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THE UPPER DES MOINBS, AL6QNA, IOWA, ^ SEPTEMBER 16 V 189L TWO RED Rr t wtoti they conM live l These roses my flnrling bronght! Their breath fro.n her pure lips caught, And atill with her touch they quiver. jy bright M their bright, sweet giver With a charm liko her own chann frnoght, 1 wish they conld live forever— Ifibese roses my darling brought I Bat loving from loved must sever. And hoping must corao to naught— 1 know what the years have taught; Ttt I wish they could live forever— These roses my darling brought. —Louise Chandler Moult-on. BOB'S BABY. were in at last, and be could go and ret the sleepy little creature and carry her to his room at the boarding bouse. She roused up and ate supper with him, and was quite "merry when bedtime came. Bob had just undressed her. his big, awkward fingers making slow work of it, and had tucked her under the cover, but when he was •bout to follow her example, she suddenly struggled up. "Bob," she cried Imperiously, "tome say your p'ayers!" "I don't know any prayers, baby, 1 ' laid Bob, after a moment's astonished tilence. "Den tome here, and 1 teach you ena'' she commnmled. Bob slowly, and with a very red 'ace, came around on the other side. BLARNEY'S FAMOUS STONE. KJw It *nd TheH-»ft*r ton Will B« eeagfat In ILave. Blarney is a quiet little village, distant on the left a mile from the station at which we alight half an hoar, after leaving Cork. . " Overlooking it from a slight eminence is a ruined castle built by McCarthy, "Prince of Desmond," in the early part of the fifteenth century. It must be remembered that princes were plenty as blackberries in the days When Ireland was cut Up into little kingdoms and small tyrants owned all the land, horses, estates and people, body and soul. These were the days when Ireland was "independent, " and for the return of which home rule sighs to-day. Prince McCarthy was a %"< . TI t- « i t * ,t . •«*~ v » V^*M*O uiisuitu v/u mo u tut; i mue. Engineer Bob had no intention of f ghe made him kneel, and saw that his adopting the baby, or any Other, for hands were properly clasped and his P rou d man, for as our guide' informed ttat matter. 'lo use his own graphic | eyes 9hu t She ha ~ language, he "hadn't never had no , baby lisp, but this ties worth speakin of." He was con- •idercu the be.'it engineer on that part of the road, and besides his regular trips ho Was called on to take out many a special. The "main guys," as Bob called the chief dignitaries of tie road, novor felt so safe as when Bob was in the cab, nnrl it began to be •onsldored that Bob must take out •very fast train if they wanted a a smooth, safe run. Bob took hia honors stoically, only saying sometimes in that grim way of I his: "It's better for mo lo go than any of you fellers. If you get killed there's four wives an' the kids, but if over I go down nobody's hurt," One clay, as his train ran in beside the depot of a Texas town, motionless among the crowd on the platform was a poor, thin, forlorn-looking woman, with a baby in her arms, and every cne could see that her eyes were red with crying and that she was getting the worst of it in her battle with the world. "Anything the matter?" asked a •ewcomer, moved by curiosity and on the alert for a sensation. . "Nothin' much," was the idle reply of a man perched on the outer edge of the platform. "Woman wants to' go to the city, and ain't got money enough. I iTou can hear seen as that ever 1 day." ' A dignified and prosperous looking J fenlleman turned uway, fingering his I fold watch chain. I •- "The same old cry," be eald; "anybody that wants work can get It in thij «ounty." , Into the little silence that fell after this speech came a clear voice, saying with some emphasis; "Here's my pile." And looking up they saw the engineer In the cab just above them going down into the pockets of his greasy overalls and bringing out what silver they contained. And so .the tides bore them apart, and they met no more. Actions like thLs were not so rare that Bob held any of them in special remembrance. Indeed, he had forgotten all about this event when, about three years later, a portly woman, walked suddenly up to Bob as the train was about to start, leading by the hand a tiny bit of a girl with long, fair hair. "Air you Engineer Bob?" asked the newcomer. "Because if ye air, I've She had almost left off her prayer had been learned so long ago that she said it now just as she learned to say it first "Now I'm zay me downer s'eep," dictated the little teacher, perched up On the side of the bed. "Now I lay me down to sleep." murmured the brown and