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Algona, Iowa
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THE UJPPER DBS MOtNES^ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY. APRIL if. 1892, ON THE STAGE. I PIT i. ELECTRICITY Its tTi» to Produce Storm* 'With Ming; and Thunder. Theatrical performances are to-day dependent to a greater degree than ever before on spectacular effects, and the strides which have been taken in thiSjditeetioh have been so great that It requires something of quite superlative merit in stage setting to elicit taore than passing mention. This distinction is certainly attained in the representation of "Julius Ctesar," now being played in New York. Special reference is now made to the thunderstorm in the third scene of the first act, which is the finest achievement of the kind ever seen in this city, says Electricity. The conditions under which the conspirators.discuss tho proposed murder of Ctcsaf could hard-' ly be more fitting even in nature, so far as ocular and aural demonstration go. The crescendo from the low moan of the 'rising wind and the ramble, rapidly dying away,-of the distant thunder, the hissing of the fagino- gale, and the crash of the deafening peal overhead—everything is perfectly carried out. The main dependence, however, of this wonderfully powerful scene is upbn the lightning effects, which are exceptionally luricf and realistic. These are produced eloctric- , ?' . Shoot lightning of any degree of brilliance is secured by rubbing together a piece of carbon and a file connected to an electric light circuit For forked lightning a specially constructed apparatus is used. The camera lucida is made on tho principle of a largo magic lantern. It contains an arc light and has in front a revolving disk of dark plates of glass. On these plates are drawn the outlines of tho particular kinds of flash desired for projection on tho scene, and at tho required moment the disk is rapidly turned by hand and the light is flashed through tho instantaneously exposed pattern on tho plate. The effect is heightened by haying various portions of tho scenery painted on some transparent substance and flashing a light behind thorn, so' that as the forked lightning plays over the scenery those portions seem luridly.illumined by it. Cloud )ffects are produced in tho same mi.nnor, tho image being usually thrown on gauze drops. Tho marvelously faithful production of mimic thunder is attained in various ways. In former days the groat resource of tho stage manager for tho imitation of tho Artillery of tho storm was a sheet of tin, which was shaken with more-or less violence as tho storm fluctuated. Now a more elaborate device is adopted, and the making of thunder is reduced to a science. For low, distant rumblings a thick sheet of vellum is used. This sheet is stretched over a large wooden box, and tightly and securely fastened down. This resonant and sensitive drum is operated on with thickly padded drumsticks. When a, larger volume of sound is required wooden balls of different sizes are rolled around the parchment, and the trooden salad set, the other a many- bladcd pocket-knife. The booby prizes were a chopping bowl and a box of matches. Another rather novel form of. entertainment is the auction party. Guests are provided with the mean's to purchase—little bags filled with beans, every bean taking to itself a dollar value. • The "lots" ari* carefully concealed from view and are being put in boxes and- tied up in vari-colored tissue paper. It is not Safe to trust to bulky_ appearance, as often the most promising parcel reveals an insignificant result. Some of the purchases are daintv trifles, manv absurrliHoa and jokes.- JPnAny catalogues actci to the amusement of an auction -party, which is really simply another way to bestow "favors." The Intricate Chinese Language. "Joss," says a writer in Blackwood, so far from being, as I. among others, always imagined, a Chinesd word, is merely-the mispronunciation of the Spanish Dios, God. The discovery of this fell heavily upon mo. It reduced my knowledge of Chinese from two words to one; but I have learned several since, but will not write them here, as I do not know what they mean. A and the writer both started with the determination of studyino- Chinese, and the writer let A buy a grammar; but, on discovering that the sino-te Jftljr i had Uo ways°of being pronounced,mid that each pronunciation had mi entirely different meaning wo Miiul that thi'.i-e Wl s , lo poetry about the laiuriuuro. that it THE STAKED^LAIN OF TEXAS. A* Smooth at an Inland Sea and a Mystery to Geologlntfl. The geological mystery of Texas is the Llano Estaeado or Staked Plain. It lies south of the Canadian and east of the Pecos and West of the 101st meridian. ' "In surface features, " Prof. Hill says, "the northwestern half of this plain is