Millheim Journal. (Millheim, Pa.) 1876-1984, October 07, 1880, Image 1

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    VOL. LIV.
C. T. Alexander. O. M. bower.
Office in Oannau's new building.
Office on Allegheny Street.
Northwest corner of Diamond.
y oct & & HA&ILNUS,
High Street, opposite First National Bank.
Practices in all the courts of Centre county.
Spec al attention to Collections. Consultations
In German or English.
All business promptly attended to. Collection
of claims & speciality.
J. A. Beaver. J. W. Geptiart.
Office on Alleghany Street, North of High.
Office on woodrlng's Block, Opposite Court
Consultations in English or German. Office
In Lyon's Building, Allegheny Street.
Office In the rooms formerly occupied by the
late w. p. Wilson.
Watches, Clocks. Jewelry, Silverware, Ac. Re
pairing neatly and promptly don and war
ranted. M iln Street, opposite Bank, M Uhetin,
All business entrusted to him. su-ti as wr tlng
and acknowledging Deeds, Morlgages, Keleafe's*
Ac., win be executed with neatness and uis
patch. Office on Main Stret.
Groceries. Notions, Drugs. Tobaetos, Cigars,
Fine Contectloueiies ai d in the line
ot a first-class • •rocery st r.-.
Countr.t Produce taken In exchange for goods.
Main st.eet, opposite Bank, Ml lhelm Pa.
Shop on Main Street, two h uses east of Bank,
Millhelm, Penna.
All business promptly attended to.
< ollectlon of claims a specialty.
Office opposite Eisenhutn's Drug store
Yj USSER & SMI 1 11,
Hardware, Sieves, Oils, Paints, Glass, Wall
p per , coach Trimmings, and saddieiy Ware,
All grades of Patent Wheels.
Corner of Main and I'enn Street-', Millhelm,
Pe ana.
Cutting a specialty.
Shop next door to Journal Book Store.
A. WALTER, Cashier. DAV. KRAPB, Pres.
fatltfactlon Guaranteed.
Oh. a jolly oM pla *o ie barn,
Wher. the doors Ht.aml open throughout the
Ynd the cooin ; doves tlx' In and out.
And the air is sweet with toe fra. rant hay.
.Vt.ere the graiu lies over the si pperv floor,
And the hens are buni v looking around.
\nd the sunbeams tlioker. now here, now there
Ami the breeze blows through with a merry
I'lie swallows twitter and chirp all day.
With fluttering wiugs. in the old brown
\nd the robms sing in the trees which lean
To brush tie roof with their ru-tlmg leaves.
i) for the glad vacation time.
When grandpa's barn will ioho the she ut
Of merry children, who romp and play
lu the lit w-boru freedom of "school let out."
Such soaring of doves from their cosy no ts.
Such hunting for eggs in the lot so high,
"1 ill the frightened hens, with a cackle shrill,
From their hidden treasures are fain to fly.
Oh, the d ar old barn, so cool so wide !
Its doors will open again ere long
To the annum r sunshine, the new-mown hay,
And the merry ring of vi cat.on song.
For grandpa's tarn is the jo'liest place
For frolic and fun on a summer'- day ;
And e'en old Time, as the tears slip by,
It's memory never can s'eal away.
The Bitterville Mystery.
"Wife, come here, quick ! and see if you
can tell what's the matter with Naucv Per
kins," exclaimed John Pousby who had
been gazing curiously tor several seconds
through a window that overlooked the front
yard of his next neighbor.
"Well, 1 never!" ejaculated Mrs. l'ous
by. upon seeing the familiar figure of .Miss
Nancy Perkins, a maiden of forty or there
abouts, standing upon her own doorstep,
dressed in an old gray ulster, which was
partly concealed by a faded woolen shawl,
and her well-known sun-bonnet drooping
like a mask over her face. Site was sway
ing around ami bending forward and back
ward, as though convulsed by some power
ful emotion.
"Is she laughing or crying, or what in
mercy is the matter with her ? I'd go right
over ami sec, but she's such a queer, re
served sort of a body, like as uot she'd
tell me to mind my own business. She is
always more civil to you, John, won't you
"Not 1, indeed! Just look there! She
has certainly gone crazy, for see, she is
hitting her head against the front door.
Has Peter spoken to her since he came
home ?"
".Not that 1 know of; but, John, if he is
your brother, he hasn't a spark of manhood
if be doesn't marry .Miss Nancy yet."
"But she is rather old now."
"So is he —ten years the older."
