The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 9, 1891 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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THE tlPPER PBS MOINES. ALGONA. IOWA. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1891. NEVER WITHOUT HIS CON. A Wntfrn Urlr*r Oni n Chill Wlinn lie l>il ft* t,n*«. "That reminds me." snirl Hie colonel blandly. Ho is always being "reminded." They were talking of man's dependence upon tilings which fin is Accustomed In use. "That reminds ttin of Jack Smilor. Jack was as bravo. n<< a lion, tin drove one ut the fast freight special* from Choyonno In Doadwood. It, wax in the lint (lavs of thf! Black Hills excitement, whim 'they tan light. express wagons out to Cheyenne on it gallon and never ."topped till I. hoy pulled up in Doadwond or until (.ho road adonis stopped Ilium. "Jack was horn witii one iMitotion lite.king. Ho was not afraid of Iho wildest Indian (and there were enough of them in those days, just before. Urn Custor massacre), or (In- most daring ntitl reckless road agon I. They did not call them highwaymen then/ Ho tisod to elimf) Into his seat, crack his long whip, and, with a wonderful oalh, Jerk llio heads of Ihoso mules in Iho direction of Dead wood, and Bend thorn Beurrying along like frightened rail- bits. Ho always wore a 'revolver, of course, tho handle forward in his holt, where Ills hand might touch it at. n moment's notice. F do not believe thai tho road agent lived who could have slopped Jack Smilcr. "1 rode up with him on one of his trips to u ranch about thirly-live miles from Cheyenne. I gol tired of the seat iind climbed back into (lie box to Bland there lo mil. my legi. / conceived the idea of picking Jack's pocket— that is, of gulling his revolver nwiiy from him. 1 was pretty careful to press one hand heavily upon his Hhoulder while with the other I slipped the Weapon from his belt. Finally I (Tot it out safely and waited for him to discover the loss. "Wo drove along for live or six miles, when suddenly Jack pulled up bis mules with a terrible oath. "•Whoa! 1 he cried. "'WlmL'H the trouble, Jack? 1 ! asked. "lie turned to me and looked into my eyes. Ho wan as white us u sheet. "•Wo are going straight back to Cheyenne,' he said. "•What's the trouble!" I repealed. •"Trouble! 1 ho ejaculated, and a cloud of sulphur arose over us, his olo- ? nonce was so emphatic. 'Trouble? 've lost, my six-shnotor.nnd I wouldn't drive another fool for $10,000.' '"Oh, pshaw. Jack. 1 I said, 'who knows you haven't a six-sliooter? Why don't you go right on, as if you hail one?' "Jack's teeth chattered at the very though!, I never saw a bravo man so terribly frightened. "•Nut if my name is Jack Smilor. 1 be .said. 'Gracious!' he added ('gracious stands for a string of words too lung for u novice to mention in O nu evening), 'suppose 1 hadn't discovered this. Wouldn't 1 have been in a protly lixP 1 Ho made a very wry face. "•Here's your old six-shooter. Jack,' I said, handing it to him. -I wouldn't buvti it. It isn't worth keeping.' "•Go 'lang there!' shouted Jack, cm-Mug his whip lush beautifully and bringing the end of it in M sudden slop wiiha loud crack. '(Jo 'lang there!' nml wo wore rolling over the •gain. "'I can't go anywhere without convince tne pnoiic oy ner production of , in which she should open the week following. But none of her recent performance* have equalled a somewhat earlier iic.bicvemont. There are go*sipa*who still laugh as they remember (low, after her mnrriago with Damabi, the rumor got about Paris that, owing to domestic duties, Hernhardt woul'T be Unable to finish her season. Fashion writers who visited Worth discovered that in good truth Jiernhardt had ordered a complete out lit. of new stage divsses dcrfiL'tilid with the view of hiding her figure. It became the fashion to go and see the actress in those gowns. Bets were up as lo how many more nights she would plav, when suddenly, without warning, as the interest reached its climax, the special wardrobe was thrown a<ido. Bcrnlmrdt laughed and Paris laughed with her as it saw how Well it had been fooled. There is only one llt-nihardt. She is unhjiie, unapproachable. But with all her quackery Paris remembers lo her credit that she sincerely loved Damabi. She pulled him out of tho giitler, ami, in spile of much, at tho etui she mourned him.