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,-ff f in one rooming wister, TIK her small tread at at tne, queer little fairies - That ever I , chanced to ' see. i on the quaintes^of garments—^ Prickly steel all trimmed in pearl; «*» araod. was bedecked with ' rare Jewels $rig&t enough for an old-time earl. fe^" 1 " * SO gathered her oat of the snow-drift, 1 'i i*a-trttaBpfc I bo» her away, &»M plaeed'hsr with Joy on my mantel, To remain for ever and aye. when I returned 'to my chamber, |-V Oh, that naughty, naughty elf, . ft «&« shaken the hood from her tresses, 1 Chuckling, no doubt, to hferself. ' ift . ' • racing all over my mantel, ^.,,--A* skipping o'er curtain and chair, f were numerous dainty white fairies, , Baaelnt with Joy to be there. ' I-, I chased them all out of the window,' ' teJtAway, then; the.tlfty elveo flew. * ' gj^vlien springtide arrives can you tell P, ' use X;: "What my "dainty white fairies will te' *'do? r n '-t 3":'j#»t I 1 * ftfr&t?} A* forward. m round -of th« m*la1 w&a p the cheers of the dren's OWB. to Islm amid The Chil- A Gold Medal. never forget a lesson,! re- We . ,-t shall Jicelved when at school at A named Watson driving a In the evening he > her back again, -we did not know £s-* nere ' ^^ *^ i8 ' wad continued several ifiS'^'The boys attending the school were p^ftU sons of wealthy- parents, and some f *Vot them were-duncea enough to look i-T. WItls ' disdain on*« scholar'who fcad to dfe'drlve a cow 1 . ' . t |P .; With, admirable good nature Watson jV^SKJre all their attempts to'annoy him. &--. "1 suppose, Watson," said. Jackson, fp^ijother boy, one day—"I suppose your Sf,,tt|h.er intends to make a milkman of E8£rour • • ' „ , ; f|j f "Why not?('asked Watsoni '• tf f Qh, nbthlnff. Only don't leave much ^Trater, in .the cans' aftar you iV rlnse hem—that's all." ' , • The boyjaughed, and Watson, fee. least mortified, - replied i "Never If ever I am a milkman', I'll give saeaaure and" good milk." ie day afterj thte conversation there 'i> public examination, at which i' and 'gentlemen from theiielgh-' ;bpriQg towns were* present, and'prizes awarded by the principal df our ihool," and both'.Watson and Jack- is, btiy, a ecrap M fc lad, Charles Dudley Warner, who almost needed a high chair tb torlng him up to the general level of the dining table, who Uke4 to read i-fte encyclopedia. He •was always hunting" around la the big book of the encyclopedias-books About hl« own size—for what -he wanted to know. He dug 'In it ds another boy would dig da the woods'for sassafras root. It appeared that &* w * 8 interested in natural hiitory and natural phenomena. He asked questions of these books .exactly as he would ask a living authority and kept at it "till he got answers. He knew how to read. Boon that, boy iwfcs an authority>on earthquakes. lie liked to have the conversation atw the "table turn on Dearth- quakes, for then he seemed to be the tallest- person at the table. I suppose there was no earthquake anywhere of any Importance but that he could tell where it occurred, and what damage it did, 'how many nouses.lt buried and bow many people It killed and what shape it left the country it had shaken. From that he went on to try; to discover what caused these disturbances; •and this led him Into other Investigations, and at last into the. study.of electricity, practically as well as theoretically. •• He examined, machines and Invented machines, and kept on read- Ing; and presently he was an expert In electricity.' He.knpWB how 1 ti put in wires, and signals, and bells, and to do a number of practical' and use.fu.1 things;-and almost before he was able to enter the'high school he had a great, deal of work jto do. In the city, and three or four men under him. These/ JRPow an !n A of tb* ff5 him had-not-read-as-much- -Q F about electricity ts, he had. , r.et»iYfldja_credttabl6 j |&f&.. respect to scholarship, they were "..equal, .After the ceremony of the principal remarked there was ona prize, consisting of ^gold medal, which was rarely award- fidy. not BO much on acount of Its great f&ost, as because the instances were'rare ,3?fe$ch rendered its bestowal proper ? It "lSf$B'.the prize of heroism.