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SHIPS PULL HP CABLES. M01KE8; ALGiONA, JtpfrA, WEPNBstoAY, OCT. 14, 189L QUEER FISHING WITH SCREWS OF BIG PROPELLER BOATS. An Occnn Stonmshlp Cnrr.'on n Plfioi) of Stlbinnrlho Cnhlo from Nnw Yorlc to i.IVfirt»ool ftiiil Tfuck—KxtinrlciiRo of n Ship *lint Knn Into tlio Mud. Submarine cables laid in shallow waters are often exposed to greater risks and rougher treatment than the great ocean cables, which sometimes cost their owners a small fortune in repairs. No long ago an ocean going steamship, ir leaving her dock at Jersey City, plowei up the soft bottom with her powerfu propeller, and secured n costly and vain able catch in the shape of about a dozei submarine cables, which enmeshed them selves in the blades of the propeller so effectively that all the cables were ton asunder, and the ship had to go. into dry clock to clear her screw of the garlands of iron, hemp ami Kerite with which it had become embellished—not to say embarrassed. ' The learned judge who presided over the argument as to whether the telegraph company, which owned the cables, or the steamship company, which owned the inquisitive vessel, was the aggrieved party, decided in favor of the latter, holding that a harbor is to bo kept free for navigation, and that a steamer is entitled to plow through mud as well as water, cables or no cables. If the cables Were thought to bo secure because they were lodged in two feet of silt, why, so much the worse for tho cables, or rather for their owners. According to tho learned judge, ocean Steamers possess the right of way through the silt, even down to hard rock, and the waters of a harbor for purposes of navigation have no "bottom." This is cold comfort for owners of submarine cables in harbors, but by way of adding insult to injury tho very practical suggestion was made that cables might be laid in a species of submarine trench, and thus bo kept out of harm's way when ocean steamers (or others) find it necessary to "take tho ground." TUQUOA.T AND CAIJWS. It is quite conceivable that tho powerful machinery of an ocean steamer should make light work of gathering up and rending intp fragments a dozen or so of submarine cables, bud that n river tug should take to the same game and twist some hundred feet or BO of heavily armored seven conductor cable into a bunch of Gordian knots is a little too much. The cable is tho property of the American Telephone and Telegraph company, and serves to connect tho polo lino across Staten Island with that running through Now Jersey, tho cable crossing tho Kills between Linoleumvillo and Cartoret. The tug caught up tho cablo in tho most approved manner, according to tho laws of harbor navigation, snatched it from its quiet resting place in the silt, and a stern battlo between tho pugnacious propeller and tho inoil'onsivo and defenseless (though armored) cable on- sued. Needless to say, tho propeller was Victorious. Tho iron armor resisted vigorously, but it was never intended to withstand tho attack of a river tug's propeller, so, after a stout resistance, accompanied by endless writhings and contortions, it succumbed. The sea serpent itself could not have mado a better fight. If tho cablo was vanquished, its enemy was also, at least for a time, placed hors do combat, for, so closely wero propeller and cablo interlocked in their deadly foud that the tug had to be brought to Now York and put in dry dock in order to separate them. Tho snarl contains about one hundred feet of cable, and boars strong evidence as to good construction. Few would believe that a cable could resist long enough to be twisted up into such hideous shapes instead of breakui" almost at once. Tho cablo, which is a seven conductor, Kerito make, has boon down for about fivo years, ami was found to be in perfect condition when repairs) were made. Indeed, tho snarl testilies to that. 8OM13 CABU3 STOU1ES. Not long ago Frank Stockton contributed to ono of tho magazines a nonsensical story, in which a startling incident was narrated. By a stroke of lightning a steamer l-.rid been converted into an iiivneuga magnet, and had attracted to itself a submarine cable, which hold it fast until tho cable ship camo to tho rescue. This flight of fancy is not altogether without excuso. There