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In the Park,
A h.rs of stars. . glimmering veil
Before the ancient throne of night;
A planet like a sentinel
Upon the outer height.
Peep dusky heavens, and wide still air.
Where fainting fragrance roils along .
A Writ that warble* in his dream
Some thrill of broken song.
Great roses drooping for the dew
Around us in the perfect gloom
And, as we wait, far off and tow.
The distant breaker*' boom.
Ah ' among all ds'iciou* nights.
Give me this hour's mysterious •WOOD ;
Knebanted so. g, enchanted linsli.
And June without a moon !
Pyrus Japonic*— Fairies' Fire.
It is said that the Pa ries Ha\e br.wning eyes.
And thej light them at bove's own shrine :
But I know not if aught below Rie skies.
Can match Uioee bright eye. of thine!
Methmks thon hast stolen ihe Fail tee' iii<>
To give them their changing light.
And lovers, 1 trow may all x a.nly
To a syren so chaimuigly bright,
Boar not away, in tliv brilliant guise -
tin good sooth 1 tear thou'rt a rangerk
And pare not so fordly on yonder skies.
Lest thou lake to theawi-iga swsel stranger
Li niu G. RivHM.
It frightened us a good deal when we
found the little boy dead. This is the
way it was. We were time country
lads goiug home across the lots at noon
for our dinner. Iu passing a lonely
pasture ground we saw a little basket
tying ahead of us upon the grass. We
marie a race for it, and Ed captured the
priae ; a little farther on we picked up
a little hat which we at once recognised
as Willie Dedriek's. Then we turned
the angle of the sig-sxg rail fence, and
there in the corner, jammer! close under
the bottom rail, was beautiful little
Willie, only five years old.
His clothing was totu and bloody,
and be did not move ; we felt a little
afraid because he was eo still, but we
went no to him. He was dear!, aud his
plump little features were all blackened
with great bruises.
It shocked na very much. Only three
hours before we had been plaving with
Willie at the pond. We felt that it was
a terrible thing to find him dead in this
unlocked for manner. We asked each
other what Walter and Mary would do
when they ah< aid Lea.- of this. Willie
was the only boy they had. And then
the question caaie up what we ought to
do nnder such circumstances. There
was no one iu sight to tell ns. It was
suggested that we might take up the
body and carry it home to Walter and
and Miry ; it was not far through the
lot and down the batik, to tho pond
where their home was. It seemed
natural and right at first that we should
take the chubby little boy and carry
him home. But we shrank from the
Ereeence of death even in the form of
ttle Willie ; and besides that, we had
certain dim and ©infused ideas, as
country lads do who read the city news
papers, that somehow a coroner was
neceasary, and that it would not be law
ful or safe for us to meddle with Willie
thus strangely found dead from an un
So we s.'.t down upon the large stones
near by Willie and held a council.
There was no chairman appointed, and
no secretary, and none of the surround
ings that ordinarily belong to delibera
tive bodies; nevertheless in all the
essentials of a great council this occa
sion was very eminent. Here were three
lads seated upon three fragments of
the ancient granite which strews the
northern slope of the Adirondack Moun
tains, and below them stretched the
wild woods, away to the valley of the
mighty St Lawrence; and in their
midst, npon that bright summer day,
sat the skeleton king with his awfnl
sceptre and his iron crown, pressing
npon their warm hearts those match
less terrors which have ruled the world
since time began.
It was an august presence, and the
boys felt their responsibility more than
members of councils ordinarily do.
Their final conclusion was, that one of
their number must go and tell Walter
and Mary, while the other two watched
the body. It required quite as mnch
courage as wisdom to reach this conclu
sion, for to tell the parents was a task
the boys dreaded.
The lot was east, country-boy fashion,
with three blades of grass, to deter
mine who should be the messenger of
evil tidings. The lot fell upon Phil,
and he immediately rose up to start.
Ed suggested at this point that in send
ing word the death ought to be as
scribed to some cause. The boys had
been Tery much puzzled from the first
to know what could have done it They
gazed about the pasture ground to dis
cover what suggestion could be made.
There were a conple of horses, some
cows and some sheep, grazing in a dis
tant part of the inclosure. As soon as
it was suggested that one of the horses
might perhaps have done it by kicking
Willie, the boys accepted that as the
natural and nndouhted solution of the
mystery. And so Phil took that word
Phil went npon a little trot through
the lot and down the bank, movid rap
idly so that his heart might not have
time to quail or shrink ; and in less
than five minutes he stood by the little
house near the pond.
He looked in at the door, which was
wide open upon this warm summer day,
and there he saw Walter and Mary.
Walter Bat cleaning the lock of his rifle,
while the gun itself was lying across
his lap. Doubtless Phil's face was
somewhat pale as he went in at the
door, for Mary looked at him as if she
Baw something there, and dreaded it.
The lad had good sense ; he did not
blunt out the Bad news suddenly. He
said to Walter in a quiet way, " Will
you please to step out of the door with
me ? I wish to see you."
It was the earnestness of the voice,
perhaps, that caused the man to put
aside his gun and obey ao quickly.
When they were out of the house
Phil said, " I have bad news for you ;
we have found your little son in the lot,
kicked by a horse, and we are afraid
tb>it he is so bad that he is dead."
Phil had thought of this way of pay
ing it before he got to the house. When
he said dead, Walter gave a little a tart
and said, "Is he dead ?"
Phil had to say, " Yes, we are afraid
be is, and we think he is."
Walter stepped into the cottage and
Phil stood at the door to see how he
wonld tell Mary. Walter said, without
any preface, " Mary, our little Willie
is dead J"
"That was not a prudent thing," the
boy thought, as the tragic words fell
upon his ear and fixed themselves in
The effect of the words npon Mary
reminded the boy of the way he had
seen a rifle-shot tell npon a rabbit or
partridge. The woman passed through
a kind of flatter or shudder for a mo
ment, and then sank straight down in
a little heap npon the floor. Then fol
lowed a series of qnick gasps and
catching for breath, and short exclama
tions of " Oh dear ! oh dear !" and then
the stifled shrieking began.
Walter took his wife np in his strong
arms and tried to nndo in part the cad
work which had been accomplished
upon her by the few words he had so
suddenly and imprudently uttered. He
said that Willie might not be dead after
all, but only hurt. And so be placed
her upon a bed, and he and Phil left
her there and started to go and see
Not many words were said as the
man and boy climbed the bank and
strode hastily along to the fatal spot.
As they neared it, there sat the two
watcherß, faithful to their post and as
still as statues.
Phil and Walter turned the angle of
the fence, and the father came up to
the body of his little sen. He had not
• reined stricken with grief until now,
bat only excited. As he looked steed
fly upon the chubby little form U bat-
KRKIX lvl irrz, Ktlitorun.l Proprietor.
tered and bloody and bruised, the lad
who had brought hiui there felt that
some words must lie sid.
" It's a kick, ain't it If" said ho.
This was hardly tUo right thing to
say at such a moment, perhaps. Tho
poor father ohokod and trembled and
replied, "A kiok or a bite or some
thing—oh dear !" And thou ho turned
his ho ld and looked away, and there
was tho sound of his sobbing, .ud
a strange, moaning cry.
