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O. T. Alexander. O. M. Bower.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
Office la G arm an'* new building.
JOHN B. LIMN,
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
Office on Allegheny Street
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Northwest corner ot Diamond.
Y° cum a HASTINGS,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
High Street opposite First National Bank.
ATTORNEY AT LA W.
Practices in all the courts of Centre County.
Spec at attention to Collections. Consultations
In German or English.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
All bus ness promptly attended to. Collection
of claims a speciality.
J. A. Beaver. J W. Gephart
JJEaVER a GEPHART,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Offlce on Alleghany Street, North of High.
yr A. MORRISON,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office on Woodrlng*B Block, Opposite Court
n S. KELLER,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Consult&tloiw In Bngtlah or German. Oflloe
la Lyons Banding, Allegheny street.
JOHN G. LOVE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office in the rooms formerly occupied by the
late w. p. Wilson.
BUSINESS CARDS OF MILLHEIM, &.
Q A. STURGIS,
Watches, Clocks. Jewelry, Silverware, Ac. Re
pairing neatly and promptly done and war
ranted. Main Street, opposite Bank, M.ilhetm,
A O DEIXINGER r
* NOTARY PUBLIC.
SCRIB-NEB AND CONVEYANCER,
All business entrusted to him. such as writing
and acknowledging Deeds, Mortgages, Releas'a,
Ao., will be executed wi h neatness and dl*
patcb. Office on Main street.
XT H. TOMLINSON,
ALL KINDS OF
Groceries. Notions, Drugs, Tobaccos, Cigars.
Fine Confectloueiles and everything in the line
ot a flrwt-ciass lirocery st ire.
country Produce taken in exchange for goods.
Main St. eet, opposite Bank. Ml lhelm. Pa.
T\AV ID I. BROWN,
MANUFACTURER AND DEALER IN
TIN WARE, STOVEPIPES, Ac.,
fiiPOUTIXG A SPECIALTY.
Shop on Main Street, two houses cast of Bank,
Mill helm, Poniia.
* JUSTICE OF THE PEACE,
All business promptly attended to.
Collection of claims a specialty.
Ofllce opposite klsenhuth's Drug Store.
It | UStsER <fc SMITH,
Hardware. Stoves, oils. Paints, Glass, Wa
Papers coach Trimmings, and Saddlery Ware
All grades of Patent Wheels,
corner of Main and Penn Street.*, Mlllhelm,
r ACOB WOLF,
Cutting a Rpoclnlty. . _
siiop next door tc Journal Book stors,
jyjILUHEIM BANKING CO.,
A WALTER, Cashier. DAV. ERAPE, Pres.
A Lucky SBTcrelgu
They made a strikingly contrasting pic
ture, standing in the warm June twilight,
and the Lmgrant odors of the tea roses and
the woodbiue, and the budding grape vines
lingered around them as if tbe tender scents
were fining tributes to them.
Two fair young girls, the same age to an
hour, and as unlike as sisters could possi
bly be, and each a perfect type of her own
style of loveliness —bqth of them peeresses
in their royal dower of beauty.
Hose stood leaning against the railing of
the veranda, her haughty eyes, that could
melt from the cool, brilliant gray they now
looked, into such liquid darkness when oc
casion required—splendid, cairn, cold eyes
—were roamlug away into tbe gathering
dust, that was falling in a purple-gray veil
of tissue over wood and lawn.
She turned ber face toward her compan
ion. Her eyes suddenly recalled in their
wandering, listless glances, and sbo *ed a
half-vexed, half-amused expression.
"Bell, how much longer are we going to
stay here ? —at least, how much longer do
you want to stop # lam sure I shall die of
ennui if I have much more of iL "
"Oh, don't think of going hick to town
yet, Rose. 1 wish we might never have to
"Never go back? Why BeU, is it pos
sible you are so infatuated with the couu
try as to actually wish that? Child, for
three months it is very well to bury one's
self as we we buried, and I've no donbt
that mamma will feel much better and
stronger for it; but to stay longer—in a
hired cottage, with only one half-grown
girl to assist in the work, and no amuse
ments of any sort, and our joint stock of
earnings exhausting itself daily—l tell you,
Bell, 1 prefer our own suite of rooms at
home, with a chance of occasional enjoy
"1 dare say your right, dear. k ßutl do
love the couutry, Rose."
"So would 1 if, for instance, I lived in
the mansion ovtr yonder, Feruley Court,
you know, where the stalely housekeeper
showed us through, and descanted on the
many qualities and vast wealth of its owner,
i forgot to tell you, Bell, there will be a
grand reception given a week after he gets
hack, and he is expected hourly."
