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*&..«», !/,V J *- ' - THJB tJPPM DES MOINm ALttQNA. I0t* A, WJBDKIi SPAY. JtlLY 15,189 TM* tURNPIKS ROAD. BoBttwngB It scorns, so strange and sweet, "That here life's bony tide oneo flowed: Thftt bravely trod our ermndslre'a feet, With light heart, or with heavy load, Through this forwilttin turnpike roftd. Aa walking In sumo holy nuve We trend the grium urown ruts today: At tf they marked some ancient grave, Weftciirch upon the milestones gray Their numbers almost worn away. Beyond Uio wood nnd wind Ing stream Beat tbo world's pulses, strong and clear. With roar and rush of steel and steam; Bat, changeless through the changing year A sacred nllcnco relgnoth hero. Tot violets nnd tho wind/lower sweet In fairy hosts hero greet the spring, And following Hummer's banting feet, BItio Oentlnn—shy and winsome thing— Comes forth to hear tho last bird sing. .And Fancy weaves a mystic spell Around this nook In Nature's howers; Perchance tho smiles and tears that fell, The conquests and defeats as well That made life In those bygone hours, tlavo hero found root and bloom In flowers. And could It 110, on every tomb (An to our lolhvcm goal wo spued), 'That somoHwi-et flower should live and bloom. Harvest of bravo or holy deed— Ah, who could ask a richer tnecd? •Ctotl rest their souls In byways fair, Who heavenly sued on earth have sowed. While wo who still life's burdens boar • Pfttlontly lift our loads of care. Renewing for our last abode Such bloom IIH fills the turnpike road. —Annie, Unilso Drakonrldge In Springfield Homestead. TOLD BY A DEAD MAN, One evening, not many months ago, •three persons were seated in a snug cor- .nor of tho lounging room of the Electricians' club of Vienna. From tho intent and eager expression on tho faces of two of them it was evident that tho subject of tho conversation was more than 'Ordinarily interesting. Tho leader of the conversation was a ;man apparently on tho turn of thirty- "fivt). vvitli n face strongly marked by the •unsparing brush of late hours and unrestrained passions, Ho had reached the pith of the tale, and was enjoying the impatience of his listeners with a keen *elish, ' At last, yielding to their eager importunities, ho said: "Well, I'll toll you tho name of the lady, but remember you have given your word of honor that it shall go no farther. When 1 followed her from tho train 1 found it was—oh, shades of vir- •±ue! Mrs. Waldemor." . "You lie!" The words rang through the silent room •like atrumptist blast. Springing to their feet with a haste that sent chairs and table flying, the startled trio turned and saw a gentleman in evening dress standing not three feet away. His face was convulsed with rage, and his futile struggle for speech only caused his pallid lips to utter incoherent sounds, For a few seconds no one moved, and the ominous quiet was only broken by the deep, labored breathing of him who faad 80 unceremoniously interrupted the ..peace of the night; then with a midden •bound a form cleared the intervening apace, and before hand could be raised in hindrance tho boastful roue had planted a terrific blow full in tho face of this adversary, almost felling him to the floor. The infuriated combatants were quickly separated by tho excited bystanders, and both hurried from tho 'house. On the following morning the fre- •quenters of the club stood about in little ..knots discussing tho episode of tho night before, Thero was a universal sympathy with tho gentleman who had received the blow, and many strong expressions of angor wore indulged in by the members, who wero justly enraged at tho publicity that would inevitably follow such a disgraceful affair. One old giintloman in particular was •much excited. Uo said; "Such an unwarranted imputation against a lady's character should not pass unpunished, and if Horr Waldemer does not challenge that brute, why, I'll 4o it myself, if only on general princi pies." As tho choleric old man finished, a commotion at the door showed tho en- trnnco of some one with fresh news on the engrossing topic. Tho newcomer was quickly surround• ed, and with tho eagerness of a bearer of .glad tidings hu oxehiimed: "Waldemer has challenged him, and the challenge is accepted of course. 