— Puri* Letter to Buvuiniit/i A'CWM. in all probability vailev," said the ho said, touching t| U) |, ulit ,,f j ( |jg|,i|v. The last 1 saw of him he was snapping his long lash and whi-tling cheerfully? With liic revolver he, won't anywhere; without it nowhere." STOKIES OF BERNHARDT. Tlui Wiiniliirriil Worn in IVIni TH •'Kin tin Nlmill," In KVill-ylllllll;, Buruhardl'8 little selicmu for applying a live snake lo her bared breast in . thu death scene of "Cleopatra," excites a laugh iu Iho city which has become quilo used to being freshly fooled by bur on tho production of'each I're.sii play. When liornhanli. puts her genius at the .service of her charlatanry tho result i.s mich glorious and unique humbugging as'only iho boulevards could appreciate, but' which they love her for. Parisians will not soon forgot how Boriihardl advertised one piece by going lo a horse fair, buying two splendid horses for her .sou, re" tnrning to Paris after midnight and stabling the animals, for lack of other accommodations, iu hor magnificently fitted studio. Next morning all Paris was agog. "How could you aMow Mich wanton destruction?" "Ah," said the Hcr.nhardl, hor ovo.s alight with maternal devotion, "how could I deny Maurice anything?" Nor has'Paris yet dime talking of how she posod as an angol al Maurice's wedding, a ray of light si ft oil through stained glass falling softly ou her up- lil'lud face as she knell 'at Iho altar wrapped iu religious ecstasy. This was almost as yniid an advertisement as the news which not so very Ion" ago siarllcd all Franco — Hornhariit had become insane. No, said mousieiirs, tho journalists and dramatic critics, you have deceived us too often; this time wo positively refuse to believe one syllable. M. , of l''itj<irt>, was especially linn in his position. l!y I lie great goils ho had sworn, .mil he would Bland by his oath, that UornhanU's name should never again appear iu type which ho controlled, lim privaio information came to him from sources. d nod incorruptible, ami ho wa.s brought to call on Hernhardl lo see with his own eyes. In her boudoir, with lights turned down, she kept him waiting, and then bounced into the apartment liko ono of her own tiger- cats and loaned against the mantel, hair dishevelled, face hairgard, features' blank and uuintclligeni, lingers trembling, ghastly, her word did she answer lo his questions, but mumbled to herself iu undertones. After a little she dropped to tho Hour and lay staring into iho lire, babbling. M. was convinced. Next day ho camo out with a lamentation; a srroat light had gone out; Ucruhardi had had hor faults, but -il would bo long cro they looked on her liko again. This was iho moment, for which fioruhurdl had boon wailing. In two hours a card from hor wa's iu ovorv newspaper iilllco iulhcciiy. Slio wa's not insane; sho could mil imagine how "Wanted to I to row an Several months before the Memphis Railroad had penel rated tho region about the point now known as Thayor, in Oregon county, a parly of euirineors in charge of the locating survey slopped for a night, near the Howoll couu- l,y line. About dark the camp wa.i visited by a gaunt, tall and stooped mountaineer. "I wanler know," he broke out suddenly and without ceremony, "of this hyar steam kccr road is crgwino to bo built?" "That is the intention of tho company," replied the chief engineer. "I don't know, 1 ' responded the native. "Say, where's she gwino lot- he?" "Tho track .will rffli through this spokesman. "it must cosl cr pile or money, 11 con- tinned the mountaineer, resting on ono foot and looking inquiringly at tho instruments of the parly. I'll does," said ihe engineer. The native kept quiet" for a moment or HO, looking around at each member of Iho parly ami ga/.ing intently at every piece of the' ollice furniture. Tnon he started to speak again, but ho hesitated. "Anything wo can do for yon?" asked the surveyor. "Don't know m yer kin," was the deliberate reply of thu mountaineer, "but 1 toll yer what." he continued, earnestly, "I'd like tor see one or yor injiiTos thot I've hoarn orboul. of yor 'got one handy. An' I'll toll yer," he went" on, fueling that the ice' was broken, "mar an' thcr gals ud liko lor aw one, too, an' of yc'd let me run it over thor crik for tor night. 