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Cincinnati Weekly Times (Newspaper) - July 10, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio Vol. XLI. IVo. S8.CI]VCI]XrVA.TI, TinjüSr>^Y, JXJLY lO, 1S84. #1 r*er Year, While We Mar- The hnndg arc such dear hands; They arc no full; they turn at our demandi tin oft< n: they reach out, With trifles M;arcely thought about, ^ many times; they do many things for me, for you— If their fond wiils mistake. We may well bend, not break. They are such fond, frail lips That speak to us. Pray, if love strips Them of discretion man v times, Or if they speak top slow or quick, such crimes We may pass by; for we may ace llavs nut f.,r olf when those small words may be Held nut as slow, or quick, or out of place, but dear. Because the lips are no more here. They are such dear, familiar feet that *o Along the path with ours—feet fast or slow, And trying to keep pace—if they mistake Or tread upon some flower that we would take Upon our breast, or bruise some reed. Or cri sb poor Hope until it bleed, We may be mute. Mot turniug quickly to impute Grave fault: for they and we Have such a little way to go—can be Together such a little w hilc along the way, We will be patient while w e may. . 80 many little faulu we find. We see them; for not blind la Ixive, We see them; but if you and 1 Perhaps remember them some by and by. Tiler will not be Faults then—grave faults—to you and mo, But Just odd ways—inlsukes, or oven lets-> Reniemliraiicesto bless. Days change so many IhiiigS'^ycs, hours, we see so dilT rcntly In suns and ahowcrs. Mistiikcn woiils to>night hlav be so cherished by to-morrow’i light. We may Iteiintient; for we know There's siicli a little way to go, M'OTES AND NEWS. St. Louis ‘jclles have orga uzed a boxing club. Colonel Morrison lives at a place called ■Waterloo. Tlie rrluce of Orange kept sixty parrots In his bedroom. The hirtlis in Spain durin" 1S83 uumbcred 453,000 and the deaths 418,00). The Crown IVince of Austria has written a book of liis visits to Palestine. An international anti-vivisectioa congress will be held in Paris next year. Coal costs less In Boston, .Vil miles from the coal fields, ttinn it does in Philadelphia, only ninety miles from th3 fields. The thirty-eight States of the Union contain ¿.'¿OO counties. Texas leads off with 151, and Georgia follows with 137. Arizona producetl more than 17,000,000 pounds of copiier Inst year and will prob-ably produce about ‘26,0)0,000 pouuds this year. The visiting Maori king, while In Parliament the other day, became warm and took off most ot his clothes and went to Bleep. ' Representative Springer, the industriout “investigator,” is tall and tliin, with a well formed liead, crowned with thin black and Bilver hair. Queen Eliz ibeth, of Roumanla. is said to j have had a fondness for boiled sea gulls, I quince cheese and hartshorn Jelly, dainties I unknown to the nineteenth century bill of fare. A cowboy gives throe reasons why oow-I boys wear their hair long—it is hard to get lit cut on the plains, it keeps their ears warm in winter, and it makes the ludiaus think tliéy are brave. I Alexander Dumas with bis wife is now living in a cottage at Marly left to him by M. de Leuwen/the lately deceased manager of the Opera Coiniqué. and Hardou and Augier uro closo-by neighbors. It IS said that the hazards of the diamond trade h.ive lieoome so great and are so well underston.l bv jewelers that only £.3,000 has been olfertHl for the 302-carat diamond, re-(icnUv louud in the Kiinbjrloy mines. Two negro women of Concordia Parish, La., recently fought a duel, the one having a revolver and the other a sliotgun. It was believed, however, that both antagonists shut their eyes during the firing, as neither was bit. Texas has no race courses, and a local paper explains their absence by remarking that the average Texan has so many opportunities for seeing and riding fleet-footed animals that the celebrities ot the race track have no fascination lor him. In’lufilry and trade in Russia are depressed. Complaints, says a correspondent. increas'j ev *ry day. Money is scarce and credit hard to get. Among ihe small ninnnfactnrers failures are frequent occurrences. The slock market is extremely dull. M. de Lesseps indignantly denies that there is a failure in the Pahama excavation works, and says the canal will bo finished by 1888. But de Lesseps is getting toward eighty, and before 1883 there may be another excavation in which he will be more intereslcd. In an action