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HYMN BEFORE ACTION.
The earth Is full of anger,
The sens are dark with wraths
The nations in their harness
Oo up against our path!
Ere yet we loose the legions—
Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles aid!
Prom panic, pride and terror,
Iterenge that kuows no rein-
Light haste and lawless error,
Protect us yet again.
Cloak thou our undeserving,
Make firm the shuddering breath,
In silence and deserving
To taste thy leaser death!
E'en now their vanguard gathers,
we face the fray.
As thou didst help our fathers,
Help thou our host today!
Fulfilled of signs and wouders,
In li e, in death made clear—
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles hear!
| itzig: "A Reporter's Boy." |
Some of the best reporters cannot
write a sentence correctly. They are
Dot expected to do so. It is their
business to collect facts, which they
telate to others who put them in form
ts a"news story."
Something is lost, of course, by this
method of second-hand telling,for the
writer cannot reproduce a scene from
imagination so well as he could if he
had seen.it, but the assistants, or "re
porter's boys," as they are called, are
not seut out alone on any incident
that promises much importance. Their
work is the small news of the day,
which is intended only for short para
graphs. That their results are often
interesting enough for long accounts
is due, in part, to accident; in part,
however, to the industry and the un
derstanding developed by long train
ing of native intelligence.
Isaac Hofstein, or Itzig, as he was
called for short,was such an assistant.
He was a child of the East Side tene
ments, and his work, at police head
quarters, was chiefly among the Jews
of the New York Ghetto. Shrewd
and accurate, he was always to be
trusted to fetch all the facts and to
Btnte them correctly. None of the
other boys could "beat" him,and none
was so accurate as Itzig, who never
failed to get names and addresses, and
never get them wrong.
This devotion to completeness and
accuracy made his accounts sometimes
a bore, for he brought in details that
were of no use, but it was an invalu
able trait, of course, and very rare,
except among first-rate men of all
sorts. His work was libel-proof, and
no other paper could go over his inves
tigation and add new particulars to his
story. When he came back he was
done; and he would sit down with his
notes and tell all about the fire, acci
dent or crinie, with swift ease and un
One day, however, there was an ex
ception. He had been to a fire. To
cover so commonplace an incident was
child's play for him,and sometliiug he
liked, because he rejoiced in descrip
tion and the heroic. It was a never
failing pleasure to him to discover and
eelabrate a bold rescue by a police
man, a fireman or a neighbor.
".Say, it was great!" he used to say,
when he came to tell about such a
deed. "William J. McGlory, number
four truck, tweuty-eiglit years old,
No. 17 Cannon street, he—" then,lay
ing down his notes, Itzig would repro
duce with gestures, grimaces and lan
guage, often slangy, a vivid picture.
The picturesque details were always
as complete as the names, initials,
But oil this day,while several repor
ters were waiting for his fire story, he
was shu Hing and hesitating over a
fire. His sense of"the great" was
evidently struggling with some other
feeling or observation, and it was im
possible to make out what was the
"It wasn't much, only a two-alarm
fire, and it didn't do no damage to
speak of,"he said. "'Twasn't in a
good neighborhood, either—just a
tenement house, No. 16 Essex street,
five-story, red brick, full of families
with kids, kids by the hundreds,
eighty-seven. But you see there was
a panic and a—somebody had to—
you know how it is when 'the geese'—
the East Side Jews—get a scare trun
into 'em! Just describe top-floor
families out by way of the roof to the
next house, third and fourth cooped
up iu halls, some of 'em rushing to
the fire-escapes, others too askeered to
move, just shriekin' and 'rending their
garments,' as the Bible says.
"Across the street," he hurried on.
"the other 'Motzes' " another slang
word for East Side Jews —"out on
fire-escapes, with their hands and
faces raised to the sky, crying, 'Ei
wei, ei wei!' You know how it is.
Yon can, describe it an' I'll give you
the names. But the firemen were late,
0:1 account of no one knowing how to
ring iu an alarm. Samuel Bernstein,
forty-two years old, No. 16 Essex, next
door to the fire, tried it first, then—"
"Oh, come to the point!" I inter
rupted. "What about it?"
