The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, July 23, 1874, Image 1

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    The lovs thst will scone*'. ?ivr.
The !ove thst is snnoet to .'if.
The love that soon flj ,> v
Is llie love
That is told hy * sigli.
Tli* love that is surest to last.
T!ie love that a woman's heart ne< .la,
Tha love that will evor be fast.
• Is the love
Tliat is ei<olin in deed*.
Across the Street.
Jennie lives amiss the w a\%
Just ahont sixteen. they say
1 shall he nineteen next May."
Pretty as a hir.l is she.
And she hv is s.-ive* at ne
Pert and saucy as can he.
Sometimes w* pet on like mice -
If I tell her she is "nine,"
Then she gets as cool as ice !
Why. she's but a child sixteen.
I tell her so. She calls me "mean,**
And gets as haughty as a queen
And then she gross so wry ;>le ;
I wonder what can ever ail
The girl Perhaps she's heard sonic tale I
I lore her very well, yen knew.
And oft hare tried to tell her so.
Hot, suiJh she hates me. Ut t go '
" A bar is An animal to b* respect, d
ami imitated. H# seldom goes out ol
liis war to injure anybody, but he don't
stand much foolin' if anylxniy under
takes to meddle with him. lie remem
ber* a pood turn lon per than most men
do, and if he has a weakrn ss for horn y,
I've never knowed him, of his own ac
cord, to mix it with anything dele
terious. 80 much for the principal
character in ray story, aud I must fol
low with a abort sketch of myself be
low I come to the main pint. Not far
from where I was borued there lived an
old woman that was believed to be a
witch. Now whenever a baby was
horned ahe could tell at first sight what
he or she was likely to be good for m
the world. When ahe see my oldest
brother look in' so cute out of his eyes,
and holdin' his little fists so tight, she
condemned him to be a lawyer. And
so it was. He turned out to be one of
the biggest rascals in Southwestern
Virginia. The second boy my mother
fetched was prophesied for a famous
politician, and he growed up still worse
than the lawyer, if so be si eh a thing is
possible. Now when the old woman
was called on to look at me, she sot for
a long time in a kind of brown study.
At last she spoke up. 'This boy," says
she, ' has got the gifts that might set
him ahead of either of bis brothers,
but it would be a shame to bring up
aich a stout and open-handed baby to
any of them weakly, sneakiu' busi
" Daddy took the thing to heart, and
bein' flattered with her prognostica
tions eoneernin' of me, concluded to do
full justice to my faculties, and bring
me np as a har- H miter; and BO be
christened me Rowzey, after old Leather
Bill Atkins's big bar dog. This dog
aforesaid was so tnrrible on wild var
mints that Brother Ballard, the lawver
(who was high larnt 1, told Leather Itill
if he wasn't stopped there would be no
game left in the mountains—no more
than there was in the island of Chios
after Orion's raid. Nft Rein' mnch ad
dicted to Scriptnre, I don't know what
t hat meant. No more did old Leather;
but the expression skeered him, and he
sent the dog away.
" Well, no 60ouer was I fairly weaned
than daddy begins my eddication by
gittin' me a six months-old bar cab for
a playmate. That cub we named Rough,
accordin' to his nater, and he was a very
comfortable friend as long as we were
rompin' or sleepin* together ; bnt when
our bowl of mush and milk was sot
down there was a suspension of socia
bilities until cne of ns got a sound
wollopin', and the winner finished the
mush and milk.
" Rough and me generally fit fair,
bathe wonld sometimes take u mean
advantage when he found I had the
upper hand in a fight; he npsot the
Kn, well aware that when it came to
_>ping milk off the floor he was boss
and I was nowhere. In spite of these
little onpleasantnessea we both man
aged to keep fat aDd hearty, and no
outside beast or hnman ever ondertook
to poke his snont bet ween ns without
feelin' the strength of oar friendship.
When we had growed to be three or four
years old. Rough, accordin' to bar
nater, had got so far ahead of me, and
so careless about my clothes, that mam
my begin to feed as in separate pans.
This new plan was so mighty quiet that
mammy, fearing that we might pine
for onr usual exercise and excitement,
would sometimes slop a bowl of milk
into the mush pot, and allow ns to go
for the acrapin's. Gentlemen, are yon
acquainted with scrspin's ?"
We were constrained to acknowledge
our ignorance of the term. With a
smile of benignant pity for onr sim
plicity, the narrator continued :
"In our settlement it was the pride
of good houaekeepin' to keep the mush
pot always .hot and Dever empty,
and what with filiin' and re
flllin' yon might reckon it would git
pretty well gammed up. It was cooled
off and scraped mostly of a Saturday
evenin'. Now, gentlemen, them scrap
in's, all so crisp and crusty, had a flavor
that was mighty euticin' to boya and
bars, and I can't help feelin' sorry for a
feller whose boyhood hain't been en
riched with the recollection thereof.
Bnt to foller the text. Although it
monght be supposed human wit would
have given me some advantage over a
brute beast, yet, to tell the truth,
Rough's muscle was gittin' a little too
much for my strength and science to
gether, as appeared one day when a
whole coach-load of our lawyer and
politician relatives come to make a
sociable visit to daddy and mammy. I
believe the whole notion of it was to
befool him and her into signin' some
paper, that thev monght cheat him
outen his land. Bnt the har and me
knowed nothiD* of that, bein' sent to
gether into the kitchen when the com
pany landed, mammy being ashamed to
show us with the pretty children all
dressed in store clothes and ribbons.
But this put put Rough and me both in
a bad humor; so we fell a-quarrelin'
between ourselves, and presently we
had a row, and he Blapped me into the
slop-tub head-foremost, where I
mought have drowned if, at the same
time, he hadn't npsot the tnb in his
awkwardness. Now our visitors had
jist laid off their cloaks and bonnets,
and was a-siickeu up their children's
curls, and a-braggiu' of their smart
ness, when in I straddled, drip
pin' out of the slops, and bawlin'
like a bull-calf. Now mammy was one
of those hard-headed women that set no
value on calioo and store knickknacks
for herself, but to see her brag child
cnttin' sich a figure in company was a
little too much, and she flared up like
an armful of brush.
"'Husband,' said she, 'either that
boy or that bar has got to leave this
house. The brute has outgrowed the
child, it has, and they can't git along
agreeable no more, and on account of
its on mannerliness it's onpossible to
keep Rowzey dressed decent, it is.'
" ' Well, what's to be done about the
boy's eddication ?' says dad.
"Mammy suggested that I wasgettin'
big enough to go to school. Dad had
hearn say it was more aristocratic and
safer for the children's morals to have
a private tutor, so he swore we should
hold on to the bar.
" Things went on as usual for a
while, when the family dispute was set
tled by a onforeseen circumstance. One
day I was roastin' of a tarter in the
ashes, when I observed Bough a-settin'
off by the door a-watohin' me out of the
VOL. Ml.
1 corner of his wo. 1 mistrusted hi*'in
tentions, and as I kuowed 1 was no
longer m nnitoli for him in * scramble,
I jistl kivered my tutor a little
and slyly pnl the |oktT to hoat in the
coals. \VhoH it was done, I took up
the poker and poked out my tart< r on
the iiearth. No sootier was it clear of
the hot ashes titan 1! ugh'* paw covered
it, and slap went the red poser atop tf
his paw. There was ay 11 you mought
have heard a uulo off, ami the whole
eahin smelt of burnt har. I was scared
myself; so, droppiu' the poker and
hnatliu' up my roast, I started for the
stable loft, but at the room-Joor 1 met
daddy eomin' in all in a dare.
