The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, March 05, 1874, Image 1

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    Plant a Homo,
Tonnft bop'rinsr* ia Ufa's morning
Pont forgot th ruiny day ;
Sunshine cannot last forever.
Or the heart bo a) ware W-
Rare the dime, and than tha dollar.
Lay up something a* von roam
Choose noma blooming *j>ot of beauty,
Some fair lot, and. " plan: a home "
You. too. having hobos around yon.
Coming up to take your place ;
Give them something to remember
Homestead memories let them trace
Would you feel the pnde of manhood.
Let the sun yw dwelling greet
Breath the blessed air of freeeota.
Own the soil beneath yeui feet
If I could send to distant seas.
With spreading sails and kindly hree.-e.
The ahi|w my fancy builds at ease
If I could rear without the strain
And sweat that comes of loss and gain.
The castles 1 would have in S|vain
If I could lay all sin aside.
And take the Ssvtor as my guide.
And have no other rale beside
If I could win a deathless name.
Ami catch a bauble men call fame.
And never know the sting of blame
If cruel gain came not by stealth.
Across the current of my heellh.
To taint the life blood's previous wealth
If I could claim the good and great.
Whose fellowship is rich estate
And feel thetr friendly correlate-
Then life would pay its simple cost.
And hope end fame would not be tost.
I'pou Time's ocean tempest-tossed
But man hath rarva and toil hath stings.
And riches take npon them wuige.
And labor only honor brings.
Alas! my shifw tie ou the strand.
My castles tu the Spanish laud.
Ate built of rainbows cm the sand.
The eyes of my Froderiea were as
hjtie AS "the sky, of as the sash that
bound her ahm waist : her complexioc
was of lily purity; her lips were as
roeebuds bursting into flower; her hair
was the yellow gold of flax, intertwined
with floes silk. I odl her my Frederica
by a sort of poetical license and in
right of my love for her. She was, in
troth, at this time, the Frederics of the
Herr Professor Vanderguoht, the snb
rector of the university, for she was
his daughter; and afterwards she be
came the Frederica of another. Still I
ventured to call her mine—absurd as it
may seem. I even call her mine now.
I was christened Hans, which showed,
perhaps, that my family did not ex neet
groat things of me; for Hans has,
somehow, come to signify a foolish sort
of fellow all the world over. " Hans
is slow, but he is sore," my father was
wont to say of me. Slow? very likely.
But sure. How, and of what ?
1 did not distinguish myself as a stu
dent. I drank much beer and smoked
many pipes, and, as mementoes of my
Bursehen life, I still carry abont with
me a scar on my cranium, which will
stand forth exposed unpleasantly when
I have grown bald, and an ugly seani
across my left cheek, the result of n
badly-stitched sabre cut. I did not
fight duels because I liked fighting, but
because I could not well avoid it
Frederica had let fall, now her kerchief,
now her bouquet In my haste to
gather up and restore these treasures I
brushed abruptly against a fellow-stu
dent By mischance I even trod upon
his toes." His feet were tender; his
laaguage violent Combat and blood
shed became unavoidable. He escaped
without a hurt. I was lees fortunate.
It was owned, however, that I had com-
ported myself becomingly.
I met my Frederica only now and
then at the soirees and the receptions
of the Herr Professor, her father.
Did she know of mv love ? Yes ; if
she could read my glances, though, I
admit, I have known eyea more expres
sive than my own, which are, indeed,
of faint color and feeble power, needing
help from concave glasses. Yes ; if
she could penetrate my thoughts or di
vine my dreams. Otherwise she would
be less* informed upon the subject.
For I could uot precipitate my love
into words. My Frederica did not in
vite speech or indulge therein herself.
She was too beautiful to have need of
language ; she was a poem in herself.
It was sufficient to look tipon her. To
address her, or to hope to hear her,
weald hare been outrageous presump
tion. So I he'd. I hare heard her
silence imputed to her an a fault But
of what sinful tolly will not some be
guilty? Tiers ire men who would
Fiave the Venus of Medici s fitted with
the apparatus of a German doll, and
made, upon pressure in the ribs, to
speak, "Pa-pa," "Ma-ma."
When I went to England I promised,
to myself, that I would never forget
Frederics. I planned to return some
day and make her mine ; meanwhile I
would grow rich, At present I was
very fll supplied with money. My
father ooold spare me none—his own
wants were more than he could com
fortably meet He bestowed upon me
his blessing, however—all he had to
give. I received it gratefully, if not
without a wish that it had been a more
marketable commodity.
I had resolved to become a famous
painter, or rather, I should say a
wealthy one. I knew that England, if
she gives artists nothing else, gives
* them money, at any rate. Perhaps thst
is all they really require of her.
I found myself in London, the tenant
of a garret* which served me for a
studio, sitting-room, bed-chamber—all.
I had made the acquaintance of a little
gronp of fellow artists assembling at n
cheap cafe —half Swiss, half German—
in the Soho district. They were Eng
lish, with a Frenchman among them,
whose name was Alphonse, I think, or
Adolphe ;I am not sure which. But
when a Frenchman is not Alphonse, l e
is usually Adolphe.
They made me welcome, and were of
service to me. One of them kindly in
troduced me to his pawnbroker, from
Tvnom I derived much useful assistance;
though, the more I sought his aid, the
more my wardrobe diminished. But
lost could not be helped. I had to live.
We talked, and played dominoes, and
smoked—the Englishmen, cigars ; the
Frenchmen, cigarettes ; I, my pipe with
the china bowl, plated lid, ana worsted
tassels. They were kind to me, al
though they found me laughable, with
my long hair, my spectacles, and my
bad English. I aid not mind. Indeed
I did not understand them. Jokes as a
rule are always thrown away upon me.
As I have said, I am slow.
Of my art I soon discovered they did
not think highly. I had brought with
me from Germany a large unfinished
picture. It waa illustrative of a scene
in the Minna Von Barnlielm of Leasing.
I was informed to my chagrin that
I/easing was almost unknown in Eng
land, and that my labor accordingly had
been wasted.
I had been prond and bopefnl of my
picture, though I can admit now that it
was a crude and clumsy performance.
My friends criticised it very freely—
they grew derisive over it. I thought
IslpJbard, because the work had really
cWtTHe much. Thavenot a ready hand.
I eoukl newer design my adroitness.
Far one stroke that is correct I execute
sfx that are all wrong; so my canvas
comes to have a muddled blundering
look. lam myself shocked at its ugli
ness. Yet I usually—with obstinate
♦oil and severe persistency—get things
right at last.
My friends had quick eves and dex
terous hands—they sketched with sur
prising facility snd vivid effect. Al
phonse, as I will call liim, was in his way
especially gifted. He could design as
deftly as lie oould twist up a cigarette,
or twist the end of his mustache into
3 pin points. A few movements of his
pencil and the thing was done. Mnch
more than this I think he could not ac
complish. Me was true to his origin ;
he WM of a nation of aketchera—great
FHKD. KT' HTZ, Ivlitor ami Proprietor.
at beginning, leaving completeness and
achievement tvi others tho Germans
j let a say.
He grained wickedly, aeoffiugly at uiy
" My poor Huns," said an English
man, "kindly he has grown famous
aiote, I am glay to say, for he was a
♦rue artist -"thia wtll not do, Turn
Minna Von Harnhebv. to the wall. Thut'a
'my advice. Paint something smaller,
simpler, or you will stand no ohaucc
with the dealers."
