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THE UPPER DES MOINES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL t, 189t. OTi; WflVERLflND BY MARtB 8ABAH BBIBHAM. -jctere we are at St. Clalr's; you are tne proper one to Invite them, I think," said Stella to me. Away I went, like a school boy on a holiday, nearly falling over the shaggy little pug, that came barking at my feet. I rang the door bell and Miss Sarah came herself to answer the call. I made known my er- tand and found that four would join us. At O'llork's we found three. So we were to have quite a party. When we reached Sir Wren's, Annlo came running clown the steps to meet us, exclaiming in a gay voice: "What mischief is on foot now? You all look so happyl" "A picnicl" cried Myrtle, eager to tell the news. "The St. Clalr's and O'Rork's will join Hfl," said Stella, as we entered the hall. Sir Wren entered Into the pleasure with the young people and declared he was go- Ing too. When the company had gathered, •we all started for the lake. The St. Clalr girla were fine looking, sensible and full of life. George, their brother, was just hud- ding into manhood, and was preparing for admission to tho bar. Nellie O'llork was a lively brunette, saucy and ready for mischief. Johnny was tho wit of tho party, making us laugh at his original witticisms in spito of ourselves. Tho young lady who was visiting the O'Rork's was a fashionable hello and a languid beauty. When we arrived, at the lake we left our carriages in the cure of the drivers, giving orders for our provisions and implements of pleasure to he brought to the Turk's cottage in about an hour. Wo entered the yacht, cruised about a while to enjoy the scenery, then Innrlod at the cottage. There we separated into groups as best suited us, and began to ramble over the beautiful 'grounds. • I was very much amused to see the way the Colonel and Johnny O'Rork maneuvered to gain Annie for a companion in their walks. Bui Annie was ready for mischief, and putting her arms about Stella's waist she led the way to the old abbey that had been a ruin so long that the ivy had mantled its broken walls and made them an object of beauty, and the tall yew tree in front, shaded it from the sun. "What a delightful place this must have heenl Such a quiet retreat from everything that could vex or annoyl" said Annie, with hnlf serious and hall comic expression. "Just think," said Nellie O'Rork, "here once stood a grand old cathedral with holy men and women reverently kneeling before their sacred shrines; but now tho solemn eyed owl and web-winged bat hold their nightly revelries here and conduct the service." "Just see," said Stella, "how nature has covered these brown and broken walls and windows with twining vines whose tiny rootlets creep and cling among the crevices from nave to trauscept." "Nature always loves the beautiful and hastens with her oll'erings to cover all things repulsive or disagreeable," said the Colonel, as we stood looking at the old ruins. From, the abby we walked through the cloister, whose broken pavement seemed still to echo the tread of ancient friars, telling o'er their beads and mingling with their prayers tho loves of their early days. Some of us climbed the broken stairway to gain a more general view of the wreck time was making of this grand creation of the middle ages. "Through all the ruin, from chapel walls to oriel windows, there come voices reach- Ing downward from the misty past, Saying to us: 'You, too, must vanish into dust!" said Stella, as though echoing some long forgotten thoiight of her childhood. Back, down the winding stairs we went, feeling the solemnity of the sacred place In spite of our mirth. No one spoke until we stood beneath the old yew tree, through whose foliage the golden sunshine was dancing In merry glee upon the broken walls. "There, I can breathe againl" exclaimed Johnny O'Rork. "I'm glad the sunshine can be merry in that ghostly old place. We passed out through the avenues, winding among the evergreens and hedges, to see the Turk's waterfall. Aa we scrambled out and in, around the trees and rocks, we became separated. I was busy keeping Stella and Myrtle from slipping from tho fallen logs and rolling stones, but just as we were gaining a firm footing at the head of the falls, we heard a scream of terror. Looking down we saw the Colonel inst cntfihilitr Annta ns Blip sUnnnd Wt* fllO DlllUOUil L».l**UCt) Ut 11 plL»JGOUlll£ 1UOH. She laughed, as lie helped her to a place of safety, and said: "I thought I had gone to the bottom and it seemed terrible," placing her hands over her eyes to shut out the light. "But you are safe, now," said Stella. "Thanks to Colonel Haynes' strong arms." Annie looked up with a bewitching smile, saying: "Yes, Colonel, I owe you for tho