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The rhantom Ship.
The anchor's weighed, the harbor past,
Away! away! the ship flies fast.
The shipper's wile is at his side,
In fear she scans tho darkening tide.
"Fear no'.," quuili lie; "thou'it *>afe with me,
Though the fiend himself should sail tho sea!"'
And merrily ho! the breezes blow,
Over the sea the ship doth go.
The sea grew black, tho wind blew high;
"A ship A ship?" the sailors cry;
Down sank the blood-rod sun in flame,
But nearer still the vessel came.
She had no sails, no oars, no crew!
Bnt nearer, nearer still she flew.
One lone, dark man on deck they see,
They can hear him laughing mockingly.
The skipper stood with frozen stare,
His men were white with wild despair;
The tempest shrieked, the sea was flun©
And neaier still the strange ship came.
Down knelt the skipper's wile and prayed
"God of the sailors, send us nid."
F,ach stony sailor bent his knee:
"Save ns, O Lord! we cry to Tlieo!"
Hurrah! Hurrah! tho spell is dono!
The phantom thip is gone, is gone!
The winds are fair, and fair the tide;
The skipper's wife is at his side.
He holds her hand, he cannot speak,
A tear rolls down hi? rugged cheek;
And merrily ho! the breezes blow,
Over the sea the ship doth go.
Frederick K. tVcatheritl.
Miss Lehman's Method.
A long stretch of white, sandy
beach, dotted here and there with dark
piles of shining sea-weed; a broad ex
panse of restless, heaving billows lap.
ping with frothy tongues the gleaming
shore, tempted Helen Lehman to pause
and finally to sit down, even though it
was the middle of the summer after
noon, and the sun was pouring down a
scorching heat upon the unprotected
rocks and glittering sand.
Miss Lehman had a broad-brimmed
hat and sun umbrella, either of which
was sufficient to protect her fair com
plexion, and if Harry Ashland was
not thoughtful enough to likewise pro.
vide for his own comfort, he must suf
fer the consequences.
She had no heart—the world said so.
11.id she seen the look of pain and
disgust which, for a moment, played
upon the gentleman's face it would
have called forth no pity—not the
He was not obliged to remain with
There was the hotel, just above
them, and he could find the coolest
place on the broad, well-shaded piaz
zas, where he could lie undisturbed all
It certainly seemed very foolish to
make oneself so uncomfortable for a
lady; but for Miss Lehman he would
have sat for hours in those thin clothes
on the hot rocks, and undergone tor
tures innumerable, provided she would
smile upon him occasionally.
But Miss Lehman was very silent
and grave that afternoon, and poor
Ashland hitched about on his warm
seat without drawing from her one
smile or even a look of appreciation.
Getting tired of such thankless mar
tyrdom, he burst forth, after several
moments of silence, with:
"What is the matter. Miss Helen ?"
"Matter? Nothing! Can't one think
without having something the matter
with them?".she asked, sharply.
The gentleman started at her ear
nestness, and meekly replied:
"Well, then, Mr. Ashland, what
are you talking about? I was think
ing. Would you like to hear my
"Oh, yes, above all things."
"I was thinking of that great body
of water before us. It so reminds me
of the lives of some people whom I
have met—so full of restless yearning
—always coming and going—never
paising, never tiring. Oh, it is so
strange, yet so grand and beautiful!"
"Yes," murmured the martyr, mov
ing uneasily, and thinking that it was
indeed very strange, very grand, and
"And yet it ever tells the same,
same, story—the 'something* for which
it yearns never comes. So it is with
life. We spend a life-time with an
aching void in our hearts, and die still
Helen Lehman turned with an ex
pression in her dark eyes, which spoke:
"What a stupid creature!"
She modified her meaning to:
"Mr. Ashland, you have not heard a
"Oh, 'pon my honor, Miss Helen, I
heard every syllable! Don't you think
that it is hot ?"
"Hot? Very comfortable, I was
"Bless me, I am quite baked."
"Then let us go to the hotel."