Walter would uot star by the body,
bnl directed tho boys to remain and
watch while ho himself went aud
brought his friend the doctor. Aud
thou he turned away and went i tY over
the fields towanl the settlement, utter
ing loud sobs and that same strange
It was hardly more thau ten minutes'
walk down to the road toward which
Walter directed his steps and in a wry
short time the bova saw groups of uieu
coming from the houses, up the accliv
ity toward the fatal spot. They came
hastily, two and three together, and
soon a dozen or two had gathered
around the three boys who had watched,
and were gazing at the body.
After the first look the men made
"That is a rough piece of business !
" Fearful !" said Pete.
" That's durn queer work for a boas,
r.ow, ain't it ?" said Levi, a tall, ketu
fellow, intended bv nature for a lawyer.
" It don't look like a boss to me,"
Aud so they went on to comment and
examine. It appeared that the r-ail un
der which Willie was jammed was
dented and marked as if hammered by
many blows. The three innocent boys
who had originated the "boss theory,"
as the men called it, accounted for the
marks on the rail by saying that the
horse pawed at Willie*after he was un
der the fence.
The men said that they kuew better ;
they began to oae&tion the boys as if
they entertained suspicious iu regard
to them, and the boys became very un
comfortable. The men asked asked
repeatedly jnst how the body was lying
when the bovs had found it, and in
quired again aud again whether they
had moved it all. The lads felt these
insinuations verv keenly.
Meu continued to come, and at length
women came in groups, until quite au
assembly was gathered there iu the
open field. Finally Walter returned
slowly np the hill with a few friends, as
if he were reluctant to come agaiu to
the place. Just as he reached the spot,
good old Father Most ly, and his wife,
a sharp, managing woman, caaie from
the opposite direction and met Walter.
Father and Mother Mesely lived down
by the sehool-house at the other side of
Mother Mosely at once seized hold of
Walter, and while 6he wrung his haud,
" Oh, Walter! we can't give him up 1"
Father Mosely spoke a few words
which interested the people very mnch.
Hearing some allnsien made to the
"boss theory," he said :
" The little boy down at the school
says it was a sheep that did it."
And then it came out that Willie's
playmate, Charlie Sanders, was " the
boy down at the school," and that
Charlie had cried all the forenoon and
dared not tell the teacher what the mat
ter was ; but finn at the noon-spell he
told a little girl th.a Wi.lie did not come
to school because a sheep in the lot had
chased them and knocked Willio down,
and he could not get np.
Here wa light indeed, especially for
the three lads, who hail begun to feel,
since the horse theory was criticised,
as if they themselves were culprits un
less they accounted for " the murder."
Across the lot the sheep were still
feeding. A young farmer step[>ed out
of the crowd and called " Nan, nan,
nan," and the flock, rai-ing their heads,
responded with a multitude of ba-a-as,
and came gailoning over the grassy
field. At their head was the " the old
ram," a fine "buck " with great horns
curling in spirals around his ears.
The young farmer held Willie's
basket in one hand, and making a
brawny fiat of the other, struck out
toward tho ram, offering him battle.
The buck at once brought his head
down in lino of attack, squared him
self for a big butt, and came on with a
little run, and a charge that in an artis
tic point of view was quite beantifnl.
The farmer, stepping aside, caught him
by his horns as he came, and that mag-i
mflcent charge was his last.
There was a blood-thirsty feeling per
vading the crowd, nudonbtedly, but
Buck had a fair trial. There "on his
white, bold face and horns were the
bright cxrmine drops of fresh blood.
So other witnesses were needed. In a
moment a glittering keen knife flashed
from somebody's keeping into the bright
sunshine, and in a moment more a pur
ple stream dyed the white wool around
Buck's throat, and there was a red pool
npon the grass ; and a little later, as
Dan remarked, " Borne tough mutton." j
The excitement s bated ; for the mys
tery was cleared up and Justice had its
due. Kind-hearted Joe, who superin
tended the Bab bath-school and led the
religions element of the neighborhood,
Btepped forward and said to the crowd : j
" Well, boys, it is all right here, and '■
no suspicion and no need of any cere- j
mony ; let ns take him home."
And then Joe took Willie in his arms
and held him closely with the little face
against his own, as if he were still liv
ing, and started for the cottage. Borne
of the people followed in a picturesque
procession, through the pasture lot and
down the bank and along by the shore
of the pond. When Walter s house was
reached, a few of the women went in to
soothe Mary ; and Joe and the doctor
went in also, and the people clustered
about the door.
In the course of an hour it seemed
that all had been done that conld IK
done for Walter and Mary, and the peo- j
pie, except a few, who remained as
watchers and helpers, dispersed to their
The three days that followed were
bright, sunny days. A strange stillnesa
and nnnsnal hash reigned in the neigh
borhood of the cottage. The harsh,
grating sound of the saw-mill was not
heard as at other times, for the mill
was stopped in token of respect for the
great sorrow. Only the softly flowing
stream was heard, mingling its nvmirru*
with the hum of the bees in the garden.
Now and then groups of children,
dressed in their Sunday attire, would
come down the bank, and with hushed
voices and fearful looks steal up to
ward the cottage door. Then kind Joe
would see them and would come out
and take them in to see Willie ; and
after a few moments they would issue
forth again, and walk sadly homeward,
and as they went the sunlight dried
And farmers and burners came from
many miles away " to see the little boy
that was killed by a sheep." Some of
the rough men manifested their sym
pathy by exhibiting vindictive feelings
toward the ram. After going in and
viewing the braised corpse, they wonld
come out with dark, determined looks,
and grasping again the long rifles which
they had brought with them and "stood
up " by the door, they would inquire of
any bystander, with fierce emphasis,
whether the ram that "did that" was
On being informed of hie execution,
Tun CENTRE REPORTER.
they won hi say, •' /'Aa,' will do," with
an air that implied how in noli they
would have enjoy. .1 it to haro had u
shot at him. Indeed, it ap|tcared that
i( tho |K<r hrtito ha<l been possessed of
fifty or a hundred Uvea, so that each
irate hunter might have taken one, it
would huvo boeU a groat relief and sat
On the fourth day Willie was buried.
May ooutinutd inconsolable. All of
the social iiiduoueos which the neigh
borhood could command wore put in
operation from the time of the funeral
outvard, in order to cheer her and bind
up h r wounded -pint. Social meet
ings were held aud ph tlsnui little gath
erings made for her. Wherever there
w* euiovr .ut Mary must bo. She
gratefully submitted herself to all their
kindness, and tried to please her
trieuds. lint it seemed to do her little
good. She remained pale, weak and
After a few mouths Walter and Mary
discovered that somehow they were not
suited with their farm. They sold the
place it the first opportunity, and re
turned to their former home IU New
England, the remains of little M illie
have been forwarded in advance to a
0M lan there, with which they in
their early days had been familiar.
A Hint for Inebriate Suicides,
Tne whimsical English duke who
abuse to le drowned iu a butt of Malm
sey has at last fonud au imitator iu a
certain French youth. There is in
Pans a wine merchant named Faille,
ui.o has a son nineteen years of age.
This youth, named Francis, was iu love
with a girl of the neighborhood, who,
however, had shown a tender inclination
towards a gallant soldier in the barracks
Francis, stung to desperation by
jealousy, decided to make a (.'rami
stroke for victory, and seeing the Toting
woman aloue he plainly demanded that
she should at once and definitely choose
between the civil and military contes
tants for her favor. After a few mo
ments' hesitation she frankly declared
that she preferred the soldier, and that
Francis need never hope to call her his
wife. The love-sick youth thereupon
precipitately left her, with the remark
that now there was nothing for him to
do but to die.
