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All Airntit meiiuionla.
Wetter has written quite an exhaustive-articlo
on tho subject of pneumo
nia, in which lie reviews tho epidem
ics of thut diseaso which havo been
recorded. lie draws tho following
conclusions Pneumonia is a conta
gious disease, and the essential germs
can be communicated, not only direct
ly from an infected person to others
brought in contact with him. but they
can be transmitted through a third
person. They can, also, as in the case
of scarlet fever and measles, be con
vcyed in clothing and in many other
articles such as arc found in the sick
room. They aro dill'usible in the air.
but one must come within ten feet of
a patient in onler to bo within range
Tho pneumonia germs arequito long
lived. How they remain capable of
doing their work has never been de
termined, but three years is set as the
extreme limit. Pneumonia is "catch
ing" at anv time during its entire
coui-so. atuf even after recovery
Where a person is exposed to the ills
caso and becomes infected by tho
germs of it. the first symptoms, as a
rule, appear between the lifth and
seventh day; but exceptional cases are
many, and an infected person may be
taken down with the disease the sec
ond or third day after exposure, or he
may carry it about with him for neat
ly three weeks before it breaks out.
A person who has once had tho dis
caso retains for years a liability to have
other attacks, Jor the germs of it re
main with him and may be found in
li is saliva. Hence, Mich a person is
not only dangerous to himself, but to
others with whom ho is brought in
immediate contact. It is hold that this
in part explains recurring epidemics
in certain families, and, also, while
tho same person frequently sutlers
from severe attacks (luring his life
time. Considering tho fact, now
clearly evident, that pneumonia is a
contagious diseaso, tho proper precau
tions against infection, should of
course, be taken,
It is true that this diseaso is not
nearly so contagious as the most of the
other diseases of tho same character,
but it is enough so to warrant a cor
tain amount of caro. A patient ill
.with pneumonia need not be held so
dangerous that a rigid quarantine
must needs bo established, but those
who aro brought in contact with him
should use a reasonable amount if?
caution not "tako his breath," etc.
Perfect, ventilation is alike important
to them and to the patient. Ilnndker
chiefs and tho liko sliould bo thorough
ly Uisinleoted, and it a 'spit cup is
used, it should always contain some
disinfectant to destroy tho germs in
tho sputa. Boston Herald.
A physician of St. Paul related the
following litlto incident in tho career
of a fellow student. Tho appearance
of the latter was not such as to ini
press tho casual observer with tho idea
that ho was an .eEsculupius in tho sci
ence of medicine, and when ho swung
his title "M. D." out in tho chilly
breeze, it attracted little attention
from the sick and ku lie ring. The man
also became an unconscious butt of
soino of tho uioro light heartud young
ladies. Several of tho bolder ones
finally concocted a scheme designed
to bring him to irretrievable huniilia
tion. A messenger was dispatched in
hasto to summon the young Union to
sot a fractured limb. Quickly gather
ing the bandago and instruments nec
essary, the doctor followed. Arriving
at tho house designated, ho was met
with due gravity and informed that
Jus patient was
in tho rear yard.
whither ho was
I once led. There
upon tho ground
w.is u rooster which
had been unfortunate enough to break
its leg or shall 1 sav limb? Amid
hardly suppressed gigles, ho was in
formed thut here was tho patient.
Comprehending the situation in an in
stant, the doctor gravely and uxpo
ditiously set the broken member of
Chanticleer, putting it in a plaster
bandage with all tho care usually
vouchsafed to Immunity, and for once
a fowl with a broken leg was in luck
instead of in tho soup. Tho young
ladies were greatly pleased over their
adventure, and proclaimed it among
their friends with great gusto, but
when some days later a bill fonf'.Ti for
or reducing a fracture was received,
tho laugh died away. In vain thoy
assorted that it was- a joke, and that
they were only in fun. Tho prescrip
tion writer said ho wasn't in fun and
there was no joke in it for him uoth
ing but the fee, and he proposed to
have that if ho had to sue for it. He
got it, and pocketed it with u little
observation on laughing about sun
down instead of in tho forenoon. -St,
Paul Pioneer Press.
8I10 Thought They Worn Simla's.