The gentleman arose with alacrity,
but as he walked along he felt uneasy,
for he was not quite sure that he had
pleased the lady, and rather than dis
please he would have willingly sat
upon the hot rock for another hour
and suffered without a murmur.
file Jtilttem Journal.
DEININGER & BUMILJLER, Editors and Proprietors.
Mr. Ashland was in love with Miss
Helen Lehman, and had been a perfect
slave to her caprice all the summer.
He had met her in the city during
the proceeding winter—had seen her
in all the glory of her ball-room dress,
and had been awed into worship by
the flash of her diamonds and glorious
At the seaside she was not less beau
tiful in her robes of wondrous lace
and silk, whieh caused so much envy
among the ladies —costing a small for
tune, they all said—and Ashland had
become the lowliest worshiper at her
To cap the climax, thcro was a new
arrival—a plainly-dressed, thoughtful
looking "nobody"—who stood upon
the piazza "as cool as a cucumber,"
looking out seaward with an expres
sion in his elear eyes very like that
whieh had shone in Helen Lehman's
a few minutes before, and she wonder
ed if his thoughts were the same.
"Who is that. Mr. Ashland?"
"Why, that line-looking man on the
"Don't know, never laid eyes on him
before. Something new, 1 fancy."
"1 hope so. I'm dying for a change,''
"Shall I lind out who he is?" asked
the accommodating Ashland.
"Well, 1 will as soon as I can. 1
don't for a moment imagine that you'll
care to know him, for really he doesn't
appear to be anybody."
"True, but it won't hurt you to in
"Oh, certainly not."
That very evening, in the large par
lor Mr. Ashland edged along to where
Miss Lehman sal talking, and whisper
"Well, I found out a little coneern
lng -that fellow.'"
"Go on, and tell me about him."
"He is nobody at all, Miss Helen. A
poor artist, or something of that kind.
Not worth a cent, Alden told me."
"Thank you for your trouble."
It was astonishing how Miss Leh
man, after learning this, could have
made the acquaintance of Philip Grey
son and could treat him with such
It quite puzzled poor Ashland, and
he soon found himself in a painful po
sition. The fellows began to banter
him to excess, and call him a "fool"
and other pretty names for thus allow
ing Miss Lehman to drive, sail, read
poetry, and wander out upon the beach
with this "poor wretch."
It was all very well to treat him po
litely, but where was the need of mak
ing so much of him? It would never
do, and so he resolved to put a stop to
it at once.
"We are not engaged, and so she
thinks it no harm in flirting with Grey
son. But I will settle matters at once.''
It was easier said than done. Miss
Lehman was so cross and strange that
Ashland, confident as he was, never
approrhed her without feeling timid
and wonderfully "shaky."
But at last, one morning, after see
ing Greyson's head very close to Miss
Lehman's for a full hour without any
apparent cause, he resolved to put on a
bold face and propose.
"Miss Helen," he began, as soon as
an opportunity presented itself, "I
have been dying to speak to yon for
"Have you ? Well that is rather un
"Oh, no, thank you, not at all."
"What have you to say?"
"Oh, nothing—that is—yes—"
"Well, go on."
"The fact is, I am tired of single
life, and want to get married at once.''
"Very wise, indeed!"
"I think so. Well, of course, you
understand that I ha\e a great regard
for you, and I think—l mean, are you
—that is—will you have me?"
"Bless your heart, no."
"Oh, you're trying to tease me?"
"No, I am not."
"But consider—l have been so atten
tive, and all that, you know. Have
you no reward to make me for all
"But, Miss Helen—"
"My dear Mr. Ashland, we may as
well come to an understanding first as
last. The truth is, I am already en
"Yes, to Mr. Greyson. We are to
be married in the fall."
Mr. Ashland's moustache drooped
perceptibly, and his appearance, as he
dragged himself up to the hotel, was
rather of the sick chicken order.
Cupid chuckled in fiendish exhulta.
tion over another victim that night.