When we were alone, he proffered me
help from his purse- -though it was but
poorlv furnished, and he was, 1 knew,
l in debt. I would not "borrow of him ;
but I thanked him till my voice failed
me, and I could not see for my tears.
1 had by this time quite a pack of
pawn tickets. I was subsisting, like a
moth, ou my clothes. A coat lasted me
a week, a waistcoat throe days, am! so
on. llut soon I should have nothing
' more to pledge, and then ?
I was very miserable. I could see
suspicion aud mistrust ou the face of
my landlady, printed in deeper and
pfaiuer lines every day. She was afraid
of losing her rent. She told me 1 must
give up my garret, and find another
home. Where ? lu the street—or the
Thames ?
I tried to live on as little as possible.
I went out every day for an hour or so,
that my landladv might think 1 was
dining." I walked hither aud thither,
in retired streets, furtively devouring
a penny loaf of bread—it was all 1 coulu
afford." Then I returned, effecting a
light step, singing or whistling;, with
the air of one refreshed and in good
j spirits. But I was an indifferent actor.
Was she duped, that landlady, I won
der? Perhaps. My stomach was not,
I know. There was uo deceiving that.
What comfort was left me ? Only my
pipe and my love for Frederics. Aud
presently my pipe had to go—round
the corner. "My love, not being nego
tiable, alone remained.
I tried to paint—something, any
thing, a sketch, a study, that would
bring money to bny food with. My
i English friend set up su easel for me ip
his studio. He had models coming to
him : surely loould do something with
them ? Here was a Mulatto, of superb
contour, muscular, sinewy, nobly pro-
I portioned, a Hercules in bronar. Here
!h lovely English girl, a bouquet of
bright colors, roses and Lliee, violets
and gold. Here a Spanish gipsy, with
blue-black hair, flashing eyes, ivory
teeth, and cheeks like russet apples, j
flushed with sunset.
It was in vain. My heavy heart
weighed down my hand. It was dnller,
more awkward, and inert than ever. I
conld do nothing.
I retreated to my garret. I flung
myself upon my truekle bed: not to
1 sleep, but to torture myself with fears,
memories, dr .-ams, my head burning,
my brain disordered.
Dnsk came, and then night The
' moon-rays flooded the room, to fade
gradually into the yellow twilight of
the morning. Another day was dawn
ing to find me more wretched and for
lorn and destitute than ever. I could
not rise. I lay upon mv bed, dressed
as I was, thinking—thinking—in a con
fused, fevered way; not of the future—
' I did not dare do "that—bnt of the past
and the miserable, most miserable pres
ent. And, now and then, the name of
i Frederics broke from my lips.
Suddenly there came the Bound of
| some one moving in my stndio. I start
ed—l roused mysell. It was morning,
i A figure stood upon the little throne
j fronting the easel.
Frederics !
She was clothed in fluent draperies of
white; her flaxen hair streamed, a very
mantle, over her shoulders; her bine
eyes were turned heavenward; her slen
der alabaster hands were crossed upon
her bosom. She was a Haint— an angel! j
The Frederic® of my dreams, my hoj>es,
mv love, was posing before me '
I flew to my palette and brashes and
set to work. I sketched with a facility
1 and rapidity I had never before aud
have never "since accomplished. I toiled
on like one inspired. I trembled with
eagerness. I conld bear my heart beat;
. Ore seemed to be couraing through my j
j veins. A picture was growing under
my hands- a picture to be proud of. I
, dreaded each moment that the vision '
j would vanish.
But he remained—motionless as
ever—with the same rapid air. divinely
> bountiful. Khe spoke no word; nor did
I address her. I dreaded that speech
might dissolve the spclL My blessed
Fred erica !
I had been thus engaged some honrs;
my task was nearly completed. For a
moment 1 paused to breathe freely, and
to close and rest my burning eyes. I
was faint and sick with fatigue and ex
citement Yes, and with hunger; I had
not tasted food for twenty-fonr honrs
and more.
When I turned again to look at Fred
erics, she had departed ! All was over.
It was a dream, perhaps; bnt I hail pro
duced a picture. My strength failed
i me, and I sank helplessly upon the floor
of my stndio.
Presently consciousness returned to
me. I found my English friend aud
Alplionse beside me. They were in
specting my portrait of Frederics; for
it was s portrait, althongh of that fact
they had ro suspicion.
"Come, cheer np, Hans," said the
Englishman. "This will do. This is
by no means bad, don't yon know?"
• "C'cst mngoiflqne," said Alphonsc.
" Voila un artiste aui peint de chic!"
He was pale with envy, it seemed to
me. The picture was far beyond any
thing he conld execute. Of that I felt
assured. And he was jealous. I dis
liked him ; that's the plain truth. And
he did not like me. It may be that wo
did not understand each other.
I lost sight of him soon afterwards.
Many years elapsed before I heard what
bad become of hint. He was shot in the
late war, it apperaed. He had taken
arms for his native land, and perished
in an affair of outposts nesr Tnionville
—not a regular battle, bnt a mere sketch
of one. Bo far, be had )>een faithful to
himself to the last. He never had to
do with anything beyond sketches. He
oonld complete nothing—not even his
lire. That was bnt a fragment—an out
line never filled in. Bnt I.digress.
The Englishman sentout for beer and
bread ana meat. He said cheering
words, patting me on the back ; he sat
with me while I ate ravenously, like a
wolf. I ceased to tremble; I grew warm
and comfortable. Then he took away
my painting. He returned later in the
day, bringing me money for it. He
had sold it advantageously to a dealer
of his acquaintance. I was happy and
hopeful once more. And, forthwith, I
took my pipe out of pawn.
My lnck bad turned. Thenceforward
I prospered—not too Bnddenly, or in an
extraordinary measure, but after a
gradual and modest fashion. I was
content if I could but earn a suhatence;
and this came to be more and mors a
matter of certainty with me. I was en
abled to sell my pictures, upon terms
that were moderate, but still sufficient.
Only I could produce but few pictures ;
not that I lacked industry, for indeed I
labored incessantly ; but my constitu
tional slowness could not be wholly
overcome. In time there arose a cer
tain Bteady demand for my works. I
was not famous, but I was succeeding.
I had even sold at last my illustration
of the scene in Lessing's Minna Von
Barnnelm; and for a considerable price.
I All this had occupied some time,
however. Y'ears, indeed, hail passed ;
! for it is only very rarely that a name
I can be made in a day ; and, then, it is
never such a usuie as Hans. 1 had
worked on steadily without quitting
London ; but I had removed from mv
garret studio to more convenient and
seemly premises. I was growing gray,
and a look of age had come into my
' face. My figure was less erect than it
had been, and was tending to uugrace
fuluess of contour. All my waistcoats
had been enlarged. I was, indeed,
' portly, from driukmg English beer, or
from age aud success, continued with
constitutional inclining*.
I had not forgotten my Frederics.
Certainly not. Hilt no suoh vision of
her as I have described had again visit
ed me. It was in my dire need that
she had come to me; but my time of
need was over. Still, she was often in
my thoughts. Often I resolved to return
to Germany, seek her out, and entreat
, her to bo tnino. I will go, 1 said, when
, I hsve saved so much money ; when I
have completed this picture or that.
Still I did not move. Mv uatuaal slow
ness hindered me ; and t postponed mv
departure from time to time. Yet 1 had
fsirlv sttaiued the end of mv coming to
England. I was generally recognised
to be a successful painter in my j>e
ottliar and, jmrhaps, narrow path of art.
1 was rich enough now both to love
aud to marry. Formerly I could only
afford to love—an inexpensive pursuit
as I had conducted it.
