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His OKI Vtiiow Almanac
i, I left fro firm when mother Jix5,and charged
rrif phieo of uweliin'
To ri:iusht?r Susie's stylish house, tight In
the citv RlrfH't
And tbpre wsts therm, before I came, that sort
M'Hivq roe icmu
- ton i wouia una the town folks ways so
They (said Td have no comfort In the rustlln',
And I d tjave to wear stiff collars every week
I find I take to city ways Just like a duck to
I like the racket and the-noise, and never
- ' tire of shows;
And there's no end of comfort In the mansion
oi my cansnier.
. -Ana hired help is all about, just listcnin for
- my can,
i But I miss the yellow almanac off my old
a,. The honse is full of calendars, from attlo to
t They're painted in all colors, and are fancy-
But j-ost in this particular I'm not a modern
And the yellow-covered almanac is good
enough for me;
I m used to it, I've seen it "round from boy
h od to old aae,
- And 1 rather like the Jokin' at the bottom of
I like the way the "S" stood out to show the
(In these new-fanned calendars the days
seamed sort of mixed).
And the man upon the ooYer.thougb. he wa'n't
With lungs and liver all exposed.stiU showed
. how we are fired:
And the letters and credentials that were writ
to Mr. Ayer
I've often, on a rainy day. found readin' very
I tried to find one recently; there wa'n't one
in the city.
They toted out great calendars in every sort
Hooked at 'em in cold disdain, and answered
'em in pity:
"I'd rather have my almanac than all that
- costly pile."
And, though I take to city life, I'm lonesome
For that old yellow almanac upon my kitch-
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
BEHIND JIN OCEAN HORSE.
We were in the Japan sea, cruising
for right whales.
Oar ship was the Georgetown ofXew
Bedford, Capt. Williams an old sea
dog, with lists like the knots of an oak
tree and a tremendous breadth of
This man had the reputation of hav
ing captured the largest whale ever
caught in these seas a hump-backed
"fellow," which on being" tried out
yielded 140 barrels of oil.
The skipper was proud of his fame
as a skillful whale-hunter, which, in
fact, was well "deserved. He could
throw the barbed iron further than
most men, and was always cool and
self-possessed in moments of the great
est peril, whether it was during his
fights" with the monsters of the deep
or with the angry elements.
It was a close, sultry day. Far and
near the surface of the sea lay un
broken by a single ripple.
A yellowish vapor or haze had. how
ever, for some hours been noticed to
windward. It seemed to rise slowly
and to spread gradually over the blue,
unclouded concave above us. The
sun. meanwbile, nati assumed a singu
lar appearance. It had turned to a
fiery red color, and was surrounded by
a green and blue ringr, which seemed
to revolve round and round it.
.finally a noitow. Hamming noise
was beard, as if some brazen instru
mentwas being blown bv unseen beings
far above our heads.
At the same moment, from aloft, like
the wild cry of some distant sea-bird.
we heard the voice of Hindok the
Kanaka boatsteerer. who kept a loot
out at the mainmast head.
- "There biows! There there there
-Whereawa-?71 yelled Williams,
tbroush his speakmg-trumiwjt- "
At the same moment the son-browned
faces of all the men on deck were
"Three points of the lee-bow two
miles off a try right whale, sir. There
blows! blows! blows '
tJall all hands!' roared theeaptaio.
This was" done and all hands below
eame bounding on deck.
"Stand by the boats!" was the next
' order. - "
The boat-steere-s young, active fel
lows, all of them sprang into their re
spective boats to get their lines and
craft in readiness.
"Lower awayP' ordered old Wil
liams, with lightning celeritv making
his way to the deck.
The fo nr boats dropped splashing in
to the sea and the next moment away
they went after the whale.
In about half an hour we lay on our
.0.ars waiting for the whale to come np.
Hindok stood in the bow, scanning
the ocean with his eagle eyes. He was
as . ue-looking a specimen of an island
er as was ever seen. His frame was
tall and supple, his arms long and
sinewy, his shoulders of great breadth,
and his chest round and deep.
"Do voa see anything, yet?" in
Nothing yet see. sir," answered the
islander, casting a dubious glance
The haze had rilled all the air and
the sun's light was darkened omin
ously. The humming noise previously al
luded to had grown louder, and we
could all see a great line of white water
tearing down toward us from wind
ward. Suddenly Hindok. Dointin? ahead.
"lhere. dat fellow,
; "Your oars, men."
'. tain through his set teeth
W e seized the oars, and the boat
; glided swiftly and noiselessly toward
- where the ripples ahead showed that
he whale was coming up.
We had not got half-way there, when
rp came the leviathan, shooting straight
Vom the sea. his whole monstrous
orm revealed, his tins outspread like a
air of wings.
A moment he remained poised ap-
rently on the very end of his flukes;
ten down he came, striking the sea
fce a thunderbolt, and sending the
ray flying in a white, blinding shower
'Now, Hindok give it to him!"
A line of steel-blue light went
- Srough the air. then arother, and we
. 'Jindok had put both irons in the
" ' le at the distance of s;x tnthonis.
