8 MT ROSE'S n n DELVALLEY rose, furious, bis eyebrows contracted, his mouth drawn. "I tell you this marriage stall not take place," he said. "And I swear It shall!" cried Andre, with only a shade Jess of determina tion In his face and voice. But the old man paid no attention to his son's words, and continued: .". "It Is the most outrageous thing I ever heard of. A boy whose education has been what yours has, upon whom no expense has been spared, who for twenty years has been my constant thought to be utterly lacking In every feeling of gratitude. Just at the very moment when I have made plans for your future you announced to fta that you intend to marry the girl of your choice! And what a choice! A g;rl without a penny I" "But you do not believe money to be the only consideration in marriage, do your said Andre, striving to be calm. "It seems to me that happiness enters In somewhere, and if I can be happy with no one but Noemle " . M. Delvalley burst into a loud, exas perating laugh. "That Is too good! He can be happy with no one but Noemle; a person of whose existence he was Ignorant month before last! "But father " "Enough!" The tone In which this word was pro nounced convinced Andre that his father's decision was inflexible. He was accustomed to bow to the will of a despotic father, Just as he had seen bis mother yield until her death. In his childhood he and his mother had been compaions, and often together they had bent their heads to the fury of a etbrm aroused by some slight or Irreg ular domestic occurrence. Not that M. Delvalley was a bad man. He was quick-tempered, but usually repented his outbursts and tried to make amends when he saw the effect of his harsh words. Before he was very old Andre had seen that the family life of his father and mother was not a happy one, though he did not know to what to attribute the state of affairs. - Since his mother's death he had simply given in to his father when any question of dis agreement had come between them, cud until now they had lived comfort ably together. . '- .- charge. : ' ' "I believe if you knew what an un happy night I passed, father '' "Enough, I Bay!" cried the old man, sot allowing him to complete his sen tence. "I tell you I will never give my consent to the marriage. . A girl with out a penny!" : "I would not ask for your consent at all if she had not refused to marry me without Itr exclaimed Andre, hotly. "Oh, you would not!' M. Delvalley laughed. "And, pray, where would you live and what would you do to sup port your wife 7' VI could find something," replied the X-nir man, in a tone which made his &y, more gently than- he had yet V-vi, i-dves are" after your fortune. vu""jki4them at a summer hotel. They t jund out who you were and thought yon would be a good 'catch,' and have proceeded to catch you." . "If you would only listen to me, fath er, I would convince you of Noemie's sincerity."-, Without replying to his son, M. Del valley went on: "As you can't take care of yourself, I must take care of you.: Where do those Durands live?" "No, 27 Rue Nollet"' ." ' ' " 'llue Nollet! And you say they are not after your.money!" M. Delvalley said, as he left his son. . He returned in a few moments, a paper in his hand, from which he read in a loud voice: "lime. Durand, 27 Rue Nollet I for mally refuse my consent to the mar riage of my son Andre and your daugh ter, and inform you that if the event takes place I shall absolutely disin herit my son.. : DELVALLEY." : He rang the bell and a servant ap peared. ' "Send this telegram at once," he said. Andre made a move, to follow the servant from the room, but after a glance at his father restrained himself. The old man waited until the servant bad had time to leave the house and - then retired to his study, leaving Andre alone. The unhappy young man sat thinking of his misery for some time. The words of Noemle spoken the night before came back to him; she bad been so full of confidence, while he was doubtful enough of his father's approval. "When he knows how much we love each other he will consent," she had aid. "But if he refuses?" Andre had asked. "Then it must be good-by for us, be cause I can never let you ruin your self for me." And in spite of pleadings ai d arguments she had remained firm. Poor Noemle," he thought "How will she feel when she reads the tele "T cram? And her Aunt Rose, who con sidered the marriage already made. She Ved to tell us when we feared to teli Ver that we had no cause to worry; it everything would come out as we I ited it; that she bad a magic charm cn she could apply, if necessary, at C1 last minute, and that charm a se- What will she say now? Why not and find out and give her a chance t try It?" Andre sprang up, seized his tit and ran from the house. . . , "Well," said Noemle, "what hews?" Ube had not yet received the tele grani. v ..... 