loss of a thousand bruises, to say nothing of my neck." The Colonel did not answer but gave her a look so full of love in return for her saucy speech that her cheeks flushed and her bright eyes were shaded by tho drooping lashes. Col. Haynes did not trust Annie alone after that. "I am afraid that if I were not near to save you you would break your neck yet," he said, as we all started to gather gum from the spruce trees that grew so plentifully higher up in the mountains. We g^giered the gum from the trees and were so Timitatiug the ruminants. We were biUy. wagging our jaws in a most indus- ' trious, not to say ludicrous fashion. We did not try. to descend by the margin of the cataract but took a longer route. Sir Wren had remained at the chapel, and as we entered the long avenue, we saw him going to the yacht ready for a lunch. We all hastened on to meet him theresfejur gum did not satisfy our appetites. Johnny O'Rork stalked on alone without speaking to anyone. He had been glum aud melancholy ever since the Colonel had saved Annie from falling. "Where is Johnny going?" asked Nellie O'Rork. "I think lie is anxious to appease his hunger with something more substantial than the vegetable secretion of the spruce tree," said the languid beauty who was with Nellie O'llork; and who had tried very unsuccessf uliy to secure Johnny's attention in our rambles. As we reached the yacht I looked back up the long avenue of trees aud saw Annie aud the Colonel coming very leisurely along. Annie was leaning on the Colonel's arm, and his head was bent slightly forward, as though to give his words greater 'force or catch the sound of Annie'*, voice. I thought of tho Colonel's words ix, ths ?>«• »w\ .wandm-ad if he had. f ouM the woman wno couin inn KG mm as a king.' 1 When we reached the lake shore we found the servants hml prepared our lunch by sprendimr the snowy white linen on tho smooth surface of some broad neighborly stones that lay plentifully around beneath the shade of spreading oaks. The trees were gorgeous in their rich Autumn tints, and formed a rainbow roof to shelter us. The carpet was woven by dame Nature herself, and was green, soft and velvety. There were stone seats in abundance, covered with rugs and cushions, to accommodate all. The servants were ready to do honor to the occasion In tidy white aprons. When the guests all gathered in real artistic style, few at a table, we found oiirselves supplied with an abundance of everything that heart could wish. An hour passed In joyous conversation. Every one was happy except poor Johnny. In my heart I pitied the poOr follow, but It was comical to see the wrathful looks he cast toward the Colonel. No more witty remarks, bat sullen wrath. The Colonel seemed perfectly oblivious to the groat danger he was in. Annie could not hide the joyous light that shone in her merry blue eyes. After lunch, archery and games were enjoyed by the merry company. I/ate in the day, tired but delighted we started for home. At Sir Wren's we were invited to spend the evening and have dinner. But all excused themselves except our party from Waverland. Weaccepted the invitation gladly, as it was our last visit here with Colonel Haynes. When tho dinner bell sounded wo all sought a place of safety for our precious gum. The Colonel laid his chew on the corner of Annie's picture frame saying: "I'll know where to look for this when I come again," looking at Annie as ho spoke. Slio blushed as she led the way out to the dining room, as in duty bound. At dinner the conversation was concern- Ing the old. abbey, tho waterfalls, and the delightful time we all had together. "Sir Wren, Annie came near having a serious fall," said Stella. "Tut, tut, little one, I thought you would ho safe with so many around you," he said shaking his head at her. "So I was, for here I am safe and sound thanks to Colonel Haynes," she said, giving the Colonel a quick bright look. •'Miss Annie, I am glad I was able to save you," he said to Annie. "And I am very glad the day has been so pleasant; it will be something to be remembered when I am far from here." "Why, are you going to leave us soon?" asked Sir Wren. "Day after to-morrow I expect to start for London, from there to New York, In a short time. I promised my mother that I would spend the holidays at home. I have been away more than a year." CHAITEtt XXVI.