A few hours afterwards the worthy
publican, his father, was puzzled by
hearing a trickhug sound as of escaping
water. The noise was traced to the
wine-vaults ; ana the alarmed merchant
descending to the gloomy crypt, found
the faucets of eight ot nine wine barrels
loosened, and as many streams of ruby
wine leaping forth to the floor. In the
midst of the reservoir thns formed lay
his sou, wallowing itiul struggling, and
trying to drown himself therein. Jhis
was his method of attempting sniciJe.
The father hastened to the rescue
The son declared that he wished to be
left alone to die, but the anxious parent
iaud equ illv anxious merchant , insisted
that he could not gratify that desire in
this way. The wouhl-be suicide was
dragged from the vaults and subjected
to a paternal castigation.
So ended the latest attempt at Parisian
self-destruction. There are features in
this method of suicide which willdoubt
-1 ss commend it to any old toper who
may be seeking a voluntary escape from
earthly ills, us a mode of death worthy
of ikicehus himself.
Another Flood Disaster.
Hard npon the heels of the terrible
Mill river disaster comes intelligence
of the breaking away of another data
in Massachusetts, on the line of the
Boston and Albany Railroad, 30 miles
northwest of Springfield. This time
ther was providentially no loss of life,
the hero of the honr having given the
threatened inhabitants ample warning
of the coming flood ; bnt property was
destroyed to the value of nearly half a
million dollars. Four manufactories,
twelve bridges, and two or three houses
nave been destroyed, and the country
over which the flood poured has been
stripped of vegetation in much the same
manner as Mill river vallev was do
vastated a few weeks ago. 'f he reser
voirs which gave way seem to have been
constructed in a most simple and primi
tive fashion, with no att. mpt at engi
neering or anything but a mere boy's
play of throwing down dirt to block up
the water. The excuse for it is that it
was done 33 or 10 rears ago, when people
knew little of hydraulics, and supposed
water was as innocent in reservoirs as
in rain-drons. It would seem as though
enough had been learned of the danger
of these mad and clay structures to
forbid the owners of such reservoirs
from risking their lives and property on
the strength of mere mud wails, but it
appears they trusted that what had
stood so long would last forever, and
they have paid the penalty in a portion
of the loss which has falleu upon the
The Detroit Free fr< HH says: " The
other day an old man, poorly dressed,
limping as if very lame, and wearing
green glasses, entered a saloon on the
river road and for money, saying
that he lived at a certain number on
Seventh street and that his wife was
very ill and he to old and lame to work.
In the saloon was a man living at the
very number giveu ou Seventh street,
mid he branded the old man ns a liar.
The beggar then said it was Seventeenth
street, but he was so confused that the
half-dozen men present determined to
see how he was made up. He shouted
• police' as they approached him, but
the men locked the door and threw him
dewn. The green glasses covered as
good a pair of eyes as were in the room,
and no cause for his limping could lx>
found. He had his left hand tied up,
but they jerked the rags off and found
no hurt or wound. Lastly they fished
out ol his pockets S3B 45 in small
money, as ho had begged it, and dis
covered that lie had a bank-book on a
Chicago savings bank with 81H0.50
credited to him. He made a great fuss
as they went on to expose him, and
finally promised that he would leave
Detroit by the Pacific express and never
come hero again. He claimed to lutve
begged most of the money in Toledo."
" Free " Fffjr pt.
An Egypti.m correspondent says: "There
is not an article sold to the Khcdhivc or his
people, from a pin to a sicntn-engine, which
docs not yield tribute. We read a good
deal of the word 'backsheesh ' in nil books
and writings about Egypt, but wc do not
know how often it is the echo of the utter
ance from Europe. In no other country in
the world does a traveler of rank expect to
lie lodged, hoarded, nnd rarricd alxiut gratis
by the ruler. Here it is the rule. If the
governor of an Indian province, with which
Egypt has got no more to do than with
Kumschatka, arrives at Suez, on his way to
Cairo or Alexandria, he has a special train
put at his disposal when asked for; if he
wishes to stay in Cairo he lias a house as
| signed to him, carriages and horses, n stafl
i of servants, and his stable spread with every
I luxury. Does he want to go tip the Nile,
| lie gets one of the Viceroy's steamers to tow
liis bialieah. Many jieople come here who
expect their consuls to ie-k such favors asof
right, never reflecting on the wholesome ex
ample set in other countries, and more
especially in our own, where even greatness
allied to lovnlty is occasionally obliged to
take care of itself in private apartments and
pay for its own broughams,"
CKNTKH HALL. CENTIII) CO.. PA.. TJICHSDAV, AKitIST <>, 1874.
Hi! \HI M< OTHERS' THOUGHTS.
Aiiullirr of III* I uti|ilalaMl M>*trrlc* of
ftiv 11 11 ION si >1 tint.
About a hundred gentlemen assem
bled in New York, the Sun says, to see
the extraordinary performance of Mr.
J. 11. Brown, a young gentleman who
professes to reail thoughts in the uiind
of any person in his presence. Mr.
Brown is about twenty-seven year* of
age, very thiu, and nervous. The first
test of bis powers was made by a gen
tleman hiding a pencil outside the
room. Mr. Browu put one hand upon
the forehead of the gentleman, and
holding his arm with the other went
with hardly any delay to the place where
the pencil was concealed. The pencil
was then hidden under a gentleman's
coat collar, and discovered in a similar
maimer. In this experiment the jur
son who concealed the peueil allowed
his train of thought to be lor a moment
broken, aud the iuterval was marked
bv the young performer stepping rap
idly toward the other end of the room,
aud, as the ideas of the man whose mind
he was reading were once more brought
under control, he as rapidly retraced
Ilia steps, aud drew the pencil from un
der the collar.
Another gentleman was then request
ed to think of some person iu the room,
but walking rapidly around for some
minutes Mr. Brown declared his in
ability to find the person thought of,
and asked where he wo*. The gentle
man then explained thut his friend was
The writer, who wan a doubter, was
asked to think of some person 111 the
room. He selected Mr. Lewis Lelaud,
the proprietor of the hotel. Mr. lirown
laid liia hand uj-ou tlie reporter'* fore
head and walked quickly up the room.
Before Mr. Lelaud he paused, and at
that moment the reporter allowed his
miud to wander to another peraon.
Instantly Mr. Brown stepped toward
the peraon last thought of, and then as
the rejHirter once more concentrated his
thoughts upon Mr. Lelaud, he wheeled,
retraced his steps, and put his hand on
Mr. Lelaud's shoulder.
Four gentlemen, among whom was
Mr. Wells, of Fowler Js Wells, phre
nologists, were selected while Mr.
llrowu was out of the iwom. They
passed an article from • tie to another,
the last of the party hiding it. Mr.
Brown then put his hand on the fore
head of the gentleman who had in the
first instance given the article to Mr.
Wells. After a short search the jer
former stopped opposite a gentleman
wlume features in some measure resem
bled those of the phrenologist, and it
was explained that the person through
whose hands the pencil had first gone
had never seen Mr. Wells before, aud
had momentarily mistaken the man
pointed out by Mr. Brown for him.