Ashland did not make his appear
ance until he was fully recovered, and
aMe to answer one of the many inqui
ries in the following careless manner:
"We men of the world, my boy, get
used to this sort of thing. Wo get
"Yes, 1 dare say; but it seems to me
that I should like a milder process of
"It's all the same, 1 assure you."
"Perhaps so; but 1 think I should
really prefer anything to Miss Leh
man's method."— Lot lie Uray.
Drinking a Tear.
"Hoys, I won't drink without you
take what I do," said old Josh Spillit
in reply to an invitation. Ho was a
toper of long standing and abundant
capacity, and the boys looked at him in
"The idea," one of them replied, "that
you should prescribe conditions is
laughable. Perhaps you want to
force one of your abominable mixtures
down us. You are chief of the mixed
drinkers, and 1 won't agree to your
"He wants to run us in on castor oil
and brandy," said the Judge, who
would willingly have taken the oil to
get the brandy.
"No, I'm square," replied Spillit.
"Take my drink and I'm with you."
The boys agreed and stood along the
bar. Every one turned to Spillit, and
regarded him with interest.
"Mr. Bartender," said Spillit, "give
me a glass of water."
"What, water!" the boys exclaimed.
"Yes, water. It's a new drink on
me, 1 admit, and I expect it's a scarce
article. Several days ago, as a parcel
of us went Ashing, we took a line
chance of whiskey along, an' had a
heap of fun. 'Long toward evenin' I
got powerful drunk, an' crawled under
a tree an' went to sleep. The boys
drank up all the whiskey an' came
back to town. They thought it was a
good joke 'cause they'd left me out
there drunk an' told it around town
with a mighty bluster. My son got a
hold of the report an' told it at home.
Well, 1 laid under that tree all night,
an' when I woke in the mornin' thar
sot mv wife right thar by me. She
didn't say a word when I woku up. but
she sorter turned her head away. 1 got
up and looked at her. She still didn't
say nothin', but I could see that she
•I wish I had suthin to drink,' s's I.
Then she tuck a cup what she fotch
with her, and went up to whar a
spring Piled up, an' dipped up a cupful
an' fotch it to me. Jes as she was
handin' it ter me she leaned over ter
hide her eyes, and 1 saw a tear drap in
the water. 1 tuck ti.e cup an' drank
the water and the tear, an' raisin' my
hands I vowed that I would never
alter drink my wife's tears agin; that 1
had been drinkin' them lor the last
twenty years, an* that I was goin' to
stop. You boys know who it was
that left me drunk. You was all in
the gang, (live me another glass of
water. Mr. Bartender." Arkansaw
A Persistent "Shadow."
A detective recently said to a New
York reporter; ",-v man hired to shad
ow a party, or a shadow, as we call
him, gets about *2 a day and expenses,
and is paid for the time he works. A
shadow is expected to watch a man
from the time he gets up in the morn
ing till he goes to bed. If it happens
that a party must be shadowed night
and day it requires two men to watch
him. A shadow must watch his man
closely without himself being seen or
allowing the party to lind out that he
is being shadowed. I meet the shad
ow, for instance, and tell him that ho
must keep his eyes on a certain man
whom I designate by brushing on the
shoulder with my handkerchief. Then
I enter a place, and as the man comes
out I pretend to see a bug on his shoul
der and brush it off. Then Igo away,
knowing that until I give the word
that man will never be out of the sight
of my shadow. The shadow takes
him to dinner and back to his place of
business. Then to his supper, and
then down town in the evening. Then
it is that his hardest work begins. He
may have to suddenly hire a hack at a
big expense and follow the man out on
a carousing expedition. He Anally
takes him home at night, secures a
cover and catches a little sleep himself.
The securing of a cover is sometimes
the most diflicult part of the work, for
your man may live in an aristocratic
locality where there are no rooms for
rent. I have known our man Boland
to sleep night after night in a coai
bunk on the street when it was nip
ping cold. There are in New York
certain banks and large corporations
that every year along about the holi
days have each of their men shadowed
about a week. At the end of a week
a full report of the man's habits,
haunts, style of living, and even of
his week's expenses, is given to his
MiLLIIKIM, PA M THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1883.
