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THE OTPEft DBS M01NES, ALGQNA. IOWA t WEt)NESDAY JgEBRpAftY 18,. 189L JT | U l tlio tbpon fiiflfl nro prctt.tnp and old; i*l In Tolstoi, loo, lias roci-n I'm Uroil ol f)1ci Inl r m tliwl of solving rMfllo*, nnd II I tllO llllO i « , c-y'f piwImlsUn linrn?: I want n fad ilint.'s now. r I, cthiTrfiil IJtMc: fml Hint won't wont , , l.lin tiriiln; •that won tdUnirli my sloupnt iilnht, or call for cnnsliinl. stni'.n — iAfnil t'mlV. Incxptjusivp.loo (tills Ht'lwoon mr Is JiisM'/n'-Viicl'l'in looking for-) rovldod It If now. Of 0(>iir?o II. must, bo qtillo Folrnt,, pliioo 1 nm JY"'in"-liorn, 'And, lik't ni.v lollow-Iluslonoao, would Bin-r;r »l CliilivloVp horn toilless IK- pliiycil II, Just In Inno on ovrry note 1 If* 1)I|!\V i lA fnrt 10 Mill, inn iniial. lio cliolco and 11 miiut, be In mid now, 'itoilfrhl. to lio rpllRloilfl, though It might do quit" us wi'll . Tf I* Implied Homo Blurtllng views on ' . ,. . illsbnllof ;If It woril'iiM'il on nralnnlo faith from any , point or vlrnv I'm qullu Btii-u It would plciuio me— provided It v. oru now. Now, If you oiurnsHlsl mo, I rnully hopo you It's tun ll'liiff 1ml. pleimnni. to Bollolt nld, but fli.lll, 1 ilvo In JJoBton, nnd so my wants . ffllBt ttow I wiliily need a I'nd; Who's got ix 'no ' uwV Unit's nuwV lo Journal. I "BLACK JOE." ' "Sell thai nlggar! Sell Joel Well, jno, Hlrangor; not for all tho money you've got." The speaker, a. big Jarvis county planter named llolbrook, was 'standing by the front gale, and had .'Just sent Joe, Iho negro alluded lo, to 'the postofllco. A trader had met him B.fovv yards from the gate, nnd, being On the lookout for negroes lo ship south on loved work, stopped nt the gnto nnd asked tho question. "Well, I may havo more money than you imagine!" said tho trailer. "No matter how much you've got, you can't buy Joe," said llolbrook. This was in the spring of 1850. I •was on my way to Meadville, and rode up just as llolbrook made the last remark. "Well," said the trader, "havo you got any niggers yon do want to soil! 1 " "No, not at present," replied Hoi- tho tho brook. Tim trader rodn on, and bidding planter good evening 1 inquired distance to Meailvillo. "It's ton miles from here," said Hoi- brook; "I suppose you're going up to court?" I assented, and llolbrook said; "It's too far lo ride to-night. Ride in, and I will go on with yon in tho morning. After supper I'll toll you why that trader didn't have money enough to ibuy Black Joo." 1 had ridden many miles that day, and was both tired and hungry, so L gladly accepted his invitation. Wo took a stroll through the servant's quarters before supper. Tho negroes had just come in from tho Holds. A more happy and contented lot I have never soon. Thuy wero comfortably clad, and their cabins wore neat and clean, a groat contrast to tho slave quarters of many plantations I had passed that day. I noticed an ftged nugross silling in front, of a cabin. '•Jlo'w arc you lo-nighl, Aunt Mim- bn?" asked llolbrook. "Bless your soul, honey—dat you, Mars Kdward? .I"so. 'bout do same. How Missus A/Aeo and do Lillv ob do valley?" ,,' "They'ri/pretty well, Aunt Mimba." II Al the ,/upper ' table he introduced me In lys wife, a lady of perhaps 40 years,,nnd to a charming daughter of 15;'lo whom 1 could see ho was greatly , alt ached. ( Afi IT supper we adjourned lo tho ) library, whore Joe soon appeared •with the mail, lie was a coal-black negro uf perhaps ,'};>, though it, was ;hard lo loll much as to his ago. One side of his neck and face was withered and drawn aside evidently by contact with lire, and, as ho held oat some letters to his master, 1 could see that the baud and wrist wore in the same condition. "J.ie," said llolbrook, "hero's a package of lobacc-o for Aunt, Mimba. I am going lo (own to-morrow, Toll your mistress if there's anything uood- ed for the house to make out a list." Joe left the room, and wo lighted cigars. Between tho pull's the planter told mo why the trader couldn't buy tllR MIM'TO. "This house," said he, "was built six years ago this spring. Tho old one, equally large, .stood on tho same silo. Due day in the latlor part of October, 38-1'J, m'y wife got a message from Moadviilo Ihat her sister was very low, and asking hor to come at unco. So wo went with the family carriage and an oiil driver named Adam. We left Lilly, who was then 8 years of age, aud no.t'Vury