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THIS ' JD18 ALGONA, IOWA, WJSDNBBBAf APftlL 10i MUSKRAT AS A FO0& "IJM tittle 1 frfench doll was & deaf little dott * , tfHeltod 6nt 1ft tnS swe'etest 6f dresses; 1,' f | i fifer eySS were 0* hud " " ' • A most delicate blue And as dark as night *ero het tresses; f :,, fi«r dear little mouth was flute.! and red. ' AM this little French doll Was so very well bred fchat whenever accosted hsfr little mouth said: •'Manama t Mammal," !fho alocklhet doll with one arm and one le?, Sad once been a handsome young fellow, But now he appeared Rather frowzy and bleared In his torn regimentals of yellow: Ycl, hii heart t-ave a curious thump as he lay In the little toy cart neat the window one day And bearJ the sweet voice of that French dolly say: "Mamma! Mamma 1 ." Ko listened so Ion* and he listened So hard 'i'hat anon he ttrew ever so tender. For it's everywhero known ..:, That .the feminine tone tteti away with all masculine aendef. JIp tip and he wooed her with Soldierly zest, lint :ili she'd reply to the love he professed Vi'cre those plaintive words (which perhaps Vouhivva vuessed): -Mammal Mamma!" 'llcr roofer—a sweet little lady of five— . Vouchsafed her purentil protection, ' And although stockinet Wasn't bluO'blooded yet, She rnally ebtild make no objection. So Holdtt-r and dolly wore wedded one day, And (fmo tiont a?o. as I journeyed that way, I'm sure th »t 1 heard a wee baby voice say; '•Mammal Mammal" Field In the Chlcajo Kocord. That Winter Night. JJV IBEKT BUCHANAN. • CHAPTER XV—CONTINUED. The other two Germans listened in no little surprise to this conversation, which of course they we,re at a loss to understand. Then the officer broke in: "Well, Hartmann, what can wo do for you? You seem in snug quarters hero; so that it is unnecessary to think of removing 1 you, I suppose?" "Pardon me," interrupted Huet; ••the sooner ho is removed from this house the better." "Quito right," said Hartmann, sadly. • "I have no right here, where my very presence is an outrage. Take me away as soon as possible." Without asking any further questions, the officers promised to send an simbulance cart that very afternoon, und in the meantime to tell off a couple of soldiers to keep guard over the patient and attend to his wants. After another warm handshake, the Germans left the chamber and descended to the door. In the afternoon the ambulance cart nrrived, and Hartmann was assisted down. It was an open vehicle with a canvass awning, rudely extemporized lor tho purpose, and strewn thickly with straw, on which the invalid was able to lie almost at full length. Lying thus, with his head propped up by pillows, he could see the wintry scene around—the trees laden with snow, the drift upon the ground, the gray, stiW, heaven above the woods. Huet stood on the steps of the chateau watching his departure. Hartrnan beckoned to him. "Monsieur," he said, "I am going away with a heavy heart. All my thought and care nowis' for Mademoiselle de (javrolles. Should she over speak of me —-should she ever bear to think of one so unworthy—tell her that I shall never forget her, never cease to pray for her and to bless her. May God comfort her, monsieur, and watch over her, now and forever!" Huet made no reply. The cart moved slowly away, driven by a soldier in undress, and with a mounted soldier in uniform on either side. They had traveled some distance through tho >voods, and could see the open country close at hand, when the driver came to a full stop. Blocking the narrow road was a traveling carriage,-one of the wheels of which had loosened, and .was lying deeply embedded in the snow. The driver was on foot, now examining the carriage, now gesticulating wildly to tho soldiers as they approached. (Seated in the carriage, with his face turned away .from Hartmann, was a tall gentleman in military undress, carrying his arm in a sling. With angry exclamations in their native tongue, the German soldiers rode up to the driver and seemed commanding .Mm.to clear the way. He Answered them with a volley in French, not a word of which they understood, and pointed to the wheel. "What is the matter?" asked Havt- jnann.addressingthe driver of his own vehicle. "An accident, Herr Captain," replied the man, saluting, "Tho carriage has broken down." At this moment the strange gentleman, .leaning on a stick or crutch, alighted from the carriage. The light leH JEuU'iipon his" pale' face