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WHAT OF THAT?
Tired I well, nnd what of that?
Wdat fnncy llfo was sjxmt on Ix"ds of case.
Fluttering tbo roso leaves scattered by tlio brecrc!
Como, rouse theo! work whllo It Is called to-day.
Coward, arise, go forth tliy wayl
Ijnely ! and what of that?
Somo must lie lonely; 'Us not plvcn to all
To feci n In-art responslvo rise and fall
To blend another llfo Into Its own.
Work limy bo dono In loneliness; work onl
Dnrk! well, and what of that?
Didst fondly dream tho sun would never sctj
Dost fear to lose thy way? Take coiirago yet.
I;arn thou to walk by faith and not by Bight,
Thy steiw will guided be, and guided right.
Hard I well, and what of thatf
Dldrt fanej ll'e cna cummer holiday,
With lossons, nono to learn, and naught but play 1
Qo, get thee to thy task. Conquer or die I
It must t learned. Learn It, then, iiatlcntly.
No help! nay, 'tis not so;
Though human help lxs far, thy God nigh,
Who fwwU tho ravens, hears his children cry.
He's near theo wheresoo'er thy footsteps roam,
And ho will guldo theo, light theo, help theo homo.
Every Other Saturday.
I'linim from HhakcHiionre.
Shakesix-aro's 'influence over tho public
is shown by tho extent (o whiclt bis
phrasea huvo lx."cotiio incorporated into
our language. Among tbeso aro "bag
and linggage," "dead aau doornail," "bit
or miss," "love is blind," "selling for n
song," "wide world," "fast nnd loose,"
"unconsidered trifles," "westward ho,"
'familiarity breeds contempt," "patch
ing up excuses," "misery makes Btrango
lxjd fellows," "tolxx)t"(in trade), "short
nnd long of it," "comb your head with n
throo legged stool," "dancing attend
ance," "getting oven" (rovenge), "birds
of a feather," "that's flat," "Creek to
mo" (unintelligible), "packing a jury,"
"mother wit," "killed with kindness,"
"mum" (forsilonco), "ill wind that blows
no good, ' "wild gooso chase," "scare
crow," "luggage," "row of pins" (nan
mark of value), "viva voce," "give nnd
take," "sold" (in tho way of njoko),
"your cake is dough." Tho girl who
playfully calls somo youth a "milksop"
is also unconsciously quoting Shakespeare,
and oven "loggerhead" is of tho samo
origin. "ExteniKro" is llrst found in
Shakosiearo, and so nro "almanacs!"
Shakesjiearo is tho llrst author that speaks
of "the man in tbo moon," or mentions
tho jxitato or uses tho term "eyesore" for
nnnoyunce." Chicago Times.
(, AVIint Pour Sparrow Can Do.
Two pairs of sparrows were watched
by an olisorvnnt naturalist feeding their
young in their nests in only one half hour
with the larvm of the bluebottle fly from
u dead cat. Thuy fetched these Li all 101
timeH, and one of the birds idso caught M
lliea on tho wing. Now, tho common
houso lly is computed to produce in ono
season, so prolific is tho progeny after pro
geny, no leas than 20,1)00,000, say, in
round numliers, 21,000,000, mil thus
weru prevented by these two pairs of
birds no fower than 280,000,001) bv the
capture of I I flies and 2,800.000,000 by
tho destruction of tho 10 1 lnryiu. Again,
there figured in the parish accounts of
ono parish inflloucestershire a charge for
17 dozen of (so called) tomtits' heads; in
another parish, Melbourne, in Derbyshire,
ti sparrow club destroyed iti ono year
4,577 snudl birds, and in yet another !!,
T)00. Take tho smaller of these two last
nunilxirs, and multiply it by tho numlier
of Hies just calculated as prevented by
tbo two jrnirs of sparrows, and it gives
what we may very well call a grand total
of 7,280,000,000,000. lndon Times.
Tlio Orlutllnur f tlm Ire.
"Tho submarine forest oH our port,"
paid a man from Kenosha, Wis., "is
lx?ing broken up by the grinding of tho
ice. This forest extends ulxmt a mile
and n half into tho lake. The grain and
bark of the trees are entirely dissimilar
from anything found in the forests of tho
present day, thus showing almost con
clusively that tlio buried forest was swal
lowed up by t'to sea ages and ages ago.