1 iiavo just como from tho house of llukurt, •who, you know, conducts all such affairs. Ho wouldn't tell me wlu-n it was to take .place, or indeed anything at all about it. But there aro going to bo some extraordinary arrangements; 1 could lull that by his air of mystery—Iho pompous old idiot!" The welcome intelligence created a feeling of general relief among the ini'in- bora, and it was hailed with great satisfaction. They dispersed to their various homes, knowing that their code of honor was still intact. For several days tho curious made «very eil'ort to discover any details concerning tho impending duel, but without avail. There was only n corfninty thai il would take plaou, but whore anil iiow was only known to tho principals and the indefatigable llukurt. , On the morning of tho sixth day after the quam-l at the club the community was thrown into a state of horror nt the following article published in the None .'freie Presse: At half-past 8 last night, aa a party of ;young men wero passing tho house of Berr Wuldumer, in Strtisso Walltisch- £asso, they wero startled by the loud report of a revolver coming from tho direction of that gentleman's residence, fol- iowed immediately by an agonizing scream. They hastily forced the front door, and after a vain search in several rooms, till untenanted, they reached tho study. There, prostrate on the floor, was • the form of our well known citizen- dead. A hideous wound in his left temple and a revolver lying near at hand showed the cause of death. Stretched across his body, her hair dabbling in a pool of blood, was his beautiful wife. It Was at first thought that she also was •4was but a uusty examination toowad that she had only fainted. One of the horrified gentlemen ran lor the nearest doctor and also to report the melancholy news to the proper authorities. The others set to work to revive Mrs. VValdnmer, and soon had the satisfaction of iweing her recover consciousness. By a fortunate coincidence Dr. Breslon happened to be in the neighborhood, and he was soon in attendance. He pronounced Waldemer past nil medical aid, but said that the lady was only suffering from a severe nervous shock, natural under the circumstances. Despite her protestations Mrs. Waldemer was taken into custody and removed to the house of detention, wb,ere she remained during the night, all offers of bail being resolutely refused. Owing to a most extraordinary and fortunate circumstance we are enabled to clear the unhappy lady from all suspicion, and also to give our readers the details of a very singular duel that took place in this city but a few days ago, and which undoubtedly caused the suicide just mentioned. Last night at half-past 10 o'clock a messenger left a package in the anteroom with instructions that it be sent up to tho managing editor. Upon the removal of the outer wrapper was found n sealed envelope with the following note; "June 18, 1889. •'To tho Managing Editor: "You will find inclosed an important item of news, which you are at liberty to use only on condition that this envelope bo not received before 10 o'clock this night 1 trust to your well known lionor to seo that this stipulation is faithfully canned out. "RUDOLPH WALDEMEH.'' Long before tho receipt of tho mysterious package Waldemer's suicide had joon discovered, and so tho seal was immediately broken. Inside was the fol- owing remarkable confession: "These, my last words, are written on the threshold of the unknown. Though n the prime of life, tho mero thought of iving has become a dread more terrify- ng than that of death. "Itis still fresh in tho mind of tho pubic how I overheard in my club tho name of my wife bandied about by a lecherous scoundrel, who has already gone the road 1 shall travel tonight. "1 challenged him. Tho challenge was accepted, All tho details wero loft to a mutual friend—a man learned in eleo- ,rical science—who enthusiastically proposed the adoption of electricity as a weapon. I assented with indiirerence, not heeding thoagenteo that i had my revenge. My antagonist agreed, prompted >y a professional curiosity. For several lays the mysterious preparations went and at last there came a note stating hat I was to call at a certain house on ho outskirts of the city at midnight. "On arriving at the place indicated the ciontist met me at the door and led tho way to a little anteroom on the second !oor. Thero 1 found my antagonist, and was only the knowledge that but a ew minutes could elapse before we vould be engaged in mortal combat that estrtiined me from throttling him where e stood. "We wero taken into an adjoining oom, and what 1 saw there filled my oul with a grim joy—the lust for mur- or, Returning again to the outer room, vo were requested to subiuit without omur to any preparations necessary. 