bearded giant kneeling before her. Ah, Engineer Bob, how many years since you said that last? And where I To kiss it has been the ambition of is the little mother that bent over you [ many generations, who have laborious- while you said it? | ly climbed up to its dangerous emin- There, us, "He was descended from Noah and came out of the arrack wid him.". No one' seems 16 know the exact origin of the Blarney stone, or how it derived its miraculous power, writes John Codmnn in the ChautauqUa. It may have been in the ark — ballast bequeathed to the prince by his great ancestor. In some way it found itself on the very pinnacle of the castle tower, with the date 1703 carved upon it. A REMARKABLE ALTAR. Sacred ttMlei of tho Notre t»am» When tho lesson was finished and ! Bob had tucked the baby in again he went back to his place with a curious moisture in his eyes, and was half impatient with himself about it And then began a strange era In Bob's life—a time when this child was j always, in his thoughts and seldom j away from his side. She grew to be j the "train baby." and every man was i her obedient slave. Bob was still debating with himself what he would do with her, and in the meantime ho did nothing but keep her with him. When an entire week had passed and the prayer had still to be dictated, Baby expressed her sentiments 'with all the candor of .candid babyhood. "Bob, you is awful dull," sho said, '7ou ought to be aa'amed of yourself." Torn by conflicting feelings, knowing that he was daily in danger of dis-. charge, Bob was leading a miserable: life enough; and yet the light that never was on sea or land was shining upon his life and transforming it. ' When he walked about town could he go into saloons or gambling dons with that little fle-ure beside him? Like tho angels of the old storiesIshe hovered about him and kept him.from harm. Bob, the most profane of, rail- '•'. road men, could utter no oaths.'now,:.' because the baby would hear, apd the one or two that made use of language more forcible than elegant in the presence of the baby found theroselve.3 in •eriotfs trouble. Tho. little white soul had been given over to Bob's keeping, and it made an atmosphere "Of purity around it. Engineer; Bob ."began, to wish that he were a different man. A very few weeks had n'assed when Bob, going to.'the mail ear" one night after Baby, found her feverish and a little inclined to wander in whrtt she said. Like 'one distracted, he rushed to his room'with hor and sent.' for a doctor. Wild with anguish ho sat Deside ence. There, have been many accidents from falling. The fashion is to kiss it on'bended knees, expressing a wish at the same time, the theory being that a persuasiveness is communicated to the lips that shall be effectual, especially where love is the subject- Absurd as is the practice, the ceremony is'almost invariably performed by all visitors. Sir Walter Scott did not find himself degraded by following the general example. Like the toe of that statue of Jupiter which stands for St. : Peter In the Cathedral of Rome, worn to the quick—if images have feeling—by lip service, so the Blarney 8tohe:is being gradually kissed away. Then; some .thousands of years hence, more or less, when the last atom dis. appears on-the', last pair of lips, the millennium will come, for as flattery brought sin into the world, so when flajftery leaves it sin may bo no more. '?, '—i 1 COWARDICE OF CROWDS. »,„„ lf », , ,.,, - , -.. . all night and gave medicines, brought ye this child, as WIIB left fur • but the next morning she was no bet- ye by its mother when she died at my ! ter. house night afore last. That was her ' las' will an' testament, she said, that you was to huve the child on account of your givin' her money to come here With a matter o' three years ago, an' mighty glad I am that sho give the young un' to you, fur I've got six of mo own, an' that's enough to keep one woman a-hiistlin'." After having delivered this extraordinary speech, she at once took hor- self otf. I am sorry to say that Engineer Bob Courace Is jf°* the Thing Lacking, bu| '• . ' 1'jreaence o f Mind. The Spectator has a paper called the .'"Cowardice of Crowds." The writer 'Is deeply impressed with the very strange story of the poor woman who had a lamp thrown at her and was burned .to death, while a little crowd of-.people looked on and did nothing, writes Walter Bosant. One poor woman alone tried to put out the flames. It is a horrible story, but I should not have made it the peg for a paper on cowardice, because I think that cowardice had nothing whatever to do with it. Why cowardice? There was no courage wanted to