The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, October 15, 1874, Image 1

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Eire, vfaOt yon 11**.
With ssgsr atijoyinfnt of *ll hf* can pi**;
tVsst* no bright moment* in sorrow or grief
Elf. i. too briefl
Eovs, when eon lore,
r*rel*** of .light elee on esrtli or *l>ove .
Ijko the .oft sunset of tropisal sklss,
Love eo 80011 die. !
Pie, when Ton die.
Olsdly, Willi i over a trC|Je or igh ;
And in Eternity'a tight you will find
Peath i. eo hind !
What She Says.
Oh ' Eve a hundred sore* of land.
And a hoOM to cover year head;
And in the spring, when the dover-dovere
They ray it'e the time to wed.
Oh ' I've an eye that ie blue and ehy,
And a mouth that tared, eaya alio.
And a heart at reat in my lily, lily breast;
And why ahould I wed with thee ?
Oh ! take year choice when the day. are
And be sure you never will rue.
When 1 m safe from storm, and it'a bonny
bonny warm,
bay, what will become of TOU ?
Oh ! Ell comb and cnrl your bright brown
On a Sunday morning gay ;
For a mud. 1 guess, when she means yee.
1 with a nay, nay, nay !
" Did yon ever see a ghost ?" was the
'• Well, I came denoed near it, I can
tell you," said vouug Howard.
"llow near?" cried the com any,
drawing their chairs to the fire.
" It was in that desolate part of New
Jersey," aaid Howard, '• near Baraegat
Shoals. What with the nature of the
soil there, its barrenness and sterility,
the jagged, repelling grimuess of the
rooks, and the wild, desolate infinity of
the waters, there's something about
Barnegat that breeds au affinity with
ghosts and spectres. There had beeu
a wreck of a coasting schooner iu the
vicinity, and idthough the news didn't
make much of a sensation in the news
papers, it brought despair and desola
tion to one he-rt at least—that of the
young mate's mother. lie was an old
school-mate and warm friend sf my own,
and I volunteered to go down and see
if the body could be found and brought
" When I reached there the w hole as
pect of the place struck me as forbid
dingly wild and lonely ; and when, to
ward the close of a stormy day, poor
Jack's body was washed ashore, stark
and stiff, and distorted almost beyond
recognition, I wasn't able to lend the
fellows down tnere a helping baud. I
was seised with a nervous chill, and
went m-doors to the brandy flask.
Propped up with an artificial courage,
I went out again and found them haul
ing their helpless burden toward a fish
erman's hut close by. They had flung
it in an old tarpaulin blanket, and I
couldn't help protesting inwardly
against the rude way in which they
bumped it along through the breakers
and over the rocks.
" I thought of that tender, womanly
heart at home in the East, and the gen
tle reverence that hedged about even
her every thought and feeling about
Jack, and I determined there aud then
that he should be taken home to her in
some shape that wouldn't appall or hor
rify her.
" They langhed at me when I spoke
of a coffin, but nevertheless I resolved
upon getting one, if such a thing could
be had for love or money. Not that a
coffin is absolutely requisite in all
cases. It wouldn't have mattered a pin
to either Jack or myself if, tied np iu
the old tarpaulin, with a weight heavy
as destiny itself, we were forced bo the
bottom of the sea. But to a woman, an
old church-ridden, conventional woman,
a victim to circumstance and custom,
a coffin was the only thing that could
render the affair respectable, or indeed
" I passed a sleepless night, and went
off before daylight in search of an old
man that bore a queer reputation about
there for appropriating anything that
came inshore, and rendering it useful
or ornamental with a rude knack he had
in the carpenter line. The boys told
me there was a little of everything in
his old rookery, end they hadn't the
least doubt I conld find even a coffin
there, or something that might be mod
eled into one.
"It was a good league to h's dwell
ing, and I reached there wiiu a fore
boding that my journey was for noth
ing ; but upon broaching the subject to
him, he stated his readiness at once to
comply with my demands.
"'But what will you do for mate
rial ?' I asked.
"Hesmibd grimly, and opening a
door that led up to a sort of loft, he
beckoned me to follow him. In
loft there was wood readily adapted to
build a ship, a house, a theatre—any
thing and everything that might be de
sired. Not common wood, mark you,
but wreckers' material—panels of
French walnut, exquisitely carved in
bass relief, bits of precious ebony, of
sandal-wood, of box, and some of that
delicate white pine that exnales a deli
cious perfume. The boys bad said that
he was very clever in the carpenter line.
I was inspired with a sort of trust in
his capacity, and bis willingness to un
dertake the job was only equaled by
his determination to be paid well for
doing it.
" ' Don't you fret, young man,' said
the old skeleton. ' I'll fix it for you in
a shape that 'll suit, 111 have it as
scrumptious as a nut—that is, ef ye're
able to bear the heft of the expeuse.
It's costly, yer know, to hev things
pious and nice down this way ; wecan't
tillers afford it; then the sea bein'
handy,.it's a temptation to save time
and money; but ef the expense ain't
counted in—'
•"Never mind the expense,' I ex
claimed. ' Yon do the thing np nicely
for me, and I'll see you through ; bnt
it mast be done at once; the body is
almost beyond saving now, and I want
the eoflin by to-morrow night It must
be ready to be shipped before daybreak
the next morning.'
" ' All right,' said the old screw. 'I
don't mind losin' a little sleep to be
obligin', ef only the expense—'
"'You old vulture,' I roared, 'l'll
pay you haif on the spot!' And 1 count
ed out to him enough greenbacks to
make his sharp old nose come down
and chop over his chin with an unctu
ous smack of appreciation.
'"I'll hev it that scrumptious,' said
the wretch, with greedy enthusiasm,
' that you'll clap your hands over it. It
'll be that peart and pious, that you
needn't be ashamed of it in a church !'
"I nodded approvingly, and started
on the home stretch with the comfort
able feeling of a man who has done all
lie could to ameliorate au irremediable
suffering. All that day there was a
threatening aspect of the winds and
waves, that boded more mischief on
that malevolent shore. Massive heavy
clouds hung black aR ink over the sharp
jagged rock, and a fierce under-tone in
the elements, told of a conspiracy for a
tempestuous debauch.
" My poor old Jack has been washed
and shaven, his last toilet rendered
with all the care that his old friend and
school fellow conld bestow upon a mel
ancholy labor of love ; a few hot tears
burst from my burning eyes, and fell
upon that strange and unfamiliar face;
and finding it became less and less re
cognizable as I gazed npon it, I covered
it reverently with my handkerchief, and
sat silent and alone with it and the
darkness, waiting for the old man with
the coffin.
"As the day waned and twilight
gathered, a wail broke forth from the
FHIvD. KUKTZ, Kditomml I Vt >priotor.
moke ami the wave* ; a few belated
guile flopped their wings heavily over
the water that began to lath furiously
the low santlr short - , Presently a few
drops fell, the j recuraor* of oue of
those furious storms thai riot ou that
desert coast.
•* An agony of impatience seized me.
I got upon my feet, and paced to and
fro the loose boards of the hub
" Was I, then, condemned to star
hero, powerless to save uiv poor Jack
from being the puppet of yonder ma
lignant fiends of the shore and the sea ?
