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jag WEES :om HOIKED ALGQNA., IOWA WEDNESDAY. MARCH 23,ISM.. FARM IB HOME, FOfe BELBCTED. fhat can ft bo> do. and where can a boy stay, t.he always is told to get out ol the wny ? e cannot sit here and he most not etaud there. fce cnahions that cover Ihnt flne rocking chair put there, of coni-ae, to be seen and admired; Bd a boy has no business to eyer get tired. he benntlful rosefc and flowers that bloom "i the floor of that darkened and 'delicate room. •e not made to walk on,, at least not by boye; Be house is no place, anyway, for their noise. Bt boys mntt walk somewhere; and- what II their, feet, • , |nt out of onr honses, gent into the •treet, onia step round the corner and pause at the boys' feet have paused often be- K, Jhere-other fore- lould pass through the gate-way of glittering |nere jpkea that are merry and songs that are warni Welcome! with flattering place for the bright tig out' a voice, hd temptingly say, "Here's a boys?'' il what If they should? What it your boy or mine ttould cross o'er the threshold that mark's ont the line vlxt virtue and vice, 'twixt pureness and d leave all his innocent boyhood within ? whatif they should, because you and I, •He the days and.the months and the years hurry by, too busy with cares and with life's fleeting make round our hearthstones a place for the 'here** a place for the boys. They will flml It . somewhere; • id If our own homes are too daintily fair Or the touch of their fingers, the tread of their feet, ey'll flnd it, and find it, alas I In the street, id the gildings of sin and the glitter of vice, bd with heartaches and longings we pay a dear ing 01 gain that oar life-time em- providing s place for the boys. ;he boys—dear mother, I pray, ittle .down round our short earthly ) r hearts will keep younger-your tired heart and mine— f «lve them a place In their Innermost shrine; to life's last hour 'twill be one of per in onS quart ot ammonia, -and then" adding four and one half gallons ot water. This does not harm the seed, and may entirely prevent the disease. If it does not, and the spots appear upon the.'pods of leases, epray them with a solution made of the same ingredients, but with twenty- two gallons of water instead of four and one-half. These remedies are easily tried* and may entirely remove the trouble from thin disease. Stimulating Fowls. We believe in stimulating fowls, but we want the stimulants to consist of such articles that will build up rather than tear down the constitution. We believe in rusty iron in the drinking water during damp weather of changing of seasons. We likewise believe in a piece of asafoe- tida, about the size of a hazienufc, wrapped up in muslin (a regular sugar teat), and placed in the drinking water when there signs o»: colds in the fowls. We be Heye in an occasional feed of chopped raw onions at night to maintain health. We believe in varied diet of good, sound grain and green food for eeK production. But picture in a certain light, he was startled. He thought he saw a look of hia lost child; He took the picture and went directly to a it with a glass, photographer. The artist examined it. we do not have much faith in the* condi- !gj goes a great ways with us. tion powders and eggs foods. A little • the getting of gain that oar life-time ., P'oys. Swefaiiin place for the bo cares settle, down round our sliorV earthly way, ' .. ' I't let us forget by our kind, loving deeds- show we .-(remember their pleasures and needs. Bugh our souls may be vexed with the prob- Vforn with beeetments and tolling and our we kept a email corner, a boys. place for the PAKM NOTES. '- Cow and Calf. hen a cow is due to calve puc her in a jMjpk stall a few days before the calf is ex- IMllrfo d, so that she will get used to her !$% quarters. If she is excitable after |ijshei calves don't go near her oftener than lislnecessary, and don't allow a stranger to fgo'near at all. ^•''^H j-Hfit:" Poor Stock. Hjfrlf farmers were as careful to get rid of Ipoor stock as to get rid of the weeds there .'•would be a ereat advantage gained. A ;i : scrub animal is on a par with a weed. It Stakes nourishment from better stock, and ^occupies room that could be used more .•prof|tably with something else. 