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•t iHS thtto I 'lows to sing: a sons .About de lubbly scuppernonsr, • ite prldo of all de Souf. 3t is de' hebbcn of do year. ' • rWhen autumn time an' <1oy gits hero An'aluelchesln'yo'mouf. ' ' • :So Sweet doy is, ss rii'ce' n>i' round, -A hangin dnre. ez soft an' brown £z pickaninnies' eyes. I love tpiay along de vine .An' fill myself plum iip'wid wine, Deneaf.de goldenallies. JDeso washed-out grapes'flat come by train J. tiobbcr wants to see nKiitn, Dig ain't whnr dey liolongs. 'De black uns. top, I pass dcm by, I'so happy if I Jos' Idn lie .-An' gobble scuppernongs. . • • —Now York. Sun THE MISADVENTURES JOHN NICHOLSON, BY ROCHUX LOUIS STEVENSON. CHAPTER I. In Which John Sows the Wind. John Vai'cy Nicholson was stupid, .•yet much duller men have risen to high plncos in tho (government; if ho "had been of keener wit, moreover, •this story \yould nover have been written. His father, <-i storn and religious 'gentleman, rulod him. with a firm hand find governed his "house •frith majestic dignity. •:••,. Horo was a family whore, prayers «amo at the same hour, whoro the Sabbath literature was unimpoacli- •ably selected, whoro tho guest who should have leaned to any false opinion was instantly sot down, and over •which thoro reigned all week, and .grew denser on Sundays, a silence that was agreeable to his ear. and a .gloom, that he found comfortable. • Mrs. Nicholson had died about thir- •ty, and left him with three children; .-a daughter two years, and a son about •eight years younger than John; and .John himself, tho unlucky betirer of a name infamous in 'English. . history. 'The daughter, Maria, was a good girl —dutiful, pious, dull, but so easily startled that to speak to her was •quite i\ perilous enterprise. "I don't "think I care to talk about that, if you please," she would say, and strike the "boldest speechless by her unmistakable pain, this upon all topics—dress, plcusuro, morality, politics, in which •the formula was changed to "my papa thinks otherwise," and even re ligion, unless it was approached wilh .a particular whining tone of voice. .Alexander, the younger brother, was sickly, clever, fond of books and •drawing.aud full of satirical remarks. In tho midst of these, imagine that natural, clumsy, unintelligent and mirthful animal, John; mighty well- behaved in comparison with other lads, although not up to tho murk of the house in Randolph Crescent; full -of a sort of blundering affection, full •of caresses which wore never very warmly received; full of sudden and lond laughter which rang out in that etill house like curses. Mr. Niehol- .son himself had a great fund of humor, of the Scots order—intellcc- •tual, turning on the observation of men; his own character, for instance •—if he oould have scon it in another ••—would have been a rare feast for him; but his son's empty guffaws over ;a broken plate, and empty, almost .light-hearted remarks, struck him svith pain as tho indices of a weak mind. Outside tho family John had early attached himself (much as a dog may . follow a marquis) to tho stops of Alan Houston, a lad about a year •older than himself, idle, a Irillo wild, 'the heir to a good estate whic.h was •still in tho hands of a rigorous trustee, •and so royally content with himself that ho took John's devotion as a •matter of course. Tho intimacy was gall to Mr. Nicholson; it took his son .from tho house, and ho was a jealous 'iparent; it kept him from tho office, and he was a martinet, lastly, Mr. Nicholson was ambitious for his fu.ni- 'lly, (in which, and tho disruption ^principles, ho entirely lived) and ho hated to soo a sou of his play second .tiddler to an idler. After some hesitation, ho ordered that the friendship should cease—an unfair jommand, though seemingly inspired by tho spirit of prophecy; and John Baying nothing 'ing, continued to disobey tho order -.under tho rose. John was nearly nineteen when he was ono day dismissed rather earlier than usual from bin father's office, whoro ho was studying tho practice of tho law. It was Saturday; and except that ho had a matter of £-100 in his pocket which it was his duty to hand over to the British' Linen company's