Fishermen w'm cast their netH neiir these
lealless anil etrilled trees often bring
tip whole bir.iches and twigs, and once
in a great while a heavy sea washes a
gnarled trunk ashore. Thoro are scien
tific men who bold that tho sunken
forest proves that tho earth has Ix-on pay
ing tribute to tho lake ever sinco the
birth of time. Tho vast, amount of ico
in tho lako this winter has had tho effect
of demolishing many of tho trees, ior
tions of which havo lxxn cast upon tho
anchor ice during tho bovcro easterly
gales. "Chicago Herald.
lieu, Mini'ldaii'it Plan.
(Jen. Sheridan has projmsed n striking
and ingenious plan of Imrlior defense,
kisod iih)U his exterienee in fighting In
dians jeant ago. lie found sunken pits
held by rilleinen lictter than forts, which
formed a clearly visible mark for the
enemy. lit therefore prooss a serioaof
submergeil pits in the sia, with guns that
can lo rainl or lowered at pleasure,
never ri. ing nlxivo the surface of the
water w far as to afford a gixxl mark for
an advancing fleet. Such works would
lx Ix'ttor defended against hostile lire by
tho surrounding water itself than any
visible fort can lx by steel or other casing.
Tho idea is worth consideration, as it np
jiears to oiler a niaxinnun of defensive
l'oreo with a minimum of cost. Now
Aro tlio Time Dc Kcucrnttr
When ono reads of defaulting treasure
cm and cashiers, he is likely to refer to
tho degeneracy of tho times in morals, in
honesty anil trustworthiness. Hut nro
they degenerate? Am the moral instincts
lens It eon than they were of old? It will lx
Biifo to deny it. You ttthnot tell what tho
morals of u man am liufil he is tempted.
In tho olden time -iiitluhtrieri , wero so
poorly dovolojxxl that it was luvivsary to
rojxo trusts in others only in a very lim
ited degree, and henco tho defaulters
worn fow. The jx-oplo of tho priont day
endure tho tost of temptation, no doubt,
mom creditably than tho ancestors of
jwst ccnturicrt would havo done Good
fjreen Chalk for Cur.
lltoy nro trying to introduce green
chalk in Minio of tho billiard rooms of
Chicago, It is claimed that tho chalk
lost nono of its tidhesivemK by mason
of ita nrtiflclal color, and tlmt it ixaKOewea
tho niont of piwrvlng tho color of cloth.
Chalk, as it ia used ut ptwont, boon faded
tlio heaviest emerald cloth, mid-makes,
tlio tnblia apjxtiir unsightly uml worn.
New York Hun.
THE SATURDAY NIGHT MARKtT.
A Procession of ISuynrs, Who Aro on the
Lookout for HnrgnliK.
On Saturday nights tho pressuro is ter
rible. About 8 o'clock tho procession of
buyers commences, competed entirely of
IxjojiIo who must bnvo things cheap and
.vhowill not Imy.milcm allured bycheap
nesi. On such occasions tho objects on
tho tiidewalk are largely re-enforced. Tho
shoemakers spread before their eyes largo
assortments of arctic overshoes nnd of
those caoutchouc conijiounds which tho
Boston girls musically term gums. These
nro at divers rates, come 35 cents, somo
55, somo 00. Tlio dealer knows the fas
cination which tho largo Ialx?l "00 cents"
baa upon his customers. It secm3 to say
that the living price, the lx?d rock rate,
is $1, but, Ix.-causo times nro hard, ho
will throw off n cent nnd Bacriflco him
self rather than not mako n sale. This
convinces them, this piteous spcctaclo of
Abraham offering up his shoes at a sac
rificial rato, and ho lias twenty customers
at 09 cents, whereas ho might only havo
had two at $1. Great is thy jiowcr, O
Side by sido with the shoo tables aro
other merchants, who mako appeal to
tho name piission for cheapness. At ono
end will Ixs nn old white lx?arded man,
who, sweeping his hand over a collection
of tin whistles nnd imitation jet brooches
and hair combs, repeats incessantly in a
monotonous voice, "Any toy or any
jowcl on this table, 5 cents." At nn
other will bo an orangeman crying out
with tho voico of a stentor, "Ten for 0
cents." Further on will boa huckster
of bananas, shrieking "Kipo banannies,
tho whole bunch for a quarter." Then
there will lxj magnificent displays by a
fishmonger, who by opening his window
establishes communication lK'tween tho
fish within and tho fish without. Clams
appear to lx) tho favorite dainty, and
these tiro displayed on plates and sold by
tho plateful, and ono can see feminino
customers counting to see which plate
has lxjcn favored by fortune. Beside tho
clams there aro piles of lobsters, just
boiled and steaming, surrounded by a
perfect cloud of savoriness. Then thero
aro small crabs, not very inviting, and
baskets of oysters.
