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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPER PftS MQINgg..ALGQNA, IOWA WEt)NESt)AY, JtiLY 8, 1891. WHEN THE CAPTAIN is ANXIOUS. POINTS FOR CAMPERS, FORT ttoScrn St^»m*Wr>fi tTava No F««r Storm*—It Id FOJTH Tliat Alarm. J g[_OTHING It it not when the neon come pounding ! trrer tho bows that the captain's face I lengthens. Even when it is necessary to keep the passengers below, nnd the spray fa carried AS high as tho foretop, his confi- ( dence in his nhip Is unabated. Hia spirits- do not fall with tho barometer, and th*ug the clouds hang low nnd the air i« fillw with stinging moisture flying like alee from tho hiding seat—even when boats *re torn out of the davits, and iron bit And ventilator*! are snapped from the! fastenings like pipe stem.-?, he has no misgiving on to the Ability of the ship tt wenthor tho gale or the fiercest harrican that can blow. Give him an open sea, without haze o fog or snow, and neither wind nor wav can alarm him. Ho knows very well, ns all who are experienced In such matters do (hat the modern steamers of the great At tantlo UntM aro so "arefullv canrtt.itii And of such strength that the foundering of one of them through stress of weather ftlonc is well nigh Inconceivable. But when a fog descends, then it is tha bis faca and manner change, and he wh< has been tho most sociable and gayest o; men suddenly becomes the moat anxious And taciturn. Hl» Rent at the head of the table is vacant; look for him and you will not find him, as in fair weather, diverting groups of girls tucked up in steamer chairs on the promenade deck, but pacing tho bridgo and ;nittlug a cigar which apparently him not been allowed to go out •Ince it was hghted as the big ship backed from her wharf Into tho North river. Wherever and whenever it occurs fog is • source of danger from which neither prudence nor skill can guarantee immunity, •nd whether tho ship Is slowed down or going at full speed there Is cause for fear While this gray blindness bafllcs the eyes. With plenty of uea room the danger is least, and It increased near land, especially where tho coast Is wild and broken, like that of Ireland and Wales, and where there •ro many vessels as well as rocks to be passed.—William H. Kldciug in Scrlbner's. FOR HEALTH AND COM- WHILE IN THE WOODS. Ilotr Fulso ISjrelmiw* Aro Made. At a certain factory a number of young women wore working at small tables, each table covered with little Instruments and odd things, which only those who knew the business could possibly understand. At one table two girls wore threading needlca with fine, silky hair, and sewing them in llttlu squares on a thin, transparent gauze. "Those girls," said the overseer, "are making some of those beautiful arched eyebrows you may sometimes see on the tage. They are frequently worn by both /stars and actresses. These sowed on the Bet are the less expensive kind, and are only used on special occasions. The real brow is very expensive, and cau onlf be made by a person of great skill. "The putient sits hero in his chair, which Tery much resembles a dentist's operating throne. In thin cushion to my left are •tuck a score or so of those needles you saw being threaded. Each stitch only leaving two strands of hair, to facilitate the operation a number of needles must be at band. As each thread of hair is drawn through jttte skin over the eye, it Is cut, so that when th* first stage of the operation is over it leaven the hairs bristling out an inch or so, preucatiRK a ragged, porcupineappearance. ' JJow cornea tho artistic work. The brow most bo acliod and cut down with the ut- raoBt delicacy, and a number pf hours is i&j«ired_to do It. "Small OB the eyebrows are, they are Very important in the makeup of the face. You Lmvo no idea how odd one looks when utterly denuded of hnir over the eyes. Tho process I have described Is painful, but it makes good eyebrows and adds 100 per cent, to the looks of a person who was without them, it is, too, rn uch better than the blackening and cosmetics so many people use, especially people who have mere pretense of browh, comprising only a few taint,"—London Tit-Bits. i ' n A Remurkublc Canadian IllTcr. The Sagneuay, a large river in Canada, falling into tho estuary of the St. Lawrence, on the north Bide, about 115 miles J»low Quebec, is rightly reckoned as being the deepest and innst remark-able stream in the world. Excepting in a very law places, where great ranges of hllfa sOem to 'crOHH its bed, the average depth is !X)0 feet, I the bottom at the spot where it