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ME UPPER BES MQINJSS. aiGQNA, , ^ ItMfcEAY , 1891 MY BttOTIIEirs WIDOW, I don't deny hut that my brother's •Widow is a good looking woman for iior tlnio of lift!. She ought to look wall, however, for tny poor brother Hob left her nil lio iwBsessod, nod alto Is "pretty well ilxed." ns we say down In our pnrt of the country. Other pooplo think her good look- Ing, whether I do or nol, nnd she hi ! glil, linvn chnn»od her condition In 41 very short time if she hud felt in tlio Icast inclined, for I've boon lold Unit tho doc.tor, tho schoolmaster, llio law- jpnr, and oven I ho preacher himself, all gave hor a chance to do so, while she fltlll worn Ihu widow's pap, nnd before brother Hob liad boon gono a year. Bill, no, my sislor-in-lnw is very fas- tidioits, and nothing would do hut she in tint "sot hnr cap" for David Mooro, • the young riniti who clerked for u*. Ho fa not a day nvof 26, whllo who owns i.o being 2(1. nnd will- nuvor sue -40 again, in rny oulnioii. If poor Hob hnifn'lsaid to mo bnfofo 'Ac died, ••John, do bo kind In Maria and give her {rood advlcti," I would only have laughed at hor follio.H and let iior goon. As It was I foil sorry and HO ono day I Bald: "Mnrlit, why don't yon soil out your •elniroof tlio store iind'go traveling 1 , or live at case on the income of your properly?" Hut she laughed nt mo nnd would •Dot hoar of suuh a thing, so what could I doP You soo sho had as much right thoro AS anybody, for Dob owned 'half Hie *loru, and left his shuru to Ids widow. David Mooro Is a Hue looking, noble young man, nnd hu has boon widi us •Ilieo he wns a small boy, Mo is olio of those fresh, rosy-faced blondes who bavo a kindly smilo and a very winning way with the women folks.alwavs conrloous and duforonlial, and ills 110 wonder that Maria likud him, for hu is A favorite with all the ladies. It was beeausu Da'vid was there that ,'»ho liked to eomo Hailing down lo tlio eloro in hur rich black silk, and was always (hiding excuses "to help us" In waiting on our customers, in handing •down ihe dry goods anil mixing thintrs •up generally. In I'act, sho gavo no •cud of trouble, hut wo could not help •it. If 1 advised her to go homo she would cry and s:iy she was "so lonesome," so that David began to pity hor .unil to call me Inird-honrlod. Well, tilings wont on in lids way for •nearly n year. Bright, eyes llashlnir at iDuvid. sweet smiles,' bouquets of llow- •«!•« and all sorts of kind allenlions. I iiscd to wonder how my brother Bob would fuel If he con I'd know bow things, were going on. To ho sure, he was an old man 'u linn ho died, b:\ld- 'huadud, Hioop-shonldorod anil near- •Blghtod, and he always made a regular iJuihy of Maria. Hut I know how lo change (ho looks ••of things. I had a suspicion that iDavid was in love with a very pretty 'Hltln girl, who was bookkeeper with 'the linn across the way, so ono night II called him and said': "David, wo iiood a new bookkeeper. 1 think 1 would like a lady this lime. What do you say to trying Mary Owens! 1 " Tim modest young follow blushed nnd said, •"I am sure, sir, sho would jnvo salis- ..tfaotion." So next day 1 met Maria and said: "'Maria, I am glad you camo down '•-this morning, for wo will have n new ' .bookkeeper to-day." "Is that snl 1 " -said my brother's widow. "Well, I hope she will prove • a success, and help to draw custom." I could not 'help smiling when I saw the meeting between her anil our "new bookkeeper" that afternoon. Hut 1 • didn't smile much when she caine into the ollleo and gave mo a piece of her uiind. "What did you do that forP You 'know J don't like women about a • Bloro. You'll see if your beautiful •••bookkeeper doesn't gel; "you into iron- 1 bio." and so on, and so o'n. Dill slid had sense enough lo know that it WHS of no use lo scold, and said no more, but kept ;i close eye on David .nnd Mary. Meantime, those two young creatures were as happy as sprintr robins. I always have thought 'thill Dave proposed behind the eniin- »ter, and, at any raio.it hamioncd sonut- •whrre, and somehow, ami he was oor- 'tainly accepted. Kven an old crusty • bachelor like myself could see how •blissful they looked and could not help ••callinu 1 down blessings on their heads. And somebody else soon saw the •Blate of tilings. Maria came to me 'Olio morning in a rage: "Now. John — what did I' tell yon!' Didn't. I know that Mary Owon 'was no better than rfho should bii!" Didn't. I toll yon shu would bewileh D.ivid Moore anil ki-np him from his workP 1 wonder what yon would say if you know what 1 -saw this morniny;'! 