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c, THE UPPER DE8 MOINES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1891 CAPT, SCOTT AND THS COON. tie 1ffn« Slory Told Tor Mm Fr*t Tim* Nortli of thu T'nlomnc. Probably all of the roadors of the Forest and Stream, says a correspondent of that paper, have hoard of tho Btorv of Capt. Scott and tho coon, but I wi'll venture to add that not one of them who lives north of Mason & bixon's lino could repeat the tradition correctly. Anyway. I will tell it as Keeper Smith narrated it. Capt, Martin Scott was a Virginian nnd an oflicor of tlio regular army. The coon episode happened some lime 'n the year 1830. dipt, (then Lieut.) Soott Was stationed at Fort Smith, n frontier post on tho Arkansas river, •Which was commanded by dipt. Bradford, who was the author of Ihu famous story. It was a very common recreation for Scott to shoot the dart ing chimney swallow on their darling, erratic'illghl with a bullet from his * long Kentucky rilln. This is a degree Of skill almost incredible, for there nro few shots of Ihu present day who can kill three out of flvu with the improved breech-loader. Lieut. Scott's boon companion was Quartermaster Sivear- Ingon. who. like many other amateurs, imagined thai the rillu was bound to kill something when hu was at the big olid of it. Ho was a groat admirer of tho lieutenant's sporting gifts, and loved lo bank under the luster of his companion's groat skill. One day a dog trued a noon in a tall cottonwool! true down in Ihu lowlands, a short distance from thu fort, and tho dog not being able to climb the tree commenced barking lo attract xomu one's attention. Tlio story goes that tlio coon, silting in a crack of a IInib looking down in supreme contempt at jiis fotir-footud foe, at last growing tired of Iho monotonous yelping, hailed Ihu dog and fold him lo .shut, his jaw—that hu had no intention of coming down. This made tho dog more angry and ho continued his yelping. Again the coon called lo him ironical* . ]y anil advised him not lo break a b'locul vessel, and the coon was so pleased with his joke thai he wrapped his tall around a limb, and swung him• self in tho air, and laughed until ho showed every tooth in Ids head. "You will laugh on Iho wrong Hidu of your moulh soon," howled tho dog; "and hero comes one who will make you do it, you thieving, chicken-stealing, carrion-eating, loud-.smullingold varmint, you." ''Who is ho, you bandy - logged-' ;•, stump - tailed, ogg-sueking reptile?" { cried tlio coon as ho repaired to tho shelter of i.ho true. "It's Lieutenant Van Swearingon," growled the canine. Thu coon grinned until his oyes disappeared in his face. "Little Van.'' hu grunted derisively; •'why hu may shoot and bo blanked. I'll but my valuable hidu against your mangy pelt that hu don't gut mi) out of this tree." Van Swoaringon appeared and blazed away at thu coon, who did not oven condescend lo hidu behind a branch. Having shot all of hi.s ammunition away the qnarturmastor retired in high dudgeon. Shortly after another figure appeared on the scone, and pouring some fresh powder in tho pan prepared to liru. "What's his naiiin?" inquired the coon. "Scott," yelled thu dog. "Who?" inquired Ihu coon, fearfully agitated. "Lieut. Scotl, 1 ' bayed the dog. '•Martin Scott," squealed thu animal. \ "I'm a gone coon. Cap'n Soott, Cap'n Scott, don't lire, I'm coming down." So saying hu folded himself in a ball and dropped to the ground and yielded his life lo thu dog without u struggle. At n Chilian Hotel. <ie favorable impression of Chili ,ch I had received in descending .no western slopes of tho Cordillora I was augmented when I reached the I village/or perhaps 1 should say town, of Simla Rosa do los Andes. This was my first experience of a Chilian hotel. As wu rode up through Iho clouds of dust tho exterior of thu one-story "adobe" building of the Hotel del Comeroio did not seum inviting, lu- Bidu, however, I found a series of court-yards, or "patios," avenues of trullised vines, aviaries, canalized wa- torcoursus, ami other pleasant features. I hiriid a room in Ihu first "patio," with an outlook upon thu flowering Bhrubs, tho fountain, and the wondui" fill imitation marble statues which stood around it. Who would have expected to lind specimens of Greek sculpture—of thu period of doeadunee, it is true—at thu foot of the