"Well, they would have married twenty
years ago if it had not been for your sense
less chatter, and that of a few others of
your kind, telling her he weut twice a week
to see 'Squire N'esbit's daughter, when he
was only posting the old gentleman's books
—doing night work to increase liis earn
"Now, John, don't go Hiking over the
past! lam sorry enough, and told him
about it last night; but you know 1 didn't
find out the truth until he hail gone to Cal
ifornia. Dear me! to think that's twenty
years ago I and now he lias come back well
off. But bless my soul! Johu, uow I
know what's the matter with Nancy ; she's
doing that to attract Peter's attention."
'■Oh, no! It's only a little after six, and
I don't think he's up yet."
"I'll warrant he's up and watching her
from his window."
"Well, it doesn't seem to me that she
would rig up in that kind of style and make
such a fool of herself. I think a girl, no
matter how old she is, will try to look re
spectable and act decently if she wants to
gain an honest man's heart."
"But don't you see that she has the very
old shawl on she used to go sleigh riding
with him?"
"Well, she is making a pretty show of
herself to others, as well, for see the crowd
of boys climbing on the fence, and yonder
goes a crowd of women, sonic of them still
in nightcaps."
"Yes, there's Mrs. Frisbee, and Mrs.
Snyder, and Sallie Yeomans, and Aunt
Betsy Bly. I'll just run out and see what
they think of such autics. And the uneasy
but good-natured gossip was gone to join a
crowd of her kindred spirits hurrying
toward Miss Nancy's gate.
In a few minutes nearly the entire popu
lation of the village had gathered around
the neatly-kept door yard where the odd
looking figure was swaying, and gently,
then vehemently, and again standing mo
tionless, but never glancing around, and
seemingly unconscious of the curious gaze
of the villagers.
Miss Nancy had lived long alone, taking
no interest in the gossip and tea drinking
of the neighborhood, devoting her leisure
time to birds aud flowers, while she earned
her living by fancy knitting, sewing and
embroidery, which she did for a firm in
Her well-known habits of seclusion made
the fast swelling crowd at the gate dislike
to intrude further upon her while she seemed
convulsed with such paroxysms of grief, or
mirth, which it was they could uot tell.
Curiosity had reached a degree that was
absolutelv painful, when Tom Jones, the
bad boy of the village, rang out—
"I'll bet a nickel I can go up and hug
the old girl, and she won't slap my face,
Tom was a reckless, mischievous lad of
sixteen, and he set astride the fence, hold
ing a five cent piece between his soiled
thumb and forefinger, eagerly scanning the
faces of his companions, to see if any one
of them was willing to cover his stake.
"I dare you to do it," said one, produc
ing a similar coin.
"Here, Bill Kerr, you hold them. It's
ail I've got or I'd make it dollars instead of
cents," said Tom, as he relinquished Lis
coin and vaulted over the fence.
Sure enough, the audacious young rascal
mounted the steps and placed one arm ten
derly around the swaying figure. To the
utter amazement of the giggling crowd,
she did not repulse him, but stood motion
less, with his arm encircling her lank shoul
Now the old bachelor, Peter Ponsby ,had
been watching the curious spectacle, as his
sister-in-law suspected, and when he saw
the audacity of the young vagabond, Tom
Jones, he dashed down stairs without his
hat, elbowed his way through the expectant
crowd, hts round face purple with rage,
and his hare bald head sinning. With as
much alacrity as Peter could boast he
leaped the low fence, disdaining the little
wicker gate, ami reached the interesting
pair with three long strides. With his open
palm he struck Toni a stinging blow on the
car that sent the young rascal half way
across the yant. At this critical moment
who should open the door but Miss Nancy
herself, in a neat morning w rapper, an ex
pression of surprise on her still handsome
face. The look of hon or with which the
old bachelor regarded first her ami then her
double was ludicrous in the extreme.
"Go<ni morning, Mr. Ponsby!" she said,
with dignity. Then, noticing the queer
looking figure that confronted her, she
raised both hands in surprise. "My sun
lionuet!" she exclaimed. "Who lias dared
to put it on the top of my oleander?" Ami
with deft fingers she undid the fastenings
of the three garments and threw them aside,
disclosing to view a beautiful oleander tree
exactly her own height. "Ah! Tom Jones
this has been your work," she said, espy
ing that crest-fallen individual slowly pick
ing himself up from a bed of tulips.
