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THE AVfiRAOE MAN. When It conies -In n. question of trust- lug Yourself to (he risks of HIP road, AVIirn tho thing Is the sharing of Inir- Tb-. lifting (he. heft of a load, In the hour of peril or trial, in the iMitir you miiy meet; ns you cnn, Von may safely depend on the wisdom And Skill of Hie average nmn. 'TIs t'he average ma.n and no other Who docs his plain duty each day. Tli; small thing his wage Is for doing. On the commonplace bit of (ho way. 'TIs the average nmn,may Mod bless him, \ Who pilots us, still In the van, Over land, over .sea, tin we travel, Just tho plain, hardy, average man. So on through (he days of existence. All mingling in shadow nnd shine, We may count on the every-day hero. Whom haply the gods may dlvlm. Hut who'wears Ilij swttrth grime of his calling, And labors and earns as be can. Anil stands nt Hie last with the no- West, i Tho commonplace, nvernge man. ' • -.Margaret 1C, Sangstcr, In Harper's Weekly. LOVE'S SACRIFICE, mike. know nnotuc A Cuhnn Itoinancc. Tat-fnl-tnt soiind'd In n dreary monotone from the drums, and slowly, In single Hie, 1hn miserable prisoners c.'ime into view. Haggcd, dirty, unkempt, footsore, pant Inf.; from tin; blazing August sky. thpy wi'i'e truly a pitiable sight, tiioiigli they held up their heads ilellnutly, and smiled derisively at the Insulting epithets and grimace^, which th;> lower classes heaped upon them, especially lu the vicinity of any ollleor's residence, Tho be Her classes of th-_. ITavancsu showed their sympathy In striking contrast to the jeers and'jibes of the baser sort—the men, by their sulbn, indignant looks; the women, by frequent sobs and tears and smothered exclamations. Tim time was 1831, directly nffcjr the capture of Crillciiden. Lopez's bravo lieutenant, in his ill-starred expedition to Cuba. He and his .Spartan remnant were these, forlorn prisoners. When they reached the Calle de la I-amparllln, one of the narrow streets of tliu city, the guards suddenly halted th.> column and reverently bared their heads. A funeral procession was approaching from the opposite direction, nnd the line was pushed close towards the houses jutting on the narrow footway, scarcely worth the name, of n sidewalk. A youth among tlio foremost Jirls- ouera, who. evidently, hail not the fortitude of his older companions, judging by his bowed bend and de ; 'p dejection, now looked.up with a wan smile of recognition as n pair of dark eyes brimming with tears gazed through a latticed window at the pitiful sight. "Amalla," he whisp?rcd. "Iloberclto! Is it indeed yon? Oh, how terrible! I did not dream you wore with them." "Dearest cousin, save me," he iv- plied, In Spanish as fluent as her own. "We are ull condemned to be shot in two days, perhaps sooner. I am too young to dis." "Would that I could, nino quorldo, bur, alas! I am powerless as u Iamb among wolves." ;. "Anialln, don't say that! Yon have friends among the Spaniards. For the love of my mother " "Forward, march!" rang on the air, nnd the weary column passed on to the dungxms of Morrn castle. That night the Seuoritn' Amulhi do Vahloz was n dream of loveliness as she reclined listlessly nnioug the cushions on a lounge in her handsoni•» salon. Tall, exquisitely formed, witli will save him for my lie perish, I can never happy niotneii!." Antonio grew pale ps he listened. "Aunilla, you cannot break in heart thus. Ask m, anything else. "AntonHo niol! I love you," sli sobbed, "For you I would give p home, relative", country. Ood gran me (Ills one favor. Save that child, nnd I swear to become you wife In another month. Yon Imv suld that If I -would marry you ye. would resign your hateful commit ston In the army and neck n homo If Mexico. I will follow you there (into Hie ends of tho earth." "Yon have won," b ; said after i pause. "Kor you 1 will dare anything They will die day after fo-morrow. have but a short lime, and now inns leave you, dearest. If 1 fall, yon wll forgive me, will you nol? or 1 will nn Biirvlvu my disgrace." lioborlo lay on n pallet beside two other comrades, who, In the midst of their own misery, tried lo cheer and fortify the boy, exhorting .him to meet manfully a doom which they felt was even mofj terrible for him than for them. He had been one of the most enthusiastic volunteers; had fought well, but now the near prospect'of death Kjemed lo make a coward of him. A. soldier who spoke a. little Kng- lle.li entered the cell at this moment and roughly bade him rise and follow to tlio captain's room. UoScrto rose tremblingly. "Courag., my i )oy ," said a middle- aged man. "perhaps It is good news for you. If not. lie ware lest he wring from you a word about Lopez's plans." "Never fear," In- replied, making an effort to control his agitation. "I h«fe to (11/'--here he gulped down :i sob— "lids way, but I'll not be a traitor. Good-by." The guard Interrupted further speech by pushing him into the corridor with his musket. "Here is tho prisoner, captain." "Very well; you may retlr.-, ser- Antonio locked the door after him, and In a low tone briefly related to Koberlo the plan lie hnd fonnuHed for Hie latti-r's escape. "Ktteh prisoner will rcveivo three shots. By dint of extensive bribery, and the co-operation of a surgeon, a secret frbnd of the Cuban cause, I have arranged that three blank cartridges shall be tired at you. You must be careful to simulate death as much as possible until the word 'Amalin' Is whisporod In your ear. Then you may breathe freely nutl open your eyes, for you will be temporarily safe. Further dctils will then have bejn arranged and told you. The least indiscretion on your part, the least bungling on that of those I have employed, are in th.: secret, well as seal your jetty tresses framing a softly rounded face, with "midnight oyjs" so largo, so liquid, so lustrous that her admirers exhausted the nlllneuce of their honeyed tongues in praising Uiem; with a mouth whose twin carnations Perfect in repose, were still more enchanting when her smile disclosed the dazzling teeth within—it was no won- der.that she was considered to be the beauty of heautl.