The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 28, 1891 · Page 8
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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPEft DE8 MOINES. ALOONA. IOWA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1891. THE HOMING PIOEON9. How fhtij nth Trnlnod rtnit Touted hy foinnltr*—their K«m*rkfthl* fiptti. Novices taking in the hands one •f tho Antwerp pigeons ftro always astonished at Its remarkable strength of Wings, a ringing slap from one of the loflly feathered appendages proving in effectual means of defence. And then, too, these lovers of hofne have tuch bright, intelligent eyes—eyes that can see an immense distance, fully 100 miles in clear weather. With their broad, prominent skulls, giving them a very wise and knowing look, the homers snap their expressive •yes as if thoy know all about the messages they carry so faithfully, arid felt themselves to be very important birds, Indeed. In appearance thoy resemble tho •otnmon wild American pigeon more than do any others of fancy breed. They are mostly blue in color, but there are many varieties that are Mack, and some of mottjed tints, known as "rod chocks" and "bluo •hooka" There are 4,000 or 5.000 homing pigeons in Baltimore, says tho Balti- moro Sun. owned by nearly 150 fanciers, who ratso thorn not as a trado nor §R dealers, but mainly for pleasure. So enthusiast Is tnoro enthusiastic than tho plgoon enthusiast, and tho hours of hard work epont In tlio lofts looking aflor the comforts of tho in- ttatos of tho dovocolo, after tho real Work of tho day IB done, are counted as tho brightest spots in tho day and troll spent whon tho owner looks proudly about on tho happy foulliorod family. Strangly assorted as tho members of tho plgoon clubs may bo, thoy •11 moot on a common ground whon their favorite pursuit Is in question. •10 mnglo word "pigeon" serving as »n opon sesame to tho hoart of doctor, lawyer, merchant, olork, mechanic, day laborer or gentleman of leisure jwgoonly inclinod. Men who might go through life and never comonhould- •r to shoulder In tho ordinary course Of events pore together over pigeon loro with enthusiasm, and tho one who Is "ohlof of all" Is ho who has the doopost knowledge of pigeon-raising, ,or ho whoso pot bird has button the record In tho mid-air races. On several occasions Baltimore-bred homers have made tho best time and the longest runs In important races, winning cups and medals for their happy owners. Throe or four years ago thpro wits greater Interest taken in plgoon races than at present, tho clubs offering prizes for tho winners. Baltimore owners do not now belong to any federation, and consequently havo not tho same opportunities of testing tho racing qualities of the homers raised by thorn. Tho usual manner of marking a bird sent on apocinl races is to attach a metal band to its log containing tho A BOV'8 MANNfCNi. e*tlM«re!Al Vuloe of Good B*h*Vl*r In • Yonth. '•His manner is worth 1100.000 to him!" That is what one of the chief men of the nation lately said about a boy. "it wouldn't bo worth so much to one who meant to be a farmer, or Who had ho opportunities, but to a young college student with ambitions U is worth at least $100,000." The boy was a distant relative of (ho man, and had been brought up by careful parent! in a far off city. Among other things ho had been taught to be friendly and to think of Other persons before himself. Tht boy was on a visit in the town where the man lived. They met on the •treet, and the younger, recognized the elder, promptly went to his side and spoke to him in his cordial, hap" py, yet respectful way. Of course th« man was pleased, and knew that anybody would have been pleased. The sentence above was the outcome of it. A litllo later the boy came Ipto tho room, just as the man was struggling into his overcoat. The boy hurried to him, pulled it up at tho collar and drew down tho wrinkled coat beneath. He would have done it for any man, tho haughtiest or tho poorest Tho boy has not been in society a groat deal, says the Congregational 1st. IIo has not loarnod orthodox selfishness. Ho positively can't bo easy nt tho table until his neighbors are waited on. A chair is torture if he thinks any one else is loss comfortably pouted. Ho wouldn't interrupt to let loose tho wittiest or tho most timely remark over thought of. Ho may •learn to do so somo day—after he has earned his hundred thousand—but it is doubtful. The expression of his kindliness may become conformed to popular usage, modified, roflnod, but th'o Hplrlt 'which