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B. F. SCHWEIER,
THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
Editor and Proprietor.
MIFFIalNTOWN, JUNIATA COUNTY, PENN., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1899.
As Poll;, readies the second window she I
.... . . . i
tells Jane tu re-enter the house and watch I
the sleeping man ior uer. as soon as ever t
the girl disappeared, she is on the sill and I
throuti the optH casement.
Yes. here is the same room in wnicn net
J, interview was held with the old clerk
of Chilton; and there stan-Is ma bed, with
the immortal package on the top of it.
She sits d'Avn, and. taking out a pair of
scissors provided for the purpose. corn-
nors. one nas never niiL-umicu uu ilc
difficulty of her task. The box, or books,
or whatever the contents may be, hare
been stitched and restitched with thick
twine, so that the old man appears to have
ijnt days over his task. At last, by dint
of blunted implements and bruised fin
gers, Ielia has succeeded in removing th
outer wrapper of American cloth, when
ihe fitnls herself confronted by a second
one of drugget or baize, as hard to work
through as the first.
She tries to cut right through the centei
of the package, but some hard substanci
resists the scissors; she must have pa
tieoee and pro-eed by degrees.
As she has half unripped the secoud
Miverins;. however, she is startled by
noise upon the uncarpcted stairs the
,uul of approaching footsteps stumbling
up the narrow gangway. What can it be'i
Is it possible that Strother can have
(wakened from his slumber and had hit
suspicions aroused by her absence? Sbt
Dies to the casement which looks out np
ou the front. It is true! He has left his
chair, and a key is already grating and
twisting about in the keyhole of the door.
Pelia has no time for consideration no
time to do anything but to escape by the
way she eunie, so leaving the "paircel" in
the state to which she had reduced it.
and not waiting even to recover her fallen
scissors, she leaps to the window sill, and
is d..wn the steps and standing on thf
gravel path below before an ye had seen
Her next effort is to place the steps
where she found them, and thence to pro
ceed. Hushed and panting, into the front
kitchen, where Jane Is qnietly seated
shelling broad-beans, with her half-sovereign
laid on the table beside her.
"The old gentleman's gone through or
to his room," are the first words with
which she placidly greeta Delia. "My
g'xnlness: what's that?"
She alludes to a loud scream, like the
Bote of an angry ape in pain, which pro
ceeds from Strother's chamber. Delia
knows full well what it is, and prepares
to fly from further questioning. But the
old man's ravings reach them but too dis
tinctly. "Wha's been in my room?" he cries.
"TA'ha s daured to touch my paircel? Let
me find the carle and I'll wreeng his neck
for him. I'll ken wha'a daured to fash
me. I was anely f the gairden takin' a
wee ilrap o' whusky, and naebody hae
been i' the house but Jean. It maun be
that huzzy Jean. Here, Jean, Jean!"
"Yon had better go to the old man and
quiet him, Jane," says Delia, "Tell him
do one has been in his room. How could
they, with the door locked? I'm afraid
( may have given bim a little too much
whisky. I o what you can with him, and
I'll go and tell Miss Tatsy, whom I aee
coming np the garden, all about it."
Miss Patsy does not think anything of
the affair. Mrs. Manners is "main" good,
ihe says, to trouble about "the old hunks,"
but one never dreams of attending to any
thing he says or does. He's as "daft" as
any lunatic in the county asylum.
"And where have you been. Patsy?"
"I've been to meet my yonng man,
ma'am," says Patsy, with a blnsh and a
smile; "for, you see, it is our harvest
home supper to-night, and if he was to
miss it all the fun of the evening would
be gone for me."
"Naturally. Where is your supper to'
"Up at the big barn in the poplar field.
I suppose it would be no use asking ye to
Join us, ma'am. Likely parson will be
there. He mostly looks in at the harvest
"No, Patsy, thank you; I am too tired
to-day. ISesides. Mr. and Mrs. Bond ar
In London and I have the cottage to look
sfter. But I hope you will have a very
pleasant evening and that your young
man will be sure to be there."
he g ts away as soon as she can aftei
that, f.,r she is disappointed at the failure
of her aft. moon experiment and fears lest
he niiiy have ninrred her chances of suc
cess by li.-r prwipituiu-y. But as she sits
ioiie in the evening t' 'iking over thes
things it suddenly on u. .. io her that in all
lr..b:ibii;ty ,,ld Strother vill have gone ue
to the harvesting supper with his friends
ml the roast be once more clear.
She nev. r thought of asking Patsy Ken
oett nhethi-r her grandfather would be
Included among the guests, but it is worth
8 oing u, to the farm to see if it is the
cast- ,,r in,. A h soon as this idea strikes
IM.ii she , it jlllo execution. It is ten
0 "lock; but what is ton o'clock for a
-'lk along a ,uhtry lane, with the har
dest moon lighting up each object a
Tight us day?
W hen slo- has traversed half its dis
tanee lor i-v,. i attracted by something
that gliti.-rs in the hedgerow. Delia
"toops to ,jek it up and finds, to her as
tonisliineiit. that it is the same glass flask
she pre.,,,ed to the old Scotchman that
It Is hke the old man's surly ingrati
tude to throw it away, she thinks; but
how on earth did it eonie here? She holds
't m her hand as she walks on wondering,
hut can eonie to no better conclusion than
that Strother tuny have commissioned
J'tue child to fetch him whisky in it with
the money she j,aT0 n!lIli an(j tne mcg8en
ger. cognizant of the old mnn's weakness
of intellect, has been unfuithful to bis
But as she reaches the farmhouse an
other light is thrown upon the clrcnm
uic. She is met by the servant Jane,
'".litij loudly, after the fashion of the
'old r .,r.l.. . .
- ueii in aistress, ana wring
fa. ious heavens!" exclaims Delia,
uit is the matter?"
