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UPPER DBS M 01NES, ALGO?f A 4 IO , ,„ i_ , „_.,„_.,. i._ „,,,--.,__-^._x~_.^=,.J= .-«La%... _-.g^-.««. J^...f^^.^--*^^jgtoW!^^*LAA-'K J.-«J -»j.-«j J ...t>..a, <J . J . "S ELOPEMENT. Ocean:—When young Mr. yar- j to whom the boyhteh sobriquet S?fitff," for BMchford, cWng with barrasaliig/ tenacity, began paying addresses to Miss Charlotte Wade, ter of Joseph Wade,the contractor fand builder, everybody, with one exception, pronuncod them Veil matched; • for Miss Charlotte, though an tuula'olc and meritorious young lady, was is touch of an ohlgiim and as hopelessly giddy as her lover. The exception alluded: to was none other tlmn tho gill's father Old Joe Wade, a closemouthed hiali, stern of feature, hut upright in nil his dealings, whose yes or no ( when you have succeeded in ^ot- ttng it, is law, had never been heard to say, privately or otherwise, what he thought of the yoimg gentleman or of his wooing. In eight of* ten months' of coiirting, Biff's resolute endeavor hiul bebii to cultivate the acquaintance? of Mr. Wade, thai: lie might ascertain his attitude with respect to their prospective relationship. Ho was rewarded by that, obdurate personage with nothing more encouraging than a loudly spolcen, "HoAV are you?" which only served to nonplus the youth and drive him nearly "distracted. Ineffectual efforts to "screw his courage up" to tho JntciTogatlon point were made by the lalter, but the struggle was abandoned with the mental resolution that inns- much as he held the fortress, such putative obstacles as parapets must take care of themselves. "Dai-ling,' said Bill', one moonlight night, as he gazed hard at the floor of the porch, fantastically decorated with grapevine shadows, "I can't understand your father. You are afraid to speak to Win about our marriage, and I'm sure if I asked him he'd thunder "No!" and then knock me down. What, do you say to running off?" "And gjetting married?" "Sure!" "Oh, that would be ever'so nice!" exclaimed the romantic miss, overjoyed at the prospect of an affair exactly suited to-her disposition. "But you don't mean to-night, Blffy?" "No; hardly so soon, sweetness. Suppose fcve say a week, from next Thursday?" ' ' ' "Thursday would be agreeable to me, ,'JBlfify, dear, but Tuesday is lodge night •with papa, you know, and I was think-' ing " ' I "Why, certainly," assented the blissful youth, "we'll make it a week from Tuesday n5ght. The old gentleman gets in late, tired out, and he'll sleep Ulce a brick, and I'll have a h'orse and buggy here at—let me see—yes, at 1 o'clock to take you away. You will have ' your things all packed, and—and—who shall we get. to marry us?" I "I'll never consent to have'anybody but a minister," said Charlotte. "What's the matter with a justice of the peace?" queered Biff, rouglshly.. "Oh, I just won't have him," ejaculated his companion, bringing her foot forcibly down on a weak, struggling moonbeam. "The idea of being married by a ' "Well, then, that's settled," said Biff, With ready acquiescence. "But will it be safe to tiy any of the ministers here in town?" I "I'm afraid .not," said Charlotte, musingly. "Suppose we have Mr. Oliplumt perform the ceremony at Adrian. It is only twenty-one miles from here." I "A great idea," cried Biff, rapturously. I "A splendid scheme! OWpliant, is just the man—kind-hearted, knows us well, j and will do the right tiling by us. Oh, Charlotte, you're an angel!" So, with a. few minor matters discussed, the alopmont—tjio bona. lide elop- '• ihent, with ladder,' midnight ride and all, was on; and Mr. Wade, unsuspecting old man, would soon be bound to congratulate them or—-whistle. Meeting his friend, Charlie Strong, on tho Street shortly afterward, Bill', in strict confidence, opened his heart, to him. ."Charlie," he said with gravity, "I'm driven to desperation." "Wliat's the trouble, Biff?" Strong was looking serious. "Well, the fact is, 1 love Ohm-lotto Wade, and I must have her or die. Her old man bitterly opposes our marriage— stubborn as a mule—won't listen to argument or anything. Now, then, I've made up my mind. I propose to—" "Say, Biff, if I were yon t wouldn't—" "Wouldn' what?" "Wouldn't do anything rash. Don't kill yourself." "My dear boy," wild Biff, leaning on his friend's