well, in care of Aunt Mimba. When we arrived in Meadville we found i the invalid much improved and out of ' 'danger. During the day, as I was using the court house square. I saw i'sheriff just pulling up for sale, wilder an execution lo .satisfy a judg- lilioiil, a solitary negro, lie was baru- I fool I'd, raggeil, and forlorn-looking lonougli. I stopped through curiosity, f for 1 had no idea of making a purchase, yl'lioro wore two or three traders there \readylobuy. Tho sherin"said: "llol- i;brook, Intro's a nigger that can't be 'Ovor '2i> or 80, strong, and likely looking. Ho belonged to the Hollidays, but I've got to sell him to satisfy a judgment. They own his wife and child. Of course, ho hales mightily io bo sold to a trader. If you'll buy him I believe he'll mako you a faithful hand,' •••Oh,' said I, 'I've got more negroes now than I ought lo have.' That negro fell at my feet, on his knees, grasped sue 'round the legs, and begged mo, for the Lord's sake, to imy him. 'Please, master,' said ho, 'do buv mol I'll be faithful, master. I'll be' true. I'so got a wife here in Jasper county, and if dey sells me way off south I'll never seo her.ag'in; an', oh, (iod! i'so got a little boy. Oh, master, yon loves your wife an'yourchilleu. Please buy me! 1 "The appearance of Iho forlorn face and his words somehow aiVecled vno so that when one of the traders started him at $500 I raised the bid io $o50. Another trader bid ifGOO; trader -No. 1 $050; trader No. 2 $700, and ho was finally knocked dq.wn to mo at $750; and tlio uoor fellow danced and cried lor joy. j.ne negro was nmoK ./on. ••'Holivfon lime lost in attending tho sale and other (Inlays it was long past dark when 1 was ready for the road homo I had carried Joo around to tho barn, and left him with Adam, nnd when Adam drove around to the front of tlio house Joe was seated beside him. When my wife came to gift into the carriage sliu asked mo who was that with Adam, nnd when I told her she said. "•Well, Edward, I think you have enough to do to take care of what negroes you've got now without buying more. 1 ••We rolled along pretty fast ever tho road when we did get started, nnd had just turned the last bond in tho road, which loft us only a straight stretch of about a mile, when Adum said: "•Mars Edward, whar's that firoP 1 "Rising up, I could see the horisiin brightly illuminated, on the right-hand side ahead of us, in Iho direction of lao house. ••'Drive, Adam,' I cried, 'for all tho horses are worlh!' Down came the whip, and the spirited team fairly Hew. We could soon see that il was indeed our homo. My wife was frantic. It was all I could do to hold her in the carriage. The plantation gale fortunately stood open. We dashed in and were "soon in front of the house. "The building was old, thouirh substantially built by my fnllier ninny years before. The Unities wore roa.r- 'iug like a furnace. The first object my wife's.eyes fell on as she leaped from the carriage was old Aunt Mimba. '"Lillv! Lillvl" sho screamed. Aunt Mimba, poor old soul was on her kmtuM. wringing her hands, and calling on the Lord, 'Shu's dar, good Lord, up in do back chamber, 1 and sho pointed to tho upper floor of the building, now being rapidly consumed. "The front part of the house was n mass of flame. The parlor windows had melted like wax, and wo could see the furniture beyond feeding Iho lire. Iho front chambers and roof above worn sending their showers of embers and sparks far up in tho air, and tho basement and roar floor of the slruct- ure could not long support the tottering livid mass above. The. door of the 'main hall was standing open. Some of the negroes had burst it open, but dared to go no farther. Tho ban- isl nrs and stairs wore burning freely. I saw at onoo that Lilly was lost. My wife, half cra/od. screaming, "Lilly, Lilly," started for Iho burning .stairway. 1 grasped hor arms. It took all my strength to hold hur back. ""At this instant a figure shot pasl mo into the shoot of flame, and out of sight. I recognised tho shabby form of Joo. 