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A REMARKAHI.K CEREMONY.
The Ntin-DMrr u Performed l>* the
(Horn (itdlotitf Yoiiiik ImllMtm
Tlirotiifli n Horrible Ottlenl.
The Philadelphia Time# publishes a
, letter dated at Pine Ridge Indian
Agency, Dakota Territory, giving details
of tlie sun-dance, an annual sacred festi
val of the Sioux Indians. About 50,000
Indians of all ages anil both sexes were
present. Tin* warrior* only wen* allow
ed to take part in the ceremony, and on
the first diiy they chanted and danced
around the sacred staff or sun-dance pole,
guv away their property to one another,
ami pierced the ears of infants for the pur
pose of inserting heavy leaden rings.
Tin* dancers rested at night, and resumed
' the dance at sunrise next morning; and,
as the sun approached its meridian
height, the preparations for the more in
teresting ceremonies were made. As the
I sun reached its highest point, one of the
| ashen-hued dancers advanced to the
pole, ami. with hands and eyes toward
the burning sun, uttered a fervent and
impressive prayer. This prayer was in
terpreted tome by Mr. Charley Provost,
the gentlemanly and obliging agency in
terpreter, and was perhaps the fust
prayer of like purport ever delivered by
a young warrior, lie asked that the
Great Spirit would give him strength
and courage to bear the ordeal through
which he was about to pass; and that j
the Indians might bo free of plague and
bad luck; that they might increase in
■ wisdom and in numbers; that thev might
live at peace with their pale-faced breth
ren, and might learn their ways; that
the hufl'alo might return and the pony
herd grow larger until they would hide
A* the green grass and beautiful (lowers by
their great numbers. And thus, through
it all, was breathed a loving, tender
spirit, widely tit variance with the usual
inclinations of the young men. The
solemn, utter silence with which this in
vocation was received; the fervent earn
estness of the supplicant; the extended
arms; the parched, cracked lips, past
which food or water htul not been during
sixty hours; the evident suffering—ell I
made a some of the very deepest solem- !
nitv. and instinctively I removed my hat j
and Iwiwed; and 1 can readily imagine '
how one might have been affected to 1
The prayer ended, he gently and
calmly laid down upon his back, and two :
of the medicine men advanced, and be. I
fore his burning eyes slowly whetted a
glistening butcher-knife, and, after re- >
peated trials, finding the edge sntisfac- j
tory. bent over the prostrate form and
felt for a moment of the flesh upon the !
breast; then, elevating the knife an in- |
stant toward the sun. it was slowly i
thrust through the quivering flesh. I '
Stepped close up, saw tic bright blade j
_ withdrawn crimsoned, saw tic form ot
9 tin* dancer writlic and quiver, the toes I
and fingers drawn up convulsively and
than relax, but no hand was needed to \
stay him, for lie did not raise a finger or
shrink a hair's breadth, and no moan es
caped his _ips. The cutting was then j
* repeated upon the otlnr side of tic
breast —the two punctures being about
eight inches apart, through which skew
ers were thrust, when tic two ends of a
lariat suspended front high up on the I
ftolc were tied to the skewers, and, thus |
iterally lariated by his own flesh, In
wa.s left. Slowly he raised himself to a
sitting posture, looked sadly at the man
gled breast, rose to bis feet, staggered n
moment and inserted the feathered whis- j
tic between hi.s lips. Tic arms were 1
raised again; the h< id was thrown hark
let wren the shoulders that the sun '
might reach straight into the eye and he ■
again began dancing, slowly tightening !
the lariat by pulling back until the skin
. and flesh upon the breast was drawn
* outward six or eight inches. Thus Ic
danced around the pole, winding and
unwinding the lariat, and then violently
threw himself back in the endeavor to i
tear loose from this flesh-fastening; but
the human skin is tough, and it refused |
to tear, and he was thrown violently 1
forward upon his face. He arose slowly
again, danced a moment, and stepping '
quickly hack, threw himself with such j
force that the flesh was torn out with a
plainly-audible snap, and he again fell !
lead long. He lay thus unheeded a mo- i
ment, and then rejoined his companions j
ami proceeded with the dance, il.nl Ic i
failed to break 100-c himself, others
would have jerked him bek until tic
flesh was torn.