shoulder and giving vent to a hearty laugh, "it isn't half so bad as that. We've merely planned an i-lop- ment. Tuesday night a week settles the question. Sec?" And Biff punched him in the ribs, lost he wouldn't see. Chili-lie had another friend, "and his friend hod a friend." Sunday night preceding the fated Tuesday came round and found the lovers together, with something; to talk about. "Darling," inquired Charlotte, in tenil- erest accents and with that sweet, rest- fid confidence one is apt to repose iu tho judgment of their future husband, "Shall 1 try to pack all my things in a valise?" "If it can be done, certainly," Biff answered firmly, as a man with an appreciation of the force of a groat responsibility should do; "carrying a. trunk is out of the question." "We must try and remember to get our license," continued Charlotte. "I've attended to that. To-morrow at 10 o'clock it will bo ready." "Perhaps, dear it had better bo loft with me for safe keeping. It may get lost, you know." "Tliat's a fact. I'm liable to leave It in the wrong pocket at home. Meet me at the post-oflice to-morrow and I'll hand you the paper," said Biff, as he arose to deport With fond embraces and mutual pledges, they separated. It was\a long, long wait till midnight on TueV day, but that hour got around at last> and soon thereafter came the audacious youth, lu » trim Uvery rig, stopping ahd htteWng his hotse to the branch of an old locust free at the end of* the lane, Tlie darkness was about right and the weather perfect. Satisfying* himself that all was quiet and every tiling as it should be, for the execution of his project, bravely Biff strode toward a clump of tall evergreens, within the gloom of which reposed the peaceful home of Joseph Wade, contractor and builder. Beneath the shadow of a stately pine the yoitiig man paused, for he had twenty minutes 'to-spare. Standing there in the dark, and,all alone,• Bin' ruminates. He wonders if it is all right: to take this girl away from her parents, leaving them utterly disconsolate, and with no alternative but to quietly submit to the inevitable. He intends to try and make Charlotte happy, in hopes til at she may never repent the step about to bo taken, but is that sufllcloht for parental grief? Here is a great, moral question; but the ad- si ruse nature of the proposition proving, too much for Biff, he gives it up. As the appointed. horn- approached, forward. The truants have come to know beyond preadvcnftire. that an irate father,is after them. There is no mistaking his turnout,-- or the determined way in which he boms to the chase. 3 ' | f * The town at. lasn Over tire gmVetli' streets the carriage containing out youthful friends noisily clatters, white Mr. Wade and his white-faced Bess are yet struggling! with the turnpike dust. Mr. Ollphaht, the minister, is at, breakfast when somebody gives the door-bell a violent wrench. Hastening to admit, liis callers, he finds Biff and Charlotte, who hurriedly fanake known their mission. The reverend gelitlentan though suspecting ati c|opnunit, flis- 'covers no reason why the ;eouple's washes should not bo gratified. Addressing tho yoimg man, Mr. • Oliphant asked for their license to wed. • "Oh, we have .the documents all right," said Biff, laughingly. "Charlotte, whore Is the., paper?" 'The girl 4s already 'searching for it in her hand-bag, but with\slight show of success. Wliat has she done with it? our hero, with conscientious scruples Tremulously, again and again the small safely put away, sallied forth from | gloved lm.rid is thrust into the^mysterious depths of that satchel. -"Can it. be possible?" she thought. "No!. Yes! Ah, ,at last. I have—but no^-pshaw, only a paper of pins!". Becoming impatient at the delay, Biff/turns .and finds his ., darling in tears 1 ::' f < ; ' "Oh, Biffy, dearest, please forgive me," his place of concealment Going in tho direction of the carriage-house, where the ladder customarily was kept, quite unexpectedly that convenient auxiliary in such enterprises was found leaning against the side of tlie house, only short distance from Charlotte's window. "Hello," said Biff to himself, quietly, sobbed Charlotte, "but I'm afraid I lifting the ladder and placing it beneath have-klon't. scold -me—left, the—paper the window of liis sweetheart's room, .'it honjfe on the—the bureau!" "luck is with me, or this tiling wouldn't, j '"Waiitt! Do you mean t6 ; say you hav- have been placed so close at hand. Now en'trthe.license?"' ,f -, ' for the signal." "Yes,- .darling, 1 do; J.'ve left It at Three sharp-tups on the brick pave- home," walled the girl, wringing her ment brought to view a shadowy form hands, "and I—I—just wish I was deiid, in. the openLnjg above. Hastily!, Biff ' that's what Ida" ' j "; scaled the ladder; but, upon reaching 'Gracious!