The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, November 03, 1871, Image 1

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    What'* My Leve Like I
T*U m#. *h*f my low Ilk# T
A lily of tk# May,
Thai (for# not shun th# kiMinf ran.
Yet keeps its dew all day I
Yea, and no.
Pond i stie, and cnyis ahe,
But— wWtp* kw
She fa more than Una to ma.
So no lily ahal) aha bo.
Bnt toll me whafa my lore like I
A little cooing dove,
Who foci* ytw breast hot aafeat neat,
A thing of fear ami love T
Yea, and no.
Timid ab< and tender ahe.
Bet—wMsper low—
She ia more than thia to me.
81 no dove my love ahall be.
Ok, tell me, what's my love like f
rVrha|w a pearl of girls.
For whose sweet fcee a king would piste
Hie erown npon her ourla I
Yea, and no.
Worth* skin* ia ahe,
fiut - whisper hiw—
She ia more, and ia for me.
So no qneen my dear ahall be.
Hindoo Discontent.
Tlie mental unreal, and (he alarme.l, anapl
eiona, and dieeontented aUte of feeling pre
vailing at precent throughout the whole of
India, are well i!h\-trated in the language of a
Reagali mmg, which ha* jut now crest popu
larity in the lower province*. The hiUowtug t*
a literal translation;
Tlie fruit of *o much labor, the Wood of the
bodies of the people-
Taking thia to preserve their rale what aort
of greatness ia Uie t
Tlii* i* kilting a cow to aupply a Brahmin with
shoes :
The cry of the Ryots ia like that of a frog in
the mouth of a snake.
The assessor* are their gramlfkther*' father*.
Instead of a handful, they 411 their arm* ;
Pom tug on the poor, hka tl>t> King of Death ;
they go from vilUre to village
A* a watermelon ahu h may be heh'. m the
hand contain* *even haiulftd# of seeds.
So these clever fellow* get ten rupees, when
the income-tax is one rupee only.
The tax used to l>e on the land ; then it fell on
water, and oh, mother! what will the end
Thus thinking the wind dew away in terror,
saying, "By and by, then will true me too
by the hair of the head."
If thia be so in time of peace, when war cornea
our very lives will he taken ;
If the water-course* ars dry in winter, summer
will hnng death ;
When the word is given our fortunes tow to
the treasury.
As a child might to its nurse's arm* when aha
Lord Lawrence'# relgu Mag ever, ore thought
that trouble was paat.
Past ia it ? 04 hut coming ? ART one ma v aee.
The dork age i* only beg inning —what will be
our fkte hereafter ?
Lord Mayo'a voice >a heard. The soul tremble*
with fear.
44 A note for yoe, ma'am. No answer."
1 wa* resting in my ovu room, after
riding—it wa* six o'clock, too early to
dress for dinner, too late to dress twists
alter taking off my habit—sleeping oxer a
book, and comfortable iu tny white ifree*-
ing-gonn. 1 wa* bored by the interrup
tion. The note wa* no more than thia:
44 DEAS SALEES I must stay where I
am; and you must go by yourself to the
Lester*'—you wont mind. I saw Jack,
and he said there was no party, as it would
be troublesome with tbe wedding to-mor
row, ami the dining-room is given up to
the breakfast. I've sent back the hroimh
am Thine, FRED.'
Fred is my brother, and was invited, lihe
myself, to dine quietly with these Lester?,
whose pretty daughter was to be married
next day to a friend of ours—especially
Fred's and mine—Sir John Marsh, com
monly called " Jack."'
u What keeps Fred ?" was my passing
thought; then I read a little longer, dress
ed, and drore to Port man square. At I
turned the comer, I saw risible prepara
tions and signs of the morrow's wedding at
the Lester-' door. A cart with flowers
was unloading; an awning was being put
up over the balcony and hall-door ; men
in white aprons came and went. As the
brougham drew up. I could see through
the open door the bustle and stir within.
At home in the house, I opened the din
ing-room door, to see what progress was
being made with the tables. Several maid
sen ants and some of th# confectioner's
men were arranging the ornaments and
dowers: the cake with its conventional
erertmu stood conspicuous. Mv friends'
maid was taming moss into the flower bas
kets, and decorating the high dishes con
taining the mere durable part of the feast.
u Well Barker," 1 was beginning, when 1
caught the woman's eyes. She was doing
her work with a strange gravity, and her
free was full of horror and pain. When
she saw me, she let fall the flowers in her
•' 0 ma'am ! O Miss Sarah! you're come." 1
"Of course, I've corae," I answered.
" What is the matter 7
" You hav'nt seen them, tna'am, htTe
yon ?"
" Seen who 7—the ladies T Xo. I came
straight in here to look at the tables. Is
there anything wrong 7 I suppose we're
to dine in the library for to-day 7 How
nice it all looks!"
" Nice! O ma'am, it's a mockery, it's
awful! To see it all, and to go un as if—
as if O Lord !" and the w onun sat
down, and rocked herself to and fro, with
the tears running down her face.
I was thoroughly alarmed now. "Bar
ker, w there anything wrong 7 Is any one
ill, or dead 7 I)cu't frighten me like this.
I'll go and see them, if you won't speak
out;" and I went to the door. I just saw
that Barker had descended to the floor,
and that brr head was on the chair, which
she clutched, sobbing aloud.
I met the butler and another man cross
ing the ball, both with scared solemn face*,
and went on to tbe morning room on
the same floor. There, all looked much as
usnal. Tbe pride of tbe bouse sad of my
friend's rather valuable collection of an
tiquities stood facing the door—a huge
cabinet with massive clamped doors, and
richly cut brwswork ti*U as only genuine
Ironwork of old time can be; cniioudy
inlaid woodwork ; marvelous locks wblcb
no one but its owner understood, and no
one else dared meddle with. It was a very
old friend, the great armoirt ; playing with
the children of tbe home in my own child
hood, I knew It, inside and outside by
heart. A mystery and a wonder then—
an interest later—always a thing to ad
mire and wonder at even now.
It had three doors. The centre cue
about four, feet wide, and certainly six
inches thick, abut in another, which again
enclosed, with a space of about eight inches
of waste roctn, a set of sir drawers of dif
feroit aires, and a sort of cupboard above
them. We used to stand as little chil
dren between the drawers and tbe inner
door, and wonder, supposing we were shut
in, whether we could bieath long in that
narrow enclosure, or be beard by any one
without, simposing—awful thought!—we
were forgotron, or tbe outer door were
shut. I remember thinking of it in bed
at night, at netrous children will think of
such things, till I was cold with horror.
Both these two doors shut with a catch
which was not a lock; but we children
were forbidden ever to open or shut them,
except when Mr. Lester was present. It
was doubtful if any one else knew bow to
open them, for no one ever tried. Tbe
two side doors opened with curious keys,
which stood in the locks, chained to the
armoire. They were valuables in them
selves. The gaeat key of the centre door,
worth a hundred pounds or more, was con
sidered too sacred for common eyes, and
lay in a velvet-lined case in Air. Lestera'
own keeping—brought out only occasion
ally to show to those who could appreciate
such things.
It stood there in the summer twilight,
looming darkly in the quiet room, darker
than the rest of the house, as back rooms
in London often are. Chilly it seemed to
me, in my thin white dress, coming from
the ball full of sunset light. Taming to
leave the room, 1 saw a man lying prone on
his face upon the sofa; so still, and so
straight, and so strange in his attitude,
that I could only stare for a minute ana
wonder whether be was asleep, or dead.
His bands were over his ears, grasping his
hair, as if in pain ; and I noticed tbe solea
of his boots turned quite up, as one notices
trifles in tbe midst of alartn or bewilder
ment. The nails in his boots showed that
he was not dressed for dinner. His hat
was lying on the floor on its side. His
face I could not see; but I knew it was
Jack March, and I touched his arm in
" Jack, are you awake ? Are you asleep ?
V'hat is it?" I asked with growing
alarm. Was Ito find something strange
in every room I entered in this house.