This announcement, apparently proof
conclusive of the sjwaker's powers, was
received wit i applause. Mr. Wells
stepped forward, and through bin Mr.
Brown traced the article to the person
to whom it had been next given, and,
finally, to its place of concealment.
The next experiment was that of read
ing the mind of a gentleman bv holding
the hand of another person wlio, while
touching the gentlemen experimented
upon, allowed his own mind to remain
as nearly na possible impassive.
Mr. Wells examined the performer's
head and found nothing unusual, lie
said his mental exertions seemed very
wearing, aud that he was not likely to
live ten years longer. He added that
the performance was to him inex
A Ilare for Pigeons.
The banks of Betsey riTer, near
Frankford, Mich., are a favorite resort
for pigeons,and they are annually taken
there in great numbers. The nesting
is about throe miles wide ami fifteen
miles long, anil extends along loth
banks of the Betaev river. On their
first arrival, whirl? is in May, the
hunters buiid huts of boughs on the
shores of Crystal lake, a flue sheet of
water nine miles long, and in other open
localities, nnd shoot the pigeons as they
fly in masses. There are three flights
a day. First the male birds begin to
fly just before sunrise, leaving the nest
ings, and fly north and east from ten to
sixty miles to feed. This flight lasts
nearly two hours, at which time the
sky is actually clouded with them. At
seven o'clock not a bird can l>o seen.
Again, at about half-past eight, the
male birds begin to return, and the
"hens" begin to leave the nests to
procure their late breakfast. The males
always take the place of the females,
and do their share of the sitting. At
nine o'clock the scene Iwggars descrip
tion, when the sky is spotted with con
tinuous clouds of pigeons goingoricli way
with the rapidity of the wind, and
coming in sight continually for two
hours. The " hens " stay out till four
in the afternoon, when they return, and
the "Toms" again go out inquest of
food and stay as long as they please.
Home do not return uatil sundown, at
which time they can be knocked down
by dozens,as they fly only a few feet from
the ground. Later in the season the
catching is done in feed beds and salt
springs, wliicli are prepared some weeks
in advance, being baited with corn and
salt, which, being mixed, is scattered
over a smooth spot in the woods near a
a muddy spring,which being also salted
profusely, affords a drinking place.
When birds begin to work the feed beds
in sufficient numbers, say from one hun
dred to six hundred dozen, then the
slaughter commences. The largest
" haul " that has been made thia season
at one spring of a net was fifty dozen.
Olive Harper writes to the St. Louis
Globe from Turkey: "Tho indolence
of the people here is something almost
wonderful. No one except a native of
this country thoroughly understands
the art of laziness. Tho men sit all
day long on little stools in front of the
various cafes, smoking and talking—
never stirring. They even talk in a
low, murmuring tone, very different to
a crowd of Dutchmen, Frenchmen, or
even Englishmen. There is not tho
least excitement of any kind in their
manner ; all ia tranquil laziness. The
other evening the cry of 'yanjin
var '(' flra') echoed through tho village
(Buynkdere), and yet no one stirred
from his place in the cafe. Presently
a cava use came in and accosted a Turk
who was seated smoking his narghila,
saying, ' Yonr house is burned.' He
simply bowed his head, saying, ' Kis
met.' The carasse then said. ' Yonr
woman and one child are Also bnrned.
Tliere were two snveil. Where shall
they be taken ?' Tho Tnrk said slowly,
' Great ia God; take them to my
mother,' and resumed his pipe."
A Orange bank has been opened at
tho corner of California and LeidesdorfT
streets. The capital is 85,000,000, in
sl-ires of SIOO. Already about 81,000,-
CbO have been subscribed by 1,000
shareholders. Ton per cent, has been
calhd as u first installment and a second
will probably bo called on the Ist of
January, 1875. The management of
the bank is to be eminently conserva
tive. Its object is to enable farmers to
borrow money for oouimeroial purposes
upon terms as favorable as are made to
other borrowers, -San Francitoo paper,
TIIE GRASSHOPPER PLAGUE
Lite KM |> I111 > %% la Ia It I lie UlllM*
Itcalio) lite l iu|.
Gov. Davis, of .Mtnuesota, in view of
immediate demand fur relief for the des
titute in tho counties of that Btatc rav
aged by grasshoppers, has proposed a
plan supplementary to the organized
relief asked for from the tiraugers. it
is toappial directly to the County
Boards for appropriations to meet the
exigencies of the moment. The Coin
tuisMoiiers of llarnsey County, upon
representation of the Governor and
Gen. Sibley, promptly appropriated
$5,(100 for relief, aud if other counties
respond as promptly, nil the means de
manded for immediate exigencies will
be supplied. The Minneapolis Tribune
baa the followiug information concern
ing tho grasshoppers :
Prof. fi. Barnard lias returned to the
city after a week's absence. He brings
with hitu most discouraging reports
front the grasshopper country. He
handed us a package containing the re
mains of some wheat, c*rn, potato vines
and poplar bushes that had been de
stroyed bv the pesta on his brother's
farm on the Big Cottonwood river, six
miles above Now-Ulm. The graashop
lm made their appearauce there on
Thursday last, and in two hours had
devastated the whole crop, consisting of
48 acres of wheat that was out in ear,
and would have yielded 25 bushels to
the acre, oorn, oats, and potatoes—
everything. Not even the grass and
the leaves of the trees were left. Tho
whole region in the south-west part of
Brown and adjoining counties is totally
destroyed, from Lake Hanska to the
State line ; and the marauders were
moving north-east every day, having
mossed the Minnesota, going north, last
week. Prof. Barnard also says they
were quite numerous at Lake Crystaf,
in Blue Earth county. Thursday last
they invaded Mr. Barnard's farm in
millions, coming down like a snow
storm. They fly about half u mile high,
and alight when they reach a favorable
locality. Prof. Barnard says that these
iu Brown county are not the same as
hatched out in the vicinity of Worth
iugton, which w-i-re the color of the soil.
These are of a lighter color, with red
wings, aud resemble those hatched iu
Iow, as reported by travelers. They
appeared to have fiowu a long distance,
and moved very rapidly. The air is
daily full of them from 9 or 10 A. M. to
3 or 4 r. u., during which Interval they
continue to drop down upon the doomed
Fears of a Famine In kenturky
A correspondent writes to the Louis
ville ('wtrirr-Journal from Jamestown
as follows : " Here in southern Ken
tucky we are on the eve of a famine
wbicn threatens to be very serious, as
well a* the western portion of Ken
tucky. Last year the season was so ex
ceedingly wet that there was scarcely a
half crop raised, iu consequence of
which our people are suffering much,
and already several are reported to
have starred to death, and inony others
are living on bread alone.
