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A STUDY IN SCARLET
BY A. CON AN DOYLE.
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BCiit.g l or
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fcotic- r an I
as brass .
Le cot ever-?
. s t" :. &rrese.i
Lei i .m on the
1 L.m to i-orc--ar.sv-.
rt-i us as
.:; --os yen are
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tout :: s
f tr.-st si.
wL.Yh -1: V
.a.: sa:i cntL:r.g to
-. L.s al. tiding tr it
v v. .
ov':i:.vi Lie; 8
tiv: v.. j j -:?,-stout
i.-j:y. i: er.?"
:s that he followed
th? I'.rixtor. road,
n altercation arose
':.: l. i::
L:m without Kav-
r.:-!.; was so w:t
nut. so Charpentier
of Lis vutim into
As t.-1 the carjd'.e
ui tfe writing on th
s. "h-y may ail he so
l.-o v.- the police on lo
sili'..iT'o:""f? -? aB ea" T'-p" was abrv- the n-u-de-ed man?"
in:--:. ' T.-a.l. Grcsor.. - a j,,,,-,,. c f?R an.; a n-e.
r-el d er
bc: f r.
-rsH J': : - :
tf vrr.r.: -
you a:o eottinc a.osc. v. e- sLaii ntaic
ottif tr.ir.r of yor. yot "
-i 4i:.-t-'T ri.yse'.; th?.t I L:-ve matt ;
ar ! S: rrthcr r.eat-v." the dftoctive '
:s . : ; roi";.':y. - j h? your.c mars ;
v..;:::;tf, r-a stutn -!it in which h- :
auitl ti.it after icCowinc Drebber i
son.- liau-.. the lutt-r pert-eived him!
ti! took a ct'b in o- .Ur t" Ft away j
rroir i.irn. (..'a Li. way bom he n-.Pt !
r. r'.d shiptiutte (.ml t.xik a ior.? wa":k !
iritb : Or. b. inc r.sk-nl her ti.ii
o':! si.:; r.ir.te lirt-i. he wus utiaMe to .
five ..r.v s: tis;a' -ory :; '::. I think ,
the wl.r:' fa fits tos-thf-r unrom-'
an:,-s.-s nip is t"
ho hud stane'i oc
' V,"hore is Le now?" I ask.
'" He is u; stairs :n l-ed. Ke wished
to b-? ca'.ici at r.ne.'
' It safari io me that my sudden
r-7T-farar.ee might shake L:s nerves
Riii i-aj hinr to say sometLicp un
S'jardeii. The Boits voiunt-ered to
1-r.ow n;e the rocm; it was on the sec
ond fioor. and there was a small cor
r:or iacinc v.p to it. The Boors
:. tinted out the cnor to ir.e. and was
about to co cc-wa stairs a?ain. when I
saw sc-ruethias that riane me fee', sitk
ih. in sit0 of c.y twenty years' ex
j'eriecce. From ticker the door there
rrrie! a Lttie red ribbon of biood,
which had meandered across the pas
sr.ee aad formed a l.ftie nno' alon?
the skirt!r.e at the other site. "I rave
a cry wh::h hrourtt the Poots ba-. k.
He nearly fair.fed when he saw it.
The door was lorked on the inside, but
we put n';r shoulders to it and knocked
i it in. The window of the room was
.or.ee. and beside the window, al! hurt
died r.p. lay th body of a man in Lis
cieht-dre-s". He was finite dead, aid
had be.-r. for som time fnr his limbs
""re ricid and roll. When we turned
: hirr. over the Poots recomized him at
. o-"P as beine the same cent'eman
. who ha i pirr.cnd the room inder the
. r?.-r of Jamec Stancrson. The cause
. o d,:)ath was a d-ep stab i-t the if
sid0. hirh m'ist have penetrated the
Lart. And now cor"s th strancest
pr.r of the affatr. hrt no you sup-
I am afraid he
ake much cf it. Why. by Jovt-I
rry mar. i.:mse.:.
r.d'-ed. I.cstra'V-. who ha 1
ji-n' tr e
seernii-d the stairs whi'.e we w-?r.-talkinj.
and who row enured th
rooci. The ssscren'-e and iauatiness
which eenfrar.y marked his dt-riK-aur.r
rd dr-"!8 were however wanting.
