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East Oregon Herald.
SEALS AND SEALSKINS.
Where the Most Valuable Fur-Seal* Are
Found and How They Are Caught.
While a great many people are in
terested in sealskins most of them
have a rather vague idea as to the ani
mals from which they are stripped.
Every spring, when it is announced
that the Jan Mayen hunters have
brought 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 or 60.000
to Dundee, or that those who ren
dezvous at St. John’s, or Harbor Grace
have landed 200,000 or more, the prints
which especially concern themselves
with ladies’ dress are filled with jubila
tion over the approaching cheapness of
the fur, to possess which seems to con
stitute the acme of female ambition.
In reality these captures off Newfound
land or in the Arctic Sea have no effect
whatever on the fur market. They
are “hair” seals, of no value except
for their hides, out of which leather is
made, or for their blubber. No fur
Beals, in the sealskin-jacket sense of
the term, are found in the North At
lantic. They are almost entirely con
fined to the North an<l South Pacific.
From the South Shetlands and the
Georgian Islands the seals, once so
abundant, have almost vanished; and
neither St. Paul’s, nor the Crozets, nor
Marion Isle, the Elephant Isle, and
Amsterdam, nor even the Tristan da
Cunha yield any thing like the number
they once did.
The early advent
urers who first fell among the “rook
eries” in these localities seem to
have had a glorious time that their less
fortunate successors can not help en
vying them, even at the distance of
a century, though sealskins were not
so valuable in those far away days. In
18(M), when the fur-seal business was
at its height nt the Georgian Islands,
112,000 seals were taken, of which 57,-
(XX) were secured by a single ship.
Between the years 1820 and 1821 over
800,000 seals were taken at the South
Shetland Islands alone, though, in ad
dition to the number of old ones killed
for their fur, not fewer than 100,000
newly-born young died in consequence
of the destruction of their mothers.
So indiscriminate was the slaughter
that whenever a seal reached the
beach, no matter what its age, it was
immediately clubbed. The result of
this butchery was soon apparent. By
1822 the enormous herds in the South
Shetlands had been exterminated, and
in 1880 sealing in the South Sea was
pronounced a losing business; tin» old
resorte of the animals having been
abandoned or “cleared out,” so that
the hunters had to go further afield or
be content with profits much smaller
or much more precarious. At this day
fur seals of different species are picked
up all through the Antarctic and sub
Antarctic regions, as well as along the
coast of Japan and Siberia ns far ns
Knmscliatka, the Kurirles mid Behring
From California northward
three species are found. A few are seen
on the shores of California, Oregon,
and Washington Territory, and the
Indians of Vancouver Island mid
British Columbia find a moderate profit
in those which they kill. It is, how
ever, not until the Prybiloy or Seal
Islands, off the shores of Alaska, are
reached that the far seal attains its
maximum. These islets are leased by
the United States Goverment to a com
mercial company, who are bound by
their contract, made in pursuance of
an Act of Congress, not to kill more
than 75,000 a year on St Paul’s Island,
or more than 25,000 on St. George’s
Island; though the Secretary of the
Treasury has power to alter the ratio
for each island if he pleases, or to ex
tend the period for killing them from
June to the 15th of August, and then
after an interval during September
ami October. The killing of female
seals and seals less than one year old,
and, among other regulations to the
same effect, the use of firearms or
other means tending to drive the seals
away from the islands are expressly
forbidden. No dogs are permitted on
the islands, mid no vessels other than
those employed by the company are
permitted to touch there or land any
persons or merchandise, except in case
•f shipwreck or vessels in distress.
The method of capture into drive the
seals into little heads or “pods,”
where they are leisurely dispatched
by the blows of a club on the head.
— London Standard.
AN ECCENTRIC NABOS.
How John I. Rialr Manufactured Money
Whan He Need.-d 1».
Soon after the Dulaware,Lackawanna
Ac Western railroad was extended over
the Pocono mountains into the Lacka
wanna valley, John I. Blair, the eccen
Blairstown. N. J.,
came to Scranton every month to pay
a portion of the railroad men. The
vehi< lc frbm which he distributed cash
was a lumber w agon, which was drawn
from one part of the road to another
by a team of old plugs. Mr. Blair
liked to circulate the bills of his Blairs
town bank as far away from home as
}M»ssible, and the most of his payments
were made in his own bank notes.
