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THE TJPPE& DES MOINJES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22,1891, •fv OLD SAILOR'S YARN, WISHING FOR BEAR ON ISLANDS. THE KODIAK fltlpa llaspbt'rrlcs In tlio Arctic Zone. ttcetlnglirnlu with tto Weapons Untidy. •Ittin Capture niiil Final artel Absolute [Special Correspondence.] March .—In tlio open sea- «*oa of '42, fin Id n snllor acquaintance of anlne the other day, I found myself in tho Pacific, aboard tlio whaling ship CUMIIED THIS HEIGHT. TThames, nnd among tlio Incidents oC that '•voyage I rocull otio nt leant that seems to •vjne even ynt n little extraordinary. Off the •iXodiak islands tho mate, four other men "••nd myself put off in a boat one day to xcatchsonio halibut for a change of grub tobotird. Tlio halibut up there aro, to my •(thinking, rather the best that swim, big 'ias a barn door, pretty nearly, fat as butter, iflne flavored and so thick you can't help vbelioving, while catching them, Unit they Sto In layers down below. But if you don't fhavo half n doaen men to tall onto the lino and haul them in you'll find that catching •rich big flsh in soventy-flvo fathoms of •water is far from being sport. And you've .ijgot to get protty close to shore for water <*o shallow as that. Well, wo pulled into a likely looking ' {place near the main island, and were just -uready to commence fishing when tho mate ^looked up and siuv green bushes and flow- •••rs ashore. The sight of anything growing >:la thut land of ice interested us, for we had 'flfceeu a good year tumbling about on bluo "Water; so when ho said to pull in and ox- what sort of a pluco it was wo gave ft strong line Attached, buf, his attention was drawn i-t its connections when ho found the chain among his teeth and discovered that he couldn't bite it off. Backing suddenly out of the boat he been mo aware of the hook, that had got itself mixed up among his inside works, and uttered a yell of surprise and rage. Into the boat again he plunged, tho hook persuading him In that direction, and the way | ho tore her seats and gunwale with his claws and teeth made every man of us wonder howfast ho could runif tho bear should start for us. And that was just what the bear did directly. That was just what the brute did, too, as soon as the notibn entered his dull mind that we were in some way responsible for his trouble. Twenty or thirty feet of tho lino had been cast free by his tcarlntr round, and fnr Uinf. riinton/w. K« entntj MJwaru us into a wmto squall, but then he was suddenly broughtup all standing and tumbled over backward with a yell that seemed as if it ought to shake down some clouds. And such gymnastics nnd ground and lofty tumbling as that bear went through you never saw the like of. When we saw how short he was hove to and made snug wo began to take courage and go nearer to pelt him with the biggest and sharpest stones ws could chuck. "Honolulu Joe," a big Kanaka we had among us, could throw a stono pretty nearly as straight as a good marksman could shoot with a gun, and tho necessity of the occasion made us all do protty well. Wo fairly rained stones on tho head of that unlucky bear, until wo finally knocked him senseless, and could venture close enough to crush his skull with rocks too big to throw. It was fortunate wo did not have to depend on our knives for a flght, as we had not olio that would cut through his hide, as wo found when wo tried to got tho hook out of him. But his meat was tender and sweet when wo cooked it whaler fashion—i. o., boiling it in whale oil in tho try- Ing out kettles. You may imagine the condition of those berries around us, inside our shirts, after wo got through our stone throwing. J. H. CONNELLY. TALES OF CONGRESSMEN, MR. STONE, OF KENTUCKY, HOW HE WAS RESCUED. AND Bluff George Tlllmnn—When Senator Berry Was a School Teacher—Ail Unidentified Congressman—A Romance In the Life of Kvory Statesman. [Special Correspondence.] WASHINGTON, March ..—When we satin tho galleries of the house and senate a (veok or so ago and watched tho closing performances of tho Fifty-flrst congress, It was upon a commonplace, weary, toil- Ing, practical lot of men that we looked down. Ordinarily one would not think there was much except the prosaic and tho humdrum in these statesmen. But now that the congress is gone and its members have departed, one reflects that in the lives of many of them there were incidents savoring of tho dramatic or tho sentimental. Statesmen have their romances, like other people, after all. For instance, one easily calls before his mind's eye Mr. Stone, of Kentucky, who has long been one of the most conspicuous men on the floor of tho