and close' •capped hair, Hartmann started and raised himself upon his pillow, Some? -$hing in the face seemed familiar. JJe looked and looked again, Saints of heaven! Could it be possible! Trembling violently, h.e called to the •driver of the ambulance: •'Quick! go to that gentleman! Do-f -mand his name and whither ho is going!" The man leaped down, and, joining group at the side of the carriage, tyjdvossed the stranger. Thon he -came back to Hartmann, and said, •saluting, «'His na'me, Herr Captain, is the Chevalier de Gavrollos, and he is returning invalided to his home yonder, at the chateau," Ha4 an a,«gel from heaven alighted upon ins path, bringing- sorno happy message from another world, Hartmann could not have felt a wilder 'rapture qv a more wondering awe. A •Pl'y brpke fpom, his Ijpsjhis eyes swam wjth sudden tears. Oh, the goodness of God! the great mercy and marvel of his >vays! The world brightened 'as' if with morning sunshine, Earth a&fl beayen soejued radiant with spine -Ttfty Ught ' f .<4,sk, kim to. come to, , and Sg&in bv6r 16 this ear*i&gt, whefa the coftdt- man, assisted by the soldiers, was busily attempting to mend tne wheel 'fhetii after a minute, the gentleman, leaning oil his crutch, and partly supported by the soldief in undress, made his -way laboriously to the side of the ambulance. tlartmann leaned over with trembling, outstretched handsi while the other looked up at him in surprise. "Monsieur, do you not know me?" cried the German. "Ah, heaven! do you not remember? 1 left you for dead. You gave me that last message ^-the medallion?" "Is it possible?" returned the chevalier; "The German officer who—" "Who thought that he was guilty of your, death, but who now thanks God for restoring you so unexpectedly to life) Ah! monsieur, it is a miracle! It is God's doing! Tell me—how did it happen? How were you saved?" "By your countrymen," answered the . chevalier, smiling and taking Hartmann's hand. "A party of Germans, carrying the Red Cross, found me lying where you left me, and discovering some faint signs of life, bore me to their ambulance. Your surgeons are both skillful and humane; under their care I at last recovered." "Thank God! thank God!" cried Hartmann, raising his eyes to heaven, while the tears streamed down his cheeks and ho sobbed like a little child. That evening Dr. Huet stood by Blanche's bedside, watching her as she slept under the influence of a narcotic administered in the afternoon. Suddenly she stirred, moaned faintly and opened her eyes. The wild look of delirium had faded from her face, and Huet saw that she recognized him. Then, in. a moment, camo memory, flashed before her like .a mirror. All her brain was clear, and he saw- that she remembered. With a.wild cry she covered.:her face with her hands and uttered her father's name. • "Mademoiselle,"" said the doctor, gently, "are you"-" listening? I have something to tell you." She shivered through and through, but made do reply. 1 'You have been ill, mademoiselle; and in illness like yours one has often terrible dreams. Not dreams only, but hallucinations. I have watched you, and listened to you; some-times I have almost smiled, knowing what strange fancies have possessed you." She drew her hands from her face and raised her eyes to .his. He placed his hand softly upon her shoulder, and continued in the same kindly tone: "Will you tell me about your dreams? Sometimes, I think, they were about your father, my old friend, the chevalier, were they not? Ah! then, you must not distress yourself. Sometimes, when love is so great as yours, it works miracles and brings back the dead." Who was that stirring the shadow of the door, and listening? Blanche could not see, for her eyes were blind with tears. "Father! father!" she cried. "Mademoiselle, do not weep. I have had news which will give you comfort. Your father lives still, and sends you his living blessing." She rose up in bed with a wild cry, and seized Huet's arm. "Lives! lives!" she cried. "No; he is dead! He killed him! Monsieur, for pity's sake, tell me! what have you heard?" Who was this stealing in the chamber—a tall gray man, with a face full of eager love and rapture, and eyes full of blinding tears? Was she dreaming still, or was it tho spirit of her father? No, not dreaming, an'! no spirit. He came close to her; he bent over her. "Blanche, my darling! Do you not know me? It is I—your father!" "Father!" she cried, and opening