"Well, there was a fire rescue. It
. wasn't very hard, either. You see "
"Give us the name of the rescurer,
while you're about it.
"Oh, it was just a fellow passing by
ran in and saved some people, mostly
"Didn't you get his name?"
"I got the names of them he saved,
which was the most important."
"The fire," resumed Itziff, "started
in the basement, shoemaker shop,
Abram Koswinky,thirty-six years old,
married, three kids, oldest four—do
you want names and ages?"
"If they did or suffered anything."
"No, they got out easy by the rear
window, through the area to No. 22
la;k. But the flames were just climb
ing up the stairways. Escape oy
the front door was cut off when I got
there. I—l happened to be over that
way on a suicide and heard the wails,
you know. Somebody had to help,
or we'd had a big story with a dozen
roasted to death. Putin, 'Scared,
white faced looked out of the windows
each second, then disappearing back
in the smoke.' It was tongh, I tell
you. There was a way to get to the
third story by the next house. You
' could climb from one fire-escape to the
other and get in the window. Inside,
the flames was cutting the floor in
half. A man and woman and two
children in the front room were passed
out by the way the man came. Their
"Keep them till afterwards."
"The thing to do was get to the
rear rooms, where there was more of
'em. The man—the fellow that had
come up to save the whole crew—had
to get down and crawl ulong the floor
tinder the flames, aiul they licked his
back hair off and set his coat on fire.
But he got there. And he found two
men, three women and five kids
huddled in one corner,one woman and
two babies unconscious from smoke.
The others were getting air by breath
ing low down on the floor.
"The men had to be made togo
down the rear fire-escape with the
womeu and jump. This took time,
and the flames burst out of the-rear,
cutting off that way out. So there
was the five kids. I—l think the man
said that he grabbed two and was
going to throw them out to the old
people, but they had run away. So
he had togo front.
"He started to run for it; but he
was set fire to and had to lie down
and roll the flames out and crawl
again. The firemen had come, and
they caught the kids all right. The
firemen who caught 'em was Jerry
Sullivan, Truck Eleven,the first there,
"Give us that later."
"The fellow inside sneaked back
the same way and got two more. The
firemen had a ladder up to take the
children. One was left. As he went:
back for that he seen the gnuie was
up. He had to shake his coat, which
was burned, so he whacked it against
a wall till it was out, aud wrapped the
last kid in it.
"Then came the fuu. The flames
covered the back of the house and
coming in the window. House full of
smoke, floors hot, hallways ablaze,
solid, you know, 'hemmed in by Ave,
babe in arms'—that's the feature of the
story! The stairways fell, the hall
floor curved, the whole building
shook. The fellow thought of a lot of
things, but they didn't hive anything
to do with getting out of that hole.
There was an awful crash, and he just
sank in a heap."
Itizg wiped his face. The perspira
tion that had started to it dampened
"The nest thing that man knew, he
was in a drug-store, No. 28 Esses,and
the fire was out."
"But did he escape?" asked one ot
the reporters. "Didn't he go down
with the walls when the crash came?"
"No, that part of the house didn't
fall, and you see, the firemen knew
him. When he didn't show up they
crossed the air-well from nest door,
got through a window and battered
down the door to the room where he
"They found him asleep and—a
feature of the story is they couldn't
get the kid out of his arms to save the
two separately. They had to carry
them out together."
The reporters laughed at Itzig.
"What's the hero's name?" asked
"Oh,he wasn't a hero. He wouldn't
have done it if he hadn't started to,
being there first. Besides, he didn't
save the last child, you see, but had
to be rescued himself."
"Did you interview him?" queried
Chapman, who was writing the story.
"No, not much; he wasn't able to
"Not even to tell his name?"
"He didn't want to," said Itzig.
"But the firemen, you said, knew
"Yes—not very well—only his first
"What was that?"
"I—well, I didn't think to ask."
"Didn't think to ask! Didn't
think to get the most important point
in the whole story! Are you losing
your mind?" cried Chapman,in amaze
But one of the other men was of
quicker perception. "Was his name
Isaac?" he asked.
"Itzig," said a reporter who had
gone behind him, "your hair is all
burned off aud your neck is blistered.
