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MISS BENCE'S BRITISH LOVER.
It was on a lovely morning in May,
that a very dapper young gentleman
stood leaning against a tree in the
woods that then, as now, top the rock
billed Palisades overlooking tho lordly
Hudson, lie was attired in all the
bravery of silk, and powder and ruffled,
and at his feet lay half a dozen vol
umes on which ail army of ants were
marching with a directness of pur
pose that caused great events in ant
land later on.
From the pose of this bclaced young ,
gentleman and the care which he took
to adjust the rufllesovcr his wristband '■
as it dangled, theelbow leaning against
tho tree. It was pretty evident that
ho was waitiug for one of that |sex s
which has ruled the world since Eve
ate that indigestible apple.
He was u handsome youth, to whom
powder became handy, and, like most
handsome youths, he was perfectly j
aware of being a handsome youth.
"She comes!" he said, bravely.!
"Pish! I wish that my heart would
not rap so against my ribs, audi know
that 1 am becoming pale."
Tho rustling of hushes and brambles
announced an approach and in nonuple
of seconds a bright, fair-haired, Mue
•eyed, rosy-checked,cherry-lipped maiden
stepped up to where the ants were
man hiug over the honks.
" I am a little late, George," she said,
after half a dozen kisses had passed be
tween them, "hut 1 couldn't help it;
for a lot of gentlemen came to see
papa, and 1 had to see after refresh
ment for man and horse."
"Company at the Manor, Jao?"
"Not exactly company, George; but
you see, papa is very determined
against the iron rule of England, and
1 fear"—here she dropped her voice—
"that there is going to he rough work,
for one of the gentlemen spokoof rais
ing a regiment, and "
" What nonsense.Jac 1 We are very
well off under Hritish rule. There are
always people ready to complain—al
ways grumbling. Surely these gentry
do not dream of independence?"
"And why not?" replied the girl,
almost haughtily, her short upper lip
curling, her thin nostrils expanding.
".Stuff and nonsense, Jac !"
"I don't see why we should siile
in it "
"You little rebel!" he hurst out.
" I must stop such seditious language."
And he did so in that way which
is usual to lovers.
George 1/Est range was the son of
Sir Henry I.'Est range, an English gen
tleman of birth, who hail coine over in
the capacity of private secretary to the
Having met a very beautiful young
lady, whom heespouse*| contrary tothe
wishes of the old baronet in England,
who was as proud as he w;is careless,
Bir Henry settled in America w here ho
made a small fortune in the cultivation
A friend, to whom he had loaned a
thousand pounds, having died and left
him a property on the Hudson in lieu
of the cash. Sir Henry migrated to the
" Manor," where ho resided in g>x*l
style with' his lady, one son, George,
one daughter, Jacqueline, and a num
erous retinue of white and colored ser
Adjoining the manor was the prop
erty of Kphraitn Hence n worthy mer
chant of Gotham, between w hose only
child anil G*orge L'Est range sprang
up that mutual fcling of feverish de
light commonly known as love.
Mr. Hence did not at first oppose
George L'Est range's intimacy with his
•laughter, but of late his antl-Hritish
feeling became so intense that he po
litely informed the voung man if he
wished to avoid hearing that which he
•could not stomach he would cease his j
day the great spirit of Inde
pendence was engaged in upheaval and
George w as compelled to take this hint
of the sturdy American.
" We must ineet elsewhere, darling."
he said, and, as the woods which sepa-1
rated the two domains, and every path
way was known to the two lovers, a
particular beach-tree was d*stined to
become their trysting-place.
Insensibly, hut by degrees, Jacque
line Hence felt the spirit of patriotism
budding in her fresh young heart, and
at length came a pang of sorrow that,
her George could take no part in the
great work that was now so steadily <
George called her " rebel." She
would retahat*# by dubbing him
A few skirmishes, and It wee mil- j
tually resolved never to refer u* uw
subject of independence, but somehow
or other it would crop out, when
George's tone was one of insulting
superiority, Jacqueline's that of insult
ing deterimnation. On these occa
sions they would vow never to to see
each other more, and the girl would re
turn to her home, her eyes red from
weeping, anil hor heart sorer than her
Mr. Hence one day summoned Jac
"My child," lie said, "you are
American horn and raised. B<> am I,
so is your mot tier. Now your blood is
too good, your heart too honest to
let you act the part of treachery to
your country. You must give up this
whipper-snapper liritisher who has :
just captained himself in order to!
drive us out of New York. 1 am tool
feeble to light, hut I can use pen, and I
tongue, and gold, and by Jove! so long
as a faculty is left, I'll cry 'No sur
"I'll see, George," she said.