her arms to embrace him, fell swooning upon his breast, "My child, my child!" ho sobbed. "I have killed her!" "No, old friend," said tho good doctor, brushing away a tear from his own cheek. "Joy does not kill so easily; she will recover." CHARTER XIV, Conclusion. Meantime while the events were proceeding at the chateau, Houzel, tho forester, had conducted himself more like a madman than a rational being, A nameless rage, tempered with dread, pursued him. During the long nights he watched the windows of the chateau, where hejciiew the wounded officer was' lying; then, when day came, he wandered through the woods and by the sea, a prey to his own stormy thoughts. It was a fortunate thing, however, that he had no suspicion of what was really taking place in the chateau; for had be received a whisper of the truth, he would have found his way into the place, and finished the work he had begun, &B the reader no doubt suspects, he was already in very deed an assassin. Furious with jealousy and suspicion, he had fired the treaehr erous. shot which had so nearly proved fatal to an already wounded man, As the enemy came nearer, pverr running the district, Houzel was among the foremost in resistance, until, on the very day of the chevalier's return, he was caught lurking in the woods near the village, after having just fired from the bushes at some officers of the enemy* Dragged from Ills hiding-place, struggling like a wild beast, and loudly proclaiming his treacherous deed, he was given short shrift. Ho died fearlessly and defiant-, ly, and, as he fell, tho last words on' his lips was the n«mo of his young mistress. The story of the great war, pf foe si^ege, a,njj of ijw 8f4 oveQts Wonal tempest, rose the pale figure of t*eafiei ftftd faint sunshine again fell ovefr the fields of France. two years had passed away, whefi, on the first day of the new year.in little patty was gathered together a the chateau of Grandpre. At the head of the table sat the Chevalier de Gavrolles, still partly crippled by his wounds, but .otherwise well and strong. Facing him was his daughter Blanche, a little paler and sadder than of old. but beautiful as ever. On his left sat worthy Dr. Huet and the little cUre, and on his right, with eyes ever fixed on Blanche in tender respect and affection, the German officer of Uhlahs, in plain civilian dinner costume, like any ordinary gentleman. The chevalier had his glass charged, and was in the act of giving a toast. "Theold year has gone out in peace) may the new year bring further forgiveness and reconciliation. Peace for France! Peace for the world!" "Amen to that!" said Hartmann. "The old landmarks change," proceeded the chevalier, smiling. "Who would ever have prophesied that a savage Teuton would over bo welcome in the chateau of Grandpre? Yet Blanche will have it so, it seems." "No, father," cried Blanche, blushing, "it was you yourself that wrote to Germany and brought an enemy back." "Under medical advice," interrupted Huet. "Corbleu! I did not want to have another funeral; and as mademoiselle was so delicate, I proscribed the only remedy." A merry peal of laughter wont round the table. "I am a Teuton no longer," exclaimed the German. "I find my nationality where I found my life—in tho chateau of Grandpre." Here tho little cure broke in. "That's all very well; but if there should be another war, what then?" "In any case," said, Hartmann, "I am invalided forever. No more fighting for me. I shall remain at the fireside with my darling nurse; and if ever the nations begin quarreling again, I shall say, Peace to France! Peace to the world!" And all drank the toast again together. THE END. An Impossible House. The man and his wife called on the architect, and the architect was glad to see them, for business was extremely dull. "We'want you to build a house for us," said the man by way of introduction. "Thanks," bowed tho architect, "1 shall be only too glad to do so. and I am quite sure that I can give entire satisfaction." "Well, you ought to," remarked the lady, "we don't want much." "What kind of a house did you wish?" inquired the architect. "We want a good plain one of about eight rooms," explained the man, and we will leave the design to you. All we expect is that when you have finished it will suit my wife and myself. I mean on the inside; we are not so particular about the outside." The architect heaved a deep sigh, "I'm very sorry,"- he said, "but you will have to go to some other architect. ' We can't design an impossible house in this office."