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MY MOODS. I l Ton do not like my moods) Indeed, no more do I, Like heavy clouds which often hid* My sunshine flnd the sky. lie winds, the rains, the snows, 1 sometimes wonder whether Days in nnd out I'm not about Like the average of weather. You say your moods deal most With men and things? Well tnln* Have most, I think, to do will) me, Attd days which will not shine. Toil overcome your moods) Well, teach me how, nnd 1, When once I've learned it well, will The lesion to the sky I DEACON JOSH'S VISITOR, • Joshua Stebbins was certainly the most unique and grotesque specimen of the "Jonathan 11 that it was ever my good fortune to come across. I will endeavdr to portray the old fellow 03 I taw him first, but words are hardly equal to the task. In order to appreciate all his peculiarities, it is ueoes- lary to actually sue and hear him at bis own homo—as I did. Imagine a little, short, drled-up old man with bandy logs crooked enough for croquet wickets, and so humpbacked that his battered straw-hat Beemed only a thatched roof for his. •houlder-bhidos. His lean and leathery face was wrinkled and sun-scorched till it looked likft a shriveled-up Chunk of dried beof. A stubby hedge Of whlto whiskers about an inch in length ran around under his chin from ear to oar, striking out in all directions like the feathers in a turkey- gobbler's tail Low down on the end Of his hooked nose hung a pair of huge, iron-bowed spectacles that Noah probably wore when he was running Out town lines over the top of Mt Ararat. Over the top of this ponderous ornament, whoso round glasses were about as big around «s silver dollars, peered two greenish-gray eyes iwiukling with a look of shrewd inquiry. A now duck frock of a dark brown hue contrasted oddly enoutrh with his blue drilling overalls. Those last were rather the worse for wear, for one mourning knee was covered with a huge black patch; while their seat had also been repaired extensively, apparently with a breadth out of some red flannel petticoat. One suspender was dangling and Happing about his heels like the forked tail of his Satanic Majesty besides. One trousers-leg was tucked into the top of an old cow-hide boot, the exact size of which the Arabic system of notation probably has no number sufficiently largo to designt\to; while the other foot was enclosed in n rubber Bhoe like a Jersey ferry-boat. The hiatus between it and his high-water pants was bridged over by a Blocking of as brilliant a yellow i;s one of hia own pumpkins. Such was the comical- looking old codger who stopped work and leaned upon his hoe-handle when he saw mo approaching. Fearing ho might take the alarm and refuse to talk If I declared myself a newspaper correspondent the first thing, I simply inquired if I could board with him for a day or two. A oiirJouH pucker that with him did duty for a sinilo convulsed his leathery lips, and his grey eyes twinkled with good humor as ho answered with a' volubility that showed fears as to his being disinclined to talk wore utterly groundless. In fact I only found chance .to slip in a little word occasionally, sharp end foremost, during the whole time he was reeling oft' the following reminiscence: ' AVall, 1 dimno. Ye BOO it ponds mostly oii heow big a holler, there is in B ye, an 1 the state o 1 tlio old woman's cupboard: Some o' those 'ere city fellers that wantor wrastlo hash with us Hummers air like the snako that swallowed the woodchuek, bigger in- Bido than they air oout. "I romombor one chap that kim deown from Boutin tor make us a visitation some tew your ago, pooty tol- erblo wejl, Ho tells us his uncle's father's swite's sister's fust husband was a secant uousin tor my son John's wife's stop-mother; an' as he warn't very well an' hadn't no appetite he kinder 'lowed as heow ho orlor kim deown an' see his rolnshin an' git erquatntod. "When 1 found oout ho was KO nigh related tow mo, course 1 tuck him in an 1 tried tor iill him up. But didn't it make havoc and duvastashin in the old woman's buttery! .Laud o' Gosheh! I b'liovo the feller was only a skin emiy-hcow, and had to sUUV hisself full or else collapse like, a busted wind-bag. Even then it was a mystery where the grub wont tor. A poor appetite indeed! "He'd eat an' oat an 1 eat till he swelled up like a striped snake full o' raw frog, an 1 whuu he'd completely cleaned off the tablo he'd look wishfully at the cupboard with eyes briin- tnin' ovor with sorrer. An' ho kop' it up day arter day an' never said a solitary word 'beout goin' back tor Bos- ting. "Finally I begun tor hint a leetle mite oust whou ho was goin' for the Seventh biscuit ono mornin', artor ho'd $een with us a fortnit. «' 'That