1 knew if the e lliu were delayed until
the storm increased in fury, the road to
the old wrecker's home would be im
passable, flooded, and without, a
"Was it, then, destined that he
should be thrown into the greedy maw
of the sea, after all, and his place in the
dear little church yard at home know
him no more? There were prayers
even then offered up for him iu that
dear little village m the valley, not only
by the thiu and withered hps of his
mother, but sweet ami roseate one*
were trembling iu his behalf that late
had clung to his owu in rapture, and
gentle young finger* would gather flow
ers for his grave and murmur beuisous
there for many a year. Oh, was it,
then, impossible to give this joy to my
poor old Jack ?
'•1 started up, sad with an impulse
of desperation wrapped myself iu the
old tarpaulin and ventured forth.
" t suppose my nerves were pretty
well unstrung, for the dead face of my
lost comrade followed me with a gro
tesque and horrible persistency. I
struggled against the feeling, but it
seemed to me the murky air was full of
shapeless fiends ami bodiless spirits of
devilish propinquities.
"Stumbling along, the rain beating
mercilessly down, making the rocky
path perilously smooth, I made my way
slowly in the direction of the old wreck
er's abode.
" Feeling the path step by step iu
this wilderness of darkness and storm,
it must have taken me many hours to
accomplish a mile, for I bail scarcely
gone half-way when I found by my
watch it was nearly midnight. The
same lurid gleam of lightmug that
showed me the face of my watch gave
me also a fleet glimpse of something
lying in the road before me, almost at
my feet.
" I looked, and started back in hor
ror ; a peculiar sensation came to my
scalp ; I felt mv hair, so to speak, ris
ing OB an end ; for there, in a defile of
the road, half wedged iu the shelter of
a rock, was a coffin. The peculiar
shape of it was only dimly discernible,
aud either exaggerated by this dimness
or else the coffin was of gigantic sire.
How did it get there ? Did the fiends
about me contrive this shspe to deceive
my half-delirious senses? I looked
again, and slowly I saw the ponderous
lid rise, a skeleton hand come forth
then an arm. At last half the form
emerged from this terrible resting
place, and, wrapped a v ont with a
winding-sheet, seemed struggling to
leave the coffin altogether.
" I seized my pistol with a trembling
hand. I cocked it.
"' Don't shoot, yonng man !' cried
the spectre. ' Ye'il spile the polish, ef
yer do. This cussed rain has e'en
a'most done for it already. It was
pious and peart a spell back, bnt it's
pretty vrell spiled now, I'm afcard."
"It was my ol 1 wrecker, carpenter,
and coffin-maker. H - explained to ma
that he'd started on time with the
cofiin, and kept up till the storm had
come upon him, aud was forced to rest
awhile under the overhanging rock.
He thought, very properly, that no bet
ter shelter could be found than the
coffin itself; and he was right We
might both have crept inside, and there
would still have been room for more.
" ' Why on earth did you make it so
big?'l said. 'I don't want my poor
Jack to lie around loose in this way.'
" * Well, where's the odds ?' said the
accommodating artisan. ' You didn't
seem to spare the expeuse ; so I thought
I'd leave plenty of elbow-room. VTe
can find suthin or other for ballast, I
reckon, down below."
" Poor Jack iies to this day in the
singular coffin thus provi led for him,
and over him the arbutus blooms, and
tender violets, and all the dainty
flowers dear to a young girl's fancy or
an old woman's love."
A Woman Without Bones.
When such disastrous consequences
proceed from the weakening of a part
only of the human framework, we sin
cerely trust that there may be no
spreading of the disease lately devel
oped across the ocean in the person of
an Irish woman, who lived to see her
entire skeleton waste away until it was
but a fourth part as heavy as a new born
The case occurred in Dublin, and
may truly be called extraordinary.
The victim, forty-five years old, was a
patient in an insane asylum. For five
years she was confined to her bed, com
plaining of no pain, but gradually lie
coming weaker, while dwindling in sta
ture until she lost half her height.
As the disease progressed, her limbs
were coiled up in every possible shape,
the bones becoming eitremely light,
soft, fragile, and atrophied in every re
spect. At death, all that was left of
ner skeleton, including the sknll,
weighed two pennds and a half. The
nnmber of fractures was prodigious.
The ribs were in a hundred fragments.
The head of the humerus was bent;
the fibu'ao were curved ; the thigh
bones and pelvis were hudd led together;
the bones of the vertebra! were thinned
and worn away across the front of their
bodies ; the lower jsw was atrophied
and broken into three piece# ; tlie base
of the skull was cribiform all through.
Had she lived a little longer, it was
thought that not a vestige of a bone
would have been left in her body. What
ailed ber no one could tell, the disease
being almost unheard of and difficult to
diagnose, treat, or even name. Pro
fessor R. W. Smith, of Dubliu Univer
sity. who brought the ease before the
Pathological Faculty, looked upon the
condition of the bones not as a disease
but as a manifestation of a diseased
condition as yet unknown, possibly re
lated to rickets.
Good Adflce to Se'tlers,
At a late celebration of Queen Vic
toria's birthday in Virginia, Mr. St.
Andrew is reported to have given bis
countrymen the following sensible ad
vice, which is equally applicable to
Americans intending to migrate. He
said :
1. Come in colonies, or go to colo
2. Bring money in your parse.
3. Leave your prejudices behind.
4. Don't expect too much.
5. For land or business, pay cash.
6. Keep two-thirds at least of yonr
money for working capital.
7. Avoid land sharks. Yon can easily
find out the reliable land agents.
8. In buying land, don't get too much
of a good thing.
9. Adhere to the old fashioned prin
ciple of British honor. Don't attempt
•'smartness." Better class Americans
don't admire it; but they can beat you
at the game if you challenge them to it.
10. Remember that success is more in
i the man than in the country.
Science ami Strike*.
The part taken by the Hritish Aaao
eiatiou for the Advauoemeut of Science
iu termiuatiug the strike in the luieu
factories of Pel fast, is, says the New
York IVtbunr, exceedingly suggestive.
Strike* are iu their essential nature uu
scientific. Ou the one baud atand the
owners with their machinery and ma
terials; on the other the workmen with
empty stomachs and idle hands. The
men want to work ; the employers want
them to be working. The difficulties
which the forcesof nature priaent have
beeu overcome, ami the obstacle en
countered is not iu the process nf man
ufacture. The channels of trade have
boon opened ami the market is ready
with its demand. Nothing needs ad
justment but a question of wsgea. If
it were not a matter of such frequent
experience, it would seem incredible
that sit ha question, which ought to
lie the easiest of all to adjust, should
block the wheels of prosperity for
weeks at a time, wasting vast sums of
nuney ami bringing want and desola
tion to a thousand homes.
Some recognition of the utterly un*
philosophical cliaracteristica of their
strikes seems to have dawned upon iu
ployers and employed when Ibey
brought the matter before the British
Association. The workmen came to
its sessions by special though not
strictly official Invitation. Essays of a
purely scientific character ujou the re
lations of labor and capital had beeu
read before the meeting. The work
men were then iuvited to come forward
and state their grievances. They did
so. Vary willing would they have been
to make that bodv of scientific men the
arbiters of the disagreement, but this
office the Association would not under
take. The mill-owners were also rep
resented, and their side of the c.i-e was
put before the meeting. Then for the
first time apparently, each side realised
the weakness not to say the absurdity
of its own position, and the force of the
arguments on the other side. Men wuo
scarcely an hoar before had been bit
terly opposed and hopeless of reconcil
iation, saw in a moment the way to
compromise. The adjustment of wages
was a mere matter of detail, easily ar
ranged at a conference the following
morning; and on the next day the
black plumes of smoke were rising
from the chimneys of the linen mills of
Belfast, after seven weeks of idleness
and the loss of a million dollars.