1 omplied with alacrity, but he evidently esifcated before answering, and I noticed with pleasure that his voice trembled ud his face paled with a cowardly dread. The old electrician produced two ong, close fitting robes that enveloped s from neck to heels, and with skillful ngors ho speedily buttoned them around s, making tho shroudliko garments lore secure by passing n stout cord bout tho outside in innumerable turns, 'ottered in this way wo lay upon the oor unable to move hand or foot. Sat iliud at last that tho fastenings were xuirt), ho dragged us with infinite care ito the chamber of death. "It was a small, square room, devoid of uruituro, and but dimly lighted by a ommon oil lamp suspended from the oiling. The floor had been waxed and olished until it was as smooth as glass. two corners of the room, diagonally pposito each other, were a couplo of pe- uliar looking metal disks placed hori ! ontiilly on tho floor, and having a round, at knob in tho center. Lauding from .ich were two lines of insulated wire bout six or seven yards long, ending in iiallow cups containing dampened felt. "Planing us side by side, t mid\vay be- weon tho corners, the cups wore fastened o our bodies, 0110 being placed on tho eck at tho base of the brain and tho thor at tho extremity of tho spinal col- inn Thus attached to our respective disks wo were told that he who first reached his opponent's corner could, by merely placing his head on tho elevated spot, send tho annihilating current on its deadly way. "Tho old scientist, after a few hurried directions, given in a voice agitated with strong unuilion, retired to a corner, wliL'ro 1 could stu) him standing in an attitude of rapi iilttmtiyn, his head bent forward, his eyes protruding and glowering with a fixity of expression almost maniacal in its intensity. "Tho room was filled with a solemn quiet, unbroken wive by tho low murmur of heavy respiration or tho regular tick of a clock, whoso monotonous rhythm sounded liko the beat of a drum to my overstrained nerves. Thus wo lay for nearly half a minute, each wait- lug for tho other to make tho movo. "A short reflection had shown mo that victory would come lo him who showed the greatest cunning, as the manner in which wo were tied precluded the display of bruto force, and the slippery floor offered no fulcrum wherewith to propol one's self along. "Slyly 1 turnud my head and saw. close by. Iho livid face of my antagonist, his df-op set eyes watchful and alert. "A* a IVint 1 turned slowly over, lie did the same. Then with a sudden effort I owuug around so that my feet struck him a sharp blow in the face. It aroused all tho devil in his nature, and •Viva eiuow aim neei, invoicing cue am of every nerve and muscle, 1 rapidly covered tho intervening space, and then found my pajasuKe barred and the snatched from my eager grasp on the threshold of victory. Wild with baffled rage I threw myself upon him, and with hellish fury tried to tear his throat with my teeth. "As we struggled the room resoundec With an infernal din of gasping moans and oaths strangled in their utterance. For a time 1 lost all sense of direction, and was only intent on crushing out his viperous life. "We had neared the middle when, by what crafty trick 1 know not, he broke away, and with miraculous speed, now leaping half erect and now writhing like a serpent, he again approached the disk. I watched him With fascinated eye as he drew nearer and nearer. My tongue clove to the roof of my month, every drop of blood turned to ico, and 1 felt tho bony hand of death clutching that heart which in a second would shrivel at tho lightning's touch. "Ho reached it; up went his head, higher and higher. My Qodl why does he prolong this living death? A thud as it touched the iron plate; a horrible gurgling noise cut off in its infancy; one long, convulsive shudder of the body, and he lay dead before me, killed by his own wire. He had mistaken the platel "Hours afterward 1 wa» carried from the house, my reason almost gone and the dread terror of the scene still before me. How his body was disposed of I do not know. Probably it was buried under a false name. His death was not at my hands, but the horror of it rests upon me and it is more than I can bear."