The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, April 17, 1873, Image 1

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    Queer Epitaphs.
A correspondent in Washington sends
the following oopiea from tombstones in
an old cemetery in that city:
"Mary K. Grin Sri my name.
And Heaven in my station,
Washington City wan my dwelting-plara.
And OUrtM waa my eel ration
When 1 am dnad and in my grave
And ali my bono* are rotten.
When this yon see. remember me.
That I may never be forgotten."
"Htop paaeenger ee you peee by -
A* yon are now. no once was I;
Aa 1 am now, so yon muet be
Prepare for death and follow me."
The City by the Sea,
Homswbere an ancient city stands,
A beautiful city by the sea.
Ami UHxw-grewn galiles seem to frown
From (he pointed roofs of the houses luvwu
That hue the streets of this quaint old town.
Of thai city by the sea
Never a sound of clamorous strife
Disturbs this city by the ses;
But ca'm and sweet is the trauquil day
The while sails ride on the the moonlit bay
Or slip their mooring* and float away •
Front this city by the res.
Sometimes at eve. when the tide goes out,
A troop of children, glad and free.
Gambol and shout -a merry baud ;
Or over the shining, sea-wot sand.
Go two young lovers hand ia hand.
From this city by tha sea.
Often and often 1 ait and think
Of this beautiful oily by the eea.
TtU 1 see the Rush of the crimson sky.
And the youthful ho era, food and shy.
Ami the saow-wlute satis s the slap* go by
Fast thu city by the sea.
Is it a picture—or a dream-
Whose haunting memories wtuo to me ?
Or did 1 somewhere, long ago.
Face the alumng sands a hen the tide n as low-
Hear the murmurous sea-waves ebb and flow -
Did I see the crimson sunsets glow.
And watch the white sails come and go
Fast this city by the sea ?
There was once an aeronaut with
whom things went badly ; the balloou
burst, tumbled the man out, and broke
into bits. His boy he had two minute*
before scut down with a parachute,—
that was the bqv'a luck ; he was uuhurt
and went about with kuowledge enough
to make hint au aeronaut too, but he
had no balloon and no means of acquir-
ing one.
But lrve he must, and so ho applied
himself to tbo art of legerdemain and
to talking in hia stomach ; in fact he
became a ventriloquist, as thev say. He
was "young, good-looking, and when he
got a moustache and had his beat clothes
on, he could lot taken for a nobleman's
son. The ladies seemed to think well
of him; one young lady even was so
taken with hia charms and his great
dexterity that she went off with htm to
foreign ports. There he called himself
Professor—he could scarcely do leas.
His constant thought was bow to get
himself s balloon and go np into the
air with his little wile, but as yet they
had no means.
" They'll come yet," said he.
"If only they wo aid,' said she.
" We are young,folks." said he, "and
now lam Professor." She helped him
faithfully, sat at the door and sold tick
ets to the exhibition, and it was a chilly
sort of pleasure in winter time. She
also helped him in the line of his art.
He put his wife in a table-drawer, a
large table-drawer; then she crawl. 1
into the back part of the drawer, and so
was not in the front part,—quite an
optical illusion to the audience. But
one evening when he dnv the drawer
ont, she was also out of sight to him:
she was not in the front drawer, not in
the back one either, not in the honse
itself—nowhere to be seen or heard—
that was her feat of legerdemain, her
entertainment. She never came back
again : she was tired of it ill, and he
grew tired of it, lost his good-humor,
could not laugh or make jokes ;—and
so the people stopped coming, his earn
ings became scanty, his clothes gave
ont; and finally he only owned a great
flea, which his wife had left him, and
so he thonght highly of it And he
dressed the flea and taught it to per
form, to present arms and to fire a can
non off—but it was a little cannon.
The Professor was proud of the flea,
and the flea was proud of himself; he
bad learned something, and had human
blood, and had been besides to the
largest cities, had been seen bv princes
and princesses, had received their high
praise, and it was printed in the news
papers and on placards. Plainly it was
a very famous flea and could support a
Professor and his entire family.
The flea was proud and famous, and
yet when he and the Professor traveled
they took fourth-class carriages on the
railway ; they went jnst as quickly as
the fir&Ucla&a. They were betrothed to
each other; it was a private engagement
that would never come out; they never
wfnid marry, the ilea would remain a
bachelor and the Professor a widower.
Thst made it balance.
"Where one has the best luck," said
the Professor, "there one onght to go
twice." He was a good judge of char
acter, and that ia also a science of itself.
At last he had traveled over all countries
except the wild ones, and he wanted to
go there. They eat Cnristian men there,
to be sure, the Professor knew, but
then he was not properlv Christian and
the flea was not properfy a man, so he
thought he migLt venture to travel
there and have good success.
They traveled by steamship and by
sailing vessel; the flea performed his
tricks, and so they got a free passage
on the way and arrived at the wild
country. Here reigned a little Princess.
She was only eight years old, but she
wan reigning.* She had taken away the
power from her father and mother, for
she had a will, and then she was extra
ordinary beautiful—and rude.
Just as soon as the flea kad presented
arms aud fired off the cannon, she was
so enraptured with him that she said,
"Him or nobody!" She became quite
wild with love and was already wild in
other ways.
"Sweet, little, sensible child !" said
her own father. "If one could only
first make a man of him !"
"Leave that to me, old man." said
she, and that WUR not well said by a
little Princess when talking with her fa
ther, but she was wild. She set the
flea on her white hand.
"Now you are a man, reigning with
me, but yon shall do what I waut you
to, or else I'll kill you and eat the Pro
fessor." The Professor had a great hall
to live in. The walls were made of
sugar-cane, and he could lick them, but
he was not a sweet tooth. He had a
hammock to sleep in. It was as if he
were lying in a balloon, such as he had
always wished for himself—that was his
constant thought.
The flea lived with the Princess, sat
upon her delicate hand and upon her
white neck. She had taken a hair from
her head and made the Professor tie it
to the flea's leg, and so she kept him
tied to the great red coral drop which
she wore in her ear-tip. "What a delight
ful time the Princess had, and the flea
too, she thought, but the Professor was
not very comfortable. He was a travel
er ; he liked to drive from town to town,
and read about his perseverance and
cleverness in teaching a flea to do what
men do. But be got out of and into his
hammock, lounged about and had good
fee<iing, fresh lurds'eggs, elephants'eyes
and roast giraffe. People that eat men
do not live entirely on cooked men—no,
that is a great delicacy.
"Shoulder of children with sharp
sauce," said the Princess's mother, "is
the most delicate."
The Professor was tired of it all and
would rather go away from the wild
land, but he must have his flea with
him, for that was his prodigy, and his
breadjand • butter. How was he to get
hold of him ? That was no easy matter.
KUIvLX IvVRTZ, Kilitorimtl Proprietor.
VOL. VI. *
Ho at mined all hia wit* and then ho
aatd :
"Now 1 have it."
"Prince**'* Father! grant mo a
favor. Mav I summon your subject*
to present theiuselvea before your
Hoy nl Highness? That icwhatiacalled
a tVremouT in the high aud mighty
countries of the world."
" Can I, kk), learn to do that ?" asked
the Princess's father.
" That is not unite proper," replied
the Professor; "but I shall teach your
wild Father-ship to fire a canuou off.
It goes off with a bang. One sits high
up aloft, and then off it goes or down
he cornea."