K:s fa"e v.-as disturbed and trou
Wee. wLiie his clothes were disar
rarcec and untidy.
s'-r.tir'nt eominff horror. evn be
fi.r'1 ?herio:'k Holmes nnswred.
"The vo-d 'P.ache." written in let
ter of blood." hn saM.
"That was it " said Lestrad. in an
pwetrt:ek voi"": and we were all
sr'nr fo- a whil.
j-nA was sorthdr? so mtb.oiiopl
rnd so i"oomrbfinible nhn-it te
'oed o' this unknown assassin, that
! i.j-narted a frsh rhastliness to his
n v. s .
My nerves, which were steady
pr.oueh on the f.old of battle, tincled as
I thought of it.
' The man was seen," continued Les
trade. "A mi'.kboy, passing on his way
to the dairy, happened to walk down
the lane which leads from the mews
at the back of the hotel. He noticed
that a ladder, which usually lay there,
was raised acaicst one of the windows
of the second floor, which was wide
open. After pa-ssir.g. he looked back
and saw a man descend the ladder. He
came town so qv.iet'.y and openly that
the boy imasiced him to be some car
penter or joiaer at work in the hotel
He had evident!" com with the in- , He took no particular notice of him.
Nation cf consulting w.th Sherlock ' beyond thinkine in his own mind thet
Holmes, for on p-r-dvinr his col- was Vz-y for him to be at work. He
learue Le appeared tc be embarrassed has an impression that the man was
of the room.
Lis hat. and
am: put out.
Ke stood in the cente
Jnmb'.:rz nrvousiy wit!
anr,r:a.r. what to c.o.
"Th:s is a mcst extraordinary case."
tc- said, at last 'a mcst incompre
"Ah. you t.nd it so. V-. Lest-ade""
cr:".i C-recsoa. T.r:i:m;.hant'.y. "I
thought you v.-"-:' ; ccn.e to th..t con
clusion. Ha-" yov. rr.rrrM tt find the
ecrntary, Mr. Jo'-:-h 5tv.!.cerson?"
"The sfcc:t tarv. Mr. Jcs-'pL Stascer-
had a reddish face, and thourht
it was early for him to be at work. He
must have stayed in the room some
little time a?t'T the murder, for we
found blood-stained water in the basin,
whre he had washd his hands, and
marks on the sheet. whr he had de
liberat!y wiped his knife."
I trlsnced at Holmes on hearine the
description of the murderer which tal
hci to exactly with his own.
T hre was. however, no trace of exul
tation or satisfaction unor. his fa"e.
"D'd you fnd no-Lin? in tb room
which ' o-i'id furnish a clew to the tr.ur-
(V.-e-'" c- as'ried.
"Nnthic S"ar.-crson had Drebber's
nu-se in hi11 pockt. but it seems that
his ves usual, as he db' all the pay
intr. Th"e was eichty-odd pounds in
it. but nothiT,e had been taken. tThat
ever the "lo-ives of these erraordinarv
crimes, -obbery is certainly not one of
them. There were no nape-s or mm-
nmnrlQ i-1 TKe milflpf(d TTinr.'c TClcVetC
rjpset the remainder cf Lis whisky and j OTPpPt a 85f)trt, teiezrrm. dated -0m
"ater- r)e-e'ppd about a T"orfc aeo. and con-
1 stared in si':"nce at Sherlock i .piin the words 'J. H is In Kurort.'
Holmes, whose lips we-e compressM ThP.p wag no name appended to this
1LU iljfc uiuwj) Liaii uubl
ireci at Ha
t, o'clock this morning.
l.ic'r.t in the Darkness.
