Freeland tribune. (Freeland, Pa.) 1888-1921, June 27, 1889, Image 4

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Through winding valley, and by upland
The river sweeps with many a foamy crest
Until it falls into the meadow's arms
And sleeps with scarce a dimple on its
- Save when the wheeling swallow dips its
Or leaping minnow leaves a widening ring.
The silver osier leans above its brink,
Weaving a checkered screen of sun and
And here the Hhy, swift lizard comes to drink,
The dainty-footed snipe and heron wade,
And, like a chain of emeralds and gold.
The silent adder's glittering coils unfold.
Tho water-lily dips its vase of snow
In many a shallow cove along whose edge
The graceful reeds and purple flug-flowcrs
And dappled river buds, and tufted sedge;
And in the stream beneath their image lies,
Mirrowed like beauty in a lover's eyes.
0 river, was it for these shadows dim,
The cool, pellucid deeps and rushy fens,
1 And flowers that, bend above thy grassy rim,
thou dost fret among thy mountain
glens ?
O happy river! is thy turmoil past,
And hast thou won thy perfect peace at Inst?
Ah, no: I hear a low continuous voice,
Impatient ever, from thy broud, deep
Thou hast not found the haven of thy choice,
Nor yet is it permitted thee to rest:
O river, fhero is no repose for thee
Till thou art lost in the oblivious sea.
O river, rushing river of my youth!
Bright turbulence that over bears mo on
To seek somo higher good, some truer truth,
Shall not repose bo ultimately won
In some calm haven where my toil shall ceaee
And till my days bo locked in perfect peace?
Ah, no: the sleepless voice within mo cries,
"All things flow onward like this restless
There is 110 rest on earth or in the skies,
Nor any ceasing in that strong endeavor
Which whirls tlio ponderous planet on its
pole *
And leads man blindly towards 6ome un
known goal."
—Charles L. Hildretli, in Lippincott's.
HAT do you think of it?
Jf'£\A / jp Isn't it a beauty?" quel*-
fw \I f ' et * lG mun * n 10
ll&v \#V/ nrm-ehftT, when I turned
Y b°ni the window whore I
had been examining in
Vthe worm afternoon sun
tlie most beautiful
feather I had ever seen.
jjm length, wavy and graee-
JT ful, and so light that
F tho beholder would have
guessed at once that it
would; float on tlie air. The combination
of colors which I have no language at my
command to describe was so de ioate
and rare that I said, in roply to Old
Davy's queries, that Nature must ha\o
made but 0110 feather of its kind and
then broken tho moulds.
Tho old man—a sailor and adventurer
from boyhood, who had but lately quit
the sea—smiled at my praise, and took
the feather from my hand.
"Jt would have caught you, too !" he
laughed. "This feather has 110 mato iu
the wide, wide world—none that I kuow
of, at least," he added. "Now what do
you think it cost?"
I had to say frankly that I did not
"It cost nine human lives; nino brave
men and a lot of friends," answered Old
Davy, with a momentary flash in his
eyes, which his seventy veal's had not,
dimmed. "Having gone thus far I think
you must have the story of that wonder
ful feather. I don't tell it very often
because I dou't show it to everybody.
"I was the youngest soul on board the
Pearl when she sailed on lier lost and
ill-fated voyage to the Am Islands. It
was then, as now, a long voyage, and
the vessel that came hack with none of
her crew lan co-pie read or arrow-slain
was reckoned fortunate.
"Tho Aru group lies south of New
Guinea ami abounds in many articles
of commerce. Fifty years ago there was
a demand among the markets of Europe
for pearl shells and tho feathers of tlie
bird of paiadise, and Captain Dustin,
who had a huge interest in our ship,
resolved to load her with the choicest
of these commodities.
"We reached the Aru coast after a
long sail, and came t > anchor in a little
cove sheltered by high banks, but not
at tho point where wo expected to do
our trading with tho natives. Though
wo had dropped into tho cove without
any warning of our presence, in a short
time the surface of tho water was cov
ered with canoes, filled with the dark
and wild looking inhabitants of the
country. They climbed upon the dock
by means of the chains, and in a little
while were everywhere, chattering like
a lot of monkeys.
"Captain Dustin was always on tho
lookout for something rare. He had
colle tod on former voyages to the South
Sea some of tho most beautiful bird
skins I had ever seen, and nothing
Mould excito him so much as a raro
feather. I believe then, as I do still,
that ho wonld have rowed a thousand
miles in an open boat for a peculiar
plume such as he had never seen before.
An old and enthusiastic genius was the
captain of the Fearl.
"As the people who swarmed tho ship
Mere given to pilfering, Captain Dustin
stationed guards about deck and these
kept the dusky thieves at bay. But
somehow or other Jan old man, who ap
peared to be a person of authority, man
aged to reach the captain's cabin, and
before he could be ordered out 110 placed
011 the table theniagnifl ent feather you
have just, examined.