"Jack!" I said again. He turned and I
saw his wild haggard face, that looked |t
mo with vague eyes that seemed not to
see; and then he pat his head down with
a moan, and covered hi > ears once more as
as if to shut out sight and sound, fhe
FRED, KURTZ, Editor sml Proprietor,
i loom felt darker and chillier for this; and
the gaunt oKI amtoire seeiued bigger a id
more oppressive. I ran out of the room iu
• aort or panic. I p-sUira, the drawing
room door open. The glare of the
,'unwt was over the room hright with
flower* and pictures; and the open win
dow* showed thchslcouie* lined with cloth
Hid ready for the guest* next dry. Silence
hero, and silent figure*, two of "theni one
crouched upon the tl,*>r t with anus out
stretched upon a sofa ; another I vine half
! across upon an ottoman—the bride'* nw-
I thcr and risti-r. \* I came iu and s|H>ke,
inow fait Iv bcwildctcd and frightened,
Mrs. Lester ro*c up with a desjairtng
" Saleeu, Salccu !" she stood shaking and
crying out my uaine.
* Dear Mrs. 1 .ester," I said, taking the
woman's cold hands, "come and sit down,
and tell me what ha* happened,—Kate! I
' called to the girl on the floor, " come and
give me that cushion." She came me
chanically, and helped her mother to the
arm-chair. " Now tell me if yon cau "
But Mrs Lester** head had fallen back
upon the cushion, ami she had faiuted.
! The girl roused herself.
"No wonder." she said " ahe ha* eaten
nothing all dxv ; aud then all this. It's
too awfkl, Sateen. I shall go mad if I
i think ; aud papa ha* never come back.
" IV here is your father 7 "
44 1 don't know. We sent down to the
elub audio the house; they can't tiud him.
And we've an* re bed hi* room, and it's not
there. It's nowhere and Jack a nearly
wild; and we daren't break it open."
"It! What, child? Can't you say
what you are talking about ? I
: shall go mad next. M'kat can't you tiud ?
And what ail* you all 1
44 Sakvn, It's Mary. Mary ia In there ;
and (he key is gone, and papa is away;
and she's dying there—sulfoeating ;" and
the girl flung herself on the floor with
wild sobs aud tears. Mrs. Lester lav for
gotten in her swoon ; Kate rolled in una
vailing misery on the carpet. I fled down
stair*. The servants were a* busy as ever.
1 knew it all now.
" Good God," I said to the butler, who
was carrying in a tray of glass. " are you
going on with all this useless folly, and
i that girl dying m the next room. Is no
oue giving to try to save her.
Davis stood still ami looked at me pity
ing; be shook his head sadly ami went on.
I rushed into the street; a policeman
was standing near the carta. " Come
here," 1 said. 44 You " —to another man—
"go ami get a blacksmith. Run for your
life! Tell them to bring tools to open
locks and unscrew everythcug. Run!—i
1 And you get a hatchet; get anything;
come and break open the groat cabinet. "
I gasped to the servant*, who came out to j
sec what it all meant; 44 Don't looe a mo
ment. Groat Heaven! the time has been
lost already! " They obeyed me, dispers
ing hither and thitber. It seemed bout*
before the men came back with tools.
•' Try the hinges first. Are there screws ?"
There was that chance ; and they worked
at them, removing several heavy, curious j
nails and screws, but seeming no nearer
the object; the door was last and firm;
"Oh, break it down !" I screamed at last.
"break it with the hatchet. Mliat does
anything matter, but her life—her life !"
"Her life!" said some strange voice
cl<*e to me, and there stood Jack March
swaying like a drunken man, with scared
eyes and wild bair. Was his reason gone
or going.
" Don't!" he shouted to a workman
who was lifting the hatchet to break in
the door. "Not up there. Her head.":
And then he stooped his ear to the key
hole, listened intently a minute, raised j
his hand, as if to demand silence, and the
intelligence lading out of his face, be rose i
with a discordant laugh, and walked away.
" Bali" he said ; " her life against Lester*'
cabinet—her life against a key." We did
not even look round to see where he went
stumbling through the hall, where he fell
in a fit upou the floor.
Fearing to injure that imprisoned figure
—living or dead, who could tell—we left
the door, and proceeded to break into the I
middle compartment from the wings. The 1
grand old workmanship resisted; there '
seemed no weak point, no crevice, no possi- 1
bility of breaking into the huge thing '
without fear of harm to that which it held
locked and fast, within a few inches of our 1
light and air and living life, done to death 1
by a bit of clever machinery, the work of
a dead hand. 1 would not think of beau
tiful Mary Iywtor as she might be, must '
be, if another hour went by. All thi* 1
time no questions were asked. I never 1
knew till afterwards how it had all happen
ed: how her father, only an boar or so '
earlier exhibiting his wonderful cabinet to '
a connoisseur in such matters, had gone up 1
stair* with his friend to show the key he
pnxed so much, leaving the cabinet door I
open, intending to return —bow Mary ami !
the children, a younger brother and sister. 1
had comi in—and how the unnsual sight 1
of the open door had attracted them—how '
she looked in, and told the little ones she '
had not stood inside it "so" since she wa* 1
as little a* tbey were; and laughing tried 1
to stand in the old place. "I am not too
big even now, am I?" she said; and the
children ran to ace, and pushing the doors '
against her, the spring caught, and shut
her in with death and suffocation: while 1
they went shouting to the others that sis
ter Mary was "in there shut up," and they :
coald not let her out-
No, tbey could not let her out. Mr. '
Lerier and his friend had gone of with the
key to show it to some one who had doubt
ed its date—so it appeared from one of the
boys who now came in: he had heard
thotn talking on the stairs as they went
"He said--' Jarvis kn>w nothing about
it; he has never seen it,'" said the ly
sobbing. " I heard him. I know he said
" That will be Colonel Jarvis, in Charles
street, ma'am," said Davis. " Maybe, if
we sent there "
There were voices outside, and Barker
looked in with a white face of horror.
" It's master coming in," she said, in a
sort of whisper.
We all stood back. Who would tell
him ? Who was to say," Your girl is be
hind that immovable door 7"
But the boy, frightened enough at bis
father at other times, went up to him,
trying to speak quietly—"The key, sir.
Quick, for God's sake !"
44 Key ! What—what's ail this 7 Good
God! sir" —seizing a servant by the collar,
and flinging him to one side, like a cat—
"do you know what you're doing, med
dling "with that cabinet 7 Why, it's worth
thousand*! Gcd bless me! what does all
this mean *" He was purple with anger
" Don't stand staring. Sarah Hcriot," he
thundered, "you are not a fool; be good
enough to explain this—this "
I went up to him sick with horror. "The
key is wanted," I managed to say. "There
is some one inside—riying."
"Some one—dying—in there? Who?:
What ? Who is it, girl 7" He shook ine '
by the shoulder till I winced with pain.
*" Oh, the key, the key ! Never mind
anything else, sir. Only open it quick,
and lose no more time."
He looked sharply round—Mrs. Lester
and Kate were standing at the door, with
their terrified, miserable faces. He took
in the rest of us with a glance.
" Where's Mary 7" he said, suddenly.
No one spoke. "Why the devil don't
vou answer me 7 WAa is shut in there 7
'How could any cne be there 7 Trash!"
But his lace was growing ashy gray, and
b;* lips whitened as he spoke. " Ah, my
God! I never shut the door! It is not
Jfory, not my girl that's " He pointed
with a shaking hand to the heavy door.
<( Ajid—l haven't the—key !"
He made one rush into the street; the
servant* standing about were swept right
and left, a* he tore p**t them, down Or
chard street into Oxford street. They
roui I see the halloa, fleeing figure divajr
pcaring in the distance.
Mi*. Lrater came into the hall. The
doctor and others were busy about p>*>r
Jack March, who lay • the dining-room
ofa with closed eyes, happily uurouariou*
The timid mistress of the house stood by
the staircase, her face, her voice, her who!*
appearance changed aud aged in the last
"He ha* gone for the key ; he can't be
back," she aaid, speaking like a woman iu
a dream, "not for hall an hour." She
looked round stupidly, and smiled. "He
w ill kill me, you know; but the cabinet
doU be broken open-broken to piece*!
Nevermind. Fancy roi'tug for the key!"
she laughed. " Break it down, I tell you!
/ give tlie order. Do you hear ne ?"
Two workmen cauie from the side door,
where a fresh ami useles* attempt had
beeu made to remove the teuiel without
mjurv to the front or to the imprisoned
" We might loosen the woodwork, ami
strike it out, niuiu ; and go on taking out
screws, same time."
j "Do it."