Bell lifted her eyebrows in a graceful lit
tle gesture of surprise.
"A reception I Oh, Rose, and of course
there li be a dance. Oh, dear, how I'd like
to go I"
"Of course you'd like to go. But do you
think for a moment the aristocratic fami
lies around here would condescend to asso
ciate with us?"
Boll's lace grew stern.
"We are ladies born and bred, if we do
work far a living.'
"l'ou foolisu child. I oan tell you our
faces and our handsome dresses —it we had
them —would lake us where our family
name wsuld not. And 1 cun tell you some
thing else, Bell ''
The little gate at the roadside opened at
that instant, and the sound of lagging foot
steps coming toward the hours interrupted
Rose's lenmrk, and then a dusiy, travel
stained man paused at the foot of the steps,
and touched his dingy hat-rim to the
ne was evidently one of the many re
spectable, discouraged, disheartened men
one so often sees tramping through the
oountry in tearch of work.
Rose drew herself up.
"Go away. We have nothing for yon.
We don't encourage tramps here."
He touched his hat —the rim was decid
ediy battered and dusty.
"I beg your pardon, laeies; but if you
will give me a—"
Rose swept across ihe floor angrily.
"Will you march off, or will i have the
dog set on you? Bell go tell Jane to un
Toe man turned away slowly, as if to
move was an effort, and Bell sprung up in
an impulse of iemonstr&tive proiest.
"Rose how can you be so heariless? Re
is pale as death, and only see how he drags
himself along? You might have let him
sit down a minute, and at least have given
him a kind word and a piece of bread and
A contemptuous laugh pealed from Rose's
'T red and ill I Drunk and a thief,you'd
better say? A piece of bread and butler!
Absurd, Bell I "
Bell raised her finger warmngly.
"Oh, Rose, don't I He'll hear you! "
Rose raised her voice a key higher.
"Let him hear, then! Perhaps you had
better sit and watch that he does not faint
IShe swept haughtily into the house, leav
ing Bell with her cheeks flushing, and a
compassion born of the sweet, womanly
womanly sympathy glowing in her blue
eyes as she watched the man walk slowly,
painfully along, and finally halt at the gate
as if in utter discouragement at the long
stretch of road between him and the next
house, where he might find what Ross had
rudely denied —the magnificent country
seat of Lionel Granville, from whose doors
no beggar was ever turned away hungry.
Bell saw him, and her quick instincts
old her what she imagined his manner
Quick as a bird, she dashed up stairs to
her room and snatched her poitemonaie
from the bureau drawer, ana was down
again with a sovereign in her hand, as she
ran softly after him, still leaning against
the gate post, and slill looking with that
same strange expression on his pale t'sice at
the tower* of Fernley caurt.
"Here, please. It isn't much, but it's
all 1 have to spare. Take it, please."
He looked surprisingly et her, and then
kt the money
1 "You are very kind, but you are mis
THE VISION OV ANOKLB.
Onoe at the Angels*
(Ere I was dead)
Angels all glorious
Came to my bed,
Angels lu blue aud whits,
Crowned ou the head.
One wae the friend 1 left
Stark in the snow,
Oue was the wife that died
Lon*. long ago ;
One was the lore 1 lost j
How should ahe know t
One had my mother's eyes.
Wistful and mild ;
Oue bad my father's face ,
Oue was a child.
All of thtm bsut to ma
Bent down aud smiled !
MILLHEIM, PA., THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1881.
taken, I only wauted a—"
Bell thrust the money in his hand.
"Merer mind, please. I think I can see
you are proud; but please take it. There!"
He seemed amused at her eagerness, but
made no more ado about accepting the gift
and pocketing it, and she stood and watch
ed her slim figure fitting away like the
spirit in the dust.
The next day Hose cams into Bell's room
radiant as she only permitted herself to be
under rare circumstances, her gray eyes
flashing and her red lips parted in a smile
of triumphant delight
"Bell, see thisl Mow what do you say?"
She laid a square, mouogrammed enve
lope in the girl's lap, addressed to tbe
Misses Meltou, and beariug inside iuvita
tious to tbe reception at Feraley Court for
a fortnight from that night..
Hose watched the girl's sweet face glow
under the surprise, then saw, to her amaze
ment, that flush of delight fade
"Weil, Bell, of course we'll so, I'll take
some money 1 can spare and gel some
uisse, and wear natural flowers with it;
aud 1 know you have a sovereign laid aside
for an emergency. You can get a good
many things with it —gloves and a sash,
you know —and who knows but what Lio
nel Granville may be captivated I"
Bell laid the envelope softly down.