I on as Delia- Mars the news she says
J rapidly to the servant:
'.I , il . " , T 1 w"!
scarcn or bun and bring him back with
nle jf i (.au 11 W1ID
As Delia hurries along, her thoughts are
ill in confusion, and she is only sure of
ine thing that she must follow after
.hnt Iulr.i ., . . i . VtT
7?Ll'5 her to he
only will she observe, to scribble a few
linos in pencil on the back of a card, and
give it to the purblind housekeeper at the
rectory, who she knowa cannot read, to
She walks so quickly that she has ar
rived at the little town of St. Alders be
fore she thinks she is half way there. Thf
railway station is on the outskirts of the
town, and the state of activity it appears
to be in emboldens Delia to go straight
there and make inquiries for the object ol
her search. She finds the narrow plat
form quite crowded with jiassengers, and
i truck full of luggage bars her entrance
for the space of half a second. It is evi
ictit a train is momentarily expected. As
he enters the booking office, a clerk
thrusts his face ont at the ticket office.
"Now, then, miss -where for? Winches
or, Basingstoke, Waterloo?"
"No. thank you! I only came to ask if
in old man, very bent and decrepit, and
ihabbily dressed, with a hjrge parcel, has
yeea seen here this evening? He has left
lis home, and bis friends are very much
distressed about him."
"Don't know nothiuk about it, miss;
better ask the station master," says the
ticket clerk, abruptly, as he bangs down
"Oh! where is the station master?" ex
claims Delia to every one within hearing.
"Do you think the lady can mean the
little peddler looking fellow who carried
l box, or summat, on his back, and spoke
such broad Scotch, Bill!" demands an offi
cial, who has overheard her conversa
tion, of another.
"Yes, yes! that is he!" replied Delia,
eagerly. "An old man, with his hair half
red and half white, and with a freckled
ikin, and velveteen suit. He is mad. I
nust find ont where he's gone tor'
"Well, if so be this was the old gentle
nan you're in search of, miss, he booked
lisself by the 8:10 for Winchester, where
ie must have been landed full an hour
When does the next train leave
" "Why, thia here's the Winchester train
is is alongside now! Last one to-night,
too the eleven express to London. She
won't stop again now, except at Win
chester and Basingstoke, till she's run
through to Waterloo."
"Put me in a carriage! I muat follow
that man at all risks!"
"You'll have to look sharp If yon want
to leave by thia train. Have yon got your
"I'll pay at the other end!" cries Delia,
is she leaps into the carriage, the door of
which is Just about to be closed with a
bang, and finds the train at the moment
moving off in the direction of Winchester.
In three-quarters of an honr she finds
herself at her destination. As she pays
her railway fare, she tries to extract some
information from the ticket collector. Her
best plan, he says, guessing ber station
in life, will be to put np t the George
Inn, In High street, and place her in
juiries in the hands of the parish author
ties in the morning.
' The night porter receives her in the hall
' f the George Inn, although the house is
I not yet shut np. She sleeps well and
I' leacefully. She la up with the morninga
As she sits at breakfast a card is put
I Into her hand, which is inscribed to her
surprise, with the name of ue Mesnrier.
In another moment the friends are to
gether. "Is it really my business that has
brought you over here!" cries Delia.
"How good and kind of you! I never
thought my message would have such an
"What other effect did yon anticipate.
Mrs. Manners? When I returned home
lust night and received your card I con
sidered it my duty to follow and offer you
my protection. What can you mean by
running about the country at dead of
0ight, in this harum-scarum way? What
good did you expect to do by it?"
"I don't know; but I traced Strother to
Winchester, and I felt that I must follow
him. How did you ascertain that I was
"As soon as I got your message I walk
ed after yon to St. Alders; but the station
was closed. So I sat there till the morn
ing, and came on by the first train. The
porters told me all about you and the
Scotch peddler" you were inquiring after;
to I knew I was on the right track. And
once at Winchester it was easy to guess
I should find yoa at the George Inn. Ev
erybody ho comes to Winchester goes to
"Oh! Mr. Le Mesuner, do you ttink
we shall find him?"
"Sooner or later, there is no doubt we
shall- but I question whether we can do
unch in a day. What are your plans?"
She tells him of her desire to consult a
aiagistrate, and be considers it the best
thing she can do.
"But be advised by me. Let me save
rou the trouble of walking all over the
town for nothing. Best quietly here, and
t will go out and mnke the necessary m
iniries. Then if your presence is requir
ed I will return and fcteh you.
(To be continued.)
Those persons who are afraid to trust
anybody else, owe their caution prob
ably to a thorough acquaintance with
themselves. . . . , ,nT
Moonlight nights are too bright for
burglars and for lovers.
oi hnnostv won't get a man a
meal down here; but it will land a man
safe in the kingdom of Heaven.
The person that understands amiss is
apt- to conclude worse.
The man who steals the preacher's
roose should not give the wings to his
wife to fan herseir m cnoreu.
A man can always go to his wife's
bureau drawer in broad daylight and
e-et the wrong thing.
It is hardly possiDie ior 'i
" ' j . .i mm.
. cnvMif t-i l in ..---r.
MAKES MAN AND BEAST MAD.
Fhatesrraariiar Bays Ba4 Kxcltaa Htt
sama Being a Well Aaiaaala.
Why does the bull s strongly object
to a red rajrf White the nrofMslnnal
physiologists do not, as yet, appear to !
nave fonnd any satisfactory explana
tion of the fact, a French manufacturer
of photographic materials professes to
have discovered that bulls are by no
means the only members of the animal
kingdom who are excited by anything
red. A large number of bands are em
ployed In the manufactory, both male
and female, and most of the work baa
hitherto been performed In rooms to
which all the light that was admitted
came through panes of red glass.
Hardly a day passed without some ter
rific disturbance taking place among
the work people. Now It was a duel
tlmost to the death between two of the
men, now between two of the women;
sometimes the melee was general.
