The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, June 14, 1872, Image 1

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    Sweet mj Child, I Lire far Tltee.
(Hi* tk<fbrought tbfit dead •
She nor awoon'd, nor utterM cry:
All her maidens, watching, said,
"She must weep or she will die.
Tlien they praised him, soft *nd low,
OalM hira worthy to be loved,
Truest friend and noblest;
Yet she neither spoke nor moved.
Stole a maiden from her place.
Lightly to tire warrior atept,
Took the faoe-eloth from the face;
Yet she neither moved nor wept,
tyoe* a nnrae of ninety years.
Set bts child upon hor knes
]jike summer tempest came her tears
" Sweet my child, 1 live for thee."
The Old Home.
fee, atiU the Mine, ths same old spot;
Th years may go, the years may coma.
Yet through Uicm all there changeth not
The old familiar homo.
The poplsre by the old mill strettu
A trifle taller may have grown ;
The ivies round the turret green
Perchance more thickly thrown.
Yet still the same green lauea are here
That brought their violet areata in spring.
And heard through many a golden year
Tlio winsome echoee ring.
Of children in the April mom,
Knee deep in yellow cowslip bloctus;
Of lovers' whirper* lixhlly bore*
Through sultry twilight glooms.
And out upon the red-bricked town,
The quaint o'd hi use* stand tho aama ;
The an me old sign swings at the Crovu.
Ablaze in annset flame.
Yet and 'tia uot tlie aame old po:—
The old fam.'.tar friend* arc guar.
I ask of those who know th-. iu no;;
A'-l Strang-. r* , very one.
TVi morning brocks may sing the asme ;
The whitethorns blossom in the May ;
But each long-loved, remembered name
Has passed in turn away.
IJIUc Uulm ver.
Wifs i)m litatnt si kntsa was s Lu-' nsU."
UW Lm c
fiwift WITOWW the palace floor
Flashed her tiay wilful feet;
'■ Pltyfcllosr, I wiil ao more,
Now. 1 must my task complete.*
Arthur kissed her childish hand.
Sighed to think her task severe.
Walked forth in the garden land,
Loaely, till she reappear.
She has sought her latticed room.
Overlooking fhiry seas.
Called Lancelot from a bowery gloom,
To feast of tulk and hccey of beos.
" Had we bid Prince Arthur too,
He had shaker, his grave head,
Baying, My holidays arc IV wl
May queen* not hare their wills ?" she said.
*he passed the mthy day!
Tbtfs her women rjwke and aatiled:
" AH w see we need not say,
F-r Quincver i but a child.* A. IP.
" And must von really go an-sr. and
ramain all right in that nasty old box of
jour#, and leave roar Little Rosebud, a*
you (tali ber, ail alone here, to imagine
all aorta of horrid things happening to
Lr poor old bov J Couldn't you star at
home .iost for this one night f"
"Couldn't possibly do it, my lore," said
I, straggling into mr greatcoat, ar.d pos
sesriag myself at the same time ot my big
driving-gloves, which my little wife was
absently trying to fit on ber own little
"Not it I rerr much wished it, Willie?
I* yon know. I felt so strange and lonely
last night, when yon were away, that 1
con'd hardly make np my mituf to go to
bed dt all: -and to-night I can scarcely
hear the thought that you should be so
lone absent. You know what a timid,
foolish little thins I am."
Her arm quietly stole round me. and
she looked np to my face with a wistful,
anxious look, w hi'e a tear stood glistening
in the corners of her sweet, blue eyes.
" Why, yot wee goose," said I, kissing
away the bright token of her earnestness,
u what has pet such absurd* thoughts into
that wi-e little mnldle of yours? Are you
afraid that the fairies will waylay me and
spirit me away to their elfin-land ? If they
do, I tihaTl tell them that I have left a
fairy at home, and not even the blandish-1
menta af the queen herself shall tempt
me into their uncanny country. But se
riously. Margie, there is nothing to be
alarmed about. I shall he at home by
seven o'clock, at the latest; but since you
are so eerie, 1 will call at fathers as I
pass, and seed up my brother Bob to keep j
' YOB rtmrmrfr a fid star In the house al!
nW>* Will that content vou, little wo
man t"
"No; don't do that; it would look
foolish, and Bob would only laugh at me
when he came. He does not understand
roe. 1 think no one does understand me—
except yen, dear Will."
"Tbank you. Mag; I thinlf I do on
derntand you. But here comes the gig;
so good bye, an?! don't fret for the short
tra4l £rs II bctf>ack long be
fote*r<ri •Treii'tiftifg.*'
So saying, I mounted the rig and drove
rapidlyfc^osrMi® frweh rmfl. But inv
wife lingered my the porch, following me
tff !b Jf. e l*fj *° ' on * tbe k" nse
was m sit'Ht/jVwgd, on leaning back, see
ber white dres shimmering ghost-like in
tbu light , which streamed tlirough the
open door.
At the time of which I write, I was
telegraph superintendent on the Wilton
and Lcngbank line of railway. One of
the clerks, who was on ntght-dnty, had
beefi tak,en suddenly HI, and being unable
to find a-snitafcle substitute, 1 had taken
Mh worlt myself until etJch time as lie
should recover. 7 had only been married
a few months, and was by no means re
conciled to the necessity of leaving my
wife and home to pass the night b that
"nasty old box," us Mag called it—and
she was perfectly right in her description.
But Jhnew that it was a necessity, and I
Ynew likewise thpl no grumbling of mine
could mend the matter.
A drive of ahont eight miles brought
me to mr post. There was nothing very
extraordinary in the duty to which I had
been called away, nor was it any new ex
perience to me: hut on that night my
mbfl was filled with vague, indefinable
fears, for which I tried in vain to account.
Tne niglit was clear and windless, and
awajr to tho northwestern sky the aurora
?borealis was flitting to and fro in a thous
and ajtypnge faptistic shape-*. As I watch
ed the sldfting'and qnivering gleams, now
shooting in rapid succession from one
luminous center, and nnnn spreading and
rolling wave after wave across the starry
heavens, I began to think of the disas
trous omens of war, plague and famine,
which in the olden times men drew from
such sights. Somewhat of the same emo
tion I hit in my own mind, and reason as
I would, i felt it impossible to shake off
the growing sense of nneasbefs and gloom
which had taken possession of me. On
entering the telegraph station, the clerk
whom I had come to relieve was ready
to depart.
" Ton won't have much to do to-night,
sir.said he. "The instruments are
quite unworkable; no signals have been
received for the last three hours. Good
When I was left alone, I found that it
was as he had said. The electric currents,
which are developed in the atmosphere
during roost meteorological changes, bad
rendered the wires qoite useless; and al
though the needles swayed ceaselessly
backwards and forwards, they made no
sign which the wisdom of man could in
terpret. Seeing that my office was likely
to be a sinecure, I drew ray chair to the
etowd, and taking down a book which I
saw on a shelf, I tried to interest myself
ixt tho story. The volume I had discov
ered was. "Jane Eyre;" and although,
unwthiftHfme, I liaVe re aft with tears
and laughter, it and the other works that
came from the same true and loving pen,
yet on that night the spell of her who is
FRED. KURTZ, Editor and Proprietor.
ao powerful to awaken our intarist and
enlist our sympathy—who has giwn us
Black Kiichrstrr atij chronicled with no
unkindly baud the vagaries of the three
eccentric curates, and won our hearta for
Professor Emanuel Carl Paul—had no
power to mviet my wild, wandering
thoughts. While 1 was turning listlessly
over the the leaves, the stillness w as star
tled by the sharp, quick clanging of the'
electric bell, the usual signal to prepare to
read off ai message. 11 ith a shiver of
alarm, I tamed quickly to the instrument,
hut soon perceived that that hell had been
rung by no earthly poorer, for the vibra
ting ueedles made no intelligible sign, and
I knew that the sound had been produced
by a current of atmospheric eieclrnSty
acting upou the wires.
