Denton Journal from Denton, Maryland on July 16, 1898 · Page 1
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15, A Family Newspaper:--Devoted to Looal and General Intelligence, Agriculture and Ad-7ortifi.'Eg.--Independent on all Subjects .--Subecription, One Dollar po^ Annum, in Advance. 1898. S^. r X ! "D".T:oT;?.A."S: iJTTILfXr 18, 1S98. 3STQ, 30, iWiW jtor Bicycle Went to the front rank among riding machines years ago, and has maintained its place to'this day of bicycle excellence. This result has been brought about by the use of the best material, the employment, of the most skillul mechanics and the application of *uch 'improvements as the years have developed. It lias kept pace with most active competitors, not alone in material and make, but in the more: important matter of price. The 1898 prices are as follows: Model 4 [ [Track Racer] Model 33 and 3/1 " Model 31 and 32 Model 35 o $100 60 40 3M, S3TCHOLS, Agent, DENTON. M A R Y L A N D . :lliwi:|!iiii|^h^^ THE B. C. BIBB STOVE CO,, \O7 . IO9 Light Street, BALTIMORE, MD. HEATING STOVES, Cook Stovc«, Gns, Oil and Gasoline Stoves, llollow-wnre, ifcc. FIRE-PLACE HEATERS. FURNACES, RANGES. Manufacturers of the celebrated EMERALD, STONEWALL, AND VIRGINIA COOK STOVES. ALSO Of tlio p'opa!:ir Sheet-Iron A ir Tight Stove.* TRILBY AXD W I L D F I R E . FOR SALE BY DENTON, MD., »-.N«urt£'f j TUNIS' MILLS, TALBOT COUNTY, MD,, MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS IN ALL KINDS OF- Lumber and Building Material. Shipments made direct by vessel to all points, on navigable water, to inland points by rail. Saw Money by Purchasing Direct from Manufacturers, North,' Carolina Pine, Our Specialty! W,E DEFY COMPETITION IN CYPRESS SHIHGLES. Saw Mill Daily Capacity, 20,000 feet. Plaining Mill Daily Capacity, 40,000 feet. - 0 - STATE AGENTS FOR I rjr5f.~?ix- t ?~~£~- ^zzJjfffxtSuv.f ."·""·,, orrespondence solicited. Orders promptly filled. HYGIENE ICE. 6 THE SEASON FOR ICE IS HERE. THE DISTILLED WA TER ICE IS HERE- LET EVERYBODY PATRONIZE THE ICE DEALER, Place your orders and let the Ice Wagon stop at your door each moru- ·ing and deliver you just what yon want. It only costs you One-balf Cent per Found, and the saving in tbo use of it will be mjuiy times that amount. Don't forget to leave your orders at once with Towers, the Ice Dealer. Ice Delivered on Saturday Evening for Sunday, Persons-wishing ice on Sunday can secure it by going to tho Factory, .at*tlie depot. LAWRENCE B. TOWERS. T. OOOIFIEIR,, Undertaker and Funeral Director Air Cooper's lout; experience in embalming and all tlio other branches of his profession render absolutely certain the proper performance of his duty in all mutters intrusted to liis care. All culls, either by diiy or night, promptly answered. Kesi- dence on Main street, opposite Brown's new drug store. T 1I7 . \\L . Headache Caused by Eye-Strain. Mn'ny persons whose eyes nnd hand arc con- :"stntitly' aching have no idea wlint relief scien- tiflc:illy-(iUoti glasses will give. Clumsily ad- just,cd glasses will almost invariably increase the trouble for which they are worn, und in somo cases nuiy ie:id lo irrecoverable blindness. Our ability to adjust glasses safely and correctly is lieyond question. Eyes Examined Free of Charge. T. W. SMITH, Bidgely, Md, From FACTORY to CONSUMER, $1,39 buys this Joiact) ' Hat tan Hooker., tho largest size' ever mado; per t dozen, S14.SO. ' Our n e w 112- i page catalogue ' containing Fur-1 niturc, Drape- rlea, Crockery, ( Baby Carriages, Refrigerators, j Stoves) Lamps, Pictures, Mir-1 rora. Bedding, etc., is yours for tho asking-. Special supplements just issued are nlso Tree. \Vrito to-day. CAKPET CATALOGUE in lithographed colors is also mailed free. Write for it. If you wish samples, t send 8c. stamp. Matting samples also mailed for 8c. All Carpets sewed , free tills month and freight paid ou fc9 purchases auclover. $7.45 buys ft madc-to-your-meas- uro Ail-Wool Cheviot Suit, oxprcssago prepaid to your station. Write for frdfl catalogue and samples. Address (exactly 03 below), JULIUS HINES SON, Dept. 909. BALTIMORE, MD. $8iv8'i^ Of Thins Essential GOOD SHOES Must be mentioned with the first. We have Ladies' Oxfords, Misses Oxfords, and Men's Patent Leather,Russet and Black. You can secure just what you want, to suit your foot, and the price will suit you. Some Miscellaneous Articles well \v 'i i hy 'of mention, because of their quality aud prior, arc : BEDSTEADS, ROCKING CHAIRS, DINING CHAIRS, CANE-SEAT CHAIRS, STRA W MA TTING, OIL CLOT