"Workshop regulations were absolute
ly Ignored and no amount of fines or
other punishments seemed to have any
permanent or deterrent effect. This
state of affairs was assumed, until re
cently, to be Inseparable from work
carried on In uncomfortable conditions.
At length It occurred to some bright
spirit that the red panes of glass might
be at fault, and It was decided to try
wnat the effect of green panes would
he. The effect was instantaneous.
From that day a sudden peace fell
upon the whole workshop that had nev
?r been known before. Bickering and
fighting ended as If by enchantment,
and voice of man or woman was never
heard raised above a whisper. New
LAW AS INTERPRETED.
In determining whether or not a per
wn le a habitual arlmlnal under ft
statute masrsng him such after two
former imprisonments for felony It is
held. In Stat vs. Martin (Ohio), 43
L. R. A. M, that Imprisonment termin
ated by unconditional pardon cannot
The serious conflict of authority on
the duty of land-owners to keep prem
ises safe Is considered in Kits vs.
Wheeling (W. Va.), 43 L. R. A. 148, in
which It Is held that there is no such
iuty toward trespassers even if they
ire children, and that negligence to
create a right of action in their favor
nust be so gross as to amount to a
But the limitation of a general ticket
for passage on a railroad to the day on
which it Is sold is held. In Louisville
ind Nashville Railway Company vs.
Turner (Tenn.), 48 L. R. A. 140, to be
.nvulld, unless there is an express con
tract to that effect, based upon a con
sideration, or an alternative given to
ihe purchaser to hare a full aad ununi
One who gets upon a train with a
ticket which he knows does not, upon
ts face, entile him to passage, because
the time for which It purports to be
ralld has expired, is held, in TreBoaa
rs. Chicago Great Western Railway
Company (Iowa), 48 L. R. A. 186, to
have no right to recover damages for
being ejected. If he refuses to pay fare,
although he thinks the time limitation
The first attempt to subject lLfe-h
inrance policies to taxation was defeat
ad in State Board of Tax Commission
ers vs. Holllday (Ind.), 42 L. R. A. 826.
where paid-up or non-forfei table and
partly paid-up life-insurance policies
were assessed, but tne court neia tnat
the existing statutes, though providing
for the taxation of all property not
expressly exempted, did not provide
any special regulations for the valua
tion of this peculiar kind of property.
What His Lordship Desired.
Genius has always been associated
rlth carelessness in dress and very f re
cently ludicrous mistakes happen.
Lord Rosse, who built the famous tele
scope that bears his name, was aa ex
pert mechanic and was also somewhat
careless about his dress.
On one occasion the earl was looking
through the engine room of a large
manufactory. He suddenly became In-
erested In something he saw and, tak
ing out bis waAch, stood looking from
t to the machine with a peculiar smiia
n his face.
The engineer came along. "Well,
That's up?" be growled. "What are
rou grinning at? What bare you to
Ind fault with?"
"Oh," answered Lord Rosa, "I am
tot finding fault I am calculating
low long before the boiler explodes."
"Boiler explodes? Why, you're cra-
ly, man! Yon got out of this."
"Well," said the earl, "u you worst
ten minutes longer with that screw
loose the boiler will certainly ex
plode." The engineer looked at tne screw in
Jlcated, Jumped at It and fastened It
is soon aa be could.
"Why didn't you say that sooner?"
"Why should I?" answered Lord
Rosse. "I never yet had an opportunV
tjr of seeing a boiler explode."
Symptoms of Overexertion.
An eminent German physician de-
tiares that as long aa a bicyclist, after
i long tour, has a good appetite, aoes
tot feel a desire to go to sleep at once,
ind Is not annoyed by heavy dreams on
the night following, he may consider
mat he nas not made too great a de
Band oa his physical resources.
Wood Too Heavy to Float.
California redwood contains practi
cally no resin, but a large amount of
water, which makes the green wood so
sxceedlngly heavy that often the lower
g of a tree will sink In water.
Gave Himself Away.
"And yon are buey, are you?" Inter
rogated the customer, as he paid his
check to the restaurant proprietor.
"Busy! Why, I'm so rushed I don't
get a chance to go out to get a bite to
sat!" was ttie unguarded reply. Tonk
The charitable man who gives a coat
of paint to a window shutter helps the
When a man la all broke np he
tka aagisssty ac sassidlng his wajm.
HE BEAT THE TRUST.
A Clever echeeae Which Uu Worked
t)T a Wheelaaaker.
"I don't care to mention names," said
a visitor from New Jersey, "but this Is
an absolutely true story of how one
man at -least beat a big trust at Its
own game. He was at the head of a
small concern making let us say car
wheels (that s not exactly it, but pretty
nearly), and about a year ago he got a
private hint that the other car-wheel
people were arranging a combine. He
said nothing, but Immediately commu
nicated with several of the largest con
sumers, and by offering confidentially
a reduction of about 15 per cent se
cured advance orders that would oc
cupy him over two years to fill, run
ning at full capacity. At the price
named every wheel would be made at a
loss, and his partners were badly
scared. He told them to keep thell
mouths shut and wait.
"In a few months the trust, was or
ganlzed, according to programme, and
one day a bland agent dropped In and
offered him a fair price for the plant.
He said he didn't care to sell. The
trust thereupon proceeded to put on
the screws In the usual fashion. In
other words, they cut rates, but,
strange to say. the little wheelmaker
didn't seem to care. Then they made
another and much larger cut with the
Intention of freezing him out at one
"That was Just what he was waiting
for, and through a third party he In
stantly placed orders covering all the
contracts he had made at a figure that
left him a handsome margin of profit.
