The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 19, 1892 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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iftHANTjWALLOWEb WHOLE. t »- 1. * , ' * J * PPJffi-K DBS MOtNEB, ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19,1892. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^•H^HHHH^IHIHI^H^H^^^^^^^^^^^^^HMlHIHHlBHMBHIMMMiMii^MihMAii^^ )fdl the ever see an elephant die?" i — "•* e keeper, repeating the Js T . Y iXW q " esti ^ "*«»• i of a smile, 'lost sight of alive.'° - thflt? " * sked the reporter, g for his note-book. " See llim ; r ' wltllollt was living when" I He was swallJwed die, him. i, keeper," remarked the reporter, • 'W«Vn, «? f d "^ointment crossed ' 2«f i , M 11088 I won't need the - aota-bopk, Ion saw him swallowed ali\ e, eh? I always thought you Were ftn antiquity; I never suspected you to be antediluvian. What did it-a tnegalosatirus?" "Sever heard of such a thino-,» said the keeper, gruflly. "This was a°quick- sanu. "Oh, a quicksand! Go on, old man," responded the reporter, delighted, as he pulled out a pencil or t\v f o. "Tell us all about it." "It was in India," said the old keeper, where I learned a good deal about elephants,never thinking that it would conie^iseful tomeinBarnum's menao-- ene in after years. Elephants are common beasts of burden there and on this day a heavily loaded one was crossing a shallow but broad stream by wading. Tho sagacioti? brute had refused to step on a badly i-otr-tructed bridge which the natives had erected, but lus instinct did not warn him of a dangerous quicksand which the waters concealed near the farther shore. "I was attracted to the scene by the flhouts of his owners, five Indian merchants, whose wares he carried from one bazar to another. They did not know of the quicksand and could not understand why their elephant did not come out of tho stream which he had almost crossed. When they learned the predicament he was in their howls of grief and despair were ear-splittino-. I suggested that bundles'of turf and branches be thrown to the elephant and it was done. The old fellow, seemingly aware of his danger, took each bundle with his trunk and thrust it under water. Then, with a mighty •effort, dragging up one foot out of the sucking he would put it on the bundle of fagots and press it, down. He o- 0 t a lot of them under him in this way With more skill and precision than you Would think possible, but the soft sand took them all in and still let him down further into its depths. "His master procured a small boat and poled it out to him. Then they took all his load of goods off, put them in the boat and brought them ashore. This lessened his weight a food deal but the sand was by that time above his shoulders and soon his entire back Was covered by the water. Only his head showed now, and still the old fellow was the only calm and collected individual in the crowd. I cannot help thinking of an elephant as a person; no one can who has been with them and witnessed their intollin-ence as much as I have. ° "Collecting some floating boards which had been thrown out to him, ho made a sort of raft of them with his trunk and rested his big head upon them. It was no use, however. Ho was doomed and we know it. Before long tho water covered hi.s mouth. Ilu-m he-lifted his long trunk and hurled it back over his forehead. Tho water tilled his ears and he flapped them vigorously for a time. Soon it reached his eyelashes and then his bio-, burning eyes, just at the water's edge, took on a pitiable expression. They seemed to beseech aid and succor from those ho had served so long ami so faithfully, and his masters fairly o-rov- eled in the dust as they yelled to their gods and frothod at tho mouth in their frantic Jiulian way of expressing sorrow. The tears came into my own eyes as I looked at the old fellow and kiiew there was no help for him. "As the water covered his eyes his courage gave way at last, and he uttered a piercing scream of fright through the trunk and repeated it several dines. It made my blood curdle. I tell you. Have you heard horses scream in a burning building? It is almost human. So was the oTd fellow's death-cry. The end was close at hand. His long trunk still waved wildly above the water, but nothing else of him was visible. Its length grew less and less, and linally the water poured over the top of it. One more bubbling, choking, gasping scream threw the water out again into a high jot, but that effort was the last. The stream quickly filled up his only channel to the air above, and the old elephant was buried before ho was dead. I could have watched a dozen natives swallowed up in the same way Without feeling half as bad about it." mention. She has genius for just one Hung. She will dislocate any-eonvcr- sation by coming in with some insane, irrelevant speech that leaves the lot of