1 "The very worst," said Andre. "He rv.fctf and threatens to disinherit me. But, dearest, you will marry me, any way. I can find something to do, and we will at least have each other." Noemle was very much in love, and her good resolutions began to waver before the strength of her lover's desire.- They were talking despondlngly v hen the door opened and a pretty el derly woman entered the room. "Dear me, how unhappy you look!" t-Iio said. "What is the matter?" "M. Delvalley has refused his con front, " said Noemle. "Indeed! Well, it would be funny If it were net so sad." "Aunt Rose, how can you?" murmur- i- Xoi-Ie. luiuvr m:i iuub, ujauume, nam JL'nJms sent a telegram, but Joe yet" int Rose smiled. ;,.- '' I come back, Andre - little fairy charm ' vouaj people1 altinsr fur ' Y i-.it had become of his father's dispatch? Andre could not Imagine. At last, long after the time it should have come, the maid entered with the formidable en velope. Noemle took it and was about to open It when Andre said: "Tear it up without reading It. We know what It says." "I want to see how it looks,' replied Noemle. "''.' As she said a wave of color swept across her face. "Andre," she cried, "there is some mistake. Listen to this: "'I have the honor to ask the hand of Mile. Noemle Durand for my son Andre. I will call at your'convenlence. Respectfully, i DELVALLEY;' " -I "la At possible that Aunt Rose was successful?"- cried' Andre, beside 'him self with Joy. ' - ' i ', . V "It must be that IBut What means did she employ? What is her secret?" It was a long time before they found 'out, and then Andre overheard a con ! versa tion not meant for his ears. - "I was right, was I not to keep my faith in your good, heart,' and .to inter: cept that first dispatch before I went to see you?" asked Aunt Rose, in a voice that Andre had never heard her make so tender and soft In tone.' . "Ah, Rose!" responded M. Delvalley in a voice stranger still to the listener, "how could I know that the girl of Andre's choice was your niece? ' To think that I was about to separate them, as your father separated us, be: cause I was then poor that they would have suffered all that I have suffered in giving you up, and In thinking of you all these years! And now that we are united at last, you. will not refuse" but suddenly Andre realized that he was listening and crept softly away.-. From the French. CURIOUS WHEAT. PROBLEM. Scarcity of Food Is Not by Any Means Remote If Sir William Crookes is to be be lieved, scarcity of food is not by any means remote; it may come within sight of persons now alive, and these not very young, says the Spectator. The case may be very easily stated. At present the deficiencies of the wheat eating countries are supplied by North America, especially by the United States. In 1897-8 the wheat crop of the United States was about 540,000,000 bushels. Of this quantity 217,000,000 bushels was exported, to Europe, where no country, excepting Russia and Turkey, grows enough for Its own population. The States - are able to do this without trenching on the home supply, because the total pop ulation is not more than 75,000,000. In 193 1, If the Increase of population goes oh at the same rate as that of the last thirty years, the 75,000,000 will have in creased to 130,000,000 and the surplus for export will be no longer available. Whence, therefore, will the wants of the world be supplied? Russia at pres ent exports largelyf'lhe total "being something more-than two-fifths of that from 'the States. But it cannot be hoped that Russia will come to the res cue of a hungry world. It is already hungry itself, exporting food While Its own people are starving. Indeed, the difficulty of the general problem is ag gravated by the fact that, up to the point of actual starvation, scarcity not only does not check, but actually stim ulates, the rate of Increase. A perfect ly well-fed, well-educated and gener ally comforable population has a ten dency to diminish rather than to grow. LAW AS INTERPRETED. i- Libelous publication about a de ceased person is held, in Bradt vs. New Nonpareil Company (Iowa), 45 L. R. A. (S81, to give the mother of the deceased no right of action. ; Employes working more than eight hours per day in violation of a statute are held, in Short vs. Bullion. Beck & Co. Mining Company (Utah), 45 L. R. A. 603, to have no right of action for the extra services, either on the contract or on a quantum meruit Owner of premises dangerous to tres passers Is held, in Cooper vs. Overton (Tenn.), 45 L. R. A. 591. to have no lia bility for injuries to trespassers', even if they are children, unless they are In duced to enter the premises by some thing unusual and attractive placed upon it by the owner or with his knowl edge and permitted to remain there. A communication made in good faith in the course of his duty, by the cash ier of a bank, by indorsing on a dishon ored note held for collection that it was a forgery, is held, in Caldwell vs. Story (Ky.), 45 L. R. A. 735, to be a privileged