Smiling at thenervousness which caused
tne to start at so ordinary an occurrence,
I turned from my desk, and again sa!
down by the tire. But smile as 1 would,
and reason as I might, 1 felt that 1 was
fast succumbing to vague foundationlees
fears Thinking that the atmosphere ot
the room, which I felt close and hot. might
have something to do with my peculiar
condition of mind, I flung open the door,
and stepped outside, in the hope that the
cool air might scare away the phantoms
of tay braiu. As I crossed the threshold,
the midnight express crashed past * ith a
speed and force which shook every tim
ber ot the building, and uttering a loud
shriek, disappeared into the tunnel at the
end of the steep gradient, on the summit
of which my station was placed. When
it had gone, there was stillness, stillness
broken—il 1 can call it broken—only bv
the peculiar sighing of the air passing
across the wires, which is heard even in
the calmest of nights. 1 stood and lis
tened to the strange, melancholy, .Eoljan
harp like sound, now so faint a to be
almost inaudible, and anon swelling into
a wild low w ailing. I looked up and saw
Orion and the Pleiades, and thought how
->ffen on nights, not long ago, when I had
watched for Maggie in the wood, 1 had
gated up through the tail sombre pines
and watched their trembling tires. From
that my mind reverted to the earnest ires.-,
with which my wife had asked me to
remain at home that night, and the un
usual pensiveness of her manner when she
bade me go*>d-b>e. What c* uld be the
meaniug of it alii As a general rnle, I
had a moat profound disbelief in omens,
presentiinenfs, and all sorts of snpersli- j
tion ; hut in spite of it, 1 felt that I would
have given a good deal at that time, to be 1
transported just for one minute to my
home, to see whether all was well there.
I might hare called up my assistant, who
bulged in a farmhouse not tar distant, and
gone home; but as I could give no good
reason for going away, I resolved to stay
where I was, and get through the night
as best I could. "If this goes on," said 1
to myself as I turned inside again, and
poked up the coals writh rather more noise
and vigor than was absolutely necessary
—" if this goes on much longer, I shall
have to consult a doctor, that's plain."
For I knew that the causeless apprehen
sions which I experienced were often only
the symptoms of an unusual state of bodily
health. 1 filled my pipe and lit it, hut
the weed had lost its usual tranquilizing
power. As the wreaths curled slowly
Bplrards. I saw my wife's face looking at
me tearfully a> when I had left her. Again
the bell rang sharply; but, as before, no
intelligible sign wns made by the needle*.
I leaned my elbows on the desk. and.
with tny head bet ween my hands, watehed
their unending motions. An hour might
have passed tltu*. when onee more I was
•startled by the clang of the bell. This
time it was loader and more urgent, and.
it seemed to me, though perhaps 1 may
err here, with a peculiar unearthly sound,
such as I had never heard before. I am
utterly unable to tell in what manner the
impression was produced, but it seemed
as if there mingled with the metallic ring
the tone of a human voice—and it was
the voice of one I knew. The needles, 1
now observed, began to make signs which
1 understood; and slftwly, as if tome novice
• ere working the instrument, the letters
" C-o-m-e" were signaled. Xo sooner had
I read off the final than, to my
amazement and terror, 1 distinctly saw
the handle of my instrument, although I
was not touching it at the time, a* it
grasped by some invisible hand, move
rapidly, and make the signal "ruder
stood.'' which the receiver of a message
transmits at the end of every word.
A cold thrill ran through me, and I felt
a* if en fy drop of blood w ere leavinir my
heart. C uld 1 have been the subject of
an optiral delusion! 1 knew that such
was not the case, for I had plainly heard
the click of the handle as it tnrncd, and
now I could j>erc ive that another word
was be : ng slowly spelt out. Hot so be
wildered and terrified was I. that I tailed
to catch the signs. Again my handle
moved, and this time made the signal
" Not understood." With an overwhelm
ing feeling of awe, I watched the dials
intently while the letters were again sig
naled, and this time I read 44 H-o-m-e "
Then there was a cessation of all motion
for a second or two, and once more the
needles resumed their incoherent vibra
tions. I stood petrified with fear and
amazement, half believing that I was in a
dream, for reason refused to accept to the
evidence of sense. Could fhat be a mes
***- for me? If so. whence came it?
What hand had sent it? Could it be that
ome power higher than that of nature
thus warned me of impending danger?
Should I obey the mysterious summons?
While I t?iu deliberated the hell again
*oanded with a clangor still more loud,
imfierions and unearthly, and, after a few
uncertain movements, the magnets re
peated the words 14 Come home—coine
home!"the handles moving as before. I
could remain at my post no longer. Come
what might, I felt that I had no alterna
tive but to obey. I ran to the house where
the clerk lived, and on rousing the in
mates and gaining admission, told him
that he must take my place immediately,
as f had been suddenly called away. The
man seemed somewhat surprised at rny
excited and startled manner, but what he
said or did 1 cannot recollect. On enter
ing the stable where my burse was stalled,
I perceived a saddle banging on the wall;
and knowing that I could get over the
ground more swiftly ridingthan driving,
I threw it on his back, and in a minute or
two was dashing along the road in the
direction of home. I shall never forget
that ride, Although I urged my horse
with whip and voice till he flew rather
than galloped, the pace was far too slow
for my excited mind. Woods, bridges
with the moonlit streams sippliog beneath
them, farmhouses where tho deep-voiced
watch-dogs were awakened by the loud
beat of hoofs, shot by me like things in a
dream; and at last, breathless and pant
ing, we clattered up the long causewayed
street of the village where f lived. All
was dark and silent in the houses, and
the windows seemed to stare blank and
vacantly in the bright moonlight. Sud
denly a horse and rider appeared at the
other end of the street, with a hoarse cry,
" Fire!'' At the same instant, the church
bell was rung violently, and at once, as if
by a common impulse, the whole village j
started into life. Lights appeared in the
hooses, and a hundred windows were
dashed quiokly up. I saw white figures
standing at them, and heard voices crying
"Where?" Checking my horse with a
jerk, which threw him upon his haunches,
I listened for the reply, "Craigside
Great Heaven! my worst fears were
realised. It was my own home. I choked
down the agony, which almost forced a
cry, and pressing onward with redoubled
speed, soon arrived at the scene of the fire.
The house was a large oh' one, and v tun 1
reached t, smoke wsp l*uhu iu thick,
tuurkr Volume, from the wludowa of the
second tliii, while tierce tongue* of flame
i were already leaping along the rof. \
; crowd of men were hurrying conftauMv
about with buckets and pails ot water. In
the centre ot a group of women I found our
maid, Marv, stretched on the grn* n it
A awooii. "My wile!" 1 exclaimed, a- I
rushed forward, "where i she J" "tiod
| knows, ir," .aid one of the iu*n;" we have
twice tried to reach the second Hat, turt
were each time driven back by the smoke
and tire." Without uttering a word 1
entered ih* bouse,and ran along the lobby.
' The stair, fortunately, was built of stone,
but the wood-work o:i each side was one
I mass of blaaiiig and crackling tlame. Before
j I had taken three tep I tell back, blinded,
fainting, and half sutlocated with the
smoke. Two mou who liad followed trie
caught nie in their arms, and tried to re
*tian me by toi-e from endeavoring to
ascend again. " Don't attempt it," they
, said ; " vou w ill oniv lose your owu hie,
i and can't save hers.'' " Let go, you cow
ard !" I cri.d a. soon as I could sjs-ak; and,
1 with the .trtugth of madness, dashed them
aside. I rushed up the Mail*, and this
j time succeeded in reaching the fhst htn ling
iin safety. The room which we used a*onr
bedchamlier led ott a small parlor which
j was situated uu this tlat. Groping my way
through the uioke. I found the h*r, but.
to my was locked! I dashed
my sell against it again ami again, but it re
i stated all mv efforts. To reti rn as I had
,come was now impossible, and I kuew that
the only hope of saving even my own hie
was to go forward. Despair gave me
; strength, and lifting mv foot, i struck it
violently against one ot the lower panel* ol
the doer. It yielded a little. Another
j blow, and it was driven in. I crept through
: the opening, but so thick vraa the smoke in
the parlor that 1 could distinguish ui thing,
" Maggie, Maggie!" 1 shrieked, " w here are
you 1" but no answer was returned. Fro**
ing the parlor I gained our bed-tootn dour.
