The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, April 02, 1874, Image 1

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Be than, oh ! man, In all thy way*.
Oenerone aa lore, and like the raya
That shoot from anna to warm the field ;
let thy full aheaf, ita anhatanoe yield.
Not with a stealth, but free an love,
Aa God sends rain from clouds above
To water flelda with penile ahowera,
And teach the aeeda to buret in flower*.
Bo all through life, oh, aona of man.
Aid ye the heart in thia grand plan
To wreath in amile* each careworn face.
To plant within the aonl new prace
Oive of Uiy store, though email it be,
Aa (Vod give* life aiid health to thee.
Oh ; hleet ia lie who givee with love
Hia charity; and hiph above
The angel* aing and gild hia name
On the eternal Roll of Tame !
—l.rrnra (1. Riaaa
A Conceit.
O touch that roeebnd! it will bloom—
My lady fair!
A jvawiouate red in dim green gloom.
A joy, a splendor, a perfume
That elect* in air.
You tonhed tuv heart: it pave a thrill
J uat like a nxe
That opena at a lady's will:
!t bloom ia always you >, until
You tod it close.
John Jordan used to bo s good deal
at our honse, talking with father about
the lay of the land. John was a civil
engineer, and the railroad he was lav
ing out was to run through our orchard.
This brought him at our house a good
deal, and iu that way folks came to
coupling our names together—and no
bod v so provoked as I !
I beard at Fishervill and awsv np at
Harerham that John Jordan had been
seen at our door three days out of the
week, for live weeks ; and nobody eonld
believe that he came to see father. But
I Jul at treat John with any kind of
favor, let me tell yon! I was always
quarreling with him because the rail
road was to cut up the orchard— as if it
was his fault, or as if I cared; but I
wanted something to be disagreeable
•bout. I was none too sweet to him, 1
assure von ; and sometimes Lucius and
I would stroll off to a game at baok
samnion5 amnion in the hack parlor, and leave
ohn to the others : and sometimes
when I saw him coming I would slip
out, and when I returned, it would be
pretty sure to 1* on the aim of Lucius.
He always scowled when I came in
with Lucius Glover, and I tnjoyed that;
and once he had the impudence to ask,
" What, in Heaven's name, do yon
find to please you in that fop?" and I
was so angry at his daring that the tears
sprang into my eyes ; and at that he
looked divinely sorry, and stammered,
" I didn't know— I didn't know ii
was serious !" and that didu't mend
the matter, for it wasn't serious.
Lncius had never said anything to the
point, though he had dealt largely in
sentimental enigmas ; aud, what" was
more, I didn't know as I wanted him
to; and I didn't like that John Jordan
shonld take it for granted in this way.
But I didn't understand why I didn't
like it, thongh I've found out since.
" Who said anything about serious
ness ?" I snapped out. " I'm not one
of the kind that asks a man's intentions
if he looks at her ! I never want to
know their intentions, and they don't
usually have any, except to while the
time away !" I answered, more forcibly
than elegantly.
" Very likelr not," said he, going
back to some pfans he had unrolltd for
father to see when he came in—" that
is, men like Glover."
"That's generous," said I, all in
arms again. "I really should think
that you and he were rivals."
" And so we are," he answered, with
out looking np. "I hate him because
you like him."
"I don't see why—" I began, awk
wardly enough.
" Perhaps you had better take a mi
croscope to discover the reasons."
If this is love-making, thinks I, it's
an odd fashion that I'm not used to ;
and perhaps for that reason I was some
what vexed when father pnt an end to
it. To tell the truth, after I had been
listening to John Jordan, Lncics's small
talk did seem small enough, and his
sentiment weak enough.
" It's small thanks you give me for
keeping the fire alive for yon," I com
He turtle J back, with his hand on the
door, all the mischief fading from his
" I give yon instead," he answered.
" that which naught enriches yon, but
makes me poor indeed ! Why shonld I
thank you for keeping the tire alive,
when you mean that it shall die out
untended at last ?"
"Come, you are waxing sentimental,"
I cried, raking up the ooals. " You've
mistaken yonr listener. Good-night"
Well, about this time father had his
stroke of illness, and was away from
the bank—of which he was cashier, at
a salary of fifteen hundred—for three
months, with every prospect of being
laid np the rest of his days ; and I can
tell von, if it hadn't been for John Jor
dan's board, we should have had short
commons indeed. I began to be more
convinced than ever that it was mydutv
to marry Lucius, when he should ask
Father got able to go out to the bank,
and things began to get easier ; after
that I lived in hourly dread of s second
stroke, and the future wasn't alluring;
unless I should niary Lncins—nor then
They were to have a masquerade par
ty at the Glovers'. I had borrowed a
pink silk petticoat of Aunt Kitty's, the
palest blnsh, and had draped over it a
mist of Nottingham lace that we had
had in the honse time out of mind, and
had bought for bed-enrtains. It's aw
fully cheap stuff, you know, with a
mesh as coarse as a cabbage-net, but it
made a lovely effect.
" You look like morning blushing
over the Alps," whispered my partner,
in the grand right and left.
" I've never seen it; have yon 7" I
" Often," he answered ; and then I
was sure it was Lucius, who had been
abroad once. He offered his arm, and
we stepped into a bay window, to look
into the frosty garden illuminated by
the mcon, and what do yon think h*e
said next ? "
I remember visiting some rich
COUSIDS of father's in the city once;
and all the time I had a consciousness
that they hated to have their friends
see me on the front steps in my shabby
clothes that looked well enough at
home; and when we were invited
out one evening, I overheard them dis
puting as to who shouldn't go with me,
"in that old-fashioned blue silk,"
which I, in my ignorance, bad thought
quite stylish !
You shall see what style is, one of
these days, my friend," I promised
them, mentally ; "you will not be
ashamed of me when I'm Mrs. Lncins
Glover!" for, up on my word, I was
weak and foolish enough to make np
my mir i on the way home that I would
marry Lucius if he asked me, and let
John Jordan take care of himself !
About this time Lydia Glover was at
tacked with a sudden friendship for
mc. Lncius usually came with her,
and while he occupied himself with me,
Lydia naturally fell to flirting with
John; and more than once I caught my
self answering Lucius absently, because
I was trying to hear what John was
saying to Lydia. Sometimes Lydia de
clared she could stay no later, and Lu
cius insisted that it was only the edge
of the evening; and then John would get
his hat and walk home with her. I
know I had a queer sensation the first
time this happened, which didn't im
prove as I waited for him, hovering
over the falling embers after Lucius
had gone, on pretense of locking np
the house. "Seems to me it takes you
some time to walk up to the Glovers'
and back," said I, when he came at
"Oh, you needn't have waited for
me!" he vouchsafed; "I couldn't get
away before. The Glovers have a fine
place;" after a pause, in which I
GHKI). lCl'ltTV!, pytitorond l*ropriot<>r
VOL. Ml.
couldn't think of any thing disagree
able enough to sav, "1 wonder how 1
shall boar it whoa ! go there to see Mrs.
Lucius ?"
"That can't the person yon go
there to see now," I assure.! hint.
He laughed, and hummed the old
fashioned round,
" Oo to Jane Glover and tell her I love her
And bv the light of the moon 1 * ill eouio to
That'a what they call a cafe A. isn't it?"
lighting Ins candle. Sou't sit up for
me again when I go to Mia* Glover's,
Sleepy-Eyes, for I may stay late !"
