THEN AND NOW. We laughed, to fee llm whlrllnv mow And hear tlio nix nir leuiKtil blowj We n-i'kril not m ihtt Icy hliist, ' Mur liuw 'li Htorm came wild and fast Our li'urta bud sunny weather: Nnr miiiw. nor liu.l. nor wll'l wind moan. Could ('hill tlio (flow around theui thrown, rortliim we wore twiner. I), aweuleat word U(jotuor! I trend, In golden summer hour, A pal.iwav throiiKh land of flowers, Ilcm-atli Hid I'liio of pi-iu-eful skies. With weary fuel and war d in mod eyoi; I rare no louver whether The dav he briirht or dark, nor how The lonely time goes hy. for now We walk no;niiro together, Ah. uitvoriuorB toirether. Ann K. Uoiciter, n Current CLIMBING A VOLCANO. One of the Five Aotive Craters in Costa Rloa. A Graphic Description of Perilous Ad vent uie A Crater Never Kiainlned by Scientists Incident aud Accldeuta. There are five active volcanoc? In Costa Rica, according to thermography; lrazu, which is 11,500 feet h'gh; Tiir rialba, which is 10,350; Poas, HeBarba, and Mirravalees. which have not been measured, and several smaller ones whose craters have shown evidence of former- activity, but have emitted nothing since the memory of nian. To be considered active a volcano does not have to keep belching out tiro and smoke all the time, for they must have vaca tions I ke the rest of us; but an extinct one is that whoso crater has been per mitted to till up with debris and never hows signs of lifo. Not having had tho advantage of vol canlc acquaintance, and being ambi tious to look into the crater's mouth, I determined to explore lrazu, nnd in company with Mr. 11. Rcnisnn Wh'te- house. Secretary of the United Slate Legation in Central America, I tuitdu the ascent It was an experienco which will never be forgotten, but wlncli one would not care to rejteat. You can not go to the sum ui it ol lrazu in a ra Iway par 1 ke Vesuvius, and no one has ever taken tho trouble to build a carriage road, ' therefore tho journey Is not rcoom mended to ladies, invalids, or timid men; and one such trip will do the most jierveful for a lifetime. We followed up a cart road, thick with dust for a few miles, then entered the cornfields and rode through them for several hours, stopping at tho cabin of a native to get com for our horses and a cup of colleo for ourselves, This was the last house on tlio moun r tain, ana leaving it wo went through a pasture and struck Into a forest as dense as a forest can bo. I hero was a good moon and it lit up the tree tops with a weird and fantastiu light, while tho great festoons of moss which hung from the branches and almost obscured our way were almost livid whore the rays of moonlight struck them. The trunk, and limbs of tho trees were covered with thick, yellow lichens, which were as tine as hair, and hung liko tho beard of a patriarch. Tho trees, too, were loaded with orchids, that rare plant so much prized by botanists, and sought hero by collectors from all over tho world. Dead trunks covered with moss that seemed almost phosphorescent a two liko phantoms in our wav. Huge, thorny cacti, like tho candelabra of giants, wero on every sido. while tint dense growth of underbrush made it almost impossible for the homes to push inrougu. Through this we kept climbing until the horses were exhausted and tho moon went down. For some inscrutnblo reason, but really for no reason whatever. It is considered best to make tho climb in the night, but wo couldn't go any further, so a tiro was built, tho animals wero unsaddled aud given their supcr; we swung our ham mocks in the trees and wrapping our selves in blankets lay down to pleasant u reams, The blazing fire frightened the ant mals of the forest, and all around us wo could hear tho protests of tho tiger, whose cry Is liko that of a child. Now and then tho deeper tones of the nioun tain lion could be distinguished, but they were more frightened than wo, for tho lire was a terror to them, as It was a comfort to us, the altitude being some thing iiioro than H.IHKI feet and the tern peraturo forty Farenheit. Tho birds chattered and gossiped, being awnk' ncd by the unusual light and. disturb, itnce in their solitude. There was little sleep for any of us, as tho situat on was ao weird, ami the noises our advent awakoned so strango to our ears. At 3:30 we were to be called aud continue the ascent so as to reauh the top of tho mountain by sunrise. We were all awake long before the time, and leaving tho hammocks hanging, and stripping ourselves of every possible -encumbcrance except overcoat and food, we were in the saddle promptly and followed the guide as ho plunged into a darkness that could be ut with a knife. There is darkness and darkness, but that wo encountered in that tropical forest was double-dvod. We might as well have been blindfolded in a coilin at the bottom of a grave. There was a path, a trail among the trees, but the guide couldn't follow it on horseback, so he dismounted and felt for it with his feet. They failed and he crept along on his hands and knees, and that method of locomotion being rather unsatisfactory, he lit a candle he had in his pocket and plodded along. The path went ilgzag up tho moun tain siuo, like the trail of a goat. It ran a few hundred feet on the bias at a grade of about forty-live degrees, and then reversing ran lip about the same grade ami distance in the other diivo tion, presenting a series of acute angles like an enormous rail-fence.