At length I war constrained to go ;
for ne'ws reached mo from Gertuauy of
the serious illness of my father. The
poor old " man was dying, I was
told. Alas ! 1 arrived at hi* bedside
only in time to close his eyes. Then 1
commenced my quest of the Fraulein
It was with difficulty I could obtain
anv tidings of her. There was a new
snl>-rector at the university. The llerr
Professor Yandergncht wus no more.
He was almost forgotten.
Presently came news; but what
news ! I was doomed to hear that my
Froderiea had become the wife of Hcrr
Sehnelieu, of the firm of Eiaendeeken
A Scbnellett, merchants of Hamburg,
trading largely iu traiu oil. hides, and
colonial produce.
I sought out Herr Sohuellen, for I
was determined that 1 would not quit
Germany until I had seen once mure
mv first and onlv love.
Herr : chnellen was an elderly gentle
man, portly and bald, with very stiff
collar* ; bnt his manners were gracious.
I introduced myself to him, informing
him that I had once enjoyed the ac
quaintance of his wife when she was
Frauletu Frederics, only daughter of
the Herr Professor of my university.
"A long time ago, rnein Herr." he said
with s laugh. "She wa.* beautiful then."
" Wonderfully beautifuL"
" One forgot Ler infirmity ; at least,
I did." And he sighed.
What infirmity ? I did not dare to
ask. Had Frederics a temper ? Well,
it wa* to bo excused ; she was the wife
of Herr Sohuellen.
He invited the to bis house. He led
me into s spacious apartment hand
somelv furnished.
My Frederics! It wa* difficult to
recognize her iu the rotund lady, rubi
cund, white-haired, short-of-neck, and
redundautly supplied with chins, who
sat huddled in an eaaj chair bv the
stove, with a crowd of chubby children
of both sexes and various ages gathered
about her. Bhe was regaling them
with "thjek milk"—a mess of aonr
eream, sugared, and mixed with bread
crumbs. Y'es ; it must be she, and no
other. I suppressed my amazement as
best I could, and advanced toward* her,
bowing with my utmost politeness,
when there suddenly occurred sn alarm
ing noise in the street without, a deto
nation—a violent explosion that shook
the house to its very foundation.
"Ah ! 1 had forgotten," said Herr
Schnellen. "We must open the win
dows, or we shall have every pane of
glass broken. Yon have sot hoard the
1 news t"
" What news ? "
" Paris has fallen. They are firing the
salute in celebration of thegreat event"
Another roar from the guns.
" Come in," said Froderiea, quietlv,
as though in answer to some one lightly
tapping at the door.
" Bhe bears I" cried Herr Schnellen,
with a gratified sir. " You perceive
that Froderiea is not so deaf as people
have said."
" You have forgotten, mein her.
Froderiea was held to be almost stone
deaf in ber yonth."
No wonder that in addition to her
other charms she had possessed that of
silence—that her reposo of manner had
been so supreme—tha! r !:r !i id shrunk
from being Iroabled with sj>eeehes, of
which she could not hear one word !
" It makes her very quiet," said Herr
Schnellen. " But that is not, in it wife,
such a drawback as yon may think."
There was a slate before her, which
wa* employed, it appeared, as a means
of conversation. Bhe was ir. formed, by
its means, concerning mo. Bnt it was
clear thst she did not entertain the
slightest recollection of me. There
were so many students nnder the Herr
Professor, her father, she explained.
And so rasnv of them were named
Hans. And they were all yonng;
whereas I—bnt this she did not add—
wok middle-aged, to say the least of it.
Little more than this passed at our
I took my leave, depressed and dis
turbed as to tho present, but not as to
the past; that could not be. I did not
love the wife of Herr Schnellen. I am
a moral character. Bat still I loved the
Frederics who, though lost, was yet
contained in the stout form of that mat
ron lady, Fran Schnellen, like a sov
ereign secreted in a loaf of bread, or
the needle in the bottle of hay of the
English proverb. It was true that my
Frederica oonhl not now be parted from
the envelope which so substantialized
and magnified her. That was a misfor
tune I had to endure as best I conld.
Altogether, I bore it pretty well.
Mine was still the ethereal Frederica.
Herr'Behnellon's the more materinl-I
may even say the very material -Fred
erica, from whom all ethereal properties
had completely evaporated. Mine had
been the spell; the disenchantment,
possibly, Her Bchnellen's.
Bhe never knew of my love. I am not
sure that she was ever thoroughly awaro
of my existence. But whut did it mat
ter? The genuineness of my passion
was not thereby affected. The votary's
offerings may not be received ; his
adoration may l-e unrequited. Htill,
his sincerity remains unquestionable—
it may even'be the more sublime.
My love was a dream, almost a folly ;
but not entirely so, for, remember, it
sustained me in un hoar of sore tronble,
it was attended with solid advantages.
To it I owed suoh Hnccesfl as f have ob
tained ; and, moreover, it oolored and
influenced my life, weaving into ite tex
ture a threat! of gold. It was romance
—it was poetry, to my thinking ; and
have not these value, however seeming
ly fond and fntile, vague of purpose,
and vain of result ?
I should liavfe sought her sooner ? It
msy be so. Perhaps things happened
for the best. I still call her ray Fred
erica, thinking of her ever as she was
in my Bursohen days —as she appeared
in that vision in my Btndio, when she
like an angel released me from despair
and destitution, and led me back to life
and well-being.
1 returned to Lotidou to uiy art and
to my pipe. Art, at any rate, is alwsys
faithful; and, perhaps, to one of uiy
years, a pt(o is the l*st of wives. It is
silent as Frederics ; but what comfort
it exhales! how it tnar* with one ! how
it even encourages one's dreaming*, and
lto|Ms, and lligl tsof faucy! How coin
pauiouable ! how enduring ! how con
soling ! Aud it nevur disagrees with
one ; unless, of course, it is very much
lie keeps a Horse and Carriage.
The man across the way, says the
Danbury AVica, has a horse and carri
age. We have none. Three sadder
words we never saw. The man across
the way drives gaily forth every
pleasaut afternoon with his wife beside
him. And we envy him aud can't help
it. There are others of the neighbors
who envy hint, and conld we read each
other's hearts we would find that our
thoughts were following the lucky
horseman iu hia various turns about
town, in his cantering here and trot
tiug there, and in the shine of hi* car
riage and the proud bearing of his
horse. Hut if it is a sadness to see him
drive away, there is a pleasure in see
ing him come Itack. For it is dark
when he returns, the sunshine is gone,
and iu its stead i* darkness with frost
iu it. He smiled complacently when
lie handed his wife iuto the carriage,
but he doesn't smile when he hands
her out. Perhaps the ojh* ration re
quires so much care and attention that
it would not be right to smile. We
know his nose is red because we can
sec it aa he drives by the lamp. We
know that his feet are frigid and that
his legs are a*leej>, bv the way he gets
down to the ground. *We are ls*giuniug
to see how wrong it is to envy our fel
low-msn. He looks at her as she rims
into the nouse and iuto the arms of the
genial base-burner, and gloomily won
ders why heaven so favors her above
him. He stumbles paiulully along to
the stable with the horse, which he
now thoroughly doepisea, rambling be
hind him. Ilia hands an* so numb he
can hardly undo the fastenings of the
door; hi's leg* have awakened, and
appear to be reproaching him ; his eyes
arc full of water, and his sou! overflow
ing with discontent. No harness was
before so difficult to remove as is
this. He feels the wrath bubbling up
to tho highest water-mark, and he
could scream out—he is so mad. We
are seeing now how'wicked it is to enTy
our fellow man. He hears footsteps ou
the sidewalk, and see* the flash of
warm light shoot out into the cold air
as the various neighbors, having re
turned fr>m their work.t ud having no
horse, disappear hastily within, and
take with them the bright, cheerful
light. He gets the horse in the door,
and starts to look up the lantern. Ue
humps various parts of his anatomy
against articles it is too dark to learn
the nature of. He would cry out in his
pain and misery were he not owed by
the astonishing profusion of the things
he is falling over. He gives up the
lantern and null* off the harness to
hang it np. The straps dangle down
and get nnder his feet, and trip him,
and the impatient animal suddenly* into the stall Itefure it is fully un
dressed. Then there is another search
for the lantern, and during it he rap*
hia head against a beam, and the blow
is so violent thst it stirs up every one
of his ideas, including the one which
tells him thst the lantern wa* taken
into the house hud night to be cleaned.