for breach of promise the other day in England the defendant’s ooun ’bcI asked the fair plaintiff, “Did my client enter into a positive agreement to marr ■ • ep Mutt he courted me a good deal, and told you?” “Well, not exactly,” she repli a my siMter he intended to marry into our faiuliy.” At the conferring of degrees the other day at Oxford the usual uproar took place. The Queen’s name was clieered to the echo. When Mr. Brad I a ugh came in wearing a white waistcoat and a red necktie there was a pnndcmonitiin of groans and hisses. An alltision to a “lady undergraduate” was heartily cheered, while the Dean of Chi-obester, who opiiosctl women entering tho University, was loudly birted. “That tired feeling” from which you suffer BO much, particularly in the moriiiug, iB entirely thrown off by Hood’s Sarsapu-rilla._______ Ex-Senator Gordon, of aeorgia, is now taking contracts to build railroads in South America. Ladies who would retain freshness «ml vl< Tscitv, dou't (kü to try “Wells' Heulih UO' newer.” A BROWN STUDY. BY ANNIE L. JACK. A little brown house painted in blocks of light and dark brotvn, with blinds of the same tint, and a wooden fence that matched it all. Even the doorstep shared the same hue, and the bare trunks of the elms, that swayed to and fro, with branches that clutched the passing crowd, were only a shade or two darker than the rest. And in the neutral tinted rooms sat three girls whose rich brunette complexions harmonized with their surronndings. They were sitting, too, in a “brown study,” till the eldest, Martha, spoke at last, with a profound sigh in her tone: “It’s no use, girls; the garden is closed up for the season. Mother is no better, and still no word of— father.” She spoke the last word in a huskv whisper, adding, “What are we to áo for money ?” The youngest of the three, who could not have been more than fourteen, tossed back her golden brown curls, and, running her fingers tlirongh them, suggested, “Take me to a harlier’s, Marta f” “It may come I0 that some day, Louise,” returned the eldest bitterly, and then turning to the silent sister, who had been sitting in quiet meditation, she asked, “Hast thou no so-luiion for this problem, most thoughtful Christie?” The girl started, hesitated, and said, “I w£^8 thinking, girls, what slaves we are to fashion aiuY to the conventionalities. Here I have been following the beaten track of music teaching, walking miles of sidewalk for a pupil at two dollars a month, and not able to earn enough to keep myself in respectable clotning. Louise, with deft fingers, has loaded down a table with pretty hut unsold goods at the Woman’s Exchange, and Marta’s sales of Christmas cards and other art work do not remunerate her for the outlay of paint, the time spent and then the worry, the strained eyes that are already beginning to sutler with sueli close application. My poor Marta!” Silence fell on the group. It was early evening, and, to save expense, no lamiis were lighted as tliev talked. “It seems strange,” began Matta, at length, “that we get no word of father’s ship. Mother says it has often been as long, but she never before felt the lack of monev. The failure of the Exdiange Hailk has swept away all tlte savings that were kept there for rainy days. I have no orders, Christie has only eight dollars a month coming in, and Louise has had to leave school. We must look it squarely in tlic face and see if there is no other Avay of earning money than those we liave tried so far. Wc can not go out to leave mother, and wc must earn money to give her more nourishing food, for iliat is what she most needs.” Then Christie spoke: “Signor Bel-lino gets two dollars a lesson from t he young ladies in one of the houses where I teach the younger children. I listened one day when waiting in the hall, and was surprised to learn how easily his money was earned. Girls, I’m going to give it up and turn washcr-woman.” “Arc yon crazy ?” asked the astonished Martha. “I soon should ho if I kept up music teaching in such a spiritless, halfpaid way. No; I will tell you mv idea.” “Please do, if you have one,” said saucy I.0U. “I don’t mind your sarcasm, if yon will only agree to what I suggest,” said Christie, a little timidly. “And, to begin, I was in Mrs. Mnldoon’s the other day—you know she keeps a hoarding-honsc on James street—and I thougiit some of her hoarders might buy woolen ties or cufl’s, or tliese warm mitts Lou. knits; so I took a sample in, and while I Avaitcd hvo vouiig men were talking in the parlor. One remarked that his shirts had been sent home without a single button, and as yellow as old gold. The other laughingly answered it was enough to make a tellow get married, without waiting for a competence, to have to sew 011 his buttons before he could start for church, and added, ‘Why don’t some of tlie girls that talk about woman’s sphere and the avenues of employment open for them start a ilrst-class laundry, where washing, ironing and mending can be carried on to such licrfection as to he classed among the fine arts?’ ‘But, my dear fellow,’ drawled tho other, ‘it lowers them in the social scale, don’t you see. A man can dance with those girls who dabble ill paint or literature or any of the arts and sciences, but he couldn’t come down to dancing attendance on his washerwoman.’ ‘Elevate the business,’ said the other one hotly; and just then Mrs. Mnldoon came in and, IjOU 1 she ordered three pairs of mitts for her boys 1—something useful sells best, yoH see. “Now let us start a laundry. We can’t go into society, anyhow, and wc must have money. We have good stationary tubs, thanks to father, and an out-kitchen that is comtortable at all seasons. I have money enough tc buy a box of soap and a steam wasli-cr. Wc will not tell mother till she ijs stronger, but Marta shall write and canso to be printed a few neat cards, stating tliat we Svash, iron and mend’ gentlemen’s underwear on reasonable terms. Marta is a splendid clear starcher and likes ironing best. Yon know you always pleased father, dear, and he was very particular. I will undertake the washing. Oiir garden gives plenty of space for drying clothes, and Louise can put her fancy stitches into mending socks and darning whatever is needed. The buttons must be all in order before the garment is sent home. I will get a box of pearl buttons to begin with.” When Christie had done speaking there was almost an enthusiasm in her tone, and after a little more debating as to ways and means, the lamp was lighted, the girls put on an air of cheerfulness and freedom frem care, as they gathered up the different work they had been emjiloyed with when twilight betell, and went up stairs to spend the evening in moth-cFb room, after carefully closing the dampers to save fuel, and making such preparations as frugal housekeepers only know of for the morning meal. When Hugh Brown married and took his wife to the little home he called Brown Cottage, he was only mate on a coasting vessel, but for many years before our story opens he had been captain of a merchant ship, and of late years made long voyages to Mediterranean ports. It was now six months since he had sailed away, intending to return before that length of time to his home and dear ones there. But time passed on and no word came from him, and then the bank’s failure and mother’s malarial fever brought fíiianccs to a low ebb, and as she lay in the upper chamber, ivorn with illness and anxiety, the young girls planned and saved and worked down stairs, hiding their fears from her and from each other. But a week from the time the story opens the cards were printed and sent to the principal hoarding houses ill the city by post. And when Christie called at Airs, Muldoon’s with Ijou’s well knitted mitts she was rewarded by an order for all the washing of the hoarders, while sonic of the young men promised to sjicak to their friends of the new venture. It was so neat and unique in its way, this little hit of pasteboard, that one was forcpd to read and remember it. GENTLEMEN’S UNDERWEAR Washed, Ironed and Mended At Brown Cottage, Biao^ Street. Fine Linen a Specialty. Woolens Washed Without Shrinkage. Kitty O’Kcciie, whose hov was hired to fetcii and carry the clothes, called at the cott,p.f»'p. and asked for \v;ork. “Sure and it’s meself can wash for yez half or a whole day, ma’am, an’ Ted can hangout the clothes;” and as the girls knew her to he honest and poor thev engaged her services for lialf a day during the first three days of the week. The work progressed without any confusion, and when sent home was promjitly paid for, each article being specified in the printed bill, which was inclosed in an envelope and neatly addressed. And so the weeks passed in prosjierous labor till Kitty O'Keeiie had to work every day and all day of the first fiv© in the week to get tiie washing done. A patent elotlies-ilrying machine was put up in the vard, and by keeping up with the M’ork they Avcrc able to he punctual in returning the parcels; and the nourishing food and