-s In the capita) famed /or the grace and loveliness of its women. Tho young Captain Antonio de Knnion, who pivsently entered, was so enraptured with her appearance that only the presence Of the Inevitable duenna restrained 'him from throwine himself at her feet In reality, as well as In the, fonnal salutation with which Spanish gentlemen greet ull ladles. "HcKo.u V lo pies, senorita. 1 ' She responded lu the same fashion, only kissing his 'junds (flgtmulvejy) Instead of his feet. But BUB looked lire-occupied, sad, despondent. He seated himself near her, while the duenna, her gentle Tla Mnria, retired to 11 distant corner. "Toll me, my nonl," on Id he, are you so inelauolfoTyV" A sigh was the only answer. "Ah, yes! I know your tender heart nches for the poor prisoners you hav;- seen, to-day. Poor fellows! Theirs Is u terrible fate. Uul tell me, what is It yon wished to ask me? Can there !>„> a wish of yours I would not gratify at the risk of my life, If need be? J have j-onr precious billet safe here," und lie pointed to his heart. though only two will ruin me as fate." Roberto thanked him fervently, and promised him Implicit obedience. "Yon must not return to your comrades." "Poor fellows," muttered Iloberlo. "The light of hope is shining fn your eyes, and might betray us. Look ns downcast as when you entered, If possible. Kntcr sergeant," lie said, as he entered the door, "and conduct tills prisoner to a. solitary cell. He must have no communication with the other filibusters." They, passed out, and Antonio, groaning deeply, murmured,— "Oil, my love, what a sacrifice!" Tlis courtyard of the castle was thronged with soldiery as Crittendeu and his unfortunate band were marched to the death-place just as day was breaking over the beautiful bay. Surrounded by hostile soldiers they still maintained n defiant air, even when ihti glittering line of bayonets faced them, and they knew all hope was over. "Kneel, tillbustcros!" The command was not. obeyed. Crittenden proudly' refused in the words that have passed Into hlstory,- llntinliift n Fni-ni. Wlipn 1 WHS young nt fHrmins, I'd wnk'h din turnip (ops, And quickly (to to wiKtihiR For good, hip, roushiK eropn. I Wished for mnmmulli pumpkins All others to outweigh; In short, 1 took to nothing But wishing nil (lie dny. A solnee sweet nnd sonlliinx In every wish would lurk. Till tlrofiiniiiK speculation Seemed surer I linn hnnl work. I wished my cellar full of Potatoes with a will; I wished the granary groaning With com to K o to mill. While other farmers wished for A good supply of ruin, I thought, it na sound logic To wlsli for fruit mid jfr.iin. And BO 1 went on wishing, Contented with my lot, In niitnmn no poinlofs Were boiling in my pot. I tell you I'd discovered Thnt widliiiifr only hreniTs Keen disappointment: wishing Won't pull up cliokini! wpfds; It won't hoe corn in Kinmucr, Or husk it in tin; full; I loll yon. hoys, tlmt wishing Won't run a. farm at all. Tlmt winter my pnlntnpo 1 hnd to so nnd buy Itight from my smiling neighbors, Who hnd a good supply. They'll slyly nudse their elbows. And limnt me with a laugh, Tilat labor's wheat Hint's golden. And speculation chaff. I lenrued lliis goodly lesson-— And in my heart it seems— One dny of honest labor Is worth ten years of. dreams. And now in idly wishing, My duty ne'er 1 shirk; But just roll tip my shirt sleeves, And like a benvcr work. A Frnlt Picking Hoi. A contributor to the New York Triune offers the following suggestions: he ordinary basket Is not a convenient eeeptaclo into which to pick fruit from ladder. Too little of the opening is mtiat begin ft, prepare for emerging from its cocoon, or If already an Insect It nmy IIP tempted to mote to escape It. Any such movpmont before there la settled warm weather Is death to It. Ciittlnjc Corn. Corn fodder. If secured when it l» In Its IIPM condition, Is almost ns good us bay for cattle and sheep; and for milch cows there Is no oilier feed Unit I have eve)- tested equal to It. Just as Soon ns I he corn Is well in the dough It Is ripe enough to cut. Home fanuera let their corn stand till the stalks get dead ripe before cutting. Corn thus cared for tuny lie a little heavier after It Is busk- ed (nt least It Is so claimed by pome), but the waste. In fodder more than eon- tiunios the extra grain lu we glit of co'.n. The average day laborer will, If cutting by the shock, cut seventy shocks containing sixty-four hills In each shock, per day. An expert worker will. In medium corn, cut from 100 to VX> Hlio-jks In the same length of time, and of equal slsse. Twisted rye straw or marsh hay Is good to use, although the best tiling tlmt Is being used is a No. i> wire, cut about H'/j fret long, with a hook bent on each end, KO that they can be quickly fastened or unfastened. These wire bands can be saved nnd used year after year. Houfd I'Ikc Jforim. Here's the picture of a freak cow owned by a Massachusetts farmer. The abnormal hoofs are apparently of regular horn substance, and further than to seriously impede the animal's locomotion do not otherwise seem to lutpr- fere with the performance of her ordinary functions. These hoofs, or horns, as they might be called, when