The mingling of shrill laughter at the
gate called Miss Nancy's attention to die
fact that the villagers had called upon her
in a body. Her thin check flushed a little,
but she addressed them coolly:
"Will you walk in, my friends, and as
sure yourselves that it isl!" But, seeing
them about to disperse, she added, as a
parting thrust. "1 am sorry to have leeu
the innocent cause, for even once, of you
ladies neglecting your morning work. As
for you, Mr, Ponsby," she added, without
looking at him, 4 you arc welcome Lack to
llitterville; but did you know the town as
well as 1 do, you would not share its idle
"It was not curiosity that brought me
here," stammered the old bachelor; it
was —"
But Tom Jones stepped forward, hold
ing liis brimless hat with both bauds while
he made his best bow.
"Ix.x>k here, Miss Nancy, it was me that
put that job up on yer. 1 did'nt mean no
harm. 1 jest wanted a lark. 1 seen that
funny lookiu' thing a swingiu' around every
time the wind blowed. 1 kuowed what it
was, f or I seen you a wrappiu' it up hut
night, and comin', thinks 1 to myseif, 'all
it needs is a bonnet to make a woman out'u
it;' and as good or bad luck would have
it, 1 spotted your'n a liangiu' on the back
porch, fck) 1 jest hopped over about an
liour ago, got it, and chucked it on top the
shawl, jest for a lark. Then, seem' how
well it took, tliinkin' i might make a little
spec, 1 bet my last nickel that 1 could come
up and hug yer, nieaniu' the bush, beggiu
yer panlon. Sam Dunkin he took me up,
and when 1 was here squeezin' it gentle
likes, so's not to press it out o' shape, Mr
Ponsby he come up, and knocked me down
for my impudence, as a gentleman should."
During this recital Miss Nancy's counte
nance changed considerably, and at its
conclusion a rare smile broke over her tbiu
"Well. Tom," said she, "1 am much
obliged to you for your honesty, If for noth
ing else. 1 know it must have looked very
odd, hut it was dark when 1 covered it first
with the cloak, then, fearing the top leaves
might he exposed, I threw the shawl over
as an extra protection. I thought if it was
well wrapped up I could risk it outside,
for it has grown too heavy for me to lift it
in aud out alone."
There was a plaintive dropping of her
voice oh the last word, and she glanced up
shyly at Peter Potuby, and held out one
slim, labor-stained hand.
"As for you, sir,'' she said, "1 thank you
for your courtesy, aud wish you a very good
But when Peter Ponsby held in his two
big, strong ones the little hands tha'. he had
coveted so many years, the hand that had
repelled and yet held him, and was true to
hiui by withholding itself from any other,
he would not let it go.
"Oh Nan!" he said in a broken voice.
"Let me keep this now and forever. I will
lift the oleander and all your other burdens.
1 know now our enstrangement was caused
by idle gossip. Wc were not to blame.
We have wasted twenty years of the better
part of our lives; shall we throw away the
Miss Nancy stood with dowr cast eyes
and flushing checks, until a low whistle
called her attention to the gaping mouth
and quizzical eyes of Tom Jones.
"Torn," she said, suddenly, "did you
get your stakes?"
"No, by thunder. That sneakin' Bill
Kerr has gone off with both tickets." And
taking the hint, Tom was out of sight in a
few seconds.
But, before hunting up the miscreant,
he went from house to house in the village,
announcing the fact that he had "left tilt
old boy and gal in a confidential confab."
The result of that confidence was made
known four weeks from that day, when a
bride and groom, no longer in the heyday of
youth, stood up in the village church, and
repeated the vows they had plighted and
broken twenty years before.
Luiiiiiiou* I'afiit in Railway Cars.
The experiment of coating the interior
of a railway carriage with Behnain's umin
ous paint lias been tried in England with
considerable success. The English Rail
way News says that a first class carriage
was chosen for the experiments, and in the
daylight its appearance is very little, if any
at all,different from ordinary paint, but du
ring the time the carriage is exposed to the
light the paint is rapidly absorbing the
daylight, only to give forth the same the
moment the carriage is traveling in the
dark. At first the light emitted is only
slight, not that the paint is any different in
its illuminating powers, but the pupils in
the eyes of the travelei have not been accus
tomed to the light, for, as the journey pro
ceeds, the carriage apppears to be com
pletely lighted up, so much so that the
passengers are enabled easily to recognize
the features of their fellow travellers, while
the time by a watch is clearly discerni
ble. Itisthoughtthatfortrainsrunniug long
journies, with tunnels occasionally interven
ing, the paint will be very valuable, inas
much as the oil and gas can be eutnely
abandoned, and the great weight at present
experienced avoided. How the paint illum
ination would on dark, cloudy days
does not appear.
WHEN a storekeeper announces arti
cles at the "cost price" lie olten means
ut the original price with a lie added.
