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80NQ OF "THE RIVER.
nr tnd cool clear end oool.
Sty laughing shallow nd dreaming pool)
tool and clear, cool and clear.
Sir shining shingle and foaming weir; '
JwVr the crag where the ouarl sings,
And tlw Iviiol wall where the cliuruii bell rlugt,
njndrdlrd for tbe undeflled;
jplay by me, batlM la me, mother and child. '
Iank and foul, dank and foul.
Sir tbe smoky towu In Ita murky cowl;
foal and dank, foul and dank.
By wharf, and sewer, and slimy bank;
Darker and darker Uie further 1 go, . , .
.Baorr and baaer tbe richer I grow;
Who dare sport with tbe aln defiled f
Ihrink from me, turn from me, mother and child.
Strong and free, atroog and free,
The flood gates are opoo, away to the aea;
Free and atrong, free and strong.
Cleansing my streams as I hurry along
To tbe gulden sauds and the leaping bar,
And tbe taintless tide Uiat awalu me afar,
As I lose myself In the Infinite main.
Like a soul that has slnn'd and Is pardon 'd again,
Undented for the uodeOled;
Hay by me, baibe lo me, mother and child.
i THE DEVIL'S SCRATCH.
Intheyear 187-1 w.a quartered at Athlone,
In tba County Westmeath, Ireland. It if not
a bad military station for an Irish one ts
peelally for a ma a who cars for outdoor
porta, --There are good fishing and boating
on Lough IUej and by Uie klndnett of the
landowners of the neighborhood, many a day's
good shooting of a miscellaneous kind may be
had over tba Interminable bogs that 11 all
around. I enjoyed myself greatly, baring a
fcuta for solitary shooting excursions, and
liking that uncertainty at to what bird or
quadruped would neit rlsa from the heather,
null-hie chiefly to be found In Irish snort-
Generally, I started on tucb tipuHUom
alone, aave for lha company of a smart
young gossoon of the town, rlir rarreii
by name, who, lialg been born with the
national love of shooting and fishing,
was only too glad to accompany ma for a
nominal consideration, and nuke himself
useful in pointing out the "mearnes" which
divided tha property of different owners,
ometlmea .consisting In a baiTow trench
running for nilles through a bog, and some
times of an imaginary line, which I had to
accept In faith, not being able to sea a tract
of it for myself. He also carried tny game
bag, and would think nothing of a twelve
mile tramp over spongy bog land with a
couple of hares over bis shoulder and a full
bag at his side.
' One Noremlier afternoon we had gont
farther abroad than usual, and reached a bog
on which I had nevor been before. Peter
'declared he knew It well, but I rather doubted
tha statement. We bad had a ery fair day's
rt, and It was getting time to think of re
turning home, as the ihort winter daylight
was drawing to a nose. I had an idea Uiat a
abort cut might be made to reach the high
road by holding a due northwest course, but
Peter inclined to a southwesterly one. Tha
argument ran high, when at length we dis
cerned a rotUge with a thatched roof at the
bottom of a hollow where tba high bog land
'sloped downwards to the bank of a stream.
! I sent Peter down to the cottage to In
quire the way, and meanwhile directed
my steps toward a little pool of water, some
100 yards In diameter, which I perrelred at
,a few furlong off. and on which 1 hoped to
surprise a stray teal or wild duck. Bura
enough there was a dock oi me ioriner mms
feeding In fancied security near tbe tig. I
elected a stunted thorn bush growing on the
;niargln a a good shelter behind which to ap
proach them unpercelved, and began steathlly
advancing under ita cover. Tbe pond was
'iurrounded by a large patch of light green
moss; and as soon as I stepped upon It I be
came a tars that it was what is called, In
Irish parlance, a "shaking aoraugh;" that Is
to tar. the water was here covered only by a
.floating niiua of weeds and peat moat, closely
interliiml and forming a curious combina
tion that was neither bog nor yet terra Anna.
As vou walk upon such a place it sinks be
neath you and you are a wave running along
before you Just as when you shake a carpet.
However, there is generally tittle danger of
breaking through, to closely matted are the
fibers, ami I advanced with caution, bent on
having my shot Hudilnily, without the least
warning, my foot went through, and man In
stant I was up to my n ck In the black, peaty
water beneath, Just keeping my bend above the
aurfaot by the bearing my outepread arms
had on the moat. It waa a terrible situation I
If once I sank, no power on earth could save
'me It would be like drowning under Ice,
only that, Ice being trnuerent, there would
be some hope of being out out In that case;
and ben, under the mossy blanket, absolutely
tnone. I shouted at Iba top uiy voice for
help, bit with a painful conviction that If It
did not come within three minutes it would
h ton luto. as 1 felt in v self slowly sinking.
j Suddenly 1 felt something thrust through
the col ar of my coat from behind, and beard
a manM wke saying coolly: "I have a good
bold on yt with the graip now, your honor;
if you make a good offer at It, you ran
ecrautl le outl"
Most comforting wera the words, In my
deswrta case. I made a violent struggle,
Vigorously assisted by my unknown friend
with his "graip" (a tort of three pronged
drag, which lie bad luierted under uiy col
lar). Tbe cloth held; and 1 scrambled on to
my kuees, aiid In that Ignominious position,
with my cliitbes sLreaiuUig with black water,
reached tha comparatively nrtu ground of
"Uusbe, then, your honor it baUy off for
aport, when you must look fur It In the Devil's
rtoraugbPsaid my preserver, as I turned to
look him In the face.