While it is clearly evident that the
exposition and comparison f their dif
ferences had the direct effect of bring
ing about a reconciliation, it is alao
piaiu that the reason of the willingness
of both sides to tell their story was that
botli had confidence in the impartiality
of the auditors. A new field for eur
scientific bodies is thus indicated ; a
field f usefulness where they will have
no competitors. Men who have devo
ted themselves to scientific inquiry are
iu general the most disinterested per
sons of intelligence before whom such
questions could l>e presented. Their
advice, if they chose to give it, would
tie of the highest value, since the whole
business of their lives is the applica
tion of common sense to abstruse prob
lems. Nothing would lie easier than
for the National Academy of Sciences
or the American Association to pick out
a permanent committee of half a doxen
members eminently competent to form
a judgment on this class of questions.
Now tuat the example bai beeu set aud
the admirable success of this method
demonstrated, it would seem not im
possible that the experience of strikes
of great extent or long continuance
might be relegated to a past age. There
can be little doubt that both parties to
any strike in this country would be
willing to lay their differences before
such a committee ; and the mere expo
sition of the case, with the advice of
the committee, would in nine cases out
of ten solve the difficulty.
An Extravagant Dinner,
The Philadelphia Pre*n has an ac
count of a dinner given there to a party
of New Yorkers on April 19, 1831.
There were seventeen courses, and the
party sat down at 6 in the evening and
remained at the table until 6 the next
morning. Each course is described as
a perfect bauquet in itself. The pre
parations for the entertainment w. re
enormous. The lettuce, green peas,
and cauliflowers were brought from
Georgia. The reed birds came from
South Carolina. Hunters were sent to
the woods of Virginia and anglers to its
waters; and the salmon served in the
third course was swimming in the Ken
nebec only twenty-fonr hours before
they were cooked. It was s dinner of
heavy drinking as well as Rabelaisian
eating. With the soup, brandy thatcost
s<'j a pint was served instead of wine;
with the dessert there was Madeira 150
years old, ami some twenty different
sorts of wine appeared in the course of
the dinner, including four kinds of
champagne served at various periods of
the entertainment. There were two
sorts of soup and two of fish. The
fourth course included boiled turkey,
chicken, and tongue ; the fifth was cold
dishes ; the sixth displayed a fillet of
beef, with sweet breads, lamb cliopa,
and chicken croquettes; the seventh,
fricassee of chicken, turtle steak, and
braise chickens; the eighth, spring
chicken and spring lamb, all with ap
propriate garnitures; the tenth course
was sorbets of frozen Tokay, and the
eleventh included five sorta of game.
The twelfth was terrapin with roast po
tatoes, and the thirteenth, fourteenth,
fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth,
confectionery, ices, fruit, and coffee.
The affair cost $1,500. Thirty persons
were present. The nnmber of thoso
wtio survived is not stated, and noth
ing is said of their doctors' bills. The
waiters were colored, in full evening
dress, with gloves of geunine white kid.
Very Smart Thieves.
Two well-dressed men stopped before
a Parisian grocer's, recently, and burst
into loud laughter.
•• I tell you that I will do it," said
" I'll let yon five francs that you do
not," said the other.
•" Done ; I'll take the bet."
Both then entered the shop.
" Do you sell treacle?" said the first.
" Yes, gentlemen," said the grocer.
"Give me two pounds of it."
" Have you a vessel to put it in ?"
"No ; but put it in here."
" What! iu your hat?"
"Pour it in ; it's for a wager."
The grocer took the hat, placed it in
the scale, and, much amused at the
idea, poured into it two pounds weight
of treacle.
" There's the money," Raid the pur
chaser, and he threw down a five-franc
The grocer began to count the change,
when the man said :
" Pardon me, sir, but your treacle has
a bad smell."
" It's very good, I assure yon."
" No ; smell it."
The grocer put down his head to the
hat, and at the same moment the cus
tomer, by a rapid movement, thrust
the man's head into the hat; and, as
the grocer instinctively raised hiß head,
the customer knocked the hat over his
eyes. The other man then plunged
his hand into the till, and seized a
handful of money, about thirty francs.
Both got clear off before the unfortun
ate grocer could give the alarm.
The First Adtruture.
The followiug stories are told of two
Nantucket boys, who afterwards be
came famous in their several walks of
Captain West commenced hts career
as a boy on board the sloop Speedwell
of New Bedford,and it was while iu tne
Hpeedwell that Jacob Barker, then
eight years old, came to hiui with a
ninefieiice (twelve uud a half cents)
which he had had presented to him,and
saitl : " Stephen, I wish thee would lU
vrat this money, ou thy arrival in Bos
ton. in something that will pay."
Stephen accepted the business, prom
ising to) give it his best attelitiou. Ou
the arrival of the vessel iu Boston, he
looked altout for a profitable invest
ment. Going up Doug Wharf, he pass
ed a table where au old woman had ex
posed for sale, in tempting order, her
stock of apples, nuts and caudles.
Amongst this assortment, Stephen's at
teutiou waa attracted by ttie sight of
some beautiful sticks of candy, white
in the centre and entwined with
stripes of red in a most attractive
form. It was the first of the kind he
had seeu, aud he immediately decided
on a purchase aud procured twelve
sticks. Ou the arrival of the Speed
well at Nantucket, Jacob was already
on the wharf, more anxious for the re
sult of this first ml venture than after
wards of the argosies of wealth that
bore their burdens to his stores. The
first salutation was : " Stephen, has
thee purchased anything for me?" The
reply was that he had, but the Vrtael
mut first lie secured, the sails handed,
aud the clerks cleared, before the cargo
could tx discharged. Jacob's anxious
hands soon aided in furitug the jib and
putting everything iu order, when they
" went below '" and Stephen spread be
fore his delighted eyes the first m-r
eautile investment. Highly delighted,
he stepped on the wharf, aud was aoon
surrounded by a d aen boys, with
whom he commenced his trade, and
with such success that before he had
reached the store at the head of the
wharf he had sold the whole adventure
for thirty-seven and a-half cents, real
izing a profit of two hundred per cent.,
making, what he termed, " a very good
turn of it." Thia was the first act or
turn of busiuesa that this great iner
chant aud financier accomplished, and
not even those very heavy loans, to
which our government in the days of
her financial difficulty was obliged to
resort to bira for aid, gave him o much
pleasure as this first adventure of Ins
boyhood. this adventure would be of alight
interest had it not a seijnel in the lapse
of time. Several years afterwards Sir.
llaikor had become a confidential clerk
to a substantial mercantile hoaae in
New York. Mr. West arrived in Near
York an officer in the ship Brother*,
Captain Thnddeus Waterman, from
Liverpool. While iu Liverpool Mr.
