A RACE THE ... JjTt MASTER has the right to be Jgprouil of his ship, and mine Is a "clipper a "wind jammer;'' but I've left many a first-class tramp astern of me, yes, and liners, too. I haven't broken any records; I can't claim to have sailed 4334 statute miles In a day, as did the Flying Cloud, or even 419 miles, the record of the Sovereign of the -Seas. Records" like those were made "- when ships carried a big. crew, regard less of expense, and spread out their stu'n's'ls and moon-scrapers until the hull was no more compared with their . canvas than the basket is to a balloon. But my bark Daisy does all that can be expected with her crew of twenty-one men, and my owners gave me a gold " watch and chain when I beat the giant France on a clear run across the West ern ocean. - 1 was loading timber in Burrard In let, just up the harbor from Vancouver, the western terminus of the Canadian ' Pacific Railway. .-. I was feeling pretty . good, because, since my last visit, my Investment of $500 in town lots had turned Itself in to a good $1,500 with the , growth of the city. And as to ,- the DISCuVKKrSO THE TBKACHKBT OF BA MIRKZ. Daisy, well, I wasn't going to let that wintc Jones crow over me. He com nianded the Breeze," a four-masted bark, i: bigger than the Daisy, but with noth- Jng of her sailing qualities. He had got some new fancy patent tops'is, and r was trying to make the- merchants be s:- lieve that he'd -be unloading in London River before I was round the Horn. He ' was a good talker, was Jones, and made himself out a proper hero, especially among the women, who, bless their souls! don't know a man when they see one unless he has got a torpedo beard . and apes. the naval officer.- Anyway, r"- Jones', bragging made me' so sick that J .challenged him to start the same day : we were both finishing' our loads and" . race me home for $2,500 a side.-He wanteds to back out,-but the challenge ?,v vtLS biade at the shipping office before a crowd of masters and merchants, and Jones" had talked to such an extent that his friends forced him to stand up to me like a 'man. . I've heard since that be was in desperate hard straits, so much so. that the loss of that bet would . mean sheer ruin to him; but he had " talked too -much, and the Vancouver ... people .would have- chaffed the life oiit - of him if he tried to sing small before i ine.- We planked down the stakes, the first man home to cable7 to the stakA. .holder, claiming the whole ' amountN Then, I guess, Jones Telt sick. - Bar ac , . cldents, the man couldn't possibly beat ; me sailing, and-,1 never suspected foul . - play; such a tiring never entered my ;'"head.. I. was ahort of a bo's'n, my man having run from -the ship,"and. there- was not one or the foremast hands' who" t- could fairly claim the job. They were ;-;-good as sailbrmen go, the best dozen of ' them, but a really, first-class bo's'n could have given paints to the lot Now, Jones had a regular champion, a Por i tugee, who'd learned his trade whaling, .. and followed that up under the best masters in the deep sea trade. - So when .-".he -canie, to. see me 'the day before I ;was to, saifX listened to all he had to : say about Captain Jones-wbich wasn't' -.-.exactly compliments. I couldn't tell - him Vtrrin from his present-ship, In - deed; as in duty bound, I advised him solemnly to do no such thing; but I did drop ft hint that I'd pick up valuable men.who'd run fromsuch -masters as Jones, and stowed away In the Daisv '(ure enough, before I'd been a day out i louna mego icmirez aboard of me, mighty poor in spirit, humble and will ing. .Naturally, I wasn't going to lose time handing the man over to Jones, s'o . I signed him on the books as A. B, -- He -. soon proved, the best sailorraan in the . ; ship; such a good man, In fact, that my own people weren't jealous when I pro moted him oter .their heads; and made him bo's'n. I was proud of Diego Ra-'- mirez. If I'd only known! ' "; We started fair, VIo'nes and I. anS -all . -- the city-turned out to see the start. A t if.wu-mue race is-out of the common; . ,the papers were full of It, and at. the time when we cast off the -tugs the bet v ting was five to three on Jones: I took care to Be abreast when we passed the. city or Victoria; I took more care while e ran down the Straits of Fuca that I . VthovM round Cape .Flattery ahead of " him. Tn betting jthere was Ave to three -on me. ; Jonts did all he knew-, and as far as speed wnt there wasn't actually much to chooseetween our two ships'; but for seamansMp, well, I'd be: sorry , for Jones' chance. Of course, we put . him astern the very first day, nor did we see him again foi many a long day after. "... C -. There's no need to describe tire voy age. ; I had all the winds' I tried for, and not too much; I rounde&the Horn " - without a reef in my tops'is, then reach- s ed away to catch the trades for home. . '' We were bowling along towards the '" Line Tunning down - our latitudes la fipe style, and on Oct. ,3, at noon. I -Jmade It 100 30 7 8. " We were" under ; close reefed top" gallant " sails,-- wind aoaut: a.is.,- Diowing about a tops'lj . oreezef aoout as much as we cared for. .'