communication which does not create any liability for libel, though It is in timated that the maker may be liable for slander if he falsely declares that the note is forged. A statute reviving a barred remedy so as to impair a title to property which has vested under the statute of limita tions is held, in McEldowney vs. Wyatt (W. Va.), 45 L. R. A. 609, to be uncon stitutional as a deprivation of property without due process of law; but it is held otherwise with the revival of a cause of action which does not affect any vested right of property. With this case there is a note discussing the other authorities on the question of vested rights in defense of statute of limitations. uihnnt Ended In a Church. As the congregation was assembling the other day at Broughton Astley church, near Leicester, England, where a daily service is held during the war, a fox and the whole of the Atherstone pack of hounds ran Into the sacred edi fice, where the fox was quickly dis patched by the hounds. Some minutes elapsed before they could be cleared out of the church. The World's Language. . German, authority estimates that al most a third of humanity speak the. Chinese language, that the Hindu lanT guage Is spoken by more than 100,000,; 000, the Russian by 89,000,000, while the German is spoken by 57,000,000 tongues and the Spanish by 48,00,000.. i. Skin Pores. ' ) From microscopic observations it has been computed that the skin is per forated with a thousand holes in a square inch. If the whole surface of the human body be estimated at six teen square feet It must contain no fewer than 2.304.000 pores. About the Sah-ira Desert." v ' The Sahara is not a barren waste, A. is popularly supposed. Not lovzJK there were !,(W,0(0 sheen fronts." and 2;O,OO0 cw" r.itn Saiif'-' I AFRICAN HORSES ARE HARDY. j Poaacaa Bemarkable Endurance and Power to Travel. One of the very first things that strike the wanderer in the great expanses of the southern hemisphere is the strength and endurance of the horse, Though to look at they are the sorriest scrags I ever set eyes on, yet they appear to be possessed of a power of getting over the ground that is little short of mir aculous and so astonishing in its per-, sistence as to seem automatic.- A very striking instance came under my no tice only a few days after landing in Cape Town in 1863. I was sitting one Saturday afternoon on the stoop of Park's Hotel, which occupied the cor-, ner of Adderley and Strand . streets? when a dust-covered horseman stopped and dismounted. His horse was taken' to the stables and In the course of con versation In the bar I learned that he was a member of a legislative assembly for an up-country district There was no railway communication with the In terior in those days and be bad ridden in from bis home at Colesberg In less than six days, having started the pre vious Monday. . Now Colesberg Is more than 500 miles from Cape Town and the country is very rough going, much of it being sand and other parts very mountainous. No English-bred horse, . fed according to English methods, could have accom plished such a ride as this, more espe cially when we consider the tempera ture of the Cape Colony. 1 I went to look at the animal on which the Journey had-been performed and found It to be a little roan schimmel barely fourteen hands and apparently as fresh as paint Another very remarkable ." ride that came under my notice wr- performed by a Boer who lived a-few, miles from Graytown, In Natal. His wife ' was taken ill and a particular medicine, not to be obtained .in Graytown, was im perative. So In the earl hoars of the night he started for Maritzburg, fifty five miles distant, through an extreme ly hilly country and was back on his farm in sixteen - hours. The remark able thing In this ride was that this Boer weighed over seventeen stone. - In my own experience many instances of the wonderful staying powers of Af rican horses have occurred. " To men tion one, in 1866, I had been appointed honorable secretary of the first athletic sports held In the Umboti country of Natal. They were to be held in Gray town on boxing day, .which fell on a Monday. All preparations, etc., were concluded early In December, when I received an urgent request to go to the Transvaal to look after a friend who .was lying very ill in his Wagon with no attendants but a couple of raw kaf firs. I rode as bard as I. could and found him among the kopjes of the Drakensberg, between Ly den berg and Wakkerstrom, very bad with fever, which he had .contracted somewhere in the low country to the northwest I tended him for some, days until he was clearly out-of danger and then suddenly remembered that I had to be in Gray town on Monday morning. I was then sitting on. the wagon box drinking my morning coffee at 6 o'clock Saturday morning. Graytown was 220 'miles" away, but I was at my post thore' at 10 a. m. and In addition took ' second prize both In running and jumping com petitions. African Life. -. . - SHOEING ARMY HORSES. 