The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, August 28, 1873, Image 1

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From a cleft in k rook k barsbsll grew,
And gathered of sunshine and rain and dw
IU measure of Ufa, in ita cup of blue-
In a cabin, out in a western wild,
A maiden bant over her work and amiled.
For ' 1 the old. old story " her heart beguiled.
The world la wide! but a hit of it* earth
In the cleft of a rock gave lieauty birth
And nourishment, fitting its own sweet worth.
The world ia wide! but the maiden well
Mo heart in it all was more fond ami true
Thau the one that her troth was plighted to.
The Surprise.
When the bright September moon
O'er the hill-top rises.
1 shell give some one I know
The sweetest of surprise*.
He asked me. just the other night,
To be his tittle wife;
1 told him that already I
Loved someone more than life.
Then ah ! how very grieved he seemed,
And took my hand iu parting
With such a look, I'm sure my eyee
Betrayed the tear-drops starting
But when he asked for one more walk
Beneath the moon s soft ray,
1 promised 1 would tell him then
Who stole my heart away.
And so when the S*pteiut<r moon
Is o'er the hill-top shiiung.
Beneath the tree* I'll walk with him.
My arm in his entwuung.
And oh ! how glad his mule will be
When I my secret talk
And own there's none so dear as he;
None whom I love so well!
I reached tho little Welsh town of
Abermaw one boisterous Afternoon in
autumn At About four o'clock. After A
long tramp om tHb mountains. Aber
ittA*, as its name implies, is situated at
the mouth of the river Maw, which here
forms an Atuarf about a mile broad.
The Jowa itself "faces the open sea ; the
harbor lies about half a mile up the
estuary ; whilst between the town and
the harbor was the outline of a huge
bridge then in course of construction.
Abe rmaw is a little bit of a place, cou
aisting of a hotel, a few shops, a church,
a chapel of ease, and a half a dozen
lodging-houaee, which are built on a
plat form of sand, the work of the sea
and river in concert or in conflict. The
old fishing village is perched npon the
rooks above, tier upon tier, the lintel
atone of one house looking down upon
the chimney of the house below, auu is
reached by rude rooky steps, where the
children of the village swarm up and
down, and yet rarely contrive to break
their necks.
The further shore of the estuary was
a triangular spit of sand, across which
was a track that joined the high road at
a point where it commenced to mount
the shoulder of a wave-beaten cliff on
the face of which it was terraced ; for
on the further or southern side of the
"estuary the sea washed up to the very
base of the rocks that formed the rug
ged fringe of this iron-bound coast.
There was a ferry from the Abermaw
side to the spit of sand, and thence, by
a detour of several miles, you could
make your way along the southern bank
of the'river to the town of Dolbadarn.
As the crow flies. Dolbadarn was not
more than seven miles distant from Aber
maw, but it could not be reached by
any practicable track in less than from
ten to eleven miles ; for the river took
a wide sweep to the north, and, in addi
tion to the detour thns caused, the first
bridge where the road crossed the river
was a point a good way wide of Dolba
darn. so that, altogether, the distance
was lengthened to that above mention
ed. On the other hand, if yon crossed
the ferry, and made your way across the
sand to the highway, the distance was
xnnch the same, and thi- latter ronte
was of course only practicable to foot
Although I had reached Abermaw in
the guise of a free and independent pe
destrian, yet my liberty was of a re
stricted nature." My wife and children
had gone by the regular coach route to
Dolbadarn, aid I had crossed the moun
tains by a wild foot track, promising to
join them that night at Dolbadarn in
time for dinner ; for 1 had intended to
take the coach at Abermaw, which would
have brought me to the end of my jour
ney in good time. This coach, how
ever, I had missed by just five minutes.
My walk that day had been a long one.
and I was rather fagged, and should
probably have hired a conveyance for
the remainder of the distance ; but the
manner of the landlord of the hotel was
so abrupt, and, as I thought, offensive,
in answer to my inquiries, that I
resolved, come what might, he should
not be s sixpence the richer of me.
I walked on till I came to a little pub
lic house at the further end of the town,
close to the rough quay that bordered
the estuary, and turned in there for a
glass of beer and a crust of bread and
cheese, as well as for the purpose
of making a few inquiries as to my
"Well, indeed," said Evan Row
lands, the landlord, " there's no possi
ble wsy to get to Dolbadarn to-night,
not unless you take a car from Mr.
" I shan't have a car from Mr. Jones,"
I said. " Can't I hire one anywhere
else?" '
Evan shook his head ; there was no
horse or car in Abermaw except the
horses and cars owned by Mr. Jones.
" Very well, then," I said, I would
" Not possible," said Evan ; " it's
more than ten miles."
" I wouldn't mind the distance, only
I've walked five-and-twenty miles al
" Dear me 1" said Evan; " yon'ro very
strong 1"
" Can't I get a boat part of the way ?"
I suggested.
Evan put his head out at the door.
"No !" ne cried; " the tide has just
turned, and it is running down very
"Then there is nothing for it but
walking," I said; " I must go ronnd by
Llanfair Bridge." Bnt I didn't like
much the idea of this ten miles walk
through the mist and gathering gloom.
"Stop 1" said Evan. " Why shouldn't
you go over the bridge—the railway
bridge ?"
"Is the bridge passable, then ? Con
yon get across ?"
" Oh, dear, yes ! The gentlemen from
the railway come over very often, and
to-day Hugh Pugh and David Morris
did come over from the Dolbrith
" And what is the distance that will
save me ?"
" Four or five miles; yes, sure."
" And the bridge is quite safe ?"
" Oh ! it is very strong and safe in
deed ; or how should Hugh Pugh and
David Morris come over, and the rail
way gentlemen, too ? yes, sure."
" And the railway people won't object
bridge crossed the estuary at a point
about a quarter of a mile from the little
to mv going over ?"
" They've all quit work for the day,
and there won't be a soul near the
bridge but yourself."
"Then of course I'll go aver it."
But 1 found that there were certain
difficulties in the way. The railroad
inn that formed the extremity of the
town, at a spot where its channel was
narrowed to a distance of about three
quarters of a mile. The unfinished
bridge was constructed of piles firmly
driven into the bed of the river, from
which roße huge piers of timber to the
height of about forty feet. Along these
were massive balks, destined to support
the platform of the bridge, whilst each
* pier was strengthened and supported,
and strengthened and supported its
neighbor, by an arrangement of cross
beams and ties.
When I reached the bank of the river
with my guide, Evan Rowlands, I found
that there was a considerable hiatus be-
FRED. KURTZ. Kditor and Propriotor.
tween the shore ud the nearest pier
about a hundred yards. Evan, how
rwr, was prepared with a plan for
reaching; it, A friend of his was the
master of the little sloop, the Ann Jouea,
which waa lying iu the tint oreek above.
He and his' mate were now on board
her. and they had got their little dingy
with them. Evan would Inirrow the
boat, and drop down with the stream,
and deposit me at the foot of the near
est pier.
"But why not ferry me right over the
river ?" I asked.
" Not possible," said Evan. There
were shallows and quicksands at the
other aide which at this time of the ride
were very dangerous.
80 we* made our way aloug the road
which overlooks the estuary, till wa
came to the little harbor. Evan hat! no
difficulty in borrowing the dingy, and
we were soon afloat, shooting quickly
down the stream.