The intvkience with whicn Lestrade
greeted us was so momentous End so.
unexpected thrt we were all three fair
Gre-con sprtnr out of his chair and
was nothine else"
f!"" 1 "nd the'"
Star person, too he muttered. tttc:
"The plot thickens" j "Nothin of 'm-tance. The
"It was quit" thik enoueh before." rr.a-? -nrol with whi"- he had rend
prumbied I.estrade. taV:inr a chair. "! , vims'lf to sleep. w?s lvine unon the
Feom to have dropped into a sort of pe-. ond h'" p!re was o" a chir be
council of war." . ;!(5e him. There wps b el-ss of wr
"Are you are you sure of this piece ' nrl t,p ,rd nri tVe window oill a
two." saii Holmes, and drawing his !
penknife, he suited the action to the ;
word. "One half we return Into the 1
hex for future purposes. The other ha f
I will place in this wine class, in which
is a teaspoonful of water. Ton per- .;
reive that cur friend, the doctor. Is J
rirht. and that it readily dissolve."
"This may be very interesting." said
Lcstrade. in the irjured tone of one ;
who suspects that he is being laughed '
at. "I can not see. however, whp.t it
has to do with the death of Mr. Joseph :
"Prrlence. my f-iend. patience. Ton !
will find in time that is has everything :
to c"o with it. I shall now add a little ,
milk to make the mixture palatable,
and on presentire it to the dog you will
find that he laps it np readily enough."
As he spoke he turned the contents
of the wine class into a saucer and
placed it in front of the terrior, who
speedi'y licked it dry.
Sherlock Holmes' earnest demeanor
had so far convinced us that we all sat
in silence, watchinc the animal intent
ly and etpectine some startling efe-t.
None such appeared, however. The
doc continued to lie stretched inon the
cushion. breath!nc in a labored way.
but apparently neither the better nor
the worse for its draught.
Holmes had taken out his watch, and
as minute followed minute without re
sult, an expression of the utmost cha
grin and disappointment appeared up
on his features.
He cnawed his l!p. drummed his fin
gers uron the table and showed every
other symptom of acute impatience.
So great was his emotion that I felt
sincerely sorry for him. while the two
de'eetives smiled derisively, by no
means disnieased at this check which
he had met.
"It can't he coincidence." he cried
at last, springing from his chair and
pacing wildly un and down the room:
"it is imnoss'ble that is should h a
me-e coincidence. The very pills
which I suspected in the case of Pi-v.b-ber
a-e actually found after the dpa-h
c Star.cerson. And yet they are inert
What can it mean? Purely my whole
chain or reasonine cannot have been
false. It is impossible" And yet this
wretched doc is none the worse. Ah.
I hfve it j have it"
Wih a per'eet shriek of fle!!ht
he rushed to the hot. cut the othr pill
in two. r:so!ve' added milk, and
p-oQered it to the terrier.
The unfortunate creature's tonru
hardly seemed to have beep mois"ed
in it before it gave a convulsive shiver
in every l!mh, and lay as rigid an-' life
les as if it had been struck by light
nine. Sherlock Holmec drew a lone b-eath
and wiped the rerspiration from his
"I should have more faith." he sa'd:
"I ought to know by this time that
when a fact arrears o b opposed tc
a lone train of deductions it invariab'.v
proves to be capable of bearing some
other inte-pretation. Of the two pi'ls
In that box on was the most dead'y
' poison and the other was entirely
harmless. I oucht to have known that
hoo-e ever I saw the box at all."
This last statement appeared to me
to be so startling that I could hardly
believe that he was in his sober senses.
There was the dead doc. however, to
Trove that Lis conjecture had been cor
It seemed to me that the mists In
my own mind were gradually clearin;
awsy. and I began to have a dim.
vacue perception cf the truth.
"All this sems stranee to you " con
tinued Holmes, "because yon faild ft
the becir.ning of the innuiry to grasp
the importance of the single real clew
which was presented to you. I had
vo ood fonuao to seiz upon that,
and everything which has occurred
since then has served to confirm my
oricina! supposition, and. indeed was
the losim! sentience of it. Hen"e.
thircs which have perplexed you and
made the case more obscure have
;cryod to er.lichten me and to strength
en my conclusions. It is a mistake to
confound st-anceness with mystery.
