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TMJE OTPEE MS MOIN1S, ALGONA. tOWA, WKBNEBBAY. AtJGtJST 3,1892. THE KITCHEN- tt tt Hit* Mo»t ttnpnrtstst Room in *fc» KnSir* Hoa«-. Dec-oral" your drawing-room, rc-ar- franps the iH'd-rbsijjMjr. buy new fnr- nitore foi til'' dini?j«£<"' sitting-room. and let th" mo*i important i«nrtion of the whole f-kiaS.ili.'limPTjt be iitt^d up *rith a li^'i-rf-jwdge misc'-liany of odd* and end' tii'at should hare been sen! to the hom« for decrepit chairs and ntensiJs Jung ago. "And which is the most important foom?" you ask. Why. the kitchen, of course. Isn't it there that the whole system of the menage is regulated? Doesn't good humor depend upon a good dinner, and doesn't a good dinner depend on a good cook, arid a good cook on the nature of her surroundings? Q. E. D. The kitchen is the most important room. Now what should be in this fulcrum of domestic happiness in order that the affairs should go on with regularity and precision, interspersed by delightful meals gotten up by a cheerful cook? There should be light, plenty of it. To be sure you don't cook with it, but you need not expect your biscuits to be light ,f your kitchen is not. A woman can't thrive in a dingy, built up against a wall or half undergrown six by nine space, and devise delightful dishes when she can hardly see whether it te sugar or salt, pepper or nutmeg she is using. What is the u.so of shiny tin if no sun is ever going to get at them and turn them into mirrors to reflect the puffy loaves of bread on the sand- whitened table, the faucets and the boiler and, above all, the happy face of the presiding genius of the place? If a servant wants little growing plants in the window let her have them. She will cook all the better with the smell of rose geranium mingling with the flavor of onions. Don't put the Htraightest-backed chair you can find in tin's room, where much of her life will be passed. Give her a rocker, let her feel that she is not entirely a drudge and that her sewing is of just as mucli importance as yours. She won't neglect her duties to eit and rock if she is the right sort (and if she is not, the sooner she goes the better), but will work harder in order to get through arid enjoy the little comforts a woman with a heart has provided for one who lives her life in that much neglected room, the kitchen. .Ancient Greek Pottery. One of the most interesting and a truly unique collection is that of ancient Greek potteries, vases and terra cotta goods of all sorts possessed by M. Alpbonse van liraiitegliem, at the city of Hruasuki, Belgium. Complying witii constant requests made by archaeologists, artists, and the learned world in general, the owner of this remarkable collection has consented toexhibit it to the public, and the exhibition was opened on ThurHday, two weeks ago, at the Musee du Cinquainteiiiiire at Brussels. The collection consists of fifteen glass vanes and several hundred objects of the potter's art, for instance: Brightly colored vases, black and red predominating; artistically painted earthen ware, made most remarkable by tin! names of the artists being engraved on each article, which \» an afjtoniHlmig addition to the history of art of ancient Greece; there are vases used at funerals, called lecythns, with black ligurcs on white ground, evidently from tho best period of Greek art; and last, but not least, a number of little Hhituos of Boitia and Asia Minor. These relics are calculated to give a deep insight, into the peculiarities of the domestic and public lifo of thuiincienl Greeks, their religious rites and (uiHlom.s. Their value to the student of art can hardly bu overrated. Among tho visitors to the nxhibit tho names of tho best known scholars in ttrchiiiology, art and .-esthetics of western Kiiropu wore registered. GIRL BACHELORS OUST OLD MAIDS. Who Will Tiiiiiili ri-linnry S('li(iol« mid Sit Up \VIUi Slrlt ISuhlitH Now? shail bav<> if:m t3or majority? 