cried the exile, "I suppose that there is nothing dangerous to tho safety of tho state iu tho portrait of a young girl— especially that of a martyr—tho daughter of tho pool Davidoff, an exilo like myself, Whom she has followed into banishmont." "I knew Davidoff and his daughter," •aid tho inspector. "Ho worked iu this mine!" "And sincu?" said tho young man, oagoriy. "In pity—" "His lot has beeu ameliorated. Ho i» at present living in Irkoutsk." • After these words tho inspector ontorod tho name of the couvict on the^'ogister opposite thu number 1!K)7; then, ho ordered him to bo tukeu to the mine. In a few instants, tho exilo was handed over ton corporal of tho guards. "Yeruiuc," said the keeper, "hero is a man to help fill up tho void in your squad of minors. 11 "Throe of my won died thin week," observed the corporal, us ho drew a note-book from hi'j pocket and preparo,d to write. He looked'ut tho youug man. "Yegor Bemonoff," said tho latter, thinking that the corporal was waiting tor hU panic. "Shall I write it myself i" addod ho. "OhI I know how to write!" said the cojr- porui, with a faint smile. (telpher. Number!" "Number 130T," answered tho keeper. "The- inspector directs that.he shall lodge iu the fifteenth youvte, wlwo Micro <uo already two convicts." While tho kcepui-Vwas speaking, Yegor Btweuoff studied thi countenance ot the man, tinned with a \vatliur whip, under i control ho face, ^Moh of & ]*!#> tocftpfttte of duty. * "To work I" cried Corporal iTerfaao, ttrffi- feg the air with his lasft. "Thei'el' 1 sddsd tie, potetiBg; to a spot *her^ a ftrimbe* of tniners were drawing frort the earfn ft tBSkatofore. "lambehindyoftP'oMeahS. *he miners, cavered vrith tattaitsd sneeif. ildnt, filthy and barefooted, stared gloomily it the companion who had come ,to th6fn " clad and wearing hligbsfeaaogleath* ightat Nortohinsfc, Wlier* the en able, thanks to the money Wtta fe?jEh he was furaished, to mftke 6ort6 useful ptfrchtises. dn6 of them, going before, Showed him the road tetnko. It Wfil a ladder more than twelve hundred feet lon£. Ifegor began to descend, followed by tn.6 Squad and tho corporal. Some smoky lamps, placeAin cavities of the wall, iertsd only to show the thickness of the gloom. HatUaf-places presented themselves at rare intervals. Yege*heata~aVthe bottom of the shaft the metallic stfund of tho hammer blows bpon the rook The Sharp noise, the thick darkness, and the sad and ragged groups, Which, when suddenly lighted up, throw out huge shadows, togethet with the air loaded with deleterious dust, made a strange impression upon the yoUng man, who, nevertheless, wan accustomed to the mournful episodes of tho prison and exile. Nearer, it was, if possible, still more frightful; the majority of these men, with great beards, long, shaggy locks, swarthy* complexions, scaly skins and sinister looks, bore upon their foreheads and cheeks the Infamous brand von. They wore assassins, robbers, nnd forgers, and could be recognized by the squares of cloth sowed on the backs of their garments. A red square for the murderers, a black square for the robbers and a yellow square for tho incendiaries. The others, belonging to tho category of political convicts, displayed' \van visages and lean bodies undermined by fevers and gnawed by tho dust of tho oro, which sends forth arsenic if it is tin nnd verdigris if it is copper. .They might be called walking horses. Some were greon, with bald pates as white as chalk. Their half-blind eyes lot tho(r lids droop us if for tho sleep ofjjloath. They arose nnd disappeared suddenly behind a rock, or plunged llko ghosts into dark corridors; nnd one hoard, f ram time to time, the hiss of n corporal's whip falling upon bony sides and howls caused by pain. Yegor had been pushed to the extremity of a corridor ]ust opened. Alone in this narrow holo, as in a stone vault, it seemed to him that ho was buried nllve. He was suffocating. A fooling of terror impossible to describe shook his body with convulsive shivers. He strove to make use of his hummer, but his arm foil back inert and weak, as if paralyzed. The keeper imder whoso charge ho was advanced slowly towards him. "Must I set you in motion?" cried he, raising his whip. "If you touch me," screamed Yegor, whoso brain was iu a whirl, "I wfll kill you I" Then, as if n prey to madness, he added: "If you wish, wait—you can murder me with blows I" And he gave tho corporal a resounding slap on the cheek. • Yegor expected to he hurled to the ground, to be torn to pieces. But tho convict-guard, strange to relate, stared at him flxodly without o word; then, casting his whip far from him, as if to escape the temptation to use it he answered ,he exile's insult with these words, uttered n a tone of groat calmness :• I could crush you iu my hands, if I wish- sd to do so, but this time I pardon you I I accept tho chastisement in expiation of my son's crimes!" Fearing, doubtless, that he might say more, the singular keeper abruptly departed, leaving Yegor Soraonoff to his uuspcak- able amazement. CHAITEIt II.—TUB DAWN OF HOl'K. The little town of Nertchinsk had, a short time before, been greatly excited by the murder of an engineer called Major Dobson, the grantee of a piece of auriferous ground s'.tuated ten or twelve miles from tho vJlnge. This Englishman lived upon tho land ho operated. Thanks.to modern improvements :n the mining industry, ho had succeeded in obtaining largo quantities of gold in a spot disdaiued-und abandoned by his predecessors. The Major attracted tho assassins more, perhaps, by tho reputation of originality of character accorded to him for ono hundred miles around, than by his wealth, although that was immense. Every morning ho wont to the place where, the steam-engine was working, wearing enormous boots drawn over three pairs of stockings. He examined the machinery at- te:iti ,-ely;' at the least sign of rust, lie pulled off one of ills atoc'.tings and nibbed away. until he hafl restored the polish; his three pairs of stockings wore used in this way, and the mechanics, in whoso faces he hurled them, wore obliged to bring them back to him under penalty of dismissal. Contrary to the custom of tho majority of tho grantees, ho lived in niggardly fashion and had but one servant—an old woman— and it was asserted that, far from banding to Barnoul tho entire amount of gold he rained—for tho mines belong to the government, and all thu gold of Siberia is smelted at Barnoul on tho Obi—ho did not fear to purloin largo quantities of it which bo kept concealed. Ono morning, ho and his servant wore found dead, ttie skulls of both split open with hatchets. However, tho robbers did not succeed in discovering the Major's supposed hiding- place. They were able to steal only a small amount of silver, Major Dobson being in tho habit of sonding tho most valuable portion of hi.j proflta to Knfdand. Three weeks Inter, another assassination turned out much better for its authors, and agitated the entire district of Nert- chinsk. ' A Russian from the Crimea, named Khab- aroff, possessed as grantee a piece of land from which ho had boon unable to got oven tho smallest morsel of gold, though much of the neighboring territory yielded superb returns. Then, this man devised tho means of putting his hand upon some of the precious metal, the color of which tho government would never see, thus depriving the grantees, his prosperous rivals, of commissions to which the results of their operations entitled them... In his capacity of life proprietor, he had tho right to keep a liquor shop upon his lands for the accommodation of his workmen, but, as he di£ not employ a single toller, his spirits were sold to his neighbors' people at