trimmed A Kentuekian kne-ls to none but Hod." A struggle ensued, were forced to their ail might have been, fleer In charge, with in which sonic knees; perhaps had not th; of- a touch of hu- COW WITH ABNOIIMAI, HOOFS. off soon grow again to the sine shape shown hi the illustration. a ml Fall Pceilinc of Corn Ground. A crop of corn may bi; succeeded the following year with grass for pasturing or hay If the laud Is tilted right. A light plowing, or rather cultlvatlug so as to pull down the corn butts, and then following them with the roller to press them Into the surface will be all that Is needed. Thou run over the leveled snrfaco with the smoothing harrow, which will roughen It and sow the seed. If a permanent pasture Is desired sow some June grass seeds with the timothy, and in the spring sow some clover seed. All will grow, and the first year each will help the other, us the more grass or clover growth can be got on the land the earlier it will dry out when spring comes. Most attempts to seed without grain fail because not enough seed is sown. PICKING nox. TSircaliiiii; Jiuckwhcat* Owing to the great amount of sap Its thick stalk contains, buckwheat cannot well be piled up in sacks or put In NOTKS AND COMMENTS. Cuba hn« changed its adverlim innii from ' help w.'iiii-.i" to 'Vini'Iuvii.!"'! wnii'.i'i!." More than 500.0110 >!"\viii|j ni.'n-hinc* are made In till" cminiry annually, which Is ninety per rent, of Hie production of tin; world. According lo the ftgnrt'K recently compiled by the Manufacturers.' Her orvl of Baltimore. Htr> export Irailc <>f our south Allnnlie and gulf ports IKIS Increased from $2:s,77!».ri33 in ISSS tn $29l.47:i.73t;. showing n net si».-i <>r $167,«94.2f)3 in ten years. When a man forfeits $5,000.000 of his Inheritance In order to marry the woman of his choice It becomes Important ID remember that he has another jn.OOO.OOO securely "snlled down." With that mill In hand any tolerably Ihi'ifly younjt man would undertake lo keep the wolf from Use door. The 1'nlled Slates ha« more than six times Hie railroad mileage of any other country. Wo began seventy-two years ago with a tram road, extending from the granite quarries at Quincy, MIIKV., hi lhe Xcponscl. Jflvcr. a tl'g- lancc of about live miles, and have today nearly L'00.000 miles of track. The report of the committee of tlio Privy Council on education In Kcot- laml for the year 18117-98 states that In an estimated population of 4,2212,784, an increase of .8 per cent, for the year, the number of scholars on the registers of Inspected schools was 71G.893, an Increase of 1.05. the number In average iillendiince being GOn.SSD, an Increase of 2.1. Tho main difference between jhe Chinese and Japanese, according to :i Herman professor. Is that the Japanese Insist on superintending their own work as well as doing It, whereas the Chinese are contented to work Indefinitely under foreign guidance. For Ibis reason, he thinks, China is de i- tincd to gel. under European control. A missionary journal notes some signs'of progress in China. Chinese merchants are educating their sons in Knglish schools at an expense of $8 a month. The barrow gives way to tho bicycle, nnd the sedan chair to the carriage and pair. The nntl-foot-bindliv,; movement and Hit; Chinese Ladies' School also Indicate Hie great change which is going on in China. In an international chess match conducted some time ago between a set of players In Brooklyn and a company in London, the different moves, as they were successively made, were transmitted by cable according to what Is called the "human relay sys tern." In the otlico at Cape Causo. Nova Scotia, sat an alert operator. As soon ns his trained ear caught the click of a message from New York, his hand pressed n button, and transmitted the news to Watervclt, Ireland. Thence another operator, waiting with his hand 011 the instrument, despatch- ed the word to London. five mile feeder of Hie ftrle system. It was formerly njicratcil by four steatu locomotives, nnd now runs four electric |oconi(ii!ve«. Tile point of wldeflt Interest In the chungc is that nior* frequent train* arc run and at a faster rale nf sliced, which Jia.o i-< snlled i'i a passenger train" twice as large as formerly. The en tirise In the matter to I'leeli'lcl.'ino ).« llmt locomotives niv' used instead of Hie multiple-unit system. Where it. is not necessary to carry the source of power the use of n locomotive is a wast" of energy. Vnr this reason the results on the Buffalo Mild I.ockpoil road are not regarded MS a Ihorongly satisfactory demonstration fif the value of electricity In n suburban sevvice. The significant feature is the doubling of the traffic with flic increased service, as tills points n way In which the steam railroads may recover a part, at least, of the business taken from them .by the more convenient street railways. AY hen laws arc enacted to even up the rights or flic privileges of tlio sexes, the purpose generally is to give the women something In tlic way of legal privileges from which she hail been barred by the sottish law-making men. An exception, perhaps the only one. is In a new law in Maryland, which is lo take effect on January 1 next, This gives Hie husband the same marital rights in his wife's properly as the wife has under existing law in her husband's property. Kneh will have dower rights. Tlic change gives to the husband more of property rights than lie enjoyed under the now obsolete common-law right of "courtesy." The bitter was a contingency upon the birth of n child, and gave the. husband a life interest in all the landed property of his wife. The husband's new rights fasten on tlio wife's