1:if't } niafd baeh- In the tumultuous revolution of tho woman's cycle oms old and lime-honored insLitiiUon, an important element in tho economy of comfort, is being whirled into tin; vortex of desuetude. Vim old maid of romance and tradition has become tho girl bachelor, says tho N. Y. timi. Tho old iiinid of tho p.'isl. had prim, queer lilitlo "ways" of hoc own, narrow, conventional Ihoorios.prooiso methods, a humble, shy uoiisoioii.siiu.ss of infirmity mau'iiilii'd by thu half scornful, half pitying patronage of her married sis- tor's. Tho girl bachelor is defiantly unconventional accordin to old standards, autislio.i .tii'l .M-.u'-.suliicioiil/, and if she has not a broader hori/.on, a moro ox- pansivo view, a lirmor grasp and surer hold, fuller experiences, grainier possibilities, anil groatur freedom in tho pursuit of happiness than married women know, she is mistaken. Tho old maid woro turned gowns and did Iho fiunily washing to holplhe boys through college; Iho girl bachelor lakes university honors and joins a base ball uino herself. In Iho old days Iho unappropriated blessing was summoned to the bedside of tho sick and suffering, to assist at tho lioroinoniosof nativity and dissolution, to vigils with other people's toothing babies ami colicky children, ami, eamo tho call from friend or Stranger, sho bundled up her old slippers and clean apron and arrived on schedule timo. The girl bachelor has lost nothing of tliu ilivino gift of heating in the transition, but sho practices it at regular physicians' ralo; and tho woman's Kimok of nursing, developed by training, sho exercises for tho equivalent of u thousand a year with her board and u trip to Europe and the Bermudas thrown in. But who will marry tho widowers with small children: 1 \Vho will look ijt'tor tho Sunday-schools, foreign missions, and insolvent ministers? Who will bring up tho orphan ehildmn and take caro of tho invalid mothers? ^Vho will teach tho primary schools and sit up with tho sick babies? How will the earth revolve on its axis in the old, Fatalities or» JIaHronils. One *howinjr mad-- )>y tb>? recent report of the hiler-sU'.'c commerce <>om- Tii=.-ifin ought.aw.r<iin2 *- <J the lir>*ton TrawVtr. to attract wider attention limi it appears to haved'jne.and especially the attention of those in the control '>f our railroads. The total nuvo- ber «t persons killed mi nuiroads in the United .Stales in the year covered by this re|>ort was 6.334. while Hie number killed on the railroads of the United Kingdom for the same period was 1.103. The number receiving injuries in the United State? was 29.>)3ij, as against 5.06) for the United Kingdom. These figures are certainly not to our credit, and indicate that something is wrong somewhere. There is certainly no such preponderance in the number of employes or passengers in this country as is here indicated. One passenger*was killed oul of every 1,727,789 carried on American rail- roadB, while in Great Britain the ratio was only one oul of every 7.707.'!:)'). When it conifs to employ*;-?. UK,- .showing against.us is much wor.-x-. While only twi.Mity-four persons were killed in the United Kingdom while coupling cars, there wen' 3G!» killed in tin's country, and 7,.'.-42 v. >re more or less severely injured. T.,ere is a crying need of reform, and this we believe can be seen red if the railroad managers only take hold of it in earnest. PERSONAL APPEARANCE. Wh;it tin- None anil tin- Eye* Have to I>< with II. Among the things which must be accepted as unalterable, is the shape oi the nose, says tjtmseir.i Family Mnija- zhic. The nose is the most prominent feature of the human coiintcnanci-.nnd it has a great deal to do with beauty or ugliness. Yet it may truly be said thai there are very few people who are entirely satisfied with their own noses. Readers of Miss Alcott's "Little Women" will remember that this popular authoress said that Sister Amy's greatest trouble in life was the shape of her nose. Probably a good many girls when reading this'sentcnce f'.-lt a deep sympathy with Sister Amy: for the contemplation and coiiM-ious- ;ie.-s of tlu-ir own nose had made them unhappy also. Unfortunately, also, the uirlincss of an ugly none can never be ri'di'fmtd by "/.'xprijssioii." A plain fiti.-e if often rendered beautiful by the expression it wi-ars. As a popular writer has said "The plain mouth may break into a smile to touch.the cold? esl heart- with a gleam of sympathetic joy; the dullest eyes may light up with a radiance wholly uiilooked for," but there is no hope of an ugly nose being modified in this way. Nor is there any possibility of hiding or disguisiiiif this unfortunate member if one would wish to do .so. It. stands in the center of the face.'