bank, ho had the whole after- moon at his disposal. He went to Prince'a street enjoying tho mild sui shine, and the little thrill of easterly wind that tossed the Hugs along that •terrace of palaces, and tumbled the green trees in tho garden. The band • was playing down in tho valley under Ithe castle; and when it came to tho pmra of the pipers, he hoard their sounds with a stirring of the blood. Something distantly martial |-woke in him; and ho thought of Miss Mackenzie, whom ho was to meet that day at dinner. Now, it is undeniable that he should "have gone directly to the bank, but right in the way stood the billiard room of the hotel where Alan was almost certain to be found; and the temptation proved too strong. He • entered tho billiard room, and was Instantly greeted by his friend, cue in hand. "Nicholson," said he, "I want you to lend me a pound or two till Monday." •'You've -come to tho right shop, haven't you!" 1 returned Jphn. "I have twopence." "Nonsense," raid Alan. "You •can got some. Go and borrow at your toiloi-''a; they all do it. Or I'll you what; pop your watch." "Oh, yes, I dare say-," said John, bow about my talker?" . ?"How is h0 to. know? Me doesn't Wind-it up foi* you at night, does' he £" inquired Alan, at which Johri guffawed. "No, seriously; I am in a fix," continued the tempter. "I have lost some money to a man here. I'll give it you to-night, ''and you' call got the heirloom oiit again on Monday, Come; it's a small service after all. I would do a good deal more for you." Whereupon John wont forth, and pawned his, gold watch under tho assumed name of John Froggs, 85 Plcaa- anco. But the nervousness that as ; sailed him at the door of that inglorious haunt—a pawnshop—and the effort necessary to invent tho pseudonym (which, somehow seemed to him a necessary part of tin 1 , procedure), had taken more time than ho imagined; and when ho returned to the billiard room with tho spoils, tho bank had already closed its doors. This was a shrewd knock. "A pieco of business had boon neglected." Ho beard these words in his father's trenchant voice, and trembled, and then dodged tho thought. After all, who was to know? Ho must carry £400 about with him till Monday, when tho neglect could bo surreptitiously repaired; and meanwhile, he was free to pass the afternoon on the encircling- divan of tho billiard room, smoking his pipe, sipping a pint of ale, and enjoying to the masthead tho modest pleasures of admiration. None can admire liko a young man. Of all youth's passions and pleasures, this is the most common and least alloyed ; and every Hash of Alan's black eyes; every aspect of his curly head; every graceful roach, every easy, stand-oil' attitude of waiting; ay, and down to his shirt sleeves and wrist links, wore seen by John through a luxurious glory. He valued himself by the possession of that royal friend, hugged himself upon tho thought, and swam in warm azure; his own defects,-like vanquished, difficulties, becoming things on which to plumo himself. Only when he thought of Miss Mac- keir/.io there fell upon his mind a shadow of regret; that young lady was worthy of better things than plain John Nicholson, still known among schoolmates by the derisive name of "Fatty;" and he felt,'if hecouldchalk a. cue, or stand at ease, with sucu a careless grace as Alan, ho could approach the object of his sentiments with a less crushing acn.sc of inferiority. Before they parted, Alan made a proposal that was startling in tho extreme. He would bo at Colette's that night about twelve, ho said. Why should not John comt! then; and got the money ? To go to Colette's was to see life, indeed; it. was wrong; it was against the laws; it. partook, in a very dingy manner, of adventure. Were it known, it was the sort of exploit that disconsidered a young man for good with tho more serious classes, but gave him a standing with the riotous. And yet Colette's was not a hell; it could not come, without vaulting hyperbole, under tho rubric of a gilded saloon; and if it was a sin to go there, the sin was moiv-ly local' and municipal. Colette (whose name I do not know how to spell, for 1 was never in epistolary communication with that hospitable outlaw) was simply