EPEND H JL JO. RsptrnnoAir xvt roLitxei VOI HI. NO. ir. IlIlil.HIIOUO, AVAMHINGTON :UISXV, OllUOON, J-"IIII A. V. HUI'TKMllUll 0. tN J. 1'rloe Ten Crnli, "SIT ND EN JtfT 8WEKTUEAUT. Phu I nnlthur ahort nor lull. I tuthvr what I Hunk ruu'4 uall I JUal llw alMi Anil her Intuit anil Cert nru well, IU f ditto, and out Uill Ajijt U. Tiuittitb hrf)rff ara aurt and blua, Tnuv bat not tba brilliant bu fifth .an tet rbm In eh'lr dnttu I look, Lias a pKiirit In book, 1 haro hid L Net xi verr amll bur nuao la: fiaulter bir ohaak, iiau rones. Hoi aud whltos Ant 1117 imiai dima not otiitmltltia Mo tn ll bur nrnwn balr iriMvu, . bmiifb liulgbt. iiial a villa mal'kni ahn . lany laUloa ibat run ava Rank atiova bert I Mun hari scMoiu railed hr ireltr ' ) bava uxvor th iiiyht bvr wltiyi But I luve bcr. i, 0. UMhruae, tit Vntury MajiuInK I a KENTOMTt I.EAUl'E WITH THE SIS. Simon Ronton wa una oft ho most noted of I liu tally heroes of Kentucky, man of much Intelligence, wonderful oourage ami almost matchless muscular capacity. 1 In it ml imur llcllcfoiitaino, Ohio, In 18:1(1, at tlm advanced age of 'eighty-one year. Tim annals of tho border abound in account of bU thrill ing adventures; but one incident iu hi lite I have never soon in print, and therefore will repeat it a it ha broil told to mo by old hunter mid Indian flglitara, who know liim personally and heard It from h a own lip. In mv tril ling, however. It will luck much of Kuu 'ton's graphic way of putting tiling. IU wan a groat smoker, the mit fin portant supplies, next to Ilia weapon. Doing hi pipe, poncli mid tobnoco. 'Food and clothing ho could 'itpturn with Li gun, but not ho his to bacco; nndhrnro hi fcsil to lay in a uh'K ol hia luxury hcloru cltiii;f out in any oipcditioii. ltut tiro to lijrlit hia upe waa not ao rciulily nlilituiiiiiln, it ivinir no lilllo troulilu to iirnitii tolinoco by Hint and ntncl. It will bit rcnicm turad th:it friction iiihIcIiph wro not In common nto nutd yunra aftor Ron ton' a tly. At onn tlmo whi-n a prlaoniir in thn band of thn Itritlali nt IVtro t, he w:n partiuiilnrly admirtid by Kiir!lah ollli-uni on account of tti rrtat alrcnlli and courajfu. and tlie n.uny remarkublo ex ploit for which hi) wm f:iinoin; and one of tlu-HB olllccr-i, obanrv n hi fond nnaa for aniokin and the di'licnlty in lightinfr a pipe, pnncnti-d Kenton with a tiowortul iiiH'kct btirnin'r-irln.t'ior Icnu. .p. br which ha could in.ily foctii the my ol the inn on the toliacco nnd act it on fir. Till thln worSml rhnrnilnly, and for nmny rtf. whurmer lie wmit, held IU p'ai.e fu po,ni'h wivh hi pipe aiiTf itiiAl',' i. It I an Incldimt In which thn aim glaa noted a nlniilcai.t pttrt, which 1 bate resolved to rntnto. A Hummer or two After ho became pocaKor of the g;lii.M, ho wu nnin taken rnptim by a pitrty of Indinii. when nioofjnixinjr him nt once, resolvod to torture him to dentil iminedintelv, ao m to rid tlienuelvea of ao (ormidnlilo nil enemy before he ahould hnve time or clinnoe, to eacipe. A itnke wu driven ioto I ho ground nnd a ipiitntity of dry Uavet and WimhI piled about it, and then the chief apoko, in broken Kni llbh: J " Wldto chief hungry; cat fire, ho feel i butter!" f Kenton replied by asking thn privi lege of amokinjr hli pipe beuire Imni ii. Mow the Indinn of certiiin tribe were .always alnularly p;uneroiis in rii-.pome to inch reiiueat. especially n toward pipo ami tobacco they entcrlained a sort of religion deference. (If theao they never robbed priaoner nor dcapoileil .the bodiu of the aluiii; and among tho few aacred object buried with the dead, pipe were nlwny included. It wn on account ol Hut iiiporHtitioii iitnutity that the pl bore mich an import.tiit part in the reromonle of a council, and wu alwayiamoked na a bond of treiith between tribe entorlnjf into treaty to KCther. They never denied a enntive's ipieat ftr a amoku, nndthereforo Ken flriii wm lmmndinluly j;rittllled by a grunt of M.ioiit I After anourlntf hi feet mom firmly fwilh leulhern tlionn for they knew too well hi durin;; ami proweaa to five kirn any ndvnntnjro tln-y uiilHiiiinlliiii land that ho mK'lit fill nnd light hi pips nnd enjoy hH I ant earthly unokn. 'liellheratoly ha proeooded to crumble ,4i p the tobacco and pack iliutothe pipe ! bowl. This done, he platted tho loiitr iwomlen item in hi mouth, and semed ready for flint, ttcel nnd tinder with .which ro lljrlit the luxiin. With an other grunt a red man piuisod blni the oustnmar ary ImplumcnU; but, to hi groat aurtirlso, o, rkenum reunion mem. Then, with a driinintiu ircature. lie extended hi right hand toward the tun 4u mid-heaven, it belli? .nhout noon, and holillng it ihn with the burning plnat oln'peil Ix'tween 'the thumb and lore-linger, hedextrotmly brought It to a fnon on tho content of hi pifin, which la thli wny wa quickly ignited, nnd in a moment ho wna pulling cloud of nmoke from hi lip. Thla wn beyond tho wit of the avagee. The Inn being of glita and transparent, they had not observed it, and evidently believed Hint ho had lighted hi pipe by nimply letting tho fiMlght paa throiigh the circle formed tij hi thumb and linger. All uncon cerned hn puffed nwny, trbilo they (rnthorcd In an excited group a few yards dintant and diacuaand the Wonder In rninl nnd muttering. in a few