you sprawling incapable. Your ideas will be sailing beautifully,- and she will make a remark that settles a dead calm. Everybody will be with you, and in she will put her word, and the whole thing has gone to pieces. Oh, I hate women like that, and there are so many of them! _ A woman to be clever at conversation must have a good memory. She must keep in mind so much as she knows of the tastes And prejudices of those present. If so-antl-so''s brother fought on the Confederate side; if such a one has Scotch ancestry; if such another had a dear friend or nti aunt or something who went on the stao-e; if such another has Written a poem on ^'mortality," and has his opinions about immortality, and so on of each and all, she must remember. And "as yon said the other day." is a good way to introduce a pungent remark, or,' "as your favorite author has it," which shows a flattering regard for one's preferences. All these tricks, if you call them so, must be studied. Kipling's Interview. An Australian paper said vpt-y humorously: "Kudyard Kipllno- landed on this island at 12 o'clock, and at 1^:15 he had formulated an Australian policy." "Yes, that is very funnv," said Kipling, but it is not true. This is how it was: A young reporter cornered mo just after I had landed. I treated him kindly, but I said, lirmly, that I was not to be interviewed. "'I have no thought of intervlowino- you,' replied the reporter, with a touch* of sadness in his voice, 'I ask a much greater favor than that.' It turned out that the reporter was a man with a theory who had been persistently sat down upon by his superior* on the press. He had an Australian policy that he knew would be of the greatest benefit to the country. No paper would print it. His modest request was that Kipling would let him put forth his theory as the scheme of tho young novelist. "They will print it," he said, "if I gi vo it as coming from you." "All right," agreed Kipling, "(ire ahead." So the young reporter got in four mortal columns tolling the people of Australia how to run their country. "I never road the article," continued Kipling, "but there must have been some amazing theories in it from the storm it raised. I hope that youno- man realizes my forbearance in stano? ing all the unmerited abuse heaped upon me for it."—Detroit Free. Press THEY'RE SHARP SWINDLERS. lite Fnmoni Taken Iii.tiy All the Sin Wfcnict Hindoo. It is doubtful if any race of swindlers can quite equal the Asiatic, says ft recent Writer. The smile, which 'is childlike and bland,of the accomplished CJiihamari, often masks a profundity of cunning and a dexterity irt fraud that the Caucasian can not rival. Even the mild Hindoo has a faculty for fraud that is not always suspected. In the bazars of Calcutta and Bombay the vilest poison is sold to the English sailors Us whisky or brandy in bottles branded with a reliable dealer's name. Jack pavs the price of the genuine article, but is supplied with a vil- •lainous compound of native 'concoction. The dealer knows the value of brands. He lays in a stock of the o-erf- • nine bottles and never disturbs hibol« or capsules. By the skillful application of the blow-pipe he drills a small hole in the bottom of the bottle, draws off all the genuine liquid, replaces it with his poisonous stuff, closes up the hole so that no trace remains and palms off the bottle on unsuspecting Jack as real "Martell" or "line olc! Irish." The abstracted liquor will, of course, always sell on its own merits elsewhere. Another ingenious device of tho mild of a hole in the edge silver Seeing with One Eye. A person may see as far with one perlect eye as with two, but he cannot see as clearly; for the- advantage that) binocular, or double, vision possesses over mmoeular or one-eyed vision is , that the former, by allowing tho observer to catch sight of tho object from two different points of view, gives him at oneo some idea of tho proportions of its ditlerent parts. But though this is true in theory, in practice the judo-- ment interferes and tho judo-menl has been educated and in some measure rendered independent of .the services of binocular vision; by experience and tlm use of other senses, such as touch. J bus a man with only one is never deceived as to tho nature of an object with which he is well -acquainted, for the report of it that he gets from his vision is corrected and supplemented by his_ experienced judgment and transmitted to his centers of consciousness iu as perfect a form as that which roaches those of a man with two eyes. Ihe advantages of binocular vision may bo thus further illustrated. In rapidly dipping a pen into an inkstand or putting a stopper into a decanter the one-eyed man can not judo-e so accurately as the two-eyed' man. Or, aaahi, if we shut one oVe and attempt to plunge the linger rapidly into the open mouth of a bottle wo are very apt to overreach or fall short of it -Brooklyn Enyle. Hindoo is to drill a rupee and then scrape out the from the inside, leaving only a sort of shell, without damaging the impression on the rim. Load is then poured gently in,mixed with some alloy which gives the requisite ring, and the hole is carefully closed. Only a keen and experienced eye can detect the imposture. The silver which is thus abstracted will bo worth nearly a shilling, and the manipulator has still his rupee to spend. But the operation may occupy him tho greater portion of a week, during which time he might have earned two rupees by honest work. Iu fact, it may bo said that if all the ingenuity and talent which are applied .to swindles wore directed to legitimate ends, the rewards would be both greater and more continuous than in the precarious and hazardous harvests of fraud. Leaving out of slant the moral question, it is indisputably the fact that honest labor pays the best. She Must Whistle. New lork to -'make as much money as Vanderbilt." Ho was a rare treat to tw Wall street, which fattened on him, and in one year let him go with only the clothes on his back. He returned to Montana, began "prosptcting"again, and discovered a mine for which he got.$;J5J,(K)3. He went to Chicago to rival Mr. Potter-Palmer; in wealth, and returned just as ho did fron} New York—"flat strapped," as he would have expressed it. He made still another fortune and went to Sail Francisco, where he died a poor man. Another Lewis and Clarke County mine—the Drum Lummon—provides another such story. It was discovered by an Irish immigrant named Thomas Cruse. Although he owned it, ho sold it to an Eno-lislTsvu- dicate for $1,5JO,030. But heTomaiiied one of the wealthy men of Helena, I here is an ex-State Senator in Beaver Head County who owns a very rich mine, the ore yieldino- $70 > to the ton not. He is a California "forty- niner, ".who came as a prospector to Montana, and since discovering his mine has lived upon it in a peculiar way. He has no faith in banks. He says his money is safest in the ground. When he has spent what money he has he takes out a wagon load of ore, ships it to Omaha, sells it and lives on the return until he needs another waeon load, 6 There is a queer story concerning the Spotted Horse Mine, in Foro-us" County. It was found by P. A. McAdow, who sold it to Governor Hausor and A. M. Holder for $oja,03J three years _ago. They paid a large sum down in cash, and tho other payments were to come out of the ground. The ore was in pockets, each of which was easily exhausted. Whatever was taken out Avont to McAdow, who got about $100,000. Then the purchasers abandoned it, on the advice of exports, and Mr. McAdow took hold of it. He found the vein, over which rails had been laid for a niinino- ear. Ho Iri.s taken out?500,OOJ, and it is stilll «, .rood mine. One of those children of fuck came to Helena with money, picked out a wife, who was then a poor seamstress, hired a hotel,'and invited the town to the wedding. T| 10 amount of champagne that ild'wed at that wedding was fabulous, and it is said that the whole town reeled to bed night.— Harper's Maynxinc. CLUB SNOBS. Influence of Cl,ul> t^fe 01 the Home and the Man. Why, why did land Wagley ever dc so cruel an" action as to introduce Sackville Maine into that odious "Sarcophagus''? Let our imprudence and his example be a warning to othot gents; let his fate anil that of his poor wife be remembered by every British female. The consequences of his entering the club were as follows: : ' One of the Iirst vices tho Unhappy wretch acquired iu the abode of frivolity was that of smoking. Some of thp dandies of the club, such as the Marquis of Macabatt, Lord Doodoon, and fellows of that high order, are • in the habit of indulging in this propensity up-stair* in the'"'billiard-rooms of the '"Sarcophagus," and partly lo malu their acquaintance, partly from n natural aptitude for crime," Sackville Maine followed them and became an adept in the odious custom. When it is introduced into a family t need not say how sad the consequences arc. both to the furniture and the morals. Sack- villo smoked in his dining-room at homo and caused an agony to his wife and mother-in-law which I do not venture to describe. He then became a professed billiard player,lasting hours upon that amusement; betting freely,playing tolerably, losing awfully. He played matches of a hundred games, and would not. only continue until 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning at his work, but would be found at tho club of a forenoon indulging himself to the detriment of . Ins haps because the people him hadn't heard of tarts doubtless have called him because his back, in the have of him, reallv * "* irviguuu aumuwutii; more than tarts do before they are eaten "TU' glyptodon also had four feet an I „• v? always tell his hind legs from", ' sCf ° uld films bv Mm sino-nlov- f*«i n . . . '"OBt they are eaten. JMUU iusu nadfour feet and always tell his hind legs from hi, ones by the singular fftct that feet had five toes efreh; feet had to get along 01 animal does not exist at this time, and it is just as well doesii't, because he could be agreeable if he wanted to, a< that that There is a young woman here, whose name I am not permitted to give, who has a peculiar weakness, writes the Washington correspondent for the N Y. Advertiser. Her family occupies a high position, and she is one of the most estimable and most admired young women in town. Her peculiar weakness, however, occasionally subjects her to no little embarrass'ment It is whistling. To save her life she can't help whistling while \VaJkin<- on tho street or riding in a carriage. More than once I have walked behind her on Connecticut or Massachusetts avenues, the swell pedestrian thoroughfares, and listened to her imlul.r- enco in her favorite amusement. She is known far and near as "the whist-lino- girl," and it must be confessed he" whistling is pleasant to the ear. Gems from the operas, snatches of late songs, and popular airs trill from her lips in an unceasing stream. She can't help whistling any more than some women can help toeiuo- in or painting their faces, or \vea~rinJ- skirts so tight that the authorities really ought to interfere. Tho difference is that whistling is innocent, pure and musical, the only objection to it being that it is a little extraordinary and unconventional. It is a more pardonable weakness than cigarette smoking, swearing, or loud, vulgar laughter in public. ° HAS A BRAIN OF ITS OWN, Tim Tin-out Has » Subordinate Tliinklne Apimrutim Which J>oes I, 0 ts of Work. WOMEN WHO TALK UNDULY, Tliey Are Very AffgraviitiiiB to Even the Host of Men. One of the meanest conversation tricks is a favorite one with women, says the Washington Post. A fellow .has something real nico and clover to say; he is rounding up nicely to it, when some chit of a fool woman takes a gasp and says, "Oh, yes! I know what you mean," and, by jingo, says it! Of course, she gets all the credft. I do hate a woman like that! She is the kind of a woman that says, "Ah, yes!" and then goes off into a poetic illustration of tho fact you have announced— something nico and dreamy that she never could have said by herself,""". J Ij'liate that sort of woman, making herself seem so clover and bright and poetic and all that off of you. She lau'ghs before you have got your funny story out, and says, "Yes, isn't it funny?" It makes it so easy for you to go on, that docs. Actually, 'sometimes she will go on and finish it for you. That is the kind of woman I hate, too. She is always coming in with a "Yes, but," and upsetting what you have said, or else hauling out another side of it that you didn't moan to have brought up. I hate women like that. I say let women Jearn to cook and sew frills, and not talk like idiots. There is another woman i forgot to Counting Dust Motes in n Sunbeam. Who would think that science could devise an apparatus or instrument for counting the number of dust motes that dance in a bar of sunlight, No one would imago that such" an unheard of feat could be carried out with any degree of accuracy, but, if we are to believe official reports, that and much more has recently been accomplished by the mieroscopists. At the Bon Nevis observatory, Scotland, an attempt has been made to determine the relative purity of the atmosphere. I ho maximum number of dust parti- clos in a cubic centimeter of air examined with a high grade microscope at the Ben Nevis observatoro has been found to be 12,SG2, from a "specimen" examined on March 30, 1891. The minimum is lifty-two particles to tho cubic eentimeUn- from an examination made on June 15, 1801. At one time a difference of some thousands of pur- ticlos was noted within a few hours. Observations were taken at 12 m. and again at 6 p. m. Tho first showed but 20,786 particles, tho last 12,632. Genesis of the Horseshoe. It is known that tho hoofs of horses were protected by boots of leather at a very early period in tho world's history—at a time which at least antedates Pliny and Aristotle, both of whom makes mention of tho fact. I heso leather boots were sometimes studded with metal nails, but more usually worn without extra trinimino- tho cheapness of that commodity making it possible for tho owner of the steed to "reboot" him at any time Homer speaks of ""brazen - footed steeds," from which we naturally infer that in his day horses were sho'd with bronze or brass. Two reputable ancient writers toll us that the mules of Nero wore silver shoes. Iron shoos wore iirst nailed to the hoofs of war horses in tho ninth century; they wore lirst introduced into England by William IL about tho year 1033. At the presonMay tho Japanese use horse- shoos rnsWo of braided straw, and several hurohoan countries use compressed