A PAPER FOR THE HOME CIRCLE.
If* Kffecll Clon the Krrvoiu Wyelem-
A short time ago an item was exten
sively published relating Iho circum
stances of the death of a child from
fright caused by a thunder storm.
She was ten years of age, and having
been roused from sleep by the thunder,
implored permission to share her
mother's bed till the storm was over.
This was refused her and she grew so
quiet that her parent went to see what
was the matter. She reached tho
child's bedside just in time to see her
die. Another incident of death from
fear of lightning was reported from
Cleveland recently. The victim was
an elderlv lady who lived alone. An
unusually sharp and near flash, follow
ed by an imtant crash of thunder, so
overcame hfr that she fell to tho floor
and died, <u though the current had
passed through her. While cases of
such extreoe terror caused by light
ning are rire, even rarer than death
from the slock itself, fear of lightning
in a less intense form is by no means
uncommon It is a notable fact that
courageous and healthy men are some
times very unpleasantly affected, if
not with tar, at all events with a
sense of acute discomfort, not only
after ashaip flash and instant explo
sion, but btforc a storm approaches.
During thi progress of the tempest
their discomfort Increases. Some com
plain of lassitude and headache before
a storm, due, doubtless, to the absence
of ozone in the air; others, as the flashes
occur mere frequently, experience
nausea, and sometimes an unpleasant
quivering about the abdomen. These
are symptoms that accompany acute
terror sometimes, but the sense of fear
is probably absent. How to account
for the phenomenon is not easy.
Supposing thit its cause is purely ob
jective, why thould some people suffer
and others escape? or why should the
s;une person suffer at one time and
not at another ? As a general thing
children do not fear lightning or even
thunder; and adults who have long
suffered may overcome the dread in
various ways. A mother who would
take refuge in a closet during a storm,
f*i instance, and give way to the most
unreasoning terror, on being warned
to master her fairs for the sake of the
wondering child may be entirely re
lieved of apprehension during a storm.
Of courae, reason tells us that the
chance of being killed by lightning is
so small as to te hardly appreciable.
According to the state census of 1875,
during tliat yea* eighteen people were
killed by lightning, while forty were
murdered; 194 committed suicide; 350
were drowned, 279 were killed by falls
and 33 by kicks irom horses and mules.
Water, therefore, twenty times as
dangerous as lightening, and the horse
and tho mule ars doubly deserving of
the termr which a thunder storm pro
vokes. Moreover, it could be shown,
no doubt, that ninety per cent, of the
deaths caused by lightning were due
to foolish exposure, such as taking
refuge beueafli a tree or carrying an
umbrella during a thunder storm.
These facts, or their general infer
ences, are pretty well known, but they
are powerless to prevent fright. One
solution of th? mystery is that nerves
out of tone ami flaccid may be suscep
tible to subtle influences unfelt by
healthy person* another is that the
dread comes irom habit rather than
anything else, and may be overcome
by the exercises of will power. There
is a current belief that lightning never
strikes twice in the same place.
Blackmore, tte brilliant English novel
ist, how ever, professes to have data to
prove tho contrary principle, so far as
human beings are concerned, namely
that a person who has once been struck
invites a repetition of the blow, and is
in greater danger than one who has
never had that nnpleasing experience.
A Gigantic Enterprise.
The East ana West India Docks
company of London has boldly em
barked in a gigantic enterprise, for
which some commercial prophets pre
dict a failure. This is the construc
tion of docks at Tilbury, on the
Thames, opposite Gravesend, of such
magnitude that the Globe says: "On
the whole, this dock extension
promises to be the most remarkable that
even London has ever witnessed, and
will leave all other ports in the world
far behind." They will have a tidal
basin with a depth of forty-three feet,
and the largest vessels afloat will go
in and out without regard to the tide.