the reasonable price of a half pound of gold dust a bottle. Two barrels of brandy, worth at most fifty dollars, brought him in about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. It goes without saying that the purchases were paid for so magnificently with the precious ore stolen by the gold- hunters. Khabaroff was despoiled of a portion of his ill-gotten wealth, after having been left for dead upon the publlo square. But, while he was being cared for, his method of enriching himself at the expense ot the State was discovered, and misfortune overtook him. In consequence of these outrages, the local authorities zealously set inquiries on foot. The':, it was suddenly discovered that » band bl goiu-ioDbers,already famous through or,tous exploits, had made this double stroke, und that the sou of tho Ipravsnlk, or Justice of the Peace, had for a long time boon asso elated with this baud. Everybody esteemed the Ipravsnik. He was a proud and honest Russian named Yor- mac, u descendant, perhaps, of the Cossack who, followed by his gallant companions, conquered Siberia. Yermuc had been at Nertehinsk for a few years Qnly, in disgrace—exiled, in fact. It was said that he had filled' au important post in tho magistracy in Moscow, acquiring there a reputation for austerity and incorruptibility, und pitilessly denouncing the prevarications of his colleagues. The latter, uniting, hod succeeded iu undoing him, Such a man could not remain indifferent to the too well-founded suspicious in regard to his sou. He resigned his ofilco, und, ut ho was not permitted to return to Russlii and did not desire to make further efforts to create an iudopondont uud honorable situation for himself, he solicited und obtained ti.ij position of suporluteiidout among the "Butliioed onj j| wjuards of tho Oukbou) mluo. Yvi'uuw ww " "'(ho koopor whom Yegor Somonoff had suited und struck. No doubt, If ho IUK boon uwiuainto 1 with the rectitudo ol the mail of the whip, Yegor would have repent- cj of his fury, for ho was capable of a dating Iu oluora qualities ho himself guttHOd ill common with thuin. Yugor Sonusuoft h id bcon oxllud fur puliti- He fowwl 01,1 causes. Au-wtod at Kleff, whvru h<- ijttoud.gd tho uulvwvUy, ho dW «,ot 'J«o» toty-ojituo, wu*(, ..-; ,;,., - W* t*o weeks late*, he was hurried ov« the roadS leading to Siberia. He hid de- jmt-tcd for "the land feofo Which SO on* *etttras.» Being a noble, the law spared him the pftin of tfaveling on foot, 4 Blight amelioration of a punishment inflicted to an entirely arbitrary fmmne*. By dint of reflection and ffow a few questions which be remembered had Veen askod him, Yegor felt satisfied that he owed the severities of the police to the friendship Which existed between him and the aged peat, Abelttevidoff, who had teen exiled ttr Siberia Wfte yean before. D'ajjBoff had been accompanied in his exil^y his only daughter, fradege, whose portrait, convict number 1867 wore upon hid bifeasi For him, nlasl she Was no longer of this world, and the little sentimental' romance begun between n student hi his twentieth year aiid a young girl 6f Sixteen had had a Sad epilogue U Tholr destinies, however, Seemed to have this in common', that she and he, to ail probability, Would end their days far from Kie& Yegor," who, as soon as he had 'arrived at- Oukboul had Studied the Country with the intenttohbf escaping, midde-ily -renounced eveiy enterprise of that kind 011 learning that Davidoff and his daughter resided at Irkoutsk. Hence ho strove to-accustom himself to the terrible life of a miner, making supor- humnn efforts to succeed. Was it not possible that he also might to time receive ail amelioration of his lot, He Was innocent- guilty only of sympathy for certain victims. of the Czar's Inexorable justice. At Omsk, offended by the rough tone oi one of the officials charged with fixing the place of his sojourn, ho had answered him . haughtily, almost arrogantly. This man, whoso pride was wounded, had taken a cruel joy, nt the close of his Consultation with his colleagues, in announcing to him— calling him "MonslfiUr" this time—that he was destined to work in tho verdigris' mines nt Nortchiusk. Was It nbt possible that this severe decision might bo reconsidered! Ho felt that he must arm himself with courage 1 His squad was working in an interior gallery already commenced in tho veto. An excavation was being made. Two minors struck, turn by turn, upon tho wedge which a third minor held. In the darkness, the flinty rocks emitted sparks beneath tho repeated blows of tho iron. There was not sufllciont air for respiration; vitiated and rare lied, it was also charged with deleterious 'dust and deadly poisons. Whon the rock was split, tho work with tho pick-axe began. It was then necessary to extend tho gallery through Boftstouo which orumbled to pieces, incessantly threatening to bury tho tollers beneath fulling masses; and this laboi continued uninterruptedly for ton- hours daily. Yegor fell from sheer exhaustion when ho reached tho mouth of tho shaft, In the evening, after un ascension which lasted nearly two,hours, Ho struggled stoutly, but, nevertheless, discouragement finally took possession of him, fever brought on additional weakness and with it came the cortege of blai:k ideas. Soon ho could no longer eat; his brain dried and burned, and them was u constant buzzing in his ears. In this condition, the poor young man was haunted by thoughts of suicide; ho repulsed them, at first, as ho would IIHVH repulsed tho thought of a groat crime, but they persistently returned. He grew to think that, since ho wus doomed to death, it mattered but little if ho hastened thu moment u fow hours. Was ho uot free from all responsibility! They were killing him and h. wuuld go to moot death, that was all! He, M last, resolved to end tho slow agony to which he was condemned. The method was very easy—it was close •t hand. He had heard of desperate wretches wbo had caused themselves to bo crushed beneath blocks of stone. Ho would follow their oxamplo. For three days he had boon loosening ^ rock; he toiled with redoubled ardor nt his perilous task, decided to place himself beneath tho enormous mass whon it was about to fall. To succeed, ho must put forth efforts and exercise a firm will for two days longol-. A year of his life fled ut each blow of tho pick-nxe without shaking his fierce resolution—at least, ho thought so; but this ob- stinato work carried on with such a design wore him out. One morning, he said to the two men who shared his yourto: "I cannot rise I" One of these men was a Russian political convict, transferred from Minousink to Ouk- boul as an increase of punishment; the other a Tunguse brigand, an assassin and a robbor. Both of them, liko Yegor, were new comers, and tho government had lodged them in ono of its yourtes until they could got time to build a hut. To enable- them to ive, they had u fow cents, tho salary from the grantee of tho mine, receiving besides from the government sixty-six pounds of rye flour and ono dollar per month. They could dispose according to their liking of ono wcok in four. Seeing Yegor so sick his companions oar- • riodhlmtothe hospital. It was rather-a charnal-houso. Whon ho recovered his senses, about forty-eight hours af forwards, ie found himself in a wooden barrack arranged like tho betwoen-dooks of a ship. 3ach cabin contained a number of invalids stretched upon shelves, ono above another, on the bare boards. In tho midst of complete darkness, those who wore least ill issisted those who wore dying. Tho air was loaded with putrid emanations. With ;he death-rattles were mingled tho hollow complaints of those struggling with suffering. It was