1 " "Well, Maria, and what did von "Wh), sir, I saw Mary Owen kiss Davu Mooro behind the simp door this •very morning." "Now, what ilo you think of her?' 1 "Oh. sister— and 1 suppose David didn't 'want lu>r to do it and called for tin 1 1>, didn't Imi'" "Ah! you know what fools men are. Of course he had lo pretend Ihal he •liked it. Of course hu kissed her 'buck,') said Maria, spitefully. "Well, it is loo had— hu'l after all. Maria, David is nol the lirsi young man that has kissed the girl h'o was Oiignged lo marry." "Engaged to marry! 1 don't believe it, you mean thing. Yon are only saying U lo provoke me." ;Tl is the inilh. if 1 ever lold it," said 1, but she didn't even slop io hear me, but lloiinccd out of the store, loo wugry lo speak another word. It was nearly a week before sho came back. and lol shu was all .smiles anil pleasant looks. She took special pains lo slop uud smile at Dave and lalk to Marv, and oven joked and ohnllod with her •cross old Imuhor-iii-law. And as she left she invited Mary lu come and sou •tier soon, "What a sweet, pleasant ladv vout sister-in-law is," said Mary, "and'how young and beautiful for her age." "1 am glad you like Iior," said 1, but all the lime 1 wondered at iho c!iati> r u 411 Maria's conduct. ° That night as wo were closing un tho store Mary suddenly found thai «bu hud lost >her key. We looked everywhere—unrolled packages, poripeci into" boxes, poked behind dry go"rid<, nnd left no corner urrsearchod." ""1 am sure I hung it on this nail," .said she. "1 always "keep H little black ribbon Hod thrrtngli u, and there is a deep notch in the handle, so that I would know il anywhere." Mary and her sister kept house to- golher in two room*, and sho Jolt sn sorry lo think sho could not got horn? in time lo have Uulli's supper'ready. "I always got. there first, 1 *; shosnlrl, and when Ruth comes In. all tired from leaching, sho lias nothing to do but ro.«t." ' Suddenly one day Maria's little mes* songor hoy cnmn running up, and .said " |I|M mistress wanted me to 'Voino quick." Of coin-so f hasln.nod lo the house and there found a great commotion. My brother's Widow was sil.ling in hnr easy chair, with hair disheveled, eyes red, and woopinsr most bitterly. "Good heavens! Maria, what is the mailer?" I gasped, as soon as I could catch my hr'ctilh. "O, John, how can I sny ilP But, O. who had ever a chance" lo go into tho store safe besides yon and meP" "Nobodv but Mary Owen,of course," I said. "Are yon siiro.-John?" asked sho. "Of course I am sure. Yoii know it us widl as i do." said I. "Ah, well no doubt, then, you can explain what has happened. Perhaps you have had occasion lo use that money of mine. I mean that one-hundred dollar bill Ihal i put In my red poeketbook and laid in ihe safe vos- lerday." "No, Maria, yon know I would have asked yon about it, for Ihal was your own private money, and none of mine." "Well. John, It Is gone. Did you see mo look Into tho s»l'uP" said she. "Yes," said I. "Well, I missed il llion, but I could not boar to speak of it. Yon know how many ti'mplntions come to a poor girl and especially one who is gutting ready to bo married. John, wo must not, have Iior arrested." "Why, what upon earth do you mean, MarlaP I "know Mary'Owen never look 1.1ml money. Doii't bo in such haste to accuse Iior." "I don't accuse her, but Iho facts spoak for themselves. I will not ar- msl her, but she must leave tho store, and sho must restore the money." "How can you be so su-ipieir.nsP Why don't you suspect nioP I am sure I am much wickeder than Mary Owen," said I. But it was no use— Maria was determined to go at once to the store, to charge poor Mary with the theft mid shame her before her lover. All the while sho cried and sobbed, and 1 really felt that she was in'great distress. I wont with her to the store,', and she searched vcrv quietly in every place where it wa's possible 1 that liio money could have been dropped unnoticed. Maria had writl-oii down the number of Ihe note, and said thai, shu had also marked il with two rod crosses, that sho might always identify it. I made her promise not lo spunk without my consent, but my heart began to grow sad, for circumslaiicus looked black .against poor Mary. •'If thai girl is guilty I shall novor trust a mortal on earth," said [. "I fool just as you do, brother John," said Maria, "and then how I pity poor David." 