The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, September 07, 1876, Image 1

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    Song of tha FLher'* Wife.
Low down o'*r a teaming whit* *a
Th* olond* hang all *abl* to-night;
Oh, my fisherman's boat I will h* k**p b*r
Till dn 1 uifb* again into light ?
H *ailo ' mid *mil* of th* ami ;
T i * save* ohorr a* bin* a* In* ye* ,
Ah I> >i> M ' come book from yotir curt*-. , of
Tit* pit i l*o* shroud of th* ki**.
Our cabin foci* chocry and warm ,
Our darling ho* may wtth nlocp ;
The gold of hi* hair and hta brow broad and
Arc Juet like my lOT*'* on th* d**p.
Ob, Joy ! th* of th* moon
01oam out in ptjpsilrer one* more ;
Wild t r.or ! depart from thi* fa*t throbbing
My fisherman ah out* on Ui* ahora '
My feet are wearied and my band* are tired
My aoul oppr****d
And with de*ir have I long de*tr*>l
Kent ouly r*t
Tia hard to toil -when toil ia altnoat rain
in barren way*;
Ti* hard to ow and never garner grain
In harwet day*.
Th* burden of my day ia hard to tear
But thai knew* l-cet ;
And 1 have prayed, but vam ha* bean my
For real—sweet met.
"Tia harvl to plant tn spring and tier*r reap
Tit* autumn yield ;
'Tia hard to till- and when ti* tilled to weep
O'er fruitleea field.
And so I cry a weak and human cry.
So heart oppressed ,
And ao I sigh a weak and human aigh
For rest - for reet-
My way Sa* wound * crows the dcert year*.
And care* in feet
My path . and through th* flowuig of hot tear*
I pitied for ret.
*Twas always ao ; when still a chill, 1 laid
On mother' breast
My wearied little head ; e'en then I prayed.
Aa now, for rest.
And lam rest lea* still. Twill soon be o'er ,
For, down the west
Life's sun t* setting, and I -ee the ahore
Where I shall net.
His name was John Holt; and, more
over, I e looked like bis name, or like
the image which the aouud of his name,
in a musical ear, woul 1 aril up in the
mind. For John should le strong, and
fniet, and trne. and grave, and John
[olt was all of these. His skin was fair
and his eyes bine, tint the hair, which
had tven tow colored in his childhood,
has! deepened to brown. Ordinary jxsr
sous would call him good hxiking, rather
than handsome, but a close observer
would pronounce his profile perfect, aud
his mouth and chin models of firm an 1
symmetrical chiseling. The brows were
straight >nd strong, though smooth, and
his net very high forehead was broad
and open.
John Holt's characteristics were a
womanish gentleness, a most marvelous
and at' nrd honesty,and a patience which,
to them, looked only too much like
cowardice. In his family John was
called a great fool.
John's father had died when the las!
was but ten years old, and left his wife
to bring up her family of five children
and manage the farm. She was perfectly
capable of doing it, and even wary busi
ness men were on th ir guard when
making a bargain with the sharp Yankee
matron. Four of her children followed
in her footsteps, and knew perfectly
well which was the best ejd of the bar
gain ; but Johu—well, if he was a fool
it was rot because she had uot warned
and talked to him.
John did not grow wiser as he grew
older, and took upon himself the cares
of li'e. Mrs Holt had a large and
valuable farm just on the borders of the
town. Streets had crept gradually
about ier fields and surrounded them
on three sides ; on the fourth woodlands
stretcbtxl back toward the east. Why
she should give the control of this place
to John, instead of one his sharper
brother-, was a puxzle even to her own
mind. The only reason she could give
was that John was stea iy and quiet, and
more likely to remain home than the
others were. But she confessed to her
self to lie in oontinual tribulation with
"My dear," she Paid, to a crony,
"yon know that fifty oorii* of wood we
had, good beech, birch and maple, with
not m'-re than twenty stick* of spruce
through the whole I Well, John must
men tic :i t hit ctovefolof spruce, and so
loeetiv.- dollar* on the 'stream. 1 never
di l see cti n f<v i. Tut L. h* wanted to
hurry off our pout > L-*i fall for fear
of rot. I told J "hi: particularly not to
OWD to a speck ; but, if you will believe
it, when Thu.i' * tunue to Luy them, an J
asked if we had a- en any signs of rot,
that ninny said : * Yes, a little," tough
I vow I don't believe there were six
spots larger than the h-ad of a pin in the
whole lot. I don't know where the fel
low got his shiftiersness. I'm snre I
could always make a bargain."
Johu took all this very quietly, as we
have said. He knew that though his
mother would say such things to others,
she would by no means have allowed aDy
one to **y them to her. But one thing
he oouhl not b-ar was that Nellie Cr*
mr should talk in the same way. Nellie
scem<*J to delight in tormenting him.
She would follow bitn into the gaidens
and fields, hang on his arm with her
curls blowing across his bra t, looking
np smiling and chatting into his face, so
soft and sweet as a kit ten; then sudd n
]y, if he chanced to press those wander
ing curls against bia breast, or to liend
too near her lovely upturned face, or to
breathe a word of tenderness, off she
went with a toss of the head and a end
of the lip, and as likely as not, some
such 6peecb as: "I do wish you would
not be so foolish, John Holt!"
He never got angry with her. How
could he? But sometimes a shadow
woultl drop over lua face, and he
wouldn't have much to say to her for a
time. Then, when sue weft to him with
her coaxing ways, and laid hei little hand
on hi arm, whispering:
"Now, don't be v. xed, Johu; I like
you so much, but I don't want you to
talk nonsense," he would h>ok down and
smile, though not very brightly, ami
promise to try to av<>id nonsense for the
future, ending his premise with a sigh.
" D<i;r me! J wi-h you wouldn't sigh
80, Johu !" the g ri would say, pettishly.
" It mates me fe> 1 melancholy to h<ar
yon. One wonld think I had done
something dread'nl to you."
1 Th n John Holt would smile
stiil less brightly, and promise to try not
to sigh any mqje.
Bneb little scenes as this were more
asides, however. Nellie usually paid
but little attention to John, 1* ing chiefly
occupied in danciig, flirting, and quar
reling with his more showy brother
Fra: k, or with any other gay fellow who
was no liufortncate as to lie teken with
ber pretty face. For N* ilie was an in
corrigible flirt. It was only when she
had no one else to talk to, or wanted to
pique some other lover, or when she
wanted some real service, that she went
to John, who was sometimes pleased
and t-ometimes hurt to nee that she came
to him only when she wanted help or ad
" You are a sort of grandfather, yon
know," she said one day, giving his arm
a squeeze. " I have an idea that you are
a'.iout seventy-five years old. How old
are yon, John t"
" I am just one-tbird of that,"hesaid,
smiling. "I am only a month past
t- entv five."
" Possible 1 Well, you mnet have
been very old wie n you w ie born.
Besides, twenty-five is old to me. lam
oily nineteen. Now, yon oune and
h< ar lay story and tell mo what to do.
1 can e o < - on purpose to see
Joha f>' <ih< ro' "•'•utly through
llhe gsrdi l. an • down to i boPflh under
She shadow of the beech grove on the
ftawu; an ! when sbo took her "eat thera
FRED. KURTZ. Editor and Rropriotor.
he loaned against the trunk of a tr>e
and waited, l.vokiug ilowu on her.
"Yon set 1 , John," she Iwgtin, "I've
had an offer."
John Holt was tauued that summer,
hnt through the browtinea* one might
haw seen a faint hlush run over his
face. Nellie didn't s<e it, for she was
looking down and rolling her apron ta*
eels, a very bright color in her own
There was a moment's *tl uce after
this announcement, and seeing that he
was eipecttsl to say something, John
pmwitl; said " Yes."