rawhide for tho sumo iniruose. I "Did you ever know," said a well- known specialist, as he deftly inserted a looking-glass into the roof of a patient's mouth, talking the while to a I luladolphia Press reporter, "that the throat has a brain of its own? No? I suppose few of tho laity know it, 'but it s a fact, There is a small gan«-lia which exercises direct control of the muscles of tho throat and acts as its brain. Of course, it is subservient to tho genuine brain, but at the same time does a good deal of independent thinking for itself. It is very timid and suspicious at any strange objects that come near the throat. For this reason it is very ditlicnlt for a physician to operate on the throat. Before anything can bo done in this direction it is necessary for the operator to gain tho confidence of the little brain that dominates it. It frequently takes weeks before this conlidence can be secured, and until it is secured it is impossible to operate. When the little brain is linally made to understand that no harm is intended it, but that the physician is actuated by friendly motives, it will submit to almost any treatment, however painful, "But woe to the man who attempts rough treatment to the throat before gaining the little brain's conlidonce and in spite of its protests. His operations will be resented with violent paroxysms, Iirst of tho throat, then of the diaphragm, and, if the operator still persists, the patient will bo thrown into convulsions. Still more curious is the fact that this little brain has a memory, and if once frightened in this way, it is almost impossible to over gain its coniidoncc, no matter how gentle tho operator may bo. I don't know whether its distrust would ex- U-nil to other operators than the one who frightened it or not. f think I will try the experiment some time of seeing whether it can remember luces." Bees Buzz at Xight. Bees work at night in the hive and build a comb as perfectly as if an electric light shone there all the time. It has often been asked, says Ilnrpar's Weekly, why they prefer to work in the dark. Every one' knows that honev is a liquid with no solid sugar in it. " After standino;. "it gradually assumes a crystalline appearance, or granulates and ultimately becomes a solid mass. It has been stated that this ehaive is due to the same agent which alters'the molecular arrangements of the jodiiie of silver on the excited collodion plate and determines the formation of camphor and iodine crystals in bottles. Honey has buan expurimontally in- closed in well-corked iiasks, some of which were kept in perfect darkness, vyhito the others were exposed to the light. The result was that the portion exposed to tho light soon crystaii/.eil while that kept in the dark remained unchanged. Hence we see why tho bees are so careful to obscure the glass windows which are placed in their hives. Thu existence of the young depends on the liquidity of the saccharine food presented to them, and if light were allowed act-ess to this it would in all probability prove fatal to the inmates of the hive. Irish Stories^ ~ ABOUT MINES. flow Some of Our Uluny Wealthy OWUOM I..IVU. w y vr . hl f J tt ' ohl tho tlisc °voror of the W utlatch-Un.on mine, near Helena led a typical western miner's life The mine in question is now owned in En.r. land, and has produced »20,iwj,0i)0 n> gold. After Jim Whitlatch had so d tUe property for $1,6^,00:), he went to /for a _An Irish peasant brought a litter of kittens to a Protestant vicar in a certain town in County Wicklow, request ing him to purchase them. The vica declined. "Your riveroncu. they arc good Protestant kittens," urged "Pad dy, but his revoi'cnco renuuned ob dura to, A few days after the lloman Catholic priest (who had in tho mean time been informed of the offer to his brother clergyman) was approachei and on his refusing to make a purchase the would-be seller ur^ed a sale. "Sure, father dear, they are "-ooc Catholic kittens." "But how is this, my man?" replied the priest, "You said 4 day or two ago they were good Protees'tant kittens." "And so they were," said the peasant, "but their eyes weren't opened." Hero is another I hoard in Ireland recently: A quarrel had taken place at a fair and a culprit was beinf ser. tenced for manslaughter. The doctor, however, had given evidence to show that .the victim's skull was abnormally thin. Tho prisoner on being asked if he had anything to say for himself, replied: "No, yer Honor; but I would ask was that a skull for a man to so to afairvvid?" 6 As instances of pure humor these, however, do not surpass tho story of the Scotch boatman, who, while crossing a loch, was asked if he would take some water with his whisky, and replied: "Na, there was a' horse drooned at the head o 1 the loch two •years ago." The head of the loch was twenty-four miles distant.