He was a strong, burly, Irish peasant, clad
in the costume that It now rapidly becoming
eitinct a chimney pot hat, a f rises coat,
knee breeches and gray worsted stockings.
His features wera ttrikiug. I thought bush
black eyelirowt meeting each other over the
now; gray keen eyes; a mouth that teemed
like a straight Una drawn across the face, so
tightly werethe lipsoompreased; and a square
chin, with a week's growth of bristly black
Award upon it Altogether, not the sort of
man you would care to have for an enemy.
4 "I am rea ly very grateful to you," said
iL "If you had not pulled me out
when you did, I could not possibly
have kept my head above wr five
tnlnutrs longer. It taenia like a special
providence Hint you should have been there
with your grli,"
My preserver toowled, and hit face became
lest Inviting than ever. "1 taw your gossoon
gotug down tbe hill to the ootlaga buyout,"
be said. "I suppose it wo to ask the way.
There's no one lit there LuA myself, o he
wont get much by his walk. If you waul to
get back to Athloue, Just cross over tha bog
there where you arc the tree growing its lone,
and you'll strike the mad. Hoi" -as be saw
me drawing my puna from my saturated
pocket'Turlough 0'Pjea wants niouey
from no man; (rod I or bid 1 When you tee a
abating tcraugh agaiu, maybe you won't be
ao ready to venture on it!" YVoereat he gave
a ghastly tort of chuckle and walked nff.wilu
his graip over hie shoulder, just as 1'elar coma
Up, The action surprlatd ma, as the lrUh
have their full share uf curiosity, and rarely
rrikt tut opportunity of asking quesliotis
tiheu they jet a ceauce. Feb a fact of die-
. whi ha saw n.v wet clothes, tba lake,
and my new acquaintance, waa a ttudy. I
wanted to look lor my gun, woiuu a uw .
In my Immersion; but ha drew me away in
"See now, tir never mina lue guu. ...
gone for aver and ever, and it's well you're
not gone with It MurUieru Irish I did ever
any one tea the like! Ana torra a on ui
knows if we'll get home to-night at all at all,
after thiaP . ,
"I've just found out where the road it,
Id L "H If exactly where I told you over
the Ug there."
"The road. Is itr said reter. "An, hi, ii
that were all, sorra much ma ter it would be.
But we must only make the best of it, now
we're here; and may the Holy Virgin have a
nf and la betune ua and evil!" And
devoutly crossing himself be drew me away.
Neediest to say that, on me way uou,
an lUnHLioii of him: and after a
great deal of cross-examination drew from
7 , f . r L,l ,,.." Viuar.1
U1IU as cunous a suirj mm " -" -
....I .hi. h I hora irive. divested of the many
digressions from the point, and the rich vo-
caliulary or Jrisn parosee wuu uwu
told me. ... ...
John O'Brien, the original owner of the
cottage we had seen, bad two sons, Patrick
and Turlough. No one knew wneiice oe mm-
telf bad come, or on what term, he
bad purchased tbe land on wnlcn lie
i... ii hi. mndaat dwelling: but he
appears to bava been thunned by tbe people
of the neighborhood, cnieny on auoouns m
bit living in tuch close proximity to the
Devil's Hcraugh, a place of which many wild
legends had been told, and which was the fa
vorite tpot chosen by the prlesta wherein to
confine, "between the froth and the water,"
..it ,irita TnpcieMl hv them. Probably.
.;th tha exiwnttons of John O'Brien and bit
tout, there was not a man in the county who
would have ventured near Lough Oalllagh,
as tbe pool was called, after dusk; and tho
.... a . i . m I
temerity of toe owners or. me mrui wo. u,
versally ascrilxd to ramiuarity ana ineuu
ship with the pow.rs of evil
Tyi .I.i tit turn lie1 reDUiauon oi ine u oi
it. . ,rma irirl. betravea and deserted by
lm Invar hud drowned herself in tbe lough
enme ytnrt before the time of which I wriu-;
. . . . i i I . I.