tear off your coat and wrap it around the burning drapery of the unfortunate woman. Presence of mind was ' lacking, if you please, but not courage. Presence of mind, which means readiness to act for the best on a sudden emergency, will prove to ba wanting more and more as we depart more and more from the primitive conditions of man, which is one of being The Sacred ' fceltd* of Catholic Churoh. Many of those who visited Father Mollinger, the celebrated priest-physician of Pittsburg, also availed themselves while traveling to view the celebrated relic altar in the church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Notre Dame, Ind., says a correspondent. The church and its magnificent interior decorations are the crowning glory of the University of Notre Dame, which belongs to the Conar'res-ation of the Hdly Cross, a religious order organized in France. The superior general is the Very Rev. E. Sorin, C. S. C., who founded the great educational institution of this city. It was under his direction that the church was constructed and so richly decorated. Work was commenced on the church in 1868, and it was not until thirteen years had elapsed that it was completed. The interior is richly finished in marble appropriately carved and paintings ol the rarest and costliest character decorate the walls. The great features of the church'are tho altar and tabernacle In the center. It represents the human heart in the human body and is one of the grandest works of church art ever imported from France. The custom duties alone amounted to over $2,('00. During the Philadelphia centennial it WHS on exhibition there ami attracted considerable attention. It is made of gold and gilded bronze, beautifully clia&ed and richly enamelled. It is fashioned like a shrine, the sides of which are nom- posed of two arcades of gilded bronzes. Tho enamelled ligures of angols in relief adorn the arcades. Si:', pilasters support the table of sacrifice and form six niches for statues representing the virtues. In this table is a piece of the wooden altar preserved in the church of St. Praxedes in Rome, which St. Peter used as a portable altar. The altar is supported by a group of gilded bronze columns. Beneath It, visible between the interlacing arches of the antependium, are the bodies of two martyrs taken from a catacomb of the second century. They were gifts from Pius IX. Gold, silver and pearls were freely used in making it one of the handsomest altars ever erected. In addition to the rolics of the martyrs there ara other precious mementoes preserved about the altar and in the sacristy. Among these are pieces of the true cross, the manger and. garments of the Lord, also of the vail of the Virgin Mary.—Kansas City Journal. INSIDE THE CRATER. A VlilUor to Etna De«rlbes What tie Saw There. Hot long afterwards We stood on a level and the boiling vapor' was seen seething up from a great yawning pit at GUI' feet "Behold it!" cried Sebastian, with a salute, bareheaded, to the mountain, and I realized that I was 10,800 feet above the sea and in as convenient a situation for a sensational ending as a man may find anywhere In the world. Etna responded to Sebastian's civill* ties with a terrific bellow and an oufr> throw of ashes and rocks that put me In much doubt of my ability to live through it. The stench of the sulphur, too, was villainous, and though I adopted Sebastian's plan of binding a handkerchief over my mouth and nostrils it was all I could do to draw one satisfactory breath in ten. Add to this, that the ground upon which we stood was composed of burning ashes and hot mud, and it will be apparent that Etna's summit is not altogether fit for the daintily-shod tourists who climb Vesuvius by the funicolare nor an easy spot for the in- • dulgence of poetical rhapsodies. i Some say the crater of Etna is two miles round; others are satisfied with half the estimate. The truth is that i both reckonings may be justified. At one time the crater is two miles In circumference; at other times more or less. The volcano is so terribly active that it is always revising and reshaping Itself. The outcast of ashes one week —most of which fall .back into the erater obliquely, so as to form an inclined bank—may be so prodigious that the crater itself seems curtailed of a third of its previous area. But, perhaps, on the eighth day that part of the floor—to speak loosely—of. the crater which has to support this growing weight, of material suddenly gives way, and not only all the newly formed boundaries, but part of the original environing rim of the crater fall in, and so the circuit of the crater is enlarged. This process is always going on with greater or less rapidity. And the fact that it occurs so constantly WINTER IN _NEWFoUNDLANr», « M a ton? Season of O!oo« and Lon«ll- The isolation of life in the distan parts of Newfoundland durino- the winter is extreme. Outside the"p» ». su;.