1 git cr back an hour by sun in tlior morniu', 'thout a scratch." A RnttoinlosH Abyss. Of tho many natural wonders in Iho out-of-lho way regions of Wosl Virginia none have mure widespread I'amo lhan a mysterious holo in thu mountains near Ititonour, known all over tho South Branch country as the Hell Hole. This is ralhor aii uncouth name, to Im sure, but to visit the spot justifies thu title, in the mind of the bo- holder. This terrible abyss is on a HI ream called North .Fork, in Grant County, and is at lower or left hand side of Iho road which leads through the Harmcr Hills. The chasm, circular in shape, is about fifteen fool in di- aineler, almost perpendicular, and bo- liovod by the native* to bo bottomless. Many attempts have been made to sound this mysterious ualural well. In .some instances lino.s over 1,000 feel in length have been used, but a.s yot tho other end has not boon discovered; lanterns and torches lowered lo the power in Liton. in the middle of the table \v:n an immense sugar castle. Shortly before the gnests rose to leave, the door of the castle opened and n knight in fnll armor stepped out with a drawn sword in his right band. All tho guests thought the knight must bo somo wonderful automaton which llu- King had obtained from the skilled mechanics across Ihe R&ine. He wasn't, however. Ho was none other than little Hebe. Ho walked around tiie table, shook his in Ihe face of every, saluted the Kinir and (hen turned back lo the castle entrance, where he assumed the position of a sentry. At a signal from tho King every ono at th« lafilo began to bombard him with small sugar' balls. Hebe hurried at once into Ihe castle, locked the dour mounted the lower and pretended to return the lire In selling oil a lot of perfumed explosives. In 17.58 Ihe Empress Catharine, of Russia, sent an emissary after him lo the court 'of the Polish King. Late one evening wljen tho royal palace was almost descried. Catharine's e'mis- «ary snapped Hebe up and stuffed him into Ihe iiooketof hi.s great coal. Hebe .screamed so lustily that ho revealed the plot to the guard at the door. Tlio emissary wa.s ai-rusled and'Bebe was rescued. Not long afterward Hobo acnom- panh'd Slaui«luns lo tho court of Louis AV. in Versailles, where he again narrowly escaped abduction. A lady of .the French court had been holdm" him in her lap between thu course of a stale dinner. Suddenly she rose to leave the room. Her lirst stop was accompanied by a shrill cry from the folds of her gown. "Your Majesty, Your Majesty, this lady has stuck me HI her pocket ami i.s runiiinir awav with me." Tho voice was Hobo's. Ho was immediately dragged from Ihe court lady s pocket ami placed under the guard of two pages, who were instructed by the King Stanislain to watch him day and night. Tno perils through which ho had passed and tho strict surveillance to which ho was now subjected depressed Hebe's spirits and demoralized his nervous system. He became melancholy, morose, round-shouldered aud haggard. The King thought he needed a companion lo cheer •him up. and tho referee married him. with great pomp and ceremony, to Theresa Sonvrav. a dwarf of about his own age ami slightly greater slat tiro. That was iholasl drop in Hebe's cup. Two weeks after I'is marriage he lost his mind. He eoa.-ed to mil; onlindy, alo little, and -pent most of his time in his crib. TIN honeymoon was hardly up when he-lied, al Iho ago of 21, His wife, ACEOIMDUNS. The early inhabitant* of California, according jo of Mr. U H. Bnnvroft and oihpf n»ports. wow found to In- Hrin£ in Spartan conditions a< lo temperance aw training, and in a highly moral pond! lion, in con<-«ij«pnpp of whiph thov had uncommon physical en'hmuiet and contempt for luxury. This train ing in abstinpftre and h.tnUhip, with temperance in diet, oomoiiwl with the climate to produce iho as longevity lo In- found lie-re. to tho customs nf most other Iri!*?.