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THE PITTSBTJEa DISPATCH, " SUNDAY, MAT- 5, 1889."
lieve that you really lone for death at all."
"To that I can only answer that you de
ceive yourself." ,
"No, it a you who deceive yourself.
What you Ions for is not death, but change,
a change of condition. No truer words were
erer spoken than those ui Tennyson's:
Whatever crazy sorrow saith.
No life that breathes with human breath
Hath erer truly longed for death.
"What,you crave under the name of death
is forgettulness. Yon yourself compressed
the whole truth into a sentence when you
said, 'To live is to remember.' Tour infer
ence was that to die is to forget. It is mem
ory "which agonizes you. It is the past
which lives in memory that handicaps you,
that Jiangs like a millstone around your
xeck, and goads you to despair. If you
could forget, if you could obliterate the past
from your consciousness, you would cease to
suner. as not mat truer
"True enoueb, bnt without significance.
A mere quibble. There is no forgetfulness
except in eath no Lethe save the" 8tyx."
"That may or may not be so. How do
you know, ior instance, that there is forget
fulness in death? You ignore the possi
bility of a future lite, the dread of some
thing after death, the undiscovered country.
Suppose bttyond the grave you preserve
vour identity, that B to Xf yur memory,
In what resp'tct will you have gained by the
"I must take my risks. This much I do
know, there is no forgetfulness in life.
There may be in death. I will take my
chances. Any change must be a change for
"the better. I am in hell now, if you must
know it I "will lake my risks."
"You say there is no forgetfulness in life.
But suppose there -were? Suppose it were
possible for vou to obtain total and perma
nent forgetfulness without dying, without
takinar those risks, without taking any risk
at all? Suppose somebody should come to
vou and say, Seel I have it in my power to
bestow upon you total and permanent ob
liviousness, so that the entire past, with all
its events and circumstances, shall be per
fectly erased from your mind; so that you
shall not even recall your name, nor your
language; btit with unimpaired bodily
health and mental faculties shall begin life
afresh, like the new-born baby, speechless,
innocent, regenerated; another person, and
yet the same: soppose some one should come
to you and offer that?"
"It is 2 idle supposition. The age of
miracles has passed."
"An idle .supposition? You deem it such?
let us see. Let us consider. To begin
(jrith, answer me this. Have you never
fceard or read, in newspaper, medical re
port or novel, of a case where, through an
accident, a human being has had happen to
2him exact! v the. experience which I have
Just described? A case where a lesion of
the cerebral tissues, caused perhaps by dis
ease, or perhaps by a concussion of the
brain or a fracture of the skull, has resulted
in the total annihilation of memory, with
out injury to the other intellectual facul
ties, so that the patient, uponrecovering
health and consciousness, could remember
absolutely nothing of the past neither his
his name, nor his nationality, nor the face
of his father or mother, nor even how to
speak, walk, eat, but was literally born
anew, and had to begin life over again from
the start? Surely everybody who has ears
has heard, everybody who can read has read,
of cases of that nature."
"Oh, yes, I have read of such cases. Cer
iainly.'' "Very well Ton have read of such
cases. Sol Now, then, suppose that an
accident of that sort happened to you; every
thing you can hope for from death would be
accomplished, and yet you would live.
"What better could you desire?"
"Ah, but it is not within my power to
cause such an accident. It is within my
Dower to die."
"Not within your power to cause such an
accident? Not within your power, I grant
But will you say that it is not within hu
man power, not within any man's power?
Imagine whatever thing you like, -which
can happen by accident; will you tell me of
any conclusive reason why that thing should
not be caused by design? "Why man, inves
tigating the causes ot the thing, enlightened
by his fccie:: ?nd employing nis skill,
should sot be able at will to bring that
thing to pass? Take this very case which
ve have been considering: the total obliter
ation of a human being's memory oi the
past A blow upon the head, the result of
an accident, can canse it; why not a blow
upon the head, the result of man's deliber
ate purpose? Insanity, smallpox, consump
tion, deafness, blindness, paralysis each of
these it is within human power to inflict
Why not forgetfulness?"
"I have never heard of its being done. I
once read a novel in which something of the
kind was related 'Dr. Heidenhoffs Pro
cess' but even in that novel the author
had not the audacity to pretend that his
Story was possible. It turned out to be a
dream. But then that was quite a different
thing. It was the obliteration, not of the
whole memory, but simply of the memory
of one particular fact or train of facts. The
memory in respect of other facts remained
"Ah, well, that of course it is not within
human power to accomplish. Not as yet.
I cannot, it is true, cause yon to forget any
pne triven fact while leaving your memory
unaffected regarding other facts. But the
annihilation of the whole memory is a very
different matter. You say you have never
.heard of its being done voluntarily. "What
does that sienily? Because I have never
heard of a thing's being done, therefore it
cannot be done? No, indeed; nen sequitur.
Twenty years ago I had never heard of two
men five miles apart being able to talk to
'each other viva vooe. Yet to-day the tele
phone is an established institution. Now
here is the long and short of the matter:
That same obliviousness which, as the phy
sicians' case books bear abundant testi
mony, nature frequently produces through
the- medium of disease or violence, 1 I
who speak to yon I can produce by means
of a surgical operation."
"It seems incredible," said she.
"Howsver it may seem, it is a fact "What
a stone striking vou upon the head may ac
complish, J can accomplish with my instru
ments. J. can cause a depression of one of
the bones of your skull at a certain point, so
that when you recover from the effects of
the anaesthetic which I administer, you are
returned to the mental condition of infancy.
Tou remember nothing, yon know nothing.
The past is utterly abolished. The future is
"If what you say is true, you possess a,
terrible power. Are surgeons generally able
to do this?" t
"I believe I may be mistaken, but I be
lieve that I am -the only man alive who
knows how to do it I discovered the secret
more than 30 years ago. I have never ex
plained my method to anyone else."
"You yourself have named the reason. It
is a dangerous power. I have thought it
prudent not to put it into the hands of the
faculty at large. For aught I know, how
ever, other men may have discovered it in
dependently." "You say you can do this. Have you
ever done it?"
"I have performed the operation with un
varying success upon 20 dogs, 3 horses, 6
monkeys. Each animal was upward of C
years old, intelligentand thoroughly trained.
After the operation each animal was a help
less cub had even forgotten how to eat
had to learn all the lessons of its life anew."
She smiled. "Animals indeedl It is a
descent from the sublime to the grotesque.
Never upon a human being!"
"I did not say that Yes, once upon a
"Yes? And with what result?"