horrible. This place of so- oco boro a closer resemblance to a hall of :orturo. When Yegor had accustomed his eyes to the absence of light, ho perceived on ono of the shelves opposite to him two nude corpses in a state of decomposition. Ho was seized with terror uud, gliding down from his funeroul couch, dragged himself Into the open uir, .suddenly z-ecovering strength to pursue to tho end of tho earth tho work of luicidu. But f uto was against him. No ono nod continued his task. His last day had come. Ho was ubout to go from his yourto to tho shaft, when M. Nadeioff, thu grantee of tho miiies, who had arrived at Oukboul tho day before, sent for him. Tho latter had found himself by chance ot Omsk, when tho exile passed through that town, and had noticed him whon his place of residence was being docidad upon. Wo knew from tho notes on his passport that ho was acquainted with several languages, French, English, uud aorman,-und that ho possessed notions of physical and mathematical sciences. Hpucu it scomod to the grantee, who was u cold and positive man, that ho could turn Yegor's acquirements to o hotter account than. by putting a hummer or a wodgo in ills hand at tho bottom of a mine. . M. Naduloff was a vigorous und thick-sot little man, with a broad Kalmuck faco, sharp and piercing black oycs, a Hat noso, thick lips, which allowol white and solid carnivorous tuuth to bo soon, and a bluck butird as curly und woolly as the sheep-skin c.ip he worn. It is my principle," said ho to Yegor, "to draw from the people I pay tho lurgost possible profit. A man liko you with u hummer iu his hand can only bo u bad workman. You should know better how to manage a pen," "I studied at the University of Kioff,"sald Yegor. Thi) Woman of ArlliD, Superbly situated at the point where the two streams divide, the Aries of to-day troubles itself very little nbput either its undent glories or its possibilities of modern improvement, it is a city of creams, with cureless grace und a result of perfect unity. The far-famed beauty of the Arles- iiiines is 6f a distinctly Greek type, straight-featured, low-browed, and uoli- eutti. It is enhanced by their graceful black costume, with swelling flchu'of white lace and coquettish little cap of the sumo material «ut high oil the head and bound with a broad bluck ribliioit, one end of which ie left freo and falls to the shoulder. Young awd old, those wouwn, almost without exception, have luxuriant hair, curling lightly about the teaples. The ainttllneBu or the head an compared with the t>i%e of the neck—another strikingly classic feature —accounts in part, no doubt, for their superb carriage. This, too, in a beauty which they seem never to Iwo- I » iav <i seen u heavy woman' of sixty, with the marks of severe toil about her person ana ,«pyjng a big burden, who crossed the ceiitral square of the town with tho tftep of OJB OflipresH. ,-T.he Anhion M(H|»: i>a*& is aim oil the flarKioft tater, Soft a«a p«lf6n««,a»Tk »«4 isweet; ' , . . Loye'« 6W* TfeTf Sal the a«fo «a'e daughter, PBIf and fla#16l» ffott fice U feet; Called of til When the wbtld was itoldcn, Levea of I6vefl frhoso fitffle» beholden Thrill fiien'l eyel a< *lth light 6f oldea , Days ttore glad thttn thenhlght Was fli'St. jevehe*, ir »6t Wt W)fa In fain. „. „ r «flfl heaves aboyd her, seetn but shadows that «te una < SoYlt thai Kinder than love's that betrays and Slither than spring'* *lien her flowerf nl tre«»ei Shake forth sunlight and shins with ruin. Alt the strength of the waves that perish Swells beneath me and laftgha and tight, Slehs for love Of the life they cherish, , Lflnfths to know, that it llveu and dle»; Diet for the joy of Ift life. And lives, Thrlllea with Joy that lt» brief death glvo«, Seitth whSce Inngh or who«« dcath-forglves L Chung* that btan It subside and Use. "It in A little perplexing at tim V said the Eev. Milo Milnef . "FiV,6 houses exactly alike in five little gardens of precisely the fiaeie dimenedne, afid five umbrella' elmt>ed apple-trees in fttmt. There have assuredly been tittles when the* similitude has been somewhat embftrrassin?." "Yaasi" said Deacon Philpott, , "old Sqiiife Simpson, he built 'em. Said hd didn't Wittif, to be accused 6f no partiality. I i-emmeber, " with a chuckle, ' 'how John V0s< sar went into Number Fiyp when he was a courtinc Louisa dprinpr, that lived at Number Four, and scared old Ma'am Me- Michin half outen her wits, coming- up behind lier, when she Was a mnliinjf fritters, nnd kissing her with a will. And Mr. Belt's grocer's bills was left at Mrs. Hed- gey'sand -- " ,-..,-'. "Very natural misapprehensions — very natural, indeed," said Mr. Milner. "We ore all liable to make mistakes." , "That's true as gospel," snld the deacon.' "Now you talk about mistakes, 1 remember — '' "And I," pfctipitately interrupted Mr. Milner, who had a -wholesome Horror of : his deacon's interminable stories, "have been mercifully preserved from anyawk- wtt,.d misunderstanding by the fact that the door of (he domicile where I reside is providentially painted blue." "Blue's a proper, pretty color," 'said Deacon Philpott. "Speaking about blue, my daughter Arethusa, down in Florida "Pray, excuse me," said the'pastor, glancing at his turnip-shaped silver-watch — "but I have barely time to keep my ap* pointment with Brother Kjngenbury, I really had no idea how late it was," • And he hurried away, leaving the deacon standing in the middle of the road, staring after him. Mr. Milner boarded at No. 8, Simpson Terrace. (There was no terrace, but the squire thought tho name sounded sonorous and pleasant, so he had christened his five little cottages, "Simpson ibrrace.") He boarded With Mrs. Chipley and het two daughters, Maud antl Marian, who felt a great distinction to hi of any service, however slight, to the pastor. Maud herself gathered fresh flowers for the study-table every day;. Marian sat up late nights to iron and mend table-linen, so that the good man might have a clean napkin, so that you could] not toll mended places from the whole, and tho little widow herself exhausted every cullitmry resource to humor his dyspepsia and to contrive dishes out of the least possible foundation. To these three simple women the Rev. Milo Milncri wns like un embodied saint. "And now that Mr. Milneris safely gone for the day," said Mr», Chipley, "we'll clean the sitting-rojm and white-wash the walls. Run toDixey's, Maud, for a lump of unslackcd lime, and — oh, by-the-way, bring some corn-meal, dear. \Ve'll have hasty pudding for dinner, and eat at the kitchen table. Hasty pudding and milk will do for us women." "Of course it will, mamma," said Maud. "I just like pudding and milk," cried Marion, jumping gleefully up and down. • "and although Mr. Milner is such a dear good man, yet it is a sort of relief to have mm gone once in a while, so that wo can • 'flan house, and eat hasty pudding and im'k." • : _ "And, oh, Maud!" she whispered to her aesthetic elder sister, us Mrs. Chipley bustled out. to hurig the big kettle over the fire. "I've such an idtfa in my • head, if you'll only geta ){ttlo gross green paint ready mixed, when you nre ut J,Dixey's, and a medium sized brush?" "Greon paint, Marian! What for?" "Hush, don't let mamma hear! I'm so tired of hearing .this called tho house with the bluo door.'' Maud oboyntl; although the elder in point of years, she had long been accustomed to be domineered over by pretty positive Maiian. "Kut it is tlie strangest thinff, Marian!" she said, as fifteen or twenty imnutes laicr, she handed over a mysterioiip tin can and oblong paper-parcel to lier sister. "Joe Dean is out painting his doorlilnn!" ''Tastes differ," .