"Yes, and you've got on your Sun
day coat," cried another.
"Oh, get out!" said Itzig. "It's so
disgusting when you reporters go
sticking your noses into other people's
Sensation of Hanging.
A captain who was rescued from
the gibbet at the intercession of Vis
cooat Turenne, after being partially
hanged, related that, having lost all
pain in an instant, by being rescued
lie had been suatched from a glorious
light, the charms of which defied all
-'description. All victims of partial
hanging agree that the uneasiness is
quite momentary; that a pleasant
feeling succeeds, and that various
colors start before the sight. The
mind, averted from reality, is engaged
in scenes most remote from that which
fills the eye of the spectator —the
hideous gallows and the struggling
£lieep and Mole*.
It is a noteworthy fact that sheep
thrive best in a pasture infested wuii
moles. This is because of the better
drainage of the land.
The polar currents are said to con>
tain less salt than those from the
Experiments in England have proved
that fine coal is an excellent material
for sewage filtration.
Glaciers are formed by the accumu
lation of snow on mountains or ele
vated table lands. The snow is com
pressed into ice by its own weight.
Lord Kelvia puts the age of the
sun at 100,000,000 years. At its pres
ent rate of combustion the sun will
last from 7,000,000 to 15,000,000 ol
years before burning itself out.
Certain butterflies have very trans
parent wings and these are thought by
.Haase to be even more effectual foi
protection than conspicuous "warn
ing" stripes or other markings.
Bacteria are found everywhere in
the air and in our homes, they are so
minute that 250,000,000 could be ac
commodated on a penny postage stamp,
and they multiply with incredible
Twelve thousand mail cars of the
German railroads are now lighted by
electricity, storage batteries being em
ployed. The light has given full sat
isfaction and is also said to be cheaper
than the gas light used hitherto.
Experiments made in compressing
flour show that the bulk may be re
duced two-thirds without injury to the
quality. It is molded by hydraulic
pressure into bricks, which are sweet,
wholesome and proof against damp.
A musket ball may be fired through
a pane of glass, making a hole the
size of the ball without cracking the
glass, if the glass be suspended by a
thread. It will make no difference,
Bud the thread will not even vibrate.
Suustroke generally occurs to per
sons laboring in the open air and sun
shine, but it would be better named
heat-stroke, for it can occur even in
winter in a close, darkened room
where the temperature is for a long
time above the normal.
Astronomers generally now admit
that the more recent studies of the
planets Mercury and Venus tend to
confirm Schiaparelli's opinion, ad
vauced some years ago, that both of
them turn on their axes once while
revolving about the sun.
A new life belt is made of sho*t
rubber, which passes round the neck,
across the chest and round the waist,
and can be iuflated in one minute by
the mouth; its weight is about oue
pound, and it is alike flexible, light,
and easily placed in position.
It is estimated that a human being
takes in by respiration 30,000 germs
each day, or 101) millions a year. Not
only are most of them harmless, but
they give flavor to butter, cheese,
game, etc., and they are the scaven
gers of nature. They are absolutely
necessary for the "round of life."
Carving as an Art.
Only persistent practice and defi
nite knowledge make carving a pleas
ure and a success. Neither illustra
tion nor diagrams are of much assist
ance in learning this art. As a dis
tinguished authority on carving savs
in his monograph on the subject: "Il
lustrations cannot prove hopeful be
cause the actual thing before us bears
faint resemblance to pictures, these
being able to give us only surface
with no hints of what may be inside."
By right of precedence, the carver's
chair belongs to the head of the house,
either father or mother, but weariness,
preoccupation, or, more often, a par
ent's pleasure in contemplating the in
creasing deftness of a clever son or
daughter in presiding over and prop- :
erly distributing a joint, fowl or fish, !
leads the elders to resign in favor of i
the youth when guests are not pres
Carving at the table, it is said, is
now considered not only a useful art,
but a social accomplishment as well.
A practical knowledge of its process
should be a part of the education oi
all young people.
Children should know how to carvq
by the time they are fifteen years old.