"With the best possible result The man
was a discharged convict, an Austrian. He
was 'a bad fellow through and through,
brutal, thievish, untruthful. Like all of
us, he had inherited from his ancestors a
million potentialities for good and eviL .But
his environment had been such as to develop
those that were for evil, and to leave latent
those that were for good. He was 32 years
old and in excellent health. I operated
upon him. He came out of the ether as
ignorant and as helpless as a babe in arms."
w en, ana tnenr w bat followed 7"
"Well, you mutt bear In mind, he, being
an aauit, naa wuam mi cranium
which, a an crcran. was full
mature. Therefore he learned with aton
; Jthing jpidity alsaoft u much in avreek
as a child learns in a year. At the end of a
fortnight he could walk, feed himself, dress
himself, and was beginning to speak. At
the end of two months he read without diffi
culty, and wrote a good hand. What was
most remarkable, however, his moral nature
had undergone a complete transformation;
his vicious instincts bad been completely
eradicated. In a new invironment, treated
with kindness, surrounded by wholesome in
fluences, he became a different man. Now
those virtuous predispositions which hered
ity had implanted in him were vivified, the
bad left dormant. At the end of the year
he entered as a medical student at the Uni
versity of Tubingen; and to-day he is one of
the oldest and most respected practitioners
"It is like a fairy tale it is marvelous,"
"Science abounds in marvels no less
stupendous," said I.
"But," she added .after a pause, "it is
dreadful to think that the character and the
morality of a human being can be influenced
by a mtrt physical operation like that; to
think that the color of the soul may be
changed by a change in the structure of the
body. It is enough to convert one to ma
terialism pure and simple; therefore to
cynicism and pessimism."
"Not necessarily," I objected. 'It only
proves that while it is the tenant of the
body, the soul adapts itself to its hibita
tion." "It would seem to prove that the soul is
sot simply the tenant but the slave, the
victim, the creature of the body. Will you
describe your operation to me?"
"Yon would need a medical education to
follow such a description."
"Is it anything like what they call tre
panning or trephining?"
"But very remotely. A partial fracture
and a depression of the bone is caused; but
no particle of it is removed."
"What are the chances of the patient's
losing not only his memory but his intelli
gence coming out of it a simpleton or a
'Practically none. It is as safe an opera
tion as any in which the knife is employed.
Of course, in all operations which involve
the use of the knife, there is a possibility
of serious consequences, of inflammation,
and so forth. But I knowof none in which
that possibility is slighter than in this."
"And finally, do I understand that you
offer to perform your operation upon me?"
"Mas not that been the sole purport of all
that! have said?"
"How much time must elapse after it be
fore I shall be able to take care of myself
again? Before I shall have gained sufficient
knowledge to act as a responsible and com
petent human being?"
"l shouia say a year. Jf erhaps more, per
haps less, isnt i will say a year.
"And meantime? How am I to be pro
Tided for and taken care ot? And what
what education will I receive?"
"You will be provided for and taken care
of here in this house. My sister, ten years
younger than I, the kindest and wisest of
women, will be your nurse and your com
panion. As for your education it shall be
the best which our means can afford."
-"Oh, but all this talk is in vain. I have
no right to impose myself upon you in that
"It is not a question of right You im
pose nothing upon us. I have volunteered
everything. You are answerable for noth
ing "And I shall be a new woman? As you
have said regenerated as if really bom
"What is your name?"
"My name is Benary Leopold Benary."
"1 don't know how I can ever express my
gratitude to yon, Dr. Benary. There is
nothing that I can say. But vou will un
derstand it,-you will imagine it Can you,
will you, operate upon me here, now, to
night?" "Oh, you must have some sleep first. I
will call my sister. She will show you to a
room. Then perhaps to-morrow you will be
in a favorable condition.'"
"It is very late. It would be a pity to
disturb your sister. Can you not leave me
to rest here, upon your sola?"
"No," I assured her; "my sister will much
prefer to have it as I have proposed." And
I went upstairs to wake my sister, Hiss Jo
(To is continued next Sunday.')
Copyrighted, 1SS9. by Henry Harland.
I rights reserved.
AN IMPORTANT EXCEPTION.
A mother's Rigid Rule Caniei a Child to
Make a Ludlcrons Blonder.
Covington (Ga.) Star.
A good joke is related of a kind sister,
belonging to a church not a thousand miles
from Covington, who was devotedly attached
to her pastor, and piously taught her chil
dren to reverence the minister above all
men. They were strictly and conscien
tiously taught that, when speaking of him
in comparison with other men or things, he
must always be excepted as the greatest and
best This rule was so rigidly adhered to
by the good mother, and the children were
so punctiliously trained with regard to their
.high esteem and partiality for the minister,
that they never spoke of anyone or any
thing without always adding the one ex
ception. Now, it so happened one day that one of
the little boys, who was a precocious
youngster of six years, was out playing in
the fields, near his home, and discovered an
immense hog grazing in the pasture, when
he became alarmed and ran to the house
with all the swiftness his little legs could
command. Upon reaching the "paternal
haven of safety," and almost out of breath,
he called to his mother with all the anima
tion and ardor of his boyish nature: "Oh!
ma. mat I saw the biggest hog down yonder
in the field that 1 ever saw In my life
except our minister." Whereupon it is said
the good mother fainted.
NOT TO BE TKIFLED WITH.
An Oklahoma Squatter Who Is Likely to
Hold Hli Claim.
"So this is my. claim, is it?" mused the
new comer. "My good man, I don't wish
to put you to any trouble, but you're on my
patch of ground."
"I am, hey?" said the fierce-looking Okla
homa squatter. "My friend, d'ye see that
inclosure staked off thar the other side of
the cabin? Well, that's my private bnryin'
ground, an' it's full of fellers that thought
thev had a claim on this ranch."
'I see it," replied the visitor carelessly,
"and it doesn't scarce me any. I umpirea
ten baseball games in Detroit last year," he
added, with a capacious yawn.
"For heaven's sake, misterl" exclaimed
the squatter, his face turning frightfully
pale and his knees knocking together, "give
me five minutes to pack up my traps and
A Moment of Agony.
First Tramp Murder! Helpt Help!
Second Tramp What's the matter,
First Tramp I dreamt"! was wur-r-r-kint
mac ,?;- "?.... :- ,
HOW TO BE IN STYLE.
Shirley Dare Tell3 of the Beautiful
New Fashions iu Dress.
SPANISH COSTUMES IN
Women Who Study Dramatic Art to Acquire
Grace of Figure.
HOW TO BE HANDSOME AND HEALTH!
rWEITTEN rOS THZ DISPATCH.!