"1 can't go, dear, unless I wear my old
white rnus'in, and 1 will look w T rclcked be
side your new guivsv, I—l've spent my
"Spent your money# Why, I saw it
yesterday morning in your drawer. I no
ticed that the edge of the sovereign was a
little chipped, and remembering whether it
was a good one or not. Spent your money!
Bell, what do you mean?"
Bell met the vexed eyes as calmly as she
could. She was just a little in awe of this
magnificent sister of hers.
"1 gave it to that poor man last night,
Hose. I was so sorry. 1 am sure he wasn't
the sort of a man to talk to as you did i
know he deserved the money "
Hose sat down, and folded her hands in
"Give a sovereign to a trauip—a beggar!
Well if it doesn't pass my comprehension!'
Hose swept out of the room—she was
like a duchess in her movements, and poor
Bell went on with her sewing, wondering
if her white muslin wouldn't look pretty
well if it was nicely got up, thinking that
there was a sea-green sasn somewhere she
had never worn, aud a pair of white kids
at home that Hose could go for when she
went to buy ber suisse. So, while her
busy, deft fingers sewed through the sum
mer days on Hose's airy dress, little Bell
decided she would go, after all, and wear
ber fresh white areas, and tea roses in her
golden tresses, and the sea-green sash knot
ted to her skirt—a simple, exquisite toilet,
that made a very Undine of her, that made
people turn their heads for more than a
second or third look when she aud Hose en
tered the magnificent ball-room.
It was perfectly delightful everyway.
Mr. Granville possessed none but high-bred
intelligent friends, and the Misses Melton
were treated accordingly.
Tbe mupic was heavenly, and from her
seat, where she sat like a queen in state,
Hose watched her handsome host, wno had
bowed low over her hand when he was in
troduced —watched him, as, in his quiet,
self-possessed manner, he went among his
Her heart was beatiug—would he, oh,
would he ask her for the first dance, or
would he go among the groups of stylish
ladies from the ciiy, any of whom would
be so honored Dy his attention ?
And then Hose saw Mr. Granville go
straight across the room, right by her, and
bow slowly to Bell as he said a few words,
and offered his arm.
Bell 1 Hell to lead the grand quadrille!
Bell on Lionel Granville's arm, the observ
ed of ail observers —as lair as a sea-nymph,
and so graceful, so sweetly unconscious ol
her radiant beauty.
Rose sat gloomily through the first quad
rille, and watched Lionel's pale, handsome
lace as he bent it very near Bell's golden
curls, his ardent, admiring eyes, that look
ed so eagerly into the 8w eet, girlish face
that others beside Rose noted his attention.
Then, the dance over, Lionel gave Bell
"That has been a delightful quadrille,
Miss Mellon. By the way, did you know
I have something that belongs to you?'*
They had reached Rose's chair by this
time, and Bell turned laughiDgly to him.
"Something of ininel Ido not see how
that can be, Mr. Granville, 100 you, Rose?*
Rose favoied him with her most fasci
"ludeed 1 do not, seeing that this is the
first time we ever saw Mr. Granville,"
He smiled in Bell's eyes.
'•I'll leave you to fathom the mystery.
Don't forget, the first waltz for me, Miss
lie went away, so handsome, so courtly
and Bell's foolish little heart was tnrobbiug
with new, vague delight, while Rose was
almost suffocating with euvy at the signal
triumph of her sister. Mr. Granville came
promptly for his waltz.
He drew her hand through his arm al •
"Miss Bell, it seems I have always
known you, yet you say you never saw me
before. Suppose we take a walk through
the conservatory instead of having this
Into the fragrant semi-dusk they went,
where fountains tinkled and rare flowers
bloomed, and the music came in veiled
sweetness and richness.
"I want you to be sure I am right. Miss
Bell, when 1 say I have something of yours
Look at me closely, Have you never seen
He bent his face near hers. It was grave
ly smiling—and so tender and good—and
Bell looked timidly in the smiling yet stern
||"l am sure I never saw you before, Mr.
"Then have you ever seen ihis ?"
He drew from his pocket a sovereign—
the very one, with a tiny bit chipped off
it, that Bell had given the tramp.
"Don't you understand, dear child ? I
had taken a freak into my head thi-t I
would walk from town here, and it was a
grand walk, although it took three days and
ruined my clothes 1 stopped at your little
cottage to beg a glass of water. Yon know
Hell s face was a marvel at that mo
"in your kindness and goodness you
gave it to me, Miss Bell, and the little act
gave me an insight into your heart that a
year of ordinary intercourse would never
do. 1 shall keep it until you will buy it
back. 1 have set a price on it, and if ever
you are ready to give It you can have it."
He put the mouey reverently away in
his breast pocket, and took her out among
the crowd agaiu, a strangely happy girl.