( Just as Mr. Whitehouse was turning one of these corners, where the slope of the mountain sido was almost perpendicu lar, his horse stepixnl upon a rotten log. which concluded to roll down the preci pice, and be and iiis horse went too. Nobody saw this decidedly novel acro batic adventure. It was too dark to sea your hand before your face; we were creeping along, feeling our wa itep bj step, with arms outstretched to pro.e..t contact between the trees and our heads. Aft.;r making what may bo called a cursory examination of the surround ings, Mr. Whitehouse clambered up the bank, where a council of war was held. and it was determined to postpone fur ther operations on that line unt 1 day light So we sat down around a lire and discussed things until tho l'ght began to filter through tho forest. The the climb was resumed and we got out of tho woods just in time to see the sun rise out of what looked liko a world full of soapsuds. The mountain rose like an island in a shoreless sea of clouds rrent banks of foamv vapor rolling' and plunging in the wind that always rises with the dawn, as the surf does on the shoals. It was a picture one does not often see, and there are no words in my vocabulary that will convey an adequate idea of its appearance. JI one could fill tho world with foam like that which hovers over the foot of Niagara Falls it would look something liko it The wind was b tter cold, and it swept over tho volcano with a fierceness that penetrated our very bones, but tne sun s ravs were hot and p ercing. and soon burned out the clouds, in which tho wind assisted, and the picture turned into a scenic panorama which has few equals in tho world, Bolow us was spread out all Costa Rica, a'nd tho surf fringed shore of two oceans. Sky, sea and lands were one vast rainbow. mingling tints of blue and green, and and tho most unpoetio eyes could not behold it without awe and wonder. Mountains seemed to hang In the air as the clouds surrounded them, long lines of unbroken forests stretched away into a mirage which seemed to show the earth inverted, the fields of sugar-cane, a brilliant livid green looked like strings of gigantic emeralds on the earth's bosom, while tho yellow fields of corn, half harvested, resembled sand hills, rolling and weltering under the tropio sun. Here and there wore clusters of houses, with white churches rising in their midst, and streams link ing them together like silver bands, Far oil' on the horizon, which sur rounded the picture like a circular frame, it was dillieult to tell whore the sky and the ocean met their colors blending Imperceptibly. We would not have known the two seas wero there had not the expectation of a view of both the Atlantio and the Pacific from the same point been one of the objects of tho climb, this being tho only spot in the world from which both oceans are visible The guide said ho could lis tinguish tho sky from tho water, but I could not and only knew that tho seas wero there because tho lines where the dark green forests ended and the blue began were broken and irregular, Following the crest of a ridga of pumice stone and ashes, which had been thrown out in ages past, and were as regularly piled as if the hands of men had dumped them there, we looked down on one sido into a gorgo three thousand feet deep, to the foot of which a stone would roll without moeting an Impediment; and on tho other into a basin formed bv tho mountain side, and tho heaps of ashes that lay in a regular wlnrow around it a basin about hvo hundred feet deep and quarter of a mile across from the top of one bank to the top or the other, lho bottom was honey-combed with craters, where it looked as 4 the earth had broken through in irregular circles. There woro seven or oiglit of these craters, some of them centuries old. the last and largest having opened within the memory of living men. 1 ho older ones wore black and half lilted with ashes cast from those of later origin, while "tho new ono" as it is called perhaps a quarter of a centu ry old was bottomless as far as we could see, and its walls wero yellow with sulphur and white with half-burned limestone. It was dangerous to go near the edgo for the banks are concave, and thin crusts of earth reach over them; but we cast huge stones over and heard them strike the sides of the crater as they went down into an abyss which man has never' measured, flow long they were in reaching the bottom and what, they found when they got there would bo interesting to know, but this volcano has never been scientifically ex amined, and very few people have ever been to tho crater's edge. Wo wero glad wo went while wo were down there, but wore sorry when we tried to go back, for tho walls at the basin arc loose ashes, light nnd llintv, and our feet sunk