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'i THE UPPER DES MOINES, ALGOIS A. IOWA. WEDKEsbAY. IPGtTST 12,1891, CHINAMAN AS MAIL. Aitnte Mongolian Received Fr*in Cnrindn nt the Detroit Offled. A handsome, maroon-colored box- wagon curries the royal mail between ; Windsor and Detroit. It is open only It the rear end, and the doors which fclekb that end are kept securely locked. Besides two postmasters, only the customs officials on each end have a key to those doors. A few weeks ago William Henry Offut, the dignified and garrulous colored official who sweeps the Wind•or poatodlce and makes up the mails, was performing the latter duty. It was evening 1 and, of course, it was dark. Willinm Henry Offut is naturally timid when, as in this cnso, ho is alone in the big poslofllco at night, tlis nervousness was increased when the back door began to creak and slowly open. •Mah goodness," chattered William •wo-wot's do be a wa'nin' meanin' o' datP of trib-lation, Henry, /t-mus' •ho'." , Imagine William Henry Offut's relief and surprise, when, instead of of some ghostly visitor, the yellow (ace of a Chinaman appeared. "G'way fum dah, you fool yaller man, g'wiy," shouted William Henry, who hnd become onco more bravo. "Oh goodee blackee man, mo good- ee. lie wantee askoo you. Me want •loop in shed. Alice lightooP" "Ya-as, guess you kin sloop in do •hatd, if yo' don't hurt nothin'." "Goodeo blackoe man, mo cold. Me wanteo blag. Mo givoe blag back to- mollow." "Well, ah guess you kin have do bag. yallor face." Tho generous Henry handed out a mall bag, and tho Mongol curled himself up in tho roar of the office and wont to sleep—apparently. Tho next day, when the driver of the mail cart was going through Woodbridge street Detroit, he hoard • liOHHo In tho wagon. Ho turned just in time to see a Chinaman, who much resembled the one who had interviewed William Henry tho previous evening, jump from the wagon and disappear. Tho cunning heathen had como over Inside tho mail-ling, and had thus escaped tho vigilance of tho United States Customs officers. Tho Canadian postofTlce authorities wore notified. They determined that no more contraband humanity should get Into Unolo Sam's territory in this way. Hence tho brand-new locked wagon.—Detroit Journal. THE PRICKLY PORCUPINE. Tho Anolcnl Story About; His Rolling Illmsolf lulo n Hull. A recent writer speaks of it as the "quiot, inoffensive littlo creature that curls itself into a ball at tho first ap proach of an enemy." I have seen thousands of them in our pine woods— not so very littlo, but inoffensive, unless you object to their appetite for pack straps, shoes and salt pork. But whoever saw one curl itself into a ball when molested? If you bother a porcupine he will make a few awkward attempts at a gallop toward tho nearest treo, raising tho quill on his back somewhat as a dog ' 'bristles his crest" when oxolted. After reaching his tree he will make short work of putting himself out of reach of all weapons of shorter range than lire-arms. Tho tradition about his rolling him•elf into a ball, although not so bad as the quill shooting story, is, I think, entirely wrong wi.jn attributed to the American porcupine. I think this belief con es from the books, whore the habits of tho English hedgehog are described. This I understand to bo a much smaller animal than ours, feeding on insects and perhaps fruit. Our porcupine has for steady diet the bark of tree?, usually maple, but around old logging camps ho finds such delicacies as old boot pack*, pork barrels and cook-house slush; in fuel, any thing containing salt or fat in any form. Ho is au adroit thief, and if you give him a chance will ston,! a pack-strap or a shoe from under the walls of your tent while you are dreaming on your bed of balsam or hemlock boughs.—Forest and Stream. A <;i;iut «..:>!. The lai'gost boll in America is that of Notre Dnmo Cathedral, Montreal, which liangn in tho south tower. It is 6 feet high, 8 foot, 7 inches in diameter and weighs 2-1,780 pounds. It is ornamented with images of the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist, together with emblems of agriculture, commerce anil industry. It was cast in London and bears this inscription in Latin: "1 was cnst in the year of tho eristian ora 18-17, tho two hundred and second since the foundation of Montreal, tho first of Pius IX's pontificate and tho tenth of the reign of Victoria, Queen of Knylaud. I am tho How a D.vcr l!ct:ovnrc<l thn freaanrfl o si Snnlccn