'S;^P:- Good Butter. »@-The wholesale manner of making butter ;has/led to a like method of distributing it. ijflWJiJ 8 Jjot k est either for the consumer or The small dairyman who sup- own customers can usually get _., - v _ (1 , T _ats a pound more for good butter ^thanucan the commission merchant, who, from the lower price, must take commis- ^lonrfor selling. But to keep this home ^arket the dairyman must not only have ifgppd butter always, but the ice-cold room Egg powders may force a la-ger record, but will enfeeble the constitution. Many of the egg foods destroy the fertility. Condition powders may cure certain cases of sickness, but as a rule they destroy the future usefulness of the birds. Grit—good sharp grit—is the article that gives good health. Look at the number of cases of indigestio', all owing to the fact that the fowls have not the proper material to masticate the food. Indigestion is often taken for cholera. Lime makes egg shells. Along with the material to manufacture the egg, lime must be given to make the shells. A certain per cent, of litne'is found in the grains, but we liberally feed oyster shells to supply the balance. Keep the birds in a good condition- neither too fat nor too lean—and there will be less sickness and more eggs. Half starved hens can neither remain healthy nor lay eggs. It is false economy 1 to cut down the rations. Less corn and more wheat is the better policy. The science of feeding is not in stinting the fowls, but in giving them as much as they can eat of the proper feed. In other words, for eggs, stimulate the hens with such grains as wheat and oats—as much as they will eat up clean. For growing flesh, give them all the corn they wish. Stimulation in the right way is the proper thing to do. THE HOUSEHOLD. IiOVO, CBNTUBT. /togstore it 'ikarketed. and ice to go with it when Grooming the Cow. farmers like to work around cows br<ptber horned cattle as compared with those who are at home grooming the horse. Yetlthe brush and currycomb freely used in'ihe CDW stable add greatly to the corn- fprt':of animals and to their thrift and gO(jd,keeping as well. If tne cow is milked, W$? us " frequently used insures cloanli- ,ne|sjin milking arid is necessary. But - Mie young cattle, not old enough to milking 'age, should receive some It makes them gentle, and greatly the difficulties -in handling them this becomes necessary. , , 'WInterlfeedlnB. ff-The importance of a varied ration for iwiwter feeding is better understood than ItjUjed to be. Clover hay is perhaps as n$$r a perfect feed for horned cattle as any <*ne|but they will eat more if with clover wieyi have something else to give variety. (Jjrajn straw as compared with clover is jBjjch Jess nutritive, yet after eating clover a^d'grain stock will turn and eat a few mc-uthtuls of straw as a change. It is Wprth while to consult the taste of fattening^; animals especially, an by so doing they, can be induced to eat more and fatten Love came at dawn when all the world was fair, When crimson glories, bloom, and song were Love came at dawn when hope's wings fanned the air, And murmured, "I am life." Love came at even when the day was done, When heart and brain were tired, and slmnber- preesed; Love came at eve, shut out the sinking sun, And whispered, "I am rest." Mercy and truth are the wings of love. Life is made of small things, as a body is built up of cells. It is as bad to steal a man's peace as it is to take hia mo'ney. A kind heart is like a fountain in the desert, it makes glad everything in its vicinity. He who deserts truth in trifles cannot bfc trusted in matters of importance. To be gentle and of a sweet spirit is to have an army of angels working for you. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. _ One of the main planks in every Christian's platform ought to be an undying purpose to be merciful and true, If you want to hwve plenty of opportunities for doing good, bo sure that you do not neglect the first one. Some men get a reputation for bravery just because they are able to conceal how scared they are.