Andes? Dusty as I was, and having boon wholly deprived of tho usu of soap and water during my six days' journey across tho mountains, thu 'old prejudices of the dweller in town assorted themselves, and I asked thu IK .dlndy, in an off-hand and half-apoloi;otlo toiio If it would bo possible to have a bath. "G'omo ?w2'' shu replied, with Ihu usual Chilian formula of ready allirmalion, nnd added; "Would you Uku a swimming bath?" "Is there a swimming bath in thuhotul?" I asked. "CVwo HO?" Tho water is not crystalline, but it, is clean and fresh, and brought from the Aconcagua River by an 'acuquia.'" "liucno, vanwa a ver." said 1, and wo went tu sue. Ami behold at Ihu uud of tho garden was a lank some lil'luou fuel square, with water running through it, anil overhead, as a pro" tectiou against the sun, vines laden with pendent bunches of grapes, forming, as it were, a coiling "to Ihu bath, This was delightful, and 1 bathed with joy. Now after a bath a man needs refreshments of some kind. "G'omo MO?" was the invariable reply; and I was shown into a bar-room, where- 1 found a greater variety of do oterious drinks than you would un-el with in similar establishments in Kuropu or tho United Status, and yot Los Andes does not boast 8,5000 inhabitants. Thus fortified and rojuvunalud, 1 was prepared to dine, and [ succeeded in dining very fairly, drank good Chilian wino. had a pleasant talk will-, my friend Don Honorio and other guntlumuii, and aftui- dinner took a walk on the plaza. Where there was a zealous'but infurior orchestra p'ayinj; for the distraction Of "ill! Los Andes." represented by a few ottjws, employes, uud shou-Ueeu- ers, a nozen Indies wenrmg jfansnui lints that were the fashion a year ago, and a few score modest native*, tho women wearing black shawls drawn mantillawise over their heads, and tho mun draped in "ponchos,"and sheltered from indiscreet eyes by broad- brimmed white straw hati with black strings tied tinder the chin.— Theodore Child, in Harper's Magazine. A REMARKABLE TRIBi. Iforan of tlin Nniml liiillniiK, Ntirronmlnil by » Stnpcixlmm Niilimil \Viill. Hen Willick. a photographer of Albiifjunrqiio, N. M., gives an interesting account of the Nava-Supais of tho Siipni canon. Some time ago ho wont lo New Mexico, settling at Albuquerque. Heilig a man of adventurous turn of mind ho look a Irip up tlio cation ninl located the tribe in the' narrow valley-like enclosure between the mighty walls of the Supai canon. Snpai is a name which Mr. Supai gave the canon himself afler having made u trip to the region. On reaching the canon ho found the India 1 !)? in the midst of a marvellously 1'e.rlilo''valley, diminutive as it is,whore all"-f.orls of grains and fruit grow in rank profusion, where there aru splendid climatic influence nearly the twelve months through, and where all thai; loud lo build till physical powers is at hand. He, made investigation, loo, into their language, their "rites and ceremonies, their legends, and into all iho phases of their present and past history possible, 'and he is continued in the hulief that they are in no way allied to the Axleus. lie says, on (hu contrary, that IIH far us can lie asecrlaiiiud, thuy aru allied to the Wallapai. Tho tribe i.s a most .singular one. Their valley home has on either side great ledges of rocks running up in lunches thousands of fool. In tho valley aru groves of cottonwooil trues, and a luxuriant vegetation is seen on nil sides. There are about 245 or 250 in the tribe of'thu Supai. Thuy live nbooliilulv alone, they do not intermarry with other tribes, neither do they mix with the scattering white people of thu regions round about. When they aru in need of forage or I'ooil outside of that which they can get in their own rich valley, they sally out, make their trades or purchase's and return home. Thuy are monogamists, every man having one wife and no more. 