an unlicensed publican, who gave suppers after eleven at night, the Edinburgh hour of closing. If you belonged to a club, you could got a much bolter supper at the samo hour, and lose not a jot in public esteem. Hut if you lacked that qualilieation and wore an hungered, or inclined toward conviviality at unlawful hours, Colette's was your only port. You wore very ill-supplied. Tho company was not recruited from tho senate or the church, though tho. bar was very well represented on tho only occasion on which I Hew in tho face of my country's laws, and, taking my'repu- tation in my hand, penetrated into that grim supper-house. And Colotto's frequenters, thrillingly conscious of wrong-doing and "that two- handed engine (tho policeman) at tho door," wore perhaps inclined to somewhat feverish excess. Hut tho place was in no sense a very bad ono; and it is somewhat strange to mo, at this distance of time, how it had acquired its dangerous repute. In precisely the samo spi/it as a man may debate a project to ascend the Mattorhorn or to cross Africa, John considered Alan's proposal, and, greatly daring, accepted it. As ho walked homo, the thoughts of this excursion out of tho safo places of life into tho wild and arduous, sl-irrcd and struggled in his imagination with tho image of Miss Mackenzie—incongruous and yet kindred thoughts, for did not ouch imply unusual tightening--of tho pegs of resolution! 1 did not each woo him forth and warn him back again into himself P Between theso two considerations, at least, he was more than usually moved; and when he got to Randolph Crescent, ho quite forgot tho four hundred pounds in tho inner pocket of his great coat, hung up the coat, with its rich freight, upon his particular pin of tho hat stand; and in the very action sealed his doom. hand on his armband behind all these a-jp'otta 6t the no6tuvila"l o% s he' &a'w, CHAPTER II. In Which John Reaps the Whirlwind. About half past ton it was John's bravo good fortune to offer his arm to Miss Macken/Je, and escort her home. Tho night was chill and starry; all tho way eastward the trees of the different gardens rustled and looked black. Up tho stone gully of Loith \ Walk,, when they came to cross it, tlu breeze made a rush and set the flames of the street lamps quavering; and when at last they had mounted to tho Koyal Terrace, whore Captain Mackenzie lived, a great salt freshness came in their faces from the sea. These phases of the walk remained written on John's memory, each emphaswed: by the touch of that in his mind's eye, a picture of tho lighted drawing-room at home whoro ho had sat tal'king with Flora and his father, from tho othol- end, had looked on with a kind ahd ironical smile. John had road the significance of that smile, which might havo escaped a stranger,; . Mr. Nicholson had remarked hid son's entahglomcmt with satisfaction, tinged by humor; and his smile, if it still was a thought contemptuous, had implied consent. At tho captain's door tho girl hold out her hand, with n certain fvr -.-basis, and John took it and kept i1/ a little longer and said, "Good-night, Flora, dear," and was instantly thrown into much fear by his presumption. But she only laughed, ran up tho stops, and rang tho boll; and while sho was waiting for tho door to open, kept close iu tho porch, and talked to him from that point as out of a fortification. Sho had a knitted shawl over her head; her blue Highland eyes took the Jig-ht from tho neighboring street lump and sparkled, and when tho door opened and closed upon hoi- John felt cruelly alone. He proceeded slowly back along tho terrace in a tender glow, and when he camo to Greunsido church ho halted in a doubtful mind. Over tho crown of tho Calton bill, to his left, lay the way to Colette's, whoro Alan would soon bo looking for his arrival, and where ho would now have no more consented to go than ho would have wilfully wallowed in a bog, tho touch, of tho girl's hand on his sleeve, and the kindly light in his father's eyes, both loudly forbidding. But right before him was tho way hcmo, which pointed only to bod. a place of little case for one whoso fancy was strung to the lyrical pitch, and whoso not very ardent heart was just then tuinultuously moved. The hilltop, tho cool air of the night, tho company of tho groat monuments, tho sight of t'ae city under his feet, with its hills and valleys and crossing files of lamps, drew him by all ho had of the poetic, and he turned that way; and by that qnito innocent deflection ripened tho c.