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POOR UNCLE SANDY.
How He Kruitrilril thn Kln.lno.. or Ills
It was when winter was just closing
in, nml tho frost was making
"Yio planks crack and snap, that I
niet Uncle Sandy. Ho was of real old
African stock, with a smile always cov-
, ering his face, and ho laughed heartily
Vas lie stopped mo and said:
. "Cvns jist a-finkln'! I was jist
m1' (lat if 1 snoultl mcct du nn"el
jj)'r el, an' he should ax me to walk
wid him, an' de&o yero butes should
frow me down, how 'shamed doole man
would be of hissolf yah! ha! ha!"
Ho held up one foot and then the oth
er. I could seo his black toes peeping
through tho holes. I gavo him some
money to get repairs made, and it was
three months before I ran across him
again. Then I met him ono biting cold
day. Liu was without an overcoat. Ho
' remembered me, and ho burst out laugh
ing as ho said:
"Got dem butes all llxed, but Gabr'el
didn't dun cum along yit."
"You couldn't walk far with him
without an overcoat."
"Dat's so, inns' r. If Gabr'el should
cum I'd hov to take him whar' dar' was
afiah yah! ha! ha!"
Between Uncle Sandy and myself and
a second-hand dealer the old fellow got
in overcoat tho first ho over had. if
you give to charity you like to givo to
those who neither demand it nor seem
to expect it. That gives you a chanco
to surprise them, and a word or two of
gratitude is nmplo recompense.
When spring came I mot Undo Sandy
for tho third time. It was slushy and
Lsloppy, and tho old boots woro rent and
'worn. There is an wuV even to an .old
boot. You may peg and patch and cob
ble, but tho day comes when tho leather
loses its life.
"Looking for Gabriol?" I asked as ho
was about to pass by.
"Oh! dat's you. is it? Yah! ha! ha!
No, I isn't lookin'. I'm jist hopin' ho
won't cum. Deso vero olo butes hov
gono at last. Doan' want to make
Gabr'el 'shamed of me, you know!'1
Ho was fixed up for boots, and ono
day, two months later, a boy came aftor
mo and I went with him to find Uncle
Sandy on his dying bed.
"Gabr'el ar' a cummin' purty soon!"
he said, as ho gripped my hand.
"And aro tho boots out of repair?" I
"'Tain't do butos dis time, mas'r. It
ar' do soul! Izo ready to seo him an' to
walk wid him 'long do dark road,
neel down yore. Izo olo an' poro an'
vlyin' an' dar's only ono way 1 kin pay
ye for what ye hov dun fur me."
And ho put his black hand on my
head and prayed:
"Oh! Gabr'el, dis yero white man
shod mo an' c'.othed mo an' fixed me
up, dat I might walk wid yo if yo hap
pened dis yero way. 'Sense his faults,
forgivo his sins, an' when do' ho'n blows
an' ho cams up to walk in at do gate,
doan't stop him. I'll bo dar to guide
him in, an' I'll tell de Lord all about it,
an' pleaso doan' mako no mistako
amen!" Detroit Free Press.
Not Very Particular.
Mrs. Shopper Let mo seo something
in dres.- goods.
Mr. Tape Yes' in; what kind can 1
Mrs. Shopper Oh, I'm not particular
nt all. It's only for a kind of knock
' .about dress that I want it. Most any
thing will do. lint, of course, I don't
want it too light or too dark, something
about medium. No, 1 don't want a
stripe, I never wear stripe. Something
in No, 1 don't think I'd caro for a
pluid, and tho checked pieco is of rather
better quality than I'd like for such a
dress. I'd like something at from fifty
to sixty, or, perhaps, sixty-five cents a
yard. No, 1 don't want any thing with
polka dot in it. nor a tricot, nor
"sot go, nor cashmere. I'd rather not
have a solid color at all. No, that
piece is hardly as good as I'd like, al
though I'm really not at all particular
about it, as it is to be worn for common;
still, I think I'll just run over to Hibhotv
& Satten's and seo what they have.
Detroit Free Prcsi.
The Music of the Ancients.