house. Imagine a tall, big framed man, with a huge head and a broad smile—why are crippled men always good natured and "QWINE BACK TO BRASKY." What tho Pacific Const Wants In Immigrants. [Special Correspondence.] SAN FRANCISCO, March -One of the questions asked by those much on tho railroads is whore aro all tho people going to, and where do they como from? It is quite a study this, tho' perpetual migration of 'the lower and middle classes of society, and nowhere else is the fact so apparent as on tho lines of travel across tho continent. Day after day, year in and year out, trains pull out from Chicago, Kansas City and other shipping centers with full immigrant cars westward bound, and ono would bo led to believe that soon every spare acre in tho far west would bo settled; but despite this perpetual tide of western emigration tho census pe- that, and now and then bringing upon the floor a favorite little daughter. Thus you have before' you our first hero. That crutch! But for it this story would not have to bo told. At least Mr. Stone would not appear in it. .A quarter of a ce»tury ago Mr. Stono was a strapping lad on his father's farm in Kentucky. When tho war between tho states broke out he concluded, notwithstanding his youthfulness, to talro a hand in the scrimmage, as did so many of tho .'boys and striplings of tho day. Which side young Stono enlisted on it is not necessary to state in this story. It is sufficient to say that ono summer evening, as the sun was setting behind a bank of hazo nnd smoke rising from a battle field not fur from tho border lino between Kentucky nnd Tennessee, the farmer's lad found himself lying flat on his back, alone in a bit of underbrush, and with his life's blood pouring out of a gaping wound in his leg. Presently lie began to feel faint and drowsy, and his previous efforts to crawl away having resulted in failure, he resigned himself to the comforting embrace of the goddens of slumber. Without dou',t this would have been his last sleep hud not another goddess happened that way. A young woman, tho daughter of a farmer living near tho battlefield, was house when she stumbled upon body of a young soldier, battle stained - ... ... ,,,- .. , , -, | o census pe- , way with a will. Wo ran the boat on tho rlods do nofc show mb romnrkttblo lncreQse and bloody. At firstshe thought hirndeai, •Jaencll. nnd ICILVIIIC nnn innn t.n wnLcli Imr i ... , m «"""• «."•"•" «uvn,uao .,!,„,,,. (.„„,.„„ „„ ...:n. „ ..u.-.i.i. _ li, and leaving ono man to watch her, •the rest of us climbed up tho high bank to "Ahe table land above. There wo saw a ^flight that fairly paralyzed those of us who 28»ad novor known before how growing ; In population. Tho reason is to be found in tho returning east bound trains. These eastbound trains do not go nearly empty. Almost as many aro returning east as aro going west. Aside from the restless disposition of a certain class of ne'er-do-wells, a large number of farmers and laborers get an ill de- flned impression that fortune awaits thorn beyond tho Rockies, and without any clear purpose or destination in view they pack up their effects, which too frequently comprise a miscellaneous collection of tinware and was about to pass on with a shudder when some irresistible impulse drew her toward tho still and ghastly body. It is not necessary to tell tho remainder of the story, -It is a romance which the veriest tyro can complete without knowing tho facts. Tho young girl's impulse to turn back, or whatever it was, saved the life of young soldier Stone, who lay there fast bleeding to death. Sho quickly discovered that he was a'ivo, and lost no time in having him conveyed to her father's house and his wound attended by surgeons. His li;"e tho limb Safryer, who sirirted n ut in life & blacksmith's helper, to oh* new senator from North Dakota, Mr Hnnsbrough, Who was once a tramp printer, and a very good printer, too, as the itinerant journeymen were likely to be iri the old days. But we are trying to avoid the commonplace. A few weeks ago Senator Berry, ol Arkansas, made a speech in the senate chamber which attracted a good deal of attention. Of all the letters in commendation of that speech received by the senator none pleased him more than one from his father-in-law. Thereby hangs a tale. Senator Berry was a native of Mississippi, and when a mere lad of 15 or 10—an ignorant Country boy without many advantages or much hope in life—enlisted in the Confederate army, partly because he hadn't any- tliina p.ljw to do. In the bat.tlA nf nnclnth ne lost a leg, and when he was well enough to leave the hospital found an opportunity to study law at Ozark, Ark., doing "chores" for his board while