-op of his venal errors for the sickle of destiny. On a seat on the hill above Green- Bide he sat for perhaps half an hour, looking- down upon tho lamps of Edinburgh, and up at tho lamps of heaven. Wonderful wore the resolves he formed; beautiful and kindly wore tho vistas of future life that sped bo- fore him. Ho uttered to himself tho name of Flora' in HO many touching and dramatic keys that ho became at length fairly molted with tenderness, and could have sung aloud. At that juncture a certain creasing iu his groat-coat caught his car. He put his hand into his pocket, pulled forth tho envelope that hold the money, and sat stupificd. The Calton Hill, about this period, had an ill name of nights; and to be sitting there with four hundred pounds that did not belong to him was hardly wise. Ho looked up. There was a man in a very bad hat a little on one side of him, appaiontiy looking at tho scenery: from a little on tho other a second night-walker was drawing very quietly near. Up jumped John. Tho envelope foil from his hands. Ho stooped to get it, and at tho samo moment both men ran in and closed with him. A littlo after ho got to his foot very sore and shaken, tho poorer by a purse which contained exactly one penny postage stamp,, by a cambric liandorifhiof, and by tho all-important envelope. [TO IUJ rioNTINUKU.] Tho Child ISIK! HID PlRaons. ^ Tho father of a littlo child who died at Macon, Ga., tolls of tho strange action of throo-pct pigeons that bo- longed to tin* deceased. Up to the time of the child's death tho pigoons had never boon known to ontor tho house, but on tho day of hoc death and after tho body had been placed in tho cotlin, two of tho pigoons camo into the room whoro tho corpse was and looked at the child's face through the glass in tho cover. The pigeons were frightened away by several members of the family, and they porchod upon the sill, whoro they remained for the rest of the day. In the afternoon tho other pigoons on- torod tho house and acted in the samo manner as tho first two. Tho pigoons would not leave the room until tho corpse was removed for burial. Tho Judgment Soil I. A high seat, called "Kursi," is to bo found in the courtyard of all well- to-do houses in Cairo and other largo towns of tho East. It is occupied by tho master of tho house when deciding domestic affairs. Such scats are never wanting in tho courtyard of tho houses of tho sheikhs, heads of tribes, or of persons in authority. The scat is placed iu a shady part of tho court, and judgment is delivered from it on all m. .tiers which are brought for decision by the inhabitants of the district, or by members of the tribe over which the master of tho house presides. Sympathy. On tho way home from tho services at the church little Milly was very grave, so grave that her father finally asked her what was tho matte/. "Oh!" she said, I'm f;o sorry Mr. Wilson is not going to heaven." "Why,Mildred,what do you mean?" "Well, sho replied, the minister said he was going to be taken to Brooklyn."—Truth. American Hurilwarc. In 1860 our product of hardware was valued at $100,000; in 1888 at $970,000,000. The annual addition to the output was $6,000,000 a year be-< tween 1840 and I860, and $25,000,000 a year between 18§0 qjad i888. OM WIT AM) HU10& SAVINGS AN6 ObtNoS- Sortie Pen Sketches From' i-lfo^at the World's Columbian. Kxposttloft — Why lltoy . numpnd <cttl» ' .Nose — I Indian — Seaside No'iisonsc. Her .Idea of Unit. J(r. Troutloy—Itavou't you caught liny tiling yet, my drar? Mrs. Troirbley—Xo. And' that lior- rid Miss'-l'Mnn has caught, three since 1'vo been here. I can't seem to get this lovely jo ly cake of mine to stay on the hook. rinyln' Injuns. Dooley—Will de Mornin' Pew leave de wigwam, uv her father, de great chief, an' be do squaw of lied Blood, an' come an' live widhim in his wigwam, an' coolc his game wot he ketches on do great perario? Do do Mornin' Dow luv do grout hunter? Cora Cases—She do. Didn't Moot I lio Kcqtili-nnioiitB. Cliolly—Fweddic Bwuggies wants to join oiiuh club. (!awiro—Well, he cahn't. Cliolly—Why not? Oawge—Ho has only one creditor, they say. IIln l/'riinl IMI|C. "Are there any cannibals in your show?" liaicl the nice-looking man anxiously, as he approached the ticket booth of a . plaisancu exhibit of foreign tribes. '•Xo; nary one. Want a ticket'. 