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THE UPPER DBS MOlNES t Al.GONAaoWA: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8,1893, ^^^^^^^^^^^MBII^MBII^^M^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^BB^^^BBBBaBBBlMilBMBlMMBBBBIMBBiMBlBIBMillMiliiii^ m^-,* -- ___>„j... aw^^^j.^ .._-.- .--.^, .1. _a=_,j_-3.. •&-, - -, - . ..,..., _,_T... .. ,, Most sheep die before thoy are a jrear old. Away back iti the year 1318 oggs sold In London at 3 pence for two dozen. Sweden has a larger area of woodland than HIIV other country in Ku* t-ope. The members of a club of rich voting i men in Venice are pledged to marry poor girls. J Only eight of the 69,000 Frenchmen who fought under Napoleon at Waterloo are now alive and in France. Alexander Pope sent over from Kn- gland a slip from which it is said the weeping willows of America all sprung. An Austrian engineer proposes to carry passengers from Vienna to Pesth by an electric locomotive at the rate of 123 miles an hour. The now president of the Italian chamber is Sig. Zanardelli. The gentleman is not widely known in this countr5% but he is a statesman of considerable renown in his own. Stenography was lirst used in the French parliament about the vear 1830, and one of the few official steiio- ographers of thai period still surviving is M. Lagache, wh-j is now a senator of France. At the time Shakspeare wrote his plays there were not in all the world as many English-speaking people as there are now in New York and New Jersey. To-day more than one hundred million people speak English. The Barllett pear is a European importation, it having originated in England. The Seckel pear is a native product and it is said that the first tree that bore it is still standing near Philadelphia on the Schnylkill river. During the winterof 1886-S7 a petrified frog was found in a quarrv near Elmira, N. Y., which was two feet eight inches in length and weighed over 100 pounds. This is the largest specimen of fossilized frojr vet brought to light. They are having -to m.inv suiridps of late in Denmark that tin; jjovernmi-nl propo^fts to pass a law requiring that th« bodies of all f.icide* shall be sun t to iho dissectinsj-rootiH of the universities. They MHV« already gut sued a law m Sweden, but it doe* not appear to dissiiadr- pooulo from making awav with HiHm«ctlve* there wlu-ti Kiev take it into thoir heads to do so. The ure-atest work of nntiijuityon angling is said to be tho Halleuiica of Opian. a fircek pout, who li«iiri*hed in tho limcof Sevorus, A. 1).. HH. from which we learn that many articles in fishing thought to bo nfodern were known to (ho ancient 1 *. Wo also loarn from Atli«n<»(f* that several other writer* had written treatises or poems on lulling some centuries before the Christian era. Another bronze statuo.- eight feet i high, will sonri stand in lower'Central i park. New York City. It is that of Dr. .1. Marion Sim*, who died in 1886. Dr.Sims had wonderful success in surgery and was honored by various European sovereigns for the services he rendered to humanity on the battlefield. Xnliiral ' .Man,. The banishment, of gun* from the rellowstoue National p:irij has result- S<\ in tho establishment of what, riitiv ftlnifi.«( be called "friendly relations'" but ween t he animal* that are onlinaril v looked upon as "game." and their human visitors. No mip who is awnre of the excessive «hyni'<x of*tho gray squirrel in our !'.i.«tpnt wood-lands, for iiYsVam-e, t-ai avoid an «\prcssion of surprise am, pli-asuip upon perceiving the comparative fcarl<><.=ne.«s of the samp beautiful little animal in the great park, where the Has: "f the United States «ives him nininsi (lit- jii'i'tirily of a citixun. TlitTf. also, herds nf elk and antc- IIIIIH may be approached within easv srrinir distance by tin- visitor, and tli'e lour!