" * liowiff,' said he, ' what have you
been a-doin to tha*. poor brute beast?'
••' Notion',' sava I, feeliu' mighty
mean. 4 He grabbed my tater, and 1
licked htm, that's all. And it was u
fair tight.'
44 What do you think the cussed brute
done? Why, he jis held tip his burnt
paw to show daddy, and tlica went
nor in' and whiuiiT around the hot
poker, telhu* the whole story iu fewer
words than any human could have done.
Weil, dad list divided his judgments
by giviu' Hough the tater and giviu'
me tits, which was sweetened by my
so in' the brute eat it, all the while
makiu' impudent faces at me. while I
-food snivelin'in a corner. We never
had any more friendship or confidence
in each other after that. All the art
fulness of my ualur was roused by the
wish to git square with the brute unbe
known to daddy ; and Hough never see
me pick np anything after that, even a
chip, that he didn't run and hide hia
Mammy took advantage of the
coolness, and |H>or Hough, like Ishmael,
was sent back into the wilderness.
After he was gone it come back to me
that 1 had acted a mighty mean part
toward my old companion, and for
many a day I felt lonesome and pium"
whenever I thought of him. Then 1
was sent to school a while where 1 was
licked through from a l> ah (Ymstanti
isopfejia levs than two years,fit the boys,
kissed the girls, aud picked up an
amount of book larmn' and high die.
that has been an advantage to rne ever
since, as you gentlemen can plain y see.
But as soon as I had growed big
enough to handle a rule dad took me
home agiu, to shine up ray professional
edd icatiou uuder hisseif. Tonchiu'
lightly on the wulgar business of plow
in" and plant in' corn, he lartit me to
track a doer and line a wild bee to sicli
a certainty that we never was scarce of
meat nor honey in onr house, though
we did sometimes have to trade for
corn meal. One eveuin', as I was a
comin' home from watehin' a deer lick,
1 meets a bar right in the path. I was
so took by surprise that I fired my gun
in the air, then quickly dropped if, and
drawed my butcher knife ; but the var
mint wasn't so much scared, and sot up
on his hind-logs, shadm' his eyes with
his paw, as if lie was trvin' to make
ont who I was. That paw 1 noticed had
a streak of white har across it, and the
next minnte we was bugged in each
other's arms ; for you may well believe
old Rough aud me was mighty pleased
to see each other.
" Now, gentlemen, a dog can always j
express his feelie's, or git our gotxl
will, by a " moviu' tail,' bnt a bar is
not likewise gifted, bein' limited to wry
faces and awkward paws, and to have
seen old Rough tryin' to say his say ,
would have r. do yon bust a-laughin';
but, gentlemen, i' was plain to see the
ere tor's heart was in the right place.
He bore me no grudge for the past, and
tried to hide that scarified paw for fear
I monght feel bad about it. Seeiu' 1
that my old friend wasn't nigh so sleek
and glossy as he used to be, 1 conceited
he was leadin' a tolerable hard life, and
tried to persuade him to foller me
home, explainin' to him that we wasted
enough at the cabin to keep him fat to
the end of his days. But no: his mind
was fixed; his only answer was a
mournful shake of the head, and givin'
roe a far'w-ll squeeze, lie trotted awav
into the woods. As be went, I thought
I see him lift his left paw to wipe a
fallin' tear. Yon may latgb, gentle
men, but there is more humanity about
dumb creturs than we are awar' of
" For a long time after that I was
afeared to risk a shot at a bar. and to
shnn temptation, give up carryin' a
gun, and turned my attention chiefly to
huntin' bee trees. They were plenty
enongh in onr mountains, and for con
venience I built me a camp some way
off from the settlements, and hewed out
a big trough to hold the houey I gath- I
ered. Now I filled my trough from
time to time, but every night the var
mints come and cleaned me ont, which
I knowed to be bars, seein' their tracks,
and bein' awar' of their Lkin's. After
loain' my labor in this way for some
time, I bethinks me of a plan for gittin'
even with 'em. I gits me a keg of
peach brandy, and savin' a very moder
ate supply for my own needcessities, I
pours the liquor into my trough, and
1 mixed it pretty thick with honey. Then
I whetted my knife, and retired to the
camp to watch the effect of my trap. 1
; carried a gourd full of the mix with
me, which was so ensued sweet that I
can't mind anything more that
happened until to-morrow mornin',
when I was wakened by a hellu
j halloo the like of which I never
| heard before nor since. Clearin' the
husks out of my throat with a
I swig from my jug, I draws my
! knife, and creeps on all fours to ward
I the lioney trough, where I see a sight
! winch tilled me with astonishment and
i laughter. The whole place was black
I with bars. I wouldn't like to risk my
reputation— which is undoubted—by
statin' the number. There mought
have been a hundred, more or less, of
all ages and sizes, from an old six-hun
dred pounder to a six-months cub, all
drunk as Christians. Now the longer I
studied their doin's the more nateral
they looked, jist as I've seed civilized
humans carryin' on up at Beverly after
an election-day. Bich was the elevatin'
influences of "good liquor on savage
brutes, which appeared to laise 'em so
nigh to our level, that as I laid there
watcbiu' for achauce to go iu I begin
to feel as if I was plottin' murder agin
my fellow-creturs.
" Howaomdever, what I monght have
concluded don't much signify, for
presently an old sot, happenin' to stag
ger into the thicket where I was hid,
caught sight of me, and gave a yell that
fairly lifted the hat off my head, and
fetched every bar to his feet. Ap
parently my time was short; but still
calculatin'to stampede 'em, lup with a
mighty shout, slitherin' the old blather
skite that raised the alarm. I went in
through the brush like a whirlwind.
It was a foolish idee. I'each-aud-houey
don't make brutes skeery no more than
it does men, and in less than two
minutes I was smotherin' under a
sqnirmin' stack of bar meat about the
size of dad's cabin. Now, as I wasn't
smashed to death, my position mougbt
be rightly considered providential; for
the bodies of the brutes that lay next
to me kivered me agin the teeth and
claws of the outsiders, and bein' well
nigh smothered themselves, they was
obliged to figtit outward for fresh air.
But it don't signify to be tellin' how I
got out of there, for I don't exactly
know myself. Howsomdever, when I
rose and got my breath, I see the bars
all around me fightin' among their
selves, makin' the fur fly like feathers
at a gooM-pltickiu', and quite unmind
ful of the stranger among 'em. 1
mought have cleared myself thru, but
my blood Wa* np and I went through'em,
stahbttl' right and left, oumcrctful us a
mad wild cat, reapectm' neither age nor
sex. J Ist then se veral old fellers Hp
poured to git a smelt of luc, and closed
in mightv savage. While 1 fit iu front,
a rascally old squeezer grabbed me
round the neck from behind. I struck
backward, Helm' my knife enter Ins
cussed carcass a dozen times; but it
didn't loosen Ins grip, and I felt my
strength goiu", At this pint a big bar
poked Ins Lead up from behind the
honey trough, ruhhiu' Ins little eyes as
if he had jist waked up. Iu a minute
he broke for us.
" ' ltowiev," thinks I, * it's time for
family worship. Now 1 lav me down
to sleep- -'
"As I prayed I made a stab at the
big he, wlio shunned the blade, and, to
my astonishment, grubbed the beast in
front of tue witli his left paw, seudiu'
htm htels over head ; then with Ins
right he tort> tiic feller off my back. I
was too far gone to ask questions, but
bein' loose once wore, 1 broke for camp.
