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THE EVEKHsQ GAZETTE: MONDAY. FEBRUARY 13 1888. AT LAST. of pTircor. I vi-ns !n » een npprp'-lntion, , of m.'irvelnus in 1 * Of CTlg- clit wns tlmi prni piiomy lii.l r. For now, y Of wly They u knn-.T. th« i it h'-i-f'i to th<* rpry mots. /,.-. .'3 flr sr.fnint, perf uni»ft off'- Tftfcinffiwlft winir. Leaving n rrserHnt memory, but rid fruits. We will mil «JW»*)E of thf m with smiling icnr Tb^y ImvF- mtvlo vtiy For £h« Hrh l»!rw»m nnil fnilt.ttr* In't-r horn- Ami born of spirit —not aloiift of clay, Making our flay Glad with ttm ft-pshn**5M of p»rjx>Uml morn. Ftprna! IVnr— lot n* bHirve it HO, An-1 Jn our Mi>s Ijfl dull nnnlysia nnr] cVmhtlnp po CV»nt*nt so loo i? «*» In a rnptnrou Like this— my pwr-t— unrt this— Tbe rulings of cptfotlnJ joy we know. --Tbnrnos H. Mnw»y fn Frank I^llc'd. A FKONTIKIl KOIIKMIAN. kia* .' 1 w:Vi ns dr-firi-nt"?! to sn the darkness witlifiut, a3 If ~imt i:t a u'l.'is* I-.ISP. A» this thoncht lenpoil t" niv brain, I Rinldnnly oxtiu- guished Uic liL;ht nml grnpeil for tho revolver HP<! rnrtridco belt, resolving to rnjiKc a" il"t"rminf'l ft stjind p.* po^pihle. SiTiirtnw both. I luii'Vltil nn tin-belt and backed n^-MiiiM the door, in onlcr rn rf"<Ist any forriiiii 1 1'iitrnticc. In this ilnllant attitude I wniH-fl, tho storm rontlnniug to ratce without. A Texan tlmn'Vr ft^rm is nt- nil time? awe inspirim:. 1 do not think I over lived a more thrilling existence than during the brief Interval I rroitchwl in tho dnrkness of that llttln raliin, which wns incessantly lighted by the lilne flnshca that seemed to Imp from window to window, and whlrh ahook tremulously under the crash of the shattering reports thnt followed one another In quirk sin-cession. My excitement reached Its height when, during one of these sudden Uhiniinatiotm, I pprcelved pressed BKi'iti«t the pane nnd peering Into tlie room n wild, red face, with long gray beard and disheveled hair streaming in the wind. The apparition, seen by flip lurid The HUN \vns setting on the Maverick valley. As I walked to the door of the. ranch » few parthian arrows from Ills declining bow splintered themselves among the Jusky tops of the live oaks. .There was a faint, pink idow nil nronnd the hori- fon that nn Its western threshold lingered In feathery Hecks of crimson and uolil. The brief twilight of Texan latitudes was already hastening through the thin flics of mes<|iiite that stood_ like struggling pickets iH'fnre the windows of the little cabin.- A silence was falliim over Hie hushed liinflsrnpp—"vast, nii-nsnrek>ss, complete." Certainly I hail some excuse for the sudden loneliness that fell upon me. It was the llrst time in my border life t hat I bad-been left upon tho trackless prairie, -.solitary and alone. The ajiiiual Bheni ing was just over. But an hour before mir entire "outllt 1 ' had departed for a general merry making at a distant frontier town. As I hud volunteered In accepting the position of cook during the past three weeks, and for that period had labored to fill a recurrent and appalling vacuum In eighteen able bodted men, my efforts had naturally lx>en somewhat debilitating. Amid that exuberance of society, In which solitude .seems a myth, I had dci lined conviviality and elected repose. I \va^ lelt behind as custodian of the ranch. But as 1 stepped from the door for tho purpose of penning the buck herd, I was beginning Ui regret my cholcn. I realized that I—a "tenderfoot," with only a three months' residence in the state—was alone upon un area of 50,000 acres without let or limit; that my nearest neighbor was five miles away, over a chnrtless, emerald Bea, to be traversed only by aid of that shifting guide, the sun; that my only companions In this primitive wilderness were thirty-five merino bucks of contemplative and exclusive tendencies; f, shepherd dog, which was immaturity effusive and slobberlngly demonstrative upon belrig addressed as "M^ss Flo," und an ebiniy cat that wore a mangy and Komcwlini dis- ulpated exterior under the milirlquct of "Miss Emma." A dearth of the consolations of female society apparently Inspires the native Te.xan to a courteous acknowledgment, of the sex of domestic pets. %S r lieu, therefore, I had driven the . horned contingent of my associates into their rude brush pen, and had fastened the hurdle gate, I stood leaning agalnsMt and seriously regarding them. It did not.. add to the cheerfulness of my surroundings to notice, that they borean unmistakable resemblance to a company of hook nosed Jews; that, their knees were sprung with the rheumatism of a^ej that their eyes were rheumy and inllamed, and that they appeared to be unusually ufllicted that evening with snnfBeB and chronic catarrh. Besides, they were so fresh from the shears Hint the nlr of venerable wisdom which iheir faces arrogated seemed to l)e