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THE trPPM t)ES MOtKES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, "JUNE 29, 1892, TO-NIGHT. rTh8 following tittle gem after floating through iv«.« with au nhknoWB anthorlhiplias flnal- nv«.« with au nhknoWB anthorlhip proven to be the production of Miss Belle » been of Tabor, Iowa. It was first published , June 18, 1878.] If I should die tb-nlght, .t death had left 1 almost fair. now-white flowers against my hair wtmooi hit down, with tearful tenderness, And fold my hands with lingering caress- himde, so empty and so cold to-night. tf 1 shoilld die to-night, My friends would cull to mind with loving Some'km'lly deed the Icy hands had wrought, KB eentle word the frozen lips had eald, f wan§«. on which the willing feet had sped; The memory of my selfishness and pride, Mv hasty words would all be laid aside, And so 1 should be loved and mourned to-night. If I should die to-night, Bven hearts estranged would turn once more to Rpcalllng other clays remorsefully— •The eyes, which chide me with averted glance, Wonld look upon me as of yore perchance And often In the old familiar way; For who could war with dumb unconscious clay? Bo I might rest forgiven of all to-night, 0, friends ! I pray to-night Keen not your kisses for my dead, cold brow; The way is lonely, let me feel th«rn now, Think gently of me, I am travel worn, -ity faltering feet are pierced with many a thorn, Forgive, Oh, hearts estrange forgive, I plead; Whin dreaml' sa Is mine I shall not need The tenderness for which I long to-night. NOTES. Wet seasons and tall grasses are nut just suited to the sheep. Good fences make peace with the stock in pastuie. No one over gets dissatisfied over a good fence . Lice drives more setting hens from the nest, and causes more deaths to setting hens, thannny other cause. The Canadian cheese-makers are seriously considering both sides of the fat test as a basis of value of rniik at the factory. If you get a good laying hen by crossing don't get wild over the prospect of a "new breed." Keep on with the cross. The market and demand for wool are likely to bo an improvement on last year. The supply in the hands of American manufacturers in said to be light. Butter Fat lu [Skim Milk, The butter fat left in skim milk is usually referred to b> dairy speakers and writers as "lost." This is not quite uor- recl, however, where the skim milk is utilized. Even ch? pirmil amount of butter fat ordinarily remitming in skim milk adds to its value, v bother sold in market or utilized for t'eed:ug to young animals on the form. De p Culture. .There is no danger of working deep be- twoen the rows of corn and potatoes when the plant is email and the roots do not extend far, but shallow culture should be the rule later on. Watch and see how much better work tools will do where the rows are straight Half tho hand labor makes quite a difference in figuring the cost per bushel. .Feeding Calves. In feeding calves from tho hand too much care cannot be taken to have the milk at the proper temperature, Feeding milk that is too cold chills the digestive organs, checks digestion an produces the diseases that follo_w in the wake of this disordered condition. The growth of the calf may be puj^ed by a single injudicious feed, and it, \vi:l notpaj to attempt to raise them at all unless every precaution is taken against this. t»o Form Attractive. Are jou making improvements in your fi<?lilK and about your buildings and surroundings every year, at odd jobs, so as to make home attractive to your children and lend_a little to the general landscape and neighborhood appearance? Ten dollars' worth of Drubbing up and picking up annually, around every set of form buildings in a town would make the town much more attractive to strangers and a more desirable one to live in. Food Value of Milk. Few people real!/; the food value of milk for all kinds ot stock that can be induced to eat it. When the price of butter runs very low, as it often does in hot weather, it will pay better to feed much of the milk to pigs and poultry, making as little butter as possible. It takes less later, anyway, and if the old rule be true that the laborer is worthy of his hire, it involves hia right to strike or stop work when his labor is not properly rewarded. It is a rule quite as gooi for the man who works on his own account as for him whose labor is hired by others. Sprayiugf, The Maine Experiment Station has been niakinff experiments with a view to the discovery of the best methods of checking the work of the codling moth and announces the following results: !