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Of late years the employment of
women clerks has greatly Increased in
England as well as in France, and in
both countries it is generally agreed
that the system works satisfactorily-
At the Hank of l-'rancc there are now
1 160 female clerks, who receive three
francs a day to commence with, and
whose salary, after a year or two's ser
vice, rises to 1,800 francs, and at the
♦ Paris offices of the credit fonder,
where also there is a large staff of
women, the remuneration, beginning
at three and a half francs a day, rises
r In some cases to as much as 1,000
francs, or $BOO a year. In Ixith esta
blishments the hours of attendance
aro from nine to four on six days of
the week, and the male and female
clerks sit in different rooms the wom
en being superintended by ollicials of
their own sex, and thus enjoying the
greatest possible degree of privacy.
Carina for Ihr ilalr.
A lively old lady, who died far ad
vanced in her eighties, and was proud
In extreme old age of her beautiful
dark hair, was accustomed when a
girl to hang up her night-cap every
morning tilled with salt. This was
shaken out into a Japanese dressing
box every night on retiring, but
enough salt remained clinging to the
Cambric to secure, as she thought, the
remarkable preservation of her hair.
Dr. Holmes has sung or gossijH'd about
| the "widening part," which is one of
the tell-tale tracks of passing years;
but until lately the prevailing fashions
of dressing the hair did not make any
parting to show. Those who wear the
hair in true classic style, with tne
pure white line from brow to crown,
may find some use in the following
recommendation of the New York Ev
ening Post for strengthening the hair
and renewing thin spots: "To a quart
of warm water allow one tahlesjioon
tful of salt, and just Oefore retiring for
the night wet the heal thoroughly
with thi>, not along the widening
seam alone, but the entire head. Ke
[ peat this operation for one or two
nights each week until giaal results
are apparent." It is likely that the
vigorous rubbing which this treatment
I makes necessary afterward is of :ls
much use t<> the hair as the saline
treatment. —l'/til<i</> //>/, in T*<ig*r.
•"'I Voire for Womrn
( One of the le-st farmers in Maine is
f Miss Sarah L. Martin, of South Au
burn. She carries on a farm succes
fully, and pays much attention t > the
raising of tine stock.
Johanna Wagner, niece of the great
composer, has been ap|>inted a pro
fessor of singing at the Munieh Con.
servatory. She is the first woman
ever chosen for such a professorship
I in Germany.
Naomi, the daughter of Knoch, de
| clared that she wmild not marry anv
i one who was not "just perfect." and
1. 3 he did nut get a husband until she
II was 580 years old.
Those large but light parasol hand
\ les, so useful for summer travelling,
are made uut 'if cabbage --talks, grown
in the fields of Hrittanv. A particular
kind of long-stalked cabbage or collar.!
is left in the ground to grow higher
and higher for two or three years, the
leaves lieing carefully stripped from
the stalk, which, becoming very tough
and strong, is often used for the stick
of one of those large parasols called
the Jersey sunshade.
Two new eccentricities in ilr*<- were
■oticed at a recent hail in London.
1 One lady wore a crimson dress, and
the same color was carried ..lit in every
detail, even to long crimson gloves-
Another, whose costume was pale blue,
followed up the idea to pale-ldtie kid-
I ailon Xolo
The shell-shaped straw-hat meets
with only a limited amount of popu
>h'>rt oodies with long |x>irit -< bark
and front, grow more and more num
Jerseys are much worn, but only
for fatigue, shopping and travelling
i Very low cut slipjiers with a tie
' across the Instep are the favorites this
Flower lionnets are as popular as
ever, and tie under the chin with
white lace strings.
Sateen dresses in large floriated de.
' .signs should lie trimmed with a pro
fusion of white lace an l a little dark
velvet, to look well.
. Large collars, (lchiis, and shoulder
L**capes are worn with almost every
toilet at the sea-side.
Mack stockings are worn with dress
es of any color, and on all occasions
by both Indies and children.
It is suid that thero will bo as many
positive colors worn in the fall as in
termediate or mixed shades.
Parasols, sunshades and umbrellas
aro in general large and of every pos
sibles silk or cotton material.
Tim newest French dresses have
narrow skirts for the foundation ii|M>ri,
which are superimposed full draper
ies and flounces.