caricatured by the rest, of their bodies. They were so repulsive/ In appearance that 1 ijl once dubbed the most disreputable specimen "Fajjlu"—a baptismal Inspiration ' that eventually achieved popularity. Then, with that hypocrisy which characterizes man wheu lonely, 1 began to patronize my much aUtised dog, and even the feline antique,; for both had accompanied me In my pastoral duties. After which I walked back to the ranch. Here I encountered another dubious object,.that in my then dejected condition struck me as almost ominous. This was a pet, li/ard which, for the past mouth, had Inhabited the neighboring kitchen—a long, low structure with a canvas roof—^nnd which was now perched upon the doorstep. But "Tommy" was on the present, occasion very much out of Inck. lie wns not. under thu most favor-, .able circumstances, a- prepossessing ob• ject. He was brick red, covered with' polka dots of black, and had a diabolical leer about the eye. "Tommy," however, had now unaccountably lost his tail, and was obviously so humiliated and dispirited that he unconsciously Infected and aggravated my own melancholy. .loppiicri the door of .the kitchen, into which he imnicdntely dived nnd hid his diminished li/ardship from view. Entering tlu> little, cabin, and acting from a feeling of generous hospitality that must have Mruck both as phenomena}, I Invited the companionship of "iliss Flo" nud "Miss Kniina." Then I lighted the lamp, and <liawing the solitary chair of the apartment to a convenient distance, picked up a volume of "Mncaulay's Essays" (for we were fortunately blessed with an abundance of literature), and disposed myself to read. I remember think- jng, as I settled myself into a comfortable position, that I would make amends for luy enforced Isolation'by profound literary culture, and rather pluming myself upon how much benellt I should derive from this prairie study. Hut I made singularly little progress that evening. I found myself entirely unable to concentrate my attention. I was oppressed by an indefinable feeling of. dread that at last culminated in a nervous sensation of being observed. I threw aside my book In disgust, and endeavored to account for itr It was now pitch dark outside. I wn? Bitting at a little desk that, from the poverty of our household furniture, was obliged to perform manifold duties. Tonight it was somewhat overburdened with frontier bric-a-brac, conspicuous among which was a large Colt's revolver and cartridge belt. I perceived that, as I sat, I was directly In lino with the two windows of, the ranch—one on the south, the other on the north side of the honse. t brol "> B&M Partly from a feeling of caution which one- acquires on the frontier, and partly from this nervousness I could not explain, I shifted my chair around against the wall nntil I faced the southern window. ID effecting this change of position I succeeded in trending on Miss Krnnut and discommoding Miss .Flo, who, lifter looking &t me in u grieved fashion, accommodated herself, to another quarter with the usual .canine philosophy and circumlocution. A* 1 tilted my chair against the door and tssumed an aggressive attitude toward tho opposite window, I noticuU a tow dropi of water upon the panes, und was then for the llrst time aware that it was raining. A moment after a vivid flash of lightning illuminated the durknchi* without, opening up phosphorescent vistas in tie meiiqmieti with Btartliug auddonnosa. Brief «» was tho interval for observation, It was nuftimsit to confirm my suspicion!). AfiBid tba loud reverberations ©f the Uiimfler clap that followed, I was coufr- dont that I had teeu a mun lurking la the- Into monfi]o^Tie ( ami indultrintf in ft rlmp- Fody tipon the ivontipra of Milton, quoted from ''Paradise Ix.st" by pnrngrnph and pngc, I thought of Mnranlsy'B boost that if the grent poet's immortal epic nhovdd by /iny chance be lost to men, ha might hope to reproduce It; and my admiration for the attainments of Jhe man swept over me in one vast wnva of wonder. And then, as I Iny there, listening to his deep voice, which hnd grown singularly rich ond sonorous, aa If in sympathy with the dignity of tho*e grand periods, pondering what Blraime chance or force of clrcum- Btnncp hnd compelled this incongruous being to such snrroundlngs, his form suddenly diluted, his lips parted as if in terror, his eves became flxrd on vacancy and Blaring, nnd with a sudden spring to his foot, he stood erect anil menacing. ••Avaunt!" he cried, gazing with a wild and frenzied stare into the empty air. "Avaunl! nnd quit mysipht! Begone, I Bayl Thlnk'st thou to dog my footsteps always? To honnd me to tho day of my death? Bnck! Backl G-r-r-rhrl Take your grip from off my neckl Avaunt!" li^ht, was so malevolent that I think 1 was only prevented from firing at it by the brief interval of the flash. When the lightning