is u story of an ocean steamship catching up a piece of cablo in tho North river, and towing it all tho way from New York to Liverpool and back without discovering to what mysterious cause the strange reduction of speed on tho round trip could be attributed. There is yet another story of a sound boat which fouled a submarine cable in New York waters and towud a goodly length of it to Now Haven. There the piece of cable was cleared away, coiled down on the dock, and .subsequently sold by tho steamship company to unothei corporation whoso business it is to maintain electrical communication between places. That corporation put the cable Into service, and (so tho story -mes) is using it at tho present time.'—Herbert L. Webb in Electrical Engineer. UNDER THE LAUREL AND WILLOW. Under the laurel and willow, Under tho stars rind the dew, Resting from conflict and danger, Slumber Hie Gray and the Bhio. Shadows nntl sunbeams nntanglo, Birds trill tliolr melody gay, Zephyrs Bifdi requiem solemn Over the Blue raid the Gray. Hoses and (lark gleaming cypress. Tender wliito lilies and flic, Stm kissed or rain dashed" arc bending Over the Gray and the Blue 1 . Clusters of somber eyed blossoms, Garlands of splendid dlspliiy, Lie In tho daisies and grasses, Over the Blue and the Gray. Out of tho heart of tho nation, Up on the pinions of day, Flutter, lu tremulous whispers, Prayers o'er the Hluo and the Gray. Down on (be flower wniniheil hillocks. Wet with tho rain or tho dew, FaPIs a tear for tho r;ray coated sleepers, A tear for tho sleepers In blue. , —Claudia Tlmrln In Good Housekeeping. A Viilunblo Jm en I Ion. A gentleman who 1ms made severa important mechanical inventions, am has been for some time engaged in per feeling a new jotiwml bearing for rail way cars which Khali prevent the danger of fire from overheating of the axle—thai is, from what is technically known as a "hot box"—had not long since an interview with an official of a company which was to talco up tho invention. Tho interview took place at tho home of tho inventor, and his daughter, a young lady well on in her teens, sat in an adjoining room, where she overheard all that was said. Although she listened intently she did lot understand all the details of tho conversation, but that she was much im- U'esscd by what she did hear was shown )y the fact that tho next day she con- Ideil to an aunt that the family was on ho eve of a great success. "I heard papa tolling Mr. Blank all about his new invention last night," she explained, "and Mr. Blank said there was a fortune in it." "But .what sort of an invention is it?" her aunt inquired. Tho girl put her head thoughtfully on ono side for a moment. "I am not quite sure," she answered, trying to recall the talk which she had overheard the day before, "but I think that papa has invented anew kind of hot box."—Youth's Companion. ONE MAN'S SNAKE RECORD. Trno nutory ot a Georgian TVlio Hoe* Not Wlfcli to rose a* n Mutielirnisen. There is a citizen of Voldosta who has had some startling experiences with poisonous snakes during his life. He ia entirely responsible, does not like notoriety and seldom talks of his adventures with reptiles, because he fears' his recital of them would not be believed, and lie dons not care to figure as a Mun- chauson among snake story tellers. Collecting a Debt. Thore are debts and debtors, and to get the former out of the latter sometimes requires a good deal of ingenuity. The case of a livery stable keeper and a poor paying patron indicates that fact, and, as one is dead and the other in Europe, the story may be told. The patron had run up a big bill on the livery man and neglected to pay. It amounted to $93, and had he so wished the debtor could have easily settled at any time. But he didn't wish. , . as °, h .? 