Wcit had laid in an adventure in a lot
of beer. On his arrival in Near York
he was much trsabled and perplexed
for mouey to psy the duties, then high,
and the other matters relating to it.
The adventure was iu danger of being
l ist, when lie recollected that his old
friend and schoolmate, Jacob Barker,
was in New York. Jacob had already
some fame as a clever man for business
and shrewdness. As soon a* Wea
could leave the ship, he sought out
Barker at the counting-room of the
Messrs. Hicks, and stated his perplex
ities regarding his Liverpool adventure.
"Give thyself no uneasineaa," replied
Jacob, "on that business, Stephen. I
will attend to it for thee. Enter the
beer at the Custom Honae; I have
plenty of money by me to pay the du
ties. I will not only pay the duties,
but attend to the selling of it for thee.
The*} only deliver it to my order when
1 send one." The next day the order
came and the beer was delivered. In
the evening, while Mr. West was writ
ing in the eabir, Jacob cauie on board
and informed him that he had sold the
beer excellently well, sud in proof
opt ned his haudkerrhief and turned
out on the cabin table n large sum of
aolid coin. The sale was indeed well
done, and much beyond West's expec
tation ; tint, sailor-lik %, he shoved back
the money, saying, " Take yonr pay,
Jacob, as much as you want." Not a
cent, Stephen," was the response,
" not a cent I Docs thee remember the
sugar-candy ?" anil with a hearty good
sliake of the hand they parted.— Button
Fabricated Phenomena
Few persons are aware of the extent
to which the fabrication of startling in
cidents ia carried by the newspapers.
The fall of large meteors, Indian runts,
epidemics, the sudden appearance of
some mysterious ennse of mortality
among cattle, and similar subjects,
form a field iu which country editors,
and especially reporters on papers pub
lished in small interior cities lavish a
great deal of ingenuity. Probably there
aro few seientiflo men who have not
been deceived into making inquiries
about some occurrence the details of
which were circumspectly related, but
which was nublinliingly acknowledged
as a fraud by tho ingenious reporter.
Practices of this kind may have very
serious consequences, as in a late case
where trichina was reported i the Kas
kaskia bottom in Illinois. It was said
that the hogs living m a district which
covers about twelve thousand acres had
liecomo s<> affected with trichina that
no less than ten thousand to fifteen
thousand died. The Dondon Times
took tip tho story, and based npon it a
warning to be careful in purchasing
American meats. This mado the mat
ter serious, snd the superintendent of
the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
finally came forward with the informa
tion that not one case of trichina had
been discovered in that region. Amer
ica has the reputation of being about as
prolific in repulsive wonders as the Af
rican forests aro in great beasts ; but
if editors were to bo as conservative tn
this country as they are abroad, we
should probably bo found to offer
fewer startling occurrences than any
other people.
Revival of the Iron Trade.
The New York Unllrfin thinks that a
general recovery of trade will t>e at
tended with an improvement in the de
mand for iron manufactured at large.
It is true, it nays, thin general commer
cial recovery will do nothing toward
filling the large gap in thn demand
caused by thn suspension of railroad
construction within late months ; but
thin is provided against by the reduc
tion in the foreign supply. Nor is
England likely to find it necessary to
cling particularly to this market for an
outlet for her product, for the demand
for rails from countries which have
scarcely begun to provide railroads is
likely to tako from Great Britain all
she can produce at reasonable prices.
But this coming demand for railroad
iron may have to he partly supplied
from the United States. This, how
ever, will depend upon onr ability to
compete in price with the English.
The exports of rails from the United
Kingdom to all countries for the first
seven months of the yeur have exceed
ed those for the same period of 1873 by
80,000 tons. Putting together these
various considerations, the prospects of
the iron trade appear morehopeful than
many seem disposed to admit
Bluebeard. .
Tlie Dlntbearil u( kiitor; woa not a
jealous man, nor had bo a room with n
particular key in which he kept hia hor
rora, u<r did tic go through suv part of
familiar atagc huauicra. IUIIMI, he
was not a king at pll, but merely Mar
ahal of France, lie was born 470 years
ago, served untler Joan of Arc, fought
against the English, and after the king
*as crowned at Rhrttns was created
Marshal. Marshal de HeU was one of
the wealthiest of French subject*, and
lived like a kiuir in hia castle. He had
a guard of honor of two hundred horse
men, besides fifty choristers, chaplains
and musicians. He was a wild profli
galc, but with his wildncsa had a taste
for pomp and ceremony. His cha|el
waa hung round with cloth of gold ;
his priests who officiated were styled
deans, arch-deacons and biahopa. He
even applied to the Pope that a cross
might be carried in procession in front
of him. But there came an eud to all
these glories. His eipcndtturea swal
lowed up some of the richest revenues
111 France, and then it was that Marshal
de lhtz sought to obtain by foul means
what he had held originally faiily.
An Englishman named Mesaire Jean,
and an Italian named Francisco l'ioli
uni instructed htm iu the study of
magic and sorcery. The Bluebeard of
ttie pantomime uppears in history hor
rible as the murderer of young chil
dren. From the neighboring villages
little boys and girls were induced into
the strongholds of the monster, aud
there immolated according to his pagau
rites. At last this system of butchery
was suspected. The Marshal aud two
of hts myrmidons were arrested. lie
was put to the torture, aud everything
was revealed. His trial lasted for a
month, aud MH records of it arc still
in existence in the Bibliotbeqiie Im
jM-riale in Paris. The tortures he tied
to inflict upon his victims were fully
made kuown, and in one of Ins castles
the bones of lorty-eix, aud in another
of eighty children were discovered.
He waa condemned to lie strangled to
death, and the day of his execution was
the 21 of December. That this histori
cal personage was the type of the pan
tomime hero is proved by one strange
circumstance. Marshal do Uetx was
known in his lifetime by the sobriquet
of Barbe Blea. Ttie circumstances
that led to hia death were too horrible
to allow the nickname to be forgotten.
Bar be Blue became a common word in
the French language to express a mou
stcr of cruelty and vice. The term took
such root am ig the people that it was
transferred to England, and Hollins
bead in his " Chronicles " speaks of a
popular rising in the reign of Henry
VI. on the committal of the Duke of
Huff >lk, and tellr how the people "as
sembled together in great companies
and chose to them a captain, whom
they called Bine-beard ; but ere they
had" attempted any enterprise their
leaders were apprehend" d." Not only
dees the historical Blue I teard come U>
us from the French,but the pantomime
hero ia due to the same source. Per
rauit, a writer tn time of le>uis XIV ,
wan the author of that woudrrful tale,
whose incidents are still the terror aud
delight of children.
The Cattle Plague.
Contrary to all reasonable expecta
tions, says the Danbury AVu , the
Newtown cattle plague has broken out
in different porta of the State. A herd
of Cher kce st*era, lielonging to Mr.