!!!;(! a lighthouse on a rocky coast,' the cynosure of all eyes. The only way of dealing with it is to accept it. The color and ?hape of the eyes is another detail which has to be accepted. Tho eyes are the windows of i he soul; they bring us into coniniunicati >n with the outside world; limy are t:i'.t source of untold pleasure and delight. Yet it is not possible to increase lh-,' beauty of the eyes by artificial means thai are not harmful. Most of the methods adopted by quacks for producing unusual brightness of the eyes arc dangerous and likely to afl'ecl the heart. Wo read, it is true, that the Turks regularly slit tho outer corners of the eyelids of girl babies to make the eyes larger, and it is even believed by sonic that small eyes can be gradually enlarged by gently drawing the lids apart every night and morning. This truth is, however, that health and strength are the bo.st beantificrs; puro blood and thorough circulation, with temperate habitso'f life,makes tho eyes clear and brilliant, and a brisk walk on a cold day \vill innkolhcm flash and glow: while ill health alters the eyes soottur than anything. To take caro of 1»iio si»,ht is to preserve tho beauty of the iiyes; people who cannot see i-asily got into Iho way of half dosing their eyes — a habit, which would spoil the most charming features. Though little can be done to increase the beauty of the 'eyes themselves, something miiy bo done for the brows and eyelashes, and upon them much of the apparent beauty of the eyes depends. Thu eyebrows should be brushed carefully over}' morning witli a soft brush in a line of their growth, and if they arc .scanty a drop of almond oil or a touch of vaseline will frequently make them thicker. In order to .strengthen and lengthen the eyelashes wo may clip the points from the lashes every month. This method is particularly ellicncious in youth. An K.vtraordinary Duel. One of tho most remarkable diiols fought, perhaps, took place in 1808, between two Frenchmen. Of course, the quarrel arose about a lady—a curtain Mile. Tirovot—who, it appears, was unable to decide on which of the two she preferred. Sho finally found; a way out of tho dilliulty by promising to marry whichever of them worsted tho other. Thoy ^thought over the matter in a calm and judicial spirit for a month, and at Iho end decided to light a duel in tho air. Accordingly two balloons were made exactly alike, and upon tho appointed day each soared aloft, accompanied by hi.s second. Thoy woro oaislr armed willi a blunderbuss, Iho agreement being that they woro to lire, not at each other, but at the balloons. Thoy arose to the height of half a milo, and then tho preconcerted signal was given. One fired and missed; the olh«-r followed suil with moro disastrous oll'oot. He hil his opponent's balloon, which instantly collapsed, with tho result that tho occupants of the car wuro dashed to tho earth with frightful rapidity and instantly killed. Klepliaiil Hides. A New York maker of travelers' goods imports a great many elephants' hides and bundles of them 'are usually to bis seen upon tho sidewalks i;i front of his factory, lie says thai olophuut trunks are beeomiii;;- \ory popular. WILD HERDS IN AWERlfcA- .« of Tame Anima!« Ihe State of Wa«hlnstoa. In several parts of Washington and British Columbia are herds of 'wild animals descended from domestic ancestors. For instance, in the •western edge of Washington, nest the <wa=L is the" remnant of a herd of cattle which for years has roamed through the wood's and over the prairie?^ there. Lons; a<ro a military post tva? maintained on Gray's Harbor and adjacent was a larire amount of cleared land, cultivated by the soldiers as a farm. The troop owned a good many cattle. which pastured on a part of the garrison ranch. For some reason or other the post was suddenly abandoned and the soldiers found it impossible to take their cattle with them. So the animals were left there and.siuce there were no settlers in the vicinity to look after them, the herd grew wild. In spite of the fact that the heavy forest afforded but a small amount of pasturage, and notwithstanding the dep* redationsof black wolves, which then infested the