" Don't let ns masquerade any long
er." in the same half-whisper ; "I love
you; I believe you love me, in spite of
your dissembling. 1 think 1 have sur
prised it in your faee sometimes. lie
mr wife, sweet."
The moment toward which I had been
reaching had arrived, and found me un
prepared. I was more wretched than a
galley-slave, wheu I should have been
most happy, I trembled like a reed in
the wind, aud leaned on his arm for
support. "I—l can not answer you to
night." 1 said, temjKwiriug; "the music
confuses me. 1 don't know whether I
love yon—trying to laugh. " In a .lay
—a week—oh, I ean't answer you before
Christmas ; indeed, I can not !" I
" I will wait throngh time and eterni
ty if only it be the right answer at last!"
he returned. And then lie led me to a
seat, and somebody lent me a vinai
grette. and the people asked what the
matter was, and it seemed so ridicu
lous to be so overcome by an offer, that
I didn't tell them. If I had staid till
the unmasking, yon know—well there,
that's a subjunctive case that I*ll leave
to your imagination. But the truth was,
I wanted to get home and think ! And
I did think, with a vengeauee! I
thought all day and all night. I thought
at church, at table, sewing en buttons.
I had never made such an intellectual
effort in mr life."
Lucius came and wnt a* usual, without
urging it further, or appearing anxious
about the result. Everybody seemed
to be moving behind a mist, through
which John Jordan's face shone ont at
times with an unutterable pathos in the
questioning eyes. 1 wondered if he
guessed at my dilemma. At last I
went up to my sister Sophronia's, at
Haverham, to finish my thinking.
When I had been there three days, up
came John Jordan in his own carriage.
Well, when Sophronia's hnsbaiul came
home to dinner, while he was carving,
said he—
" That's a great failure down at your
place, Jordan * Now I had an iifta that
the Glovers were made of money."
" What do you mean ?" cried Sophy.
" The Glovers failed ! Why, they gave
a masquerade party only the other day,
with no end of splendor."
"That seems to be the cue of people
who are tottering financially ; they're
determined to make a figure," if only for
the last time," langhed Sophy's hus
" They're pretty badly cut np by it,"
said John. "Lncius looks ten years
"Lucius?" repeated Sophy's hus
band. "He used to be a spark of your
sister's, Sophy ; didn't he ? But he's
no longer a match, eh ?"
Sophy shot a quick look at me ; John
turned his head away; Sophy's hus
band regarded his plate. But as for
me, I had done with thinking ; I hod
made up my mind to go home that very
day, and tell Lucius I would marry
him, for better or worse ! I had given
Lncins encouragement, and if I refused
him, he and all the world would think
it was on ac.*onnt of the failure, and, of
all things, I ean't bear to be suspected
of meanness ! To be sure, I was going
to lose the very things for which 1 hud
led Lncins on ; bnt I deserved to ; if
that was any comfort. Sophronia said
every thing she could think of to make
me stay, aud I vowed it was ont of the
question. John said if I was set upon
it and nothing conld persuade me, he
would harness np and take me home.
It was a trifle angenerons, perhaps, to
oblige one lover to earn* me to his
rival ; but I didn't thin\ of that, I
was f-owhaorded by my own sacrifices.
It had been drizzling for about an
honr when we started, but John had a
covered sleigh and a fast horse. You
know bow short the December after
noons are, so it was dark as a pocket
before we got into Haverham woods,
and it had left off drizzling and a smart
rain storm had set in, und no make
believe, and John's lantern gave abont
as mnch light as a glow-worm. The
railroad hadn't crept up as far as Hav
erham Centre at that time, but it cross
ed the road, half-way through Haver
ham woods, where you would least ex
pect it. where you find no hint of its
approach, till it was thundering down
npon yon, because the woods shut in
the prospect, and the wind in the pines
deafened you.
Well, the horse went stumbling on
through the slosh, and the noise of his
feet and the sing-song of the sleigh
and the storm roaring throngh the
woods must have rendered it impossible
to hear anything ; for while I was won
dering who wonld buy the old Glover
mansion, and if John guessed why I
was hnrrying home, and what I shonld
be married in, all at once there was a
flash and a noise as if n battery had
been discharged across onr path, min
gled with shonts, and a pandemonium
of bewildered faces--and then, oblivion !
They got us home somehow; I didn't
know anything about it. We had both
been saved by a miracle, bnt the poor
horse paid the debt of natnre. I've
learned to write and sew with my left
hand since then, and I'm so used to
my broken nose that I sometimes won
der why strangers look so hard at me ;
for, you see, I'm no longer a beauty.
A very different kind of sacrifice had
been required of me from that which I
had reckoned upon. I believed that all
which was necessary now was to send
Lucius word that I could not think of
imposing such a wreck as myself upon
him till death should ns part. But
Christmas eve, as I lay on the hair
cloth lounge in the back parlor—for, in
spite of my bandages and weakness, I
would be in the thick of the family
gathering—just before the lamps were
lighted, John Jordan came in and bent
over me with a bouquet of tea-roses.
"As kind as ever," I murmured, put
ting out my right arm instinctively, and
hiding my tears against the sofa
"I'm glad it WSR the right hand,"
said he, sitting down on s hassock,
"because the wedding-finger is left;"
and slipped upon it the biggest dia
mond I ever saw. Look, it's like a pet
rified tear—a tear of joy.
" It was my mother's," he continued.
" Will you wear it, and answer the
question I asked you last month at the
masquerade, sweet ?"
" The question you asked me 7" I
cried, " I thought—l thought it was
only Lncius," I confessed, hiding nay
face behind the tea-roses.
"And how, may I ask, were you
going to answer Lucius 7"
" I was going to answer ' No.' Who
would want a wife like—like me ?"
"And / will not take 'No' for an an
swer," said he ; and the church bells
rang in the happiest Christmas-eve of
somebody's life.
Lazy husbands are known out West
as stove watchers.
IW V r kKraitr* was ICIfCHUtI l*arU
During ih \\ ar.