- The .last ^EaedJal was awarded about three years ago to a boy in the first class who rea- $oed a poor girl from drowning. •J>t 3jt» principal then eald that, with 5 * permission ' of the company, he mid, relate, a abort' anecdote. long since, some boys went 9- kite |n the. street Just as a iOor i$td on horaftback rode-by on his' r ay to itoe mill;. The horse took, frfght threw the boy,' injuring him so' i}y, that he.-waa carried' home and. ,ed some weeks to bis bed. Of the' who had unintentionally caused 41feaster none followed-to learn the of tbe-wounded lad.. There was 099 \ however,;who witnessed tbe'aocl-' :om a distance, who not'only j make inquiries but stayed to service. . ' i boy soon learned that. 'the d boy was the grandson of a widow, whop sole support cc/n~ ,fl th aelllagr tae milk of a cow, of she was the owner.' 3he was,old i, and her grandson, on whom %depeaded to drive her Cow to tha •was ' now helpless with, his 'Never mind, good "woman/ the hoy; 'I "Bill drive the cow,' 'But the kindness did not stop there, icy was wanted to get articles from Apothecary, *I have money that my er cent me tp 1>uy a pair of -boots. ' aWd he, 'but" I <an do without for a while/ 'Oh,' no/ said the ' ' Chlldron'n totter*. ' 'The following little story was sent to the editor some time ago to 1>e used in the Christmas editions: ' Dear -Editor; My papa -takes your 'paper, and we like it very much. .1 am. » years old and I thought I would, write a story. . •,;.;.• -'....;. .. .',' -- •" It was Christmas Eve. Mr. and Mrs. Bartolle were sitting by the table talking of the old times, when- aU-at once there was a cry'without. They both went to the door. .There was „ a little' girl who said she-was hunting Santa Claus.and that her mother* was sick and that she was wanting hjrn to com'e there and give them something to eat and toVbum'in their stove. T&ey told her to come In and she would go' and see her mother. She did, and found- her awful slckr The next day she died (she was a widow). Mr. and' Mrs,. Bartelle kept'the little girl who Introduced her-, self as Xdly Madison. "She went to school every day that she could, v She was very smart and learned very ^fast.. Some of the scholars, were very mean HE wild streams leap with headlong sweep In ttieir ' earbles* course o'er the mountain eteep. All fresh and strong they foam along, . Waking the rocks with their, cataract song. My eye bears a • • glance like the beam on a lance. While I watch the waters dash and dance; , I burn with glee, for I love to see The path of anything that's free.— Tha ekylark springs with dew on his . Wings, Arid up in the arch of heaven he sings •Trm-la-trlll-la, oh, sweeter far Than the notes that come through a golden bar, The joyous bay of a hound at play, The caw of a rook on Its homeward way— - , Oh! these shall be the music for me. For I love the voices of the free. The deer starts by with his antlers high, Proudly tossing his head to the eky; / The barb,runs the plain Unbroke by the rein, •With, streaming nostrils and flying * mane; • . The'cUuds are stirr'd by. the eaglet bird, AH the flap 6f Us swooping pinion l« heard,, >. " ( Oh! these shall be the creatures for me, ' •.:."":" ' For my soul, was form'd to love the , free. ' The mariner brave, lii his bark on the wave, .,-__, •-,'•'May laugh at the walls round a kingly slaver ' ' . s, And the one whose lot is-the desert spot Has no dread of an envious foe In his -"•'.. cot. -..••• ' ,'.".,;•';• ' , '. The thrall and state at the palace gate Are what my spirit has learnt to hate: ' ^tha hills shall be a home for me, ''_ "I r d leave a Throne for the hut of 'the free.' -,•;-. .