Nellie gave her shoulders an impa
tieut shrug, and looked up. " It's a
very gvxvi offer," she weut on. " I sup
pose you will guess from whom. It is
James Lee. 1 told him I would think
about it, ami tell him my decision to
morrow. Sow, he'* very well off, you
kuow, and wheu his father dies he will
be rich. But tneu, of course, there's
no hurry about that. But the trouble
is this, Sauies will live all his days iu
Kiceville, 1 am positive; and that is
dreadful. You know I want to live iu a
city, ami want my hus'vaml to make a
figure in the world. Ami James, why,
Jame* is almost as much of a deacon as
you are."
"You are complimentary," observed
John Holt, with a certain quiet diguitv.
The blush had quite goue from his
face, and some of the browuuess seemed
to have goue, too; for he looked slight
ly pale.
"Oh, I don't mean any harm, you
cross fellow," Xe lie said, liastily.
" You kuow 1 think you are splen
" I am mnoh obligtnl to you," be
said, with a stiffness which was quite
new to bis manner.
" Oh, if you don't want to a!vise me,
I won't trouble you," the girl flung
out, rising in a pet.
" Come back, Nellie," he said, kiudly.
"I am not cross. Only tell me what
yon want."
She seated herself again with a little
quiver in her lip.
"I want you to tell me what yon think
of James t,ee. Tell me if you think
I'd better marry him. Tell me if vou
think he cares enough for me to go just
where I say, and live where I i-b."
The oolor wavered again in John
Holt's face, and he drew a quick breath.
Some impulse to speak seemed to come
upou him. Glancing up for his answer,
Nellie saw the change, and added a
"Yon see, Johu, I like Albert Leigh
ton lx*tter than I do James,"
The color and light dropjxxl ont of
his face again, and a rim of even white
teeth pressed for an instant his under
"Then why don't you marry Allx>rt
Heighten?" he asked, looking up into
the tree that spread over his head, and
reaching to break a slender twig.
" He never asked me to," she answer
eil, demorelv.
"1 suppose he means to, doesn't he!"
asked John, looking at her with a glance
that might be called almost haughty.
" How can I tell I" Nellie pouted.
" Men are so queer. The most of them
would rather wait to be asked, I think."
"If you wait my advice, I will give
it," John said, twisting and flinging
away the little twig iu hi* hand. "If
you like Albert, don't keep James in sus
pense. You have no right to do it. You
can't seriously think of marrying one
man when yon prefer another. If Albert
iiaes you, as I bclieveht does, take
He's a good fellow."
" Ton t' ink sol" the girl said, look
ing up suddenly.
" I tnink so," he repeated, turning
awny. " Now let's gonp to the house."
She rose and walio d quietly by his
side, her fair, girlish face a little pale,
her eyes downcast. At the gate she
" I will Qot go iu now," she said, in a
! ow tone. " I will go home."
He merely bowed, and looking back
after a few steps, she saw that he had
not entered the house, but was stealing
off toward the lrn.
The next week Jami-s L-e commenced
a violent flirtation with Bes*ie H >lt,
John's sister, and in a month the two
were engaged. Nellie laughed, ami
turned the light of her smiles npon Al
lxrt Le-igLton, a handsome, daxby fel
low, who had been crazy about Lee for
the last six months. John Holt said
nothing, hut was rather cool about his
sister's eng igem -nt.
"You se, suspense would have killed
iiim."' Nellie whisperer!, mischievously.
" I hope he isn't marrying my si-t< r
>ut of pique toward yon," John said,
coldly. "If I didn't think Bessie loved
him tixi wi 11 to give him up, I wouldtell
"And betray my confidence, John
Holt," N< Hie exclaimed. "I tell you,
he is like most of you men—purely sel
fish. He didn't c&re a fig about me. I
think ho seems to like Bonn."
" When are yon going to lie mar
ried 1" be asked, abruptly.
The question came so suddenly that
for once the girl lost her eomixxtnre. A
critns' ii Hush swept over her face, and
she dropped her ey s without being able
to speak a word.
She recovered herself iu a minute, and
proti-nted that she bad no thought of
nsr yii g. Hut the blush bad convicted
li -r in John Holt's eyes, and he'ly
heard a word that sue said.
It wax winter, and while they talked
they wore waiting, with half a dozen
others, for a largo sleigh that was com
ing to take them out to a party given by
a friend seven or eight miles off in the
country. Even before Nellie's blush
had failed,the trampling and jingling at
the gate attracted their attention, and
Albert Leighton put hi" head in at the
door to call them. Bei-ir and bet lover
come forth from an adjoining room, an
other group carue up from a distant win
dow, and they all ran gayly ont and bun
dled into their places.
The party passed off as such things
usually do. All seemed to enjoy them
selv*s; Nellie was lovely as a pink anil
full of mischief, Leighton was attentive,
and John Holt was cheerful and kind to
everytxidy. He was fully as quiet as
nsud, to Ixi siicc, and rather avoided
Nellie Cramer, but it is doubtful if any
one but herself noticed that.
It was tW' lve o'clock when they i.tnrt
ed to go home, and the moou hail set.
At first tb< ir gayety held out, hut after
a mile or so fatigue and want of sleep
begnn to t 11 on them, and one by one
they fell into silence.
"John," Nellie said, "there is just
room for me on the seat with you. May
I come there? 11 is cold here."
He made room for her in silence, and
she left her discomfited escort ami took
her place next that strong shoulder.
Then silence f 11 again; but after a
while, in the darkness, John Holt was
nware of a light pressure against his
arm, then a soft, plaintive whisper stole
into his ear.
" I am so sleepy, John I"
He turned a little—why not? They
were old friends—and lifted his arm to
the back of the seat, took the bead
softly and tenderly to his bosom. And
so she lay in that faithful and tender
elssp till they diew near home; then,
with one whispered word of loving
gratitude : " Nobody is so good as
yon 1" she drew away, and took Albert
Leighton's hand to step out at her own
After a stir in his own mind, John
Holt concluded that N- lli* and Albert
had quarreled. lie sighed, oinoe aha
could not hoar, atnl so lieanuoved, pitied
the girl, ami then went steadily about
Ins work. The water* of hi* *>ul wore
Ux> deep for latbbluig.
When spring came, for the first tune
in Ins life John electrified las friends.
He was going to California. The an
nouucenient was made quietly hnt firm
ly, and he stood like a rook against
which expostulation iwat itself to sprat.
He gave good reasons, ami resolutely
maintained his right to choose for htm
•• Yon have always aaid, mother, that
▼on wished I were more ventureeome,"
lie said. "I am going lo please you,
" But how is the farm to get along
without you ?" she objected.
" Frank understand* everything, and
can manage."
Mr*. Holt took courage, and, break
ing over some little awe which, in spite
of her talk, she felt for her sou, spoke
out :
"John, has that Nell Cramer jilted
you ?"
"Jilted mal" he said, flushing as
much with anger as with surprise.
" What do you meau, mother? We
have always been ginxl friends, but
never any more. I never gave her the
chance to jilt me."
" Then why don't you give her the
chance f" persisted his mother, who did
uot choose to give up, now that the ice
was broken. "Nell is a good girl, if
she does flirt a little. 1 always thought
that she liked TOU, only that you were
too slow to see it. Then, Nell has got a
little sum of money of her owu that
wouldn't be amiss."
"You are entirely mistaken, mother,"
be said, decisively. " Don't let us say
auv more about it."
"Ob, yon great fool!" mattered the
mother, looking after hitn as lie went
out. " Was there ever a man so blind !
He is no more tit to live in the world
than an angel out of hi aven is."
Then, seeing Nellie Cramer passing
the street, she lifted her voice and called
her in.