— Somerville Journal. Talent, skill and force are invaluable qualities in human character, but without and said, "I can make a good picture of In about three weeks, on the day appointed,'the bishop went for the picture. The artist had completed ttie work, placed it in a beautiful frame, and. hung it on the wall. The bishop started back in astonishment. There was his. child, looking upon him as natural and beautiful as in life. Said _the bishop: "The image was all the while in the old picture, but my poor, imperfect eyes failed to discover it; though it was blurred, tbe artist with his glass, in the fight light, saw it, and brought to my vision the image of my darling. It may be that the imagR is blurred in us. Perhaps we are imperfect representations of the Christ. Perhaps our lives are not all that they should be. If this'is the case, let the refiner put us in the crucible till all imaginations and every high thing which exalteth itself against the Son of God shall be cast out, and every thought be brought into captivity and obedience to Jesus Christ. ABTIFICIAL SAND. Why It Ig More Useful f ban The Natural Sands. The notion of making sand ky machinery is probably one of the last which would occur to the ordinary inventive genius. In by far the greater part of the world sand in its natural state is sufficiently common, so that no market could be supposed to exist for an artificial product It is well known, however, that sand from a sea, lake or river shore, where it has been subject for ages to the action of water, is comparatively valueless for the purpose of making mortar. It is not, as the masons express it, 'sharp enough." Its grains have been worn round and smooth by the water, and mortar made of it is not as strong as that in which each grain, seen under a microscope, is like a jaerged little rock freshly cloven from a precipice. In certain regions this sharp "land "21, 1 s h ?' rd to 8 et - In the construction ot the fortifications at Nice, in France, it was found that the nearest bed of good sand was so far awaj that each cubic metre of good sand brought to the works would cost no less than 14 francs. U this price, it was cheaper lo manufacture the sand than to obtain it in any other way. J . . A sort of crusher, consisting of a swiftly revolving vertical shaft provided with successive shoulders or projections, ridged in such a way that they continually hurled against a stone wall the stones that were dropped upon them, was erected; and by means of this apparatus and excellent sand was made at a cost ot about four rrancs per cubic metre. The stone used-for the purpose was verv ue and very hard, and consequently made blue sand. Sand of this color is rarely met in nature, for tbe reason that the blue rocks are generally very hard and are seldom disintegrated or oeaten up into sand. r SHARPS AND FJUA.TS. TWO IDtLLS PROM BIO* frHE SMtRNEAH. Once a fowler, yonng'and artiest, To th» nniet greenwood came; Fnll of skill was he and heartless In pursuit of feathered game. And betimes he chanced to see Bros perching I» a tree. "What strange bird Is that, I wonder?" Thought tbe yonth, and spread his snare, Eros, chuckling at the blunder, Oayly scampered here and there, Do his best this dimple clod Could not snare the agile godl Blubbering, to his aged master Went the fowler In dismay, And confided his disaster With that curious bird that day; "Master hast thon ever heard Of so Ill-disposed a bird?" "Hear of him ? Aha, most truly I" Quoth the master with a smile; "Andthou, too, shall knew him duly— Thou art young, but bid awhile, •• And old Eros will not fly From thy presence by and by I "For when thon art somwhat older That same Eros them didst see, More familiar grown and bolder, Shall become acquaint with thee; And when Eroa comes thy way, Mark my word, he comes to stay I" H. Once came Venus to me, bringing Eros where my cattle fed— "Teach this little boy your singing, Gentle herdsman," Venus said. I was young—I did not know Whom It was that Venus led— That was many years ago I In a lusty voice but mellow- Callow pedant I. I began To Instruct the little fellow In the mysteries known to man; Sung tne noble cithern's praise, And the flute of dear old Pan, And the lyre that llermes plays. But he paid no heed unto me— Nay, that graceless little boy Coolly plotted to undo me With his songs of tender joy; And my pedantry o'erthro«rn, Eager was I to employ His sweet ritual for mine own! Ah, these years ot ours are fleecing! Yet I have not vainly wrought I Since to-day I am repeating What dear lessons Eroe taught; Love and always love, and then— Counting all thtn»s else for naught- Love and always love again I THE BIG OUAY blue self-reliance they are having no handles. like excellent tools pi!/ Treat the Colts Kindly. !