property the moment she brings II. into matrimony, or acquires it (hereafter by Inheritance, gift or pmvlmv.e, unless steps have been laken to keep him out of it. Should he not waive them, or by joining her in n deed of her property convey It to a purchaser, his claim to each piece or pared to the extent of one-third continues until after her death, when he becomes a life tenant of his one-third. The now right wilt, attach even though the, parties are separated, but not absolutely divorced. Hi brief, the statute aims to give both husband nnd wife, widow and widower, respectively. Hie same or an equal share in each other's property under like conditions at death, and equal rights In property in nil respects. A MAN OF MANY PARTS, rile T.ntc A. Onltcy Itnll \Vn» I'otlt.f- rliill, .InnrnnllM, l,a*,vpr nncl Artnr, A, O.itsley Hall, ex-mayor of Now X'ork, who died In ll.e metropolis re- rehlly, had had a career remarkable in many ways. He wn« at. different times politician, newspaperman, lawyer and nctor. His name Is inseparably connected with (lie rise nnd fall of tin- Tweed regime, he being nwyor of the metropolis when the TWcrd rli.g frauds startled the nation, Mr. Hull was bom in New Oilcans of ICngllsh parentage sevi-nly-lliree years ngo. He graduated from tin- t'niver- slty of N'.nv York and. Rcttllng In Hint city, Identified himself with the Democracy. He was three flnies elected district attorney and in 18H.S was elected mayor over the Hepubllc.'in candidate, Frederick A. C'onkllng, n brother of Roseoe Conklinjr. He was re-elected mayor in 1870. The Tnuimnny overthrow In 187-', when Hie Hepublicaiis put William Ii". Ilavemeyer at the head of the elly government, ended Mr. Hall's political career. When the frauds of tlio Tweed ring wore exposed lie was olio of the men brought to trial, being charged with willful neglect of his duties as mayor of the city. lie was acquitted on the second trial, the first one being it failure on account of the deatli of u juryman. In 1875 Mr. Hall appeared on the stage as on actor and author, playing the leading part in "The Crucible," but A. OAK1SV IIA1.1,. STR4NQE BRAIN WOUND. mows. AVe have known It to bo threshed by machine, but it took so much power to thresh the buckwheat by threshing machine that the experiment was not profitable. It is extremely easy with a little beating of the head to dislodge every grain of buckwheat. But when stalks aud all are put lu It has to be done very slowly, else the green buckwheat stalks would clog the cylinders aud stop the machine. It takes much more coal to thresh buckwheat with a steam thresher than it does to thresh grain whose straw Is dry.— American Cultivator. "why "You have but 10 command and I will obey," "Tin iiiia," said Amalla, turning to her mint, "1 have mislaid my pearl bracelet upslairs. Will you ' kindly look for HV" The duenna vanished as If she had expected (lie request. -On tli.> Instant Amalla said to him. "You have often sworn that frou Juvo me lo distraction; In U nut so, AntonltoV" What happiness It was for him to hear from her lips ilie diminutive "Ho" added to his mini >, which, In Itself, is a caress lu words. "My life, with all my heart and «oill," ho exclaimed, lint she drew back, "Nt.. I give myself only lo him wln> proves his love." "What can I do for you, beloved?" Ulspos- of me as you will for lift?." "U Is life I ask. Hit here, bt-Hlde me, dcat'cM, and I will tell you." Kbi! then related I lie scene of th' momlng, the discovery Hint Hubiu'lo, who had punned the previous winter lu Havana with his family, was now among the prisoners, ''lit 1 l» the MIII of my favorite aunt- go young, barely sixteen. He came here to perfect himself In Spanish, and 1 Inspired him wlih my »wn cn- tllUHilliim for Hie Ciib.ni cause. Hi* bun return il. ulii*! to (li inanity, begun giving the orders. At tlio word "Fire!" so deadly was the volley that few survived It, and they but a fi>w moments. Hoberto, happily, hud no need to stimulate death. The shock nnd strain of the suspense had caused him to faint, and the surgeon, who hastened to his side, gave 11 d.>op sigh of relief as h« perceived Roberto's rigid unconsciousness. "Curry this body, nnd this, nnd this"— pointing to several— 'Ho the hospital." "If they are not dead now, they will soon be under his knife," laughed oiu> of his assistants. When Uoherlo revived he found himself In n carefully darkened room. With Joy he heard Hie word "Amollu" in a f rl 'iidly voice, in a dny or two afterward, according to Antonio's previously concerted arrangements, he was smuggled, lu the disguise of a water-man, to an American ship In the harbor and concealed In the hold all night. Th,' next day he thanked his devoted cousin 'as he Inhaled with a glad sense of freedom, the soft winds of the Mexico sea. He never returned to Cuba, though ills future life was replete with striking adventures. The guy capital of Cuba was quite electrified a month later to learn of the resignation from Hi? army of Cap- fain Antonio, anil his inarrlaK:' Iminc- dr'itely after, in spite of opposition on the part of her family, u> Hie supremely beautiful Kciiorila Amalla d<; Val- ilc!!.