This was repeated with the others,
with little variation—all passing the !
ordeal bravely; one, however, Icing up
ward of a half hour breaking loose, and
repeatedly falling rind fainting. Rut al
though he had been sixty-live hours
without food or drink, no drop was al
lowed him—the nearest approach to
this being the blowing of a spray of sa
liva over the blistered face from the
mouth of the attendant and rubbing it
off with a bunch of some nourishing
One, nt content with the common
mode of worship, had cut from nis body
on*- hundred and eighty distinct pieces
of fl'*sh. He was a brown small leilow
of about thirty-five years, lie advanced
and encircled the sacred pole with hi
arms, laying his cheek close up agalns
it, and, while standing thus, one ap
proached him upon either side, and sim
ultaneously cut from the point of his
0 shoulder a piece of skin antl fbwh about
the size of or. thumh-nnil; then a]
similar piece was taken from the leg.
near the ankle; so. alternately nhove and
below the cruel knife did its work. To
suspend for a moment this steady cut —
cut, he once wheeled anil stepped quickly
across to a position close beside where!
stood, and knelt against a pole there
stan<l ng, when the knives were again at
work until the cuts approached each
other and joined at the waist. And yet
the work was not complete. Then
down and np each arm until the re
quisite number were severed, when lie
rejoined the dancers, under the still
When it Is remembered that these men
had been without food or drink for
thirty-six hours prior to the commence
ment of the dance, and, through its forty-
M eight hours' continuance, did not touch
either; that all these two days the sun
shone down upon their hare bodies and
heads with an intense heat; that during
most of the time their eyes were fixed
upon the sun, and at one time 1 saw a
fellow witli a mirror throwing the re
fleeted rays into their eyes; that the cut
ting ami tearing of their l>odies was
borne without wail—it will be realized
of what stern stuff the Ogalallas are
made, nad will cause many a wish that
this almost heroic material may be pre
served in some civilized and harmless
™ But what is the significance of all this?
The popular belief lias been that the
young men are thus proving themselves
worthy of being icq on the war-path;
and there is no doubt that to acquit
one's sell bravely In the dance girea
him somewhat of prominence; but the
' cremony is one of worship mainly. I
Also, the torture is undergone ns a thank
offcrlngto the Great Spirit for favors re
Selling n Mine In Willi Street.
Not many months ago a man pretty
well known on the t'omstoek went East
to sell a mine lying iti the Pyramid Dls
triet. lie had a map of the claim and
its underground workings, all done up
nicely in pink and blue ink, and on it was
a fine piece of draughting as one would
wish to see. He took ltis maps, traps
and samples of ore to New York and be
gan to " lay " for a customer.
Presently he fell in with a wealthy
Wall street manipulator, who got him
on a string and wanted to get him a cus
tomer on commission. "Now look
here, old man," said the Wall stricter,
"you are from Nevada, and probably a
little green in the ways of the street.
You will meet gome awlul sharp men
here, and you must manage to IK* a trifle
sharper or you can't do anything. I,ct
mc manage this tiling, and give me all I
can get over $lO,OOO for the mine."
The Nevadan agreed, and the New
Yorker took him intoaroom and began
to give him some confidential advice.
" Now. here's the way to manage title
tiling. Of course, if you haven really
good mine, it won't lie at all out of the
way to make it look big. Now, take
this map—it is a good map, hut it ain't
big enough. We must show up some
ore. I'll get an artist to put in some extra
ore bodies—just scatter Vin through like
plums ina pudding- and that'll half sell
it. The buyers will he sure to discover
these ore liodies, afterward, all the
"This don't look to met.) he hardly
square,"said the Nevadan. with a frank
expression. "I want to Mil my mine on
its merits. I never sold a thing in my
life on false representations, and I'm too
old to begin."
" Now, don't get riled, old fellow You
are not supposed to know what I do.
(live me maps and the ore and let me
attend to the business. You can't be too
tricky when you sell a mine."
After considerable persuasion, the
mine owner turned over his maps and
ore samples to the Wall stricter, and
that astute operator went on tiis way.
His first step was to get an assay of the
samples, and lliey showed up .ft,500 to
the ton. This set the New York chap
thinking, and he went back to his Ne
vada friend and asked him how high
the samples would run to the tun.
• " Well, I hardly want to say." replied
the Nevada innocent. " I guess them
samples you've got now are good for s.'ls
or $4O a ion. (If course, I just took an
average from different parts of the mine.
I don't believe in picking samples. Su<-ls
frauds are lioiind to come out sooner or
later, and a- I've gut more mines to sell,
I concluded to act pretty squ ire and g*-t
a good reputation for business on the
The New Yorker drew his conclusions,
and thought it would boa sharp thing to
take thai mine in himself.
" I've found a customer, old fellow,"
lie said, and eagerly drew a cheek for
$lO,OOO, professing to have found a cus
tomer and made a neat turn 'in cimm!-*-
sion. "Hiing along some more mini's
and let me sell 'em for you," he added.
" You sis 1 I have facilities which you
have not. We'll go round and fix up
The Nevadan took the check, folded
it up and ri marked:
" Now, I hope you've sold that mini
on the square and not got too much lor
it. It's worth SIO,OOOasa fair specula
The two men parted for good a couple |
of days afterward, and the New Yorker'
came out last week with a couple of ex- >
pcrts to visit the rich property he had
so shrewdly acquired. Arriving at Py
ramid he asked for the Gold Run Con- j
" No such mine," was the reply he got
"Gn at Cresar! I've lionght the claim
and paid $lO,OOO for it."