§Kgentl6 horse is worth more than it <||pd be if not gentle, advises an equine Ber. What is termed viciousness in is frequently nothing but sheer tim- 4ft?' an( * a ' most invariably is the result treatment. Horses would not . to fear wuen il man approaches if they had been accustomed to re . .. -- . — hing . ,V' ar tht; fti'pro.ii'h ( f u human bo- '• I hey im< rontl or' b^ing petied, ami Blant kindness wi.l bt-come qiitc A nobbin of corn, a handful of [r|wor a little sugar offered them occas- P»'wly will gain their confidence, and they njpgraduairy lose all fear of mankind. of trustfulness thua inspired, resulting gentleness of dfsposi- ' ast through life, unless ad- •er|e; influences are allowed to interfere. KuBt on lieun Pods. dark spots upon the bean pods last ..aer ."were what isg commonly known 'lust," but scientifically callert anthrac- It also affects the leaves and the ,i of the plant and usually appears ^before it does upon the pods. Often j>ots do not penetrate deep enough to 'e bean, but in other cases they do, they injure the pods for use as •eans, it greatly hurts the sale of Its cause is unknown, but it is , iss of a fungus character, and dif- mewhat from the rust which may |used by working among the vines I they are wet, but often both may be Dr. Halsted has recommended as eans of preventing it that the seed Ishould be soaked for one hour berating, in a solution made by dis- three ounces of carbonate of cop- The Lady ami the Mirror, It is said by those who are fond of casting reflections themselves that no woman can pass a mirror without looking into This is sta'el gas fact, established by long observation, but no one has ever had the hardihood to try to explain why. A good many people have hinted that it was A Beautiful Ifnoo. Sombebody said it was a beautiful face ayd the second somebody who looked at it discovered it wasn't a young face, while the third someb9dy said it was not a correct face, but still they all united in saying it was a beautiful face. I will tell you how it happened to be so. It was the face of a woman who, in early life, when she was a girl, discovered that her face would only be beautiful if she did not allow herself to speak the pettish word, or think the unkind thought; that petulence and sullenness drew down the corners of the mouth until they made lines there- that anger gave her a corrugated brow, and tnat a violent indignation made her draw her lips close together, made them lose tbeir Oupid's arrow shape and become thm and pursed up. because the ladies wanted to admire the set of a bonnet, sparkle of a diamond or most audacious of all, their own comely- faces. It has remained for a little miss of four—and children speak the truth— to do tardy justice to her stx and prove that the habit is certainly not dup to personal vanity. This little girl the other day climbed into a chair, tacing a handsome mirror, and when she nodded she beheld the reflection of her own bright features, she turned to her mother in petulance, exclaiming: "Mamma, every time I try to look in the glass my face gets in the way." • The Economy of Generosity. It was a maxim of Lord Bacon that, when it was necessary to economic, it was better tp look after petty savings thnn to rle.-cencl to patty geniniM. The loo«? oa«h tnar. many persona Ih on away usulestly and worse would often fo-m 'a 1 asi.s ol fortune and independence fur hie. These wasters are their own worst enemies, though generally found among the ranks of those who rail at the injustice of "the world." But if a man will not be his own friend, how can he expect that others will? Orderly men of moderate means have always something in their pockets to help others; whereas your prodigal and careless rellows who spend all never find an. opportunity for helping anybody. It is poor economy, howeve, to bs a scrub, Narrow- mindedness in living and in dealing is generally short- sighted, and leads to failure. The penny soul, it is said, never came to twopence. Generosity and liberality, like honesty, prove the best policy after all.—Self Help. The Blurred Picture. Bishop Thoburn relates the following incident: Some years ago his child, a little girl between two and three years of age, died. They had her photograph when a few months old, but no picture of her in later life except one in a family group, taken a short time before her death. This picture, however, was so blurred and imperfect that he could scarcely discover traces of the child. One day, however, as he looked at that She learned that ill temper affected her complexion. Now, you laugh at that! But it is true, nevertheless. Every part ot the human being ia affected by the mental action, and anger is quite as likely to give >ou indigestion and dyspepsia as it is to give you headache and make you feel nervous. Indigestion and dyspepsia mean dull eyes and sallow skin; so, quite irrespective of its