-t of Avnlon there are hardly roads, ami-even if they existed,' any snow • , . J ^»..«w«w«t OUUW and ice would render them impassable. Out to sea stretches a vast icy pavement, through which it is often 1m* possible for even a steamer to ram ite way. So all the lori£ winter montfis tht little hamlets lie surrounded by the great snow blanket and cut off from communication with all mankind save those who inhabit their little settlement. Should the store of provisions run low the situation is perilous, says the Chicago Herald, for there is no possibility of getting sup. plies unless a "lead" opens in the ice and allows a steamer to get along the coast; or, if she be not ice bound at too great a distance, rerhaps some of I the mon go out over ti:e frozen sea to i meet tho vessel, and c/rry home food to their families. Should the ship fail to corno. the people are sometimes I driven to eat their dogs, of which several are usually kept in order to draw home wood from the forest on sleds. So great is tho difficulty of communication during the winter that a clergyman relates that on one occasion, as near to the capital aa Trinity Bay. 40 shillings 'had been demanded, and 25 were sntually paid for the conveyance of a single letter overland to thp city by a cross country guide. \Vhiie, the coast4s icebound the direct steamers from England do not touch at New. foundland, but the mails are brought up from Halifax in a small wooden steamer -.xpressly built for facing the ice; but e^n this vessel cannot always manage to get in, and mails have to bo carried ashore seven or eight miles over the ice on men's backs. A HORSE THAT SULKS. Strnnire Exhibition of Fe«mlug Jealousy by a Brooklyn Kqulne. In a fashionable bo.-vrding stable in Now York is a horse called Tatters, about which the Brooklyn Standard- makes the travel's measurements of ! Union t ' : '" 3 a 8tol '» v '' '-Tatters belongs Somebody else took out Bob's train} he neither knew nor cared who. Wholly forgetting all the. rest.of the world, wholly absorbed in the child that was more to.him than life itself, he sat^'thoro and watched her own faint little life slowly ebb away. Tho railroad men' cam'e, one after another, and bent over Baby j source—in other and pr»ssod Bob's handi telling him j of mind, of tho •tood still and stared down at "the I'm my me downer sloop'— Tomo say your p'ayers, Bob." "Oh, yes, Baby, I'm here," cried Bob, falling on'his knees beside the bed. ."'I p'nyer 2prd my soul to toep; J If 1 s'ould die before I wate— .Vis you say in' your prayer, BobP' • ' 'I p' ny ^ord my soul—t o—tuto.'' Oh, take mine, too, Lord: talro topp I to cheor upland went'away wiping their eyes. The suporinl--'dent cama and sat down by tho bod, smoothing •„ , •„ i , . i., -,. -.the pretty,-tangled hair and chafing last will and testament" a» diseon-j her • little Bands as, : tenderly as a •erted ond speechless as though some j woman. These things were hard'to eccentric friend had raado him a 1 bear, ho said, and he was not good at present of a whito elephant, or u roc's ; consolation •gg, or perhaps of tho roc itself. With ) But suddenly, at last, Baby clasped her hands belund her, the htt o crea- I ner tiny hands and began to murmur: lure stared up at him in turn; but Jier ' — -• survey ended sooner than his. No Yexing question oi "what will he do ijrith itP" disturbed hor reilcclions, and •he held up one* tiny hand toward his large and brown ono, saying ./with a •elf-possossion orators might envy: , "Howdy, Bob?" She was in his arm's the ne.xt minute, accepted as a gift from the dtui-'l.und it Was a queer, soft fooling tugging at his heartstrings mid milking foolish moisture in tho eyes that Bob climbed Into tho cab with hor, anil put hor up; »n tho scat bosido him,"thanking his stars meanwhile that: none of the "main guys" were around. "For they wouldn't allow it, that's a fact," he said to hiim'olf. "An 1 yet, the Lord only knows" what I'm going to do with hor. Maybe I'll think up somothin' after awhile, but leant now, to savo me." All day long Bob pondered over his perplexing problem, and came no nearer a solution. It would bo hard to toll how many hearts Baby made captive during that ride. As night approached, while the train was at a station, Bob took her in his arms and slipped around to his particular friend, tho mail agent. "Soo here, Lane." ho said, with some