<> ol Indian', thoir aged WIMV HH- rare ol tile community. Dr. W. A. VVindor. of S:tn Uip>pv is quoted as saying that in a visit lo Ki Uajcii Valley somo Ihiriy Vi-Ars ago h_ was taken ton hott«? in which Iho'.tgpd persons wore e.u-ed for. Thorp wore half a do7.ou who had reached an extreme ago. Somo were nn.iMe to move, (heir bony frame being ,«cem- ingly anehyliWd. They wore old. wrinkled, and blear-eyed; their skin was hanging in lenthi-rv folds silent their withered limh<; sonic had hair as white as snow, and had seen somo seven score of years: others, still nblc to crawl, bul so aged as to l>e unable to stand, went slowly about on their hands and knee*, ibeir liinhs being attenuated and withered. The organs of special sense had in many nearly lost nil activity some jrem-raiions back. Some had lost tho hsc of their limbs for more than a decadn or a generation; but tho onrans of life nmf the "groat sympathetic" still k»r,t up their automatic functions, not recognizing the fact, and surprisingly indifferent to it, that the rest of tho "body had ee.osed to be of any use a gene.raiion or more in the past. Dr. Palmer has a photograph (which I have seen) of n sqnaw whom ho estimates to be one hundred and twenty- six years old. When he: visited her Se saw her put six watermelons in a blanket, tic it up. and carry it on her back for two miles. He "is familiar ; with Indian customs and history, and a^careful cross-exnminjit.'ion coii'vicM-d ; •him that her information of old-ens-; toms was not obtained In tradition. ;! She was conversant with tribal ha Mrs ' she had seen practised, inch as ihe cremation of the which ihe mis inirigwith him if ImdUfivt get his s«l. My whips indicate the positions for thft animals. Yon could not hurt a lion, who has a tongh hide, with a lash, but a whip acts as a protection. Von might belabor n lion with a big siiek. and ho would not feel it. Blithe does not fancy a stick, tho point Of which, like a spear, is held in hisdirectiow: so if one threatened me, I could keep him off: An act I had lo give up was where a lion rose and put his forepaws on my shoulder-:. Tho claws aro very sharp, and any display of eudoar- wouid out through my coat, and my shoulders, "and a now coat every night was too expensive. All the lions are fond of me', aud we ro- oue anol h'.M-.-— Hirr/tcr's Weekly. ~\iuii\iwn~r?fit A Cl»**r Confrlrnhcft to nocrnt Atlhtinit Into Acting n* th* fit* Thoreso, survived him forty-two years. A DISAPPOINTED OFFICER. lllH 'rln Ilir. Sliibllliy i,r Iiiilliin Ch»r- uotor Uiully Hlnil t,Brnd. nothing but solid rock. depth of many hundred feel reveal rough, irregular walls of Scientists provided with stop-watches examined the claim in 18SH. Heavy bowlders were rolled over Ihe edge of the yawning gulf, which failed to give forth a sound until after Hie expiration of fourteen .seconds, From this, making duo allowance for tho resistance of the air. the transmission of sound, ami the impcd- mont.s to the bowlders caused by the uneven .sides, they calculated I hat Iho holo was 8, 15^' fool four inches deep, presuming, of course, that the audible sound wa.s caused by tho .stouu striking hoi loin.— St.. ' •Soldiers advancing against Indians ol'ien march for days without seeing a red man, but tho veterans know that if the Indians want to tind them they will bo hoard from when least expect'•il. A story told iu "Warpath and Bivouac" illustrates how suddenly In- 'liaii.s announce thoir presence. General Crook's command was camped on Crazy Woman's Forks, and not an Indian had disiurbcd them for several nights. It was very cold, and all were, impatient for somo"sort of excitement. Quo night some olliccr said, "Lot us go up to Bourko's tout," and limy all won!. The lieutenant, a mouther of Crook's stall 1 , wa.s found studying a military map by the light of a candle. "Hollo, Hourkc!" said ono of tho visitors. "Aren't you afraid tho Indians will ventilate" your toiil if you keep that light burning?" ••Olio," replied Hourko. "The Indians that have been tiring into us aro a small flying parly. You may rely on it that you won't hoar anything moro of them ihis side of Tongue lliv" IT. The distance is loo irreat from ihoir village and Iho weather