The Columbian. (St. Helens, Columbia County, Or.) 1880-1886, May 11, 1883, Image 1

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Yoa tay that my If fe U a round oftci!? '
Th stalwart farmer mM.
"That I scarce can wrent from the oft-tilled soil
My pittance of daily bread?
Well, what yoa tell me la part U true.
I am seldom an Idle man.
Bnt I TaJue tne bladings of rest, aa you.
Who hare muU of it, never can.
"And, lurely. I never have worked In vain.
From the uprtog to toe eoldeD fM;
Tbe harvest has ever brought waving grain.
Knoagh and to pare for .11.
And when In the evening freed from cate,
I see at my farm dome lvr
My wlf-i ana little cues waiting there.
On. what has the millionaire mart!
"My coil Iren may nt ver have horn dad weal th ;
Tti-tr Jives may at tiia? be ruuti;
But if In their hmi thvy have iove and health.
They will nod Uiee riches enough.
The only land they will ever own
Js the laud that tho trcn right arm
And the patent, fuatle-- heart loue
Can till to a tortile lim.
I have nothing heyond ray simple want
And a little lor e!udy lavs;
But no grim rx-cwe my homtteid haunts.
hncb ascliver aud g-4d mtght raie
Around me are t-yeo thtt wi'.n rparkllng mirth
Or with placid cut dIdipeI hUe
.Atid no wealth cl K--d lord upou ail the earth
lias a lot more bteased ttiau mine.
"Oh. ves. I'm laboring all day lot.
With the mind aud tbe mu-cle. too;
But I thank the Lord, who has madd me strong.
And given me work to do.
For what, ineeed. la the idle drone
BU' a vampire on ilia od.
Beeping fruit that by ota-rs was nown .
And not by his own tight baud!"
'. Upper.
It was nutting time. "
A blooming Land of peasant children
had gathered from far and near to Lave a
merry day amid tbe nut trees and
I say children but girls of 15 and
lads of 18 end 20 were scattered through
the chattering group.
The nut harvest was a joyful time to
The young are always attractive in a
certain way. The undimmed brightness
of the eye the satiny smoothness of the
completion the happy smiles hovering
. around the rosy lips each has a beauty
to itself; but add to the youthful face
the charm of perfectly chiseled featares,
and of lustrous brown eyes, looking out
upon tbo world with an innocent wonder
" at the changing scenes of loveliness so
' constantly unfolding themselves before
them frame it in a mass of shining,
wavy gold of nature's own crimping
and poise it upon a form so lithe and
lender in its exquisite grace that Praxi
teles might have chosen it for his model
and you can form an idea of Rika
Bremer, the acknowledged beauty of the
whole surrounding country.
And there was a romantic story about
her going the rounds. . . ,
Ii was said that no leas a personage
than Prince Eric, the son of the great
and good Gustavu9, had been standing
one morning by one of the palace win
dows to witness a luetic procession,
whioh had been gotten up in honor of
some important victory, recently won by
his famous father, aud as he stood gaz
ing listlessly out, his eyes brightened
suddenly, and he turned to an attendant
and whispered a few words which caused
him to hasten away. When he returned
he was not alone Rika was with him.
Prince Eric's beauty-loving eyes had
been attracted by her, as she had stood
amid a group of other maidens, looking
at the gayiy-dressed columns of her
countrymen tiling by.
She, too, was in holiday attire, and the
black velvet jacket, fitting closely to her
slender figure, and adorned with silver
gilt buttons, brought out so vividly the
exquisite fairness of her skin, with its
rose-leaf tints of red upon lips and
cheeks, that she looked like a being of a
different sphere as she stood amid her
Confused aed blushing, she now
awaited the Prince's pleasure. She dared
sot raise her eyes to his face.
Had Bhe done so she would have been
overpowered by the earnestness of the
gaze with which he regarded her.
From the moment his eyes rested upon
Rika's face the world held but one peer
less woman to him.
It mattered not that his younger
- brother, Duke John, was then in another
kingdom, wooing for him a royal bride,
upon whose brow rested a diadem, whose
splendor far exceeded the one which he
was to inherit upon the death of his
No. In that moment Elizabeth of
England was forgotten. The peasant
maid who stood before him had become
the queeu of his fancy.
"Thy name, little one?" he asked.
Rika raised her eyes to the handsome,
earnest face, but dropped them timidly
asfshe met his glance.
"I am Frederika the forester's daugh
. ter your majesty."
"Nay, not yet crave I for that title,
maiden. Young blood musthave its vent,
and I am glad to know that the cares of
government are not soon likely to rest
upon my shoulders, bioad though they
With a smile he glanced at his stal
wart frame, which was acknowledged to
be one of the finest Hpecimens of phyei
cal comeliness in the country, as was his
face called the handsomest of any prince's
in Europe.