A moat important trial is about to
come before one of the tribunals of the
Seine, in France. A correspondent
writes: " 1 Hiring the late war, under
the Government of September, there
were committed two of the most shock
ing acts of inhumanity and barbarity
that it is possible to imagine. A peacea
ble citizen of Brittany was taken out
and stoned, after which he was burned
alive, and a .*rryen/ dr t illr of l'aris
was drowued in the Bciue. There was
still another case worth a passing no
tice. There is an old saving that when
one wants to get rid of his dog he be
gins by accusing him of having dydro
pholua. There was a moment when a
neighbor could be gotten out of the
way by calling hiui a Bonapartist. All
ex-policcmau was chased by the crowd
for this crime, ami took refuge in a
house, but was again driven into the
street. The rumor then ran about that
he was mad, having been bitten by a
mad dog, and a hundred persons pur
sued him with sticks ami stones, killing
him iu the street exactly as if he were a
mad dog. But the most curious case
of all was that of the guard Ymoenzim,
which I give at length. On Sunday,
the 2fith of February, IS7I, the l'aris
iaus were out in their Sunday costumes
enjoying the warm air which gave
promise of an early spring. At; .im
mense crowd had K.ulund m the FW.ce
de la Bastille to see a company of the
Nation d Guard salute a jed tlag raised
upon the column of July. The entire
city wore the air of a fete day, and
everybody seemed to enjoy the warmth
of tlio sun. From time to time a baml
of rag mufti us passed bt armg a red rag
and marching to the cadence of the M ir
seillaise, pausing from time to time to
cheer J.a Rtpubli'jue democrat lytic et
Suddenly one of these groups raised
a cry of "Mouchard," twul it was soon
shouted iu chorus throughout the
place. On the side of the rne St. An
tolne one soon saw a man in citizen's
dress, tall, finely formed, and with a
baudsome, energetic face, niuning
away, pursued by the mob. This was
the unfortunate Ex-Sergeut de Villa
Yincenzini, who succeeded IU making a
passage through the crowd ami iu cu
t-Ting a shop. No. 205 rue St. Antoiue,
kept by the widow (.'auehois. The ras
cals who pursued him tore hiui from
this place, boat him horribly when iu
the street, and only raised him from
the ground when the crowd began to
cry " Hong him !" An attempt was
made to hang him from the balcony of
Pierre Onvrier, Boulevard Richard Le
noir, but the mot) became impatient lie
fore the knot could be made iu the roj>e
which bail been hastily brought, anil it
then occurred that it would be more
amusing to drown him. He was hur
ried to the Canal Saint-Martin, but a
new difficulty here presented itself, and
the crowd started for the river. Seeing
that he was lost, Yincenzini tore him
self away and threw himself upon his
knees. His apj>eal for mercy was met
by fresh insults and blows. Being un
able to endure this martyrdom any
longer, he cried : "Give me a pistof,
and I will kill myself before you here,
since yon will have mv life." At this
moment a girl named Lacanal, who has
just died at Saint-Lazore, where she
was awaiting her trial, stepped forward
and slapped the face of the wretched
man, saying: "I condemn yon to be
drowned." This summary judgment
was applauded by the crowd, and once
more the guard was pushed toward the
river, followed by thousands of per
Arriving at the banks of the Seine, n
charitable man cried that the victim
knew how to swim. This had not been
thought of before, lint the idea was act
ed upon ami Yincenzini was strongly
tied to a plank and then launched into
the stream. t>o many persons crowded
upon n canal lioat to see the dying
struggles of the victim, that it gave way
and a number were precipitated into
the river. When this confusion arose
poor Yincenzini was seen floating down
the river, his gTcat strength enabling
him to keep his hendalnivo water. He
turned his eyes imploringly from side
to side in seareh of help, but nt this
moment the crowd began to stone him,
and he was struck several times. At
last he raised his head as far as possi
ble, looked a!) Out this merciless crowd,
and, seeing fur Ix-low him many men
and boys with stones in their hands
waiting for him, he gave np in despair.
By an effort he made a plunge, turned
over under the plank and iu a few mo
ments brought lus terrible martyrdom
to a close. His Eo-t- vras not found
till three months alterward. About
20,000 persons witnessed his murder,
and M. .Mm # alone tried to save Yin
cenzini. He was badly maltreated, nud
came near sharing the same fate. But
although there was so many spectators
no direct proof could be obtained for ti
long time. One day the woman Lacanal
was discovered, and several men have
been arrt stcd who were seen throwing
stones. Some of the participants have
been already transjiorted,many were kill
ed in June, and only abont half a dozen
have been brought to trial. The wo
man Lacanal aud two of the men have
died in prison.
Destructive Flood.
Immense damago was dono in Slier
brooke, Nova Scotia, by a freshet. The
St. Mary's River was swollen by the
rain and thaw. A couple of miles above
Sherbrooko there is a natural dam of
rocks across the river, beyond which,
fur several miles, it is called Stillwater.
The ice on this portion of the river
broke up in coiiscqtK-nce of the freshet,
and flooded the whole of the valley. On
the left bank of the river, whore Slier
brooke is situated, the scene is said t(
bnflle description. The flood brought
down thousands upon thousands of tons
of ice, and great numbers of lugs.
Whole trees were uprooted from the
banks in the course of the torrent, the
solid ice below the village remained
firm, aud the flats upon which Sher
brooko stands became a boiling sea.
Boats and canoes were m demand.
Every house was flooded ; the cattle
were driven out of town by persons on
horseback ; the women, children, and
aged people were taken away in boats.
Many families nbundoned their houses
altogether, while others moved up
stairs. Two bridges in the village and
a largo bridge over the St. Mary's river
are gone. A new vessel nearly ready
for launching was destroyed and much
timber carried away. The day after the
flood the mountains of ice, and the
logs, trees, and other debris became
frozen solid, so that the village is now
imbedded in a frozen sea. The ruin is
indescribable ; it extends a mile and a
half in length by a mile in breadth.
In the event of a sudden thaw the vil
lage will be quite destroyed.
WNAT HE DID.—" Mr. Smith, von
said you once officiated in the pulpit
did you mean by that that you preach
ed ? ' "No, sir, I held the light for the
rn'iin who did preach." "All, the court
understood you differently. They sup
posed that the discourse came directly
from you." "No, sir; 1 only threw
light on it."
"The rear admirables of the Navy"
is good.
Spring Colors.
Spring m * inter ia uot urfrequedtly
succeeded by winter in the spring, and it
ia not t all unlikely to prove so this
season. At any rate, notwithstanding
the generally mild weather of February,
spring styles and spring business are a
little alow in coming, though it is quite
believed that the latter will make up
for its tardiness, wheu it doe* come, by
being unusually active.
Spring colors are foreshadowed in
gloves, which the best authority has
had prepared in pure Quaker grays aud
A study of these colors in a dozen
different degrees of each shade is a les
son for a lifetime, and would prove a
revelation to many who think they know
all about color. Commence with the
silver gmy tremember we are talking
abont gloves), and go through from the
pure drab gray to blue gray, iron gray
which is almost black, aud bronze gray
which is almost brown.
Of all these, the pure drab is the
fiuest, the clearest, the choicest—one
envies the Quaker ladies who have had
it and the rarest shades of brown to
themselves so long.
Drab gray, or Quaker gray, is the
most durable and economical of all
colors in gloves. It looks exactly the
same by gaslight, is delicate enough
for evening or reception wear, ami can
be used as a hack glove aftcrwurda.
But do not confound gray with laven
der. Many do this; and should you
by chance ask our glove authority to
match a lavender silk with a gray glove
you would si t liis teeth on edge, and so
disturb his equilibrium that he would
turu you over to one of his subordinates,
considering anybody good enough to
wait upon a ladv who did not know
gray from lavender.
Next to these pure grays comes the
wood anil nut browns, auit these in all
their varieties are to be the livery of
the spring, relieved with a dash of color
or a gleam of white in the trimming of
the bonnet or the square silk handker
chief which it is now the faahiou to
wear abont the neck.
The most elegant costumes complct
will consist of two or more shades oi
these colors blended together in what
may be called a minor symphony.
Rum and Wife Murder.
Thomas Lowndes murdered his wife
Margaret in their tenement rooms,
Williamsburg!:. Both were in liquor
and were quarrelsome. Lowndes is a
blacksmith. He receive 1 his wages on
Saturday, went home, and he ami his
wife were lx)th drunk in the evening.