joins tha ' J5t. Lawrence being over 000 feet below the bottom of the lust named Blream. Thus a •low point of rocks at tho shore, or an island, is really tho top of u moderate nlzed mountain springing up from the tnynUirioUB depths of this deepest of all rlvera. AH the spring tides rise about eighteen feet, the currents of this river are violent and eccentric, in some places tho ebb ijtreain runu four to six miles un hour. The eddies along the shore aru like those of u rapid, the undercurrent sometimes laying 'told of u vessel to turn her ' about or to hold her in nolle of all effortu to escape. Before tho UKO of towboata on the 8<ig- ueuay, a vessel left helpless by a calm sometimes drifted against Home submerged mountain peak, and, when the tidu fell, capsized in deep wuler. An anchorage being very rarely found, large Iron rings have been Bet in tho rocks which nho,v themselves above the water, and ve«>ei.i often Uo up to UK-SIS "hitching postx" und await u fair wind. The tide of the Sagueiiuy, lor some unexplained reason, advances witli extraordinary rapidity, thus, not- wlthHtaniling the fuel tlml tlio ebb cm-sent very rarely ceases to How out of tho river, high tidu arrives at Chicontiini only forty- five minutes Inter than at Tudousuc, seventy miles uwuy. On the St. Lawrence the tide advances In the KUMIU time only from Tudousac to .Murray liny, thirty-live miles distant,—St. Louis Ucnublic. Overeating. Tho hublt of overeating'is far too com- piou, even with tliouo peruons who prao- tlco moderation in other ways. The day lubovur may habitually hidulgo Ui an •amouut of food without injury which would seriously afl'uct u person of a less active inoilocf life, became his heavy work burns oil' tho excess of food, Init in most coses tho excess of food ia nut carried off by a so called bilious attack, anil then, i/ there is no work to burn up tho supply, what happens P lu Bouio constitutions, dyspepsia, in others an ever increasing bulk; now this bulk disincliuoii to exertion, BO that witli Increase of bulk less work is ilouo, wliilo llioro la a growing disinclination to exertion—oven u repugnance in uxtruiua cases to any form of exercise. Tlieso coses arc among tho most dlflicult tho physician oau treat, for ilia suU'cror, though he may wish for relief, luuka tho uiiurgy to ilud it. As u rulo, stoutuesa ia connected with errors of diet—errors of excess, perhaps Of touer thuu people uro prepared to admit, but often to errors of kiud.—llall'a Journal «! Health. What Tool* and Snndrle* to talus Alonjj. Ho IT the Camp Should lie Selected—A t,l»t of Article* for the Kit—Some of the NccrMftry Fond Suppllei. Too few of the boys who spend their vacation in the wilderness study carefully enough the methods adopted by persons of extensive camping experience. There is no pleasure in a holiday Bpent in the wilderness unless the campers understand how to make themselves comfortable and to avoid the confusion and discomforts which fall to the lot of the ordinary greenhorn. Yet the whole thing is very easy to learn. For those who do not want to think out the subject for themselves let me give a few suggestions as the result of my own experience for a number of years of camp life, as well as the experience of a large nimber of friends of mine. i always use a Norfolk jacket—called In this country Oxford jacket, or belted coat—made loose, of strong homespun, aud capable of being worn open when it is warm, or belted tight when tho weather is cold. This coat looks quite sportsmanlike. The cap is a matter of ihoico, but I like best the deer stalker, which receives in this country the rather obvious name of fore-and-after. It should bo of tho same color and material is tho coat. To be thoroughly do rigueur for wild ife tho camper should wear homespun or corduroy knickerbockers, with black or gray stockings, unless Ihe region where ho places his camp is badly ilagued by mosquitoes, when ho had >etter wear trousers, as the fly pests will >ut their bills clean through the stock- ngs. The stockings should be of wool and ribbed. For lying about tho camp, canoeing, >oating or light tramping, thin yellow eather and sometimes canvas shoes might bo used, but for all heavy work hero is nothing like a solid boot, roomy, vith wide sole and wide heel, laced ightly about the ankle and resembling ho old fashioned English shooting boot, For underwear woolen is far the best, jecanse, while not over warm, this ma- erial rapidly throws off all moisture. I hould advise wool for outer as well as nner shirts, and the former should be of color which will not too