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The Methodist Episcopal church ia
the United States increased its mem
bership in 1896 by 67,467 souls, and
in 1897 by 19,500.
Though the French are the greatest
mushroom-eaters in the world,cases oi
poisoning very rarely occur, owing t«
the fact that almost all the mushroom!
eaten are raised.
The decision of the Constitutional
Convention of Louisiana to discon
tinue French as one of the official
languages of the state will surprise
many people who did not know t'aat it
has been au official language.
An Industrial Development com
pany is being formed in Richmond,
Va., with a capital of not less than $50,-
000, its object being to bring new
business enterprises to the city and
infuse new life iuto those already es
tablished by judicious lftaus of money
A pair of scales, much like those of
the modern pharmacist, is among the
multitude of objects discovered this
year in the excavations about thirty
miles from Thebes, and recently ex
hibited in Loudon. The scales are
tiuely finished, having a beam four
and oue-half inches long.
The Whitehorn (Col.) News has this
item in its "society" column: "A lot
of squint-eyed squaws held a powwow
at Martini's Sunday night. Razzle
dazzle was the game. At midnight a
kettle of dog soup was served, which
wus presided over by Dull Knife, Rat
tle Ax, Ogama, Afraid-of-Work aud
The statistics of the National Guard
of the several states of the Union,
compiled by Adjutant-General Corbin,
show that we have now a citizen sol
diery of about 170,000 for national de
fense, maintained practically without
cost to the nation in ordinary times.
It is capable of almost indefinite ex
pansion by proper encouragement,
and it can be trained to a higher de
gree of proficiency by a judicious cul
tivation of the military spirit.
Of the many Armenians who have
come to this country in the past ten
years, the larger part have seemingly
made their home in New England.
They are successful as farmers and
farm laborers, but have made their
greatest hit as domestic servants.
Their employers recommend them as
being polite, silent, industrious and,
above all, as beiug excellent cooks.
The Armenians have a school of cook
ing of their own which lias modified
that of Persia, Turkey, Greece and,
apparently, that of Italy.
Hardly a day passes without adding
to the list of benefits bestowed on
mankind by the bicycle. The Rritish
Medical Journal cites a case of a lady
who having been advised to take a fort
night's change of air to get rid of the
effects of influeuza spent her vacation
largely on the wheel, averaging fifty
mile,® or so a day. As a result she has
no more influenza, but she has a
heart which ou the slightest exertion
rises to 120 beats a minute, and if she
could have her choice now she would
rather have the influeuza. Recent
discoveries in Egypt show that the sci
ence of medicine had reached a high
state of cultivation ten thousand yeare
ago, but it is vain to hope that it will
ever be well enough understood to
prevent lovely woman from demolish
ing her system when drawn within the
fascination of the wheel.
The Louisville Courier-Journal
nays: Some interesting figures have
lately been compiled by Mr. E. L.
Powers of Chicago, showing the ex
tent to which the system of illuminat
ing towns and cities by means of the
electric light has grown in recent
years. We cite the figures for this
section merely. In fifteen southern
states there are at this time 401 elec
tric plants operated by private cor
porations, firms and individuals. The
capital stock represented amounts to
$34,75*2,225, while the power gener
ated aggregates 141,450 horse power.
Not less than 37,97(5 arc lights and
990,770 incandescent lights are fur
nished. But these figures do not em
brace the total number of electric
light plants in this sectiou. In addi
tion to those operated by private cor
porations, firms and individuals,there
are also seventy electric light plants
operated by municipalities. These
represent 9890 horse power, and fur
pish 4250 arc lights and 08,933 incan
descent lights. Since barely twenty
years have passed since the glare of
the electric light first made i's idveut,
these figures show that rapi<" p ogress
luring that time has been made in
ibis section by Edison's wonderful in
Tha Japanese cabinet Las decided
to pursue a passive policy, refraining
from action in the present crisis is
The probability of a coalition ol
European powers as against the
United States is given no credence
wha'ever in diplomatic circles.
Not a case of lynching has taken
place in Texas since the passing of
the anti-lynching law, one chief feat
are in which is that no officer can ever
hold office again in case a prisoner is
taken from him.