*) who does not succeed in ^winir •furs in ihfir native haunts must neg- Irrl hi- opportunities. *~ known. The Japanese, for example, j sleep on the flimh muffled In a grp.it wadded coat and with a block of wood for a pillow. Btit, confining ourselves to England, just talk to the dwellers in the slums oii the subject. Why, go^ ing to bed there during the summer tnonths is positively inviting torture. Many places swarm'with \ermin. and. consequently, those who live in thehi lindjt more comfortable to sleep afi\> wliefe-rather than in the proper pine* —even-on the doorstep. The manager of an Isle of Man hotel remarked a. few months a<ro that, "vis* ifors" never weHt U> )H>I|. -kis servants are often asked to provide a breakfast at 3 to 4 a. ni. Cerlainlv i v Pelroff Nara«chine. one of the men j implicated in the assassination of Al- 1 e.xander II.. has just died in Siberia, j after nine years of hard labor in the mines. It was never proven that 1 Naraschine hud any direct connection f with the assassination. Upon bis I death-bed be confessed that he had ( been selected to throw the Uorabat- the omperor. but declared tt-.-u be re- jj fused because of his wife ami eigfai ij children who weredeuendent upunbim I lor support. * ' Kortl CHINESE SOLD.'ERS. In Which Th»j- B««Hr« The compass plant of the United States is the common "rosin weed" o our western prairies, which has the longest leaves near the ground set in a vertical position in such a wav as to always present the edges to the north and south. The Chinese soldier pay once a month onlv. and Chioes* ii months, it may be reinembened. are ii much longer than tbos« we are as-'! tuiiomed to reckon bv. Qa she ere j' of pay-day the captain of the com- 1 , pany.together with hisserceant-major, i; a j :ro?s and receives the amount of money * if j requisite to pay his company from bis Tin- iaw forbidding iho earning o| lii-i-arm.* in tht- park, except by' the snjiik-rs. throw*, indued, a sido-H^iil •MI (In- i-harafter of the bear. Ho will not iliMurlt people who let him almie nid of all the wild inhabitants nf the YeJiow.-tnne valley he ;s. perhaps, the nn.*t sinii.l in the presence of human visitor*. At any rate that is the cxpi-- riontv »f a writer of th> 1 (A»r/i/Hi»i.-o». Tiien- is har.lly any i.lace in the «on>i niniv intfi-e^iiiig than this fur- lite.t'levasi'd and imuiuiain-rinired valley S<> >hi- naturalist who wishes to s!ii«.!y aninsa's as they are at homo and in i£ie:r irsif and uuintiTruj;ied rela- ? nitii one another, i s.jvh a place and amid such sur- nliB£* Che question naturally arises szs 5fe? caJnil of the ol>«erver whether. by pnrsHtn^ a di lie rent course, man satg&s IQI-I Jiave foiiml many more use- ffnai! auu<i2 SitNjifuS friends arunnii the lower ii;;.j;i to those represent- 'iie>- of the horse,the cow, the streets of Douglas are pretty lively any time during the season. A gentleman is fond of relating that one night a select partv. settled not far from his bedroom window and created the most discordant, din imaginable. He bore it with exemplary patience for about five hours.and then dressing himself he went out and mildly «.\pos^ minted, saying he wanted «mie sleep, "Sleep!" roared one of the gati". blowing a terrific blast ou a toy trumpet, "tht-n what did you come to the Isle of Man for?" They say at Blackpool, too, that if you arrive at any hour of the day or night you are just, in time for so'me- thing or other. The story goes that early one morning a dance was in progress on one of the piers when a shipwrecked sailor, who had been drifting about ou a spar and had fortunately "landed" on the girders be- Inflrmltfe*. t ffp| Wry jorfj- for txivr; don't. j-oi»f H<>_$ n *i:rli n \iitlfiil p Ijrht: Ht»'$ cU-nf flfr n fltrttr-poM, nnrl fcprectileSS, A d. I lien, IH-IIIIS li.si nift uiirht: Ann ,»n. If li«- jinniM'ini'* nilwi'S the murk, "Vnit-cl nut fed rmicli <mf|iil.«e. !<n the luKiHUtio jixl ling to Miotit in rtnrh. With no help from hisclphilrxs r.ve«. 1 nm nttci-lj-. jiniy<>sglj- ttimmnnplnro: Ofinj-.