is too cold. Mr. Indian doesn't care to bo iro/,ou. Now I'll show you on this map tho point where they will most likely make their lirst ronl'at " "Wliiy,/! pop! bang! /ip! came a volley from ihe blull'.s above the camp. A bullet smiek I ho candle ami put it out. Another made a largo sized holo in Iho map. Tho oilicors scattered, and Uourku was loft alone to mcditato ou Lho instability of Indian character. Erery time tho Lord makes a woman he changwr the pattern. Wei-o two people, ever in love with each other after they wore thoroughly acquainted? l*nt ono bad man among seven good men and at tho end of a" month you have one good man among seven bail ones. Although the people are all after monov how thev halo another man who has it'! When the heart overbalances the icad yon have a fool; when tho head v.orbalanees tho'heart you have a vil- .•rTn. Then? is no dependence to bo placed on the promise made in necessity, lelpn man out of a (Inch and if he loos not pay you while Iho mud is still vet on his clothes lie will never do it. Let half a dozen gossips get to tailing and when they separate they im- igine that tho noise they made "about heir own oars was maifo by tho world, and give it as the opinion of Iho world. You can make a woman cry any day \v telling her a pathetic, story of rouble afar off. who will shut hor eyes, ars, and heart to the case of poverty icxt door. Give the average man three days' vork to bo clone in three (lavs, and he viH boast the first day,loaf the second. «d show the amount' of work he lias o do to prove that ho is worked to eaih on the third. A man wjta his pleasures is very inch like a small boy with his jam; spreads it so thick'on tho lirst slice | thaMhe last slice is left without any, ! AViu a man's friendship by telli Tomas, in living an w I torn" Dr. and wrin- compntcd at one cremation. At the mission ol San Lower California, is -til Indian (a photograph of Komondiuo shows)." bent kled, whose ago is hundred and forty years. Although blind and naked, lie. is still active, aud daily goes down the beach and alomr Iho beds of ihe creeks in search ol drift-wood, making it his daily task to gather and carry to camp a"fagot ol wood.— Ch'irlen Dudley l\'unii:r,iil Har- pcr's Magazine. THE TRICK LIONS. ».n Interview With Sir. Diirlln™, the r,lon Tinner. Tho lion tamer is a highly intelligent young man, who, born in the United States, went to Germany in his youth. In Hamburg he associated with a leading firm, the Jamrach, of Germany, and so, having animals in his charge, became familiar with handling them. Travelling for the business, he_ made frequent visits to Africa and Asia, collecting animals. In a commercial sense, considerin"- lions and tigers a.s cattle to be bou-'ht and sold, ho became thoroughly accjuuiwlod with their ways and instincts. Ccr- laiuly it was tho only school whore such quiet mastery over savage animals could be acquired. ° "It is a very long business," said Mr. Darling; "all my animals have been two years in truinin<r. Why, it takes all of two months lo'mako a'liou sit in a chair, and stav there. I cannot vaunt general intelligence in lions; it is rather individual.' I have had some lino youn that had 'no brains. Not cross, but simply stupid. Hoi- complexion was eyes wandering. Not a such a. canard Hlartcd; her never boun cloaror, as bho h t'a hail looped to Tho Deepest. Ijiiko Known, By far the deepest lake known in the world i.s Lake Balkil. in Siberia, which i.s every way comparable to the great Canadian lakes as regards six.o; for, while its area is over 9.000 square miles, making it about equal to Erio iu suporlicial extent, its enormous depth of between -I.DOO ami 4..000 foot makes the volume of its waters almost equal to that of Lake Superior. Although its surface is l.'SoO feet abovo Iho sea lovol, its bottom is nearly 8,000 foot below it. The Caspian Lake, or sea. as it is usually called, has a depth in its southern basin of over 3.000 loet. Lake Mnggioro i.s 8.000 foot deep, Lake Como nearly ->,OUO foot, and Legti-di- (!arda. another Italian lake, has a depth iu certain places of 1,900 foot. Lake Constance i.s over 1,000 foot deep, and Huron and Michigan roach depths of 900 and 1,000 (uvl.