similar to the plains of Colorado, Kansas, and northward. But there is this difference. Instead of extending to the Kooky Mountains on the west or imperceptibly grading into the level of the eastern areas, it is surrounded on every side, except a. few miles at its southeast corner, by a more or less precipitate escarpment of erosion resembling palisades. This isolates it from the surrounding region except the Edwards plateau, which is its southeastern connection already men- t.innnrl » tionecl. . The Staked Plain is there, a great, anguago, was not worth learning, and A's grammar was secretly consigned to the river mud b\ b^gjlroppcd'ovcrboard." FREAlT OF NATURE. A Picture of Spokane mils In the Ey« of a Horse. rise and full of the sound can be regulated by the manipulation of the balls. For louder peals of thunder wooden troughs about a foot square, which run the entire length of the wall at the back of the stage, from the roof to the collar, are used. In the upper part of these troughs or boxes a number of cannon balls are kept in readiness. At a signal from the stage manager those balls are disengaged, and as they roll down the noise commences. At first, owing to the distance from the stage, it sounds far away to the audience, but it gathers in volume as it ncars tho level of the stage and dies away as it passes downward to the collar. The electrical attachment, which governs tho operation of this ' device is so urrangoil that I he attendant can control the number of balls to be let loose, so that tho amount of noise ruijiviireil can always accurately .be given. For t!;o crashing tlumclorohiu wide follows the lightning instantaneously a huge rattle is used. On the top of a box about ton foot long and four fee square are fastened a series of slats The ends of these slats are rapidlj caught by pins on a rapidly revolving cylinder at the end of the box. A tho pins pass upward tho slats droj and a loud, continuous rattle is tli result. Some rare and unaccountable freak of nature has made a natural wonder of an unassuming white horse at Spokane Falls, Wash., says the St. Louis Itcpubhe. The wonder is not the horse himself, but in a picture which covers the front part of the left eye of the animal. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of a visit to Spokane will remember the falls which give the city its other name; that is, tho name of Spokane Falls. The picture in tho horse's eye is a perfect miniature of the falls, island, mill, and all. The animal's optic has been examined by hundreds of persons, including photographers, scientists, opticians, etc., and tho miniature in the eye has been carefully compared with photographs and engravings of tho falls, and all have concurred in pronouncing it a wonder of wonders and a most remarkably correct picture. The owner of this wonderful creature, a Mr. Deakin, has been offered all the wav from 85 000 to $10,000 for his curiosity, but so far he has refused all offers, seemino- to prefer being pestered to death by sight-seers, who come by thousands to view the questions. by thousands to uncanny picture and ask A traveler, C. A. Dillnian, who took a peep at the* "Wonder of the Rockies" peep at the* "Wonder of the Rockies' has the following to say in regard to the horse and the picture: "Mr. Deakin sent the horse around to the hotel where I stopped, in might see him. The in color and of SUGGESTIONS FOR ENTERTAINERS Whittling and Auction I'lirtlos—JIowThcj Can lio Miulo Succosaful. "Whittling"—that was the mysterious word tho cards of invitation bore neatly engraved, in tho lower lofi hand corner. -Whittling! Tho tweutj guo&la who as-Jomblod at their hostess house on tho specified evening brought with them enough curiosity, born of a we'ok's, looking and wondering, to have furnished out at least 1,000 women very comfortably. And this is what they found: Twenty well-slmrponod pocket-knives laid in a row on one table, two canvas bags on another. Those contained, it was discovered, a quantity of white pine blocks" Eaoli was numbered—those in tho second bag being duplicates of those in the first, and on top was marked in outline the figure of an animal, a rolling-pin, potato-masher, hatchet, clothespin, molding-board, ball club, book, ball, racquet, doll, bootjack, llatircn, bottle, picture- frame, slipper, stool, pestle, spool, tower, napkin-ring, and a score of other tilings. No one was allowed to see tho numbers or design on tho block chosen until after it was sclocted. Tho man and woman securing the same numbers were to bo partners for the ••evening. At a given signal all contestants commenced work at small tables conveniently arranged, and for two hours tho whittlors worked busily. It was by no moans a quiet evening, for merry laughter sounded again and again as some particularly ridiculous article was hold up to view. At tho expiration