Rika courtesied rospeetfully, but did
not reply.
If the gracious prince chose thus to
address as an equal one of the humblest
of his father's subjects, she knew well
her position.and was to the fall as proud
of her unsullied innocence and integrity
as the haughtiest miid iu the realm.
Her shy modesty added to her beauty
in Eric's eves.
"Where livi-at thou, Freilrika?"he
asked, Bcltly; "for I would we'll like to
send thy father a commission to fell
some trees which much interfere with
the comfort of the King's hunting par
ties in the forest.''
This he suid, knowing intuitively that
it would startle Rika to give her his true
reason and say that he iutended to start
out himself iu quest of fairer and more
preoious game which must be ensnared
in tenderer toils than those at the com
mand of tbe keenest Bportsmau at his
father's court.
After a few words more he suffered
. Rika to go. But the sweet memory of
her presence went not with her. It nes
tled deep within his heart.
After tbii interview scarcely a week
passed that did not find Eric's step3
turned in tne direction or cue iorester s
cottage. !
A glass of milk from Rika's own white
hands was the draught most preferred by
the royal hunter although out of cour
tesy, he would sometimes accept a mug
of mead from the sturdy old father.
Matters were in this stage at the time
our story opens. j
The nuts were gatherec. ,;and the
merry "groups bad dispersed jto their
various homes, with the understanding
that they should meet again; the next
day and go together to the palace and
dispose of their treasures. '
The next morbing found them on their
way, dressed in their best, as became so
eventful an occasion in their usually
monotonous lives; for roj-alty had such
a glamor to uninitiated eyes that the
mere sight of tho walls which shut it in
is eagerly coveted.
It was a pretty sight to any; one who
might have been stationed at the win
dow, to see that blooming procession of
neatly-dressed lads and lasses, as they
wended their way aloug with many a
merry laugh and jest, until at last tney
halted in the great square before the
But to the watching eyes of tho prince
who had received a hint of the coming
of the nut-gatherers there was but one
face worth looking at among the throng.
"Come," he said to the courtiers who
were standing near, "let us go j down to
the square aud make the hearts of yon
merry rustics even merrier to-day by ex
changing some coins for the nuts they
have with them." '
A prince's suggestion never lacks for
listeners, nor for followers, and soon
the rich toilettes of the court people were
scattered about amidst the crowd in the
square. !
Eric's steps were turned at once to
wards Rika.
He soon possessed himself of her nuts;
and after paying for them lavishly in
golden coin, he took from an inner
pocket a locket and chain, which he gave
to her, saying:
"Wear it for my sake. Ther is no
one who would look fairer in it. You
ought to be a queeu, little Rika, and I
will yet make you one.
Before Rika had time to realize aught
but that his words had filled her heart
with a bewildering sense of happiness,
be had gone, his gift alone remaining to
prove that she had sot been dreaming.
liut sue soon came to ner sooer senses.
It was well known that KingOustavus
had been holding negotiations with the
maiden queen of England to induce her
to bestow her jeweled hand up his elder
son, and it had reached Rika's ears.
Such a thing had been known as a
maid of low degree being wooed and won
bv aroyfd suitor. Theteje of Grisel's
happiness, and of her woes as well, had
been a favorite one among the folk-stories
told around the humble hearths of
the peasantry ; end if fate had ordained
it to happen to her also, Rika would have
been as glad and proud a maiden as ever
the sun had shone on. But she would
listen to no words of love from one
whose hand was as good as given to an
other. Thus she thought as sue walked slowly
So the next day a little barefooted boy
the child of a neighboring farmer
was sent to the palace with by Rika with
Prince Eric's gift, carefully tied up in a
piece of linen cloth, cut from the corner
of a web, which she herself had woven
from flax raised from the seed, and pre
pared by her own deft hands. ;
Could the unconscious trinket have
told Eric that Rika's eyes had lingered
lovingly and regretfully upon it end that
she had pressed it to her red lips again
and again, it might have lessened his
chagrin in receiving it back again.
As it was, it only kindled anew his de
termination to win Rik for his own, be
the consequences what they might. It
should not be said of him f that a low
peasant girl had given him, the Crown
Prince of Sweden, such a rebuff.
lie threw u large cloak over his rich
conrt suit, and, thus disguised, he
mounted Olaf, his favcrite hunter, and
hastened toward Rika's home.
Hot anger was contending, with his
love for the rustic beauty as he rode
along. !
But when he at last reached the bor
ders of the cleared patch of land in the
forest which held the little cottage, had
dismounted from his horse and tied him
to a sapling, and found himself standing
at the door awaiting her answer to his
rup, all was forgotten but the thought
that he was soou to gaze upou the beau
tiful face that had haunted his fancyso
parsistently since lata had first brought
it before him.
