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The Story of a Young Girl's Strug
gle With Adversity.
BT JOHN H. MT8ICK.
AtmiCMl ok "Thb Danker or Bedford,"
"Waivtmi Bnan'Krnaj)." Era
Copyright, 1SSS, by A, X. KtUoqg XnnfQfir Co J
face was dark with wrath, and she loft
tho statu! more hopelessly confused
than Mrs. Arnold. Mother Grimily
came next and was no better.
lint the discovery of the bracelet in
Helen's carpet bag, and her admission
of the fact to the sheriff fastened tho
guilt upon her. Tho evidence was all
in, and (lie justice cleared his throat,
elevated his glasses mid rubbed the top
of Ins head, very much as if ho had a
painful duly to perform.
Squire Midlers was rubbing his head
sis if he was in no hum- to decide this
case. He calmly surveyed tho audi
ence who waited bis decision. 1 lis
eyes rested nervously for a moment
upon the pale yet calm features of tho
prisoner. Judge Arnold, witii arms
folded, sat erect, his short roan whisk
ers almost horizontal with his cars.
He looked triumphant. To him there
was but one way a man of common
sense could decide.
Mrs. Arnold's head was once more
high in the air. 1 lull io is triumphant
and Mother Tart rum occasionally sends
fiery glances at Helen and her lawyer.
At this moment hurried footsteps
were heard upon the pavement wilh
out. During the last moments of the
rial the belated train had come in
from Stratton, and these hurried stops
came from the depot.
Two men came in at tho door and
commenced elbowing their way through
tie dense crowd which packed the
"I say, Squire Bluffers," cried the
well-known voice of Pete, tho peddler,
""hev ye measured this case and torn it
oil' yet? If yo heven't, I've got some
remnants o' testimony to throw into
Pete, with Warren Stuart close be
hind him, now struggled through to
"the small open space about the justice.
Warren's face was pale and his mouth
.showed a lirmness that his friends had
not seen before.
Judge Arnold arose, bowed and
smiled warmly, and took his hand.
Warren's greeting was cool, but ho
-was silent. He did not speak to Helen.
There was no unnatural, tragical, run
ning forward and embracing as wo read
of in sensational novels, they merely
glanced at each other and Mrs. Bridges
felt Helen's hand tremble.
A disou.-siou now arose as to whether
the ease was cloed. past hearing fur
ther testimony or not. Tho attorney
for the State insisted that it was, and
Helen's attorney insisted that it was
The justice agreed with tho attorney
for the defense.
"Now, I jest want to tell that law
yer for that gal.somethin'," said Pete.
"I think I kin make somethin' clear."
Five minutes was given Mr. Layman
to consult with the now witness.
"What is she accused o' stealin'?"
' A gold bracelet."
" Any thing else?"
"No, that is only a slanderous rumor
started by some designing person."
Pete then whispered for a few
moments with tho attorney, and they
The peddlor wanted to go after his
pack before ho gavo in his testimony,
.and was granted permission by the
Ho went out, ami in a few minutes
came buck with his pack of goods on
bis back. lie set it down on tho lioor,
.ami was sworn.
Judgo Arnold looked puzzled, his
wife alarmed, and Hallio confused,
Mothers Tart rum and Grundy were
no little perplexed, and tho molo was
"Do you know Helen Lakeman?"
asked tho attorney for defonse.
"I do she's an all-wool gal, too, tin'
"Never mind figurative spocch, Pete,
just answer straightforward. Did you
see her on tho ovoning she wont to Mrs.
Where, did you soo her first that
"It was under a big true, in the lane.
Sho mi hor littlu brother had stopped
under it, out o' tho rain."
' What did you say to thorn?"
" I got 'em to go with mo to Judge
Arnold's house," said Potu. "I was
goin' there to stay all night, an' I car
Hod hur little brother."
What time did you jpt thoro?"
" It was just about sundown. It ws
still iiiinin' an' 1 couldn't oxnotly toll
the time, but it was a &tHd bit nfcsrji
tfMJft J&A fa,
' Wbo met you at the door?"
' You stayed there all night?"
"Where did you sleep that night?"
"Up-stairs, right over the parlor."