....I Lia lover nniueii. naviuu wivu
nninM lolned eauerlr In tbe efforU
. '.. - 4k. Vwwl.
made lor the recovery oi w
.. t.ln,lf nmwned also in the SulIlU
in ll.a nreeenoeof maiiTof hit neigh
kJ mhn were unable to rescue him. and
t, niv uKveeded in recovering tbe two
corpses several days afterwards. There wot
a "wise woman" living in a llllie canin on mo
outskirts of Athlone, who, when she heard of
the occurrence, mumbled something In Irlub,
and then informed her awa struck llsteneia
had a revelation, and hod learned
that the pool wot under a ipell.euid would
infallibly cause vne aeam oi u uiroui
m, who hat theoouraze to drown him
self therein, repeating the name of the man
he would doom as uie Diaoa water aiieumu
1,1. 11m. fnrevne.
n'ltrUn and his sons were more slimmed
than ever after the event Just related; but
Mrl.Mi tha nld man rllxl and It waa found that
be had left the whole of his small posseaiiont to
bis eldest eon rati lot, anu wiai mnuugu ww
n..i. ,rnvlilirl for. iMiDular oiilnloii veered
round, and tut In wrongly in favor of the
younger brother, all Uie uuii.e aue to aim
hainv a.ldl to the thsst of Patrick. From
what Peter told me of "o latter man, I do
not think he deserved the opprobrium which
fell uponblin; beseems to have been kind
enough to Turlough, giving him a share of
bit bouse and of the proceeds of tbe land;
though declining, perhaps wisely enough, to
make tliem over to hlin by K'al document
Turlough said little, lived in apareiit friend
ship with hit brother, and bided bit time. It
came earlier than be expected.
Patrick, like most Wsetmeatb men at that
date, was a thorough Feniau at heart, and
managed to get greatly involved in the plots
which led to that most abortive attempt at
rebellion, In which the government appears
lo have knowu quite as much as the conspira
tor! themselves of the secret oouncils of the
latter. As a natural consequence, Patrick
wot "wanted," and equally at a matter
of course, be wut not to be found
by the police who invaded hit domi
cile. No one was there but Turlough, who
waa politeness itself, gave them a gloss of
whisky all round, and showed them with
some pride a deed of gift from Patrick,
which, iu due tegul form, made over to bis
brother Turlough the former's Interest lu
the farm. Clearly, nothing was to be done,
and the disnpioiiitod police had nothing for
It but to return to barracks.
In what part of Ireland Patrick lay hidden
during tha years that followed Peter could
not tell me, but it was on a spring day iu
IsTO that be came again, attended by certain
friends of hit as witneesue, to claim back the
deed of gift from his brother. The seven
days' wonder had passed, Ireland was quieter
than usual, and there was no more tutk of
prosecuting ex Fenlana Tht farm had only
beeu made over to Turlough that he might
manage It till better times came, and that
there might lie no danger of confiscation.
What could be simpler than that the rightful
owner should now reclaim poaannlonf But
he had reckoned without hit brother. Tur
lough tat unmoved by the passionate In
vective that was poured upon him, and
stolidly reiterated his assertion that he
had given Patrick full value for the
farm, and bad no Intention whatever of
giving It up. Words ran high, and doubt
less blows would have followed, bad not
Turlough at hut produced an American re
volver from his pocket, and threatened to
shoot every man in the house bit house If
they did not at once leave it Against tuch
a practical argument there wot nothing to be
urged, and the men left the hut, carrying
with them tht frantlo Patrick, mod with
rage and Orel with a true Irish thirst for
Their road home lay by Lough Oalllagh.
As they neared It Patrick broke away from
Ms friends, rushed across the quaking Devil's
Bcraugh, and plunged into tthe peaty water
with a scream of his brother1! name, mingled
with a ban. The party he had left stood still
a moment in horror, and then hurried cau
tiously toward the margin of the pool But
tbedeeperate man never roseagaiu. Some
thought that be must actually have twum
under water till be was beneath the tcraugh,
to as to render rascue impossible and make
sum of Uie anathema.
LVm tli.L lima fitrth nn livlna- man iwil.l
be avoid It, would approach Lough Gallia i
i - . , . n , . x-tj wl .
or epeaa a worn to lunougo j orieo. joe
lallMr waa Ant of from all human inimiuiiui.
ship, and driven to sulisist on the potatoes he
grew on uu (arm ami uie mini or a cow
which be kept there. Whether his terrib e
penance did hira good or not, Peter could not
say, but I hoed It bad done to, A man
whose heart was wholly bad would have left
me to perish in the ecraugb,
No one had dared to attenit tbe Boding of
Lha nu-tMM nf Patrick O'llrien: bus. alinnat
daily for years past, Turlough had been teen
working witn ms graip nere ami mere along
tbe margin of the lough and in the Devil'!
Scraugb iteelf, so the probability was that be
was eudeavorlng to flud his brothers body
rltMtJta a hiuia nt avnLti,- tha han nM.
uounced on the pool, or with tbe better ob
ject of giving (. lirutlan burial to the remains
of his vu-Uni. ao oust muld aav. though, nf
course, Uie peasantry inclined to Uie former
Ao doubt l baa nsot wilt ray acci
dent In one of tlio Holes be bad dug 'In the
tcrauBh, which had bod tlmo to cover itnell
with a treacherous layer of weed. The pop
ular opinion wot that Turlough himself
would tome day be drownea in tucn a oou-,
ami tbtu fulfill the weird of tha "wie
Wo reached Athlone that evening long after
dark, but In safety, to Peter's great turprlse
and telf congratulation. He bad been
thoroughly frightened by finding himself in
proximity to tbe dreadnd tpot, and for tome
time afterward boasted less than usual of bis
kuowledgeof "every bole and corner in the
bogs from Moato to Athlone."
e e e
I am an irishman I birth and education,
and have beard many weird stories in my
native laud, but seldom one which Impressed
me to much at that which Peter had told me.