"I do not know what effect the first
sight of the feather had on Captiu Dus-.
tin, but when I met him soon afterward, |
his eyes seemed to dance with excite- j
mont. He called a number of the ship's
officers and crew togothor in tho little |
cabin, and for tho first time we gazed
on the fatal feather of the South Sea.
"There Mas from the first a slight
difference of opinion among us. It did
not seem possible that a feather of such
beauty had grown from tlio back of a
bird, and some of the officers said that
its exquisite hues More the production
of a skilled native artist. To end the
dispute Captain Dustin submitted the
feather to tlie Pearl's naturalist. This
individual put the prize to various tests,
one of which Mas immersing it iu a
solution which he prepared for the pur
pose, but it came from tho ordeal as
light and beautiful as the old
jMiativo presented it to tlie Captain.
"When the Paupuan was questioned
about the bird from which tlie feather
had boen obtained, lie begged a private
interview with Captain Dustin, and
when this had been grautod and had,
wo were railed back into the cabin.
Never shall I forget tho eager tongue
with which tho infatuated Captain of
the Pearl told us that the roosting place
of the raro birds was in the forest, not
far from the very cove in which wo woro
anchored, and that the old native had
promised to guide a party to the spot
lor a few trinkets, which a trading
vessel always carries. Again there arose
murmurs of doubt and suspicion, and
some of the men said openly that tho
feather was a painted decoy, and had
been used for the purpose of drawing
us into a bloodv ambush.
"Captain Dust in laughed at this. He
believed that we laid discovered a new
species of the bird of paradise, and said
that a little risk would enrich every
man on the ship. It was that very risk
that held us back, still deferring to tho
captain, whom we loved, wo left tho
matter to him, which meant that the
wonderful feathers would be sought.
"After the old native's departure
every oauoo vanished as if by magic,
and a strange quiet settled down over
sea and shore. Although night had
come it was not dark, for tho sky was
studded with stars, which were reflected
in the water and seemed to render it a
vast diamond fie'd.
"Meantime, we made rapid prepara
tions for our hunt for the feathers. Tho
native had said that the bird Was es
teemed sacred by his people, but added
that wo could reach its retreat and se
cure a number of the species before
being discovered.
" It was near midnight when the cap
tain's boat, containing twenty picked
men, left the Pearl and pulled for shore.
Tho oars had been mullied so as not to
alarm any natives who might he 011
guard, and the utmost precaution in
every way was taken. Wo reached tlio
shore at the spot suggested by tho old
i Paupuan, and to our surprise found him
on hand to take his place as guide at
the head of the column. Hinglo file wo
managed to climb tho cliffs to tho high
ground, when we started off through a
lot of stunted pines, guided by old
Ombu and a boy. his son.
"As wo advauoed we plunged doeper
and deeper into a south sea, terra in- j
co'inita. More than once I wished my- j
self out of the muddle, and would have
given everything I possessed to have !
been back in my bank on board the j
Pearl. But wo were 'in for it,'and I
there was no going back.
"At last a low command from Captain
Dustin halted us. 'Boys,' said he, and
at tlie same timo I felt my hand taken
and pressed hard in the darkness,
' Hoys, our guide is gone!'
" A deep silence followed the Captain's
words. We were in tho Stygian heart
of a forest of screw pines and palms,
and our surroundings were of such a
shade that. 0110 could not sec his hand
before his face. Alone in such a wood,
find deserted by the guide ! We knew
what that meant.
"For five minutes wo stood together
without oven so much as a whispered
word. No one seemed to break the
stillness, and 1 am sure wo pitied rather
than blamed Captain Dustin.
" .Suddenly there came through the
forest, the long and plaintive cry of a
night bird, peculiar to the Am islands.
"'lt is a signal!'said the captain.
'Let us attempt to reach the beat.'
" With heavy hearts we started back.
No one spoke. Captain Dustin held
my hand, and every now and then a
fervid pressure told 1110 that I was occu
pying bis thoughts. All at once the
wholo forost resounded with hideous
cries! Weapons which wo could not |
see—lances, arrows, and missiles of
every description—hurled through the
air, tearing the largo leaves of the palms
and bruising the heavy trunks.
" Forward!' cried the steady voice of
Captain Dustin. 'Let every man draw
his pistol, and if the foe is seen pay him
back for the work of the false feather!' I
"Fortunately, 110 one had been in- 1
jured by the Hying barbs, which bad
been aimed too high ; but this good
luck could not be expected to last. For !
some distance we forged ahead almost
entirely surrounded by the natives, j
Presently the enemy closed in before
us, and Captuin Dustin dropped my
hand. On every side there were now
long fine-tipped reeds held by the Pau
puans, whose black, naked bodies and
frowsy beads we could plainly seo.
