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Jji L E C T R i C
TELEGRAPH IN CHINA.
THE EAST INDIA TELEGRAPH COMPANY'S
Nos. 23 & 25 Nassau Street,
Organized under special charter from the State
of New York.
50,000 SHARES. SIOO EACH.
Hox. ANDREW G. CURTIN, Philadelphia.
PAULS. FORBES, of Russell A Co., China.
FRED. BUTTERFIELD, of F. Bu tterfield & C
ISAAC LIVERMORE, Treasurer Michigan Cen
tral Railroad, Boston.
ALEXANDER HOLLAND, Treasurer American
Express Company, New York.
Hon JAMES NOXON, Syracuse, N- Y.
0. 11. PALMER, Treasurer Western Union Tele
graph Company, New Y'ork.
FLETCHER WESTRAY, of Westray, Gibbs A
Hardcmstle, New York.
NICHOLAS MICKLES, New York.
A. G. CURTIN, President
N. MICKLES, Vice President.
| GEORGE ELLIS (Cashier National Bank Com
HON. A. K. McCLURE, Philadelphia, Solicitor, j
The Chinese Government having (through the
i Hon. Anson Bnrlingame) conceded to this Com
pany the privilege of connecting the great sea
ports of the Empire by submarine electric tele- i
graph cable, we propose commencing operations
in China, and laying down a line of nine hundred
miles at once, between the following port r, vit : j
Canton 1,000,000 ;
Macoa 60 000
Swatow 200,000 |
Amoy 250,000 I
Foo-Chow 1,250,000 I
Wan-Chu 300,000 i
Hang Cbean 1,206,000
These ports have a foreign commerce of $900,-
006.000. and an enormous domestic trade, besides
which we have the immense internal commerce of
the Empire, radiating from these points, through
its canals and navigable rivers.
The cable being laid, this company proposes
erecting land lines, and establishing a speedy and
trustworthy means of communication, which must \
command there, as everywhere else, the commu
nications of the Governmont, of business, and of
social life especially in China. She has no postal
system, and her eaiy means now of commuuicating
information is by couriers on land, and by steam
ers on water.
The Western World knows that China is a very
large country, in the main densely peopled; hot
few yet realize that she contains more than a third
of the human race. The latest returns made to
her central authorities for taxing purposes by the
local magistrate make her population Four hun
dred and Fourteen millions , and this is more
likely to be under than over the actual aggregate.
Nearly all of these, who are over ten years old,
not only can but do read and write Her civili
zation is peculiar, but her literature is as exten
sive as that of Eurepe, China is a land of teach
ers and traders ; and the latter are exceedingly
quick to avail themselves of every proffered facili
ty for procuring early information. It is observed
in California that the Chinese make great use of
the telegraph, though it there transmits messages
in English alone. To-day great numbers of fleet
steamers are owned by Chinese merchants, and
used by them exclusively for the transmission of
early intelligence. If the telegraph we propose
connecting all their great seaports, were now in
existence, it is believed that its business would
pay the cost within the first two years of its suc
cessful operation, and would steadily increase
No enterprise commends itself as in a greater
degree renumerative to capitalists, and to our
whole people. It is of vast national importance
commercially, politically and evangelically.
pgr'The stock of this Company has been un
qualifiedly recommended to capitalists and busi
ness men."as a desirable investment by editorial
articles in the New York Herald, Tribune, j
World, Times, Post, Express, Independent, and I
in the Philadelphia North American, Press, |
Ledger, Inquirer, Age, Bulletin and Telegraph.
Shares of this company, to a limited number,
may be obtained at SSO each, SLO payable down, j
sls on the Ist of November, and $25 payable in
monthly instalments of $2.50 each, commencing
December 1, 1868, on application to
DREXEL <fc CO.,
34 South Third Street,
Shares can be obtained in Bedford by applica
tion to Reed A Schell, Bankers, who are author
ized to receive subscriptions, and can give ell ne
cessary information on the subject. sept2syl
combine style-with neatness of fit.