Ship, One of the most interesting of the exhibits at tho great naval exhibition In London, says tl*e Full Mall Gazette, was the diving tank in tlie CampierdbWn tlalle'ry; Eye'ry day it was liirrtfiindod by a crowd of spectators watching intently the evolutions of the man-mon- Bter in the diving-dress, who gamboled about with as much ease and pleasure M a young and lively fish. He picked up coin, ho wrote on a slato, and he talked to people through the telephone. Many romances have been told of deep- sea diving and many remain to be told. "Let us," says the Gazette, "have a talk with the famous diver, Mr. Lambert, who had charge of tho exhibit. For fifteen years ho was at sea as apprentice and officer." "Tho sea is the best training for a boy," says Mr. Lambert. Mr. Lambert > turned diver in 1800, and since then has visited every part of tho globe and has risked his life in many daring adventures. One ot the most notable of these was tho recovery of treasure from the mail steamer, the Alphonso XII, which went down off point Gando, Grand Canary, in 160 feet of water. She had on board treasure valued at £100,000. The underwriters who had insured this treasure organized a salvage expedition, which wa» dispatched to tho icono of the wreck. A short time afterwards a telegram was received from the captain of tho steamer as. Mlows: '•Lambert has got both scuttle,- open ind has got into the magazine. The boxes of trold are there. Tho treasure room was in the un of tho ship with three decks above it, at a, depth of 26 j fathoms, so that- the task of salving was an unprecedented »no. The operations were persevered ;n, in tho face of unforsoon difficulties and complications, and at last £70,000 was rescued from the deep. This was one of Mr. Lambert's greatest feata. After the wreck had been discovered the steamer was moored to buoys almost over it, and the divers were able lower themselves on to the top of lib mizzennmst, and then slide down to tho dock. Mr. Lambert blew up a Jortion of the deck, and descended to ihe bullion-room through tho wreckage, remaining down as long as twenty and thirty minutes 'at this enormous depth. He wears one of the rescued dollars on his watch chain. A SCHOOL EPISODE. Jttlo tnulmi and Hot- One Dross Touches a Iji's.ioTi. She was just a little curly headed •chool girl who wore one shabby black Iress such a long time that tho chil- Iren made fun of her when she came and went among thorn. 1 'What do you think?" they said to iach other; "that little Louisa has mly one dress and she wears it all the year round." But that was not true. It was a winter dress, and one day in spring ittlo Louisa blossomed out in pink. "What do you think?" cried the ihildren; "Louisa's got a now dress." Children are unfeeling littlo tnon- tora, naturally. One of them discovered that Louisa's dress was not new, and she took pains to announce the fact to the school in a few scornful comments. "Made over? Yes, indeed, and so old-fashioned! We could see the old stitches. Some one has given it to her." Louisa heard and cried herself sick. Tho toucher knew nothing of it. She was doing sums on the blackboard, and thumping knowledge into tho children's heads. "Please, teacher, a girl's fainted." This unusual announcement roused all, even tho lethargic teacher, into a Ihow of interest. The girl was Louisa, Ihe of the pink dross. "She's boon a-cryin' awful," volunteered one of the other children. When tho child came to herself, she clung sobbing to the teacher's unfriendly hand, and told her story. "Twuu't 'cause it was out of fashion —I didn't care for that; nor 'cause 'twas the only one I've got, 'sides the old black, but 'twas made over for me from one of m-m-mother's, and oh-h, teacher, she's dead." A tear fell from the eyes of the teacher, who had traveled that road herself. CALLEfe BACK. A* Indian Stor/ That It Short Bnt Very Good. IB the summer of 1877, a dirty, lired-looking party of horsemen, forty in number, were wending their way •ver tho rolling* prairie land of West- »rn Nebraska. In the lead, and to the rear rode a detachment of Uncle Sam's blue-coated soldiers, commanded by a Oearded captain whose experience on the frontier had made his name well- known. In the midst, carefully guarded, were a half dozen Cheyenne In- Sians, and following them came ten citizens whose garb betokened them to be settlers of the plain, and whose laded horses showed that they had been hard ridden. The soldiers wore jubilant over their capture, the