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BARNESVILLE THURSDAY, APRIL 3,1902.
CARELESS LETTER WRITERS.
The fact that anybody would be
so careless as to post a letter with
out an address, much less without
stamping it, of course strikes most
people as ludicrously ridiculous. Yet
each year this class of. errors on
the part of the public is steadily
growing, until now over 87,000
pieces of this class of mail matter
have been turned into the depart
ment at Washington in a single
year, the increase over the number
of the preceding year being over
0,000 pieces received without ad
dress. And there were over 15,000
persons who were so thoughtless as
to inclose money in their envelopes
in sums from a dime to several bills
of the twenty dollar denomination
and then forget to address the en
Those who forget to stamp their
letters and parcels are also on the
increase, as the department received
150,000 last year, an increase of 11,-
000 over the preceding year.
This habit may he largely over
come by giving to the envelope a
farewell glance before dropping it
in the letter box und not mailing it
with the flap up. Mail your matter
with the right side of the envelope
up. Then its white, untouched, un
stamped surface will call you down
silently and make you more care
A Genial Encounter.
The czar’s last visit to France has
filled the French papers with remi
niscences of bis former stay.
One day be drove incognito to the
house of Loubct, then president of
the senate, and while his companion
went in to announce the visit he
amused himself by putting his head
out of the window and looking at
the people who passed.
A whistling street boy approached
and recognized him in spite of the
plainness of bis equipage. He stop
ped, took off his cap and said cheer
fully: “Good day, sir. How is the
The czar was naturally surprised,
but he replied, with a smile:
“Thanks, young man. The em
press is quite well and has enjoyed
the trip very much.”
The boy seemed glad to hear it,
nodded and went whistling away.
The czar said in telling the story
that he, thus cordially accosted, was
the only one of the two to be embar
The Rise of De Bloch.
The death of M. Jean de Bloch,
the author, of “The War of the Fu
ture,” a great work which has had
a profound influence on public opin
ion in Europe, removes a man of su
perior intellect. He was a Polish
Jew and began life at Warsaw as a
peddler and taught himself to read
and write. It is interesting to note
that his start in life came from
drawing a ten thousand dollar prize
in a local lottery. He used this
money to procure a sound educa
tion, going to Berlin, where he en
gaged a Frenchman and an English
man as tutors. He returned to War
saw a cultivated man and obtained
a position in a bank. Soon he mar
ried a great heiress and rose rapidly
in society, being ennobled an/1
financial adviser of the czar and of
the monarch’s minister of finance,
M. de Witte.
His Malden Bpeech.
“The papers,” says the Kansas
City Journal, “are all talking about
the 'maiden’ speech just made by
Charley Scott in congress. Asa
matter of fact the maiden speech of
Charley Scott wps made nine years
ago last June. It was in a parlor at
lola, and he got up awkwardly from
a chair, pulling a tidy and half the
books on the parlor table to the
floor, after which he got down on
one knee before a sofa which stood
between the whatnot and the piano
and asked Miss May Bevard Ewing
if she would have him. And the
cordiality with which his perora
tion was received on that occasion
makes even the flattering reception
which was accorded his effort in
congress the other day appear like a
One of the female historical novel
makers describes her hero as “stand
ing like a piece of marble with his
thumb on the trigger of his trusted
pistol.” Few people of experience
trust pistols, and those who press
the trigger with their thumbs are
usually employed in the museums as
trick artists. But, then, you can
find almost anything in the histor
ical novels since the women have
started to writing them.—Washing
ton Post. '
The placard in a Buffalo clothing
store window, “Pants, 99 cents a
leg; seats free,” has been outdone
by one in a tailor shop window of
East London, which reads: “Dandy
kicksies, with wroughty buttons and
an artful takement down the sides.
Cut saucy over the trotters. Half a
A LITTLE NONSENSE.
A Parent’s Strong Exception to a Les
son in Physiology.
The disadvantages the social
worker has to overcome in diffusing
scientific knowledge among the less
enlightened are well illustrated by
an incident which recently happen
ed in one of the east side settle
ments. After much difficulty and
considerable explanation a class in
physiology had been started. The
parents of the children who attend
ed the settlement classes regarded
the new class with considerable sus
picion and doubt. But for some
time, by skillful avoidance of dan
gerous ground, the class work was
carried on successfully. At last the
functions of the stomach were con
The day after the first lesson on
the stomach one of the little girls
brought a letter to the teacher.
This letter, which bore the marks
of labored and strenuous composi
tion, was as follows:
Dear Teacher—Pleas don't tench I.lzer
eny more about the stuflins of her stum
ick. It ain’t necessary, besides Us rude.
—New \~ork Tribune.
How Uncle Stopped.
“Skate backward, boys ? Of courso
I can. It’s easy. You take two or
three vigorous strokes like this—
“And there you are!”
“But how do you stop yourself,
“Oh, I’ll show you, hoys. It’s a
very simple matter indeed to—
Ready to Gloat.
“I suppose,” said the man who is
always looking for trouble, “that
you realize that this earth may one
day collide with some other body in
spaco and be consumed.”