And moderate prices with tho best workmaoakip,
JONES' ONE PRICE CLOTHING HOUSE
604 MARKET STREET,
GEO. W. NIEMANN. PHILADELPHIA.
jyj P. SPIDEL,
ILOUSH PAINTER AND PAPER HANGER,
AH Kind* of Painting, Graining. Paper hang
ing, Ae., dune at the shortest notice,
PRINTERS' INK Has made ma.iy a
businessman rich We ask ponte try it in
'he vtliimnanf turn Gats'**
THE Local circulation of the BED
FORD OAZBTTR it larger than that of any other
paper in this section ot country, and therefore of
erethe greatest induoements to business men to
fdvertisc in its columns
hai b hkabo or
HOOFLAND'S GERMAN BITTERS,
HOOFLAND'S GERMAN TONIC.
Prepared by Dr. 0. M. Jackson, Philadelphia.
Their introduction into this country from Ger
many occurred in
THEY CURED 'YOUR
FATHERS AND MOTHERS,
And will cure you and your children. They are
entirely different from-*—w-the many preparations
now in the country cal I—l led Bitters or Tonics.
They are no tavern J.-*, preparation, or any
thing like one; but good, honest, reliable medi
cines. They are
The greatest inown remedies for
Diseases of the Kidneys,
ERUPTIONS OF THE SKIN,
and all Diseases arising from a Disordered Liver,
IMPURITY OF THE BLOOD.
Constipation, Flatulence, Inward Piles. Fullnes
of Blood to the Head, Acidity of the Stomach,
Nausea, Heartburn, Disgust for Food, Full
ness or Weight in the Stomach, Sour Eruc
tations, Sinking or Fluttering at the
Pit of the Stomach, Swimming of the
Head. Hurried or Difficult Breathing,
Fluttering at the . , Heart, Choking or
Suffocating Sensa I I tions when in a Lying
Posture, Dimness of \J Vision, Dots or Webs
before the sight. Dull Pain in the Head, Defi
ciency of Perspiration, Yellowness of the Skin
and Eyes, Pain in the Side, Back, CtfSst,
Limbs, etc., Sudden Flushes of Heat,
Burning in the Flesh, Constant Imagi
nings of Evil and Great Depression of Spirits.
All these indicate diseases of the Lever or Di
gestive Organs, combined with, impure blood.
HOOFLAND'S GERMAN BITTERS
is entirely vegetable and contains no liqnor. It
is a compound of Fluid Extracts. The Roots,
Herbs, and Barks from which these extracts are
made, are gathered in Germany. All the medi
cinal virtueus are ex y—. tracted from them by
a scientific Chemist. | I These extracts are
then forwarded to this country to be used ex
pressly far the inanutacture of these Bitters
There is no alcoholic substance of any kind used
in compounding the Bitters, hence it is the only
Bitters that can be used in CBSes where alcoholic
stimulants are not advisable.
IIOOFLAND'S GERMAN TONIC
is a combination of all the ingredients of the Bit
ters, with prRB Santa Cruz Rum. Orange, etc. It
is used for the same diseases as the Bitters, in case
where some pure alcoholic stimulus is required.
You will bear in mind that these remedies are en
tirely different from any others advertised for the
cure of the diseases named, these being scientific
preparations of medicinal extracts, while the oth
ers are mere decoctions of rum in some form. The
TONIC is decidedly one of the most pleasant and
agreeable remedies ever"offered to the public. Its
taste is exquisite. It is a pleasure to take it, while
its Ufa-giving, exhilarating, and medicinal quali
ties have caused it to he known as the greatest of
There is no medicine equal to Hoofland's Ger- j
man Bitters or Tonic in cases of Debility. ;
They impart a tone |-( and vigor to the whole j
system, strengthen J- the appetite, cause an j
enjoyment of the food, enable the stomach to di
gest it, purify the blood, give a good, sound, !
healthy complexion, eradicate the yellow tinge
from the eye. impart a bloom to the cheeks, and ;
change the patient from a short-breathed, emoci- :
ated, weak, and nervous invalid, to a full-faced, |
stout, and vigorous person
Weak and Delicate Children are j
made strong by using the Bitters or Tonic. In i
fact, they are Family Medicines. They can be j
administered with perfect safety to a child three j
months old, the most delicate female, or a man of
These remedies are the best
ever known and will cure all diseases resulting
from bad blood. Keep yjur blood pure; keep
your Liver in order, -w- keep your digestive
organs in a sound, I healthy condition, by
the uso of these remo -A_J dies, and no diseases
will ever assail you. The best men in the country
recommend them. If years of honest reputation
go for anything, you must try these preparations.
FROM HON. GEO. W. WOODWARD.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylva
Pkiladclphia, March 16, 1867.