1 went home to ten with my brother's widow, but wo did not feel like eating. Shu promised not to come down to the sl.ore until 1 sent for hoc next ilav, and seemed very merciful and tender toward thu unhappy girl. I had nuvor likud' Maria as wull as I did that evening. 1 couldn't help wanting lo kiss hur, so I arose lo say "good nighi" and came around tho tea table to take hor hand, when n>y coat caught in a liltle willow workbasket that stood by, all full of sewing, and, of course, il tumbled over.. Out rolled spools and thimbles and buttons and scissors, and as I stooped to gather them up 1 saw a small door key, lied with a narrow black ribbon, and with a deup notch cut into the handle. I fell my heart stop boating, but had presence of mind enough to catch up tho key unseen and put it in my pocket. Yus, it was Mary's door key. How did il happen lo be in Maria's haskul.P talking nonsense. 1 have been here a long while waiting for you. i knew you would comr;, for I sa«r Mary's key in your basket last night. 'Now bring me that poeketbook." She obeyed me. Pale .is death, T saw she was overwhelmed, and I pitied hor. After all she wns my brother's widow, and he asked me to bo kind to hor. "Now Maria. I will never speak' of this to a human being if you will promise mo two tilings." "Well, tell me what t'my are, for I can't help myself," she said in a sullen tone. '•Yon mint let mo manage the business lo suit nivsclf, nnd yoii must give thai. iJiOl) bill to Mary Owen for u wedding present." "I won I, do it,*'she .exclaimed, hut one look at nio uiado her change hot mind. About a month after that we all attended a qniot wedding in Mary's lodgings, and Maria was there, "an honored guest. Tho bride and brido- grootii were ovorcomo with gratitude at the kindness of their friends, but no one brought such substantial aid as did my sister-in-law. Dear little Mary looked at her with eyes that bourn oil with loving admiration, and as Maria saw the happiness of the young couple she turned lo mo anil whispered: "Brother John, I lhank you for saving me from myself. God" has forgiven me for yielding to temptation. Will not you do the same?" After all she Is a noblu woman and il. is no wonder that Bob loved her dearly! 1 pressed hor hand witli a look that told hor there was peace between n«. and before wo parted I hoard the little bride say, in an aside to her husband: "I like good old Mr. John right well, but ho is not as generous and warmhearted as his brother's widow!" And sho told the truth, for the soul that knows the joy of sins forgiven is made strong thereby, and loving enough to sympathize with all tho world.— Klianbdli Aldtllicws in Qincin- naU I'ost. SOME HOME pictuRes. A*« Tnnght tfl And A HUNTER'S TALE. Mr. P. Wmiirci of Dultith Kxpi-rlmion with » n TnlU of Hid "Tommy, you have disobeyed me, nnd I nm going to pnn'lsh you, so walk right into this dark closet!" * i> ! The voice wns cold atid stern, and thn manner was equally unyielding. Tommy, crying and struggling with'' all his might, was pushed and (fragged into the closet, which was certainly dark enough for all practical purposes, and the key was turned in thn lock. "Mamma, it's so dark! I'm afraid. Please let mo out!" pleaded the abjoct Tommy. But he was not yet subdued. The mother..stealing noiselessly tip to the door, groaned in a most horrible manner, and rallied a piece of chain. •Oh,mamma," shrieked the frightened child, "please let me out! I'll never be bad any more!" Then the door was opened add the little prisoner camo out, white-faced and wild-eyed. This wns Tommy's first lesson. "Here, Tommy, dear; take this nice medicine Iho doctor left for