" When the captain left me lie raised
both hands, and the next instant lie was !
tiring at our foes. Straightway all of
us began to pepper the black figures, !
which lively work drove them off, and ;
wo mado another dash for the shore. A :
perfect rain of spears fell upon us in
turn, and Captain Dustin pitched for
ward and dropped on his face.
"'Don't leave the captain!' cried
some 0110 behind me, and in spite of the
shower of death that interposed, wo
seized his wrists and dragged him along,
whilo we confronted as best wo could
the black demons yelling at our heels.
From the spot of the captain's wound
ing it was a desperate hand-to-hand
light for life, and when the few of us
left of the original twenty reached the
cliffs, wo plunged headlong down
toward the lights dancing on tho waters
of the cove.
"Tho rest of the Pearl's crow had
heard the firing and come to the rescue,
and amid a shower of iron from the
banks we gained the bouts with Captain
Dustin, but left eight men in the hands
of tho natives. The next day the cap
tain died from his wounds, deeply de
ploring the enthusiasm which had let a
rascal deceive him, forayoungPaupaun
whom we took prisoner told us that we
had been drawn into the snare by a
painted feather—a device which, accord
ing to his story, had entrapped others
before us.
"Such was tho cost of the feather
whoso beauty forty years have not tarn
ished. The Pearl never went back to
the fatal cove, for she was burned at sea
soon afterward, and the only bit of
property with which 1 escaped was tho
feather which has the strange and
thrilling history I have just told." —
[Diake's Magazine.
Grigson—l've lived in all kinds of
houses in my time and I was burned out
only once.
Fledgling— Where wes that?
Grigson—'Win*: 1 li>cd in a fireproof
Queer Sculpture and Painting on tho
Bocks in West Virginia.
Tlie erection of the now government
dam in the river near this city lias hid
den from sight the famous "pictured
rock," one of the familiar landmarks of
the Kanawha Valley and one which has
occasioned much wonder and fruitless
speculation, writes a Charleston (\V.
Va.) correspondent. The rock was lo
cated near the mouth of Paint Creek,
and, while the river was in the natural
condition, was visible at low water
every summer. Some years ago a part
of the stone was removed for building
purposes, an act of vandalism which
should have been prevented at all haz
ards, and now the remainder is sub
merged at all seasons of the year.
When whole, the surface of the "pic
tured rock " was about twenty by thirty
feet in extent, and was covered with
representations of animals, fish, and
fowls, carved deep in the smooth sur
face. On one side were the figures of a
man and a bear, tlio latter being about
life size. Near by was a buflalo track,
and a short distance away was the rep
resentation of a largo fish and a number
of footprints, evidontly representing
the imprints of a child's feet. The
work was evidently done by prehistoric
people, as the traditions of the valley
are that the representations were on the
stones when tlio first white man visited
the region, and that they then bore un
mistakable signs of great age, being
water-worn with age.
The vicinity of Paint Creek is rich in
aboriginal and prehistoric relics, and a
volume might be written of the discov
eries which have been made there.
Almost every excavation brings to light
something of interest to the antiquarian,
and there is every evidence that in past
ages the valley was thickly peopled by
an unknown race, probably contempor
ary with tlio mound builders of tlio
Ohio valley.
At Moorefield, from the timo of tlio
first settlement, the cliff known as the
Gap Rocks, in the Petersburg Gap, has
borne the gigantic representation of a
common fox. The picture is upon the
sheer and inaccessible face of the rock,
somo thirty feet from the top and nearly
one hundred from the bottom, and
being colored a dingy yellow, in sharp
contrast to the brown stone, has been
visible for a long distance. Last Tues
day, Glen McGill, of Ohio, who was
visiting Cell Beans, near this place,
went out to view the fox, accompanied
by Mr. Beans. After an inspection
from the bottom of the cliff the two men
ascended to the top, and making a rope
fast to a tree, McGill lowered himself
down to the fox. He describes it as
being about twelve feet long, and paint
ed or plastered upon the cliff with a
substance resembling earthenware glaze,
which is as hard as tlio rock itself. The
surface of the fox is quite rough, as
though the stuff was roughly smeared
on by hand before it hardened. There
was a high wind blowing at the timo
McGill made his venture, and ho ran
considerable risk. He took along a
mallet and chisel, intending to cut his
name 011 the fox, but was prevented by
the force of the wind, which swung liim
about at an alarming rato.
Uses of Soapstone.
A writer in a London journal calls at
tention to the unappreciated uses and
preservative qualities of soapstoue, a
material, he says, which possesses what
may be regarded as extraordinary quali
ties in withstanding atmospheric influ
ences, those especially wlueh have so
much to do with tlio corrosion of iron and
steel; it being a well known fact that the
inside of a steamer which is not exposed
to the notion of salt water, like the bot
tom, corrodes much more quickly than
the outside. It lias, too, an additional
quality in this line, one which adapts it
in ;i remarknble degree as a protective
point for ships, and this is the extreme
fineness of its grain; indeed, ground
soapstone is one of the finest materials
producible, and, from experiments made,
it is found that 110 other material is cap
able of taking hold of tlio fibre of iron
and steel so readily and firmly us this.