In Fiance a boy is required to take
his turn in cutting and serving meats
at the table as soon as he is strong
enough to handle the knife and tall
enough to readily reach the joint or
fowl. Sometime he stands upou a
broad stool made for the purpose, and
he is proud when he is successful, and
ashamed when found imperfect.—
Fin Motors for Propelling lloats.
A curious device for propelling boats
automatically against the waves is the
fin motor of H. Linden of Naples,
which has given to the little wooden
boats of a Berlin maker the name
of "autonauts." The motor imitates
the tail fins of dolphius, etc. Each
fin consists of a steel bar, from which
flat blades, tapering in thickness, pro
ject backward like the teeth of a
comb, and each end of the boat is
fitted with one of these fins, placed
horizontally so as to rest on the sur
face of the water at right angles to the
keel. The waves bend the steel
blades, which, reacting, press the
water backward, and thus move the
boat forward against the waves. The
fins have been successfully tried on
boats up to eighteen feet in length, a
boat fourteen feet loug having been
found to require a total active fin sur
face of teu square feet, and a speed
of about three miles au hour has been
obtained in a sea stirred up by a strong
wind. The oue use thus far found
for the "autonauts" is that of dis
tributing oil to calm the water to
windward of fishing smacks. The
little boats are readily steered by
changing the position of the fins, and
are made to move backward by re
versing both fins so that they point
forward, or made stationary by point
ing the fins toward each other.
V w xas; <ss^
1 THE REALM OF FASHION. I
Graceful Morning Clown.
Blue and white striped percale made
this pretty and graceful morning gown,
embroidered edging and insertion
deoorating the collar and wrists. The
LADIES' MORNING OOWN.
stylish adjustment is made over fitted
lining fronts that reach to the waist
line only. The full-fronts are gathered
at the neck edges at each side of the
centre-frout and arranged over the
liuing fronts. The closing is effected
LADIES' SHfRT WAIST WITH REMOVABLE COLLAIi AND STOCK BAND.
at the centre with buttons and button
holes and the fulness at the waist is
held to position by a girdle of blue
taffeta ribbon that is inserted at the
under-arm seams aud carried forward
to the centre, finishing with stylish
bow and long ends. Under-arm gores
give to the gown a smooth effect over
the hips, the back being fitted with
curved side and centre-back seams.
The watteau is closely gathered at the
neck and below this point, falls in
graceful fulness to the lower edge of
the skirt, all seams being sprung be
low the waist to give the required ful
ness. A neat rolling collar completes
The one-seamed sleeves are but
moderately full and are gathered at
the top and again at the wrists where
they are confined by a band of inser
tion finished with a frill of embroidery.
The mode is adapted to cotton or
wash fabrics or to soft woolen, flannel,
To make this gown for a lady in the
medium size will require nine yards of
An Attractive Shirt Waist.
Roman striped foulard makes the at
tractive May Mauton shirt waist shown
in the large engraving, the fronts of
which are cut bias and arranged so a3
to meet in V shape under the straight,
narrow box plait in the center. The
yoke presented the ever-popular
double points in back, reaching fur
ther forward on the shoulders, a fea
ture that marks the '9B styles. The
fronts are gathered at the top onto
the straight yoke edges, the gathers
at the waist being arranged to give a
modified pouch effeot. The under or
lining portion of the yoke is cut with
a straight back edge, onto which the
gathers are arranged, the pointed
yoke being then laid over and stitched
firmly down on its edges, thus hold
ing the gathers in position and giving
a neat and firm finish. Over the
standing lineu collar is worn a bias
stoak of material, a narrow string tie
finishing the neok. The use of this
stock is optional as the linen collar
may be woru alone, but the pattern
provides for both. The up-to-date
shirt sleeves that differ materially
from those of a season ago are shaped
by inside seams and gathered slight
ly at upper aud lower edges. The
usual slashes at the back are finished
by under aud over laps that are closed
just above the cuffs with single but
ton and buttonhole, turn up link
cuffs completing the natty shirt
sleeves. Shirt waists in this style can
be made of silk, wool, linen or cotton
fabrics, the infinite variety now shown
making a selection of material a com
paratively easy matter.
To cut this waist for a lady of med
ium size three and one-quarter yards
of material thirty-six inches wide will
First Women'* Club In Pari*.