.- Indeed, the-mate wanted'to snug-home i- the top gallant sails.: 1 knew what the -J Daisy could stand, and- when I went . below at 10 o'clock 1 told the' second um iv tan me lyr less man a llgnt gale.. . . .. -. . V. fcUUb a t - , queer thlngat sea how one's body stays J awake, expecting danger, while, so far u, mortal njind can tell, there lg noth-1 AKUU1NU ! HORN---- lng to fear. Everything was what the doctor ordered up to eight - bells. I heard the watch changed; then one fcetl, two bells, three bells, four bells. ' At last I got sick of hearing the half-hour strokes, and went up on deck in socks and pyjamas to take a look at the night. All seemed well. The mate was at the gallery door, sipping bis coffee, and small blame to biui for. getting it good and hot. His face was turned towards me, bis back to the forecastle, where something stirred in the shadow a man coming up out of. the scuttle Diego Ramirez, who ought to have been in his bunk, sneaking quietly up the ladder to the forecastle bead. 1 felt half inclined to hail him, but why should my bo's'n steal about like a cat, slink in the shadows, instead of going about like a man? " I thought I saw the gleam of a knife In bis hands. Then I ran full pelt along the lee side of the deck, for if the man meant mischief it was time I knew. I took the steps at three jumps. . - ' When I gained the forecastle bead 1 saw nothing at first. . Yes, there he was over the bows, his head just showing, moving from side to side as though h were at work. . - - .'- . . I bent down over hini, and found him", quite unconscious of my presence slashing with a long knife,- cutting away the most vital gear in-the ship the gammonings of the" bowsprit! I flew at his throat, half strangled, him, and dragged him from his perch, until I' had him hanging over blue water. But I was too late, for, with an awful crash, the gammonings . parted, the bowsprit flew Into the air. rearing straight on end. A yell from me sent the mate to the wheel. "Luff !"I shouted. "Luff!" But before be could bring her head to the wind, she gave one heavier roll than usual, and with one tremendous smash all, three masts, no longer sup ported by -the. stays, broke ofi"1ike car rots and went whirling down over the side. Then I hauled Mr. Diego Ramirez inboard, and battered him senseless. -. The Daisy lay a totalwreck in' mid ocean, her masts and spars, a tangled mass of - wreckage to leeward, were charging into her like a battering ram with every roll, and, worst of all, the whole of the standing "rigging was of steel, which no ax could cut for our release. " ; ... ,H' " " At once I had 11 hands at work to deal with the. disaster. One watch rigged a sea anchor, with a cask of oil, bored with an auger, which we put overboard to windward and so, broke the seas. Meanwhile I "got the other watch to werk cutting the", wreckage adrift as best they could. Only when daylight came had t time to go forward; time to deal witb Diego Ramirez,' Esq., my bo's'n, caught red handed wrecking my ship. -Even then I -could appreciate "the fiendish cunning of the man, his masterly knowledge of seamanship. .'The' chance1" hadj been a thousand to one ' against, his being caught,, so simple" was. his plan, so cer tain its success. No masts ever built couldhave. borne so' sudden and so fierce a wrench. It was a comfort, to me that I had markedDiego Ramirez for life.. But I had not killed him. nor would I while he could be held alive in evidence of his crime, I. put -the man inaronsr With, nothing but bread andwater, and oil the' third day ,he confessed that Jones had bribed him to" come- on board at Vancouver, had paid Mm $250 in cash, to commit the crime. That was Mr. Jones'. idea ."of racing, and-certain-Iy-the.way things looked he, would have - no" trouble ; to reaching England ahead of me, claim ing the $5,000 from the stake-holder at Vancouver, and