Tho Kgyptian fluto was only a cow's
horn with three or four holes in it, and
their harp or lyro had only three
strings; tlio Grecian lyro had only seven
strings and was very small, being held
in ono hand; tho Jowish trumpets that
imulo the walls of Jericho fall down,
were only ram's horns; their tluto was
tho samo as tho Kgyptian; they had no
instrumental music but by percussion,
,rf which tho trreatest boast mado was
the psaltorv, a small triangular harp or
lyre with wiro strings, anu sirueK wun
an iron needlo or stick; their sncbut
was something like a bngpipo; tho tim
brel was a tambourine, anu mo uuiei
jner was a horizontal harp, with wiro
.strings, and struck vith a stick likotho
psaltery. They had no written music;
ihad scarcely a vowel in their language,
and yet, according to Josophus, thoy
had 200,000 musicians playing at the
dedication of tho Templo of Solomon.
Mozart would havo died at such a eon
cort in tho greatest of agony. London
In trying to obtain a jury for a
.murder trial at Hudson, N.Y., thoother
day, tho district nttornoy asked an
Irishman if ho would hang a man if he
ithoutfit ho wiis guilty of murder.
Sh'.) it wouldn't bo mo that would
hang him, It wol1 bo tho sheriff," was
A turkey gobbler at Darlington, S.
C., cut Pon somo ulnea fowl eggs,
Latched a brood or cmcKonu, unu wu
PERSONAL AND IMPERSONAL.
"Old Simpson" is an odd character
at Wukeflolfc, Mass.. who is worth
f 1,000,000, but lives tho Ufo of a pau
per. Sir Morell Mackenzie was im
pelled to study medicine and surgery
by tho earnest advice of his widowed
Tho best-paid drummers traveling
for Chicago houses aro live men in tho
grocery trade, who receive salaries of
from $8,000 to $10,000 a year.
Emperor William is said to bo an
inveterate smoker of cigarette, smok
ing even at meals between the courses.
He eats but little and seldom drinks
wine, but takes quantities of tea.
A generous patron was a lady who
contributed to a fair held tho other
day. She brought a largo number of
useful and fancy articles to assist in
the adornment of tho tables, and after
they had been accepted purchased
them all herself.
The lady who is roputed to bo tho
most beautiful woman in San Francisco
Is tho mother of two children, and al
though thirty looks like a girl of eight
een. She indulges In a spongo buh
every morning and takes a brisk four
mile walk after lunch.
O. J. Hrown, an old-time stago
drlver, celebrated his eightieth birth
day anniversary by driving eight
horses, attached to a Concord conch,
from his homo in Claremont, N. H.,
over to Windsor, Vt., with seventeen
of his oldest friends and neighbors as
A Springfield (111.) business man
whose check is good lor a quarter
of a million has never been able to
read, and all his business transactions
that involve figuring are carried on in
his head. Yet ho is not an illiterate
man, for ho tnlks well and few persons
who moot him suspect his lack of tho
rudiments of education.
Master Melbourno Grubb, who
lives near Wytheville, Va., is thought
by his parents to be tho largest boy in
America. Ho measures forty-soven
inches around tho waist, forty-four
around tho chest, twenty-four around
the thigh and thirteen around tho
muscles of tho arm, Ho is five feot
two Inches high and weighs two hun
dred and ten pounds and was ton years
on July 3, 1888.
A man living in an outlying dis
trict near Concord, N. 11., recently
opened a bank account in that city,
depositing .H00. Ho was given a
liboral quantity of checks, which ho
used so ignorantly that ho was soon
brought u j) and told that he had over
drawn. When asked to settle, with
great indignation ho mado ho charac
teristic reply: "Didn't you givo mo all
these cheeks, which are not half used?
If I owe you any thing I will draw a
check and pay you."
"A LITTLE NONSENSE."
Miss Dollio Footlite, who mado a
complete mash on the trombone player,
refers to him as tho "great horn
spoon." Terre Haute Express.
A man who formerly acted as fire
man to a locomotive rofors to his rec
ollections of that time as tender
reminiscences. Merchant 'Traveler.
"After I finish breakfast at Mrs.
Sllnidiot's," romarkod Chumley, "I
feel like a martyr." "I see," observed
Duniley; "you havo suffered at tho
First dudo "Why do you hang
two thermometers in tho window?"
Second dudo "My deah fellah, ono is
for tho heat and tho other is for the
cold, you know. You ain't as well
up in astronomy as I thought you
was." Texas Sifting$.
"Ah, really, doctor, do you think
a ship a good place for detectives to
go in an etnorgoncy?" "Certainly,
Mr. Fatwlt; the very best." "Why
so?" "Becauso detectives aro always
searching for clews and thoy can find
moro clews on a ship than any other
place that I know of." Ocean.