embarrassment, "I wish you'd put this kid in there on some o*f tho mail sacks, an' let 'or sleep till tho train gols in. You seo. I don't jest know what to do with her." "Toss 'or up, Bob," said Lane, cheerily, leaning out to catch hor, and Baby, being tossed up and caught-, kissed her hand and called back, "Dood night, Bob." Bob went hack to his post, and having brushed his oyos with his grimy hand .was rendy to go on. l! began to Blatter a Hulr '.v;lh li..i\, whether anything h«p|«;iicd lo him. and he had lievorbeon KO watchful or «> careful aa he was that night. What a .pleasure it wi*» when they I always hunted for food by wild beastsT always hunting for food, and always i fighting. In that condition man is full j of resource, contrives a thousand strat- • agems; and meets a thousand dangers, i Remove from him the habit of hunting j and the necessity of fighting. Make his life assured and easy, and he will infallibly lose the readiness and the rewords, the presence savage. This, in fact, we have done. In moments of unusual, unexpected dangers, wo are paralyzed.. This is my reading 1 of the conduct of the crowd which looked on while a woman's clothes flamed up and burned her to death. > was the helpless crv i i • •,, r , from tho slron- heart of En- £ endol> - ns indicated by the long- hairs often found in it, and judging from •mine, "wrun :gineer Bob. And then as night had come, and the evening prayer was said, the baby went to sleep. ' * ' * • * . » * * A little withered old woman, stopped down-from the oars n month later and into tho arms of a strong, grave man. "Oh, Bob," sho oriofl, tremblingly, with her arms about his neck, "just to soo you once again, after eighteen years! And you really sent for your poor old mother, after all?" "Mother," said Engineer Bob, with a quavering voice, • -I've got a home ready for you, an 1 —if you can forgive what's past—I'll make you a good son yet," An out under the shadows of lonely trees in the cemetery the little one slept, with the marble shaft above her bearing no other name than "The Baby," and the simple inscription below, "A Little Child- Shall Lead Them."—Chicago Herald. Wlioro It Was ViUucii. "Wo honor wntor," shouted tho orator, "and value it as tho best of earthly drinks. Tho country should be proud of Kansas." "Oh, there ..re places whoro water is just as highly valued, and not much fuss made about it," said a quiet man on the platform. "Mention the State,sir; mention it." "Oh, it's only u. sort of territory, a future state, sir. I rotor to Hudea."— Times. Site "ptit'Hcd" Butter. Among tho guests at an Eastern mountain resort, whore the waiters are all Massachusetts school ma'ams, was a Texas man who was not noted foi- grammatical accuracy in. speaking-. One day he said to a waiter, "Miss, will you pars that, butter?" "Bui.'ar," said the school ma'am promptly, "is a noun; common noun,because is a name of a thing and a very poor thing, too, sometimes; singular number, when j strong enough to go alone; feminine the objections raised by boarders to eating it; in the objective case, subject to oleomargarine understood." The Texas man said he guessed he would try and got along without butter if that was what ailed it.—Kansas City Journal. With a Can Opener. Washing-ton Tost: "Yes indeed," said littlo Amy's aunt, "you shall come to tho country and sen us milk the cows." "What's that, aunty P" "Why, that's how we get milk for our cotl'ee at breakfast." "Oh!" said Amy, knowingly, "we do it with a can opener." CONCERNING PRESCRIPTIONS. They Belong: to tlie Patient as Soon as He Kecelvng Them. The law lays down no rula a,s to the formalities to be observed by f'.e ->rac- titioner when prescribing for a patient, and he may, and often does, prescribe perfectly well by merely giv^g verbal directions to be observed by hi? patient. When, however, these directions include the use of any particular drugs it is usual and convenient to put, them into writing, so tha,t the patient may not make any mistake In ordering the drugs which ho is advisgd to use! The use of giving a written prescription does not affect the property in the piece of paper given to the patient. It is his the moment he receives it. says the British Medical Journal, unless by custom or- by special agreement; it belongs to some one else. A custom to bo good in law must be general, and there.is no custom as that a prescription belongs to any one e:coept. the patient at present known in England. The paper, therefore, bnlongs to the patient unless he agrees with his modi- cal attendant that, it shrill not. Itis, of course, open to any practitioner to stipulate that his : prescrip- so little permanent value that he may generally be counseled to spare himself all trouble In the matter.