To my joy it was open, ami stretched on
the floor I found the apparently lifeless form
of my wife. 1 bent over her, and on plac
ing my hand on her heart I found that it
was still beating. I lifted her very tender
ly and gently, and eatried her iu my arms
to the vr>ndow, which 1 broke oja-n. Of
what followed 1 am only dimly conscious ;
I have a confused remembrance of men
bringing a ladder, and stroug arms helping
i us down, and the people cheering : but it
is all very vague and indistinct. Mv next
' recollection i* that of ftudiug myself in mv
father's boose all bruised and weak, but
with tny own wife bending over me, and
tending me with loving hands. We had
' been burned out of house and home. For
tunately everything was insured ; but even
had it not been ao, 1 had been content so
long a* she was spared to me.
On the evening of the next day, when
the short winter twilight was fast closing
round, and the first amiwflakes were falling,
Maggie drew a little stool close to the
cough on which I lay, thinking over the
strange events which I have related. 1
had said nothing to anybody regarding the
warning which 1 had so mysteriously le
ceived ; and when questioned as to what
had caued mo to return so opportunely,
had always made some t-vame answer, for
I feared that the reality would never have
obtained belief.
" Willie." said the soft low voice of my
wile. " if you had not come home "
"Hush, my darling. Don't talk like
that, for 1 can't bear even to think of it.''
" But it might have been. And do you
know, Willie, I had such a strange dream
on that awful night ?"
" A dream, Maprie ? Tell me what it
"Too remember," said she. drawing
nearer to rue," the evening you took Maty
and me into the telegraph office, and told
us all about the batteries, aud magnet* am)
electricity, and a great many things wblch
we couldn't understand at all, though we
pretended to do so, lest you should think
us stupid ?"
" And you remember, too, how, when 1
said that I should like to send a message
with my own hands, you made nn* take
bold of the handle, and then you guides! it.
while I scut a message to your brother
Robert, who w as in the office at
then? Aud the end of it was, 4 Come,
home—come home !" which 1 rejicated over
and over again, until I could do it quite
well without your help."
I turned quickly round, hut she *i
gazme intently at the fire, and did not
perceive the startled look I gate her.
" Well," she continued, "the night be
fore last, when yon were away. I could not
sleep for a lone t line t Iter I went to bed ;
and when 1 did sleep, 1 dreamed—such a
horrible dream ! I thought that I was in
your office again; and I had fled there be
cause I was chased by some Terrible Thing.
I did not know what it was, but it was
close behind me, and I thought nolxidy
could save me but you. But you were not
there, and so 1 seized the handle, and
signed the words. ' Come • home—come
home P a* you had taught mc, thinking
that would be sure to bring you. Then,
wbenyou did not come, I felt ia hot breath
on my neck, a* if it were going to clutch
me in its dreadful arms, and I screamed so
lond that I awoke. The room was all
dark, and filled with smoke so thick that
when I jumped up, I fainted for want of
air. Aud, 0 Willie, if yon had not come
just when yon did, I might "
" There, Maggie; don't let ns think of
what might have been, but rather let ns
be thankful that we tie spared to each
other still "
" ALL RIGHT."— How many of ns bnl
seethe expression a dozen times n week,
and have it stick in the throat, at least
half of them ? It is coming to lie a hy
pocritical appendage of business and
social intercourse.
A sponge goes behind the connfcr,
cuts off a dime's worth of tobacco or
cheese, with an excuse that he wants a
"sample" and the grocery man says,
" that's all right"
A customer returns a pair of shoes to
the dry goods man soiled and injured
after half a day's wear, gruoting, " they
are too small," and the merchant says,
" that's ail right."
A church member puts his name down
for ?'2o to pay the preacher, and when
called on, gives only 810, with tho re
mark, that "times are too hard," and
the parson says, 44 that's all right."
A loafer makes a regular practice of
coming iuto a printing office, and l>eg
giug a copy of the paper, stating that lie
"just wants to read it," and the edition
is short,the editor groans with ghastly
politeness, "that's all right."
An extravagant .debtor tells a patient
creditor every time he meets lum that
ho intends to pay tJio account "to-mor
row, ct rtain," and the poor dun turns
off with "that's all right."
Aud so it goes. It's all wrong, and we
say it's all right, and by our want of
spirit and independence encourage lazi
ness, imposition, stinginess and every
other sin under the sun.
Pborts of Gas. —Whoever has money,
let him invest it with gas companies.
There is no business so sure and none
which offers the same chance for making
up sums of money when they are needed.
It appears from a statement in the New
York World that, the Manhattan com
pany paid but 825 per share on their
capital, the profits having paid the rest,
and run the value of stock up to 8211,
thus representing an accumulation of
440 per cent., besides regular semi-an
nual dividends. In Cincinnati the prof
its of the gas company pay about twenty
per cent, per annum on a capital of
Toe h.IIIV.I* and Her Com UJ*
Eilwiu \Vhil*. commanding uffloi r of
the I'. Mii|> A'ii H*!*, k *eul to the K.e
ivtary of t!u Navy a report of li notion
in conveying the steamship Vmjnut*
from beneath the gun* of the Kimiiish
mauof-war I'imritK After receiving his
I instruction* from the I', S. tfovernuieut,
I l,t. White ways he returned to hi* ship,
utd at night loaded hi* pun*. He adds:
I hi* 1 did uuiler Cover of darkness, for
the reaaou that I thought it IHK.I to nuke
no demonstration which might hml the
commander of the l'i/ trro to believe the
preparations were being made with hus
ule intent, for the reason that thty were
precautionary measure* merely, and 1
did not desire to do nuythiug which he
might construe a* mere bravado. Dur
j nig the next morning, preparation* for
sea were clearly visible on board the Yir
giniu*. Her motion* were closely fol
lowed by the I'ir.urro. ltoth vessels were
I pitting up steam and their bouts were
i hoisted. The large title pivot of the I'i
itirro, mounted on the mortar deck. was
' pointed upon the Virginias, us well as
tier two starlniard broadside guns. 1
j therefore sent the men quietly to quar
ters, making no display above the mil.
neither show lug n crew at the rifled tweii*
I ty pounder on the fureastie, nor making
, a display of the rnnriue guard on the
: iKHip dock. Served out ait uiuple supply
of aumuiuition for smull arm* and pis
tols and imqiected earefully all arrange
ments for supply lug powder and fightiug
the guns ; mu ic pr< palatum* for slipping
the eihle. This lieiug done, I eaused
the nn u to leave their quarters; their
belts equipped, to Is- d.-ptited at the
guns, ria-lv for nse at a moments notice.
After sending officer* aud papers to the
I'i.mmaniUng olßcer of the Pizarru, that
; he might understand the |>o*iUou of af
fairs, Id. White adds ;
The Virginia* got uud< r weigh at the
, same moment we slip|ed our chain,
; went to quarter* and cast loose liatten
and sanded dowh decks for aud aft. '1 he
Yirgiuiu* immediately took up position
an our port bow. We steamed ahead, so
as to bring the l'igttrro oa our starboard
quarter. lu this relative posit on the
Iwo ve* -uls proceeded to :-a, the ir . i 1.1
Ins l>eiiig about two cables length ahead
and the Pizarro three cables length of
i our ntarlxiard quarter. The Virgiuiu*
i stood up the coast about uortb-nortbraM,
I occasionally standing more to the north
ward, thus f radtully diverging from the
coast until we were alniat four miles off.
II Hiring tlie first three-quarters of an hour
the Vm mint driqqied us until we were
from a half to thiec fourths of a mile
justcru. lhe llmrru we dnqqied very
' rapidly, and it o.ui became evident that
i the Virgiuius was more than a match for
her in |a>iut of speed. CapViin II >wen,
. h lib d us and said that h lrlt no appre
hensions wliatcver; that so far be had
carried only nine pound* of strain, and
that he thought hce. iild look out for
hit.'si If. During this hour and a half
we had not logged more than eight knot*.