Tho groceries aro in full blast, giving
away n chromo and a package of sugar
to every ono who buys tea nnd coffee,
which is already for tho buyer in paper
packages. In front of every grocery store
is a small stand where a young girl is
grating horso radish and selling it by tho
teacup. I watched ono whoso hands wero
blue with cold, but business was brisk
and sho seemed happy, nnd continued
rubbing away upon tho grater which must
have lx?en alxwt the temperature of n
block of ico, for metals havo the happy
Iower of distributing Ixith heat nnd cold.
Then thero were truck wagons from Flat
bush or Hushwick selling heads of cab
bage, and potatoes and onions. Tho va
rious dry goods stores on tho "avenoo"
were crowded with customers nnd blaz
ing with gas lights, and oven electricity
lent its potent aid to charm tho senses of
tho customers. It was a sort of carnival,
tho provident thought being, "you work
ing jiooplo havo your wngos in your
xwket; co-mo in and Bpond the last cent."
A Gltt'iip Tulingcnu Slide.
The. Macon Telegraph wants a toboggan
slide, nnd tells how to mako ono that tho
heat won't hurt. It selects a certain hill
in tlio city, and then says; "Buy enough
twelve inch plank planed on ono sido to
make, when sttxxl on edge, smooth side
in, a double lino from the hilltop to tlio
bottom. The width of tho space botween
these two linen of plank should bo nlxiut
ten foot, and tho ground smoothed with a
hoo. Over it spread pino straw six inches
deep. The straw can Iki hauled from tho
wixxls in wagons. Nail two barrel staves
under n plank of equal length, greaso tho
.staves and then get on. The rider will
find himself tolxigganing at a terrific rato
of snood, and accidents will lxj almost im
possible. New York Sun.
Dcciiy nf Itiillillng Stones.
The rapid decay and destruction of
building stones is a matter of common
experience. Mr. T. Eggleston has do
scrilxl somewhat tho causes lending to
them, lie finds that many limestones
that aro most linblo to disintegrate,
either in tho finished monument or yet
in the ledge, aro mixtures of truo lime
stone and dolomitic limestone, and tho
crumbling is duo to the more soluble
nature of the limestone, which is re
moved by the jHucolating carbonated
waters, thus undermining the dolomitio
grains. Chicago Tribune.
Ail African Drum.
"This," said Capt. Storms, taking up
it monstrous native drum of unshax'ly
girth, "produces a curious effect when
you hear tho muffled lumging of it re
echoing from village to village as tho
signal for war. I have com" across
chiefs in the interior whoto hobby it is
to have 'fancy' drummers. But their
way of prix'tiring them is essentially Afri
can. They chop off the hands of their
slaves, and oblige the lattur to lxnt the
drums with their mutilated stumps in
lieu of drumsticks." Chicago Tribune.
Impurities In Iron.
It is Haiti that tho mom rapid deterio
ration of much of the iron of a lato mako
arises from the fact that it contains mora
impurities than formerly. The common
iron of to-day is filled with slag, mid
looks coarse nnd llbrous when rusted or
worn. Fifty yoty.i ago tho iron mado in
the United States was largely charcoal
iron, and was much purer and hotter thnu
the same grades made tit tho present day.
NotlihiK was Good Knougli.
"Been north. I understand," Kitd.Tonoa
to Brown, who had gone to New Hamp
shire to sponge on Amw of his rich kin.
"Yes, 1 was up among mv relatives."
"How did they treat you?"
"Oh, immense! Nothing wns good
enough for mo, nnd" dropping his voico
"tiitit's jtut what thoy gave me."
Tho young nuin who has his ovonings
to hiuiholf generally goc nnd gives thorn
to tome ouu uIhu Now Orleans l'ica
yuno, Mlmw cflji now bo lighted by electricity
ut on half (ic cot of lighting thorn by
oil uud oaniiluu.
Saving Tears In Persia.
Tcnre nro considered bo precious In
Persia that they IxMtlo them up. When
there is a funeral some one goes round
among the mourners nnd presents each
with a sponge to weep in, and the niwngo
is nfterwnrds nqit'H'zcd into a lottle. If
tho deceased was a iwnurious relative a
tight old spongo that it was difficult to
squeeze any money out of when alive it
is likewiso difficult to squeeze any tears
out of tho family singes nt his funeral.
It must lx? touching to sec the master of
ceremonies at a funeral, moving nlong in
front of the mourners' Ixsnch, nnd asking
each one in a whisper: "Have you
shod?" Bottled tears aro supposed by tho
Persians to have great healing lowers,
henco their collection. Exchange.
Tretty Lively Traveling.