Whenever he ran out of money he put
a board across the deep wagon box,
hauled a lot of sheets of unsigned bank
notes out of his iron trunk, sat down
on the bottom of the wagon, and be
gan to make more money by placing
his peculiar autograph on the crisp
Moses Taylor, w ho was one of the
heaviest stockholders in the road, came
to Scranton frequently. Nothing about
the road and the shops and mines
escaped his eagle eye, ami one day he
noticed Mr. Blair making money on
the board. He watched the process for
a while, and then he stepped up to the
wagon and said to Mr. Blair:
“John I., have you any idea how
large a circulation your bank has got?”
“Guess we ain’t got a cent more in
circulation than we kin redeem in spe
cie. Your bank don’’ have to ask more
than onci for gold for our bills, docs
if? We t>in’t turnin’ out any more’n
we’ve got the nietal to back up, are
we?” squeaked Mr. Blair, continuing
Several years ago each freight train
on the road had a crew of a conductor
and three brakemen. Mr. Blair saw a
chance to economize by taking one
brakeman from each freight train, and
he caused an order to be issued to that
effect. In consequence of this the con
ductors were obliged to assist in switch
ing oars, and before the end of the year
a number of them had been injured.
€ne shockingly profane conductor had
Woth legs cut off while he was making
up his train in the Scranton yard one
day. He laid the accident to Mr. Blair
after he became conscious, and he swore
fearfully about Mr. Blair’s penurious
ness up to within a few minutes of his
At his church in Blairstown one Sun
day Mr. Blair placed his old-fashioned
silk hat in the end of a pew next to
the aisle and went to another part of
the church to seat people. While he
was away a very fat old woman, who
was not a regular attendant, waddled
in ami helped herself to a seat without
looking to see whether there was any
thing in the pew or not She sat right
down on the millionaire's hat, but she
wholely unconscious of the fact, and she
continued to sit there until Mr. Blair
had finished his duties. Then he be
gan to search for his plug, and when
he got to the fat woman he looked dis
He peered into several
pews in front of her. ami then he went
back and asked her to rise. She did
so. and there was the hat as Hat as a
flapjack. Mr. Blair struggled with his
An Economical Battery.
To make a cheap, simple and
cient battery, suitable for the use of
experimenters and amateurs: Take an
ordinary glass fruit jar, fitted with a
rover of wood or hard rubber, and
pfeice in it a number of pieces of elec
tric light carbons, hundreds of which
can be picked up in the street every
morning after the lamps have been
The connection between
the carbons and the binding screw on
the top of the cover is best made with
a gutta-percha covered wire, having
its lower end bared and wound tightly
round and secured to one of the car
bons, thus making a connection with
all other pieces in contact with it A
piece of amalgamated zine of any con
venient size or form is suspended within
the jarfiom the wooden cover, and
has a binding screw attached to it. The
jar rhould be filled about two-
tldrds full with dilute sulphuric acid or
other suitable solution. The whole
battery complete can be made for
twenty cents, ami it will give a good
current on a closed circuit for a long
time. — Boston Budget.
She Knew Better Than That.
•‘You have been very ill. haven’t
you, George?” she murmured softly.
•‘I am so glad to see you again.”
“And I am enraptured at gazing on
your face once more,” he replied, ••1
camo veR* near leaving you f<i »r ever,
Do you know what was the matter
with me?” •
“No, George, not exactly, I heard
it was brain fever, but 1 didn’t believe
it.” Merchant Traveler.
—There will be five eclipses in 1889,
three of the sun and two of the moon.
A total eclipse of the sun will occur
January 1. partly visible at Washing
ton as a partial eclipse, the sun setting
eelipsetl. The second eclipse, being a
partial eclipse of the moon, will occur
January 16, visible at Washington and
generally in Europe. Africa, North and
South America, and the Atlantic and
Paciflo oceans. The third will be an
annular eclipse of the sun, June 27. in
visible at Washington. The fourth
will be a partial eclipse of the moon,
July 12. invisible at Washington, but
visit)'.* generally in Europe, Asia, Af
rica, Australia, the Atlantic ocean, ami
the easterly portion of South America.
The fifth will lie a total eclipse of the
sun, December 21 ami 22, invisible at
Prepared for the Woret.
Mrs. Grundy—How awfully that Tint-
all girl is made up!
Mrs. Bovrrwell -Yes. She need never
di * of starvation.
Mrs. Grundy—I don’t see why.
Mr*. Nneerwell 4>hc always carries
enough flour to make a pule of rice-
cakes — Duck.