Hour's wuth six dollars a bar'l, says 1 tor him, says I. " -It's mighty good Hour nu' would cost as much as seven and a half in Hosting.' says he, 'Guess I'll iill up as well's i can on account o' my appetite, where it's cheap.' An' tlion ho reached for the twelfth biscuit. "But Bass was my son John's wife's stepmother's second cousin's wife's sister's husband's nevy's bust holt. Ho would pitch it inter him a ma/in ' It tuck more'n a quart, on it to stuff his lace every single meal, an' he'd shovel it in liko an Irishman loadin' a freight ..car, "I tellod the old woman one day the "as -Jos' goin' ter Its that feller 'f I (Id. ho I got a lot o' how-reddish rtako flfts* 6n 'em. It did look lappln' good when she got it all dona an sugared on top, but 1 guess 'twas hot 'auff for a luncheon for the Old Scratch er. "When that reddUh-sass kim onter the dinner-table ye'd orter see eour high relative's eyes spatkle. I tell ye ' they fairly Watered then, but they did it a good 'eal mote a leetle arterwards. He grabbed some hot bread, laid on the butter Hko a mason a plasterin 1 , complained a leotlo 'beout his poor appetite, an' then says he in soft, but Wistful accents, flays he: " 'PlniwB nnm tlifl KH.SH!' "As 1 gin him tho bowl 1 made up tny mind that somebody's inards was a-goin' ter git rt scorchin' pooty soon. The young feller skepwt eout five heapin' spoonfuls inter his plate, tuck a bite o' bread as big over as a nigger's nose, an' then shoveled in a bear- charge o' that sass on top on it "Gracious; hevings! Ye v d jes' orter seen that felleVs face when the boss- reddish begun ter kinder take fire. His eyes bulged eout till I 'spected every minute ter see'em tumble ontor the floor an' git stopped on, an' the juice run eout on 'em like cider eout of a Prohibishinist's morlasses-jug. His hull face turned as red's a spanked baby, n«' he 'run ter the winder an' spit an' spewed 'till I thort he'd spit an' spew hisself all away. I beared tho tarnal stuff hiss liko a mad gander, an' his under jor flow up an' deown liko a nold-fnshioued mill-saw frame; there was a shower o' hossreddish all ovor tho door-yard, an' tho lather jes' run eouler his meouth the hull blgtb on it "lie coughed an' heaved an' strangled liko he was a-ffoin' ter turn wolf inside eoutards, an' he sneezed ninety-six limes 'theout stoppm' ter take breath. I thort fur moro'n fifteen minute's that the critter would •sariinly explode, but bimeby he began tor cool off a leetle. Arter he'ddrinked ip all tho water there was in tho pail try in' tor put hisself eout he turned on mo with fire an' water in his eyes an' froth an' fury in his sass-elevator. •• 'Ueakin Stubbing, what sex air «'?" says he ter me, snys he. "Me? I'm a Methordis,' says I mildly. •• 'Wall, Deakin Stebbins,' says he, '.I don't, b'lievo ye'll over git ter the good i hic.o of ye persist- in givin' yer Iruslin' rolnshin grated hell for apple- sa-?. It's tow rich for my weak appe- ii;e. d'ood-bye. ••Then ho grubbed his hat an'grip ui' siarled for tlie door, an' his broathin' sounded liko a steam engine blowin' oil' steam. Ho jes' opened his mconth till it looked like a cat-hole in .slablo door, an' oh! heow he blowed. Hi rough it! "I hain't HOUH the feller sence, for which blussin' I trust; I am trowly thankful. I was 'feared his poor appetite might begin tor improve, and of it had wo muster had help from the r/ji-tl, or the town, or else starved tor death. "Neow I'm a leotlo kinder cautious heow 1 take, in strangers ter feed. Ef ye wnnt-er hoard with us yo'd better go inter the house an' stop ter dinner. .Jos' lot tho old woman kinder take yor measure an' si/e up yor stummik a loi'tlo, an' arter that we'll talk." So saying Deacon Josh Stebbins dropped his boo and started for the house, looking on a rear view like an old hat on a rainbow gone cnixy, I followed him obediently so as to have my "stommik sized up," in order to estimate tho probable profit to be derived from taking mo in as a boarder, I suppose.—Chicago Sun. . PAPER MILLS. -«?'