'Poor follow,' I thought, -he's gone to his death.' My wife had fainted, and I had just, dragged her under Iho spreading limbs of a Lrce, away from the intense heat, when out of "the llery furnace bounded a ligurc covered with flame, laid a bundle which ho carried in his arms at our foot, tore tho flaming blankets from her form, and (hero on Iho ground lay Lilly. I grasped a blanket from tho carriage, and Hung ft round him who had braved death mid the flames to save my child. With the help of Adam and tho ovorseor, who had arrived, wo soon had tlio flames extinguished. In fact there was not miioli to extinguish; for his ragged clothing had literally burned from him. It was tho flaming quilts aud blankets in his arms, in which Lilly was rolled, that made him look like a pillar of fire. "The smoke like to have strangled Lilly, but the lire had not touched her. She lay unconscious of hor danger asleep in u rear chamber, to which tho lire had not penetrated, though the outside, was burning fiercely. Joo had burst in Iho door, thrown tho blankets and quilts over hor head, gathered hor up, blankets aud all, aud dashed down the flaming stairway. "Wo put Joe in I he cabin and had' the best medical attendance the county could afford. The next day I went ovor and bought his wife aud child, aud her faithful nursing and tho physician's together finally pulled' him through, (hough it was mouths before ho could walk. "It, seems that Aunt Mimba had put Lilly lo bod and gone ovor to some of tho Cabins lo gossip with tho negroes there. The lire had broken out in the basement and made such headway that when il was discovered they dared not enter tho house. -The overseer's house being so far from my residence, ho had nol got there when 1 arrived. "Of one thing I am sure; had I not bought Joo that day my Lilly would havo been food for the flames. Do you wonder now thai money wouldn't buy him? I've offered him his freedom, but lie won't leave me. His wife is our cook, and Joo is my messenger ami handy man, and tho boy is a bright little, darky and Joe's pride. 1 wouldn't let any of Iho neighbors know it, but Lilly has taught him to rua«-l and write. I suppose I'll die some of these days, aud when 1 do there's a provision in my will that leaves Joe and his family free and provides for giving them a start in life, bul I dou'hl if they'll leave Lilly." "Oil, Joe!" and in ho came, "show this gentleman lo his room,"— U. E. Scott. of O<!«it|>:«M'»n In Ilic tint Olifl \Vlin dims fur Ihn I'tmr. : of "Mv working hours?" said f.lm missionary mirsi'. -"Why, ble*H yoii.inir.s- incr isn't a matter of hours: il is out! of eiidurnneo. One day out of six I am nlloucd to rest, but'luring I he oilier live working days nf thn wt'iik f am thankful if I gel live hours of sleep out of tho twenty-four. "Why don't the sick poor go to the hospitals? If you were to ask them thev would say they nre afraid of Iho black bottle. They believe firmly thai when hospital nurses and doctors see that n patient's case is hopeless they pul him out of his misery with a dose from a black bottle. You would bo surprised lo find how eointndn this kind of talk is. oveii among those of whom you would expect boltoi* sense. They would rather remain among their people, who encourage them in such foolishness, though they themselves haven't, time to nurse their sick, even if they knew how. Of course people brought up in the slums don't mind tho smells as 1 do, and the sight of vermin doesn't nauseate them as it does me; but for all that their siek would not only be much more comfortable, but In many eases their chances of life would be doubled if they could bo persuaded to go to some decent hospital. "What kind of smells do I encounter? All kinds except sweet ones. I often wish I might leave my nose at homo, for while I am growing about in Iho dark halls. Irving to find my wav to the shaky staircases, it seems to mo a different bad smell .comes with every breath I draw. : "1 have sometimes almost gone down on my knees to some poor rheumatic or partially paralyzed woman, imploring her lo Jet herself bo taken to. the hospital, whore she could receive all the atlonlion she ought lo havo, and the answer would bo, 'I ain't fitton to die yet, so I'm a--roin' to keep out of tho hospital" as long as'I can.' One day tho doctor said to a case of this kind—she had boon a dressmaker, and had supported herself comfortably as long as sho was able to work—that she would be sure to die if she stayed at home and lot her children expose her to draughts as they wore always doing. 'Well. 1 said she. 