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THE UPPER nESM()lNES.AG(iNA.l(WA.WKI)XfesiMY. APRIL fi.,lgjg. CITY OF VISIT TO THF/ QUAINT OLD TOWN OF THK SCRll'Tl : llKS. I... THE CRAULIO OF CHRISTIANITY IS T.I1K I'ASTURIO LAND OF 1'ALKSTINK T.IHO HOLY LANOl AS SHKN BY CHARL10S F. K10NT, OF THH CHICA/JO UNIVIOKSITY. Intel- Ocean: It. was curly In Ihe morning of a dimr, cloudless tiny tluit wo bade good-bye to Klin, slnno-lmllt Hebron. KvoUy member of the ptirty was' evidently glad to leave this old homo of tlio l.'at riurehs. Nestling In Its narrow valley. It Is very fulr at a distance, but Moslem fanaticism, which claims this town us Us stronghold., ha shrouded Us natural beauties with n gloom that Is oppressive. El Ishnin has thrown si ones not only til; Christian travelers, but at alt enterprise, uutlJ It now enjoys that complete stale of stagnation peculiar to only purely Moslem towns. Even our little Arab horses draw long sighs of relief u« they struck the Jerusalem road, the first deserving the title of road on wlilch they had planted foot for many days. Over hill> and along the edges of fertile valleys tills runs, smooth and broad, an object lesson Illustrating what science can contribute, toward communication In Palestine. Ono either, side, low-lying and fin from Impressive,' extended the famous iTtuleau. mountains, A New Knglandoi would hardly concede that they wen worthy of the same hills. The strikint, flagged peaks and deep valleys of i granite or volcanic formation are quiti lacking on this soft limestone platan of Central Palestine. There is some tiling very peculiar in the scenic effect of these bare, gray, rounded hills. Few . trees except In the vicinity of towns break the monotony of the lUiii'dsea.pi It is one mass of stone. We passed ; fow Hocks of sheep, almost lost to sigh among the bowlders, as they seurohe< for the scattered bunches of grass. With each llock was a shepherd. On- young lad w.is playing on his null rustic pipe, and a,s we listened to tin plaintive, quavering strains we reali/.et that we wore still in the Old Testament and passing the very rocks umoiiL, which Israel's great poet fed his fa tlicr's flocks A. little detour brough us to the so-ou.llwl I'ooLs of Solomon three huge rectangular reservoirs ii which from lime immemorial has beei stored the precious water that gushi in a copious stream from Ihe spring above, 'lip a gradual assent, and by degrees Bol.hlohom, the city of the Nativity, unfolded Itself to our view. Tin 1 two hills—milled like Ihe Siamese twins, by a. lit Ho ridge upon which •the town is silim.ted—give It a'promi- nence above Its fellows, which renders the effect decidedly imposing. The most striking feature is the while mass of the castle-like cloister of the Franciscan and Armenian monks. With their thick wa.lls, broken onliy by little windows, they are veritable citadels of defense against Ihe attack alike of Moslem or the equally insidiuos .summer heat. About (hem cluster the low. Hat-roofed stone houses of the town. 'As wo rode single tile through the narrow streets we fell: Ilia! we had passed from tlu> Old to the New Tosfament. The memories of the Uethlehomito King si III flourish only in the free air of the country. In tin 1 territory about early Christian tradition, so facile in identifying, has pointed out many scenes of Mis early life. The only place which strongly appeal* to Ihe traveler Js on the northern edge of the town, a rude well, some twenty-live feet deep, with water at Ihe bottom which Indi call's the presence of a spring. Inasmuch as tills is the only living sprln. in the town (the water supply being obtained from cisterns there arc good reasons for recognizing In this the "well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate." Guided by tradition, on descending the deep declivity to the oast of tho town, wo lind ourselves in a deep, narrow, treeless valley which boars tho name of the "Fields of Boa/.." Unlike the terraeiMl, vine-clad hills about the remainder of the city here wo Und-a devoted to tho raising of j ivitlng olomrht was. (Mlristiun. The aces of the