1Wl ? Attracted by the He knew that his creditor would not sue, «t i i T '° W » S at Pl(ly in because snch course > for ™ri<"" ^°ns the front yard. Looking through the would be unwise. Appeals wero in vain window he discovered to his horror that threats were unheeded, and the creditor the child was playing with a great live was at his wits' end. Finally lie hit . , , - ________ — rattlesnake, which sprang its warning upon a scheme. He had his bookkeeper aske( J' *.1 W « U ' J dolik eshad Very much," rattle just as the child was rescued from make out a bill for $930, and sent it to ' he admittecl - ~ He Didn't Get Any More Shad. ' A young man went to dine at the house of a friend. Now, this young man does not profess to be a skilled anatomist, and says the only way he can tell whether there are bones in his shad is by getting them into his mouth. And so when the fish came he plunged it into his mouth, without regard to its bony structure. And when a bone revealed its presence in his mouth he took it out. Now, he likes shad very much, and he had set his heart on having a second piece. But he wasn't asked to have any. After dinner was over his hostess came and sat down by him. "Did you want some more of that fish very much?" she what would have been certain death. _ At another time recently, while wading in a branch, he stepped on a large brfSl K'n \ T d ! "T ? esca P ed e being bitten, as he had crushed the body door was thrown did 8 MOU8ed itSWnith< " tered ' Jt to n still his debtor by messenger, with for immediate payment of the amount. Then he sat down and waited. Ii#less than twenty minutes the office | open and was the debtor, clear through. "You swindling villain!" he howled, shaking his fist under the liveryman's nose. "What do "I saw you wanted some more," she said, "but I didn't dare give it to you. I was afraid you'd die on the premises. Really, in courtesy to your hostess, when you go. out to dine you must bone your fish before you eat it, and not after. 1 was cold with horror all the while you .. . „ ,-- o-^a „„ nst i *T eati ?8;y° u . r fob, for fear you would another occasion," says this under the liveryman's nose "What do choke and dle n ^ ht there > and y° u see," nerooi many battles with snakes, "H m d you mean by sending me a'bill for $900? K he added naivel y> " th at Would have cause to tramp all day with some com-11 don't .owe you anvthin^ lilm tw I been a frightful damper on the success of my dinner party."—New York Even- During that I you understand that f m too* fly for you"' 1Dg bun ' manvmtlm> n H W i : ° v eP ° U 3S Hel ' 6 ' 8 ulne *y-«»ree dollars, and you'li many as tnree live and wriggling moc- '—<• —^ - • - J caeins at different times, but had the, myuis M1B n e rnrew the monev on good luck, as usual, to get off without the desk, and glared ™ e . lnonev on mJZl! e M P T nOUSfi ?f, SStruekinto with hatred in llis eye. No ono an- J - — else SlH 1 ' 0 ! 0 / If T^f had h 61 ^^ 111 ' however ' and ««» iX close calls. It all fell to my | manded a receipt. It was given him in left the office linn&inir the oneos No Com!. _"NowYork references are no good," said tho attorney for a collection agency "Wo never take them. When a note is duo wo just crack ahead and bring suit. Then tho man must pay costs besides. That is the way wo get our living. We rarely over counsel extensions. Nino cases out of ten, if a man wants four or fivo days and gets it he'll .never pay at all, and the advantage arising from im- niefliate suit is lost. All a notary has to do in caso of a note is to call at a man's residence or place of business. He doesn't have to present tho note for payment. If the man isn't there a suit can bo begun at once without further notice. It is a legal refusal to pay if the man isn't there to receive the notary. That is tho way wo do business. Our business is to get tho money for our clients. The creditor must look out for himself. I wouldn't give tho snap of my finger for the best reference in New York."—Now York Herald. Wuntoil to Go to tho Gnmo. The other day u conplo of gentlemen were lunching rather elaborately at a prpminenb cafe. Ono of them sighed frequently and looked at his watch and inveighed against tho necessity for work. "Bah!" exclaimed his companion, "you would not know what to do with yourself. You thrive upon an active life. Besides you have been every where and aeon everything, and if you had five millions tomorrow you couldn't enjoy it No, sir. Now, look here, old man, what is your idea of pleasure? What would you do right now if you had a million? Bight off hand, now—what would vou do?" "I'd knock off this lunch nnil go out and seo tho bull game, for tho first thin"' " (In about a minute)—"I don't seo anything so awfully funny about that!"