" Very early this season our farmers
made vigorous efforts to pitch heavy
crops, but owing to the protracted wet
weather and high water were prevented
from getting our heat lands in in due
time, the rains continuing up to the 4th
of May, since which time we have had
no rain to wet the land. Wo have not
even been able to raise any vegetables
in onr gardens. The oat crop was a
complete failure, as was also the hay
crop, and a large amotiut of the corn is
dead, siul the remainder is fast drying
up. With all the rain that could fall it
would not be possible to make au aver
age of a barrel to the acre. As it is, we
will not make five barrels of corn to the
•' For some time onr people talked a
good deal about losing their stock, but
now they have lost alt hopes of that,
and the only talk is. llow ahall we got
bread and meat ? The wheat was mod
erately good, but will all be consumed
in a short time, and we will be left with
out anything to sustain life. The Cum
berland river is not navigable, uor will
it be for six months, aud the nearest
point to the railroad is forty miles. Onr
people are without money, their horses
and oxen so poor that but few of tbem
could travel to do any hauling even if
we were able to buy, hence we feel that
we aro without hope. There mnst at
least be twenty or twenty-five counties
iu southern and western Kentucky just
in the condition we are, and unless re
lief can bo obtained from the outside,
some hundreds of our people will starve
A dispatch from Louisville rays it is
proposed to call on the Legislature for
A Trn-1 nousaml Dollar Bill.
On a certain day, on a Pennsylvania
railroad, a belle of a thriving Pennsyl
vania town, the daughter of a wealthy
lumber merchant, was traveling in the
same car with a shrewd old citizen of
her native town and an agreeable young
gentleman from the West who tells the
Tiie latter had been talking to the
belle ; but as night drew on and the
Jouug lady grew drowsy, he gave up
is seat to her ami placed himself
beside the somewhat eyuical Pennsyl
vauiau. The latter begun conversation
by pointing to a high mountain past
which they were whirling, anil said:
"Yon see that mountain? Hix or
eight years ago it was covered with as
fine a forest as ever grew, and worth
§IO,OOO And upward. Now, without a
tree, covered with stumps, the land is
scarcely worth a continental. The net
produce of that mountain lies over
there in that seat," aud he pointed to
the recumbent belle ; " that is my cal
culation. It has iu*t absorbed all of
that lumber, which her father owned,
to raise and educate the girl, pay for
her clothes and jewelry, bring her out
in society and maintain lier there.
Some of you yonng men, if you were
given your choice between the moun
tain yonder as it now stands and the
net produce on that seat, would take
the net proilnce; but as for me, give
me tho stumps."
The London Boy.
" I never get tired of studying the
London boy," writes the Danbnry man.
" Ho is always on the street, and al
ways in the way. I never saw sneh a
boy in any other eity. Ho is not quar
relsome, not saney, not ad dieted to
smoking, and 1 never heard one of them
swear, even nnder the most favorable
circumstances. To tell the truth, I
never neard tliem say much of any
thing. Ho iH a helpless youth, addicted
to Btore windows, rubbing against build
ings, and toppling over obstructions.
He has a dreadful tendency to bo al
ways backing up aguiust something,
ana always missing it, to the detriment
of his bones. Only they do not fall
with sufficient force to break a bone. I
have seen one of them slide from the
side of a lamp-post, turn apart sum
mersault, recover himself, hit up
against tho post again, slip off tho curb,
aud gradually get down on his back in
the gutter—taking iu all some dozen
seoonds to do it, whilo an American boy
would go down and stave a hole iu the
back of his head, aud make a doctor's
bill of eighteen dollars in lees than ft
A tuuvtct'i amij.
" That's me, sir."
" Let me see your arm."
" It's all right, bir."
"All right, is it? In my humble
opinion it's as wrong as wrong can be."
411 looked down at tlie bruised flesh
aud broken bones he had affirmed to t>e
"all rigid" with a luslf contemptuous
smile, aud then, resigning himself to
the inevitable, laid quietly watching
the white hands of tlie young doctor as
he prepared splints, bandages, etc.,
and commenced the work of setting the
bone, now rendered doubly difficult by
the swelling of the bruised flesh.
Tho light of the setting sun stole into
the room, illuminating with a sudden
glory the* bare walls and comfortless
surroundings, and throwing iuto strong
relief the two figures which gave life to
the picture. The doctor's frauk, good
humored face, slight easy figure, and
sir of careless good-breeding, could not
have been out of place under any cir
cumstances ; but Ike other seeui-d
strangely in unison with, and jet in
contradiction to, his surroundings. His
muscular frame might have served ass
msilel for strength and beauty—a Her
cules in prison dress! His hands,
roughened and hardened by toil, bad
beeu as slender and well-shaped aa the
doctor's own. llis face, brouted by ex
posure to sll weathers, was still high
bred and refined —aquiline features,
clear brave eyes, and, BIKJVC all, the
clone-cropped hair of a convict. He
had that air of reserve, totally distinct
from rudeness, which ouly well-bred
people possess, aud which impresses
even the most vulgar and obtuse.
Though the sensitive mouth tietrayed
his delicate, nervous organization,
nothing could be more stoical than the
com|H>stire with which he bore the tor
ture be was suffering.
" Why on earth, man, don't yon say
something or cry out ?" exclaimed the
doctor, half impatiently.
Noticing the gathering whiteness
round his patient's lips, the doctor
hastily |>oared something in a glass,
and, bidding him drink it. went quick
ly on with his work. After a few min
utes' sileuee he glanced up suddenly.
" What's thst ?" pointing to a small
blue figure on the brawny wrist.
" That ? Oh ! my crest. I did it
when 1 was a boy," said the man indif
" Your crest ?"
" Did I say that ?" and a flush crept
i over his face. " I must have been
dreaming ; people do dream sometimes,
don't they ?'
The doctor did not answer, but look
ed keenly at him, as he tnrncd away
his head with a short, embarrassed
•* What is vour name ?"
"No. 411 -
•• 1 don't mean that, I mean your
name," persisted the doctor.
Dr. Harris laughed. *
"Jim Brown! Why don't yon say
Bill Scroggins ? One name would snit
about as well as the other."
ill frowned slightly.
•• Why should I tell yon my name ?"
•• I'm sure I don't know," was the an
swer — unless because I want you to.
That crest on your arm is very like my
own. 1 thought perhaps we were re
••And if we were? Yon wouldn't
I •' Why not ? I,ra not a bad fellow in
mv way, neither do I think yon are ?
Whv shouldn't I own you i"
The man raised himself on his arm
and looked searchingly in the doctor's
" A convict ?" he said, slowly.
"Well," said the doctor, dryly, "I
don't sec much society except convicts,
at present, and 1 can't say but what 1
like them as well as I do thos# who
thiuk themselves a good deal better.
I've found out it ian't always the worst
that ore caught, by any means. I'm a
' radical,'you must know," he added,
quaintly, " and very much disapproved
of by the family."
411 looked out into the gathering
darkuess for some minutes, and then
said, quietly :
'• Well, sir, if you care to hear a con
vict's story, sit down awhile. I've never
told it to any one, and I cfon't know
why I should tell it to von ; but the
mood's on me, and I might as well talk
as think, maybe; anc then you've
guessed my secret partly—at least, yon
know I'm not Jita Brown "—and a
smile flashed serosa his face. " How
old do voii think I am?" he continued.
Dr. Harris looked at the powerful
frame of the man—at the strong, bard
j lines in bis face.
"Between forty and fifty, I should
•' Thirty-six, yesterday. I was twen
ty-four the day I was sentenced; a
pleasant way of celebrating one's birth
day, wasn't it? There was a lot of
stuff in the papers about my * youth,*
and mv lieingso • hardened.' Did they
i think 1 was going to beg for mercy ?
1 not I ! I've been out here twelve years
now, and escaped twice and been caught
again; but 111 try it once more some
" You ought not to tell me that," said
the doctor, smiiiug.