InliabUnnts coirorboratcd his. In' tlu' fair, ruddy .complexions of ho girls, who in beauty far surpassed my wo had seen In Palestine, wore un- iib("dly traces of the bloml of the ild entsMdors. About .thoir faces, like he frame to a fair picture.; wore strung misses nf coins, copper or silver, according to the" wealth of the owner, ll'lcii her entire dowry i* thus oxhibit- Ml, which must represent a groat sav- ng of time and toilsome ^invoRtlgation For Iho prospective Bethlehem -lovers. Slowly we picked our wr-iv along the Itrfy. slippery si roots, lined on each side with the open workshops and 1m- /Mit of 1ho city. Tho siipjilylhg of the loinand for relics from this holy place furnishes occupaitinn ;for -the greater [i:irt of the population; There we saw Ihom manufacturing rosaries, mofhor- f-pourl carvings, and the innumerable little trinkets of olive wood, which every pilgrim must bring home as tit certificate of his pilgrimage, just as the crusaders brought buck ids palm branch. A.I last we reached Iho open plue< before Ihe Church of the .Nativity. Here all was one groat jumble. Booth;with morchaiull.se of every, description, venders of vegetables hawking theii far-from-invlling wares, tourists dismounting, beggars in tatters calling for backshecsh, and,.strange contrast to all this confusion, on one side a family ot Bedouin Arabs had pitched their dirty black tent and wcro cooking their meal over a few burning sticks. Tho Orient is surely tho lace'whore-every one does what and how he pleases. Opposite this modern representative of the old Hainan forum rose a black mass of buildings, more like a fort than a church, with its doors .walled up, iinti a little opening barely four feet high alone remains. This a pleasing reminder that the Moslems have a disagreeable habit of riding Into Christian, sanctuaries when the opportunity offers, After our dinner at the "Hotel Betide- hem" wo bowed low before the holj place and found ourselves beside tin Turkish soldiers within the dark vest! bulo which leads to the Church of tlu Nativity. Groping along a few steps came into tho light and found no dif ficulty in boliovedng that we were ii the oldest church in Palestine. Th( severe simplicity of the old basilica which, appears |in tho most; ancien churches at Home, was here oven more marked. Four rows of pillars-—two on cither side of the nave—rose to a. peak. Tho columns were monoliths of soft, redish marble, iuterspersod with white veins. Thejy are especially interesting boca.use of the traces upon them of .the old armorial bearings nf tho crusaders. fTho basilica is in ml or the common charge of tho three churches, the Greek, and Armenian, which have thoir chapels on the south of the ancient, sanctuary, and the Latin on the north. "Every olio's duty proves no one's," so that, this lone survivor of the days of ConsUinUne shows many traces of its Hftooii centuries. Advancing through OIK? of the long aisles we passed by a sido door into tho Greek chapel which Is separated from the baislica by a high wall. All about are hung the quaint pictures and ornamentation of the old By/.anlino and Oriental Greek art, which stirs one's curiosity and risibility rather than reverence. amo over us, and tho unfeeling hiiim- norlos of n priest, as ho rattled oft -iome pmyors over a, ba*kot <>,t sacl-ed •dies which an enterprising saWimm nought In to have consecrated, did lot affect us. As the genuine, 'living •ock was beneath, though concealed very olfoclnall.V by this outside trump- >ry', so Chvistianity has a true life and "x'lstcnce although thus concealed by 'ho formalism and sham of. .Oriental ;!hristian!t.v. Having oivclod a chin-ch over one lacrcd shrine, monkish ingenuity of the fouWh and fifth centuries wasihot slow n grouping under tho .same roof !l collection of minor shrines. A_ sleek priest •ondnefod us by undergrouiid passage's to Hie places where the 'Magi WOT shl pod. the Infant Christ,' where the vision appeared commanding tho Holy Family to flee to Egypt, _to the chapel whore Ihe innocents were bulled, land lo many tombs of the saints. One rock- cut room -did