Millheim Journal. (Millheim, Pa.) 1876-1984, September 28, 1882, Image 3

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    VOL. LYI.
Fashionable Barber.
Next Door to JOURNAL Store,
Good Sample Room on First Floor.
Bass to end from all Train*. Special
rata* to WIUMDSM and Juror*. 4
(Moat Central Hotel In U> City J
Corner MAIN and JAY Streets,
Lock Haven, Pa.
S. WOODS CALWXLL, Proprietor.
Good Sample Rooms for Commercial
Travelers on first floor.
Physician aud Surgeon,
Office in 3d story of Tomiinsoa's Gro
cery Store,
Shop next door to Foote's Store, Main St,
Root*. Shoes and Gaiters made to order, and •
ly and cheaply, SUKTIU Anesft style.
Office opposite Court House, Bellefonte, Pa.
C. T. Alexander. C. M. Bower.
Office Hi Carman's new building.
Office on Allegheny Street.
northwest corner of Diamond.
Orphans Court business a Specialty.
Practices in all the courts of Centre County. attention to Collections. Consultations
In German or English.
J. A. Beaver. ~ J W. Gephart.
Office on Alleghany Street, North of High.
Consultations In English or German. Office
In Lyon's Building, Allegheny Street.
Office on Allegheny street, two doors east of the
office occuuied by the late firm of >• Hast
®!e piflljiti §®iriil
t'mler the blue of the mld-Mav sky,
luiler the shadow of beech and lime.
Watching cloud-shallops drifr Idly by.
Free from the thraldom of fate and time;
Lulled by the murmur of breeze and stream,
Twitter of aougster, flutter of spray,
That sweetly blend with the walking dream,
And whisper one magical word alway;
Held by the spell of an exquisite face,
A voice that Is dearer than all things dear,
Ah, but the world is a fairy place
lu the boom of the heart, the May of the year!
Sitting alone in the waning light,
In the dead November's leaden dearth,
Watching the mists rise ghostly wnite,
And blend in the shadows and quench the earth;
Musing for ave on the might-Uave-beea—
Sweet might-have-been that tuay not be !
The tender hopes and the fancies green
That faded and fluttered from life e Talr tree ;
Haunted alway by a vanished face,
A voice that Is hushed In the midnight drear,
Ab, but the world Is a weary place
In the gloom of the heart, the gray of the year!
" Young Selvidge came of a father who
had always looked out fvr himself most
industriously, but wlio, having always
lived in a poverty-stricken village, left
his son little but good advice when he
died. His advice made up by repetition
what it lacxej in quantity; it wua
simply this :
"It is eusier to marry money than to
earn it."
The young man, like a dutiful son,
rolled his father's favorite precept over
and over in his mind, and the more he
thought of it the better he liked it, for
he could not help seeing that in his
native town of Purupville, at least,
money was ro hard to earn, that no
other way of getting it could be harder.
Most of the currenoy in circulation
came from the Big Penis pump factory,
and the workmen were so poorly paid
that when they came to speud part of
their scanty wages at the store in which
young Selvidge was sole clerk, they
bought iu such small quantities and
hesitated so lousr over each pureh se
that Selvidge had to work very hard
for his small solar}'.
Selvidge did not wait until his father's
death to act upon the old gentleman's
injunction ; indeed, he began long be
fore, with his father's assistance, to cul
tivate the acquaintance of young women
who had money or prosptcts, and it
was by his father's advice that Selvidge,
instead of learning the parental trade
of blacksmithing, had become a clerk
in a village stc re, .uid thus placed him
self where he might frequently see the
young women of the vicinity in great
variety, without subjecting r himself to
expense or even loss of time!
As Selvidge was uot bad looking and
wore better fitting clothes tiiau am A
well enough, but as none of them exact
ly answered his purpose, he careiully
abstained from love-making. Many ol
the daughters of farmers and millhauds
were buxom and pretty, and a few
were clever, but on the short list in
winch Selvidge had included the name
of every girl who had any money, or
could hope to have any, tiiere was not a
name that represented five thousand
dollars, and although five thousand
dollars is not to be sneezed at, Selvidge
had set his heart on a much larger sum.