It is also lighter than metallic pigments,
and on this account, when mixed as a
paint, is capable of covering a larger
surface than zinc white, red lead, or
oxide of iron. 111 China, soapstone has
long been largely used for preserving
structures built of sandstone and other
stones liable to crumble from tlio effect
of the atmosphere; and the covering
with powdered soapstone in the form of
paint on some obelisks in that country
composed of stone liable to atmospheric
deterioration, has been the means of
preserving them intact for hundreds of
The Buffalo Tree-Hopper.
This active little insect belongs to tho
order Hc-miptera. It is one-third of an
inch lonof a light grass-green color,
with whitish dots and ft pale yellowish
streak along each side. It gets its name
from the curious resemblance of two
points, one jutting out from each side,
to the horns of a buffalo. Its body is
three-sided, not unlike a 1 icech-nut in
form. Like other hemiptera, it takes
food by suction, being furnished with a
sharp-pointed beak which it easily
thrusts through tho bark into the sap
It feeds on the apple and many other
trees from July until the end of the sea
son. The winter is passed in tho egg
state. Tho eggs are laid in rows of
punctures made by tho femalo oviposi
tor, which is thrust through and under
the bark. Tlio young lame are of tlio
samo color as the adults, and also punc
ture twigs and leaves to feed upon tho
Before the young obtain their wings
they may easily be caught and destroy
ed; hut the adults are entirely too ac
tive for this measure to be successful.
However, it is not probable that it will
ever become more than a temporary an
noyance to tho fruit-grower. Twigs in
which the eggs are placed may bo cut
off and burned.
Value of Dead Chinaman.
A Chinamnn in Canton was in tho
habit of stealing his master's money and
swallowing it. At last 110 died of his
bad habit, and when the surgeons exam
ined him thirty-two ten-cent pieces
were found in tho interior, and two of
them had lodged so awkwardly as to
cause his death. "Such" piously re
marks the Chinese commentator. " are
| the wages of unhallowed greed." It'
j money-swallowing is a common lmbit of
!Ah Hin wo can understand why, when
lie dies abroad, his le'ntives are'so aux
j ious to have his material envelope cent
j home to them. A dead Chinaman may
; be as good as a gold mine to his sorrow
i ing kinsmen.-— I [Bill Mall Gazette.;
Occupation for a Clumsy Boy-~Goo6
Stuff in Blank—Mother and
Proser—l am greatly worried about
my eldost boy. I don't know what he
is suitab'o for.
Knowsir—Why not make an auction
eer of him. He's so clumsy 110 knocks
down eveiytliing he comes across.
Whippcr—Do you know Blank? -
Snapper —The epicure ?
Snapper—Ob, yes, indeed. I know
him well.
Wliipper—There's a good deal of good
stuff in him, in fact.
Snapper—Yes, especially after din
Miss Whack (trying to bring out the
word gourmond)—Now, suppose I went |
to your house and ate too much, what;
would your father call me ?
Master Doolan —Ho wad call ye a pig.
—[Golden Days.
Daughter—When I many, mamma, it
will ho for love.
Mother—Do not talk like a simpleton,
Daughter—As I was about to observe
when you interrupted me, when I
marry it shall bo for love of position,
ease and display. Business before sen
timent, mamma.
Mother —Spoken like n heroine! (sot
to voce) I must koep an eye on that girl
or she'll run away with tho first beggar
that looks cross-eyed at lior.—Bing
liamton Republican.
I dropped a song into tho poBt;
It. vanished and 1 thought it. lost.
For who has sight, ho keen nnd strong
It can follow an editor's theft of a song?
Long afterward, in a rural sheet,
1 found the pooni all complete,
My wandering glances traveled on—
' Twos credited to that scamp "Anon!"
—[Burlington Free Press.
Officer Houlihan —An' who docs this
ripresint, Teddy'?
Officer Rourke—Hercules.
Officer Houlihan —An' is he dead
now ?
Officer Rourke (impatiently) Yis;
these four t'ousand years, ye blamed
Officer Houlihan (sadly)—Pliwat a
pity—look at the club av him. Sure it's
ftfoino man he would have made on the
foorce ! —[Puck.
Mr. Clay—Reg pardin', but I wish
yo' wouldn't breavo so hard, Miss lias
Miss Ilaskins. —Do it 'noy yo'?
Mr. Clay—Ya-ns. Yo' done eat so
much ice cream at d'table dat I's gottin'
a cold in d' scruff ob my nock. —[Judge.
"I can never win Clara Vero do
Yere," moaned tho bashful youth.
"Nothing can make an impression 011
her heart, it is as hard as steel."
"Try diamonds," suggested his friend,
who hud been there. "They will make
an impression on substances even
harder than steel."
Tho young man tried diamonds and
tho wedding day is now sot.