Soft twill plaid silks mako elegant
skirts worn under crepe do Chine or
Indian cashmere polonaises or basque
Pointed and basque waists, which
have been of long duration, aro begin
ning to l>e gradually modified the
basques are becoming shorter.
Houquets are not now worn on the
corsage, but at the waist. They
should t>e large and loosely put to
gether, and only of one kind of flowers.
A pretty travelling dress for a bride
can be made of French gray bastite,
and embroidery <>f the same color,
with lows of French gray and scarlet
Ribbons are used in every possible
way on dresses. They are fashioned
in rosettes, long looped lows and ends
on dresses and bonnets and on the
Arab, Persian and Tunisian mus
lins, worked with colored silks and
gold are in high favor to drape over
white silk gowns. When color is pr<>-
ferrisl to white the tint chosen is, for
the most part, aurora pink.
The newest handkerchiefs have
narrow hems, about four-fifths of an
inch wide, surmounted by a very
narrow border, either of embroidery
or open work. The hem is edgisl with
tine Valenciennes, a finger wide, and
very slightly gathered.
Fawn is the prevailing hue in many
of the new canvas plaids, and large
fawn spots, slanted into spheres or
moons in their third quatrer, are
strewn over whitey brown or fiax blue
muslins and mousselino de lain'-s.
They are made of fine kid and arc
lined with white, blue or pink kid.
A Trulr Strange Coincidence.
"Speaking of strange coincidences,"
said Dooflickor, "I ant reminded of a
thing that happened to me once. I
was standing on the breakwater here
in Chicago one day in the summer of
H42, when one of my cuffs dropped
into the lake and a big fish came
up and swallowed it. 1 mourned a
g'ssl deal oxer it, because the sieve
button in that cuff was made of gold
that i dug myself in California in
IS4'J. Well, time ran along and I for
got all about the sleeve-button Soon
after that I ha<l the trouble with my
hair, and hail to doctor for that."
"What trouble was that, paw?"
Why, didn't I ever tell you al>out
that. Well, you ec I found that I
was losing my hair. It didn't come
out by the r-xits, but it seemed to be
broken off near my head, and yet, al
though I lost considerable every night,
there never was any loose hairs in the
lied in the morning. I finally got a
friend to sjt np and watch me one
night, and in the morning he explained
the whole thing. I had bitten it off
and swallowed the hair.
"Hut. to get back to my first story,
une day alamt seven years after I lost
that cuff I was walking on Manhattan
beach, arm in arm with Mr. Selig
inan, when he picked up something
that was buried in the saml, "Why.
that's silver." said he. 'So it is," said
1. and sure enough it was solid sil
ver. Hut what is further, it was the
indent ic.ul sleeve-button 1 had lost
thirteen years before in Lake Michi
gan. Now, what puzzles me is to
know how that fish got way round to
Manhattan beach from Chicago."
There was a short silence which
Thcophilus interrupted. " What puz
zles tne, paw. is how the fish changed
a gold sleeve-button int v a silver on".'
Itootheker thought lie beard one of
HIP liens cackle and went out to See if
she had laid an egg. f'hii •/<, Ifrrnhl.
Mints and Assay Oilier*.
The t'nited States government has
coinage mints in Fhilailelphio, San
Francisco, New Orleans and Carson
City, and a mint at Denver used at
present merely as an assay officp. This
last and the assay offices at Hoise City,
Indian Territory. Helena, Montana
Territory, and Charlotte, N. are lim
ited by law to melting and assaying
gold and silver bullion and paying for
the same from treasury funds. There
is an assay office at New York for the
testing of foreign coin or bullion
lmiight by the government to he coined
or reeoineil. All the precious metal
purchased for mintage is computed at
the value given it at these assay offices.
The single letters, 0., S.. C., etc.,
stamped under the eagle on the Amer
ican coin, indicate the place where the
piece was minted.
THK VIIIOIXIUH MASSACRE
Tk< Tlirllllna Kp®rUc of Captain
Captain Simon tiratz, one of the few
men on hoard the Virginias who es
caped being shot, recently gave a
thrilling account of his narrow escape,
"In the fall of IH7I we were ready for
another expedition, and 1 left New
York on the British steamer Atlas,
hound for Kingston. There were ISO
of us, all citizens, having sigmxl no
papers or made any agreement. At
Kingston we found the Virginias, the
old confederate blockade-runner.