It kept my mind bmty and my body wakeful
that night till far into tbe small hoiin. I did
not know which to pity the most the desper
ate man hurrying Into the pretence of hit
maker with anathemas on bit lips and a pur
pose of vengeance in bit heart, or the living
one who "dreed his weird," solitary amonget
his fellows, unbelped and unpitied by tbem. j
Ere morning I bad resolved that, to far as I
wot concerned, tbe matter should not rest
there, but that I would at once pay Turlough
O'Brien a visit, express my gratitude to hira
better than I had been able to do it In tbe
hurnr of tbe moment, and try to belp him,
at least by sympathy, if In no other way. He
had refused to accept the money; but ne
could scarcely decline a few articles, of use to
a man in bis circumstances, if brought to
him at aprstentand not at a reward, and
these might be my excuse for Intruding upon
biro. Truth to toll, I was rather doubtful at
to tbe reception I might meet with at the
"Man proposes, and God disposes." It It a
trite saying, but a practical ons. . When I
rose In the morning I taw tbe sky covered
from tenith to borisnn by a leaden pall of
cloud, whence descended an unbroken torrent
of rain, turning tbe street to rivers of mud,
and splashing on the pavement from
every gutter, as If the deluge were
come again. BngtrotUng was, in such
weather, out of the question, and I resigned
myself to the inevitable, though reluctnnfly,
as I knew well that when steady rain begins
In the County Westmeath In November with
a falling barometer, no man can say when it
will t.op. But I wot scarcely prepared for
the rainfall of that November. Ten whole
days it continued without a symptom of cessa
tion; then came a break of sunshine late one
afternoon, a fine night, and again rain in the
morning. When, ou tbe fourteenth day, the
mercury in tbe barometer that hung in tbe
anteroom showed tignt of rising steadily, In
place of Jumping up and down every few
hours, and Uie clouds thinned away and lot a
water glimpse of sun come through, we were
all thoroughly tired of inaction and indoor
confinement, and half tbe country was under
Next morning wot a glorious one, with a
cloudless sky ; and 1 started on my expedition
alone this time, as I did not think it fair to
ask Peter to accompany me, knowing his
feelings on the subject of my destination. I
found locomotion very diffcult, at the bogi
were ankle deep In water In tome places, and
once I thought seriously of turning bark; but
my good Intentioni were too strong for me,
and I ttruggled on. About noon I passed
the "lone tree" and came In sight of Lough
Oalllagh. It bad become a respectable sheet
of water by this time. The Devil's Bcraugb
was quite covered, and evidently my friend
Turlougb's engineering operations must have
been suspended for tome time past by tbe laws
of nature. The cottage still stood where I lost
taw It, and a thin wreath of smoke rose from
the chimney, proving that tbe owner was at
home. The stream below it bod become a
swollen river, moving sluggishly onward
close to the walls of tuu hut, having evidently
flooded the potato garden and fields adjoin
ing. I was pleased to think that I bad brought
a few luxuries with me, a pouud or to of to-
baoco and so on; for evidently Uie outcast
bail need of something to keep his Spirits up,
in view of the desolation around him.
Having thus reflected I looked again toward
the gloomy pool where I hnd to nearly lt my
life. Curiously enough, it teemed larger than
when I had viewed it a few minutes before. As
I tried to account in my own mind for this
phenomenon, I felt a trembling of the ground
beneath my feet; and, with a dull, sullen
roar, the whole bog, from Lough Uallingb
downward, splitaway, opening a vast chasm,
Ailed with black foaming water, and slid
away bodily toward the stream below. A
few yards it (hus moved unbroken, and then
split In every direction into a mate of
inlands, all borne downward by a resistless
rush of water, that had accumulated twenty
feut beneath Uie bog upon the impervious
mail sulisoil, and now bore away ita load tri
umphantly, In a roaring torrent, directed
straight uon Uie cottage by the stream.
At Uie first dull roar, I bad teen I teemed
to see everything at once the door of the
hut open and a man standing on the threshold
looking toward Lough Qalliagb. Then the
flood broke, and cottage and man vanished
like a dream In tht stream beyond, followed
by the great mosses of peat, which choked up
the bed of the channel and piled themselves
on tbe further bank like chaos. I am uot
aihanied to say that I turned and ran for my
Ufa. There was no saying whether my part
of the bog would not follow Uie other. How
ever, tbe release of the water had saved Uie
remainder of Uie peat; and I was able, by
making a long detour, to avoid that chasm
where once was Lough Oalllli, and to strike
the bed of the stream about a mile farther
down, where already a crowd of country peo
ple had collected, and were gating In bewil
dered astonishment at the devastation around
them. One or two ot the moat practical or
perhaps most apatbetio amongst them were
groping In the rapidly diminishing waters ot
the stream, and fishing out relict ot tht fur
niture of the cottage, which had been struck
by the first force of Uie released waters and
carried doun tbe stream In fragments, before
the mast of peat bad dammed tbe channel
"Hurroo, Johneeul" shouted one stalwart
fellow, holding on Vt a long' pole with a sal
mon gaff at the end ot It "Ishave a boult of
something weighty this time. Lend me a
hand, and we'll have it nut"
I knew instinctively what was coming, and
shrank from the sight The women screamed
and Uie men erueed themselves at Uie body
ot Turlough O'Brien was raised from Uie
water and drawn toward tbe bank. His
stern face with ita black hair looked
tut and ghastly iu death; and it bad a
great gash across Uie forehead, caused,
no doubt, by tome timber of Uie hut
striking it in the water. There seemed tome
difllculty lu getting tbe coqiae out of the
water, and It soon appeared that the right
hand held a death grip ot something which
looked like a bit of sir-ike browned rafter.