—Detroit Froo Press. A l>eep-I;iild Scheme. "Yours is a perplexing case," said the oculist. "You call red 'purple' and referred to Nile green as 'Turkey red.'" : "Yes," replied the visitor, with a contented smile. «'I guess I was born that way." "It's the most aggravated case of •color-blindness I ever encountered in my professional experience, ' 'That's it, I want you to write mo out a statement to that effect. Never mind what the fee is. You see, my wife has a lot of samples she wants matched, and she'll ask me to take the job some time next week, sure." And then the oculist had his suspicions.—Washington Star. And the I>resaini»ker Fainted, "Mornin', mum. I'm a thiet, an'—' "Oh, help! Fire! Murder!" "What ye squealin' fur? I do'n want tor swipe nothin' 'ere." ' 'Wh—wh—what do you wish then?" "Well, it's dis way, see? I want ter take a course o' lessons in dress- makin', so't I kin fin' de pocket in a woman's dress inside o' a 'arf hour, .See?" . • • • Quito Likely. , .Cholly—Did you heah wo ah going 'to'expel' Cawtle'y frdm tho club? Chappie—What faw? Cholly—Ho pahmitted the little Miss Golightly to sit on his knee. Chappie—Good Gwacious! Cholly—So I should say! It took all the owease out of his twousers. Truth. A, Consideration, <( I know," said the suitor to the fair one's father, "that my resources are limited. But if I marry your daughter your expenses will be diminished." "How is that?" "¥QU \von|t have any further reason to maintain that overgrown bull- doar." A lighthouse lens of the first ordor is six feet in diameter and costs $4,250 to $8,400; second order, four feet so v- 011 inches and costs $2,760 to $5,550, and the third order, three loot three inches and costs from $1,475 to $8,- (j50, There are throe other J'recuutiQu. After a row with his wife, who violently expressed a. wish that he was dead, an Ji'ish,nian said; "Oh, it's \vidow ypu're vantin. 1 tp bs, 4s it? , J'li tafee gp,p4 fiave you're » || J UYe/'-rJ^njlg yi Jit, v A. •' V J i '*"' A J «' £^^ &; •^^SSft^MA sitmA FLOCk f5 BfefMLfe^ HfeM AND JERUSALEM. EUhfing In the Olnd Tiding* (if tirlfcht Sloi-n—Worshiping nt the Spot fchrl«t Was llorn—the Chlhio Hells. ASftitt toAIr IS celebrated In Bethlehem by the be». llevers in the Catholic and Lutheran, the Greek and Ar* menlah creeds'! with great pornj). Ccth« lehem has now about 3.000 Inhabitants, all believers In the Christian faith. Among them are about 700 Catholics and 400 Christians belonging to the English and other reformed churches. Greeks and Armenians make up the rest. To forestall trouble between natives and visiting Christians of the different denominations, the Church of the Nativity, which la built In the form of a cross, has been divided Into three parts. The Armenians conduct their devotions In the nave of the Cross, a beautiful edifice resting on forty-eight granite columns, the Christians and Greeks occupying the arms of the cross. Easter day always brings no end of pilgrims to Bethlehem from nil parts of the world, especially England, France and Russia, and the natives, who make a living by the sale of souvenirs, bear- Ing more or less on the character of the place and Its holy antecedents, do a rushing trade In cruclHxes, rosaries, etc. Wherever we turn on Easter day In the Church of the Nativity we encounter Turkish soldiers, armed to the teeth, In their picturesque, yet warlike uniform. They do not Interfere with anybody, yet do not conceal their contempt for what Is going on, especially In those parts of the convent and church set apart for the Catholics and Protestant Christians. The Convent of the Nativity dates from the thirteenth century, and Is a very Impressive structure. The Crypt, where the Virgin Mary Is supposed to have been delivered, and which Is represented In the accompanying engraving, Is reached by a marble stairway leading a dozen or more steps below. The entrance to the stairs Is situated In the part of the church forming the head of the cross. The Lodge of the Nativity Is less Impressive than the general aspect of the church would lead one to believe. It Is furnished entirely In oriental fashion, the walls being hung with carpets and tapestry work In gay colors and of artificial designs. A hollow, cut Into the rock opposite the 'stairs, is furnished with a rickety manger, in which Christ is said to have taken his first nap. The