Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on November 12, 1898 · Page 7
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 7

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, November 12, 1898
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i: MIJS1CAL CRIES OF DEPOT CALLERS, ii ;; Chants of Chicago's Railway Slfltiou (iifards While An- ;; nourrdrig (he Various Trains. in „ ma ior which ?iv>ms to oxp""^ ] of Hie caller. Wore (Jlmberllnir to tnki fid/-,- i lie coiiii'iil wllh H-h.'d' ho vlnivs j up music fora while he would not have Hie "'world, and oven In his position as' lo on 11 irnlns any more. W HUN the imprc.'wirii'.'' who Uimiago (ho great opera companies arc out of singers mid are looking for a few choice tenors and baritones )( . stop the gaps In^tholr troupes they nfght do worse than gather In noun 1 of Hi.- men who iliflk'* a living by calling trains in the v.irl'Hia railroad dojiois of Chicago. Snys tlio Sliud.'iy Chrouhlo. These have void's of strength and power and pone 1rall'»n, nnd although th.'.v are pi-oli n.biy uiK-nnsolouH of Hie fact th'.'ir att- liouiiornients of trains arc musical to h dosroo. Tin.' train caller has a peculiar position. ;ind lie is- a IIOCI-XMII-.V ,-ii|juiii"f I" iln> railroad bnslnoss only In n diy like f'btcnu'o, which Is Hie Initial point of ihe Irlp.i of .ill trains. That is. no train nrrivos at this city and continues on its journey. This i.s Hie end of the road for all of Uii'iu, mid passi'iicei-K wishing to go further In any dlrocilon inns: chnnise cni'H. This usually necessitates H wait of more or loss duration either in th'- depot .it which tin 1 passenger arrives or at one In SOUK- other part of town to which he Is hurried in an om- nibtls. M'lif-n a mnn or woman has^ron traveling a day or two across the country rtnd Is dumped in ji big noisy dcpo! in Chicago, hustled Into a bus with a lot'of other tourists and rnttlod a"ross lijivu ;o mioflior depot of|ii»il.v large Jirid noisy and confusing, willi clanging bolls nnd arriving nnd departing trains, It i.s a bit dlllh.-nlt to know Just what Is going on. Tito tourist Is likely lo become confused and not remember over what road tho remainder of Iho jour- nev is lo bo taken. The Unio tho train , lie announce,-- the name of Hie ill" ! poople who have I'n k"i< for that line I liegln lo galhcr u;i tlidr effects, I nirnlghtoii oul their children and |mi Ion tlioh- eoat-<- As lie i"iiielud"'i wllh | Hie Woleome Dews |||;|! "Hie Ir.iill is I ready" a sm.-ill proi'i-^ulen hurries <m: i the door toward the I rain slie.l and the ! disappoi'ited ones '.ettli' kid: In their (seals in wait Iho L'iad moiiieiii u lien I their tr.'ilns shall (hits !"• announced. | l>cvclii|i« ii l.lililll. | In Ihe course of liiiir 1 inilurally th" antioiiiieet develops a ihain or song lo which h" Ills the aniioiiin i.'iuciits. It comes easier than a plnin recitation of the name of Hie rond and Hi" principal stations at which Hie train will stop. lie Is obli-erl lo speak loudly and clear- I iy '-iioti^li to lie hoard In every part of I the waiiliiiM-ooiii. and lo accomplish i this end he causes his void 1 lo I-|M: and ( fall in regular cadence, nnd doing Hih j day after day It becomes n.« natural for j Lbn lo sing ihe calls as if lie were j olinliling n popular ditty of Hie lionr. ! it is largo'y iinconsdoiis music on Iho part of the caller, lie docs not .slop lo iltlirk about Hie imi'> Ii" Is climiilng, Hi;key in which lie sin;.'-' or Iho pilch of j his voice. His business is to lot people kimw Jiboiil. Hi" trains and not lo bo- guile their \vcary moments willi soiitf. Hut lie IM n piclni'csipic and welcome feature of a very prosaic and humdrum place, tin- big depot in n big cily. Tin. 1 man who docs most of the culling at the I'liion depot. Is young and good-looking and P O *SCKSOS a splendid voice. Ills name is Tom Kennedy, and ho sroins to be ns happy as Is possible amid the depressing surroundings of nrbllor of all trouhlox that com" lo Hi" innclliig public. HI" .!"b i" oven more 'i'ving titan Hint -if tin- man In tho I'iiion depot, fur lie has m.iro roinN trt $ 'tool, aficr. Tb" Ktic. Urnud Trunk. S'liit.-i I'-. I'/isterii Illbioii. Wabn«h and .Miuinii I'oads an- under his care. so far .is miiiouiioim; ihe trnlns is eon- eeriicd. but lie manages to keep pliini|i .•mil good-natured, and it Is rcllectod In Ilis \-oici'. At tho Jto'-k Island mid T.akn Shore depot the culler does not pay much at- to Ihe musical par! of his work. |[o calls Hie trains in n Jerky way. using one ihomo, which ho makes lit nil iinnoiiiiceiiir-nts. ro"\'!nllc.s.