- Wav.'i'ley Magazine. An Animal Flower. The inhabitants of Si. Lucia have discovered a wonderful plant. It grows In a cavern, In an Immense basin of brackish water llmt bus over- llnwed from the sen. To the sight It la u perfect flower, but on the approach of a hand or a slick II retires quickly out of sight. Close examination shows that the middle of the (lower-like disc is provided with four JllamcnlH, which move round the petals with n brink, spontaneous inulion. ICach of Ilici-e filaments Is provided with plnchor* for receiving prey. This anlninil flower llvcii upon tlic spawn of fish and marine Insects. Whcn'vcr the pinchers on (he (llanicnlH iiiuke a catch, tlic pell, is close and then- Is no escape for whatever had xo unfortunate u« to frtll Into the ercnlnrc'x maw. Prussia's c,\|>:'iH|ltnrc for public schools iniTciiM'd by *>l).l!3 per cent, from ISSil lo 1HIXI. In IRSil it WIIB about JF-'i>,OOu,oiio, und In INK) U was over flU,UUU,OGO. presented -between the rounds, owing to the round form of the basket's top. The round form also keeps the basket from being stable, as it Is constantly swinging about on the one hook supporting it. A fruit-gathering box Is shown lu the cut which obviates both these defects. Its handle Is made from a flat hoop soaked in water and bent Into the proper shape. This handle can. be supported by two hooks, keeping the box very firm. AA'ith a box the full opening from one side to the other Is afforded for putting lu fruit. If the box Is carefully lined with a double thickness of burlap there will be less likelihood of bruising the fruit, In the smallest degree. Stalilluif and lilanketirtK Horse*. Horses that are exposed to rains should bo blanketed while out of doors, and the blanket, or rather n dry one, should cover the horse after he Is under shelter. Under the blanket the lieivt gathers from the Internal heat of the body, and as there Is thus a double protection between the sklu and the outer air the skin does not chill. Carefulness In blanketing 11 horsn has at all seasons more to do with his condition than feeding grain. If a cold Is developed lu the early winter It Is extremely likely to last until spring, and may then develop Into much worse disease than an ordinary cold. Learn the Kcaaou. II Is astonishing how much butter a man knows how to do a tiling after he has learned Hie reason why he does it. It, pays to get right down Into the first principles of agriculture, and to learn how phintm grow, what the soil is made "bf and how the animals are built. A man who has some knowledge of Ibis kind is not likely to get carried away ny hasty theories which look rhllcu- lons tit once to oire who has gone below the surface of things. Farming Is like a great building in that It might lo rest on a rock foundation of facts that lire faclti. Jl<irreltiii£ Applet* tun! IVarH. In barreling apples U I* quite safe to pile HIM apples an much as I wo Inches above where the head will (It In the chine. If pressed down evonly there Is elasticity enough In the apple skin to allow such compression \tMlioul bruising II, If the apples are not thus pressed down they will shrink HO as to be loose In the barrel, and will thus bruise, In handling the barrels worse than they would If pressed down. Pears cannot bu thus pressed down. They are bust packed with it p.iper uniund each, which will keep It from touching Its neighbor. Full 1'loulnu to Kill InicctH, Ouo of Ihii bunellw of fall plowing that more than compensate* Its disadvantage in wuBtlng the surface, Holl by blowing ami washing, IH that It destroys millions of destructive IiiNecls. In orclmrdu especially, ninny of tlio larvau that are Injurious are hidden mi- del' leave): or stones, where they will be partly protected from wet, and will there endure any amount of dry freezing without injury. Hut turning Hu; •ull ovur to the depth of live or blx lui'lu'n dl?".irbH those liwct arruugu- j»fnU, MoUturu meunH tUut the larva Benefits of Charcoal Feeding. For experimenting lo determine the benefits of cha,rco«l feeding, If any, four turkeys were confined In a pen nnd fed on meal, boiled potatoes and oate, and four others of the same brood were at the same time confined In another, pen and fed dally on the same article, brit with one pint of very finely pulverized charcoal mixed with their food. These had also a plentiful supply of broken charcoal in their pen. Tho e.'glu were killed the same day, and there was a difference of 1V6 pounds each lu favor of'those supplied with charcoal. They were the fuMcst, and the incut was superior In point of toiule.rncss «nd flavor.—Farm Xows. From the data recently compiled by The Railway Ago the past nine months of the present year have wit nessed greater activity In railway building in Hie United States than has any corresponding period of time since 1893. According to the data from Bucket for Dipping Water. U !s frequently necessary to dip water with a bucket, and it is something of an art 10 get the bucket to sink. Arranged as here shown it Is u simple matter. A, bucket; b, boll; c, weight lo sink; d, wire holding Uie weight; e, loop to keep rope out of water; f, rope. Gel a large iron tap or other piece of metal. I'ass a small wire through It und fasten to ball of bucket at handle. This Is Immensely superior to the method recently described lu an Kastern paper wherein an extra rope was tied to the bucket, making It very unhandy. This weight remains on our well-bucket all Hie time and never falls lo sink ll. Tin; loop c .is iil.su of wire, and by Its means the bucko,! can be sunk and filled without welling Ihe rope or the snap which fastens r.ipe In the bueliel. This arrangement Is very handy nil cold day*.—-Agricultural Kpltomlst. 1'oilltry NolCH. Filthy quarters produce sickness, nii:l sick hens will not produce eggs. Cull out the poor layers ami give Ihe prolific bens inure room to work. After the second year the lien's value as a winter egg-producer lessens. Given rye is the best form for feed- Ing; as a grain II Is a poor poultry fund. Make Ihe hens work. Exercise helps digestion. 