He had almost made up his mind to
chauge liis base of ojerations and go to
New York, which the two or three
thousand dollars realized from the sale
of his father s property would enable
bim to do in fair style, when an unex
pected cbance fell iu his way. Old
Perris, the sole owner of the Pumpville
pnfnp factory, had an only dauguter,
who, thanks to the laziness, luxury and
indulgence peculiar to the families ol
rich men who are rather coarse-grained
and vulgar, changed in a single year
Irom a school girl in short dresses to a
full-blown young woman, who scarcely
knew what to make of the change and
bad no one at home to inform her—
Mis. Perris being an invalid whose only
treatment for any unexpected state ol
alf airs was to fret at it.
So Miss Ferris, as people began to
call the young woman who a year belore
had been merely little Kate, did about
as she pleased. There was no bad com
pany in the village tor her to fall njto,
for her father did not allow her to as
sociate with the village people except at
school and in church, and tncre was no
•'set" of young people who could give
evening par ies lor the sole purpose ol
dancing and flirtation. There were no
young men in the vicinity whom her
lather would have allowed to visit her,
even had he realized that at fifteen
years a girl may be something more than
u child.
Miss Perris was, therefore, thrown
upon herself for all her diversions, and
sue sometimes grew desperate over her
iuabiiity to use up her time. She read
a great many novels, selected by herself,
which increased her trouble rather than
uimiuished it; she drove her ponies
lunously about the country roads, set
the family servants by the ears so fre
quently that they had to be changed
every month or two, dressed expensive
ly and in shocking taste, and made of
herself the stock topic of conversation
and joke among tne mill hands and
their wives.
As the store in which Selvidge was
clerk was the only one in the village that
kept any of the small dress goods and
little things that even the poorest women
imperatively demand, Miss Perris sud
denly began to do a great deal of shop
j ping ; and at the same time Seividge be
| gun to notice that Kate had ceased to be
: a little girl. He hesitated a long time
before adding her name to his list of can
didates for the position of wife, for the
awe in which he had been taught to
hoi J old Perris and his money was not
easy to ovtrconie. Gradually, how
ever, he began to notice that Miss
Perris, while discussing possible articles
I of purchase, sometimes looked more at
him than at the goods.
This was inueed unexpected luck;
instead ol" falling in love with money
and having to labor hard for his end,
money was falling in love with him,
and doing almost all the work. Sel
vidge did not forget that it was old
Perris, and not the daughter, who had
the money ; but he determined that if
he could secure the daughter lie could
afford any amount of effort to gaiu the
consent of the father.
Naturally Selvidge was impatient,
but lie was also discreet, so he did not
jeopardize his prospects by undue haste
One day, however, wlieu Miss Perris
was aim essly handling some g uds that
she had been looking at, she'mixed
them so inextricably that she had some
trouble in rearranging them. Selvidge
kasteued to assist lier, and when his
hand met hers under the folds of the
uiuteriul, he did not resist the tempta
tion to indulge in a little squeeze. As
the hand was warm and toft, and its
owner showed 110 ioclinatioh to with
draw it, Selvidge continued to hold it.
Suddenly, after a quick glance at the
door, he withdrew it and kissed it,
Kate gave liirn a shy look, without a
bit of reproach in it, from under her
upper eyelashes, and this so embolden
ed him that lie leaned across the
counter and kissed the young lady's
cheek. The counter would have been
too wide for such an operation had not
Kate considerately helped the young
man by leaning slightly to war J liim.
Then, with cheeks aglow, Selvidge
looked ardently into the face that was
of deeper orioisou than his own, and
'•Forgive me, my darling, but I
couldn't help it, for I have long loved
you—oh, so long !"