—Geographical News. THE VERY WEE-EST MAN, A Dwiirf Who Woulil lluvii Itniut u I»i>. imnzi Unit hu Llvml To-Uay. Bobo is supposed to have boon tlio smallest man who over lived. lie wa.s borno by a peasant woman in Lorraine just l, r )0 years ago, and was called Bebe because the few years of his life he could articulate only "b-b." The dav of his birth Bubo was smaller than his mother's ha ml. Ton days afterward he was taken to Iho village cure, to bo bapti/od. in his mother's wooden shoe, because ho was loo tired to bo carried sal'oly in hor arms. During (ho next six 'month* Iho saiuo wooden .shoo served as Bubo's crib. When Bebo was about .seven years old King Stanislaus Losoynski o'j ]'o. land, who was then living 'at Lorraine, heard what a wonderful little follow ho was and ordered tho child's father to bring him to court. Bobo, Sr., carried his sou to the royal palaeu in a small basket. Stanislaus said at onoo that Bubo must becomo his court dwarf. Bobe'.s father was induced to accodo to this proposal with a good bit of royal Polish gold, aud Bebii was made a regular follower of thu King's court, At tho time of his introduction to court life. Belio was just twenty inches tall ami weighed eighty pounds. Ho | wo aro Yold"tiiat m'omhers' of'iiuV ucvcr grew larger. ... Ho had a sweet lilllo voice, a good oar lor music and nimble legs. Ho could dancn and sing with the best of the King's courtiers, llu was iisol'ul as a table ornament ut all thu King's groat bamuicts. His most famous ap- pearaiico in this ralhor peculiar rolu took plaoo ut a dinner which Stanislaus gavo to tho Ambassadoi of u groat ^ Noar-sighlednoss is overrunning (he I 1 ronch people a.s much as tho Germans. Among tho senior boys in tho diu'eront French colleges moro thau 46 pur con I aro near-sigh ictl, 151 no Stocking, Tho term "blue-slocking" was originally used iu Venice about tho year MOO, to designate literary classes by colors. In Mill's "History'of Chivalry" wo aro told thai members of iho various academies woro distinguished by Iho color of thoir stockings, 'blue hoin" the provailing color. Tho application of iho term lo women originated with Miss Hannah Moro'a admirable description of si "Buio Slookiu" Club" iu her "Has Bleu." Pennsylvania produces half the coal mined iu the United Slates. g lions, superb in bod}-, brains. Not wicked or . . , .... It was a tendency to forgot to-morrow all that had been acquired for months before. But I can't always toll. Leo is my best pupil. Ho novel- was ugl}-, but once I gave him up and scut him oil' ho wa.s so dull; then took him to school again; and 1 know no lion second to him now iu intelligence and docility. This is tho point." A lion doesn't want to do thiu"s. Ho just doesn't want to. Now you must make him. Punish him, and you make him your onomy; afraid of'you. and ho gets worse, not bettor. ' I coax him and talk to him in English, for English is tho host language for command. Iho seesaw and tho velocipede are dilhcult tricks. Not one lion iu a thousand can bo taught to keep his balance. They mostly tumbled off. 1 erhaps in that performance tlieir iMghost intelligence is called into play. Thu velocipede requires a careful'lion, and I have just tno right ono. It is nice work to got tho exact poso and to keep it; but what <r:ivo mo the most trouble is tho chariot performance. A lion must have had an original contempt for that kind of business. You see 1 am busy harnessing up one lion while tho others aro perfectly free. The art has been to make tho rest of them como up of their own accord. For mouths I had ono lion toarin" 1 round alouo, and iho rest scattered about. Now they all como up to time. Ihoy don't want to, but they must. It is patience, kindness, making thorn not afraid of mo—for I am not afraid of thorn—that has done tho business. I have rehearsals all thu time, for tho animals must bo constantly at work so as not to forgot. Tho whe'lps aro coming on fast; ouo, I think, shows great intelligence. I food them eight pounds of hoof a day for tlio big ones and six for tho smaller onus, and they take thoir supper at'tor tho performance." "You can mil reward your lions for good