When Governor Rrady of Alaska
was asked recently why he lived in
such an out-of-the-way place, he re
plied: "I can get more of the good
things of life in Alaska with a similar
amount of effort than in any other
place I have ever been in."
There were 1281 fires calling for the
services of the fire department in Eos
ton in 1897 and $661,203 worth of
property was destroyed. There were
157 f.lse alarms in the same time.
Eighty-six per cent, of the fires were
confined to the buildings in which
England is not the only country iu
which the poorer classes of women
work at starvation wages. In Aus
tralia, according to Miss Edwards,
secretary to the Working and Factory-
Girls' club at Sydney, "the condition
of working-womeu and girls becomes
harder every year."
The real estate exempt from taxa
tion iu the borough of Rrooklyu, in
Greater New York, includes 440
churches, 131 schools, 73 fire houses,
aud 28 police stations of the assessed
value of $85,000,000. The exempt
church property in Manhattan and the
Bronx amounts to $60,000,000.
A French scientific journal says the
consumption of tobacco is decreas
ing in that country, being at the pres
ent time about two pounds a head of
the population annually, whereas in
Holland it is seven pounds, in the
United States it is five pounds, in
Belgium aud Germany three pounds,
in Austria-Hungary two and cue-half
pounds and in Canada two and one
President Eliot of Harvard in liis
animal report, makes some significant
remarks regarding college athletics.
"It is very unlikely," he says "that a
student who takes ail active part in
athletic sports can win good standing
as a scholar, but, ou the other hand,a
smaller proportion of the athletes get
put ou probation at. Harvard college
than of other students. This remark
is not true of scientific students. The
evil of excessive training has not been
cured. The baseball team of last
spring was distinctly overworked and
half the crew gave out in the four
mile racs. In all probability the ner
vous strain resulting from prolonged
training, many exciting contests and
au anxious sense of responsibility has
not been sufficiently considered."
President Eliot is not a prejudiced
critic of athletics, but believes in a
sensible amount of outdoor exercise
and field games. Yet in common with
the educators, he is coming to believe
that the physical practice of college
undergraduates must be judiciously
regulated by the college authorities.
The scientific world awaits with in
terest another expected eruption of
the great volcano of Kilauea, in Ha
waii, which, it is prophesied, will
equal the unusual outbreak of ten
years ago. The lake of molteu lava
is now only about 300 feet below the
rim of the crater, and it is rising at
the rate of about 100 feet in a week.
If it rises above this rim the lava will
pour over the surrounding country in
a river of molten matter making its
way through the forest and down to
the sea. It is only within the last
month that any clear view has been
possible of this lake of fire in the cra
ter. Before the dense smoke arose in
great masses from the bottom of the
crater, estimated to be seven hundred
feet below the rim. This sinoke was
so stifling that one could get no view
of the working of the hidden forces
below. But when the bed of the crater
began to break up and the masses of
lava were fused by the inner heat,
then the sinoke was dispelled and the
lake of fire was seen. This was a won
derful transformation scene, the smoke
vanishing, the fountains of flaming
lava beginning to play. These spurt
ing lava fountains, shooting up 50 or
100 feet,have been playing periodical
ly for the last three weeks. At night
all the ridges heated to a bright red
are plainly visible, and when the
fountain plays, the scene is one of
nature's fireworks, unparalleled by
any fire inventions of man.
My Lot# went berrying She said It tearfully;
Where brooks were merrying, And I, all fearfully.
And wild wings ferrying Replied, "Bight here fully
Heav'n's amethyst; Will I explain :
The wild flowers blessed her, I love you dearly,
My dearest Hester, Yet look not cheerly
The winds caressed her, When all says clearly
The sunbeams kissed. I love in vain."
I followed, carrying Then smiled she graciously ;
Her basket; varying Spoke out vivaciously;
Fond hopes of marrying So I audaciously
With hopes denied ; Did then decide.
Both late and early And, drawing tow'rd her,
She deemed me surly, 1 there implored her—
So bowed her curly I, who adored her—
Fair head and sighed. To be my bride.
"The skies look lowery ; Ah, sweet simplicity.
It will be showery; Charming rusticity,
, No longer flowery Without duplicity,
The way I And. Whom love made know-
No use ingoing! In woo<*d and wooer,
'Twill soon be snowing No world is truer.