1 " But the young man had turned sndly away with the painful rclluetioti that •another plan lor {jetting along without diirling- Ethel's plump little brother h.ul been foiled. 1 To Suit the Nnnil*. Mrs. Catistiquo (wi-jh rigid severity — What 1 don't understand, Airs. 1'arv- noo, is why you should have named your summer collate 'Foi-nhurst-by- the-Uiversido,' when there isn't • a stream of wat j r within teu miles. Mrs. 1'avvnoo (with equal severity) — My husband intends to have a river put through th: pivmisfs at once. One of li.H VTrcmjfs. Mlie 1'roCessi.onal Agitator (to the: group in the cigar store)—The sull'erin' proletariat must arouse and denounce its wrongs. \\'e arc the victims of conspiracy to make us starve. Our cry is for bread! Bread for the hungry and the enfeubiilled. We a-e fallin' by the wayside Irom laek of food. We "Confound it! Wair's the swindler that keeps this shop? lie sold me this cigar fer a two-fer-a-quarter, an' it's no better'n any live cigar made.'' . (gloomily?—It's itiff. Chnhiley. This 'dWns • donie exchequer bus'ed'-department of In* terior out of fix—trousers bag at the knees —Isnaestein has' my watch— can't shake'any body dowiv'for n 'flver"' —promised to take Lueileto theoporft. 'lJu.fc.foi" one thing I should commit sni'cide. • .'. ' Ghumley (sympathetically,) ---'yes— and that is? ' , Ten Broke—Curiosity, Chumle.V. I have ;i gloomy curiosity to sse how the whole blamed thing will .work out. • .• ' Grout ilncoiirafireiYimit. "[always embrace an opportunity," paid Mr. Mullins, complacently to his lady love. Mullins was a successful business man. bu,t rather backward in U.ve- making. "Do you regard mo as- an opportunity?" asked the girl shyly. He did after that.—Truth.' The Sin all Hrot.lior. The -Sister's Jieau — So, Johnny, j-o I're going tobn a chemist like papa, eh? And did you knnw this diamond of mine was the sauio substance as char oal? •Iohnny--No. T. S. Ji.— And hasn't paoa to'd you thnt. .loliuny— No; he said it was paste. — Ufe. ____ Too l>'amil!:ir. lie— Wns he introduced to yoii last night? She— I thought, so for a time, but he Aecame so very familiar that I became suspicious that he was not introduced at all. — Exchange. Sober us u OiKljjc. Mcliarry—Fine man he is; regular customer of mine. Reporter—But didn't he drink a great deal?' 1 McGarry—Him? No, not at all, sir; not at ail. lie was as sober as a judge. An l?nri>:ifvntiulilu Quarrel, She—1 know I'm unreaauiiiible:! That Js a woman's privilege! Ho—Hut is n't it unreasonable for you to want to be urreasonable? She (hotly).—No; but it is unreasonable for you n t to want me to be unreasonable! lie (mildly).—It strikes me that is an unreasonable proposition. She (triumphantly).—Ot' course it is, for 1 made it! (They kiss and make friends.) .,„ Or I>ond Ono«. JUtsttci'— How's that suburban eemo j tery scheme of yours doing? Hustler — l''irst-class! All I want now is s.o got a few live men in it. DlRitHtrous Iiicrt'ilullly. "It is n't loaded," Smith declares, While Brown's distrust increases; Tho latter goes his way in peace, The hitter goes in pieces. IVomuri. Lo Fiance— Why have yon never introduced mo to your mother, darling? La Fiancee— -Herald, my mother is a widow and I have lost two fiances to widows already — I/rfe. A Drawing; Clint. Museum Manager — I have procured a man who has never said "Is it hot enough for you? ' Kriend— Impossible! Where did you get him? Museum Manager — In Greenland. — I'uelc. _ Of Course. Mr. Cohen— Vat's the matter mid Ikcy? airs. Cohen— -Me felt down unt bumped his nose. Mr. Cohen — Vat. bumped his nose? Mrs. Cohen— Veil, vat else c;.uld ho bump'.' Tory Clour. Madge— What did Jack Friskc mean by saying that ho had a cinch at the races'; 1 Beth — It's a Uind of a bet that you lose, but ought to