you. Come, now, open your mouth, peC add take your good medicine." "I thought you said it was good!" shrieked Tommy, when he had gulped down Ihe nauseous mixture. "So it is, dear—good for sick boys," was the calm reply, as Ihe mother "put away the spoon and boltlo. That was •Tommy's second lessod. Tommy had been standing at the gate for more than an hour, watching for his mother. Tho day was cold and the wind blew upon hi'm mercilessly, but still ho waited, his eager litlie face pressed against tlio bars of the gate. At last he saw hor coming, away down Iho street, and Ihun how ho went rushing out to meet her, his cheeks glowing and his eyes shining. "Give il lo me, mamma! Oh, give it to me," he cried, holding up both hands. "Give you what,Tommy?" asked tho mothor, pushing past him. "Why, my candy, mammal The candy you promised to got me. tfibating. tolnymlnd it is a very wonderful and picturesque notion, that of the good people coming'-by thousands and marching iu line to have their hair cut off so that the sacred object inay. r be accomplished. You can figure tb yBufself the aged 'suhibitting their chMnS tO;ihe operation of Shears, td- gether-with the youilg men iidd women, andjoven the children.- Here in this short length !ir6 mingled all shades, from the tow of infancy lo the white of the octogenarian. "It must have required a great multitude of people to supply hair elioiigh to make such great lengths of thick cable as those. But there is a reward for the sacrifice, fbasniuch as the rope, when tho temple hns.!>ee'h completed,is put away inside, and "carefully guarded always as one of the sacf'e'd objects stored in the place. A: Buddhist shriue is always combined With a soft of religious nniscum." FAMOUS DOGS, Onnlneg Wlinun Vlrtann Hiwo Entitled Them to Hunk Aiming Heroes. 1 dared nol linger any longer with my brother's widow, but, went home and walked the Hour all night. lu the morning early i went lo tho store and told them I should be absent nil day. In a short: lime 1 was at Iho house whore Mary runted rooms, and by Iho aid of tho little khy was soon inside her door, leaving it,' closed but not looked. It, was a small anil humble uparimonl, lint neat and clean, with many a dainty louoli that proclaimed good taste and management. I fell like a thief as 1 walked about ihe room, trying to liml a hiding place. In one corner was a closet! where a few garments hung upon hooks, lute tho idauu I wont and'sat down upon an ohi trunk and waited. As I sat there I fell, more than onee like a moan, suspicions villain. 1 asked myself. "Is this the wav you lake care of your brother's widow?" But all the sanio 1 kept on wailing and whispering, "May the Lord flit-give me if 1 am wrong!" 1 hoard the town clock strike tho hours—10, 11 and li- and soon afterward I heard a noise at the door. Quickly closing the closet, 1 loft just unmiii'h room lo wnleh what happened. There was another lap—a pause— and then the door opened slowly and Maria enlercd. Quickly shu looked about ihe room, then siiut thu door, locked il, and hurried across the tloor. As ijuickly as shu lifted up the mattress of the small while bud, and Inking a red pocketbook from out a package, thrust il. under and pulled the covers neatly about the bud again. ••God forgive you, woman! Why have yon done th'isP" 1 criud. bursting out of my hiding place. Shu turned and faced mo, looking while with rage and despair at being delected. Siill she could uot hold hur venomous tongue. "Well, I didn't know Miss Mary Owon unievtainod guuilemen iu her bedroom." she said, with u regular vixoni-di look. "Maria, hush, you know vou are "Two years ago in Hie northern Minnesota pineries there was the largest moose that had boon scon in those parts for years." said P. H. Woolfo of Dnliith at the Sherman house recently. "He was an immense creature," Mr. Woolfe conlinnod, "standing eight foot high, with a body proportionately large. Ho was (ho fiercest animal in Iho woods and was looked upon by tlio Indians and superstitious natives as an evil spirit. I saw him only twice. "We northerners indulge quite fre- quenlly in hunting, and sometimes make a week's trip in the woods. I was on an excursion of this kind in company