Sharp blows upon chisel* now, aud sev
eral screw* removed from lock and binges.
" Strike at the hinge* with the hatchet,"
1 came Mr*. I .eater's altered voice, ban! and
wiry, uually so low and hesitating. " Gut
them through ;it ntn be done—it sAalf,"
They struck with a will; the hatchet
edge was pressed to the weakest part, and
heavy blow* from a mallet unun tuat. The
hatchet edge wa* turned, and a dint-made;
*ome of the work iiyured and broken—but
no more.
"Gut through the panel," suggested
Kate. " Surely W.VKI can he broken."
"It's all lined with iron, mum," said
Davis; "it ia a* good as a safe. Hut we
might try."
Throe telling blow.*. The room sudden
ly darker, a chill sough of wind from the
window, aud the door swung to with a
lung. Every one looked round. A grow!
of distant thunder, and a faint flash of
' lightning accounted for it the uext moment.
More blows, and a long ominous roll, and
the lightning playing across the peat
armoire; then au avalauch of rain aud hail
j —all strange and incongruous on this fine
evening. The room was nearly dark, tine
of the men spoke: " I there a step-ladder
in the house?" It was brought. "I'll
try the top, with your leave, ma'am. Ah,
if I had a light uow!" He was g.ven a
. taper from the library table. " Bill"
ito bis companion—"look here; hold the
light, and keep a hand on the side." He
lifted the hatchet and gave a swinging
blow—another—an awful clip of thunder,
' and the next flash showed every white
face to the other. Quick step* in the hall,
and the door flung wide open ; a wild, wet
figure throw the kev amongst us, and fell
in a heap upon the floor. With a wrench
the man on the ladder tore ott the upper
moulding, and half the roof of the annoire.
Mr*. I jester took up the key, (ambled with
the lock, and let it (all with a shriek.
Barker caught it Irottt her, put it in, and
turned it. "Open it," ahe whispered to
one of the men; " I can't." She turwd
away, sick with dread. It was opened,
showing nothing hut the terrible umcr
door, whose spring wa* only known to the j
master, lying senseless on too floor.
" Take off more here," one of the men j
shouted; "it will give air till tbe door'a i
got open."
Good thought. They worked savagely, j
Mrs. Lester was on her knee* by ber
husband. "Oh, get brandy ! Get him to '
•peak! He could tell us how!" They
did what they could. " William ! Oh, j
speak to me! How can I open it, tbe
spring—the inner door 7"
The white lips moved, and the head, ;
with ita dripping hair, rolled to one aide, '
hut no sountl catne. Tbe men worked
wildly now. All thought of sparing the
beautiful front and bra.**-work was forgot
ten. They tore and hammered at the
inner door, whose smooth polished surfwe
presented no crevice or joint where to
strike first—where to insert a chisel or
direct a blow. As they worked, conscious
ness returned to Mr. Lester; he half *at
lip, rupporting himself against the door;
but no words came, though his lips moved,
and his eyes looked with intense eagerness
at the destruction of his precious armoire. i
He lifted hi* hand and looked mutely at
bis wife. Hhc put her head down to his I
lips. '• What is it ? What shall 1 tell
them to do P He beat his hand upon tbe
Kate sprung forward. 44 1 know ! I
know ! Strike on the floor, at the foot of
tbe inner door! Ob, I remcmlier, it was j
Davis felt with bis hand all along the
polished surface of the lowest shelf. "Here,
press here. Give mc a hammer." He
felt a slight rise, and struck gradually all
about the spot Kate showed him. A deaf
ening clap of thunder, and a flash, blinding
us for a moment, and we all crowded close,
and then came a creak, drowned in the
awfnl thunder.
44 It's open," said one of the men.
Kate slid to tbe floor, twisting tny dress
about her head.
Davis tuped from the door. 44 1 daren't
look," lie said. 44 1)o you," to the carpen
ter's man. 44 Open it gently."
Barker stretcned forward, turned round,
tried to say something, and burst out cry
" I can't see," said tbe man, with a
strange, thick voice. " Bring the light,
some one." For ten awful seconds there ;
wa* silence in the dim room, then a cry,
and a heavy fall.
< 44 Salecn," said a voice close to me, "do
| you knoir it's a quarter |**t seven, and
you are due at the lister'* at half-past;
and not even dressed. Here's your Ixwk
fallen down."
I had been asleep over an hour.
If I felt like a conspirator at theLestera'
pleasant dinner, it is uot surprising, but I j
, did not mention my dream'
a a
The feelings of a near-sighted man, who
finds he has kissed his hand to the wrong
The finding your pocket-book gone :
i'ust us yon are about leaving a strange
lotel, with no time to spare to reach tlie
The rapidity with which fancy stocks
decline, when yon go in, and rise when
yon sell ont.
The sensation from a lady's boot heel
(present style) when she step* on yonr
foot accidentally.
Tlie prices charged at *ome of the
hotels on 44 the European style."
The skill with which the "gentlemanly"
| bar-keeper gives you short change.
Getting on horseback for the first in j
j your life.
The amount of vour gas and plumbing
Your mother-in-law's remarks if yon
| do not go to the mountains or sea-shore
i during the season.
The being asked by a person at an
evening party, with whom you are ac
quainted, but whose name you cannot
recollect, to introduce him to your friend,
Mii Smuggins, who is coming toward
THE Schooner Levant, wrecked off
Sheboygan, was discovered by the crew
of the schooner D. P. Dobbins, who
found but two of her men alive, one of
whom, Peter Brand, of Chicago, lived
only a few minutes after being rescued.
Peter Laruum is the only suvivor. The
others were found dead, still clinging to
the rigging. The lost are the captain,
mate, Robert Brown, a passenger, and
two seamen.
The lliirultig of Route.
Am everything cminttcled with great
tin* Itu.i a peculiar interest nt the iirt<H*nt
tint*-, w- rt'|in*luc# the narrative of tit**
historian Taoitiu couct-ruiug the confla
gration lui'h uDt'iuwd ut Home, A.
D. tit:
There followed dreadful disaster ;
whether fortuitously. or by the wicked
contrivance of the prince, (Xero), ia not
dtttrrmiuiHl, for l<>th are a**ertixl by hi*-
i tonaii* lint of ull the calamities which
ever lief el this city from the rage of tire,
Uu* a the most terrible ttiul severe, it
broke out iu that jutrt of the Circus
which in contiguous to Mount* I'aUliue
and Culm* : where bv rraaou of *h jji.w
iu which wore kept such gooda at mini*
ter ailment to tin*, the moment it com
menced it acquired iar<nt strength, ulld
U*iug aciwlcrutctl by the wind, it apread
at once through the whole extent of the
! Circus; for neither were the house* j
secured bv enclosures uor the temple*
j environed with walls; nor was there anv
other obstacle to intercept its progress ; i
but the dame* spreading every way im
petuously, iuvtuled tirst the lower region* t
of Ue city, then mounted to the higheij;
theu again ravaging the lower, it baflinl
every effort to extinguish it, by the
rapidity of its destructive course, and I
from the liability of the conflagration in
consequence of the narrow and intricate
alleys, and the irregularity of the streets j
in ancient Home. Add to this waitings
of terrified women, the iufirm condition
of the aged, and the helplcvsmi* of child- i
hood; such as strove to provide for j
themselves, and those who labored to
assist others; thesis dragging the feeble,
those waiting for them ; some b.arryiug j
others lingering ; altogether created a
scene of universal eoufuaion and cuibar
raosmeut, and while they looked lank
ujxm die dunger iu the rear they often
found themselves beset tie fore and on
their sides ; or if they had escaped into
the quarters adjoin tfnaa, too, were
already seized by the uevouring flumes ; ■
even the parts which Uioy balieved re
mote and exempt vere found U he in the
mono distress. At last, not knowing
what to shun or where to seek sanctuary, i
they crowded die streets and lay along
the OJM-U fields. Home from the loss of
their whole substance, even the means of
their daily sustenance, others from
aflliction for their relations, whom they
luul not been able to snatch from the
flames, suffered tho.nselvt*s to perish in
them, though the*- had opportunity for
escape. Xeither itored any man attempt
to check the fire, so reiieaUsl were the
menaces of many who forbade to extin
guish it, and b •cause other* openly threw
firebrands with loud deelaratioua "that
they had ot,e who authorised them
whether they did it that they might
plunder writh the less restraint or iu con
sequence of orders given. Xero, who
was at tli e juncture sojourning at Autium,
did Dot return to the citv till the fire ap
proach *1 that quarter of his house which
connected the palace with the gardens
of M jwiuu ; nor could it, however, lie
pre\ en nil from devouring the house and
and everything around. Hut foi
the relief of the people dm* destitute
ud driven from their dwellings, he
op* ued the field of Msrs and the tuouil
useutal edifices erected by A grip]*, and
M en his own garden*. * He likewise
r cared teni|M>rary house* for die nveptton
of the forlorn multitude, and from Ostia
1 and tie ucightioriug cities were brought
, up the river household necessaries, and
i the price of grain was reduced to three
| seatorei-s the measure. All of which
proceeding*, though of a iMiptilar charac
ter, were thrown away, because a rumor
had become universally enrrcut, that at
the very time when the city was in
flames, Xero, going on the stage of his
privat theatre, sang the " Destruction
of Troy," assimilating the present dis
aster to dtat catastrophe of ancient times.