' Are you an early riser?"
"Yes, sir. I'm alters up before any
body else. I want to seo tho sun come
up sinnln' through the tree tops as
bright as lif teen-cent calico."
"Was you up early that morning?"
"Yes, an' I had left my pack in the
hall an' I went down to see if any
thing was damp, an' when I gits down
there I heard somethin' rattlin' behind
my pack, an' pullin' it 'round saw a
purty little white kitten playin' with a
"Would you know the bracelet?"
"I think I would; there was two lit
tle dents like .somethin' had bit it on
the under side. I took my knife an'
cut a cross jist between 'em."
"What do von sav as to this being
Tho lawyer handed Pete the bracelet
which had been exhibited so frequently
"That's it," said Pote. "an' here's
the cross I marked with my knife."
Ho exhibited it to the justice who was
now all interest and attention.
"What did you do witli that brace
lot Pete?" asked Mr. Layman.
" I thot that bracelet belonged to
Miss Lakotnau. Her mother lied a
pair like 'em once, and I wus sure it
wits her's, and she or her brother bed
drapped it there. 1 took a piece o'
goods from my pack an' tore off this
piece (here he held up tho blue calico
which had puzzled Helen so much),
then I wapped up this bracelet an' put
it in Miss Lakeman's carpet bag. 1
lowed to speak to her about it, but I
forgot it. There is the other remnant
o' tho piece in my pack," taking it
out and lilting tho two pieces together.
"Now, by the leave of the couvt. 1
will ask Judge Arnold a question," said
Leave was granted.
"Judge, where did you purchase this
bracelet and the ma" to it? "
" I bought them," said tho Judge,
still calm and dignified, " at tho ad
ministrator's sale of tho property ol
Mr. Benjamin Lakenian, deceased."
" Had they not been his wife's jew
elry?" "I do not know."
"They belonged to the family?"
"I suppose so, I paid forty dollars for
"We. are now willing, your Honor,"
said Mr. Layman, "to risk this ouso
Tho justice was smiling a smile
which was rather dangerous to tho
"Well, gentlemen," ho said, "this
certainly puts a new feature on tho
case. 1 shall bo compelled to discharge
Mrs. Arnold, to hor credit bo it said,
arose and was first to grasp Helen's
hand and congratulate hor.
"Helen, my dear, forgive us for tho
great wrong we have done you."
"Forgive me, Mrs. Arnold, for I, too,
have done you a wrong by accusing
you, in my mind, of knowingly perse
"I think that 3-0 all owe mo a forgive
ness, or a good kickiu', I'm not sartain
which," said Pete, lighting his pipe,.
"It seems it all grew out o' one of my
blunders. But I kin now sell ye cal
icos, linens and worsteds goods cheap
enough to make amends fur it all"
At this moment Clarence burst into
"Squire!" he cried, "this girl must
go to our house. Her brother is dy
ing." "Sho is at liberty to go where sho
peases. Sho is discharged," said tho
"Let mo take her," said Warren.
"Warren! What, are you hero?"
cried Clarence. "Great goodness! but
this is lucky."
"Did you bring your horse and
Warren then spoke a word to Helen,
whoso pale faeo grow sad. She took
his arm, and they left tho court room
All defiance left the faeo of Hallio Ar
nold as she saw Helen led triumphantly
away by Warren Stuart.
The good 111:13' triumph, but nre never
triumphant. Only tho wicked exult at
DEATH OF AMOS,
their own success ami tho overthrow of
an 01101113. Tho truly uoblo man or
woman nover delights in the downfall
tvf another, even though ho bo an 01101113
Triumph and joy woro all darkoned by
the startling intelligence that little
Amos was 1I3 ing and had sont to see
his sister. Sho did not know, but in her
imagination had pictured a part of the
little fellow's sufferings. Tho Lord had
been good to her, and sho prayed God
to spare thu little brothor, If it was His
holy will. Yet, ovor through hor oars
the words kept ringing; "Not my will,
bu.t Thlno, bo dpiio."
Warren and Helen spoke but few
words on the drive. Thoy both felt
that it was a drive to tho scene of
death, and both were uttering silent
orayers for strength to bear up under
tlio coming trial.