" Why rot ? They watch me all the
time, anyway. Just give me some
water, will yon? Thanks. Well, 1
ought to commence with my name, I
suppose. It is Fslwanl Tracy. I was
the so.nnd son of A Northumberland
squire, whe had just enough money to
kii p up the place for niy brother, and
no more. A fine old place it was, and
the only happv days 1 can look back to
where spent tliere. That waa when I
was boy— home for the holidays, eager
about cricket and foot-ball, and to whom
a gun aud the range of the rabbit-warren
were perfect happiness. After a while,
it was unpleasant enough. My brother
—s lazy, good-looking fellow, who
knew how to riile and to shoot, and only
that—was tho idol of my mother and
sisters. All deferred to liim except
little Mary, my pet, who nsed to follow
me round like a kitten. Poor little
girl! I wonder if she over thinks of me
now. Younger sons in a poor family
have a hard timo of it. I only wonder
more don't go to the bad than do.
Brought up us gc ntlemen, t hey are then
thrown upon their own resources, to
live by their wits, either in some beg
gerly profession, or as hangers-on, where
there are many rich relations. They
must put up with being snubbed and
thrown over, whenever they come in
tho way—mailo use of nuii then cast
aside ; at least, such was my experience.
I was proud and passiouate, aud so
felt these things more thau others, I
I wanted to go into the army, bnt my
father said ho couldn't afford it—l
" would l© always getting into debt,"
etc.— and so I was apprenticed to a
London barrister—a great, pompons
man, whom I cordially detested before
a month was ont. He had away of ag
gravating me whenever wo came in con
tact, thAt nsed to mako me long for an
excuse to pitch him down stairs. I be
lieve in presentiments. 1 know that
man would injure me aorno day. I saw
more trickery and underhand dealing
while in that office than I had ever seen
in my life before. Mr. Pierson was a
mau of tact, not talent. He had gained
MVtrtl good cases, which maa* hit
Terms: S-2.00 it Yoar, in Advance.
reputation, and lie liad away of making
people believe that if black wai not juat
white, it was certainly gray, which
proved very useful to him.
'• 1 was about twenty-two when 1 went
into Ketit for a few' week*, partly on
business for Mr. I'ieraon, and partly to
visit an uncle of mine. Am I tiring
you with thia long story ?"
" Not at all, Tracy ; go on."
411 started at the unfamiliar name,
which the doctor slightly emphasised.
His breath came quicklv, and hia voice
was husky when he spoke again :
'• Would you think, now, that a man
oould hear hi* owyi name so seldom that
when it was spoken a* you spoke mine
it could make the past come back like a
great wave, almost blotting out the
present ? I haven't heard my name for
more than ten years," he went on,
musingly. " I don't wouder it Bounds
strange to me. It was in the summer
when I went to Kent; the time for
' falling in love,' aa it is called, and of
course 1 did it. I don't wonder at my
self, even now, when I remember all
that has passed. We were thrown very
much together. Lucy was an orphan
living with a rich maiden aunt, whose
place adjoined my uucle'a. I had al
ways a fondness for playing the part of
a protector, and abe was a clinging,
dependant little thing, with long golden
curls and a delicate pink-aud-white
daisy face. I had never eared fur any
girl before, and from the first I loved
her madly. It'a the ' old, old story,'
and I needn't make a fool of myself
again by telling it to you. Before I
went back to town we had exchanged
rings, and she had promised to love me
through eternity. A lengthy eternity
it proved !
" Our engagement was to remain a
recret until I should beootne a great
lawyer, and then I was to claim her.
This was Lucy's idea. I wanted to
sj>eak to her aunt, but she begged me
not, giving a dozen different reasons
for my silence. I believe even then
she thought it best not to bind herself
too closely, but 1 never suspected this,
for with all my faults 1 had alwaya been
perfectly honest and truthful. In the
winter, Mr. Piersou told me that the
business 1 had !>en attending to had
now to be completed, and that be was
going down himself. I was of course
very tuitions to go, but be did not give
me the cbanoc. Lucy met me at a
couple of dinners, and from what she
said I knew he had been very attentive
to her. He was a good-lookiug man,
about 40, and oould make himself verv
agreeable when he choose to do so. 1
wrote to Lucy immediately, telling her
what I thought of him. Khe replied,
accusing me of being jealous, and say
ing she was sure I was prejudiced
against Mr. Piersou, who had spoken
very highly of me, and to whom I found
she* had confided the whole story.of our
engagement. 1 was very angry, and
wrote rather harshly to her, for I re
member she told me ' I did not love her
an I once did.' That was our first quar
rel, and was soon made up, and for a
few weeks we corresponded as usual.
Mr. Pieraon returned to London, but
went back again to Kent in a week or
two. He said he was collecting evi
dence tor an important case.
" Soon I noticed that Lucy's letters
grew shorter and shorter, and finally one
csme, saying that she ' had been think
ing over* our foolii-h engagement, and
as there was no prospects of my being
able to support her, she had come to
the conclusion that for the sake of us
both it had better be broken.'
" I know every word of that cool,
heartless letter now. One remetnem
liers such things. Very soon after I
heard of her engagement to Mr. Pier
son. I was age itleman, and he was a
snob ; but he had money, and 1 hadn't"
" What's a gentleman bom? Is it
abillin'ts an' pence ?" quoted the doctor,
" fell? What's that?"
" Only a quotation from the York
shire Farmer. Oo on."
"Well, of course, I was furious ; but
what good did that do me ? I thought
if I only had money, f would find some
means of revenge ; but money was jnst
what I hadn't got. About that time, I
met a man calling himself St John.
He was clever and well educated, and
seemed to read all my wild, reckless
longings at a glance. Be led me on
from bad to worse, till it ended in
forgery; then be turned king's evi
dence, and I was locked up. 1 was
always very strong, and, finding one of
the bars loose, 1 wrenched it out, and
dropped from my window one dark
night and escaped. On my way to the
sea, 1 met this man—St John. I might
have got off if 1 could have let him
alone ; but I couldn't I stopped him ;
he tanntcd me with my disgrace ; tAld
me that Mr. Pieraon liml known of the
plan laid to ruin mo. • The young lady
throwing yon over was a prime trump
in our hand,' he added, with a leer. I
warnel him to be silent; but be, as if
blinded to his danger, exasperated roe
in every way possible. I grappled with
him, and, remembering a trick I had
learned at school, soon threw him. My
hands were on his throat A half minute
more, and the earth would have been
rid of one sordid wretch ; but his cries
bail been heard by some men in a
neighboring field, and 1 was overpow
ered. This man—a ruined gamester,
once a gentleman—had changed mo
from an honest, honorable lad, to a
felon, and then, disregarding the
• honor' which is said to exist even
' among thieves,' threw me over to ssve
himself. I would be content to give
Ave vears of my life—nay, more, I
would be content to add five years to my
life—oould it purchase that one half
minute of which I was robbed.
" My family disowued mo, and made
no attempt oven to procure counsel for
me. All forsook me except little Mary,
from whom 1 got a tear-stained letter
incloaing a fire-pound note, her quar
terly allowance, ami telling me that she
would never forget me. My father had
forbidden any of them to write to me,
or even mention my name ; bnt Mary
had disobeyed him. 4 lt can't be wrong
to write to yon, dear,' ebe said, 4 for
yon are my own brother, always."