The girl came in, wondering at such a
peremptory sumnioua.
" Come anil sit by me I" commanded
die matron, and Nellie obeyed.
Mrs. Holt scanned her from head to
fisit, the in-at, trim figure in its snugly
fitting paletot of dark gray, the green
lx>nuet, that brought out her Irtish, clear
color with a new luster, and the fair,
bright face.
" Did yon know that our John is
going to Californial" asked Mrs. Holt,
abruptly, her keen eya on the girl's
All the color faded ont of it in an in
stant, aud Nellie Cramer dropped into
a chair as suddenly as if she had been
shot. She sat there aud lookixl at the
oilier with her strained eyes, but said no
" Yes," said Mrs. Holt, unable to re
j eras a Might smile of satisfaction at
this proof of the correctness of her sur
mise; "yes, he's set on oing in spite of
-all I can say. He is going in a month
or six weeks. Let me sx-; this is the
middle of April. He says he shall star!
by the first of June, at furthest."
That smile of Mrs. Holt's was an un
fortunate one. Nellie had always feared
t hose sharp eyes, and now the thought
flashed into her mind that John's moth
er was trying to exfx>e and mortify her.
A woman's pride will do a good deal for
her, even when her he irt is breaking.
It brought the color lo her fa<x- again,
and strengthened her trembling limbs.
It steadied to r voice aud her eyes. Mrs.
Holt was puzzled and disconcerted by
thesudden change.
" 1 am so sorry 1" Nellie said, in a
tone of fearless regret. " We can scarce
ly get along without John. He s-ems
such a standby. But men ought uot to
le ti dat home, I think. If they chose
t • go, they sh all 1 be allowed their own
way. Then he is now in the garden. 1
am g- ing out to s|x-ak to hitn of it."
" Try to coax him to stay, Nellie,"
.- iid tlie n ther, in a tone of more en
t eaty than, perhaps, she had ever used
iu hr life twfore. "Heis a gisxl son,
ii d I eau't pit along without lain. I
think yon can keep him if you will."
This prayer wonhl have ls>en effectual,
but for the memory.of that wtnile which
rankled in the girl's heart. Had she not
given John Holt ev.-ry encouragement,
u he had c.ired about her f Had she
not said and done things po affectionate
toward him that she bad blnshed with
Mianio thinking if them nfterward?
J thu was no fool, and if he had cartxl
f r her, lie might have understood.
Ho had j roHiblv been trying to put her
With these thoughts burning in her
1 art, Nellie Cramer went directly to
.l >hn Holt as he walked up and down
the garden. He stopped, seeing her,
Miai looked wistfully into her face.
Though lie had denied his mother so
d- cidixlly, lit r words had not l>een with
out weight. Women umlersbxal eaeh
odier. Could it lie possible ? snd
t 1 i-re was Nellie coming down the walk.
Her bead was erect, and her face pier- !
f< etly composed, though slightly pale. I
" I ara so sorry," she begun. " Your j
mother has Iwen telling me of your
plans. Of course, you know lxst what
i- good for yon, and I have lieen telling
h- rto let y> m have your owfl way. But
we shall all be sorry to lose yon, John." I
That was all. He gave a last grasp at :
his self command, and held it. There ]
was a short, formal conversation, Kith so j
engaged in making a pretense of being
kind and friendly, and just as nsnnl,
that each c >nhl not perceive that the
other was al o making a pretense ; and
four weeks n'ter they parted with toler
able composure, ami John Holt went to
He stayed there five years, and sent
Ids mother her gold spoon. lie stayed
three years longer, and them came home
himself. N'*l!ie was Nellie Cramer still,
they told liim, and was much solierod.
Home wnv sh- h idii'tseemedtocareninch
•bout ! ,{ for several years. Her
father and mother were dead, and she
was keeping hone for an unmarried
brother. Th< re were hints thnt the new
minister went to see her very often, bat
Mrs. Holt didn't believo that Nellie
w< nld look at him.
John listened, and when evening came
took his hat and went out for a walk.
N • one but his own family as yet knew
of his return, and he was resolved to see
himself the e(fet of his coming on Nel
lie. The soft spring twilight was set
tling dowL when he reached her house,
anil as he walked quietly up the path, a
slight figure pat in a window, looking
out, singing lowly to herself iu a mourn
ful reverie. She did not see him, but
when lie came nearer he saw her face
clearly. The round outlines and bright
color were gone, but he was forced to
own that sin had grown far more Ix iuiti
ful. The chastened luster of the eyes,
the firmer. swe ter e.losiug of the mouth,
the purer and more perfect outlines—all
belonged to one who hail eatcu of the
bread of sorrow, and had found a bless
ing in its bitterness.
Something swept over his heart with
passionute force —some regret, some
longing, he scarce knew what. If he
had suffered at losing her eight years
before, he felt that such a loss now
would kill him He quietly entered the
op>en door, paused ou the threshold of
the room where she sat alone. Hho
still sung softly, but, as he looked,
i Rtopped, sighed, and became alert.
"Nellie!" ho would have said, but
1 liia voice was only a whisper.
He went forward Into the shadowy
! room.
" Is it you, J imea t" she said, half
tiiruuig, expei-ting lu>r brother.
John took a step nearer, and this time
in* voice did not fail.
•• Nellie I"
Nhe started, half roue, hesitated, then,
as he took one step nearer, sprung with
a glad cry into hi* extended ar ua
" 1 thought you never would come,
John alio sobbed.
" Were you waiting for ine'f" he ask
ed. " Did you care for me ttefore I
went away ?"
"Then ami always, John. How could
you is- so blind I"
Johu Holt smiHitlie.l her hair U-uder
ly, for one moment of silence, then ex
claimed, as though some great truth
had Huddetily dawned upon him.
" 1 desrvtHl it! I always thought
them wrong, but they were right.
1 was, indeed, a great fool !"
The tlouej Bee.
There are some tiling* in the history
of the honey bee which shows a fi lelity
ami devotion tiiat is really touching.
There is aouicthit g almost human iu
their loyalty to their aov< reigus. Several
iustaiuv-s are upon record wliere tsws
watched over and guarded the remains
of their (}ue*u for days, licking and
can-sMug her as thouuh they were try
ing to restore her to life. Though food
was supplieil they refused ti eat, and at
the end of four duysev.-ry is*, was dead.
Wheu s queen makes a royal progress
through the hive she is always atn-uded
by a Udy guard, not a particular uum
be/ of IHS>S which are devob d to her
I* raon, but a brnly guard which form*
itself at her approach out of the sulqects
through whom she is about to lams, but
who fall buck into their regular work
when she has gun* by. 81c never lack*
tlie most dutiful and devoted attention ;
those about her, wheuever she moves,
caress ht-r, offer ln-r honey, and cluster
around her to keep her warm if she is
Wheu a swarm lose* a quecu, they are
at first in deep and violent grief ; if a
new queen is immediately given to them,
they refuse to accept her. If, however,
twenty-four hours is allowed to,
they rv nolle tliem*elv<<* to the idea of
In r !.>*-<, and receive u substitute with
roval honors.