glenmed again the face was gone, and I wns certain now I could hear some one grouping his way along the side of the hoase, evidently supporting himself In that way against the charging gusts of wind nnd sharp fusillade of the driving rain. At the same time Miss Flo became uneasy and barked loudly. "Hullon, here!" shouted a gruff voice. I hastily relighted tho lamp and opened the door in TVHIIC trepidation. There entered a tall figure, so gratuitously limp und bedrnnglcd with rain as to be. almost grotesque; so worn with travel and with such an utter weariness of life In tho eyes ns to be really pathetic. The clothes that-lie—wore-were •• torn and abraded, exposing a sub-stratum of rod flannel at the knee, which gave him a ludicrous suggestion of having worn himself down to tho quick from the excess of his devotions. His nhrunken pantaloons encroached upontlm calves of his legs, and, as he was. without stockings, this lack of intimacy with his bob nailed shoes exposed a pair of very gnnnt und reluctant ankles. His beard and hair were long, straggling and unkempt, and were surmounted by an extravagant slouch hat of tho frontier pattern. Running over tho scant details of my former apparition, I mentally classified htm at once as a "border tramp." But I was lonely that evening and disposed to be polite. I therefore offered him the only chair in the room, stretched myself upon the low bed and calmly awaited developments. I "Good evening." he said, in a rather husky but pleasant voice, as be Inpscd Into the chnir. Then he took off his broad hat with a swirl of spattering rnin drops, wiped his forehead with a red bandana handkerchief, ruminated a few minutes, replaced his lint, nnd finally producing u pipe nnd n plug of tobacco began slowly cutting up and crumbling the latter—the usual frontier preliminaries to asmoke. T watched his movements with absorbing interest. He reminded me so forcibly of pictures of tho Innnnted John Brown, tluit I was more than ever inclined to accept the "singular conflicting conditions of that martyr's soul and body," as exemplified in tho popular song. 'When he hud finally lighted his pipe and emitted several curling rings of smoke, this odd figure vouchsafed the information that'lie hnd come across country in tho hope of assisting us lu shearing. I informed him that we had just finished thnt day for the season. He seemed to experience some regret at this, and for a time smoked on in silence. At length, his eyes happening to fall upon my relinquished volume, he took it up, glanced over it hastily, and laid it down again. "You .have been reading Macaulay?" he said. 1 assented in some surprise. "Ah!" Bald" ray strange guest; "a wonderful man I a wonderful man, that same Macaulayl" What a genius, what a learning, what a noble BtyJe he had, tobosurel" Then throwing his head back and narrowing his wild eyes, he suddenly broke" out: . i " 'An ncro in Middlesex is worth a principality in Utopia; tho smallest actual good la better than the, tnost magnificent promises of impossibilities; the wise man of the Stoics would, no doubt, be a grander object than if steam engine. But there are steam engines. And the'wise man of the Stoics is vet to be born. A philosophy which should enable a man to feel perfectly happy when in the agonies of pain may be better than a philosophy that can assuage pain. But we know that there Are remedies that will assuage pain;' and we know that the ancient sages liked the toothache as lit lie u9 their neighbors. 1 " I sat up In some amazement at this effort nt memory. For tho past.three months, having associated with individuals whose Vocnlmlarres hardly, ventured beyond the possibilities of "right smart" and "away over yonder," I was somewhat startled, I admit. "Arc you a native of this state, slrf" I asked, with great respect. "No," replied he, turning .(nil upon me for an Instant those singular eyes of his. "I am, like yourself, a northerner.". "Let me offer you a better pipe," I said, pointing out to him the case containing my best meerschaum; "you will find some excellent Cavendish in that jar." He gave me n quick glance, as if appreciative of my hospitality, but declined, saying that long habit had given him a preference .for tho natural leaf. ''What is your college?" ho suddenly asked, as I was filling a pipe preparatory to joining him. "Yale," I answered, with the pardonable pride of nil sons of that nlnm mnterj "and yours?" "I seldom mistake 4 collegian," remarked my incongruous visitor; '• 'In- fandum, Keglnii, jubes renovaredolorcm. 1 I hall from Dartmouth." I had made tho inquiry raore froni politeness than any other mo:ive, ond yet. at the moment of my speaking, it dashed across mo that he must be college bred. Now that I was assured of It, I felt a sincere regret In seeing one who had enjoyed such mlyiiningpx at such wretched odds with fortune. He must have divined what passed through my mind, for he glanced hurriedly—nnd half Eadly, ns It seemed to me.