' i1 R backward rush the monster
jr struck the boat. The vapor
his spout came into our faces,
lie boat, thrown over upon her
ard gunwale, was nearly cap-
H went the whale the next mo
ounding, and away went the
"f drawn by lightning, with the
"jming and drumming round
" . . - "chead, aud her gunwales near-
- level with the water.
. at the same moment the
nd us the wind howled with
J, and the foam and spray,
" tiding us, drenched every
- skin. The ocean seemed
" white, boiliug water, in
"agged boat was buried so
; -. Awere nearly swept from
while the tub oarsman,
. .. -"'was to bail, vainly en-
ep the craft dry.
jkiarEened with the fly
d scud, which, in torn
! blown hither and thither
demons come to seize ua:
iwn to the depths below.
' vvv iame up, and w
along mider the surface, for the boat
now was almost continually buried.
In fact, when we were near enough to
enable the captain who, according to
custom, had changed places with Hin
dok, taking his station in the bow to
hurl his lance, the boat was full of
Williams, however, standing un
moved, threw the lauce. The whale
felt it, and, writhing, turned, makiug
straight for the boat.
" Stern! stern!" screamed the cap
tain, as ho spoke again planting the
lance in the monster's body.
We endeavored to obey, but a great
mass of blinding water, with spray
and foam, struck us, and over went the
The last object I saw at that time
was Capt. Williams, seated astride the
capsized boat, churning away vigor
ously at the whale. Then I lost con
sciousness. When I came to T became sensible of
a sort of flying motion, as if I were be
ing borne through the air.
I opened my eyes to see myself in
the arms of Hindok, who sat astraddle
the capsized boat, which was dashing
along through the water, drawn by
the whale. The storm was still raging,
and the effect of the black and scud
with the white, boiling sea, lighted by
the ghastly glare of the sun struggling
through the vapor was so weird and
singular that for a moment I half be
lieved i3-self in some unearthly region.
Hindok, with his black hair stream
ing on the blast, and his wild eyes
flashing a lambent glare, added to "the
strange effect of the scene.
"Where am I?" I inquired.
"All right!" answered Hindok.
"Boat capsize; capting hurt whale so
he no can go dowu. All right. We
"Where is the captain?"
"Don't know. Guess other boats
"How came you to piek me ud?"
"Boat strike you on head. You go
faint. Me by you. Me pick 3011 up
and get on boat with you."
As I had now fully recovered mv
senses Hindok. cautioning me to hold
on hard to the boat's keel, let go of me.
I scrambled along behind him and
there we two were clinging to a cap
sized boat in a storm, with a whale so
injured that it could not sound, drag
ging us onward.
On, on, on.
The seas flew up around us, and the
spray nearly blinded us, yet we clung
firmly to our hold.
I glanced behind me several times to
see the other boats, almost out of sight
astern, tossing in the cauldron of
waters, their crews evidently watching
us. Still further astern, with the black
rack almost hiding her like a curtain.
lay the good ship under close reefed
main-topsail and fore-tODicast stav-
Meanwhile there was the whale, our
ocean horse," drawinz us on. his
spout ascending now and then with the
noise of thunder. The shart keel
made our position verv uncomfortable.
and yet we were obliged to maintain
it, as any motion sideways would in
sure the rolling over of the boat, which
we could not then hope to regain.
It seemed to me as if the speed of
that whale would never relax." Awav
he went to leeward, now and then ris
ing out of the water, revealing his
great body with the two irons sticking
in it, 1 had never before obtained such
a good view of the whale in motion.
xne vast oacK 01 me monster was
fully shown every time he arose from
the creamy waters. There was his
hump, so thickly covered with bar
nacles, as to resemble a hillock of
oyster shells, with here and there
broad cut which had healed up, but
betokened that this was not the tirst
time he had felt the barbed iron. It
was, however, the singular appearance
of the huge head which most impressed
me. i,oug and ill-shaped, with its
diminutive eyes, there was something
so unearthly in its appearance every
time it was lifted up that I involun
tarily thought of the fables of sea-
monsters which I had read when a child
and which had first inspired me with
the desire for a sea life.
Drenched and shivering, the situa
tion of Hindok and I was, meanwhile,
anvtiiing but comfortable, with a rush
ing pain in my head about the region
of the temple which told me that I had
been struck when I first tumbled into
On on still on.
isovv i iiuuecu ueiiiuu me. no more
to see ship or boats. All were hidden
by distance and the black rack of the
The speed of the whale, however
had now begun to abate. His motions
were palpably more feeble, and his
spouting became weak and less fre
quent, and sounded mournfully
"Soon die now hooray!" cried wild
Hindok. as the whale at last spouted
The blood came every moment thick
er and slower. The boat's speed now
was nearly stopped.
Finally over went the monster on his
side, the blood now rising scarcely six
inches above his spout-hoie. He swam
feeble, describing a half-circle, and
theu he died.
-viot wnaier- cried Hindok, moving
his bauds joyfully.
Ay," i. answered, "but where is the
".Never mind ship," answered the
wild islander, his mouth fairly water
ing as he looked toward the vast up
heaving body of the monster. "We
We now contrived
boat and bail it out,
lashed it to the whale.
And thus we lay,
storm, far away in
knowing when or how
to right the
By night the storm had abated, but
there was as yet no sign of the ship.