The salmon gsT was again used, and Uie men
raised Uie body and lu price together.
"Ood be betune us and all evil :" shrieked an
old woman, "Sure, It's hit own brother he
haaahnultof! Throw hira In again, boys, or
bad luck will follow yet!"
"Nonwnse." said I, hastily, seeing an evi
dent dlrp-vition on the part of the men to com
ply wivU injunction, "Surely Uiat thing
cant be body f
It wu one, however, shriveled ami dried
up tile a mummy, but neverthelese
preserved by the strange antiseptic
oowar of the peat, so that the feature!
.ra narfW-tlv recoffnlubla A man lit
the crowd identified it at ouce at wbat re
mained of Patrick O'Brien. Clearly It bad
been carried out of iu renting place by the
At a suicide, tbe priest refused to bury Pat
rick O'Brien la consecrated ground, and tbe
puh lo opinion against Turlough wat ao
strong tuat they did not dare to lay him lu
the graveyard. After the Inquest the bodies
were claimed by some man lu the neighbor
hood, who declared hlmsel! falsely, I believe
to be a relative of the deceased. No one
cared to dispute bis claim, or ask wbat he did
with tbem; but I have reason to think that
the country people buried him somewhere
near tht old site of Lough Oalllagh, by ad
vice of the "wise woman," who declared that
such was Uie only way to remove the ban
that bung over Uie place.' Chambers' Jour
nal White Hnrsee and Warm Weather.
"Did you ever tee a white or a gray horse
overcome by the beatf asked a well known
livery stable keeper yesterday.
Tbe gentleman to whom the -question was
directed put on bis thinking cap. Tbe rarity
of such an occurence bad never before sug
gested itself to him, and although be waa
among thousands of horses every day and hod
seen hundreds ovsreome, be could not recall a
single Instance in which a white or gray
borne had been prostrated by tbe tun't rayt.
'Tbe cases of prostration among white or
btb borate are very rare." continued the
horseman. "We have forty or fifty of tbem
among the 150 we employ, and I never knew
of but one that gave out from tbe effects of
the beat in my experience of twenty yean in
a stable. This, too, was hardly a fair case, as
tbe horse wot pulling a heavy coupe, which
wo overloaded, op one of Fairmount't steep
hills. His illness wat only momentary, and
at soon as be received a little care he wat all
"Can I account for itr
"Well, not exactly. But I suppose that
white or gray does not attract tha beat like
darker colors. You bave probably noticed
this in your dress. A black, shiny surfaced
coat seems to burn into your very flesh,
while a garment of light colored cloth ap
pears cool and breexy. This it probably why
white or gray hornet stand Uie heat better
They are not to susceptible to tht sun's rayt.
"Keep a sharp lookout after this, and you
will see Uiat rases where white or gray horses
uccumb to the heat aie as rare as the 'dead
donkey' In EnglamL"
A veterinary surgeon, speaking on the same
subject, tuid that Uie liveryman's theory that
the light colors did not attract the heat so
readily at Uie darker ones was correct
"This it well known," said the surgeon, "hi
many of the countries where the climate is
very warm, and for this reason alone hornet
uf dark colon are rarely seen. In Cuba white,
gray or sorrel bones bring high prices, while
blacks and dark bays can be bought for a
song. Tbe people of the wealthier cluss will
not buy them at all, and, as a consequence,
no dark horses are brought into the country."
Edison's First Speaking Phonograph
At illustrating the versatility and fecun
dity of Edison, the inventor, Mr. Edward H.
Johnson, president of the Edlrau Electric
Light company, tells a good story:
"I was traveling through the west for Edi
son," be says, "giving exhibitions of and lec
tures on the telephone. Edison bod previous
ly told me, in a casual way, that be believed
he could make a talking machine, and meant
to do It tome day. In a bunt of enthusiasm
at Buffalo I boasted that the wizard would
astonish them Kill more at toon at be could
find time to perfect bis talking machine. The
audience went wild over the announcement,
and it was tome nilnutoe before I could pro
ceed with my lecture. At its conclusion I
was besieged and congratulated by an eager
crowd, who extorted from me a promise that
I would hurry up that talking machine and
exhibit it first in Buffalo. I abandoned the
remainder of my trip, packed my gripsack
and started for Newark that night All tbe
way home I was wondering whether I hadnt
bit off more than I could chaw.