Mr. Crimsonbeak—Never strike your
mother, my son—never.
Charlie —I never did, father, and I
never will.
"Oh, yes, my son; I saw you do it
this morning."
"Yes; you struck your mother for $5
this morning."—[Statesman.
"Whore did you buy your now dross,
Bridget?" asked a lady in suburban
Roxbuiy, tho other day, of her newly
imported domestic.
"At Push St Pull's store on Washing
ton street, it was ma'am," replied the
"Push St Pull's?" queried the mis
tress. "I really do not recall any such
firm in Boston. Are you not mistaken
as to the name ?"
"I think not, ma'am, said Bridget,
confidently. "At any rate, that's what
it said on the door*"—[Boston Herald.
"Here ! What are you doing ? Hold
up your hands!"
"All right, Mr. Officer. I don't want
to hurt him. I was only protecting my
"How is that? He was not making
any demonstration against you. I saw
the whole thing."
"Oh, that's all right. He hadn't rec
ognized me yet."
"What do you mean? Who arc you ?
And why did you draw your gun on this
man who was going along peacefully
minding his own business?
"Well, you see, it's this way: I'm a
cattle man out in Montana, and owe
this man some money. I ought to have
paid it before, but waited till I could
come to the city; and he wrote that he
should draw on 1110 at night, and I reck
on I got the draw on liim first."
"But ho was only going to draw a
"And I was only going to clioek a
draw."—{.The Grasp.
?n the Polieo Court.
"Prisoner, your five seems familiar
tome. I think you were here before I
left on 111 y vocation."
"Your Honor should be careful not
me mixed up with my sister. We all
bear the most striking resemblance to
each other of any family you ever heard '
of."—[Judge. " J
Two well known clergymen lately
missed their train, upon which one of
uV *°°k ou ' his watch, and finding it
to blame for the mishap, said lie would
no longer have any faith in it "But,"
, °ther, "Isn't it a question not
of faith, but of works?"
Mrs. Tiptop (hostess) —Count Maca
roni is late to- night.
Mr. Manab outtown (envious guest)—
Perhaps hip monkey is sick. —[New York
I Weekly.
"Lore is a fonder thing,"
Thus all the poets sing;
So when you feel you're hit
Go straight and tender it.
—[Somerville Journal.
Frenchman (proudly)— You liave not
in ze German Empire anything so tall
as zo great Eiffel Tower.
German (indignantly)—No, mid you
don't got lioddings so sthoud like Lim
burgor cheese!—[Jewellers' Weekly.
THH rnorEß snADE.
I Blind Man (to tailor) —I am looking
j for somctihing for a suit,
j Tailor—Yes, sir. WJint color would
I yon prefer f
"Well, I should say blind-man's
bnff would bo ns appropriate as any
j filing."—[Boston Herald.
(Solicitously)— Grindstone, stopamo
ment. That's a fearful cold you have.
Are you taking anything for it f
(Hurrying 011) —Not in tho shape of
I advice, Kiljordnu.—[Chicago Tribune,
"Love me little, love mo long,"
Sang the dusty miller
To his wheat art, and his song
Did a maize und thrill her.
"Bid mo barley hope; oh, give
Me one grain of comfort;
I would out 011 thee anil live,
Holding on to some fort.
"In you ryoe now love-looks shine,
There lies cereal pleasure.
Oh ! hoiuiuy joys are mine,
Filling up my measure."
Came tho maiden's corn-ful laugh
At the miller's fawning.
"You cun't winnow girl with chaff—*
"Sir! to you, good morning.''
"I will ask you to state," sniil the
lawyer, "whether you have any other
children than this young man uow 011
trial for stealing?"
"Your Honor," exclaimed tho wit
ness, appealing to tho Judge, "do I
liavo to answer that question !
"I see 110 reason why you should
not," answered tho Judge. "You may
answer it."
"I liavo 0110 other child, but I had
hoped it would not bo necessary to speak
of her. She turned out badly," faltered
tho witness. "She married an English
nobleman."—[Chicago Tribune.
Jones, who was an everlasting talker,
was recently inveigled into betting two
dollars that lie could not keep his tongue
still two hours.
Forty minutes lmd scarcely elapsed
when Jones shouted out in great glee,
" Three cheers ! Tho time's half up."
Ho (soon to sail)—l shall have com
fortable nights anyway. lamtobo in
tho aft saloon.
Sho (who lias been reading "Tho In
fluence of tho Saloon in Politics ") —Oh,
John! Remember, for my sake, this is
a business trip.—[Life.
She fell in love with tho harbor buoy;
>Sho couldn't have loved him more;
Y'et one day jealousy spoilt their joy-
He cuught her hugging the shore!
They fixed it up in the good old way,
Ah you can determine with ease,
For her captain wrote mo the other day:
"She's enjoying a smacking breeze."
Young Lady—Father, this is scandal
ous ! Tho idea of a man of your stand
ing coming homo in this condition !
