The star. (Reynoldsville, Pa.) 1892-1946, July 20, 1892, Image 1

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Offtre on Wnit Main street, opposite Hip
('onimrn'lul Hotel, Iti-ynoldsvlllc, Pn.
lieslriont dentist. In building iirnr Metho
dist cliiin-li, opposite Arnold block, tlcntle
Hess In operating. ,
reynoldsville, pa.
FliAXKJ. MACK, rmprMnr..
Tho lending hotel of the town. Headquar
ters for commercial men. Hlciini lipnt, frrp
'bus, Imth rooms and closets on every floor,
sample rooms, billiard room, telephone con
nections, &e.
GHEEX& COSSElt, 'i-ojui.oi.
First class In every particular. Ijocntod lit
the very centre of the business part of town.
Free 'bus to nnd from tritltiw nnd commodious
sample momH for pohtmpri'hil travelers.
Jil'FFlXUIVS & LOX1I, Vois-
Omnibus to nnd from nil trains. F.iimncnn
restaurant. Hons' hciitcd mid IlKiitcd by
gns. Hot und cold miter. Western I'nloti
Tclcgiiiph otlltv In hnllfllnu. 1'lip hotel Is
Htted with till tlip modern conveniences.
JAM. 11. CLOY EH, Vmpriilm:
Hnmnlp mums oit the ground floor. House
hcutitfl by natural gas. Omnibus tomid from
nil tnulns.
The short lhp between Pultols, KWlirwny,
Hnulford, Hnlanuincit, Hutlalo, Itodiestcr.
Niagara Falls .nod points In the tipjM-r oil
On nnd Mny 23d, IHUt, passen
ger trains will nrrlvc nnd dppHrt from FiiIIh
frock station, -dally, except Htinduy, -as fol
lows: TtlO A. M. Krndford Aeconimodiitlon For
.point North lictween FuIIm i'rcok and
.Bradford. 7:1ft a. m. mixed triiin for
14MIAA.M. Hutralontid Rochester mull For
.Hrix-kwayvllle, Itlilgwny.Joliiisniiltiirg.Mi.
..lewett, lftiiiltord, Pnlunmnca, itutt-ilo mid
Kochester: tionnecttng at johtisonhiirg
with I'. 4t K. tmln a, for Wlloox, Kmiv,
Warren, t'orry and Krlc.
10:5& A. M- Accommodation For .lHiltols,
Hykes, HigKou and I'litiXHiitiiwupy.
1:80 I. M. llmdforri Accommodation For
Bopplitrpp, Iti-ockwny villi. Kllniont. t'nr
mon, Kldgway, Jolinsonhurx, Mt.Jpwptt
nnd Hriiilford.
4-JM 1". M.-Mall-For DulloK Xylies, 111k
Kun.VunXNUUiwnpy and Wolston.
7t&A P.M. A immoifutton For HuHols.Uiu
Kiln and l'iituf-.iitnwncy.
Trains Arrive,":!!! A. M., Accommodation
J'trnxsutHwiiey.; man A.M. .Mali rimn Wal
Hton nnd I'linxntawnpy; H:M A. M., Ar
4imnHHlatlon fiiim Bradford; I. Si.,
.AirronimiMlatliin from I'liiiXNiituwnry; 4:iVl
J1. M., Mall fmm HutTalo and l(o,lHHtpr;
.7:M I. M., Api'innmiHliitlon from Bradford.
ThoiiHand ntll tlrkptH at two yniM nir
lullo. kooiI for paaKimo lptwpn all Htatloim.
it. II. Mo! ntviik, Aupiit. FuIIm ppppk, I'a.
Gh. W. Hahti.ktt, ,1ih. I. Tiiomh
Uptipral Snpt. tiptt. Pun. Avimt
Hrndfonl, I'a. Km'luwtpr, N. Y.
CXJMPANY ommorniiiiK Sud1hv
July JO, ll)2. Lowii alo DivlMion.
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JA8. P. ANDEHHON, Gkn'l. PaVX!'