L'Kstrango met her by appointment
at the old-beach-tree, not in silk and
lace, but in the bravery of the English
"Why did you put this on to-dayV"
"To meet me?"
"George L'Kstrange" and her eyes
(lashed, her nostrils diluted "this is an
"An insult," she "lowly r-ipcuted, as
she broke off a lutzcl switch, "and a
cowardly one so cow ardly that I needs
must notice it." And so exasperated
w as she that she strm k him two swift
Mows across the f.e e in rapid succes
".lac- the deuce!" he cried, as, blind
with pain, lie put bis bands to bis face.
When he removed them she was
"A rebel's daughter!" he hissed, be
tween his clinched teeth. "So help
me heaven! I'll pay her ofT fur that
Mow, and with interest!"
4 * * * *
A few months later a party of rrd
eoats, delKiuchitig from the w IH*IS that
crow ned the l'alismlcs, marched to the
Hence mansion and took possession
< )ld Kphraim Hence was for defend
ing the place to the hitter end; but the
more prudent counsels of wife, daugh
ter and such relatives as w ere stopping
with him prevailed, and he witness* 1 *!
the seizure of his home and belong
ings with a hatred that seemed almost
"So you are in command," he c.ied,
as George I.'Kstraiige now a major in
the Hritish service swaggered into
"Oh yes. Why should I not he?"
"And you come to sw agger here?"
"A capital place to swagger it is,
too." ohservisl the major, as he cooollv
threw las legs across the arm of a
"You are a white-livered, cowardly
"You arg a very irascible old gen
"If it was not for this cursed gout
I'd spit yot like a lark!" roared tho in
furiated old man.J
A very ancient figure of spc*<eh, my I
friend. "Where's yonr daughter?"
"She is here!" rrieil a Voice almost
in his ear as Jacqueline, pale, every
nerve quivering, as she stood before
him. In spite of his hraggado* ious,
the major yielded.
"<)h, you little relx-1! yon see, I crme
here in command." lie laughed.
"Not to rnuimatid a few men or a
"We shall see Mistress Ja pieline."
"If you had the murage of a gentle
man you would have thing your com
mission in the teeth of your general
ere stooping to set your foot across this
threshold, save as a protector."
"Hah! Hehellion kills sentiment.
I'm not the long-eared hiped that I
used to lie. You and I will have a good
time together here, and "
"How dare you!" cried the girl, her
eves Hashing, "attempt but so much
as tho familiarity of my given name,
and I will resent it as an insult."
"Pshaw!" growled the major, as he
moved toward a window, in order to
conceal his inert ideation, for his lion
'enant,StaU-ybridge, was standing by.
That night Major I/Esttange held
high revel in the old oaken dinner
room of the Mansion. A captain of
dragoons, Oldham, the lieutenant and
an ensign banqueted with hint. i
They drank heavily, as was the
fashion of that day, and afrrr dinner <
commenced to toast their respective
When it came the major's turn ho
Tho lieutenant, who owed him a
grudge, and loved him not, exclaimed: '
"Why not toast the beauty who is
now under our roof?"
'•A beauty under tho roof!" roared ]
the dragoon. "Let's trot her out!"
I .'Est range stood up.
"Ilpre's to Jacqueline, the prettiest 1 1
relielin all Amhrica!" and drained the j
goblet to the dregs.
"Wo must see her!" liellowed the i
dragoon. ".Send for her, major!" | <
L'Entrange was throe-parts drunk, > <
and n hrutitl idea Hashed through ids
beinuddled brain thut now would boa
good timo to keep his vow in regard to
paying Jacqueline Uence for that blow.
"I'll send for her, by George!" !m
To the servant who responded to the
ring he gravely said;
"I want to see Miss llenee for a mo
ment on business of iinpi.rtaiico—iin
: portanee, mind!"
The young girl at first refused point
blank to appear, but on a second and a
' third pressing message she resolved to
How lic.iutlf.il she looked as she
I stood glancing from one to the other of
those drunken debauchees!
"What is your business with me,
Major L'Kstrnnge?" she slowly and
"Come here!" he exclaimed.
"I am here, sir! What would you of
"Do you recollect n blow you gave
me in the woods here on a certain
Summer's day?" he asked.
"Perfectly well, sir."