"The history of our chase and cap
ture by the Tornado is well known.
We were taken ushore at Santiago and
locked up in prison that day, the last
day in October On the 4th of Novem
ber the butcher, liurriell, began to
shoot the prisoners. The batch shot
on the morning of the 4th were march
ed into the prison chapel on the eve
ning before, and -separately askisl
questions, and insultingly taunted with
their certain death while priests were
saying mass for their souls. They
were kept there nearly all night in
this mock trial and religious exercise.
Ilvan Varona, Cespedes and other offi
cers and prominent Cubans were in
the lirxt lot. Ryan gave an assumed
name, but his long hair gave him
away, and he acknowledged his identi
ty. Captain O'Callihan was one of the
Spanish officers engaged in the butch
ery. He was in the Confederate army,
and made an effort to save Ryan, but
Hurriell would not listen to it. At six
in the morning t lie squad was man-bed
out and chained in pairs, two soldiers
between every two prisoners and a tile
of soldiers on each hand. They were
made to kneel upon a bank of dirt by
the side of a newly dug trench fac
ing the ditch. A platoon of soldiers
marched up, and when within a few
rods of the km-eling figures lirtsl,
shooting them in the back, the bodies
falling into the ditch, and the soldiers
wheeling and man hing away, while
the hands were playing and Hags dy
ing The trench was immediately tilled
up, and all the military and hands
marched over it to lively airs. The
next morning another large squad w as
shot in the same way. On the 7th the
Virginias crew was brought ashore and
shot. Captain Frye and Colonel Harris
were among that squad, which num-
Ix-risl thirty-seven. The purser was
not kilbsl by the flr-t lire, and he rose
up. turned around, and shouted
"•You cowardly, bar) .iron butchers,
have the decency to nhix>t your victims
■ lead •
"A second volley was |iur'd into
him, and bis laxly rolled into the
"The next hatch was thirteen in
numltcr. to Is- shot on the morning of
the xth. 1 had U-cn in two hatches
which had been shot, and had ls-en re
-pi t'sl for a siiort time each morning
on account of there Is-ing a wrong
number or some superstition. I'rayers
for the repose of my soul had already
l<ecn said twice, and twice had I re
tnained behind while the others were
led out and slaughtered. A terrible
tumult followisl this last killing. The
populace by thou-ands bad witnessed
(lie whole awful series of daily trage
dies. and they now Ins ante furious.
Hurriell had rbsl to his < astle. All the
priests and decent js-ople docked hither
and implored that no more blood lie
spilled. The butcher surrounded him
self with the troops, and ordered the
executions to continue. Another
batch, nunile-ring fifteen, was prepar
ed, and they were to lie slaughtered on
the morning of the 12th. tin the night
of the litli. while we were in the
chapel again, and the mass for our
soul was U-ing repeated, an Knglish
man-of-war came into the harlair. It
was just at midnight, and the shooting
was to take place at 6i\ m. The Kng
lish consul puxhixl to the beach and
signabsl the commander on shore and
informed him what was going on
t ouiinander I.oiimii immediately order
ed the guns loadisl, and covered Itur
rielfs castle, lie then sent Word to
the butcher that if another man was
shot he would open (ire on the castle
and hang him, if captured. This put
an end to the shooting business. The
next day the American (loot arrived
and stcj>s were taken to burn the
w hole town if the prisoners were not
released. Governor Hurriell then
smuggled the prisoners off in the
night to Moro castle, and conllned
them in foul, wet and vermin-infested
dungeons out under the sea A few
day* after we were put almard a steam
er for Havana to la* shot there. The
v essel put in at St. tjuargus. whore the
captilin communicated with the gov
ernor of Havana, and received order*
not. to land his charge in the pro
vince. We were then taken hack to
the Moro dungeons. There we re
mained for two months Itefore our
A Tumullunui Tlma Over ■ Nor* root*
"My dear," whimpered Mr. .Sjioopen
dyke, hobbling Into hitt wife's room
and throwing himself into u chair with
a desolate exjiresslon of despair on his
Visage. "My dear, there in something
the matter with my foot, ami I can't
make, out what he trouble is."
