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Webster said in 1826: "Cuba is tli«
hinge upon which interesting events
may possibly turn." In view of pres
ent couditions the soul of the ex
ponniler would be justified in exclaim
ing, "I told you so."
In 1810 there were one archbishop,
four bishops, seventy priests and
150,000 Catholics in the country. To
day there are ninety dioceses in th«
land, with over 8000 priests and t
Catholic population of at least 10,000,
The ship Henry B. Hyde has made
tke trip from San Francisco to Hono
lulu in ballast in nine days and foul
and one-half hours. Only one othei
sailing ship has ever equaled tlais
time, the clipper Fair Wind having
sailed the distance in eight days and
seventeen and one-half hours.
Some one recently stated that the
Japanese were making clocks and
watches themselves, and would be ex
porting them to America. A British
official in Japan reports that the lat
ter part of the story is probably eron
eons, because Japan is importing
increased quantities of the very kind
of goods she is beginning to manu
The past season, it is said, has been
a very profitable one with the sugar
planters of Louisiana. The outlook
at present is for a crop of 325,000 tc
(1(30,003 tons. This is slightly in ex
cess of the crop for 1896, and nearly
equals the crop of 1894, which was
the largest in the history of the state.
The molasses yield, it is estimated,
will be from 25,000,000 to 27,000 bar
rels, of which 6,000,000 barrels will
be open kettle of good quality and the
remainder centrifugal molasses. The
lonuage of cane was below the aver
age, ranging from 18 to 23 tons au
acre, but the yield of sugar has in
creased, the average running as high
as 195 pounds to the ton in one par
ish. Prices have advanced this year, j
and the growers have reaped good
profits. The acreago next year will
be iucreased. The value of sugar
property has increased about twenty
live per cent. Many old plantations
are now being brought under cultiva
tion that Lave been idle siuce the
It is a matter of surprise to learn
that public-land offices are still main
tained in some stntes where the rem
nant of the public domain is less than
500,000 acres, observes the Chicago
Record. The offices are kept up by
the government, each with its register
and receiver. Appointments to these
positions are in great demand. The
emoluments consist of fees depend
ent upon the amount of business trans
acted. Although there may be noth
ing but almost worthless odds and
ends of public lands remaining, these
offices pay enough to make them
highly desirable. Missouri has only
497,000 acres of public land left, yet
the state has three land offices—at
Boonville, Ironton and Springfield.
For the recent appointment of regis
ter at one of these offices there were
thirteen candidates; for another place
there were nine candidates. Wiscon
sin has only 451,000 acres of public
land remaining. Wisconsin has three
land offices, and the Republican con
gressmen have had ample evidence of
the popular demand for the appoint
ments. A man who recently com
pleted two terms in Congress has been
trying t > get a place as register
of one of these oflices. Mississippi,
with her hills and swamps, has only
441,000 acres which belong to the
government, but that state has a land
office and the complement of officials.
In the states mentioued the appoint
ments are said to be good from 81000
to S3OOO a year. Of course everybody
can see at a glance that legitimate
bomesteading does not amount to
much with such a limited amount of
land to choose from. The explana
tion of the fees in the states
where the domain has long
been practically exhausted is in
teresting. The homestead claim un
til fully proved by terms of residence
is not taxable. Many persons hold
ing homesteads do not prove up their
claims, but transfer them und enter
homesteads again when the limit of
time expires. Thus the land is held
and passed from owner to owner with
out paying taxes, but yielding a small
amount in fees to the land officers.
Such methods are said to sustain
these land offices and land officers.
A bill to meet the practices has been
drafted. It abolishes the land offices
in all states where the amount of pub
lic land is under 500,000 acres and
turns the residua over to the states
for Bchool purposes. As it destroys
some of the limited patronage left
outside of the civil service it has no*
much chance of enaetment.
Catiflogues sent out by some Ameri
can manufacturing houses give both
retail and wholesale prices. In Hol
land this practice is criticised, as in
formation in regard to wholesale
rates is considered confidential.
A Boston man who refuses to ac
cept the modern process of photog
raphy as an improvement is still tak
ing daguerreotypes, as he has been
doing for the last fifty years. He
says that they remain the most correct
likenesses yet produced, and he does
business of sufficient volume to war
rant his sticking to his hobby.