Th Kiiliflit ofHhoppey.
A famous Freel looter, in the reign of
Queen Elizalicth, infested the island of
Sheppey, and made frequent predatory 111-
cursions into the interior of Kent.
This daring marauder was represented
to have been a nobleman under the sentence
of outlawry, who entrenched himself in a
stronghold which he possessed 011 the
island, where he drsposiled all the con
tributions which his successful levies on
the purses of travelers tiad obtained.
By adopting the often practiced stratagem
of shoeing his horse's feet the contrary
way, he frequently csca|M*d detection; ami
even when hotly pursued, the tleetness and
sagacity ot the noble animal he rode, pre
served him front his enemies, and carried
him into a place of safety.
Thus the fame of the horse nearly rival
led that of its rider, whose exploits at
length became so bold and frequent that
the country rose up against him; and (hid
ing himself too closely lteset in his island to
hope for extrication, he was compelled to
surrender at discretion and to implore the
mercy of Queen Elizabeth, then being on
board the admiral's ship at the Nore.
The Queen, it is said, not disinclined to
show favor to a man whose personal valor,
determined perseverenee, and fertility of
resource were interesting, on account of the
airot romance which characterised his mi
vent ures.offered to grant his life upon terms
in keeping with the wild tenor of his law
less career.
The conditions were, that he
should swim 011 horseback three times
round the flag-ship; and should lie escaie
the perils incident to such a trial, his sen
tence of outlawry should be reversed and a
general pardon extended to all his offences.
The Knight of Sheppey agreed to the
Armed at all points, he bestrode his fa
vorite companion whose spirit he invigor
ated by copious draughts of brandy, and
plunging at once into the foaming tide, the
steed and his master swam gallantly round
the tlag-ship.
The second extraordinary evolution was
also performed with equal skill and brav
At the third, little more than the heads
of the horse and ins rider could be per
ceived, buffeting with the weltering waves,
which seemed ut every instant to threaten
their instant annihition.
Straining every nerve and sinew to the
utmost, the gallant animal ce ised not to
struggle with the interninable billows until
the painful task was completed, aud his
wearied limbs rested 011 the shore.
The place of landing was wild and deso
late; a lofty cliff overhung the narrow
beach, and concealed every human habi
tation from view.
Mo friend or relation hastened to meet
the successful adventurer with congratula
tions 011 his safety, and no sound could lie
heard, save the harsh croak of the raven
from his eyrie, answering the dull murmur
of the sweeping waves below.
But at the moment that the exhausted
charger gained a firm footing on its parent
earth, a withered and decrepid hag, whose
tangled elf locks and tattered weeds, stream
ing in the wind, ill-concealed the hideous
deformity of her squalid form, started lroni
a recumbent attitude, and raising the shriv
eled liuger with which she hud traced un
hallowed spells ujxm the sand, shrieked
out an ill omened prophecy:
"Beware of that horse! Although lie has
now saved your life, he shall be the cause
of your death."
"Tis false, liend of mischief!" cried the
brutal ami superstitious knight; "thus 1
falsify thy dark prediction;" and drawing
his sword, plunged it into the body of the
faithful animal, who fell dead upon the
Several years of uninterrupted prosperi
ty passed away; but at length being acci
dentally led to the scene of his most extra
ordinary adventure, lie pointed out to a
friend the skeleton of the slaughtered
horse, which, bleached by successive
winters, still lay extended 011 the saud.
Repeating the prophecy of the witch,
he laughed derisively,and turning the head
with his foot, separated it iroin the body
by the stroke.
He did not peiceive, that in the act a
small, sharp bone hail penetrated his bus
kin; the wound was inconsiderable and un
guarded; but, becoming more serious, it
ended in mortification, which speedily car
ried him to his grave.
Berrying In Indiana.
There are least thirty huckleberry
marshes in St. Joseph county Indiana or
close to its borders. The largest of these
is the Great Schroeder marsh, which con
tains over one hundred seres. It is three
miles southeast of Walkerton, and lies in
three dilferent counties. Near' it are the
Haiti more and Ohio, and the ludiaiiapolis,
Peru and Chicago roads, which make it a
desirable shipping point. There are two
men who buy all the berries picked here,
and all through the season the number of
pickers is estimated at 1200 to 1800, while
on Sundays increase is made up partly of
people who go to pick for their own use,
but mostly of curiosity seekers,
who, under the guise of pickers,manage to
see more wickedness than can be crowded
into one day elsewhere. In the centre of
this immense marsh, which goes by the
name of "Huckleberry Hell," there is an
island dotted with a few trees where the
regular pickers resort when not at work.