-.aid Marian, nlirugRmg her shoulders, now invested in u pretcr- naturally shabby old calico-gown, suitable only to the extreme exigency of modern house cleaning lime. "Blue is a lovely color, but as applied to a housfi door, I am heartily sick of it. Joe Dean has no more taste than u Nowfonnd- land.dog." "The Deans sire expecting city company to lunch," -said Maud. "They sent to borrow the butterfly china jilntes this morning." "It must be nice to have city company," sighed Marian. "Oh, but to think of the work of it!" said Maud, lifting up_ her hands. Mrs. Chipley come in at that moment, also clad in what Marian called her 'scrubbing regimentals,' and wearing an old olive silk-handkerchief tied nroiind her bright and glossy hair, and the three aaf, themselves determinedly at work, .Tlie Hov. Milo M.ilner, on reaching I he railway station, received a telegram tlmt his friend, Prof. Klingenburg, could not possibly meet him that day. "Very good." said Mr. Milner, "I'll just step back homo and get a mouthful of lunch, and then I'll go to look oven thbsu ancient manuscripts with Dr. Hodges. He has been urging me to do so for some time past, and 1 may never have a better opportunity than this. Mr. Milner tucked the umbrullu tinder his arm, tipppd his black, wide-rimmed hat over his eyes, und sot off on a swift, stride- back to Simpson Tor-. "m ta&«'cKl?ei Bf->. Miffierl" Maimed Matd, "ttje floi»4-tte SiM tt fjtth." Mi-. StilitfSr 86l«Wy ftdfotfccea into ftfa &O14L-J i» it** 1*£a.iit±*. n t.JL H&.J iaa!nit<.>*i iJJ-M . area of the lamplight, Snd, twisting himself arolmd to tfet at the ekirte 61 nil coat, CU uuoiu \nia\Atiia\jifiivoij > "Mow p&iflt," 8flidW. "And bine swinging race, . The blue door stood wulf) open. Ho walked in with no sort of cercihpny: "Freeh piiint!." he said to himself,. elevating his thin hobtrils. "if there's anything on the face of the earth I detest, it is fresh paint. And I've got it all over the skirl* of my best coat, too! Whore ie Mrs. Chipley? What has become of the girln? Nobody seems to be iu ty.o way when they're wanted, but, fortunately, here's a lunch ready spread. I wonder, now, how it happened. How could they know 1 WUB coining back? Cold roast grouse withcu'rrunt jellyj-chickpn-salad—- pickles, oysters—really, how, this is something quite beyond the ordinary ru u of our bill of fare!" Tin 1 piistorsat down and ato with an excellent appetite. He made a yawning holo in tlie chicken-salad mound; ho picked tho Uones of a crisp, brown grouse witli genuine satisfaction, he buttered u flashy biscuit and added to its flavur by several spoonfuls of amber quince preserve. "All the sumo," said he to hiiinolf as he wiped his mouth with a damask-napkin and ro so from his chair, with another glance at the vegetable-shaped watch; "this sort of thing is quite beyond Mrs. Chipley*8 means. 1 thought she had better sense, i must really speak to her about it. In the moan time 1 must inuku good speed if 1 expect to have much time at iuy friend Hodge's place." Away he trudged, much comforted and sustained as regarded tho inner man. "Joe, Joe!" shrieked Miss i'rancesca Dean, coming into the rooui a fovt miu- tes inter, "what have you done? Eaten up all the company's lunch! Oh, you greedy—" Q'Tll be blamed IE 1 have," shouted Joe, from an upper room where lie wan transforming himself from tin amatuer player. '' W hat are you talking about,'' "Some one has eaten liis fill!" cried Miss Prancisca. "Just look at that tablnl" "Then its some tramp aneak.ed in through that door I left £po» to dry the paint, ' bawled Joe, uuiiting bis leg. Arid while the Dean frinily were endeavoring to repair damuges, the tusk ol houbi'cleaiiiug went ewitoiugly on at the Chipley domicile, only two doors avay, the girls and their mother scarcely taking time to stop and eat their hasty pudding, which, bv tlfte way, got badly scorched through Wuud's over tk'voUoH to putting the ebiutzwindow curtains in fte pastor's study. "No," 6atd Marian. Green." the two colors frwe kdicronslt alike in tne lamplight. The ttefti might have b*eK tuken fer ft lively Wire, th6 bine for & dtillween. "Blue," s«id the t>*istor firmly, "Do you think I haven't the U66 of toy eyes?" "Greed," persisted Marian. "I know because 1 put it on myself." • "But truth is truth, Mand." ."And while I'm about," said Mr. Miliner, now thoroughly exasperated, "I deem it ttijr dpty to remoiistratfl with y6u cotidetiiirtg the extftivagant and unwarranted style of diet in which you indulge during my absencel" "I don't know whatyoii mean," said Mrs, Chipley, feebly satchirfgher Weath. "Hasty jptldding*hd tnilk caft't be called eitfavttgance, hnzai-ded' Mftudi ' - ' • "Scotched at that, miirmufed Marian. n"ROast.grouii6 nndcuttaftt jelly," said the pttstpf. "Chicken salad and sponge- cake. And 'hei-fl again I ti-ust to the evidence of my eyt!8ightr^a!l s»t out bn your btlt(<-f fly chimt I know, because I ate of it myself. "Yoii-r-you got into the wrong house, gospedMaild. ' • "Jt was the house with the bluo door, serenely uttered Mr. Milner, as if this Were an incontrovertible argument. .,Marian clajjped her hand hyBtericnlly. "Mamma,"she cried,'"Maud. Mr. Milner was the tramp who ate up Mlns Dean's compatiylHnch. That was just what. Frnncesca Dean told me they, had prepared! And prepared on our butterfly china, too!" "It was the house with the blue door!' stubbornly repeated Mr. Milner. "But Joe Dean painted that door blue, to-day," cried Marian, "And I painted oiir's green." .. > _.'; Tho pastor sunk limply into a chair. "Then," said he, "I've got green and blue paint both on the skirts of my coat, nnd 1 have made a dreadful blunder into the bnrgairt! 'And 1 must go at once nnd apologize to the Dean family; but not until you, my kind friends, have forgiven me fowny meddling interference." "But really, said, mischievous Maud, "hasty pudding isn't an extravagance." Mrs. Chipley and Marian hastened to deprecate the pastor's humility^ rind he went sadly to make his peace with Miss Frnncesca Dean. "It is kind of queer," said Deacon Philpot, talking the matter over some few days afterward. "Tho dominie, he plumb that he's sort pf absont-minned, and needs n wife to keep him straight," "And I'll bet even on pretty Miss Maud andFrancesca Dean." Tho deacon, however, was wrong for once in his life. Pastor Milner did pet married, but it was neither blue eyed Francesea nor dark- orbed Maud. Liko a sensible man ho prooosed to t]ie Widow Chipley herself, and was accepted. "But. if Mrs. Milner does not object; ho said with due courtesy, "I should like to have the front door painted blue once more."—Saturday Night. CENTKNAIIY OKTHKl'll'K. Now lining iCole'hratisil atLuliwlc—llecol- luottona mill ItoflectloiiH Culled Up. At Leipsic they are now celebrating tho centenary of the pipe and the Petite Pressc seizes upon the occasion to give a few notcp upon-the history of the use'of tobacco in Europe, which will be interesting to smokers and their enemies. ' , Snuff, it appears, was the first form in which tobacco was used in-France, and tho pipo'didn't make its appearance until the reign of Louis. XIV.- At thnt .time the French government began to distribute pipes among the soldiers. Jean Bart was an inveterate smoker and the story (roes that some Bourbon .princesses us.ed to snioko pipes.. ( There-was very little smoking 1 , in Europe in tho ejght<Knth century. JSfo great man of that time was a smoker. During the French revolution the pipe was comparatively unknown. Neither Robes- pierre nor Dnntpn.