win. — Exchange. Vim wll.li a Fr.::ny Man. First Comedian— I am out of place when not in my own spiiere of comic opera. Second Comedian — Yes. You are, in fact, its center of gravity. Tim Aulorrnl. of th«i Household. I'al.L'hollor — Who minds the baby at your house, lien'.' JJi'iiu.liut— lly .Jove, wo n 1 do! "I think it's horrid of the men to stare so. Don't you?" "Yes. Let's hurry and get into tho water." "Oh, wait a moment. I tee Mr. Fiend coining this way with his ko- dak." Putting Him to tho Tost. Deacon Woolerton (snceringly)—I s'pose yo' t'ink it's do Lord's will fo' yo' lo leave dis charge an' take de one wid de biggah salary I l j arson Shouter—Look Vre, Hre'r Woolerton; et ono man offers yo' ten f i' dat mule an' anodder oftWs yo' twenty would clero be any quebtioii'iii yo' mind which otl'er it wax de Lord's will fo' yo' to accept? Hope Iloforrurl. "Everything 1 write I lay aside for forty-eight hours before giving it .to the editor," said Smith. "And the editor," said Brown, "before giving it to the public, lays it aside for forty-eight years." "Ha Uivtilli JJIa Jlflovocl Slot'i>," Froutpew—Hector is about to become an usher at Dr. Hillier's church. He's eminently fitted for the work, you know. Chou-ioft—In what way? Frontpevv—Why, he's a somnambulist! "' ' An l!rlmn Advi Little "Fresh Air" Girl— 1 wish I was back in the city agiiin. I'm so tired of the country! Matron (sympathetically)— Why, my poor child, what ean you do in the city in hot weather liko this? Little "Fresh Air" Cirl— Oh.we play, you know! Matron— What do you play? Liitle "J'rcsh Air" Girl— Why, we play it's eool, like it is out in the country! A l'«reiiiilul lilesgliiff. The umidona of tropical climes, Where the favors of nature abound, Wear very tow clothes, As every one knows; They are summer girls all the year rouud. give Nurec. him that Doctoi — Did you opiate 1 proscribed? Patients W fe— Every two hours. doctor, just at> you said. It was awful hard work to wake him up to take the medicine, though. " A UlisBslnc Iu DUguUc. Brown — Well, Lovi, are these hard times pinch iue- you any? Goldstein — llardt dimes Vot you gall hardt dimes? Urovvn — Why, don't you know there's a panic on, and business men are failing right an.l left? Gold.-teiu— Veil, mine Gracious! Vot you vant? 1 fail't for six t'ousan' lollur nrit make free t ousan'. Some of dose fellers fail fer a tielluf a million. Dimes vos great! what boys' thai caps .siio'il itumi tho Undo Hatch— Wonder "A. D. T." oo. all them stands for? Auntie Option— "Always Telegrams," 1 reckon lU-ussuriHl. Snake Charmer — I feels kinder rocky t' day, Grimesey, an' 1 feel luery of doin' me turn. Manager Grimes— Wot yer want.ter do? Bust me show? You goes ou, au' de'prkestrer pl'ays SJ. Vatrick'g Day oil d« orgiuette, mi' de snakes, are dead easy fer ye. See? Ajyrty. (lotfrtt in tM tlafls depths Hie * ocoiHi' iticre nfc livlnjf ' tluU are borne about lighting up thtf ttivHcnoss. A queer flsft, called Old "lutdsiiipiulte".carries the brightest rtttd most striking of nil theso^soiv-toroiietf. /Upiig its buck, under it, and at tho baao of its. this there are small ..discs that glow with a clenr phosphorescent light like I'owa of shining buttons oil tlitl young middy's uniform. In thift way It gets tho mime "midshipmlto," by which young sailors in'the navy are oft' en (.'.nllcd. These discs tiro exactly Hlco smiill bull's eye lanterns, with rt'gulnr louses aful reflectors. The lenses gnth* er the rays, and the reflectors throw them out ngiiin. Thoro is a layer of phosphorescent colls between tho two, and (ho entire effect is ns perfect us If m.'ido by some skillful opttchui, Mttny other fish havo "reflectors," many havo "leusc-s," but the "midshlpmito" is tho only kind that has such splendid specimens of both. Tho llsh is so constructed that when it Is frightened by some devon/ing sea monster It win close Its lenses anil hide itself Iu the darkness. It can turn its lantern oil and on til. will. It is always "filled" it ml reiu.ly svheti wanted. Another marine animal bus a luminous bulb that hangs from its chin, and thus throws a light before it, to warn it of the approach of enemies. Still nil- other upholds a big light from the extremity of