Jawkins "Want Softloigh to join
our literary club? Why, I don't be
lieve ho ever rend any thing but
Mother Goose and tho book of eti
quette in his life." Hogg "Ah, but
then ho has such a high 'forehead, you
know, and wears his eyeglass with
such a very intellectual air!" Judge.
"I've brought back that ring I
took yesterday on approval," ho said
to tho jeweler. "What was the trouble;
didn't it fit?" "No," ho said, sadly.
"I thought well, that is woll, you
soo, bought it for a certain tingor, but
sho wouldn't wear it on that, so I'vo
comoback with it." Jeicclers' Weekly.
Not an Expert First tramp
"You look right respectable this morn
ing. Joe." Second tramp "Woll. I
ought to. I paid ten conts for a shavo
and clean up." First tramp "Can
you got cleaned three times for a quar
ter?" Second tramp (indignantly)
"How do 1 know? I never got cleaned
three times, yit." Drake's Magazine.
Newspaper man "Did you seo
that clover little pull I gavo you this
morning about your recent success in
business, and how well you aro doing?"
Potts (gloomily) "Yes, I saw it."
Newspaper man "Woll, woron't you
pleased?" Potts (earnestly) "Shears,
there were seven creditors at my
houso this morning before breakfast!"
'Texas Si f Unas.
In Zanzibar not long ago the was
a race botwyen a zebra and an ostrich.
Tho riders were cruel in tho extremo,
mid it was painful to seo tho stripes
Hint tho zebra was compelled to carry.
Tho ostrich wns in high feather at
Qrst, but when tho zobra camo out
khead, it went and buried its head in
the sand, though perhaps if it had had
sore sand it might have won tho race.
OF GENERAL INTEREST.
Tho amount of strength exor
cised in an 'ordinary hand-shako is
Tho loftiest mountain is Mount
Everest, or Guarisauker, of tho Him
alaya range, having an elevation ot
29,002 feet above tho sea level.
A Georgia lover, when refused by
his adored, whipped out a razor and
sliced off one of her ears. Aftor this
little evidence of atl'ection she con
cluded sho would havo him.
Hero is a now field open for tho
industry of woman. A lady in Min
neapolis makes a good living by teach
ing whist, and a lady at Camos, Idaho
Territory, is a practical shoemaker.
Moro sheep and lambs are killed
in New York than in any other city in
tho world, over two million head being
slaughtered annually, and. with tho
increasing demand for mutton and
lamb, the chances aro that sho will
continue to hold first place for some
time to come.
A man in Lonvale, Ga.. drovo a
piece of steel filing into his eyeball and
a surgeon spent some time in vain en
deavors to extract it. Finally ho
brought a powerful oleetro-niagnot to
his aid, by means of which tho of
fensive particle was at once removed.
It was over a quarter of an inch long
and its entire length had been im
bedded in tho eyeball.
A popular young Kansas City,
woman committed suicide becauso sho
fancied herself too homely to live. Her
ago was twenty-six. A few yenrs ago
sho becanio imbued with a crushing
sonso of her homeliness and refused
several offers of marriago becauso, as
sho said, she could not inflict herself
upon any man. Tho peculiar phaso of
tho matter is that sho was far from
being homely and was woll to do In
her own right.
Twenty years ago, Mr. Jackson,
of Kentucky, by somo hocus-pocus,
mado his partner Taliaferro loso a
good bit of money. Then tho two sep
arated, and in tho course of time Talia
ferro died. Very lately his wifo re
ceived from Jackson tho full amount
of her husband's loss with logal intor
est theroon along with tho statement
that tho wicked partner had gono to
Australia, and grown and flourished
to equal its famous gum trees, but
could not rest easy until ho had re
stored what was lost by reason of him.