One of our townsmen relates that a
friend of his, while stopping at the
seashore, caught a number of very
line eels, and thought it would bo nice
if they could be brought homo. It
wusdilllenlt to find just tho best niciiis
of transportation, but an old oil cloth
covered hand bug was procured, and
tho cols placed in it. Tho man board
ed tho train, and placed tho carpet hag
under tho seat, and thought nothing
more of it until some time after the
train had started, when suddenly a
woman who sal about four seats in
front of him jumped up 011 tho seat,
drawing 11 1 hor skirts, and yelled
"Snakes I" I'ho man looked that way,
and saw one of the largest of tho eo'ls
blowly wriggling r.eross tho car, and.
us there was by this time a general
commotion throughout the car, he
picked up tho gripsack, and, remark
ing thut "ho did not t-uru to stay in a
car whoro tho conductor allowed
snakes to run about tho tloor," made
lib way to tho smoker, and has never
heart! yot whether tho "suako" was
caught or not, Waturbury American.
Mrs. Amolio Hives Chunlor is not
tho author of tho following linos,
which nro being extensively credited
to hers -
TIiu imktxl lillln ltd tvatltou to 1I10 brwui,
Tho field aiv wide, (,-ruri' unf rucked,
Ban) are I ho fclilvurltiR limb of tkhniiivleut tree;
lial uouclcr U It Unit (tie com U tiw.kiH
Ni Yprk Tribune.
Ho Never Painted from Nature Ilccnaae,
He Said, "Nature Does Not Pose."
I onco said to him that ho must
have a remarkable memory to bo able
to work, as was his wont, without na
ture before him. Ho replied that in
that sense ho had not, but that which
touched his heart ho retained.
In regard to working from nature
Millet onco said to me, "I can say I
havo never painted (or worked) from
naturo;" and gavo as his reason, "na
ture does not pose." I would liko this
to bo clearly understood; Millet had
well weighed his words in stating
that he hud never worked from na
ture. This was without reference to
his student days when ho drew and
painted like others from tho model;
out from the beginning of his produc
tion of pictures he seems to have
rcmgnized 1110 met inai "nature uoes
not nose. Always looking upon tier
as animate moving and living he
recorded by the most simple means
tho stable tacts observed during na
ture's transitions. With the excep
tion of several painted studies of his
parental home, and of other places j
dear to his childhood memories, which j
were in fact pictures in every sense,
well composed and oll'cotivo 111 light
and shade, drawn probably from na
ture, but painted more from memory,
I havo never seen any work from na
ture of Millet's that was not memo
randum like in character, indicating
by outline and shadow the principal
contour; accenting here and thero a
prominent or important muscle, or
some particular form which he would
find to bo the key to tho expression of
the form or action which lie sought.
Almost all other painters have let t us
studies elaborately wrought out either
in color or in chafk, surpassing even in
detail and research tho parts in the
picture for which these studies were
Upon my first visit to Millet ho
took from his pocket a sketch book , t l10 togeta couple more yards of
about two and a half by llireo and a 1 "" d,;css 1 ot "Tu , li'ht v?k shc
half niches in size, and showed mo siys to the young lady behind thecoun
upon 0110 of these little pages his "d really thinks it unpardonable
studies for tho wheat ricks, which ifforanco 011 the part of the girl that
were tho principal objects in his pie-!
turo called "Winter This sketch, I
liko many others of tho samo charac-1
tor, was a masterpiece; every lino was!
vital, tho sinking and bulging of tho
ricksshowing tho cllect of storm and
weather. But tho absoluto modeling '
in light and shade, tho texture or the ,
straw, etc., was not attempted. This
tho artist Kimnlicd in his naintincr
not by more olaborato drawings or
: v ii--, . 1 . 0 1
studies in color, but by his knowledge
and memory, and by tho observation
of other wheat ricks under similar ef
fects as those presented in his picture.
Some of his landscape studies in
outline with pen and ink were tho ex
act record of proportion and construc
tion, resembling rather the work of a
topographical engineer. The othei
qualities of tho laudscapo were loo
llceting. Ho hud copied all that would
pose for him, us with the ricks; his
memory anil knowledgo supplied the
rest. Wyatt Eaton in Tho Century.
Tool; Him Don it 11 Vvg.