At length, on the sixth day the confla
gration was *tayed at the foot of Eaqtiilie,
by pulling down an immense quantity of
buildings, so that an open simce, ami AS
it were, void air. might cheek the raging
element by breaking the rout mint v. Hut l
ere the consternation had sule-nfed the
fire broke out afresh, with no little vio
lence, but in regions more spacious, and
therefore with leas destruction of human
life, bnt more extensive havoc was made
of the temples and porticos dedicated to
amusement- • • • Xero seemed to
aim at the glory of building a new city, 1
ami calling it by his own name; for
of the fourteen sections, into which Home
is divided, four were still standing entire,
three were levelled with the ground, and '
in the seven others there remained only
hero and there s few remnants of houses,
shattered and half consumed. It were ' '
ne, very easy task to recount the nmuler
of tenements nnd temples which were
lost, but the following, most venerable i
for antiquity nnd sanctity, were' eon- 1
mimed—that dedicated by Herein* Tulli
tis to the moon ; the temple and groat '
nltar consecrated by Evnnder, the Area- 1
dian, to Hercules while present; the
chapel vowed by Hotnulus to Jupiter j
Stator; the palace of Xttma, witli the
temple of Vesta, and in it the tutelar j
gods of Rome, moreover the treasures 1
accumulated by so many victories, the <
beautiful productions of (1 reek artists, i
ancient writing* of authors celebrate<l '
for geniu*, and till then pre*ervid entire, I
were consumed ; and though gn at was j i
the beauty of the citv in its renovated 1
form, the older inhabitants remembered ! i
many dceonitiou* of the ancient which i
could not be replaced in the modern city, j
A SHxitr VoiTit.—On the eastern rail- '
roa<l the other day, a uewa-bny entered j
the car with a nunilier of dailies, and '
accosting a crusty old chnp who sat j 1
crouched in a sent near the stove :
" Paper, sir ?—only five cents." j 1
"No ! " growled the ]tn**ciigcr. But 1
I'd give five dollars if there was a fire iu 1
that stove ! " 1
" Did you say you would give five '
dollars if there was a fire iu that stove ? " '
said the boy, turning back. 1
'• Yes, and darned quick, too. "
The Iwiy, in the twinkling of an eye,
opened the stove door, thrust iu his bun
dle of fresh newspapers, touched a light
ed match to them, and demanded his (
pay. The passengers, who hail lieen j
watching the maneuver, shouted with ]
laughter, nnd the old fellow, after hesi- ;
tating a moment, sheepishly drew five ,
dollars from his pocket, and paid the ,
" Sold ont again," quoth the sharp <
news-tioy, as he went ont aft -r his basket ,
of confectionery. I
NOVEL CVU FOB Dtntxictxm—An I
inveterate drunkard once asked a Quaker I
whether he knew of a method whereby ]
he could cure himself of hia dominant <
vice. " Friend," answered Broadbrim, <
"it is us easy as keeping thine hand i
open." "How can that be?" said the i
drunkard ; "every man can keep hia 1
bond open, but as to abstaining from !:
liquor, tbnt's qnite A different thing,"
" I will tell thee, friend," quoth the i
Quaker. " When thee has gotten a glass <
of gin in thine hand, and before thee 1
dost raise the tempting liquor to thy i
lips, open thine hand— and keep it open. I
Thee breakest the glass, bnt thee break-
eat not the laws of sobriety." i
thropist Howard's rules for avoiding iu- 1
fectiou in prisons, hospitals and dun
geons which he visited, were thus stated
by himself: 1. I never enter a hospital i
or prison before breakfast, and 2, In an j
offensive room I seldom draw my breath <
deeply." These excellent precautions I
1 are worth remembering. '
Hedge* tr Fence*.
Iu considering the important question
: of fences, farmers and XgricultttHU
• writers an- often led to Lnko but s super
fiei.d view of it. Fences we must luive.
It is useless to say th<t in this or that
township the iuhsbitaiits have voted to
; abolish all fences ; that iu Vim-laud,
I W'lieutlaud, or CornriUe there i* uot a
feme to lie seen, and so much money
is saved to the public. This tuny do iu
places where one never ce* a drove of
seep or cattle on the highways ; bnt in
localities where, during the season, a
i farmer sees a dozen droves pu.** hia farm
ilailv, feme* must be a necessity, lit*
fields must lie protected from the rood,
ut least. Inside feuces, we admit, may
lie utMilished ; to-morrow, if the sill is
readv to do it. Then, of what must our
outside fence* l>e made ? Necessity
itdls for sonictliiug cheap. This includes
all good qualities. To lie cheap, it tuiiat
lie not necessarily of the oiiiall<*t orig
inal cost ; but it must be moderate in
t cost, easily erected, permanent, and
durable iu quality. Hedges an- gen
i erally too costly for the ordiuary fannr,
inasmuch as thev must be protected for
a term of yean by a substantial fence, ,
and occupy a lielt of land which might
produce crops ; ami even with the fawt
of care they lnwmp ineffectual in time.
Wire fauces have the objection that
' they arc- dangerous to cattle uutised to
them, ami if made so close and high as
to lie really useful, arc c<istly. Then we
mate to wooden fenoe*. And here we
believe we must stay. But we are met
with the objection, " When- is the tirn-
U-r to be obtained f Thia is readily
removed. The binU-r must lie grown.
In Kur|>e, where timlier is w-sree, aud
has U-en for eouturie* grown for daily
use, the feuces are, in a great measure, '
of wood. Hedges are of court*- very
common, but the thorn of which they ■
are formed will not stand our climate
j sufficiently well toUx-omea penuanrnt,
useful fence. Aud even there the thorn
hedges is kept up only by constant at ,
trillion and labor, which would rarely
be given on an American farm on ac
count of the expense. We know of no
chru|H-r or more sulistaiitial fence than
one of posts and rails. Three rails are
sufficient to turn sheep or cattle, aud
auy animal that goes over such a fence j
should become material for the batcher.
Much land may be found anywhere that
• ill bring in a lietter revennc planted
in fence timlier than in any other man
ner. l'oor posture* or wst ami nwky
lota might lie planted with such quick- j
growing tiuiU-rs an chestnuts, la*-
WIMHU, Xorway spruce, or Eoropeon
larch. Seb-etious from such timber or !
other species mar le made wtiieh will
suit any soil, whether wet or drv. stony |
or smooth. A few years only will elapse
liefon- a valuable crop may be gathered,
and wc are certain that five acres no
planted aud well attended will keep in
re|>air continually the outside fences of
two hundred acre*. A post-ami-rail
fence will occupy but a small strip of
laud. The plow may be run withui a
toot of the post. A hedge, of the pre*- \
<ut inconvenient rail fence, with its
spreading stakes, occupies a large
breadth of laud totally lost to cultivation
The proceeds of such land, now lost. '
would in a few years repay the cost of
the fence, and would certainly continue
to kerp it in repair. Where there are
so many jKiints to lie considered as in t
this question of fencing, it is well to give .
litem all n hearing before deciding on ,
any settled course. Hut it ia evident
that the time for consideration with
many of us is passing, aud wc are- even i
now casting alioiit for materials where
with to replace onr dilapidated fence*.—
.4 Furtnrr.