PIS, ' LINOLEUM. J.H. NICHOLS SON. Tf all men were built nlilco tailors might concede u point U Iho clothier. But ns no two men nrc e\:iclly similar Clothing iniido to order is the only way to obtain a perfect Jit. It is our ixim to make Clothing thai is sntisfnctory, in quality, lit, nnd workmanship. By giving strict attention to tho measuring iintl cutting wo obtain .results Hint rtrc plcnsing to ouv patrons IMI, EASTOST, - - MAllYLAND, County"Commissioners Notice, Kotico is-hereby given to all persons having claims of any kind or' character against tho Hoard of School Commissioners for Caroline Count}-, tlio Trustees of tho Poor, of Caroline County, and the County Coinmissioiicrsof Caroline County, which arc properly payable ont of the public funds snbjuct lo the control of tiny of said boards, except such as may bo ponding in any of Iho Courts of this Stulo, to lilo Isaid accounts and claims with the pioper lionrcls so that the samo may be examined and passed upon by the snid respective boards before the Second Monday in July ncvt, and any person failing to file their accounts, or claims as nforo- suid sluill not thereafter bo permitted to do so nnd sluill forfeit nil rights to collect the same by legal process or otherwise, unless good nnd sufficient excuse for said failure is given (/ unrt approved by the board with which tho snid accounts or claims urc ofl'ered to be lilccl. By order of County Commissioners. THOMAS It. GKEEN, Clerk. Tborrjas CONTRACTOR AND BUILER, Kidgely, Maryland. Contracts taken in Caroline nnd adjoining counties. Thirty-three* years experience. Plans and spccilications cheerfully furnished. Best of references from Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. THE BtAUTV. Hnilt Now sho spi-nlts. Tho roses ope their i udily hearts to list.i Tlio breovos ccaso to conx tho lily bolls Tosoniul tholi 1 voiceless chiiiio.. Tho nightingale fa "into. And when sho smiles 'Tls llko tho brenk of day O'er Persian vnlloys fbmt wit hectare sweet Or liltc ontmnriiig melody Conjured by nuislri- Imiirl from htrliiKE Aglow with licnvoiily flic. And when she IntiRhs-- A3i, thun, the rippling musio of her mirth Aw.ikons sleeping joy, tlcop toned nnd full Of love :is Ixslls enriched with gold Oil MOECOW'H towers swung I --Ernest Jnrrold in Yellow Book. OLD MESA LIFE. Tho Pueblo Wonmu WHS Al\vnyn tl: Ilrad of tho Household. When tho men wont down to tho fields, the pueblo was really in control of its rightful owners, tho women. In those old communities tho woman wus the important purlwr in tho household. She was the owner of Ilie house nnd all it contained. She built it and furnished it with its utensils of daily use. Tho children traced descent through tho uipther and look her clan umne. The mail's position, other than more provider, was that of an honored guest, nnd if ho presumed disagreeably on his position more likely than not ho was sent back to his own homo. JFar from being the general slave and pack animal that is her sister of tho plains tribes, tho Pueblo woman's duties wero purely domestic, and if sho over worked in tho field it was for tho common good, to save tho scanty harvest iu'timo of need. Tho grinding of the many colored corn for bread, tho weaving aud tho making of pottery wero her principal occupations, and are to this day. Tlio Pueblo Indians arc pur excellence tho potters of tho southwest, and it will bo confessed that thoy come fairly by tho title, as on examination of some of tho old time ware will prove, although in this case, as in some others, tho evolution has not been for tho bottor. In the small house cell or in tho white sunlight tho potter sat, and, with scarcely any tools at all, fashioned such specimens of tho potter's art as to challenge admiration from us with all our appliances. The use of tho potter's wheel was unknown, and 'the "throwing" of a shape by this means out of tho question ; but with a hollow bit of baskct- waro or a pieco of broken pot for a support all tho forms from a simple food bowl up to the largest and most elaborate water jars wero built up by coil ou coil of clay, smoothed or modeled in pattorn as tho vessel grow, and when ouo examines some of tlio ancient pieced, notably those excavated by Dr. Fowke.