Without suspecting that the large or
ders came from their intended victim
the trust people became alarmed at the
losses incurred In the freezing out pro
cess and made him another and much
better offer for his plant, which he
"Now the trust has the concern and U
obliged to run it day and night to make
wheels at 25 per cent under actual cost
for the man It tried to ruin. As fast as
he gets them he turns them over on his
contracts, and reaps the Intermediate
profit while, needless to say, the trust
magnates howl with anguish every
time they mae"a delivery. The little
wheelmaker got enough out of the sale
of the plant to retire for life, and he is
carrying out the rest of the campaign
merely for sport He says It's great
fun to see a trust on the gridiron."
New Orleans Times-Democrat
Home Copious La n ana area.
Among all the European languages
the Engllsn Is the richest so far as the
number of words is concerned, and it
Is also the one which has added to its
vocabulary the largest number of
words within the last half century. The
latest English dictionaries contain not
lesa than 260,000 different words. Next
in rank comes the German language,
IUCWH1UU 111V ,1 1 1 , , ww,VW, IOT
French, with 30.000, and the Spanish,
with 20,000 words. Among the oriental
languages the Arabic Is the most copi
ous. Its vocabulary being even richer
than that of the English language. In
the Chines languages there are 10,000
tyllables or roots, out of which It Is pos
sible to frame 49,000 words. Another
notable language is the old Indian Ta
mil, which ts now spoken in the south
of India, and which contains, accord
ing to the latest calculations, 67,642
words. In the Turkish language there
are 22.530 words, and thus It Is richer
than the Spanish and some other Euro
pean languages, A singular fact Is
that aborigines, as a rule, have very
limited vocabularies. The Kaffirs of
South Africa have at their disposal
aot more than 8,000 words, and the na
tives of Australia use only 2,000 words.
IStand Up to Fit a Shoe.
"People would find le?s difficulty with
ready-made shoes," said an experienced
salesman, "if they would stand up to
fit them on. Instead of sitting down.
Nine persona out of ten, particularly
women, want a comfortable chair while
they are fitting a shoe, and It Is with
the greatest difficulty you can get them
to stand for a few minutes, even after
the shoe Is fitted.. Then, when they be
gin walking about, they wonder why
the shoes are not so comfortable aa
they were at flrt trial Exercise
brings a larger quantity of blood into
the feet and they swell appreciably.
The muscles also require certain space.
In ' buying shoes this fact should be
borne In mind."
White Races In the Tropica.
The Indian Medical Record does not
believe in the acclimatization of the
white race In the tropics. It holds that
the lowered death rate In hot countries
Is not an evidence to the contrary, but
rather that It shows it Is only after
elaborate precautions have been learn-
ed that It exists. It Is rather a proof
of the Inability of the white race to
colonize that Is, to labor and undergo
constant exposure In the tropics. It is
absurd to say. It claims, that a reduc
ed death rate directly due to the care
ful avoidance of every possible expos
ure Is an evidence that such exposure
pan be endured.
"I cannot reach his heart,'
Further, the senorlta wept.
"This is what comes," she exclaimed
some more, "of allowing myself to be
cajoled Into buying a stiletto at a bar
gain sale for 19 cents." Indianapolis
Passing Pete Stringey's a-goin' to
Callforny for his health.
Tatters Tired Whut's trubble?
Passing Pete De handouts In
section hasn't agreed wld his digest)
Dies. Philadelphia North American.
Not Fafe to On.
"I think my wife will stay at home
"How do you know?"
"She doesn't like my taste, and I told
her I thought I'd have the house pa
pered all over If she went away."
Elastic Neck, Also.
"Have you noticed what an elastic
step Mr. Haughtl has?"
"No; but come to think of It, I havi
often heard the street gamins yell
'Rubber I when he passed."
BUftlAL OF A HDLER.
HOW CHINA'S DEAD RULERS ARE
Etlqaette aad Ceetly Cereaaealee At
tend the Obeeqniee LonsT Period of
Monrntas and Oreat Naaaber of 6ac
rlftcee Made-Tae lstteraaeat Iteelf.
Stiquette Is the Chinese religion.
The center of ritualism is the Emperor,
alive or dead. M. Ch. de Harles of
the French academy, one of the great
est authorities on China, drawing
from the hundreds of volumes filled
with a description of Chinese rites, has
lately prepared a full account of all
the Imperial ceremonies, - developed
and added to from 713 A. D. to the
present time, dwelling at length upon
the luneral of the Emperor.
Immediately the Emperor dies his
successor, with the other members of
the Imperial family, removes caps.
bead dresses, ornaments, and plumes,
and begins to sob and leap for sorrow.
In this Interval the corpse Is dressed
and laid in state In the great hall of the
For 100 days the family live In a
plain house outside of the palace, wear
coarse garments, and leave the hair
uncombed. All of the sacrifices cease,
save that to "Heaven and Earth."
During the twenty-seven months fol
lowing mourning Is worn; there is
never a bouquet nor any music.
After various prostrations, lamenta
tions, tea drinking, waving of ban
ners, etc., the Emperor returns to his
mourning-house, but etiquette com
pels him to visit the corpse again and
again during the first day, each time
presenting the dead man with choice
viands and making libations of wine.
Next morning, amid Innumerable
small ceremonies, ine will Is brought
In by the supreme counselors and laid
upon a yellow taDle, whereupon the
now sovereign assumes his robes of
slate, and orders the tambour to be
struck five times as notification that
sacrifices are In order. This Is a pre
lude to the Imperial cremation, or,
rather, burnt offerings, for during
these almost endless obsequies more
than 1,000,000 pieces of paper money,
with thousands of sheep, bottles of
wine, and sacrificial meats, are offered,
accompanied by libations of tea on the
part of the new Emperor or the priests
Day after day the weeping prostra
tions" ant offerings, . accompanied by
new prayers, take place, with the man
darins and princesser In attendance.
Each-one has a special function to per
form, and no small detail of tears. In
cense, or. gloriously colored silk gar
ments are' ever neglected or misplaced.