Ce-Operatire House keeping.
One of the latent schemes for social
improvement is proposed in Uie slui(ie !
! of a plan for " co-oja-rative hotels and 1
home*." The Xew York bachelor is,
unless in really affluent cireuuistaiicca. a
pitiable living. Three im*les of life j
iircm ut tbetusclvre in his cbou-e—hotel, (
lKMmling-hojse, or s lodging with living
at s restaurant. The first is beyond the
means of all bnt the wealthy. The
second is, to those who value privacy j
and refined society, open to objection*
too obvious to mpiire detail. The third,
which in other countries is s most agree-'
able mode of life, is in many rewpeat*
wretched. A Uslging-house keeper's I
manner generally indicates that it ia an <
immense stretch of favor on her part to
take iu lodger* at all. and the attention <
bestowed begin* and cmls with his room ;
lieing " fixsl up" when he leaves it in
the morning. Xor do the victim's suf- j (
forings cud here. Ou leaving his room
lie has to seek a restaurant for lirewkfast,
und has either to go where the sight of
the food placed lieforc him ia calculated
rather to destroy than to promote appe
titc, or to pay at a rate more exorbitant
than the history of prices records.
The cure for there really serious draw- '
bar ks to the agree*blcnes of life in X w
York is to lie fouml in "co-operative ,
hotels or home*," or, in plain language,
clubs. There ore at this moment one or
two snocoK-fiil institutions of the kuul of
a very superior class in cqieration here, ,
whose momlicni are provided with the ,
best of food, prepared by first-rate cooks, ,
at a moderate price—while the members
can, if they desire it, obtain excellent
rooms and attendance at equally reason- ,
able rates.
The -stablisliraent of a dozen such in- ,
stitution* would do more than anything
else to cheek the shameful extortion of ,
some hotels, and to induce lodging und ,
boarding-bouse keepers to licstow a little |
attention njmn their prey. A hundred (
members with an entrance fee of fifty (
dollars, and annual sulwcriptiou thirty j
dollars, would, with proper economv, |
suffice for a start, ard the money would ,
soon be saved by the diminution of ,
charges, Only cleanliness, comfort, and
good cooking should at first lie aimed
at; pier-glasses and gilding might come I
when they grew rich. |
The Crops In Ireland. I
The news we receive from onr special :
•orrcspondent* in Ireland, as well as the J
information otherwise obtained regard- .
ing the condition oi the crops in that
unfortunate country, is not at all en
couraging. The prospect* are gloomy 1
enough to justify the anticijiation that ,
the poorer classes, especially those in
the country districts, will suffer severely '
during the coming winter. The yield of '
the wheat, oat and barley crops lnw de
creased, and comparison with that of
Inst year shows that the diminution will
lie considerably lower than what was ex- ,
p cted. Tho turnip crop 1a i also fallen ,
off. To swell, as it were, the miseries ,
of the Irish tenant farmer, to add to his [
miufortnnes anil render his difficulties j
more peiqdexing, the potato blight has j
has again viaitcd hia field*. In the south j
it is estimated that one-third of the yield ,
will prove lmd, while in other parts we j
are told that from one-half to two-thirda ,
of the present crop will turn out un- ,
sound. Thia ia a melancholy record, ,
and the facte we record may be produc
tive of new tronbieft among the poorer
classes. A plentiful harvest brings peace ,
and happiness to the cotter's home, bnt j
with short yields and diseased crops dii • \
content and disturbances are likely to ]
follow. -N. Y. Herald.
BcsrwEss.—ln tbo little town of Web- <
star, Mass , there ate eight women an- i
gaged in business for themselves, having i
on hand stocks of various kinds of goods t
for sale, managing their trade, hiring i
their stores, clerks, etc., aa they see fit. I
i Oil wulla, although not on such an
I nlmudaul scale as those iu (ha United
St*#s, are not such uovel feature* of
nature, after all. Htraho refers to one
t in Northern Asia in these word* : 44 It
> is naitf that in digging near the river
, Oehus, a spring of oil was discovered. It
i ia prolmble that, as certain nitrons,
r astringent and sulphurous lluuls perrao
i nte tlie earth, greasy fluids may also be
f' found ; but the rarity of their occurrence
i makes their existouce almost doubtful."
UCouiiug down to later times, in Mrit
i land'* 7/tstory qf Rimburgk, we are tuhl
■ that, about a mile to Uis eastward of the
Pentiand Hills, there is a small village
■ called 8t Catherine's, where there is s
i' spring called the Oily Well, from au
■ nuctuous substance wherewith it is eov
cred. Marti land wrote more than n ecu
• turv ago. but the well of which he speufl*
still exists, and is running still, the same
unctuous matter covering its surface a*
of old. Another oil-well is that of St.
I Margaret's, at Ilc*t*irig, near Edinburgh.
Karlv in the morning bafore the waters
had been disturbed, a dark, rich scum of ,
peU-uleum is to be found There is a
romance in the commonest things. Why
uol. therefore, in " ile ?" A curious ac
count is gi v by s modern traveler of n
! certain oil-well on the Continent, which
rant uot lie altogether uuintereotiiip.
44 Naur the village of Egern, in the Bava
rian Tyrol, on the west side of tlie lake
called Tegeronec, and and a little remov
ed from it, there insure a source of oil'
aaerod to Hi. Quiriutus, sud hr Id to lie
bis blood. A little chapel, always loduxl,
im-loaes it. On euteriug, it is a filthy
pool, set enteen feet deep, in a lauin of
maaoury. The bulk of the liquid i*
water, covered with a thick, dirty acnm
' of oil, blotched with largo, lazy bubble*
of a nasty brown color, slowlj bursting,
and formed by a gas which rises with
the oil. The # mell i* resinous and pitch v.
The color of the oil varies peculiarly : in
tha pool, or in au opaque vessel, it ia
bronniah ; aeeu tlirongb a glass, it re
•cmbit-* the green on the belly of a hare
which has boen shot fur some days ; but
when being poured out of a VCMN I, the
stream resembles the brilliant ruby of
claret. Religious fervor lias tbna formed
a poetical connection between tin's quali- j
! ty of changing color and the livid green j
of a msrtrr> eorjiae—-the ruby represent
ing the living blood of the saint risen
again, more {lercnuiai even than tlie
blond *if St. Jan uor iua. The spring emits
forty-Are quart* s year. co*tugflve shil
ling* a quart—a perquisite of the Cure.
D like oil when thrown on the
fire."— Once a Kink .
Artificial Kaln.
In England, where aneAotra! pride in '
laud is aided by fixed and princely in
comes, experimental agriculture is car
ried uu wan enlightened and rongenial
employment of capital and occupation
of leisure. Draining has been pushed
te ouch jwrrfection there as to demon
strate that it may tie overdone ; and now
surface irrigation is receiving the atten
tion of landholders. At Stoke Park the
r*t-nj of irrigation with pure water has
lieen tried with marked unarms. The
< surface experimented on ia a tract of,
twenty acres, in gram, and the water
lias bean applied in artificial showers,
in the night, ever/ night daring the
seaaon of 1871. except when natural
rain* made artificial rains unnecessary.
The apparatus consist* of pipes lju*i "> i
' the ground supplied from an elevated
reaerroir or reservoirs, into which the
water is pumped by marhinerv.
The figures, in the English experi
ment are as follows, per acre : Interest
i (fl per cent.) on eoet of maehinerv and
nipea, ®7.VI: super*!nicture and fuel
?750 : manure aud other top-dressing,
f1fi7.30 ; coat of harvesting, £12.50 ; total
expanses, gtgj. The volne of the pro
i duets of each acre, lieiag one crop of
gram and grazing in the autumn of 1870,
mid two crops of hay in 1871, is stated
at SJDi; the net proAt ia tho* filtWi per
aero. On gronnd in the same tract and
of the name character, treated in the
same manner, except the irrigatioffp the
net profit par acre was $43. The inter
est on the apparatus for twenty acres
represents a capital of j£3,000. Probably
the same work could not be done for
the same money in thi* country. Bnt
tha akrao engine power could he u*ed
i for a much larger area than twenty
acres. lurcAowge.
Man'* Duty.