-i of the Smithsonian institution, ouo cxui but marvel. Then came tho decorating, and in tv- cry case, from tho simplest to tho mo:-t elaborate and intricate symbolic design, one must confess that tho Indian uses tho truest inceptive and fundamental art principles. There never is any wasto of energy in "effect." Tho design always means a, coucroto thing, which appeals to tho understanding of the Indians for whoso use tho utensils arc. Through these same pottery forms aiirt their decoration runs ono of tho strongest chains binding tho old to tho new. Nc:ir mo ore two tinajas, or water jars. Ono is many generations, perhaps centuries, old, tho other perhaps five yeiu'B, and yet in shape and general decoration they are much alike, nud if tho newer one was properly "toned" thoy would pass as of tho same period.--3Tcrimnd Lungren in Century. French Ghont Hunters. Members of our own Society of Psychical Research, which, by tho way, has not been much in evidence of late, should bo interested in tho fato which has befallen tho French body with, identical aims known as L.i So- cicto dcs Sciences Psychiqucs. Tho latter has just been reduced to a state of hopeless disruption by tho conduct of n section of its adherents who, presumably weary of confining thoir psychical researches to tho chasing of elusive "spooks," havo gone iujU-ay after such livelier branches of cccnH science ns tho preparation of talismans, tlio coii- coctiug of lovo philters aud tho telling of fortunes. Tho earnest ghost hunters, disgusted by this descent to tho methods of tho common or commercial charlatan, have resigned in a body and formed a now society of their own. It is by no means certain, however, that those who remain havo not proved themselves wiser in thoir generation than tho seccders, for, while ghosts arc unmistakably "off" in these days, tho interest in other forms of mystical quackery seems to be as strong and widespread as ever.--London World. An OtUl Tombstone. "The queerest tombstone- I ever saw was in Hays City," said a man 'who has known Kansas for a good many years and during the times when the short grass sections were, as easterners say, "wild and woolly," lived in Hays City. "It WHS years ago when Boot Hill, the cemetery where men who fell with their boots on were buried, was in the height of its glory and was growing rapidly. Well, to make a long story short, one of the wear"- ers of long boots, revolvers and liowie knives was killed one day, nud, as in all such cases, he was promptly buried. As soon as the coroner gavo as the reason he was killed that ho was 'careless and did not have his weapons .on' ho was carried right out to Boot Hill nud buried. " 'Where is (ho tombstone? He ought to have something,' said one of the party. All tho boards that were kept for such use had beou used, so a member of the party rustled around and came across a rnil- road signboard about two inches thick that had the corners out off nnd looked much liko a headboard. It was painted white and seemed to be just the thing. The name of the owner of that six feet of earth was painted on the board, nnd it was eot up, and not till then waa it noticed that there was something on the other side. There it waa iu big black letters that could be read for a quarter of a mile, 'Look Out For the Cara' "--Topekn State Journal. i POWDEli. TUG MOST POTENT EX\ t OF MODERN TIMES. ft Jsi Composed of Kitroi;lyc«rlu, Gtm Cot- tori ana Vaeolluo-- The Interesting I'roc- oss hy Waleh It» Dangoruun Elements i;-,- ana- blued. Siii''o tho ndveus of tho speedy torpo- .io boat ;uu\ FIUCO rapid firing guns havo boon pli.ccd !, battleships n:ul cruisers ;::i pxplcsivo that would allow to tho oflkors und jjiiii'jiTo an unobstructed \ u \ - , , f an in. ;-.-,- i.:! ui(.i all conditions J .!·!· I n o i i M I'.'.'jii, ,t,,! liujusii'ds of dol- 1 i- ; u\o lj oil (·:,.-. vl. :'L in the effort to f'i)(,J.\!i i»w'*\-y nl tituti 1 lor black i;ni!i)wdi L- C, , llx lafc.-jfc e.\i'lo sivf, n s.iid t t - In" tho ;.jv!,t NiCisfactoiy proprJhiHt J inor'.d-n times for naval warfare. ::nd the ,-: port opinion seeniH lo lo that in a fc-v yoars gunpowder as now uii'lorst-xd Vill h.^-e vanished. The ··j ; vij,.,t uxords of established I,ovdt-r mill., .