prompts tho expression will only grow with his years. • Do not misunderstand, boys. You nmy bo truoly unselfish and yot not havo this boy's prize. You may wish to do things for others and.yot feol that you do not know how. Tho only way to lenrn IB to try; to hesitate for no feel- lny of bashfulnoss or awkwardness, but to put into direct and instantaneous practice whatever kind, helpful thoughts occur to you. WAtCHED BV HUNtBrU bird; not easy to outwit of thews pin-head 3hrewd is our htm! Sharp it the outlook eyes; Still, be is mortal, and ft shot may hit hint; On* cannot always miss him it he tries. —O. W. Holmes. AN AERIAL -CHIME. HIS TACT SAVED HIM. private number and loiter of the own- I !](>»• Honutor Cullom Mot it Prisoner anil I'urdonod lllm. On ono occasion Senator Cullom, then governor of Illinois, uuido a visit to tno stato penitentiary ut'Choster, in tlio southern psirt of tho Stale. Ono oT the prisoners was serving a llfo- Bontenoo for murder, nays tho Washington Post. Tlio circumstances of fcie homicide wore as follows: Tho man had killed ono of his neigh- or. When tho bird IH liboratod at the flpoolllod station tbo liberator imprints on ono wing of tho plgoon by a rubber stamp a special countermark. On reaching tlio homo left tho bird's countonimrk is examined by tho agent Of tlio federation, who notes tho time of arrival and compares it with tho entry ut tlio liberating station. When an owner expects tho arrival of ono of his birds ho shuts up all of tho otlior pigeons, and tho wanderer is froo to ontor undisturbed. Outside of tho loft n. fiheir IH constructed, connecting with a wlro coop. Tho instant tho bird iiii»-lits on tho sholf it presses oi) a spring connecting with a tf'ong or electric boll, announcing tho arrival to the expectant owner. Once ' Insldi' tlio ooop, the bird cannot get I out, tho little swinging door opening only from tbo outside. Tho paper used for niossaft-os is lied to tlio bird's Joy near tho thigh, or to a wing quill, juid does not hurt nor impede its progress, it is of lino, strong, light tissue. In the I'Vinu-o-Priisslan ' war observations wore taken from a bal- Joon and Information dispatched from It by pigeons, who bore on their logs tnossngos written on dolicato gelatine films, so thin thnt it took 6,000 of thorn to mako an inch In thickness. Tho only safe way is to buy a pair of homing plgoous and mato thorn. The old birds will havo to bo kept prison- era all tlioir llfo, but tlio young ones will > consider themselves imturull/od children of emigrant piiroiils. The young birds aro given 1 ho freedom of tho loft throe or four months, and then are given their first "jump." Thoy are liberated at first nt a short dls- tunco from tho loft, perhaps livo or six miles, then twelve or nioro, and gradually learn to cover sufoly ,000 miles, or, in exceptional cnses, 900 miles. If tho pigeon mossongor service wore established it would bo easy to furnish thousands of birds from Baltimore. Of all tho other pigeons bred tho Antwerp homers oxcoed thorn by two to ona Thoy brood every six weeks and com- tnenoo to brood at Jive months. Tho prices of the homing pigeons aro reg- Slated by tiioir race record.tholr homing instinct boiii"- Inherited in proportion by tholr young, bora in an ulTray that was the result of o In High I.lCe. There aro people iu Now York who toady after the rich. Tho following conversation took place on a Third avenuo struct car: "So your sister is nuirriodP" "Yes, and sho did do very well splendid. You have hoard of Vimdor- WltP" "Oil, yos. Did she marry into that family! 1 " "Well, yos, so to speak. Sho married u nephew of Vundorbilt's chief cook. Ho la the driver of a street cat'."—Taxtiu Sittings. Toctotului miiilo i consider'.'i of lady >ui all tha | MM ing a vigv tea. In bur opinion 10 greatest muster of 'tiud dlstroyor of vitftll- a political discussion during tho war for tho Union. Ho bad been sent in punishment for his crimo to the Joliot Penitentiary, from which prison 'he bud boon transferred to tbo ono at Chester. This prisoner was probably CO years of aye at tho time noted and had boon in ilunuico vilci.for along number of years. Ho had boon a most exemplary in- muto of tho institution, having uniformly co i id no tod himself In a manner that had gaiuod for him tho implicit ooiitidonco.of Ihu prison authorities, and as a murk of ;h'i9 confidence ho hud boon phwed in ulitM-go of tho inside door of tli..' building. Through this door all who entered aud loft tbo placo had to puss. On tho occasion of Governor Cullom's vi.sil, hiiving unshod through