woods along the coast, the cattle increased in numbers very rapidly and were a constant, annoyance to early settlers. Fences were broken down, crops were destroyed, and tame cattle coaxed off to the woods. Many of the animals were killed by parties organized to exterminate them, and the remainder of the herd has been driven into the skirts of the Olympics and into the coast range south and ea?t of Gray's Harbor. But every now and then the hunter for elk. which abound in these mountains, comes upon a bunch of wild cattle almost as fleet as the deer. , In .Snohomish county, forty miles north of Seattle, are a lot of wild hogs, the number being estimated at oJO. Some years ago about forty pigs got axva}' from a farmer, James Duval.and they have since multiplied like rabbits. They-are rapidly-developing all the traits of the hogs which have never been domesticated, for. according to the St. Louis I'ost-Disp'.ttch, they are becoming uuunt, long-haired, long- tusked and savage, and they run swiftly through the underbrush, forcing their way wherever they choose to go. Hunting them, as hogs are still hunted in northern Europe in the preserves of the nobility, is getting to be a favorite sport of thu young Snohomish farmers. In an area about fifteen miles square below Trout creek in British Columbia is a band of at least seven hundred wild horses. They are not only eating off the stock ranges, but are becoming a nioi-'f direct source of loss to stock owner.-:, for they entice uway good horses, especially the colts. The LTovernmont has several times been petitioned either to exterminate the baud, or give the settlers permission vo do it, but thus far no .action has been taken. Though these wild horses are worthless littlo animals, the authorities are afraid that killing them will give offense to thu Indians, who claim some of thorn, but who nevertheless shoot without hesitation when any of the horses interfere with their tamo animals. Iiegeml of the Flying Dutchman. One of the most remarkable legends of thu sea is duo to an atmospheric peculiarity in the vicinity of the Cape of Good Hope. The air in that region has the extraordinary power of unequal refract ion, similar to that known on the boundless prairies of Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. On the great waste of waters which surround Good Hope the phenomenon appears in the shape of spectral looming, or apparent suspension in the air, of ships which are so far away that they cannot bo seen on the surface of tho water. These phantom-like ships suspended in mid air have given risu to tho weird legend of the "Flying Dutchman." According to the story, which is known to lie at least 400 years old, a Dutch' captain, homeward bound from tho Uast Indies, met with long-continued bad weather, coupled with tho wind blowing "dead ahead." At the timo when he was making an effort to "turn tho capo" he was advised to turn back and seek she!lor until tho gale was over; bill this ho refused to do, swearing all tho while that ho would "turn the capo" or beat there until the day of judgment. For this profanity, : according to the tradition, ho was doomed to beat against tho winds forever. By the sailors in the south seas his ship '# believed to have become rotten will) ago, tho sails bleached and mil- dowed, and the crew of tho vessel reduced to shadowy skeletons. Thoy have not the strength to lower a boat, but occasionally the captain is said to hail passing vessels, imploring rescue for himself and crow,or at luast, to take letters homo to fadcrland. Taken all in all, it is a most remarkable legend, almost equal to that of "The Wandering Jew." How Che Gambler AVus Kol'orniort. This seems to be an ago of reformation by novel moans. An extraordinary .scene iu a Hartford church last Sunday was an exhibition with cards, roulette, and faro paraphernalia by a reformed gambler as a warning to the young. After a hymn had boon sung by the congruiration Iho convert was introduced. Ho displayed his old tools of trado on a stand near tho preacher's desk and then addressed his audience. He prefaced his remarks by saying that fur twenty-five years he had been u professional gambler, and only saw I lie error of his ways after he had served a term of imprisonment to which ho was unjustly sentenced