-how theio was only one- in opcr .ti ;i ;-, i.,;'0, this 0:10 being in England It. iir : -, tho year 1757 Iho Walt! '.'113! Abbey Ptiv dt?r mills wore pnwlias'il by liio 'J,L;;hsh government. They iiu mill n-ntiucted by it. The Fa- ver.shau. uiill.s, which up to that dato \vcio tho liiryost in tho world, passed into tho hands of a private corporation in 1815. Tho nuinufacturo of powder' was continued without much improvement, oxi-e-vt in tho eificiency of tho grinding a;ul 1111x11.,^ machinery, until about 35 yi-ai-s ago, the formula for black powder bein B ' saltpeter 75 parts, charcoal 15 paiU arid sulphur 10 parts, tho whole forming n mechanical mixture and not a chemical compound. Smokelet-s powder, however, became absolutely a necessity, for tho reason that snioko producing powders masked the object aimed at, and the torpedo boat, which was becoming a recognized feature of naval warfare, could dash up and discharge ono or more deadly missiles under cover of the smoke. Smokeless powders wore first produced iu Franco, aud for some time tho secret of tho manufacture was guarded jealously. As .soon as thy necessity for this kind of powder became apparent, however, a number of manufacturers devoted attention to it, and as a result various brands of smokeless explosives wero placed ou tho market. Thi) most satisfactory results eventually made their appearance in cordite, which was pioduccd through experiments mado by Professor Dowaraud Sir Frederick Abel. Cordito is composed of iiiuvi,?lycerlu W per cont, gun cotton 37 per ct'nt ami vaseline 5 per cent Nitroglycerin is aii oily, colorless liquid and nu uotivo poison. It is produced by mixing a quantity of sulphuric acid with almost double tho amount of nitric acid nud allowing it tn cool. About one- eightti oi tbc! weight of glycerin is then H Mod {;i.;luallv, tho mixture bo- ing kept b( low ;v temperature of 70 degrees y. by pa^iup i:r and cold water tJ trough it. Afrcr the mixture has stood a hufllcicut rime the acids arc drawn oft, and tho residua ^nitroglyceriii) is washed ai'd. Ill tercel. · Niti'o^lycei'iu cannot be ignited easily by a flainu, and a lighted matcli or taper plunged in to it would be extinguished. It is Mttisitivo to friction or percussion, cither of which will detonate it. Another peculiarity is that tho higher tho temperature tho more sensitive it becomes. It will solidify at -a temperature of 40 degrees, and its explosive foroo is estimated to be about twelve times that of gunpowder. Ono of the most approved methods nsccl in the manufacture of gun cotton is tins: Tho raw cotton is torn into shreds, dried and dippc-d in n mixture of sulphuric and nitric acids. It is then placed in of ruining water and washed thoroughly. Tho cotton is then wrung out, usually in a centrifugal machine. It is afterward boiled, dried, cut into piilp and prc:scd into disks. When tho gnu cotton is nui.shod, there should bo no trace of the acid^ remaining. Vaseline, the other component port of cordite, is tho v.-oll known extract from po- IrolcuKi, and ifs usefulness is chiefly to · lulu'irato tho bore of the gnu and thus tho friction between it and tho projectile. It also has a tendency to impart a waterproof nature to cordite. A color Icrfs liquid prepared from aco- tuta of liitfe, calli-d iicctono, is used as » solvent in tlio manufacture of cordito. Tho method of preparing tho explosive is: Tho required proportion of nitro- glycerhi is poured over (ho gnu cotton, nud tho two, with tho addition of acetone, ore kneaded together into a- stiff paste. Vaacline is then added, and tho whole compound, after being thoroughly mixed, if! pub into a machine and tho cordito pressed out and cnt into lengths, after ·which it is dried. To tho artillerist the nature of cordito is represented by u fraction whoso numerator gives in humhcdtlis of an inch tho diameter of tho die through which tho cordite has been pressed, its denominator boiug tho length of tho stick in inches. Tho cordito known as 30-12, which is tho size used for the C inch- quid; firing gnus, signifies that its di- amoter is three- tenths of an inch, and it is 12 inches long. It IB necessary to use a line grain powder to ignite n charge of cordite, it being secured in such a manner that a flash from the tube firing the gun will ! cause the explosion of tho charge. A ' full charge of powder for a 13 inch gun ' is 205 pounds, whilo tho cordito charge, i having the same uillcicncy, is only I(i7), ' pound;!. (Joi-dito is («io ot tho safest explosives known, and ij not dangerous unless it iu comhicd. 1 1 can be hold iu tho hand and lighted ^\ ithoufc danger. It burns slowly and with, a bright flame Although comparatively a new discovery, it is used oxLomuvoly in every navy throughout tlio world. It was manufactured flrsO in Great Britain and was in general UKO on her battleships before adopted by oJior powers.