'hotter die at home, when my time comes than at tho hospital, before my time comes, and where I'll bo cut open before tho breath is fairly out. of my bodv. That's Iho way a friend of mine was"served'last year. Hor folks didn't know no butler "than to lot her be took to Iho hospital, and after her death, which I s'pose was helped along by tho black boltlo, them ' doctors,, without, asking leave of nobody, slashed away at the poor thing;- and then they botched her up again, making a groat pucker in the seam, ;sueh as 1 wouldn't allow no little 'prentice • of mine to make. 1 "Now, that dressma r ia a fair specimen of the kind of people I work among. "Duties of a missionary nurse? Well, , besides giving medicine and sticking on plasters aud taking temperatures, I sometimes have to cook and wash and scrub and beg. Scarcely a clay passes Iharl don't boil gruel and broil chops for sick people, and often I have 'to roll up my sleeves and wash dishes or scrub the floor. Thou occasionally I have to go lo some depository whore benevolent persons =<.-ud such livings and present a petition for sheets or blankets, or whatever else is needed among my patients, whom 1 sometimes find lying on piles of r • >. •Salary? Forty dollars for tho lir.-i mouth, tiio month of probation, and afterward $50 a month. If you wore to :.;n tho rounds with mo some day I think you would say that I am nol. paid a dollar too much. Just now, besides the caso of rheumatism 1 have boon tolling you about, 1 have a consumptive patient," a cancer to look after and a bone felon to poultice and some oases of malaria that (one or another of them) are ^needing quinine at every hour of the day."—A'. Y. Tribune. WAYS OF WILD BEASTS. How u llhliioouroR AViis Killed with » Sword. after WHICH time (sometimes extended o tho "ninth day-) the dread of evil jotisequeiices may bo dismissed; but the tru! ; i '.* that the vinn nf'Ii\ilrn|ilir>- l ni:M ' '• nnin latent, fur mon- Ulan Ive y;:!'••• The n .1 , !<-a thai man changed hU wily <>:<:\;--'\ m-en .•"•n;n years i< imri if tin! MUM- j.-nornl fallacy. Wn«lij»v:il >hv>-' ' '•.''•••' • •• "rr> foil I nr iiotiu : 1'iai seven months is the least in winou u child may bo born and live, that the ;oeth spring out in the seventh month and are renewed in the seventh year; thai, he becomes a youth at twice seven, at four times seven ia in full possession of his strength, at live times («• idled for tho business of tho world, ;il six times seven lie becomes grave jind wise, or never; at seven times is at. his apogee', at eight times seven in tiis first climacteric, and at nine times seven in his grand climaclpric. Tlic Hears of Alaska. HAVE NO WKlKKXES, THEY .'HE UNNECCTSARY" IF YOU KN'GV; HOW TO AVOID THEM- Slmpi' To the bear hunter. tho wilds of Aliiska oiTcr a paradise Unit cun be foinul in no ollior country on the globe, as is allusled by the yearly shipments of choice hides" which ranch an _ enormous amount. The most choice' of thoso .'iro tho blank bear, which roam (lie woods by huntlreda. and prime _kins tif wliich bring from $24 up to as high as ,$10D each in the market. During the excursion season tourists from all parts of the globe make 11 thriving trade for Alaska merolinuts in the bear skin lino. There are live distinct •jpeoios of boar in Alaska—the black, brown, or cinnamon, and cross/which inhabit all portions of southeastern Alaska and the upper' portion of tho Yukon country. Further north, in tho St. Ellas alps i"s the home of tho -St. Ellas gfi'/wly, which in size ferocity, and color niiioh resembles the grizzlies of tho Sierra Novadas, and still further north along the lower reaches of the Yukon and tho ice-Holds of tho Arctic Ocean is the, white polar boar. As brave and skillful in hunting bear as the Alaska Indian is, he seldom hunts the St. Elias grizzly, both for tlio reason that there is little profit in tho hides, and the ferocity of the beast makes hurting them a"most hazardous undortakit . Their mode, however, of killing I iin is by shooting into them from a heavily charged smoothbore musket a heavy slug of cither, lend, copper, or iron, then awaiting their chanre, which never fails to follow the shot, "with a long, heavy, and strongly made spear, resting the butt of the weapon on the ground and planting the foot tirmly against it. Tho point of the spear rests at an angle to pierce the bear in the breast, and the bear's own weight, when it strikes the spear in its mad charge, is calculated to drive the weapon through him or pierce him deep enough to cause death. As will bo readily seen, if at this critical moment tho hunter's courage should fail him, or by a miscalculation tho spear failed to impale the charging boast, tho hunter would be knocked senseless and immediately torn into shreds. This mode of bear hunting may have its advantages, but there is none but the Alaska Indian who has tho nerve and courage to try the experiment.