--nor any one of the leaders nf that period, was a smoker. But when Nnpoleoo's lirniy. relumed from Egypt the pipe became fashionable, tien- era! Lossalle used to' lead : his cavalry charges with a pipe in-- his Imoutli;' aYid d'Oudinot was the possessor of a splendid meerschaum, which was presented to him by Napoleon, and was ornamented: with ptones to the value- of 87,500. General Moreuu, when his legs were about to be amputated, called for his pipe, that ho might smoke it during the operation; but how he enjoyed it history does not state. Tho restoration brought about a reaction against Hie pipe, and it was not until 18i)0 that it regained a popularity that it has preserve'! up to the present time. Except perhaps in England, the pipe is considered out of place on the street; but at home it is just the thing in all sorts of society, and it is smoked by many great men, including Bismarck. French poets have frequently compared a man's existence to n lighted pipe, whose contents pass off in smoke and ashes. -In. an old volume of tho eighteenth century, entitled "Moial cle Guerard," there is an engraving representing a young IIHITI smoking u cliiy pipn, nnd the legend calls him tho "Universal Portrait." This is followed by a queer did piece of poetry comparing everybody to u. lighted pipe. .Jamaica a* u Health JteHort. "Go to Jainnica!" This it not a vulgar form of malediction, but a piece of advice to the weak ami ailing given in all sober- IR'KS anil sincerity by t ho writer of annrticle on the "Pearl pf lliu Antilles'.'in "Blackwood." In the popular iniiigitiiilion Jamaica in a place of unwholesome vapor.-, but tho thermometer in the very hottest of its towns does not reach a menu height of morn than 88-or full below 70 which is nothing very serious; and these conditions, it, is observed, art always tempered l>y cool, refreshing breezes. But what of the fever oni'.lt-micsy . "Stamped out," is the reply, under the advance of sanitary knowledge. Tfie best testimony to ' tlie- generul (minority of the inland is found in tho healthy condition, .of -the numerous .Kuropeans wlio have nuujo it tliuir home- for a . lifetime, and they brought up families elrong'aml well-grown as themselves. This is -BO well known'to-the' Americans-that numbers, we are. told, are now ilockijig, to-Jumajca, us a sanitarium to ostupi! 'the bitter cold of their 'own winters.—London'Daily'News: Tlie .I'lilniue ISjlipuior, •'• The oniparor of Ohina : recently visited tlio tombs of his family. 'The imperial parly'consistml"of the -empress dowager,the emperor and empress, and four.imper- ial uonculnncn! They loft the palace before sunrise April 4, the empress dowager being about u mile in advance of the emperor and his wives. Three special traveling palaces, or resting plu«'.f were erected at equal tUsluncea along the route. The emperor had a chair, or palanquin, a'cart, and a liorte to vary his mode ol: travel. He is desoribed as a handsome young man, with a pale uud very intelligent face, while the empress dowager's features are said to betoken great force of power. The number of persons iu the cortege was, more than 10,000. On the fourth day tho tomb wus reached. Next doy sacrifices wre offered to the imperial ancestors, -and the ceremony of repairing the graves by formally placing a handful of earth in each tumulus was performed. The return begun the next Jay. Contrary to the usual custom, the people were allowed to come out and see tlio emperor, atid he conversed with some of them. Ilpr Duel with tliu Doctor, An extraordinary duel is reported to have taken place in Vienna. A fow days ago a girl, aged 19, challenged a young doctor, who had offended one of her friends and refused to apologize. Ho was challenged }n the usual way by two seconds, a etude'nt and an officer .of reserves, and when, he ridiculed tl|e idea'.tlve girl ^hreatoned, to horse-whip him publicly. Ta.e challenge was then nccoptod, nnd a nweting, with seconds and 'dobtp^-a, took place in a hired room in a Vienna, suburb. All tlje rules forujdue) with » sword were strictly obscrv.' cd. The doctor first; actod'on the d(jfeiib>ve, but was noon ipblig<jd to fight in earnest, ttud left off after wp second round \ritfc a wound in tlu> l.plUide, which was declared not to be a,ungqroiM. The girl, » Croatian, educated in twu.lt America, is Biua\by % seconds to be,ttwbeet fencer tjbey gvty saw, After vowdtojf li.er adversary sue wit the pinto without casting au,olu,er look o.v pitta, f.ARDEN, ife, te» (Seatfi, to* »eal br W6B, They M*6 «Bd tltee tM tofceu I And nothing rtoW . 0«n break fii vo» their plighted ivordl have epoken. H6 i« for her the man oi men, Her choice divine and human; And she the one Far him alone of all the world hi Women I Bach perfect In Mch other's eyes- All noblest glfu possessing. Oh, Joy I oft gain I „ That Hches to pain With overcrowd of blessing! Hcf hsitft *f11 nevef krtAw a enfe But his will bMng the guerdon; And Men He signs H«Hetiflor eyeiF 1 Will charm attay the burden. • _ .DtvlnMt love will hAVe Mch lots • (For life mnet still be troubled): And through the bliss Ot ivord and kits Shrill every joy bo doubled. She yields for him tier home, her name, Her Mini, In self-Surrender; • . He kneels to own Hlri heart her throne, To rule With qneimly Splendor. oh. foolish prate or gain or loss, Whcn.ench to enchTins given Ungrnilged the whole * OfVftrf, llfe.eonl- All-nll this side of heaven I ' Dainty Methods of Cooking JTliiti. As fish forma such a desirable article of diet during the trying heat of summer, the housewives would do well to acquaint themselves With as many dainty methods of cooking it as possible, so that it may appear frequently upon theit- tables;, without any danger of its becoming monotonous. The following are excellent receipts, which 1 give with every confidence as I know them to be good: BAKED TROUT WITH OENOSEB BAUCB. Clean, empty and dry tho.flsh, then season them well, inside und out, with a mixture of salt, cayenne and pounded mate. Lay the fish side by side in n greased baking tin, with small pieces of butter placed here and there on the top of them^ and bake in a moderate oven until sufficiently cooked," basting the fish occasionally with the liquor which flows from . them • during the process of cooking. '.'When done enough remove the fish very carefully with a fish slice, arrange them neatly on a hot dish, and pour over them some delicious sauce prepared as follows: Put'a largn break- tastcupful of stock into a stewpan with a teaspoonful of brown thickening,, and boil it until quite smooth and sufficiently thick; then .add half a teaspoonful of essence of anchovy, u tablespoonful of mushroon catsup, a desertspoonful of finely .minced part- ley, a liberal grating of nutmeg and salt and pepper toseason pleasantly. Stir the sauce over for a. fow minutes, then add a piece of butter the size of a walnutj and continue stirring until it is entirely dissolved.'- The sauce.is then ready to pour ovsr the fish. _Serve as hot as possible. If no brown thickening is at hand, a bit of bnt- ter, kneuded well with brown flour, can bo used. .' • '--.-. BllOII.ED TllOUT. Choice medium-sized flsK for this purpose. Wash, empty and dry them: then, without injuring or breaking the fish, split them open down the back' and lay them flat on a dish, skin downwards. Sprinkle over them a few drops of lemon ju'ce, season rather highly with salt and cayenne, and brush the fish entirely over with fine salad oil or . clarified butter. Broil them over a clear but moderate fire, turning them oncej or' twice during the time; Serve very dry, nicely arranged on a hot disli^ and accompanied by some daintily made mush'ropni or pa'/sley sauce.. . • CUUItlED HALIBUT. Take, say three pounds,.of halibut,, and cut it-into slices about an inch thick; leave tho. skin on and sprinkle the pieces .well with flour mixed with salt 'and pepper;, then fry very quickly in hot lard until they are brightly browned. Have ready a pint of good stoclc, pleasantly flavored; thicken it with.a tablespoonful.'of curry powder, and an equal quantity of ground rice.,.,or corn flour, mix to a smooth paste with a little cold water, and allow it to reach boiling point. Lay in the pieces of fish very carefully for about three-quarters of an hour, or longer if necessary; then pile them up tastefully in the centre of a Tiot dish.