••'• . • a o£ the interior offor^d to pav sum for it ThN was rp- as the general emlti tJhat the work in ftis line, b«t hs wan prevailed upon to #>ee*>pt a swavenir of considerable value from the emperor Himself. A Fortunate Meeting. . At the close of the Civil War Gen. Robert Toom>s, believing himself "wanted" .by the Federal government, made his way to Cuba, "and thence took passage for England. . He arrived at L/lyerpool short of funds', a stranger in a strange land. However, he bought a first-class ticket to: London, and 1 had :flve. dollars left in his pocket How quickly he was delivered from his flnan-; clal straits Is 4hus described by ; a writer In th& Chicago Times-Herald.; to her at first, but it was noT very long until " every one loved her. 'She soon grew^up an'd taught school and helped the old folks along. - ; Many happy N0w Years and happy Christmas she sp'ent' there/ Always be kind to ; the old, blind and poor, and you -will get payed hack In a better way. .Lulu Ream. 1 Tommy .Will Be Good. , ,-.r .1 won't steal Alice's sticky of candy; ;: I won't call Robert a Jack-a-dandy; I w»n't squeak my ..pencil on my elate;: I -won't He In bed every day and be .late; I won't-make faces at Timothy Mq,ck; 1 I- won't make fun behind any one's, back, -."•• :'x -^ ;.;;;' .'.'.'• \ ' "•';;•' .''•': Rustle and turn them, so and so! . The' good shall come and the bad shall go, , / , I won't fear "barn doors" In all my frocks; I won't put my toes through all my ' socks; • . I won't be greedy at dinner tablef^- At least-^-I think 1, won't— if I'm able? I will not pinch 'nor poke nor tease, I will not sputter nor cough nor sneeze, 1 I will not grumble nor tret nor scold, I will do exactly whatever I'm told. . -V ' .' ' ' •':''.''. ' — Fanny. , , ( Rustle and Jum them, eo and so! "^ The; good shall come, au<J » the bad , . ehall "go. / r*J ;p— Tpnimy, • Toombs was studying : the situation when a fell6w4raveler came into, his compartment at .a way station; The, new arrival 'was a London lawyer of .distljictlon.yand' a.' glance satisfied him that; the man sitting opposite was Robert Toombs, an ex-member of the Confederate cabinet, an ex-Confederate general . and a famous American lawyer.' The Londoner had seen the other's' plcfcire^ in tha illustrated papers, and had heard ' something of him . on one. of his visits to the' United States. "Excuse me," he . said, "but isn't Pi-'woman, 'I caa't consent to that; 13^ there is a pair of heavy boots that fttigbt for Thomas, who can't wear f " If you «woujd only buy these w$ get on nicely/ The boy bought pts, clumsy as they were, aud j-a them u^ to taJa time," -~ when it >wea discovered by th'er boys at the school that our gj' waa in the habit of driving a |t4 •waa assailed every day with pate, His cowhide {9 psrtlcuteP were made matters Ijrth, But toe "kept o» cheerfully day after day, never alivm- drlvlag t&e widow's his tlitek boot$. ,JJ6 rM Ml not to It , 3^'or Fun at Fill a tiny tumbler with water cover' it, with a;bpwil Then t©U ia company that you will drlak the -water in. the 'tumbler underneath without moving the bowl. Of course no one will believe you, and you ask all to turn their backs, or close their eyes, If they 'will promise not to look, until one of the party counts ten, Immediately they hav^ turned eyes you pick up another glass of water ajjd.hasUJy swallow a. few mout&fuie,' They hear the Bound, and po one can look until tea 'is counted, • -By that' time the gjaes from which you drank $ hidden a^in .and the company catches* you wiping your moist lips, Ijndoubtodly one of the number will foa so suspicious that fee will lift th^ bowl to see, and thea is your opportunity, j for you. at onca pick up the glass and | drink, saying as you put it down; "I didn't touch tha tK>wl." ,Tbe American responded with some aurprise,.but in a few moments the two were conversing' with the freedom of old friends. -In.the course of the conversation the 'Englishman brought up a subject in which ho was greatly interested—a case for some' British claimants involving the title to Marge landed- interests, in the'j southwestern part of the United States. The penniless 'ex-Confederate little' knew the good fortune awaited him. He simply knew that he had met a bright brother lawyer, ; and' out of the! abundance of his intellectual and professional resources .he entertained him as he would have done a guest at his own fireside. Perhaps an- hour had been spent in Balking over the. case, when'the Londoner came down to buglness. - ••'•' ; , "Qeneral Toombs," he aaid, "how long ehall you stop in, London, and where can i see you?" ,' • "i expect to. stay •;several weeks," was the answer, "and niy address will be the Langbam." '• -, }••'.'