< j-r»—tinm-n iniir^iin pvcrf-dny ffUia, UK tfilnks mi- prctlv. r. pVpr und kfnil, Anil tlmf* hdw 1 know that Love U blind. • In the rtoskf (mil. Dr lliehHfrlit wood-flre, mid tdo urs-entcntl ut the dinner fsnnji sounds nut looil nnrt i-lenri Bui he sits tlieu\ tntisiiiB. und does not hour lill he sees my |.ettlroiits rilfiippenitngi And Hint's hint- J ktiovr Love's Inmi of hear- nip. And sometimes, whori he has ncen nwny, And wi> tntet ntn n— In n riipninMi.a way Hi- stands fora moment, linlduiy my luind. -Ai'd <-nn tinil mi words: hut I inuieisliiiid a lie lender pliniM's thnt will mu conic: And iliiifs how 1 know tluil I<iive is dumb. PiHir Illlle urtxt! Ornplnp so blindlv! Fnrrly nil men should (rent v.ui kludlyl And I deciare tlint. fur my purl. imi'ye n lionic. fr.rever, wiinfii mv licnrti And I think I k- ow of one lover triii-. » ho will iflvt- you n corner In his heart, too. _ — IMIdn Jnlingoii. mPiick. A LEAP YEAII STORY. lar :be ^ The Chinese empire and dependencies, Mongolia, Mancbooria. Chinese Turkestan. Kokanor and Thibet, occupy an area of at least 5.0W.003 square miles, or about one-third of Asia. The population is estimated at from 36'),W,),i)'j<} to 45!).Wj,()%), _ A Canadian newspaper calls attention to a nursing bottle advertisement which concludes with the words: "When tho baby is done drtnkinv it must be unscrewed and laid in a cool place under a tap. If the baby does not thrive on fresh boiled." j . „ t*—j »**.= V.VUJL/.3UT ilUUl UIJS [ J »• • next superior officer, says the Cincin- ! de '!. n .'. 1 ™ «rcmens. Profits from Whisky. t SiMibeJ of corn makes four gal©J whisky, which sells for §16 at 6. O;:t of this the government &y. tht> railroads ?1. the manus £4. the vender, $7.the farmer cents and the drinker <"ets the low. crawled up the steps. The M. C. came forward— they are never surprised at Blackpool- -smiled, bowed and said: "Pleased to see vou. sir. Can I Bad you a partner?"— 'Cassette Journal. nasi Enquirer. This is not paid to him in jincrlintr coins but in pure silver, which Tiow° ever, bas been broken into somewhat irregular pieces. The whole of the night preceding pay-day is occupied in weighing out for each man the required quantity of silver, and this occupation, as may be imagined, is a very tedious one, and onlv successfully accomplished bv infinite care, for here a piece the size of a pin's head has to be clipped off, and there a piece of larger dimensions has to be added to make up weight, and any deviation one way or the other means the loss of „ . Perhaps a. day's pay or more to some milk, it should be j P°"F dfc 'ender of the celestial empire. V» hen the process of metino-outis e o n rear • ilities for legal redrew thSn is K r "lIv?d U rt Bmployer, and that Illation M V .^ e8 « J? fl _™ o ? An investigation which has been prosecuted by the British royal labor commission indicates that in England J o,'.' tho servant is far better off in regard i to facilities tho employer, and that legislation would not bring these two classes closer together. Switzerland in not drinking more liquor this year than last, anil has not Increased in her consumption of alcoholics for three years past. Thoro tho government controls the sale of liquor, and tho proliu uro divided among the cantons. A third goes toward rernedy- ing the oiTouls of alcohol. Tho French - Canadian emigration , from Quebec to tlm United Status was astonishingly heavy in October. Tho emigration fovor has extended to CliauloaiiL'av and HcauhanioU, the two counties of the province whoso people have been supposed lo bo the most prosperous and contented. Alirnit one hundred species of deep noa fishes havo boon obtained by the Aliiuirnss in Lliodt'plh.s of Iho imuun off the continental slope of California. Thoso creatures are, as a rule, very soft in body, covered with phosphor- •osconl ijpots by which they can see thoir way in the darkness. An Ingenious youngster, very much tho product of tho contiirv, has boon airing in public lii.s doubts "that this is really tho yoar 1892. His theory in thai in tho dark ages nobody paid particular attention to chronology, and that,yoars, and even centuries, may have boon allowed to pass as morn unconsldurcd trifles. Father Honnopin, tho missionary, discovered coal in 1009 in what is now Ottawa, 111. This appears to ho the m-st record of the finding of coal in America, but it was not mined until noarly a century and a half later. In JSl.'f Jivo ark loads of Iliuly coal wore floalod down tho Lohigh river and sold tor $21 por ton. In Franco llmro is an unwritten but Immutable law that n painting shall not bo exhibited without tho artist's consent, no niallor what tho wishes of tho owner may bo. And now a literary and arllslio congress in session Rt. Milan, Italy, has decided that the right of reproduction does nol pass lo tho buyer of a pioturo. j accomplished the silver r, upon he