with my brother. Ho was an expert marksman, but much loo bold for his own welfare. Well, we had been out for two days without any success anil were becoming discouraged when wo ran across moose trucks. They wore fresh and wo eatrer- lyslarlod upon the trail. Wo both had Winchesters and hunting knives. I may observe that no person should think of hunting the moose unless he is well armed, as Ihuy are more dangerous than Iho angriest boar. We followed the trail logulhur for a low hours, and then we became separated in some way that 1 could never explain. However, wo wore apart and I was searching for my brother. "•Suddenly 1 hoard a shot about half a mile away; then followed a perfect fusilade of shots. 1 started in the direction as fast as possible, and as I ap- pronched I hoard my brother's voice calling for help. "1 ran forward and came in sight of my brother behind a tree trying to avoid the knife-like hoofs of the'moose, which was on tlio other side, with eyes blaaiiig with anger and slriking'his hoofs every lime a portion of my brother's body could bo seen. My brother atiempiud lo strike iho moosu with the slock of his ride. Il, was an unlucky movement, for thu moose siruck him upon iho shoulder and knocked him down. Tho animal then bounded around the tree to stamp Ids victim to death, "Well," concluded Mr. Woolfe. "my brother is alive, and that moose is in a Now York museum—stuU'ed. I saw him there for Iho second time a short time a»-o. Will to Mas Gone Out, It is being hinted that white furniture has quite had its day—a long one it has boon, loo—and Hie" coming tint for screens, tables, cnbinots, and even I'auteiiils will be, indeed, green. There .is something uneompromisinj>; about Ihs color, which would suom not to bo decorative; on Iho conlrarv, the now designs wrought in ihis line are exceedingly oll'eclive. The. finish is a varnish instead of an enamel, which is a pain in wear and in the cure needed. The while and gold uparlmeiits, fashionable for several seasons past, have proved solicitous luxuries to those who have indulged in ilium. One maid has lo bo detailed for their exclusive euro, and ihe temperature and amount of light duly regulated lo secure iho retention of their purity and freshness. Then they are so unbecoming for ordinary use—ought reallv to bo peopled only by lovely creatures iu ball gowns of delicate lints. The Covers Make tlio Hooks. Olio of the most expensive books brought out this year lias failed to sell because it had a dull colored cover. It was very richly illustrated and elegantly primed, and as a further etl'ort to make it unique the idea of binding it iu leather was adopted. That killed it. Tho booksellers oll'ored it to their ladv customers but tho ladies listened to nothing that was said for it. Thev brushed it nsiilo with tlio remark. "It's nol preity," or "It will not match anv- lliing in (he house." Vastly inferior. books willi u splash of red on the covei or with gold or silver chasing on the "I forgot it, Tommy. You'll have to do without this evening." "But, mamma, you promised it," cried Tommy, iu the midst of copious tears, as though that was reason enough. "But didn't yon hear me say I forgot it?" asked tho mother, as though that, also, were reason enough. And then Tommy was sent to bed" supper- less because ho cried. There were several lessons for Tommy in this—I really can nol loll liow many. "Mary," said Tommy's father one day in a grieved voice, "how does it come that Tommy is growing to be such a coward? .1 wanted to send him np-stairs after my slippers last night, and nothing could induce him to go beeausu it was daj-k. The idua of a boy being afraid of the dark! He's going lo bo a perfect milksop—and I was so anxious for him to be a fearless, manly boy." And t'lien ihe mother said she couldn't account for it any way in the world. Sho was sure there had never been any cowardice in her family. Sho had novor dreamed of such a thing as being afraid in the dark when she was a child, and it was a mystery to hor how Tommy got such not'ions into his head. "Mary,' 1 said Tommy's father again, u few days later, "twicu lately 1 have caught Tommy iu a deliberate lie, and I have suspected him of lying