1-Ved all (hey will oat up which we cite, there were 2,200 miles of railway constructed in the I'nlted States up to October 1, 1898. If this rate of increase continues until the year expires, there will be not less than 3,000 miles of trade laid by ,lnu- unry 1st next in the United States. Most of the progress made In railway building up to the present time has been restricted to the southwest, although Minnesota, in the northwest, has participated more extensively in the general improvemnt than has any other Individual state. Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana and North Carolina have each made heavy gains. The remarkable growth during the past three years of Hie bicycle's popularity in countries where it was be- foie almost a stranger offers new nn<I great opportunities for manufacturers whose product Is strictly first class and whose enterprise and genius arc constantly alert. The exportation of wheels, as is shown by trustworthy statistics, has come to be an oxee'cd- lugly Important feature of (he Indus try In America, and Hie foreign demand for American machines- next year and thereafter Is a matter of much consequence, to the manufacturers of this country. The past has demonstrated thai cyclists on the other side of tlic wntcr are quick to appreciate the advantages of strong and speedy mounts. Whenever our manufacturers have made desirable changes lu their models it has required only n very short time for foreigners to become aware of the fact and to make Investigations regarding it. The terror of the Spanish authorities with reference to the possibilities of a Carllst uprising has led to several umnsliig incident*. For instance, great excitement was caused Hie oilier day lu Vallnlohl by a poorly dressed man. who was observed running through one of (he principal streels and shout lug ut the lop of his voice, "Long live I>on Carlos! Long live Don Carlos!" The man was at once arrested, and to his evident amazement, taken to the police station, where lie Inquired I'i Brent perplexity what offence he had committed. When he was told that he had emitted I reasonable cries his perplexity seemed only to be Increased anil when be was reminded thai he had been heard cheering for Don Car los. lie hurst out laughing and explain ed thai the lion Carlos who had aroused lib* enthusiasm was a certain )>o'. A Mechanic Alive Despite a Very Remark- afcle Wound. The hospital records of Hie recent war have directed a great deal of attention to the cases of brain wounds from which the patients survived, and tlic fact has been.set down lo the credit of Hie Mauser bullet. It is we!l known among surgeons, however, that an injury to the brain from any cause is not necessarily ratal, and nu admirable Illustration is to be found In the person of a mechanic now employed at one of the foundries of this city. He is somewhat sensitive over the matter, so his name need not; be mentioned, but the circumstances were these: Some years ago, while working at a lathe in Birmingham, a piece of machinery broke and be was struck on the left side of the head, just above the ear, by a Hying bolt. The blow fractured the sknll and the Iron penetrated the brain, itself to a depth of about two Inches. Tlic man fell as if shot and lay unctmscious for several weeks. His death was hourly anticipated, but to the surprise of everybody he regained his senses and slowly recovered. II was found that he bad forgotten certain tilings, and for a while be had great difficulty In keeping his bnl- inco while walking, but Ibis was eventually overcome, and be is at pre:»nt apparently as well as ever. There is a frightful Indention ut the place of the injury, but his faculties nnd gen- ral health seem to bo wholly unimpaired. •The case is a very remarkable one," laid n surgeon, "and proves that a man may lose a considerable portion of actual brain without being any the worse for the experience."---New Orleans Times-] democrat. his dramatic career was of short duration. He then devoted himself to newspaper work, being editor of the New York World for a time, and later represented New York papers In different European capitals. He returned to New York in 1891 and had since lived there. Mr. Hall was brought up in the Prebyterlun faith, but he and bis wife were baptized in the Catholic Church some time ugo. He might have commanded considerable wealth if he wished, but he died n poor man. CANDIDATE TALKS BEHIND NET. Premier of New South Wales Protects Himself from KERB and Frutt. The election nnd campaign methods which disgrace England have spread to Australia. During the recent geu- I'rcvriitR Iinnip IMlinnr.vn TOM.line. A new and simple lamp eltimm-y bolder Is made of two wires, and holds HID chimney tightly to Hie burner, It is light and durable. The wires form a loop in ilm center, either side of which (bey ure twisted into a cable. Tim cables each end in :i sircmir light rolled wire spring, nn the ends of which jin< two hooks. The loop Is slipped over T.A.MI' rilJH.NI'.V PARTKHKII. TO I.K111T TlIK LAMP. tlie top oC the chimney, and the books under the edge of the burner on either side of Hie chimney. The spring gives sufficiently to adjust the holder to any slz« of chimney and hold II firmly even were the lamp tipped upside down, and In lighting the lamp I he spring will give sufficiently to allow of the chimney being lifted to admit the mutch, so that, the guard dons not need to be removed. This Is a useful attachment for lamps carried up or down stairs. The House Artistic. Tin; secret of a pretty home is not so much iii expensive furniture and decoration as In the display of good taste, and an artistic perception of tho fitness of things. For boudoirs and cosey rooms suites should bo tabooed in