Three days before the Interment
which mr not take place for a year
peror announce it to heaven and earth
and the genii and ancestors. On the
eve of the transporting of the body of
ferings of nine sheep, fifteen bottles of
wine, and 150,000 pieces of paper
money are brought' a prayer Is read,
and a libation made. On the day Itself
five rolls of the tambour announce the
ceremony. The funeral cortege Is
formed, and the bier Is carried te the
mortuary hall. The Emperor comes
weeping, makes . three libations of
wine, and the Dowager Empress does
the same. The coffin Is brought ovt,
placed on the bier, while the Emperor
stands to the left An officer pours
out the wine, and the coffin is carried
forward, followed by the Emperor,
Empresses, etc., with their eyes Ljred
on the bier. The coffin Is borne
through all of the palace gates, the
Emperor mounts his chariot and the
mandarins mount their horses. At a
station on the road offerings of fruits
and wine are again made. Arrived at
the cemetery, the Emperor hastens to
make his prostrations before the tombs
of his ancestors. When the funeral
train reaches the bridge over the
stream around the cemetery the coffin
ts carried through the south gate and
placed In the large hall, where the Em
peror makes the usual offerings. Dele
gates are sent to all the tombs to an
nounce the new arrival. On the next
flay seven sheep, fifteen bottles of wine
and 90,000 pieces of paper money are
offered. Then are brought sacrifices
f appeasement and repose to calm
the salrit of the deceased,- till then
wandering about restless, not know
Ing where to go; for cessation of tears;
for association of the deceased with
his dead ancestors. On the day of the
first of these the Emperor kneels down
outside of the cemetery, while the
coffin is carried in by officers, preced
ed by torch bearers. The wangs and
other dignitaries follow. It Is placed
on a bed of precious stones; the tablet
and seal are placed to right and left
1 he body is lowered Into the tomb and
the stone door closed and sealed. The
funeral Is ever.
EXPENSE OF LONDON SEASON.
Datlae De-vel-vlas; Upon Those Destrlaai
Admittance Into Swelldom's Circle.
The programme for a social season
ia London Is exceedingly Interesting at
first sight but when one realises It
must be repeated by each newcomer
and aspiring millionaire. It is evident
that "society" soon becomes a drug to
the freshest Individual. In the first
place, a bouse must be taken t any
cost; then a series of magnificent din
ners laid ont; then a series of "at
homes," with the most famous celebri
ties on the stage, dramatic and lyric.
to "draw" the fine world; then a sim
ilar series of dances must be arranged,
with a splendid $100,000 ball bringing
op the rear. Besides these actual ne
cessities there must be shooting boxes
and salmon fishing privileges secured
to which shall be invited the choicest of
new friends, because It Is the thing
to invite them. Having Issued this pro-
gramma tor the social magnates the
nulti-mlUionaire sits back and twirls
lis thumbs while his secretary pays the
411s. Boston Herald.
OHINESE FASHIONS IN FEET.
Eastern of Deferaataw Wosaea !
-Far Back Into Aatiqalty. I
"There Is one deformity which, regard-1
slut fashion, must have attained a
ne reajrectaJfls aae aad whose origin
Is lost In the mists that enshroud the
ancient' civilization which gave It
birth," writes Dr. Andrew Wilson In
the Illustrated London News In an ar
ticle on "Fashions In Drees and Per
sonal Deformity." "I allude to the de
formed feet of the Chinese women,
known, I believe, technically In the Ce
lestial Empire, aa the golden lily' fash
Ion. What happens here Is the bending
of the Infant's toes downward, so that
they become flexed on the sole, causing
the future Chinese lady to walk on the
knuckle Joints of the toes. Viewed
from the sole, the heel Is shaped some
what like a horseshoe, while In front
is a triangular surface, that of the
down-bent toes, a deep ridge separat
Ing toes and heel.
"The amount of distortion which Is
brought about by this extraordinary
Fashion Is, of coursj, extreme. The
higher the social rank In China the
mailer are the deformed feet, the prac
tice thus exhibiting grades and degrees
In the amount of distortion which is
produced. The toes, as described by an
expert who has studied this malforma
tion, are really twisted around the In
step bone of the great toe, and the
body's weight presses on the only ade
quate support which Is left namely,
the heel. The attitude of the Chinese
woman In walking is therefore ex
plained by the difficulty wl:h which she
maintains hor equilibrium. New York
.What are known as "tidal waves'
have nothing to do with the tides, but
are supposed to be caused by earth
quakes. They do not therefore, appear
at regular intervals.
In Germany crystals of slllcon-car-
blde, called carborundum, which are
practically as hard as the diamond, are
employed Instead of small diamonds
for ruling fine lines on graduated
scales. It Is said that they produce
lines more evenly drawn than those
made by diamonds.
The Savings Bank, In Brussels, sayt
the Revue Sclentlflque, has recently
adopted a process of sterilizing all
bank-notes which pass through Us
hands. The money Is exposed for sev
eral hours to the vapor of formalin.
The Revue suggests that books lent out
from public libraries should be similar
The fact tha;nir.to n oe
seen with a telescope --msn r
sometimes astonishes curious vl-'
to an observatory. Even more sort
ing Is the fact that stars can be photo
graphed In broad day. The Draper
photographing . telescope belonging to
the Harvard Observatory, has plcturtfti'
the dog-star, Sirius, at midday; and It
has been suggested that the photo
graphing of bright stars crossing the
meridian In daylight may prove to DC
source of Increased knowledge for
A tide that sweeps across the south
ern Indian ocean rrom ausibus io
the Cape of Good Hope divdes at the
latter point One part continues to
travel in a westerly direction toward
Patagonia, and the other moves north
ward up the Atlantic. The latter por
tion, re-enforced by a newly born tide
formed between Africa and South
America, takes twelve hours to ad
vance from the Cape to the coast of
New Jersey, New England and Nova
Scotia. The eastern wing of the At
lantic wave sweeps on toward Ireland
and Norway, arriving six hours later
In the vicinity of the former, and
twelve on the coasts of the latter.