< of u-lint h<^ says, lie docs not chant, but rather speaks, mid his voice is not uiiislcnl. It uocii'i cnllfvalliin lo bring It up to tlio standard of Kennedy nnd (iimborllug and the big policeman n! the Hoarborn ffff/r TCMPO sio //o/ri/ft Pits -sen-j?erj-.forf/W Jouffi and £asf- fertajfaw porf ff.'cfi - mend Cm-cfn-nzf-// /n-e//afi-a//-a-^s Yorfr and cforfn s/at'rj ' TJN10N DKPOT. 13 to leave Is also a. puzzling point, and to gunrd against mistakes and the missing of trains by Inexperienced travelers the train caller Is employed to announce every train half nil hour or so before It loaves, When n Chicago man ii? going on u Journey he, of course, knows what road ho Is going over and what hour nnd minute tho train leaves, and times himself to arrive at the depot a few minutes before train time. Kor him there is'no need of a caller. l!ut It Is to the tired traveler who Is going across the country, the woman with half a dozen children, the tourist who never before took a journey of over ten miles Hint the culler comes as a boon and a Ideas- Ing. After sitting perhaps for hours In n big depot, watching with wltlo opon o.vcs the hurried coming mid going of the crowds of poi ..le, ihe starling of dozens of suburban trains, fearful that each one Is the train Unit he should take, the man who never saw Chicago before and haply never wants lo again lifter bis tiresome experiences on Un.' rond, sees a man In uniform stroll into the waiting-room, lift up his voice, and In slow resonant tones begin lo call out an announcement about Hie next through train that Is to leave. Every word lie utters Is eagerly listened to by the tourist, who anticipates hftiirlng the mime of the rotid over which be Is lo travel or the oily to which ho Is bound. If ho does not hear them ho sinks back In his seat; sutls- tired passengers, crying babies, mis- sent baggage and late trains which si.'ryc to make life miserable for most of the employes around u railroad station. Ho has four big railroads to keep tab on—the Hnrlliigton, Alton, .Milwaukee, nnd Pennsylvania—mid they man- nge to send out a good ninny trains every day and evening. This gives Kennedy little opportunity to make money on tho side or tell funny stories to the bus drivers, for ho Is kept fairly busy watching Ihe clock and remembering wliftt train IH next on Iho list lo be mi- nounced. Shortly after S o'clock every evening he enters the ladles' wall Ing- room of Ihe depot, and In a sonorous monotone he dinnts Ibis melody: "Panhmidlo, Pennsylvania train Is ready. Passengers going south mid east for l.ogansport, Kokomo, Hldi- mond, Cincinnati. Indianapolis, Louisville, Columbus. IMItshurg. Harrlsbm'g, Philadelphia, New York, lialtlmoro and Washington. Train loaves down-stairs gate No. 4." Ills voice rings through the lofty room nnd Is echoed from the vaulted celling, and as he rests after enunciating tho nmni; of each city there U no opportunity of mistaking what he snys. Tho latter portion of tho mi- noiiiiceinenl, referring lo Ihe train le.iv- Ing downstairs, Is delivered a minor third lower than the other part In a sad. heart-rending way, as If Tom Kennedy deeply rogrelled the necessity of having that train go out. ff<i-rf*Q'i cv/-v--fi~J*J a// (n direct coniradlsUnciIou to Kennedy, ut leant as shown by the tone of hlu vojtv lu ciillliiK, Is Hit! Cat, jolly po- lluumun who makes. Hie annuunci'iiionis at the IH'urboi'ii Stiitlon on PulU street. Wl)l)o thu Uiiluu depot man sl'ij,'* in a minor tbs polk-oumu pUutiBx ttt» voice Sfi jfff / s ~ l!()i:K ISLAND DKl'OT. Ho has manifold duties, for lie Is depot pollcommi In adidtion lo bi'lnj; caller, and when he Is not tolling people what train to take lie is stopping somebody from smoking In the wait- InK-rootn.H or directlni: some luckless stranger (o a hold or a Hie/Her. He keeps nn eye on the clock, however, mid never mlssos his turn at minoune- IIIR tin; npproadi of the time for Ihe departure of :i' train. When the minute hand reaches the proper hour in the evening lie walks to the center of the waiting-room, and, without striking a pose or putting on any grand opera airs, he chants the following: "Chicago and Krie linln—going oast, lliinllnglon. Marion. Columbus, Niagara Kails, Now York, lioslon and all points east." At another time lie makes tills simple announcement: "Chicago and C.Irand Trunk train go- ln» east. All aboard." He docs not vary the theme particularly, nnd while his rendition may be lacking in color it certainly Is full of atmosphere. Hi.s voice is rotund, and what might be called, for want of n hotter term, comfortable. He seems at peace with all the world, except, probably tin 1 fanner who Insisls on smoking a villainous pipe In the ladies' waiting-room, and for him there Is short shrift. Tho ollicor says that the number of duties he is called upon to perform lis depot, policeman and olllclal train minouneor hardly loaves time for such