minute he hud exhnunted the content of the pipe-howl and pro ecudod to rotill It. At till thn red men hcuniiiA illout, and wnt'died him at if cmi wero a aiipernntiiriil lielng. While orumtiling the tooneco tno flaa lay titiaenn nt hi aide, and when a Wna ready to light tin Again, with another mill more drnmntlo gesture, ho aolr.od tho ln and held it toward tho itin, and, with thrco or four eric of rayiterioti aud itartllng Import to tho Indiana, began whining the blulah artioke ut coolly a before. lty tht time the npuntttlon of the nvagca wa in ftill operation, and UioT were ripe fur alrnoat any dinplny uf X Anton (uppoied tupernatural K)Wr. Probably no people on the whole glube wuiu ever mie eiiiti'.'e to lut-'h In liu euro than the uativo tribe of Mortli America. What they could not com pruhvud thi y drendo l with craven fear, e-pocially ir it emanated from the tun orc'onU. Sea ii hia advantage, Kuu ton Ktre'cbud forth hia handairuin, hold ing tlio glaa ao a to kill. He the leave near him. Then with a vtrnngti, wild cry, he awiin; hi ariui aIkivo hi hend, adroitly ahillud the leim to hi left hand, and then ipilckly atarled a unudy In another p uce. Next, Htrug;llng to hi feet, Med though they were, he gave an almost iiipmhumuii luapjumping being Ken ton' a Mecinl foitu and brought lilra tdf to the huup of fngot that hud been gathered for his particular entertain ineut, nnd aentlug hiitisrlf near them, went through a paiitoniiniH more weird than before, whereupon a tlame bla.ud up nrotind the aluke, a if the victim were already faateiied to it, and ready for torture. Ills uext performance was to beckon to the chief to come and unbind hi au klea. The mytilled Indian hesitated, but llnitlly ventured cautiously forwa 'd, a if not dariii'; to diaoliev uch a man, and began with nervoti linger to fuin ble at the deerskin door. While tint enxnged, Kenton lifted ono hand, nnd instantly a lurid, blister ing xilnt of lire fell m tho red man' wrist. With an "Ugh!" ho Jerked hi hand away, only to foul the burning Jimmh on hi head. Thl wa too much for even an In dian' nervea; and with a cry of terror the old chief Hpiang away ami ran to the nearest tree, behind which ho took alielter. The re it of tho Ravage imi tated their leader, leaping behind ad jacent trees; and while with wondering eye they stared at Kenton, he pro ceeded leisurely to unbind hi own an kle. This done, ho waved hi arm towards tho sun at if giving thank or invoking further aid; and then went to a powder horn, dropped by one of tho Indinn, aud withdrawing the stopple, placed it as he wanted it, fixed hi tiii-gl:vs so thnt the focus would enter the horn, and Mapping toward the Indians ges ticulated fiercely nt them. Iiistautly there was a vivid Hash and a roar, the powder-horn tll-inppeared, and tho frightened savage lied as if tho "(ireut Spirit'' had suddenly come to tlestroy them. At this, Kenton considered himself master of tho field, and, in less time than it takes to tell it, Hung upon the lite whatever tho Indians hud left bo hind them, foiled his own property that they had taken from him, gun and garment, and made haste from tho scene. A few yenr-t later, when pence hrvl bi"en restored between Aiperio.uu and Knglish, nnd the Indian were on pa cilie tnriii with thn "Hunters of Ren lucky," Kenton had the plt-a-iurc of meeting nt a " pow-wow" with so.uo of the warriors who had i unloosed thn party a-i .IVytUy vW W.IJ Ly a asi:- g.nss. Iliey knew Ann at 'mice, and unwed an ungovernable fenras he c tine forward to nhnke hands, i Mi ring the iiow-wow'' ho often detected them gazing at him with furtive glance, and as no still hail tlio lens, he mitclilovoua lv seized the lirst opportunity to call tlown lire from the sun to light hi pipo again, accompanying It with strange gestures. Afterward ho learned that thoy be lieved him in league with thn "lireat Spirit," and able, if hn wished, to sum mon the nuii to battle for him. HVdti Awake. American Croroilllc. Kecent Investigations havo shown that tho crocodile is to be found in the lc4-fmiucntcd parts of Florida, where it has long been confounded with tho alligator, and a single Hicimen Is now among tho collection of reptiles at the Smithsonian Institution. The great point of dillcrciico between crouodiles and alligator is that the former live iu nnlt-wnter bayous or creeks near tho sea, while the' latter are to be found on ly In the fresh-water stream. Tho crocodile, cnymnn, gnvln nnd alligator are all typos of one group, the ('roco dllla. In these reptiles tho heart re somblo that of birds more tlmn that of any cold blooded animals. Tho ventri cle I completely divided by a septum into two chambers; thn venous and ar terial blood Join outside of the heart, and tho brain is bird-like. The muzzle of tho alligator is in a straight line, but that of the crocodile la much narrower behind the nostril. There are also other Anatomical diflcroncoa. Tho croo odile Is known among tho Indian as the 'long-nosed alligator." Tho Florida crocodile is the orocodlln acutu of Oli vier, and I entirely Identical with tho Jamaica species, but entirely different from the cayman of Guiana, South America. Own of tho uiost Interesting characteristics of tho American crooo. dile is the euro that