Rika opeued the door aud stood for an
instant in glad surprise, gazing up into
her lover's face in utter forgetfulness of
the difference in their stations.
"Ah ! little one, thy face for once tells
me all tha I wish to know. Thou lovest
me! I see it in those eyes." i
Aud before Il ka had tim e to retreat
he caught her to his heart and imprinted
passionate kisses upon her trembling
Suo drew herself from his encircling
arms and stood panting like a frightened
fawn. '
Then she threw herself at his feet and,
clasping her hands entreatingly, she
said: I
"Oh, most noble prince, let it not be
put against thy rwcord that innocence
aud virtue received no respect at thy
hands ! Qo, I entreat you 1 j Should my
father return and .find thee here, he
would surely first kill me and then kill
himself, in shama and despair ! Oh, go!"
"I mean thee no hrui, Rika. I love
thee; and when one loves he hurts not
the object of that love. To win thee, I
wiil give up my heirship to the crown to
my brother John; and while he wears
the diadw upon his brow, I wiil con
tent myself with love and happiness
w ill) t!i t I
"Not so, noble Erio," said Rika, firm
ly, "if thou wouldst make such a sacri
flceT"!, for one, will not be a party to it.
After such a marriage entailing, as it
would, so much loss love would prove
but a transient guest within our home.
Reproaches would drive the fickle god
"Tell me the truth. Rika," interrupted
Eric, with passionate earnestness; "do
you love me ?" t
"So well that I would rather did than
know that harm would come to one so
noble throuch anv influence of mine.
"And yet you refuse to make me hap-
"I refuse to work your ruin, noble
prince. The present is not all of life.
But see the sunlight has already reached
the middle point of yon dial ! In ten
more minutes mv father will be here. If
thou would 't shield me from harm, go!
"I will obey now, but I will not prom
ise to give up the hope whicu lured me
l-'ther. Farewell, for a time, most ob
durate maiden."
Then, with along, lingering, regretful
look, the prince turned and departed.
Days and weeks passed on.
At last came a time whioh was to
plunge the nation into mourning. The
good and groat Gustavus was stricken
with a mortal illness.
He died, and was laid beside his kingly
progenitors, and Eric was the reigning
sovereign in Sweden.
Tonng. impulsive and his own master,
with heart filled with but one image, is
it to be wondered at that he saffered no
obstacle to delay"his union with the
maideu of his love, after the days of his
mourning' were fully accomplished, and
that'the pretty nut girl of Sweden be
came its crowned queen ?
House Decoration.
If you have not a book case, make one,
or two looks better if you wish to fill up
the recesses each side of the chimney.
Any nook, or a corner will do, though a
corner is rather harder to fit up. Have
a carpenter make you some very smooth
helves, and fit them into place from the
floor only breast high. Do not paint or
stain them, but rub them roughly with
oil, except the top ane, which should be
covered with a bright cloth. Finish
the edge of the shelves with a strip of
scarlet leather-cloth pinked on each
edge, and fastened on with brass headod
nails. Make a pretty curtain to hang
across the front. It may be of dark felt
cloth, trimmed across with bright bands
of cloth feather-stitched on, or of any
crash worked in outline embroidery, or
of any material or color which will har
monize with your carpets or curtains.
Hang it with brass rings (whioh you can
buy of any upholsterer) on a pole whieh
should be fastened in front of the top
shelf (we forgot to say, in in its proper
place, that the top shelf should be nearly
2 inches wider than the others). The
pole may be ordered with the rings, or
you can take up a section of pipe (or a
broom stick) and gild it with prepared
gilding, bought at a paint shop.
To support the pole, have your car
penter saw out a couple of small brackets
with a bole m the center just large
enough to admit the pole.
Faften yonr ctinMn to the rings, put
the rthgs on" the pole and the pole
through the brackets, then screw the
latter into place. Gild the brackets and
screw heads into place. Put plaster busts
or other ornaments on the top shelf, and
you will say you have a pretty and use
ful piece of furniture at a slight expense.
We saw a lovely ourtaiu for this pur
pose made of olive covered cloth. Across
the bottom was a deep facing of maroon
cloth, above this were five rows of ordi
nary worsted braid in bright color, and
fastened at each edge with high-colored
silks in fancy stitches. Above 5 inches
from the top of the curtain was another
cluster of the braids. Farmer's Review.
Why Jude Black Uses the Weed.
Not long ago J udge Black met a gen
tleman who pathetically related his en
deavors to break himself of tobacco
chewing, as it met with the unqualified
condemnation of all civilized people.