following is carefully is recipient. afternoon the corn- ser ^ eant money ing with the first man in the company and going on to the last. When this division ' " ' asked in i.s concluded the question is .stentorian tones, "Has any one ulse a claim?" and tho customary ''No" having been promptly given, the men aro then dismissed. Kach one now repairs to the nearest tradesman's shop, where 1)3 exchanges his silver. For 1 tael he receives 1,000 .small coins called cash, perforated in the center so as to allow of beiti" thrr-iided on a string, and, having re" coivud the proper amount, turns homo- ward with a cheerful mien, but nearly sinking beneath his burden. Tho private receives 3 1-2 taols, oqual to about 19 shillings, monthly out, of which he has to provide himself with clothes and food. But ho lives on rico und his clothes cost but a trifle. Movable Dropti In Diamond*. This is a general way of statin^ the case, says the N. Y. Pok.and the showing is open to some modifications. It is understood that the Takemine process yields eighteen quarts to the bushel instead of sixteen. Fifty cent* for a quart pf whisky is a smafl price at. retail. The farmer hardly average- 40 cents per bushel for thek'ind of corn used in making whisky. And not every one who drinks the product sees snakes in consequence. Still tho statement is a suggestive one. It boars out a remark loii"- since made to the effect that those who cater to tho vico of their fellows make much more profit out of the operation than those who deal in the prime necessities of existence. The vender of whisky sells the stuff for nearly twice as much as it costs him, while "the man who nells bread has to be content with a small percentage of gain on the transaction and thoy do say the dealer in sugar gets no profit at all. In spito of tins many a man prefers payiu" out double prices for whisky to bo" consumed by himself to buyinc at nearly cost price broad for his family. Truly this is a curious world and the worst of it is that such exposures as the above do not seem to materially mend the mailer. are are un- The An eminent aiilliorily has il that the death rate of the world in calculated to bu 07 por iniiinUi, -l.OM por hour, 90,7!ii) por day, while the ralo of births, slightly exceeding Iho death ralo is calculated lo bo 70 por minute, 4,101) por hour, 100,800 por day, HO.742,000 ft yoar. The oslimalod inorouso por annum is therefore a lilUo ovor 1.600.000. A correspondent, of tho N. Y. Sun, of lat.0 diiio, says, print ihoso four linos wilhoul puiiotiialion and no ouo would lioliovo them, yet rightly puno- ttliilod I hoy iiro iruo: "Kvury'liuly In tho liiiul JliiB twenty iinllB on each liuml Klvo anil iwenly on Inuuls mul IVot Mhw Iti li-nii ivlllimit <uiwll." Kleclrlo hoators aro found to bo excellent fur use in conservatories on account of (ho absence of all unwholesome gasos or vapors which might in- jurc tlio plants, simplicity (if con-slnio- tiou in Iho pads convoying (ho ouor <r y, purfoot safoly as rogurils luml, whTuh can bo rogulatod at will, oloanlinosa and oonvonionco and rapidity iu tjlurt- iug a till ONtiuoliou. It has long boon known that diamonds (especially the class known as "rose diamonds") aro likely to explode if subjected only lo whal'would seem a very ordinary degree of heat, such us strong rays /roin tho sun, etc. It is now believed thai Iho explosions aro tho result of tho rapid expansion of certain volatile liquids inclosed in cavities near tho conter of those precious stonos. A groat ninny diamonds, oven though cut, mounted, and worn us gums of perfection, aro still in an iin/hiisliod condition — that is, tho liquid drop from which tho stone is being formed has nol as yol deposited all of iis "puro crystals of carbon," 1 hoso movable drops may occasionally bo soon wilh Iho naked oyo. When this is tho case a strong microscope will give tho drop tho appearance of a bublilo in tho fluid of a carpenter's lovel. It, is also highly probable Hint bosidos tho liquid' mentioned those cavities may contain gasos under groat tension. This being tho oasp. oiio°muy readily comprehend how a very small amount of hoat would cause'the liquid and gas lo expand lo such a degree thai tho diamond would give way wilh all tho