prosecuting his studies. Afterward he moved to Carroll county and became a sclnol teacher at the munificent salary of $12 a month; but out of this he managed to save something, as he had a special and very dear object in view, which was nothing less than union in matrimony with a fair young creature of Ozark. The fair young creature was willing, but her papa was not. He was not going to have his daughter throw herself away on a penniless schoolmaster. The following chapter the average reader will be able to guess without a hint from me. Tho future senator closed his school, crossed the mountains and with the aid of a trusty friend I and a ladder stole the girl from a second story window and married her before the stern parent could interfere. Not long afterward tho young school master was elected to the legislature. He made a good record here, nnd was flnally elected speaker of the house of representatives. Still the father of his wife refused to forgive, "'ho wife of tho future senator and hor children visited frequently at her father's homestead, but the future seuator himself waited and waited in vain for an invitation thither. Four or flve years later young Berry was elected circuit judge, but still no forgiveness came from the relentless old gentleman at Ozark. "My son-in-law, Judge Berry," ho would say to his friends, but for the judge himself he had not a •rt-ord. Nine years ago, after he had been married some twelve or fifteen years, Mr. Berry's friends nominated him for governor of Arkansas and elected him by a more trifle of 40,000 majority, This was i more than the obstinate father-in-law could endure. When he hoard the result of the election he nab down and wrote a letter to his son-in-law, the governor-elect, iu which he declared his daughter had been a better judge of human nature than himself, and that it would give him, great pleasure to welcome the new governor at his house. Since that day the old gentleman and the governor, now the senator, have been tho warmest kind of friends. Tho story which I have told hereinbefore about Congressman Till man reminds mo of a conversatic 11 had about two weeks ago with Mr. E, G. Asay, of Chicago, while sitting in Senator Farwell's committee room at the Capi f ->1. Mr. Asay was for many years tho leading criminal lawyer of Chicago, and lite fame extended all over the west and southwest. He was ouo of the few me* whom that great editor, William F. Storey, the founder of Tho Chicago Times, took to his heart. "In the house of representatives today," said Mr. Asay, "I tfRENUH SHELDON, SOMETHING ABOUT HER WORK. LITERARY Her Book* Have Been Quit* Popular, Especially Among Women, and Now That She Is Going to Africa GoMlp Abont Her Is Timely. [Special Correspondence.] NEW YoiiK, March -Some years ago there appeared a number of novels, written by Mrs. M. F. Sheldon, with such frequency as to indicate that the writer was a person of great fertility of invention. They attained a good deal of popularity, especially among women readers, and they were written by a woman who is perhaps one of the brightest, though not one of tha most profound, of female writers of fiction of, the present generation. Two of these i novels—entitled "Herbert Severance" and i "Jenny, the Circus Rider"—were so good t , as to call general attention to the writer,' , and they are still very popular. The authoress, Mrs. May French Sheldon, is in some respects a very remarkable woman, for, in addition to her literary gifts, she is an extremely attractive woman personally, and for a number of years was the belle of society in her home in Plttsburg, Pa. She is also well known in social circles in New York city. In addition to her literary and personal charms Mrs. Sheldon is also a business woman of considerable capacity, and possesses a love of adventure and a fondness THE STREAM'S DESIRfi. In the deep forest glooms it* mazes wjndjufc, |n A silver thread, by heaven's eye beheld— '*t Where shyest birds and beast nmj- come t*\ drink Or feast on buds nnd berries at ( its brink- Ripples the stream, unknown, unohrtm" icled; Through mesh of bough and fern its swift way finding, Forgets its springs and sings with childish glee Of the broad lowlands and the pulsing sea. Then comes its long delight—its clearer cnr- i-ent. Reflecting sky and strvrs above tho plain, Wojing shy birches in its lovely holmsj But it must haste—each slender wavelet foams, Augiady mimic of tho shining main— And? fretting its bright depths to dusky torrent, Forgets youth's joys and hastens earnestly To the sand levels and the waiting sea. While the sad surges of the bay seem crying, "0 linger long among the sunlit braes, And bless delaying