If you keep growing And berries—fewer
Much more unkind." Than kisses grow.
—Madison Caweln, in Judge.
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COUSIN MORRIS. |
To awaken at a second-rate Lon
don hotel with a splitting headache,
knowing you have come to the end of
your resources through folly and ex
travagance, is not a pleasant reflection.
And Morris Seymour sighed, but
could blame none but himself.
He was an American, well educated,
28 years of age, a sturdy, good-looking
young man, whose chief fault was too
much generosity, which his London
acquaintances took every advantage
of as long as his money lasted. After
1 a light breakfast Morris proceeded to
a newspaper office.
One of the clerks (with whom he
was slightly acquainted) advised try
ing advertising. This suggestion was
not only &i»«ptable,butput to the test,
and it did not take Morris long to
write out the followiug:
"Situation Wanted —By capable
newspaper clerk, whose many qualifi
cations include honesty of purpose and
strict attention to business where em
ployer's interests are concerned.
The clerk affixed the number T 830.
Punctually a$ noon the next day
Morris presented his ticket at the
newspaper office, receiving one answer.
Judge of his astonishment when he
read the following:
"X YZ: Meet me tonight at 8
o'clock at the entrance to St. Cather
ine's docks. Fail at your peril. This
is to our mutual advantage."
Examining the envelope he discov
ered that it was addressed "T 320,"
but the figure 3 looked more like an 8.
So it was a mistake; he had been
given some one else's letter. Out of
mere curiosity he made a copy aud,
procuring an envelope, correctly re
addressed it, putting it in the basket
on the counter.
Looking through the personal col
umns of the paper, he came across the
X. V. Z.—Where cau I see you? Ausv,or
at once to T S'-'O.
So here was the solution. Morris
had been so preoccupied reading this
communication that he had not no
ticed a young lady standing by the
counter, who was visibly surprised
when she noticed the envelope he had
placed in the basket; she then pro
duced a ticket and this same letter
was safely placed in her pocket, while
now, standing unobserved in an is
olated part of the office,she was watch
ing him iu a peculiar and expressive
He was too much disappointed to
notice anyone and felt like giving way
to despair, so tried to walk off his de
pression and must have gone a con
siderable distance,for,looking around,
he found himself in the vicinity of
Russell square. While meditating
whether to return, a young lady who
was passing gave a faint cry and half
sunk to the footpath, evidently u ver
taken by illness. Morris hastened to
"Would you help me home?" she
said, in a weak voice, indicating one of
the largest houses.
"Certainly," and,taking hold of her
arm, he half carried, half led her
across the square to the palatial man
sion indicated, giving a vigorous pull
to the bell. The door was immediate
ly opened by a footman, who called to
a trim maid, requesting Morris to
wait a few moments, ushering him
into a small apartment. The room
was magnificently furnished, there
being an abundance of old china, val
uable curios and beautiful oil paint
He was not left long in suspense.
An old gentlemen entered quietly,care
fully closing the door. He was trem
bling with excitement, and, holding
up a warning finger, exclaimed:
"Morris, why have yon caused me
all this trouble? I'm perfectly inno
cent. A few more weeks of this worry
will kill me. No explanation now.
When I die you will not be forgotten.
I never thought Ebenezei's only son
would have threatened me.
"Two questions only for the pres
ent: When did yon leave New York?
And what steamer did you come by?"
To say that he was astonished at
being called by his Christian name
would be a poor way of describing his
feelings,but his reply was straightfor
"I left New York, sir, three weeks
ago today on board the B ; but I
fear you are laboring under some un
"Hush; not another word," said
the old gentleman, producing a roll of
banknotes, which he thrust into his
hands. "Put these in your pocket
quickly. Some of the servants might
overhear us. Ah, here comes Alice,"
and the young lady entered the room,
looking none the worse /or her slight
"Alice, my dear, kiss Cousin Morris;
he is coming back this evening to
•tay with us."
How lovely she looked as she shyly
approached, saying in a low, musical
voice: "I'm so pleased to meet you,
cousin,"holding up her sweet face in a
modest, natural manner.
What could he do under the circum
stances! He was almost intoxicated
with the strangeness of the position
and kissed her not once, but twice.