" Let me crack it off!" said the Prin
cess's father. But in all the laud there
was no cannon except the one the fiea
had brought, aud that waa ao very
" I will cast a bigger one!" said the
Professor. " Only give me lite utcaus. I
I must have flue silk stuff, needle ami
thread, rope and cord, together with 1
cordial drops for the balloon, they blow
oue up so easily and give one the
heaves ; they are what makes the report
tu the cannon's inside."
"By all means," said the Princess's
father, and gave him what he called
for." All the court and the entire popu
lation came together to see the great
cannon cast. The Professor did not
summon them before he had the bal- j
loon entirely ready to bo filled aud go
up. The flea sat <>u the Prtuoess's hand
and looked on. The balloou waa filled,
it bulged ont and could scarcely be held
dowu, so violent did it become.
" I must have it up in the air before ■
it can be cooled off," said the Professor,
and took his scat iu the car which hung
below. " But 1 cannot manage and
steer it alone. I must have a skillful
companion along to help me. There ia
no oue here that can do that except the
" I am not very willing to let him," j
said the Princess, but still she reached '
out and handed the flea to the Profes
sor, who placed him ou his hand.
"Let go the cords and ropes," he
shouted. " Now tha balloou's going."
They thought he said " the cannon," j
and so the balloon went higher and
higher, up above the clouds, far away
from the wild land.
The little Princess, all the family and
the people sat and waited—they art
waiting still; and if you do not believe
it, just take a jouruev to the wild land ;j
every child there talks about the Pro
fessor and the flea, and believes that
tliey are coming back when the cannon
is cooled off; but they will not come,
they are at home with us, they are in !
their native country, they travel on the
railway, first-class, not fourth ; they
have good success, a great balloon.
Nobody asks how they got their balloon
or where it came from; they are rich .
folks now, quite respectable folks, in
deed —the flea and the Professor!—
Scribnrr's Monthly.
Origin of a Plague Epidemic.
The plague that for the last two years
has been raging in Persian Kurdistan
had its origin, according to the report .
of a commission sent to ascertain the
nature and source of the disease, in the
opening of some old caves, which forty
years ago served as burial place# for the
victims of a former epidemic. The first
appearance of the pestilence was at n
village situated some 5,000 feat above
the level of the Black sea, and contain- ,
ing in all about 150 families ; 130 per
sons were attacked, of whom 100 died.
" The village," says the London Times.
" like all other kurdish villages, was
abundantly filthy within, but it was
well supplied with pure water from the
hills, and the houses stood apart from
each other, freelv exposed to the sun
and wind. The Listory of the mode of
seizure of the two persons who had
been earliest attacked with plague—
one of whom lived to tell his own story
—wsa obtained by the commission.
There could be no suspicion of conta
gion brought from elsewhere, as plague
was not known to exist either in Asia
Minor or in Persia in the summer or
autumn of 1870. One of the persons
earliest attacked was seized a few hours
after he had been engaged in the work
of excavating a cavern for harboring
sheep among the hills near the village.
While thus engaged he had disinterred .
a quantity of human bones. The other
person had also been attacked soon af
ter removing some human bones which
he had found in a neighloring cavern j
in which flocks were sheltered. Now.
the commission ascertained that the
places in which the bones had been found
were the spots where the dead who had
disd from an attack of plague which
had depopulated some of the villages of
the district forty years before bad been
buried. During 1829—"32 it is well
known that plague was widely dissemi- ,
nated in northwestern Persia, Asia,
Minor, and Arabia The recent ont- j
break in Persian Kurdistan, in short, I
followed almost immediately upon the ;
opening of the two old plague-pits, and i
the commission believes that to this ,
opening the outbreak owed its origin."
Humanity in War.
We have an instance of humanity in
the war of 1796 between France and
Austria. It is related of the Archduke
Charles that when hastening from Bo
hemia to take command of the Austrian
army, he met, near the scene of a late
action, a large number of wounded sol
diers, both French and Austrian, who,
in the haste of retreat and pursuit, had
been abandoned where they had fallen.
The only horses at hand which could
possibly be used in removing these help
less sufferers were attached to the
"Let the cannon be left behind," said
the humane prince, "and let these poor
fellows be saved." And when one of his
generals remonstrated, he added, —"No,
no, —let it be as I have ordered. The
life of one brave man ia better worth
preserving than fifty pieces of ord
When the French General Moreau,
into whose hands the cannon thus aban
doned had fallen, learned the motive
which had prompted the Archduke pi
make the sacrifice, he ordered the whole
to be restored, observing that he should
be unworthy of being the opponent of
his imperial highness if lie took advan
tage of so noble an act of humanity.
Substitute for Xilk.
It may not be generally known to our
readers that Prof. Justus V. Liebig has
not only devised a plan for making an
extract of meat for invalids, and a soup
to replace the mothers milk in rearing
infants, bnt that he also turned his at
tention to dumb annimals, and invented
a sort of food for young calves. The
results of some experiments made with
this food, upon a farm near Eyrichsho
fare, described in a letter to Baron
Liebig, from which we learn that, not
only do calves grow and do well on this
food, but that pigs also do well on it,
and that diarrhcea is entirely prevented
by its use. The proportions given by
Baron Liebeg, are as follows: 280 grams,
second grade, wheat flour is mixed with
with four liters of water and two of milk,
and boiled; two liters more of milk are
added, thirty-six grams of potash solu
tion (two parts bicarbonate of potash in
eleven parts water), and 280 grams of
ground malt. It is put in a warm place
and stirred for half an hour, then boiled
up and strained through gauze.
Shall Farmer* Combine i
,r 01..1 rose . w|r n<*J bsfors Ik. Moll, WW.,
t'.im.i, Otttb, t>| I', li. Fax.)
la it practicable for farmer* ao to coin
bine ao aa to promote their special intcr
esta ? No. Ia there any invasion for
such a combination for such a purpose
if it were practicable? No. In view
of the beat interest of society, a* a
whole, of which P.e farmer ia but a
part, i* atteh a combination for aueh a
purpose desirable, eveu if the object
sought coald be accomplished? No.
Geutleiuen, I have trained too long iti
the farmers' ranks, my interests, pro
clivities and iualinct* are too completely
wedded to our uohle calling, to willing
ly sav one word, or eutertaiu one
tlieught, knowingly, to the prejudice of
its highest interest. 1 expect to live,
while I live, and dying, die a hard-fist
ed yeoman ; and yet, incongruous aud
suicidal as it mav seem to aoine who
may listen to tue tins evemug, 1 am im
pelled to say No ! modestly, yet firmly,
to this whole subject.
It is not practicable to combine to
promote our own especial interest;
first, because each a combination for
asch a purpose is wrong in principle. I
ueed not atop long to prove this. It u
sufficient to l>e reminded that we, a* an
industrial class, have oiteu felt and now
feel the crushing weight of monopoly.
Look at the carrying trade. The full
price or two bushel of corn renuired to
get one bushels to the seaboard With
one voice we say "it is wrong." If it
wrong when applied to an interest in
significant, comparatively, as that of
carrying bread to market, what shall we
say of a monopoly that luya bold of
bread itself? I refer to this a* a repre
sentative instance. We instinctively
stamp "wroug" on everything of the
kind. But may we not combine in self
deteuee? Two wrongs will not make
one right ; besides, the remedy would
be more fatal than the disease in a great
majority of cases. For I HI it remem
bered titne ia necessary to the motion
of great bodies, and a monopolar, so
huge as a combination of all the farm
ing interest* of the nation, would re
quire ao much time before results could
be reached that the rank and file would
be bankrupt, while tlieahrewd managers
feather their nests, just as tliey do in
railroad and other monopolies. Then
it is wroug in priueiple.
