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Out of the labor of 1230 convicts in various prisons in this country the con­ tractors made a clear proSt of $310,400 in 1890, as shown by the United States census. It is asserted that a Swiss snvant hn\ made a discovery which seems almost to revcrso known natural laws. He re­ duces milk to D dry powder so that by the addition of water it at once assumes all its natural properties. It is claimed that milk in this form is much better than canned or condensed milk for ono reason—it has no sugar in it. The northwest provinces of Canada have made bountiful provision for the education of the multitudes of people •who arc expected to some day occupy this now somewhat lonesome expanse ol territory. Sackotchewan has set apart 3,64S,000 acres of land for the main­ tenance of public schools, Assiniboia 3,040,000, and Alberta 3,200,000 Says the Cincinnati Times-Star: Many country residences in England arc supplied with electric lighting machin­ ery, and with household water worki supplied by an electric garden pump, which serves very simply and cm cicntly when connected with a pond oi fountain. All the new electric wrinklc3 do not originate in America by any means. In France tho science is es­ pecially active, and mmy gold and sil­ ver medals are bestowed on French electricians. One recent invention bears on the gong-ringing nuisance on street cars. A new form of electric bell 13 de­ vised, whose note is clear and distinct without being noisy, as the hammer is in contact with the gong only the infin­ itesimal part of the second. The driver touches a button with his foot and the response is given instantly While the English service papers an. discussing the relative merits of their own short boots and the long soled boots in which the German infantry are said to march four miles an hour easily, our own military authorities, remarks Army an I Navy Register, are perfectly satisfied with the boot now used in our service. Through the aid of the officers of the Army and Navy who are stationed abroad, the War Department has had placed at its disposal the equipments of foreign services and has beeu enabled to give all articles of apparel actual trial While the division of military informa­ tion of the War Department doe3 not possess the advantages for gathering data that the Office of Naval Iutelligence en­ joys, the former has secured a good deal of interesting and useful material. Through its instrumentality the service has had access to the armament and equipment of the armies of Europe, and rn more than one instance the American service has profited by the contribu­ tions. A. SONG OF LOVES Love is a shallow brook Tenderly wooing Each shady nook With murmered suin- Lovo is a river strong Restlessly sweeping Part sigh and song Laughter and weeping Lovo is an ocean deep Round tho world flowing, Where hidden sleep Realms beyond knowing. » * * » Draw closer, heart o£ me. Thy secret tolling^. Which ot these loves with then Maketh its dwelling? Dvffield Osborne, in Harper's tiazaK THREE RIVALS. In an address lately delivered iu Albu­ querque, Governor Prince says that iu New .Mexico the improved systems of ir­ rigation, on which they have t o depend for the multiplication of their area ol useful land, are advancing rapidly. In the northeast the Springer system, with fifty miles of ditches and five reservoirs, covers 22,000 acres; and the Vermejo system, with fifty-seven miles of ditches and ten reservoirs, supplies 30,000 acres. In the northwest there are 200 miles of ditch completed and forty in process of construction, giving fertility to 24,000 acres. In the southeast the Pecos Valley system, already largely completed, about fifty miles of mam ditch and 120 of later­ als being in operation, with its great dam 1140 feet long and 370 feet wide at the base, and its lake seven miles in length, will soon supply almost 200,000 acres of land with the necessary irrigation. And in the southwest the works along the Mimbres are solving a now problom, aud will supply a section of wouderful fertil­ ity with water requisite for successful cultivation. BY MARY KYLE DALLAS. Laura Hunt stood on the front porch of her aunt's residence looking across tho garden where the nrternisias were in bloom and late dahlias nodded their heads upon their slender stalks, and the seeds were browning on the morning- glory vines. Sho made a pretty picture in a calico of crushed strawberry tint, belted at tho waist, and with a white kerchiof pinned turban fashion about her head to keep her gold-brown, waving hair from the dust She had been doing the Friday's sweeping, ns became a poor relation, while the cousins, the Misses Cumfry, were taking their last morning nap,with ilndarne Cheatham's celebrated dream of cowslips ou their noses to repair the ravages of late hours, and gloves on their hands tj whiten them To carry out the Cinderella simile, these Misses Cum­ fry ought to have been ugly spinsters with very evil tempers, but really they wire very pretty girls,with neat features and trim figures, twins who loved each ! other and cared for nobody else, and ! who had been humored