Indians were stolidly in- Sillerent, while the plainsmen wore sullen countenances which brooded no pood for the red prisoners. The In- lians were a portion of a raiding party that two days before had attacked out- ying settlements and massacred several entire families. The citizens were a party that hod been formed to follow ihe Indians and avenge their outrage, and that morning they had surrounded iheir foe and were bent on their Annihilation, when the troopers had mddenly come upon tho scene, and to ihe disgust of the settlers, captured ihe whole party, and thus robbed them of their revenge. An hour later u camp was selected' Dy the side of a clear stream which coursed over a white sandy bottom. One of the citizens who had not dismounted rode up to the group of Indians and addressed a wrinkled buck whoso hard countenance cloarly be§poke his bloodthirsty nature. "What's that on your shirt, InjunP" he asked. Tho Indian, seeing that he was at- racting notice, proudly straightened ilmsolf. Fastened to the redskin's much-befringed and beaded deerskin hirt were three scalps, all from tho air heads of little children, and one of hem a yellow curl of a baby. Quick as thought the white man's pistol came rom the holster on his saddle, and— crack! the redskin fell forward with a mllot between his eyes. In another moment tho avenged sot- ler was speeding across tho prairie and the commanding officer h-nd or- ered a detail of his men to capture Him. As they mounted and started in lursuit one of his plainsmen said: ' 'Captain, that hair tied to that ar' njun belonged on his little uns' leads." "Sound the recall," said the captain o his trumpeter. SURIOUS OBJECTS. •I'm sorry," she eald; I will see that tho children treat tho future," .Ind she kept her Frao Press. you differently in word.—Detroit A UoiUHIH'C. A good looking man of forty who stood at the barge- office in New York with a photograph in his hand, scanning tho faces of incoming passengers by a German steamer, told the superintendent that his name was Leopold Bentol, and when a young man in a small town in Germany was in love- with pretty Hilda liehr. His affection gift of tho merchants, the farmers and ! wus ''o'urnod, but her parents, who mechanics of Villo Maria," In tho opposite tower hangs a chime of ten bells, tho smallest weighing 1 897 pounds, tho largest G011; total 21,690 pounds. Cruel Hunters. Two hunters near Reading, Pa., stole a boar's cub tho other day and were pursued by tho mother. After running lm tii t i 10 y woro a i most ex . hausted they stopped, and tho man with the cub, taking it by tho hind legs, attacked tho mother, lie beat her across tho nose with her offspring; BO hard that slio finally Hod, leaving the hunters with tho cub, which was dead, Vltolr UrlovuucoN. The Brussels waiters have formed a syndicate to redress their grievances. A leading complaint is that they have to pay from 1 to 6 francs to tho proprietors for the privilege of serving- wore wealthy, compelled her to marry Barou Borgoucit, by whom she became tho mother of Rosina Borgoncit. Bon- tel came to this country and prospered in business. He never married but always thought of his lost love, and sorrespondod with some of thoir common friends. Reverses came to the baron, and when ho died five years ago ho left his wife and daughter in poverty. When Bentel heard of this he sent money to his former sweetheart. Six months ago tho widow died, and left Rosina alone in the world. Bontel then sent au olTor of marriago to tho daughter and she camo over to join him. lor II. Husband (coming wearily in and seating himself) — Well, you oau buy that cloak you wanted so muoli. I realized something on an investment to-day. Wife— I am so the bill. glad, dew. Hers it ow . Queer Things Which tho Jlloro- scopo Reveals to Us. If in pond water you should find, re- •olving slowly, some round balls of the oveliest green color, and covered.with delicate net work, you may read about them in any book on microscopy, .nder the heading Volvox. Inside may be seen smaller balls of the same Ind. By and by the -big ball will »reak open and free the little ones, ach of which will then grow and grow, .ntil in due time it will break open too, nd still newer balls begin their roving LVOS. Wherever two ineshes of the onfining not cross are two hairs, o small that they are altogether invisible except under a very powerful microscope. These hairs, like those on the vorticellse, are used in securing food and moving about. Volvox, however, is