-" *^»» v 4*vy<3-* YtU IB an 1 made ber grate 'em up Sp<T<l of an Tho course which an earthquake runs is UMia'lly very rapid. From the Instant when tho first shock was felt at Lisbon to tin.', pcrioJ -when all was ovor, and nearly .'iO.OOU people killed, not more than two minutes had elapsed. Usually from Ion to thirty seconds elapse between tho first and last shocks of severe earthquake. Hut this lightning speed is not always tho earthquake's mode of traveling. While Curaca in Venezuela wai almost totally destroyed und IV, CUD pooplo were killed in less than twenty seconds by tho great sb.u,ok of 1812, there are cases in which constantly recurring shocks havo lasted for weeks. No odds how brief tho span, tho most frightful havoc can be wrought, and tho wave of destruction propagated from the mo.',t distant regions. The rumbling earth sound travels at the rate of about 10,000 to 11,000 feet per second, and the earth wave, on an .average, njbout 1, 200 feet in the same space of time. BUYING HIS FIRST TILE. Ho Win ItroiiKlit ID tin) 1'olnt by the Slm'wcl Clork. Ho walked into the big hat store and. looked about,. him timidly. He was rather undorsizod and, it was evident from his manner that ho was about to take a very important, step iu the matter of headgear. He,was. His!mis-, siou was to purchase his first silk hat, explains the Xow York Times. .Jtis peculiar how deeply most men will meditate on that stop before they take it. Tho particular person now under discussion thought that he had screwed his courage up to the sticking point, but, ho hadn't. A clerk approached him and his courage failed, him 1 Show me u Derby.' 1 he said. The polite clerk showed several Derbys, which tho young man listlessly tried ou, Kone-of them suited him, of course. Finally ho said: "I wonder how a silk hat would become mo. Do you think ! I could wear ono?" "Wear ono? Of course you could," said the clerk. "You're just like everybody else whp.i buys a bilk hat for tho ilr.st time. They all ask the same question. They want the silk hat for thonlisolvoH, but they fear that a debut in that sort of headgear will be the signal for their friends to begin guying thorn, This fooling wearn off after tlie first day oi> two, and then you are happy." He bought the silk hat Where Pflper tt Mulo U/ the Metfcodil Employed 600 Ye irs A&tt. At Amalfi, a little village south pf Naples near a mountain stream, there are seven ancient paper mills. In one, rags were beitig beaten'by hammers, who&e handles were connected with the water wheel, Just as it Was done 600 years ago. The rags, when hammered into stuff, were made into good wrapping paper by the help of a stuff-vat. The paper maker said he made 100 kilogrammes of paper daily, and the miller and six girls were all the hands employed. In the other six factories writing paper was made In a similar manner, only one being supplied with a pulp machine. At Tivoli, a short distance from Rome, there were three paper mills of great age and wire, tack and cotton mills, built on the rocky; precipitous banks of the Anio. a tributary of the Tiber, which affords an ample and continuous .water power. The fall is 210 metres (about 700 feet), but was only utilized at the lower part on account of the rocky steepness of the banks, until united Italy brought about a revival of business energy. Now by meaiis of a tunnel built by a Roman stock company, the upper part of this ; excellent water power is reached. It-is hoped to light Rome by electricity generated here by the water power and dynamo machines, and conducted to the city by cable. A new mill at this point is equipped with the newest German machinery; and manufactures thin straw paper fit small cost The machinery of tho old mills is simple. One, which mo.nr.facturos paper from wood pulp, has a grindstone, built after Voeiter's method, three presses and assorting arrangement. In another, straw is bleached in stone cisterns with lime, taking three days in summer and four dnys in winter. The bleached straw is ground in an old (Hollander) and changed to pulp on a cylinder machine, the drying 'being left to, the sun and air. Considerable crops of wheat and oats are raised in the mountainous regions and on the Rolnaii Campagna, which enables the manufacturers to produce straw paper at. cheap prices. A third miil makes wrapping paper of rags and old paper. There is no : steam power in these; factories, as the coal, which must be brought from England, is too expensive, and Tivoli has as yet no railroad. The'three drying cylinders of the long sieve machine in the third mill are heated by an oven directly beneath them', and the heat is conducted through lead pipes on either side of tho cylinder, the pipes entering the chimney flue. The .rosin and dyes are dissolved and cooked in stone vats in tho open air, protected only by n slight roof. This mill employs about 100 workmen, and makes from f)00 to 800 kilogrammes of paper daily, and also prgcluces some blotting paper. A man's wages are from seven to fourteen saillings a week, and a woman's five shillings.