Interest 11s exceedingly. since Ihoro .Ioi'i,imo livodVund wrotp and dloil. From there ho son! forth tin Latin liMiisliitton of ..the Bible, tin Vulgate, which today. Is. accepted authority of the Catholic church.,, Such is Iho Botliloiiom of today- to which our thoughts turn at ciiristmas- lido. It rises, as of old, grimi stone- built, with its emerald settlng' : of vineyards and olive, trees, reproducing much of the life und customs which; prevailed a.t. the beginning of our''era, while' Us business activity, Its nuriies, and Its very'buildings are like so i'nany index- lingors. all pointing to that one event 1 which has forever Immortalized this/ little town anil,brought joy to'all the woUM. .. Charles I". .Kent. THOUSAND 1 YIOA14S "BEFOHK CO 'LtJMBUS.' Tlhe Tradition of Ancient Chinese ages,to Mexico and Alaska. Voy- There Is. a man in ,this city, says a- San Francisco letter to the Now York Sun, who would strip not only Columbus, but even Lief, the Norwegian, of his honors as the first and only original • 'A MEXICAN" ROMANCE. it Involves IjQye, Rivalry; Kidnaping, / Hanson), arid Revenge. lii Sari Francisco there Is an.Old Vote' Club, a-l.iody.of ol'.llimors, who tell of all.they have seen since , The days of old,. Tlie-da.VS of gold, Arid- the days of luviy-'rino. Air.oii.w Iliom is .1. S. iloiise, \vllo settled ii. Akxieo forty odd years !-go, y,<>\-. r. gt od I'anch, fell In love wl'h the SV'-'alihy >,-'< W'rilu Inox Vuiosqiio/. and had for a,' rival one Senor Romero, who sustiiin;.'d close relation with' some outlaws "liiIhe Sierra, Mudru, The rest .may 'best told in . Air; House's own words,.to a reporter of the San Francisco Examiner-: • "One evening, while riding over to • thclmcliotidulof my prospective fa I ho.t in-lu,AV|. a lasso was thrown over my head and settled about my amis, pinuin them-to iny wide. My horse wont on, but I, stopped. A •minute Infer I AVUS sumnmdod by a down as villimious looking Greasers as ever cut a flu-oat, They, bound me securely, carried me up into tho mountains and anchored me in a cave that, was evidently tho re- pository'of plunder secured by robbing excursions'. I suppose they intended • /to"hold 1 mofoiMvuisouv, and. j opcuoc| negotiations with them. "1 learned that Romero had employed them to 'assassinate mo, and that they liad captured inns instead 1 'ajlul proposed to servo the master AVho paid best. If Romero bid 'more to liave me killed' than I could pay for my life they would draw a knife across my throat. • If I outbid him, I was five .to return, and 'settle with him. Romero's, puree was long;, hit* hatred infinite, arid 1 fully expected that, he would..mime a. price that I could not pay. " ; "After they had opened negotiations with him, however, I chanced to overhear their conversation. Romero would not raise the original price. $1,000. They came to me and told mo that, he hhd 'offered $10,000 for my life. I saw through tho game and replied that if-- 000 fo1 ' release. discoverer of the American continent.! J would only pay Ho believes that he has indisputable Thp > r '""do «. pretence of preparing proof, that the Chinese monks, Inspired 1 , f^"';^ 0 ^™": !"i" * tOfHl tll>m ' !lnd by missionary..ze'al, visited, colonized, and .attempted If) o.ivili/.e the western coast of America 1,000 "years or more brfore Columbus ever dreamed that' ho might sail the world round. Tihis is tho Rev. Frederick .1. Masters, superintendent of Chinese missions of| the Pacific'ctiust, who has spent, seven-j teen yours—nlue in China and eight in. they accepted my price. "It was some days before I could arrange tho payment, and then I returned to have it out with Romero arid resume my attentions to tho young lady. What was my surprise to find him coming to my i':vscno. "While wo wore quarreling nbout the girl a Frenchman stepped in and mairiod her. Ronu-ro wanted til ho is almost as familiar with them: as hie is with the English; • | Among the Hirst things in the Chinese' literature that interested him. was the tradition of Wieir dis?ovoiy of Amoiri-i ca. and he has studied everything he> could find in that tongue bcrarii.r-s