'They do not live, in a communal form oil hur, but. presurvo thu family in its integrity. Thu men are a little above thu average height, thuy nro strong and active, and thoy are noLcd for their skill in climbing the mountains, and in bringing down the game thuy need. They are very shy and suspicious of Indium* from other tribes, and it is only by Iho most, careful and adroit means that: a white man can approach them and gain any information as to ihoir life." The'women aru smaller in stature, very fond of adornment, and given lo fanta'slic decorations of their faces. Tlio Supai Indians appear to bu far above many other tribus in morale. They look with scorn upon any one who asks Ilium questions us to their married relations, holding that l.his is no onu's business but their own, and t.he fact that the woman of tho tribe who goes wrong is subjected to the most pronounced neglect, and generally is put out of tho way, is pretty good proof that they aru possessed of a sort of simple, heroic virtue. Mr. Whittick found eleven of tho men totally blind. He believes Ihis was due to thu splitting'of thu arrows when tho bows were stretched too taut. Some of thu women who would be seen silting barefooted in front of their thalched-roof houses have the most peculiar big toes that ever were scon on a human being. Thu toes wero nut so very large, but thuy were of abnormal width at iho ends. In some cases thu bij^ too would bo an inch and a half broad at thu uud and very flat and thin. When Mr. Whit- liok and his parly entered the canon they found thu Snpai very gentle and hospitable in their aboriginal way, but very reticent at thu sumo time." Proceeding down (.lie canon through the fertile valley, along which was a slender stream of never-railing water. Hie purest, and .sweetest in the laud, they reached a magnificent waterfall, where thu silver stream plunges nvor a precipice 257 foul in height and railing in a si ream of I lie. rarust beauty down to thu pool bulow. Cotlonwood trees wero fulled, lashud together, and t) ladder made in suctions, tho whole seventy-six 1'out long, and down this the explorers climbed in their exit from Ihu homo of these strangely interesting semi-savage folk. Thu beautiful stream has been utili/ed by the Indians in irrigating those portio'ns of tlio valley that weru'sterile, and it appears that for centuries thoy have known this method of aiding nature.— Minneapolis Journal, Quoted and Misquoted. Some of our most popular and common phrases, which sound almost like slang, are taken from Shakspuuro. A full list of such phrases would bu a long one. Thu following may s.-;?ve as specimens: "Fast and loose;" "I know a trick worth two of that;" "Poor but honest;" "The short and thu long of it;" "That was laid on with a-trowel;" "Some of us will smart for it;" "Masters, spread yourselves;" "My cake is dough;" "As good luuk would have it." Such quotations as those wore moro common when Shalispuaru's dramas wore more fro- quuntly porformud on thu stagu than thuy are to-day. A common saving is found where we should hardly "expect it—in the Bible—"Tho skin of thu teeth." Thu full sentence is -Escaped by tho skin of Ihu tenth." (Job xix., 20). Many well-known quotations are invariably misquoted. Walpolu, Prime Minister of the Guorgus, i.s supposed to have had such a low viow of mankind as to have said, "All inuii have Iheir price." Really hu referred to some particular persons, concerning whom hu declared, "All these men have their price." Hum and Kyy*, or tlio tloij and (lie Hen, is thu naiuu of a now publication in thu interest of swinu-bruudurs and loulterers which has uiiidu its appear- uuw til Topuka. MISSING LtKRS. Tho first steol pen was made in 1830. Tho number of exiles in Siberia this year amounts to 10,000 souls. An ordinary man during an average life will drink about one hundred and seventy-live hogsheads of liquids. A pair of bantam chickens wore sold at the London Crystal Palace for $500, which was almost twice their weight in gold. A little salt sprinkled over the surface of a mustard plaster will enable the patient to keep It on for hours without much suffering. A prisoner at Chambcrsburg, Pa., made his escape from tho constable by darting into a parly of women who were dialling on the sidewalk. Tho leaning lower of Pisa is 183 foot high, alid Is, if Iho cornice be Include)'. 13 feet 8 inches out of the perpendicular. Tho walls at Iho base aru 13 fuel thick. Tho people of northern Europe consume more alcohol, per capita, than their neighbors in the south, for Iho reason that, relatively, they are no!, so well fed. An Osago City. Kan., man, has started n new kind of lunch counter, liu xervcs only ono dish—ground pop corn and cream, which ho sulls at 1C cents n bowl. It is said that for more than fifty years £355, which was originally intended lo be applied lo tlio educalion of slaves in Georgia, has been lying in Iho Bank of Scotland. Take in your hand a crystal of quartz, a slick of deal, a daisy and acorn and you will not find in them a single element of matter that i.s not also found in your physical frame. As an instrument of tillage, tho spado costs four times as much as the plow. The horse or tho ox, as a motive power, is equally at a disadvantage compared with steam. 