-. Place a neat;.firm., border of .rice about'. -Add a little-more curry or . other seasoning to the.sauce,'if-necessary; let it boil up once.,' then pour it carefully over the border, and servo hot. BAKED HALIBUT. The real tit-bits of a halibut are the, parts just under the fins and tho pickings about the head; therefore the head and shoulders of a, fish weighing about twenty pounds is considered quite a 'dainty dish. Thoroughly wash ana cleanse the head and shoulders in cold, suited water, then drain it well and dry it; Iny it in a well greased baking dish and sprinkle the fish thickly with finely grated bread crumbs, mixed with salt, pepper and greased lemon rind. Put a few small pieces of butter on the top, and .bake in. a moderate oven until the fish is sulliciently co.oked. It will require from an hour to an hour and a half. Place" tho fish, when dona enough, on a hot dish, thicken the gravy which will .flow from the, fish with a small lump of butter rolled in flour; let it boil up, skim }f necessary, then pour it into, a dish and serViV Shrimps;' parsley'or anchovy-sauce is generally'sent to'table as an accompaniment to this dish, . . , Corn, Thick und Tliln,. The Connecticut Experiment Station, says the'Albany Cultivator,'calls attention to tho fact, which inay be interesting to cultivators, that grain in general needs .thicker planting on poor tlinn _-sy\ fertile soil, and that tho lodging of irriiin' results from the too crowded growth when tho plants shade each othbr too much, become watery, iinti for this reason a ma- nured piece of land may give a less return thnn a more sterile one Tinder certain qon- ditions. ' A series of experiments were made by tho station to determine the relative value of certain dent and flint varieties 'of corn. Both were planted at different and meas- jired Jistaiwjes in rows 4 feet apart. '!'!:• unexpected result was''rea'cheu that the 'dent'would bear'closer jilaiitii]g and give heavier returns from thick pluritirig'thntt tho..'flint, although the dent was tfrller," "larger, 'h'atl 'heavier loaves and larger and longer'ears. The 'fliiit'yioldcd the heaviest crop when planted one foot apart-itr tlie' ,»;ow, whije.,tli.o.,d.(mt.. produced the 1 iiiovt with two stalks to a foot, This remark ; ablo ;- difference in favor of the thickest •planting 1 for the larger variety, was as- criDB.il to the conti;ii)eil selection--of seed of tins particular tub-variety of the dent for the piist'fifteen ytettrft; with a special vieVvto this superiority; r and ; it affords #,; strong recommendation of tlie practice of continuous selection., with valuable pbints in view. This continued re-production'of plants from tho seed, continuously produces new vaiioties; but this improvement is not to bo expected in case of the potato which is not increased by seed, but only from cuttings of the underground stems, Viiluu of Gulmiu Fowls. ' • A New tinghiud woman has this to say in the Poultry Journal. "A flock of guinea fowls in a great adjunct to the farm. They make- the best sort of watchmen, and never fail to notify tho farmer of night thieves or poultry stealers. There ore a profit in guinea fowls, too, considering the small amount of corn and expense attached to keeping them. As a rule the guineas prefer to pick up most of their living, and they should have a large jiiece over which to range. It is necessary to feed them a little every day, otherwise they will wander away from the farm 'and take up their headquarters elsewhere. They will not scratch up seeds planted in the garden, but they do eat a great number of grass seeds, as well as those of undesirable plants. They c.onsume.an euorjuous amount of grubs and inserts, however, which is a great "point in.tlveii' 1 favor- Without any special fattening they'bueoihe' plump and heavy ftt the scwoBwIMUe year'when gauw goes out of the )i)Wke v . ...T.bWare general;,. Ty kiUed.for miuie.t l»t.TO» Jebruary and iir Thu wiB'e : l»w PW .#' «MsU *>?• feii,iiiraa' *fe# f ort Wiiekly. HAW inenny tS&ople thafe ace" who only «J into Society jttfit fc* Bie.ptfrptfeS of telling over their okes and pains, their gripne tad grants! fetich people ought tew be sent ftt once tew the pest-honse. Give me warm friend* snd bitter' Miitay8 about halt and haft. He who ain't got an enemy- on arth kant show & friend that will stick to him thrft Sfiik and thin. Happiness it not only the choicest pos- eeshun, but the cheapest, it costs nothing, if you only think 60. Idleness, like industry, izkitching. The devil iz the father ov lies, but he failed to git out a patient for biz iiiven- shun. and hiz business iz now suffering from competishun. Maxims tew be good Should be as sharp az vinegar, ttz short ftg pi krust, and az trewaz a pair of steelyards. A ftickname will OWlftst ft mitt's deeds, be they good) bad, or irfdifferent. Phun iz the best pliisick i kno ovj it iz both cheat) and durable. Consilience is otir' t>Hvate seltfetai-y. ' ' The thrfflj- gtatest tuxiirjS'Ov life arfl, a kleaf konshience, ft good appetight, and sound slumber. * Fashion iz like fire—a good servant but a bad masteh The gay iz alwiia lookin' ahead,- and the sad is alwiis lookih' back; 'it iza great pity they dont change -works with each other. A pedant iz a Very leattied individual, who mistakes a pop-gun for a pirtill. the ThlMty Traveler's Tree. A European traveler, on his way from the coast of Madagascar to the capital in the interior, was Suffering from thirst, and finally asked one of the natives of his party to hunt for ft spring or water-course. "There is neither within ten miles,' 1 replied the native. "But," he added, with a smile, at the traveler's expression" Of despair, ''we can have water any time you wish it," He then conducted the white man to & group of toll, palm-like'trees-, standing in a cluster on the edge of the forest, with straight trunks and bright green broad leaves growing from the opposite sides of the stalk, ana making the tree appear like a great fan. The white man gazed admiringly at the tree. "You think it is a fine tree," said^the native, "but Twill show you what it is good for." .-••'' He pierced one of the leaf stems at the point where it joined the tree with his spear, whereupon a stream of clear water spurted out, which the European caught in his water-can, and found cool, fresh and excellent to 'drink, Thepaity having satisfied _ their thirst and taken • supper, the native who had spoken went bn: "This tree, which is good for us in more ways than one, we call the traveller's tree." "But where does the water come from that this tree contains V" asked the white man. "Is it taken up from'.the soil?" "Oh, no," said the native. "The leaves drink in the rain that falls on them, and when it has passed all through them it becomes very pure and sweet. THOUGHT TIIANSFEKENCE. A Man Brought the Very Article Bin Wife \VI«li ed For. A gentleman was sitting in his library in the evening. His wife had [gone"upstairs. Presently he, too, rose 'and prepared to go up-stairs. Passing through the parlor, which, by the way, was not his ordinary way of going up-stairs, he went out of his course a little- and paused to look at a small table-which stood in the corner, and upon this table lay a tack hammer, says the Boston Transcript. Now, it was a very unobtrusive little tack hammer, and this gentlemdh, who is not at all brderly'in his .liabits, would be the last.person m the world to go out of the- way to notice a tack hammer. • • Jf.it had been a large lump of coal, or a quarter. section of cheese, or'a strange cat on the parlor table, the-.chanies would have been quite against his taking any. notice of the object. But he not only paused and observed ibis tack hprnmer. in a- somewhat dazed and perplexnd eway; he took it and started up-staiis with it, which was a perfectly extraordinary thing for him to do, because, even if the hammer did npt belong to his table, it did not. belong up-stairs, tie had not more than half ascend- ed.the 'stairs, when his wife called from above.:..., :. .. ... . ... . • • "My dear!" - : • , -..