We were both hungry and thirsty;
but every drop of fresh water, and all
the salt meat and biscuit, usually car
ried in whale boats, had been spilled
out by the capsizing of the light craft.
We did not sleep a wink that night.
In the morning still no sign of a sail.
Another day passed, aud now our
parched tongues clove to the roof of
On the next day we were nearly
driven mad for waut of water. Hin
dok's wild eyes rolled in his head, and
several times I saw him fasten them
on me with a sort of hungry look, and
I know the vulture-like feeling that
animated his breast.
Another day still no sail!
At midnight of th next day, which
had passed as the others, I lay weak
and helpless in the bottom of the boat,
where I saw a pair of eyeballs flashing
into my face.
It was Hindok, who now caught me
by the throat, his uplifted sheath-knife
Vainly I struggled. The point of
the knife pricked my flesh, when the
fellow suddenly released me.
The sound of creaking yards and
blocks was heard right ahead.
It proved to be our ship, which soon
picked us np.
We found the captain and all hands
safe aboard and told our story.
As soon as we had partaken ot re
freshments the captain shook hands
with Hindok and complimented him
for so pluckily holding on to the whale.
to the men, they gave three
(' ,.s and carried us into the fore-
a on their shoulders to listen
- a to our story f that vMd ride on
3 capsized boat. N.Y. World.
WIT AND IIUMOU.
For every industrious man there is
an idle one wanting to borrow money
of him. Atchison Globe.
How good a man is to his wife the
first day after she has caught him do
ing something wrong. Meadville 2ri-
"It was a magnificent mine, but they
ruined it." "How?" "The poor Idiots
took all the gold out of it." Harper's
You do not always get returns from
your wisdom, but you always get big
returns from your folliesr icAi'o
She (after a lover's quarrel) "You
may return my letters." He (editor)
"Did you inclose stamps?" Harper's
Ethel (ambitious) "What would
you do if you had a voice like mine?"
Maud (spiteful) "1 try to put up
with it." JV. 1". Herald.
"I see the dethroned Emperor of
Brazil has become a great studeut."
"Yes; now that he cannot reign he
pores! Boston Traveller.
Actor to Promotor When does the
cue come?" "Directly; don't j-ou hear
the audience are already beginniug to
hiss?" I'liegende Blatter.
We have no words except praise for
the dead. This is natural, as we usual
ly exhaust our whole stock of blame on
them while alive. fttck. .
Cuuiso "You can lead a horse to
water, but you can't make him drink."
Bauks "Just the same with a Colonel,
isnt it!" Brooklyn Life.
When you see a boy with beautiful,
long, yellow curls there is very little
doubt as to who is the head of the fam
ily. Indianapolis Journal.
Cumso "Brown is an ideal money
maker." Banks "Yes. 'Wax to re
ceive and marble to retain, as the
adage says." X. T. Herald.
"Porous plasters are good for a
weak back." -That's all right, but I
waut a plaster thajt will be good for a
week hence." Harper's Bazar.
Teach yoar boys how to earn money,
and. to make the reform in the next
generation complete, teach your girls
how to spend it. Atchison Globe.
A man who has beeu swindled in a
bucket-shop transaction may not exact
ly waut to die, but he feels a good deal
like kicking the bucket. St. Joseph
"Think that young doctor under
stands his business pretty well?" "1
think not. I heard several of the old
er physicians praising him yesterday."
"Send this car to the repair shop."
ordered the inspector. "Yes, sir.
What is wrong?" "I notice that two
of the windows open easily. Have
them attended to." X. Y. Sun.
Salvationist (stopping Jack on the
road) "Young man, are you ready to
die? Jack "Look here, my friend.
1 m entirely unarmed and haven't a
cent about me." Brooklyn Life.
"Well, your goose is cooked!" ex
claimed Snodgrass. as he entered his
parlor. "Who has been roasting you
this time, love?" asked Mrs. Snod
grass, anxiously. Munsey's Weekly.
"I couldn't help getting mad. Now
I appeal to you. if you were I, wouldn't
you 'be angry?" "I don't know I
would be angry; but, if I were you. I
should be inexpressibly sad." Boston
A ' Bullion thinks a good deal of
his home and grounds, and is fond of
showing them off." B (in love with
Bullion's daughter, sadly) "Yes. he
showed me off the grouiids last even
ing. laie meora.
Teacher "Tommy, you may explain
the difference between wages and
salary." Tommy "The man that
draws a salary has to spi-ud most of it
for good clothes or lose his job." n
Customer "Have you any scouring
sand?" tirocer ".o; wi re entirely
out of it." Customer -Well, give me
a half-pound of your sugar; my tins
have to be scoured to-day n.T matter
what it costs." Life.
Young Author "You have no idea
how flueutlj' I write when I am de
scribing some object I like something
I fairly dote on." Miss Fiio "What's
the matter with writing your biogra
phy?" Texas Sifting s.
Travers "You have actually sent a
bill with my clothes. What" insult!
What iufam'y!" 'Jailor "It was all
our new bookkeeper s fault, sir. He
got you mixed up with those who pay."
Clothier and Furnisher.
"I've lost my position," said the man
who had made application for assist
ance. "What were you engaged at?"