The contracts call for four dry docks
with a total length of 1730 feet, a float
ing derrick with a lifting capacity of
100 tons, special wharves and abbatoirs
for the cattle traffic, 15,000 lineal feet
of quay berths, from forty to fifty
miles of permanent railroad tracks
and a large hotel for the accommoda
tion of passengers. "Tilbury is cer
lainlyata considerable distance from
London," says the Globe t "but with
the railway facilities to he organized, a
few miles more or less will really be a
matter of no great importance, while
it is undeniable that, with the huge
ships of the present day—and they
still seem to he continually advancing
in dimensions—the avoidance of a few
miles of river navigation, with its
windings and shallows and fogs, and
tho necessary cost of tonnage and pilot
age, must he an immense advantage."
The contracts call for tho completion
of the work within two years and a
half, of which one year has already
The lll.tnr.v of Nome Common Food
The origin of vegetables is an inter
esting study, and in the pages of Mas
tery will be found this account of
where the food plants that we claim as
our own had their origin:
In his recently published investiga
tions of the early agriculture of the
temperate regions of Asia ind Europe,
DeCandollo traces the origin of the
turnip to northern Europe, and the
cabbage to the western coasts of
Europe, where its wild stock may still
be found. Purslain, which is a food
plant with many, but is known among
us chiefly as a very troublesome weed,
is found wild from the western Hima
layas to Greece. The onion was
brought from western Asia. The com
mon bean seems to have become
extinct in its wild state. It was intro
duced into Europe by the Aryans,
probably from the region south of the
Caspian. The remains of lentils have
been found in the Swiss lake dwellings
of the Bronze ago, and this plant was
native to western Asia, Greece and
Italy before its cultivation there. It
was afterward carried to Egypt. The
chickpea was carried from south of the
Caucassus,east and west by the Aryans,
to India and to Europe. The carrot
is indigenous to the eastern Mediterra
nean, whence the Greeks introduced it
into Italy and the Arabs into western
DeCandolle regards all the various
kinds of wheat as derivatives of the
small grained kind found in the most
ancient lake dwellings of western
Switzerland. He inclines to the belief
that the wild stock of this originated
in Mesopotamia, where it may still
exist. The origin of spelt is very
doubtful, and it may possibly be an
ancient cultivated derivative from
wheat stock. As to barley, the inhab
itants of the Swiss lake dwellings cul
tivated both the two rowed and the six
rowed kinds. The former is found
spontaneous in the area between the
Bed sea and the Caspian; but nothing
is known of the spontaneous occur
ence of the latter or of the four rowed
kind. Either, then, both were deriv
atives in prehistoric times of the two
rowed variety, or they are the cultivat
ed representatives of species which
have since become extinct. As to rye,
probability points to an origin in south
eastern Europe. The lake dwellers
even of the age of Bronze did not know
it, but Pliny mentions its cultivation
near Turia. DeCandolle supposes that
the Aryan migrations westward met
in Europe and carried it onward.
Oats seem also to have originated in
eastern Europe; they are found not
earlier than the Bronze age in Switzer
land. From Pliny's mention that the
German used oatmeal, it is concluded
that it was not cultivated by the
The vine is indigenous in western
Asia, whence its use was carried to
various countries by both Aryan and
Semetic races; but it did not reach
China before 122 B. C. The almond,
though so characteristic of Mediterra
nean countries, seems to be a native of
western Asia and perhaps Greece. As
late as the time of Pliny the fruits
were known to the Romans as Nuces
gracae. The wild stocks of our pears
and apples seem to have been indigen
ous to southern Europe and western
Asia before the Aryan invasion; their
remains abound in the Swiss lake
dwellings. The quince is a native of
North Persia, and seems to have been
introduced into eastern Europe in pre-
Hellenio times. Remains of a form of
the pomegranate have been found in
the strata of the pleiocene age in south
ern France by Saparta; but it died out
and was reintroduced from countries
adjoining Persia in prehistoric times
into the Mediterranean region, of
which it is now so characteristic a fea
ture. The primitive home of the olive
was apparently the eastern shores of
the Mediterranean, where the Greeks
discovered the useful qualities, the
Romans learning them later. The fig
has left its remains in quaternary
rocks in France, along with the teeth
of Elephas primi genius, but its pre
historic home must be sought in the
southern Mediterranean shores and
lands, where it survived after probably
perishing in France.