Husband ’(just starting for out of
town) Mv dear, here is a fifty dollar
—O, John, I’m
ever ho much obliged! Husband—
Which 1 wish you i would give to the
tailor for my new overcoat He said
he would send the bill to-day. — Epoch.
—They h**i missed the train, and she
was telling him so emphatically. “You
are not in your right mind, are you?”
she said. “Certainly not, my love,”
he responded, sweetly, as husbands al
ways do under such circumstances;
“certainly not; I’m in my left mind.”
— Washington ( rdic.
A farmer, while giving his testi
mony in a burglary case, in which he
and his hired men had captured a
burglar, was asked if anv of his family
were injured, and replied:
there was no great damage done; only
«»nr of my hands shot through the
nose.”—A’. F. Ledger.
A man isvlike a bit of Labrador
spar, w hich has no luster as you turn
it in your hand, until you come to a
particular angle; then it shows deep
ami beautiful colors. There is no
adaptation or universal applicability in
men, but each has his s|«ecial talent,
and the mastery of suecrs«.ful men con-
ai.ts in adroitly keeping themaelves
where and when that turn shall be
oftenest to l»e practle» d.— A’lNcrron.
— “Whe i do yon'think the moon Is
at ite loveliest, Ge *rge, dear?” aho
a>ke*L George, dear, stole his arm
and a cautions glance around the im*
“When It is behind a cloud, love,”
and they were as happv as if they ha I
each taken a hypoderfuie« inj clion of
murphiue.— Baltimore Herald,
Th« Peculiar C'oatum«* Worn by Them oa
Their Marriage Day.
On the day in which my visit to Odd«
came to an end I had a glimpse, if not
of a wedding itself, at least of the ar
rival of the bridal party. Along the
fiord came a large boat pulled by six
stout oarsmen, and making its way
through the water in a very different
style from the crawling pace customary
to Norwegian lioats on ordinary occa
sions. As it drew nearer we could see
that, besides the plainly-clad men and
the white-capped women, there were
two brides on board. The whole vil
lage, needless to say, turned out to see
the sight, and a pretty scene w as formed
by the groups of women and girls, their
white caps and scarlet bodices shining
in the sun. As I stood among tlie
crowd and noticed their detail of dress,
I was st rink with the neatness and
finish of it all, and the care which is
evidently’ bestowed on small details.
One old dame wore the usual dark
gown, but the sleeves were relieved
with.the neatest pea-green cuffs, sewn
to the dress with indescribable care
and finish. The close black cap she
wore was edged with a piping of yel
low, and beneath was a shrewd, kindly
face. The green dye, which reappears
on various articles of clothing, but
which, also, is said to lie going out of
fashion, is made from a kind of “stags-
horn” moss, which grows freely on the
The two brides and their ^friends are
handed out by the boatmen, and then,
with some show of fuss and impor
tance, there are lifted nut of the boat
sundry odd-looking boxes, whose pur
pose and contents I was at a loss to
divine. Then the whole party stands
still solemnly’, each bridegroom having
his bride on liis arm, and the fiddler
faces them and strikes up a tune. He
beats his foot on the ground ami s<*rapcs
away at his curious instrument, a kind
known as the “Hardanger violin,” and
reels out lively Norwegian tunes. They
were strange airs to me, but I imagine
they were “balings,” or, perhaps,
marches. I do not know why this
pause was made; perhaps to give time
to the clergyman, who was expected
every moment by the steamer, ’he
steamer which unfortunately was to
carry me and my friends away. How
ever, the pause gave me an opportunity
of noticing the bridesand their dresses.
They both wore the huge, ungainly
erown, which is to the Norwegian bride
what the wreath of orange blossoms is
to her American sister. The dark blue
skirt was for this occasion replaced by
one of lfPight scarlet, embroidered with
a bold pattern in wool near the hem.
The full white shirt remained as usual,
but the bodice was a mass of bead
work, while the belt was made of mas
sive links of silver. Large silver or
naments dangled from the side of the
crown, but whether affixed to the crown
or to the ears I could not tell; a largo
silver brooch was worn at the throat,
and each bride had a fine muslin
apron with a pretty piece of needle*
work let in, after the Norwe-
gian fashion, near the hem. The pat-
terns of this work, which is generally
crochet, are remarkably good, and the
crochet washes admirably. The brides
wore their hair hanging down their
barks, ami one officious bridesmaid I
noticed ticking great pains to prevent
the brides’ locks from being blown
about by the wind. I looked at their
faces, but in this instance there was
little to admire.