I find that "Hoofland's German Bitters'' is not
an intoxicating beverage, but is a good tonic, use
ful in disorders of tho digestive organs, aud of
great benefit in casei of debility and want of ner
vous action in the system.
GEO. W. WOODWARD.
FROM HON. JAMES TAOMPSON.
Judge of the Supreme Conrt of Pennsylvania.
Phu-adklphia. April 28, 1866.
I consider ' Hoofland's German Bitters'' a valua
ble medieice in case , of attaeks of Indiges
tion or Dyspepsia. J \ can certify this from
my experience of it. JTJI. Youra, wjthrcscect,
FROM REV. JOSEPH H. KENNARD, D. D ,
Pastor of the Te&th Baptist Church, Philadelphia.
DR JACRSOS—DEAR SIR :—I have been fre
quently requested to connect my name with rec
ommendations of different kinds of medicines, but
regarding the practice as out of my appropriate
sphere, I have in all cases declined, but with a
clear proof in various instances,-and particularly
in tny own family, of the usefulness of Dr. Hoof
land's German Bitters, I depart for once froin
iny usual course, to express my full conviction
that for general debility of the system, and es
pecially for Liver Complaint, it is a safe
and valuable preparation. In some cases
it may fail , bnt usual-t-s ly, I doubt not, it
will be very beneficial to those who suffer from the
above causes. Yours, very respectfully,
J 11. KBNNARD,
Eigth, below CoatesStreet.
lloofland's German Remedies are counterfeited.
The Genuine have the signature of C. M. JACK
SO* on the front of the outside wrapper of each
bottle, and the name of the article blown in each
bottle. All others are coyntHrJeit.
Price of the Bitters, $1 per bottle;
Or, a half dozen for $5.
Price of the Tonic, $1 60 per bottle;
Or, a half dozen for $7 50.
The tonic Is put up in quart bottles.
Recollect that it is Dr. Hoofiand's German
Remedies that are so universally used and so
highly recommended ; and do not allow the
Druggist fo induce I lyou to take anything
else that he may just as good, be
cause he makes a larger profit on it. These Reme
dies will be sent by express to any te.ality upon
application to the
At the German Medicine Store.
No S3J Alton STREET, Phxla<ielphia.
OH AS. M. EVANS,
Formerly C. M. JACKSON A Co.
These Remedies are for sale by Druggists, Store
keepers and Medicine Dealers everywhere.
Do not forgot to examine the artirte\gou buy
IN order to get the genuine.
BEDFORD, PA., FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 4, 1869.
by joeii billings.
I The fear of God is the philosophy ov
i religion ; tho love ovGod iz the charity
! ov religion.
Hope Is a hen that lays more eggs
i than she kan hatch out.
Better leave youre child virtew than
! money ; but this is asekret known only
j tew a few.
I honestly believe it iz better tew
know nothing than tew know what
| ain't so.
About the hardest work a phellow
| kan do iz tew spark two gails, at once,
; aud preserve a good average.
Prudery iz one ov virtew's bastards.
A nickname will outlive enny man
i or thing; it iz like the crook in a
dogg's tale, you may cut it oph, and
throw it behind the barn, but the
crook iz thare yet, and the stump iz
If you analize what most men kail
plezzure, you will find it composed ov
one part humbugg, and two parts patn.
When you hain't got nothing tew
do, do it at once, this iz the way to
learn to be busy.
We hav bin told that the best way
to overkum misfortunes iz tew fight
with them—l hav tried both ways,
and recommend a successful dodge.
The art ov becoming ov importance
in the eyes ov others, iz not to over
rate ourseif, but tew cause them tew
The true way to understand the
judgments ov heaven is to submit to
Method iz every tiling, especially tew
ordinary men ; the few men who can
lift a tun, at pleasure, have a divine
right to take holt of it tew a disadvan
The mind ov man iz like a piece of
land that, tew be useful, must be manur
ed with learning, ploughed with ener
gy, sown with virtew, and harvested
Where religion is a trade, morality
iz a merchandize.
Conversashun should be en lived
with wit, not composed ov it.
The less a man knows, the more he
will guess at, and guessing iz nothing
more than suspicion.
Going tew law, iz like skinning a
new milch cow for the hide, and giv
ing the meat to the lawyers.