"You'll find it a hard case a hard case,
my friend," replied the judge, with a
solemn wink. "I tried to break myself
of it once didu't I ever tell you? Well,
it was when I wis Attorney General, and
I said to myself, 'Jeremiah Black, we've
got to stop this thing.' - So I made up
my mind and one morning I started
down to my office without a scrap of to
bacco. I began the day badly and it got
worse and worse by degrees. I never
felt so much like a savage in my life. I
dismissed two clerks, bounced a messen
ger, made a fool of myself three or four
times, snapped at everybody and started
home feeling myself a complete failure,
and all creation a mistake. On the way I
met a man whom I respected very much.
He was a religious man. I told him my
experience with leaving off tobacco and
asked his advice. 'Judge,' ne said, 'my
experience is the same as yours. I tried
to leave off too. I quarrelled with sev
eral members of the church I belonged
to, got tired of my wife, and if I should
have kept it up I should have been a
moral monster and I determined to cir
cumvent the old enemy by taking up my
cherished vice,' and so" continued the
Judge, cheerfally, "I saw tht tobacco
chewing was conducive to virtue and
(cutting a quid) I propose to keep it up
until I laave it off."
Search others for their virtues, and
thyself for thy vices. Fuller.
Some men have the key of knowledge,
and never enter in. La Bruyere.
Nothing is politically right which is
morally wrong. Daniel O'Connell.
Let us not be ever driving on. The
machinery, physical and mental, will not
stand it. F. Jacox.
Be brief; for it is with words as with
sunbeams the more they are condensed
the deeper they burn. Southey.
We no longer attribute the untimely
death of iufauts to the sin of Adam, but
to bad nursing and ignorance. Garfield.
The true grandeur of humanity is in
moral elevation, sustained, enlightened
and decorated by the intellect of man.
C. Sumner.
We must distinguish between felicity
and prosperity ; for prosperity leads often
to ambition, and ambition to disappoint
ment. Land or.
Say nothiDg respecting yourseU.either
good. bad. or indifferent; nothing good.
for that is .vanity; nothing bad, for that
is affectation; nothing indifferent, for
that is silly.
The darkest night that ever fell upon
the earth never hid the light, never put
out the stars. It only made the stars more
keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest
aflamst the darkness. George isuoc.
How to Buy, Meat.
"Now, ladies, I hope you will ask as
many qaestions as you like, because I
want to make everything clear to you,'
said Miss Maria Parloa, as she began her
lecture on "Marketing," at the oollege
of pharmacy, in New York. On the long
table on the lecture-platform was a Bide
dressed beef weighing 400 pounds. Be
side it, ready to cut it jp to represent
the lecture, stood; a most gentlemanly
looking butcher, f
"You must remember," said Miss Pai
Poa, "that after the meat is dressed only
about one-sixth of it is desirable. The
rest of it, thu rich and poor alike, prefer
not to buy, batjtlrpoor have to buy it
because they cannot afford the prioe of
tbe chice cuts. But you must bear in
mind that the costly and tender cuts are
not tbe most nutritious. The muscular
parts that is most used, while it is the
toughest, also gives it the most nourish
ment, only it needs to be cooked differ
ently from the tender parts. When yoa
are buying meats, remember that the
tenderest parts come from that part of
the animal where there is least musular
action. The tough parts ' of the meat
which would be unpalatable if broiled
or roasted, may be with profit stewed,
braised or made into soup. In fact, the
very tender parts would not be good, for
food for sick persons, because they are
not nutritious enough. Now, I want you
ladies to say what are the names of the
parts I touch."
"The neck," said a timid voice.
"The ribs," said a matron in a seal
skin sacque, as the stick moved along.
"What kind of ribs?"
"Give it up," said a lady in a fur-lined
"Now, we will have Mr. KisseJ cut
up," said Miss Parloa, after she had
pointed out the principal cuts, and told
of the various ways of cutting moat in
the different cities. "Fix the back bone
in your mind," she continued, "for you
will start from there. You see the side
of beef has been cut in two. The hind
quarter end contains, at about the mid
dle of the animal, the porterhouse steaks,
the porterhouse roasts and the tender
pieces that everybody wants. As we go
further back we find the rump, and the
The deft butcher, with his knife, saw
and cleaver, cut piece after piece as the
lecturer pointed them out, showing
where the kidneys lay embedded in the
suet, showing the brittle, crumbling na
turo of the suet as distinguished from
the fat, showing where the tenderloins
lay, and how to cut them to advantage.
Each piece was shown uutil all had the
opportunity to-x iU name and place
and its present market price. The deli
cate, nutritious, roiling pieces were cut
and shown oncViie method of prepara
tion was explained. These pieces some
times are called the skirt. The ladies
are cautioned that brine draws out the
juices of the meat, and that fat corned
beef is tho best, because tho fat keeps
the juices of the meat from being drawn
out by the brine.