The next morning nt breakfast they
quarreled, and lie went to u sahxiuuesr
by and drank. lie returned to his
rooms aliout I o'clock, and meeting his
wife iu the narrow front nx>m caught
hold of her and threw her to the floor.
They struggled, and she fought him.
He reached a worn sheath knife from
the table and stabbed her three times,
once on the head, once in the breast,
and once in the abdomen. He sat
down on a low sofa in the room ami
watched his wife as she died. His sons,
Tommy and John, aged nine and six,
were with him. Ho gave Tommy
money to get liqnor, and after drinking
it he went to sleep iu the window leas
little bedroom, and lay in a drunken
stnpor for an hour or more.
The boys did not leave the room while
their father was asleep. Ashe aroused
he asked Tommy where his mother was.
The son xaid she was on the floor. He
asked if she was dead, and shook the
dead Ixxlv as though to awake it. He
railed a Sirs. Armstrong who lives on
the second floor of the some building.
As she entered the room and saw the
dead body on the floor she fainted.
The husband then ran ont of the
honse, took a drink of whisky in a sa
loon near by and wandered *>ff. The
police of the Fourth etroet station were
informed, and an officer took charge of
the dead body ami guard* I the rooms.
The husband when arrested was locked
up in a dark cell. Hi- refused to see
any one, or say anything about his
crime. He hugged one corner of his
cell, and seemed utterly unconscious of
what he had done.
Valuable Discord jr.
The Fir7i')iin (Nevada) /'nt>~r)>ri*r
states that a lawyer of that city, named
t'arson, has made a discovery which
should also make his fortune. It says :
"Carson, a few weeks since, by some
cliauce, discovered a mixture, composed
of very simple ingredients, which oper
ated like magic upon any kind of grease
—as an extractor of grease from cloth
ing or any textile fabric. This fluid
was found to possess the property of
cutting oil and grease from machinery
almost instantly ami in a most unac
countable manner. The fluid applied
with a sponge to nu engine, when cov
ered with grease burned iu upon
it, clears nil away as readily aa water
would wash away so mnch mud. This
was the original discovery, but in ex
perimenting with it Carson ascertained
that by the addition of another ingre
dient the fluid acquired a new property.
This Mas tho power to burnish all metals.
A pieco of rusty and greasy hoop iron
washed with a sponge dipped in the fluid
at once assumes the appearance of a
piece of highly polished steel. Carson
assures us that tho fluid contains neith
er acid nor alkali, and in proof of tins
has no hesitation iu washing his eye
with it. He says that tho ingredient
which imparls a polish to rusty iron is
a thing very simple and cheap, aud as
serts that shonld lie name it, all would
wonder that the never thought of mak
ing this nse of it. The fluid first dis
covered is now in use at several of our
mills, where it is found to be just the
thing for cleaning engines and other
New Hampshire Polllir*.
It is claimed, ami the result verifies
tho claim, that in no State is the organi
zations of the two parties so complete
as in New Hampshire. The largest
majority east in the State since 1852
was that of 9,115 given Mr. Lincoln in
IKGO. The next yenr the Republican
candidate for Governor had only 4,015
majority in a larger total vote. In 18(59
the Republican majority was 3,733, and
the next yenr it dropped to 1.353, while
in 1871 the Democrats, for the second
time in nearly twenty vcars, carried the
Htnte over tlio Republicans, having a
plurality of 807. l'he next year the
Republicans hud a majority of 1,119 on
Governor, and In the fall gave General
Grant 5,443 majority. Last year the
majority dwindled to 228.
Fcmmxitx. Tako a soft sponge, wet
with clean cold water, and wash over
the article. Then take a soft chamois
skin, and wipe it clean. Dry the skin
as well as you can by wringing it in
your hands, and wipe the water off the
furniture, being careful to wipe only
one way. Never use a dry chamois on
. rnish work. If the varnish is <le
fae <1 and shows white marks, take
lin- '-ed oil and turpentine in equal
parts ; shake well in u vial, and apply
a very small quantity on a soft rag un
til the color is restored ; then with a
clean soft rag wipe the mixture off. Til
deeply carved work, the dust cannot
be removed with a sponge. Use ft stiff
| haired paint brush instead of a sponge.
ritr ikuitilry ul Ills l'ra)iu| Woutin.
Tho Rev. John Husaoy contribute#
an iuWureatiug article to the Imlr/tftuiciit
on tho extraordinary movement agaml
! intemperance, now in progress in por
| tiona of Ohio and Indiana, in which he
shows that the pious women who are
conducting thia singular campaign are
dtan-ended from praying people. We
muke the following eitract :
Hontheru Ohio wan perhaps the last
place w here one wonld have auppoaed
that audi a movement could begin.
The pe< pie of the aection where thia
work took form belong leaa than any
other people of our country utirth of
the Ohio River, except those of some
parte of Southern Indiana, to the New
England typo. Between the Scioto and
Miami Rivers lies the " Virginia Mili
! tarv Reaervation," grantetl by the (Jen
i oral tiovernmeut to the State of Vir
ginia, in place of claims which that
State relinquished to the Northwestern
Territory. Thia large territory was
settled originally by Virginians who had
Revolutionary claims. The land wua
owned iu very large tract#, aud has been
more or less subdivided. The old Vir
ginia families have always been very
influential, especially iu the ooontica
j Highland, Fayette, and Rosa. Early
| iu this century many came to Southern
()hio from other Southern Btates. The
; Friends or Quakers came from Virginia
and Western North Carolina in such
numbers as to exhaust some of their
settlements iu those States, and pur
chased "Of the old Virginians in Ohio
smaller bodies of laud, forming a line
of settlements from Lawrence oounty
| through Jackson, Roes, Highland, Clin
ton, to Warren. The great body of the
Quakers are now in the three latter
counties. These plain Christians have
been an important element in the prayer
movement, bat were not much con
cerned iu it# ttrst origin, as few of them
are found either iu Hillaliorough or
Waahiugtoa. the two place# where suc
cess was first achieved. Somehow there
is a law of nature which " old families"
arc prone to violate. Family pride is
not apt to be an active element in the
busy industries of life. Too much
leisure invite# dissipation, and many of
the scions of our excellent old families
liave gone nnder before the destroying
evil 01 iutemjx-rance. Hardly a promi
nent family in Hillsborough but has
felt the keen shafts of thia adversary.
In some, all the male memlx-rs have
died laterajH-rate, or are in danger of
doing so. If it were not improper, I
could counect with the names of the
i most of the women who are prominent
in carrying on this movement in two of
■ the largest places in which this work
I has been highly successful, some one
! dear a# life cut down iu youth or man
hood ; with some of whose names the
: country at large is not unfamiliar ; of
all professions—physicians, lawyers,
and not omitting a shining example of
the clerical profession—some in public
life, others renowned in war. The re
ligions element is an imj>ortAiit one,
j and ha# given soul to the whole move
ment. The churches of all of the priu
-1 cipal denomination# are many of them
large, and have for two generations
wielded a powerful influence. The
three principal religious bodies are
I'resbvterians, Methodists,and Quakt rs.
In Hillsborough the I'res byte run
j Church numbers over four hundred
communicants. The Methodists do
not, 1 presume, fall far behind them.