The old farm house is in sight. Hose
stand at the gate looking patiently
down the long road. She evinces no sur
prise at seeing her brother and Helen.
Her face shows traces of weeping.
The father meets them at the door.
No word is spoken, but the' are con
ducted at once to tho chamber of
Mrs. Stuart arises from the bed where
she has just completed tho sad task ol
straightening out the little limbs and
closing those eyelids forever.
Tho hired girl pauses by the bed-side,
and gazes for a moment on the sweet
face of her little dead brother. There
is a smile upon his face, and Mrs.
Stuart says tho last words he uttered
wore: "Yes, mother, I como I come!"
Tears again How down Helen's cheek:
they were not the tears of despair, but
sadness and joy.
He suffers no longer. Ho had gone
to the world of eternal peace and
youth. He was now in the arms of his
mot hor, in that Celestial City not made
Was this death? No, though we call
it death. A change is a far better
term. Was this an act of Providence?
We poor, short-sighted mortals are apt
to criticise the acts of Almighty Gixl.
The language of Job was in Helen's
"Is there not an appointed time for
nan upon earth? Are not his days also
UUo the days of a hireling? As a ser
vant earnestly desircth the shadow, and
as a hireling lookcth for the reward of
his work." Job VII. 1st and ''.
"If a man die, shall ho live again?
All the days of my appointed time will
I wait till tnv change come." Job XIV,
Yes, little Amos, did live again. His
change had come, and her heart told
her it was better for him.
Helen felt lonely ; though kind words
were spoken to her. There are alwaj's
so many things to suggest the presence
of the departed, long after tlny have
left us. We seem to hear their voices
in the halls, and each garment suggests
Often in tlio night, Helen seemed to
hear the painful cough which had long
nfilieted her brother. She would start
tip from her slumbers, so real did the
vision seem, and it would be some min
utes before she could convince herself
that little Amos was not alive and iu
the flesh once more to suffer.
Again and again did she in dreams
live over the scenes and trials with
that little brother whom she loved dear
er than life.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Stuart did all they
could to console poor Helen. Brother
Blaze, the minister, came.
Oh, what a world of consolation is a
good pastor in the hour of sorrow and
death. Who can speak such words of
comfort as the man of God?
Suffer little children to como unto
me and forbid them not, for of such is
the Kingdom of Heaven," he said to tho
Mrs. Arnold and her husband sent
regrets and words of comfort to Helen,
but deemed it best not to attend the
funeral. Pete, the peddler, came, and
offered the best of his stock for burial
clothes. Hose Stuart was Helen's dear
est comforter, not even excepting War
ren, who found himself placed in such a
strange position that he could odor but
little consolation. Tho only satisfac
tion Clarence had, was that ho had
thrashed Bill Jones, "the destroyer of
that child's life."
The funeral was set for an early luy.
Row Blaze took for his text "Tho
Lord givoth and the Lord taketh awaj';
blessed be the name of tho Lord."
Tho sermon was not noted for elo
quence or rhetoric, but it was full of
hope and cheer. Ho did not, as ninny
ministers do, preach all 'round the sub
ject, but right at it. He said the body
lying before them was only the ctusket
which had contained little Amos, but
that he hail left this frail tenement of
cla3', atidVas now with his parents iu
the eternal homo where night nover
comes. There was no cause for weep
ing, it was tho change of which Job
spake. That which was our loss was
his eternal gain, and yet as selfish mor
tals wo could not but .shed tears and
long for tho society of tho departed.
His closing remarks about the final
meeting upon the shores of the better
laud, where, friends and relatives among
that angel band would greet us with
loud hosannas, was so stirring as to
cause nuury sobs of tender sympathy
and hope, and there wo would find the
little bi3 no longer a cripple, but one of
the fairest and brightest of .ill that an
When tho sermon (which was
preached iu tho school-house) was
over, the pall-bearers, six bright little
boys, carried thocollln out, and it was
placed iu the hoarse. Then a long
string of vehicles, persons on horse
back and on foot followed it to tho
neighborhood burying-ground, where
the father and mother of the child were
buried. Thorn ho was laid away by
their side to rest till tho resurrection
Helen returned homo with Itose. Sho
as yet knew nothing of the discovery
on her wild lands, and of the good
fortune which was aliout to befall her
Supposing herself still poor and de
pendent upon her labors? she, tho next
morning after the funeral, announced
her intention of once morn going out
into the world to seek employment.