And, second, if it could b accom
plished it would be worse in practice.
If such a combination for such a pur
pose is feasible, where is the guaranty
that it will not be abused. Such a
movement anticipates a power fearfnl
to contemplate. This power is supposed
to be in the hands of soulless monopoly.
They are supposed to have power to se
cure their own interest They or-,
themselves to be the judges as to when
that interest is reached. Considering 1
the supreme selfishness of poor human
nature, would such a delegatiou of un
limited power be safe ? To come nearer
home —What would be the prioe of wool
Tear by year, if a few of us could have
our say ?" What wonld lie the price of
fuel in this city to-day under the same
circumstances? Nine or ten dollars a
con! seems quite steep enough, no
doubt, to those who have to buy, but
what would be the price if wood traf
fickers could combine ? Is such a com
bination, then, safe to the Common
wealth ?
Not ouly would such a combination
be wrong in principle and unsafe in
practice, but there i no occasion for
•uch a combination for aach a purpose.
First, the evils necessarily attached to
our calling are mostly imaginary, not
real ; and the real evils no more nu
meruiu or irksome or insurmountable
by personal effort than thow that our
brethren of all callings and professions
have to face at every turn.
The fault ia not in our stars.
Dut ill ourselves, that sears under I;tigs.
Go where you mav, in the country,
and every now and then yon will come
across a desirable home. The farm ia
well kept; the house and surroundings
have a cheerful countenance ; the out
buildings are ample, convenient and
comfortable; the stock of all kinda
" fat and eleek." You enter the house.
The proprietor ia hale, intelligent,
cheerful and happy : the wife ditto, the
boys ditto, the girls ditto. There is
interest, yea, seal, in all that relates to
the prosperity of their home. Nothing
is done bv way of drudgery, but every
thing with a will ; the kitchen is large,
the parlor small, and each appropriate
ly furnished. tTseful books, magazines
and papers are not wanting ; and you
notice, too, the appliances for the em
bellishment of lifo arc at hand. An easy
independence, a generous hospitality
and Christian fldelity, though unobtru
sive, are yet well defined. And you
say as vou pasa on, " I wish I were a
Yon say this is a picture. Well, here
is another—in naturaladvantagesof soil
aud climate and location, as desirable
as the other ; but what a difference !
The land is reduced by unskillful hands
to the verge of starvation. Dilapidation
is everywhere; half famished stock
roam at largo over bare fields, or seek
shelter from the December wind undera
broken wire fence—hollow horn, mur
rain, glanders and epizoot what n
sight 1 You turn in at the front gate
that creaks dolefully on one hinge, and
find your difficult way through thorns
and thistles and roullen and pig-weed
to the door; you knock for admission ;
a vinegary voice bids you coine in.
You enter a desolate place, and are
now prepared to meet the peevish dame
and half a score or more of children of
all ages, with unwashed faces and un
kempt hair, from oldest to youngest.
Catarrh, whooping cough, itch and
filth ! Yon inquire for Mr. Slouch. He
lias gone to town to-day. He went yes
terday, and day before, and five days in
every aeven ever since lie was s farmer,
and lie has been seated on the same dry
goods box whittling the same shingle.
Home'call it "loafing." You turn away,
and say von are glad you are not a farm
er. Well, our friend of the shingle
says: "Farming don't pay." But farm
er No. 1 was satisfied, and so was his
family; but No. 2 is dissatisfied; savahe
has minaed his calling ; should have
turned his attention to law, medicine or
divinity, drygooda, grocery, ora saloon;
in short anything but this tedious mon
otonous farming. And his amiable
spouse is sure she would have been
vastly more amiable had ahe married a
prosperous merchant or popular at
torney. It may be so. He may have
found his depth in some of the so-call
ed learned professions. Hut the grand
probability is, he would not have suc
ceeded any better at any calling. Suc
cess in any laudable calling depends
not so much on what a man goes at as
bow he goes at it, and how he sticks to
DRATXAOF. A farmer of the old
English school has declared in public
that he thinks draining now-a-daya is
like the old system of breeding, which
was thought the cure for all diseases.
Ho considers the drains run off much of
the strength of the soil, while in that
state of solution most conducive to
vegetation. Re believes that if drains
were made upon the level across-field,
and not with a declivity, they would
dry the surface soil and retain the
moisture and juices after droughts ;
but they would require to be deep.
To love is the only thing that can fill
up eternity.
Providential Escape.
in while the British ship HattU
utiiii *u lying at l'urt Albany, on the
eastern ah.ire of Auatraha, a remarkable
, lustauoo occurred o( what seemed a
providential caeajie. Home of tile ship's
>'olu|>auv were Oil allure, shooting, win n
the* saw, coming toward them, an
individual whom they took to be a </<•,
or native woman, presenting the uaual
uninviting appearance of the aboriginal
females. They paid but little attention
to her, and were panning on, when, to
their surprise, she called out in Eng
lish : "I am a white woman, why do
you leave me ?" She was taken off to
the ship in the first boat, a donlorahle
object. Her appearance ia thue de
scribed : '•With the exeeptiou of a
narrow fringe of leaves ia front, ahe
wore no clothing, and her akin waa
tanned and blistered with tha ana, and
showed the marks of several large
burns which had been received from
sleeping too near the fire on cold nights ;
besides, she was suffering from epthal
mia, which had previously deprived her
of the sight of one eve/' As soon aa
the poor creature could tell her story,
she related that, having left Hydney
sotue four years before, with her hus
band, in a small cutter, of which he waa
owner, the vessel had beeu Wrecked ou
a reef near the coast, and the three
persona ou board, beside herself,
drowned. She was afterward rcecued
by a party of natives on a turtling ex
cursion, who, wheu the gals subsided,
swam ou board, and supported her un
shore hetweeu two of tiieir number.
One of these blacks, Boroto by name,
took possession of tha woman* aa his
share of the plunder ; ahe was compell
ed to lire Willi him, bnt waa well treated
by ail the meii, although many of the
women, jealous of the attention shown
her, for a long time eviuced anything
but kiudneas. A curious circumstance
secured for her the protection of oue of
the principal men of the tribe, a party
from which had been the fortuuute
means of rescuing her, and which she
afterward found to be the Kowrarega,
cliiefiv inhabiting Muralug, or the west
ern Ihrincw of Walee Island. This
person, named Piaquai, acting upon the
belief (universal throughout Australia
an I the islands of Torres Strait, ao far
as hitherto known) that white people
are the ghost* of the aborigines, fancied
that, in the stranger, he recognized a
long-lost daughter of the name of (Horn,
and at once admitted her to the relation
ship which he thought had formerly
Subsisted between them. She waa im
mediately acknowledged by the whole
tribe aa oue of themselves, thus insur
ing an extensive connection in relatives
of all denominations.