Let us begin with fashions to have the
serions affairs of life over and done with.
The new gowns are a happy blending of
sense and caprice, so varied in inaterial
and trimming that almost every dress at a
good private modiste's seems unique and
sensible in short skirts, simple drapings and
forms which dispense with tight corsets and
bustles, The main difference noted as
spring wears on and reverse styles appear,
is that directoire dresses give way to the
beautifully fitted, easy princess 301ms, with
embroidered or else open fronts, filled with
while vests or chemisettes, the tti aicjht
skirt showing a velvet, embroidered or
broche petticoat between the breadths. This
style suits the fine figures of American girls
better than the directoire, which looks like
the mischief, save on very piquant wearers.
Spanish styles are taking the fancy, from
the pictures of modern painters, allowing
rich color and luxurious fancy. But Span
ish styles are not to be attempted in any but
the most generous materials. A superb cos
tume for dinner dress seen yesterday in a
royale, thickest, softest and glossiest of all
silks, in a warm, brilliant, Spanish red,
finer than poppy color, with short matador
jacket of gorgeous brocade in red, black,
gold and green, square and loose as seen in
pictures of bull fighters, the crimson sleeve
slashed with deep puffs of brocade, and a
narrow, straight train of brocade turned
back from the hips over the red silk petti
coat, which looked thick enough to stand
alone, but was almost too solt to rustle.
Frills of magnificent point finish throat,
bosom and wrists. Directoire dresses re
quire fine, filmy French and Flemish laces,
the Spanish style calls for the heavy corded
Escurial point, which is rather between
passementerie and lace, or for the Spanish
point and cut work with its high relief and
spidery bars. Three yards of Escurial point
needed for a dress front may be had for $33,
which is cheap for a life's wear.
One establishment shows conservative
coronet bonnets in fine straw with velvet ap
plique on the low brim, trimmed solely
with loops and rich brocade ribbon in the
color of the dress, a little thread lace and
aigrettes. Flowers are overdone for the
tastes of the select, and soft, wide ribbons,
lightened with aigrettes and fine grasses or
seeds at most, come with the handsomest
costumes. Flowery hats for theater, the
park drive or the races, but for the street,
for calls and picture galleries, something
quieter and richer is desirable.
The stylish shops which furnish walking
and driving hats -for ladies and children as
well as gentlemen, coaching hats in satin
rough braids have the crown covered with
small plumes, from 7 to 13 being required
to go around the crown and veil the 'top.
New sailor hats .are of plaid straw, navy
blue, red and ecru or green, black and a
dash of red, trimmed with ribbon of one
leading color and bunches of berries or seeds
in another, A blue plaid cactus braid had
loops of navy ribbon standing stiff, and
sprays of red currants on the blue with very
good effect Derby hats of the finest- vel
vety white felt for riding and driving are
snown ior laaies, ana wnite iston caps and
Tarn O' Shanters for children. Both the
new sailor shape with its chimney pot crown
and the Eton with overhanging top and
visor are as ugly and unbecoming as can be,
the latter being the hideous cap seen in
Cruikshank's illustrations of Dickens
where the small boys seem pressed down by
One thing the Centennial hasleft us is a
revival of quaint and convenient fashions
of a centurvago, including tbe lace mittens,
ruffles and dress aprons worn as a part of
afternoon dress, and the sensible hats and
looped petticoats for out-of-doors. A pretty
little white cambric cape bonnet with nar
row ruffles and the headpiece stiffened with
pasteboard slats, was shown in a fashionable
shop window under tnePifth Avenue Hotel,
the center of a host of expensive foreign
It was demure as a snowdrop, and recalls
the shady sunbonnet which Dolly Madison's
precise mother sewed on her small head
every morning when she went to school, lest
the sun should reach her pretty face. Her
complexion won her first a rich husband
and then a President, but most girls would
consider these honors dear at the price of
being shut in a close bonnet every time they
went out of doors. A complexion cleared
with taraxacum and charcoal, brown bread
and wheaten grits can defy the sun to do
more than add to its brilliance. But there
must be no interruption to the careful diet,
for ladies whose faces are rose and white
clover usually, say they never omit the
coarse fare for two days without having a
coldso re or ugly pimples follow.
THE B1L4XI, TOUB1TT7BE,
so long talked of, perceptibly modifies the
appearance of dresses on the street Not
that there are not plenty of large tournures
still worn by 'women who cling to pronounced
styles, and cannot believe themselves dressed
"except in accented shapes and colors. But
the best dressed women no longer wear a
half-moon shelf at the back of their sKirts,
nor do you see every woman who goes out of
a car mechanioally smoothing down the back
of her basque over her prominent drapery.
It used to look fanny on the suburban trains
to see a file of women going through this bit
of drill as they went out ot the car. Now
the dress skirt is fitted as carefully as the
waist, the underskirt having straight
breadths, gored only over the hips to fit
without crease or fold, and the upper skirt
of five straight breadths shirred over this.
The back of each skirt is left full, a single
steel spring run in the underskirt seven
inches below tbe waist, giving all tbe relief
allowed the draperies, and very pretty is the
The long French polonaise worn with this
has a pointed belt from the side seams, the
skirt laid in very large flat box.plalts at
front and sides, showing the underskirt
nearlv its full length at the seams. This
skirt is plain velvet, paisley broche, in
palms like the shawls, or the heavy ap
pliques, passementerie panels or corded
laces for street wear, the Iront and back of
the waist, top of the sleeves, belt and collar
being trimmed to correspond with the skirt
A PEETTT "WEAP.
For cool days the Breton jacket is neces
sary, in black or dark green, or the soft
French crays, with vest of annliane or
heavy stitchery that looks like braiding.
The jacket must correspond with the dress
to insure good style, and the bonnet be the
darkest point in the attire. For use a black
jacket is chosen of twilled cloth.with a vari
ety -of vests, in applique, in pleated surah,
with square neck outlined by embroidery,
and the silk drawn around the neck above
this, a white sprigged pique or a silk vest
to match any dress which may be worn.
Fronts of black cord lace over silk fill snch
a jacket prettily it a dressier style 4s
wanted. The newest, expensive Bretons
have vests of passementerie and beading,
garnet, gray or black and steel, which are
very handsome. With such a Jacket, a
coronet bonnet of straw or crinoline should
be worn, the brim embroidered in beads and
a few fine bead aigrettes sparkling jlong the
'Tn mafrtnfl. nvnT fmuju If .rtrt'fclinvt filiM
the'gkirt off smoothly a't the feet and add al
plain border a few shades darker or lighter
as you fancy, cover "with rows of narrow
ribbon a quarter of au inch apart, adding
vest, collar and, cuffs similarly -finished.