"Tom," said I, as soon as I could reach him,
"you must let everything else go and finish
that talking machine without delay. The
leople are crazy over it 1 made a bluff at
them In Buffalo, and the whole audience
called me down."
"All right," told Edison, unconcernedly.
"In three days he received from New York
the metal cylinder, and before nightfall the
phonograph wat an accomplished fact"
Now York Evening Bun.
A Funeral In Mexico.
A curious feature of Mexican life It the
manner of conducting funerals. The rich go
to the cemeteries In carriages, at elsewhere;
tbe middle classes go on tbe street can, coffin
and all, while the poor walk and carry their
dead upon their shoulders. When bone can
were tint introduced into the Mexican cap!
tal the manager of the Hue conceived the
Idea ot buying and retiring all the hearse.
Then he put funeral can on that branch run
ning to the cemetery, and the result was Uiat
everybody withlng to bury in consecrated
ground wat at bit mercy. It toon became
tbe fashion to visit the panteon in the horse
cars, and all except those twoextreme classes,
tbe very richest and Uie very poorest, now
avail themselves of the privilege.
One frequently encounten a funeral pro
cession of this kind en route to the grave, the
car draped in black if the corpse be that of a
man, or in white if it be that of a woman or
child; thecofflu exposed to Uie full glare ot
tbe sun and the gate of tba populace; Uie
horses, with their nodding plumes, driven by
a spruce young man In conventional uni
form, and the car containing the "mournen'
gliding gayly over Uie rails. The price of
this service is graduated to suit Uie taste or
necessities of the bereaved, and ranges from
$3 to $300, depending upon tbe hearse equip
ments, Uie number of horses and liveried at
tendant. Tbe Argonaut
Whlttler aad Robert Burns.
The poet WhitUer once narrated to the
Re. Robert Collyer this episode in hit early
life. Tblt It something like what he said in
his old quaint style: When I was on Uie farm
lu New Hampshire, and was quite young, an
old friend who was visiting Uie meetings
came to stay one night a ter supper he said
to me, "John, lad, I've something for thee,"
and then brought out of his saddle bags two
little volumes, which turned out to lie Burns'
poems. -I think thee'U like Uie book," he
added. I bad never read any poetry before
except Friends poetry, and thee'U know what
Uiat be. I began to read Burns' and was lost
In wonder. It teemed ts if tbe sky bad lifted
and the world widened, and I saw mankind
outaide Uie narrow bounds of Uie Frieuds. I
read on till mother came down and told me to
get to bed.
Next day, when the gray light wat dawning
I crept down and got Uie volumes, and read
as Ion : as I could. The old Friend came and
said, "Thee seems to like it; I'm going further.
and I'll leave it till I come back." That wat
Uie firrt revelation to me of what pot-y
may be and do. A good many folk find fault
with Hums. Tbey say Uiat hit poetry it im
pure. Does thee believe me when I tell thee
that I have not detected Uie least Impurity in
Uf Hia genius b so great and noble that if
Uiere be blois they are to litUe Uiat I dont
tee the. Home Journal
DEATH PENACTV IN CORE-
Peculiar Manner of Kllf Criminals
tbe Oriental Feaintuia.
. mi i. nacullor and Ii
iue manner oi mm - .
especially obnoxious to tbe C.tholloChrls
tlant, who are abundant lu tblt country- An
ordinary Roman crcet it tet ,p on i hg
cart drawn by oxen, i am --- -with
arm. extended, end be is thu. d raw.,
through the ttreeta. A -tar!
process on, announcing vu ' ,
. n,.ni.)Mrt. His friends are
me wan w iia f" : , , i..M,re
allowed to follow end protest
and bewail hit sad rate, " --- .
ment 1. usually visited .upon be toy
treason bat been glaring, "
friends It apt to be rathrr sroalL
There .r. two piece.
while Uie cwei pia j--- ,"m.rowj.
gate, on .hillside, where the
upon the city won nu ...
get . good view of the Interesting tight
Whether the primer, in bis "L
hus succumb! to the torture on the croe. or
not, on arriving at ine pia
is pioc face downward, with ,LU i uec-k upon
. block, when, by one stroke, tt it h I food
the bony, i ue unu - . .
into tbe city ana iam, i
"n. of the .treeu, where It must lie for three
ui- . .,nt that the people, and
jven the dogs, avoid that street for the time
iH ing, and tbe adjoining .hop. are closed.
n.ey count from the evening when the body
i. laid out till daylight of the third day, so
that the body only lie. there one day in re
1ity. The fonignen resident in the capital,
. .- It., .mailt, nf INM.
luring the ume following mo
when to many political criminals were exe
;uted, often stumbled upon these horrible
about the trecta.
