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RULES FOR LONG LIFE.

SIR JAMES SAwYER has been confiding the secret of longevity to a Birmingham audience. Like so many other secrets, it consists in “paying attention to a number of small details.” Here is a schedule of them, collected from the reports of Sir James Sawyer's lecture: . Eight hours' sleep. . Sleep on your right side. Keep your bedroom window open all night. Have a mat to your bedroom door. Do not have your bedstead against the wall. . No cold tub in the morning, but a bath at the temperature of the body. 7. Exercise before breakfast. 8. Eat little meat, and see that it is well cooked. 9. (For adults.) Drink no milk. Io. Eat plenty of fat, to feed the cells which destroy disease germs. II. Avoid intoxicants, which destroy those cells. 12. Daily exercise in the open air. I3. Allow no pet animals in your living rooms. They are apt to carry about disease germs. I4. Live in the country if you can. 15. Watch the three D's—drinking water, damp and drains. I6. Have changes of occupation. 17. Take frequent and short holidays. 18. Limit your ambition; and, I9. Keep your temper. Keep all these commandments, and Sir James Sawyer sees no reason why you should not live to be one hundred.

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BACON'S ADVICE ON READING.

Francis Bacon, 1561–1626. READ, not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested ; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books, also, may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man; and therefore, if a man write little he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit, if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.

EveRY one must know that his best life is his silent life; his truest growth, his silent growth. What I am, what is my life, myself, is inside; and inside is all the work done that fashions me. The soul is not made as the statue is, with click of hammer and chip of chisel from without; but the soul is made of its own ingrowth, as a peach is.-/. F. W. Ware.

me a livin’ root av shamrock if ye can.

THE NUMBER OF BIRDS’ EGGS.
Ernest Ingersoll, in Harper's Magazine,

NoNE of the sea-birds is in the habit of laying more than one egg, as all breed on such remote and inaccessible rocks, often in holes, that harm can rarely happen to their young, and therefore a very high percentage comes to maturity. Many of these breed in com— panies, and are so unacquainted with danger that they make no attempt to hide their eggs or to leave the nest when the place is visited by some wandering naturalist or egging party.

The habit of the king penguin deserves a note for itself. This big antarctic bird guards its one white egg from harm by carrying it, somewhat as a marsupial does its young, in a pouch formed by a fold of the skin of the belly between the thighs. Both sexes are provided with this contrivance during the breeding season, and relieve each other of the burden at intervals. - . The gull tribe, however, are far more exposed to accident and enemies, both in adult life and as to their eggs and young, than are the penguins, petrels, etc., mentioned above ; and here the rule is from two (skuas) to four (gulls and terns) eggs in a nest. When we come to the shore and marsh birds—the plovers, snipes, sandpipers, jacanas, all of which nestle on the ground, usually near the shore of the sea or lakes—we judge them to be exposed to about the average of dangers, since their nest complement is from four to six; but their large tropical relatives, the sand-bitterns, seriemas, and trumpeter-birds, which reside in trees or bushes, and can well defend themselves, need lay only one or at most two eggs a season to maintain their full CC11S11S.

A SHAMROCK IN THE STEERAGE.

H. PHELP's WHITMARSH writes of “The Steerage of To-Day” in the “Century Magazine.” He crossed the ocean in the steerage himself, and draws this picture of one of his companions in the voyage that he made : - * Kneeling in an upper bunk near me, a middle-aged Irishman was hanging a pot containing a shamrock plant. I entered into conversation with him, and learned that he was going to join his son in California. to whom he was taking the shamrock as a present. “I hope it will live,” he said, looking wistfully at the pot as it swung from the beam. “’Twas the wan thing the bhoy wanted. “L’ave iv'ryting,’ says he in his letther, ‘an’ come over. I have enough for the both of us now,” says he ; ‘an' I can make you com— fortable for the rest av your days. But,’ says he, “fetch All Sunday we were in smooth water, running under the lee of the Irish Coast. The day being fine and warm, the steerage swarmed on deck in full force. Men, women, and children all crowded about the after hatch, some playing cards, some dancing, and some already making love ; but for the most part they lay about the deck, sleeping and basking in the sun. In

the afternoon my friend the Irishman appeared with

his shamrock. He wanted to give it a “taste” of fresh air, he said. At sight of it many of the Irish girls shed

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tears ; then, seating themselves about the old man, they sang plaintive Irish melodies until the sun went down. The sad faces of the homesick girls, and the old father sitting among them holding in his lap the precious little bit of green, presented a sight not easily to be forgotten.

THE DUKE'S SNUFF-BOX. AT an auction sale of Snuff-boxes which enlivened

London some time ago, one of the most valuable mys

teriously disappeared, and has not yet been recovered. The loss has brought up a host of similar occurrences; and one newspaper correspondent recalls a story cur

rent two generations ago, the Duke of Sussex being

the hero. He had presided at a dinner of virtuosi;

and a distinguished diplomatist among the company

produced a snuff-box set in precious stones, the gift of a crowned head to one of his ancestors. The precious souvenir was handed round for every one to examine, while the conversation went merrily on. Presently the owner said to his next neighbor, “Kindly pass me the snuff-box.” The inquiry went around the table, but nobody knew what had become of the article. A thorough search of the room and the servants failed to reveal any trace of it, and the party broke up in a gloom. Some months after the duke had occasion to don once more the particular uniform worn on this occasion, and, putting his hand into one

of the pockets, felt a bulky substance, and drew out

the missing box. “You rascal,” he said to his body servant, “ you must have noticed it when you put away my coat.” “Yes, your Royal Highness,” was the re“I noticed, and, indeed, I saw your Royal Highness put the box in your pocket.” “And you never mentioned it?” “Certainly not. I hope I know my duty to your Royal Highness better than that.”—Exchange.

