HE WANTED VENGEANCE. A Noble Husband Who Didn't Frevent an Klopemrnt. a had beon riding in tho samo sent with a very plain sort of man for tho last twenty miles, whon n couplo foarded our car at ti junction, nnd he suddenly uttered a cuss word as long as my arm. I saw that he was excited by their advont, and naturally inquired if lje knew them. Know 'em? Why. that woman is my wife!" ho hissed. "And who's tho man?" 'It's a feller she is eloping with!" "They haven't soon you yet, and they are nicely caught. How long ago did she lcavo?" "Threo days. I'll havo a terrible re venge." V'Aro you armed?" "No, I'm too dangerous when I'm armed, and 1 left my rovolver homo." "Then you'll swoop down on the man and break him in two?" "I ortor. I suppose, but when I begin to swoop 1 don't know where to stop, 1 might damage a dozou others. My re venge must be swift and terrible, how ever." "How do you propose to do?" "I dunno. How would you do?" '"I should go for tho man without do lay.'; "Yes, that is tho proper way, 1 sup pose, but if I get wild who's to hold mo? I once started in to lick a man, broke looso, and finally cleaned out a whole town meeting. I must take blood, vengeance, however." -"Perhaps if you would show your self the man would slink otT, and the wife return to your bosom," I gested. sup- ' I dunno, if ho would it would be all right, but suppose he tried to blufl mo? That would make a liond of me in a moment, and I should probably kill every body in this car. I must havo blood, however." "Perhaps you could buy him off," 1 said, meaning it for a stab. "Yes, I might, but 1 guess ho'd want oro'n I've got." "Well, do you propose to sit here and let another man walk off with your wife?" "No! By tho canopy of heavon, no! I demand his heart's blood! Lot me think. Ho's purty solid, isn't ho?" "Yes.'' "Would probably fight?" '1 think so." "'Don't look as if ho would lot go for twelve dollars?" "No." "Well, I must plan for a deep and lasting vengeance. Let mo collect mj thoughts." At that moment tho woman turned and saw him, and she at onco arose and camo back to the seat. He looked at her with open mouth, and she pointed her linger at him and said: "Thomas Jefferson Bully, you oper, jwir yawp on this kyar and I'll make you wish you'd never beon born! At tho next stop you git off, or my folloi will mnko your heels break your neck.1 I've gone and loft you, and that's all thero is to it, and 'taint no uso tc bother us. Mind, now, or you'll hem from mo!" And sho wont back to her seat, and gliomas JolTerjon rodo aino miles with out another word. "-l us a stop was reached he dropped off as humbly ns you please. He btood beside tho opot: window until tho train moved, nun then whispered to me: "I got off to collect my thoughts. Look out for mo whon I turn looso foi vengeance!" N. Y. Sun. PROBLEMS AND PROGRESS. Our Advancing Civilization and the Op- pitrtunity It Offers. I When tho historian comes to write tho history of tho nineteenth century, said Prof. David A. Wells at Harvard. 1 am certain ho will ascribo to the period embraced by tho present gener ation of living men, a period unequaled in tho world's history, transcondlng, perhaps, any other in tho development of thought, a period that duels its par tollel in that which succeeded the cru Aides, tho discovery of gunpowdor, the emancipation of thought, and the Reformation, tho discovery of Amoricn, mid tho invention of tho steam engine when the whole piano of humanity rose to a higher lovol, with this im portant exception, that tho culmination of to-day is at the highest and tho plant of humanity is still rising. Under those circumstances the collogo graduato oi to-day is launching his bark on a sea of opportunity, with a tldo, that 11 taken at its flood, will lead to greato: fortuno and success than over before it tho annals of tho world. Of tho unsolved problems of tho pas) that havo como down to us thero is not probably a singlo ono which Is not looked at from an entirely dlfferont standpoint from what it was forty years ijo, and which does not demand for its discussion, looking to Its solution, an amount ot Acute intellect, coupled with a power of acute observation and de duction, far beyond any thing that has heretofore