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The spinner twisted her slender thread
As she ant and spun.
"The earth and the heavens are mint,'
"And '.he moon and aim; 1
Into my wen the sunlight goes, I
And the breath of May,
'And the crimson life of the new-blown
t Ttat was' born to-day."
The spinner sang in the hush of noon,
And her morning song was low:
"All, morning, you pass away too soon,
Yon are swift to go.
My heart o'erllows like a brimming cup
With its hopes and fours.
Lore, come and drink the sweetness ;
Ere it turns to tenrs."
The spinner looked fit the fulling sun,
Is it time to rest?
My hands are weary, my work is done,
I hnve wrought my bent.
I have spun and woven with patient eyes
And with lingers fleet.
Lo! where the toil of n lifetime lies
In a winding Blieet!"
Mary Ainge de Vere.
i IHE GOLDEN BLUE-JAY.
By M. r. SAVAGE.
One blustering March night, In
1852, three men wore playing cards
In a cabin near the Manzanltn Dig
gings. Billy Price and Dick' Ilertle,
In whose cabin the game was pro
gressing, were miners. Foxy Smith
made up the trio. He kept a little
supply store, where hardtack biscuits
and dried fruits, gum boots and over
alls were jumbled together.
The door opened and In walked a
wan, bold and free. He hardly
looked at the other men, but went
directly to the fire, took a pack from
bis back and began busying himself
"Where the devil did you cor-e
from?" nsked Dick, throwing his
cards upon the table and staring at
"Th devil probably knows. Ask
him," answered the stranger.
"My dear and no doubt Illustrious
young man," began Billy, winking at
Dick, "I'm sure you'll eicuse our
showing some degree of curiosity
concerning you. May we not have
the exquisite pleasure of learning
your name? Will you not give us
Borne Information regarding your last
place of residence, et cetera? You
have no Idea how we would treasure
any little "
"Get out!" squeaked a sharp, high
pitched voice, breaking Into Billy's
Billy turned on the stranger he
was not the man to stand nonsense of
that sort from anybody.
"If yon want satisfaction, my high
flown friend," said the stranger,
"here's your provocator." The man
stooped over and a blue Jay hopped
up on his shoulder. The bird first
Bred off a volley of shrieks and then
began to laugh. "Haw, haw, haw!"
laughed the jay, and "Haw, haw,
haw!" they answered him till the
When they had quieted down the
stranger turned to them and said:
"Now I'll tell you as much of my
history as I think necessary. My
name Is Jim Carter. I've been In
this confounded country more than a
year,, and I haven't made a blasted
cent. My money Is very near gone,
but as long a I stay nmong you I'll
pay my way. One thing certain: I'll
never go back East unless I make my
pile, and-I've got to make it pretty
soon or I'll "
"What'U.yoti do?" nSfced Dick.
"My bird and I'll take something
lo eat If we can get It," answered
The men set out some cold bacon
and beans, hardtack and dried apple
sauce. Carter ate ravenously.
In the meantime Foxy Smith had
been attending to the feeding of th?
Jay. Sometimes he would hold a
piece of biscuit up and make the bird
talk for It, and sometimes he would
point to a cord, or stick, or something
else, and make the bird bring it to
him before he would give him a bit
of the food. The Jay showed quick
Intelligence, and it was not long be
fore he had caught the Idea.
After Carter had finished eating
he Joined In the game, and they
played until midnight.
Foxy arose to go.
"Bring your Jay down to the store,
Carter," he said. "He's a fine bird.
I'd like to teach him."
Foxy left. Carter spread his blan
kets on the floor; Dick and Billy
crawled into their bunks; the blue
Jay perched upon a rafter. So Carter
and bis bird became domiciled at
As the days went by the men be
came attached to the bird. He had a
pert, lively way that they liked. He
would cock his eyes at them and
laugh In the most knowing manner.
Then he sang a song or two in a
queer, rasping little voice, that made
him fine company, and he liked to go
to the diggings with the men; It was
wonderful the way ho made the dirt
fly Imitating them.