classified as a plant and not as an an«nal. I must not forget my friend the water-bear. He is such a comical, clumsy fellow. Ho goes slowly about on his sight little feet, poking and plodding among the minuti" water-plants, always sure of finding something good to eat. He is tho very embodiment of indolen^ content. Yet for all ho soems to be satisfied with his lot in life, his personal appearance is not always pleasing to himself; for at intervals he slips bodily out of his skin, and appears in an entirely new suit, though I must confess tho general stylo of the cast-oil dross Is retained. Instead of throwing the old dress aside, as certain bigger and clumsier creatures do, ho gets out of it BO deftly that it stands upright and complete, evon to his four pairs of shoes. When the mother bear slips out of her old dress, she- leaves some eggs in It. In a fow days these hatch and some baby bears begin swimming around in the cast-off skin. But only for a short tiuio. They soon find their way to the feeding-grounds, and at onco begin climbing slowly about, and seem as much at home as are their parents. —Century Magazine. Lion vs. Tiger. It is popularly supposed that the lion is tho most courageous anil powerful of the eurnivora, or at least of the feliclas; but on tho few recorded occasions of a battle-royal between the Bengal tiger, the lion has como off second best. One such combat occurred recently at the Culcutta Zoo between an African lioness and a tigress. They were exhibited in adjoining compartments of tho same cage, and the door having been carelessly opened between the two compartments, tho tigress rushed in aud disposed of her rival in a; fight which lasted about ten minutes.—Forest and Stream. A NOVEL IDEA. ttm. Lotu The commerce of Now South Wales, one of the Australian provinces, in proportion to its numbers is three times that of Canada, five times that of Franco, and eight times greater than tho trudo of the United States. A New Idea. A scientist of Tennessee thinks that the Gulf stream every day passes through thousands of miles of subterranean channel that ig surrounded by a Uviny lire. Bookw»lt*r's Man for the FBrm«rM Re-Hewed. The farmers' village tfl hot so nov*l 4 scheme, as a scheme, out it is oni that has, we believe, never been developed in America to an extent commensurate with its advantages. Mr. John Wi Bookwalter has undertaken to put the idea in practical working, And to that end has purchased a tract Of 60,000 ncres in Nebraska, with the Intention of dividing it up into farms, and renting or selling them to farmers who are willing to enter into hi theories and benefit by them. There teems to be nothing visionary in the Idea, and the only very exceptional feature of it is that it is taken up by one man for the benefit of his fellows, When it might easily be carried out by ft combination of plans and forces on Ihe part of n number of men who would •hare equally in its advantages. Mr. Bookwalter proposes to build homes for those who are not able to buy them and allow them to pay rent until such time as they can become the owners if they are so inclined. In this way each man can test the plan and need not •omtnit himself financially to its failure W success unless he chooses to do so. Of course there is no more liability to failure under these conditions than in •ny other farming enterprise. The drawbacks would simply bo those contingent upon all agricultural Ventures. The advantages, however, would be Incalculable in the opportunity thus fiven for the enjoyment of the lighter and brighter things of life. Farm life kas its poetio side, but it is less apparent to the average farmer than to the rest of the world, and it has not been a sufficiently strong element to counterbalance the prosaio monotony •nd the isolation which repel so many ambitious young spirits. The possibility of even degradation in the life •f a farmer is sharply brought out by Hamlin Garland in his stories of prairie life. The existence thus ex r posed is divested pitilessly enough of every vestige of glamour that could possibly cling to it. The hopelessness «f tho outlook for men and women who *eum doomed to a slow death of Blind and eoul is not accented one whit too strongly. It is well known that the inmates of insane asylums are many 61 them farmers' wives, and the monotony of their lives is the reason fenerally assigned for this fact, which a always a feature of ho'spital statistics. But the 