• All sprayed trees had a smaller percentage of wormy fruit than did the uu- 8 Prayed, . 2, A mixture of one pound Paris green to two hundred and fifty gallons of water gave better results than did a weaker Mixture, though a mixture of one pound to three hundred and twenty gallons saved a large percentage of the fruit. a. The number of windfalls was greatly lessened by spraying, 4. Tho proportion of wormy fruits among the windfalls was much smaller worn the sprayed trees. 5. There is no danger of poisoning «om the use of fruit which has been sprayed as directed. 6; The best time to spray probably varies with different varieties, but in no case should any trees be sprayed before the blossoms fall. 7. There is greater liability to injury of , wiiage from the use of London purple than «om the use of Pain green. Sheep for Froflt. , J find that sheep breeding pays much j ,. ln this locality than raising hogs, and 1 have been handling 500 to 3,500 a year tor eighteen years. My greatest 'oases with sheep were from disease on the r «.Bge in Western Nebraska. Sheep rain«? can be made profitable in this Dart of 5n ?w ^ n almost a W line - If WOC)I S row ' f £8 -i? mail;i object, breed tht> Merino; 1 , W »A tap low prices of wool for the - aaw ' l 00 >wi d <» tf"8 leas rernuD- won sbf-pp with full blood Colswold and a/so with Merino rains. While this may and toll pay fairly well, it is not what we want. In order to accomplish our purpose let us take for a sire a ram of a mutton and wool breed, and to my idea the Shropshire is the sheep.—W. S. Stewart in Orange Judd Farmer. Bed Headed Horses. The best and only thing to do when your hotse is excited is to calm him down. This is best done by getting to the horse's head and talking, to him gently, rubbing Ins face and otherwise diverting his attorn tion from the subject of his fright. If the horse is sullen and angry the same treatment willbe found beneficial. In the high- state of excitement the horse does not comprehend what you want and it is useless, worse than folly, to attempt to beat the_ fright out of a horse. All men are excitable more or less; some more and very unreasonably to. What would be the effect of trying to abuse one of these redheaded, excitable men into being caln and considerate when under the influence of passionb It would certainly end in disaster to somebody, and this may explain the consistency in some horse's kicking the end ga'e out of the wagon, and otherwise ^emolishinsf things, when the whip is laid on his back because he got scared or excited about something.—HorsoWorld. THE HOUSEHOLD. Greater Than I<ove. Why do they rave of love, these poets who Tempt heaven'B very airs to hear them rave? Is there naught else to praise 'neath heaven's blue, Naught else to sing above the sounding wave? Brave men lived long ere Agamemnon died; What braver theme for aye than brave men's deedsT Brave women their whole sex have sanctified By gentle courage 'neath a woman's weeds I Faith toward God and man, and woman, too; For all who suffer hope and charity I These are the heavenllefit things beneath the blue, The nobleet themes above the sounding seas I The truth always gives life to those who take it to their hearts. To be slow to anger is better than to own the best kind of a seven-shooter. There are so many people who never expect to get what they ask for in prayer meeting. People wLo want to do gcnd neye_r have to stand around on the corners waiting for an opportunity. There is no way of reaping permanent success .in this Jife without giving an honest equivalent for it. Matthew Henry says, and the truth of his saying has been demonstrated in a multitude of cases, that the Master's yoke is an easy one, because it is "lined with love." There is more power to sanctify, elevate, strengthen, and cheer in the word Jesus— "Jehovah-Saviour' 1 —than in all the utterances of man since the world began. Chas. Hodg'i. Truinliig the Memory. A splendid way to improve the memory is to begin by treating it as if it were another person, and then charging it, upon penalty of a SF ver upbraiding, to keep until wanted the information, fact, date, name, or whatever is to be remembered. By this course you unconsciously do two thing—you sort out things worth while to know, and you impress them upon the memory in such a way as to cause it to grasp and keep them. The latter is most important thing to do. Half of one's forgetful ness comes from failure to prop erly grasp what it is that you are to remember. It is said of