A short time ago the British gov
ernment wanted four locomotives in
a big hurry, but the British manufac
turers to whom they applied declared
that they could not furnish them in
side of four and one-half mouths.
The government applied to American
manufacturers, who completed the
four locomotives in exactly thirty
So small a creature as the beaver,
according to H. B. Woodward of the
British museum, has changed the
character of a considerable portion of
the British Isles to a remarkable de
gree. The borders of the feus were
once covered with forests, and the
beaver was one of the most plentiful
animals of the region. Its dams
turned the streams from their natural
The national advantage derived
from technical training in the public
schools is well shown, maintains the
New York Mail and Express, by the
commercial prosperity of Switzerland,
nearly all of whose exports represent
the skilled labor of the people, and
not any natural resource of the coun
try itself. The Hamburg edgings,
so-called, come from that country,and
have brought millions of dollars back
to it, while this year the uew Swiss
laces promise to make a greater im
pression upon the woman's world.
The late Spanish minister, Senor de
Lome, unwittingly paid a compliment
to American women when his idea
was to depreciate them. He said that
they were the only women who had
not yet succumbed to the fascination
of the cigarette. Spanish, Portuguese
and Italian women use the Havana
article; Greek, Turkish, Russian and
Austrian women the famous Turkish
tobacco; French women revel in the
caporal, and many English women
have taken up the practice; bnt in
Ibis country the habit is as rare among
the sex as it was a hundred years ago.
The report of the commissioner of
internal revenue for the year 1897,
shows the total receipts from all
sources to have been §146,619,593—a
decrease, as compared with the liscal
year 1896, of §211,022. The impor
tant changes in consumption are an
increase of §1,338,472 in the receipts
from distilled spirits as compared with
1896, and a decrease of practically the
same amount in the receipts from fer
mented liquors. The quantity of dis
tilled spirits guaged was 246,096,921
gallons, a decrease of 23,237,841 gal
lons. There «as also a decrease of
3029 in the unmber of distilleries
operated. Also a notable decrease in
the number of barrels of beer pro
duced. The total number of barrels
produced, as reported, was 34,462,-
822, which is a decrease of 1,396,428
barrels as compared with the product
Our American exports are still
mainly agricultural, notes the Atlanta
Constitution. This is evident from
the fact that 67.63 per cent, of our en
tire exports to foreign countries last
year consisted of agricultural pro
ducts. In the aggregate our exports
for 1897 amounted to 81,099,000,000.
Of this sum not less than 8730,323,-
514 is credited to agricultural prod
ucts. Our, exports of manufactured
products are gradually increasing
from year to year, but it will be some
time yet before they catch up
with our exports of agricultural
products. In the following table our
exports for 1897 are classified under
six heads, with the aggregate amounts
and percentages in each case:
Per cent, ol
Products of agriculture. .$730,323,514 67.63
Manufactures 279,616,898 25.89
Milling 19.792,796 1.83
Forest 40,831,864 3.78
Fisheries 5,649,945 .52
Miscellaneous 3,654.001 .35
On account of the vast extent of
fertile territory comprised within our
national limits we may confidently
expect to remain the world's great
agricultural market, but while we
have this assurance, there is at the
same time nothing to prevent us from
becoming eventually the foremost in
dustrial and commercial power on the
THE NATION'S VOICE.
Over the plains and the meadows— Over the roar and the rattle
Out of the lights and the shadows, The clang aud the clash of the battle,
There's an echo that thrills There's a song (hat shall rise
In the rush of the rills, And shall ring to the skies
And rings from the hearts of the firm- Where the patriot lives and the patriot
founded hills : dies :
"The star-spangled bannor, "The star spangled banner,
Ob, long may it wave Oh, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free O'er the land of the free
And the home of the brave!" And the home of the brave !"
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"Why, I'd rather marry her my
self," said I. Nothing, in truth, was
further from my thoughts.
Amauda's mother regarded me cu
riously. "Of course," said she, "if
that were the case, it would make a
"But I don't really mean it," I
cried, hastily. Why, the idea was
absurd. Just when I was iu the mid
dle of the book ou the "Cerebral Con
"Then, "said mother,closing her
hard,thin mouth with a snap, "Aman
da will marry Mr. Plutus. There is
no one but you who has any right to a
voice iu the matter."