n rendition of the train and station obligations as might bo wished, but he does the best be can. There are live waiting-rooms, and wore a man lo go to each one and render a long-winded call he would not be half through with the last room before a train would be ready on some other road, and therefore ho has to cut. Ilioni short at limes. lint Hit- star caller of Hie city Is at station. The theme he uses might well be employed for a wall/, melody when ho makes this announcement: "Passengers going on the Hock nntl aftd Pacilic train. Itock Island and Pncilic all aboard." He does not call loudly mid rovcrbcr- mitly, tilling Ihe waiting-room with his voice, but prefers to walk to different parts of the room and make the announcement In rather a low tone, which Ills well with the subdued hum of voices In the waiting-room. Altogether the callers nt Ihe depots form an Interesting study of voice culture, or rather lack of culture. Kneli of them chants in a different key nnd uses' a different theme from Ihe others, and probably none of them ever slopped to think that he was really singing what ho said. Some day the hit of Iho opera season may be a young man who dlz» covered he had a voice while announcing trains. "JJonnliriil." , Death-bod scones are not always edifying, but sometimes one is portrayed which is so full of lislil and love Ihat we are glad to remember it. Such was Mrs. Browning's, and her husband's story of It shows his own love for her in nu i!M|tilslte fashion that: also Is not to hi! forgotten. She said, on the last evening: ''It la merely the old attack, not so severe a one as that, of two years ago. There is no doubt thai 1 shall soon recover." And P.O we talked over plans for the summer and the next year. 1 sent Ihe servants away and her little maid to bed, so iltlle reason for disquietude -lid then! HeiMii." Through the night she slept heavily and brokenly, but then she would sit up, take her medicine, say unrepeatable things to me, and sleep again. At -1 o'clock there were symptoms Ihat alarmed mo, so I called on nans-f/' C//i-ca-o uncfi ^ P/itl'- a - de/ -/!i' - a. Wen* YbrA" and - ff/e />o//7/n 7"fat'rt T/l/flf /ft /I/- • UUANIl CKNTItAU STATION" (he tirtind Ceiitriil Sl.-illoii. Harrison street and Kil'lli avenue. Ills mime Is tioorgc (ilml'orllng, and be has a voice like Hint of < 'ninjianarl, The station has probably the loftiest coiling In the wailing room of any lu the city, and an ordinary voice would soon get lost among Hie marble pillars and things up Hii'ro. Hut mil so with tilmberllng's. He knows just how lo modulate It and throw It and use It so that every one In Iho depot will know what Is going to happen mil on the traclis. id. lias a number of roads on his hands, loo the Baltimore and Ohio, (irom Western and Wisconsin Central and the big wfallng room Is generally lillcil wllh passengers waiting Hie calling of their trains. When (leorgo ges through nobody h;is (o ask the college gradual!' policeman what Hie caller said. They all hear him. lie lakes his post near the center uf the big room and begins like this: "llnltlmore aud Ohio train now ready for Carroll, Chicago .luiiollon, Mans- Held, Wheeling, lldlalro, lirafloii, Washington, llaltlmore. Philadelphia, New York and Intermedlato points. Train leaves track U lu lifieoti minutes." All this Is delivered In a true, clear baritone voice, which 1m uses well. Kvery word Is pronounced clearly and distinctly, mid alter the mime of every cily he rests long enough for (Im mental impression produced by thu euuncla- tlon of the name to sink into the minds of the lluti'innu Tlio voice U full of tudoily and la under complete coutr61 Hie iniild aud scut for Hie doctor. ,SJie sullied as I proposed to bailie her fool. "Well," she said, "you are determined lo malio an c.t.'iggcralod case of It!" Then came what my heart will keep until I see her again, mid longer the most perfect expression of her love for me within my whole knowledge of her. Always smilingly, happll.v, and with a face like a girl's in a few mill Hies she died lii my arms, her head on my check. These incidents so Mi-auln me Unit I tdl them to her beloved ones as Ihelr right. There was no lingering nor acute pain, nor consciousness of separation: but Hod look her to Himself an you would lift, .-( slopping child from a dark, uneasy bed Into your arms aud the light. When 1 asKrd, "How do you the'lasl word was. "Beautiful!" fei Narrow l-l«oupe. President Dlaii of Mexico hud an exciting encounter with a mountain lion recently while hunting In Ihe mountains near Hiiehuoloeo with a party of friends, The aiilmul sprang at him from an ovVrlmutilng cliff, but foil short, and was shot and killed by I Ha/, before II could gaihcr li.