—Papier Zeitung. The man Who Went to Red. A' little story was related at tho navy-.yard tho other day which concerns' Rea,r-Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge,' retired, who is visiting his son, Capt. Thomas O. Selfridge, the commandment of the navy-yard. Some years ago the admiral, who is the oldest living United-States'naval officer, being ovor. 90 years of age, was dinning at Delmonico's, 'in' New York, with a distinguished company, among whom were ex-President Grant Garfield, and Arthur, Gens. Sherman and Sheridan. At 10 o'clock, when the festivities were at their height the old admiral arose from the table and called for his hat and coat. Ail were surprised at his action and asked for an explanation. He replied that he never permitted enjoyment to interfere with his health, and that 10 o'clock was a good tiine for him to retire. All present laughed heartily, chaffed him a little, and hogged him to remain, Ho could not, however, be coaxed to remain. After bidding thorn "good night" he added, "Early to bed "and sound sleep tend to longevity and I'm going to prove it to you all." All, except the admiral, who wore present at the banquet that 'evening have passed away.'; The admiral has kept bis word. ! No IJreiul. Antoinette do Hourbon, tho mother of tho Guises, had, in addition to her other fine qualities, good sense. One example of. the discipline to which she subjected the young Guises indicates that had there been more mothers like her in her class there would have been less of ruthless extravagance on the part of the royalty and nobility of France. The young nobles were out hunting and rode through fields which had been sown with corn. The duchess heard of it. That evening, according to tho tradition preserved at Joinvillo, there was no bread on tho supper table. The princes at once asked for broad, astonished at such negligence in this well-ordered household. "My children," replied Antoinette, "it is necessary to economize Hour, since you have destroyed the future harvest" THEiTRAtoe A Tm-IUKli Trade. It is shown that the Russian local authorities have shared in tho kidnap- ing' of Russian women for places near tho Turkish Asiatic frontier, and have been deriving a lucrative traffic in aiding Turkish slave dealers to abduct females from Russia for sale to Turkish harems. Persons high in station are said to be implicated, and the allair .will bo hushed up with a warning to desist from the practice. Keep Off Hie Sldewulk*. An Indian woman of 800 pounds weight visited Bath, Me., last week, and broko through the sidewalk. The street commissioner thereupon givve ber notice that in her future visit* she must keep in the middle of the it* Origin and Cai-eer—Colnert tot Usf In Or;ont;«l <o tin tries. One of the annoyances of business men, is the '-trade dollar, ft says tb* Kansas City Star. A tnan will come in hurriedly, makd a purchase, and throw down a disc of silver that looks and rings like a dollar. After he is gone the merchant finds a "trade dollar" l& his till, and it has a tendency to make him iritable. The tra'do dollar was a commercial Convenience when first coined, but it is now a- commercial nuisance, tit 1873 the trade dollar was issued for purposes pf trade with China and other Asiatic countries. Before that time Americans had been buying Mexican dollars and shipping them to the ori- entals in' payment of merchandise. The trade dollar was never intended for circulation ih this country, but for exportation) abroad. For five years they were coined. and largely used. The act authorizing their coinage repealed the act authorizing the coinage of the standard dollar, thus making them for •& time the only dollar coins issued by the United States. The merchants might as well have used silver bars for eastern trade, but it was thought that the stamp of tho government certifying that 4'20 grains of silver 900 fine would give other countries greater'confidence than to use simple bars of silver unstamped and uncertified. From 1873 to 1876 they were legal tender, and 15,000.000 of them were coined. From 187G to 1.878 all trade.'dollars coined wore not legal tender, but it is the opinion of eminent lawyers' that the 15.000,000 already coined wore legal tender, while those coined after 1876 were not. : Their coinage was discontinued Feb. 22, 1878, up to which time there had been 85,959,860 coined. The exact value of the trade dollar now" is 77 cents, although people get as much'moro than that'for them as they can. Feb.' 19, 1887. an act was passed by congress authorizing tho redemption of trade dollars for six months, dollar, for dollar.. At that time statisticians estimated that there were about 7,000, 000 in the country. As 7,689,036 were redeemed it is probable that there are not many now in the United States, although they do not command a premium as rarities. Liko all the other coins of value the trade dollar has been counterfeited, most of the counterfeits being made of typo metal and circulated in China, Japan, and the East Indies. The in- habitants'of the East have