— Enrique H. Lewis in Romance. IGNORANCE AND BLISS, PLEASURE THAt COMES TO THOSE WHO LACK KNOWLEDGE. Why Women tlnvo Dyspepsia. A medical journal, in a learned discussion of the alleged causes of dyspepsia in women, declares that they aro mainly lack of exercise and eating indigestible food at unholy hours. To this a celebrated woman physician takes exception, and asserts that laziness and self indulg ence nro not tho main causes of dyspepsia in women. "I have found," she says, "that women are usually victims of the atonic variety of dyspepsia—that variety which comes from a lack of tone in the stomach rather than from any disarrangement of its functions. It is sometimes :aused by a generally enfeebled condition of the system, but is oftener the result of their getting overtired and then itteinpting to rest mselves by eating a hearty meal. "Women are sorecklessin theexpendi- ;ure of their strength—they go shopping 'or a whole afternoon, or they call, or entertain, or are entertained, without a ;hought of their bodies, until suddenly ;hey find themselves utterly wearied out. When this exhaustion occurs, instead of ying down for an hour's complete rest before eating anything at all, they will 'itisned tretrui creature; but hoisconfi- sit down to a hearty meal in order to f^nt that in ahother world he will be abso- J "*" Dt KU lutely painless and careless, and full to the brim of bliss. What a large compensation U this for unquestioning simpletonisml Ignorance has other advantages. It Compensation* That Alt Things Reek' one-1 as Evils Have—Tfie Credulity of Ignorance—What the Uneducated Avoid In the World of New Publications. : Nature IB admirably adjusted. Almost or quite all things reckoned as evil have their compensations. You will observe that ignorance has a wonderful way of being hnppy. I have a black fellow working In my garden who comes as near being absolutely without knowledge as any one Conveniently can, and he is sure that he can foretell the weather every time. "Well, sah," he Informs me, "1 knowed It were to he a dry month. The moon said io plain as dat 'nr hoe handle. But they Wouldn't believe me." What a sublime contempt he has for the rest of us. We are bundled off in that parcel of nobodies called "they." He Is absolutely sure that he knows more than any and all other people. This is one compensation of ignorance that it is supremely Wise. "But," I say, "Ned, how do yon come to know what is ahead when no one else does?" He does not undertake to tell, but Is puzzled over the undoubted fact, and stands a moment on his work with an introverted look. No matter, he knows, and that is quite enough; and it begins to dawn on him that he is a peculiarly gifted man, probably a prophet. The bulk of our prophets are uneducated, nnd most of them of the most ignorant He has only to conceive a thing to Insure its truth. His facts are not common property that any one can investigate and rcrify or disprove, but are private affairs, known nowhere outside his brain. UNQUESTIONING 8IMPLKTON1SM. Another consolation of ignorance is credulity. There really is no sentiment so delicious as being fooled. No, I do not mean being fooled by professional jokers, •uch as kept my black fellow up till 2 last night looking for a vast comet with a tail is long as half the heavenly span, nnd a lead as big as the moon; but being fooled )y a popular theory. It is exasperating to doubt, and when one gets to have a habit of looking all around a matter, and under ,t, and over it, there is no end of pother and brain work. Why, tho worst quarrels ever known lave been over Greek accents nnd Hebrew Towel points as big as fly specks. Ignorance not quite of the ignoramus sort avoids ill this by just believing the current no- ions without examination. I say this is delicious in more ways than one. My friend Raymond is going to eternal Paradise, where he will be waited on like a dug, have all his wants supplied, and never know a care; all this because his ire.ed is sound. His wife is unable to give lira peace w nd rest here, although she Works hard enough to do it. He is a dis- fretful creature; but ho is confi- rest themselves, as they think; and the ;ired stomach is too weak to care for the oad of food that is thrust upon it. By and by a dyspeptic condition is induced, ind the poor souls wonder what they lave eaten that has brought on dyspepsia."—Detroit Free Press. ISnglish and American Homes. Much is said of tho luxury of the Old World, but people who have had oppor- iunities for comparison testify that the average of comfort in living is much ligher in the United States than in Eng- and and Europe. Even the homes of ;he wealthiest are entirely lacking in comforts and conveniences that are re- •arded as indispensable among the middle class and even the poorer homes of ;he United States. Many English houses occupied by families of means are not supplied with steam or water, and the jeneral method of heating is by open ireplaces fed with smoky soft coal. Hot air furnaces are almost unknown. Set bowls, with hot and cold water 'auceta, are regarded as non-permissible extravagance even by the wealthiest, ind only tho very wealthiest sometimes indulge in the luxury of a bathroom. A hotel having one advertises it as a special and unusual attraction. Candles are still much relied on for illumination. A hundred other conveniences regarded as necessaries in American homes are unknown in English households.