There 1 barricaded myself in with pole*,
and laid pan tin' and sippin' peaeh-and
honey until 1 fairly come to my strength
agin. It took me some time longer to
git up pluck enough to venture back
toward the battle-ground. Howsorn
dever, late in the afternoon I ilnl creep
down that way, mighty like a sheep deg
ut first, but holder when 1 see that
everything was quiet. Around that
honey trough lay twenty-two dead
bar, young and old. tientlemeu,
I value my reputation too high
to weigh it agui bar meat. Gentle
men, 1 counted them bodies a* they
lay, and you mar think 1 was mighty
proud as 1 viewed the ground. Well*,
I mought have lieen, but there was one
corpse too many there for my peace of
mind. Over by the honey trough, jist
where my life was saved, as I thought,
by the miraculous mistake of adrnnkeu
old bar, there lay two bodies, clutched
iu a death grip, jist as they had fell
tlghtiu'. They were badly tore, and
the leaves all atotind soaked and
stained ; but as I stoojied over te look
closer, 1 felt a cold shiver that froze
clean to my bone*. There was the white
paw, stiff and bloody. Gentlemen,
there lay Hough, my old playmate."
The rugged hunter drew his slcevj
acro-s his eyes, reached over for the
pitcher, and turned it bottom upward
over his empty glass.
" Well, I went to work savin* my
meat with a heavy heart, and next day
got some fellers up from the settle
ments with horses and sleds to help me
down with it. Then* ieh a pile
that all the neighbors gathered in to
look and git a share, and (here was a
mighty guessiu' and bettin' on the
weight. Now we had no steelyards
nor scales of any kind ; bat there was
Bill.Swanson, who bad got weighed
oust when he w-is down to the Kanawha
Salt-works, and aroordin' to his recol
leetion, which was good when he staid
sober 1 which be never did willin'h i, he
drawed jist two hundred aud eighty,
down weight, on the salt-wnrks s -ales.
Well, we jist laid a stout rail acrost a
stump, seesaw fashion, ami sot old Bill
on one eend and piled bar meat OU the
other, till we got his hett which we
did ; I uow disremember whether hit
was seven or seventeen times. How
somdever. none of us bein' scholars
enough to substract that together, we
scored the times on a saplin', till the
school master came along to cipher it
up for us. Rut everybody 'lowed they
never sec sich a pile of meat in all their
born davs."
" And did Ton never try that trap
again. Itowxey ?"
"Oh yea ; for TOU see, after old
Rough was dead I had no mercy on
bar any more, and I sot that same trap
over and over. But I fooled away my
lienor and honey ; for though my bait
was took regularly, I never see bar nor
a bar's track in that neighborhood arter
ward. But oust I see old Bill Hwanson
lurkin' around thar, aud hann' my
own suspicions, I left off settin'."
" And did yon eat old Bough with
the rest ?" inquired Dick.
" Mister," said the mountaineer, with
a gesture of indignant scorn, "sich a
question is a u i sored it to the feller that
asks it. Do I look like a lawver or a
heathen cannibal? No, sir; I buried
him decent and respectable, with all
his har on him, jist as 1 would i
Christian friend, juid I tarred In
name on a smooth claplsisrd, and stuck
it up at his head. And thar he moug .t
have rested in peace to this day ; but
some of them high-seienced fellers from
the East come a noain' and a-soratchin'
through that conntrv. and mistakin'
the grave foi an Injiu luound, they ex
eawatod poor Rongh's bones and sent
'em to Baruum's Institute, at Washing
ton city, where I've hearu say they
stands in a glass cast 1 , as the skeleton
of a celebrated Injin chief, between a
par of General Washington's old
breeches and General Jackson's night
cap, which he wore at the battle of New
Orleans. Porte Crayon.
Thai Sproemg Earl,
The Earl of Yarborongh, who has
just turned up in Jersey, England, is
abont forty years old ; he is married,
and has several children ; his estates
are large aud valuable ; he is the pAtron
of fifteen livings in the Established
Church, and he has everything to make
him happy. All the same ; be is so un
happy that he drinks to excess to drown
his grief, and goes on sprees that often
last for days. One eveniug recently he
was seen in the lobby of the House of
liOids quite tipsy, later in the night he
was seen at the Victoria Station, still
drinking, and since then has been in
obscurity. Home ono suggested that
probably he had followed the example
of a brother nobleman who jumped
from Westruiuster Bridge theotht rday
in order to put ■ i end to his troubles.
But those who knew Lord Yarborongh
said that perhaps he had been mtir
dered, but that he disliked water too
much to drown himself. A description
of his person and dress was published,
and a reward offered for news of liini.
A body was picked up in the river
dressed just as Lord Yarborongh had
been dressed, aud answering the de
scription given of him. But a closer
examination of the Corpse proved that
it was not that of the missing noble
man, and that probably some base ple
beian had drowned himself in order to
receive a peer's funeral. Meanwhile
the search was continued until finally
lie was found—only suffering with a
very bad headache.
Wages (iolng Down.
Notwithstanding the strikes in Eng
land, the wages of all except farm la-
Ijorers are going down. The colliers of
South Durham have been reduced ten
per cent., and seventy thousand are in
idleness in opposition to the measure.
The colliers in the Burnley district
have returned to work at their masters'
terms, after spending SIOO,OOO in idle
resistance. The foremen in the col
lieries, men who are paid by weight for
the ooal raised, and make their own
terms with the workingmen, realise im
mense profits. In a case recently hoard
before a Warkwicksliire court, one of
these foremen admitted that his in
come averaged S4OO a week in gold.
An Imliau Kbqn ineiit.
Gen. Custer, in hi* " lafe on the
Plains," tell* the following story of the
successful elopement of the daughter
of a chief :
Guc evening after we had gone into
camp, many long weary miles from our
point of st ir'lug. and when we stip|*>s
ed we hud left all the Ivioivas safely lit
camp awaiting the release of their two
chiefs, 1. me Wolf and Hatauta. we were
all surprised to see a young and hand
some Kiowa warrior gallop into our
midst accompanied by a youug squaw,
who certainly could not have reached
the age which distinguishes the woman
from the girl. In a few moments our
little party gathered about these two
wayfarers, eager to learn the cause of
their sudden and unexpected visit. The
girl was of almost marvel
lous beauty, a beautr o remarkable
that my companions of that march re
fer to her to this day as the most beau
tiful squaw they have ever seen. Iter
graceful and well-rounded form, lier
clearly-cut features, her daik expres
sive eyes, fringes I with long silken
lashes, cheeks rich with the color of
youth, teeth of pearly whiteness occa
sionally peeping from between her full,
rosy lips, added withal to u most be
witching manner, required not the ro
mance of her story to make her an ob
ject of deep interest in the eyes of the
gallant* of our party. But to their
She wa* the daughter of Black Kagle,
st that time the acting bead chief of the
Kiowa*. The young warrior who rode
at her side was somewhat of a youug
Ijocbinvar in disposition. It was tlie
old, old story, only to be repeated again
by these representatives of the red man
- mutual and love ou the
part of the voonptw; opposition
equally determined upon the part of
Black Eagle ; not that the young war
rior was objectionable, but uufortunato
ly, as m lint too often the cime, bo WM
poor, autl could not offer in exchange
for the hand of a chit-fa daughter the
proper number at pontes. Itlaek Kagle
was inexorable—the lover*, constancy
itself. There was but oue thing for
them to do, uud they did it.