into them almost ij tho knees. It was fun coming down. sliding aud leaping into the sift sub stance, but going up it was a task tin' at times seemed to be beyond endu, anee. Tlio ashes wero fresh and ers;. and there was no sign of vegetation for a distance of a thousand feet or more dowu tlio outside bank, against which the wind was constantly blowing. and where one would thiuk it would lodge dust and seeds from tho forests so near and so numerous. The wall of ashes aroso at least 5(H), nnd in some places 000 feet around the crater. e noticed a very marked odor of sul phur in tho crater while we were there. and our guide, who crawled close to the edge, reported vapor coming from tho bottom, but the rest of us could not perceive it There were many evidences of recent discharges, however, one of the most pronounced being the pres ence of flakes of sulphur on the ground. which must have been deposited there since the last rainfall. It is the prevailing theory anion? local amateur scientists that the Gve act ive volcanoes of Costa Rica are con nected by underground passages, and are all chimneys of the same terrestrial furnace; that more than one is seldom active, but that at least one is always in a state of eruption, as an escae for gas and vapors from the subterranean fires, that it is universally tho rule for earth quakes of great force to follow a sup pression of activity in all of them, and a sense of relief always prevails when the discharges are heavy and frequent But while tlio interruption of activity is im mediately succeeded by upheavals clse- where, earthquakes are frequently felt. though not in such force, while the vol canoes are active, I his is accounted for by the fact that gas Is not emitted as fast as it accumulates, and that when it gathers in quantities sullicient to reach the sparks from the subterranean tires; it explodes in the caverns and causes an oscillation of the earth above. These explanations are very plausible and gen erally accepted as true, although, as I iiave said, tlie phenomenon has never been stured.by men of scient lie r'i tation, who m ght tiud here an interest Ing and prolific field for research. lurlu, tn Ihiciujo inter Ocean. VALUABLE INFORMATION. Mlatent Letters Tan be ItPtnalled Without . Additional Expmine. Two men stood near a letter-box In Broadway disputing about a sealed lot' ter which ono ot them ht-ld in his hand, Tho lettor had been posted at an office In Virginia aDd a carrier had delivered it at an up-town add rest. In the mean time the person to whom the letter was addresed had left the city. The origi nal address had been erased and ono in a distant town had been written below it "lou will have to put another stamp on it. said the stouter of the two men to the one who held tho letter. "That's possible, but my wifo told mo 1 only needed to drop it into a box, She ought to know about such things, because she re-ma Is lots of letters that come to the house." "Why didn't she look after this one then?" Became she wanted it sent from down town so that it would got out quicker. "Well, if vou post it without" another stamp it will not go at all. Women 4in't. lrnnw ahnnt utiph thinr 11 A letter-carrier approached the box at that moment and an appeal was made to him. lie glanced at the envelope and said: "That needs another stamp bo cause it is not a city letter. If It wen1 going to another purt of the city flie old stamp would carry it. "Do vou mean to efuy that this letter would be detained at the office for post age!1 "Well, perhaps they would semi it and charge the extra postage at the other end of the line. You had better see the station agent about it." "There." said the stout man after the carrier had walked away, "you see how much your wife knew about it. "Come on to the station and if she is wrong I will pay for two cigars." They went to Station A and the letter was shown to the agent there. "That's all right" was his curt comment. . "But a earrier has told mo it would need another, stamp becauso it .was going out of tho city again. ' "Tho law nscd to bo that wav," the agent said, "but it has been changed and every carr'er ought to know it. Now a letter cau bo remailod as often a necessary within the United States to get it to the owner without extra postage, The only limit is the number of change that can be made in addresses on the face of the envelooo." i-A". Y. Tribune. CUPPING. An Old AH In Modern llarber'shnp Seldom Keiorted to la Thli Country, A novel sight was presented in a bathroom at Phil. Balzer's yesterday afternoon, and was exhibited to a num ber of interested customers of the shop. An old German barbar who keeps a chair in tho south end was "cupping" a Imtient. The process had. of course, ieen often heard of, but never seen by any present. Tlio man upon whom the art was being practiced was sitting in a bathtub, and attached to his skin were no less than twenty-eight small glass cups, which had been applied to all parts of his body by the doctor barber. The skin had been cut or scarified un der each, and the blood was slowly ooz ng out into the cups, lho