into a sort of i dual selfishness by their mother, while I Laura, their cousin, the child of her late 1 husband's sister, was early taught to make herself useful and find some oc­ cupation for every hour of the day. So Laura had already swept and dusted the parlor and filled the flower vases and tidied tho cupclcsct and rubbed the diuing-room windows, while the twins, side by side in their pretty, white bed, were still fast asleep. As Laura loaned upon her broom and contemplated t.Le lingering autumn flow ers, some one watched her from the rond a young man, fashionably dressed, and with his full share of good looks. \If that is the girl she is rather pret­ ty,'' he said t o himself. \That makes it easier, and although I'm a lucky fellow, I expected to find a dowdy or a fright. Pretty cheeky business this, but I'm en­ dowed with the natural qualities neces­ sary for the adventure \ Aud he wallte 1 s.owly up the road, opened the gate, aud lifted his hat grace­ fully. \Beg pardon,\ he said. \Mrs. Cumfry live here?\ ••Yes,\ answered Laura, glancing at her big apron, and regretting the broom and tuibau a little \Yes sir, and aunt is in if you would like to see her \ \1 should very much, indeed, thanks,\ tbi young man replied, and Laura ush­ ered him into the pallor, where, while he waited, there came t o hiui, through a door that haa been unwittingly left ajar fragments of a conversation ••Laura Hunt, why didn't you ask what he wanted?\ \Laura limit. I'm all right,\ he said to himself \It's a book agent or a lightning rod man, or somebody with silver polish, of course,\ conlinued the shrill voice. \You might as well have said no as 1.\ \Oh auntie, I'm sure he is nothing of the sort, ' said the softer voice of the girl who had spoken to him. \They always look so tired and anxious, poor things! Aud he is so—so stylish.\ \Good 1 I've made an impression,\ said the young man to himself, as the stops of a woman came toward the door. \I wonder whether he has seen cither of you?\ Tho idea was so dohghtfully romantic that they kissed each other then and there, and rushed upstairs as soon as they bad swallowed their chocolate to put lace in the bands of certain new fall dresses in which to appear at the lunch table, where they should meet tho stran­ ger for the first time. Meanwhile, out in the kitchen, where she was rubbing tho spoous, Laura was saying t o hetself: •'Who knows but ho has seeu mo? I'm ' as nice-looking as either Dora or Cora. 1 It was singular, his coming so, and ho | stood watching me from tho road quite 1 n long while.\ ; It was she who set the table for lunch, I and she woro tho crushed-strawberry calico, but tho apron was removed, and a bow at her throat and another in her hair were becoming, Cora and Dora blushed and giggled, and talked pretty nonsense. Their mother kopt her eyes upon them, but certain glances, ol\ which they were not aware, rcuched Laura, and she laughed t o herself as sho washed the dishes at the kitchen sink, and heard the twins playing duets i n tho parlor. Through the window sho saw Richard Beech mending his fences. It would be stupid after all, she thought, t o marry a plain man who ownod a little two-story house, which had sunk a littlo t o one side, to go on washing dishes and ironing table-cloths all her life. Mr. Mayne Morton's wife would prob­ ably have servants t o wait on her. Then, how beautifully ho wore his handsome clothes. And Dick Beech had on an old striped linen jacket and a fisherman's hat, in tho 'irira of which sundry straws were sticking. Dick was good and in lovo with hor, but neither Dora nor Cora would, have looked at him, and, oh, the joy of cut- | ting them out with an elegant Now i Yorker! | Dick looked up just then, but he could not catch Laura's eye as he usually did, and when he called on Sunday evening, Laura was not disposed to give him a chance to talk to her in the corner. In fact, by this time she had learned that Mayne Morton had come to the house on her account solely. He had told her so one Saturday after­ noon, following her to the far end of the garden where she was spreading napkins to bleach, to talk t o her. \I know you'll be angry,\ he said, \still I want you to know my reason for coming to Mrs Cumfry's to board was a glimpse I had had of you. Faint heart never won fair lady, and I never mean to lose the girl I lovo because-of not going t o the point a t once. You kuow I shall not let ray wife do housework and wear cotton gowns. You don't know what life might be yet.