being a virtue to restrain your angry passion, you see it is a good beauty preserver. The woman who, as a girl, never learns exactly how undesirable it is to show visible outward signs of peevishness or irritability will certainly have outward signs on her face when she is the age of this woman—this woman who is described as having a beautiful face—will be wrinkled and ugly. Ugly ia a very disagreeable word. You know it doesn't mean lacking in fine features; it doesn't mean not having a skin like strawberries and cream, but it moans bemx repulsive and disagreeable. And so, my dear girl, that's what you must not do. Yo must, when you are fifty, have a beautiful face—the result of a careful consideration of your temper and the outspoken words that proclaim it; a consideration of such weight that it never lets the ugly,.angry words even formulate, let alone express themselves.—Ladies' Home Journal, Poor Recommendation. I was sitting in the office of a prominent manufacturer of Richmond not Ipng sine?, v hen "a boy about sixteen entered *itu a cigar in his mouth. He said he would like to get a situation to learn a trade. "I might give you a place," was the answer, "but you carry a'Very bad recommendation in your mouth," said the gentleman. "1 don't think it any harm to smoke, sir; nearly everybody smokes now." "I am sorry to say my young friend, that I can't employ you. If you have money enough to smoke cigars you will be above working as an apprentice. Poverty and Pride. Mjr. Minks—Have you called on tke new neighbors?" Mrs. Minks.—"Indeed I haven't, nor I won't neither. They're trashiest kind of people—poor as church mice, I'll warrant. They sends their washin' out." "What of that?" "I s'pose they is ashamed to show tbe rags in their own yard."—New York Weekly. The Manchester ship canal is about to have an. electric launch service established on it by one of the well known English companies. Tbe earth is not BO densely but that if properly distribul opi _ „ _ habitant thereof would have two and one- half miles to himself. And yet people are continually tramping on e%ch other's corns. Napoleon's victories had set all France ablaze with military glory. Jean Potoir and Antoine Savary were French boys of the department of the Yonne. They shared everything, were nearly always together. Just before the invasion of Russia by the emperor, a number of recruits belonging to the village were allowed to return home for a visit, and thfl two boys heard their stories of the last campaign. As Jean could beat the drum, and Antoine was an excellent fifer, the recruits begged the parents of the boys to let them go to the army and share in the glory of taking the capital of the czar. The parents agreed, and when the recruits went back the boys went too, and were accepted by the mustering officer. He said ho needed a good drummer aiicl fifer. and was glad to see them. Long before they reached Moscow both had become prime favorites in the regiment. ' It was a dreary time for the French arm when it started away on that famous retreat from the city of the czar's. Winte had set in, the earth was white with deep snows, the air was bitter and cold. Befon they had gone far hundreds of soldier froze to death. At night the wolves would fill the frosty air with their howls, and when a mai dropped out of the ranks they would rush clown upon him and devour him before his comrades. They were large and fierce, anc they came in great packs, and sometimes could not be driven off, not even by a fusi lade. One evening, near sundown, Jean came to Antoine and said he had discovered a farmhouse near 'by; he thought they might get some warm milk for themselves by telling the people how exhausted they were. The boys stole off, Jean and his drum and A.ntoine with a musket and some am- muuitioD, which had been given him by a soldier who had been transterred to ona of the ambulances. When they reached the place, instead of a farmhouse, thev found a hut nearly ready to crumble to pieces, and no sign of any one near. As they passed into the hut something rushed out with a snarl, and the boys found they had disturbed a large gray wolf. The hungry boys started back. Night came sooner than common. Darkness suddenly swc oped do ira on all the vast, snowy plain. When they tried to find the army they could not. Suddenly there entered the cabin a long, low howl, thai startled the young musicians. "The wolves have come!" cried An- loine, springing up and running to the door, which they had