Kate was not equal to the situation,
for she said, with downcast eyes :
"I guess I've loved you, too; I've
only just found it out. But wnat will
fath- r say ?"
"Don't tell him, my precious one,"
replied Selvidge quickly. Leave mt
to do that, at tUo proper time."
Kate promised, and then, rather
frightened, left the store, but not until
Selvidge, leaping over the counter,
had followed lier aud giveu her a close
embrace and several kisses behind one
of the front doors, which, by the merest
accident, of coarse, Kate partly closed
by touching it with tlie toe of her boot.
DuriDg the few weeks that followed,
the course of love rau smoothly though
secretly. The couple met daily at the
store, and occasionally in the Perris
garden at an hour that should have
lound Kate asleep in bed. But the
youug man's prospects were rudely
olighted one night, when old Perris,
unable to sleep on account of the heat,
left his bed and strolled in stocki lged
feet, and with a ppo in liis mouth,
about his garden. Au unusual appear
unce of a shaded rustic seat that at ■
tracted his attention proved, on in -
vestigation, to be due to Selvidge,
with the head of Kate piiiowed eontid-
CLgly on his breast. Then there was a
nad made au humbly apology, in which
he took all the blame to lumself, and
had also promised to leave the town at
onoe and forever, old Perris kindly
giving him a thousand dollars with
whicn to set himself up as a village
merchant somewhere else.
Selvidge departed, without saying
good-bye to his employer, within, twen
ty-four iiours, but not before he had
bribed one of the Perris servants to
give Kute a letter containing florid
protestations of eternal devotion ; it
also coutained his photograph and his
address, which he had determined
should in future be at New York.
Witliiu a week, old Ferris suddenly
took Kate off for a trip, the unannouuc •
ed destination of which was a country
boarding-school where the espionage
was reported to be very strict. But a
fortnight did not elapse before, in spite
of sly father and strict school priucipal,
the lovers were exchanging letters that
bore double or treble postage.
Arrived at New York, Selvidge did
not make haste to go into business for
his capital—now about $4,000 —was
too small to enable him to buy an in
terest in any firm strong enough to
command the respect of old Perris in
the good tune that Selvidge assured
himself must come sooner or later. On
the other hand, he souid afford to live
well and keep up appearances; and as
any well-dressed adventurer of passable
manners can readily find his way into
some New York sets that-contain many
respectable people, Selvidge soon found
himself in a grade of society where all
the gentlemen wore dress coats w hen
making evening calls.
Then it struck this discreet fellow
that it might be well to have two
strings to his bow. Kate was a dulling,
and must be her father's heir ; but sup
pose she were to die, or the old man
were to fail hopelessly, as he saw some
New Yorkers of high standing doing?
To think was to act, so alter skillfully
iuformiiig himself about the youug
ladies in iiis set, Selviige began to i>ay
special attention to Miss Florence
Wernton, who was the reputed beiioss f
iu her owu light, of one of the hand
somest estate* in Western New York.
Miss Florence was the counterpart ol
Kate in almost every respect; she was
slight, sentimental and retiring ; but as
she had a heart and had not unaccepted
lover, she soon succumbed to Semdge's
attentions, while the young man, who
never belore had met a lady of her
kind, really lost the heart which he had
given to Kate ; so he declared liis love.
He more than hinted that there was a
temporary obstacle to their union, but
there was just enough mystery about
this to bind the sentimental girl more
closely to him.
Meanwhile he was not neglecting any
promising opportunities to pick up any
xortune that might be had before mar
riage. He went West to look at a
mining adventure tnat promised well,
and some letters that were forwarded
to him went astray, so when he re
turned to town he was greatly aston
ished and disappointed to hnd that
Florence and her mother had left the
boarding house iu which they had
lived, and no one at the house could
tell where thoy had gone.
Before he could inquire elsewhere,
however, he was delighted by a letter
from Kate, who said that lier father
had settled $50,000 on her in order to
reconcile her to Loarding-school life,
I but the school was horrid, the principal
a tyrant, and foorself—she simply
could live no longwithout him.