It was almost dark now, for although
the suu was not yet down, the storm
that was gathering up ou the horixou
obscured his light. Great volumes of
cloud and vapor were driving up be
fore the wind, which howled and moan
ed intermittently, as blast succeeded
blast, and died away again. The wind
and the tide in opposition made the
water pretty rough,and our boat danced
up and down in a very lively way.
Presently the black skeleton of the
bridge loomed upon us through the
mist, and Evan dexterously brought up
his boat in the little eddy that was
formed br the abutments of the pier,
and then UtalM to me to jump from
the stem of the dingy ou to a cross
piece that formed a sort of platform a
foot or so from the water's edge,
1 jumped, and landed safely on the
balk, and then I found that my way up-,
wards was by climbing the nearest pier,
across which were nailed rough, irregu
lar staves, which constituted what is j
called a workman's ladder. 1 had no
intention of undertaking any acrobatic
feats, and the idea of climbing up to ,
that giddy height by snch rough, un
reliable supports was distasteful enough.
I wouldn't try it I would go back to
the boat to dry land once more. But
the boat had spun away on the tide,
and was now far out of earshot, or
indeed eyeshot either. There I stood,
then, in "the midst of a rushing, raging
sea. upon a balk of timber, embracing
a lingo black pier, the head of which
was lost in the gloom and mist over
head. I couldn't stay here; 1 must get I
across the bridge at all hazards, and
mv only way was upwards.
"Up I went slowlv, step by step, test- I
ing each frail splintered stave ere 1
trusted my weight to it. More than
one broke away in my hands, and fell
into the sea below. But when I reached
the top, I thought, then all this danger j
wonld be over. I should find a firm,
secure platform—a rail, or, at least, .
a rope for the hand. |
When I came to the top of the pier, I
saw stretched out before me a beam,
suspended, as it seemed, in mid-air, j
a narrow beam—more like a rope, it
seemed to me—stretched over this wild
abyss of raging waves—that, and noth
ing else. There were footprints in the j
narrow ridge of timber—it was not'
more than two feet wide at the broadest ;
—and the sifeht of them gave me
courage. Men had passed over here
before me; I would pass too. And so,
withont giving myself a moment more
to think. I steppe*!; and the moment
when letting go with my hands, I stood
npon that topmost round of the ladder
and balanced myself for an instant, as I
placed my foot upon the plank—tha
moment in which 1 seemed to quiver,
and sway to and fro, high np on this
giddy perch, beyond the ken of any
human eye—that moment of dizzy terror,
of strange whiling thoughts,of instincts
to cast myself headlong into the sea
was in sensation as any ordinary week
of placid being; and yet it came and
went like any other moment,and I stood
erect upon the beam, and began my
perilous way.
I heard the wind afar off, bellowing !
among the breakers on the bar ; I heard
it screeching and howling over the flats, i
I felt a moment's calm, the strange,
unnatural hush, and then the rush and ;
leap of the storm, as it hurtled by me.
Dashing the Bait spray into my eyes, it
came, seizing all the loose corners of
my apparel, and cracking them like
whip-lashes, carrving away my feeble j
breath in ita wild course, but leaving
me—yes, thank God—leaving me still
balanced on my plank.
The gust had cleared the mist for a
space, and I conld now see before me,
though indistinctly enough, but I conld
see that there was only another length
of unprotected balk ; beyond that was
a broad, safe platform of timber,
stretched from pier to pier. Oh, to feel
that platform safe under my feet! I
traversed the balk almost at a run. I
must reach safety before there came
another gust of that fierce wind.
I beard it coming now, but I was
almost home—yes, home, for that
rough, unsheltered platform, on this
rude night, seemed like a home to me.
I stepped firmly and quickly along.
Suddenly a chasm seemed to open
under my feet—a horriWc chasm. The
beam on which I stood came suddenly
to an end ; for some eight feet had l>een
cut away, and there was nothing to help
me over this dreadful gap. Without
wings, it were impossible to pass.
All hope left me. I knew that to re
trace my steps was impossible to me.
Even if I reached the end from whicli
j I had started, I should bo no better off
than here, and the hopelessness of tho
' position weakened my every nerve.
I Once more I heard the wind rising and
i hurtling along towards me. I would
cling to life as long as I could. I knelt
! down on the wet, slippery balk, clasped
it with my arms, sat astride it. The
gust came up fierce and strong, passed
I over me once more—once more spared
! me.
But I felt I cenld not survive another
snch attack ; I should l>e blown away'
like a leaf. And yet there was no hope
of escape—none. It was only a ques
tion of moments how l*ng, with stiffen
ing limbs, I could cling to this rough
beam ; then a plunge into darkness.
Still, I had time to think. What
were my thoughts ! A helpless sense
of cruelty, of the horrible unfeelingness
and malignity of this hurtling wind, of
those raging waters. A sad mortifica
tion, too, and sense of injustice, tliat I
shpuld lose my life for nothing; a
pleasant ramble turned to such an evil
end. Of the past I thought nothing ; it
was nothing to me now—a tale that was
told, that was all. Of the future, noth
ing either, except a dim and awful won
der. But plainly, vividly before my
eyes I saw the figure of my wife, sitting
at work by the fire, waiting and watch
ing for me—for me, who never should
come. That was the bitterness of it.
And yet withal I was not unconscious of
a certain vague sense of the ludicrous—
a scorn of myself, that I should be thus
stuck up astride a beam, like some lad
at play, a sport for the buffetings of
the elements. With this, too, an un
speakable rage; a kind of crushed de
fiance, a revolt against the doom which
was imminent in a revolt which felt its
self hopeless and useless from its be
Whilst all this storm of conflicting
thoughts was whirling through my
brain, the turmoil outside was diminish
ing. The wind had bushed for a while,
and across my face there came for a
moment a sort of ruddy glow, the last
tteams of the suu settling mindly into
the sea. The vajtora divided for a m*>-
lueut, the huge *tark mass of a moun
tain frowned down upon me—for a mo
meut only— then the clouds encom
passed me once more—the glow died
away —the awful gloomy gray of night
begiui to gather iu upon me like a net.
Should 1 drop into the sea, and end
it all? To die in the dark would be more
horrible than anything else. Even *>u
the quietest, unt resigned death-bed,
the loss of light is the most disquieting
trouble to the departing soul. Eight !
more light! ia the last cry of the spirit
iu extremity. Ami now it seemed as
though nature had deleriuiued to s|*are
me uo pang of all the gathering horrors
of my doom. Darkness ami despair
were settling down upon my soul.
Then came the storm once more with
a rush of gathered rain, a howl, a shout,
a roar of triumph, as the shrill wind
trumpeted past, precursor of a more
furious blast. I eould bear uo more.
A sapless, nerveless form I was, Bwept
from the beam like a withered leaf from
a branch, and 1 fell—catching at sonic
cross-beams as I fell, but losing my hold
iu a moment, and dropping helplessly
Once more consciousness returned.
A vague silvery light was diffused about
me, above ffcr® star* shining, huge
bulks of timber glimmered overhead.
I was stretched upon a bed of wet sand,
Ivtng ou my back, looking up into the
1 was not dead, then. No ! Was I
maimed, crushed? I drew up one limb
after another, fearing lest a sudden
slumt of agony should betray some
grievous hurt. But uo ! 1 was sound
in limb ; and as I raised myself and
looked about, I felt that, except for diz
xiueasand a wonderful ringing that was
ceaselessly going on iu my head, I was
unhurt. And I was saved 1 That was a*
might happen.