easily show tains. The drawers should be of the tame material as the inner shirt. Two inner and two outer shirts, two airs of drawers and, if possible, two airs of trousers or knickerbockers—or letter still, a pair of each—with one acket, will bo sufficient. Don't forget andkerchiefs, light socks, and any kind f bolt that you prefer. TUB KIT. Be careful in making up your kit. If you havo long and rough travel and any portaging never take a box, no matter how many patents are attached to it or bow convenient it may look on the tradesman's counter. It is inconvenient to carry in a boat and impossible to carry through tho woods. I know nothing better than a good substantial bag, made of oiled canvas, thoroughly watertight, and arranged so it can be laced snugly together. I havo seen leather bags also which served tho purpose admirably. Each camper requires a pair of blankets, gray or dark ( red; the clothing I havo mentioned, say, two large crash towels, soap, small hand glass, comb and brush, tooth brash and paste, needles, thread, thimbles and buttons, a couple of pairs of old kid gloves, a pair of scissors, pocket knife, belt sheath and sheath knife, a small bottlo of arnica, bottle of | Jamaica ginger', (V "book" of court plaster, a bottlo of citrate of magnesia in povVdor, and two or throe bottles of laxative pills, as advised by physician, 1 would not advise spirits, except a bottle of excellent brandy, to bo used only after a severe wetting aud when there aro indications that a cold has set in. If you propose to camp at some place far away from a grocery store you must, of course, tako your provisions along, and hero comes tlio most troublesome part of your camping outfit, You must havo tea, coffee and sugar, fjirup, bag of salt, biscuits, pepper, mustard, vinegar and curry, I am a strong advocate of canned i'ood for tho camp, and in this form should havo beef, lobster, salmon, tongue and perhaps tomatoes and corn. Butter is also necessary, but, if possible, got it from tho nearest farm house. Better tako along also a bag of "prepared" flour, buckwheat and rico, if you wish, and, above all, Homo tins of good condensed milk. Condensed colt'oo is also an excellent article. You can havo also prepared Boupu, chocolate, etc., which add to tho luxury of camp life. But bo careful about ovorwoigliiug your baggage. Each camper should havo n tin plato aud cup, aHpooit, u knifoand a fork. Tllli CAU I'. Tho camp should havo a frying pan, three graduated tin kottloa, tho larger with tho capacity of u gallon or more, and one fitting closely into the oi,her; au ax for heavy chopping is noccusary, and | it would bo well to havo a Kuiall hatchet I for light work. A pocket compass ia iu- dinpenfjablo, as aro also parlor matches. Thoro is no comfort in camping unless you tako a tout, and tho "A" structure, strong cotton, in my judgment, ia best. One eight by ten feet and six foot high will aeoominodato nix persona. Better tako along your ridgo polo and tent piup and always havo an ample supply of curd. It is well to take tent pins, be- causo Hoinctimea you aro suddenly overtaken by a rain storm, or you reach the camping ground after dark, and it is inconvenient or impossible to obtain tent pins. Never take evookorywave, for it is Bui'o to break and heavy to carry. bufUciout attention is not always given to a camp Bite. In choosing tho spot several considerations should weigh. It should bo near wood and water, and, while secluded, should conyuand a view of tho most picturesque parts of its BUT- l.—No^Y York Herald. A California Mining Cafnp In ••!!). The gambling tents were large, and Contained not only gaming tables bul billiard tables. At one of these I was once playing billiards with a man named H . A few feet from us, raised upon a platform made for the purpose, were seated three Mexican musicians, playing guitars: fot these places were always •well supplied with instrumental tnnsic. The evening seldom passed without dis- pulcs, and pistols were quickly drawn to •ettle qnmreis. Upon any outbreakmen would rush from all parts of the room, Struggling to get as near as possible to the scene of action, and often they paid the penalty for their curiosity by being accidental! v shot. While H—— and I were engaged in oar game we could hear the monotonous appeal of the dealers, "Make your game, gentlemen, make your game. Red wins and black loses." Suddenly bang, bang, bang went the pistols in a distant part of the tent The usual rush followed. Bang, bang, again, and this time the guitar dropped from the hands of one of the Unoffending