Death tew most of us, iz kind of
"farewell benefit"—"positively our
Phools are quite often like hornets,
verry bizzy, but about what, the Lord
Living on Hope, iz like living on
wind, a good way tew get pbuli, but j
a poor way tew get phatt.
Jealously don't pay, the best it can j
do iz tew discover what we dont want
to find, nor don't expect to.
Secrets are a mortgage on friendship.
I don't think a bad man iz az dange
rous az a week one —I don't think a
bile that has conie to a head, iz az
risky az a hidden one, that may come
to a dozzen beds.
A vivid imaganashun like sun glasse
makes things at a distance look twice
az big as they am, and cluss to, twice
as small as they am.
Hope iz a draft on futurity, sum
times honored, but generally extended.
If the world dispizes a hypokrit,
what must they think of him in heav
Fiatttery izlike Kolano water—tew
be smelt ov, not swallowed.
After ail, there don't seem tew be
butt this difference between the wize
men and the phools; the wize men are
all fuss and sum feathers, while the
phools are all fuss and no feathers.
Without friends and without enemys
is the last ackount we hav ova stray
Men generally, when thep whip a
mule, sware; the mule remembers the
swareing, but forgits the licking.
Sum folks wonder whare awl the
lies cum from, but I don't; one good
lire will pizen a whole country.
Hunting after fame iz like hunting
after fleas—hard tew ketch, and shure
tew make yu uneasy if yu do or don't
Meny people spend their time trie
iug tew find the bole whare sjn got in
to this world. If two men brake
through the ice Into a mill pond they
better hunt for sum good hole tew get
out, rather than git into a long argu
ment about the hole they cum tew fall
Imaginashum, tow much indulged
in, soon is tortured into reality; this iz
oneway that good boss thiefs are
made; a man leans over a fence all
day, and imagins the boss in the lot
belongs to him, and shure enuff the
fust dark night, the hoss does.
If you must chaw terbacker, young
man, for heaven's sake chaw old plugg
—it iz the nastyest.
KNOWING WHOM TO KICK.— The
late Col. McClung, of Mississippi,
once got into a dispute in flie office of
the Prentiss House at Vicksburg, with
a rowdy, when, to end the matter
without delay, he took the rowdy by
the "nap of the neck/' led him to the
door and kicked him into the street.
The kicked picked himself up, walk
ed away, and here the matter ended.
Some weeks after, ifbCjqng was in
New Orleans, and when walking up
St. Charles street saw the fellow he
had kicked out of the Prentiss House
kicking a third party out of a drink
ing saloon. ItycClqnjf walked up to
his old acquaintance, oouo kicked but
now the kicker, and after scauuing
him close'y. said:
"Look here, my fine fellow, are you
not the man 1 kicked out of the Pren
tiss House the other day ?"
"Softly, softly, Colonel," replied
the rowdy, taking him by the arm,
"don't mention it—l'm the man—but
—you and I know whom to kick !"
The Career of is Cltierrillis'* Rrhte. A
Iteniauee of (he l.nlc civil War.
Nearly every pleasant day pedes-
I trians on our principal avenues pass a
dark eyed brunette, of medium size,
pi amp figure and richly dressed. In
the early spring of 1861, Sue Kite radge,
a lovely girl just returned from board
ing school, lived upon her father's
• plantation in one of the rural districts
of Kentucky, uncertain whether to risk
her fate with the new "Confederacy"
j or hang back. She was seventeen,
| and a frequent visitor at the adjoining
plantation of Mr. Mundy, an old gen
j tieman, whose wife and son, a young
I man, composed a happy family.
