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THE TIPPER DES MOtNES.ALGONA. IOWA, WEDNESDAY, Pttths. •'> S l)4th Mint leads fco ft tonf of BreAd tltfds through thfe Swam i'S of Toll, if tht path that leiiiifc to n Suit ol 1 Clothes •JeS through ft. finworloss soil; i theJHlthS that lend to a Imif of Brpsid ! 'the BUlt of Clothes arc liiird to troml. i'tii'6 fiiitii that leads to n House of You ft. (Cftlmbs over the bowldered hills, Ifad the path that leads to a Bank Account a ls BWept by the blast that kills; But the men who start In the paths to-day ' [ the lazy Hills may go astray, In the lazy fltlla are treos of shade . By the dreamy Brooks of Sleep, 4 Atid the rpllcklng: Rlvor of Pleasure lailgns • jv Afid jrfttriliols down tho stcop: But when the blasts of the winter come The brooks a&d tho fiver ard ffoteu dumb. ffrhetnvpe to those in the Lazy llllls .JWhoh the blasts of winter moan. Who strayed from the path to a Batik Ac count, AHd the path to a HoUseof their Giro j These paths are hard In tho summer heat, But in winter they lead to a shujc retreat. —8. W, FOBS, to the Yankee Blade. MRS. BRIGGS' CLERK. tie Was a tall, thin, starvecl'looking boy, with a little jacket, the sleeves o wliich crept half way up his arms, ant ft hat tliat.was nothing but a brim, ntu when she saw him no was eating a crust out of the gutter. She was only a poor old woman who kept a little shop for candy and trimmings, am poor enough itself, heaven knew; but, she said, ho looked a little like what her Tom might if he had grown ii|. and been neglected, and she couldn't stand it. She called to him: •Come here, sonny," she said) auc boy obeyed. Before she could speak again, he said: "I didn't do it. I'll take my oath on anything. 1 didn't do it. f ain't so mean." "Didn't do whatP" said the pleasant old woman. "Break your winder," said tho boy, nodding his head toward u shattered pane. "Why, I broke that myself, with mj ibutter last night," said the ohi jvoman. "I ain't sti-ong enough to lift them, that's the fact. I'm getting old." "If I'm round here when you shut up. I'll do it for you," said the boy. "I'd 'just as soon. What was that you wanted nje for?" "I want to know what you was eating that dry prn«t out of the gnttei for?" was the reply. "Hungry," he said. "I've tried to get it job all day. I'm going to sleep in an area over there, after it's too dark for a policeman to sec, and you can't have a good night's sleep without some supper, if it is a little dirty." •Til give you some that's "clean," said the old woman. . "That will be bogging," ho said. "No." she said, "yon can swoop the store and pavement, and put up tiie shutters for it." ••Very well," he said. "Thankee, •> then. If I sweep up first, I'll fool Abettor." Accordingly she brought him a broom, and he did the work well. Afterward he ate his supper with a relish. That night ho slept, not in the urea, but under the old woman's counter. He had told her his story. His name was Dick; ho was 12 years old, and his father, whom he had never seou sober, was in prison for life. The antecedents were not elevating, but the boy seemed good. The next morning the old woman engaged a clerk for her small establishment. The terms wore simple—"his living and a bed under the counter." When the neighbors heard of it they wore shocked. A street boy, whom no OIK; knew. Did Mrs. Briggs really want to be murdered iu her bed? But Mrs. Briggs felt quite safe. She had so much lime now that she was going to take iu sowing. Dick attended to the shop altogether. He kept it in line order, and increased the business by introducing candies and chewing gum. Pennies came in as they never came in before, since he had painted signs in red and bine ink to the effect that the real old molasses candy was to be got there, and that this was the •Mace for peanuts. And in tho evening after the shop ;as shut up she began to ttike him in& her confidence. Her great dream was to buy herself into a home for the aged. It would cost her $100. Sho was saving for it. She had boon saving for three years, "and had $15 of it. But it cost so'muoh to live, with tea 25 cents per quarter and loaves so small; and she boon sick, and there was the doctor and Mrs. Jones' Maria Jano to be paid for minding her and the shop. After this Dick took the greatest interest in the savings, and the winter mouths increased them, as though he had brought a blessing. One night in the spring she took the bag from under the pillow, and counted what it had. It wr'fSO. "Awl I'll begin to make kites tomorrow, Mrs. Briggs," said the boy, "and you'll see the custom it will bring. If a little shaver sees tho kites he'll spend all he has for 'em, and then he'll coax his mother for more to buy the stick darts and chewing gum. I know boys." "You're a clever boy yourself," said the old woman, and patted his hand. It was a plumper hand lluiu.it had been when it picked the crust out o| the gutter, and ho wore clean, whole clothes, though thoy were made of very course cloth. "How wrong all the neighbors wore!" she said, "That boy is the comfort of my life." So she went to bod with the treasure •under her pillow, and slept. Far ou iu the uig'ht she awoke. Tho room was utterly dark; i'<ero was *fcot a ray of ' light; but she heard a step upon the floor. ,r, "Who is that?" she cried. 