When I rose and stood npon my feet,
I looked around me, and saw that I had
falleu upon a little island, a narrow spit
of sand that had formed in the eddy
caused by the pile of the bridge. On
each side'of it ran a strong and rapid
current. All this I saw by the light of
the moon, sometimes bright, sometimes
obscured, as she parted her way among
the fast driving clouds.
Distantly across the water shone the
lights of the little town. It had its gas
lamps, which sparkled brilliantly in the
uight; and from out of the black rocks
which showed against the skv-line, here
and there the light of a candle in a cot
tage window gleamed like a fairy hun|>3
On the other side of the estuary there
were no lights ; but the straining eve
might discern the gloom of high hills,
that seemed, indeed, only like darksome
chasms in the sky ; but as 1 watched, 1
saw a tiny star that was gliding among
the rocks. Now seen, now lost, I fol
lowed it with longing eyes; and listen
ing intently, I heard the clatter of
horses' hoofs and the murmur of wheels
rising and falling, AS the road wound iu
and out among the rooks further or
nearer. It was Some carriage rolling
rapidly towards home—towards my
home, and here was I, a castaway !
I shouted, but my verioe seemed lost ,
in the great space. The wind carried j
it up the river, blew it away iuto stifled j
fragments. It was useless to cry. No j
one would hear me. How long should ,
I have to lire ? Was there any chance |
that I might yet escape ? I could not ]
swim ; the channel on either aide was, i
therefore, an unpaasahle barrier. Even
had I been an exoelleut swimmer, I [
doubt if in my enfeebled state I could
have won the further bank of the chan
nel, where the current was running the
least swiftly. How long would my
island remain uncovered by the sea ?
Six or eight feet above my head,
tangled masses of sea-weed hanging in
the interstices of the woodwork showed
the highest reach of the tide. The ebb
had commenced an hour before I started
from Abermaw. Allowing an hour for
my subsequent adventures, the ebb
would still have three hours to run ;
then another three hours' flood would j
elapse before the tide would owe more
reach me. I remembered that I had a
flask of metal in my pocket which stil!
contained a dram of brandy, and that I
had a few fragments of biscuit in my
pocket, remaining of some that my wife
had packed up for my use a couple of
days before. I drank the brandy and
munched the biscuits, nnd felt again
hopeful. Six hours 1 Why, in that
time help might come. Death wan uo
longer imminent
But I was entirely wrong. The strong
southwesterly gales had piled up the
waters about the mouth of tlis estuary,
so that the ebb was checked, and the
flood increased, and the tide ran out
only some three hours. I must have
been longer lying on the SAnd, too, than
I had calculated, for, as I watched the
waters hurrying down on each side of
me, I noticed that the current seemed
to slacken all of a sudden ; then it
stopped, so that a fragment of bleached
wood that was floating downward came
to a rest, then moved slowly once more
npwards. The tide had turned.
In a very short time the .expanse of
waters before me, that had jut now
seemed a broad river outlet, scored and
marked with sand-banks, assumed the
appearance of an agitated sea. Short
waves hurried along, their white crests
gleaming in the moonlight; they came
in serried lines, tier over tier ; the
hoarse roar of the advancing tide re
.ver berated in the air, mingling in my
brain with the strange rattle as of bells
that never ceased to jangle therein.
How remorseless they seemed, those
waves hurrying up, like hounds who
view their prey ! And yet it was a
solemn scene; and what there was of
dignity and grandeur in the sight half
reconciled rae to the thought that my
life would bo swallowed up ere long in
theso advancing battalions of serried
waves ; for now the bitterness of death
was past; its terrors had vanished ; I
felt a profound sadness—that was all.
How far amid I climb up theso slimy,
slippery posts and buttresses, that
seemed to mock mo with their lying
proffers of safety? A couple of cross
lieams or ties which bound together the
lower owls of tho piers, afforded at their
intersection a sort of angular resting
place, where I could-for a time perhaps,
find a refuge from the waves. This was
far below high-water mark, so that to
reach it would only givo me a short re
spite from my final agony; but, for all
that, I determined to attempt it. As soon
as the water av#red tho little island on
which I stood, I would try to climb this
slippery beam, that rose from the sand,
in which it was partly buried, at an an
gle of about forty-five degrees.
With the tide rose tho wind; with the
wind came rain and fog. The moon,
blurred and indistinct, shone faintly for
awhile, and then vanished altogether,
although her diffused light still made
everything darkly visible. Soon tho
waves were dashing at my feet, the sand
a pulp beneath them. Now was the
time to make my lastr effort for a little
more life. But I found that I had over
rated my own powers. I crawled a few
feet up the slippery timber ; then I fell
back. Again I tried, and again; but it
was of no use. Strength does not come
of eager desire to lie strong. All that I
could do was to clasp my arms round
the beam, and stand upright, awaiting
the coming of the waters.
The water rose, not gradually, but in
pulses. Smaller waves came and went,
and left no change of level; but every
now and then some heavier, fiercer bil
low would come in with a devouring
sweep, covering me with ita foam and
spray, receding again, but at each re
cession leaving a greater depth of sway
itig.llife-like water. These attacks, like
buffets from the band of some skilled
boxer, left me weaker and weaker at
every blow. And it is s# treacherous,
to**, the water. It would draw away for
a time, leaving mo free almont to my
knees; and tlieu, as if driven by some
sudden impulse, it would gather itself
up, and return iu a great Hoethitig swathe
of water that would swallow me up from
head to foot.
The end was fast£coming now. I had
eeasetl to feel anything. Only a dogged
determination to stick to life to the lust,
kept me clinging to my beam.
But, what was that sound? A long
aud piercing scream, a roar, and a rum
ble, and a rattle—it wua an engine?
Au engine ooniitig aloug the complet
ed part of tho bridge, shrieking and
screaming, tuid dashing out great wafts
of white steam into the stormy air. The
sound gave me fresh life and vigor.
Human creatures were within reach, at
all events. If I could make them hear
me. I might yet be saved.
The engine came slowly along, and I
heard the voices of men shouting to one
another. Why, then, should they not
hear me? I tried, too, to about, but my
voice stuck iu my throat. 1 cotil*ln ! ,
make a sound louder than a whisper, nor
not with all the good-will I had to shout
like an archangel.
Tim engine cawe so near at last that I
ooulil see the glow of her Urea through
the interstices tf the thV>riug of the
bridge. And uow then* were men stand
ing with lantern* at the very extremity
of the bridge ; and still 1 could not
make them hear.
For an instant the glad thought had
struck me that 1 had been missed, and
that these men had oome to look for
m*; but the next moment I saw the
folly of the idea. l>ays might elapse
lefore mr fate was known. I was uot
even yet beyond the time I had fixed
for reaching home. No ; the men were
railway workmen, perhaps going to a
shift on the bridge; and 1 could'ut
make them hear.
Suddenly I heard a sharp quick bark,
and then a growl aa of anger or inquiry,
and I was conscious that there was a
dog with the men above. The dog's
faculties were keener than the men's ;
perhaps it was possible that I might
make flint hear; so 1 barked, a shrill
snapping bark, with which I bad often
deceived my own terrier. Jack. The
dog acknowledged the challenge, and
replied furiously. Then I heard the
voice of a man shouting to the dog to
be quiet; but the dog barked still more
furionslv, standing at the very verge of
the platform, as though it would throw
itself over. Then some men came to
the edge of the platform too, and peer
ed over, and tnen in my extremity I
gave a cry—• wild/ despairing cry.
Then a hnge hoarse wave dashed over me.