“Well,” answered the friend, who
can be as pessimistic as anybody if
he tries, “it’ll be a heap of satisfac
tion when all that heat is being dis
tributed free to think of how wo
have done up the coal barons.”—
“It seems to me,” said the young
housewife, “there’s entirely too
much water in the milk you serve.”
“It won’t occur again, ma’am,”
said the foxy milkman. “You see,
the farmer’s man has been giving
the cows too much salt, and it made
’em very thirsty. The farmer’s got
anew man now.” Philadelphia
“Did you hear that Cholly’s auto
mobile had broken the record?” ask
ed Mr. Perkins.
“No, but I’m not surprised,” re
plied Mrs. Perkins. “I suppose he
lost control of it. VV hat else did it
break?” —Detroit Free Press.
Found the Reason.
Newsboy—-Pape, papry, sir? All
Editor (in a rush) —Go ’way, boy
—I make those things.
Nfewsboy—Gee! If dat’s right,
no wonder we can’t sell ’em.—St.
Berenice —What is the nature of
this brain work Cholly has under
Hortense—He has made his valet
take a back seat, and he thinks for
himself what suit he will wear each
ALL OVER THE HOUSE,
How to Arrange and Care For a Fertl
Any one of the low, oblong, oval!
or circular dishes found in profu-r
sion at the Japanese shops or coun
ters makes a pretty fern dish. Four
or five of the small growing ferns or
foliage plants that can be had afc
many florists’ for 5 cents apiece will
group together prettily to fill thetj
dish. The packing needs no special
skill. Each little plant is slipped?
from its pot, its mold of earth loos
ened and fitted in with its fellows
in the dish. If a glass bell, such as
used to cover wax flowers, chances
to be still around the house, the fern:
will thrive and keep green longer by,
being covered with it, care being
taken that sufficient moisture is pro
vided. In city homes gas and fur
nace heat seem to be fatal to most
plants, few surviving a long dose of
them. —New York Post.
To Embellish a Mantelpiece.
The question often arises how tdi
embellish a mantelpiece which cad
lay claim to no artistic merit or,
how to conceal the defects of an ab
solutely ugly one. A novel method!
of overcoming the difficulty had
been devised by an English woman!
and is exemplified in her attractive
A light wooden casing is made ex
actly to cover the sides of the man
telpiece, and over this is stretched!
an embroidery harmonizing in de
sign and color with the character of
the room. A border of similar em-.
broidery edges the mantelshelf.
Art serge, Roman satin or lined
may be requisitioned for the pur
pose. In this studio the second of
these materials is used in a soft
shade of dull green worked with a
conventional design of Tudor roses
in subdued pink, the stems and foli
age being lightly traced in gold!
thread. The straight border to the
mantelshelf carries out the same de
Water Lilies For the Amateur.
The cultivation of water lilies in
tubs is very simple. A wooden tank
similar to those used in cisterns,
only much shallower, is an ideal re
ceptacle for them if six or eight
feet wide. An oil barrel sawed in
half makes two good tubs for the
smaller sorts. If such a barrel is
used, burn it out well before putting
any plants in it, to prevent possible
injury from the oil which has pene
trated the wood. Fill the tub two
thirds full of good garden soil or
mucky matter obtained from ponds.
Plant the roots of your lilies in it,
covering them to the depth of about
two inches. Then fill the tub with
water. It should be placed in a
warm and sunny location. The ap
pearance of a tub made from a bar
rel can be greatly improved by giv
ing it a coat of paint of some neu
tral color. I would advise sinking
all tubs in the ground, however, if
it can be done, as the effect will be
much better. —Home and Flowers.
Miss Parloa is the authority for
reversing the long cherished tradi
tion of most housekeepers that
prunes should be soaked several
hours or even over night to prepare
them acceptably for cooking. In
stead this well known expert teaches
that the fruit should be washed
carefully in tepid water and allowed
to stand in it two or three minutes
to swell. Wash in a second water
and put on at once in a saucepan
with one and a half cupfuls of cold
water to one cupful of prunes. Sim
mer slowly for two hours and a
half. No sugar is needed, as cooked
in this way the natural sweetness of
the fruit is brought out. Other
dried fruits need soaking.
Some new bedsteads have instead
of the usual solid head and foot
boards a light open framework,
which it is intended should be drap
ed with material to correspond with;
the hangings of the room, an idea,
it may be added, that is not especial
ly commendable. It adds to this ex
tent to the furnishings of the room
that will gather dust and need re
newal. Better an enamel finish or
brass head and foot board or one of
solid wood with little ornamenta
tion to catch dust. If a draft is to
be kept off, one of the light Italianl
silk blankets hung at any time over
the foot board of a brass or enamel
bed performs the office serviceably. (
Persons whose hands easily be
come chapped should thoroughly)
rinse the hands with fresh water
after they have been washed with!
soap, being careful to wipe them
Table salt applied with a wet'
cloth will remove egg stains from
To save wear and to insure that
it dries in shape hang table and 1
bed linen across the line to dry with
the ends down. The warp threads,
which are the stronger, will thus
take the strain.