Aaron T read well, are afflicted with the
disease ; seven have died, and seven are
still sick. At Georgetown four have
died, and it Wolcotville ten ; these lat
ter lot* wen northern cattle. A corre
spondent of the A Vie England Home
>trad that a drover, uatued
Fairehild, fro.u Newtown, went west
some months ago, and bought a lot of
cattle, mostly steers, twenty seTen of
which be kept on his farm for slaugh
tering, the remainder he sold. On the
night of August 16tb, one of the doers
died after brief illness, and in the morn
ing it was skinned and its eareaaa left
uuburied in the pasture for tweuty
four hours, in reach of the other cattle,
which lapped the Idood of the dead,
and twentv become sick in consequence,
thirteen dying within a fortnight. A
neighbor of Fairchild'a, named Stillson,
bought a pair of steer* out of this west
ern drove, and worked them with a pair
of native stags ; all fonr were attacked
with the disease, both of the stags and
one of the steers died, aa reported last
week. The cause of the disease, the
correspondent learned, is due to tM>
rnnch blood in the system, checking
the circulation. These cattle arrived
from the west tired and exhausted, and
were turned into rich past are* to re-nut
and fatten, anil hence became sick from
" high living," ro to say. Mr. T. 8.
Gold, of West Cornwall, Secretary of
ttie State Board of Agriculture, has
called on us. and states that the disease
ia n splenic Texan fever, rather than
apoplexy, common to cattle of that
H'.ute, who have it iu a mollified form,
and nro capable of communicating the
malady to northern cattle with fatal re
sults. He claims that all lines of travel
nro more less affected by the passage of
Texan cittle. Mr. Gold showed ns
some tickH taken from tho hide of one
of the sick brutes. These specimens
were tho size of a full-grown pea, and
were the regular Texan cattle-ticks that
always appear with tho disease. The
plague has been attributed to these ver
min, but scientific men refute the
theory. Mr. Gold would be very glad
to hear from farmers on the subject of
the disease, and aid them all in his
Newspaper Postage.
Oen. Barber, Third Assistant Post
master, has devised a system of stamps
for tho prepayment of newspaper post
ago in accordance with the new law
which goes into effect January 1, 1875,
by which he can cancel tho prepayment
of as much as S4O with six stamps, of
which tho smallest Is two cents. Re
ceipt books will be given to each pub
lisher of a newspaper or a periodical,
which books will bo retained at the
jmstofflce where the newspapers nre
weighed. The stubs of the receipt
book serve as memoranda to tho post
office of the sums paid, from which re
turns wtll bo mado to the General De
partment. Foetmastor-General Jewell
highly approves General Barber's plan,
which is simple, comprehensive, and
will, it is said, satisfy the publisher*
and save thousands of dollars to the
In Remembrance.
In one of the Ttov. T. De Witt Tal
mnge's aermons he introduces the fol
lowing anecdote : I saw an account the
other day of a little boy who was to be
taken by a city missionary, with some
other boys, to the country to find
homes. He was well clad, and had a
new hat given him ; but while the mis
sfonary was getting the other children
ready to go this boy went into the oor
ner and took the hat he had thrown off
and tore the lining out of it. The
missionary said, " What are you doing
with that liat? Yon don't want it.
What are you tearing the lining ont of
it for?" "Ah 1" said the boy, "that
was made out of mother's dress. She
loved me very much before she died,
and I have nothing to remember her by
but the lining." And so the boytore
I it out and put it in his boaom.
In 1H 1 was traveling from Ithaca
to Hiiffslo, iii New York State, by a
stage, intruding to retail my homo in
time to partake of the annual Thanks
giving dinner with old and loving
friends at the old homestead. It was a
bitter cold mora lug when we set out,
and the roads were frosen hsrd, there
having been considerable mud only a
dav or two liefore.
The first uight we put ID at Danville,
and on the following morning when 1
awoke, 1 found thut the earth was not
only covered with snow, but that snow
was falling fast. After an early break
fast we s3l out agaiu ou wheels, but at
the end of eight miles we were forced
to take ruuuers, the snow clogging up
so that the wheels would uot run.
When night came we found ourselves
obliged to stop at a small village only
twenty miles from where we set out in
the moruiug.
A good supper was provided at the
inn, and the place had the appearance
of comfort. We had just eat down to
supper vlitu the wind began to blow
furiously, and we could see by the dim
light without that the suow was being
marled and driven about in a furieu*
manner. There was a fire in the small
silting room, and ibtthrr we passen
gers, six or eight of n, adjourned. We
sat there and conversed until near nine
o'clock, and then 1 went out into the
bar-room to amoke a cigar previoua to
In the bar room 1 found a bright
wood fire burning, ami some dozen
people were sitting there, smoking and
drinking. (This was long before tbe
introduction of the Maine laws ) Hev
cral of the company 1 judged to be
Uamslers; a rough, hardy, g.od
uatured set, who were enjoying them
selvra hugely over a mug of fiip. Then
there were several whom 1 found to be
villagers—men who lived near the inn
—a set of village politicians and news
mongers, who made the bar-room a
place of social evening meeting.
1 Lad lighted tny cigar aud taken a
scat near tbe fire, when 1 noticed a
buffalo skin ou one end of tbe aettec,
opposite to where 1 ant, and 1 was con
fident there was a human IM mg beneath
it. 1 supposed it must be a stable
hand who had been at w -rk hard, < r
was expected to be Up most of the
night, and was now getting a little
sleep. 1 waa looking at the buff Jo aud
thus raeditatmg, when I heard a low,
deep, death like gr<-an come up from
lienrath it, and in a few momenta more
ihe rotke was thrown opou the floor, aud
Ihe man who had reposed beneath came
down UJH.U the top of it, and theie he
lav for some momenta like a deal man.
I tad just started np when four of the
villagers hastened te hia assistance.
They lifted him to his feet, and alter
considerable eflort he managed to stand
My God! what a thrill struck to my
heart when I saw that face. It was om
ul noble feature; a brow high and
amply developed, over which clustered
a tuiiMl of dark gloaey ringlet* ; the
face beautifully proportioned, and each
•e pa i ate feature moat exquisitely
chiseled. But what an expression reaU-d
tliere now !
The great dark eyes had a vacant,
idiotic stare ; the face was pale a*
death, and the lips looked dry and
parched, and much discolored. His
clothes were torn snd soiled, and one
of his hands bloody. He was surely
not more than five and thirty, and his
appear an OS would at once indicate a
man of more than common abilities.
But the demon had turn, and had made
htm now something below the brute.
"How do you feel now. Gsorge?"
a*ked one of the men who had gone to
his assistance.
But he only groaned in reply, and
was soon persuaded to lie down again,
being told that he would soon feel tlet
ter. As soon as he was ou the settee
ouec more, and had the buffalo over
him, the men returned to their seats.
" Who is the chap?" asked one of
the teamsters, looking toward tho vil
lagers who had been assisting the un
fortunate man.
" That's George Lockland," returned
a stout honest looking man.
" Does he lelong here ? ' *
" Yes. Didn't you never hear of
him ?"
Tho teamster replied that he had
'• Well," resumed the fat man, " it ia
too had, I declare it 'tis. Lackland
might be one of the first men in the
own if he'd a mind to ; bat you see he
will drink ; and the worst of it ia, he
makes a fool of himself. He a farted
hero aa a lawyer, and a smart one he ia
to. Why be can argne old Upton
right out of his boota. Hut ye see lie's
lost all hia beat customers now. They
daren't trust him with business, 'cause
he aint ever aura of doing it. He'a got
one of the beantifoleat little wives
yon ever aaw, and one of the hand
somest children. But poor thing* I I
pity 'em. Then there a another thing ;
rum |erates differoutly on him from
what it doea on moat men. It doesn't
show itself on the outside aa it docs on
almost evrybody else, but it aeema to
eat him up inside. Yon see how paie
he looks—well, lie's always so when
he'a on one of these times. He don't
eat nolhiu', and I don't suppose he'll
put a bit of fool into hia stomach for a
week to come."