Thomas B, R;ed, the famous member of Congress from Maine, who was speaker of the housa oi representatives for two years, that he considered it a great hardship to have to tell a man the same thing twice. You ought never to ciuse any puch a hardship. Harper's Young People. True Courtesy. True courtesy which has been called "the beauty of the heart," sometimes suggests, even to tho uneducated, graceful wayd of putting their words that excite wonder and admiration. "Are you not very cold, my poor boy?" saul a sypathetic young lady to a shivering shoeblack. "I was till you smiled, miss," was the clever and flattering reply. In conversation true courtesy is often forgotten in the general anxiety of people to speak rather than to listen; they may seem to be attentive, but the absent look in the eyes betrays the "reverse. Good listeners, especially if youthful, are thought worlds of by garrulous old pnoplo. We should not reply to a recital of the troubles of others by a long list of grievances of our own; nor when shown anything in which the ownar takes pride, spoil the effect by ungraciously referring to something superior in the •same line which one has seen or may possibly possess. A constant endeavor to be easily pleaded is essential to politeness, and when annoyances arise, then is the value of tact seen at its best in preventing general discomfort. Especially is this valuable acquisition or attribute useful when we have to find fault—always a difficult thing to do well—when the effect is lost, or worse still, may be really injurious because of the way in which it is done.— Selected. Fame and Its Fruits. Men talk, and talk truly, of the empti ness of fame, aa a bubble which just glitters for a t;W days or months, and then bursts, leaving nothing behind it but a hungry gaze on the spot where it disappeared. And no doubt when the "response" is over, -when the echo of eager sympathy dies away, there is a sense of living death in the mind of him who had no longer, a sense which is nearer to the consciousness of death than any other experience of li /ing man. When Sir Walter Scott was writing the two stories in which he detected, by the blank books of James Ballantyne, that his genius had vanished, that the great magician's wand was broke that genius gave uis last nicker as he noted down the melancholy lines in which he bewailed the winter of his discontent, hu went, we are told, to the window, and gazing at the heavy .sky and thick-fall- fng snow, composed the fine motto for o"e of the chapters of "Cbunt Robert of Paris": The storm increuees-'tls no sunny shower Fostered in the moist breast of March or April, Or such as purch eumuier cools his lips wfth. Heuveu'8 windows are hung wide; the inmost run in hoarse greeting one upon another; ofcomWe ffooa l/»" Us Joa'uUAg Uorrow, Xud whets'8 the dtke shall stop lit There one eeea wha* the feelings of geviw ftre when, the chord fib>Je 8,P *™™v..— ' follows. It is not sorrow for departed fame, for probably Scott's fame was never greater than it was after the power to corn- Hand fame had vanished. Yet we suspect :hat he would, willingly have exchanged all tug fame for "one crowded hour of glorious life," such as those of which he had iad BO ample an experience. It is not, as Mr. Marion Crawford thinks, vanity which pervades the world of genius, though vanity has it? full share of that world. Still, the vanity which delights in homage and notoriety is nothing when compared with that exalted joy in commanding the springs-of human sympathy which is often quite as vivid where lho r eis no deference, no conscious homage, as where it abounds, and which of ten fades aw ay in dull despair long before the homage is withdrawn. And it is only geniua which learns to take an overpowering delight in this sort of "response." Mere beauty, and even the power to fascinate, in a lesser sphere, evince just the same sort of passionate delight in touching the springs of human emotion. The triumphs of beauty and of social charm are, of course, much more- nearly related to the passion of vanity than the triumphs of genius, for in the latter case the power o? moving men may be sharply severed from the fame and popularity which that power cati bestow; while in the former case it cannot, and no man or woman who has been accustomed to exercise this piwer can distinguish clearly between tie delight of controlling tho springd of human emotion, and the delight of the persona^recognition which results from'.communding them. —London Spectator. MINING IN CHINA, The Government Owens the Fields