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. Bookwalter's plan of build- Ing the homes in a group with the farms surrounding them and reached by good and direct roads, seems perfectly feasible and ought to be attractive to young people starting out in life, to whom the chief drawback to the farm life is its loneliness. There is little doubt that the dread of settling into a "rut" and becoming mere machines has had much to do with the •ending of young men and women into cities rather than take up for them•elves the same lot that their fathers and mothers have found tolerable. The chance of a social existence, of education for their children, and the •timulous of a certain neighborly emulation, would remove in a great measure the objections to farming which now present themselves to young people in the choice of a lifo occupation. It is hard to see why the plan thould not extend and be realized by many farming communities on their own account and without the aid of a Capitalist.—St. Paul Pioneer Press. APPEARANCES AOAtNSt HIM* COUNTRY GIRLS IN THE CITY. Thny Look for Social Life Which They Can Host Enjoy at Homo. "I have heard country girls talk of Doming to the city for employment," lays a lady writer in the Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette, "and they have given as one reason that they wanted Tnore social life. Well, that is just vhat they will not get. The woman of business is not the woman of leis«re, and she has no time for society. She will find more social life in her own home, even if she be a worker, than she could ever have in the city, aud there is no lonesomeness more absolute than the loneliness of a stranger In a crowd. Salaries are not large enough to permit of such relaxation in tho way of recreation, and after the d&y's work is over one is too tired to po in search of enjoyment. "lu ti^e country home, in these days, the daily papers and magazines come, •o that one may keep in touch with ihe world, even if she be at one side of the bustle and confusion of city Sfe. The fashion article tells her how to dress her hair and make her gown; gives her the latest notion in small toilet details. Few towns are so small Ahat they have no public library, where ftll the new books come; and the lecture and concert are not infrequent in visits. Railways and telegraphs *Hve brought tho corners of tho earth logether, so that one is never far from the center of things. There is occupation, too, for tho girls who stay at home, and particularly those who stay in the country. l)o not throng to the cities in search of employment, for you will be doomed to disappointment" Wliero Electrlcluns arc lUado. A number of technical colleges in and about London have an electrical department, where everything possible connected with, this branch of science IB taught, and it is noticed that the increased number of students have been In this department. Notwithstanding largo number of graduates taking 1 course it is reported that so far all itave obtained immediate employment »pon the termination of their iwiod «f ttudy. Dilemma of ft Prohibitionist Who Escorting Two inebriate*. One of the ablest of the tutors In a leading New England college was at the same time an uncompromising; foe to everything of the character bf strong drink. He not only practiced all the teachings of the prohibition science in his own person, but never allowed an opportunity to pass unused ol publicly declaring against intoxicating beverages and general dissipation. Hence his standing in the matter was particularly well known. His rigi lity of viows oh this subject, however, did not prevent his owning to several little hobbies and a goodness of heart sometimes had the effect of taking the moral partly out of his precepts. , One of these hobbies was his ardent love of botany, and his gentleness of nature came out in his overlooking and hiding many of the collegians' little faults. One morning early he was returning from a botanizing excursion, when by the roadside he saw a freshman who was plainly tho worse from being out all night. He had evidently tried to make his. way to his lodgings, but the effort was too much. Stipulus, the tutor, roused him, and linking his arm to his own, continued on his way. But what was his surprise, on going some little distance, to meet another student in quite th« same condition as the first. For a moment the inconsistency of him—a staunch teetotaler—playing a part of a rescuing ship to those wrecks of dissipation made him pause, but his