"Then I mean to take twenty kisses
for it." Ami he sprang to his feet.
At that instant the door was burst
open, and a I Hslv of Swift's yeomanry,
led by Joe Wilson, -i io -ir neighbor, t•
whom Hence had scut for ■ uecor, leaped
into the room, making prisoners of the
drunken re\ eler*.
An In>ur later, and the gallant major,
with his comradevin-aruis w - re on the
man h a* prisoners of war. pa t t he
\ i ry lccrh-trce where a few uionths
previously In- had reecived the cut
across the face that he so richly
Jacqueline married Joe Wilson, and
their descendants still llottrish in that
picturesque *p--t known as Hugh-wood.
As for tin* I,'Kstrar.gi-s, tin y were,to
use a slang phrase, "clean wiped out.''
Various Wat of Preparing Egg*.
Eggs rooked in some unusual way
ire a good luncheon as w ell as breakfast
dish. Among the simplest forms are.
Baked Eggs; Butter a shallow pud
ding dish, or a deep p> plate, break
into it. separately, as many eggs as you
will ncid, unless the numtirr tvei-i 1
nine or ten. taking care not to disturb
the yolks. On each y--lk put a piece of
butt- r, a j in- h of salt and a dash of
pepjM-r. Place in a lmt -iv- u until the
yolks are set; s- rve immediately.
H scalloped Eggs: Butter little patty
; ms and sprinkle the 1 -Hum and sides
with tine bread or cracker crumbs;
break an egg carefully into arh, us.rig
i are that the y- !k 1 w hole; cover with
tine crumb, inoi.sti nisi with melted
bitter and scas<in•*! with salt and pij
per, set into the oven until the white
of the egg is set and the crumbs
poached Eggs: A pint of cream, or
, if ♦hat is imp<>-,'jb!o. a pint of milk, to
which shall l e addisi, w hen hot, a piece
of butter half the size of an egg. Put
in a double lioiler to heat; salt to taste,
and when it is at the turning point, stir
in four eggs that have liven lightly
lieaten until the whites and yolks are
well mixed. Let it stand for a few
moments to thicken, stirring occasion
ally, and serve on ah : di-h.
Stuffed Eggs : Boil the eggs twenty
minutes; remove the shells carefully;
rut the egg-, lengthwise, in half; re
move the volk and sr.u th to a paste,
adding sufficient melted butter to
moisten it well; then add one-half the
quantity i f devilled ham; fill the eggs,
and tit the half together; place tho
foremcnt that is left in he shallow dish
or platter, set the eggs upon it. cover
with crumb* and a simple white sauce,
made of melted butter, flour and milk,
and seasoned with salt and pepper and
a drop or tw* of lemon juice, and set
into the oven to brown.
Habits of the Cannibals.
In Fiji thirty year* ago war was
made quite as much with a view to
dinirg off 'he captives, w ho were actu
ally carefully fattened la-fore slaughter,
as for any other cause. In some cases
meat, was rut, cooked, and eaten In the
presence of the victim, who had previ
ously lieon compelled to dig the oven
and collect the WISH! for healing it.
Tho sick were buried alive, and the
death of a great man was celebrated by
a general strangling of widows. Beside
every great chiefs house living lieings
were buried. They had to stand clasp
ing the supporting pillars while earth
was rolli-d over them. When a chief
launched a new canoe a number of
persons were bound hand andlfoot and
laid on the ground to act a* rollers.
A painful and mischievous custom
prevailed on May eve, in the south of
Ireland, so late as tho year 1825. It
was a common practice for erhool-tsiys
on that ilAy to consider themselves
privileges! to run wildly about with a
bunch of nettles, striking at the face
ami hands of their companions, or any
other person whom they felt that they
could assault with impunity.
TOPIC'S OF THE DAY.
New York gets about 690 inlles of
free canals by tho new constitutional
amendment, including the Erie, 352;
Chain plain, seventy-three; Jtla'k liivor,
with branches, eighty-nine; Oswego
thirty-eight and Cayuga and Seneca,'
twenty-one miles. Before useless lat
erals were abandoned the Statu owned
and operated 900 miles of canal.
No other country in tin- world offers
BUi'h facilities for tippling as the popu
lous and polished kingdom of Belgium,
whose s,ikmi,i)isi inhabitants annually
consume about 00,000,000 quarts of al
coholic liquors. There is an average
of one public house for every twelve
adult male lii-tgian*. and in some parts
of the country tho supply is nearly
twice as great.