It is covered with tents and shanties used
for cooking, sleeping and sinful purposes.
Besides these arc more imposing shanties of
rough boards, filled with general merchan
dise to exchange for berries or sell to the
pickers, who, as long as the season hists,
aie "flush of funds." Still larger shanties
are stocked with liquors, others are filled
with prostitutes, and when the pickers are
idle, and at night, gambling, drinking and
vice are carried on to a fearful extent. Chi
cago has vomited its depraved of both
sexes on the island—women from the vilest
haunts, pieki>ockets, sneak thieves and
burglars mingle among the pickers, intimi
dating everybody and at tempting to pollute
all. Decent people who go there to pick
berries have to keep in a body, and no
man is safe if be becomes isolated from Ins
crowd. Fights are of such constant occur
rence that unless accompanied by stabbing
or shooting, they excite no comment.
There is no redress for any crime,for there
is no law on the island except that enforced
ly a woman who is known as the "Huck
leberry Queen." A few years ago thou
sands saw this woman in Montgomery
Queen's circus, and wondered at her mar
velous beauty while they were astonished
at her feats of strength. She combined in
her l>ody the and beauty of Yeuus
and the strength of Hercules, with the
wickedness of Nana. She was known as
"The Woman with the iron Jaw." She
commanded a large salary, and was the
principal attraction of every show with
which she traveled. One day she took as
sudden a freak as the wicked and volup
tuous Nana, and refused to unpear any
more in public. She settled down in the
little town of Tyner, some eight or ten
miles from lichwcder Huckleberry marsh,
lived a decorous life, Joined church and
married. She soon tired of the matrimo
nial career, and four years ago, when she
first made her apjiearance at the marsh,
she became the wildest of the wild ones
there, ller strength, dash and utter
abandon won her by common consent the
title of "Huckleberry Queen." A score
of times her title has been disputed, and
she has asserted her assumed rights by
sheer farce of her individual strength. She
has had more contests than any prize
fighter, and has never been whipped.
summer she drew two revolvers on two
Chicago rowdies, who attempt ad undue
liberties with one of her female friends.
The men were quick enough to knock the
revolvers from her hands, hut she knocked
them both down and brought them to terms.
Her couduct frightened her husband into
running away last season, hut she did not
mourn his absence. On the contrary, she
picked up a green country youth named
Falkenberg, proposed to him, and, against
his feeble resistance, marched him out to
Justice SchafTer's office to have the cere
mony performed It was after midnight
when they got there. The justice is a
bachelor and sleeps in his office. She kick
ed the door open and ordered the frighten
ed justice out of bed. He attempted to
put on his clothes before striking a light,
hut she told him to "dash" that formality,
lighted the lamp herself, and forced the
juistice to marry her to Falkenberg, while
he stood shivering in that siugle garment on
which hotel clerks are wont to display their
diamonds. This wedding took place last
Novemlier, but this summer she found it a
marriage of inconvenience, as it interfered
with her wild life, and she bought this
second hushands's absence with a suit of
clothes. Despite her rough, wild life and
immoderate drinking, the "Huckleberry
Queen" is still a handsome woman. Sun
day is always a gala day at this marib,and
at the stamping-ground recently sjiecial at
tractions were offered. There were a
walking match, grcased-pole climbing,
rifle targetshooting, a greased-pig chase
aud the Huckleberry queen lifted by her
teeth a chair with a man weighing 260
pounds seated in it. There was a dauemg
platform, where all day long prostitutes
and their associates danced to execrable
music aud drank themselves into the wildest
A Dok'eerel,
As master Johnny Megill was walking
down M street, the other day, with
a dog in tow, he was hailed by master
Tommy Gilpin as follows:
"Hi there, Jack, what yer gom'ter do
with that there dorg?"
"i'se goiu' to take him down ter the
river and drown him. 1 '
4 4lol* on; less have some fun with him
first. I've got two old oyster cans in the
barn, ami we'll take liim into the house
where he can't get away, ami hitch 'em
This was speedily agreed to by Jack.
Mrs. Gilpin was out calling, Lizzie was out
too, and sc the boys iiad full swing. They
hitched on one can to the narrative of the
canine and then let him loose. The parlor
door happened to stand ajar, and for this
the dog made. Then there was havoc
wrought. The scene that met the eyes of
the iHjys as they looked in was unique and
varied, for the air was filled with dog, plas
ter bust of Shakespeare, oyster can, cus
pidore, and finally the dog run his lore feet
through the what-not and sowed the bric-a
brac it contained in broadcast confusion 011
the flcxir. This was accompanied by vocal
music from the dog.