; and the Ifizarro was almnt three tuiks
. astern. 1 continued in company with
; tb>- Virginia* for an hour longer, until
half-past four, at which time, its nearly
as I could judge the Pizarro wu* about
live mile* astern. I went about mi my
return passed close atmard the Piz rru.
so closely that I oouhl recognise her
i commander without a glu-m.
She w.a pitching very much nt the
time, and from the volume of dense
smoke which was constantly emitted from
her two smoke jij. % I am of opiuiou
that her flrws w. r. King forced and thj"
she was making ail possible rpood.
Wliii abreast of the Pig-urn I looked at
the Virgitiiu*. She was complt-' ly hull
dowu, her paddle-boxes ju*t ah-.wing
above the horizon. I readied our for
mer anchorage about helf post six and
picked up the chain which we had
Wedejr'k Out-Boer Preaching.
Almost inaccessible to weariness or
phvsiral paiu. ho made hit way over
hill, NI'KIT. at d arxl mountains, often I>y the chill blasts and thicken
ing snows of the uplautl*, or shivering
. mnl't (lie Scotch mist* : yet at irin and
frost never checked hi* ardor; never
would he forget or pass over his ap
pointment to preach. He pre**sd on
with the resolution of a I'ta-ar over dan
gerotia roads, through inclement weather,
aud often rose hoaiaa with cold and
wont with travel, to speak to the anxiona
throngs who t4it< d loa coming; yet he
re!a> that n he sjiokc i:i* physical pain
would disap;xswr, his vigor return, and a ardor C storv hia feeble frame tv
mnprecedented strength. Sometimes he
preached while the tierce wiuds and the
autumnal frost paa<ed unnoticed over
hia attentive people ; naorc thnn once
the rain descended and the lightning* 1
played while he ilcMtibnl the trimnpha
of faith. Over his immense audience*
Wesley exerted a singular influence, that
*M nlmost unknown to Whitethld or
hia followers; his culm and thoughtful
rhetoric produced result* that might
seem appropriate only to the moat im
passioned eloquence. Soba and cries
oroke from the sternest breasts ; strong!
men fell down in convulsions of misery '
and despair. The room in which be j
preached was often tilled with loml out-1
crii s and wild exclamations ; women fell I
into trances and groveled in the dust; >
and th>-se "stricken cases," a* they wore
termed, formed so marked a trait of the |
new movement as to excite the reprob i-'
tion of the cold and censorious and star !
tie the philosophical. But Wesley saw
in these singular occurrences the natu- !
ral struggle for n new lite, and he at least,
BUS not appalled when his vast audience >
was shaken ns if with a mighty wind,
when wild sohs and shouts of ngouy
passed over the startled throng, and they
fell groveling on the enrth ; for he be
lieved the Spirit of God was moving
them to repentance. Nor in any period
of strong religious excitement —when
Savonarola preached and Bernard pray
ed—have similar traits of deep emotion i
been unobserved.— Eugene Isivrtr
An IndittiiniKili* man writes to his fa
vorite paper: "Flense say to the pnr'y
that made an attempt to burgle No. .'Wit
North Mississippi street, between the.
hours of 2 and 3 o'clock this morning,
that if his present infirmity doe* not in
terfere with him doing so, to make one
more trial nt his earliest convenience,
and bring his winding sheet and coffin
plate with him. I have his burial certifi
cate ready, nrul signed by Smith A- Wes
son in six volumes. Death to sneak
Ax Anerrxo HCICNE. —At one of the
recent Communist trials, the wife of
Feltcsse, the prisoner on trial, was called
aa a witness. Hhe entered the eourt with
n feeble tread ; in her arms she carried
a new-born child. At the sight of her
Feltcsse broke into wild sobs, while the
poor woman uncovered the unconscious
little baby's face and held it up so that
the father might at least once see hit
child. The scene was very affecting.
SAI>.—A man and wife in Ohio were
discussing lately the death of a eliihl
through drinking concentrated lye, and
were wondering why [iconic would ho so
forgetful as to leave such a tliiug where
a child could reach it. Meanwhile, J heir
little fifteen-months-old baby found its
way to a crock of the same liquid and
drank it, dying within a short time.
Nine persons were killed at a recent
Parliamentary election in Hungary.
The Cant of a Strike.
The Chicago TYtha**, awaking of the
possible stri .<• of the worluugmeu in that
city, Kiivti: We have now in Chicago,
say :
per >li**u I'cr *tX<o • iri-oim i*. taruln*
ivi-..5 i3.a
S.U*J I rl. Staler*. cwrnuta
fiiwrday. to.oM MS,LM
1.0 <• |iU*Ur., -*rtilu* |S
jcr ,1*( 10.IWO ao.roo
1.1 oi carulit|j
S.VKi MuewHWl. t*nuu(
f * |rr dsy, 14,00# SS.OWJ
ST.'ua \>rktusui*u, esria
leg. f ti5,000 ia,awi
A i-trike by the idmve work men atop* a
supply of fi>7S,ik*i |v-r we.-k, or about
two millions erwry three weeks, uowlieing
paid to their families. A strike for two
mouths would waste a larger sum of
money tlmu the whole world's charity b
Chicago on the occasion of her great ea
lainity, u charity *u uiuuiticieut that even
the donors were tuU>uiidicd ut th grand
aggregate of their own liberality. It
would mean for each workingiuan the
waste of mora money than he could save
bv his tabor for a vear.
Hut this is uot the whole of the ac
count. These thirty tliousaud working
man are nearly nil tenants, very few of
thcui owning lioues of their own. If
they board, their rent is a part of their
w. ckly charge. With thvir families, av
vrugiug three to each workingtnan, they
number one hundred thousand people to
la> provided with shelter—a nniulier near
ly as great as was burned out of tiono-s
by the great conflagration. Not tnncb
less than one-third of the popnlatiou of
the city are connected by acme tie of
de|>eudeiHs- with this mechanic ami build
lug ela-a. '1 hey have the moat direst iu
teriat as Uuiante iu reducing rents, and
this can only l>u done by the rapid re
building of the city. If a general strike
should delay the rebnihliug of Chicago,
for every day the wrork is *o delayed the
workmen en gaged in it will And au extra
dollar per mouth iuld*l to thwir rent
next winter.
The Olden Ihiuga.
Aa wc grow older, nays Oliver Wendell
Holmes, wc think mora aud more of okl
persona aud of old thing* and places. As
to old pcrsous, it < ouit-d us if w<- uevar
knew liow much they bod to tell until wc
are old uiirw h <•* aud Uioy have Wen gone
twenty or thirty years. Once in a while
we ooine upon amue survivor of hi* or her
generation that we have overlooked, and
feel as if wo bail recovered one of the loat
biMiks of Livy or fished up the golden
caiitUc*tick from the ooze of the Tiber.
So it was the other day after my remans,
ccuces of the old gambrel-roufed hoOne
aud its visitor*. They found an echo u
the recollection# of one of tln> brightest
aud liveliest of my suburban friends,
whose memory is exact about *T< rvthing
except her owu age. winch, there can be
! no doubt, she makes out a score or two
of years more than it really i. Ktill she
wan old enough to touch .me lights -and
. a shadow m two—into the notrait* 1 had
drawn, which mad* me wish that slic aud
not I Ita<l bi-i i) the arii*t who sketched
the picture*. Among the leaser rrgn-ts
that mingle with graver sorrows for the* ot uu earlier generation we have
lost. are our omiasions fo ask tlteru so
many question* thev could have answered
so easily, and would have leen so pleased
to In* asked. There ! I say to myself
sometimes, in an absent mood, 1 muM
ask her about that. But ah# of whom 1
:IUI now thinking has long IM-CO l>eyo!>d
the reach of any earthly questioning, and
I *igli to think how uosily 1 could have
learned some fact which I should hare
' Wen happy to have transmitted with
pious care to those whe are to come after
inc. How many tim*a have 1 heard her
quote t lit. hue about hlmaings brightening
! as they take their tlight, and how true it
proves in many little way* that one never
thiuks of until it ia too late 1
OSTRICH FARM*. —The raining of THE
oatrich in a tamo state for it* fvather* w
no* carried on rxlouiTtlj in Africa.