Tho question as to what a "vog
otarian" actually is having arisen in a
discussion of vegetarianism in London,
an expert gives tho following defini
tion: "A vegetarian is ono who, for
any reason, abstains from allfoods and
food adjuncts which aro obtained only
by tho destruction or loss of animal
lifo i. e., tho flesh of animals (fish,
flesh and Howl), and tho products of
such llesh (dripping, gravy, lard, suet,
animal and lish oils, etc.), and who
may uso, at his or her option, such an
imal products alone as aro yielded by
tho animal kingdom without loss of
lifo i. o., milk and its products, eggs,
honoy, etc., in addition to tho food
products of the vegetable and mineral
Tho block system as It is now
tirmed in railroad narlanco, is simply
tho division of a railway into certain
numbers of what aro called tolegraph
districts, tho distance botweon which
is determined by tho amount of traffic,
and each block station has signaling
instruments by which tho signal man
communicates with tho box at oach
side of him. Now when a train enters
any block a somaphoro signal is
lowered, and no train is allowod to
follow until tho one in front has
reached tho end of tho block, whon
tho signal is raised and at tho samo
time lowered for tho block ahead, etc.,
Tho block system in uso in Europe and
in this country generally employ
mechanical devices for lowering nnd
raising tho outdoor signal, but theso,
it is thought, will oventually bo re
placed by automutic devices.
Libel Suits Against Newspapers.
Every nowspapor in tho country
which is, as tho phraso goes, "worth a
libel suit." knows by long experience
that as tho laws now stnnd in most ot
tho States no mattor how carefully a
journal is edited it will havo libel suits
brought against it. Tho Herald tries
its best to draw tho lino betweon ex
posure of public wrongs, which is tho
highest duty of a newspaper, and at
tacks on private character, which aro
inexcusable; and yot there is no year
in which wo aro not threatened with
ton or a dozen libol suits. Thoro is a
class of "shyster" lawyers who make
it their business to annoy respectable
newspapers in this way. Thoy read
tho journals and where thoy imagine
that a suit for libel will lie thoy run to
tho person concerned, magnify his
wrong and urgo his suit, offering to
prosecute It for a share of tho plunder.
Of course In a great majority of cases
such suits como to nothing. Thoy
havo no justifying cause. Hut tho
shyster lawyer gets somo money from
his client, ho annoys tho nowspapor
and ho makes his living. A'. V. Her
At the Church Fair.
"Do you menn to tell mo.MIss Gush
away, that you poppod ull this corn
"I did, Mr. Spoonamoro. Tho work
was done in a good causo. Besides, 1
really enjoyed it."
(Tenderly) "Tho sound of popping
is is not disagrceablo to you, Miss
(With cold, business-llko manner)
"Not whon it comes from popcorn.
How many bags will you have, Mr.
Spqoiuuaora?" Chicago Tribune.
One Ktirw Hon- to Meditate nml tlir Other
rrophelel UN Dentil.
Jim, who camo from Mexico, is a
wise bird. Just across the street lives
a dignified brown spaniel, who rejoices
in the name of "Curler," To vary
tho monotony of a long summer day,
Jim will "lay himself out" to entrap
tho dog. First, he will whistle, using
all the varying inflections usually held
out to the dog kind. If this falls, ho
will call "Curlee. Curlee, Curlee!" in
his most dulcet tones, which usually
fetches tho unwary animal.
Tho meditative attitude which .Jim
assumes, as the panting dog rushes
Into sight, is equaled only by the in
quiring innocence of his expression.
Presently, catching sight of tho
"green bird that talks," Curly slinks
disconsolately homeward, devoutly
hoping that no one has seen him.
A well-known professor of biology.
Dr. Steore. of Michigan University,
has been spending tho summer at
the Sandwich Islands for tho purpose
of collecting rare specimens. Shortly
before his return, ho was presented
with a tino young parrot, that had
learned only a few English expressions,
and those mostly current slang picked
up from sailors.
On the homo voyago ho entrusted
the bird to tho caro of a boy, who
promised to see it well cared for. Like
most other boys, his intentions woro
good but his judgment was at fault;
for ho hung tho bird in a small, close
room near tho ongine, "to keep it
Tho next day tho professor thought
ho would take a look at tho parrot,
nnd, accordingly, ho was guided to tho
cage. What was his alarm and indig
nation to find tho poor creature nearly
dead with tho heat.
Ho took it to his state-room and
mado all tho effort In his power to
savo it. Aftor ho had worked over
tho suffering bird for a few momenta
it slowly raised its head, looked at
him solemnly and gasped: "I'd soil
myself for a cont." A moment lntor
and poor Poll, who had, pathetically
enough, valued his condition aright,
was dead. Detroit Free Press.
A Sickening Speil aele Seen on the. Konit
Hide. ty it Trawler.
Tho other day when riding into the
city from the country I saw a strange
sight indeed lot us call it cremation
as practiced by tho Chinese.