7. -Animal la Thrown and Held Down While the Farrier Does His Work. One of the necessary adjuncts of ev ery military camp which counts cav-; airy among its forces Is a force of far riers. - Horseshoeing at the front, bow-' mBOHr&G AN OBSTBKPKBOUS MOUNT. ever, Is not performed as. it Is in the well-stocked blacksmith shop. : The cavalry horse requiring a shoe is seized by two or three soldiers, promptly dumped over on its side, and, while it Is held down by a number of Tommies, the army horseshoer goes to work and has the charger shod before he could eat a feed of oats. A small portable bellows and forge enables the farrier to travel about the lines and do his work wherever wanted. Tho accompanying illustration shows one of these army horseshoers. putting shoes on an offi cer's obstreperous mount In - South Africa. . Sprint on the Farm. The sweet balmy breezes of springtime are melting the last fall of snow. And soon the bluebirds will be singing, to cheer on the man with the hoe; The gentleman with the lone gallus, who down the corn-row slowly plods. With a right-and-left whacking - and . smashing, to bust up the newly turned clods. The ice has gone out of the streamlet, and green leaves peep forth on the trees; - The worm-fence is patched up in places, ; and new "gums" are placed for the bees; ' The spring hoase has been fumigated, and bed clothes are aired on the line. And the whole farm breathes out a warm welcome for the coming of spring's blessed time. The colt is turned loose in the pasture, painted over with rank kerosene; The anvil rings out its wild clamor as the "plow p'ints" are. made sharp and keen; The boys dig for bait in the barnyard, for the creek water's muddy and warm, For spring is at hand, rousing up this old land, and there's joy, Ufe and work on the farm. Not Wholly a Cal tmliy. "There is hardly anything that can happen to a man," Mr. Jones was say ing, "that be cannot turn to some good account if be will." "I don't know about that," said Mr. Brown. "How about that disabled thumb of yours?" "Ah. yes, that thumb!" rejoined Mr. Jones. "It was crushed in an accident You notice I can't bend It It's per fectly stiff at the middle joint The nail came off, of course. You observe the hard, horny nail that grew in place of the old one?" "I see." "Well, for the last three years I have used that thumb-nail for a screw driver." . Their Voices. . It is not, generally known that the. intonation of the Prince of Wale's voice Is exactly the same as the German Em peror's, and a court official says that one has only to close one's eyes aglne the one or tho other giving tions when either iu tr. . ,;:;v- Ar tteiiS spes iAtia of naea ne? BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE PARIS EXPOSITION GROUNDS LAST OF THE "LONG HORNS." Texaa Stockman's Unique Contribution to the Paria Exposition. Unique among the exhibits at the Paris Exposition will be the contribnJ tion or a Texas stockman, j. M. DObie, of Ramires, Live Oak County. His curiosity Is the celebrated Dobie steer, than Which there will be no exhibit more remarkable and yet so character istic of the Lone Star State. f - The Dobie steer Is known through' out South and West Texas. He is the rough and graphic standard of meas urement of the West Texas stockman. "Big as the Dobie steer" is the hyper bole they use when describing a pair of horns. It Is a hyperbole, for travel the wide plains over and another steer with a pair of horns such as has fbe Dobie steer cannot be found. He is the last of the old tribe of monster FAMQJ0& pplr horned cattle of the plains that gave to : Texas its additional nickname , of "The Long Horn State."- The steer measures 15 bands and weighs ': be tween 1,600 and 1,700 pounds. His enormous horns from point . to point measure nine feet seven inches.. The horns could easily be made to measure over. 10 feet if taken off the steer, steamed, and straightened. ' When, the steer is standing in a natural position on level ground the tip ends of his horns' are fully six ' feet - above the ground.'' ' - - . ' ?'rr?'.;'-.'l',.v Time was, fifteen or less, years, ago, when the long horns were tio curiosity in Texas, but to-day there are few re minders of the grand old herds ihat have been so closely interwoven, with the history of the State, . The steer In Paris will excite the wonder and com mand the admiration of all 'visitor to the world'-s great show. ? : ;v " i .' " .if'-i. OTTO OF BAVARIA. K$i Bemark.able Story of the Insane Mon arch and Hia First Love. vi The following remarkable story is, re- lated about the unhappy King Otto'of Bavaria.- This last week he ate almost nothing for some days, although his ap petite is usually unnaturally good, "lie gobbed, wailed and screamed ' uninter ruptedly for hours, and even became at times dangerous. One morning, bow ever, his physician and a keeper cau tiously pushed aside the heavy brocade curtain which divides their .bedroom from that of the poor monarch .