— Juneau Letter. The California Horse. I!' tl«! fnt- l:« movtnc e— UcHuttt« OpernHonn— Sefct-fit of Japanese Hennty. ncath will not wrinkle if the precautions given -ihove be observed. A silken handkerchief bound crethor about the brow and temple an old and good way to iron out "rink les made by"Father Time. DEATH COMES PAINLESSLY. ~~ ne Tho Michigan university has twenty, live Japanese sludcnU this year. Motlnl School Kules. Tlio following is said lo bo a literal copy of the rules posted on a schoolhouse door up in tho liig Bend country: "Each pupil is required to make n bow on entering the school-house of morning, also on leaving of the schoolroom of evening. There shall bo no profane language used in school nor on the play ground nor shall I hero no pin-sliakiiig, pinchin, soratohin, nor no inggin, nor no uneasy whisperiu in school. No pupil shall leave tho school-house without permission of tho teacher. No uneasy moveu from t-oat lo seat. No titiu on the road from nor to school nor no niok-muuin. Every pupil over 8 years shall be stibjec lo thoso rules, and the teacher is to umkf allowance for all pupils under 8 and enforce the rules accordeu. If any scholar brakes these rules tha shall bo punished bv switehou.''— San ' F Tho Pall Mfi-lI Gazette gives tho cream of Sir Samuel Baker's latest wild boast stories as follows: Having once made a go.id shot at a rhinoceros it fell to the" ground nnd died. Wo now observed a lino young animal which was standing on the opposite side of the mother, and I suggested to my famous Hamrau hunters that we should call upon the camels and endeavor to secure the calf with our good supply of ropes. Tho camels were brought and the ropes arranged. Nooses were prepared and I suggested lliiil wo should attempt lo mob tho young one and then secure its legs. My Arabs declined this plan, as they riirhlly declared that tho ground was unfavorable, owing to tho number of largo rocks which would prevent them from sotting out of harm's way should the animal charge. It was ultimately agruc.d that Tahur No or, my head Arab was to loud me his sword, nnd that I was to go first, while they would follow with the ropes and nooses to endeavor to trip up the calf should it charge me. Tahor Noor drew his sword. This was n beautiful blade that had Tlio antique worship of mystic numbers still shows its nfier-elVoct in various popular superstitions. For instance, tho seventh son of a seventh son (called in French a maroon) is reputed to possess singular powers of healing, and even intelligent people still hold to the fallacy that young animals born blind will opoa their eyos on the ninth day. Tho truth is that tho blindness period of puppies varies from Ion to sixteen days, and ihat of kittens from six to twelve. The frequent assertion that "colds" will run their natural course in nine days is equally erroneous. A slight catarrh, characterized !>y all its unmistakable symptoms, may come anil depart in throe times Uwonty-fonr hours, while chronic "eol0s" are often as persistent as their caiiso, and may worry a whole family from Christmas to the season of open win'dows. Conn- try exports in the phenomena of rabies nro apt to assure the victim of a snapping cur that tho bite of n, mad dog luuv Us ou'til'.t on t.hrt ' In reading the accounts of early days in California I am struck with the endurance of hardship, exposure, and wounds by the natives and tho adventurers, the rancheros. horseman, herdsmen, tho descendants of soldiers, and tho Indians, their insensibility lo :.,ni;-Hi!, and tlu-ir agility and strength. ThU is ascribed lo .the climate; and whai is irnc of man is true, of the naiivo horse. His only rival in strength. .iiirauec, speed, and intelligence is HID Arabian. It was long supposed that this was racial, and that b'ut for Jio smallness of the size of the native uorse, crossing with it would improve tho breed of tho Eastern and Kentucky racers. But there was reluctance to cross tho finely proportioned Eastern liorso with hfs diminutive Western In-other. The importation and breeding of thorough-brods on this