Ono of tho oldest inhabitants in
Boothby, was met by a scribe sonic
days since, and regaled by tho follow-
liigtaloot how lie and Ins belter hull
prided himself on his knowledgo ol
tilling tho soil.
"You see," commenced tho gentle
man, "this smart nephew of mine
camo down from Bristol to mako 1110
1111. Him old lmlv n vwi! Kr nf cniiiw I
rtuUo ihow1nin,nybH,off XS '
which, of I do say it, is n putty good
ono considorin' tho rocks a-growin'
"Nephew's namo is Joshua, and 1
fust took him along to ther hog pen.
Thoy'ro likely erectors, and Josh
turned up his noso at 'em and said:
" 'Huh I them's nothin' but shotes.
Yer orterseo niino up to Bristol. My,
but thoy ro big tollers.
"I said nothin', but took
to boo my cows, as handsome auiiniles
us can bo found hereabouts. Josh 01,11
snifl'ed, and said: istuK stump ctu-Joitli.
" 'Huh, them's nothin'; yerorter sec a certain well known gentleman in
mino up to Bristol your's is mere tho city owns a valuablo collection of
calves to 'enil postage stamps which has taken him
"1 was gettin' a bit riled, but kept j twelve years to get together. "My col
quioL Next. 1 showed him my hen- lection 'isn't complete," he said, with a
uery uiieu wmi miu un us, uut ius &0011
as Josh laid eyes on 'cm ho laughed
I la, ha I" snickored ho; 'what n
miserable lot of feathoi-ed bipeds yer j
orter seo mine up to Bristol 1'
"1 was u-bilein within, but kept
onnl mit.iviims. J hat ovemno- I Inld
my wife Jorusha all about it, and she
said as how sho was able to tlx him
and tako tho conceit out of him. Jo
rusha is mighty pert on takm' folks
down. Wall, Josh went to his virtu
ous conch, as tho poets say, but it want 1
long nforo ho was up again, and ho'
didn tstop to di-ess hissell, nuther. Ho
came prancin' out of his room liko all
" 'Talco em oll'l lako 'em ollM"
I thought as how ho had tho hor-
i-ora from tlrinkin' too much apple ,
jack, but lseoelingiu'to his legs an' .
uliii-l nil' 1111111111' I11111 um-nt)il livrt '
shirt, an nippm nun, sovoral live
lobsters. Then 1 had to lutl'. Jcrusha
suickei-ed too, but said calm liko:
" 'Huh I ihoni's nothin' but bed bugs;
'sposo you havo 'out bigger up to Bris
'Wo picked tho green critters oil
poor Josh ami put 'em back in tho box
where Jorusha hud 'em previous to j
puttin' 'cm in his bed. It took Josh
down u peg, and no a now on earth
onco nioi-o.' Boothby (Mo.) Register.
Among tho many ingenious appli
cations of the phonograph, a means
has been devised by which every blast
of tho engines whistlo is recorded, to
gether with tho exact time at which it
occurs. This dovico will bo valuable
to tho railroad companies in protect
ing them from tho exaggerated pro
tensions of persons who aro injured on
tho track. It is interesting to recall
tho fact that limoit.oit, us far back us
1801, foretold iu 11 way what lCdison
has brought to pass, "TIiu sun pains,"
heuiid, "presently wo shall organizo
tho echo, as wo now do tho shnuows."
New ork Telegram,
Why (lie l-ixly Fulled to Match Iter Nap
kin and lire- Good.
Bargain day" is productivo of all
. f,orts,of annoyances. n a largo s ore
tho bargains aro confined to only a
tew ol tno departments, and tho pur
chaser who docs not secure all sho
wants of a thing, deciding to come at
another time nndgetmoro if sho needs
it, generally gets left To illustrate:
A lady bought a half dozen napkins at
a bargain. She concluded a few days
after that they wore quite pretty,
and us six would be scarcely enough
to go round for "company," sho
would get as many rnoro. Back sho
goes to the store, but when she comes
to buy them she finds the price is
marked up fifteen or twenty-five
cents above what she paid. Sho
protests, and after milling the tem
per of tho clerks and workms her-
1 toll In n ii !,, Ihi l.wtl 11' V
" ' j ' , ?