He felt as though he could do any
thing for her sweet sake. How he
had scoffed when hearing of a man
falling suddenly in love, but here he
had accidentally met a pure and beau
tiful women with large., wistful, blue
eyes, who had spoken t.> him kindly.
Her presence made him feel a differ
ent being, happier than he had ever
been in his life before. She had a
truly sympathetic nature, and liis
heart went out to her at once with a
passionate longing, an intense desire
to do something for her sake, and
Morris for the first time in his life
knew what it meant to fall suddenly
and desperately in love.
There was an awkward silence on
his part which was broken at last by
her gentle voice:
"You will come back tonight, Cousin
Morris,as father wishes,and do exactly
what he desires by letting the past be
Before he could reply or tlii.ik of an
answer there was a knock at the door,
and a footman appeared.
"The carriage is waiting, Miss
Alice." he said, respectfully.
"Thank you, Reuben; good bye,
cousin, till the evening. Tell the
coachman where to leave you, and in
the meantime I will practice some
songs for your especial betietit," lunl
gently pushing Morris she led the
way to the front door, the old gentle
man warmly grasping his hand,giving
him a significant glance to keep si
In a half-dazed condition he en
tered the carriage, telling the coach
man to drive to Fleet street. Dis
missing the conveyance close by the
Bank of England, he hurriedly walked
to Holborn, entering the hotel aud
going directly to his rooms.
"What did it all mean?" he solilo
quized. "Evidently they have mis
taken me for someone else." "Cousin
Morris"—how the name seemed to
ring iu his ears. Like a flash of
lightning it crossed his mind that
he had been taken for the person who
had answered the advertisement to
the personal, and, drawing from his
pocket the copy, he again read it.
"X YZ: Meat me tonight at 8
o'clock at the entrance to St. Cather
ine's docks. Fail at your peril. This
is to our mutual advantage."
"That sounds like a threat. I will
never believe that the old gentleman
and that beautiful young girl have
ever doue a-.iythiug wroug. I will
keep this appointment."
It was a cold, (lamp night, with
plenty of mud and fog, but exactly
at 8 p. in. Morris was standing
close by the entrance to St.
Catherine's docks. It was so dark
that he could scarcely distinguish the
faces of passers-by, most of them
being sailors and dock hands, who had
At last a young man, similar to him
self in height and appearance, took up
such a position that he knew it must
be the person he was looking for.
Suddenly he was startled by a great
commotion. Cries of "Stop him!"
"Runaway!" resounded on all sides,
and a horse and wagon came thunder
ing along. The man he was watching
spraug forward, attempting to stop
the terrified animal, but slipped and
was dashed aside. It was so quickly
done that no one noticed the acci lent,
aud Morris immediately went to his
"Are you much hurt?" he said,
helping him to his feet.
He groaned and in a dazed manner
said: "My arm is broken; help me
to a cab; there's a good fellow. But
who are you?" he gasped, suspicious
ly. "I had the pleasure of your com
pany on the steamship about three
"I remember you now. I wish
now that I had never left New York
Morris hailed a cab, and they were
driven to a boarding house at Black
Heath, and it was found that a severe
ly sprained arm was the full extent of
"Supposing I stay for tonight.
There are two beds, and yon and I are
not strangers, both hailing from New
York," said Morris.
His offer was thankfully accepted,
and after half an hour's chat the band
ages were carefully arranged, the
sleeping draught administered to allay
the pain, aud Morris had the pleasure
of seeing him sink into a deep slum
This is just what he desired and
thought it no harm to make a careful
examination of this individual's pa
.pers and effects.
In an hour's time he had possession
of the true facta of the case. This
imposter was formerly a bank clerk,
whose correct name was Robert Moore.
The president of the institution, one
Ebenezer Burton, had persuaded his
brother to sign a bill of exchange for
£15,000 as an accommodation. A for
gery had been perpetrated, the figure
having been raised to £25,000. Iu
the meantime the bank went into liqui
dation. The president committed sui
cide when he discovered that his son,
Morris Burton, had committed the for
This young man theu attempted to
m ke his uncle, Erasmus Burton of
Russell square, London, pay the full
amount of this forged bill. A number
of the true facts coming to light dur
ing an investigation, the nephew ab
sconded to parts unknown, but wrote
a letter charging his uncle with the
This communication was never sent
being in the possession of Moore, who
in some manner secured all these doc
uments and came to London to act the
part of the nephew and endeavor to
get a large sum of money from Eras
In the morning Morris made very
short work of this imposter, who,being
threatened with speedy arrest,gave up
everything. Later in the afternoon
he drove up in a cab to Russell square.