"I was director of the mint!" "In
deed!" "Yes. sir; I used to mix
juleps." Washington Post.
A story at hand, describing a love
scene between the hero and heroine,
says: "He wooed her with a will."
That's a good way, especially if the
wooer is old and the- will is in" her fa
Tor. " Binghamton Leader.
Give the average man three days'
work to be done in three days and'he
will boast the first day, loaf the sec
ond, and show the amount of work he
bas to do to prove that be is worked to
death on the third. Atchison Globe.
"Did you enjov it off in the country,
Jimmie?" "Did'l? Had a bully time.
I used to get up before anybody in the
hotel and change aW the boots and ring
the fire-alarm, and I broke nine panes
of glass in one week. Harper's liazar.
Colonel Grevtop "Miss Uptown. I
would like to introduce an old friend
of mine a soldier one of the Balak
lava Six Hundred." Miss Uptown
"One of the Six Hundred! O, Colonel,
hadn't I better see mamma tirst?"
"What, my child! You danced last
night with the Colonel? And he goes
to balls while he yet wears mourning?
What a light man he must be!" -O
but, mamma, really you should have
seen how beautifully sadly he danced!"
Mr. Ticks "Adam was certainly in
great luck." Miss Wickles "How
was that?" Mr. Ticks "Why, when
he got a wife he had only to give up a
rib; aud now it takes all 'the backbone
a man has just to think of getting mar
ried." Boston Courier.
Husband "Anything vou waut
down-down to-day, my deaf? Shall I
order some of that self-rising flour?"
Wife "We have plenty left; but I
wish you would stop at an intelligence
office and order me a self-rising serv
ant girl." N. Y. Weekly.
"The difference between au embez
zler and a Napoleon of finance is
practically naught." "How do you
make that out?" "Well, it's a matter
of one or more naughts. Steal thous
ands and vou are an embezzler: steal
millions anu you are the other thing.'
St. Joseph Netus.
Bilkins "Bothered by ajpiano next
door, eh? Well, I have a dog which
always howls when my wife plays the
piano howls so that she has to stop
and I'd let you have him if it wasn't
for one thing." Wilkins "Is he
cross?" Bilkius "No; I can't spare
him." N. Y. Weekly.
"Charlie, dear, what is a monopoly?"
she asked, looking up tenderly, as she
rested submissively in his farms with
her dainty head "nestled Against ids
coat-collar. "Well." replied Charlie,
manfully struggling to brif r his mind
to cope with ahstrus.1.s''r -"--"fin
ing altogether to get beyond concrete
facts, 'Tsiuccrely hope that this is."
"Yes." said he, "we must conduct
our affairs in a business-like manner.
Wife will be my private secretary; my
daughters, Enielino and Agnes, will
direct my mail; our two sons will be
obedient little pages and every one
shall be paid a- salary." Then the
youngest son raised his chubby fists to
Heaven and exclaimed: "Father I
out for Congress!" Dallas Kews.
A KITTEN IN LOVE WITH A DUCK.
Tha Fanny Friendship Bntween m Felln
Some time ago, when spending tny
summer holiday at a farm-house In Sur
rey, I wns much amused by seeing a lit
tle kitten and a large while duck ap
parently on the most friendly terms with
each other, says an English writer.
The duck was most attentive to the
kitten and the kitten returned the duck's
RTJBBrSO ITSELF AO A.IXST THE OLD WUITK
affection by walking about with her and
gently purring and rubbing itself against
the old white duck. Every now and
again the duck would nibble or run her
IT WOULD CLASP THE DUCK AROtTXD
bill all over the fur of the kitten, which
performance kitty much enjoyed. It
would stand upon its bind legs and clnp
the duck around ber neck, as If fondly
emhracing the bird.
There were other ducks and fowls
about the poultry-yard, but kitty never
condescended to pay such marked pre
ference for them, but always remained
true to its old favorite.
One wonders what first gave rise to
such an odd friendship, and it would
have been interesting to know nheihei
it was mnintnined ufter little pussy grew
up to years of discretion.
The greater majority of these micro
scopic plants are what the botauists
call "bacteria." the smallest form of
vegetable life. So small are they that
it would take, in some cases, as many
as 15.000 of them arranged in a row to
extend one inch. They have different
forms, some being round, some ovaL
some rod-shaped, while others are
much the shape of a corkscrew. In
all cases they 'are so small that one
needs a powerful microscope to exam
ine them, and in no case can we per
ceive them singly with the naked eye.
When countless millious of them are
grouped together in a mass or colony
we can see them about as we are able
to see an approaching army of which
we are totally unable to distinguish a
single soldier. I have said that these
bacteria move about; and this is true
of most of them, although there are
some which do not appear to move at
nil. but remain fixed wherever they
find a good feeding place. Those that
have motion behave in a very peculiar
manner; some wobble about in one
place without moving forward in the
least; others dart hither and thither,
back and forth, at an apparently furi
ous rate, rocking and twirling about,
and turning a hundred somersaults as
they move along. Bacteria multiply
very rapidly, and they do this in a
very curious way.
A single one breaks itself "n two;
then each half grows very rapid ly un
til it becomes as large as the original.