rock and branch and reed!" Ah, streamlet, to tho billows' voice give heed And u'st to showers of long April days, As messages from tho lone wood glens sighing— "Prize life's dear comrades, peace, serenity. Nor strive to mcrgo thy being in the sea." —F. D. Stiekney in Boston Commonwealth. MRS. MAT FRENCH SHELDON. for exploration and healthful excitement which comes from doing daring deeds which distinguish her above all others of her sex. Sho has recently gained a much wider fame even than her novels brought her by undertaking an expedition into Central Africa, and only a short time ago Solved the Problem In His Sleep,' Some men were talking of dreams and peculiar experiences of a kindred nature around the dinner table, when one of the company said: "A friend of mine had a queer experience which I think is rather interesting. It happened while he was at college, and made a vivid impression on him. He had been engaged on a particularly difficult problem in higher mat' matics, but was unable to solve it. Aftf exhausting every means at his comn? • of working at the puzzle, covering sheeJ of paper with his ineffectual attempts, he gave it up and went to bed. He slept heavi* ly, and awoke refreshed and bright with tho chapel bell. Preparing to make his usual lightning connections for chapel, his eye lit upon the collection of papers covered with all sorts of figures and diagrams. "Ho gave a start as lie saw the problem correctly worked out on the top sheet. He looked the work over again and again, and could not persuade himself that the problem hud really been solved. He was sure that no outsider had entered his room that night, and besides tho solution was done in his own characters and figures, and at the end of it, in his own writing, were those triumphant initials 'Q. E. D.' He had unconsciously solved tho puzzle during the night, and after the first surprise over the weird achievement had passed away he began to wonder whether he had lit the gas to help him in his mysterious labors. He never found out, but he missed chapel that morning."—New York Tribune. A Live Commissioner. Uncle Silas Brown is very much gratified over his election to the office of school com, „ .. ___ „„„ missioner'in the town of S . He assort- she actually started upon this expedition;' ed that when he assumed the duties of but on the threshold of tho great wilder-1 nis 1'osition he intended to go into it for ness she has met with some setbacl-s &11 it was worth and make his influence which have temporarily delayed the con- ' e lk So no one was surprised at the first meeting of the new board to find him in a this most audacious pur- and children, and start for Oregon, California or Washington, as the cuse may be. When they laud at one of the cities of the far west they have no money left, and are ninths? Why, of course, she is thoinother ' ...... ""- 1 "-" ..... ••' •-' -------- ..... '•-" HE COULD NOT JUTE IT. ' 'fellings iu the arctic regions hustle thom- «elvosintho short summer they have to •«njoy. There were ripo raspberries! millions of them! real "black caps!" on every •ridoofusl Wo shouted down to the man *t tho boat to conii! up and have his share, •'the which he did, and we all ate raspbur- •jries until wo cuuld not hold any more. .And then, as wo had nothing else to carry "them iu, wo pulled our shirts out loose around us, tightened our bolts and loaded ;ln hatfuls of berries to take aboard to our tehipiuatcs. When wo couldn't eat or stow away an- •othor berry wo meandered back slowly itoward the boat, but at a hundred yards caff from hor wo stopped mighty suddenly. . :.Sltliug up on his haunches, on a fiat rock, wight in our way and not met by employers in eager, quest of laborers, as they had calculated. After eking out a precarious existence for a few months nearly one-half of such emigrants "hock" what they have left, or induce their homo friends to lend them enough money to got back to where they started. When they get home again they proceed to a lavish abuse of tho west, and if they try fanning, under conditions entirely new t.u them, an,l l.