The Hood River glacier. (Hood River, Or.) 1889-1933, December 28, 1900, Image 4

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c T sterns most as big as a real
II river," snid Bess, who was Bitting
w on top of the heaped-up earth be-
side the big, new Irrigating ditch, hug
ging her knees tailor fashion. "If the
wal it only didn't roll so awful fast we
could most rldo a canoe In it, eh,
Teddy was not at all handsome. Ills
hair was red and his nose turned up,
and he was much rreckled. But there
was a great deal of sympathy In his
greenish eyes as he looked up at his
"Vou do miss Canada and the lake
and boating and everything, don't ye,
Bess?" he said. "I was such a little
feller when the folks came west, an'
I can't remember much about It But,
gee! it must uv been Jolly fun iwim
mlu' In a reel big lake. An pa said he
would take us all back when the fruit
trees bore."
"Yes," said Bess, staring thoughtful
ly at the yellow, rolling water. "But It
seems an awful long time to wait,
somehow. Last year it was frost, and
year before worms, and year before
Hint the blight, and It does seem as
tlio' pa would lose most everything he
had before the ranch paid. And to
think one good bearing would make us
rich! Klch. Tedl Just think!"
Teddy crawled up to the top of the
'bank of earth anrj-lookcd far'down the
vallfy'He'stt'w long rows of trees,
hardly twice as tall as himself, and be
' was only a 10-year-old boy. But Uie
slender little branches of the trees were
covered thickly with little green
bunches, and these bunches meant
thousands of bushels of luscious fruit.
Bess could remember when she first
saw the trees. They were then only
mt. FOUND A IMAI,"E"'!ft4TK-lH."
long Hues of little bare sticks In the
sandy" and dry-looking earth, and she
could remember bow her mother broke
down and cried because she was home'
sick for the big shady trees and green
grans and bushes at "home."
lilnho did not seem like home. They
lived there six years, and the sixth yea
was the "bearing year" for Wester
fruit ranches. But, as Bess said, the
frost and the worms and the blight had
kept the fruit back, and three year
louger they had waited. And the
father had grown to look old and anx
km s and the little mother more and
more wistful. And they now watched
the green promise of fruit with anxious
eyes. Would anything happen tills
year? Or would the rich promise at
bi;t not disappoint them?
"The new ditch helped mightily this
year," said Bess: "The trees never bore
so heavily. Aud all the fruit is perfect
the prunes and peaches and cherries
J and everything. Oh, Teddy, I believe
we will really see Canada next year!
She sprung to her feet and threw her
arms around the neck of a little bron
cho that had been nosing at the back
of her head while she talked to Teddy
She kissed the horse's shaggy head and
bugged him lovingly. Then she put
her foot In the stirrup and swung her
self lightly Into the saddle.
'Home, 'leddyl" she cried. "Cutch
Soda, another sturdy little broncho,
capered gleefully around , her mute,
Brandy, a few moments, then permit
ted Teddy to mount, aud soon the live'
ly little hoofs were beating. a quick rat
tnt tat down the white alkali path to
ward the ranch home, far down the
valley. The sun was bright and the
sky cloudless, as It had been for all the
long summer mouths. The clouds
would sail towards the mountain tops,
' but there they would stop and dissolve
over the per, where the snow gleam
. ed white almost till fall. And no rain
fell in the valley. The alkali dust lay
thick in the alfalfa, the rich grass that
grew so strangely green out of the
hard, dry earth, aud the dust lay thick
In the trees aud on the prickly cacti and
gray sagebrush that grew on the lonely
"Father will Irrigate to-morrow, I
reckon." said Bess, as the bronchos
loped along side by side. "The ground
Is awfully dry and cracking badly."
"I duntio-lt's gettln' perty late," re
piled Teddy. "I heard pa talkln' to the
tot email, and they vui saylu that
there wuz signs of frost. The fruit Is
ripeuiu' bully, but there may come a
Dipper, an' ef they Irrigated It well, It
would mean another year, that's all.
Bess looked soberly at the baked
lixiking eu(th. It looked so thirsty, aud
the greats itch rolling along beside
them seemed anxious to turn Its rich
torrent 'into the little ditches that ran
like veins up aud down between the
"Well. 1 suppose it would be risky,"
she said. "But, my! the trees dt want
a drink!"