Aware of our proposed expedition in
search of the Cheyenne* an i Arapahoe*,
they timed their aff* a accordingly.
Giving us timo to get two days the
start, they slipped away from their vil
lage at dusk the eveuin of the second
day after our departure and hastening
uuperceived to a thicket near by, where
the lover had taken the precaution to
conceal two of the fleetest ponies of ihe
village already saddled, they were so in
IU their saddles and galloping for love
and life away from the Kiowa village.
I say galloping for life, for by the lu
dmu law, if the father or relatives of
the girl could overtake the lovers with
in twenty-four hours, the life of the
young woman would pay the forfeit.
Th-y foliosi-d our trail in order to
avail themselves of our protection by
traveling with us as far as our course
might lead them in the direction of the
Staked Plain*, on tin- l crder* of which
a straggling band of Kiowas, under the
chief Woman Heart, was supposed to
be, and which the low rs intended to
join, at least until the rage of jmfrr
/amiltiu should subside and they be in
vited to return. This in brief was their
story. I need not add that they found
a hearty welcome in our midst, and
were assured that ti.ey need uo longer
fear pursuit.
That evening, after the camp fires
were lighted, the officer* of our party,
with an interpreter, gathered al*>ut the
camp fire of the bridal cotipie and
I assed a pleasant hour in conversation
Their happiness and exultation at their
success in escaping from their village
were too powerful to be restrained, and
in many delicate little ways the bttde
for by Indian law twenty-four hours'
absence from the village with her luv r
made her a bride -plainly lietrayed lor
• xc ediug fondness for him who had
risked all to claim her as lua own.
After ray return to the main camp I
met Black Kagle, and informed him
that hi* daughter ai d her husband hnd
t>een companion* of our march. " Yes.
Why did you not kill him ?" was his re
ply, which npou inquiry he explained
by saying tnat if some person had
kindly put an end to the life of his
son-in-law, it would have benefited him
to the value of several j ouies ; his dif
ficulty seeming to be in overcoming the
loss of the ponies which should have
been paid for hi* daughter's hand. I
afterwards learned, however, that the
haughty child became reconciled to the
wilful lovers, And Invited tliem to re
turn to hi* lodge, su invitation they
were not tardy in accepting.
A Night In the Country.
Alwut 11 o'clock, writes a city man
who is making a visit to the Country,
the dogs take'n tongue in. The faithful
watch dogs generally form themselves
into Granges, each containing about
700 dogs, for mutual aid ni d benefit in
the illicit distillation of mn ton. Every
night oue hundred dogs steal away si
lently to kill sheep, while the other six
hundred hark furiously, to induce their
owners to believe they nre, like the
Hon. Elijah Program, " active to their
trust," and to cover the bloody opera
tions of their fellows. At midnight the
cow, whose calf has been reft from her,
having reflected on her loss, lifts up
her voice and laments. The lament of
a sorrowful cow in a barn is something
nui jjctirrin in the mutter of sounds.
Iu the first place, it takes her a long
time to become loud, and an equally
long time to fill the barn with noise.
But when the building is crowded with
" moo," and it begins to leak out nt the
windows nnd doors in raufilcd and mcl
ancholy thunder, she has a long inter
val of rest to prepare fir another blast
ere the first, undulation has been ex
hausted. About two in tho morning
she is drowned out and silenced by a
jackass somewhere iu tl * country, who,
having nerved himself ir the effort by
a silence of twenty-four hours, delivers
himself of a bray thnt makes the sky
bright with a responsive shower of
shooting stars. There is nil awful si
lence for about twenty minutes, no ani
mal daring to call his voice his own ;
then the jackass sings again. .Inst as
the country side is congratulating itself
that the infliction is over, for another
interval of twenty minutes, he dis
charges a third volley, and then is heard
no more. You, however, do not know
whether he has broken a blood-vessel
or gone to sleep ; but, with a dreadful
uncertainty as to when the next bray
will occur, put your head under the
clothes, and your thumbs iu your ears,
; and wuit.
Chinese Old Maids.
In China a woman may grow old and
remain unmarried without being con
sidered a disagreeable person to have
about. In fact, it is rather nice thun
otherwise to be an old maid there. A
Shanghai journal tells us that the Em
peror has just decreed that special hon
ors be paid to two ancient spinsters,
one of whom has recently died after a
life of devotion to the memory of her
dead betrothed. The other spinsb r,
who is still living, has the extraordinary
fact related ol her that in her youthful
days she refused to marry an eligible
young person on the ground tlint, she
couldn't leave her home. When the
Emperor heard this he instantly or
dered her noble conduct to be recog
A Plague of tlrasshoppers.
During ti'vrnl weeks past tlint vora
cious insect, the grasshopper, him IMWU
■anting the wheat, oats, alul corn in
lowa nml othisr Western KUU', lv
wholesale. In aotue counties, scarcely
u field 1 uni escaped its ravages. The
patches in which the egg* have been
moat uuiucloubly drptwilnl have leen
cleared of rvery \estige of
anil tho young grasshoppers, a* they
pass through their several moulting#
ami increase in size, hop about in pur
suit of food in far too lively a manner.
They come from the egga without
wings, ami continue to grow and de
vour until fully matured. After a few
• oka of aong and reproduction, the
body begins to shrivel, the legs wither,
the appetite ceaaea, and death speedily
follow*. The largest yet found are not
more than two-thirda grown, so it will
take Borne tune before any of them are
ready to move elsewhere. A resident of
tluniholdt county, writing to a Chicago
paper saya: "This auction ia stocked
with grasshopper*. They are not big
enough to fly, and thus far have only
committed depredations in the places
where their egga were laid. In ten or
a dozen counties west of Humboldt,
and up the West branch of the lies
Moine* river, the country ia full of
them. They have already eaten the
growing crop 011 the grouud and left
the tie hi a barren as a board," In Hac
county they have made auoh havoe that
a correspondent thinks the land IU eul
tiratiou " will he nothing hut a barren
s!e." From present appcarauees he
flrmlv believe* that there will not be
fifty bushels of wheat, oats, and corn
raised this year.
In fact, the outlook is so unpromis
ing that many of the settler* have de
cided to leave the Htatc until they can
recover sufllcieutly to enable them to
resume possession of their homesteads,
and begin the battle of life over again,
hi order that they may not forfeit their
rights by absence, a bill was recently
passed I'V Oongresa giving thcin the
privilege to remain uway for a year,
i'iirae settlera have suffered a great
deal iu their rfferU to establish proa
|erou* colonies. Lilt wiuter, thou
sands of them were often without the
means of supporting life. Through a
lack of experience their first crop# fail
ed, and owing to the tact that the eoun
tle iu which they settled most largely
had previously had few inhabitants,
they were compelled to poll along as
best they could, without advice from
any quarter.
A corresjioiident who has witnessed
the work of the grasshopper* in several
counties is bitter in his denunciation of
those landowners who try to prevent
the true state of the facts from lieitig
made public, lest it may have the effect
of preventing immigration. Keeently,
ho says, he heard the largest land
owner 111 Sac county offer to sell four
hundred acres of wheat for what the
seed cost him. Two hours subsequently
an immigrant called upon the same man
to buy -onie land. While walking about
the farm, the immigrant noticed a strip
of hare earth across a wheat field, and
having inquired about it. was coollv
informed that it had been kept in sucii
condition so that the herders could bel
ter prdlert the wheat from the cattle.
