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Sterling, Illinois
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r.w OF I ©f — Ho t*»« HAT a -wonder It in that a man can •walk ; With the great and the wise of old, Who have looked 1n the face of an infant race ~ In the Jriy thtcnl age of gold. \ . They have talked With the ones that our hearts revere. They have dined with the" olden kings, They have drank at the streams of forgotten lores AS they flowed • from their prlmnl springs. They have spanned the wide flood of the years for us, They have come from the far-away, As they eat at the boards In the days of old; — They-wlll-slt at our-boards today, — They will tell all the tales that the stars have told, All the secrets the wa\vs have known, AH the ways pf the beasts and the ways of men, Since the heavenly lights have shone. • L«t Us walk- with the wise that our hearts may learn Of the truths that the years unfold, Till we stand In the strength of the men who lived In the mythical age of gold. • - —H. F. Thurston. . The Eccentric Spider. Some curious facts about the common house spider are noted by • Mr. Llndon Meadows In the Argosy. He' writes: Fatima was a spider, inhabiting a corner of my bedroom window, the upper eash of which, stupidly enough, had not been constructed for _,__ inner snuggery, luxuriously 1 fried, from which, when I first made her acquaintance, she refused to come out, eyeing me furtively, and seeming to say to herself, "He looks friendly, but appearances are sometimes deceptive." By degrees, however, 'this mistrust wore away, and Fatima would descend an Inch or two down the web, and then . gallop ;back again,- till I offered her a fly, which, alter some modest hesitation, she took from my fingers, killed, •coated, with a blue film, tr.cked to her •tall, and, drawing' up behind her, hung in the larder. From this,, time, whenever I called her, she would come and !take anything that was presented for ier acceptance, ..showing a decided preference for a moderate-sized bluebottle/declining a caterpillar, Ignoring a ' daddy-long-legs, and growing excited over a wasp, which, upon becoming entangled in her meshes, she would. release as quickly as possible, cutting &way tlj.e surrounding web and letting the dangerous intruder drop, to the ground^ /The cool vlndictlyeness with •which' she would dig her mandibles into her victim and hold on, despite her fltnigglefl j a rather ugly eight, .but the rolling up^in shroud and hauling' home— as I have seen a horse dragging a barrow or. heap of brushwood along "a field— had a touch of ths 'ludicrous. Thua far Fatima was only acting according to her natural instincts, but a further proceeding on her part disgusted me beyond the power of language. It was this. She had a husband, only about half her own size, a rather Idle, good-forrnothing fellow, it Js true, but still her husband. One day I saw, her eyeing him very steadily for some minutes and I feared from the _ expression:: of her -countenance that something evil must be passing in her • mind, hut I did not dream of murder. ' She sprang upon him suddenly, killed him with a few savage nips, in spite'of his .violent, efforts to escape, dragged him 'home, sucked his blood, and ate him by degrees; leaving his skin and .legs dangling from a rope and vibrating with every breath of wind. The Neat of uii OniDE-Ontaug. The nest at an orang-outang has been placed in the- Natural History Museum at Berlin by Professor B. Sa- lenka, who removed it himself from a tree in Borneo. The nest,'"which wag situated thirty feet front the ground, . in ^he crotch of a tree forty-five feet high and about one foot,in-diameter, measures four and a half feet long, and one to two and one-half fe«t wide by seven Inches high. It is made of twenty-five branches, locked and twined together, and is large enough for a fully grown orang to lie In it at full length, though this monkey probably always sleeps as it does in captivity, with lega drawn up and arms crossed over hia body. The go-called, nests of'the or- anga are not skillfully built huts'or closed shelter for the new born young, but almply bleeping places, as many careful observers of these monkeys ID Borneo have established. CrucudUe* of Huouttra. In the Island oj Sumatra when some member of a tribe or village is killed by a crocodile the relatives of the victim, helped by the other members of tha community, turn out to avenge hia death. Their revenge la satisfied when they believe they have destroyed the crocodile thftt did the killing. Tq,make sare of the identity of this particular is, a less difficult thing thau . appear at first thought, Not in- cue of