Warren asked hur to como with him
iu the parlor, ami whan alouo he said:
" Helen, a few wooks ago wo woro be
trothed iu tJiu sight of Heaven, I loved
you then, I lovo you ton times more
HER LOVE HAS TAUGHT ME SO.
ThoiiRli sho must toll (or daily bread,
I love her sterling worth;
What care I. bo sho o'er so poor.
Of low ami humble birth?
Hor hnpiiy ways unit smiling mien
Cheer mo where'er I ko.
The world Is bright to those who try
Hor lovo hiis tniiHht mo so.
Content Is ho who seeks to llnd
The beauties r his sphere.
And climbs the barriers In his path
Without cmnplHtnt or fear.
And thus I strive 111 patience on
Until success I'll know:
The crown Is for the v.ctor wrought
Her lovo has taught mo so.
Though she can count no vast estates
Upon her aimers' ends.
There's naught so nwcot 'neath Heaven's
Where love and virtue blends.
I live and toll for her alone
TliroiiK'li time's uncoasimr How.
For life Is bi- Rlil 'neath lino's fair smtlo
Her love has taught me so.
Otcar A. MM'lltr.
TILE SOUTH POLK.
A. Compnrntivoly Unknown find Un
Nome Itcu-itns fill- tlio Iijniiruiiro Tlutt llr-l-ts
fnnriit'iillii; 1 1 A ConlKiuptiili'il
l?xiril.tliu Wlmt 11 Few Kxplot'it
limn Uiivk DUeot oroil.
An cxpidiilou is preparing in Et
glnnd for the exploration of the le
gions about the South Pole. These
are comparatively unknown. For the
ignorance that exists iu regard to
them there are numerous reasons.
'H103' are far from modern civil'z niou
and off the commercial routes of tho
cean. The southern ortions of the
two continents are as far from the
Antarctic circle as some of tho
iMist-thiekly settled and highly-eivil-zed
parts of E .rope. For instance,
he South Shetland islands, whoso discovers-
was considered as romarka'ble.
and which are spoken of as iu the
southern polar region, are about as
far south of tho equator as England is
north of it. Most of the islands which
have been discovered and which on
ho maps scorn to form a sort of ic3'
necklace about it are farther from it
than 111:1113' northern regions which
supp irt considerable populations are
from tiio North P ie.
Who'i C 1 11m tins iliscovered Amer
ica ho had tho desire or intention to
circumnavigate the globe. Ho did not
succeed in doing Ibis because the
Western continent barred his W113'.
Subsequent navigators endeavored lo
puss the barrier both to the north and
-outh. Tliev easily succeeded by the
Strait of Migellan and Capo Horn,
but failed in finding a rassago by the
northwest, by :ij' of Ballin's ba3', to
ward which the offer. s of navigators
were directed for nianv years. This
aitraoicd attention to the region about
1 ho Norlli Pole, which afterward ex
citt d curimity, and caused tho soud
ng of expeditious of diseovoiy.
Mariners 1 nine into Northern waters
iu search of whales and walrus ivory,
and the demand for lurs led to the
formation of tho Hudson Bay Coni-
I aiu which, in tho prosecution of its
legitimate business, added consider
nbly to tho sum of scientific knowl
edge. Later came tho expeditions of
Sir John Franklin and others, sen tout
from English or American ports with
a feeling of rivalry, or for purposes
nuroly 1 scientific Both continents
, r- ject their northoru extremities con
sul. rnbty within the Arctic circle, and
iu tills way furu'sh mi important aul
iu advancing north ward. Tribes liv
ng ii) to and within tho Arctic circle
can furnish some sort of assistance
and givo Information, and there are
"bor wlo:, siis that have made
.....er's si ago toward tho pole
.0 up in the winter and iu the
ring pursue llieir cotirso with so
iiich of I he disiance gained.