for engaging in a "bunko" game. Then ho dealt some faro hands, and showed how the- cards could bo manipulated at will out of tho dealer's box. Next ho produced a pack of innocent-looking cards and gavo out poker hands to members of the congregation, explaining that tho back of each card told tho professional gambler what' it was. Illustrations with the roulotto-whcol followed, and tho skillful re-formed gambler showed how ho could twirl thu whucl so as to placo tho ball in a rod or black pocket, as ho chose. Professional gambling, he said, was not oven a game of chance. It was nothing less than systematic robbery. In conclusion he said: "I have boon a professional gambler for twenty-live years, and I never opened s h<vn?e or was ecmnfCSpd with s hotise which ^ras not dippftlv tinder police or municipal protection". 5V> always had to pay a per- cenlflH'c of onr winning. Tho moment we siopjvJ onr v'ace would be closed. If yon havesaml'linsm Hartford there i? either one of two things certain. Either th--r«? i? S'.«ine one who «tami$ clost to authority who recives a con- si-.li-nition for protection, or there is some one whose <imy it i* .to enforce the ];i«"5 wba receives a cmi?5derat5on for not enforcing them.*" A HORRIBLE TRADE IN SPAIN. Artificial Cripples Manoractnred for Mercenary Purposes. The Gingerbread Fair.as it is called, which is held every spring in ihe Faubourg St. Antoine and the Place de la Xation. is notorious for the number of natural and artificial phenomena exhibited there to the public. This year their number has been greatly increased by the arrival of about twenty clus-de-jatte. who are wretchedly lodged in huts on a piece of waste ground in the Cours de Tincennes. These cripple?.whose minute.shriveJed. up legs, are curled up on the boards on which they sit. form a colony which calls to mind the Cours de? Miracles of former times. Every morning they all issue forth, propelling themselves with their hands.to take up their respective places at the fair, there to await the pence which may be thrown to them by the compassionate passers - by. Their aspect is so pitiful that it is said many of them make a real harvest, which, however, of course, goes to the beggar "farmer." Twenty or thirty years ago the culs- de-jatte were almost unknown in France, and these deplorable-looking cripples are the product of what may be "nailed an industry. Almost all the numerous deformed little creatures who roll themselves about on boards come from Spain, and more especially from Tolosa or the neighborhood, situated at about twenty-two kilometers to the south of St. Sebastian. They are the outcome of the abominable practice of beggar "farmers," who seek their victims among the children of peasants. When there is a weakly boy in the family they persuade the parents that he can never be anything but a burden to them unless they have him transformed into a cnl-de-jatte, and promise to pay them a trifle a day so long as the cul-de-jatte is left with them. The heartless wretches, assuming tho character of humane benefactors, pretend they thus provide the weakly child with the means of gaining his living and also procure the parents a considerable pecuniary advantage. The operation to which the unfortunate creature is subjected is as effectual as it is simple. The legs of tho child are so tightly compressed that the circulation of the blood in them is stopped. Littlo by little the legs wither away and the cul-de-jatte is manufactured. In 1887 M. Waldeck Rousseau, then Minister of the Interior, prohibited the introduction of these Spanish culs-de-jatte into France, but it is supposed his decree has become a dead letter, for it is estimated that recently 300 or 400 of the poor creatures cross the frontier every year. They are now seen in almost'every town in France, and have got as far north as Belgium. .To be a cul-de-jatte must bo a profitable trade for the'beg- gar farmers who •manufacture them and bring thorn from Spain, as these traders pay the parents of the poor cripples a pittance of only 50 centimes to 1 franc a day for their hire,. One franc is, however, an exceptionally high price, which is .given onlv if the cul-de-jatte has some additional infirmity, such as blindness, or if he has but'one arm. Warned by a Blue Light. "I've