-'C|iarlottc,''this is some-, the casement, instead of Ills girl, a ' thing terrible,"' crieXt.Bllr; 'despairingly, bundle confronted him. "Is that you, Charlotte?" was tha anxious inquiry. "Yes." "What's tills?" in a stage, wliisper. "My shawl, darling." "All right. Come on., Can you climb! ttun S open and, with Jong strides and out?" • • face aglow,; Mr. Joseph; Wade,! cont.ract- "Not just yet. Here, take this, too." * "What's that?" "Don't ask me. It's clotlnng. Wouldn't it be best to take these down and return?" "Perhaps it would/'. Biff answered, as he .cautiously started to climb down to the ground again. The bundle deposited on the ground, he returned for his treasure. "Here, lovey," again come tho sweet girl's voice, "take the valise. It's heavy. Can you cany it without fidling ?" "I.hope so. There isn't anything•more to go?" "Only this one," as another formidable package appeared, "but it isn't,'very heavy. Can you take both?" as he sank into the nearest chair, with arms falling limp, and a sickly' palloi overspreading liis countenance. Spring- hog to his side, Charlotte -threw both arms about her lover's neck. Next moment the hull'door arc rudely or and builder, eiitenf'and grasps, his "Gracious! Charlotte, what's that?" "The lunch, darling.'" ' "Yes," answered Biff bravely, though' with some huskiness in his voice. "I guess I can manage them. It is unnecessary to give a minute description of how Charlotte contrived | to Hot through tho window and on the \ ladder; of how Biff proposed to lift her out, and she, refusing his assistance, i said she would, do better alone; or of, Ml 'how den lover had to take the little trembler in i his arms, whereupon, his foot slipping m » M tlK ' yt ' ® My llonds my !Wlly m both fell, and the ladder was knocked sueU !1 ' blamed hurry that Charlotte for- over. making a terrific racket as , t f?ot-to take their marriage license, so I struck the porch. Barring these trivi- pitched up and brought it to them.thlnk- alities, our friends succeeded in effect- lu » nuiybe ing a silent departure. friend Ollphant by the' hand. Puffing and gasping for A breath, lie speaks:. "Is my daughter here—vyith that-young scapegoat—Biff Carsmlth?" "Yes, they are here," answered the preacher. "If you vrish to see them, step this Avay." , -''4 "I reckon I do—want to—see them,'' said Mr. Wade, still striving to regabi his breath, as they entered the room where Biff and Charlotte, clinging to each other like two thistle burrs, were seated on the sofa. : "Ah—you -scroundrel—wanted to ran off—with my daughter—did you?" Biff struggled to arise, for Wade was precisely -the spark, required to ignite his keg -of gunpowder; He was mad all over;'- and felt as if it Avas a good time to give the old man a tougue Cashing. But Choi-lotto, 'dutiful girl placed her hand over his mouth and held him back. "Well, it's all right when you people Avant to get married," continued old Joe, regaining his breath and cnuckling with fiendish glee as he glanced toward "but Avhcn they undertake KOOLAK A RUSSIAN VAMPIRE. Pltindtj'a th«- J'eanunU of Taclr Kli.» < - :c by '' St. Petersburg Letter .in London Tele"graph: 1 uiv_. rrtquolitly called alien- tion to the tL'plombl • condition of tin; lUtssian y,tis.uitry uuda- the tyranny of the A'illage usurers. The Soeiete Keouomiquo hay now publlshe.l a calculation tiiat tlie rural population is paying two hundrtd millions \Mt mi- ttmt'int. rest to the koolaks. This is about equivalent, to the interest, annually paid tit the national debt. In fact* Hie .usurers 1mv.: discounted the Slate revenues and gradually suclwd: the peasantry so dry that they aiv now refusing to have anything more to do Avith them. Hitherto when a commune could not jmy its taxes tlie kcolak paid and took the crops of the