the dorsal tin. Others again have supplies -of a luminous oil that runs down its sides from tho fins, mink* ing a bright and constant light all around It. Most of the jelly fish are phosphorescent. These live fur down on 1 he- floor of the ocean, where it is ahv.'iyS dark tind gloomy. The dwellers in theso waters arc provided with lights oi 1 their own shining bodies and fins, which illumine their home with a strange glare. A «<>K Slory. To a boy on familiar talking terms with a dog this qucKtioii limy not sound absurd; but there are many Icnrncr* men who intilntaln that while dogs often understand our meaning, it is not our words, but our tones, looks and gestures that they comprehend. ' But almost every child who loves a dog could br)"g some story to contradict this theory. i Hero is a true story on the subject that will please all musters of bright ilogs. A traveler In Portugal purchased a unlive dog, which soon became inucU attached to him. "When spoken to in KngMsh, even accompanied by the most expressive looks and gestures the master could command, the dog appeared pu/,/,led, iind he seldom found out what was required of him, but when liia master addressed him in Portuguese— badly as his waster spoke it, the dog joyfully executed hi.s wishes. After a time, by repeating the words alternately In Portuguese and in Mug- lish, the dog learned (he latter us well as the former, and would obey as readily. But the same command given in French reduced Inm to a slate of despair again. After the dog was carried to France. A.fter living there some time he became so familiar with the laitgu-igo that ho understood directions given to him, though— perhaps because- ho had grown older and a new language was harder to acquire— he never responded HO readily as to coir mainly in I'orUiguesc and . •»'- > ' Itettfi- Ilarfjnlii, s , A once famous English barrister dearly loved lords and ladies of high degree, and took such pains to seek their company that he occasionally received a so-' clal buffet for his pains. '-w\t| On arriving ono day at Hamburg ho learned that a distinguished member of parliament was slaying at the hotel which ho had selected. He at once called the waiter, ami offered him Iialf a napoleon, at the same time requesting that a place might be reserved for him, at table d' hole, adjoining that of the noble lord, When dinner was served, however, he entered ,tlio room and found that the seat Avas already occupied. He summoned the waiter. "Why was not that place reserved for me?" he demanded angrily. "Well, sir, I'm very sorry," replied the waiter. "You gave me half a napoleon to place you near his lordship, but he gave me a napoleon to put you on tuu further side of the table!" Imto Summer unil Early Full It is a good plan to sow a piece of wheat, oats or buckwheat near your poultry yards. The hens will thrive on the green food and whe.i It grows and matures it will be eaten up clean. They got. exercise thus, as well as food; the muscles are developed, and If tho hen is thus made vigorous and healthy she can't help but lay. At this season tho hens are talcing a rest, changing their feathers, and they need strength to carry them through, and if they are treated right, will begin laying before spring. Winter eggs arc what we want, when they bring 25 to 45 cents. In our local market the^ are now 1(5 cents (Sept. 10), ar.d have been us low as IU cents. When they shed feathers early they will lay early, and this depends upon your feeding and care. llullot •\Vuves. One of the interesting results of th» recent experhncnis in England in photographing flying bullets has been to show that the (IMui'tfiuce in the air travels faster than the bullet itself, The photographs exhibit air waves la advance; of the bullets, even when the latter are moving faster than the velocity of sound. lii one case where the bullet was moving considerably faster than soun4 travels In the air it was preceded by au atmospheric disturbance which, ixt too moment the photograph was taken, wa^ half tin inch In advance of the point of the bullet,. Even wli<>a the tmJl<jfc| wove traveling four times as fast n| 0'ouiid, tho lUin- Ql them

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