caching the check be fore I could interfere. - As to the- mon ey, I had no redress,: for the law would not back me in a gambling transaction, but I swore be should be punished for wrecking my ship. - Well, from, the moment we lost our masts I had all hands, "Including 'my self, working; night - and" day," saving what could be saved of the wreckage. and using -the spars, tackle and canvas to jury-rig the ship. I had" thirty Jeet of foremast, eighteen" feet .Jot mlzzen, and six'feet of the main to build upon; and, if you'll believe me, I turned the Daisy mtb; such a. jig asTwas -never seen before in the .world: We rigged her as we went along under a jury fore sail, "and before we passed the Western Islands t had turned her Mo a sort of four-masted jackass barklth a sprit sail under her jury bowsprit, and even booms rigged out over the side to carry small sails. My sallormen laughed un til they split their sides at some of my fancy canvas, but .we did five knots an hour before the wind'. Every "ship we sighted howled '.at usj but I begged, bought and "Sorrowed something from each of Ithem, of spars, rope and sails to add to my- rig. I even hoisted sails on the boats in my davits, and ProvR dence helped me with Just the winds I wanted. I kept my bands In- good humor with plenty of ; grog, "and you 'should have" heard ""them cheer as we sighted TJshant!. .-. ... .. . v . . . Since .we had been delayed at least six i.weeks of course there cpuld be no hope of"n;.nning the aceL Xet we" were scarcely; in, our fresh course "up Chan nel, I4he time beiig just after, break; fast, when who-ahruld I see astern but my -dear friend Jmes. It was a clear judgment. In my mind,;fof he'd: been driven south by a gale we just missed by : day, blown clean iato the" AntarcV tic, C where Tie found a berg in a'fog. Anyway, here he was rounding Usbairt stern of as, and it was nothing now but a question of tugs. I had one ask ing for a job already, the only deep sea tug. perhaps, in the chops of the Chan nel. 'So I made my bargain for Dart mouth, and soon I was making eight knots for Jones' nine. At noon, I be ing still a little ahead, another tug hove in sight, and I, being disabled, had a right So away we went with two tugs, leaving Jones "raging mad astern. He was hull down .when 1 got a third tug, just to spite Jones, and went Into Dart mouth like a royal procession. Yes, I was first in an English port, first to send the cable to Vancouver, first to secure the stake.. Moreover; 1 got. Mr. Jones dismissed from his ship and, charged, with bis accomplice. In wrecking mine, and bis owners had to pay the damage. Now Captain ones and Diego Ramirez, bis bo's'n, are Im proving their minds In her majesty's house of tuition at Wormwood Scriibbs. - The Daisy? ' Well, next time I put into Vancouver the merchants gave me a banquet, and I wear a gold watch and chain to Jones' memory. A POLITE HORSE. An Aneclote Somewhat Out of the - TJanal Hon. It is seldom that horses show their intelligence tn. any striking - manner, but they sometimes do things , that would make their mental processes ex tremely interesting if we could under stand them. . I once owned a beautiful gray horse named "Douglas," and In eVery way he "was essentially a fam ily horse. He" generally knew what wag required of, him, and would try to do it. He was so gentle that, he could safely have been driven by means of two pieces of strong linen thread, and he was so thoroughly trust worthy in regard to standing .without bitching, that we left" him' any where we pleased,' entirely by . himself, and were always certain to find him 4n ex actly the spot where he had been' left. We had such faith in him in "this re spect that we got into the bad habit, when We. were visiting at a house, pi leaving him standing at the door and thinking no more of him' until Jve came' out. One afternoon my wife and I were making a. call at a ; suburban house, and as usual left Douglas stand ing outside. In a little while, glanc ing out ..of the front window. I was amazed to see the horse slowly moving, along the driveway. " I was about to go out to him, but as he very soon, stopped and stood perfectly still, V re mained where I was; and almost, at that moment two ladles came in. -".They were also paying a vlsjt to -the house, but on foot.. -. One of them remarked to me that I had a very polite horse, and as I did not understand this- compliment - to Douglas, she explained that when they reached the house they found my horse and buggy s entirely blocking - the