The boys cut oil the can. shut the dog
in the parlor and went off fishing, and
neither of them got home till late at night;
and Mrs. Gilpin tells the sympathising
neighbors that she don't see how in the
world that dog got into the room, foi
every door and window was shut tight.
Tommy and Johnny had the fun of
drowning the dog the next day by Mrs. G.'s
A Major Joke.
It is reported that the German Emperor,
afUr inspecting the new barracks of the
Second Guard Dragoousin the Pionterstasse,
recently, contrived while chatting witli the
ollicers in the mess room, to write a few
words with a chalk pencil upon the tunic
of the senior regimental captain, unper
ceived by that officer. This done, llis
Majesty left the room laughing heartily,
accompanied by the Colonel of the regi
ment, Prince llohenzollern, whereupon the
senior stall' officer present, walked up to
Captain Von S , and, to his utter con
sternation, proceeded to unfasten and re
move hie epaulettes. Unconscious of
having committed any deriliction of duty,
Von S remained motionless while this
ominous operation was being performed;
but his painful perplexity gave place to
jubilant exultation, when the Lieutenant
colonel produced a pair of major's epau
lettes and dexterously buttoned them to his
siioulders. The words hastily scribbled by
the Emperor upon Captain Von 8 's
uniform, were, "Zum-Major befoerdcrt!"
(promoted to major) and the subsequent
details of this general surprise, had been
arranged by llis Majesty beforehand with
their executant. It is said that ic his re
joicing at bis unexpected advancement the
newly-made major called upou the senior
non-commissioned otlicer of the squadron,
and said to him, "Sergeant-major, the
squadron is relieved from duty for to day.
Let the men have as much to drink as they
please. 1 pay for all."
Prof. Prentiss reports the experiments
performed by lus pupils to determine the
number of seeds usually existing in culti
vated soils. Small portions of the soil were
measured in bulk,and the number of weeds
obtained from these portions in pots coun
ted. From these results, after a number
of trials, it was determined that from eight
million to forty million seeds usually exist
iu cultivated soils—enough to supply any
number found in farm crops without re
sorting to the notion of transmutation. The
only soils in which the seeds of weeds were
not found, were peat from a bosr after the
top was removed, and sand from an area
receut'y graded.
How to Make a C'Hinp Bed.
Front four years'experience of actual life
in camp, through summer heat aud winter
cold, in fields, swamp and forest, I know
there is no real latior accomplished, or enjoy
ment had, without a good night's rest. I
will, therefore, for the benefit of my fel
low sportsmen, dcscrilie a bed that never
failed me, one that nightly contributed to
my physical strength and comfort, thereby
strewing my pillow with pleasant dreams
of peace, home and absent wife and child;
a camp bed thut to this day holds a place in
my memory that time can never erase.
First, a full-width gum blanket; second, a
mattress made after the pattern of a com
fort; material —bed-ticking and cotton hat
ting; length to suit the person; width,
tweutv-six inches. The hatting to be
spread over one half of the ticking to the
thickness of two inches, then cover it with
the other half of the ticking, sewing up
sides and ends, and tucking through with
twine in four inch squares. The mattress
is to he laid on the right hand side of the
gun blanket. Third, a gum pillow, that
can he expanded or emptied at pleasure.
Fourth, a heavy grey blanket army pattern.
This is spread on the mattress, and the left
half or the gum blanket. Now you may
undress if you wish, lie down, covering
first with the woolen, then with the gun
blanket, tucking the latter under the mat
tress. Let it cover your head if it rains,
and my word for it, you will enioy a
sweet, refreshing slumber. If you have no
tent or shelter, and it threatens rain or
snow, take your knife and cut a smal
ditch two inches deep; V-shaped, rouudl
the edges of the mattress, giviug it a free
descent. With these precautions you have
nothing to fear; yon will be warm and dry
and the sleep wili he sweeter, lulled to rest
by the pattering rain. When you rise,
spread the blankets as they were while you
slept, empty your pillow, and roll close
and tight from the head, and at the foot
>ou will find two leather straps read)' to
hind the bundle, which will be compact,
convenient for transportation under your
arm or behind your saddle, ready for use
on any kind of ground at the end of a day's
march or sjiort.
A Challenge.