Supper was waiting for them, aud
their father called gayly to them as
they galloped up to the door.
"I met Jessie Wright at the store
doing some trading for her mother, and
ah wauts you to go down the valley
to-morrow and spend the day with
her," he said, as they sat down to sup-
"Oh, may I go, mother?" cried Bess.
They were great friends "Jess and
Bess," as they were called by the ranch
and village people and the fruit farm
wound down the valley very close to
the sheep ranch of Jessle'i father.
"Why, yes, you may," said Mrs. Har
ris, Bessie's mother. "Did Jessie want
her to stay all night, John?"
"Of course as usual," replied Mr,
"But I guess you can spare ber that
long, eh, mother?"
"No, I need you, dearie. But you can
have a long day together and 'come
home lu the evening," said Mrs. Harris.
J3o next morning Bess shouted a gay
good-by as Brandy danced around the
mounting block, and the whirled the
long thongs of her quirt merrily around
his flank, which Brandy promptly re
sented by bringing his four little hoofs
together, rising In the air and coming
down on his sturdy little legs with a
Jar that nearly sent Bess out of the
"Oh, you'll buck, will you?" she cried,
while the rest cheered Brandy. ' iVait
till you want some sugar."
Brandy repeated and stretched him
self Into a swinging, rocking-chair lope
that carried him swiftly down tho
trail. The air was sharp and clear and
tingled through Bessie's veins, while
the cold turned her cheeks rosy.
"Frost to-night, Brandy," she cried
to the broncho, whose ears twitched
hack at the sound of her voice. And
the frost came.
The' girls had a long, merry day, and
as the moon rose in a clear purple sky
Bess turned Brandy's willing nose
homeward." She turned up the collar
of her heavy little coat and pulled on
her buckskin gloves, for the cold was
already growing sharp. And, calling
cheerily to Brandy, she flew along the
trail toward home. It was cold and
clear and still, and she rode along a
little sleepily, while Brandy's hoofs
made the only sound that broke the
stillness. But soon another sound star
tled her into wakefulness. She bad
reached the water gate on the big
ditch, and through the stillness came a
low tinkling and gurgling that sounded
like fairy music. But the fairy music
sent all the color out of the girl's
cheeks, and with a frightened cry to
Brandy -she slipped out of the saddle
and ran to the ditch.
Broiitfys-flieaiMle,e,d along after her
with lazy curiosity mKhltmndtuit
kneeling beside the gate with her arms
pluugcd down Into the cold water. And
when she stood up her pretty bright
face had grown still whiter. For she
had found a small "cave-In" near the
gate, aud the water was trickling
through in a steady little stream that
was steadily and quickly growing
larger as the earth broke and crumbled
and gave way around it. In a very
short time that cave-in would send a
volume of water rusblng and leaping
along all the ditches through the ranch
and by morning what?
"Oh, the fruit, the fruit, Brandy!"
Bess sobbed, wildly. "It will be killed
and mother's heart will break!"
She wrung her bands as she looked
down the long road gleaming white and
lonely In the moonlight. Too late for
that. Before she could go a mile to
ward hvlp the ranch would be flooded
and the ruin complete. Again, the
plunged her arm Into the water. If she
could only stop up that bole! She
looked on all sides helplessly, and
Brandy moved closer with a sympa
thetic and Inquiring, whinny. She
looked at him despairingly, then iud'
uenly sprung forward. In a moment
she was tearing wildly at bucklei and
straps, aud then, to Brandy's profound
surprise, she dragged the heavy pig.
skin saddle from his back and rushed
with It to the ditch. There she went
uowu on her knees and plunged the
saddle beneath the water. She fumbled
with It a minute or so, then listened
The water gurgled and tinkled un
certainly,, then slowly, very slowly, it
grew fainter. And soon there was only
a faint whisper and drip from one or
two tiny waterfalls that slipped and
slid down the bank. The weight of the
water had sucked the saddle closely
against the earth aud the hole was
So much. But the night was cold
her arms already ached and pained
cruelly, and she did not dare leave the
saddle lest It slip. Would they search
for her? Or would they think she had
stayed all night with Jess? If she could
only got word home.
Again she looked at Brandy. Then
she called him to her, slipped the loop
of her quirt from the pommel of tbe
saddle, aud, raising her arm out of the
water, she turned Brandy toward home
aud then brought down the lashes with
stinging force on his flank.