— New York Herald. igi wamp, one of my feet broke through .he moss covered mud, and it threw me orward. I caught at a tussock just by me, and threw my hand on a large rnoc- isin. It flinched, but did not move. I vis stuck iii tho mud. Its forked tongue flashed in my facel I could not get up without a struggle, and I was afraid to mako the effort, fearing that a movement on my part would bring a strike in the face. I held my breath, while my hand went-to my belt, and I drew there- from a pistol. In an instant I got in the first blow, and the snake's head went off. A friend stood on a tussock fivo feet away watching the tragedy—in one act. "Recently I was hunting cows in the pmo woods. I rode a mule. Iwas"-oin" at a slow lope. Suddenly the beast threw its head down with a snort, and plowed the earth with both fore hoofs in a desperate effort to take up. I went over tho horn of the saddle and astride of the mule's neck, and would have pitched over my head on the spot had I not seized the animal's ears, one in each hand, as I struggled wildly to prevent a fall My head and chest went full over its head but my grip on the long ears and my feet locked around its neck saved me for the tune. "Thus poised in a ridiculous attitude my beast regained its footing, and then began backing and slamming me about against brush and sapling, until I rolled nan Then he Stulrg Were New to Her. Some of the immigrants arriving in this country are wonderfully ignorant of the commonest domestic appliances. A lady who had a fit of economy not long ago concluded to get a fresh arrival from Castle Garden, hoping by her wise management to train the girl into a capable servant. Biddy arrived, stout and will- ," "A California ltfln»n£ Cftmp In '49. The gambling tents were large, and contained not only gaming tables but billiard tables. At one of these I was once playing billiards with a man natned-'- H • A few feet from us, raised u'pSn a platform made for the purpose, were seated three Mexican musicians, playing guitars; for these places were always well supplied with instrumental tauMc. The evening seldom passed'without dig-- putes, and pistols were quickly'' drawn to settle quarrels. Upon any outbreakmen would rush from all parts of the room, struggling to get as near'as possible to the scene of action, and often they paid the penalty for their curiosity by being accidentally shot. While H and 1 were- engaged in our game we could hear the monotonous appeal of the dealers, "Make your game, gentlemen, make yotir game. (vBediwihs and black loses." Suddenly.bang, bang bang went the pistols in a distant part of the tent. The usual, rush followed* Bang, bang, again, and this time the guitar dropped from the hands of one of the unoffending musicians, who fell forward to the ground with a bullet through •his neck. His friends promptly undertook to caf ry him past us to the open air. Our table was' so near the side of the tent that only one person at a time could go between it and the canvas. H- was standing in the way, just in the act of striking the ball with his cue, when one of the persons carrying the wounded man touched him, with the request that he move to one side. He turned, and saw, the Mexican being supported by. the legs and arms, the blood — his neck. Then, with the _ i -f-ft , " — —** **« - l «b aim rosy, find with, mouth vviuoopen [ , *•* — —~- -*•*•>* **v^i»« j.iit?u, >vim cue loaiea. His scheme was a success, and in surprise at the novelties surrounding ?°? lesfc ^difference, he said, "Hold on the bin was paid—Pittsburg Dispatch. heronevery side. On being taken to h ? W ° n ' *"**•" W I make this shot » Ti.« T> "TT the staira to SO up to her room she Then, resuming his former position, he Theltacerroble,»Kven iin Australia. stopped suddenly. "And'i8.it Up-flrim ""' " ' ~ ' ' - l bit George Grey thinks that a barrier things that oi'll have to go?" she said against the participation of New Zealand Panic stricken. ' in Australian federation is to be found She explained that it was tho first time in the colored labor question, which he that she had ever seen a staircase She believes is one of the first difficulties overcame her fear speedily, however for which an Australian federal parliament the next morning the entire family were to lace. He has declared that | awakened by a sound that resembled the • o "— ~^iu.oi "uuBiuuii, lie deliberately finished his shot.