—Good Housekeeping. Interested In tho Skeleton. Little Albert hud been allowed to amuse himself by turning-over the leaves of the big illustrated dictionary. The picture of the skeleton impressed him particularly, and at the breakfast table the next morning he surprised his father by asking suddenly, "Papa, can't that bony follow in the dictionary wig- glo his fingers?"—Youth's Companion. Henry Pawcott, the political economist, delighted in walking, and even during the years of his life when he was totally blind his inherent love of the fields impelled him to seek the haunts of his pleasant youthful'saunteriugs. A simple remedy for neuralgia is to grated horse radish to the temple, when tho i'ace or head is affected, or to the wrist, when the pain is in the arm or shoulder. Prepare the horse radish in tho same manner as for table use. Tho Chinese have a saying that is at onco amusing and sarcastic. Referring to tho smalluess of tho feet of tho Chinese women, they say: "What the women havo lost iu their feet they huva idded to their tongues," Ther .• j;ro no cats within, tho limits of Liwu'lvilk', Colo., tho thin atmosphere at i hat ahiludo (10.800 feet) being fatal to t!u:iii. They are, however, not required, tho town being free from rats and mice from tho samo cause. Connecticut's constitution was adopted in 1818. Before that tho state •was governed under the charter of 1003, whack was continued by the constitution of 177(2 Tho amendments have boau numerous. J Three cent fares prevail on a Piltsburg railway, and papers in Springfield, Mass., and Buffalo, are endeavoring to induce their roads to follow the laudable example. It is estimated that the wealth of the United States now exceeds tho wealth, of the whole world at any period prior to the middle of the Eighteenth century. is clear enough that Governor Berkeley was right. It takes a very solid ignorance to Insure social peace. Printing presses bring In a host of clashing ideas. New ideas havo a habit of bumping against each other's pates. THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE LEARNED. There never has been as merry a lot of people in America as the negro slaves were before emancipation, notwithstanding Miss Stowe's pathetic Uncle Tom. You and i never are contented because we know there is so much more to be known. We are afflicted with our ignorance; we feel iquelched more and more .by the fact that we canot begin to keep pace with science and literature. It is really painful to take up the publishers' bulletins nnd see how the world is running away from us. There is just a little comfort in not looking at the English and French and German lists. Ah, if one can but crawl'back into himself and be stolidly indifferent to these things! Igno ranee can, but wo cannot. Simply becauso we know a few things we hnve found out our ignorance, and are finding it out more keenly every year. A really wise man gets, almost wholly suppressed by the conviction of his lack of Information. Will this go on, uud how far will it RO on? Egotism is interested in knowing what will be tho limit to the modesty of a really informed man. Perhaps you have heard the comments of an average audience on a very able lecturer. I once heard Kinersou discussed by a group making its glad exit from Fanenil hall. "Couldn't make out his drive," said one. "Don't think he could himself," replied a second. Ignorance goes on utterly unruffled by tho fact that it cannot define transcendentalism, or remotely get an idea of what a trauscendentalist is driving at. There are probably books enough already In tho world to run us comfortably for the next thousand years. Ignorance writes most of them. MEN WUO MAKE BOOKS. Two hundred years ago no one wrote a book unless ho had a gift, or at least something unusual to say. The books of those days had readers, and lived. The books of today are got into print by paying the publishers. They do not expect to be read—at least aro not. What a funny place is a bookstorol The old stock in a dry goods store has a value, but not so here. Yet I was about to suggest that the now cdpy- right law be entitled an "Act to Encourage Mediocrity." Tho more ignorant a tourist is of America the more sure he is to publish his notebook when