superior medical advice obtained for the mother was snfiicient reward for many a weary hour. But little did Christie think, as she made out the weekly hills with mechanical and mercenary precision, that the little god of love was sharpening an arrow to pierce a good and manly heart, using as his emissary a washerwoman’s bill. For it happened that Fred. Van Coit, who was hoarding at Mrs. Muldoou’s while finishing his le<(al studies, had became fascinatea by the clear concise penmanship and unwonted refined neatness of both bill and hundtc sent home; and one evening when his sister Margery, who was visiting the city, satin his room enjoying his little confidence as only sisters can, he suddenly handed her his last week’s washing bill without comment. But Margery did not wonder at anythinir that Brother Fred, did, and read without suspicion: Mr. Van Colt. To M., C. A Brown, Dr. U lUerwear waalicii, ironed and repaired . |1 UO h'otir pair of Hoeks, (tilto..................... 40 Six ahirK ditto.............................. 1    Í0 Kiiiht collai-B waxliod and IrontKl ........... 24 Six handkerchiefs, ditto.................... 18 Received payment, C. liBOWN. t3 02 “I don’t know why I should care about those girls, Alargcry, hut Ican’t help thinking I have had something to do with this hnsincss. I was talking to Tom Levers one day about washing, and I said a lot of nonsense about the ‘social scale,’ and all that sort of thing, while he, like a sensible tellow, wished some of the girls who were wanting a sphere would turn to and mend our socks as well as embroider smoking caps for us. I happened to look up, and a young girl with a wistful look on her pretty but tired face was listening with a strained air to our remarks. I found out afterward she was a Miss Brown, and in a week they sent one of their cards to the hoarding house; but 1 have never seen any of the—washer ladies.” “Don’t bo a goose, Fred.,” laughed the young girl. “Call things by their right name; and what more noble than ‘a perfect woman?’ 1 can't get it out of my head somehow that I know one of these girls. Of course There are lots of BroAvns;but iny ‘Christie’ would grace a wash-tub or a Fifth avenue drawing-room equally well, and she was considered a musical prodigy at school. Grace Lane can tell me if my suspicions are correct. I must sec my sweet Christie while I am in town.” And so it came to pass that two days afterwaid two very stylish girls called at Brown Cottage and asked for Christie. Of course the meeting was impulsively coi-dial, but after a while they noticed a change in the manner of their hostess, and soon rose to leave. Then, with an effort, Christie said : “Yon mn«t not feel that I think any less of you that I can not accept Miss Lane’s invitation to go with you to any of your pleasant entertainments. But we are in «rreat trouble, or rather have been. The bank failed where onr money was invested; we lost all; then our mother fell ill, and wc had no word from father till yesterday. He lias been shipwrecked and does not know of onr money loss. We struggled along as well as we could till debt stared ns in the face. Then we setup a laundry, an<l since then have jirospered financially, though not socially. We did not tell mother till the good news of father came yesterday, and she has wept over us ever since.” Then Afargerv took her friend in her arms and talked to her, hut Christie shook licr liead to all proposals of society. However, the ice was broken, the other sisters came in, formality was abandoned, and the visitors staved to tea, only that naughty Margery stepperl out on a “little errand” before taking off her hat, and tlic result was that Fred. Van Coif, sitting in his room at Airs. Muldoon’s, received this tidcgram: Call at Brown Cottage, Blank street, for me at 9. Eureka I Margery Van Coit. And when the ]*leasant evening was over, to the surprise of the family, Margery’s brother called and was introduced to them all, and cxiircssed his pleasure in making the acquaintance of his sister’s friends; But through Christie’s mind came the conversation she had heard, and this young man had said, with a particular sneer, “He couldn’t come down to dancing attendance on his washer woman.” And so Christie looketl at his handsome face, in which admiration of herself was plainly discernible, and felt a ircntiu disdain for a man who put suqh value on the “social scale,’' evem while ploaoaiitlv atfuble, for his ^ter’s sake, to his washerwoman. Alcauwhile the laundry flourished. The