—Dr. C B Gillespie in Century. To Do Away with Exorcise. Too much dumbbell exercise is a weariness to the flesh, and matutinal swinging of the Indian club becomes, sooner or later, irksome. The idea of relieving territories, if they are to be prancing of a war horse. Hastening to tlle tedium ° f daily exercise while in- worked at all, must be worked with col- investigate the cause, the irritated mas- %****« «» benefits is a good one, and m eu labor, and although he is opposed ter of the house discovered Biddy racing lfc J ? now P lac ^d at the service of the CO tuft emnmvmmifc r\F fTU-;«nr,« i,.i «•»•» n-nrl j«,,.~ ii i , . . , « I mi Klin i« n ^i-Hnnj.; i e ; .... _ to_the employment of Chinese labor, thinks that Kanakas and Indian coolies might wisely be employed in the north. Sir George Grey's information differs entirely from ray own, which is to the effect that even in tho event of a division of the colony of Queensland the people in the north majority of the would oppose the introduction of colored labor, and I regard it as .most unlikely that this question will be raised in the federal parliament, should it at least be raised with the meet, or slightest A Foj'KOttun l''oi'|iino. Matching the stories of valuable and unappreciated oil paintings sold for a song is ono concerning a miraculous transaction in Chevres china. Early in tho past century a gentleman presented a reverend friend with two vases as a wedding present. These vases stood for nioro than forty years on a cabinet in a bomorsotshiro rectory without attracting any particular notice, until a sale took place after their owner's death at winch they were bought for two guineas by a tradesman in Bath. Within a few weeks they resold for 000 guineas to a Bond street dealer, who speedily disposed ot them to the lato Lord Derby for 4 000 guineas.-Now York Homo Journal ' .„ -—A 1-11 -»-.*i>*i ». ASJJ.iC».l ott on the- ground. When I gained my feet I discovered a large rattlesnake in coil under a palmetto bush, just in front of the spot where tho mule made the desperate effort to stop, and if I had gone over the animal's head I would have fallen head foremost upon the deadlv reptile. "More wonderful to relate, a little toddler who was burdened with my name came across a rattler one day and picked it up, and went around playing with ib until an older brother discovered the child's peril and jerked it away from the snake."—Atlanta Constitution. Hitting tho Null. The travel of thousands of human beings up and down the tiled corridors of tho postofflce has so worn the tiles that it is like walking over plowed ground An old man and hia wife, evidently strangers on a visit, wero inspecting the interior of the building the other day when she noticed the roughness and called his attention to it, and added"Samuel, I didn't know that sich a floor as this ever warped." "Of course it don't," ho replied, as he stopped to look. "Then it's settled or sprung." "Can't be. Stone floors can't spring Lomme take a look." He went out doors and peered around for two or three minutes, and then rejoined her to say: "Can't seo any place where he got un- chance of a reversal of the recent policy of exclusion of colored labor. No doubt the growing of tropical produce upon the northern coast will be prevented, if I am right, but I firmly believe that the Australian people have made up their minds that the continent is to be reserved for white men, and that those industries which cannot be supported by white labor are not to be en coin-aged upon Australian soil.-Sir Charles Dilke in Forum up and down the wooden staircase in the public in a PnwHcal- form. .A polished abandonment of her joy at bavin™, dis- w ° odeu b °x contains the appliances in- covered the "hang of it." "Shure " she cldental 'to the ordinary exercising ma- said, "it is an illigaut amusement "— chlne> and is equipped, in addition, with New York Tribune. a magneto-electro apparatus capable of transmitting an electric current to ten People who son Books. or more persons at the same time or be- Ldbranans are not the only ones who in S graduated to the endurance or pleas- complain of ^persons who habitually soil ire of one person, so that while the vari- to them by thumb