\ quite my style. There are two much prettier girls in the house, but—\ There was no more, but Lanra had read quite enough, and if tho twins, reconciled, and making common causo against a common enemy, could havo seen poor Laura's heart just then, they would havo felt themselves avenged. Laura was very miserable for awhile, then she began to be glad that sho had had discovered Morton's motives in time. Then she went to the window and looked out. Richard Beech was busy painting tho front door of his littlo yellow house. What a pretty residence he could build on that ground if ho had a rich wife, she said to herself. Then sho found herself laughing, and as Richard looked up from his work, she nodded and smiled to him. That night Mayne Morton went dis­ consolately home t o Now York. Ho was no longer engaged to an heiress, and when Laura married Rich­ ard Beech, tho twins made such lovely bridemaids, that tho two groomsmen fell in lovo with them on tho spot, and every- \body was as happy as possiblo ever after. Family Story Paper. Tlio Forbidden Land. Thibet is in more than ono sense the mo3t inaccessible country iu the world. Embosomed amid tho summits of the Himalayas, it consists of a series of plateaus and is credited with tho highest regularly inhabitatedspot in tho univcrso —tho Buddhist monastery Halno, 10,000 feet above sea level. Lhasa, the capital of Thibet proper, has been fitly doscrihed as the Mecca of Buddhism, for it is the holy city of that ancient cult. In this country, we are told by the Buddhists, may oe found the two divino incarnations ever present on earth, the Dalai Lama or Gem of Majesty aud the Teshu Lama or Gem of Learning. Tho former perpetually resides in the holy city and the latter in the southern part of the country. These personages, it seems, never pass beyond the age of youth, for after a brief mortal existence they die or disappaar and shortly after­ ward a reincarnation take3 place. The only Englishman who ever reached Lhasa was Thomas Manning, who was disguised as a Chinese doctor. He \interviewed\ tho Dalai Lama, a mere boy, at the beginning of tho present century. Previous t o this AVarren Hast­ ings had endeavored to cain admission to tho country, but found himself check­ mated. Although his special envoy, Mr. Bogle, was foiled, another emissary, Captain Turner, in 1872 was allowed to reach Teshu Lumbo, in the south, to pay his respects to the new Teshu Lama on tho occasion of another incarnation. From the time of Manning's adventure to tho preseDt tho \Palnis or white con­ querors of India, as we are called, have Laura was too bright not to coquette ' been kept out of Thibet. Two French WOMAN'S WORLD. 1'IiEASA.NT tilTEKATURK FOR FliaUNINK READEttS. SHE POSED FOR LIBERT?. A tact not generally known to tho public has gained added iuterest through the death in France of Mme. Bartholdi. mother of tho well known sculptor and designer, who died a few days ago at the advanced ago of ninety years. She it was who stood as the model for Bartholdi's statue of \Liberty Enlight­ ening tho World,\ which now occupies such a prominent position in the harbor in New York.— New York Oommercial Advertiser. ADVANTAOE OP HAVING A PRETTY JIAID. This advico was given by an old lady to a young wifo going out Wost and looking for a maid to accompany her: \Take a pretty one, my dear,\ said tho old lady, \for ugly or pretty she will have an oiler of marriage before sho has been out a week; and while your ugly girl will say l ye3' to the first oiler sho gets and loavo you, your pretty girl will be harder to please and will say 'no' sev­ eral times beforo she consents.\— New York Mercury. A nOLLAND FISHWIFE. When Madame is in full toilet, writes n correspondent from Holland anent the fishwives, sho is grand indeed. Her dress, of some dark color, is hold out by largo hoops. Enormous wooden shoes hold her feet, around her neck is a string of beads and upon her head is a struc­ ture that baffius my power of description. It is of white muslin, often embroidered, that covers tho head and falls over tho shoulders, and it is pinned to tho hair about the face, by pins that look like nothing so much as a gold Dover egg- bcater. Extending along the side of the head is a wide, long and curved piece of metal, presumably belonging to the pins, but, as a small, young American with mo lemarked, \they would bo line in caso of war.\— Omaha Bee. in a triveung gown of gray, whoso \points/' if one may be allowed the term, wpro black. Since ovcry one must wear the sombro color let fair women hereby'know that they will look younger aud fairer in dead, lustreless materials like w'ool or ve'vet, while brunettes re­ quire tho sheen of satin or gloss of silk to wear black to advantage. Every ono must remember, too, that cheap black is an abomination in tho eyes of mon and a vexation to the soul of women. It will not wear and does not pay. Another thought in this connec­ tion. The black hat is t o be supplemented with a cream veil of sprigged lace, which will bo distractingly becoming to bru­ nette beauty. Swagger girls are going without candy now for tho sake o£ hav­ ing the genuine point d'Alencou veiling, but only a counoisscur could distinguish the difference between tho real thing and the Brussels net imitation. So firm a hold have these veils takon on the other sido that a woman inquiring in a small Brussels shop for a black veil was told loftily \that a black veil was now so demode that Madamo must try clsoiyherc if sho would procure one.