I'lttMhurK, Pa
If ho, and you want u good
fitting and wall tnude Hiilt at a
reasonable figure you will re
ceive same by jilaclng your
order with
J. C. Froehlich,
Next door to Hotel MoConuell,
trailed Cltlrii of Italy.
NcceBsnrlly the romantic nnd hintor
ical charm of EngliHh walled cities Is
but Mitall compnred with that of conri
nental citii;. The walltt of Rome, for
Instance, are standing monnmpnta of
the city's history from the earliest time
to within the last lml f centnry; bnt
owing to tho extraordinary character
and variety of other antiquarian object,
they hardly como In for that share of
the visitor' attention which they de
serve. Yet an inspection of them, with
their ancient and medieval gates, the
many style of their constrnction, each
pointing to a particular period of their
history, their size and strength, their
odd little nooks and corners and their
pictnreqnenes, Is worth a jonrney,
which convince the stranger that they
would form flie chief attraction of any
other city bnt Rome.
Indeed, a la not surprising, Italy I a
nest of ancient walled towns, and we
may note all degree of grandeur, from
the still formidable looking cone which
surround Qenova La Soperba or Firenze
La Bella to the quaint little line of
fortification which zigzag ttp the vine
clad hillHldi'S of the north coast of the
Mediterranean, surrounding in many In
stance mere villages, but speaking elo
quently to us of those hard, stirring
times when the hand of every man was
agninst his neighbor. Cor. Chicago Her
ald. Pernlan Ru-ordtt.
The swords of Hindostnn are of end
less variety in frize and shnpe, the most
common being the "tegha" and "tnl
war," broad, much curved blades, wrong
ly styled scimitars, the real scimitar
being a clumsy chopperlike weapon,
nearly straight nnd widoning to the
point. There is the "khanda," a heavy
straight sword with basket hilt, like the
Scottish claymore. The khanda wa an
object of worship to the Rajputs, pre
cisely as to the Scythian. The "pata,"
or gauntlet sword, much used by the
Mahrattas, was a development of the
"katar," having a long rapier Made,
often of Spanish make, and a cylindrical
hilt, into which the arm wa passed to
the elbow. The Persian sword, how
ever, wa vnlued alxve all others, and
particularly those of Rhorassan.
These are the real "Damascus blades,"
the damascening being produced by the
crystallization of the steel. Connois
seurs recognize ten different varieties of
watering or "jauhar;" and the most In
credible prices have been given for
fancy specimen. But the great brittle
ness of these swords makes them unfit
for use by Europeans, who would shiver
them to pieces by a "swashing TjIow,"
while the oriental employs their razor
edge nnly for the "drawing" nt.
Chambers' Journal.
A Mile Differ Sometimes.
The measurement in English yi fds of
the different lengths of a mile in several
countries is .aa follows: Arabian mils.
2,148; Austrian mile, 8,21)6; Bohemian
mile, 30,137; Brabant mile, 6,082; Brtr
gundian mile, 0.183; Danish mile, 8,244:
Dutch mile, '6,805; English mile, 1,760;
English mile, -geographical, 2,023; Eng
lish mile, nautical, 6,080; Flemish mile,
6,869; German mile, long, 10,126; 'Ger
man mile, short, 6,8!D; German mile,
geographical, 8,100; Hamburg mile, ,
244; Hanoverian mile, 11,559; Hessian
mile, 18,847; Hungarian mile, 9,118; Iris
mile, ancient, 2,240; Italian mile, 2,02-r:
Lithuanian mile, 0,780; Oldenburg mile,
10,820; Persian mile, 6,086; Polirt mile,
long, 8,100; Polish mile, sho-.e, 6,071;
Prussian mile, 8,237; Roman mile, 1,628;
Russian, vnrst, 1,105; Saxon mile. 9,904;
Scotch mile, ancient, 1,984; Spanish
mile, 4,635: Swedish mile, 11,700; SwIbs
mile, 9,153; Tuscan mile, 1,808; United
States mile, 1 ,760. Philadelphia Ledger.
Bag-itag Grapes.