Home, Brandy!" she called. And
Brandy, outraged aud Indignant, kick
ed up his heels, bucked three times.
then tore down the trail toward home.
resolved to tell Soda that his youug
mistress had gone crazy.
Fainter aud fainter sounded the
hoof-boats along the trail. And soon
she could hear them no louger. Her
arms ached cruelly, and sharp, pains
began to shoot through her body from
the cold. Now and then she would take
her arms out of the water and swing
thorn and beat her hands together till
they stung; but only for a moment.
theu the saddle had to be held In place.
The time seemed horribly long, but
t last far down the trail there sounded
low, thudding noise that quickly grew
louder, and she sprung to her feet with
a gasping little cheer as four horses
galloped madly to the ditch gate, and
all in a minute four men bad dragged
her up from the water, torn off her wet
jacket and asked twenty questions.
Brandy bad reached borne riderless and
was now galloping back with Teddy,
white and frightened, clinging to bis
bare back.
The fruit wai saved, thanki to Bes
and Brandy. The frost did very little
damage that night, and at last
vleld was rVh nd nlentlfiil. And th
following summer. In far-off Canada
Teddy and Bess splashed in the waves
to their hearts' content, while "mother"
looked on happily and Mr. Harris told
old friends all about fruit ranching
"out West"
"It was a close call," be would say,
"but Bess and Brandy saved the fruit
If the ditch had burst through that
night and flooded the roots It would
have meant ruin."
Ana Bess, fully recovered from the
heavy cold that followed ber little ad
venture, was surprised to find herself
a heroine. Chicago Record.
Sought by Members of New Tork'a
Hundred-Year Club.
To discover the secret of long life
about a hundred professional and scien
tific men and women of New York City
have organized what they term the
Hundred-Year .Club. These people be
lieve that under present conditions life
should be prolonged for a century.
They do not seek to keep man alive
merely as an exhibit, but to make him
a useful member of society up to the
day of his death.
They have not pledged themselves to
live in accordance with any particular
set of rules or to apply the secret of
longevity to themselves if It be discov
ered. Neither are they vegetarians,
Christian Scientists or Ralstonltes.
They do not pretend to say they will
live to be centenarians, but they hope
thev may.
Prominent among the members of the
Hundred-Year Club are Mrs. Ella
Wheeler Wilcox, Theodore Sutro, Dr.
Carleton Simons, Dr. H. W. Wiley, Di-
rector of the United States pure food
umyia; u.. turj c bi is c&yuniLiuUf j, vt
mirn, AiDert Turner, Mrs. May nanus
ouircy, joub win warner, ui.
juuu iv. iinyea, oi me uniieu Btaies
Pension Bureau, Washington, and Col.
a. i. vonum, v. B. A., reiirea.
Dr. Simons, chairman of the Commit-
ou ouuisucs, nas secured ine names
of twelve citizens of New York City
nuu are uver iw,
Incidentally, the club has learned
that In Ireland there are 675 centenari
ans; in Germany, with its vastly great
er population, but 75, while Servla has
fully 600 over 100, 120 over 125 and
three over 185. Dr. Simons Is trying
to discover whether these figures can
be attributed to The difference In the
diets of these people. China Is the only
nation, so far known to the club, that
sets a premium on old age. granting
special honors to persons who are W
or over. , .
.,l..m.: ... .. .. ..
Aiuen lumer, in aiscussing ine men
A 1 1 It. - ,
iai puase oi longevity, saia:
"One of the elements In long life is a
conviction that It Is our duty to live;
mai u in hoi ngni in iiseir, asiae rrom
ouier motives, lor us io snume on tnis
moruj H"u&ttf--MJ-Jar9, Tjieg out a
AAHU fl til T 4.1. a F. Z .
long term. It will, I think, be seen that i
the Importance of this Instinctive love
of life cannot be overestimated In Its
relation to health, disease and long
They Place a Great Deal of Confidence
. In Dreams.
It doesn't seem possible that in this
enlightened age superstition could be
rife among the educated, but there are
nevertheless a number of young wom
en who converse fluently! If not elo
quently, in three languages, and who
read Spencer and Browning and Emer
son, but who place a dreambook with
their Bible on the table beside the bed
and consult It In the morning the first
With a credulity worth a darky mam
my, if their sieep baa been visited with
unusual visions, they seize this volume
as soon as tbeir eyea are fairly opened
and look for an explanation. If misfor
tune la foretold by It the seeker after
knowledge assumes, a bravado she Is
far from feeling.