upon. 1 the subject,, comparing with their statements the collateral proofs to be found in this country. The'result is that he is thoroughly convinced of the Chinese, claim.' "The Chinese stoiv;;" s:tys Mr. Mas- affair did nol. cud differently. A WOMAN .FED A WILD FOX. And Now It Comes Around For Breakfast Regularly lOvory Morning. Hut one cannot linger long while ific goal of tho pilgrimage is imaltainod, and so we found ourselves ore long descending by a stoop stairway which lends down under a half-sunken archway to the chapel of the Nativity. The darkness was only partially dispelled by the thirty-two silver lamps, each •if which seemed to contribute but. a ilrop of light. Ill the obscurity the lirst object that we clearly distinguished was the Moslem sentry,"stationed (hero, im in hand, to keep the various Christian factions from lighting at this very cradle of the faith. This discovery did not inspire a very strong fooling of awe or reverence. Excepting the darkness and the descent, to reach it, no one would suspect that this space, about i>5 foot, long and 10 wide, was a grotto cut out. of the soft lime-stone, rock. Tho walls arc covered with mai'bl'?, and hung with antique gold cloth and pictures. Beneath an altar oh the oast side is it silver star, 20 inches from tip to lip, over which, according to tradition, the Star of tho East once rosrod. Tho open center of the star discloses tnrs, "is that about. TJ400 years ago — possible .a' little more—a party c.f Chinese Buddhist'" niouks, fired by missionary Heal, sot. out to spread their religion throughout the world and One morning this winter Mrs. Byron ! ,T. Ma lies of Ash Hill, in Ovington town. i ship, spied a fox creeping sti althily of the truth j ti u . OU gh, tho snow a short distance back of her henhouse, says a Scranton^ Pa. correspondent of the New York 'Sun. Shi: was pooping through a crack, and tho fox looked so lank and hungry that sill 1 foil sorry for it. She didn't want to scare it away so she puckered up h/or lips and Squeaked through tho at a period, as is shown by the history 01 ,. u . 1 . .,, |1S (o ., (log Tlu , fox of the time, when 'unusual teuthuslasni prevailed over tho Buddhist religion throughout China. i "This partj' of monks—there wore live pricked up his cares, raised one paw and stared at the crack. Mrs. Mapos made the noise with hvi- lips again, and the Inquisitive fox gave a slight wink of them—sailed toward tiho rising sun, and crept nearer to the henhouse. Shft arid the description of their trips across continued to squeak through tho crack, the 'Politic Is .definite enough to enable! and the fox sat up and worked his lips one to trace their route across the and nostrils a.s if ho had scont.rd somtv ocean. | thing good to oat. "They found a continent and one at The animal looked so thin and fa in- fed, and the kind-heart oil woman won't allow anyone to harm It. One morning Mrs. Mapes wasn't feeling well, so Mr. Mapes went out to food the fox. It took to Its legs wlWn ho throw the intmt. over the fence, ami. It didn't return until the following morning, when Mis.' Mapes talked to it ar few niAiiilites. and got it to licfc her .hand;. Th n she fed ,it. and since iliat lime she hasn't permitted'-any of the family to go near it. SKATING. ON ARTIFICIAL 1CK. low Pleasure-Loving PmNlons Have Tieeh Knjnying Thomsolvrs All \Vlnt<rt'. The French', though -ini Industrious and thrifty race, thke their pleasure very earnestly, and the Pa.rish'ji is the !'oi : ,jonilication of gayoty.' Although he is Ihe best In summer, when the sun IM always shining and he can pnss his life in tho open all', ho'is as keenly dive to the attr.iotlonx of winter ro- •ivaiions as his ('anadi'Mi brothoiii) and while people in other lands have been complaining of the intermittent nature of this winter's frosts he has been •skating on genuine: Ice since Oct. 1 In^t. A skating' rink oft artificial loo lias licoii constructed in Paris forty meters in length by eighteen in width. As-described by a correspondent of tho SI. Louis Globe-Democrat it consists of a cement, and cork floor resting.upon !i