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Incandescent electric lamps are used
In the carriage lamps of Baron Roths
child, of Vienna. Storage batteries
placed under the coachman's scat are
said to bo capable of carrying a charge
of electricity sufficient to feed the
lamps for one hundred hours.
M. Charles Montigny, of Brussels,
has noticed that not only does tho
aurora borealis increase the scintil
lation of stars —as other observers
have noted—but that magnetic dis
turbances produce the same effect even
when accompanied by no visible auro
ra. Tho influence is strongest forstars
in the north.
Recently one man was taken very
ill and another died from the effects of
handling poisoned hides. 'I here is no
reason why hides should not convey
serious and fatal diseases, like clothing.
"Some years ago," says the Scientific
American , "an importer of hides in
New York died from the effects of a
bite or sting of a fly which inhabited
the loft where his hides were stored."
There are reports from several parts
of Sweden of a hitherto unknown and
very destructive kind of caterpillar
which is giving a great deal of trouble
to the farmers and anxiety to the
whole population, it is gray-brown,
with deep gray stripes; its appearance
is most common after rain. Its work
on tho crops has been so serious as
to demand the assistance of the gov
The opinion is said to be gaining
ground among metallurgists, that
whatever mechanical strength is de
sirable, an alloy is preferable to pure
inotaL One of the greatest obstruc
tions to the mechanical value of iron
is its tendency to crvsta lize, the result
being the same whether the article be
a monster gun or a ship's cable. But
this tendency of iron to crystallize
may be prevented by the almixture of
Prof. Proctor asserts that the moon
has grown old six times as fast as the
earr.h, a comparison of the masses and
radiating surfaces of the two bodies
making it evident that the earth's
internal heat was originally sufficient
to last six times as long as the moon's
supply. On the very moderate as
sumption, then-fore, that only twelve
millions of years have passed since the
earth and the moon were at the same
stage of planetary life, this astrono
mer shows us that sixty millions of
years must elapse before the earth
will have reached the stage of life
through which the moon is now pass
Japanese Object Teaching.
The teachers at the school for the
sons of Japanese nobles in Tokio ap
pears to have hit upon a notable
method of teaching physical geogra
phy. In the court behind the school
building is a physical map of the
country, between 300 and 400 feet
long. It is made of turf and rock and
is bordered with pebbles, which look at
a little distance much like water.
Every inlet, river and mountain is re
produced in this model with a fidelity
"to detail which is wonderful. Latitude
and longitude are indicated by tele
graph wires, and tablets show the po
sition of the cities. Ingenious devices
are employed in illustrating botanic
studies also. For example the pine is
illustrated by a picture showing the
cone, leaf and dissected flower, set in a
frame which shows the bark and lon
gitudinal and transverse sections of
the wood.— Nature.
Half Worm and Half Snake.
The mountains furnish many strange
forms of life which the dry, hot valleys
never develop. Old rotten pine logs
seem to be tho favorite nest of a loath
some creature which is half-way be
tween a worm and a snake. It is
usually a foot long and nearly an inch
in diameter, with a head like a snake,
and a clumev, blunt tail. It is of a
dead color, between a dirty green and
a brown, without spots or stripes. It
is slow of movement, cold and clam
my to the touch, and seems to be more
of a jelly than bone and muscle. It is
regarded as harmless, and the woods
men pick it up and handle it careless
ly.—Virginia City (Nev.) Enterpiiae.
Around Gainesville, Fla., the rais
ing and shipping of the turbine squash
has become an industry. It finds a
ready sale at Boston, and is used al.
most exclusively for making pies. In
shape it resembles a turbine wheel,
whence it takes its name. It has the
color of the pumpkin and looks like a
kershaw, but is liner and of a more
delicate flavor. The vines bear heavily,
and continue bearing until about the
Ist of August. The prices vary from
|4.50 to $5 per barre'.