The instinct of the ise-i denies all our
traditions of instinct, it adapts itmdf ti
circumstances, overcomes n-w and un
cxjiected obstacles, bsi.efit* li. i[*-
rieuce, employs teiu|Hiraiy ei|>edienta,
and then east* them aside when the ocea
siou for their us- is gone, in away
which is marrelously like reason. It is,
in lts-d, difficult t ■ draw any I ne la*-
lween the two qualities when hs-kisl at
in minute detail ; it is only iu its cutnu
lative power, which j.rtHluoes such differ
. Nt effects, that we can date to make the
distinction, and then we are at a loss frr
a definition. It is strange to find in the
insect world, among an order of lieing*
H> low in the scale of tlie naturalist, a
faculty so ui ar akin to the divine gift of
> t*..n which is man's crowning glory. it i just here among t'.e l*.--s and
aaioug the ants that it is niost marvelous
and most js rfict. S<~irn(i/;r Amrrican.
twenty eight years age, a id
Senator Jones. of Nevada, I went to
California, ami on thi way out was an
old gambler, with a s< t ont of far<> boxes,
r> ulrtte tahhe, etc. He took a liking to
me, and he raid : "Johnny, I'll Mi you
a "WRT that may WM yon many a dul
ler. I)o vou atw this wheel I It's cir
cle is block ami red, and they bet on the
oolorn —a nearly eveo chance. Now,
watch ma, Johnny, ns 1 set here and
spiu the hall. Do yon see me gently
rose my km e and press under the
fr ime of the table ? Well, those r- d and
Mack cocipHrtmeiits ore o.iuuecMl by
Iru sets of wires. I raise my kuee
when I see tluit the bulk of money is on
t ii red, and that wire running through
t e reds trills and trembles, NO that the
b ill won't rest on any ml cell, but is re
|> lied and settles in some black spot.
Johuuy, remember this when yon have
Digged your gold dust." I went into a
gambling bouse about a year afterward
t - make a stake. Tin re was a fine,
lighting gambler sitting there spinning
roulette. Said I to myself: " Voting
man, I'll just take a peep at your knees."
He raised them very gently, and 1
planted my money agniijat the pile,
kuowing that when he swept the great
amount off for the rxl he must pay the
Mack. So I pickisl up a hundred dol
lsrs or so. Kvery time I hit it. That
gambler got his eye on me. It was an
eye fii 11 of smallpox audacity, lie ad
dressed me finally in a loud tone of
voice. Said ho: " Didn't I tell yon
n-ver t< come here again? Didn't I
Ml you that this was a place for gentle
man? This a gentleman's game. That
miu, gentlemen, it is my duty to warn
von aga nst ; that loafer is a thief."
Well, continued Jones, I had never in
ny life been then before, but I saw the
sctienie. If I resented what the lsss
as id there were forty fellows there, cap
pers and so forth, to kick me down
stairs and rob mo, so 1 meekly said :
" Well, sir, I do not wish to make any
disturbance here. If yon don't want
mo here I'll take my money and go."
A Stage KU*.
The other night at the imperial opera,
Vienna, a handsome tenor, Ita-dinno
Widmann, having to kiss Inn soprano,
Siguorina Giovanni, in Lortzing's oporn
of the "Armourer," that lady, at the
rehearsal, requested him to " make
believe " in the correct Viennese mnti
ner. When the proper moment came
at the first performance the handsome
tenor plumpiy and resonantly kissed the
as'onished soprano upon her rosy lips.
Siguorina Giovanni, after the curtain
fell, went in a pretty rage to the man
ager and complained. The manager j
sent for the handsome tenor and re
quested him to restrain his ardor. When
the second representation took place,
Hignorina Giovanni, distrusting lum,
exclaimed, loud enough for the house to
hear: " I will excuse yon from thekiss."
The handsome tenor, incensed at the
insult, responded in n stage whisper :
" Thank God for that. Who wants to
kbs irh an old thing?" The house sat
nppaiiod. Hignorina Giovanna flounced
off the stage HIUI the handsome tenor
has been bidden to apologia a or ab
"If had leisure I would repair that
w. ak place in my fence," said a farmer.
He had none, however, and while drink
ing cider with n neighbor tho cows broke
in and injured n prime piece of corn.
" If I had leisure," said a wheelwright
last winter, " I would alter my stove
pipe, for I know it is not safe." But he
did not (Iml time, and when his shop
caught (ire and burned down he found
timo to build Hl: other. "If I had
leisure," aaid the mechanic, " I should
have my work done in season." Tho
man thinks his time IIAS L>ecn all occu
pied, hut he was not nt work till after
sunrise; he quit work at five o'clock,
smoked a cigar after dinner aud spent
two hours on the street talking nonsense
with an idler. "If I had leisure," said
a merchant, " I would pay more atten
tion to my accounts and would try and
collect my bills more promptly." Tho
chance is, my friend, if you had leisure
yon would probably pay laaa attention
to tha matter.
A Story of Hatublinr,
If I Had Leisure.
ll* w s Nofir>|*r visa l'fc*ai*4 ik*
Mesa K*ir**l of lbs Tblriv t'a**r
taionor*. Ik* *••!.
We were looking death full iu the face,
saysa our resixui-lent of a Chicago pa|ier,
and so close that we could feel his cold
breath upon our foreheads, ami hi* icy
grip upoti our hearts. "No anrrender,
was the word panned from man to man.
K*ch one of us would have blown out
his own brains rstlierthan lall alive into
Indian hands. A disabling wouud would
havebeen the name asd> atli. 1 have often
iroudered how a man felt when he saw
inevitable, sudden doom ttefore him. 1
know it now, for 1 had no idea of e*oaj>e,
and could not have suffered more if an
Indian knife or bullet had pierced my
heart. Bo it waa with all uf us. It is
one thing to face death 111 the midst of
eicitement. It is quite another tiling
to meet him in almost cold blood, with
the proH|et of your dishonored carcase
tiring first mutilated ami then left to
feed the foX aud the vulture. After a
mull ouce iw-e* the skull sud crosslMUins
a-* our party saw it ou the afternoon of
July 7, no subsequent glimpse of grim
mortality can {Mmniblr impress him in
the same manner. Well, the eternal
shadows were fast closing around us; the
bullets were hitting nearer every mo
ment, and the Indian yell was growing
stronger and fiercer, when a hand was
laid ou my shoulder, and a soldier
named Rufu \ my neighlxir on the skir
mish hue. said; " The reel are retiring,
Lieutenant Sibley tells ti* to do the
same." 1 quietly withdrew from the
friendly pine tree which hail kept at
least a doseu Indian bullets from
making havoc of my body. "Go to
v -o - addle tings ami take all your ammu
uitiou," >yiid Bitiley, as 1 pas is-el him.
" We are going to abandon the horm*.
The Indians are all around us, ami we
mu-d take to the rocks on foot. It is
our ouly chance." 1 did as directed,
lint felt a pang at leaviug my noble
)>east, which was bleeding from a wound
in the side. We dared not hoot our
iionw s, for that would discover our
movement to the enemy. Orouard ad
vised this proceeding.
With a ceienty which was only possi
tile to men struggling far life, and to
escape a dreadful late, our | .arty otwyed
their orders, and, iu Indian file, retired
through the wood and fallen tree* i: ->nr
rear, toward the east, firing a volley and
some scattering shot* liefore we mort-d
out, to make the ludians believe we
were still in |>o*ition. Our horses were
evidently visible to the savagea—a cir
Icumstauce that facilitate.l our esca|>e.
We ran for a mile through the forest,
waded Tongue river (the bead waters) up
to our waist, and gained the rock* of
tin mountain range, where no Indian
pony could follow n*. when we heard
five or six s.-altering volleys in succes
sion. It waa the final fire of the Indians
before they made their charge at our
late "corral " to get our sealp. "We
ire safe for the present," said Grouard,
with a grim smile, " but let ua lone no
time iu putting more rock* between u*
■and the White Antelope." We followed
hi* odviee with a feeliiig of tltaukfulueaa
which only men in such trials can ever
know. liow astonished the Indian*
must have teen wh<-u they ran in upou
the maimed liorrws and did not get a
single *oi.!p' Kven aiuler such circam
n uh we w. re placed iu, we hat a
little laugh at their eXI" I.MI. Hut we
had • -x-ajsyl one . ung. r oi Jv to tncouu
ter another. Fully b rty five miles of
ruoti train r.s-k and ? r. -t lay between
u h and (Irooii's tin p. We con 11 not
oirrv i sun. le particle of food, ami had
to tlirow awuy everything stij rllimn*
m ti.e w.iv of elo'hing With at least
live l.iindrr : ludi -us U-hind u, and tin
■ -n ; d pr. cipic- * !*•(< r- us, we fouml
our ties ami one hundred round* of
ami lition each, suCici'-i t 1.-M to
carry. The brave Grouard, tlie ablest
of in-otit', conducted our retreat, ami we
marched, cbmls-d, ami tumbled over
piotv * that at ether time* would have
l-een imj ossible to us, until midnight.