—THE EVENTFUL DAT. In the morning at the request of Lady Waverland, the family carriage was brought to tho door. Very early the Colonel and she started on their political campaign to secure votes for me. They sot off in the best of spirits, each wearing a blue rosette. Stella gave me a peep into a box she had with her. It was full of the same colored rosettes, which she meant to distribute among the people. Bless her dear heart, I thought as they drove away, if I am not elected it will not be her fault, at least. At the polls we saw evidence of her success. Nearly every one, it seemed to me, had donned my color. As some of my tenants came with a rosette pinned on their breasts, I asked where they got them. "The 'swate leddy' gave them to us," was the answer I was sure to hear. How proud I was of my good angel on that dayl Her gentle loveliness was winning her warm friends every day. She was continually busy in a quiet way aiding the cause so dear to our hearts. Late in the afternoon Lady Wavorland entered the village. As soon as her carriage was discovered she was greeted with deafening cheers from the crowd. "Long live the uoble lady!" "God bless the swate leddy!" came from every direction. In the midst of the shouting a shot was heard. We could not tell whence it came. In an instant there seemed to be a flght near where Sir Wren and I were standing. Four or five men were struggling with one who was uttering the most profane oaths. While I was trying to discover what it all meant, I heard the prisoner say: "I hit the d—d Yankee, when I meant to kill the meddling fool of a woman!" Just then some one called to me that I was needed at my carriage. I could hardly standl All the strength in my body seemed to have deserted me and I stood trembling with fear. But it was only for an instant that I stood paralyzed. As I neared the carriage I saw my wife safe. But her face was white as a ghostl She was supporting the Colonel's head. He seemed entirely senseless. His face was ashen white, his lips were colorless, and there was a cold, clammy sweat iipon his brow. His countenance seemed shrunken and contracted. His eyes were partly closed and lustreless. "Is he dead?" I anxiously inquired. "No, I think not, but get him into a house as quickly as possible," said my wife in nervous haste. Ho was taken into the first house we could find and in a few moments the surgeon came. Ho found that the ball had entered the muscles of the shoiilder, breaking the shoulder blade and touching some of the sensitivp nerves of the spinal column, had caused utter prostration by tho shock. The surgeon kept administering stimulants aud applied artificial heat to maintain the normal temperature of the body. After what seemed to us a very long time the patient drew a long breath ami tried to turn himself. Then for the first time ho opened his eyes. He looked around in a dazed, bewildered sort of way until he saw me, then in a feeble voice he asked: "What is it? where have I been?" ''You have been hurt," I said, "aud you must remain quiet." "Where is Lady Waverland?" "She is safe at home," I answered, "and you must keep still." For some time he remained quiet and seemed to be sleeping. While a few of us had been watching the wounded man there had beeu a most fearful tragedy enacted outside. The villain who had so basely tried to murder my wife, had been taken by tho Infuriated people to an old tree by the roadside where he paid the penalty for his unnatural crime with hia life. One of my tenants came to me saying: "Lady Waverland has sent a light wagon with bed and cushions, prepared to take the wounded man to Waverlaud. That man," said the tenant, pointing to the tree where the would be murderer hung, "has got what he deserved! He begged most piteously for mercy, (th« co\yard), but we had no mercy, for such ashiml" "Tt'a a awl affair for him ap well us for my inenci," 1 saici, turning HWHV mtu a shudder. I went back into the Sick man's room and explained to the surgeon everything was ready to take Col. Hnynes to Waverland as soon ns he thought proper to try moving his patient. "After a little If we can keep him warm; It will be best to move him before the woxmd Is finally dressed. The wagon was brought to the door and me.n lifted the colonel, bed and all, into it. The surgeon took his place beside his patient, and we drove home with the greatest possible care, followed by an excited crowd, ready to carry wagon, horses and all In their powerful arms if necessary. At Waverland men took tho colonel in their arms and soon ho was comfortably resting in his own warm room. He seemed relieved, knowing that he wns in nfamilier place. The wound was properly dressed aud the surgeon pronounced his patient out of Immediate- danger. "How are you now?" 1 asked after a little rest. "Better, doss Annie know of this?" "Yes, Stella hns sent word *to her and she will soon bo here," 1 answered. "But you can see no one to-night," said the surgeon, with decision. "I would like a message sent to my mother. She will look for me homo soon," he said. "Doctor," I said, turning to the surgeon, "will you write the message?" He assented and I handed him tho nee- cessary writing materials. After he had written it he read it to the colonel. Mrs. A. I. HAYNKS, New York, ) U. S. A. 1SS11. f Your son was accidentally hurl In-day while, riding nut in his c,'in-i-.i!ie, but not fatally. It will delny lii.