shut. On the snow stood a huge wolf whose sides shone like silver, shown that he wore a gray coat. He seemed to bead the pack. He had brought them all on the boy's track. Antoine was for tiring at the wolf, but Jean said it would only precipitate an attack. They had hopes that some of Prince Murat's horsemen would come along and rescue them without further danger. By and by.the wolves became bolder. The boys saw them come almost close enough to be struck with a stone. They had discovered the young musician, and now they began to set up their long, peculiar howl. Jean seized the drumsticks and Irat Urn rataplan,_ in hopi-n of: frightetatig iho beasts off, but the music myde them howl the more. "Here they come. Jean." exclaimed An- toiuu. "Look to the door! If they throw themselves against it in a body it will not keep them out." The pack in front had risen and were rushing forward. Antoine thrust the muzzle of his musket throuch a crack and firert into the howling," struggling Yes, the wolves were up there, trying to scratch the snow away, that they might leap down into the cabin and make short work of the young soldiers. For a moment Jean and Antoine shrank together aghast. Look! the door! the door!" shouted Jean, dropping his drum-sticks. "They are here again, Antoine." Once more the boy with the musket fired at the lot outside, to hear another howl and to see the pack devour a slain comrade. But this time the wolves did not fall back; they continued to try to force the door while Antoine reloaded with half- frozen hands and Jean held the barricade. The animals on the housetop made a good deal of noise and the boys had begun to think the roof could not be forced, when Jean cried out that a pair of eyes were gleaming overhead, and the young soldiers looked and both saw the head of a wolf. § It_ is a big follow," said Antoine, bringing his musket to bear on the apparition. !'It is the head of the wolf we disturbed when we came to the hut." The next moment the cabin was fillei with smoke and the boys saw the head vanish, and the stars only were seen trrough the hole in the roof. The assaults of the ravenous beasts now began to tell on the strength of the door. Jean placed his body against it, and Antoine fired as often as he ceald, but the wolves appeared ten times fiercer. "Listen!" said Jean, suddenly, and he bent toward the door, making an ear-trumpet with hia hands. The little fifer looked through a crack. He turned to his friend, crying out with loy: 'I see dark figures moving over the snow. They seem to be horsemen. Whatever they are, they are coming this way. Ihey are_too tall to be more wolves." Jean picked up the drum and beat a vild tune, which went out over the snow. It was answered by shouts, and both could fee horsemen galloping forwad. "They are Cossacks!" whispered An- oine his shoulder to the door. Antoine mechanically met them, firing away his ast charge and droping his weapon. In another moment a party of wild- ookiner Cossacka swooped down upon the hut and surrounded it while the wolves drew off. "Come out!" cried the Cossacks, "Come ut. you are within! Surrender to the oldiers of the great -czar!" Jean and Antoirie opened the door and walked forth. When the Cossacks saw the BIHDS IN THB Interesting; Story of a Bird Charmer In the Tullerlcg Gardens. A correspondent writes: "I witnessed, the other day, one of the celebrated sights of Paris, of which I have often heard before, but never had seen. Crossing the Tuileries Gardens on one the late mild days, my attention was attracted by an intense commotion among the sparrow* which abound in that locality. They were chattering and flying to and fro, and finally collected in swarms at a single point. There I saw the cause of the agitation, the well-known bird charmer of Tuileries Gardens. She is a person of about thirty years of age, pale, with very black hair, dressed in the deepest mourn- in tr, and wearing no bonnet. Ske was surrounded by birds that hopped and perched right at her feet, ot flew circling round her head, apparently without the slightest fear, She would hold out a bit of bread, and instantly three or four would hover around it with rapid whirring wings, like a humming birds around a flower, some perching on her fingers, while others would peck at tbe coveted morsel on the wing. Then she would throw crumbs into the air, which would be adroitly caught by the swiftert winged birds before they reached the ground. A shower of crumbs brought the little creatures to her