of -the two hours a bell rang, and every one stopped work and wrote his or her name on tho back of tho article just whittled. A committee was appointed to sit in solemn judgment on tho work, and prizes were awarded according to its decision. The proud whittlers of tho t best designs bore off one a carved order that I animal is white medium size. I was somewhat skeptical about the story of tho picture until I had looked into the horse's left eye. Judge of my astonishment when I saw therein depicted a perfect reproduction of the falls of the Spokane river,, as true to, life as any photograph. Tho part of the falls shown is from the waterworks across to the mills. The island upon which the waterworks building stands is also shown. The picture is absolutely perfect in overy detail, The horse is one of a number bought in by horse- dealers, and has been tho property of the present owner (who, by tho way was the discoverer of the picture) but a short while." steep-sided island in an ocean of land, lids elevated surface embraces 60,000 square miles. The 'geographical tradition is that the Spaniards gave the name because they "had to drive stakes to mark their way across. This accords pretty well with Prof. Hill's description. He says this vast surface is perfectly smooth, with the exception of an occasional depression—so much so as to resemble the level of tho ocean at dead calm. It is unbroken by trees or bushes or deep drained channels. It is carpeted with a rich growth of gram- ma grasses. The new railroads of Texas and Now Mexico have made accessible to the geologists this largest of all Texas plains and perhaps tho greatest and least studied plateau of our country. The small amount of surface water which is not drunk up by tho soil is found in a few widely distributed ponds. Two streams flow around the plain. They are the Canadian and the Pecos. Both have cut nearly 1,000 feet below the level. Neither of them receives any surface drainage from the plain. Yet the rainfall on the Staked Plain from Juno to September is from 20 to 25 inches. The soil is'rich and from 6 to 30 feet deep. It seems like a, lake deposit, and it differs from all other parts of Texas. Notwithstanding the rainfall, the plain is covered with nutritious -grass. As ono approaches, the edge of the Staked Plain rises like a precipice. This wall can bo seen at a distance of (if ty_ milos. The edge is serrated and cut into by the rain washes to such a degree it is evident the wearinw-away process is going on rapidly. This ex- tonsive washing is tho same kind as that to bo seen in the edges of the Bad Lands of the Dakotas. The geologist easily estimates that the Pecos and the Canadian, flowing around the west and north sides, and the Red Brazos and Colorado, heading near the eastern border, have already worn away great slices of the Staked Plain. The top of a book resting on a flat table gives a good idea of the. Staked Plain. This plain, taking it from the top downward, consists of,-first, porous sedi- is dbmestic in her tastes. She cares little for social life in a gay sense. She is attached to a few friends. She is religiously inclined. She is a bright conversationalist and enjoys good stories. Her favorite jewel is the turquois. I saw her one night at a little dinner given to Billy Florence in the St. James hotel when she must have had $10.000 worth of these gems on her person. She gathers them from all parts of the world. Lotta has had several narrow escapes from matrimony, but there is little probability now that she will ever enter the divine state. The man whom she truly loved died several years ago, 'and her attachment to her mother is such that she is not likely to allow her affections to straV again.— Chicago Tribune. Human Voicee. A species of crow in India has a note which exactly resembles the human voice in loud laughing. The laughing jackass, when warning his featherd mates that daybreak is at hand, utters a cry resembling a troop of boys shouting, whooping and.laugh- ing in a wild chorus. The night jar has a cry like one la- mpnting in distress. Among birds that have tho power of imitation the parrot is the best; but, as a matter of fact, its voice is decidedly inferior to that of the mynah, a species of starling. Curiously enough, the male bird speaks in a high, clear tone, like that of a child, while the female has a gruff voice. Another bird, tho moropork of Australia, is frequently heard vehemently demanding more pork, in a clear, stentorian voice. Our whip-poor-will also demands his punishment in a distinct imitation of the human voice, and" the command of the guinea fowl to come back could easily be mistaken for a human voice. Coming to quadrupeds, the cries of none approach more closely that of tho human voice than those of seals when lamenting tho loss or capture of their young. The cry of a wounded