It takes of it off spring. During tho breeding season specially thn reptiles utter loud crlesor shrieks that havo been compared to tho yelping of hounds or puppies. Aftor tho eggs havo baen burled by tho femalosho trotpinntly visit the nest, and when thn young are about to come out she has ht en seen to move about the nost in clumsy tendernes. scratching the shells and uttering a curious bark like sound that seems to excite the half hatched young to renewed oxoitlons to extrieato themselves from tho broken eggs. This accomplished, the mother leads her young from the river to the marshy pools, safe from predatory visit of the male. If hunted nt this time tho fcninlo crocodile exhibits the utmost fe rocity, and shows great running in guiding her young to places of safety, J'hn young are fudby the mother, as are many of the young sen birds, by masti cated food, disgorged for the purpose, Tho movements of tlio crocodile on tnnd, when In danger, are totally tliHerent from those of tho alligator, whosecl.tm y gait I so well known. Tho croco dile stand with their bodies olT (he ground, erect upon their legs, and make their attacks by sucrrsdve.Jiimp. The American crocodile, is not so savage as those of the Old World, yet numbers of Instances aro known whero their at tacks have resulted in the loss of Ufa, Chicago Tm$. For ond mllo of railroad It takes 859 rails, 30 feet long, f,1M) pounds of spikes, A,6.V),ponnds of fUh plates and 1,750 of bolt. The Peppy In China. Tlio date of tho introduction of opium in China is a moot point. Kvt n Sir Rob ert Hart, tho luspcctor-tieuerui of Chinese Customs, in hi report can say nothing more delinlle ab.iut it than that " Dative opium was known, produced and ned long before any Kitropean be gun the aulo of the foreign drug along tiie coast." Chiniinn n themselves are no belter informed; and it la only there fore, by references to the poppy and to opium in the literature of the country that we tan gain uny positive informa tion on the subject. The dictionaries tell us that tho poppy has at different periods boon known under the n.tme of iu me bwa, "imperial grain Uowoc;" Afe nang hwa, "grain-bug llowor;" aud Yinglulihwa, " pitcher-grain flower." ltolh the last litmus refer to thushapo of the seed-capsules, and the other finds an explanation in the "History of tho l,nter Han Dynasty" (A. D. L'.V.'.'O), where we read that at that period it wns the duty of two especially appointed court ofllcial to superintend tho making of Vu me (poppv-seod) cakes for tho Km peror's use. Of course tho seed of tho poppy do not contain opium; but It is obvious that some glutinous siib-tance must have been used in making up the rakes, and it is not a rash con jeeturo that the juice from the capsules was that used for the purpose. 1 his is the more probable sinco the Juice ha long been employed in a like manner in mak ing the cake known as "poppy-juice fisli." According to K'anghe cele brated Kneyclopu'dia (published in 1720). these cakes aro made of flour formed into dough by tho admixture of the juice of the poppy, and are then kneaded into cake shaped in the like ness of fish. Under the. later Han Dy nasty just referred to, the capital was in the province of S.e oh'uen, where !be poppy Is at the present date largely grown; but wo learn from the "Shwuy king uhoo," a work referring U a Some what Inter period, that the plant was not con ll nod to that district, since men tion is therein made of its nourishing also in tlm province of Kwang-se. The instinctive admiration which the Chinese have always felt for coloring, especially in flowers, has gained for tlio poppy aliigh place in their estimation, lint, from tho nature of the literature, the expression of their admiration must lie looked for mainly in the works of tho poets. Their enthusiasm forlbe tioppy blossom, however, is vastly heightened by an appreciation of tho charms of tho juice mill the strengthening tptalltics of the seeds; at all events, the-io virtues of the plant find prominent mention in Chinese poetry. With Yung Taou, of the Tang dynasty (A. D. 61S-907), the pleasure of night seems to hare pre dominated. While on a journey this poet was so enchanted by afield of pop pies, possibly because they reminded him of similar scenes in his native pro vince of S.e rh'itcn, that ho forgot (he I savs) all the griefs of ten' ' Uttiud mu 1 V travel. .The rr .wvvry1eh (I'J'.J- I Sl) dwehs, in ilti o.le, iti. the curative utid invigorating etleelj ? the poi'py ecds and juice; and Soo b'ting, of about the same period, a native of Fuh-kcen, t .1 l ... ... . 