coast has led to tho discovery that the desirable qualities of the California liorso were not racial but climatic. Tho Eastern horse has been found lo improve in si/.o,compactness of miisolo, in strength of limb, in wind, with a marked increase in power of endurance. The traveller here notices the lino horses and their excellent condition, and the power and endurance of those that have considerable ago. Tho records made on Eastern race-courses by horses from California breeding farms havo already nllracied attention. It is also remarked that the eastern horse ia usually improved greatly by a sojourn of a season or two on this coast, and tho plan of bringing Eastern racehorses hero for tho'wiutyr is already adopted.— • Charles Dudley Warner, in JJarper's Magazine,. Sky Photography. All ovor the world on moonlit nights iislronomui's are busily preparing f. photographic map of the sky. It will bo a stupendous 'work of some 2,000 shoots, and will exhibit many stars not before noted. Sky photography is practically a new discovery, and promises more for the astronomical science than almost any mechanical discovery whicli has preceded it. A "snap'' exposure shows only the stars visible to tho naked oyo, or through a weak glass, but as the plate remains exposed more and still more stars continue to A gcleiitmo OpMnfon Thnt Will ta All tlnmanUy. "Thy lady lord may deceive thee by the brightness of her "eyes, her glossy hair, her white teeth, or damask eheek, but look you and count the smile wrinkles at her temples. Count ten years for every long and one year for every short furrow," runs tho Spanish proverb. But tho proverb is not true. Recently n girl whom I know became 21. Taking her silver-backed hand-mirror to nn attic chamber, where the search- iiYg sunlight poured through a sky window, she peered into the glass nnd counted one, two, three long wriirkles. Is there no remedy? Of course there are mj'riads of so- called remedies and preventives for sale. Some claim lo so act on the skin as to innke it taut and smooth. Those are seldom tried without, resultant injury. Keeping the temples and muscles about the eyes well bathed with almond meal and olive oil. taking care to brush crosswise of the wrinkles, is, perhaps, tho best "alow but sure" remedy iu existence. Wrinkles nro entirely unnecessary. How frequently you will find an old woman who is proud to claim a bit of the "ould sod" ns her birthplace with cheeks as smooth and round as a child's, and the color of a ruddy apple. Sometimes you will bo nble to lincl hardly n line about tho widely opened, child-I ike eyes. Widely opened, child-like eyes! That is one of the secrets. Have you not noticed lately how ninny of tiio girls afreet tho innocent, round-eyed, wonderment style of facial expression? Even Mrs. Cleveland does. She frowns, oh so charmingly, bringing the beautiful, b'nck eyebrows almost together, and then a smile from the wide eyes like a flash of sunlight on an April day chases the frown until it runs away and hides iu n forest of wavy tresses above. It is remarkably effective. Had I ten daughters 1 would drill every one with these tactics: Form erect! Head bent slightly forward! Eyes widely opened! Now frown; just a little bit! Now smile! Repeat! Bending the head slightly obviates the frightened staring appearance which might otherwise be given the f:iwn-liko"look which goes so well with the present styles of graceful gowns and old-fashioned names. Of course this is but one of the reasons, and the other and more important to our story is that the very act of thus opening widely the upper lip draws the skin about the lower part of tho eyes taut nnd smooth, thereby accomplishing the very purpose for which medicines are used. It is to this end that Turkish mothers have tho muscle nt the corner of their girl-babies' eyes cut, securing wide eyes nnd future freedom from crows' feet. . Without the surgical operation this habit may bo easily learned, and it is best induced by darkness, rarely or never exposing the eyes to powerful sunlight. Here are a few golden rules to pro- vent wrinkles: Bo not unduly elated, neither be ye cast down. Emulate the sister of charity and be always placid. Never sleep on a pillow. One can not help "noticing the satin skins of the Japanese women. One who has studied carefully to ascertain the cause says that daily hot baths may and probably are very important, but