He stumbles back over the frown clods
aud into the honse, where the bright
light and warm air render him more
gloomy and morose. He vouchsafes
uo information to the appropriate
querv from his wife if it wa* cold ont,
but darkly hints of impending retribu
tion to whoever doesn't quit fooling
with that lantern; and thou stalks back
to the stable. And there for tho next
fifteen mmntss he employs himself in
arranging the bedding, mixing the
feed, aud pondering on the advantage
he has over his neighbors in having s
horse and carriage of his own, to go
where he pleases, and come when ho—
it is dark.
New York Potter's Field.
The burial pits in the New Y'ork Pot
ter's field are deep excavations (the
average depth is about ten feet), as may
be inferred, and extend almost lelow
low-water mark on Hart's Island. When
the Fidelity brings a load of bodies
from the city, they arc taken to the
gronnd atul laid side by side in the pit.
Titers is no indecency about the treat
ment of the bodies, aud the handling is
careful and orderly. A coffin may burst
open now and then, and its frightful
contents—for death is frightful at all
times, and under such circumstances
doubly so—tnrnblc out, bnt the mishap
is soon rectified, and the burial proceeds
as if nothing hjpl happened. A* a boat
load of coffins is placed in the pit they
are covered with earth, not six feet in
depth, bnt in winter, six inches. In
summer, for protection, however, the
covering is put on mncli thicker. It is_
never very heavy, as economy of space
is the rale st all seasons. The superin
tendent of those pita has marked every
coffin pnt in them since Hart's Island
has been used aa a Potter's Field. He
is a German, and appears to be perfect
ly st home in the loathsome business,
for it certainly is loathsome in summer,
if not at all times. In these pita the
burials are promiscuous—white and
block, men, women and children art
laid side by side.
For the benefit of the poor who desire
it, single graves can In- purchased for
the moderate price of three dollars.
These graves are numbered and the
sum nsmod covers all expenses. Some
times bodies which aro expected to be
reclaimed are given scpuiate interment,
bnt if tho reclamation is not made
within a reasonable period they are
rcmovod to the general place of sepul
A Curioos Lake.
One of onr New England exchanges
relates the following: "A body of
wnter, said to cover an area of two
acres or more, has just been discovered
on the top of one of tlio mountains in
Olateubnry. Borne of the oldest inhab
itants say that many years ago it was
known to be there and was called the
' Lost Pond,' and that one day Stephen
Fratt, then of Bennington, Yt, and two
other gentlemen were roaming ultout in
the then semingly interminable forests,
trapping. Happening to have hooks
and lines in their pockets they deter
mined to see if there wasn't some trout
in the small brook which they came
across. After getting everything in
readiness they threw their hooks into
the little brook, and to their amazement,
as they afterwards expressed it them
selves, •it was filled with trout!' They
fished along up the stream a few rods,
and to their utter astonishment, came
to the pond above mentioned. There
they said tho trout ' took hold too fast
for sport!' They caught more than
they could bring home through the
v..>ods, and were consequently obliged
to 1-ave some, but with u determination
that they would visit the pond the next
day. After a long march they finully
reached the road to town, where they
had left their team, hut greatly fatigued.
Thoy traveled all the next day, but
could not find the pond, and it has not
been discovered until now."
The Ho)at Bethllng.
Hum llie llritlal I'alr !!titt<l.
A close observer ! the marriage cere
mony in the English chapel, Bt. Peters
t burg, liy which the Duke of Kdiubttrg
aud the Grand Duchess Marie were
united according to the Anglican rite,
seiitla the following account to the Lou
don Ihtily A Vie* :
"Dean (Stanley began the exhortation
in n loud voice, which, on account of
hoaraeneMf, he was soon forced to aban
don. As the ceremony proceeded the
Duke seemed rather nervous, hut look
ed pretty steadily at Dean Stanley ;
while the Grand Duches* cast her eyes
down now at the carpet, now at the
bouquet that she carried- and regarded
the Dean closely only during the usual
interrogatories. In giving the vow,
i the Duke answered in a very loud
voice,'! will,'which was audible all
over the church. When Dean Stanley
j asked, ' Who giveth this woman?' he
looked significantly at the Emperor,
1 who simply bowed. In giviug her troth
the Grand Duchess repeated the words
after the clergymsu in a clear, sndiblc
voice, and with excellent pronunciation.
" The presentation of the ring was
not effected without some embarrass
mint. The Duke received the ring
frotu Prince Arthur, and passed it to
Dean Stanley, who looked at it with the
eye of a connoisseur, and then returned
it to the bridegroom. The Duke waa
somewhat embarrassed by the Prayer
Hook which he held, and tried to hand
it to the train-bearer behind. That
functionary, apparently not understand
ing what was required of him, did uoi
take the proffered gift The Grand
Duchess, who was waiting, then offered
to take the volume, but the Duke final
ly mastered the difficulty, aud grace
fully slipped the ring on trie outstretch
ed finger. The Dean-joined the hands
of the bride and bridegroom with a
great* deal of emphasis, and held then)
presflhd together longer than is cus
tomary, but not even this triple union
of hands prevented them from shaking
with very obvious agitation. Instead
of the usual exhortation at the end of
i the sertiee, a special prayer waa substi
tuted, the felicitous language and sen
timents of which left no donbt about
' its author. The Dean delivered the
prayer in a very impressive manner,
though he somewhat marred the effect
by trying tu raise his voioe too high.
"At the conclusion of the ceremony
the bridal pair turned round to receive
the salutations of the Km press, who
; hail lx-en standing with difficulty, and
who looked very pale and feeble. She
embraced her daughter, and gave her a
long kiss. At this moment guns from
the fortress bellowed forth their more
iKiisterous greeting, and the splendid
Russian bells shook a hundred spire*.
"Slowly and solemnly the cortege
' took tip "once more its march. The
: bride looked pleased that the long oerr
i monia! was over, and both she and the
Duke of Edinburgh walked out of the
hall with a quicker and more elastic
i step."
Expense* of the Failed States.
Mr. Dawea, of MaaaachuaetU, in his
report in the House on the currency
question, said the expenditures for the
last an year* were as follows : In 18GS),
£112,010.000; tn 1070. $3o9,000,000; in
1871, 5232,000,000 ; in 1872,8277,000,-
000 ; iri 1873, $£*,000,000; and in the
present, fiscal year of 1878-9, £119,052,-
644. lu 1670 the expenditures had
l-een reduced to £109,000,000, while
$106,000,000 of the public debt had
been paid. In I*7l the expenditures
ill l-een reduced to $292,1W0.000, and
£>4,000,000 of the public debt had been
paid. In 1872 the expenditures had
l-een reduced to $277,000,000, and $99,-
OOO.OOOof the publiedebt had l-een paid.