People often ask what 1 the use -of the
abstract studies scientific men and wom
en often indulge In. The reply is you
must first discover a new truth before
you can tell whether yon can make any
value of it. The valuable discovery
that the black rot can be prevented from
injuring grapes by inclosing thebimch
in a paper bag is the direct result of
scientific studies.
When it was found that the rot was
caused by a fungus growing from a lit
tle seed or spore which, floating through
the atmosphere, attaches itself to the
grape berry, it was the easiest thing to
think of putting bag over the bunch
early in the season so that the spore
conldn't get there. Hundreds of thou
sands of dollars have been saved to the
cultivator by this bagging of grapes
which wonld have been totally lost bnt
for the labors of scientific men, Mee
hans' Monthly.
The Bat Transmits Disease Germs.
When the reader thinks of the count
less number of rats that Infest the re
gions occupied by human beings, of
their wonderful reproductive power,
and of their seemingly causeless bnt
rapid migration from one dwelling place
to another hundreds of mile away, he
must admit that if it is possible for the
rat to convey disease germ from point
to point this power for evil is incalcul
able. When be left plague stricken
London and sought another field did he
leave the plague behind, or did be keep
a share of it to distribute elsewhere?
Dr. S. B. Weber's Lecture.
The Place for Him to Calk
Mrs. Witberby Tool old clothes man
was around today.
Witberby (grimly) Tell him next
time that, if he wonts to look at any old
clothes of mine, be will have to call at
the office and see them on me, Exchange.
Bad Evening Primrose, with ronr silken stole
Hung- delicately snnward, what a soul
Ixiks from your patient eyct Hnw trail and
Yott stand nmonff. the flnwpretal nnd jronr bowl
Hhnws like a vnnlnhtn phantom of the grail.
Ynnng hnris that point a finger to the bine
Crowd on your stem, and yonth and hope are
While the sap runs) yet scarcely has the son
Wnrmrd twlre npon yonr petals ere their hne
Falls Into pallidness of death beimn.
And strewn about the grsrs the blossoms hide
The poor dtRrolnrrd fragments of their pride.
Or hang disconsolate with draggled vest.
And clinging, sodden cerements, to abide
The gradual workings of the Alkahest.
Was It for this yon struggled Into llghtf
That one brief day should crown a tedious
Was It for this yon felt your way atong
The paths of natural growth, that from their
Shrill death should erho In your triumph
It may be so. There are who say the bliss
Requites the pain; yet could It be for this
(Ood knowsl yon opened your sweet, patient
To see the sun's face en' r :vl dlo In his klssf
Forme yon bloom njrr'.i In Pnradlse.
Nina Ijiyard In Ixmgman's Magazine,
Karnes and Businesses.
There is at time a pecnliar colnd
dence an regards the name of a man
and hi business. Such an appropriate
ness of nmno to calling 1 frequently
quite accidental. "Sexton Brothers,
Undertaker nnd Upholsterers," is the
wording of a sign at Long Branch, and
a dressmaker on Clinton streot, New
York, bears the name of N. Nadel (the
German for needle). To those who un
derstand German, Schneider will seem
nn equally appropriate name for a dress
maker, and there are plenty of butchers
in town named Metzger, while at least
one barber glories in the name of Scheer
er. Bnt it seem odd that a Boecker
shonld deal in meat, or that even an
Avenue A. Barber should noil beer.
However, when we hear of "Taylor &
Cutter," a firm of clothier, or find that
"8tickwcll& Co." are mucilage makers,
there i a strong suspicion of nn Inten
tional manufacture of appropriate firm
names. And that story about the bro
ker firm of "U. Ketcham & I. Cheatham"
has been told so often that one hardly
know whether to credit it or not. New
York Time.
Centralisation of Government.
The history of the federal govern
ment is one of growing strength and in
fill ivru-e. The difference between the
intention of the founder of the system
and of the exist'.')"; fact is nearly as
great as that between the opinions of
Jefferson and moderate Federalists.