A tramp offered to drink a* mu' h
liquor as anybody in an Kvansville
(Iml.) bar-room would pay for, and
proved it by emptying a lull tumbler.
j He then said lie would drink twelve
glasses of birr as fast a* they could be
i drawn, and suci e*lcd in that under
taking. A few minute* afterward, in
! anotlu r saloon, in- drank two I nmining
tumblers of whisky. Then lie died.
The Philadelphia HI hool boys who
cuih irki-d in s l lk i uiiure two years ago
! have i nl.irgiit their eociM-nery in tin
eitv to ai •-iiniiiodatc ho.isH) worms,
Willi -i branch at swi-desb<-r", N. J., f• -r
the iiilti\atii-n of mulberry tre-s
Tin y imvi-in vi-nte-! un:i< liiin- (-r wind
ing the silk fr-iin tie- e-.'-i0:,., whieJi
they have been exhibiting at public
: fair*. ,
•• i i
The M- rrnon* have 1 - - n thirty year-'
liuilding a granite temple at v a!t Laki
City, and it will take at bast tin years
more to fiiiisli the work, in - a-e it i*
CM r carried into • uiupb-ti -n, which is
now considered do;i.-fill. There i
liiflleulty in gathering the taxes levied
upon ttn- iielii-vers f'-r tli-s purpose,
and the Gentiles already ■ nut on
turningthi- structure mt--a s-at--bou*i
when I tab is admitted :nt- the Union
Dr. 11. D. Schmidt, pn-ident of
the New Orleans I'ntholugi-al s's n-ty,
ha• ib-v-ited mn- h timi- --f late to m
vi tigating the germ* of tuls-rculosis.
••r i i T llj ■ .-.a. I'r '- --r K !i, of
Berlin, lately :i--• rt-il tbat Lo bad
found the,.- g- rin-i to 1- l a Hi. - r liv
ing organism-. Dr.* hmnlt finds tha'
they are fatty cry-iajs. and rn-t organ
ism* or real gerir *. Tin- high plan
hi* profi ,.-n ■•<- u;-ii*l by Ir S -hmidt
makes these ri -ults of tho utile -it
interest and imp--rtance.
A bride and Uriil- gr-• -m, having been
- shown politely over the White House
the other day l-y one of the private
secretaries or other im-n in waiting,
the groom, in taking leave of him,
hand- 1 hhn a dollar bill andcrb-d out :
"Take that, Mr. Arthur; if Ed have
come and seen you before election,
darned if I wouldn't have v-.tM for
you," an-1 the secretary kept the dollar
and the r-uiipliimnt without a word.
Y<>u sec he h it'*l to ib- eive the happy
fellow and deprive him of hi* supp-sod
pbaure in having seen l'r-Md--nt
In Switzerland, for it* seeming ca
pacity probably the m -t wonderful
dairying country in the world, the cat
tle of '.he various-•anions are quite di--
tinct. The owners generally arrange
for an animal in*js-ction when the hot
cattle f->r l-rei-ling are selected. The
race is large, remarkably jwrsistemt in
repeating the same characteristics,
made hardy by mountain climbing, ex
cellent for inllk and for Iwv-f. It is
ls-lieved if more known in this country
they would take high place, a* they are
of the must thrifty habits, eating what
is set before them and picking up a
living in pour pastures.
The city of Morris, 111., has been
putting down an artesian well on the
highest point of land in the city, and
at the depth of 854 feet struck a fine
flow of magnetic water, which is so
strongly magnetic that the pipes
through which it runs became so mag
netized as to hold up nails. The bor
ing, after leaving the coal at seventy
six feet, to the depth of 340 feet, win
alternately through (ire-clay and lime
rock. At 340 feet St I'etcr sand-stone
was struck, and at 650 feet a hard
stone, which appcarod to be highly
magnetic, was struck, in which they
drilled 200 feet. Tho water has been
highly spoken of by those who have
made magnetic treatment a specialty,
and the curea of various diseases are
spoken of as very wonderful from tho
use of water of similar character to
this well, which hAs Iwen found in
other parts of the country.