" How long has ho been so?" asked
the teamster.
" How d'ye mean ?"
" Why how loug both ways? How
long since ho took to drink, an' how
long he's been drunk now ?"
" Well lie's took a drunk more or less
ever since he came from college; but
it's aliont a year that lie's been down
hard at it. Ye ace folks began to find
out how slack ho was in hia business,
and they wouldn't give him any job of
consequence to do. I'epoao that sort
o' set him agoing in this fashion. Ami
as for this drnnk, I should say he'd
been on it a fortnight. He's got down
now as low as he can get and live, and
I guess he'll get sober in a day or two.
" But where does he get hia liquor?"'
asked hia questioner.
" You must ask Mike Fingal that
question," was the other "a answer.
All eyes wero turned npon the land
lord, who now stood behind the bar.
He was evidently troubled at this turn,
and moved uneasily upon hia high
" Mike Fingal," spoke the teamster,
"do you sell that man rum?''
" Yt a, I do," the fellow replied with
an effort, " Don't I sell the samo when
yon call for it?"
" But I aru't a poor drunkard, and
you know it. That arn't no excuse,
Mike. I shouldn't think you'd do it."
" But when he wauts rum he's bound
to have it, and if I didn't let him have
it somebody else would," the host re
"Now, that's odd," energetically
pursued the teamster. "On the same
ground yon might tako a pistol and
go ont and rob folks, because if yon
didn't somebody else would. But that
isn't here or there. The thing is, I
don't at e what kiDd of a heart you can
have to do it."
The conversation was here inter
rupted by a soxud from the Btreet.
The wiud was still howliug madly, and
the snow was driving against the win
dow, but above the voice of the storm
came the wailing of some one in dis
tress. It was surely the cry of a child
r Forms: 52.00 a Year, in .Advance.
for help. We were all upon our feet in
a moment and the lantern was quickly
lighted. My hat was already >m ruy
head or my cap rather and I went
out with the rest All went but the
landlord aud his wretched customer
who occupied the settee. It was some
momenta before 1 could set) at all, the
snow came driving into my face so ; but
1 soon managed to turn my head, and
then went ou.
The wind, us it came sweeping out
through the stable, had piled up a huge
(tank of snow across the street, aud iu
this bank we found a female with a
child in her arms. She seemed faint
aud frozen, but yet she clung to her
child. The man who carried her lantern
held it up to her face. The features
were half ejvered wiUi snow, but the
momentary glare of the lantern waa
sufficient to reveal to me a face of more
than ordinary beauty.
" ileaveus I" uttered the man, as he
lowered the lantern, and caught the
womau in his arms. " Kate Dockland,
is this you ?" But without waiting for
a reply, he turned to the rest of us and
cried, " Here, take the child, some of
you, and 1 il carry the mother."
Tne child was quickly taken, aud ere
many minutes we were berk in the bar
room with our burden. The two were
taken to the fire and the enow brushed
from them.
" Who's them t" asked the boat.
" Only Kate Dockland and her child,"
answered the fat man.
What d'ye bring 'em in here for ?"
the host uttered, angrily. " Why didn't
v take 'em to your own liuuae, Jim
Drake ?"
"Cause my house ia too far."
The host wsa coming around the bar
and hia eye was flashing with mingled
shame and anger, but before he got
fairly out, the stout and burly teamster
who bad said so much, started up.
" Mike Fingal," he uttered, iu tones
such as only a man confident of his own
physical purer can commaud. " Don't
i put a finger on that woman. Don't
ye do it. It ye do, I'll crush ye aa I
would a pizeu spider !"
Fingal looked at tbe speaker in the
eye ft r a moment, aud then muttering
something about a man having a right
to do as lie pleased iu hia own house,
he slunk away i<ehind hia bar agaiu.
I now turned my attention to the
woman and her child. The former was
surely not yet Ihirty yearaof age, aud
sbe was truely a beautiful woman
only she was pale and wan, and her
eyes were swollen. She trembled fear
fully. and I could see her bosom heave
ua she tried to choke the sobs that were
bursting forth. The child was a girl
about four year* oil She clung eloac
to her mother, and aeemed frightened
into a forget!ulneas of her oold fingers
and feet.
•' Kate Dockland, what in Heaven's
name are vou doiu' out this night ?"
asked Jun Drake.
"Oh I was trying to find your own
house, Jim Drake, for 1 knew you'd
give me shelter. But I got lost in the
snow. 1 wouldn't have cried out in
front of this place, tut my poor child
did. Jim Drake have you seen Georgt?
Oh, (inl, have mercy on him! Poor
dear George ! He don't know we are
freezing, starring in our owu house!
No fuel—no food—no— no—
She stopped and burst into tears, and
iu a moment more George Dock wood
leaped to his feet.
" Who called me ?" be cried, gazing
wildly around.
Kate sprang up instinctively, but ere
she reached her husband she dropped.
The man saw her, and for a while
stood riveted to the snot. Soon he
gazed around upon the scene about
him, and gradually a look of in
telligence relieved the nttcr blank of
his hitherto pale and maniac face.
"No fuel! no food !" he whispered,
gazing npon his wife. " Slairing!
God have mercy f who was it aaid those
words? Where am I? '
" George ! George !" cried the wife,
now rushing forward and flinging her
arms around her husband's Deck.
" Don't you know me ?"
" Kste! no fire! there's fire !"
" Aye, George Dockland," said Jim
Drake now starting up; "this ain't
your own home. Don't you know
where ye are ?"
Again the poor man gazed about him,
and a fearful shudder convulsed his
frame, and his hands involuntarily
closed over his eyes. I knew that the
truth had burst upon him.
"No fuel ! no food!" he groaned.
"O. sir," whispered tbe wife, catch
ing Drake convulsively by the,arm,
"take us away from here, sir."
" But you're oold, Kate."
" No, no. Its only a little way to
your house. I shall die here I"
"Will yon go home with me, George?"
Jim asked of the husband.
"Any where!" gasped tbe poor man.
"O, God ! no fuel ! no food ! Kate 1
Are you hurt ?"
But the wife could not speak, and as
soon as possible the fat old villager had
the lantern in readiness, and half a
dozen went to help him.
"Come." he said, "lead George one
of you. Yon take Kate—you are stout
er than I—and I'll take the little one."
This last was spoken to a stout team
ster, snd he took the wife iu his arms
as though she had been au infant.
" It's oulv a few steps," said Drake,
as he started to go. "I'll send your
lantern back, Mike Fingal."
Aud with this the party left tbe bar
room. I weut to the window and saw
them wading off through the deep
snow, snd when they were out of sight
I turned away. The ho t came out and
began to explain matters ; but 1 was
sick enough already, and with an ach
ing heart 1 left the room.