— London Spectator. Surprising Hardiness of Insects. It is a standing puzzle to the entomologists how frail little insects like the mosquito and the butterfly can stand tho cold of an arctic winter and come out unharmed. The larvroe of the milkweed butterfly have boon ox- posed to an artificial blast 68 dog. bo- low ziozo. Taken out of range ol this artificial blizzard and gradually "thawed out," this same worm was able to creep in less than a half an hour afterward. Butterflies have boon found Hitting joyously about in tho highest latitude man has ever penetrated, and the mosqi^oos of Alaska and Greenland are known to bo the healthiest business, the ruin of his health,and the neglect of his wife. From billiards to whist is but a step —and when a man gets to whist and £o on the rubber my opinion is that it is all up with him. How was the coal business to go on and the connection of the firm bo kept up and the senior partner always at the card table? Consorting now with genteel persons and Pall Mull bucks. Sackvillo became ashamed of this snug little residence in Kennington Oval and transported his family to 1-imlico, where, though Mrs. Chuff, his mother-in-law, was at iirst happy, as the quarter was elegant and near her sovereign, poor little Anna and the children found a woful difference. Where now wore her friends who came in with their work oi a morning? At Konnington and in the vicinity of Clapham? Where now were h_er children's little playmates? On Kennington Common. The now quarters contained no friends for their socia- qlo little Anna. And, ye gods! What a difference that was between Sackvillo's dreary trench banquets in Pimlico and tho jolly dinners at the Oval! No more le<r- of-mutton, no more of the best port wine in England; but entrees on'plate, and dismal two-penny champagne and waiters in gloves, and the club bucks forcompany-among whom Mrs. Chuff was uneasy and Mrs, Sackville quite silent. Not that he dined at home after. The wretch had become a perfect epicure anil dined commonly at the club with tin; gormandizing clique there. Here von might see the wretch tipplin<r Sol- lery champagne and gorging himself with IMVIIL-II viands. And there wore other beino-s present to my repentant' thoughts. Where his wife? thought I. Where's poor. .r oo d' little Anna:' At this very momcnf-it's about the nursery bedtime,'and while yonder go >d-for-n-it..inu: is swiliin.r |,j s •.vine—tlio little onus are sit Anna's knee lisping their prayers, and she is teach- in- them to say, '•Pray.dod. bless uapa.V VVhtju she has put. them to bud her (lay s occupation is ironc, and she is utterly lonely all night and sad and wait- nig tor him. O, for shame! O, for shame, home, thon idl.t tippler. How Sackville lost his health; how he lost his business; how he -ot into scrapes; how lie got into debt;' how Iu became a railroad direct,,-; how the limlico house was shut up, how ] 10 wont to Boulogne-all this I ,,,,,1,1 toll, on.y I am too much ashiune,! of my part ot the IransajHion^-yW.^-^. QUEER NOTES ABOUT ANIMALS. Go ber that he was than a turtle, and he was large § as an ordinary oloplmniTK stocking foot. aia A useful iJouth American animal i. the kiiikajoti, which, as the dictionary will toll you, is a procyoniform qua/, ruped, with a protrusile tongue an 1 * prehensile tail. Under ordinary 1 cumstances, if you were to meet a kin kujotion the street, you would look tor an Italian with a ha.ul-or<C though I should be inclined to looffnr a policeman, because I know how in pleasant the animal can be, partio£ larly in the fruit season, for the kinka jpu loves fruit, and eats all he can" hud 1 he ch let. reason for assort!,," that the kinknjoii is useful is, tlmtlS addition to his fondness for fruit-hn has a great liking for insects for lunch and when tamed is a valuable assistl anco in southern homes, where lly-na per is.unknown and whore a most uito net is more expensive than a silk dress It has always seemed to mo that some enterprising person has nut imported a Haw thousand of these in scut caters from South America for ii 3e m North American summer hotels- DIAMETER OF A THUNDERBOLT. Curious Points About tin-F U | B , lrI<l , iS ' times Known us JJ^iitiilng Holes. "Did you ever see the diameter of a lightning flash measured?" asked a geologist. -Well, here is tho case which once inclosed a Hash of Ijoht. mng, t fluting it exactly, so that you can just see how big it was. This is called a 'fugurito,'or 'lightnino- hole ' and the material it is made of is o-i as s I will toll you how it was manlifaei tured. though it took only a fraction of a second to turn it out. When a bolt of lightning strikes a bod of sand it plunges down\va.iil into the sand a distance, less or greater, into glass the silica in tho material through which it passes. Thus, by its great heat, it forms at once a class tube of precicely its own size. Now ami then such a tube, known ns a 'fulgurite, is found and dug up. Fulgurites have