hare resembles that of a child in distress. A SHARP CL6RK. Jlow no Made Half a Million and Got Wife. How tho Plunger Was Pooled. A rounder is telling a good story about how a noted jockey gave a bio- plunger a hard throw-down last year? The betting man A little over ten years ago a quiet young man of 18 of 19 was engaged by a Wall street firm of brokers as a clerk, says the N. Y. Commercial Advertiser. One day the office boy be'came 'ill, and this clerk generously volunteered to take a message to another office fof him. In that office was a pretty typewriter in petticoats. They became interested in each other .immediately* Her employers'were three of the big- 1 gest speculators in .the street. They thought nothing of dealing in 60,000 or 100,000 shares a day. They had branch offices up-town and in Baltimore; Chicago, Boston, London, and Paris. This typewriter was also a telegraph operator, and all telegraph orders she filled. She knew just wnat .stocks to go long and short of. So did this quiet young man after awhile. Whenever that firm went long of Wabash, Lake Shore, New York Central, Topeka, St. Paul or Manhattan the clerk would take a flyer in that stock in the bucket* shops. In a little while he had enough money to buy stock in the stock exchange. Whenever his girl's firm sold stock ho was carrying ho immediately got from under too. When they bought 6,000 or 10,000 shares of any stock he bought from 100 to 1,000 shares. In no time he was worth $10,000. In less than that ho was worth $50,000. Then he stopped making money long enough to marry the girl, and then, keeping the marriage a secret from lier firm, he piled up considerably over $500,000. All the time he worked as a cleric for $12 a week. He never lost his head. He neyer paraded his wealth in lino raiment and generous jewels, but went right on until he had built one of tho finest mansions in the suburbs of New Jersov, to which he escorted his Little Blessing. Up to two years'ago he was telephoning his orders ,to his brokers from that mansion and taking life as easyas it took him. I haven't been near Wall street in that time, soldon't know what he is doing in it now. Styles in Men's Hair. M «i he win baa sportcible for all the money 2 passes through the consul's hand!? This remark ended the There was no more trouble ab consulate. For the politician going to make himself responsible! a man whom he well knew to boTh •* veterate gambler, a fact which *iwv secret to Lord Palmerston if such practice as this were the various government at Washington and the congressmen were required to furS financial guarantees for all the cuS dates for office whom they recomS to the heads : 0 f. the various dS ments, the latter would have far Q of their time taken up in seekin*? distribute a limited amount of pater age .among an altogether unlimited number of candidates. * JOKES THAT RECOILED. «tr Richard Burton and the Young Who Was Smarter Than He r Margaret Fuller. Margaret Fuller, a very plain woman, with what struck me as a humpback, was tho oracle. I believe my youthful love of beauty caused me to do her injustice. She had a very lono- nfick, which Dr. Holmes afterward do™ scribed as resembling "the great ophidian who betrayed our Mother Eve," and perhaps her habit of craning it caused mo to think liar slightly deformed. But all was forgotten when she began to talk. It was a long, low ripple of fascinating and well-rounded sentences, a certain originality in the use of words, 'and that Cambridge pronunciation which I have always admired. Mr. Everett and Mr. Longfellow had it. Miss Fuller gave lessons in the art of conversation afterward, and I am sure every girl who attended them has talked better over since. Although an' intense egotist herself, Miss Fuller uttered the wise axiom, "Never talk about yourself, your diseases, your domestics, or your drosses. Talk about your friends' interests, not your own. "She also said (and how good it was!); "To have unity ono must first have units; ono cannot bo unanimous alone.'" She was an original thinker; and after I heard of her romantic marriage, lior tragic death as Marchioness Ossolf, I was grateful for the privilege of having once touched this sparkling-, mind.