—Chamber's Journal. A Story of Senator Hearst. "The last time I saw Senator Hearst," says Captain Kennedy, a capitol guide at Washington, "I was explaining the frieze to a party of sightseers, and just as I reached that , the Discovery of _ _ c , auio wuuo ^ the o] d senator passed w tb Con- the hands of the groom. • • gressman Clunie. A funny idea occurred to me at that moment and I' said in a loud tone: 'Ladies and gen- ' tlemen, that picture represents Sena-' tor George Hearst in the act of discov- ' ering gold in California in 1849. The ' younger and more handsome gentle- j man who stands next him is Thomas' Jackson Clunie, now in congress from his na,tive state. By the way, there is j the senator passing, and Congressman j Clunio is now with him, as he was at • the time of the gold discovery.' A ' few minutes later tho old senator returned and slipped a $20 piece into my hand. -It is all right this time, my boy,' he said good-naturedly, 'but don't give anyone else that story In future.' " to a lady who makes a great pet of him, and never visits the .stable without taking him some apples, carrot* or sugar, of which ho is extremely fond.- In » neighboring stall is the horse of her friend, an animal rejoicing in the name of Phil. Tatters and Phil are on goocl terms, but the former sometimes trhows his ears back and manifests jealousy when his mistress, after giving him an apple or a carrot, gives one to Phil. One day she w«nt into the stable while Tatters was in He began Fond of Litigations. Miss Margaret Smith's lately determined claim for £20,000 against the estate of the deceased Mr. Park, of London, almost rivaled the baccarat case. Miss Smith was' described as "an Irish lady of gentle oirth, good education and considerable attain- begging for an apple and she deferred the gifl. until the g:-oom had finished his work and the hor** had returned to his stall. Meantime she gave an apple to Phil. When Tatters had gone- to his stall she o'i'«rerl him an apple, but he refused to take it, and turned his head away from her in disgust. For half an hour she coaxed him, but to no pur.iose. Tiion the groom tried to induce him to take it, and thea another groom made the same effort^ but all in vain. Take the apple h» would not, nor wouirl he recognize hii mistress in any way. His ears drooped and he had the appearance of a child in the sulks just as much as a horse can possibly hav« its His heart was broken, not- so much because an apple had been given to another horse, but because it had been given before he himself had receivfid one. But by the next day he seemed to have forgotten his grievance, and you may be sure that his owner has boon careful not to- offend him since in the same way. tions shi'ill belong-to'him&el f , ov shall i ments.-" Mr. Park died four years only bo made up by. a particular oi=nm- ago, aged eighty-two, leaving- £100 - tho paper as : 000. "" Destruction or Trades. Belgian railway officials, after three years of investigation, report that under ordinary circumstances the average railway train in passing over one mile of track wears from it two and ono-tifth pounds. This natural destruction of track amounts for the whole world to about 1,330,000 pounds daily. A Saint on a Gridiron. Ragg—"Queer missionary thep seat out to the Cannibal Islands last month. Should think they would send a peaceable man." Bagg— "What was the matter with him?" K"ffg— "Got into a broil with the natives very first thing-." ist, who shall destroy tho paper as soon as he has used it, but it is equally open to each of his patients to decline ; to bo bound by any such .stipulfit.ion, j and to do what he chooses wit'i the paper when one i he has got, it. Any I such stipulatiors should bo clearly! brought to the notice of tho paUcnts ; before they consult their medical advisers, so as to give them the option; if only mentioned after tho prescription has been given Uiey would not be binding-. The Great Sun Dragon. It is the belief among both the ignorant and the educated classes of China that eclipses.of the sun are caused by a great dragon which attempts to devour the center of our solar system. The last eclipse which was visible in the celestial empire occurred at a time when the people were celebrating the j birthday of the emperor. Now, it is the custom to celebrate such an event ' clad in the best raiment that can be afforded; it ia also customary to wear sackcloth and go into mourning at the time of an eclipse, at least until the sun has been rescued from the great dragon which