In 1873 the expenditures had rau up to
$290,000,000, and only $43,000.0000f the
public debt had been paid. This year
the expenditure# would be§819,000,000,
without paying one dollar of tl|g pub
lie debt.
He compared the expenses for collect
ing the Customs from 1860 to 1873, giv
ing the folloxring figures: 1866, $4,-
200,000; 1967, $1,590,000; 1868, $-.-
614,000; 1869, $6,256,000; 1870, $6,-
448,000; 1871, $6,452,000; 1872, $6,-
174.000, and 187J, $8,237,000.
The receipts ol the first seven month*
of the fiscal year 1872 3, compared with
the corresponding months of 1873-4,
were as follows :
For 1*72-3 -CnSona *111.000.000
Internal Revenue 67.000.000
Total *I7S,MS.7S4
For 1873-* —Cni4all .*93.000,000
Internal Revenue 67,000,000
Total *160,6X7.0M
—showing s falliug off in the receipts
of the present year from those of last
vear of $28,315, <O2.
The comparison of receipts for tho
last five months of the last fiscal year
with the estimated receipts for tho
coming five months of this fiscal year,
were aa follows :
]073-3 Receipt* of last five month*. *127.000.000
1 *73-4 Fstimatcd recoipts for the
next five mouth* 116,000.000
—making a (ailing aff in that period of
A Singular I ate.
In the range of mountains in West
ern North Carolina, known aa the "Fox
Range," a most singular phenomenon
exists. It is a " breathing cave." In
the summer mouths a current of air
comes from it so strongly that a person
can't walk against it, while in winter
the suction is just us great. The cc-ol
Air from the mountain in tho summer is
felt for miles, in a direct line from the
mouth of the cave. At times a most nu
pleosant odor is emitted upon the cur
rent from dead carcasses of animals
sucked iu and killed by the violeuce.
The loss of cattle and stock in that sec
tion iu winter is accounted for in this
way: They range too near the mouth
of the cave, and Ihe current carries them
in. At times, when the change from
inhalation to exhalation begins, the air
is filled with various hairs of animals >
not unfreqneutly bones iukl whole ckr
casses aro found miles from the place.
The air haR been known to change ma
terially in temperature during exhala
tion from quite cool to unpleasantly
hot, withering vegetation within reach,
and accompanied by a terrible roaring,
gurgling sound, as a pot boiling. It is
unaccounted for by scientific men who
have examined it, though no explora
tion can take place It is feared bv
many that a volcanic eruption may break
forth there some time. Such things
liave occurred in places as little unex
The customary talk is about every
body's " assets." But tho mercantile
acceptation of the word does not in
e ude many tilings, the value of which
is all the greater, because tjiey cannot
be seized for debt; nor can tliey be
counted among the effects of men who
are unhappily forced iuto the declara
tion of bankruptcy. These " assets,"
available to the debtor after he lias sur
rendered everything else, and available
to the solvent man as well, include sundry
valuables not quoted in tho market—
Bucb as health, industry, and temper
ance. The theme of this article is
one which seldom has its due accorded
to it. It is the wealth of leisure in the
long winter evenings.
A Mrangrly f Had Htory,
A I.Httr Ulrl Huns •Kit by a
Uur a l>r-A luttl lu aw* Chapter.
The nisy be seen in sn up-town mil
linery store hero, ssys s New Y'ork cor
respondent, a pale aud sad-facial
woman, who, if any strauger givea her
a second glance, bends over her work
Slid seeks to hide her awfully mutilated
The forehead la crushed iuto her
head fully two inches deep, the bone of
the uoae ha* leen hideously broken,
and one ear project* from her hair in
the neighborhood of the organs of be
nevolence aud veneration.
The duties of the little eunntry girl
for one pleasant October day were? end
ed, and Minnie sat with her dolls in the
kitchen, when a knock at the door was
heard. Bhe answered it and found a
ruu;rh looking man, who asked for a
drink of water and the nearest road to
the next town. Little Minnie gave him
what he asked and the man turned to
depart, but as lie passed through the
swinging gate he caught his thumb in
it and eruahed it so badly that the
watchful, kind child cried to him to
come back and she'd give him some
thing for it Britigiug a bottle of arnica
she bound bis bloody thumb up with
oue of her doll's calico aprons and thus
bandaged, the thumb went off and took
the rough looking man with it, and
Minnie ate her supper, put her babies
to bed, said her prayers aud went her
self to sleep in a trundle bed. This
aunt had married years before, sepa
rated from her husband and supposed
him dead. Bhe kept a little millinery
establishment, and had for a long time
lived with her mother, a well-to-do old
woman of eighty. Grandma this night
slept iu aunt's bed. The aunt had
gone for some new fashions to the dis
tinguished capital, Burlington, so that
the two were alone in the honse.
About twelve a tiicretug cry from the
old woman woke the girl, and starting
up she beheld two men with black doth
over tbeir heads and all their faces hut
their eyes, one of the in emptying the
drawer of the bnrean, the other polling
the poor old woman down on the floor
from a window to whteh she had sprang.
Out climbed Minnie and laid bold of
the ruffian, and a jp<>or day for Minnie's
beauty it was. The merciless wretch
made quick work of the old woman. A
blow on the Lead and a moment's pres
sure on the neck and the grandmother
waa qniek Minnie shrieked and
u-reamed, and with awtul oaths the
murderer * truck her on the head with
a flaltron two or three times, and left
her tor dead beside her grandmother.
After searching the honse theyjroturned
to the room where their victims lay.
M innie. notwithstanding her awful in
juries, had regained her senses. Bhe
dimlv saw, through the clots of blood
that blinded her eyes, that the work of
murder was not yet complete. One of
them tore pieces from s cotton wadded
comfortable on the bed, with a case
knife packed it into the cracks beneath
the "mop boards" around the room;
poured a can of oil upon it, set it on
flro and left the house ; Minnie watched
the whole operation, and aaw that the
man who had murdered her grand
mother, wore on his right thumb the
blue calico doll's apron sue had bound
upon the strange man in the afternoon.
As no glimpse of the face had been seen
on Una second visit, thia waa the only
cine she had. bnt aa the little girl saw
few faces the countenance of the
wounded man whose thumb she tied up
was stamped upon her memory, as in
delibly as tlie blow be had dealt her waa
printed on her poor, young forehead.
The Are was creeping along in sot
cral places ; the smoke was pouring out
from lietwevn the overlapping board* of
the frame bouse. Mtnnte crawled to
the water pitcher, and dtagging herself
about the room ponerd the water ou the i
burning rag*. A dense smoke arose
from them, and choked and fainting
Minnie I-cosine again unconscious,
finally to be awakened by s great out
cry, as several early rising farmer
neighbors broke into the boose. Tho j
poor old woman had been hours dead,
and Minnie's chances for living were j
com ted nothing, bnt the girl wasyonug
and strong, and even with the* rode j
skill of country practitioners Minnie
gut well, and" dreadfully disfigured '
lived to work out a dreadful vengeance.
The aunt returned and wept and
mourned the mother murdered, and tho ,
little neice so terribly wounded. In ;
duetime after Minnie was well a benevo- i
lent person took the child into the
mountains of New Hampshire to regain
the strength lost in that night of terror.