In one of the towna reformed, the
Quakers have six hundred members.
R-dtgioti is influential, aud hence the
essential element# vrere at hand.
Spring Fabrics.
The fineness and daintiness of the
new spring material# harmonize well
with the purity and delicacy of color.
Chene silks have reappeared, the small
irregular vine or leaf shaded in wood
color ujHni a pale gray or other neutral
tinted ground.
Hair-striped summer silks also show
only a line of color -brown, violet, or
purple upon an ash or creamy surface,
and the old-time lustres or new twilled
ehallieH, fine as the finest tamise
| cloth, thongh varied with blue and bufl
and mauve, and almost prettier than
grenadine in black, still uxhibit an
enormous preponderance of the soberer
tints of the season.
The only new fabric which the season
has developed so far is nil gray anil
brown, iu all the different shades of
the so colors. It is a lovely, soft ma
terial. very fine, and all wool. It is
manufactured 111 what are known among
tailors as " fancy diagonal " patterns,
but is called " basket serge.' It is A
very choice and desirable material for
i spring suits, or for serviceable wear
during the spring and cool days in sum
mer. The price is one dollar per yard.
In silks there is a decided effort to
return to light'smoother, purer styles
than have been fashionable during the
past few years. Heavy gros grains, and
other thick and apparently massive silks
have been discovered to be charged not
unfreqncntly with sugar or noma other
' starchy substance to inerease their bulk
aud weight, and the fact haa discredite d
all silks of that description.
Pure black silks, so smooth as to ap
proach taffetas 111 quality ; jaspers,
which are in dark colors what chencs
are in light ; leaf-tinted elienes, hair
stripes, delicate and fine, added to tho
; mixtures in silk and wool, which seem
1 as if they hail been made to test the
degree of rarity which dress fabrics
could attain and live, present a striking
contrast to the thick cords and rough-
I nud-ready wool and cotton textures
which have been considered "style"
for the past two years.
The Bothersome Flies.
Tho following from an exchange may
not be without value:
Let 1110 give you a piece of my expe
rience with the troublesome flies. My
room, with a southern exposure, and
tho window open day ami night, has
been free from flies all summer, though
in the adjacent kitchen and dining-room
there linve been millions. I explain
tliiH by tho following observations:
1. Flies hate light. You find them in
; dark corner#, dark passages, dark holes,
never in blazing sunlight.
2. Flies hate a draught. They are
| attracted by effluvia, and like el -se sir,
i while wind beats them about and gives
; no promise of anything to eat. Set up
a tent on the prairie, making a little
oasis of darkness and dead air, and in
an hour it will be full of flies. Where
do they come from ? From down in the
■ grass where it is dark and still. 111
\ England I have seen multitudes in the
1 close lanes, overshadowed with trees
I and branching hedge-rows, of which
there are so many in that country. But
yon never find them iu the open air and
i i>f?ht.
It. Flies like all kinds of dirt, jiartie
nlarly decomposed orgnnic matter. A
kitchen full of scraps and grease, a din
ing-room with an unctuous cloth and
steaming viands, a sick room, full of
pestiferous odors and effluvia of every
sort are their paradise. Where there is
perfect cleanliness, flics, if they come
at nil, will lie torpid, as they do in un
occupied rooms during the hot weather,
aud because there is nothing for them
to eat in such a place, they will leave
as soon as light and wind are intro
ISDAY, APRIL 2, 1874.
An Even Exchange.
Old Davis, of OMipee—the well
known shingle and clapboard autocrat
of thirty rears ago had a dog named
Watch. The dog had become old and a
nuisance. Davis hud threatened often
to kill the brute, and had us often re
lented. Oue day Mini Brown, the Con
cord peddler, drove up to Davis' store,
but Davis wanted to buy nothing.
" Can't i sell you a clock ? Fve got
them cheap as dirt, aud real good ones,
"I haven't got any money."
" Drat the money ! I'll take a fair
exchange of anything."
Davis scratched his head, whereat
Brown continued:
" Come, we'll have a trade, somehow.
You've got to have one of my clocks.
Now what have you got to exchange for
it ?"
" Fve got nothing but a watch."
" Eh ! -a watch ?" cried the |>eddler,
brightening up. " What kind of a
watch ?"
" Taint of course a very good one, or
I wouldn't want to trade it off."
" What kind of cases?"
" I csn't say much for the cases, but
the inside is iu good order, and it runs
well. It'll let you know when feeding
time comes sartin."
" How'll you trade?"
"I'll give you my watch for one of
of your clocks, aud call it a bargain,
without anv ifs and ands."
"Done !' said Brown, and he selected
a steeple-topped Connecticut clock and
brought it into the store. " There's
your clock. Now where is that watch
of mine?"
Davis went to the door, whistled aud
" Watch, Watch ! Here, old fellow,
you're wanted !"
The dog came in with a bound.
" That's the ' watch,' Brown. You'll
find his iu'urds&ll right, and he can run
like Sanebo, ami when it comes meal
times, if he don't let yon know it, I'm
mistaken in him."
The peddler gasped and staggered,
and he said something not quite proper
to jKilito ears ; bnt he did not back
down. He only said, as ho hitched the
dog to the axle tree of his wagon, aud
prepare,! to drive off :
"Somebody will have to pay me for
that clock be:or* night."
And I opine that there are hundreds
of people to-day in that si-ction of New-
Hampshire, who have a firm belief that
they helped to pay old Brown for that
Hew a Hundred Lite* were Sated.
The explosion at the west shaft of the
Iloosac tunnel was accompanied by a
thrilling incident. John Greene, a
blaster, left the office where Donnelly
was engaged in charging the cartridges,
not a minute before the explosion, with
twenty-seven ixmnds of nitro-glroerine
in a can, ready for charging the holes
IK'IOW. He had reached the cage, some
fifty feet from the office, at the time of
the explosion, mid be realized that if he
remained where he was, and a second
explosion occurred, all the building*
would lw demolished by the consequent
explosion of the nitro-glycerine. Some
told him to throw the can down the
shsft; others shouted, " Drop it and
rnu!" but he did neither. Dashing
through the back door of the cage, he
rushed to an old building jmmedi?tance
from the machine shop, where he put
down the can, and then returned to see
what had booonie of his comrade Don
nelly. He had just reached the ma
chine shop door, abont 100 feet from
the office, when the second explosion
took place, but—thanks to his fore
tbought without exploding the glycer
ine. Greene was within a few feet of
James Mullany when the piece of wo >d
struck him with fs'al effect, but he
(Greene i escaped uninjured. By his
remarkable presence of mind, Greene
saved the lives of i**rhaps a hnndml
Tho concussion wrenched doors from
hangings inside the dwellings
near the office, both the doors and win
dows from the machine shop across the
way, ami tore the whole side of the
compressor building and boiler-house,
strewing the fragments for a long dis
tance in every direction. Mullany the
blacksmith who was killed, was one of
the best men on the work, and bad been
employed there for ten years. He was
asolxw, industrious man, much beloved
by all who knew him.