Iu the southern circinn polar regions
1I10 conditions nre entirely difi'oront.
Commeico going east or west finds its
vay past the Capo of Good Hope and
Cape Horn, lite souiheriiniosl points
osppoiivcby of tho two continents,
I. bout going near them and without
rouble from icebergs. Tliei'o nro
lot known to bu any human bo
ngs iu any of tho groups of
islands or presumed continents within
bo Antarctic circle, or 11113' whore near
I, though souio of them nro cov
ered with penguins, nlbatros-',
seals, sea-lions, and during tlio
breeding season white bears abound.
I'lio climatic conditions are different
from those about the North Pole,
owing, probabl3-, to tho distance of
il 0 groat masses of land. Thuso givo
lirectiou to the ocean currents, by
means of which tho waters warmed in
be tropics are senttownrl tho polos,
raising tho teinperaturo of tho water
here and making certain countries
reductive and habitable that would
itherwlso bo little better than barren
Mislos. Tho cold at tlio South Polo
n not bo more hi ouso than at tho
T irth Pole, but It is less niodiiiid by
ho nearness of Iho continents and tho
.dniixluro of waters from (lie oceans
II the toiupoiale or semi-tropical re
Ions, the warm currents which tend
oiitliward nlong the shores of tho con
iiieuts being cooled it losing their
or co before they roach the Antarctic
Tho voyages toward the South Pole,
s compared with tho.io toward the
.forth, have been few, and the details
icy have given lmve boon meager.
Their geographical value bin been
omparativoly unimportant, and
heir contributions to science
In ost valueless. Thu idea that there
wis a continent lying to the south
.ni'doftho vast expanses of water
Mile. I the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian
oeans pt'ttvailed at a very early opnoh
i Sntultih-Amoricau lilstury. This
nil ed tlio Bunding of expedition
rom Peru to find It; tho first In 1607.
tho second In 1G05. Tho last discov
ered an island now identified as one of
the Now H brides, not tar from Aus
iralbi, thu group which forms one of
the bones of con tent ion hot wee"
France ami England. Thev have no
relation whaiover to tho South Pole,
but tho ex edition being sent iu that
dlrec ion 1 1 1 oy had in those days to
pass for such.
The S nith Shetland islands were
discovered in LVJS by a Dutch vessel
from KoHi rd am, which passing round
Capo Horn, got separated from the
tleet with which it was associated, and
wis driven to tlio southward by stre-s
of neather. K rguelen island, which
is a long distance from the Pole, was
discovered about the same lime, anil
reckoned in tho southern cir
cuinpol.ir region. Ciptain C mk
started well lo the -oiitliward
In one of his vovages, but com
ing in contact with numerous icebergs,
and fearing that ho would find it diffi
cult to escape, he shaped his course
lowarl New Z aland. A Russian nav
igator in 1 S'JO discovered two small
islands not fir from the Antarctic
circle, which he named after Peter the
(treat and Alexander I. 1 1 18;58 a
French fomiiiamler. D.tmout d'Urvillo
iliscovered several small islands ir
nearl3 iho same latitude, which hi
nan od afier Louis Philippe and Prince
ile 1)0 11 villi". lie made Tasmania the
s art lug point of Ids voj'age.
The captains of oiu whalors In the
employ of tho Eudcrlw Company of
Loudon made numerous discoveries
during the earh' part of the centurv,
giving the name of En derby to a mass
f laud which they did not circumnav
igate. The most iinpi rtant visages
ovor made to th Antarctic regions
were tliosi under thr eoiinnaud of
Captain James R ws. Thoy were 1111
derlaken b3 scientific Englishmen for
the purpose of magnetic ob--eryation.