'There was no answer, but she felt that there was some one leaning over the bed; then a, hand clasped her throat and hold herdown, and dragged put tho hag. and she was released, Half suffocated, she for a moment found herself motionless and bewildered, couseioi»s poly of a draught of ' ;• from the open door and some coo.?ed noises, f lien she sprung to 9?. .wjl hBWfo4 fote the little.*}* TFiere w.'is no Answer, the door into the street Was wide open, and by the moonlight that poured through ft she quickly saw, as she peeped under the cputiter, that Dick's bed was empty, The boy was gone. , Gone! Gone! Oh, that Was worse to Granny Briggs than even the loss o: her money, for she had trusted him, ttttd he had deceived her. She hac loved him. and ho had abused her love. The neighbors were right; she was fool to trust a strange street boy, ant had been served rightly when he robbed her. When the dawn had broken the wise neighbors came into granny's shop to find her crying and rocking to and fro, and said ttieyliad told her~so; she only shook her head. Life had lost its interest for her. Her occupation vvai gone, but not with her savings. Money- was but monev, after all; he had come to be the only thing she lovtul, ant Dick had robbed her. It was 10 o'clock. Granny sat mourning by the kitchen hearth. Good-natured Mrs. Jones, from (\\ stairs, was "seeing to thinir.s" and trying to cheer her, when suddenly there came a rap on the door, and a policeman looked in. "Mrs. BriggsP" he said. "Here she is," said Mrs. Jones. "Yes, I'm the wretched crittur, said Mrs, Briggs. "Some one wants to see you at headquarters." said the officer. "There'.' & boy there, and some money." "Dick!" cried Mrs. Briggs. "Oh, I can't bear to look at html" but Mrs. Jones had already tied on her bonnet, and wrapped her in shawl, and taken her on her arm. "The wretch!" she said. "I'm so glad he's caught; you'll get your money back." And she led Mrs. Briggs along- poor Mrs. Briggs, who cried all the way and cared nothing for the money. And soon they were at their destination. Then, not before, the policeman turned to the two women. "It's pretty bad." he said. "They'll take him to the hospital in an hour, suppose you are prepared for that. He's nearly beaten to death!" "Did you beat him, you cruel wretch?" cried Mrs. Briggs. wouldn't have had it done for half the money. Let him go with it, if it's any comfort to him." "I beat him!" said the man. "Well, women have the stupidest heads. Why, if I hadn't got up when I did he'd have been dead. He held the bag of money tight, and tho thief was pummeling him with a loaded stick; and the pluck he had for a little shaver, I toll you, never saw the like. "You sha'n't take srranny's money from her," says he, and ho fought like a tiger. If it's your money, old lady, LeViriven his life for it for all 1 know"" "Oil, Dick, Dick! I know you were f ood. I must have been crazy to oubt you," and then she wrung her hands and cried: "Oh, Dick, for just a paltry bit of money!" And so she knelt beside the still, pale face upon the pillow, and kissed it and called it tender names. _ And Dick, never guessing her suspicions of him, whispered: "I was so afraid ho'cl get off with it, granny, if ho killed me, and you in such hisrh hopes last night." Ho did not know what she meant by begging him to forgive her. It woulcl have killed him if he had, for he was very near to death. Dick did not die. He got well at last, and went back to tho little shop. And, though Granny Briggs had her savings, she never went "to the old ladies' home; for long before she died Dick was one of the most prosperous merchants in the ciry, and his handsome liou.se was hers, and she was happy.— Wavcrly. Such is fame. There are still a few of the old set- tlors at Florida, Monroe county, Mo., who wore there when Murk Twain was a boy going to a small country school at that place. Florida Ls a wee backwoods settlement with nothing to recommend it but tho humorist it turned out and tho great cattish that are caught there in Salt river. Some of tho old timers remember tho lank, good-for-nothing Sam demons, who used to lish day in ami day out the summer through and spend the winter telling stories at tho grocery. There is one old follow there at least, however, to whom the fame of America's greatest humorist has never como. A stranger was stopping at Florida recently and tho old man was pointed out to him as one of the pioneers. "Whore was Mark Twain born?" he asked the old follow, after chatting with him for awhile. "Mark Twain P" he queried iu astonishment, "who's hoP" "Why, the humorist," explained the gentleman, amused at the density of the old fellow's ignorance. 