stains | °. us forms of exercise are books loaned __ and marginal penciling. " That habiTis the heaviest cross imposed on dealers in rare and expensive books. It is a practice with such dealers to send such books Tradition of Scotland's Thistle. Queen Scotia had led her troops in a well fought battle, and when tho day was won retired to the rear to rest from her toils. She threw herself upon the ground where, as ill luck would have it a bristly thistle grew. Whether the fair amazon fought in the national costume of Scotland or not the tradition fails to say, but at any rate the spines of the offending plant were sufficiently powerful to penetrate tho skin in n very painful manner. A proverbial philosopher has said that "he that sitteth upon nettles riseth quickly," and the same remark holds good with thistles. Queen Scotia sprang to her feet and tore the thistle out by tho roots. She was about to cast it aside, when it struck" her that the prickly herb would henceforth be ever associated in her mind with the glorious victory which she had just gained. Her intention was changed She placed the thistle in her cask, and it be- ont for inspection when requested by those to whom the dealer thinks there is a chance to make a sale. Valuable bdoks often suffer from the practice. Samuel J. Tilden, while a good buyer of books was also a great offender in this respect. He thought nothing of keeping a book for weeks, making dealers send to him for it several times, and finally returning it thumbed and dog eared, with a message that he did not want it. On the whole, booksellers lost nothing through Mr. Tilden. for he did not spare money when a book caught his fancy, and his library contained many treasures, but at times his whims were costly and vexatious to those who tried to please him. Dealers say that there are many men in this city now to whom his habits seem to have been transmitted.—New York limes. The Bane of IYiendsh!i>. It runs somewhat in this fashion: •* have half a mind to tell you something I heard about you the other day. Still I am afraid you would be annoyed, and I believe I will not." Of course you say that you will not be annoyed, and upon this assurance your friend proceeds to came the badge Louis Republic. of her dynasty.—St, A A To Preserve Shoo Leather. German chemist has invented a preparation which, it is claimed, when applied to the solus of shows, 1ms tho i-f- tect of increasing (heir wearing capacity troin five to ten times, besides making them waterproof. The preparation i.s applied after the shoos aro finished mul tho soles are buffed, Tho right I,, llS n it has been sold to tho Bavarian -overn- fiient for the army. The inventor it has been tested in tho Germ; • satisfactorily.—Exchange. I ho gi-wifc university being erected by Mr anil Mrs. Lolund Stanford in memory ot their son at Palo Alto, is arranged to admit men and women on an equal footing. One hundred dollars a y --- 0 . -.-,,„ j>»i»iiuu IUHIJUH a year covers tho sum of maintenance for ouch pupil although everything i.s as complete ill equipment about tho institution as modern invention can design. ' says lan army An Kvory Moriilng Incident. Mr. Suburb (slowly wakint' up rubbing his eyes)-\Vlmt time'iy it;' Mrs. Suburb (looking at watch)three minutes of train time. Mr. Suburb (springing out of bed)— Tell Mary to hurry uy the breakfast.- New Yorlc Weekly. It's Baron Hirsch's fortune is variously estimated from.-l'J.'O.OOO.OOO to £30,000,000 1 1's lather was a Bavarian banker. The (onmlulicm of his fortune was a railway contract with tho Turkish government -ft him since been enlarged by other railway maneuver.* in eastern Europe and uy speculations on tho Paris bonr.su. The amount of coloring matter stored Jn wal is such that one, pound of the mineral yields magenta der, but I know what's the matter, borne stray hog's got under thcro and m part of the floor up with his back. Don t yon remember how they used to crawl under our kitchen and almost lift tho hull house up! 1 "—New York World. Tho Cost, of Feasts hi tho 1'iist. In 1038 tho opening of Inigo Jones' new theater was celebrated by an elaborate banquet, attended by tlio lords of the council, and tho bill amounted to £b4 Cs. 4d., exclusive of wine. Glass and plate wero hired, and some of the former was broken and had to bo paid tor. Wo have the details of three dinners in 1070. A leg of mutton costs 8s 4d.; a sirloin of beef, fls.; 8 chickens and 3 rabbits, Os. Oil.; 8 artichokes, Is., and 4 cauliflowers, Is. 3d. For buttered ale tho ingredients of which were a hundred oS'ffs, 8 gallons of ale, 2 pounds of butter, 8 pounds of sugar and 1 ounce o. nutmegs, tho charge was 10s. lid.