theae saurlans devel- ; ,st$ tbe same traits that charaetsitse the tiger w leopard, and i'tfee wittani Ji«ar & village and !n Wirfcrs. ?PS noted by a. traveler W«IPTC croco- r. il«3 known to be man-waters were UUed and taken, they -without excep- ,ion were old crocodiles. Immensely large and unwieldy, or were apparently Incapacitated through age or all- roent from hustling successfully for a living with their fellows. Like the old tiger Incapacitated, for pursuing his natural prey, they had turned to man \a the easiest victims. Some of these .man-eating crocodiles get up & name of terror for themselves In the respective localities they frequent, and have a long list of victims to their account before they are brought to book. No Family Tied on the Congo, The natives of the French Congo have strange ideas regarding the ownership of children. In every case they belong to the mother's family, the father having, no right to them whatever, except to take care of them when they are very small and nu e the babies when the mother, is busy.' This is qu|te L a task when^jiian has a dozen or more wives. As soon as the children are three year's old they go to live with their grandmother or one of their mother's sisters. The natives consider the father unnecessary as soon as the children can live with their mother's relatives. On one occasion a little girt was drowned, and her father grieved greatly for her. Some other man laughed at him, saying, "She is your wife's daughter; what are you crying for? If it were your own child you might cry," meaning that if his sister's child was killed he ought to care, but not for his own. Still, we find children on good terms with their father, and visiting him sometimes. Mothers-in-law, too, receive remarkable treatment. Before a marriage the mother of the girl generaly has a great deal to' say about her future son-in- law. But as soon as all is settled and the gi.rJLhas^ gone_lok_herj _ huaband's- ' ^^^^*£#'^«^*»^*^ i S*!^^ la ~ ,H «-^^- ^, -,4^ TIMELY TortCS rrm CMJR *»OY3 ANO CWLS, OB.IW* for KfvRinir* J»* Horn* — OHgln of the ftt«ftm-WMst!e — An Invention la 8e» ' thoTmolher dare not look upon" her son-in-law. If she wants to visit her daughter she sends word, the day before, and the husband disappears. If by some chance they, meet, the man funs away and the woman covers her face. If they need, to have any conversation one remains inside the house, the other on the outside, th« bamboo, walls separating them. Under these circumstances there is not much interfering by mothers-in-law. Lucky man.. for it would bo rather hard with forty wlves.and forty mothers-in-law to contend with. ' . Kemarkable Use tor Music.' The value of music in the treatment of certain forms of nervous 1 diseases has before. now, beea called attention to by physicians. One advantage perhaps to this therapeutical agency is that in the event of its doing no good it is not'likely to do'harm. In a re- "cenr number of the~ Gazette Medicale, of Paris,, attention was drawn to the remarkable result attending the administration of music to a little girl of three, who-was afflicted with serious -nsrvous-dlsorderSr-resulting in epilepsy and paroxysms of fear, which 'kept her awake all night. The ordinary remedies, Including bromide of potassium, were tried without any effect, and at last the physician recommended the mother to play some soft, rather melancholy music to her daughter before putting her to bed. phopin was recommended, especially the waltzes in the minor key; The remedy worked like a charm, for we are .told that from the night the child went to bed under the influence of music she lost all her nervous symptoms and slept 'without "waking" uutir~thentnbriiing.7 In order to prove that this was not the result of mere chance, the music was omitted on one .evening, and the child passed a night of misery, not so intense as before the adoption of the treatment, but still very marked. trBT when tha room is getting dark And the night •wind whistles low, The children'gath- er 'around the flre All ~ltr~ a ~ merry row. -•. Noon's the trnie for the bubbles light.. And tops may spin at morn, • But Just when the twilight shadows fall • Is the time to pop the corn. See It! hear It! pop! pop! pop! Hlpplty! sklpppy! hop! hopf hop! Dolls and hoops may do for morn. But night's the time to pop the corn, Golden grains in your hands you hold, But into the pan they go. And quick as a wink the wizard Heat —Will[turn ihem ftlKto-snow. ' Shake -them -up with a steady hand Over the firelight bright, Then turn them into the big, brown . bowl In their fluted caps of white. See them! hear them! pop! pop! pop! HIppityl