But, smart though he was, the men
toon discovered that he had one fault
he stole, stole like a pirate; there
was nothing that be would not ap
propriate If he got his claws on.it.
They looked high and low for the sto
len articles, but could find them no
"What does he do with them, I
wonder?" asked Dick, one evening,
lifter hunting vainly for something
be had lost . .
"I'll tell you what I think he does
With 'em,' said Billy. "I believe be
takes them down to Foxy's store and
trades them off for grub. You know
Carter doesn't pay much attention to
him, and he probably gets hungry.
It would be Just like Foxy to encour
age him In such tricks."
';. "Pooh I fh Jay isn't as smart as
V-.... ,..... .-....'.--
all that. He hides them In a hole
somewhere. I'll wring the little
beast's neck for him If he don't stop
It!" Dick said. But he would not
have done IL Not one of the miners
would have pulled a feather out of
the sleek little body. They conclud
ed that the only thing to be done was
to shut up everything portable that
had been left.
By this time the Jny was perfectly
at home, going anywhere he chose
and having a fine time of It down
at Foiy Smith's store, in and out of
all the cabins, down at the mines, up
In the trees, over the bills every
where, and always laughing and
singing and chattering.
The men liked the bird and let him
Impose on them dreadfully, but they
were not so friendly to the man; he
was too quiet, and had a half-hearted
way that Irritated them.'
"Hang the fellow," said Dick. "He
doesn't seem to have any heart in
anything. It's bad luck to have that
And It did seem that he cast a
damper on the men's spirits, though
not lipon their luck, for, all but Car
ter himself, they were doing well in
When the weather grew warmer
the men saw less of Carter. He spent
nearly all of his time wandering off
by himself, but the jay stayed where
the men were picking nnd panning
he was fond of company.
One fine day In May, after the
trees were In leaf, Carter went out
and sat In the shade near the miners.
The bird was hopping about on a
rulsed bit of ground, and keeping an
eye on everything. He would claw In
the earth, take a look around, and
then stick his beak In the hole he had
"I'm It! I'm It!" he yelled.
"Are you, my boy? Wish I could
say the same," drawled his master.
Day by day the bird worked on
that piece of ground, till the men got
to calling it his "diggings." Ills mas
ter, having nothing better to do, idly
"The jay Is twice the man that
Carter Is," said Dick one time. "See
him dig in."
It is a fact that he worked as hard
as any of them, though he would fly
off every once In a whilo and stay
for a quarter of an hour or so. And
that kept going on day after day, and
week after week.
One evening, in August, Foxy
Smith came Into the cabin elaborately
dressed. He wore a white top-hat, a
long-tailed, bottlegreen coat, a pair
of light tan breeches, and a blue vel
vet waistcoat covered with circular
red figures. After the men had ex
pressed their not altogether compli
mentary surprise, he said:
"Well, boys, I Just dropped In to
tell you that I'm thinking of enlarg
ing my store."
"Yes. And I shouldn't wonder if
I'd take a trip back East this fall."
"Business must be looking up,"
"Y-e-s," drawled Foxy, then added
glibly, "it is." ,
"See here,'' Foxy "began Billy,
but Foxy Interrupted him with:
"I can't stay any longer I must be
off." He threw a handful of dried
cherries at the jay (he never forgot
to bring him something), and started
"Came in to show off," scld Dick,
disgustedly. "Where do you suppose
he got his boodle?"
"I have an idea." said Ellly, "but
yet I don't know."
"Well what Is it?"
"Well, I told you once about the
Jay, you know."
"Nonsense!" said Dick.
For some time the men had no
ticed that something ailed the jay,
and as the days passed his trouble
seemed to increase; he lost his fine
spirits; he did not talk as much as
formerly; he did not fly about as
lightly ns ho had once done he
would make a feeble croak and go
off, slowly, but would come back
more used up than ever.