chunioloristics of a miniu- IUI " ' ix l' l " sio "'--' s< - l' ou is Hcpnblic. Oood Maiiiiorn ut Homo. Tho prosonoo of good manners is 110- whero more olTooilvc than in ihe household, and, perhaps, nowhoro more rare. Whenever familiarity ex- isls thoro is a tendency lo loosen Iho cheek upon selfish conduct, whioh llio presence of strangers involuntarily produces. Many persons who lire kind and courloous in company aro rude and caroloss with those they love best. Kniorson suys, "Good manners aro mmlo up of poity saorifioos," and certainly nothing can moro thoroughly socuro iho harmony and poae.o of"tho family circln than tho habit of inalvin.r si»(;rifi<!{.'s for ouo another. Children thus learn good manners in "the bust und uiosl ualural way aud habits thus aeqiiirod will never leave I hum. Courtesy und kindness will never lose the power of their charm while all spurious imitations of thorn arc ( ( , 00 despised. Marrlttfjo in Turkey. Adlol describes how marriages arranged in Turkey: The gfrls not allowed lo see thoir husbands til they are married to them, girl must seem lo bo entirely ignorant of tho meaning of tho botrotlml; she must cry when the ring is put on her linger, but must not admit that she understands what it means until ihe contract is settled, when for tho first time sho is allowed to recognise tho fate that has boon prepared for her and then il is her duty to fall back in a dead faint. Even after llial sho must not; ask any questions about the name, family or character of her belrothed, nor inusl sho ever try to see him from afar. Notwithstanding this arrangement, which sooins to have boon malevolently oonlrivodlo make marriage a failure, "Adalot" does not think that Turkish mnrriugoa turn out so badly on tho whole. "I have noon girls brought up in every kind of indulgence, and who liuve nevor boon thwarted in thoir whole lives bow clown before Ihe authority of their husbands and obey without a murmur the orders of a mail who a fow mouths before was entirely unknown to them, and I can not help admiring a system which while askin« for so inucli devotion and sacrifice on one side, so rarely degenerates intc tyranny on llio other." — Waverly ANCIENT_ASTRONOMY. Mach Knowlrdcr* PossMsed bj the tlans 5,OOO Years Ago. We find in the table at the Raines- senm distinct reference to the bull,the lion and the scorpion, and it is also clearly indicated that at that time the star Sirius rose heliacally at the beo-in- ning of the rise of the Nile. ° This word heliacally requires a littlt explanation, writes Lockver in the Atneteeiith Century. The ancients,who had no telescopes and had to use their horizon as the only scientific instrument which they possessed, were very careful in determining the various conditions in which a star could rise. For instance; if a star were risino- at the same time as the sun was risinw, it was said to rise cosmicallv, but unl less certain very obvious precautions were taken, the rising star would not be seen in consequence of the presence of daylight. It is quite clear that if we observe a rising in the dawn it will get more and more difficult to observe the nearer the time of sunrise is approached. Therefore what the ancients did was to determine a time before sunrise in the early dawn at which the star could be very obviously and clearly seen to rise. Generally throughout Egypt the sun was supposed to be something like 10 degrees below the horizon wlTen a star was staled to rise heliacally. We find, then, that moro than 5,000 years ago the Egyptians were perfectly familiar with these facts and the difference between a cosmical and heliacal rising was perfectly clear to them. But the table at Thebes tells us, moreover, that the sun's journey in relation to some of the zodiacal constellations was perfectly familiar 5,000 years ago. ' These, then, are some of the more general statements which may be made with regard to the most important points so far discussed by those who have dealt with Egyptian astronomy, and it may be added that all this information has come to us in mythology guise. The various apparent movements of tho heavenly bodies which are produced by tho rotation and revolution of the earth and the effects of precession were familiar to the