One was young, but the other
was fairly advanced; in fine, neither
could be called pretty*. I imagine that
marriages in Norway have often to be
postponed for a long time until a va
cant farm or homestead falls to the
turn of the young people. Of the
bridegrooms there is little to be said.
They were plain, honest-looking fel
lows, dressed almost exactly’ like our
sailors, except for a broad, soft, wide
awake hat. The kneebreeches fastened“
with silver buttons, formerly worn ii.
the country are fast disappearing from
the peasants’ costumes, ami plain blue
coat, jacked and trousers are now gen
erally worn. The men look exactly
like Englishmen of the northern coun
ties with their fair hair, and, as we
should say, Saxon cast of features. But
now the procession begins to move.
The fiddler leads the way, still playing,
and the bridal party sets out on its
way to the church. And at the same
time the whistle of the steamer is heard
and the vessel steams up to the short
(piay, which is all that is needed on the
steep shores of the fioixl. The clergy
man—a tall, fine looking man—steps
off the boat, and we mils* perforce step
on, and so we see no more of the wed
ding ceremony. They will dance the
“haling” merrily to-night, we are
told. Formerly they kept the revels
up for three nights, but now these fes
tivities are cut short, and one night is
considered enough. — Domestic Monthly.
•-------- -♦ •
—California has some big orchards,
ami the largest is in the Suisiin valley,
and is owned by A. T. Hatch, president
of the California Fruit Union. Mr.
Hatch has 200 acres in pear trees, 130
in peaches, 70 in apricots, 10 in nectar
ines, 210 in almonds, 40 in cherries, 100
in plums and prunes, besides 40 acres
of currants and goostdierries and
hundreds of lemon and orange trees.
Of these seres, 300 bore fruit this sea
son to the amount of 2,000 tons, which
brought the owner $100,000. He cal
culates that when the whole orchard is
Mi full bearing it will produce 8,000
tons of fruit, worth $400,000.
Do not hurry.
Do not worry.
As this world you travel through
Ever can advantage you.
He content w th what you’ve won.
What on earth you lea»e undone
There are plenty left to do.
—The Nan Diego School of letters is
to i be established on the
Tulare bay, four miles
Diego, Cal., where a
been made for a site for
contractors agree to build a water
system, and guarantee that the motor
road, now building from San Diego to
Oldtown, shall be extvnd<al to th* col
lege tract. The ctdlege will begin
with an endownment of t50i\000l and
Rev. E. S. Sprvcher, president of
the Wurteniburg college. Sprlngfiehl,
O , will lake charge of it,
PUT TO THE
How « Revolutionary Hero Was Badly
N<-Mrr<i Uy Hl* sou.
a >,a,t to ths Apschs Indians Conftwo« Is
For» I'lrksn*. Fin.
How a Parte Lleutenai*t of Poll©« Con
founded a Dli*hone*t Man.
Th« Relation Which Natural Hweetne«.
Dl*po*itlou Bearn to It.
As we left the wharf of this quaint
One hears much talk of this desira-
city—which, unfortunately, is fast los-
ble quality nowadays. but the Ide« OI
ing it» quaintness in the march of im
It is often very vague. What is reflue.
provements—and steamed through the
shipping there was a general sigh of
We are not of those who think th it
satisfaction. Life was beautiful, Indian
it consists of a studied quietness of
summer's soft haze gently toned the
dress and manner. Some very retiued
vivid blue of sky and water and gave a
people dress shockingly, and they
mistiness to otherwise sharp outlines.
even have quite loud voices, and y«t
We soon neared the principal point of
their good breeding is patent to all the
iuterest, Fort Pickons and its Indian world.
prisoners of war. Fort Pickens is situ
We once met a whole family of del
ated oil Santa Rosa Island, one side of
icate ladies at a fashionable summer
which is washed by the deep blue waters
resort on the banks of the Hudson,
of the bay, while on the other short
whose idea of refinement was languor
breaks the surf of the Gulf of Mexico,
They thought it wna
clear and green. As wu neared the
|ust too vulgar to be healthy and
landing we observed several groups of
strong; quite too mannish, indeed, in
Indians and one officor in their midst.