th,e outside entrance, tlio governor gave tbo usual iLlurui at the inside door. Tho priKonur-guurd at once opened tha Wickot, when (iovornor Cullom, in a spirit of plo:isunl"y, mtido tho unnecessary inquiry: - "Will you'lol, mo inP" In reply tho prisoner instantly unlocked and threw opan the largo door, and, bowing low, said with Impressive gravity: "With pli.'tisum yovoi-nor; will you lot mo out?" Tho story would be Incomplete if it could not bo recorded that its sequel occurred within n few months, whon the governor, having satisfied himself of tho execllonco of tho prisoner's character and that his ol't'oneo hud been fully expiated by his long imprisonment, granted him an unconditional pardon. ttUirulian colony host attack on Mow l.'ould He Knoivl Tbo Princess Marie, wifo of the Danish Prince Valdemur, camo through Klsinora incognito on a recent excursion to Sweden. Th« station-master heard of hor coming, and promptly decorating tho waiting-room with some Cttlliv-llllies from his parlor, set a watch at tho door to prevent the public from intruding upon tho royal privacy. Shortly tlio princess and heir sister appeared, each with a small chip-basket they had brought homo from tholr trip. Tho brusque watchman blocked the door. Tbeso surely wore not prin- oeiisoa "You ounnot ontor," ho said. "Why not?" asked tbo astounded princess. ••Bocauso wo expect tho Princess Mario." "Then koflp a good look-out for hor, 1 laughed tbo amused lady, and went through tho common gate to the platform. Tho station-muster concluded, after waiting all day, that the princess hud taken another rout*. Argonaut There was a storm of cheers from a thousand breathless spectators. The balloon was going up. Like a falcon suddenly, unhooded by the hunter it escaped to the sky, larting upward in a straight line. Already one could scarcely distinguish above the rim of the basket the heads >f the two aeronauts who ascended, Loaning on the frail wicker bulwark, thoy saw far down below the mall terrestrial forms lessening every lecond and vanishing. What was that mass of white and gray things crossed •very way by black linos? Was that tho city? Yes, tho city thoy had just left, a city reduced to the proportions »f an ant hill. But right and "loft, before and behind, what a marvelous hor- rizon! There, far away the serrated lino of the mountains, and on the other tide tho sea, tho vast, blue ocean iparkling in a flood of sunshine. Suddenly. In the profound silence of the azuro, a woman's voice resounded, slear as a tinkling of crystal "Oliver," said she, "give mo your fraud!" "Here is my hand, Laura," replied i man's voice. "Thank you," said tho fair voyager, itraigbtoning herself and closing her jyos with a shudder. Tho man raised his hood and looked it his companion, who, very pale, sat lown on a light bamboo scat. "What Is tho matter with youP" he asked. "I was afraid," said she. "I was so lizzy. But it is over." Sho passed oer pretty, gloved hand across her »yos. "Do you regret your notion P" ' "No; certainly not. But a first trial may surprise the nerves. Oh, I shall tetusod to U. Don't worry." He remained erect, looking -at her. She was charming in her tight-fitting traveling dross, which revealed the lines of n form harmonious and supple, with a little masculine hat coquotlehly posed on hor golden hair knotted in the nook, and with the dead pallor that heightened the effect of her black, eyes. Tho young woman also looked at her sompanton, whoso blond board—heavy tnd closely trimmed—framed a manly, aoble face. Seeing him frown, she laid, in her turn, with hor singing iroico: "And you, Oliver; why do you look K> gloomy P" Ho did not answer, but, loaning ilightly over tho sido of tho basket: •'Wo are going up too quick," said ho. And soi/.ing a ropo which hung near by ho pulled on it. Almost instantly tho young man had' i sensation of their movement being retarded, then of a atop and at' last of lescont. "'' ' " "Aro you going down for goodP" she iskod. , . "No," replied Oliver. "Wo will go ip again presently." "WlionP" "When I chooso. I havo only to jloso the .valvo which secures tho gas. JTou see this rope I hold in my handP That regulates our course." "And if it should break?" "It will not break—it is firm. But f by a kind of miracle it should disappear we : should bo lost" "HbwP" "The balloon is sufficiently inflated to carry us to regions whoro wo could jo longer breathe. We should bo as- ohyxiatod." "Luckily it needs two miracles. That ropo is double, is it notP" ' 'It looks to bo double now, but in reality there is but one. Lean out