heart got the better of it. Lifting the second fallen one he steadied the pair as well as he could .and kept on his way. This double burden was not easy to navigate, and as he was by no means a powerful man their wobbling gradually imparted a like motion to his own steps. And at the very moment when this wave-like movement had, so to speak, reached its climax, on turning a corner he came face to face with several members of the senior class. The surprise was so great that, not knowing whether they had given him the slightest sign of recognition, he failed to recover himself or even think of asking assistance until they had disappeared. Conscious of the purity of his heart and motives however he took his cargo home, and then went about his duties at tho college, only to find the report meeting him on every hand that that morning he had been seen in such a condition on the public street that it was necessary for two good-natured students to almost break their backs to carry him home. Of course the matter was made plain to the faculty, but while Stipulus is no less a teetotaler than ever, he wouldn't now stoop to pick up a man if he saw him fall out of a balloon.—Philadelphia Times. REGREEN1NG OF VEGETABLES. A French Industry that Has Reached Dangerous Proportions. It may he a superfluous task to paint tho lily or to gild the refined gold, but the rcgreoning of vegetables has assumed the proportions of a gigantic industry, which has its headquarters in France, gives employment to 20,000 persons, and represents a business of 40,000,000 francs. Nine-tenths at least of the green preserved vegetables sold in France or abroad are said to be regreened with sulphate of copper to give them the appearance of freshness. According to the British. Medical Journal the Glasgow health committee have decided that, as the French Government have annulled their re- greening prohibition, it remains for consumers to take care of themselves. "A foolish British public," savs the Glasgow report, "expects to get green peas at Christmas such as it gets from tho market gardens in summer. The French manufacturer makes them to suit his whim. The consequence is that it eats stale peas greened with sulphate of copper all the year round." A curious fact is said to be that the largest sale of preserved peas takes place in that period of the year when fresh peas are in season. INSTANT LIGHT. How to Obtain It Without the Use of Matches. To obtain a light instantly, without the use of matches and without the danger of setting things on fire is an easy matter. Take a long vial of the clearest glass put into it a piece of piiosphorous about the size of a pea. Upon this pour olive oil heated to the boiling point, the bottle to be one- third full; then cork tightly. To use the light remove the cork, allow the air to enter and then recork. The whole empty space in the bottle will become luminous and the light obtained will be a good one. As soon as the light becomes dim its power can be increased by opening the bottle and allowing a fresh supply of air to enter. In very cold weather it is sometimes necessary to heat the vial between the hands to increase the fluidity of the oil, and one bottle will last all winter. This ingenious contrivance may be carried in the pocket, and is used by watchmen of Paris in all magazines where explosives or inflammable materials are stored.—Saturday Evening Post. u on, Mrs. Blotter (of a literary turn)— "And, John, send up a gallon of midnight oil. All our best writers, I am told, burn it."—Boston Transcript. for Help. She—"Oh, Charlie, here comes a bull! What shall I doP" He—"I will save you. Stay here While I run for help." - t s. iHOW FFSHES EAT. Interesting Things That Every Onyht to Know. The sea urchin has five teeth in flv< jaws—one in each jaw—all the fiv« immediately surrounding the stomach. The jaws have a peculiar centralized motion nil turning inward and downward, so that they also act as feeders. Snails Lave.tooth on their tongues, hundreds of them, but, as if these were not c-non;r;h, some have them also in their stomach. The cuttle-fish, which among other strange things always walks with its head down ward, does not chew its food at all, but masticates with its gizzard* The ray, or si-rate, has a mouth set transversly across its head, the jaws working with a rolling motion like two hands set back to back. In the jaws are three rows of Hat teeth, set like a mosaic pavement, and between these rolling jaws the fish crushes