— M. E. W. Slier- wood, in merit of soil, sand, gravel, and salt in horizontal layers to a depth of 200 feet. Then comes a great floor of sands clays, and granites. Part of the floor is composed of the Trinity sands. Part of it, where thn sands have been worn away by tho convulsions of nature, is of the red beds. The conditions are very curious to the scientist, but the main question with a practical generation is about the water condition of this groat plain. Running water in Dickens county is the only stream on the vast plain. It is a bright, sparkling stream that suddenly breaks out of the ground, rip- plus over pebbly bottoms fora distance of ton milos, and then mysteriously disappears. How is this absence of running water to be accounted for on 50,0 J'J miles of country possessing afair rainfall P " ° TliG answer is, the great cappino- strata of the Staked Plain are as porous as a sponge. Every drop .of water either evaporates or sinks downward through tho soil. Until recent years the Staked Plain was considered utterly waterless. But there have now been dug into these porous strata more than 1,QUO wells. These wells do not flow but the wator from them is pumped freely by windmills, and the Staked 1 lain is thereby made a pasture for countless herds of cattle. These wells have been obtained in all parts of the 1 lam. Digging is no longer regarded as an experiment. The water soaks into the ground and is stored in tho mortar beds and grits. It is kept from going further down by the underlying red beds. It constitutes one of the most remarkable sheets of underground water in this country.—Si. Lotus Globe-Democrat. ascertained tha't the wife of the jockey had received instructions from her husband how to bet, and, getting an introduction to the lady, he became a sort of chaperon, always afterward occupying an adjoining seat in tho grand'stand. Frequently the plunger spoiled the odds for the jockey and. his backers, so the latter, after ascertaining the source of the leak, set about to set things straight again. One day the runner hastened to the stand and told the jockey's wife her husband said to put $200 on a certain horse. Knowing her usual form of betting, tho plunger was aware the sum named was a large sum for her to hazard, and when she sent the money to the ring he followed and literally smothered the bookmakers with bills on that particular performer. When the race was over, however, that corner of the stand was very quiet, as the good thing failed to get a place. Tho jockey in question rode the winner.and after donning his everyday clothes, walked up to where his wife was seated, and displaying a handful of winning tickets amounting to several thousand dollars, handed his wife two crisp §100 bills to make good her losses The plunger tumbled to the dose given him, and since that time there has boon a vacant seat in the ladies' stand.— Courier-Journal. Hares Are Good Pets. Who has seen a tame hare? Most schoolboys, have kept tame rabbits by the dozen—singularly interesting pets when shut up all day in a box munching cabbage stalks—and generally turned over to younger sistevs in favor of a terrier puppy after brief posses- Yet even after the experience of sion. AN ACTRESS WHO HAS A FORTUNE, Lotta Crabtrco Said to IIuvo Saved Up About S3, 500,000. I saw on the street, the other day that marvelous little woman, Char- professionally Against Dueling. At a certain church near Lcdbury an annual sermon is still preached against tho vice of dueling. This is (lono in accordance with the last will nul testament of a damsel whoso rival lovers diod lighting- for her hand. A Poet in Poetic Shape. A portrait of Joaquin Miller is on ixhibition in Oakland. Tho poot sits >y a campliro, in a redwood forest, vith a gun across his knees, evidently oiling a hunter's yarn. The scene, aiupliro and all, is painted from life, rho poet sat at night, the artist swing- ng a lamp fro in a branch of ono of ho'red woods to got light enough to at by. Ho says Vthe unusual and veird effects of the ciVmpfiro light are n exact reproduction^)! tho original cene.— Suit Francisco Call. lotto Crabtree, known as Lotta. She is resting this season. Her permanent residence is at Lake Hopatcong and her home there is a marvel of elegance. She comes to town occasionally to visit her friend Mrs. Doremus. Lotta must bo some- wlfere near 48 years of age. She was a bright little dramatic star in California before the war. Barrin'o- a few wrinkles about her eyes, which are only revealed on close inspection, she looks as fresh as she did twenty years ago. She is just as vivacious and fujly as magnetic. Lotta is not given to boasting about her wealth. She told an intimate friend not long ago that her fortune was not less than $2,500000. This makes her the richest actress undoubtedly in tho world. Sho owns several apartment houses in this city, the Park theater in Boston, and real estate in nearly every large city 111 Mm pnmitmr ° * in the country. Her mother, who tamo hares so charmingly told by Cow- por, the most domestic of pets, the hare is neglected as a pet. Yet its form and fur are beautiful, and so far as the writer has been able to jud"-e of this, perhaps one of tho least carefully observed, except for persecution, of our wild animals, tho hare is a clever ail'ectir nate creature, as far above tho rabbit in the scale of intelligence as it is in physique. Last spring, after a late fall of snow, an old hare brought her leverets from the hill and hid them in a strawstack