girls hired an adjacent shed, and Kate O’Kecnc brought her sister to help with the ironing. Afonoy flowed in, and, cheered by their father’s letters, though he could not speak definitely of his return, they worked on in peace and hopeful confidence, keeping from the shipwrecked hi-ead-winncr all money troubles that might add to his anxiety. By-and-by around the little brown house a change came of nature’s own devising. The crocus and snow-drop peeped out of the brown earth, and the birds returned from the 8outh tc the spicy buds of the balsams and the poplars, and sang their morning songs in the budding elms. Not only our friend Fred., but his friend Tom Ijcvers, called often at the cottage to carry some delicacy to the invalid or a message from G^ace or Alargery; and then Captain Brown came home one dull gray evening, and had to hear the Avholc story. His only comment was “Bless your faithful hearts, little girls! Father will take care of yon now.” But Christie, in a conversation soon after, showed him their banker’s account, where several hundred dollars were to their credit, and reluctantly, yet with a sense of gratitude, mingled with a sense of justice, the captain did not interfere with their work. That was two years ago; the laundry has grown to larger jii’oportions now, and there are six needy women employed with Kitty O’keene, who is forewoman. Marta is soon to he married to Tom liCvcrs, but retains her interest in the laundry, while Christie is to brighten the home of Fred. Van Coit in a distant city. She was not easily won, this proud washerwoman; and when, in earnest tones he pleaded his suit, she scornfully answered: “What! dancing attendance on the washerwoman?” I can not tell all the arts he used to overcome her objections; hut, to my mind, she always had liked him from that first day when she heard him speak at Airs. Alnldoon’s. Louise still darns and mends and sews i n the buttons, hut she intends to take as a partner in her depart-mcnt a young orphan girl who has no “sphere,” and is dependent on her needle for a livelihood. The wprk has always run smoothly; the help have no cause tor complaint, are well jiaid and take an interest in their several departments; and now thait Mrs. Brown has fully recovered her health, she is able to assist in the household duties, and to appreciate better her daughters’ heroic conduct and inaise-Tvorthy efforts to keep the wolf from the door. Truly, ‘VhatsooVcr thy hands find to do, do it with thy might.—[Harper’s Bazar. ......j Fitted Oat ft>r the Season! iDresBes, cloaks, coats, stockings and all mnueuts can be colored successfully with the Diamond Dyes. Fashionable colors. Uulv lOe. at druggists. Wells, Ricttardsou i Co., Burlhigtou, YU HANDY WITH THE JACK-KNIFE. The Curious Things a Missouri Alan Has AVhtttlert Out. [St. Ix)ui8 Reiniblican ] One of the most eccentric characters in AHfisonri—if not in the entire Alississippi Valley—is AVilliam Yohe, of Kirkw’ood. He is better known as “Bill the Whittier.” Bill claims tobe the champion whittler in the w'orld. With an ordinary pcu-kiiife he has demonstrated his ability to make almost anything a cariieuter, a cabinet-maker or wood-carver can make with a full set of edged tools. Heoc-cnpicfi an old church in Kirkwood, which he has filled almost completely with curiosities of a novel as well as useful character with the aid of his trustv bone-handled knife. The spectators who take the trouble to visit this museum will find the collection as interesting as the pictures of a famous art galleiy. A short time ago Bill made the announcement that he would threw the church doors open on a certain day in order that those who desired to see his contrivances might gretify their curiosity. After that date no person would he admitted, as he proposed to he^in the greatest undertaking of his life, viz., the con»truction of a gigantic automatic concern, that would surpass anything of the kind the world had ever seen. The population of Kirkwood, with scarcely an exccjition, accepted Bill’s invitation, and all day during his reception the church was filled with peojde. Ever since that eventful day the people of Kirkwood have looked u\)on Bill as the eighth wonder of the world. A Republican reporter visited Kirkwood yesterday and had a very pleasant interview with “Bill.” Bill was sitting on a bench with a secticii of a cigar box in one hand and his favorite bone handled knife in the other, whittling away as though the destiny of the world dcjiendcd upon his ability