half a dozen limes in as many ("lavs. Now, Jying is onu thing I positively can't si and. 1 have tried so hard to teach tho boy to bo perfectly frank and honest and to toll the truth at whatever risk." And Tommy's mother said I hat sho really couldn't understand it, that Tommy's training had boon of the •nost; careful kind; but she thought Tommy must have learned to toll falso- loods from thai last servant-girl. As for herself, she had never told a lie her life. Whereupon Tommy was called up and was lectured and talked to and talked at until his brain was in a whirl. He did not say anything in his own defense. He miglit have said a grout deal, but hu was no orator, and bo- sidos ho did not understand the whole situation himself. Even if ho did understand it all it would not have been very polite, would it, for Tommy to say that his first lessons in cowardice, and meanness, and selfishness, and falsehood, and docoit, were taught him by his mother? The above is merely n litllo series of pictures, says a writer in tho St. Louis Ulobo-Dcmooriit. They were not taken with a kodak, but thu' camera was a very good ono and has taken a vast number of such pictures. Have you ever scon anything like thorn? The Greeks raised statues to their dogs, says the Goodson Gazette. Socrates swore by his dog and Alexander the great honored his by building a city with magnificent temples, which he dedicated to its memory, Plutarch mentions a sagacious dog that King Pyrrhus found beside the murdered body of its muster. Afler- wuril il sprung fiercely upon-two of the kiiiir's soldiers, thus pointing them out as Ihe murderers. • ' : The memory of "the dog of Marathon" lives with the memory of the Grecian heroes who fell with it in thai famous bailie agaiusl the Persian hosts. A monument was built over the remains of the dog owned by Xtintippus. tho father of Pericles. 'Denied admission ii|)on his master's ship, he swam alongside of it from Athens to Salamis and full dead from exhaustion at the feet of Xaulippus Ihe moment he stopped upon shore, Homer erected a beautiful memorial to Argos, the dog owned by Ulysses-— uot out of marble, but in fervent verse that is far more enduring. When Ulysses after his long wanderings returned to his home disguised as a beggar, his dog,, theu 20 years old, blind and feoble, was tho lirst to recognize him. There was a dog named Soter, so noted among the Corinthians for his fidelity and watchfulness that ho was voted a silver collar, on which was the inscription: "Corinth's Defender and Deliverer." Another dog famous iu history is "the clog Aub'ry." that belonged to Do Montclidier, a bravo ollicer under Charles V. of France. He saved his master from drowning, and, finding his body some time afterward iu Ihe forest, watched beside it for days until reduced almost to a skeleton from hunger. During a game of tennis Moutdidier had a dispute with a brother officer named Macarie, and the latter waylaid and murdered him in the forest. One day the dog met Macarie in the streets of'Paris, and, actuated In- some rare instinct, sprung upon him and would have killed him had not the pooplo interfered. Macairu was suspected of being Iho assassin, and Charles the Wise ordered the issue to be decided by a battle bo- Iweon ihe dog and Macaire on Ihe. island of Notre Dame. The man was allowed a club and a shield, and the dog a'cask lo which ho might retreat when hard besot. The dog scorned tho place of refuge, and in Hie second encounter fasuTned his teeth in his antagonist's throat. Macaire confessed his guilt aucl was afterward executed. Oonid keejjs a Scrap Hook. Not very long since Jay Goflld *rid his old chum, Russell Sage, toiled.ttp the elevated railway stairs togetfter, sach with an illustrated neivsSlpef anfler his left ami. Not inclined X°r conversation, each one buried himself iu his paper until Gould gaVe Sage ft nudge iff the ribs.' He 1 had run aeross i vew Excellent bit of pictorial hunint bearing on the late Southern railroad con/ereiico, in which Gould figured so prominently. Il was an excellent likeness of the railroad wizard, and after an unsmiling inspection of the picture Gould took out his penknife and carefully cut out the picture. With