"The question ij often asked me," paid
an electrician, "if it lxs really truo that
tho electric current travels fast enough
to go around the world in aeinglo Becond.
Thero seems to le a good deal of curiosity
on that More. Tlio best reply that can
bo mado to ouch nn inquiry ia that every
thing depends on tho conditions. Take a
perfect land lino 35.000 miles long, or
equal to tlio circumference of tho earth,
and a tap on the wire would bo felt from
ono end to the other in nlxnit one second.
Under tho best possiblo conditions as
many, perhaps, as eight or ten seconds
would bo required if the current wore to
be transmitted through cables under tho
two oceans." Chicago Herald.
What Our Schools e1.
Thousands of young pcoplo aro turned
out of them j-early wi'h just knowledgo
enough to mako them yeasty nnd un
settled, but without enough to awaken a
tendency in their minds toward any
productivo vocation, in which tho most
of them must inovitably sooner or later
engage. Our schools hitherto havo been
trying to work out tho overshadowing
university conception of education,
Avhcreas they can continue to do ade
quate work only as they assist in launch
ing young men nnd women right side up
on the heady current of practical life.
Tho Sultan's 'Wives.-
Tlio sultan of Turkey lives in a palaco
somewhat out of tho city of Constanti
nople and fitted up in ordinary European
style. It is built of. stone, but tho rooms
nro small and tho ceilings low. though
very gaudily painted. He has Ix?cn mar
ried only some half a dozen times, which
is quite n reasonable number for a polyga
mous sultan. Indeed, Abdul llamid must
bo considered a very tcnierato man as
regards wive., when it is borno in mind
that ono of his lato predecessors was
pleased to possess twice as many dozen iis
lio has. Constantinople Cor. Chicago
George Washington defied orthography
with the samo calm cottrago with which
ho opposed the troops of England, lie
onco wrote to tho congregation of tho
Dutch Reformed church at Schenectady:
"I sincerely thank you for your congratu
lations on my arrival in this place. Whilst
I join in adoring that now Suproom
Being, to whom alono can lxs nttrcbuted
tho signel" successes of our arms, I cannot
but express my gratitude to you gentle
men," etc. Chicago Tribune.
Food Vnlue of Done.
Tho exiorinicnta of Dr. Edward Smith
with Ixines were cited to instance their
possible food value; these exjx'riments
were undertaken r.i th? command of the
English government, nnd were exhaus
tivo enough to prove that three and a
half pounds of mixed bones contain as
much heat food as one pound of meat,
nnd six pounds of lxnes as much flesh
food as n pound of meat. Juliet Carbon
in Ilnrper'a Bazar.
"A rjrntlier of fllrls."
When Alxl-el-Kadir wns expected nt
Cairo. Uuly Duff Gordon's donkey driver
naked her if be wero not Akhu-l-Bonat (a
brother of girls). She said she diil not
know that ho had any sisters. "The
Aralw, O lady," was the reply, "call
that man 'a brother of girls' to whom
God has given a clean heart to love nil
women as his sisters, and strength and
courage to light for their protection."
A Duel Between Composers.
Andreas Ronilierg, the well known
composer of tho "Bell," once received a
challenge front the leader of a small or
chestra on the ground of some protended
insult. He bent tho messenger back with
tlieso words: "Tell Ilerr X that I
don't know Iimv to use a sword or a pis
tol; but wo will each compose n cantata,
and the one whoso work is received with
hisses shall shoot himself dead." Main
Ancient Koine's Nuphln.
The mappa was n tablq napkin in uso
in nnoiont ttome for wiping tlio hands
and mouth it meals. Yulgar jxtsoiis
fastened it under their chins to protect
their clothes from stains, ns sonic do
now. In ordinary castM the host tlid not
furnish his guout'with napkins, but each
jxTson brought his own napjKi with him,
and occasionally carriodaway in it somo
of tho delicacies which ho conlil not cou
Kiuiio tit table. Home Journal.
Needed n t'lvlllved Doctor.
The China' government employed Dr.
Bnhr ns Euroican doctor of their fleet
during tho recent war with Franco. When
the war was ended the doctor was dis
charged tui a moans of economy. Tho
recent riot at Nagasaki, in whiclt a nuni
lx?r of ChtnobO man-of-war's men wero
lvully injured, led tho Viceroy Li to en
gage a civilized doctor to attend tho fleet
in peace as well ns in war. lhiblio
Something to lteuieinber.
A mother had reproved her littlo girl
for IxMng so clumsy as to drop a dish, and
tho littlo girl, after a thoughtful silence,
"Mamma, can you writo with vour left
"I could if I wero loft handed, but I'm
"Well," tmldtho littlo girl. "I gueaa
littlo children nro loft handed nil over."