feet like chickens, nor did the presence of the bystanders, that soon collected in great numbers, appear to terrify her proteges in the least. The> seemed to feel perfectly secure while in the presence of their benefactress. ~ wo boys they set up n loud laugh, and heir betman, a fine-looking fellow, atirjcally touched his cap in the way of a alute. They had expected to capture a number of men soldiers. "Yes, there is the big wolf on the roof," id Jean to Antone; and sure enough up aere lay the gray monster, the cause of all bieir trouble. One of the Cossacks pulled ne carcass from the roof and threw it on tie snow. "Play for us," commanded the leader of ae wild .band. Jean and Antoine drew up together in he snow, and in a moment the lively airs f France were wafted over the dreary waste. For a while the faces of the Cossacks clouded. But at last they swung their great cans over their heads and cheered the boys of the Yonne. ' "You shall go back to your army," said the hetman. "You shall not ba taken to prison. You have been brave. We like brave boys liki our own." The next day the -rear guard of the grand armyjsaw approaching them with a white flag a troop of wild horsemen of the steppes, _and tbe regiment to which Jean and Atoine belonged was overjoyed to receive once more into the ranks the little musicians. The boys endured the horrors of that retreat, and in after years, when they sat with old playmates under the spreading trees of the village and related stories of Napoleon's ilifated campaign, they never failed to tell kow they fought the big wolf and his pack, and their rescue bv the Cossack of the Don. am told that she sometimes &its down, and that the sparrows will then perch all over her, and will get into her lap and eat bread from her apron. No one knows who she is. She never speaks to any one, ana pays no attention to anybody or anything except her Beloved birds, which she feeds daily throughout the winter. -Exchange. ODDITIES. The baker is busiest when he is loafing. Man wants the earth, but it is the housekeeper who gets the dust. Natural History — Teacher— "Hans, name three beasts of prey." Hans—"Two lions and a tiger." Some people may think this has been poor winter weather, but it has certainly been well supplied with change. It is sometimes easier for a man to sir, LIFE IS A. MYSTERY. Nobody Has Ever Found Out Why You Crook Your Finger. In a world where it is very desirable to 36 entertained, and not always easy to ind entertainment,|there is a great deal to be got out of a discreet consideration of ihe mysteries of life. They give one some- ;mng to theorize about in odd moments, and to have theories about them gives one in interest in whole series and classes of :acts which seem to fit in with such theories or to upset them. If the facts won't fit the theory to change, and to have me s theory driven into a new shape is f he next best thing to haying it justified. There was a little tale in the newspaper he other day about Mr. Edison, that he held up his finger and bent it, and asked • '_'What does that?" Failing to get a atiafactory reply, he said he was trying to find out what is the force that pulls the trings that make animate creatures move. That is one of the great myster- es—the mystery motion.—Scribner's American Battle Ships. If our navy is to be first class it need not >e large as compared with that of Great Britain, though it must be composed of vessels qualified for Eea fighting. The leet should comprise a sufficient number of ships of this type to meet tiny cornbina- ion that'conld be brought against it, eitber complete a round of pleasure than it is for him to make things square afterward. "Who has the right-of-way, the one going in or the one coming out of a door?". The one who has the most push. Poet—"I have a little poem here, that has been indited—" Editor—"Well, sir, I would bo glad to see it convicted, but 1 can't try it. Doctor—"My dear rnadame, the-e is nothing the matter with you—you only want rest," "But, doctor, just look at my tongue!"- "Needarest, too,-madam." Guest—"Look here, sir! When I order pomuie de terre I want iv little more pomnie and not so much terre. Do vort understand?" Garcon—"Oui, monsieur. You uo not vant za earth." A small boy went to see his grandmother. After looking eagerly around the handsomely furnished room where she sat, he exclaimed inquiringly: "Oh, grandma, where is the miserable table papa says yon keep?" MOKE MESSIAH CRAZE. Wild West ChiefH May Agalu luflaind the Indians. CHICAGO, March 17.