comes to the surface that sho made
her purchase on "bargain day." Out
she llounces, determined to wait for
another bargain day, and she daily
watches the advertising columns of
llio papers tor bargain day at tins par-
H0!1 '"' st0,'V; h. "PI " lUo. 110x1
Friday or Monday, and without stop
ping to observe that the department
111 which she is interested is not includ
ed in the bargain sales, away sho goes,
pulling and blowing, hor whole soul
bent on getting another half dozen of
those napkins. Arrived at the store,
she Icarus to her disgust that there
are no bargains at that counter that
day. She expresses her disgust, too,
and lowers at tho poorelerksjtistusif it
were all their fault.
Having had her say there, she goes
into the dress goods department and
Days, say, eigiil yards ol a peculiar
fllil(1 of, "' goods, and then goes
home with the satisfaction that, if she
didn't get tho napkins, she at least got
a bargain in a dress. Next bargain
day she appears at tho store again,
s does not only not remember her,
ut also the particular pieco of goods
("' which she bought her dress
w't' a " hat do they keen sucl
lPia -stores for? query, sho pro
sample of the goods. Tho
J'01'1!?, woman examines the samnlo
-ami mom s ner mat mat particular
goods is all gone.
"Well, bin I want that and nothing
.iii , .
"It is entirely out of stock," replies
"But I must have it," she says, with
She is again told that it is not in
stock. Then she makes a straight dive
for a tloor wailcer, and lays her com
plaint before him. Tho young lady
who was so discourteous ') as to not
sell her what was not in stock is called
up. She explains, and then tho wo
man is informed that they will prob
ably havo soino more of it in a few
days. But she is not satisfied. Sho
wanders away, ami tells a cash boy
sho wants to seo tho manager. Tho
boy goes for tho manager. In a mo
ment ho returns with the very man
she made complaint to. Sho looks at
him, excuses liersell, and goes baclc to
still high, and she goes homo mad,
11 lid declares sho will not patromzo
such a house again never.
A few days inoro roll nround and
sho makes up her mind she will ao
pay inu regular incu iur a uau
'V"0? ""I1"8 J?"
and pay tho regular prico for a half
sci Dili ncr ucici iiiuiauuii iu yet a
bargain has blocked hor. Thoso par-
tieular napkins aro 11U gouo "just
sold tho last of them this morning,"
tho clerk says to her, and expresses
great sorrow at her disappointment.
To say that sho is now furious would
hardfy express it. She deliberately
makes a snow of hei-solf and then
llounces out, with tho inward satis
faction of having told them what sho
.1 1,1 r , ;i,ni ii
s 1 "and t never will bo. WliVf
Becauso it would remtiro $100,000 to
make it so. There nro about 0,000 dif
ferent dcseriptionsof postage stamps in
existence. Tho museum of the Berlin
(m B 000 ,H.e
alono contains between -1,000
turn i,vmw njii i iuivjim, w 1 ,, iiivii ,.. ... v
plr,,,. Vin-niw, mill t tin remainder divid
ed between Asia, Africa, America and
Australia. Soino of tho stamps bear a
coat of arms and other emblems, im
partially borrowed from tho heavens
above, tho earth beneain nnu tno
i0US( ,orsea, serpents, railway trains,
aolphinsand other fearful wild fowl,
-nK,IX) m.0 ,10-eover, tho vignctto cf-
llgies of llvoeniperoi-s, eighteen kings,
three queens. onograntlduKoaminiuiiy
i,i'.M;iil.nlu Rnmn if llir shliniw I'.'lll.
J10t bo nVirelmsed for $5,000, while
others cannot bo purchased for any
1 ...11 ,i. nr., r ,
sum. 1 leu yon 1110 iiiuui a siauiji
collector isn't unliko that of Tanta-
lus," Cincinnati Commercial.
St j leu In Sltors.