1. . .l.!..l. Iiraise tne ncuuiy oi inn piaui-, which ki speaks of as being grown "every where" (ch'oo ch'oo). Tho first medi cal man who speak of the juice of the poppy in a professional point of view is a certain Clioo Chin-hang, a native of Che-keang, who lived during tho end of thn twelfth and tho beginning of the thirteenth century. "At the present day," writ' this author, "many peo ple siiH'oring from cough and weakness take the juice of the poppy as a remedy. It is also a cure for fever Arising from damp, and for dysentery. Hut," h ad Is, " though Its value ns a metlicino is great, it yd kills men liko a double edged sword (Sha jin joo keen), and its use should therefore be avoided at all huaartla." HI. Jam' OazilU. An Agreeable Storekeeper. Old Jim Doolittle used to keep a store In Cottonwood, Neb., but ho is now out of the business. He was a very tieculinr salesman. If a customer didn't buy everything bo looked nt Doolittle re garded him as an open enemy. Ho took very little stock in the motto: "No trouble to show the goods." In conse quenco of his peculiar method of tinns acting business iHiolittlo's trade dwin dled until he wa able to enjoy all of that solitude for which his nature seemed to yearn. One day a lady strayed into Doolittle' s store and timidly asked the poor boon of looking at somo cheap calicos. Doo little clung heroically to his nail keg, and kept right on w hitling. "Yer want to look at somo prints, do yer?" he snarled. "If you please," repllod the lady. " Well, now, rf yor air going to buy some, I'll show 'em down; ef yer ain t I don't propose to unlimber the goods anil rauss up the couuter." Tho latly Hod. A man from the North Lotip stumbled on to Doolittle' ntoro nnd went In to buy a pair of boot. Tho stock of men's foot wear was not vory extonsivcly sort ed np, nnd every pair the Loup Fork man tried woro too small for him. Tho last pair of split leather kips were mournfully laid aside, and with a sickly smilo he said be guessed he had better go somewhere else. "Then yon don't want'no boot ter day," snapped Doolittle. "Yes, I ve got to havo snm butes, pardner, but It seems these air aro all too small enough." " Yer don't act like a man a wanted any boots," said Doolittlo, glaring at blm like a wounded hen-hawk. "They're too small, pnrdnor," "Don t you call me pnrdner, you old lantern-jawed snoozer. Y'er one of these linnicky chaps na can't bo suited Dowheres, that's what yer nir. What do yer have snch cussed big feet for, anywayf" " I guess I'd bolter bo a-going," said the Lonn Fork man, pulling on his old pair of moccasins and starting for tho door. Yer had thnt, yor splay-footed old mud-dobhlnr. Here, hadn't you better pom? back nnd try on the ease! Mobbe It'll lit one Vjf your hog-fat feet." Something like a crowd gathered la front of Doolittlo's store Immediately after this colloquy. There seemed to as) a kind of theatrical entertainment going on inside. Anon tho Loup Folk man would swing something over his bead a few times, and thou he would fetch the floor a thwack With It which made all the alalAster crockery and nutmeg-grater rattlo off the shelve. Tho boor was strewn with canned peaches, cove oysters, boneless codlisb and pant bullous. The du-t was so thick that tho excited audience could' t sue exactly . hat was transpiring with in, but from cerlubi ejoculatory sen tence, overheard It wa surmised that some one was trying to sell Doolittle a bill of goods on thirty days' time, five per oe.nt. olf for cash, ltut as he shot nut into tho heart of tho crowd, and lay there in a kind of soft, pulpy condition, his face highly ornamented with dis played ads. and cut, and a half pint of teeth scattered arouid liim. the assem bled multitude reverently made way for a lull stranger who issued from the store minus a hat. with a flushed face and a long rout don thn back of bis coat. Denver J!epti bliran. LerL Jaw. The fact that ihtfa have been thir teen deuths of boys between the ages of ten and sixteen year thU tffeek Irom lock-jaw (tetanus), and nearly all from wounds in the left hand from the toy blank cartridge pistol, has attracted general attention to the subject. The tov pistol most generally in use by bova thl summer is about four inches In length, nnd explodes a blank cartridge in a metallic case, with a paste-board or other thick paper wad, nut carries no ball or shot in tli cartridge. In or der to Insert the cartridgo tho breach of tho barrel is raised by pressing on thn finger-piece forward of tho trigger, but to do this the boy ta!;es hold of the bar rel with his left hand. !ih nmvdo press ing against Hie palm of thn hand, near tho ball of the thumb frequently, and raises the hammer w ith his right hand. In loading, however, unless tho utmost care is exercised, tiie hammer slip from the fingor and explodes the car tridge, while the barrel is held against the palm of the left hand. The ful minated powder, the wad, or the metal lic case of the cartridge. Inflicts the wound, which Is often so slight that a physician is not called in, even If the boy does not. Spartan-like, conceal his wound from hi parents until he is past rclie'. Many physicians say that it is not any special pungency or acrid ness in the fulminating powder which causes lock-jaw, but that a lacerated or jagged wound iu tho palm of the hand is more likely to result In lock jaw, because of the network of nerves and tho numerous blood vessels which conoeuter there and radia o from that po nt. One of the I irgest of these nerves, near the thumb, connects with the muscle of tho buck of the neck, and susceptibility to lock-jaw follows an injury to tho nerve near the ball of the thumb, espe cially, a weil as to tho otVJs alsd""lhci the palm. - Some plisioi:iowdcr used pert tluvt the fulminating Lt cartridges in thn manufacture of the thleh, infv it Umn iHin fs propert '.v J- ar.r -.,, irr 'V V'-"V mottes J f-u'm the ase at least ot the