On one occasion wheu the bodies were near
:he legation. Uie representatives w
ind asked for their removal
It should be uientionoit that tbe humane
kir a otiDOsed to this practice, which custom
xiiis still to demand. In case the accuser
ihould be proved an Impostor ana to uaru mr
.....u h. man fiilfUUV. the Dritoner or hw
;UC14 VUV ' J - a
friends bavo the right to demand an eyo from
aim. Their method of obtaining toe urn""
j quite novel, and if well performed It Is
nore expeditious than is ine inoueni
- ....utintt The rulnritis made
lietuuu ui - ,
stoop over and Is then bit with tbe loaded
md of a flexible stick upon a poi on wo
f tbe head,when tbe eye protrudes sufficiently
that it may be cut off. If, however, the
leople who wish the eye are not prompt in
loing the cutting operaUon, the prisoner may
juickly replace tne eye ana poesew .
liter iu peace, all of which is .aid to have
jeeti done many times, but unfortunately has
.( lwm vitiivimed. as vet. bv foreigner.
fcoul Cor. 8au Francisco Chrouiclu.
Poisoned by Mummy Eyes.
A weird interest attaches to mummies, and
heir coming to life, or exerting an occult in-
luence wheu resurrected in one day, has
urnlihed the foundation for teverul ro-
nances. Here is a prosaic and tire story,
vith the Kcene laid In mntterof fact New
Pork, which goes far to relieve the rorr.nncen
rom the charge of romancing. Home lime
igo Messrs. Tiffany & Co. received an Invoice
if mummies' eyes. I do not go so far a. to
ay that tbey were the actual eyes of leading
tititen. of Tbebet and Memphis, hut they
vera taken from the eye sockets of i .ummie.
ixhumed from EgypUan tomos. Tt y may
lave been the actual eye. reduced to Uie
lardnes. of .tone by Uie process of einliulin
ng, or tbey may have been only fabe eyes
Ike those used by modern taxidermists In
lerpetuatlng the life semblance of some pet
Hdo or Tabby. At all event, they wer
tubbed "mummy eyes," and Uie jewelen est
ibout getting tbem ready for the market
rhey-were amber colored,' opaque and luster-
It wot thought best to polish them before
etting, and a workmun was tet at the task,
3efore he had been long at tbe work he be
anie HI of a fever, and another man wat put
iu tie job. Ho, too, became ill of the same
tind of a fever before, he had spent much time
in the job, and three or four other workmen
vho succeeded him were taken with tho tame
ymptoms and suffered a similar illness, nl-
.hough others, working on other job. amid
he same surroundings and under the tame
omlitions, were enjoying their uwal good
lealth. Here it an excellont opportunity for
he Society for Psychical Research. Were
bem) illnesses simply a coincidence, or did the
iiummy eye. really exert some occult and
laneful tower for their own protection
Sew York Commercial Advert ter.
Yihj Corn Dread it Scarce.
Corn bread, once a staple and common ar-
ice of food, is coming to be regarded as a
uxury. Not only is this true of the north,
iut also ot the south, where Indian corn was
it one time preferred to wheat for making
iread. A Georgian said In explanation of
iie change: "Ihe complaint that a really
irime article of corn or Indian meal cannot
ie obtained in towns and cities is general A
wuntry miller told me Uiat he could not pro
luce good com meal by tbe use ot modern
rrinding machinery. The softest and best
lavoied meal it made from new corn. This
ho proprietors at large nulls refuse to grind.
To get good cormueal tbe grinding must be
lone slowly, and it must be given time to
ol properly bef ore it is moved. This can
uly be done in country mills, and the supply
j far behind the demand.
"Besides this, nornmeal cannot be kept long
without deteriorating. It it not In the matter
if bread making alone, however, that corn
meal hat fallen into disuse j it it let. used for
looking purposes generally. ' The great in
Tease in wheat growing and tbe improve
ments in the flour making line, together with
the high price of corn and low price of wheat,
is In pal t responsible for this state of things.
Few persons now use corn for economical
reasons. Many, however, would prefer it for
t considerable portion ot Uie ume, it a good
article could be procured. . The southern corn
Is preferred to all others, although the flint
corn raised in New England is an excellent
article; but it requires a large amount of
cooking. Corn that grows in the prairie
region or tbe west Is Uie most undesirable,
and as this represent, most ot tbe cereal uiat
is f orale it is not used to any great extent"
New York Mail and Express.
High Priced Peaches Abroad.
An American who recently returned from
England says that before tailing be noticed
one day a pUte of flue peaches among tbe
fruit of the dining room at the hotel He
inquired their price, and wat told that the
peaches were sixty cents apiece, and that
they were "a.1 or nothing" for Englishmen
is Uie fruit has not vet been brought in
quantities which inmre cheapness. Chicago
Tax Colleetl i-j In Morocco.
Mulcy Hassan knows bow to collect taxes.
inyway. Recently many of his subjects
aiunllesteu. a tendency to be delinquent.
Thereupon be cut off the bead, of a doxeu or
lo and .tuck tbem up iu front ot hi. palace.
to encourage prompt settlement on the part
ji iue oiners. u workeu splendidly. Evorv
leliuqueut taxpayer iu Morocco settled up
ji iuu.iwa.tuaj. .ew aom tribune.
LIGHT AND AIHY.
X Great Frobleaa.
we are problems In arithmetUl '
And geometric plus.
But tbeougbert of all problem.,
That with dread a husband Bile,
It to buy tbe earth "at special tale- .