The natives, however, watched her
very closely, to prevent her escape, bnt
she was often tantalized by the sight of
▼eaela passing along the straits, and
heard of the former visit of the HaUte
makf. This second tune ahe bad suc
ceeded in persuading tha black- te let
her go "to see the white people, and
shake bands with them,' and bad
promised to bring them back axes,
xnives and tobacco. On these terms
they gave her leave of absence ; but
repenting soon after, a party started in
pursuit of ber, and had almost come up
with her wheu she waa rescued by the
boat. Here we quote again from the
narrative: "Upon being asked by
Captain Stanley whether she really pre
ferred remaining with us to accompany
ing the native* back to their island, as
she would be allowed lier free choice in
the matter, she was so much agiUtcd
as to find difficulty in expressing ber
tbankfulneas, making use of scraps of
English alternately with the Kowrarega
language, and tlu-n, suddenly awakeu
to the recollection that she was not |
understood, the poor creature blushed
all over, and, with downcast eyes, beat
her forehead with her hand, aa if to
assist in collecting her scattered
thoughts. At length, afters pause, aha
found word# to aay, 'Sir, I am a Chris
tian, aud would rather go bark to my
own friends.'"
Barbara Thompson—ancli waa the
woman's name—was eventually handed
over to her parents, in Sydney, in ex
cellent condition.
The KaLten Inclined Railway
At the head of the Lycoming Creole
valley, near lUlston, inPennsvlvania,
ia the inclined railway to the >frlntyre
coal minea, which serve* to carry the
coal from the pita to the railroad at the
foot of the mountain. The lower
terminus is situated butashort dintance
from the track, and a few steps carry
tlie visitor to the bottom of the slope.
As we enter the shed built across the
rails, an empty car starts out and goes
whizzing np the bill." Directly another
car starts into view st the top of the in
cline. meets the up-going car midway,
thunders down with incressing momen
tum, and ahoota past us into the valley.
" What is that cavity for ?" we ask,
referring to a depression under the
track inside the shed. The starter iui
forms us that it is where the bumper
goes in to let the car pass on, and just
then, an empty car being hauled up
from the aiding, he pulls a signal wire
communicating with the other end of
the road. The stout wire cable in the
middle of the track begins to move,
and a heavy wedge-ahaped nm of
timber comes np from the cavity, broad
end first, Htrikes the car with a shock
that sends it some feet np the slope,
and stops it on its return. It saves the
tmnblo of hooking and unhooking the
cable, we are told, and is much safer.
When it arrives st the bottom of the
slope, a spring changes the gage of the
wheels ; it then runs along a narrow
track into the hole, and the car passes
At the invitation of tin* starter, we
enter the empty ear. The signal ia
given, and before otir equilibrium ia re
covered from the jerk that nearly upsets
HA, we are rushing up the alope. The
cable eliding over the roller* produce#
a whirring wound that makes our tierce
motion seem all the fieroer, while the
steepness of the descent and the absence
of visible motive jiowcr combine to
heighten the effect of the ride. The
mountain seems to grow beneath and
above na, as the valley expands and
deepens below. We stop on the verge
to look down a thousand feet beneath ;
and then, jumping into a loaded oar
which cornea swiftly by, we begin the
deacent. The speed is great, but there
ia no fear-insptriug rush, no blur of
objects hurtling past. We look out
into the valley ; it rises slowly as we
descend, and that is all. Not until we
shoot through the shed and out upon
tlio level, do we realise that our motion
has been particularly rapid or peculiar.
The 11 Medicated Towel."
The Patent Office has recently issued
papers to a California lady, the inven
tion consisting in rather a novel method
of applying medicine externally, for
the benefit of a certain class of patients,
bv means of a specially adapted towel.
This towel is used in drying the person
after bathing, and, it is claimed, is
medicated with such substances, and
by such a process, thst it will arrest
cutaneous diseases, paralysis, and loeal
affections, while it imparts at the same
time a healthful action and glow U> the
•kin and frees it from bad humors. A
towel prepared in the manner specified
in this patent will, it is said, retain its
medical virtues effectively during two
months' use, when the process of medi
cation has to be repeated.
Wolf lluutiug k Uu*la.
A correspondent gives a lively account
of wolf huuting, which ia oue of the
favorite spuria IU those parts of Kusnta
where the auiniala have uot disappeared
' lie fore advancing civiluatiou. At sotue
abnormal hour between uiglit and morn
ing, yon are amused by a vigorous
: shake* and a hoarse admonition to
" tumble up and look sharp about it,
for there's no time to lose." You make
I a hasty Unlet, sud, ssllying forth, see
, in (runt of your hut, in tin- dim light of
j the coining dawn, a huge, dark, shape
leas lnaaa, which, as your eyes get used
! to the darkness, assumes the form of s
broad, heavy, three-horse sledge, with
very high stiles, uot unlike an enormous
washing tub, around which Hit three or
four speetral figures with lanterns —the
fitful glare making their grim, bearded
faces look grimmer and lone human than
ever, (iuns, ammuuttiou, haversacks,
etc., are stowed away in the bottom of
the conveyance ; and last, but not U-ast,
s roniig pur, protesting against his
' abduction with a loudness and fluency
i thai would do honor to a Hyde Park
All being now ready, the banters
■ sqtioexe themselves into their pieces,
the driver shakes his reins with a wild
whoop, and sway we go in the darkness.
Milt- after mile of the froxen waste goes
by like a dream, till at length the apec
' tral shadows of the forests le-gin to
gather round us, and the sqneal of our
unlucky pig (whose ears one uf our
ry i vigorously pinching' begin to
answered by another sound which
uo oue who has yat heard it null easily
forget; not the long, melancholy howl
wherewith a supperlesa wolf may be
heard bemoaning lamsalf on tha out
skirt of our village any night in the
week, hut the quick, snarling cry of
I one who sees bis food coming and wishes
;to hasten it. And behold, there they
come at last, the gaunt, wiry, slouching
' fellows, and their busy tails, and fiat,
narrow heads, and yellow, thievish,
murderous eyes. Crack ! tha foremost
' of the pack "roll# over on to ha aide,
kicking convulsively ; but tha root
gallop on unheeding.
Crack ' crack ! and two more fall dead,
blotting the snow with a smear of dark
crimson. Some of the boldest pursuers
swarm up to the sledge, and attempt to
leap over its projecting sides, while we
pound their heads with llie butt ends
I of our pieces and chop their paws with
hatchets, and slash them across the
eyes with hunting knives, the two hind
most of our party meanwhile blaring
away over our shoulders as fast aa they
can load. And ao fur a time the run
ning fight goes fiercely on, making
altogether a very striking tableau.
But " the pace is too stiff to last," as
our leader remarks with a knowing'
grin. A run at full speed through the
deep snow tries even a full-grown wolf
too severely to be continued beyond a
certain time, and in the face of a stout
resistance tiie beast a inherent cowardice
is sure to come to the surface sooner or '
Already three or four gaunt, shaggy !
veterans who have probably had a good
supper over night, begin to hang back i
as if doubting the wisdom of risking
their lives for a hypothetical breakfast. !
The apeed of the rest slackened bv
degrees, and at length the whole park
drove off aa if by tacit agreement, leav
ing ua to pursue our way unmolested. Aa
we emerge again upon the open plain,
across which the beams of the rising
sun are jnst beginning to fall , we see
the last of onr gnm follower* sinking
like a belated specter into the gloomy
shadows of the forest which we have .
The Price of Hnrceaa.