On tho occasion referred to, in the
midst of so much that was beautiful,
appeared a sight most horrid and re
volting. On a slight mound between
tho path and the lako lay a man upon
his back. Hound his head and tho up
per part of his body a little wood and
straw wore placed, which, when I rode
up, woro already in a blazo. The
burning was being superintended by
ono man only, whoso courage I was
told was "very great." Although there
were many passors-by, no ono seemed
to think much of what was going on.
I rodo noarer to mako inquiries. The
man, thoy said, was a Tartar, and he
had only died tho day before. Judg
ing by tho appearance of what was
loft of him I should think ho was
betweon twenty and thirty years ol
age. It was truly an awful sight.
Beginning at his head, tho intontion evi
dently was to burn him inch by inch
to his toes. Hut, worst of all, tho heat
of the fire, combined, with tho intense
heat of a noontide August sun, had
caused his body to swell.
Even from the path tho dreadful
ntato of tho man's body could bo dis
tinctly seen. Tho only persons looking
on in addition to tho man, who, truly
with "groat courage," was stirring up
tho lire, were two men and a boy, who,
holding their noses, survoyed the
Hceno from a distance. I ought to have
mentioned that tho man lay upon his
back, with ono arm raised, pointing tc
tho clear, blue sky. I am told thai
whon tho3o so lately dead aro oxposed
to the heat of tho llro their muscles
contract and their bodies assume all
kinds of strange attitudes. Sometimes
a man will be raised to almost a sitting
posture. As tho cremations aro very
frequent and generally on tho same
spot thoro would bo littlo difficulty in
bringing somo of tho offendors to
justice and thus put an end to theso in
human and barbarous spectacles.
Hang Chow Cor. Norlli China New,.
At a Boston hotel tho head waiter
camo out of thoofllco nnd informed the
learned and cultured cleric that a man
was raising a disturbance becauso he
could not havo his accustomed seat at
tho table. "Go in again," said tho
clerk, "and propitiate him In some
way I leave it to you." Hack went
tho waiter to tho dissatisfied boarder
and said: If you don't llko tho way
things is dono hero, you can got right
out, or I'll propitiate you protty quick."
Amorlcans will not fool sensitive
becauso thoy aro charged in a now En
glish book on America with "eccen
tricities of diet, excess in smoking,
unhealthful heating of their houses
and excessive shaving." Tho time has
passed when any foreign criticism In
flames tho country with rapture or in
dignation. Two farmers woro bargaining ovor
a horsoj Said tho ono to tho other
"It's a guld horso, I'll say that, but I
maun tell yo it has got no woo bit faut;
it's gl'on to rinnln' awa' wl' yo." "Ah,
wool," said tho other, "If that's a',
it'll diuj fine. Man, tho Inst horso I
had was gl'en to rlunlu' awa1 withoot
A visiting Englishman describes
our Presidential elections as a quad
rennial contest to decldo the question
who shall bo the National Private
TEACHING GOOD MANNERS".
The Mint llpele Tak Which Mortal
Man Out Undertake.
Hut tine manners no code can teach.
If they aro conscious they become ar
tificial, and aro line no longer. A man
indeed may bo taught to avoid gross
ness and impudence, nnd not to mis
tako them for ease. Tho youth who
puffs a cigarette when ho is walking
with a lady, who is free and easy in
stead of scrupulously courteous In his
address Mid tone, may bo told that he
is merely ungentlemanly vulgar: and
if ho chooso ho may correct his be
havior; certainly ho would correct it
if the lady showed him that she re
quired the correction. Tho impudence
of young men generally reflects the
weakness of young women. If they
required courtesy thoro would bo lit
tlo Insolent freedom of behavior upon
the part of their cavaliers.
What may be learned in tho cultiva
tion of good manners must be acquired
in the school of experience. It is, ol
course, a superficial and external
knowledge which is so acquired, and
Its extent depends upon tho power ol
accurate observation. Is it not
Goethe's Connoisseur who asks to see
tho best pictures? Hut what deter
mines the best? Is it tho state of the
owner, or their degieo and kind ol
reputation? Tho manners which strike
Daisy Miller as line, and which she
will emulate, are not those which
would attract another. Tho manual,
indeed, is tho result of observation. It
is a lesson drawn from experience, and
its value depends, therefore, upon the
fact that It is drawn by Daisy Mlllor
or by another. Tho bettor rule is the
moro general one not to think always
how you aro behaving, but always so
cultivate that kindliness of feeling,
that generous sympathy and friendly
understanding, which will uncon
sciously regulate behavior.