-' and found him with tears running down his cheeks, gazing into a little silver case which they had often seen in a drawer, the key to which King Otto wore oh a fine stee) chain round bis neck. .' : As soon as the King perceived that he was watched be turned round and smiled so happily and naturally that the doctor, surprised, stepped nearer. Wearing the same joyful . expression the King cried' out to him: "Countess L. has passed a better night She is now out of danger." He then carefully locked up the little silver box, which contained nothing but a few dried strawberries, and spent' a very' quiet day. He also enjoyed his dinner agalnV This is the other part of the 'story. In 1867 there was a merry 'picnic-. In, a wood. Among the guests was the love ly seventeen-year-old Countess I, with whom the young Prince fell madly in love at first sight He sat next' to her at lunch, paid her the greatest . atten tion, and then disappeared with her into the wood. As the young people did not return, and it was getting late, the mother of the Countess became anxious, and sent men servants out in all directions. The culprits were found with their bats full of strawberries, which they were merrily eating.. The next morning they were separated for ever. ". Prince Otto went with the King to Munich, and the youthful Countess was sent to the Convent of : Misericorde, where she has remained up to this day. During the few days throughout which the King had shown such unfavorable symptoms, the girl whom he had loved in his youth was really lying danger ously 111 In her cell. Somehow or other how is not stated the Incurably in sane monarch bad become aware of the fact Berlin cable London News. Orang-Outang vs. Burilar.'' I ' Some two years ago a retired officer of the merchant service, living In the Bue d'Alesla, Paris,-. JM. Duchesne, brought home an orang-outang from '"I, .finrfai""""'';;.? jfi full size lelghbors. Its being NBorn V ' n call at M. Duchesne's apartment with intent to burgle. Now as this illustri ous character bad only been three days at large after completing his ninth term of imprisonment, be was naturally un aware, that such a pet as Jbe orang outang was. tolerated In these particu lar rooms. Consequently, when the burglar was suddenly pounced upon by two hairy paws, he was somewhat sur prised, and his- screams soon brought help, with the result that M. Bargeve was drawn out of the room by bis feet in a very ignominious fashion. He was taken to the infirmary, and it is report ed that he has gone mad and now im agines himself to have been chauged Into an ape. London Post Soap Bnbble Party. Here is a Vassar soap bubble recipe which you must learn If you are ever going to have a soap bubble party. STEER OF TEXAS. Take some white castile soap and shave it fine. Cover it with water and heat until the soap melts.' Add a cupful of glycerine for, every quart of water, and soon you will "hav a heavy mixture which reminds you of soap bubbles. At Vassar We used to take the gas pipe, such as you may Use on gas lamps, oil stoves and the like. This pipe we would attach to the gas, and one of us would bold up the end of the pipe while the other poured in the soap bubble mix ture. We had made the soap bubble mixture and the' gas blew the bubbles, instantly great air castles would form and would come spouting out of the end of that pipe as though by magic Such big bubbles never were blown before, nor so fasti They, would come out of the pipe, at the rate of ten a second, and the room would be filled with bub bles in a minute. : It seemed as though each bubble was as big as a foot tub and as light as a feather. We played battledore and shuttlecock with them, and had to bat them with sheets which we held taut so that the bubbles could bound on them. iA. " ; - Curing a Cold. ? Mr. Blifkins had a cold, " It settled in his head. -; "Always hits the weakest spot" i Funny friends all said. Mr. Blifkins coughed and wheezed, Shivered, sneezed, and shook, ' Listened to his friends' advice . f his is what he took: Box of anti-kamnia, . . ; Douched his nose with brine. Mustard plaster on his chest ' Camphor balls, Quinine, -Bottle Dr. Killem's Cure, Onion stew. Some squills, . Hoarhound tablets,' ..Licorice, '; : An ti-febrine pills, ' ... Porous plaster on his hack. Spirits f rumen ti. Menthol inhalation tube, . Ginger,' , .. Rock and rye. Bottle of cough syrup, ; TWhisky just a sip, Mutton tallow on his neck .-' Box of anti-grip, , Vapor bath. . - Electric shocks, , . Brandy, . Cure for croup. Emulsion of cod liver oil, ' - Ughi Some strong beef soup. " .'"