"I don't care," she says to herself, by
way of bolstering up her courage, "I'm
not superstitious anyway, and I don't
believe In such arrant nonsense." But
she's nervous Just the same, for a cou
ple of days, until other troubles have
driven this mythical one out of her
There's one young woman known to
the writer who never dreams of a
young child without -shivering and
shaking for dayi after, In fear of some
dreadful thing happening to her. She
has not consulted a dreambook on the
subject, and so she doesn't know how
infants and bad luck became connected
In her mind, but nevertheless, after
site's had a visitant of this sort while
sleeping, she says prayers of unusual
length and then makes up her mind to
be patient under afflictions sore.
She's an Intelligent woman, mind
you, but she doesn't attempt to explain
the terror that besets her at this par
ticular dream.
She doesn't call herself superstitious,
of course no woman does, not even the
one who won't walk under a ladder, but
her friends do, and make light of her
until she exposes some fetich of theirs,
when the subject is carefully avoided
afterward. Baltimore News.
Potatoes as Penwipers,
A certain New York hotel uses a
bushel of potatoes a year for penwipers
on the tables In the writing-rooms. Ev
ery morning a large potato Is put In a
compartment of the pen box, and after
4 hours the potato Is removed and an
other put in. Pens In pen holders are
stuck Into the potato half a dozen at a
time, giving It the appearance of a
porcupine. It Is claimed that a potatc
penwiper la the . best preservative
against rust and mildew that can be
secured for the pens.
The women believe a man siould fact
every misfortune with cheerfalness, ex
cept the death of bis wife.
Every one la love baa a right to
change his or her mind. - '
Interesting Review Recently Pub
lished by I nited State Bureau.
It is doubtful whether o complete
a census was ever taken in Cuba as
that which constituted the fl-st official
act of this government. The Anierl
can flag had no sooner been raised over
Havana than preparation for the ta&
!nz of the census began. la the reor
ganization of . the government upon
the practical working basis this was con-
siaereu a most necessary uegiuiuus.
J The United States officers had but
' perfunctory report of the conditions of
Cnba. and Its people, whose needs were
but Indirectly understood. one
knew the numbers or social conditions
i of the people for whom the new gov'
rnment was to be formed, and wlthoutattests the consent of the bride, and the
these facts the Intelligent conduct of
the work could not be executed,
One of the first acts which Impressed
ihe Cubans with the sincerity of this
country s promises was the appoint-
ment of Cubans for this first work to
be undertaken. It was a natural and
eorrect supposition that the Cubans
tould conduct the census taking with
tetter success than could foreigners
The Cuban census taker could exolaln
the purpose 0f his work to the people,
Ind, moreover, he could explain the
purpose and promises of the new gov
ernment, which was most advisable,
There was need that the doubt and dis
content which prevailed among the
more Ignorant Cubans in the presence
of the United States armv should be
dispelled. The. armearance of the
eensiw enumerator mnnr thm nwnk
eDed In them a trust in the nevv eovern-
raent, particularly since the enumera
tor had been chosen from among them-
J Begun in the early part of September,
the actual work of the census takin
m. eomniet rw, 01 ft, .nm.
ators discharged with the close of the
Tear. The sunervlsors. together with
their records, wow taken tn Within.
ton. where rhev worked until th fol
iowinj, April, overseelmr the conmlla
tlon of reports in the United States
census bureau. When they were re
turned to their 'own country In the
late spring they were highly compli
mented by the directors of census upon
their efficient and faithful service.
The government report on the cen
sus of Cuba for 1899 occupies a bulky
volume which will prove most enter
taining reading for anyone Inter
ested in the little Island of which
It treats. There are reports from ev
ery one of the home Industries, of the
A mHpllltlirnl rfavnlrmmont a rwl nnoriVillf.
I -v-.WJ-wu.
tIe8 of thft em.n.v flTlrt nt mllrao nf
1 "
the social, mlncationnl find mnrnl stnnd.
nst 0r the neonle. Ti ehnnter devote
to citizenship is interesting as giving a
correct statement concerning the rcla
tIon of foreign to native population of
tue island. The report reads
I- . . . .