Egyptians, however ignorant they may have been of the causes; they carefully studied what they saw and attempted to put Iheit- knowledge together in the most convenient fashion, associating it with their strange imaginings and with their system of worship. Uigluu- ei'ilicism has not yot donu » lliiuy; to niuku IIHMI moro im'liuui ou PEOPLE WHO NEVER_ GO TO BED. Human \Vulfn Who Take a Nap In Any Convenient riuoe, A man charged with bogging once declared that he had not boon in bed for thirteen years; that ho took his rest in doorways and passages. This is nol a bad rocord, but many of .ho homoloss class could probably boat: it. Certainly thoro aro thousands—not only in England but all over the world —lo whom such a luxury as a bed is unknown; unfortunates obliged lo lay their heads in tho oddest places inni"'- inablo, to prevent thoir being rudofy awakened by the police. A sad no'or-do-woll lold tho writer that this was his principal lhoti"-lit for moro days than ho could count: 'Where should ho sloop that night? And he had a theory but for having this object constantly in view as ho trumped over tho monotonous pavements of London ho must have lost his laughed himsolf, in ho tlioug-hl of somo at "dosing out." Even lie, however, never stream, which was what por.soiis of liolh sexes IVs'th a ' which was warm, flowed from a uiill, and thti vagrants got into it aud coii- vortod u loi of stonos into temporary pillows. \ Kvoii peop\) with homos some slruugo reason. Ho after days, when of his experience slopt hi a some ihirtv did at Uudu- fow years back. The water, co ii Id to ties on this head. tell Fortune Seeking ami Angling. Angling is singularly like the pursuit of fortune in the lifowork of men and women. Tho average sportsman prefers to work all day for the capture of a single big lish rather than catch a score of little ones worth as much in the aggregate as the one showy and exciting prize. The lish that are'never landed are as fine as the business opportunities passed by, and the best fishing is always in some other place, just as the golden land of easy fortunes is forever in some distant part of the world. These observations are not particularly novel or valuable, but they will coma, again and again, into tho miticl of ouo who has'seen a prominent business man of this city cast a spoon hook with unremitting energy for hours where a solitary big pickerel had just been laiidod%,by another angler, in the vain hope that another fish equally large would bo as easily deceived by the shining luro.— Cleveland Leader. Money in an Old Shoo. It seems that somo people have a mania for concealing valuables in odd und ridiculously unsafe places A particularly odd case was brought to light recently. While looking over Iho cltoi-tsof the lute Alony.o Hetts in us room in Heading, Mich., a sis'tor found in a cheap momoi uinluni book thoso words: "You will find money in an old shoo." Oil'in 0110 side of tho room she found an old pair of arclio ovni-xhoos. and in ih,.in was $1,200 in money, checks and n.iios. An Early Astronomer. "Will, Will!" cried Dolly, running in great haste down the lano one bright spring morning. "Whoa! Good-morning," said Will, pullinff up the deacon's old horse, Steady, at the gate. "Much obligor) to you. 1't* sure, for coming down hero to see me," as he waited. "Don't tease, Will; I had a reason for coming, of course. Is Doacon Bracket at .home to-day?" "Yes. and likely to be for awhile. He cut his foot yesterday, chopping up in the pasture." "Is it a bad cut, Will?" "No—that is, only a flesh wound-but it will confine him to the house for a week or two, 1 stippp.se,. Are y.ou coming over to see him?" "No. of course not, but Aunt Serena wan toil mo to ask." "Oh. then she's coming!" unwittingly hitting on tho truth. "What can she be coming to see the deacon for?" -Well," replied Dolly, "I suppose sho wouldn't want anything said a'bout it, but we heard tho deacon wanted to sell the ten-acre Hold, and Aunt Serena will pay him as much for it us anyone else can afford to. It joins her lot, you know, and she always said it ought to belong.to the farm!" "So that's it," said Will; "didn't know, seeing it's leap year, but she might have some idea——" "Nonsense! I wish she had, though. She