They gathered about the boat showing
Among some people, size is thought
the curiosity of well-bred and dignified
to have a good deal to do with refine-
children, the principal man among
It is unrefined to be large,
them being Mangas, one of the chiefs.
gross to be fat; coarse to have weight
As we stepped on the wharf he pulled and monstrous to have prominent
up his fishing line with a little pompano features.
A large neck, large cheeks
on the hook. I took the fish off for or lips are especially opposed to all re
him and he smiled at me amiably. It finement.
seemod impossible that this smiling
Now, little people are certainly very
fellow, calmly fishing in imprisonment, cunning, very curious, but we can not
could bo the fierce and desperate man all be fairies—nor do we wish it Only
who had jumped through the car win fancy a whole world of these little
dow with the train at full speed, court creatures! Why, even trado would lan
ing any moile.of death rather than the guish.
Smaller qu antities of every
mortifieation of surrender.
thing would be needed from cloth and
We passed on within the fort. At flannel all the way down to oysters and
the door of the first room were two In buckwheat cakes. No, large people
dian women seated on the floor playing ire necessary to keep the world mov
cards. Our civilization has taught them ing..
this. They ceased their game as we
We once knew of a fashionable lady
came up ami smiled at the party. The who liked her clergyman because he
soldier with us could not interpret, so preached such refined sermons. When
our conversation was limited to a few a distinguished literary man died re
cently wo were told he was not a re
Next we met a woman with a baby fined person. Well, perhaps he was
swinging on her back. She stopped to not, but he was so distinguished in
let us examine the little fellow. They other ways that really we had not
have a most remarkable “instrument of thought of his refinement We would
torture.” as wd dubbed it, for carrying lust as soon have asked whether St
the "papooses” until they can walk. It Paul was a refined man, or whether
is of wood, shaped something like a Isaiah wont to ancient Babylon to ac
coflin, with the sides very much lower, quire “good form,” as some persons
though. In that the child is placed and go to London now for that purpose.
There are some people who are al
strapped, from its neck down to its
heels, its hands straight down by its ways trying to be refined. Like Rosa
sides, so that the little one can move mond in Middlemarch, they have so
its head only. This arrangement has rained themselves that, by the help of
a band of leather which the mother nice clothes, a sweet voice and a placid
passes around her forehead. When busy lemeanor, they appear outwardly to
at any thing site stands it up against be refined.
There are, we believe, many people
the wall or a post! Of all the babies we
saw there we did not hear onowhimper. in a very humble station in life who
Tlie women are very friendly, and ire truly refined in their feelings who
seemed pleased at the attention paid ire yet quite unpolished outwardly.
them and their children by visitor* Their hearts are right, they have the
laughing a greatdeal and showing in pnsideration for others, which is the
variably fine rows of teeth. We saw /cry basis of refinement
There are also others in good society
gloat quantities of bead work, baskets,
etc., which they are busy preparing to \ hose natural sweetness of deposition
GUM BY THE TON.
sell winter tourists, but we did not pur onstantly shows itself in kind and
A Wholesale Druggiiit Cliat* About the chase, as Indian work >s so much better
on tie words and deeds toward all-
Extent of the Chewing Habit.
in effort is needed on their part to bo
done by Americans now!
St. Louis annually handles $250,000
We soon reached Geronimo’s quar ■ourteous and amiable, for they feel
worth of chewing-gum, one-fourth of ters. He sat on a chair near hia door o, and naturally their outward mail
the amount consumed in the United and one of his squaws was on the ers are but the reflex of that which is
States. Would you imagine that the
ground near him, while a baby just vithin. Such persons are charming;
people of this country every year chew
wal’tyjg played about his foot. Within hey like everv holy an I every body
$1,000,000 of gum? Yet it has become
k< s them. Wo all know a few such,
tlie room on the bed were seated a little
such an important factor in trade
id are thankful.
boy and girl, jabbering away for all
circles that it is now a staple of even’
The chief desideratum appears to be
they were ivorth, who quite scorned all
druggists’ stock and quoted in price*
our efforts to attract them to us. Ge i good heart. If we truly love our
lists. However this habit—for it has
ronimo was more suave than any In ■ •ighbors we can not fail to be kind
reached that stage—is confined to the
nd sweet to them. And if we are i»i-
dian man I have ever seen. He smiled
Western States, most of this immense
ifferen*, all the care we take of onr
and shook hands and his manner was
sum of chewing-gum being consumed
almost affabl*. 1 was much amused to nanners, all our stulied refinement,
west of the Atleghanies. The West
see the murderous old fellow play with dl our stylish conversation will be as
erner has become a gum-chewer. The
his child. One of his squaws died re lust and ashes.