"I know!" exclaimed Mrs. Kjioopen
i dyke, hovering over him with afTec-
I tionate Interest and solicitude. "1
! think it's rheumatism."
| "So, it ain't rheumatism, either!"
j growled Mr. Kpoopendyke. "It is
I something worse than rheumatism,
and if it goes to my heart it may kdl
May be It's a stone bruise," sug
gested Mrs. SjMHiperidyke, not realizing
that a great deal of the sentiment and
; most of the danger are taken out of a
malady when it is definitely ascertain
jed what the malady is. "All you
want is some liniment and y<>u will be
all right by to-morrow."
"That's all you know about it."
grunted Mr. Kjmopondyke, who was
not to be put off with so small a disas
ter as a stone bruise. "I tell you, that
1 have got some trouble with my foot
that threatens my lite, and you tand
around there like a cork in a bottle,
and talk about it as though I hadn't
got one leg into my eollin as far as the
hip. Here 1 am kicking at death's
door with a game foot, and all the in
terest you have in the matter is to
shoot off a \ ast amount of intelligence
About stom- bruises. I tell ve, it's
something that ain't to be triib-d with.
Now, what're you going to do alsiut
"Are you sure it isn't a corn?"
hazarded Mrs. >joopcndyke, timidly.
'•Siinetlines corns hurt wor-e than
anything else; but I never heard of
jtooplc dying of them."
"No, it isn't a corn"' howled Mr.
Spoopendyke, nursing his foot and
glaring at his wife with a mingled ex
pp-ssion of rage and pain "What
d'ye think this f..t is, anyway; an ag
ricultural district'* When did you
ever hear of a corn that P-.U !X*l from
the heel to the knee ' Winch of your
friends ever had a corn that hurt clear
to the ear'*" and Mr Kjumpendy ke
touched his foot carefully to the tW.r
and eyed his wife narrowly to -ee if
she notienl the ex predion of agony Oil
"If it arts that way it must W a
bunion!" rxrUuusl Mrs. Sjiooj-rndyke
triumphantly. "All you have got to
do is take your IHMM off and put your
"That's it"'yelled Mr. *>|onj>en.|yke.
hauling off Ins shoe and tiring it across
the room. "When a man is dying of
inflammatory rheumatism, it's only
bunion' You've got it' A pain that
start* at tlx* toe, runs to the back of
the neck and tie* in a hard knot oxer
the *pine is a bunion' show me the
bunion!" he continued, sticking his
leg out straight and (minting In* linger
at the offending f**t. "Take this
digit in your lily white hand and place
it tenderly on the dod gasted bunion
before I die and forget what kill**!
me! Pick it out of the surrounding
anatomy!" he yelled, wriggling Ids
foot and Iniuneing up and down in his
rhair in a delirium of rage. "Hark
the bunion from its mountain fastness
on the hoof of Kpoopendyke and hold
it up hi the gaze of the same!"
"Doc* it hurt ?" commenced Mr*,
"Hurt'" roareo Mr. S|**q>endyke,
springing from his chair and dancing
around the room. "Of course it don't.
It tickles' Hurt! It's a picnic! *ay.
my dear." and hi* voice was low and
tender. "Kay. my dear, instead of
going in the country this summer
we'll lay in a stock d bunions and
wear 'em around for our health and
recreation! Hurt !" he shrieked, break
ing out in a new spot. "Hurt! it
feels like n hand of music! That's
what it is. a bunion! It took you to
hit It! When I get time to fit you up
with a full heard and a Ixottle of whis
ky I'm going to start a dispensary with
you! If you'd only improve your mind
until you reached the standard of in
telligence of a moderate donkey, you'd
only need a stolen corpse and a bad
smell to le a first rlas* medical
"Say, dear." observed Mrs. B|>oopen
dyke, who had been carefully explor
ing her husband's boot; "Say. dear. 1
think I have found out what the
troutde is. It isn't a bunion, after all.
Here is a peg sticking out here alxmt a
quarter of an inch. If you will have
that taken out I don't believe you will
suffer any more."
Mr. Spoopendyke jammed his hat
over his eyes, shoved his feet into his
slippers, grabbed the obnoxious l>oot
and started for the door with a wither
ing look at his wife as he went out.
"I don't rare," murmured Mrs.
Spoopendyke. as the front door
slammed vindictively; "1 don't care.