spot where the Blessed Virgin was delivered is marked by a star suitably Inscribed in the Latin language. One of the queerest of the many queer places in Palestine is the Convent of Mar Saba on the rocks of the Kidron on the southeast of Jerusalem, and not far from the shores of the Dead Sea. The convent, which dates back to the end of the fifth century, and which Is in the hands of the Greek church, is a conglomeration of detached buildings of irregular form, consisting of single cells, towers, chapels and a cathedral, which latter stands on a mountain 600 feet high. The dome is reached by terraces and steps hewn in the rock. • Our picture shows the elders of the monastery engaged in sounding the cathedral Easter "bells," so called. Suspended pieces of wood of different thickness and species serve -for .the bells, which are "rung" by hammering the wood In a peculiar fashion, similar SENTENCE.OF CHRIST. The Kngravcd flu to Is Still In Existence In Kurppe, It will probably be a surprise to the majority of people to learn that the original death sentence passed upon Jesus Christ Is still In existence in the form of an engraved plate dating from the very day the sentence was pro* nounced by Pontius Pilate, and which has been retained through all these years as one of the most precious of all relics of the parlor, The sentence is engraved on a plate of brass in the Hebrew language, and on its side are the following words: "A similar plate has been sent to each tribe." This particular plate was discovered in the ye.ar 1?SO in the city of Aquilla. in the kingdom pf Naples, by a scientific commission that had been appointed to search that ancient city for the antiquities known to have been kept there. Evidences remained that this city had been the repository of many old Roman records and other documents and mementoes associated with the early Roman empire, and, for this reason it was especially made the object of the commission's inquivy. The plate reads as follows: "Sentence pronounce^ by Pontius Pilate, iutend,ant of the province of Lpwer that Jesus of Nasaretft 4eath by tbe cross,, JerusaleSi, duflhg thfe feiintlficate o! Ah* has and Cfttftphas. t»ontltts Dilate, ifttendant of the ptov* ifice of Lower Galilee, Sitting in Judg- tttent In the presidential Seat of the Praetor, sentences Jesus of Nassftreth to death on a cross, between two fob* bers, aa numerous and notorious teStt* monies of the people fefove: 1. Jesus is a mlsleader; 2. Ite has e*-' clted the people to sedition; 3. He Is art enemy to the laws; 4. He calls himself the Son bf God; 6. Me calls himself falsely the king of Israel; 6. He went Into the temple followed by a multitude of people carrying palms in their hands. Orders the first cehturlottj Qulrilius Cornelius, to brlhg him to the place of execution. irofblds all persons, rich or poor, to prevent the execution of Jesus." This constitutes the body, and, of course, the Interesting portion of the plate, but In addition the ham « of three men are perpetuated and given a value that their owners never probably anticipated would cling to them by being attached as witnesses of the promulgation of this sentence. The names of the witnesses and the order In which they come are: 1. Daniel Robattl, Pharisee; 2. John Sorobabel; 3. Raphael Robanl. It Is believed that twelve of these plates were engraved and sent to the various tribes throughout Judea and over Into the Roman provinces of Europe. The remaining eleven are probably burled In widely separated points, where they never will be brought to the knowledge of mankind, or have long since been destroyed. The engraving on this plate Is well done, the Hebrew characters are cut deep and with perfect accuracy. THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHRIST, to that employed on the so-called "wood and straw" instruments we see In the music halls. The place is the Mecca of hundreds of pilgrims, especially about the time of Easter, From whatever part of the world they may come, they flnd ready hospitality—at least the men do. Women are not permitted within the sacred walls of the.convent, and must take refuge In tents or in a lonely tower high up in the mountains. 