\— New York Sun. a little, but her heart was beating with flattered vanity. She was angry at herself when a mem­ ory of Dick Beech's pleasant face—a little soft heart-tug as i t were,came over i her. ] She drove it away,she tried to believe ' that she liked Mayne Morton for himself, I that she was not moved by a longing to ' live elegantly and a wijh to triumph , over the petted twins, but it is impos­ sible to deceive one's self in such things. ! As the weeks passed on,great changes occurred in the littlo household, i To their mother's horror the twins began to quarrel Instead of cooing and I kissing as had been their wont, they actually slapped each other with their soft, little pink palms, and called each other \menu\ and \hateful\ without saying for what. Both of them were furious with Laura, and did all they could to hurt her feelings, while their mother gave her many hard tasks that filled tho day and evening, ucver guess­ ing of meetings that took place at odd times, or an engagement ring that Laura wore on a ribbon about her neck. But one day squeals rent tho air of the Cumfry home, bringing Mrs. Cumfry from her room,and Laura up the kitchen stairs t o the twins' own apartment, when, behold thoso young ladies in wrath and priests, Messrs. Hue and Gabet, paid the capital a visit about 1845, and these are tho last Europeans who ever saw its walls Whether it be owing to the in fluence of the Chinese or the Buddhist monks, Thibet is now known as the for­ bidden land. Our recent knowledge ol iho couutry i3 derived solely from the re­ ports of native explorers acting for the Indian Survey Department, whilo oui Asiatic rival, Russia, has failed in every attempt to reach \the Eternal Sauctuary tho Vatican, tho Holy City of 'Hal' Asia.'\— London Chronicle. and a middle-aged lady opened it and ! tears - Do ™ grasping a hindful of tulle Pittsburg, Penn., is stirred up o v ei rovelations of tho depravity of the Chi­ nese secret society T'ian-ti, which has been persecuting a Christianized China­ man uamcd Ye Tang In the ethics ot the society the conversion of a Chinaman to Christianity is a heinous siu, and hois thereafter a marked man, cspccialfy if ho should proselytize in the cause of his new creed. The Rev E. R. Donehoo, a missionary among the Chiucse in Pitts­ burg, says that for a long time the T'ian- ti Society has been trying to drive the convert Ye Tang out of the city or plot him into prison. The latter they have now succeeded in doing. The unfortu­ nate Ye Tang was chargoJ with obtain­ ing money under the false pretence of se­ curing licenses to conduct \business\ for his Chinese friends These friends filled the court room on the day of the trial, and, according to the Rev. Mr. Done­ hoo, they lied with such apt consistency that there was nothing more for tho mag­ istrate t o do but scntenco Ye Tang to four months' imprisonment. A previous chnrgo made against Ye Tang, which fell through, was that ho conspired to kill several of his wealthy countrymen and decamp with their property. \Heathen Chinamen,\ says Mr. Done­ hoo, commenting on tho woes of Yo Tang, \have no regird for then oaths beforo civil courts. They observe only thoso of their own societies and relig­ ions. I have worked long among them, and can safely say I would not believe them under oath. We Americans can­ not realize the intense hatred felt against such men as Ye Taug, and the extent to which their enemies will g o t o secure re­ venge.\ entered the parlor \If it's uuything to subscribe for—\ she began. Than, seeing a smile on his facc.paused suddenly. \There are so many of them,\ she apologized. The young man bowed and offered her his card, on it she read: \Mr Mtiync Mortou.\ \Still you have the advantage of me,\ she said. \I am quite a stranger, Mrs. Cumfry,\ young Mortou replied, \but I think you knew my aunt, Miss Bruuder, once upon a time. She boarded with some of your neighbors.\ Mrs. Cnnifry smiled vaguely; she did not remember the name, still, no doubt he was right. \I am taking my vacation rather late,\ he said, \aud this is such a pleasant lit­ tle place, and my aunt told me that if you would take me to board I should be so comfortable.\ \I?\ cried Mrs Cumfry. \Why I haven't taken a boarder in five years I i Then it was only old Mr. Palmer, the real-estate agent. He gave no trouble and wanted the comforts of a home.\ \Exactly what I want, and I will promise to give no trouble either,\ said young Morton. \I detest hotels, I can't endure the clast. of people one meets at a common boarding house. A refined family, especially where the young ladies were musical, would be my ideal.\ This thought'had occurred to him as he remarked tho presence of an upright piano, on which the twins woro wont to play duets. Mrs. Cumfry looked at him. \He is stylish,\ she thought. \Laura was right, no doubt. Ho is very well off, in good business, anyhow.\ Her thoughts climbed the stairs and viewed the sleeping twins in tho innocence of their morniug slumbers. \What a nice match for Dora or Cora,\ she said to herself. «'Eligible youn., men are scarce here. I think 1 'il do it.\ \I have no need to keep boarders, so I cion't make a practice of it,\ she said, aftei a littlo pause. \But still, to oblige—\ \it will be a great obligation, \said the youu!» man, aDd so it came t o pass that ' when Dora and Cora came down to their i late breakfast, the news they heard fully J aroused they from their still rather stu­ pid condition. \A young gentlemen 1\ they cried. \And is ho nice? Is ho handsome? liow funny he should co.no here!