If it had not been for the conscious
ness that help was near, I could not
have held on against that furious rush
of waters ; but 1 did bold on, ut least I
think so ; afad when the wave receded,
a bright daxxling light shone into my
eyes, a light from the bridge, where
some one was holding what seemed to
be a portable sun, but that was actually
a piece of burniug magnesium wire.
Then everything appeared in the black
est darkness.
•' Did you seeanvthing?" eriedavoiee.
" I'm not sure; 1 thought 1 saw some
thing move."
A couple of lamps from the engine
were now brought, and placed at the
edge of the platform; they lit up the
beams and rafters of the bridge, hut
the light seemed to !e lost in the dark
waters. Ah ! they would never discover
Onoc more I had strength to cry.
"Ah! it's a man down there," I
hoard somebody shout.
A long plank'wa* run over the gap in
the bridge, then another; along the two,
a portable windlass was quickly taken;
a bucket descended, in it a man with a
" Hollo, mate I" he cried as he caught
sight of my white face in the focus of
his lamp, " what are you doing down
here ?"
In another moment I was standing in
safety on the further side of the bridge.
I owed my rescue to the unexpected
vist of the chief-engineer of th# line,
who had come down to see with his own
eyes the manner in which the bridge
behaved in a heavy gale, and had driven
with the engine to the farthest access
ible point of the platform.
What a comforting glass of hot
brandy-and-water that was of which I
partook by the warmth of the engine
furnace, and how exhilarating the run
homewards on the swift shrieking en
gine !
I was at Dolbadaro in time for dinner
after all. As I#at down to the cheerful
meal with friends who were discussing
the light ordinary topics of the day, I
looked about me, wondering if I were
really here in actual corporeal presence,
or if my life had ended in that last rush
of water, and I were only dreaming,
" for in that sleep of death what dreams
may come !"
Pish and Tea as Food.
The London Times sharply contro
verts the assertion made by Dr. Edward
Smith to the British Association, that
fish is rattier a relish than food, and
contains little more nutriment than wa
ter. As opposed to this statement, the
investigations of M. I'ayen aro cited,
who proves that the flesh of flsli on the
average does not contain more water
than freali beef, and haa as much solid
substance as the latter. For instance,
the fleah of salmon contains 75.70 per
cent, of water and 21.2 th) per oent. solid
substances, while beef (muscle) eon
tains 75.88 per cent, water niul 24.12
per cent, solid substances. The flesh
of herring coutnins still less water than
that of salmon, and even flat fish are as
rich in nitrogenonH substances as the
best wlieaten flour, weight for weight.
Another statement made by Dr. Smith,
that the amount of nutriment in an
ounce of tea is infinitesimal, is met
with the assertion that, while tea in no
" nutriment," in the ordinary sense,the
individual who taken ten nfter his meals
feels, without being able to define it,
thnt tea has a favorable effect upon cer
tain highly important functions in his
body, that digestion is accelerated and
facilitated, nnd his brain-work benefited
thereby. Though not nutriment, tea is
alleged to possess a really higher value,
in medical properties of a peculiar
The Atlantic Balloon.
The lialloon in which Professor Wise
and others hope to cross tho Atlantic
aud which is expected to get out some
time during the month of September, is
no baby affair. It weighs 6,000 pounds;
netting, 700 pounds; car, 250 pounds;
boat, 700 pounds; instruments and
drag-rope, 1,000 pounds ; total, 8,850
pounds. Four hundred thousand cubic
lect of gas, having a carnring capacity
of thirty-five pounds per thousand, give
a total carrying force of 14,000 pounds.
Deduct 8,600 from this, and you havo a
balance of more than 5,000 for passen
gers and ballast. All our provisions
will lie HO much ballast, says the nrof
fessor, in answer to a correspondent.
All the water on board the balloon will
be ballast. Directly we come in sight
of land, we cau' dispose of the boat as
ballast. It will be of no further use^
Itouianre lu Ashtabula.
A beautiful, brown-haired daughter
of Hwedeu was tho herotueof a romance
having ita termination 111 Ashtabula re
cently, which throws tjie ••novel writers"
oompletely into the ahade. Twenty
years ago, when a little fifteen year old
damsel, she was woed and fairly won by
Christian Hanquest, a bright tail twenty
years of age, iu far-off Sweden. The
lareuta of the gtrl were of higher rank
than tho relatives of |sor Christian, and
as soon as they learned of the prefer
ence manifested by the young people
for each other, tlioy ruthlessly " tore
their young hearts asunder," aud'prob
ably "packed the girl off to boardiug
school, ' if there was such a cruel insti
tution iu Hwedeu. Christian bore his
hard fate at home as long as he WHS
able, wlteu, finding all efforts to see his
betrother fruitless, he veutured upou
the ocean as a common sailor. After a
lapse of several years, Hanquest return
ed to find his frteuds and relatives scat
tered or dead and himself a total stran
ger. He was unable to find even the
slightest trace of his sweetheart, Han
quest had amassed quite a little fortune
iu his wanderings, but the unsuccessful
efforts to find his beloved, for whom he
had labored so long, caused him to care
but little as to the manner in which it
was spent, and finally threw him ouce
more upon his own resources, withont
money or friends, in the early part of
year 187*2. He was in an English sea
port when he became rid of his last
'• red," and shipped upon an American
vessel and worked his passage to New
York. While there, hearing stories of
the fabulous wages which were paid
sailors upou the iulaud lakes, he went
to Canada and engaged himself en a
schooner. Here, however, he found
that his goldeudreams were naught, and
reaching Cleveland July 1, he started
on foot for Buffalo, where several of his
friends from the old country were living.
Hanquest spent the night of the 3d in
stant at Ashtabula ; and in conversation
with some of his countrymen who were
employed ou the railroad, he inciden
tally related fragments of liia past his
tory. among them an account of his
early love. While he was speaking, a
Swedish lady, aged about thirty-five
year*, who resides in Jamestown, N. Y.,
mid was spending a fear day* in Ashta
bula, exclaimed, ill the language of her
fatherland, " Christian, do yon nut
know me ?" and fell weeping on his
shoulder. The wanderer had found lus
mate ; bat we draw a curtain over the
scene, aa too hallowed for the prying
eyes of a reporter to penetrate. The re
mitted couple start*-*! on the morning of
the 4tb for Jamestown, where they will
soon be joined in UlO holy bonds of
wedlock. The fair one's parents are
Kiud to be highly rtwpoctuble people,
and they will probably nut now main
tain any opposition to what is evident
ly the mruiM destiny of their daugh
ter, who for so long a period has remsin
ed single. Hanqnest will doubtless
settle down into • sober and industrious
Indian Forays in Trias on the Increase.
The Washington Hrpubliran has a
letter dated Fort Hloch, Teaaa, saying
that the Indian foray seem to increase
to an alarm Hi ft estwt. Scam-ly a day
elsttso* that too bleeding and scalped
body of Mime noor isolated frontiers
man* is not found scorching under the
•dimmer sun. Block and horse* hare
been taken away from the midst of po
pulous and seemingly aeon re settle
ment*. and driven to ilie wigwams of
the savage or the haciendas of tho Mexi
can allies, Tho troops which were re
cently stationed here—over 1,000 strong
—are now scattered in detachments
throughout the country, so that the gar
rison here maybe considered as without
cavalry. Several infantry companies
yet remain for garrison dnty. The
cavalry are kept constantly in motion.
They have scoured everv portion of the
countrv from tho llio Grande to
tho ftio Ifouda, and have closely
gtlardcd every creek and crossing.