musicians, who fell forward totiwfratrat'. with a bullet through his neils. Bis friends promptly undertook I •> mxrf bin past us to the open air. Our fcbifu-us so near tho side of the tent that only one person at a time could go between it and the canvas. H was standing in the way, just in the act of striking the ball with hia cue, when one of the persons carrying the wounded man touched him, with the request that he move to one side. He turned, and saw the Mexican being supported by the legs and arms, the blood flowing from his neck. Then, with, the coolest indifference, ho said, "Hold on, hold on, boys, till I make this shot." Then, resuming his former position, he deliberately finished hia ehot.—Dr. C. B. Gillespie in Century. To Do Away with Exercise. Too much dumbbell exercise ia a wean- ness to the flesh, and matutinal swinging of the Indian club becomes, sooner or later, irksome. The idea of relieving the tedium of daily exercise while increasing its benefits is a good one, and it is now placed at the service of the public in a practical form. A polished wooden box contains the appliances incidental to the ordinary exercising machine, and is equipped, i:i addition, witn a magneto-electro apparatus capable of transmitting an electric current to ten or more persons at the same time, or being graduated to the endurance or pleasure of one person, so that while the various forma of exercise are being gone through an electric current of any required strength can bo imparted. It is claimed that electricity can thus be applied under imprwsd and more pleasant conditions than fwmerly in many cases where its use has been proved to be most beneficial. Attention is called to the fact that telegraph operators, accountants, typewriters, pianists, and all whose work is apt to cause muscular pains and stiffness in the hand and arm, can by the use of this exercising machine reap a twofold advantage. The machine has a bath attachment. This is placed in a bath, and when the foot is placed upon it an electric shock of graduated, strength ia imparted to the bather.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. PRISCILLA Before her, on her knee, there Hei, Within the glance of those bine eye*. The book (Those antique, hcavj- notes Call from the shapeliest of throats A Song to God, of thanks and praise The happy heart IK triad to raise Of Priscllla Spinning. A well known step outside she hears, TIs not the captain whom she fears, Bat one whose honest life does move Her heart to give to him her love. He steps within—the die Is cast, Why flies the wheel so very fast Of Prisellla spinning? A stream of sunlight through the doov Lies brightly on the sand strewn floor It almost reaches to the feet Of her who sits in dress so neat, In little cap and 'kerchief white, With happy face all rosy bright, Of Priscllla spinning. With one email hand the wheel is sped, The other holds the growing thread; Nor yellow gold, nor precious gem. Can more of beauty give to them; The moving stream of pale sunlight Can rival not these hands BO white Of PrlsciUa spinning. —John 8. Barrows in Good Housekeeping The Time to Look After Hinges. This ia the season of the year after thf spring house cleaning when the good housekeeper looks about for derelict door hinges and locks, castors uncertain of their standing, and all the various other Bmall things about the house that need attending to. If time ia taken now to attend to such small matters it saves a great deal of annoyance. Refractory locks and hinges that merely work hard, but are rot broken, may often be coaxed into obedience by the use of a little machine oil. Examine castors that seem t stand uneven and have them repaired. There is scarcely any inanimate thing, ft wheelbarrow probably excepted, in deference to its established reputation for going contrary, that can cause so much personal annoyance as a shutter. Examine all these carefully when they are washed at the spring cleaning, and see not only that the blinds are all in place, but that the shutters are hung true and that they catch when swung back and when shut. There are few earthly tortures to the nerves than can be compared with the work of a shutter that bangs backward and forward. Examine doors and see that there are none that sag. Even in a country house which has been shut up for the winter there are often many such trifling matters to attend to in the spring. In a louse that has been occupied all winter there ia alwaya something that needs attention.