Change of Base.
n .... T have an InflnnnS
Kanaa. Ulty iwp"' . .
of. feZw guilty of ell aort. of brutalitie.
which o3 to teud him to the poultontiarj
'orl"e Tf-ii- l.m .,n and TH da-
mand of tbe authorities their roaaon for not
. U'kn I. hut
arresting nun. . ., .. .
'Mulligan, tne inree t " v-
.i-hi Tht sluL'eer who licked the three)
"Remember the goldon rule, my boy,
Deal gently with the erring. '"-Omnhg
A Christmas Carol.
We loathe, abhor, detest, despite
The roan who does not advertise.
And when he finds after New earn
Enough to Justify his fean
That he laid in too large a stock.
That to his store folks didn't flock.
And half his goods are still on shelf.
He'll loathe, detest, despise himself.
. Lowell Courier
A Good Yearly Average.
'But, Mr. Sujierlntendent, you will admit.
I suppose, that your street cor. are outrage,
"Well, vet, In winter tbey are pretty cold.
of course, but you ought to be willlug to
take a reasonable view oi tne nuuwr."
"Reasonable view r
"Whv. certainly. Sow, U you should put
a thermometer In our can and leave it there
the year round you would find that with tbe
110 degree, above zero In tbe summer and
the 10 degree below tero in the winter we
tlrikoa pretty good average in tbe entire
year." Buffalo rows, ,
.The Inevitable End.
Although be covett It from birth,
And covets it through life's brief span,
Hun never, never geta tbe earth.
It is the earth that gets tbe man.
A Lover of Candor.
Impecunious Man I wish you would be
io kind as to loud me t-5. I'll pay you
bark In a few days. Candid Friend If you
had aiiked mo for the loan in a candid and
itralghtforward manner I would have lent
vou the money, but asking me in the way you
lid causes me to distrust you. "I don't under
rtand you." "You asked me to be to kind
u to lend you $5." "Yes." "If you had
been candid you would have said to me: 'Be
40 stupid, be such an ignominious ass, such
i hopeless idiot, as to lend ine $5,' and
you might have got it." Texas Sittings.
A Traveled Man.
Mr. Overtherhine (a Cincinnati drummer)
Yes, I've been an extensive traveler, Miss
uldo. For the post ten years I don t be
lieve I bave spent more than one month out
of tho twelve at home. .
Mis. Waldo (a young lady from Boston)
Oh, I think traveling is so interesting, and it
improves one so much, you know. You bava
visited Purls, Mr. Urertherhina
Mr. Overtherhine No, we have another
man for Kentucky; my route all lie. uoitr
of tho Ohio river. New York Sun.
I am only a small cigarette,
But my work 1 will get iu, you bet,
Fur the stern coffin maker
And grim undertaker
Will declare I bring fish to their net.
Science la Everything,
Young Mr. Wabash (of Chicago) Are you
Interested at all in muttera of a scientific!
nature, Misa Wnldof"
Miss Waldo (of Boston) Oh, very much.
Mr. Wabash You think, then, that every
one should possess some knowledge of
Miss Waldo Yes; I attribute much of our
Mr. Sullivan', phenomenal success to hi!
scientific ability." The Epoch.
Good Taste Misplaced.
Fair Visitor (to convict in for life
lering his grandmother) There is
of sweet violets for you, sir. Have
thing to complain of I
Convict Well, yes, Miss. I'm a
man, as you sue, and this striped
pleasantly emphasizes my stature.
to have something iu a pronounced
A sacrificing wife Is dear
Her husband well should prize her,
But the best wife this time o' year
Is a sealskin sacritlcer.
Detroit Free Presa,
All I'p With nim.
Wife I am afraid, my dear, that Clara"!
qunrrel with youug Mr. Sampson is a very
Husband Nonsense; they will be a. de
voted as ever in a few days.
Wife No, John, I think you are mistaken.
No girl will quarrel with her lover just be
fore Christmas unlets there are good and
sufficient reason, for it. New York Sun,
Of Nut Much Interest.
Lodv (to hiMhanib Vnn tnn't tall ma.
John, that eleven citiea were overflown and
millions ot people left homeless and starving!
Husband Yes, in China,
Ladv (diaaDDointedl Oh. In f,tn Inter
esting matters of that kind alwayt happen
such a provokingly long distance away I
New York Sun,
Live In the Present.
"Live, live today!" the sage has sold;
The present's ours, the future lent;
Regret not Christmases now fled;
Content be with the "Christmas present"
Father (who bat given hit consent) I
hope, young man, that yen know tho value,
of the prixe you will get in my daughterf
Young Man-Well er no, tir; I dont
know the exact vJue, but at near as I can
find out it's in the neighborhood of IjO.OOU
New York 8uo,
St. Nicholas and Culture Clash,
American Youth (aged 6) Now if the
effect of eighty bolu of electricity is equal in
applied force to
Santa Claus Holy Grail! is this the young
ster that I've brought a yollow monkey on
red stick fori Judge,
And He Gets It.
I OTKm. Im 1, tkt,l . i j . . i -
--"" i ,uvk auu u-rp s ine bw-i
And winter dava ar dmr ni
Mao wants but Uttlt here below
fcero, Boston Courier