15ttntor Easter bells are ringing clear, Winter's gone and spring is here; Each one's voice a welcome sings To the,season Easter brings, Ring, bells, ring; See the spring. Easter bells are ringing loud, Children press In joyous crowd; Flowers and birds with childish lay Join to hail glad Easter day. Loud and clear, Easter's here! Easter bells are ringing low, Sweeter yet their measures flow, Telling of a love that rhymes Softly with the Easter chimes! Low, but clear, Easter's here! t A vlis\ti tW it4L TVfl**i wrt^f' In 4>Vi A *EJr<<k1i« /?144i*>. «v-A ~, Kitster In Washington. Easter in Washington is recognized more as a great awakening of fashion and its votaries, dormant for forty days, than as a day devoted to religion and its functions. The fashionables burst from their cocoons and come forth full fledged In spring finery, an'd even humble sales and wash ladies deck their forms in some bit of new rainment, before unworn and reserved for this day, when new garments are dedicated at the altar of the god of spring. For years past the ultra-fashionable have endeavored to kill the custom of using Easter as a day' to show forth fresh raiment to the rest of the world, by frowning upon the custom, but it is too strongly entrenched to be banished. When Easter's sun shines brightly forth Sunday morning', it will beam kindly upon streams of exquisitely dressed, church-going multitudes, thronging Connecticut avenue and the other fashionable thoroughfares. At the churches there are always feasts for tho senses; music, color, perfume will lend their potent charms to aid in the service of God. The music is good, as becomes a city famed for its contributions to the ranks of good musicians. On the following day the feast is really observed by the most enthusiastic of observers, The children—tots ranging froin 3 to 10 ye^rs of age—gather on the lawns of the executive mansion as the guests of the president, and give themselves up to the riotous revelry of egg-rolling. From early morning until late afternoon the toddjers trot nbout the grassy acres of the white house grounds, enjoying themselves at a sport very WashinB'tonlan in character, Afte? a Jong day of enjoyment in the open, the happy little youngsters are corralled in the big east room, where they are welcomed as the guests '-pf the dent. a pcpfcgt Voeni, If e was content When he sold a sonnet And the proceeds spent For an Easter bonnet. As she gassed upon it, "J knew you'd show 'em," Said she, "that the sonnet, As well as the bonnet, Is a perfect poem." Went Eb'Kiiinst Him. lie made a bet that he could cat A score of E&stey eggs, But the eggertion proved a feut, That knocked him off his pegs. Eggsasperated, he egssclalmert, With an, eggspresslve smirk, "This Easter lay, which me has lamed, Is most ege's-hplsting work!" 4- »• 11!«0 have wade the ing aiscftvery that on next Goad April l?, the stars \vi}l be In p,9$y°J& In A Mihfieiotn Scmftto* a<s*s in t6* ttlm t-i-opet t*r»tectl«fli Senator Iltls of Chaska secured & fa* rftbie report 1ft ' the SeBate 6bm* mlttee of the whole tipM &ls jjfou»8 < e"d amendments to the game law* says th« Minneapolis Tribune. The ameiidtttehtA apparently deal only with 'mlhk, ottei"*' beaver and muskfats, but really thfe^ are of considerable Importance to the many varieties of food fish found 80 plentifully Itt the smaller iak6s In the state. The neW law pfovldes that tlo hilnk, otter of beaVei 1 shall toe killed be* tween April attd NoVemberi and that muskfats catt be Captured ottly during 1 March and April. The laboriously and scientifically constfueted palace of the knowing little creatures mUst not be opened, destroyed, of interfered with at any time. A fine of $10 o? Imprison* ment for ten days is to be the penalty for every animal killed out of season and for every muskrat house Injured. Senator Iltls knows a good thins when he sees It, that Is, In a culinary Way, and he Is Very fond of mUskrats when properly roasted before ah open campflre. This piece of rare knowledge came to him while serving In the army. In 1863. "I was In camp at Medulla, near Mans- kato," said he, "and my partner was Mr. Zimmerman of Si. Paul. He and 1 were accustomed to amuse ourselves* when we could get off, In trapping the rats, which were abundant In those days. We soon discovered that We could capture every rat In the colony. You know, they have little channels leading to their houses, and by placing the traps in the leadways every rat would be caught, one after the other. It was during this winter that I learned how good a rat tasted when roasted on the end oft a stick and before a camp fire. We were funny looking fellows, seated before a fire and each gnawing from a. whole rat, held