beon regarded as required. And of tho probbmsof tho present and tho future nono moro sorious and im portant havo over commanded tho at tention of mankind than thoso which aro tho outcome of our advancing civil ization. Thoso problems to many, ovon conservative and most thoughtful inlnds&tooem to contain abundance of menace, and the gathering of tho bar hariuns froro within, in placo of with out as boforo, for a gonoral assault on f'ho organization of socioty and oven fchopormanoncy of civilization. Socioty, 'tVoroforo, has no greater need than to supply lta forco of trained intellects that shall stand on tho citadol and be ready to rocot boldly oyory ovont that time mid circumstance may force upor lu HANK STONER'S PROPOSAL. How tho Bran or 1'etertovrn Wooed the llclle of Pumpkin Hollow. Mls3 Susie Tansy Do you know what timo it is. Hank Stoner? Hnnk Stonor No, nor I don't care "Oh, you don't? Well, it s timo all good little boys woro at homo and in bed." "You don't say?" "Yes I do, smarty; and you'd hotter bo going." "I'll go whon I git ready." "Sass-box." "Say. Susie." "Say It yourself, whllo your mouth's open." "Pshaw, now, Suso; I'm In earnest." Well, what am I doing? " "You know what; you know I beon going with you a long timo. Suso." "Pugh! what If you havo? Guess I ncTor asked you to go with mo, and eleven o'clock! you going to stay horo all night?'' "Psh aw, Suo! you're tickled enough to havo mo stay and you know it!" "A-a-a-aw, Hank Stonor! As though I euro whether you go or stay Piighl" "Oh, I guess 1 ain't such a fool as I look. But say, Suz o?" "Well, say it then, you ninny! My land o' rost, I ain't hludoring you." "You aro, too." - "Tee, hoc, hoc, lice!" "Honest Injun now, Suzo; I'm in dead earnest. I aint'been your shaddor six months fornothin'." "My shadder! La, Hank!" "You know 1 ain't" "How should know? I ain't a witch." "You act U' o one." "You'ro polite, I must say.1" "I meant it as a compliment." "Smart compliment." "1 think tho world and all of you, Susie." "La. Hank!" "I ain't foolin'." "Tee, lice, hec, hoe!" "Did you over happon to think that you and mo was old enough and big enough to git married?" P-o-o-h. Hank!" "Wo air. I ain't thought of much else of late." "You redickerlus thing!" "Woll, I ain't You liko mo purty well, don't you?'' "I'd bo smart to say so if I did." "Woll, you might whon wo'ro going to git married." "Who said wo wore going to git mar riod? It tnko two to make a bargain, Mr. Smarty." But you will, won't you, Suslo?" "I'll think about it" "Pshaw, Susie; why can't you say 'yes' right out?" "Oh. you'ro too anxious, and lot go my hand!" "I shan't." "You mean thing! I'vo a notion to tho idea of you putting your arm around my waist like that and now. you dare to kiss mo again! What if pa or ma should come in?" "Pooh! They'ro in bedwhoro they'd ought to bo." "Nice way to talk about my pa nnd ma. It's a good thing for you they arc in bed! ' "Yes, I think so myself, I'd rather havo 'cm thoro than here." 'Toi', heo. heo! you mean thing!" "Come, now Susie, say yes. I love you liko all posessod!" "Aw. Hank! Tnko your mouth away from my cheok g'wny!" "Say. 'yes' first" "Well if I must yes." "Horrah!" "Shut upl Good heavens! You want to raiso tho dead?" "I'm so happy, Suzo!'' "Woll, don't go crazy if you are goose!" Timo. An Extraordinary Refrigerator, A young friend of mlno, who has for sovoral years oach summor gono with his father on a camping trip on tho south biioro of Lake Superior, tolls mo of a novel expedient thoy often em ployed for preserving their vonison in warm weather. In that country somo of tho streams aro flanked by long rows of sand-hills, whoso composition is so looso that thoy shift about continually under a wind of any force. In tho win tor time tho high winds ofton blow tho sand over tho groat snow banks which lio upon tho north sldo of tho sand dunes, covering up the snow to a depth of several foot Tho snow is thus kept unmoltod, and even in tho mlddlo of summor ono can dig down through tho sand to it and find tho best imaginable sort of a natural refrigoralor. In this w:ty, said my young friend, thoy burled tholr deer and trout, and found them ontiroly fresh so long as thoy cared to lcavo them. This is cortalnly