'* These," the correspondent, "are
the men who induce newspaper editors
to say, no gr*ahoppers iu this eotiuty."
t'ud'-r existing circumstance* emigra
tion toward the grasshopper county ia
not likely to IMS very brisk.
What lie Will Do.
Mr. Reeeher, accordi• g to an inter
viewer, said that lie had made up hi*
mind that he ought to take no notice
what, ver of tho rreen' stat'-mviita pub
lished l*v Tilt, in, and added ; "I do not
blame Mr. Til ton ; the whole affair 1*
the fault of meddling ecclesiastics, and
1 do not f.-el that I am Ixiutui to gratify
them or the g. n.-ral public by noticing
Mr. Tiltoii'a statement*. I hare a Urge
church under my care, and I owe a duty
t my congregation first. Beside* 1 am
n member of the pre**, and my paper
r quires considerable attention from
•' Do voti intend to notice this matter
in your ?" asked the correspon
'"No," replied Beecher; "1 ilont
think ! ought to enter into any news
paper controversy. I must say frankly
that I very much admire the tone snd
tcni|*-r in which the press generally
have dealt with this subject, aud it is
sad that this matter, which is mainly
personal, Inith us regards Tilton and
myself and others, should IK* publicly
paraded to satisfy the curiosity of some
of the public, l)o yon not think lam
right?" said Mr. Beecher.
The reporter suggested that unfor
tunately there was much in what was
recently made public by Tilton which,
though n d concln-ive in itself, might
lie eousidi red in the worse senseagaiust
Mr. Beecher, and might seriously affect
his {lower for good among his congre
Mr. Beecher answered: " Ah, yes ;
that's true ! I do not phdge myself to
remain silent in view of devolopementa
that may possibly arise, and even now
I speak only my personal view* when
I am disposed to make no reply. My
conrse, however, will depend largely
on what steps the examiners of
Plymouth Church msy consider it ail
visnblo for me to take. If they deem
it for the good of my congregation and
of religion that I shonld speak out in
reply, I shall do ao, promptly and un
mistakably, and will put in its true
light much thnt I thought it pnuleut
to pass over in a spirit of Christian
The Amended Bankrupt
Tho Tribune thinks there is cause for
congratulation in the interests of hu
manity, for the nmenilmeuts that have
been effected in tho Bankrupt Act. All
seem to be, it savs, measures of justice
and humanity. We quote : " But the
provision which will lie alike aooeptn
iile to both debtors and creditors, and
wliioh may be regarded as in every re
spect a salutary reform, is that which
cuts down to one-half the present fees,
commissions, charges and allowances
of tlie officers, agent*, marshals, mes
sengers, assignees and registers in
bankruptcy cases. If nothing else were
effected, tiiis alone should be a subject
for congratulation throughout the mer
cantile community; for a general ex
perience has given birth to the adage
that when an estate goes into bank
ruptcy nothing ever comes out of it for
tho creditors."
The Trouble Aboet It.
Tt now appears that the difficulty
with the Amcrique was that the French
engineer did not understand how to
manage a new English pump that had
just been pnt into the ship. When ho
started this pump he diil so in 11 way
that brought water into the ship instead
of pumping it out. The more that un
happy engineer worked that pump the
more rapidly the supposed leak gained
on the ship, and so, after ho had pumped
the Ameriqne nearly full of water, her
crew and passengers hurriedly aban
doned her. The result of the investi
gation into the matter lias been that
the French Government has made it a
condition of continuing the subsidy to
tnu Transatlantic Company that its
steamers shall hereafter be commanded
by naval "officers.
Tti sio> of Ilia first Krsstk of I'rouals*
( an Iu 1 fir 1 ullcil *((*•#
I'leter Kook lived in New York, or
Now Amsterdam, a it was then called,
iu the year 16SI. He was a stalwart,
thriving burgher ; had a ruddy round
fa.*., a small twinkling gray eye, sturdy
calves, ami a iWpacioua corporation, of
which he took ample care. Well had
it lieeu fur him hail he bestowed the
like attention U|M>U his heart. Hut of
that he took no care allowing it the
privilege of protecting and
looking after itself. Anna Van Vorst
lived uu Hreedewcg, and boaatad the
possession of a littlueomj<eteucy, which
enabled herself and mother to live
without labor. Auua w,o a moat per
fect s|>ecimeu of Dutch beauty, having
flaxen ringlets, dumpling eheeks, very
light and large blue ejea, pouting lips,
dimpled elbows, and one of those firm
figures which are only to l>e found
among the lasses of " Fatherland."
Anna and Pieter had met, and the mat
ter-of-fact buaiuess-like damsel be
thought herself of a husband, mentally
exclaiming—" That is the man for me,
and I will have him !" Pieter never
dreamed of love or marriage. He had
about forty gallons of choice canary in
hia cellar, and he loved that. He had
a larder "always well atocked," a* the
advertisements of the [sorter-house*
say, and he was wedded to that in aoul.
He had too long lived under the super
intending direction of hi* wrinkled
honaekeejier, to think of taking a wile
to darn his hose and tuck him tip 111
bed. Hllll he visited Anua Van Vorst,
complimented her mother, and stroked
the cat, while the maiden, in silence,
played several batteries of glam-es
against the fortifications of bis affec
tiona. Hia u'ght*, which had been
spent at the great tavern, were now
regularly enjoyed ill tbe quiet of a
|teacefnl home, where, overwhelmed
with atteuttou and kindness, he sip|ed
hia canary without knowing exactly why
he felt so comfortable. For two year*
pieter had habitually said, every night,
rain or starlight, to Auua—"Good
even, my dear !"—had exclaimed " Clod
bless you 1" most fervently, when the
old lady sneezed at the uattal hour
tickled grimalkin's sleek hide while the
water was boiling for domestic use;
and yet he had never gone beyond the
frigid boundary of respect, nor indi
cated the slightest indication of being
under the influence of the teuderest of
all human passion*. Poor Anna was iu
In the daT* when the judicial enact
ments of New York city covered the
off. use of sleeping in church, and sub
jected scolding wiTea to a pnblio repri
mand, and other penalties, modesty, or
propriety, was a very necessary virtue ;
and for Anna to have popjwd the ques
tion herself, would hare t>een for her
to perpetrate the suicide of her charac
ter. Hut though woman's modesty pre
vented this rash act, woman's wit ac
complished the cherished design by
another method. Pieter Kook had, as
who has not, an Achillea' heel--a vul
nerable *p< t which even a pigmy's straw
of design could jienetrate —viz., his
love of canary, aud hi* good natnrr
when under it* too great influence. Ho
Anua—oh, wicked, tricky woman!—
plied him with eanary oue evening, un
til he was—shall we wr.te it ?—drunk.
Yes, the important citizen and highly
moral burgher was as drunk as Caaaio.
He saw two Annas, two cats, two
duenna mother*, and he felt like two
men. It i* singular, by the way, that
while intoxication douldea everything
else, it uever perform* that interesting
operation for one'* money. As Pietet
saw a reflection of everything, he *-
held the good qualities of Anna Van
Vorst in their doubled a*ject. and as
h fftlt like two men. b< loved her twice
as much as he ever had lie fore, and he
solemnly popped the question over hi*
sixth pint. Be waa accepted, and a
duly serious contract was at once rati
fied", after which Pieter Koek was
trundled to hi* residence near the
Rurglier's Rettery, scolded by his
housekeeper,'and then installed between
his virttions sheet*.