Waists too short only need a width of
snrah folded round them as a sash to
lengthen them stylishly. If the darts have
worn out, veil the fronts with lace two
fingers -wide, laid in a few fine tucks at the
inner edge, and turned square below the
belt line to suggest a lace Test
"You would be snrprised," said a friend,
"at the number of society women who study
dramatic art under the best teachers without
the slightest intention of ever going on the
stage. They do it as,the readiest means'of
acquiring charm of manners and a good
presence." The Delsarte system of training,
rightly taken, is the finest way of acquiring
flexibility of figure, grace of movement and
facial control. I nave often wished, in ob
serving the gauche motions and tricks of
manner in even educated women, that they
could, for a few months, have the training a
good actress receives. One sees these tricks
of face conspicuous in country people doming
to the Centennial, and plenty who are not
from the country, either. The women smile
and theywrinkle up their eyes, their noses,
and show their gums and teeth like enraged
poodles. A good dramatio teacher would
attack these faults at once, and keep criti
cising them till the pupil was cured.
Delsarte's "decomposing exercises" at
tractive name are really the finest things
for acquiring grace and control of the
figure. They are, you know, a series of re
laxing movements by bending each joint
separately, from the finger tips to the hips,
differing from calisthenics in being less
formal and fatiguing. Delsarte had the
fault of a Frenchman, in the passion for
formulating theories whichafnicts that na
tion. Formulas seldom do justice to an art,
and his rules sound absurd, while their
practice is quite another thing. A woman
desiring the completest physical and emo
tional training should put herself under an
enthusiastic pupil of Delsarte. Mr. Steele
Mackaye, I am told, charges $25 a lesson,
but his pupils carry out the training with
ability at less rates.
COSMETICS AND OTHEBrEMnTINITIES.
"Three Lively Girls" write to say that
bony necks are their great affliction, and
have been "thorns in their individual flesh"
for some years, and invite me to earn their
everlasting gratitude by showing them how
to gain round throats. The "Two Es and
an A" must think their request forgotten as
it has lain unanswered so long, but that is
not mv fault. S. D. never means to leave
a letter unanswered (unless on superfluous
hair), though it almost takes a year to reach
the end of correspondence. I am not so
sure as to the gratitude either, when the
"Two Es and an A" learn that the only
road to their wishes Is careful physical
culture, not the semi-occupied life young
ladies lead, of which the principal exercise
is chattering, which does not tend to round
throats. It is a physical, fact, that many of
our young women actually talk theflesh off
their bones, the quick effort of pind and
voice being of a most wearing kind. Ask
anv teacher who has to talk in her scbool
half as much as these girls do, every day of
The first thing they want to do is to pro
vide boxes of the charcoal tablets which
come at 15 cents, 60 in a box, and are the
most convenient way of taking charcoal.
There is a charcoal and pepsin lozenge of
English make, which is sovereign for indi
gestion and the thinness attending, but it is
an expensive confection, at 60 cents a quar
ter pound, though a good many wafers go to
a quarter, and it lasts one a month. These
charcoal wafers are invaluable forpurilying
the breath and the blood, so thnt the food
taken affords its best nourishment. Then
use filtered -water and drink plenty of it
Eat figs, apples and pure candy before
meals, and when really hungry, at other
times, always brushing the teeth carefully
and rinsing the mouth after eating. The
corrosive acids formed in the mouth in
flame the stomach and waste flesh, and have
much to do with the scrawniness of women.
For breakfast take hot maple syrup,cracked
wheat, not oatmeal, which I repeat is
starchy and clogging as usually cooked,
fresh, soft-boiled eggs, three if possible, and
rood coflee. with meats or fish as preferred.
At night, on retiriug, take a milk puncb, or
calvesfoot jelly beaten with orange juice
and a fresh egg, or a tablespoonful of salad
oil mixed with three tablespoonfuls of Ber
gundyor port, adding a little honey or
lemon it liked.
EATHTO AT KIOHT.
Something in shape of light refreshment
before going to bed is the best recipe to gaii
flesh rapidly. Nourishment taken then is,
not wasted in exertion, bnt laid up in the
form of tissue which rounds the figure, and
is a little reserve of strength for the next
day. Women who work hard should always
tace, if possible, some little agreeable thing
to. eat or drink before sleeping. A cup of
chocolate and Graham wafers, or jelly, or a
cup of clam broth will buildup the strength
better than port wine tonics.
To develop the muscles of the throat and
shoulders, and gain a graceful, birdlike
flexibility as well, practice turning the
head from side to side as far as possible,
slowly at first, but never very fast,
for that wrinkles 'the throat
Try" this five or ten'minutes night and
morning, bathing the. neck well in warm
water and rubbing in almond cream or
salad oil before sleeping. A linen bandage,
wet with scented oil, worn round the throat
nights will nourish the skin and flesh, es
pecially while one is warm with exercise.
Singing is, however, the method of gaining
round contour of the throat A woman
who does not sing is a mistake, which
should be repaired immediately. How sel
dom we see a singer with a scrawny throat
INHALING PINE TAB.
If the leanness proceeds from incipient
weakness of tbe lungs, it is well to keep
pine tar or creosote evaporating in sleeping
rooms, and use fir pillows. Inhalation of
refined tar is a notable cure for consumptive
indications. A little oil lamp, with a
small tripod and saucer over the flame will
be all the apparatus needed. The saucer is
filled with water and a spoonfnl of tar.
which keeps a very healthful atmos
phere in the room through the
night The pure rosin which
exudes from green pine trees is
the finest for sanitary purposes.
There used to be a preparation called
Olive Tar, which was far too good to be-lost
sight of, being a delicate aroma and a sooth
ing remedy for consumption. Its main or
only ingredients were olive oil and pine tar.
It Is. a good plan for those who wish to im
prove their throats to chew pure spruce
gum, pine gum, or that of the compass
wood of the Western prairies, for the exer
cise of the jaws develops the throat, and
the resinous qualities of the gum strength
ens digestion. I don't mean to recommend
the habit of chewing gum as practiced by
its devotees, but there never was an unsight
ly habit which had so much to be said for
it Bank dyspeptics with the coating eaten
off their stomachs, as tbe doctors say, find
relief to their cravings by chewing pure
spruce gum, and' all agree that tbe lungs
are better ior it. The compound of paraf-
nne ana sweet sinn soia ior gum nas noth
ing to recommend it
"Marguerite" wishes to know what will
remove brown spots from the arms, that is,
freckles of the worst sort, which common
remedies fail to affect She writes : "Of
course I know the only way is to remove the
onter cuticle, but the skin on tbe arms must
he very tough, for what I have used has not
been successful." If being successful means
to take the skin off the arms. Marguerite
nas every reason to be tnanKiui lor her fail
ures. Bemoving the entiele wonld not help
the matter, as tbe pigment is too deep-seated
to be taken off by any process short of flay
ing. Obstinate freckles require a course of
medicine to stimulate the torpid liver.