One day a company of Union caval
ry rode down upon the place, plunder
ed the premises, carried off the valua
bles, burned the residence and finally
slaughtered the parents, who were de
fending their own firesides, laying
waste the country in their track, and
leaving Mundy and Sue orphans in
deed. Young Mundy was at last a
roused, and while being carried off a
prisoner no words escaped his lips but
1 Sue." When asked his name he re
peated "Sue"—probably the effect of a
disordered brain. His linen examined,
the indellible name of "Mundy" was
found, and ever af.er he was known as
"Sue Mundy," the constant terror of
Union citizens and soldiers in that sec
tion. Released on parole, he immedi
ately returned and interre ■ the charred
remains of his own parents, as well as
the body of Mr. K. Taking a solemn
and fearful oath of vengeance, and ac
companied by Sue, who was now witf -
out home or friends in the wide world,
he started for a neighboring camp of
bush-whackers or guerrillas, where he
was received with open arms, and was
soon promoted to the office of com
mander of the force, while Sue, dis
guised, and passing by the name of
"Kit," an abreviation of Kiteradge,
proved invaluable as a spy, a fearless
rider, and of undoubted bravery. K it,
after serving nearly two years as spy
and general planner for the band,
found her health failing. Disguised
and armed with the highest testimoni
als, she succeeded in securing a position
on the staff of General Claiborne, the
hardest lighting Irishman in tho rebel
army. This position she held, doing
her duty like a man, unlii the battle
of Atlanta, July 12, 1864, in which
Pat. Claiborne was killed. Returning
to her youthful hero and his band, she
agaim revelled in thecarnivaiot blood,
and tho' her spirit was willing, the
flesh was weak, and Kit was again
transferred to guard duty at An lerson
ville. Prisoners who have shared the
hospitality of that celebrated camp will
perhaps remember a short, etout and
muscular young Lieutenant, with flash
ing black eyes, a face smooth as a
maiden's, and cruel, as though a fiend
incarnate lurked within. This was
Sue Kiteradge, the amiable young
boarding school miss, the cheerful
companion, the once wealthy hoiress,
the beautiful maiden and firm friend
of young Mundy, whose life to her was
dearer than her own.
Sue Mundy and a part of his band
were captured, and tried by court mar.
tiai. Kit was present during the whole
trial, and used her greatest influence,
but of no avail. Sue Mundy was con
victed and hung at Louisville, Ken
tucky, in March, 1865. The flowing
hair still hung about his shoulders, and
when his youthful corpse was taken
down and laid away in his narrow
bed, the bleeding and broken heart of
Sue Kiteradge was buried with it; and
a wanderer on the face of the earth,
homeless and friendless, she lives with
out hope of heaven or mercy, forsaken
and dishonored, and cast away.—De
At the masked fireman's ball in New
Orleans, a few weeks ago, a gay and
handsome man who had refused to
take his wife to the ball on the plea of
business, was struck by a stranger, a
lady in mask. On her he exerted all
' Oh, sir, you quite put me out with
your flattery ! I suspect you are a mar
ried man," said the lady.
"No indeed; but I confess a willing
ness to get married since I had the
pleasure of seeing you," was the gal
"Indeed ! but you haven't seen iny
"No, bqt I know it is beautiful.—
The exquisite grace which accompa
nies every thing you do and say tells
me as much."
"I think so; but you will no longer
deny me that satisfaction; for I assure
you, lady, I am deeply in love."
"It is true. Until I met you to
night, women have looked to me home
ly and common-place."
"Oh, you are jestiing."
"Indeed, I am not,"
"And you never loved any one be
"Never! Your sex appeared to me
always deceitful, and my heart refused
them all sympathy, but for you I feel
a passionate attraction I have no pow
er or inclination to resist."
"Can this be true ?"
"It is, indeed."
"And you wish to see my face!"
"I am mad with impatience, since
it will be the only face my heart will
ever mirror. It has upon it now
no rival impression."
"You are so persuasive I can no lon
ger deny you the privilege—look !"
and the mask was removed.
sa 'd disconifitted
benedect, indulging in a prolonged
"Oh, no my dear, only the face that
has no rival impression upon your
"Say, Mary, let's call It square and
"I think we'd better."
And they went.
AN OCEAN OF SNAKES.
A Ship I'ssatK Tlirouzti Writhing Mil*-,
The statement published in last Sun
day's Times that the steam-snip Mexi
-1 co, Captain Plttfleld, when on her last
trip, off the Tortugas, steamed through
a tangled mass of snakes of all sizes,
has become a subject of much comment.
"Snake stories" are proverbially uncer
tain, but we are now enabled authori
tatively to declare that this particular
one may safely be relied upon.