"Is he getting very old?" Billy
"Not more than four years," said
Carter. "I don't know what alls
The poor little chap grew more and
more feeble (though he seemed fat
ter than ever), till one day he hopped
to his diggings, jerked out a few
words of "Never a care " and then
lay down and died.
When Carter picked up the Jay he
found a big gold nugget clutched in
one of the claws. He put his hand In
one of the holes that the bird had
dug, and there he found a "pocket"
of nuggets the largest pocket, filled
with the biggest nuggets, that had
ever been found in the rpglon.
Billy took the Jay in his hand; he
found the bird surprisingly heavy
and his crop greatly expanded.
"This accounts for it," said Billy;
"the wealth of Foxy, and all. Poor
little fellow, his greed, and Foxy's,
have finished him."
Carter called his mine the "Golden
Blue-Jay," and out of that mine he
took his millions. Argonaut.
Heaven Is nere.
Heaven is yours; you have but to
enter In and take possession; and
heaven means supreme happiness,
perfect blessedness; it leaves nothing
to be grieved over. It is complete
satisfaction now and In this world.
It Is within you, and If you do not
know this, it Is because you persist In
turning the back of your soul upon
It. . Turn around and you shall be
hold It. To transmute everything
Into happiness and -Joy, this Is su
premely the work and duty of heavenly-minded
men. James Lane Al
' i '"-
Adventures of a
John Olsen, a noted Boston diver,
was caught on the sharp hook of a
chain cable, while at work recently
raising the wrecked remains of the
steamer Birmingham from the bottom
of Boston harbor.
The veteran diver was In the act
of fastening a cable about a heavy
steel plate of the wrecked steamer
preparatory to Its being hoisted to
the surface, when a big ocean liner,
outward bound, sailed close to the
spot where he was at work fifty feet
The swiftly revolving propeller of
the liner churning the water set It
In such active motion as to cause a
violent lurching of that portion of
the wreck to which the steel plate
was hanging. The chain suddenly
slipped, and the hook, flying up, came
very near catching the rubber hose
through which the life-sustaining air
supply is sent down to the diver, and
tearing it away from Its connection
with the protecting helmet covering
his head. '
Had this happened it would have
left Captain Olsen, weighted as he
was to the harbor bottom by his
heavy diving suit, without air, to meet
death by drowning, no doubt, before
he could have been drawn up out of
the water by bis assistants in the
Fortunately the hook just missed
the air hose, but Its sharp point
caught the thumb of bis left hand as
he threw up his arm, ripping It wide
open the whole length of the Inner
side, and causing an extremely pain
ful injury. Since then he has been
nursing a very bad thumb.
Captain Olsen is Just entering upon
his thirty-seventh year as a diver,
and he hopes to make his already un
rivaled record forty years. For .thlr-ty-slx
years now he has been raising
wrecked ships, repairing others while
lying many fathoms deep in the
water, bringing up valuable cargoes,
recovering the bodies of drowned peo
ple and lost treasures that have gone
down beneath the waves and blasting
away sunken rocks and ledges that
were a menace to navigation and
threatened destruction to sailing
A plain, simple man, modest and
unassuming, Is this descendant of the
hardy Norseman, for Norway Is the
land of his birth. He Is clear eyed,
stocklly built, still sturdy as ever and
capable of much endurance in his
hazardo"s calling at the age of sixty.
He took to the sea while yet a boy,
and had just reached manli od when
ho was one of .the crew of a foreign
square rigger that put into Phila
delphia. He left the vessel there, and after
a couple of years' service as a sailor
on coasting schooners settled himself
In Boston and became a diver, giving
up a life on the ocean wave for one
below the wave. That was In 1872,
and ever since then he has lived and
moved and had his being at the bot
tom of the sea for the greater part of
It was in Bangor, Me., that Cap
tain Olsen made his first professional
dive on a blasting Job. "I stayed
down an hour or two on that first
try of mine, and I was just a little
bit scared," he said, when asked what
his sensations were on the flrnt dive.