Alice met him at the door. She looked
worn out, and there were traces of
tears on her sweet face.
"Cousin Morris, you never kept
your pronise. We had almost given
you up, and father is seriously ill."
"May I see him, Miss Alice? I
could not come before."
She glanced at him shyly and, with
out further comment, led the way to
her father's chamber.
The old gentleman'- was in bed,
seemingly ill and careworn,but,seeing
Morris, cheered up wonderfully.
At last he had told his story, every
minute detail was gone over and the
papers handed to the old gentleman,
and Morris prepared to depart.
Alice was softly crying tears of joy,
while the old gentleman grasped his
hand in a vigorous ifianner, more ex
pressive than anything he could have
Needless to say, Morris stayed the
remainder of the day and in a few
weeks secured a splendid position.
Six months later he married Alice,
his first and only love, who often
laughingly remarked: "Ah, Morris,l
examined you thoroughly iu the news
paper office (the afternoon I fainted,
you silly boy), and I told father that
you were not a bad man; you were too
good-lookiug and gentlemanly."
Chicago Daily News.
CIUAINT AND CURIOUS.
All the land above sea level would
not fill up more than one-third of the
There are 110 mountains in Color
ado whose peaks are over 12,000 feet
above the ocean level.
Chocolate is still used in the inte
rior of South America for a currency,
as are cocoauuts and eggs.
A one-legged knife grinder in Phil
adelphia has taught a Newfoundland
dog to turn his grindstone.
Sweden exports one billion boxes of
matches yearly, and has the oldest
match factory in the world.
The highest waterfall in the world
is Cholock cascade, at Yosemite, Ca!.,
which is 2G35 feet high, or just half a
Not within living memory lias there
been known ho abnormally suowiess a
winter in European Russia as the past
New Jersey was the first state per
mitting the right of suffrage to women ;
this wss done nearly one hundred
A curious fact has been noted by
Arctic travelers—snow when at a ver*
low temperature absorbs moisture aud
How great a havoc is created iu
France among birds, is shown by the
fact thai during Christmas week, at
the central market, 114,000 larks were
There is an immense garden in
China that embraces an area of fifty
thousand square miles. It is all
meadow laud, and is tilled with lakes,
ponds and canals.
A French journal states that among
the receut uses which have been dis
covered for acetylene gas is a motor
which has special advantages for use
an automobile vehicles.
The leaf of a creeping moss found
in the West Indies, known as the "life
plnut," is absolutely indestructible by
any means except immersion in boil
ing water or the application of a red
The biggest rope ever used for haul
age purposes has just been made for a
district subway in Glasgow, Scotland,
it being seven miles long, four and
one-hall'inches iudiumeter aud weighs
nearly sixty tons.
Argentina's farmers, encouraged by
the improved prices for wheat, in
creased their acreage enough to have
40,000,000 or 50,000,000 bushels of
wheat to sell this year, an increase of
75 to 100 per cent, over recent years.
It is said that half the gold fish
kept iu glass vessels die because they
cannot endure the light. This can be
avoided by so screening a part of the
vessel with plants or otherwise that
the fish can hide their heads in the
Moscow, Prussia, has a hospital
large enough to hold seven thousand
persons. It was founded in 1764, and
at present takes in children at the rate
of forty a day, or about fifteen thou
sand a year. There are tweuty-six
physicians and about nine hundred
A soft wind murmurs through the waving
The lowing cattle gather on the lea,
The peaceful bleatiugs of the gentle sheep,
Wake the faint echoes of sweet Arcady.
Above, a heron slowly wings its flight,
Slyly a fox slips from its hidden lair,—
An antlered stag upon the mountain's
Raises his head,and sniffs the summer air,
The Bun sinks down behind the distant hills;
The shadows lengthen in the afterglow;
And with the sighing of the whip-poor-wills
Comes curfew's tolling from the towc be
Nature has sunk Into the arms of night,
mn, i Pi. }°wlands over marsh and fen,
Uf.?i 8p his ellln light,
xiiaiDg a moment to appear ttgaiii.