- ' • "Yes." ...... .. ' ' ' "Oh, you ore coming. I was going to ask you, when you came up, to step into- the parlor and got a tack hammer on the little table there. I wanted to tack up a picture." The husband stood aghast, half way up the stairs. "Why," said he, "I have got the hammer ill ready! And why on earth I should hiivn gone and got it I haven't the least idea.' 1 lie >Tuni|)ed|Out. Little Tommy was entertaining one of his sister's admirers until she appeared. .. "Don't you come to see my sister?" he inquired. "Yes, Tommy', that's >yhat 1 come here for," "Your like her immensely, don't you?" "Of course 1 like her very much. Don't yqu think she's nice?" , "Well, 1 have to, 'cause she's my sjster; but'she thumps me pretty hard sometimes. But let's see you open jour mouth once. Now shut it tight till I count 'ten. There —1 knowed you could do it! 1 ' • "Why, Tommy who said I couldn't?" "Oh; riobpdy-but sister!" • •; "What.did she say?" "Well, she, said you hadn't, sense enough to keep your mouth' 'shut, -and I •bet her'two' big apples -you had; and you have haven't you? And you'll make her stump up tho apples won't you?" That young man did not wait to see whether she would "stump up" or not.— New York ledger. ' . . „,:,-., fhej! w .sons ff'ilw;. yqur profits to the '•_ ways steftl -their n or woodn, wd in towolfprStt ..... eggs ulioHld'be.ert week in Ju;je... W^iprtljeej ' " Sfl 9J< .' Tb* favorabln Impression produand OB 'tho flrst. Kppuarniioe of thn Sftreenblo liquid .fipU reipody, Syrup of Figs, « fow yenr* •KO, IIM been more than confirmed ny th» pleasant, experience of all who hava usnil it, and th« suefltil of the f rof rlttori and iUnufactur*™,- tk«- California fig Syrup- :GoMp»»r, . i, ...I ... • ;. .-•.-' Ulok'una and the HoBtou Bookman, •; Klnderliouk Uouj-U Nol«a.- : : ' .(/At the time Charles Dickens, was about to leave' this, country for the last time the writer happened to be in a railroad station in Boston when the great novelist arrived tb"'tilko'a train. iHe was accompanied, by Mr. Dolby.' The hack' driver who brought them had evidently been employed by them several times, and had the toanner'ahd'addfeBs-of a thorough-gentleman. -After he..had Deposited, the last piece of luggage.he said: . "Qood-by, Mr. Dolby; I hope you will have a safe voyage." Mr, Dolby took the •man's extended hand, thanked him for what he done for them while in Boston, and for his good wishes., and said: "Goodby, my good fellow; a lOng -life and a happy one to you." • <...-. .Turning to Mr Dickens the man said, extending his hand: • "Qood-by, Mr. Dickena; 1 hope you will reach home safely," Dickens turned promptly on his heel, coeked up his lordly uoae, and, with lus back toward the speaker, and without noticing tho man's band, said: "Da-da, da-da!" as he walked away. The man looked at him in surprise and, as Mr. Dolby said something in an|undertone, he walked off smiling. J\'P <i;)(wmTu Pleo's Cure lor Consumption. Cures wliort) othor rumudlus fail. 20e. A young lady of Altounu oUsorvcd by lliu routlsitlu u wild roso, upon ouu u£ tlio branch- on of which was growing u omall bunch or burs, heulthy ana perfect In uvcry purlieu- lar, us wus Also the ro»u branch tu which tlmy .tt'ci'u elngulttvly uttuclwU,' u irouk uf juiluru whleu iu tiuu^pluluftblu. . .,. A code of etiquette throughout civilization IB predicated upoia the cpdeot morals, and wherever it ia examined w all those details' which effect daily life, it \yillbe found that it is not formed by. the requirements of the grea^t ecnmuepce,, to»lj. by those of the rule oi doing toward ptn?rs,as we would have them do wyajd us. Aristotle long a.Ko said, %* manners _ were the 'lesser morals,, and it »s more ; stnctly true to-day, ftttd the visitor, frotu. .the remote backwoods who hp cprnmoji-Betteo aw , !•....,.._,_, j ^^ ^ ( ..,.11 AlCKOb. A1U» WV.tTSU UICTf hllU flfpt Clpit&l pt-ttt of 1600,000 In tlie June 17th drawing of The LOuiM»Tia 8Ut8 Lottery. Hearing that Ole Anderson, of Chicago, held one-for. llcth of tli* winning; ticket, ft Trmxltr re- jorter Was lefit to Interview Mr. Anderson. He w»a fottfid lit M* home, 260 w. Erie street, and Id answer to tlie reporter's in. gtilrte* sftid: "I Was born in Ageroen, near Ullesind, Norflrty, and cam* to America 'onrtecn years ago. I am a painter by trade and hate mode a tery poor H ring for myself and fatnllf from my small wages, tastmontli I invested one dollar In ft. lottery ticket, wliloli was one-fortieth of 59,843. That ntim- icr drew 1600,000 irt tli* June Iftli drawing of The Louisiana State Lottery, and my one- fortieth—*15,000—has been collected and paid to me by lh« American Express com. iniiy. This Is the first time 1 e?cr bought« ottery ticket and naturally I am rejoiced at ny good fortune. I shall at once buy a comfortable home and Will continue at my trade as before." Mr. Anderson seems a very Worthy man and It is certain that for. ,nno has this, time bentpwcd lief favors In -he right place. — Chicago (Ills.) Arkaniaiii Traveler. JOHKSTOWN contains more inhabitants •o-day than she did before the disaster which drowned 2,600 of her people a year ago- • J. A. JofiNSON, Medina, N. t.. Bays: 'Hall's Catarrh Cure cured me." Sold by Druggists, 76e. The long distance telephone is making Its vay rapidly everywhere In Europe. London and -Paris are shortly to he united by. clephone, and Prague and Buda-Fe»th are already united. Brussels and Paris have long icen in telephoning correspondence. If afflicted with Sore Eyes, -usfe Dr, fsaae Thompson's Sye Water. Druggists sell it. Me. two preachers, named Pershall and Catch- Held, have b'eeh tried in 8prague,.Wash., for settling a dispute about land by gunning. The latter was severely wounded, when he lulled a knife and attacked Fershall, who ,ook to his heels. . Have you ever tried Dobbins' Electric Soapf It don't cost much for you to Ret one bar of your grocer, and see for yourself why It Is pratied by 10 many, after 24 year's steady sale. Be sure to get no Imitation. There are lot* of them. • There is a real floating Island In Norway Jnke, Mo. It has an area of one and one- eighth acres, formed of a quagmire made Up of a mass of roots, weeds and fibers and a growth of small trees. It has for years >een a breeding place for hens, ducks and other birds. 'IlE that has thriven may lie abed till seven." Those who use 8APOLIO need not work-long hours. Sapollo Is a solid cake of Scouring Soup. Try It. A South Carolina darkey recently hitched his mule, with abate of hay on Its buck, icnr a neighbor's bee hive which ho knuw vns about to swarm. As he supposed, the Bwnrm Bellied on "the bail of hoy, after vlili'li lie led the mule home and hived the DON'T urge children to lake nasty worm ills. They enjoy eating Dr. Bull's Worm Diituroycru und will ask for more. Among the seven prisoners recently re- •clvcd at the Walla Walla 1'enltiintlary wus kli'Cuul, tlie robber of the Seattle relict und. lie was so fat that the tailor was put o work at once to rig him In a suit of bed- licking cloth. He is in for seven years. Ulehl fragrant I flmil are the expressions >{ those who smoke V'1'ausill's'Punch" 6c. Cigar. ' ^ .