equal cn^e lit 1 laid it next a roll. of bills iu his pocketbook and resumed his read* ing. "He keeps a scrapbook, I'll wager," whispered a man op|tosite the couple, who had witnessed this performance. "Most of the prominent linadcial add political lights do," he went on. "add it's nonsense lo think they feel at all cut up over even the most unkiud of the colored burlesques. In fact, they generally like it, as is proved by this scrapbook fad. Horace Greeley was BtipersHusitivo, and Nast can use his pen and ink with the deadly effect of shot and powder; but a few years in Wall street, Washington or Albany usually toughens a mau to the point where caricatures seem like breakfast jokes. Grover Cleveland used to get as mad as a bull in sight of a red rag over tho first campaign carloon; but, bless you there isn't the point or sarcasm known that could make him wince Uow, and ouly the other day I saw him chatting; with a cartoon artist who did him ' in fine slyle three years ago. David Hill isn't yet accustomed to .tlio.'f but Mr. Dana fairly loves to see' his likeness in one of the double cartoons. Ho hits back pretty hard blows now. and then cditlallv."" OLD AZTEC MINES. Interesting Arclifoiil'iglcnl Discovery Ity. oontly Hindu In Now Aluxlco. in ROPES OF HUMAN HAIR. Muilo from Mm Looks of Japanese llHllil it Ti'inplo With. to A curiosity exhibited in a glass case at the National museum is a piece of roue about four foot long and six inches in diameter made of hurnnu hair. 'That is one of the most interesting objects shown in this institution," said Prof. Otis T. Mason to a Washington Ktttr reporter, "It is from Japan, and is only a fragment. Hero is a photograph of a great Buddhist temple in tho building of which such rope was used, The steps of tho structure, as you see. are fairly covered with great coils of it—some thousands of foeUilto- golher. I will explain to you how it came to be made. "According to religious usage, a temple of the'Buddhist faith must be erected with the utmost regard for piety in every detail. Only pious hands of true believers must bo employed iu tho building of it, and no profane material of any sort can be utilized. For example, it would be a sacrilege to use ordinary ropes of hemp or other vulgar vegetable material for the rigging Amended Hamlet. '•What under the sun!" snorted a tourist from tho East to tho manager of an Oklahoma theatre, who had invited him back of the wings to witness the performance of Dinks' Metropolitan Barnstormers. "Those wretches arc supposed to bo playing 'Hamlet,' and there they are singing and dancing liko mad. . There! I'liever saw such an extraordinary performance. What iu the world does it meauP Tho melancholy Dane has thrown a back hand spring! I " "Yus," returned the manager. "Didn't he do it slick? Dinks tried to make mo think thai- wasn't no fun in this play, but I told him tho boys would begin to shoot if tlio songs was more'u five minutes apart, an' now, bv George, it's 'most as good as the minstrels! Jost wait till the grave diggers begin to jug- glo that skull an' siug'-Riso Up, William lliloy, an' Co mo Along with Me.'"— Ministry's Wuukly. Promoted for Telling tho Truth. Probably Iho most quaint character that ever occupied a prominent official position was Judge Joslyn, at one time an Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Tlio Judge would curse like a trooper when provoked, ami evcu the presence of a lady would uot slop him. Ouo day when the Judge was noting Secretary a female clerk marched into his room and suid: "See here, Judge Joslyn, I want a promotion." Now this woman was looked upon by her follow clerks as the poorest excuse for a clerk iu the whole department. Judge Joslyn looked up and growled: "Do you ask for the promotion because you uro such u good clerk?" "No." responded tho clerk, "I ask it because I am a poor clerk." "Hand mo your papers," replied the Judge. The papers were given to him, and ho indorsed them as follows: "Promoted for tolling the truth."