And before the summer roses had faded.
Bell paid the price for the chipped sover
eign—her own heart —that Liouel Granville
plead for so eagerly.
Bhe is the mistnss of their grand house
now, and Hose visits her once a year, not
oftener, because Bell's husband does not
care n.uch for her. But the iuvalid mother
has a lifelong home amid tbe luxuries of
Feruley Court, aud Bell is happier than tbe
birds that siug in tbe trees of tbe big old
A Queer Story.
A great many years ago, before the pres
ent Government printing office was estab
lished, there were three printers engaged
upon the Government work who were last
friends aud constant associates. They
neither had or cared to have other acquaint
ances. One day, one of the three fell sick
and died. Then the question was who
would perform the usual rites of frieudship
for the dead. Nobody outside took auy in
terest iu the matter, so thai the two friends
were obliged to core for the body themselves
Now ail these printers were very loud of
liquor, and though they never were to be
seen in public bar-roouis, had many about
by themselves iu a quiet nook. The two
remainiug friends then sal up with the
corpse, aud to while away the lime brought
their pack of cards aud a bottle for com
pany. Euchre waa the game, and tbey
played for a stake, the winner to drink on
scoring a game aud the loser,to stay dry.
The luck ran oue aided. .Seated on either
side of the corpse, with the coffia between
them as a table, the players played aud re
couuted the virtues of their dead friend.
But the oue who had never won was gelliug
more and more thirsty. The cards had ruu
steadily agaiust him, and not a drop of liq
uor had passed his dps. Finally the luck
changed, and slapping down the rignt
bower on tbe cotliu, he exclaimed: '"There
now, it's my lurul" With a hasty motion
he reuched lor the bottle, but at that in
stant consternation tilled the breast of both
friends as the supposed corpse rose up and
said: "Not a drop till I've had miue."
With a scream of horror the two friends
jumped up and rushed, oue to the door aud
the other to the window. The latter leaped
to the grouud in his terror aud broke a leg;
the oilier gamed the street without misad
veulure aud disappeared. Years have
elaspcd. Both ihe watchers have uied,bul
the friend who was supposed to be dead
sliii lives, au eccentric, aged man, who is
now a compositor in the Government print
Marriage In Albania.
Albanian marriage arrangements are
very peculiar. Wnen a il&msel arrives ai
marriageable age, her parents publisn the
lacl among their friends aud acquaintances.
Suould no suitor come forward, it rests
with her brothers to find one. A brother
tliuc circumstanced will sometimes come
up to a male friend in the street and make
the complimentary proposal then ami
there. " Y'o". are just tne man i wanted
to see"—thus goes the abrupt formula on
these occasions—"my sister is now four
teen years old; you must marry her." As
etiquette forbids a plump refusal, the
gentleman thus honored gives a sort of
ball-acquiescence, and then hurries eff to
instruct some old lady to act as go-betweeu.
Should be be satisfied with the report
made, after due inquiry, by tbis advisor,
the wedding is arranged; but uot until tbe
very last moment is the exjxxiant bride
groom allowed to see his future spouse,
aud tbeu it would be contrary to the pre
scriptions of society for him to draw back,
however unprepossessing she might prove
to be. After the performance of the
ceremony, a very cui luiis piece of etiquette
cmies imo play. Ainoug tbe Asiatics aud
uncivilized people generally, it is the rule
of the bndie-eiect to letgn ooynei-s; bui !
among Arnauls the bridegroom has to
make this pretence. Attar the marriage
least is over, and the newly-made wife has
withdrawn, her husband lingers behind,
and not uulil be has been subjected to a
variety of rough usage by her relatives are
the prescriptions of etiquette considered to
be sufficiently complied with to admit ol
his lollowimr the Jadv. Here, however,
the subjection of tbe husband ceases, auc
his The wife is now
subject to bis caprices, aid is expected to
be subservient to his commands and
Recently when tbe lawyers in Judge
Clay's Court in Carson city, were waiting
for a verdict in a peity larceDcy case sev
er&l stories were told by the legal lights
which provoked considerable surprise-
Judge Cary evinced tbe greatest interest
in these weird tales and edged up to the
"These are curious yarns, gentlemen,
but I believe them all. i bad a dog once,
back in Nebraska, that I kept to herd lum
"Beg psrdon, Judge; did you say thi
dog herded lumber?"
••Yes, sir; Cottonwood boards. We al
ways kept a dog there to bring the lumber
iu at night."
