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THE UPPER DBS MOINES. ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY. JtJLY 29, 1891. A NOVEL IDEA. Ji«>Ok**U*r'/l I'lftn tot the Reviewed. ¥he farmer* 1 Village i* not so not»l <« genome, as a scheme, but it is ona ?th*t has, we believe, never been de- •iteloped in America to an extent com- «toehsurate with its advantages. Mr. •John W. Bookwalter has undertaken 46 put tho idea in practical working, ' «bfl to that end has purchased a tract "*f 60,00(1 acres in Nebraska, with the /Inifintinn of dividing it up into farms. • sund renting or selling them to farmers •who nre willing to enter into his •theories and benefit by them. There •eems to bo nothing visionary in the Idea, and tho only very exceptional feature of it is thai it is tnlteri up by • •One man for tho benefit of his follows, when it might easily bo carried out by • combination of plans and forces on itfao part of a number of men who would -*harc equally in its advantages. I\?r. Uookwalter proposes to build homes lor those who are not able to buy them »nd allow them to pay rent until such Aline as they can become the owners if -they nro so inclined. In this way each tnan can test the plan and need not • •commit himself financially to its failure *r success unless ho chooses to do so. Of course thcro is no more liability to failure under these conditions than in »ny other farming enterprise. The drawbacks would simply be those contingent upon all agricultural ventures. The advantages, however, would bo Incalculable in the opportunity thus jrivon for tho enjoyment of tho lighter • and brighter things of life. Farm life "has its poetic side, but it is ICFS apparent to the average farmer than to •the rest of tho world, and it has not been a sufficiently strong element to •«ountorbalance tho prosaic monotony •and the isolation which ropel so many ambitious young spirits. Tho possibility of oven degradation in the life «f a'farmer is sharply brought out by aiamlin Garland in his stories of .•prairie life. The existence thus ox- rposed is divested pitilessly enough of «vory vcblige of glamour that, could possibly cling to it. The hopelessness Of the outlook for men and women •who soom doomed to a slow death of -mind and soul is not accented one whit too strongly. It is well known that tho inmates of insane asylums are many of them fanners' wives, and tho •monotony of their lives is the reason ..•generally assigned for this fact, which ,1s always a feature of hospital statistics Hut tho farmers' village might well •bo beneficial to others than to these exceptionally unfortunate ones. The •most prosperous and wealthy farmer -would hardly forego the advantages of .social intercourse for himself and his • family if it could be made available •without interfering with his occupation. Mr. Bookwaltcr's plan of build- Ing tho homes in a group with the Sarms surrounding them and reached fty good and direct roads, seems per• fectly feasible and ought to bo attract; Ivo to young people starting out in life, "to whom tho chief drawback to the "farm life is Its loneliness. There is little doubt that the dread of settling into a "rut" and becoming moro machines has had much to do with the /sending of young men and women into • cities rather than tako up for thcm- • selves tho same lot that their fathers and mothers have found tolerable. The uhanco of a social existence, of • education for their children, and tho fltimuhms of a certain neighborly emulation, would remove in a groat measure the objections to farming which now present themselves to young • •people in tho choice of a lifo occupation. It is hard to see why tho plan -should not extend tind bo realized by .many farming communities on their own account and without tho aid of a capitalist.—St. Paul Pioneer Press, HIS BEST TRICK. Tfc* TThteb (COUNTRY GIRLS IN THE CITY. Tin-;,' Look for Konliil IVfo Which Tlioy <'uii Itcxt Ki'Joy ul Homo. "1 have heard country girls talk of •coming to tho city for employment." says a lady writor in the Cincinnati •Commorcial-Gay.otto, "and they liavo •given as one reason that thoy wanted znoro Kocial lifo. Well, that is just what thoy will not got. Tho woman of business iw not Hio woman of leisure, and she has no timo for society. 