It is no longer possible to know every
thing. A universal scholar will be no
more seen among men. The range of i
human knowledge has increased ao
vastly, has swept out and away ao far ;
and so fast, that no brain, be its quanti
tv or quality what it may, can, in the
years commonly given to man, even
survey the field. A man, therefore, 1
roust make up hia mind, if he propose
to learn anything, to be content with )
profound ignorance of a grent many ;
other thing*. It ia a Irftter thing, per
haps, but it ia a fact, that a man who
would know anything in this century ,
ranat purchase bis knowledge with vol
untary and chosen ignorance of a hun
dred other thing*. One must choose ,
hia speciality, and devotion and dili
gence in that ia the price he paya for
auorcsa. It ia with doing as it ia with
knowing. There is only a certain 1
amount of work in any case. He can
not do every thing. >'evertlielesa, every
thing ueeds doing. All about him ia
undone work clamoring for hands, j
There are two courses before one. To
undertake everything, to fret and grieve
because one finds this and that undone,
ami to make spasmodic efforts Ui do it 1
—this ia the way of failure, lb-solute- I
ly to make up one's mind to let, as far
, lis he ia ooucerned, the most that ahould
' lie done stay undone still, to steel one's
1 heart against demands and necessities, j
1 to resist all inducements to put forth a j
single offort, to close one's eyes to it ail, !
and to stick heart, hand, life, and love
i to the thing a man undertakes and calls
liia own—that ia the way of success.
Life ia very short, sad the single brain
and hand, at boat, very weak, and there
are thousands of things to know and to 1
1 do. One must choose, and lie content
with hia choice. And no it cornea to ,
- pas* that now, at last, the measure of a ,
man's learning will be the amount of ,
hia voluntary ignorance, the measuro of j
liia practical effcctivenesa the amount
what he is content to leave unattemp
The Manufacture of Kid dlore*.
flloves are made of goata' skins, and
their value depends upon the quality
of those skins, and they, in turn, upon
the place where, and tho food upon
whicn the goats arc reared. The moun
tain goat has the fairest and best skin,
while the fist-land goat is somewhat
inferior in quality. The hair is remov
ed by tanning, whioli process occupies
about four weeks; the skin is then
handed to tho "aorapcr," who smoothes
and equalizes the body of thji frbrie.
It ia then dyed, which causes a shrink
age of the pores, after which comes the
process of softening. The cutters and
sisers prepare it for the girls to sew,
and they are fnmislied on an average
of two pairs for each workwoman per
day. T! iiey are then carefully |>ackcd
for shipment. Thus, before the gloves
can be put on shipboard, there are nine
processes needed.
Tun Ca*ss-PLAr<R.—Ten or fifteen
years ago Paul Morpby had won the
honor of being the best cheas-player in
the world—a perfect master of the game.
Not only in our own country did his
skill challenge universal admiration,
bnt in England and France unbounded
praise was accorded to him. Modest in
demeanor, ho received all honors
bestowed upon him with unassuming
courtesy. One of his most wonderful
feats was that of playing eight games at
the same table wnile blindfolded. This
was performed at the Cafe do la Re
gwnce, in Paris, whither noted men
were drawn from all parts of the Con
tinent to witness his marvelous per
formances. But Paul Morphy returned
from his triumphal tour wearied and
disgusted with chess, and he lias since
steadfastly refused to make a publio
exhibition of his wonderful powers.
In the Arctic Melds.
A correspondent writes front Mani
stee, Michigan, Under lute date: "Your
correwpoiideut occupied the same seat
ut the stage from iVntwater to Mani
stee, yetrrJay, with Capt, Usviil Coch
rane, of the propeller Msiwuget, con
cerning which there lias of Lie been so
many stones going the rounds of the
papers The vessel is now off Little
l'oiut Hsuble some ten or twelve miles
in a solid field of ice, extending in all
liirwctiuna as far aa the uye can reach.
In fact Lake Michigan appears to ha
almost entirely covered with iee. The
boat left Grand Haven on the 20lh of
January, I think, with weather fair.
Th* captain aayo he had gone but a
short distance before the ioe In-rame too
solid to break through, and the boat
was put about to return to Grand Ha
ven, bnt a field of ice bad pnahsd in
along the shore, and tha boat waa soon
aii tu iu ou ail sides. Tbev had on board
coffee, sugar, tea, rice and dried apples,
and fuel euagh to do their cooking and
keep them warm. Completely shut in,
they drifted with the fields of ice for
several days, in sight of land, going
aahora occasionally for what tliey need
ed. Once the ice broke off from the
shore, snd hoping if he oould get into
the open water once more he could reach
Muskegon or Orwnd Haven, the captain
and all the crew set to jrork cutting a
channel into her stern. Forty-eight
hours he worked incessantly, and final
ly released the Itoat and started south
in good spirit*, hut all the harbor* were
clewed, aud the wind changing closed
the ice in upon (Item again. At thia
time there waa aonsidemble danger of
being crushed ; fortunately, the boat
waa Lighted and rose with the pressure.
But ene hole was knocked in her, which
*aa not large, and a now plank waa af
terward put tu.
"On the ifth of February these on
shore lost sight of the vceael, and for
fourteen days nothing was heard from
her. Everybody thought she had been
crushed by the ier and gona down with
all on hoard. The first news to the con
trary waa brought by the captain him
self, who came aeborc over the ice, six
miles below Whitehall, reporting that
they were a!) right and about twelve
miles off land. He had on a pair of kid
boots and his faet were swollen badly.
He immediately went to Milwaukee to
report the condition of the vessel and
forts of the case. Ttierc arc fifteen ou
board, including one passenger, an old
man, who seems to enjoy himself, and
had no notion of leaving the boat.
The eaplain says the crew deserve the
greatest praise for their behavior. Not
one has attempted to leave without per
mission, and aa for abandoning the
boat, they have never thought of it
He considers that she ia quite safe, and
is going bark to her to-morrow. As
eooa aa the ice breaks up he will, with
ordinary good fortune, bring her safely
into port. '
Since tha alnive report the steamer
arrived at Milwaukee, having been
blocked in the ice sixty-seven day*.
lowa I nthrlM.
The I)es M<IIDCI (Iowa) Stair Krjtor
trr publishes a long article entitled aa
•Ixirr, one paragraph of which, typical
of the wh<>l> a reads aa follow*:
" While w- produce Uiat which brings
Imt little, we at* all the while consu
ming that which coata much—and not
only that which coata much, but ia im
ported. Sot only are the pioneer prices
of corn and of all our staple product*
gone with the days of their time, but
we arc also a more eapenaive people
than we used to be. We eat daintier
and costlier things, wear fiuer and more
expensive clothing, ami pot on. gener
ally, a forty per cent. atrle. When we
coma to rnir sense*, and iook at it, there
ia not a grocery store in lowa, nor a dry
good* nor a clothing store, m the goods
of which may not be seen abnndant
proof of the causes for the times we are
now upon. We may run the gamut of
few of these many causes. Take one
shelf of a grocer* store. Corn in cans—
where raised? Not in lowa, where corn
and land are so cheap, but in New York,
where land and corn are high; corn
starch, for laundry aiul the table, also
from the East; *tinwlerriea in the can,
not raised in lowa, where atrawberriea
sr* raised almost as easily as weeds, but
in the East—and along with strawber
ries, Tuspberrica, and all the small fruits;
beans, too, imported into a State where
they grow by the acre, and by the hun
dred bushels to the acre; picklea from
New York and New Engtnnd, and even
from old England itself, in none of
which places can cucumbers be raised
as easily or as cheaply aa ia lowa—and
so on runs the list of imported common
things till the lowa ere grows tired of
the parade of importations."
Milk, Tea and Coffee.