Paris will have its first women's
club. Modelled in sone respects along
the same lines as the London Club, it
will have unique features of its own
as well. Not only will the proposed
charges make membership in this club
an expensive luxury, but the member
ship itself will be limited by other
methods. It is reported that apply
ing candidates are to be subjected to
tests which only the most aristocratic
women in France will be able to stand.
Trimming For Pique Gowng,
White pique gowns are braided with
black, trimmed with bands of dark
blue, or they may have three bias folds
of the material for trimming around
the skirt, to be an inch or an inch and
a half wide with as much or more space
The Latest in Hatplnfl.
Hatpins headed with pretty enam
elled flowers and leaves, insects of
various kinds, and tiny birds with
outspread wings add to the variety in
this useful little necessity of dress.
Irregular pearls set around with dia
monds are also very fashionable.
The Slightly Bloused Wnlst Popular.
11l spite of all prediction the slightly
bloused waist continues to hold its
place a till is cliic iu the extreme.
The model given is singularly well
adapted both to silk aud light weight
wools, but as showu is in the popular
black aud white, the foundation ma
terial being checked taffeta, the trim
ming black velvet ribbon combined
with white satin. With it is worn a
sailor hat with a scarf of Liberty silk
The foundation for the waist is a
fitted lining which includes the usual
pieces and seams and closes at the
centre front. But the blouse is fit
ted by shoulder and under-arm seams
only, the closing being invisible be
neath the frills which edge the fronts
below the revers. Above the closing
each front is extended to form a big
pointed rever which is faced with
satin and banded with ribbon, a frill
of the ribbon finishing the edge. As
illustrated the slight opening is con
cealed by the big chifl'on scarf, but a
full plastron of white Liberty is ar
ranged upon the lining to the neces
sary depth. At the neck is a high
flaring oollar of the white banded with
black. The sleeves are snug fitting
LADIES' BLOUSE WAIST.
finished with puffs at the shoulders
and frills that fall over the hands.
To cat this waist for a lady of me
dium size three aud one-half yards of
material twenty-two inches wide will
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The sturgeon from the Canadian stur
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made into caviare.
Everybody knows that Dobbins' Electric
Soap is the best in the world, and for 33 years
it has sold at the highest price. Its price is
now 5 cents, same as common brown soap.
Bars full size and quail ty.Order of grocer. Adv
The desert of Sahara is as large as all
that portion of the United States lying west
of the Mississippi.
To Cure A Cold In One Day.
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. All
Druggists refund money If it fails to cure. Sic.
The entire collection of coins and medals
in the British Museum consists of nearly
Conductor E. D. Loomis, Detroit, Mich.,
says:"The effect of Hall's Catarrh Cnre is
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The exports of gold from British Guiana
have risen from 250 ounces In 1884 to 127,-
000 ounces in 1897.
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In 181)0 the United States had only six
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The Bombardment ot Atlanta.
When Sherman bombarded Atlanta
for forty days and fired hundreds of
shells into the city, comparatively
few citizens were killed. The fortifi
cations of the city were common
earthworks of red clay, and it is said
they were about as good after the
siege as they were before the first
gun was tired. The shot and shell
poured into these banks of dirt seemed
to make them bigger and more inde
structible. The first shell fell in At
luuta July 20, 18G4, and killed a little
child. During the first few days the
shells terrified the people, but after a
•week or so even the women became
accustomed to them. A number of
casualties followed, one shell explod
ing in a funeral procession, scatter
ing four coffins and dispersing the
mourners; another burst in the mar
ket-house, but did not injure any of
the thirty people present. During
the bombardment hundreds of stores
kept open all the time, the newspapers
came out as usual, atd tho streets
were crowded with people; yet in the
entire six weeks there were less than
one hundred persons killed in the city.
—San Francisco Argonaut.
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■Women who have suffered severely
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Mrs. LIZZIK BEVERLY, 258 Merrimac
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eral bottlesof Lydia E. Pinkham's Vege
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Wash, and am cured. Mrs. Pinkham's
medicine saved my life, and I would
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Mrs. AMOS TROMBLEAY, Ellenburgh
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