—New York Tribune. Improvements In Boiled Steel. A protracted series of experiments made at Siemens' works, in England, with the new process of manufacturing steel tubes, show conclusively, it ia claimed, a remarkable adaptation of the system to the manufacture of pipes for the conveyance of water, gas and air at high pressure, tho manufacture of steam boilers, boiler tubes, and especially for bridge construction, owing to the lightness and strength of the tubes of comparatively thin steel, and which, it is believed,'will enable the engineer of th-j future to considerably increaso the span of bridges, Tlio simple aa well aa remarkable peculiarity of.thia process of shaping metala consists in tho fact that, instead of avoiding any twist of tho fibers, it by ono operation gives the greatest possible twist to the fiber with a corresponding stretch of material. It moreover may, assisted by a mandrel, increaso the outer diameter of u bar, instead of diminishing it, as do all other rolling mills, but the tube produced by this new method is generally greater in diameter than the bar from which it ia formed, and thus combining, aa it does, all the various systems of ia claimed to possess tho advantage of a construction in which all hitherto known rolling processes represent a part.—New York Sun, Who Hiuiuts You? Now think a minute. la there not Bomo unknown person whom, you aro always meeting in this great city without any reason for it? I havo asked a great many people, and find that nearly everybody is haunted by some stranger. Jusfc at present I am haunted by a red headed ptirl, who has freckles and a turn up nose and weava a light gray dreaa. She turns up at all sorta of unexpected places. No matter where I go to lunch that red headed girl is sure to pass me on tho way. Every clay or two I meet her in the "L" car, I change tho line, but tnro aa fate there sho is. If I go out between tho acts at tho theater that red headed girl walks by. Aud so it goea, until now 1 have got to absolutely dread her. Tho worst of it ia that she ia a nice looking girl and never seems to see me, —New York Herald. Mrs. Caster Calhoun'g Good Fortune. Mrs. Margaret Custer Calhoun, only dater of the late General Custer, has )een appointed librarian in the state ibrary at Lansing, Mich. The selection a not only a wise one—for Mrs. Calhoun s a lady^f much dignity and ability- rat a grateful recognition of the memory )f three brave men. In the Little Big Horn battle Mrs. Calhoun lost more than any other woman. The disaster of 1876 coat her the lives of her husband, Lieutenant James Calhoun, her brother, General Custer, two younger brothers and a nephew. Since then she has supported heraelf as an elocutionist and public reader, and made a success by hard study, prese- cuted for distraction as much as gain. At a recent reading in Washington before the veterans of the United States army she was surrounded after the entertainment by tho old soldiers, who shook hands and expressed their love aud admiration for her brave brother, to whom she is thought to bear a striking resemblance.—Chicago Letter. Now Breastpins. Large bunches of knotted ribbons in diamonds make quite a graceful looking breastpin, as does a gray pear shaped pearl in a bow knot of diamonds. But cue of the most artistic looking brooches ia leaf shaped, of colored diamonds. There are five divisions, shaded from white to brown, the stem in tiny diamonds. Marquise rings are in high favor, though for those who have worn them and are tired of them as finger rings they can be set in a bracelet; either leave the gold band perfectly plain or have some stones placed half way down on either side, making a decidedly handsome ornament, Some odd scarf pins are worthy of mention. For instance, there is a bear in gold with his fore paws through holea in a board, a most torturing position. Then a jockey cap in moonstone, with the peak in brilliants, is .pretty.—Jewelers' Weekly. Bow the Coquette Acts. It is exceedingly interesting to watch a pretty woman who ia too refined and too dignified to flirt, and yet who loves the admiration of men. One often sees a masher, practicing his wiles in cars and boats, encounter such a woman. He rivets his gaze upon her, adding to it'a smile of admiration and approval. She seems not to see him, yet instantly her manner changes. She engages her companion in an animated conversation, she gesticulates, she smiles, she laughs—she does every tiling that adds to her charms. You see that she ia acting, and that, very slyly, she keeps assuring herself that her admirer is continuing to look at her. After all, what book is aa engaging as the study of our fellow men and