population for several years In advance as repayment. Now. however, by a long process of this exhaustive drain iiipoii fheiu the peasantry haA" 1 been reduced to such utter ruin that even the kodaks ,Avill no longer lend. The result, of course, will be that non. 1 of the mormons arrears will- be paid, nor will it lie possible to collect taxes until the peasants- have recovered somewhat. And, unless a check is put on the koolaks, this recovery can never take place, for as soon as It begins tlu 1 koolaU will recommence his operations. A few examples Avill show,what has been and is still going on. 1 tak" them from a small local paper,' the Prhrniv- ski Krau. Two years ago a. peasant hi the Uis| trict of Uostoff. [ion-owed 100 rubles at I 5 per cent, pc-r month, giving a bill for 200. Not being able to pay lud 100 at tlio end of the first year he renewed, giving this time a' bill for 320. He then had 00 interest, making a total of 250 rabies; at. the C'lid of the second year he had a good crop, Avhich brought i him in 200, all of Avhich ho had to pay, and remained still a debtor for 5(5 rabies. In 1S01 the' peasants of tlie Village of I Knrlovna borrowed from tho koolak i Antoinsheff 3,000 poods of rye against ' 500 desiatuips of their best laud for nine years. This year they are buying back their land at 17 rubles a desiatine. In another village the peasants sold their barley crop in advance to a. koo- lak for 35 kopecks a pood, and are now delivering it to him, though the market price to-day is from 85 to 90 kopecks. I Comment, on these examples Is quite ' superfluous. Muttnt-ii, With Ket'erviifitt to IIK Men I'ur .)W, Avhen almost to the ground li sud-! « n .Vtmng they ought to tend strictly to an fright seised her and the gallant tlle business. I ain't no architect, but >vor had to take the little trembler in I wheu l llly out my lllil "' s Hley «°' Lilst is nrms wii.»iv.imr,n .M a i>™t- c u „„«„,,. lu'ght these giddy heads ray away m Once safely in the buggy aiid driving toward Adrian, their prospects' brighter.. Diligently, though' perforce wi'h caution,' the lovers follow 'the strange road and' it Avonld come- handy. I tried to overtake the rascals oil tin; road.but to save my life 1 couldn't, catch up Avith them. Now, let the meeting it's through AAath itini to the nearest something to eat. proceed, and Avheu I move that, AVO juljr succeed in covering more than hidf ti u .;: restaurant /and g^t, '• That's (lie way I feel!" distance before .thiybreaki At dawn the horses' pace is quickened and the journey becomes a joyous one. Presently the eastern sky is lilled with mantling clouds, above which' tlie glowing sun emerges, whilst: in union with the of many breeders. Many say com is beatings of their blithesome .hearts, song birds make Hie woods resound. • Whut to Kucd I'-owlK. Just what feed to give 1'oAvls for best results is .not fully settled in the minds with, merry greetings to their drowsy mates. T.ife to the lovers is a jocund festival.existenco flaAvless.till Clujriotte, Avhoso eyes are continually scanning that: portion of the road already traversed, abruptly cricp out: , "Look, darling! Isn't that a horse and buggy?" . . :.--• Her companion, < throwing a'.glance baekAvard, reluctantly acknowledged that, the black object at the" biwv of the hill bore an unpleasant resemblance to the combination mentioned; "Oh, if it should be papa coming after us!" exclaimed'the girl, greatly alarmed. "Now, don't, worry about'-your father. He's snoring away at home all right, and, beside, if it proves to be him,, his can't catch us, for this is' a fast nag," said Biff, consolingly, .as he readied after the not go<xl for laying hens, but most use corn oiice or tAvice a day, Hays Poultry Topics. I have had satisfactory results using oats, \vheat and corn in tho order named. Wheat Is one of the best grains for laying hens, but it is too expensive for general use. Gates are good for poultry if the beards are scorched oftV If feed whole they should be soaked or scalded to soften the hull and beard. Ttye is good for fowls 2 of .'5 times a Aveek, being a hone and .muscle producer. H (ow much feed 'Should a hen have for good results? Most breeders aim to feed liberally, and in so doing, sometimes give too much for best results. No infallible rule