a now Instnnco of nnturo's bountlfulnoss with tho sportsman. Forest and Stream. m m Cause of the Complaint. "When a man gots moro than ho thought ho was getting in a horsc-trado ho ought not to kick, had ho?" "Well. I should say not" "Glmlot bought 'an animal from mo last wook nnd now is furious." "You don't moan to say ho got moro than ho asked for?" "Yes; but only two spavins." Judge. Brave as a Lion, "Soo that ormloss man ovor thoro? Ho's tho bravest man in tho car." "Why?" "Why, whon tho highwaymen Jump ed on tho train and told us all to hold up our hands ho was tho only follow that didn't do it." N. Y. Sun. One county (Custer) in Montana is said to havo an area about five times Creator than that of Massachusetts. WILL BE HCN-PECKED. j For the Serond Time In Ills Lire an Old Mull Loses tilt Liberty. Tho hour was growing lato; tho pas Bcngors in tho sloopor hnd all gono to bed. A portor approached "lower 6," nnd. jorktng tho curtains apart mum bled something. "What's tho mattor?" demanded a rather old-looking man, getting out nnd following tho porter, who hnd stopped back a few paces. "I say, snh, that 1 am sorry to toll you. bntyou'll havo to change cars." "What for?" tho old fellow thun dored. "You want to go to St Louis, don't you?" "Yes." "Woll, but this sleeper goos to Kan sas City." "Why In thundor didn't you toll mo so, hah?" "I didn't know myself till just now." "Why didn't tho conductor toll mo?" ho roared. i don't know, snh." "Whero Is your pumpkln-hondod conductor?" "Back in tho smoking department," Tho old man went Into tho smoking department and thus addressed tho conductor: "Didn't you know I wanted to go to St Louis?" "Not until I hnppened to look at your ticket just now." "And now I'vo got to chnngo cars at tho next station?" "Yes, if you want to go to St Louis." "This Is an infernal outrage Liston: For six years I havo boon courting tho Widow Hcnnipin. Somotlmes my chances would bo up and somotimes they would bo down. It rockod along this way till last week and thou I mar ried her. and now wo aro on our wed ding tour. Look here, my dear sir, for tho lovo of humanity pleaso lot this car goon to St Louis, for it won't do to pull my wlfo out of bed nt this timo of night and make her chango cars. Sho'll swear I didn't havo sonso enough to know whero I wanted to go and all through llfo sho'll hold mo down. My dear sir, if you boliovo in tho llborty of man lot this car go to St Louis; don't holp to hen-peck mo. If you don't como to my nld that woman will nlways bo liovo that 1 am weak sho novor will havo any moro confidenco In mo will hold mo down and ride ovor mo, I toll you." "Wo havo about reached your station. Hurry up." "But can't you holp me?" "I can not" "Then I am lost lost and hen pecked for tho second timo in life." Arkansaw Traveler. EDISON AMONG KINGS. The Grcut Inventor Honor Any Soverlgn to AVhoin He Mjr Speak. Thomas A. Edison, tho greatest In ventor tho world has ovor known, is now recoiving honors in Europo from tho hereditary royalties who aro far less uso to tho world than ho. Thoro havo been inventors boforo whoso dls covorios havo revolutionized tho In dustries of tho world men liko Guton burg, Watt, Stovenson Whltnoy, Ful ton, Morso nnd Ericsson; but it is doubtful If thoro has ovor lived a man of such vcrsatilo inventive genius, of such bold originality in concoiveng.and of such painstaking pationco in carry ing out his marvolous conceptions as Thomas A. Edison. His invention of tho telephone, of tho olectalo light and tho phonograph, each hi itsolf honor enough to immortalize u man, plucos him at the top of tho list of tho world's great inventors not to mention his In numerable minor Inventions, many of thorn of the greatest utility to man kind. Measuring him by tho stnndnrd of tho pmotical good ho has dono tho world what man is worthlor of honor than Mr. Edison? Suroly nono of our living statesmen mombors of Con gres, Governors and diplomats aro to bo compared with him in this respect. Wo havo probably producod no poot or Htornry man who will bo romeinbored longer than ho. Considering tho won dorul inventions that may still lio in a formative state in his mind, thero is suroly no man whoso death would be a greater loss to tho