Some of the statisticians of Brussels 1
have just compiled a statement of the
iloss of lifo by tiro in fourteen of tbe
principal cities of Europe during the
ten years from 1869 to 1879, and they
iiave unsigned to Ixindon the question
alile honor of heading the lint. In
London 8.3 liven were destroyed during
that time for every 100,600 person*,
while in Munich, with it* spacious
streets and open places, only 0.4 per
ished for the same number of inhabit
ant*. It i* easy to see why fires in such
towns as Cologne and Hanover, with
their narrow thoroughfares and old
wooden houses, should generally result
! in a serious loss of life ; but London,
I assessing, as It does, an extensive lire
brigade and a fair supply of water,
should at the least be as free from surh
accidents as the average city of the
continent. If these figures are corro
borated bv independent inquiry, they
point to some serious defect in the eon
, struction of London houses or in their
system of preventing fire.
There is a want of human invention
to prevent people being caught in frogs
' and <witrhes, guard rails, etc. Hun
dreds of people are killed or maimed
every year by being caught in the
•lssit-jaek" portion of frogs and held
fast, and run down by ears or locomo
tives. This trap is a peculiar one. A
person slides his foot into the wedge
shaped opening, where it is held in
horizontally, while the rail heads pre
vent Ids lifting in - foot vertically, and
before he can extrn ate himself he is a
lliangb-d < orpse. Some devices have
ieiu tried to prevent these horrors,
hut none is effective. it will not do to
till this spa- -• with any rigid substance,
f r tlie wlii-e] flanges must have room,
sune yielding sulislati'-*, as a spring,
may i>e madi to fill the space, . as to
kll p the fet t out of the trap arid yiel-l
to the pressure of wheel flanges. This
is a serious evil, and tin re is no doubt
that the railway community w ill re
ward the inventor who w ill produce an
The recent visit of the emperor and
empri to St. Petersburg was atti ndi-d
with extra precautions on the part of
the authorities. Along the r- ute, from
the Warsaw railway terminus t . the
Aruiitehkm palac, j-.1. e officers in
sh Jges and on foot wi re met with at
every half a dozen yards, and all the
hull*!-porter* of the streets crossing
the main r ute w-re rollcv-tcd in
gr IIJIS at e.vh i orni-r. 1< r the d --nUc
I irM.se ,f ke.-p.ng aw atch f-r Ml
piej.- is jn-rsoas and • ring the im
perial j irty . I'ulii-i-uien were p-i-tisl
at intervals in tie-• entn of the street,
while the l-r.-igi •- ■ ver the canals were
-s-jy guar I 'd by the marine pdice,
in some < ases an otleir patrolled on
one f.-itw .av of the bridge and a j riTate
■ ■nth' other. \YS re there were any
irra ks along tbe way, the soldiers,
wi.h their bands and singing choirs,
were turned out to make a show. The
nurniier of secret jM-lme agents amide-
In tixes on the alert, it was. of course,
impossible t-i ti 11. On the whole, there
was a marked contrast with the for
mer free and unceremonious visits of
the imperial family to the capital.
Dreadful \ Dilation of Fashion Edict*.
A late numlM-r of a fa-shinn journal
says: "Annie of Austria collaret* are
suitarle only fur matinee jackets.
Turkish fez caps are worn onlv a*
breakfast raps." Apropos of these
cilirts of fahion, an incident:
Seated mar a couple of ladies at the
• •rand the- other night we overheard n
portion of tlu ir conv< ;ation.
Said one: "You notice that I have
on an Annie of Austria collaret.'*
"Yes," responded the other. "What
could you have lieen thinking attout,
my dear; you know they are only worn
"Of course I do. and I feel so morti
fied. 1 don't see how 1 came to make
such an awful blunder. What in the
world will people think? But 1 am
always doing something dreadful. The
other day I went down to dinner with
my for. rap on. Just think of it. wear
ing a breakfast cap to dinner! Did
you ever hear anything so ridiculous in
And the other lady avowed 'bat she
A brutal fellow next to us who had
leen listening to this conversation
turned to us, and. in a voice distinctly
audible to the ladies, said:
"li ieer w hat funny mistakes a man
will make almut his toilet. You
wouldn't believe it, now, but it's a fact
that I've oome here to-night with my
suspenders on wrong aide gut."
"(treat Caesar! is that soP we ejacu
"Y'es," said he, "and I never folt so
ahamed in my life. But I've done
worse things than that."
"Yes, sir; only last Sun-lay I went to
ehurch with my opera hat on, and the
next night I took in a show in my Sun
day loots," and then the horrid thing
went out.— Chicago Tribune.
Speak well of your friends—of your
enemies say nothing.
, Diking (ire*t Hirer*.