a little. Do you see that ring high up there? Tho rope passes through that tnd these are its two ends which I hold a my hand. Thoy aro tied, boi.ides. But it needs only a blow with a knife 10 separata them. See, now, hero are Iho two ends froo. I have only to pull one. • The ropo glides through tho ring and falls at my feet, and, behold! we have started on tho grand voyage!" Ho had joined tho action to the word. The rope had fallen to his feet. Ho coiled it with a turn of his arm and hastily flung it into the void beneath thorn. The young woman started to her (eet, trembling and horrified. "Oliver, what aro you about? Are you mad?" Tho young man looked her full In tho face and said very calmly: "I am not mad." "Then what are you dolngthat forP" "I havo planned it all. I Intend that we shall die together, hero in mid- lir, far from that earth which I intensely hate since it is there you have proved to me .what you are, sineo the wire of which it is made has splashed tho idol that my superstition adored in hate shown yourself a consummate comedienne. You, : for whom love was nothing butpoetid aspirations, ethereal dreams, flights into blue distance; you, Whose siren voice, with .its vibrant melodies, sang" to me .the delights of ah infinite ecs£acy,.of an ideal journey into the blue heaven like the winging of birds! "Very well, bohold your dream! Here it is realized and you are going to live in it until it kills you! See, now, you are caught in a trap of your own invention.' For 'it was you. lost night, who had the idea of buying- this balloon from the aeronaut, who was going up in it, and of raveling through air with. mo. A caprice of old "'ttu wilL lllvtorloul Hemlulnaoiioei, A Boston man was pricing an sofa in an auction room. ••This sofa," Biiid the auctioneer, "came over on tho Mayflower, and i« full of historical reminiscences." "Yos, pa, tliero is one now crawling up the b.u'k of the sof;i," observed tho would-bo puroliusor's. little boy. "Yes, it seems to bo ulivo with his-' torioul," remarked tha gentleman, punching tlvo corner of the sofu with hte *«#«."—Texas Tho stupiOed girl made a gesture aa U appalled. "Oh! do not protest," cried Oliver. "All feint is useless. I will convince you In ono sentence that you aro lost to me—that you intended to marry another. Yes, that fool, that insipid Moreno, who has followed us from Venice, whom wo have found everywhere—Milan, Florence, Rome, Lon- iou, New York, Chicago. You made me treat him as a companion. I have shaken hands with him daily—imbe- 9ilo that I am! Have I not boon con- itautly tha slave of your will, of your caprices P You said you wanted to wait till the time of your widowhood was pust You mudo tho disdainful charity of this . concession to the usages of the world. When the two rears hud rolled by you would engage yoursulf to me—you would marry ma Touching scruple, truly! 1 was in earnest—you were not. It was a plquuut rolo for you to play oaid you the season, was It not, to fitly finish our Now Year's festivltiesP It was my Vengeance that you offered me. I have seized it. And now I deliver ybu to another, vengeance, that of the azure mocked at by your poetical lies, to that of heaven scoffed at by your sacrilegious irony! :, ' 'Ah, they, will cruelly avenge themselves, those impassable judges! Do you know what punishment they will Inflict on youP "One-day two adventurers • of the air—too hardy— made the trial. They were found in their basket, rigid and frozen, their faces swollen and blood running from their ears, eyes and mouths. . "Behold'the end that awaits you I Soon, my charmer, a red foam will heighten the carmine of your lips, red drops will simulate cot-al pendants from your fine ears and your beautiful eyes will weep tears of blood!' Tho young woman stoad erect, convulsively, shuddering. • "You would not do that, Oliver! It is tpo horrible! I cannot dlo that frightful death!" Oliver folded his arms across his ohest. "I would liko to prevent it now," said ho, "but I have no longer tho power." She sprang upon him and tore from him tho. knife he still held in his hand. 