fatal case, ten. a Lnr . n the toy riistol came "5' - ..jiJ iltglit at lirst that the n.'j-f,TVt aajmy grazed. One physician i of opinion that there is nn epidemic condition in the atmosphere which causes lock-jaw to follow so rapidly such wounds as are produced by the toy pist l. The toy cartridge pistol referred to sells at retail for about twenty cents apiece. There is n smaller make of toy pistol selling from one to live cents, which hai no barrel, and, instead of a cartridge, a small, wafer-shaped chemical explosive is laid on a round plate on w hich the hammer falls. No serious accidents havo been reported from these, though sometimes when carelessly held too close to the face tho fulminate has In flirted a slight stinging. In reference to tho more dangerous instrument., nn intelligent merchant says that as long as they can be bought bovs will have them. For his part be would be glad if the snlo could bo stoped everywhere, but, perhaps, the only wny toeffectthat purpose will bo to prohibit the manu facture of the pistol by severe penalties. liuitimure Sun. Parasite of the Fly. A microscopical discovery, which may prove highly important in a sanitary point of view, ha been made by Thom as Taylor, M. D., microscoplst of the Department of Agriculture. About a year ago, while dissecting out tho pro boscis of a common house flv. Dr. Taylor discovered minute snake-like animals moving quickly from tho proboscis. Continuing his experiments from time to time since then, he found that house Hies nre very frequently inhabited by these animals, lie has found them gen erally in the' proboscis of the fly, al though sometimes they are found in the abdomen, and he thinks that since flies aro carriers of these minute snake-like animals, thoy may In like manner be conveyers of contagions germs, much smaller bodies. These animals meas ure about eight one-hundredth to one tenth of an inch in length, aud about two one-thousandths of an Inch in di ameter. They are clawed under the Nemntoidm, genus Anguillula, They aro much larger than trichime or so called vinegar eels. Mr. Taylor has found as many as seven of those ani mals In the proboscis of one fir, and three more in tho abdomen, ten In all. Sometimes nono are discovered, some times one only, but froiiucutly four are seen. Thoir presence is usually indi cated by a rolling movement In the an terion portion of tho proboscis. When this Is observed, if a drop of water lie placed upon It, the animals will readily lenve tho proboscis and take to the water. They are frequently observed passing In and out of the proboscis, to and from tho water, as if the proboscis was their natural home. A power of twenty-live diameters is sufliclcnt to ob serve their general movements, but for examinations of their structure from 2A0 to 600 diameters is neeessary. They are perceptible to the naked eye in cer tain light. Mr. Tavlor proposes to make the experiment of feeding Hies on tri chinnsed meat to test the possibility of trichina? or the eggs of trichime being taken up by llios. Scitntiflt American. a a 1 The shipment of strawberries from Long Island to Iloston this season was light when compared with former years. The total sh'pmeut were 330, i'.)0 quarts, which sold for an average of ten cent s per quart, or over 3:l,0;i0. The crop was less profitable and the season shorter than usuaU.V. 1'. Times. JXVtH 1X1) FIlil'EF.S. --San Francisco ho a population of 275,000, of whom 3,000 are Chine-.e. The plantation of F. A. Luling, about four miles below Ifuhnvillo, La., has been sold for 10 1,000. The pur chaser is Mr. Viterbo, a learned chem Ut of Paris, who Intends to make this a grand central place for the grinding of cane. '1 ho owner i said to he backed by largo means. The longest three-quarter Inch rod ever made wa rolled at the Altny (N. Y. ) Iron-works a few days since. It 1 Mi feet long, free of 11 aw, and plump from end to end. It I forty feet longer than any rod ever before producedia this or any other country, the next largest having been made In Pennsyl vania. The l.fe of railroad plant is not great. New roads, with iron rails and wooden structures, will need renewals, for the most part, within ten years. Ties will rot out In from five to eight years. Kails endure according to trat Lo, and, for light work, will last ten years. Good wooden bridges, when new, will be dangerous intenyears, un less covered. Ex-Governor Stanford's breeding and training farm on the Southern Pa cifio Railroad, forty mile from San Francisco, comprises about two thou sand acres, and is provided with every thing which a horse could possibly de sire. The stables proper cover an area of over 8,000 feet In length and 150 feet in breadth, and furnish accommodation for 550 horses, in whose care seventy, five men are employed. Chicago Timet. The total length of telegraph wires In the city of New York, including tele phono and burglar alarm wires, is 10, 100 miles. The Metropolitan Telephone Company leads with 3,500 miles, fol lowed by the Western Union Telegraph Company with 2.300. The weight of this vast amount of iron Is about 3,000, 000 pounds. Of the number of poles It is hard to estimate. The Western Union uses over 5,000. K 1". in. WIT USD WISDOM. To repent without mending