"And she sit," said Selvidge
vigorously to him. Within half au
hour he had aured her letter by
proposing an ehnent. Forty eight '
hours later he reotd a reply warmly i
aoceptiug his pruitiou, and saying {
that Kate would at him at the Augle
of the Plum YalliFemale Seminary
grounds that was rked by a huge elui
tree, the time to bue following Sun
day night and the tr midnight.
Selvidge was sily beside himself
with joy, yet he tended strictly to
business. He reacd a town not far
Iroin Plum Valley 1 Friday evening,
and took with himyouug preacher of
his acqiuuutanoe-ie of the sancti
monious young lows, without a
parish, who infest nety, aud are as
ready for a ehancjob as auy im
pecunious burgh Ou Sunday
evening he hired aarriage with four
seats, tuid he and t preacher went out
for an evening dri, the ground hav
ing first been leoooitred by dayligh*.
The carriage btopjl a few hundred
yards from the stiuary, which was
on the outskirts of e village, aud Sel
vidge proceeded oiiot and Alone. Ar
rived at the elm tf, Selvidge softly
whistled a bar or tw ol "Empty is the
cradle," which was he signal agreed
uj>oij. lus*a_tly a jure enveloped in
a waterproof cloak merged from be
hind the hedge, and well-known voice
"My darling!"
Selvidge was abomo clasp his tifty
thousuud-doll&r lovewheu another fig
ure, also draped n a waterproof,
emerged and exclaim!.
"My darlfug J"
In the voice of thoecond figure Sel
vidge rccoguized the eceut of Florence, j
but before he hud tin; to think about
his situation, tweur more girls in
waterproof rapidly apeared before him,
and exclaimed in chuus :
he a darling"
"Kate—Florence !'gasped Selvidge,
"what does this meai?"
"It means," said late, "that when
you make love to two;irls at the same
time you ought to ku-w better tbau to
select two pupils of tie Same boarding
school." Kate emphtsised this injunc
tion with a smart bhw at Selvidge's
ear, and at the same time Florence's
small hand fell with geat weight upon
tne other ear. Then both girls fell
back and the whole pirty began to pelt
the discomfited man mth eggs, which,
tuovgh not stale, were harder aud stick
ier than Selvidge hal ever imaginei
that any kind of eggs could be.
Fust Time to Europe.
who love European travel but
nessana voyage, with its seasick
tied to learu that rssjices, will be grati
gurated which when completed wnfsubmi*
iht sea voyage from heie to Liverpool
uoarly one-half and reduce the time a'xmt
one-third. The plan seems to be entirely
feasible and does not Involve,as one might
it first suppose, some cheap Yankee meth
od of compressing the Atlantic Ocean into
uaif its present compass, but simply pro
poses to utilize the whole amouet of prac
ticable laud transportation, leaving lo be
eouioaased by the steamship voyage only
the distance from the eastern point of New
foundland to GaJway, Ireland, which is
about 1,640 nines.
A company has lately been organized
called the Great American and European
Short Line Railroad Company. It propo
ses to utilize routes already in existence
from New York and Boston to Oxford,
Nova Scotia. A new line seventy miles
in length is already under contract to com
plete the connection to the Strait of Csnso
waich is to be bridged, and one hundred
aud twenty miles of new road built from
there to Cape North, the eastern extremity
of Cape lireton Island. A steam ferry is
to be a link in the chain across the Straits
ot St. Lawrence, a distance of fifty-six
miles to the west coast of Newfoundland,
from which point a railroad 820 miles in
length across Newfoundland will complete
the route. On the European side the rail
and terry connections from Gal way to
Liverpool are already co i piete. Tuere is
very hille doubt but this enterprise is des
tined to prove a success, as the company
is amply able to carry out its designs ami
has already procured the necessary char
ters and has part of the line under con
tract, When it is completed they propose
to run a daily line of steamers each way,
so that persous desiring to go to or come
from Europe can start on any given day
and will not need to be delayed for the
sailing of a first-class vessel, as Is often
the case at present. The company expect
to have the road completed in less than 5
The advantage of this route are two fold
—the lesseuing of the time requiaed tor
the trip aud its consequent discomforts,
and the avoidance of the daugers of the
coast from New York to Newfoundland
during the stormy seasons. When this
route is completed a considerable more
than one-third ot the present distance to
Europe may be compassed in a palace car
and the ocean trip reduced to lour days
or less. A trip to Europe will then be
hardly more than a journey to Omaha or
New Orleans.