Yet, notwithstanding this vigilance
on tho part of tho troops, the savages
and their allies continue to increase
their incursions, and carry on a more
extended devastation of our territory
than they have dared to attempt for
many yean previous. The same letter
says'that the peoideof tho Mexican bor
der Htales not only j>ermit the savages
to cross and reoro'ss the boundary line
without hiudranoe, but aid them inevery
manner possible. The National Qor
vernnient is uot altogether so culpable
iu these matters as are the State admin
istrations. Every effort of the former
to bring ahont an amicable settloment
of tho frontier difficulties is sure to tic
American Working People.
The Scientific American foots up the
whole number of working people in the
United States at 12,505,023. The num
ber of inhabitants in the country ia 38,-
558,371, so that the active workers con
stitute very nearly one-third of the
population, the ratio having consider
ably increased since the census of 1860,
at which time it barely exceeded one
quarter. 10,609,436 are males, and
1,830,487 females. Between the ages
of ten and fifteen years the males out
nmntar the females in a ratio of nearly
three to one ; between sixteen and fifty
nine years the ratio increases to nearly
six to one; while at the ages above
sixty years there are more than twelve
times'a* many men at work as there are
women. Theae figures apply to the
men and women in actual outside em
ployment. It will be noticed ns the
women grow older, tlieir numbers in
proportion to the men decrease. This
ia accounted for by their marrying,
abandoning their employments, ami
settling down to the household.
A Grand Exhibition of National In*
The American Institute of the City of
New York will hold its 42d Exhibition
this fall, opening on the 10th day of
Heptemtar next, and continuing until
late in November.
The Exhibition promises to bo more
intonating tlmn any which over pre
ceded it, inasmuch as special effort ia
being made to have the leading indus
trial operations carried on upon the
The American Institute ia the oldest
of all societies now in existence of its
kind, and is not in any sense a private
corporation, its earnings being devoted
by its charter to the encouragement of
home industries.
For circulars, giving classification of
articlos, rules for exhibitors and full
particulars, address. General Superin
tendent, American Institute, New York
lienors to a Shall.
A newspaper in London is very sav
age atiout the honors paid to tho Shah,
and declares that only a monkey in the
Zoological Gardens has exhibited a
vestige of manliness and independence.
When the Shah attempted to poke this
animal with a stick, tho indignant crea
ture seized it, and grinned defiantly at
the majesty of Persia. " Aud this,"
Eihilosophizes our newspaper, " shows
IOW superior monkeys are to Mayors.
Had the Shah kicked one of the latter,
all the Mayors in the kingdom would
have envied him the distinction, and
regretted that their person had not
been honored by a similar infliction."
shark Fishing.
The Orrapallon f Ihr lr.laud.ra
luring shark'* M*al.
The Icelanders take no active part in
the whale fishery, but devote them
selves as a rule to that of shark antlood.
They fish principally from light, open
Ismts. with projecting prows, and car
rying only tine small lug-saul. How
lioats are preferred, on account of the
number of hands required. The Ice
landic fishermen are described as pos
sessing a power of endurance,an ability
to keep the sea iu alf weathers, ana
a courage above all praise ; tlier soorn
to take provisions of any kinu to sea,
though they never neglect to carry
their snuff horns. It is grsslly to hi
deplore*! that these hardy mariners are
so careless, both as to their per* anal
comfort and aa to the seaworthiness
of their craft, since to thasa faults may
doubtless be traced the fact that forty
per cent, of the deaths of the man are
caused by drowning. The sliark.whicb
is indigenous to tha Icelandic and Nor
wegian coasts, though seldom taken in
tha Cattegat, is the lymaa* miero~
cejHihu. To the natives it is known as
the " nakaral" or "havkalen." It
averages from ten to twenty feet in
length, and lives on sesls and fish, dar
ing, in ita moat voracious moods, to
attack the whale itself, but aeldsm
molesting man unb-as disturbed by
him. It is taken with comparative ease,
aa, owing to its dimness of sight,caused
probably by the hrmcepoda tlongafo, a
small parasite which adheres to, and
sometime* entirely covers iu eye, it
seizes the bait—young seal blubber or
smoked horse flush soaked in blood, to
which it is evideutly attracted by the
sense of smell—without attempting to
escape the weapons of iU captor*.
She shark is caught near land daring
the montli of April; but, during the
summer months, it is found in as much
as 2iM) fathoms of water, from 80 to IC#
mile* from land, and generally off the
Western side of the island. Of lato
years the craft used on the North aide
of the island are decked vessel* of 35 to
40 toua, provided with bars, and bo
lightly constructed that in calm weather
they can easilv get clear of the ice, and
move from place to place. When a
vessel is in search of sharks, it ia
anchored at a plane where they are
presumed to be—in preference, near
the rising edge of a batik. The anchor
used is generally a four-pronged iron
grapple, weighing about 180 ponnds,
with 15 to 2n fatboma 9-1(1 chain cable,
and a 350 fathom long hawser. When
anchored, the fishing commences. If
nothing ia caught,the position is shifted
Until the shark is found ; and, if the
tike is good, the vessel remains at the
spot, and rideaout the storm, if neces
sary. Tho lines used are of the thick
ness of doep-*ca lug-line*, fastened to
three fathoms of chain, in the middle
of which a leaden weight of 10 to 13
pounds is fixed. Under this a strong
six-inch hook ia fastened ; the entire
hook is covered with b<ut, and it ia
notched inside the bend to prevent
the latter from slipping diwu. • • When
the shark is hauled up to the surface, it
U killed by means of a spear. A bar
poon is then fixed in it, and the rope
made fast to the ship's aide; after
which the carcass ia ripped up by a
knife, affixed to a pole, and the liver ia
taken out and placed in barrels, and
stowed a war in the hold.
The value of a carcaaa is about 7a. Ad.
The A cab ia aold to peasants, who bury
it in tbc ground for two or lb re* week*,
and then diaenter it, waah it, and rut it
up into strip* and bang it in the drying
house. After one yvar'a drying it ia
considered fit for food. The flesh haa
then aaanincd a clear, reddish yellow
color, which give* it aomething the
appearance of aalmon, ao far a the ere
ia concerned, but certainly not for the
none, for its appearance "in a room u
very preeeptible. How preceptible it
niniil be in tlie caac of ten year old
nhark fleah, which we are further in
formed ia accounted a delicacy among
native connoiaaenra, we mnat leave k>
the imagination and olfacU-rr nerves of
our reader* to conjecture. The gall of
the shark ia used instead of soup. The
akin ia also turned to good account;
after being stretched on tha ground
and dried, it ia used as shoe leather,
though it ia not susceptible of being
polished. A shark of moderate *i*
yields two-thirds of a barrel of oil
(reckoning a barrel at about 14<l quarts I,
which ia extracted by boiling the liver.
A first tailing gives the light train oil,
a second the darker or common oil.
The barrels of liver give about two
barrels of oil, gnd, in calm weather,
one small open loat, if fortunate, may
secure about fifteen barrels of liver in a
couple of da-*. In Sweden and Ger
many, where train ail ia much used
in tanneries, it fetches from 555. to 12s.
jter barrel. The Norwegians, it would
appear, are the only foreigners who
have engaged in the Icelandic shark
fishery, and Mr. Crowe holds out much
encouragement to any Rritish adven
turers who may feel disposed to try
t heir fortune in this direction, -yautical
Persian Laws.