one's ways Is to pump out the ship without stopping tho leak. Hope Is always saying there are better thins in store; but if the store keeper refuses to trust it is all the same to bim who has nothing. " Is it injurious to eat before going to gleepP" asks a correspondent. Why no, not fatally Injurious; but you just try eating after you go to sleep if you want to see a circus Burlinglun llairk- eye. The safest sort of love for a voting man to indulge in is se'.f-ljve. In tho . i 77 " w'e seconil.vno can Wh... ... - L i " - na:r mv wonjjTC o.r !, sold Miss Tibbs. the tea-table. yye are goinjr to have a musk-ale. I lihlnk. I ii. rfi - -.,il -fl-r--r-xwU tK ro ., "Seems to me, said Jones, the un daunted, "1 would try something I could come within less than a mile ol." Miss T. say sht thinks Lieutenant Jones is horrid. Boston Transcript. Dog stories should be written in purple ink. Washington Critic-. And if told verbally, the tale should be re lated in a wnggin. Seat Jersey Enter prise. And the writers should pant for fame. Chicago World. Gentlemen, the one- is a good one. but you have em barked oh a long trail. Adrian Sews. Cur-tail it by all means. The Alert. "When did George Washington die?" asked an Austin teacher of a large boy. "Is he dead?" was the astonished reply. " Whv, it Is not more than six mouths ago that they were celebrating his birthday, nnd now he is dead. It's a bad year on children. I reckon his folks let him eat something that didn't agree with him." 2'exas Sij tings. " Gracious, Sybllla, how Connt Champignon sneezes; he is unaccus tomed to our oliroate; go and tell him to come away from that window." The Count was a delicate-looking little fol low with an enormous endowment of capillary decoration on his upper Hp. Sybilla, whom her mother mentally ro served a a sweet matrimonial boon for the Count, moved toward him at a Chi ef go canter, aud archly attracting his attention by a sharp thrust in thn ribs, exclaimed: " Count, I've got a message from ma to you." "Ah, zat is so vera kind," ho murmured, with agaze of ad miration nt Sybilla, who continued: " Yes; she snys if you takeoff that mus tache and pui it on your head you won't be so apt to catch cold," Chicago Timet. Admitted IU " Who paid ther fnre In cent an' ony put four ou 'era inter tho box?" called out a Uangor street-car driver as he pointed bis sharp face through the open car door. Three men and five women snt as mo tionless as if made of pasteboard. "Was it you?" said he, pointing his finger that stuck out through a hole in his glove, at a fat woman. "No sir, 'twnnt no scch thing." " Was it you?" and he pointed at Dan Peller. "Nary, I'm a vartuous member er lety," answered Dan. So they all deuied It, and the driver proceedod to remark: " Well, I'm glad 'twaut none of ye, for one of them ceuts is er two-dollar-an'-a-half gold niece, an' the coinp'ny is ga'ner of two htinderd nn' forty-uine cents by that spec'lntion." " My stars an' garters!" exclaimed Dan, "that's Jcs' like ad my financial 'vestments. I wasa-tryin' ter beat the coinp'ny out on 'er cent. Gin it back tor me. Here's ver tent," and lan thrust both hands down into his pockets, while an aghast look spread all over his broad expanse of freckled face. " Yer tu cnto. mister feller. Git up, olo Jack," and he drove on. Dan exolaimed: " I sntim, I grow fooler an' fooler ev ery day, an' I'll sign er temp' ranee pledire agin having any more money, co f lose it so slick." "Then don't try to client again," said benevolent looking Individual. "I Jes won't. 1 don't hnve real hard sense like a mill has, an' I'll jes sign over all I know ter my wife, and Join onto bankruptcy." ihtniit 'r I'rts. Fish rmen' Superstitions. A book about the Gloucester fishermen says that fishermen are famous for their superstition. One of their newest ones works roost beneficially to science. Many of the most important contributions to the fish department of the National Museuui at' Washington come from the the Gloucester tidiermen, who have de velojied a great interest in the work, aud save for the museum the rare specimens frequently taken during their voyage. They carry spocial tanks for preserving these collections, and believe that these tanks are the means of bringing good luck to a craft. The old belief In lucky and unlucky sailing days 1 said to be dying out among the Gloucester fisher men, a fact said to be due. In a degree at least, to the sharp competition that has sprung up. It i not an unusual sight, when a tine Friday come after a spell of bad weather, to see a largo fleet spread tan ana arparx itir tno nstiing ground. A belief in "Jonahs" prevail among fishermen. A Jonah may be something animate or inanimate, or even tho result of the actions or accident of persons; in fact, almost everything that is supposed to bring ill-luck is called a Jonah. A vessel regarded as unfortunate is thus said to be a Jonah; it is often difficult to obtain a crew of good men for her if men are scarce, although she may be well adapted for the business. Equal trouble is also sometimes experienced by expert fishermen in securing a berth aboard a vessel, becanse they have the reputation of being Jonahs. It occasionally hap pens that some vessels meet with ill-fortune for years in