"There is Amanda," I suggested.
"Amanda! She is far too young to
decide. I am the judge for her.
Amanda shall do as I bid her and
marry Mr. Plutus."
"I shall do my best to stop her."
"She shall not see you." I knew
she would try to be as good as her
word, and my heart went out in a
great pity for poor little Amanda,who
was so like her father and hud beeu a
pet of mine ever since shewns a child.
"If I weren't too old—" I said, half
"Nonsense. Why, you're no older
than I." She is 4is.
"Too much buried iu my books and
in a bachelor's recreations—"
"Marriage would soon alter that."
"I could never make that child
happy," I sighed.
"Nonsense! She's devoted to you."
"Not iu—in that way." I believe
"You'd soon make her."
"Do you really mean it?" I
couldu't let old Tom's daughter bo
married to that Plutus. It would de
lay matters, anyhow,if she became en
gaged to me. Meanwhile, I might
find some one else for her.
"Why not?" she asked, coolly.
"Very well: I will speak to Amanda
about it," I said, slowly. "Hut there
must be no drawing back on your
I had a sudden inspiration —being
a man of quick thought. "I should
like to have your consent in writing.
To be candid, Ido not trust you." j
"Very well." She sat down to her
escritoire. "What shall I write?"
"I consent to the marriage of mv
daughter to Mr. Frank Austen," I j
dictated. She wrote it accordingly j
aud signed it with a flourish.
My name is the same as my neph
ew's. I'll have him up to town, audi
if he doesn't fall in Icve with Amanda
he's a fool. That was my idea.
"Well, now I'll talk to Amanda," !
I said, feeling rather uucomfortal le.
And I did.
Amanda is 18 and stands , r > feet '2. )
Amanda has golden brown hair that will
get loose aud tumble about her cheeks
and forehead. Amanda has big, dark
eyes and long eyelashes and cherry
ripe lips and the dearest little dimples
iu the world. Amanda has soft, white
hands—she generally gives me both—
and tiny feet whose rush I could rec
ognize blindfold. She came in quiet
ly today, and there were dark marks
under her eyes.
"Oh, Cousin Frank!" she cried—
cousin is my brevet rank—"you won't
let her make me—marry that horrible
"No," said I. "Mandy, my dear, I
won't." Then I kissed her. If only
I were sure that she wouldn't disar
range my study!
"You kind old Frank!" She took
hold of my arm and squeezed it.
"But your mother insists upon your
gettiug engaged to some one, my
dear," I said, ruefully; "somebody
who is fairly well off. Are yon i,i
love with anybody, Mandy? Tell me,
there's a good little girl."
She opened her eyes wide and
looked at me honestly. "Oh, no.
Cousin Frank! Only—only—l think
perhaps I should like to be-some
"But there isn't anv ono yet?
"Truly. No ono at all."
"Well, look here, Mandy," I said,
sheepishly; "your mother insists that
you shall be engaged to some one,find
I can only find one person.
"Not Mr. Plutus! I won't!" she
Not any ono who will an
noy you, dear, or whom you dislike."
"Whoever—" She looked up at
me quickly and half let go my arm.
"Just till you find some one you
like," I apologized, turning as red as
She held onto my arm again and
looked down on the ground. Then
she laughed. "How very funny."
"Would yon mind, Manly?"
"No—o," she laughed again. "I
think it would be rather—fun. You
would have to take me out a lot,
wouldn't you? To pretend prop
"Ye—es. Oh, yes, of course."
Whatever would become of the "Cere
"But wouldn't it be rather a bother
"Not more than to yon."
"Oh, it wouldn't be any bother to
met" she cried, excitedly. "We'd go
to the Tower and the stores and the
Crystal Palace and the Zoo and the
exhibition—and have tea in the gar
dens—and the opera and "
She tern my face fall. "I onlv
meant to some of them," she ex
plained. "You always do lake me to
the academy and one or two places,
"I shall like to take you to some,
my dear," I assured her. "I always
enjoy myself when I do. But you
know I am finishing my book just
"Oh,yes! I won't worry you, Cousin
Frank. And—and—l could help you
with it, couldu't I?" I almost groaned
aloud. Amanda on "Cerebral Con
"I'm afraid it's rather too dry for
"I might learn the typewriter and
copy it,"she pleaded, anxiously. A
man is only a fool, after all, however
much he studies and learns. Do you
know I suddenly bent down and
kissed her, and she blushed like a
"I won't let you blunt your finger
tips with a typewriter," 1 said, gal
lantly. "But you shall copy some
pieces for me—till you find some nice
young man and your engagement
ends." It was best to have a clear
understanding, I thought.