applica tions wero made by expelling tho air from the cups bv means of heat, and quickly pressing them upon tho man's person, lho flesh was drawn up into tho cup by tho pressure of the o r. and the blood extracted by a sort of sue tion. "Cupping" was formerly p.irt of the profession of every barber in Germany, and from it came the s;gn of the red, blue and whito polo, tho colors being sup posed to represent arterial and veinous blood, and pure health, respectively. It was approved by reputable physie'ans, though not when done to such an ex tent as in tlio case of yesterday. It was used mostly for local' troubles, and uot for wholesale blood let ting. It is now seldom done in this country, though English doctors sometimes prescribe it. Columbus (U.I Stale Journal. The Invention of Paper. How, when, or by whom paper was first invented will never be known. According to Ilallam, documents on paper are found as early as tho tenth century, and it camo into use not long after this era, and completely supplant ed ail other materials which were formerly employed for tho purposes for which it is now used. It will be observed that the invention of paper of some kind was an absolute necessity before there could be printing, as parchment was far to expensive to use for the pur pose, even were it otherwise perfectly adapted to this use. The use of paper in Western Europo dates from the time mentioned, but it was known to the Chinese lony before the Christian era, and it is believed that they used the bark of various trees, the soft part of tho bamboo stems, cotton and several other kinds of vegetable fibers. From the Chinese it is supposed to have spread to India, thence to Arabia, aiM the manu facture was introduced into Europe by the Moors of Spain, but about this there is. no certainty. The rice paper of the Chinese is made in the same general way as the papyrus of the ancient Egyptians, by placing in proper order layers of libers and cementing them with sizing or rlue. The first patent for paper making was taken out in England in 1GC5. but it was "for making blue paper, such as is used by bakers. The next, for making writing papers, was in 1675, and covered writing and printing papers. St. Louis Ulobe-Dem-ocrat. The building in which the nostofllce Is located at Bristol, Pa., was an even hundred years old recently. The timbers were all bewn out of oak in Penn's Manor. Bucks County, and rafted down the Delaware, I'it'tsburgh Post. m m Three-fourths of the children born in Calaveras County, Col., in the past two years are girls. PARASITICAL. Tilt Potion Wlilcli.lt l'n nt -in Uaitar of Minima Health. It Is a singular thing to tiioso of on? number who think knowledge begins with us to find that the germ theory, as it is styled, was propounded and Ate disced more than tiro hundred years ago as one of the hypotheses accounting for the plague, that otherwise unac countable visitation, and that in the en suing century Reaumur, Linnicus, aud other scientific peopjo quite fully ac cepted It, so far as its progress was then apparent The existence of microscopic life Is something that was revealed tons in the first days of the microscope's fit and proper use, and it is not impossible thai discovery will yet go very much fanner in that direction. When we find that minute organisms, hardly more than infinitesimal bright points under the strongest lens, exist in the centre of a lump of chalk reut from th very mid dle of some great mass. f' of vitality. and capable of producing important fermentative changes in substances with which they come in contact we can form somo approach to a conception of the universality of life, and of the dim culty, if not the impossibility, of escap ing its most disastrous forms. I hat much of this life is serviceable and ben Lehclal Is apparent and that much Is also inlurmus and poisonous is equally ap parent It seems almost like an asser tion of positiye malevolent force in tho world, this poisonous microscopic life. when viewed with reference to its pos sibilities, in the multitude of deathly diseases thus created, and in the fact that just before death, and not just after. thejnitrefactive poison is often found to have begun its malignant work: nut as nobody seriously doubts that good is to overcome evil in the whole cosmos, so the extermination of these poisonous powers is something to be looked for. and to be worked for, by the docmno of exclusion, by tho elision of favorable circumstances of development,) tho elimination of the malevolent genii from among created things by the de struction of the conditions which nur ture it and favor its continuance aud propagation, till the disease-producing germ snail one day become as extinct as the dodo. Every physician knows that bacteria are to be found swimming along their fatal way in the veius of patients in ty phoid, scarlet puerperal and other fe vers, to say noiuiug 01 smau-pox, nipn then a, measles, septicaemia, and tho rest, that they are of material substance, and that they propagate each after its kind and not after another, showing ac tive force and individual