In both hands. "The rats had all been killed from' one lake, and the next spring tons of decayed flsh were washed up against the bank. Thl s occurrence started an Investigation on my part. I know of several Instances where every flsh In a lake has been killed during the winter by .the farmers and others catching all the rats. Their houses and leadways maintain air holes in the ice and prevent the fish! from smothering." appreciation in which muskrats were, held as a food for epicures by the learned people living on the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia. The people, to whom canvas back ducks, diamond backed terrapin, soft shelled crabs, and like luxuries are a dally part of their bill of fare, esteem a well fricasseed muskrat as being a superior dish. "Oh, yes, I like them cooked that way, but they are better roasted," replied the senator from Carver county. "There Is a man living up In my county who caught 6,000 rats this fall. He saved the pelt, worth about six cents apiece, and threw away the carcasses, which were much the more valuable part of the animal. I made up my mind that It was time to stop such wholesale slaughter." THE CANARY'S BODYGUARD, A Bevy of Sparrows Constitute Themsolvsfl Protectors of tho Little Songster, A bevy of English sparrows that have taken possession of orie of the prettiest and shadiest little side streets out In the Carrollton district of New Orleans have adopted into their midst a canary, which they, no doubt, found straying from Its home somewhere in the city. Of course, it is impossible to say just how the'little yellow songster did come among them, but it is quite evident now that they are very proud of his company and take the. best possible care of him always. I noticed, them flrst a few weeks ago as they sat chattering and fluttering in a big orange tree down at the corner of the avenue, and the canary was perched comfortably among them, apparently as'a guest whom they seemed delighted to honor. Now he Is constantly with them, and It is interesting to watch their careful protection of him. When they make a raid in the street or down Into the gutter they take turn about in constituting a bodyguard to remain beside the canary In some convenient tree top, well out of harm's way. In the early morn- Ing they conduct him en masse to a fountain on the square, where he takes his dip and flits about, merry and bright, while he preens in the sun when the bath is over. His music seems to delight them beyond anything and their noisy, chattering voices instantly cease when he begins to sing. They appear to take the utmost care of his diet, and the choicest tld-bits which they find make their way down his musical throat, and woe betide the strange bird that ventures upon the slightest degree of familiarity with him. I saw a mock- Ing bird flit down into their midst the other morning, doubtless'for the purpose of borrowing some of the canary's tunes, with which to regale his own friends out in Audbon Park, but the wily plagiarist missed connection that time surely, for the sparrows were down on him in short order, putting him utterly to rout, and he barely escaped with his life. UIGHTN1NG STRUCK HIS KITE, TUe Kleotvlc Run Po\ru the Cord Into the Jtoy'8 Body. Kite-flying }s usually considered a, harmless amusement, put that it is not always such is sufficiently proved by the recent experience of a IS-yearrpjql boy at Oateau, near Cambray, Ffanbe, who became, while indulging In this sport, an involuntary imitator of the Iwv* mortal Franklin. The lad, whose na m * was Jantl, was flying his kite—a small one, about twenty»seven Inches long. It had reached a great height when $ thunder gtorm was seen apprpaohinf, The boy at once began to haul in Ws cord. The kite, however, was still WQ yards or so above the earth, when there. •', was a brilliant flash o£ lightning,, Young Jantl was thrown Into the %\\\, , made two or three somersaults, and, jtejl ten or twelve feet a\vay. The kite, Jja<J' attracted the electric fluid, wtUpn (Qjr lowed the cord, as in Franklin's famQujt, v«i1 experiment, and (|escen,de4 JAt9 - i«9.', v -™ earth through tne. boy'g b t o,ijy,, Woj^ej^-. t'ul to relate, the l&cl was, .004 t^M,*"j After R'Htfle he aro,se and ma<le Mi ¥Sy<V' v l home, trembling an<} crying, rmi " «t.iii«oa pi 1 ills left hand, whlpii ha4 -HSM jflt>v«i ' ' were t«rne<J bJ M e, p, y • «•"»«• --»

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