-- Now York Bun. She PiiTJilyzcd 'Em. Counsel -- What is your age, madam? Wituo-ss -- Forty-seven, sir. Counsel -- Married or single? Witness -- Singlo. I nover had an offer of marriage in my life, and if it is of any interest to tho court I don't mind saying that I havo worn false hah? for nearly 30 years. Couusol -- Hem I That is all, madam. Thoro is no iiho trying to shako tho direct testimony of so truthful a woman as you are. -- Loudta Tit- Bits. NEW YORK LANDLORDS. Lc»t Thc'Ir Houses Rcitmin Y:tc:LiiL While *}oniFi:ulni[j ISiffh Ilctitsils. A uowooinur \vlio IIP., born looking for a homo nest largn onoufih to accom- niudat.i out of town furniture remarked today: " W h a t ' s Iho matttr with rents i:i t h i s town'anywtiy? I .sco thor.nriiuLs i.f iJiits and offices teuai.tlcss, but cs iiirst of them ai'o beyond my means I'm furious to kn^w. \vliy tbo landlords don't coir.u down a ptjj or t\vo r.:irl give.-' A pix r fellow a chancci to lci; w i t h i n ri.asoii.tblo reach of his business. " And ;T ;;re others. A fri":rl of nniie nn in Marlrm i' 1 ^;. of t'ivc ncrupur.ts- of :i l'i-t hr^v-o ic-i'.tlor t_:) Tho so. on apL-rt- r.t lit-- L.,\" c;j:t;ty a year, but (!:.' :r;i'.-t r e J v - ( f to lowrrl! 1 '' r r u t v . ' h c n ·:u o n o r f t h e tJ.roc trro:iU'i« to clj;.!!.;c h:-i or:«te\o, nor w i l l liu !; cVnvu ilia ·:ii":tJj)y librae in cnkr lo fill iliu va- v::c aud juoiitlcrs rouvs. A n i tbi-i ·"!i't a .soht.n-y cr.bc ct this foit, l - y any .nraus Another re;;] ostnfo .".gout b".f Lorn hnUiiiig n- row ot f.iu; f l a t s for '.i:; t h i ' c years r-eeiUihi: nobody is els '·::u s.:i;.:. :ui:.,fj $1,COO cu ary c:'o cf · ic::i. It he h:ul l:r.jc!;ed off S300. ho i.':Id i' r a i t i d e x s i y onu of tb'T.i .njhS why (jig Hiutroiiolitau hinnluril [rcfois losh to gain is ono of tiio secrets ct the roiil Citntc br..suiosh that outsid- ci.s c;i:t oi:Iy juygle w i t h mentally. Auothti' pccvliur feature of tho business is tho way in which tlio tenants « b o c.ui put up a good bin ft manage to enjoy all the comforts of an up to date homo without paying scarcely anything for the privilege. I know one man hero who doehu't pay over $200 a year for a $000 flat: Ho got behind in his rout, and then he jollied tho janitor, who did the collecting. The janitor, in turn, smoothed down tho landlord, and as a result tho tenant got in deeper and deeper. Now ho pays a month's rent once iu a whilo and puts up such a bold front that he gets a recoiwJ on his promises. Iu tbo same honsa is another tenant who pays §65 n month, but ho shuts up his apartments for two months every summer and goes seaward. Ho flatly refuses to pay rout while doing the grand, and tho landlord hasn't as yet done a thing to him. Still another high flier puts up $75 a mouth for tho pick of the premises. He's In about four months now, but as yet care hasn't carved any wrinkles on his broad brow. All of which loadti to tho conclusion that rents are high Lure in order to cover losses of the sort cited.--New York Letter iu Pittsburg Diopatch. SARCASM BY WHISTLER. Word Sketch Which Scored n Member of tho Ilognrth Club. There is iu London au institution called the Hogarth club, the membership of which is'restricted to artists and Httcratuurs. It is something on tho liner, of tho old Bohemian club, and both business rucii aud American millionaires nro strictly interdicted. Whistler is a member, and, of course, shiiies by his witticisms. Tho lines being strictly drawn there is ul\vnys au effort being made by somo outsider to forca an entrance, and in ichu case of Baron Grant it met with success. Grant was a treble millionaire who had mado his fortune iu Turkish contracts nnd had invested in an Italian titlo on his way back to London. He was n particularly notorious person and quite the last man whom tho Hogarths should have admitted. However, by dint of buying pictures he got iu aud proceeded to make bis friends happy. One night a big dinner v?aa organized in his honor dud Whistler invited. Though tho great artist had rofuscd, ha happened into the club ou the important; evening and a. deputation of his friends finally per.snaded him into the supper room. Ho appeared, was wildly cheered aud was at once asked tomuko .4 speech. "Gentlemen," ho said, ''it is on tho subject of titles I should like tc- speak. There are several k'inds of titles, fioruo men oro" bom into them--theso are inherited titles; others are conferred by tho' sovereign and have boon earned by distinguished sorvico; a few are attributes of tho government, of tho law or of tho church. All this you know, most of you. But a titlo which is not inherited, nor yot. bestowed for merit, nor oven the sign of a position, is but a barren grant."