Then these in turn divide up again,
and so on, uutil from a single oue we
have many thousauds iu a very short
time. To give you the figures, such as
they are, a single one can multiply at
to enormous a rate that in forty-eight
honrs it can produce something like
280,000.000.000 of its species. Great
consequences follow this enormous in
crease of bacteria, for while one, so
small of itself, can do but little harm.
the army resulting from such rapid
multiplication makes it possible for
them to accomplish a vast amount of
damage. St. Louis Republic.
The Sources of It 11 ma
dark colors of
beauty are explained bv savants as duo
to carbon not thrown off by the lungs.
These are less active 'in the hot
climate, ,ind the respiratory function is
less complete. The pulmonary action
is replaced by cutaneous transpiration,
and the carbon, instead of being thrown
off with the expired air, is deposited in
a layer of the skin, which, in greater
or less degree, gives it shading. The
vegetable diet which chiefly supports
life in the tropics is the supposed cause
of the deep pigmentation ruling here.
The difference in complexion and color
ing of various races is probably due to
certain principles in their food, which
introduced into the body, by contact
with atmospheric air. produces divers
colorings, just as light is known to de
compose certain vegetable uroducts
and darken some salts. The peculiar
tints of the Indies and the Antilles are
said to be due to the saffron, rouncou.
cayenne and other savories used- in
food, which are dyes as well, and part
ly to the bilious maladies prevalent
there. The opaque corner of the eve
is yellowish in tropic races ami their
fat the color of wax, showing its
affinity to the bile. The color of "eves
and hair follows that of the skin
naturally, the same being the great
colorist in these cases. Eyes grow
darker with healthy exercise, as well
as more brilliant. "The most beautiful
races are always to be found in the
finest climates. The Circassians live
on the table lands of the Caucasus, -a
climate southern as Koine or Con
stantinople but refreshed by the snows
of the Caucasus and the vicinity of the
Caspian aud Black Seas. They form
erly conserved their beauty to n great
age. Two thousand years ago the cli
mate of Greece was as perfect as the
beauty it gave the world for models.
To-day, in some of the high-lands of
Greece, the old charm of climate re
mains and the antique beauty of face
and form looks forth and makes natu
ral the old Greek salutation. "Rejoice."
Maine's Corn Pack.
In the j'ear 1883 the corn pack in
Maine aggregated 8.365.000 cans. This
bo overstocked the market that it was
two or three years before it fully re
covered from the effects. In 1887 the
pack was 14.000,000 cans; in 1888 it was
also large; in 1889 and 1890 about 12.
000.000 each year, and yet we hear
nothing of overproduction. It is evi
dent that the market for this kind of
goods is growing.
The Dutch National Break rust.
Coffee, brown bread
constitute the national
the p of Holland.
-I WMji "-4 -g-
xne um-i'ash enect ftttcnen.
Tno old-fashioned kitchen, with kettles and
Ami 17 M h llUNVlf R f I M f in t-A If.
n iiu uaisies ana lilies aua
All scattered about oh, I love It J
At noon what a feast, when the dim nicely
From the oven with fragrance camo greet
I ve wnndered all over hut never have I found
A plaoo so delicious for eating.
The ivy that cllnirs to the old kitchen porcb
Swlngn Riueeiully, quiet and steady.
Where expectant I sit an I wait for the call
W blch tells me that "dinner is ready."
A sweet little maiden whose elbows ar
By the traces of dough and or flour;
A china bowl brimming with roees as rare
At o'er graced a queen and her bower.
Tha 1 phverust so crispy and biscuits so brown,
The roBRt-rlb go succulent and tender:
The cotTeo so fragrant and cutis yellow gold:
Iho waitress, twice over I send her.
The strawberry sauce and the green lettuce
Tho radishes, "snappy," all lay there;
TIs a feast for the (rods, and I cannot resist,
gulte man-like aud buugry, and stay there.
Tho old-rashioned kitchen, with kettles and
And gable-roof reaching above It;
With daisies and lilies and "sparrow grass"
All scattered about oh, I love It!
A sweet little maiden whoso elbows are
By the traces of dough and flour,
She won the n ay unto my heart, and I guess
Twas done by her kitchen's endower.
H. 8. Keller. Iu Good Housekeeping.
'Yes," said Mrs. Lansing Gibson,
rising and shakinc out her silken
skirts, with a gracious smile, "I am
perfectly satisheU, Miss Whittaker.
am certain that I would be, after Mrs.
t .1 , .. .
xiaisej s recommenuation. 1 am sure
your playing is charming. You will
give Genevieve her lirst lesson on
Monday, at four? lou will find her
tractable. I hope you will be mutu
ally pleased with each other."
And Mrs. Gibson went smilingly out
of the music room, leaving her little
girl's newly engaged music teacher
roiling up her music and putting on
It was raining when she pulled on
her rubbers in the hall; the drops were
splashing down on the window L.etty
on, tue euu 01 ner music roll in con
sternation. She had on a new dress,
ami new dresses were not a common
occurrence with her.
She was wondering whether she
might not wait in a corner of the bi
ball until the ram slackened, when
somebody came bounding down the
stairs, three steps at a time. It was a
genial-faced young man, in hat and
overcoat, and with an umbrella.