Daring the visit which lasted all the j
next summer, the supposed dead hits
band of the sunt turned up, told a dis- j
raaltale of hardship in the mines of New j
South Wales, shipwreck and sickness in
the four quarters of theglobe. Woman- •
like, the woman forgave the wanderer, I
and selling the old farm at his instiga
tion, Ixith went to live in Boston, j
Borne months after this change, while :
the husband was away,, the sunt sent,
for Minnie, and Minnie straightway ;
obeyed, though "the kind people she :
was with urged her to remain, saving
the poor, disfigured creature would not 1
attract the attention among them she i
would in a city of strangers. Butaffec
tion for her aunt determined the child,
and she arrived at her relative's %nd
hail Iwn there a week, when one even
ing she, in passing through tho hall,
met a man to whom, after giving one
glance, she flew. Catching him by the
throat she screamed like one mad.
The different inmates of the house
spoedilv gathered on the scene. Min
nie still clung to the man's throat, de
nounced him as the murderer of her
grandmother and her own would-be
executioner. With horror, the aunt
heard this statement, for the man to
whom tfie girl clung thus frantically j
was the newly-returned husband. The ,
child reiterated over and over again
the story of the hind jammed in the 1
gate, which she had done up, and toe
aunt remembered, when he first pre
seated himself, he was losing the nail i
from bis piratical old thumb, and suf
fered mnch pain with it, and told some
tale of catching it iu a marling spike or
some other nautical trap. Bhe took
sides with the niece, and was loud and
firm in her accusations as the poor lit- '
tie witucss. Bume officious neighbors
went for the police. The man was ar
rested aud committed for examination.
A smart attache of the station-bouse
weut to the prisoner and told him
they'd got the other man and he'd
confessed. This scare*! the ignorant
wretch, and he admitted tho whole
affair, laying the blame of the murder
on the accomplice. After a long and
tedions trial—tha details of which Min
nie. now an elderly woman, has forgot
ten—the uncle was sentenoed to State
Prison for life. He has been dead many
years- Tho married woman whose
early life was bo tragically eventful,
Bupjiorts herself as a milliner, and is so
amiable, pleasant and intelligent a per
son that upon acquaintance one almost
forgets tho fearful face that strikes s
stranger as perfectly appalling in ite
hideousnets. This is the moral. All
youtig people should remember that a
sweet disposition will compensate for a
forehead lammed in by a flat-iron. And
though their ears be knocked to the
top of their headß and stick up like a
donkey's, they can walk off on those
ears and be happy—if only they are
good and cultivate nice manners.
Terms: $*2.00 a Year, in Advance.
The Robbers of Use West.
Itlsssdlsi Optrallan* mt Ik* Hltwsri
Mr. 0. W. Alford, the oottdnalor of
the Little Rock express train, which
was robbed ou the Cairo and Fulton
Railroad at Oad'a Hill, has made the
following statement of the audacious
robliary to the Hi. Lonia /i'publican :
Train No. 7, Little Hock t-xpreae, left
Ht Icnia and arrived at (lad's Hill, 190
miles front Ht. Louis, at s quarter to 5
i*. v., nearly an hour behind time, being
<lne there at aix mmntes after
We always stop at Oad'a Hill, although
there ia uo atation bouse, but aimply a
platform. The place it in the woods,
ha* but two or three house*, and there
waa once a sawmill in operation there.
Our train comprised the mail, ex
press, and baggage—all in the aame
car. The train eonaiatod of two viachea
and a sleeping oar. On arriving at
Oad'a HtU tLere were about twenty-five
passengers on the train, going through
to Little Rock, Hot Bpringa, and poinU
beyond. (>n nearing the place I aaw
tome people on the platform, and one
of them waved a red nag aa a signal of
danger ahead. On coming np to the
platform the traiu waa Itatled, and the
switch on the south waa turned on the
aidi track, while the switch on our rear
was alao thrown on the side track aa
quick aa we paaaed it, so the train conld
not move forward or run back. Boon
the indications showed the true condi
tion of matters. A number of persona
were on the platform under guard, and
it waa ascertained that all the renidenta
of the place, including boys and girls,
had been captured. They were gath
ered about a fire in the open air to keep
warm. It turned out that the place waa
in poasesaton of five desperadoes. three
of whom were armed with double bar
relled guus, and all had navy revolvers.
Aa aoon aa I got there, on seeing the
ml flag, I jumped off the train, think
ing that the track waa torn up. A man
advanood and caught me by the collar
and atnek a piatol to mv faee. He waa
at least aix feet in height, and wore a
tnaak on his face composed of white
cloth, like a handkerchief, and the
lower portion waa tucked in hta bosom.
There were holet far hia eyes and noae.
I waa a little surprised', bnt under
stood Irts object when he shouted, on
thrusting his pistol in my face: " Stand
still, or I'll blow the top of your head
of." He at the aame time yelled: "If
a shot is fired out of the car I will kilt
the conductor." By this time two of
the ruffian#, masked' alike, went to the
engineer and fireman of the train and
made them flume down. Another of
the robbers, alao rnaaked and armed,
took a position on the opposite aide of
the train, and aa any of the passengers
stack their heads out of the windows
he drew a Lead on them with a double
barrelled shot-gun, and shouted, " Take
your heads in and not move out at the
car!" a summons which they thought
prudent to obey, or take the contents
of hia gun. The captured engineer and
fireman were brought to the platform
where I was held a prisoner, and were
told to stand there or they would be
shot. The robbers then ordered the
brakeman and baggageman to stand be
side me. Two of the desperadoes then
went into the mail room of the baggage
car, and accosting the mail agent with
threat*, demanded the registered pack
age*. They then rummaged over the
package*, tore them open, threw thetu
oil the floor, end then placed the mail j
agent in company with the crowd tta
dor guard. They then wrent to the ex
press meaaenger'and made him give up
hia keys and hia pistol. The express
messenger had hia pistol drawn on one
of the robbers, but another one of the
gang covered him with a shot gun and .
waa ready to blow hia head off had he
not immediately surrendered.
The robbers next went to tho safe
aud took out the money and packages.
They overltsuled oue package marked
" watch," opened it, and, finding that
it xrms a silver timepiece, threw it down
ou the floor. At this time the gang
was disposed as follows: There were
two or them in the baggage-oar rum
maging ami ng the money packages and
valuables, one standing guard on each
side of the train, and one guarding as
uear the platform. They looked through
the boxes, broke open my satchel, and
took therefrom my pistoL They then
started through the train, robbing the
passengers. In this operation they
were boisterous, and punched some of
them in the riue and face with tbeir
pistols, ordering them to give up thetr
money. Three females in the ladies'
car and two in the sleeping-car only es
caped from being robbed. One lady —
Mr*. Scott of Pennsylvania—and her
son were robbed in the sleeping-car of
S4OO. Thev were on their way to Hot
Springs. They left Mrs. Bcott only ten
cents. One ladv was robbed of three
handkerchiefs. They got $1,085 from
the Adams Express. Also the folloxring
amounts from the passenger*: From Silas
Ferry, $750 ; from C. D. Henry, $154.-
25; from Col. G. L. Dart, Pent, Ind.,
S3O; from Mt. Lincoln, of St. Paul,
S2OO ; from O. S. Nexrell, the sleeping
car conductor, S2O; from John McKban
of Wabash, Ind., sls; also a ring
worth £lO and a breastpin valued at
$10; from James Johnson (colored)
sleeping-car porter, $2 ; from the train
boy, $4. t
Another passenger, who declined to
give his name, lorn a gold watch. I loot
SSO and my t-istol. There were twelve
or fifteen gold wmtchee on the train, and
only one was taken. They took my
gold watch, bnt the bagg'age master
said, " For God's sake, you won't take
it, for it is s present," and the watch
waa given back to me. They got away
with fonr or five pistols in all. They
didn't bother the baggage in the least.