Everybody now paid the closest atten
tion, as the)' knew the boss was at work
"It was tbis way. Cottonwood board.-
warp like thunder in the sun. A board
would begin to bump its back up at 9
o'clock in tbe morning, and in half an bout
it would turn over. By 11 it would warp
tbe other way with the heat, and mam
another flop. Each time it turned it moved
a couple ot feet, always following the sun
towards the Weet. The first summer 1
lived in Brownvi le over ten thousand feel
of lumber skipped out to the hills the day
before I advertised a house raisin.' [ went
to the county scat to attend a lawsuit, and
when I get back there wasn t a stick of
timber left. It had strayed away into thi
upland. An ordinary board would climb
a two-mile hill during a hot week, and
when it struck the timber it would keep
wormin' in and out among the trees like a
garter snake. Every farmer in the State
had to keep shepherd dogs to follow his
lumber around the country, keep together
and know where it was in the morning.
—The estimated value of school pr
perty iu the State, outside Pnlladelphta.
Is $19,638,752. Iu th • city named tht
value is set down at $5,933.8 XL
'That's the only bird that ever c sated a
boom,' a park keeper said, referring to a
boo large blue bird with an immense crow a
of feathers waving on his head.
'Because that's the only souud it makes,
if you didn't see it you would thi uk souie
one had struck a bass drum a quarter of a
unle away. Its a regular boom-boom,and
when it makes the noise it bows its head,
so that the crown sweeps the ground, it's
the crowned pigeon from New Zealand,
ai d between this cage and the stuffed birds
in the museum we can show Dearly every
piguou in the world, and you'd be as
tonished to see how many different kinds
there are. We have pouters, fan-tails,
nuns, carriers, and all the fancy breeds
alive,besides wood-doves, and this crowned
fellow, and occasionally we have a big
dock ot wild pigeons here, but tbe spar
rows drive theui off. You wouldn't tniuk
a big bird like a pigeon would ruu from
a sparrow, but they do. The little birds
collect in tbe trees in crowds, and when a
dock of pigeons comes sweeping over they
make a rush for them in a body, and lake
right hold, tooth and nail, and as the
pigeons sweep down to get out of the way
they are literally chased out of the park.
in the pigeon case in the museum are
some of the bones of that extinct and
mucb-maligned bird, the dodo, the giaul of
pigeons, being tbe only specimen in the
country. Two buudrcd and fifty years
ago they were found iB the Mauritius
islands in great quantities, it was a curious
bird—as large as a swan. Tbe bill in the
case is not unpigeoulike, though one
hundred limes the size of its modern repre
sentative. Tiicy were sluggish birds, uu
able to fly, and laid a single egg about the
size of a turkey's. Broutiua, au old Dutch
writer of the period, gives the following
quaint accouut ot them: 4 ihe droute, or
duddors, is, for bigness, of mean size, be
tween an ostnch and a turkey, from which
it partly differs in shape and partly agrees
with them, especially with the African
ostriches, if you consider the rump quills,
and feathers, so that it was like a pigmy
among them, if you regard suortness of
legs, it hath a great ill-favored head, with
a kind of membraue resembling a hood:
great black eyes; a Leading, prominent,
tat neck; an extraordinary long,strong,
blue-white bill, only the end of each
mandible are different in color—that of the
upper black, thai of the ueibor yellowish
—both sharp pointed andcrooked; its gape
huge, wiiie, as being naturally voracious,
its body is tat and round, covered with
soft gray feathers, after the manner of au
ostrich s, on each side. instead of hard
wiug feathers, or quiils,it is furnished with
suiail soft-feathered wings ot a yellowish
ash color, ami behind tbe rump, luslead of
a tali, is adorned with five small curled
feathers of the same color. Four toes on
each foot—solid, long, as it were, really
armed with strong biack claws.' Tney
were at one time so plentiful that they
were k lied for ihe stones that were found
in ih-ir stomachs, and on which the sailors
sharpened their knive*.
Auctaer queer pigeon that lived at that
time, and which is now extinct, is the soil
tar.-. it was found on the island of
KoJrtguez. it was largtr than a turkey,
and in general respects resembled the dodo.
Another was the Naxareue, that was twice
as large as the dodo. But the most re
markable was the didunculus, a living
relative,and closely allied to the dodo. Tne
bird waa rather la-ger man our common
par ridge, and possessed the curious naked
skin suirounding the eyas which character
ised its ancestor.
One of the finest of the thirty or more
different species of pigeons is the Oceanic
fruit bird of the Helen lsiauds. They are
found m thousands, leading on nutmegs.