44 There" was a flaw in the evidence
which my counsel took advantage of;
but Mr. Piersou worked against him
privately, collecting evidence for the
crown, and I was convicted. Heaven
grant there may not bo many poor
wretches who leave old England with
the footings which I left it. If I had
had the opportunity, I would have put
an cud to my miserable existence. I waa
taken in a cab, strongly guarded, from
the iail to the wharf. Wo passed one
of tin* parks on our way. I had been
in prison Boine time, aud the fresh
green grass, the trees and flowers had
never looked so beautiful as now, when
I knew 1 was looking on them for the
last time. 1 thonght of the hedge-rows
white with blossoms, in Northumber
land ; the larks singing overhead ;
Mary, perhaps, in our favorite nook in
the orchard, weeping bitter tears as a
last good-fry to 4 ner handsome Teddy,'
as she fondly called me. No wonder
my heart swelled when I thonght of
thoso who in tho sight of God were
guilty of my crime.
44 As wo wont down the dock, a child
passed us with a bunch of cowslips.
Jnst two years before, I bad gathered
them for Lucy iu the Kentish lanes.
Tho child looked np wistfully, as I
passed ; presently she ran after us aud
Bat her cowslips in my hand. That was
it drop too much in the oup already
foil; to save my life 1 could not hare
k'-pt back the tears which rolled down
my cheeks. I waa handcuffed, but one
of the guards thrust a handkerchief into
my Itaiid, with a few cheering worda
gruffly aaid. The touch of aynipalhy,
and the child'# gift aared roe from utter
despair. That waa the iaat I aaw of
Kugiatid. My life here haa been the
mdc, day after day, except the few
nights I apent in the tmah, the two
time# I got ofT. They (uoat)y let me
alone now. I keep by myself, and I've
newer told a word of this !-fore. I bad
almoat forgotten I waan't Jim Brown,'
until to-day. Did yon hew how I hurt
my arm f"
" One of the men told me you were
helping to raiae a heavy atone, and that
you let the lever alip in aome way,
and ao got your arm croahed."
" That'a true, ao far aa it goea; a
gang of ua were working on the road
when a carriage paused. I looked up
aa 1 stepped out of the way, and who do
you think I aaw f Lucy and her bua
baud ! Hue waa looking juat the same
aa ei cr, only prouder, I waa ao neer I
could have touched her dreea. Hhe
looked calmly at me—l waa only a con
vict, covered with the duet from her
carriage wluela. If abe bad reoognixed
me, the oolor would have faded a
little from her pink cbeeka, I think. I
wonder if ahe remembers the letter I
wrote her, before I waa transported ? I
told her some home trutha then. She
kuows who to blame for my wasted-—-
wefrae than wasted—life.
" Twelve year* didn't ma much to
me. I looked after the carriage like
one stauued. The lever slipped from
my hand—yoo aaw my arm. I didn't
think of it, until I lound 1 eonldn't lift
it. Mr. Pieraon has got some high ap
pointment here, aome one said. Of
oourae his wife will be feted and flat
tered. I wonder how she would like to
be reminded of that cummer in Kent
How would she look if I should atop
her carriage, and remind ber of the
time she swore to lore me forever, or
how often her bright head has rested
on my shoulder. I can feel the thrill
of her soft lips yeton my cheek. There,
that's ail. Do yon believe in justice f
1 don't The cause of evil should be
attacked ; now, it is only the victim.
That woman is more guilty to-day than
I. She drove me mad—tad yet she
rides by iu her carriage. r< •.j.t-ru-.t and
admired ; while I, in my prison drees,
can never be an v thing bat what I am
The Whole Mess.
Among the adventures recorded of
the Irish brigade in Franoe in early
days, one of the most amns>ng was an
occurrence in the time of the Regent
Orleans, in fconor of whose birthday a
grand masqueraue was given in Paris.
It was a high class affair; tickets were
a double louis d'or each ; all the rank
and beanty of Paris were assembled
round the Regent, and a costly and lux
urious supper crowned the attractions
of the night While the entertainment
was proceeding one of the Prince's
suite approached and whispered to
"It is worth your Royal Highness"
while to step into the sapper rooms ;
there is a yellow domino there, who is
the most extraordinary cormorant ever
witnessed ; he is a prodigy, your High
ness—he never stops eating and drink
ing, and the attendants say, moreover,
that lie has not done so for some
Qiii Royal Highness vent aocordiag
-IT, and sure enough there vu a yellow
domino, ■ wallowing everything aa rav
enously aa if he had onlv just begun.
Haiaed' piea fell before nira, pheasant*
and quaiia seemed to fly down his
throat in a little oovy ; the wine he
drank threatened a scarcity, whatever
might he the next vintage.
After watching him for some time,
the Duke acknowledged he was a won
der, and laughingly left the room ; bnt
shortly afterwtra, on passing through
another, he saw the yellow domino
again and as actively at work aa ever,
devastating the dishes everywhere, and
emptying the champagnehottles as rap
idly as they were brought to him.
Perfectly amazed, the Dake at last
could not restrain his curiosity.
" Who," he asked "is that insatiate
ogre that threatens such annihilation
to all the labors of our oooka f
Accordingly, one of Uie suite was dis
patched to him.
" His royal highness, the Duke of
Orleans, desires the yellow domino to
But the domino begged to be ex
cused, pleading the privilege of mas
•' There is s higher law," replied the
officer; "the royal order must be
" Well, then," answered the incog
nito, "if it must be so, it must," and,
unmasking, exhibited the ruddy vis go
of an Iriah trooper.
" Why, in the name of Polyphemus!"
exclaimed the Itegeut, as he advanced
to him, who and what are you ? I have
seen vou eat and drink enough for a
dozen men at least, and yet you seem
aa empty as ever."
"Well, then," said the trooper,
"since tho saycret must come out,
Jdase vour royal highness, I am one of
Hare's Horse—that's the guard of
honor to-night—and when oar men waa
ordered out we dubbed our money to
buy a ticket, and agreed to take our
turn at the supper table, turu and turn
" What 1" exclaimed the Duke;
•' the whole troop coming to supper V
" Oh, it's asy, plase your highness ;
sure one domino would do for all of us
—if ache tuk it iu turn. I'm only the
eighteenth man, and there's twelve
more of us to some."
The loud laughtei of the jovial Duke,
probably the heartiest he had had for a
long time, was the response to this ex
planation, followed by a louia d'or to
the dragoon, and a promise to keep his
"saycret" till the entire troop had
Land Patents Uncalled For.
The. Western Land-thcncr contains
the following :
There are remaining in the General
Land Office undelivered more than
300,000 patents for agricultural land.
Of this sum 75,000 are from IllinouL
and nearljr aa many fom Indiana ana
Missouri. Among them are patents
aigued by Monroe and by and for every
other President up to Linooln's time.
The cause for this accumulation of pa
tents is in the fact that many land
owners believe the duplicate receiver's
reoeipt is sufficient evidence of title to
their land. It onght not to be re
garded. Entries are being constantly
canceled by the General Land Office
for informality, and if the address of
an interested applicant iB not known at
the local offioe, as too often is the ease,
he or the party to whom he has sold his
land will some day be much astonished
to find another person holding a Gov
ernment patent for his property.