'But. with that," sho cried, "one ought to be : able to cut that accursed canvas. She looked up at the globe of gas above them. "Try it," said Oliver,; coldly. Clinging to the cordage she put ono foot on the edge of the basket and tried to raise herself by hor slender wrists. But she turned giddy aud foil back pant- Ing. The knife, escaped from her hands, tumbled over and over through the air. Sho paused a moment—collapsed—crushed.: '"See," said 'Oliver, mockingly, "the noon sun boats tho balloon and hurries us along. We shall so6n arrive now." He throw back his head, looking at tho sky as if hallucinated. Suddenly, while he was speaking, the young- woman made a gesture of delight, despair brightened her face. Slowly, softly she carried her hand to hor pocket and drew out an object which she held from his possible view. Then sho quickly raised her arm and two detonations resounded. ' 'You reckon without your host, my dear Oliver!" sho cried with a laugh of triumph. "A good Californian never travels without her revolver, and she Is right!" Pierced through and through by the two balls tho balloon began to fall. Oliver loaned over the basket-rim. "So bo it!" said he. "We aro-over mid-ocean. Bluo for blue, wo shall still die in tho azure." Tho balloon was visibly losing gas. Tho swiftness of its downward course was startling, Oliver, himself suffocated, closed his oyes. And iu tho silence of the empty sky tho balloon pursued its dizzy descent. » . * • • MY DPMI OLIVER—I have just hoard about you. Thoy tell ma you uro better. I am glad, I am recovering also. Certainly you -will learn this with pleasure. I have rewarded tho fisherman who picked us up iu n dead faint, both of us, and brought us in liis boat to shore. Here Is a poor devil who can say without metaphor that his'good luclc foil from tho skies I Traveling, my friend, is doddeclly too dangerous iu your company. I begin to believe that somo day or other you will bring mo misfortune. Excuse this superstition—you know I havo lived where they beliove in tho evil oye, and allow me, henceforth, to pursue ulono my voyage into blue distance. Believe me, my dear assnsain, without too much bitterness. Yours, LAUJU- AUSTRALIAN WOMAN'S CLl/B tlr- Thelf 8tf»«K» M«thOtl» of In* *rtJ norlHl. The tnarriagto ceremony of the Australian ftavagea writes Professor Felix L. OsWold In (rood Words, consists often in the simple process of stunning a stray female of a neighboring tribe by means of a club and then dragging her away an unresisting captive, just as tho males of the largo species of seals aro Bald to attack and temporarily disable their intended mates. Another still uglier analogy of the brute creation is their indifference to the welfare of their own children after they have once outgrown the age of absolute helplessness. An Australian mother will coddle her baby with apelike fondness and hardly ever let it stray out of sight for the first four years, but as soon as tho toddling little Imp seems able to care for itself its debt of gratitude to Its progenitors has to be paid by the worst kind of slavery. At tho first sign.of insubordination a half-grown boy is apt to be kicked out, If not killed by his own father, while the older squaws maltreat every pretty girl as a possible rival—so much so. indeed, that tho appearance of'even a club-armed suitor must often be welcomed as nn ogreenble surprise party. The marriage of near relatives is discouraged with a strictness not often round among barbarians, and polygamy, though sanctioned by publio Opinion, is restricted by the difliculty of providing for tbo wants of u large family. At a distance from the crab- swarming soacoast famines are rather frequent; but tbo 'natives have developed tv faculty for starving, or half starving, for weeks without permanent injury, and rely on the experience that sooner or later nature will renew the supply of spontaneous food. Within 100 miles of the eastcoast, perhaps, no native in an uncrippled condition has ever died from a lack of digestible food—a rather comprehensible term in a country where fern roots are boiled like potatoes, and snails and grasshoppers are considered tidbits. Strange to say, the martyrs of that horrid diet get old, as a proof that freedom from care is, after all, the main condition of longevity. A similar phenomenon may be observed in the villages of Central Russia, where mental stagnation prevails in its ugliest forms, but where charity and parish poor laws protect every native from tbe risk of actual starvation. Of all the modes of burial ever practiced by creatures in 'the shape of human beings the method of tbo Queensland nomads is certainly the most uncouth. After drying the corpse in the sun and knocking out its tooth for. keepsakes, they deposit it on a framework of rough poles and bury it undex- an armful of rushes and old kangaroo sdns, leaving tbe bush- wolves to sing its requiem. No member of tho dead man's tribe will settle within a mile of his grave for fear of being haunted by the spooks making the burial place