A yery good preparation is fluid extract
of taraxacum, i. e., dandelion, mandrake
and coninm, sold for $1 25 a pound bottle.
This, with a glass of unfermented grape
juice 16 minutes before each meal, and a
wet pack or vapor bath weekly, will prove
an -admirable method of bleaching the skin.
It may be aided by a paste ofpowdered
snlphnr and lemon juice, spread thinly on
the arms and left to dry in the sun. This
may, be used dally and left on the arms as
long as possible.
ax tne same time'coarse
bread and wheaten grits must'be made part
of regular diet, or all this effort goes for
nothing. Caution: In taking grape juice,
acid phosphate, lemonade or any spring
drinks, they must be sipped and a little rest
allowed alter half a glass, to let what has
been taken be partly absorbed. Drenching
the stomach with glassfuls of hot or cold
drinks is a pernicious habit, which will
surely derange digestion permanently.
I am always happy to receive inquiries
on cosmetic subjects. Sbtbley Dabs.
A PE0FE8S10NAL TATTOOES.
He Makes $6,000 n Tear Marking; Pictures
and Design on the Body.
. A Hong Kong journal gives au account
of a Japanese who has lately set up in that
colony as a professional tattooer of pictures
and designs on the body. In a .room deco
rated with fans, hanging pictures and
scrolls, the visitor or patient is received. In
a conspicuous place is hung a notice in the
following words: "I do not business if
fuddled." Sample books are first produced
for inspection and selection; they are filled
with colored drawings of dragons, birds,
insects and scenes comic and serious. At
the bottom is written the cost of tattooing
each, the prices varying from about 53 for
three butterflies to an elaborate group
lor f 100.
' The operator himself was tattooed all over
his body with groups of bright flowers here,
,the conventional Japanese girl's head there;
a female figure with long flowing robes
wound roundone arm from the shoulder to
the wrist, while on the other was a dragon,
with every scale carefully shaded. On the
breast was a picture of the god of storms,
with inscriptions in Japanese characters,
and similar representations all over the
body, the hands alone being free.
The apparatus consists merely of a small
box containing a slab of black Chinese ink,
some vermillion and dark red powders, and
a diawerful of penholders, on the ends of
which were fixed tiny bunches of needles,
numbering from three to SO. The customer
chooses his design from the pattern books,
the operator draws it on the part desired,
and then with a large bunch of needles for
the heavy-black and a small one for tbe fine
lines the colors are punctured in. No blood
is drawn and the pain is verv little.
A dragon, which would be'tattooed for $20,
would take five hours, on account of the
number of scales. The part is then treated
with vaseline to allay the inflammation,
and in a day or two the skin would come
off. After that the marks would be indeli
ble. The Hong Kong operator tattooed the
arm 01 an jb.ngnsa prince, and, in Kioto,
was engaged ior a whole month in repro
ducing on the trunk and limbs of an English
peer a series of scenes from Japanese history.
For this he was paid about $500. He has
also tattooed English ladies, and seems to be
especially proud of one picture, which was
a tiny fan about the size' of a halfpenny, on
which was a complete, landscape with fig
ures well defined. His income from tattoo
ing is about $6,000 per annum.''
A HUMAN INTERROGATION POINT.
Questions Asked by a Small Boy Anxlons to
Know a Good Deal.
There was a youth on a Pleasant Valley
car the other day whose mind was of a very
inquiring turn. His age was perhaps 6
years, but he could ask more questions in
six minutes than Solomon himself could
have answered in six years. Here is a par
tial report of a conversation that took place
between him and his mother:
"Mamma, what is that building?"
"A machine shop."
"What is a machine shop?"
"A place where they make machinery,"
"What kind of machinery?"
"The kind used in a mill."
"What kind of a mill?"
"Oh, any kind. Don't talk so much'
Silence on the part of the youngster for
one minute and 40 seconds. ,Then:
"What bridge is this?"
"Seventh street bridge."
"Who made it?" , '
"I don't know."
"Have we crossed it before?"
"Yes, several times'."
"How many is sev-everil times?"
"More than twice,"
"How many is twice?"
"One and one more."
"Yes. Keep quiet"
"What is quiet?"
"Why must I keep still?"
"Because you attract too much attention.
Other people may want to talk."
"Is the water still quiet, I mean?"
"No, it is running just like your tongue."
"What makes it run?"
"It can't help it."
"Why don't it all run out of the river?"
"More runs in."
"Where from?" '
By this time all the passengers were so
much interested in the youngster's talk
that all eyes were upon him. Themother saw
it, became embarrassed, and wouldn't open
her lips, although the fire of questions con
tinued steadily until the car reached the post
office. If that boy doesn't become a wise
man it won't be hia fault, but that of his
TWO TTA1S OP SAYING IT.
Specimens of New York Slansr and Refined
In New York. Sadie Skipabout He's a
terrible Bample of a Boston dude, Dolly, to
be sure, but I hear he has boodles.
Molly Murrayhill Yes, but bless your
heart, dear, he's tuch a precious fool! Why
he thinks he knows it all, and he gives It to
you in the neck whenever you talk to him.
Come over to Maillard's and I'll ball you
off for a cocktail.
In Boston, Mass. Miss Priscilla Back-bay-Mr.
Washington von Bnmmersville is,
assuredly, not precisely geometric in his
conformance with our cherished idealisms
of perfect social intercourse, which we have
been so sedulously educated to reverential
ize at their exalted value, my dear, bnt you
must commit your memory to tbe logically
necessary task of recalling for permanent
reference the very important fact that he is
a native of the municipality of New York,
and that his store of mundane wealth is
credibly reputed to be almost unqualifiedly
Miss Puritanica Kingschapel I thor
oughly appreciate the latter fact, Priscilla,
and do not underestimate its importance. I
perhaps should not be averse to his atten
tions were it not that he presents so su
premely ridiculous an assumption of uni
versal knowledge to one in the course of the
most casual and commonplace conversation.