"O'f the-population, of Cuba, 89 per
" Cuba's serrkndkittree.
Hlstorto point near San Juan Hill, where nego
uatioui wnn trie gpanlsa were concluded.
cent were born on the island and 8
per cent In Spain and only 3 per cent
In other countries. Those born In
Cuba of course Included not only na
tive whites, but negroes and mixed
bloods. The proportion was greatest
in Santiago, where it reached 95 per
cent and was least In Havana, where
only a little over three-fourths of the
Inhabitants were native born. Three-
fourths of the foreign born were of
Spanish birth. The proportion of those
born in Spain was naturally greatest In
the city of Havana, where it reached
nearly 20 per cent of all the inhabit
ants, and was least in the province of
"In the matter of citizenship, 83 per
cent claimed Cuban citizenship, only 1
pe cent the protection of Spain, while
Ik per -cent were, at the time of the
censns, In suspense, not having declar
ed their intentions. The purest Cuban
citizenship was found in the province
of Santiago, where 91.7 per cent of the
Inhabitants claimed to be citizens of
Cuba: On the other hand. In the city
of Havana only 64.2 per cent were
Cuban citizens. It Is interesting to
note that In the city of Havana only
5.3 per cent claimed citizenship other
than Cuban or Spanish, while in the
province of Havana 11.6 per cent were
found In this class."
Fafegnards Thrown Aronud the Rlghta
of a Moslem Woman.
Among the Turks marriage Is a
strictly civil act, the validity cf which
consists In being attested by at least
two witnesses; and although an Imam,
or priest. Is usually present at the sign
ing of the contract It is rather in his
legal than In his religious capacity.
The civil ceremony Is very simple. The
bridegroom and bis witnesses repair to
the hocli of the bridi, in the selamlik.
or public apartments, of which her mala
relatives discuss with them the amount
ef the nekiah the dower payable by
the husband or his executors to the
wife, should she be divorced by or sur
vive him.
This question settled, and the docu-
. . .,
ment arawn up, uie u.wesi'jj-'
repeats hi3 dcsl.e to marry the daugb -
ter of So-and-so, upon which the imam
proceeds to the door of communication
with the haremllk, behind which toe
Dricie ana uer remme reiuuv .
sembled; and, after declaring
amount of nekiah agreed upon, this
functionary asks the maiden If she ac
cepts such at one for her husband.
When the question and the affirmative
answer have been thrice repeated, the
imam returns to the selamlik, where he
parties are considered to be now legally
The couple do not however . meet un
ui me couciuH.on o uie u "
or week of wedding- fes JvlUe , .nd
ceremonies, which may not be held for
some months afterward. These enter
tainments, to which all friends and ac
quaintances are Invited, and at which
the poor of the neighborhood are also
feasted, constitute the social sanction
of the family alliance entered Into In
private. For should the girl's assent
be suspected of having been obtained
by force or fraud, and the match Is
considered unsuitable,' public disap
proval would very properly be shown
by refusal to take part In the wedding
rejoicings. And even when all these
formalities are at an end. and the bride
has been conducted with much pomp to
her new home If the spouse chosen for
her by ber parents or guardians Is not
altogether a persona grata to herself,
she may still refuse to accept him as
her husband. For, according to an
Oriental custom of great antiquity, 'a
newly-wedded husband can assume no
rights over his wife until she has spok
en to him.
The possession by a Moslem woman
of such personal and proprietary rights
Is rendered necessary by the facilities
for divorce accorded by law to a Mos
lem man. For a husband has but to
say to his wife In a moment of anger.
"Cover thy face, thy nekiah Is In thine
hand!" when she ceases to be his wife
and must leave his roof forthwith, tak
ing with her bag and baggage. In prac
tice, however, various obstacles to di
vorce, religious, social and pecuniary,
offer themselves. The husband seWi:
s, for Instance, the ready cash with
which to pay the promised dower; con
siderable social odium attaches to such
a proceeding; a man who without Just
and serious cause repudiates a wife
does not easily obtain a second, and
added to these considerations there Is
the religious censure contained In the
words of the prophet, "The nurse of
Allah rests upon him who capriclousl
repudiates his wife." If, however, tht
wife, without adequate cause and con
trary to the desire of her husband, so
licits a divorce, she obtains It only by
foregoing her nekiah.