The most commonplace crime is often
the most mvsterious because it pre
pents ro new or special feetures f-nra
which deductions may be drawn. This
nurde would have been infinitely
mo'e difficult to unravel had the body :
of tbe victim been simply found Iving !
in the roadway without any of those
o-tpr and sensaionsl accompaniments j
which have rendered it remarkable, j
Theie Ftranee r,otp''c far from mak-.
ir.c the cpae mo-e ("fult. hive re.lly
had the effect of making it less so." !
of intelligence ?" stammered Greeso"1.
"I have just come f-om his room."
aid Leirode. "I was the first to dis
cover -a-ar had ocure-1."
"We have been bearing G'e-son's
riew of the matte-." Holmes ohs-ved.
"Would you mind lettir.e r. know
wh?.t vou have seen pd done0"
"I have pc, ol jert'on ." I "trade p.--pvrered.
scatinc hire. ::-'-;f. "i f-ep'y con.
fepc that I was o th oninion tht
Ftare -'Sor. V.-cs r-o" '-e-rr., r tb (1e-h
of TV'-bi.er This fif,th dev-'onment
Las ihr v- t"oc I was comrt'.er.elv
riiSttV.e-.. Fvl! of -he one i le-4 ce
Btyself to f.'-d on wh.Pt had i.ecome
cf the se'---ry. Tvv had bee sen
together at E-'ston Station about ha'f
past el el t c the ever.ir.e of the third.
jit two in the mo-r.ir.p D'ebber had
heex found the B"ix-o-. P.oad. The '.
(rnestion whirh cor.frc)ned me was to
ttj. ots. :--' u -ii",8nd the purse and the te!e-am. in-
yioyed he-weer t p'i 8-d th time of .-teneinfr to have them put in a place
the c-irr. an-" h haJ become of fc:m,of 8a;,r ar tne police station. It was
e-e-waI. I te:e2Tbed to T.ive-pWl lthe merest chance mv taking thest
r-w.nr a "T"avi : tae men an! jpU,B for j am tound to say that I do
I not attach any importance to them."
wE-r'.r r tr rr to ker-p a wat' h unon
tfc Ame-k-ar. .. I thr-n set o work j
eariirc rtir V: v.c v.o-eic and lodging !
i treses i" the vi'-i-.i-v of fins-or.. Ton
fee I a"VjeJ r p :f Tr-'' ber ar.d V'c'
rcimr.'anio". r"d b'o-oe cer,a-,f.f? fve.
HE!?,! oo-.'rv- o, h.e 1&?er rj-,! f
to put t orr'ewr;."-re ;r. he vi' iriify for .
the nicht end t1 herg tT&ont the
f-s-in- aeain t.-t mo-in?."
"They world be !:' '-'v to sr-o? on
n-t Tr.ee rr-7,;are te:ore;.ani. re-T.a-k'-d
here," said Holmes,
turning to me. "are
those ordinary pills ?
They certainly were not. They were
o' a pearly gray color, small, round,
and almost transparent against the
"Krom their liehtness and transpar
ency. I should imagine that they are
soluble in water. I remarked,
j "Preoifieiy no." answered Holmes.
.Now.woma you rcina going aown ana
"So it prcve-v I fpe-;t th whole of : fetchin c that poor little devil of a ter-yes-.-day
er.:r.e :n making '.mu:r.es : rir.r wjjr.h has been bad so long, and
er.t::y without a vs..'.. This morr.ir.? ( wv5,.h the landladv wanted you to pul
tg?r. verr eariy. and r.t e.sint o c-o-k 'cut of its pain vec;er(iav?"
r""-Led Ha'.iidny ? Private Hotel, ir j went downstairs -and car
- - -
One of the most disagreeable fea
tures of a protracted illness is the mrc
or less rinse c-tiutinenient to wLich the
pat eiit is subjected, if he is compelled
to ktn-p his bed. his discomfort and im
patience are of course greatly intensi
fied. Even in health a life spent in
tied would sunn become int'iierable to
the most arrant Hluggard: and we can
well pardon one whose nerves have
been made irritable by long cor.hue
nieiit. fur showing at times a dissatS
faction with everything around him.
A httie skill in the arrangements ff
the bL however, will at least render
the patient's condition endurable.