country. Tho kings of Europe can not honor Edison by granting him rocoptlons and giving him titles. In accepting theso gifts at tholr hands ho honors thorn. Suroly Tom Edison, tho rngged nows boy and Impecunious tolograph opera tor, honors any king to whom ho con descends to speak. Ho is tho biggest king of tho wholo crowd. Yankoo Blade Queer Facts About Figs. Whllo musing upon tho many won derful products of nnturo, how many stop to consldor tho peculiarities of tho fig? It Is utterly unliko any other fruit, in that it has no blossom. Every other fruit heralds its coming and gives its promiso with a flower. And then most cortainly the fig must havo lungs or breathing places, for. from tho little button at tho end thoro nro minuto ducts or air spaces, which run right through tho fruit and clear into tho stem. If, in drying, tho fig is not placed ns it grow on tho tree, tho fruit sours and molds. It would soom that thoso air vessels must bo placed so as to oxhnlo whllo tho fig Is drying, ovon as thoy inhale whllo it is growing. Tho fruit does not hang from tho troo, but inclines' up ward, held by tho stem, and this but ton or mouth opons toward tho sun. If not so placed whon being dried tho button is shaded and tho fruit thon spoils. Altoguthor the fig is ono of the most romarkablo of all nature's pro ducts. Kern County Callfornlan, PALACE OF WOODS. One of the Molt Instructive Feature of the I'arts Eiposttlon. Not tho most showy, but cortalnly ono of tho most Interesting, features of tho present oxhlbltlon nt Paris Is tho Palais des Bols ot Forots palaco of woods and forosts a largo building with spacious salons, gallorios and bal conies, built ontiroly of wood, In un dressed logs, sticks and fagots, yet nono tho loss very tostofully constructed, and not without considerable archi tectural beauty. Tho walls and ceilings nro paneled with various sticks of tho wood, showing different colorod barks birch, beech, elm, plno, poplar, for example, producing pretty artlstlo ef fects. Evory kind of troo and shrub which grows in Franco, or in any of her col onies, is hero conspicuously roprosont ed. If a paront, or teacher, desired to givo his children n few days of most effective nnd plensant instruction in treos and woods, horo is tho idonl placo. For tho entire structure appears to havo boon arranged for tho ospecinl purposo of giving lessons In troo-botany. Tho columns, beams nnd posts nro each of a singlo log; and In ovory caso tho common namo of tho troo, togothor with its botanical namo and tho ago of tho spocimon, nro glvon on a tag at tached to It Moieovor, thoro aro spec imens of tho leaf, tho llowor, tho sood, cono, or nut, easily accosslblo for ex amination; nnd oxnmplcs of nil tho known parasites; insects nnd honors which infest and livo upon it Tho difforont sizes to which tho troo attains, nt difforont ages, aro Ulustratod by spocimon sticks and logs. Tho forms of tho branches nnd twigs aro shown by numerous examples. Next follow tho usos to which tho trco Is put, as timbor, or in manufact ures, and tho grain and fiber of tho wood nro exhibited, along with tho tools best adapted for working it Products from tho floor nnd tho wood pulp, as soon In paper, or vogotablo silk, linen, otc, aro exhibited; also tho extracts from tho sap, tho gums and resins which naturally oxudo from tho tree, and tho alkaloids ' which may bo propnred from them, for medical uses. Then follows tho gnarls and oxcros- conces which sometimes grow abnor mally, on oach spocles of troo, and such oxnmplcs aa havo boon found of petri factions of tho wood. Finally thoy aro given oxamplos of tho kind of soil in which tho troo flourishes best, and tho goological or rock formation upon which it is found growing. In a word, thn palnce of woods might very aptly bo termed a palaco for easy and agrecablo botanical Instruction. Youth's Companion. THE EMPEROR NERO. The Troublo Ho Took to Keep Ills Voice Sort ami Sweet. A usoful oxamplo of tho proper caro of tho volco is to bo found In a vory unexpected quartor. Tho Emporor Nero, as Is woll known, bollovod hlm solf to bo a great artist, a notion of which thoso about him were not Ukoly to dlsabuso him. His dying words, Quails artlfox porool" show that ho had