" Got hit. sure."
" A man showed mc a man. Here it
is," and the New Yorker pulled out the
map which he had received from the
seller. A crowd of I'ynuniders gathered
round and laughed uproariously.
" That's old Sawyer's work. Oh. he's
n smart one."
Just then, old Sawyr, the foremost
citizen of the district, and as innocent an
old mine-owner as the coast ever pro
duced, came up and looked over the
" It ain't correct, old boss." he said,
addressing the New York<r. "Too many
ore bodies put in."
" Hut there's no shaft, no iiiachlir ry.
no mine!" roared the man fr.un W i". i
" Well " replied old Sawyer, reflect
ively. " I don't see how you can scour
The fellows who bought it are the ones
to ki' k. You got a handsome commis
sion. you know."
" But the sample.s run up to 1,500!"
" I'm swindled!"
" Don't you know you said a man
couldn't be too tricky in selling a mine
on Wall strict?" inquired old Sawyer,
and smiled blandly as the gentleman
fioni Wall street, accompanied by his
experts, drove furiously off for Reno,
blasting the blossoming sagebrush along
the route with their fiery language.—
Virginia Cily (Act?.) Chronicle.
A Pet Turtle.
Mrs. Z. Taylor Lacy, of Reading, Pa.,
has a nnmher of pets, among which are
v ringdoves, canary birds, whits* rabbits,
. fancy stock of fowls, a dog and a land
I tortoise. She said to a reporter that she
> "hardly knew which she thought the
| most of, excepting it might Ik* the land
tortoise, which she would not sell for
any money." She was stroking the
head ol the tortoise with her linger, and.
as she spoke to it, calling it "my pet,"
the shelled anirnnl looked up into her
face and turned its head to one sid., and
then to the other, as If listening to and
understanding what she said. When
the reporter came rlosc it quickly drew
hark out of sight Into its shell, and she
remarked. " The little pet is afraid ol
" What do you feist to the little pet?"
" Bread and milk in a huekpt."
" How long have you had it?"
" About two years. I received it from
a friend in Philadelphia. A cousin o
mine residing in thnt city has one that
makes a peculiar noise when It wants
something to eat, and It follows mem
tiers of the family all around the yard.
They keep it in tlie yard in summer, ind
at the approach ol winter |i goes to the
cellar door, when,some one opens it and
it goes down and creeps into tin* ground,
where it stays until spring.
Observe the man who advertises. Ho
means business, and he don't care who
knows it. The man who don't ndvertise
may mean business, hut he is afraid to
say anything nbout it .—Modern Argo.
FOR TIIK FAIR SEX.
Wl of thr frrililoula.
" What wives of any of the former
I'residents of the United States are now
living? and where?"
Mrs. (icucral (Irunt is living, having
accompanied her husband on a tour
around the world, now nearly completed.
Mrs. Lincoln, according to the Spring
lie Id (ill.) Journal, is residing in the ro
mantic little city of I'au, near the base
of the l'yrences, in Southern France. It
may he added that her mental condition
is now considered normal, and her fre
quent correspondence with her friends at
home indicate it cheerftii and happy
frame of mind.
Mrs. Sarah I'olk, widow of the tenth
President, James K. I'olk, resides in a
beautiful home in the heart ofthe city of
Nashville, Tenn. She is a charmingly
dignified woman, well advanced in years,
and distinguished for her kindliness and
Is'.'iuty of character. The home she oc
cupies is beautifully located, and it was
here that the ex-President died, six
weeks after his retirement Iroin the
White House, thirty years ago.
Of those not living, Mrs. Franklin
Pierce died December 2d, IMttJ, at IIT
homo In New Hampshire. Mr. Pierce
died in l7<>. Mrs. Pierce never fully
recovered from tiic shock occasioned by
the sad death o| her youthful son in the
calamity on the Boston & Maine iail
road, January sth preceding the inaugu
ral, on wliiiji occasion the President
elect himself narrowly escaped death.
Mrs. Fillmore, who was a schoolteacher
in her earlier life, having pursued her
studies in Massachusetts, in part, died
suddenly at Willard's Hotel in Washing
ton, in March, IK',:). Mrs.Taylor—whose
dislike for public life is proverbial, de
monstrated as it was by the declination
on her part, while mistress of the White
House, to "receive"—died at Iter home
in Ismisiana in 1*52.
Mrs. Andrew Johnson, thongi f>r j
years an invalid, survived her ho and
only a few months. Mr. Jotyison dual j
in Nashville, Tenn., ,Fuly 31, 1*75.