can be given for feeding. Imitate nature as closely as possible, if the fowls are penned, the need special care. Plenty of grit, lime, wood-ashes, bran, crushed bone, charcoal, green food and Avhij). Giving the horse- a i water should be in easy reach of tlw smart cut, the latter plunges ahead, \ fowls, (whether penned up or not. wheels are set to spinning, and clouds Those at large will do Avell on one ra- of dust roll up behind. Charlotte, mean- tion per day in summer, but in winter while, is keeping tab on*the movements jyi vo f t . w i twice a day. Feed yo^.ig of} their xsiipjiosiul pur-surer. Time chicks on dry feed and'sweet milk and lengthens, minutes become hours, when i {eo p c i o; , u wa ter and sand at their coin- one travels rapidly. ' mnnd. The best food is com bread and "Is he yet in sight, Charlotte?" scalded bran Avith a little curd In it for "Yes, indeed," cried tlie girl, clasp- about two Aveeks; then cracked com Is ing her hands, "and the buggy Is gaining good. The worst enemies to small chicks on us. 1 just know it's papa. If lie over takes us, oh, what shall we do?" "Wo will get into Adrian first, and when your father arrives, he'll not know where to look for us. By the time AVO are discovered, it Avill be everlastingly too late. Get along flu-re!" Crack, goes tho whip again, and away are damp quarters and lice. (itxicl Kfiisou tti lie Positive. Miss Mypp—Yes, Mamie Elder is marrU'd at last. The poor thing was over thirty and noli at all good looking. She has no money and never had an offer before, so she snapped up the rnoy spcou, past lanes and cross roads, , ' """*' through the valleys and over the swell-1 m ' bt lllilu thut ciune ' a ° u «Ing hills. Early farmhands and milk-' *1™- U'^ey—Are you su ,_T _. ._ , , . nnfl jui nfpfv nornrev sure she n"vcr luul au offer before? Miss Flypp—Of course I am. Who should know it if I don't? Why, I'm her dearest friend.—Truth, maids open Avide their eyes in amaze ment, speculating on the sight, nor is their astonishment lessoned Avhen shortly afterward a second carriage dashes by in hot pursuit of the first one. Our lovers are approaching Adrian.' Tllc governor-elect and many of the Already brick Avails and church spires other stilt ° officials of Kansas are farm- appear in view. Foaming and covered ers k Avlth perspiration, the little nag in front I Brussil has passed * low encouraging f them falters not, but nobly presses, OWUiese Immigration^ :....\....... [U. T. Uhuicluil, Uitf Sprlny, Win , at » AViscon- ciu Puiiuuin 1 luatilu e.J Taking as his text the fact that the great problem of Ufa is IIOAV to make- a good living—how to get on in the Avorid, a leamwl professor in the university at. I Gottingen has recently .published a treatise on tlie practical results of modern education. I Naturally the Avork coming from the- pen of such a man has attracted considerable attention, partlcularlp- the statistics Avhich have been compiled ill the laborious and exhaustive stylo possible only to the Gorman mind and method. , Dr. Lexis, the author, gives the number of students in the various universities at, 2!),000, and he goes on to show that, at least oiie-JiaJf of these ambitious young men are doomed to liA'es of disappointment, not because an education is not a good thing, but because nearly till of them hope to enter Avluit. are called "genteel professions.' ! There is a great deal of common sense in this A'it-AV. What is termed a liberal education Is a good thing, provided It does not take a young man out of liis natural sphere of usefulness. ICducation sometimes begets worthy ambition, and sometimes conceit, and ' there Is a great gulf between the two results. . We have referred to the German professor's book to show that there is a. reaction going on in the universities ag-ahist the tendency of a polite education. I In tills country tho reaction is taking the shape of training or industrial schools, and is making its influence felt in many neAver and more practical methods—methods that ara hi tended to fit students to earn their OAVII living by developing their skill. We do not think that one can have; too much training of the right kind, but much of the book knoAvledge of today does not; lit. a man in the slightest degree for practical duties of every day life. i We are