If he has it taken out he has to admit
I that I was rtght, and If he doesn't i'
will hurt him till he die*. I don't
know which will lie the worse I r him
hut he will have to do one or tlx
other." And with this crowning
triumph still in her mind, Mrs. Kpoop
endyke began to scare tin* f!b*s out of
the room with a sheet, wondering why
a fly who has been half smashed
against one window frame will insist
on coming iri at the other window tc
Im; smashed over again.
PKAKI.B OF Til IMJIJIIT.
Nothing is so g *! as it seems be
All those who know their mind dv
not know their heart.
Iho more nature is sad, tlx* mors
the hearthstone Is dear.
He will easily Is; content arid at
peace whose conscience is pure.
I here is a fellowship among tlx* vir
tiles by which one great, generous
passion stimulates another.
There are houses where people ar<
bright without mistrusting it. tlx-ri
are others w here people are stupid HI
spite of tliemseh i s.
in great cities we look the world in
tlx- face. We shake hands with sterr.
realities. We see ourselves in others
We become acquainted with the mot
ley, many-sided life of man.
Life, in its xcry essence, is move
merit and transition. Not what w
have, hut what we gam or lose . not
what we are, hut what we are Ix-eom
mg ; not wlx re we stand, hut whence
we come and whither we go, constitute
its real interest and worth.
I'ost yourself as to w hat is going on
around you. L'-ok out for such men
as you think you would like to be,
and sis- what it is that makes them
w hat they are. Note tlx* difference
between tlx-ir way and the way-of
tlx-orx-s you do not like There is
alway a reason for a j>cr* >n's being
w bat he |*.
The Artful Oriental Itaee*.
Though tlx-annals of artfuln<-ss - an
lma*t -if mourning households where
eothns haxe ima-ed -tob-n plat** in
stead of corpse*, and of particular
r.v e-hor.se* painted to resemble certain
other* and -ent on long journey* m
order that intending hackers might be
misled, xx- can not. .is a nation, div
jo te the j .Urn <>f trickery, mental or
manipulative, xv it L some of the Orient
al rail-*, whose merit undoubtedly
raic*< them to that hail eminence.
Possibly in the *|H-rial branch of for*c.
stealing tlx- **uith A men an Indian
might receive an i-qual certificate of
proficiency xvith the Arab; hut as hold
and c\jri general thieves the Hin
doo* and ' birx-se stand uririxaled.
At liinaman has Won known to
■ooze a genth-man'* finger and < ut it
■ b-an off in tlx- midst of a crowd to
obtain jo*-'-**ton <>f a ring and cseajx*
detection. I In* immunity is due j*-r
-hajis to tlx- great resemblance which
the fares of a Chinese tnob War tc
one another in Kurojiean eye*, render
ing individual* absolutely indistin
guishable at first. a* well as to an in
genxoi* artifice for disguising a broad
lil.xlisl knife in tlx- semblance of a
elosisl fan such as all Chinese carry
Hindoo* "*ill swiiii or float cautiously
along a rixer at dusk xvith an old
basket or empty gourd oxer tlx* head,
whirling or twisting lazily xxitli every
eddy, and braving the crocodiles, to
gain an entree to the bungalow they
desire to plunder, under the very nose
of the proprietor.
Iletter than Million*.
IhiWrt Hunlette talk* in his pater
iial way to young men who have theii
living to earn. Ileginners in life can
not have too much of that kind of en
.lames Fair is worth ♦l_'.*Ni.is*i i
and the whole #12.000,000 of it, tny
dear l*y. can't make him a* hajtpy as
you are with the ilexx of youth in your
If you enxy him. if you. with your
brown hand* and your bright young
face with the down just shading your
lip, with not a gray hair in your head
or a gnaw ing care in your heart, with
the morning sun shining on your u|v
turned face, with thevelxct turf under
your feet and the blue heavens alxove
your head, with the blood coursing
through your veins like wine, with
fifty or sixty years of life before you.
with mirage after mirage of bright
dreams and beautiful illusions and
pleasant vanities making the land
soape beautiful about you; if you envy
this man his gray hairs, and his
wrinkles, and his old heart, you are a
fool, my boy; and you an* scattering
ashes on the roses that grow in the
There i* lightness in your step, mj
son. and color in your Moral, and th*
dreams in your heart, and all the love
and tieauty and freshness of the sun
rise, the $42,000,000 cannot buy.