One Idea of Poverty,
It was Bulwer who said in nine cases
ont of ten poverty was onlv an idea
Some men with ten thousand dollars a
year suffer more fur the want of means
than others with tnree hundred. Ttie
icasou is, the rich man has artificial
wants. His income is ten thousand a
year, and lie suffers enough from being
dunned for unpaid debts to kill a sensi
tive man. A man who earns a dollar a
ilnv, ami who does net run in debt, is
the happier of the two. Very few peo
ple wlio have never been rich will lx
lieve this, bnt it in true. There are
thousands nnd thousands with princely
incomes who never knew a moment's
peace, because they lived beyond their
means. There is really more happiness
iu the world among working people,
than among those who are called rich—
always providing that poor folks do not
in a smaller way emulate the prodi
gality of their rich brethren. Poverty
is simply the question of the good or
bad management of money in baud.
Preparing SamUtonc
There are numerous methods of pre
paring artificial sandstone, of which
tin* following seems to be one of the
best: Fn m one to five parts of sand
1 are mixed with one part pulverized lime
and one part cement, and a little< r,
.ust suflieii nt to slake the lime and
. cement without formings mortar. This
mass is pounded in thin layers, espe
cially at the corners and on the sides, so
that tin HO portions may adhere firmly
together. The pieces are dried in the
air and then placed in dilute water
glass, where they stay two or three days.
When dry they nro as hard as stone,
! and are suitable for cornices and orna
ments. They are perhaps as good as
the Ransom stone, winch latter is ninde
from a mixture of cement, sand, and
purified chalk. There are three differ
; out formula) for pr | ariug it, of which
j the following is the 1 >••?>( : Cement, six
parts ; elutriated chalk, twelve parts ;
j title sand, six parts ; infusorial silloa,
| one part. These stones soon harden.
A FitßNCit SrieiPF.,—Most French*
I men, when they commit suicide, like to
do it in n way which will render them
celebrated in the papers, such is the in
herent vanity in their natures. A
coachman living at Montmnrtre invited
his friends to dinner recently, and on
' arriving there, instead of finding tlieir
host at the head of the table, ruddy aud
joyous, they discovered him dead,
hanging on the bed-post. He had ♦ ken
the precaution to provide broad, cheese
and wine for his guests.
If there be a class of human beings
| on earth who may properly be denomi-
I nated low it is that claßs who spend
without earning, who consume without
producing, who dissipate the earnings
of their fathers or relatives, without
being anything in and of themselves.
Terms: 5'2.00 a Year, in Advance.
lullttbiM TrMlauul of Paopcr t.nns
•lss In Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Evening IlulteHn
1 publishes a lengthy and interesting de
scription of the treatment of the insane
poor in certain county almshouses in
Pennsylvania. The Huttetin states
i that terrible abuse* have grown up in
this connection which only need ez
(losuro to bring about a spoedv reform,
and announces ita intention of publish
ing all the facta that can be obtained
concerning these ahus-a. A visit to one
county jKJorhouao betrayed a U-mblo
condition of affairs iu tLe Insane De
All sanitary measures were neglected,
and a sickening odor prevailed in the
department named. The insane pau
pers were confined in wooden cages,
Having only a small opening protected
by iron bars, to admit air and light.
The interior of the cagea were ©oyered
with piles of dirty straw and filth, aud
the atinosjihcre was indescribable. In
cage No. 1 was an agricultural laborer,
clad in rags. He was quirt and civil,
bis derangement not being of a violent
He ha<l been shut up in that filthy
box for eighteen months, simply be
cause they had no other place to put
him in. In the other cages the scenes
presented were even mots inhuman and
revolting. The unfortunate inmates
were nearly naked, two of them wholly
at). They crouched among the straw
and litter in their dena, some asleep or
in a stupor, aud all suffering greatly
from the wanton neglect of their keep
ers. Some oould not rise from weak
ness, their limbs having lieen so long
in s crouching attitude that they could ,
not move them.
A still more shocking sight, however,
was revealed on proceeding to the;
basement of the hospital. There, in a (
similar cage, lying on a heap of loose
straw, was a young woman twenty I
years of age. She la dumb, distorted,
and idiotic. For eighteen years she
has been confined in the poorhouse, ;
and six years she has been oonfined in 1
the cage, her only clothing a piece of i
coarse bed-ticking.
She is so weak from lying that she
can neither move her limbs, rise nor i
walk. The almshouse in which these
terrible sufferings were witnessed is ten
miles from Easton, Peuu.
The ItuUetin, in concluding the ex- j
jxisure, sails UJX.II the State to see to it
that the Board of Public Charities does
its duty in wiping off this deep stain on
civilization and humanity.
The Funerals of To- Day.
Modest funerals at modest prices are
not the rule in New York, a local paper
says. A prominent undertaker says
that every funeral he has had charge of
in the la-t few months has cost at least
5175. That sum represents only the
amount paid to himself. Metallic cas
kets only are used in fashionable fu
nerals, except for very old people, who
are content with wooden coffins covered
with cloth, costing 890. The caskets
range from S9O to $350. Th# last are
marvels of luxury and are furnished
with all the modern conveniences. In
a funeral, then, where sorrow can be
indulged in to the wildest excess, the
essket will cost $350; the hearse, sl2 ;
eight csrriagcx at $7.50 each, s<>o ; por
ters, 80; gloves for she pall bearers,
porters, nndeitaker, and clergyman,
S3O; undertaker's attention, $10; and
the opening of the grave, $7, which
makes up the total $475 that the under
taker receives. If the funeral takes
place at a church, the sexton receives
$10; there is $1 extra on each of the
carriages, The choir in-most churches
is paid. In Catholic churches the
organ, choir, and drapiqgof the church
completer in black will be furnished
for $1 iV>. " These expenses added, which
are by no means unusual, bring the cost
up to $635, and by no means includes a
utimlier of important items which go
to make up a fashionable fnnrraL Not
the least of these ia the flower-. They
are furnished as certainly M the eoffin,
forming a very important part of what
one might call the trousseau of death.
These are, to bo sure, not all furnished
by the family of the dead, bat they are
in part. A moderate basket of flowers,
such ss are lists! on these occasions,
costs S2O, out of season ; aud one bas
ket of flowers is scarcely perceived in
the floral luxuriance which usually is
spring Stuffs.
Camel's-hair, the most stylish fabric
for over dresses, says n New York fash
ion journal, is shown in various degree*
of thickness, some of which are light
enough for midsummer wear. Very
handsome qualities of this poods woven
in basket figures and in wide "diago
nals" are sold for $2 a yard, and measure
fifty inches in width; some very rough
vet light eamftlVhair is a trifle more
expensive; a novelty for $3 a yard is un
twilled camel's-hair of light loosely
woven threads; while the very lightest
quality, with soarcelv more weight thsn
sheer muslin, is sold for midsummer
use nt $4 a yard; the new camel's-hair
eh ale, exceeding all others in softness
and fineness, is two vards wide, and $8
a yard. The oolors tkot prevail among
such goods are natural shades, eern,
cream color, darker browD, and various
hcantifnl hues of silvery gray. From
four nnd a half to five yards is the
quantity sold for a jHilonaise. Casimir
chevron is a qnaint fabric said to be of
camel's-hair, but far more stiff and
wirv; it comes in gray shades with re
versed stripes, and cost* three dollars a
Bold kidnappers.