I am sure their manner of sleeping is a uioro potent cause. You remember having road nbout the queer little blocks they put under their necks nt night, of course. These are used partly to protect their elaborate coiffures, and, en oassaut, that is why they have such luxuriant hair. The head being never overheated by the noxious pillow, en- iibles tho hair to retain its vitality and prevents its falling out—another word to the wise that is"\vorlh much. In tolling how I ho block pillow is a preventive to wrinkles it must iirsfc bo explained how the feather pillows increase the tendency to them. It will take but a moment to illustrate this: Cuiklle down to sleep upon n feather pillow and notice how it increases tho furrows around the eyes. There are one. two, three, four—never mind how many—wrinkles. It is marvelous to notice how tho pillow pressed nnd deepened tho furrows about the temple that wero not noticeable before. (This experiment may be easily fried and noted by moans of n hand glass.) ••On the other hand, see how Iwnuti- fully a block pillow works. Place it comfortably uiulor the nock and you will enjoy the posilion very much, and it is marvellous to note how little strain is put upon tho facial muscles and how smoothly they lio in consequence. "You will easily see that as tho en- tiro weight of tho head is supported at tho base of tho brain tho muscles of tho face are not in the least drawn and The sio-ns of impending death are many nml variable. No two instances are precisely identical, yet several signs are common to many cases. SlTnkspenre, who observed everything else, observed and recorded some of the premonitory signs of death, also. In the account of the death of Falstaff the sharpness of the nose, the coldness of the feet, gradually extending upward, nnd the picking at the bedclothes are accurately described. For some time before death indications of its approach become apparent. Speech grows thick and labored; the. hands, if raised, fall instantly, the respiration is dilliculi. the heart loses its power to propel the blood to the extremities, which consequently become cold; n clammy moisture oozes through the pores of the skin, the voice grows weak aiid husky or piping, the eyes begin to lose their luster. Iu death at old nsre there is a gradual dulling of all the bodily senses and of many of the mental faculties; memory fails, judgment wavers, imagination goes out like n candle. Tho muscles and tendons get stiff, the voice breaks, the cords of the tabernacle nre loosening. Small noises irritate, sight becomes dim, , nutrition goes on feebly, digestion is', impaired, the secretions are iiisullieie or vitiated or cease, capillary circulation is clogged. Finally, the central organ of tlio circulation comes to a stop — n full stop — nnd this stoppage means a dissolution, This is the death of o)d age, which few attain to. Many people have an idea that death is necessarily painful, oven agonizing; but there is "no reason whatever to suppose that death is more painful than birth. It is because in n certain proportion of cases dissolution is accompanied by a visible spasm and distortion of tlio countenance that lite idea exists, but it is nearly as certain as anything can be that these distortions of the facial muscles are not only painless', bub take place unconsciously, In many instances, too. a comatose, or semi-oumalosi) state, supervenes, and il; if al together probable that more or less complete, unconsciousness then prevails. We have, too, abundant evidence of people who havo been nearly drowned and resuscitated, and they all agree in tho statement that after a few moments of painful struggling, fear and anxiety pass away, and a state of tranquillity succeeds. They see the visions of green Holds and, in some cases, hoar pleasing music, and, so far from being miserable, their sensations are delightful. But where attempts at resuscitation :u j o successful, the resuscitated per-ous utmost invariably protest against being brouifht back to life. and declare that resuscitation is accompanied iiy physical pain and acute mental min'i-y. Death i-; a fact which every man must; pei-soii-illy experience, and consequently is of universal interest, and, ns facts are facts, the wiser course is to look them squarely in the face, for necessitv is coal bl.