he guts buck to Europe. Since Sir Charles Dilke's book concerning us not oua has had an intellectual value except that of Professor Bryce. Our own travelers have ^ or kho most part civen up publishing hop, skip and jump annotations of foreign lands. Literary ignorance is by no means the worst phase of stupidity. It is a happy vent for folly. When a man has said n foolish thing in print ho is satisfied. Then it is done up in leather. It can do no harm unless it is read. I wonder what are the exuct probabilities that a, feeble book will be read. The publishers tell us that few books sell 200 copies. How about those that Bell ton or thirty or fifty copiesf Are they tho really valuable books? * How long will literary energy take to ipend itself in this country on such a basis of remuneration? Is there any way whereby we can have a valuable critical journal to tell us tho truth about a book?—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. A King Who Avoids the TrutU. A talk with King Milau is rich mental pabulum for the traveler who is aweary and athirst in the dreary conversational wastes of tho Balkans. It is an unmixed delight, but should be partaken of with the admixture of inuoh salt. It is a delightful causerie set going by Conserves after the Servian fashion, and excluded with Turkish coffee and cigarettes, and a more than Persian etiquette prevails throughout. On crossing over into these countries one is immediately forced to the conclusion that Oscar Wilde's lament "over the decay in the art of lying" is at least premature; and in conversation with the es> King you, it you never have before, are immediately caught, and participate in the eccentric poet's admiration and enthusiasm for the able and unblushing story teller who never gives way to philosophic doubt, and who is aware that the criterion of truth is fluctuating. King Milan falls quite naturally into bombastic blank verse, and when warming to his work even soars to rhythmic rhyme. Your Servian cannot help this. It is inherent in his language and innate in his blood. The minister of finance, whose name I would not venture to spell, made his budget report to the Skoupstchina three years ago in well arranged quatrains. But the budget did not balance as well as the quatrains, and while his report was received as a markable production in literary circles, in the world of finance it excited distrust and suspicion, and Servian bonds would have taken a tumble had they not been already deeply embedded in t.ie bottom rock of Bourse quotations.—Stephen Bonsai in Harper's Weekly. Bill Posting In Large Cities. Bill posting for places of amusement in this city has become quite a large business. A theatrical manager who has spent a good many thousands of dollars in this form of advertising says about it: "No theater in tl»ia city spends less than $100 per week in this way. Some of them go much higher. Many SLAUGHTER OF GIRL Hundred ThouAiimt of the Killed Eterj teat in China. In China tens ol thousands of born girls among t-he poorer cla thrown out to perish, and at Shanghai saw a tower formerly used to facilitate this Infantchle, Says Dr. Joseph Simnis, who has recently returned from an extended trip of the Flowery Empire. It is practiced in every part of China, but especially in the interior and in the Loess district. As soofl as we tret many miles from the coast It is quite usual tosee near a joss houseorplacB of worship a small stone tower from ten to thirty feet high, with no door, but a holein one side, reaching into a pit in the center. The children that parents wish to be rid of are thrown into this hole, and quicklime soon, consumes the little forms. It Is said that tne priests take charge of this cruel work. It has -been estimated that every year nearly 200,000 female babies are brutally slaughtered in the empire. One Chinaman being interrogated about the destruction of hia recently born girl said, "Tho wife cry and cry, but kill alleesamc." In every la '-ye city in China there are asylums for tho care of orphans, supported and couductcl by foreigners, who save yearly from slaughter tens of thousands of female Infants At TIan-Kow, which i» GOO miles inlars'!, I visited a Roman Catholic orphanage luv cLildreu that have thus been cast put to perish. Mother Paula Vismara, the lady superior of this institution, informed me that she had received seven that day, and one day thirty were brought in. | Of course these had never been consigned to a baby tower. Sometimes they are found wrapped in paper and left at the edge of tho river. Sometimes they are buried alive by the father, but while yet living are dug up by some one else and brought to this institution. Several wonV- eu are employed by the mother superior!