-fd! logetlicr for another leap. The smallest Hillary paid to the head of a c'lvlllxi'd Koverninen: U $15 a year to I lie President uf tho Jtcpiiblle of All- do-To, lu tliu Pyrouow. SHYEST OF INDIANS, run HICOUUIIS or HONDURAS ARR \ WILD AND AIVSTCRIOUS TRinH. Their l.ntisunRC, llahlts and Trolls Rcm- nnnts nt n Once Powerful Knee Prim! live Mnrrlnue Ciislonm-An Interesting Ethnological Study. In ;>arN of Central America lilll" visited by civilized man remnants of once powerful tribes now fo,''>!'> and nlniosl extinct, nr' o<" i-.sion.'tliy discovered, liraduall.v bin surely ihosi i-j s have been assimilated, until nearly all are now- nulled to form that most homogeneous of b 'lni;«. Ihe Con trill American native, in wiio.-t" vein doubtless Hows the blood of the ('hi chinu'cs, the militias, Na'iuas, Tins- calmis, dlmccs, Toltccn, Aztecs-, and of Spain. Occasionally, bill rarely, tribes luiv been discovered of such typos that lend to the belief that In their case no such amalgamation has lak.-M place, and Iho pi-'servaHon of a strange tongue, of liablls and trails wholly foreign lo other trlbc.i near them, renders this entirely probable. A singular tribe In Ihe inl.-rlor of Honduras near the north coast, known to native llondurau-i as III- coii lies, inhabits a few small villa.','cs_, widely separated, the largest of which Is not far from Villa Nuovn. on the Aslor-Iloudtiras Hallway. .Krom Hit:place Ih • trail is up Hie inoiiiilalns to ]'',! Yomido, about 'J,."(lli feel nbovt Ihn son. The Indian village is built upon tlio point of the highest peal; in the mountain chain, and consist of loss than a dozen niis.n'ahl. 1 huts. There are no streets, Hit! huts lioimj perched along Ihe mountain top without any semblance of regularity or order. A sjlaiiC' shows that those are not Hie homos of the common llomliirmis. Tho latter builds ills hut of mud and thatches his roof with palm loaves, while lliese huts are without sido.s. consisting of four posts and a roof of thatch made of I he long grass which grows among the pln-s. Tho interiors of the huts are free from tables or chairs, the only furnllun being a number of hammocks made from a species of pila plmil. Behind thi! huf. ar. little stoves and ovens of adobe, and hanging on posts near by are the giiacales or gourds In which everything Is cooked. The lllcoc'tn use no earthern vessels ior any pur- pos . whatever. It is thi! custom with Ihe irioocques upon tho approach of strangers for the entire village to stampede to tin wotfds. This excessive timidity makes it a matl.'r of great dltliculiy to obtain any accurate information regard- Ing their social customs or t'.iolr lionn life. 11 is known Ihat thov differ in almost, every way from (he other people of Hie country. The TUcocipi are small and squat, with high check bones, broad thin lips, with prominent teeth. They have straight black hair, worn long and braided. The men wear no doth?s save :i smaV. brooch clout, generally woven from some native- plant'. The Hlcocquc.x' food consists generally of wild game and roots, though they occasionally bare JL few pigs and somolinu's culllvat ' a small patch of corn. Tho hitler only happens when they have liivd unmolested for a long time in one place. The m->n are cjnite skillful with biw and arrows, and \<Iih Hies 1 .' we.ipons obtain most of the meat c.l'u.'ii by Ihe family. The marriage ceremony is unknown among them. The sol 'Ction of u nrid, having been made, the woman walks over and lakes possession of.hev new home, and Ihe man gets out-a trille earlier In order to procure food for two. Polygamy Is urn p.Troticod. but Iho intermarrying is carried lo a dangerously dose point, and iubr(vi>iiig has probably had much to hi with Hie Indians' imperfect development. The same caus.> has retarded their growth In Intelligence and their increase In numbers. It Is not believed Hint those Indian* have any particular form of religion worship, but th.-y an; full of super- silt ion which leads them into doing many peculiar things. For ;ns!mi--o. when sickness overtakes one of them, the invalid is -provided wlfn rood xuf- lldeiit. for three or four days, and is then loft lo light It out alone as best he can, the balance of the t'mnllv re- Hrlnir to some other house. Their knowledge of medicine si cms conlln -d to the use of nol more than four horh- al decoctions of t.he simplest I'onns. Another singular trail Is their superstition in r.