"When I 'started down and saw
the immense wall of water gradually
closing over me I thought it was go
ing to overwhelm and drewn me, for
getting that I was looking through
the thick glass window of the helmet
before my face that was keeping mo
"I felt as If I was being smothered,
and wanted to coma right up again;
but I didn't care to be laughed at and
called a coward by my mates, so my
pluck kept me down. The second day
I stayed down longer, and by the end
of a week I could hold my own with
the best of them."
The first Important work as a diver
done by Captain Olsen was performed
by him thirty-four years ago In the
raising of the Reading Company's
coal steamer Leopard, that was
wrecked on a ledge off Thatcher's
Island while coming to Boston with
a cargo of coal. Not long after this
a schooner loaded with water pipe to
be laid In Newton was wrecked near
Highland light, off Cape Cod, during
a fierce storm. Captain Olsen was
engaged to raise the cargo and the
vessel. While exploring the sunken
craft he stumbled over the body of a
lone drowned sailor, one of the un
fortunate crew, lying on the floor of
the cabin. Raising the body in his
arms, he gave the signal on the life
line, and diver and corpse were
hauled up to the surface of the sea,
the uncanny spectacle greatly
startling some people who were with
his assistants In their boat.
No one knew who the drowned
sailor was, so the body was taken to
Provincetown and there given Chris
But Captain Olsen's work has not
been confined to local waters. His
diving operations have extended
along the whole Atlantic coast, from
the shores of Newfoundland to the
Florida keys, and many are the
wrecked vessels as well as valuable
cargoes that he has brought up from
the bed of the sea at different points
on that stretch of coast. He is the
oldest and best known diver In the
country and has the reputation of be
ing the most expert one, too.
Two years ago he was selected by
the National Government from among
all the divera of the United States
as an inspector to oversee the laying
of a large main trunk sewer for the
city of Washington, that was run for
some distance under the Potomac
Biter, and he supervised the opera
Deep Sea Diver.
tions of three different gangs of
divers that were engaged on that Im
portant work for seven months.
When the memorable wreck of the
steamer City of Columbus occurred
In a .terrible storm off Gay Head,
about a quarter of a century ago, and
200 or more lives were lost, he was
the first diver to go down to the
foundered steamer, being engaged to
make an examination of her. With a
few brief respites he was under water
for twenty-four hours on thnt work
"Sharks have never troubled me
but once," said Captain Olsen, when
asked If he had had any adven
tures with these marine beasts of
prey. "It was off the South Carolina
coast several years ago that I was
forced to hide In the cabin of a
sunken ship on which I was at work
to escape one. He was of the man
eating kind, and he kept me a pris
oner in the cabin for a couple of
hours before I managed lo get out
and be hauled up.
"With the exception of lobsters, 1
have found the Inhabitants of the
deep very well behaved things. Lob
sters, though, are oftentimes very
troublesome when they get to crawl
lng over me and become fastened In
my diving suit, when I have hard
work to shake them off.
"I don't use any searchlight under
water," continued the captain, "be'
cause a searchlight Is no good down
there. Some wuter that I go into is
pretty clear, and I can distinguish
objects fairly well, but most of the
water at the bottom of the sea Is
densely black. It's like entering a
dark cavern to dive into it.
"You can see nothing, so the hands
must do the work of the eyes, for It
Is through the sense of touch rather
than sight that divers Identify objects
at the bottom of the sea. I feel for
everything, from a ship to a trunk,
just like a blind man, measure it with
my outstretched hands, nnd work
away from there in the darkness with
out seeing a thing.
"Three or four hours is the aver
age time-that a diver can stay "under
water without coming to tho surface.
Frequently, however, 1 have worked
seven hours under twenty-live or
thirty feet of water without being
"Twenty fathoms" Is nbout the limit
of the depth of water a diver can
work In. That Is 120 feet, and he
can't go any deeper than that, for the
pressure of the water Is too great.