Prof. Loom is thus speaks of milk,
tea and coffee :
" Milk onntains in solution not only
a due proportion of carbon, hydrogen,
oxygen *no nitrogen, but all the other
elements neeoesary for the construction
of bone, nerve, Ac., and hence is always
a proper food in all circumstances of
" Tea derives its beneficial qualities
not from its direct supply of nutrition,
but from its affording a peculiar sub
stance called theme, the effect ef which
in the system is to diminish the waste,
thus making leas food necessary. Tea
thus has a positive economic value, not
as a supplying but s saving nutriment.
** Coffee, though of a taste so little
allied to tea, derives its value in pre
cisely the same manner and from nearly
the same snhstances. Its value and
effect in the systntn are therefore the
same as the aliove stated. It is hence
evident that milk, tea and coffee are
valuable articles of food under all con
ditions of temperature."
Yet it must be generally conceded
that a free coffee-drinkor will almost
invaribly complain of biliousness and
have a cadavorons ajipearanoe. For work
people, coffee will seldom produce
this effect; but for all persons of seden
tary habits who take little exercise,
coffee is not to be recommended. Tes
as a substitute is greatly to be pre
ferred, ss it ia equally refreshing and
strengthening and produces no bad
How to Be Somebody.
Don't stand sighing, wishing and
waiting, but go to work with au energy
and perseverance that will set every
object in tho way of your success flying
like leaves before a whirlwind. A milk
and water way of doing hnainesa leaves
a man in the lurch every time. He
may have ambition enough to wish hira-
Mu ou tlio topmost round of the ladder
of success, but if ho lias not the go
aheaditiveness to pull himself up there,
ho will inevitably remain at the bottom,
or at best, on the very low rounds.
Never say I can't, never admit there is
such a word; it has dragged its tens of
thousands to poverty and degradation,
and it is high time it waa stricken from
our language; but carry a whole lexicon
of I cans and I wills with you, and thus
armed, every obstacle in the way of
your success will vanish. Never envy
your neighbor his success, but try and
become like him, and as much better as
you can. If at first you don't succeed,
"don't wilt down with despondency and
I can't, but gird on the armor of I can,
and my word for it you will.
Term®: 82.00 a Year, in Advance
The tires test of Hanging*.
The greatest hanging that ever oc
curred iu the United Htstoa took place
in 1H63 in the town of Mankato, Blue
Earth county, Minueaota, which ia sit
uated near the southern border of the
Htate. In the previous year a great In
dtau war hgd raged on the frontier,
during which over svi hundred whites,
mostly women and children, were mas
sacred, aud ou the defeat of the Indi
ans and end of the war three hundred
and three of the savages were tried by
court martial for uinrder and condemned
to death. President Lincoln interfered,
however, to preve nt such a wholesale
infliction of the death penalty, and re
spited all but tbirly-eight, who were
hanged together in "the presence of a
vast crowd which had assembled from
alt directions to witness the execution.
A correspondent of the Cincinnati
(omnurvial has recently conversed
with witnesses of the tern hie scene, who
gave him a full account of the affair.
When the death warrant waa reed to
the thirty-eight condemned Indians they
received their sentence very ' coolly.
Not fully comprehending the import of
the instrument at the close of toe first
paragraph they gave a hearty grunt of
spprovai; but aa the reading proceeded
aud they discovered the drift of the
document they refrained from further
manifestations of approbation, though
they smoked their pipes composedly to
the end.
Nearly all of tliem maintained a stoical
demeanor up to the time of their execu
tion except when the caps were placed
on their heads. These caps were msde
long and looked like meal sacks, but
being rolled up only covered the fore
head, allowing their painted fares to be
seen. When they had been adjusted
on a few of the Indiana, so that each
could aee the undignified and grotesque
effect on the other*, they appeared to
be exceedingly humiliated ami disheart
ened. But they are described aa hav
ing gone cheerfully to the gallows, some
eveu jostling snd crowding the other*
in their eagerness to be first. A* they
ascended the scaffold the death song
waa started, and when they had all got
np the noiae of their deep, swelling
voices waa feaffnllv impreamve.
When the scaffold fell and left the
thirty-eight bodies dangling in the air,
several of the condemned were aeeu en
deavoring to clasp each other's hands.
One young fellow managed to get a
cigar under bis white cap, and smoked
it to the last. The Indians respited by
President Lincoln were taken to an
island in the Mississippi near Daven
port, where they were closely confined
for a Tear, after which they were trans
ferred to a barren reservation in an ex
tremely oold region, where they were
turned'loose to freeze or starve.
The horrible execution *t Mankato,
the wax preceding it, and the conse
quent butchery of the whites, all re
sulted from a long continued and in
iquitous ayatcm of swindling the Indiana
carried on by the traders and the agents
of the (torerument. The leading chiefs
in the disturbance ef 1X62 did not wish
to go to war, but they had been robbed
beyond endurance. At one time over
four hundred thousand dollars due the
Sioox waa paid not to them bat to a
gang of trailers on the plea of old in
debtment They were also induced to
sign papers which they could not read,
and theae papers were used to get
money and goods tielonging to them.
On one occasion a famous chief named
lied Iron waa locked up iu a guard
house by the Indian agenta for refusing
to sign one of these papers, and this act
neurit precipitated an outbreak. At
laat, baring been swindled out of their
lands and die money which should hate
been paid them, anil alter losing fifteen
hundred at their old men, women and
children by alarration and exposure,
they resolved to go to war after the In
dian fashion, sparing neither women
nor children.
The tlorr in s shocking one; but it
is still more shocking to know that this
and many others very much like it could
neTcr hare been told but for the infa
mous dishonesty which has character
ised and still pervades the adminis
tration of Indian affairs.
<1 raining or Imitating Wood.
According to a patent recently issued
to Mr. John Johnston of New York,
graining, or imitating wood, may be
accomplished in the following manner :
A glass plate, preferably a thick even
plate, has wrought npon it with a pencil
or brush, with asphaltum, wax, grease
or fatty snlwtanoes. such figures and
ronAgurations as shall form the design
seen on the surface of planed wood.
The glass is then etched by the use of
hydrofluoric arid. When the etching
is sufficiently deep the plate is cleaned
with spirits of turpentine, and the whole
surface is spread over evenly, with oil
graining color. The plate is then scraped
with a scraper of soft wood, which,
drawn over the surface of the plate,
leaves the color only, on the etched
spots. A printer's roller of the proper
circumference and width is then passed
over the whole surface of the prepared
plate, by which the design is transferred
to the roller. Then this roller is rolled
over the surf see of the wood to be grain
ed. It is claimed that this method is
equallv applicable to metal, paper, or
any substance or composition, and that
any desired number of impressions can
be* taken quicker, cheaper, ami more
readily even bv inexperienced hands,
and that, therefore, the skill of the ex
perienced grainer can be expended 01
a series of pistes, without requiring his
time or services in copying, thus mak
ing the process cheap, rapid and perfect.
In adapting the process to printing on
paper, the plates are etched out iu the
K* ces not desired to be transferred,
e plate is then mounted on the
wood and is printed from it in the
ordinary manner.
A Delightful Romaacc.
Tli characters for a delightful ro
mance are lying hidduu in American so
ciety on the verge of Lake Ontario.