From the first organization of the gov
ernment to the present time there has
been almost a steady advance toward
centralization. Thin advance has been
both aided and retarded by the supreme
court; but in the legislative branch of
the government nnd in the popular mind
the proportions of the federal govern
ment have constantly grown larger. It
baa not been the tendency of the people
of the republic to strengthen the local
government at the expense of the general
government. On the contrary, the gen
eral government has grown at the cost
of the states. Honry L. Nelson in Har
per's. ' The, Nepaleee "Kara."
Tha Nepalese "knkrT, or heavy
curved knife, with the edge on the inner
sida, is familiar by name to readers of
the accounts of our "little wars," in
which the Ghoorka infantry have taken
part. But there is another Nepalese
weapon, the "koru," the most strangely
shaped sword ever used, which, starting
from the hilt about an inch and a half
wide, when near the end turns at right
angles and expands to six inches. The
lata Jung Bahadur, a noted expert at all
eastern arms and exercises, was able to
decapitate a bullock with one blow of
the kora. Chambers' Journal.
Carvings ou Easter Island.
The hard volcanic rock of Easter
island is covered with carvings intended
to represent human faces, birds, fishes
and mythical animals. Fishes and tur
tles appear common among these sculp
tures, bnt the most common figure is a
mythical animal, half human in form,
with bowed back and long, clawlike
legs and arms. According to the na
tives this symbol was intended to rep
resent the god "Meke-Meke," the great
spirit of the sea. Philadelphia Ledger.
Hetarns Came In Knrly.
Husband Er my dcur, there is going
to be a very important cr election at
my club tonight, and 1 m.iy .
Wife Very well. I'll wait tip to hear
the returns.
"Um er are yon interc-stud iu the
"Yes your returns." New York
An Invitation for One,
An Atchison man had so much trou
ble with his girl's sisters, who insisted
on accompanying them everywhere, that
he proposed to her in their presence
after first explaining to the others that
it was an invitation that could not pos
sibly include thorn. Atchison Globe.
It is always safe to fight against a cold
by external applications, s camphor
ated oil rubbed upon the throat and
chest and between the shoulders this Is
admirable for children; or vaseline sim
ilarly applied.
The flowers that load as providers of
popular perfumes for the handkerchief
and toilet are the jasmine, violet, tube
rose, rose, bitter orange flower and cassia.
A Congressman's Great ftpeeeh.
The other dav I win listening to a con
gressman relating to a small circle his
experience at a recent convention. I
will make a secret of hi name, as I pro
pose to live long nnd uninterruptedly in
the land which tho Lord elected, ntul in
no wiso crave to be cut off in the blush
ing morning of my days. The fact Is,
this stntestnan is a very broad, iithletii!
one, of 11 shifty and uncertain temper.
"Vez should have heard iiih speech,"
he said. "It was a lulu. And I paid
me respect to Congresh, too, me Ixiy.
I toold 'em the way mutters hud been
tnislnimunged wo wouldn't have the
money to meet the explnse of the pris-.
Int physical yenr. Thin I bore down on
thehypnotizin prncliticed in this house."
"The hypnotism?' qneripd a listener.
"Yis, the hypnotizin. The nppitit
mint of all tliltn sons und rce-lntives of
congt'eshinin to loocriitive sttpimls.
Hero' the b'y of three congreshntin on
the page's roll nnw. lie hivlns. cumin
their seventy-five dollars a month the
year 'round and them b'ys, mind yez,
only nine and fin years old. and the legs
of thitn no bigger than sphiurile. I
should s:iy it was hypnotism.
"An,' thin." continued the congress
man, "vhiti our man wint through nil
right I jumped up anil moved to make
his iicm.i.ttHtion ceremonious, and thin
the f 1 Hin began."
"Unanimous, you inenti," corrected an
"Well, phwativer it is. 1 dono it, but
they voted it down. All the satim he's
noiuptiattd, wliiilt is what we were
after." Washington Cor. Kiiiikom City
ItlllllltlHlilug ItlllllllN.
A company engaged in I tin manufac
ture of explosives in I his city Iiiih for
sale now small Immlis about tho sizn of
frankfurter sausages, with which it. is
said the funnel ran bring down small
shower of rain whenever he. sees cloud
over his laud.
The constituents of oun lioinb are di
vided into two parts, liquid 11 ml solid,
which are both separately inini-xplosive.