Tney become very fat, and tbe fat, which
has a strong flavor of the nutmegs, is con
sidered a great dainty by many, it is said
tnat they grow so tat tnat wheu shot they
fall on tne ground, and are shattered to
pieces by tne tali. Not ouly are tney
valuable as a means of subsistence, but
tney seem to have been appointed to help
carve out one of the great laws of nature,
it is a well-known fact that the nutmeg
has to pass through some ehemicui pio
cess beiore it will grow,and lu the stomach
01 these birds the nutmeg is prepared for
Among this family of birds tha passenger
pigeon is one of tbe most wonderful.
tVilsou's description of ttieir camping
grounds is: 'its . Oon lS the J,u ig v/ere
iuiiy growD, and before they lett their
nests, numerous of the iuliabitants from
ail parts of the country came with wagons,
oxen, beds, cooking utensils, niauy ot
tliem accompanied by the greater put of
their families, and encamped for several
days at tbis immense nursery, Several of
them informed me that the noise in the
woods was so great as to terrify their
horses, and that it was difficult lor one
persou to hear another speak without bawl
ing in his ear. The grouud was strewu
with branches, broken limbs, eggs, and
youugsquib pigeons, which bad been pre
clpitaieu from above, and on which iierds
01 hogs were fattening. Hawks, buzzards
and eagles were sailing about in great nuui
oers, and seizing the suuabs from their
nests at pleasure, while trom twenty feet
upward to the top of the trees the view
lurougn the trees presented a perpetual
tumult of orowdmg and fiutteriug multi
tudes of pigeons, taeir wings roaring like
launder, mingled with the frequent crash
ot falling trees.' It is utterly impossible
to estimate the number tnat congregate to
gether. On some trees more than three
hundred nests were found.anu the branches
were continually failing, owing to the
weight of iha u d birds. The am.uu cn
sumed by a Hoc., ol L g; Li.ds .8 wonder
ful. VViison calculates that, taking the
br ad hot a column cf p geouslie iiw tope
Ouly oue rule, its lengtu 10 be two kua
deJ and f> r y miles, and to contain on y
ihree pigeons in each square yard (taking
no to o.mt cf the several strata of birds
one above tbe other), and each bird con
suj es ba'f a pint of food daily, all of which
assumptions are below the actual amount,
the quauti y of food coosumed iu a day
would bo 17,000,000 bu.-hels. bupposiag
thiscolumu to be one mile in bre .tu, and
dying at tbe rate of one mile a minute for
four h'mrs, and supposing thai each q mre
yard contains three pigeons, -he square
yards iu the whole space, multiplied by
hree, wjuld give' 2,230,272,000 birds. In
tue Kentucky county, where they aio
mo tly found,they appear audi e ily,darken
ing the sky so completely tliatuli work and
labor is given up uuul they have passed.
The air is literally filled with pigeons, and
la some places -nortars are used to bring
down hundreds at one discharge. Their
rapidity of fight is wonderful.
The wood doves or ring pigeons are
better krown in France than elesewhere.
Our domestic pigeon is only a modifica
tion of tbe blue rock pigeon, and this is
proved by the fact that if the domestic and
blue or wild rock are allowed to breed the
young will in many cases resemble the
wild rock, with its plain plumage and
barred wmgs. The domestic pigeons are
divided into two closes, the cotombrioand
the aviary pigeons. The former are almost
wild, and the latter are thoae with which
we are so familiar.
The question how carrier pigeons flud
their way home is probably one never to
be determined. Borne writers assert that
the birds are guided by landmarks, and
give as projf that when the ground is
covered with snow the birds are confused,
aud others say that they are influenced by
some magnetic or electric current, and on
bis point it is noticed that birds either fly
east or west, nctih or south, and when
started rise to a great height, and for a
minute hesitate, and then by unknown in
stinct they dart oil in the right direction.
The exact date of their utilization is not
known, but as far as we know Noab had
the honor of having first pressed into service
our feathered friends. Pliny says that
these birds were used by Bruiu9 and Uir
tius during the siege of a town by Marc
Anthony. In 1701, at the tlege of Ley den,
they were used by tbe prince oi Orange,
aud by their means he succeeded in flee
ing a town that was besieged. To show
his gratitude hj ordered that the sagacious
birds should ba fed on strawberries, and
when dead that they should be embalmed
with all honor. lu Pliny's time naviga
tors from Cyprus and Egypt carried these
birds ou their galleys, aud ou their sale
arrival liberated them to convey the good
news to their lainilies.
4 Yes, they used to have queer timet
around here,' said the ancient citizen, as
he stirred himself around on the upturned
soap box, while the proprietor shook down
the ashes in the stove.
The reporter perched himself on the end
of a flour barrel and patiently awaited the
outpouring of language that he kuew was
sure to follow.
♦Yes.' said the ancient citizen. 'My
father came here before the triiobites were
done drying. He saw some rough times,
the old man.'