"Nalhrr'l lira r Malar*."
Iti* kilcbmi i* cluao and wy.
And bright with the •utxhiiHi ga jr.
Ami "Mother'* <l*r Comfort" for moUbor'
I* busily working I*lJ>
Paring |K/to>ni, and thirikioK
"lt' humdrum work U> do,"
Hut little Mien Comfort i willing and quirk,
Ami the (uiitntin* ore helping her Ui rough
for mother ut *irk *;> d ia deeping,
Ami baby i* quiet at Inet;
Ami feiber 'll be wanting but dirio<-r we,
Th# minute* are flying no feel.
Oh, ehe know* he will kin* her, an 1 lore uer.
Ami call her hi* "Biwy Bee;"
But mother'* |>et name m Uie trueat ot all,
Kor "Mother'* le*r Comfort" ia he.
line Joe) Hai < >uhl,
Josey like.l fj keep office for hit
"Uncle Doctor," as he called hint. But
the ijirctor <ii'l not always like to trus'
him there when he was called away,
for Josey had a habit of looking ints
things that made the doctor fear h
might get into mischief, for Josey wa
a meddlesome leiv. One day, how
ever, Josey found himself alone, and
levari to look at everything on the ta
hie. The electric battery pleased him
"Ho' I know how to lix this," ht
-aid. "If any man came in that want
i*l 'lw'trie treatment I could do it jj
well as Uncle Doctor. There" Now
it's all right' Now you take hold o'
The taking hold was \-ry easy
enough, hut letting go was quite an
itlo-r matter. Any little lmy or gir'
who has ever trii-d it will know how
Josey'* arms jingled and ;u hl, ljut h*
had to hoi lon he could not let go
and there lie was, tears running down
In* face, when his uncle heard hi*
screams and < aine in.
"You got caught that time, Josey."
said his uncle when he had set him
free. "Now. remember that hail hab
its hold fast to a IJOV worse than .
•b* 'ru battery d-*-*. and are harder bo
get ri l of. And meddling is a very
"I won't have any more to do with
either of tliem," said .bsey.—%luru
The Win Old Woman.'
There was once an old woman *3
' ry jesir that she had no house, hut
lived in a hollow tr<*e. one day -he
found a pi<~ e of money lying in the
rad Full of joy at her good fortune,
she I* _ari t • consider what -he should
buy with the money.
"If I get anything to eat." she said
to herself, ■ I shall quickly devour it,
and that w ill U- the end of the matter.
That will not do at all. If I buy
clothes, j.eople will call me proud, and
that w ill not do; and besides I have
no 1 10-. t to keep them in. Ah! I have
it' I will buy a broom, and then <*v
erylwwly that I meet will think I have
aho ise. A broom is the thing A
broom it shall tie."
Si the old woman went into the
next town and liought a broom She
walked proudly along with her pur
chase, looking als.ut her all the time
to see if people noticed her and look>*i
envious, thinking of her house But
as no one seemed to remark her, she
U-gan to le discontented with her bar
•• I toes every liody have a house ei
ept me?" she said to herself, crossly.
I wish 1 had Itought something
Presently -lie met a man carrying a
small jar of oil.
"This is what I want," exclaimed
the old woman; "anvliody can have a
house, but only the truly rich can have
nil to light it with."
S> she bartered her broom for the
oil. and went on more proudly than
ever, holding the jar so that all could
we it. Still she failed to attract any
particular notice, and she was once
more discontented. As she went
moodily along she met a woman with
a bunch of large flowers.
"Here, at hist. I have what I want,"
the old woman thought. "If I can get
these, all that see me will tielieve 1 am
just getting my house ready for a bril
liant party. Then they'll lie jealous,
So when the woman with the flow,
ers came close to her she offered her
oil tor them, and the other gladly
made the change.
"Now I am indeed fortunate!" she
said to herself. "Now 1 am some
But still she failed to attract atten
tion. and. happening to glance at het
old dress, it suddenly oernrred to her
that she might lie mistaken for a ser
vant carrying flowers for her toaster
she w as so much vexed by the thought
that she flung the bouquet into th
ditch, and went home to her tree cmp
"Now I am well rid of it all." ah*
said to herself.— St. Xvhola*
A quart of good milk should weigt
nearly two pounds and two and one