sklpplty! hop! hop! hop! Kites and tops may do for morn. But night's the time to pop the corn, —Angelina W. Wray. Thirteen Centuries Ago. A. boy from Mecca, was seeing. Damascus. He was a handsome lad, thirteen years old, by the name of Mohammed. He had come from Arabia with his uncle, who was on a business trip to Damascus and other Syrian cities. Most assuredly he knew the story of Damascus, "the garden of the Lord," watered by th3 seven branches of the river Albana, founded by the grandson of Shorn. His family sprang - from_Uie__<lMlngul8hed tribe of-Kore-- -Jsh, thn PUBtodlan.s-of-thcLsacrBd_Bhrina- at Caaba, and tho Arabian descendants of Ishmael were as well informed la biblical history as their Hebrew kinfolk. It was not the antiquity of Damascus that appealed to Mohammed's delfghted eyes and carried captive his fancy, but scenes, its bright 'bazaars, revealing all the life for which it stood, its street world far exceeding in marvelp anything, he has ever imagined. > The Arabian boy grew to manhood, possessed of grace of person and fascinating qualities of mind. He was by turns a shepherd, a merchant, the manager of the estates bf a widow named Cadljah, and afterward her husband. A few miles from Mecca is a cave much frequented by Mohammed. Here he is'vislted by the Angel Gabriel and' bidden to tell his fellow-men "there is but. one God, and Mohammed , Is his prophet." He ,1s given a copy of the Kbran, written since all eternity on tablets in the heaven, and he is cbmmanded'to take the sword and conquer the world for the new faith. And now the Arabian boy calls himself the prophet of God,' with a multitude of Mohammedan followers. The swor^ or-the Koran 1g thn watchword of hla It Will Not Die. . ..Travelers in Burmuda and the West Indies often bring back as a souvenir of their trip the leaves pf an interesting plant of the houseleek family; It is known as the life plant; and when the leaves begin to shrivel and fade they send out little shoots which in turn bear leaves that, continue to grow 'and remain fresh , and green for 'months. The leaves'are about four inches long, rich green in color, and of smooth, waxen texture. If you take one of the leaves and put it to the wall Indoors it wiU 'begin Jo sprout within three or four days, be it winter.' or summer. At first the top portion of the leaf will begin to wither and ehriv-; el up, and this is likely to continue until the upper half has lost Its green color. Then tiny white roots will sprout from the edges, and, In time, diminutive green leaves will appear on these. These, offshoots will sometimes grow an inch long, and contain eeveral pairs of leaves." The limit of their existence aeems to depend upon the amount of heat and light they can obtain, ' ' Jupan'a Temple*. ' There are In all Japan Buddhist temr pies to the number of 73,000 and Buddhist priests to. the number, of and Buddhist prjesta to the cumber of lOO.OjOO. For every square mile there are an. average of three temples and four priests, and for every 640 people there 1s one 'temple and for 'every 400 people there is one priest. There is contributed to theae temples each year for the support of the pri&stB and tb» maintenance of the texaplerabout $12,000,000. Theae. figures apply to Buddhism alyao and do Got include aaj<, Of SMatoisirn o? othw armles everywhere victorious. In brief while Damascus pays tribute to, he? Arabian conquerors, and the city that gave him his first vision of the world, is no longer Christian, but Moslem. Such in quick succession is the fate of Jerusalem, Antioch, and Aleppo. All this happened more than thirteen centuries ago. The Koran contains the doctrines of Mohammed, as he said they were given him by the' angel^ Among other things it commands the practice of prayer. Five times each day., must - the -believer- turn~hls~f ace"^ toward Mecca and engage In devotion. Mecca, the birthplace of .the boy Mp- hammed, and thither every worshipper of Damascus turns at the muezzin call. Centuries ago a Tartar people conquered the Arabs, but adopted their religion, and to-day it, is the Moslem- Turk who rules In the Bast, not the Moslem-Arab. The faithful of all nationalities, however, pray to Allah to-day as they did thirteen hundred years ago, to "destroy the Infidels, make their children orphans, 'defile their abodes, give them and their families, and their households, an'd their women, and their pos-' sessions, as booty to the Moslems." Truly, the boy from Mecca was born under a brilliant star, but who will say it was good and beneficent? Origin of the Steam Whistle. It is told that the locomotive whistle was invented because of the destruction of a load of eggs. When locomotives