—over his forlorn garments, and then raising his eyes to mine, and \j-ith a gleam of humor lurking beneath his shaggy He dashed his hands to his throat, clutching It wildly, and striding to the door, flung it wide open, glaring long and fiercely out into the quiet night with a frenzied nnd hunted expression. Then he came slowly back to the table, tottering feebly and muttering Incoherently, threw himself into his chair, and, covering his haggard face with both his trembling hands, shuddered and gasped alternately. Great beads of agony stood upon his brow. I was so startled by this sudden outburst that I could only stare and sit speechless. When he first rose I was under the Impression that It was to give greater force to some terrific denunciation. Not until he tore open tha door did I realize that it was the hallucination of Illness, and even then my consternation was eo great as to deprive me of all power to act or speak. Tho paroxysm soon passed. Meanwhile, I had poured some brandy Into thu cup of my pocket flask and offered it to him. He drank it with a feverish eagerness. By degrees the stimulant seemed to overcome' Ills nervous apprehension. He sat for a long time with Jistless, leaden eyes.'Theu ho rose wearily and asked, in a humble, deprecating fashion, if thern were any place where ho might sleep that night. Them was something so piteous, so unr utterably wretched In this appeal, coming from one whose wonderful discourse had so delighted me, that I was Indescribably touched. "Surely," said I to myself, "such abilities as I have recognized this night shall not be without shelter." I iustantly placed my 'bed. at his disposal. After much remonstrance and reluctance, I, lit last, got him to bed, and he laid himself down with a long, low, agonizing High—the sigh of. one to whom life is weariness and existence a burden. As I stepped to the table near which he had been sitting, I observed a small tin box, something like a tobacco box, lying in his empty chair. I picked it up mechanically. Such a singular odor rose from this box that I was tempted to open it almost, unconsciously. It was half full of a grayish brown drug. 1 examined it curiously. Opium I I. glanced toward the bed. He was lying apparently in a heavy xsleep, I closed the lid of the box and placed it quietly beside him. Full of conjecture for the past of the unfortunate being who occupied my bed, I wrapped myself in my blanket and lay down beneath the window. There was no sound in Jhe quiet night save the occasional long howl of tho coyote from the hill. For a long time I lay awake, pondering over the singular conversation of the evening and its startling denouement. I wondered if his hallucination could be directly traced- to opium, and what strange misfortune could have placed him under the thrall of the deadly drug. And then my thoughts recurred to his quotation from Macaulay, "But wo know that there are remedies that will assuage pain." What was the pain or what the sorrow? Unconsciously in my loug reverie I had turned toward him. Ho was sleeping peacefully in the wan light. The pale moon, looking over the crest of a western divide, stole through the Illcs of sentinel mesquites in a long pencil, and rested llko a ghostly arm upon his breast. I thought, "Tho sister of Apollo has him in her keeping," nnd I fell asleep. But in the morning, the hands folded upon the hi east were pulseless and cold, the face was waxen and still, and, hushed in the fearful calm of life's great mystery, the old man eloquent was dead.—Howard Seely In The KMvrr; i r\\v sri ITU. THE KENTUCKY CONGRESSMAN TELLS THE STORY i F HIS INSPIRATION. A •»«•! inn* OmlMiti I'rf-purril lull NfV«T I>«-llv«-r<-il — \ J.nlili) j«r« Wonderful Mnp of Uiilntli I.-H.U ic> » llrllllnnt 1>I«I'!»J of C oiigf»-sHlon«l Humor. The ri-il ln-rdic whirh runs from the Capitu! ni'ilii'Whito House wns full tho other d.'t\. im<t n stocky, portly, short man hung on by the strap. He was cold and his round head was well wrapped in a green wi.ole.ti comforter and hls^plug hat wns puller! well down over his brow. His fncponly shone, but it looked like a plecfl of rnr« china. The color was ns rosy ns tho mo*t llorid of Kulwns' paintings, nnd the eyes shone out, through white winkers as bine as a midsummer sky. A short moustache of silver wns the only sign of whiskers, and the face was ns round nnd as full a« thai of the moon. He smiled as I n.sked him whether tho day was as cold as those of llnlulh. It was Proctor Knott, of Kentucky, whose funny speech on Dn- Inth some fifteen years ago made him famous, and who Is now visiting Washington and hobnobbing with his old congressional friends. I nm told his speech still sells, and I saw some of these Duluth