Then we halted under an immense pile
of rooks on the hip of the mountain, snd
there witnessed one of the mi at terrible
wind at rrn* that can is. imagined
Long la-fore dawn we were again stum
bling through the rocks and forest, ami
at day.ight reached the tremendous
canyon cut in the mountains by what i*
caded the eastern fork of Tongne river.
Miwt of our men were too extiaub- 1 to
make the descent ot the canyon, so
Gronard led n* through an oj>en valley
down by the river,on the left bank, for two
miles as hard as we could go, for if d s-
Ooverod there by the savage*, we eo; 1 I
only halt ami die togeth- r. Fortune
favored n*. ami we made the right bank
of the Mr. am unobserved, being then
übont twenty-five mile* from Crook's
headquarters. In our front were the
|)laiu*of the iox*tern slope, full of ho*tile
ludiacs, while our only avenue of es
cape WHS to climb over the tremendon*
precipice which formed the right aide
of the canvou.
But the duuntless Oronard was equal
to the crisis. He Moled that gigantic
wall diagonally, ami led us along a
mere squirrel path, not more than s toot
wide, with an abyss five hundred feet
below, and with a sheer wall of rock
two hundred feet high alwive us. After
nil hour's herculean toil we gained the
crest 11ml saw the ix>iut of the mountain,
about twenty miles distant, where lay
our camp. This, as may bo imagined,
was n blissful vision, but wo were half
dead with fatigue, ami some of ns were
almost famine stricken. Yot the iude
fntigablo (Ironard would not atop until
we reached the eastern foothills, where
we made a dive into tho valley to obtain
water, our ouly refreshment on that
hard, ragged road. Scarcely had wo
slaked our thirst, when Oronard led us
up tho billa again, and wo had barely
reached the tinilx-r when, around the
rocks, t the |>oii)t we had doubled
shortly Ix'fore, ap]x>ared another strong
party of Hioux. This made ns desper
ate. Every man examined his rifle and
looked to his ammunition. We all felt
that life would lx too dearly purchased
by further flight, and, following the ex
ample of the brave young Sibley and
the two gallant scouts, we bxik up our
position among the rocks on the knoll
we had reached, determined to sell our
lives as dearly as possible. " Finerty,"
said Sibley to me, "we are in hardlnek,
but we'll show the red scoundrels how
white men can die. Boys (turning to
tho soldiers), we have a g<*ul jxwition;
let every shot dispose of an Indian."
At that moment not a man Among us
felt any inclination to get away. w*-
peration ami revenge liad usurped the
plies- of the animal instinct to preserve
our live*. Hut we were spared tho or
deal. The Sioux failed to olxterve us,
and, very fortunately, they did not ad
vance high enough to find our trail, but
kept eastward on the lower branch of
Tongue river. Thoroughly worn out
we all fell t.-doep, exeeptiug the tireless
scout*, ami awoke at dark aomewhat re
freshed. Not n man of na, Sionx or no
Sioux, could endure the mountain jour
ney longer, no we took our jaded hunt**!
lives into our lianda, and struck along
the valley, actually wailing Big Goose
creek up to our arm pits, at three o'clock
Sunday morning, tho water Iteing cold
as the mountain snow could make it.
Two men, Sergeant Gornwell and Pri
vate Collins, were too exhausted to
cross, so they hid in the brush until wo
sent two companies of cavalry after them,
when we reached camp. After erosaing
Big Goose we were nearly a dosen miles
from en* eamp on little Oooee sreek.
ami you may ju lge how badly we were
used up, when it took four hours to
make *II mile*. The rook* had skinned
our feet, ami starvation had weakened
our frame*. Ouly few were vigorous
enough to push on. At five o'clock we
saw a few more Indians but wn took u >
pains to conceal ourselves further. They
evidently mistook us fur a ramp out
guard, ami, I* ing only a handful, kept
away. At seven o'clock w met some
cavalry out hunting, and we sent into
camp for horse*, a* most of them oould
go no further. Captain l>e Wees, and
ftowelle, of the ftoooud cavalry, came
out for us with led horses, aud e
reached ouilip at leu o'clock Monday
morning, amid congratulations from
every side. The men who remained at
Oooae creek were brought in some hour*
later. Thus, after jxuwmig through in
credible danger and great privation,
every man of our thirty, unwounded, as
by a miracle, found himself safe in
Camp Cloud l'eak, surrounded by com
nates. For oouductiiig this retreat with
such consummate success, Frank CJrou
ard deserves the highest place among
the scouts of the American continent.
Ntrax War I'artlra.
To organize a war party, a few buck*
will go around th camp at midnight
singing love songs to the squaws, and
finishing with a signal Bong, sayu g
they are going to the M-diciue rock (a
well known landmark about twenty miles
from the camp), ami will wail four days;
all those wishing to join procure their
ammunition ami oeotouariea, leave camp
quietly at different tttlle*, ami on the
fourth day all are at the Medicine rock,
where they agree UIKJU the route and
choose a loader. I'hey start for the
eliemy'H camp by au outside, uiltraveled
road, to hide their trail, traveling ahou*.
twenty milea a day, keeping m the tini
lier an much as p sslble. If the enemy
should discover their trail they would la
cut off and few escape.
When within ten miles of the enemy's
village they leave the extra horaee, etc.,
with the boys in the tttnlier and proceed,
with their war rig and horses, to the
village at night and get under cover be
hind a knoll ur in the wood*. They are
very cautious, and prefer waiting to find
some buck looking for his ponies, ur
squaw going for wood, that they may
have a sun- thing of getting a scalp and
little danger of losing one. On finding
their victim in a safe poailion, they
charge on him, like a pack of wolvna,
and the first warrior striking the enemy
with a hand instrument counts the
coup and some of the others scalp him.
The tiring is heard in the village and
all is excitement and confusion, the
bucks ami squaws rushing fur their
ponies, children crying and dogs talk
mg. The attacking parties have got the
ac*lp and arc off like the wind and the
others after them, taking different routes
to try and head them < fl; but it gen
• rally proves use leas, as the Sioux have
the start, and the hardy war horae will
carry them two hundred miles in twenty
four hours if necessary to escape.
Ou their return to camp, the war
horse, being now reduced to a mere
skeleton after his lot g nuv, is turned
in the herd, and on the uutriiions buf
falo grass soou recuperet'* and is able
for his m eter's uext The war
riors are f< hxU d by nearly every lodge
m'tho camp, and repeat over and over
• very little >• cide I si. 1 detail of the
whole trip. Tb y are listened to with
the most marked attention and approv
ing words ami g<*>turea by the men,
women and children. The little young
stera* eyes glisten and ulnioft pop out
with j< y and admiration at the arc nut
of twenty or thirty warriors charging an
old m*:i or squaw, counting the o-uip,
ami scalping them, ami wind Up by say
ing that if it had not l*x-u s culii they
would have killed !, when thev ran hie
• /ared Coyotes th moment ttiey were
thoughts for Saturday Night.
Experience is a torch lighted iu the
ashos of our illusions.
It is beautifully said that the veil
of futurity is woven by the hand of
Thefts never enrich, alms n vr im
|HV< rish. anil prayers hinder MI work.