-!' Every remedy they urged Mr. Blifkins tried; Now they say they cured the cold, . But Mr. Blifkins died. -Baltimore American. ' Little Willie and Sister Grace. They cut pa's trousers down for me; 1 don't get nothin' new; I have to wear his old coats out his old suspenders, tool His hats and shoes don't fit me, but 1 : s'pose they will some day. And then they'll come, to me instead of -bein' thrown awayi My sister Grace is twenty-two And she can sing and play. And what she wears is always new Not stuff that's thrown awayi She puts on style, I tell you what! She dresses ont -of sight; She's proud and haughty and she's got A beau most every night I never get new things to wear; I'm just a boy, you see. And any old thing's good enough to doc- ' toiv np for mei Most everything that I've got on one day ' belonged td pa When sister's J through, with her fine things she 'bands 'em up to ma I Chicago Tiroesj-Herald. leameraiq. Thopo wniil lhA no ohlootinna to a man riding Jr lobby if he would only i.-'v TMVin' oortunltv to eet out BARB-WIRE TELEPHONE LINE. Three Towns in Indiana Connected by Using Ordinary Fence Wires. One of the most novel telephone sys tems in the world is the "barb-wire" line, which connects the Indiana towns of Anderson, Pendleton and Ingalls. It is fifteen miles in length. Its inventor, builder and sole owner, Casslus Alley of Pendleton, now has six subscribers at $50 a year each. The time is not far distance when there will be tenfold this number. One clothing company at An derson, with branch stores at Pendle ton, and the Wagner glass works, with offices at Anderson and factory at, In galls are using this barb-wire system in their business affairs exclusively. They use the line frequently.. -,They can con vert It into a private line by plugs so arranged that when one party Is using the line he can cut out all others ex cept In Mr Alley's residence, which is used as a central station. Ordinary phones are used with no special strength of battery and there is very little trouble with the lines. In constructing the line, Mr. Alley used the top strand of the barb-wire fence.of th Big Four railroad, making the connections with the offices of his subscribers with ordinary telephone wire. . In some instances where the posts had rotted it was necessary to paint the wire and posts with rubber paint to Insulate the wire. This Is fairly satisfactory and puts the line in shape to be tised as well in wet weather as at any other time. The Inventor expects to put in a newly invented form of glass Insulator, which is very cheap and the only one yet' found that can be used on afence wire line. On this line, wagon roads are crossed thirty-seven times and railroads six times. At these crossings the line is either carried through 'a gas-pipe con duit, with Insulated wire or by building bridges, which is done by merely nail ing a piece- of timber fifteen feet long to the last fence post and extending high enough to allow clearance for traf flc The whole line of fifteen miles was built at a cost of about $100, and the outfit for each house, consisting of re ceiver, transmitter, battery, call, etc., costs not over $10. The magnet bell call is used. This barb-wire line is connected with the , Independent long-distance tele tance telephone line at Ingalls, and in this way Indianapolis and Greenfield may be reached by the users of Mr. Alley's system. The line has been in operation since December and has not been out of or der except for a few hours, when a fast train on the railroad struck a cow, threw her body against a fence and broke the wire. A telephone communi cation, by this simple method, is placed within the reach of every community. Farmers who do hot have regular tele phone outfits and wires leading to their residences are supplied with a small BARB WIRE FIANCE TELEPHONE. Instrument at a very small cost This little contrivance is so arranged that it can be attached to the main barb wire at any point and thus the farmer is enabled to call up his city merchant or broker, or lawyer just as well as if he had the ordinary telephone equipment PENETRATED SHREWD DISGUISE. Prison Guard Was Interested in a Mov ing; Grass Plot. Green Casey, a convict at San Quen tin, has won the admiration of all his fellow convicts at the prison for the novel contrivance he has invented in order to make his escape from the pris on walls some time ago, and through Sheriff Langdon of Santa Clara County the story has leaked out Casey was a kind of trusty around the prison grounds, and while working in one of the grounds In the vicinity of the prison he took it into his head that he would like to escape, and was be ginning to tax his mind as to the most advantageous way to suit his purpose. As he was strolling around on the green grass which grows in abundance around the prison an idea struck him that if he could Imitate the grass by some means he could elude the watchful sen tries and make good his escape. Through the aid of his convict friends he procured some pieces of burlap, and with the aid of some rope made them Into a long coat that would cover him completely when lying on the grass. He then secured some wheat from the prison stable and sowed