Tho lovely lady of whom wo wore
speaking, whoso sweet smile nnd good
morning children crossed tho street to
seo nnd hear, had studied no manual,
but was taught by her own kind heart.
Had sho been cold, solllsh, haughty,
supercilious, her mannor, howovor
dazzling, would havo been icy. The
manual will do no harm if you uso it
to correct obvious faults of behavior.
Hut good manners spring from a good
heart. Thoy may bo imitated, Indeed.
Tho manners of Aaron Hurr weru
called fascinating. Hut they woro
chronio manners, tho ingenious mim
icry of deep and tender color. Gild
ing And plating there will always bo.
Hut wo must remember that gold and
silver are still tho only precious
metals. George HI Curtis, in Harper's
A Contrail In Itiirnl Family Life. That la
Xotleealile livery whore.
It has been my privilege to visit a
great many rural homos. In somo it
seems no wonder that children grow
up tired of tho humdrum; for from
morning till night tho samo routlno
prevailed day aftor day. Thoy must
do this and do that, and if a littlo
tardy thoro was scolding, and whon
thoy did as directed thoro was never
so much as a "thank you." Of ton 1
grieved for many a boy and girl just
Hearing manhood or womanhood,
knowing that their hoarts and minds
woro starved. Seo thorn como into thu
sottlng-rooni at ovoning-tlmo, aftor
tho day's work on tho farm, or in the
kitchen, and seo them sit down su
weary and spiritless, with nothing ta
interest them no nice books or
papers; no innocent games to quicken
thought; no confidential talk with
father or mother, porchnnco about
somo farm product which was to bo
raised or sold; no bright rooms to
mako homo attractive. It was work,
work, with no thought boyond "saving
money"; tho parents seemed to cure
only for what tho children could help
thorn "mako"; and no part of tho pro
ceeds, however small, wiu? given to the
children, to oncourago thorn to work,
or to buy something which would
gladden their lives.
Other homos woro almost Ideal.
Bright rooms; books and papers; in
telligent conversation; a general air
ot refinement; loving words botweon
parents and children; jiurfcct trust ol
tho ontlro family. For each act, how
ovor trivial, the kind "thank you" was
given, and a requost was accompanied
with an "If you pleaso.1' No harsh
words, hardonlng tho tompor of tho
young; and tho day's toll was pleasure
becauso tho labor was appreciated.
Tho heads of such families are re
worded by tholr children's lovo for
them and of homo, and thoro will, be
no need, or desire, to go to tho homos
of others, or to tho streets for amuse
ment; thoy will prefer tholr own
homos. Most children havo tasto for
tho beautiful; givo them somo thing of
beauty for tholr own a picture, u
book, an animal to pot, or whatever
thoy Incline to, and then witness tho
pleasure It will bring to them. En
courage tho children in ull that tends
to ennoble; and In old ago you can
look upon sons and daughters refined,
intelligent and a blessing. Alice, inN.
Two Charming Girls.
Sho Do you not think, Mr. Horsoy,
that Clara llondrlx Is a very charming
Mr. Horsoy (with groat delicacy)
Well, yes, Miss Phoebus, but you can
give her ton pounds and bout herhuuds
down. N. V. Bun.
Oats make tho best grain food for
young stock, and especially for calves
und colts. If ground and fed with
turnips (cooked) tho young Btook will
thrive on such diet and grow rapidly.
JAPAN'S SACRED DANCE.
A I'lrtiirpqnr Ceremony Conducted Wjr
From Kasuga gato tho upper avonuo
of lanterns leads tho way to tho Wa-
kamlya shrine, dedicated to tho early,
gods- of the Shinto religion. Hero tho?