existence, This individual existence and continu Ing active force, in fact is seen to exi-tt in the earliest and most minute form of life, in the Initial atom of bioplasm, as one may say. 1 he old distich in rela tion to the great fleas that have little fleas "to worry and to bite 'em. while little fleas have lesser fleas, and so nd infinitum" If possibly vulgar, is cer tainly true, and shows that tire idea of the animal parasite is not at .ll a novel one. Even the little fly has its parasite, that may be observed when he dies on the window-pane, and hangs glued there in a tiny, fuzzy mould. Ihe capabilty for evil, not alone in matters of human health, but even in the financial affairs of the world, which these infinitesimal atoms of life exert, is to be understood from the circumstances that the muscadine, the parasite of the silk-worm, has cut down productiou of silk in France from an annual amount of a hundred and thirty million francs to thirty millions only. The oidiura meanwhile some time since as good as exterminated the vine in Maderia. many of the vineyards there having been re planted with the snpposably yet unin fected vines of California; and the smut in wheat and the nist in cotton are para sitical concerns that every year do their own damage. Parasitical growth must needs alwavs be an unhealthy growth, since it is diffi cult to believe that any created thin? has more life than it needs for its own uses, and consequently has none to givo away and supply the wants and uses of the parasite. To avoid' this parasitical growth, or to destroy it, then, demands our best efforts, let us find it where we mav; and regarding it as a malevolent and malignant enemy, it is something curious to see that the cleanliness which is next to goodliness is its only extermi nator. Plenty of water, then plenty of sunshine, plentyof air the great cleans ing processes of nature will be our safeguards against our general enemies, the especial enemy needing still more special measures. People who see par ticular visitations of an angry Provi dence in the mortal diseases that rob their homes of their chiefest treasures should look to it first and make sure that they themselves are not the angry providence, wun choked drains, foul closets, decaying vegetable heaps in un used and unaired cellar or with un- cieansea reingerators, the gathered moisture on whose interior walls par takes of the nature of slime and poisons the milk the children drink. If we can not escape the cruel enemy altogether. we can yet by vigorous concerted effort make his approaches so difficult as to thin his numbers for want of food, and secure perhaps some portion of indem nity for the future, if not for our more immediate selves, for those that are yet to come. Uarptis Bator. The golden number is so called be cause it was formerly written on the calendar in letters of gold. It is the number reckoned from one to nineteen, showing what year in the lunar or me tonio cycle any given year is. The epact is the excess of the solar above the lunar year, the former consisting of 365 days and the latter 354. The enact of any year is the number of days from the last new moon of the old year to the first day of the following Janu ary. The dominical letters are those which denote the Sundays, or dies dominico. Chicago llerold. A sight to be seen in Uncle Sam's museum at Washington is the blue uniform worn by General Jackson when he thrashed Pakenham and his red coats at New Orleans. The uniform is ia a case of glass,, but the dust on the shoulder makes golden straps to tha sunsLina. Washington fesL MODERN WALL DECORATIONS. They Sometime .ot Moro than the Iloturt-lllgh Art at a Dleeount. Within the last five years wall decora tion has advanced with rapid strides, nnd enormous prices are now paid for the interior decoration of houses. In fact, the Interior decoration of a mod ern house sometimes exceeds in cost the building and material of tho house itself. A gentleman who has one of tho finest houses In Jersey City went to a first-class Interior decoration house in this city a short time ao. His house was a new ono, and ho dosired to have the walls and ceilings treated in the latest styles. IIo was shown into a handsomely furnished room, and re quested to seat himself on an em broidered plush upholstered chair made of antique or bog oak, and valued at six hundred dollars. After a few ques tions concerning the house, tho size of the rooms, the light and so on, the gentlemanly clerk said ho would show him a few styles of parlor decorations, carefully adjusting a rack meantime, in order that tho right amount of light should fall on it. A delicate paper, in which the pattern, wrought in har monious colors, stood on a background faintly threaded with gilt was placed on the rack. Another roll of tho same pattern was placed beside it, in order to givo a larger surface. A frie.e to match and a deep gilt molding bo tween tho frieze and paper, to break the monotonv, completed the wall decora tion. Then camo a colored wood mold ing above the frieze, to show in what color the base of the coruice was to be painted. "The other parU of the cornico will have to bo treated dilferently, so as to tone with tho ceiling decorations," said the clerk. Now 1 will show you some styles of frescoed ' ceilings to go with this sido-wall decoration. Several cards, with elaborate and beautiful pamt.ngs of ceilings, were now shown. "That is a very pretty ono," said tho customer, selecting ono. "Yes, it will harmonize well with tho paper, also. "it seems to me tho whole thing is perfect," said tho Jerseyman, delighted at his sueces in finding what lie wanted, and certain that his parlors would be the envv of his friends. "Well. I am glad you liko It," re sponded the clerk. 