'ltight where the Court house stands.'
coutinued the aucient citizen, 4 was the old
block-house, and here were gathered a
mixed crowd of refugees just after the
Pigeon- Boost massacre. Old man Booth
had his log tavern just outside, and at it
was always a motley gaiheriug of back
Among these,' and the ancient citizen
twisted his quid across his tongue a turn
or two, 'was a character who made fun of
old Booth and said he was a coward. Booth
h iiedhim cordially for the insinuation,yet,
could never prove the contrary, and tbe
old trapper mads up his mind to test his
courage. The plan was successful.
My father aud two friends owned a
cabin just the other side of Booth's and
oue ef these, a small man, ha J jfb'JO coin,
in a sack, when Bill tried his experiment
They had retired for ths night and laid
their buckskin pants o t the floor at the
bedside. Have you ever seen any genuine
buckskin?' was suddenly asked the re
porter by tbe ancient oitizen.
4 I have.'
'Ou tue buck.'
'Well, theu you know It Qti skintight,
and that's j ust the way those breeches did.
About ui.duigbt bill stole up between
the bicck-liouse and cabins and raised the
war-whoop. My Gee, what a stirr there
was. Au attack from the Indians had
been momentarily expected, and the whole
garrison sprang to arms. Women crept
with their childen into the rafest corners
of the fort, white the men prepared for the
expeoted skirmish. Ia the little cluster of
cabins outside of lha block-house the com
ing savages were awaited with dread. The
tnghiful whoop continued, chilling the
blood of all.
My lather's friends hastily siruggled on
with their breeches, and the small one got
on my lather's aud had room enough in
them at the top to get iu a bag of coin.
My la her pulled at the vacant pair of
pants, but it was hue pulling his legs into
coat fcleeves.' 'Hold on, there!' he cried,
as his friends were histily leaving, 'you
have get my breeches!'
'iloid on, —' answered his friend,
'this is no time to change breeches,' and
disappeared iu lha darkness.
'My lather had no mind to be left, so he
ran, naked as lie was, iu pursuit of his
friend. r l he nettles were a* high as your
head, aud beloie he had gone ten feet he
was luiier tnan a Mew Year's pincushion,
but that horrid yell kept lum going, and
he didn't s.op until shelter was reached.
Bill showed ui how old Booth was a
cowaid, but he did not loaf around there
the next day. The settle.s wanted to see
him, but he didn't want to see them, so he
uui my father was always called 'Little
Breeches' from that day on, though he
uever got too big for his breecnes, as some
people I know,' and the ancient citizen
■iiiited contemptuously us a young man in a
sealskin cap came into the grocery and
asked for a 'Uahk cigah,' it you please.'
The uiiuutes were '-hen amended, aud,
as amended, approved.
Viotori Present Abode.
The Queen of England is staying at Os
borne at present. The castle is a modern
structure, regally furnished throughout,
and commands a superb view of the sur
rounding country. It is situated on the
Isles of Wright, a short distance from East
(Jowes. The grounds are quite extensive,
embracing two hundred acres, under a
high state of cultivation, and give evidence
of the care and taste displayed by Prince
Albert, who considered it a model farm
daring his lifetime. The Queen frequently
walks about unattended and invariably re
turns salutes in the most p easing manner.
Tuis island, the garden spot of England, is
twenty-three mdes long and fouitsen miles
wide. It contains a population of 66,000,
and is separated from the mainland by the
roadstead of Bpithead and the Solent. The
famous 'CariLbrook' Castle, in whicn
Cnarles L took refugees on this island, and
is much visited ou this account by sight
The Jewish Fas sorer.
The Jewish Passover,in accordance with
the Divme Injunction, was to last seven
days; the first and seventh to be kept as a
holy convocation, and no servile work was
to be done. Rabbinical enactments have
extended the time one day, ana made the
first, second, seventh, and eighth holy
days. This festival is not so generally nor
so religiously observed as formerly, except
by the very orthodox. For a week ante
rior, the Jewish matron is busily engaged
in house cleaning and removing all traces
of leaven, loekmg up rooms and pantries
not in use, and on the morning of the eve,
finishing with the dining room.
All crockery and cooking utensils are
put by, and either new or those kep\ es
pecially for the Passover week, brought
into requisition. Everything being in or
der, the master of the house inspects each
room, searching for leaven, wuhout the
remotest expectation of Uuding a particle.
Strict constructionists having provisions of
any kind left on handgive them away to the
poor of different creeds, whilst others lock
them in a room, to be brought into use
again when the week is over. Articles of
food, such as rice, that swell in process of
cooking, are discarded.