speeches recently at a second hand book store, nnd was told they were worth a quarter nplrce. Proctor Knott had no Idea at the time that this speech was going to make his reputation, and It was nn Inspiration which comes only once in a life time. He told me the story. He said: "It was near the close of the session, and I was asked to speak on the land .subsidy bill in the house. I prepared a sober oration, with no more fun in its points than In the moral law, and it was nearly ns long. I tried to get tho speaker's eye, and when the bill v>ns about parsing Holman was preferred before me. 1 asked him to give me his right to the floor, or a part of hli time. He told me he could not do It. At last I spoke to the speaker and h« said he thought ho could arrange to give me a hearing. NO IDEA OF HUMOR. "This wns several days before the speech wns made, and I had no idea of humor ns yet. A day or so later a lobbyist called upon me and told me that a bill would soon come up to improve the harbor of Duluth. I asked him to tell me where Duluth wns. I knew, of course, its situation, but I wanted him to understand that 1 thought but little of his bill and lie thus able to refuse his request. Ho did not see my Irony, but ho put his hand in his breast |KM kct and pulled out a map. Here was the whole civilized world drawn In circles, and these circles grew smaller nnd Miuiller until at lost they terminated in n dot nt the center, and on thut dot was printed the word 'Dulnth.' These were hundred mile circles, and the distances of all the irrent cities of the coun- Iry were noticed, nnd their smnll dots looked like hamlets compared with Duluth. Tolooknl Hint mapvon would suppose that if you wauled to go to Liverpool, London or Constantinople you'd have first to go to Duluth for your start, nnd on the ump were printed statistics showing that, there were 2,000,000 square miles about that point all tributary to Duluth. Tho bland young man delivered his eulogy of this mighty embryonic city, and I saw ns lie did BO tho chance for some fun in tho house. I asked him to leave the map, nnd said that I lived on n little creek in Kentucky, and that most of mypeople had never seen a ship.' He did this, nnd he suspected nothing, saying: 'Mr. Knott, I hope you will study that mnp, and go for our bill.' "I replied, 'I will go it,' butlneversnw him ngulii. An I thought more over the matter the fun grow upon me, and I found that I could make my speech on the land bill igid bring In Dulnth. I went to tho library and prepared some of the best parts of the humor, and 1 Intended Itr only as an introduction to my more sober speech." When I got the floor I found the house with me, and when my time was extended I could not go np from tho ridiculous to the sublime. I went on with the humor nnd dropped the serious oration, and the speech over which 'I had spent days of labor, was • never delivered. The greater part of the humorous Speech was tho result of the Inspiration of the moment, and while I made it I'never thought thnt It would put tho c6untry upon a brood grin. I was astonished the next day to find every one talking Inbont It and that all my friends at the Capitol congratulated me upon It."—Frank G. Carpenter in New York World. by I i jt'tt S Co., i'ortland. M:i!nf\ and n*wlvo free, fn! . Information how either srx, of all a 1 ?" 1 *, ran t-:mi ! from ^ to $25 per day arul upwards \\hop-ver they live You are «!nrt/'it tree. C^|iit:v| tu>l j-i- 3 nlred. Kom« IMY« mrwlo mvr ?vt in H slnelr aynt Ui!* v.-ork. AH Hiici-ee<l. dwtf S. M. BEECHER, PLUMBEB, STEAM —AND— GAS FITTER. Iron, Lead, Culvert and Sewer lr*ipe. A Full Line of Bran* Honda. F.nxlne Trimming?), A< Pumjrt and Pump Bepalm, Oan .ml Oil Fixtures. • HKOP OPPOHITE POHT OH FOURTH WTBKKT W ±1 X JLJUJtLiC) not some manufacturer make a soap thnt is cheap in price, and good in quality, has often been asked 'Hint question has been practically- answered by Messrs. N. K. Fairhnnk ft Co., of Chicago, who have happily combined quality and cheapness in the Santa Claus Soap. ^ It washes so well and so easily, thnt it will not make the weekly washing A CAT astrophe to be dreaded. Santa Claus Soap has been thoroughly tested, and for all kinds of washing, whether linens or laces, dishes or clothes, floors or curtains, knives or sheets, woolens or cottons, it has no equal, and—it is cheap. If you do not want to DIE before your time and have life go HARD while you live, avail yourself of whatever lightens and facilitate! labor. A good soap is a household necessity. Wherever Santa Claus Soap has been sold, the testimony is the same, viz.:— "it is the best." Your grocer is an enterprising man and probablf has Santa Claus Soap; if he hasn't he'll get it for you. Special Sale for 2 . . . Ta,Tol© ILiIn.en.s a,n.d. Corsets. NOW IS YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY To (Purchase these Goods at Much Less Than ^Regular ^Prices. We have Just Opened ^ New Prints, New Ginghams, New Black Dress Goods, New Stamped Scarfs, Splashers, Tidies, Tray Cloths, Pillow Shams, New Linen Collars and Ruch- ings. We can save you 25 cents per yard on every yard of Black and Colored Dress Silks. ARE THE CHEAPEST DRY GOODS HOUSE IN STERLING. X cannot ilwnlx how much I vrn» dl*- «x««»rt#4 Irj tiua <!ia<x>T«ry. I waj Alon» {& A Wild aud l»trU«s country, where A tW ItttMlUMl »ld IU(!lJ*f(id A.ud pray, sir, 'bow came a gentleman ot your educAtlon and Intelligence down in this God forsaken country?" I smiled, and attributed my advent to the adventurous spirit ot the Nineteenth century, tor want of a better reason. He took my answer in the spirit in which it was given, and appeared in a sense to be relieved by it, na if It established B bond ot union between us, it struck me. But he resisted all inquiries of mine into his antecedents or past history, meeting my hints nnd questions with adroit evasion and skillful changes ot the subject. And so, in the quiet night—for- the rain lind now ceased, and tbe moon, ridlog high, silvered the' wan landscape, and fringed the dripping follaga with flashing gems—we drifted back to the topic with which we began and talked of literary themes. It lias been my privilege to converse with not a few cultured aud learned man, aud to enjoy the socleCy of isome of tho most brilliant of-tuodoru conversa- tionists; but, as I sat And listened thai evening to the words Uiat fell frwo the lips of this frontier bohetnUa, U ssemed to me that my acqutlutancd with Oft* nature of true ekxju-nc* bad Jo*t begna. U WM "like readliix Huiau -by &M&OI ot What * The Hutu of Parli. There are two speclea of rnts in Pnrlu: A black sort which infests garrets and old houses nutl u gray kind that in found iu cellars and swarm* lunll thesewem. Tills eewcr kind is the most voracious and dangerous, and its ravages cost tho city a large sum annually. Wherever there is undevground shelter there Is a family of these rats and they multiply with astonishing rapidity. Cellars, sewers, catacombs are their abodes; they dig passageways through thick walls, undermine foundations uir<J do a great deal of damage. Many at tempts have been made to exterminate them in the eewerH but always without success. Poisons of all kinds, phosphorous, arsenic, prusslc acid and strychnine, have been set for them but they won't touch the bait. One inventor thought he had hit on the very thing when he proposed to fry pieces of sponge in lord and scatter them about, under the expectation that the rats would cat them und that the expansion of the sponges in their stomachs would 'prove fatal. .His theory was all right except ou one point— tho rats declined to eat the pieces of sponge. As for traps they would perhaps answer if lt"Were possible to set enough to cutch all the rats In tho sewers without bankrupting the city in their purchase. The plan which works the best Is to hunt the pests with dogs trained.for rat killing. Every now and then gangs of men go down into the sewers, and by following several converging galleries manage to drive whole armies ot rats toward a single point,' where these dogs are let loose and great slaughter follows. The men who keep these rat dogs are paid one cent for every rodent destroyed. Another class of rat catchers operate on the streets after nightfall, but their aim is to capture the animal alive, so as to sell it to the owners of terriers. These fellows receive ten cents a dozen for live rats, and are permitted to kocp tho dead bodies, which have a market value of from three to four cents, tho bklns being excellent for kid gloves, while the bones can be made tip Into toothpicks and ear cleaners —Paris Cor. New Orleans Pieayune. Beat in the World I BUTTERICK'S PATTERNS N. CARPENTER & CO. Thn Vest Three Mr. Rider Haggard, In niiajver to a question concerning the best three books, next to tho Bible, for a yonng man.enter- Ing life, recommended ShakespenroJ "Don Quixote" nnd "The Pilgrim's Progress." Professor Elmsllo nmkoa a quetr choice— Aesop's Fables, Livy, and "Romola,"— Chicago Tribune. . Parents must remember that .children bare more need of friendly :monl- tors than of censorious critics; Instructors who would advise them to jnever be without Dr. Bull's Cough Syrup, the only pleasant remedy for croup, j diphtheria, and sore throat. ; Upper dam meeting next Wednesday night. For neuralgia, rheumatism, lumbago, gout, swellings, burns, wounds, etc., tne best remedy is Salvation Oil. Price 25 centa a bottle. j If you have an opera glass, or afield glass, you can see many beauties Jn the sky. Turn it on the Pleiades, of Orion, for instance. ; A HIIDH of Wire. A house of, wire lathing Is one of the curiosities of tho Manchester exhibition. The architect. Is Mr. G. F. Armltage and the ivlre Intlilng la stated to resist fire. This wire "lathing can be applied to ordinary wooden beams, and it can 1)8 used for the partitions by lts«lf, whllu wire cloths of various kinds form part of the same Invention. It will be wMm that the cottuce U neat lu appearance, and, 1{ fireproof, It has at least one Hiil»>t.