-gard lo expectoration within their houses. Should a stranger enter one of their houses and so far forget, himself as lo spit on Hi,, floor no llicocqiio won' I ever enter It again, It is extromolv difficult <n learn mm-h about, their language, owing to Ihelr reticence and shyness. In iinny respects their tongue sounds like thai of our Western Indians, oxc, in ilia! I! Is soft -I- and more quickly blended. They .seem to have i|ii!le n complete vocabulary, and when among themselves their conversation is animated and lively. Mush' se.ius unknown, mid no musical lii:<,-uiueu'is nave ever boon found among them. Tlio mothl-rs seem devoted lo their chlldr<u. and In Ihis respect the Tleocques are perhaps boiler than many of Ihe other Indians of this country, l/iko th- squaw ol' North America, the IIIcociiiio mother straps her child on her back and goes on her journey. This Is qniii! unlike the inminor of the native woman of C'lilral America, who car- rv the children straddle ip-i-ns.t the hip. !he molhorY- arm being placed across the .small of the Infant's bad':. The complete avoidance o',' all other races and Hie cMromo timidity and shyness which are tlio disliuguishin- ohnraelorlsilos of tlio Ilirocqiies are llU'Xplicnliii'. Their complete -isol(.t- Hun In a thlckry settled .ni-l rom.-uk- ably rich and f 'i-lllc country renders this tribe n very li'loivsHnri study for the student of cl'linoloif.v. Unfair Way to Judge a Man. Two men wore talking. "\\iiai I admire among our arilsau class," salil one with Ihe air of superior p-rson. "is u little broader knowledge (him is dellncd by the mere walls of bis shop. .Vow, 1 have In iiiliuf two shgomnkcrs whom 1 wee occasionally, ns they ajv both tcniims of ndn •. liolli of them arc prompt, Industrious, honest men, lint one Is as Ignorant as can be, even about the (elalls of Ids own trade. Why, 1 anketl him Hi • oilier day whore shoo pegs were mmle and of what wood, and he hasn't Hie Iciixl lili-ji, vim) J had to idl i,,'m. On the contrary, the other one, not only knew thai much, but was up on the history of whocs and Hn-ir material uiul manufacture, and he Interested me for half an hour by a most instructive talk on this occupation. There Is a viint diu"or>ncc. I think, between iltwo m,MI bllimtrd as those two arc, aud U In «really lo the -rcdlt of one that he ncquirc'-. knowledge, not because it Is absobil -ly iieci'ss=avy. but because of his ili-sIn to broaden mid uet something more than what may daiiiilo nl. n wnxenil or spread llsei:' ovi". n side of scde lealhcr. Pun'l. you think as 1 do?" ••rm-ei." hesitated the oilier man, ••[ know your twi> sliocmakcrs and Imve hud work dc.lie by both of Ml >lll. and I notice another difference that .von probably overlooked." "I knew you would." responded the llrst man. rubbing his hands with ploasnrr. 11 Y. s,'' continued tlie oilier, "the ii'.iin who only knows how to make shoes fan make shoes ami Ihe other chap can't. There's something In Ihat, you know, lo the man who must wear them." \Vashlnglon Slur. A noonv ON THB VARDARM. The Bad Break ol a Lieutenant, New to Seafaring. <'aplain X. Mayo llyer, whose nanl« has been advanced seven points on the list of captains, placing him nearer promotion over (he heads of older otlicers, on aecounl of his gallant services at Manila, is a native of Massa- clinsells. t'aplain 1 Iyer's excellent seamanship was proved on a trip of the Marion from Yokohama lo San Francisco. Her coal supply was low. mid the voyage was performed by getting up steam for awhile mid then running by aid of the sails until compelled lo use steam again; yet the vessel arrived on Ihe dale set by her orders. It was during lids irlp. which required so much skill and mmiiigemenl. Unit l>yer. one day, on going .below, said lo the officer wno look his place on the bridge, "now report lo me everylhiug that occurs." '.I'he young llvutenanl was new to seafaring life and not discriminating in ills ideas of the importance of .•vents. Soon after taking his stand on guard a "booby." which is called by sailors the laxiest bird cm the wing because II will alight on the ship at any point, perched upon the fore yardarm. The lieutenant contempiflt H! the booby earnestly, ns if U. bad been an omen of fate, (lieu called (he captain's orderly, and said: "t!o I >11 the captain Unit there is a liooby on the yardarm." "Tell the captain what''" blurted out the old marine. "Tell Cap(;iln llyer that (here Is a booby on the fore yard," reiterated the punctilious olticer. ('aplain J)yer was .sealed reading when his orderly presented himself at: Ih ' cabin door. "Wei)'/" he iiskei!. will) a nasal jerk, looking up over bis spectcles. "Mr. reports that there is a booby on the fore yard." Thi 1 captain's face at Ibis extraordinary pi-ce of information was n study, but as he.never scrupled lo be- slow what he considered an appropriate epithet upon any person, lie ejaculated in a ton. a little more nasal than usual, to express his sarcasm, "A booby oa the yardarm, i* there'.' Co back mid tell Mr. that I say thei'i is another one oil the bridge.'" The grinning marine retired