en trance; and as they stood wondering what they should do, the horse turned his -head, looked at them,, and then moved on a fewsteps in order to give them an opportunity of entering. . .. I have nothing to add to this anec dote, except, to say- that it -must have been a very strong sense of politeness. ot else a word or two from one of the ladies, which .would : have induced Douglas to move, from the place where L had left hlm.f-Frank R. Stockton,, in Youth's Companion. ? v- : . -: ; "Wolselejr -Merely a Stripling. , It is pleasant to come across old war--rio'rs who. having fought in ' many climes against many people, are still hale and hearty. " The other" day . one of England's veterans,; Field-Marshal Sir Frederick P. Haines, celebrated his .eighty-first birthday. , . , ; . Just 8ixtyKne years ago'he began'h's career as a warrior and fifty-five years ago he went through his first campaign, seeing' m,ost of the fighting that took place In the Sutiej campaign of 1845. Almost the first .time be smelt "powder he was desperately, wounded, i " . -".His next campaign was that In the Punjab in 1848-9, and later he fought throughJhe.iU-ihanagfcd Crimea. Twen ttf years later he was made commander-in-chief In India, and -was specially thanked by Parliament for his tact and energy in the Afghanistan operations. ; The old warrior Is hale and 'hearty and still has an opinion of his own. - It Ts" told of him "that a dictum of Lord Wolseley's wai quoted against" one of his own. Sir Frederick; rapped his cane on the floor and shouted: ... ? Wolseley ! "Wolseleyf A clever lad, I'll admit, but a mere stripling, sfr, a mere srrlpltngf iAs Lord Wolseley Is Only 67,:tbat settled It, of course. Phlt adelpbla Post "i-; . ? -- , - ; The Singer and the Porter. M, A. P. tells a story of how, once upon a time Sims Reeves, the famous "tenor,; was stranded at a country Junc tion, waiting, for a -train. It Wflfl tfnlA 4 and miserable, and the singer was nat- uraiiy not mine Dest or tempers. While chewing the cud of disappointment nn old railway porter, who recognized him rrom tne puDusnea portraits, entered the waiting-room. ; ' .. "- , r . "Good eveBing,-'Mr. Sims Reeves," he" said. "-" " . ,""'. . 4- "Good evening, my man," replied the vocalist "getting ready the necessary tip. But tbe. man. sought for Informa tion rather, than 'flps.v i- , -r iL'They teir me you earn a heap of money,", he remarked. A ... "Oh!" murmured Mr. Reeves, v. - "And yet," "pursued the porter, "you don't work-hard. Not so hard as I do, for Instance; But I dessav rim-nnJ p'raps ten times what I do-eh?"- . W hat do you earn?" asked the singer - - : "Eighteen shillings a week y all tho year round," said the porter.- - - Sims Reeves opened his chests 'i0 re, mi do!" he sang, the last note be tag a ringing top one. "There, my man; there's your year's Balary gone!" . i. ' l Perfumlnit Gloves. " - i -- To perfume your gloves mix. well to. gether half an ounce of essence of i roses, a dram each of oil of"cloves and mace, and a quarter of an ounce of frankincense. Place this in tissue pa per and lay It between the gloves. -' '-.The men also get new- underwear1 when they marry, but they don't adver tise It ' " , V A well-filled , cupboard is the best "board of health," - ,, SUPPOSE WE SMILE. HUM'JRCUS PARAGRAPHS FROM THE COMIC PAPERS. .... PI saaant Incident Occurring tbe World Over- BayingmthatAre Cheer ful to Old or Young Funny Selec tion that Kverybod; Will Knior. Professor (returning home at night, hears noise) Is someone there? Burglar (under the bed) No. Professor That's strange! I was positive somedne was under my bed. Tid-Bits. Cynical. - Binicus One cannot believe every thing he hears. Cynlcnsf No; nor everything one doesn't hear. About -half of what one takes for granted is false. Puck. EomethinK Like It. Mamma Bobby, do you remember the text last Sunday 1 y . Bobby Yes, ma'am.-, I think it was "Many are cold, but few are frozen." ! Thit Eke Corner. "What do. you think of, the plans for that gigantic corner in eggs?" v ".-"I think they are well laid." Cleve land Plain Dealer. . ' . Tn ( onrt Circle?. He Oh, yes, when I was in Engjand I was enthusiastically received in court Circles." .-. : . 'v; . ' x She simply) What was the charge against you V Tit-Kits. . " : v Gets lip Karly. ' ' Jimmy What time do yer. have tier get ter work? " - . ' .