sat in a cab for twenty-five years," said a veteran of tho throttle. "You'll never catch me taking out an engine that has once been in a wreck. Some engines are unlucky and others ain't and I don't tuke any chances. You may say what you've a mind to but 1 believe in signs and I'll always swear by them. When I was a young man I used to run on the Nypano and I got quite a reputation as a reckless runner. The road had been troubled that spring with washouts, and engineers had been cautioned to run carefully over dangerous sections. Well, I never paid much attention to these directions and used to smash my train through on time, no matter how bad the track was. "I was going down a grade one night with a heavy train and a lot of through passengers for New York and w'as making good timo, when all of a sudden 1 saw u blue light that seemed to swing just ahead of tho pilot. The light kept bobbing in front of me for nearly a mile, but I was ashamed to say anything to tho iiroman about it.' Filially I got so nervous that I pulled up tho train and told the fireman I thought tho side bar was loose. "I climbed out of the cab, but the minute that we stopped tho blue light disappeared. I thought I'd take alit- tle run down tho track, however, and just a few rods ahead I found a big culvert washed cloan out. Of course we had to lay over until it was fixed, ami I got lots of praise for savin" u wreck, but it was all owing to that blue light."— RochesterDeinoa-al-Chron- icle. Koop Your Hat On Whoa Outdoors. The California stale board of health has sent out a circular entitled "Tho Dangers Arising From Taking Off tho • Hat Out of Dotrt-s During Funeral (Services." It attacks tho custom strongly and urges that one funeral is often tho cause of many, because the friends of tho dead stand around iu Llm open air, ovcm in winter, for many minutes, while the body is beiii" carried from house, to hoarse, or while tho coremonios at Hie grave are takiti" placo. Tlio board asks ministers anil chiefs of lodges and others who may have charge of funerals to "givu Iho beneficent advice to remain covered and avoid discomfort and daivor." The poiitl is mmlo that i 1 ciuaiiiiug°eov- oro'l when removing the hat moans peril to the health is no disrespect lo tho dead, but simply a wise and Jiu- uiiiuu precaution.— N. Y. Mt6n. THE DEADLY BAKED BEAN, A. Yimlent Poison If featen as n Stead Baked beans is a virulent poison that is to say if a man eats nothin ,;lse for a month or two. Porridg would kill in about three weeks. Thi mav be slightly incorrect as to time but* it's right in the main. Dr. Salis burv. according to the Ohio Slate Jou> wa?.'is making remarkable discoverie through experiments on diet. He pu half a~dozen sturdy fellows on a die of baked b-ans and coffee exclusively and all showed symptoms of locomoto ataxia or progressive paralysis on th tenth day, and by the sixteenth da not one "of them could walk straigh without support; and all had chroni diarrhoea, heart palpitation and op pressive breathing. Four hearty, well men were put on oatmeal porridge—seasoned with but ter. pepper and salt —with a pint o coffee containing sugar and milk a each meal. Constipation, flatulence headache and dizziness were afllictin them all on the eighth day. In tw days more these conditions had becom violent: exertion produced heart pa pitation, and they were full 'of wan dering pains, with prickling in fee and hands. These disorders grew more intens and painful—with neuralgia induce' in three cases—until from the twenty third to the twenty-fifth day, whei diarrhea set in, and thu record is ful of such entries as "Eyes wild, hearing impaired, head confused, memor poor, leg' and feet numb, quite clea and listless, heart palpitates and very irregular," up to the thirtieth day when it was deemed imprudent an unsafe to carry the experiment furthei and in four clays more, by u meat die and hot water, Ihe men were restore to normal health. It may be well t observe here that in all cases men ex perimentcd upon were as'thoroughl. and quickly cured of their abnorma conditions by those means. Violent chronic diarrhea, such a often prevails in armies and is knowi as "camp diarrhea," was produced ii three hearty, strong men by feedin; them upon army biscuits in from nine teen to