Besides what they robbed from the
passenger* tbey got SBOO from a citixen
of Gad's Hill, and alao his rifle. They
did not apt-car to be nnder the inflnence
of liquor, but were very noisy. Tbey
would exclaim : Give me your pistol,
you son of a , you've got more
money than all that comes to !' "Shell
out or I'll blow your brains out!" with
such like threats and ejaculations. Col.
Morlay, chief engineer of the Cairo and
Fulton Railroad, expostulated and mode
an effort to reoover some of the prop
erty, but a pistol was shoved in his faoe
and he was told to sit down and mind
his business. I asked the robbers if
they had got through, so I conld go on
with tho train. They said yes. They
allowed me to shut up the switoh in the
front, and the switch in the rear was
closed bj the brakeman.
A member of the Legislature got off
here to go to his home, and found his
son, who came to meet him, under
Eard of the robbers. I don't think
3 legislator was robbed.
When we got ready to start the rob
bers shook hands with the engineer,
William Wetton, and told him when
ever he saw a red flag out ite ought to
stop. They then strolled off to thei
horses, tied up about a hundred yard"
distant, and rode out of sight before we
got under way. They went southward..
I think they are a regular set of roxi
hers, and am positive they are the aame
§ang who robbed the coach at Hot
prings, and probably were among the
lowa mail train robbers.
It was ascertained that they took din
ner on Tuesday at Moaks, near the
State line, and also st Mill Springs on
Friday, the day before the robbery of
onr train, The left a special with a
passenger of lb sleeping ear tor the St
Louis iHspatrk, which referred to tb
m: about the HotHprings
robbery, end Lhir contained • trao ac
ooatit of the prawui affair. It is avi
j dent hat they ere men need to the brai
nrae. One of them, when robbing the
express msitsengar, entered on the book,
" Habited at Oad'e Hill," end remarked
thai be had aigned that book before,
ltofere our arrival thaj bad been at
Oad'e Hill a couple of bonre, and were
with u about forty minute*. The re
sult wae that they took in all about
•2.300 from the train, four registered
packages, one gold watch, flee pistole,
>oc ring, and one pin. Had they made
their raid the day before, they would
bare got about #5,000 or •6,000 wiiieb
waa t*ing shipped by exprseo.
k Faithful Agent.
j The present Duke of Hamilton, Wil
liam Alexander Looie Stephen, ia the
t well Lb. He waa bora in 183S, and ia
, now conaeqnently ia hia forty-first!
, rear. His father married in 1828 the
Erinoeaa Marie of Baden, cousin of
Napoleon lIL At the early sge of
eighteen, the press nt. duke aueoeeded
to ths great possessions which ooosti
tute the inheritance of the boose of
Hamilton, Hamilton palace with its
associations and traditions of cantoris*,
crowded with the treasures of art, of
luxury and taste, standing ia its msg
uiflrent domain of 50,000 aorta; Brod
rick Osage, on the island of Arran, with
the fee of almost the entire soil of that
romantic and beautiful island; extern
. sire property in Linlithgowshire, Bur
lingshire and Bate ; the English estate
of Eastern Park, in the county of Suf
folk, with their enormous rerrnoe, with
the cure of their management, and the j
responsibility of their administration,
fail into the Lands of the young heir at
an age when by law he was incapable of
making s binding contract The young
duke was very soon surrounded by asso
ciates who tin madras rained, flattered
and cajoled him, lured him to the face
course sad betting-room, and before be
obtained hie majority had borrowed
his name tor thousand*; money lenders
and usurers hunted him. sad uts loeaes
sad extravagancies of others involved ,
him in liabilities which seriously em
barrassed even his colossal fortune. It
was little to be wondered si that in the
coarse of e very few years the pecuni
ary affairs cif the Duke of Hamilton
were known to be in inextricable eon
. fusion. Actions and judgments ia
England, sequestrations ia Scotland,
followed in rspid *ncession. The rent,
roll was insufficient to meet accumula
ting emergencies, and the owner of
these vast possessions was without an
income adequate to support bis pou
| tion. Affairs were at a dead lock. The
trustees appointed by the duke's father
to administer the estate, men of honor j
and high position, were incompetent to
deal with the financial pressure of the
momcuk At this overwhelming crisis,
by the wish of the duke and the consent
of all parties interested, the trusteeship
was resigned, and the mesas of extrica
tion from the then almost hopeless
state of affaira were confided to an agent
of great financial resources and ex
pert, noe. To him also sraa intrusted
i the exclusive management and control
of the property, and it is but justice to
Hcurv Pad wick to state that by bis
fai thiol and judicious stewardship of
these princely estates, he has so im
proved them, by developing their min
eral and other "resource*, thai the iu
cnmbrsnece hove been entirely ex
tinguished; that all ths personal en
gagement* of the duke, whether his
own or for othen, have been honorably
discharged ; that a rental of £140,00 a
year has been secured ; and the result
of his seven years' personal adminis
tration baa been to place the possessions
of the duke in the foremost rank of the
richest inheritance of England.
llldaM Shoot to Kill.
A very strange case reoently came, up
iu the oourta of Cumberland, Md. John
Coleman loved Orphs Miller, and they
were engaged. For some reason the
marriage was delayed nearly a year,
when Orpha thought better of it and
gave Coleman his dismissal. She re
ceived other suitors, whereat Coleman
became enraged and threatened to kill
his rivals. On the morning of Monday,
August 26, last, he met Miss Miller in
a path in the woods, about half a mile
from her her home, aa she waa going
to a neighbor's. He aaked her to sit
down talk with him, which she did.
The interview lasted six boon, and waa
no doubt one of those replete with re
proaches, explanations and forgiving*
that may have experienced and modern
novelists delight to sketch. Finding
bis case apparently hopeless, he pro
duced a revolver and aaked
her to shoot him or he would
shoot her. Aa she tamed to look sway
the weapon was discharged, the ball
entering near the centre of the breast,
inflicting a very dangerous but not fatal
wound. She fell to the ground, and
Coleman started off and went home,
hiding his pistol on the way under
some bushes. Misa Miller lay there
about three boors, when she sufficient
ly revived to get upon her feet sad
managed to walk, though slowly, about
half the distance to her home, then
meeting a farmer who assisted her the
rrot of the way. Her situation was
critical for several days, hot a strong
constitution successfully withstood the
shock and she recovered. Strange to
aay, the parties have become reconciled,
and though Misa Miller still refuses to
marry Coleman, she asserts that the
shooting was accidental. The oaae for
the defense was conducted with a view
to work upon the sensibilities of the
jury, and the wonld-be assassin waa
aqmtted. _ _
What the tiraagers Desire.
The National Grange, in 8k Louis,
adopted the following:
We desire to bring producers and
consumers, farmers ana manufacturers,
into the most direct and friendly rela
tions possible. Hence we most dis
pense with a surplus of middle-men—
not that we are unfriendly to them, bat
we do not need them. Their surplus
and their exactions diminish our
profits. *
We wage no aggressive warfare
against any other interests whatever.