Button nnd laco shoes nro not only
going out of stylo, but out of uso. Tho
only thing that can suvo tho lucoshoo
wiU bo tho invention of n
for tho ends of the luces which will do
away with tho tie and nt the sumo timo
bo popular. Thero havo been several in
ventions' of this kind, hut none of them
were practical. Tho principal troublo
with tho gaiter hitherto has been tho
bad quality of tho rubborused iu tho
sides or gores. These nro now being
miulo witu a now kind of rubber, in
vented by a Connecticut man, culled
"kelgum." It is mutlo of vegetable
oils, nnd is said to bo much more
durablo than tho rubber that has been
used. Tho gaiter is opular because
it can lo put on and taken otl" so
much more rapidly than tho other
styles of bhw and physicians ivcom
mond its wearing becauso it docs not
weaken tho ankle as the luce and but
ton allocs do. St, Ivouis Globe-Demo
I lteudj In Alilwcr.
"Camp meeting" John Allen was
always ready with a retort for friend
or foe, sometimes scathing, and al
ways humorous. After" his conver
sion, he met an old minister, who plied
him with very searching questions as
to the genuineness of his experience,
und the young man complained of the
severity of tbis catechism.
"If tho tree bo well rooted." said the
minister, "it will not bo harmed if we
"But," said the convert, "the Mas
ter said to his disciples, 'Feed my
Iambs.' not 'Uo and shake theni.' "
At another time, when Mr. Allen
was about 10 begin his sermon in a
new place, a former pastor said to
"Are you a long preacher?"
"Five feet seven inches." was the
At a meeting of ministers, a Baptist
was invited to give his views on the
subject of Methodist economy, and at
ont-e rose, saying that, although there
were many excellent tilings in Mcllio
distil, it seemed to him to have loo
Mr. Allen was on his feet in a mo
"The Methodist church may have
more machinery than tho Baptist." he
replied, "hut it doesn't require as mufl.
water to run it.'"
A lawyer of opposite politics saitl to
iiim. about 1 he same time. "Mr. A)
leu. on which side are you going to
vote? for I shall vote against you."
"On tin- right side." was the ui
swel- "Which side is yours?"
Ono morning at a Methodist camp
meeting a young man arose, and saitl.
"I do not believe in singing 'Oh, to
bo nothing.' 1 propose to bo soma
thing, and I want people to know it.''
Brother Allen instantly rose, and
repealed the verses.
"If a man thinks himself to be some
thing when he is nothing, he deeeiv
eth himself. But let every man prove
his' own work, and then. shall he have
rejoicing in himself alone, and not in
The question of ambition was not
discussed further that day. Youth's
A llnr.so Unlr Siiulic
The horso hair sn.iko is a common
sou rco of error. Tho creature that is
usually culled by that name originates
and lias a life's history as follows: A
small flesh colored mito is in water. It
changes to a purplish lead color and
conies to the top of tho water, where
it sports for a time, ami when looking
across water of n still evening, espe
cial ly if looking toward the setting sun,
one can seo masses of these tiny
creatures that look liko smoko on the
water. When they reach this stage
of development they lenvo the water
ami get out on the grass. Here, as
opportunity oll'ei-s, they attach them
selves to tho feet of largo insects es
pecially of grasshoppers, katydids, etc.
i'he legs of these insects being hollow,
they crawl up them, where they gj-ow
until they till the legs and sometimes
tho cavities of tho bodies of these
largo insects. This accounts for the
fat, clumsy condition of many of these
insects. After a rain, in whicli tho in
sects drown, the full Hedged horse
hair snakes como lorth to delight the
small boy, and to interest tho student
of nature, after which they lay eggo
iu tho water, if it does not dry up too
soon, ami curl around them for a
time, and about tho timo tho eggs
hatch into tho littlo tlesh covered
mites tii-st described, tho snakes die
Exchange. lions' i:3-hlght Saved.
Mr. William Kerns not long since
hat! a visit from a friend from the
east, who wished to purchaso land
and locate somewhero in this state.
Mr. Kerns sent his friend out to look
at the Unipqua valley, and ho return
ed with a wonderful talo of tho sec
tion he visited.