Gail Hamilton in one of her recent
letter* diacusse* th* question of man's
duty townrda soman. Here is a speci
men of her mode of treating the matter :
"Looking at it without regard to spir
itual compensation, God is the most par
tial of being*. He made one sex strong
and the other week ; and Upon the weak
he placed a heavy burden, where upon
the strong he placed none at nil Worse
fnr than this, he ramie the burden of
the weaker acx inseparable; while the
only burden of the stronger acx waa so
looaclv and lightly Laid that it could al
ways fie shifted to the shoulder* of tbe
weaker, aud R always lias, to a greater
or less degree, been thna shifted, ao
that the weaker has borne the load of
the stronger in addition to ita own.
With all this, he left to no one's choice
whether to b* male or female, or wheth
or to tie at all ; but of hi* own will he
begat us. To man he gave not only
strength but joy; to woman not only
wcakne but suffering. Man incur*
suffering only through disease, the re
sult of folly or ignorance. Woman's
highest health and hnppinras comes
through the valley of the shadow of
death. The hardest law that ever man
framed for woman is tender and benevo
lent compnrcd with the irreverrible nat
nral law under which site lives, and
moves, and has her being.
Foon.—The adulteration of food is a
frightful and growing evil, and it ia
pleasant to see it checked in any direct
tioft. Our flour, coffee, tea, sugar, but
ter and Inrtl are less trusted by the yieo
plo every year. Lard and lard'-oil, espe
cially, are corrupted by the free admix
ture of cotton-seed oil. A paragraph in
the New Orleans journals reminds us of
this: asserting that cotton-setxl oil pres
ses have lieen compelled to stop, the large
44 liog-erop" of the ln#t vear having
brought tlie price of lard-oil so low, that
cotton-ae*d oil ia no longer in demand to
adulterate it. Until the prico of genu
ine Lird-il goes up again, consumer*
may hope to obtain it pure.
How HE WAS CAroirr.—An ex-com
munist was lately arrested in Paris under
ouriou* circumstance*. Ho had been a
Klice magistrate under the Commune,
ing drunk, he mode bis way to his old
office, and, finding the magistrate absent,
took his seat, nnd, as of old, commenced
to hear nnd decide cases. The officers
of the court humored tho joke, recogniz
ing their man, and when the magistrate
arrived the unfortunate usurper was
apprehended, and transferred to Ver
• lilloe.
can do twelve hours of work in twenty
four should not do more than nine or
ten hours' work. The reserved power
keeps body or mind in good repair. The
person without this surplus of power is
unfit for any emergency—even a little
extra exertion puts him out of breath ;
and he cannot arid an hour to his work
without danger of breaking down. Snch
men are generally dispeptic, irritable,
and despondent They need to shorten
their hours cf work.
Help for Michigan and Wisconsin.
It olinoat seems as though a scourge
of fire had fallen upon the North-vast
G|.mc U|Mn the heel* of the over whelm
ing di*ater at Ghictigo comes tht news
of conflagrations iu Wiacuuain and Mich
igan, more extensive, and U) their de
•truetion of life more appalling even,
than that which desolated tbe prairie
metropolis. In Wisconsin at least two
thriving settlements have been utterly
annihilated, wiped out as though (hey
IUMI never beeu. What ia worse, bun-.
dredu of their inhabitants are tieiieved
to have perished staid the ruins of their
homes. Numbers were driven into the
river and drowned, and in one place one
hundred unit fifty persons are said to
have Imen burned up with a large barn
iu w bioh they had taken refuge. At
l'iahtcgo 500 bodies are reported to have
been burned, while at Little (Burgeon
Bay seventy-five are supposed to have
lieen destroyed by the flames.
Of course in every rahunuity like this '
there is a tendency at first to exagger
ate tlie actual loss of life. It is to be '
boued that more careful investigation
will materially leassn these shocking en- j
timatcs Even then it is to be feared ;
that the dcath-rull will be long, la j
Michigan, the fiery visitation was even
more fearful. Eaxt and aonth of Bsgi- ;
naw for forty mikw the Are has made '
fearful ravages, and the beat part of three
fair conntiee is now a blackened waste, j
Through the vast pine ranges that fill
that country the flames spread with al
mot the rapidity of thought, and towns,
and village* ceaaed to exist before tbey
fairly knew they were in danger. Of
course, in this swift, relentless sweep, '
life soon became as di3oult to save as 1
pro|*rtv, and, not to apeak of tnulti-,
tudo* of the brut, creation, hundreds of
human tieiags, it is feared, were destroy- ;
ed. Elsewhere men, women and child
ren were driven into the lake, where
they remained up to their waists in wa
ter for hours. In other parts of the j
State the ruin waa scarcely leas enm-j
plete. Indeed, it is aaid that scarcely a j
county has escaped. In the wards of
the narrator of the sad story, 44 The
whole < <uintrv acema to be in flame*."
To theae helpless people, fleeing through
a (Liming laud, penniless and homeless,
( from tbe ashes of all tin y held most dear,
it must have seemed like the advent of
that dread day when the heavens ahall
be rolled together like a aercill.
With this enormous destruction, aot
alone of property, bnt of all the indus
trial interest* which that propeity sup
plied, there must come incalculable dis
tress and suffering. The CnUeotor of
(Nxstoms telegraphs to Wsshington that
hundreds of people thereabouts are
starving. In the abundance of our
charity for Chicago let not these un
fortunates be forgotten. So generously
has th- entire world come to her aid,
that Chicago may safely be said to be
beyond the feer of immediate want, 1
For the relief of these Michigan and
Wisconsin sufferers, bound to them by
no such intimate ties we can scarcely
cxjMvt the ouloiJe world to contribute.
They must look for rescue to a narrower
field, and it liehoovaa their countrymen
to be mindful of-their sore affliction.
The magnificent generosity so lavishly
(•oared out upon the pee pic of Chicago
will not, we are very certain, fail their
fcltow-aufferera, whose nraal ia now even
more pressing.—AT. Y. /'-WW.
Tricks af Jugglers.
A traveller at Kinaai waa entertained
by the Viceroy, tbe Amir Knstai, and
thia was one of tlie amusements ;
" That acme night a juggler appeared,
who was one of the Great Kann a slaves,
nnd the Amir aaid to him, 'Come and
•how us some of your wonders !* Upou
thia he took a wooden ball with neven
holes in it, through which long thong*
were passed, and laying hold of one of
throe, slang it into the air. It went ao
high that we loot sight of it altogether.
(It was the hottest season of the rear,
und are were outride in tbe middle of
the palace court.) There now remained
only a abort end of a thong in the con
jurer's hood, and he desired one of the
Ivors who assisted him to lay hold of it
nntl mount. He did ao, climbing by
the thong, and we lost sight of him.
Ihe conjuror Uicn called to him three
times, but, oettitqr no answer, he snatch
ed np a knife, as if in a great rage, laid
hold of the thong, and disappeared in
hia turn! By-and-By he threw down
one of the boy'a hands, then a foot, then
the other baud and the other foot, then
the trunk, and, lost of aIL tlie head!
Lastly, he come down himaelf, puffing
and blowing, and with his clothes nil
bloody, kissed the ground before the
Amir,'and said something to him in
Chinese. The Amir gave some order in
reply, and our friend then took the lad's
limbs, laid them together in their place*,
and gnve a kick, wlien presto ' there
was the boy, who got up and stood be
fore us ! All thia astonished me beyond
Woonsx IUILBOJUIH.— Tho Canadian*
arc building aud have nearlv or quite
completed a wooden railroad list ween
Hon-1 and Arthnbaska. Tbe track ts of
tbe some gauge as that iu general use on
the Michigan railroads; tha rails are of
rock maple, and trains of car* drawn by
ordinary locomotive* have been run over
them at tlie rate of twenty-five mile* an
hour. Tbe road will cost but 85,1100 a
mile, including right of way, construc
tion, rolling stock, station house*, shops,
and briilgca—one bridge over a wide
river being excepted ; and the stock
holder* pay in bonds instead of caali
The director* expect to run on the wooden
rail* until thev make money enough to
iron them, wiien, if the sanguine expec
tation* are fulfilled, they will have a
regular metal-railed rood which will not
have coot them a oeut After this it i* to
lie presumed that there will be no more
aria about the want of enterprise among
our Provincial neighbor*.