Montana is paying great attention tq
ooi ing artesian wells.
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Sometime I think you will be glad to know
That I once kept you fondly in my heart,
And that your heart'i true home waa really
Although to-day we wander Jar apart.
Some hour, when you have slipped away from
And idly fall to dreaming of the past,
And sadly think of ali your life has missed,
You will remember my true heart at last.
Or it mny come to pass, some dreary night,
After a day that has been hard to boar,
When you aro weary, heart-sick and forlorn,
And there is none to comiort nor to care, .
That you will close your tired eyes, to dream
Ol tender kisses falling soft and light,
Of rcstlul touches smoothing back your bair,
And sweet words Bpokon for your heart'i
Oh! then you will remember, and be glad
That 1 once kept you londly in my heart,
And that your heart's true home was really
Although to-dsy we wander far apart.
A hard case—The oyster's.
The key-note—"Wife, let me In."
A revival meeting—A camphor bot
tle and a fainting woman's nose.
A citizen of Rochester calls his stom
ach "Hades." because it is the place oi
Paper rowing-boats were not the first
aquatic craft that were constructed of
that material. Paper-cutters were
made years and years ago.
The Concord school of philosophy
has not yet determined how a woman
should act when her hand 3 are in the
dough-pan and an aggressive fly alights
on her nose.
A New England physician says that
if every family would keep a box of
mustard in the house one-half of the
doctors would starve. We suggest that
every family keep two boxes.
"Mercy!" exclaimed Mrs. F., as she
caught sight of the camelopard, "just
look at that beast; what a long neck!"
"Yes," replied Fogg, "the most re
markable case of soar threat I ever
"Never would call a boy of mine
'Alias,'" said Mrs. Jones, of Hunts
ville, Ala., "if I had a hundred to
oame. Men by that name is alius
cuttin' up capers. Here's Alias Thomp
son, Alias Williams, Alias the Night
hawk—all been took up for stealin.'"
A small boy was asked where the
zenith was. He replied: "The spot in
the heavens directly over one's head."
To test his knowledge lurther the
teacher asked: "Can two persons have
the same zenith at the same time?"
"They can." "How?" "If one should
stand on the other's head."
A Terrible Religion.
Baron Palet contributes to the Paris
Figaro a strange history,under the title
of "An Hour amongst the Dead-" Tha
dead, in this case, are living women
who regard themselves as "dead to the
world." They are, in fact, the little
known order of the Barefooted Clares.
These ladies possess a cloister in Paris,
in which there are eighteen nuns, and
a few lay-sisters who act as their ser
vants. Fourteen of the present staff
of nuns are under twenty-three years
of age. The reason of this, according
to Baron Palet, is terrible enough to
justify the intervention of the state.
The rule of the Clares is so excessively
severe that nearly all the professed in
mates die young. They wear a rough
woolen dress, with a rope as girdle;
they go barefooted on the cold stone
flooring; they never warm themselves
at a fire—even the kitchen fire is plac
ed beyond their access; they eat meat
only once a year—on Christmas day;
they sleep on a narrow board; they
must spend ten hours every day upon
their knees; they are only allowed to
speak to one another on rare occasions;
they live entirely on alms. The ab
bess, through a grating, assured him
that more than one of her nuns,
through cultivation of this grace of si
lence, had actually lost the power of
forming a sentence. We doubt if Mr.
Carlyle himself would have approved
of so prodigious a development of the
axiom that "Speech is silver, silence
is golden." The Baron does not seem
to have suspected that the abbess
might be chaffing the credulous man of
the world. When these ladies were "in
the world," they probably had more
than enough idle and purposeless chat
ter, for they were all members of aris
tocratic families, and have thus passed
from one extreme to the other. Each
inmate is only allowed to be visited by
iier parents once in the year, and the
interview must take place at the iron
grating where the Baron learned the
letails which he publishes. When a
lun dies she is buried by her sister
luns. The Baron regrets that a phy-r
lician of repute cannot undertake the
intopsy of one of the deceased Clares,
is he thinks the results would be prof
table to science.