The g m cannot lx polished without
friction, nor man perfected without ad
Waste of wealth is sometimes re
trieved; waste of health seldom; wade
of time never.
David's pen never wrote more sweetly
than win n dipped iu tho ink of sfllio
Sclf-deniml is the most exalted pleasure,
and the couquest of evil habits the most
glorious triumph.
There is no readier way of bringing
your own worth into question thau by do
t recti tig from the worth of others.
(lod will not refuse the poor offerings
of poor people; but he will not a -cept
the poor offerings of the rich.
The teacher who gov- rns well gains
more by waiting than talking. Many
words are au evidence of wtakuoss, Dot
of strength.
Losses may atxwt the most profita
ble outlays yon ever made, if you take
iuto account what they sometimes save
you afterward.
Home men make a great flourish
alxrnt always doing what they believe
to be right, bnt always manage to be
lieve that is right which is for their own
Fear small temptations rather than
great ones. These come only now am)
then; those every day. Beware of be
ing witty at the expense of reverence;
sarcastic at the expense of charity; en
tertaining at the expense of truth;
coarse at the expense of purity.
Enthusiasm of the Servians.
Of the enthusiasm of all Hervia, and of
all Hclaves outside of Servia, in favor of
this war, a correspondent writes, there
can le no doubt. The atrocious rule of
the Turks when they governed this
couutry, their bad administration iu
Bosnia, Herzegovina and Bulgaria at
the present time, and the barbarous
cruelty practiced 111 times of insurrection
on even the most peaceable of the Chris
tian subjects of tho sultan by Baxhi-
Bazouks, Kedits, Circassians, and other
irregnlar troops employed iu the work
of endeavoring t<> put down these risings
by fire and sword, have sunk so deeply
into the souls of the Servians, that never
will there lie peace in this country until
the last trace of Mussulman rule is a
thing of the past.
The monks have left tle-ir oonvents to
march with the columns going to do
battle, and inspire them by the cross
which they hold aloft at the head of tho
battalions. Every man and woman in
Servia regards the war as one iu tho
cause of Christ and country, and 1 hive
not met one of them in any class of life
who oould ls made to understand why
Hervia ahould not have the sympathy of
every Christian nation.
Vanr PROCD. — The late Lord Alvan
ley, who was delightfully odd, met the
proud Lord of Durham at Aloopka,
Prince Woronzow's place on the Enxine,
and Durham, who was filled with an
amazing quantity of consequence, said,
in referring to some scene of English
home life; " I was obliged to assert my
dignity, for the fellows had found out
who I was." The wit looked up and re
joined : "Ah! and whe were yea!"
TERMS: S 4 *J.OO a Year, in Advance.
t<rinml* < Knl>tiLTr<*' *
Vl.w (I Ik* UlMllN.
ID fw weeks three years will have
elapsed since the lirikiiiK out of iLn
]> ,i - of 1873. The fictitious rise in
values enabled ttiim) holding merchan
dise, stock*, inilit, manufacture* and
real projierty to Imrrow largely from
oapitulists and cor|>uratione. In many
iwri th'-> 4 stocks and properties were
mi to tin' riUiui of seventy-five
iM*r r nt. of their then estimated vslue.
u |>oiiit of fact the actual increase of
national wealth during these three proa
perous yeais amounted only to the HUT
jilut produced each year, which waa ut
terly insignificant when compared with
the great increase in all valuea through
out the country. Meantime an enormous
amount of indebtedness waa piled up.
The crisis of 1873 waa aimply an awak
ening of the whole community to the
actual stale of affaire. K<-ry one de
aired to realiae; every one deaired to be
paid. Valuea receded much more rap
idly than they had aJvanned. Confi
dence waa destroyed, and very juatlyno,
aa it la-came patent that a heavy per
centage of thoae indebted Were utterly
aud hopcleanly bankrupt. Their mar
giua and equities were deaboyed by the
depreciation uf the atocka, merchandise
and real properties, which had, under
other conditions, formed the baaia id
their supposed wealth. The major part
of tbeae people pat off the dav of reck
oning aa long aa possible, and hence it
la that the numla-r of failure* increaaed
ao steadily during the three year* of
disaster we have just }a d through.
What jieroentage of three failures are
fraudulent it is difficult to say ; but that
numerous unscrupulous debtors avail
themselves of the facilities which arc
afforded by generous creditors to nd
themselves of indebtedness, and atari
afresh with the capital of their victims,
is beyond a doubt. Experience of this
kiud tends to iufuse a greater element
of caution in future business trauaac
tiona, which is much to be deaired iu
this community. It would seem from
the semi annual statement of Dun, Bar
low Jk Co., showing tlie number of fail
ures throughout the Tutted Btates and
Canada, for the first two quarters of the
present year, tliat the number of fail
urea and the volume of liabilities is very
much on the decline. They culminated
with th-- last quarter of 1875,
when they reached $70,(100,000, declin
ing during the first quarter of 1876 to
$64,000,000, and during the second quar
ter to $4.1,000,000, showing a decline of
$21,000,000 over the first quarter of
1876 aud a deciiue of $27,000,000 over
the last quarter of 1875. During the
last three years, while failures were tak
ing place in e very direction, almost all
business Las )rt*-n transacted on steadily
declining values, and, consequently, at
a loss. More than three quarters of the
weak brethren have liquidated by lmk
ruptcy. An immense mass of individual
indebtedness has been actually paid in
hard cash, while fully nine tenth* of
the outstanding iudebtetinecs is amply
secured, using eveu present low pnoes
a the standard of value. Forced roono
my has prevailed in almost every house
bold, with almost every individual, since
the fall of 1873.
Tli* great falling "off of our foreign
iiaj-or! den- t< one phase of thia
oooD. 'iiV. The foreign imports at the
port of New York alone fell from $4'20,-
385.032 in 1873 to $3.81.090,852 in 1874,
to $367,358,8 in 1875, and to $306,-
743,366 in 1876, for the fiscal years end
ing June 30. Xea York transacted in
1874 fifty-seven p>- r oent of the foreign
coinineree (imports and domestic ex
ports) of the whole country. In three
yens the imports at this port alone have
declined to the extent of $113,641,666,
snd a further decline will undoubtedly
b. . -labiistied during the cuirent year.
While people have bought sparingly of
all d<-HcriptioxiS of
the cost of pro-inetion has been greatly
diminished. The farmer is iu want of
everything known as "store gi*>da."
His crojm have l>ecn abundant during
tie lnt four y-ars. The pnxluction has
1* <ti Urge ami a greaU-r area has been
pUnte<l. The source* of the country's
agricultural wealth arc rapidly increas
ing. As a single instance of this in
ert i-c the coru production of Kansas
gr.-w from sixteen millions of bushels in
1874 to eighty millions in 1875. In s
word, all tlmee nlaive enumerated fact*
combined have hud the effect of reviv
ing confidence among merchant*, manu
facturers, builders and trailers. The
public have oome to the conclusion that
the period of depression has pasm-d and
is id >ont to Iw succeeled by a (K'nod of
activity and prijM-nty. The rebound
will not tie sharp or quick, nor should
we desire that it should be. the
early fall we may confidently look for
a very considerable change for the bet
ter in all branches of business—XVtr
York Iftraki.
Alas! Poor Child.