Tho Uck gloi cost $50,000. A liquor
glass is oftontimoti mom oxixuulw.
A BOOK CANVASSER'S METHODS.
Ilia aieckneM, Humility nnd Impertur
babilityScouring an Order.
"Well," said tho canvasser, putting lus
portfolio on nn adjacent desk, while he
presented his autograph album to tho re
jiortcr, and produced pen and ink from a
secret recess in his vest "Well, I must
first thank you for your kindness, and
now let mo tell you that gall is not such
a pre-eminent ingredient in a book can
vasser's mako up ns you and a great
many other persons Bocm to imagine.
Our first lessons nro taken from tho Bible,
which teaches meekness and humility. A
real book canvasser never loses his tem
per; ho never gets angry; ho never ar
gues; but ho grdually leads tho conver
sation into pleasant channels, and makes
life as agrceablo and cnjoyablo to all
around him as ho possibly can. Tho only
resistance a truo canvasser will mako to
nnybody is when his calling is impeached.
Ho is early taught to stand up for tho
honor of his calling, in spite of all that
may be told him of tho misdeeds of others
who have disgraced it. Thero aro black
sheep in ovcry flock, nnd all men should
not bo held responsiblo for tho sins of a
"The best way, though, to illustrate
our teachings is to tell you how we
work and all wo do comes out of our
course of study, as you call it or our
book of instructions, as wo call it. Wo
depend on ourselves to tho largest j)os
siblo extent. Sometimes wo havo a
helper, that is, a gentleman or lady of a
certain neighborhood who, in considera
tion of a free copy of tho book, intro
duces us to certain people, but tho great
troublo alxitit helpers is that they insist
on talking and recommending your work
after introducing you, thereby display
ing their interest and injuring your pros
pects. It is harder to keep 'helpers'
quiet than to get along without them, so
I choose not to havo them. Tho ixnver
of influcnco we, of course, fully recog
nize but it is tlio influcnco or example
by leaders either in swicty or business.
For this reason wo are always glad to
havo good names to show somo names
in tho building, in tho block or in tho
immediate neigliborhood. On approach
ing a gentleman whoso sulwcription wo
desire to securo wo havo soveral things to
consider, and I shall mention them in
their order. Wo generally ascertain the
gentleman's namo nnd we mako it a
point nover to forget a namo onco ac
quired. It is pleasantcr and mom
effective to call a man by bis name when
you meet him the first time, 1x3
causo it makes him feel that his hn
jiortanco is appreciated and that his famo
is not confined to his family and imme
diate friends. After meeting him, we
look him squarely in tho eye, and, with
out staring him, hold him ns tbo ancient
mariner held his friend with his glitter
ing orb. Thero is great power in the
human oye, and, losidos, it hhows that
you nro not doing anything you aro
ashamed of. If tho person is engaged or
'too busy,' we try to make an apixjint
ment for somo other time. If we aro
canvassing in families nnd there aro chil
dren present, we notice them and say
nico tilings about their looks, or com
ment on their resemblanco to tho head of
"Tho next thing after securing atten
tion is to create a desiro on tho part of
tlio person to seo what you'vo got, for
desiro must precedo demand. That is
another of our axioms. Wo nover show
our books until wo havo created tho
necessary desiro. You may havo ob
served that I tried to keep my portfolio
hidden by tho flap of my overcoat. When
wo do show or.r lwok wo do not let it go
out of our hands, but Ixginning nt the'
cover, wo explain all its gcxxl points, put
ting our descriptions into tho lx?st words
wo can master. Wo keep cool, do not
hurry; aro concise nnd direct in our lan
guage, and try nover to weary or worry
pur customer. Then wo securo the order.
As soon as the customer shows signs of
yielding, wo havo pen and ink ready wo
always carry ink and obtain his signa
ture "while his mood is favorable. After
getting tho signature wo keep away from
tho 8ulscribor until wo aro ready to do
liver tlio lxxik, and tho delivery is mado
at n time when wo know tho sulscriber
has money when ho gets his salary if a
working man, and after crop timo ho
lives in tho country.
"Objections? Oh, gracious ye3, woliear
plenty of objections. Wo aro taught to
expect them, and we train ourselves to
meet and answer them. In doing this
wo niin to lx? pleasant and happy, with
out lx?ing offensively smart, and wo avoid,
ns far as possiblo, direct answers or
lalxired arguments. Agents who aro
afraid to depend on their own facilities
in such emergencies havo n manual from
which they may study and meniorizo
answers to tho ordinary objections which
are offered. I havo such a manual one
published here, in which you will find
objections witli ready mado answers."