"Do you consider the kidnevs nutri
tious?" inquired a sprightly lady who
had got a front seat to bo sure and see
the carving.
les, kidneys and the flank pieces,
and other cheap pieces, whan properly
cooked, are good food."
The lecturer showed how much more
economical and sensible it would be to
have the meat cut in grades, and not buy
as often as is done now poor meat
and good meat in one piece. She ad
vised the buying, even at higher prices,
pieces with the flank end cut off. She
advised her hearers to hunt up butchers
who would cut up to order, and not com
pel them to buy what they did not want,
and could not use. Speaking of soup,
she said that to keep it clear it should
not be boiled, as boning set tbe limes of
the bonse free.
"But I should think that might be the
very thing needed for children when
they are making bones," said a bright
eyed lady.
"Well, that may be so. I suppose it
is; but you must not boil the soup much
if you want it clear."
The lecturer was pointing out a piece
of sirloin the tough part of which she
said ought to be cut off as not fit for
roasting, and turning to Mr. Kissel, the
gentlemanly butcher, she said:
"You don't usually sell them that?"
"Oh, yes they do," interposed a young
lady. "You will have to go and'eduoate
our butchers, Miss Parloa."
"They charge you twenty-eight cents
for this piece with the flank on. You
might better pay thirty cents for the
rest and let them sell the flank for ten
cents." v
"All its worth!" ejaculated the lively
matron. "I always ask for short steaks
and short roasts, and don't buy a lot of
worthless moat."
Miss Parloa kept up a running fire of
chat with her audience, and encouraged
them to ask questions. Several very
young ladies, with books and pencils,
availed themselves of the opportunity.
The lecture is to bo repeated in Brook
lyn. Time's Mirror.
The approach of age first shows itself
about the eyes. Lines come, faintly at
first, then deeper and deeper, until the
incipient crow's feet are indicated, devel
oped, revealed. The woman, who, look
ing in her glass, perceives the lines di
verging from the outer corner of her
eyes knows that she has reached aji era
in her life. She recognizes it ivith a
sigh, if she is a vain, a lovely or a world-
woman; with a smile, perhaps, if s: e
has children in whom she can live her
own youth over again. But it can never
be a gay smile. None of us, men or wo
men, like to feel youth that precious
possession slipping away from us. But
we should never be on the lookout for
crow's feet or gray hairs. Looking for
them is sure to bring them, for thinking
about them brings them. Tears form a
part of the language of tbe eye, which
is eloquent enough when sparingly' used
for other reasons than that of adding to
their mute eloquence. Tears are a dis
figuring expression' of emotion, and
those who get into the habit of weeping
over small vexation do much toward
acquiring a careworn, miserable expres
sion and are sure to look old before
their time. Excessive weeping has been
known to not only injure, bat actually
destroy the .sight. Few woman look
pretty or even interesting in .tears,
though, it has long been a pleasant fio
uon in poetry and romance to suppose
that they do. Many women1, some men
and moit children make most disfiguring
and distorting grimances wbile (crying;
and the lady who thinks she - can worK
upon a man's feelings by a liberal dis
play of tears should study! a becoming
more of producing them before her look
ing glass. Grimaces soften no' hearts,
and tears, accompanied by the usual dis
tortion, have a hardening effect, if not a
visible one. In a prettily Written book.
not probablj out of print, purporting to
be the story of the life of one of Milton's
wives, the author makes that poet say of
his wife's eyes after oryinglthat they re
sembled "the sun's clear shining after
rain," a very pretty natural object, in
deed, but during the rain inself the ob
server is not inclined to be so compli
mentary, j
Grimaces of a somewhat similar order
are frequently madd during the action of
laughter. Care should alwiys be taken
with children to prevent their falling into
this habit. It frequently reaches such a
pitch as to render the laughter positively
unsightly. The face is distorted and out
of drawing, the eyes disappear, and the
lips are drawn up, revealing half an inch
of pale pink gum. This pecuniarily some
times runs in families, partly from un
conscious imitation. I know one family
whose grimaces during laugl iter are
most ludicrously alike. When they are
all assembled at the dinnerj-table and a
joke goes around, there is not a single
eye left in the family. Much, if not all
of this could be prevented
in childhood. The laugh
y due care
can be culti-
vated quite as much as the
voice. Ac
tresses take lessons in laughing with
occasionally very charming) results. I
do not, however, advise that such teach
ing should begin in early childhood, lest
it should destroy spontaneity and pro
duce an effect of artificiality; but I very
strongly recommend mothers to check a
disposition to make grimaces during
their children s indulgence liu mirth.