Why, if one were to accept him at his own
belief of himself.the scope of the wide woId
preserves no secrets, mysteries nor problems
from him: and his comprehension of every
thing within the radius of human intelli
gence, natural and acquired, far exceeds the
conventional store of usefnl information
that is popularly supposed to be embodied
in the encyclopedia. Let us drop in at
Jones', dear, and assimilate a bean and a
flagon of miik.
A Social Outcast.'
Saddsy Did ye went to de Centennial
balL Winks? '
Winks (sadly) No, Suddsyr I couldn't
go 1 didn't nave no lawn utiruuc
BRINGING UP ARIEL
Gail Hamilton,in the Bole of Miranda,
' Enthuses Overa Baby and
GIVES A LESSON IN PDEE LOGIC.
American Mothers Can Obviate thejfeed of
Laws and Jails..
SOME TOOTHSOME HAWAIIAN DISHES
wjuri'iur roa rax dispatch.
There is nothing like Summer Isles of
Eden lying-in dark purple spheres ot sea for
one who does nofknow how to cook, because
there are so many things here that a states
man or woman is not expected to know, that
individual ignorance is mercifully merged
in continental ignorance so I can enjoy the
strange new dishes without a pang. Ban
anas are of course delicious as we know
them at home, but here more so, and when
cooked more so again. One day Ah Chang
fries them; another, we have them sliced
with milk and sugar; for desert, baked with
nutmeg sauce ano jer day boiled. Then
the taro is excellet 'ing. It grows under
water, shaped like & Targe turnip, and when
cooked is of a lavender color. We have
taro regularly for breakfast and dinner, as
one would have potato. For dinner it is
boiled, and if I must do without either I
would let the potato go and take taro. For
breakfast we have the left-over taro fried in
slices or we pound the boiled taro to a paste
and then fry, and I do not believe there is a
waiter in the Great Bepublio who can cook
rice as we do in a great quantity of water,
never stirring it, as that makes it less light,
and when fully done pour off the water and
let it dry.
For breakfast this morning we ' had it
with milk and sugar, iu place of mush; also
steak, with fried sweet potato, two (de
licious) fried bananas, alligator pear, and
cakes and syrup. The alligator pear is a
most delicate thing with bread and batter.
Pepper and salt are ail I put on, but many
make a regular salad of it It looks queer,
a light green color, soft and oily and very
rich. It is not always liked at first taste,
but I fell to at once, and the liking grows
into a rapture.
ABIEL'S MTTIiE ATE3
Ariel has mellensfeed. I believe this is
a Micronesean dish, not native Hawaiian.
At any rate, she is growing fat on it, and
her mouth and chin are my hourly admira
tion. And oh I to see her creeping I She
sits down, rests on hands and doubles her
right leg under, dragging the left yfter
her. In this one-sided fashion she scuttles
across the floor. Her delight is to get be
tween two rocking chairs and rock, first one
and then the other, getting quite absorbed
in the work. She can pull herself by the aid
of a chair, so as to balance for a minute on
her knees. And she chatters to the
birdsl While sitting playing yesterday she
heard the canary on the veranda, and look
ing through the door she cried: "Ach?
Ach?" answering ever time-the biril sang.
She is as hearty as possible, eating loaves of
bread at each meal! I just asked her if she
would send her love to Native Land, and
she smilingly answers "Dabblerabble,"
which of course every intelligent American
understands. She persists in creeping to
the wall and rubbing her hands over the
paper, the colors of which rub off badly. I
have had to slap her hand quite hard, but
she is tough as a knot, for she won't cry,
but she will yell at me and struggle hard to
get to the paper. To-day she was playing
and suddenly remembered the paper. She
looked at me, grunted defiantly and scram
bled for the wall. I tried to divert her from
her purpose, but in Tain; so there was tbe
nsual scene defiance, yells and maternal
firmness. Mademoiselle gave in quite easily
mis ume, However, ana x can see mar sne
begins to reason a little and to understand
"Nol nol'' - -
She is a veritable will-o'-the-wisp now
here; now there; bnt her grandfather Frrd
wisely writes, "better be so than one of
those quiet, flabby, sleepy, soft, easy,
month wide open, tongue-out babies"
which is very nice of him. She stuffs
everything she can lay hold of into her
mouthand when I protest back go the defiant
little hands behind her and she shakes her
head, "Ach! achl" To-night Ferdinand
brought home a roll of dollar coins in a
paper, which he gave to Ariel. She suc
ceeded in pulling off the wrapper and then
had a gay time with the money. At last
papa coaxed her to put one piece in his
hand, and after that she took up each coin,
slowly turning round to drop it into bis
hand when he said "Give itrto papa" until
she had deposited 16 dollars. Then" she
was sick of it and yon could not hire her to
pick up another.
A EE1IAEKABLE CHILD.
She doesn't seem like a babv any more.
She looks grown up. And it is true, she
isn't a baby and her ways are not babyish.
She has long spells of thoughtfulness,
actual wisdom and she doesn't care for play,
things much, but only to work hard climb
ing up by the help of the low steamer trunk
or tugging to open abnreau drawer. No mat
ter bow hard she bumps her head she only
stops long enongh to look around at me and
then back again to business. This morning
as I was putting in her pin, she clutched it
before it was clasped, making a scratch
across one finger. She held it up and
gravely inspected it, then put it up to my
mouth. I kissed it and she seemed quite
satisfied. She fell over to-day and made a
bump on her forehead, but merely winked
hard and resumed her climb up the piano
stool. Oh! there is no doubt about it, she is
Ferdinand says this will never do, that
one must write abont politics and society
and literature, and that Ariel will be a bore.
Our Ariel a bore! To whom. I should like
to know? Show me the man who dares say
mai 01 my sweet angel, wno is a raving
beauty and so fascinating to-day when she
'was playing with the strip of sunlight on
the floor, that I put away my book to enjoy
her. Politios, indeed! It is I that am
bored that have been bored all my life
with man's miserable pig iron and three
mile line inshore fisheries and the balance
of trade, and duty on silks dead, dumb
things, that are of no good to anybody, and
keep one from nice clothes. Beal politics
is human beings. Ariel is a political entity.
Little, fresh soul, starting out as pure as
heaven and as transparent as the sunlight.
She is sunlight, showing in every look and
lisp how souls grow. And this hnman soul
is the end for which houses are built and
constitutions written and laws enforced.
Z.ESSON8 IN rOQIC.
Is it any less important, pray,
and train a little soul right, whe:
en it is be
ginning, than it is to trounce it and chain it
and warp it and bribe it and whack away
at itiu me puipu anu in tne courtrooms
and in the newspapers when it has become
all bard and dingy and deceitful, and can
not move easily and cannot see clearly?