'fiho will llnd moro social lifo in her own homo, oven if K!IO bo a worker, than Bluo could over have in the city, •und there i:> no lonosomouoss moro absolute lluin tho lonolinoHHof n stranger in a crowd. Salaries arc not largo enough lo permit of such relaxation in tlio way of recruit lion, and after the •day's work is over one in too tired to >go in search of enjoyment. "in I/no country home, in those days, "4he daily papers and magazines I'omo, oo that one may keep in touch with tho world, even if tsho bo al one side of tho bustle anil confusion of city life. Tho fashion articlo tolls her how "to drotsa her hair and mako her gown; gives her tho latest notion in small -toilet details. Kcnv iowns are so small that they have no public library, whore all the new books ootuo; and tho lecture and concert are not infrequent in visits. Hallways and telegraphs liave brought tho corners of tho earth together, so that ono is nevor far from tho center of things. Thero it) occupation, too, for tlm girls who slay at home, and particularly thoso who titay in tho country. Do not throng to tho •cilios in search of employment, for .you will he doomed to disappoint- anon t." Conjnr«r'« tTnrlvPled trick I* Yet t'nexplslnrrt. J must tell the family of the curlon* of a remarkable conjuring trick 1 saw performed while on a voyage from London to Calcutta The conjuror was a Parsee, whom you might have I taken for a respectable servant out of I place, but who actually was a Jand- j owner traveling for pleasure, who had taken up conjuring as an amusement Spreading a while cloth on the deck of the stenmer. he sat down with his back against the companinn hatch. As soon as he had settled himself, he turned to one of our fellrfw voyagers and asked for the loan of a rupee, which lie roqeusted should be given to one of the ladies present. The lady took it. and, at the request of the conjurer, looked at it nnd declared it to bo a real rupee. The performer then told the lady to hand it back to the gentleman of whom he had borrowed it. Tlio gentleman took it and then the following dialogue eflsued: Conjurer: Are you sure that is a rupee? Fellow-voyager: Yes. Conjurer: Close your hand upon it nnd hold it tight Now think of some country in Europe, but do not tell me Jour thoughts. After a moment's pause the gentlo- mnn who held tho coin said that he ha-1 thought of a country. ••Then open your hand," said the juggler; "see what you have and tell mo if it is not a coin of the country you thought of." Strangely enough it was a 6-frano piece, and our friend admitted that he had thought of France. Ho was on tho point of handing the coin to the conjurer for inspection, when the latter said: "No pass it to another." As I happened to be tho nearest, the 5-franc piece was handed to me. I looked closely at it, carefully examining both sides, until I was satisfied that it was a coin of the realm of France, oven though it had been a rupee but a few minutes before. Then, tightly clutching it in my hand, I thought of America. When I had relaxed my grasp 1 found that I had : a Mexican dollar in my hand. This,I handed to a gentleman on my right, who, in turn, thought of Russia, and opening his hand, found a Russian silver piece in place of the Mexican dollar. The juggler performed several other tricks during tho voyage, but they were of a commonplace kind, and in no way comparable to the coin trick, which I have never seen rivalled or explained.—St. Louis Republic. HUGGED BY A BEAR. ORBELEY AND LINCOLN. The Or«*t Editor'* Visit to Lincoln tfi*r the InfttiffnrBtion. In » most characteristic address by Horace Greeley, on Lincoln, which was written about 1868, and is now published for the first time in the Century, the great editor says: "I saw him for a short hour about a fortnight after his inauguration; and though the tidings of General Twiggs'6 treacherous surrender of the larger portion of our little army.hitherto employed in guarding our Mexican frontier, had been some days at hand, I ?aw and henrd nothing that indicated or threatened belligerency on our part On the contrary, the President sat listening to the endlsiss whine of o.Tice- .'oplrers, and doling out village post- o.'^eea to importunate or lucky partisans just ns though we were sailing before land bree/es on a smiling, summer sea: and to my inquiry. 'Mr. President! do you know that you will have to fight for tho place in which you sit?! he answered pleasantly, I will not say lightly—but in words which intimated his disbelief that any fighting would transpire or be needed; and I firmly believe that this dogged resolution not to believe that our country was about to be drenched in fralernal blood is tho solution of his obstinate calmness throughout the earlier stages of the war; and especially, his patient listening to the demand of a deputation from tho Young Christians of Baltimore as well as of the mayor and of other city dignitaries, that he should stipulate while blockaded in Washington, and in imminent danger of expulsion, that no more