The Injury that Dotted Yelld
do to Ladles'
A crusade has been made
against the
cigarette-smoking young
men, tbe girl
who stops up the pores of
the skin with
bandoline and cosmetics, the women or
men who wear tight shoes ori colored
stockings, yet the use of dotted veils by
ladies is entirely overlooke
l or some
time past opticians and eye
have been discussing the
evils which
eil,and they
are wrought by the dotted y
are, with but few exeapti
their opinion that their use
pns, right in
is very detri-
mental to the vision.
The dangerous "beaut,1
ifier." This
kind of veiling is made in
styles, but in a majority
number of
of esses the
veils are made and worn to
beautify the
the person
features and complexion
who peers through them, and the uanie
of "beautifier' has come I to be the ac
cepted term by which this fabric is
designated. It is manufactured in all
grades and at all prices and so uni
versally is it worn that a reporter counted
seventy ladies out of every hundred who
wore veils with this fabric on. :
When spoken to upon the subject a
prominent optician said that the damage
that is done to the eves by the use of this
style of veil can hardly be imagined.
"You would be surprised,'! said he, "if
I should tell you that a lare part of my
practice is owing to the use of these
veils. A laiy with perfectly healthy
eyes and strong optical nerves can stand
the strain of them for a k ng period in
m . m ni ...11 . t
iact, zor years, one couia enuure tuem
for a lifetime probably if the style did
not change. To day, however; we have
the closely-dotted veil. To-morrow a
veil will be displayed in the store win
dows with the dots sparsely studded
over the fabric; and that is the way the
fashion varies. Seven ladies out of
every ten are troubled in some way with
their eyes. Some have vieik nerves of
the eyelid; others have weak optical
nerves, and all the diseases to which the
eye is heir are shown to a greater or less
degree in those seven ladies.' The cause
of this trouble is the beams and shadows
that are continually flashel into the eye
and the countenance, and spasmodie
twitching of the eyeball w ien the person
desires to see some object which is hid
den by the dot in the veil."
"Some veils have dots of different
colors from the thread of the fabric;
does this irritate the nerve to any de
gree?" inquired the reporjter. j
"Yes, indeed; it makes a material
difference," was the replyL "The colors
are very trying upon the delicate nerves
of the eye, and such a viil is far more
prejudicial to the vision than the ordi
nary dotted veil of one solid color."
"What is your opinion of the zigzig
cords in the mourning vil?"
"That is very injurious; indeed, it is
far more injurious than the dotted veil;
yet there is one advantage that it has,
and that is not attributable to the merits
of the veil. When a ladV is in mourn
ing she usually wears one veil, and
thereby becomes acoustomed ! to its use;
but a lady that wears a otted veil for a
beautifier usually has a great variety,
and she is continually hanging them.
The dotted veiling cau b ) purchased as
low as twenty five cents a yard, and an
eighth of a yard will be sufficient for a
veil, according to the present style, as
they are only worn over the upper por
tion of the face." j
"I don't suppose you object to their
use?" queried the reporte r.
"Weil, no," laughingly replied the
optician, "not in a pecuniary point of
view, but in a general sense I do. I see
bo many cases of optical iffections which
are handed down to the children of these
people that in my opinioh. if the present
ruinous fashion prevail i for any length
of will have a marked effect upon
the risinor generation."
Another eminent eye specialist was
oAnonltp.l and hft ft (Treed ! with the
former optician in many particulars, yet
be differed with him in respect to the
manner in which the eye! was affected by
the veihncr. "The. principal trouble is
the nervousness which is caused by the
obstructed vision. A person becomes
nervous by looking at thje dots, and the
nerves of the eye are so irritated that the
vision is seriously affected, j
Tbe physician reiterated some of the
faots that are given above, and in speak
ing of the general abuses which the
different members of the body are sub
jected to in the eager pursuit of attrao
tiveness which nature has neglected, he
said: "It has always been a curious
question to me why a woman will per
sist in allowing tho fnll weight of her
clothing to fall upon the waist and hips.
A woman's skirts will weigh as much as
tbe whole outfit of a man, and yet the
clothing of tbe man is entirely supported
upon the shoulders the place where the
strain can best be borne. A woman, who
is naturally tbe weaker, and who should
utilize all her strength, allows her cloth
ing to rest "upou her waist. This is an
evil whioh certain people have attempted
to alleviate, but it seems that the woman
19 obstinate and baud to her befit inter
ests." . "
Three Ways of Life.
A certain rich man being reminded by
tbe increasing weight of years that he
would never be any younger, and most
one day go tbe way of all flesh, called
about him his three sons, whom he thus
"My children, when I die all I have
will be yours, but in addition to the
property which I shall divide among you
equally, I have a ring in whioh is set a
diamond of great value. This I intend
for him who after twelve months shall
have made the greatest advance toward
success in life. Here, take each of you
one of those pursns containing a hun
dred pieces of silver, go out into the
world, and at the expiration of ihe time
prescribed return, that I may judge
which among you deserves the prize."