A crack shot at San Diego, California,
issued recently the following challenge, and
called the attention of shooters to the
1 will suspend two dollars by a ring from
a second person's nose, so as to bring the
coius within three-fourths of an inch from
his face, and with a double-barrelled shot
gun, at a distance of thirty feet, will blow
dollars, nose and man, at least thirty feet
further, four times out of five. I will add
in explanation, that San Diego contains a
lather intelligent community. 1 can find,
at present, no one here willing or ready to
have his nose blown in this manner; but 1
have no manner of doubt 1 could obtain
such a person from St. Louis, by express
in due season.
1 will hit a dollar, or anything else that
has l>eeu tossed in the air (of the same
size), on a wheel, on a pole or axletree or
on the ground, every time out of five.
At the word, I will place five balls on
the blade of a penknife, and split them
I will hit three men out of five, sprung
from obscure parentage, and stand within
ten feet of a steel trap (properly set) while
1 will break at the word a whole box of
clay pipes, with a single brick, at a dis
tance of thirty feet.
i engage to prove by a fair trial that no
pistol shot (or other person) can lie pro
duced, who will throw more apples at a
man's head than I can. Moreover I can
produce in this town more than sixty per
sons willing and ready to hold an apple on
their head lor me, provided they are allowed
to eat the apple subsequently.
1 will wager, lastly, that no oue in
the United States can be produced, who,
with a double-barrelled shot gun. while
throwing a back-handed somerset, can hit
ofteuer a dollar and a half, on the perimeter
of a revolving wheel, in a rapid motion
than 1 can.
P. S.—Satisfactory references given and
required. A bet from a steady, industrious
jHirson, who will be apt to pay if he loses,
will meet with prompt attention.
A Kew Fashion.
It is fashionable now to stoop. This is
not a metaphor, meaning that women are
a little more than evei stooping to frivolity,
but the literal truth. The midsummer
freak of metropolitan belles is nothing less
than to curve their spines and droop their
shoulders, until they look like hopeless
consumptives. A girl with a naturally
fiat breast is considered mighty lucky, ard
she no longer supplies an artificial round
ness, but is proud of her lack of womanly
development. There is no use in remind
ing her that her deficiency is not charming
to masculine eyes; she will follow the
fashion, no matter how foolish it is. The
idea is that a hollow chest is indicative of
maidenhood. Women who are by nature
more amply endowed flatten themselves as
much as possible with uncommonly high,
narrow corsets, and hold their shoulders
as far forward as they possibly can, thus
rendering null and void oue of the best of
their beauties. Ah, well, what fools my
sex sometimes make of themselves! Some
of our formerly buxom belles have degen
erated into humpbacks in a single week.
Their dresses have been altered to suit the
changed shapes, though I imagine they
were turned hind-side before. The sim
pletons remind me of the pictures in the
old reading hooks, illustrating the good and
had posture at a desk —a boy with pro
truded chest and erect head which is like
the belle as she was, and another boy
humped over his book, which is like as she
is. It is to be hoped that this idiocy will
be ol short duration.
The Origin of Champagne.
A monk of more taste than honesty, hav
ing abstracted from a cask in the monesterial
cellars of his convent, some still champagne,
which he bottled for his own private drink
ing, was alarmed one night by a series of
explosions. Corks bad been blown into
the air, and the stolen wine which he had
vainly endeavored to keep in confinement
was running in froth and foam over the
sides of the bottles. The terrified monk
concluded that the devil must have got in
to the wiue; but the prior of the monastery
knew better. He tasted the wine, found
at once that it was good, shrewdly deter
mined to bottle some for bimself, and en
ded by going through a series of ex peri -
meuts which bad for result the discovery
of the true art of making champague.
Hie American Horse Parole.
Mr. Pierre Lorillard's famous gelding Pa
role and lier stable companions. Falsetto,
Pupooae (a full sister of Parole), Sly Dance
and Wyandotte, were safely landed in
New York recently from England. They
were taken immediately to the l>onded
stables of Roliert Stoddart, where they were
stailed until William Bishop, who had
charge of them during the voyage, could
pass the necessary entries in the Custom
House. The announcement of their arrival
caused a number of people to visit the
stables to look at the 1 "little brown geld
ing'' who had upheld the honor of the Am
erican turf so well on British soil. The
story of his triumphs was retold a score of
times by admirers as they stood by his stall
in front of the stable, and Parole seemed to
know tliat he was among friends, for atone
time he turned from his feed-box and put
his head over the door into the middle of a
group ot gentlemen who were discussing
his good points and allowed them to stroke
his head and mane. The voyage across the
Atlantic has evidently done the little horse
good. One of the grooms said the horse
was tired of racing when he got on lioard
the ilelvitia, and his hair was dull and dry.
But all traces of this are gone and Parole is
fat and looks as sleek and beautiful as he
ever did.