-,' Johnny Oh; any time I like as long as I ain't later than 7 o'clock. Harper's Bazar. - r - ;: - . Brooklyn Flat Benham There isn't room here to swing a cat : , - Mrs. Benham Then we won't have a cat. Brooklyn Life. : Fearful li covery. -:."JJiS is terrible," . said . Meandering Mikewlth a deep-drawn sigh. - - . : "What's de matter?' asked Ploddifig Pete, in-'alarm. ' . "Here's-a nice piece in de paper. -It says we've got muscles Inside of -us that keeps . up an Involuntary action. Dey goes on workinV-; whether - we wants 'em to- or - not." Washington Star. " " ' , - ' :--'. . ;. " . - In" a Hurry. T -"How d'ye do?" said the busy man. "Will you marry me?" , . t v " i "O-er,"! she gasped. "This Is so sud den; I must have time to think.- I- " 'Say, 6u't keep me waiting too- long or I won't have money enough left-to buy the ring.v I came in an autocab and they charge by the minute, you know." Philadelphia Press. ISot Natural. Pastor Did yonr husband die a nat ural .death?-".- ; v .- v - jThe Widows-No, sir; a doctor attend ed him. Der"FlohI -. 1 . : Purely Pessimistic ..."That next-door, neighbor of yours deserves a great deal of credit." ' i "For" what?" asked Mr, BJykins. -"Why, vfor being so neat ' He is aU ways up In the morning cutting the grass -on his lawn or . shoveling the snow off his sidewalk." ' v -' . "Oh, he doesn't do those things be cause he is neat He enjoys the' thought that his noise Is worrying the- neigh bors." Washington Star. " For Protection." . . -T"I wrote to Aunt Tabitha about our robber'- . - . - ,: ."Well?"-", ' '- ' . . "She sent us a guinea hen; she says they always make-a big fuss when a stranger comes on the place." Indian apolis Journal." - ." --" --.A. ' ''I f- :'.r ':J;.J.0r-t- . Governmental Interfe enca. - "Here's a portion of the President's message intended for you, Carolyn." ' ""Nothing of the sort Clarence." v ' "Yes; he advises economy." . , . ; . They Wouldn't Kin. . - - "What do you call these?" he asked at the breakfast table." : " . . "Flannel cakes," replied the wife of bis bosom. - - . Flannel? They made a mistake and sold you corduroy this time." Balti more American. t Tncrensins Hia Ijcnoranc. Gayboy What-have you. been doing all day?- " . .. Bighead Increasing my ignorance.: I have Jusf read the latest historical nov-el."-Llfe. - ' - KnconrauinK. . Mr. Prancer I'm sorry I'm such an awkward dancer, Miss Perkins. v . Miss" Perkplns-Oh.yon're doing fairly well,-Mr. Prancer.', I've seen you jerk around lots worse, than this wilh other girls. IndianapoHs Journals -"- -:. -. Conclusive Proof. ; "This letter," said the counsel for .Mis. De Vorce, "Is a forgery. It was not written by my client, and, in fact, it is -evident it was not written by a' woman at all."' "What proof have you of that?" asked the oposing counsel. - - . "Simply this: There is no postscript and the several pages run right along in the regular order." Philadelphia Press. . : Mishap to an Xlbitnary. ' She wept "Oh, you editors are hor rid!" she sobbed. ; "What Is the trouble, madam?" in quired the editor. ; "Why, I boo boo I sent In an obit uary of my husband, and boo boo a id said in it that he had been married for twenty years, and you oo oo bo-ihoo your printers set it up 'worried foi twenty years.' " - Sue wept. But the editor grinned. Baltimore American. The Delu lea Canine. . "The dog is one of the most intelli gent of animals," remarked Willie Wishington. " "So I have heard," answered Miss Cayenne. . . - "And heIs the most loyal admirer a man can have. . . - . "Yes. I never could quite reconcile those two assertions." Washington Star. Only Natural. She Sometimes I wish I had never married you. ----- - He That's - but natural, ' my dear. We generally go back on those "things that we have tried hardest to get Life. - ,, ' .. Irresponsibility - " "They say," remarked the -very cynl car person, "that' in this corrupt and superficial age the great object is not to be found out" . ' - "That show-8 you have very little ex perience with bill collectors," answered the impecunious friend. ""My great ob ject Is not to be found in." Washing ton Star. x -'.' Wanted It Bnd. ; fScribley asked, me to-day if I would give him a bad character." .. - "He's, after a job and afraid you'd queer him. eh?" ". - "O! no. He's writing a play, .and he needs a villain." Philadelphia Press. An I fficlent officer. Judges-When the gentleman cried for help, why didn't you run to his aid? . .". Officer Well, sor,- it war across th' street, and not exactly on ine bate.". ' One Way to Tell. ; Henderson (who has just bought a new pipejCan you tell. me,"professor. If this amber is genuine?, t: - c5 Professor Oh, that's easily deter mined. - Soak it In alcohol for twenty four hours. If it's genuine it will then have- disappeared. Glasgow Evening Times. - V . " . - - . fhrew 1. "You ve been in a Bght" ""said mother, renroviiiKlv. his ."Oh,,-not much of a one," answered the boy. - - - - "Did you count one hundred as I told you when you felt your angry passion rising?" ' ; . ..;..vj; .