President Tyler's llr-t wife died dur- ■
ing the second year of his ndrninistra- '
tion. lie, later, married a daughter of i
Mr. (iardiner, of Gardiner's Island. A j
sad inciih-nt is related in this connection.
Mr. (iardiner and his daughter, with
i'residt nt Tyler, were guests on board a
government vessel, enjoying a sailonthc j
I'otomae, in I*ll. <>n this occasion it
was that tlm •• Peacemaker." a heavy
ordnance gun. exploded, killing nearly
all who were near it nt the time, among j
whom were many of the presidential I
party. Mr. (iardiner was among the '
victims, and lie was buried from tli<- •
White House. Mr Tyler died in Rich
mond, Va., in 1N62. His widow died about
two years ago. President Harrison's
administration lasted only one month,
during which period his widowed daugh
ter-in-law performed the duties requisite
at tlm White House, Mrs Harrison r
main ing at North Bend. Mrs. Van
Buren's decease occurred as recent as
December, 1*77. The wife of President
-lackson lived to see irr husband *j*-*-t-d 1
President of the United States, hut died j
before his inauguration, in Drccmlwr,
1-2*. Mrs. JohnQuincy Adams was tlm
lost of the women of the Revolution who
held the position of mist! '-* ofthe White
Hon- . Mrs. Monroe died at " Mont- j
pcli* r." Mr Monroe's Virginia * state,
in l-*3rt. Mr- Madison di'd in
while in Washington, when- she attend
ed th t\ hit" Hons*- -e i ptions as lnt' -us
Mr. Poik's administration.— HorUm
Fiitlilnti >lr i.
Muslin jackets are still wont
N"e kiaees encircle the throat closely, i
I'crcal's arc trimmed with roare- Incc.
Seme sunshades have hand-painted
Short dresses become more ami more I
Thread Stockings with i!k stripe* are
Underskirts ar< trimmed with colored
All muslin gowns nrc mode with el
Sprays of wheat in dull gold make the
prettiest of la*-*- pins.
l>og>t* and owls'heads are still in favor
for parasol handles.
' Veils of white dotted tuili ire thought
to be very becoming.
Pink and silver is one of the n* west
combinations in gauze.
Neeklaoet are now mn<le up of re
petition* of small designs.
Wreatlis ofartitiidni floarej-s ate | , 'd
around the tops of parasols.
Valenciennes laeo is used to lsrder
sunshades lined witli light silk.
Pearl embroidery is ued on both
white and black evening dr-ssc.
Sashes for lawn and muslin dresses are
very wide and of the riehest colors.
French loi-e Is used less and less, blm k
Breton having replaced it for many pur
Ickets are the favorite gifts for a
bridegroom to bestow on the brides
Innumerable ribbons are worn on all
the draped overskirls and prince**
Small scarfs have the ends quite
straight on the edge and'hanging below
Gray and buff foulard linens are trim
med with colored embroideries, piping*
Kuehings 'and trimmings of Breton
lace appear on all dresses of washable
Some of the new dress skirts have no
less than a dozen little flounces on tlic
front of the skirt.
Handkerchiefs to match lawn and
mu.ill suits have bands of dress good*
stitched around a white center.
Pretty overdresses for children are
composed entirely of white Italian laee.
They are very beautiful when worn with
pink or blue slips.
All silk grenadine* are n* pretty as
ever, if they l*> cheap, and are sure to
come into fashion again when the rage
for stripe* is over.
The last freak is for every young lady
to choose a color and ww It. either by
itsdf or in combination witli block,
white or neutral tints, for the rest of her
lawn gowns Are much worn this year.
Tliey are simply made, but not sosimply
that they wash easily. Fortunately tliey
are very cheap, and one can afford to lay
them nslde when soiled.
Itoo ami Xln for tVnmrn.
At Bolton, Fngland, an Episcopal
church lias a woman for church warden.
Thirty-eight ladies hnve received de
grees in Franco as doctors and bachelors
I of art.
Society Indies have exact portraits of
their favorite dogs sketched and painted
on their fans.
Selling introductions to beauties is the
Inst method of money making introduced
at the English fairs.
Two female nhyslcians residing in
Chicago realize front their practice f 12,-
CHMt and $15,000 respectively,
"A farmer's wife" writ'* that a
cradle in a nursery is a nuisance. " I
don't wonder children -rv when their
brains are muddled by continual rock
An Association for the Advancement
of Women has been organized in Pougl,-
keepsie, N. Y. It gives a course of free
lectures on science, and all the lecturers
Two ol the best journalistic positions
in New York city are filled by women,
the editorship of n weekly and monthly
publication; eifch is said to receive
sr>.ono a year.