First of nil. we must have a mat
tr.s which pr. sents a tirm. even sur
f.i -e: one stuffed with curled hair will
exactly meet our wants. Keatb r be Is
are a constant Mi:s;ui.-e to both patient
and nurse. The mattress should be
turned and shaker, at frequent inter
vals, in order that it may not become
compacted at any point.
TLe sheets and linen should be soft
and kept as spotless ns possible. If the
si.-k person is very restless, it is ln-tter
to chance them often, as the accumu
lation of wrinkles is extremely irri
tative. It is better to be over-particular
in this respect, since during a lone
confinement the skin becomes exqui
sitely sensitive. Hnd predisposes the
pati"ht to bed-sores.
The cover!;. gs of the bed should be
warm, but not so weighty as to be un
comfortable. The top spread should
"ither be of spo-loss white or of soni
fancy figure which may be chanced at
ii;t- rvais. and so give relief by pleasing
It is not necessary to urge the pro
priety of taking the whole bed to
pieces every niom.ne. and thoroughly
exposing the mattress and each piece
of bed dothing separately to the action
of fresh air.
There are many other things which
wil suggest themselves, if only we are
sufficiently impressed with the import
ance of making as comfortable as pos
sible those who are condemned to
spend a greater part of their days in
makes !: hurtful n '.im swimmers
a:; 1 dangerous :o children
t;a- bave been taken fnin the M-s-.
s which measured eight feet in
leii.'h and welched nearly -" pounds.
Thce sullen monsters are not afra.d
t.' auvtliin? and are more apt to attack
a" swimmer thifn are many kinds of
sharks, rienty of people living aiong
the big river bear scars ou their arms
or thighs from gar teeth.
In the small hikes, however, they do
n..t often attain a greater weight than
x or eight pounds and measure in
length from eighteen to- thirty six
nches. These are not big enough to
hurt human beings, hut play smash
v ita the angler's bait.
The gar's jaws are as formidably
armed as those of.the muskallonge. It
has row upon row of teeth, some as
sharply pointed as needles and others
having slicing, cutting- edges to them.
These jaws are nearly half as long ai
the fish's body and work like a rair
of scissors, as certainly and more rap
idly. The gar is the only one of our fishes
nMe to cut a silk line of any sire, no
Here Is a little story which nerw
fore has been told in print. liut w,l
is surely as well Wortn tlle w
the histories of wars and crime tad
sharp tricks in the money market hk
w hich our minds are filled nowadj
says a writer in the Congregation
A certain shrewd Hebrew mercW
wlinm we fchnll eoll K''.w.' k...... .
cum, a ftlt
years ago. a huge department stotrh
one or our large cities. It Was pllJ
ih-ii iu tit-i u, a uuie nix-v. Eat Ok
corner Int. forty feet squatv. wSCWI1
by an old German watchmaker natc
euer, uo reiuseu to sell it
"No. I will not give up niv limn.-
he said. "1 bought It when prorKrr,
here was cheap, and I have lived aid
worked here for fifty-two years. I
not sen n.
T.ut." Lcjee patiently reasoned, -jot I
viriuaiii Kave up nus'.ness rears tt,
matter how small, and it noes tins w:ui . iou uiiiKe or sen no watehea n.i
a quietness and precision highly exas- 'Tour sons have other pursuits. 11
iterating. There are many waters, good ' don't live in the house, only sit Id this I
bass waters, whicn nsnermen asu-; muw nu tiay jong, looking outoftb.1
be. n compelled to desert. nsn:ns tlietn : window.
with success' being rendered impossi-! The office was a small corner roc-1
ble by the gars. j in the second story, with an open fire-l
The gar has sense. It is almost nn- place around which were setsnineoic
possible to hook it In the usual way .much tiles. .A battered walnut desi
ev,n when it takes the attached bait, was fitted Into the wall and befortr.
Hnw n hri I
wh.ich dcs t)..t happen often
The interior of the snout Is a hard. :
bony substance with a thin stretching
of skin oer it. and the hook will not
sink in sufficiently to hold. In gen
eral, however, the gar. which is ex- !
ceedingly wise, will not seize the bait. I
Instead It swims near, makes a sur- j
vey. carefully locates the line, swims I
'' nearer, opens its jaws, make a snip, '
' and then rats the minnow or frog at '
' leisure. All that the angler feels is the i
merest twitch of the tackle.