women? —New Yoi'k Sun. A Nineteen Honrs* Until8 with Onttnvra Deputy Marshal Calcraft has just re turned from the Sac and Fox reservation, and gives the following details o how he and nine other deputies and a troop of United States cavalry effected the capture of the Dalton boys and the''r gang for robbing the Santa Fe train at Wharton. Thursday the trail of the robbers was found by the Indian scouts and bloodhounds put on the track. The robbers fled to a cave in the hills, and there sho ; the dogs as they came up, and when the deputies arrived they opened fire anc drove them back. The marshals sent foi assistance, and the troops arrived late Thursday evening. For nineteen hours a pitched battle raged, which resulted in the killing q: Bob Dalton and the wounding of James Eaton, private. As the outlaws hac neither food nor water they were at las obliged to surrender, and held out a flaj of truce, but as the ofiicers were afraic of treachery they compelled the outlaws to come to the mouth of the cave with their hands up over their heads and with neither guns nor pistols on their persons. The four survivors appeared at the opening in the position designated t but the marshals were not satisfied with their statement that Bob was dead, and compelled the remaining members to go back and bring the dead body into view. This was done, and the outlaws were bound and taken in charge. In the cave was found the full evidence of their lateat crime, the robbing of the train. Money, jewelry and express wrappers were found lying on tho floor of the place. Two of the outlaws received severe wounds, and the whole party was nearly exhausted from want of food and water.—Indian Territory Cor. Denver Republican. Blasting by Electricity, A novel method of blasting by electricity has been invented by a Swedish, engineer. As described, he employs « Volta aro produced between two carbon tods placed parallel. When the arc ia moved closo to the spot whoro blasting fa to bo effected an intense local heat is created, followed by expansion, which has the effect of splitting the rock.—New York Telegram. The Acme of Meanness. Eobinsou—Brown ia awfully stingy. Watkina—You bet ho ia. He won't even allow a joke cracked at his expense if he cau help it,—Kate Field's Washington. Silas Conwuy's Southern School. Miss Clara Conway is to read a paper in July before the Southern association, at Lookout Mountain, on the subject of a southern university for women that shall stand in the same relation to the south that Vassar and Wellesley do to the north and the whole country. Miss Conway is at tho head of one of the most noted schools for girls in the south, the Clara Conway institute, at Memphis.— Boston Woman's Journal. Woman suffrage ia more popular at tho antipodes than with us. Women have had municipal suffrage throughout Australia for years, and Sir John Hall's motion affirming the desirability of extending the electoral franchise to women in New Zealand has been adopted with considerable majority, Conscious Clover TJlosnoms. The subterranean clover haa been driven by its numerous enemies to take refuge at last in a very remarkable and almost unique mode of protecting ita offspring. Thia particular kind of clover affects smooth and close cropped hillsides, where the sheep nibble down the jrass and other herbage almost aa fast as it springa up again. Now, clover seeda resemble their allies of the pea and bean tribes in being exceedingly rich in starch and other valuable foodstuffa. Hence they are much sought after by the inquiring sheep, which eat them off wherever found as exceptionally nutritious and dainty morsels. Under these circumstances the subterranean clover has learnt to produce small heads of bloom, pressed clofe ;o the ground, in which only the outer lowers are perfect and fertile, while the nner ones are transformed into tiny, wriggling corkscrews. As soon as the fertile flowers have be- jun to set their seed, by the land aid of ;he bees, tho whole stem bends downward, automatically, of ita own accord; ;he little corkscrews then worm their way into the turf beneath, and the po^s ripen and mature in the actual soil itself, where no prying ewe can poke an inquisitive nose to grub them up and devour them. Cases like thia point in certain ways to the absolute high water mark of vegetable ingenuity; they go nearest of all in the plant world to the similitude of conscious animal intelligence.