« return home at present. S. I). BROWN, .Surgeon. "Poor mother, how anxious thtit will make her, but it in I he best (hat she, should know lit once. When Annie comes let 1111' know," hi! said, us I turned to leave the room. When 1 found Stella she looked sad aud forsaken. "I feel almost guilty for having asked the colonel to go with me," sho said. "Is he dangerously hurt?" I handed her the message. I thought that would be tho best way to answer her question. I called a servant and tlio message was sent with lightniug speed away to grieve a mother's heart. "Darling do you know that ball was aimed at you?" I asked, as I led my wife to a sofa. Sho shuddered but made no answer. "I heard tho fellow swearing because he missed his aim," I said. "Can that be true?" she asked. "I wonder if it was the man who swore so fearfully when I offered him a rosette, saying ho would not wear the colors of any follower of Parncll in tho country. Ho told me I had better not be meddling with politics, but that I had better stay at home and mind my own business. Did he have a shock of shaggy red hair about his head and face?" "That describes the man who is now hanging from a tree near where tho shooting was done," I said, holding her close to my side, thankful to my Heavenly Father for having spared my precious wife to me a little longer. In the brief pause before I knew that she was safe I realized how very dear she M'OS to me. "How terrible," she said, putting her hands over her eyes, "to think of the death of that poor mistaken man!" "But think how terrible he meant It to be for you and I. Here comes Annie," I said. Stella went out to meet her, and, clasp- Ing her in her arms led her into the drawing-room where she told her what she thought was necessary about tho colonel's wound. After a while they came to me in the library and Annie with a face so white and full of sorrow asked if she might see the colonel. I told her of the surgeon's order and said I would deliver any message she wished. "Then tell him I am here and that I will come to him as soon as I have permission." The colonel had beeu listening aud wait- Ing for a word from Annie. As I opened the door his eager eyes asked the question before his lips could utter tho words. "Yes, she is here," I said, going to his side, "and will come to you as soon as tho surgeon will permit." "May I see her just a moment, doctor? I'll bs quiet." "Not till morning," said tho surgeon; "I'm not going to risk anything now, so send your message." "Bless her dear, loving heartl" exclaimed the colonel. "It makes me feel better to know that she is here. But tell her not to grieve for mo." e When I returned to the ladies I found Sir Wren had arrived. He had remained at tho polls until the count had been announced, and had como to tell mo the result, and hear from our friend. "You are elected by a big majority 1 How is the colonel?" he asked, grasping my hand. "Better; very comfortable now. The surgeon has ordered perfect quiet, and he has taken his position as nurse to enforce his order." "I am elected," I said, as \ve entered the drawing-room where Stella aud Annie were sitting. "But wo came near making a terrible sacrifice for it" said Sir Wren. "What could the wretch have thought?" "Hard to tell," I said, "I almost think the fellow was insane, but he can never explain his motives now." "I would not be surprised that we heard of a good many desperate things before the i returns for this election are all in," said Sir Wren. "Well, how's your hero?" he asked of Annie, as he took his place on the sofa beside Annie. She leaned her head upon her father's shoulder and found comfort in a woman's balm—a flood of tears. Through the long evening, Myrtle, with a noiseless step brought frequent reports from the sick man's room. She had taken her position by the surgeon's side to do his bidding from the moment of our arrival. "How is your patient now?" I asked, as she came and perched herself on her favorite seat upon my knee. "He is sleeping now. I'm not to go bock again to-night, but in the morning I may come early the doctor said." "I sent Melvorne a message telling him of tho colonel's hurt and that we would not be at Blue Ridge as wo had anticipated. I also sent word of your election," said Sir Wren, as he bade me good-night. The next morning Annie and Myrtle took their positions as assistant nurses to the sick man, and the dainty morsels of food and cool drinks that found their way into the colonel's room were evidence of tender care. Annie was happy when the professional nurse that tho surgeon had sent would allow her the pleasure of