\ \Yes it is odd,\ Mrs. Cumfry said. from Cora's neck, Cora a littlo tuft of huir from Dora's curls \It is I'\ screams Cora. \It is II\ squeals Dora. \You are always coming where you are not wanted \ \Ho always wants mo,\ sobs Cora, \only you hang on forever, when wo | wish you wouldu't.\ | \Oh ray children!\ sighs tho mother, \it is only that you are both so pretty , that he doesn't know which to choose.\ It is Lauia's face that looks i n nt tho I door at this moment—Laura who closed I it, and stands with an air of triumph at | the foot of the bed on which Cora has i cast nerself. i \Really sho says, i n a superior tone. \I couldn't help overhearing, and since Cora and Doraaro quarreling about Mr. Morton, perhaps I'd better tell them that I am engaged to him.\ She draws a ring from her bosom and slips it on her finger, and there is a tableau—no matter for particulars. She has hud her triumpn. The petted daugh­ ters of the house have been passed by for her sake, and the man can have had no motive but pure love. Still she cannot feel proud of her own conduct, for sho knows well that sho likes Dick Beech far better than she does Mayne Morton, even now. Happily Morton has left tho house be­ fore the quarrel between Dora and Cora reached its climax. Laura looks into the parlor whero he had been writing, and sees the blotting-book which Dora once decorated for him laying upon the table. He has blotted his letter hastily, and a whole page of tho large, square paper ho has used has been transferred to the blotter—the writing reversed, of course. But behind tho table rises a mirror, and looking into this, Laura sees tho noto plainly reflected. She sees her own name. \Ho has been praising mo to some of his friends,\ she says t o herself; then she linds herself reading this: \Keep quiet, and I will certainly pay you soon. I am going t o marry an heir­ ess. You know I am i n Chow & Chow- scr's law office, and know about all that is going on there. Lately I learned that a rich old man, who cannot live six months, had made his will i n favor of a certain Laura Hunt, his grandniece. The girl doesn't know it yet. Sho is a poor relation in an aunt's houso, and doesn't dream of her good luck, so I took time by the forelock, came here, pre­ tended t o bo smitten, and wo are ongaged. She jumped at me as a means of escape from tho housework, and I shall hurry on tho wedding. My brido to bo i s not Hanging Gardons of Rabylon. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, sc, celebrated among the Greeks, covered a square 400 feet on each side and wero built up in the manner of several largo terraces, ono abovo the other, until the height equalled that of tho walls of the city. The ascent was from terraco to terraco by stairs ton foot wide. The whole pilo was supported by vast arches raised upon other arches, one upon another, and strengthened by a wall twonty-two feet thick surrounding it on every side. On top of the arche3 were first laid large flat stones sixteen feot long, and four broad. Over these was a layer of reeds mixod with a quantity of bitumou, upon which wero two layers of bricks closely cemented together with plaster. Tho wholo was covered with thick sheets of lead, upon which lay tho mound of the garden, and all this floor­ ing was contrived to keep the moisture of tho mound from running off through tho arches. Tho mound ot earth laid thereon was so deep that the greatest trees might take root in it, and with such tho terraces were covered, as well as with all other plants and flowers that wero proper for a pleasure garden. In, tho upper terraco there was an engine or kind of pump, by which water was drawn up out of tho river, and by which tho wholo garden was watered. In tho spaces between tho arches upon which the structure rested wero largo and mag­ nificent apartments that were very light and from which the view was beautiful. —St. Louis liepullic. WINTER runs. Mulls continuo t o increase in size, and are already called huge by tho furriers, who must sacrifice their choicest bits of fur to make them look handsome. Round raufls are not trimmed. New flat mulls are also large, and havo at each end a ruffle of different fur, and aro orna­ mented with a largo bow of ribbon hold- iug a miniature head of the animal. To accompany flat mulls are new collars, yoke shaped in tho back, with long pointed front, the top sloping to form a high collar Other collars havo long, narrow tabbed fronts that fall to tho foot. Boas are worn in all the long, fleecy furs. Fur trimmings for dresses and wraps will be more used than they have ever been. They are not confined to out-of-door dresses, but are worn on house dresses, wrappers, tea gowns, aud also on reception and hall dresses—the latter are of tho thinnest fabrics. They are used by Worth and Pingat in combi­ nation with laee as trimming for velvet coats, and on dresses of satin, Muscovite silks and velvet. Narrow bands of fur, only an inch wide, are stylish as edgings and bindings, and also in rows around skirts and coats.