Rich In Silver, Gold, and other Metals. A Canton correspondent writes. An important step is being taken in the development of the mineral resources of the Celestial Empire, It is announced that the rich deposits of silver ore near Kirin, in Manchuria, are to be worked after the western method. The governor of the province announces 'that the foreign apparatus and chemicals necessary for extracting the silver from the galena ore are already on the ground and will soon be in use. These Kirin mines are the first in Manchuria to be worked according to the improved method of Europe ana America, and the result of the operation will be awaited with much interest. According to popular belief among the inhabitants of that region, and the mountain ranges in the northern part of Manchuria are exceedingly rich in silver, gold, platinum and other precious metals. Just across the border, on the Russian side of the line, mining: has for years been carried on with great activity in a systematic manner, and with extraordinarily profitable results. The Chines? Woven- nient has, however, hitherto forbidden any systematic opening up of the mineral regions of its side of the line. in fact there has been _no very great eagerness on the part of mining prospect- tors to enter that particular district. Some seven years ago a number of Chinese miners went thither and attempted to open some workings. But they were to the last man massacred by the troops in Manchuria, who are really half outlaws. The Government had merely given the military commanders directions to prevent the opening of the mines. The .soldiers took it upon themselves to fulfill that command by slaughtering the would-be miners. With the child-like andjbland shrewdness which is characteistic to the race however, they waited until the luckless miners bad been at work some months and had obtained the enormous amount of §15,000000 in gold. This plunder was partly divided among the troops and partly put into the pocket of the governor of the province. After this tragic incident the governor took possession of the mines which had been opened, and apparently for a time intoned l,o work them systematically. _ An experienced American mining engineer was employed to superintend them, and at a very heavy cost some elaborate and expensive machinery was obtained. Then the whole enterprise was abandned. just why nobody seems to know. For any private capitalists to take up the task was impossible. To mine silver and gold without the permission of the government is a capital offense. -True, the offense is often committed and seldom or never punished, pnt those who commit it secure immunity by quietly and secretly transferring a share of their booty to the ioh- ing palm of tlie governor of the district. The metal that is thus illegally mined fiads its way to Pekin, where it is reput- to come from some of the few mines worked by the government. Harvesting The Hay Crop. The value of the hay crop depends so largely upon its being harvested at the right time, and especially upon its being properly cured without damage from rains, that the time of the hay harvest is always a season of anxiety, Clover and orchard grass an the first croups to be made into hay. From the bii bness of the cured leaves of clover and the coarseness of the stems it is much more difficult to cure successfully than the bnialler stalked grasses which constitute the bulk of the hay crop. Clover should be cut for hay as soon as the blossoms begin to turn slightly brown, for the development and ripening of the seed will make stems more woody and less nutritious . When mown the swath should lie in the sun until the upper portion is partly cured, then turn it over and gen erally finish by placing into small cocks until dry enough for the barn. The less handling and stirring it receives while being cured the better. In a season of continued dry weather it may be hauled in from the swath or winroe, if cured enough, but clover will not shed rain in an uncovered cocks and is damaged by a heavy dew. Timothy is the standard hay grass of the country, and of the two is more rish- tant to injury from wet than clover. Neither one, however, should be allowed to become wet from raiu after it has partly dried when it is possible to prevent it. When catching showery weather prevents, partly cured hay should be placed into cocks and covered with hap caps, of which every farmer should.have a supply. These map be made from coarse, heavy muslin, two yards wide, and if stretched evenly over the haycocks and fastened down will in most