'As I have now an idea of your taste. I can easily fix tho other rooms. Perhaps, however, before we go any further, we had better say how much you are willing to spcud on tho house. V hen I know that 1 will ,o ovor and seo your house and nuke measurements, and will then show you tho styles for each room that we can iv.i you at your price." "I have two paper-hangers over in Jersey City whom 1 had thought of let ting do tho work, began the gentlO' man, doubtingly. "Uh, no: that won t do. ' replied the clerk. "It requires an artist to hang that paper so that it won't show the seams, and we would have to fresco the ceiling anyhow. All the work w.ll be t:gured in with the cost of the job. It will only cost you tho price of the board of the workmen extra. That will be about three dollars per day for each one." Tho Jersevman's face fell a little. But ho felt that he was in tor it, and might as well see it through. lie had been willing to pay frl.OOU for the sako of eclips:ng his neighbors, lie would double that amount now. Well," ho said to tho clerk, who was carelessly twirling a diamond r'uiff on his finger, " I am willing to bo lib eral in this matter. See what you can do for -.',000." Tho clerk looked dumfounded. For a .moment he seemed paralyzed; t'ien going to the rack he threw 'the mold- ings on theloor, and, taking out a roll of paper, he said, coldly: i guess you have not got a very good idea of the cost of decoratiou. That ceiling you looked at would cost vou $1,500 alone. This uaner is a mud-made French print and is worth 812 a roll. It would tako. thirty rolls to the ordinary-sized parlors. It would take about '.'00 feet of tiiis molding at 75 cents a foot Without charging for anything else, your parlors would cost you $.',tHH) alone. Yon had better think it over aud call again." In former days the cost of decoiating parlor was greater than any other room, and often amounted to as miMi as all the other rooms together. But a modern dining-room is finished in the most expensive of hard woods, and su -h do: oration as is used is of the most costly kind. The halls of a fine house are decorated with marvelous hand- painted Lincrusta-Walton or some kind of bronzed plaster work, which is even more expensive. Either dining-room or nau would cost as much as the par lor. e The foremost Interior decoration firms In this city vie with each other in ob taming new and elegant effects. They employ artists oi an kinds, at enormous salaries, to assist them in this. With several of these firms, where the em ployes have hown themselves indis pensable to the success of the business, they have been given a partnership in consequence. Such firms receive as high as $50,000 for decorating a single house. A fair price is $10,000, and they seldom go below $5,000. But while these firms receive small fortunes for single jobs, the intelligent buyer of wall paper often gets a very pretty effect for a small price. The sale of wall papers and of interior deco rations bos come to be two distinct branches of business, and it is in the stores of wall-paper dealers and manu facturers that the bargains are general ly to be obtained. An odd lot of paper and a small quantity of frieze are ofien sold for trilling sums. Occasionally the same bargains may be had in a tine dec oration store. As an instance of this, a salesman of ono of the best-known houses in the city showed to a reporter twenty rolls of a paper he had sold that day. "This paper," he jaid. "cost us $2.50 per roll We sold some of it to ex-Secretary of State Frelinghuysen for his private office in Washington a little over a year ago. It cost him $4 a roll. A gentleman came in to-day who want ed twenty rolls, and as we had just that amount of this on hand we sold him the remnant for $3. It Is a French em bossed bronzo and a Tory fino oiiice paper." Tlio Hoffmai House is one of the most finely decorated hotels. in tne country. In tho rnding-room there is an English paper on the walls whi h probably cost $J por rolL A short time agj. while in a country town in Con necticut, a reporter noticed the sumo kind of paper pasted on the walls of a small store. "Hello:" he said to the proprietor. "where did vou get this?" Oh. I got stuck badly on it somo time ago. I bought about forty rolls of it from somo feller or other for eight cents a roll. I couldn't Bell it so I u"ed partfcf it for this wall nnd somo I put under my carpets. I've got