'Youmerist, ehP Never heard of him, an' I guess of he'd ever lived nigh here I'd a knowd it." •His name was Samuel Clemens. Don't you remember him?" The ohl follow scratched his head thoughtfully, and in it moment his memory helped him out. Sam ClemonsP" ho said. "Oh, yes. [ remombor Sam. He left here yoiing, though, an' everybody said ho was the £ood-for-uothingi!St lioy they eyerseeil. 5am was a long, spindle-shanked fol- or, an' I never seed him do a lick o' work in all his days. But 02 1 said, he eft hero young an' I never heard whut become o' him. Ponitentery, mas' prob'ly." The cullivatiouof tig-sis extendingia Jalifornia. A fruit grower at Winters las twenty-two acres planted in lig trees. An Ii)«ei'sollinn Possibility. Col. iugersoll lately appeared before a Rochester court in u lawsuit, Dur- ng tho progress of the trial he said to ix-Congressman Van Voorhis, the opposing counsel: "Mr. Va« Yoorhis, "if foil don't stop objecting so much I ilmll be forced to change my opinion of you." ' * Van Voorhis—Mr.logersoll,I though^ you were a, m»u who never Changed liis opinion. have Jff V6rU6ltY Two oCThfem Hint Cnnanmotl A Snnkft Tot A Stngln Men), A friend who loves to note the of birds tells a robin anecdote which might lind n place- among the humors of Arcadia. Over a nest of two llodg- lings Which he had for some days been watching, he one day noticed the mother robin fluttering about and scolding in urtitsual agitation, and climbing to discover the reason he found th* two young onus nearly choked in an effort to swallow the opposite ends of. a snake. The snake was a little lirowh one, that would have made a light lunch for a secretary bird, but of course was entirely oversized for the capabilities of the half feathered robin. If tho mother bird had even heard about the rcptilia of. the antipodes she must have captured that snake under the impression that it was an Australian angleworm. Or, perhaps, tired of continual, small foragings, she had determined to procure her family a day's supply at one swoop and give herself a rest. Tho result alarmed her when she found that her chicks were in a fair way to kill themselves deglutinatiug their dinner. The lir-t impulse was to relieve the straggling nestlings, but on close inspection ho satisfied himself that their predicament was more droll than dangerous. The snake had evidently lost all interest in the proceedings, but the little birds had not. First one would give u mighty gnl|j and then the other, each time pulling out ol sight a small section of serpent, and the watcher concluded that if left alone they would meet half way by and by and settle their disputed meal themselves. At any rate curiosity got the better of any desire to help them. For a full hour he looked on to see the resolute little gluttons pull themselves outside of the snake, the old r^'mi returning every few minutes offer some* exciting remarks, and uioii he was called away. After two hours he got back to the tree, and found one of the young ones demising tranquilly over his 'finished dinner, and the other holding about an inch of detached snake end still swallowing. The two had compromised matters somehow, but whether the last swallower or the first got the bigger share in the division he could not lell for examination of the served riptile indicated that the missing end had been digested off. The amazing peptic power in a young bird, enabling it to dispose of several times ils own weight of food in a day. is well known; but the idea of digesting one end of a single meal live times us long .us the eater's body was so ludicrous that the listener ventured to guess that the old bird herself had dually pecked the snake in two. Tlie friend, however, insisted oa his view of the case, instead of bit- ting off more than they could chew these redbreast babies had actually chewed more than she could bilo off. It should be added that the remaining inch of the snako was successfully stowed away at last and assimilated into juvenile robin, neither of the little birds being at all the worse for its huge repast.— JJosloii Transcript. The Too Fluent Converser. Few tilings are more vulgar or disagreeable to others than the habit of endeavoring to monopolize the talk of a mixed company. Now, ( as no well- bred man will ever make himself the subject of conversation, so neither will he seek to engross ( the whole. As every man had rather please others by what ho says than be himself pleased by what they say—or, in other words, as every man is best pleased with the consciousness of pleasing, so should all have equal opportunity of aiming at it. A polite man, therefore, will not take more of a general discussion than falls to his share. The entertainment of the company is his apparent aim, not the indulgence of his own pride or an ambitions desire for victory.