Thereupon the sons received their
father's blessing, and, taking the purses
of silver went awav. But when a year
and a day were passed they returned and
presented themselves before their father.
and it appeared they had chosen widely
dinerent means of gaming a common
"My father," said the eldest, "with a
part of the hundred pieces of silver thou
gavest me I bought a certificate setting
forth my great skill in healing the sick.
I cultivated my beard and put on my
glasses that I might appear to be a man
of learning. I gave out that I was able
to cure all known diseases. 'I adminis
tered bread pills and sweetened water to
all who placed themselves under my
oare.and as a result I have gained wealth
to the extent of one thousand pieces of
"Mv son, remarked the parent, well
pleased, "truly, thy cheek in colossal."
"My father, then said the second
youth, "with thy hundred pieces of sil
ver I purchased votes by which I secured
to mvself a government contrao. I en
gaged to transport the mail for one thou
sand pieces of gold per annum,, and by
exceeding prudence of management I
have garnered profits upward of fifteen
hundred pieces of gold."
"Verily, th prudenca is monument
al." exclaimed the delighted father,
"but thy brother hath not yet spoken."
"With one of thy pieces of silver, O,
my father," begau the youngest son, "I
bought some tools and became a plumber--"
"My son, thou pride of my heart!"
cried the enraptured old man, falling on
his neck, while the happy tears coursed
down his aged cheeks, "thou neodst say
no more. Thou hast clearly shown that
thou hast discovered the true road to
success. It is to thee, without a ques
tion, ' the ring belongs." Toronto
How Wilkio Collins Works.
"How do you work, Mr. Collins, rap-
"Ao, not verv; let me see. I write
about nine or ten pages of a book a day
when I work regularly. It usually
takes me about six months to turn ont a
book after I get fairly started upon it. I
work chiefly at night, and use very large
sized sheets of paper on which 1 write
very slowly, und cut a great deal. Here
now, is the manuscript oCsmy best story,
'lhe Blaok Roba. You see it is scratched
and worked over until it becomes scarce
ly decipherable. The printer can read
it, however, even if you can't, at a
I couldn t read it at a glance, and 1 am
not sure that X could read it at all. And
yet I have read letters written by John
V. I orney, and made ont what Horace
Greeley was trying to write. It was cut,
interlined, the interlineations interlined
again, sentences written on the side and
hauled into place by a line around them,
and erasures which looked as though the
writer, in trying to scratch out .some
thing, tried also to push it out through
tho paper on the other side. There were
blots everywhere.
"It is a pretty good day's work for me
to get through three of these pages iu a
Three of his pages would make about
1200 words; or, say, two-thirds of the
space of this column.
When I come to the last I get the
fever on, and I make tho pages fly. Then
I am in a way, and I write and write till
nature either stops me or I finish. When
I came near the end of 'Man and Wife' I
wrote away for dear life some twelve or
fourteen hours, without farther rest than
the exereUe I took when I got on the
floor t'o act my situations and represent
my characters, and no furthur refresh
ment than a little dry champagne and a
lew irissoles.
"Do you always act your characters?"
"Yes, invariably. I have to oonsider
what they would do. and how. before I
try to tell for a certainty how under
given circumstances they would behave.
Finishing a book liko that always ex
hausts me very much. By the way .have
the Americans acquired the habit of
having a dog run by their heels? Be
cause, when I was in America they didn't
d that, and I noticed, too, they did not
carry sticks like we do. Boston Her
Prohibition item: "Wake me up
darling, to-night and give me a toddy,"
said an Austin inebriate to his wife, as
they were about to retire for the night.
"But how will I know when you want
one?" "You can't make a mistake. I am
always thirsty when I am woke up."
Texas Siftings.
We frequently hear the expression,
"Bee in a bonnet." Who ever saw a
bonnet without a B in it? Boston Star.
No matter how homely a woman is, a
looking-glass possesses no terrors for
"You are setting us a bad example,"
as the algebra class said when tbe teacher
wrote a hard equation on the board.
A witness in a New York court testi
fied that he could drink a keg of lager
and attend to business. He was a police
mad, we believe. Phil. News.
Rev. Mr. Cook thinks there is nothing
like a journey round the world to take -he
conceit out of a man. But we sup
pobo Mr. Cook can't afford to make thir
ty or forty circuits.