cases, be sufficiently protective without being painted. Care must be taken that partley-cured hay does not remain unopened in thu cock lona enough to heat and mould. Farmers differ somewhat in their ideas about the proper stage of growth in which timothy should be mown. The most common practice is to out after the seeds are fully developed, but before they »re eo ripe 88 to shell out while curing and handling the hw. . Asarujeppajae MEDICINAL JEWELS. Most of the Precious Stones Said to Possess Unquestioned Healing Powers. Many and Various are the Legends That Surround all Precious Jewels. There is a Structure of Fact Concerning (Jems That is Obscured by Fancy. The father of jewelry was Prometheus. When he was sub loose h.v Hc-rulfs from the chains that fasted him to Mount Caucasus, ho made a ring o_ut of one of the links of his fetters, and in the bevel of it he fixed a portion of the rock. According to Pinny, that was the first ring and the first stone. Hebrew tradition says thit tho tablets of Moses were of sapphire. In Hebrew the word sappir means the most beautiful. It symbolizes loj alty, justice, beauty and nobility. The emerald is mentioned by St. John in his Apocalypse. An emerald of inestimable value ormmented the bevel of the ring of Polycrates, king of Samps. That monarch, having been all his life favored by fortune, determined to put his luck to a severe test. He threw the ring into the sea. The nf x ! : day he went fishing. The record of tlwt day's sport still remains unbroken. His majesty caught B fine fish and in the inside of the fish he found his ring. That happened in the year 230 of foundation of R^me, and the rim*, considered as a talisman, was placed among the royal treasures of the Temple of Concord. Emeralds from India, Persia, and Peru are the most valuable. According to their tints and their luster they are classed as Prosines, Neronianes, and Domitianes. Accjrding to Suetonius, Nero used to look at the fighting gladiators in his emerald. The stone is the emblem of«'charity, hope, joy and abundance. It had the reputation of curing epilepsy by application and of being an all-round pain killer. The diamond has always been regarded as the most precious stone, according to the Paris Figaro. Ib resists the hardest bodies, The Pontiff Aaron became obscure, almost black, when thb Hebrews were in a state of moital sin. If the guiliy deserved death it became red, but in the presence of innocence it came Irnck to its original purity and;brilliauuy. Rues assures us that diamonds breed, and that a certain princess of the house of Luxeuburg had two which had a family in the course of a reasonable time. The same interesting assertion is also made by Boetbiua. The diamond was reputed as a preserver against epidemics and piisons, It calma anger and foments conjugal love. The ancients called it "the stone of rocon- ci'iadon.' 1 It ermbolizes constancy, strengch and i aocence. The name of the precious stone inserted in the ring of G.yges has not been handed down to us, but it is probable that it was tho topaz whose wonders Philostrates recounts in the life of Apollonius. An attribute of the sun and of fire, the ancients culled it the gold magnet, as it was credited with the power of attracting that metal, indicating its veins, und discovering treasures, tielio Dorous, in his story of i'heagenes and Caricles, says that the topaz saves from fire all those who weur it, and ttiat Charicles was preserved by a topaz from the fiary vengence of Arsaies, Queen of Ethiopia. This stone was one of the first talismans that Thsagenes possessed in Egypt. The topaz at present symbolizes Christian virtues, faith,j ustice, temperance, gentleness, clemency. One o_f the rarest and most precious atones is the carbuncle, which is sometimes confounded with the ruby, from which it differs by the intensity of its fires, produced by an internal luster of gold, while under the purple of the ruby there only appear dottings of azure or lacquer. Ethiopia produced the most precious ancient carbuncles. The Chal- deans regarded this stone as a powerful talisman. Legend makes the eyes of dragons out of carbuncles. Garcias ab Horto, physician of one of the Viceroys of India, speaks of carbuncles which he saw in the palace of that prince which were so extraordinary in their brilliancy that has seemed "like red hot coals in the midst of darkness." Louis Vertoman reports that the king of Prfgu wore an enoimous one, which at night appeared to be lighted up with the sunbeams. The virtues of the carbuncle are resistance to