twenty-one days—a spell o constipation preceding—and micro scopic examination proved that the were literally filled with the yeas germs already mentioned. Each ha marked symptoms of locomotor alaxi and partly lost Ihe use of his lowe limbs. Bread, rice, wheaten grits, hominy sago, tapioca and potatoes were eac fed to four or six men at a time fo periods of from forty to forty-live day before serious diseases and symptom were produced. Green peas and strin t beans ranked next in point of alimoii tary qualities. Green corn, turnips •beets and squash quickly produce un pleasant and grave derangements, bu of all vegetables asparagus was i'ouni most injurious when lived upon alono Seven days is about as long as it woiilc be safe to subsist on this plant, owin to the effect upon the kidneys. Patients have lived exclusively on beef and mutton for from three to four years. Still, if one sticks to them too long, they are liable to bucom monotonous and may cau.se "mcatdvs pepsia," which is dangerous. Peopl who live exclusively on vegetable food as the Hindoos, are enabled to do so by inherited organic tendencies. The! stomachs are of little or no use t them. The plyoric valve bein»- vci manenlly paralyzed remains open, s that vegetable matter pusses directl 1 into the proper field of digestion. An Exchange of Passwords. The following story, printed in the Nashville American, is said to be vouched for by prominent alliance moi of Weakloy county, Tennessee: At a curtain small town in the coun ty the alliance is in the habit of meeting in the same hall as Ihe Knights o Pythias. One night not long ago i member of. the alliance saw Ti l?"-h in the hall, and, supposing his orilei was in session, sauulured up am knocked on the door. The door wa; opened and on inquiring face appear ed. "1 plow, J hoe, I spade," solemn iy remarked tho alliance man. "The devil you do!" replied the man on the inside, closing the door. The alliance man told the story to some of his fellows. Thoy wuro alarmed. "Why you have given away our password!' they exclaimed. "Yes," complacently responded the hero of the .story, "but I found out theirs." The Homing Plegeon. The homing pigeon is tho one kind of his raco that has a distinctly utilitarian existence. During the Franco- trussian war they were tho only means of communication Paris had with tho outside world when all ingenuity of man had failed. Since that period the French and German war departments have established ox tensive government lofts for the brood ing and training of those truly remark able birds. A proposition has recently been made to supply our out-voinw steamers with trained horning pilous to be used at a distance of not e.v"-eod- ing five hundred to eight hundred miles rom Now York; so^ should anything happen within this distance al- .njos^instantaneous word could bo the "natter shape. — | and. So far, howe, has not taken delinito er blue 11 the bl rod, s thusu ---- of an grooo mixed. There is also • blue-checker, red-checker, birds'l^! 1 - 8 ' The iutora « i« 'Jims m this country is very durance, as out American-bred hint' have demolished all foreign record* f! longdistance Hying. The avto speed of the homer is about a mil. minute— 242 miles in 232 minutes ing the best on record. The avei flight for twenty-four hours oftl pigeons is over 5'X) miles. ovy flew 1,051 miles to get urally much of this time ho somewhere, delayed by stormsorhe*) winds and may have actually fW' twice that distance, but he MontgJ heard of from the hour he wa3 liberal*! until he returned to the home-lofti month afterward. — Exchange. IN THE LANGUOROUS SOUTH. The Experience of n SI. I,mt!s South Carolina. "The meanest trick that was t played on me," said a St. Louis drum.] mer who was trying to boom a convet. 1 nation in the smoking cubby. 