— Texas Siftings. England's Royal Women. What a fiction it is to talk about the beauty of any member of the English royal family! There could not "be a more common place lot of tvomen. The Princess of Wales is slender almost to emaciation; hor eyes would be dull but for tho make-up which surrounds" them; her cheeks are rouged, and a wig always covers her head, which, I am £ivou to understand, is completely bald. She has little if any bust, she limps as she walks, and she is almost stone deaf; so, one w»vy and another, it is rather sickening to read the mass of gush that is to be read daily in the British newspapers about the beauty, etc., of England's future Queen. She is, no doubt, au amiable, virtuous woman, but in appearance she is au absolutely commonplace and altogether uninteresting person. All three of the Princesses of Wales !iave indifferent tooth, bad complexions, and wretched figures. Nobody would look at them twice but for thefr exalted position. The (hum-liters of Princess Christian are equally plain looking, and there is no'promise of jeauty in the young daughters of the Duchess of Edfnburg. As for Princess May of Teck, w'ho has so oflen been described as a beauty, all she can claim ;o possess is a passable figure and good eyes. Pier face, however, is spoiled by tho way in which her upper ip protudes and by a nose which suggests an Hebraic strain somewhere in ;he family. Of the many vaunted beauties of London society only the Duchess of Leinste.r would perhaps pass as a love- y woman all over the earth. Lady Londonderry also comes under that lead, and so does Miss Wolsoley, the young daughter of G*u. Wolseloy, who nado her debut this year. Lady Dudoy is now completely passee and is as much made up us an opera bouffu ' prima donna. All the Duchessea are jlaiu-looking women: even the two iniprioau Duchesses, Marlborough and Winchester, are top far beyond their ,'ou.th to claim affiliation with Venus. The Duchess of Portland looks like a well-fed dairy-maid and the Duchess •, of Newcastle bears a markecj resein- i iluuce to a younger edition pf Mrs. s 3Jevelaod, Thp Dowager P«etioss of a, sight for ( meats, not to mention fief e'riormbus proportions. She certainly would not { be permitted to enter a fashionable ! New York hotel until her rank had been explained. I Tho Duchesses of Ilnthland, Leeds, Cleveland, and fticiimond are old wo- l men, while the Duchesses of Abercorn I Hamilton. Argyll, and Westminster are •: absolutely plain and undistinguished — London Letter* TRAJAN'S TABLET DESTROYED. The iron Onto About to Hn Opnnect with n Key of bynnmlte. The destruction of the famous Tab tila Trnjaiia is a most exasperating event, says a Vienna letter to the N Y. Tribune, but one scarcely knows Upon whom to pour the biggest viali of archaeological wrath. The stupic and illiternte fishermen who did the actual work of destruction are o cdurse much blamed. Yet they die not know what they were doing. The government is also held at fault foi not protecting the precious stone, anc antiquaries and scientific men in general are similarly taken to task for nol having provided long ago for the preservation of so unique and priceless a relic. But with all. this blaming the evil has been done, and done beyond repair. The fishermen have converted the tablet Into fire-places, made great holes in it, crumbled it byilire, and, it is said, made the inscription utterlj illegible. This is tho end of a relic which hundreds of learned men have journeyed to the lower Danube to see, and which will now bo seen no more. This monument of imperial Rome stands, or stood, at one of the mosi impressive parts of tho whole course ol this famous river. After rounding tho point crowned with the three towers of tho castle of Tricnla, tho Danubt stretches out into a vast, lake-like expanse, like the Hudson at the Tappan Zee. At the entrance to this expanse is a noble gateway of white limestone cliffs, perpendicular dud of groat height. These rise like a wall sheer from the water's edge, absolutely barring off all passage by land along the sides of the river. Thirty or forty years ago, however, a roadway was made through the dill's at some distance back from the river by blasting out a huge defile. But the old Romar road got by the cliffs iu a different manner, and traces of that bold engineering are still visible in the form of great holes cut into tho rocks at equal distances from each other and in a level line above the high-watermark. And above these is a continuous love! groove, Oi' ledge, running along the face of tho rocks. Into these holes huge beams were inserted, extending out over the river, and on these the roadway was constructed. It