-u-k. and death keeps no caloii'l'ir. — -Medical JouriniL make their appearance upon if. Exposure for four or more hours with such extreme sensitive plates as nro now perfected lias disclo'sod countless oclostinl bodies which oven the largest telescope has never reached. A Surprised Cattle-Kaiser. Not many years ago a man went to tho Hannibal fair with his lun'd of cattle toshow. When ho arrived there he found that ho had no opposition,and so eager was he to beat some other herd that ho sent word to a man in Rails county who owned a herd that ho would pay his entrance fi'oo ot'$!3i3 if ho would bring it dowu nnd enter it against him. The Halls county man did as requested, aud the reader can imagine the surprise of tho other man when the Rails county farmer mimn with his hord.- tierctld. took the lirst pra- (Mo.) perfect placidity of tho features may bo maintained throughout the night. To this fact is attributed the, rather smooth skin of the Japanese." "In reality tho block pillow is only n fad of a fe w women of famiion, ynfc thov have become so attached lo it that they nro putting the heads of their children to sleep upon the mattress without anv support at all, preparatory to tlio block to bo used later. If these children try sleeping on a pillow, ns thov sometimes do for the novelty of the thing, they invariably complain of still' necks iu the morning in consequence of tho uunnturnl position. llusDOc'tiiur suru'ieal methods for removing wniiUles, 0110 oi the most omcn- cious.is tho following: A keen-edged lance is drawn quite deeply along the entire wi-inl.-ln. When (1m \vntit-iil wrinkle. When (scar which has tho wound, formed lw- A Station-Master Astonished. An amusing incident lately occurred on a Southern railroad in England in connection with the Duke of Norfolk and the Marquis of Bute. The Duke nnd Marquis wore fellow travelers, nnd when the train slopped at Station a companion joined thorn iu the person of tho station-master himself, who was going for a jaunt some twenty miles further up the line. The Duke and tho station-master, who wore both diminutive men therefore fond of talk, soon got into conversation, while the Marquis—a tall, robust man.—was inclined to bo reticent, until he found his friend uhe Duke up to his ears in conversation, when he himself joined, addressing most of his conversation to the stranger. At length the train arrived at B , and the Marquis bid a hearty farewell to tho Duke, and with a kindly adieu and a shako of tho hand from the stranger, tho Marquis quitted tho carriage, while his dispatch-box and •wraps wore secured, to the surprise of tho station-master, by a tall, powerful footman, and the train soon glided again out of tho station. Silence was not, however, long maintained, tho station-master breaking out with the question: "I wonder who that swell was?" "That," replied his companion, "was the Marquis of Bute." The answer seemed lo dumfound the stationmaster for n time, but presently ho oxclaimed: "So that wero a Marquis, was he? Well, now, I do think it kind of him to talk to two such snobby little chaps as us, don't you?" The Duke nodded his assent, 'and had a good laugh. When the train drew up again his Grace affably bid his companion "Good-bye," and on alighting on the platform, was received with tho greatest deference by a throng of Jesuit priests, this incident amain sotting the station-master the tnsk~bf inquiry, who inquisitively asked a brother oilicinl, "Who that little bloke was?" "That," replied the guard, "Is the Duke of Norfolk." Tho station-master, after this, declared he would never travel iirst-elass again as long as he lived. A Hi. ljuuis civil ongiiioiii, says the Globe-Deinoti'nU, says the rails of tho St. Louis bridge wero never stationary, but constantly crept to the east—that is, in the direction of the heaviest travel. Tlio rate of progress, ho said was about 300 foot in the year, or would bo if the rails wore permitted to creep as they pleased, which, of course, Ihuy are not permitted to do. ll reminded him of a hill in south* west Missohri, ovor which n turnpike roud was consirucied, and, do what they would, tho people could not keep ill!) road up aud down the sides of that hill iu good condition. Tho stones would creep to tho bottom, and in six , mouths tho voad would be as bad as ' over. They linully had to take up the gnivol and macadam aud replace them with good-sized blocks of rough stone.

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