Verbs from Proper Names.
we say "to mesmerize," "to eal-
vanize," 'to guillotine," 'to macadam
Ize," "to gerrymander," "to mercer
ize, a verb or recent Invention. If the
neroes or tiomeric epochs were real
personsr we may a"3d "to hector" and
"to pander." Famphylla, a Greek ladv
who compiled a history of the world In
thlrty-flve little books, has given her
name to "pamphlet" and "to pamphle
teer." "To pasquinade" Is due to Pas-
quino, a cobbler at Home, in whose ugly
race tne uomans detected a reseni
mance to tne statue of an ancient
gladiator which was erected near the
Piazza Navona, on 'whose pedestal it
was tne practice to post lampoons. "To
sandwich" is derived Indirectly from
the Earl of Sandwich, who Invented a
repast W'hlch enabled him to dispense
with regular meals when at cards.
London Notes and Queries.
Helios of Irish Lake Dwellers. '
An Interesting relic of the lake dwell
ers of Ireland has Just been added to
the Science and Art Museum of Dub
Un In the form of a crannog, or ele
vated dwelling. It was discovered in
a bog-filled lake near Ennlsklllen and
measures over 100 feet in diameter. On
removing the peat the piles of platform
timbers were laid bare. The piling and
cross-timbering were admirably done,
uninmmea Dircn trees iieing chieflv
used for crosslaying,- while oak was
used for the stouter piles. A laree
quantity of broken pottery was found
in It besides an iron ax of earlv form
a fragment of a comb and some bronze
harp pegs.
Co-operative Railways tn Australia.
Mctona, Australia, has built seven
local railways on the co-operative rHn.
clple. The railways were estimated for
Dy contract at fo47,908, but by work
ing the co-operative principle they were
compierea ror i.'oiii.
Gigantic Pooketbooke.
The Swedes and Norgewians carrv
their loose cash In immense pocket
books; some of these have been In use
for two or three generations, and con
tain almost enough leather to make a
pair of. boots.
Canada's Increasing Exports.
The exports of butter, cheese, eees.
bacon, hams, mutton, pork, apples.
oats, peas, wheat flour and potatoes
to Great Britain from Canada has more
than doubled since 1S96.
-Most colored people never feel hard
up unless there Is- a minstrel show In removals were postponed until the fol
town, and they are shy the price of a lowing day, when they wete accom
ticket inlished without n r,-..ii j .
A man Is never old until he bezins
to look as If be had neglected to bath
and shave.
Convinced the Jiidne that Sane Me
Might Be Bent to on Asylum.
M. H. Cbetwynd, of Philadelphia, In
commenting on a recent case where a
sane person was released by the courts
ci-rtm nn svlum where he had been II-
"v '
iegaHy confined, told tne ronowiug
, tory; About twenty years ago a law-
jyer Qf promnence got nt0 a contro-
. yergy on thJg yery po-nt wtQ nn equaily
I well.known judge. The lawyer main-
MneA that it was the easiest thing in
i " ... . ,,i l
me worm IO gel a suue jiciouu v.v..u--
la an asylum. The Judge, while admit
ting that It might be possible, held
that It would be very difficult and that
the difficulties would Increase in pro
portion to the position in society of the
Intended victim.. 'A person's standing
in the community presents no obstacle,'
said the lawyer. 'Why,' turning sud-
denly to his companion, 'I could even
- , '. lf
, t , .Non8enie . answered the
at m
' 6 ,...,,
absurdity of the Idea aud the discussion
for the nonce was dropped.
"It occurred on a railroad train,
which, stopping a short time later at a
station, the lawyer suggested to the
Judge that they stretch their legs on
the platform. They bad not got ten
feet from the train when the. lawyer
suddenly hurled himself upon the Judge
and at the same time cried aloud for
help. A half dozen bystanders rushed
to the lawyer's aid, and before the
Judge realized what had happeued he
was held by a dozen hands. 'All right
thank you,' said the lawyer to the men
who had come to his aid. Tie his bands
behind bis back, for he's dangerous.