--San Francisco Wave. A Thrifty Scotchman. "Weil, James, how are yon feeling today?" said tho minister to one of his parishioner B, au old man suffering from chronic rheumatism. "You are not looking as brisk as usual." "Nil, sir," replied tho old fellow Badly, "I've been gey uufortinit the day." "How, James?" "Weel, sir, I got a letter fra a Glasca lawyer body this moruiu, tolliu me tha IIKI cousin Jock was doid, au that he hart left mo twa huuuor pouu"." "Two hundred pounds I" repeated tho minister. "And you call that hard luck? Why, it is quito a fortune for you, James. " "Ay," said tho old man sorrowfully, "but tho atiuid lawyer body dinna pit oucuch stamps on his letter, an I had a halo saspenco to peyfor oxtra postage." --Lewistou Journal. Cuban Brlc-n-brBo In Vogno. Curtositios nud bric-a-brac from Cuba nrc i!ow .slowly eo::iing- into vogue. Oddly enough, they wcro quito fashionable JO and 50 yctua ago. A favorite and ono of the most beautiful objects imagiuiihlo is a bunch of crystals fiom ono of the i'ainoua caverns in tho limestone district. Some of those are as clear as rock crystal, ;md arc not alono many fiicotxxl but aro often covered in port with masses of Itirge and small crystals of great brilliancy. When tho faceting occurs in ccrtaiu patterns, tho crystal has tho firo of n precious stono aud, iu a well lighted parlor will throw colored liglit.s and fires in every direction. Still another beautiful object is a mass of flno fern lc;if coial, which is found near tho koyfi in tho middle and eastern part of tho island. Homo of this is so delicate that it suggests n petrified cobweb.-- Mnrghcrira Arlhm H:imm iu Now York Mail and Express. llow He Wnn Floored. ""vvlint'a the mutter with Holland? I hear lie's laid up." "Yes; ho bought his wife a chafing dish n couple of weeks ago.'' "But surely that isn't responsible for his illness. Why, that fellow can eat anything!" "Oh, it wasn't anything that ho ate. She hit him over tho head with it."-Now York World. ANCIENT TRICKSTERS QUEKH CONJURING FEATS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. Littlo Experiment)) Iu Which Boiling tho Heads Oil' Llviug Animals Wa» a Neees- ttury AOJuuet--How They Killed a Horse ami OiiTf.d Ului A|;:ilii. Conjurers iu ancient times wero not very respectable members of society-when successful, they enjoyed the reputation of having hold their souls to the evil ono, aud when of inferior ability (!jfy giiiiiod notoriety by being cither fir iwncd or burned. Tho medieval ma- f.i. :a:js us well as the Egyptian magi arid tho Chaldean snges wero only a FKiiiigo mixture of chemist, conjurer im(l'~charlatan, aud as these gentlemen Vv-ovo in tho habit of using their sup- p-xiud occult powers to their own advau- t"^ r o they were naturally unpopular. The feats of jugglery performed by thc.«c craftsmen wore intended for tho mystification and not the amusement of tho public, and for centuries conjuring had to it only a black sido. The amateur conjurer of today is not always a popular individual, save with children and tho unsopMstocated yokel. To the general public lie is merely a bovo of greater or less magnitude, whoso performance is EO obvious as to deceive no one. It ia hard to realize that this person is no mere mushroom growth of modern society, but in point of fact his loleisouoof a respectable · antiquity, for he is to bo found treading closoupon tho heels of the magicians and in the flays when witchcraft was still rampant. This is significant of his reputation oven in those early times, for had any one rakeu his triclcs seriously he would doubtless have been run to earth and done to death as a wizard. In the middle of the seventeenth century, in the earliest years of tho restoration, a number of tricks were published in one of those facetious books which seem to have occupied the press to u great extent at this time, but which, owing to their popularity, have for tho most part perished. The chief recommendation to tho greater number of these tricks is that no apparatus beyond tho utensils of everyday life is necessary. Also it is suggested to the pciforuicr that ho can make some small profit out of his entertainment by prevailing ou his audience to bet -with him on tho result of the trick. "To set a horse's or an asse'e head upon (j mini's head and shoulders" Booms ijjipossiblo out of the laud of Fucry, bus *o are informed that by boiling the head cut off from a living animal, "the 1 flesh boyl'd may runno into oyle,'' and then by mingling tho hair beaten into' powder with this oil and anointing tho heads of tho standers 'by, "thoy shajl seem to have horses' or