He couldn't possibly stand It. Even
at 120 feet tho pressure of the mighty
body of water above and about you Is
something so tremendous that a diver
can't stay down that depth any great
length of time without coming to the
"Yes, I frequently do down In the
winter, but the water Is pretty cold
then nt the bottom of the sea. I al
ways dr.ss In heavy flannels before I
put on my diving suit, and wear heavy
rubber gloves to keep my hands from
freezing. In fact, I'm always ready
to go down at any hour, day or night
In storm or calm, winter or summer
"A diver's life is such that he
can't always choose the time to take a
plunge to the bottom of the sea.
When tho steamer Portland disap
pear i:i that November storm of
1S98, and has never been heard of
since, I put In fifteen days of pretty
cold weather searching the ocean bed
off the tip of Capo Cod for some trace
of her. We never know at tho hot
ton when thre is a storm on top,
for the water remains unruffled down
Captain Olpen has a comfortable
land homo at 14 Fairmount avenue,
West SoniervillP, where he lives with
his wife and three children when out
of the water, which Is only about halt
the year. He says that during the
thirty-six years that he has been div
ing he ha3 easily averaged sis months
of every year under water. Inter
Ocean. The Safest Plncr.
A British railway train Is the safest
place on earth, as only one passenger
In every 70,000,000 13 killed, and one
In every 2,300,000 injured. This de
duction is bused upon a careful sur
vey of the board of trade report on
railway accidents during the year
1907. Railway Magazine.
WINNER OF A VALUABLE BOAR
He Did Not Pursue the Investigation After
Notification of the Prize's Death.
B. F. Yoakum, at the convention of
the Farmers' Union at Shawnee, said
of a swindler of farmers:
"He swindled. Then he covered
up bis swindle with some piece of
tremendous audacity that silenced his
dupe. He was like the two pig raf
fle rs of Plymouth.
"Two Plymouth loafers, being
hard up, decided on a pig raffle. So
they had a pig poster printed. It
" 'To be raffled, a fine Berkshire
boar, recently Imported with the
Gold stock. Drawings, twenty-five
cents each. v
"'SMALL AND GREENWOOD.'
The raffle went well. The two
loafers made a lot of money. Then
came the day when the result was to '
"The loafers read over their list of
victims and selected the man they
thought the most gullible and meek.
To him they wrote:
'Sir: We are happy to Inform
you that the raffle of the magnificent
2 Berkshire boar was held last evening, .
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: Animals Extraordinary. :
The' hare Is said to be one year a
male and another a female, but in
credulity Is quelled by the comment
by the author, "Praise be to Him who
Is capable of performing all things! "
The viper, on attaining the age of a
thousand years, invariably goes blind,
but promptly finds Its way to the
nearest fennel plant "with which it
rubs Its eyes, when Its sight is re
stored by the permission of God."
' The eagle also goes blind with age,
when Its dutiful young carry It on
their backs to "a clear spring In India,
on the top of a mountain, into which
they dip it," whereupon it regains
both Its sight and its youth.
The phoenix takes a pleasure In fire
and in remaining in it. When Its
skin becomes dirty, it cannot
be washed but by means of flru.
Sashes are woven of Its soft hair, and
when they become dirty, they are
thrown Into fire, upon which they
become clean without being burnt.
The abu-salras (there Is no English
equivalent) Is a certain animal found
in thickets and having In Its nasal
cavity twelve perfect holes.. When it
breathes there is heard coming from
its nose a sound like the sound of
flutes, and the other animals gather
round It to hear that sound; or If
any of them happens to become con
founded with the sound, It seizes
that animal and eats It, but It It does
not And It practicable to seize any of
them, It gives a terrible scream, upon
which the other animals separate and
flee away from It. Collated from
Al-Damlrl's "HayatatHamayan," Jay
akar Translation for the Loudon Out
look, Her Usiml Lino of Talk.
A certain Louisville social leader,
whom we will call Mrs. Fayette Coun
ty, to avoid Identifying her, was told
by her husband over the telephone
that he would bring a number of
guests homo to dinner. The party
was altogether unexpected, and In all
the house, which has become noted
for the generous and sumptuous din
ners spread In It, there was not
Mrs. County got busy at once and
Instructed her cook to order certain
supplies while she planned the rest
of the dinner. A little later Mrs.