perfectly light metallic foundation upon which is arranged a series of conned od iron pipes ha.ving a total length of 5.000 motors. Tho building is supplied with steam engines and. the necessary machinery for converting the amnioninea.l gas into liquid ammonia, which is led' into large reservoirs or refrigerators, 'where It expands with tho. production of cold.. Having returned to the gaseous state it is taken up again by the machines, which force it anew info the condensers, and so on indefinitely. The,same supply of ammonia, servos over and over again. The lowering of tho. temperature produced % the expansion is utilized for cooling an .nncongei'.ilablo .liqnii.l (solution of calcium chloride) which circulates in spirals in the center of the refrigerators. This, liquid, Is'forced Into the pipes in the floor of the rink. Each section derives its supply from two principal conduits, into which there is a. constant flow of the chloride of calcium, solution cooli-d to a 'temperature that varies according to the velocity of tho circulation, which can be regulated at will. When the external temperature Is not. very high all that has to bo done is merely to keep the Ice in condition, and n few degrees below zero will suffice—while, on the contrary, when the upper s.irainm, or even the entire rink, has in be renewed a ti.-mperat.ure of 15 ID 2(1 degrees below may be needed. Tho surface is renewed every night. First. Ihe snow produced by the blades of tho skalcs i.s removed, and then a sheet of water is spread by means of a pump over the ice and kept in circulation during the entire period of congelation in order to give a. perfectly oven surface. In order to prevent Ihe spirals from producing changes of level through the contraction due to the differences in temperature to which they are subjected, they are composed of pines that enter each other with friction to a. certain length. They thus form slides that allow of a- certain play. Moreover, in ./order thai, their temperature shall bo a.s uniform as possible, care is taken to frequently change the direction of the current. In this way a uniform mean tempera: turo In tho entire circulation is secured. Tho hall is decorated with winter Scotland lit by electric light, and the lhat leads them into tf.io corral wit districts have different days. ^ ting out oil the round-up, and slaughter goes on through March April It is ' safe to say that rabbits aro tSwis killed ovei of the state. As nt that In that part qpimon of the vear iw» "i* • ••""••—-— L in excollont 1 condition and the unlma is h'"hlv esl'eenlcd as food a fwo-foKl bnofif is derived from this jn'oat yearly a,!,, jack rabbit is the biff- in existence, one Hve feet not uncommon. They the wind, but gost long iubbit being will ate sit still their mule-like oars, but before you haw closed your lingers n ItuMii there will bo no rabbit there, but if you look tlnr- tv or 1 forty yards ahead you will soc what, von think is another onelmmpod up In' a Huffy bnrieh, wnlfiiiK for you In 'the same way. 'But K won't be another rabbit. It will be the same one. Tliov are as swift and sudden as the fleas tliiit swarm on them as soon as Iho summer cnmos.Thoso fleas get so thick upon the jack rabbit: and are so ravouoiis that, toy have actually reduced the long-eared, four-footed Jump,. r to a skeleton by tho time the fa,U rains sot in. 11 it wiHii'1. for these regular fall rains tho fleas would be of great servous to us in dost tvi, -ing the rabbit pest, for the rabbits could not stand out: many days longer against the assaults of the lively parasites. 