— Washmyton Letter. Dynogrnph Oar. The dynograph A group of old Spanish or Aztec mines have recently buou discovered at Las Phidias of this country, about twoiiiv live miles from this city, says tin Albuquerque (New Mexico) correspondent of tlio St. Louis Republic.. So many years have elapsed since lliu.se mines were worked that all trace of, their history has been lost and the present inhabitants of the country* know absolutely nothing about them. Prospectors recently got on the trail of what i hey thought was something g_ood, aii>! by pushing their invositiga-] tion came upon unmistakable evidences^ of what were undoubtedly once rich workings. A very extensive system of underground work has now "bccu brought to light. The minerals discovered, while not of the highest grade, is rich duo ugh to pay handsomely, aucl runs generally from $50 to $GO"to the ton. Tho re- ""i mains have been found in several places of what were once furnaces for smelting the ores. There are also large quantities of slag, and in several iu/ stances have been found what qreV; clearly remains of implements used by ft the workmen. s | But what will still be more interest-"'-, iug to the general reader is that these explorations have developed unmistakable evidences of the fact that the work on these mines, which was performed nobodj' knows how many centuries ago, was brought to a sunimarv conclusion by an ea'rthqnako or general upheave! of some sort, for not only are the mine workings, smelters, furnaces, etc., buried under some fifteen foot of earth, but there has also been found on the same level iho ruins of what was once an aqueduct for bringing water to the camp from a s&urce about ten miles distant. The camp of Lus Plaeitas, referred to, is on the eastern slope of the Saudia mountains about twenty miles from Albuquerque and promises to become ono of the mosr interesting fields of archaeological research yet discovered in Ihis country. He Loved Su usage. A correspondent of iho Youth's Companion sends from Michigan a true story of a farmer's dog who has been guilty of obtaining goods under false pretenses. He is extremely fond of sausage, and has boon taught' by his owner to go after ihoin for hims"olf, carry ing a written order iu his mouth. Day after day ho appeared at the butcher shop, bringing his master's o\ dor, and by and by the butcher became careless about reading iho document. Finally when settlement day came, the farmer complained lhat hu was charged with more sausages Hum ho had ordered. The butcher was surprised, and the next lime Lion came iu with a slip of paper between his tooth ho look the trouble to look at it. 'Tho paper was blank and further investigation showed Unit .whenever Ihe dog foil a craving tor sausage he would look around lor a piece of paper, and trotted off to the butcher's. The farmer is something out of pocket, but squares the account by boasting ot thu dog's intulli •H il - 1 Chinese Highbinders. .Mrs. Willis, a widow of San Fran- Cisco, recently lost $6.000 worth of diamonds, and in a few days they were returned to her by a Chinese servant u her employ who refused anv explanation. Tuo Chinamen boio> « Only ropes of human hair will do, and il is necessary that these shall be contributed by faithful worshipers who 0 „ '»•<> willing to sacrifice their locks to binding wore sold us fast as they could the holy purpose. You can see for be printed.—A'. V, SMH. i yoiueolf that this specimen iu the , . oar is one of the most wonderful inventions iu railway work. It has only to bo rolled over u track to indicate every imperfection iu tho rails, whether il be spread rails, . •. . . . . . . oo-c, .open joints, or defective iron. Suit- ilerncks and tho hoisting of stones, able markings are left on the track ..n,,i.. ..,,,. uu „* i i...i- ...:,, .4- according to'the fault to be denoted! so that thu trackman who follows in the waku of the car has a large proportion ot' his labor suvud, and can see nt u glance whore his repairs or alter* ations must begin. is woven from all "sorts of hair, young and the old of both sexes case the con- .d M v»ed Mrs. attempt to prosecute him. how sirougly she might is not to discharge or secute him no matter the the ,h i r the theft, as they believe M ""«)?, W|U su ''°'/ take Mrs. Wdiis if S | IO Bu imnas. ™l% 8 .&'¥^#» ^nanas.such in Ch in Cuba, bein too

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