told that the. different professions are stocked In our country to that extent that maup- sock In vain for a situation, Avhere they may pursue the chosen vocation for Avhich much time, hard Avork and money 'have been given to obtain, and Avhich they had hoped to realize much good to themselves and for those who might: employ them. One Avriter has ascertained tluit there is one lawyer for every seven hundred inhabitants. Surely AVO are ready to say that this is a sutlicient number for all Avho Avlsh service in this line. Doctors we know there are enough of for all Avho may need their assistance. Teachers for tho various departments of education may be counted by the score; their number may be said to be legion. '. Although the saying "There is room up higher in the scale of attainments" is reaHv true, yet Ave must confess that too many are scrambling in the lower plain for existence, and are not and cannot; be satisfied Avith their condition. So, In vleAV of this, may AVO not rightly seek for some occupation though not considered so genteel as some AVO have ! mentioned, but perhaps might be as elevating in its influence, as widespread In tho good that might be accomplished, as grand and fascinating as could be desired by tho young men of our land. And in our search we may not go farther than the farmer's home. Hero may Aye not find a place where we way improve m,apy of the talents we pos- soss in tt manner satisfactory to ourselves and to Him who created us? Allowing now that our searchi fof a position or calling is settled, we will try tb know how results may be obtained that will tend to retain those who may choose the pi-ofession of ft farmer, that they will be kept from desiring to change for something different, and also to bring to mind some of those things, which, hi our candid opinion, do not have a very enticing influence for farm life. We can have no, sympathy with the plan pursued iti many,instances, whom tlie fntjier ftiys to liis bo;.-. "Johnny, you ', : may have ;'these - .stews for your own, : and /'I wahl;' you to tuke the best care of thitii that you possibly can and cause them to become a useful team when they are t-rt'own." Johnny is too anxious for such an opportunity, and does not leave a single thing undone in the care and training of those strera. How proud is he to think they are his. and how glad he will be when he is old enough and his stews strong enough to do work as father, does with his team. But alas, how disappointed he will be when 1 he realizes that his steers have ill some mysterious way become father's oxen, and the team is sold, perhaps, and not a cent ever gets intta Johnny's pocket. Of course we all know that the father does not intend to wrong' Ills boy, in so doing, but is it right? Is It honest? Lack of confidence we think is a soiu-ce of ill to those who would do much better for themselves than they ara doing. We do not trust our-boys for fear they may do wrong many j times, and so they lose all desire to do the best that is possible for them to do. Too much work and too little play is often the rule. We fear that the eight hour system spoken of by one, of our ; writers, which means eight hours In the forenoon and eight hours iu the afternoon, is really adopted and put in force'. Fishing time, seldom, if ever, comes to many of our would-be farmer young nieu. And so we could emmier-, ate many more things of a like nature tliat cause (young men to have a dislike for farm life. Now for tJie other side of our question. Well do we know that tlie teacher who is most successful will seek to make his pupils feel that their presence is needed every day and every hour during the school term, in order that they may obtain all that; Is possible, and when this impression is lixed you cannot easily Induce one to remain away or to have an imperfect, lesson. So we think our boys on tht> farm may be made to know that their work is appreciated, and that, they' shall receive a share of the profits of whatever is produced, not only in having food to eat and clothes to wear. but. shall actually have a share of the dollars and cents. Make the young nidi partners, real owners, and a point will be gained that, will be lasting .in its results of groat)' importance. f | We have begun at the lower round : of the