No. If tbe Senators and indues and edi-
Ltors and merchants would take a little of
the time which they spend in reading their
nonsense columns abont stocks and what the
chances are for some one to be elected, when,
if they would wait a few days till the
election is over, they would know for cer
tain; and if, instead, they would, all sit
down on the ground and watch Ariel nnder
the algeroba trees on the little blue, and
pink crib blanket which I carry about
everywhere because she looks so pretty
with it for on underground, add just
watch and listen as she sits with
a fistful of grass talking to it
and her new sunbonnet flops over her face
bewitchingly,they would learn lessons in
pnre logic, they would see developments of
pure reason that would stand them in much
better stead than their gossipy newspapers
and their musty, fusty, dusty disquisitions.
Now I turn to tell you about the fish mar
ket, not because Ariel is a bore, bnt beeaase
I can spare the time while that incompar
able child, tibat Master of Arts, takes her
afternoon nap. . t
amo. 10 say or to ' tuasr tor a moment tsat
one child creeps just like another shows a
lack of observation in .Ferdinand which
makes him seem more like other men than
anything I ever detected'in him before. A
trained eye, such as Harvard Annex .gives
to women, would show even a man that
children creep as differently as men live.
SIGNS 07 CHARACTER.
Ariel's little curling leg is her own charm
ing sign manual, or, as Oirton girls say,
sign crusculine. Another child creeps on
all fours. A third sits flat down and straight
up and bitches alorrjr. It is character. But
instead of watching the dear babv so as to
see what the kingdom of heaven is, men
will sit and smoke, or go off to their clubs
or the banks or the offices, and try to bnild
up the kingdom of this world. And Ariel
will not creep much longer!
The consequence is that a whole country
is rocking up and down with prohibitory
laws and prison idleness and solitary con
finement, and things that ought to have been
settled when the drunkards and the prison
ers were in their cratiles. I am a prohibi
tory law to our baby. She is already be
ginning to understand that "no, no" means
absolute prohibition. The next thing will
be to make her understand that one "no"'
means just the same as two. Then she must
learn to say her own no. If all the babies
of oneT generation could be taught this I
consider mat it would be equivalent at least
to the anti-saloon movement. Then when a
habit is so thoroughly ground in that it be
comes a principle, why it is equal to a Con
stitutional amendment, and the woik is
done. All the cost of electioneering is
saved and the country has a generation of
temperate citizens, temperate not because
tne oars are closed and tbe laws enforced.
lDnt because they like to be temperate; be-
cause it is ill-bred to be intemperate; be
cause 11 is vuiear not to be self-controlled.
And all this is owing to the women who
watch their Ariels, and see when the little
will lurches into self-will and curb it; see
when the pleasantness of enjoyment is in
danger of becoming the pleasantness of
selfishness and check it; see when courage
dares to push itself into defiance and soften
it back to courage. ,
WHEEE TO BEOET EETOBM.
I don't suppose we shall wholly succeed,
we mothers; but we shall do a great deal
better than the State prisons and the laws.
If you can't reform a man when he is a
baby you certamlrcan't count on reformim?
him when he is a grown man. All the
goodof crown-up reformatories is in their
application to the poor creatures whose
fathers and mothers did not know how to
rear them. They have no reform for the
well-reared. If I can't teach Ariel to be a
good girl some one else must, but it is of
more importance that I try than anything
else in the world, and so I just say to the
great men who are talking abont planting
Ireesfor the future and suppressing Mor
monism and establishincr schools and mat
ing treaties for the Northwest passage
and the Samoan reefs, that I am doing
better work than they, because it is closer
work; and it is much more important that
they listen to my report and see how fast
Ariel develops in her tiny teeth and in
sweet little intelligence and her lovely lit
tle character, and what develops her, than
it is for me to listen to them to know how
many miles a minnte a fast horse trots or
how many shakes au earthquake gives to
the square inch. The horse is nothing but
a horse when all is said, and what good does
it do to know all about an earthquake if
you cant stop it? And if you could stop it
you would doubtless do more harm than
good, since now they say it is only the liv
ing earths that quake. The worlds that are
still are dead. So it may comfort the poor
earthquakers to know that after all there's
life in the old land yet!
FLYING UiNDER WATEE.
Birds That Can Swim Qnlte as Easily as
TUey Can Fly.
One of the most water-loving birds is a
dainty little songster beloneintr to the thrush
found in most parts of the world, and likes
i -r ai u j 111 I
best the neighborhood of those merry mount
ain streams which rush boisterously on to
their fate, now leaping headlong over some
high rock, now swirling in some deep pool,
and now eddying, dancing, splashing down
a steep incline. Waterfall, pool and eddy
ing stream are alike to the water-ousel,
which will dash into one or the other with
the same ready confidence as the- ordinary
bird into the air.
In winter, when its watery home 1V frozen
over, it will seek other and milder parts.un
less it can be sure of finding holes in the
ice, in which case it will not hesitate to re
mainat home, for it will plunge through a
hole into the icy water with no care at all
for temperature, and having made its ven
ture successful by the capture of a small
fish, will return to the air once more.
So fond is it of water that it will build
its nest as near to It as possible, and one in
stance is recorded of a pair which actually
built behind a waterfall, taking advantage
of the space made by the shoot of the water
over tne top or the rocar.
Although tbe ousel uses its feet while
swimming, its progress is chiefly dne to the
wings, which are moved exactly as if flying
in the air. The wings are admirably
adapted to this use, being almost as broad as
long, and of comparatively great power.
The tail is very short, and the body is cov
ered with soft thick down, which, as the
true aqnatic birds, affords an impervious
shield against the water.
Like all other birds which either casually
or habitually re3ort to the water, says .Har
per's Magazine, the ousel seems to regard
that element as its safest retreat in time of
danger. Even the little birds which have
never before ventured from the nest, and
which are auite unable tn flv. hv tuun
known, when alarmed during the absence of
the parents, to rush pell-mell to the nearest
water and with extraordinary facility to run
along the, bed of the stream for many yards
before seeking the air. Allowing everything
tothe overpowering force of instinct, there
still remains something to wonder at in the
feeling of confidence which can inspire the
fledglings to take so anxiously to the water.
A Remark Frequently Heard.
While walking the streets of Pittsburg,
since Judge White's last onslaught, it will
be proper for a man to say to his traveling
com Dan ion occasional!? what thr- nrnn.
of North Carolina said to the Governor of
Had Had Experience.
Employer You say you can hang paper?