succession and under such circumstances, that evidence of thuir being Jonahs Is as strong as proofs of holy writ A singular cir cumstance of this kind Is recalled. Sev eral years ago a new vessel was brought to Gloucester from the port where she was built. She was of the largest class employed in the fisheries a beauty In model and rig and tho skipper, who was a young man and part owner, felt a commendable pride in hi tine schooner. One day, however, an acquaintance of Hie Captain said to him while the vessel was being fitted for her first trip: "I'm sorry you have had that vessel built." When asked for his reasons he contin ued: ' I have known the man who built her to launch more than twenty schoon ers during the past few years, and none of them ever made a dollar for their owners, while few of them hav lived more than two or three rears, being either wrecked on the shore or foundered at sea." Strange to say, tho first Capt ain who sailed in this "schooner had no luck for nineteen months, although he had previously been fortunate and felt a pride in hi business. Finally, becoming disgusted and somewhat disheartened, he sold out his share in thn vessel and loft her, almost convinced that what had been told him by hi friend was not far from the truth. The schooner (not ret two years old) was lost at sea on ter next ova?e. The Captain nnd two of It) ere' were vlronvneti, ana xn survi vors, after enduring much suffering while lashed to tho wreck, wero finally taken off aud returned come. This schooner was continually meeting with ill-fortune from the day she first sailed out of Glou cester harbor to the time of her wreck. The belief in Jonahs fortunately often meets with rebuff so severe as to hinder it from becoming anything like a general one. One skipper once inquired of another, nodding his head in the direc tion of a man who was at work on the vessel: "Are you goinc- to carry that man?" Receiving an affirmative reply, he continued: "You Won't get anv hsh, then. He's a regnlar Jonah." There ply was: "Jonah or no Jonah, he goes this trip anyway." The trip in question proved a successful one, and nothing more was heard of the roan being a Jonah. Wesley's Tact. The following anecdote of the founder of Methodism has, we believe, never been published. It reaches u from a trustworthy source, anil it Illustrates in a remarkable manner the mingled tact and piety of that eminent man: Although Wesley, like the Apostles, found that his preaching did not greatly affect the mighty or the noble, still he numbered some families of good position among his followers. It was at the bouse of one of these that the incident here recorded took place. Wesley had been preaching, and a daughter of a neigh boring gentleman, a girl remarkable for her beauty, had been profoundly im pressed by his exhortations. After the sermon esley was invited to this gen tleman's house to luncheon, and with himself one of his preacher was enter tained. The preacher, like many of the class at that time, was a man of plaia manners, and not conscious of the re straint of good society. The fair younsj Methodist sat beside him at the table, and he noticed that she wore a number of rings. During a pause in the meal the preacher took hold of the young lady's hand, and raising it in the air, called Wesley's attention to the spark ling jewels. "What do you think of this, air," he said, "for a Methodist' hand?" The girl turned crimson. For Wesley, with hi known and expressed aversion to finery, the question was a peculiarly awkward one. But the agod evangelist showed a tact which Chesterfield might have en vie ;. He looked up with a quiet, benovoleut smile, and simply said: ".The hand is very beautiful." The blushing beauty had expected something far different from a reproof wrapped up with such felicity in a com pliment. She had the good sense to say nothing; but when, a few hours later, she again appeared in Wesley's presence the beautiful hand was strip'vd of every ornament except those whic.i nature had given. Iiondon Society. A New York Jenkins rises to re mark: "The Princess Hrancnccio, the daughter of Mr. Hickson J. Field, of New Y'ork. and niece of Mrs. John Jay, s living in a fairy palace at Home, with gardens so largo that fountain, lake and even the ruins of the baths of Titu and th.i golden house of Nero all have place within thrm. Her mother, Mrs. Field, live with her." A Polish woman, a fresh Importa tion, to'd a Milwaukee directory can vasser her name was"Suilwan. He asked her to spell it. She couldu't; but brought him an envelope directed te bar. It wa "Mr. Csalawsoranoa." USEFUL ASD HI GtiESTITE. Governor Bloxham, of Florida, re-! port that one of the most marked In dustrial features of that State i the teu drncy toward small farms. The present trgh prices are con vincing proofs that farmers have not been able to overstock the market yet. There is plenty of room for more farm ers in this country. Good spice cake: One cup of sugar, one half cup of butter, yelks Of four egs, one-half cup of molasses, ona-haLf cup of sour milk, two-and-a-half cups of dour, one teaspoonful of soda, and a teasgioonful each of ground clover, cin namon, allspice aud nulniog. The Household. Fish fritters: Remove the bone and skin from