County happened In the room where
the telephone was and was horrified
to hear the cook talking ferociously
Into the telephone, something as fol
lows: "An Ah want six dlzen sot' shell
crabs an ef yo' doan get dem up here
mighty quick Ah'll skin every one ot
yo', ye low down Who Is dis? DIs
Is Mrs. Fayette County, dat's who dls
Is, and. Ah means ebery word Ah
"Mandy," cried the mistress, "what
do you mean7 You must not."
"Lnw'sy," returned the cook,
"that's all right, Miss Fay, Ah talks
to 'um like dat for yo' all de time."
Tho Unexpected Truth.
The minister was' spending .the
afternoon at the home of one of his
members. The father told his little
son to bring some apples from the
cellar. The child obeyed, and In the
kitchen found an especially large red
one which had been brought up the
day before, so placed It on the dish
with the others.
When they were passed this was
the apple the minister took, and feel
ing it so warm, remarked to his host
that the cellar mast bo very warm.
"Did you not bring these apples
from the cellar, Ned?"
"Yes, father, all but the one pastor
has; It was In the kitchen."
"Why did you not tell me?" asked
"Well," with childish frankness,
"I didn't think you would take the
blgsest one on the dish!" Delinea
tor. Origin of Blanket.
Bristol, during- the reign of Ed
ward III., had three merchants living
In the town whose name was Blanket.
They were woolen weavers, and the
first people to make the material
which ever since has been called by
their name. It was first used for
making peasants' clothing. Home
and you are the fortunate winner.
We hold the animal at your disposal
and shall be pleased to forward same
on receipt of your notification so to
do. We beg to congratulate you on
the acquisition of this valuable boar.
" 'SMALL AND GREENWOOD
"But the winner had hardly re
ceived this letter and the first thrill
of Joy had hardly warmed his breast
before he received another missive:
" 'Sir: We regret to inform you
that the Berkshire boar died very
suddenly last night at 11.30 o'clock.
We do not know the exact cause ot
death, but Judging from the symp
toms would Impute same to hog chol
era now so prevalent. Owing to the
existing sanitary arrangements, the
animal had to be burled without de
lay. We shall be glad to receive
your check for $5.60, being amount
of interment expenses incurred.
"SMALL AND GREENWOOD.'
"The winner. It is true, did not
remit his check for 15.60, but he
thought It unsafe to Investigate the
loss of the boar." Louisville Times.
raoF. mukion's philaitthbopt
Giving to the Katfoa a Prtae Thai
Money Cannot Buy.
" would rather pretertt the kUJk
nation than to be itt ruler." JUunyon.
This motto, written by Prof. alnnyoa
about sixteen yeara ago, was the real cor
nerstone of his medicine business. Ha felt
that the people of the nation were neglect- I
ing their health swing to lack of money.
With the one thought in view of helping;
humanity, he started in the medicine busi
ness, payuig Brge mmt moat. to emi.
nent specialists for known and tried for
mulae that were known to have been suc
cessful in curing diseasea. After carefully
compounding these formulas and putting
them up m a marketable condition, he
offered them to tbe public fotK few pen
nies, easily within the reach of tbe poorest
lamily. He hired eminent specialist as
large salaries and offered their services ab
solutely free to the public to diagnose their
cases and advise them what remedies to
take. After giving the public all these
benefits he was still unsatisfied and offered
further to those who were not in reach of
the olhces which lie established throughout
the country; he advertised, asking them to -write
to his specialists for free medical ex
amination, and to-day Prof. Munvon is still
following out this policy, and whenever he
bears of a new drug or a new formula that
is more effective than those that he is at
the time compounding, be purchase! them
regardless of cost.