Ho saitl that ho visited a farmer
who had a greut drove of hogs; all of
which had lost their tails, lie inquir
ed how this had happened, and the
farmer said tho caudal appendages
had been amputated, and when it was
asked why this was done, ho was told
it was to prevent tho animals from bo
coining blind. This startling an
nouncement led to further inquiry
The farmer stated that tho soil on
his farm was what is known as black
mud. It is very rich and also very
adhesive, and the pigs in wallowing
around get their tails daubed with it,
and a clod finally accumulates on
each pig's tail, which grows by accre
tion and accumulation to an immense
size, and becomes so heavy that it
drags back the pig's skin so far that
tho unfortunate animal is no longer
able to shut its eyes, and soon becomes
blinded from tho glnro of tho sun. By
cutting oil" tho pig's tail this catastro
phe is avoided, and tho pig soon grows
fat. Portland Oregoniun.
Tho WliliniliiR 1'ost.
The institution of tho whipping
post, which still survives in Delaware,
did not go out of fashion in Kuglaud I
until thocloso or tho last century. Un
May ft, 1713, the corporation of Don
caster directed that a whippingpost bo
set up for punishing vagrants nnd
sturdy beggars. Threo centuries ago
this punishment was carried to a cruel
cNleuL Owing to tho dissolution of
the monasteries by llonry VIU, a
largo number of persons who depend
ed on tho charity of the monks were
thrown upon the country, and parlia
ment hastened to check tho increasing
vagi-.iney by an act passed in 15151,
which declared that every vagrant
should bo carried to somo market town
or other place, nnd tied linked to the
end of a cart and whipped through
tho btivets till their whole body be
bloody. Early iu tho lost century
tho prico iaid for whipping was four
oneo, mill tho constables' accounts in
eluded such items as arresting a dis
traded woman, watching her and the
feo for having her whipped. Whip
ping at the cart's tail, as provided for
by the statute of llonry Vlll, wont out
oi uso in IDOli, when the whipping
iK)st was substituted for the earlier
method. Phibuleluhia Times.
A NEW MRS. PARTINGTON.
Shlllnbcr-d Fanions Character In Real Ut
In a 3Iiwachuett Town.
Mrs. Thrifty, an excellent and pros
perous "widow woman," who keeps a
store in a famous nnd favorite Massa-
chusetts town, has a genius in inn-
guago which would set anew Mrs.
I, . . , . . - . I..... r.... .r. mm uciwi
I aril Ijgioil up 111 uusinusa. uwu uu
tocomo to Boston with great regular
ity to make her purchases. "Now,"
she said not long ago to n city visitor,
"thero ain't much need of my goin' to
Boston with so many of these drum
mers couiin' around. And yet I'm
goin' there soon to refurnish my stock
'Your stock of what, Mrs. Thrifty?"
ITt!iJ. -.... All cmc3 rf tliiitrv-o t'All
lIllUa. Ill OVI U3 Jl i,iiiiJ.?, J
Tho visitor could imagine what "dit
toes" were. But it was the first time
she had beard them called by that
"Yes." Mrs. Thrifty went on. "l I
liko to go to Boston first rate. When 1
I git there tho first thing I do is to
tako ono of them 'era hoodlums and ,
then drive all round town." j
Tho visitor was about to faint. Tho
spectacle of the excellent Mrs. Thrifty
driving around Boston with a hood-'
urn was too much for her composure, j
And she looked so much at a loss to
know what was meant that Mrs.
"Why, I mean ono of thoso now
fanglcd" one horso cab carriages. 1
want to know if you don't know what
a hoodlum is!"
"Oh, Mrs. Thrifty, you mean a her
dicl" A a what? Well, when I was there
thev called 'em hoodlums."
Useless to try to convince her; and
no doubt the next time she comes to
Boston to buy dittoes, she will
stand in front o'f the Old Colony sta
tion and call for a hoodlum.
When her conversation with Mrs.
Thrifty had readied this point the
city visitor thought best to change the
subject, and related her own expe
rience during her last summer's vaca
tion, when sho went up the Hudson
river and made a tour through tho
"And did vou climb tho cascades?" I
asked Mi-s. Thrifty.
"I 1 oh, the cascades were very
beautiful, Mrs. Thrifty very beauti
ful." Tho city visitor felt that sho had got
out of a scrape with this evasive an
swer. But she doesn't know to this
day just what tho excellent woman
meant by "climbing tho cascades."
This lady was not related to tho one
who, after looking over the books on
tho counter at 0110 of the book stores
tho other day, stepped up to a clerk
and asked :
"Havo you 'cometh?'"