•. "Would you. mind coming 'into this case as consulting counsel?" .' "Not-at all: I'am familiar with the ifacts and the law/' •"-.•: ; . ; ; ."I. am sure of that," answered the Britisher, *'Just wait » moment." He drew writing materials from his hand-fiatch'ej;''filled:out .a. check, and handed It to the generaL '"This is a retainer/;' he eaid. "It is the .way . we do•,-thing's in' England. t>ay, after t'p-morrow I will call on you," ••<- ; V i -•'' •'•••'' ' ; '' •-•'"-' '• The Georgian glanced at the check." It was for five thousand,dollars! If he felt any surprise He did not .show it. He carelessly pocketed the'slip of paper, and remarked that'he would, be when needed, 'The Uniform of the Army. i believe thaflh these days of smokeless powder and long-range arms of precfslon the so-called "cadet",gray Is a better color, from Its faculty,of blead- lag In a comparatively short distance with almost all surrounding objects, particularly for foot troops, than the dark blue of the present uniform, says Harper's Weekly. Riding along the road at Garrisons, opposite West Point, one bright afternoon In the late autumn, my attention was cajled to a long line of small white objects swing- Ing in regular rhythm on the road lead^ Ing down' the face of the cliff to the railway station on the opposite side of the river, not very wide at this point, and I had to look *very closely to discover that these white spots were the gloves on the hands of the cadets of the battalion, about 300 strong, marching in column; and their-gray uniform BO blended In the rocks and trees back of them that neither my two companions, officers of the post, nor myself would have 1 noticed 'their presence there but for the conspicuous white flash of glove and cross-belt, Frederic Vllllers, the English* war correspondent, once told me of an'incident that occurred to him in Afghanistan, where, riding with a small escort across country, they were suddenly, startled by the appearance among the rocks of some red objects, seemingly quite a distance away, and it was not until a familiar ! English hall struck his ears that he discovered a picket of British Infantry, their gray "Khakee" tunics melting so subtly into the .background that the -sunburn t-facea-of—tbe-men-were—the mdst conspicuous objects atyout them. Many a soldier who has served in the western country. will, remember how difficult it has been at times to locate his Indian opponent, or even friendly scout, clothed In his dusty rags or gray blanket, mingling and blending with the tones of sage-brush, rock or sand. For other than campaign uses the gray sceems;td me to be a' good color, and the gray, black .and gold of the cadet —I am referring to the color and hot the pattern and cut of his uniform- would, form a harmonious combination In an <infaatry_unlform for all purposes^ •However, "army blue" is here., to stay/ no doubt, and'I know of no finer or more soldierly type in any service than a-lithe, active, weil-set-up "regular" In this easy-fitting, comfortable and thoroughly practical campaign dress, from the soft slouched felt hat down, to the. stout, well-made loot wear; and for the purposes for which the dress Is designed—a m-archlng, camping and fighting rig—there is probably no-better field uniform In any army. In this dress, a few necessary spare articles packed In his blanket roll—for our F"MAO*-"*? or urts, Fnlon Oak Ball the HERE Is an island In Slumber sea Wh«re the drollest things are done, And we will there, if Winda are Just after tbe set of the