said only this morning, jokingly, she'd a good raind to propose to the first single man she mot. for hired help is worse than no help, and it will take all the crops she can raise to pay for raising them." "That's about the case at homo," exclaimed Will. "Mary Jane's mother's taken sick and sent for her this morning; I've just carried her to the depot, and the deacon's lame, and that leaves him with no housekeeper." "Dor-o-thy!" called her Aunt Serena, from the door. "The clo'ee aro bilin 1 nn' the bulter has eome." "And I'm coming! Good-by, Will!" "Good-by, Dolly; I guess Mi'ss Dania can buy the field."" Dolly ran into the house, and while her aunt stamped the golden balls of butter she deftly rinsed, wnino- and hung the snowy clothes on thu line. "Amil Serena," asked Dolly at dinner, just us her aunt poured out the second cup of tea, having noticed this was her most communicative time. '•Doacon Bracket is a nice man, isn't he?" "Law sakes, child, there ain't a bettor nowhoro about. Savin is a <- O od culkilulor; where you lind one .man Ins equal you'll lind ninety-nine wus ones." "So I ihouu'hl," observed her niece. 1 wonder why he nevor married?" "1 can't loll yon UjjU, I'm joke" ho 'imagined fie had on tho don. For he knew welt the man'i nature. Bashful to the last degred itt too, the company of tho opposite Be*, thd mere idea that Miss Serena might be coming with matrimonial intention* the was enough to overwhelm hiftJ with confusion. Meanwhile Miss Serena, having fih» ished ha£dihner. thought 9lieirt'"b*f.<ief set off at''once, not thinking" it best,*' its, she infdrrnnd Dolly, ?to -give thS doacon too long a time'to think it over anil set his price." ••• i So from his window, the deacon, who was nervously watching the road with a sinking heart, soon perceived Miss Serena steadily approaching; Indeed, had il nol been for his InmortesS, I am .not sure but lie would havd taken ignominious)}-, to flight. As it was. he felt he tmisl. "faco the situation. " "How do ye dew, doacon?" was Miss Serena's salutation, as sho cordially shook his gingerly yutstrelohdd hand. "Good artoriioon, Miss Damoj won't ye hov a ohoor?" "Thank yo," said she, I can't stop to set long, though I ni.u't in tin great of a hurry, either, but seein'as I come on biaiiess, I might as woll cum tow the 'pint!" Tho deacon winced, and Miss Serena, mistaking the expression, for a spasm of pain, exclaimed: "Your foot's powerful bad; ain't it, doacon?" "Considerable' so," thu doacon td- mittod. "What air you usiii' on it?" inquurnd. Miss Serena. >.. "I've boon wettin' it in this liniment. William got tu the village." sure. P raps the deacon's a little too particular. 'Taint every woman could suit him, brought up as he was." "No, I don't know but one, and that's you, Aunt Serena." "Don't bo foolish, Dorothy," said Miss Dame sharply. And Dolly, satisfied that her aunt would say nothlno- further on the subject, 'maintained a sagacious .silence. In the meantime Will had hurried home, whore he found the deacon lying on the lounge, groaning dismally witli the pain in'his foot aud tho n-on- eral condition of affairs. D "Did you get the liniment, William?" queried he anxiously. "Yes. sir. here it is. Shall I bathe your foot now?" "No, you may loosen the bandage a bit, though, ef yor a mind tow. How on uirlh we're goin' tew gj|, a | ono . till Mary Jano conies back is more'n I know." "Well," answered Will, after an inspection of tho larder, "there's plenty of cold ham and three loaves of broad (iinl I can boil eggs and roast potatoes, so we shan't starve for a whila I guess." "Mebbe we might git Brother John's widder awhile." " 7'otliccnry stuff." said she, sniffing at it coiuo.inptuously; "hov ye gotany arniky tlowors in tho liouseP" Tho deacon thought likoly that might bo somo soniewhar. hnd,*havin<> procured them, Miss Serena "reok'ne2 she'd better lay off hoi- bunnit and shawl and set, 'em stoupiu 1 ." "How long aforo you *expoct Mary Jane back?" 