'Pmi water kills them and washes them oft the rabbits and the latter pitch in on our vineyards and orchards and grain with sharpened appetites." . CANNING IN FIIANCK AND AM 151 1 f- CA. i «-ad Poisoning Said to be an Impossibility In the French Motihwl. "You should have a law in America such as we have in France," said T. B. Ktrkland of Bordeaux, France, to a St. Louis Globe Democrat reporter. "By our laws such a thing as load poisoning in canned r;oods is an ini possibility. Here it Is a very groat probability. Our svstem is known as the outside; older s'vstom i'.nd it is utterly impossible for '"' lead <o come in contact with tlta s. Your system is all inside solder, can'is first opened tho goods used right away. Some people, however; use a portion of the cou- lonts and penult the balance i<> avmam •standing over' night. Now, im mediately 'the can is opened and the air strikes It a change takes plai'o I" <"<•' 1m iUU ] lead, and when- the goods are allowed to stand, in tllio open can tin for lead poisoning are very ; canning fruits and conntrv yon pursue tho goo.l W;hen tho should be chances; reat. In vogetal)le.s in this a. very different. cans have . That is The front, least of them, Lay Sang by iiame ; ishod that the desire to food it took stiijycd in that now country forty years, possession of and then relumed t'o his native land and she had some the kind-hearted woman, scraps of moat on a plate level spaci grain. Hero tho reapers cut Iho grain; with rude sickles, and Iho Kuths still the bed-rock, whilo abovo it nms the Latin inscription: "Hie do Virgino Maria Jesus Christus Nat us Ks't" (''Here .lesus Christ was born of the Virgin Maay"). At Ihe. right, a few slops away, also richly hung with lamps and pictures, is Hit* traditional manger, now encased in marble, far different, from tho simi)lioity of that scene which all this gold and glitter is intended to coin- wrote such a. description of that far clime, its people and their customs, as plainly shows it was Mexico ho visited. "Several trips across HIM ocean must have been made, and on one- of these| their vessel must have, sailed farther north. The tradition of thoir visit still remains among the. Alaska, Indians, and Chinese coins bearing date previous to the lime when the voyages were j made have been unearthed upon Alas- kail shores. "It is iny opinion thai; a good many Chinese must have made (Ihclr way to these shores, for the Indian tribes of this western coast .show so much similarity in appearance, language, and cus- that she had brought out for tit' hens, and whilo the fox was watching tho crack Mi's.'Mapew tip-food fo tho hen yard and tossed the moat over the pickets. Tho fox gave a. start when the meat Ml on the snow, but its hunger quickly overcame its fear, and it turned about and began to devour tho moat like a, lumlgry dog. Mre. Mapes ran back to the crack and chirped at the fox, and the fox wagged Its ta II and glanced that way sf-veral times. There was enough moat for a. good meal and tho fox scampered oFf as soon as it had gobbled it down. Mrs. Mapos was pleased to think she ! had succeeded in inducing the fox not to make a raid in liier poultry and the way the poor follow ate did her good. cry -- •• • -» __-. temperature is carefully regulated and) usually maintained at between 15 and 18 degrees. CALIFORNIA RABBIT KOUND-UPS. lu which Thousands Are Corralled and Killud to Save fho Vineyards. plan from Ihe French. On but one piece of soldoriil! on tho outside and down whore th.e can is joined. When the can is filled a. light elastic, band is placed inside. Then the lop is milled to the i can 1*.- machinery. It, is then placed ! in the steam bath and allowed to cook ' for twenty minutes or half nn hour, sometimes as much us forty minutes according to the goods. Tho air escapes through the elastic band and flhe pores of the can. In America the soldering of Iho can is all on the inside. When it is tilled the top is snUloivd on and then it Is placed In the steam bath. Instead of being uJIoAved to remain tin witlU us, your cans arc never hi the bath over' five minutes. Then tho top is punctured with an awl, and the air rushes out. After the air has escaped the hole in tho lop is covered Avitli a- drop of tot solder, which must naturally come In contact with the goods Fruits that aro canned AA-ilh the pits, such as prunes and cherries, you can buy very cheap at this time of the year, as'they arc very apt to ferment. But they ar'" not', very good as a rule." Fresno county, ready for their 1 , ~ -, ,1.11 ,,,,4,.,r fl, , J- ' »Y.IY Illl' IMIUi A17J.1,F» ll\V \llll. J«V,'4 ^.;WVA. ! <mis toU : t ' 1) ;'° 1)1 ' ! . 