habit keeps five large factories in ex
There are those who find it difficult
cently, but he didn’t mourn very long.
istence for the manufacture of standard
We had been told that Natchez was to care for their neighbors. They wish
brands, while there are innumerable
hem well, but do not want to I m
How Some oi Our Wniter Delicacies Are small makers. The fashion in brands more haughty than all the others, but
»othered with them. They al way try
M hii ti fact ure<l.
is always changing, like that in tobac I think we caught him on his red-letter o be civil, but it is upliill work, and
A gentleman happened to be in con
day, he was so polite. He is the finest
versation with a man who makes rasp cos. What may be popular this season looking of any of the chiefs and his hey are glad when the trial is over,
is apt to I m ) replaced next year by a
I'lielr “refinement” must make them
berry jam on a large scale, ami
more attractive brand. The latest fa face is more honest. Geronimo lias a « idle and bow and say “Yes” and
asked him where the raspberries I
vorite is a breath-killer. It is seasoned
No” at proper intervals. But have
were raised that he made his pro
with peppermint, and serves all the confidence. Natchez’s hands and feet :.ey nothing more? Ii there no inter
duct of. The gentleman was in a posi
tion to warrant the confidence of the purposes of a clove. The men are very nt him. He is long and lithe of limb ns felt except in their departure?
fond of it. This leads me to remark that
Nothing is valuable unless genuine.
manfaetiirer mid the latter told him
men are chief chewers of gum. a'*d looks as if his strength were quick •Vho cares for paste diamonds and
and nervous, rather than of the endur
mitation cut glass? Outward polish
"Why, we don't use any raspberries
been ridiculed for chewing, they are ing kind. His hatred of Geronimo does s of slight worth without the true re-
not half as persistent as the male sex. not seem to abate. In fact, the old inement of the heart.— Home Journal.
"Do you mean to say that you make
I may sav that the cigarette smoker is diplomat, as he is called here, is in bad
raspberry jam without any raspber
not a gum-chewer. I do not know odor with the other chiefs. They hold
—“Bub,” remarked a muscuiai
why, but the two do not go together. him accountable for their surrender and farmer to a boy whom he found in his
The men who chew gvm are those in
melon patch, “ bub. do you know why
"What’s the process?”
business. It is a sort of substitute for very chary about associating with him. you and 1 would be good material for
“Why, we boil tomatoes, and then
tobacco, and for a man to keep his jaws
a cigar?” “’Deed I don’t, sir,” was
strain the product to get the seeds out.
working on an ounce of gum while he rified them. The “big water” inspires the response of the quivering culprit.
Tomato seeds are quite too big to look
is engaged at a difficult task is the best
••Well, then, my young Columbus,”
like raspberry seeds, ami, besides, are
solace he can find. The habit is ing else do"«, and it was an infinite re said the granger, advancing to a con
not shaped like them. Then we add
spreading rapidly, as I can tell by the lief to them when the heavens cleared venient position for the laying on oi
alsmt ail equal quantity of glucose, and
amount of gum sold. As I said, St and tlie waters were again calm. The hands, “it’s because you’ve proven
mix in a little prepared raspberry fla
Louis is the chief gum city in the booming of ‘.he surf, which sounded yourself a very good filler, and 1
vor that we may buy from the chemists,
country. Observe for yourself, and it like the play of artillery far in the know you’ll acknowledge me to be a
and also a quantity of hay seed. The
will not require a very careful notice to city, tilled them with unspeakable ter good rapper.” And h* did.-
hay seeds look very much like rasp-
perceive the extent of the habit—you ror. What will become of them? Will
lierry seeds, anil are besides very much
—»rim sweet Uiri—“i understand
will see women chewing in the street their lives be spent in prison? It is a
more nutritious than the raspberry
cars and even in church; you will find knotty question and one which the that handsome stranger has been call
seeds and constitute a positive merit
Government has not yet solved. They ing on you quite regularly.” Second
in jam. With a little further prepara men chewing gum while walking along are not quite the heroes of Cooper, and 8weet Girl—“Yes, he’s awfully tire
tion our raspberry jam. made out of
their love of dirt and treachery are re some.” ••Tiresome?** “Yes, he don’t
tomatoes and glucose, is ready for the chew it because they believe it pulsive; but they are men, and men of do a thing the whole evening but sit on
market.” — Hout on Tra nscripl.