'naked slin. "J can't tell," said the deacon, "fur her mothiir's look down with sciatik roomatiit am! tlinr's no knowiii 1 when she can get away." "Well, you nir'tinfortinit." exclaimed. Miss Serena; "seuin's I'm here I'll tidy up a bit for ye." So, little thinking the words she had spoken in just to her niece that morning had reached the deacon's,oar, shu.sut to work and soon restored, the household to its wonted order. "Thar, now." said she, ahnkin"- up the pillows on the lounge, "seems to me you'd bo more comfortable here, deacon." "Mebbe so," said he. hobbling along to the lounge. lyin<ron which ho mentally decided; it had rested him juse to^soo Miss Serena work. Then the deacon remem bored that she was called the best housekeeper for miles around and t.hat her butter and c.heesn always took the_preniiuni at the county fair. To bo sure it must on hard for horto look after everything indoors and out. • B "There ain't many wirnmin," thouo-ht the deacon, "could 'a clone as well^aa she has." "Now, deacon," said Miss Dame. baving, ns sho expressed it, strajo'ht- «ned the house out a bit, "you want to mix equal parts of alkyhol with the arniky when it's stooped einilf and it'll be muster good for your foot, I'll warrant. Wull, I declare," she went on, "in all lhn time I've been here, I hain't dono my arrant yit. l' ve been thinking. deacon, scuin 1 your laud mine, ef you wanted -- <• "I do ," interrupted the deacon, what this plane nneda is a m.istresa, and et you ru u mind tew cum __ " "What?" exclaimed Miss Serena. "As Mrs. Daacon Bracket," ho lined con- As this was the first offer Miss Serena ever had sho behaved creditably, for she promptly answered: "I'll cum,"deacon." So Miss Serena loft the house where she had lived'so many years to pass the remaining ones al Deacon Brack- ots as the deacon's wife. But the D.-ime homelead was not long unten- antocl, for tho next yoar Will and Dolly wore married and moved there. But iifiithor of them ever know whether Aunt Serena proposed to tho deacon or the deacon proposed to Aunt Serena. — lYaverly Mnyaginc. Grit on tho Scaffold. ''Speaking of bravado on the scaffold reminds me of a one-leg^d man 1 saw turned off in w«er.m> n n n « i Will, promptly; she going for her," The originator of tho theory that the earth is round is probably Tluiles of Miletus, about 6-iD li. C. Ho not Duly taught that tho earth wu» globular in form, but of tho tivo zones, some of the principal circles of iho sphere, tho capacity of tho moon and tlio true Of opurse oj tU<| luuar eclipses. "Can't," said isn't at home." "Then it's no use groaned tho deacon. "Not a miglit," replied Will. «B V the way, when I camo by tho Dame's place, Dolly came down to tho ./ato and said her Aunt Serena was oom!n« over here this afternoon." " "Comin'liere this afternoon I" echoed Is'pto 0 ""' " Il ' S ab ° Ut tha 'fenoln', "Na " said Will «l gues3 not-I think —-i—tuut is —then desperately, "U' 8 leap year, you know." "And what of it 'tis?" queried the deacon, obtusely, "Nolliing-oniy-well. I heard Miss Damo saicf slio'd a good mind lo take ucl vantage of aVboing loap voar. You •oo she's plagued alxful gelling help took it'" li(J03no0(1 » man loovo'i-l "William," said iho deacon, blushin" moln a --""° lgir1 ' " y ° U tlo "' t ' " uvu " . "I do, loo," returned Will, not during to moot Iho deacon's eye "Well, that boats all!" Ztt™ 1 ™* 1 ^? out.of hearing. L i rw • ---- nr^ ** »*••**»* turned off in western Pennsylvania when I was a boy," said Roger Blakesloo. "He was known to have killed nve men. He had lost a W while trying to add a sixth' to hi! string, but nnally recovered, was tried and sentenced to hang. The execution took p ace m the courthouse yard and thousand people gathered to it, McCoy, for that WM «5 several witness , eriimnal'B name, ascended the scaffoJd ' by uis crutch. "When asked if he had an 'af- S ay he replied that he" ^uldffi^say £mi r '?• IUS liddle - Ifc was brou<£J and, standing on the death-trai- ha played a lively air, handed the vi Ii to t'ue sheriff and with the aid of hi« crutch danced a jig on the trap H| then announced tEat ho was ready the black cap «prung. The rope brokT^nd afte? being carried back oa the scaffold more dead than alive he asked how long ,fc would take to procure anotheT on«. TT D ,,,.,o lold about ten «<uer „„„-. n one. Us was to the woodshed, where ^L^m^^mm^wi,^ tlnluok,, rn on lea, | U v it l n notion U,u ' o come i,uo"R, " |K) ^ such an od tll> > workl

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