Howro EXJOT LlT*.— lt ia wonder
ful to what on extent people believe
hapuiueas depends on not being obliged
to labor. Honest, hearty, contented
labor is the only source of happmem, as
well aa the only guarantee of life. The
gloom of misanthropy is not only a
great destroyer of happiness we might
navo, but it tends to destroy life itself.
Idleness snd luxuir induce premature
decay much faster than many trades re
garded as the most exhaustive and fatal
to longevity. Lalior in general, instead
of shortening the term of life, sctually
increases it It is the lack of occupation
that annually destroys so many of the
wealthy, who, have nothing to do, play
the part of drones, and like them, make
a speedy exit, while the busy bee fills
out he day in usefulness and honor.
WAR.— The official returns of the Ger
man losses in the French cttmpaigu of
1871 are uow completed and appear in
the reports of 1872, as they have already
in less detail in tho newspapers. The
total loss is 18,000 dead, 87.0CW wounded,
and 6,000 missing—total, 111,000. The
smallness of the figures has excited sur-
Srise; but there can no longer be any
onbt as to their correctness. M. Thiers
estimates the number of killed and
wounded on both sides in the three
days' battle of Leipeic at 100,000 ; that
is to say, as many as fell on one side in
whole of the lost campaign.
AXL the differences in the way ef tha
ratification ef the customs treaty between
Germany and France have keen re
THUMB : Two Dollars a Year, in Advance.
Plmmml Gun* far tka Family Cirri*.
I A city u mid to be buried wbea the
letter* that compose it ooenr in thru
proper order 1 d a seoteiiee, but
i riUirr U * pnrt of MM hijair word, or,
bettor, a* portions of different word*.
Thus in the ent*nes, "Tha beat t hem
mi ve* err often," wa have buried the
city Thebes ami the German city Em*.
A very jiloaaant game in puyad by
each of a party in torn, either writing <W
■peaking a abort sentence containing On#
|or mora buried cities ; then aH try to
solve it, and the drat oae who
rooata on* on hia am*. The player
who Aral win* tea, tar nay other una bar
agreed npon, win* the gam*.
Another way ia ft* each to art to work
at boryiag eitiea on hi* own account,
hot the group about the (votar-toMe
take a liat of towns in ear given country
or Btate, and aM whiek can bury the
moat, and the atoal ruori aria II v. A good
W of tha art in burying alias aonaiata
in having them com* in nutnrally, and
in a aort of connected narrative. If feey
are lugged in, the work will have an
awkward appearance, and they will ha
eaatiy discovered.. Fbe cities should be
generally wail known, though it wfl| do
; to have in ope now and then more ob
scure We hare obanrred alee that eewa
aiunally aoma province or taland will alip
in among them. Of course way ether
namea may be rnbstitutiMf instead. ot
those of eitiea, aa, for instance, rfwrriy
aland*, authors, general*, or eran the
nnmea of the peraoua preaent
| In the uUm peerage there afe
buried mora than forty eitiea, and in one
place there are to be found not lee* than
aeren within fee space of eight wn|e:
Other* may write in somber liues or
I to a humorous "train, may my their nay
! or keep it to themaclvea, may writs tor
rale merely, or via to make their wtw
tha beat thry can. The nobler wawn
are we called; a worthier wa genu kS't
never. Wa seuv-h fur. buried eitiea.
owning poet-haul* the debt ur sense
hiatonc owes thereto. Over dune rniaed
yesternight, and over heath old aa tiara,
jo ! we go to the land august of the far
Coliaeum ; or, siMPta hsvspito I In where
war's awful rage, oh art for devila 1 cul
minate* in death. Nat b/ steamer, with
crowds that jam her stingy caliina The
wrath un tempered of arinda or wave* we
ido not brave. Nicely all on dankeWa
are wa mounted. To cheer us in the
morning, muaic, or In the evening, whan
wo quit our work, ho from oat the
. deep aha# the buned eitiea—whefe to las
found we give to each a guess. g'
Hormnaono Snm. —Some cook* will
throw out the water in which meat* have
been boiled, without letting it ooal to
take off the fat.
Bin* of meat* are thrown out vkafe
would make hashed meat or hash.
The flour w rafted ia a wasteful man
ner, and the brand pan left with the
dough sticking to it.
Pie crust is laid by to sour, instead of
making a few tarts far tea.
Ooid puddings are considered good
tor nothing, when oftentimes they can
be steamed for the next day.
Dish cloth* are thrown down where
mice can destroy them.
Vegetables are often thrown away
that would warm nicely for breakfast
The scrubbing brush ia left in water.
Tabs and barrels are left in the sen to
drr and fall apart.
Nice handled knives are thrown into
hot water.
Silver spoons are used to scrape ket
Cream ia allowed to mould and spoil
Coffee, tea, and prpper and spices are
left to stand open and lone their strength.
The cork t* left out of tha molasses
jag. and the flies take possession.
Vinegar ia drawn in a tin baatti and
allowed to aland until both basin and
vinegar an spoiled.
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A Desperate Hat.
The City of Mexico has just been the
scene of a sanguinary inam faction. A
corps of geuedanaa* and parte! the 13th
ltogunont of cavalry, numbering in all
400 men, surprised the ctiad*i,nd forti
fied themselves therein br the aid of 90ti|
: prisoners whom they had released from
tha Befou JaiL The leaders of the
revolt wave Oent. Negrete, Tried*, Hrve
raa and Bcha metis. Tha remainder of
the city gkrnsou proved toys! and under
command of Gen*. Bucna. Alatorae.
Alejandro Garcia, promptly attacked the
insurgents, and at midnight the nations!
troops under Gen. Roche carried the
citqdci by arawuli. The four leaders of
the revoft had left before the attack, and
escaped, lndism mate slaughter follow
id the faU of the citadel AU tha officers
and sergeants of the insurgent force were
killed, and also tha ringkseders of the
released prisoners. 250 insurgents have
bean shot Gov. Castro was killed by
Rivera, whom ha was pursuing.
d il t
A Hultst Bmnumt.—A writer in
the London .Shrsratonf makes the Ameri
cans out to be perfect Barnes, lie de
scribes "a moat successful mode of
dragging in use over the American con
tinent, which produces loss of strength
and torper, and which, in the case of
death resulting, defies the most acute
medical analysis." He was himself OK*
s victim of this drugging. He drank
one mouthfal of so-called brandy, and
in ten minutes afterward ha became gid-.
dy, lost the use of hi* limbs, and then
consciousness, and did not recover for
■even hours sufficiently to enable him
to work. Ha subsequently got acquaint
ed with a man who had bees employed
at s New York vault to enact the part of
s drngger. and this respectable and no
doubt reliable individual etplaned the
dragging proems. Pert of a bottle of
any liquid ia decanted and the space
filled np by tobacco smoke, expelled
from a olay papa, well impregnated
with nicotine. The bottle is then well
shaken and filled up again with the por
tion before taken out It ia then left
to stand for a week or so; but if left
standing before nse for a fortnight
death will be the result of drinking.
Taxxxo Thxm.—The Roman censor
frequently imposed taxes on unmarried
mar, and men of full age were obliged
by law to marry, unless mentally or phys
ically disqualified. The Spartan women
at certain game*, laid bola of all the old
bachelors they could get their hands on,
and inflicted on them every mark of in
famy and disgrace, dragging them around
their altars and handling them very
roughly. In 1695, the English parlia
ment laid a tax on bachelors over 25
years of age, of £l2 10a. for a duke,
which was graduated down to I*. for a
common man. Uncle Sam has been very
lenient to his unmarried nephews at au
times, but he might do a good thing for
the heavy war debt by laying a revenue
ad eapUtm tax on them just now.
Tar* Potutt or lon.-—ln addition to
the fact that ice ia lighter than water,
there is another curious thing about it
which many persons do not perhaps
know, namely, its parity. A lump of ice
melted will become distilled water.
Water in freexing turns out of it all that
ia not water—salt, air, coloring matter,
and all imparities. Frosen see water
makes fresh water ice. If von frees* a
basin of indigo water, it will make ioe as
clear and aa white as that made of pure
rain water. When the cold is very audi
den, these foreign matters have no time
to escepe, either by rising or sinking,
and are thus entangled with the iqe, do
not make any part of it.