<tiitlul property to recommend It.—G -Beware of worthless imitations of Dr. Jones' Red Clover Tonic. The genuine cures headache, piles, dyspepsia, ague, malaria, and is a perfect) tonic and blood purifier. Price 60 cent*. For sale by.O. A. Oliver. j Think over that horse day suggestion in Saturday's GAZETTE. ; SHILOII'S COUGH and Consumpton Cure is sold by us on a guarantee. It cures Consumption. O. A. Oliver & Co. 1 ! SLKKPY,KSS NIQIITS, made miserable - that terrible -cough. Shiloh's Cure is the remedy for you. O. A. Oliver & Co. 1 Dob Lincoln for growiug popular. Vice President is SHILOH'S VITALIZW is what you need for Constipation, LOBS of Appetite, Dizziness and all symptoms of Dyspepsia Price 10 and 75 cents per bottle. O. A. Oliver & Co. 1 England is "mobilizing" its armies. For lame back, side or chest, use Sblloh's Porous Plaster. Price 25 cents. O. A. Oliver & Co. 1 Sleighing universal yesterday. "The best on eartli" can truly be said of Origg's Glycerine Salve— a speedy cure for cute, bruistia, aciiliU. burns, sores, piles; tetter und all skin eruptions. Try this wonder bealer 25 cts. Guaranteed. 0. A. Oliver & Co, The longslelgliiiiif season hus been a good thing for the livery stables. WOULD yor BELIEVE itV W,e are daily guaranteeing Kemp's Siu-aapiirilla to thepeoplt) for cleansing the Mood, and giving a new lease of HfV. Price 81'. A Tl. Hendricks. 5K Sterling might have had an ice-pal- ucc, too, had its people known the cold would have continued so long. BnelUea'a A rale* Halve. The best salve in the world for Cuts, Bruises, Sores, Ulcers, Salt Rheum, Fever Sbres, Tetter, Chapped Hands, Chilblains,'Corns, and all Skin ^Eruptions, and postlvsly cures Piles, or uo pay required. It is guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction, or money refund ed Price 25 cents per box. byS trickier & Beorse. For sale European away. war clouds are chasing i Cnoup, WHOOPING COUGH and Bronchitis immediately relieved by Shiloh's Cure. O. A. Oliver & Co. 1 i "Bucket slop" police. raids by New, York i'heerlug Up for Jacob. Photographer—If yon and your estimable wife could look a tritlo less mournful I think the picture would be more satisfactory, D«u;on H»dd*n—Young man, oar eon Jfccob'* ta j.ul for UOM gtralln'. plct*r'» tar liitu. l*t Jwsr.go!—Judga. THE KEY. GEO. U. THAIEK, of Bourbon, Ind , says: "Both myself and wife owe our lives to SUILOH'S CONSUMPTION CURB." O. A. Oliver & Co. j 1 Governor Hill says vhe New York Democracy are solid. • THAT HACKING COUGH can be so quickly cured by Shiloh's Cure^ We guarantee it. O. A. Oliver & CoJ 1 Soon will come the season of freshets, as it U now one of avalanches in the high mountain regions. ! CATAUKH CUBED, nealth and s wee breath secured, by Shlloh'a CftUrrb Remedy. Price BO centa. Nasaljlnjee- tor tin*. 0. A. Oliver & Co. 1 ; Let At this time last year a monster gorge caused a flood at Sterling. Wortb Knowing. Mr. W. H. Morgan, merchant, Lake City, Fla.. was taken with a severe cold, attended with a distressing cough and running into consumption in its first stages. He tried many socalled popular cough remedies and steadily grew worse. Was reduced in flesh, had difficulty In breathing aud was unable to sleep. Finally tried Dr. King's New Discovery f01 Consumption and found Immediate relief, and after using about a half dozen bottles found himself wt-II and has had no return of the disease. No other remedy can show so grand a record of cures, as Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption. Guaranteed to do just what is claimed for it.—Trial bottles free ,at Strlckler & Boorses Drug Store. Circuit court it in sefsion. the dam ro*U«r go on. overflow matter and i*b« tb* fund*. ; Ben«wa Her Youth. Mrs. Phoebe Chesley, Peterson, Clay Co., Iowa, tails the following rumark- able story, the truth of wbloli is vouched for by the residents of the town: "I am 78 years old, have been troubled with kidney complaint aud lameness for many yean; could not drew tuyaelf without help. Now I am free from nil pain »ud soreness, and am abie to do all my own housework. I owe my tb*aks to Electric Bitters for having rtjiiawed my youth, and removed oo plfltely *U <Jl«e*s« ftsd pain." Try » bittl«. We. »ad *t. *t Strt«kler A Boo/ MM Druf gtort, A man who undertakes to carve a duck with fi dull knife, aud with no knowledge of the bird's anatomy, deserves tho prayers of everybody ut the dinner table. Not one of the four presidents of tbe French republic since its origin In 1870 was born In Paris. CrHtn Among