to complete his work. The blade of the kniie ho used was about an inch long and tapered all tho way from tlie hilt to the point. “Well, Bill,” said the reporter, “they say yon arc the champion whittler of the world.” “Yes, and I am willing to whittle anything against any man living. There is only one other whittler on tlie face of tho earth who can even aimrnaoh my work, and that jierson is Alonkcy John, ofChicago. Alonkcy John would not whittle against me, for he and I have whittled together And.lULluiQ«A2idud.I can ion. The most I ever made on a piece prior to this year was $20, which Avas cleared on a rafllc. In two weeks I can complete in every detail the model of any ship ever built, and I Avill construct any kind of a machine ever invented and make it run in an cight-ounce bottle. All this sounds very strange to you, yet every word of it is true.” STANDARD TIME. How tho Bj'stcni Works—Cities That Cling to Local Time. [N. Y. Sun.] Mr. TV. F. Allen, the Secretary of General Convention of Railroad Aiag-natcs Avho adopted the standard time system of the United States, smiled when his attention was drawn to the fact that Ijonisville’s clocks had been turned back eighteen minutes from standard time to the old time. He said: “There ai*c a few cities that still stick to the old time. Omaha was the last one of importance to adopt the standard time, Avhich she did on May 1. Every railroad in the country lias ado])tod standard time, cxccjit two lines running out of rittsburg, one of Avhich is ten and the other eleven miles long, and a part of the Central 1‘acific Railroad system. I am inforinbd that the Central Pacific will adojit tho standard very soon, the majority of its officers having expressed themselves in favor of it.” “How many cities of importauco cling to local time ?” “Iajss than a dozen, and they are nearly all in Ohio or its immediate vicinity. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Pittsburir, Detroit and Louisville arc the chief ones. Circular letters were sent to the superintendents of the various roads in the country, asking about the adoption of the standard time in both cities and villages. Alany of the answers showed that every pl.nce reached by the lines jH-prescnted had adopted tJic new time. The nil inbcr of cities and towns that have relused to adopt it is insignificant. In some of those places the objections to the time Avere ridiculous. Thus Louisville has gone back because the Board of Aldermen wanted to show the Alayor that he couldn’t run that town Avithout their consent. The Alayor had ordered the city clocks set lo the standard time without waiting for a resolution of tlie Aldermen. With the railroads a unit on the Bubiact, there Jill nil mil iiliiiii ilMlihNiiiiiiBiiiii horn in 8t. Ijouis, on Morgan street, in the buildiiigoccupicd years ago by the old Mound City Bakery. When in my teens I became the apprentice of a millwright, hut before my time Avas out, at the beginning of the Avar, I ran aAvay and joined the Union army as a member of Captain G. W. Penn’s company. While serving as a soldier 1 had one of the toes of tny right toot shot off, and could have hud a pension had I seen fit to ap[)iy tor one. However, I had a little pride that prompted me to voav I Avonld never cai! upon Uncle .Sam tor assistance as lung as 1 could use a knife and obtain a llA clihood by Avhlt-tling. It may appear strange to you but it is true nevertheless, that I never knoAV I had any extraordinary gift for whittling until I liad reached my tAventy-third year. Then I made a toy house for my sister, Avhich Avas so universally admired that I determined to manufacture other curiosities. The first [liccc of importance I whittled Avas a complete model of the Castle Bingen-on-thc-Rhine. This piece was finished in 1873, and contained 5ÍÍ0 windows. It is iioav OAvncd by a gentleman residing in Clay County, Texas. Tho next piece Avas the model of the steamship Bristol, eo])icd from an engraving on a handbill. “I defy any artist to eclipse my Avork with cither a pencil or brush. An artist may draAV a picture as i)cr-fcctly as he nossibly can and hand it to me to reproduce in Avood, and I will improve on tho picture. Some men think because they can make a wooden chain Avith a knife they are great Avhittlcrs. There is no trick in making a simple chain, as the man who makes one link can make forty. Scrolling Is by far the most difficult woriv a man can do Avith a knife. I can carve perfectly a leaf or an animal. TVith a simiilc pocket knife I have made over 300 models, which occupy places in the Patent Office. “About a year ago I made tlic model of a steamship for parties in Europe. They were so Avcll pleased Avith it that they paid me $800 for my AVork. 