For centurion the plan followed in
Italy to prevent the overflow of rivers
and the flooding of the surrounding
country, has been that of building
enormous dikes. The Po and the
Adige have, notwithstanding, broken
over these barriers and visited the
country far and near with disaster.
The recent floods have been destructive
beyond precedent. The loss of life and
property has been almost beyond com
putation. Bridges centuries old have
been swept away, Verona, Milan, and
other cities cut off from supplies, tho
streets flooded with water, and all the
flat plains of Lombard)* have been sub
It is now seen that the system of
dikes and levees has been a mistake.
The deposit of earthly matter has raised
the beds of the rivers, compelling the
raising of the dikes to high levels, un
til now the beds of the rivers are actu
ally the alxjvc surroundingjcountry, car
ried as if on gigantic aqueducts to their
months where they discharge them
selves into the sea.
Of course, when as recently, a break
in the embankment occurs, the dis
charge of water uj>on the plains is
something terrific. It is as if the w alls
of a huge reservoir should suddenly
give way, and all the waters contained
in them should rush in a tremendous
flood through tie- outlets thus male.
This fact has been so impressed upon
the minds of Italian engineers by tho
' r< < <-rit calamity that they are agreed
that the emi ankmerit or Kails plan of
1 controlling the waters of the-'* rivers
' most be abandoned and a system of ar
| tu.' ial channels or sluice-ways sui/sti
tuted f"r the • :ipe< ( the superabund
ant waters. In effect, they j.r"]-to
apply to the I\, ;uid the Adigc the plan
that Captain Cowdoti Ki-.-t* must bo
applied to the Father of Waters, tho
gT- at Mississippi,
If dykes or < mbankments or leaves,
call them by what name you will, are
insufficient to '"iitrol such compara
tively insignificant riv< :•> as to the
l'o and the Adigc, what is to !• ex
peetod in tiie < asc of such a mighty
river as the Mississippi, which not
j only deposits mors sediment than thv,
but win* h. ly its imperial force
sweeps away its embankments, natural
and art He oil, by miles and acres at r
single stroke, change, its channel
iailv, and defies thi power of to
(online it within art;:.- -ial limit - y
The money now 1-eing squandered
by the million d 'liars in so called im
provements ha l better Is- thrown
awav into He M-.1. as a g- rieral system
r.f lcvc-cs can only aggravate the evil
and increase the'han es of catastrophe
for the future. The only reasonable
, plan i to provide outlets, making ua
:>f the surplus waters, as in Kgvj t, fur
irrigation, and thus lit* rate a force tv>
strong to le confined by the power o"
man.— ' iwiniiati Commercial.
A Firry Rrcath.
I>r. L. C. Woodman, of Paw Paw,
Mich., contributes the following inter*
eating though incredible observation:
I have a singular phenomenon in thf
shajw of a young man living he.ro, that
I have studied with much interest, and
I am satisfied that his peculiar jwwer
hinonstrates that electricity is tho
nerve force 1 vend dispute. His nan o
is Win. Underwood, Iged 27 years, and
liis gift is that of generating firo
(hough the medium of his breath, as
sisted l>y manipulations with his hands.
He will take anylmdy's handkerchief,
and hold it to his mouth, rub it vigor
ously with his hands while breathing
on it, and immediately it bursts into
flames and burns until consumed. Ho
will strip, and rinse out his mouta
thoroughly, wash his hands, and sub.
Mit to the most rigid examination to
preclude the j>ossihility of any humbug,
and then by his breath blown upon
any paper or cloth, envelop it in flame.
He will, when nut gunning and with
out matches, desirous of a fire, lie down
after collecting dry leaves, and by
breathing on them start the fire and
then coolly take off his wet stockings
and dry them. It is impossible to pe.
suadc him todoit more than twice it,
a day, and the effort is attendant with
the most extreme exhaustion. He wil*
sink into a chair after doing it, and o"
one oocasidh, after hp had a newspape*
on fire as narrated, I placed my hand on
his head and discovered his scalp to !>a
violently tw itching as if under intens*
excitement. He w ill do it any time
no matter where he is, under any cir,
cumstanees, and I have repeatily
known of his sitting back from the
dinner table, taking a swallow of water,
and by blow ing on his napkin, at onco
set it on lire. He is ignorant, and say
that he first discovered his strange
|ower by inhaling and exhaling on f
perfumed handkerehief that suddenl.
burned while in his hands. It Is ce.
tainly no humbug, but what is it!
Ik*w physiology give a like instance
and if so, where?—if ichigan Aitdiccu