—Gentleman's Magazine. Lost a Good Story. reporter called at the house of a prominent city pastor who had been down with pneumonia. His wife an'- swered tho door bell. "How is the doctor?" "Much better, thank you." A shade of disappointment mirrored itself on tho reporter's face, and he said in a tone which showed that ho felt aggrieved, as one who had been robbed of a sensational item: "Well, they told me at the office that the Rev. Mr. B was at the point of death, and that your husband was very low. T'vn -inoi- ^«n«.i .,j. the Rev. Mr. B— that he's say: "If you are quite sure you will not be angry I will tell you." Then comes some unpleasant thing reflecting on your temper, your tastes or, if there is a flaw to be found, your habits. Sometimes it comes in the definite form of an assertion that you have been guilty of some atrocity of which you know yourself to be innocent. Very naturally, in the latter case, you ask whence came the charge, only to find that the calumniator has extracted a promise that the author's identity shall not be revealed. So you are left defenseless. You cannot deny or explain,—Detroit Free Press. Tho Original Use of Canes. Somebody has been looking up the his- through an electric current of any^required strength can be imparted; It is claimed that electricity can thus be apphedL under improved and more pleasant -...conditions than - formerly in many cases f. where its. use has been proved to be most beneficial.' Attention is called to the fact .that,telegraph-operators, accountants, typewriters, pianists, and all whose work is apfrto caus« muscular pains and stiffness in the hand and arm, can by the use of this exercising machine reap a twofold advantage The machine has a'bath attachment.' This is placed in a bath', and when the toot is placed upon it an electric shock ot graduated strength is imparted to the bather.-St.. Louis Globe- Democrat. Improvements In Rolled Steel, A protracted series of experiments made at Siemens' works, in England With the new process of manufacturing steel tubes, show conclusively, it is claimed, a remarkable adaptation of the system to the manufacture of pipes for the conveyance of water, gas and air at in this for- I've just called at 's office and I find got well and gone out. And now you tell me your husband is better " sighing. Then, with a hopeful look ho asked quickly: ' "Is there any likelihood of a relapse?" "Mercy!" cried the frightened wife "I hope not!" "Good morning, then," said the sad reporter.—St. Louis Republic. sufficient to color 500 yards of llannel, mirino for 120 yards, vermilion f or 3 5 (!0 for yards, and f or 3, 5 (!0 y;mls ° f Ancient writers mako frequent mention ol- oarnngs, and state that in early ilays they were worn by both sexes. | i rom the very earliest times the male inhabitants of Asia woro thorn. Silvor, Not Honor, Wiiutml. Theodore do Banville, tho poet, could not be porsuad*d to seek a place in tho trench Academy. Ono day Francois Coppeo vainly tried all his arts to overcome the prejudice of Do Banville "But," ho cried at last, "what will you do if we bring yon tho notification of your election on a silver plate?" Do Lanvillo answered quickly, "i shall certainly accept the silver plate."—Paris 1 ( igiivo. Tho I'owar of tho Electric Current. Professor Elilm Thompson is led to conclude, after long and elaborate experimentation, that the alternating current's power to destroy life is in inverse ratio to the number of alternations per second. It took, for example, twenty times as strong a current to kill a do~ when the alternations second ns when oud. When tho were 4,500 per they were 130 per sec- alternations were 300 "Sweets aro teeth." "They are, very, tho other day, .and Proof. said to bo bad for tho My wife made a pie I broke fivo of my front ones trying to bite through it. Hanior's Rnym- per second tho current was only half as dangerous to life as when tho nlta™,,.. tions wero 130.