This was-too much for the Judge. 'I'm
Judge So-and-So,' he began with digni
ty, 'and this outrage ' Just, then he
felt a rope on his wrist and his self-
possession deserted him and be falrlj
raved at the Indignities that were being
heaped upon him. He resorted to Ian
guage not usually heard from the bench
or employed by the Judiciary. But tht
more he said the less effect it seemed to
have on his captors.
"Finally he paused for breath and tht
lawyer In a quiet voice said; 'Are yot
satisfied now that I was right in tht
argument?' 'Satisfied!' began the Judge,
hysterically, 'satisfied!' But he got no
further. 'Yes, d n you!' was the man
ner In which he lowered his colors.
"A few words and Judiciously dlstrlb
uted coins among his captors by the
lawyer released the Judge and enabled
him to get upon the train Just as the
conductor called 'All aboard!1
"In the town where they had stopped
was the State lunatic asylum and the
advent of lunatics was a part of the
town's dally routine. Hence the alac
rlty with which the Judge was seized
'But It was a pretty rough object les
son,' he complained when he had recov
ered sufficient equanimity to enter Into
conversation with his companion. 'Per
haps, but it proved what I said,' was
the reply, 'and who knows but tha
some day It may prove of great value
to you and enable you from that ex
perlence to prevent or else to right a
great wrong.'. The Judge made no re
ply, but lost himself in thought."
Mud Mountain.
The principal railroad of Costa Rica
now but 117 miles long, Is Just being
ixtended to reach from San Jose to the
Pacific coast. The general manager of
the road, in speaking of the enterprise
recently, saia:
"There Is one place on the road which
has given the engineers a great deal of
trouble, and which has cost mam
thousands of dollars every year since
the road was built. This place is about
forty-five miles from Port Limon, and
is called Blueuud. For about 600 feet
the track runs along a ledge on the side
3t a mountain, with the River Reventa
Zon below. The mountain Is composed
tf a bluish clay, which turns Into mud
auring the rainy season and keeps con
stantly sliding dewn on the tracks. We
have to keep a big gang of men at
work day and night cleaning the road
of this blue mud, and when the rains
ire very heavy the traffic has to be sus
pended. In July so much of the mud
slid down over the roadbed that we
could not run trains there for three
"To add ts the difficulty there Js a
lane oacK or tne mountain, and the
water from this lake percolates through
the mountain and keeps it constantly
wet The lake was drained by the en
llneers, but they. discovered that it was
fed by springs, and still the mountain
was kept In a wet state and the mud
kept sliding down over the tracks.
At last they obtained what Is known
In the mining region of California as a
nyaraullc giant, and which throws a
very powerful stream of water with
great force. They rigged up this hy
draulic giant and when I left Costa
Rica they were actually washing the
mountain away with it Into the river."
Friday Superstition.
A row of paupers' houses, verv neativ
uesigneo, nas just been erected at
Ahnaracle, Mr. Rudd", of Ardnamur-
cuun, naving advanced a considerable
sum for building purposes to the parish
council on easy terms. Accommodation
is provided for ten persons. A few
days ago H. MaePherson, inspector ot
poor, visited Aharacle in order to su
perintend the removal of the ten select
ed female paupers to the new cottages.
They all occupied houses which were
In a wretched stateof disrepair, yet each
of them resolutely and peremptorily re-
rusea to "nit," in vain did the Insnec-
tor dilate on the Increased comfort and
conveniences to be injoyed in the new
dwellings. The aged dames were' in
vincibly proof against all argument
nor did threats of compulsion and sher
iff's warrants have any terror for them.
At length it was elicited that the dis
inclination to remove was based simply
on superstition. The day of the week
happened to be Friday; and It aDnears
that to change quarters on that particu
lar oay constitutes a gross and wanton,
violation of all the canons eoverninir
highland "flitting." On discovering that
the perversity manifested by the oTO
womeu was mainly attributable to
"conscientious scrunles '
at once Agreed to humor them La m,
"i'pi-'-'H iuu ur ue-
mur - Edinburn Scotsman.
The real proof of the pudding is In the
Doasession thereof
Moah Raby Has Lived One Hnnri
I nnd Twentyelfcht Yeare, "
I in the possession of all his faculties
practically unimpaired, there lives
man In the poorbouse at 1'lalufleld, N
J., who has seen 128 winters !..'