A correspondent writing from the
City of Mexico MTH: " Not long since
a rich man. Honor Cervantes, was kid
napped in the evening in one of the
moat central streets. lie passed be
t ween two file# of lounger# who politely
—this is old Spanish politeness—
opened to let him pass. He was put
into a eoaeli nt hand and driven to the
house of a well-to-do Spaniard, who
kept a grocery store; this is also situated
i.n tin- plaza, also, in a central part.
Hn lie was plaead'fal n sort of a grave
dug below the floor, and messengers
were carrying his letters and arranging
ransom. Hut his friends and Governor
Montrel and the police were wide awake
also, and after some days the letter
carrier and others were caught, in
cluding the owner of the house, the
Spaniard Senor Hello, the head of the
conspiracy. The victim was rescued
alive, and in less than twenty-four
hours this licllo and two others who
were most guilty were shot at Bello'a
doors, and afterwards hanged above
the place of their crime, and exposed
to the pubis • gnzo till the sun went
Jennie Kissed Me.
We find in a magazine a chapter on
"Kissing Literature," which omits the
gem of tie whole- Lander's playful
and exquisite verso u the wife of his
friend, who impnlsL !y kissed him for
• tome prase he had given her husband :
Jennie ki-sed me when we met,
Jumping from llio ehair she sat in;
Cupid, i nu w ho love to get
Sweets into your tiook. put that ia ;
flav 1 m ugly: say I'm old :
ISav thai health" and wealth have missed me ;
But add to that. when all is told.
Jennie kieeed me.
NO. 13.
How M May Im Htrlolawd #r rno4
lata a Or.a I I train at lakM.
HenaU* Junes of Novadahaa retired
full reports of the result* of ft aiiti
do exploration made ftt the np+um of
1 hioin-lf and a private citizen of Califor- j
nia iiut summer for the purpose of as
oertiiiuiXig the practicability of reclaim- 1
; iog or submerging the Great Colorado ,
Desert by turuiug into it the water at .
the Colorado or the Gulf of California. '
The report of Mr. J. J". James, the <mgi>
ueer of the exjxxli<<#, and elaborate .
( commentary uj*fß it by Mr. it. E.
Sketch, au eminent civil engineer of
! Han Francisco, furnish the following
very interesting information, much of
which is entirely new :
The exploration shows that the great- j
est portion of the Colorado Desert and ,
the Mojave Valley and Death Valley,
which lie north of it, are from forty to <
one hundred feet below the level of the
sea, and that this great desert, stretch
ing from Lower California to Inyo
eounty, iu the State of California, atul
from the beae of the Coast Itange .
Mountains to the Colorado rivsr, com
prising an area about 300 miles long by
150 aide, may be converted intoa chain
of lakes or irrigated by the method
above mentioned; and also that a luge !
portion of thia "desert" really nonsuits
wf extremely fertile aoil, being a deep 1
alluvium susceptible of the highest nl
tivation. It is further shown that the <
prevalence of what art- known as "sand
storms," and hot desiccating winds and
the deficient rain fall—the evils suffered
hj the surrounding country and aa far
north as the Tulare Valley of California .
—are directly traceable to the existence
of this desert from which, as from a
great furnace, there constantly rises in
the summer time a vast column of heat
ed air without appreciable humidity.
Thus the moisture of the rain-bear- )
ing clouds, which are blown northwest
erly during the summer month* from
the Gulf of California, is dissipated as
soon aa they reach the borders of this
superheated region, and prevented from
reaching the dry but fertile plains of
California beyond. The sheila fouxd
on the surface of this desert prove that
it has been at one time the bed of a
sea, and at a subsequent period the bed
of a fresh water lake. The shore lines
of both sea and lake can still he seen
and reoognixed in many places; and
Mr. Stretch expresses the opinion that
the Artec civilization of the adjaoeut
region in Arizona (of which there arc
so many traces) came to an end in eon
seqnenee of the climatic changes oaused
by the evaporation of these lakes m
Southern California, after the Colorado
nver had cat down its bed in the Great
Canyon, so deep that iu course was di
verted at Cohrille to a southerly direc
The question is suggested whether
these desert lands cannot be reclaimed
bv irrigation, and thua saved, instead
of being totally submerged, as it la eon
aidcred certain that covering them with
vegetation would tend to prevent the
evaporation of moisture and at the same
time act as a precipitant for whatever
moisture the atmosphere may carry;
or whether both plana might not be
Senator Jones expresses the opinion
that, although either course would in
volve Urge expenditures of money,
the matter is of such public interest as
to be worthy of in vestigia ion by the
Government, which alone baa the neces
sary resources and appliance* at com
mand for a thorough examination of
the subject. If by such an examina
tion the feasibility of the work should
be demonstrated, private capital might
be found to undertake it. He there
fore proposes to bring the matter to
the attention of Congress, with the view
to having a survey male by the Govern
The late I hzrles Sumner.
Chsrles Sumner was born in Boston,
Mass., Jan. 6, IHII, received his early
education at Boston Latin School, and
graduated from Harvard College in
ls3o. After a year of private study, he
entered the law school at Cambndga,
where lie formed an intimate friendship
with his teacher, Judge Story. He was
admitted io the bar in 1834. He was
appointed reporter of the Circuit Court
of the United SUtes, and in that ca
pacity published three volumes known
as " Sumner's Reports," and at the
same time edited a law journal, enti
tled the "American Jurist." During
the absence of Judge Story lie acted as
lecturer to the student*, and, not nn
frequentlv. had entire charge of the law
school, in 1837 he visited Europe, re
maining there three yesrs. On liis re
turn to Boston lie resumed practice,
and in 1844—6, published an elaborate
edition, with annotations, of ' Veaey's
Reports," in 20 vols. Although he had
always been a Whig, he took no activ#
part in politics until 1845, when, on
July 4th, he pronounced an oration be
fore the municipal authorities of Bos
ton, deprecating a war with Mexico, in
sisting that peaceful arbitration should
l>e substituted for the ordeal by battle
in public, as it already was in private
About this time he came out as a
strong advocate of anti-slavery, and
eventually separated from the Whig
party to join with the Free Soilera, to
whose candidates, Tan Bnren and Ad
ams, lie lent support in the Presiden
tial contest of 184 K. After the with
drawal of Daniel \\ dxter from the
Senate of the United State* l>y his
entrance into the Cabinet of Mr. Fill
more, in 1850, Mr. Sumner was elected
to fill the vacancy by a coalition of Free
Soilersand I>emoernts in the Massachu
setts Legislature. Once in the Senate,
he immediately took np amis against
slavery, lii* first important speech being
in opposition to the Fugitive Slave act.
This course i vssjer*ted Preston S.
Brooks, who assaulted him dangerously,
.May 22, 1856. After his entire recov
ery * in 1*39, Mr. Sumner's first inuxirt
ant speech was a denunciation of the
influence of slnvery on character, soci
ety and civilization, which was subse
quently printed under the title of "The
Barbarism of Slavery." He was an ac
tive supporter of Lincoln aud Hamlin,
in the Presidential contest of 1860. I p
to the time of his death he continued to
hold his position in the United States
Senate. At the close of the war he
made his famous motion that the names
of Federal victories should not be en
rolled upon the national standard. The
vote of censure of the Massachusetts
Legislature which this action brought
out, was rescinded just before bis
death. Mr. Sumner had been an in
valid for some jt'ars, and had, in vain,
sought relief from liis sufferings.