—Exchange. At tho IMuturo Gallery. "Sir, I am «, painter myself, und ought to be a good judge. I tell you that is a splendid bit of work." "I don't see it; still I am delighted to tory of the original use of canes country, and finds that they were nierly a part of tho repertory of the leaders of the church, being at one time the principal badge of the deacon. The deacon s cane was about five feet long, one end being embellished with a big knob the other with feathers. When the small boy got too noisy or rebelled against the powers that were he was given a rap on the head with the uncharitable end of the stick. If the head of the family forgot himself while listening to the morning- sermon, and lapsed into a blissful dream of old times in Merry England, the turkey plumes on the deacon's cane feathered him into life again.—St. Louis itepubhc. A AVay Lords Have. It would appear that there are lords and lords, as the following dialogue may illustrate: Commoner (approaching peer)—Allow me, my lord, to introduce you to iny tnend, Lord Tadharst. Peer (bowing coldly)—Your friend happens to be my nephew, and—taking commoner aside—allow me to give you a piece of advice. When I want to know » fellow peer I can introduce myself, but I don't want to know every one of them. —London Truth. , . , - "I (D"0 «411U. £U1- till nigh pressure, the manufacture of steam boilers, boiler tubes, and especially for bridge construction, owing to tho lightness and strength of tho tubes of comparatively thin steel, and. which, it is believed, will enable 1 the engineer of the tuture to considerably increase tho span or bridges. The simple as well as remarkable pe-' cuiianty of this process of shaping metalsi consists in the fact that, instead of avoiding any twist of the fibers, it by one operation gives the greatest possible twist to the fiber with a corresponding stretch of. material. It moreover may assisted by a mandrel, increase the outer diameter of a bar, instead of diminishing it, as do all other rolling mills, but tho tube produced by this new method is generally greater in diameter than the oar from which -it is formed, and thus combining, as it does, all the various systems of rolling, it is claimed to possess the advantage of a construction in which all hitherto known rolling processes represent a part.—New York Sun. Who Haunts You? Now think a minute, Is there not some unknown person whom you are always meeting in this great city without any reason for it? • 1 have asked a great many people, and find that nearly .everybody is haunted by some stranger. Just at present Tarn haunted by a red headed girl, who has freckles and a turn up nose and wears a light gray dress. She turns up at all sorts of unexpected places No matter where I go to lunch that red headed girl is sure to pass me on tho way. Every day. or two I meet her in the "L 1 car. I change the line, but'aura as fate there she is. If I go out between the acts at the theater that red headed girl walks by. And so it goes, until come across a painter who doesn't run down his fellow artists!" "Excuse we, sir, but the picture is Peleriu. mine."— Cotton In China. In China previous to the Eleventh century cotton was rare and precious, and a cotton robe was deemed a fitting gift for an emperor. It was grown only in gardens, and Chinese poets sang the beauty of its flowers. It was early known in Arabia, for its name— cotton— is derived from an Arabic word,— Harper's young V * - —»*v* MU *u £jWCQj UU^il now I have got to absolutely dread her. The worst of it ia that she is a nice looking girl and never seems to see me. —New York Herald. Blustlng by Electricity. A novel method of blasting by electricity has been invented by a Swedish engineer. As described, he employs a volta arc produced between two carbon rods placed parallel. When the aro is moved close to the spot where blasting is to be effected au intense local heat is created, followed by expansion, which has the effect of splitting the rock.—New York Telegram. The Acme of Mtmnneas. Eobinson—Brown is awfully stingy. Watkins—You bet he is. He won't even allow a joke cracked at his expense if he can help it.—Kate field's Washing- y r. S Y- te in jr of a- .- train ion fys Ifair- |heat \hirn 'this rho- .th Tfor- UL 'tS- uk '"