These can lie kept separate until the
time eoiiics In use them, when they are
The solid part is about- an inch in di
ameter and eight inches in length, and
is wrapped in cotton. These bombs ure
placed in grooved tin boxes, each hold
ing teu. A small tin measure, contain
ing the liquid part, accompanies each
box. It is graduated to show the quail
tity needed to saturate the bomb to the
exploding point. ,
Five or fifty ImiiiiIin may be used, at
cording to the amount of rain needed
or the detonation required. How the
farmer is to know how much detonation
is needed is a dubious matter The
bombs are tied iu a bundle, a time fuse
is attached and the whole lot discharged
from a mortar and at the passing cloud.
Iu hilly countries clouds often pass
over the valleys and discharge their
content on the barren mountain sides.
In such regions, it is said, the bombs
will be particularly useful. New York
A nit of Correspondence.
A remarkable correspondence has been
published, ending in a true Irish fashion.
It begins: "Mr. Thompson presents his
compliments to Mr. Simpson, nnd begs
to request that he will keep hi doggs
from trespassing on his grounds."
"Mr. Simpson preseuts hi compli
ments to Mr. Thompson, nnd begs to
suggest that in future he should not
spell 'dogs with two gees."
"Mr. Thompson' respects to Mr.
Bimpscm, and will feel obliged if he will
add the letter 'e' to the last word in the
note just received, so a to represeut
Mr. Simpson and lady."
"Mr. Simpson return Mr. Thompson's
note nnoiMMied, the impertinence it con
tains lieing ouly equaled by it vulgar
ity." London Tit-Bits.
The Mdra Way.
In India they drown a great many of
the girl babies. It is a time honored
onstoin, but not universally approved
from a therapeutie standpoint. In civ
ilized countries they pnt corsets on the
girl babies, which brings about the same
results, without the shock, which is a
sure concomitant of the Indian method.
Moreover, babies last longer under the
modern system, and it is especially
prized by people who prefer to keep
tneir gin Dames ror a few brief years.
Detroit Tribune.
What a Flood Loaves Behind.
The worst feature of a flood is the fact
that the river is apt to leave a deposit of
sand, varying in thickness from one inch
to ton feet, over a large extent of land
that was formerly fertile. In the flood
of 1858 a great many farmers in the
American Bottom on going back to their
premises after the subsidence of the
waters, found their property covered
with river sand in beds so thick that
two or three years elapsed before good
crops could be raised. St. Louis Globe
Democrat. A Poor Contrivance.
Mamma You are not satisfied with
your new doll? Why, it creeps and says
"mamma," and opens and shuts its eyes,
and I don't know what all.
Wee Pot Its fingers doesn't move, an
its tongue doesn't wag, an it never frows
up. Good Nows.
I'oar Man.
Old Lady (on beholding a Highlander
In bis native costume for the first time)
Well, welll That man must bo in his
sooond childhood, and has gone back
Into short frocks again I London Tit-Bit.
She sits upon the worn old grave,
And gayly use as a pillow
The battered headstone, rudely carved
With funeral urn and weeping willow.
The epitaph she puzzle out.
With words and Inughtcr light and mock
ing, fllsplaylng well a dainty shoe,
And quite an Inch of silken stocking.
Bhe jests about the curious nnme.
The verses with quaint old phrases ladent
And yet what If In future years
Dome saucy Twentieth centnry maiden
Upon a summer afternoon
An ancient cemetery choosing
Should flirt npon her grave, and think
I . -1, n j 1 .. .,
Juliet W. Tompkls in Kate Field's Wash
Willing to Sell Cheap.
An amusing incident happened in a
southern city court the other day. A
Jew was on the witness stand testifying
against a negro who had stolen a puir of
pantaloons from his store.
"How much are the pants worthr
asked Judge Thompson.
"Well, judge," responded the witness,
"it depend on the man who wants o
buy them. I sell them to one mnn for six
dollars, to another for live dollars, but
you can have them for four dollnrs."
"Sir," responded his honor, in a dis
gusted tone of voice, "I want you to toll
me what those pants are worth."