* looking about for tho little victims. Cp-T ward of a thousand are received every year. Many of them, of course, die soon people get all of their amusement « ,, . ..., ., _. . year, mituy ui bucui, ut uuursu, uio auuu news from the billboards. Barnuin had * tter from the expos ure and neglect they great faith in this kind of display. For have suffered through being abandoned, and many are boarded out by the institution in the town. Those who. accept the charges have to bring the children once a week for inspection, and then, all being right, they receive years it cost him $000 per week for every season in this city. Beckon it up, and it can easily be figured that more money is paid to biU posters in New York than the president of the United States gets. "The charges for posting are from three to five cents per sheet per week. the pay for maintaining them. This is an Italian charity, and one of the most estimable in China. During the twenty-three TCn ., . , _ - • uuic iu wuiijtb. xyu.iuj£ uuo uwGUUjr-uuico When the weather keeps clear sheets years of its existence it has saved the lives last two or three weeks. In rainy of, say, 25,000 to 40,000 children, of whom weather they need frequent renewal. The poster pays rent for space, so that the advertiser's expense ia simply for posting nnd keeping posters in good condition. After paying all expenses some posters net a better income out of the clotlied d whcn old enough, taught to basmess than the average good profes- BeWi m ' ake talo kllit 6t0 cking.s, and do mniinl 7 n«n nv m »r^n^f « 0 r, ™ 0 i™ ••_ other useful work. They never know where they cume frotn or who their parents wero. When they are four years of age their feet arc bandaged, according to the general a fair proportion have grown to womanhood. It received considerable support from the European residents at Han-Kow, of whom there are about 120. ! Those children who remain within the I premises of the institution are fed and sional man or merchant New York Times. can make." — custom of all classes in China, to keep them their chances of story A i\Ind Sculptor's Wonderful Work. When tho young sculptor, John ^. „ , Leoni, during a fit of temporary insani- ! Bma1 !' ns U ' ftt mcrea . ses th(!ir < ty, was held in waiting at the Burling. J '"'"•'•'Age.--C,ncmnati Enquirer, ton (N. J.) jail, pending the results of inquiries as to his identity, he obtained ! possession of a common bar of washing ' soap and proceeded to astonish the jail- j ers. With the nail of his index finger he began to dexterously carve the soap into the shape of the "human form divine," anil within an incredible short time, considering the magnitude of the undertaking and the unbalanced coudi- i be an exceedingly difficult person for tion of his mind, had produced a won- i vllom to choose a gift, and so the baron derful model of an Alnino hrmrnr found. After much cogitation and many aeuui model or an Alpine hunter. investigations he decided upon a wonder- The figure, winch is now carefully fully trained nnd ta ika«ve parrot, whose treasured, is said to be equal to anything facility in learning any phrase that he had ever executed by either Marcou or t been told a few times was particularly Vidouquet. It represents a man with' his right arm outstretched, tho fingers of ! the hand encircling the neck of a duck,' which is as carefully reproduced and as true to nature as the figure of the hunt-1 er. The left hand hangs by the hunter's The Too Teachable Parrot. heard the other day an absurd which, I Baron do of Paris, so runs tho tale, was desirous of sending to his kinsman at Frankfort, whoso birthday was at hand, some acceptable token of remembrance. I should fancy that a member of that family would an side, holding a shotgun, while at his feet ' noted. One of the clerks of the Paris house was deputed to convey the precious fowl to Frankfort. Now the weather was cold, the young man disliked traveling and, above all, ttr parrot, with the usual perversity of his race, screamed and screeched all night, so that none of the occupants of - — < . — -- — .Q..,., «** w»»v uuuu VM. VUW VSW1^l«iyi*UUO W*. lies the figure ot a dog wistfully gazing the sleeping car in which he and his guar- at the game his master holds aloft. Taken all in all it is a most remarkable work of art.