Deepnea Sounding.
It Is claused that, for oidinary purposes
of navigation while a ship is at full speed,
Sir William Thompson's new apparatus
for deep3ea sounding ha 9 proved its pecu
liar sujMjriority. In its construction a glass
tube filled with air is hermetically sealed
at the top, but open at the bottom, and
prepared with red prussiate of potash. It
is placed in a Drasa tube, closed at the bot
tom, but allowed the free ingress and
pressure of water from above- The brass
iube is partially filled with sulphate
of iron, and wherever this comes into con
tact with the interior of the glass tube it
turns into a Prussian blue. The pressure
of the water compresses the air, forcing
the sulphate of iron up the glass tube ac
cording to the depth to which it descends.
The glass tube, part of which retains it 3
o.igiuai color, Is then measured on asca'e,
and thus the depth of the sounding is ln
d a.ed
Trust not the polished stone or
smooth-tongued stranger, both are
A National Hop,-ueH' (Jailery.
The headquarters of the Secret Di
vision of the Treasury Department is
one of the most interesting pluces for
sight-seers in Washington. The "rogues'
gallery" will serve well to entertain the
visitor for au hour. On the walla hang
portraits of most of tho noted counter
feiters who have been detected, the
collection numbering about 2.000. In
one corner of tlie r.x>m stands a large
safe in which is stored SBOO,OOO in spur
ious money. Near the sufe is a press
used by Charles Uhlrich, an ingenious
German who thought it easier to make
oouuterfcit plates, than turn an hones*
peuuy, though he was a skilled artist
aud could command a luiudsome income
almost anywhere.
; A curious article rests upon Uhlrich's
press. It is a miniature representation
of the old bell and tower of Indepen
dence Hall, from which was rung out
the decree of liberty iu 1776. It is
made from redeemed greenbacks after
they have been destroyed and converted
into paper, the structure representing
about a million dollars.
Among the pictures desplayed is that
of Halleck, who robbed the Treasury
cash room of $47,000. He was employ
ed iu the cash room, aud by making a
false package for the Adams Express
Company he was enabled to extract the
money from the building. Another
picture is that of Bixley, the couuter
friter, who several times succeeded iu
evading the law. When Captured no
money could be fouud upon liim, but
one of the officers noticed the peculiar
look of a cano the prisoner carried, and
ou examining the stick it was found to
be hollow and filled with bad coin.
Other portraits were those of the Rev.
Dr. Thomas and his wife, who for a
time too successfully carried on their
operations ; Bailey, the only man who
ever made a good imitation of the paper
on which money is printed ; Brodwell,
on whom was captured 1.000 counter
feit $25 notes of the Spanish Bank of
Cuba; Doyle, Brockway, the priuce of
counterfeiters, and Smith, the engraver,
the famous trio whose counterfeit SI.OOO
bond is so neatly done that it is almost
impossible to tell it from the original.
M' at counterfeit gold pieces are made
of platinum. The value of a $5 piece
made of this metal is $4.00, the coun
terfeiter only realizing 40 cents for his
labor. The manner of making counter
plaster pafW^V2. to take * block of
cast of the genuine coin in the"
and aftet binding tha pieces together
make a hole on one side through which
to pour in the metal. When this is
finished, a thin sheet of silver is pressed
upon it, and after puttiug on the serrat
ed edge, the work is completed. Most
counterfeit silver money is made of
brass, which produces a good ring, and
a counterfeit fifty-cent piece of this
kind weighs nearly the same as genuine
coin. A specimen of fine work done
with a pen and ink is a twenty-dollar
bill, the difference between it and the
genuine note being so small that a non
expert could not detect it. Another in
teresting exhibit is some raised money.