asses' heads"--a costly experiment and foaitsonu' if successful. But, besides this, one can "make people soein hcadlesse," und this without bloodshed aud by the following simple receipt: "Break arsenick very fine, and Loylo it with sulphur in a cover'd pot, and kindlo it with a new candle, and the staiidcrs-by will seem to be head- ICRSO. " Doubtless a strong imagination is necessary for success. Some of tho tricks are such as would nowadays cause the performer to be disliked, to put it mildly. For instance, "havo a nut filled with ink, and give this unto another and bid him crack it nnd see what he can find in that," which being done"."will cansa much laughter.'' "To keep a Tapster from frothing his Pots" must havo boon an amusement to tho wags of the period, and for this '.'provide in readinesse the skin of a red Ilvjring, ujid when the Tapster is absent do bnt mb u littlo ou the inside of his pots, nnd ho will not bo able to froth them, do what ho can, in u. good while sifter." "To counterfeit a diamond with a white saphir" is a most useful accomplishment, but the fraud is likely in theso days to bo discovered and is more a chemical experiment than a trick. Several tricks arc recommended which iifivo animals as their subject and are for tho most part brutal to our modem ideas.- Perhaps the least objectionable is "to seem to kill a Horse and cure him again," which may bo thus accomplished: "Take the seed of henbane and give it the Horse in bis Provender, and it will cast him into such a deep sleep that ho will seem dead. If you will recover him again, rub his Nostrils with Vinegar, aud ho will, seem to be revived." The "seem to be revived" sounds rather ominous, and it is to be noted that the correct quantity of henbane is not mentioned, so that it might bo best to try this experiment on some ono else's horse. "To make a shoal of Goslings draw a Timber loggo" sounds interesting, but unfortunately tho directions are vague. "To make a shoal of Goslings or a Gaggle of Gecso to seem to draw a Timber logge is done by tho verio means that is us'cl when a Cat draws a fool through a Pond, but handled somewhat further off from tho Beholders"--London Wooden Clogs In Japan. "The Little Japanese at Home" is tho title of an article by Miss Ida Tignei Hoduett in St. Nicholas. Miss Hodnett says: Tabi (tab-bee), socks of blue or white cotton cloth, uro-worn on tho littlo feet. Thoy are niaclo like mittens, with a plaoo for the great toe separate from tbo others, so as to allow the strap which fastens- on the clogs to pass between. Tho clogs are made of wood and havo two littlo wooden pegs under the soles, high or low, according to the tasto of tho wearer, but in either case capable of making a great clatter ou wood, stone or pebbles. Fortunately it is not tho custom to wear any footgear besides tho socks iu tho bouse. The single strap divides into two parts, which pass on o.ich side of the foot and fasten to tho clog. Those straps, or thongs, on littlo girls' clogs arc sometimes gayly colored. With but one fastening, it ia an oiisy matter to take off the ologa when entering a house and leave them on tho veranda, and the custom is certainly conducive to tidiness. It is a necessary custom, for tho clogs won Id bo ruinous to tho flue soft mats covering the floor. Complexion is another important and interesting point to tho Japanese girl aa well as to her American and European Ristnra AN HONEST HEART. It l!riii[]it u Kny of Sunslifui* Into the Tlri'Hninc* lciot. "An all P-'cd hot day, inarm. Coin fiir?" siicl mi old farmer, addressing a Indy who sat at his sido in a railroad station waiting for a train. The womfiii drew away her rich silts impatiently, frowning as if to sny, "You're out of yonr place, sir," but sho niiidn 110 audible reply. "An all lived hot day, I i-siy, nuirm," wiul tin; old man in a louder touc, supposing that she was a little deaf. "Aro yougoiiifur? Why," he continued, as HO reply was vouchsafed, "I'm sorry you're deaf, miirm. Hove long have you "Sir," said (ho ·woniau,' lihing, "do you mean to insult me? I fluill complain to tlio police." Ami sho swept haughtily from the room. "Waal, I never!" exclaimed tho old mail, as ho drew out the rod bandanna and mopped his forehead. "Pretty tired, inarm?" he continued, addressing a woman who had just come in, carrying a baby and a lot of bundles, and with two small children clinging to hw dress. "Aro you goin far?" "To Bobtou, sir," was tho pleasdht reply. "Got to wait long?" "T\\o hours. Oh, children, do be quiet and don't