I lie English factories a't requires that
no woman shall he employed continu
ously for more than four iionrs and a
half. Aftcr working that length of time •
she must have a rest.
A well-patronized and novel company !
has been organized in N< w York, which
furnishes, on application by la iics, torn- j
pornry escorts to places of amusements, '
or wherever on escort is n * d<sl.
The Neapolitan wono n have tlie most
i crfi'ct hands and f.*<a in tlm world, but
the atmosphere of Naples is said to de- |
prive the o of every otlier personal j
charm by the time they r- a< h thirty.
A writer on archery savs: "A lady
walking through the fields or on tin- j
frequented roads is well protected if she :
is an expert archer, for a good how will
put an arrow through the stoutest
On the la*t promenade day in New
York's fashionable |>ark, when tle ./iV.
of the city were taking an airing, there
Were 213 dogs sitting in the different
rarriages, and but >igbty-threc little
(Jerome, the painter, i- credited with
the remark that young American women
have the lovelli it dun * |,.■ ba* cv,-i* -e.n
He oft* n walks along tie boulevards of
i'aris and drives in the Bois purposely
to itdmlr*'them. j
The Chieagi' Exchange for Woman's
\S 'irk. which was organized four 1
months ago, recently gave it* first re
ception. '1 h*' exchange lias alsiut four!
hundre*t menihcrs, an<( i* a very *u-c< :s
Naie-v Wa-pa-'-o-t i, th*' Miami Indian
maid of Wabash, who gave notice that
she wouid settle a farm upon any re
spectable white man who would marry
her, has received two foreign npplien
tions, fine from a "count."
Thr I Athlon*.
Nov F.l. Tits IS Lltf-S*rj>.-.MnilJ of the
fr< sh lofiklng and Inexpensive striped
fabrics Introduri <1 thiss- i-on have their
tfilors luatchefi in the half transparent
wool goods, which are a* a <ja*s similar
to th> most delicate old-fashioned de
laine. Such a combination a* white gauze,
delaine and striped pale biu<' and white
satin rayc* is cx* < * dingly effective. A
< lionning *!i ** of pink batiste, triniin* *!
witli bands of the same, embroidered in
the gayest colors, has a short train, and a
wide, plait* d flounce. lnnni*sl In-fore !
plaiting with n three-inch band ot tie
gay cmbroidi ry. Tlie familiar reversed
*ir " I-avui-i" ov**i>kirt lias tic upturn* *1
piece fini*h* *l on the edge with embroi
dery also, an*! th" back, corresponding,
is arranged in puffed drapery. Ribbons
•■oniprislng tic color* of th*- nosilework
nrc u*ed for !<o|>ing. A stylish <lr* * *>f
pink an*l blueplni*! gingham ho* a short
walking skirt, triuilicl with a d< < p side
plaiting, fa-t<n'sl half way down and
again n-ar the top with two small
piping* of bias biii*' linen. The over
skirt, cut bias of the material, is rai**sl
high at <>n sid" by row* of shirring, th*
opposite sid'- drooping toward th*' mot of
the dress. 8* veral puffs disco." of the
drapery of the bn' k brca<itJi, and lli"
ovcrskirt is trimmed w\tb wide l.aee,
with a piping of blue linen for ale ading.
Tic double basque lias a vest and under
basque of blue linen, the upper one having
a garniture to match that upon the ovcr
skirt. ('oat shsves nnd a standing esiliar
finish this graceful dr**,*, to which is
added a parasol matching the mats-rial
and trimmed in correspond* icv with tin
LACK AM "LMUlU. inner A striking
picture of tlie summer fashions is th
enormous amount of hand-mode luce and
embroidery used in decoration. The
Breton laee ba* become more rwipular
wi'liin a few months than even it* pre.
decessor, t>r lion, nltbougli a great rnis
tak<- is mad*- in using Breton for many
purpose* to which torchon can la- ap
plied. Breton in*e is pre-eminent ly
adapted to such garments as do not re
quire washing, but l*r underwear and
whatevi r involve* hard u sage or real
service torchon is infinite')* Vwtier and
Nce*ll**work seem* to have mlTnncal a
step and tak<n a place which it never
previously held a* a trimming for drawn
and outside garments. N*> other trim
ming has la en Us**d so much this season
for idiintz<s, cambrics, ginghams and nil
the 'superior class of washing materials
a* white needlework edging* and nia
chlne-cmbroidercd bands. The fns-ilily
with which these are now mad*- and the
gnat reduction in prices have doubtless
contributed to this end. The yard of
needlework which formerly cost fifty
cent* can now be obtained' or $2 the
dozen yards, and of course a dozen are
purchased where one was formerly.