1 He may think that it is a bass gin- '
c-'rly taking hold, or he may recognise
the wily and fatal work of the gur. In ,
' any event, he has nothing to d i save to .
reel in swiftly, tlnd hook, bait and ,
: swivel gone, and bond ou uew ones. j
' A prejudice exists against the car ns ,
eilble. yet it is not wholly bad. It I
sto d an old chair and a sheepstitl
i lie oia man s race grew red. "lo
an1 rii.111. ue sum. i uon t woril
bore. I have enough to live on withoct
work. Put I am an old! man and wast
to live in this room. It is home to .
neu w ue imu i ursi came DOT Wei
were poor. I worked In the shop be-1
low, but we lived here. Greta fried tiJ
cakes and wurst over that fire: fel
cradle stood in that corner. Little Jn 1
was born here; his coffin was carnt-il
out of that door. Greta is dead U:
many a long year. Put when I Bit her-1
and look out of the window I think si
is with me. For thirty years she n.
1 looked out of that window and tali:
of the changes in the street below,"
I.ejee was silenced for th? time, bttl
a cleanly fish In feeding, living on mln- ''"Saa his arguments again the sat
nows, frogs and such things, mid not
touching decaying ma'ter. In this re
spect it is better than the catfish, which
will eat anything it can swallow, taste
being something of no value to it.
The flesh of the gar is In alternate
strips of white and dark meat, the
! day, doubling his tiffer.
! "The lot is worth that to me," 1-4
' suid. "as I own the block, hut to c-
! body else. You nre throwing away ll
large sum which would be a great khl
: to your sons that you mar indulge tl
bit of sentiment. Have you the r!?t;
white lying along the sides and the ' to do tliat?"
I dark near the backbone.
THE FIVE-CENT CIGAR.
s"isV cb'p "'"meat hoi contair.inc a
co"-le of to""."
pVie-ln-V Holmr: S"-"""' -e his
cbp'r wih pp erclo-n-rJer- of d1''-pt
-rv, i-cf jr.v- " he "'e. exultantly.
Jr- pfice ic ro-r.ln-e
The t-vr detectives stared at him In
p " peroerjt .
"I Lave now in my Lr nds " n v com
panion said confidently, "al! the tares 's
which have formed sc h a t3"rl -.
There are. of course, details to be filled
in. hut I am certain of al! the main
facts, from the time that Drob'te-- rat
ed from Stance-son 8 'he station, uo
to the dis'-overy 0f thp body of the
latter, as if I Lad seen them with my
own eyes. I will give you proof of mv
knowledge. Co'-.ld you lay your Lands
upon those pills?"
"I Lave them." said Lestrade. prv
ducine a small white box: "I took them
(To t continued.)
4 Things That May $
K Interest You. J$
Lit. '- Om-re street,
gc try V hn-.he" a Mr.
livir s tl they a
In -be a-nrrnattve.
"Xo doubt you are the certleman ' claimed that it had already exceeded
he v as erriectit.?. t'r.ey said. 'He Lad the tisuf-l term of canine existence. I
Leon wii-.ir.e for a gentleman for two j.laced it upon a cusLion on the rug.
flrys.' i "I will now cut one of these pills to
'E .my .nn:.ryin rnstaira in mv arms. Itn labored
-. S-arrers'.n was . breath Iter and glazing eve showed that
once answered me , -t WRS not far from Jt8 end.
l Indeed, ns snow wr.ite muzzle pro-
Over a million persons die yearly in
Europe of consnmption.
Five hnndreda nd eighty-seven dis
tinct languages are spoken in Europe.
Out of 2. Si'!' murder? of Christians
in Turkey last y-ar there were only CI
cases in which the murderers were pun
ished. The longest railway run in the world
without changing is on the Canadian
Pacific, from Halifax to Vancouver.
G,i' 2 miles.
The biggest orchard in the" nrorld re
near t-anta Barbara, Cal. It covers
1,700 acres and contains 31,000 fruit
arid nut trees.