near a farm, and remained constantly near them all day coming to them regularly as soon as the twilight made ft safe. They are bold as well as affectionate, says the London Spectator, and have been known to drive off a hawk which was carrying away a young one, springing up and striking the bird as it flew low above the ground; and their attachment to locality is so great, that even it kept at largo, they would probably not leave their owner's grounds. The Gnrtorplione. An ingenious little instrument-called tho garterphone has recently boon invented which, attached to my lady's garter,registers the distance she walka each day. The physical culture lias put an end to tho languid bello. Women sorts of outdoor sports, Men do not pay sufficient attention to their hair. They dross well, bnv nobby loot ana head gear, nut oiten .ignore the proper cut of their hair. In nine cases out of ten look at a man when he removes his hat an'd you can readily distinguish his quality. A gentleman should never have his' head shaved close unless the condition of his hair requires it. Lot the hair grow to a proper length, ordinarily from one and a half to two and a half inches. The length should conform to tho skull and servo to conceal defects of contour and glaring deficiencies. A big man with a thick, fleshy neck should" let his hair grow long in the back without reaching down over his neck. A person 1 with a slim neck, if he has a lump at the base of the skull, should wear hair cut as short as possible. A low forehead should have the hair pushed upward. Persons with narrow temples should comb the hair on each side forward instead of brushing it back, as is generally the case. Tho barber should cut that which grows closest to the temple extremely close, and by overlapping the thicker portions in front and cutting thorn off precisely where the lorohead ends, the effect is of wide temnles merely covered by the hair — National Barber. Have You Learned To look ahead? That law makes no man honest? What per cent it pays to keep warm? To avoid personalities in conversation? How small around the earth has grown? That it pays to study variety in cookery? That the proud man knows little of himself? That many of your mistakes are not noticed until you undertake to correct them? „ That the bald-headed man has no patience with the silver thread he finds in the butter? The beauty of a novelist's plot ig .. unexpected denouement, says Cassett,' Journal. In like manner the outsider At any rate, is specially diverted when a jest takes an unlooked-for turn, perhaps victimizes the original jds In the course of one of his journevj Sir Kichard Burton entered a Persian village disguised as a fakir. Tho make. up was perfect, and.moreover.thc pan was being played by a skillful and con. sum mate actor. Sir llichard was familiar with eastern ways. Ho knew what ho had to Jo and how to do it. But the humor seized him to figure as a holy man of phenomenal powers and to trick the simple Persian further. He' had obtained the grant of a house in the village, and he secretly wrote up a text from the koran on tho outsido of door; it was done in phosphorus, and Burton waited for darkness, when he expected to enjoy his jest and reap new advantage of notoriety. But the furor led to a catastrophe and the joke made Burton homeless. Every one wanted a relic of the house which could show such a marvelous sign, and it was torn down about the fakir's ears. , _ A writer in a popular monthly men- tioiis tho case of a kinsman of his own, who was a schoolboy at Harrow. Out in the fields one day ho wont to the assistance of a portly farmer on horseback, _who could not easily open a gate and did not care to put his horse to it,' This was an act which indicated a well - conditioned mind; the farmer thanked him and asked his name. The youth at once saw an opportunity for a good joke. "Green," said the Harrovian. "What is your father?" "A cheesemonger in London, .in- , . Theobald's road— rather a small shcip, ' over That it pays 100 per cent to be polite to every one, from the garbage gatherer to the governor? That it isn't wise to ask your husband to stop out of bed and reach the quilt on a chair near, when the weather has changed suddenly in the Good Housekeeping. •ntr-'-^ "" ima K' na tive answer. .. T YOU "are a capital young chap; I sha'n't forget you," said the farmer. And he left the youth chucklino- t.he incident and the sell." Years passed, and the lively fancy of the Harrow scholar proved to have cost him a fortune. The nowspauors uad advertisements for a young gentleman of the name of Green, whose father some time kepta cheesemonger's , shop in Theobald's road, and to wliom a large legacy was devised in -reco"ni- turn of a service rendered at Harrow about ten years before. As the published clew to identity was 'wholly false and mistaken, through