learned to be wary and watchful when handling coins that come from the Occident Most, of the trade dollars that went to the'Eastern countries were melted and recoined in the currency of the orient The trade dollar contains four more grains of silver than the standard dollar, and has eight one-thousandths the less ot alloy. KEEP FROM DROWNING. APPRENTICED TO JAY GOULD. After Much. Work and Sm:ill Wages He Takes French Leave. The writer recently asked the super, intendent of the Atlanta, Go., telegraph office a few pertinant questions relative to his apprentices, and was astonished at tho information gleaned from that affable a;id hard-working individual.' It appears that three apprentices are required for an office containing', say, about thirty men. His duties as a beginner are tho carrying of messages to and from tho different tables. He must bo of the quickest, both in thought and action, and he is kept on the keen jump from the beginning to the end of tho days' work, which usually lasts seven hours. No stated period of apprenticeship must be completed, but as a rule the "cub" quits afterteu or twelve months have elapsed, In that time he has mastered the rudiments of the business,.and chiefly by sound, for Jay Gould only occasionally permits him to handle the instruments. Why? He wants to ret the benefit of tho boy's services fc~ • '.ong a time as possible. Well, aftc caving got thus far, and never havh, , ' teen burdened with much salary, h-.- takes French- leave of Jay and goes to work for a railroad in the oDJco of the train dispatcher. Here he finishes up, and in a comparatively short time he becomes a tourist. In other words, he tramps it over tho country. Fetching up at one of Jay's many offices again he is given work. If he is at all rapid he may make as much as $75 per month. If ordinary he is paid $60. and frequently less. It nil depends upon himself. A boy learns best between the ages of 14 and 18. Let him learn the art of manipulating the keys after lie has reached the age of 21 and he is not "in it" so to speak. The reason given is that after reaching the adult age the fingers are fully developed, and unless trained when growing, are stiff, frequently clumsy, unpracticed and away beyond the age of dexterity. When a youth the fingers of tho average boy possess all that acuteness of touch supposed to belong to the opposite sex, and furthermore they have almost twice as much endurance.—Detroit Free Press. *loat lit the Water. To keep from dro%hlttg it is fidt necessary to know how to swim., ThU may seem at first a , rather strong assertion, but much depends on tbe: meaning that is attached to tho word "swim." A man may be able to "tread water, "yet ho may hot kfioW how to swiiiii Wh'en'Si matt swims it means one thingi when a dog swims' it means another and, somewhat different thing. _ In the main the difference; is one of. position—ol. standing, up-i fight or of sprawling in the water. Of course the dog cannot swim as the man can and does, but a man may swim on the first trial as a dog swimst if be will only do as a dog does. In what follows the object is to show how drowning may, under ordinary circumstances, be prevented even in the case of persons wholly ignorant of what is calied the ar ; t of swimming. : In the first'placeV it is perfectly natural for every human being to float. With the lungs inflated and tho body below the water, one can not possibly sink. There is no easier method of keeping afloat than by simply treading water. The operation is just like running up stair.*, nnd about as difficult. It is perfectly natural for animals to "swim." Throw a dog into tho water, and at onco he begins to walk the same as when out of water. Why should a man. woman or child do differently under like circumstances? asks the Now York Advertiser. Clearly there,is no good reason why any human being who.cannot-swim should make a few helpless struggles, raise an outcry, throw up his hands and sink out of sight The trouble is that nine persons out of ten lose their presence of mind ! when for the first time in water beyond their depth. If, instead of s!rusting, people would do more thinking, fewer would drown. Oddly enough, people have to bo told to do just what the .animal does Instinctively ih the water. 