44 We had a splendid trip across," said
Draper, one of the men who came with the
horse in the steamer, "and never used the
slings once. Parole seemed to enjoy the
voyage, and the improvement in his looks
was daily perceptible. He will go to his
old home at Itancocas in a day or two,
wheu he will be well looked after."
A gentleman among the visitors said:
"When Parole left for England there was
not much enthusiasm, for racing men here
doubted his ability to compete with the
Eugiish stables. They were rather sur
prised when the news of his winning the
first race in which he started—the New
nnirkel handicap—flashed across the wires,
telling of the defeat of Mr. Gratton's crack
Isouomy. This success was only apprecia
ted by followers of the sport; but when at
Epsom, a week or two later, he beat s field
of seventeen, including such horses as ltosy
Cross, liidotto, Cradle and othera for the
city and suburban, the interest spread
among the American public. But it lie
came a national question when on the next
day he defeated Mr. Batts* Castlereagh for
the great Metropolitan stakes after twenty
seven subscribers left the race rather than
risk defeat. These races were only the
fore-runners of other victories in which
English turfmen learned to their cost how
good a horse he is. In fact the majority of
Eugiish critics admitted that his perform
ances last year were only second best to the
four year old lsonomy. You say I seeui
enthusiastic. Well, I am, and so is every
man who has watched the work of the hon
est little fellow ever since he made his de
but on the turf. 1 have backed him in
every race he has run, and will continue to
do so. If Mr. Pierre Ixrillard decides to
start him at the Jerome Park fall meeting
his return to the American turf will take
the torm of an ovation, and 1 am sure that
Jerome Park will hardly hold the jieople
who will go to applaud him."
A Novel Picture Frame.
We have all noticed in our walks through
the woods, in the fall of the year or winter
months, how many shades of green dif
ferent patches of moss display. Some a
light velvety corn color, others an apple
green, and then again nearer the water's
edge we find the rich green patches still
more like velvet. The time to collect it is
tfhen the earth is dry; select the most vel
vet like varieties you can find, and pull the
flbres apart, separating each suade into
bundles, just as you would sort colored silks
before working into a pattern. Take a flat
sheet of thick card board, and cut an oval
piece from the centre, leaving a hole the
exact size of the picture. Next turn the
sheet on the wrong side, lay a glass over
the hole and draw a line around it with a
pencil, then cut four strips of card-board
the length of these lines, and after piercing
them with an awl fasten firmly with cords
to the frame. Place the glass in the
square formed by these strips, and on that
lay your picture; if this proves to be a
perfect fit, cut a piece of card-lioard to
cover the picture, place it over the back of
it, and fix it securely in place by means of
small tacks driven into the strips that form
the case at the back of the picture. After
seeing that each part of your frame is an
exact fit, take two short hair pins, and
pierce the board on the under side some
distance from the top with the hair pins,
one on either side of the picture. The
heads of the hair pins should be left sufti
eiently above the s nrface to pass a cord
through, and the points that pieice the up
per side should be pressed flatly to the face
of the board. The dilferent parts of the
frame being fitted and ready for use, ydu
can put them all by but the large square
piece. After looking carefully to be cer
tain that yo J begin on the right side, which
is indicated by the points of the hair-pins,
sew a regular row of the darkest moss
around the oval centre of your frame; the
second row should be the next darkest
shade, and so on until the Ugliest shade
conies next the edge that rests against the
wall. Iu sewing the moss on care should
be taken to let the velvety portion of each
low cover the stem of the one above. When
this is finished, till all the parts of your
frame together, and hang where it will
catch the evening light. You will have a
cheap, and I think, a pretty frame.
A Prudent Frlncd.
The Prussian Grown Prince is a wise
and thrifty gentleman. It is related that
the officers of a regiment which is annually
inspected by him have been in the habit of
inviting him to luncheon after parade.
Last year the entertainment was of the
mo 8; elaborate and costly kind. The
Prince would touch nothing, and even re
fused the wine offered to him, observing
that "he only drank champague on extra
ordinary occasions." The reproof told and
this year wheu the Prince entered the
guardsmen's mess-room, after the inspec
tion, he found only a modest repast of
sandwiches, light claret and beer awaitiug
him. He at once sat down, partook
heartily of the frugal fare, and, with the
observation "This is as it should be among
comrades," produced his meerschaum, lit
it, and remained for more than an hour,
smoking and chatting with his entertainers
in the most friendly and unceremonious
manner imaginable.
—ln 1837, 10,000 people in England
paid tax on hair powder.
NO. 40.