All the Fersian laws, like those of
every Mohammedan country, are snp
jsised to ta based upon the precepts of
the Koran, and though the power of
the Shah ia practically absolute, in
theory it is only in ao far as it is not
opposed to the accepted doctrines of the
Mohammedan expounded in
the sacred lnnik of the Prophet, in hia
oral commentaries and aayinga and in
the interpretation given to them by the
High Priest, Hence the enormous
authority and influence of the Persian
and Turkish clergy. The Hhali is re
garded as the Vie** Regent and repre
sentative of the Prophet upon earth;
nnd it is in this aemi-sacred cajiacity
that lie claims implicit obedience by
divine right from the faithful. Under
him the executive government is at
present carried on by the mockery of a
Mimstrv, who are mere creatures of the
Bhah's nreath and who have no inde
pendent will of thoirown; neither would
they dare to express it if they had one.
They may be raised to honor or degrad
ed to infamy at any moment, and surely
one of the most undesirable positions in
this slippery world is that of a Persian
A Suicide's Money.
Wm. Ross, a resident of Sonoma
county, Dimmit tod suicide at the Coso
Honse, in this city, on the 13th of June,
leaving about $2,100 in coin and drafts
on bis person, and a written request
that the money bo sent to his relatives.
He omitted to say in the note where
his relatives lived. The facta of his
death and last request was republished
in the evening papers. Since this pub
lication, the coroner has received six
letters from people in as many different
States, laying elaim to the money. In
each case a member of the family named
William Ross, oorrespionding exactly in
personal appearauoe with the descrip
tion of the suicide was stated to have
been in this country, and, was last
hsard of before his death in Sonoma.
In fact, there was no doubt that the
suicide was the much-mourned relative
ef the writer in each case. Unfor
tunately for these would-be bereaved
writers has boen definitely as
certained that the suicide's relatives
live in England.— San Francisco
Term*: 52.00 a Yoar, in Ad-canoe.
Mrs, Ilrlgham Vouug No. 17.
A Um4 Usk at MarwasS TUrowah
the Uriatlta of Mrs. Kills WsMi
An aoeonnt is printed of an interview
with Mra. Eliza Webb Yonng, the seven
teenth wife of the pillar of Mortnun
doin, and it will interest all who either
have entered, or are shunt to enter, or
are anxious to get out of the married
state. The description which the inter
viewer gives is not complimentary to
polygamy as it exists in Utah, and is
emphatically unfavorable to Brigham
Young. The lady from whom the facta
are gleaned speaks with an energy evi
dently inspired by suffering. At the
early age of twenty-two, when Brigham
Young first met her, she had already
lieen married and divorced, and, heed
leas of several suitors who were anxious
to claim her band, led a retired lite with
her father and mother in Little Cotton
wood. Hci e she was sought by Brigham
Young. If we are to receive Mra.
Eliza's account without questioning, he
was inspired more by vanity than any
other passion, and sought her hand be
cause it pleases him to display to the
world a succession of new, young wives.
Exuding it ouoe that unctuous jliw
and magnetism for which thaw women
who have <v>mo nnder hi* influence
claim that he ia renowned, he enticed
her ear with " good oouaael," and per
suaded her that when she married again
•he should marry, not for love, but for
the aake of having some one at hand
who could give her sound advice. We
confess that this is away of looking at
the object which would never have oc
curred to ua. A wetnan sometime*
marries a man on account of his beauty,
but on account of liia capacity to lec
ture bar, never !
Having proceeded thus far, Brigham
next endeavored to prove to hit victim
that he was that wise man upon whom
it was prudent for her to fix her affec
tions. lie then introduced other in
ducemeuta, in the sliapa of the offer of
a house and one thousand <luLiars per
year pocket money. He reminded her
"that hia only object was the salvation of
her poor, perishing soul, and her eleva
tion to queenhood. Meanwhile be got
the better of her brother in business
negotiations, and got the whole of Eli
za's family so under his thumb that
(still following the line of the lady's ac
count) she resolved to sacrifice herself
and become his wife, in order to save
her brother from bis machinations and
to please her parent*. The npahot was
that they were married, the triumphant
bridegroom presenting her with three
draw pattern* and a fifty dollar note a*
a wedding gift.
A few mouth* after the marriage the
programme was changed. Brigham not
only left off visiting her, but oven aent
her and her mother to superintend one
of hi* farm*- Here be left them in *l%
moat total neglect, eo that Mr*. Elica
counted herself happy when ahe could
get five pound* of sugar, a uuartrr of a
pound of tea, and a few candle*—beau
tiful fulfillments, th<-*e, of the ante-nup
tial promise of pocket-money to the
tune of one thousand dollars a year.
Finally ahe took to keeping boarder*,
and amid all the trouble* of one of the
most trying vocation* on earth, daring
which all ahe obtained from her hoe
band was two oalioo dresses, ahe was at
tacked with pleurisy. Resolving to sp
pesl to the humanity of Brigham, since
all appeals to other feelings seemed like
lv to be wasted,ahe managed to roach his
office and made known her wretchedness
and needs. Instead of ordering her
medical attendance, and supplying her
with every comfort an invalid in her
condition could demand, he directed his
commsasary to give her " two bit*'
worth of fresh meat," and sent her
on her way. This time her sense of
outrage was strung to the highest point.
She sold the goods which the bouse
contained by auction, and resolved
to quit forever a man who had done
nothing to justify the name of husband
except make promises he had never ful
filled. Whether successful or not in
her aims, she resolved that, for the sake
of other women who had suffered like
her, she would make every effort to dis
associate herself from one, of whose af
fection she could only claim the one
seventeenth share, and who had even
disowned that share by treating her
with every tyranny and meanness.
The Battle of the Bullfrog*.
Manv of the citiaens of Vermont will
remember to have seen on one-dollar
bills of the Windham County State
Bank a vignette representing bullfrogs
fighting. This was engraved to com
memorate the Battle of the Bullfrogs.
The facts were as follows: "Many years
ago, when the town of Windham was
newly settled, there came a very dry
season. There are two large ponds in
Windham, seixarated by an intervening
strip of land of considerable extent.
Each of these ponds was Inhabited by a
large community of the reptiles above
named. The smaller pond dried np and
its inhabitants started in a body for the
lower and larger pond. They were met
in the intervening space by the com
munity from the larger pond, and a
fierce and long-continued battle ensued
between the rival communities. Such
was the hideous bellowing of the frogs
during their fierce encounter that it
alarmed the inhabitants, who at first
supposed it to be the whoop of the hos
tile savages. But curiosity getting the
tatter of their fears, they cautiously
proceeded to the spot whence the hide
emu sound iMtitnl, i|Ml there beheld the
strange spectacle of two immense armies
of bullfrogs, covering many acres of
ground, engaged in a fierce and deadly
battle. This tattle continued more
tbau twenty-four hours, and when it
was over the ground was literally cov
ered with the slam,|and it became neoes
sorv, to avoid the noxious effluvia, to
gat her and bury them. — 1 teuton Tran
Fires this Season.
Ther# hu neror bfen * time when
ft res have leen o frequent and destruc
tive aa daring the laat two years. Three
disasters have indeed risen to the rank
of national misfortunes, and it is time
to do something to prevent the whole
sals destruction of property which is
constantly occurring. Tho cost to the
country of recent fires, without count
ing the great conflagrations of Chicago
and Boston, has been more than enough
to provide every city in the nation with
n sufficient and efficient fire department.
Before anything more is given up to the
flames, it would be well for every oom
munity to consider whether its means
for extinguishing Area are what they
should be.