been followed into the sand by excavations for nearly thirty feet, They vary in interior diameter from the size of a quill of three inches or more, according to tho bore of the Hash. But fill- guritos are not alone produced in sand: they are found also in solid rocks, though very naturally of slight depth, and frequently existing merely as a thin glassy coating on the surface. Such fulgurites occur in astonishing abundance on the summit of Little Ararat in Armenia. The rock is so soft and so porous that blocks a foot long can be obtained, perforated in all directions by little tubes tilled with bottle-green glass formed from the in sod rock. "There is a small specimen in the JSational museum which has the appearance of having been bored by the torpedo, the holes made bv the worm subsequently iillcd with glass. I may add that Charles Darwin mentions these fulgurites in his book of travels, and Htimbolilt found some on the hi-'h iNovuda do Zolnca, in Mexico. Humbold t ascended this precipitous peak at tho risk of his life." Hcmurknblo Boasts nml Romurkul.le Acts by Ileustg Not It-murkiible. A pet cat owned by a New York- family is fond of expensive playthings, says .Harper's y OU n<, People. The wTfe ot its owner missed a IJ4J3 diamond a lew days ago, and after notifvino- the police and advertising largely for it, offering a suitable reward for its rd turn, the cat was found playino- with it on the floor. Whether" tho c°at received any portion of the reward or not the papers failed to state A horse, while drinking from a mill pond the other day, swallowed an eel and ever since that time has shied at everything Tho animal's owne does not know whether to attribute the curious wriggling of the horse to a sudden growth of timidity or to the eel, Which is, presumably, still alive I here is a dog in Yonkers belonging ' oS °^ WPlter tlmt is °™& old. It has never barked it never moves from a sittin" iosturo vnd for the last eighteen ottrs it has aten nothing, if is a Cas( !_ l 3 ' «««• nd has justliad a new coat of naift wam - lurin = tho * a pussy cat about the its tai 0 that of a fox. s called the mi 1 wells in Tin-plate, or, to speak more accurately, tinned-plate or tinned sheets, m thin sheets of plates of iron or steel coated with tin. Terne-phito is sheet or plate iron or steel covered with an alloy of tin and lead, usually two- thirds lead and one-third tin. It is this union of throe metals, iron, It-ad and tin, that gives rise to the name of terne-plate, terne lining tho French equivalent of tho English adjective tern, moaning threefold. The oft- i-opeatod statement that terne is from a lu-ench word moaning dull is incorrect. Terne-plate, because of tho presence of lead in the coating, is miller than tin-plate, which is frequently called bright plate, but it is not this tact that gave rise to the appellation terne but tho union of the three metals, lliero is a question as to whether the tin used forms an alloy with iron, or is only a simple coating. It seems to bo more tirmly attached to the iron than a mere coating would bit, rarely if ever when the sheet is properly prepared scaling off but requiring absolute rubbing away to remove it.' it is probable that the tin coating forms an alloy WHU tho iron. is not very dissimilar -tins strange animal specimens of that — Picayune, race of little posts. Artificial Quinine. A French physician has discovered tho composition of quinine, he claims, and can now produce it A groat many do similar pn^eTO^^'sir fore the n™<> ti...-" v' . u o >iuul be- 11 i J J *' l * I* ^ > tl flood, there used to There is one peculiarity about the Mexicans in their social and family relations which I doubt to exist among •any other people on tho globe," said 1. L. Hcil, of Chihuahua, Mexico, at the Lmdell. "While it is true that » majority of those occupy ino- tho hi "lies t social and political positions in t'bo country are descendants of the proud old aristocratic Spaniards, yet it is uqually true that a great many others of wealth and acknowledged leadership have come up from tho lower ranks by somu sudden turn of the wheel of fortune or eruption of revolution. Unliko tin; American, tho Mexican who ac- •'imius J'aino and fortune never forgots or neglects his poor kin. And, unlike flic American again, he treats his more impecunious relatives in a queer way. Ho takes them into his house- l'»ld as servants, giving to thorn tho most menial service, but never denying the relationship or attempting to concual it. I know of many instances whoru a rich Mexican's mo'thor is his cook, his sister his house "irl, and lus lather or brother his butler. Tho American would either disown thorn ultoguilmj. or put them on an oqiwl footing with himself. In this regard, you _ must admit, the democracy "' lYioxu-o is purer than that -> '^"f'lv wasted of in this country •'

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