teaso mother anymore." "Look-ahere, you young shavers, ami sec what I've got iu my pocket, " ami BOOII both, children were ou his knees eating peppermint candy aud listening to wonderful stories about the sheep and calves at home. Next ho pulled out a string and taught them Low to play "cat's cradle. " They were soon ou tho floor, happy as kittens. "Now let me take that youngster, inarm," ho said, noticing that tho baby wanted to bo tossed all tho time. "You look clean beat out. I guess I can please him. I'm a powerful hand with- babies." In his big arms the child crowed with delight until he fell asleep. " "Tahi't nothin at all, marm. " ho said two hours later as he helped tho woman and her charges on board. Buying a pint of peanuts from a little girl and paying 12 cents instead of 10 cents, he munched in. hearty enjoyment until his train was called. "Allabofird!" shouted the conductor, and tho train started. "Something bright has gone ont of this depot that doesn't como in everyday," said 0110 who remained -- "on honest heart." -Success. SAVING GRACE OF A HOBBY. It Kevlvrs Hope and Enthusiasm atict Makes Life Worth LI Tins. "A priceless thing is a hobby. Tlio daily tasks by which hosts of women rapport life avo favorless, barren, almost hopeless. To such ones a hobby, may offer tho dearest hopes of ultimate freedom from tlie unwelcome daily tsitk. It ·will at niiy rate servo to entertain and give point aud flavor to an cthc-r- wiso blank existence," is tlia position taken by Carrie E. Garrett direTisbiuf? "Woman's Dreams and Hobbies" in The Woman's Homo Companion. "Hobbies have the power to concentrate and absorb the scattered energies which might otherwise bo expended iii purposeless flirtations, building superfluous bonnets, reading cheap sensations, gossiping away precious moments, picking out our friends' foibles, dissecting our own emotions aud wishing vaguely for everything which is attainable. If too hobby did nothing olso bat prcvsnt these frivolities, it would be a boon to humanity. "Man found out tho value of hobbies long ago. Almost- every man who is good for anything has a purpose which, ho thinks is quite tho mast n;agiiiiicc:.6 one \vliich a man could pursue. It is no matter whether it is lawmaking, pill- making or shoemakiug, he pursues it with absorbing enthusiasm and strive': to make the best laws or pills or shocH (as tho case may be) to bo found anywhere. · · "Woman has found that it is uoE enough to merely look pretty; that lovo cannot bo her 'whole csistciice' (rho poet to tho contrary iiotwuhsfcinding), ami that even with tho richest plenitude of gowns, jewols and enjoyments lifo. still needs a purpose. If it is at all'a respectable purpose nnd pursued with general steal, it cannot fail to thrive aucl increase aud bear fruit " L'ucousuious Sufferers, There are numerous cfisea on- record where ipen suffering from', some form of paralysis have heeii charged with drunkenness and have suftered in consequence most severely in mind, if not in body. It is f a r ~ from being an uncommon circumstance for a man to receive in somo street row, or, as tbo result of somo practical joke, an injury to tbo bead or spine, not serious enough perhapa at tbo moment to disable him, but certainly dangerous if not attended to ut once. Ho r may leave tbe vicinity where he received the hurt, may possibly vta'r for miles, go into u restaurant and take something to strengthen his nerves; then go out _ and gradually sink into a st«te of unc.onscioiisness ;*ud be found in a doorway or lying in the road, bearing every indication of intoxication. Tho breath may smell of the stimulant helms tjiken, he is stupid and helpless, iiud nt once the unpracticed eyo stamps him as drunk and incapable. Locked up by himself .he speedily becomes feverish, and seriously ill and dies without assistance. This is no highly colored picture. Cases occur over and over again, and wo regret to eay that it appears to be the common practice of tha ordinary policeman to arrest and take to the station house any per-" eon who is acting strangely or stupidly in the street or who exhibits signs that are generally accepted iia indicating the use of intoxicants. The proper place for theso unfortunate persons is not tho police station, but tho hospital.--Now York Ledger. £Ie]hnnta. There aro annually killed in Africa » ' minimum of 05,000 elephants, yielding'^ tho production of a quantity of raw- ivory the selling price of which in · $4,^000- iNEWSPAFERr

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