1>t1tl : t .. ( :^ 'li^'Sshe. didn't think she would over seo glean, although it is to bo feared that j tho character of Boiix has sadly j changed with time. To the west the steep path climbs tho hill to the town above, up which doubtless Ihe fair Moubitoss toiled with her ephah of barley poised on her head in tho same nuuuicr as we saw women of Be-ihle- hem currying their burdens. From the city the purple mountains of Moub, the homo of tho heroine of this beautiful idyl, appear very near, rising bold and abrupt through the mists that are over ascending from the valley of death below. The watens of the Dead Sea are loo far down in thoir deep chasm to be. visible oven from the heights. Beyond Bethlehem the Fields | of Boa/—a twenty-live minutes' walk ; from the city—aro the traditional fields of the shepherds. Tho identification is ^ but tho fond fancy of a credulous ago, t but among just such rocks and In Just > such stony valleys shehords were watcliing thoir flocks eighteen centuries ago when tho "greater son of David" i was born. Even without the toASTi tho well(kept Mneyords (and extensive olive oivluii-ds had testified that tho prcdom- i memorate. One long's to soe all this j turn away, but, alas! Oriental taste is far dilTorenl from that, of the West. As we sal on one of tho throe stairways which load down from each of the three churches and thought of the associations of the place a different mood came over us. The identification of this rock-cut grotto alone, of the thousands which tradition has handed down, dates, beyond question, to a. time preceding Iho reign of Conslaii- linc. J'nstln .Martyr, writing al the hc- gimiing of Iho second con liny, speaks of a certain cave very close lo the village of Bethlehem at* Ihe birthplace of the Christ, child. On Iho oilier hand cannot bo dismissed as accidental. "Take a Chinaman who has worked sovral years under tho burning sun of Iho interior plains, lot his hair grow aroiid his nock, and wrap a blanket ivund him, and it is impossible to select, him from a group of naive Indians. His features and stature are near);',' Ihe same, and a summer or I wo under the. hoi sun will make his complexion iden-j tical. In native stoicism tllioir tempera- 1 mcnls are much alike, and (here is much similarity between the Chinese language and Ihe tongue of the Digger Indian. "The Indian marriage customs, thoir her wild friend again, but when she 1 entered tho li/.'inhouso tho next morning she saw the fox gazing at the crack as before. It was sitting on its haunches in the snow, and when Mrs. Mapos made tho noise with her lips it cocked its head, shook its tail, and looked wistful. Mrs. Mapos throw some meat over the pickets and fho fox pitched into it as though it had come a long way and was in a hurry . While it was eating she snid, "Hero foxy! Here foxy!" to it through the crack, and at thA sound of her voice it stopped its jaws and listened. Mrs. Mapos continued to call to it in a, low tone, she made tho fox i the USD of .such a grotto is neither out i oil accord with Iho gospel narrative i nor without many analogies oven in I 114'eslino today. Modern thought In i discovery is experiencing a tremendous : reaction against all traditional toslimo- i ny The danger now is thai it will go much too fur. If we arc to accept this at all wo have good ground for seeing in the present cave, thus obscured with- what Is Intended to ornament, thai spot whore the Great Teacher was Inmi. Memories of tho graaul oratorios of i Christmas scenes of our childhood, of I the Influences that ; have gone forth i from this spot to encircle the globe method of calculation, und certain phus-j listen so long that it took twice the es of their religion bear Chinese murks time to eat that it did the day bofoir. as if a. stronger eivUi/ulkm had ondcuv-' Tho fox was on hand behind the honored to impress Itself upon a house next morning, and Mrs. Mapos or physically and intellectually, but 1 )' throw some, raw fresh meat over the hurt only left traces of Itself Ijwiuse Its. foneo to it. She called "Hero foxy! representatives had been comparatively