The lakea attract chivalrous and ven
tuaeaom® natures of foreign birth as
they need to draw the gallant explore™
of early times. Not a person in the
township but knows that the lineal de
scendant of the Earl of Mar lives in one
of the western oouuties of New York;
and we are told that an Outario farmer
inherits this proud title. It descends to
him on the maternal side from Philadel
phia Monteith, Oounteas of Mar and
Kellie. None the less was the Yankee
Earl the son of an old Chomploin steam
boat captain, renowned on the lake for
his good nature and good living. It is
not known what freak brought him to
this country, but he died here, leaving
two children, the present heir to the ti
tle, which he refuses to accept, and a
daughter Philadelphia, named after her
great-grandmother the old Countess.
The daughter married a gentleman by
the name of Bayard, of New Orleans,
who is wealthy. Young Monteitli mar
ried a farmer's daughter and lives on
his acres, near the lake, a thorough
American republican democrat. His
only care is to hide his title, and he
sturdily refuses to be called anything
but Squire Mouteith, though he con
stantly receives letters from the nobili
ty abroad in full blason of his rank. He
also refuses all emoluments belonging
to his earldom, such as tithes of fishery
and woodland And grange, except those
resulting from the crown.
NO. 16.
The Ktevrat Battery.
An exchange, in referring to tk Bte
wnt letteft, aa/a:
ltv tiio will ui the late BSdwi B Wteren*,
of Hobokrn, hi* last experiment in ua
val architecture, then lying Ih • yr<i at
Hoboken in bnt • skeleton condition,
after having boon built partly up and
then taken down lillf I oW® UM**> to
•nit the idea* of the projector, ww be
queathed to tb# tttete of New Jew#* u
a gift, as soon as (should be compUdsd
by his executor* at an expense, to his.
Met ens', estate qf *** more tAa " tme
million of dollars. The axeentoiv of
Mr. Rtevena at onee aet about ouKiaie
ting the vessel, and employed CK-n. Mo
t VUaii and Cept. Isaac Nawton ae their
engineer*. These gvoUemrn eaiimteed
that the vessel could be completed, and
even partly equiped with her guna for
the million, and yet leave a leeway of
some f112,000. Accordingly, work eai
energttimliy pulid, and the veaael,
then named tha Btevene' Batter*, wss
to be done in three year*. Tha Imgia*
! lature of !few Jersey accepted the gift
by an appropriate aet, and authorized
tha Governor to appoint three eeatarie
sionere on the part of the Rtate to keep
an aye on the war vessel of Mew Jeraey,
In a'following yaat the Legislature ffls
cussed what should bo done with the
money coming from the proposed *h
of the battery, and while certain per
aona favored ita being placed fat the
cbool fund, Gov. Randolph would have
liked to have had tha aum credited to
the general fund of Urn Btete, ao that
i on hia retiring from the gubernatorial
chair the Htate might be aaid to be large
ly ahead in ita flnanmnl possession*. the
amount b> be received being variously
intimated at from *2,000,00? to #4,000.-
uoa Congraa alee waa petitioned, and
did validate the prospective pausing
over of the vcaeel to New Jeraey'• pee
aeaakm, but said that ahe mart dispose
of it by aala, and therefore not keep the
monster in defiance of the Cooatitnticu.
Everything waa working very smoothly,
and New Jeraey almost left the money
rattling in her Bute Treasury. So oer
tain waa ahe that a contract waa made
between the Htate Comminrioneri and a
large New York firm, whereby the latter
were to have the veaael at the price of
#1,500,000, provided that firm could dia
poae of it as they expected, to the Gov
ernment of Turkey. Tfaia oontract waa
ratified bv the Governor of New Jaraey
and her Ohief-Juteiee, but it waa bnt a
conditional contract, and though re
newed tor a second term, the New-York
boose did not make their sale to Turkey
nor their bandaome oommiaakm.
But after tha work on the Battery had
I >en pushed energetically for aoma time,
it was discovered that the eatiiiiatga pens
far under what the real amount needed
would be. to finrab the veaacL Other
estimates were made, and it waa learned
that #Boo,ooohad been expanded already,
and that fully #BOO,OOO more would be
needed. This would bring the oaat soma
#400,000 beyond the #1,000,000 to be
spent, and here troubles at once broke
out By tha will, not only must the
amount to be expended not exeaad #l,-
000,000, but also the weasel could not be
passed over to tha Htate until she waa
fully completed. The widow of Mr.
Stevens and her children then threw the
whole matter into tha Court of Chan
cery, where it has remained ever since,
and now is awaiting a decision. Tha
bill in Chancery daMns that as they can
not use more titan the millioa, nor give
up the vessel till the is completed, the
will of Mr. Steveon in regard to this
vessel mast be deemed inoperative and
void, and they aak the Court to decide
upon the future dnmoeitionof the partly
finished veaaeL Tha Htate authorities
probably feel disposed to themselves
Furnish the needed #400,000, finish the
vessel, sell it. and then repay the State
her advance, and hand her over Ike bal
ance. Bnt this was not the will of Mr.
Stevens, nor is it to the interest* of the
Stevens estate. And ao the Chancellor
is called upon to decide as to what dis
position can or may be made of the Tea
sel either now or when, if ever, com
pleted, and till he does this. New Jer
sey has only her navy In esse and not in
Ca HI rating a Pare Expression.
Every word that falls from the lips of
mothers and sisters especially should
he pore, and concise, and simple ; not
pearls, such aa fall from the hps of the
princess, but sweet, good word#, that
little children can gather without fear*
of soil, or after shame or blame, or any
regrets to pain through all their life.
Children should be taught the fre
quent use of good, strong, expressive
words- words that mean exactly *h*t
they should express in their proper
If a child, or young person, has a
loose flung-together way of stringing
wortls when endeavoring to say some
thing, he should be made to "try again"
and see if be cannot do better.
It is painful to listen to many girls'
talk. They begin with a "My aood
nc.-. P and interlard it with "oh'sf
and " takes *Utc P and " so sweet P
and " ao queenly," and so maay silly
phrases that one is tempted to boh eve
thev have had no training at all, or else
their mothers were very foolish women.
There is nothing more disgusting than
the twaddle of ill-bred girls ; one is
provoked often into taking up a paper
and muling, and letting them ripple
and gurgle on, like brooks that Hoar
the* Snow not whither.
klj heart warms with lore for sensible
girls aud pure boys ; and, after all, if
our girls and boys are not this, I fear it
is onr own fault—that this groat trust
rent* in the heart and hands of the
women of our land. If we have a noble,
useful purpose in life, we will infaae
the right spirit into those around ua.—
ArfAur's Home Magarinc.
Tans ok the P*airix.—flon. Igna
tius Donnally urges the planting of
trees along the roads on the prairies,
aa the beet protection against such loss
of lif* as occurred in Minnesota. Bays
he : "I remember late fall driving
with horse and buggy, in the face of *
fierce wind, from Hasting* to Farming
ton, over the prairie. At one place the
road is planted on both sides with
cottonwoods and willows ; and when
we entered between these rows of trees,
it waa like driving into a barn; the roar
of the wind ceased at onee, and the
whole condition of the atmosphere
seemed changed. If the poor man and
women who perished in the late storm
had traveled upon roads so protected,
they would be alive to-day to add to the
prosperity 6f the community by their
THE Bjuntunr ACT. —An act approved
March 3, declares "That it was the in
tent and meaning of an act approved
June 8, 1872, amending the bankrupt
law, that the exemptions allowed the
bankrupt by the said amendatory act
should, and it is hereby enacted that
they shall, be the amount allowed by
the constitution and laws of each State
of the United States, respectively, w
existing in the year 1871, and that such
exemptions be valid against debts con
tracted before the adoption and passage
of such State constitution aud laws, as
well as those contracted after the same,
and against liens by judgment or decree
of any State court, any decision of any
such court rendered since the adoption
and passage of such constitution and
laws to the contrary notwithstanding.