Old Gontlcmnn —Couldn't (hie) help
it, m' dear. Mot zee young foller I
wouldn't lot you marry, an' (liic) had
some drinks wiz him, and bo's such
good feller I said ho (hie) could marry
you right oil, m' dear.
" Mercy ! Where is he ?"
"Duuno, 111' dear. P'licoman took
'im off (hie) in wheelbarrow."—New
York Weekly.
Angelina—At last wo are togother,
my Edwin. l)o get my feather rug
from tho stateroom. You dear! you
think of everything.
Edwin—What would I not do for you,
Angelina, my sweet wife!
Angelina—Nothing shall come be
tween us now, Edwin.
Edwin—My cup is flowing over,
Angelina—So, dear, is—Oh, Edwin!
fetch me a basin right away.—[Town
Mother (gazing at her daughter's
dressing-cushion)— Why, where did you
get so ninny gentlemen's scarf-pins?
Daughter—l don't know myself. I
find one in my hair almost every night
after Gus calls, and to save mo I enn'fc
imagine how they get thore.—[The
A stout woman in a railway train sits
down 011 the silk hat of a fellow pas
son ger.
"I say, madam, you really should he
a little more careful how you throw
yourself about," exclaimed tho owner
"Oh, beg pardon, sir. I thought it
was—my husband's."
Bobby—Why can a man run faster
than a boy ?
Pa—Because ho is bigger, of course.
Bobby (after pondering for a mo
ment) —Well, pa, then why don't the
hind wheels of a wagon run faster tlmu
the front wheels ?
Two minutes later Bobby was say
ing liis prayers.
Mrs Blinkers—Well did you goto the
doctor to see about that bee sting on lit
tle Johnny?
Mr. Blinkers—Yes. He said wo
should put mud 011 it. Ho chaw I mo
$2 for tlie prescription, but t • me
the mud for nothing.
A SURE Hill v
Smith—l notice that Siliib v I-. left
oft'posing as a musiei ♦ niu .
Robinson—What 11 -I c so?
Smith—Why, hadn ' .11 that
he had his hair cut oft
Queer Facts and Thrilling Ad
ventures Which Show That Truth
is Stranger Than Fiction.
AYS n dispatch from
. y- Grizzly Canyon, C'al.:
An exciting adventure
\V in whicli a big rattle
snake and Jesse Grigsby,
occupied the chief ro'e.s
near the home of the
latter. Jesse was stroll-
ing around the hills,
when ho stumbled upon a huge
rattler that nt once assumed hostil
ities, and sinking nt the intruder,
his fangs became entangled in a leg or
his trousers, and there lie hung. About
that time Jesse thought of some busi
ness he had at the house, and being in
something of a hurry, he started homo
on the double-quick without taking time
to release his snakeship. It was a close
race between Jesse and the rattler. For
one-lialf the distance the snake was in
the lead, and the other half Jesse would
pull ahead, and thus they had it until
the house and ass'stauce were reached,
and there the serpent was killed. It is
quite safe to say that neither Jesse nor
the snake over made any better time
over the fame distance.
OF the remarkable personages in New
' Haven, Conn.,one of those most worthy
of note is a bov of fifteen years, the
sou of Timothy })wight, J>. !>., Presi
dent of Yalo College. At the nge of
thirteen lie had acquired an education
far in advance of the average nuin, was ■
lit ted to enter Yalo, and liud mastered
all the Greek and Latin which is re
quired at any college in this country.
At that time his ago prevented him from
entering Yale, but ho will enter the col
lege this fall and among other things
will study the Greek and Latin au
thors for two years, with whom lie was
familiar two years ago. The little fellow
lias used up the two years which inter
vened between the time of the completion
of his fitting and arrival at an age which
would admit him to college, in studying
Arabic and Syriac, and ho has a goocl
knowlodgo of these languages. To see
the littlo youngster (for lio only weighs ;
seventy-live or eighty pounds) going
along the street in a roundabout jacket
(.nd his saiuly locks sticking out from
the visor of liis cap, 110 one would
think that this youthful compendium
of the classics was more than an ordin
ary little grammar school kid.
THE body of John Meyers, a passnger
t**Mii engineer 011 the Wabash, was bur
ied in Dubuque, lowa. He was stricken
With paralysis while on his engine just
beforo reaching the end of his run at
Mo. Ho knew that his time had
f omt y , and told his lireinan lie had only
a fsw hours to live. Summoning all his
strength, 110 pulled open the throttle of
his engine, and made the great machine
fairly bound in order to reach the sta
tion of Sparta beforo 110 became perfect
ly helpless. As the train dashed along
Lie figor became more intense, and
vhe-ji he dashed into the station he was
almost completely paralyzed. His left
4tm alono was capable of action, and :
\rith it ho shut of! steam and stopped
his train at the station. Ho was carried
from his cab, and before his wifo and
children could reach his bedside he was
speechless, and died in a few minutes.