--,:. ."Oh, sure,'?- returned . the ' -boy. "I counted one hundred all right, but I knot-Red the other boy down first. It's the only safe way." Chicago Eveuina Post: - :-. . . - . A Knnwlng Lail. ' "How many pounds are there in it ton?" asked the teacher. - --V".-' And the t-iinid clean-faced boy" witl a patch In his trousers; timidly sug gested: - "It-depends a good deal where you buy your cdal, doesn't it?" Washing ton Stat'-" ' - .. -:' -..Had a Sweet Souni. Small Jimmy Say dem lubly words once more. - . - ... : -- Smaller .Gladys I said I. don't want you to be. wastin' your money oh nit for ice cream and sweets aiiy more.-' Boston-Globe. . . - , ' . A Matter of Hear in sr. r Suburbanite You've got a new baby at your house,-1 hear? . - Townite Great Scot! can you hear it away out there in the suburbs? " - . ' - JL SUtch in Tim-. : ' ' - He Miss Rusty is awfully old, Isn't she? , -She She is just my age - He Well oh," I beg your pardon. -. The Art-Bo. - ' "Why, Madge, where are all the tas sels on your new chenille boa?" - "Ob, I stepped on some of them, and other people stepped on some." . - L. Now.Wl.1 You Smile? . " Mrs. Kendal is nothing if not impul sively genial, and the imperturbability of certain characters has often a curiously- irritating effect upon her. She was shopping -one day at certain well known stores, and, having completed her purchases, took leave of .the assist ant.who had served her with a friendly "Good morning." There was no reply; In that hard -working damsel's busy career there was no. time, probably, for the. minor gentlenesses; of -life: "Say good " morning and smile!" exclaimed Mp. Kendal, impetuously. .- The girl stared in -mute amazement .-"Then I shall remain: here until you do," said tbe great actress in the most persuasive but yet In the firmest tones. This was too much for the glrj. "Good morn ing," shcsaid, and burs.t out laughing. From that hour-Mrs. Kendal's appear ance St the store -In question was the signal for an-outburst of geniality; Philadelphia Telegraph. . " : ; . No man should object to thick soles on bis shoes, as the objections will soon .weaTraway. A MECHANICAL QENIUd. Ban Francisco Lad Who Makes Models of Battleships, Eddie Von Gelderna 13-year-old boy, one year ago, after a single hour's In spection of the United States battleship Iowa, went off and executed a remark able model of the ship, accurate in pro portion and delicate In detail, composed- of odd scraps and -waste picked up" about his own home and in . bis neighbors' back yards. He has now, unaided and untaught, constructed out of odds and ends of materials, with a few odd tools, partly of bis own-manufacture and- contrivance, models of a steam engine and electric car good enough to be exhibited . before the Technical Society of the Pacific at its last meeting in Academy of Sciences building, and which commanded the respectful attention of the members qf that grave and dignified body. . - " The steam engine is an elaborate piece of work, perfected, as a model or a sketch, to use the boy's own term, down to some of Its finest details. The boiler Is made of strips of, tin, neatly turned and riveted together, then nailed down to a foundation board, so that they appear, together with a sim- Lilar strip of zinc at the front to consist oi a series or castings. - ine sanaDraae consists of a metallictlp taken from the end of a discarded curtain pole, and a circular tin can forms the- smoke stack. The headlight is set in a little box constructed by the boy's deft hands, but for; tbe ornament which caps it he Is Indebted to his mother's discarded curtain poles. There are steam cylinders with eccentric move ments, symmetrical and accurately proportioned, and a whole system of running gear and mechanism beneath, down to the compressed airbrake and hose, all as conscientiously executed as if the lives of human passengers de pended upon iheir being carried out to the finest detail. - In the engine cab the boy has accom plished some of his most patient Imi tative work, for it is rigged with a throttle and steam gauge, the doors to the boiler and furnace being carefully defined. On one side the engineer's raised seat is carefully