The V on a five-dollar bill has been
carefully scraped off, the "fifty" stamp
on a cigar box nealty pasted on, and in
some way the whole bill changed. Most
of this class of work is done by Chinese
counterfeiters, ana their photographs
occupy considerable space in the gallery.
A raised check which hangs upon the
wall attracts considerable attention.
The original was a check on the Third
National Bank of New York for $451.
All of the writing except the signature
was removed by acids and the amount
changed to $26,968.75. The check was
presented at the bank and paid. The
plates, by which any fifty-dollar bill in
issue can be counterfeited, are also
A Corner Ornament.
A pretty ornament for the corner of a
room is made of three ebony shelves, or
three shelves that have the appearance
of being ebony, because of a little ebony
railing at the back of each shelf. To
each of these shelves a narrow lambre
quin is attached. A handsome set of
these shelves has a lambrequin, five
iuobes deep, of drab satin ; on this is
painted a spray of violets, with leaves
and stems ; the bottom is fringed out
for an inch, the lambrequin is tacked to
the shelf, and the tacks are concealed
by a velvet ribbon, on which is worked
a Grecian pattern in shaded yellow silk.
A dot is worked in the centre of each
square. The next shelf has a lambre
quin of old gold satin, on this is painted
a spray of scarlet and white dowers
with delicate foliage. The edge is
frmged, and the top finished with rib
bon ; but instead of the Grecian pattern
use other fanoy stitches. Un the bot
tom shelf put a cardinal satin lambre
quin of the same depth and style and
finished in the same way as the others
Daisies and grasses are pretty for the
painting. Velvet may be substituted
for the satin, and silk embroidery for
painting. If velvet is used, a tiny gilt
cord, or braid, should be used for a
heading; it must be broad enough to
cover tho tack. The shelves, unless
they are ebonized wood, should be cov
ered with black silk.
The Ghost* of Red Creek.
To tlie northward of Mississippi city
and its neighbor, Handsboro, there ex
tends a track of pine forest for miles
with but few habitations scattered
through it. Black and Red creeks, with
their numerous branches, drain this re
gion into the Pascagoula river to the
eastward. With the swamps of the
Pascagoula river as a refuge, and the
luxuriant and unfrequented bottoms of
the Ited and Black creeks to browze
upon, there are few choicer spots for
deer. Knowing this fact, a small party
of gentlemen, on the day before a crisp
cold Cliristmas, started from Handsboro
in a large four-wheeled wagon for a
thirty-mile drive into the wilderness of
pine and a week's sport after the deer.
The guide was Jim Carutliers, a true
woodsman, and the driver a general
tactotum, a jolly negro named Jack
Lyons, than whom no one could make a
better hoe-cake or cook a venison steak.
His laugh could be beard a quarter of a
mile, and his good-nature was as ex
pansive as the range of the laughter.
The usual experiences of a hunting
camp were heartly enjoyed during the
first days of this life out of doors; but
its cream did not rise until about the
fifth night, when, from familiar inter
course, Jack Lyons became loquacious,
and after the day's twenty or twenty
tive-mile walk, would spin yarns in front
of the camp fire, which brought forget
fulness of fatigue.
Tlie night before New Years was in.
tensely cold. The cold north wind of
the afternoon had subsided at sunset,
and only a gust now and again touched
the musical leaves of tlie pines, making
them vibrant with that mournful score
of nature's operas which even maestros
have failed to catch.
In front of two new and white tents
two spertsmen reclined at length within
reach of the warmth of the fire, while
opposite them rested at ease the guide
and the worthy Jack Lyons.