ten rolis left, which you can have for fif y cents if ve want it" High art wall paper, as the English ig o'ten termed, was not appreciated in that section of the country. The valua blo imported papers are often found in country towns and sold at less than the r cost in Europe. How they get there is a mystery. Ar. Y. Suiu SLEEP. Itule Upon the Proper OlnerTanee of Whirli One's Health Ui-penda. Sleep, liko any other appetite, can be cultivated and pampered; and just as any mouthful ot food mor- than wo really want is waste, and something worse, so every wink of sleep more than we need is dead loss, and that without the redeeming quality of over eating and drinking, viz., pleasure. For to be asleep is not pleasure; simply dead loss. To sleep from 11 to 9 in the morning is too much; from 11 till ti should be, and is, for one averagely healthy and normally constituted, quite enough. The point I want to fix on especially is those two precious hours before breakfast How many people only begin their day after breakfast say about ten o'clock! I my.-elf lived for nearly forty years without realizing that I had thrown away about 5(1,900 hours of good working life. Of course, the candle can not bo burned at both ouds. You must get your sleep. I have known more than one profes sional man succumb to the habit of re tiring too late and rising too early. That wo? the beginning of my poor fiiend tho late Baron Amplilott s col lapse. As Q. C. he never shou'd have gone into Parliament and when he retired from the Hotiso on a Judgeship the mischief was doue. He used to be up lato with briefs, or down at the House till 2 or 3, rise nt 6, light his own tire and work till !. All such over-pressure is, of courso, bai Young men may stand it for a few years young men can stand almost anything for a few years but it is a vicious princ plo. (Jive the body its dues, or the body will revenge itself. Still to acquire tho habit of early rising is worth an effort. I recommend it for health and pleasure as well as for profit. No one knows how rad'ant and vigorous nature looks who has not cared to assist her at early toilet and seen her bathing herself in crystal dew and decking herself with opening blos soms between four and six o'clock on a midsummer morning. So much and how much more for the pleasure seeker? But the early-rising worker all the year round is rewarded by an increase of produce, an economy of time and an invigoration of mind and body. Morning literary work is usual ly characterized by freshness, con tinuity, grasp and vigor: night work by fever, excitement and less condensa tion. This I believe to bo the rule, and with exceptions, in speaking tliu? gen erally, it is, of course, impossible to deal. Of one thing I am certain, that for all headworkers, especially literary men, the following rules will be found golden: To bed before twelve. To work before seven. As little liquid ns possible, and no L. smoking before breakfast ltev. II. Laweis. The Safest Place on a Car. It is a popular superstition that tho center of the car is not only the safest part, but is also much the easier riding. One of the greatest trials of a Pullman conductor's life is the fait that about every passenger asks for a lower cen ter berth the Urst thing, nnd is frequent ly indignant because it can not be had. If the t enter of a car rides any easier than the end, then our cars, built as solid and strong as they are, spring np and down in tho middle precisely as does a buckboard. If they do not, why suould it ride easier? As for safety, if you are in the rear of the last car on tho train, and another train runs into the rear, you are liable to get hurt. In all other accidents you can conjure up as liable to occur, it is the safest If a head collision there is nothing back of you to add force to the blow. If tho car leaves the track and collides with a bridge or auy obstruction on s do track it will not be in yourend. If tho train is thrown down an embankment there is nothing to land on top of you. Then this location is the most pleasant From it you can watch all the move ments of your fellow-passengers, ofien a good way of passing the hours of a long, tedious journey. If your eye hap pens to catch a particularly fine view, you can. by turning in your seat or stepping to the door, take it all in. It there is a safest part of a train it is in the last seat in the last c&i.Elmira (X. Y.) Sews. ' . Guernsey County, Ohio, produces some instances of the old way in rear ing families. Three men and threo wives in oue township, who live within half a mile of eacii other, are the par ents of thirty-six children. Four fam ilies in another township have thirty five children. Cleve and Leader. Christianity is protected as the Stato religion in Madagascar. The best au thorities place the number ot Vrotest ants there at .S50.0OOaud Roman Catho lics 3O.UU0. Education is compulsory. One district alone makes a return of 100,000 pupils in the schools. e It costs each of tho colleges, whose crews participate in the annual boat race on the Thames, about seven thou tand dollars for the sport.