-• An immense double watermelon attracted ittehtioii in a Gooxgia grocery. Double wa- jjriiielons are exceedingly rare, and all wlio lair tills, Including a southern darkey, wbo ias scun many a melon patch, declared it the Urst they bad ever seeu. l)EEcnin'«Pim act like magic on a Weak Stomach ' There is a very curious stone about which very little is ever heard. It is called the "Alexandrite," in hrnor of Alexander, of Russia,'who was very fond of them. In the daytime they resemble an emerald, except ,hat they are somewhat darker, but at night they are a deep purplish red. • a Rood motto to follow la baylng'a medicine, BB Tell 01 In OTerrthlnR elie. By the univenal »ati«- nctlon It bn glTen. and by the many remarkable urea It has accomriUihed, llood'ti Barflnparllla hai [>roven Itnelf unequalled for Imllding up and trengtlieniiiK the Byntem, and for all dimoees Brl«. ug from, or promoted by, Impure blood. Hood's Sarsaparilla Bold/by «U druggiiti.' $li «U for »5. Prepared only by O. J. 11OOI3 4.00,,' Ipwell, Man.' .' : IOO Doses One -Dollar For a Disordered Liver iTryBEICHAM'SPILLS, 26cts. a Box. OB 1 faRTJO-CHSTS. , IL«KE T gr1Y E WIFE POZ^ONI'S MEDICATED COMPLEXION POWDER. Bec ause It Improves Her Looks d Is as Fragrant OB Violets. DELIGHTFUL VACATION * TOURS Tou rt it Ticket*, >oth •loirle and round rip, are now on sole rtathe UKE SHORE ROUTE |L. 8. .1- M. S. HT.) 10 rilAIITAHQllA. IHAGAKA FALLS, TOHOXTO. THE ST. UWBKKCB » THOl'HANl) ISLANDS, M THE WHITE UOf N'l A1NS, 1'OBTUNB, au «»»• BAB ,, ABBOB rr AU tourlit tlcHoU via thla route admit of atoj w atiffiBMOBT UNTOTO BUmOiB BMO»5 - -WOKIJJ, CHAUTAUQUA! To whlct SpeolaJ Bxouiaiona -will be run durtof theaoa.on. Bend tor Tourtat Folder. • ' 0. K, WILBES, W; P»»«. Ajeut, OHJOAiW W-.1AMI tBH F*H» tmj FOR MALARIA BILEBEANS •It nfforcl. .inv great ploosuro to add my ieitimon'y io tint Tivlue of HmllV. Ullo lleani) they, /ire oar- talnlyBn^l'ellentniedfcllie for Wliou. .itao»»VM cold, Ihuvo giveu-thein u'luoroiigu trial and can conioleutiuuvry lecommoud tlieni. ,->,••'- ' , • • W. J. OiBDWKI.L, Irond.aU, Ala. Try "ItILK HBAN8 SSIAlul,'.' 1(40 little beaim In naoll botUe). . Very' amatl— «»iy to uiUu. l>rl«« <if elthec sU«, OP VOUH 'FOOD dy UrugtltK, WUOLU1OI1 * CO.. fcon't redd I Boti't thifik! Don't believe I Naw.-tfe yott better? ' . , You woiiiefa tthb think that batent medicines ate a hufti* bug, atid Dr. Pierce's Fdvof* ite Prescription the biggest humbug of the whole (because it's best known of all)—doe* your lack-of-faith cure come? It's very easy to " don't" ifi this world. Suspicion always conies mbfe easily than confidence. . But doubt —little faith-^-never made, a sick woman'well —and the "Fa* vorite Prescription " has cured thousands of delicate, weak women, which makes us think that our " Prescription" is better than your don't believe We're both honest. Let us come together. You try Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription. If it doesn't do as represented, you get your money again. ' Where proofs so easy, caa you afford to doubt ? Little but active—are Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets. Best Liver Pills made; gentle, yet thorough. They regulate and invigorate the liver, stomach anH bowels. . L i' cu/lC 1 no ''** i vc I tWIo 98 CENT. Lit L Vowdored and Perfmmrd (PATENTED) the strongest uiidpu«»( Lyi made. Will make the betl perfumed Hud Soap in % minutes teithout boiling. Itil the belt (or dismijcting einki, closets, draini, washing bottl«, barrels, paint*, etc. PENNA. SALT ITF'Q CO, Gen. Agta.. Pliila., Pa. I pMicrlbe and tOlrmt done Bl( O •» the Ml? ipeolfle fortheeenalnenn •of.tbli dlHue. O. U. INQBAH AU, M. B. AmMerdun, H. T. We hare lold B)( O f"* many -yean, and It k*a> _«lT«n the but of aaMr • fiction. D - n - DTO c H h«.S?».. •1.00. Bold by' A new method of oomponndlnir Tar. SURE CURE for PIL AK-O1D CO ,19 BHdolah It., Ukleae*. Price too. Wiloomin Drugglet. inpplled by UltKKNE « BUTTON CO., Mllwnukf r, Win. NEW PENSION LAWS. Tli.' UUnlillUy ail"! »i>)>«n<ltiiit Bill hu become a Inw. Write me At once for blank application and n copy of enme, which will be lent TOD frae ol charge. A. O. l»u Hoi*. Wq.l.ln K ton, 1). O,, Any. r»'« TR-HI-TO P AT c IM T5 tjoiitUur circular. rATKNTS ind Government eUlnii of »ll LllulUnu ttlnrli prosecuted by TII03. HcSHKtallY, Atey al Law, Wellington, D. 0., Hid Fremont, O. e 8S5-.¥rfUM Pro-, ate Principal Examiner yrn iu lant war, IS iuljiifllr.atlnir elkto PENSIONS b ir isPiissedffi«*i: •n anil Futlieri ar« • ^.^S^^^^MMii^^^BMH tn ana nuneri ar« «n. titled to 818 a mo. Fee 110 whon run ret your money. blanka fru«. JOSEI'H II. llliNTEIt. All T .>..t!•,<••• II. fl. PENSIONS i EXPERIENCE, Apply to 1ILO I. STEVEIS I CB.. lMmn.n.fl.»r*n«hoftr*».i.1«T If^You Want to Know "IB human irttem,* Itfi taved, d/MOM *itdM**rf, v , u ,, ^ r» to atlfortni 'o, Old Kyti, Ruptur*. Fhimodt, rtt. t ny in Marriage and hav» prt«* 6aW«^ no^tor'i Droll Jokw. profUMly Uj«. ruc. bcndten rcnti for new Lnugh Cur« Book etU*d ^MEDICAL SENSE AND NONSENSE,^ Murray Hill Pub. Co., 1» E. 28th St., Niw York, PENSIONS! . The disability bill li a law. Soldl.r. «li«bl.d .la»« tte war ar. antitl.d, D«p»ndeal widow, a.a «ap- •nu BOW d.pMaent who.. MH> died from elMU «* proMouUd, adarwa, L«U Commliilom«r »f Finiioni, THE DEPENDENT PENSION BILL GrnntB penalonii to Anldlora 1 , Snllor*, and their Willow* mill Ghlldrcii. Prmrnt PBK- HIONS INCKBAHKIt. Write Imm.dlatvlr, aUtloe your. cue. .T. C. I»EIIMOI>V, Att'y-at- Law, Ohauooey nulldlngi WASHINGTON. M.C. d.'ENTITLED nn- NEW ACT. WrU» J. «. CKAI.I.K Jt CO., \janivm-KUl. D. C. nrUClnNC NEW LAW.' WO.Mt uldlen, wi«ow. DLNdlDHO an4 ralaateee raUtlW. Jintj at f one.. Blanki and iMtraeUom tre*. iMJV£aW I * CO., atty'e, WaahUgM'. P. 0. DEPENDENT PENSION BILL hni become * JAW. •!« i"'KR MONTH U «A lioDornhl; diBchargeilSol.dleri aii^d Sailor* of th«UU wnr w)m »r« incapooit'atnd from corning A support, WldowK ibe'BAin*; without regnrd to OAUH of a»lh. JJopeudont Parents and Minor Ohlldran alto inUr. BBled, Over 20 jTBftri'.eipejri^Uf.e. , KeferenoM la all tmrtt ot tb* country, *clo 'charg* it uniuco«w(ul. \VHt*ntcfnte'for"Oopj'of Liiw,'' biankt and full in. BtrucliunB ALI.-FHIK to K. McA «'«'«8TKlt A t'O. (BucoeBROro to Win. Oontrd A Co.), P, O, Box 7ir>, M. FITCH & co. f ld!t Oorooran Building, Waihlngton, I), 0. PENSION ATTORNEYS of over 25 youri 1 uip»rlence; BucoeHfully tiroitont* pauiiont) nnd clalrnu of all kind* tn thorLoii poMililt firae.. ry.yo, -V «" UNLESS. SUOOEBBFUU : . by mall, dlowrll * O* ^N^)| I I HJI -H»W*. Tk» enljr cerlalB V^ m I %f "I gt»pl*"i, Ltb»ii»ii, Ohfe. XJEW KKHSIOX l,A W l •OO.OOOu.mo to b« nililed to ..tin Feuil»a Hit. Utj«t»d and delajed Olntini allowed. T«ob»tcalul*« vip** ' H».v# WIUT claim Httlod wltho.ut delftjr. Vs [•»!rft O't'AItKEI.l., WMhUgton, P. O. I IlAVlSNOTllliENlSNTlTl.KD, Addrtll (oi formj for appllcatldii (Hid full information - ' . .. COMMISSIONER OF I'KN'SIONS, ™*r-.,Atl6rnM.»t Law, WmWiigton, D. & ^ CHICHE8TERM3 ENGLISH PENNYROYAL PIUS. lied Crops Diamond Brand. Ohlelieatoi' Chemi ' ' UB. UNION: W-30. Cleanliness 1^ always fashionable and tho U9f ot or the neglect to u§8 8APOUI0 marKs a wide differ§nQ@ In the §QQlal fcalf, the fee sit pJasess are always the most scrupulous, in matters of cleanUness—and tlv: ^est P'^ses use SAFOLIO* . u PISO'S CURE: e^F hiA

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