Letty a fair cheek pinkened. This
was Raymond Gibson, she knew. She
bad seen him often enough in the
street, and at church, where Letty was
sometimes substituted for the organist,
who had a habit of takiug a rest when
he felt like it.
She had heard Miss Taylor, to whom
she gave lessons, talk abo'ut him to her
bosom friend, detailing his good looks,
the amount of his father's fortune and
his general twrfections, and declaring
that he was by far the most desirable
"catch" in town. And Letty had come
to have a certain timid consciousness
concerning him, because he always
looked at Ker so steadily when he met
her, not to say stared. " She looked up
at him now in tremulous shyness.
"Oh, I'm so glad! ' cried young Sir.
Gibson breathlessly. "I was afraid
you'd be gone. Miss "Whittaker. You'll
let me take you home, won't you? It's
raining hard. And you haven't an
umbrella. I've been in the library lis
tening to your playing, and I can't
say how much I've "enjoyed it. Miss
Whittaker. I'm sure Genevieve is aw
fully lucky to get you."
They were going down the front
stops. He had her music roll, and had
offered his arm, and was holding his
umbrella so far over ber that his'silk
bat was getting rained on.
"I've enjoyed your playing in church
so much. Miss hittaker!' he went on
eagerly. "I wish Paterson would stay
twv all the time."
"Oh," Letty protested, with her eyes
on tne wet street, "I m a very poor
substitute, Mr. Gibscn!"
"Indeed you're not!" said the young
man earnestly. "I prefer your "inter
pretations, really your touch, your
expression, everything. I'm alwa3-s
delighted when Paterson's away. How
muddy its getting! Let's cross the
street. Miss Whittaker."
They met Sadie Merritt as they
crossed it- Sadie was in the Gibson
"set," and she gave the little music
teacher and her escort a stare of
Letty felt somewhat frightened as
they walked on; but Mr. Gibson
seemed to gain enthusiasm.
"Do you like music teaching?" he
said, helping her across a puddle. "1
suppose it's a boreP"
"1 do get tired sometimes," Letty
admitted. "But I like it. I've a nice
"AU ages, I suppose?" said Mr. Gib
son. "Oh yes; from six to twenty. From
the first lesson in the instruction book
up to Chopin," Letty rejoined.
"You take beginners, thenP'
The Wilcox carriage was approach
ing, aud the Wilcoxes were particular
friends of the Gibsons. Letty was glad
tho corner of her street was so near.
"I have always liked music," said
Mr. Gibson hesitatingly. "I I sup
pose I'm rather old to learn, but could
you take another pupil?''
"Anothet pupil!" she echoed.
"I should like awfully to learn, you
know," said Sir. Gibson eagerly.
"And it sha'n't be any trouble to you.
I'll come to the house. You do take
pupils at the house, don't youP I
should like it immensely."
Letty was dumb with astonishment.
A music pupil? Sir. Gibson P What
an incredible idea! And yet she was
not displeased at the prospect.
They had reached her modest little
gate, and she looked up with a timor
"Why, certainly. Sir. Gibson, if you
wish," she murmured.
"I certainly do wish," he responded
emphatically; aud ho looked highly
And when lie turned away from the
door, live minut.es after, the date and
hour of his tirst lesson had been ar
ranged, and lie had forced upon his
teacher his first term's tuition.
Letty gave her mother a light sketch
of that first term, at its close. She
had gradually recovered from her
amazement at tho acquirement of hor
latest pupil, and had given herself to
his instruction with all her usual inter
est and energy.
"He's very bright, really, mamma,"
she declared. "Of course it seemed
funny to have to teach him the very
rudiments. Why, ho had to begin with
the staff, and learn the names of the
lines and spaces, just as my youngest
keep Horn laugunig, tue lust! "essou?
But he learns so easily. He really has
good technique aud I can see he s go
ing to have lots of feeling for music.
He's got along really well. I know he
must practice awfully hard. He can
play a little piece with both hands al
ready, and he Sivys he'll play it at the
rehearsal Thursday afternoon. I told
him he needn't if he didn't want to.
You know all my class is going to
play, and I'm afraid they'll laugh, it's
so funny to see him playing it. But
he says he'd just as leave as not- Of
course I'll explain that he hasn't taken
Mr. Gibson came next day for his
lesson; ho took two a week. lie
played his scales through carefully,
and then executed his "piece" with
laborous pains, but with great success.
Letty was delighted.
"If you do as well as that nt the re
hearsal!'' she said, with a pretty en
thusiasm which glued her pupil's eyes
to her face. "Miss Taylor has offered
their jtarlor, you know, and I'm so
glad, oecause if all the parents and
friends tome there'll hardly be room
M j '1'iv'ni-0" Mr. Oilwnn re tieiitod.
somewhat blankly, it struck his teach
er. But he went on talkingof something
else, and talked on till the striking of
the clock made him jump up.
He had fallen inti the habit of stay
ing after his lesson was over to talk;
so that after twenty lessons it was not
strange that they felt tolerably well
acquainted. And Letty had confided
to herself more than once that Mr.
Gibson was "uncommonly" entertain
ing and nice.
The rehearsal passed off with all pos
sible smoothness; but Mr. Gibson was
not there. Letty had received a note
from him at the last minute, stating
his unavoidable detention.