oysters and other mollusks, like so many nuts. The carp's teeth are set back on the pharynx, so that it may be literally said to masticate its food in its throat. The carp, too, is about the only cud- chewing fish, the coarsely-swallowed food being forced up to these throat teeth for complete mastication. Some fishes are absolutely toothless, like the sucker and tho lamprey; others again have hundreds and hundreds of teeth, sometimes so many that they cover all parts of the mouth. The great Greenland whale has no teeth, its baleen plates or whalebone, taking their place. Along the centra ,-, of tho palate runs a strong ridge, and- ' on each side of this there is a wide _ depression along which the plates ara j inserted. These are long and flat, i hanging free and are placed across the j mouth with their sides parallel and near each other. The base and outer edge of the plates are of solid whalebone, but the inner edges are fringed, filling up the interior of the mouth, and acting as a strainer for tho food, which consists of the ( small swimming mollusks and medusas or jelly-fishes. While tho Greenland whale has no teeth, the sperm whale has them in great quantities on the lower jaw, and uses them, too, when occasion requires. On tho other hand the narwhal very seldom develops more than one, the left upper canine. It makes up for tho lack of numbers by the extraordinary growth attained by thi« one tooth. It STOWS out and right forward, on a line with the body, until it becomes a veritable tusk, sometimes reaching the length of ten feet. The river dolphin of South America has 222 teeth. The sturgeon is toothless, and draws in its food by suction, but the shark has hundreds of teeth set in rows that sometimes number ton. Lobsters and crabs masticate their food with their horny jaws, and they have also sets of teeth in their stomachs, where they complete the work ot chewing. Thero is one peculiar kind of crab, ^ called the king or horseshoe crab, which chews its food with its legs. This is an actual fact, the littlo animal grinding its morsels between its thighs before it passes them over to its mouth. The jelly-fish absorbs its food by wrapping itsalf around the object which it seeks to make its own. The star-fish is even more accommodating. Fastening it-sell' to the body it wishes to feed on, it turns its stomach inside out and enwraps its prey with this useful organ. The clam feeds with a siphon, and the oyster with its beard. A COMPASSIONATE LITTLE GIRL What Shu Did AVHh th« Qu:irtor Her Undo Gave Her. A few days ago a little girl—a tiny thing only four years old—went with her mamma to pay a visit uptown, says a writer in the New York evening sun. When she came out she had a 25-cent piece clasped 'tight in her fat hand. As they walked up the street, suddenly tho littlo one espied a most disreputable looking cat lying on the lower step of a stobp. It looked sick and forlorn and lay as if dead. The child rushed up to the creature and stroked its back with soft littlo touches until the poor thing opened its eyes slowly in recognition. Then tho mother called tho child away sharply and reproved her for making friends with such a wretched street cat. The child said nothing. When they got home the mother said: "Graoie, where is the quarter Uncle John gave youP" "I spent it mamma," "You spent it! Why, how in the world could you spend it, without my seeing you?" 1 'I spent it to the cat, mamma—the poor cat. I put it right down on th« stoop by the kittie. I thought she needed it worse than I did," 1» (lie Animal World. There are some families in tho animal world that will not put up with laziness on any terms. The drones in the bee-hive, when no- longer needed, are slain by the workers. Au idla beaver is promptly turned away from the colony in whose industry he will not take part. Should an elephant make himself a nuisance to the rest of the herd by malicious or aggressive conduct, ho is driven forth and becomes a "rogue." Crows will, alter due deliberation, put an offending bird to death; and if a pair of rooks, too lazy to find building materials • for themselves, steal sticks aud other articles from their neighbors, their nest will bo destroyed by the other inmate? of the rookery. Tho Kind's I);iii£liter. Miss Caroline Gr.elph, a daughter of George IV., has retired to the Camberwell work house, where she is living at the cost of the Camberwell ratepayers. Such is life.—London Truth.

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