were first built the country roads, were for the moet part crossed* at grade* and the engine driver had no wa,y of giving warning of hia approach except by blowing a tin horn. The born, it may be imagined, was far from being sufficient warning. One the year 1833 a farmer of Thornton was crossing the "railroad track on one of the country roads with a great load of eggs, and butter. Just as he came out upon the track a train approached. The engine man blew hte hora luatlly, but the farmer did not hear it. Eighty dozen of eggs and fifty pounds of butter were smashed into an indistinguishable, unpleasant mass and mingled with the kindling wood,to which the wagon was reduced. T&e railway company had to pay the farmer the value of his wago^n, It was considered a very serious matter. and straightway a director of the company, Ashlen Baxter by name, went to Alton.Grange, where George Stephea» SOB lived, to eee it he could not invest that would give Steely to !>a beard. to work &M the aext <2a.y bAd a !.a?.'hsd to a!! tbft IfKiomotfTet, an<l- frcran that day to thtn tb.» rote* of the !oco- rnotlto whistle hea never been sllftnt,-— From Iron. Anothe* Gam*. Crambo. — Two pieces of paper, no- Hke both in size and color, are given to each person. On one of them a noun must be written, and on the other ft question. Two gentlemen's hats must then be called for,' iiito one of which the nouns must be dropped, and into the other the questions and all well shuffled. -The'tE.tsrnnrettireir be^handed round, flntll each person is supplied with a question and a noun. The thing now done is for each player to write an answer in rhyme to the question he finds written on the one paper, bringing In .the noun written on, the other paper. Spmetimes the questions and tho nouns are so thoroughly inapplicable to each other that it is impossible to produce "anything like sensible poetry. The player need not trouble about this, however, for the more nonsensical the rhyme the greater the fun. Sometimes players are fortunate enough to draw from the hats both noun and question that may be ) easily linked together. A question once drawn .was: "Why do summer roses fade?" The noun drawn was "butterfly," so that the following rhyme was easily concocted: Summer roses fade away, .The reason why I cannot say, Unless It be because they try To cheat the pretty butterfly. An Invention la Sen-8ifcnalllnK< An Amsterdam correspondent of the Westminster Gazette writes: It looks aa if we dull Dutchmen are upon, the point of giving to the world a priceless invention, the means toy which shlpa at sea may he on speaking terms under all circumstances, 'or have tho power Some -weeks-Blnce-people-llvlng-on-l,ho_oubi_ skirts of the town, returning home in the dark hours of the. evening were scared hy- very peculiar- unearthly sounds, 'something akin to, the deep, penetrating scream of a steamer's syren in the mist, although there was no water near to speak of, and consequently no possibility of a steamer. The riddle is. now solved. It has been .found possible to produce a constant,. unvarying sound which may ' (1) Be heard at a distance of at least five miles against a stiff breeze, ' • (2) Is of such a nature and quality that It .la quite easy to determine to a nicety the direction from which it comes. (3) Is produced by an instrument which can be moved about without altering the sound — that is, in the same manner as an electric searchlight. . (4) Last/not least, that parts ol the Instrument .may be differently tuned; which makes it possible to give constant alternative eignals which may be codified, so that a conversation may be kept up. It appears that . the inventors some weeks since made trials In the dark, and, of .course. • in lon&lv, onMy)ng places in the neighborhood, and so produced the ghostly noises aforesaid^ Competent persons are of opinion that the thing really is a great success. The Zealand Company has resolved to give the invention a Jair trial, and the world may soon hear more of it. It is quite clear that if the steamer which, met the •Drummorid Castle had pos-- sessed such an Instrument 'and its signals could have 'been understood by 'the Drummond's officers, the disaster might not have occurred, 05c S5c 25c Drexcl Corn, 2 cans Peas, 2 n ." Tomatoes, 2 can* '*• Wa* Beans, 2 cans " Baked Beans, 2 cans " Lobster, per can Clam Chowder, per can Salmon, per can 10 to* Pears, per can . 