A bunch of flowers had accompanied
it. and a white rose shone in Letty's
soft hair at the rehearsal.
Littlo Genevieve came and played
successfully. Sirs. Gibson came with
her, and she smiled blandly on Letty,
and complimented heron Genevieve's
progress. She did not mention her
son, and Letty went home vaguely
She gave Genevieve a lesson nri
day. She didn't understand why it
was, but the imposing hall, with its
stately furnishings, and the charming
ly apointed music room, somehow
She had another rose from Mr. Gib
son's bouquet in a button hole of her
jacket, and she looked down at it
rather drearily. She had come to
know him so well, and all this gran
deur seemed to thrust her so hope
lessly far away from him. Not that
she had that thought distinctly in
mind. She was a sensible girl, and by
no means foolishly impressionable and
romantic. But she was dimly un
happy. It was due to this mood, doubtless,
that she forgot her muff, and was go
ing on her way home without. She saw
young Sir. Gibson run up the steps as
she turned back, and she walked slow
ly in order to avoid him.
His hat was on a peg when she was
admitted to the hall. Letty looked at
it wistfully. It looked woefully differ
ent, hanging on a mahogany hat rack,
with a long mirror, and lying infor
mally on her piano top at home.
The notes of the Gibson piano were
sounding, and Letty listened wonder
ingly. She recognized the Moonlight
Sonata, brilliantly and charmingly ex
ecuted. Who was it? Sirs. Gibson possibly;
but Letty had had the impression that
Sirs. Gibson didn't play.
She listened with quickly apprecia
tive admiration and with some longing,
because she felt certain that tbaf was
better than she coukl have done.
oue went on into tne music room In
Her muff lay on the chair where she
had left it; but Letty did not take it.
She stood quite still in the doorway,
gazing speechless at the person on the
It was Raymond Gibson. He was
absorbed in his occupation. His head
was thrown back, and his eyes were
on the ceiling.
He was using the pedals vigorously.
His music teacher had stood in the
doorway some three minutes before he
bee:, me aware of her presence. Then
there was a crashing of the keys.
"Sliss Whittaker! gasped '-er pupiL
Letty only gazed at him. She was
Mr. Gibson sprang tohjs feet
"Don't look like that!" be entreated,
rushing towards her. "Dea't Miss
But Letty shrank back, her es
fixed upon him in solemnity and stern
ness. "What; what does this mean. Sir.
Gibson?'' she said, with an austerity
which was marred by her falterin
voice. " 0
Mr.Gibson pulled her gently inside,
and shut the door.
"I know j-ou'll forgive me!" he im
plored. Letty looked at him with reddening
cheeks, and then burst into tears.
"What did you do it for?" she
"vtiat tor?"- Her pupil repeated,
standing very close to her and getting
possession of one Of her hands. "Don t
vou know. Miss Whittaker Letty?
I've wanted to know you so for years
ever since I first saw you. And I'd
begun to think I never should be able
to manage it. I used to lie awake
nights worryingover it. Anil walking
home with you that day I hadn't in
tended it, truly, but we were talking
about your pupils, you know, and the
idea occurred to me, and and I
couldn't help it Don't be angry. I
did accomplish it, vou see. We do
know each other. What's the odds.
"You've made me perfectly ridicu
lous!" Letty sobbed.
11 she bad heard iiis last adjective,
she ignored it
"No, no I've been careful not to!
Nobody knows it not a soul. That's
why I didn't go to the rehearsal the
Taylors know I can play, you see."
lie did bis best to stifle a laugh; but
his teacher was laughing, too, through
her tears. The vision of her tall pupil
laboring through "Little Katy's First
Waltz" overcame her.
"You ought to be ashamed of your
self!" she cried, laughing and crying
"I am I am!" said Raymond. "I'm
ashamed; but I am not sorry. Why,
I might not have known you yet if I
Then he paused, palpitatingly.
"What duets we'll have when we're
married, dear?" he said softly.
"What will your mother say?" said
Letty, gasping with bewildered joy.
Say? She'll say I've got the sweet
est girl in the world. She hasn't any
ridiculous notions; and, besides, she 11
never think of denying me anything J
A t naithaw Al.'-
Re-toninjc and Regulating Pianos.
At least once in ten years a piano
should be re-toned and regulated,
and an "upright" oftener, as the
"squares" usually have had the ham
mers protected by a covering of deer
skin; the "uprights" are all sent out
unprotected, but it is only a question
of use before these must receive a
coveriug. or else have a new set of
hammers at five times the expense.
Be very careful who does the toning.
The tDniug and toning are the oniy
artistic jobs connected with the con
struction of n piano. All the rest
however difficult of execution, have
definite rules aud patterns. These two
alone depend lor correctness of ex
pression upon the discretion of their
producer. Poor tuning may be cor
rected by a good tuner, while a set of
hammers may be spoiled by an experi
mental toner. Good Housekeeping.
' The Black Sea.
Soundings in the Black Sea show that
beyond a depth of COO feet the water is
so impregnated with sulphuretted
hydrogen gas emanatingirom decaying
animal aud vegetable mutter that Hy
ing organisp; re not fouud there.