their midnight rendezvous. The metaphysical opinions of the Australian aborigines prove, indeed, that savages can be afflicted with 'an abundance of Bupernaturalism without betraying a loot*! ftfefoftit* to H« Bfoofrht about _.1fa*cnllb« SnjfireUlon. , j^ Not* should be taken of the woman's I clubs which are springing lip all over ) the country, They have evidently come, says Lymati Abbott in th« Chautauqua, as the saying Is, W stay. Some little personal acquaintance with the work, spirit, and personnel of one such club, leads me td- beliove that, where they ai*e wisely guided, their power as an instrument. of social reform is Very, great, and IB to be still greater. In these clubs questions of domestic economy, such as the treatment of children, the ad* ministration of the home, the management of servants, the mistress' duty toward them, are made matters, of free^ and often useful discussion, ilseeno reason why such clubs should /be,con* fined, aa they now are, to cities and largo towns; no reason why. they, should not; exist in every village; no reason indeed why every sewing society should not become a woman's club at which, while tho rest sew, one, appointed for the purpose, should read some paper, original or selected, on some aspect of social life in which the women are interested and to which they con contribute. Indeed, believing as I do In organizations, I bava sometimes wondered why the women in every town and village might not profitably unite in a 'iunion," agreeing on the one hand to admit no woman into thoir union, whatever her wealth or social status, who did not- treat her servants with reason and •with justice, providing them, for example, with decent sunlit rooms, wittt^ adequate vacation hours, proper facilities for Sunday worship in the churoh of their own choice, etc., and on the other hand agreeing to employ no servant who came from any other member withouta recommendation. This is perhaps a'foolish masculine dream) but as it may furnish the feminln* reader with amusement if nothing else, it may stead. 'i-ar Ilotclkooper. The most autocratic hotolkoopor in the world is in Orland, Colusa Co. I was preparing to go out ono night, when he said to me: "Bo back by 9 o'clock." "Why?" I asked. 1 'Because, I go to bed at that time, and if you aro not back you won't get in. that's all." "Give me my key," I said, "I won't stop in such a hotel." "Oh, ho! you won't, won't youP Whoro olso are you goingP There is no other hotel in this hero town, no other stable and no other store. You oau't buck agin mo. You be back, now, by 8:80 p. m." I looked at tho old bruto, and COQJ eluded I had better stay. I sat down and bo cnrao around and nftably questioned mo. "Look here," I said, 'I havo to stay in your hotel, but I don't want to bo bothered with you, So keep your questions to yourself." "I've half a mind to toll you to leave. Can't I speak to a man in my own house?"—Globo-Uoruoorat, trace of anything deserving tbe name of religious sentiment. They believe in evil spirits whistling in tho blasts of tho stormwind and try to exorcise them by spitting in tho direction of tbe sky; but for the conceptions of the Deity, of future existence, of repentance, atonement and conscience their language has not even a definite word. From somewhere in the land of tbeir forefathers—Eastern Asia, perhaps they have imported a notion faintly resembling tho Bhuddist doctrine of metempsychosis, and believe that animals may be reborn as men, and men as human beings of a-superior rank. WHEN IT HURT. Au Independent Princess. When the present dowager empress of Germany first arrived in Berlin, says tho Boston Beacon, the stiff and starched old dowagers fJ the Prussian court took great offons» because the wife of tbeir future sovereign insisted upon not calling upon hor lady in Wciiting to perform any little service for her, such as picking up her gloves or handkerchief if sho let them fall, or bringing her a book from a shelf or table at the other side of the room. The princess royal of England had never been accustomed-to. such total inaction, and sbo did not see why she should bo' compelled to practice it when sbo became crown princess-of Prussia. Finally sho brought down on her head a sharp remonstrance- from somo haughty old countess who discovered her in tbe act of carrying a chair across her drawing-room. "Highness," quoth tho severe old dame, "tho future queen of Prussia never does such things as that." Tho princess set down tho chair and looked tho speaker full iu the oyes. • 'My mother, the Queen of Great Britain, waits upon herself always," replied tho princess, "and what she Somo IIopo Still. An editor at Sandusky has promised to pray. Gentlemen who have considered the profession without hope will pleuso revise tbeir estimates.