'In 1820 Italy was a land of beggars. Thu people were so poor that in a city of 20,000 inhabitants a traveler was unable to purchase a pair of gloves, or, in ono of 11,000, a cake of soap. The Italia and Lcpanto.of tho Italian navy, are two of tho largest warships ever built. Thuy are 400 feet long. 47 feet broad, and possess a moan draught of water exceeding 30 feet. A physician I.,is compiled some very elaborate slalislics lo demonstrate tha't mun of thought live, on an average, throe years and a half longer than mun in tho ordinary vocations of life. Shoriff Alison is authority for the statement that, in thu city of Glasgow alone. 30,000 people gut drunk every Saturday night, and crime has increased six times faster than population. Senator Dixon of Rhode) Island is said to bu an ailmirablu .skolcher and caricaturist. It might bu addeil that hu finds abundant material for his facile pencil in the body of which hu is a mum bur. In 1881 Belfast had 208.122 inhabitants; Dublin, 290,662; Cork, 80.124. hi 1871 Belfast stood at 174.412, Dublin, 84C,:)2G. The decrease of the.ono and thu increase of the other aru remarkable. The drop-curtain at Mine. Patli's new theater at Craig-y-Nos is decorated with an immense*' portrait of Patti as Sumiramido driving a chariot and a pair of horses, tho picture covering tho entire curtain. Hamburg drives what may bu called n roaring trade in wild beasts. Lions itnd tigers may bu ordered at 1,000 francs apiece. A good rhinoceros, however, will fetch from 8,000 francs to 28,000 francs. Queen Victoria offers some real estate for sale, and the bears in tho stock market aru expected to build a story on this lo the effect that Hur Majesty's finances have reached a crisis and tlio butcher and baker aru after her. Mrs. Colt, willow of tho inventor of tin? revolver, has several millions of money and lives in tho handsomest residence in Hartford, Conn. Sho has out of bur own resources erected n handsome Episcopal church near her homo. A recent survey has established the number of glaciers in tho Alps at 1,155, of which 249 have a length of more than four and three-quarters miles, The French Alps contain 144 flliiciurs, those of Italy 78, Swilzerlund •»71 and Austria 402. President McLeod of tho Reading railroad will now receive $40,000 n year salary. This is thu largest compensation given any railway oillehil in the country, it is 'asserted, except that paid to Mr. Do pew by the Nuw York Central, who gets $50,000. Careful experiments go to show that, for the maximum efficiency of mind and body of tho working population in thu northern countries of" Europe and in tho United Slates, meat ojf animal product of some kind should constitute at least two-thirds of!tho tolal sun- ply. Several attempts have been made to ost-iblish thu tack industry in tlio South, but they have failed from dif- liculties in handling tho material. This branch of tho iro'u trade is in tho hands of Nuw England manufacturers, and is practically confined to Massachusetts, Slaves wore sold publicly in Liverpool in tho hitler half of the last century. Sir James Picton, in his "Mo- morials of Liverpool," quotes two advertisements of the sale of slaves in Liverpool, which appeared in William- ! son's Liverpool Advertiser in tlio years 17U5 and 17UG. Queen Margaret of Italy is given to making unannounced visits to charitable institutions, particularly those devoted to the care of children, and is kin. y critical about tlioir maiiairu- num. This makes things livulvfor thu attaches, but usually thu inmates' aru correspondingly tho gainers. Thu Empress of Austria, a London correspondent declares, buys some costumes without being measured for I hem, and is to bo "soui'i in Ihu streets wearing ready made gowns." This is, indeed, harrowing iiuws, but it is comforting to remember that, otherwise, iiur Majesty is un excellent woman. Platinum and silver can each b drawn into wire many times Smalle than