HINTS. —Don't somplaia of the sel
fishness of the world. Deserve friends,
and you will have them. The world is
teeming with kind-hearted people, and
you have only to carry a kind, sympa
thetic heart in your own bosom to call
out goodness and friendliness from oth
ers. It is a mistake to expect to receive
welcome, hospitality, words of cheer,
and help over rugged and difficult pass
es in life, in return for osld selfishness,
which cares for nothing in the world
but self. Cultivate consideration for
tho feelings of other people, if you
would never hsve your owp injured.
Those who complain most of ill-usage
are the ones who abuse themselves and
others the oftenest.
NO. 35.
Rustless la Urba.
A dusty, aun-brtfwn stranger stalked
into one of the principal hotels early on
last evening, laid a big black valiaa,
which bad perhaps raade quit*' a smart
appearance in ita youth. carefully be
aide him, and with a hand nnaoena
tomed to public writing, aemwlad, with
great exertion, the name of Lorenzo
Smith upon the regiater.
" Will ymi bare aome anpper, Mr.
Smitii t" aaked the clerk,
"Wall, no, 1 goeaa not. - returned
the ruatie gentleman. "The folks at
home pot np a good bit of grub, and
thar'a enough left in thi* yar carpet
bag for a supper, I reckon."
The clerk ana led, and the country
man and hia corpulent carpal-bag were
shown to their room. Country was
somewhat dated at ita magnlAoenoa,
hot be waa hungry, and placing the
satchel on the centre table he draw
forth a large chunk of boiled ham,
numerous pieces of cold chicken, sev
eral enormous doughnuts, and half a
dozen hard-boiled egg*. He was about
to absorb the meagre repast into hia
starring system, when his eye caught
sight of the " rules for gneeta," tacked
upon the door. He got np and read
them aloud. He came, to the last one,
and read, " metis in room* charged
extra." He reed it again, tiua time
slowly. "Wail, 111 be danged," he
ejaculated. and turning to the table, in
an instant he had removed the ham,
doughnuts, eggs, and all into the om
nivorous carpei-aack, and in another in
stant he wa down in the office, where
he accosted the clerk with, "I aee,
stranger, yer sign np thar in my room
aaya meals in rooms charged extra."
'■ Yea," responded the clerk, who re
oogmxed the customer a few minutes
ago, "$1 extra." " Wall.lll be oon
samed, I guess the expense of a hot
meal wont be much more," end beckon
ing to a bell-boy, he called out, " hy'ar
bov, show me the way to your kitchen,"
anil in a moment later be waa in the
hands of the waiter*.— Chicago Times.
Making a Present.
A profitable mode of making presents
waa iiraoticed not long ago on the occa
sion of a golden wedding. Te gentle
men, acting on tbe suggestion of one of
their number, decided to present a SSOO
gold cap to a venerable friend byway
of signalling their interest in the fiftieth
anniversary of hia wedding day. Con
tributions of SSO from each of the gen
tlemen were promptly oollected, and
the person who proposed the thing waa
deputized to bay the cup and make the
presentation, which he did to the satis
faction of all concerned and with quite
a flourish of tramjieta. The recipient
was grateful, the donors were happy,
and the *"• reflected any amount of
lustre upon all who had to do it. But
unfortunately for the person who pro
posed and purchased and presented the
gift, tbe cup subsequently required
some little thing to be done to it, and
was sent by its owner to Mew York for
ih.t purpose. It happened that the
cup waa sent to the very store where it
was purchased, and, its interesting
storv having gone along with it, the
dieeoverr waa made that it waa only a
silver gilt article and had been pur
chased as such for SIBO. The buyer
had contributed nothing, but had pock
eted $320 out of the oonthbstioua of
hia friends.
Contagion* Disease*.
The English paper* reported a lecture
on liabilities to disease, recently de
livered by Dr. Alfred Hudson, in which
thai distinguished phvaician stated the
following ae some of the conclusion* to
which he had arrived : That liability
to xvmotic diafaao may be considered
inherent to our constitution—a law of
our nature; that this varies to degree
in different individual*, at different
times and under different circumstan
ce* ; that these circumstance* are part
ly external, or intrinsic conditions;
that both are partly preventable, and
partlv non-preventable; fifth, that
ratten* paribus liability ia least in those
in whom healthy blood, healthy tisauee,
and healthy exertion coexist, constitu
ting perfect nutrition; and that it ia
greatest in those whose blood contains
the greatest amount of the products of
waste of tbe tiasnea, and of matters to
a state of decomposition, introduced
into the circulation from without Dr.
Hudson also assert* that fatigue ia one
of the moat frequent cause* that pre
dispose to disease —this being shown
particularly to the case of soldier* who
suffer so much after long marches,
often exposed to the wont influence* of
the wratner.
A Wicked W rapes.
A man waa hanged the other day at
San Francisco, for murder with a
weapon of a peculiarly dangerous and
for a long time nature. This
is a sand club, formed by filling an eel
,kin with sand. When this instrument
was first brought into nae the authori
ties were greatly puxxled by deaths, ap
parently from violence, yet no marks
could be found on the outside of tbe
bodv. A burglar waa finally captured
with a sand club in his possession made
ont of aa eel akin stuffed with sand.
Being closely questioned, he explained
its use. When the victim ia struck, for
instance, on the head he drops insensi
ble and soon dies from congestion of
the brain. Often the skull suffers no
injury from the stroke, and if the per
son struck recovers sensibility he grad
ually relapses into a condition of id
iocy . Sometimes a man struck in the
Ikklj will lie knocked down by the
force of the blow and feel no immediate
results from it. In a few weeks, how
ever, the fleeb will begin to mortify
under the line of the blow and rot down
to the bone. Heller, the celebrated
pianist, ia supposed to have met hi*
death in Mexico from a stroke of this
diabolical weapon.
Blow all the Steam-^whistles, Ac.
An enthusiastic friend of the Ameri
can Centennial oelebration, writing to a
gentleman prominent in official circles,
makes the following suggestion ; " At
precisely 12 o'clock, noon, on the Ith of
July, 1876 (Washington time), let the
Ca, the bells, locomotive and other
I whistles, the trumpets, the drums,
the organ* and other musical instru
ments, with the tens of millions of sing
ing voices of our great land, buret forth
in sonnds of joy and praise. All the
telegraph lines Bhall be silent at the
command of the United States Govern
ment, from 11:45 to 12:15 P. M., and
then let the great battery at Washing
ton send the electric flash and click over
the vast iron maze to every city, and
town, and village of our own land, and
even to Europe, Asia, Africa and the
isles of the sea, as far the lines can at
that moment be secured, and at this
signal iustantly let the cannon thunder
forth the death-knell of oppression; let
all the mighty Bteam-whistles proclaim
the grand march of civilization amid
the Western wilda and the iales of the
sea, as well as £he city full, and the fer
tile plains, and biu the slumbering
millions of heathendom awake and join
the happy nations in singing that sub
lime invocation to praise : 'Praise God
from whom all blessings flow,' " Ac.
What ia the *aon—ran you guess
Why men are poor, and women thinner ?
Bo much do thev for dinner drees,
That nothing's left to dress for dinner.
A a collar and
WMfct® fn -m, i
The Oweleu ladies counted their age
from thrfr ttaqtefepttlbmr birth.