tire, preservation of the eyes, promotion of happy illusions, and an antidote against impure air. The ruby is valued highest when it contains the least azure. The largest ruby that history speaks of belonged to Elizabeth of Austria, the wife of Charles IX. It was almost as big as a hen's egg. The virtues attributed to rubies are to banish sadness, to repress Juxury, and to drive away annoying thoughts. At the same time it symbolizes cruelty, anger and carnage, as well as boldness and bravery. A change in its color annouces a calamity, but when the trouble is over it regains its primitive luster, The amethyst, so called from the Greek Amethustos, meaning "not drunk," was a favorite stone among the Roman ladies. Its principal virtue was to draw away the vapors or inebriety from the brain. It also drove away evil thoughts and attracted to its possessor the favors of princes. The opal, fallen from its ancient splendor, is to-day called an unlucky stone, even by those who laugh at old superstitions, but it once held a high rank among precious stones. The belief that it attracted misfortune was founded on a Russian legend which found its way into Prance. The Empress Eugenie had a horror of an opal, At the sisjht of one in the Tutlleries she manifested terror. That had the effect of lowering the prioa of the stone. The turq apis is considered as a talis man in Persia, its native soil. It pre serves its possessor from accidents tmd insures constancy in affections- The value of the turquoise depends o& iti shade and Us size, especially its thickness. Those clashed a.s belonging to tie old rook are valued very highly. Emblem of youth of sentiment, and tender recollections, 'the tw<mpJBe way foe, c]|Ue4 t&e forget-Due-, ' It tomb w ifee dearth 1 *^, ,'<JTT V« W^8"W fectlv true, and is certified to by all lapidaries. The same thing has been remarked of coral. "Not only do precious stones lire," says Jerome Cirdan, "out they ere liable to get sick, to Buffer from tho infirmities of old age, and at last to die." ' The most precious of all stone.', accord ing to Dr. de L'gnieres, is the jide, on account of its rarity, its extraordinary qualities, and the mystery of its cutting. It was regarded as a sacred stone, and nobody had a right to possess it except a princ? of imperial blood. Argerius Clutius, a famous physician in Amsterdam at ths time of the Renaissance, published a work on the jade, or nephritic stone, as it was then called, on account of its action on the rental system. At the same pjriod Italian authors spoke of the j ide as osiada, and disciissad its wonderful powers foi uealing sciatica. The legends surrounding this stone abound in hiitory. Q-ocd specimens of j ide aro extremely rare, and the world is at a loss to know how the Chinese managed to cut it, because it is so extremely hard that nothing can- make an imptession upon it. Splendid pp^ciment of gray and green jade can by seen in the museum of the Trocadero. In conclusion, Dr. de Lignieres admits the possibility of the soundness of the theory that precious stones may have healing properties. High scientific authority he says, has established_ beyond dispute the reality of an action vis, virtus, or vita, exercised by % a great number of precious stones, leaving out of thu question the influence of imagination and the phenomena of auto suggestion.—Chicago Evening Journal. MAJESTIC PAT-.MS IN INDIA. Trees a Hundred Feet High—ninny Usng for tho Leaves, The tailpot, or great fan-palm,grows for about thirty years, and reaches a bight of more than 100 feet. Then, for the first and only time it blossoms. What locks like a single huge bud four feet in height, is developed, and fin ally bursts into a pyramid of snowio plumes composed of numberless small cream-colored flowers. The chnter is some times twenty-fivo feet high, and at its base has a diameter of forty feet. As Miss Cummings says in her "Two Happy Years in Ceylon." "It is a glorious fight, and is visible froui an immense distance, as it often grows among flat surroundings, such as rice fields." The natives turn the leaves to a thousand uses, domestic and literary. When on a journey, and especrtlly if they are on a pilgrimage to some sacred shrine, each of them carries a portion of one of these great leaves tightly folded into a long, narrow form, like a gigantic closed fan. This ser. voa as a sunshade or ram cloak by day.and at night several friends contribute every man his palm leaf, three or four of them, with the pointed end upward, forming- a I very fair bell shaped tent. And very pictui 1 -1 