The second uay after a young aspirant
for Thespian honors begins his first en
gagement in a two line part he makes it
a point to fleak contemptuously of "am
ateurs." -
A New Yorker has been fined $300 for
giving tobacco to a giraffe in Central
Park. That's right; give to boys as
much as you like, but don't try to poison
our giraffes. Oil City Derrick.
Tbe French authorities have captured
Louise Michel. After seeing her picture
in a New York illustrated paper, remarks
the Baltimore American, we trust that
we may be allowed to hope that they will
keep her.
Muskrats are, somehow, very plenty
in the streets of Lvnn, and so many folks
are gunning for them that a man who
turns a corner suddenly is quite liable to
get his legs filled up with shot iutended
for a rat.
Standing on ceremouy: "That was a
funny story Mr. Dixon told, Aunt Jessie
the one that made you laugh so much,
ou know !" "Yea; why didn't you
augh, Ida?" "Oh, I don't know Mr.
Dixon well enough."
A father may turn his back on his ,
child, brothers and sisters may beoome
inveterate enemies, husbands may desert
their wives, wives their husbands, -but a
mother's love endures through all. '
Washington Irving.
One lady at the Vanderbilt ball repre
sented a pck of cards. Several gentle-,
men appeared as knaves, and the"l)euce
was present in various forms. There
were more than four railroad kings in
the pack. Low. Cour.
Why, certainly, Ezra, certainly. Anv-
body can answer a little question like
that. They are called the "end men
because they are the last persons the
wandering joko reaches in its earthly pil
grimage. Bur. Hawkeye.
The examination of cash in the treas
ury has thus far revealed a deficit of fire
cents in a bag of silver. It is barly .
possible that in a fit of abstraction one of
the clerks borrowed half dime to buy
beer and forgot to return it on a salary
day. N. Y. Com.
A man has invented a chair that ctn
be adjasted to 800 different positions,
and yet a man who suspected that his
wife was going to ask him about where
he was the night before, couldn't get in
to a position in that chair which seemed
comfortable. Bos. Post.
If biennial means once in two years
and triennial once in three years, Mr.
Boyceof St. Albans, Vt., wants to know
why bi-weekly doesn't mean once in two
weeks, and tri weekly onoe in three
weeks. And by the same token, why
doesn't centennial mean a hundred times
in a year? Low. Cour.
"Why didn't you return me that poem
sent for your examination?" angrily
asked a man presumably possessed with '
the divine afflatus, lhe critic sweetly
smiled as he replied, "I intended to wait
until the two-cent postage law went into
effect and then " But the irate versi
fier had disappeared like a house a-fire. -
Yeonor predicted sometime ago that
"April will -enter on Sunday with a
March storm." That April did enter on
Sunday proved true, aocordingto the al
manac and the enforcement of the penal
code; but the March storm was left out
in the cold. Vennor is hereby notified
that if nothing happens. Fourth of Jaly
this year will enter on Wednesday .- N.
1. Com.
A writer who makes woman the sub
ject of his thoughts by day and of bis
dreams at night, makes public - his con
clusion that a good looking woman
seldom or never displays her foot In pub
lic. The next time, he says, you see a
lady exhibiting her foot rather gener
ously look into her face, and
you will recognize that nature has not
been kind to her.
A Sadden Cam; of Conversion.
The Boston Sunday Budget contained
the following:
Mr. Charles R. Train, some time at
torney general of this ancient Common
wealth, tells an incident that happened
in his father's ohureh, in FramingLam,
a many years ago. It seems that his
father, a Baptist minister, had long
wanted instrumental musio in his
church.but had been opposed by savaral
prominent members of his congregation,
notably by Mr. Ben Haven, a near '
neighbor and friend, who loved tbe old
ways and was set against innovations.
Bat at last ihe pastor, who was one of the
"quiet kind," and apt to oarry his point,
got a man in the churoh who brought
along his bass viol, prepared to
accompany the singing of the congrega
tion. Old Mr. Haven walked into the
ehuroh, and - took his seat in the front
row of pews, putting his hat, as was
customary with those who sat in the
higher seats of the synagogue, upon the
conmunion table. Tbe opening prayer '
was over, and tho first hymn (riven oat.'
when the strains of the viol sounded
through tbe ehurch. Amazed, Mr. Ha
ven rose in his place, gave one look up
into the gallery where the musioiaa was
beadi gto hid work, seized a hat and
marched down the aisle in high dudgeon.
Getting outside he tried to put oa the
hat, but he found that by mistake he had -taken
one several sizes too small for
bim, in fact, a boy's hat. This made
him pause. He stopped, reflected, made
up his mind that he was wrong, and that
this was a direct sign from heaven to
prove it to him. So he walked meekly
back up the isle, restored the hat to the
commnnion table, took his seat and'
never again opposed instrumental musio
in the house of God. About the moit
sudden case of conversion on reocrd.