sun, " 'tis /the loveliest ' p 1 a c e J n the whole wide world Or anyway, so It seems; And toe folks there play at the end 61 » each day In a curious show called "Dreams." We sail right into the evening akles, And ;the very first thing we kno'w We are there at the port and ready for sport, Wfrere the dream folks give their* show. And what do you, think they did last night When I crossed their harbor bars? " They hoisted a plank on a great cloud bank • And teetered among the stars. And they sat on the moon and swung their feet , Like pendulums to and fro; Down Blumber<sea Is the sail for me, And I wish you were ready to go, For the dream folks there on thit curious Isle . •Begin their performance at eight; There are no encores, and they clos* their doors , .'••"' On .everyone who is. late. The sun Is sinking behlnd*the hills, • The seven o'clock hells chime; ' -I-know-by-the-chart-tlhat-we ought'tcr start : , •- • /• - •; -•' • . • -. - •'. .- , If we would be there In . time. Oh, fair ls.«the trip down Slumber sea; Set sail and away we go; The anchor Is drawn, we are 'off. and ,' • gone : '•; • .'. '.-" . - •- •- •' .. ' To the wonderful Dream-Town show. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Ma fn ftiwl off (f own tb? tr*e!w as itutt am &s go, fbe train puswiiag felfe. Tfe* lasted for h&H a jfarapeti down a high lote-- Pln« crselt asd on the atfeer elde. Mas canyon is sb narrow «ddd rocks on ea«b slda are so and high that In gome place* t& canaot Bhlne Into th& ravind anift aad In two hours it Is gone, 1Pli4 In Hne cVeek "eanyoo, ft" two hours long. At Tloidaghton la sutainer they hafs four -hours of gaa- shine. The canyon is fifteen mile* Song. The railroad track Is conetatttl/ aafler patrol that distance. A veteran the track walkers is Pat Falling rocks, drunken lumbermea and bears, he eays, keep hto and th« rest -busy. "And I bave more troabte with the bears than th« other thing*/* Pat eays. "I've c6me face to face wills bears walking along the trade usaasy and many a time. They seem to ti« stock on wandering into the canyon from the three adjoining bear hunting counties and inspecting th<e railroad track. None of 'em ever seemed to want to tackle me, but they always give me a good deal of trouble ta getting them to leave the tall had to flag- traJns more than once call the train men to help me rid tbe track of .obstructing bears." , ( Concerning; Ice Caverna. In various .parts of all countries where the climate is temperate, then* , exists caverns where Ice may b0 found the year round, "and which In many Instances bears indisputable marks of (having beien found during tha warm, perioda of the. year. Edwin S. Balch,'» scientist,^ has studied many, of, thes* caves in America and Europe, 'anfi finds, that' the mouths of the samt aversion - to the knapsack—rations enough in his haversack and plenty of ammunition,-the American .soldier will march and fight day In and day out, cbeerfully enduring every hardship, showing an adaptability to hls-pur- roundlngs and an intelligence .in the execution of the orders given him' equaled by few and surpassed, by no other soldle* the world over. »r. J, 40& touebea the Juuibo, Centerville, stow nt the 840- ta 'The big-London lawyer gqt out at the*next station, after promising to aee the American two days later. .-••<. Toomba stopped %t! the Langham, and during the week gave his attention to the case which had come to him }n the very nick of time. Then -he received another check for five thousand dollars, aed raa over to France for a visit, . . There Loula Nagoleto eent for him, and consulted him uplan • various matters. ' Among other things the emperor asked him what .effect the establishment of Masimiliau's empke would have upon the American republic. "It wiU never be-•eatabllefe^d/' waa the Georgian'? bluafc yeply, "What, ixot with .Coaf«derste syaj- ' asked, the swysyof, Thers tyre BO Ooaftsderaies in «i«jh a was tfc News From Richmond, '? . , . r The following dramatic story 5 of how the news of the! surrender_of Richmond reached Washington is told In a volume of telegraphic tales by W. J. Johnson: On the morning of April 3, 18C5,' one of ,-t-he most important messages that ever flashed along a wire came, to t'he office at Washington. It was the newsl that Ricbmond had fallen, and that the war, was at an 'end. V It seems that shortly alter half-past nine .in the morning the Washington and Cherrystone operators along the: Una of .the Fortress Monroe and City Point • wire were startled by what seemed a foolish demand from Fortress Monroe: "Turn down for Richmond, quick!" 