Northern volunteers should cross the sacred soil of Maryland in hastening to his relief. We could not comprehend this at tho North—many of us have not yet seen through it; most certainly if he had required a committee of ten thousand to kick the bearers of this preposterous, impudent demand back lo Baltimore, tho ranks of that committee would havobeen filled in an hour from any Northern city or county- containing fifty thousand inhabitants." Bon Hurd, u 1'liilailclplilii Woodsman has a Nnrrow Ksoupo* A party of gentlemen who have just returned from a fishing excursion up Kettle Creek, Penn., tell of the startling adventure of a Ben Hurd, a woodsman living in the Black Forest says tho Baltimore American. Tho region close to where Hurd lives escaped the ravages of the forest fires last spring, and for that reason the neighborhood is now infested with wild animals who sought refuge from tho fires. Ouo morning, as Hurd and his daughter were some distance from | homo looking after the prospects of j tho huckleberry crop, they came upon I a bear and her three cubs. She at once , assumed tho offensive and made for \ Hurd, who was unarmed. The girl, frightened nearly out of her wits, started for a i'ark-peelers' camp further up the mountain for help. When she reached the camp nearly exhaused by hor fearful run, she could scarcely toll tho location of tho fight that was going on between the man and bear. .James Cullihnn understood enough of tho disconnected story, and immediately hastened to tho rescue. He grabbed a b:irk-peoler's ax and ran. As ho noared tho nput ho gave a loud ery, which Hurd faintly answered. Callilmn was just in time for when lie eamo upon them tho bear had Hurd In hor doadly embrace, with every bit of clothing torn from his body. Calli- tum dashed at the bear with his uplifted ax. Tho blow caught the monster in tho back, und the bear was dead in a fow minutes. Hurd was so weakened with tho loss of blood and from his desperate fight that ho fell in a swoon. Several others came from the camp, and llurd was fixed out with enough wearing apparel to get homo. The old bear and tho cubs wcro subsequently carried into camp, Hurd has almost recovered from tho effect of tho fright, hut tho narrow escape is vividly impressed upon his mind. IN THE FIJI ISLANDS. Carmlbiillsm and Other Uarbarltlos Have Yielded to ClirlBt.inn Influences. A generation ago the name Fiji was a common symbol for the grossest and most repulsive savagery. The natives were not simply cannibals, but their cannibalism was an everyday affair, forming a necessary element in every festivity. The sovereignty of the islands was first offered to England, after a distressing history of internal feuds, in 1808, but the commissioner sent out to investigate reported adversely. Meanwhile the influx of English und other European settlers increased, and a stable government became a necessity. In IStii), accordingly, the protectorate was again offered to England and likewise to the United States, but neither power cared to undertake the dubious responsibility. Two years later a briof experiment of constitutional government under a native prince was tried, but this failed, and Great Britain finally came to the rescue of the civilized settlers by accepting the sov- erignty of tho islands 1 , thus securing, at the same time, a wished-for port of call on tho route from Australia to Panama. The administrative forms introduced among the Fijis ;ire, not peculiar enough to call for any long discussion, writes Calvin Thomas, in tho Chautauqua. Hero, as elsewhere, the policy has been, while doing" away with savagery,- to treat native usages as gently as possible. The governor of Fiji is "high commissioner of the we:-tern Pacific," and as such has been a votenl; factor in checking tho canni- baMfikio and slave-trading barbarities for which the South Sea was until l:itoly notorious. Where lOliu'trlulniiN HIM ITladt). .A number of technical colleges in «ttnd about London have an electrical •department, where everything possible •connected with this brunch of science 4s taught, and it is noticed that the increased number of students havo boon in this department. Notwithstanding 4be largo number of graduates hiking <tuU course it is reported that so far all "have obtained immediate employment upou the termination of their period of I»i<! All lie Could. A peculiar chain of events was recently brought to light in a Kansas divorce case, in which a man petitioned for a separation on tho ground of his wifo's insanity, It developed that the judge who granted the divorce issued tho ivum-tago license to the petitioner, performed tho ceremony,'presided