ladder, we think, in a few of tho I ninny things that enter into the life of a successful farmer, and which are I needful and should be sought after if we would load our young men to higher aspirations and nobler doings. Educate our young men to know the •. importance of 'agriculture in all Its varied interests, and the time is not far distant when we shsdl see the calling ivspected as It should be, and there will be those who will be as eager and will. ing to enter its ranks as thos« who are now turning their) faces towards other avocations. Let this right education begin at! the home, where it should nat- j urally commence, and we will have no reason to fear for the cause wo are called upon at this meeting to represent. Would it not be a step In the right direction to give our young men a special invitation to attend our institutes and take part in the discussions? In looking about this room we see several young men, but there -should be more, The majority are of that number Who have been long in the service, and now what we want is to have tlie rank and file lilled in by brave hearts and stronger hands, if possible, that the future work of this great, commonwealth of our State of Wisconsin shall bo onward for better things, keeping to the front, whore we firmly believe- she stands today. Now a word or two about the terms usfd at the beginning of this paper, that 110 one may misunderstand. We would not convey tho idea that a farmer should not be giaiteel, and cannot bo polite. Far from it. it is a mistaken idea that all fanners an.- vulgar and rude in speech and manner. Perhaps it would not be out of placo to give a description of what, might bo styled a genteel farmer, though wo do not consider It to be the best type. This was told to ,me by a. friend, whOi-went back to his childhood home iu Now Hampshire a few years ago. Tim farmer ho called upon one day was the possessor of a six aero farm, hilly and in some parts rocky, but all parts used for some pur- poso. His house was small, but well furnished; barns and sheds all in line, condition; orchard well cared for and fences iu good repair. It was in haying time, and the farmer dressed with silk hat, kid gloves, boiled shirt, linen pants and shiny shoes, took his horse, a lino, weill-bifcd -animal, from tho stable, hitched him to a one-horse mower and started for a field of grass, which was cut by half-past ten o'clock and returned to the tool house, where the farm implements were always kept when not in use, and the remainder of the forenoon was spent in viewing the premises, looking at tho stock, which consisted of five cows, a number of sheep and five or six hogs; also a goodly number of hens and chickens. Iu a pond close by tho house, kept full of clear water from a spring, were speckled trout. A short time was spent lu catching fish for dinner. After dinner tho horse was brought out again, hitched to the rake, the hay raked, tho raka som .exchanged for the cart and t&e hay hauled into the bam. And tMsi my frifiod said, was a fair, spec- imen of rt day's work nearly year roufad. We asked If this made a living from So smnll a f that, and he said; he actually "Wiry." he said, "he rtever soldi« for less than ten dollars or a pound <rf butter for less than fifty, .cents, and hfi could take sixty dollars ftach for \M cows any day in the year/"Now, if this fa tiot, a gt'liCpel stoiy about a getnteiel fanner, sortie one else shall have the floor and'.givty us something hotter, aijrt wo will be polite enough to tnke'.olt our: caps and listen to hlin as ilttuntively as you have Ife. toned to us while \ve haVe been, this paper. ..',•• ;.''. ; ' •' DON'T WALK TOO FAR; Tlit-rn Is Such it Tiling AM 'Overdoing tliU • liliul or bxerctae. [%vy persons are uwai-c that violent pedcstriak exercise, by generating more carboiilc :^csid' : than tht» lutigs can conveniently let off, fills the system with poison and stiffens', the imiscles. it IK, for this reason, very ddngerous if tho heart is weak. The professional pedos- train is hardly ever lithe, whereas,'tho equestrian is .graceful bcauso he takes cixercise withoflt filling liis blood with the ..'poison' 1 have'just'named, the immediate effect of which is shortness of breath, sometimes with a. stich In tho side, says Truth of London. Cyclists make