Prof. Munyon puts up a separate care for
almost every ill. and these remedies can be
had at all druggist, mostly 25 cents bot
tie. Jn taking these remedies, you are tak
ing what might be called a sure thing, for
he guarantees I hem to produce satisfactory
results or he will refund our money This
is a remarkable man and a remarkable in
stitution, manifestly fuir to all, and a firm
Prof. Munyon's address is S3rd and Jef
ferson Sta., Philadelphia, Pa.
Decay of Ancient Virtues.
In an effete and unmoral age, soured
by pessimism and staled by sophisti
cation, the simple virtues of other
times lose their hold upon the human
heart We are acid. We are cynical.
We laugh the maxims of the copy
books to scorn. A man In these de
generate days wlio loves his wife and
proves It by bringing up the coal for
her, drying the rtlshe3 for Iter and act
Ing as her maid when Celeste Is on
holiday that man we reward with
nnl:kers behind the hand, as a scarce
ly credible milksop. To take sulphur
and molasses In tho spring an act es
teemed highly by our grandfathers la
now to risk ribald ridicule. To quote
the Scriptures In one's dally discourse
Is to have expert accountants put
upon one's books. To weep with Ca
mllle is to be exiled from society. The
age, as we have said, Is acid and cyni
cal. It not only regards the ancient
virtues as clumsy cloaks for felony,
but It al:io Insists upon treating them
as obnoxious In themselves. Baltlr
The Mecca of the Fat.
Marienbad is a place of special In
terest to English people, for King Ed
ward has now deserted Homburg,
where for so many yenrs he did his
summer cure, and every August sees
him Installed In the Church Square
at Marienbad and prepared to follow
out the somewhat severe regime of
the place. Twenty years ago this
famous watering place was scarcely
known to foreign people, although It
is nearly a century since it was vlsl-
ted by so great a man as Goethe. The
springs are owned by the Abbey of
Tepl, a large monastery some miles
away, and the place remained practi
cally unknown outside German speak
ing countries until recent times. But
doctors began to find out how useful
Its waters were to the man who loved
his dinner and to the lady whose fig
ure had lost Its lines, and nowadays
It has become tho Mecca of the fat.
Wide World Magazine.
The first attempt to raise ostriches
In Australia was made by a Mr. Mal
com, who In 1880 brought 100 young
birds from South Africa to South Aus
tralia. In the following year the par
liament of South Australia enacted a
law which granted to the first per
son who should exhibit 250 ostriches
more than one year old about 2.400
acres of land suitable for ostrich farm
ing. The conditions were satisfied
by the South Australian Ostrich Com
pany, which was founded In 1886 with
a capital of $75,000. The company
received land near Port Augusta on
Spencer Bay, but in spite of this as
sistance the company has never paid
a dividend, although it now possesses
1,100 ostriches, all of which were im
ported from South Africa. Scientific
AmerlcaL. HABIT'S CHAIN '
Certain Habits Unconsciously Formed
and Hard to Break.
An Ingenious philosopher estimates
that the amount of will power neces
sary to break a lifelong habit would,
If it could be transformed, lift a
weight of many tons.
It sometimes requires a higher de
gree of heroism to break the chain
of a pernicious habit than to lead a
forlorn hope In a bloody battle. A
lady writes from an Indiana town:
"from my earliest childhood I was
a lover of coffee. Before t was out
of my teens I was a miserable dyspep
tic suffering terrmiy at times wun j
"I was convinced that It was coffee
that was causing the trouble and yet
I could not deny myself a cup for
breakfast. At tbe age ef SI I was In
very poor health, Indeed, My sister
told me I was In danger of becoming
a coffee drunkard.
"But I never could give up drink
ing coffee for breakfaat, although It
kept me constantly 111 until t tried
Poetum. - I learned to make It prop
erly according to directions, and now
we ean hardly do without Poetum for
breakfast, and care nothing at all for
r "1 am no longer troubled with dys
pepsia, do not have spells of suffer
ing with my stomach that used to
trouble me so when I drank coffee."
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-The Road to WellvHW.'l "Tbere'i a
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