caring tot Fred, as she now called the colonel. At his request she had discarded all the formal names. The colonel continued to improve from day to day, though great care was necoes- tevar. When Annie was tiy his SKIP, readme; or talKing to mm, ne SPfimfld nprfort.lv liannu- •j..o uny wneii ue »vr>a iicnriy wen, "-•< i went to his room, he said: "Loyd, Iain glnd I was hurt. I have learned to know Annie's sweet disposition and gentle nature as I never could in any other way." "She is a dear, good girl," I said, "I can promise you that. We have always known each other." "Mow, when I leave here, I shall know what a precious darling 1 am coining bnck for," ho continued as though ho had nut heard my words. Just then Annie cnmo into the room, bright and happy, with a plate of tempting food, which she had prepared for him herself. "\Vhnt are you going to busy yourself about, Annie, when your Fred gets well?" I asked. "Think of what a pleasure it wns to wait on him, or to scold him if ho did not mind me," she answered gaily. One evening Stella camo to mo and perching herself on my knee, said: "1 want you to promise eternal secrecyl" "What order o[ secret society aro you go- Ing to introduce now?" I nsked, taking her hand In mine. "What is your grip and password?" "Oh, now, do bo sober if you can," sho said, a shade of vexation crossing her fair brow. "There, smooth out those wrinkles, pet, and I will promise anything you wish. KVPU to the half of my kingdom," F said. "Annie came to my room to-day, and nestling In my nrins she told mo that .sho once thought she loved you I When you loft, her to go to America and never told her of your love, sho thought she was brciken-lionrlod. Shu said that your mother and she lnul ot'leii talked about the I'ut- uro mid that she h:id always thought sho was to bo your wife. Sho told how nho lost her appetite, and would not read anything but love sick sloriiiN until she fancied that nlio was dying. Slio even \vout so far as to write, you a letter telling you tho cause of her death. "But when you came, homo aud told her that you were soon to bo married, .sho was ashamed oC herself, stopped reading lovo stories ami took hor usual exorcise on horse-back and soon was her own self again, glad that you wore going to marry me, and commenced planning what, happy times w.o would have together again. Now sho says she knows that sho never loved you; that sho would have been your slave ready to do your Ali.nhte.sl, bidding with never a thought of her own fear of oll'end- iug you. "She says that MOW she knows what, It l.s to love, iiiul yet I'eel that slic lias :iu Individual exlsli'iice,. Not like Hannah Jane, to bo obliterated Ihruugli IH-I- love, but in be strengthened mid inniU 1 more sell'-ri'liimt. "Then she. lool;eil up In my I'ncu and asked if that w;is the wiiy I fell, lowuril you. I told her that it was and that it was always tho feeling whi'ro (rue hearts were united in close companionship. I told her I believed true love made each feel equal to the other. No servile fear of belu;j; reproved of having thoughts and wishes of your own, or fear of expressing them. I think most of her sorrow came from Improper reading." "I do not doubt it," I said. "1 think a great many of the evils of life come from improper reading. It gives bud Impulses. How careful parents and teachers should bo in the books placed before the young." "My father used to say: 'let me choose tho books for a child to read or windy, until he is fifteen, then you may do what you will with the child after that aud^ ho will not change,'" said Stella. "Yes, wo need food for the mind as well as for the body. There is a life within that is of more value than the outer friimu we call the body. Tho living, thinking part is eternal and the culture that wo give to it is never lost!" 1 said. "I have seen so many families whore there seemed no thought of anything but dress and food. The spiritual llfo «'us dwarfed and pinched. They go through life without mutual love, or sympathy. Just a bare existence together with a groat gulf of hopes and fours hid deep within their hearts," said Stella with a thoughtful look in her clear brown eyes. "Our deepest, holiest, purest thoughts aro often hid beneath an indifferent manner. Wo dare not utter the longings of our hearts for fear of being misunderstood, or giving offence. Shall it bo so with us, my darling? Shall wo drift apart or shall we keep near together and know tho sweet content and happiness that comes with mutual love? 1 would know your every hope and share it, and your every trial to help you boar it. Wo remember tho past with pleasure only because wo wore together. Will the companionship of years bring added pleasures as they pass, and find us still happy in each other's love?" "I hope they may come laden