-iiied to^ reap a rich harvest, Uio first year, they report tlio land as good for nothing. If they come as laborers, and find no particular scarcity of hired lu-lp, they return east cursing tho Chinese in particular nnd tho western em- ployeiy of labor in general. Such do not stop to consider that tho farmers of California and Oregon have been managing to get their seeds planted and harvests gathered before they thought of emigrating. What tho far west needs is immigrants with capital enough to buy land and money enough to sustain themselves for ono year at loast without earning a dollar. There aro now enough laborers hero to do all tho work to bo done. Tho Pacific coast , , . ., ,. , - ... , i saw a man whose face brought back to me was saved, but tho limb was ultimately one of the mosfc dmmatic incidents of my ost. And the young woman, who nursed ' professional career. Years ago I was called her patient through long but not weary , Jto a southwestern state to defend a young man who had been charged with murder. of the pretty littlo girl whom we saw last , M client hutl doll(J not E ing but to run his week playing with her father's crutch on | knifo thrO n gn the heart ,£ un encmy> lifc . | erally cutting that organ in halves. the floor of the house of representatives. Just before tho adjournment of congress I saw on tho floor of tho senate a man about whom many romances have been woven, some of them entitled to respect us being of real life. It was Senator-elect Irby, of South Carolina, who has succeeded to tho title and the seat so long possessed by bravo old Wade Hampton. \7!:c!i Mr. Irby was a much younger man than ILLIS now he was rather wild and reckless. Becoming involved in some difficulty in his native state, his father thought it best for him to go away for a time till the troubled wa' -jrs could become calm, Accordingly tlr< young man was sent out to ' that nTgl^and"talk the matter over Arkansas where ho vjsited a former friend j him- j did 1(1 W6 ed ^ of his fathe., Dr. Jacques. For a joke he j points involvefl till I had succeeded i assumed a fictitious name, just to surprise | lvinciuir tho 1u ,i uo of his el . ror . his father's friends, and , , ,r I , ) . l '? l ' l ; y " C!U% Ul ° b ° lvt ' i stlltos ca " Absorb a vastly increased popu- wns n polar bear, llodidn'tseoni, a couple i lation. But good live fanners aro must i '.of hours later, to bo sueh a very big bear, ttmt when wo first saw him ho looked i&urgor than a house. One minute ho •would stare at us as if wo were romarka- •iMecurio.sitie.s to him, as ho was to us, and wfihe next would raise his nose and sniff •ilia the direction of the boat as if soino scent •..Iroin there interested him mightily. It was :» uico fix for us. Wo had no other ••weapons than our own case knives, which i®f course amounted to nothing; no other of gutting clear of tho bear tunn ••.Aboard tho boat, which he was practically •;ln possession of, and hu looked as if ho had i mo. rttowago capacity in his hold for tho whole Kkit and loUick of UK. After a whilo hu suomud to make up his iiaiind to iuvustigalL' the boat first, being •niatislU'd he knew all that WIIK immediately .(necessary about, us and could seoop us i:i •at his leisure. Wo had pile:! up on one of 'iJiho seals a lot of big hunks of suit, fat pork M&>r bait, and when the bear struck them ho •.actually laughed, he w;is so pleased, and 'finwekod his lipa over them iiki; a girl eat-lug nice candy. But there were only • enough to whet iiis appetite, and when he I needed. There aro now enough-merchants, I mechanics and newspaper men here, but J not enough farmers who are able to acquire farms of their own. I was recently waiting at tlio depot at Stockton for a train, and observed two tall, hardy looking men, each with a big, black paper sachel and a bed quilt tied into a roll and corded with a clothes lino. I engaged tho younger of tlio two in conversation, and found him to bo a typical immigrant of tho class above described. Ho said: "I am gwino back to 'Brasky. This bloody kentry is no good fur a white man to live in. I have bin up to Seu-attel, r.nd whilo a fuller gits good wages he pays $10 a week fur board and has mighty littlo left, I cum on down to Kaliforuy, and worked all summer with a thrnsuor at $3 a day and board. But a fuller has to sleep on tho soft side of a straw pilo, and make up his own bed in tho luornin'. Artor thnushon was done I bin a-grubbun and cnttin' wood fur a fullur at $1.00 a day. But I ain't upoko to a wommou in six mouths. Why, a common feller ain't no moro'n a tlnwg in this ken try. don't care ntithcu fur nobody. sloops iu a baru and furnishes bed. "1 tried plowon, but I was nfotml I'd git lost. They start out in tho morniu', a dozen teams in a gr.!i{{, and it takes all day to go one round. They take along dinner and feud for horses, and when noon cutnes they take out, feed and eat, and then drive on till night uf-w they gits back to where they started. Vo, sir, no Kallfurny fnr Nobody A feller his own I'm gwJno Ij-u-k to Brasky, wha- a fuller is somebody and lias his bud made up fur him, and wh:ir a fuller can speak to a wommon without she gittin' scared." And ho bought a second class ticket to Omaha, and had a bag of grub to last him a week. Ho was u type of immigrant, good