SKAKONAM-K FAtuur*. Silk* have
never been more la-autiful nn*i have
rarely been so cheap, and the variety—
multiplying every nay, it s**-ms—almost
pcrplcxe* instead <>f deciding the prefer
ence. Tlie most attractive materials in
tlie market at tlie present time are the
American foulard silks. They are some
whnt heavier than the French silks,
more lustrous, nre said to IK- more dura
ble and have tlie merit of washing ns
handsomely as a piece of linen. The
favorite patterns arc t!u> sprigged, in a
dark color on a light ground ; tlie polka
dotted and the pekin. Very Ixautiful
effects are shown in grounds of pearl
color, cream white, pale gold and laven
der. with fringes in navy, gendarme and
peacock blues, seal brown, garnet, ruby
and Bordeaux reds; cream white and
yellow. Entirely new designs for sum
mer wearing have been introduced
among stripe*! silks recently. In thnoe
the combinatlons of color are wheal
color, blending in alternate stripes with
chocolate brown, and dark blue stripe*
shading to a light blue. These siiks are
for summer, and. therefore, are light,
and the stripes are a HIM inch In width.
Merchants have introduced for summer
dresses many fine qualities of woolens,
which pass under different names In dif
ferent place*, and therefore confuse
IT ruler* at a distance. Zephyre, I'anama
mixtures and tweeds and Zulu cheeks
are all light, fine and soft and much em
ployed for summer dresses. French and
American buntings, chudriah cloths and
wool grenadines arc especially intended
for the Hctutliorc.
ITKMS. —SmaII cape* are fashionably
worn, made of block bruswls net.
mounted witli rows of liu-e ami edged j
with a deeper row, which forma a scant
ruffle. Ribbtns, which areao extensively ,
used for trimming nowadays, require a
little forethought In rejection, and are
i never more out of place than when
i tliey are 100 petty In width or do not
harmonize with the color of the dr<n*
on whieh tliey appear. Married ladles
heyoud t lie thirties choose ribbons NOH.
12, Ml and even us wi<le us No. 22 for deco
rating costumes. Quite a fancy exists
for trimming the full front of the over
skirt with two rows of lace or embroid
ered bordering, thus simulating double j
or triple scarfs across the front. J .adieu
ONE passementeries on grenadine COM- '
tumcs thin season, and buttons are often j
displaced by small passementerie orna
merits studded with jets and having 1
brilliant little pendants attached to the
centers. Small lace shaws, black or
white, are brought up on the shoulder
in folds, and the corners belted in on !
the front, the point hanging loose only
just below the line of the waist. Broad
sashes are again in vogue—plain, striped,
watered, and witli large raised flowers j
in natural colors, and may he stylishly
arranged in bluek drapery: and the!
superb new waistcoats, in clellcnte blue
cream and rose colored satin, ernhroid- '
• red in a design of flowi rs in bright
flosses, with cults to match, wonderfully
* nhaneo a black costume. IJW- and
flowers are the greatest nuxiliarh-s to
l>eauty and the niot lifting and natural
adornments for summer. It is the little ;
things, the finishing touches, which
freshen and brighten a lady's toilet and
add so inueh to its grace and elegance, I
and this season there is no limit to these 1
i harming little accessories to make the
lair sex still fairer.— New York If* raid.
Ilow Australians Capture Wild Bucks.
Thoi-' who hat < perused tlmt ttdven
turou aiel fa-< inating novel of Charles
K< vl- s, ■: 'it., 1 "Foul I'lay," wi '.doubt
l< - remember th it when Robert ('enfold
v..;* n king bis I, rains for tbe neons o 1
sending out in) llig**ncc two per 1
son* w< re east away on one ofthe is.ands
of tie . tcilie, he bit upon the expedient
of making wild dicks the bearers of m**—
sages de>( ribing the locality of the i- am!
and the na'ure of the assistance needed •
The novelist d< rile sat some length
tin m< tliod by which IVnfold > aptup-d
his dU' ks for this purpose He fastened
a number of common r<*i* to a hoop,!
and going into tin- water in the morning
ixfnr* the day broke. up to his neck,
tdaci <1 the hoop with reeds over his In ad.
Tin-unsuspicious du< ks, seeing nothing
but a hunch of reeds. where other reeds
were, swam within his reach uncon
scious of dang*-*. Seizing a duck he drew
it under the wat*-r and stealthily glided !
to the shore. The duck in ing suddenly
drawn under water uttered no outcry,
and hence Pcnfuld managed in a short
tinw-t<n tpture all thedu k*le required.