seeks to devour it. j Here, indeed, was a dilemma. At last ' the emperor was petitioned. He, being as superstitious as his people, ordered his birthday ignored and commanded the peop'.e to go into mourning until the sun shall be "rescued." A Big Anthracite Itraliiaffe Tunnel. The Centralia drainage tunnel, which was built to drain a number of coal mines in the Centralia basin of tho anthracite coal fields near Ash- laud, Pa.,is now practically completed, making onoof the longest tunnels in this country. The main tunnel is 7 by 11 feet and 6000 feet in length, and there are about 8800 feet of extensions and branches. The completion of this tunnel will relieve a number of mines of the great expense of drainage by pumping. Thereupon Miss Smith produced a contract which bound Mr. Park to pay her §30,000 if she succeeded in marrying his son John. Twenty thou- ! spects to him in person Band pounds were guaranteed to her in > shaken hands for hours, and case of failure. The trial showed that Miss Smith was possessed of a passion for litigations. She had had fifteen of them for all sorts of purposes. In this case she swore that young Park had asked her to marry him and had given her a ring, all of which the young man denied, and at last Miss Smith lost her case. Our Nervous Syvtem. A Philadelphia surgeon has dissected and mounted the complete nervous eyg- tem of a human being, something never before accomplished. Would Be Better. The disadvantage of tho decimal scale is that the number ten can be only once divided without leaving a fraction, says Temple Bar. A duodecimal scale of numeration would have been much better, and, in accordance with our present system of weight, measure and coinage. Had the Chaldeans or Arabs, who instituted the decimal scale of numbers from their ten digits, only taken it from the giants among them, who, like the giant of Gath, had twelve digits aa well as more calculating individuals among succeeding generations as well as those of our civil service. A Story of Gen. Grant. Gen. Grant, in that new Galena statue, stands with one hand in his pocket This fact brings out the following story: On one occasion' about 50.000 people tried to pay their re- He had was'rest- ing with his hands in his pockets, while a procession of enthusiastic admirers filed by. A little girl, six or seven years old, slipped through the line of guards about the general and went close to him in a dazed, awestruck way. She looked him over with a puzzled expression on her face, and then, taking the right hand from his pocket, shook it, kissed it, and put it back, much aa she would put down a sleeping doll. The crowd yelled for the little girl to "pass it round," and the general, taking her by the hand, stepped forward and resumed the hand-shaking. Lova an wirst eight. Friend—"Ho ysur.« was acasp of love at first sight? J-ft*. Getthere— "Yes, indeed! I fell desperately in love with my dear husband the moment I set* eyes upon him. I remember it as distinctly as if it were yesterday. I was torthn^r^offbaviisrsss,^ 1 ; on ^ Y oh at been much more satisfactory to all ^^A'^'&yS; •There, my dear, is a man worth t«n millions.'"-^-New York Weekly. A Faint Hope. Mudg-e (who has sworn oJT): Doct- tor, I stepped on a banana peel and received a pretty hard fall. I am afraid I have b.roken less: Let me see. broken. Just bath your wrist in whisky four or five times a day and you will be all right. Mudge: Er, doctor, hadn't I better be carefully examined for internal juries too? It's a Fishier. The Congo State's only newspapQy, the Congo Mirror, made its first appearance a few weeks ago. It is & four-page weekly, printed with a litho- my wrist. Dr. Bow- i.graphing machine. The editor, pro- No,' there is nothing j prietor. printer,' and newsboy are in' corporated in one Englishman. The Mirror is a fighter, and in its' first issue accused a Congo official of murder an* scoffed at the king of Belgium. Rn»*Ian C»les. In the dinning-rooms of some of th» large cafes in Russia thepe is a pool of water in'which fish of various- Iresh Ainds and sizes" swUn" about. Any paV ron of tho restaurant who may wish ILovo Perfume. An investigator of the fffept of fumes on animals in th« Zoological W1W . WttUl ., UJU W14U mny Wlbll w Garden, London, discovered that moat course of fish for dinner goes to the- Of the lions and leopard* were very pool, picks out " fpnd of lavender. They took a piece of cotton saturated with it a.tjd held It between their paws with grail delight. the .particular one may desire, and in a, moment' waiter has .captured it with a dip- h« T X.

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