lo deliver tins message, with the addition of a few adjectives of his own manii->. Pickled Fish on.Trees. An Irish oHicer who had served at Malta was one day at n public dinner. Expatiating on the luxurious living at Malta, he spoke particularly of the excellent quality of Ihe anchovies. Ho had never seen any like them tiny- where -else. He spoke of a grove of tlir-m which b • had seen growing in the governor's garden upon Hie esplanade. A gentleman present disputed Hie statement that anehovl.'TTgrow on trees. Tin. 1 Irishman rciitllrined it most emphatically. A challenge was given and accepted. On the following day Ih,' parlies met. mlendei] by their seconds. At the lirst tire UK; Irishman's shot look effect In his opponent's thigh, the ball hilling the bone and causing such n. shock that the hitler fell upon his bach In such pain that he kicked his he 'Is vigorously. "!' faith, major," said Ihe Irisluriun's second, "you've hit your man, but I think not dangerously, for see what lively capers he Is cutting." •Tapers! Capers!" exclaimed the Irishman with a stari. "Ob, by th > powers, what have I done? Had luck to me forever for such a dreadful mis- lake!" And hastening to the side of bis an- lagjmist. who bad been raised lo a sitting posture, b. grasped his hand, s/iylng as he did so: ".My dear friend. I hope you're mil killed, and If I've harmed you seriously I'll ask your pardon forever, for I've made u miir dcrln' misinli •. It was capers that I saw growing on thai treeai Malta.and not aiioliorlp.' at all.'" Gordon's Garden at Klmrloum. Koi'diin has become a legend with his countrymen, and they all but deify him dead who would never have licm-d of him had be lived. Rut |jj this ganl.'ii yon somehow came to know Cordon the man. not the myth, anil lo feel near to him. Here WHS nil Kiigllshman doing his duly, alone, and at the instant peril of Ills life; yet still he loved bis garden. Tli,. garden was a yet more pathetic ruin than the palace. The palace a<;- eepled Us doom mutely; the g;irdeji strove' against it. Tin rimmed, im- watered. the oranges and citrons Htlll struggl'd to bear Ihelr little hard green 'knobs, as if they had been full rlpo fruit. Thi! pomegranates put oul their verinllllon star-flowers, but the fruit was small and woody and Juiceless. Th ' tigs hurt 1 better, but Uioy, too, were small and without vigor. lUinkly overgrown witli dhnrra. a vine sllll trained over a low roof Us ihvarl'i'il leaves and limp tendrils, but yielded not a sign of grapes. It was all green, and so far vlv ; d and refreshing after Omdurman. But It was the green of mi lure, not of cultivation; leaves grew large and frull grew small, and dwindled away. Ui>- liiclanlly, <).'.s|uiJHiiKl,r. Cordon's garden was dropping back to wlldcrnoM. And in the middle of the defeated frnii lives grew rmilily the Imlefnl Kiiudan apple, |>h. poisonous herald of desolation. .London Mull. The Heat ol the Body. II should never be forgotten Ihat a body with n high temperature Is better able to fslsl depressing hillilclices siii-h, for Instance, as infection, shock and the effects of poison. It therefore follows Ihal external heal should be applied literally to ihe bii'ly in all c.i.-es of poisoning, in O()'M'/M at rcsiisi iltallon. after severe Injiiiirs mid during operations, pariicoiarly those uf m.'ignliiide, Special rare, Iiotr-vcr, is always observed not to bum or blister the patient; and Ihal lids is not a needle*,! cuntloii IK amply home out by ihe many eases of hnviw mid scalds reuniting 'itch year from thU New York TO PUT OUT FIRES. New KxtliiB«li»hcr Which ta f nlil tn Ite tiDitiethlna of n Novelty. This fire oxIlngiiNior belongs lo Hint Mass In which a lank or reservoir Is partially filled with a solution of sodium lilearlmnak, Into which nro precipitated tlio contents of n bollle containing sill- jlnirlo add, the resulting gas being used to extinguish iho lire, says Ihe Hi-lc-ntlllc American. Fig. 1 shows the tnnk provided with the usual discharge, pipe, having a uo/.i'.lo of any desired construction. The tank Is provided with n screw closure having a circular wnll covorinl by a, screw cap. Scoiircil to the lower side, of tlii> closure ami projecting Into the tank Is a yoke, shown In detail In Fig. 2, A glnss bottle containing sulphuric acid Is held by this yoke so that tlio cork presses against tlio cover. Within HIP cover n lever Is fulcrumcil uul connected by means of a rod with n 'over linvlng nt Us free end ft hnmiiier- ilke formation adapted to boar against the bottom of the botlle. The latlcr .over Is fiilcniiiicd on mi nrm carrying t pan, the perforated bottom of which ilns Just above the solution of sodium Mcnrbonato. When It la desired (o use the oxtin- ;ulsher, the scrcw-eap Is removed., ami