10 to Peaches, per can 10 to California Plums, per can Pie Peaches, per can Good Tomatoes, 3 cans _ Good Cbrnj 3 cans • etc., etc. It pays to buy the beat. J3ave you tried Daisy Headlight Oil? It is the best and cheapest, Have you tried Wonder l^lour? None better, If you want a cheap class of goods bring a list of what yon want to me and I will give you low prices. Yours for business, . S5c lOc lOc 25c 25c Our"Q. Q." Brand of Coffee In Three Pound Cans Represents Better Coffee For the money than any other package of Coffee ever offered to the Coffee Consumers of Sterling. This Blend is a Fine Java and Mocha. " Q« Q>" stands for Quality and Quantity. Sold at $1.00 per can. J. P. Oyerholser, STERLING, ILL. HIRAM MOVER, Milk and Butter Depoty IB the place to bay pure milk, cream, batter, skim milk and^ butter-milk, In ftny quantity, Orders delivered to an . part of the city. • . No. Ill East Third Street Just Received at the v 7~~ Carlsbrooke Castle. "~~ r ".~^—; As a memorial to the latp Prince Henry of Battenberg, 'Governor of the Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, in the Isle of Wight, Is to be fully repaired. ' By some considered to be of Roman, perhaps British, origin, the Castle was captured in 530 by Cedrlc, who gave It to his nephews, Stuf and Wightgar, the latter of whom rebuilt it. The fort was enlarged by William Pltz-Osborne, the first lord of the Island, and In Doomsday Book It is cited as oceupy- ,lng one vlrgate'of ground. Some Norman masopry remains at the northwest angle and in the Mountjoy tower, the main entrance IB have been built, temp, Edward IV. by Lord Widvllle, whose arms,. between York roses, are on a stone near the top. The Castle assumed its present aspect in the reign of Queen Elisabeth; she built the outworks, with a moat, and repaired ^e principal gate, above which Is "E. R., 1698," employing for engineer the Italian, Ganebella, who had fortified Antwerp, The keep stands on an artificial mound ascended by seventy step*. One may yet see the ruins of the apartments occupied for some fourteen months, during , Colonel Hammond's governorship, by Charles I, froin which he twice attempted to ea- Cftpe t and: where his children were imprisoned after his death. The gravestone of his daughter, Prlncesi Elizabeth, inscribed "E. S.," was found In 1793.nea?!_the_altar_or.Newport parish church, wherein the queen' erected a monument to her memory forty years ago. 8tn»u of Justice In Among the good things eald at the Chicago "convocation of mothers" was: "I believe in trusting the Innate sense of Justico in children. The force of the opinion of those around them Is on© of the most powerful Influences, and they eaa be Caught more by the appeal to pride, after the first leaaona of willing obesU&uoe are learned, by atera BAZAAR, An elegant line of , Laces, Embroideries, and Linens; tfye new Embroidery Rings and Needles. Special Sale on Ribbons. MRS. L. HODGES. Locust Street.JSsecond Jdoor north of . Gait House. Locust and Ninth Strs. 5 Blocks from Post Office. For Sale. Gowl desirable lots, high, dry, aqdi cheap. Prices and terms right. Call and see me. J, A. Ki Oftic? Corner lit Aft and 31^ Str, B, tj, KIMBR0 *IH sell ceries at i>r!c«< £!mt will vlnee f on that ^ou eau moftey by trading 1 with I sell all goods, at low prices A Fine Table Syirij* at » Stfte Tlie best Fancy Patent Flout At $1.15 and $1.2$ Table Peaches, 3 lb, can lOe 1 _ ~~ Buckwheat,-the best in the market, at ACOoTeafor "*- S5o Pickled l»ork - Oolb. Oood Smoking Tobacco 2Cto Early June Sifted Peas - . . . liJc a caa Fancy California Dried Peaches - - lOc Ib The best quality and lowest prices is my motto. R. L.Kimbro. 120 E. THIKD STJBEET. . * '-« ., * i Just Received Another Car of the Four! 's C. H. ATWOOD. The West End Grocer. Thef raiicesShimei Academy -' •• ~~^-^)FTIIE— University of Chicago. i CARROLL; Illinois; £* UNIVERSITY -OF CHICAGO. The Spring-Quarter opens on Tuesday, • \ , March 9,1897., ' Prepares for any College 'or University. Examinations passed in the Academy 4 classes entitle the student to enter the University of Chicago without farther examination. , Strong departments in Music and Art Special Courses for teachers during the Spring Quarter; '".',-,< Among the Trustees of, theSchoo are the following officials o f the Uni versity of Chicago: WILLIAM BAINEY HARPER! Phi D,, D.D..L.L.D., President; THOMAS W. GQODSPEKD, D. D,, Secretary of the Board of Trustee's, ALBION W. SMALL, Ph, D., Director of' ' University Affiliations. FRANK JUSTUS MILLER, Ph. D., Examiner of University Affixations. For Calenders address IDA M. GARDNER, Dean, Ht. Carroll, 111. '•;$ *-fj! *$ <l As ; 'if f't- ^ • «t j * , ' V . -. \-f-x • :' I'l shortest 1- ]?6tweeu two joints is & straight line|coanect- , i»g|tie two poiate. The STANDARD is tlie straight line; the two points are the sellers a^dt the De you see the pen m

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