"Ye—es," said she, thoughtfully;
"but—oh, Cousin Frank—suppose I
didn't find any one else?"
"Then I shall have to marry you
myself. It would be better than old
Plutus, wouldn't it?"
"Oh, yes. But I shouldn't like—l
couldn't bear to think that you had
sacrificed yourself tome. I should be
such a bother, shouldn't I?"
I looked down affectionately on the
rumpled hair and inquiring eyes. "I
think—l think, Mandy," I said, gen
tly, "I could put up with you very
well. But we have been so used to
look upon one another in a different
light that it's rather late to change.
You see, dear, I have grown into a
fidgety old bachelor."
"You're not really old, and you're
never fidgety with me, and 1 owe you
I'd merely paid for her schooling
and pocket money aud so on. I prom
ised old Tom—poor old Tom!—that
I'd take care of his girl.
"That's nothing to do with it,
Mandy," I said, slowly. "You see,
I've a lot of interests which you could
never share." She shook her head,
doubtfully. "And I like to rush off,
when I'm not working, to men's rec
reations—to play cricket, to watch
football or "
"1 like watching football," she ob
"I'm used to having meals when I
please and g-'ing out when I like and
coming in w hen I like. Of course, I
couldn't do that if 1 had a wife. It
wouldn't be fair."
"It would lie a little lonely for her,"
said Amauda, wistfully.
"So," I continued, resolutely, re
sisting an absurd impulse to kiss her
again, "though I think you the nicest
little woman in the world, dear"—she
smiled just like the sun coming out—
"it would be better for you to find
some one younger and less crotchety."
She tapped the ground rapidly with
one little foot. "Meanwhile, we're
engaged, you know, and we must live
up to it. Where shall I take you to
"Oh, no! You must do a lot of your
book tomorrow and give me some
copying to do—about brainsand spines
"Nonsense, child! Don't I always
take you out wlieu I come to town.
Shall we goto the academy?" She
laughed her old childish laugh.
"And lunch at a restaurant?" she
inquired, delightedly. "And goto
tho Crystal Palace afterwards and
have tea iu the gardens and see the
variety show arid dine on the terrace
like we did last year?" She squeezed
my arm iu her old way. "Won't it be
The next day I took her to the Zoo
and smiled to see her laugh at the
monkeys. The day after 1 took her
to the exhibition and up the big
w heel and put my arm round her be
cause she was frightened, or pretended
to be. I squeezed twice for good
night. Then I began to see that it
would be bad for the "Cerebral Con
volutions" if this sort of thing went
on. So I sent for Nephew Frank to
come up to town at once. That light
hearted young gentleman held his
sides with laughter when I explained
"no L m to court your fiancee—she
used to be a pretty little girl—and
take her oft' your hands fur an allow
ance of £SOO a year?" he said, wiping
his eves; ".£-,00 and £3OO make £BOO
"Exactly!" I said, approvingly.
"You always were smart at figures,
"But, my dear uncle, suppose she
won't have me? Besides, I'm not
sure, but I think I'm just a little
gone on Nellie Marchant? Suppose
I don't cave for your Amanda?"
"She's awfully nice, Frank; yon
couldn't help it." I was surprised at
my doleful tone.
"Then," said he, "whyever don't
yon marry her yourself?"
"I lit a cigar and drummed on the
fender with my slipper. "I'm too old
—too settled in my bachelor ways,
Frank," I said, regretfully. "I don't
know—l'm not sure—if it would do."
"I believe it would be the best thins
in the world for yon." Frank leaned
over the table earnestly. He's an
honest, unselfish lad; that's why I'm
so fond of him. And I know he'd b«
good to her.
"Well," I said, slowly, "I'll be
honest with you, Frank. I'm fond of
the child—very fond, indeed. If I
thought that she could like me—in
that way—l'm hanged if I wouldn't
chance it. But she only looks upon
me as an elder brother. Some day,
she—" I paused to blow my handker
chief—"she would find out. It wouldn't
do; I'm sure it wouldn't do."