behavior, like you would u horse, with a lump of sugar or a oar- rot?' 1 "No; they dosplse sugar, but love boot' toa. But it' thev behave very well. I give thorn during the performance a litile tidbit of meat, aud Nuro would thiuk I was not doing iho riirht is .the smartest man iu the stale. When a man makes up his mind that it is time to repent, he also makes up his mind that is time for ono more sin before beginning. How easily a man whips an enemy iu a phi}'! Some of the men who boast that they are self-made lift an awful responsibility from tho shoulders of God. A man can lift a heavier burden than a woman, but a woman can carry a heavy burden longer. Tattooing a Fulr Ankle. A handsome daughter of a family living iu the vicinity of Ohio avenue left home somo months ago, ostensibly ou a visit to friends in a distant State. Her stay was protracted, ami iu hoi- letters home she described tho good time she was having in the society of her lady friends. She returned recently and the secret of hor escapades would probably never have been divulged had not an accident revealed it. Ou the second day after hor arrival her mother had occasion to enter the young lady's room while she was slill asleep. Tho fond mother's eye rested with a loving glance ou her' sleeping child. Suddenly she uttered a screamT aud before the fair sleeper was fnllv conscious, clutched the girl's foot nnil lixnd her gaza on tho well-turned ankle. She almost foil into a faint, for oa that shapely member tho girl's initials woro tattooed in bright red India ink. It is believed that a plausible explanation was given, but tlio secret lies between mother aud daughter and tho artist in that distaut State. Banco of The Devil. A fantastic orgy was witnessed at the town ot'Loongi, tho capital of IBullom* west coast of Africa, by a parly of officers from tho West India regiment quartered at Sierra Leone. The people of Loongi are Mohammedans, but tho dancing devil himself is a relic of not long departed paganism, and so ilso probably is the danco itself. It takes place in the courtyard of tho chief's premises, which" is entered through a circular hut. The scene which presents itself to any QUO coming suddenly out of tho darkuoss into tho noise and glare is decidedly uncanny. J in tho center of a circle which fills tho courtyard- tho devil, with an orthodox tail, a great crocodile's head, and long grass, looking liko hair, depending from his bodv and legs, and swaying as ho moves," leaps, beatiii" lime with his feet to the beat of the drums, while the women, two deep, wail a chant and strike their palms together in slow, rhythmical measure, those in tlio front row bowin<*down between each beat. The young men, in long robes and caps, wail with the women. Both are under vows, the danco being one of their rites. Thov look dazed to be-nu with, but gradually work themselves into a frenzy, and tho black faces the monotonous wailing cry, tho thrumming of the drums, tlio rattle of the clackers and tlio beat of tlio devil's foot as he springs up, crouches down and swings about, maku a BCOIIO to shock tho quiet moon aud stars aud gladden Guhouna. North of Sierra Leone. Africa, is Mohammodau, South Pagan i.nd the bout hern people have this'dovil. When peace is declared between two native tribes the peace devil, who is fetish, comes leaping into tho town, butr if ] lo stumbles or falls it is considered a bud onion and ho is put to death for his pains. His dross is sacred, but his person is of uo consequence. Germany produced in 1889 2 37'> 413 MS C i r i X ' L¥nt> *' 863 ' 426 I"'"' "t'rvo 1.936. -H tous ot outs. Many a time what promised t line day's fishing has been spoiled long and tedious hunt for the proper kind of bait with which to angle. A pair of -1)001-110618 sticking up through the grass by tlio side of a' brook, and ono long, 'rumbling growl of profanity issuing seemingly' from tinder the earth, is a familiar indication to a large number of people who have "beon there" themselves that some ardent and irritable fishermnm is lying there on his face, trying to keep out of sight of the timid min'nows ho wants to scoop lip out of the stream at one dash, and then bo off. But the