On the following day I came down to
breakfast later tliau usual, for I slept
very little through that night. About
9 o'clock the dr.ver called in and told
ns the stage would be ready iu five
minutes. I went to the bar-room for a
cigar. Jim Drake had just come in to
bring back the old cloak they had
wrapped around the child the night Lie
" What will you have this morning,
Jim?" I heard the landlord ask, as he
set ont a tumbler.
" Nothing," returned the fat rosn,
emphatically. "I'mdone. Mike Fin
gal, I'm done with the stuff. I'll drink
no more of it, I wouldn't come now
only poor Dockland was up, and his
sweet little wife was hanging around
his neck. They were cryia' so that I
couldn't stand it, and had to clear out.
O, it's dreadful, Mike Fingal. You
don't know what them poor things have
suffered ! But they shan't have my ex
ample any more."
" All ready," shouted the driver, and
I was forced to leave.
The wind bail all gone down ; the air
was sharp and bracing, and slowly we
wallowed away from the village.
1 readied Buffalo two days later than
I expected to when I started, and hav
ing transacted my business there, I
went to Mississippi, and so on down to
New Orleaus. Four years afterward I
had occasion to travel that same road
again, and stopped in that same village
to take dinner. The bar was still open,
bat Michael Fingal had gone away. I
walked out after dinner, and soon came
across a neatly painted office, over the
door of which 1 read, "George Lock
land, attorney and counselor at law."
In less than five minutes afterward I
saw a fat, good-natured looking man
coming toward me, whom I at once re-
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cognised aa Jim Drake. A* he came up
1 said :
" Excuse me, sir, but I wish to
know how Mr. Dockland is getting on
now ?"
"Squire Dockland, you mean?" he
auswrm). with s proud look. *' Ton
know them?"
" 1 did oais," said 1.
" Then yon ought to know him now.
He is the first man in the county, sir.
Four year* ago this month,, he
was just about aa low as a man can
be. Did you ever kuow Uie Squire's
wife ?"
" I have aeen her," I replied. I saw
Drake did not recognise me.
" But you should aee her now. Ah,
it waa a great change for her. That's
their child—that little girl coming this
way. Ain't that a picture for ye ?'*
I looked, aud saw a bright-eyed, sun
ny-haired girl of eight summers, com
ing laughing and tripping along like a
little fairy. She stopped aa shs came
to where we stood, and put up her arms
—" Unele Drake," aa she called the old
man, aul while be was kissing her, and
chatting with her, I moved on. I
looked back once more on that happy,
ImmuUous face just to contrast it with
the pale, frightened features 1 bad seen
on that night in the bar-room.
A Oaee Inmost Pi.vw.
A .Vun correspondent gives a lengthy
description of Mb Florence, on the
Hudson River. He says thatattlie time
Mr. Craig was improving Mount Flor
ence it w*e said that he had expended
$300,000 in gold on it. The plao* was
s mast of rocky hills and ragged ra
vine* when Mr. Craig bought it, cov
ered with stones, gravel, and asud, and
almost bare of vegetation of any kind,
save in tbe ravines, where spring* sup
plied trickling streamlets completely
hidden in ferus, mosses, and sedgy
grasses. Gen. Marshal D flVrte, who
thought the place when it was sold un
der a mortgage last spring, paying
$33,000 for it, supplies a link in the
story of tbe embellishment of this love
ly spot thus :
" Mr. Craig bought the place and
began to improve it for the gr*tifl wtion
of an only daughter, Florence Craig,
for whom* it was named. Mias Craig
was threatened with consumption, and
her physicians told her father that noth
ing out an outdoor life in s mountain
atmosphere would preserve her life.
To keep her incessantly out of doors,
without making the object apparent to
his child, the father began sad contin
ued the improvements. He was suc
cessful. The life of hi* child was
saved, bat at the price of hia entire
Bow Mr. Cruig's fortune tree acquired
neither Gen. Lefferta nor the Peekakill
villagers know. Borne MT that he wee
a peor boy of Vermont, who went to
New York as a printer, rose to be fore
man or agent of the Associated Press,
WAS afterward connected with the Union
Telegraph Company, and probably
found profitable investments for his
surplus earnings. All agree that his
was a quickly made fortune, and lost
as rapidly as* it was acquired. He was
undoubtedly a man ol taste if not of
After he had given several mortgages
on his property to raise money, his fer
tile brain conceived the project of a
lottery sale of the Mount Florence es
tate. By this means be hoped to re
deem his paper and pav off the mort
gages. But before the lottery had been
advertised a year the agents grew dis
trustful of the scheme, and the fore
closure of tbe firt mortgage r topped
the aale of the tickets. Toe advertis
ing. which was on a magnificent scale,
could not be paid for out of the pro
ceeds. Tbe advertising of that lottery
gave Mount Florence fame all over the
United Btatea. From Maine to Florida,
and in the west to California and Ore
gon, travelers of five vears ago ssy they
saw the filming circulars of tbe lottery,
with the pictures and description ol the
property, in everv hotel, steamboat,
and wayside inn. It was a boldly con
ceived and admirably advertised
scheme; but, like many another, it
ended in a bubble that burst in away
that could not be anticipated.
A IMfiippointed Robber.
The Rspparecs, says Sam aid Lover,
were the worst marauders Ii eland had
firodnoed. Disbanded soldier* of the
owest claas, they united to their viees
sufficient order to enable them to rob
on an extensive scale; and, till they
were dispersed by regular troops, they
contrived to lay the oouutry under
pretty general contribution. Still it
mnst be owned that, with all their vil
lainy, these fellows had a spice of
humor which, if it did no credit to its
nationality, unmistakably proclaimed
One of them, arrested for highway
robbery, on being bronglit before a
magistrate, asserted that he was more
entitled to be pitied than to 1> punish
"Pitied!" exclaimed the justice,
while his eyebrows arched with more
than ordinary wonder and contempt ;
" and on what account, pray ?"
" Sure, on account of my misfor
" Your misfortune, indeed ! What !
that we have caught yon, I suppose?"'
"O, the jintleman tkafe bronglit
roe here knows my misfortune well
enough. **
But the gentleman was as astonished
as the magistrate himself, and as in
capable of gaeasing the culprit's mean
" You will own, I suppose,' said bis
worship, " that you shipped this gen
tleman on the highway ?"
"O, yes I did that same."
" And that you took from him fifty
pounds in Bank of Wexford bills ?"
"And there your honor's right
again." , .
" Well, then, yon perplexing vaga
bond, what do yon meau by your mis
fortune ?"
" Sure, I mean that the money wasn't
in my pocket above s week, wnen the
dirty bank stopped payment, and I waa
robbed of every ahillin'."
A Surprised Visitor.
The London Timet publishes the fol
lowing startling narrative: "A gen
tleman, desiring to give his family a
few weeks' sea air and sea bathing, went
to one of our fashionable tea-side wa
tering-places to look for apartments for
his family. He was shown a suite of
apartments, whioh, with one other
room, would exactly meet his require
ments, and was informed that his addi
tional room could be got ready for him
by 7 P. ii. that day, as the occupant
was to leave it that afternoon. He en
gaged the apartments, and telegraphed
to his family to come down that even
ing. He spent the morning as best he
oould, and towards three o'clock in the
afternoon strolled up to the house in
which he had engaged the apartments,
to give orders that there should be sup
per ready for his family on their arrival
that evening. On approaching the
house he was astonished to find a hearse
at the door, and still more astonished
to hear from the undertaker that it was
to be used for the removal, from the
very room to whioh he was denied ac
cess, of the body of a person who had
died pf confluent small-pox,"
A Thrilling larint
An Oregon paper wj., " We Jost
ly proud of onr girl" " But the Ore
gon msn ought to oar girl," retort*
California editor. .