Thorn were placed at
the di-posal of Captain Ross
two ve-sels of limited tonnage,
tlio Erebus and Terror. The time oc
cupied was from IS 30 to 181:1. In the
fall of lSItl) the exnedilion started
from tlio Capo of G tod Hope ami
spent the brief summer in Korguolon
island. The following soasoii Tas
mania was the point of departure. It
reached and passed Auckland Now
V. ar's 1) i 18-11, entering tlio Ico pack
iiuiui d aloh. Soon afterward land of
considerable extent was discovered,
which was called Victoria Laud. Along
the shore for the distance of four hun
dred and lifi3" miles, was a smooth
perpendicular wall of ico without
iissurc, rising from one hundred and
bfi3' to two hundred feet above the
water and descending eight hundred
feet below. lis surface was level and
over it. could bo soon a range of
mountains with two volcanoes, nun
t in thousand feet high iu a state i f
violent action, tlio other twelve thou
sand five httndreod feel high and up
pa re 11113' extinc'. Now ico boginning
lo form. Captain Ross escaped north
ward with difficulty, aided by a strong
breeze. He wont SOuili again iu No
vember. II ) passed thr ugh eight hun
dred miles of lloaling ice and this time
reached 78 dog. 11 mill., a higher
latitude than any ono had thou or has
since gone. Ho came north when the
seas were on the point of being closed
by the ico and passed the wintor at
the Falkland Islands. Iu 1) comber
ho lolt Port Louis to go south, visiting
tills time the is" anils discovered by
Duniont d'Urvillc. In tho summer of
18lil he returned homo. There have
boon a few discoveries 03' other navi
gators, but thoy woro unimportant.
Tho last was the vo3fago of tho Chal
lenger iu 1871, which added nothing
iu the W113' 1 f geographical or scien
tific knowledge to that already In the
Tho chief dilllcultios in approach
ing the Antarotio regions have boon
specified. Tin land, whether It ox
is'ts In the form of islands or con
tinents, is iu most cases surrounded
by a barrier of ice, oven In summer,
sometimes extending so far into tho
wator that it Is Impossible to dotoet
the shore lino. Few navigators have
been able to do mote than
put foot on tho land thoy
have discovered. None have boon
able to penetrate Into the interior. A
groat part of tlioni have buou only
able to observe tho laud from the dock
of thoir vessels. Tlio mass of lloating
ico between tho clear water and tho
land is broad and dilllcuH of passage.
Harbors whoro a ship could safely
winter seem novor to have been d s
covered. C italn R ss cani'i North
every winter, and il appears from his
narrative that it woul I have been dif
ficult to have passed Inhere, ovon had
Ids vessels been built and provisioned
like those of tho present 1I113'.
These are some of tho problems the
now expedition will have to solve, if
It goes with tho Mirious purposes It lg
said to entertain, and prepared with
every resource and expedient that Iho
many experiences iu northoru seas
h vo shown to bo necessaiy. It can
accomplish little more than has al
ready bee 1 done unless It spends at
least one winter near the localities to
be explored. Whether this can bo
ventured is the point to bo determined.
Should the ship winter at tho highest
latitude reached by It ss, or neurit,
It might, In the early part of tho fol
lowing si miner, go even nearer the
South Polo than any American expo
dltioii has been to the Nonh Pole, ami
escape In time. It Is to bo remarked
that the explorations uiiulo thus far
have boon In regions most convenient
to such convenient pel .its of departure
as the C.ipn of Goo I II pi and Tain ti
ll In. Therefore the lauds iliscovei'd
have buou principally south, or south
east, or southwest of those polmc
What exists at other points about tho
circle, what other Islands or continents
thcro arc to fill up tho gaps, Is nbio
I1U0I3 unknown. San Francisca
Some or Tlmso IlitM lir tlio Zunl Indian
11111I Ollmr Untlnoit lVopto.
A recent article on the "Seven Cities
if Cibola" is responsible for tho state
ment that tho Z mi Indians bolievoil
that tlio stones in the brooks caused
the water to run. It is also a fact that
this cur! ii s people bolievoil that thu
summer did not bring tho birds, but
that the birds brought tho summer.
But those beliefs are not 11113 mnru
ah-mrd than ninny hold by more en
In some remote corners of Now Jor
so3 for instance, there are people whu
believe that it is tho trees that inako
the wind blow.
There are other people, all over tho
countiy, who believe that tho Quakers
bring the rain.
In so 1 0 portions of the West, whero
tho people have few chances for in
tellectual advancoinoiit, t hoy fir ml j
believo that It is 1I10 thermometers
that keep a house warm iu the winter,
and cool iu summer.