Delight or Ceylon Lire.
But hero wo aro in tho midst of British
luxury, fivo minutes alxive a largo town,
with tennis courts nnd dashing drives.
Often tho ceiling cloth follows tho rafters
to the ridgo jxile, ns in my sleeping room,
which thus has a lofty dome. But tho
sound of creatures that movo without
feet is ns rovelrous and gloomy and
frightful and startling in that cmvico,
that Ixig liko reptile room, ns it is when
they havo tho sjuice of a regular garret to
knock nnd throw themselves around.
"Them" means wildcats, civet cats,
scorpions, muskrats, common rats and
serjKnts. There is no yowling liko that
of tho unhappy cats of cities in America;
no noise except tho locomotion and tho
delicate squeak of tho musky mico nt
piny, nnd tho louder protest of tho rats
when they aro being swallowed alivo by
tho biiako. Ceylon Cor. Chicago News.
Everything is bright, ovcry outlino is
6harp, ovcry houso liko a houso mado of
snow, roof nnd nil, scarlet and yellow
flowers in masses, trees so full of birds
that it seems as if overy leaf woro a bird,
yet not a bird to lxs seen thoy aro only
heard; tho wholo Ix'autiful island res
onant liko a bell. Such is Bermuda.
Where. Tliey Hnvo Gone.
A grant scarcity of tho very small
coins is roportetl. We aro nfmld tho
lumthuu lv got ell tho very small coins
by this time. Burlington.
rurulnR th' if" :My Dollar.,
The pursuit of . dlar is rcajKinsible
for the wreck of 't less lives. It makes
young men ok .ad adds physical de
bility to tho sorr ..s of old age. In the
unceasing effort to obtain riches, tho best
objects of human existenco arc driven out
of sight. Families aro neglected, and the
pleasures of homo left untasted. In Eng
land, tho princo merchant is content witli
what is gained by a few hours at tho
desk. Tho Tv t of his time U given to
such enjoyments as his means may per
mit. Ho i3 cnihusiustically devoted to
his family, and in old age is aa jolly as a
sandboy; sleeps well, cats almost too weli,
and is comparatively free from pains and
nches. It ia a fact that thousands of our
wealthiest merchants, in their prosperity,
work as hard as they did when com
mencing life. Custom has grown into
habit, and things without interest from
tho business jwint of view havo no flavor.
So long as good health remains, such
slavery has its compensations; but, when
tho phvsical and mental condition will
stand tlio strain do longer, the way totho
end is gloomy and wretched, ' tho pains
nnd aches arising from ix?rsistcnt o-er-work
embittering every moment to th1
last. Herald of Health.
Interviewing n Womnn.
"Women who figuro in public usually
liko to be interviewed. They are less
cautious than men about expressing their
convictions, but thoy aro moro particular
about having their exact language
printed. Unlike most men, tho women
want to sec tho reporter's noto book
when they talk for publication. "What
is tho use of my telling yn ihe&
things' if you aro" not going to put them
down!" Anna Dickinson once said to tho
writer. That energetic lady was not
satisfied with the assuranco that her in
terviewer's memory was a3 good as a
noto lxxik, sho wanted to havo tho inter
view which was about her plans as an
actress written out then and thero so
that sho might read it over and rcviso it.
Of courso sho had her own way. Sho
fixed up tho interview to her own liking
and tho interviewer turned it in to tho
man with tho bluo pencil who sits at the
city editor's desk. That critical person
cut out about four-fifths of Anna's talk
and quito naturally tho next day sho had
Bomething to say about tho total deprav
ity of newspaper rejiorters. New York
Tlio Hull ncc Mood.
Tlio law of correspondences lx?tween
spiritual and material things is wondei
fully exact in its working. Pcoplo ruled
by the mood of gloom attract to them
gloomy things. People always discour
aged nnd despondent do not succeed in
anything, and live only by burdening
sonio one else. Tho hopeful, confident,
and cheerful attract tho elements of suc
cess. A man's front or back yard will
ndvertiso tho man's ruling mood, in the
way it is kept. A woman at homo shows
her state of mind in her dress. A slat
tern advertises the ruling mood of hojx?
lessness, carelessness, and lack of system.
Hags, tatters and dirt nro always in the
mind Ixforo being on the body. The
thought that is most put out brings its
corresponding visiblo element to crystal
lizo nbout you, ns surely nnd literally ns
tho visiblo bit of copper in solution .at
tracts to it tho invisiblo copior in that
solution. A mind always hojeful, confi
dent, and courageous, and determined on
its set purpose, and keeping itself to that
purpose, attracts to itself out of tho ele
ments things and powers favorable to that
purpose. Prontico Mulford.