it on the first layer of his coat. He cast it down carelessly at on end of the prison grounds, and watered it dally. In a few weeks the grass grew up through cost-- " ' " . fW9 t V AND BUILDINGS. He was now ready to carry out his plans, and patiently waited an oppor tunity. At last he succeeded In getting his new contrivance across to the north west of the prison, and in a few min utes was under his grassy coat Slowly he crept along with the clever ness of a worm, and from all appear ances success would crown his efforts. But his progress was too rapid and very soon he heard footsteps coming in nis direction. The moving grass plot which was slowly making Its way up the hillside soon came to a sudden standstill as the eye of a guard had no ticed the grass moving and came to in vestigate the phenomenon. A kick In the ribs apprised Casey that his plan had been discovered. The guard took Casey and a red shirt now covers his breast San Francisco CalL HOW TO ACQUIRE A Contempt for Danser and Coolness In Time of Peril. . An elderly man and one much young er than he were walking along Fifth avenue a few days ago, moving In the direction of the- depot'! As they pro ceeded they conversed on' the one topic which Is now uppermost The younger man had spoken of the dangers of war And said be thought that few of the enthusiastic recruits who were now spoiling for a fight understood wbat it was to be actually face to face with death. "Well," said the old gentleman with a deal of feeling manifested In his face, "I don't know about that I am getting along toward .the close of life, of course, and perhaps I may view it differently, being n -it orally expectant of dying be fore long. -.But. as a fact when I sit down to think It over, death does not seem such an awful thing after aIL It Is a mere episode. We have to face It some time why not once as well as an other occasions? If people could only bring themselves to look upon these things in a proper light they would find that danger loses its power for ill and that peril need not make one afraid. What are these big guns which shoot destruction In time of war, - slaying their thousands and their tens of thou sands? .Mere cylinders of steel and not to be dreaded. The thing is to teach one's self not to be afraid. You can acquire a contempt for danger just as you can acquire a hyiguage or a knowl edge of astronomy. It is all training. I myself " At this very Instant his glance fell upon the white surface of the pavement where be was about to set his foot He seemed to stop in the middle of the mo tion, and leaped sidewlse, crying in an agonized voice: "Look out! He'll strike you, and if be does you're gonel Heavens above! How did the reptile get upon a city pavement? Get out of my way!" He pushed over two women and x three men in getting away from the fatal spot and climbed upon a flight of steps to watch while directing that some body kill it "Kill what?" Inquired a gruff man. Who had been partially telescoped. "Blacksnake! Venomous kind! Must have got here In a bunch of bananas or something from South Water street and " "Blacksnake nothing, you old cata pult You want to get a new pair of glasses. That's nothing but a little crooked line of melted tar that leaked out of the' street-repairers' kettle. Tame yourself and try not to get scared so easily as to break up the peace of the whole public with your elbows." 1 The old gentleman went away very quietly and did not look for bis younger friend to resume his lecture upon self taught courage. Chicago Record. Artificial Willow. One of the curiosities at Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire's place, is a weeping willow made of copper, and so dexterously fashioned that at a dis tance it resembles a real tree. It IS actually a shower bath, for by pressing a- secret tap, a tiny spray of water can be made to burst from every branch and twig of the tree, to the dis comfort of any who may be under it They Reward Domestics. ' When a German servant girl reaches her fortieth year in the employ of one family she is presented with a golden cross by Empress Augusta Victoria. Last year 144 of these crosses were dis tributed, only one of which went to a resident of Berlin. wlbUitiM in. the ! -athera ' r "Mrs. Bunk says she feels as free as a bird In her rainy-day klrt." "Well, she looks like a jay." Chicago Record. - Barber How would you like to bave your hair cut? 