"Ah, judge," said the Israelite, "take
'em for three dollars if four dollars don't
suit yon."
"Look here," thundered tho jndge,
"if you don't tell mo the exact volne of
those pants I will send you to jail for
contempt of court."
"Well, then, judge," pleaded the ob
tuse witness in a most insinuating tone
of voice, "take 'em for two dollnrs. It
is giving them away almost, bnt you
can have "em for two dollars."
By this time the people in the court
room were convnlsed with laughter,
and the judge himself was obliged to
forget hi disgust and join heartily in
the laugh. He did not buy the "pants,"
however. Green Bag.
Reasoning Tower of Ants.
One morning a gentleman of many
scientific attainments sat quietly and
alone at his breakfast. Presently he
noticed that some large black ants were
making free with the contents of the
sugar IhivvI. He drove them away, but
they soon returned, seemingly unwilling
to leave their sweetened feast. Again
they weie dispersed, only to return in
increased number. There was a lamp
hook directly above the center of the
table, and, to try their ingenuity, the
gentleman suspended the sugar bowl to
the hook with a cord, allowing it to
swing clear of the table about an inch.
First the sagacious little creatures
tried to reach it by standing on each
other's backs. After repeated efforts,
all of which were failures, they went
away and it was supposed that they had
given np in despair. Within a surpris
ingly short time, however, they were
seen descending the cord by dozens and
dropping themselves into the sngar
bowl. They had scaled the wall,
traversed the ceiling and discovered an
other road to the treasure. St. Louis
Different Terms for the 8ama Thing.
Among the peculiarities of so called
pure English, nothing is more singular
than the difference between the names
given to footwear. ' In America a boot
is something which comes nearly up to
the knee, while in England anything
above a low cut shoe is invariably de
scribed as a boot. The same peculiarity
exists in regard to hose. In England
the only two words used are stockings
and socks, the difference being entirely
in the length of the leg, and the word
half hose being purely American. In
the trade in this country there are three
distinction the stocking, a sock and
half hose. There is no ribbed top to the
American sock, and there are other
technical differences which are unheard
of in the old country, St, Louis Globe-
Odd Idea of Beauty.
An African beanty must have small
eyes, thick lips, a large, flat nose and a
skin beautifully black. In New Guinea
the nose is perforated and a large piece
of wood or bone inserted. On the north
west coast of America an incision more
than two inches long is made in the
lower lip, filled with a wooden plug.
In Guinea the lips are pierced with
thorns, the head of the thorn being in
side the mouth and the point resting on
the chin. Jenness Miller Illustrated.
A Word foe the Plagiarist.
The plagiarist, though an example of
misdirected effort, may serve to illus
trate how good can result from evil. He
very often confers a benefit by discover
ing some bit of wit or beauty that nearly
everybody else lias forgotten. The pla
giarist who attracts attention must
needs be a man of onsiderable literary
flisorimination. Miles Ryan in Kate
Field's Washington.
Uow Una Knows.
A wedding came off at Tyrone at the
unusual hour of 8:43 in the morning. It
is unnecessary to add that this was the
wedding of a railroad man. Any other
kind of a man selecting the some time
would have been married- at a quarter
of 7 o'clock PhUadulphillnquirer.
Vint Wheat In America.
The first wheat raised in the New
World wan sown on the Inland of Isa
bella in January, 1484, and on March 80
the ear were gathered. St. Louis Re
J Aged at jflneteen Tears.
An important bit of local history has
been discovered at Salem in connection
with a tombstone in the old Charter
street burying ground. In the utter
most corner of this ground Is a stone
bearing this inscription:
"Mr. Nathan Mather died October ye
17th, 1688. An aged person that had
seen but nineteen winters in this world."
The meaning of this pecnliar inscrip
tion has long been a matter for conjec
ture among local historians. In his
"American Notebooks," Nathaniel Haw
thorne refers to it and says: " 'An aged
man at nineteen years,' saith the grave
stone. It affected me deeply when 1
cleared away the grass from the half
buried stone and read the name."