In different parts of Europe, the congre
gations unite in sending inspectors into the
d fferent countries where tea,coffee,raisins,
currants,end various coadimeats are grown
and cured, who supervise, pack, and put
their seal on them previous to shipping,
the object oeing to exclude leaven, for
which me consumers have to pay an en
. banced price. Here tney are purcnased in
the usual manner at wholesale, and on the
plea that they are free from leaven, sold to
consumers at extortionate rates, wmch im
posture is very generally submitted to. The
only liquor drank is tit. Croix o. Jamaica
ruin, it being distilled from sugar or mo
lasses instead of grain.
The home religious services are peculiar,
on the eve of the first and second days, a
table is spread, on which is placed a plate
with three pa&suver biscuits between nap
kins, and another plate on top of the bis
cuit containing a burnt loin of lamb and
roasted egg (which is emblematical of the
burnt offering of ancient limes,) paresly,
horseiadish, bitter herbs, salt and water,
and a mixture composed of fine cut al
monds, apples and spices.
After the family are seated and raisin
wine placed before each, the master of the
house reads the prayers, or rather Rabbin
ical essays, of why the passover should be
i observed iu this ceremonial manner, after
which they drink the wine, partake of the
bitter herbs and mixture, tnen a supper
feast, alter which songs of praise for ueir
Hucestors' deliverance from bondage, finish
the eveniug. The bitter herbs and mix
ture are commemorative of the oitterneas
of their captivity when they made bricks
and moitar for the Egyptians. Tne young
members of the family slyly throw the
bitter herbs under tbe table, while they eat
the mixture with much gusto. Judicial re
formation with its rationalistic tendencies
is makifig serious inroads into these as
well as other ceremonial observances of the
chosen people, but the absurdity of many
of them might well be overlooked in view
of the ben uncial sanitary effects obtained
by their establishment and striA adher
sawing a Load of Wool
ia 1877, Mr. Bassick, a 'busted* Austra
lian miner, wandered into ftojit*,oneof tlx*
prettiest mining-camps in Colorado. Sums
miner, with an eye to the picturesque, must
have <r<ren it the charming na ae, Little
Hose/ Mr. Bassick, after having pros
pered for a long time without success,
was sitting oue day on the ground. He
had gone over the spot, and was striking
aimlessly with his pick at a boulder lying
at his feet. Suddenly he chipped off a
pieoe of the rock that looked to him like
good ore. Picking it up, he started for the
town. Meeting a gentleman of means, he
tokl him of his discovery,showing tae ore,
and offered him one half interest fur t went y
hve dollars. The gentleman declined the
investment. The disheartened prospector
walked away. As he cauie near an assay
ethce he saw a load of wood dumped at tue
dour. Banning in he made a hurried bar
gaiu. lie sawed the wood, aud the a-sayer
made the assay of the stone-chip. The re
sult of Bussick's job was that tie
took out of his 'claim' some $450, QOJ, then
sold it for SBOO, UUU in cash aud *1,000,000
'When he came into this place, sir,' said
a resident of Kosiia, 'ail he had waru't too
much to pack on one burro (small horse);
but when he lit out, it took a foui-muie
team to freight his trunks.'
Against tins lucky 'hud,' however,should
be set tue assertion, made by those ac
quainted with (Jjiorido iniues, that only
one miner iu hve auudred is successful,
ihere uie four or five bonanza kiugs. but
there are thousands of men Wuo have lost
their ad by miumg.
The Manitoba Lake, which has givau
name to the province formed out of the
lied river region, is called after a small
island whence, in the stillne-s of the night,
issue strangely sweet, mysterious sounds.
The Ojibway Indians, who dwell in that
neighborhood, believe the island to be the
home of Manitoba, the speaking god, and
will not land on or approach it for any con
sideration ; thinking they would desecrate
or profane it, and that they wornd meet
with some terrible fate for their impiety.
The sound is caused, as it has beeu ascer
tained, by the beating of the waves on the
large pebbles along the shore. These,
with fragments of line grained, compact
limestone from the cliffs above, are rubbed
together by the action of the water, and
give out a tone like that of distant church
bells. This natural music is heard when
the wind blows from the north, and as it
subsides, low, plaintive notes resembling
notes of an invisible choir are heard. It
has bten compared to the chant of the nuns
at the Trinita de Monti in Rome, with
which all travelers are familiar. The
effect is impressive. Tourists have been
awakened at night in the vicinity under
the impression that chimes of bells were
ringing afar off, and that their tones are
rippling over tho lake. The mystic bells
ot Manitoba have acquired such a reputation
that travellers are Lot satisfied unlit they
are heard, and often spend days there
wailing lor the blowing of the north wind.
The Ujibways nave a number of poctia
legends about their speaking god, whom
they profoundly revere.