little minnows are in no hurry. They dart away at the sight- of his Unfamiliar scoop net, and' lie Under tho farther bank wriggling their little tails tantal- i/ingly. Now tho fisherman wishes he had taken time by the forelock and secured his bait on tho day before he was to start on his expedition. He reviles his procrastination as tho minutes slip by. aud the hot sun beats oil his back, and he resolves never to do it again. But this docs not mollify the minnows in the least, and. tho scone generally ends by the angler going off furious with only a few miserable little fellows in his'caiV. An ingenious inventor lias come to the relief of fishermen latelv, by producing a minnow trap that Ls hard to heat. First of all it is wholly composed of transparent, colorless glass, and is in shape much like a big cartridge, with a pointed bullet in it. It is about two and one-half feet lonstt and as big around as a man's leg] above the knee. It is hollow, of, course, and what would be tho flat en., of the cartridge is punched in. like the bottom nf a <rlas« bottle and there is a small round hole in the apex of the cone thus made. The oilier and the pointed end of tho trap is fitted with a litile sliding door. This big glass cartridge is intended to beset on its side in tho bottom of a brook where minnows abound. The cautious ones soon become accustomed to it, and the reckless follows don't sue it till they bump their noses against it. Some nice hail is put inside the trap, and the minnows soon lind their way into it. through the, ho u iu tlio puiic'hccl-in end. The little d • at tho other end is shut, of course. The minnows aro nuablo to find their way out. because they follow the sides of the trap nml this'leads them into the eulde-sae at the Hut cud. all around the, bottom of tho cone. They are easily poured out, however, with tiio water in the trap, liy holding tho tiling up. pointed end down, and'open- ing the little slide-door. Wire is twisted around th» outsidn of tho trap, and forms a handle by which .it is conveniently carried, anil the wire also protects the glass from injury. VTIiy Ho Kept The Oate. It WHS Saturday—a pleasant Saturday afternoon in a small country town. The oat, crop was just coming in and n string of teams stood in line, taking their turns at unloading their oats at/' the only elevator in the town. It was run by a Yankee, whoso personal characteristics were known to every man in the country around except a now- comer. The newcomer's load stood third from the last in the lino. It waa late when his turn came. "What are you paying for oats' today?" he inquired. At ihis question tho two men behind him heaved hopeless sigh's and drove away in apparent disgust. "Wall, now, I'll tell yo," said the lankcu, rubbing his pointed chin be- twccn his thumb and forolihgor. "Yo see, a-b—ye know, n-h—ye'r a stranger hero, ain't ye?" ° -Yes." "Wall. I'll tell ye—yo see, a-h, we clean oats—an' oats ain't this year what they wuz last—got struck 'with the blight, ye see. but " "But what do you pay for o P" • , S?' . ycs ~i llsl as I wua savin 1 : Oats am I. No. It his year, an 1 tho" year before they lodged, an' tho vea'r before that they mildewed, an', Jos s'l told ihe lollor that in the place you're on, the crop s ben a failure fur "li-aii'-ou live will you pay for these "But what o -- P' 1 Tlio stranger was uofc permitted to linisli his question. The Yankee had MHltcd his quid, braced against the hay-scales, and begun with fr, sh vigor: " 81lz Bu ' iu '- wo cle » "For Heaven's sake, man, how did wife"" 01 ' " iau "«° to I J1 '°l'ose to your "Wall, now, I'll tell yo," began the 1 ankoo, with a smile." "Yo sue, a-h- yo know " '•Yes; I've seen a good koes and 1'vo known a slow-combustion liars, but "I'll eat all tho oats you over told the price of if I nv "" E ""'such none as many Yan- goo'd many u With this ho cut his team with bin T ho'las't" In" 11 ' 1 ! 3 " 'I'" 110 wllh M- Wff uwuvi ! was! S lleal>tl> " 3 ho tlrove "Say, now—m toll ye story with, moved on, "Well, I'll tell you, a he no « e °«"S trie "When her Majesty or J« pan . pass l .. ol barley, aud 4,197,124 .,**•» to

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