The mystery has been solved by the
discovery in the Essex Institute of a
book entitled, "The Genealogy of the
Mather Family." By this book it ap
pears that Nathaniel Mather was born
July 6, 1660, and was a brother of Cotton
Mather and a son of Increase Mather.
At the age of twelve years he had
thoroughly fitted for college, and he was
graduated from Harvard at the age of
sixteen. At twelve he had read the Old
Testament in Hebrew and the new Tes
tament in Greek, and was able to con
verse familiarly in Latin. He was dis
tinguished not only for his complete
mnstery of lnngnages, bnt for hi attain
ment in mathematics, philosophy, his
tory, theology and rabbinical learning
ns well. At the time of his graduation
he delivered an oration in Hebrew npon
the state of learning among the Jews.
Boston Journal
Where Columbus Clot His Idea. .
Medinjval Europe knew but very little
of eastern and northeastern Asia. Many
of the most learned cosmographers of
the time taught that Asia stretched east
ward indefinitely, and no one imagined
that it had an eastern coast washed by
the ocean. It was seriously taught that
eastern Asia was a land of vast swamps,
inhabited by monster serpents and
dragons. This was the opinion that still
prevailed np to within 200 years of the
time of Columbus.
At this time two Venetinn merchants
by the name of Polo went on a vast
trading expedition to the uttermost
parts of Asia. They were gone many
Pyears. Upon their return the son of one
of them, a young man named Marco x
Polo, wrote out a full account of their
travels, described the empire of the
grand khan (the Chinese emperor) and
revealed the fact that Asia was bounded
on the east by a vast ocean. He de
scribed this eastern coast minutely,
with all its vast cities and its wealth of
precious stones and spices.
It was from reading this book that the
imagination of Columbus was fired, and
he conceived the bold conception of
reaching this eastern coast of Asia by
sailing toward the west around the
So when he discovered Cuba he bad
not a doubt that he had landed npon the
coast of Asia, and that he looked upon
the same scenes that Marco Polo had
gazed upon 200 years before. Yankee .
The Floating Weeds In the Atlantic
The gulf weed (Fucus natans) vhichr
with its litle round "berries," is not un
bke the mistletoe in form, but of a
brownish yellow color, has been thought
to have lost its property of rooting on
rocks and to have acquired the power of
living afloat. It has even been sug
gested that the sea marks the site of a
submerged continent, apparently the
lost Atlantis. Dr. Krummel holds that
the weed has simply beeu.drifted to its
present position by the Gulf stream and
its affluents from the West Indian i-(
lands and the Gulf of Mexico.
It is now proved that the Gnlf stream"
is not a single narrow "river of the
ocean," as Maury poetically described
it, but consists of a number of currents,
not only from the Mexican gulf, but the
Antilles. The weed, according to Dr.
Krummel, would take fifteen days to.
float as far north as the latitude of Cape"
Hatteras and five and a half months to
reach the Azores. In the Sargasso sea
it becomes heavy and sinks; but the sup
ply is kept up by the Gulf stream. Lon
don Globe.
Advice for Young Journalist.
A correspondent asks, "How shall a
young man proceed who desires to be
come a reporter?"
Let him apply to the city editor of the
paper on which he hopes to get a job. If
he can bring a short letter of introduc
tion it will not hurt him; but he doesn't
need any great wad of recommendations.
He should know what he can do in the
way of reading and writing English, be
prepared to say how old he is, if he '
speaks German or French, or any other
foreign language; if he is in good health,
if he drinks; he doesn't want to be fresh,
nor does he want to be a chump. He
wants to get rid of the idea that the
paper needs him, but wants to impress
it on the city editor (not by talking,
however) that he is a good man, and
that if he has had no experience he will
nevertheless learn. Some papers prefer
green men; they don't have to unlearn
so much. New ork Sun.
Al a Fashionable lMnner furty..
Gent (on the riuhtV-The weiLtW
Ladv I have H.lreudv ilWiKisn.l tl...t
subject with my neighbor on the left,
Gent tasidel The mean fmniiiift,,lf
We had arranged between us that he
hould talk about the dinner and I my
self about the weather. Humoristische