favor of dainty nick-nicks, comfortable chairs and lounges. The only rooms In which suites are to be tolerated are the bedrooms, the dining- room and perhaps the library. A little shifting will often work wonders. Our ideas have long since soured beyond (lie piano pushed back close against the wall, the sofa situated in a similar stiff pose, and the table 'in. the center of the room, strewn with drawing room albums and photographs in frames. Our cry Is for the picturesque, and no mutter In how humble a. way we may be situated, our homes must, above all things, be artistic. ny A NBT. Curios (I'acciii who bail jiisi given iiirii | \vashlngioii Sinr. 15 pesetas lu mistake instead uf If- reals. The Secluded Chinese Emperor. The Hmpcror of China has been the most seclnd-d monarch In the world, living as he has in the third or sacred or forbidden city of .Pekln. Tihe first city Is surrounded by u wall sixty feet thick, being the outer or Tartar city. The second city is proloclfd by a wall of the same dimensions, as is the third or sacred city, in which the emperor lives. For 1 wenty-soven years h > has been secluded within Hie walls of this city. He has seldom left If, and on tihese rui 1 ,.' occasions such preparation has been made over tlio route he was to travel as lo change its aspect so greatly as to give the young .?mperor no correct idea of the country over which he has ruled. He has seen almost nothing of China. I'lillke most princes of Hie royal blood of the nations, he was not reared with any Idea f making him an intelligent head of the military service of his country, lie knows practically nothing of the soldiers of China. Once n year lie eaves the sacred elly and proceeds to he -Ming tombs. Hie tombs of his an- 'eslors, where lu; goes to worship. On HI occasions he Is surrounded by a number of nllichils, whose special duty appears to he to deceive him regarding flic true condition of affairs. urn! elections lu New South Wales aged eggs, ovorrlpe vegetables and bombs of Hour were thrown at the candidates with such abnormal liberality as to Interfere considerably with the addresses of the speakers. To stop or lessen this) unappreciated punctuation of n candidate's speech an ordinary poultry netting, erected between the speak- ery' platform nnd their audiences, proved nn effective egg and turnip catcher. The pet target of the rough-and-ready marksmen -was the premier of the colony, George Houston Held, who atlend- cr the Jubilee festivities of last year, and was made a privy councilor nt their close. Tills gentleman at the end of at least two meetings of his constituents had to be scraped down by his friends to remove the deposits of eggs that had long passed the edible stage. FOUR-TUNE" CARPET. Iveep the fowls Indoors while there Is snow i|H Hie ground or the air cold and raw. When the weather IK cold scald the morning mash and fend while in a warm slate. Corn should not be fed exclusively. II should be only a night feed in very cold weather. Ten cents a pound is about the average price for .hens In market for the whole year. Ten cents Huniild feed a chick, and It should then weigh ten pounds, If highly fed, 10 ccntii covering the greatest abundance uf fuuJ. The Ihike of Pevniisliire ami Sir .lolin (iorsl signed a report ,iu.-l Issued, on elementary education in ICiiKhuid. They Iind (hat Hie elementary education act is nl'lcii a rallurc so far .is practical operation Is cunccriicd. It Is estimated that in Hie middle of IKD7 there were Hn r'liglnnd and Wnlcst 51)7,H!2 children between eleven and twelve years of age, Ix-longlng lu iln class usually attending public elementary schools, but no 1'cwcr ihan !'J,LM! of these were lint acconnli'il for mi th school registers, llelwccn the a^i's of twelve and thirteen Hie leakage limoillilcd lo l>Mf>U out of an estimated total of CS9.13S children, anil between the ages of Ihlriecn and fourteen t<; the serious number of ;i73,7ti^ out of an estimated tolnl uf ,"iKO,131. The com nilllee regard tills leakage us very grave. The utleuipl to Impart n i-otind elementary education to children \\lio leave school at loo early an age nui.sl. ihcy say. result in failure; and the education ut' people cannot lie made KIII- iMl'aclory until ibis drtrcl h;is bec'i cured. The longest piece of siirfiice railrnod in lite I'ulicd Slau-K on which oleclrV- lly has hccii sul'slituicd Tor steam I; HID Hull'iiln and l.nckpuri, r. iwcmy- A I'caiiut Planl.'ilion in lilussom. It is a pretty sij:lil to see a peanut plantation when the vines arc in hlus- som. Tln> blossoms are a bright yellow and Ihe vines an 1 a vivid green. As snnn :iv; Hi • blossom appears a tine branch forms on Hie vine and shunts down into tlic ground. The pens, as Hie mils arc called nn the pl.'iulntinn, form nn Hie shoot beneath Ihe ground, lil.c pnluinos. U'hcn the crop is gntli- creil in October I be Vine Is ploiighcil up, a i I'd in Iwcuiy days Hie nuts are ready I" be pulled (iff. placed In hags and talc -n lo Ihe fndnrlcs. There they are cteaiiscil nf dirt, assorted, polished In revolving cylinders and put lulu bags fnr Hie market. Washington .Star. Murals ul the Kuislan Laps. Tlic life of Hie Hnsslan Lapps i-, about half nomadic. Fnr die nnixi part lliey are Ushers, a fact very muen to their advantage, considering thu many fnsis required by Hie (>reek Church. The morals of the Itlts.shiu Lapps arc below the average. They have a bad rcpniailnn for lying drunkenness and general mill usuvnr- ness. In .Scandinavia, laws have been directed against Hie impuriation of liquors since 17UM. A Phrase Used in Juimii Where IVcuv- inc In Set lo Music. At Sakal, about half a dozen miles from