Bova who propose to bombard hoi
nets' nests may find valuable Informa
tion in the description, by Sir. Hervy
Laney, in the Scientific American, of
the way those insects defend their
homes. There Is always a sentinel on
watch at the entrance, and when a
stone is thrown at the nest, "the hand
that threw it has been marked as sure
as the sun shines, and before the at
tacking party can possibly turn the
head he will feel a stunning blow in
the forehead, and possibly drop to the
earth" with pain, for tne nornei nies
with such velocity that the human
body Is not swift enough In movement
to get out of the way." In making
such a charge, Mr. Laney says, the
hornet flies "with head and tall to
gether," and the sting Is driven deep.
But if the boy gets behind a tree or
bush, and throws from sneuer ne is
likely to escape, because the hornet
seems to possess little power or locat
ing enemy by sight When the delivery
of a stone Is followed by a successful
charge, Mr. Laney thinks. It is because
the hornet possesses "the faculty of
marking the direction of a missilf
thrown at the nest"
Safe Depths for Divers.
The greatest diving feat ever achlev-
Id, it is said, was in moving the cargo
f the ship Cape Horn, wrecfeed off the
w.i.t of South America, when a divet
lamed Hooper made seven descents tt
a depth of over 200 feet, remaining at
roe time forty-two minutes under the
water. An authority states that the
greatest depth to which a man has
been known to descend docs not ex
seed 220 feet which Is equivalent to a
pressure of eighty-eight and one-half
Bounds to the square Inch.
Frobabilltlea to UU
Wife (at breakfast) I want to do
some shopping to-day, dear, if the
weather Is favorable. What are the
Husband (consulting his paper)
Bain, hall, thunder and lightning.
Cars for Typhoid Fever
Older has been discovered by a
French Investigator to be fatal to the
typhoid fever bacillus. It Is the malic
acid, he believes, that the bacillus can
Never twit jour wife because of her
foolish actions. But for them the
chances are aba wouldn't have maxrW
Rev. Dr. tannage
Subject! The Aospel's Trl am phVietorlM
of the ChrUtlaa Kellgioa Depleted
Transformations Wrought by Christ's
Teaching; Urnnkards KeelaJtnod.
Copyright. Louis Klopsch, ism.
Wirhikotom. D. 0. The antagonists of
the Christian religion are In this sermon of
Dr. Talmage met In a very unuaual way,
and the triumphs of the Gospel are depict
ed. The text is Ezeklel xxl., 21, "He made
his arrows bright, he consulted with Im
ages, be looked In the liver."
Two modes or divination Dy which tb
king ot Babylon proposed to find out the
will of God. Ue took a bundle ot arrows.
put them together, mixed them np, then
pulled forth one, and by the inscription on
it decided what city be should first as
sault. Then an animal was slain, and by
the lighter or darker color of the liver the
brighter or darker prospect of success was
inferred. Tbat Is tbe meaning of the text,
"He made his arrows brigbt, be consulted
with images, be looked In theilver." Stupid
delusion! And yet all tbe ages have been
filled with delusions. It seems as it tbe
world lores to be hoodwinked, tbe delusion
ot the text only a specimen of a vast number
of deceits practiced upon tbe human race.
In the latter rart of tne last century Jo
hanna Sonthoote came forth pretending to
have divine power, made prophecle.s, had
chapels built in her honor, and 100,009 dis
ciples came forward to follow her. About
five years before the birth of Christ Apol
lonius was born, and be came forth, and
after five years being speeuhless, according
to tho tradition, be healed tbe sick, and
raised the dead, and preached virtue, and,
according to tbe myth, having deceased,
was brought to resurrection.
The Delphlo oracle deceived vast multi
tudes of people; the Pythoness seated in
tbe temple ol Apollo uttering a crazy jar
gon from which the people guessed tneir
individual or national lortunes or mlslor
lortunes. Tbe utterances were of such a
nature that you could read them any way
fou wanted to read them.
But there are those who say tbat all these
delusions combined are as nothing com
pared with tbe delusion now abroad In tbe
world the delusion of tbe Christina relig
ion. That delusion has to-day 403.000,000
dupes. It proposes to encircle tbe earth
wltn its girdle, mat wnicn tins been called
a delusion has already overxliadowed the
Appalachian range on this side of the sea,
audit has overshadowed the Balkan and
Caucasian ranges on tbe other side of tbe
sea. It has conquered Englnnd and the
United States. This champion delusion,
this hoax, this swindle of the ngos, as it
has been called, has gone foifli to conquer
the islands ot the Pacific, and Melanesia
and Micronesia and Malayan Polynesia
have already surrendered to the delusion.
Yea, it has conquered the Indian archi
pelago, and Borneo and Sumatra and Cel
ebes and Java have fallen under its wiles.
In the Fiji Islands, where there are 120,000
people, 102,000 bave already becouie tbe
dupes ot this Christian religion, and if
things go on as they are now going on and
If the influence of this great hallucination
of tbe ages aannot be stopped it will swal
low tbe globe. Supposing, then, tbat
Christianity Is the delusion of the cen
turies, as some have pronounced it, I pro
pose to show you what has been accom
- Mshed by this chimera, this fallacy, this
thi swindle of the ages.
-t nla"",, lr that this
I .--jr e, profane, nnileon of speeou and
uaftean of aotion, drunken and lost. But
by tbe power of this delusion ot tbe Cbris
tain tellglon they bave been comrletrly
transformed, and now they a e kind and
amiable and loving and useful. Everyoody
sees tbe change. Under tbe power of this
great hallucination they bave quit their
former associates, and, whereas they once
fonnd their chief delight among those who
gambled and swore and raced horses, now
they find their chief joy among those wbo
go to prayer meetings and churches, so
somplete is the delusion. Yea, their own
families bave noticed it the wife hns no
ticed it, tbe children bave noticed it. The
money tbat went for ram now gots for
books and for clothes and for ed .cation.