The faint stars mirrored in the braid la
Lighten the blackness of night's lombre
As slowly o'er the mountain tops, th) moon
Bursts into beauty from behind a doud.
—H. A. Wibster.
People who take offense usrolly find
that there is plenty of it to bi hud.
Ethel—You will not ncceptthat con
ceited fop, Gladys—No; I tove an
'"I thought Scribbler's dcctor for
bade him doing any bran work."
"Well, he's only writing a society
Miss Oldmayde—Jack Bn.teedmade
me a marriage proposal ast night.
Miss Pert—When does th« marriage
Jack (sentimentally)—\y love for
you is as pure as the sn<w. Jennie
(practically)—l hope it wil last a bit
Little Clarence — Pr, wilt is the dif
ference between firmnes and obsti
nacy? Mr. Callipers—Mirely a mat
ter of sex, my son.
Brown (reading the new from China)
How would you proiounce this
name? Jones—Liao-Tuig? I guess
you don't pronounce thai —you yodel
Ned—l met Miss Uj-to-Date yes
terday, and I didn't findher so incred
ulous. She swallowed everything I
said. Jack —What didyou say? Ned
—lce cream soda.
Erie Central—Confiientially, Tom,
how much does it costvou a year to
live? Tom Ticker—Veil, my life in
surance premiums cone to about two
Bluster—What do you mean by
coming into my <iffic< uninvited and
lea\itig the door widt open? Pedlar
—I wanted to see if »ou want to buy
a "please-shut-the-dior" sign.
Bilks—Hello! where are you going
with that door mat Gilks—Taking
it to the assay ofice. A friend of
mine, just returned from liie Klon
dike, called on me aid wiped his feet
Mrs. Skinflint—Etere is a ha'penny
for you, my man; tell me liow you
came to be so poor. Mendicant—Ah,
mum! 1 was like you—too fond of
giving large sums of money to the
"Yes, grandma, wheji I graduate, I
intend iollowing i literary career
write for money, kmi know." "Why,
Willie, my dear, you haven't done
anything else siice you've been at
She—lt is very good of you to say
you will come so far to call, but be
sure to send vord when, lest we
should be out. Ee—Oh, I assure you I
shouldn't in theleast mind if I found
you not at home.
Mrs. Bowers angrily)— Before we
were married yot said you were not
worthy of my love. Mr. Bowers
(weakly)—Yesh,m' dear. Mrs. Bow
ers —Well, I see no necessity of your
trying to prove it.
Chollie —I cavn't understand why
Miss Cumlatelygot so indignant when
I asked her to'sing that song about
er—mawble ha.ls. you know. Yabs
ley—Yon doleful idiot, her father
used to drive c wagon for a stoueyard.
Papa—l aid the Count an injustice.
I thought he *'as a chump. Mamma
—And you have changed your opin
ion? Puna—Yes, indeed! You should
have seen him kick when I tried to
work oft' some worthless railroad
stocks as part of the marriage settle
The Elephant —You impudent little
scamp! You ought to be an organ
grinder's cashier instead of a circus
performer. The Monkey—Well, the
manager doesn't see 11 to think so.
You'll notice that my name on the cir
cus posters is in larger type than
"Here," roared the old jndge to his
son, studying law with him, "you
told me you had read tins work on
evidence, and the leaves are not cut."
"Used X rays," yawned the versatile
son - and the judge chuckled with de
light as he thought what a lawyer the
buy would make.
A professor of philosophy in a cer- r r
tain Rhenish town received a lar&fc
parcel a few days ago containing sis
boxes of cigars, accompanied by the
following note: "We beg leave to
send you six boxes of our excellent
cigars. We have no doubt that yon
will be pleased with the parcel and
will recommend us to your friends.
Kindly remit us the amount of the in
voice -L(j marks per box— by postal
order." To this the philosopher re
plied immediately: "I have the
honor to send you herewith a dozen
dissertations, which will no doubt
please you. Should you desire any
more I hold them at your disposal.
The price is three marks per copy." By
return post the professor received the'
following laconic epistle: "Kindly
return our cigars. Inclosed find cost
>f carriage and packing. We are send
ing back your dissertations. "••-London