a human hair. Tho former metu has been drawn into wire so line tha twenty-seven of them twisted toirethe could'have been inserted into the hoi low of a hair; that is, if a human he ing or a human-made machine Couli be found minute and precise enoug for such a delicate undertaking. An American recently sent to aLon don friend some gloriously colorei autumn leaves. Did the Londoner in his reply go into ecstasies over them n the fairest products oi the 'lying year Not much. What he really said vva; jnet t.liU- "Leaves came to hand al right, old boy. They nro quite l. awfully jolly, don't you know; in fact very B"urno' Jonesv and that sort o Unrig, you know. Thanks, Very much.' Halo Jenkins of North Wales, Pa. has in his possession a deed signed bj William Punn conveying 480 acres o' land in Montgomery Township to Thomas Fairnnin. The groat founder' seal is attached. Tho impression wa made in wax" two and a half inches in diameter, Ihroe-quarlcrs of tin incl thick, incased in a tin box fastened t< the parchment by means of cords. The deed was made in 1701 and is in goot condition. At tlio unveiling of the Grceley Blaltte, Bishop Potter in his canonicals proved rather trying to some oftho upccttitors. "That's Dcpow," said one inmi in the crowd to another, rccogni/r ing "our Chiiuncoy," "But who is the oilier follow in the gown and ret capP" "I don't know," was thu reply; then half musingly, as if ho waa trying to place what seemed to him Oriental regalia, "ho must be the Turkish Consul." Savo tlio Trees. Garden and Forest has warmly advocated saving the hr f grove ot'giaut sequoias, "tho big tress," in Tuhire County, California, and botli houses oi Congress have passed unanimously a bill suiting apart the grove forever as a public park. Tho act secures also Ihu springs of streams that flow through the park, and provide for the preservation of the limber anil natural objects, for the protection of the lish and game, and for the maintenance of the park in in its natural condition. Garden, and Forest now asks why ;; similar reservation should not be made of a tract of tho redwood forest in tho Coast Range. The trjios are so valuable that they aru rajv rl ly falling 1111- dur tlin axe, and trees ost as interesting as thu big trees, even more beautiful, will disapp.. .. It hopes also, that tho commit toes will report thuYosemito Park Bill, and undoubtedly in reserving those noble tracts from destruction Congress might bo sure of universal publiu approval. Thu pubMu interest in forestry, which has boon hiitht'ully and forcibly fostered by Garden and Forest, has arisen happily in time to savo much that ought to bo saved, but could bo saved only by u strong expression of opinion. The groat beauty and the universal enjoyment of the parks which have been laid out within recent years have shown what an immense benefit and delight a little forethought may secure to our children. The ruservaliou of Niagara, in Nuw York, and the earnest struggle for the Adirondack forest, are fruiDs of tho spirit which lias been awakened, and whether tho parks are vast tracts in tho wilderness or broalhing spaces in the city, the feeling which reserves them, and which in turn thuy develop anil encourage, is a source of the purest publio pleasure.— Harper's Weekly. Answers Short nnd Sharp. Robert Hall, even when insane, did not lose his wonderful power of repartee. An insincere condoler once visited him in tlio asylum and said, in a hypocritical tone, -What brought you hern, Mr. Hall?" Hall tone. ..i his forehead and replied, "What will never bring you, sir—too much brain." Thu extreme sensitiveness of Thackeray to criticism is well known. Hu once saiil to Douglas Jurold, "I hear llr.it you have boon saying lhat''j.'