padded, and he is even furnished with the usual pad ded arm-rest on the window, while the bell , rope dangles above the fireman's seat opposite. All of the other windows in the cabs re glazed with discarded camera plates. The engine Is about three and one-half feet long and of proportionate breadth and height The trolley car, four feet long or more. Is a less complex structure, but shows the same fidelity, patience and accuracy, and Is one of the most hon est make-believe cars possible, from the stout wheels beneath, taken out of cord and tackle pulleys, to the trolley, which reaches -up to draw power from an invisible wire. . -"That trolley- was an old bamboo fishing rod once upon a time," . ex plains the young builder gravely. "I had. to buy the glass for the windows, for there weren't any dry plates the right size, you see. I've got the adver tisements 'along the top of the wall above them. If you'll look in you can see." - . ' The -seats, Simulated to represent the- rolling curves of : the slatted benches extending along the "sides of the car, were hacked out with the aid of an old jackknlfe." and beneath the car, at each end, the boy has built that ab solute essential to street cars in -every civilized community, safety" fenders of as Ingenious a pattern as he could de vise. San Francisco Chronicle. , ". " What Frightened Him. While crossing the Isthmus of Pana ma -by rail, some years ago, the con ductor obligingly stopped" the ttraln for Mr. Campion to gather some beauti ful crimson flowers by the roadside, it was midday and intensely hot In liis ?On the Frontier"" Mr. Campion tells a peculiar story of this flower picking experience. - - V, " I refused offers of' assistance, and went alone to pluck the flowers. After gathering a handful 1 noticed, a large bed of plants, knee-high, andof deli cate form and a beautiful green shade. I walked to them, broke off a fine spray and placed it with my flowers. - To my amazement I saw that l had gathered a witheredshriveled, brown ish weed. - I threw" It away, carefully elected a large-, bright green plant and olucked it. Again I had In my band a. bunch of withered leaves. ' ." : - It -flashed through my mind that a sudden attack of Panama fever, which was very; prevalent and much talked of, had struck me delirious. : r ..I went "off my head" from fright In a panic I. threw the flowers down, and was about to run to -the train, I looked around; nothing seemed strange. I felt my pulse all right I .was in. a perspiration,-but the heat would have made a lizard perspire. . Then I noticed that the plants where I stood seemed shrunken and wilted. Carefully . I '"putfmy finger on a' fresh branch. x Instantly .the leaves shrunk and began to change color., I had been frightened byjsensitive plants.. - - .. ... Equine Inequality.. "; The work horse - and the ..carriage horse stood side by side on the street "I see. you take yonr meals a ia cart" sniffed the latter, looking disdainfully at the other's canvas feed bag. "Yes,",-" replied - the equine toller. "Don't yon?" - L " - "Xcigb, neigh, " Pauline!" - and the proud .arjstocratlc mare rattled the sil ver chains upon her harness. "I prefer mine stable -d'oat" Philadelphia Bul letin. " Go-Wrong. .-.-. --"My boy," said the great man. "I used to -shine shoes myself." . "Well," replied the bootblack- "dev's a hull lot of de guys what is led astray." Philadelphia North- American. : ; - Silk Ureases In China. Silk dresses were worn in China 4,500 years ago. :.. - - 1 Finland Wolves. ".Finland loses ?27,500 worth of "cattle a year by "wolves. - ," t- It is one of-the wonders of .childhood that grown people can get up" without calling. Occasionally the people have a right to abuse yon; if yon make a mistake, aouse causes yon to be more careful. SPECULATION HAS LAGGED. Week of Ebbin Strength in Cereal Mark Bradstreet'i Weekly Trade Review. Bradstreet's says: Specuiatiorr-has lagged, but trade on spring account has on the whole improved this week. Southern and Southwestern trade is opening up satisfactorily, and there are better reports received even from the Northwest as to the outlook, for spring business. As to retail distribntion, conditions are hardly so favorable. Iiuinber appears to have been active at the West, and wholesalers have done more at the East, bnt the export trade laes in this line, as in others. It haS been a week of ebbing strength in the cereals. Argentina reports dis play an India robber consistency, and this week has been devoted to stretch ing estimates