with joyous recollection of well spent time," said my wife. (To be continued ) JAPANESE COURTESY. Sir Edwin Arnold's ICnthualiisUo OpiuloiiB of Japanese J'eoplo. As for the people, I am, and always shall be, of good St. Francis Xavier's feeling: "This nation is the delight of my soul!" Never have I pasted days more happy, tranquil, or restorative than among Japanete of all classes, in the cities, towns, and villages of Japan. Possibly that is because I have had no business relations with my kind and pleasant Niponeso friends, and have never talked very much metaphysics; but it seems certainly an early way to k"ep on the right side of the folks, to let^hiiosopuy and theology alone. Moteover, if is, no doubt, necessary for such experiences _to go a little behind _that sort of Japan which you find on the Hato- has of Yokohama or Kober in the Yoshi- waras of those and the other open ports. At very little distance from the surface, which we civilizing westernens have done our best to spoil, will be still discovered the old, changeless, high-tempered, generous, simple and sweet-mannered Japan of old. I frankly confess it has entirely charmed me, and therefore what I say of this Japanese nation, and there manners and costumes, must be received with the proper caution attaching to the language or' a friend, and even a lover. But where else in the world does their exist such a conspiracy to be agreeable; tuch a widespread compact to render the difficult affairs of life as smooth and graceful as cir- cumetanceR admit; such fair decrees of lino behaviour fixed and accepted for all; such universal restraint of the coarser impulses of speech and act; such pretty picturesque- ness of daily existence; such lively lova of nature us tho embellisher of that existence; such sincere delight is a beautiful ' 1 ** thing; such frank enjoyment of the able) such tenderness to little such reverence for parents such wide-spread refiaeov habits; such courtesy Sift "" willingness to pte«H$ "' RECKONING FIIOM .tEHUSAl.KM. o bo tho Host 1'otnl fnr the Standard of Tlino. The much- vexed quest i-in of a priminy meridian and universal flundnrd of time hue ngfiiti been brought to the foro in an interesting and rather promising form. Last June, it will bo remembered", the in- ternntional telegraph- i-oiit'cronre nt I'aris di'cusfcd.lhe ma'ti r, ami nulire t'y intimated that the iueridi:in«of (ireeuwich woiild not bo acceptable to all trillions as the strmdtinl. A vote was also passed ip- proving the efforts nf the nnulemy of science of Kologn;), Italy to find » satisfactory solution. The liologini academy has now formulated tho results of its studies mul deliberations, and the Italian government hns sent 11 summary thereof to nil tho countries interested with request for judgment on thn scheme. 'JhepliiK of the Holdgiw scientists i? briefly sl.iled, to adopt tho meriilinu of Jerusalem as the primary, and to make the universal diiy begin (hero at noon. Thus the universal tiny uml tho chronology icnl day should be made, to eoneide ill- most exactly; a re«ult which has for many years been earnestly desired. One of the strongest arguments in favor of this scheme is that it would admit of the establishment of nil internntiomil observatory on the prime meridian. This, of course, is essential, mid could not be affected were Greenwich, Paris, Wnshinur- toi., Dome, or nuy other meridian '..hatlmd been suggested, selected. For these latter are independent slates, (hut would not bo likely to eeito ground for the interim- tioiial ownership, nml to whose propriolm- ship, even iii^nnme of the priute nieridinu the other powers would not ngree. l!ut Jerusalem is purclu'iilly ueiitni-nl ground, mid is likely to remain sm;lt for inniiy generations. Another most imporlnnl recommendation of Iho JeniKiilem meridian, purely Kcienlilic in its nature, has reference, to tho portion of tho onrlu'H sttrfiuo which it truyt.TsM. It is for obvious reasons highly desirable I lint tho prime meridian shoulil Ho on hind ns far UN possible. In this respect the Greenwich meridian is espo- cinliy fnulty. Just north of tho .