'The dog, the horse, the deer and even tho ea 1 , tread or walk tho water at first attempt. Man's ignorance of so simple a thing as treading wa'er is a little remarkable. It is nonsense to say that animals have any advantage in the water over men. On the cont: ary, man has tho advantage of paddle- formed hands, and 'of being able to rest himself when tired,-by floating, a thing which the animals never do. The man who canuo.t swim must follow the example of the animal and should go on all fours. He must strike alternately with hand and foot, exactly as the dog does—one, two; one, two. All human beings can walk in the water without any preliminary prao-. tice if they will simply keep cool headed. In order, then, to keep from drowning it is necessary only to tread or walk, the water. The most simple way to preserve life if out of your depth is to float, which consists simply in lying flat on your back. This is easily accomplished by keeping the lungs inflated, the head thrown well back, the limbs extended, but flexible, the arms placed close to the oars, with bauds over bead. The majority of tho people prefer to float on the back rather than to stand upright. Yet any man. woman or child who can walk on dry land can also walk in the water with safety. It is surprising how long animals and human, beings are capable of sustaining themselves in water. In one well authenticated instance a dog swam ashore with a letter in his mouth at the Capo of Good Hope, while the crew of the ship to which the dog belonged all perished. The sailors need not have been lost had they treaded water j as the dog did. Although unable to i rest by the way animals swim immense j dislanre.-i. . Last, year a dog was j washed, overboard during a, gale off j Cape Hatteras, and yet made his way | safely to shore. Only a week or two ago some cattle were swept from a vessel during a storm off the Maine \ coast, and more than half of them i were saved. i If you cannot swim and should fall overboard don't scream, but, try to "climb upstairs" with hands and feet j A KINGDOM OF ONE .-- . . .^-- -£„- -..:• A Man Vho la «n inrlcpr infant Katftfii.lrfjf to P y. lrfjf lr u 1 A Sevi!U-l»y-TlitrU)o«i Cofiu-Klonce. Nathaniel Withoroll, who died at Glen's Falls, N. Y. always regarded himself a living oddity, lie was the thirteenth child and the seventh son of his parents and the youngest child in the family. Mrs. Witheroll, who still survives her husband, occupies the same relative position in her father's family, being the thirteenth and youngest child und the seventh daughter of her parents. When Mr. Witherell died they had been married aixty- five years, live times thirteen. lieu! ISvtute Item. A.—Is land dear ip Italy P B-T—No, but the ground rents are awful. "What's the cause of that?" "Earthquakes." I Weaving .Son;;, I Run. KUuUlo, run! I Tim wur has claimed my son; | My daughter's love has wrecked her life; Tho palsy smitten xuy good wife; Run, shuttle, run! Fly, shuttle, fly! Nor bread nor gold have I; My daughter's bubo will hungry be; A collln black will compass me; Ply, shuttle, fly!, Stay, shuttle, stay! My breast aches so to-day; Tho wind is cold; frost bides the panes; No.ember burns; the darkness gains; Stay, shuttle, stay I , —''Carmen Sylva," Queen of Roumanlo. The Fin;; of the Nation. Juno 14, 1777, congress adopted a resolution to the effect that "the flag of the thirteen United States should bo thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, and that the union be thirteen, white stars in a blue field, representing a new constellation." This is the first recorded legislation by congress on the subject of a ilag. This resolution was not promulgated officially by con- gross unlil September, though it had been previously made through the newspapers, and a month before. l)ick Basset is 'about i50 years old, Wears a full beard tinned With gray, lg <Juiet and unassuming, well read'and intelligent. He arrived in this city about fdurteenyWs agd and took up bis residence in a deserted fishing .cibin. on the beach far from tho abode of men. He built a boat and irost of bis days were spent on the waters of the bay with fis.ilino in hand. He wa* a mystery then is almost as much a mystery to-day, although, through casual remarks and occasional obser» yations he has dropped within th« hearing of friends, some inkling of hit career has become known. Bass&t remained a year in his fish, ing cabin on the beach, and then ho took possession of the little island miles out in the bay,, lying, between Marion island and the mainland, so near to either that a narrow strip of water separates him from the large island on one side and the mainland on the other. The island comprises but a single acre of land, and when ho took possession was covered with a heavy growth of virgin forest trees, appearing from a distance like a little tuft of greea rising out of the water, nays tho Chicago Tribune. He cleared tho land without assistance, leaving a row of large trees as a border to his plantation.' He erected a Cottage of boards, which he hewed out of tho trees he chopped down, and since then he has lived alone on the island quiet- V, ly, and, to