History of the Translations of tha Book
In the year 285 B. C. seventy of the
wise men of Alexandria engaged them
selves in compiling aad collating the
Hebrew scriptures into their present
united form, says the St. Louis Globe
Democrat, and further simplifying the
worKs Dy translating mem into Greek
lor the benefit of the Jews then in
i-gypt The resnlts of their labors
have since been known collectiiely as
the Septuagint, from tho fact that it
was the work ot the seventy translat
ors. About 400 years later, in the sec
ond century. A. I)., the books of the
new testament were added and the
whole translated into Latin. The
Italia, or Latin version, soon became
the standard of the primitive. Chris
tians, and was used to the exclusion of
both the Hebrew and Greek versions
lor two centuries, until the St. Jerome
revision of A. D. 405. After St
Jerome naa unisnea his crowning
wors, a great ceai 01 wnicn he per
formed in the village of Bethlehem.
almost in sight of the birthplace of
Jesus, the Dalmatian and Paononian
monks bid away their old versions of
tne bible and would use no other ex
cept me one wnicn naa been given
them by their patron Jerome himself.
The Jerome revision was as superior
to tne woik 01 tne seventy as their
work was to the old semi-barbaric
work which existed prior to the trans
lation of 285 B. C. The most carefully
written copies 01 the bible obtainable
were consulted by the scholarly saint
and. compared with the Arabic, He
brew and Syriac versions, in all of
which he made emendations and cor
rections which have stood the test of
all subsequent time.
The herculean task undertaken by
St Jerome will be better understood
when the reader has been informed
that over 200 versions of the evangel
ists, each differing from the other in
many of its essential details, were pre
sented for the consideration of the
sages at the council of Nice in 825 A.
D. For hundreds of years copyists
have added to and taken from the
scriptures to such an extent as to
make it extremely difficult for even
the most learned to decide what should
remain for the edification of future
generations, or what would be elimi-
uaieu irom tne sacrea pages as apo
cryphal. The word "bible," meaning
book, or as applied by the early writers.
the book," was first used by Chrysos-
10 111 as eany as tne tuts century, where
he speaks of the sacred writings col
lectively as the Biblia or "the books."
The infinite variations which occurred
in the manuscripts written by the
early Christian fathers have caused a
great deal of contention among church
men, some admitting certain books as
canonical, which are rejected by others
as apocryphal. This yon can find
illustrated by comparing a Donay and
a King James bible of to-day. The
former admits several books which tha
King James translators would not
The books as arranged and accepted
at present are the results of years of
labor and of countless councils and re
vision assemblages. For 1,200-vears
after the savior of men ended his'brief
career on the rugged heights of Cal
vary, tne touching details 01 which are
known to over 700,000,000 of people
and in every land on the globe," each
book of the bible was one continued
story, undivided into chapters, para
graphs or verses. Prior to the time of
the Spanish rabbi the Jews employed
a system of dividing the chapters into
verses in the old testament, a system
which had never been adopted by the
Christians, and was discarded for that
of the learned Spaniard by the Jews
The new testament was not divided
into verses until after the invention of
the art of priuting, and then first by
the Robert Stevens Greek edition in
Of the early translations of the bible
the most important, aside from the
Septuagint and the St. Jerome ver
sions, are the three-fold Egyptian
translations of the fourth century (this
remarkable work of the copyist "was in
three languages and was intended for
all parts of Egypt); the Yersio Fign
rata. collected by Jacob of Edessa in
the eighth century; that of Paul, bishop
of Tela, in 617; and the eighth, ninth
and tenth century translations, made
respectively by Bede, Alfred and
.Elfric Dnring the dark ages and on
down to the time that Luther gave his
masterpiece to the world, several trans
lations were made, including that of
Notker-Labeo. 980 A. D.; that pre
pared under the supervision of Petrus
Waldus. 1170; the important work of
Louis the Pious. 1227;that of Charles
the Wise, 1S80; the Guyars version of
1286; the thirteenth century version in
Spanish during the reign of Alphonse
V.. and the two excellent works ol
WickliSe and Huss, the latter for the
Bohemians and the former for the
English-speaking people. With the
invention of printing every person
who had ever laid claim to literary
abilities seemed to think that he had
been specially commissioned from on
high to translate the word of God, as
one would naturally infer from the
fact that not less than seventeen Ger
man translations alone were given the
public between the time of Gutenberg
and Faust and that of Siartin Luther.
The Wickliffe (sometimes spelled
Wycliffe) version of 1384 was the first
English translation. John Wickliffe,
the translator, was condemned to be
burned for presuming to do such a
thing without the consent of tho cler
gy, but was finally allowed to die a
natural death. His bible was never
printed; however, there are many
mauuscript copies of it
THE MONKEY AND THE MIRROR.
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Mischievous boys broke the mirrors
nd threw pieces of them into the monk
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and held it reflectively in bis paws.
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tion of himself in the mirror, be chatter
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forth a sudden paw, with a view to
grasping the adversary who was derid
But although the paw went around
the side of the glass like lightning, it
encountered nothing, for the simple
reason that nothing was there.
Again and again did the angry mon
key endeavor to come at the enemy,
which-chattered when he chattered and
threatened when he threatened. He
reached -over the top of the glass, he
threw down the glass and tried to flatten
the enemyi beneath it, but all was of no
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