Withoit a Bfm, Rove. —The recent
accident on the Great Western Railway
of Canada, by which a number of per
sons were burned to death, and others
severely injured, might not have been
so fearfully fatal had there been a bell
rope on the train. A kerosene oil lamp
in the forepart of a passenger ear fell
and caused a Are. Tho wind fanned
the flames, and there was no bell rope
to notify the engineer. The conductor
testified that the company supposed
him .to have a bell rope, but that the
station master at London knew him to
be without one.
California produces lemons weighing
'24 ounces apiece.
Item* of Interest.
Tine population of Franca decreased
cm• per csenElaat year.
Defaulter* are now more elegantly
culled " hypdOlOffgiea." „
I ore is an egotism of two. The first
sigh of love is the last of wisdom.
The way they bntioh np ilmsw la
the back now a-days is sstoniabiog.
A Keokuk butcher gives away a
ohromo with svery ten pounds of meat.
The wivae of Brwbam Voting ate the
envy of Uaeiz MX. Theymratn always
The tariff on snuff is 50 bents a pound
This makes it mighty expanaiva to
By industry a good fanner in Europe
rata gat SSO a year tad a salt of clothes
SH wages.
Waste of wealth is sometimes ro
> ferisvad ; waste of health seldom; waste
I of time never.
There are 25,000 women in the lowa
, gran;."-*, etch of whom ie intrusted
1 1 with t vote.
f A hungry panther recently tried to
' rob the V, o. mailt between Barktville
; and China, Tenn.
'The Parisian* are confident that the
Column Vand'une will be done in time
for the next Commune,
; Wetcfa for little opvrtunmi for
tervfng or pleasing, and put little an
noyaness oat of the way.
Home vooaiiete take pride v 'n exhibit
ing a fine falsetto voiee ; others In dis
playing fine false of teeth.
The Ohio women have eloeod up 836
saloons thus far. leaving tome i villages
without a drinking place.
A lad of fourteen it conducting a re
ligious revival in Illinois, and is win
ning ooaverta by the score.
Gold hunters are leaving Oregon in
large numbers for the Alaska mines.
The mines have not yet been practically
Miss Nellie Grant's Bartoriou s owns a
faro in Wisconsin, which be tilled until
fhe death of bis mother made him heir
to no English estate.
A Montreal man said, "By tka Lord
Harry 1" and a justice fined him $7 and
coats How eoold a Yankee ever put
np a stove in that country T
"Ha naughty girl should hurt you,
1 like a g<od girl yon would forgive her,
wouldn't yon?" Tea, rnarm,' she re
plied, "it I couldn't catch her."
That man is rich who has a good dis
position—who is naturally kind,patient,
cheerful, hopeful, and who has a flavor
of wit and fun in his composition.
The meet shocking evidence of hard
times we have yet seen is produced by
Hertford, Conn., which can not raise
half money enough to hire n base-ball
< club.
Hot alum water is n recent sugges
tion as an insecticide. It will destroy
red and black ante, cockroaches, spi
ders, chintz bugs, and all crawling
"And did you hear him call her my
dear, or anything like that V naked the
lawyer. " No, sir! of course not; why,
she* was his wife," answered the lady
* witness.
A Wisconsin minister has been found
• guilty by* a church council of " not
always handling the truth with sufficient
carefulness to meet the demands of
veracity. "
Home European humanitarians have
devised an iron mask for cattle doomed
to slaughter, with a socket over the
s centre of the forehead, into which fits a
death-dealing nasi.
The people ef Montana called it" the
natural park of the Yellowstone " until
Congress accepted it, and now tbey
want one hundred thousand dollars for
, " improve uienta."
The Green Bay girls, having beard
: that certain young men would not marry
* woman who eoold not do housework,
j can now be sen every morning sweep
ing off the doorsteps.
An applicant for a pair of boots at
one ef onr shoe shops was asked what
number be wore, and replied, as soon
as be could recover from his surprise,
! " Why, two, of course.**
A Baltimore jury recently brought in
a verdict for the respondent in the oase
. of a will contested because it was writ
' ten partly in ink and partly with a
lead pencil and was not sigued.
Weekly payments by Government are
urged upon the ground that the in
creased trouble and expense would be
trifling compared with the benefits that
would accrue to all parties concerned.
Merimec says, in one of his letters,
" I don't like relations ; yon ire obliged
1 to be familiar with people you never
•aw, just because they happen to be
eons of the same father as your own
1 fsilK-r."
[ At Chatham, England, there is a msn
who regularly refuses to have his chil
dren vaccinated, and will not pay the
fines. The Anti Vaccination Society
support his wife and family while be it
j in prison.
"So vou are taking leeaona in draw
ing,- Bailie ?" " Yea, and the teacher
says I im sn spt pupil, as I draw more
j inferences, insinuations, admirers, and
allowances than any girl in the
Americans who pay nearly a million
for an artillery regim'ent may weH envy
the fortune of Sir Garnet Woieeley,
who hired all the soldiera he wanted
from two African kings at SSO per
' thousand men.
A little boy CJirrving home some eggs
from the grocery, dropped them. " Did
vou break any T" asked hi* mother,
when he told her of it. " No," said the
little fellow, " but the shells came off
of some of *etu."
It costs as much to take care of an
acre of ice as it does an acre of corn.
There is scarcely a square foot of ioe in
the Kennebec, Me., suitable for hoist
ing, that baa not been carefully and
patiently cultivated.
A young lady in Gloucester > vcharged
with keeping her light burning in the
parlor nutil very late on Sunday night,
in order to harrow the sensitive feel
ings of an envions neighbor into the
belief that she has really got a beau.
How doth the little busy pig improve
each ahining hour, and gather saugages
all day from cveuy opening flower ? And
when the shades of twilight fall he
slumbers in his sty, or sings his pret
tv evening him—" Root, little pig, or
i die !"
The Dieppe police, warned by sev
eral recent calamities, have issued a
notice to persons, requesting them,
when a lady is in danger of drowning,
to seize her by the dress and not by the
hair, which oftentimes remains in their
Ohio has some accommodating men
within liet limits. For instance, Mrs.
John Lane said to John the other day,
"I'd hang myself if I didn't know
] more about business than that," and
John accordingly went out and sus
pended himself.
.Speaking of the half-naked statue of
Washington, which cost SSO,(MX), in the
East Capitol Park, Grace Greenwood
wittily says that his outstretched arm
points reproachfully toward those glass
cases in the Patent Offioe, where hang
his much-desired habiliments.
A worthy Quaker thns wrote : "I
1 ' expect to pass through this world but
■ j once. If, therefore, there be any kind
ness I can show, or any good thing I
can do to my fellow human being, let
me do it now. Let me not defer nor
neglect it, for I will not pass this way
l again."
The King of Maaindy, in Upper
Egypt, having died, was lately buried,
his wives being interred alive with him.
' A number of prisoners of war were
I taken to the immense gravj, their limbs
' broken, and tlnir mutilated bodies
| flung on the dead king and his wretched
I widows.
John Bucks jumped from a New
, York ferryboat the other day, leaving
I behind him a letter in which he in
- 3: quired, " Why should I live in this
, world tied to a serpent's tongne ?" and
when it is known that the serpent's
' tongue alluded to was whisky, nobody,
we presume, will care to answer the