eaquo a few groups of these tents look when ' pitched in somejorest glade around blnz-; inor camp fires. Formerly the exact great nobl • was shown by the numbar of such sunshades I which he was entitled to have curried before him, an on state occasions n leaf, in- | laid with pieces of glittering talc and folded like a huge fan, formed the ceremonial 'canopy which was huld above his nead by one or more attendants. The leaves attain cheir Ittrar-jst size when the tree is about twenty years of age, at which they sometimes measure twenty-five feet from the base of the lyaf stock to the outer edge of the fan. IT'S A MTSTKIUOUS ISLAND. STRANGE LAKES AND RiVEft3* Hungary Draining a targe take That Has No Affluents. There is a curious lake in Hung&ry, known as the Neusiedler See, sixteen miles long- and six miles wide in its broadest part, which lias no tributaries, but derives its water from the rainfall that drops into it It is a very largo lake to bo supported wholly this way. Thei-e are no mountains very near it, but it occupies a slight depression in an almost level plain. Once iu a while the lake has dried up, and within the last two years it has lost half of its water, and now its depth is only three feet. The Hun* gavian government has, decided to do away with this lake, and has commenced to dig- a canal by which tlifl preeipitntion will hereafter be drained away from the lake bed. Some thousands of acres of rich farming 1 land will thus bo ootninoil. The French scholar Mnrtel, who has liAig made a study of underground water courses, lias recently been exploring the caves and underground channels of the Peloponnesus, in Greece. lie says that these underground rivers serve a most useful purpose, for through them a large amount of water is drained away which would otherwise stagnate, make swamps, and breed ill health in largo districts that are now healthful and devoted to agricultural purposes. It was Martel who discovered au underground river at Taka, not far from Tri polls, in Africa, by means of which some enormous swamps that had been, the occasion of much sickness were drained and fitted for agriculture by the process of connecting them with these remarkable underground channels. GAWEN BROWNE. Its Inhabitants Are Siiololona and Thure Are Many Houses. Los ANGKLES, Juue 18.—The captaiu of a coasting vessel who arrived at G-uayamas, Mex , recently, Calls of a strange discovery made by himself during his last trip. He traded up and down tho coast, doing business among the inhabitants of tha island H.nd coast villages btween there and S in Diego. A heavy wind drove.him far out of his way, and when the storm abpted he found that he was so far out of his usuall path that he had lost his reckoning, He was out of sight of shore, and when he saw land bore down upon it and found an island that was not down on any of the charts. He sent the boat ashore, and the m«n returned, saying no one lived there, but that there were many houses and evidences of the place having at one tima been inhabited. The captain then went and found that the island had undoubtedly been swept by a scourge of some 'rind. There were numerous huts, but not a living thing was to be found. An examination reveled the fact that the former residents had died in such numbers' that they had not been buried. The skeletons were lying around the island where the people were when death overtook thorn, In one hut were found the remains of seventeen people, while in many others were the bones of great numbers. They had been dead for such a tim) that the bones were beginning to decay. There was little to be found to show what kind of people they were, but it is supposed that they belonged to ono of the island tribes which were so abundant in this part of the coast fifty years ago. OE course, there can only be conjecture as to the probable cause of the wiping out of an entire tribe, but knowlege of the fearful sweep of scourgss on the islands leads to tho belief that a pestilence swept, off the inhabitants. An Ingenious Mechanic, Who Made the Old South Clock. Gawen Browne was an ingenious mechanic, and his name appeal's in tho newspapers of his day as a clock and watch maker in State street, formerly King street, Boston. In 1707, the town clock, which had been for many years on the old brick meeting house near the head of King 1 street, having become so much out of order, the town of Boston voted to send to England for a new clock. Browne offered to construct one upon a plan of his own, which ho guaranteed should be equal to any that could be