" 'Cometh,' ma'am? I don't know
of any book bv that name."
"Oil, don't you? Well, I saw a
book hero called 'Goethe,' and I
thought likely there was a companion
book by the name of 'Cometh 1'"
When a man can say, "1 was there,
and I saw it," ho ought to bo believed,
ono would think, provided ho has
a reputation for speaking tho truth.
What shall wo bo suroof, if not of tho
things wo havo seen with our own
Yet experienco proves that it is pos
siblo to remember what never hap
pened, and remember it, too, with the
utmost distinctness and peculiarity.
This fact bus been abundantly
brought out by tho war reminiscences j
so numerously published during the
last ten years. As 0110 writer remarks, I
ovcry book ami magazine articlo is j
followed by notes of correction, or by
extended article of refutation, so con
stan tly does ono veteran's recollcctiou 1
of an event contradict another's, while
both of them, it is likely enough, aro
proved to bo wrong by tho oilicial rec
ords. Tho lato Col. Scott, who had charge
of tho war records of tho government,
relates that ono day an ollicer came
into tho room in a state of great ex
citement. "Have you said that I was not in
tho second battle of Bull Run?" ho de
"No, not exactly that," said Scott, j
"Well, Bob Scott, 1 was told you !
said so, and I camo in to put daylight
through you if you stuck to it." j
"Oh no," replied Scott, "I never 1
said you wero not in tho battle. What I
l said was mat you yourscll, in an
oilicial report dated on tho day of the
battle, had said that you wero in the
Cumberland valley, a hundred miles
from Bull Hun!"
Col. Scott called n clerk, nnd order
ed tho report brought. Tho ollicer
read it twico through in silence, put
on his hat, and went away without a
word. Youth's Companion.
Tho Stugo Carpenter.
Lloyd Bi-eezo, who is Russell's busi
ness manager, chipped in am! toitl a
story on their stago manager. J. II.
Fitzpatrick, who is an old timer and
very conscientious. IIo would send
tho scene plot for the pieco to no one
but tho stago carpenter of the theatre
at which they wero to play, always
drawing it otl and addressing it to
that worthy. Ono day Breeze reacho
a littlo California town to herald tho
show, and on his drive up to tho hotel
ho passetl tho ollico of tho stago coach
lino which ran from that point to
Yuba Dam or soino other equally profane-point
of tho compass. In "front
of the o'llco ho saw an old uativo
holding a jwiper at arms' length nnd
regarding it wouderingly. At a glance
he recognized it as 0116 of his star's
scene plots ami ho at onco inado in
quiries. Ilnpcnrs that tho document
was directed to tho "stago carpenter,'
and that it hail been delivered to the
uuiu who did tho carpenter work
for tho stago company. The lat
ter thought for a timo that
ho had discovered a plot to
rob tho company, as ho I'.itl not under
stand the peculiar drawings, but
BivcsoM-t things njht by turning tin
document over to tho janitor iff tin
"opera houso," no wicli oilicial as
"suige carpantor" being known ijicre.
Something to lire for came to the placo,
I Something to dlo for, may no.
Bomctblng to Ke evcu wirrow a grace.
1 And yet it was only n tmiif
Cooing, nnd laiightot. nnd gurgles, nnd crio
Dimples tor u-nueresi kiv-.
Last year, like nil years. 1 tin rose ami the thorn:
This year a wilderness, may lie;
But heaven ntoop"d under the roof on tho morn
That It brought then ouly a Imliy
-Harriet I'rebcott Spofford.
.lotirniilUin in AiMtnill.i.