>e Virginians' is tho worst book lever wrote." "I never said it was the worst book that anybody over wrote." A lady who lived near Thomas Carlylu kept Cochin China fowls, and thu crowing was so intolerable a nuisance that the philosopher sent to complain of it. Thu lady was indignant. "Why," shu said,""tho fowls only crow four timus a day, and how can Mr. Carlylu bo so much annoyed it that?" "The lady forgets," was tho characteristic rejoinder, "tho pain I ull'ur in waiting for thoso four crows." Thu old nurse of Jarnes I., having followed him from Edinburg lo London, untreated him to make hur son a gentleman. "My good woman," said thu King, "I might make him a laird (landowner), but I could never make lim a gentleman," "Thuy toll me, Sir John, that you ike a glass of wine," said George III. lo the Oominatidur-in-Chief of Ireland. "Those who reported that fact." replied Sir John Irwiu, "have done mo groat in- usticu. I like a bottle." Thu DuUo of Norfolk, who was much iddietud lo iho bottle, asked Foolo, tho ictor, in what now character ho should 4'o to a masquerade. "Go sober," was ,hp instant, reply. A young ollicur complained to Napoleon that he had been six years a ieuiunant. "I served seven years in .hat grade," was the answer, "audit las not prevented mo from making my >vay." Napoleon was at one period of lis career a grunt economist. lie said, letween St. Cloud and Paris, to Laurison, "Why does not the carriage go faster?" "It would,"answered Lauris.tou, "if more oats wore allowed." Thu transition from Napoleon to Wellington is easy. On 0110 occasion Ihu Dulcu was in 'imminent danger of being drowned at sua. Thu Captain of thu ship at bedtime came to him and .said: "It will soon bu all over with us." "Very well," answered thu Duke, "tliun I shall not take oil' my boots." At some parly a lady of high rank asked him whether it was true that hu had buuii surprised at Waterloo by Napoleon. "1 never was surprised till now," was tho characteristic reply.— C'lissell'i) Saturday Journal. Twenty million acres of tho laud of (ho United States are held by foreigners. THE LAST OFitHE AMAZONS. Frftncn About to Wipe Ont t.h« Kingdom of iJnhomej-. France has finally decided Upon the conquest of Dahomey. The cable des- patches report that she will soon send an expedition north to Abomey, the famous town that has been the scene of so many terrible cruellies. In the "battle between tho French and Dahomeyans last spring it is said that 2,000 of the natives were killed. The amazons and male soldiers of Hie new King Bcdazin were driven northward into their forests. Bcdnzin hoped to capture a large number of the French forces for tho sacrifices celebrating his accession to the throne and in memory of the death of his father. He was driven hack, however, disgraced in the eyes of his people, nnd he considers it necessary -to make a last desperate effort to defeat, the invaders and retrieve his fortunes. He lias, therefore, marshaled his forces of about 6,000 women and 6,000 male warriors at a distance of forty miles from the coast, where, at last accounts, he was collecting provisions and preparing his troops for another, assault upon the French forces. Even after ho had begun the propara-- tions ho still sent peaceful messages to their commander and presents lo President Ciirnol; but his subterfuges have not deceived the French, and they have resolved lo make an end of his power and savagery. They are, therefore, fitting out an expedition -on the coast, and intend, as soon as tho dry season sets in, to strike straight for Abomey. Tho route which explorers have followed through tho dense forests of that country to the capital is hardly practicable for a military force. The expedition will probably uo compelled to ascend tho Wlicmo river, east of the land roule, in barges drawn by small steamers. By this means Ihey will get within a Short distance of the capital, and will bo able to strike the country at its very heart. This is the plan of attack suggested by Capt. Sep- lans, who was sent north nearly a year ago to ascertain the best route for an expedition against the capital of Dahomey. There is no doubt, says the N. Y. Sun, that this means the complete absorption of Dahomey by France. The country is rich, but" the kings of Dahomey have for years been so constantly engaged in war. and have butchered in cold blood so many of their subjects, compelling also a largo number of their women to lead celibate lives as soldiers of the king, that the population has been diminisHing with remarkable rapidity. When tho people of this land are'free from tho tyranny that has ground them down that picturesque and, in spite of her unquestionable existence in the present day, almost mythical figure, the aniazon, will disappear, and begin to fado into llie realm of legend. How They Keep "Warm in Montreal. In Montreal ono may buy clothing not to be had in tho'United Status; woollens thick as boards, hosiery that wards off the cold as armor resists