Osaka, and some other towns in Japan, where carpets, rugs and fabrics of the sumo class are manufactured, there arc no large carpet factories, but hand looms may be seen in nearly every house. The weaving Is set to music. Tlic children are taught to sing a sort of nonsense verse to <i certain nine, tlio Superintendent or head worker leading, and that air means a certain pattern, tho deft flngcra of Hie little workers rhythmically following the notes. At the right moment Ihe woman lu charge of a loom bums a new tune, and the Jit- lie ones instantly lake It up and as quickly change the pattern to suil the music, li Is consequently quite correct lo speak nf these productions as a "onetime, "two-tune" or "four-time" carpel, etc., as the case may lu 1 . The children kneel at their work upon a plank at tin; end nf Ihe Innm. and each of them slides backward and I'nrward along It according in the space occupied by their allotted portion of Ihe pattern. The actual workers are. for the uiosl part, children of from 7 years nf age upward, and from two to four, live or even six work nt a single Innm under tliii direction of an adult, generally a woman. Some 5,000 boys and over I.'!,- OOO girls arc lints employed. The children work twelve hours a day, and each earns about a penny In ilia! lime. Tin-re of them can, If expert hands, complete an ordinary rug, mty nix feel by threo feet, and niiido of colored hemp or woolen yarns. In a day. A silk rug of the mi me dimensions, however, would occupy Ihe same workers fnr from HI) lo 100 days. For the Table. In the English country houses great attention Is paid to the arrangement of the flowers on the dining table. For even the ordinary family dinner Bye vases are always used and sometimes nine. A set piece occupies the center of the table, while the other four or eight are placed on either side. Sometimes tall vases alternate with llttlo ones, each holding a single rose, and oft other occasions finger glassei set In old- fashloncd silver wine holders are used. A favorite bouquet for the library is made of the beautiful red poppies mixed with tali grass. ; In the Sickroom. Do not ask the patient what he wants to eat. Ask the doctor what he should eat, prepare it daintily. Change tho bed linen as often as possible. Once a. day Is not too often. In making the bed be sure that the under sheet Is stretched tight and smooth. Wrinkles In the under sheet cause continual discomfort. Keep the medicine bottles, glasses and spoons out of sight of the patient. Every sick room should be provided with a small bottle cabinet, where medlcinua may bo kept. If this is out of the question, a. couple of swinging shelves curtained In silk may be used. To Remove Stains. Mildew is removed by rubbing tho part with some chalk or salt, wetting and exposing it to tljc sun. Thfg should bo repeated several times, und then the article must be rinsed well lu cold wa tor. Fruit and wine stains are removed at once by stretching the stained part over a basin and rubbing with suit and pouring boiling water over It until the stain Is no longer visible. If the stain has become dry use sparingly salt of lemon. The article must bo thoroughly rinsed or tho fabric will rot. Human beings liavo six muscles (n each eye, (hat they may move li on either side, but horses, cows, sliccp and oilier quadrupeds, which habitually Incline their heads in the earth in search of /'mid, h<ne H ninxclo by which lliclr eyelids arc suspended ami stippnrleil, and which we do not need. Hut few UUu their women huvu time to look Why Ui-cuil Uuuub "Falls," Why does bread dough "fall" when allowed lo utaud loo long'/ Because the yeast plant, has consumed the nourishment of the Hour. H can no longer grow, therefore decay sets In. This produces what wo call tin; souring of Hie dough, a sure 'Seqticuoe of "fallUig." Sodn may be used to m'litrallzo Ihe acidity, but it will not restore the sweetness of the flour, and th« bread Is neither as palatable nor as nutritious. Fry Fish In Olive Oil. Mrs. Horcr advise^ against using butter for frying fish. liuller, .slit; says, boils al a low temperature, conseqneat- ly burns quickly. The butyric acid softens i he liber of the fish and causes II to bcixuoo soft as soon MS taken from tin; pan. She prefers n!t olive nil a perfectly pure and wholesome ve\jci:ibh> nil. Nexi In II N a iiiiMmv of lard ami drippings which >he -ay-, i- he'V:- Ciail lard alone. \\ lien lo liiit I i nil. should be taken nil an empty li »r .simply will) biv.-id. In l)i<; ;•, before ihe last of Hu: night n broken. It ^ nnt nniy oxeeed- 'rrcshin^, bin si'i'ves as a natural stimulus in I lie digestive nrj-aus, Ti> prodiici Its fullest. ilnesi. ctT.'ci fruit should be ripe, sound and iu every way <il' ^nnd quality; moreover, it ^hmild be eali'li raw. A 'lYllBp'IIHlllll. When a recipe calls for a tca-spnoiifnl of baking powder it means a rounded spoonful, lint a heaped /mr .•( level om% The baking powder may In; sit'ted with ihe Hour, nr beaten III before adding the whiles of Ihe eggs, III making cake. mnri|ii)i has bee I'rciMiriuic FundwU'tiew. Chopped cucumbers mixed with a lit- He maynlintilttc di'e:,>ln^ nuiUr.i u dell-, clous Illllug; place II between uiiuut- teri'd slices of graham bread. A cheese tilling Isdellcioiiii. ll should lie K ruled and mixed with u fe\v chopped olives. This Is excellent w!t.U lirnwn bread. I'lcss (he slu-ea llriuly lugeiher. An cj-'n r .sandwich Is a pnpulur nut 1 . The egt-'s mils! be hard b,iil'"l. liiu-iy chopped and well sc.-isuih'd with «aH, liuprlka, mustard and leui,/n julc'0 spread If!wvt'U thinly butlt'i'vj uf bread.

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