Now the nov< .ist evidently borrowed
hi- idea fremi the native Australians.;
I h people 11-,,! precisely the same .
method for capturing wild fowl, with
thisdifl) rence. that t|icyu*<-d *ftge-bru*ll
instead of reed*. and dr .vn'-d th* irdti' k*
on capturing thi m. tin* is to say, tin y
kept tin m under water until they wre
A native w< uld thus ojHTsite in a flock
until he had se urd as many n< his
hand .uldgris; hei< g* of, after which
lie w< i d silent v puddle to the shore,
plai < his priz--- on land, and r* turn to
the 6o k to go through th*- anna process
I again By tins mod*- of capture the flocks
i were never alarmed, for a duck drawn
! sudd' nly under water makes no noise.
Carrying a peacock on your head do
riot make you a noblcnian
i Trick of the ( lulrToysnts.
In drawing out the farts of personal
or family history, clairvoyants do no!
j always ask dircci questions, liut rather
make statements with an implied inter
rogation. to which the victim, often-!
; times entirely unconsciously, nspondi
by word or look or gesture, or perhaps
by all three; and. at a later stage of the
I interview, these secret facts an' artfully
j given hack to the victim, who has ni>
, recoil*i t ion of having previously irn
-1 parted them, and will not believe lie ha
done so. but prefers to 1 relieve that lie i>
j in the prcsenecofdivinity.
It is not only possible hut easv for s
practical adept to draw out in this way
minute an 4 cUlmi-alc details ot secret
family history. A few years ago. while
connected with one of the public insti- !
tutions of this eitv. I made a number of
; experiments in this line. I told the i
j patients afflicted with various forms of
nervous and allied disorders not to tell
1 mealmtit their symptoms, nor give me
anv facts in tleir eases, hut to lot me
tell them; and th*-n I would proceed to
indi'ate. after the manner of a clairvoy-
I ant, the locality of their maladies anil
j the history of their troubles. In the
1 majority of ow* I was sui-eeasftil. and
I maw out tic diagnosis to tic satisfac-j
tion of those who sought my advice, j
and with good reason, tor nothing that ;
I could do prevented tlicm from telling
mo. although I asked them no questions: '
unintentionally and uneonoeiously. they
would guide me at every stage of the in
terview. By a littie practice anv otic
could easily acquire this art: a,u( long
study, such as professional clairvoyants
bestow upon tills subject, develops great
skill in thus managing and deluding the
uowarv and non-cxt>ert. — Scritmrr.
Boose Telegraph Wires.
In Warohani, Mass.. the telegraph
wir< fell from one pole and hung
dangling across the raui. A traveler in
a horse and wagon came along, saw the
wire, hut after getting out and ex
amining.enncluded that it hung so low he
could safely drive over it, and tried to
do so, very carefully. However, the
wire caught the hind wheel, threw the
wagon over and the driver out. the
horse ran away, and a good deal of
damage was caused. In a Colorado
case, tne company's superintendent was
hanging a wire along a new route. He
allow e*T it to hang low for a short time
across the road while the work was
Cing on. Meantime a man on horse
rk passed, the wire tripoed up the
horse, horse and man were thrown
down, and the man badly hurt. In an
Indiana case, the Western Union posts
grew gradually mttcn. and. at length,
one evening posts, wires and all fell
down in the highway: the telegraph
company knowing nothing about the
casualty. An hour or so later a traveler
In a carriage ran Into the wreck, in the
dark, and sustained an upset. In all
these instances the courts considered
that the companies were liable to pay nil
damages whieh their wires had caused.
Their right to build their lines did not
give them any exemption flroni making
| good injuries which tho lines occasioned.
Jo One Maid Weather to Him.
It wim hot yesterday morning. It wan
hotter ut noon. It w;is no hot Unit pa*
senger* in the street-cars took off their
lumped their brows, and fiercely
• !' l , l, "-y kn,w ail the time we'd
catch It about this time. A Woodward
I "veriu< ear hail iuat one seat left when it
t reached John It. strict, iuid thin win
takr n hy a ri-d-whiski-n-d man, adown
whose check* the perspiration fairly ran.
Hi* clothing stuck to the small of hi*
back, his big, red hands were wet to the
finger-nails, and it wan evident that tho
nun had been trying to comer him.
Seven or eight men were making ready
to tcJJ him that it was a hot day. when
the stranger drew out a big revolt.,
laid it on liis knee, and looking up and
down the aisle, slowly remarked :
" I Jentlemen, I am a atranger here, hut
have bought a house and lot up the street
and H J Kill ride on these darn Hl* times a
day. 'litis is my day for opening tho
J. very man look'd at him in a wondiT
ing way, and gently earressing (lie weap
on of death, the stranger added :
It is hot weather. Even a fool knowa
tlii-t. It s going to le hotter. Two weeks
h'lire it will lie regular old frying-pan
weather. Now. then, while I shall re
alize it as forcibly a> any one, I am going
to shoot the first man who savs weather
to me. 1 won't have a word about it,
nor hear to it. I'm willing to be broiled,
baked, or roasted, but 1 don't want to
talk about it. Now let someone remark
that it's a hot day—good for corn—looks
like showers—too rnueh rain—splendid
for < lover—awful dusty, or beautiful
hree/s-s, and I'll begin shooting."