Hero foxy!" to it a number of times "The people California, aro annui rabbits," vine Sun spring systematic raid on those destructive posts wo would have scarcely a vineyard or 1111 orchard left, in southern California. On one day in March, generally between the 10 Hi und 15th, the grape und small fruit growers collect together in their respective districts and beat tho country thoroughly to drive tho swarming jack rabbits from their hiding places into immense wlre- iiicloscd corrals where tluw are at tlu.v mercy of their pursuers, ami. are then; knocked in the head with clubs by tjio thousand. I have known 15,000 jack rabbits to be slaughtered in this way! in a few hours. More Hum that, Ilicso rabbits arc such prolilic breeders that every one killed in March or April moans that there Avill bo twenty-live or thirty loss than there would have been if the rabbits knocked in the head in .the spring had been permitted to live until the fall. Those round-ups are the only moans we tiuvo over discovered by which this groat pest has boon kept down. Tho rabbits aro unusually fond of tho yomiK .shoots of the grapevines, when "dimly" make their appearance in tho spring, and of the tender bark of prune, plum and other fruit trees, when the! sap starts.I have known twenty acres ] of vineyard mined in a single night by WOMION'S WAGKS. The Forum.—In pursuit of a. livlihood, stop-gap. marriage, years afterward, she returns to it; an invalid and with dependents, her hand robbed of cunning; and sue- must, take her pluoo at l!Ue bottom of the ladder. Economically-, indpcd, slu> is yet an Industrial makeshift, rarely displacing man except at. half his pay. Again, being unorganized, women can-.. not light. Such trades unions as dare form are, for wunt of leadership, scotched by hard-hitting manufacturers at one blow, few associations surviving one formal complaint or strike. Shoo and tobacco unions Urnve obtained sul>- stanllal result's in shortening hours and raising pay. few in number. "Then the Assleo and Toltec lions show unmistakabl civilian- proofs of Mon- and the voice by fox had got so used to her that time that it didn't tak« any time to listen, and it ran across the field the moment', it had finished on I ing. 'Within a week, the fox became so tame age! am.'tiieir^^nns; as fur as possible! uiid confiding tliut it took tho meat to determine what these were-- that Is'from Mrs. M; similar to the Chinese that no pickets, coming closely other hypothesis than this of Chinese coloration of this coast will explain it.",. sf »i« 'Here foxy •p' hand between the toward her when she ! Hero foxy! Mrs. Mapes' wild pet has got fat. but it still cornea around eyery morning to bo tho chopping of the shoots by ISiese animals, and whole orchards of valuable bearing trees killed by tho rubbltk girding them. 1'oisou, traps, ; and gups failed to kill off tho rabbits fast onouandt, and fruit growing in that part of WHITTIKH'S LAST LI NIGS. I would not If I could repeat A life wHiIoh still is'igood and sweot; 1 keep in ago, as in my prime, A not uneheorful stop wilh time, And, grateful for all blessings sent, I go thi! common why, content To make no new experiment. On easy forms with law and fate, For what must be I calmly wait, And trust the path I cannot see— That Cod is good sufltceth me, And when at last' upon life's play Tho curtain fulls, T only \n\\y That hoph may lose itself in truth, And ago in Heaven's immortal youth, And all our loves and longing prove. • Tho forecast of diviner love! fornia would necessarily have bee a great extent abandoned if a F county genius hadn't evolved tlh^ railing Idea five years ago. The ra are driven into the great wire-in! pound by huindrods of pleople.k women und children —closing in ^ them and preventing thorn froi any other dU'^oQon, except erned bi and a t" he was the Buy chow, your the Opera EtouW report reached Marhall, Mo., of m Tiblo tragedy committed on thd ?.~ljT.t a point midway between thab Sedalia, wherein four The viotli Udrlow t)nd| Peter Wolfoy. No ldUed . per- Grocfc jto th,o -

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