was simply a long shelf supported above the river by cantilevers or brackets. Opposite old Gradina, where the river stretches out in a vast expanse, whore llie cliil's are highest and mosi precipitous, and where the traces ol the Roman road are most plainly visible, was placed this lingo Tabula Tra- j.ana. It was an oblong slab, standing just above the groove cut iu tho rock\ wall. At each end of it was carved a dolphin and a winged ligurc. The inscription, which was a few years ago still quite legible, was iu part as follows: IMP. CAESAR. DIVI. NERVAE. F. NERVA. TRAIANVS. AVG. GERM. PONTIF. MAXIMUS. TR1B. PO. XXX. The remainder was defaced by time and weather wear. It is supposed that Trajan erected the tablet iu memory of tho first campaign in Dacia and of the completion of the great highway along the Danube. • Work at the iron gates is making rapid progress, and it is now announced that the first blasting preparation will occur at tho beginning of August. Preparations are being made for an elaborate ceremony at that time. Many distinguished "officers of the empire will attend, and the minister of commerce will personally firo the mine. It will be some time before the work is completed, but when it is done this formidable obstruction to navigation will be entirely removed. And So They Wore !\Iar»-icil. A bright sun and a pleasant afternoon seemed to halo the happy occasion, and in its refulgence co forecast tho happiness of a union of two young hearts that h»'' 1- cmi devoted' from youth and young girlhood through the years to the full maturity of young manhood and womanhood, and at last so auspiciously brought together under the holy sanction of God's ordinance to beat as one. On tho very threshold of their lives they start together along the journey of existence hand in hand, heart to heart, full of that hope and that joy which aureole the vistas that stretch out before them and give promise of so much of that brightness that pleases and gives zest to life. After the ceremony which made them one a wedding dinner awaited them, and in that feast of good things they read an earnest, it is hoped, of that largess which fate kindly has in store for them through all their years to come, and with tho blessing of those thoy love and who love them. It is the sincere hop« of all their many friends that no shadow may ever fall upon (.heir lives and only fragrant flowers bloom along their pathway.— D-Mus Mews, I'uKUlunlion Points. fHE GUARD'S STORY. tfoir An fintrinftnr Saved T,lfo nnri Wftnlth And HOT? tin Wit* Of the four generally used points only the period (.) dates earlier than the fifteenth century. The colon (:) is said to have boon first introduced about 1485, the comma (,) some thirty-live years later, »ud the semicolon (:) about 1570. Airs. Til ton's O14 Age, Mrs. Theodore Tiltou is a sad and lonely woman with silverstreaked hair, u careworn ftico and stooped figure, who frequents Lincoln Park in Chicago witn her grandchildren. Every pleasant morning in the year she goes lo the pleasure ground, but is seldom recognised and uevpr seen speaking to any one. She live?/ with her married daughter, who contributes to the family s jy wstprj?( j^ r pajqtings, majy Jy in j»w " Coming down on the elevated mad Into at nijrlit a short time ago I fell into conversation with the guard, says a N. N. Star reporter. lie was a pleasant fellow. The night men are apt to be. They have less traffic and the natural social instincts of men display themselves in spite of corporations and iron-bound rules. As we swung into South Perry station he shouted out. "There goes the 'money train.'" I looked and say n single car attached to an engine ste'alninglip the track, I had only a glimpse of it, but that was sufficient to rouse my curiosity. My companion was full of the subject, and I gathered some interesting details on an important feature of railroad routine. "Singular you never saw that before," said tho guard. "The car is oval in shape, holds three or four men, gathers tip the tickets and 'boodle, 1 and is naturally looked after pretty sharp by the company. Tho men in the car all carry 'guiis' and aro> 6 en- erally 'loaded for biMir, 1 so they're not troubled much. The car starts out about 1 or 2 o'clock in the morn ing and goes up and down the Second ave- mto road slopping at every station and collecting the tickets in the boxes and the cash from Iho office. Next a trip is taken on the Third avenue road and then on tho others in regular order, the car 'laying up' for the "day about 6 a. m. near Fifty-eighth street, on tho Ninth avenue line. I've heard say that sometimes she carries about $20,000.' In fact, that's only a light estimate. "Nobody monkeys with that train or with the men in it," continued my informant, smilinir grimly to himself. ll lt would't bo healthy, 'i do remember a time, though, when there came near being