— Boston Trunscript. A ProTidcntinl Dispensation. A curious story comes from Wenglisi- ang, China. The town suffers from in­ undations of tho Yellow River, and.two yeara ago a movement was started by the local magistrate to build a breakwater. The chief difficulty lay in the want of sufficiently large stones. Suddenly, how­ ever, to tho astonishment of the com­ munity, a heavy storm of wind and rain deluged tho country, and brought down an endless qunntity of huge stones ex­ actly suited t o the purpose. The peoplo naturally regarded the incident as a di­ rect manifestation of divine power in aid of a great public undertaking, and the Governor of tho district cites a fact which conclusively proves tho supernatura. origin of the event. One of the stones, ho says, which was as laige as a house, was inscribed with seal characters, two of which, meaning \work\ and \stone\ respectively, he was able t o decipher.- London Graphic. NEW SKIRTS. \Just what all this evolution in the matter of dress-skirts will eud in, good­ ness only knows \' exclaimed a young society-woman, as sho shook out the skirt of one of her tailor costumes and exa nined its soiled, frayed aud worn- out hem with au expression of annoy­ ance and disgust. \But ono thing is certaiu, I am not going to wear half- trailing skirts on the streets this winter. My dresses are to clear the ground, fashion or no fashion. I am not going to ruin my health and my temper with such abominations, even though all the the world disprove \There is a new model which promises to bo a favorite style, and I think I will adopt it. It is cut in eight gores, and is walking length. Each scam is finished with a band of flat passementerie; and a band of tho same garniture, cither of the same or wider width, is placed just over the upper edge of tho hem. There arc no draperies, no flounces and no more full­ ness at the front and sides than is abso­ lutely necessary for gracefulness and comfort. Tho back is iu side-plaits, quite after tho fashion of tho English walking-skirt which has been so popular during tho past season.\— New York Ledger. Diving for a Diamond King. Divor B. F. Beane, of the Chapmab Wrecking Company, recently performed a very difficult feat in tho Sound, oil the Larchmont Club houso. Two miles ofl that point a Mr. McPherson, a wealthy Philadelphian, who is no <v traveling in Europe, lost a valuable diamond ring whilo fishing from a yacht. Tho water is fully sixty feet deep there, and when Diver Beane agreed to g o down after the missing jewel he bad very faint hopes, o, recovering it. Tho ring is nn heirloom, and Mr. McPherson was willing to pay handsomely for its recovery. Beane made three descents, and toe third time ho found tho ring. It was lying with tho stono embedded in the sand, about twenty-fivo feet from the spot where it drojjDcd overboard.— jtfew York Herald RE5IARKABLK WAY TO CATCH A HUSBA1.*D. Last winter the Sunday Times, of Memphis, Teuu , offered a prize of $20 to tho young woman who should write tho best letter or essay on \The Model Husband.\ Miss Lillian B. Porry, of Covington, thirty miles north of that city, won the prize. The lotter was copied in tho Indianap­ olis Tribune, where Fremont Reed, a banker and a rich business man of that city, saw it. lie much admired tho beautiful sentiment. Going to New York he came across the letter reprinted in one of the metropolitan journals. Reaching Chicago on his return he read the prize letter i n a Chicago paper. By this time he felt sure that his fate was interwoven with that of the fair unknown essayist. Mr. Reed wrote to her asking to bo allowed to correspond. She answered no letters of this kind, having received many. Mr. Reed was persistent and wrote a second letter and inclosed en­ dorsements, and Miss Perry then con­ sented t o correspond with her unknown admirer. Later Mr. Reed visited her. A second visit ended in n promise to bo his wife. The other day he arrived in Memphis,and in the afternoon thoy were married at the bride's home. Mr. Reed is thirty-five years old, and handsome. Tho brido is a typical Southern beauty, the daughter of a once wealthy family impoverished by the war, and is a young woman of raro accomplishments.— New Orleans Picayune. POPULARITY O F BLACK. It i s a n interesting and anomalous fact that as black becomes more disliked and discarded for mourning wear tho lovo of it for ordinary dress, particularly among young pcoplc ,bccomC3 more pronounced. A few year3 ago any one wearing black at a wedding would have been regarded as a oird of ill omen, but tho present Lady Dudley, at her wcdding,in a daring disregard of old-timo superstitions, sur­ rounded herself with bridesmaids woar- ing nodding funeral plumes on thoir big black Tuscan stiaw hats and drove away FASHION NOTES. Chrysanthemums aro the fashionable flower. No fur nowadays i3 too costly or too insignificant to be noglected. Leather is much used for combining with the material of costumes. Cloaks and wraps have reached the acme of \luxurious elegance.