the ey»rome nmi of the sofa and talk.”
because it is a fascinating habit 1 so different birth and rearing we can
—-Joseph Hoffman, the infaiitile’ pi heard of a gum party two weeks ago not force quite yet into our narrower
anist, rules the whole family, as prodi at which every one was expected to groove».— een-taeola (Fla.) Cor. Phila
gies are very apt to do. Happening to bring a different kind of gum for gen- delphia T.-.-.U.
take a meal on an ooean steamer be enU use. Every skating and toboggan
A Good Memo
fore he stai ted. he refused to cross on ing party will supply itself with gum.
that vessel because the cooking did not ami elegant gum-cases will be given
“I’m surprised that yvu *‘.juld re-
s lit him. and his father had to have for progressive game prizes. — St. Louie memlier me. Mr. Diimley,” said Mrs.
the baggage carried back to the pier.
Hob>on. “since it is so long ago that
— Ex-Seeretary Manning lives a very
Happiness Ail Around
quiet life. He is constantly under a
•*O,” replied Dumley, with profuse
Bobby had been a pretty good litt'e gallantry, “there is nothing remark
physician’s care. The latter will not
|wrmit him to walk any great distance boy all day and his father was very able about it I assure you, my dear
or climb a single flight of stairs. Mr. much pleased.
madam, lean remember anybody.”—
“You will find, Bobby,” said the old N. Y. Sun.
Manning has, therefore, hud air ele
vator placed in his now home on Fifth man, “that virtue is its own reward.
avenue. He always rides iu his car I mean by that, that every time you do
—You should speak to a horse as you
what you ought to do you will feel would to a woman. Quietly, but
riage to ami from his office.
—Women who can play the fiddle
“Oh, yes,” responded Bobby, intel
are all the rage in Boston. The Hub
—Near Richmond, Ky., a few days
folks now frown on the banjo, amt the ligently. “and now, pa. if you’ll give ago a,dozen army crackers were plowed
sqneak of the catgut is heard in the ine another piece of pie you'll feel up by a farmer. They resembled in
land. Among the really goml plavers good, too.”—A’. }’. Sun.
appearance and strength our restau
are Miss Belle Botsford. who has had
—A a recent meeting of the Academj
five years of training in Paris, and Miss
—A spinster refused an offer of mar
Nettie Carpenter, whose bowing is par of Natural Sciences. the president. Dr. riage from a well-to-do bachelor be
LeWy, stated that he had recently re cause she had been told that he was an
ticularly good. ,V.
—There are «bout 150 Washoe In ceived for examination from the Geo enthusiastic relie-hunter. — Merchant
dians al Truckee, Cal., who prove that logical Survey in Washington a collec Traveler.
some Indians will work. The bucks tion of fossil bones from ten miles east
"I say. Dick, said a young man
ehop wood and do work of that sort, of Archer. Lory County. Fla. The M he looked ont at the rain'. "I wonder
and the «qnaws wash and iron. Ono specimens are generally much broken, if if s true that every cloud has a silver
olqectioa to them ss servants is said to although the original texture is mostly* lining?" “1 suppow so.” "Well, I
be their extreme sensitiveness. Tell preserved and they show no trace of wish the au'horities would turn the
an Indian to cut your wool and he'll being n filed or water worn. They con •load inside out.
turn disdainfully sway.
Impart to sist chiefly of the remains of rhinoceros,
—\ iolent rain-storm—crowded street
him. in a casual way. that you have mastadon and llama. A new species car—handsome lady amt gentleman on I
wood to cut. and wonder who'll do it of horse was also indicated by teeth and platform. Gentleman (to those inside)
at such a price, and the noble red man ankle bones, for which the name Hippo
"Can you squeeze * lmlv in there?"
w ill, with the air of conferring a favor, therium plicatile was proposed. — B^ion,
Chorus of male voices—••Yes, cer-
J N. Mia 4
imintats that he will, and he does.
muly.” Lsdj goes in— get* squeezed.