Wearied with the day's chase foui
ttauch hounds —Ringwood, Rose, Jet
and Boxer—were dreaming of a future
The firelight brought out in bright re
lief the trunks of the tall pines like
cathedral columns, andsparklng through
the leafy dome overhead the scintillat
ing stars glistened with a diamonp
brightness. A silence which added its
influence to the scene rested about the
■ borders of the creek below, and gave
more effect to the story of the veteran
• -Wer than perhaps it otherwise
. would have . r
, "If de deer run down decreek,"sua
, old Jack smacking his lips over a care
l fully prepared brewing of the real Cam
bolton punch, "wese boun to see fun
. to-morrer, for dey'll take us down thar
f by de old Gibbet's place. In daylight
I dar's no place like it, but after nightfall,
j you bet you wouldn't catch dis niggar
j Old Jack was naturally asked why he
r didn't care about visiting the Gibbet's
3 place at night Asking to be excused
until he filled his pipe, the silence was
unbroken until his return. He piled on
more pine knots and commenced,
i ** Yu' kno' gemmen, dat when de gun.
) boat was in de sound we folks had to
i travel way back hyar on dese roads out
t un de range of dere big guns. I was
gaged by Mr. Harrison in hauling salt
} from de factory at Mississipi City, os de
beach ober to Moblie, an' I had been
3 making a trip every week or so. Dis
back country road was neber thought
j ob by de federals, an' we bad good j
times along de way, no shells and -no
5 Bhootin'.
4, De nite, gemmen, I's speakin' of
was a Friday dat youa all know is un
lucky. Well, you see, I . hitched up
Betsie and Rose in de lead an' ole Fox
an' Blossom at de pole, an' takes in de
biggest load ob salt dat team eber car
ried. I starts out an' crosses de Biloxi
riber at Hansboro just as de moon was
goin' down. Yes, boss, dese roads
woren't no better den dan now, an' de
rain had made 'em mighty rough when
yer comes to de holes.
44 1 sat in de seat wliistlin' 4 De Cows
is in de Pea Patch,' and a thinking of
SSarah Jamison, what was afterwards my
wife, when I felt de ofl fore wheel go
'kerseush !' in a hole up to de hub. I'd
made 17 mile out of Hansboro. I did
some cussin', and den went to de feuoe
about 20 yards off and took out a rail to
pria > up de wheel. Den I saw I was at Mi -
ter Gibbet's place. I try and try on a &
de wheel, but no go; so I sez to myself,
I'll go on up to de house and get old
Mr. Gibbet to give me a turn. I had
done gone by dyar two weeks afore and
seed de old man,
44 Now, gemmen. yer listen to me, for
what l'se tellin yer is as sure as Jinny'll
blow de horn on de last day. I walk
ed up to de house and dar I saw a bright
light inside. It showed out fro de
windows, and I saw shaders ot Miss
Gibbet and Mrs. Gibbet on de window
curtain —shore honeys, shore. De front
do' was shet, and I steps up on ter de
gallery and knocks wit de but end of
my whip. I didn't knock loud needer.
God bless us all, gem'men, de ligh
went out like dat, and I hear set up a
laugh, ha-ha-ha-ha. How dat set my
knees a-shaking. I opens de do' and
dare was no sign of anybody. I struck
a match and all de furniture was*moved
out, an* de old red curtain dat I fouglit
I seed was in rags. 1 didn't kno'
eactly what to think 'bout dem s'range
voices, but I started back to de wagon
when it lightened, and bress God, dar
iu de front yard was six graves just
made. Something wrong here I sed ;
and I builds a fire by de wagon and
digs de wheel out Jest den old Squire
Pasture kern along de road from Mobile
and he tells me de news. Ole man
.Gibbet cut de froata of his wife and
fore chillerns and shoot bisef in de head
out un jealously of his wife. Dey was
all buried in de front yard and de house
was deserted ten days befo\
"Gemmen, when I hear dat, dem
mules make de quickest time to Mobile
you eber s ed, an youse can tell me dar's
no ghostes, but you don't catch me
oun dat log house of Gibbet's ceptin
sun's an hour high."