\ Blue is apparently a fashionable coloi in the cloth promenade costumes. A leading modiste states that the long, full court train will obtain for all full- dress occasions. Cowslip yellow satin makos a very beautiful evening toilet, as under electric or gaslight i t turns t o a palo, charming, shining gold. A pretty and stylish dress trimming is made of narrow, fancy braids applied in straight rows, iu Vandyke points or in waved lines. A novelty in trimmings is a mossy chenilo garniture that is quite as pretty and becoming as feather trimming and not nearly so co3tly. Flocks of rosettes, or, as the French call them, choux, of all sorts of mate­ rials havo settled oa the garments aud headgear of fashionable womec A marked characteristic of the hats and bonnets of tho season is tho tilted appearance they present, causoi by the setting of pointed wings at the extreme back. For combination gowns and entire dress the rough surfaced bourette wools aud thoso with the silky pile of the fleece of the Thibet goat rival the fa­ miliar serges, tweeds and cheviots. Very pale gray gloves are worn with entire white costumes. Tho effect i3 a little odd, inasmuch as tho hands look a shade darker than does the upper part of the arm, and constantly have what might be called a dusty look. The large real white lace veils that are worn by a few womem will, it is said, be popular during tho winter months with the large white felt hats that promise to hide the view ot the stage from every­ body who loves to go t o the theatre. Among the recent importations are black satin bonnets faced with white, edged with jet, and trimmed with white applique lace, Russian sable and feathct aigrettes. They come in small snipes and also in the now Airing directoire bonnets. With a pale French gray, white lamb's wool was the trimming. Feather collars and boas have taken the place of the fut ones. Pretty ostrich feather collars can now bo bought in the stores nt less than four dollars, while those made of tho coque feathers are even less expen­ sive. The fashion for bow knots in wall decorations has spread. It has reached the trimmings for ladies' costumes, and has now begun t o bloom forth in jewel­ ry. Bow knot pins, buckles, clasps combs,handles and in all kinds of knick- knacks are to be seen in the jewelers windows. By a recently expressed law of the or acle, the shoes which, as every ono knows, must match evening and home dresses are made of patent leather dyed by some new process to tho desired tint. Tho variety of coloring is great, aud is ren­ dered more diverse still by combination of two or even more colors i n the same shoe. Many gowns of heavy cloth are stil! lightened by omitting the foundation skirt, and arc worn over a separate petti­ coat, sometimes of fino mohair, but us­ ually of Tufleta silk. Co'Iars both high and low are worn, and the flaring model is popular that extends low on the chest, with a pla3tron of some rich tex­ tile inside, and also a n inner collar. The now flowered silks ore too protty to be used for linings alone, and many women have already discovered their valuo and have had theso gay Marie Antoinette fancies made up into charm­ ing toilets, either very elegant in effect through being enriched with black lace trimmings, or made up simply with a sheath skiit or with one gathered to the edge of a pointed bodice. Tho now feature of princesse dresse3 is their bias back scams that give the effect of a bell skirt. Tho two middle forms of the back begin t o widen just below tho waist line in each of their tbreo seams, and continue to broaden their entire length; tho skirt partis then stiffly interlined and is held i n two dis­ tinct folds by being tacked underneath, making a graceful bell-shaped demi- train. The new \art\ brown tint of a deep reddish shade appears among tho hand­ some dress fabrics of silk, Bedford cord, bcngaline, velvet, and ladies' cloth. It is also used extensively by ladies' tailors for recherche visiting and carriage costumes of vclvet,striped armure.plaidcd camel's- hair and Venetian cloth. Theso gowns aro decorated with various rich brown furs and havo full slcoves and high arched collars of Lyons velvet. Bright red cloth of tho new taureau shnde is used in gay gowns for very young women. Tho newest fancy is to make a shirred bodico of sleek black plush with large sleeves and a bell skirt of the brilliant red cloth. The black bodice, fastened invisibly on tho loft side, has many rows of shirring i n round yoke shapo below tho collar, and four or fivo rows around tho waist. A frill falling below tho shirre of the waist is only four or five inches deep when doubled. WHAT IS LIFE! A little crib beside the bed. A little faco above the spread A little frock behind the door, A little shoe upon the floor. A littlo lad with dark brown haft* A littlo blue eyed faco and fair, A little lane that leads to school, A littlo pencil, slate and rule. A littlo blithsomc, winsome mai A littlo hand within it laid; A littlo cottage, acres foar, A little old time household store- A. littlo family gathered round, (4. little turf heaped, toar do wed tuouhcT A. little addo -1 to his soil, A little rest from hardest toll. A little silver in bis hair, A little stool and oasy chair; A little night of oarth lit gloom A little cortege to tho tomb. —Baltimore Herald. PITH AiND POINT. He who talks and talks away Escapes what other bores Eight say. A counter irritant—An impudent dry goods clerk.