He u a new man. All wbo know him say
there has been a wonderful change.
What is the cause of this change? This
groat hallucination of the Christian relig
ion. There is ss much difference between
what be is now and what he once was as
between a rose and a nettle, as between a
love and a vulture, as between day and
light. Tremendous delusion!
Admiral Farragut, one of the most ad
mired men ot tbe American navy, earlr be
same a victim of this Christian delusion.
and, seated not long before bis death at
Long Branch, ne was giving some trienns
an account ol nis early me. ue said:
My father went down in behalf of tue
United States Government to put an end
to Aaron Burr's rebellion.- I was a cabin
boy and went along wi h him. I could
swear like an old salt. I could gamble In
every style ot gambling. I knew all the
wickedness there" was at that timn
aboard. One day any father cleared every
body out of the cabin except myselt uud
locked tbe door. Ha said: 'David, what
are you goipg to do? What are you goiug
toner wen, -isaia. - iaiuer, i am going
to follow the sea.' 'Follow the sea and be
a poor, miserable, drunken sailor, kicked
and cuffed about the world, and die of a
fever In a foreign hospital.' 'Oh, not' I
aid. -Father, I will not be that; I will
tread the quarter deck and command as
yoa do.' 'No, David ' my father said;
'no, David, a person that has your prin
ciples and your bad habits will never
tread tbe quarter deck or command.' My
fnther went out and shut the door after
bim, and I said then, 'I will change, I wil
again' I will never drink
strain. I will never gamble again." and.
gentlemen, by tbe help of God, 1 have
kept those three vows to this time. I soon
after that became a Christian, and that
decided my fate for time and for eternity.'
Another captive of this great Christian
delusion. There goes Saul of Tarsus on
horseback at full gallop. Where is be go
lug? To destroy Christians. He wnnts no
better play spell than to stnud and wntou
the hats and coats of the murderers who
are massacring God's children. There
goes the same man. This time ne is afoot.
Where is he going now? Going on tbe road
to Ostia to die for Christ, l'hey tried to
whip it out ot him, they tried to scare it
out of him. they thought they would give
htm enough of it by putting him on small
diet, and denying h In a clonk, aud con
demning bim as a criminal, aud bowling at
him through tba streets: but they could
not freeze It out of bim. and they could not
eweat It out of bim, and they could not
pound It out of him, so they tried tbe sur
gery of tbe sword, and one summer d-iy in
66 he wss decapitated, reriuips t be mighti
est Intellect of the 6000 years of tbe world's
existence hoodwinked, cheated, cajoled.
duped by the Christian religion.
Ab.that is the remarkable thing about
(his d-lusion of Cbristianityl Itoverpow
rn the strongest intellects. Gather the
critics, secular and religions ol this cen
tury together and put a vote to them as to
which i3 the greatest book ever written,
and by large majority they will say.
'Paradise Lost." Who wrote "Paradise
Lost?" One of the fools who believed In
this Bible, John Milton. Benjamin Frank
lin surrendered to this delusion, if you may
judge from tbe letter that he wrote to
Tborons Pnine begging him to destroy "The
Age of Reason" in manuscript and never
let It go Into type, and writing afterward.
In his old days, "Of this Jesus ot Nazareth
I have to say that tbe system of morals
He left and tbe religion He has given us
are tbe best things the world has ever seen
or is likely to see." Tatrlck Henry, the
electric champion of liberty, enslaved by
this delusion, so that be says, "The book
worth all other books put together Is the
Bible." Benjamin Busb, the leading physi
ologist and anatomist ot bis day, the great
medical scientist what did be say? "T e
only true and perfect religion Is Christian
ity." Isaac Newton, tbe leading philoso
nhur of his time what did he sav?
That man jsrrenslsrlng .to this deiu-
Hon of Christian religion, crying
out "Tbe sublimest philosophy on
earth is the philosophy ot the Gospel."
David Brewster, at the pronunciation of
whose name every scientist tbe world over
uncovers his bead, David Brewster saving,
"Oh, this religion has been a great ltgbt to
me, a very great light all my day si" Presi
dent Thiers, the great French statesman,
acknowledging that he prayed when be
said, "I Invoke the Lord GoJ, In whom I
am glad to believe." David Livingstone,
able to conquer tbe Hon, able to conquer
the panther, able to conquer the savage,
yet conquered by this delusion, this halluci
nation, this great swindle of tbe ages, so
when they find bim dead they And him on
his knees. William E. Gladstone, the
strongest intellect in England, unable to
resist this chimera, this fallacy, this de
lusion ot the Christian religion, went to
the honse of God every Sabbath and often,
at the invitation of the rector, read the
prayers to the people. If those mighty In
telleots are overborne by this delusion,
what cbance is there for you and for me?
Besides tbat, I have noticed tbat first
rate Infidels cannot be depended on for
steadfastness in the proclamation of their
sentiments. Goetbe, a leading skeptic,
was so wrought upon by this Christianity
that In a weak moment be cried out, "My
belief In the Bible has saved me In my lit
erary and moral life." Rousseau, one ot
the most eloquent champions of infidelity,
spending his whole life warring against
Christianity, cries out, "The majesty of
the Scriptures amazes me." Altemont,
tbe notorious InflJel, one would think be
would have been safe agalust tbe delusion
of the Christian religion. Ob, nol After
talking against Christianity all his days.
In his last hours he cried out, "Ob, Thou
blasphemed but most Indulgent Lord God,
hell Itself is a refuge if It bide me from Thy
frown I" Voltaire, the most talented infidel
the world ever saw, writing 250 publica
tions, and tbe most of them spiteful against
Christianity, himself the most notorious
libertine ot tbe century one would bave
thought he could have been depended
npon for steadfastness In the advocacy of
Infidelity and In the war against this terri
ble chimera, this delusion of the Gospel.