Transportation companies of every kind
are necessary to oar saooeas ; their in
terests are 'intimately connected with
our interests. We shall advocate for
every State the increase in every prac
ticable way of all facilities for trans
porting cheaply to the seaboard, or be
tween liome producers and oonanmers,
all productions of our country. In our
noble order there ia no communism and
no agrarianism.
We are opposed to excessive salaries,
high rates of interest and exorbitant
profits in trade.
No Orange, if true to its obligations,
can disouaa political or religious ques
tions, nor call politioal conventions,
nor nominate candidates, nor even dis
cuss their merits in its meetings. Yet
the principles we teach underlie all true
politics. •
We proclaim it among our purposes
to inculcate a proper appreciation of
the abilities and sphere of woman, as
indioated by admitting her to member
ship md position in our order.
New Jersey's iron mines panned out
ore to the value of $3,000,000 last year.
' * The amount expended on the Pann
sylvan ia Oonatitiittoeal Convention waa
An Albany woman applied for s di
vorce nine yean ago and just got it the
other day. rt
Hare ia the aewaat floral eentimeat:
i " U yon wish for heart's east, don't
look to marigold."
MeOarty. the Virginia dcalist, helped
his ess* by aoming into ooort on
crutches. . ' 4
Take care of your health and wife ;
they are the two better halvee that make
a man of yon.
The Spanish Government is said to
have agreed to so exchange of prisoners
with the Car lists. •
A bank must be a poor plaee to im
part a secret, as there is a cash ear and
a teller there constantly.
The fathom (* feat) la derived from
[ the height of a full-grown man. A
' hand/in bone meeenre, ia four inches.
A train was wrecked and fifteen per
sona injured, near Howard. Illinois, on
the Chicago and North-Weetera Bail-
I road.
Chief-Justice Waite'e grandfather
reached ninety. Hie father was eighty
iat the time of his death. Both were
! The Siamese twins had contracted to
travel in the United States for the com
ing aeason, and were to receive #2OO
• per week.
Housekeepers in Lewiabnrg are
spared the trouble of Wowing up their
servants, kerosene being need then for
kindling fires.
Wilkie Coffins can't see bowaa A men
, ma can wash, ait down, set dinner ami
; pick his teeth in seven minutes, but it's
1 all in prentice.
Heventy-flra per caul of the eiekneea
of New York, and probably ninety per
; coot of crime, some from the tenement
house population.
An Indiana farmer drewftOO from'.he
hank, suspended it in the well to bailie
thiwi*. andthen fell in and broke bis
neck while tying the rope.
A Western gambler, about beginning
the matrimonial a so far controlled
himself aa to say in the stmouneement
<xf hi* wedding, " No Cards."
"Whv do yon sat yoor cup of eof
froon the chair. Mr. Jouas f" said a
landlady at breakfast "It is ao very
remit. madam, I thought I would let ft
rajA 3
They my that the American ration
is not jovial and hilarious; but if you
want to disprove it just Hip down on
the icy pavement where the crowd is
The present population of New Or
leans iasati mated at 280,9f*. an taSNasa
of 89,567 over the eensa* of 1870. This
makes it the eighth city in the Union, or
next to Boston.
Ouilp thinks it rather remarkable
that vrbile several thousand feel are re- *
quired to make one road, a single foot,
properly applied, is oftan sufficient to
make on* eiviL
Za the reign of King Charles the Bee- *
1 ond the population of London, accord
ing to * t William Putty, did not ex
ceed aaa.OMO souls. His new verging
upon four millions.
It is averted that the reason American
girls refuse to enter domestic service,
is that they object to anything ap
proaching mental employment—what
they seak ia hy-m*raaL
The ran* in which fruit* sad meats
are pat up are sold by soldier* on the
plains to Indian squaws, who wear
them in strings to hem* the soothing
music of the tin* jingling togethor.
A Southern writer describes scrub
aristocrscy as those who, having been
risen from a state of obscurity and pov
erty to wealth, boot-lick those above
them, while they scorn the honest and
Mankato has established a new cus
tom—a dance for the benefit of n news
paper. The inauguration of this plan
of relief was for the benefit of the Beo
bakter, a German issue, sad was not a
There is s strong, able-bodied woman
| in Grand Rspid*. Mtoh.. who has not
been thsee Mocks from her house but
once in twenty-five years, but she can
be beard whispering to her children
throe mile*.
Old Phin. Teeple of Preston, Warae
county, Psl, Is seventy years old,
though remarkably rigorous, sad looks
hardly fiftv. Since eleven years of age
be has killed 2,985 deer and 438 bear*.
His favorite banting ground is in Pot
ter county.
Marrying is • prettv serious business;
hut when a couple go to a graveyard,
and at night, to be married, as aTenn
sylvania couple did, the proposition is
unavoidable that they ought to have
been divorced some time before the
ceremony. _
A sensible man: Lamsrtine was asked
bv a friend if be did not spend too
much time in advertising. " No," was
the reply, " advertisements are abso
lutely necessary. Even divine worship
needs to be adrartwed. Else what is
the moaning of church bells 7"
The Northwestern railway have sent
a circular to all the newspapers pub
lished in towns in Illinois through which
their line passes, declining to issue any
passes to newspapers in con' . deration
of advertising, sad agreeing to pay for
all their advertising in hard cash.
The Pintea of Indian Territory are
represented as ssffirhir severely this
winter. Much of the time without fires,
they crouch in their miserable huts on
the bleak hills, and live on ftroxen food.
Nothing but natural toughness could
carry them through the season alive.
A little boy living near Kankakee,
TIL, waa amusing his brothers and a
tcrs by twitting n towel around his
neck in imitation of hanging, when in
turning around his feet slipped. He
fell the length of the towffi, which was
firmly attached to a roller. His rack
waa instantly broken. #
A eitixen did not like something
which waa printed about himself in the
Middlebury <Vt) Jfeflffifcr. Where
upon he visited the editor with aa open
jack-knife, but speedily retired bathed
in ink,-of which four bottles full were
showered upon him. He professed
himself perfectly satisfied.
A country paper exclaims : "Lives
there a man with soul sodaad, who
never to himself has said, I'll pay be
fore I go to bed, the debt I owe the
printer t Yes, there are some we know
fall well, who never such a tale could
tell, but they, I fear, will ko to—well,
the place where there's no winter."
A correspondent of a country paper
complains of a young lady sehool
toacner who permits one of the big
scholars to ait beeidc her and kiss her
occasionally. The probability is that
be hts struggled for the position sua
been rejected, and thst accounts for his
sudden affection for the proprieties.
We consider about the middle of
February the best time for transplant
ing broad-leaved evergreens, and we
wonld let the trimming depend some
what on the rook If we got the tree
up with a good set of roots, we should
leave on more top, if we desired it,
than when the roots were scarce. In
all oases it is best to remove most of
the leaves.
The annual wine production of the
country is estimated at 20,000,•000 gal
lons. Of this amount, 5,010,000 gal
lous would oome from the Pacific and
14,060,000 from the Atlantic ooask The
market value of this product is esti
mated at nearly $14,000,000, to which
must be added as the total value of the
vintage, about $8,000,000 for grapes
consumed, grape vines, Aa
The Manufacturer and Builder tor
February says: " Wire netting for
plastering as a substitute for lath has
been proposed and ia now being intro
duced. It takes leas labor to place on
the walls, is more oontinnous, and will
not burn. Coarse netting with one
inch mesh and made of strong wire is
found to answer besk For ornamental
oomioe work it ia especially valuable,
as it can be bent into any desired form.
Secured to iron studding in a brick
building our greatest dinger on account
of firs would oe removed.
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