The bircla are kept iu inrlnauns*. nnd fed
on luci rue, with which the inclosurc in
planted. Ever)* eight mouth* they are
plnoied,some extracting the quill at onee,
and others ratting the quill a little above
it* insertion, and then removing the
roota a conpla of month* later. The
hitter method i* said to give better re
mitt* aith lea* injury to the l'i:d. Tire
yield ia about fifty dollar* |M-r luiumu fur
each bird. In breeding it is b utul to
!>e bef-t to allow otre female t each male,
though iu the wild Mate five female* are
etaehetl to a single male. There art*
usually two broods ill a yetr. and the
male and female it on the egg* by Mima,
the m ile generally teking the largest
a tin re of tbia duty. The female takes
chief charge of the brood after it it
hatched. The young are reared on
chopped lucerne, and as they get older
a little grain is given them; They also
require abundance ot water, nnd a lilier
ul anpply of pulverized quartz snd small
bones. When grown, no food suitsthem
tetter than chopped lucerne or trefoil,
with on occasional supply of cabbage,
fruit, nnd grain.
nays, that as the result of a series of n
jieriments on the low forma of life by
heat. Dr. Grace Calvert demonstrates
that the germs of di-ow* will withstand
a temperature of 301) degrees Fall res -
licit. Exposure to such a Lent ns this
injures the filters of all kinds of cloth
so aerioudy that Uicy arc unfit for fur
ther use. It therefore evident tlint the
mere agency of heat cannot In* depend
ill upon for the d<trucliou of the germ*
or corpuscles attached to the clothing of
persons who have suffered from any con
tagions disease. The necessity for a
change in opinion regarding tin power
of chlorine gas to accomplish this pur
pose is urged in a recent report of the
New York Board of Health on the dii
mfcction of clothing and bedding, nml
sulphurous acid gas prepared lev hurtl
ing sulphur for the disinfection of rooms.
The latter substance, especially, seems
to have tlic power of utterly destroying
the germs of sinnll-pox, while chlorine
frequently fail* altogether, or only ac
complishes the object in an impcrf<>ct
A SntouiAJt CASE.— A voting, hand
some, and well-dressed lndy appeared nt
the county jail in ("hiengo, with n license
and a justice of the peace, and insisted
on lieing married to a notorious hotel
thief, who is awaiting trial which will
undoubtedly result in a five years' sen
tence to the penitentiary. The woman
belongs to a wealthy and respectable
family of Cliieago, who are in great dia
trraa on account of the infatuation of
their daughter for the thief. The mar
riage ceremony w*s i>erf<>rmed and the
nffef returned to ra* cell.
with another notorious counterfeiter of
Fort Wayne, was discovered by t wo United
States defectives near Wellsville, Ohio,
on the river bank. Tyler drew a revolver
sml fired a hall through the coat ot one
of the officers. The officer returned the
tire, sh Kiting -nc man through the hand.
Tyler then made for the river, jumped in
and was drowned, leaving on the hank his
coat, which contained §l.lOO counterfeit
twenties, legal tenders. The other man
fled to the hills.
A new style of linen collar is composed
of small points, trimmed with narrow
fluted lose and jabot to mutch-
1 do not think I ever felt prouder in my
Ills than I did one morning wbU Mr.
Job I'. Slopger, our locomotive " boss,"
accosted me as I waa niakiug ready the
•• Mllwaukie" to lake the through train
" Well, George, heard the newsf tineas
not, elif You aiu\gol to ruu tbia route
I turned pale, Raring 1 had got into
Mime scrape; but I only aaid— " Why,
sir f"
"Why!" be repeated, smiling at my
seared loka—" l*caue you're put up in
Abel's place. You feel kinder apry, 1
reckon I'
1 did indeed few! " kinder spry," for
Ahel, a first rate haud, had Just been pro
muted, with a handsome tltmceur ; for gal
luut conduct upou a oeitaiu occasion. I
was his companion upon that occasion;
and as the adventure was the cause of my
being made aw engine-driver, I will, with
your permission, proceed to relate it with
out further preface. Boon attar uiy. ar
rival in the Mates, I succeeded ID obtain
ing a situation as fireman uu one of the
trunk linea After a time 1 became asso
ciated with Ahel blorer, who had the
reputation of a first-class engine-driver,
though he wa, to my taste, a little too
reckless, ami when "in liquor" nothing
daunted him. Prom Abel, f heard many
tale* respecting the encounters he hail
had with "while Injuns," a* he demoni
-1 listed certain filibusteringgentlemen, who
i bad a playful habit of disguising them
selves as Indiana, ami carrying off any
: •pecks of ammunition contained in the
wagons. At times, indeed, I believe they
did not hesitate to commit the most dread
| ful outrages under the guise of the war
j .int.
One morning, about tiro months after
my having been appointed " fireman." we
got order* to take a train down to Lan
dervitle. Abel was, accordingly, in great
I hopes of shooting some "Injun*," and
provided himself with a quantity of am
munition for hi* sis-shooter. I, more
sceptical, neglected this precaution. We
started, however, having a quantity ot
jeeir in bote*, some valuable stores, and
s uiiled cargo of " notions" in oorcharge.
We had received instruction* to shunt at
Hunknin city fur a faster train with pas
sengers ; and then (If it had not previously
run Into u*l t> assist it up the steep incline
at that place, our train being subsequently
helped np by another locomotive.
We arrived at Bunkum, siding in safety
about five o'clock, aud hearing nothing ot
the following train, replenished the en
gine. and then proceeded to look for some
food for ourselves. We pitched uixm
a small "store," where we managed to
procure food, and some of the moat fiery
stuff (miscalled whisky) that I aver lasted.
Abel drank it greedily, however, while I
devoted myself to the food. We were on
the eve of departure a* two rough-looking
fellows en ten* I, and demanded "liquor,"
" taking stock" of us as they swaggered
about. Seeing that Abel was becoming
more intoxicated, and recollecting that
the passenger train must be due. 1 at
tempted to remove him, hut one ot the
strangers, stepping forward, requeeted ua
to "liquor up" before we started. Abe
rrnntt-u a drunken assent, and I, not dar
ing to refuse, sat down while the "drink"
was b*iog prepared. During the concoc
tion (>f the " reviu-r," Abel kept wander
ing aimlessly about, swaying recklessly
against the tab]?*, and w hen the glass was
at length presented for my acceptance, he
lurched heavily against the stranger.
Crash went the tumbler upon the floor,
while, amid a volley of curses, 1 dragged
the offend. r from the bouse, and managed
to regain the engine unmolested.
Anticipating we should he followed, I
kept Abel's revolver ia readiness, but after
a timo 1 noticed two figure* proceeding
in the direction of some log huts, which
lay some distance down the fine upon the
left. As the strangers disappeared over
the brow of the hill, 1 turned tny attention
to Ahel.
To my astonishment, he responded to
rn * tirt adjuration* by saying, a* he gained
a Bitting posture—" I Urn them cueeee,
here they gone right away t"
For a moment 1 atared in speechless
surprise. Why, I thought you were
drunk." I cried at length.
" Drunk!" he echoed; " those fellow*
would have had you on your back in a
coon's jump hut for me. 1 know them,
the 'lrjun thieve*,' they're after our
•oeeic. tny l*y. a* atire a shootln', bet
I'll tail 'ein the varmint a. Which is the
specie wagon F'
" Number eight," i replied, wondering
-Off with it, and tackle it on to the
paasuigira' train." cried Abe), excitedly;
" Well 8* their flints yet, by gosh!"
So we set to work with a will, but while
we were uncoupling the wagon the other
train arrived. Abel communicated his
siispicifiita to the conductor, ami in a few
moment* the specie was safely included
among the passenger cuff. JJy this
lime the evening wa* closing in, and we
iiad placed the train on the aiding at the
top of Uie incline, to clear the track lor
the passengers, 1 began to hoi* that our
fears of an attack were groundless.