Chicago Hoys. The latest craze among the boys In some parts of the city, particularly in Hyde park, is to make collections of the names of sleeping tars. The weather is rather unpleasant for standing out watching trains go by, but all of the boys who are in the contest In earnest have no difficulty In finding places to sit In comfort, where passing trains may be seen. If necessary a boy in pursuit of an object as instructive aud'valuable tq^ him as this would build a house ou purpose and put on old etove In It • and a^roe not to burn down more than . f 10,000 worth of property at one time. Sleeping cars, by the way, are fearfully nnd wonderfully named. There Is an impression abroad that these cars were named by the various men who have risen from tha sleeping car employ to a residence in tho Illinois penitentiary, and that they selected such wonderf nl names out ofiafeeltngof sentiment toward society. For horrible example: Octorara, Oecuey- edan, Kiskimlnetaa, Isligonlsh, Pen-twyn, Petltcodlnc, Syosset, Twohlg, Wakarusa, Wegree, Winconlsco, Apopka, Escatawpa, Kutoblcoke, Gnadenhutten, Kusli'gonlBh and Tladaghtou.—Chicago Herald. CO ui a. CO CO UJ CO O CO1T* t(l"H OVIM OlT RL'OQT FAlltT May. ruit it lu t Iiurrj. Sunday. Kight Faihionablc Sti:uks: LUtk. Mjroon. VenuUton llluc. Yellow, Olive l.aVc. UK water *nd W»«on redit. Ni V.miWuntf nccnury. |)rt» h*rd ifch a "iblM." One Co.it *jui job bl don*. YOUR BUGGY Tip tnp for Chain, L*wn Scut*. S»ih, Flower Pott. Baby Car»Ui;c*, Curtain Poles, Furniture, Front IXtort, biorv fronts S reon Door*. Boats, Man'lev Iron l-'umrs In (.K t everything. Joit th* thing far tha Udici to UM tlxHit the bouse FOR ONE DOLLAR COIT'S HONEST Are you col rig to Paint thit yc»rf If to, don't buy • paint containing- w.uer or benzine when lor tlie wine money (or nearly 10) you c»n procure C01T * (VH I'lllfc 1'ALVr that U wftrruU4 to bean HOSKHT, l.KM JiK I.].\StKD.UIL PA1ST and free from water and benzine. tt*M*s4 iU» br*»d cod take BU athrr. Merchants handling It ate our •{tnUand»ultioriicJ by us, in writing, to wan-Milt t« wear ft VKAII8 with S COATS mr S VEAKB <rllk fl (OATS. Our Shadei are the I.aKtt Styles UM-<! In the Kjit now becoming to popular fn U.o Wc*t. »nd »ip »Uh the time* Try Utii brand of IIUVtST I'i..\T and you will never regret tt It Us to tho wise U sufficient HOUSE PAINT COIT'S FLOOR PAIHTSJ5 hat never dried beyond the sticky point, a week. »r*nl tlie !«.»». an.i then »we**t ime cUt for HUT * Hf/i KUxm PA1ST P»lnt that never dried beyond th w*«a a Next ti 4 popuUr and fau-4 ** A ro rock o<> 3T DHY STICKY m l R W Tanclll A PA JWAHX ONE .»•*• 11 Hi lanSlil CX wO.»5(Meroh»nt onlr) in 5* Bute •(.. VMcitgo, ery Tow* iTor G. M. GERDES »ole Acr.nt jkt H AYE YOUR BOOKS BOUND AT THK QAZSTTS BINDERY. To Trade. A well improved farm in Whlteside Co. of 140 acres to trade for Neb.—or Kaunas lands. Strike quick if you want it, it la desirable. tf • Y. 13. HUBBAKD Schiffmacher, on hand a "big stoc/c of Live Oedar (Posts, (he "best Jfiichigan Soft • (Pine Lum- "ber, all "kinds of (Building Jdat&rial, Sash,, Qoors and (Blinds, Ooal, JJime,- Otment, Hairnets,, _eto^ ' Everything at Lowest Jd&r-. ket (Prices. A biff advantage in dealing with us is that you can get your loads without . going over the railroads. • \ Nicest kind of Square and Flat Tint- . et». fur garden reuces. liut received E. B. FAOEY & 00. . PLUMBERS, STEAM & GAS FIHEBS H AVE HOW IN THEIK EMPLOY Mil. JOHN BUCKLEY, recently In tho employ ot J. B. Johnstoue M 1'lurnlwr. Wealso. have arrangement with WALTKB A. FACKI,. an expurt Plumber, now wltu B, liat;got In the best plumbing establishment lu Chicago, In case of uny line or extra work, to assist us. We are prepared to make contracts and furnish material fur all work In the Plumbing, Steam and Gas KIUIHK line, and ke>-p In stock Iron, lead and sewer pij>e, brass KOOUB, pumps, &c., &c.; everything tu bu found Tu a Unit-class establishment, at reasonable prices, and we are now prepared to do work lu a nutlstuvtory manner ana cuurautea ull work and material as represented. T. K. FACEif, wlio ban been In bualuene here almost continuously for the last Ihirty-two years,, will BU|K-rluti-Md the work. 11U quallflcatloua a.i a Mechanic are too well known to need comment, SHOP AT THK Olil> »TAX1» . »f«v«rv pvnouconlrmplAtfnK buytojc Q t f f| Q 91 AUTft or Rill Dft n >o*- O 1 1 U O j rLAIf 1 0 r DULEtOi uint s Ootumi puurf. rhouSAiula o/ I)lastritlioi)«, and nearly 160 Htgrt, wiling vh*t eo bur, at>d where tn ««t ll.acd nuauag lov«M for hunrtil coot!*. Price of OUIOit (Ml r 10 rtnta, it C«ruil. 4H,, l» x). fur 10 couta w.mfc of tkKKl*. j A&U& vieii/H i:J; »«ai A N, • lU«b«M«rj N. Y. IHYYIN MciUVIOAL t now dray, kud is UAS MTAHTKU A tu do all ltla.1* at . U»»e f«nl«rs *f Wultlu U*ury J«DU»OII'J graeery.

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