'I'his model Avas run by sfeani and could travel through the Avater at the rate of sixteen miles an hour. My aptitude for Avhittiiug is a gift as natural to me as an ear for music is to sonic other men. After a piece of Avork is finished 1 often look at it Avith astonishment and Avander how I ever succeeded in making it so complete in every detail. I can not draw, and knoAV next to nothing about mathematics, yet my projiorlions in every piece of work I make arc always re-imu'kably correct. When I look at a picturo Avhich I intend to represent In wood, 1 unconsciously lucasuro its proportions with the eye. I Avill wa^er my life almost that I can whittle out any automatic contrivance OA'er invented in tho space of a year. Until this year I Avas not aware that anything moro than a living could he made by a Avhittlcr, but noAV I entertain t different opin- versal adoption of standard time. In fact, most people have adopted it without knowing it.” “Hus any similar movement taken form ill Europe ?” “Not yet; but under an act of Congress approved on August 3,1883, the President Avas authorized to call an international convention to fix on and recommend for universal adoption a common prime meriaian to be used in reckoning longitude and in the rcgu-lutlun of time throughout the Avurld. This call has been issued, and the convention Avill probably be held in Washington in October next. I am not advised fiiliy on the subject, hut England, France, Italy, and one or tAvo more countries have accepted the invitation.” Everybody Praises It. The hunter, when he makes a path, Takes ax, and kindly “blnzcs’* it; Thus others try it, and, if gooil. Each wand’riDg trav’ler praises it. The mind is apt to be misled, AVixing infurniutioii diues it. But you may on a thing rely AVlien everybody praises it. And So7.o<lont is such a thing— No glamour false o’er glazes it. It clcaus the teeth, iierfumcs the breath. Ana cvcrybo<ly praises it. The <Juceiis of Society are among the stanchestadvocatesof beau-lifying Sozotloni, which cominuiiieute» to the teeth the glistening whiteness of snow, arrests their decay, renders 8iK)n|ry and ulcerated gums healthy, and hnmtli made oflensive hy defective teeth as stvcct as honeysuckle. Ladies, ye wore nuule to captivate, make your coiupicsls sure and swil't, your empire over male liearts lasting by its sovereign aid. The fashionable world declares liiere is nothing like it. Fishermen of tlie Seine, fl'aris Moniing News.] An enthusiastic amateur Avho early yesterday morning Avent doAVU to the Seine from the Tuillcries Gardens to I’ussy, Avith a vicAV to Avitncssing the opening of the tishing season, reports that he saw a man tishing at every six yards, but“d 1 a hit of a bite (lid any of them get.” A return Journey last evening Avas attended with exactly’ the same result. The fishers had labored all day and caught nothing. t, rcnJIr, (hat is what they say— don’t pretend to know. But. Don’t You Tell f Dear Mrs. Jones, I’m glad you caiic<l! I hoped yon’U come to-day Now have you he.ml what awful thinra They tell of Elder Gray? You haven’t? Why, I heard last night. That aoini! one heard in town. He went to see the Black Crook show. Along with Deacon Brown. But don’t you tell—I’m sure you won’tl l’trhii|« it isn’t so; But. really, that la what they say— I don’t pretend to know. Now, Mrs. Jones, do you suppose That Mr. Smith will clieat? I’m told by tliose who ought to know He swindles on his meat. Two ounces short a |>ound, they say. And Ju^t the same on tea. And he a member in the church, Along with you and me! Blit don’t you tell—I’m sure you won’t! I’erhnfis it isn’t so; Bu‘ I They say that Thompson and his wife Just quarrel niglit aixl day. He's Jealous. AVcU, perhaits there’s cauaw— That's nut tor me to say. The way that woman puts on airs— New hat and Uiaiiioiid niur. And gad. gad, gadding all the time. AVith beaux upon her string. But don’t you tell—I’m sure you won’t! I’crhaps It isn’t so; But, really, that Is what they say— I don’t pretend to know. They say that Mrs. .Johnson's got A new silk dreas and she Don’t pay her washing hill. I’m told— it came quite straight to me. It’s hiiitcit that her husband drinks And gamhles on tlic sly; But then folks gossip so, yon know. But thank niy stars, not 11 Now don’t you tell—I’m sure you won’tl These things may not Ik* m>; But, really, that is what llicy say— 1 don’t pretend to kuow. —[Eln'n E, Rexford. CURRENT FUN. » • • • Rupture, pile tumors, fistulas and all diseases of lower bowel (except ciuicer), riulicaliy cured. .Vddress \v orKl’s Disiicnsary Medical Association, Hiiff.ilo, N. V., and enclose two (3ct.) slaiups f*?r book, “Hough on Pnin’’ I’lHster.