We ran down again with steam on, to
getin the rear of the pas&enger train, and
the other engine followed at a little dis
tance. A* our engine neared the points,
lust beyond the log hnta 1 have mentioned,
several figure* rose from their conceal
incut. Without warning of any kind they
ticJibcruloiy tired at the engines as they
passed. Surprise, more than fear, kept
us for a moment Inactive. But Abel
quickly recovered himself. Shouting to
me to lie ddw'n, he discharged two barrels
at the nearest of our assailants. With a
groan, he fell dead in his tracks. In a
lew seconds we had run out of range, but
those upon the other engine were less
Unarmed a they were. the driver and
fireman could make no remittance, and we,
at well as the (>*.. mongers, who were now
turning out their assistance, were obliged
to remain passive t(>ortators. The poor
fellows were tumbled off the engine by
their assailant*, whose intention to aeiae
the specie was now evident. Hut in thia
way they were foiled. Some of the pas
sengers, having got within range, bad by
this time commenced a pretty hot fire
against the 14 fUihnatgra," wbo "n* found
themselves in a tlx, aa Alwl, reversing his
engine, returned to the attack. Their
position thus Incoming untenable tbey
started their engine, and ran quickly out
of the range of the passengers" fire.' But
Nemesis was behind them. Abel, tiering
their manoeuvre, turned on full pressure,
and swore he'd shoot them ere he slept.
Now commenced the most extraordinary
chase 1 ever heard of.
The engine in front had a start of about
half a mile, hut we had greater power, and
understood the management of the machine.
Both locomotives wcte well supplied with
wood and water. One of our opponents
attempted to jump off as speed was for n
moment slackened, but he was hurled upon
the line a bleeding ma*. His terrible fate
deterred his companions, who increased
their distance and disappeared over the
brow of the hill. We followed, going at a
terrible rate, bumping and oscillating to
such a degree upon the uneven track that
I fancied we should run off the line. VCe
kept oiu course, however, gaining slightly
for a time, Abel taking every opportunity
of sending a bullet through the weather
board of the retreating engine.
As the excitement cooled a little, I for
the first time discovered that I had been
e hit." A trickling of blood from a wound
in my arm, and a numb sensation, were
anything but agreeable. A rough band
age stopped the bleeding, and we were
then at liberty to observe the chase onoe
more Daiknesa rain on, yet there waa
no token of any abalvtm-tit i 4 the speed,
nor any apparent change in our relatire
positiona. Occasionally a defiant whittle
was bwne back to us, but atill on we swept
through fhe night. Suddenly the red
glow utw>n the track in front eoemcd to
•top. We neared it rapidly.
"Dive!" roaied Abel, juat In time, Aa
ho spoke two abota came wbluing through
the glass in fiont, and fell harmless Irani
the iron plate behind us.
**A 'sLava* that!" laughed my com
panion, " but I'll be quits." Aa be apokv
lie got out npon the frame, and told me to
He ocwAac/.
'• What on earth are you aboutt " Ilia
reply made me shudder.
" Cm going to kill them on that engin';
good-bye, friend." lie waa gone—creep
ing over the wheel-casing* to the buffi r
Now determined to win, 1 employed
every means to do ao. W were surely
gaining. Another log upon the already
roaring furnace. The valves discharged
a cloud of biasing steam, but on 1 Went
hurrying to destruction.
In a few momenta more the engines
were almost touching; another shot, but
no harm done. We bumped!—a grinding
noise was heard, than aaotbar bump.
"Hurrah," 1 cried, or rather tried Utery.
for my lluoat was so parched tliat I eouid
scarcely utter a sound, and, regardh-s* of
risk, was about to ioin Abel, when a shrill
noise arose beneath as, and the other en
gine shot into the dark near ahead of us.
With an oath t shot off the steam, (fur
ther progress I knew was iiupoeaibie with
the heated machinery,! and ahouted to
Abel. A• soon as I oonid pall up 1 jumped
->ff and ran to the front. Abel bad dis
appeared! Gracious heaven! had he
lalien when the engiuos touched 1 I be
gan to fear the worst, and to call wildly
in the vain hope that he wight hear, but
the whisja-r of th wind waa the only
reply. It vraa impossible that be could
have gained the footplate of the other
locomotive and eecapcd instant death;
had he fallen the engine would have
killad him. Thus I argued, and after a
time mechanically filled a pipe, and took
the Lttip behind to oil the cranks. look
ing at iny watch. 1 fuagd we had been
running thirty minutes, and at such a
pace 1 knew the up mail w&s not far dis
tant, and that Lanucrvilie >• <saiy a Rw
miles off Bo I ran gently ahead again,
and had not proceeded far when a sudden
"lift" of the engine nearly thri-w ine
down. I stopped and descended At the
side of the tpak lay a body horribly dis
figured. The oowcatcher had struck him.
and dragged him along. An indefinable
sensation of tear look possession of me.
Was this Abel after all t
It was too awful; I managed, however.
to turn the corps* upon its back. The
features were indistingnUlutbie, bat all
doubt was'apeedily set at rest; for by my
lantern's light I recognized Abel's cap
tightly clasped in the dead mah's band.
I daggered agaiuet the engine. ami now
ih etnu-weni vu all over, eobbd tike
I a child. The pageeagvra in the train we
ha>l lift, the up mail, ail were forgotten,
until 1 had rercrenUjr placed the bod*
ii.on the engine. The alienee waa tern
| hie. ! peraeverrd till I had covered the
remain* of raj poor mate a* well a* poa
dble; and u I aat down npon the rngine
rait, I fancied I heard the ditant rattle
<>f an approaching train- I roue and lis
tened intentiy. Altera panae, a whittle
long, though very faint, broke the atiU
oeaa. I Mood ready to run if occaaiun
•iemanded it, when again the whittle ruae,
lint time load and clear, and after dying
away Into a long, wailing aound, tudden
ly ended in three tharp. quick notes. Mr
heart leaped to my throat—this was Abel
Storer'a signal.
With trembling fingers I replied. In a
few momenta a dark object loomed up in
front, ami Abel'a " hallo " waa ringing in
my ear*. In two aeconda more I wa be
side him.
" Don't ring a man'a arm off," he cried,
"I'm rather done."
M Good heavens! how did yon escape! "
I said.
" I'd a toughish bout of it," Abel re
plied, " but by godi. Tve won."
" I fancied yon were ahot," said 1: look
here," taking him to hia own engine I
showed him the body which still lay there
in all it* ghastly reality.
•• rhot," he laughed in no way affected
by the eight, "no sir ; that's the coon I
pipped in the skull; lie grabbed my cap
too, I may * well have it agin', 1 gneaa.
So aayiug, he released the dnsty head
forering (rota bis late antagonist's grasp,
and calmly bru*h<ng it oontinued—"Yew
yon see, when the engints closed I leaped
on the Wen, and priltcd this tot low at
once—didn t von hear the shot! "
I mid I had beard a no-'sc. but fancied
it was a steam-pipe that had given away.
"No." he said, "that wasmyflrst fire*
These Injuns had but one 'derrick" be
tween them, and this fellow waa about
to use it in my tavor, but 1 luckily slopped
that- The other tried a knife on my skin,
but lie was soon plugged. Then 1 had to
go to I.amlrvillvc to give information,
and was returning for you when I saw
vonr head lamp and whistled accordia'—
that's all!"
44 I* the ofher nnfortunate maa dead f" I
1 a*ke<l.
-Not he," replied Abel, "I only shot
him in the shoulder—but hell lose his
arm. I reckon. We'd better 1* goibgand
seeing about the passenger# now, 1 think."
We then coupled the engines, and leav
ing the dead undisturbed on one. mounted
the other. On arriving at Bunkum city
we told our tale, to which the mangled
body of the filibuster bore additional testi
mony, and after a detention of rather
more than an hour the passenger* awe
despatched on their journey. I'pon our
return to headquarters we were specially
thanked, and otherwise more substantially
rewarded. A I*l was promoted to a more
comfortable and permanent berth in New
York city, while I was made an engine
driver, with the highest scale of pay, in
his stead.