of the expert snrplus from that "country. Northwest wheat receipts have also been heavy, and the wuaiieu wan Biiree lubeics una utwu reported to . have been liquidating. Flour is dnll, but the decline of 10 to 30 cents per barrel has tended to help export bnciness. - The textile situation is not altogeth er clear. Cotton has weakened on in creased stocks at the Sonth. War, or rather rumors of war, have been the chief subject of discussion in the iron and eteel trade this weeek, ami to some extent have exerted a de- -pressing effect on sentiment. .New demand at this time, however, is never very large, and conditions as a whole are healthy and even promising. The labor outlook in iion doea not promise as well, . Wheat', intending Soar, shipments for the week were 3,336,054 bushels "against 3,061,095 bushels last week. Business failures in the United States tor the week ending number 290, gamt 822 last week. . . i"1., ... .1 ; .. .. f..,-i ( l ber 60, as against 8C last week. PACIFIC COAST TRADrL Seattle Market Onions, new yellow, 2o. Lettuce, hot house, $1.60 pet case. Potatoes, new. $18. Beets, per sack, 85c (3 fl. Turnips, per sack, $1.00. Squash 2c. Carrots, per sack, 75c ParsnipB, per eack, $1.001.25. Celery 50o doz. . . . . Cabbage, native and California, 2c per pounds.. Butter Creamery, 80c; dairy, 16 18c; ranch, 16c 18o pound. Cheese 14c. Eggs Ranch, 28c; Eastern 23c. " Poultry 14c; dressed, native chick ens, 15c; turkey,, 16c. ' Hay Puget Sound timothy, $15.00; choice Eastern Washington timothy, $19.00. - Corn Whole, $24.00; cracked, $25; feed meal, $24. , . Barley Rolled or ground, per ton, $20. " . - : Flour Patent, per barrel, $3.40; blended straights, $3.25; California, $3.25; buckwheat flour, $6.00; era- ham, per barrel $3.25; whole wheat flour, $3.25; rye flour, $3. 804.00. , Millstuffs Bran, oer ton. S15.00: shorts, per ton, $16.00. . - 7 Feed Chopped feed, $19.00 per ton; middlings, per ton, $23; oil cake meal, Ier ton, $29.00. . 1 :, . Fresh Meats Choice dressed beef steers, price 7)crcows, 7c; mutton iHi pork, 7?c; trimmed, 9c; veal, 11 12c. - . - . . . : Hams Large, ' lljc; small, 11; breakfast bacon, 13c; dry salt sides, ihic. '- . Portland Market .. Wheat Walla. Walla. - 6455o; Valley, nominal; Blues tern, 57ic per bushel. ' - " . . Flour Best grades, $3.40; graham, ' $2.60. . - i. " ;. :'; - Oats Choice white, ; 42o; -choice gray, 41o per bushel. " . . v., . - Barley- Feed barley, $15.50. brew- ITicr . Sift KO nftr tjnn A " v. r i - - Millstuffs Bran, $15.50 ton; mid dlings, $21; shorts, $18; chop, $16 pel ton. ". - . ' '-. - Hay Timothy,$1212.56;'clover,$7 (3 9.60; O.-eaon wild bay, $67 per ton. , t-. Butters-Fancy ; creamery, 6 55c; store. 324c.' . V- &ew t .. . ... -Cheese Oregon" full cream, 18c; Young America, 14c;. new, cheese lOo per pound. ;" . : . . Poultry Chickens, mixed, $8.00 , per - dozen; hens, : $4.00; springs, v $2.003.50; geese, $6.008.00 doz; ducks, $5.00 6. 50 per dozen; turkeys, live," lie per pound. i Potatoes 6060o par sack; sweets, IMo per pounu. 1 :.i5 ; -: . Vegetables Beets, $ If. turnips,- 75c; per -eack; garlic, ; per pound; cab bage, I o per pound; parsnips, 85c; onions, $1.50 2; carrots, 75c. . Hops New- crop, - 1214o "per pound. - - . , Wool ValleyT' 13 14o per pound; Eastern Oregon, 10 12c; mohair, 25 per pound. . ' ' . t ' . Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers and ewes, 8io; dressed inhtton ' 7e per. pound, .'.."-h . ' - '' t" .-"Hoga Gross, choice' heavyt $5.75; light - and . feeders,. $5.01); dressed. o.ou(sso.ou per 100 pounds. , ? . , , Beef Grosstop-8teers, $3-604.6a; cows", $3.003.60; dressed, beef, -6 7o per pound, j.-.. . - - " Teal Large- 77c; small, 8 9o per pouhd. ... - - ; San Francisco Market. - - Wool Spring Nevada, ll13o pel ponnd; Eastern Oregon, 10 14c; Valley,-15 17c; Northern, 910c. Hops Crop, 1900, 1417Ko. Butter -r- Fancy creamery 20o; do seconds, - 17c; fancy .dairy, 17 do seconds. 14c per pound. Eggs Store,, 22c; fancy ranch, 26c. Millstuffs Middlings, $17 00 20.00; I ran, $14.50 15 00. ? v ' Hay Wheat $9 18; wheat and oat; 9.00 12.50; best barley $9.50 alfalfa, $7.00 10.00 per-ton; straw, 354rc per bale. -'; ' Potatoes Oi eg on -Bur banks, $1.00; Salinas Burbanke,. 85c$1.15; rivet Burbanks,785a 60c; - sweats.. 60$1. Citrns Fruit Oranges, Valencia, $2.753.25; Mexican limes, $4 00 6.00; -Cahfornia lemons; " 75c $1.50; do choice $lv75'2.00 per box.-- v ' : - Tropical Frmts Bananas, $1.60 2. 60 r, per bunch; pineapples, nom inal; - Persian dates, - 6 6 S'o pet pound.