The amount of heat generated by a
man's body in a day's work is sufficient
: to raise t!3 pounds of water from freex
bing to oiling point.
L'ird Kelvin, who is now 78 years ol
age, is entitled to place no less than 2fi
letters, indicating various titles of hon
or, after his name.
I'uring the past ten yean; immigra
tion to America from Germany, Ireland
and England has decrease1, while that
from Italy, Asutria aud Russia has in
i Three are 6,000 monks on the prom
ontory of A thoe. They pay to the sul-
' tain 2, OliO pounds a year for the privi
lege of being allowed to govern tbem-
j The nnmber of ships in the Ameri
can whaling fleet has fallen off in the
' last twelve years from W fo to 40, and
! much the same is the case with the
! Scotch whaling industry.
Its Average Life Has Been Figured
at Five Year.
"The average life of the nickel cigar
is five years." sal 1 a prominent tobac
co man. "and it is curious to note the
differences which have enabled cigar
iiieu to arrive at this general average
of the five-cent cigar's life. Many ci
gars of this class run through a lou;
ser.es of years.
"There are some brands now that
have been ruuuiug for more than a
quarter of a century tinder the same
name, and they ure really the same ci
gars, made in the same way, having
the same flavor and all that sort uf
thing. In this connection I have been
impressed by the remark which we
cfteu hear about certain brands of ci
gars that a man had lieen smoking
for two years, or longer, bet that
the cigar was getting so bad that be
had concluded to quit buying it at all.
'It is nothing like the same cigar.' he
said: 'the taste has changed, and it
tastes like a mixture of cabbage leaves.'
Now, be was altogether wrung ulniut
that. I know the cigar, know how it is
ma le, aud all about it. and I know
that no sort of change has been made
in the process of manufacture. The
troubie is that a man's taste changes.
He may g.-t up feeling badly, his stoin
ach may be in bad shape, and. of
course, the cigar will not taste as It did
when Lis system was in better condi
tion. The cigar is blamed, and i sim
ply dashes the thing into the street, and
quits buying it. Instances of this s.irt
are very emmon. Mind you. I do not
nn-an to say that some of the brands do
not change. There are tricks in the
eiiiur business. jut as tin-re are tricks
in other trades Hut in nine cases frnt
of ten rii. trouble is with the smoker.
But. r -cui-.-liig to the age of cigars, the
average t,, which l have referred has
l-eii nettle .1 upon by tobacco men and
is acoHjiti-j throughout the country. It
is reached by taking the two extremes
the g.Mirt and the bad five-cent clga
and f.gur.iig back to the middle. .Some
five-cent cigars close with the first lot
made. They are failures, having noth
ing in them to recommend them to the
public. The material out of which they
are made would not make d'-in:
three-fors.' The higher grades of Eve
cent cigars are ma ie as carefully und
with as much skill as the cigars that
are sold at a higher price, and I d-j not
mind saying that many of them nre
really far superior in material, llavor
and method of manufae:urp g.j !lia:lT
of them, however, are of the cheap
kind that the average is lowered to five
years, while the average Hfe t,f ti,
higher priced cigars will run to a much
higher figure." New O.-leju, Tltues-Iiemocrat.
THE DASCISG VMSE GLASS. !
zzzz ' j
Weber w as hard pushed. His ton
were struggling on with small nifiii
this money would set them on tbc
feet, would enable them to marry. Hid
right had he to spoil their lives that
might sit and dream of old times? TiH
' next day he gave his consent and tl
sale was mnde.
The old man lived in the suburbs,!.
never came to that part of the towJ
while the building was in prejiwd
i When it was finished aud the hugeiH
' partmeut store w as throw n open to ti
1 public Lcjee one day asked him
. come in. He led him through the Fi
: crowded salesrooms, piled one on tcrj
of another for nine stories, and tfcj
drew him into a narrow passage it:
, flung open a door.