imported, and should cost less. He was permitted to do so. When completed it was set up in Paneuil Hall and exhibited at the town meeting following-. It gave entire satisfaction, and the town votod to pay Browne £100 for it aud gave him permission to raise as much more as he could by subscription among the inhabitants. He laways complained that he had not received enough to compensate him for his work, aud petitioned the town many times for further remuneration, which, after a time, was granted. When they came to set the clock up in the place assigned for it it was found there were insurmountable objections to placing it in the "Old Brick," and it was decided to put it in the Old South steeple as being the more substantial structure, where it has remained to the present time. Browne lived to quite an advanced age. He was considered the most cross and ill-natured person in Boston, and died grumbling that he was never half paid for his work. He died August, 1807, aged 83. LION OF ST. MARK. To Shear a Shoep. ?T Arrange a shearing table just the height of the top of tho shearer's knee. 0a this set the sheep straight upright with its back towards the shearer. The shearer now puts his left, foot upon the table, bends the head of ths sheap over his left knee and is ready for business. Part the wool at the right side of the belly from arm pit to flank; begin at this parting and shear belly; brisket and between the hind legs. Next part the wool on the neck from the point of the right shoulder to the right ear, from this parting shear the ntck and head clean, then the left shoulder ard lee and on down, shearing pa;t the backbone aud rump before turning th3 the sheap. When through on this side the shearer puts his left foot down, takes the sheep's hind legs in his right hand and holding it by the neck with his left, gives the sheep a three-quat- ers turn irom left to right bringing it again in position to put the neokover the shearer's loft knee in which position the work is finished. Pull the skin tight while shearing. Avoid pulling the wool, or cutting twice. Take all the looks and tags clean as you go aud finish on the bench.—Western Stookmrn.' Two 14-ypej>old tJreen Bay hoys were overtake^ at Jf«t»*«. ou their way west to soalp Japans, Th,ey weie/' supplied payer The Famous Vonotlitn Symbol Restored and Kopliu-ed 011 Its Column. The symbol of the Venetian republic —the famous lion of St. Mark—which, after being restored, has been replaced on its column in the Piazzetta in Venice, is made of bronze. There is a tradition among the Venetian people that its eyes are diamonds, but they are really white agates faceted. Its mane is most elaborately wrought, and its retracted gaping mouth and its fierce mustaches give it an oriental aspect. The creature as it now stands belongs to many different epochs, varying" from some date previous to our era down to this century. It is conjectured that it may have originally formed a part of the decoration of some Assyrian palace. St. Mark's lion it certainly was not originally, for it was made to stand level upon the ground, und had to be raised up in front to allow the evangel to be slipped under its forepaws. Lost year the granite column on which the lion stood was seriously off plumb, and the authorities decided on its rectification. The work was intrustei'l to Signor Venclrasco, who, by passing a copper bar through tho axis of tha shaft and by balancing the whole shaft upon the rod, compelled it to return to ttio perpendicular. The work was attended with no little danger and, difficulty, but within three days was entirely successful. ^^ Tho Size of Hell. The size of and distance to hell la one of the problems over which 0. A. A. Taylor, D. I)., has been puzzling 1 his brain for many years. As a result of of all this study, Mr. Taylor has come to the conclusion that hell, hades, gehenuu, the inferno, or sheol, is a vast lake of five and brimstone, exactly fifty-two miles beneath the earth's surface. He has also figured that it is larger than has been generally supposed, his deductions proving that it is 5-14,000,000 cubic miles in exr tent. Mr. Taylor is financial agent for the Fl oriel a African Methodist Episop» pal conference. * With a Golden Hoart. It is related that a gentleman in Ireland recently, on cutting open a potato at dinner, found in the c.outer a hall soveroig-n, arouiul which the vegetable had grown. Though discolored, it was in a good state of preservation, a.nd is no\v a 'pretty ornanjettt to » watch ' '

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