old custom of the sacred danco Is kopti
up, and it group of young priestesses5
aro waiting to repeat tho measures
danced by Uzumo before tho sun god
dess' cave in prehistoric times. Tho
littl priestesses are all between tho
ages of nine nnd twelve, as timid, gen
tle nmd harmless littlo things as tho
deer that often stray in and watch,
them. Their dress is tho old, old costume-of
tho imierial court, a picturesque-lower
garment or divided skirt
of the brightest cardinal red silk, that
half covers the white kimono, with
square sleeves and pointed neck, filled
up high with alternate folds of red
and white. When they danco thoy
wear over tills loose kimonos of white
gauze-, painted with tho wistaria crost
of the- Kasuga temple, tho front of tho
gauzy garment half covoring tho red'
skirt, nnd tho back pieces trailing on
tho matt. Tholr faces aro plastered
po thickly with white paint that thoy
lose all expression, and, following tho
old fashion, their eyebrows aro shaved
and two tiny black dots high up in
tho middle of tholr forehoads tako
tholr place. With Hps heavily rouged'
the countenance is more a mask
than any thing human. Tho hair is
gathered together at tho back of thu
neck and tied with loops of gold paper,
and then folded In soft whlto paper,
allowed to hang down tho back. Longhair-pins,
with clusters of wistaria
and ml camellia, aro thrust across tho
top of tho head, and fastened so that
thoy stand out llko horns ovor tho
forehead. In detnll tho costume Is not
protty, but In its genoral effect it hv
singulnrly bright and picturesque
Ono can havo as many priostossos
and as long a danco as ho will pay for.
and as soon as tho money is handed,
ovor tho two priests got into tholr
ceremonial whlto gowns and high
black hats and, sitting before tho an
cient drums, chant, pound and blow on.
doloful pipes an accompaniment for tho
littlo dancers. Tho sacred danco 1.4
Bolomn enough, nnd oach dancer has a.
fan and a bunch of bolls, from which
hang long strips of bright-colored,
silks. Thoy advance, retreat, glide to
right and left, raise thoir fans, shnkor
tholr sacred baby rattlos, and with few
changes in tho moasuro repeat tho?
samo figures and movomonts font cer
tain length of tlmo. If ono pays moro
money thoy eontinuo repenting tho
samo thing, and tho priests can wall
tho ondless accompaniment by tho
hour. To us tho danco Is simply n,
curious and plcturosquo custom, but
ono should see tho faces of tho dovout
Jd pilgrims, who havo hoarded up
their money for months and often,
years for tho trip, to know somothlngr
of what it means to them. It is really
pathetic to soo thoir faces glowing and
tholr oyos almost filled with tears at
tholr satisfaction with tho lino specta
cle that is so rare an ovont in thoir
lives, nnd which crowns their surnmoc
pilgrimage to tho old shrines of thoir
fnith. Cor. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Whcro the bun Does Not Set.
A scene witnessed by somo traveler
in tho north of Norway from a cliff
ono thousand feot above tho sea is thus
described: "Tho ocoan swopt away in.
silent vastness at our foot; the sound
of waves scarcoly reached our airy
lookout; away In tho north tho huge)
old sun swung low along tho horizon,
llko tho slow boat of tho pendulum ia
tho tall clock of our grandfather's,
corner. Wo all stood sllont. looking;
at our watches. Whon both hands
camo together at twolvo, midnight, tho
full round orb hung triumphantly
abovo tho waves, a brldgo of gold run
ning duo north, spanning tho water
between us and him. There ho shono
in sllont majesty which know no sot
ting. Wo involuntarily took off our
hats; no word was said. Combino, if
you can, tho most brilliant sunrise- and
sunset you over saw, and tho beauties,
will palo boforo tho gorgeous coloring
which now lit up ocoan, heavon and
mountain. In half an hour the sun
swung porcoptlbly on his beat, tho
colors changed to thoso of morning,,
a fresh breeze rippled ovor tho flood,
ono songstor after another piped up ia
tho grovo behind us wo had slid
into another day."
"You don't know, Johonos," said
his editorial visitor, "what tho
temptations aro that assail the polit
ical journalist. Publishing your
modest littlo society paper, as you do,
you havo to deal with a constituency
unllko mine in every rospoot. Your
manhood is not assailed. No attempt
is made to buy you oponly. You, my
friend, havo never been approached
by any political emissary who
wanted to purchaso tho support
of your paper outright for $,r00
to $1,000, or somo such paltry
sum." "Never!" ropllod Johones,
with a wistful, yearning look.
Hartford is literary, but not geo
graphical. Whon the bronze image of
11. Wells found its present resting
place on Hushnell Park, this Inscription
wus chiselled into tho huso: "Horace
Wells, who discovered Anmsthosia."
And a protty society girl, happening
to pass that way, road the inscription
und wrestled with the problem therein
suggested until she roiiched homo; and
then, with hor brows knotted with
perplexity, she said to her sister:
MUllo, whoro is AhffiBthoslaP" luck.
Leaves and dead branchos rottira,
to tho soil tho same substance thui
trow take away.