missiles, gloves as heavy as shoes, yet joft as kid, fur caps and coats at prices and in a variety that interest poor and rich alike, 'blanket suits that are more picturesque than any other masculine garment worn north of the city -of Nloxico, tuques, and moccasins, and, indued, so many sorts of clothing wo Fankees know very little of (though many of us need them) that at a glance we say the Moulrealers are foreigners. Montreal is the gayest city on this con-- tinont, and I have often 'thought that tho clothing there is largely responsible for that condition. A Now - Yorker disembarking in Montreal in midwinter finds the place inhospitably cold, and wonders how, as well as why, any one lives there. I well remember standing years ago bo- side a toboggan slide, with my teeth shattering and my very marrow slowly concealing, when my attention was tailed to the fact that a dozen ruddy- ohcckod, bright-eyed, laughing girls wero grouped in snow that readied their knees. I asked a Canadian lady liow that could bo possiblu, and she unswured with a list of the principal garments those girls wore- wearing, Thoy had two pairs of stockings under their shoes, and a pair of stockings over their shoes, with moccasins over them, They had so many woollen skirts that an American girl would not bolievo mu if I gave tho number. They wore heavy dresses and buckskin jackets and blanket suits over all this. 1'huy had mittens over their gloves, \nd fur caps over thuir knitted hoods. It no longer seemed wonderful that hey should not heed the cold; indeed it occurred to me that their bravery imid tho terrors of tobogganing was no imivory at all, sinco a girl buried loop iii the heart of such a mass of woollens could scarcely expect damage if she fell from a steeple. When next I appeared out-of-doors I too was jwathud in flannel, like a juwol in a ,)ox of plush, and from that time out Montreal seemed, what it really is. tho norriest of American capitals.— Julian 'Ralph, in Harpers Magazine. Not nil Anarchist. Maria Tschubrivoka,' whoso letter to :he czar has not yet been forgotten, and who was recently ordered to be .akou to Siberia, has commonly beou described as a young lady. Tho hero- ne, says the London Echo;\s fifty-four. Mine. Tsehebrivoka had not beou lioard of outsido of Russia before the publication of her famous letter, but shu has done muuh. Hur life has been uoro important thau conspicuous. 1'wonty-two years ago she published a jook on Russian history and literature, but before the letter in question shu had not published a lino which ivun tho Russian etasors would object to. Sho was not a revolutionist, nor s sho now. With anarchism, nihilism, "red" lolitics of any sort, shu nuithar had 101- has any" sympathy whatever. kVlwt got Maria" Tschubrivoka into trouble is not politics, but her candid, outspoken warnings to the czar, hur insertion that in "educated and official society llio adoration of iho czar has died out," and that "the government wMnli v.iluii <wnr oun hundred millions is airairt even or criiKtruu." This is art allusion to the frequent imprisonments of children of fourteen and liiteeit% vears of use. The heroines of t ha \ French revolution road Plutarch.^ Ilia ^ unique heroine of modern Russia derived much of her inspiration from her studies of the characters of the American revolution. Mine. Tschebri- voka knows English literature and American history 'thoroughly. ' THE CREOLES OF TO*DAY. Th« Riire Boaufy at Tlinlr Womon Still Preserved — flow Thpy Tnkn One of the most marked traits of tlie creole temperament is buoyancy. They know how to enjoy. They cany lightly that yoke of labor that seems to press so* heavily upon English-speaking peoples. The wisdom of inhaling the "perfume of the moment" is known to them. They do not <ro forth on a gala day to push and shove arid growl; they push little annoyances aside with laugh and a jest; in a crowd they are gay and good-natured. Both men and maidens arc passionately fond of dancing, and even the warmest weather docs not make their enthusiasm flag. Tho love of music i.s deep-rooted in tlioir natures; it is to be questioned whether they could live without it. Poor indeed'must be that creolu who foregoes the Sunday opera matinee, and no pinching or stinting is deemed too severe if that pleasure is in view. In personal appearance tho Creoles are a good-lookinirracc. Tho