any cold fish. Make very fine by pounding in. a mortar, add ing equal proportions of bread crumbs (not too dry) and but mashad potatoes. Stir in a half teacupfu! of cream, two beaten egs; season with cavenne pep per and salt; form into small cakes, and fry m butter or lard. According to the Germantown 7' graph a good remedy for ridding the bushes of the currant worm, and one that has been tested, is " to wet the bushes with a watering-pot, and then dust them thoroughly with sieved cotd ashes. Repeat both one or two consec utive mornings stiould it bo deemed nec essary." Every cook knows how disagree ble it is to hare the nutmeg or cinna mon which is added to cream and sugar for pudding sauce rise to the top of the sauce, and when it is served to have the first spoonful taken out too highly flavored and the rest without taste. To remedy this mix tbe nutmeg or cinnamon with sugar before pouring on the cream, it will then be gradually distributed through the sauce. Pour the cream on a little at a time, and the spice will tend to dissolve. -V. Y. Post. Mr. Nelson Ritter, who has handled many thousand dozen eggs in his time, tell the Uural Aeio Yorker that the largest bo ever saw measured 9 inches around one way, 7 the other, and weighed (i ounces. The next was a tritie smaller, weighing five ounces., Inside each of these was an ordinary sized eg?, with shell hard and com plete. Mr. James J. H. Gregory says in the same paper that the sugar pumpkin Is a trustworthy cropper, nearly as fine grained as the marrow squash, and very sweet. Hired Help, Much has boen written and many dif ferent plans proposed as to the best and most economical plan of hiring neces sary help about the farm. The M sav ing, if you want a job half done, aeud if well done, go yourself." is very appli cable at the farm, .but, alas for human sndurancel there Are tinvj-1?" (.riimarr Vt-f iu, '"M Keep up wuh the Work to be done, and tbe farmer is obliged to look to some one else. On many of the larger farms only two, and many times three or four, hands are kept busy all the year around, and especially is this the case where much stock is kept, and where it is the rule to feed all that is raised on the farm and sell the products in condensed forms. Where this I the en se hiring by the year is best, as by that mean you are not expecting a change at the end of every month, your help get better and better posted as to your way of working and manners of feeding and attending to your stock, while the help. Knowing he U sure of his place, takes raore interest in his work and is better satisfied and will look more to the in terest of his employer than if he wero only working by the month. He soon understands what is required of him, and Is better prepared to perform hia part. On large farm where help Is required, continuously the surest and most relia ble help is obtained by having men with families, furnishing them with a small, comfortable house and a garden patch and paying them by the year. Labor ers of this class are, as a rule, better content, less likely to want to change, and more trustworthy, and they will look more to their employers' inter esU, as they know that their living and that of their families depend upon their faithful performance of their work ahd onthe success of their employers finan cially. Day help Is generally the dearest ot all. as the laborer demands higher wages where he works by the day than If he is working by the month or year. Then he has no interest except to put In the time as easily as possible, as he has no assurance of anything further when night comes, hence he does not accomplish as much as if employed per- manently. Then, generally shaking, the class who go around working by tha day are those who have not been able to secure work by the month or year generally the poorest of the laboring classes as regards ability and willing ness to work. This is not always the case as circumstances sometimes com pel the best of hands to be working by the day. A good, reliable hand can generally obtain steady work with very little trouble, and if he has a reputa tion for doing good, honest work, he will find very little difficulty in securing work by the year or month. Cor. Rural iVetf Yorker. Change in Feod Essential. If one boy were to say to another that he could not eat one quail, or part ridge, a dav for thirty day in sncce ion, very' likely the challenged boy would reply that he could. At first glance such a thing would seem not only possible but a desirable task, for the iiuail is a vary toothsome bird. Never theless, many have tried to do it, and theie is only ono Instance on record wherein the eater succeeded. In Fob ruary, 1870, two men, both of whom lived in Washington, made a wnsrer In regard to the matter. The man who did the eating was a broad-shouldered, mus cular person. He selected the hour be tween nine and ten in the morning, and ate a partrldi-e. in the prcsor.c of many people, during that hour every day, for thirty days. On the lat day he w a so nervous as to lie almost unable to write his name, and since then be has suf fered a great desL Of coarse, such wagers are foolish to a certain extent, but we learn from this experiment that change In our food i absolutely neoea ary.