So it was arranged that I should be
busy finishing my book and see less
of Amanda. And Frank was to see
her every day, to find out if she would
like him better than me or if he could
like her better than Nellie Marcliunt.
This arrangement lasted for a fort
night, but none of us seemed quite
ourselves. Mandy grew staid and
silent. I couldn't do anything right
with the book, and something seemed
wrong with my liver. Even cheerful
Frank grew a bit bad-tempered. At
the end of the fortnight he burst in
upon me in tho evening, when I was
busy with the "Cerebral Convolu
"Look here, uncle," said he, cooly,
flinging himself into an armchair and
taking one of my cigars, "you're an
"That," I observed,mildly, "is very
strong language, Frank."
"Well," said he,"l like Nellie ever
so much better than your Amanda—
"Then," said I, bringing my hand
down on the table with a thump,
"you're a fool!"
"Amanda," said he, firmly, "is os
dull as dishwater."
I took of!' my reading glasses and
glared at him. "She's the brightest
little creature in the world," I as
He took a long draw at the cigar
aud blew smoke rings—a thing I
never could manage. "Amanda," he
continued, in a matter-of-fact tone,
"is dull—because she's in love."
I let my pipe drop on the floor with
a crash. "With whom?" My voice
sounded strange to me.
"Why, with you, of course. Man
alive! You must bo blind! You're
pretending you don't care for her and
breaking her poor little heart."
I looked at him in silence for a few
seconds; then I got up and fetched my
hat. "I'mgoing out," I told him,anil
When I arrived at their drawing
room Amauda was sitting on the rug,
with her back against the sofa. She
had dropped her book ou the floor and
was looking into the fire with her
cheek on her hand, and I could see
tears in her eyes.
She jumped up to meet me with an
eager little laugh. "What! Deserted
the 'Convolutions?' "
"Haug the 'Convolutions,'" I said.
"The fact is they're awfully uninter
esting compared with you, Mandy."
"Are the} - ? Then they must be
I put my arm round her waist and
drew her close to mo. "Mandy," I
said, passionately, "my dear little
girl, we've been playing at sweet
hearts long enough; shall we begin in
Amauda said nothing—only laid her
head down on my shoulder with a
happy little sob.—J. A. Flynu, in
A BRIGAND CAPTAIN'S CAREER.
The News of Hi* Recent Capture Causes
a Sigh of ICelief.
The news of the capture of the noto
rious brigaud, Captain Atlianas, the
terror of travelers in the Balkans, has
caused a sigh of relief. His career is
the most remarkable in modern brig
andage. He had withdrawn himself
from his profitable and romantic busi
ness son.e tiqje before his capture and
lived peacefully as a citizen at Ivusl
owitz. His past did not, apparently,
affect his social position in a town
which is somewhat remarkable for its
indifference as to the antecedents of its
inhabitants, for the one very good rea
son that he had given up all the incon
venient habits associated with his for
mer adventurous life. He tried even to
make himself popular among his
neighbors and gave his ill-gotten gains
—a veritablo Robin Hood—for the
benefit of the poor and distressed.
The deed by which his memory will
go down to posterity is undoubtedly
the "holding up" of the international
express in 181)1 from Constantinople
to Vienna at the station of Tscher
keskoi, close to the Turkish capital.
The train was derailed, and the pas
seugers, under the escort of the Ber
lin tourist firm of Stangen,were plun
dered and carried off'to the mountains
to be held as hostages until a ransom
was paid. Among them was an Eng
lishman. With the exception of four
Germans and a Jew, all were subse
quently released. With a sharp eye
to business, the Jew, a rich Berlin
merchant named Moritz Israel, was
dispatched to Constantinople and
brought the alarming news that the
hostages would be murdered unless a
ransom of 200,000 frames was forth
coming. The German government in
tervened and finally paid the ransom.
Later some of the brigands were cap
tured. But Athanas managed to evade
all pursuit.—St. James' Gazette.
Neverthelewi, H« Got Her.
"You say that my daughter loves
yon?" questioned the old man,
"I'm sure of it," replied the young
"Well, well, "returned the old man,
looking the young man over critically,
"there's no accounting for tastes, is
And somehow, although the young
man knew that he ought to be happy
over the possesion of the girl, lie
couldn't lielji scowling and speculat
ing ou that remark of the old rnau's.