men are usually good looking, sometimes strikingly handsome, in the brunette type, and, though short of stature, they are broad shouldered and muscular." At her best, the cruolo girl is irresistibly pretty, tho dark wonder of her great, long-lashed, liquid eyes further enhanced by a storm-cloud of hair about a low, smooth brow, brilliant whitu teelh, delicately-molded features and :i clear olive complexion. Her figure is lissome and rounded; supple and slender, without angularity or attenuation, and hur hands and feet arc small and dainty. Now and then a strain of Andaiusian blood produces a milk- whito blonde with violet eyes and shimmering golden hair, doubly piquant among her darker sisters. Though tho rigidity of tho old system of chnperoniigo has somewhat relaxed, the-creolo girl is not allowed as much freedom as her American friends, and in many respects she is'more unsophisticated. For instance, she does not understand love-making "for fun." for the men of her race do not think it honorable to indulge in such questionable justing. If one of them, pays certain marked attention to a young lady, it is understood that he wishes lo make her his wife. Such matters are looked' upon seriously, and tho rupturo of an engagement i.s almost compromising to a girl. Tho ereolo damsel is not tailor-mado by any means. When money is not plentiful she is her own modiste with very charming results, for her garments are coquuttishly femininu »nd becoming' her as its gay plumage becomes a" tropical bird.' Feminine!— that is thu kuynqte to liuf-cluiract-ci 1 ?^ Shu still believes that it is woman's duty to be pretty and pleasing abovo all things, and her family do their best to shelter her from coarsening influences. Perhaps from this springs the Creole prejudice against publio schools. It will be remarked that, even when they are poor, they send their children to private, seminaries. Sheridan's Courteous Care. To show the care and interest that Gen. Sheridan took in the welfare of his command and his attention to the little details which few general olliecrs would take tho trouble to bother themselves with, Mr. Evans made a note of the following: "I was riding along about the middle of the column one day, after we had started from Camp Supply, on thu way to Fort Cobb.whou a soldier, as I supposed,of thu regulars came up alongside of mo and entered into a conversation. I was a more boy, and that fact, perhaps, unlisted his sympathies. Wu chatted for quite a long time, ami linallv, noticing the manner in which my saddle-blanket was folded, hu suggested that it would injure my hoi'BS—thai he would soon have a sore back that might be difficult to cure under the circumstances we were compelled to meet. I continued to ride with it folded that way, say in"-, rather indifferently, that I knew there was a proper way to fold it. He then said that if I would dismount.he would show me that "proper way." Accordingly, at tho kind suggestion, I dis mounted, he gutting oil his horse sit the same time, and I stootl by and watched him unsaddle my animal, tako the blanket and fold it in the regulation maunur.tbea place tliesaddln'bnok on the horse. Then wu mounted and I rode on, arriving n t headquarters in a, short time. There I discovered, to my amazement, that my whilom groom 6l nn hour before was the Liuulmiant. General of the army, thu famous Gen. Sheridan. I had never seuu him be< foro we mot in that cordial way, and I guess my astonishment was plainly visible) on my youthful features, as 'I \zed with wonder and admiration upon him, when I heard the officers call him Gun. Sheridan and saw them salute him with thu utmost respect.— Kansas City titttr. Telephone Subscribers. In Germany the telephone subscribers are estimated to number 31,325; in France, 9,487; in Great Britain, 20,426; in Russia. 7,585; in Italy, 9,183; in 12,8154; in Norway, 8,31)0. The Berlin JJuvrsen Courier estimates the number of subscribers in America at 1.000,000 and in all thu world at 1,200,000. PliiliulolphU's Public Clock. A public, dock is to be erected in Philadelphia that will tako ono vuar to place in tho tower. Thu minute hand i-s to (iu 12 fwiit, and thu hour hand 9 tiH»t ii, length; thu boll will weigh 20.- UOy |)oumU; a steam engine will be placed in iho tower lo yviud up m« al V

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