Our original account was incorrect
in one particular only. Instead of
two hours and a half, as stated, the
Mexico was more than one hour and
a half in passing through this horrible
mass of writhing reptiles. They
were of all sizes, from the ordinary
green water snakes of two feet to mon
sters—genuine sea serpents—of four
teen feet in length. The largest snakes,
when the swell produced by the
movement of the vessel reached them
would, we are informed, partly raise
themselves up from the water, as in,the
attitude of striking, and dart out their
tongues wickedly at the waves. The
greatest interest, as was natural, was
manifested by those on board the Mex
ico. Decipline was forgotten, and the
captain, officers, passengers, crew and
ship boys stood in common by the sides
looking on a sight that, so far as shown
by sea annals, has never yet been
witnessed by those who have goue
"down to the sea in ships," which
may, possibly, never greet human eyes
again. We can think of no valid ex
planation on the subject unless it be
taking our own inspiration of the
"day"—that the shade of that famous
snake destroyer, on the approach of his
anniversary, has been wandering in
Florida, and lias shown that he has
lost none of his old skill by driving off
in one mass its myriads of reptiles from
Seriously speaking, however, the
presence of these snakes in the waters
off the Tortugas is a remarkable occur
rence, one that may properly claim
the attention of the scientific. One
fact at least is proven. That fact is
that under some special revulsion of
the Jaws ordinarily controlling them,
snakes may live in salt water. After
this experience, the existence of the
mysterious 'sea serpent' becomes again
an "open question."
Our authority for this statement is
Gapt. O. A. Pitfleld himself, who ex
presses himself ready to vouch for eve
ry particular as here recorded.— New
WASN'T ACQUAINTED.— "Why is
it," said one of our school-marms to a
young scapegrace who had caused her
much trouble by her bad conduct,
"why is it you behaved so well when
you first caine to school, and aresodis
obedient now?" "Because," said
young hopeful, looking up into the
teacher's face, "I wasn't much ac
A Sunday School teacher was not a
little surprised one day to find a coun
terfeit shilling among the coppers; the
donor was pointed out to him. "Did
n't you know that it was good for noth
tng?" said the teacher. "Yes,"
answered the boy. "I didn't s'pose
the heathens would know the differ
A countrywoman in New York
visited Stewart's. "Such heaps of
goods! Such lots of people!" "And
then," said she, "there were so many
pretty little boys named Cash, and all
about the same size! 1 didn't see
Mrs. Cash; but I tell you she's got a
mighty smart set of young ones !'*'
"Come here, you young soainp, and
get a sound spanking." Scholar—
"You hain't got no right to spank me,
and the copy you set sez so." Teach
er—"l should like to hear you road
that copy." Scholar (reads)—" Let ail
the ends thou aimest at be thy coun
An Irishman, noticing a woman
pass along the street, spied two strips
pending from under the lady's cloak.
Not knowing that they were styled
sashes; and were hanging in the right
place, he exclaimed. "Faith, ma'am,
your gal lasses are untied,"
THREE suggestions—First: Go to no
place where you cannot ask God to go
with you. Second; Engage In ou
business which you cannot ask God to
bless. Third : Indulge in no pleasure
for which you cannot return thanks to
Lamartine once replied to a mob
that demanded his head : "That would
be greatly to your advantage, for if
you had it on your shoulders you
would be more sensible." The crowd
laughed and went away.
A rowdy intending to Ij witty, thus
accosted a lady in thestreet. "Madam,
can you inform me where I can see
the elephant ?" "No, but if 1 bad a
looking glass I'd show you a very
large monkey." The rowdy slopeu.
A teacher was explaining to a lit
tle girl the meaning of the word" cu
ticle." "What is that all over my
face and hands ?" said he. "It's
freckles, sir," answered the little eher
It is a curious fact that, though rain
keeps thousands away from church
on Sunday, it does not deter a single
man from attending to his business on
To teach one to help oneself, the
Spaniards say, drawing,the simile from
hot porridge, "He who hath a tn > uth o
his own should not bid any one else
Wiry Is a son who objects to his me •
ther's second marriage like an exhaus
ted pedestrian ? Because he can't go a
VOL. 64.-WHOLE No. 5,493.
noi s*: Airo fakm,
Taste in Furnishing Houses.— Mr.
East lake, a very cultivated English
writer, has been giving his views on
the decoration of houses, and pointing
out the follies and extravagances of
modern upholstery. The London Spec
tutor commenting on Mr. Eastlake's
book on "Household Taste," says:
"Let every man or woman who is fur
nishing decide for himself or herself
what he wants, arrange his room as he
please", take no counsel except from
artists and books and his own sense of
convenience, snub every seller who
ventures to mutter 'They are not now
used,' and, above all, give time to
search for the precise thing he wants.