Jack looked suspiciously over his
shoulder into the darkness and crawled
into his blanket, muttering:
"It scares dis nigger eben now to tell
'bout dat night."
Bleep soon fell upon the camp, but
the impression of old Jack's story sur
vived the night, and the next day he
still asserted its truth.
Public Baths.
It is only people like oar own, that
claim the beat of civilization, to whom
the public bath is almost a thin# un
known. We have here and there a
aw mining school, which is a mere pri
vate exercise and amounta to bat little
at the moat; and we have in the hot
summer a few incloeurea at the head of
a wharf or on the side of a bridge,
which one needs the bath bitterly before
entering. Acknowledging this, wexclaim
that we have instead private baths in
private houses for those that can afford
to pay the rent of such houses. But to
had the ancients private baths beside
their public ones, and of a beauty far
exceeding the visions of our extravagant
dreams, with pipes of silver and floors
of precious stones. When even the
| rude Russian in his inland village, the
i Lapp, the Mexican, the Japanese, has a
public batb.butaltnough of mean descrip
tion, it seems incredible that we, who
boast ourselves so near the top of possi
bility in all improving things, should
hardly be on a par with, if we are not
actually beneath, such as they. One
may say, with truth, perhaps, that
emperors built the vast and superb
affairs to divert public attention from
the loss of liberty, that they ran into
fearful abuses when one ruler indulged
—•' ir> eiehtor ten baths a day, and
where another all bat dwelt witniu their
walls, and where they became at last
the theatre of disgraceful scenes. But
it |may be said to all the latter, as we
are very well aware, that the abuse of
the thing is no argument against its
use; it is to be hoped that our knowl
edge and religion would be of better
proof than what answered for those
things with those ancients who so de
graded themselves, and for the former,
if tho enjoyments of the bath really
could divert the Romans fromthe thought
of liberty, if an emperor conld win devo
tion by building them, then it was
because the people prized them and
desired them and held them even aboye
the worth of liberty. Heaven forbid
that our people should ever follow such
example so far! Bat one cannot help
seeing that if we, as a people, showed
but the first thrill of such a desire for
theee public baths—that is, if we showed
any desire for them at all—we should
have them. For it is we who are the
emperors and rulers here. It is our
own voices that govern, and if we want
public baths, and when we want them,
they will rise like an exhalation, That
it is not advisable, that_it is not desira
ble, to have tbem made vehicles of
mere luxurious sensation and objects of
magnificence is evident. But if cleanli
ness is next to godliness, then it is a
shame that the masses of our popula
tion are kept so remote from godliness,
and our unwashed millions—even our
board shanties on wharves and bridges
being miserably insufficient, and onr
Turkish and Russian contrivances being
too costly for any but the rich and
reckless—cannot obtain at any price
what the Roman citizen, at a time when
money was worth far more than now,
obtained for the eighth of a penny.
llow to Fill a Picnic Basket.
A prize being offered for the best as
sortment, it was awarded by the judge
to the following : Olive ard sard n >
sandwiches ; cold salmon with horsera
dish sauce, eaten with salad or plain let
tuce ; aspic of prawns witii brown
bread and butter; plovers' eggs au
n itnrel; galantine, quail pie in layers
of fricandeau veal; eggs, jelly, truffles,
usml seasoning. Substitut J capon and
cut out truffles if economy is un object;
the crown artichoke or asparagas cold,
eaten with oil and Tarragon vinegar ;
fruit tarts ; cold plum pudding with
Devonshire or other cream, cream
cheese and strawberries ; iced coffee or
chocolate a chasse of Curacoa for cts
dames, and tine champagne for the men.
He that hears much and speaks none
at all shall be welcome iu both tower
and hall.
NO 39.