—Minneapolis Tribune. Tried to Eat Forty-eight Bananas. A banana eating contest was the principal attraction. A young fellow employed in the freight depot undertook to eat four dozen bananas, one after another, upon a wager amounting to the pric'o of tho fruit. He succeeded in stowing away fifteen without much difficulty, and although he did not appear to be desperately hungry after that, he persevered 'intil the twenty-third banana had disappeared down his throat. At this point he retired from the contest as gracefully aa circumstances would permit, and after paying the bills for the gastronomic exhibition and the bananas which the aiidience had disposed of, departed a wiser if not a sadder man. —Keene (N. H.) Sentinel. THE VEILED A Small Snow Storm. La Nature, a French journal of science, relates that a gentleman who was walking rapidly along the street on a cold, fair day, and had by violent exercise brougnt himself into a .condition of profuse perspiration, took off his tall hat in saluting a friend. As he did so he was astonished to feel what was apparently a slight fall of snow upon his head. Upon passing hia hand over his head he found several unmia- takable flakes of snow there. It is supposed that the freezing outer air condensed the moist warm air within the gentleman's tall hat so suddenly that a veritable snow storm of miniature proportions was produced upon his head. Seven Bouts in Tow of a Monster Shark. The singular sight waa witnessed in the harbor recently of a man in a small boat making a cruise with a shark for motive power. Boat after boat went to hia assistance, until a string of seven, manned by twelve hands, was in the procession, but the shark's, movements increased with the increased weight, and after leading his captors a merry dance for a long while, he succeeded in throwing out the harpoon and effecting bis ea- capo. We hear that the length of the brute was estimated at being nearer twenty than fifteen feet—a customer not to be rashly tackled single handed.— Panama Star and Herald. A Rattlesnake at School. The other day, when the teacher and pupils of district No. 7, of Clay township, Auglaize county, arrived at the school house they found a large rattlesnake quietly dosing on one of the desks. The .lady teacher aud the young scholars, none over ten years of age, attacked the reptile with sticks, when it suddenly rose, rattled furiously and sprang at them—the first evidence they had that it was a rattlesnake. It put the scholars to flight. A neighboring farmer was summoned, who shot it, and the frightened teacher and scholars went back to work.—.Cincinnati Enquire?, A REMARKABLE RECLUSE IN fHE WOODED WILDS OF TEXAS. Evidence of Artistic Tnsto in III* So- Winded Cavern Home on tlic H.-tnkft of Willow Cn-ek—interview with a Man' Who Accepted HI* Hospitality. Wilburp-er county, Tex., boa.sts of a- aysteryin the form of a hermit,, living: *sar Willow Creek in ;i snmil r-avern,. •ftrtly nntur.-il nnd partly excavated by Mm, lined with skin ntiil decorated With drawings on the wall, which are said to be- the work of an artist of cultivated taste- tod great talent. Very little is known of the recluse beyond the fact that he is a< white man, an Englishman or American by birth, and has lived in his cave for the post fifteen years. He always wears a close fitting mask of buckskin, which, falling to his breast, •ompletely hides his face, and dresses io ikins in the winter, while in summer he is <lothed in a loose garment said to be woven «f the prairie gross. This strange being, by some regarded as * myth, is only seen at long intervals, when •ome traveler runs across him by accident, when he will make no attempt to escape, respond pleasantly, if briefly* to any question or greeting and quietly walk away. If followed or molested he first mildly protests, and then, if the attempt is persisted in, has been known to draw a weapon, which has usually the effect of ridding him of his tormenter. He carries a small rifle, which, however, he has never been seen to use, but snares all hia game after the manner of poachers, or flfihes along the creek. On such fare as he •ecures in this way and a patch of ground ' which he cultivates the recluse lives, for he has never been known to visit town, though •everal attempts have been made to induce him to abandon his solitary life. His cavern, though known to a few, is never visit- ad, for it is believed that he would resent »ny intrusion in a very unpleasant manner. A MAN WHO HAS BEEN HIM. The only man who has ever entered the cave Is Colonel J. Nixon, who, on one occasion, was invited there by its mysterious Inhabitant. The story is: "I had driven *nt from Harold to Lloyd's ranch, when I was overtaken by one of our sudden prairie