'Tis not because your eyes aro blue
I love you ao.
For tliey are big, and deep, and browa,
As well you know.
'Tis not because you are so fair
I can't forget
Your face, no matter where X go—
You are brunette.
'Tis not your graceful, sylphlike form
That with a thump
My heart Bets beating. Not at all,
For you are plump.
'Tis not your tall, commanding form
.. That X admire.
ur head just reaches to my heart,
Ana comes no higher.
'Tis not, in short, because of charms
■m. . rhut others have,
lis just because you are yourself,
I hat I m your slave'.
Suitor—Your daughter, sir, is all
the world to me. Father—Humph!
Young man, you want the earth.
After a woman becomes a widow,
she begins to say a great deal about
her extreme youthfulness wheu she
"George,father has failed." "That's
just like him. I told you all along,
darling, that he was going to do all he
could to keep us from marrying."
New-made Widow—Ah, uo one can
take John's place. I loved him from
the bottom of my heart. Friend
(brightly)— But you know what they
say: "There is always room at the
Sunday School Teacher (illustrating
the "still small voice") —What is it,
dear children, that makes you feel so
uncomfortable and unhappy after you
have doue something which you ought
not to do? Dear Child—A lickin'.
Hotel Manager (to departing guest)
—I trust you have been comfortable,
sir; and that everything has been
cooked to your liking? Guest—Yes,
all but the bill. I should have pre
ferred that boiled down a bit more.
"No, I didn't have a very good
time," she said. "I wanted to talk,
and there wasn't a man there." "But
there were plenty of other girls."
"Oh, of course, but that was no satis
faction—they all wanted to talk, too."
"Yes," said little George Washing
ton; "I did chop the cherry tree down,
father, but I can easily replace it."
"How so, my son?" asked his father.
"Why," said George with a snicker,
"if I chopped it down I can chop it
Mrs. Berry (glancing across the ta
ble) —I'm afraid my little girl isn't
enjoying her dinner. Rachel (who
has left her pudding half eaten,with a
sigh)— Yes, mamma,as much as I can;
but, of course, if 1 was bigger, I'd
enjoy more of it.
Former Resident—What did Prod
igle do with the big fortune that was
left to him? Ban through it in a
year, I suppose? Friend—Oh, no.
His wife prevented that. Former
Resident—Good for her! Friend-
Yes; she ran through it in six months.
Mrs. Newlywed—Before we were
married you said that my slightest
wish should be your law. Mr. New
lywed—Exactly, my love; but you
have so many vigorous and well-de
veloped wishes that I am as yet un
able to decide to which is the
"I want you to make mo a New
market coat," she said to the dress
maker. "But it isn't the prevailing
fashion to have lengthy wraps." "i
don't care. lam invited to a whist
party, and the gentleman who is my
partner told me to be sure not to for
get my long suit."
Mother —I wish you would goon an
errand for me. Small Sou—My leg
aches. "I wanted you togo to old
Mrs. Stickney's candy shop, and "
"Oh, that isn't far, I can walk there
easy." "Very well. Go there, and
just beside it you will see a grocer's
shop. Go in and get me a bar ol
A Peculiar DUeaie,
Daniel Query, a resident of Blue
Ridge, a small town ten miles from
Selliyville, Ind., is a sufferer from au
ailment which is baffling the skill of
the local physicians. It is stamped by
his attendants as being the "sweatiug
af gravel." Query has been in poot
health several years, and has been a
constant sufferer from pains of the
body. Three years ago he lost his
eyesight in consequence. Six months
ngo he had severe pains across his fore
head. Iu his agony he rubbed his
hand across his forehead, when he
felt three small lumps.
The pain continued and the lumps
grew in size. As they increased they
felt to the touch as if a hard substance
was under the" skin. They were
finally pricked open, and from each
was taken a small, hard substance that
resembled gravel. Wlieuthf *" '»»
were removed the pain cease
then hundreds of other swel
been pricked with the so
and now on some days as '
pieces of the gravelly a>
tides are removed from
They appear all over t
are so hard that it. roq
blow with a hair
of a microscop
that the parti
of a fatty n
by the seb'
an oily, sr