— St. Louis Republic. A Poet's Advice. A Dervish, lazy and hungry, met a dian were installed could get any rest. "Shutup, you confounded Jew!" exclaimed his protector, in a passion more tban once, moved to anti-Semitic feelings by the disagreeable journey and the parrot's bad behavior. «^^^Y&^iJ^-±ffiS'^!S5r2.S but the son of songs and the father of parrot was formally presented to its new sayings said, "I have only the wisdom owner, who at once began try IMS to coax it of God, the advice of the dead and the ' to talk. Polly listened to M. do Roths- songs of men." child's discourse for a few minutes, and "Will a song fill my paunch?" cried the tllon in reply enunciated with startling other. To whom made answer the poet:' distinctuess the latest P aras0 he had "Sing a song of sixpence, and that lnnr " Prl "*'""" " n mn """" *' will fill your pocket with rye, and scatter the rye, and that will i'etch silly blackbirds to make for you a pie—and any girl will cook it." "Thanks," said the man.—Century. Two Rubles. Mrs. Newina—Oh, I wish you could see Mrs. Winkler's baby. It's perfectly lovely I Such a delicate, sweet little creature as it is! It's a perfect little cherub, with the loveliest eyes, the sweetest little mouth, the cunningest little nose, and eyes of heavenly blue. It looks as if it just dropped from heaven, and every tiny feature had been fashioned by the angels. Mr. Newma—Is it as nice as our baby? Mrs. Newma—Mercy I no, not half.— New York Weekly. Turpentine for Corns. For soft corns, dip a piece of linen cloth in turpentine, and wrap it around the toe on which the corn is situated every night and morning. It will prove an immediate relief to the pain or soreness and the corn will disappear after a few days.—Good Housekeeping, Tho Moan Thins. Ethel—I've been engaged six times, and now I'm gping to marry Charlie Simpson. How many times have you been engaged? Maude (demurely)—Only twice—to Charlie Simpson.—New York Epoch. There is now a strong demand for live lobsters. The restaurants, boardinghouses and many of the families that used to demand boiled lobsters now order them alive, because it is the whim of the moment to eat them after they have been broiled alive. The idea is that the flesh is half a dozen times more succulent then than if they are killed first. Humanitarians need not shudder. There never was any human method of killing a lobster. He used to be boiled alive, and now he is broiled. It is doubtful whether, if each lobster could be questioned, many of them would care which way they were treated. — New York Cs*.. learned, "Shut —Paris Lefeter. up, you confounded Jew!" He Wus the Fellow. Wiggins was harassed by the possession of expensive tastes and the non-possession of means to gratify them—a combination of circumstances which, being known, made it extremely difficult for him to ne- gotiateeveu a loan of ten shillings from his associates. Parkin, in particular, used to congratulate himself on the fact that Wiggins had never been in his hooka for ever so small an amount, and steadfastly purposed that he never would be. Unfortunately for Parkin, however, he was fond of a practical joke, and it was this fact that interfered with the success of his prudent determination, A number of them were sitting In the club reading room one day, when Wiggins whispered to Parkin: "Let me have a fiver for a few minutes, till I put up a joke on one of the fellows." Parkin, ready for some fun, and suspecting nothing, handed him a five pound nvte, and was surprised a few minutes afterward to see Wiggins using it to pay sundry little losses at cards, including a going a laugh on one of tho fellows with that five pound note?" "So I am," explained Wiggins; the fellow."—London Tit-Bits. "you are The Wiser In Dentil. The dead of a graveyard sat in their tombs, for now it was the feast of the Melad, when the dead aro as alive and may walk tho earth for a night, and neither the angel Moonkir questions nor the angel Nekeer forbids. But many missed their bones, and wailed with vain rattle of speech, till one, which was a miser, with dry laughter spake: 'What need have I to walk? Here be bones to sell." Then a woman gave for a leg bone a ring, and another a fillet of gold for a hand, and thus there was soon left of him only a skull, and to that skull'some treasures. Theso others stumbled away rejoicing, and as the muezzin sounded the first sunrise call to prayer clattered Into their graves. But at morning came down from the palms monkeys, and took the miser's skull for a football. The gold and Jewels a beggar found, and the fakir and butt speaker of verse, Ferlshtuh, who saw all this wonder, said, "As the living, *> are the dead."—Century.

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