iho lever pressed downwardly. This >perntlon causes the hammer to be foix-- bly driven against the bottom of the )ottlo, thus breaking the glass and onus- ug the sulphuric add to fall upon the iid/i, whereby the add Is sprayed Into :he soda solution. The resulting gas is ;hcn used to extinguish the lire. In Fig. I! we have shown a modlllca- llon in which the operating lever In- ;losed within Hie cover Is formed In two sections. These sections may be joubled on each other or they may be NEW FIKK KXTIXOUlSlIf.l!. ?xlended to the position shown by dot- led Hues. Instead of being screwed la .ilaee, the cover is hinged lo a lug. B.v means of this construct ion the cover miy lie quickly displaced and the lover :xtended for operation. TWINS MARRY TWINS. Die CSromulwork of n Good Comedy Kxlstn in This Ptrunire Mating. A remarkable wedding ' occurred at Ihe home of Mr. and Mrs. 0. O. McKcc, near Wilmington, Ohio, recently, when I win sisters, Misses Adda and Alma McICeo, became the brides of twill brothers, William isnd Frank Brindle. \Vllliam paired witli Adda mid Frank ivlth Alma. The extraordinary likeness between tho twins, pair for pair, has been the occasion of much confusion and fun, the two brothers and Iho two sisters are so much alike, inter si>, that everybody but their parents long since sriivi! up distinguishing between them. The brothers might as well look In a mirror us at each other; so also the sisters. Will and Frank dress precisely alike; so do Adda and Alma. The Brindle twins never made friends until they met t.\\a McKee twins, and vico WH.MAM AXO FRANK II1IINDI.E. SUSSES ADDA AMI AI.JIA M'KKK. versa. Hill, although the brothers are so much alike, Adda never mistakes Frank for Will, or Alma Will for Frank. So, too, It may be said that Frank never mistakes Adda for Alum. '.ir Will Alma for Adda. Natural Mistake. According to a story lohl on a certain .Mr. Swadlelgh, by his neighbors, ho had a mortifying adventure. He has u phenomenally large neck, nnd lately had occasion to clian.^'t' his lauudry- man. On the Sunday morning following this action on bis part, it was noticed that ho was an unusually long time making Ids toilet. He culled his wife, mid she went upstairs, "Maria," he said, "I wish you would see what Is the matter with this shirt. The sleeves tiro all wrong, and 1 can't tlud any holes for the collar buttons." Mrs. Kwadlelgh K»VI; one look at It, and went Into u paroxysm of laughter. Ife waited III! >ilu> had partially recovered, and then until: "Perhaps you will be good enough to tell rue what you are laughing at!" "George," Him replied, faintly, "you nro trying to put that shirt on wrong wide up! The luiindryman «|jirclied the wrong end of It!" •lotirniilbilN are appreciated in Norway. Special facilities are provided them by Ihe slate, and now (he minister of public works has given the press two scholarships of two hundred and eighty dollars each for journalists who wish lo go abroad to study. lie. has also dec'lded Unit each of Hie Norwegian newspapers shall have a free" pass over nil (he state railways. It can be used only on journeys connected wllh prcHs business, and the press association is bound lo goo Uinl Ililn condition Is observed. Tuv on Ui'i'ojun (,'yclisiH. It U estimated that there are 3,11!0,Otto cyclists In tiormuny, each one of whom had to pay a txx of 50 cents to ha vu hU mime, entered mid to receive a number for his machine, together wllh a book, which he must carry about him, as It contains a ib'ticriptloii of his person, 'Jo Caloli rtHfi. A new apparatus for catching tlsh Is 11 pair of spring Jaws, attached lo the end of a pole, which Is tdowly dropping, ilown over Ihe llsh until within striking distance, when a spring trigger In lliw hand thu Jaws to s>!iu|, holding the ilsh Ilrmly. A man's club membership la some- tlwe» a club la Uio hand* of ui« wife. Tramp—"I used to ride In my own enrrlnge." "But not since your mother pushed It."—Mfo. Hc--"\Vhat kind of medicine line* a mnn Inke for a scolding Wife?" She— ."Why, elixir!"—.Tndi', Biggs—"I'm nil broken up." Dlgg*-— "Tlien It Is about time you momleil your wnys."—-ITnrlem Life. Mr. Dornlck—"They sliy OlUoyh- drinks." Mr. Freestone—"Well, his tiosc lends color lo the report."—Town Topics. "This," said Ihe brnkeman, as ho coupled the coal-car to tlio locomotive. "Is what I will a tender attachment."— Exchange. Klin—"i found a man under my bed last night." Siolla—"Well, nil things coino to those who wait."—New York Journal. The tenderfoot—Was It a shoollng scrape? The terror—Yep! Thct barber used a dull rnxor on Hill jest oncot too often.—Judge. "Your husband Is so amiable." "Yes, ho acts Hint way in public, so people will think the baby takes after me."