A HANDSOME PRIZE.— John Hodge,
the well-known secretary of the Garg
ling Oil Co., of Lockport, N. Y., has
just given a gold medal as a prize to
the gTaduatiug class of the Union
School of his city. A large number
of pupils competed for the Hodge
medal, wliioh was won by Miss Anna
I Buck, of Lookport. The act is like
! John Hodge, who is always doing
I something commendable,
Bow iff • Ufa Uu love! Throe Toojra of
lU*. oat armwed mo from my ovarthrww ,
Throw imam waabed wttb ahow're of ooooM
Tfatoo wiutoro whltotxed wtlh thoril.nl wow.
Have toft mo comfortless, and liko to ono
Who ouimli half oonoeiooo to a crowded
And ooohii.it far hka'mam'rj tfaot to oao,
Pargets tbo purpose that should glide hlo
0 whore to Pity, timt o moid should my
three* thin** niif.lt oud blight elite to ploy t
And whore to iUoron. that a moo should eling
To dead dreomo and dototoono of hto youth j
la Ufa ao email that 1 may ooly •>
Oio aong, and dio heeattoo of one untruth t
Ho, I am young to Ood'a great wlidornaao
Of lioantlao , why thou faint npoc tho brink!
1 will go forward for now happtnoaa.
And to tho eoarcih forgot the broke* link,
forget t Ido not forgot myoelf indeed.
To think that ftoaoon ebon'd hare power to
On auch a (joeet bow Bnd Promethean .parks,
. With paataoi loohad up and tho geld key
I ahoold nil*take ail woothoroooko for larka.
And meadow mtot of oninmor morn for Croat
I cannot hid one-half my baort bo ttffl.
And if I oowid, it to not to my power;
A matd to gratify bar own aweet will,
Aoked for my tore to wear it aa a flower -
0 what a hope of )oyi What noad to aay
1 gave it, and oho long tho thing away.
Item* of Interest.
Second Advent tot a now aay. Jan. I,
Romantic school giria now apeli
"Jelly" with* fluel M - H
There wore twenty brides ata Niagara
hotel the ooma night reocntly.
Batter down 1 ee the font remarked
to himself when he aaw the farmer a
wife crossing the field.
An Indiana woman, eighty-six years
old, died in twenty minutes after being
stung by a honey bee the other day.
The New Hampshire Patriot thinks
the prospects of the apple op in that
State merit the appellation of magnifi
" It ooatalees to take a weekly paper,"
argues the Cape Ann Advertiser,
a diligent hen can earn in a year at the
market prfee of eggs."
Street boys have a wonderful secret.
They know how to steal and eat green
cherries without being eeoght by either
the policeman or the cholera.
The grange in Indiana numbers 100,-
000 members, and in the year pest have
saved 81.300.000 to them in the pur
chase of goods sad implements.
It is said that the leaves of the com
mon walnut tree placed over doors,
windows, mantels, or in wreaths or
bunches about the house, will drive
it is reported that the next grand
groveWf Druids of the State of New
York has appointed Rochester as its
meeting place. The convention will
accordingly meet on the find Friday in
An A lien town toed swallowed a fire
fly, and the ChrtmiaU says : ** While
the latter was exploring the interior of
the toad, the light of nis lantern was
visible to ouUuTsrs through the akin of
the detested reptile."
"Yen ought to acquire the faculty of
being at home in the beet society," said
a fashionable aunt to an honest nephew.
" I manage that easily enough," replied
the nephew, " by staying at home with
my wire and children."
The Detroit Free Pre** says H takes
three months ,to prepare for a fashion
able wedding in Baltimore. That's
nothing. A young lady in Boston has
been twenty-seven years about it and
the cake ain't ordered yet
Every well-supplied hotel or res
taurant in the oonntry has on its wine
list Johannisbcvgcr, Yqum;, and Yenve
Cliquet; yet the vineyards of these
three together would scarcely supply a
single wine-drinking city.
A Cincinnati reporter sara that there
is something grand in the sight of a
pair of runs way-horses, but the Detroit
Prtc Prt-t* believes that a good deal
depends on whether a man is on a fence
or trying to climb over the end board
of the wagon.
A Vermont man experimented with a
new wash for killing sheep-tacks. He
had twenty-seven sheep when he ap
plied the "preparation, and twenty-one
■n saars and six living ones whan ha
got through. He wont take any mora
of that patent wash in hia'n.
A lady writer points out the fad, m
worthy of notioe, that " while the men
who commit! suicide are almost always
unmarried, the women are married or
widowed. This leads to the inference
' that, while men cannot live without
women, women And life unbearable
A vhocVing accident has happened on
[ the Portsmouth ram porta. The sunset
1 gun was just fired, when a little fellow
I named Scutt, aeven yearn of age, ran
: across the muzzle, and received the
charge in his face, one aide of which
I waa blown away. Death was, it need
acarely be said, inatantaneoaa.
A Maine rogue lima been selling kegs
supposed to hold ten gallons of liquor
each. A pint of rum waa sealed up in
! side each of the kegs and so placed
that, out a small cork, the pur
' chaser could teat the liquor, but where
there was a pint of liquor there were
nine gallons and aeven pints of water
separated from it
A bill before the the British House of
Commons provides that workmen in
jured in the course of their labor may
recover damages of their employers,
and the* the family of a workman killed
at his employment msy reoover a sum
not greater than one year's wages of the
person killed. The bill excepts all em
ployers who do not employ over fifty
The St Louis bridge is heavy with
masonry for the support of' two road
wavs, one above the other, the lower
one being fitted for carrying large rail
road train* on doable tracks, while the
upper one is laid with four tracks for
street oars. It is nearly a mile m
length, fifty feet wide from balustrade
to balustrade, and cost about eleven
miliiou dollars. It waa begun in the
early part of 1868.
The tender young poet who began
"I kissed her under the silent stars,
and whom the newspaper to which he
sent the poem represented as beginning,
" I kicked her under the cellar stairs,
appeared before the editors and pub
lishers assembled in Convention at
Lockport reoently, and preferred the
request that the name of the room from
which typographical errors emanate
might be changed forthwith. He wants
it called the discomposing room.
Dick Whitehead, a horee trainer,
is pressing a peculiar claim upon the
Chicago Common Council. A horse was
bought for SWO to haul the oounty am
bulance. He strayed away, and waa
taken by a man, who placed him in
Whitehead's hands to train and develop
into a trotter. Whitehead got the horse
bo he could do a mile in about 3:20.
Then the improved animal was replev
ined by the oounty, and sold for 8680.
Whitehead submits that he is entiUed
to some portion of the profit realized
by the oounty on the horse dicker.
A Useful Crow.
John Snyder, of Virginia, owns a
crow which serves as a substitute for
dogs, cats, and all other domestic ani
mals. He destroys every frog about
the well; allows no mouse a chance for
hia life; drivae awey baWka from the
poultry, and bids fair to aot as the best
squirrel dog in the country. He readi
ly spies tne squirrel, either uponi the
fence or on the trees, and, witn a
natural antipathy to the squirrel tribe,
his shrill, keen note is readily detected
by bis owner, accompanied by rapid
darts up and down, and the owner is
thus led to the game. The most re
markable feature about the crow fs that
he generally keep five or si* days' ra
tions ahead of time, and well oonoMted.