at the trial to establish tho insanity of the wife, and, finally, acting as the judge pro tern, of the district court, issued tho decree of divorce. CHILDREN OF INDIA. It Is a • mistaken Supposition that the Olrls mature Early. In tho course of a lecture to the Hin- doos, delivered recently in a public hall in Bombay on child marriage, Mrs. Peohoy-Simmons, M. I)., a well- known lady doctor in that city, made a remarkable statement as to the period at which Indian girls arrive at maturity. Before going to India, she said, she had heard and believed that Indian girls reached maturity at a much earlier ago than thoso in cold climates; but her practice in native families had taught her that it was a mistake, "Judge, therefore, of my Burpriflo to find that so far from Hin- doo girls being precocious in physical development they are much behind in this respect; that a Hindoo girl of fifteen is about tho equal of an English girl of eleven, instead of the reverse, and that the statements which have been made to the contrary by Englishmen, who have no opportunity of becoming acquainted with Hindoo family life, were totally misleading." Fills by tlio Wholesale. A lady of Jacksonville told a reporter that she swallowed one box of pills each week for sixteen years. Thero are twenty-live pills in a box and she has consumed the contents of 8S2 boxes—20,800 pills. For aaoh box she paid 2,"> cents, making a total spent in tho six toon years of if '208. Coat ol' u Itui-ouot. In one of London's fashionable churches tho preacher marto an appeal to the oltoct that a certain baronet Was, through no fault of his own, in debt to tho amount of £00, and had no means of paying. Consequently the congregation were called upon to provide the amount required. SAVED HIS LIFE. A Major'§ Presence of Mind and * Subaltern'* sot-fe. It was in India. Dinner was just finished in the mess-rocm, and several English officers were sitting about the table. Their bronzed set but not unkindly among military men. tion, at best, had faces had the look common The convefsa- not been animated, and just now there was a lull, as the night was too hot for small talk. The major of the regiment a clean cut man of 65, turned toward his next neighbor at the table, a young subaltern, who was leaning back in his chair, with his hands clasped behind his head, staring through the cigar smoke at the ceiling. The major was slowly looking the man over, from his handsome face down, when, with sudden alertness, and in a quiet, steady voice he said: • 'Don't move, please, Mr. Caruthers. I want to try an experiment with you. Don't move a muscle." "All right major," replied the subaltern, without even turning his eyes. "Hadn't the least idea of moving. What's the game?" By this time all the others were listening in a lazy, expectant way. "Do you think," continued the mar Jar and his voice trembled just a little, . you think you can keep absolute- i'j still for, say two minutes—to save your life?" • -Are you jokineP" ' 'On the contrary, move a muscle and you are a dead man. Can you stand the strain?" The subaltern barely whispered, "Yes," and his face paled slightly. "Burke," said the major, addressing an officer across the table, ' 'pour some of that milk into a saucer and set it on the floor here just back of ma Gently, man! Quiet!" Not a word was spoken as the officer quietly filled the saucer, walked with it carefully around the table, and set it down where the major had indicated on the floor. Like a marble statue sat the young subaltern in his white linen clothes, while a cobra di capello, which had oeen crawling up the leg of his trousers, slowly raised its bead, then turned, descended to the floor, and glided toward the milk. Suddenly the silence was broken by the report of the major's revolver, and the snake lay dead on the floor. "Thank you; major," said the subaltern, as the two men shook hands warmly. "You have saved my life." Tho "i'likon EClvor. An Alaskan explorer says of his voy-. ago down tho Yukon river: "It was the grandest river journey 1 ever made, and I doubt whether there is a river in the world that can equal it for magnificent scenery. For milo.s wo lloated down between huge rocky banks that towered fully 3,000 feet above our heads. The sky looked like a blue slit and tlio echoes between those stony ramparts were something that would have driven a solitary man crazy. The same sound was there hurled back at you a dozen times, coining from far and near at the same time."—Chicago Times. Doing u Fuvor. "I did my tailor a favor to-day," remarked Itudley. "What was it?" inquired Badley, "introduce a paying customer to him?" "No. I got this suit made and charged »t another establishment.