Pieter'* promise was of some service
to hirn ; it made bini (Kink —a luxury
he had seldom taken the trouble to en
joy. A* he cogitated over his pros
{>ects he ws-i pleased and happy ; and
after he had visited the bride elect as
such about s month, he discovered that
he really lovtd her dearly, ami tliAt
her companionship was positively neces
sary to his happiness. Perplexity, " thy
name is women!" No sooner hail the
{•lump Anns Vsn Vorst caught her fish
than she lost her desire fur it. What
she had l>een so anxious to obtain, sbe,
obtaining it, despised. Matnre reflec
tion taught her that Pieter wa* too fond
of canary—his nose was a little too red
—his eyes somewhat smsller than was
becoming—his well-fedish appearance
was only causial by a predisposition to
dropsy, snd his nigh forehead was
made by a baldness consequent on ago.
Before the wedding-day arrived, she
eared nothing for him—when it dawned,
she actually hnlrd, and refused to marry
She had taught Pieter Kock to think ;
so when she declared her an willingness
to ratify a contract of her seeking, in
stead of'falling on his knees, or tearing
hia hair, he merely said, while he
crushed down the emotions that swelled
hia heart well nigh to banding, " Very
well, Anna; yoti must suffer for this
Anna was given plenty of time to
make up a"i opinion by which she in
tended to abide, Bnd Pieter, not to
deprive her of the opportunity of
amending the wrong she had inflicted,
renewed and continued his visits as of
yore. Weeks slipped away without
bringing any change. Anna did not
love another, she said, but she conld
not love him.
•' Then yon are determined not to
marry me ?" said Pietor K.>ok, depro
catingly, a* lie t-ok up liia corked hat,
to quit the premises for the last time.
" I am," replied the obdnrate woman,
•' Then beware of me !" exclaimed
the rejected and suffering bnrgher, as
he rushed into the Itreedeweg to
traverse the very limited precinta of
the city.
That night he was seen in earnest
conversation with two of the city au
thorities. What the substance of the
conference was he did not disclose ; bnt
it was observed he sought his home
witli an air of alacrity ; that his counte
nance was open and pleased In its ex
pression, and that his eye gave token
of the existence of a very tangible idea
in bis brain. The following day the
murder was out. The sellout served a
summons on Anna Van Vorst to appear,
at the sound of the bell—all formal
and legal proceedings in those days
being commenced by the ringing of a
bell three times—before the city court
st the Town Ilall, on the 18th day of
May, to answer to certain charges pre
ferred against her, the nature of which
would be defined at that time.
Affrighted at this occurrence—and
ignorant of its true import—the lady
Hew to consult with Pieter, forgetting
everything but her own danger.
•• I em arrange the matter quietly,"
said Kock, with an amiable air; "I
know what it is all about.'
" You know ?" exclaimed Auna, with
a stare of astonishment.
" I do. It is for breaking your eon-
TCTIIW: S'i.OO a Yoar, in Advance.
tract with me. I atn the complainant."
"Then you are a wretch I"
" Marry me !" responded Picter with
a contented-looking face—" Marry me,
aud 1 H save you from disgrace."
"I'll endure anything rather than
that I" vociferated the beauty,
"Think of the cucking stool," re
marked Pieter.
" I don't care for it."
" Fancy yourself compelled to stand
at the gate of the Hall all day in a cer
tain position, witli a crier alongside to
proclaim your crime."
" Kreu that cannot alter my deter
" Well, then, what Bay yon to a ride
On the wooden horse with a fifty (round
weight at each htel?" inquired Mr.
Kock, pleasantly.
"I'd rather die than become Mrs.
Kock !" exclaimed |un, as she left
" I don't believe it!" soliloquised
Pieter, as be jajured out a bumt>er of
his favorite wine, and toased it off at a
The awful day arrived. The court
was cottijsised of two burgomasters,
four achepen*, and twenty burghers,
all of whom were of course anxious to
protect the rights of one of their set,
slid who looked with exceedingly stern
faces upon the violator of her faith.
Pieter was there, his face shining with
hope. The trial proceeded. Anna
acknowledged the charges, but deuied
the right of the court to interfere in the
matter, inasmuch aa a woman wasn't
merchandise, and could dispose of her
self according to her own will. Where
at, two of the august court laughed
I'ieter Kock was then sworn, and told
his storv. He proved the existence of
the contract-related the story of bis
wooing, as Othello did, in s " plain,
unvarnished" manner; and after de
tailing the amount and kind of damage
he would suffer, halted.
" How do you know the lady loved
you ?" inquired Burgher Johannes
Gelisen Verbiuggins. Did she ever
tell you so ?"
Hero the complainant prod need a
half sixpence, a pair of woman garters,
and a flue neckcloth with hi name em
broideis-d in one corner, around two
bullock-looking hearts (even atthatilsv
such emblems were {toddled in Cnpid a
auction mart), all of which were her
gifts to him—and cunniuglv asked if
the very act of making suck presents
could not t>e conatraed into a certain
declaration of unadulterated love;
whereupon all the members of tlicconrt
opened their eyes wide, shut them
once, much after the fashion of a fig
ure in a Holland clock, gave a Lord
Burleigh shake of the head, and very
gravely and emphatically uttered the
After hearing of the affair in all its j
phase*, and duly deli Iterating, tlieoourt
commanded the partica to retire, and j
await a second notioe to appear. A
Anna passed out from the Hall, Pieter
pointed maliciously, in order, first at
the wooden horse, then at the whip- !
ping-post, the stool, the stock*, and tin
pan of the building used as a jail. [All
these implement* of justice were in the
street* before the City Hall or West
India Company's Tavern ; and the pa
rade for the militia was also this spot], j
Notwithstanding the terribly un
pleasant predicament in -which tlie de
linquent found herself, yet the spirit
of obstinacy came to her assistance
when she thought of relenting, and she
concluded, most decidedly, to brave
the atorm, let it burst ever so furious
ly. A second investigation was had,
which ndcd in the court delivering;
the most cnriona and ambigtioa*
opinion or dccisiou, that " the parties
should be at peace !** But the woman
was resolved that no peace should be
made. She announced that her maid
enly feeling*—the sentiment of her
heart—had undergone a total change!
since the matrimonial promise was ;
given, aud that all the courts in Am
sterdam nroj**r, New Amsterdam, and j
the world beside, could not indnoe or ,
compel her to make Pieter Kock her
companion for life. She disliked ;
Pieter, and he should never have any
thing to do with her.
Horrified by this contempt of their
authority—this daeadfnl insult of their
high stations—the members of the
court commanded the liell to be rung
for Kock vs. Anna Van Vorst, for the
third and last time. The chamber was
crowded on the day appointed, and
every face wore a solemn cast. The j
fair defendant was weepiog—the in
jured bachelor was smiling grimly, and
evinced the possession of a full share
of the phlegm of his nation.
At thaf time there were no lawyers, i
Every man did what the new constitu
tion says it is proper we shonld all do — !
filead liia own cause, aud that in the
•liefest term*. Verbiage was not per
mitted—the judge* could not endure
it "Never say anything unless you
have it to say, and say that in the fewest
possible words," was a rule of nnivcr- '
sal adoption. Pieter developed the
case in plain, straightforward, concise i
language. No feed connael drew fan- ;
ciful pictures of the complainant's
" broken heart, blighted hopes, and
future unhappinee*,' to eulist the sym
pathies of the hearers. The court
wanted to know whether or not the
contract had l>een broken, or if it had,
if the offending party was willing to
make it good. They thought that no
matter what tlio resnlt was, the viola
tor of a contract ought to l>e censured
or punished. Queer people those of
the ohleu time were ! They made law
synonymous with justice—a foolish
custom which wo have very wisely dis
carded Pieter'# story was not con
tradicted by Anna, aud the court at
onee consulted, forming a deaiaion
without any unuiasarv delay—another
silly custom, not in kaep'ng with the
wise characteristics of this age.