journeys of hundreds of miles without getting knocked up. This is because the, lungs are not overstrained as in, say a, long, J qulck walk or pedestrian race. Alpine climbing is worse than running. It has been noticed that Alpine clinibei-s, whose forbears were not thud out of mind Swlteers, began to break down after eight or nine seasons of uiountaim(ering and age perceptibly. Ladies, it occurs to mo, "may be interested to know that a muddy complexion Is often a consequence of violent clambering of hills, the blood losing, when overcharged with carbonic acid, its ruddy glow, and the. skin ditiicacy in trying to aid in working off the poison. Soft clear complexions are much more common in "rolling" countries than in high lands. The Swcedislt women have, in this respect, a great advantage over the Norwegian, and so far as 1 can judge .from personal observation, the Ayrshire girls have more to bn proud of than the Highland lasses. Those who go in for pcdostrianism and. lawn tennis should carefully drill their breathing organs to ketfp their good looks (when blessed with them) or to Improve their appearance when they ar not good looking. Spirits suffer just as much as appearance from the self- poisoning process of which I have* been speaking. Have you ever noticed what fearful, dull and cross beings gentlemen become after a hard day's deer-stalking? j IVculiui- Property of <iu«. A singular oxporicuci' is recorded from .Ki-aiikfni-t.-on-tlie-Main. whlc5i throws a new light, on the occasional instability of asphalt pavements. Shortly after the asphalt pavements were put down in some of the Frankfurt stivets, cracks of various length and size, and resembling those soinetini'.'s formed in earth under the inliueii(;o of great heat, ' appeared. Tho cracks were found to extend mainly along the lines of the gas mains, and the odor of illuminating gas was freely given 'off from lh«n. When the asphalt surface was removed, it was found that the beton foundation layers , Snun'ediately underneath were also- cracked, and that the gas, leaking from the mains had thus 'been alkiAved to come into direct contact with the asp- ihalt. Tlv,. latter, by the absorption of more or less of the gas elements, principally benzine, lost, its colwsive properties, and cracking finally followed. I Wild JiiiiiKt TuiiiKrH. i Sau Francisco Chronicle: The mosl successful beast/ tamers are generally small, wiry fellows, with plenty of nerve and a good stock of trade secrets, derived from the closi> study of wild animals. In the latter respect savages With their outldoor mode of life, have a considerable advantage over their civilized rivals. , In the Chilian Andes the naturalist i Tischudl made the acquaintance of a Creole farmer, who confessed that he had experimented for several years before he succeeded in capturing a live alpaca. He hud imitated the traps of the Indians, their) method of'fixing them in the sand of the river banks, their precaution in obliterating the traces of their footsteps, but all in vain till an Indian renegade revealed tho secret— namely, that tlie alpacnc select fheiir drinking places where there is an audible ripple in the current of a river, perhaps for tho same reason that cows prefer a. brook to a pond and n. running spring to a sluggish creek. The murmuring of the sti-fam snem- ed to suggest the Idya of purer and cooler water, and where the current was slow iho Indians contrived to produce a ripple by an artificial obstruction. In the superstitions of the Mohammedan the Mahdi occupies the snme place as the Christ, to come in orthodox Judaism. It was this superstition .that tluit. gave his power to the '"Mahdl" Avho worked such havoc with the British troops in Upper lOgypt and left England the loss of a Gordon. It Is now reported that the Mahdl Is momentarily expected To arrive in Persia and the populace Is hi the greatest possible state df excitement' in consequence. The Mohammedan clergy are urging the feeling on and It Is thought probable that a general Insurrection may develop at any moment. 1 Princess Marie, of TJdlnburg, the bo- trothed of Prince Ferdinand of Roumania, Is a beautiful and clever woman, and has already won a Avnnn place In. tho heart of tho queen, of Carasen, Syjya.

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