Ex-Editor I'm pretty sure I can; I'm
quite handy with the scissors and paste; I
used to edit a country paper.
In Defease of His Locality.
Mr. Genesee (making his maiden speech
in tfieXiegisIatare) Yon may think, gea
tlemen, that my coMtitaeata are what yea
are pleased here in Albany to- term Ofay,
seeds,' bat I want yea. Is understand tfeftt
you oan't,feol us aet.sy, a" colossal sm-
LUCET WEDDING DAY
Superstitions of Peculiar or Unknown
THE BEST TIME ' TO MAEET.
Unlucky Friday, the bay TOws ika Scotch
STEANGB H0TI05S ABOUT BKID13
nramct job thi dispatcs.J
Belief in luck is almost universal. Thto
is not strange when we consider the profits
and rewards men have reaped merely by
taking advantage of favorable opportuni
ties. It may be that luck is a myth aad
that good fortune comes to him who haa
good sense and is shrewd enough to raaka
the most of what comes his way. But cir
cumstances so cften help, appa
rently, to make or mar a man's
wojdly career that it is no won-'
der that Fortune is constantly alluded to a
"tne ncile goddess." It Is interesting to note
some of the curious superstitions that hava
grown from the doctrine of thepotentiality of.
luck. Who has not heard them? Take, for
example, that old belief regarding the num
ber 13. Everybody has heard it, and not a
few believe in it fully. According to popu
lar belief thij superstition originated with
the last supper of Christ, when Judas was)
the thirteenth at the table. Bnt an old
writer claims that it is founded on tbe cal
culations of life insurance societies, which
estimate that out of 13 persons 1 will dl
Friday, which is regarded as an unlucky
day almost the whole world over, singularly
enough is considered in Scotland a very
auspicious day for marriages. Taking-s
life partner is snch an important step for
both man and woman that it is but natural
that young people should be particular to
have their wedding celebrated under the
most favorable auspices. It is remarkable,
however, that May, the season of love, cele-
urateu as sucu uj poets wnuuut num
ber, is looked upon by the English
and English-speaking people generally, a
AK THSLVCKY TI1IE 70S MAEBTDTO.
"Marry in May, and you'll rue the day,"
has passed into a proverb in Great Britain.
The superstition is said to have come dowa
from tbe Bomans, but the origin and mean
ing of it are lost to history. June, on the
other hand, is regarded as tne best month in
which to marry. No Scotchman will be
married on Sunday a wedding on that day
is said to be a thing unheard of in that land
of rigid Sabbatarian observance. The
Scotch also have a great fondness for getting
married on the last day of the year, and the
number of marriage certificates bear
ing the date December 31, is from
5 to 20 times as great as any
other date that could be selected.
With tbe French Canadian peasantry Mon
day is the favorite wedding day. In this
country Thursday has the preference, and it
is safe to say twice as many marriages taka
place on that day as occur on any other day
of the week. Christmas weddings are de
cidedly popular, and many young Amer
icans, whether from patriotic or supersti
tious motives, seem to regard the Fourth of
July as a good day on which to marry.
Dismissing the subject of days and sea
sons propitious for weddings, we observe
that there is a great number of superstitions
regarding that'always interesting being; the
bride. The declaration, "Happy is the
bride that the sun shines on!" is one to
which the brides themselves attach grea
importance. A young woman must be pos-
sessed of more than average good sense and '
courage if she does not feel disappointed on
arising on the morning of her wedding day
to find the sky obscured with clouds and a,
storm threatening. J
osiocr or A sxrpEBSTrnojr. , T ,
Whence came this common belief, making-
married life? Like many of the beliefs to
which we Americans cling fondly, it dates
back to feudal times in "Merrie England."
It was then the custom to have the marriage
ceremony performed on the church porch.
Under such circumstances wet weathermade
it decidedly unpleasant for all parties, and
it is no wonder that a belief that ram on a
wedding day was an omen of evil became
It is considered lncky for a bride to shed
tears on her wedding day; if she does not
she surely will be unhappy. Should she
meet a funeral procession while going to
church or returning, if a woman's, the
bride will die early. If the funeral be that
of a man the days of the bridegroom on
earth are numbered. A pretty practice is
that of decorating the hives ot the bees on
a wedding day, which is still kept up in
some parts of rural England. It is hard to
imagine what disaster could follow failure
to observe this custom; yet it is deemed
imperative that the intellizent insects be
respectfully treatedand duly informed that
a matrimonial event is to take place.
A curious custom, the memory of which
still survives both in Old and New En
gland, was that of the elder sister or brother
dancing in a hog's trough if the younger
member of the family was the first to marry.
"You'll be dancing in the hog's trough if
you don't look out" is an expression still
used to warn maids and bachelors that it is
time for them to mate, thongh it is doubtful
if the actual 'practice is kept up anywhere.
OMENS 07 EARLY 1IAKEIAOE.
In some parts of England it is customary
for the bridemaids and other single females
present to rob the bride ot every pin to be
lound in her dress after the ceremony is
over, the tradition being that whoever gets
possession of one of these pins will be sura
to marry within a year. Frequently thero
is vsry eager competition to gain these val
uable charms, so much so that the bride is
handled very roughly. It is also said that
if the bride while at the table cuts and
bands a piece cf cheese to a lady friend,
the recipient will be the next one of the
company to get a husband. In Scotland it
was long customary for the husband to lift
his bride over the threshold of her future
home that no witchcraft or other evil influ
ence might come upon her. ,
In the North of England it is considered
highly unlucky for the prospective bride to
be in church when the banns are published,
as any children she may have are likely to
be born deaf and dumb. The superstitions
attaching to the wedding cake and the wed
ding ring are almost innumerable. Per
haps one f the most curious is that of
breaking the wedding cake over the bride's
head, that the maidens present might
scramble for possession of the pieces. Those
so fortunate as to secure a morsel, on eating
it, would be sure tn dream of their lutura
hnsband on the same night This, also,
was an old English belief. Babxxy.
THE PAES0N WAS EIGHT.
The Record of a QIbd 'Whose Consnblal Eo
lations Were a Failure.
Elder Thompson, the famous TJniversalist
preacher who died some years ago, was once .
asked to marry a couple whose religious
views were at variance with his own. After
the ceremony the bridegroom expressed his
entire satisfaction with the service. "I
don'tsee,"hesaid, "thatyou could have done ,
it any better if yon'd believed In a helL"
A little theological discussion followed, in
which Elder Thompson advanced the idea
that "a man gets his hell in this world.y
Two years after, Father Thompson met bejj
man again. . A'f
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man said. , aS"4?
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