As nfiording a notion of tho con
ditions of Australian life, the news
papers of thut region nro exception
ally valuable, for. especially in their
weekly editions, they are simply en
cyclopedic. Thestraiigeratonce. in his
ignorance, takesau Australian weekly
to be intended for use far out in the
country, at lonely 'stations," by men
who find time, once in a while, to ad
just all then- relations to the uni verso
at one Ion" sitting The reader of
such a weekly acts as a sort of father
confessor, while the editor spreads out
before bun a general confession of all
the sins of mankind, from Melbourne
horse races to European complications,
in well classified order and in very
good language. All the Australian
colonies are represented in the weekly
general summaries; two or three se
rial novels run their even courses in
the few columns allotted to each; tho
endless list of colonial sports, races,
cricket matches, football games, is
duly set forth; letters from New York,
London, Paris, together with pages of
telegraphic foreign material, prevent
the colonial reader from being too
much absorbed in home 11 flairs, while
these home ail airs are treated in
lengthy political summaries, in long
editorials, in shorter editorial notes,
Meanwhile practical interests nro
not forgotten. Tho farm, tho vine
yard, cattle raising and mining are
discussed at length by experts. Games,
puzzles, essays, book reviews, gossip,
close the solid feast of some thirty
largo closely printed five column
pages of actual text (exclusive of tho
advertisements). Most of our terrible
Sunday papers aro far outdone as to
quantity of matter and on tho whole
as to quality of matter as well. None
of our weeklies can rival these in ency
clopedic character, iu well edited,
many sided variety of appeal, joined,
as is here the case, with excellence
of workmanship. The only objection
that our own badly spoiled newspaper
reader would mako would be that all
this was too dry for him and too vast.
For my own part, since my return
from Australia, I have been taking
one of these tine weeklies regularly,
and reading, not all of it, but as much
as 1 desired and with no little profit.
I know no better means to become ac
quainted with the drift and the forces
of Australasian life. Atlantic Mouth-
That famous patent lawyer, Will
iam E. Simonds, who defeated the
witty Bob Vauco at the polls in tho
Hartford district, tells a pretty good
story on himself. He has iu his em
ploy, as cook, an old colored woman,
who was formerly a slave. She is
very religious, and is continually
quoting things from the Scriptures.
The old woman has a very excellent
voice, and sings her old plantation
songs in theiuimitublodurky way One
Sunday morning sho wassinginaway
while preparing breakfast, and Mrs.
Sinionds arose and opened their room
door that they might hear her the bet
ter. When they went down to break
fast. Mrs. Sinionds remarked.
"Aunty, my husband and myself
have been enjoying yoursiiigiug very
The old darky looked pleased, and
saw an excellent opportunity of quot
ing Scripture, so she replied;
"Law, Missy, but 1 didn't know that
I was custiu' pearls befo' swine."
Minneaopohs T ribuno.
lCuglUh us Shu Is Talked.
"Hey, Bill Whyd'ut chu kumtua
kool yistuft noon?'
"Cozza hatlda stateoni coz mum
"Ya-as, coz yerra Her; Jim Tomson
saw you gonna lishin."
"Welli guess tho doctor said mum
muther roughtto havo some tish."
"Betchu didden ketch nauthin."
"Belt 1 caughtta buli pout that long
"Ya-as vou did. Betchu ketch
sonithin biggorn that wen you git
toskoolntho ole teacher gitsokfo you."
"Coz Jim Tomson give you way."
(Bill weeps softly and goes oil' in
quest, of James Toinsou before seek
ing tho inevitable interview with the
teacher, which really ho does not seek,
but finds it rather thrust upon him,
against his urgent wishes and stroug
protest. ) Bob Bu rdctte.
An Economical Mlllloiiulre.
John 1. Blair, of Blairstown, N. J.,
is reputed to bo worth .10.01)0,000, yet
such is his strong sense of merely
holding his wealth in trust for the
benefit of his fellowmcn that he
spends upon himself less almost than
is paid to his humblest workman.
When Mr. Blair stops at tho hotel if
ho intends to stay over night ho usu
ally asks for a small insiuo room on
tho parlor tloor. If it is in tho winter
and too cold to sit without a firo he
sits 111 tho public lobby. If ho intends
to leave before midnight ho does not
take a room at all, but occupies tho
public room down stau-s, and if he
wishes to change his shirt ho slips into
the little washroom behind tho olliccs.
"1 never oiler or rcfuVe," ho said jok-
I 1 . . 1 ,
ingly ono day to a
ollereu linn a cigar.
mcrciul. Net Hcb.
A painter in Akron, whilo at work
on tno exterior of a building, dis
covered a bird's nest in n niche, nnd on
examining it found that a $10 bill had
been used iu its construction. We
believe, however, that it is not a rare
thing to find bills in birds' nests
though they ait) usually small bills.