— Philadelphia Times. A CURIOUS 8BCf. Th«r Belief* In AM Prophet! ftnA Ate Mono1ho:«t<t. ihe Levant Herald states that th* official paper of Bassorah gives some particulars on the subject of the tribe of Saibi, established in that province of Asiatic Turkey. "The Saibis," it says, "are monotheists: their faith is that of Yahya (St. John) and they believe in all the prophets, who, according to them, have come into this world each for his own chosen people. The Saibis mako their own devotions at morn and even, kneeling on the ground. On Sundays and at Bairam the number of prescribed prayers is eight; these the devotees make turning their f;.ces to Iho north/ Their books are written in the Syrian dialect-. They fast only during the first ten days of Jamazan. from the ;:poar- tt-nce of the moon to tho setting of the sun. In the way of meat they only eat mutton, which must be previously washed in the river. The flesh of all other animals, including birds, is not touched by them. They also avoid eating any tood prepared by persons not belonging to their sect. When by any fortuitous circumstances they consider themselves soiled they wash themselves in the river. The women, too, purify themselves in the waters of the river, and there, also, the marriage ceremony is celebrated. The Saibis declare that after death the soul lives and will be rewarded and punished according to its deserts. Sunday is a da.y of rest among them. It is their habit to allow their beard and whiskers to grow. A Saibi can, if he so wishes, marry four women, but not more, and divorce is also a recognized institution among them. Cousins may marry each other. On Sundays, at Bairam and on returning from a journey it is obligatory 'upon the Saibis to take a plunge into the riyer after saying the prescribed prayers." LIKE TO BE HUMBUGGED. What a 'Womnn Vhyslcinn Says the Wants or Patient<. About A woman physician of New York tcld a most remarkable thing a day or two ago to an Evening Sun reporter. "It takes a deal of conscientiousness to keep a physician from becoming a quack," she said. "It's such an easy thing to quack when you know your patient wants you to, and that because the patients wants it it would perhaps be beneficial in the end. By quacking ,, - . . , „ - .. , i I mean resorting to clap-trap and un"You're welcome, my boy, "replied ! B(jiontir]c metho(ls , such ' M ' the faith a RAmnr *'Klir. vrm nin vmit* Qhnvn ''I . ,.. _ T , . cure and its like. Xo one but a phy- the senior. "But you did your share. —Youth's Companion. AMBER. one sician has any idea how great a demand there is for this among intelligent people. "They don't want the honest, straightforward exhibition of tha action of drugs on the body. They want a mystery about it, an exhibition of healing as a divine force—something that" appeals to the imagination. And because it's a subject for the im! agination the demand comes not from j the ignorant and unthinking, but from I the most intelligent and best informed : people. | "I have known some of the most : logical und elear-heuded people in j this city to offer such a resistance'to i scientific rational measures in medical I treatment and insist so strongly upon i some illegltmate and inadequate course ' as to put the honest physician's pa- j tience to its last resort. | "It isn't quite that they like to be humbugged. They don't Know it by Thrown On the Sands of Juthird By Every Storm. The masses of amber thrown by every storm on the strands of Jutland and Scania, although neglected by the first settlers upon them, attracted the eager attention of their sepulchre- building successors. The submarine product cast at their feet by the waves served not only for the adornment of their persons, living and dead, but for their protection against supposed malefic iniluences and, gradually becoming known to distant peoples, was bartered, in the growing trade centers of the south, for objects fraught with the significance of a new era. The traffic assumed largo proportions. To the diffusion of the fossil gum of Jutland from Liguria to Thrace corre-_ s( ._. .