One half ihe *5rU OvJbt kaow how
the other half U4—nbl it is none of
their buriuseui
Oapi Joaeph ftliM WA said, died
at IhSehcStci; N. R,frerUs* effiwte of
the bite of • setter redtftsA ten years
IgOb" -1 Is
A debating soeietf in North Carolina
txi|W6oD m llwiW sidiuifti rt*tm m it)w*Mu
horse. t* 4
A watchmaker iwquiraa whether, if
aln mauling. wife,
hia inaemwite ttotflMfbbc c*Ued a
lever rarampnumt
The editor of a Iftteonri paper haa
bad engraved on its heading a huge pair
trf shear*, inscribed ffi the motto,
"We dip only the beat,"
The tycoon haa a eapihti way of en-
and political circles shall subscribe to
tbe new Japanese paper or be beheaded,
bebeatian Ucigy while #ruk was ear
rying hia four year old boy in hi*[arms
in (Sncinnatt He staggered, fell and
killed the chikL Then ramorae suggest
ed the oath, ",I
drop." ..
Another horse diM haa broken out
in Toronto, Usual*, flf m nature of
typhoid fever, which ifejsore deadly
than the epizootic. It septus that Can
ada haa an especial faculty "for origin
ating hone maladies.
Tbe Mayor of Indianapolis has de
cided that he has no legal right to com
pel drunkards to state where they buy
their liquor while under prosecution
for drunk. as they would be liabla
to conviction upon their own testi-
QI9OI, . ,
" Ah," said a moratixer, " how bean
tifu! are Nature's arrangements ! When
night comes and map wish** to sleep
the flies also go to met and cease to
trouble him." " Yea. r pfiod a cynic,
"and about lha* ,timefb#mosquitoes
wake up" ■- m-At a fid
A phjaieielh on pwpentog hi. bUI to
the executor of an estate of a deceased
psti-nt. a-LM. "Do you miah to have
iny bill sworn f" "iio. 'ugwpUod the
executor, W the death of the deceased
is sufficient evidence Ihlt Jon attended
hi® professionally. ** -* k
At tbe Cork Asians 3m Ireland in
July then was nota aimjkpmoner for
trial Tbe High Sheriff said it waa tbe
first maiden aasiae on the annals of tbe
cite. The Judge, Bezo*
coired the pair of white gloves usually
presented to the Judge w hen the crixni
nal calendar is clear. * •
Tim Chicago JMImM bat been re
viewing the Chicago Lur etery. It finds
in 1tj33,0W nam**, fioto which It
rmkooa thpl tbe population of Chicago
is 465,745. Ihew pre ig4tenumerated
209 churcbea, 121 schools, colleges, and
other inatftutions ' *P*na*iiiiiiii. _ 272
lodges a"l miwifiiw. sad 1.672 Smiths.
A contractor I'l 'll JNIt ,n
twentv veara experience in Boston,
knew workmen, " good end true," so
scarce an now. He pid get plenty
that were willing and anxious to draw
their pay, but to Ac< ta honest day's .
work, tbev could ottfeafaond in any
number. * Mechanic*, artisans, and la
borers cannot be had at any price.
If there is a virtue m a newspaper
man, it ia coui iiiswam. "Therefore wu
regard with admiration the people who
have had to do with the Ida County
(low*) Pioneer. That organ of jmbho
Zimon havingchangod lianda, w. P.
ana's vah dictory consisted of ona
word; "Good night," and John Tail's
salntatory waa simply, " Good-mor
ning. "
Two pons of DsrH Kendall, a highly
respected ratteen of Henry county,
Tcnm, aged II J>d 22 vcara, were
drowned to West Lake while bathing.
One of the yoeiig men; who could not
swim, got into deep, water, and his
brother, in attempting to sere h:m, waa
clutched in his ermr and drawn down.
A third brothee, in attempting to aave
them, narrowly escaped the eame fate.
A green voung man, who was working
for a farmer aa "hired raw," felt him
self slighted when the girls of the
neighborhdhd had a party to which they
did not invite him. After sulking about
for several days, he finally hit upon a
mod* of teveoge, and aaui to hia em
pk ver's daughter, " You can tell the
gals that Fin a-gotu* to have a party of
my earn, and 1 won't invite nobody."
Seven hundred Chicago newsboys
and bootblacks were picnicked recently-.
And the manager did tbe thing sensi
bly, too, for iatoetd of boring them
about their dirty feees at their morals,
a couple of lively young ladies who
were interested to Mm charity sang
" Down in a Goal Mine," " When the
Band begins to Play," mad kindred dit
ties, to which the boys joined vocife
rously, and they never enjoyed anything
so much to their liven.
Wasn't this a plea sent thing for poor
Porter Pierce of South pert, Me.? He
ia away in hia schooner fishing, leaving
two men to get to bis My, and they
have got. it in with s-Weegssmce, though
there is no hay in the barn now, because
they would smoke their pipes there. It
never rains wib .mt ik smdipt, The in
surance n the property, valued at $2,-
000, ran out a few daya since. Prob
ably Pierce, upon Ma fUtrn, will ex
press himself strongly upon the smok
ing question.
Of all the odd deaths in the world
this reported from India is Certainly th
oddest. A native, white patching fish
| in a tank, put the head pi one in his
mouth and bit H, as the fifth was rather
trcubleeouMufu the matter of wriggling.
Suddenly one of the ahazn joints in the
hack fin stack in his hand p. he opened
bis mouth to rail for help,rand the fish
giving a quick plunge jumped down his
throat, and there firmly stuck. It waa
only taken out, and %lahall pieoea,
after he had been eewtodNto the hoe
pitaL Ha waa ao xhSted that he
died as soon aa it waa removed.
An Engine Co. of k NT I * York town,
a few days ago, fdreea parade.
They all wore 25-ceatgUted caps aa
oniform. Alter arranging their separa
tes to ftont of the twenty* aix liquor
saloons of the place, thcar went to the
river to have a squirt. They squirted
their hose full of boles', ji?threw it in
to tbe creek. Their next jWploit waa to
draw their engine into the liver to wash
it. Having finished this Tun, they had
all they conld do to get AM themselves,
leaving the apparatus there. Each
brave fireman found his. w*y home be
fore daybreak the next npnung.
The editor of the Leaf, •
newspaper to Clark*viiK Tpnneeaee, in
response to a toaat of tip press said:
" Gentlemen the—the press. The preea
—l* said, thO' pica** (cheers]. The
mill, as I remarked—laughter] —the
mill—and by the milll mean the flour
ing mill—is the great dvffiter and dis
tributor of the staff of lifus-t The press
and the mill—the mill and the press
gentlemen—[great applanse}—the mill
and the press stand, m to pe*k—stand
to intimate juxtapoakion,, r p4which the
mill sustains most intimate relations to
the press, while both ajflftductiTe of
indiscriminate [Great ap
plause]. I
A fish Story.
The Rutland (Vt) JhTttld is respon
sible for these assrafiSOtor "An old
resident of Qastleton, who |ges to the
vicinity of Bomoseen Lake, yae recent
ly fiabicg in the lake, being anchored
bnt a few rods from chore, wien he had
a most extraordinary * bit# trad take' at
the end of hia line and hook. With an
unlimited amount of exertion he pulled
np—a foar-gallon jug, wit* something
inside tugging at the line. Upon break
ing the jug a three-pound pickerel waa
found. Tne probabilities are, that the
fish, in hia early ' fiahhood,' being of a
philosophical torn of mincL or being
out on a * little time,' in search of some
thing to make his heart happy, had en
tered his jug,, and being, ample to get
out, had remained there ever since, till
he had attained his present weight and
aa t. "