Ons ridiculous sight at the Grand
Union garden party, says s Sarabvga let
ter, was that of a little three-year-old,
who was dressed in a rose colored silk,
with a yard of her mamma's point lace
flounce for an overdress, and who wore
tiny white gloves, j>earl fan pendant,
piuk silk stockings, ami with kid boots
the same color. Well, this baby started
off wi 11 phased to dance with another
baby of her own age, but, seeing a com
panion of the like tender yearn dancing
with a tioy several years her senior, she
came down the lawn with her mouth
wide n|H>n, and her hands spread in
trnutie fashion, screaming vigorously,
and when she reached her anxious
mother yelled ont with the passion of an
enraged child : " I want to dance with a
boy ; I won't dance with a girl." Poor
little thing 1 That is her beginning of
woes, for there are uumerous maidens
all forlorn who would cry aloud if they
could for masculine partners.
Her Heart.
Rhs was an angel blonde, and she
tripned through the market until she
reached a stall where a handsome
butcher stood. "Have you a heart?"
she said, blnshing timidly. " Have I a
heart, miss?" responded the butcher.
"l)o you think that I can watch you
day after day and see your eyes droop
as they meet mine—that I can feel your
velvet breath upon my cheek as I stoop
to serve yon—and not have a heart ?
Ah, maiden, 1 am all heart, and you ask
me have I one ?" " Yes," she sighed,
faintly, " this is Iteautiful, this is divine,
but it ain't the kiml 1 want this morning,
no give me a bullock's heart, quick, and
trim it for stuffiug, for my old man is
after his dinner."
A 15rave Officer.
Dnring one of the expeditions into
the Caucasus Jgnatieff ordered a battery
of artillery under a captain named Ser
gueieff to shell a oolumn of the euenyr
that threatened to outflank his forces.
The order was obeyed, but the shells
did not explode, anil produoed no more
effect than round shot Ignatieff gal
loped to the battery and addressed the
captain in language rather more vigor
ous than complimentary. He calmly
lifted a shell in one hand and applied a
portfire to the fuse with the other ; then
remarked to the generali: "As yon
see, general, the powder is bad." The
general sprung from his hone and em
braoed him, crying : ' BergaOkaff, my
ten, yot* ora bravor than I "
OaitS* Dlmh •'■Mia lmmuU*
I b>r|M ■— OalsiS* Mwi_lalll|
PUrr.-~Th Brtlteh Uortl.
Tlie Centennial Exposition has proved
a sad disappointment to the proprietor*
of hotels, reatsnraut*. eating bonaoa aud
nalnon* outside the Eihibition ground*.
The large hotels in the immediate vicin
ity have a great man; vacant room*, and
the desolate or half occupied building*
for long distance* in every direction
with tlie wign "To I tent," or "For Halo,"
are the evident** of disappointed hope*
Moat of them proprietor* will loae their
invent men la, and many of them go into
tmnkrupu-y. They evidently miaappre
hetid the number and the money spend
iug disposition of the Centennial viai
Thnae vuiting the Exposition may be
aaaured that good, oomfortable board
may be obtained in private familie*
at $7 or ftt a week, and that owing to
the geueral disposition of householder*
to accommodate vuutora from abroad at
a low rale, tuo old established hotel*
have not been crowded. People can
board here n* cheaply aa in any first
clam city in the I'mon, ao that none
need lay away fur fear of exorbitant
whom name VM legion, have fared
worm than the restaurant* and aalooua.
The Centennial itaelf ao ecdipaea all
other show* that no mumble person*
stop to look at tI'MD, and moat of them
have folded Up their tents aud departed.
And aa a good dinner can be had in the
Main bnildingand on the ground* for
fifty cent*— juiwb*t they would have to
|>ay for roadmiewun if they left the
grounds—all who have not passu*, and
moat of thorn who have, take their din
ners inside.
Ample provision has l>een made for
feeding all visitor* inside the Centennial
ground*, under regulations of the On
tenmal ootunoaaiouera, at reasonable
rat**. There are two clasma of restau
rants—tbnee who give hot dinner* at fix
ed prices, meats, vegetables and bread
and butter at fifty cents, as well as
lunches; and those on the lanch or Eu
ropean plan only, where yon select what
yon wish from s bill of fare, and pay
only for what you order. And right
here, let me say, yon can dine cheaply
and well at the" beat restaurants, if you
only know how to make your order.
The best rcßtauranta on thaae grounds
give better fare for the same price than
yon get at any first-class hotel; for tbey
give yon for a single order meat econgfa
and vegetables enough for two persona
Now, if there are two to dine, and tbey
can agree as to what meats, vegetables,
etc., they will ha*e let one order meats
and the other vegetables, and thev will
have an abundant diuner at a moderate
TUB BKITOH r>xPAimr*rr
in the Main building deservedly holds
the port of honor, and occupies a Tery
large space between the middle portion
of the center aisle and the north tiide of
the building. It surpasses all other na
tionalities, both in the extent and excel
lence of its display, and is a most at
tractive exhibition in itself.
on St. George's hill, after the style, I
should judge, of a conutry gentleman's
bouse in the time of Henry ths YlHtb,
with it* thick walls rendering the room*
000 l in summer and warm in winter,
and the furnishing, even to the stoves,
ranges and fire gratis, as also the
wrought irm garden scats, chairs and
tables, broaght from England, are good
samples of the solidity, idea of a-mfort,
good sense and good taste of oar trans-
Atlantic cousins.
are chiefly represented, a few large
dealers only having notable exhibits.
And remarkable as is the display of
British manufacturers, it would nave
been far larger, bat for almost prohibitory
tariff, which makes it impossible for many
classes of manufacturers to sell their
goods in this country.
The display of china, glass and stone
ware, pottery, and ten** ootta, and of
silver, and electro plating, is remarka
ble, and represent* the best makers in
the United Kingdom. The same may
be said of furniture, microscopes, and
philosophical instruments.
On the north side of the center aisle,
near the grand couoert stand, I* an ex
hibition, as unique as it is beautiful, de
serving of more than a passing notice.
There is nothing resembling It in the
whole Exhibition, and it shows bow toe
plastic hand of art can transform the
rudest materials into the highest forme
of beauty. It is a lawn pavilion, in
oast iron, of Japanese style, designed
by Thomas Jeekyll, Eeq., of London,
aiid the d<-corations by the well known
American eolorist, Mr. Whistler. It is
thirty-five feet by eighteen, and thirty
five "feet high, contains two stories,
with balcony in upper story, supported
by iron onlumns, transom bars, brackets,
surrounded by wrought irou railings of
exquisite workmanship, ornamented
with a great variety of flowers, flying
birds, butterflies, bees, flh, etc., in the
highest style of art. Within are beauti
ful specimens of wrought iron work,
toilet tables, gates Are grates stoves,
etc., like those in the British commis
sion house, and a statne, in plaster, of
Thomas Oorlrle.
Messrs. Barnard, Bishop A Barnards,
of Norfolk Iron Works Norwich, Eng
land, have a continental reputation for
making such goods. Also wire nettings
harness fittings, lawn mowers, garden
chairs, rollers etc., exhibited in Agri
cultural and Horticultural halls
8. M. B.
An Indian Toilet
No dandy of civilimation is more fas
tidious in regard to his " make up" than
a young warrior, or " buck," as he is
called on the plains, whether in prepar
ing for the warpath, a big feast, or an
important council.
The work of the toilet of an Indian
warrior is alwnya performed by the
sijuaw, who takes great pride in adorn
ing the person of her own particular
"brave " in the highest style of savage
art Generally the first stage of the
proceeding is the painting of the froe.
fhis is an affair of the greatest impor
tance. In winter, black appears to be
the favorito oolor; in summer, reds and
yellows are regarded as the fashionable
tints. Paint serves a double purpose in
an Indian toilet; while it adorns the face,
it covers up the accumulated dirt, and
saves the disagreeable necessity of wash
ing. As a rule, Indians have an in
stinctive di3like to water, either as a
beverage or for washing, and thus their
faces are covered with alternate layers or
crusts of dirt and paint. They Bay the
paint preserves the skin, and keeps it
from peeling off. The colors are kept
in reoeptacles of horn, cnrioußly carved
and otherwise decorated, and they are
always hung, ready for use, in every
tent or lodge. The manner of decora
tion varies, of course, with individual
taste. For the mere purpose of preserv
ing the akin, a general wash of black in
winter and vermilion in summer will
serve; bnt on extraordinary oooasions
the face is generally streaked with
dashes of different oolore, which is sup*
posed to havs e very flue effeet.