0 ( 'l sleeper, "was by an echo in a Sontb I Carolina town. The little town is on I the side of a hill and is as sleepy ^1 uninteresting a place as one will fin,] in a year's "journey. I got into i town on one boiling hot day in AIIO about 1 o'clock and proceeded to°nu. tic around to get through businessanj skip out. I "The town was so infernally Wj looking that I did not have much con. iidence in my ability to gut business' At the postollice corner an ageilanj] decrepit gray mule with Hopping ean- and solemn mien presided over (dJ session of whittlers and tobacco sc|iii r [. ers who were in session under the bi» sycamore tree. I accosted one of thf group to find out where Josh the principal store-keeper, nii^ht l» 1 found, and learned that he was ''tenil.l ing a burying over in Catnip holler, 1 Just as I was about to move away 11 heard a muffled cry of: "•Help! Help!' "The whittlers anil sqiiirtcrsi attention and the gray mule was »iv"| ing all his time to a fly on the cm?oil his nose. "Again I ho;>vd the distant rauffleil cry of 'Help! ! "'It's a dam shame about that poor I nigger,' remarked one of the tiers. '"What's the matter with the mv| <rer?' 1 asked, at the same time looting suspiciously at th j wooden-grated | manhole of the sewer on the corner. '"Well, you sec, it's this way, I stranger. Bill Starks' bull pup crawled up the sower from the creek and cot I fast, and when the nigger crawled°up after him lie got fast, too. 1 '"Great, heavens! Why aren't you digging for him? The poor fellow witt| die.' "'Of course ho may die, stranger,'| but then it's pretty hot to-day, ; is only a nigger, anyway.' '"My God, this is inhuman! Come,! men, and we'll rescue this poor follow,' f "Just then another cry of help drove I mo almost to a frenzy. I guvo some! change to tho lazy colored men anil I sent them for shovels and picks. The; came, and after distributing tlio implements I went to digging like a crazy man. Presently I lookeil around to see why the others were not helping me and there was not a soul in sijjht. j I was wild with rage and cried down tho manhole to ask how the man was , getting along. Not a word came in answer. I backed off a little to survey tho work and heard the s:;me imiflM | sound say: '"Come oil the perch, von are an old I fool.' "I looked around and saw the whole town coming at me. They wuro laughing and shouting, and I knewIwaH the cause of the groat joke. Thoy led mo to a bar-room and told mo to register in a big book, labeled 'Echo Fools.'. There woro over five hundred names | of people who had boon fooled, was one of these whispering echoes I where sound is thrown back from the bluir to one particular spot. It cost me $17.80 to buy tho drinks. -Ddnl\\ Nuws, The Pickerel hacked Grit. "I remember, when I was a boy, go- 1 ing out one morning before sunrise to fish for pickerel. lliad just hooked H-; big one when along came a countryman. He said nothing, hut, witli mouth wide open, stopped to sun the', fun. The contest had lasted morothao" half an hour, when suddenly, when I was just about to land the prize, the; pickerel, with one last rush for liberty,) made good hi.s escape. With a lump, in my throat, I instinctively turned to • the countryman for consolation. 'U'anlr I'll be hanged!' he uxelaimwl. '¥«; hold on ter your end, young fuller, but. lie didn't, hold on tor 'his'ii!'"— M'*' A Veai-'s !>i-iiikin<r in Great ISritafn. Tho l r niti'il Kiinjilom AlliiiiM, according to its animal custom, puK bed a Htatt-inont of the amount of wines, .spirituous ru|iiorsand heurcoii-': •Mimed iu Groat Britain and Ircl«nil:| during Ihe year 18!)1, and it shows tM; bill lor intoxicants to bo a very still .>nu. The total spent in intoxicating.] I rinks during the twelve months was- considerably over .sevon htmilrwl m» : inns of dollars, an average of $18 '<"; every man, woman and child in the uniry, or $101 for'every family 1 ": Mm course of the year. 'Tho bill W r 1'S'Jl wasnoarlv $<).!))i),t)X)greater than Lhe liijl for is'j i. bin this iniirwisu »'«>• lot more than Ihe natural increase of lopulalion. S7. ,/nnii 1 .-: (fti.^ttt:- Why IuiHi)-Vonr? To the iui|iiiry why thu lmvp-y ea ^ ire so called, thorn appears to bo i'° satisfactory answer. What coiim* tiou, it may bo asked and has b ^ isked, was 'tho year or Iho mluea» iupposud to have with a lonp ol ', w , eaping? VVcro thoso years rcgai' 1 ' 6 "^ lomiiiif with leaps or bounds, as CO , -rasleil with this steps or l j af^, n >ihor yearsH Did days or jvur soiiiethiug, or woro lelvos someliow leaped over? A loems mailer of i-onjcctuni; (UK .--s nollii-.i.!.;- ieft for iis but to t.m ^ jn "The. Coiiturv DictionaryS Jioul, -Tin: (-x.-te'i reason ol unl.n Ta - ,S7. \ichulua. tho Bank of Eugland , folio volumes of I" 1 ' lied daily with writing iu uuouuls.