Von Dulotv'n Lend Pencils.
Hans Yon Bulow. on his first appoint
ment to tho leadership of the orchestra
nt a German court theatre, introduced
himself to his musicians carrying a small
parcel under his arm. This ho proceeded
to unfold with great solemnity, produc
ing therefrom twenty-two pencils, which
ho distributed among tho members of his
orchestra, requesting them, in a lengthy
speech, to make uso of them for the
puqwso of inserting his remarks nnd nl
tcrations in their several parts. After
Hans Yon Bulow had resigned his post,
his successor appeared, at tho desk, where
ho solemnly opened a littlo parcel, say
ing: "I have l)cen told that my predeces
sor, II. Yon Bulow, on his accession to
ofiice, handed each of you a pencil, ask
ing you to insert sundry notes nnd nltern
tions. I too, gentlemen, havo brought
you a small present, with the request
that you will make uso of it to effaco the
annotations of 1113 highly esteemed pre
decessor." Whereupon the new con
ductor, with great ceremony, delivered
to each of tbo musicians n pieco of india
Tlio Celebinted "Wilov'n Mite."
Tlio most notnblo coin in tbo mint col
lection, nnd perhaps tho most celebrated
coin irt tho world, is tho "Widow's
Mite." It name simply tells its com
mercial significance, though visitors gen
erally ask to seo tho "Widow's Mito"
first, giving s'ccial Scriptural significance
to it. It is'nn interesting and confirnia
torv fact that this piece was found
among tho rubbish of tho Temple grounds
bv Dr. Barclav, long resident in Jeru
salem, and author of "The City of tho
Great King." It was presented ly him
to tho mint. It is of tho kind of mites
oflcred bv tho widow, but that it is one
of tlio identical mites boa nover lx?cn
established. "Observer" in Philadelphia
Presidents Who Were College Graduate.
This is tho list of prcsuh?113 who havo
lieen collego graduates: Adams (John),
Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams
(J. Q.), Harrison, Polk, Pierce, Bu
chanan, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur twelve
in all. Tho other list, not counting
President Cleveland, contained these
names: Washington, Jackson, Yan Buren,
Tyler, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln. John
son, Grant ten in nil. The presidential
oflico before 1885 had been administered
by graduates fifty-two years, by non
graduates, forty-four years. And, strange
to say, thirty-two of tho fifty-two college
years fell beforo 1837, nnd onlr twenty
In tho equal period sinco 1837. Detroit
The Prophet nnd tho Cat.
Mohammedans entertain n kindly re
gard for cats. Ix.'oauie of a tradition that
llio prophet on a certain ocoReion, lx?ing
called to quell a riot, cut off tho bleovo of
his ixjfco rather tln dinturbncar sleeping
u;xn it. Cosmopolitan.
IN JOAQUIN MILLER'S CABIN.
Tlio Toct nt Work Clad In tlio Picturesque
Ourli of 11 I'orty.nlncr.
Ono day I walked out to Joaquin Mil
ler's cabin on tho hills just outside tlio
city. Everything nlxnit tho place looked
deserted and desolate, very different from
what it looked a year ago when I first
visited it. Then overything, both insido
and out, was neat and clean, a horso was
tethered just outsido tho door and tho
owner was insido hard at work, turning
out almost unreadable manuscript. Look
ing in at tho door, lx?foro knocking. I saw
a strange sight for fashionable Washing
ton. Seated on a plain, unvarnished
chair, drawn up to a rough pino tablo
that cost probably $1, sat a man in the
picrdrcsque garb of tho gold miners of
California. Ho waa writing rapidly with
a 6tecl pen, nnd tho fioor around him wns
scattered with finished pages. On tho
plank wall above tho papers was a single
picture and around it, tacked to tho wall
with pins, wero scrajis of paper covered
with hyeroglyphics that I afterwards
found wero notes.
Over in the comer of tho room was a
bunk such ns may bo seen in the steerago
of ocean steamships. It was covered
with a profusion of tho richest skins and
furs, some of which wero also hung about
the walls. Tlio wild haired poet of tho
Sierras received me pleasantly, and in tui
ewcr to a question about his method of
composition ho said: "I have no method;
I writo when I feel inclined, nnd do not
give any thought to tho subject beforo
commencing. But I must bo alone, not
oven an animal must 1x3 in tlio room with
me, and I even turn my cat out of
After a pleasant ordinary chat I left
tho picturesque littlo cottago an tho hill
and its queer occupant. I must confess I
felt a little disipjKiintcd with my visit,
for in everything but dress I had found
my host an average man. The next day,
however, I saw another phase of biscuri
ous character. Walking in the Smith
sonian grounds I heard U'liind 1110 the
clatter of galloping hoofs, and turning I
saw approaching, riding wildly, tho poet.