Out in Arizona tlio avorago natlvo
is of tho opinion that tho poarh show
ers of suniiner-tiino are brought by
Iu Bermuda tho pooplo hold tho
whito onion sacred, as tho father of
all hyacitilhs. Thoy think its scent
more exquisite and balmy than that of
any other llower or herb, nnd that iho
human souse of smel is not sensitive;
onougli to appreciate it.
A certain class of hunters and trap
pers think tho cow was furnished with
horns that thoy might have conven
ient receptacles for their gunpowder.
In Boston it is a universally-accepted
fact that tho shortness and stubbl
noss of a pug's bond is owing to thu
tight twist Of his tail. Tho Bostoni
ans believe, also, that thoir city would
coino to an end if tho soa woro to dry
up; and that the soa would bo drunk:
dry by tho codfish if the latter wero
allowed to multiply undisturbed. So
ihey catch and eat all the codfish they
can. that the soa may not dry up.
Philadolphlaus think that the ocean
would always bo smooth if It woro not
for the ships plowing through it anil
tossing It up.
Iu Cincinnati many pooplo think
that a coruotist makes his musio with
his lingers, likoa pianist. In the casu
of a fish-horn, U103' think tho vender's
soul is full of the horrlblo uumusio
peculiar to him and that he blows out
through tho horn. Many Plttsburgh
ers nro convinced that tho loconiotlvo
Is stopped at Iho various stations by
tlio weight of tlio cars, which Is ar
ranged to tiro tlio locomotive nut at
the proper places. Thoy differ In this
respect from tlio S Louis people, who
could not bo induced by nrgumont or
force to deviate from thoir opinion,
that, whou thoy travel, tliars stanil
still and tlio earth moves in tho oppo
site direction. The Kontitckians pos
sess a secret w hich is st nily unique.
Thoy know that the smoke coming;
from a loconiotlvo is caused by its ex
haustion, and that It runs itself. This
tlioy prove by Iho statement that thu
locomotive gets out of broath on an
up-grado, and is a beautiful symbol of
the pluck nnd cheerfulness that should
characterize all up-hill work.
The Indians out in Indianapolis think
it Is the rippling of the eddies and tho
twisting of the waters that mako tho
ool wriggle ns ho swims.
All millers know that polar bears
and Esquimaux dogs have whito fur.
Consequent' thuy regard whito ns
iho proper color to keep tho cold out;,
and consequently wear whito hats in
tho doad of winter.
Many people, without regard to
residence, believe that what will kcop
oft' warmth will koop off cold. Conse
quent' U103' wear fiiinnel in the winter
to koop warm, and llannel in the sum
mer to keep cool.
From these fow examples, It is hoped
tho reader will conclude that tho
savages nro no moro extravagant in
thoir boliofs and fancies than nre their
more polished brothers, who have all
tlio advantages of rellnomont nnd edu
Australian Mound Bufldors.
In Australia ami tho neighboring
islands nre seou many largo mounds
of oartb, which wero fonnorly sup
posed to bo tho tombs of departed
natives. Those remarkable Itunuli
reaching ns much as fifteen foot In
perpendicular height and sixty foot in
circumference at tho baso are not tho
work of man, howover, but nro now
known to bo tho Incubators built by
the juuglo fowl and other speotos of
tho small family of Megapodidio, or
great-footod birds. Each of those,
groat piles consists of fallen leaves,
grasses, etc., which tho birds deposit
iu place b3' throwing backward with,
one foot. Though the mounds nro
usually iu douse s lade, tho decaying
vegetable matter has boon found to
raise tho temperature at tho contor as
high as ninol3'-fivo degruos. Tho eggs
nre carefully placed with tho larger
end up, about twelvo Inches apart,
and aru covered to a depth of nt loast
two or three foot. drkansaw 'lYav
eler. A Pjunsyl vauia wife kept hor hus
band away from a certain saloon iu
rather a novel man nor. Sho trapped
a skunk it nil Hung it into Ihu place,
and oven the proprietor, who is a
groat homo bod-, decided to lake u
Philosophers have noticed that
when a man makes up his mind that
ho has got to practice oconotny hu gen
erally tries to boglu with his uuVa