What bofel me in my new appointment,
my rsadera may perhaps be informed
upon a future opportunity.
STrnxxTs' Drain. Recently, says a
correspondent writing from Heidelberg,
Germany, I saw four duels. Kach pair
fought for a quarter of an hour, unless
the doctor declared one of them too badly
hurt to fight it ont for that length of
time, when, of eonrse, the opposite party
waa declared victor. When a student
got cut, the students all walked up and
examined it in the most unconcerned
manner possible. The director wrote
down in hia book how long a out it was,
and alio how deep it was (the longer and
deeper it was the more the suflewr was
thought of) ; aud the doctor washed it
ont and sewed it up, and the duel con
tinued, unless the student that was eut
was unable to do so, when he was deelnred
to be the loser ; and tba next duel went
on in the same manner. All this reminded
me very much of a barbershop, with the
barber culling out "Nextl" when his
chair is empty. I can assure yon it is
disgusting, aud I went away with more
contempt for the Heidelberg Corps Stu
dents and their duels than ever.
An lowa paper reeommsnda a man to
office because, it says, " he takes an open
drink without clasping all four of his
fingers about the glass." That man is
a curiosity in lowa.
A new style of belt for ladies is Of black
silk elaborately embroidered with jet
beads and a large jet buckle at one side
of it.
TERMS : Two Dollars a Year, in Advance.
tlermaa fitadeata' Berts.
The bouse which tbe Garmta students
ot Heidelberg use for tbafr duels says a
roniwjxinileni, attested a short di.tancs
out of town, sad whan a dual going on,
sentinels am placed oummonlcaong from
tbs house to tbe team; but this is entirely
unneceassiy, for, although tbe duels are
against tbs law. yet tkejr art winked at by
the authorities; In fact, tbe inhabitants
tre rsther proud of Ibem than otherwise,
and arotlfi be wry tony if thry warn pat
a stop to. Tbe student who took roe to
ft* the duels and myself started at atom*
ha!f-pet 10 to the morning awd walked for
about fifteen mlnotra. Wo arrtvtd at the
; house and, after istmMm me to all bU
rurps, we sat 'town by a table and talked
and drank beer, and waited tor tha dual te
The durU are trr-aiiaed so that them are
duels en three days of a wsek, whether a
1 provocation i given or not. The way ot it
is this ; The director of the duels takrn
tbe ntme* of the member* of ttieeorp* to
• regular order, sod pain them off, and they
j arc euapeUed to fight, although tbey amy
he tbe rwy Uvt friends to the world, er
[wrbsps even relstkius. So you see that
wkm a fellow gum tote one of those corps
' be is compelled to fight, although be may
I be a vcrr peaceable fellow; for, as I said
before, they dont wait tor a provocation,
but tight any siay. The sword* that tbey
fight with ale wade of a long ar.d vely
1 bin piece of .uei, which bends very easily
and is as sharp at a rater, so that the least
touch leaves a mark. The students her*
tre cut horribly, and soma of tbem are
really disgusting to look at, their faom art
so frightfully scarred. The bead is tip
part of the body aimed at, and u, in fact,
, the only part that can be bit, tor the apper
part of the body is padded ao thickly tost
the sword cannot cat tbrtesgt the padding.
When fighting tbe sword is held ever the
head in such a manner that instead ef
sticking It slashes; tnd the aysa being
' protected by large iron spectacle#, It w
very seldom If ever that a teal injury
j occurs, further than cutting up thair Omm.
and that doesn't last lung, for the wound
soon heals up and lea vis a scar, which the
students are very proud of; in fact, they
don't think very much of a lellow unlet*
be ha* at least one sear.'
Tbe torgcteorps student tlmt erer p-
I nested in Heidelberg was aa American.
Who came here an averagewtord man, and
went away something to behold, and havw
, ing tbe honor of being tbe beat drinker,
; and also tbe beat durlhrf in Heidelbtqp
He fought something like a hendredduels
and never p.t defeated till nearly the last
one he fought, when he got hk t. i*ealmost
rat off; but, noehing dsatrtod, be stopped
up to bis adversary, bidding his now on
with his hand, and challenged him to
another di*l which was accepted. They
fought, and the indomitable American,
the hero of a hundred duds, came out
ahead, to the gratification of all hit admir
ing friends. He is roustdm-d to have been
tbe greatest man in Heidelberg (which be
cittjiulv was aa regards sine), and his
name wtU probably be handed down fmoa,
genet at Km to generation, and looked up to
a something superior, something almost
immotul, by the studratc.
A Had Story.
An English correspondent, in refer
ring to the laborers' revolt in the eoon
try. given tbe following among other in
stance* of the condition of the Agricul
tural Laborers there :
•' A abort tune ago a letter cune to
mo front Buckinghsmpabire, asking if
something could not be done to draw at
tention to the condition of tbe farm-lxiya
m thai county. A poor boy named Geo.
Knibba, tbe letter said, wm found dead
on the roadside on a culd, biting morn
ing in March, 1870. He was only nine
rears old, and bad been at work three
veers for a farmer at Beckharopstoad.
The only witness was a fellow-laborer, a
little boy ekvwn years old. They were
sent oat in tbe morning of an Inclement
■lay to drive in heifers to the town of
Window, a jonrney of erven or eight
mile*. The youngest child wanted to
take some food arith bim, as it was sup
poeed he had had no breakfast, bat the
farmer told thmn tbey noed take no food
an they would be home by ek-ven o'clock.
A journey of sixteen miiea, and to drive
six heifers half the distance, sras too
much for the poor things Rain and
deet fell on the joeruey. They deliv
ered the cattle at a public house in Wilt
alow. where they were directed. Thay
got half a pint of beer with three pen
i nv-worth of brandv in it to warm them,
i which tiieg drank between them. Thev
did not veuture to ask for food, and
none was given. They trudged a mile
;or two on their way lock, when the
! yonnpe-t said he wonld go to bit Aunt
Kaunas, and tbe elcren-Tisir-old boy
went on and got home cold and wto.
The poor lad Knibba fell on his faoe.
and was found some bouts afterward,
when be had i>cen long dead. The poor
(ather wandered about at night fffftarrive
o'clock, looking for hi. boy, and sat
up for him til! two dVlook In the mem-
I inf. Hext day he found out wheae the
body of hit son had been taken. The
letter I received informed me that the
farmer who employed the poor man slop
ped out of hia wages the time employed
iu looking tor hia dead child. 1 bis is
only a fair illustration of tho condition
of and dependence in which the
gTcntot portion of tbe Ihieltinghamp
ahtrt laborer* really a*e. The JlfrofepA
baa begun to eaamhre hito the condition
of tho'Seoteh agriewltora) lalmrer. The
Scotch field is a fruitful one. Yarning
is oarried out mora aeicntiticmy tliefe,
as a rule, than in England, bit the con
dition of (ho patient lalioier erpially
needs revising there. The conservative
Olvbt reports that the wages of agricul
tmul laborer* arc a'vmt to be raised all
t over the country. Public opinion is a
ceiernting the force of agitation.
Wages In *a-s.ichnM tti.
The facte developed by the Massachu
setts Bureau of Statist ic of will
tie road with intorcst at thia (saw by all
The Boreao mem to have dyne their
work veil Information taWulative rela
tive to the earning*, Jc-, of man engaged
in the fisheries, priucipoUj on the Grand
Ranks, along ehore, and in the bay of
St. Lawrence, show the following, for in
stance. A vessel of forty to 115 tona,
costing 96,000 to 810,000, absent from
four to six montha on the Banka of
Newfoundland, will earn SB<SO, the small
est earnings being S3OO. Taking twen
ty-five separate cases the average earn
ings i>er year is $483. The highest aver
age earnings embrace the largest number
of persous engaged in the business, as
there is a uniformity of ah&re to the lar
gest number of fishermen, the small
shares belonging to the green hands, Ac.