But no; in his last hour he asks for
Christian burial, and asks that they
give bim the sacrament of tbe Lord
Jesus Christ. Why, vou cannot de
pend upon these first rate Infidels; you
cannot depend npon their power to resist
this great delusion of Christianity. Thomas
Paine, tbe god of modern skeptics, bis
birthday celebrated in New York and Bos
ton with great enthusiasm Thomas Patne,
the paragon of Bible haters Thomas
Paine, about whom his brother Infidel,
William Carver, wrote in a letter which I
bave at my bouse, saying tbat he drank a
quart of rum a day and was too mean and
too dishonest to pay for it Thomas Paine,
the adored of modern infidelity Thomas '
Paine, who stole another man's wife in
England and brought her to this country
Thomas Paine, wbo was so squnlid ami
io loathsome and so drunken and so prof
ligate and so beastly in his habits, soine
:lines picked out of the ditch, sometimes
.00" filthy to be picked ont Thomas Pnlne,
ino who would have thought tbat be
:otild bave been depended on for stead
fastness against this great delusion.
But no. In bis dying hour he begs the
Lord Cvsus Christ for mercy. Powerful
ielusion, all conquering delusion, earth
quaking delusion ot tbe Christian religion,
fen, it goes on. It is so Impertinent, and
it ts so overbearing, this chimera ot the
3ospel, tbat, having conquered the groat
picture galleries of the world, tbe old m os
iers and the young masters, It Is not satis
fied until it has conquered the muslo of the
world. Look over tbe programme ot any
magnificent musical festival and see what
re the great performances and learn tbat
the gr a I est of all the subjects are religious
" -i 10-r.Brs Lord Cairns, the high
ugV"d, tbe ex-ad- ,
in preacning - ...ft
:hu noor peoiifc of Boonana. xrxlwrfoTr
Frelinghnysen, of New Jersey, onoe Secre
tary of State, an old-fashioned Evangelical
Christian, an elder in the Reformed.
Church. John Bright, a deluded Quaker.
Henry Wilson, the Vice-President of tbe
United States, dying a deluded Methodist
jr Congregationalism Earl of Elntore dy
ing a deluded Presbyterian.
Yes, this delusion of the Christian re
ligion sbows itself In tbe fact tbat it goes
:o those wbo are in trouble. Now, it Is
Dft'l enough to cheat a man when he is well
ind when he Is prosperous, but this re
ligion comes to a man when he is sick and
mys: "You will be well again after awhile,
fou are going into a land where tbero are
ao coughs, and no pleurisies, and no con
iumptlons, and no languishing. Take
jourage and bear up." Yea, this awful
;bimera of the Gospel comes to the poor.
ini it says to them, "Yon are on your
way to vast estates and to dividends al
ways declarable."' This delusion of Chris
:ianity comes to the bereft, and it talks of
reunion before the throne and ot the cessa-
ion of all sorrow. And then, to show tbat
:his delusion will stop at absolutely noth
ing. It goes to the dying bed and fills the
man with anticipations. How much better
It would be to bave him die without any
more hope than swine and rats and snakes!
Shovel ihlm underl Tbat Is all. Nothing
more left of bim. He will never know any
thing again. Shovel him underl The soul
Is only a superior part of the body, and
when tbe body disintegrates the soul dis
integrate?. Annihilation, vacancy, ever
lasting blank, obliteration. Why not pros
snt all that beautiful doctrine to the dying
;nstead of coming with this hoax, this
iwlndle of the Christian religion, and flll
jig the dying man with anticipations of
mother life until some in the last hour
bave clapped their hands, and some have
jhoutod, and some have sung, and some
have been so overwrought with joy tbat
they eould only look ecstatic? Palace
gates opening, they thought diamond
coronets flashing, bands beckoning, or
chestras sounding. Little chi'dren dying
actually believing they saw their departed
parents, so that although tho little chil
dren had been so weak and feeble and sick
for weeks thev could not turn on tbelr dy
ing pillow at tbe Inst, in a paroxysm of
! rapture uncontrollable they sprang to their
!eet and shouted, "Mother, catch me: I
And to show tbe immensity of this delu
Ion, this awfnl swindle of tbe Gospel ol
lesus Christ, I open a hospital, and I bring
nto tbat hospital the deathbeds of a great
many Christian people, and I take you by
:be band, and I walk np and down the
words of that hospital, and I ask a few
questions. I ask, "Dying Stephen, what
have you to say?" "Lord, Jesus, receive
my spirit." "Dying John Wesley, what
have you to say?" "Tbe best of all Is God is
with us." "Dying Edward Payson, wbat
Have you to say?" "I float tn a seu or
glory." "Dying John Bradford, what have
you to say?" "If there be any way of go
ng to heaven on horseback, or In a fiery
jbarlot, it la this.";
O my Lord, my God. what a delusion,
what a glorious delusionl Submerge me
with it, fill my eyes aud ears wilb It, put it
nuder my head for a pillow this delusion
spread It over me for a canopy, put It un
derneath me for an outspread wing, roll it
over me in ocean surges 10,000 fathoms
deep. If infidelity, and If atheism, and If
annihilation are a reality and the Chris
tian religion Is a delusion, give me the de
lusion. Well, we will soon understand it ail.
Your life and mine will soon be over. W
will come to the last bar ot tbe music, to
the last act ot tbe tragedy, to the Inst page
of the book yea, to tbe lust line and tc
the last word ana to you ana me it will
either be midnoon or midnight!
This would be a better world If our
consciences were worn a size too small,
like our shoes.
Truth lies at the bottom of a well.
If she got more air and exercise she
would be better looking.
This world is like a looking-glass;
smile at it and it will smile back; frown
at it and it will give you as you
at it and it will give you as good as you
Nature is not only the cheapest, but
the best physician.
True brotherhood is based not on a
common parentage in the past, but on
a common Fatherhood of God in the
i ; t