1 The signal was answered promptly —never more promptly. Then came the, question, "Do you get me well?", "I do; go ahead.". ; ' "All right Here's the first message for four years.' , , • I :. The •message was' as follows': "Richmond, Va:, April 3, 1895^ ^'Hon. E, M r Stanton, Secretary of War: "We entered Richmond at,' '8 .'o'clock this morning. . , '. ;- . ",G. Weltzel, Brigadier-General Commanding." ;: - - . ." X .*•'-'". -v. The operator who took tt)ls message waa . WilHaza ••, ES. ^ .then fifteen y«.ars old. : He renjembers. starting up from his chair, upsetting inkstand and instrument, .«wid kicking over a tin that 'eat' at the fireplace, in order to make a noise. I\hen he rushed to Geoeral tSckert's room, where sat president Llncoln^and Mr. Tinker, the cipher clerk, talking in a low tone. . As Kettles was abouf to hand the message* to Tinker, the President caught sight of the body of ioe words, and with cue motion and two strides message and President disappeared on the way to Secretary Stantoa's room. Fifteen minutes later rumors of the faJS of Richmond had been seat far aud wide over tbe country^ la* the Baby; brewery at is a machine , which corks, "wh-$$ caps 18,000 Endurance of » Wounded Bear. , • , ' Huntefa have enjoy^ some rare and exciting sport recently In hunting bears and wildcats In Sullivan county, New York, says a Port Jervis'special' to the, Sun. Back of Eldred.'ln the town, of Highland, several fears have been killed. Dan Hallock, the veteran guide-and hunter of,that place, .told his wife- oh, Christmas, morning .that (he'd go out and kill .a hear just to. break lii hia hired man, John. The •tw^> men started out with guns and dogs ;for Mud Pond Swamp and were' not long In finding (bear tracks, and Hallock put his dogs on the track while he and John ran around to the other ' side of : the swamp where ho knew the bear would come out. They had just reached the place, when there -a-tfarashtag qf buafaea and out raiT" two full-grown black bears. Hallock fired and wounded tha foremost bear, •which shook-its head and made a dash for the hills. Then began a lively chase, which lasted for three or four hours. Over hills and through swamjpa the animals continued their flight, until .at hist Hallock got In another shot at long range which brought down the wounded lyear.'. The other bear escaped to the swamp. An examination of the' carcass showed that Hailock's fl^st shot had struck the bear under the chin 'and passed clean through the body, and Its run'bf nearly four hours after being wounded showed ' remarkable endurance. .T!he saddles were brought to Port Jervia today and shipped to the city. The bear.' weighed 250 pounds. . . "- ' .'.--.' " D, D. Bishop and John Selleck of Monticello went wildcat hunting on Mr. Chapln's property at Lebanon lake, Inrsthe town of Lumberland on Christmas. That portion of Sullivan aSbounds with ferocious animals, and Mr. Chapln, -who lives in Brooklyn, baa given sportsmen permission to hunt for them. His park is stocked with imported ga.n*e, and the wildcats have of late been killing the smaller anlr mals. The t *ro Monticello hunters had splendid luck, and returned home a^t -night with two as fine wildcats as jwere ever brought to town. Bishop shot one of-the 'animals, which measured'four feet from 'tip to tip, and the other waa killed by Belleck.. The two cats ne,t- ted their captors $18. The town of Lumberland gave a bounty of ?6, Mr. Chapln an. addition $6, the county paid a bounty of f 3 and F. C. Kummett i>f Rochester purchased the cats for $3 flnd will have them ; mounted. .