a circus. There had been some trouble with laboring men— something of that kind—and they laid off to wreck the train. You can't do it easy. The flange on the wheel always catches when yon run up on the guard beam ou each side of the track, and you can't run into the street. The gang knew this, and thoy tried something new. They put an inclined block on each track so the train might run up and over. That might go. It was a dirty trick. I suppose thoy expected to lay below and rob the car when she smashed in llie street. Killing tho engineer, of course, didn't count. All the same they gut left. There was a quick young follow on the road that time. He saw the blocks iu the Hash of the engine light and stopped the train in her owiflBUglh. He saved everything and kept his wife from being a widow in the bargain, 1 guess. I think I read a poem"about it in one of the illustrated papers— Jlttrpet^s Weekly, it seems to me. The company was very grateful to that young engineer,'' •Tin glad of it," said I heartily. "He certainly did them service. What did they do i : or him? Let's see. He saved at least $20,000 for the road, i suppose they gave him $1,000. ••Not much," said tho guard, folding his arms and winking at me confidentially. "When corporations do that we'll be near the millennium, and won't have so much need of the ministers preaching the Now Testament at the directors ou Sundays. The way things go they don't have no call to let up on them sharps. I never heard that Sheridan got a cent for what he done. I suppose directors think that a man's bound to save his own life, any way, and as for payin' 'him for their own they're keepin'"all they get, make no mistake. I understand they gave tho engineer an earlier 'run.' and he was glad enough to gel. it. The strain on him in those hours wain't so f ront, and it was leys rough on his idueys." Old-Time "Floor-Men." The White Sulphur plan is unlike anything else in this country. But it has its merits. From the lime your floorman takes possession of your ' bag at the hulel counter he is your trusted servant and yon are ono of his "people." He is ready at all times to give the information usually sought nt tho holel office. He carries off your shoes whenever he can get his hands on thorn and brings thorn back polished. He given yon advice about bathing, soon discovers whether you drink sulphur water or plain spring water, and keeps a pitcher supplied in your room. If an early call is wanted tho lloorman is tho one to attend to it. He executes all kinds of errands, and how he manages to do so and at the same time be around all the time is a mystery. Twice a day the floorman takes'a bucket ou his arm and walks down to tho spring after a fresh supply of sulpher walerT When ho returns to his floor he puts the bucket ou a shelf in the hall and his people help themselves. Every lloorman about the place makes this double trip daily to the spring. Those whose cottages are at the upper end of the park have nearly half a mile to walk. The pioneers who summered here in canvas and Jog cottages 100 years ago got their water by sending their servants down to the spring with buckets on their arms. The same primitive method is followed to-day. The doorman is not uniformed. When he geos down to .he hotel office at train times to receive his share of the arrivals he forms one of a picturesque group, There are Jioormen short ind floonnen tall, but no tloormen flippant. Some havo aprons, some are coiuless; but all are proud of having received their training ia the first 'amilies of Virginia. They are polite 'rom the first acquaintance and faith- 'ul to the end. It will be a sad clay when White Sulphur management be- somes too enterprising and substitutes or these serious-faced and motley- jarbed servitors of mature age a gang )f pert, brass-buttoned, blue-suited bellboys. May the metallic call oi 'front" bo long unheard in the ofiice at White Sulphur!— W, & ~ the person bfilen fs kljptTn an alkalini condition for several Weeks the virus of rabies is by this means destroyed 6t rendered inert. It has long be6tt known I hat tho ninmonium alkali id an antidote to the virus of poisonotiS reptiles if injected into the circulation immediately a'ter the infliction of tha bite. It is remarked, however, that in the cases of children it would bo hiora convenient to administer the chloride or acetate of ammonia, owing to the K tingency of the carbonate, some care eing nlso required in keeping the latter without a loss of any of its virtues, ou account of its great volatility. It is thought that after the first day ol two it would not be necessary to ex* hibit the remedy at shorter intervals than, say, every six hours for three or four weeks; this would, it is believed, sufficiently alkalize the blood to neutralize or destroy the rabic poison. Wnrts—How to Trent Them. Luckily for the peace of mind of