A WAITER nt a Boston hotel says there
IB ft rat of unusual intelligence which
ta&iits the hotel kitchen, and, when oc
casion offers, steals food from the cook.
Ho says this rat ought to be caught and
exhibited as a marvel nt the dime
museums. Several stones of sagacity j
are told about this rodent, of which the '
following is one: 4 'A few evenings ago," j
said the waiter, "I had occasion to go '
down into the kitchen. It was dusky I
when I arrived, and as soon as my eyes !
would permit 1110 to get used to the light
I saw a largo rat walk deliberately up to I
a dish of doughnuts and begin to take 1
them out one by one and string them 011 !
his tail, as you would string bends. |
When ho had put on five and loaded his
tail nil up, ho turned around, took the j
end of his tail botween his tooth, and
walked off as if 110 wore going to mus
ter. "
WHILE prowling around among the
wrecked building in the vicinity of Main
street, Johnstown, a Brnddock man dis
covered a half-drowned cat that had
found lodgment in a holo near the top j
of a house, lie climbed up to whore it. j
was at the risk of his life, and brought it
down. Thero didn't seem to b) much
life in it, but after washing the mud off j
of it, and keeping it under his coat for I
awhile it began to revive. When he !
brought it up to the station a great
crowd gathered around him, and he was
offered big prices for "Flood Tom," as
lie called his pet. He refused all offers,
and said that he intended to keep it as
long as it lived, and then stuff its skin
and keep it in a glass cage. As near as
could be judged it was a Maltose, but its
fur was so mud stained that its color
was not well established.
A GENTLEMAN living near Milwaukee,
Wis., writes that he has a collie that is
a gioat tree climber, and it is hard linos
for a squirrel tackling a tree that the I
dog can make his way up. Straight j
trees are too much for liiin, of course, I
but whore thero is a lean to it ho is nil
right. Jack is what tlio collie is called, ■
and lie always had a crazo for squirrel
hunting and was so eager in the chase !
that 110 got in the way of scrambling up j
inclined trunks, fin ally becoming very j
export. He lias boon known to go up a '
troo to a height of forty feet abo\e the j
ground. When returning he hugs the j
surface of the tree as closely as possible !
and backs down, digging his short claws
into the bark until near the earth, when j
lio jumps.—[St. Louis Globe-Democrat. !
EVEN carrier-pigeons seem to miss!
their route now and then. Captain Mor- I
ris of the schooner Galena, which re- i
contly arrived at Charleston, S. re- I
ports that 011 the second day after Icav- ;
ing New York his vessel was hoarded by 1
a pigeon so exhausted from its long |
(light that it could be caught without
any troublo. On 011 c leg it still bore a :
fragment of a rubber band with 4, 58" j
stamped 011 it, but the message attached
to that band had been lost. No land |
and no other vessel were in sight at the
tinio, and as thero had been no gale for j
several days, it is supposed Had during 1
the night the winged messenger had I
completely lost his way.
just returned from an exploring trip 1
through the highlands of Northern Thi
bet, describes a species of deer only two
feet in height, but having, in other re
spectra, all the characteristics of the i
Scotch roe, including a pair of pronged
horns and an ever-wagging stump tail.
Tlio littlo creatures inhabit mountain
pastures nt the border-line <>f overlast- ;
ing snow, and at. the approach of a vis- i
itor race away with tlio speed of an an- j
telope, but, in spite of their diminutive
size, are as pugnacious as billy-goats,
and in captivity often amuse the native
hunters by their persistent combats.
THE Newark (N. J.) News says Edwin
Gorsueh, of Bank stri et, one of its com
positors, had n strange experience with
a ham. It had been nicely boiled and
lifted from the pot to a dish, a steel
I carving fork had been inserted, and Mr.
Gorsueh was sharpening a knife to carve
when a strong odor of sulphur became
apparent, and lie turned to see the fork
making a circular excursion toward the
floor, whore it stood upright, while the
ham, nearly skinned, started at a rail
road speed for the end of the table. The
labor-saving streak of lightning confined
its operations to the ham and the fork,
i THE official statistics read at the last
: Mormon Conference in Halt Lake City
I show that "the Church of Jesus Christ
; of Latter Day Saints" has now twelve
; apostles, seventy patriarchs, 3,919 high
j priests, 11,805 elders, 2,069 priests, 2,292
j teachers, 11,610 deacons, 81,899 families,
I 119,915 officers and members, and 49,303
children under 8 years of age, a total
; Mormon population of 153,911. The
i number of man* ages for ' six months
1 ended April 6, 1889, was .. *mberof
i births, 2,754; new in 'ised,
| 488; excommunication ,
I MR. JOHN MAYO I y■ int
I Ga., is a splendid sh
: lid, and sits in the dooi
shoots lizards from Lis £
j rifle. Ho shoots crows on the
:t pistol. When lie has hogs k.
negro man jumps astride of a i. ..
catches hold of both ears of the anima.
and turns its head toward Mr. Mayo,
who will shoot it in tlio head with his
J FOR several years there was a stand
' ing offer of $lO for a partridge's nest
I containing more than twelve eggs, the
J records at the Smithsonian Institute
giving that as the greatest number of
eggs of that species to a nest. A pai ty
of Worcester girls recently won the
money by finding a nest with fifteen
NEWS comes from Taungu, Burmah,
that Koh Pal Hah, a timber merchant
there, has founded a new religion which
is described as a sort of mixture of Budd
hism and Christianity. The disciples,
who number several thousands, keep
the Christian Sunday and abstain from
strong drink.