at least ono featuro of tho artistio tcmporamcnt Ho sought famo by many paths, in pootry, fiddling, driving and othor branches of tho flno arts to say nothing of his scientific ox porimonts on tho bodios of his nonrest relations. Tho imporlal virtuoso was particularly vain of his voico, which I can woll imngino to havo beon soft and swcot, qualities which ofton enough ac company a cruel naturo.Ho was propor tionately caroful of so precious a pos sossion. His systom Is worth quoting. In addition to his gonoral measures as attonding to his liver, and abstaining from such fruits nnd othor foods ns ho fancied to bo injurious to his voico, wo nro told that at night ho used to Ho on his back with a small plato of load on his stomach. This was probably for tho purposo of chocking tho ten dency to abdominal broathlng, which has already beon roforrcdto as tho leas porfoct way In respiration for singers. In ordor to spare his volco all unnec essary fatlguo ho gavo up haranguing his troops and ceased ovon to addross tho Senate. As In lator times thoro woro koopers of tho king's consclonco Noro gavo his voico Into tho keeping of a plionuscus. Ho spoko only in the presonco of this vocal diroctor, whoso duty it was to warn him whon hlstonos bocHino too loud or when ho scorned to bo in dangor of straining his volco. To tho samo functionary was intrusted tho formidnblo duty of checking tho Em poror's oloquonco whon It becamo too impotuous. This ho did by oovorlng tho Imporlnl orutor's mouth with a nap kin, it must havo noodod no small measure of courago to apply this ef fectual mothod of "closuro" to tho arch-tyrant of history whon intoxicated with tho exuboranco of his own vocali zations Contemporary Hovlow. A Kingston woman Is tho owner of a pet cat which formed the habit of sleep ing in a coal scuttle. One day somo ono throw n picco of paper in the scut tle covering tho cat from sight The woui'iu picked up tho scuttlo to throw coal in tho rttovo mid dumped tho cat on tho rod couls. There was an unearthly yowl, and a flaming body wont Hying through tho room. A pail of water ox tlnguishod tho firo and saved tho feline, Says an American tourist, writing from Homo: "Wo wont to St Potor's twice on Sunday tp hoar tho choir. They aro alt men, and thoro is ono among them who has u phonomonnl soprano voice. Ho is called 'Tho Angol of Si. I'otor a. If i had not looked right at him when ho was singing I should not havo believed that tho volco was u man'-." TRAITS OF MEXICANS. They Are Artistic anil Their Children Hare an Intellectual Hcnt. , That tho Moxlcans nro an nrtistto pooplo no ono who lives long among thorn can deny. In music thoy oxcol. and all that is noodod to make Mexico tako a first placo among musical na tions is tho wider diffusion of technical musical education. Tho veriest gamin can catch at onco a novel air, and blu from tho operas aro evory where heard from tho most ignorant of tho lower classes. Not only nro tho Mexicans a musical pooplo. but thoy aro lovers of I rt In nil Its forms, and their mannors wo pleasing, whothor you tako tho Kiost polished and travoled citizen or tho humblest poon. Dally intommrso with educated Moxlcans has a charm about it th:it is delightful to aniu-thern-orjthoy aro pollto, not from affection, but because thoy aro trained to bo so from tholr youth, and also becauso thoy aro desirous of pleasing, being by nnturo kindly and warm-hearted. Well might tho United States copy tho manners which tho Moxlcans havo for ovory-day uso. as between parents and children, masters and servants, nnd between tho poorest and tho poor, who somotlmes scorn to possess littlo elso but their courteous ways. Tho Moxlcans aro tho Italians of this continent; thoy havo been kopt to tho rearward of rlchor and moro fortunato nations by their long and disastrous civil wars. Givo tho poor pooplo of this country educational privileges for twonty years and thoy will como up as tho Italians havo dono sinco Italy became ono country for all her children. Ono thing a forelgnor in Moxico comes to notlco is tho decided intol loctual bent of tho youth of tho land. Mexicans havo great facilities In ac quiring lnnguagos, and nlmost overy lad In tho higher schools knows Fronch nnd