?f nrat art icq* again (Mi Iks eara.
1 If t only l mow How to tw a flak,
| Id ■wlm away as fart As att toyrtrraftk vwM
To meat my tore agate tie tha wave
*1 Tf J (Mtf tatow Ttikttiiy lad wss flaiht,
1 tun wffit&s* srliits Jtx) uw®® iribwli (Ml
ft go tore mKiniiai far ray tare hraralh the
m I .ypfea. Ofd f*ossv.
Facta ni hMIM.
Guipore law will be much wen this
Winter. Pointed patterns are favored.
Fifty-two lives were feat by tha bum
= I fug of the village of WUlmmaoe'a MiUa,
An Amsciesß ritis*n, who etiarapted
to retabliah a gift enterprire at Marato-
Imrg, in Oarmaav, wa* suddenly order
ed ta brave the city.
f \ The Chicago fire mideaad havoc among
the newspaper estobUahmeots, eighty,
nine of which, embracing dailies raid
* monthlies, ware homed.
j Two of Darwin's sons have lieen or a
visit to Yoaerait* It is said that tha
' monkeys m v.v*<*l tbwn at oner, aud
I, caked kindly after their fstbnr.
The phswie " put a hmfl on him,"" is
nsid to owe it* orCfa to Shokapaere, who
r tw- Trtaa Aadesaieua, calls anon the
r ptwqtle to " blp put a head oa bcadtaa*
• Many fashionable women stand in great
i dread of offending their " maids'" who.
r if tigmad owar, may disHorn tha aacreta
r of flseir toilettes to some rival, who arajr
profit by it,
1 A aham Toledo girl ratid of a gentie
maa to whom abe bad just been intra
' (lured, that he would be vary preaeotabta
|if the lawdkadnH turmidup so much of
There are aatd to be one hundred for
Hue-toller* and • 'cfairvoyaotph vairiau
<• a single plaee In Maw York. They
are for the mm* part mare (sedan of
, more disreputable pbre*.
WLraim*. -tl lltM fmfilkirittiiWl llFfltulff'iff
■ *V#UIP OI Ml IPEm * uraSkwufitMCG
, cloth and velvet clc mk* tar Winter wear
-r.-h from aaven to eight pounds, and a
woman pxia to bq as rtpMMt •• • remrt
, to carry so much on fx* bra!*..
- The British Buisffsfiiml Cemmie
! atoncss report tint the fee simple vein*
, ulna entitle* f the church wblob have
paaaed into their hands for forty-three
bahaprice ta about f H,7lA,floa
> A family in New Yoth,embraing three
1 dauribterv and a Ban, ww bate v*ty ua
uaaol oorurrence take ?>]** ahortly. All
tha daughters sad ttaa sera are to be
' loarried <m the aauta day, and within the
mm* hour, at the uunc- place.
Th* 8 dirthy S'iwv, fa) ipdrfay of
oortuaios rt cliwcfees, soya that dress
earn wa*. sad w3( evar bs, aa webs
spread in th* way of woman's rightaoua
bmbsb ; no doubt Ere frilled her apron of
flg<toavi- tvttora she bad went it a day.
A ran mtetbgerat Fifgana male,being
bt-aimed <u on a railroad track by au
■.pt'coacfainc tratn. jumped fatal are Mia rt
* . _7* -U. , M \ reaufiat fiiam
ifudiu. cowiciM aowa unwi uif tm ■
had paaaed, and then jumped out and
, walked off as if nothing b*d happened.
A Red Moment •—"lt iaaaad moment
i in Ma* rati Cyraia, " whera you find
i that love, glory, hsppuieaa, ore altogeth
er not worth a good ctrttr." "It ta a
sadder moment still," replied his friend,
" when you find that the cigar itself ta
They have * Maiden Assurance Cam
pan ire" in Denmark. A fattier mew de
port* any sum at th* birth of a deraghter,
sad the child receive* during her mi
nority four per oral annually; *t eighteen
■faawmnre to a higher income, winch ta
inocpraul at atated period* through life.
A man recently came to his death in a
curious manner at Teniae, Italy. He
was standing near a bronee automaton,
which tolled the time of day, with his
head between the beD and h*mmr. Tbe
boar came around without bis notiee ;
the automaton utrnck one and knocked
his brains out.
Tbe New Alhony .Stoadortf mys : "Two
young men of tki* city went to the
woofii the other day to aboot pigaoraa.
Daring th# excitement of the *pori ana
oarelcaidy anrinkled th* other's back ;
whereupon be turned and shot Ms care
taaa partner in the tag; and they both
retxrned to the city to get tha shot packed
out of thear bodies."
iiHtiwirfiU I
We ones knew of a little child wfao bad
stolen a oouple of flgs off tha dssoart dish
on the day of a dinner par to. Tbe theft
was Jiwovt n ■ And lier—r
wear the flga on a string round her aeek
the xbolc evening, with fall explanations
why. We heard tSi<* dory when the child
bod grown up to 'be a woman, and from
her owa lips; ami she said that to this
hour she aqjlcred from th* sbomeef that
evening; it was burnt into her, and mode
tremendous punishment tor the fault;
the fault itself being in so young a child
or thr was—five yeana old only—one that
might hava been punished and reformed
by milder measures. D seeuss to hare
been a mistake, judging from the bittern
ores with which fee father's character
was spokes o(-abc said she had ceased
to love him from that day—end from fee
stern and loveleui' nature of fee woman
herself it aeemed to have east out all
softnesa from hgr- And though, to b#
rare, fee tiWte mm figh yet she had
learned her lemon of keeping her Angers
from wandering into the region of for
bidden dainties at too sorer* ooat. The
poke* of humiliation ta a dangerous cue
at at! nnn>s amd on all occasions, and far
more sonta have been crushed by this
than sins have been confirmed by over
leniency. To destroy all self-respect ia
to destroy oil krohag power, and to pre
rent all p*waihil)ty of a rebound In
dreVng wife the faulty, however hard
we mar "be on fee sin, we ought d ways
to reserve away of restoration to fee
sinner. _ __
Ymarau Coax. Fntuo*.—The ascer
tained and tested Coal-fields of Virginia
proper are as fdllPWf:
1. The Chrefield, nrer tldo-water at
Richmond—lso square miles ;
1 The Prince Bdwvd, 65 miles south
westward of the foregoing—2o square
A The Dan Hirer (partly in North
Carolina) MOT Danvifle-80 or 30 square
4 'fhe Cumberland (of Maryland),
whereof there is in Virginia some 60 to 80
square miles;
5. The "Dora," (Anthracite} in Angua
taOewhtr. at the bead of the 3hanandoah
- acareebr opened—extent, unknown ;
A The New Jiiver and Catawba (Mont
gomery and Pulaski Counties—extending
also through Giles County—partially
Anthracite, sad developed in several
places. This field extends into Wart
Virginia, which enbraoee 16,000 of the
55,009 square miles of the great Alle
gheny ooabbrann—fee largest and among
fee richest known to exist in the world.
Its center seems to be the valley of fee
Great Kanawha.
lUmi Turrotc. —A lady had en
grared a sarvant, who upon ner arrival
feus announced herself:
"Fm the girl that Miss Hand was to
loch ap. She's my Aunt Saaoh—l'm a
dasher." .
" You're a—what ?' said I, exploeively,
in my Astonishment
" A daslier— dasher down."
1 just stared. I began to think fee
mart be a lunatic. And a lunatic who
announced herself as a dasher down
might not be the subject of a form of
hallucination one would like to have il
lustrated in one's parlor. But while I
stared, she added, wildly :
" That's mv name."
"0!" said I, catching my breath,
" jns* spell it, if yon please.''
*' A-u-s-s-h-a—Adaaha ; D-o-w-n-a—
Downs; AdsahaDowns.
"Thank you. It sounds rather ter
rific, you see, before one knows ; espe
cially for one who ta to handle cups and .
A Bad Iwctmwt —Of theChieago fine,
on eve witness says : The trestle work of
fee Illinois Central Railroad sought ami •
waa burning. The crowd was driven in
to the lake. The boats being filled, hun
dreds were left to make thear escape by
swimming south to fee flames. Those
who could not, must have been drowned.
I think there must have been many
NO. 43.