— Chicago Hccord. "Johnnie, the stork has just brought a little sister. Wouldn't you like to see her?" "Nuw; I'd rutber soe the stork." —Boston Beacon. "You can always judge u mnn by the company he keen's." "That's pretty .lough on the warden of the poullen- Itlary."—Detroit Free Press. "I see that the dispatches spell Manila with but one 1." "That must be because Admiral Dowoy knocked ') out of It."—Cleveland Plain Dealer. He—"I understand the government Is to rebuild the Maine." She—"I wonder what they will cull It?" He-"Why, Ilomnin, of course."—Cornell Widow. "What arc you going to bo when you,';;, grow up, Tommy'.'" asked the visitor."' "I think," said Tommy, thoughtfully,--^ "Ihat I shall be somebody's ancestor."' Not In Boston: "Now, Bobbin." snid the teacher In the natural history class, "what is a panther?" "A man that makth panth," lisped Bobble.—Boston Traveler. Flo—"Do you love me, sweet?" Will —"Dearly." Klo—"Would you die for me?" "Will—"No, my precious girl; mine Is an undying lovo."—Philadel- phia Call. ".Sometimes some one of the fair sox admits that she is a now .woman." "Was there one ever found who admitted that she was an old one?"—Princeton Tiger. Tramp—"Wot! Didn't yc never hear o' mo, de human rat-trap? Well, you git me a hunk o' cheese, an' it'll only cost ye a dime to watch mo settlu' uu>- sclf."—Harper's Bazar. Tho Bachelor—"Nero killed .thousands just to hear tlio In their throats." The Benedict (cxtiiu- . atingly)—"Maybe he had a Iraby to amuse."—New York Journal. Iia'dy—"Now that you have partaken of a good dinner, are you equal to ttio tusk of sawing some wood?" Tramp— "Madam, equal is not the proper word; I'm .superior to it."—Chicago News. "How did Kukou, the hypnotist, get- along on his last trip?" "First rate, until he tried the Impossible. He hypnotized a tramp one day, and tried to make him saw wood."—Brooklyn Life. Minnie—What frauds these beggars nro! I mot a blind mnn who said: "Please give me a penny, beautiful lady." Mauilc—Yes; he said that to , make you think he really was blind.— Indianapolis Journal. Dnmlcy—How much do you ask for Hint piece of land? lioblusou—I'll sell It to you for a mere song. Dumley— To tho tune of ? Koblnson—1'ivo thousand dollars. Duuiley—Oh! one of Mclba's songs.—Judge. "How did tho surprise party at tho Cawkcrs' turn out? Was it n genuine surprise?" "Indeed It was. Somebody had given the Cawkers n hint, and when we got there tlio house was dark nnd there wasn't a soul at home."— Bazar. Farmer Swell—You say yott belong to , Hie army of the unemployed? Well, now, my friend, I guess I kin give you Kometliii'gof a job to-day. Toy IP Knott —What! An' hnve mo be n deserter from de army? Ye don't know military ethics, do ye?—Puck. "Klehard," asked tho teacher, "what was the message General .Sheridan sent to General Eitrly before thu battle took place?" "lie said," replied the big boy with the bad eye, '• 'lio, Early, and avoid the rush.' " And merely for this she kept him in after school.—Chicago Tribune. "Is it far from -horn to the next town?" asked a tourist of a native of Ihe soil In the backwoods of Missouri. "Well, It ain't so very for nor It ain't so very nigh, nnd ylt It ain't as'nlgh as It might be If It wn'u't so for ns It Is. Sllll,' It'd lie fcrther If It wa'n't so nigh, so 1 reckon one might say It was betwixt an' between for un' nigh,"—Bazar. "So you let Dora learn to play the piano after all. I thought you hated It." "So.I do, but there's a young fool wanted to court her, and so I thought I'd let her drive him off." "And did It?" "Well, he tried in bear the noise, but he's In a lunatic asylum now, and he fancies that he's Ihu 'Maiden's Priiyer,' and he can't tot himself In tune."—Plek-Me-Up. Happily Named. How thu Into Prof. Colin, of Breslmi, would have opened his famous lectures, on botany had his name chanced to be .lonoti or.Ienklns I* left lo I lie Imagl'u- llon of the readers of this story from ' thi! New York Tribune. "Tho four chief conslitnenis of plants," Hie distinguished botanist wus wont to miy at the beginning of bin course, "are carbon, C; oxygen, O; hydrogen, 11; nitrogen, N." Then, wrllli.'i; down these four let- tors, with apparent em'e.h'ssness, on u blackboard, COHN, bo would Hinlle, as ho observed: "It Is clear that I ought to know something about botany." Known Hlmkupeui'O by Hnurt. (iiirrlson Y. Shall, u convict In (ho Coniiocticiit SUUo Prison, knows all of Sliakspom'o'N plays by heart, having loillHicd them during the past fourteen years of his Imprisonment. liolldon'N C.'ryntHl Palurc. H requires over lf;!(M),(M)t) a year to run the Ci'yslal Paliiee lu London, aud It Imtvly puy.s lUolf. Tho SCHre|ly of work la not GO great * (lie ecui'dly of good weu.

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