Referring to the work of women, illus
trations are given of oooks, chamber
maids, kitchen and table-girls, in some
ten of the the leading counties of the
State with the following result. It must
be understood that in these cases boded
is included, and the figures given are an
average of all those cases looked into by
the bureau:—Cooks, 8.85; Chamber
maids, 84.54; Kitchen girls, 2 98; Table
girls, 84.74; Average hours of labor per
week, 6o; General average earnings per
year, $274,56.
Says the Washington Star: "The
latest thing in spring hats for young la
dies is to have the rim so bent and
erumpled as to be suggestive of a late
sapper, an over-portion of champagne
and a general musauw* Jaunty, bat
not judicious,
" r4* an* ftaMUMSB
By* mow original
nation flmn rttt <*ta'eot.
In Council Bluff* to **
•crap* of ]*!*r in the streets,
, AU Uo liftbt Armc* *ra
looped with Mf< UUA fckftfows with
long end". ,
Twentj-fottr orphan* WTOnrhufitim,
lon*, mourn tlte deecjwie of one and the
nam* father. -- J
I An Australian has* of
an emerald and a Owouowl f* consider*
hi* tight prieeksa; ' **9
A woman named Jaydi'-'Utel*n Wa
bash, IU., at 1 * of W- "be came
nur being Joy foiwvor. • - .i
The feather edged W pbte •
rarr much nawl tkU tetettk tor tittfc# '•
neckties and bonnet Hnflgn -1
A Detroit man keeping
tame foxae sines be tost aeveo prise fowl*
which eoat him eight do!lary*fh.
The newest thing in !?*[ booto, to
to bare itnh instead of button*, which
prevents their breaking #ling off.
By the use of machinery hi Seated with
in the past twerfty y<-u*„the imsxem
boy can often do the worfcof ten ordina
rj lufti.
• Come Into the Tardea, Maid," to the
way in which mnml mamma* urge their
daughters to try on their new eaboo
ifim sw i
Be thou whaf thon singularly art, and
personate only thyself: Stom smoothly
in the stream of ory nature and lira hot
00a miff „ 4
An inrantire Kentucky freed woman
has done away arith h# nidhopoliea for
erer by hai !uuj.' 1 a bwxrihaf kw fihickenn
under a stove. 4 <
Tbe strawberry season In Southern
lUn<i torn "Jjened apple*,
j **dbs. peara, cherries snffir**pes n* er
promised batter.
A Minnesota woman torn invented a
tan to be attached to a sewtng-maehia
and put to motion by the name powar, it
is said
Dio Lewis Ikb written | book on diraa
tiuo, which to dedicates to those of hw
countryman who are aD gone in the pit
of the atowask.
The unfavorable season baa asased a
great faihng off to than rod actios of
maple sugar and syrup. Tha quality of
the crop, too, to very inferior.
Human nature is the asms ererywfcere.
It it remarked in Saw Yorto thai horns
car conductors on six-eents Unas refuse
to sißliatc with their fire-ranta brothers.
NO. 24.
The Swedish g*vrnmMtoffe a prtee
for aneeaay *n the beat mean# of p kue*
a atop to the rapid toraaaigemigratio
of the rural | o; uiatioa fronj tUt aettn
Ihc true motives of oar actions, like
tbe reed pipes of an, organ, are usually
concealed; but the and hollow
pretext la pompously placed in front for
show. ,
An India* a paper hps Um "andal t
Owetwbiirg, Grt- n Conply, shipped 130
barrels of whiskey to KeotMty lart w*.
to be manufactured into seventy-year-old
Bourbon. Tbe proeearwill oocupT about
ttkoan. f,
1 It is aeid thai persons affected try the
ooneomm of a stroke of %btiag can be
saved in most cases by reactionary rem*-
dim, audi aa the rapid* tAing of cold
wafer over the victim, and the applicaaon
of friction.
The Young Moo's Christian room at
Cincinnati are fined np wfttoan " amoee
ment room," hi which ample apace is
given to the playing of etoqpret, a game
which is nightly penned to the West
jMgmiaasbk hour. , ', .
A little ux year old nm & Mr. Weber
of Sand winh, niinoM, is almost an expert
and denoted it safely hit left
optic wrnioat pretiouapractice.
. "la the spirit of Israel Tptnam deed?"
'rathe way in which a Shawm-ctowa (IU.)
paper calls upon the rmoents to riee
xnd alanghter the wolf which has dia
phved abnormal activity fn competing
with them in the raiaing Ot mutton.
Ornndy Owmty. loam. Bias more large
farm* than any wtbanesufrty ie the State.
One man bas a farm of AOOO acres, an
other ol 1.010 acres, anoSfcrr of 1,380,
another of 1.300, and several other* of
1, to haoO manw.
Tbctw are thirtydlvr tbooa nd deaf and
dumb person* in the Unftm) Stotee; and
fortv-fi.ur inotituticma.for |heir educa
tion*. each containing op an average
about one hundred and fifty papil*, near
ly all supported by the State govern
A clergyman, having made several at
tempts to reform a profligate, was at
length repulsed arith "It i* all in vain,
doctor, vu cannot grit me to change my
religion'" "I do not want that, ' ra
pUedthe good man. " I wish rehgkm to
change you." 1
Adulterated ooffec oaa beesaily detec
ted. even if the teste m not a rare index.
U ; tea-spoonful of genuine ground oof
fee be thrown into a thmWlcrful of dd
water, it still fiod boon the surface.
Substances used in adulterating coffee
will sink at once.
The committee of the Mfine Editor*'
and Publishers' Association, to whom
was entrusted the matter of making ar
rangements for tbe annual excursion,
have decided on July 9 as the day .of de
parture from Portland, and' Mount Des
ert aa tha " objective point 'of the ex
pedition. * . ,
Women in Austria perform the duties
of bricklayer* laWect, 4w **
earn iug htxU of mortar d bsaketa of
bride up high ladder*. More than thin,
thev dig and wheel barrows of " bulla*#**
idaiort aa uimblv as khefmen. Tbey
ehor wood, thev carry water, they off *
to black vour boots in the street, and
perform mauy other little offices, which,
Soordiug to our notion*, do not and
ould not come under the denomina- -
tioß of " women's work."
The CBTor*Ationsh*u? t Baden.
The central attraction of Batten is, o
coarse, the Conversatipnshans ; so call
ed, I prevura e. because JIQ one is expect
ed to speak there exceut in a whisper.
Why a gambling hall should be styled
I a conversation-house is beyond conjec
ture. The name must be the result of
some Teutonic v:\gary in which irony
was uppermost. The Con vernation shams
containa a number of drawing, dining,
I reading, concert, and gaming rooms, all
elaborately gilded and frescoed and
luxuriously furnished—immense mirrors
on the walls reflecting every form and
hoe. The gambling saloons, opening
Into each other, usually have six roulette
and rouge-et-noir (trentewt-quaraato
tables, at which all the gambling is done)
They are open from an early hour of the
morning to midnight, but. the playing
does not begin until eleven o'clock in
the forenoon, and does not end until
eleven in the evening. Thfe place is as
public as or City* Hall Park.
Everv body goes in and gies out, bets
or beta not, just as he pleases. There Is
no one to question or interrupt, to invite
or discourage, any respectably dressed
or decently behaving stranger, who from
curiosity, inclination, or any other mo
tive, mav see fit to enter. If he carry
a cane or umbrella, or wish to kaye his
hat—hats are not worn at the ahrine of
the fickle goddess-he will find in a sort
of vestibule very polite lackeys, in livery
much resembling a court costume, who
will beniguantly inform him that it is
contrary te the rules of the Direction to
take either of those articles, or go cover
ed, into the charmed presence of the
challengers of fortune. These bedizened
servants are stationed in all the saloons,
ready and anxious to do any* one's bid
ding*, with the expectation, of course,
of receiving certain donceurs for their
trouble. They are the most obedient
and obsequious of underlings ; they will
do any thing the mysterious Direction
allows -and it is far from narrow on
Host subjects—in the promptest .<*
most satisfactory manner. Ihe Dir* *,
tion pays a license of about 870,u0U a
year, and defrays, moreover, si! the ex
penses of the establishment, amounting
to as much more—which shows that the
l basin ess is at least profitable,— Har
p*r's Mngazmr.