all appearances, happy and'*?! contented. Ho has planted fruit trees ' and vinos, and the land produces enough vegetables and fruits to supply f his simple wants. In summer he fishes \ on the bay, both with line and netand realizes a substantial income from tho sale of the fish in this city and at tho summer resorts near by. Ho is said to .havo accumulated a competency, but of his worldly all'airo Dick Basset is as reticent as of hi« early life. He has a good sized ice. house, which he fills every winter, takes several daily papers and magazines, has a well-selected library, • mainly of travel and history, and has a queer collection of old pipes, chieiiy corncobs and briers. He is an inveterate smoker, but rarely drinks, and has never been known to gamble. He frequently spends the winter alone on the island, ^ith an occasional hunting expedition to vary the monotony, while some win- tors he seeks employment In the'lum- ber camps. Many summer tesorterii have visited his island, both while ho was at home and when ho was away. The Indians never think of passing in their canoes without making a call, and yot, his confidence lias never been bel.rn.yed. If the visitors a.re hungry they help themselves to the food spread on the table, but as near as he can calculate, Basset has never missed a dollar in money. But, there is a strange circumstance in regard to tho island. It is so small and'insignificant that, it has never been surveyed, and Bassett has not been able to secure a legal title to it from the government To his inquiries he has been informed from Washington that such an island can not be found on the charts . and maps, and therefore has no loyal existence. In consequence- of this decision from Washington the authorities of Grand Traverse county hold that Bassett IB- not a, resident of the United States and not a citizen, and that he cannot vote. Living within a stone's throw of Marion Island and the mainland, both on the government charts, he is declared a.n alien and disfranchised. He accepts the decision with commendable philosophy, finding consolation in the fact that he is exempt from all taxation,' township, county and state alike. He does not own very much, it is true, but if ho woro worth a million he would escape the assessor. Yet thorp are inconveniences in his situation. Ho is practically an independent monarch, all by himself, and can exercise all the privileges and rights of one of (!od)s anointed. He can declare war or treat for peace, can levy a tariff for revenue only or for protection to his infant industry of raising potatoes arid eggs, can possibly coin his own money and enter into «g offensive and defensive alliance with ^'H other nations. HO is as much of & monarch as tho king of any of the Cannibal islands, and under the present interpretation of the laws, could eat a few summer resorters or wandering missionaries without fear of the United States or Michigan laws. My ILacly'w l<ii<>«x. By tho wiudow iu tho alcove, Wlinn t,lio afternoon was fndiug. Dreai, • music, drifting in low, V[' 'i u fun, bei- fnir fooa shading, '. Posed and <•••<• itl for roan's beguiling, ; Murmuring sweat common-places, "Tisiuy lady, faintly smiling, Suiilling In her caio old liu-os. . Among the Flower*. An eccentric New Yorker, much given to hospitality, has concealed j among the flowers on his dinner table an artificial mocking-bird, whiqh, at tho pressure of an eleotrio v/ire by his foot llutters and gives a musl'iul chirp. Strangers are amused by the ingenius toy, but his family and Mends understand that the bird only flies and singe when u subject is broached which U likoly to prove offensive or painful to ono of the guests. How I long tc- tell my passiou; Tell tlie IOTB mine eyes have spoken; Wond'ring what poetio I'ushiou Will prevail to win a token. Each distracting, graceful motion, Curve and clinging lingerie, Uet'tl}' wafts the chilly uotiou, That she is too high for mo. —l^eai'l Eytinge iu Texas Siftjuga. Co-oporutlon or tlie Wife, A man .seldom prospers in the world without the co-operation of his wife. If she unites in .mutual endeavors or rewards his labors with an endearing smile, with what confidence will h« resort to his merchandise' or bis farm, fly ovor tho land, aail upon seas, meet difficulty and encounter danger, if he knows that he is not spending his strength, in vain, but that his labor will be rewarded by the sweets'of home. Solicitude and disappointment enter the history of every man's life, and he is but half provided for his voyage who finds but an associate for bappy hours, while for his months pf darkness and distress no sympathizing Is prepared.—New York Led-

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