Flowery speeoh—" Good as wheat"
H * "■ I't" '* Ml
with ft kwa of #27tlj9oil r .
General Bpinirer in* ##twd upon
y thirtWh |E* • Treasurer of the
United P*- _ *
Frar .n.r HRgnHral~<4
lut- t*ra rat in JW U lra
H,, ri . twcnt* American prisoner* are
eonfttwd in Paris prisoner* waiting
trial on wknu charge*.
- A" BriNaa** >•*#• •** *•*
death bwdaiinaaa MfP may invali
date a Ufa ineuranoe pokey. f
Tha Province of Sew B™"**
Two deaf mute# were arrested in
Atlanta, Cite, one day teat w*h for
making a disturbance while 4 rnnk *
i Tha latest complaint against the
Chiwae in California is that they are
making up ravens into barbarous pot
'■'jiwgtiw aa -si}**"-• '
A eorrewpoadent out Wast is surprised
to find almost every other man's note
having (be look of the Mashing enan
The Mew Orleans Times says that the
daily interest on what that tv owes ia
#4, don. nice old town to bold real
catele in.
The Virginia State Library baa ac
quired a Bwolntionary relic tha
pT roll of the British foroe*
A baa# of aonntsrfstairs of Spanish
and Myric*" coins have been arrested
in Panama. Their work has been in
Greata agitate* prevails among tha
Polish peasants in Bnaaia through an
unfounded report that serfage wUI
again he introduced.
"t It is the general belief that a decent,
respectable man is safer on the out
skirts of the Modoc camp than on a
New York street rer
w A jovetata Frenchman lately attempt
ed to kill hte father in oxsler that ha
might be the only ion of a widow and
mj pwpwpt fi'ififliftff(iticmi
An totsteNt to the Porto Rico
233 J
National A. fßpair
' Tin Ita hi ifill in price of the Liberia
ruZ^vt&xsts: ss
ed tofbe per annum in advance.'
A Kentucky paper, fn reporting a
wedding, says that tb* bride waa not
pariccukriy bandaome, but her father
threw In seven moles, and the husband
was aatatfM. to
Swift add the reason that a certain
university waa a learned place waa, that
mote persons took some learning there,
and tew brought any away with them,
i a* it n—matated
i The man who laid aside hia flannel
because the almanac said spring has
c me, was-seen at one of the drug
aterea hunting up •patent medicine to
core the rheumatism.
A dramatic critic overheard a gentle- .
man observe tn another in a stall at the
theatre >~'Tjgrik ah that painted old
woman; tod and pawhed aa. ah *a, they
sav she stIS turns toa"s bead*." "Yea;
the other way," waa the reply.
Tha apesety editor who waa kicked out
at aJMpre in Washington the other day,
took sweet revenge in statin? that the
wife of the kicker appeared at a ball at
tired in a lovely peiagre skirt made of
government drawers for infantry.
The Legislature of Kentucky has en
acted that married women may receive
director from their employers the
wages or compensation lor labor per
formed bv them, and that the money ao
reread shall tie free from the debts and
wtttmol of their httibiuaJi.
A bill has passed the Tennessee Leg
islature amending the tippling law* of
tha State, leaving the greatton to the
Tote of the people to the diJfcrent dis
tricts wards, Ac., on the Ist of June,
whether they wifl allow tippßng-bouae*
in their respective loealiUes.
A woman in Providence was called
to the witness-stand in court with a
baby in her anna. Not wishing to tes
tify ia the ease, aha seerefly pinched
the baby until ahe was Buffered tempor
al-? absence from the room to soothe ita
willing*, when she trudged eff beyond
recall. o taut.
Hie Newburg, Ohio, smokers are
starehmg tor tha <Wp who was ao hard
up that he had to sell hia fifty dollar
meerschaum tor five dollars to get
money to taka ham home. He sold a
hundred or ao quKtly around town and
then left hurriedly. The scene, when
the purchasers exhibited their prises
next morning, wee queer.
A neb old fellow who owns more
houses to*" any man in Toledo, waa
wsuU-I upon by a coniuutton for a sub
scription to rebuild the fence about tine
cemetery. Hia reply was characteristic
w well to buraoiMoa. "Gentlemen, I
have alwavs made it a rule in my busi
ness never to make any repain until the
tenants bsgan tooamptaia."
An old bachelor said "them's a darned
sight more jewelry worn nowadays
thlii when I waa young. Bnt there's
one piece that I always admired that I
don't often see now. "What ia that?"
asked a young lady. "A thimble," waa
the replv. He waa regarded with con
tempt and aoorned by ewwfy lady in the
room for the rest of tha evening.
fta simianiff anus ar in- 1 -' in the
U, & Treasury by the presentation on
Tnesdgv of a protest against the United
State* for non-payment (m gold) of a
§IOO legal tender, which iW owner had
presented at the Bub-Treanttry in New
York and asked for the specie thereon.
Being refused, it waa sent to Washing
ton in dtaa ton a, through a notary.
In their Chestnut Circular, Messrs.
Htonre, Harrison A Oa, give the follow
ing figures showing "the number of
treca to an acre at equal distances":
Five feet each way, 1,742 ; six feet each
wav. 1.200 : eight each way, 680;
ten feet eanh way, 480; twelve feet each
wav, 326; fifteen feet each way, 900;
eighteen feet each way, 1M; twenty
feet each way, seventy.
Be careful how you go to eleep at an
auction. A gentleman settled himself
in a comfortable chair, and, his senses
soothed by the auctioneer's lullaby,
soon dropped asleep. When hit nap
waa over be left the place. The next
dav he waa astounded at the receipt of
a bill for several hundred dollars' worth
of carpets and other things. The auc
tioneer had received hia semniculous
nods for hida. n * *
Aa an evideaoa ef the xeveaae tide of
trade-in some localities, the statement
of a Buffalo produce merchant ia in
teresting. He states that a few years
ago he shipped yearly to Milwaukee
from 1,000 to 1. W0 cheese*, and to Chi
cago 2.60A Now, instead of shipping
to either plane, he ia shipping largely
from Milwaukee to Buffalo. The cheese
industry is rapidly becoming cue of the
moat important in Wisconsin.
A singular incident ooourred in a
Bangor school the other day- A little
girl purchased a bottle of ether for her
mother, and took it with her to
the seminary. During the session she
passed it around to her young com
panions, and, in consequence of fre
quent white, five pupils succumbed to
unyaathaaia, and were carried heme more -
or less insensible, while the air was so
full of the volatile fluid that an unusual
drowsiness waa feft by all preqent.
Adam Harper, of Geoteown, Ky.,
who brought a suit for $5QQ.<X>° .dam
ages for Blander against 85m# ox his ral
stives, tea accusing him oS being im
plicated ia the murder of ©W Jaoob
and Betsey Harper, has lost his case ;
and notcate that, but the developments
of the trial threaten to suhjeot him to
two indictments, one for being .engaged
in that murder, and one for being en
gaged with others in attempting to com
pel* number of negroes, by hanging,
to confess that they were the parties
who committed the crime.