__, _„ _„„ _ „, sponds an equally surprising plenty of that, though the physician does. They bronze and gold in Scandinavia, where, too, finds of wrought amber and of the objects purchased with it suggest a reciprocal relation, scarcity of the first attending on plentifulness of the second. Not even in those remote times was it possible at once to have a cake and to eat it. About the sixth century B. C. the Etruscans entered the market Amber occurs in tho oldest tombs at Cervetri, and its exchange for bronze wares explains the stamp of Etruscan design impressed upon many objects now in the Copenhagen museum. Although the materials for their construction were imported, the discovery of the molds in which they were cast proves conclusively the wear pons and implements of the bronze age in the North to have been of home manufacture. Their remarkable beauty and elaboration tell of an advance in taste ensuing upon tho development of commerce they sprang from, while the system of ornament adopted in them betrays an oriental origin, Its elements wore probably rooted in religious symbolism—fire, for example, being denoted by tho zag-zag; tho sun, by the double spiral characteristic of Danish brou/.e work, although found as well on the pottery of the beehive tombs of Mycenae.—Edinhurg Review. All JCdlHoii Idea, Mr. Edison has some singular ideas regarding dress. He says, ' 'I wear the same thickness of outer garments the year round. I never wear an overcoat, It is big. heavy, clumsy and of little value as a protector against cold. Tho air can get in under it in a number of places. I increase or decrease tho number of my undergarments according to tho temperature. Every morning when I get out of bed I open the windows of my room and try the air. If it is warm or mild I put on my undershirt, if cold I put on two, and if very cold 1 put on three." A Frog-Rlrd. Thomas Marshall and Fred Grace, of Newcastle, Pa., were out hunting frogs tho other day and captured a creature not described in the books. It is a frog with winers and a tail something like a fantail pigeon. It weighs exactly nine ounces. The wings are composed of elastic-like skin, and When stretched out measured nine inches from tip to tip. When tha frog- bird is in the water the wings and tail fit closely to the body and are hardly noticeable. want something for the imagination to work on. And that's the stronghold of the quack practitioner. It takes an honest man or woman to practice medicine honestly." CITY OF THE UNKNOWN. WHOLESALE SLAUGHTERERS, Th« Jordan Bo.rs Vowwti DdiUfa to Z>«. sorters ftn<l KCJI i'h»ir Vow. Near New Holland, Ga,, there little swamp near the road. At iti edge stands a large white-oak tree. Years ago this spot was often pointed out as the scene of the murder of twelve men; and the pipes hon« tiio reputation of being haunted, it A-., a said the rattling of chains and g 1-0.1 na and prayers for mercy could be distinctly heard by passersby. a \ 0 one ever stopped to investigate, as we can testify from personal experience, says a writer in tho New York I)is;atch, having heard the groans some' fourteen years ago, and having also done some of the most distinguished traveling in all our eventful career. But to the story: Howard Thompson was a witness to the killing, which occurred in 1863, he being about 10 years old at the time. The killing was done by Bob and Ben Jordan of Piokcns county, and the murdered men were deserters who had been arrested hi Gilmor county. While the Jordan boys were in the confederate army a crowd of deserters visited the house of their father, as. saulted their sister and the wife of Bob Jordan, and carried their father, who was about 70 years old, through tho fountains a distance of sixty miles, and subjected him to many shocking cruelties. Then the Jordan boys ra> turned home and began their record of killing. Every man known to be a deserter or a skuller became a victim of their unerring rifles. Bob kept a/ list of the names and dates in a smaliW book. Ho was pursued one da.y, and ( in crossing a river lost his book. Ik contained 125 names. After that tie kept no record. This was before the, killing near Gainesville. Bob and Ben Jordan became recruiting officers and arrested twenty-six men in Gilmer county and started with them to tho front. On the way two escaped and twenty-four were lodged in Gainesville jail. Next morning the Jordans picked out twelve whom they had the best reason to believe had been implicated in the outrages upon their family and chained them together and marched them to this white. oak tree on the Now Holland road. They stood them up in a row and Bob Jordan marched (slowly along the line with a largo army pistol and shot them with his own hand ono at a time. Some fell ou their knees and prayed, while others looked their sbyer straight in tho face and died with an oath on their lips. Among the number was a fragile boy about 15 who was chained to a very large man. The boy was shot first and tho man supported him in a standing posture until he himself was shot, when they fell to the ground together. Thoso twelve men were hastily buried in a trench, dug upon tho s'-ot, but after