enough where labor is needed, but of a class of Whom there ficems to bo enough hero nl- rendy. B, Q. W. lu tho Wheats! one .Mii!i.!:i:;tic method of liuishud them hu went sniuling nnd whining about, looking for inoru. Prcs- .ently ho struck a big chunk ono of the men iimd flxi'd on a hook ready to heavo ovur- tboard when tho mate gave thu order to pull iin. Tho tasto tho bear had got of the novel •delicacy h:id made him impatient for more, -.and he gulped that piece, seemingly without noticing that it hud u stout chain telegraphy, whun traii.smitting ut the rate of COO words u minute, thort) aro S3.000 cur- runts pur minute nont out, each having u duration not exceeding .002 of u second. It is tho experience of physicians that children of tuberculous parents properly fed, with no fermentation of their food, do not diu of tuberculosis, but live to grow up in decent health. I as Mrs. Jacques had not seen Irby since ho was a small boy, she said to tho stranger on his arrival at her door, "So you are from tho old state of South. Carol!::::? I wonder if you knew tho Irbys? \ on did? Well, I want to inquire about them Irby boys. Their pa and ma were just as aiico folks as overlived, but them boys were scamps if there ever were any. I shouldn't be a bit surprised to hear they had all been hung," At this juncture tho new senator, who tells tho story on himself, confessed his identity, and promised the good woman ho would, on returning homo, take warning from her, and try to live such a life thereafter that tho gallows should not get him. i This pretty littlo story calls to mind a romance in tho career of another South Carolina statesman, none other than bluff old George Tilhnau, ono of the most honest, highly inspected and able men in the delegation fiom that state. Liko the HOT senator from South Carolina, Mr. Tillman when a young man \v;ia inclined to be wild i nnd reckless. After the fashion of most of j tho young men of his day and many of those of this, ho played cards, even gambled, and sometimes imbibed of strong drink. On ouo occasion ho became iu- vAlved in a quarrel with a man at tho card table. Young Tillman was sitting in a ulub house playing with ouo or two friends when, a dispute arising, a man standing, who was not concerned in tho game and with whom Tillman had not boon on gocd terms, made some offensive remarks. Till- mau resented this interference, and, on the'offense being repeated with such aggravation as amounted to insult, tho young man rose from tho table and with- i out a word, but with movements as quick us a tiger's, plunged his knifo into t'.a heart of his tormentor and oixomy. Of course them was nothing for it but flight, and tho unfortunate youth disappeared from tho staU-. During his absence ho wi.d tried under nn old South Carolina law and sentenced to tho penitentiary. In a year or so, acting on tho advice of his relations und friends, Tillman returned to South I'ai'olina, gava hun,soir up to tho authorities, was pardoned by tho governor, and living then and over after a correct life he was elected to tho legislature and finally to congress, whore ho has been some ten years or mure, an honored and distinguished gentleman. There is a ;;;;nuino romance in tho career of nearly e,v;-:-y prominent und successful man in public, life—tho sort of romance involved in rapid rising from tho humblest estate to the proudest. Sueh romances, ro- markablo enough in uthorcountries, uro In America commonplace because u plentiful. .1 could write forty columns about tliis kind of romance in tho history of our publui men, from tho millionaire There was no doubt of tho man's guilt, and I was at my wits' end for an argument to make before the jury. The guilty man was well connected, was a graduate of Harvard college, and these things were in his favor; but ho had killed a man of his own sort, and the friends of the victim were clamoring for justico. la his charge to the jury the judge ruled that but one verdict was possible—murder in the first degree.. Manslaughter, hu said, was out of the question. I expostulate..! with tho judge, and at the close of court, before the jury had been sent out, ho asked me to come up to his house with legal in convincing the judge of his error. "In court next day he resumed his charge to tho jury, corrected his former instruction and gave me a chance to make an address on the changed phase of the case. If I ever worked hard for a man I did fo- that client of mine. With all tho eloquence and persuasiveness I possessed I begged the gentlemen of the jury to convict my client of manslaughter, though I felt down in my heart there was but one thing they could do, and that was to send him to the gallows for murder in the first degree. When the jury retired I was willing to wager money my man would hang. I scarcely dared hope they would let him off with manslaughter. When the verdict came in it was—what do you suppose?