" What will not * wiinnn do for the
man she love* f" wk* • writer. She
will not est onions while going to a
psr.y, bo matter bow much be lore*
The difference between nfool nod n
looking gl am in said to be that the fool
*peka without reflecting. Mid that tbo
looking glmw reflects without speak
"Banna, bow in thn world did you
ever marry that brute ?" "W., 1 *?. 1
know, Jsue. I used to pick lint off his
noaf collar, nnd be full in lore with
" Woman in n delnnion, mndnm I" ex
claimed n crusty old bachelor to a
witty young Indy. " And man ia al
ways bogging noma delusion JW other,
waa the qoiek retort.
Fearful accidents ia connection with
balloon* are by no manna onfrequeoi,
but one of tbo moat exciting incident*
of thin kind we hare met with in that
whieh recently ooooried at BrockviUe,
Canada. *
prof. Hqoiera waa to make a balloon
ascent from thia place, and aeemed to
bare a fair atari In passing over the
church ti> balloon came into ocmtact
with the afire, and waa ripped open by
tbo Tana, and fell in oollapaad folda
around the ateeple. Tbe oar contain
ing Prof. Bqniers waa thrown with anoh
violence against tbe apire that the' apeo
tatora lappewl he moat be killed, and
fbry expected tbe next to aee
tbe car shattered to piece* on the p**e
ment below. ... .
It remained anapended, however, by
the fine oorda which had become entan
gled among the projecting atone orua
meota, and preaently * movement on
the part of the wronant mm,red them
that be waa aUil bring. There waa
now a great roah for ladders. Home
persons also hastened t© climb np the
ateeple inside.
In a few aeoonds the crowd of specta
tors beheld faces at a amall window in
the apiie. Then tbe form of a man ap
peared. trying to get oat. The aperture
waa so small it was aoareely possible to
squeeae through. Bat be struggled
and twisted till hia clothe* were torn
from hia body.
A plank was pushed out under bim,
and on thia he at last snooeeded in
gaining standing-room. He waa now
just under the ear of tba balloon, and
in a position of imminent danger ; for
if thia should give way, it would cwar
teinlv sweep him with it to the ground.
As it was. be could not reach tbe pro
fessor so as to relieve htm from hia
perilous position. All he could do waa
to a**iat in supporting the car, and
thus take off aom- of the strain of the
cords, which waa threatening every mo
ment to break them.
The suspense aeemed likely to b*
only prolonged when s trap door fur
ther np the spire opened, and the bead
and shouldei* of a man named Steven
son were thrust twit from it This trap
door, which waa unknown to or forgot
ten by the otbera, be had succeeded in
r< aching by clambering up the inside
of the spire. From it he oould juat
reach tbe professor in the ear. Some
time was spent in disentengling the
oerda, which were spread like a spider'•
web over the basket, but this being
done, Stevenson prepared to draw the
mrocaut up to bim.
"Do mo think you can bear my
weight?" anxiously inquired the pro
" Ye*," waa the reply, * I eoold lift
yon if you weighed a ton."
Scarcely waa thia aaid before the deed
waa done. Taking a good hold of hia
arms, while the man, Osmeot, below
steadied the oar, Stevenson pulled the
balloonist np through tbe dim*, and
tlma restored him to a condition of
The crowd, relieved from the terrible
suspense, broke out into loud and bear
tv cheers, and if Prof. Squiera ia not
grateful to hi* deliverers, then bea
queer to a singular degree.
The Newport Kitfnappin;
The kidnapping of a white child from
the Indiana at Newport, R. L, some
four week* ago, aaya n correspondent,
has at Last been solved in a manner
which greatly surprises this community,
as it was generally believed that she
had been abducted from the pise#. A
lady, witli a child about aix years of
age, was seen on a steamer bound to
Providence. An officer hapened to be
on board, and at oa© recgouiaed the
child as Charlotte Wyeth, who had
been taken from the tent of the Indiana
on the beach. He at once asked the
lady what she was doing with the child
and all the particulars. She at first re
fused to tell him, but finally stated
that ah# was taking it to Providence, by
order of Edmund Walab, of this city,
to a lady who had promised to care for
it. The child was at ooec brought
ashore, and Mr. Walsh, who is in the
employ of T. M Srabury, was arrested.
He is a single gentleman, about thirty
three years of age, and haa been in Mr.
Saabury's employ for five years. He
stales that, in visiting the beach, he
had become attached to the little waif,
and, seeing the unnatural condition of
its life with the squaws, determined to
rescue it therefrom.
Previous to taking this step, be had
won the child's affection, so that when
he took her sway she followed him will
ingly, which explodes the sensation
stories of the squaws that he came in
a buggy, put some new clothes upon
the child, and then drove off with her.
Walsh at once t ok her to his boarding
honse, on Tonrg street, and the lady
of the honse was moved with almost a
mother's care for it. Its body was
shockingly bruised, which Charlotte
stated had been done by the squaws
aud their children, and sbe had not
enough of clothes to cover her naked
ness. New clothes were provided, and
between it and its now-found friends a
strong attachment sprang up ; so much
so that she oould not bear to be away
from Walsh for a moment, aud oalled
him "Pa." When spoken to in regard
to her history, she stated that she had
heard that she had been stolen by the
Indians when an infant, but could give
no particulars of her friends, who re
side in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, where
the squaws came from. Walsh, before
taking this important step, was advised
so to do by some of the visitors occu
pying cottages near the beach, who in
formed him that they would testify to
the condition of the child, and that he
did not steal her, but that she followed
bim, and they bade him " God ppeed
in his oommendable interest in the
matter. The address of these parties
he has in his possession, as they have
gone home, and which will be produced
st the proper time. The squaws have
taken their departure, and it is not at
all likely that they will return to iden
tify the ohild.
A Miners' Strike,
About 2,500 caal miners of the St.
Clair county (Illinois) mines, are on a
strike, and it is expected that all the
operatives in the county will join the
movement. They demand four cents a
bushel for digging instead of three
cents as heretofore. The miners at
Piukneyville, Eiwardsville, _ Collins
vile, and other places are joining the
strikers in the Belleville District, The
managers of the co operative mines are
willing to aocede to the demand for an
increase of pay, bat their men will not
be allowed to work until all the opera
tors yield. It is said in co-operative
quarters that the strike was brought
about in the interest of parties in this
city who are carrying large stocks of
coal, and that the intention is to cat off
the supply until their yards are nearly
closed oat.
The "manufacture" of butter in
Eogland, says a London paper, is an
uncomfortable subject, and we meet
with ugly revelations thereon. Oid
horses and slaughtered "animals" are
boiled down, and their bones are
steamed so as to extract a grea y kind
of fat, containing a proportion of glue
or gelatine. This delightful stuff,
mixed no with perhaps a little real but
ter and some American lard, does duty
as "Australian butter."