Among the revolutionary stories
which are traditional in the old Polk
family of North Carolina ia one which
will be new to our readers, and which
proves that the boy of ’76 did not differ
very greatly from the boy of to-day.
flm chief of the family in that day
was Colonel John Polk, who from the
first outbreak took an active part in the
revolution. He formed a small com
pany among the neighboring planters,
and with them attacked and routed the
large luxly <»f Tory troops under Sir
William Campbell, the last British
Governor of North Carolina. He
served afterwards in every campaign
until the surrender of Cornwallis, when
he returned to his family with the rank
He had four mischievous sons, the
oldest of whom was about sixteen, lie
fell into the habit of incessantly telling
them about the dangers he had seen,
prompted to do so by a little pardona
ble vanity and also, no doubt, by the
desire to atimulate the courage of the
boys. As tiinh wore on, the boys were
bored by the many-times-told tales,
ami one day Charles, the eldest, re
marked: “I suppose a man’s courage
depends on his arms.”
“Not at all, sir!” replied the Gen
eral. “I would meet a foe as coolly
without a sword or gun as with them,
and so would anv braf^ man.”
Charles iiflulJK** ansW'er. That even
ing, his father was returning from a
neighboring plantation through a dark
lane, when a masked and cloaked figure
leape(l out from the hedge and grappled
“Your money! Your watch!” he de
The General felt for his pistol. He
had left it at home. He struggled, but
the robber held him as in a vise. Sud
denly he felt the touch of cold steel to
his forehead. For the first time in his
life, a ehill of fear crept over him. He
was helpless in the grip of the thief.
To end here, like a dog, done to death
on the highway!
“Shall I shoot?” demanded the high
“No, no, no! Here—here!” pulling
out his purse and watch, a heavy gold
one, an heirloom in the family.
When he reached home he found the
boys gathered around the fire and told
his story amid great excitement.
“How many robbers were there?”
“I am ashamed to say there was but
one. But I acknowledge that I was
badly scared. The fellow had the grip
of a giant and there was a murderous
gleam in his eye”—
“O, father! father!” exclaimed
Charles, handing him the purse and
watch amid shouts of laughter.
“You dog! ” said the General, joining
in the laugh. “But remember, I was
unarmed and you pointed a loaded
pistol at my head. ”
“Nothing worse than this,” produc
ing his mother’s steel candlestick.
General Polk, who enjoyed a joke,
was the first to tell the story on himself
in the neighborhood, but he always re
minded his hearers that courage de
pended largely on circumstances, and
that there was a legend that Caesar had
been frightened by a rat in the dark.
In fact, the General’s partin the affair
is to be commended; while nothing can
be said in defense of the young man’s
joke. — Youth's Companion.
A young provincial, coiniug to Parii
for tile pui pose of negotiating the pur
chase of a share in a commercial house,
bad on liis arrival entrusted for safe
keeping his capital, amounting to fifty
thousand livres, to u friend; and, tl.s
necessary arrangement* having betu
»oinpleted, applied to him for a reati-
'utioii of the deposit. His friend, who
>n the meantime had converted the
sum to his own use, stared at him with
a ell-feigned astonishment, and flatly
denied having received any money
from him; and on the other’s re
proaching him for his treachery, cut
short the interview by accusing him of
an attempt at extortion. Finding all
remonstrance useless, the young man
betook himself as a last resource to the
hotel of the lieutenant of police, and
related to him the whole story.
When ho had tiuisheil, M. de Sartine
inquired if he had not asked for a writ
ten acknowledgment of the deposit.
"No,” 11« replied, “I had no reason
to doubt my friend’s good faith, and
••Were any witnesses present on the
occasion?” continued his questioner.
"Only his wife."
“That is quite sufficient," said the
magistrate. "Go into the next room
and remain there until I send for
Summoning one of hi, exempts, he
iispatehed him in quest of1 the individ
ual suspected of fraud, and on the
arrival of the latter informed him that
he was charged with refusing to give
back a deposit of fifty thousand livres
which had been confided to his care.
“1 know nothing about it," was the
"That may he,” said the lieutenant;
"but to satisfy me of your inn »eeiice,
you will write to your wife, who, 1 am
told, witnessed the transaction, to this
effect: ‘Deliver to the bearer the fifty
thousand livres I received in deposit
from Monsieur Jules Dntailleur,' and
add your customary signature.”
Not daring to disobey the order, the
man, though with evident reluctance,
did as he was enjoined; and the same
exempt taking charge of the missive,
returned ill a short time with the
money. Confounded by the discovery
of his guilt, the culprit fell on his
knees before the magistrate and im
plored his clemency; whereupon M. do
Sartine, after severely reprimanding
him for his treachery, added to his
confusion by confronting him with his
diqw. to whom he returned the stolen
property, cautioning him in future to
be more careful in the choice of his
friends__ Temple liar.
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