'- .... ., aoa
go. -uncie - xsoan Kaby enjoys th
distinction of being the oldest man In
the United States. Not far behind him
in pot 0f years Is Mrs. Nancy n0m
Held of Ellenboro, N. C, who has react
ed the age of 117. Mr. Raby lg
to be the oldest man in America, if not
in the world. He has been for thi.
year an Inmate of the New Jersey a.
stltutlon, and seems contented with hli
Noah Raby was born In Eatonton,
Gates County, N. C, in 1773. Ills motll.
er was a native of North Carolina, but
his father, Andrew Bass, was aa la.
d1an. Though the blood of an aborif
ine is In his veins, Raby's skin Is per
fectly white.
Plscataway's poor farm Is situated
about four miles from New Market, Id
the Stelton highway. When a cor
respondent 'called at the farm "Uncle
Noah," as he Is familiarly called, was
In his accustomed place In the sitting
room, quietly dozing in a large high
back rocker, Where he always sleeps.
He never goes to bed, fearing a rush of
blood to his head might prove fatal. He
Is almost totally blind, but Is in full
possession of his other faculties and
seems to enjoy life.
"Uncle Noah" smdkes almost inces
santly. On pleasant days In the sum
mer months he gropes his way about
the dooryard and mingles with the
male Inmates. His thin, gray, almost
snow-white, hair and h'ls bent figure
denote his great age, though his mus
cles are firm and he appears quite ac
tive. ' .
He has a remarkably clear intellect
and his mind is retentive on nearly all
subjects. The most noticeable thing
about the old man Is his slight frame.
He is quite thin, weighing less than
100 pounds. '
.The population of the . earth duiiulei
itself In 200 years.
Prof. Lloyd Morgan, In a recent ad
dress, stated that he had found that
young chickens, taken straight from the
Incubator, could swim very well, the
power of swimming being perfectly In
As seen from the moon, the earth
would appear four times greater in
diameter and thirteen times wider In
surface than the. moon does to us. The
Illumination of the earth Is fourteen
times greater on the moon than that of
the moon on the earth.
The oldest public building . tn New
York City is St. Paul's Chapel, at the
corner of Broadway and Fulton street
It was built in 1700, ten years before
the Declaration -of Independence. For
some years Gen. Washington was a reg
vlar attendant of the church, and his
pew Is still pointed out tQ visitors.
The people of the Southern Ap
palachian mountains number about two
million, their descent being from the
Scotch Irish, French Huguenots, Eng
lish and Gcman. They have been In
these mountains since long before tha
revolution. They love their homes and
mingle but little with the outside world.
A frequent cause of the oillness on
the oufslde of lamps Is that the wick
is kept too high when unlighted. It
should be remembered that the wick
draws the oil to the surface, and if It
projects too far above the burner, it
will soon accumulate oil there, which
will find its way slowly over the out
side. Saxon makers of needles drove En
gland out of Brazil by wrapping theit
goods In pink paper instead of black.
Other Germans are catering to the
fondness ot Russians for red in their
dress. France recently learned how
distasteful green Is to a Chinaman, but
It cost a godd. deal of money to make
the discovery. - ,
A Thoughtful Professor.
"Johnny found a half-dollar to-day
andr-bongfit a pound of chocolates.
Wasn't .he lucky?" asked the wife of
the cranky, analytical professor.
"Lucky?" answered thr professor,
lowly. "Let us see.1 He has now cre
ated an appetite for chocolates. There
is not one chance In a million that he
will again find enough money to pur
chase "another pound. His former ap
petite for gumdrbps and cheap candles
is now gone. He will turn from them
with scorn, yet will not possess enough
money to buy chocolates. Would you
call him lucky? Alwavs remember,
madam, that we are happy with the
simple things until we taste the rich
and grand. Tell the cook, when you go
down, to not serve any more health
foods to-day, as I am feeling unwell
and need a change of diet" Indianap
olis Sun. ,
" Two Creeds In One Church.
In the -city of Heidelberg, Germany,
there Is a church called the Church of
the Holy Ghost which Is unique in Its
way, being, the only church in the
world in which the Protestant and
Catholic services are held at the same
time, a partition wall through the cen
ter separating the two congregations.
- Doctors in China.
A Chinese doctor's fee Is perhaps tha
smallest In the world, ranging from 2d
to 6d, but this can be accounted for
by the fact that any. one can practlct
as doctor or physician.