(lumber, in latitude 53 degrees, '15 minutes, it leaves (he land mul thenceforth extends nloug tho North Sea lotho polo, while southward it crosses tho inhospitable Snlmrn, and in about latitude 5 degrees north loaves the const of Guinen nail thenceforth, for more than half its entire length, lies on the South Atluntic. It does not even cross the equator tin hind, mid is actually at sen for more than Ii31 degrees, or nonrl.y three quiii-tors of its length. Tho meridian of Paris is oven more objectionable, mid that of Benin is no bettor. Tho meridian of Uomo or of Palermo would «ivo a vastly longer hind line, of about 90 degrees, or half ibi whole length, almost spanning from the Arctic Circle to tho Tropic of Capricorn, and would cut the Equator o»i jmid in tho Confjo country. The Washington meridian is belter still, cxtcndim; chiefly on land from 1)8 degrees north to 1'2 degrees south, 95 degrees, though much ot it lies in accessible regions. Now York would give a much hotter meridian; while Boston vindiciit.es its title to bo nailed the Hub by presenting a meridian lying on or near tho land for I.'IS degrees, not couutihg tho Antarctic Alexander Land, which it touches a dozen degrees still further on. The meriilnn of Jerusalem, however, is an admirable one, if it does not rival that of Now York or Boston. It has a land lino from the shore of the Arctic Ocean about 69 degrees north, to Capo Computes about '24 degrees south, a total of 93 degrees, from abovo tho Arctic Circle to below I he Tropic Capricorn. Moreover, it runs through comparatively accessible regions: Russia, Armenia, Abyssinn, tho "hunterland" of Xnnzibnr, mid tho luko Nyassn county, cutting tho equator in tho magnificent highlands surrounding tho Victoria Nyunza. Thus for practical science purposes this meridan is highly satisfactory, while from tho point of view of international pride and etiquette it is to be preferred before any other. It would scorn odd to begin saying so many degrees oust or west from Jerusalem, and we should have toremurk our charts. But once universally adopted, the system would prove of incalculable convenience. Some standard of reckoning for all tho world is coming to Le a necessity, and for tho reasons w« have given, that proposed by tho Bologna academy seems decidedly preferable to any other that has vet been afforded to tho world. — N. Y. Tribune, its centennial anniversary, were the Ret. Dr. Uelknnp and the Rev. John Eliot. Dr. Belli imp Imd just printed in the Boston Post (Jaiiiinry 30, 17S'_') nn e.ipres.-ed wish j thnt "the f'liiiili-inirul might enjoy somo , of the privileges of u public education;" ami his friend Fliot, writing to him, np- Wheii to Sell Sheep. The autumn demand for fat lambs is always good and steady, and they can bo disposed of at that season of Iho year when the farmers lire in need of a little money. There is probably u little ehort-sighted ecomonj in this disposition of tho lambs, In the haste to secure the high ruling price for lambs tho farmer disposes of all of them, and runs tho risk of keeping tho old sheep over another year. Tho true way is to dispose of tho old sheep and all tho lambs Ih it can bo disposed of profitably, with the exception of a ftw of tho besi ewo lambs for breeding purposes. After lambing three or four times tho ewes begin to deteriorate, and they should not bo kept to the ago of more than four or five years. Young ewes should take tliiiir place before this time if the quality of tho flock is to be kept up. Tho Jambs disposed of, attention should be turned to the old sheep to work them off at a profitable price. Sheep fatten well in the winter under good management, for tho farmer has more time to tend to them and to watch their condition. If possible the wethers should be kept through the winter and turned off in tho spring; by so doing the fleece can be obtained and tho sheep sold when he will bring the most money, all things considered, We have come to the conclusion that sheep that have been fatted for the market should be shorn before selling. Wo have come to this conclusion after several years' experience in selling both before and after shearing. W O SI EN~Tl>rcb7riTEG K. approves the pb,n, mul poos on to the following extrnoniin:irj admissions: "We don't preteirl to teneh ye female part of yo town anything more tlimt diim-insr, or "a littla music )ierhii|is.(mul these accomplishments must necessarily be confined to a very few.) except ye private schools for writing, which enables iheiu to write u copy, sign their mime, iVc., which they might not bo able to do without such a "privilege; nn j with it 1 will venture to say that a lady is a rarity among us whoenn write n page of commonplace sentiment, the words being well spelt and yo style kept up with purity anil elegance The fault must certainly bo in their educntinn, mul yet men of influence do not listen to their complaints." (February 1, 178'J.) This last, sentence is quite important, as it. implies that the neglected sex actually did iiinke complaints at that time, and that nt len.sl one sensible mnn ascribed their do- feels to the want of oduwition, not of brains. Hut how enormous is the step taken within the hundred years! Tho whole aim, at least, i:i many of our communities, is to plnce women absolutely by tho side of men in educational position. This hns been retnrded not altogether by blind prejudice, but, nlso by certain ngreo- nble old-l'nshioned stnndnrds of courtesy and c.nsiilerntioii. 