'Customer First rate. Didn't I just tell you tbut I wauted it JUt? Harlem Life. He Awfully funny thing happened -O me the other day. I was best man :o my own grandfather. She Really? How funny! Hadn't he ever been mar ried before? Punch. King Arthur was moved to tears. "Sir Galahad." he soblwd. "is dead." "Say not so." exclaimed the court-Jester; "say, rather, lie Is enjoying a good knight's rest" Philadelphia Press. Hibernian (newly landed) Phwot In the wurruld do the bell be put on the crow for? Jersey Farmer To kep ber from gettin' lost Hibernian But sup pose she do be deef, phwot thin?" Judge. Mrs. Jones (rendinc) One Filipino got shot through the head, heart, lungs, and stomach, and still recovered. Mr. . Jones B-r-r-1 It's a thankless Job try- i Ing to civilize such a people as that j Judge. I Loves his fellow men: Switcher I The new superintendent of the trolley road Is a very humane man. Ringer Is he? Switcher Yes; he says he will 1 run an ambulance behind every car. Bazar. . , Citizen See here, I'll give you a dime, but I believe you asked me for money only yesterday. Why don't you learn some good business? Able-boded Beggar I have learned one, sir; I'm i retoucher. Life. Wifely constancy: "I have been mar Med for fifteen years, and my wifs never falls to meet me at the door." 'Wonderful!" "Yes. she's afraid I might go in without wiping my feet" Chicago Times-Herald. Guzzler Have a drink? Bjones (who" s going slow) No. thanks; I've Just aad a swallow. Guzzler But one swallow doesn't make a summer. Bjones But It sometimes means an sarly fall. Philadelphia Record. - We have all met him: "Wbat sort of i fellow Is Bobbers In a social way?" 'Oh, be Is one of those Idiots who would say 'sweets to the sweet' when be was passing the pickles to a lady of uncertain age." Indianapolis Press. Judge Do you accuse- this man of :aklng your property? Band-leader STah! He dake mine mooslc-roll ven I ook away. Judge Took you by sur prise, eh? Band-leader Yah! He tteal a march on me. Chicago News. Gladys (sighing) Papa Is so eccen- xlc! Madeline How so? Gladys He leard me telling mamma that Prof, ieeze, my music teacher, had an ex luislte touch, and he discharged the" The process of profit: "And are yoa ;oing to pay your money to see that play which is being denounced as lm noral?" "Certainly. 1 think immoral plays ought to be denounced. And as i fair-minded person, I feel that I have 10 right to denounce It until after I lave seen It" Washington Star. HTti. .i.. la Ista, ,n!it. oT,n laid, as soon as she got borne. "Oh, ( hat ninfl" Yh tlist nnif If von mnat alk like a brute, and I want you to idvertise for him." And this Is the ad-" rertlsemeht as it appearea: -lost a. lausage-shaped yellow dog, answering, n-hen hungry, to the name of 'Baby.' A reward will be paid for bis return to t? Rlanlr ctrect dpfld or alive." House hold Words. The real thing: Johnny (who Is jeal )us of mamma) Mamma likes me bet. xr than she does you! Evelyn (who ..in., taantntri Whv. ii n Jnhnnv! nf wurse she loves Betty and me bestl lust think, she was our mother 'ong efore she was yours! Johnny (scorn !ully) Hoh, what of that? Vou are lothing but a sample copy, anyhow! i.nd Betty's only a trial subscription! But I am the real thing! Life. unr.li vt fntlmr a c L'w! H r rnn think you "ould support a family?" My dear sir," the young man replied, I have made It a practice in life never to cross a bridge until 1 come to it" Oh, you have, have you? Weil, I (cant you to understand mat tne Driage I refer to Is right In front of you. I'm looking for a son-in-law who will make t unnecessary for me to care whether I get to the office on time or not" .alH Mrs. Wlllklno. "did tha ili UJJ, - iamb chops and beefsteak I ordered for Dreakfast come all right?" "Yes, ma'am," the girl replied "And did the Dpy fill-that order for sausage that I gave yesterday?" "Yes. ma'am." "We . save bam and eggs in the house, too. aaven't we?" "Yes. ma'am. "And oacon?". "Yes. ma'am." "Let me see. res, Mr. Wiliklns will sigh for a good ld-fashioned mess of mackerel to-morrow morning. That's the only thing I -jouldn't think of." Chicago Times- Herald. Soda Water to Appease Hunger. Soda water Is now prescribed as a palliative for hunger, especially for the abnormal hunger produced by disease, rhe seat of hunger is found in the Solar plexus. By the use of water charged with carbonic acid gas the branches of the solar plexus distributed through the mucous membrane of the stomach are Influenced In such a way that the ab normal irritation of the plexus, which Is the foundation for the ravenous hun ger often present in diabetes and cer tain forms of indigestion, may be great ly mitigated, If not wholly appeased. Depths of the Ocean. The depth of the Atlantic Ocean be rween the Canary Islands and the West Indies Is something awful to contem plate. A pretty level bottom runs right iway from the African Islands to the American ones, gradually deepening to learly 19,000 feet At this spot the Highest mountain in the Alps might be junk, and still there would be nearly a half mile of sea water above it Spider Silk. ' Apropos of the new spider silk, a Philadelphia manufacturer has dis covered In an old book on color, dated 1814, an account of attempt to promote iplder silk culture, which failed be cause the spiders, when brought to gether, fought to the death down to the lost survivor. For Making Felt. The rabbit pest in thos ret become a source ' 'sx Is cf vsiire fof .