Not a lisp wiu< heard. If anyone im
agined t(|i re might be a frost at night in
the lower lake regions he kept his
tbouzlits to himself, and the <ar rolled
i' v | I-' ful way along.— hilrdil Frit
How to See a Seed Urow.
Many little f"lk wonder how a seed
gr a- Some Uiys and girls have taken
up tie si '*l aft'r planting it in the
ground, and thereby prevented it from
We may. however, w <■ the root* shoot*
ing out from the hyacinths and othr
bulb- that we grow in glass's in our
window". And in this way we may so*
other seeds sprout and shoot.
A g'-ntieman. to gratify his little sons,
took a giiis" tumbler, round wldch lis
tied a bit of common liu, allowing the
lace to hang or droop down in the center
ol the gi.-L-s. lie then put mougli water
in tie gla>,s to itiv< r the lawer part of
the lace, and in tin- hollow le dropped
two sweet-pias. The little boys were
told to look at tie in every day, and tliey
would learn what was going on under
ground witli similar seeds.
Next morning the boj-s hurried from
the break fast-room to look at the glass
with the jM*as in the south window.
They found that while they were fast
asi" p the little brown skin* had burst,
and a tiny wbite sprout was seen on tho
side of ear h pi-a. The little sprouts
soon grew long enough to reach through
tli 'noes in tli' laic, and < n the top of
the peas two little green leaves were
In time the boys saw the white thread
like roots reach almost to the bottom of
the glass, while the green leaves grew
larg. and gave way to a stalk or item.
In this way most seeds may be seen to
grow.—AYir i'ork Observer.
K Spendl briO's Lock.
1 In .'.-unfiling hell at Monaco n turn*
within a trifle of $'.\500,000 to its pro
prietor. The princely n*venu'e will lie
short thi- year to the income of a grand
duke of l'umpi rni' ke). One of the most
remarkable instan. of lu< ky gambling
ever recorded lias just set the crowd at
the .ittlc free city afire with envy. Early
in the spring there was rumor of dis
aster impending over an ancient Hritish
iaron"tcy, which has given heroes, poets
and lawyers to the countrv. The heir
had inherited $1,000,000 debts, added to
a round sum he had raised at A room
mod at i< n Hank interest- When ths
Usurers found their sii-urity a shadow,
andthemor*' .gees discovered that the
successor t" in title and estates hail be
gun by dipping the property furtlur. it
was i solvisi to force payment. A noble
duke, whose name was much mentioned
in connection with tlie Glasgow Hank.
gMWroasly lent as mudi as deferred ths
vil day Hut the smash would have
e >nie all the same, but lor the wonderful
stroke of luck which befel the spend
thrift patrician at Monaco. He broke
the hank three nights running. His last
coup made a round $300,000. in addition
to thes4oo.ooocaptured by him the two
I,earning to Swim.
When the air is out of a body ita
owner sinks; when the air is in the body
its owner floats let any one slowly
draw in his breath a* he draws back hit
legs and pushes forward his arms, retain
it whilst he is preparing for the stroke
which is to propel him. and slowly allow .
it to go through hi* lips as his arms are
passed back from before lilt head to hit
' sides and hi* legs are stretched out.
The action ol the stroke should not bs
j quite horizontal, but should be made on
a slight incline downwards. The real
reason why people take weeks to learn
how to swim is because swimming pro
fessors either do not know, or <U> not
choose to tench, the philosophy of
breathing, so as to render the body buoy
ant. In order to acquire confidence, the
learner should first try to float. Let
him He on his bm k. hold his head well
lwk. stretch nut his arms and draw in
Id* breath. So long as lie mains it hs
will float on the water like a cork. As
he expels it from his body he will find
himself gradually sinking unless he—
keiying his arms well in the water
makes a slow downward stroke. This
will bring home to him the principle on
i which a swimmer, generally without
knowing it. acts.
The Way to Know People.
The only way by which people can be
thoroughly known is by living with
them in the :ime bouse or traveling
with them in the same carriage. The
smooth surface which we can maintain
with so much success for a short time
gets broken up then by the thousand
petty details ol dally life, and tempers
are tried and characters revealed to an
extent which years of an ordinary draw
ing-room intercourse would not have
allowed. Then the real man or wcmi a
comes out, and the human nature whl rh
has been surprensed assorts itself, some
times with startling sincerity, and almost
always In unexpected places; Ibr n- i one
ts what his casual acquaintance s and
! superficial friends believe liim to be,
; and the depths reveals secrets '.irvcr so
i much outlined in the shallow * —Mm