A RECENT discussion about the height
of trees in the forests of Victoria brings
from the Government botanist the state
i ment that ho has seen one 525 feet
j high. The Chief Inspector of Forests
measured a fallen one that was 185 feet
AFTER being totally blind for fifteen
years Mrs. Todd Lattie, of Bronson,
Micli., was suddenly cured. The first
person sho raw was her daughter, and
her first remark was, "My! how youv'o
Two of the largest individual owners
of sheep and cattle live in Texas, and
arc women, (hie of thein, the Widow
Callahan, owns about 50,000 sheep. The
other, Mrs. Rogers, is worth $1,000,000.
THERE aie five girls in one of the
Humphries families of Fleming county,
Ky., and their names are Arkansas,
Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida and Vir
Story of Mazzantini, the Famous
Spanish Matador.
Bon Luis Mazzantini, who has been
sent to the Paris Exposition by the
Spanish Government to show Parisians
how to fight bulls, is the king of mata
dors. Several years ago he was a Gov
ernment officer in the Spanish telegraph
ic service. He received a good salary,
as salaries in Spain go, and was alto
gether as prosperous and influential as
i an untitled Spaniard could hope to be.
| He had a morbid desire for notoriety,
i however, and gave up his job under the
I (iovernment to join an opera company.
I He sang in light opera with fair success
I for a year. Then lie quit the stage, be
! cause musicians told him he could never
i become a great artist, and took lessons
l in bull fighting. His family considered
| him disgraced, and all but disowned
him, for from official life to a bull pit is
: a ticinendons distance down hill, in
; Spanish opinion. The bull lighters are
j usually men of the same education and
; social standing in Spain as the horse
jockeys in America. The son of a bull
I lighter generally follows his father's vo
, ' cation, because in any other calling his
father's reputation would bo something
. j of a reproach to him and an obstacle
•to success. The bull lighters in the big
, Spanish towns are known lnoslly by
j their nicknames only. The death of a
skillful bull fighter is lamented priuci
-1 pally because his skill in the bull pit
j dies with him.
! Mazzantini thought ho could ri
! above most of these disadvnu' I
; his new business, and he ."! .i with m
! preoedented rapidi(\ v m. s,n
| iard, who wishes i bull
| fighter, serve, an pprenticesliip in the
ranks of the p:
I who prepare the bul by
pricking him with <la it < 'ud waving
flags before hi in. b. t appearing as a
| full-iledged matador or killer of the bull.
| Mazzantini served no such apprentice
ship. After taking a few private lessons
j lie made his debut as matador. Every
; one laughed at him at first. He was
1 ridiculed as the clown of the bull pit,
: and got nicknames enough for a dozon
j bull lighters. Oimo ho was so severely
I gored by a bull that it was thought ho
j was dying. As soon as ho recovered ho
j was again in the ring, as plucky and
persistent as ever. His grit won him
favor. His pouplarity increased with
I his increasing practice' and skill. Evcnt
; uully he got all the applause and fame
| and money which he had despaired of
j getting as a government official or light
; tenor. He became the greatest bull
| tighter in the world. The people of
( Madrid even ceased to call him names.
I He is now mentioned in the Spanish
j capital only as Bon Luis.
I The management of the bull fights, in
| which Mazzantini will appear in Paris,
i has been intrusted by the Spanish Gov
j ornment to Count dela Pntilla and the
| Duke of Venigua. The Count raises
I the finest hulls in Spain. Hip
are exported to all the cities t
! America and Mexico in wl
j fighting takes place. The Madr tili.
nrc urging the two noblemen
I lo petition tho French Ministr
Mazzantini to kill the bull at i
each of his lights in Paris. Th \ it
i regulations of the French Go
j require that the lights shall be 1
THE unsnfest railroads in t
I are those of Spain,whore land-i - and
1 inundations wreck a train < ••
weeks, not to mention the rirK from
bandits and insurgents. The safest arc
ot. Western Germany and Eng
i land. Statistics prove thut in 1888 and
; 1881) only one out of 05,000,000 passen
j gers lost his life by causes which in uny
; way could bo ascribed to the neglect of
j precautions on the rait of the railroad
! officials. In 1872 the ratio was one in
j 18,000,000.