the war they were exhumed by the federal authorities and removed to the national cemetery at Chatta-'" nooga. After the war Bob Jordan was shot to death in Florida by a weak, sickly young man upon whom he was imposing. Hen was stabbed to death in a barroom in Texas. Tho spot where tho killing occurred is now iu cultivation, but the old tree still remains. The land is part of the tract which Tom-Daniels bought about two years ago for $1,800 and sold a few days ago for $6,000. Azteo Metropolis Which No Wlilto M;m llin Kver Seen. "During the frequent visits I have made to Mexico," said a mining engineer of Philadelphia to an Inquirer reporter, ' 'I have coino in contact with many of the Indians resident there and have heard some very singular stories. One, which all the Indians unite in telling, is that far in tlua interior exists an enormous city, never yet visited by white men. It is described as peopled by a race similar to the ancient Aztecs, who are sun worshipers and offer human sacrifices to their deity. 1 >The race is said to be in a high state of civilization, and the' Indians say that the city is full of huge structures which are miracles of quaint but beautiful architecture, and are situated on broad, paved streets far surpassing those of the City of Mexico. 1 'One Indian, I recollect, assured me that he had seen the city and its inhabitants with his own eyes, but had been afraid of being captured and had fled. Of course, I did not believe him, but, all the same, it is not a little strange that the accounts of the Mexican Indians relative to the mysterious and magnificent interior city agree perfectly." nietal Alloys and ItosiiHs. Copper and tin make bath metal; copper and zinc, hell metal; tin and copper, bronze; tin, antimony, copper and bismuth, britannia ware; tin and coppor, common metal; copper and zinc, Dutch gold; copper, nickel, nine and a little iron, German silver; gold and copper, standard gold; tin and copper, gun metal; copper and zinc, mosaic gold; tin and lead, pewter; lead and a little arsenic, sheet metal; silver and copper, standard silver; tin and lead, solder; lead and antimony, type metal; copper and arsenic, white copper.—Lowell Times. THE BIG'S ARCADIA. Dls- In Sicily, It Kujoys Great Social tinct'on. A Sicilian pig has a good time of it, if one may judge of the condition of iti life from what is said in a recent consular report on tho agricultural condition of the Island of Sicily. The animal, says the report, enjoys "'as much social distinction as in Ireland," sharing its master's tenement, along with poultry and at times other animals, and accompanying its owner to and fro on his daily work in the fields. Thus much in the country districts; but in towns the. swine overrun the streets, acting tho part of scavengers, and are enticed to devour the filthiest food by a sprinkling of bran over it. In the mountainous regions again, life becomos pleasant. In the oak forests the piga are allowed to range at will on a payment by their owners during tho acorn season, of sometimes as much as 10 shillings a head. The herds are superintended by boys and are housed at night, in some cases as many as 800 in one house, and under conditions which insure scrupulous cleanliness of the covered pig styes. Disease is thus avoided. The only value of the pigs consists in their sale as fresh pork and for the making of sausages. Ham and bacon are unknown in Sicily. Perhaps pork is more commonly eaten than any other kind of meat in the island, A laicky Tiling. When, we come to reflect how hard it is to keep down the natural in* Btiucts, isn't it a lucky thing there are DO Indian hair-cutters or b or bars?— Phila. Times. A Railroad IJallastod With Salt. There is a vast bed of pure rook salt in the Colorado Desert, and the Southern Pacific railway, in laying their tracks to the salt mines, crossed a point where for over three thousand feet, they were obliged to make a fill and ballast the track with beautiful lumps of pure salt crystals. This is perhaps the first instance in the history of railroading where a track has been laid in and ballasted with salt. Millions of grasshoppers and legions of giant centipedes fell into this salt when it was in a liquid state, and now, after having reposed there for thousands of years, they are found perfectly preserved. Not Her Vnult, "Mary," said her mother, "you'll have to make that Mr. Goloosh leave earlier." "It's not my fault, mamma." "Not your fault? Didn't I hear you last night at the front door say, 'Stop Edward,' half a dozen times? If he wanted to go why did you w^nf; tP stop him?"

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