— acquittal. Yes, my client walked out of court a free man, Meeting ono of tho jurymen afterward, I asked him how they had arrived at such a conclusion, in view of tho certain guilt of tho accused. " 'Well.' ho replied, 'you see how it is, stranger. Our jail is in such a wretched summation of pose. Mrs. Sheldon whilo living in New York met hoi- husband, who is a very busy man, but who delights in his wife's audacity and who encourages her in her remarkable purpose. Mr. Sheldon is an Englishman, and soon after his marriage ho took his wife to London. There he was devoted to tho accumulation of a fortune, while she at first gave her attention to modeling and to sculpture. This work, while she delighted in it, was very injurious to her eyes, and Mrt. Sheldon was obliged to give it up. Her husband's business called him again to America, and they at one time lived in New Mexico and afterward in Cuba and in Central America. Here Mrs. Sheldon's literary impulse mastered her, and she wrote one or two interesting books, as well as a series of articles which were published in one of the New York newspapers, and which were distinguished for their brilliancy of style and the exquisite depiction of life and scenery as she had found them in those strange countries. On their return to Europe Mrs. Sheldon busied herself with the translation of some nf the French masterpieces of literature. She was the authorized translator of Flaubert's "Salambo," which many of the critics regard as the most exquisite specimen of historical romance which any French writer has given us. This translation was itself a work of art, being all tho more difficult because Flaubert's style is as delicate, pure and delightful as anything in French literature. He is indeed regarded as the great master of style, and Mrs. Sheldon was able to convey an adequate suggestion of his power in her own translation. It was whils she was writing this translation that Mrs, Sheldon conceived the idea of undertaking an original historical romance herself. She had selected the thorne, had the plot well thought out and the treatment of the story thoroughly considered, but she desired to get local coloring, and she therefore determined, after Stanley had shown how "Darkest Africa" could be penetrated, to go herself, so that she might see with her own eyes and get; pugnacious mood. "I've heern lots o' complaints about the lack of eddication about these parts," he said, rising to his feet. "Now, there ain't no excuse for this hero state of affairs. Them's plenty of eddication in the world. More'n enough to go 'round, and our kids have got terdiave it. So I move, Mr. Chairman, that this committee find out jest how many boys 'n' gals there aro in town, 'u 1 then get enough eddication to supply 'em all, whatever it costs. I'd like to know whar we'd be ef we hadn't got-our full share of it. Give the kids a chance." It is a pleasure to announce that Uncle Silas' remarks were received with applause, and that the "kids" got quite as much education as most of them could stand.— Harper's. posed to sentencing any gentleman to stay there while lie was waiting to be hanged.' This is a triii. story," concluded Mr. Asay, "though many jokes with this remark of j the juryman's for a basis have been floating around tho country." "What became of the client who escaped so easily, Mr. Asay." "I knew you would usk that question, and I hardly know how to answer you. Of course I cannot tell you his name, but Iain willing to say that ho is a highly respected man, occupy! ig a distinguished position, and I think you know him very well. He has lived in Washington for a number of years." So the identity of this particular hero of a congressional romance must remain a mystery. EODEIJT GHAVKS. condition that there was some of us op- | inspiration through her senses to be utilized in the writing of her romance. Her husband, while regretting the loss of her society, was yet delighted with her boldness and her courage, and had abundant faith in her resources and her energy to accomplish that which she sought to obtain. Mrs. Sheldon will take aa a companion a friend—a woman who is accomplished, educated, and who has some knowledge of medicine and botany. Bo- sides this companion sho will have a trustworthy body servant, and these three will make up tho expedition, except that she expects to hire some Ethiopians as carriers. Mrs. Sheldon pays the expenses of the entire expedition