1 knew a young Virginian who wns quite displeased to find, on coming to Cambridge, that the young ladies of the "Annex" had to go through iirpcisely the si,mo exnminnlions with tho Harvard students. It seemed to him, ho chivalrously snid, to bo "discourteous." Hul fcr nil that, the bntt.lo of equal educational rights may bo said to bo mainly gnined, and now comes in the morn serious question, not, of posl-grtiihmto studies, but of post-graduate work. Slop tlio ihinwiil JunkntH. There nro some public abuses that constantly creato scmidal and aro only curable when the scandal becomes so great as to shock Iho enliro public into n, demand for their abatement. Tho expensive mid entirely useless junketing indulged in under tho gmso of a funeral excursion when a senator or congressman dies is ono of UiONO. Tho funeral of Senator Hearst has created a scandal of this kind which promises to cause a revolution that will wipe out the congressional abuse. ft is estimated that tho funeral of Soun- tor Hearst will cost tho government $100,000. Tlio funeral of Senator Miller, of California, cost §80,000, anil that of Senator Bock, of Kentucky, $52,000, while many other congressional funerals havo ilraiiu'd tho treasury of extravagant sums. Tho modus op»ranili is to got up n long funeral train of Pullman cars tilled with tho irionds of Bomilors aud congressmen who desire a free trip with plenty of wino and high living at tho public expense. The most of the participants cannot bo considered in any sense even acquaintances of tho deceased, and tho feasting on tho way has no place in any properly conducted funeral journey. Of course this abuse has increased from your to ycai. Such abuses always do un- till they becoiuo too shocking for public toleration. Tho refusal of Senator Stanford to allow his car to bo attached to the Hearst funeral train seems,to have brought the scandalous junket to public notice in so marked a way as to loud to the hope that it will bo tho last of thoso public funerals that will bo turned into a pleasure excursion at tho government expense. A DTSAl'l'OINTlCO MAN. The Kducatlou of the Female Mind. T. W. Hleglnson la Ilarpe.r'e Baitar. It is only a few years since it required almost as much courage to plead for women in colleg-e as for women at the ballot-box, and only a csnturv since, American women oven of tuja, higher cla-s were left uneducated huffiy intellectual tense. Abigail * "9 of President John Adams, 517, tfee r year before her death, r iro.ujh "feraulfl education ,fl|ej .went no further than hinejic; in some few and wri Ho Owed Somebody a MoIUnir i»u He AVimUid to Pity Up. Doll-alt Proo Pros*. A big, burly mini, about .'JO /ears of ago, entered a H!IOO shop on Grand River iivenue the other day. and, after looking all around and closely scanning tho proprietor, ho Hiiid: "You nro not the mnn that ran this Hhop fifteen yours ago'?" "Are you his HOD, brother or any relw tionV" "No." "Whore in tbo man?" "Ho is dead." "What, dead!" "Boon doud fourteen years. Owe you anything?" "Noll owed him something. I owed him tho all-firodoHt licking a man ever got, and I came to give it to him today!" "Well, you are too late. Why did you wait so long?" "Ho was a big follow and had a bad look to him. I wan only a boy vhen I came in hero fifteen years ago to haven Hit put on the heel of Jiny boot. I acci- dontly upset some o£ his traps, aud ho put tho lift Bomowhi'ro else. I told him I'd grow for him, and that's what I'vo been doing." "Sorry for you," suiu ho shoemaker as he kept shaving away at a piece of solo leather. "H'n a mean trick! Have his heirs any claim on this shop?" "None whatever." "And you are not related?' 1 'JNot in the least." "Then I couldn't punch your head on tho old account?" "Mercy, no! Might as well punch tho Chinaman next door." "Well, I'm sorry; but 1 don't BOO how it can bo helped. I ought to have kept clotiu track of him, You don't want to stand up before me?" "Oh, no, no. no." "Well, good day. I'd like to give you one punch for the sake of tho departed, but I'll let you go this time." Wonderful Hurgloul J?eut. Not long ago Professor Tillmanns, of Leipeic, performed the unique surgical feat of removing a lung which had bo* came helplessly disseased. The patient recovered no only from the operation, but from the disease, and in a few mouths had lost the appearance of an invalid to such un extent that Dr. Tillmanns failed to recognize him when he called. Sir Morell Mackeni/,o says that this case seems to open up great possibilities for the combination of Kock's treatment for surgery. Profoasor Ayoa estimates that the power annually expanded in the Palls of Niagara is as great as that which would bo rovided for steaoi engine, purposes vttlf

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