— Buffalo Inquirer. Tho description \late lamented\ ap­ plies forcibly to the delinqueut debtor. It is not at all surprising that parrots should use poly-syllnblcs.— Boston Jour­ nal. The farmer who closely packs his load of wood is sure to strike the popular chord When the Chairman of a meeting wonts rapt attention ho get it with his gavel. •Statesman. There's pitch in tho voice, and that's why somo singers' notes stick Pitts­ burg Dispatch It is easier t o forgive enemies we have worsted than enemies who have worsted us.— New York Herald. A man never has so great a trouble as when he has one he can't blame on anyone else.— Atchison, Globe. The business i n which you know you eould make tho raoucy is generally the other man's — Texas Siftinat. Tho man who lives upo.i his brain. By wit earns all h.s breail, Nu'er finds it in tho least way vain To stand upon his hea 1. —Uurpei's Bazar. Queries—\Does Miss Prym believe everything in her Bible'' 1 Cynicus— 'Yes, except the entry of her birth.''— New York Journal. Employer—\Your first duty will be to post this ledger.\ New Clerk (rather too readily) — \Y'essir where shall I scud it?\— Pick Me Up. Bunting—\Why on earth do you call your wifo ' Misery?' \ Larkin—\Most appropriate name in the world, sir. She loves compauy.''— Truth. \Oh ma,\ cried Willie, as a few of the crew ran by, \there go some more men up the avenue with those perspirers on.\— Harvard Lampoon \1 am not vain, ah no,\ she wrote. With evident siucority Tbo doorbell rings, to tae glass s\s springs, With positive celerity — Yankee Blade. It was the cynical bachelor who sym- phatieally observed that there was no slight danger attending a fashionable wedding there was so much typhus about it.— BoUon Transcript. Actor—\I have worked hard to please the people. I have tried everything iu the business but they won't be pleased.\ Manager—\Have you tried going out of the business?\— Brooklyn Citizen. Willie (scared)—\Now we've milked the cow, what'll we do? Pop'll be awful mad.\ Jimmic (equal t o the occasion) —\We'll drive her down t o the pond and fill her up with water.''— Harper's Bazar. It always seems t o me that cheek Sucseeds in besting worth and skill; Wby, e 'on in church oue small red cent Makes more noise than a dollar bill. —Colorado Sun. Timid Citizen (who has ]ust escaped from a riot)—\ VVho are you, ,ir?\ \Po­ liceman—\I am a member of tho police force. There is my badge.\ Timid Citizen (vociferously) \Help 1 help!\— New York Journal. Time Makes All Things Eveu: Pogg —\Sometimes the absolute faith my boy has in my wisdom makes mo almost ashamed of myself.\ Potts—\You need not worry. It will average up all right. By the timo he is twenty ho will think you know nothing at all.\— IndiiltKtpolii Journal. \If I had known,\ sobbed young Mrs. Fitts, \that you would be such n brute to poor Fido, I never, never would hnv« married you.\ \My dear,\ replied Mr. Fitts, \the anticipation ol kicking that miserable little beast was ono of my chief reasons for proposing to you.\— Indian­ apolis Journal. Laura—\If papa give3 his consonc, George, dear, when you go to ask him, won't you bo fairly transported with joy?\ George (somewhat apprehen­ sively)—\Yes Laura, and if i t shouldn't happen to strike him favorably and he's feeling right well I shouldn't wonder if I'd be considerably moved anyhow.\— San Francisco Examiner. Jrato Mamma—\Goodness mo I It's half an hour since I sent you around to the store to get those things, nnd here you aro back without them.\ Littlo Dick—\It was such a long timo before my turn came t o be waitod on that I for­ got what it was you wanted.\ 'Then why didn't you come and find out?' \I was afraid if I left I'd lose my turn.\ I mot a tearful little lass. She sobbed so hard I could not pass, I woudered so thereat; \Oh dry your tears, my protty child. Pray tell me why you grievo so wild?\ ' 'A—mouse—ate—up—ray—eat!\ \A mouso ate up your catl\ 1 cried, To think she'd fib quite horrified; \Why how can you say thatF' Her tears afresh began t o ran, She sobbed the words out one by one; \It—was—a—candy—eat I\ Tho Inventor. Tho true inventor needs more than tho generality of readers will imagine to produco in this rapid age anything of valuo to his fellow men. Ho must pos­ sess genius—not the genius of the artsian, but of tho artist—tho power to create, not to elaborate. He must be pationt, considering every detail relating to his discovery, not rushing into print and patent office with half-digested ideas that require the subsequent super­ vision of trained experts to reduce to practical shape.. He must havosufficicnt means to support himself and his lamily if ho possess one—and to produco practical evidence of his discoveries in order to illustrate to the capialist or pro­ moter their advantages. He must be forbearing under rebuff, indifference or ignorance oa^the part of thoso whom ho Seeks to enlist itj his support— Electricity-

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