storms. My ponies soon grew unmanageable, and I got out to hold them by the bit, prhen a tremendous peal and a blinding lash caused the little demons to break •way from me and go tearing across the ', jrairie. After relieving my full heart by J i few words suitable for the occasion I irndged on, but soon found the road so leavy for my thin shoes that I abandoned t for one of the cattle paths which seemed to run parallel with it. Now,.I know the road well, having traveled it of ten.bnt what with the darkening sky, the sheets of rain, and the lightning, it did not take me long to lose my way. At some distance 1 could " see the line of timber marking the course- of the cresk, and made my way to it, fol- owing the stream for a mile or two. "All at once, as I plunged on, 1 Heard a voice hailing me, and looking closely about, saw sitting in the mouth of a dugout or cave in the side of a good sized hillock a. nan with something over his face. I hal- ooed in answer, when the stranger called o me to come in out of the rain, so L marched boldly up to him. I knew him in a moment, for I had often heard of the- veiled hermit of Willow creek, though up o the time I actually beheld him I had never believed in his existence. "He led me into his cave and lighting a- flre of pine knots, piled up in a rude fireplace with a funnel leading up into thcr open air, revealed to me a scene which fol wildness I never saw equaled. Snakes so- veil preserved as to appear alive, in all heir ugly viciousness, hung pendant from rafters that supported the clay daubed roof; grinning heads of panthers, cata- nonnts, bears, jaguars uud every wild >easfc to be found for hundreds of miles around, udued to the weird grotesquenessi of the ulucc, while their skins carpeted the cavern and made the hermit's bed, which was all the furniture the place afforded, except a low stool before the flre. cuiuosnr IMPRESSED. "The walls of the cave were of clay, evidently hardened by heat, and were covered with drawings made by some sharpinstru- ment while tho clay was yet soft. I urn, sufficient judge of art to know that .the hand which executed the pictures was that of a skilled artist, and they were fine indeed, They were, for the most part, from the Bible, and represented Peter's denial of Christ, Judas kissing his cheek and the disciples asleep in the garden of Gethsemane, but I also remember one or two scenes, from the Odyssy and Iliad. "My host brought out some cold venison and a plate of beans, of which I ate thankfully, after which he resumed his seat in the door of the cave. I tried to talk to- hitn, hut his monosyllable replies soon silenced me, and when presently the rain ceased, ho said, 'You must excuse me, but I am under a vow to hold communication with no one.' I rose at this hint and prepared to go.- I had a late newspaper in my pocket and tendered it to him, but he- thanked me and shook his head. " 'My one ilesire is to forget the world and be forgotten by it.' Here he hesitated a. second, and said: 'I would like, however, to ask you one question. Has England'— But he checked himself and groaned. 'No, no; better notl Sir, go quickly. I, am a. wretch who expiutes deadly sin in solitude and paiu.' "He ran to the back of the cave and falling on his knees groaned and sobbed. I had some tobacco with me and some other trifles, such as a pocket knife, matches,, quinine and a flask of brandy, which I placed on the floor, and then left. I have never seen him since, for I felt sure the- greatest kindness to him is to let. him alone, and I have exerted all ray influence- that he shall remain unmolested."—-Philadelphia Tiuies. He Who Runs May Bead. In spite of declarations to the contrary, it is possible to both read and write with, cornfort while traveling if one knows how. Pains in the head after reading on the cars are due to an unusual strain upon th« muscles of tl/o eye, its focus being changed almost incessantly, but with an occasional rest the muscles will not find the work too hard. So try tha plan of reading for ten minutes, and then for five minutes reviewing what you have read. But if meanwhile you wish to look out of the window, let it be the one on the other Bhle of the car, for to look out of the one nrat you will require quick focal changes <w tiring to the eye as reading.—Ladies' Homo Journal A Fateful Title. Theatrical Manager (to applicant for position)—Do you thiuk you would mako § good walking gentleman? : Actor (auspiciously)—Um-er—how Jar, wes« tire you, goingMQood STevrs. ( A,. .&'!•?- ^.

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