SNUFF A FASHION –The amount of snuff consumed in London is said to be rapidly on the increase, and oldfashioned snuff-boxes have risen in value. A snuffmill at Sheffield, which has been engaged in the manufacture of snuff for the last seventy years, is working fifteen hours a day to fill its orders. West End jewelers are busy making pretty designs for snuff-boxes, which they are fashioning almost entirely after those of the latter part of the last century.—Eachange.

IT is something to bear a name which is a synonym for integrity and honesty. The world has concluded that a Quaker is an honest man, and that his word is as good as a bond. It is a reputation which should gratify everyone who bears the name, but the very fact that this reputation exists puts a great responsibility upon every one of us. Unless we stand like the plumb-line wall of Amos' vision our reputation will be only a ghost of the past.—American Friend.

THE world is not a play-ground ; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love.—Drummond.

CURRENT EVENTS.

THE outcome of the Spanish Minister De Lome letter incident, mentioned last week, was that upon being called on he did not deny having written the letter, and immediately offered his resignation to the Spanish Government, which was, with little delay, accepted. De Lome thereupon ceased to act as Minister, and the Secretary of the Spanish legation took his place for the present. There was some disposition to insist that an expression of regret or disapproval should be made by the Spanish Government, in view of De Lome's offensive reference to President McKinley, but the latter did not desire this.

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THE trial of the sheriff of Luzerne county, Pa., and sixtysix deputies, who fired upon the striking coal miners as they were marching along the road, killing and wounding many, has been in progress at Wilkesbarre for more than two weeks. The Commonwealth, prosecuting, has presented the testimony of many witnesses, including a large number of the miners, some of them exhibiting their wounds to the jury. The testimony has been that most of those shot were shot in the back, or the side, as they were running away. The trial is likely to last a week or more longer.

IN a fire at Pittsburg, Pa., on the night of the 9th inst.,

property valued at a million and a half dollars was destroyed,

and the loss of many lives was caused. A dispatch on the Ioth says at least fourteen persons were killed, and more than twenty others injured. The fire began in the Union Storage Company's building, on Pike street, near 13th. The loss of life was caused by explosions which threw down the walls of the burning buildings without warning. It is represented as the worst fire in the experience of the city.—In New York, on the night of the I Ith inst., a large office building belonging to ex-Governor Levi P. Morton, on Nassau and Ann streets, known as the Nassau Chambers Building, was entirely burned. Loss said to be $500, Ooo. THE Voice, New York, continues its criticism of the universities whose authorities show no interest in keeping saloons and intoxicants at a distance. Besides Princeton, it especially gives attention to Yale, near which it says (and shows by a map), there are 66 open saloons. A New York dispatch, I Ith, says Frances E. Willard is in the city, and speaks very frankly as to Yale, as an unsuitable place for young men, while the sale of liquor is so permitted. The same dispatch says that Ex-Judge Howland, President of the New England Society, and a prominent alumnus of Yale, describes the attack as a hysterical effort to advertise a newspaper (meaning the Voice). “The university authorities know how to manage their own affairs,” he added, “and they will resent to the full any attempt to advise and instruct them.'' A DISPATCH from Havana late on the evening of the 15th reports that the United States battleship Maine, which has been lying in the harbor there for a fortnight, was blown up about ten o'clock, and it is believed, totally destroyed. Many sailors and others were picked up by boats, but could give no account of the cause of the explosion, as they were asleep at the time. The force of the explosion shook the city, and broke glass, the dispatch says, “in all the houses.” THERE is no news of decided importance as to the situation in China. It was said that the Chinese government had asked Japan for an extension of the time in which to pay the balance of the war indemnity. This, Japan appears to have refused. It is also said that Japan means to retain permanently the seaport, Wei-hai-hai, which she has held pending the payment of the indemnity. Russians in Pekin assert that England is entirely powerless to prevent Russia from carrying out her plans in China, that is, she is in fact, a “negligeable quantity.” The relations between China and Germany are said to be seriously strained over the latter's fresh demands. GENERAL BARRIOS, the President, or “ Dictator '' of the so-called republic of Guatamala, in Central America, was

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assassinated on the 11th instant. A dispatch from San Francisco says it is known that a “syndicate ’’ of the enemies of Barrios, who form a “revolutionary'' party, had offered $IOo, ooo to any one who would kill him, the expression being “for his head.” Some of those who furnished the money were politicians who desired to regain power, and some merchants, who complained of heavy taxation under Barrios. THE trial of Zola, the French writer, has continued since our paragraph last week, and is expected to last at least until the close of this week. The demonstrations of the crowds outside the court-room towards Zola were for several days so violent that his life was feared to be in danger, but more recently, at this writing, the tide seems to have turned somewhat in his favor. One suggestion is made that the violence of the crowds was instigated by the police and others, acting on behalf of the Government. It had been assumed that Zola was certain to be convicted and perhaps severely punished, but this now seems less sure. . . .

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