rends it as woll as ho doos Spanish. Thoy tako up English with enthusiasm and mnstor its abominablo orthography and difficult pronunciation by dint of downright hnrd work. It is difficult for us, trained in tho Anglo-Saxon speech, to undorstnnd how vory hard our tonguo is to acquiro in tho caso of a Spanish or Italian speaking person. It is impossible to know how an English word Is pronounced from Its spelling, nnd, although our grammar Is com paratively easy, our idioms aro diffi cult and our unwritten rulos for tho ar rangement of words aro tremendous obstaclos, only to bo overcome by stron uous practlco and wido rondlng. Boa ton Horald. EIGHTY RADICAL CLUBS. The Gain That Socialism Is Making In the Kugllsh Metropolis. Thoro aro olghty Radical clubs in London, and as many worklng-mon's clubs, to which tho Socialists proffor their Borvlccs on Sundays. Somo of tho spoakors aro oxtromoly Intolllgont, and grnpplo with social problems with ability. Among thoso aro Wm. Morris, already montlonod, who spoaka in Broadway, Hammersmith, and has a lecture- hall attachod to his houso; Annlo Bosant, notorious for hor partner ship with Brndlaugh, and an extreme Socialist; Eloanor Marx-Evollng, daugh ter of tho famous Karl Marx; ltov. Stowart Hoadlam, a mombor of tho London school board; Cunningham Graham, a Soo allst mombor of Parlia ment, who sorved throo months' Im prisonment for taking part in tho dis turbances in Trafalgar Squaro in No vember, 18S7; George Bornard Shaw, who has written sovoral novels and Is known as an art critic; II. Hynd man, tho founder of tho Social Demo cratic Federation and author ot toxt books on English Socialism, and Sydney Wobb, lecturer on pollcal oconomy at tho City of London Collogo. Each of theso spoak onco or twico in tho open alrorlntho halls ovory Sunday. John Burns says that ho has dollvored an average of a hundred Socialist spoochoa in London and provlncos ovory year. Ho was tho loador In tho recent strlko movement London Cablo. The Great Applejack Belt. Tho groat applojaok-produclng bolt of tho country lies between tho Hudson river or tho enst and tho Dolawaro river on tho wost, nnd Is protty much comprised within tho bounds of Ornngo County, Now York, and Sussox and Warren Countlos, Now Jersey. Within this district aro somo fifty distilleries dovotod exclusively to tho munufneturo of tho flory spirit known upon tho United States internal rovonuo returns as apple brandy, but commonly called applojack. Ordinarily, whon tho npplo crop of tho region is fair to good, tho dlstillerioB start up whon tho fruit be gins to rlpon early in boptombor, and aro kept running until the crop is ex hausted, say about tho 1st of January following. Somo of tho dla tUlortes turn out a largo pro duct. I ho biggest applo brandy distillery In tho cpuntry is ut Wurwick, Ornngo County, and has turnod out in tho course of a good season 13,000 gal lons. Tho product of tho ontlro district In a prollllo applo season will reach near 200,000 gallons, on which nn in ternal rovenuotax of $180,000 is paid. N. Y. Sun. m m A lawsuit in Now York dovolopod tho fact that "after tho owner of a lot In Cypross Hills Comotory has burled a docoasod mombor of his own family in it ho Is absolutely forblddon, by tho law undor which tho comotory is incorpor ated, to ovor transfer or sell tho lot outside of his family." A Now York physician recom mends tho Jowish custom of washing hands boforo meals as a provontatlvo against typhoid faver, Ho says that contagion can bo convoyed into tho systom by tha hands. v PITH AND POINT Tho shortest way to do many things is to do only ono thing at onco. Cecil It's mighty curious how big somo faults look until after a man has com mitted them himsolf. Burlington Frca Press. Womon, liko dlscnsos, always search out our weakest points for nn attack; and thoy gonorally find them. Mllwnukco Journal. Wo judgo ourselves by what wo foci capable of doing, whllo othora judgo us by what wo havo already dono. Longfellow. No mattor how groat a liar a man is, when ho tolls you plensant things about yourself you can not holp fooling that for onco ho Is telling tho truth. Sotnorville Journal. A man should not make a groator fuss about tho wounds of povorty than a girl