—Porouscd.strength-eniiig, tor Back.'tche, Pains in the Cliesl, Klieu-matisui, '25c. Druggists or mail. The Texas delegates to the Democratic National Convention, says an exchange, will wear a uniiorni coiisisting of white bats. That will be a pretty breezy coslums fven for ChicaKO.—[ I'roy Times. If yen arc falling, broken, worn out .and ncrv-ous,uM “AVells’ Health Iteiicwcr.’’ II. Druggists. A Denver phj-sician has failed financially, and lias tlius acquired the title of “Dr.” at hutli ends of Jiis name. —[Hartford Post. “Hard workers are never troubled with insomnia,” says a physician. Vervtriie; look at ilic liant-Avorkcd I>oIiccinan.—[Pliiladcli>Iiia Cali. A niemiier of the Crib Clui) informs ns tliat “Putscy Slicpard has broiiglit over a ncAV ligiit weight.” An Eiiglislt coal dealer, wc suppose.— [Boston Commereial Bulletin. “]*apa’s Homo To-niglit” is the title of a ncAV song. It Avili he very useful for the young lady on sucli occasions to sit l>y tlic open windoAV and sing to George as a yoinUir.—Boston Post. . „ “Xee, ray dear hov/’ said Mr. Mal-■fiWiWii li't.i    tfrar 'éRt moat are carboniferous, Aviiile those Hkc ourselves, tliat cat both flesh and vegetables, arc ampliibious.—[Sau Francisco Mucli in a name—Professor—“What isa traction engine?” Briglit Student—“A locomotive for running on ordinary Avairon roads.” Professor— “Correct. Wliy is it called a traction engine?” Bright    Student—“It    is called a track-slmn engine because it sliuiis tracks.—[Pliiladcipliia Call. A bartender at Bellvillc, Mo., was engaged in o|>eiiing a bottle of soda Avater Aviicn it exjiloded in Ids hand and a part of tlic sliattered glass bottle entered his eye, destroying tho siglit. Tiiis explains Aviiy it is that so many men in calling fur soda Avater take sucli pains to save one eye from danger, anyliOAV. They close it.—[PIdladelplda Call. “Wliaryou [wen ?” lie asked as tho other boy siuhlenly came around tho corner. “To tiio dootor’s!” “Wliat ails you?” ‘‘Tongue all coated—see tlicre?” “Wliat docs tliat mean?” “Heaps!” cliucklod tlie otlisi-. “Tiiat means rimliarh to begin on, and loaf sugar, SAvect cake, a vcloci-|)cde, roller skates and a jackuife before I get tlirongli! Don’t you Avish you Avasmc?”—[Detroit F’rcc Press. “Ma,” said tlic small Ixiy, as they were taking the train out of toAvii a fCAV days ago, “you’ll s(‘o something funny wlicn Ave get back.” ‘‘What Avill it he?” incjnired liis mother. “Wliy, ail tlie liuildin’s Avili be a different <;olor.” “Nonsense, cliild, wliat gaA’o you tiiat idea?" “Well, pa told Mr. Sniitli last niglit that when you ami me Avcnt away lie Avas going to paint tlic town red,” ami tlicn ho Avondcrcd AvIiy ids mother wouldn’t let him stand up on tlie seat or buy liim any candy.—[Boston Post. “Are tlicrc no times,” said a man, entering tlic office of a busy editor, “wiicn von can Avritc liettor tliau at otiier times?” “Yes.” “AIi, I thougiit so. 'fliat men avIio n rite must consult tlieir mental comlitioii, I liave no doubt. Noav, tell me, Aviien can you write iKist?” “Wlicu I am alone,” the editor reidied, but the bore, ou wliom tlic Idnt made no imiiression, conliimcd to talk until tlie exusi>or-ated newspaiier man suggested lliat a section of the Avail swung ou ! d n ges.—[ A rk a n sa w Tra ve 1 le r. Nrrvoui* Exhaustion. A very large iiunil>er of iiersons aro suf* lei ers from plivsical or nervous exhaustion alul a low state of vitality, brought on by various causes. They are not sick eiioi».'h to be clusswl with hivallUs, uorwelloii.nigh to enjoy life, or do any Imlily or iiiuiital work without excessive weariness or complete meiHal prostration—a most initerabte aiul unhappy conilltioii, as tliousaiuh can testlfr* FurTbis class of |>crsoii» the new Vltaliziiiif Treatmcut of Drs. blaiksy I’alen, 1199 Girard street, I’Uiladelpliia, I’a., it es|>edaUv ailaptetl, acting as it does directly on tho great nervout ceiilert, rendering them more vigorous, active and efli-cicul. Send for their pamphlet ilosoi lidng the naime and action of tint rcmarkabi» 'lYcatuieut. it will be mailtMl (roe.

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