With time and a little money anything
can be accomplished, even the furnish
ing of a modern house, so that it shall
l>e a pleasant habitation, shall not re
quire renewal more than once in a life
time, and shall not bear the most dis
tant resemblance to an upholster's
showroom." The ridiculous custom
of turning one's house into a mere imi
tation of every one else's, and utterly
destroying its individuality by the re
semblance to every other one in town,
is too absurd, and is equalled by keep
ing a large, dreary, freshly-furnished
parlor, shut up and seldom nsed because
other peopla do. Every room in a
house should have an occupied, habita
ble air, and not look liketlieshow room
of an upholster and thus serve as a mere
advertisement of some shop instead of
showing the taste of the occupants of
To Revive Faded Black Cloths.— Boil
two or three ounces of logwood in vin
egar, and when the the color Is extract
ed, drop in a piece of carbonate of iron,
as large as a chestnut; let it boil.
Have the coat or pantaloons well
sponged with soap and hot water lay
ing them on a table, and brushing the
nap down with a sponge. Then take
the dye upon the table and sponge
them all over with it, taking care to
keep them smooth and brush down
ward. When completely wet with
dye, dissolve a teaspoonful of saieratus
in warm water, and sponge all over
with this, and it sets the color so com
pletely that nothing rubs off. They
must not be wrung or wrinkled, but
carefully hung up to drain. The
brownest cloth may be made a perfrct
black in this simple manner.
Shade in Pastures. —Certain trees,
like elms, maples, basswood or lindens,
willows, etc., interfere with the growth
of the grass or crops, their roots being
near the surface. Hickories, oaks, pep
peridges and beeches, seud their roots
deep, and grass grows well in their
shade. Still we would not cut down
the former class. Cows give milk bet
ter the more still and quiet they are,
and cool shade contributes essentially
to their eomfort. Cattle will soon till
themselves if the pasturage is good ;
then they want shade to chew their
cud under, and do proportionally bet
ter for it.
To Keep the Bug* Away. —Protect
your melon, squash, and cucumber
vines thus; Take sticks four inches
long aud one half inch in diauieter
pine is the best. Wrap one inch of one
end in a piece of cotton or linen. Dip
this in turpentine, and stick one or
two in each hill, leaving only the
wrapped partaboveground. Theodor
of the turpentine does the business.
"I have tried this for four years," says
a correspondent ef an exchange paper,
"with uniform success."
Strawberry Wine.— According to the
Practical Farmer , three quarts of
strawberries make one quart of juice.
Add three quarts of water and three
pounds of the best sugar. Use a clean,
sweet cask, and leave the bung out for
fermentation. When this subsides,
close tight, and the wine is ready for
use. "It will keep tea years and more
it it can be secured from depredation,
which, on account of its attractive
qualities, has been found a very diffi
writes to ask if we cannot suggest
something which will destroy "the
flies" that have eaten off nearly all the
leaves of his cabbages just set out. The
insects complained of are without doubt
cabbage-fleas, and if tho leaves are
dusted with ashes or Scotch snuff in the
morning, when the dew is on them,
these pests will be destroyed.
Ilogs in Orchards. —lf you are not
particular about the looks, turn your
hogs iuto the orchard. But keep the
wire out of their snouts. Let them
root to their heart's content; mellow
the soil; they are equivalent to a cul
tivator—better in a sod ; they are con
tinual workers. They will meet three
important things: they will work the
soil, manure It, and destroy the infect
ed fruit. This remedy, for at least two
years, is advisable. Then grow sod,
if you like, and your soil is rich e
nough. In olden times hogs were in
order in orchards, and there was fruit.
A ids' Nests in Gar<lens,~A corres
pondent informs us that by burying a
few sliced onions in ants' nests lie has
caused them to abandon their quarters.
We learn from an exjierieneed horti
culterist, that two or three tablespoons
ful of kerosene poured into the holes
in their nests will produce the same ef
fect.— American Etomologist.
A New Wrinkle.—A writer in the
Ohio Farmer says that after the horse
is nine years old, a wrinkle comes on
the eye-lid, and every year thereafter
he haa an additional well-defined
wrinkle on the same spot. If, for in
stance, a horse has three wrinkles lie
Is twelve, if four, he is thirteen.—
Aid the number of wrinkles to nine
and you will always get the age. As a
good many people have horses over
nine, it Is easily tried.
WHAT is the difference between a
good soldier and a fashionable lady?
One faces the powder and the other
powders the face.