an ill-ti^Ked levity, the money could nevi'f' lie claimed. . \f _ In the correspondence of Sir \,T n hn Burjroyne there is the story of a gW's warlike jest that recoiled. It was during the height of the Crimean battle storm. A young lady was corresponding with an officer at the 'front. Sho wrote in a lively fasliion.and she asked that when Mcnschikoff was taken her soldier friend would be sure to send her one of the buttons off the prince's coat. It so chanced in tho fortunes of the campaign that tho letter containing this paragraph fell into Bussian hands, and reached Mensohikoff himself. The commandor-in-chief was grimly equal to tho occasion. He returned tde letter to its writer, and with it he inclosed a coat button and a massage iiitimating that, as he might not Ee taken prisoner for some time, ho preferred to avoid delay and oblige the lady at once. Where Lawyers Are Made. There are over fifty law schools in the United States, most of them connected with colleges or universities The number of students in thorn is inl creasing every year-Harvard, tho argost school, having this year in at ten,J,.nce of 3B8. Tho oldest > American course in aw is that at tho University I'D i 1 ? R q nS #.r nia ' h!lvi "g bco » foundoj m 1789. /here are now six law journals published under the direction of American universities. " OLD "PAM.» w,M e Got ° ut of Granting Fayop, Without Oft-ending the manages all her affairs; is a woman of great business sagacity. She has an eye open for a bargain always. Lotta, who is absolutely devoted to the old lady, says that but for her great tact and iudff- THAnh Sinn \vr\nlrl v>^4- .... .1 -i * ?? «n n « sh ? iw . oulcl uot to-day be worth J5.000. _It is not at all likely that Lotta will do much more sta^e-work though she says that her profits last season were as great as they have been of late years. In other words, her drawing capacity {g still good. Lotta eras/, reign of the go in for all walking is the fal" The^lne of'Uu^ hour is the woman who has walked tho greatest number of miles a day. Hitherto it has been-impossible to determine to a nicety tho distance covered ha given time, as when a day is suon-t in the deviating peregrinations of a shop" ping tour. Now .the youno- W om.i . proud y exhibits her gar e?phono to admiring friends, and it is not unusual for tho 1 ttlo machine to ro.-ister i ve or six miles, and oven ten occasionally I ho young woman who was too lazy to :,and yet did not wish to be entire- In reading the other day the complaints uttered by a well-known stated. their method iir «,,V cVi " — """ "*°" w be entirely out of the race, sat in tho hammock all day enjoying a novel, while s ha swung her pretty foot back and forth thereby attaining tho same resuH on T garterphone as her more energetic tor.— San Jr' K vn ™ ,-„..„. ° her sister, Saw Francisco Examiner. county seata. ..- in three of them the tire Recorder, of the F wi l L Dow " m g st roet to-morrow and i will see what can be done y_i<ar. me politician T ., When „„ . Lord Palmerston him: "Thnn I w ju GREAT SAURIANS. Koine Truths About tho niggoat JtoptUw Which Grow lii tho United SUtoa. .i-" 1 ?,!, 11 y ? n ov ? r seo an alligator catch . thes?" asked a naturalist of a Washing- ] •nnStar writer. "I have watched the ',| performance by the hour. The saurian lies on a muddy bank in the sun with his mouth open. Winged insects, at- tractod_by the saliva of tho beast, gather in swarms upon its tongue just as though it were a sheet of fly paper. When a number has collected it closes its jaws suddenly, and with a gulp the little torments have disappeared, allowing at once revenge and an agreeable flavor. You have often heard, I dare say, of the little bird that enter? the mouth of the crocodile without fear, in order to pluck therefrom certain parasites which tho reptiles could not otherwise get rid of. That is a tact, although it failed to be recog- m^ed as such by science for a long time. * "On many occasions I have had op-> portumties of observing alligators In pursuit of prey. They will eat meat in any shape, from water fowl to fishes. Sometimes they moor themselves by , their tails to the shore, with mouths agape, and silently absorb shoals 0< mullet and other comparatively small fry which pass alono- through the shallows.^J3ut a favorite way ol tjieiw is to lie upon the surface of the water and quietly gobble any ducks or other animals that come within reach. Their, lieacls are so constructed that whep they are thus floating only their eyes . and the tip end of the nose are ahov? v thesurfaco. Thus they are able to breathe and to see at the same timBi ,-| without exposing themselves to extent. A snap and all is over the victim. There is in Buffalo one Hue street-cars on which a car crosses fift/i four railroad tracks in making round trip.

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