Ho had his sombrero in bis hand, and his
long hair was floating in the breeze. Ho
seemed to bo unconscious cf everything
around him, completely lost in tho pleas
ure of his gallop. This is tbo last timo I
ever saw him in Washington. Ho left
soon after and for a year has been travel
ing in Mexico and the southern states.
He is now in San Francisco where ho
edits a magazine, but ho is a creature of
moods, and may bob up in Washington
any day. He has lived longer heio than
anywhere else. Washington Cor. De
troit Free Press.
Tho AIiishiui'H Intoxlcnnt.
During a course of years, commencing
with the Russian occupation of tho coun
try, lx?fore the ccsbion of the province to
tho United States, and subsequent to that
time, men of our country found a lucra
tive business in tlio sale of molasses and
sugar to the Alaska Indians. From these
two substances they make a drink which
they call hoochenoo, and it is just a lit
tlo worse than the lowest grade of Hes
ter street whisky. In fact it is almost
pure alcohol, slightly discolored. Tho
Indians manufacture it for their own
conbiimption, and for the use of their
friends, but it is rarely sold by them to
ono another. They mako a sort of a
m.'ish from molasses and dirty brown
sugar. This they put into' a largo cal
dron over a slow fire.
Somo of them have considerable me
chanical ingenuity, and they mako a
crude sort of a still out of tin. Tho
pieces aro cut out for tbo worm, ono In
dian holds them in place while another,
with a bar of solder and a hot iron fast
ens them together. They patch on pieco
after piece, until thoy havo completed a
rude sort of a worm, nnd then their still
is ready. They understand the process
of condensation of the vajior in tho
worm and know bow to get tho distilla
tion out of it. Then they double and
triplo distill this product, and in tho end
havo a liquor that you or I would not
dare to drink, unless wo wanted at onco
to experience all the horrors of delirium
tremens. Tho stuff is simply terrific, in
its power. When the process of manu
facture is completed they store it away
in bottles for use. Tlio hoochenoo is
distilled only in tlio most inaccessible
parts of Alaska, as tho sale of large
quantities of sugar or molasses in the
moro thickly settled jiortions of tho coun
try is prohibited and Indians who aro
known to possess quantities of either com
modity aro closely watched. Lieut. II.
T. Monahan in Brooklyn Eagle.
Animal I.oro Aiiioiir Savage..
Tho natural history of savago races cor
rosjionds exactly with this natural history
of European folk lore. Tho Zulu will tell
you that the reason tho hyrax has no tail
wherewith to drive away tho flies is, that
on tho day when tails wero distributed
tbo hyrax, fearing it wns going to rain,
begged the other animals to bring him his
tail to Bnvo himself tho trouble of going.
So that tho proverb to this day addressed
to a Zulu who from laziness asks another
to do or fetch something for him is: "Tho
hyrax went without a tail lxxiuso ho
sent for it." Tho Bushman will tell you
that the jackal's back is black Ixx'auso ho
onco carried the sun on his back when ho
found that great luminary, then n mortal
on earth, sitting weary by tho wayside.
And tho Aht will tell you, in explanation
of tho melancholy noto of tho loon, of n
fisherman roblied by a companion of his
fish and at the sanio timo of his tongue,
unable to respond to questions about his
sport, savo by a noiso liko tho loon's,
whohO plaintive crv is still tho voico of
.that hapless fisherman, trying in vain to
mako himself understood. Ami just so
tho Greek would havo told you that tho
nightingale wns in reality Philomela, tlio
unhappy sister of Proeno, bewailing in
the form of a bird tho wrong dono to her
by Tereus, her brother-in-law, who, in
order to prevent her from informing her
sister, deprived her of her tongue. Gen
Tift Climate of Alaikn.
"The climate of Sitka, Alaska, is milder
than that of Brooklyn, tho mean torn
ixrature for the summer months being
about (10 dogs., and the average tempera
ture for the winter months about -10 dogs.
It is a mistake prevalent throughout tlio
United States that Alaska iannArctw
climate. Tho iwpulntio of Alaska "
18S5 was 8,U00wh!tonni S0.8S0i"
Liout. II. T. Monahan In BrooUjn