—Information was received at General Miles' headquarters today that interest in the messiah craze is being awakened among the Indians of the northwest by the expected return of Short Bull and other Sioux chiefs who have been in Europe with the wild west shows. It is believed that Short Bull, who is reputed a prophet of the messiah, if allowed to return to his people will start the excitement. The chiefs are expected to arrive at Fort Sheridian Saturday or Monday next. INDIANA UNLOADED. to mass. Several yelps of pain attested the power of the shot. The wolves drew off, carrying with them a dead comrade, and devoured him before the boys' eyes. Antoine had reloaded. They stood against the door and awaited another attack. Jean seized his drum. The little musician of the Yonne played as ho never had played before; his drumsticks flew, warming his half frozen fingers and filling the old shanty with strange music, the roll of Napoleon s army. The hut was not high and its roof was covered with heavy snow. Suddenly the boys saw several wolvei leap up and disappear. The seemed to have bounded toward the roof, and when Jean cried out that he aeard something overhead, they both knew that the animals were oa the huft «';< .pou the Atu.nUc coast, in the Car.b ieai nior in tie G'llf of AUxico. It in not Hi ail t, 10 c,ili;Jdt') tbo i.unibprof i-hips '•* !•• q'tiiu vUn-u w« it-member ihat a iriJijeuii atiu<kin;,' fleet wculd have to come in sufficient force to overwhelm our vessels and leave itself strong enough to continue operations. If, therefore, the number ot battle ships that could be spared from the Channel and Mediterranean fleets for a "hostile demonstration upon this coast be considered, and this number be divided by two, we will get themiumum list of battle ships needed for the protection of our Atlantic seaboard. Congress has so far provided for Train Load of Supplies Dispatched Distressed Districts. LIBAU, March 17.—The unloading of the cargo brought by the steamer Indiana from Philadelphia for the relief of the Russian famine sufferers, was finished today. The first train load was dispatched to the distressed districts amid great ceremonies. American and Russian officials toasting the health of the czar and President Harrison and the playing of the national airs of the two countries. IS RECIPROCITY CONSTITUTIONAL The Question May .Again be Brought to the Test. WASHINGTON, March 17.—The Evening Star says: It is possible that the president's proclamation, re-imposing duties on certain imports from Venezuela, Hayti and Colombia, will lead again to a test of the validity of the reciprocity clause of the McKinley bill. The proclamation opens the way for a direct question to be brought before the house and it will be the policy of those Who are interested in discrediting the, McKinley act tg avail them.-e:ves of the opportunity. STANDARD OIL COMPANIES. They the one section class and three first class battle ships. Mr. Tracy has asked for two more. Perhaps another, or three in all, might be given this year, and surely three additional each year for the next five years would be in the interests of peace and economy. The wonderful progress made in surgery is shown from the fact that only nine per cant, of all operations in amputation are fatal. The deepest depth ot tue sea is reported to be at a point twenty-thcee miles north of New Guinea, where soundings showed a depth of 29,g5Q feet. By studying the spectrum of lightning tlS it r * Qaaoa rVt*.sttmli 4-Urt n«_ iL U-- tVl* AVIK -Ixi lt«'<ui|>lla]l/.i..l SIllc Trust \\HH Olnnolvt-il. NEW YOHK, Ma c'u 17.—A call was- issued today for u special meeting of the stock holders of the New York Standard Oil company, March 41, to decide whether the capital stock of the company shall be increased to $7,000,000. It is said that the action is the result of the dissolution of the Standard: Oil trust. It is probable that some of the Standard Oil companies in other states may be recapitalized as the result of the dissolution of this trust, in order to make them more nearly represent the increased value of the property occasioned by the formation of the trust. AJSD BARTER. Jolut Debate on the Silver, Question is Passible. WASHINGTON, March 17.—The suggestion, oricinally made as a joke, that Barter and Blund, leaders of the two extremes on the silver question, should be brought together a,nd allowed to discus the mat- has n practical

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