makes about thoso of hor oars; in both cases hooks to suspend jowcls aro Inserted Into tho wounds. N. Y. Ledgor. An Individual can not change tho conditions of socioty in which ho is ob.igod to llvo, and must either con form to them or bo oxo hided from In tercourse with his follows. F. M. Crawford. Beautiful souls aro ofton put Into plain bodies; but thoy can not bo hld don, and havo a powor all tholr own, tho groator for tho unconsclousnoss or the humility which givos It grace Advance. If you would bo wise study to do tho most essential things, and, to soo how mnnj you aro in tho habit of doing; which aro of no real bonofit to any one Country Gentleman. Thoro Is no escapo from opinions, inferences, actions, savo in sterility ot thought. Desortb alono aro froo from vogotatlon. Tho fortHo flold Is ocou plod; If not by this, thon by that; it not by soomly, thon by unsoomly growths. Bascom. What a vast doal of timo and ooso that man gains, who is not troubloel with tho spirit of importlnont curi osity about others; who lots his neigh bor's thoughts and bohavlor alono; who confines his inspections to himsolf, and. caros chlofly for his own duty and con sclonco. Lavator. ( Contontmont produoos, in somo monsuro, all thoso offoots whioh tho alohomlst usually asorlboa to what ha calls tho philosopher's stono; and if it doos not bring riches, it doo's Clio samo thing by banishing tho doslro of thorn. If It can not romovo tho dlsqulotudoa arising from a man's mind, or body, or fortuno, It makes him oasy under thorn. Addison. Faithfulness and constancy moan something olso besides doing what is easiest and ploasantost to oursolvos. Thoy moan renouncing whatever is . opposod to tho rolianco others havo in us whatovor would causo misery to thoso whom tho courso of our lives has mado dependent on us. Goorga Eliot ( BATTLES OF BIRDS. An Kurlr Morning Fight That Disturbed nu lCutlro Feathered Colony. Battlos betwoon birds nro somotlmes vory fiercoly fought. Dr. Abbott, in "Days Out of Doors," doscribos a long drawn conflict in which a pair of gront crostod Uy-catohors and a pair of bluo blrds woro tho actors. By chanco thoy had choson hollows in adjacent npplo treos for tholr nosts, and so wero brought dally Into moro or loss closo association. So fnr aa I could soo, all wont woll. Tho ily-catohors hawked for insects among tho troo tops; tho bluebirds woro contont with worms from noar tho ground. But by and by tho oggs of tho blue birds wero hatched at least I prosumo that thoy wore and at tho timo tha young of tho ily-catchors woro woll nlgh grown. Boforo sunrlsoono morn ing, whon tho bluoblrds woro happier than usual, thoro aroso a clnttor in tho lano such as I havo seldom hoard, among birds. Evory robin stopped singing, tho wrens forgot tholr broods, orioles scrooehod, and ovory cat-bird bawlod murder! Evon the poultry took it up, and foe many minutes that quiot, shady lano, ordinarily tho vory picture of peace, was an actual pandomonium. It did not tako many minutes to fathom the mystery. Whllo ovory bird present was thoroughly oxcltod, thoro wore four upon whioh my attention was at onco contorcd. Bravo as lions, the bluoblrds, littlo furies now, hurled .thomsolvos against tho fly-catchers, which, although stronger, could not withstand thorn. Vainly thoy attempt ed to dodgo tholr pursuers, but tha bluoblrds woro too quick. Thoy had. acquired now powers, and with strength, courago and onduranco 1 novor supposed thorn to possess, they drovo tho fly-catchers far a-fiold and kopt thorn thoro. Tho bluoblrds had boon robbod and of coureo had caught tho Ily-catchors in tho act His Ample Apology. Tho stroot car turned a sharp cor ner, mid tho man who was holding on ta tho strap swayed heavily against tha high silk hat portalnlng to a man wha was sitting down. "Sir!" loudly exclaimed tho indig nant passenger, picking up his dun agod tllo from tho dirty floor, "do you soo what you havo dono by your beast ly ttwkwurdnossP" '1 beg your pardon, air," ropllod tha offender with oqual loudness and la a tone of grout surprise "I didn't know you woro slttlug there I sup posed you had givon your seat to that old lady standing up ii rout of you. Extrernoly sorry, sir extremely ry I" Chicago Tribune.