I "There is your little office. Just i
! you left it," he said. "We have tra'-
around it. and beside it. aud over it
' but not a brick in It has been toucheJ
; There Is your fire with the old tiles
your desk, and your chair was broo:
i back to-dav. It Is your office, Mr. ff
er. and If vou will sit here as loof lf
, , . , i "I , mill 11 t.'U rt ii civ v. v - - -
,. ', e-T:k'8 f evlu Kiz"Uu live and think of them tint H
rTS?. ,U l Pone, and watch the change, to t
lur lu,. ui ilk corss in . . t ..,.!. i Khall fee there"
ZTlnX n"ke ,r,,able "jbSTtor ST'thi & hoi becan,
thl Mzy( f ; 11 Ln"(1 "1r,e ih:m 0,1
tne edges of the corks, as shown In ep.
ure. their points touching each othe'. I J 7Z K. no-
rrr i 2rr-ja-.
. -- u nain iiini il
l"v ni ui iae Knives
j truism: nevertheless every trade!H
Then carefully let a small metal bal. i T. V, s witi M
or piece of money attach-d ,0 a string rZ" rS Dlred to t:
J" Wat.?r touching ease. -weRkh ' a dicnity of U'
- i. riti
bottom, and you will see the HE ,
down n,.,i ,1 1 man. runs a
. aown, and th.-n up again, as soon ns i n
- von roinn-A i.nii i ress.-
.-...v-.r- ,,HI1 iroiu me water.
1 1 his evnerhneiit t i...t- ,
storv In the Detroit FH
This exr.ertme.,t t. i...- a r many opportuuuj
1 "- "one B11B1..J t-M A n t, tt! If 11
"ncohet" m" f lreZnZ;
aam.in-; to the tune that is plaved.
i cit uoiutin, j
I A rattier good story Is told of a dis
tinguished philosiphi-r who happened
! to tie staying at a country house w here
j there were other guests. One morn
! lug a youngster looking out of the win-
dow. i.bservltig a large flock of rooks
, -.u.iiS ou me grass, cried onf
"What an awful lot of crows!" upon
which the philosopher, in a tone intend
ing to convey a gentle rebuke, enquir
ingly said: "Well, my young friend, nre
crows so awful ?" The boy quickly an
swered! "I didn't say. -What a lot
of awful crows." but 'What an awful
lot of crowsl'" The philosopher re
mained silent and the boy whispored to
a companion. "Had him tha .i .
In1,- ' '
1 GREATLY CONDEMNED GARS.
Not at Alt Ileum if ul, bat Thee FUh
JIa-e God t-euit.
Nearly all the inland waters of south
ern and middle Auo-ica are infested bv
; the long-snouted and toothful, riiougii
. not toothsome, gar. In the Mlftslss-pp'i
it occasionally reached a size that
They rat in the hammock
Juiet and still.
Ther Iwked at her daddy
Bur daddy went in soon,
'Some daddies will).
They in the hammock
Amy jc Bill.
We hnve found ujK.n invTstlgation
that the term "refined" Is applied nro-miscuow-ly
to anyone who Is slender
and who doesn't care Tor boiled cab
When a wise man h,.nn . .,
.and wife guarreling its him to the tall
All went well for a
l-nair a 'clnilo ril?-" front S
r!i" ond eneli fl istinCtiODS IDSl 1
r.,rm.eta ;if the anieti'
denta. But one day trouble, J
guise of a smart city-young
to produce an unheard-of vehicle-1-
known to Whltmore Lake.
"I wish a dog cart, don't yon
1A -v nMinA mil n tr mf?D.
dog cart In the place, an" If th
there ain't a dog In the null co
... t r emme -
Dig enougn to araw iu
you out with a top busty-"
Drew the Line at Ping-P
"Here's a letter from Mir'
college. She says she's in
cue la, uej i vii, - ...j
him nn' - ln't POin tef StaDO W H
e " " - " j.ihL''.
Chinaman marrying inter tnis i
Woman's Home Compan'0"-
Lost Her J"" ,
Snake Charmer-So the fat w ,
too much ana-rat. u 4 !j
Sword Swallower-Oh. in redocJH
Not Many Rich in Britain
Only 80.331 of the
subjects who died last year M"
thing to leave by will.
A man ocasionnuy " hj5
celebrate the anniversary or j
hut when a woman celebrate n
usually takes a year off.