those wh'o desire and prize beautiful hands, warts are principally routined to childhood and curly youth, and generally disappear without treatment after a time. They are only an annoyance, though sonu'iimcs' they are so aggravated in form or location a? to bo soro, painful, or very inconvenient. These unwelcome excrescences are principally an abnormal growth of the papillre of"tho skin, ami tnat they are confined chielly to early life is doubt-, less duo lo the fact that tho processes of growth are then so strong and vigorous. It is a curiosity that they appear only where the victim is in good health, with all tho forces of the system in active operation, 'i' icir presence is uol, therefore, to be looked upon as id any sense an indication of a form ol disease. It is generally the part Of wisdom to pay little attention to warts; and it is eerlainly unwise, as is sometimes done, to disligure the hands or fingers with njjly anil permanent scara in order to remove annoyances which in a short time will doubtless lake to themselves wings and disappear. There are gentler methods of treatment, however, which may be resorted to. and which Avill frequently, if not generally prove efficacious. Perhaps the simplest application, ono which is in any case entirely harmless, and which by patient attention is likely to drive away the wart, is the use of a strong solution of washing soda, from four i.o six times daily. Of acid anpli- callous there are a number, all of which are lo be adopted only with the greatest care, since tho presence of strong acids upon tho normal skin may cause pain, soreness, and even disfigurement. In niiiking these applica- lions, if the operator has not tho skill or tho patience to work very carefully, il is well to cover tho skin immediately' surrounding the wart with a uoaliug of wax, vaseline, or u strong solution of soda to neutralize the acid, in case it overflows the intended limit* Tliei acids which may bo used for this purpose, in the order of their strength and danger, arc simple acetic, the glacial acetic saturate solution ,. of salicylic, nitric, and sulphuric. The two 'last named are very dangerous, and the best way to use them is to let thorn re-main ut tho drug store. The application of any of those or of nitrate of" silver (lunar caustic) produces a (load. 1 film or skin on top of the wart, which in a day or two may be scraped or- peolod off, and in this way the process- is repeated till the wart h"as disappeared. Even then, there is no assurance? that the roots have boon destroyed, and. it is quite among the possibilities that H tho whole work may in a short timej have to be done over. Other methods of treating warts include ligature, by which a silkea thread is drawn tightly about beneath the wart and tightened till the part is cutoff. This treatment can only bo used iu case of favorable formations, it is not certain to produce a permanent cure, and—it savors of br-ilality. So also does tho use of the knife, whether for the purpose of "scraping" out the abnormal growth, or of cutting it cleanly away. Neither method'will commend itself, except in extreme eases, and then it is bettor to employ a skilled hand.— Good Houst* busying. A Household Screen. A very pretty screen rimy^e n»^\ of orango silk, with panels of sheer bolliug-ulolh, upon which Nasturtiums havo been painted. Such beautiful designs can be, found in Chipa silk, tliiit any one who has not the time or lacks tho ability to decorate her panels, can make a screen no whit less dainty tluin her more fortunate friends, by buying some prettily figured silk that will contrast well u iff) the curtains of tho screen, and using it for the panels without any oilier^ decoration. If it is desired to 'use tb)i screen for a photograph holder, three places should be cut in each panel, of> sufficient size to insert a cabinet photograph. Of course iu this ca^o the fi back of the panel must be lined. Graye«- tul bows should be added when thQ> screen is completed, and with very lit* sle cost and a comparatively small amount of work a very pretty orrm-* ment forthe parlor is "the result.-™ Qootl Housekeeping, Tho trouble with Justice is that she does so littlobosides holding her scales, — Qalveston A'cuia. Uncle Sidney's Views. hold that the true awe of wisdom la when We are boys unit girls, and not women und', iqeu; "*; Wheu, us credulous children, we liuow things; because) *;*/» We boliove them, however averse to the laws It Is faith then, not eciieuce, tend re^oj- Tlmt is gonuluo wisdom, uud would thut day ' ' We SB then were us \vite and ineffably v As to ll v o, lovo, uud die, uud trust God foj restI r So I etmply deny the pl<l uotion, ypji Thut tho wiser we get as tho older we For In youth nil we Ituow we now The greater p.viv % aowledge the wore low For ekeptlqa.1 raarjrlu: and ben

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