—Columbus Dispatch. A Sharp Cut. A little girl, iu order to prove that it is wrong- to cut off tho tails of horses und dog-s, quoted tho scriptural injunction, "What God has joined together lot no man put asunder."—Table Talk. Pain See mod to LJo Lur ff ely flm Result of Imu-inatlon, An army surgeon in the late civil war bad occasion to lanco an abscess for a poor fellow at Camp Douglas, and as tbe sore was obstinate it became necessary to use the knife twice. The operation was not a very painful one, but the patient declared that it had nearly killed him, and when a third resort to tho lancet was proposed he protested that ho could never go through the operation alive. The surgeon promised to make it easy for him, and calling up a few of the loungers ordered ono of them to hold his hands close over the patient's eyes, and two others to grasp hia hands firmly, "This arrangement," explained the doctor, "is said to prevent pain in such an operation. Now.lio perfectly quiet, and when I say 'Now!' prepare yourself. " The surgeon at onco began quietly with his work and in a short time had completed the operation without the least trouble, the patient lying- as quiet as though in sleep. When all was done, tbe surgeon laid aside the knife, and said. "Now!" Such a roar came from the lips of the sick man as seldom is heard from any human being. Ho struggled to free himself, yelling, "O doctor, you're kill- iug me!" Shouts of laughter.soon drowned his cries, and ho was told that tbe operation had been all over before the signal was given. It was a good joke, but it is doubtful if the poor fellow could ever bo made to believe that he did not feel actual pain immediately after that fatal "Now!"—Medical News. A. New llousun. Little Miss Fanny Is propounding certain conundrums to her doll, apropos to her last Sunday-school lesson. "Now. dolly, why wore Adam and Eve driven from the Garden of Edeo for eating a-n apple?" "Because," replies Miss Fanny, In answer to her own question, -they badr'tg-otas forasthd dessert yet," is accustomed to do tbo crown princess 'of Prussia may certainly imitate without derogation to her dignity." Indian Coollea for llnwall. Now the labor question is troubling tbe people of tbe Sandwich Islands. Hawaii wants cheaper labor, and lots of it. Joseph Marsden, a member of tbo Hawaiian legislature, has been investigating the labor market in China, India, and tbo Philippine islands in tho interest of the sugar planters of tbo island. Ho finds tho coolies of lower india about the best and cheapest workers obtainable, and if the matter can be arranged with Great Britain a large number of those people are to be imported into Hawaii. There are thousands of those East Indian coolies in the British West Indies now, where they have been imported on terms of apprenticeship to the planters. Groat Travelers. In the matter of mere distance covered the records of the world's famous travelers do not make much of a show beside those of some railroad men. An old railroad man named Layton, now a sleeping ear superintendent at Indianapolis, has kept a record of his journoyings sinco 18G3, and the total Is 2,938,246 miles. Conductor S. Q. Boono, late of the Reading, has COT- ered 2,847,050 miles, and another leading conductor has ridden soma. thing over 1,597,,SOO miles. Even these figures would probably be far surpassed by tho records of some of the old captains of the ocean ships—Detroit Free Press. steam- < Slieep, an Oregon A Bridge of Dead. , As. Mr. Alexander. •Jeep-raiser, was driving a herd of 10,000 mutton sheep through .Kliokitat county to the Sound market one dav L waall canyon was reached which 'the herders did not see, and when the front sheep camo to it the rear-ones pushed them ahead until there was a bridge formed with thto struggling and dying leaders. The rest of the'band passed over, aud when the herders ar- riveci they found 860 dead and sheep A In an Apple Tree. miirii, • lDia Ol4 6-entleman who Is mildly insane upon the subject of ad- vautuges of out of door life 1ms taken up his residence in an apple tree, to say, his health has not tl] ., . b y the exposure, but haa ao. tually Improved. On me Canadian Border. According to report the amount of L n the w**ww3S& 21 Wash., ou the cUfe e, is stupendous, and Is a leacUag i a d U strV I

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