What mu the dcciaion, think you ?
How many gmldera damagea do you
suppose they awarded? Not one—not
a fraction of money r and for all that
they divided against the faithless
woman. Here is the luminous and wise
award of this IHMICII of Daniels :
"We do consider that Anna Van
Vorst, single maid, did faithfully
promise to become the wife of Pieter
Ki>ck, single man, burgher aud inhabi
tant of this city of New Amsterdam,
and the promise was mutual. It ap
; pears by certain declarations of the
parties, that iu consequence of certain
misgivings, the bride of the said Pieter
Koch is in no way disposed to be inar
j ried to hiin. The burgomasters and
Bchepens of this city, having examined
to their full satisfaction all that can
affect the cause for and against Iwtli
parties, do decide that as the promise
of marriage lias been made before the
omnitlscient (exactly as the word is
written in the record) God, it shall "re
main iu force, so that neither the plain
tiff nor defendant, without the knowl
edge and approbation of their lordships
the magistrates, and of either party,
shall be permitted to enter iuto matri
mony with any other, whether single
man Or single woman ; provided, how
ever, that all the presents made in con
firmation of the marriage contract shall
remain in the possession of the oom
plainant, or until lawful marriage or
mutual agreement shall exempt them
from the contract Furthermore, both
plaintiff aud defendant are condemned
equally in the costs of this suit. This
done and sentenced in the session et
the 18th of May, 1654 I"
NO. 29.
Tlina ended the first trial evar bad -in
I .New York for a breach of promise of
marriage. What think yon of the de
cision ? Could Lycurgua have given a
In-tu-r ?
Were all cases of the kind so die-
F>< >■*-•! of, broaches of promise, or trials
or them, would be few indeed.
Pro*perta for Pall Trade.
The following extract from the pre
face to the July issue of It Q. Dun k
Co.'s Reference* Rook is interesting, a#
showing the views ol that well ported
firm on the pro* pec la of trade for the
"The circumstance* of the part six
months hsre not been favorable to
trade. The effect# of the panic of last
September have lingered longer than
was anticipated by many; but, these
effect# have been more apparent in re
stricting trade than in producing disas
ter. Considering the suddenness and
violence of the crisis of laet autumn,
the commercial fabric of the oountry
has not shown serious signs of disorder,
if the number or importance of mer
cantile failures are to be taken as an in
dex mto its condition. It ia a fact, as
surprising ss it is gratifying, that,
wituiu the past six months, there have
absolutely been fewer failures in nnm
l-r t and o-rtainly fewer in prominence,
than for the astne period in the average
of years. On the contrary, we have had
abundant opportunity for observing a
very remarkable reduction of indebted
ness in all classes, and ia almost all
sections of the country. It ia safe to
say that the internal mercantile in
debtedness in the country to-day ia not
more than two-thirds what it waa at
this time last year. Indeed, so great
has the tendency been toward liquida
tion, that it alone has beer as much a
cause of a restricted business and a
hampered trade, as any want of confi
dence in the stability of the country, or
the safety of credit. The fright that
the debtor claaa received in Reptember
haa had it* effect, and the very promi
nence of the failures that immediately
followed impressed deeply a lesson that
has been heeded.
" If, then, it ia good to be reducing 1
debts—if it ia wise to owe two dollar*
where last year three were due—the six
months of dull time* which have been
exi>erienoed are not without some com
peuMtion. Willi this consideration in
mind, the future doe* not wear as
gloomy a look as might be anticipated,
in view of the almost universally de
pressed tone of public sentiment re
garding the condition of boaineaa. It'
would be idle to deny that the dnll
trade of the past six months hat made
some mroada upon the surplus capital
of not a few, for expenses have not been
reduced in proportion to the decline of
profits, while the depreciation of values
in many departments has been very
marked. Many a trader is therefore
poorer to-day than he was a year ago.
Should the restricted business con
tinue, disaster may follow, and failures
be frequent; but it is surely a reason
able expectation that the autumn trade
will be a f Air one. All the indications
that in former rears would be taken as
a basis for this \iopr are presented now.
An unusually abundant crop of almost
every pr< duct ion is promised in almost
all section* of the country. Price# for
these products are maintained at remu
nerative figures, and tbe steady gain in
the value of our exports, which the part
nx months haa shown, is almost cer
tain of repetition in the next half year.
The importations show a large de
crease ; the stocks of all kind* of laer
chandise are confessedly low ia all re
tail and consumptive quarter*, and we
confess we cannot sec why tlx re should
not be a satisfactory business done.
The monetary institutions of the coun
try have been well sustained, sdl the
machinery of commerce is in running
order, no violent shock ha* lieeu given
to the currency by legislation, and
there is nothing* to prevents reasonable
activity in those articles that go to
make up a legitimate trade. The new
railroad construction account, the iron
interest, building operations, and other
departments that have anticipated the
demands of the time by years, will not
nnlikely continue restricted and de
pressed, but that is no good reason why
there should not be a fair boaineaa done
in merchandise."
A Novel Swindle.
A novel application *M made ia the
Marvlebone Police Court, in London,
the other day. A reefwctably dreaaed
young woman naked the magistrate for
iiis advice and uHitancc, The appli
cant, who ia about lour feet one inch in
ntature, stated that ahe raw an advrr
tiaeraent to the effect that the advertiser
conld, nnder hia treatment, make abort
people tall. Mhe wrote to the adver
tiser, who resides in Gillies street,
Kentish Town, and ahe received in reply
a statement of terms and a number of
testimonials giving the names and ad
dressee of several person* who had in
creased their height under his treat
ment Believing bis statement "he
wrote to bim and enclosed stamp*. Mho
went nnder hia treatment but finding
that ahe did not grow ahe felt that she
Itajl been swindled. She had paid 11a
to the man. Mr. Mansfield said it was
no doubt s swindle, and inonired of the
applicant if she had read the Bible,
and she answered in the affirmative.
He wonld grant a summons, if she
wished, for obtaining money under
false pretences. Applicant thanked
his worship and withdrew.
Marriages of Blood Relations
Statistic* presented to the French
Academy show that the marriage* of
blood relations form about two per
cent, of all the marriages in Frauoe,
and that the deaf and dumb offepring,
at birth, of consanguineous marriages,
are, in proportion to the deaf and dumb
boru iu ordinary wedlock, at Lyons,
full twenty-live per cent; at least
twenty-Am per cent, in Fans, and
thirty per cent in Bordeanx —the pro
portions of the deaf and dumb, by
birth, increasing with the degree of
blood relationship. The data obtained
show that if the danger of having a
deaf and dumb child in ordinary mar
riage, represented by figures, is one,
there will be eighteen in marriages be
tween first consins, thirty-seven in
marriages between uncles and nieoea,
and seventy in marriages between
nephews and annta. It appears, too,
that the most healthy parents, it re
lated in blood, may have deaf and
dumb children.
The Sabbath.
The Jewish Messenger of New York
speaks in severe terms of those Jews
who attended the Jerome Park races on
Saturday. "Why," it asks, " are not
some Jews decent? Why will they
bring discredit npon themselves and
their brethren by their lack of common
sense and common deoency ? The
Messenger oan find no exeuße for this
desecration of the Sabbath. Looking
from a Christian standpoint, " Would
a decent American Christian attend a
race on Sunday ?"