herself, and she declares that sho has no idea of conquest, does not expect to win any honors as an explorer, but simply desires to get a view of inner Africa, and to make a study of the people und the characteristics she there discovers as only a woman accustomed to travel and strange scenes, as she has been, can do. Sho says that she is satisfied that there is romance, pathos and perhaps humor to be found in the lives of African women, and she desires to witness these phases of character, to study these emotions and to make use of thein iu the work which she contemplates writing. In England tho expedition has been one of tho sensations of the hour, und while there are many who think Mrs. Sheldon will fail, yet those who know her best believe that sho will accomplish the undertaking, unless she is prevented by a sickness or unforeseen accident. In this belief Henry M, Stanley shares, and he has beeu ono or the most enthusiastic of Mrs. Sheldon's supporters, and has given her the advantage of Iiis own experiences in suggestions of how, when and where to travel. 13. J. EDWARDS. The Neodlu's Kyo, The above name is given to a subterraneous passage on the coast of Banffshire, l!)0 yards lo".g from seu to sea, but through which a man can, with difficulty, creep. At tho north end of tho Needle's Eye there is a cave SO fuut high, SO broad and 150 long. The whole of this passage and cave is supported by inr.nenso columns of rocks, making a grand scene, which has a surprising effect on one who has crept through the narrow passage.—St. Louis Republic. A Word in Season. In handling any wire lying over any of tho ordinary street wires, especially sueh aa convey currents for electric lighting, use a dry hand line for the purpose or grasp the- w're with insulated pincers. An ordinary clothesline may l:t- . ny the conductor of a deadly ciuni..;. -- Klectrio Power. The Mrc>0111 Felt Liberal. It isn't often that the man who takes up the contribution in a church is nonplussed and forgets his business, but such was the case recently, and this is how it happened: Before singing the doxology the minister had announced that a collection would be taken for the foreign missionary work. A young married couple were sitting in the body of the church. When the collection plate came around the groom, thinking himself douoly blessed, felt quite liberal. He put a *5 bill iu it. The man who was taking up tho collection seemed dumfounded. Ho first looked at the |5 and then at tho giver; then, whirling around, walked rapidly up the aisle to the pulpit. He halted there for a moment, took another glance at tho bill, scratched his head and came back to the groom. He touched the young man on tho shoulder and whispered in his ear, "How much change do. you want?" "Not a cent," said the happy groom.—Philadelphia Press. Cicero as a Model. Professor Peabody inferentially defines- -•* good literary style as "tho habit of compression without obscurity of thought, and an easy flow of tbe pen without wasteful overflow." He, moreover, believes that this style may bo more surely acquired by familiarity with Cicero than with any other author, ancient or modern—a fact that latter day readers have grievously overlooked.—Boston Commonwealth. Electricity enables us to safely read in bed. A hinged bracket lamp should project from the wall over the bed, and should be shaded with silk. This lamp should be provided with one of tho new switches, which are made to rest in three positions, viz., off, on, and an intermediate position, giving half light. This is invaluable in case of illness. John Sear, a Spaniard, born without arms, was exhibited in London during the reign of King William. He could comb his hair, shave himself, fill a glass, thread u needle, embroider, write six different styles of "handwriting," and play on several different kinds of musical instruments with his feet and toes. If a chronic catarrh has been brought on by working in a dusty atmosphere, the first essential of recovery is a change of occupation. After that an experienced physician should be consulted for the securing of suitable treatment, and if necessary of a surgical operation, Wild geese, which, like the wild pigeons, aro most wary birds, often become very tamo, and ovou bewildered, in a fog. St. John used to shoot them easily iu the Bay of Findhoru in such weather, waiting until they flew inland, when they would come cackling just over his head. Jesse B. Grant, the president's son, is one of the owners of a silver mine in Souora, Mexico, and there he passes a great portion of his time. He is a quiet, unassuming fellow and quite popular.

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