-' .v ; JWIldcats are plentiful In the vicinity ,of HahkiaR. Oae .day last week a dog 'belonging to . Delzene Tyler Of that pteca brought a wiWcat to bay a. short distajnce down the Delaware river from Kellam, Pa. The beast swam to a rock in/the river and remained there until a. man named Jones shot it. cliff; at the ,base of a cliff, or,,wher« ' large plts.Into which the ice cave opened. The size varied from several hundred feet In length to quite small holes. Many hypotheses, he eald In a recent address, .had been advanced to account* for these caves, one of which waa that they were .the remains of "the glacial period, but this had been .completely disproved, as ma'ny of them have, been entirely cleared of Ice; but It always re-formed again the following winter; another was that the care rock; nearly /always lime rock, ' contained salt, which was decomposed -with, the summer beat and carried, into the gave by the percolating water. Still another that evaporation and expansion had something to do with It, and again that pressure was the responsible cause. He thought, however, that the 'Correct explanation was, as it seemed 1 to accord'' best with known facts, that, as the mouth of "these oaves is always a con-', Blderable distance above the'floor, the cold, heavy winter air entering the caves would sink to the bottom, congealing the water there'and .that which percolated -through during external thaws. In giimmnr the heat-wouId-.-fef»-'.~ fect the upper, layers of this cave air first, and -by Its consequent expansion more or less would be forced out, but that the whole body of cave air would not be affected by the heat before the next winter set in, • oa a , The engineer of a coal train ou the Full Rock Railroad, while passing through Pine Creek canyon, near Ti- ad&shtou 1 Station a few days ago, gay a dark object on the track a few hundred yards or so ah^ad of hia locomotive and brought hia train to a stop. The flagman ran *hea4 to fewove the track wfcat obstmctioja to tsan^ortfttlon i» »w*sr Colon White Oak. •A curiously-shaped white oak tree Is growing on the farm owned by Miss Khoda Hampton, on the Hampton road, north , of the Marlton turnpike; and about four miles from Camden, N. J. The larger -body,is 2x4% feet in ita diameter and the smaller I%x2 feetT it apptoi-a to be sound and quite solid , above *he union. The earliest date the writer could learn of "its being observed, says R.. 'Bingh&rn .in Meehau's Monthly, was about forty years ago, ' when it waa said to be about as large 1 as a man's body., There, has beep much discussion as to the cause of the' singular growth. The inside of the parts are more nearly flat- and the outsider more'oval, as Indicating a aplit, but the trunks are too far apart at the ground. The* smaller, trunk U? larger Just below' the union than farther down, as if a branch had been '> •turned down and rooted; but the writer thinks that, as a fence formerly^j^ui through the opening, two saplings had ' been drawn together and bound with a.;withe to serve 6s stake* to hold the rails in place. 'The''-marked rod gives the dimensions' of the opening more correctly than the medium-sized mm who stood hack out of the shade ot thi '•' trunk.- >' -.;'••• '..;'•. The editor o? Meehan'B comraeat iff that "thla is undoubtedly a case of natural laarchlng, the union having- occurred at an early age. Very g«4 reason,, derive^ *rom a knowjiedEe «£, the manner in which wood ift fornied, %ould'be adduced agaijiat the idea of a «»lit trunk, aa ; alao agalast tha gestion of a bwiach turned dow» rooting. No theory but arching will suit,the ca&e." Ho fclkaU Meifkuoboljr A quaint efearacter waa Shakespeare's "As You Like It" & friead thought to a nans he called for an cause it pleased aim, but log Bpn that it made fciia eholy, a sqag as -a w«a^ vtfu > Master '* eau find both ialrih

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