FOUND GUILTY. —Charles Sigwall has
been found guilty of manslaughter for
causing the loss of several lives by the
falling of MoArthur's building in Buf
falo, the erection of whiob Sigwall
Mirset Mnntr twits art
A m£lk. reowtvfnl knell;
V ritlrroflsfSllaysarsetlllM.
And * tA sat mwll.
flut let our equip be Jopooe.
A io pled der< of tor*.
Wlille we Waad arband the •*" tree.
Emblem of geranfv-fcmi
Now Ainu Meier Ude no
A g ode peed on our wet;
Mreng Iti the right end deooUeee,
(die wield* • hi*lnp eewy.
And, grander elme laeptrtng,
To nobler work elm oeße
All Uwee whom time may p*Uer
Within her gbaltoriug well#.
Tlie peel bold* mweonee preetoo* i
The fntnre, too. te felr.
For we ere rick in youth end hope.
And the bond of love v* bees 1
This. classmates, ne'er will sever,
Though changing f* ! "*T town,
lint bind ne clow forever.
Tin *• the end the work shah crown."
Items ef letrrref.
More beef w pecked in Kaoaas Oity,
Mo., then in any other city of the Uni
ted B tales.
Raid a initios to en obstreperous pria
oner. on the day of hi. trial. ''We want
nothing bat alienee, and bot htue ol
that" .
Two German fire companies in
Elyria, 0.. recently Aiabamiad beoaise
the Oonncil passed a prohibitory beer
A correspondent aaka-" What take#
up more room on a aidewalk now-a-Oaya
than A fashionsbly-dreaaed female T
Answer—A boy in a new pair of boot*.
At the Frienda' yearly meeting at
Newport, a venerable Quaker made hie
eppeeranee for the seventy-sixth time,
hawing I men present at every meeting
ainoe 17^8.
Domeatie young lady, making pin# :
" The kitchen a no pl* ioT >*;
Haa dough each an attraction for too?
Clever vowth : "It ian't the dough,
oouain, it'e the dear,"
A boms-sick Pennsylvania school
boy, eleven year* old, walked home,
aeventy-eight mile*, in two days and a
half, with no nourishment whatevar -
oept green clover leave#.
It ia wonderful the amount of anapr •
piahneea and inactivity that can be
crowded into a narrow-minded, biliooa
hotel clerk. Yon oan only realiae it by
Making a eimple question.
A couple were married the other day
at Taunton, Mass., after a patient court
ship of thirty year*. The clergyman
who performed the wtm noi
born when they were affianoed.
A rich bachelor in Providence de
clarea he moat marry a girl who aoda
her name with " is, and all the Fan
nie'a and Joaie'a and Minnie's are think
ing what they wiU do about it.
Notwithstanding the eoolneaa of the
summer, eld 80l did his beet last week
in Clarendon, Vermont, where he beam
ed so densely on a tin milk pan that
hi* reflections set a house on fire.
Raid a pompous husband, whose wife
had stolen np behind and given him a
kiss: *' Madam I consider each an act
indeooroua." " Excuse me," said the
wife, " I didn't know it was you."
The editor of the Bangor Whig and
Courier gives an account of a man who
traveled nearly forty miles in Maine,
passing through several towns, before
he was able to obtain a glass of liqaor.
Of one hundred and eighty-two boya
in the Connecticut Bute Reform
School, the annual report of the super
intendent makes the in ten-sting state
ment that one hundred and eighfy are
An Albany, man who was excitedly
demonstrating to a crowd that there is
no such thing as hydrophobia was the
first to shin up a barber's pole when a
small yellow aog came rushing down
the street.
Mm. Corbin, of Evansville, 111., haa
discovered tht women succeed better
st everything else than at motherhood.
She eavs t!. -t of all the children bora
in Car." tesd.-a only one-half reach the
age of six yearn
The experiment of bringing the salt
marshes at Rcituate and Marsh field.
Mas*., under cultivation, by building
dikes, ia proving verr successful, crops
of herbs, gram and vegetables being
already well advanced.
A man in easy circumstances in Ben
ton, Yt., the other day banged himself
because be hsd been sued for |29. He
left a note saying that he was perfectly
sane, but if be had got so low that his
name wasn't good for 929, he had no
desire to exist any longer.
A timid man wants to know " bow to
tell a mad dog." We dont know what
be wants to tell him, but the safest way
would be to communicate with the dog
in writing. Send the letter from a gun
in the shape of wadding, followed by
small shot to see if be gets it .
In the register ol the pariah of
Madeleine in Paris'the following en tor
appears under date of October 16, ITWt;
•' Paid seven francs for a coffin for the
widow Capet, who was decapitated this
dev." The " widow Capetwas none
other than Marie Antoinette, Queen of
Answers to correspondents. —Hos
! band—lt can't be helped now. If you
mw b<*r stand in front of a trunk store
! for ten minutes, walk all around the
specimens displayed on the sidewalk
and kick every oneof their corners, you
may make np your mind for an early
departure from the city.
Wife of his bosom (directly he cane
home at night)— Charley, I've just got
a lettor from motbe . You know she
waa here only last week (yea, you can
see by the expression of his face that he
basu't forgotten that), and she haa lost
all her property by the failnreof Splur
ges, and—and now, I a'pose, Charley,
she'll have to come and stay with us all
the time.
A Mnndav-achool inquiry and answer
mav be told as follow*: "Tommy
. Howell, can you tell me what ia meant
by the word miracle, so often used in
1 the Bible which TOU now hold in your
hand ?" " Tea, kisa Harvey, I think
T can. Ma says if yon and Captain
Smith, who was with you at the Prea
; byterian picnic, don't marrv pretty
, soon it will be a miracle."
Chief Justice Chase, who administer
ed the oath of office to Lincoln in 1865,
to Johnson aooa after, and twios to
Grant, made a practioe of sending to
the wife of the President the Bible on
which the oath waa taken, mar kin* the
passage therein pressed by the Presi
dent's lipa. Andrew Johnson, we are
told, kissed the 21at verse of the 11th
ehapter of Ezekiel, and Grant in 1869
the 121 st Psalm.
A most remarkable instance of family
rotation in office exißta in the aeleotiou
of United States Consul to Falmouth,
England. President Washington ap
pointed as our first Consular repre
sentative at that place a Mr. Fox, who
held the office many years. Upon re
tiring therefrom he was succeeded by
his son, who occupied the position un
til recently. Howard Fox, a eon of the
last above mentioned, was nominated
to succeed his father a few daj-s ago.
It is definitely established at last
that a oork leg is not a life-preserver.
A few days since a deck passenger on a
Louisville and Cincinnati packet sprang
overboard. A boat and crew went im
mediately to his rescue. Aa he floated
on the snrfaoe of the water no one sus
pected that he was in any danger.
When lifted into the vawl he was dead.
A patent cork leg tlxat he wore hsd
kept the body from sinking ; but, as
his head was not oork, it sunk just
enough to drown the unfortunate man.
Abby Smith and her sister, of Glas
tonbury, Conn., have again had some
of their property sold for non-payment
of taxes. Instead of distraining on
movable property, as the sistera olaira
the law provides, the collector this
time appears to have disposed of a
strip of meadow land worth $2,000 for
875.35, the amount of the tax and costs.
The Misses Smith declare indignantly
that they will go to law about it, and
deolare this to be "the meet shameful
treatment they have aver passed