Items of (at arast. .
If every m *ld ooly laka U* •£
vior he girm to otbar people be would
be happy*
A reeaot fancy makes earring* of black
vdeet and wetered ribbon, bald in plaoo
by small bookies.
wuaap at* selling in California at ftfly
oanta par baad. Thay o-ffbt to be
ashamed of themselves.
Month Abington, Haas , haa a ©WO'
factory of boles. It turna oot 1,600,-
000,000 ayalaf for *ow annually.
What lore to, f Ihon wooUtot ba leafM,
Thy beart moat teach atooe—
Two Mth with hot a atngto thought
Two haarta that Iwat u 000.
lowa juries hold that in case a mar
riage engagement ia brokan tha partiaa
mnat return all presents, cx their worth
in money.
Two Chinamen, oonriotad of robbery
is Hecramento, offered to provide sub
stitutes to endure the punishment, aa ta
the cuatorn in their own wastry.
At a brewery in Cumberland, Md.,
there ia a deer which eats with gnaio any
quantity of cigars and smoking tobacco
given bim, and delights in lager beer.
When the war of the Revolution began
there waa but one man in Maaaaoburetta
who waa worth more than $90,000 ;
there are now forty-flve worth more than
a million.
Beading wax is DO wax at all; nor dots
it contains a aingls particle of wax. It is
made of abellac, Venico turpentine and
nhiuabar. Cinnabar givw it the deep
rod color, ami turpentine renders the
shellac soft and ley brittle.
When a Delaware indion woman's
house near Oana river, Indian Territory,
was surrounded by the late flood, rbe
tied two children to her body, and from
her housetop mounted a tree. W hen
oat of reach of the water ah* tied ter
tiabiee to IhS iimhe and aaved them.
A circus wagon containing aea lions
was hacked into Lake Winnahago, Wis.,
to give the animals water, when sudden
ly the doors flew open and the lions es
caped. As one of tbrra hs* by this
time a littrr of young ones, it is likely
that a colon v of the auimala will grow
op in the lake.
A w>an in Boone county, lowa, gTew
weary of his wife's absence on a visit to
her mother-in-law, and hurried her to
retain bjr having a photograph of his
boose tea en with himself and a noigh
lior'a wife standing ao the porch. Thia
be mt to hia butter half, and abe re
tor and by the first train.
A lady who had been teaching her
little four-year-old the element* of arith
metic was astonished by hia rnumag
and propone ling the following problem •
" Mamma, if you bad three butter fin K,
and each butterfly bad a bug in hia ear,
bow many butterflies would yon have ?"
The mother ia still at work on the
A correspondent wants to know t ho
)wmt way to preserve eberriea. Around
Norwich, the BWletm sera, one way is to
climb the trees with s shotgun, t dsrk,
,iuj stay there till morning. Another
wav is to carry the tree into the boose
everv night at sunset The only sure
way," however, is to eat the cherries be
fore they we ripe.
This is bow Eider Pike tries to de
fine chronic rheumatism: Swallow two
quarts of carpet tacks, take a running
jump bam legged into a barrel of broken
beer bottles, let a swarm of enraged hor
nets roost on jroar heed, and then roll
out into a bed of fiahhooka, and you'd
get a faint idea of the nature and eenwi
tiou of a first daat rheumatism when it
gets hold of yon and means business.
The Sew England end lliddle States
Yearly pay a profit of over a million and
a half of dollars to the Unite.' States
PrwtOffiee department. In 1875 they
paid in as an excess of receipt* over ex
]nditums $1,665,168.42. The single
State of New York showed a snrplns f
earnings of $832,022 36, and Pennsyl
vania cleared $378,527.82 for the gov. m
rnei-t. Alaska cleared $64.41, and that
*as the onlv instance ontmds of the
New England and Middle States where
the running expenses of the portal ser
vice were not in excess of its receipts.
A Few Hint*.
Three-fourths of * cubic foot of water
'•vmporstod per boar will produce one
hone power.
Gold blast iron is stronger than hot
blast. Annealing oast iron diminishes
its tensile strength.
The safe load in tons which an iron
chain will withstand equals the square
of the diameter divided by nine.
are one and one fourth to one
and one-half inches by four feet in
length, are usually set one-fourth of on
inch apart, end a bundle contains one
Two hundred ami seventy cubic feet
of new meadow h*y and 216 and 243 feet
from large or red stacks will weigh a
ton; 297 to 824 cubic feet of dry clovtr
will wr-igh a too.
A mixture of nine parts phosphate of
six port* nitrate of ammonia, and
(oar porta dilate nitric acid is a f reeling
oompoind which will cause stall in tem
perature of seventy-one deg. Fob.
A tarred rope is about one- fourth
weeker than uu tarred white rope. Tarred
bemp and man ills ropes ore of about
equal strength. Wire rope of the same
strength as new hemp rope will run on
the same sioed sheaves; bat the greater
the diameter of the latter, the longe r it
will wear. One wire rope will ususlly
outlast three bemp ropes Banning wire
rope needs no protection; standing rig
ging should be kept well painted
Sebastopol has been in a ruined and
dismantled condition since the close of
the Crimean war. It does no 1 now con
tain more tJ " n 9,000 inhabitants, who
ore scarcely able to exis' upon the rem
naut* of the onoe flourishing commerce
of the port. The life of the oommunity
shows signs of reviving of late, some
military vessels having been constructed
on its new slips. Fort* Constant me and
Catharine are still standing, badly bat
tered with os anon balls. Forts Nicholas
and Alexander and the quarantine are
completely dilapidated, some hundreds
of dwellings having been built with the
stones which once formed t.ieir ram
parts. The principal public buildings
of the city are all destroyed. The re
construction of the fortifications _is
among the possibilities of the situation
should complications with England
Striking a Clock.
George IIL, of England, was ex
tremely punctual, and expected punctu
ality from every one. Lord H. was the
most punctual man who attended on his
majesty. He had an appointment one
day with the king at Windsor at twelve
o'clock. On passing through the hall
the clock struck twelve, on which his
lordship, in his rage at being half a min
ute late, raised his cane and broke the
glass of the clock. The king reminded
him that ho was a little beyond his
time, which he excused as well as ho
could. At the next audienoe the king,
as he entered the room, exclaimed: " H.,
how came you to strike the clock?"
" The clock struck first, your majesty."
The king laughed heartily at the grave
manner in which Lord H. justified him
self, the mock solemnity of the answer
adding wist to the bon mot.
From Vfbeat to Bread.
A trial was made at the Moss Creak
mills, near Carrollton, Mo., to ascertain
the time in which bread could be mmis
from wheat standing in the field, and
with the following astonishing result,
commencing at one mnute after three
o'clock, and finishing at twelve minutes
after three :
Commenced reaping wheel. 8.01
Finished reaping wheat 8.02
Commenced threshing wheat.......... . 3 03
Finished thrashing wheat (J bushel).... 8.08
Commenced grinding wheat 8 08
Finish) d grinding wheat 8.0(1 •
Mrs. I.awtoo commenced making bread.. 8.08
Finished making bread 8.08
Commenced baking bread 8 08 |
Finished baking griddle aakea 8.08
Finished baking biscuits 9.13
This is an achievement in bread mak
ing equal to the beat time of Goldsmith
Maid c* Smuggler am the turf.